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See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525509097
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Published: One World - June 16th, 2020

An urgent manifesto and a dramatic memoir of awakening, this is the story of revolutionary love.
 
“In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
 


“Pollan keeps you turning the pages . . . cleareyed and assured.” —New York Times

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018, and
 New York Times Notable Book 


My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142292
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Published: Tin House Books - January 5th, 2021

Finalist for the National Book Award

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction


Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).


Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
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Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography
Longlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing

An electric portrait of the artist as a young woman that asks how a writer finds her voice in a society that prefers women to be silent


Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385496094
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Published: Anchor - February 15th, 2000

Anne Lamott claims the two best prayers she knows are: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well." Anne thinks of Jesus as "Casper the friendly savior" and describes God as "one crafty mother."


The Dovekeepers: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451617481
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Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2012

An ambitious and mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of Rules of Magic.


The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061577079
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2008

“A powerful new epic . . . [Kingsolver] has with infinitely steady hands worked the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review


Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith


Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562641
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Published: Anchor Books - March 2nd, 2021

OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Crown - March 8th, 2011

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The story of modern medicine and bioethics—and, indeed, race relations—is refracted beautifully, and movingly.”—Entertainment Weekly


Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781608464661
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2015

This slim book--seven essays, punctuated by enigmatic, haunting paintings by Ana Teresa Fernandez--hums with power and wit.--Boston Globe

The antidote to mansplaining.--The Stranger

Feminist, frequently funny, unflinchingly honest and often scathing in its conclusions.--Salon


Conjure Women Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525511502
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Published: Random House Trade - February 23rd, 2021

A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing--and for the conjuring of curses--are at the heart of this dazzling first novel

LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times - NPR - Parade - Book Riot - PopMatters


Letters to a Young Poet (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Charlie Louth (Translated by), Lewis Hyde (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107149
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 26th, 2013

Rilke's powerfully touching letters to an aspiring young poet, now available in a beautiful hardcover Penguin edition


You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063043770
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Published: HarperOne - February 9th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


From beloved astrologer Chani Nicholas comes an essential guide for radical self-acceptance.


Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062838384
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix takes readers on a thrilling adventure filled with mysteries and plot twists aplenty in this absorbing series about family and friendships. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember!

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How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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