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Five books for the beach - and five to save for a rainy day

Improving reading is best not done on the beaches or beside a swimming pool<p>THERE’S something strange about the idea of saving our reading for holidays. After all, we watch films and listen to music all year round. But something about that long stretch of free time by the pool or the beach tempts us …

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Opening Is Literally Making People Cry

Tuesday was a BIG day for many muggles of the world.<p>The much-awaited Diagon Alley addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park officially opened. And some fans had a <i>very</i> emotional experience.<p>Admittedly, we probably would cry too. The new park is basically a picture-perfect replica of …

How To Begin Your Book With A Knockout

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>How important are the first few paragraphs of your book? Consider this: Each week, hundreds of submissions flood into any given publishing house’s inbox. Reading each manuscript in its entirety would take too much time, and with pressing deadlines it simply cannot be done. …

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of July 5

After climbing twenty spots since last week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, Dean Koontz's <i>The Neighbor</i> finds itself within the top five best-selling ebooks of the week.<p>That's especially noteworthy since the title is a Kindle Single.<p>Short-form ebooks have generally struggled to gain a …

Giovanna Fletcher: Billy And Me (Audiobook extract) read by Kate Rawson

Painting Death by Tim Parks, review: 'unbalanced by satire'

A dark tale of murder and intrigue on the continent fails to ensnare Tim Martin<p>'Inglese italianizzato, inglese indemoniato,” quips one character in Tim Parks’s Painting Death, adapting the proverb that says an Englishman who turns Italian is an Englishman possessed. Not that Morris Duckworth, the …

Anthony McGowan Q&A: 'teenagers read with a burning intensity'

Interview: Anthony McGowan, author of The Knife That Killed Me, who is appearing at the UK Young Adult Literature Convention<p><b>Anthony McGowan is attending the UK Young Adult Literature Convention.</b><p><b>• Which YA book would you unhesitatingly recommend?</b><br>It’s tricky, because one size doesn’t fit all. It’s …

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Summer Reads: The Good, the Bad, and the Just So-So

How far are you into your summer reading? After a month, I've plowed through a few books on my nightstand (as well as under it). To qualify as a "great summer read," I want a book that offers sympathetic characters, depth of emotion, and a forward narrative momentum that keeps me sitting on the …

Mary E. Pearson on The Kiss of Deception & Writing YA Books

<i>The Kiss of Deception</i> is one of the most interesting YA fantasies out right now. I gave it top marks in my book review for its unique take on storytelling.<p>The novel alternates perspectives between the main character, Lia, a prince and an assassin. Both characters are named in the book but are never …

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New Beautiful Covers: The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb - Unbound Worlds

<b>Fool’s Assassin</b> by Robin Hobb publishes August 12th!<p>I have looked forward to this book for ten years. <b>Fool’s Assassin</b> continues the story of one of …

The Mockingjay Lives In New 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Teaser

So much for "Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." The second promo released for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" starts off similarly to the first, which revealed Peeta's crossover to the dark side. Here, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna …

Rainbow Rowell Q&A: 'YA is so diverse'

Interview: Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, who is appearing at the UK Young Adult Literature Convention<p><b>Rainbow Rowell is attending the UK Young Adult Literature Convention.</b><p><b>• Which YA book would you unhesitatingly recommend?</b><br>Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It’s a …

Is Harry Potter's marriage to Ginny Weasley over?

JK Rowling has published an update on her bestselling novels that describe how Harry Potter is going grey and has a new scar on his cheek, possibly from his wife - but it could all be tabloid tittle-tattle<p>Harry Potter is going grey, Ron Weasley is going bald and Hermione Granger is a successful …

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