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The 21 Most Popular Novels of 2015 So Far

21. <i>Orphan Train</i> by Christina Baker Kline<p><i>Orphan Train</i> is set in 1929, just months before the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression.<p>After …

20 Things Women with Amazing Abs Do Every Day

Make their tricks yours and flat abs should — in theory — follow.<p>Amazing abs are much easier to envy than to come by — and it's no secret that perfect abs take a whole lot of work. To get the core you want, just follow the daily practices of women with the strongest, flattest abs:<p>Carmel Rodriguez, …

Fitness

The Top 10 Workout Songs for October 2015

<i>Flickr: Robin McConnell</i><p>In a workout playlist, balance is key. Too much familiarity can be boring. At the same time, too much novelty can be jarring. Getting the right ratio often takes a little work, but the songs voted into this month's top 10 list manage the feat naturally.<p>Starting with the …

100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads

To celebrate, start working your way through this list of 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime, as voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads, the largest book recommendation site on the web.<p>Amazon, which owns Goodreads, had its editors agonize over their own list, but the two turned out very …

Literature

17 Of The Most Underrated National Parks In America

Move over, Yellowstone.

4 Ways to Remember Everything You Learn

If you’re going to learn anything, you need two kinds of prior knowledge:<p>knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or …

Self-improvement

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn't spend his life being good at writing.<p>He didn't spend his life typing. He ran a country. Or …

A New Book Gives the Middle Finger to the Self-Help Genre

'F*ck Feelings' takes a refreshingly blunt approach to self-improvement.<p>Freudian couch sessions, daily journal entries, meditation? Screw it all. Traditional self-improvement isn't working because—wait for it—there is no magic fix for your worst personality traits, your heartbreak or your lingering …

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The true story (behind the story) that inspired 45 Years

David Constantine, author of the short story that inspired must-see movie, 45 Years, tells Joe Shute how a startling real-life event sparked his original tale<p>The most talked about film of the week sounds an unsettling choice for Bank Holiday viewing: focusing, as <i>45 Years</i> does, on the silently …

53 Books That Will Definitely Make You Cry

*grabs Kleenex*<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

What?! This Is the Most Googled Hair Question

We all turn to search engines like Google (ahem, owned by Alphabet, in case you didn’t hear) to answer our most pressing questions, including hair and beauty tips + tricks — how else would we have found out about the Swiss Army Knife of hair clips? According to a study conducted by Joico Haircare …

Hair

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

The Sprint-and-Sculpt Hill Workout

Want access to the best cardio and strength equipment anywhere? Take your workout to the sand, stairs, and hills to boost your burn and tone in less …

5 Traits Of Creative Leaders (And How To Become One)

Becoming a leader takes courage as well as creativity. And creativity takes practice.<p>Being a leader is difficult. That’s why most of us end up taking direction from others in our professional lives. But the ranks of the self-employed are swelling, hinting that more people are getting comfortable …

YA author David Levithan talks love, gender and writing diverse perspectives

Few authors have chronicled the struggles of LGBTQ youth like David Levithan.<p>Beginning with his 2003 novel <i>Boy Meets Boy</i>, Levithan creates compelling …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

10 Free Online Courses To Make You More Successful

Success is not an act; it is a slow process that involves growth, change and failure. It involves all aspects of your life, from how you manage your …

Self-improvement

The 100 best novels: No 100 – True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (2000)

Peter Carey rounds off our list of literary milestones with a Booker prize-winning tour-de-force examining the life and times of Australia’s infamous antihero, Ned Kelly • 100 best novels: from Bunyan’s pilgrim to Carey’s Ned Kelly – Robert McCrum reflects on his choices<p>Peter Carey arrived …

Illness in YA fiction – do authors go too far, or not far enough?

More and more YA authors are featuring teens with serious illnesses in their books. But is this a help or a hindrance for readers who are ill themselves - and how about featuring a few survivor characters, too ?<p>My best friend is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and she finds YA fiction …

8 Exercises for Saddlebags

Aug 16, 2015<p>If you’re like most of us, the only saddlebags you want to see are at the ranch. Unfortunately, as we age, it gets harder and harder to …

100 best novels: one in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature

Where’s Carson McCullers, Patricia Highsmith, Erica Jong, and Margaret Atwood? Rachel Cooke responds to Robert McCrum’s list of great works of literature<p>The 100 best novels written in English: the full list Robert McCrum reflects on his choices Quiz: How well do you know the 100 best novels? The …

9 Success Habits Wealthy People Have That Cost Nothing - INFORMATION NIGERIA

Have you ever wondered how certain people have gotten so successful? Sure you have. A great idea, motivation, persistence, and a little luck helps, …

Self-improvement

The 100 best novels: from Bunyan’s pilgrim to Carey’s Ned Kelly

Two years in the making, our list of the 100 greatest English-language novels of all time is now complete. Having endured many sleepless nights in its compilation, Robert McCrum reflects on who got left out, and why<p>The 100 best novels written in English: the full list A response by Rachel Cooke: …

I read the 100 “best” fantasy and sci-fi novels - and they were shockingly offensive

Why are so many of NPR's list of best science fiction books so misogynistic, and why can't we move past our nostalgia for them?<p>When it comes to the …

Science Fiction

3 Ways to Air-Dry Your Hair Faster (Yep, It's Possible)

If you—like 99.99 percent of us—can't pull off soaking-wet hair this well, speed up your air-drying time with these tricks.<p><b>Soak up the water.</b> It sounds bizarre, but paper towels absorb a crazy amount of water from your hair (a tip I learned from hairstylist Adir Abergel). Blot your hair with a few …

16 Gorgeous Ways to Wear a Glittery, Smoky Eye

Too much glitter? No such thing.<p>I know — the idea of glittery eye makeup tends to conjure up old memories of middle school. But there <i>is</i> a way to wear glitter shadow that's sophisticated AF. Here, take a cue from 16 beauty and Instagram bloggers who prove that you can never have too much glitter.<p>1. …

Makeup

Zooey Deschanel Just Showed Off Her Gorgeous Wedding Ring

It’s been a big month for Ms. Zooey Deschanel. The actress not only welcomed her first daughter into the world, but she also got hitched to her fiancé, Jacob Pechenik. The two wed in Texas in a super secret ceremony. While out for a family lunch in Austin, Texas at the Hillside Farmacy, Deschanel …

Weddings

How to Get Kim Kardashian's Perfect Lashes, According to Her Makeup Artist

You know you've made it as a makeup artist when the Kardashian/Jenner clan relies on you to get them ready for the red carpet. Hrush Achemyan, a 29-year-old makeup artist, has been on the family's speed dial for the past two months. "I've done makeup on basically all of them," says Achemyan. "They …