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The 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015

2015 has been a truly great year for fantasy, with a number of stunning debuts, startlingly original standalones, and excellent new installments in beloved series.<p>Hawkins' fantastic debut novel <i>The Library at Mount Char</i> is the story of a deeply strange, highly unsettling family—the likes of which …

23 Rules For Life That Happy People Follow

1. When things get tough: Treat yourself like a toddler. A cranky toddler. A toddler who shouldn't get too hungry, too cold, too hot, too sleepy or be dressed in uncomfortable clothes.<p>2. Most decisions don't require extensive research.<p>3. One of the worst ways to spend your time is to do something</i> …


10 Questions That Will Transform Your Life

<i>This article was originally published on Completed Thoughts.</i><p>Have you ever asked yourself questions like these?<p>"Why do I have to get up so early?"<br>• "Why is this happening to me?"<br>• "I'm screwed, aren't I?"<br>• "Why is life so hard?"<br>• "I should just give up, shouldn't I?<p>If you are like the average person, you …


16 Beautiful Quotes That Will Inspire You

"When the path reveals itself, follow it." From Cheryl Strayed's new book of quotes, Brave Enough.<p>1. "Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you'll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you'll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. …

18 Ways to Create Good Habits -- and Eliminate Bad Ones -- for Life

Forget the excuses! Building good habits lies in following a system consistently, day in and day out.<p>All of us like to mythologize successful …


I Baked Every Technical Challenge From "The Great British Bake Off" And It Was A Fucking Disaster

TL;DR: Just go to the shops and buy a cake instead.

24 Perfectly Cozy And Delicious Treats To Bake This Fall

Ditch the cinnamon and never look back! So many other spices and flavors to enjoy this season.

30 Amazing Muddy Buddies Recipes

YumFor an irresistible sweet treat that’s super easy to make and even easier to devour, whether you call it Puppy Chow or Snack Mix, it’s always …


Chocolate Chip Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Shares 945<p>Chocolate Chip Pecan Shortbread Cookies are rich, sweet, buttery, crumbly, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies with chocolate chips and …

10 Good Things for Cleverly Using Kitchen Leftovers

Rather than discard the wrapper after you've used a stick of butter, stash it in the freezer inside a resealable plastic bag. When you need to butter a baking dish, take out a wrapper, let it soften slightly, and use.

23 Of The World's Greatest Cookies

Every country bakes an incredible cookie.


Book Review Site for Librarians in Public Libraries and School Libraries

<b>The List</b> <br>by Amy Siskind<p>For anyone who, after a year of the Trump administration, asks, “How did we get here?” Siskind provides the answer. A former …

An Ode to Solitude: The Beauty of Just Sitting

<b>“I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.” ~Henry David Thoreau</b><p>Meditation makes you realize it’s not so much the silence as …

Henry David Thoreau

Bake Off previous winners: where are they now?

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, …

Positive Thinking

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

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

Dada's Place - Crochet wonderland

When I joined several squares together, they looked nice, the colors were fine, but something was missing. The squares didn't look interesting …

Through the Loops!

ETA: Since a few of you have asked, the yarn is Cephalopod Skinny Bugga in Elephant Hawk Moth. Saddly, they are no longer in business.

How to Change Colors Seamlessly in Crochet...Without That Little Bridge!

Introduction: How to Change Colors Seamlessly in Crochet...Without That Little Bridge!<p>Do you know how to change colors in crochet? If you do, how …


17 New YA Books That Will Make Your Heart Happy

SORRY, BANK ACCOUNT. There's new books I need to buy.

13 Books That Will Make You Believe In Ghosts

Don't read these true-life ghost stories in the dark. You've been warned.


32 Books That Are Guaranteed To Give You Wanderlust

The perfect travel companions.<p><i>Thumbnail image credit: oriontrail / ThinkStock</i>


The best novels in English: readers' alternative list

After Robert McCrum finished his two-year-long project compiling the best novels written in English, you had a lot to add. Here are the 15 books that received most votes to join the list<p>The 100 best novels written in English: the full list Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t …


19 Awesome New Books You Need To Read This Fall

You're going to need a bigger bookshelf.