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26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School

"I was born with a reading list I will never finish." —Maud Casey

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

"At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot<p>2. "In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars."<p>—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, <i>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich</i><p>Suggested by Jasmin B., via Facebook<p>3. "She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning …

The Most Influential Books of the Past Decade

Every once in a while, we read a book that doesn't just transform the way we see the world. It also changes how we live our lives. For the past ten years, I've been asking business leaders and students which book has most influenced their actions. I give them one rule: it must include rigorous …

20 Under 40 Debut Writers You Need To Be Reading

Out with the old, in with the debut. These 20 remarkable writers were 40 years old or younger at the time of their debut novel's publication and have not yet published a second novel.

51 Books That Prove Reading Can Change Your Life

"After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." —Philip Pullman

65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

The books that will move you, inspire you, make you cry, make you think, make you laugh. Even if you read them in high school or college, you'll have a different perspective on them now that you're Out In The World. (Trust me.)<p><i>With extra-special thanks for their suggestions to the BuzzFeed</i> …

Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

Shortly after turning fifty, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 10, 1910) succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis. With his greatest works behind him, he found his sense of purpose dwindling as his celebrity and public acclaim billowed, sinking into a state of deep depression and melancholia …

29 Short Stories You Need To Read In Your Twenties

Because good things come in small packages.

23 Places Where You'd Rather Be Reading Right Now

Give me a good nook and a good book.

If Pop Songs Were Works Of Fiction

"I entered as a wrecking ball might."

17 Books To Read After You Graduate High School

These literary works will more than help you navigate through post-high school life.

How Many Of These Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels Have You Read?

If there were a Pulitzer Prize for reading Pulitzer Prize winners would you be a finalist?

How Well-Read Are You?

Bookworm much?

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

10 of Shakespeare's Best Dirty Jokes

<b>By Kalli Damschen, Baylor University</b><p>William Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time, and his plays have …

Listen to 15 Literary Icons Reading Their Own Work

One of the most important experiences you can have with your favorite author is to hear them read aloud from their works. But many of us will never …

14 Compelling Female Characters Who Need Their Own Spin-Off Novels

Somebody, anybody, give these characters more page time.