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McDonald’s Is Doing Something Right

I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in 10 years–ever since I watched the Super Size Me documentary.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those pretentious anti-fast food people who look down their nose at you for ordering some french fries. I’m still fond of Chick Fil-A and, occasionally, Wendy’s and Sonic. But McDonald’s just ain’t my thing.

That said, I’m excited to see what U.K.-based McDonald’s are doing. They’re giving away a Roald Dahl book with each Happy Meal. Eight of Dahl’s stories will be featured, with extracts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Magical Mischief, George’s Marvelous Medicine, and Matilda.  Read more

This Passage Will Make You Think

I don’t know if it’s just that good, or if I’m just that dense, but I had to read this one several times to begin to follow Rushdie.

This is, of course, from Midnight’s ChildrenRead more

Salman Rushdie: “Everyone is upset all the time.”

If you’re easily offended, and if you’ve never read Salman Rushdie’s work, then you might want to stay away from it.

Rushdie has a dark sense of humor and doesn’t mind poking at different aspects of culture and religion. After publishing Satanic Verses in 1988, Rushdie routinely received death threats. In 1989, Ayatolla Khomeini–Iran’s spiritual leader at the time–pronounced a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s execution. I’m guessing Rushdie doesn’t vacation in Iran. He’s still on the hit list of Islamic extremists, like Al Qaeda, to this day.

I’ll talk more about this next week…but, for now, let’s just say Rushdie probably doesn’t have a lot of tolerance for easily offended people.

NPR interviewed Rushdie about his latest novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, and I thought this bit was insightful: Read more

Book or Beer?

I love books. I love beer.

That’s why the website I’m telling you about today is a favorite.

If you’ve got a few spare minutes, check out

The site gives you a name, like “Constant Disappointment,” and you have to determine whether it’s the title of a Young Adult novel or is a craft beer brewed in New York. No kidding.  Read more

10 Novels Replaced With Emojis…Can You Guess Them?

I might be going off the rocker with today’s post, but what the heck…let’s try something crazy.

Emojis are everywhere these days. It’s almost like an entire new language you need to interpret.  So with that in mind, I thought I’d have a little fun and put together some emojis based on famous novels.

Each set of emojis is based on a famous book’s title OR its plot. Take a look at each one and see if you can guess the titles in the comments! Read more

A Coloring Book For Adults?

I’ve got to be honest. I love building Legos. I buy my son Legos just so I can “help” him build them. I have a Lego-sized hole in my brain that only those little Legos can fill.

I don’t care that I’m 39 years old. I’m unrepentant about my love for Legos.

That’s why I love my friend Jennifer’s most recent project. She illustrated an “expert-level coloring adventure” called Flying Colors that allows you to tap into that long-forgotten segment of your brain that loves to just sit down at the kitchen table with a coloring book and color.

I guess you’d call it a coloring book for adults, though I’m sure anyone who loves to color could give these illustrations a go.

I don’t know what else to say other than it’s a creative, super cool idea. Who doesn’t need a little “art therapy” every now and then?

Here’s a sample page: Read more

The 101 Books 5th Anniversary Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the book giveaway over the weekend.

On Friday, I asked you to post the worst novel you’ve ever read in the comments section. I’ll randomly select three winners–using a random number generator–and those three winners can pick one novel out of the first 82 I’ve read.

So, without further delay, here are the three randomly selected winners! Read more


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