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11 Of The Best Quotes In Literature

A great sentence is as refreshing as a cool cup of water.

See what I did there? That was a bad sentence riddled with a horrible cliche. That was the opposite of a good sentence. In fact, I’m probably terrible at writing good sentences–that’s why I love reading other people’s good sentences.

Today, join me as we bask in the brilliance of some of the greatest quotes from literature. I wish I could write like this.

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The 5 Most Unique Places I’ve Ever Read A Book

It’s summer. If you haven’t already traveled somewhere for a getaway, then you may be soon. At the very least, you’re probably thinking of where you want to take your next vacation, whether it’s later this year or later this decade.

There’s something about traveling that inspires us to read. We read on planes, on subways, and in cars (when not driving!), but the best thing about traveling and reading is the unique places we get to read in once we’ve reached the destination.

I’m not talking about the “go-to” reading spot. For me, that’s a certain chair at home. I’m talking about some of the most unique, or out of the ordinary, places we’ve read over the years.

Here are my 5 favorite reading spots. Read more

Go Ahead And Write In That Book

I’ve always been a proponent of writing in books, even dog-earing pages on occasion. To me, that’s just showing the book a little love.

When I’m finished with a novel, I want the novel to look like I’ve read it. And what better way to do that than writing my thoughts in the margins?

Mortimer Adler wrote a book appropriately called How to Read a Book. Time recently published an excerpt in which Adler explains why you shouldn’t be ashamed to write in your books.

I love this.  Read more

20 Reasons The Great Gatsby Is The Best Novel Ever

You guys know I love The Great Gatsby. It’s my favorite novel, and it currently sits #1 out of the 76 novels I’ve read during this project so far.

But I haven’t talked about the novel in a really long time, like two weeks maybe. So I thought I’d break down why Gatsby is so awesome in a fun Friday listicle.

Let’s go! So why is The Great Gatsby the greatest novel ever? Read more

#3 In 2014: What Does It Mean To Be “Well Read?”

* 101 Books is out of office this week. But all week I am featuring the top 5 most popular NEW posts (by traffic) in 2014. I’ll return with new posts on January 5. 

Someone recently told me I was “well read,” which I find interesting. The whole reason I started 101 Books was because I felt like I wasn’t “well read” enough, whatever that means.

So now that I’ve read nearly 70 books in four years, am I well read all of the sudden?

Seriously? That’s all it takes–70 books in four years?

According to Google, 129 million books have been published in the history of the history. 129 million!

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Do You Lie About Reading Books?

Ever lied about reading a book? Of course you have.

Buzzfeed published a pretty entertaining quiz that gives you a good luck on how often we lie about reading certain books.

I gave it a whirl and thought I’d share some of the results with you. Read more

5 Ways To Generate Blog Post Ideas

This marks my 954th post on 101 Books.

Four years ago, I would’ve laughed if you told me I would publish that many posts on this blog. How could I possibly write 954 posts about a list of books?

But you’d be surprised at how relatively easy it is to come up with topics once you make a habit out of coming up with topics. I’ve figured out a few ways to build brainstorming into my everyday life, without taking up a chunk of time I don’t have.

That’s really helped me generate new ideas for the blog, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips with you guys. If you have a blog, maybe you might find one or two worth your time. Read more

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