Why you should reread ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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We have a long running joke on the MashReads Podcast: Can our co-host Aliza Weinberger reference to To Kill A Mockingbird, her favorite book, in every episode that we record?

Given that joke, we are happy to say, this week on the MashReads Podcast, we finally took the plunge and read Harper Lee’s classic.

Join us as we discuss To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s portrayal of racism in the south, if Atticus is actually the hero we all say he is and why you should reread this book.

Then, inspired by our revisit of To Kill A Mockingbird, we discuss books that change when you reread them. Read more…

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William Shatner, Amy Schumer, Lin-Manuel Miranda win book awards

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“Author” isn’t the first occupation that comes to mind when you think of actor William Shatner, comedian Amy Schumer or Lin-Manuel Miranda, a musical mastermind just waiting to break through.

But all three are now award-winning authors. And they join members of the literary pantheon like Stephen King, Rick Riordan and Colson Whitehead in the annual Goodreads Choice awards as determined by more than 3.5 million users of the Amazon-owned Goodreads. 

And despite dividing the Harry Potter fan community, the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won more votes than any other book in the seven-year history of the Goodreads awards.  Read more…

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Bill Gates’ favorite books of 2016 are the most Bill Gates books ever

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You thought your favorite books were dorky*? Wait until you see Bill Gates‘ reading list.

In a blog post on Monday, Microsoft founder and big time book nerd Bill Gates revealed his favorite books of 2016, and well, they are the most Bill Gates selections ever. Which is to say, they are intensely nerdy books that will help you better understand the world.

Seriously. He says that one of his favorite genres of books is “books about mundane stuff that are actually fascinating.”

So it’s no surprise that this year, Gates’ favorite books are deep dives into things we see and experience every day. Selections range the gamut of literary explorations of tennis to explainers of genome science. Read more…

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Here are the books longlisted for the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

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Looking for a book suggestion? PEN America’s got you covered.

Starting this week PEN America is kicking off its literary award season by announcing the longlist for the 2017 PEN Literary Awards.

Each year PEN uses its Literary Awards program to honor the best and brightest in fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama and poetry. Past winners have included Ta-Nehisi Coates, who won the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for Between The World and Me in 2016, and Paul Harding, who won the Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for his novel Tinkers in 2010. Read more…

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Here are the books longlisted for the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

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Looking for a book suggestion? PEN America’s got you covered.

Starting this week PEN America is kicking off its literary award season by announcing the longlist for the 2017 PEN Literary Awards.

Each year PEN uses its Literary Awards program to honor the best and brightest in fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama and poetry. Past winners have included Ta-Nehisi Coates, who won the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for Between The World and Me in 2016, and Paul Harding, who won the Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for his novel Tinkers in 2010. Read more…

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MashReads Podcast: ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ is a beautifully woven YA novel about love

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

That is the question posed by The Sun Is Also A Star, the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon.

The Sun Is Also A Star follows two strangers, romantic poet Daniel and science whiz Natasha, who have very different opinions on love. When Natasha and Daniel run into each other on a fateful day in New York, Daniel believes he has found “the one” and embarks on a quest to convince Natasha to fall in love with him. The only problem: at the end of the day Natasha is being deported to Jamaica. Read more…

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