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9 Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From Their Favorite Classic Children's Books

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.03.2014 | Home

Our very favorite children's books left an irreversible impression on our childhoods and on our lives. Some of our most cherished storybook characters...

15 Books That Will Help Get You Out Of Your Reading Slump

Posted 12.23.2013 | Home

For lit lovers, the dark times endured between great books can be a drag. What are you supposed to do with your free time, or while waiting for a frie...

Did Someone Say 'Classic'? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Could Not Be Published Today

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Peter Mandel

You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.

A New and Old Take on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Alicewinks

Monica Edinger | Posted 02.16.2014 | Home
Monica Edinger

Fans and newcomers to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have something really special in store this season. This is Alicewinks, a remar...

I Fell In Love With This 'Old' Book (And You Might Too)

Alexis LaMarsh | Posted 02.10.2014 | Teen
Alexis LaMarsh

What is it about The Great Gatsby that makes it so charming? How has a book written in the early 1920s withstood the trials of time nearly 90 years in the making?

23 Amazing Classic Books That Are So Short You Have No Excuse Not To Read Them

Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

As Books Editors, we set aside more designated reading time than most people do. Still, even we are daunted by copies of The Goldfinch looming on ou...

Awesome Books That Tweak Classic Literature

| Posted 11.05.2013 | Home

Originally posted on Kirkus Writers are always borrowing from one another, across centuries and continents. It’s the writers who aren’t just bo...

9 Beloved Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day

Posted 10.24.2013 | Home

In John Updike's "Rabbit, Run," protagonist Harry Angstrom contemplates his escape from the confines of his mid-century, middle-class American life. H...

The Power of a First Sentence

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.

9 Most Sympathetic Villains In Books

Posted 09.11.2013 | Home

Most villains are the type readers love to hate, but a rare few inspire actual compassion. Some have been treated like garbage their whole lives, othe...

Ultimate List Of Literary One Hit Wonders

Posted 08.29.2013 | Home

Every single writer can't be Charles Dickens, James Joyce or Jane Austen. Most authors only end up with one hit book, and the rest are duds, or ju...

40 Books To Read Before Turning 40

Posted 12.08.2015 | OWN

By Leigh Newman The manual for making your first four decades the most joyful, wise and stress-free of your life....

Accidental Food Writing: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Food Riot | Posted 08.17.2013 | Taste
Food Riot

Come for the story, stay for the food.

10 Classics That Won't Put You To Sleep

| Posted 06.03.2013 | Home

Originally published on Kirkus: Starting in early June, Kirkus is going to publish our best bets for the new fiction and nonfiction that will deli...

24 Classic Books' Original Titles

Posted 05.22.2013 | Home

Yesterday, we came across this awesome piece that Book Riot did of 5 classic books with awful original titles (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT FAULKNER'S THE SOU...

What Classics Will Our Century Produce?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.06.2013 | Home
Warren Adler

Will 21st century authors produce any classics? As the number of books of fiction produced each year approaches staggering numbers, classics bookshelves must find themselves frustrated in their search for the needle in the proverbial haystack.

Read the Classics in 2013!

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 03.06.2013 | Home
C. Christopher Smith

I'm issuing a challenge to readers for the new year: for every new book that you read this year, read (or-re-read) a classic book. I am going to attempt to undertake this challenge myself.

Celebrating Joan Aiken's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Slideshow)

Monica Edinger | Posted 12.22.2012 | Home
Monica Edinger

A grand adventure with wonderfully spunky characters set in an alternate Victorian world, I reread The Wolves of Willoughby Chase recently and can say that it is as marvelous as ever.

The Word Collector: Willa Cather's 'My Antonia'

Dana Sachs | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Dana Sachs

People often speak of Cather's story about Jim Burden and his friendship with his childhood playmate Antonia as one of our great American novels

7 Things To Say About Books You've Never Read

Posted 09.25.2012 | Home

No matter how avid of a reader you are, it'd be impossible to read everything. As NPR culture blogger Linda Holmes says, "The vast majority of the wor...

Five Classic Books Every Smart Person Should Read

Nathan Harden | Posted 09.05.2012 | Home
Nathan Harden

Great literature, because it asks big questions and communicates big ideas, stays relevant, even if it is very old. You will be richer, wiser, and smarter if you make classic literature a regular part of your life.

The Title Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 10.13.2012 | Home
Warren Adler

A great title is an art form unto itself. Indeed, a great title does not necessarily signify a great book and vice versa.

9 Books That Make You Undateable

Posted 07.19.2012 | Home

There's a lot of red tape to cut through before completely committing to a relationship: There's the ex talk, the meeting of the parents, and if you'r...

6-Year-Old Interprets Classic Novel Covers | Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents

What happens when this recent kindergarten graduate judges a book by its cover? Here are the results.

Is This Book A Classic?

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 09.13.2012 | Home
Annemarie Dooling

Last week we unveiled to the world our next book choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. Our readers rallied and voted on four choices we eagerly pi...