11 Things Only Bookworms Will Understand

fairoaks-libraryreaders-1-17-cindyfazzipicThe word bookworm, dating back to 1592, refers to “a person unusually devoted to reading,” according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. It also means the larva of any wood-boring insect that feeds on paper in books. We avid readers are indeed a special kind of tribe! (more…)

Why Do We Need Literature? Four Unexpected Benefits

fairoaks-3books1-cindyfazzipicDid you know that reading “Ulysses” or “To Kill a Mockingbird” helps you save time? Reading “The Grapes of Wrath” will make you nicer. A video by The School of Life explains some of the unexpected benefits of reading literature. (more…)

Which of These Banned Classic Books Have You Read?

greatgatsbycover-simonschusterForty-six out of the top 100 novels of the 20th century chosen by the esteemed Radcliffe Publishing Course at Columbia University have been banned or challenged, according to the American Library Association (ALA). (more…)

13 Nuggets of Wisdom from Novels

fairoaks-alchemist-cindyfazzipicI read novels for pleasure. I consider it a bonus when a book also enlightens or offers advice. Indeed literature can empower readers to take positive actions, according to a recent study.  (more…)

NEA Survey: More Women and Older Americans Read Literature for Pleasure

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Women and adults belonging to the 65-74 age bracket are the most active readers of literature in America, according to a new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). (more…)

Top 10 Jobs in Literature: Characters with the Most Memorable Careers

Fahrenheit451Cover-CindyFazziSome of the most compelling characters in literature also have the most interesting careers. Their working lives drive them and their stories. Sure, you’ll find plenty of fire fighters in many novels, but there’s no one quite like Guy Montag, the fireman in Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451.”  Montag’s job is at the top of my list of memorable jobs in fiction. (more…)

Pew Study: Most Readers Prefer Print over Digital Books

folsom-library-malereader1-cindyfazzipicMore people are using smartphones and tablets to read books, but a majority of readers prefer traditional print books over digital formats, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center. (more…)

Just like Your Body, Your Mind Needs a Daily Workout

kidreading1-CindyFazziPicYou just got home and your Fitbit band shows you’ve hit 10,000 steps for the day, thanks to a lunchtime walk. You also skipped the elevators and climbed the stairs in your office building.  Great! Now it’s time to work out your mind, too. (more…)

Want to Live Longer? Reading a Book Will Help

Read Poster Photo-Cindy FazziThe keys to healthy living and longevity may soon include read more books, judging by the results of a recent study. (more…)

Almond, Vanilla or Nutmeg? Let’s Talk about Book Smells!

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New books smell crisp and very different from old books.

Professor Faber, the bibliophile in Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” sniffs a book and says: “Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land?” His simple observation embodies our love affair with traditional books, which endures because of how they feel in our hands and also how they smell. (more…)