Read This, Not That: 11/22/63 and Libra

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The nation's reaction to the tragedy was widespread, with reports of traffic halting as drivers heard the news over their car radios. This was the national tragedy that defined a generation, a day that no one alive would ever forget. To honor this important date in history, we'd like … [Read more...]

Read This, Not That: London 2012 Olympic Games Edition

Rumor has it that tomorrow's opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games will feature a 40-foot-tall Lord Voldemort battling 30 flying Mary Poppinses. This may go down as the most awesomely literary opening ceremony ever. Inspired by this rumor, we have compiled a list of books by British authors, some London 2012 themed reading selections for your enjoyment. Harry Potter series by … [Read more...]

Read This, Not That: C2 Education Summer Reading Recommendations

No one denies the importance of reading – reading is, after all, one of the most fundamental building blocks of education. But a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) report titled “To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence” noted that today’s teens don’t read nearly enough: Just 31% of 13-year-olds read for pleasure on a daily basis Only 22% of 17-year-olds read for … [Read more...]

Read This, Not That: Rest in Peace, Ray Bradbury

Famed science fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away this week, but his contribution to the literary world will not soon be forgotten. The 91-year-old author, often credited with bringing modern science fiction into the mainstream, published dozens of novels and short stories during his lifetime. In fact, Bradbury wrote right up until the end, publishing an autobiographical essay in The New … [Read more...]

Read This Not That: Why Boys Don’t Read

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It’s true: Most boys don’t read. Study after study supports the claim that boys are far less likely to read for pleasure than girls. In fact, the 2010 Scholastic Kid and Family Reading Report found that, regardless of race, geography, or socioeconomic status, boys lag behind girls in reading. According to authors of a 2005 NEA study, the gender gap in reading between boys and girls has grown so … [Read more...]

Read This Not That: Full Fathom Five

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Many of you have probably heard of author James Frey in the past. Frey authored the “memoir” A Million Little Pieces, which supposedly chronicled his battle with addiction in gut-wrenchingly graphic prose. Oprah – the literary king-maker – selected the title for her book club, launching the book to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list, where it sat for over 15 weeks. The book sold 3.5 … [Read more...]

Read This, Not That: Twilight

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  When Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series first came out, I was shocked to see teenage girls across the nation flocking to bookstores. Girls who professed a hatred of reading, girls who avoided novels at all cost, were suddenly sitting up all night long to finish a book – how could this possibly be a bad thing? Under normal circumstances, we applaud any books popular enough to get … [Read more...]