50 Free eBook Classics for Your Holiday Reading Time

50 Free eBook Classics for Your Holiday Reading Time

For those of you with a little extra peace & quiet this holiday season, I've pulled a list of interesting (and 100% free) public domain titles to fill your e-reader. The list starts out heavy on Charles Dickens and Jules Verne, a couple of my favorites, but also has some James Joyce, Emile Zola, Charlotte Bronte, Anthony Trollope, miscellaneous classic fiction, books on mushrooms, ancient Roman cookbooks, a Buddhism book by the founder of The Theosophical Society, Civil War histories, and a host of other interesting things.

Bin Laden's Bookshelf: 34 Books Read by America's #1 Enemy

Bin Laden's Bookshelf: 34 Books Read by America's #1 Enemy

It has now been well over 6 years since "America's #1 Enemy", Osama Bin Laden, was killed in Pakistan during Operation Neptune Spear. In the wake of his death, US forces seized all of Bin Laden's possessions from his compound, including the contents of his bookshelf. Through a wave of releases from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2016 and earlier this year, a list of English-language books from Bin Laden's own bookshelf has been published. When reading through the list, you'll definitely see a clear pattern of his obsession with taking down America, hearing accounts of his own acts, and Noam Chomsky. The only real surprise on the list to me was his apparent interest in the Illuminati. See below for a list of 34 titles from that bookshelf.

A New Mark Twain Book is Coming Out Next Month. No, Really.

A New Mark Twain Book is Coming Out Next Month. No, Really.

If you've ever wished to own a first edition Mark Twain book, your dreams are about to come true! Believe it or not, a brand new, never-before-published Twain title will be released next month courtesy of Random House. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine started as 16 pages of handwritten notes from Twain, written in 1879, discovered in 2011, and then edited/expanded by author Philip Stead this year. The book is also illustrated by the author's wife, Erin Stead (scroll all the way down to see some of the amazing illustrations).

The Top Book Links of May

The Top Book Links of May

Those who are following along over the last few months are probably expecting a slew of Tolkien and JK Rowling links, right? Well, surprise! Okay, there's still one Harry Potter link that made the list but I have a feeling that will continue to be the case for awhile. Unlike March and April, this month people were more interested in the impact that Amazon's new stores are having on brick & mortar stores, as well as some of the finer points of book publishing history and general reading culture. So without further ado, here are May's top links in descending order of interest.

17 Books to Give to a '17 Graduate Instead of "Oh the Places You'll Go"

17 Books to Give to a '17 Graduate Instead of "Oh the Places You'll Go"

It's 2017 and you have children, nephews/nieces, and neighbors graduating from high school or college and you are on the hook for some sort of meaningful gift. So if you want to stray from the herd and give your graduate a different uplifting/inspiring/helpful title on graduation, what's your best bet? Below are 17 titles that every graduate should own as they venture out into the world on their own.