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5 Best ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go!’ Quotes

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You’ll Go!

It is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and one of my favorites of all time so in honor of this huge anniversary I’ve gathered the best quotes from Oh The Places You’ll Go!

 

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#5 “Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”

 

#4 “And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”

 

#3 “Out there things can happen, and frequently do,
To people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew.
Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”

 

#2 “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

 

#1 “You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

 

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5 Long Books to Get You Through Long January

Does anyone else feel like January has been ongoing for approximately three years now? The holidays have passed, everyone is back to work and back to class, the light at the end of the January tunnel has never felt so far away. To help you through the remaining two weeks (three months in Jan time), we’ve compiled a list of lengthy books that you can lose yourself in this month. Before you know it, it’ll be February, and you’ll have serious bragging rights.

 

 

1. it by stephen King

 

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Stephen King’s spooky It is as long as it is creepy. Coming in at 1138 pages, it is one of his longest novels. The story takes place over twenty eight years which is equal to one single January. Plus, if you factor in all the time you’ll spend having nightmares from reading it, you’ll definitely make it to the end of the month.

 

2. Ulysses by james joyce

 

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James Joyce’s Ulysses is the ultimate way to get through the month. Instead of focusing on the January blues, lose yourself in Bloom’s instead! The infamous novel has a page count of 730 and with the time it’ll take to figure the story out, plus the time you’ll spend bragging about it after, spring will be hurtling towards you when you’re finished.

 

 

3. Lord of the rings by j.r.r. tolkien

 

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (as one unit) rings in at 1178 pages. If you get through that too quickly, try teaching yourself elvish. Before you know it, you’ll be one language smarter and ready to woo your S.O. for Valentine’s Day.

Bonus: check out our ranking of LotR covers here.

 

4. les misérables by victor hugo

 

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Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables chronicles the miseries of the French Revolution in a hefty 1900 pages, making it the perfect length to see out the rest of the month. Compound this with the film adaption for the full experience. If you learn the musical’s songs, too, you could make it through January 2021, too!

 

 

5. Harry potter and the order of the phoenix by j.k. rowling

 

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The fifth installment of Rowling’s Harry Potter series spans 870 pages. To read the entire series from beginning to end, it would take the average reader around two months. So if you start now, you can be finished by January 24th, and fit in another long read before February.

Happy reading! Two weeks to go, folks. We can do this.

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Top Ten Most-Checked Out Books

The New York Public Library turns 125 this year. In order to celebrate their anniversary, the library has decided to find out the most checked out books that have accumulated over the years. Here are their top ten books.

 

  1. The Snowy Day (485,583 checkouts)

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Capturing the first snowball, The Snowy Day is a compelling story that has become a favorite of millions. It attempts to reveal the wonder of a child at a new world, capturing the hope and keeping that wonder forever.

 

  1. The Cat in the Hat (469,650 checkouts)

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Sally and her brother are stuck in the house on a rainy day with nothing to do. A giant cat in a hat shows up at their front door, hoping to turn their frowns upside down by giving them an exciting day.

 

 

  1. 1984 (441,770 checkouts)

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As a reading that is required for students to read, it is the most terrifying novels written. Published in 1949, Orwell was able to show his vision of a bureaucratic world, where everyone and everything is under the supervision of Big Brother. Disobey the law and cease to exist.

 

  1. Where the Wild Things Are (436,016 checkouts)
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Max is sent to be one night without anything to eat after he caused some mischief in his world suit. That night, a forest grows in his room and an ocean opens with a boat to take Max to where the wild things are.

 

 

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird (422,912 checkouts)

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Rising to success in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird allows readers to dive into what makes up human behavior. It helps to gain a better understanding of life stages from, as the blurb states, “innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.”

 

  1. Charlotte’s Web (337,948 checkouts)

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This beloved book tells a tale of Charlotte’s feelings for a little pig named Wilbur. Both Wilbur and Charlotte express their love for a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born. This novel involves, as the blurb states, “friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.”

 

 

  1. Fahrenheit 451 (316,404 checkouts)

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Guy Montag is a fireman, whose job is to make sure that most of the illegal commodities, like that of books, are destroyed. If anyone tried to conceal these books, then their homes would also be destroyed. Montag has never questioned about the world he lived in, that is before he met Clarisse, who introduces him to a world that isn’t controlled by television.

 

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People (284,524 checkouts)

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Dale Carnegie’s, How to Win Friends and Influence People, has been a timeless bestseller as it has given advice to millions on how to make people’s lives more successful. Carnegie’s principles help to make sure that you achieve your maximum potential in this age of competition.

 

 

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (231,022 checkouts)

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Harry Potter is one of the most classic tales of all time. Left with his relatives to care for him after the murder of his parents, Harry is forced to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. His life changes when he receives a letter of who he truly is, a wizard. Rescued by a mysterious visitor, Harry begins his journey at his new home, Hogwarts.

 

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (189,550 checkouts)

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On a sunny Sunday, a caterpillar hatched out of a tiny egg. He was so hungry that on Monday he at through one apple. Tuesday, he ate through three plums, but it still wasn’t enough. Once he was full, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep for several weeks, only to wake up as a beautiful butterfly.

 

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For Keeps! – Atlanta’s Best Kept Literary Secret!

I haven’t been to Atlanta yet, but after coming across For Keeps!, I may be planning a visit soon! This quaint, little store located a few blocks from The Martin Luther King Jr Church, may seem unassuming from a distance, but it holds quite some significance.

 

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Rosa Duffy, the 29 year-old artist and owner of For Keeps!, has run this store for rare and classic black books since 2018 and hopes to maintain it with enough effort and diligence so it can eventually become a neighborhood treasure. But regardless of what its future may look like, Duffy hopes to maintain the book store’s reputation as a rare place in her hometown that honors and preserves black history.

 

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Her picturesque store harbors not only hard-to-find and classic books by African and African American literary legends like Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Ralph Ellison, Octavia Butler and others, but also carries album covers, unique artifacts and even copies of the iconic black magazine, Jet. Some of the items here are from her personal collection, many of which were swiped from her family members, probably while they weren’t looking.

 

 

The aspect of opening a space dedicated solely to rare black books came to Duffy while she was a student at the New School in New York. As an avid dweller of the city’s bookstores, like Mercer Street Books and Records, the Strand, the Alabaster Bookshop and East Village Books, she eventually gathered up the courage to open her own sanctuary.

 

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Duffy’s infectious enthusiasm about books is extremely admirable. Finding a rare book by one of her favorite artists, Carrie Mae Weems, made her ecstatic, as did a copy of Ceasar D. Coleman’s Beyond Blackness to Destiny, which was published in 1969.

 

 

She admits that initially there were concerns that mixing passion with business may cause issues, but has been pleasantly surprised because so far, it’s been fantastic! And when asked, why Atlanta, Duffy quickly replied, “Atlanta was the only place to do it. It’s home and I wanted it to represent the vastness of blackness and allow people to read about their history in a welcoming space.” — which is exactly why For Keeps! is for keeps!

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The Courtney Love of Letters has Passed Away

Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation has died at the age of 52 of metastatic breast cancer.

 

 

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Wurtzel wrote more than several influential books, but was known for her book Prozac Nation as it opened up a dialogue about depression that changed America. Wurtzel was very open about her struggles with mental illness. The book was eventually turned into a film in 2001 starring Christina Ricci. She was also known for her forward-thinking culture critiques and somewhat inflammatory opinions, as well as her strong feminist belief system. She was dubbed, “the Courtney Love of letters.”

 

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She did far more than outrage people, especially with her second book, Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women; her words and writing style were suffused with a new kind of writing technique a la Sylvia Plath but in prose, a sort of confessional memoir panache where she talked about her very personal experiences while educating the reader on a woman’s value in society.

 

 

In her last book, More, Now, Again, she chronicled her struggles with substance abuse. She finally got clean and ended up going to Yale law school where she graduated and worked for Boies, Schiller & Flexner for more than several years. She left in 2012, to devote more time to writing. In 2015, she married James Freed Jr. on the roof of a loft in Soho. It was around this time she commenced treatment for stage two breast cancer.

She leaves behind a husband and a mother, not to mention a whole new generation of readers where she will no doubt strike a chord.

 

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