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Barnes & Noble Customers Donate Over a Million Books to Needy Children

From November 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, Barnes & Noble collected books, toys, and games for their annual Holiday Book Drive. In 2018, bookworms seriously came through—in total, Barnes and Noble customers from all around the country donated 1.2 million books to Barnes & Noble’s assortment of charities.


Since all Barnes & Noble locations participated in the Holiday Book Drive, you can consider this your good deed for the year—that is if you donated! (Since this was the 2018 book drive, you will need to do another good deed for 2019.)


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Barnes & Noble donates these books and toys to charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, Salvation Army, First Book, Ronald McDonald House, Head Start, and United Way. Depending on the area, many books go to local school districts, children’s hospitals, and libraries. Barnes & Nobles’ management feels the significance of the Holiday Book Drive can’t be understated. Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development at Barnes & Noble, congratulated customers on their accomplishment:


The annual Holiday Book Drive is something that our booksellers and customers look forward to every year because it has such a positive impact on the lives of children in need in their local communities. Our customers recognize the importance of reading in the lives of children and their enormous generosity gives kids of every background the chance to read, discover and learn.



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If you missed the chance to donate, don’t let that be your excuse. Your local library will accept your donations year-round, and let’s get real—you’re not going to make more than a dollar or two selling your used books anyway. If you feel your books could be more meaningful elsewhere, check out Bookstr’s list of worthwhile book charities. Many libraries, especially those in prisons and underfunded school districts, are lacking in new, quality copies of books. But you can always help to change that story.



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The Best Books Coming to Screens This February

We are now one month into 2018. So far, so good. Hopefully at this point  you’ve read several books. Or maybe you’ve just read one. Or maybe you’re in between reads. Whatever your circumstance, I hope your year’s gotten off to a good reading start.


If you need a break from reading, then you might want to head to the movies during these winter weekends. Here are the best books coming to screens this February!


February 9th


Fifty Shades Freed


Fifty Shades Freed

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With the tagline “Don’t miss the climax,” the grand finale of the Fifty Shades trilogy hits theaters early February. Fifty Shades Freed is based on E. L. James’ novel of the same name, and follows Anastasia Steele-Grey and Christian Grey feeling those post-honeymoon blues. Conflicts arise, sex is had. You know the score.


Peter Rabbit


Peter Rabbit poster

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Okay, frankly, I know we at Bookstr roasted the Peter Rabbit trailer, but sometimes the trailer doesn’t get it right. Based on Beatrix Potter’s stories, the new film follows Peter Rabbit’s feud with Thomas McGregor over a nice, animal-friendly new neighbor. The reason I’m changing my tune regarding this movie is that the case is stellar (Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Sia, Daisy Ridley, and ALSO Daisy Ridley). And James Corden’s voicing Peter Rabbit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


February 16th


Black Panther


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Black Panther is going to be the best movie of 2018, possibly the 21st century, and is it February 16th yet? Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman star. The film will follow T’Challa’s inheritance of his father’s throne after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and how he balances the mantle of Black Panther with the role of king. And here I am. Waiting. Oh, and it’s based on the comic book character. Ta-Nehisi Coates recently did a Black Panther run, so that’s worth checking out if your interest is piqued.


February 23rd




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Based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, the movie will follow a team of scientists who venture into a mysterious environmental disaster zone. The cast is crazy good: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac. Also, it’s directed by Ex Machina’s Alex Garland. Should be good!


Every Day


Every Day

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Based on David Levithan’s novel of the same name, Every Day follows a soul called “A” who enters a new body every day. One day he meets a girl named Rhiannon, and they begin to fall in love. Their romance has to navigate, obviously, their unique predicament. Angourie Rice stars, Michael Sucsy directs, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl author Jesse Andrews penned the script. Mark it on your calendars!


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Educate Yourself With 2018’s Smartest Science Books

2018 is here, and we have all promised ourselves that this year will be better than the last. One way to achieve this is, of course, by reading more. Although many of our reading lists are sprawling and unmanageable already, it’s important to make sure we read diversely and that we’re reading stuff that’s not only entertaining but educational. Luckily, we live in a good time for popular science books that accomplish both in excess.


Here are some of the most exciting science book releases coming this winter, descriptions courtesy of the publishers.


1. Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Kathryn Harkup


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Released: February 8, 2018


Making the Monster explores the scientific background behind Mary Shelley’s book. Is there any science fact behind the science fiction? And how might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have gone about creating his monster? From tales of volcanic eruptions, artificial life and chemical revolutions, to experimental surgery, ‘monsters’ and electrical experiments on human cadavers, Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Shelley, and inspired her most famous creation.


2. Bear: Myth, Animal, Icon by Wolf D. Storl



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Released: January 9, 2018


Since the beginning of human history, bears have been regarded as animals of great power. Ethnobotanist and cultural anthropologist Wolf Storl, who spent years in the wilderness with bears, explores the fascinating relationship between bears and humans, including the history, mythology, healing lore, and biology of this formidable creature. Storl takes the reader from the bear caves of the Neanderthals to the bear-worshipping Siberian tribes of today, from the extinct cave bear to the modern teddy bear. Bears were traditionally seen as a kind of “forest human” under whose shaggy fur a king or a god was hidden, he explains. Vividly illustrating the power of myths and fairy tales to reveal more than scientific treatises about the true nature of beings–especially in the case of bears–Storl restores this magnificent animal to its rightful place at the forefront of the human imagination as well as among the dwellers of the forest.


3. The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love by Michael D. Lemonick


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Released: January 16, 2018


In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson—a renowned artist who regularly produced covers for The New Yorker, a gifted musician, a skilled amateur pilot, and a joyful presence to all who knew her—lives in a “perpetual now.” 


Lonni Sue has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. Remarkably, however, she retains much of the intellect and artistic skills from her previous life. As such, Lonni Sue’s story has become part of a much larger scientific narrative—one that is currently challenging traditional wisdom about how human memory and awareness are stored in the brain.


In this probing, compassionate, and illuminating book, award-winning science journalist Michael D. Lemonick tells the unique drama of Lonni Sue Johnson’s day-to-day life and explains the groundbreaking revelations about memory, learning, and consciousness her unique case has uncovered. This is his nuanced and intimate look of the science that lies at the very heart of human nature.


4. The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force That Created the Modern World—and Could Destroy It by Alanna Mitchell


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Released: January 30, 2018


An engrossing history of the science of one of the four fundamental physical forces in the universe, electromagnetism, right up to the latest indications that the poles are soon to reverse and destroy the world’s power grids and electronic communications


A cataclysmic planetary phenomenon is gathering force deep within the Earth. The magnetic North Pole will eventually trade places with the South Pole. Satellite evidence suggests to some scientists that the move has already begun, but most still think it won’t happen for many decades. All agree that it has happened many times before and will happen again. But this time it will be different. It will be a very bad day for modern civilization.


Award-winning science journalist Alanna Mitchell’s delightful storytelling introduces enchanting characters from investigations into magnetism in thirteenth-century France to the discovery in the Victorian era that electricity and magnetism emerge from the same force. No one has ever told so eloquently how the Earth itself came to be seen as a magnet, spinning in space with two poles, and that those poles dramatically, catastrophically reverse now and then…


5. Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception by Annie Jacobsen



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Released: March 28, 2018


For more than forty years, the U.S. government, through various military and intelligence agencies, has invested millions in classified programs that study the role of mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and other forms of extrasensory perception (ESP) as a means of intelligence collection for military and defense purposes.


Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen will tell the story of these programs, using interviews with the core group of individuals–including former Defense Department scientists, military officers, CIA analysts and researchers, an Apollo 14 astronaut, government psychics, and members of the Aviary–who ran these phenomena programs at the highest level of government.


6. The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku


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Released: February 20, 2018


Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility–and a necessity. Whether in the near future due to climate change and the depletion of finite resources, or in the distant future due to catastrophic cosmological events, we must face the reality that humans will one day need to leave planet Earth to survive as a species. World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals how cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars. He then takes us beyond the solar system to nearby stars, which may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light. Finally, he brings us beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, to the possibility of immortality, showing us how humans may someday be able to leave our bodies entirely and laser port to new havens in space. With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.


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The New York Times’ Book Calendar Is a Must for the Overwhelmed Bookworm

The New York Times Book Review just made your bookworm lives so much easier. They’ve created a book calendar that’ll help you keep track of essentially every major literary event happening in 2018. The calendar has lists everything from book releases, book festivals, anniversaries of books, notable author birthdays, and the release dates for upcoming book adaptations.


Here are some key events to keep in mind over the next few months:


February 6th: Zadie Smith’s collection of essays Feel Free drops.


February 12th: Judy Blume’s 80th birthday! You better set a reminder for this one.


March 9th: Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation finally hits theaters!


March 21st: World Poetry Day once again!


March 30th: Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One will blow our minds with pop culture references.


April 15th: Pulitzer Prizes…


May 22nd: Michael Chabon’s Pops hits shelves. Yay!


The calendar is filled in until July, but count on them updating this constantly as events and releases near. I highly recommend you download the calendar here, and set reminders for everything that interests you. 2018 is the year to become the very best sort of bookworm—an organized one!




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