National Book Award Nominees of 2020

National Book Award Nominees of 2020

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The National Book Awards has released the names of its 2020 nominees, including two acclaimed debut novelists: Megha Majumdar and Douglas Stuart, both their fiction novels taking on serious cultural themes. Majumdar’s A Burning is about a Muslim girl trying to make it out of the slums and is accused of being linked to a terrorist attack on a train, and Stuart’s Shuggie Bain tells of the childhood of a young boy in 1980’s Scotland, growing up in the throws of poverty and drugs.       Other novelists included on this list include Rumaan Alam for his work Leave the …

Amazon Knows What You’re Reading and How You’re Reading It

Amazon Knows What You’re Reading and How You’re Reading It

In an article by The Guardian, Kari Paul discusses a new discovery she’s made about how Amazon has logged not only what books she’s read on her Amazon Kindle, but the things she’s highlighted, excerpts she’s copied from books into her iPhone’s clipboard, and even looking up definitions of words in the Kindle’s dictionary.  I am probably as shocked as she is.  Paul was only able to discover this, as she starts off in her article:   “When I requested my personal information from Amazon this month under California’s new privacy law, I received mostly what I expected my order …

Seven Inspiring Home Libraries

Seven Inspiring Home Libraries

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Do your elaborate fantasies all center around the ornate home library you’ll someday build? Do you need some inspo? We’ve got your back, because we’ve been thinking about the same thing basically non-stop. It’s our only dream. Here are some good photos to get you hype. 1. Traditional Image via Trendir   Do you have a spiral staircase? Someone must. Take advantage by making your home library look like an Austin novel with wood paneling, bare windows, and some varyingly aesthetic antique furniture. Perfect for taking a turn about the room—or the stacks.     2. Modern Image via The …

Vans Unveils New Harry Potter-Themed Collection!

Vans Unveils New Harry Potter-Themed Collection!

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Exciting news for both Harry Potter fans AND fashion fans! According to Buzz the shoe brand Vans have unveiled a first look at their Harry Potter themed collection of upcoming shoes! The collection will feature shoes named after each of the Hogwarts Houses. Sk8-Hi for Gryffindor, Era for Slytherin, Authentic for Ravenclaw, and Classic Slip-On for Hufflepuff. Each shoe contains colors and details connecting them to their respective classes, with the official crest logo and distinct material. Vans had been building up to this reveal for quite a while, teasing the fanbase with a video on Instagram.   Something magical coming soon: https://t.co/Ug5xKWJXTD pic.twitter.com/fwYXJ3U3bz …