Literary Holidays From Around The World

Literary Holidays From Around The World

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Most readers are familiar with World Book Day, Library Week, and National Poetry Month, but most aren’t as familiar with lesser known holidays like Jolabokaflod, Burns Supper, or Bloomsday. These literary holidays from around the world keep readers looking forward to book-centric gatherings all year round.   1. Jólabókaflóð – December 24   Image via Read It Forward   With Iceland publishing more books per capita than any other country with 5 titles per every 1,000 Icelanders, it’s no wonder that one of their most anticipated holidays is commonly known as the “Christmas Book Flood.” Kristjan B. Jonasson, President of the …

5 Books I Read in College That I Absolutely Loathed

5 Books I Read in College That I Absolutely Loathed

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I didn’t major in English to get paid the big bucks, I majored in it because of how much I love to read. I was already a voracious reader before this point, but while I was in college I was introduced to a new world of literature that I hadn’t known about prior. Some of those books remain some of my favorites to this day, but there are quite a few of them that I didn’t particularly like—ones that I found to be a chore to tread through.    1. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith    via GIPHY   The Price of Salt …

10 Famous Mark Twain Quotes That He Never Said

10 Famous Mark Twain Quotes That He Never Said

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Mark Twain said a ton of fun things that have made a bunch of people smile. For example, he once said, “I have been an author for twenty years and an ass for fifty-five.” He also said, “Classic—a book which people praise and don’t read.” These are both very relatable even though I am neither an author nor fifty-five-years-old. The classics thing, anyway—I’ve never read The Old Man and the Sea, for example.   But for every witty comment Twain made, there are at least five he didn’t but still gets credit for. I am here to debunk these Twain witticisms …

Mark Twain’s Gothic Home Has Had Its Fair Share of Horrors

Mark Twain’s Gothic Home Has Had Its Fair Share of Horrors

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Want to hear a vaguely fun fact? Mark Twain (true name: Samuel Clemens) wrote his most famous books (Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, etc.) in an American High Gothic home in Hartford, Connecticut. I said vaguely fun. Don’t accuse me of over-promising. It’s a gorgeous house, and, by all accounts, Twain had a grand time there with his wife Olivia and his three daughters. He’d smoke cigars and play billiards with his bros, and write what’s now generally considered some of the best American literature. And it was home to Harriet Beecher Stowe. But the house hasn’t had the best luck since. …

10 Mark Twain Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face

10 Mark Twain Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face

You might know Mark Twain as a writer, but he’s also known as a person who said wise things. He said funny, insightful things that people, to this day, say to themselves for various purposes. Those purposes include: inspiration, laughter, mockery, disdain, hatred. I mean, good things too. Twain was funny.   Here are ten of his greatest quotes to make you laugh, think, deride, but mostly laugh.   1. To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.   2. Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than …