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New Book ‘A Photographic History of Men in Love’ Reveals a Century of Courage

This latest coffee table book, Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850s to 1950s, is opening a window into the past as well as opening minds. In these 330 pages, a century of male love is revealed, in all its sentiment and courage, before it was legal.

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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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YA Books

5 YA Romance Books If You Have a Crush on ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

My goodness how I love a good YA romance; they’re like my guilty pleasure. Except I don’t feel guilty; I love ‘em and I don’t care who knows it. From when I was a younger to now, YA novels have always had a way of stealing my heart and making everything much sweeter. They make you feel starry-eyed and remind you of what it’s like to fall in love with life and someone else.
 

 

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

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Naturally, I was very happy to hear that Netflix was releasing an adaptation of Jenny Han’s well known YA romance novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. What a treat! If you’ve already read the book, you’re set. And even if you haven’t read it, we’ve got the list for you. Here are five books to check out if you’ve got a crush on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

 

 
 

 

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A fifteen-year-old Ruby Oliver has a shrink for all the hardships she’s been through for the past few days. From losing her friends to becoming an outcast to having her first beer. She finds her way through each challenge by listing it all out. We think she’ll be okay, but not without a few more funny faults and heartaches.

 

 
 
2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

 

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Emily has always been the quiet one; she’s the one to stay within the safe confines of her comfort zone. Then Sloane comes along and yanks her right out of it. But right as their wild summer is about to begin, Sloane just disappears. Emily is left by herself again… along with a big list of to-do’s from Sloane. Will she have the guts to do all these without someone by her side? Will it lead her to Sloane? With the help of a cute guy she’s never seen before Emily lives life like she never has before.

 

 
3. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

 

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Could you imagine spending the 99 days of summer at home before college with the boy whose heart you broke and the boy you broke it for? Awkward. Now imagine them being brothers. That’s rough. Molly Barlow has to live with the pain of hurting not just her ex, but his whole family. Their sister is mad, the town remembers, and Molly just wants to avoid everyone. But when memories resurface, mistakes are forgiven, and feelings are hard to fight, summer can start to feel a lot longer.

 

 

 

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To know every single thought that your crush has, every fantasy, and all those unspoken words would be pretty unreal. When Gideon surprisingly lands himself in one of New England’s most esteemed prep schools, his head is barely keeping above water. His roommates are totally cool, but lack the character that Gideon has. He soon finds himself faced with an initiation to lose his virginity to the sexy Molly, but his plan could change. He can’t help but want to win over Pilar, the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. Everyone is confused, except for the one girl that can read his every thought.

 

 
 
5. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

 

YA Rosie

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From the beginning, Rosie and Alex were meant to be together. At least that’s what they thought until Alex and his family moved from Dublin to Boston. The two try their best to stay in touch with emails and phone calls, but eventually, time and life pull them in different directions. However, destiny has a different plan for them. Throughout the novel, we catch all the miss opportunities and how one moment can change everything.
 

 

 

 

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YA Books

5 YA Romance Books If You Have a Crush on 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

My goodness how I love a good YA romance; they’re like my guilty pleasure. Except I don’t feel guilty; I love ‘em and I don’t care who knows it. From when I was a younger to now, YA novels have always had a way of stealing my heart and making everything much sweeter. They make you feel starry-eyed and remind you of what it’s like to fall in love with life and someone else.
 

 

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

 Image Via Amazon

Naturally, I was very happy to hear that Netflix was releasing an adaptation of Jenny Han’s well known YA romance novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. What a treat! If you’ve already read the book, you’re set. And even if you haven’t read it, we’ve got the list for you. Here are five books to check out if you’ve got a crush on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

 

 
 

 

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A fifteen-year-old Ruby Oliver has a shrink for all the hardships she’s been through for the past few days. From losing her friends to becoming an outcast to having her first beer. She finds her way through each challenge by listing it all out. We think she’ll be okay, but not without a few more funny faults and heartaches.

 

 
 
2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

 

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Emily has always been the quiet one; she’s the one to stay within the safe confines of her comfort zone. Then Sloane comes along and yanks her right out of it. But right as their wild summer is about to begin, Sloane just disappears. Emily is left by herself again… along with a big list of to-do’s from Sloane. Will she have the guts to do all these without someone by her side? Will it lead her to Sloane? With the help of a cute guy she’s never seen before Emily lives life like she never has before.

 

 
3. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

 

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Could you imagine spending the 99 days of summer at home before college with the boy whose heart you broke and the boy you broke it for? Awkward. Now imagine them being brothers. That’s rough. Molly Barlow has to live with the pain of hurting not just her ex, but his whole family. Their sister is mad, the town remembers, and Molly just wants to avoid everyone. But when memories resurface, mistakes are forgiven, and feelings are hard to fight, summer can start to feel a lot longer.

 

 

 

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To know every single thought that your crush has, every fantasy, and all those unspoken words would be pretty unreal. When Gideon surprisingly lands himself in one of New England’s most esteemed prep schools, his head is barely keeping above water. His roommates are totally cool, but lack the character that Gideon has. He soon finds himself faced with an initiation to lose his virginity to the sexy Molly, but his plan could change. He can’t help but want to win over Pilar, the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. Everyone is confused, except for the one girl that can read his every thought.

 

 
 
5. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

 

YA Rosie

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From the beginning, Rosie and Alex were meant to be together. At least that’s what they thought until Alex and his family moved from Dublin to Boston. The two try their best to stay in touch with emails and phone calls, but eventually, time and life pull them in different directions. However, destiny has a different plan for them. Throughout the novel, we catch all the miss opportunities and how one moment can change everything.
 

 

 

 

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Books Set in Italy

5 Books My Trip to Italy Inspired Me to Read

It was only a couple of days ago that I arrived back from an amazing three week trip in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It lasted for twenty-one days, but on the first day I stepped off the plane I was in love. The rolling hills dotted with Cypress trees, the crowds of effortlessly attractive people, and the food made with such care and love. I was in awe that a place like this could exist and I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes! But of course, the book nerd in me needed to take it a bit further.

 

I’ve been inspired by all that was around me and now I’m on the hunt for a good book to cure my post-holiday blues. Preferably, one set in Italy. Here are five books that might be my next read and maybe yours too.

 

 

 

1. Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

 

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We’ve reported on it, we love it, and we can’t get enough of it. Call Me By Your Name follows the slow blossoming then rapid romance between a teen and the University student who stays at his family’s summer home in Italy. The two young men are overcome with feelings and desire with no regard for the consequences of their love. A true love story.

 

 

 

2. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

 

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Here we have four different women,yearning to escape the rain and clouds of London and  make it to the warm, golden sun of the Italian coast. Together they decide to book a trip to live in a medieval Castle right in the heart of the Mediterranean. For the few weeks they’re there changes, romance, and life lessons occur in the warmth of springtime. For a story of rediscovery, this is it.
 
 
3. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

 

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In the 1950s in a poor village on the outskirts of Naples, two best friends are trying to live through post-war Italy. They begin life in their beautiful village with their families, then the novel follows them over the span of 60 years. From love, to marriage, to becoming wives and mothers, these two women remain true to their winding paths and strong friendship.

 

 

4. The Birth of Venus: A Novel by Sarah Dunant
 

 

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Alessandra Cecchi is only fifteen-years-old when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter in their home to design their palazzo walls in Florence. With the young man’s talent, spirit, and mind, she begins to fall in love, overcome with his abilities. However, her hopes are shattered when her father arranges for her to marry a much older and wealthier man. With the turbulence of a city divided with art, religion, and violence, her love is is not always easy. But her feelings for both men grow as she attempts to understand the passionate love for the young artist. Love, art, and history in Florence are the central focus.

 

 

 

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A sweet true story whose movie I love so much, this journey has everything you could want. Frances Mayes, a published poet and travel writer as well as gourmet cook, decided to take a leap in her life one day. After flying to the breathtaking Tuscany to purchase the abandoned Bramasole villa, we follow her story of fixing it up and rebuilding her own life someplace new. From the recipes inside to the push to change your life, Mayes’s story is sure to inspire anyone who reads it.

 

 

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