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Any tips on running a book club at a Jewish non-profit?

I'm going to be starting up a book club at my work, a large Jewish non-profit, and I'm looking for some advice and getting some answers to my questions. HR knows about this and is on board. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Dec 4, 2016 - 5 answers

In search of happily ever afters...

Give me your (diverse, feminist) romance novel recs! Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Dec 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Seeking well-written, expert takedowns of terrible things

So I've been thinking about some of the things I like reading on the Web, and I think I've identified a favorite micro-genre: long, thoughtful, in-depth expert critiques of terrible things. Can you help me find more Slacktivists, Jenny Trouts, and Maciej Ceglowskis? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Help me build a post-Trump reading list

After Trump's victory, I feel the need to study, reflect, examine my assumptions about the world, and seek insight and solace. I'm looking for books that will help. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Nov 20, 2016 - 33 answers

In search of beautiful alphabet books . . .

I collect alphabet books and would like to add some new books to my collection. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Nov 20, 2016 - 30 answers

Pimp my post-election audiobook reading list.

I have a bunch of holdover credits from Audible (6 and soon to be 7) that I need to use at some point. I want to feel like I'm reading some things, both fiction and nonfiction, that are either productive or motivating or in some way relevant to making the world better than what it is right now. I also just moved and I've got a much longer commute now, so it seems like a good time for this. What should I be listening to?
posted by Sequence on Nov 15, 2016 - 13 answers

readings on history of civil rights struggles for ages 10 to 12

I've seen requests from multiple acquaintances for materials suitable for 10 to 12 year olds the history of civil rights struggles and also in philosophy. Please help.
posted by bleary on Nov 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me help my kid with her homework.

My 6 year old has started bringing home reading homework from her grade 1 class. She quickly gets frustrated with it and shuts down, which I in turn find very frustrating. It is complicated by the fact that she is in a french immersion school and while I speak decent french, it is definitely a second language for me. Give me ways to help her that she will respond to. Or give me some insight into her behaviour so that I can do better at keeping my cool about it. [more inside]
posted by keeo on Nov 6, 2016 - 16 answers

Gripping nonfiction books about THINGS

I realized recently that I like nonfiction books that are about things -- books that don't have an obvious narrative, but that are exciting to read nonetheless. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by heavenknows on Oct 25, 2016 - 42 answers

What to read, published 1900-1909?

For the past couple of years, I've been doing an informal, personal challenge to read a new-to-me book published in each year from 1900 to 1999. The only decade I haven't touched yet is the first, and I'd appreciate recommendations for books published from 1900 through 1909. [more inside]
posted by mixedmetaphors on Oct 20, 2016 - 51 answers

What is the best way to save reading for later, without Wi-Fi?

I sometimes end up in areas without Wi-Fi, for days at a time, and I do not want to be bored. It's there a good way to preemptively save reading to an iPad or iPhone for this scenario? What strategies work for you? What is the best approach for news feeds? How about magazines or ebooks?. Any other tips?
posted by mortaddams on Oct 17, 2016 - 18 answers

Help me feed my scifi habit

I've been a fan of classic science fiction since I was a little kid - think stuff from the 30s-70s. I haven't had as much luck with 21st century stuff, but I just read Embassytown by China MiƩville, and loved it. What other more recent novels might I enjoy? More about my preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Oct 2, 2016 - 39 answers

Optimizing book reading

I'm looking for tips on how to become a better reader. [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Sep 23, 2016 - 24 answers

Book recommendations after trauma

I'm looking for books that are enjoyable without being emotionally draining. I think I'm looking for fiction or memoirs, but am open to other suggestions as well. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on Sep 20, 2016 - 22 answers

The year in awesome used kids' books

What are your absolute favorite seasonal or holiday children's books? Bonus points: lovely illustrations; likely out of print or otherwise not on the front page of the relevant section of Amazon. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 19, 2016 - 33 answers

Graded French reading comprehension (in a box!)

Looking for a box of graded French reading comprehension cards. [more inside]
posted by mukade on Sep 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Sherlocking through the history

I'm looking for interesting pastiches based off Sherlock Holmes. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 11, 2016 - 25 answers

More books like Jane Smiley's Some Luck trilogy?

Bookfilter: Help me find more books with the qualities I love about Jane Smiley's Some Luck trilogy! [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Sep 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Books of Authority

What are some examples of famously comprehensive, authoritative works in a particular field, on par with Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming or Feynman's Lectures? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Sep 8, 2016 - 32 answers

Recommend books for a 10 year old girl who doesn't like reading.

What books would you recommend for a 10 year old girl who is not "into" reading? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Sep 7, 2016 - 28 answers

Horror novels more creepy than bloody?

Mefites, lend me your collective bibliographic wisdom. I'm looking for successful/popular YA novels published in the last 5-7 years that embody creepy/atmospheric horror, as opposed to bloody/gory/slasher horror. If "Anna Dressed in Blood" is on the bloody end of the spectrum, for example, what's on the creepy end?
posted by Shoggoth on Sep 3, 2016 - 7 answers

Seeking engrossing nonfiction book suggestions for Europe travel

Going to Europe and need books to pass time during the long flight there and various train trips between destinations. Strongly prefer nonfiction--more specs within! [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Aug 30, 2016 - 38 answers

how to replicate this for my own use?

n00b question coming up. I love everything about the layout of this page for making long lists of topical reading manageable on the eye. I really want to replicate it to keep track of my own reading. But how? [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Aug 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Time frame for reading New Yorker magazine?

About how long, on average, does it take to read a New Yorker magazine entirely? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Aug 26, 2016 - 23 answers

Horror fiction that touches on themes of disability and the environment

I'm making a reading list for a professor and I am hitting a wall finding good material. I need fiction (long or short) that can be categorized (even very loosely) as horror, and that engages with themes of disability AND environmental sustainability. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 15, 2016 - 21 answers

How do you research?

I work in public health and have worked on a number of different qualitative and quantitative research projects. I feel like my method of managing and taking notes on background research is sub-optimal and I could dramatically improve my strategy. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Aug 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Can you learn to like poetry?

I'm an enthusiastic reader, across pretty broad boundaries; literary fiction is probably my favorite, but I also enjoy good sci-fi/speculative fiction, mysteries and thrillers as well as quite of bit of non-fiction, including history, science and true crime. What I've never been able to manage though, is to even read, let alone enjoy poetry. [more inside]
posted by layceepee on Aug 1, 2016 - 23 answers

Seeking great subject-matter introductions for a voraciously curious kid

My ten-year old son wants to understand everything. He is a voracious reader and doesn't confine himself to kids books. He loves reading the newspaper (NYTimes, Boston Globe), fiction, and non-fiction books. He's old enough to really learn things by reading. Agatha Christie is fun, but he's ready for more than that. He's full of questions about society, politics, science, economics. I'd like to get him some books that will expand his mind, begin answering his questions, and show him how the world fits together. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 1, 2016 - 43 answers

Un-put-down-able novels for a fiction hater

I've browsed a lot of book recommendation questions here but haven't found a thread that quite suits my interests. I'm a mostly nonfiction reader, but most of my all-time favourite books are novels. I'd like to read more fiction but I'm having a hard time finding novels I like. All suggestions appreciated! [more inside]
posted by bellebethcooper on Jun 29, 2016 - 26 answers

A book for learning something...that's good in small doses

This is perhaps a somewhat weird question. I do a lot of my reading in small bits - standing in line for 5 minutes at the grocery store, going down an elevator for a couple minutes, a 10 minute taxi ride, etc. Given the start and stop nature of that, it's tough to read very deep things where you really need to finish a long passage in one sitting or remember everything that had been said in the chapter or section. But I love reading books where I learn something - American history, how the internet came to be, becoming a great chef - all kinds of topics. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2016 - 11 answers

Tuning out distractions while reading

I find it almost impossible to read when someone is watching TV in the same room or having a conversation at the next table. These are situations where I don't have control over my environment (I can't make people stop talking or turn off the TV). I'd like to be better at "walling off" the distractions mentally so that they don't disrupt my reading so much. Is this a skill I can develop? Are there techniques I can use to improve my ability to focus in these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by Gerald Bostock on Jun 23, 2016 - 24 answers

ISO: Bedtime "reading" materials

I am looking for free, online sources of engaging materials in STEM subjects. PDFs, videos, and webpages that can be downloaded to an 8" tablet for offline consumption. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Jun 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking for profiles of people who dared to attempt big life changes.

I'm curious to read up on folks who decided give up one life for another, entirely different life. Could be individuals or entire families. Could be a different career, a different place in the world, a different identity. Extra points for a bunch of profiles of this sort of thing. Also, they don't have to be happy endings, necessarily. Stories of chasing the dream and failing are fine, too. I've taken a look for this sort of thing, and I'm a little surprised I haven't turned anything up.
posted by harold on Jun 8, 2016 - 19 answers

Seeking book recommendations similar to Every Heart a Doorway

I recently read Seanan McGuire's amazing Every Heart a Dooryway (so good! why so short!) and I am seeking similar fiction in this same vein. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jun 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Include Personal MBA on resume?

I'm working through the Personal MBA reading list (https://personalmba.com/). Once I complete it, is this something I should/could list on a resume? What would be the best way to include it? [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on May 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Benefits to formal diagnosis of dyslexia as an adult?

I think my boyfriend might be dyslexic and I'm debating how much to bug him about getting it checked out. But how would you even treat dyslexia in a 30-year old, and is there any benefit to getting a formal evaluation and/or diagnosis as an adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me unf*ck this reading list

So...my 10th-grader's school has released the list of possible summer reading books, from which he has to pick one to read and review. As you might imagine, there is A Problem. [more inside]
posted by SinAesthetic on May 13, 2016 - 68 answers

Tune in, turn on, read a book.

Who are the modern Robert Anton Wilsons? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 5, 2016 - 17 answers

eReading + eResearch refresher

I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Comic recommendations for 10 yr old girl please

I would like to broaden her mind a little and give her a selection of comics to see which she likes best and see if she takes to reading as a life habit. [more inside]
posted by lapsang on Apr 17, 2016 - 38 answers

Poem / reading ideas for a 50th anniversary

What poems / readings would you recommend for a 50th Anniversary? My parents have been having health issues so I would prefer to avoid the usual "ha ha you're falling apart" joke poems about pills and getting infirm. They are somewhat stoic but have a good sense of humor.
posted by benzenedream on Apr 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Balticon 50 Reading List

I'm heading to Balticon 50 and want to expand the awesomeness. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Apr 8, 2016 - 3 answers

The Re-Readables

What book(s) can you read over and over and over again? [more inside]
posted by mymbleth on Mar 21, 2016 - 162 answers

Best Resources to Teach a 6 Year Old to Read?

I'm entirely new to teaching young kids to read and wondered what the best materials are to go over the basics (phonics, letter formation, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Mar 18, 2016 - 10 answers

How to pick one biography of many?

How do you decide which biography to read when there are several for a given person? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Novels/Non-fiction/Articles/etc involving the Pacific and its denizens

I'm looking for reading material about anything and everything with a Pacific Ocean vibe -- what are your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Mar 8, 2016 - 33 answers

Best mind- & life-shaping reads?

I've been reading the excellent Emotional Labor Condensed Thread, and it's shaping the way I think about life. What are other recommendations for great reads that change the way you think about day-to-day life? Other examples I've enjoyed include: Ask vs. Guess Culture, Love Languages... Give me more! Format doesn't matter.
posted by ellerhodes on Mar 6, 2016 - 35 answers

C. S. Lewis quote about moving lips while reading poetry

I have a faint recollection of reading an essay by C. S. Lewis, in which he discusses reading poetry, and suggests moving one's lips while reading. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Feminist books that aren't about the U.S.

I've started an English-language feminist book club in an East Asian city and I'm looking for more titles that aren't written by or about women in the U.S. Books about women in Asia and feminism in this part of the world would be ideal. What are some great book club picks for our group? [more inside]
posted by horizons on Feb 27, 2016 - 18 answers

Recommendations for marriage counseling books?

Please suggest in-depth, emotionally intelligent, not overloaded with cliches and gender stereotyping, books about: marriage, marriage therapy, the psychology of relationships etc. [more inside]
posted by Cozybee on Feb 25, 2016 - 12 answers

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