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Reader's Advisory Resources

[LibraryFilter] What are your best resources for (fiction) reader's advisory (children, YA, adult)?? [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Jul 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Loved it! Hated it!

What do you love about popular books on society, history, and human sciences? What do you hate about them? [more inside]
posted by carmen on Jul 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Suggestions needed for great narrative nonfiction reading!

Please recommend your favorite "behind the scenes" nonfiction books! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Jul 18, 2009 - 48 answers

Inspirational Sentences

I am trying to build a library of inspirational sentences. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 13, 2009 - 18 answers

How do you read a newspaper?

How do you read a newspaper? [more inside]
posted by andythebean on Jul 11, 2009 - 23 answers

Why do I read right to left?

Why Do I Read Right to Left? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson on Jul 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Give me something new in the middle of the road.

I need new Web sites to replace my old ones. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 1, 2009 - 14 answers

I'd like to bury my nose with a beer

What are the best bars in San Francisco for reading? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Jul 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Did Richard Feynman have a brother?

I'd like to learn about biology. Can you recommend some books to get me started? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman on Jun 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Why can't I teach myself?

Why do I suck at teaching myself, reading, and studying? Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jun 29, 2009 - 15 answers

Oh ye Gods, tell me your stories.

What are the best books on mythology (all kinds)? [more inside]
posted by fantine on Jun 27, 2009 - 28 answers

Short stories like this are the only stories here.

I demand to know your favorite short story anthologies. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jun 23, 2009 - 30 answers

Great American Novels

People talk about "writing the Great American Novel." What do you think are valid examples of the G.A.N.? What novels, American or otherwise, did you enjoy reading and wish you had written?
posted by Busoni on Jun 20, 2009 - 70 answers

Beyond 2666

Recently finished 2666. It is on a pedestal by itself, with my award for "Best Novel Ever." Now, everything I try to read seems jaded, inferior, or doesn't measure up. Help me get beyond this and find something interesting to read
posted by Xurando on Jun 2, 2009 - 37 answers

Cone of Silence, please...

KidsReadingCocoonFilter: looking to create an awesome reading space for voraciously reading first-grader. Ideally something better than a box... What did you have? What does your kid have? [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on May 19, 2009 - 34 answers

What are some great books not originally in English?

Summer Reading Filter: looking for great books NOT originally in English [more inside]
posted by maca on May 17, 2009 - 36 answers

Help me read.

On the cusp of every summer for the past couple of years, I made a list of books to read over the summer. But I have spectacularly failed to actually read, every single time. What do you, fellow-mefites, do to keep your noses buried in books and not be tempted by the beach, the bar or the intertubes? [more inside]
posted by Lucubrator on May 16, 2009 - 19 answers

What do gang member hopefuls read in prison?

Prison gang reading lists and what's on them. Does anyone out there know a concise answer? [more inside]
posted by monkishies on May 14, 2009 - 17 answers

I Need a New Big Think Book!

I need a new "big think" book! I just finished Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and I loved his other books as well. I've read everything Jared Diamond has published (Collapse, Guns, Germs & Steel, The Third Chimpanzee etc.) I like books that stretch your brain and reveal the hidden factors in life, the world and society. [more inside]
posted by musofire on May 10, 2009 - 65 answers

Can you identify this old children's book?

Can you identify this old children's book? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on May 8, 2009 - 3 answers

The anti-On Chesil Beach, please

What should I (a late-marrying, book-crazy, somewhat institution-of-marriage-wary bride) read on my honeymoon? Inspired (in a way) by this question, I'm looking for novels to help me reflect on, process, and understand marriage. [more inside]
posted by minervous on Apr 30, 2009 - 24 answers

Reading onscreen material as efficently as offscreen

How do I read online material more efficiently? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on Apr 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Enlightening and lovely literature on libraries.

Books about libraries, and books/essays about the future of them? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Apr 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Readers, Psychologist, Philosophers or Writers Please, How not to get confused and feel unsetteled after reading different books and Theories?

Readers, Psychologist, Philosophers or Writers Please, How not to get confused and feel unsetteled after reading different books and Theories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Inspiring short readings (poems?) about freedom and hope

I'm looking for inspiring short readings (poems? selections from essays?) loosely organized around the themes of freedom from oppression. Bonus points if they're fun to read and hear, building to a nice crescendo. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Apr 8, 2009 - 8 answers

What should my 6 year old read?

What should I read to my 6 year old? What should she read to herself? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 7, 2009 - 51 answers

How do I start to enjoy reading again?

How do I start to enjoy reading again? Books and news just aren't fun anymore... [more inside]
posted by torietorie on Mar 26, 2009 - 27 answers

Please help me improve my reading comprehension on the GRE

I need some advice on how to do better on reading comprehension questions in the verbal section of the GRE. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Like Twilight, But Without All The Vampires

Help me keep her reading filter: My wife is tearing through the Twilight series right now, and I'd love to keep her swamped in books once she finishes. But the vampire-ness of the series is the least interesting part to her. [more inside]
posted by ekstasis23 on Mar 24, 2009 - 47 answers

Need suggestions on some good magazines

Can you recommend me some good magazines similar to Readers Digest? [more inside]
posted by WizKid on Mar 23, 2009 - 9 answers

High caffeine, low rent

Where in London can I buy a filter coffee and read undisturbed for hours? Should be quiet, needn't be 'nice', Bow or London Bridge locations a bonus but all considered. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Mar 14, 2009 - 12 answers

As an academic, how do you read?

If you're a grad student or academic, how do you read new articles and books? Do you take notes/marginalia? Do you read some parts systematically and skim/ignore the rest? Read each piece multiple times? Do you find you learn more from reading than from talking with others or attending presentations? Please indicate what field you're in.
posted by shivohum on Mar 3, 2009 - 22 answers

creativity, cognition and the book

I'm working on my PhD in artists' books at the moment. Recently, pursuing aspects of creativity from a cognition-and-creativity viewpoint has become interesting to me. I need a toehold on the science, here. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Mar 3, 2009 - 5 answers

21st Century Fiction

Who are the new exciting, young novelists of the 21st century? I suddenly find myself with a lot more time on my hands for reading. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Mar 2, 2009 - 24 answers

How long is the average attention span?

What is considered a reasonable amount of time to be able to concentrate on one task? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Feb 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Why me read suck?

After about 20 years of believing myself to be a perfectly accomplished reader, I have been told that in fact 66 percent of America is better then me. Why? [more inside]
posted by mediocre on Feb 24, 2009 - 42 answers

An online guide to reading Nietzsche's 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra'?

Hi, I am currently attempting Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra with some difficulty. What I'm really looking for is a chapter-by-chapter explanation of the book; the meanings, metaphors, and significance of the characters and events. Thanks in advance.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Feb 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Any readers in L.A.?

Reading groups/clubs in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Kloryne on Feb 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Any book out there similar to Ramona the Pest??

What great children's books are there for little girls beginning kindergarten. Ramona the Pest is a book about a girl in Kindergarten and I like that one. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Feb 19, 2009 - 14 answers

The Brain Chemistry of Reading

What is the brain chemistry involved in reading a good book? What areas of the brain are stimulated? What chemicals experience an uptick? Is there a particular combination unique to reading for pleasure? [more inside]
posted by SaharaRose on Feb 17, 2009 - 10 answers

If Murakami were a poet...

I'm reading more poetry lately and am wondering what poets/poems have a similar vibe to Murakami. I love his vivid language and surreal spins on daily life. [more inside]
posted by Korou on Feb 17, 2009 - 10 answers

What reading programs should I explore?

Teachers! Point me toward some literacy programs for a middle school. [more inside]
posted by archimago on Feb 12, 2009 - 2 answers

"No longer alive to obstruct the process."

John Updike's death reminded me that I have a book of his short stories. Which ones should I read first? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 30, 2009 - 9 answers

How do you read vividly?

Since I began a reading life (at about age eight), I have had a problem: my mind automatically places action in just a few places familiar to me from my life: my house, the main street of my hometown. Whether the action in a novel takes place in 16th century Scotland, or the Black Forest, or under the Unisphere. Are there ways to get around this, or to learn to read fiction more actively, and, fantastically/creatively? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jan 29, 2009 - 30 answers

The Something?

Help me remember the title of a book. Thankfully, more details within. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Jan 21, 2009 - 4 answers

help me sit and take it!

When I try to take in a very important source of information, I get jittery and too excited to sit and take it in one sitting. How can I get over this? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Fun activities to teach reading to a kid!

Tutoring advice for young kids (5 y.o.): Keeping it fun, learning to read [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Know any good intellecutal websites or thought-provoking reads? Post them here.

What are some other "intellectual" or though-provoking websites like: TED.com BigThink.org Fora.tv Also, what are, in your opinion, some of the best books in the following topics: -economics -investing -psychology -design -religion -self-help [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Jan 16, 2009 - 27 answers

Adult literacy materials?

What books could you recommend that might help a slightly mentally challenged adult start learning to read? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Jan 15, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I whittle down my massive reading pile?

How do you manage your reading pile? Not the one you have for pleasure, but the pile of things (reports, proposals, books, etc.) you have to read for work. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

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