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“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”

— Ernest Hemingway

Several years ago, I found myself in a writing predicament. I knew the alphabet, and how to put letters on a page to form words, and…

If you can’t possibly read another tear-jerker, then have a good laugh with this curated list. Because laughter really is the best medicine.

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Is it just me or do the majority of good books have storylines that are really, really depressing? I recently curated a list of my top 100 books of all time and at least 75% of them are tear-jerkers. I get that we need emotional plights to pull us into…

Including classic literature, self-help, autobiographies, short stories, novels, memoirs, and more.

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I’ve always been an adventure seeker. The stories I could tell of sparkling cenotes in Mexico, and lost civilizations in deepest Guatemala. Yet, for all my traveling, it’s books that have given me the widest window to the world.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. A man…

If you’re tired of the same old classic book recommendations then here are twelve great modern classics of literature you won’t have heard of

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Everyone knows the great classics: Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein, etc. But what about the modern classics?

If a classic is a book that has proven popular over a long period of time, then a modern classic is one that has been published in the recent past (typically under…

A look back at three of the debut fiction bestsellers of the last decade and whether they really deserved their place at the top of the bestseller list.

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James Patterson, Lee Child, Jodi Picoult, Patricia Cornwell, Dan Brown — these are just some of the established writers who continue to dominate The New York Times Best Seller List.

In the last five years alone, there have only been seven books to reach the number one spot by debut…

As the end of the year approaches and the world is opening up again, it’s a good time to reflect on our mental health and ensure we are putting it first.

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We don’t need to be told the importance of mental health, yet it’s often the first thing to be neglected in our busy lives. Add to this, a worldwide pandemic, and understandably we’ve seen anxiety, depression, and many other mental health conditions rapidly rise in the last 1–2 years.

Now…

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