Billionaire Bill Gates has said he reads about a book a week. Our friends at Business Insider sifted through years of Gates' book recommendations to find 12 that made especially strong impressions on him and then collated them into this handy infographic. We've also included links so you can snap them up yourself.
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Speed reading is a skill that can be hard to master. There are a ton of books, talks, and articles dedicated to teaching people the "right" way to learn the skill. This week, Fast Company spoke to one of those experts who wrote a book on topic to get some quick and dirty tips on how to learn. One of her suggestions: use an index card.
Sidekicks. Always there to lend a helping hand, or sword, or wand, as the case may be. A hero is nothing without his or her sidekick, but these companions rarely get the recognition they deserve. A few second bananas may get the spotlight on occasion -- your Robins, your Chewbaccas, your Igors -- but they all originated in comics, films, or on TV. This list is for the truly forgotten, the most overlooked of the overlooked. Here is a ranking of the top 10 best science fiction and fantasy sidekicks that originated in books.
"The important thing to know about spelling is that it's not just rote memorization," says Ananya Vinay, champion of the 2017 Scripps US National Spelling Bee, who will ceremonially open this year's bee next week. While Vinay uses flashcards to study specific words, she says the real trick is learning where different words come from.
Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.
Not all of us are natural bookworms, but when it comes to learning new skills, being able to read faster gives you a huge advantage.
Therein lies the value of the Award-Winning Speed Reading Bundle. Featuring two award-winning resources, this collection is designed to triple your reading speed and improve your comprehension, and it's on sale for over 90 per cent off.
iOS: I love to read, I do. When I was a kid, I was that kid who would go to the library and — no joke — check out a huge stack of books in one sitting (mainly Choose Your Own Adventure titles, which I loved). I wish I had more time to read nowadays, but I'm confident that applying a little geekery to my literary pursuits might help.
Why aren't the youths connecting with Shakespeare these days? Young adult novelist Jason Reynolds shared some thoughts on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah recently, plainly stating, "Young people are allergic to boredom." He doesn't mean Shakespeare is boring - the guy's been dead for more than 400 years and yet his plays are still everywhere - but the way it's being taught can be pretty drab.
Everyone has their own small tricks for reading more books (or at least, pretending you read books), and more generally, working our way through a never-ending backlog of podcast episodes, old New Yorker issues, Spotify playlists, and other assorted content.
Over the weekend, the premiere award in science fiction and fantasy writing - the Hugo Awards - announced their six finalists for Best Novel. There are some familiar names up for this year's award, which is set to be announced later in the year, and a fresh new face, too.
If you want to dive in to some of the best science fiction and fantasy writing from the last year - these are the six books the Hugos suggest you read!
The world's great thinkers and scientists have long written down what they learn - we can head all the way back to Newton to see that. Some write for other academics and some write for the public. When the two meet, you find some of the most influential books about science that have ever been written. I'm a big non-fiction fan and, having been a scientist, have compiled a reading list for anyone interested in getting their science on.
Here it is!
I watched Westworld months after it aired, and I felt lonely; no one still wanted to talk about it. Half the fun of a good work of entertainment - a TV show, a movie, a book, even a podcast or video game - is talking about it, studying it, learning more about it. Any good work of art benefits from study, and a bad work of art benefits from laughing at it with someone.
Some people know how to quit a book as soon as they stop liking it. But many of us feel some sort of completist pressure to stick with every book we start, even when reading for pleasure. We struggle through stuff we don't actually like, and so we're less likely to pick up the book and more likely to pick up our phone. We start reading less.