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Free Samples of The Washington Post’s Top 10 Books of the Year

Screen-Shot-2013-08-05-at-9.39.08-PMThe Washington Post has released its “Top 10 books of the year” list. The list includes five works of nonfiction and five works of fiction.

Here is more from The Post about how they chose the books that they chose:

At Book World, we poll our regular reviewers about the books they enjoyed during the year, and then the editors weigh and consider, count and recount. We’re not worried so much about making the perfect choices (those don’t exist). We just want to make sure our choices provide a rich investment for your time.

We’ve collected free samples of all the books on the list for your reading pleasure after the jump. Read more

What Are The Most Overlooked Books of 2013?

cassettetapeWhat book do you think was most overlooked by critics and readers this year?

Share your nomination in the comments section. We will use these comments to build an ongoing collection of the most overlooked books of 2013–just like our list from 2012.

Free Samples of the 2013 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Foundation has revealed its complete list of finalists for the National Book Awards.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 16. You can also download NBA excerpts from the site:

In presenting four digital books containing excerpts from the 2013 NBA Finalists, we hope readers will find in them a representation of the best work of the year in writing for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, and be encouraged to read all of the NBA Finalist books.

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Free Samples of the NBA’s Young People’s Literature Longlist

The National Book Foundation has revealed its first ever Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 16. Here’s more from the release:

Among this year’s Longlist for Young People’s Literature are three National Book Award Finalists, two Newbery Medal winners, a Newbery Honor Book, and two Michael L. Printz Award winners. The ten novels that comprise the Longlist address important contemporary issues, including the immigrant experience, coming of age as an LGBT teen, and the impact of technology on civilization. China’s 1898 Boxer Rebellion, futuristic Brazil, and the Louisiana Bayou are just some of the novels’ imaginative settings, and the protagonists range from ordinary children to creatures with extraordinary powers.

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Read Free Samples of the Man Booker Shortlist

The Man Booker shortlist has been revealed for 2013. We’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list below–what do you think?

The winner will be announced on October 15th.

We also collected free samples of all the longlisted books and wrote about one longlisted book that was rejected 47 times.

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Breaking Bad & Percy Bysshe Shelley

AMC released an unusual trailer for the final episodes of Breaking Bad, as star Bryan Cranston read “Ozymandias” by the great poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? If you want to explore more Shelley poetry and essays before the final episodes begin this weekend, we’ve collected a long list of free books by the author. Open Culture has more about the poem:

It seems perfectly in character, then, that the show’s producers would tease the final season with the ominous and dusty clip above, with Cranston reading Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet “Ozymandias,” a poem about the hubris of another desert tyrant—well-known for his megalomaniacal folly—Ramesses II (also known by a transliteration of his throne name, Ozymandias).

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My Favorite Breakup Book

What book did you read while coping with a breakup? During one particularly lonely breakup years ago, I read Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick in an unhinged reading marathon.

No one will ever include this book on a list of breakup books, but it is the perfect thing to read with a broken heart. The book will fill your lonesome hours with a compelling story, make you forget about love and relationships, and, most importantly, drag you into an obsessive, turbulent and self-destructive universe that mirrors your own state of mind.

Follow this link to download a free copy of Moby Dick to save for your next breakup.

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The Top of the Top Books Lists

One reader created a massive chart collecting and comparing the top 100 books mentioned across eleven different top 100 lists. Joseph HellerVladimir Nabokov and  F. Scott Fitzgerald led the rankings, appearing on ten out of the eleven lists.

You can explore the complete list at the Scribd link embedded below (along with how many times the individual books appeared on the eleven different lists). Below, we’ve also linked to free samples of the top ten books on this list. Check it out:

This post linked to 10+ “Top 100″ book lists from sources such as TIME magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Modern Library, etc. They were all in such different formats, and such different ways of being presented that I wanted to amalgamate all of these into one master “list” in order to compare them (thirteen lists in total since I also added in the first 100 of the Reddit’s 200 favorite books). I have since thrown this into a pdf file on Scribd if anyone is interested. My next step was to compare each of these and see what books are most recommended in top lists … I made one giant list that combined 11 “Top 100″ Book Lists.

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Free Samples of the 2013 Man Booker Longlist

The Man Booker Longlist has been revealed for 2013. While a number of the titles will be released later this year, we’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list.

The shortlist will be revealed on September 10th and the winner announced on October 15th.

If you want more free book samples, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the most overlooked books of the year, the ALA Youth Media Award winners, the 2012 Man Booker Longlist, the Best Horror Novels of the Year, the LA Times Book Prize nominees, and the Nebula Award nominees.

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Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List

Ever wish you could read like Bill Gates? Follow the links below to read free samples of his summer reading list.

The entrepreneur invited his fans to read along with him on the beach. His reading list opened with The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond, and you can post your review on his site:

It’s crazy that I haven’t read this one yet. Diamond’s best-known book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, had a profound effect on the way I think about history and why certain societies advance faster than others. In this new book, he draws on his personal experiences with cultures in the Pacific Islands to talk about what traditional societies can teach us about child rearing, dispute resolution, and other areas. Even if I disagree with some of what he says, I know it will be interesting and well worth the read. In fact, I’d like to invite you to read it along with me. I’ll be posting my review of The World Until Yesterday in about two weeks. If you’re interested, you can read it at the same time and post your comments.

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