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Free Samples of Books That Make You Smarter

“What book did you read that you felt genuinely made you smarter?,” one Reddit reader asked. Readers responded with a huge list of books.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the most popular books on that list (with some free eBooks as well).

Add your favorites in the comments section, we’d love to expand the list some more…

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Free Samples of the PEN Literary Award Nominees

PEN has released the shortlists for the 2013 PEN Literary Awards, revealing the nominees for ten different prizes this year.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the nominated books, a great way to explore the best books of the past year.

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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What Books Scared You As a Kid?

What books scared you as a kid?

Video blogger Vsauce created a great video called “Why Are Things Creepy?,” exploring the nuances and science of scariness (video embedded above). Along the way, he cites the great Stephen King and shares a few scary books.

Below, I collected free samples of books that scared me as a kid. Add your suggestions in the comments section–we’ll keep building our list.

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What Books Will We Remember in 100 Years?

With F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby on top of bestseller charts and in movie theaters this week, one reader wondered: What contemporary books will we remember in 100 years?

Reddit readers from around the globe offered suggestions about the books that they think will be read for another century. Below, we’ve created one of our literary mixtapes–linking to free samples of the suggested books.

What books would you add to this sprawling list? If you want to know why we still remember The Great Gatsby, read Haruki Murakami’s inspiring essay about the book.

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Free Samples of SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has released the winners of the Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards, collecting the best kid’s books from around the globe.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the winners. Here’s more about the awards:

The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize great books from the seventy SCBWI regions around the world. Along with the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers.

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Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners for 2013

This year’s winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been revealed, celebrating the best books of the year.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the award-winning books for your reading pleasure. The winners were announced at ceremony on Friday.

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Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. We’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the list–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

The list was part of the ALA’s 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report. During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 464 reports of challenged books. Here’s more from the report:

In California, a school committee voted to remove the Stephen King novella “Different Seasons” from Rocklin High School library shelves. The lone dissenter on that committee was 17-year-old student Amanda Wong, who continued to fight the ban and spoke against the decision at a later school board meeting. After hearing Wong’s concerns that the removal “opens a door to censoring other materials,” the district superintendent overturned the committee’s decision and returned the book to the Rocklin High School library’s collection.

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Free Samples of the Best of Young British Novelists

For the first time in ten years, Granta has revealed its list of the Best of Young British Novelists. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all 20 novelists.

The winners were chosen from among 150 novelists by a panel of judges: John Freeman, Ellah Allfrey, Romesh Gunesekera, Stuart Kelly, A.L. Kennedy, Sigrid Rausing and Gaby Wood. Here’s more from the release:

At a celebration to be held at the British Council, on the evening of 15 April 2013, Granta will announce its once-in-a-decade selection of the twenty best British novelists aged under forty. Granta’s first generation-defining list of writers was published in 1983 and set the bar for the following decades.

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Free Samples of the 2013 Orion Book Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2013 Orion Book Award have been revealed. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the finalists for your reading pleasure.

The prize honors both nonfiction and fiction, producing a unique mix of authors. Here’s more about the prize:

Each spring, just before Earth Day, an important book is presented with the Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner … This year’s selection committee includes National Book Award winner and celebrated essayist Ursula K. Le Guin; best-selling author of The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Luis Alberto Urrea; renowned book critic and founder of BookSlut.com, Jessa Crispin; author and Orion contributing editor Erik Reece; and Orion’s associate editor, Hannah Fries.

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Free Samples of The Believer Book Award Finalists

The Believer Book Award finalists have been revealed along with the Believer Poetry Award finalists. To help readers explore the list, we’ve created a literary mixtape linking to excerpts of all the finalists–look below for the free literary sampler.

Here’s more from the magazine: “Each year, the editors of the Believer generate a short list of the novels and story collections they thought were the strongest and most underappreciated of the year. The 2012 list appears below. In the January issue, we asked our readers to send in their nominations for the best work of fiction from 2012; their answers, along with the winner from the following short list, will appear in the May 2013 issue.”

If you want more books, 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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