An invitation to a group of kids to come and read stories to shelter cats, has literally changed the lives of both the children and the animals in a profound way. It is called the Book Buddies Program, a brilliant initiative that helps kids to improve their reading and gives the cats the much needed human attention they so crave.
Some authors are never completely satisfied with their work and, were it not for pressure from publishers and fans, could keep working on a book forever. While a few delay their books until they are happy with the results, there are others who simply go back after the book has already been published to make changes. Here are a few authors who just couldn't let go and returned to previous works to make some more changes.
By David Wingrove
Writing a book is quite an achievement and most people would be proud to have their name listed as the author. However, there are a few authors who, for various reasons, decided not to use their own names on their books. For some authors it was a way to get a fresh start and reinvent themselves without being tied to past success while others simply wanted to ensure that their gender would not be a factor in how their books are judged.
Although we all hoped that George R.R. Martin would publish The Winds of Winter before the new season of Game of Thrones begins, this was not meant to be. Looking at his track record - with a six-year gap between A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons, we can't know for sure when we will finally get to read The Winds of Winter. To help our readers out, we have decided to do a round-up of other epic fantasy series. All of these are complete - so you don't have to worry that you will be left hanging, waiting for yet another author to finish the next book. Enjoy!
Many authors use their imagination to pen tales that take the reader on a journey featuring people, places and objects not found in reality. From the deepest oceans to the furthest reaches of space, these books are filled with the weird and the wonderful. However, a few books contained descriptions that, while pure speculation at the time, turned out to become a reality many, many years later. The following seven books all predicted the future in one way or another.
Thanks to the imagination of skilled authors, even books set in the real world can be filled with mysteries and intrigue. However, some authors are not content with simply creating characters, but prefer to also re-imagine the world's that they inhabit. The following list highlights some of the amazing universes conjured up by talented authors who were not afraid to dream big.
Looking back at 2015, it was a great year in which we saw many new authors that show a lot of promise. A couple of debut novels hit the bestseller lists and we are hoping to see many more of these in 2016. Here are our top ten debut novels for 2015 (in no particular order) - if you haven't read them yet, they come highly recommended.
A short film that will lift your mood and leave you feeling inspired. These are words that everybody needs to hear and take to heart. The animation is beautifully done and makes the words written by author and poet, Charles Bukowski, come to life.
The preferred method of reading a book for many people is curled up on the sofa or in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of tea. Let's face it, for many readers having their nose stuck in a book is much more preferable than in a flower. However, there are a couple of books that are written in such a way that one can't help but want to venture into the great outdoors after reading them.
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