This essay was written by Julie Bates. Why Share Reading? Reading is a one person activity – right? Well, that depends. Sometimes reading can be a wonderful escape from the real world and the tensions that send you seeking a universe far, far away. Other times nothing enriches the experience of a good read than sharing it with another.  Good shared reads allow you to share the wonder of exploring alien worlds, compare notes on exotic recipes or decide if the book the media suddenly adores is worth picking up or is exponentially overrated. It Builds Intimacy My husband and I read each other’s books. He’s learned to appreciate my eclectic

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This essay was written by Julie Bates. Why Share Reading? Reading is a one person activity – right? Well, that depends. Sometimes reading can be a wonderful escape from the real world and the tensions that send you seeking a universe far, far away. Other times nothing enriches the experience of a good read than sharing it with another.  Good shared reads allow you to share the wonder of exploring alien worlds, compare notes on exotic recipes or decide if the book the media suddenly adores is worth picking up or is exponentially overrated. It Builds Intimacy My husband and I read each other’s books. He’s learned to appreciate my eclectic

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This essay was written by Chris Ciolli. Everyone loves a hero. Except when we don’t. Because let’s face it, sometimes heroes are hard to take. In a less-than-perfect world full of less-than-perfect people where right and wrong exist among so many shades of gray, sometimes traditionally heroic protagonists fall flat, even when they triumph against their “evil” foes. That’s where anti-heroes come in. With fewer redeeming attributes and more Achilles heels than your typical protagonist, anti-heroes show readers another side of human character, however disagreeable.  Inspiring reactions ranging from sympathy to disgust, literary anti-heroes figure among the world’s most famous literary icons. Who could forget the emotionally fragile but patently obnoxious

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This essay was written by Chris Ciolli. Everyone loves a hero. Except when we don’t. Because let’s face it, sometimes heroes are hard to take. In a less-than-perfect world full of less-than-perfect people where right and wrong exist among so many shades of gray, sometimes traditionally heroic protagonists fall flat, even when they triumph against their “evil” foes. That’s where anti-heroes come in. With fewer redeeming attributes and more Achilles heels than your typical protagonist, anti-heroes show readers another side of human character, however disagreeable.  Inspiring reactions ranging from sympathy to disgust, literary anti-heroes figure among the world’s most famous literary icons. Who could forget the emotionally fragile but patently obnoxious

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This is an essay by Brandon Monk. Please note: This essay originally appeared in multiple parts but has been compiled on medium.com as one 21 minute read. “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”― Stephen King Many of our teachers and schools have failed us. They took the fun out of reading by making it an assignment. They should have showed us another side to reading. The side that makes reading a superior form of entertainment. Yes, even superior to TV. I’ve talked about how

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This is an essay by Brandon Monk. Please note: This essay originally appeared in multiple parts but has been compiled on medium.com as one 21 minute read. “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”― Stephen King Many of our teachers and schools have failed us. They took the fun out of reading by making it an assignment. They should have showed us another side to reading. The side that makes reading a superior form of entertainment. Yes, even superior to TV. I’ve talked about how

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This is an essay written by Brandon Monk. Please note: This essay originally appeared in multiple parts but has been compiled on medium as one 21 minute read. I have been thinking about the answer to the question, “Why Read,” for about two years. The question first became my focus as I reflected on why I had not read the first years out of formal education. At the time, I think I was desperate for answers and lonely. I read for answers to the big questions like how to exist and even why exist. As I started to read again I tried to think about why it was that I was

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This is an essay written by Brandon Monk. Please note: This essay originally appeared in multiple parts but has been compiled on medium as one 21 minute read. I have been thinking about the answer to the question, “Why Read,” for about two years. The question first became my focus as I reflected on why I had not read the first years out of formal education. At the time, I think I was desperate for answers and lonely. I read for answers to the big questions like how to exist and even why exist. As I started to read again I tried to think about why it was that I was

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This essay was written by Brandon Monk. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” “I exist as I am, that is enough.” “I tramp a perpetual journey.” ― Walt Whitman Today, Walt Whitman is an American literary icon. He is, perhaps, the greatest American writer. His voice is identified as uniquely American. Inspiring any number of writers since his passing, he is generally considered the father of truly American literature. So, he

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This essay was written by Brandon Monk. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” “I exist as I am, that is enough.” “I tramp a perpetual journey.” ― Walt Whitman Today, Walt Whitman is an American literary icon. He is, perhaps, the greatest American writer. His voice is identified as uniquely American. Inspiring any number of writers since his passing, he is generally considered the father of truly American literature. So, he

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