In case you need to justify your love or chocolate, here are ten positive reasons for eating it.

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Eliza Doolittle Day and Bloomsday are two of the ten literary holidays features in a Mentalfloss article.

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Book Cakes

Mentalfloss also offers photos of 11 amazing cakes shaped like books.

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The winner of the 2013 Hatchet Job of the Year Award for scathing book reviews has been announced, and the winner is AA Gill for his review of an autobiography by the British singer and lyricist Morrissey.  A Guardian article tells you more, and points to the nominated reviews.

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Author Valentines

I didn’t run across this Valentines from famous authors article until it was too late for Valentine’s Day, but it’s still worth viewing.

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As with the above, I just recently found this Buzzfeed list of 19 short novels for the shortest month of the year, but if you are a fast reader, you may be able to finish a few by the end of the day.


If you prefer longer works, here is a list of 25 big novels that are worth your time according to Flavorwire.

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Next is a quiz that features factually correct but misleading plotlines for ten famous novels.

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We know you’re a book lover because you’re reading Book Notes Plus, but what kind of reader are you?

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Don’t forget about the 86th Academy Awards presentations on Sunday, March 2nd at 8:30 p.m. ET.  As always, many of the nominated movies are based on books.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, March 2, 2014 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author, activist, and historian Peniel E. Joseph.  His books include Stokely: A Life (2014), and Dark Day and Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama (2010).

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