Atticus Finch

Mental Floss gives their list of 30 of the best parents in literature.

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Yet another recent study focused on the impact that reading literary fiction has on our ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others.  BookBrowse has the results.

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Your reaction to Buzzfeed’s 10 phrases that have totally different meanings after you have a child may depend on whether or not you have a child.  If you do, you will certainly find some truth in all of them.  If you don’t you may see this as a cute but unrealistic view of parenthood.  “Surely,” you will say, “There can’t be that much of a change once I have children.”  Yes, there is that much of a change – and more!

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Gone Girl

Every year the motion picture industry adapts some books into movies.  The 2015 Golden Globe nominations have been released, and Word & Film lists the nominated films that were based on books.

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Recent research indicates that you shouldn’t read from a screen (such as a smartphone or tablet) before you go to sleep at night because the light from the screen will disrupt your circadian rhythms.  Read a real book instead.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, January 4, 2015 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be talk show host and writer Tavis Smiley.  His books include Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year, and What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in Amerifca.

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This will be my final post of 2014, but I’ll be back in January to continue my rather eclectic blog posts.  I hope that 2015 will be the best year of your life, and I thank you for taking time to read Book Notes Plus.

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