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Dictionary and thesaurus for brain power

We all know that learning a new language makes you smarter. But did you know that using a dictionary and a thesaurus to explore your own mother tongue also develops your brain power? Once our formal education is done and dusted, most of us abandon the …

Great opening lines of great novels

The first line of a novel is important. It introduces the theme, sets the tone, prepares the stage for the story to unfold and invites the reader to participate in the adventure. There are many novels with good or even great opening lines. Here are some …

The best position for reading

You can read in almost any position, but there are some rules that serious readers should adhere in order to avoid neck strain or arm fatigue.   I recently overheard a conversation in a library (yes, I go to library regularly; and yes, I …

How to write well

You may not be consumed (yet) by the burning ambition to write the next great South African novel. Still, you need decent writing skills in order to:   Put together an email message that’s easy to understand; Compose a social media post …

Let’s talk poetry

I am not going to claim that the sale of poetry books on bidorbuy rose significantly since it was announced that the poet-singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.   However, I do want to make it known that week in, …

Summer holiday reads 2016

Four books to pack for your summer holiday.   Searching for a book to read on the beach? When the year goes by far too quickly, the last thing you want to do is spend your well-deserved break reading a book that is anything less than great. So …

How to read more

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested."  Sir Francis Bacon   Books are incredible things. Unlike movies or music, which are both passive channels, reading requires active participation of …

5 great books for Christmas presents

Books are wonders in themselves. Each one holds a self-contained world with myriad experiences contained therein. While many people prefer gimmicks or gadgets for Christmas, the titles below are the perfect gift for any bookworm.   The Mountain …

How to clean books

  There is nothing more disappointing than little critters eating away at your precious book collection. Even more disappointing is when they leave a musty smell which keeps you from enjoying your books. For a bibliophile, the above scenario is no …

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

                                          Happy birthday to beloved children's …