What I’ve Been Reading Lately: January 19

Welcome to What I’ve Been Reading Lately, a feature where I’ll be giving short reviews of what I’m currently reading:

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10 Books to Help Beat the January Blues

Are you finding it hard to snuggle up and read a book this month? Since most of us are either in the second round of lockdown or are freely available to more around, but not in the way like it was before, people may have a difficult time concentrating on a novel. On top of that, the cold weather may put a damper on your reading endeavours.

Well, don’t fret! If you want to get back into the reading spirit, here are ten engaging reads that will not only have you forget about what is going on outside, it will warm your body and soul with their heartwarming nature and compelling storytelling:

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Classics That Entered the Public Domain in 2021

Get your 1920s dancing shoes on! On January 1, a batch of classics has entered the public domain. Those who do not know what the public domain means, copyrighted works (books, movies, music, etc.) enter the United States’ public domain after 95 years. This meaning they are freely accessible for the public. 

This also means that there could be different retellings of classic works, tales likeĀ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. So it will be exciting to see what new creative interpretations people imagine. When they become available, readers will read them for free online on sites, like Project Gutenberg. It may not be on the website right away. Give it some time. It takes a while to transfer to text for online reading.

Here is a list of creative works published/released first in 1925. However, here is a list of some highlights that may catch your eye:

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: Janaury Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British and Irish titles!

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The Best Books to Look Out For in 2021

It’s already the first day of the new year and not only should you be excited in starting a new chapter (2020 was kind of a mess, huh?) but you should also be excited about a slew of exciting new books being released this year. So get ready for your TBR pile to get bigger, because after you read these synopsis, you can’t help but adding these titles to your Goodreads account:

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Cup of Tea’s Best Books of 2020: Adult and Teen Books

You can definitely say 2020 was a year. Although we are definitely eager to forget the chaos and the mayhem that this crazy year has brought us, 2020 is a year that has introduced me to great reads that has brought me so much joy and and really got me through these troubled times.

So from heartbreaking, compelling novels in verse to pirate adventures on the high sea, here are the books that made the best of this crazy year:

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Reading Ghost Stories: A Christmas Tradition

While ghost stories are primarily connected with Halloween, reading ghost stories on Christmas is a tradition that goes back to Victorian times. Of course, there is the famous Christmas ghost story of them all, A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens, but other classic authors, such as Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, would take the time to write a ghostly tale during the Christmas season,. People would gather by the roaring fire and read ghostly tales that would bring a different chill down their spine.

So if you are interested in upkeeping in this unique but joyous tradition but don’t know which ghost stories to start with, here are some ghostly tales that will help ring in the Christmas season in Victorian style:

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Book Subscriptions for the Book Lover In Your Life

It’s four days to Christmas and nothing can ruin the holiday spirit by trying to scamper and find the best gift for that book lover in your life. A book is the obvious choice but maybe you are having a hard time picking the right book for them. Well, there is a way to take the stress off your shoulders!

Book subscription services are becoming very popular and are a great way for a readers to get a sample of the books that are out there. It allows bookworms a huge amount of choices and a surprise every month. What more can a book lover ask for? So if are trying to figure out that last minute Christmas gift, why not take a look at these book subscription services?

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Holiday Reads: December 19, 2020

There is no better gift than the gift of reading.

More than ever, we need heartwarming and uplifting stories this year. So similar to what was done in December, visit here every Friday and view some great book recommendations to get a jumpstart on your holiday reading:

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately: December 13

Welcome to What I’ve Been Reading Lately, a feature where I’ll be giving short reviews of what I’m currently reading:

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