Waterstones Book of the Year 2018 Shortlist

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As the year comes to a close, it is time for people of the book world to make their choice of the best books of the year. While we await for the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards, we get to see other literary institutions celebrate another great year of reading.

Since 2012, Waterstones Book of the Year has been a highly anticipated event the bookstore chain has looked forward to. Nominated by their booksellers, the shortlist is judged by many factors ranging from the book’s writing style to the beauty of its production.

Last year’s pick was La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. Let’s see which books are battling for the seventh year title:

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Friday Debate: Columbus Day

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Friday Debate: Voting

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Weekly Tea Discussion: Why Are People Afraid of the Arts?

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Two days ago, President Trump announced a proposal budget that would cut funding to arts and education programs. This would propel the elimination of four independent cultural agencies – the National Endowment for Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public television and radio such as PBS and NPR. While these and other vital organizations are forced with devastating proposed cuts, it didn’t stop the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs receive an increase in their funding.

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I have nothing against veterans. I strongly believe those who fight for our country should receive funding that will give them the support they need. But more money going towards basically war and violence is an atrocity and this is coming from a man who most likely wouldn’t know a piece of art or an open book if it was literally right in front of him. Unfortunately, this was bound to happen here in America. We as a country place anything ahead of the value if the arts and education. The arts always plays last fiddle to anything, whether it is technology, politics, or security. Which leads me to ask the question: why are people so afraid of the arts?

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And another year goes by…

Oh the year 2016! It has been…ok, I’m not going to sugar coat it. 2016 kind of sucked. The presidential election that appeared to have no end, devastating terrorist attacks, Brexit, the result of the presidential election, numerous amounts of notable deaths…people are just itching for this year to end. But before we abruptly close the book on this year, let us take time to examine the past and what changes we can do for the future.

What this year taught us that we cannot sit back continuously allow the same mistakes and problems that constantly plagues our country or worldwide. We, the people, need to start doing things differently, especially if we want society to move into a new direction. I believe we are stagnating with our values but these helpful suggestions may push towards the right direction…

1. We Need To Read More – I don’t know how else to stress this. Trump was yelling out “Make America Great Again”. What about “Make America Read Again”? They are a lot of ignorant, uneducated people out there that don’t know about the world around them, due to their lack of reading. So for those who already read, keep it up! As it has been said, books are our true weapons. For those who don’t or don’t do enough, what’s stopping you? Learn about the world that’s around you, the different cultures that are in the world. I believe education is going to vital in 2017 and we cannot do that without reading.  Continue reading “And another year goes by…”