Notes from An Alien

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Some of the “Best” Books of 2015


WorldReader I got an email the other day from WorldReader—“…on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.”

The email directed me to their article, Top Books Read in 2015, from which I’ll share a few excerpts, in the hope of encouraging you to read the whole article:

“Access is the initial hurdle when building a literate world, so books need to be easily accessible, especially in places where they have historically been sparse. Thanks to Worldreader, readers anywhere in the world can access a library of over 28,000 free books in dozens of languages.”

“The top 5 books read by men and women across Africa and Asia are near mirrors of each other. Both lists are populated with Romance titles…and sexual health guides... Considering societal constraints, such as ideas about what men should read and what material is considered not feminine, it’s interesting to see men’s and women’s taste as similar until you consider this: reading on a mobile phone offers a private reading environment a print book cannot afford.”

Do, please, read the full article…

Next to consider are a few books from Livia Blackburne, Neuroscientist and Author, from her blog, A Brain Scientist’s Take on WritingMy Favorite Reads from 2015.

I’ll list the books but urge you to read what she says about them by visiting the full article:

Non-Fiction:

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Fiction:

To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel #2) by Connie Willis

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

And, perhaps you’ll check out Livia’s Author Site
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