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10 Best-Selling Book Series Of All Time

Photo Credit: Canton Public Library
Photo Credit: Canton Public Library

What does Harry Potter, The Belgariad and Narnia have in common? Yes, they all belong to the fantasy genre but aside from that, they are all a series of books and best-sellers too!

Wikipedia defines a book series as “a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group.” Simply put a series is a collection of books that share a common setting, story, set of characters or timeline. A book series can be written in any genre, even non-fiction.

Some series have books that are stand alone and can be read in any order while other series books are so dependent on each other that you must read them in the right order, else you won’t enjoy them. There’s no upper limit to the number of books in a series either, some series have over 300 books!

Since books have been written in series since books existed, we got wondering about which series has sold the most number of books till date. Here are the series we found in the top 10 best-sellers…
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Life as a Book Blogger with Bieke of Istyria book blog

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we connect with Bieke from Belgium who runs the Istyria book blog.

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Hi Bieke. Welcome to the Freado blog. Before we continue can you tell our readers how to pronounce your name? 🙂

Haha, sure! 😀 BIE = like the verb BE and KE = like ‘cup’ without P. Bieke. Got it? 😛 If not, just call me Bee.

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5 Unusual Libraries From Around the World

Libraries are one of the most favorite places of book lovers. The only other place that might come close is a book store. But libraries aren’t always just buildings filled with books, they can also have a weirdness and uniqueness not found anywhere else.

But how can a bunch of books be unusual? With that thought in mind I set of to find unusual libraries and found some that boggled my mind, yet made me smile. Take a look at some gems I found when looking for different and offbeat libraries. How many unusual libraries do you know of?

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Life as a Book Blogger with Christi of Smitten With Reading

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we have Christi from Smitten With Reading; a reviewer turned author, Christi answers questions about life, book blogging and becoming an author. 🙂

403558_10150842625976526_202392755_nChristi started out as a book blogger and reviewer in 2010 with the intention of sharing her views on the books she read. Though she mostly reads for fun, she has accumulated tons of reviews on her blog over the years. Christi enjoys books in the chick-lit and romance and reads most anything within romance genre.

Apart from reviews Christi is also one of the hosts of the Tuesday Bookish Meme – Top Off Tuesday that is all about finding a gorgeous cover featuring a gorgeous male specimen. 🙂

An avid reader all her life Christi dreamt of someday writing books that would bring readers joy, the kind she felt when she read. Over the years, she jotted down ideas and scenes but never did really write that book until she turned 41. When she finally did start she wrote 150,000 words in four months! And hasn’t stopped since.

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8 Famous Cats in Literature

The other day I talked about dogs, – dogs as characters in stories and even dogs as narrators of stories. But what about other animals? What about cats? Are there a lot of famous cats in literature? Do they play prominent roles?

With these questions in my mind, I thought I’d do some digging around and research to find notable cats in literary history. I didn’t find a few but rather quite a few!

However out of the rather long list, I’ve selected 7 cats who I remember from books over the years…
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5 Spectacular Libraries From Across the World

Libraries are the treasure houses of book lovers. They hold secrets and stories untold, fables and legends undiscovered, sagas and epics unknown, folk-tales and traditional-lore unheard-of, little-known fairy-tales, obscure romance and fantasy, uncharted faraway worlds, unexplored mythology, – just so much yet to be read and discovered.

But it isn’t just books in a library that are the talking point, sometimes it’s the library itself. Looking around the internet for 5 spectacular libraries, I found lots – some thought-provoking, some breathtaking, others magnificent and sensational, – they made me stop and stare.

Here are 5 libraries from across the world that I thought were just spectacular!

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Life as a Book Blogger with Aloi of Guiltless Reading

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

Aloi from Guiltless Reader answers our many questions about life and book blogging this week. 🙂

 

header-guitless3-transAloi is a Guiltless Reader 🙂 , she reads books from the quirky to the obscure; always on the lookout for that unforgettable read. She will read almost anything – from Classics to Fantasy and Chick-lit to Non-fiction!

Aside from reading Aloi also enjoys all things bookish. You should check out her collection of bookshelves and bookmarks, you are sure to want some of these!

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Top 5 Book Fairs Across the World for Book Bloggers

Across the world there are a lot of book fairs that happen every year. Some are annual, some seasonal, others are specific to genres or have have a specific agenda. What they all have in common though, is a love for the printed word.

A book fair, book exhibition or book expo is a space organized for author and publishers to showcase their books and work and to examine what other authors and rival publishers are doing. Each fair has it’s own set of rules and activities. Some are open to public on all days, whereas some will have entry by invitation only.

If you are a book blogger, at some point you are going to start hearing about popular book fairs and wanting to attend them. Here’s are 5 book fairs from across the world that have had the highest number of visitors over the years…

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8 Books for Dog Lovers

Last week I talked about 8 of my most beloved dogs in literature, but dogs are sometimes more than just characters. Sometimes they are the narrators, main characters and the heros of the story.

Writing from another person’s point of view is difficult as it is, but the challenge really gets intense when you try to write from a dog’s perspective. Writing a story from the view point of a dog requires the author to not only have an intense love of dogs I think, but also a deep understanding of them, their behavior, their mind; it takes a lot of time, study and observation to get their voice right.

Here are some books you just shouldn’t pass up if you are a dog lover…
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8 of My Most Loved Dogs in Literature

I have dogs on my mind this week. One of my dogs is ill and I can’t seem to see or think beyond dogs for now, so I figured I might as well write about them this week. 🙂

Before I got any dogs of my own, over the years I fell in love with so many dogs I met in books and stories. They stole my heart with their naughtiness, courage, strength and loyalty. They each had personality and oh, how it shone through.

Here are eight dogs I have loved over the years…

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