While binge-watching can be cool, nothing beats reading — and the lineup of Amazon Prime books on sale for Prime Day 2022 is helping us make that point.
Because there are some incredible books (and book deals) to be had, whether you’re in the market for a new read or want to read the book behind the film adaptation.
The beauty of books is that they can transport you to various places and times without you needing to leave the comfort of your couch—or, if you’re lucky, beach chair.
And the picks below are especially good at this, whether you’re into UFOs, Tolkien lore, college friendships, or none of the above. With that, below are 22 of the best Amazon Prime books to get in your cart and on your shelf, stat.
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By Yenny Sanchez, CNN, Updated 8:37 AM ET, Sun June 19, 2022
(CNN) New Yorkers of all ages can now treat their shelves to a new book.
The New York Public Library (NYPL) has announced that it will give away 500,000 books to city residents to keep as part of its “Summer at the Library Program.”
Its goal is to help kids, teens and adults build their home libraries, as well as keep youth productive through the summer break.
The books are available at any of the library’s 92 locations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. Some locations will even offer Spanish, Chinese, and large print titles.
“New York City students and families have been through so much over the last two years. It’s critical that, during this period of recovery and renewal, our ecosystem of learning do all it can to support and engage them,” Brian Bannon, NYPL’s Merryl and James Tisch director of branch libraries and education, said in a statement earlier this month.
“Public libraries are uniquely positioned to do this while students are out of the classroom over the summer months, providing quality, free programs to engage their minds while also getting them excited about books, reading, learning, and their communities.”
As the summer travel season kicks off, many of us look forward to exploring new places on trips away from home.
To help with this, NPR asked poets laureate, state librarians, bookstore owners and other literary luminaries from all 50 states — plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — to recommend quintessential reads that illuminate where they live.
Here are more than 100 recommendations for you — whether you want to read about somewhere you’re heading, a place you hope to go someday, or somewhere you live and want to get to know better.
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Nominated by Gailmarie Pahmeier, poet laureate of Nevada
How the Light Gets In: New and Collected Poems by Kirk Robertson: Andrei Codrescu has called the late poet Kirk Robertson “the djinn of the desert,” and Willy Vlautin wrote that Robertson’s poems are “dipped into the heart of the West, both what it used to be and what it is today.” I wholeheartedly agree; Robertson’s poetry made me see how our starkly beautiful desert is both brutal and tender. His work led me to make this place my home.
Sweet Promised Land by Robert Laxalt: First published in 1957, this book continues to inspire Nevada writers and those who visit our state. This book is a tender and moving account of the author’s Basque heritage and his love of our state. Before you enjoy a traditional meal at one of Nevada’s historic Basque restaurants, first read this. Its first sentence, in all its elegant simplicity, will have you hooked: “My father was a sheepherder, and his home was the hills.”
Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State edited by Cheryll Glotfelty: Published in 2008, Cheryll Glotfelty’s deeply researched anthology of Nevada literature remains the best source for an introduction to the literary arts in our state. If someone is planning a road trip through Nevada and the American West, this is the book to have. At every stop, there will be a voice to hear, a story told.
Originally an almighty test of strength and stamina, and now a jovial summer gathering and a chance to celebrate all things Scottish, Highland games have been a traditional part of Scotland’s culture for hundreds of years, though their modern-day popularity is owed to the Victorians.
The roots of the games date as far back as the 11th century when King Malcolm III called a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich to find the fastest runner in the land to become his personal courier.
The games then evolved to include events that tested not only muscles and speed of the strongest clan members, but also creative dance and music skills to keep kings and queens and clan chiefs entertained.
Highland games as we know them have been celebrated around Scotland since the 1800s, when they were formally reintroduced as part of the revival of Tartan and Highland Culture encouraged by Sir Walter Scott and given a royal seal of approval by Queen Victoria.
Taking place in summer between May and September, every event has its own unique character and traditions. Here are four of the best events happening this summer for you to get a taste of this most Scottish of celebrations.
Summer reading means different things to different people.
Case in point: The subscribers to our Book Club newsletter answered a recent call-out to share the books they’d recommend for the months ahead, and let’s just say this isn’t your typical roster of beach reads.
Gilgamesh and Herodotus were among the cerebral choices that made the cut, among an eclectic crowd of others.
With summer right around the corner, it’s not just the weather that’s heating up. Tripadvisor’s 2021 Summer Travel Index reveals that – with every passing day – travel is making a big comeback.
Nearly half of Americans (43%) in a recent Tripadvisor survey believe travel activity will rebound within three months.
With Americans no longer settling for staycations and local trips, it appears true vacation getaways are coming back en vogue.
Over two-thirds of Americans (67%) are planning to travel this summer (June 1 – August 31), which is a 17% increase from those who traveled this spring (March 1- May 31). Millennials are the most excited to get back out there with the vast majority (72%) of the generation planning trips. Although many still plan to drive to their destination (43%), 19% plan to fly, up 4% from this spring.
Most popular destinations for Americans this summer (and what to do in each)*
*Most popular experiences in each destination based on bookings on Tripadvisor made between June and August 2020. Highly-rated hotels and restaurants sourced from Tripadvisor Popularity Index as of April 19, 2021.
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