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Catch up on a legendary 'Feud'

It was recently announced that prolific TV producer Ryan Murphy (Glee,

Kick off summer with cute, contemporary reads

Summer has finally arrived and school is almost out. We all know what this means... more reading time! With that said, it's always nice to have a To-Be-Read (TBR) pile nearby so that you never run out of reads when they are desperately needed. Summer is notorious for having the perfect weather for cute contemporaries. I've compiled a list of my favorite contemporary books that I recommend for anyone who wants a light, fun summer read.

A dossier for John le Carré

One of the year’s most anticipated new TV series is The Night Manager, which began airing April 19th on AMC. Already a hit in England, where it garnered critical acclaim and social media buzz, The Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), a former British soldier recruited by British intelligence to take down a pernicious arms dealer (played by Hugh Laurie).

Accepting the Read Harder Challenge

I’m always up for a challenge. I like to push myself to see if I can do something new, maybe even hard. The process of persevering and having a purpose, a goal, is motivating to me (not to mention I have a huge competitive streak, even if my only competition is myself). So when I heard about Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge for 2016, I was immediately on board.

The timeless Roald Dahl

We love the books of our childhood with guileless, uninhibited passion – which is why it can be so tempting to go back to them as adults. Who wouldn’t want to recapture that electric thrill of falling through a book into a new world, peopled with characters who speak for us, who become our friends?

The timeless Roald Dahl

We love the books of our childhood with guileless, uninhibited passion – which is why it can be so tempting to go back to them as adults. Who wouldn’t want to recapture that electric thrill of falling through a book into a new world, peopled with characters who speak for us, who become our friends?

Exploring the Apollo Program from two different perspectives

Depending on your age, the Apollo Program either belongs to history or memory. It’s been 47 years since the first human beings walked on the moon, and time, with its abiding patience, has eroded the impact of this monumental achievement. But great films act like wormholes through the fabric of time. Films collapse the distance between past and present and liberate history from the history books. The Apollo Program has been the subject of dozens of films, but two in particular stand above the rest.

10 opening lines that intrigue

Call me interested: do you have a favorite first line from a novel? “Call me Ishmael,” says the narrator, to begin Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Since first being published in 1851, this line has become one of literature's famously great first sentences. Other lines of similar status include the opening to Jane Austen’s

Get down and dirty: Soil tips for your garden

green manure, cover crops

“If you have the soul of a gardener, not for anything would you work with gloves on.” – Ruth Stout

Healthy vegetables and herbs begin with rich soil. What's in the soil ends up in the crop, which ends up in you! Therefore, think organic. Organic matter has come from once-living organisms. Just as "we are what we eat," veggies "are" what they attain from the soil in which they grow. Healthy plants grow from healthy soil. Healthy plants resist disease. Healthy plants produce yummy, healthy veggies.

Garden dreamin': Tips for early garden plotting

No matter what time of year, I'm pondering and planning about growing – vegetable growing and growing my inner self. Living on the mile-high plains of Colorado, after growing up in the mid-Atlantic area, learning to grow veggies at any time of year is challenging! The hail, quick temperature changes, snow on Mother's Day and early autumn freezes make things interesting.

March is Space Month at Anythink

 

"The sky calls to us." – Carl Sagan

Computers for not-dummies

“I am probably the dumbest person with computers,” the woman said to me as she came into my weekly Tech Drop-ins session. In my line of work, it really isn’t surprising to hear this sentence, and it is remarkable how untrue it often is.  Technology is getting better so quickly these days that a lot of us are being overtaken. It feels like there is always some latest and greatest thing coming out despite the feeling as though we are being overun. We, as adults, learn what we can, keep up with our jobs and then, when we have to learn something new, it's a little like coming out from nuclear f

'Poldark': For fans of 'Downton Abbey'

Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Are you sad the show is in its final season? Do you have that "What will I watch now?" feeling?

I feel your pain.

Putting the science back into science fiction

Time travel. Extraterrestrial civilizations. Artificial wormholes crisscrossing the galaxy like a celestial highway system. These are the types of ideas science fiction has made famous. However, most of the science in science fiction isn’t very...scientific. And that’s okay. Science fiction is, after all, fiction; it has no obligation to accurately depict scientific concepts.

6 books to check out before they hit the big screen in 2016

2016 is going to be a great year for readers and moviegoers. With so many books being translated into movies, there is a little bit of something for every type of reader. Just like Anythink's blog post for book-to-movie adaptations in 2015, this year has its own list of movies we can't wait to see. If you haven't read any of the books on this list, check them out before they hit the big screen.

A journey through space and time

A stargazer is also a time traveler, and telescopes allow us to venture to the most distant and ancient reaches of the universe. Even hurtling through space at 186,000 miles per second, it takes light from the next closest star over four years to reach Earth. And compared with the grand scale of the cosmos, four years is nothing. Most of the celestial objects we can glimpse in the night sky are hundreds or thousands of light-years away. So, in a very real sense, peering through the eyepiece of a telescope is a journey through space and time.

Grow your garden: The Free Seeds & Transplants Program

In collaboration with Denver Urban Gardens, Anythink is providing free seeds and transplants to individuals, families, schools and community organizations based on annual adjusted gross income levels in order to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food. If you're interested in receiving these seeds and transplants, visit your local Anythink and ask for the Free Seeds & Transplants application. This year, each household can receive up to seven seed packets and four sets of transplants. 

For the love: 4 novels

If you love books and reading, and especially if you cherish settling in with a well-written novel, the following four titles are for you. When cold winds bluster, nestle into your nest and dedicate yourself to these books about books – and about love. Embracing these novels as you burrow in your burrow, you will find narratives about booksellers, printers, and authors – and their individual passions, some inconstant and some enduring. I was enwrapped in these stories of ardor and loss, invention and devotion.

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Exploring the human brain

With information traveling at 260 mph, more than 100,000 chemical reactions occurring per second, 86 billion cells and over 10,000 types of neurons, the human brain is probably the most complex entity known to man. And for all of our advancements in science, especially neuroscience, there is still more we don’t know about the human brain than what we do know.  

Saudi Arabia: Traveling through books

I love traveling through books – visiting new places, meeting new people, immersing myself in a new culture and feeling like I’ve literally “been there” and “done that” all because a talented writer has taken the time to craft an authentic experience for me.

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