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The Most Popular Books By Country, According To Facebook

In the summer of 2014, Facebook conducted a fun literature experiment. Facebook asked people to list the top ten books that have moved them in some way.

The status game was popular and the results were quite revealing. The 100 books that Facebook users loved and were most affected by were Harry Potter (with a 21.08% appearance rate in Facebook statuses) and second-place To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, which had a 14.48% appearance rate.

Facebook decided to aggregate data from other non-English speaking countries too, and so the results now reflect what people in other countries and other languages most appreciate in the realm of literature – no matter the translation.


The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

Cent’anni di solitudine – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Il ritratto di Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Orgoglio e pregiudizio – Jane Austen

Il signore degli anelli – J.R.R. Tolkien


The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

Le petit prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Ça – Stephen King

Le seigneur des anneaux – J.R.R. Tolkien

Les fleurs du mal – Charles Baudelaire


The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown


Cien años de soledad – Gabriel García Márquez

El principito – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

El perfume – Patrick Süskind

Aura – Carlos Fuentes

Facebook Statuses and Literary Predilections

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series dominate other countries’ lists besides the American and British readerships. It’s an epic series that has and continues to have a universal, sweeping appeal across the globe irrespective of the readers’ age, occupation, gender, and social status.  Even if some people tried to stick a”Young Adult” genre label to it, this didn’t stop it from inspiring millions of readers of all ages.

The  Facebook list also reflects the extensive popularity of authors like Jane Austen, George Orwell, J. R. R. Tolkien, F. Scott Fitgerald, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Stephen King.

Books are a very personal matter. They help us unearth new worlds and explore imaginary kingdoms, they are our companions, our teachers, our friends and our supporters. Books move, surprise and make us wiser. They also stay with us forever. We never forget our favorite heroes. Instead, we pay a visit to them every now and then by re-reading their story and re-living it with them as an homage.

Have any of these books listed above moved you in one way or another? Which books would you add to your top 5 list?

The Most Popular Books By Country, According To Facebook

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Relax Your Mind While It’s Still Summer

Summertime is fantastic. For many of us it is synonymous with visions of endless fun, delicious watermelon, and beach fires under an August full moon. The fast-paced lifestyle we lead in the workaday world, however, can make the transition to a more relaxed, summer-y attitude quite hard.

Even if you are on the perfect 2-week vacation, your work mentality may keep you checking your email every couple of hours, or checking in with a colleague to ensure nothing falls apart while you’re away. And that’s not the way to relax.


An overloaded mind cannot relax that easily. We train ourselves and discipline our minds to be focused, productive, and results-oriented. While this is an asset on the job, it means that when we have free time on our vacation we often don’t know how to redirect all that energy and productive flow. This causes a lot of anxiety and stress; for some people, it even leads to a feeling of doing something wrong or being useless.

This mentality, so useful at work, can be eliminated through simple but effective hacks that reposition you to make the most of your time off.

You might not realize it, but your work mentality is actually something you can switch on and off by choice. There are practical things you can do to achieve this: turn off your smartphone, log out of your email account and any social media sites, turn off work notifications on your computer, and stay away from any tech device with an Internet connection.

This is the first step to getting out of your work mentality.


Once technological distractions are out of the way, you should consider the next step: Summer Mode On. You can completely relax and empty your mind to fully enjoy summer. The secret is not some expensive vacation or extraordinary experience – although these wouldn’t hurt — because what you need is something much simpler and inexpensive: a good book.

Reading is the best way to take your mind off things. Whether it’s work issues, a frustrating personal conflict you cannot deal with right now, a nagging 3-year-old, or anything else that’s occupying your brain, everything can be solved (or at least paused for a while) when you immerse yourself into a fascinating page-turner.

Next time you’re heading for the beach or the pool don’t forget to take a book with you. It will put you into a vacation mood super fast. The mere habit of reading a book on vacation acts like a STRESS OFF switch you can access with a mere turn of the page.

If you’re not the bibliophile, you can still enjoy the benefits of reading by curating a collection of articles and other content you want to read. Just make sure they’re fun and interesting – nothing work-related – and that you’ve downloaded all of the documents before you leave, so that you don’t have to turn your internet connection back on.

Get lost into a riveting plotline, empathize with your protagonists, and feel grateful you’re not in their plight. Get lost in a romantic realm where the world seems to stop and see how all that work craze will feel like it’s far, far away. Summer reading mode: engage!

Relax Your Mind While It’s Still Summer

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If You Want to Learn Something New, You Need To Experience It

Experience fosters learning. No matter how much you may wish you could download skills and knowledge into your brain, the only foolproof way of mastering anything in life is through experience. And by experience, we mean “trial and error.”

Virtually any skill – speed reading, touch typing, walking, speaking a foreign language – requires substantial amounts of time invested in practicing. During a 1957 press conference, William Faulkner was asked for his advice to young, aspiring writers. This was his reply:

At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance.

On a similar vein, Aristotle asserted the same principle of experiential learning, hundreds of years before Faulkner:

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

This is the basic premise that underlines experiential learning (learning from experience). We don’t first learn something and then do it, rather we learn it by doing it. In other words, practice precedes learning and experience is a prerequisite for mastery. You cannot expect to speed read just by reading a book about speed reading, but the moment you experience and practice that skill you become a speed reader.

Experiential education is what allows a person to fully immerse themselves in the learning of a skill or capacity, and it’s what produces the most impressive learning results. According to psychologist David Kolb, knowledge is the product of experience. When a person is having a concrete experience, for example when they’re learning touch typing, this physical experience is what will allow the beginning typist to mentally reflect on their performance and produce their own interpretation of the process. With these abstract interpretations of the learning experience the typist is then back in the physical realm, actively testing out their assertions; this cycle is what ultimately results in learning to touch type. We repeat this process of practice, reflection, concept formation, and re-testing until learning takes place.

This approach to learning, like all others, of course has its flaws. Many people point out this theory’s inability to explain how people also learn without reflecting on the learning process. A common example is the fact that a person can learn how to tie their shoelaces through repetition, rather than reflecting on the process.

Nonetheless, the reflective aspect of experiential learning has a wide range of benefits and functions. With experiential learning, for example, we increase our self-esteem because we succeed in teaching ourselves something new by actively applying the new knowledge. This process is rewarding and gives a big boost to self-confidence because it has tangible results the learner can immediately recognize.

Theory turns into knowledge when we’re allowed to participate in our learning in a mindful, receptive, and attentive manner. What’s more, experiential learning is what will offer us the confirmation that learning indeed took place, that we’ve mastered a new skill and we’re ready to advance it even further. Whenever you have the chance, choose to learn through experience and practice rather than in the abstract. The results will astonish you.

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If You Want to Learn Something New, You Need To Experience It

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Trend Alert: Couple Reading Is Now A Thing

There’s good news for couples that read together. Scientists agree that this activity amplifies bonding between partners, offers plenty of conversation topics, and helps them improve their overall relationship through meaningful exchanges of information and opinions, all thanks to a book.

Meaningful Bonding

Not every couple shares the same interests and hobbies, and it’s not unheard of that such couples sometimes have a limited scope of things to discuss. Reading a book – not necessarily out loud, but each on their own – can cultivate a strong rapport that revolves around a common topic. This shared experience can be the basis for a good conversation.

Each person brings their own understanding and interpretation of the plot and characters, and in a genuine exchange of information, couples develop better communication skills, which helps them form a stronger bond.

Blurring Out Noise

Couples can easily get caught up in chores and responsibilities. They have limited time, and although they want something truly meaningful and empowering for their relationship, they sometimes don’t know where to start.

Getting lost in a book and escaping the real world doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. You can enjoy the perks of reading with your significant other, enjoying the way that the story helps to blur out any noise and distraction from the world around you.

Couples’ reading can turn into a habit, where both know this is their quality time together. It creates a sense of structure, shared priorities, and enjoyment that can only benefit a relationship or marriage.

Discovering One Another

Reading together helps you discover hidden or lesser known aspects of your significant other. Taking turns in recommending your next read helps you unravel aspects of your significant other’s personality and temperament you didn’t know existed.

Who knows, you might discover you have yen for biographies – something you didn’t find out until you tried the literary recommendations from your partner.

Unplug and Interact

Reading a book together is an affordable activity that doesn’t involve any screens — although you could both read on tablets and e-readers.

The tactile experience of book reading offers the most stimulation for your senses. Couples’ reading is an opportunity to share the same passion and excitement about a character. It gives you the chance to understand each others’ references and make jokes about the plights and achievements you read about in the narrative.

Nurturing Relationships

Reading is a unique experience. Share it with someone you care for and love, and you’ll enjoy it even more. This doesn’t necessarily have to be your lover or spouse; it could be your friend, your son, or your mother. After all, there are so many relationships we could take loving care of, and reading forms bonds between people everywhere.

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Trend Alert: Couple Reading Is Now A Thing

Earth Has a Fever & You Are The Only One Who Can Cure It

This Video Will Educate You How Temperature Has Increased In The Past and Its Effects of the Future

“Earth right now: Your planet is changing.”
Visit NASA now and let’s start saving our planet!

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