Serial Reader - Blog News and updates about Serial Reader - Classic books in daily bits for iOS and Android https://www.serialreader.org/feeds/blog.rss 2021-06-05T15:58:22Z New Serials: June 2021 tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serials-june-2021 2021-06-05T15:58:22Z 2021-06-05T15:58:22Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serials-june-2021 Whew, it's been a while! After a break for rest and family, I've been adding more books to Serial Reader.

Previously I tried to highlight new books on a weekly basis but that cadence got away from me, so going forward I'm going to try a monthly blog post that I'll update as new books arrive. The latest titles from June 2021 are listed below, including Rabindranath Tagore's autobiography, an eerie prediction of the Titantic's sinking, Helen Keller's autobiography, P.T. Barnum's exploration of "humbugs," and more.

Happy reading!

The Rainbow
D.H. Lawrence
59 issues
My Inventions
Nikola Tesla
8 issues
Twenty-Two Years a Slave
Austin Steward
26 issues
The Story of My Life
Helen Keller
12 issues
My Reminiscences
Rabindranath Tagore
21 issues
A Pickle For The Knowing Ones
Timothy Dexter
3 issues
The Misadventures of John Nicholson
Robert Louis Stevenson
8 issues
The Wreck of the Titan
Morgan Robertson
8 issues
Magic Shadows: The Story of the Origin of Motion Pictures
Martin Quigley, Jr.
18 issues
The Humbugs of the World
P.T. Barnum
40 issues
The Plastic Age
Percy Marks
26 issues
The Little White Bird
J.M. Barrie
23 issues
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Frances Hodgson Burnett
19 issues
The Story of a Lie
Robert Louis Stevenson
6 issues
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New Serials from 1925: The Great Gatsby, Mrs. Dalloway, An American Tragedy, and more tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:books-1925-public-domain-gatsby-dalloway-christie-hemingway 2021-01-01T06:08:57Z 2021-01-01T06:08:57Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/books-1925-public-domain-gatsby-dalloway-christie-hemingway Happy 2021! Today all works published in 1925 enter the US public domain and many are now available to read in Serial Reader!

It was an impressive year for literature -- an article from the BBC even suggests "1925 may well be literature’s greatest year" -- with famous titles like The Great Gatsby, Mrs. Dalloway, The New Negro, and An American Tragedy, as well as works from Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, P.G. Wodehouse, Aldous Huxley, and more.

The themes and focal points from 1925's literature certainly resonate in 2021: conflict brought on by differences in race, social, and economic classes, questions on the attainability of the American dream, the complexity of medical care and new technology. "The literature reflected both a booming economy, whose fruits were unevenly distributed, and the lingering upheaval and tragedy of World War I," writes Jennifer Jenkins, Director of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain. "The culture of the time reflected all of those contradictory tendencies."

"These books weren’t just original, even revolutionary, creations," wrote Jane Ciabattari for the BBC. "They were helping to establish the very idea of modernity, to make sense of the times."

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
16 issues

The Jazz Age story of lavish Long Island parties, a young mysterious millionaire, and the woman he loved. Arguably one of the greatest novels ever written, exploring themes of decadence, idealism, and the American dream.

"It has almost the status of a holy work, and it’s seen as embodying all kinds of things about American values and society... one of those remarkable literary works that seems to adapt to its times." - James L. W. West III

Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf
22 issues

Over the course of a single day, Clarissa Dalloway prepares for a high-society party and is struck with memories of the past. Considered Woolf's greatest novel.

"A remarkably expansive and an irreducibly strange book. Nothing you might read in a plot summary prepares you for the multitudes it contains" - Jenny Offill in The New Yorker

The New Negro - Edited by Alain Locke

The New Negro
Alain Locke
44 issues

An anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays on African and African-American art and literature, including W.E.B. du Bois, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Considered to be the definitive text of the Harlem Renaissance.

"Locke became a 'mid-wife to a generation of young writers,' as he labeled himself, a catalyst for a revolution in thinking called the New Negro. The deeper truth was that he, Alain Locke, was also the New Negro, for he embodied all of its contradictions as well as its promise. Rather than lamenting his situation, his marginality, his quiet suffering, he would take what his society and his culture had given him and make something revolutionary out of it." - Jeffrey C. Stewart

An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser

An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser
122 issues

Ambitious Clyde Griffiths stumbles through romance and tragedy, struggling with taking responsibility. Based on an actual criminal case, it stands as a harsh commentary on the dark side of the American dream.

"Dreiser builds an extraordinarily detailed portrait of early twentieth-century America, its religious and sexual hypocrisies, its economic pressures, its political corruption and journalistic exploitation... Dreiser elevates the most mundane aspects of what he observes into emotionally charged, often harrowing symbols." - Thomas P. Riggio

Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos

Manhattan Transfer
John Dos Passos
42 issues

Painting an "expressionistic picture of New York" from the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age, Dos Passos examines the lives of wealthy power brokers and struggling immigrants. Described as "the best modern book about New York."

"The rapid-transit, discontinuous narrative brilliantly captures the pace of the city, the sense of brief, promiscuous contact with other lives. The metallically impersonal narrative voice carries the hard-edged din of the city at the same time that it keeps us at a distance from the residents... an intriguing narrative experiment, and a fascinating portrait of the great American city in the early years of the century" - Jay McInerney

Arrowsmith - Sinclair Lewis

Arrowsmith
Sinclair Lewis
57 issues

Described as the first "scientific" novel, Lewis follows the life of Martin Arrowsmith through the turbulence of his professional and romantic lives, satirizing those who pursue science for fortune at the expense of truth.

"From medical practice to public health and scientific discovery, from the unbridled ambitions of medical students and doctors to the complexities of delivering medical care in a diverse nation like the United States, 'Arrowsmith' delivers with humor and brio a slate of important lessons for everyone concerned about 21st century health care." - Dr. Howard Markel

More 1925 Works Now Available

The Secret of Chimneys
Agatha Christie
26 issues
The Professor's House
Willa Cather
20 issues
In Our Time
Ernest Hemingway
15 issues
Metropolis
Thea von Harbou
26 issues
Carry On, Jeeves
P.G. Wodehouse
25 issues
The Fatal Eggs
Mikhail Bulgakov
8 issues
A Daughter of the Samurai
Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto
33 issues
Those Barren Leaves
Aldous Huxley
42 issues
The Painted Veil
W. Somerset Maugham
25 issues
The Writing of Fiction
Edith Wharton
9 issues
The Everlasting Man
G.K. Chesterton
33 issues
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Holiday Books You Can Easily Finish Before Christmas tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:holiday-stories-books-read-before-christmas 2020-12-05T22:11:29Z 2020-12-05T22:11:29Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/holiday-stories-books-read-before-christmas The holiday season is upon us! And as usual, Christmas is approaching faster the more things you have to do before the big day. You can easily squeeze in some reading during the holidays though with many classics short enough to finish before Christmas - even if you're reading in just 20 minutes a day.

Here are some of the best Christmas stories available from Serial Reader, including classics from Charles Dickens, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Washington Irving, Louisa May Alcott, and more:

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
11 issues
Christmas Stories
Lucy Maud Montgomery
13 issues
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
L. Frank Baum
12 issues
Old Christmas
Washington Irving
7 issues
The Abbot's Ghost: A Christmas Story
Louisa May Alcott
9 issues
The Christmas Angel
Abbie Farwell Brown
6 issues
The First Christmas Tree
Henry van Dyke
3 issues

Find more great Christmas books in the Christmas collection in Serial Reader.

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New Serial Wednesdays: Zorro, Gargoyles, and Plagues tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serials-zorro-gargoyles-plagues 2020-12-03T01:17:04Z 2020-12-03T01:17:04Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serials-zorro-gargoyles-plagues Long list of new books available in Serial Reader to announce, including works from Oscar Wilde, John Stuart Mill, Louisa May Alcott, Jack London, E.M. Forster, Clark Ashton Smith and more. Selections also include the adventures of Zorro, horrible plagues, outer space mysteries, and murderous gargoyles.

On Liberty
John Stuart Mill
14 issues
Howards End
E.M. Forster
40 issues
The Mark of Zorro
Johnston McCulley
22 issues
An Ideal Husband
Oscar Wilde
11 issues
The Scarlet Plague
Jack London
6 issues
The Last American
John Ames Mitchell
4 issues
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
49 issues
Aurora Leigh
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
46 issues
Hospital Sketches
Louisa May Alcott
10 issues
The Hill of Dreams
Arthur Machen
20 issues
On War
Carl von Clausewitz
91 issues
The Maker of Gargoyles
Clark Ashton Smith
2 issues
Star Hunter
Andre Norton
13 issues
Terror Out Of Space
Leigh Brackett
4 issues
The House Behind the Cedars
Charles W. Chesnutt
22 issues
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Spooky Tales for Halloween tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:spooky-tales-for-halloween 2020-10-28T17:55:24Z 2020-10-28T17:55:24Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/spooky-tales-for-halloween Just a quick post to highlight some great collections of spooky stories for the Halloween season available from Serial Reader. Whether you're looking for chills, weird tales, or laughs (we see you Sir Simon) there's plenty of great books to choose from:

Happy Halloween and happy reading! 🎃

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Serialize Your Own Books with New Serial Reader Update tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:serialize-your-books-new-version-4 2020-10-27T00:00:10Z 2020-10-27T00:00:10Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/serialize-your-books-new-version-4 With the latest new version of Serial Reader released today you can now automatically serialize your own books, in addition to the over 750 classic books available in the app! Plus there are some extra new features for iOS folks, including homescreen widgets and custom reading schedules

Serialize Your Books

With version 4.0 of Serial Reader, you can now serialize and read your own books in addition to the 750+ classic books available in the app. Simply add any EPUB file in the app and Serial Reader will automatically divide the book into bite-sized issues, each able to be read in 20 minutes or less. It's a great way to tackle more challenging books or just fit more reading into your busy day.

I've been reading a couple of my own books in Serial Reader this way. It's been especially helpful for reading a sometimes less-than-thrilling book for my day job on working remotely (hi, 2020) as well as some fiction. You can see below just started rereading the Star Wars Thrawn trilogy and The Great Gatsby. If you own some EPUB books and have had trouble getting through them, or want to read them a bit more slowly, reading them in small bits once a day is a great way to progress through a book and retain more info.

If you've upgraded to Serial Premium you can add as many of your books as you'd like! Other users can add one of their own books to try out the new feature.

Homescreen Widgets

Also new in version 4.0 for iOS users are handy new homescreen widgets that help you keep track of your current books. Each one is super customizable with a range of colors and fonts to help the widgets fit in to any screen layout.

Custom Schedules

Not only that, but with version 4.0 of Serial Reader you can also now set custom delivery days for specific books. This lets you configure which days and which hour you want to receive new issues for particular books. Want to only receive new issues on weekends? Every other day? Now you can! Select which hour and days you want new issues for each subscribed book with Serial Reader's iOS version.

Download Serial Reader today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store!

Thank You!

I've been working on Serial Reader for just about 5 years now, which is honestly hard to wrap my mind around. What started as a personal project with a couple books, focused on improving my own reading habits, has grown into a multiplatform project with more than 750 books and thousands of readers.

Thank you all for your support! Please keep the great ideas, feedback, and questions coming. You've helped make Serial Reader what it is and I'll absolutely need your help keeping it improving over the next 5 years. I hope your next great read is right around the corner!

- Michael

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New Serial Wednesdays: From Hawaii to Scotland to France to Outer Space tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serials-hawaii-scotland-outerspace 2020-08-19T15:34:48Z 2020-08-19T15:34:48Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serials-hawaii-scotland-outerspace Yikes it's been a while since I had some new books to let you know about! I've been working hard on updates to the Serial Reader app. Stay tuned for more on that, or join the beta program to get an early look at new features before they're widely available.

New selections now available in Serial Reader include a fascinating history of Hawaii from its last monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani, as well as a more leisurely travelogue from Henry David Thoreau in "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers." As for fiction, journey to the midst of the Jacobite Rising with Walter Scott's "Waverley," or the depths of WWI with "Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos, or into outer space with John W. Campbell's sci-fi adventures.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Henry David Thoreau
38 issues
Hawaii's Story
Queen Liliʻuokalani
34 issues
The Shining Pyramid
Arthur Machen
4 issues
Waverley
Walter Scott
37 issues
Three Soldiers
John Dos Passos
43 issues
The Black Star Passes
John W. Campbell
23 issues
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Utopias, Comforting Reads, and the End of the World tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:utopias-comforting-read-end-of-world-pandemic-2020 2020-04-03T13:53:13Z 2020-04-03T13:53:13Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/utopias-comforting-read-end-of-world-pandemic-2020 It's April 2020 and things are not normal. If you're like me, your reading habits have been thrown into disarray like so much else right now. I've found myself running between comfortable escapes and imagined grim futures we seem to suffering through. I thought I'd offer some collections of books available in Serial Reader for anyone else feeling the same way.

The End of the World

The Last Man
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
72 issues
The Poison Belt
Arthur Conan Doyle
13 issues
Journal of the Plague Year
Daniel Defoe
27 issues

Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley describes in The Last Man a deadly plague that threatens to destroy society. Arthur Conan Doyle's The Poison Belt - a sequel of sorts to The Lost World - Professor Challenger and associates try to survive a planet-wide wave of death. Finally, Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year vividly chronicles the Great Plague which ravaged London in 1665.

Comforting Reads

The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame
23 issues
My Man Jeeves
P.G. Wodehouse
22 issues
The Book of Tea
Okakura Kakuzo
6 issues

It's more than ok to look to escape and what better option than the adventures of Rat, Toad, and Mole in The Wind in the Willows? Or perhaps the hilarious idiocy of Wooster and his friends in My Man Jeeves? Or take a more relaxing approach with The Book of Tea: an essay aimed at explaining the connection between teaism, Taoism, and the aesthetics of Japanese culture to a western audience.

Utopias

Utopia
Thomas More
13 issues
Herland
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
24 issues
Arqtiq
Anna Adolph
10 issues

Explore how the world may be made better with ruminations on utopias, from Thomas More's Utopia, to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's vision of a peaceful world absent of men in Herland, to the utopian adventure that awaits in Anna Adoplh's Arqtiq.

Other Recommendations

If reading in short bursts really isn't working for you these days, I highly recommend Standard Ebooks for high quality public domain books, or Libby for checking digital books out from your local library.

Hope everyone stays safe and sane! We can do this 💪

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It's Getting Spooky: New Dark Mode features and app icons in iOS, scary story suggestions for Halloween tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:dark-mode-ios-13-app-icons 2019-09-25T16:39:19Z 2019-09-25T16:39:19Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/dark-mode-ios-13-app-icons A new update is rolling out today for Serial Reader on iOS devices with support for iOS 13, especially Apple's new Dark Mode feature! Serial Reader will now automatically shift from light to dark themes when your device activates Dark Mode.

Additionally, you can now select different reading themes to use for light and dark modes! By default the reading screen will shift to a black theme automatically when Dark Mode is enabled. However, you can customize which particualr reading theme should be used by tapping the Settings icon in the top right while reading, then selecting the "Theme" option.

Maybe you'd prefer a light reading theme in Dark Mode, or you'd like a parchment-style theme regardless of what mode is enabled - whatever your preference, you can now customize Serial Reader to look just the way you want!

There are also a new selection of alternate app icons to choose from in iOS for Serial Premium folks, including a fun new Halloween option!

Speaking of Halloween, starting today you'll find some spooky story suggestions while browsing for new books in Serial Reader. And come October, don't miss the Halloween collection of scary stories!

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New Serial Wednesdays: Shakespearean Comedies, Doppelgangers, Undercover Reporting tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serial-wednesday-shakespearean-comedies 2019-07-31T13:24:23Z 2019-07-31T13:24:23Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serial-wednesday-shakespearean-comedies "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." How foolish indeed to go so long without such classics as The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, and The Merchant of Venice available in Serial Reader!

The wrong has been righted this week with the addition of several Shakespearean comedies, joining others already available like Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
16 issues
The Taming of the Shrew
William Shakespeare
14 issues
The Comedy of Errors
William Shakespeare
11 issues
As You Like It
William Shakespeare
14 issues

Jumping forward a few hundred years, we come to an unsettling short story of an eerie doppelgänger from Edgar Allan Poe, which may have been an inspiration for Jordan Peele's horror film "Us"

William Wilson
Edgar Allan Poe
3 issues

From fictional horrors to those all too real: read Nellie Bly's undercover investigation of the brutality and neglect in late 19th century insane asylums with Ten Days in a Mad-House. Her work "pioneered a path for women in newspapers and launched what morphed into serious investigative journalism," writes The Washington Post. Bly's work is being recognized at long last with a monument in her honor in New York.

Ten Days in a Mad-House
Nellie Bly
10 issues

Other new additions this week include a philosophical monument in Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, treasured children stories from Beatrix Potter, and a sci-fi short story from Mack Reynolds.

Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant
63 issues
Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter
19 issues
Adaptation
Mack Reynolds
8 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

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New Serial Wednesdays: Disney Favorites and UFOs tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serial-wednesday-disney-favorites-ufos 2019-07-24T18:25:03Z 2019-07-24T18:25:03Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serial-wednesday-disney-favorites-ufos This week's collection of new books available in Serial Reader include two favorites: "The Adventures of Pinocchio" and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." They join several others that have been transformed into treasured movies by Disney -- find them all in the new Disney Favorites collection of books!

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi
14 issues
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
Anonymous
2 issues

Also new this week is a fascinating book called "The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort. It's an investigation of various scientific anomalies: strange things falling from the sky, strange disappearances, sightings of supposedly mythological animals, and yes - UFOs. (It's worth noting some claim Fort viewed the whole endeavor as a bit of a joke.)

The Book of the Damned
Charles Fort
32 issues

Rounding out the new selections are a collection of short stories by H.G. Wells, a romance from Victoria Cross, and a novel mixing Irish mythology and philosophy from James Stephens:

Thirty Strange Stories
H.G. Wells
35 issues
The Crock of Gold
James Stephens
18 issues
The Night of Temptation
Victoria Cross
25 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

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New Serial Wednesdays: Myths, Poems, and Arctic Adventures tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serial-wednesday-myths-poems-arctic 2019-07-17T15:24:48Z 2019-07-17T15:24:48Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serial-wednesday-myths-poems-arctic As I type this the thermometer outside my window is threatening to cross 90 degrees. The weather report assures me it'll be 100 before the day is out. If you're in a similar predicament, take a moment and consider soaring to the ice cold Arctic pole in a fantastic turn-of-the-century flying machine built by the heroine of Arqtiq, a fascinating feminist utopia sci-fi novel from Anna Adolph.

Liza Daly writes of the 1899 book, in her excellent exploration of Adolph's novel, "it's the writing style that makes the book truly unique. The prose feels modernist—staccato, ungrammatical, weirdly punctuated—but with a hypnotic rhythm that lends the whole work a kind of dreamlike intelligibility... At times it reads like the output of a neural net—it resembles the contours of human prose, but is thoroughly alien."

Arqtiq
Anna Adolph
10 issues

Also new in Serial Reader this week are two new collection of poetry from William Blake and -- returning to the cold weather theme -- Robert W. Service with his "ballads of the Yukon."

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
William Blake
4 issues
Songs of a Sourdough
Robert W. Service
11 issues

And finally take a dive into myths, sagas, and legends with Bulfinch's Mythology and James Stephens' Irish Fairy Tales. The former is one of the most popular collections of classical mythology, while the latter was described as "a work of true genius" by The Millions' Austin Ratner.

Bulfinch's Mythology
Thomas Bulfinch
99 issues
Irish Fairy Tales
James Stephens
22 issues

If you'd like to keep up with new book additions, check out the RSS feed and email newsletter. Until next week, happy reading!

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New Serial Wednesdays: Sagas Old and New tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serial-wednesday-sagas-old-new 2019-06-19T13:05:30Z 2019-06-19T13:05:30Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serial-wednesday-sagas-old-new This week's collection of new books includes coming of age stories, sagas passed down through the ages, and at least one mystery to untangle.

Starting in the far past, Albert T. Clay's 1920 translation of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" is now available. Fast forward two thousand years or so and join Julius Caesar as he strives against the peoples in Gaul, the Rhine, and Britain in "Commentaries on the Gallic War" from 58 BC.

The Epic of Gilgamesh
Various
5 issues
Commentaries on the Gallic War
Julius Caesar
23 issues

Speaking of Britain, the other three new titles come from lauded authors of the British isles. Virginia Woolf's "Night and Day" and Catherine Carswell's "Open the Door!" both follow the romances, struggles, and lessons of women in early 20th century Britain. Finally, J.S. Fletcher's "Scarhaven Keep" travels to mysterious Scarhaven on the coast of England to untangle an actor's disappearance.

Open the Door!
Catherine Carswell
51 issues
Night and Day
Virginia Woolf
49 issues
Scarhaven Keep
J.S. Fletcher
29 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

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New Serial Wednesdays: Hawaii Edition tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serial-wednesday-hawaii-edition 2019-06-05T14:59:14Z 2019-06-05T14:59:14Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serial-wednesday-hawaii-edition When adding new books to Serial Reader I often follow a theme that grabs my attention and this time it's Hawaii! I have family who live on the islands so I'm a little surprised at myself that it's taken this long to add some Hawaiian books.

These three titles are just the start - I have several more Hawaiian books I'm working through adding at the moment!

The Legends and Myths of Hawai'i
David Kalakaua
58 issues
The House of Pride
Jack London
11 issues
Hawaiian Folk Tales
Various
23 issues

Rounding out the rest of the new additions are some often-requested titles I'm happy to finally offer in Serial Reader:

Journal of the Plague Year
Daniel Defoe
27 issues
Bhagavad Gita
Anonymous
11 issues
The Conquest of Bread
Peter Kropotkin
23 issues

Until next week, happy reading!

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New Serials: A cornucopia of updates from Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dante, Virginia Woolf, Jules Verne and more tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serials-cornucopia-shakespeare-nietzsche-dante-verne-more 2019-02-10T00:40:05Z 2019-02-10T00:40:05Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serials-cornucopia-shakespeare-nietzsche-dante-verne-more I've been adding oodles and oodles of new books to Serial Reader over the past week or two and really need to take a break to highlight them all, before this becomes a blog post with like three dozen books! (Just checked and we're only at two dozen - whew.)

There's a few much-requested books I've finally added (sorry sorry sorry), including Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and the remaining installments in Dante's Divine Comedy:

Monday or Tuesday
Virginia Woolf
7 issues
Much Ado About Nothing
William Shakespeare
16 issues
Purgatorio
Dante
16 issues
Paradiso
Dante
15 issues

The poetry collection in Serial Reader has always been a little lacking so I've been on the hunt for great titles to add. Two new ones to report here, including works from William Blake and Gertrude Stein:

Songs of Innocence and of Experience
William Blake
7 issues
Tender Buttons
Gertrude Stein
8 issues

Some more perilous choices now available include the next installment in Tarzan's adventures, sci-fi exploits from Jules Verne and Carey Rockwell, and thrilling reads from the early days of America:

The Pathfinder
James Fenimore Cooper
59 issues
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
Edgar Rice Burroughs
22 issues
Five Weeks in a Balloon
Jules Verne
29 issues
Stand for Mars
Carey Rockwell
21 issues
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Mary Rowlandson
7 issues

And finally, there's a handful of new philosophical and religious books to choose from including works by Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Laozi:

Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle
29 issues
The Created Legend
Fyodor Sologub
23 issues
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Friedrich Nietzsche
29 issues
Tao Te Ching
Laozi
7 issues

Serial Reader now features more than 600 titles! If there's any books you'd like me to add, don't hesitate to reach out and let me know. Thanks for your support!

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Stories of the First World War tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:first-world-war-stories 2019-01-20T14:46:06Z 2019-01-20T14:46:06Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/first-world-war-stories With the introduction of Edith Wharton's A Son at the Front to the public domain, it seemed a good opportunity to highlight the many World War I works available through Serial Reader.

They range from autobiographical - like E.E. Cummings' The Enormous Room and Henri Barbusse's Under Fire - to adventurous - such as in John Buchan's Richard Hannay series - to how the shockwave of war impacts those called to fight and their families as Rebecca West, Willa Cather, and Edith Wharton explore.

One of Ours
Willa Cather
53 issues
A Son at the Front
Edith Wharton
34 issues
The Thirty-Nine Steps
John Buchan
16 issues
The Return of the Soldier
Rebecca West
10 issues
The Enormous Room
E.E. Cummings
34 issues
Under Fire
Henri Barbusse
36 issues

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Stories of Chicago tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:classic-stories-of-chicago 2018-11-15T00:06:15Z 2018-11-15T00:06:15Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/classic-stories-of-chicago Journey through Chicago's history - and a bit into a sci-fi future! - with this collection of Windy City books in Serial Reader!

They include the unforgettable descriptions of the stockyards from muckraking journalist Upton Sinclair and, from another journalist, a collection of treasured columns emblematic of the city. The big city threatens to overwhelm Caroline Meeber in Sister Carrie, some of the very same pressures Jane Addams sought to save people from through her social programs centered around the Hull House. Finally, Paul W. Fairman uses Chicago as the backdrop to a chilling '50s sci-fi adventure.

The Jungle
Upton Sinclair
66 issues
Sister Carrie
Theodore Dreiser
61 issues
Deadly City
Paul W. Fairman
6 issues
The Pit
Frank Norris
42 issues
Twenty Years at Hull House
Jane Addams
35 issues
1001 Afternoons in Chicago
Ben Hecht
29 issues
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New Serials: Adventures Around the World & Living the Good Life tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:new-serials-adventures-around-world-living-good-life 2018-11-10T23:19:40Z 2018-11-10T23:19:40Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/new-serials-adventures-around-world-living-good-life Quite the selection of new books now available in Serial Reader! Travel through Africa in search of Livingstone, or with Mary Kingsley looking for scientific specimens (and smashing down Victorian norms for women). Or head further back in time with Tacitus’ histories. There’s a new play from Henrik Ibsen (author of “A Doll’s House”), novels from the Philippines and the old west, plus the handbook on living the Christian good life “The Imitation of Christ.”

How I Found Livingstone
Henry Morton Stanley
48 issues
The Agricola and The Germania
Tacitus
9 issues
The Imitation of Christ
Thomas à Kempis
28 issues
Noli Me Tángere
José Rizal
48 issues
The Beautiful Eyes of Ysidria
Charles A. Gunnison
5 issues
An Enemy of the People
Henrik Ibsen
13 issues
Travels in West Africa
Mary Kingsley
60 issues

Find them all in the Serial Reader app! And don’t forget to request books you’d like to see added soon!

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New Serials: The Adventures of Arsène Lupin tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:arsene-Lupin-new-serials 2018-05-06T11:51:09Z 2018-05-06T11:51:09Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/arsene-Lupin-new-serials A collection of the adventures of France’s beloved gentleman thief and master of disguise Arsène Lupin are now available in Serial Reader!

Follow Lupin’s exploits as he robs the rich, evaded justice, seeks hidden treasure, and even takes on Sherlock Holmes, er, “Herlock Sholmes” (ah, copyright).

Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar
Maurice Leblanc
18 issues
Arsène Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes
Maurice Leblanc
17 issues
The Hollow Needle
Maurice Leblanc
22 issues
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Mary Shelley's Slow Apocalypse tag:https://www.serialreader.org/blog/,2021:mary-shelley-slow-apocalypse-millions 2018-02-28T13:07:46Z 2018-02-28T13:07:46Z https://www.serialreader.org/blog/mary-shelley-slow-apocalypse-millions Writing in The Millions, Will Wlizlo discusses Mary Shelley's apocalyptic sci-fi novel The Last Man, in which a plague threatens to wipe out humankind. A slow-paced plague, that is. "The obliterating pandemic takes a dreadful seven years to finish us off. Can we imagine a slow apocalypse now?"

I found Shelley’s take on human extinction oddly refreshing. In The Last Man, the plague that throttles us—characterized as an "invincible monster"—exercises a wicked patience in its malice, and by extension we readers are given what feels like a rare opportunity to mourn our genuine achievements as a species before they are snatched away one by one... we are given the time and space to mourn the emotions that make us human.

Read Wlizlo's full article at The Millions.

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