10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Chocolate While You Read and More Critical Linking

Reason 8: Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (or PEA for short – although I’m assuming they are different from the mushy variety) which encourages the brain to release endorphins. These are the clever things that make us feel good and perfectly complement one of life’s great pleasures: reading.

Some of these reasons are a little silly but tbh, who needs reasonable justification for enjoying chocolate while reading?


William Shakespeare’s skull may be missing from his grave. It may have been missing for more than two centuries.

There have long been rumors that Shakespeare’s grave was robbed, but the grave itself has never been examined (in part out of basic respect for the dead and in part, perhaps, because of the curse written on his tombstone).

Wait, what? This is a mystery I want to know more about.


With all the recent discussion about To Kill a Mockingbird, I was inspired to re-read the #2 Most Classic Novel for Teenagers (#1 is The Catcher in the Rye, of course). And, well, it’s great. But also, it’s not exactly the most relevant thing for teenagers in 2016 — at least not relevant enough that it should be the pinnacle of their reading list, promised to change their minds about everything. As Jenny Slate might say in my favorite Jenny Slate performance of all time: “Everybody can do everything now! I can’t relate to that goddamn story! Just read a frickin’ Dilbert and go to sleep.” Well, let’s not go crazy, because there are tons of great books that are utterly relevant to modern teenagers — or at least should be. From old books to brand-new ones, from YA to poetry, from sci-fi to nonfiction, here are 50 books every modern teenager (and many modern adults) should read.

Not a terrible list, and I agree: it’s a solid reading list for teens and adults.




The Shelter Buddies Reading Program is collaborating with the Humane Society of Missouri to make a huge difference in the lives of both children and animals. Since shy and fearful dogs are less likely to be adopted, it’s important that they have a chance to interact with others. That’s why the program’s director, Jo Klepacki, came up with the idea to have children read to these dogs. “Ideally the shy and fearful dog will approach and show interest. If so, the kids reenforce that behavior by tossing them a treat,” Klepacki told The Dodo. “Hearing a child reading can really calm those animals. It is incredible, the response we’ve seen in these dogs.”

This is brilliant AND adorable. Tons of photos to get your “awww” on.

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