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Books Life Nostalgia Passion

When Collecting Becomes an Obsession

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Like many ’80s babies, I was a huge card collector when I was kid. I bought, sold, and traded baseball, basketball, football, and even some hockey cards with my friends. We’d have card collecting parties where everyone would bring boxes of the cards with which they were willing to part and we’d act like we were in an adolescent version of Boiler Room.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (January 29, 2016)

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I’ve been thinking about something.

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Books Reviews

A Character-Driven Book Unlike Anything I’ve Ever Read: “Thirty-Three Cecils” Reviewed

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When people know that you read a lot or they always see you with a book in your hand, it becomes an easy topic of conversation. Questions such as, “What are you reading?” and “How’s that book?” are heard frequently. Most people are genuinely curious, not only to know if you like the book, but also if they will like it.

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Writing

Self-Publish Your Book in 2016

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When someone learns that my books are self-published, they often sneer as if they don’t exist at all.

Oh, so you’re not really published. Your books aren’t, like, real.

No? If you type my name into the search bar at the top of the Amazon page, you’ll find a list of all eight of my books, ready to be ordered in physical or electronic format, just like J.K. Rowling or Ryan Holiday or James Patterson.

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Books Rankings

The Best Books I Read in 2015

The best books I read in 2015.

This list will be different than most because only a few of them actually came out this year — that’s just when I finally got to know them. There are plenty of celebrated works that were released this year — Between the World and Me, Dead Wake, A Spool of Blue Thread — that I simply haven’t gotten to yet.

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Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, none of them nearly as successful as any of these, but all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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Books Learning Life Process Writing

Time Maximization: Pursuing One’s Passion with a Career and a Family

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In three-and-a-half years, I’ve published eight books, written at least a thousand posts for a variety of websites, and have averaged reading five books per month, all while working in finance for a Fortune 15 multinational with a wife, child, and a home to upkeep.

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In Appreciation of

In Appreciation Of: Stephen King

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“I had a period where I thought I might not be good enough to publish.”

– Stephen King

Stephen King’s latest collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, comes out tomorrow (November 3rd). It is his sixth collection of short stories and tenth collection in total. At 68 years old, with millions in the bank, and almost 60 books and 200 short stories to his name, it would be natural for King to retire or slow down.

Instead, he’s still cranking out at least two books per year, adding to his legacy.

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Week in Review

Week in Review (October 30, 2015)

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I’m stoked that Halloween is on a Saturday this year.

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Books Greatness Movies

Stanley Kubrick’s Annotated Copy of Stephen King’s “The Shining”

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Following up on yesterday’s post on Room 237, here are some photos from Stanley Kubrick’s copy of Stephen King’s novel, complete with his notes and ideas.

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Books Hip-Hop Rap

My Five Favorite Hip-Hop Books

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Over the past thirty years, there have been a lot of books written about hip-hop. It seems that any idiot with a laptop has not only written a book on the subject, but also a sequel.