5 Famous Irish Writers to Read this St. Patrick’s Day

Ireland is home to some of the greatest writers in history. From novelists to playwrights, there’s an argument for Ireland having one of the greatest literary traditions in the world. Celebrate Irish history before the St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin by learning a couple facts about five of the most iconic Irish writers and their timeless literary achievements.

5 Famous Writers to Read on St. Patrick's Day

Dublin, Ireland – Where James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, G.B. Shaw and Bram Stoker were born.

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker is most famously known for his masterpiece, Draculabut few people know that he was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland in 1847. Stoker attended the famous Trinity College in Dublin with a degree in Mathematics, and spent the majority of his working life as a civil servant, small-time theatre reviewer and theatre manager. In his spare time, he wrote and published several horror tales, first as short stories and then as novels. It took him decades to finally write what is known today as one of the most iconic horror novels, which was finally published in 1897. Unlike many great writers who are only appreciated after their death, Stoker found instant success with Dracula. He died in London in 1912.

5 Famous Irish Writers to Read this St. Patrick's Day

Statue of James Joyce on Earl Street — Dublin, Ireland

James Joyce

An obvious contender for the title of “Best Writer of the Twentieth Century”, James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1882. Coming from humble origins, Joyce managed to work his way into University College Dublin, where he focused on studying modern languages. Publishing his first short story at the age of 22, Joyce left Ireland to travel and experience the world, earning his way by teaching English in foreign countries, which wasn’t difficult given the fact that he would learn over 17 languages in his lifetime. All this time, he wrote, and in 1914 he published his first collection of short stories, Dubliners, following the well-received book with a novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It wasn’t until 1922 that he published his masterpiece, Ulysses, which completely redefined the modern novel.

George Bernard Shaw

Initially aspiring to be a novelist, George Bernard Shaw eventually found his calling as a playwright. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1856, Shaw suffered through several failed attempts at writing novels before he fell in love with the theatre. Starting, like Stoker, as a critic, he began writing his own plays and found major success. Man and Superman (1903), Major Barbara (1907) and Pygmalion (1913) are just a few of his most famous works. In 1925, Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, one of four Irish writers to ever receive the award and the second after W.B. Yeats (1923). Years later, Shaw would also receive the Academy Award for best screenplay, adapting his play, Pygmalion, for the 1938 film.

5 Famous Irish Writers to Read this St. Patrick's Day

Statue of Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square — Dublin, Ireland

Oscar Wilde

Born in Dublin in 1854, Oscar Wilde was essentially destined for success. The proud son of a knighted father and a linguist mother, Wilde excelled in his studies, eventually earning a prestigious scholarship to Trinity College in 1871. He received some of the college’s top honors during his studies, earning himself yet another distinguished scholarship, this time to the University of Oxford, where he would go on to collect even more awards. Drawn to poetry, Wilde started publishing poetry collections while delivering lectures on topics such as classics, literature, and most notably, aesthetics. During this highly productive time, he also wrote some of his most famous literary works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), his best novel, and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), his most iconic play.

C.S. Lewis

Those who aren’t familiar with the name C.S. Lewis have likely heard of his most famous fantasy epic, The Chronicles of Narnia. Born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898 (as Clive Staples Lewis), he fought and was wounded in WWI, and eventually went on to receive a degree from Oxford University. He spent most of his life teaching at the university level, became an esteemed writer and lecturer of Christianity, conversed on a regular basis with J.R.R. Tolkien, and finally wrote the series that would drive his legacy, beginning with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950. As great a theologian as he was a fantasy writer, Lewis finished his career teaching at Cambridge University until his early death in 1963.

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Daily Deal: Discover New Facts with Guinness World Records

Just because Black Friday is over doesn’t mean the deals are going to stop at Lakeside. We’ve got another Deal of the Day to help you cross a couple names off your Christmas list. Learn more facts than ever before with the brand new 2017 Guinness World Records book. It’s packed with fun facts and bursting with all new records on a diverse range of topics from black holes to killer plants. It features full-spread infographics that illuminate several fascinating subjects, including animals, the human body and explorations. Get started on your world record discovery with our Christmas facts, and get some tips on buying books as holiday gifts.

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DAY SIX Holiday Fun Facts:

In 2007, the largest gathering of Santa Clauses (13,000) took place in Northern Ireland. A couple years later in Wales, the largest gathering of people dressed as Christmas Elves (800) was achieved. And in 2008, the largest game of Secret Santa was played–in the United Kingdom–with 1,270 participants. The UK obviously takes their Christmas world records seriously. Learn about more world records with our Deal of the Day, and if you’re interested in giving books for Christmas, find a few tips and inspirational ideas in the article below.


Holiday Shopping: Tips on Buying Books as Gifts
Thinking up a unique and personal gift for each person on your list can be a challenge. For some people, a good toy or a purse is appropriate. For others, something to support a hobby, like yarn or knitting needles, is in order. But for those who seem to have everything, a few good books might be the solution you need. You just need to figure out what type of book to get. Here are a few tips for buying books as gifts this Christmas.

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Lakeside Library: Stock Your Bookshelf for Fall and Winter

We’re moving through fall pretty fast. Sooner than we’d like, it’ll be winter, and that means it’s going to start getting more and more difficult to enjoy the outdoors. Most of us will be spending the colder months indoors, but that’s not a bad thing at all. For starters, it gives us a chance to finally catch up on some reading. There’s a wide selection of books lining the shelves of our Lakeside library. From books filled with awesome facts to novels from authors who’ve appeared time and time again on The New York Times Best Seller lists, activity books for adults and much more, you’re bound to find a few good reads to help you through fall and winter.

Discover Fun Facts

2017 Guinness World Records® Book
The new 2017 Guinness World Records Book is bursting with all-new records on topics as diverse as black holes, domes, owls and killer plants. New this year–check out the infographics exploring fascinating details.

America’s Forgotten History Book
Get to know what happened behind the scenes over the last 300 years with the America’s Forgotten History Book. It presents fascinating stories about outrageous characters, scandals, celebrities and so much more.

Bestselling Novels

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, the set gives you all seven best-selling novels, and comes in a slipcase.

Famous Author 3-Book Sets
Get to know the work of a few noteworthy #1 New York Times bestselling authors in this Famous Author 3-Book Set. Enjoy the work of Danielle Steel, Debbie Macomber, or Nora Roberts, or kick back with all three!

Laugh Out Loud

1,004 Facts Bathroom Reader
The 1,004 Facts Bathroom Reader is filled with frighteningly true facts that’ll scare the poop out of you. The hilarious author, Cary McNeal, is back with even more absolutely true and amazing facts you won’t believe.

6,000+ Hilarious Jokes Book
This joke book is filled with punchlines that will keep everyone laughing. With hundreds of funny topics from accountants to zebras, this book offers you a huge collection of over-the-top jokes that everyone will enjoy.

Sci-Fi Fanatics

Ultimate Star Wars™ Book
The Ultimate Star Wars Book is an great guide for fans of this massive franchise. The must-have, beautifully illustrated book features information about characters and storylines that span from Episode I to Episode VI.

Marvel Encyclopedia
Marvel Encyclopedia is essential for die-hard fans of well-known superheroes. Created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics, this edition features entries on the latest comic book characters, teams and storylines.

Travel Time

Destinations of a Lifetime Book
Find inspiration for your next vacation with the Destinations of a Lifetime Book. National Geographic takes you on a tour of 225 of the world’s most amazing places with images taken by world-class photographers.

250 Amazing Hunting or Fishing Trips
Brush up on your skills or learn new tools and techniques with 250 Amazing Hunting or Fishing Tips as your guide. It focuses on the latest tools and techniques to help you catch more and make the most of your time.

Coloring Books

Inspired Coloring Books for Adults
The Inspired Coloring Book for Adults provides a creative outlet after a long day. The book features designs to color, offering you a tranquil escape, helping you improve your coordination and hone your artistic skills.

Intricate Designs Coloring Books
The plain, complex outlines in the Intricate Designs Coloring Book gives you the freedom to creatively add color and bring the images to life. It features 31 intricate designs on acid-free, perforated, art-grade paper.

Christmas Cookbooks

Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook
Enjoy a traditional holiday celebration with the foods in the Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook. It has more than 100 recipes for breads, main dishes, sweets and more from Amish and Mennonite kitchens in America.

Taste of Home® Christmas Cookbook
Celebrate the festive flavors of the season with the Taste of Home Christmas Cookbook. It has 465 seasonal recipes, from dinner menus, savory appetizers, cookies and treats to homemade gifts, crafts and much more.

National Book Month: Reading Tips and Challenges

Most of us understand how difficult it can be to make time to read. Getting the kids back to school, long days at the office and all the easy entertainment option at our fingertips that make picking up a book seem like an unnecessary chore. But October is National Book Month! That time of the year when most of us who haven’t been turning pages can rediscover the joy of reading. Get inspired to read with these tips and challenges.


5 Fall Reading Challenges
The weather is getting cooler and the new chill in the air encourages staying inside and cuddling by the fire with a good book. It’s the perfect opportunity for a fall reading challenge. There are many fun and interesting ways to create a challenge for yourself and your family, to expand literary horizons. Here are five fall reading challenges that will give you a reason to stay in your footed pajamas all day and enjoy your favorite pastime.


Back to School: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Reading
For the several months, your kids have been reading young-adult novels and flipping through picture books between running around from one summer activity to the next, but school is back in session and reading has changed. Kids look at the books they read for their school assignments much differently than the books they read for pleasure. Here are some tips to make sure they are getting the most out of their reading for school.


Holiday Shopping: Tips for Buying Books as Gifts
Thinking up a unique and personal gift for each person on your list can be a challenge. For some people, a good toy or a purse is the appropriate solution; for others, something to support a hobby, like yarn or knitting needles, is just the ticket. But for those who seem to have everything, a book may be your solution — you just need to figure out what type of book to get. Check out a few of these useful tips for buying books as gifts.

10 Things To Do To Pass The Last Week Of February

FebruaryWe have finally reached the end of February, and it seems like the winter will stretch on forever. Spring is right around the corner, but you need to find some fun ways to get through this last icy patch. Here are 10 things to do to pass the last week of February.

  1. Clean out your closet. Spring often means new fashions. Make some room for those new looks and get your winter clothes ready for storage with a little work. Check out these tips to get to the bottom of your closet clutter.
  2. Binge on your favorite show or movie series. Binge watching is the newest way to keep up with the best in entertainment. Thanks to online streaming services and DVDs, it is possible to watch entire seasons at once. Catch up with a show you love or are curious about, or dig into a film trilogy.winter-running
  3. Start training for a summer run. Join a gym and start off on a treadmill for an energizing workout. Talk with your doctor first, and follow a beginner’s program to get moving.
  4. Begin a new book. Feed your mind with a new and interesting book. Start a reading habit with a bestseller, or try out a piece of classic literature. Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a book.
  5. Build a winter campfire in the yard. If your city or homeowners’ association allows it, set up a backyard fire pit and have a winter campfire. Don’t forget the s’mores and hot chocolate.
  6. Play snow soccer. Give your favorite sport a winter twist while keeping warm by running around in the snow. Make sure to check out your playing space for ice before you start, and use a brightly colored ball so you will not lose it in the snow.
  7. Build a model or puzzle. A model or a puzzle is a wonderful way to pass the time alone or with a group. Start with a small puzzle and work your way up to something more complex.playing-game
  8. Make an indoor fort or a snow fort. It’s always delightful to create a space just for fun. If there is snow on the ground, use it to build your own fort to prepare for a snowball attack. Stay indoors and pile up pillows and combine it with a fort kit for hours of fun.
  9. Go on a winter scavenger hunt. Try one in the outdoors to show children the beauty of nature in winter, or set up some clues indoors for a cozy treasure hunt.
  10. Play a new board game. Set up a family game night, and try something you have never played before. Rolling the dice on something different will keep you from getting in a rut, and you may find a new favorite.

Pinteresting Picks for December

Winter’s frosty days make it tempting to relax indoors with comfort food and a good book. Our Lakeside Pinterest followers were looking to get cozy this month, with reading accessories and books to inspire some creativity. When you must leave the house, take some of your homemade slow-cooker favorites to any gathering, and don’t forget to bundle up with one of Lakeside’s versatile accessories. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.

You'll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.

You’ll read comfortably for hours with your book or e-reader on this plush Book Pillow.


LEGO® Play Book from DK shares building tips and tricks, while it introduces you to new worlds.

LEGO® Play Book from DK shares building tips and tricks, while it introduces you to new worlds.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is the easy way to take your food contribution to a family gathering, neighborhood potluck or other social event.

A Slow Cooker Carrier is the easy way to take your food contribution to a family gathering, neighborhood potluck or other social event.


Reversible Hooded Scarf is a 2-in-1 accessory that keeps you toasty.

Reversible Hooded Scarf is a 2-in-1 accessory that keeps you toasty.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

The holiday season is closing in fast, but The Lakeside Collection is loaded with plenty of toys and values to get you ready in a rush. We have toys, books, and clothes for every child in your family from newborn to teen all in one convenient online store. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Ghosts and monsters don't stand a chance when you track them down with this Scooby Doo Remote Control Mystery Machine.

Ghosts and monsters don’t stand a chance when you track them down with this Scooby Doo™ Remote Control Mystery Machine.

Kids will have fun pretending to construct and build with this 17-Pc. Jumbo Tools Playset.

Kids will have fun pretending to construct and build with this 17-Pc. Jumbo Tools Playset.

Inspire a young musician with this 30" Wood Guitar With Case.

Inspire a young musician with this 30″ Wood Guitar With Case.


They'll be entertained for hours, turning page after page of this Licensed Look & Find Book.

They’ll be entertained for hours, turning page after page of this Licensed Look & Find Book.


3 Ways to Choose a Book for Your Child

You want your child to enjoy reading, and you want to pick out just the right books. How do you do this? There are many ways to pick out books for children that help you be successful in your choices. Here are three ways to choose a book for your child.

Match your child’s daily life and interests.
Choosing books about everyday activities helps children learn how the world works, or at least how it should work. Books about waking up and going to bed, going to school, playing, having meals with family, or even having a fight with little sister can be more than entertaining as they teach kids what to expect in everyday life and how to resolve problems.

Choose books that match your child’s interests. Toddlers may like books about kittens and puppies, while older children may be attracted to more active storylines, such as one centered around a kids’ basketball game. Does your child like sports, music, or dance? What about an interest in science and how things work? Look for books that focus on these activities. Appealing to young readers’ interests and hobbies through books helps to entice them to read.


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Let kids pick out their own books.
You might consider encouraging your children to pick out their own books. This might be especially important with toddlers. Three and four year olds may recognize a few words, but what matters more are the pictures in a book. That’s what keeps young readers focused. Parents can read to them as they stare at the pictures. Put your toddler in front of a shelf of books, and see what he or she grabs. The same principle applies to older kids. Let your grade school child browse through books in a bookstore. When kids are ready for chapter books or even more advanced books, then this exercise will help you see that.


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Read book reviews.
Look for book reviews of children’s books. You can often find reviews and suggestions in children’s magazines. These can be found in print magazines as well as online. Search online for “children’s book reviews” to see what you come up with. Vary the search as needed. You should even be able to find age-appropriate suggestions by using this method. A book store online–such as Lakeside.com —may also provide book reviews so that you can look over the book before you commit to buy it.

Local libraries are another source to review potential book titles for kids. Just ask the librarian if they have book reviews for children’s books. At the very least, the library might have a list of recommended reading for certain age groups. The library could be a very helpful resource in pointing you to just the right books for your child.

Save on children’s books online.
When finding books for children, visiting a book store online is a great way to go. You can preview a number of titles before spending a dime. Finding just the right books for your child in order to develop a love for reading is important. What other ways have you found that help in finding books for your child?

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Books We Can’t Live Without

love-booksWhether you’re an avid reader or just an occasional one, diving into a good book is a great way to spend an afternoon. Fiction’s fine, but we also love books that teach us something new. Think about all the books you’d want with you if you were shipwrecked on a deserted island. You could get more use from a good cookbook or how-to carpentry manual than you would from a copy of “Moby Dick.” Great novels are important too, but here are some of the books we consider absolutely indispensable.

Kitchen Magic

Every cookbook tells you how to make something delightful, but what happens when your attempt at following the recipe fills your family with more dread than delight? If you have a copy of Oops! Over 200 Cooking Solutions” from Cooking Light magazine, you can fix just about any kitchen concern. From repairing a broken Hollandaise sauce to undressing an over-dressed salad without wilting the lettuce, this must-have kitchen fixer is a fascinating read even if you’re an accomplished cook.

The book also offers recommendations to stop common kitchen blunders before they start. By tasting as you cook, adding salt a little at a time and reading the whole recipe before you crack the first egg, you can get better results from every recipe you try. Gain confidence in your kitchen skills when you have this handy safety net on your bookshelf!

In the Office

Your computer has a spell checker, but as anyone who has ever confused a “there” with a “their” can tell you, automated checking systems don’t catch everything. Learn new memory devices to help you recall spelling rules, grammar, geography, science, history and more from Miss Pell Never Misspells,” a spelling book dedicated to more mnemonics than you would have ever thought possible. You’ll find easy ways to recall how to spell Mississippi, how to tell a stalactite from a stalagmite and how to solve algebraic equations in the right order.

More than just memory tricks for recalling the names of the Great Lakes or other specialized knowledge, this book can also teach you how to improve your memory in general. If you regularly forget people’s names after meeting them or have to write grocery lists for every trip to the store, this book is for you.

For the Smallest Room

It may be indelicate to discuss, but we’ll say it anyway: A bathroom without reading material is an unfriendly place indeed. That’s why we believe every household should be acquainted with Uncle John. A compilation of quick and fascinating facts just long enough for a brief stay, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader is designed to entertain you when you’re otherwise occupied. If you like to read in the tub, you’ll appreciate the laminated soft cover of this bathroom book that can hold up to a few drops of bathwater. Instead of risking your e-reader or smartphone in the bathroom, leave a copy of Uncle John’s latest reader within easy reach.

You don’t have to be on a deserted island to appreciate great nonfiction. Make these books part of your library, and you’ll always have answers to life’s most important questions.


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Top 10 Best-Selling Books of All Time

booksA quick search in Google for best-selling books of all time will yield more results than one could imagine. Depending on what you are searching for, the list changes considerably. You can find best non-fiction books, best fiction books, best book in a series—it can get very granular.

For the sake of this post, we will look at the best-selling books of all time in the broadest sense. These books would have made more than one top selling list—and are worth noting. So without further ado, here are the top 10 selling books of all time.

The Bible
Copies Sold: 2,500,000,000+
It’s no surprise this tops almost every list out there. The Bible has been around for thousands of years and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With being one of the oldest books ever written, it’s no surprise it’s one of the best-selling books of all time.

Quotations from Chairman Mao
Copies Sold: 800,000,000+
This book you may or may not be as familiar with. Quotations from Chairman Mao was published in the late sixties and it was mandatory for all people living in China to carry a copy. This might not top everyone’s favorite book of all-time list, but it has been sold more times than not.

A Tale of Two Cites
Copies Sold: 200,000,000
One of Charles Dicken’s most popular novels, this book has been sold again and again. A favorite among literary circles, it’s not hard to imagine why it’s sold so many copies. Wikipedia also sites this book has been made into a movie seven times—three of which were silent films.

Le Petite Prince (The Little Prince)
Copies Sold: 200,000,000
This book is also credited with being the most read and translated book in the French language. According to Fun on the Net, “It’s about a delightful little prince who sets off on a journey across all the planets so see if he can find a friend. He has no luck until he falls to Earth. It was first published in 1943.”

The Lord of the Rings
Copies Sold: 150,00,000
With the popularity of the epic blockbuster trilogy it’s not a surprise this book by J. R. R. Tolkien makes the top ten. Written from 1937-1949, Tolkien draws us in with his great writing and makes us want to be part of the journey to destroy the evil ring. This is definitely one of most entertaining books ever written.

The Hobbit
Copies Sold: 100,000,000
Written before the Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien hit it big with The Hobbit. Wikipedia reports, “Encouraged by the book’s critical and financial success, the publisher requested a sequel. As Tolkien’s work on the successor The Lord of the Rings progressed, he made retrospective accommodations for it in The Hobbit. These few but significant changes were integrated into the second edition. Further editions followed with minor emendations, including those reflecting Tolkien’s changing concept of the world into which Bilbo stumbled. The work has never been out of print.”

The Dream of the Red Chamber
Copies Sold: 100,000,000
Another book sprung out of China, The Dream of the Red Chamber is considered one of four classic Chinese novels. Outlining the rise and eventual fall of the Qing Dynasty, this book is said to be semi-autobiographical. The author alludes to his own family during this time.

And Then There Were None
Copies Sold: 100,000,000
The only female author to break the top ten, Agatha Christine’s And Then There Were None is said to be the best murder mystery book of all time. If you haven’t had a chance to pick this book up, it’s time you did.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Copies Sold: 85,000,000
Available to buy in 1950, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has grabbed the attention of children and adults ever since. Now considered one of the best books for kids ever published, it has been translated in over 47 different languages. This book doesn’t seem to be losing steam over 60 years later.

She: A History of Adventure
Copies Sold: 83,000,000
Written by Henry Rider Haggard, this book rounds out our top ten list. According to Wikipedia, She is, “a first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There, they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen, Ayesha, who reigns as the all-powerful “She”.”

Have you read any of these books on the list? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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