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  • The Reading Promise

    The Reading Promise

    A father reads out loud to his daughter – 3,218 nights in a row.

  • Thor: movie review

    Thor: movie review

    Marvel Comics starts another franchise as the superhero Thor gets tongue-in-cheek treatment.

  • Walter Rodgers Osama bin Laden: a fraud and a failure

    Even before Osama bin Laden's death, Muslims were rejecting his vile message.

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri: How will he shape Al Qaeda?

    Ayman al-Zawahiri: How will he shape Al Qaeda?

    Al Qaeda's former No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri is seen worldwide as the top leader of Al Qaeda. But he may lack the charismatic Osama bin Laden's ability to rally followers.

  • Verbal Energy Grammar a thousand times more correct?

    Our expression of mathematical comparisons is often illogical, the Monitor's language columnist points out, and it's not too hard to get it right.

  • 6 great books about British queens

    6 great books about British queens

    And here you thought your wedding was a bit on the stressful side. At least you're not Kate Middleton, whose every step – especially any misstep – will be broadcast live to the world. It won't get any easier if she ever becomes the consort of the king. On the bright side, she's marrying a handsome and energetic young man. Then again, Henry VIII's first queen did the exact same thing. As for the five that followed her, well, as the old rhyme puts it: "Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived." As she figures out her strategy to keep her position (and her man), "Waity Katie" might be wise to sit back and read these instructive books about Henry VIII's queens. This time around, let's hope only the lessons roll, with everyone's heads staying right where they belong.

  • 10 top royal love stories

    10 top royal love stories

    Our fascination with the romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton is nothing new. The world has always loved a royal love story and a stack of books from over the ages proves that to be true. Here are 10 of the most interesting.

  • Reader recommendation: Good to a Fault

    Reader recommendation: Good to a Fault

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • Shakespeare quiz: Can you match the quote to the play?

    Shakespeare quiz: Can you match the quote to the play?

    Although we don't actually know Shakespeare's birthday, it is officially celebrated on April 23. This year, to mark his 447th, are you willing to test your knowledge of the Bard? See how many of these familiar Shakespearean lines you can match to the plays in which they appear.

  • A book that brought God closer

    A book that brought God closer

    As The King James translation of the Bible marks its 400th anniversary, its deep influence and prominence are slipping.