Hay-on-Wye, Wales, has a population of 1,500 and thirty secondhand bookstores. Since the 1960s, the town has taken in discarded tomes from across the anglophone world, and is known as “the town of books.” Appropriately enough, it’s also home to the annual Hay Festival, described by USA Today as “a geographically remote, bohemian version of the World Economic Forum’s Davos event.” Kindles, needless to say, are frowned upon. (via Paris Review)
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Did you get to read everything you wanted to this year? If you're like me, you're not even close. I've got a towering stack of unread gems, and to top it off December is the month where everyone shares their top picks for best books, and our collective reading lists grow even longer. Thankfully, Quartz has tallied up 36 separate "Best of 2016" lists to give us the top picks for new titles across the (English-speaking) world.