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7 Must Read Books for Teenage Girls

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

There are millions of choices to pick from romantic novels to adventure thrillers, from comedies to science fiction when choosing books for a teenage girls. Teenagers look for freshness and excitement in the books and are fascinated by those with which they can relate themselves and get inspired.

Here, we have brought a list of seven books that are  fun to read as well as thought provoking, light hearted and make a great choice for young girls. As our editorial team has randomly picked these seven books we invite all our readers to share any other book they think will fit into this category.

1. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen-0670036390: Award winning author Sarah finely crafts a story about real teens dealing with real life.  Any young girl will be able to relate herself to the character of Macy; a girl in transition. Dessen’s luminous and powerful writing and her portraying Macy’s navigation of grief in such an honest way will touch every reader who comes across her.

2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares-0553494791: It is a story of four teenage friends who have stayed together since birth and have to spend their first summer apart. They still try to stay connected by sharing a pair of jeans that amazingly fit them all in their various shapes and sizes. The summer brings them loads of adventures from romance to new step parents to a new friend who tragically dies from leprosy.

3. Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipović-0140374639:  Zlata’s diary which was nicknamed as Mimmy was given to her shortly before her 11th birthday. This diary evolves from a fun and frivolous teen life to a living testimony to some of the darkest times spent during the Bosnian war.

4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros-0739322796: The novel gives the readers verbal snapshots on the heartfelt moments of growing up in EL Barrio. Esperanza, the protagonist of the novel is just like any other teenager who has more questions and angst than answers. Her situation gets all the more complicated by the poverty that she sees all around her.

5. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray-1847383262: The sweet far thing concludes the trilogy started by A Great Terrible Beauty. Although it is a tragedy but readers will just love the way this book touched on issues of race, class, gender and sexuality. It’s a story that will keep you guessing till the very end.

6. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding-0330332775: The beginning of the novel is hilarious and funny. The reader can’t stop laughing when he first comes across the intimate details of the Bridget’s life and her wild imaginations. A quirky and fun read, the novel will enthrall not just the teenagers but the people of all ages.

7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen-8185944830: The greatest accomplishment of Austen, a novel that you would like to read again and again. Pride and Prejudice is a hilarious tale set around society of the English countryside during 18 th century when young ladies were in the search of a husband of a good breeding and fortune. The novel is saturated with sarcasm, humor and romance. One of the most amazing love story ever written.

5 Most Popular Books on Photography for Beginners and Professionals

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Read what the professionals have to say about the tricks to master the art of photography. Here, is the list of five most popular books on Photography both for beginners and professionals.  N4K3ZEA3BFZ7 These books will aid the readers in grasping the concepts  which when put into action will result into outstanding photographs. We have randomly picked these five popular books on photography and invite all our readers to share any other book on the subject that according to them will fit in our list.

1.Mastering the Digital Flash Photography by Chris George: An excellent introduction to the subject of flash photography that will prove extremely useful to all those with little or no experience with flash. The book adds some interesting sidebars and technical notes too which are beneficial for any photographer to understand. All those who want a better understanding of flash photography will find this book extremely beneficial.

2.The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman: This book is not a general digital photography book that covers all aspects of photography. Instead it only focuses on the elements of Composition. In over six chapters, Freeman provides readers with lots of ideas, examples, theory and lessons on a topic like composition. Not only does he provides with photographs in his book but also a variety of diagrams that illustrate what one is seeing in the images by reducing them to lines and shapes.

3.How to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang: Nobody can question Tom Ang’s credentials as a photography instructor. His book is full of tips to at least get the newbies started in as many photographic settings as possible. This book is full of examples that teach how to take interesting and good photographs in all sorts of situations. The novice and intermediate photographers will benefit a lot from the little tricks described in the book.

4.Photo Recipes Live-Behind the Scenes by Scott Kelby: Scott Kelby is the world ‘s 1 bestselling author of computer and technology books and what makes his series of books a worldwide sensation is his explanation of everything in a simple, plain English language using a casual, conversational style. This book will teach you how the pros use natural light, studio light and even direct daylight to get those amazing shots.

5. Academic Dictionary of Photography by Ashish Pandey: An authentic and comprehensive dictionary of photography which recognizes photography as a distinct field in its own right that has its own language. The book provides clear, concise and correct definitions and descriptions of the terms used in photography. The book is hoped to become an authoritative source to which professional photographers, students and laymen can turn with confidence for meaning and knowledge of the common, specialized and latest terms in photography.


Popular Books on Christianity

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Below, is a list of 5 most popular books on Christianity. Whether you are a seeker with doubts, or a Christian who needs to be further equipped to defense the faith these books will provide you with the evidence of the truth of the Bible and a solid defense of the Christian faith. Our editorial team has picked these five books randomly. Our readers are invited to share any other book on Christianity that they believe would fit into our list.

1.Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: A classic book to read,’ Mere Christianity’ is a revised and expanded version of three radio talks Lewis gave. The book explains the reasons that why God must exist and then moves on to describe the major beliefs of Christianity. His words make us seem the simplest concepts of religion in a completely new light.

2. A New Kind of Christian- A tale of two friends on a spiritual journey by Brian D. Mc Laren: A very challenging book for one’s perception of what it means to follow Christ. It is a very new and fascinating book in which the Brian has stood upon the ramparts, seen the battle around him and is pointing to a new way of being Christian in the 21st century.

3. Velvet Elvis- Repainting the Christ by Rob Bell: An exhilarating book that covers the basics very well. Rob Bell, an American pastor and also a leader in the Emerging Church movement seeks to apply the principles of postmodernism to the contemporary church. He also explains in his book the meaning and background of scriptures. What the words spoken and written meant back then so that we can understand to make them applicable today as well.

4. Dinner with a perfect Stranger- An Invitation worth Considering by David Gregory: In a fiction format, the author tells us the story of a successful yet cynical modern day businessman. Convinced his friends are playing a joke on him, Nick accepts an invitation to dinner from Jesus to Nazareth. As the conversation during dinner progresses, his interest is captured by topics such as life beyond death, pain, God, religions and family.

5. The Bible Answer Book by Hank Hanegraaff: In this book Hanegraaff presents intelligent and simple to understand solutions to the spiritual puzzles that will bewilder both believers and non-believers. This book answers the 80 of the toughest questions about faith, cults, pagan religions, pain, children, sin, fear, salvation and more.

Importance of ISBN# while purchasing books online.

Friday, March 18th, 2011

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a unique number that helps identifying the book. This is a 13 digit number unique to each book which is printed above or below the barcode. This unique code is being used since 1970s and is recognized today as a standard way to number the book so that it doesn’t gets duplicated. Through ISBN code we can find out the year in which the book was published and whether the book is a reprint or revised version. ISBN code also helps in identifying what version the book is -Hardcover or Paperback. Part of this code is identifier of the publisher who produced the book.

This number can be used to search information or check and compare the prices of a particular book. Like if you type the ISBN number into Google, it will show you the list of booksellers from whom book can be purchased.

When shopping online for a book one must always know the ISBN code of that book. At times it happens that there are many books that have the same title. So knowing the code in that case ensures that you are purchasing the correct book.

ISBN code is also required if you want to sell your book to the trade that includes all national and international bookstores. In actual fact, the barcode is generated from the ISBN number.

One of the easiest way to get recognition for your book is to get ISBN for it. Its biggest advantage in self publishing is that it will put your book in the worldwide catalog of published books so that the book is available in libraries across the world. Without an ISBN, it is difficult for a book to find a place for itself in any of the big stores.

Books That You Would love To Recommend

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Here, is a list of 5 such books that you would definitely like to recommend to your best friends after you have gone through them. These five books are packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world. Our editorial team has randomly picked these books. Our readers are invited to share any other title which they think will fit into this category.

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: This book is a masterpiece from Leo Tolstoy that puts forward a very interesting question- How does one keep one’s morals intact when faced with a flawed and evil world? Considered as the Father of all classic novels, War and Peace is one of the best books of all times.

2. The Trial by Franz Kafka: First published in 1925, The Trial is one of Kafka’s best known works. The book takes you on a terrifying psychological trip into the life of Joseph K, an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime that is never revealed to him. It is a philosophically brilliant book that brings you into the world of confusion and angst through this amazing story.

3.  Animal Farm by George Orwell: Orwell’s short novel vividly and eloquently proves the statement that Power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Animal Farm is a simple fable of great symbolic value. It tells a story that human nature and diversity prevent people from being equal and happy or at least equally happy.

4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: This book will tell you that everything you learned about first contact between humans and aliens was wrong. This strange book chronicles what happens when the Catholic Church sends missionaries to a planet where astronomers have discovered life. Hauntingly written, this book is a literary science fiction at its best.

5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger: ‘Catcher in the Rye’ is considered as one of the classic books that everyone should read. Released in 1951, the book became an International bestseller and has been translated into almost all of the world’s major languages. Although the book was originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage confusion, angst, alienation, language and rebellion.

Top Five Vampire Books

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

There are some of the best vampire books that will scare you, excite you and make you believe in their existence. Below mentioned is a list of classic vampire books that every vampire fanatic must have. Make sure you have read these 5 all time best selling vampire books and if you have not then you are surely missing something spectacular. These books have been randomly selected by our editorial team and all our readers are invited to share any other book that they feel will fit into this category.

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker: An interesting novel that brings forward the Victorian era culture. The book was published in 1897, soon after which it became known as a work of pure genius. Even today, it is much read across the world and regarded as the all time classical horror story.

2. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer: A greatly anticipated book that is the second of the most popular, dark romance Twilight series. There is enough action, romance and intrigue to keep the eyes of the readers glued to the pages.

3. Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris: A fast paced book that is a joy to read. Unlike some fantasy novels where the characters can be one dimensional, this book has great characters that have plenty of room to develop further in the later books of this series.

4. Lost Souls by Poppy Brite: The author paints a picture of today’s society through Goth eyes. If you are a fan of horror fiction, this book demands your attention. This book is highly recommended by some of the best horror writers in the business.

5. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris: This is the fifth book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries Series. In the book Harris has created a charming, beguiling and sometimes unsafe alternate Earth where the creatures of the night are both sexy and dangerous.

5 Most Popular books of 2010

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Here comes the list of 5 such books that were in demand and caught people’s attention either because of the author’s writing style or because of the plot in 2010. These books have been randomly picked and we invite all our readers to share and comment the name of any other book that they think will fit in this category.

1.The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman: A controversial book that retells the myths. Philip has presented the accounts of Jesus’ life with a radical innovation. His book portrays Jesus Christ as two twin brothers Jesus and Christ who are exactly opposite of each other.

2.Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert: A second memoir of Gilbert which begins where Eat, Pray and Love ended. In ‘Committed’ Elizabeth takes a closer look at the institution of marriage and explores the questions related to it. The book is known for the amazing writing style and for the story based on the real life of Gilbert told with wit, compassion and intelligence.

3.Trespass by Rose: A thrilling and a dark novel written by the bestselling author of The Road Home. Set among the hills of the dark and beautiful Cevennes Mountains in the southern France, it’s a novel that portrays human nature in all its ugliness and inadequacy.

4.Point Omega by Don De Lillo: A brief, intimidating and a hard hitting novel that talks about a secret war advisor and a young filmmaker. The title of this book has been drawn from the philosophy of a French Jesuit priest who used this term to describe the utmost level of consciousness that is exempted from the limits of time and space.

5.Star Island by Carl Hiaasen:A funny novel written by an Old Testament moralist disguised as a comedian satirizes the extremes of the celebrity culture. The novel is the worth the time of reader who is looking for quality entertainment.

5 Most Popular Travel Books of All Times

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Below, we have brought a list of 5 most popular books on travel. The books have been cited most often by the bloggers and writers  in their lists of ‘ Best Travel books’. Though there may been many others books to fit in this category but our editorial team has limit it to just five. Our readers are invited to share any other travel book of their choice which they think will fit in this category.

1. In a Sun burned Country by Bill Bryson: This book is a deliciously funny, full of facts and adventurous performance by Bryson who combines humor, wonder and unflagging curiosity. Bill Bryson brings again a memorable travel literature that threatens to break out. The book offers the best of all introductions to what may be the best of all possible nations.

2. The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton: It is a book that does not tell us where and how to go but rather discusses the philosophical aspects of travel. He skillfully blends his own images with the aesthetic endeavors and travel experiences of some of the most renowned authors and painters. Some of the pieces in the book are stronger than others, but they are all entertaining and thought provoking.

3. The Motorcycle Diaries by Aleida Guevara and ‘Ernesto “Che” Guevara: This book traces the early travels of Ernesto ‘ Che’ Guevara who was then  23 year old medical student and his friend Alberto Granado, a 23 year old biochemist.  Guevara’s  journey on an old motorcycle across South America transformed him as he witnessed the social injustices by exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers and tattered descendants of a once great civilization. The book has become New York Times bestseller several times.

4. Almost French: Love and New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull: An easy and a pleasant book to read. Turnbull keeps a light hearted and humorous tone throughout while sharing her adventures and funny moments as she makes her way into the Parisian French culture with rules of all its own. It is intended to be a charming sketch of Paris through the eyes of a foreigner.

5.Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayer: In this book Mayer brings out the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table

10 Most All Time Powerful Women Writers

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

In the honor of International Women’s Day we have brought a list of 10 all time most powerful women writers. These are the writers whose work needs to be treasured and get inspired from. Though this list could be endless but our editorial team has limit the list to just 10 by selecting the names of these  all time most powerful women authors.

1. Emily Dickinson: When people think of poets from the 19th century, they think of this woman. She is one of America’s greatest poets who lived most of her life in seclusion. Known for her poetic style that broke the molds of traditional English Poetry and received widespread literary praise for the bold and unconventional style.

2. Kate Chopin: Considered one of the most significant writers of her time, she is the first feminist writer that questioned femininity and all other things relating to it. The protagonist of her most famous novel ”The Awakening” grapples with her unorthodox views on womanhood and motherhood.

3. J.K. Rowling: Rowling is a British author, best known as the creator of the Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter collection have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards and has sold more than 400 million copies. The leading magazine editors of Britain have named her as the ‘Most Influential Women in Britain’.

4. Virginia Woolf: Regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the 20th century, she was one of the significant figures in London Literary Society during the interwar period. Her most famous works include the novels ‘Mrs. Dalloway’, ‘To the Lighthouse’ and ‘Orlando’.

5. Arundhati Roy: An Indian Novelist who made the headlines around the world when she became a first Indian woman to win the ‘Man Booker Prize’ in 1997 for her novel-‘The God of Small Things’. She has become an ardent advocate of social and economic justice for the country’s oppressed minorities.

6. Jane Austen: one of the most popular female authors whose works of romantic fiction earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her novels remain highly popular even today. She wrote at that time when female writers were rarely found, thus helping pave the way for future women writers.

7. George Eliot: One of the leading writers of the Victorian Era, Mary Anne Evans wrote under the pseudonym of George Eliot. Her well known novels ‘Middle march’ and ‘Mill on the Floss’ are known for their realism and psychological insight.

8. Sylvia Plath: She was the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously for the ‘Collected Poems’. Sylvia Plath is credited with advancing the genre of Confessional poetry. She is famously known for her novel ‘The Bell Jar’ which is influential as well as controversial as it follows the protagonist’s descent into mental illness which proved to be semi-autobiographical.

9. Jhumpa Lahiri: An Indian American author who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000 for her debut short story collection ‘Interpreter of Maladies‘. Her first novel ‘The Namesake’ was adapted into the popular movie of the same name.

10. Margaret Atwood: Atwood though is best known for her work as a novelist but she is also a poet. Her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales in which she has been interested from an early age. Atwood is among the most honored authors of fiction in the recent history.

We invite our readers to share and comment the name of any other women writer that they believe will fit in this list.

“Happy Women’s Day”

Should Books be made into Movies or not?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Books are much more than a bundle of printed pages. People get attached, over protective for their favorite copy of a book. But not many people like when they see their favorite book or a novel is being turned into a movie. Though everybody will agree that there have been some great movies based on books but typically, general readers have been aggrieved because according to them the movies are just not like the books.But that’s true to some extent as well because movies are not 100 percent faithful to the books. Let’s see how:

1.The movie cannot do justice to the spirit & tone of the original.

2.A movie does not have a soul, coherence and an aesthetic integrity of its own like a book.

3.Movies give one interpretation of the books and for people who have already read the book may not agree with the interpretation of the film.

4.A book allows the reader to imagine and create a world of their own rather than fixed images of the movies.

5.Movies do not have the scope to be able to show everything that a book does. In just three hours movie one cannot include everything that is in a book.

6.A classic complaint is that the director/producer deletes the material that a reader finds important and adds new materials that are not created by the writer.

7.People do not like books solely because of the plot. A work is judged and liked on the basis of writer’s writing style and technique.

After reading all this we may conclude that, yes books can’t be replaced by movies. But what about movies like GODFATHER which is considered much better than the book by majority of people. Apart from than that it is very important to understand that Books & Movies are two separate artistic entities in their own right. So, they both should not be compared. We should free ourselves from our own formed images and remember when watching an adaptation we are being invited into somebody else’s interpretation of the book.

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