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Popular Family Sagas to Add On Your Bookshelves

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

From our eclectic collection of Books on Family through thick and thin, we have extracted out some well-received titles for our readers that boast stories about families with love, harmony, loss, tragedy, fear, despair,……, hope. The family members you’ll meet in these books will teach you some lessons worth learning for life, and that let you empathize or live psychologically in some odd circumstances of life which you may not have experienced yet in your life.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold “My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.”

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her — her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, this bestseller succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – In this coming of age book, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, it has a timeless and universal story about a daughter, her mother and her maid.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards – A rich and deeply moving page-turner, this NY Times bestselling novel captures the way life takes unexpected turns and how the mysterious ties that hold a family together help us survive the heartache that occurs when long-buried secrets burst into the open. It is an astonishing tale of redemptive love. This is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother’s silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult - Written by the author who is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people, this is an emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. This is the story about a teen who was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister Kate, and what happens when she begins to question who she really is. Written with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity, this is the novel that will keep readers wiping their noses on sleeves from middle to the end.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - This is the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell, the precocious amateur physicist who is trying to uncover clues about his father’s death in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. He has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – A touching tale of love, sisterhood and hardship during the New England Civil War, Little Women narrates the story of the lovable March sisters – Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy – who try to support their mother at home while their father is away at war. While describing the trials and tribulations of their growing age and relationships with one another, Ms. Alcott, in this breakthrough classic, superbly intertwines the bad and good times of their life.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, this family drama takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus; three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

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Books That Will Make You Cry: Popular Tearjerkers

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Books that make readers cry are of two types: one which will have readers sobbing from start to end, and the other that unexpectedly leave them sniffling on the subway or howling at the end, trying to keep them from wiping nose on sleeves.

Today, we have shortlisted some such tear jerking titles for our readers. The idea  behind this post is to bring into their knowledge the most moving stories set in diverse culture and milieu, which introduce the readers to lives that they’d never experience or imagine.

Here’s the list:

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally – This tearjerker recreates the true story of Oskar Schindler, the Czech-born southern German industrialist who risked his life to save over 1,100 of his Jewish factory workers from the death camps in Nazi-occupied Poland. Based on the recollections of the Schindlerjuden (Schindler’s Jews), Schindler himself, and other witnesses, this documentary novel recounts the lives of the flamboyant profiteer and womanizer Schindler; Schindler’s long-suffering wife, Emilie; the brutal SS (Nazi secret service) commandant Amon Goeth; Schindler’s quietly courageous factory manager, Itzhak Stern; and dozens of other Jews who underwent the horrors of the Nazi machinery.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. But, their dreams of owing a farm goes terrible wrong. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - Comes from the writer of bestselling “The Kite Runner”, this book sheds light on the wretched status of women in a male dominated society, eliciting how miserable it was to being a woman in Taliban dominated Afghanistan. Eloquently written, this book has the depressed story of two women – Mariam, the protagonist and Laila, and their struggle to survive peacefully and with dignity in the male-chauvinist as well as war-torn Afghanistan.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – This is an Autobiography of Anne Frank. Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic as a powerful reminder of the horrors of the holocaust in Nazis occupying Holland and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, when Nazis overpowered the Holland, Anne Frank, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding with another family. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences she had during this period.

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks – Sure to compress out more tears from its readers’ eyes, this romance novel by the bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks is story of a pair of unlikely young lovers. The story starts in a corny flashback as 57-year-old Landon Carter started thinking back of his fateful senior year in high school in Beaufort, North Carolina, when he was a troublemaking teenager of the 1950s and changed forever when met his unexpected first love, Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town’s Baptist minister, who made him the depths of the human heart and the joy and pain of living.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – Written by the author who is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people, this is an emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. This is the story about a teen who was conceived as a bone marrow match for her sister Kate, and what happens when she begins to question who she really is. Written with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity, this is the novel that will keep readers wiping their noses on sleeves from middle to the end.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan – This is a heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog, named Marley who taught them what really matters in life. Based on human-animal relationship, this book is also adapted into a movie with the same name and that is as much appreciated as the books is. A true tear jerking story of the emotional attachment between the master and the pet.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins this distressing memoir of Frank McCourt about his miser than miserable childhood, about his survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors, yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

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Celebrating the Nelson Mandela International Day

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

                                                                                                 — Nelson Mandela

Only a man with these kind of thoughts can oppress  a deplorable oppression. These are the thoughts that had been the strength of the great moral and political leader Nelson Mandela throughout his fight against racial oppression in South Africa, which won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country.

Mandela was raised in the traditional, tribal culture of his ancestors, but at an early age learned the modern, inevitable reality of what came to be called apartheid, one of the most powerful and effective systems of oppression ever conceived in human history.

Since his triumphant release in 1990 from 27-years of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most stirring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. This iconic figure is venerated worldwide as an imperative force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.

Today, on his birth day (July 18), Nelson Mandela has entered in the 94th year of his glorious life. The world is celebrating today the Nelson Mandela International Day as declared by the United Nations to be held every year in his honor. And, we are paying tribute to him and his achievements by writing this very post.

If you search for Nelson Mandela in the inventory of or, you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are available so many books written on his life and work along with some volumes compiled by this legend itself. Therefore, to keep you from this impasse, we, with the help of our editorial team, have created a list of the most popular books on him  and by him. Check that out:

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela – In this one of the most popular and inspiring autobiographies of all time, Nelson Mandela tells of his early years as an impoverished student and law clerk in Johannesburg, of his slow political awakening, and of his pivotal role in the rebirth of a stagnant ANC and the formation of its Youth League in the 1950s. Further, while describing his family and the unsuccessful yet painful married life, he talks on his struggle on political front, his underground leadership, his life imprisonment and the escalating political warfare in the fifties between the ANC and the government. He recounts the surprisingly eventful twenty-seven years in prison and the complex, delicate negotiations that led both to his freedom and to the beginning of the end of apartheid.

Conversations with Myself – After a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, Nelson Mandela has compiled in this book his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life. Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the post-apartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency—a historic collection of documents archived at the Nelson Mandela Foundation is brought together into a sweeping narrative of great immediacy and stunning power.

Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – In this book, Richard Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested, and shares the wisdom he learned from him. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of eighty.

This compact book is profoundly inspiring. It captures the spirit of this extraordinary man: warrior, martyr, husband, statesman and moral leader, and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.

Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a NationJohn Carlin, a former South Africa bureau chief for the London Independent, offers a singular portrait of Nelson Mandela, the greatest statesman of our time, in action while blending the volatile cocktail of race, sport, and politics to intoxicating effect. He draws on extensive interviews with Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and dozens of other South Africans caught up in Mandela’s momentous campaign, and the triumph of Springboks – the national rugby team. Carlin makes stirringly clear that Springboks’ championship in the sport’s World Cup in 1995 transcended the mere thrill of victory to erase ancient hatreds and make a nation whole.

Mandela: A Critical Life – In this new and highly revealing biography, Tom Lodge draws on a wide range of original sources to uncover a host of fresh insights about the shaping of Mandela’s personality and public persona, from his childhood days and early activism, through his twenty-seven years of imprisonment, to his presidency of the new South Africa. Throughout, Lodge emphasizes the crucial interplay between Mandela’s public career and his private world, revealing how Mandela drew moral and political strength from encounters in which everyday courtesy and even generosity softened conflict. Indeed, the lessons Mandela learned as a child about the importance of defeating ones opponents without dishonoring them were deeply engrained.

Books on Painting Styles: Play With Paint

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Learn about various popular styles and types of painting viz. Watercolor Painting, Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Silk Painting, Decorative Painting, Face Painting and Glass Painting. Here, in this post, we have compiled a list of Books on Different Painting Styles that will help you being creative, even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, and let you realize how creative you can be. Also, you can gift these books to a friend or any beloved one who is born creative, and let him/her to grow more artistic.

Watercolor Painting

How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself: Experimental Techniques for Achieving Realistic EffectsAward-winning artist Nita Engle‘s breakthrough approach to watercolor shows readers how to combine spontaneity and control to produce glowing, realistic paintings. Her method begins with action-filled exercises that demonstrate how to play with paint, following no rules. Subsequent step-by-step projects add planning to the mix, demonstrating how to turn loose washes into light-filled watercolors with textural effects achieved by spraying, sprinkling, pouring, squirting, or stamping paint.

Acrylic Painting

Acrylic Revolution: New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World’s Most Versatile Medium - This is an all-in-one guide for acrylic painting techniques and more. It features over 101 ways to break through the boundaries of conventional painting and re-define the creative potential of this all-purpose medium. Every page provides insight on how to use acrylic paint in ways you never thought possible to create stunning visual effects and textures. To give you additional insight and inspiration, this book features a gallery of finished works by fellow painting revolutionaries that blend various acrylic techniques to create amazing effects.

Oil Painting

The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and ExperiencedOffered in this book, everything you always wanted to know about oil painting, but were afraid to ask or maybe you weren’t afraid but just didn’t know what to ask or where to start.  Author Kathleen Staiger presents crystal clear, step-by-step lessons that build to reinforce learning. Brush control, creating the illusion of three dimensions, foolproof color mixing, still-life painting, landscapes, and portraits; every topic is covered in clear text, diagrams, illustrations, exercises, and demonstrations. Staiger has taught oil painting for more than thirty-five years; many of her students are now exhibiting and selling their paintings.

Silk Painting

Beginner’s Guide to Silk Painting – Twelve innovative step-by-step projects illustrate clearly Mandy Southan‘s fresh and original approach to silk painting—perfect for the complete beginner as well as experienced crafters who want to learn new techniques. The best part of this book is that for each project Mandy provides a picture of the finished piece, a drawing of the design, a materials list and pictures for each painting step to offer clear understanding.

Decorative Painting

Decorative Paint and Faux Finishes – Decorative painting is a wide class that encompasses a number of painting techniques and mediums applied to a variety of surfaces. It includes tole painting, folk art, and faux finishing.

This comprehensive decorative painting guide provides instruction on thirty decorative paint techniques with step-by-step photography and color combining recommendations. It includes newer techniques as well as tried-and-true favorites that will inspire novice and experienced painters alike. Loaded with ready-made color combinations, tips on choosing the right painting effects, advice from the pros, and information on specialty tools, this incredible book has tons of photos to get your creative juices flowing, and confidence-building instructions on techniques and materials to see you through to the successful completion of your masterpiece.

Face Painting

Face Painting (Klutz Kit) – This is the best face painting book ever. A fully photographic how-to about kids’ face painting, wire-o bound for lay-flat utility. Includes detailed directions for simple sponge and brush techniques and tear-out cheat sheets to make painting birthday parties easier than ever. This book comes with face paints from Wolfe Brothers — they go on smoothly, dry quickly, last beautifully, and wash off easily, with bold, bright colors that have to be seen to be believed. Also attached a six color palette of face paints, a brush, a sponge, and 12 tear-out, take-along design cards.

 Glass & Ceramic Painting

Gorgeous Glass: 20 Sparkling Ideas For Painting On Glass & China – Painting on glass and china is fun, easy and a creative way to bring the latest designer looks to your home as well as to make great gifts for your friends. Expert artist Arlene S Gillen shows step by step how to paint designer-quality table settings, wedding gifts and home decor. In this book, readers will find dozens of great ideas and designs from simple to sophisticated and classic to contemporary and natural. Also, this book guides on how to use traditional decorative brushstrokes to paint more than forty floral patterns and decorative design motifs, from a simple leaf and vine pattern to luscious berry-trimmed dessert bowls and much more.

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Art Books For Children: Creativity with Fun

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Art is the best medium to freshen up your children’s mind after the hectic school hours as practicing it is the safest and comparatively less exhaustive yet highly creative activity. So, here is a list of some selected but best Art Books for Children that will let your kids to explore the art world in the easiest and funniest ways. Check ‘em out:

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals – The Caldecott Award-winning author of the popular Drawing Book series, Ed Emberley guides children to draw their favorite animals in the most easiest ways. In this book, Emberley shows the readers how to draw a menagerie of different animals – from polliwogs to gorillas – by using the simplest of shapes. Fully colored, this book will provide budding young artists with hours of art-full entertainment.

How to Draw 101 Monsters: Easy Step-by-step Drawing – Through this incredible art book, Dan Green teach children how to draw their favorite monsters. Simple and easy to understand and follow, this book let your kids grow with imagination and creativity.

Beautiful Oops! – With this book, your children will learn to say: It’s OK to a mistake. A mistake can be transformed from a blunder to wonder, demonstrates Barney Saltzberg, the effervescent spirit behind Good Egg. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing; not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

Showing young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful, this one-of-a-kind interactive book is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope”, letting the young folks to celebrate the oops in life.

Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book – For the first time available in market a two-in-one edition of two of the most popular titles by award-winning author and artist, Ed EmberleyEd Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book and Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book. Colorful step-by-step drawings show how to turn your thumbprints into owls, pigs, fish, or basketball players simply by adding the letters I, V, Y, L, O, and U. These titles will not only spur creativity in every child but make it easy and fun as well.

How to DraHow to Draw Pokémonw Pokémon – With the help of this book, you child will be a Pokémon drawing-Master in no time. This book enables children to draw one of the top all-time favorite cartoon characters, Pikachu and other popular Pokémon. Offering step-by-step secret tips on drawing the coolest and most action-packed Pokémon, this book let the children to draw whichever their favorite Pokémon viz. Pikachu, Togepi, Chikorita, Meowth, Pichu, Houndour, Lugia, Cyndaquil, and more. Not only this, the book also helps children in drawing bonus poses of Pokemon in action, and creating their own battle scenes.

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Monday, July 16th, 2012

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Top 12 Most Celebrated Books of The 21st Century: 2000 – Till date

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Here is the list of 12 such books of the 21st century that entertained their readers to the greatest extent, and still preserve within all the essence  required to keep a reader engaged and entertained. There have been released thousands of books in the span of year 2000 to date, and most of them have received good ratings, but the following twelve books are matchless, and have generated a very high number of favorable reviews.

Take a glance at the list; who knows it may consist one of your favorite books, and that would nudge you into reading it for another time or perhaps you’ll find a new must-read title for coming weekend.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This bestselling book not only received reviews around one lakh, but also made a blockbuster movie. This is the story of a sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, and is forced to represent her district in an annual deadly event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – This unusual love story of a prey and a predator has been a great hit not only in the literary world but also on screen. What will happen when a predator falls in love with prey? This is what you will know when read this book, representing deeply romantic love story of the protagonists Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – In this coming of age book, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, it generated a huge reader base for itself. Charged with dark secrets involving love, murder and a majestic, mute heroine, Rosie the Elephant, this book has everything that a book requires to keep its readers on the edge of their chair.

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - The last installment in the Twilight Saga, this book illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. Like the very first book in the series, Twilight, this final volume also keeps the readers on the edge of their chair, pacifying the thirst that the middle installments – New Moon and Eclipse – left to the readers.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – For the first, a novel has brought into light the ugly face of the war-torn Afghanistan. This is heart-rending story that helps readers understanding the delicacy in a relationship, whether it is father-son relationship or friendship. Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s political chaos, it is the story of Amir, a young boy living in Kabul with his father and his close friendship with Hassan, the son of his father’s servant.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – This is a highly moving story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it’s about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time. We can say that this spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love is destined to captivate readers for years to come.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, this is a story narrated by Death about a young girl, Liesel Meminger, and her relationship with foster parents, the other residents of neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who takes shelter in her home during the escalation of World War II.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – This seventh and concluding volume of one of the most celebrated international literary phenomenon, the Harry Potter saga, was the most awaited release in modern publishing history. And, hence, received acclamations as much as the very first installment, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, had.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

Opened amid great controversy, this thought-provoking novel brought huge popularity to Dan Brown. Despite being a controversial novel, it became a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 languages.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – This is the second book by Khaled Hosseini and becomes as popular as the first one, The Kite Runner. Eloquently written, this book has the miserable story of two women – Mariam, the protagonist and Laila, and their struggle to survive peacefully and with dignity in the male-dominated as well as war-torn Afghanistan.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel –  This is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.

10 Books that Everyone Should Read At Least Once

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Enlisting here 10 selected books that we assume are the ones that everyone must read in their life time. These books are best at everything, which a perfect literary work is expected to have, viz. interesting & engaging story, well-composed content, thought-provoking theme, well-organized plot, and relatable as well as influential protagonist.

Here is the list:

1984 by George Orwell – Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – This is an Autobiography of Anne Frank. Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic as a powerful reminder of the horrors of the holocaust in Nazis occupying Holland and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, when Nazis overpowered the Holland, Anne Frank, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding with another family. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences she had during this period.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This is a classic book storying about a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. One of the best-loved classics of all time, this Pulitzer Prize winner book has earned many acclamations since its original publication in 1960.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young “star-cross’d lovers” whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet and Macbeth, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is another classic in our recommendation for the must-read books. The central character of this novel is Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of five daughters whom Mrs. Bennett is anxious to put into marriage. Her vivacity and wit, her hasty dismissal of superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world, how he improves his manners and Elizabeth changes her mind, are at the centre of this Jane Austen book. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – This classic work is fully of children. The hero-narrator of this book is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear, and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis  – The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times in life: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told and populated with fascinating characters, the story is infused throughout with the everlasting issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This edition includes all seven volumes.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – With the release of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first in a series of tales about a young wizard in training, an international craze was born. Eleven-year-old Harry Potter, the plucky yet nerdy hero of this series, is the embodiment of every uncool kid’s fantasy. Unpopular in school, picked on by bullies, and persecuted by his adoptive family, the disheveled and bespectacled Harry manages to not only survive but thrive by discovering friends, magical powers, and a great destiny he never knew he had.

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10 Worth-to-Read Books on Friendship

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Enlisted below 10 worth reading Books on Friendship that our editorial team has shortlisted for our valuable readers after making thorough online research. Having titles specific for all – children, teenagers, and mature ones, this list has books that explore the authoritative bond of friendship and the power it lends us for making sacrifice, of being dependable, and to care and love in return.

Let’s check it out:

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s political chaos, this book tells the story of Amir, a young boy living in Kabul with his father, and his close friendship with Hassan, son of his father’s servant. Amir feels he betrays Hassan by not coming to his aid when Hassan is set on by bullies and henceforth, forces Hassan and his father Ali to leave his father´s service. Then, Amir emigrates to U. S. with his father. Years later, he  receives a letter from his father´s most trusted business partner which makes him return to Taliban dominated Afghanistan  in search of the truth about himself and his family, and finally, a sort of redemption.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – A tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation, which is perfect for your kids to make them understand, without harming their vulnerability, the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return. This is the story about friendship, love and sacrifice of an apple tree for a little boy, and their affectionate relationship. This book by Shel Silverstein is counted among the most inspiring moral stories about friendship, ever.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – This is the story about an unlikely friendship, proximity, understanding between a master and a servant. Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him – and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed – in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. But, their dreams of owing a farm goes terrible wrong. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.

The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner – A compilation of unique tales of friendship among Pooh, the cutest and the most friendly beer, and his friends in Hundred Acre Wood where everyone looking after each other. Perfect pick for kids, this book will teach children with unending fun about friendship and its value in life. In this book, lifelong devotees and new friends of the Bear of Very Little Brain will be glad to see all twenty of A. A. Milne‘s world-famous Winnie-the-Pooh stories brought together in one beautiful volume.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers – a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village – will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner – This is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it, and the ties that keep best friends together.

This is the story of two best friends – Addie Downs and Valerie Adler – who in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, departs with Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat. Flash-forward fifteen years, Valerie meets again to Addie in a peculiar situation and tells her “Something horrible has happened, and you’re the only one who can help.”

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – When orphan Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she’s come home. Her new guardian is kind and funny, and everyone there is like an old friend. Soon, she has developed a touching bond of friendship with Miss Heliotrope, a peppermint-popping governess – because she can always be relied on to say the wrong thing. But beneath the beauty and comfort lies a tragedy. Maria is determined to find out about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. This new-fashioned story is just as satisfying and memorable as your favorite fairy tale.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone. That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares – A delightful story about four friends – Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget – this novel would be the best pick for girls. All these four friends appreciate the jeans that Carmen got at a thrift shop; which is worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach, and want to have them. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen who never thinks she looks good in anything, thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and take the vow of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The next morning, they say good-bye. And now the journey of the pants, and the most memorable summer of their lives, begins.

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Top 5 Life Transforming Books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Every time you see him, you find him smiling, beaming positive energy and emitting a never-ending ray of hope. He’s the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, a unique mix of a spiritual teacher and a political leader, a Nobel Prize winner, and a extremely sought-after speaker and statesman. July, 6, 1935 is the day when this holy spirit born to enlighten the rest of the world about humanity and happiness.

Today, on his birth anniversary, we pay our tribute to H H the Dalai Lama for his noble attempts at finding a meeting ground between Buddhist philosophy and practice and scientific research. Results of his quest for bringing humanity and science at a common place can be seen or read in books that he has authored so far – though in most cases he had a co-writer for an impeccable presentation of the thoughts. Out of all the books penned by Dalai Lama, we have picked the top 5 life transforming titles and compiled them in a list for our readers that goes like this:

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living – This is the book that initiated the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality – Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world, and in their wake they have left an uneasy coexistence: science vs. religion and faith vs. empirical inquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?

After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds, as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophic study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why all avenues of inquiry – scientific as well as spiritual – must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examinations of reality.

How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life – As human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice. This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintaining mental tranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking.

How to See Yourself As You Really Are – According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we each possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge. In this thought provoking book, the Dalai Lama shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic and loving perspective. Through illuminating explanations and step-by-step exercises, His Holiness helps readers to see the world as it actually exists, and explains how, through the interconnection of meditative concentration and love, true altruistic enlightenment is attained.

An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life – Compassion –sympathy for the suffering of others and the desire to free them from it — is wrestled with in all spiritual traditions. Yet how does one actually become a compassionate person? What are the mechanisms by which a selfish heart is transformed into a generous heart? In this acclaimed bestseller, His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes simply and powerfully about the everyday Buddhist practice of compassion, offering a clear, practical, inspiring introduction to the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

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