Archive for March, 2011

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.

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