This week the world celebrates April Fools' Day, the unofficial day of humor and comedy. We hope that you won't fall victim to any innocent – or not so innocent – practical jokes and hoaxes. Instead of looking for an opportunity to play a joke on a friend, pick up one of these great humor books, which we have reviewed for you, and spend the day enjoying the sophisticated wit of these renowned authors.
Karl Hampe, a well-known German historian, once said that history knows no “ifs”. This notion, however, is defining only in academic circles, where there is no place for guesswork and speculation. We, as avid readers, love to give reign to our imagination and allow history to take a different turn every now and then. We present to you, therefore, a list of books, the authors of which boldly ask, “What if everything had gone the other way?”
This week we present to you five books on a topic that will be appealing to almost every reader – conspiracies and accompanying theories. Some people are skeptical about such speculations, while others are willing to believe blindly in any unusual hypothesis, as long as it casts the blame for all our troubles on unknown secret societies. Get acquainted with these books and judge for yourselves whether they are just figments of someone’s imagination or well-grounded theories.
This week, we give you a list of the five most controversial books of all time. They contain topics that will definitely spark a lot of heated discussions and perhaps reshape your opinion about war, family, relationships, and honesty. Some of them might shock you, and some will make you plunge into a reverie.
Life is not a never-ending party that always brings joy and elation. Even the most successful people have experienced streaks of bad luck which have resulted in moral breakdown and emotional exhaustion verging on frustration. Whenever you feel low or depressed, just turn off every source of possible negativity and start reading one of the books. . . and then another one until you feel much better.
We have selected for you a list of the five latest spine-tingling mystery novels. Clear up your schedule for this weekend, turn off your mobile phone and other gadgets, and get ready to solve a dark mystery.
There is no denying that the modern educational system is constantly improving and finding ways to make students and adults more competent in specific professions. However, the pursuit of improvement shouldn't be limited to the classroom or the workplace. Each individual has to practice what the Japanese call Kaizen, a constant self-improvement of personal traits, in order to feel the warm satisfaction of having a purpose in life. We have selected 4 masterpieces which can help you to change the financial, spiritual, social, and psychological elements your lives.
It is a misconception that young adult literature comes down only to superficial teenage stories that lack any serious conclusions or strongly defined characters. The fact is, there are many great books from this genre that deal with complex themes such as bullying, depression, the search for identity, peer pressure, illness, and the never ending struggle to find a place in the world. In that sense, young adult books can really be refreshing and can widen your perspective. Here are the top five from our list for you to enjoy this weekend.
Fairy-tales are incredibly rich narratives that have been passed on for generations and altered in the process. Some of them are based on historical events, others represent the fruits of collective imagination that include mythical creatures, princesses and princes, witches, and wizards. Either way, these stories teach us about the values of a culture or community through their main moral lessons. Just like myths, fairy-tales function as a source of inspiration and a creative driving force for many writers, giving them the freedom to reinterpret storylines and contextualize characters and their destinies in a new way. Movies and TV shows have done the same (just think about any Disney movie or the famous series Once Upon a Time), offering us new versions of stories to enjoy. Here are five books that reference fairy-tales in different ways that you won't want to miss.
When it comes to novels with romantic themes, people tend to push them aside as third class literature or see them as chick-lit, marked with heartbreaking scenes (which can be too corny), or with plot devices meant to induce sobbing. The fact is, there are many great, high-quality books that deal with the topic of love and don't fall within these cliches. Authors can also take a more serious approach, taking into consideration historical and social circumstances, psychological portraits, and forms of love not widely discussed or even controversial (e.g. Nabokov's Lolita). Here are five of the most interesting ones, which you can read for pleasure without experiencing guilt over the enjoyment they give. This time, we have included contemporary authors, too – so you can see how modern love problems are reinterpreted through literature.