Benefits Of Reading Books – An Overview
No one can deny the power and benefits of reading and learning. Reading plays important role in developing our mind. This is why every child, after learning walking and talking, is insisted on learning. Reading books majorly contributes to learning. The action of reading plays a crucial role in our brain development. Besides providing us with a vast treasure of knowledge, reading sharpens our brain significantly.
There are a variety of books in libraries, bookstores, and our very own bookshelves. These could be fictions, non-fiction, long fictions, technical, and subject books – a whole array of books. Reading is always been an eternal form of entertainment and a great resource of knowledge!
My Experience with Reading
Hey there! If you don’t know me, Myself Rashmi Agrawal; Yoga, Health, and Productivity expert from India. In case you feel more curious about me after reading this article ( maybe!), you can find a bit more of me at these two places- ABOUT ME and AMAZON AUTHOR CENTRAL
When I publicly started writing two years back, I felt an urge to write some detailed and well-researched articles on Yoga and Meditation. Before Google or any search robots could find me, I wanted my friends and relatives to read first and give me some feedback or praise for my excellent work! So I started sharing my posts on various social media platforms. Waiting patiently, I was hitting publish button one after another. This writing schedule was giving me so much of the back pain, eyes burns, occasional headaches, and never-ending anxiety. But what about the feedbacks! My friends and relatives, who used to promptly send and receive messages and videos ( mostly of social issues and jokes), got disappeared…
Something is wrong. I decided to contact each of them one by one to inquire about my articles. I was totally astounded by their “FEEDBACKS”! They could not yet read my article because of the lack of time. Some of them, kind enough to read, commented – Exhausting!
But you can read and reply messages round the clock, I complained. Your articles are too lengthy and time-consuming, they disdained. So this is it. Now read this:
Is reading and attention span connected?
- According to research, our attention span has markedly decreased in just 15 years. In 2000, it was 12 seconds. Now, 15 years later, it’s shrunk significantly to 8.25 seconds.
- In fact, scientists reckon we now have shorter attention spans than goldfish, who are able to focus on a task or object for 9 seconds.
- That means – as a writer – I was sharing my posts with goldfish. No wonder it sometimes feels difficult!
- Human beings are very, very forgetful…25% of teens forget major details of close friends and relatives. 7% of people forget their own birthday from time to time, and studies suggest that each week, 39% of Americans will forget one basic piece of information or lose one everyday item.
- Oh, and by the way, we’re also easily distracted! An average office worker will check their email inbox 30 times every hour (yup…every two minutes…wow) and will pick up their phones more than 1,500 times per week amounting to 3 hours and 16 minutes a day.
- What about when we’re browsing online? Similar story, I’m afraid. On the average web page, users will read at most 28% of the words during a visit, with 20% a more likely expectation. The average page visit lasts less than a minute and users often leave web pages in just 10-20 seconds. SOURCE
Uhh, but why I’m telling you all this instead of Benefits of Book Reading!! Well, friends reading a book is a mindfulness activity, greatly related to your attention span. You can put your hands in reading a book only if you have some gravity, stability along with mindfulness.
And like many other equations- vice-versa is also true. Need not to mention again that reading can increase your attention span, gravitate your thoughts and make you more mindful. So many benefits out of just one activity? Let’s do some deep diving, burying head and nose and coming out in detail about all the benefits book reading can give us.
Why book reading should be included in our daily activity
I quote “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” — Warren Buffett
As of now picking up and reading a book may seem simple fun or another time pass gig. You would have seldom realized those stimulations the book reading offers to your brain and body. No doubt, why an adept reader is blessed with a sharp mind, good writing, and excellent communication skills!
Here you may not come to an agreement that something as ordinary as reading may increase your imagination. But this is the fact guys. Naturally, this extension in your fantasy will be in the area, what you read and love most.
After knowing all the benefits of reading a book, you will surely bow to read something of your choice every day. Here you will find a reason, why should you hand pick a book now, and dive into those black lines, without any delay!
1. reading adds to your vocabulary
How many times you came across to an unknown word while reading. Not while reading something like this article ( I don’t want to make you run for a dictionary, ha.ha), hence never use fancy words. Often, in my morning newspaper, I come across many such words. I go back to the topic I was reading and try to find the context. And know what, most of the times come up with the exact meaning for those unknown words. Or go to Dictionary for some in-depth knowledge. And the simplest one is goto voice search and speak it out and lo – you have everything about it. More you read, more you add-on to your vocabulary each day – word by word and phrases by phrases. Know more about increasing your vocabulary through reading.
2. Reading makes you a BETTER WRITER
Reading improves your vocabulary. Now you find your interest, tone, an interesting topic and start writing by knitting your impressively rich words. Although easier said than done, not all the readers are writers. But, all the writers are essentially bulk readers. Check a writer about his favorite time pass… binge reading is what has established him as a writer!
Each best – selling author somewhere imitates his favorite author’s style of writing before finding his own tone and recognition!
3. Reading Broadens Your Imagination
Reading stimulates the right side of your brain. Immersing yourself in a good book boosts the brain connectivity and improves the overall functioning. No doubt why reading is considered to improve your imagination analogous to the muscle memory in sports.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.
– Albert Einstein
Who else may know this fact better than the Einstein himself, who used his sheer power of imagination and creativity to make our world a better place to live and understand!
Hence more we read, more progressive we turn. By feeding our brain with good reads, we widen its thinking abilities. And with these added power our brain opens up for new possibilities and gives birth to an OUT OF BOX THINKING.
Lead Emory researcher Gregory Berns concluded, “At a minimum, we can say that reading stories—especially those with strong narrative arcs—reconfigures brain networks for at least a few days. It shows how stories can stay with us. This may have profound implications for children and the role of reading in shaping their brains.”
It is discovered further that reading an interesting book can impact your level of imagination and lower down the stress level by shifting your focus point from a trouble to the new world of imaginary characters! Hence don’t get surprised when reading brings so many changes in your life.
4. Improves your level of concentration and memory
Yes, reading is a MENTAL GYM and the biggest mindfulness activity. And if you’re into a book reading, you are exercising even better! Let me explain you.
Suppose you’re reading a self-help book, bit by bit each day. Depending upon the time in hand, you read certain pages/chapters each day, put the bookmark for next day. Reading from where you left, requires you to recall what you have read earlier. Without which it would be hard to continue. Here you are linking with that part of the brain which was used to store your earlier day read. This is the best method to enhance your memory and level of concentration. This method is called spaced repetition and to understand it better check- LEARNING HOW TO LEARN by Dr. Barbara Oakley.
5. Reading to Mindfulness
Once you are focused, mindfulness is what you achieve next. Read mindfully please: First reading requires to settle you at one place for longer which is your first requirement or symptom of being in the state of mindfulness! Remember those MEDITATION sessions. You find it hard to sit and be present. On the other hand, reading makes it too easier to remain in one place and focus on just one thing. This is how reading keeps you at present state of mind.
Your brain retains chunks of book you read and in the process, the part of the brain that controls memory is stimulated resulting in a brain work out!
6. A book is your perfect sleep partner
Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading. Once you bow to reading while on the bed, you are physically relaxed and mentally de-stresses. This is how you can craft and boost a sleep environment!
This trick may prove to be a miracle when you’re extremely tired during daytime and seeking a POWER NAP! Find some cozy place to settle down with a book of your choice. Now get ready to experience a Quick Snooze.
7. Reading Books May Send You to Peaceful Heaven
This one may be a bit exaggerating but a fact in my case. I love reading forever. Other activities such as listening to music, watching a movie or an outing with friends and family also contribute to some peacefulness from a hectic day. But there is no match for reading a book. Reading in a secluded area can be the highest level of peacefulness activity!
Many great readers and writers have mentioned the importance of reading just for the sake of peace of mind!
8. Books Have the Power to Sharpen your brain
As I reiterated earlier too about how reading stimulates your brain. This stimulation plays an important role in the sharpening of your brain.
When you sharply focus on the subject and related words, you focus intensively to send your brain enough information to evoke its critical thinking abilities.
Technology has taken a front seat when it comes to learning and gaining knowledge. One that was a vital component of reading, has been pushed back in our life. We are into a frenzy of neglecting our year’s old tradition of book reading, neglecting the fact that books are steps ahead of all the technologies put together!
Reading books alone has the potential to broaden our thinking and sharpening our brain.
I apologize for not knowing the writer of these golden words:
“TODAY A READER, TOMORROW A LEADER”
Reading books can be the best form of spreading awareness about a subject. Regular reading improves our cognitive skill.
Hence, if you find yourself losing interest in reading because of your hectic schedule (with Electronics, ha…ha), don’t crush your imagination and thinking. Take an oath to be a part of this mental exercise and let your brain expand beyond the limit. Start reading today and set free your brain from the tech-grips and let it romance with the magical world of words which is full of imagination and creativity!
Anyway, do you feel motivated after knowing all the benefits of book reading? Want to start from today…now? Well, I have a list of some all-time Best Seller Books which are my personal favorite too.
Coincidentally, many of them are the self-help kind of reads.
What are self-help books- why should you read them
Self-help or self-improvement books are books first of all! Secondly, all the self-help books are written with a clear intention of helping its readers to improve some aspect of their personal or professional life.
Self-improvement books now account for at least a $2.5 billion a year industry in the U.S. alone, increasing since 1972 to at least 2.5% of the total number of books in print. Approximately one-third to one-half of adults in the U.S. have purchased a self-improvement book at least once in their lifetime. These books are certainly must read for all. After all, who doesn’t want some improvement in his/her life? Books can offer some quick solution for a most sought after problem and work as a good psychotherapist.
But, a word of caution here. Don’t be addictive and keep buying one after another. One such book, written by an author of Good Credibility, when followed as per the instructions, thereby can bring significant changes in your life. Read one book and bring things recommended there into action. Only this is the best way to help thyself! Reading without an action won’t bring all those sought-after changes.
Here I want to make this DISCLOSURE about your purchase of these books. If you click and buy a book from this page, I may earn a small commission without costing you an extra cent. I have read most of these but not all. Therefore for book description, I had to rely on Amazon completely! Now you can go ahead happily!
list of best self-help books
1. You Are a Badaas
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero:
Jen Sincero wants to help you live your best life. Hilarious and inspiring, You Are a Badass is a book for those ready to make big changes in their lives. From confronting your fears to taking risks to make money, to finding love, Sincero teaches how to become your own personal cheerleader—and kick butt doing it.
2. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck
By Mark Manson -The book presents an interesting viewpoint on the meaning of life, questioning traditional self-help gurus, consumerism, and over-obsession with positive thinking.
Most of us give up some of our ideas as we grow up, try to have a career and make money. While that’s just part of real life, it’s important you don’t hand off the steering wheel altogether. Values you don’t control are bad because they’ll be a constant source of unnecessary suffering in your life.
3. Think and grow rich
(I personally believe this one to be the mother of all self-improvement books.)
By Napoleon Hill- Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious. The object of this book is to help all who seek it to learn the art of changing their minds from failure consciousness to success consciousness.
“When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. You and every other person ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire that state of mind which will attract riches… Observe very closely, as soon as you master the principles of this philosophy, and begin to follow the instructions for applying those principles, your financial status will begin to improve, and everything you touch will begin to transmute itself into an asset for your benefit. Impossible? Not at all!”
This is one of my personal favorites among all the books in self-help category. With simple writing and clear instructions to follow, this book fulfills most of the promises made by the veteran author Napolean Hill.
5. Girls wash your face
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Be your own hero- Rachel Hollis
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for a better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
6. Choose me before we
Full of sass, soul, and the type of empowering wisdom that no woman should live without, Choosing ME before WE, is like a heart-to-heart with your closest girlfriend. And best of all, you’ll discover that your closest girlfriend is your own truest self, inside you, always ready to offer wise, loving advice about what is best for you.
Designed to challenge and guide women to create the relationships they want instead of the ones they often find themselves stuck in, this book is packed with stimulating questions to uncover what’s true for you, powerful techniques to change old habits that sabotage your dreams, and real-life experiences shared by the author, her friends, and her clients.
Author Christine Arylo, who almost married the wrong guy for all the wrong reasons, speaks to women of all ages, whether they’re seeking a relationship, evaluating a less-than-fulfilling one, rebounding from a bad breakup, or working through issues with a partner. Choosing ME before WE teaches women to stop settling, to get real about the kind of partner they’re looking for, and to start exploring and creating what they truly want in themselves and their relationships.
7. How to Win Friends & Influence People
By Dale Carnegie
- You can go after the job you want—and get it!
- You can take the job you have—and improve it!
- You can take any situation—and make it work for you!
Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you:
- -Six ways to make people like you
- -Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
- -Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
And much more! Achieve your maximum potential—a must-read for the twenty-first century with more than 15 million copies sold!
Here are some more books for you. Now, these books may not fall into the “Self-help” category. But the reason why they are recommended for you is that a maximum number of people have read these in the “year 2018”. These best sellers of 2018 are from various genre such as politics, romantic, fiction, cookbooks, and of course YOGA.
The healthy mind cookbook
Depression, ADHD, memory loss, agitation: These may seem like inevitable byproducts of modern lives spent multitasking, not getting enough sleep, and operating on digital overload. But while much of the brain’s work still remains a mystery, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the food you eat directly affects how well your brain functions. Brain health also plays a significant role in staving off diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years.
With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.
Dash Diet weight loss solution
#1 Best Seller
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER–BASED ON THE DIET RANKED “#1 BEST DIET OVERALL” BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT–FOR 8 YEARS IN A ROW!
The DASH diet isn’t just for the healthy living anymore–now it’s for healthy weight loss, too. Using the newest DASH diet research, bestselling author, foremost DASH dietitian and leading nutrition expert Marla Heller has created the most effective diet for quick-and lasting weight loss. This is the only book to bring you the latest updates for the DASH diet, integrated with the latest weight loss research, which works synergistically to maximize results. This effective and easy program includes menu plans, recipes, shopping lists, and more. Everything you need to lose weight and get healthy!
Readers will enjoy a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats/fish/poultry, nuts/beans/seeds, heart-healthy fats, and limited amounts of whole grains. Banished are the empty calories from refined grains and added sugars. The result: improved metabolism, lower body fat, improved strength, and cardiovascular fitness–with the diet plan proven to lower cholesterol and blood pressure without medication, and without counting calories!
Superior to the original DASH diet for heart health and turbocharged for weight loss.
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country―and the world―has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.
This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:
— What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
— What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
— Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
— Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
— Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
— What the secret to communicating with Trump is
— What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers
Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane
Whose Boat Is This Boat? Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane is a picture book made entirely of quotations from President Donald Trump in the wake of Hurricane Florence. It is the first children’s book that demonstrates what not to say after a natural disaster.
On September 19, 2018, Donald Trump paid a visit to New Bern, North Carolina, one of the towns ravaged by Hurricane Florence. It was there he showed deep concern for a boat that washed ashore. “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” said President Trump to hurricane victims. “Have a good time!” he told them. The only way his comments would be appropriate is in the context of a children’s book—and now you can experience them that way, thanks to the staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Whose Boat Is This Boat? is an excellent teaching tool for readers of all ages who enjoy learning about empathy by process of elimination. Have a good time!
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall by the wayside. We forget to compliment, to give gifts ‘just because,’ to linger in our embrace. The things that say ‘I love you’ seem to either not get said or not get through. This is a book about saying it—and hearing it—clearly. No gimmicks. No psychoanalyzing. Just learning to express love in your spouse’s language.
The 5 Love Languages has transformed countless relationships. Its ideas are simple and conveyed with clarity and humor, making this book practical as it is personable. You’ll be inspired by real-life stories and encouraged by its commonsense approach. reading this book feels like taking a walk with a wise friend. Applying it will forever change your relationship—starting today.
The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle
“What I love about this book is that it brings healthy ingredients to the forefront, without being snobby. The section on keto-friendly alternatives is particularly useful, and every recipe is just 6 carbs! That’s some no-brainer type of keto stuff I can get behind.”—Amanda C. Hughes, Keto Cook at WickedStuffed.com, author of Keto Life and The Wicked Good Ketogenic Diet
Eating healthier, losing weight, and trimming your waistline―no matter what your reasons for following the ketogenic diet are, starting is never as simple as it sounds. Equipping you with easy-to-follow meal plans, shopping lists, and need-to-know info about the keto lifestyle, The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners is your all-in-one resource for starting and sticking to the ketogenic diet. Key into keto and learn how good it can feel to lose weight and lead a healthy lifestyle with The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners cookbook.
The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners cookbook contains:
- 75 Easy to Follow Recipes using five main ingredients or less for every meal
- 14-Day Meal Planjump-starting your ketogenic diet with shopping lists and balanced meals
- A Complete Overview explaining the fundamentals of the ketogenic diet and advice for living the keto-lifestyle
- Handy Charts illustrating calories and nutritional information
Recipes in The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners include- Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie, Bacon-Artichoke Omelet, Chicken-Avocado Lettuce Wraps, Rosemary-Garlic Lamb Racks, Pesto Zucchini Noodles, Nutty Shortbread Cookies, and much more!
Endorsed by the Mayo Clinic and others in the medical community, the ketogenic diet has been proven as a healthy, effective way of achieving weight loss, as it consists of low-carb, high-fat foods that prompt the body to burn fat for energy instead of glucose.
Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga
The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of Yoga–the ancient healing discipline for body and mind–by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Features a foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Illustrations throughout.
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga
Bernie Clark’s The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga with illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including descriptions with photographs of 30 Yin Yoga asanas.
All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally, and mentally, however, Yin Yoga works the deeper levels of the body/heart/mind: the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones and the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system. One big difference noticed by students of Yin Yoga is the long-held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life mindfully.
Clark presents comprehensive information on how to do the practice, including a deep look inside over two dozen Yin Yoga postures showing the benefit of the pose, how to get into and out of the pose, contraindications, and warnings for those who may have trouble with particular aspects of the posture, and other important information. The benefits are explored in three main sections: the physiological benefits, the energetic benefits, and the mental/emotional benefits.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new edition of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least 4,000 years old, cover the yogic teachings on ethics, meditation, and physical postures, and provide directions for dealing with situations in daily life. The Sutras are presented here in the purest form, with the original Sanskrit and with translation, transliteration, and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, one of the most respected and revered contemporary Yoga masters. In this classic context, Sri Swamiji offers practical advice based on his own experience for mastering the mind and achieving physical, mental and emotional harmony.
Well, Friends, I tried my subtle knowledge about book reading and books themselves. Next, something is forcing me to bring in front of you a few books of my interest. I am a bit hesitant about this because these aren’t among the best sellers currently, but some evergreen, timeless classics. Please consider them with love and honor. I am sure you will fall in love with them. BUT let me warn you that these classics may take you away from the social media and your digital surroundings. Personally, I laid my hands on them prior to the smartphone era. So be prepared and spend some time with classical marvels!
One of English literature’s classic masterpieces—a gripping novel of love, propriety, and tragedy. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Emily Brontë’s only novel endures as a work of tremendous and far-reaching influence. The Penguin Classics edition is the definitive version of the text, edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor.
Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before. What unfolds is the tale of the intense love between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.
In this edition, a new preface by Lucasta Miller, author of The Brontë Myth, looks at the ways in which the novel has been interpreted, from Charlotte Brontë onwards. This complements Pauline Nestor’s introduction, which discusses changing critical receptions of the novel, as well as Emily Brontë’s influences and background.
A Farewell To Arms
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway’s frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto—of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized—is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was thirty years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
Tolstoy’s last major novel (1899) is his twilight indictment of the criminal justice and penal systems. The novel opens with the Russian prince Dmitri N. serving on a jury in a criminal trial of 3 peasants, a man, and 2 women, accused of poisoning and robbing the deceased. Prince recognizes one of the accused women, named Ms. Maslova, as a young maid he deflowered when both were teens a decade earlier during his visit to his aunts’ home. The head maid had fired Maslova, an educated peasant, after finding out she slept with the Prince. With nowhere else to turn, Maslova became a prostitute.
Although the jury finds Maslova not guilty, an error in the jury’s verdict form leaves her technically guilty of an act contributing to the death, and thus subject to mandatory imprisonment. Believing his actions directly caused Maslova’s wayward path ultimately leading to the imprisonment, Prince N sets out on a course to overturn her conviction and have her freed. In the process, he talks with numerous other prisoners and learns of much unfairness, perceived and real, both specific to cases and generally resulting from being raised in a bad environment.
Regrettably, this novel wanes about halfway through when Tolstoy “tells” much more than he “shows,” the novel becomes more of a scathing sermon, full of homilies and exhortations seeming to champion a sort of anarchist view of Christianity whereby no person can sit in judgment of any other (all of us being sinners).
Linda Goodman’s Love Signs Kindle Edition
by Linda Goodman (Author)
The 1968 publication of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs popularized astrology worldwide. Magazines and newspapers began running regular astrology columns and Goodman contributed insert articles into the mass circulation women’s magazines. An ever-increasing percentage of people knew their sign (as well as yours) and studied astrological tendencies.
Linda Goodman’s Love Signs addresses and answered the question asked by everyone familiar with astrology–how do I relate to someone of another sign? Each sign is “related” to the twelve signs of the zodiac in a different and unique way. Each section addresses the differences for a male and a female with the same sign matches.
This edition of Linda Goodman’s Love Signs has been fully updated with current references and Goodman’s magical first-person prose has been preserved so that the reading experience is as enjoyable as when this work was first published.
This ebook edition of Linda Goodman’s Love Signs is the first time that this classic work has been available in electronic format.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linda Goodman is a native of West Virginia. She popularized astrology with the publication of her book Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs in 1968, which is the only astrology book to ever appear on The New York Times bestseller list. Since then, it has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide and is the single most widely read introduction to astrology available.
Ten years after the success of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs, Goodman published Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, which answered the question posed by almost every reader of astrology–how does my sign relate and interface with the twelve other signs of the zodiac? Linda Goodman’s Love Signs was as big an international success as was Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs.
Finally, If you still need some marvelous book which is A complete Book on office yoga, comprising of chair yoga, healthy office lunch and sleep guide for millennials, this could be your right choice and so what if the author is not as renowned as all the above mentioned are ( Hey its me guys!).
Aaahaa! This is it. I still want to write and recommend more. But maybe a little bit later. Thanks a lot for accompanying up to here.! I heartily wish you get a BOOK of your choice here or anywhere else. If you got motivated to reading ( which you loved most in the past! ), show your love by sharing using the social media buttons below.