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.
If you aspire to become a writer, then you must have thought about taking that courageous first step and sending your manuscript to a publishing house. Even though you probably nurture a sincere and intimate relationship with the written word and you dream of making it big, very often the publishing business is exactly that – a business. It’s hard to make it in a world of renowned authors, but there is always a place for you if you have a good story to tell. For this weekend’s reading, we have prepared for you a list of five best-selling books that were initially turned down (or repeatedly turned down!) by publishing houses. May they stand as a true inspiration and a reminder that you should never quit!
Many great artists have been connected to some sort of mental illness, and this has been a topic of debate for centuries. The act of creation is associated with an abnormal state of mind: during periods of inspiration, the mind is very tense and can experience a state that is borderline neurotic. Since ancient times, it has been thought that one can never be a brilliant artist without being prone to melancholy or depression, or at least have a deep need for time alone and quiet contemplation. Some say that is just a mystification of the artistic personality, but nonetheless studies have shown that people who are artists are more likely to have mental issues than other people. There is something very peculiar in many artists that cannot be defined – a uniqueness that allows them to create outstanding art by reaching higher spheres of knowledge and perceiving ordinary things in a new, extraordinary way. For this weekend’s reading we have prepared a list of works by five amazing authors who suffered from mental illness, and you can be the judge if this is reflected it their writings.
Travel season is here! Great weather invites us to enjoy road trips, which are great since they broaden the meaning of traveling: it is never just about the destination, but rather about the journey itself. Reading during a road trip can be a spiritual experience: there is something magical in the combination of exploring new places, moving onward while the landscape passes before your eyes, and reading a great book. Not all literature is suitable for this type of journey. Books with heavy themes are usually not the way to go. With summer travel in mind we have prepared a list of five books that can really help you to make the best of your trip! Three of them you can read on your own, but the last two can actually become a fun group activity.