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The Power of Knowledge of Books

In no other way can a person travel to as many cities, worlds, and countries as quickly as through the pages of a book. Books magically transport readers on adventures they would normally never encounter. While opening the mind to a plethora of possibilities, the written work can also impart knowledge to those who seek it.

Because of the limitlessness of books, a reader can be easily transported to entirely new lands just by opening the cover. The written word can describe an entirely new realm where dragons speak and pixies rule. Other stories transport can transport the reader to real places on the planet, allowing them to walk the emerald green hills of Ireland while not leaving the comfort of their favorite chair. Nothing in the world has the power to spark the imagination quite like the written word.

Through the pages of a book, readers become conscious of others around them. Books have been known to open the eyes of those who peruse the pages to the plight of the less fortunate. Through these pages readers are opened to the conditions of the characters and their lives. This, in turns, shines a light on the pain and anguish that can be felt by someone living as the personalities in the story.

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Must Read Motivational Books

Motivational books inspire and help those who might not be able to get help any other way. By definition they are designed to motivate the reader to make some sort of change in the way he lives, works, or behaves. With so many to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start. In order to help, here are some of the best motivational books of all times.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is known as one of the first motivational books ever to hit the market. Published in 1936, it has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. It was revised in 1981, offering updated language and reducing the number of sections from six to four.

In this book, Carnegie details techniques on handling people, ways to make people like you, how to change people without offending others, and steps to win others to your way of thinking. Over three quarters of a century later, it is still one of the most talked about motivational books available.

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Best Books for Your Health

Health books are not just about eating right. While having a healthy diet is important, it is not the end all and be all of health aspects. In order to live a lifestyle that works to the benefit of your body you need to cover fitness as well. To help, here are some of the best health related books on the market.

The End of Overeating

David Kessler, former head of the Food and Drug Administration, wrote The End of Overeating to help people understand how to change their relationship with food. Instead of simply pointing out the dangers of eating poorly, he approaches the information like a scientist. He shows readers why there are cravings for sugar, fat, and salt. Throughout the pages of the book he shows how relationships with certain foods form and how many Americans have become obsessed with food.

Like all addictions, breaking the bad food habit is not easy. Kessler takes the time to not only explain the relationships and why they are bad, but he also shows readers how to overcome the problem. There is a reward process and change can’t take place overnight, but it can be done.

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Fitness books that give a new weight loss perspective

While Kindle readers, tablets, netbooks and notebooks have advanced features that make reading a wonderful experience, they cannot give you the satisfaction and joy of reading a paperback. Whatever a book deals with, whether it is an inspiring tale of an underdog or the latest weight loss secret or a delicious and lip smacking recipe-filled cookbook, you will find that it grabs attention and gives all those gadgets a run for their money.

So in line with this thought, we have compiled a few fitness books you are sure to find informative and interesting to read. When you find yourself with plenty of time on your hands waiting for your doctor’s consult or the next flight at the airport, here are some books that would chase away the boredom and give inspiration and a pure fun read.

The Fit Bottomed Girl’s Anti-Diet

This is the latest in the line of books that guide you into eating healthy foods and getting fit minus the negativity, which engulfs the diets that top the charts now. The authors – Erin Whitehead and Jennipher Walters give a new insight into getting fit with their healthy living mantra.

If you hate the sight of the salads and gyms then this book is for you. It gives you the freedom to nibble (not binge!) on your favorite foods and even connect to your inner mind to get an all-round benefit. Although the name may sound like this is an all-female book, it’s concepts are universal and suit men too.

The Body Book

Although many are skeptical about fitness and health related books, being backed by celebrities fortunately this book is an exception to the rule. Cameron Diaz gives a well-organized and ultimate maintenance guide for fitness, which is sure to help your fitness goals. The book doesn’t deal with any particular diet or exercise but gives plenty of information on the physical wellbeing. I generally complement my fitness exercises and diet with regular grappling dummy wrestling sessions. I also read books like this one by Diaz, which spells out the facts behind the fitness and diet choices we make.

The Big Fat Surprise

Written by Nina Teicholz, this book has spurred on a nutritional debate nationally with its take on fat products such as eggs, dairy and meat. The author has done deep research on the nutrition science history in America uncovering newer and revolutionary concepts with ease and precision.

The book reveals the surprising and unfortunate turn of events, which have led to sugar, carbohydrates and vegetable oils taking over the void left by shunning saturated fats. The author terms this as, ‘The snackwell’s-ification’ of American food. While you may have been impressed upon for years about the bad impact of animal fats reading this book will surely help you get a clear perspective on the nutritive value of animal fats.

Foodist

This book is a safe harbor for those who are looking to lose weight in a rational way. The book focuses on ‘health style’ coined by its author Darya Rose. This term refers to the various actions and behaviors that are related to the exercises, food and other treatments your body is exposed to. The book focuses on the cumulative effect of your habits and with its forgiving and flexible approach guides you into getting a lasting change in a positive way.

Top books on beauty care

Top books on beauty careI had attended a party recently with a few of my friends. The host had recently started a beauty salon. He had been training for the business for quite some time and had just finished his nail technician course, as it was the latest craze in beauty business.

While we were talking about the trends in beauty and how technology had changed the beauty industry, our host said that there were moments when he would get stuck in a beauty rut and he would not know how to proceed from there on. I said to him that just like there are books about techniques and tips in various other fields there are books on beauty that help you gain knowledge and improve your technique.

Whether you are just starting out on your beauty business, or are a pro at it, you need the guidance to be updated, and learn about new things. Here are some of the best books on beauty that will help you get a handle on your job and do it better.

  1. Bobby Brown Makeup Manual

Bobby Brown is well known for her makeup line and is simply amazing with her beauty care. This book from her will help you find some very useful and handy hints, so you get the right grasp of beauty care.

  1. The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secret

We all look up to celebrities and try to emulate them and this is more so when it comes to beauty and fashion. For those who like to follow in the footsteps of their favorite celebs and catch up on the latest in makeup and beauty tips, this book is the right choice. It has all you want to know about your top favorite stars in Hollywood.

  1. Seventeen 500 Beauty Tips

This book is filled with a huge treasure trove of beauty tips and advice that you’ll find tremendously useful. This is not only for those who own beauty salons, but for individuals who want new methods and tips on makeup and other beauty care tips.

  1. The Makeup Artist Handbook Second Edition

This book is entirely about all the different makeup techniques present. You can become an expert overnight with the book to guide you on the intricacies involved in makeup

  1. Lauren Conrad Beauty

This book from Lauren Conrad, the reality TV celebrity, has some really good advice on beauty that you should not miss out on. She has certainly amassed quite a bit of knowledge from her stint at Laguna Beach.

  1. Cosmo’s Sexiest Beauty Secrets

This book is a refreshing change from the usual Cosmo tips that dwell mostly on flirty tips. You get to read some incredible tips on how to look beautiful and gorgeous!

  1. Making Faces

This book is full of artfully crafted watercolor sketches that number over 60. You get a complete and comprehensive guide on creating different looks.

  1. Makeover Beauty Bible: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations

This bible on beauty has some inspiring photos of before and after makeup that will have you awestruck!

Tips on Improving Your Reading Skills

Tips on Improving Your Reading Skills-People these days just don’t understand what a big deal it was when Johannes Gutenberg created the first printing press and made the mass distribution of books, newspaper and other media possible. For the first time in recorded history, the common man could get access to literature – no longer were books created solely by hand, a painstaking process that meant most written works were beyond the means to afford for anyone except the gentry. We’ve had several centuries since then to pick up on the idea, but some people still struggle with reading. Here are some tips on how you can improve your own reading skills.

First and foremost, the most important thing about this is not to take offense. Literacy is somewhat of a given in the first world and when people hear their reading skills could use improvement, it’s only natural that some of them are insulted. But reading is a skill. It’s not something people are born knowing how to do and like other skills, it’s something people can get better at doing, with consistent effort. That’s the first tip, too; don’t stop reading. When you find words, phrases and other content you struggle with, you should push forward and keep going, not get disconcerted and stop. Practice makes perfect, after all.

Travel books inspire your imagination, don’t they? They tell about foreign lands, exotic places, peoples and cultures, foods and drinks you’ve never tasted before in your life and much, much more. Of course, if you don’t enjoy traveling, you probably won’t get a kick out of books devoted to the topic. For everyone else though, travel books make a nice, neutral kind of reading material. They’re fun to read, they contain interesting concepts you don’t already know and they’re easily found. These three factors together make travel books great reads, both for entertainment purposes and improving your reading comprehension.

Reading about a topic that interests you can take a lot of the boredom out of reading and give you something you’re actually excited to be looking over with your eyes – something you’re much more likely to pay closer attention to, at that. Whatever information you could glean from such a source would just be a nice secondary bonus to the practice you get in reading. You should read some health books, because why not? It’s a topic everyone should know more about and it’s something where more information can only benefit the reader, never hurt them.

Besides this though, you might want to consider reading out loud, either for an audience or alone in a quiet place. Naturally, you’ll get better practice if you read out loud for others who can hear you, since they’ll be right there to provide feedback for you as you work your way through one passage or another. This can help you learn how to pronounce some difficult words, which will in turn give you a better understanding of some words and phrases you may see in other content. Did you know pneumonia has no P sound in it at all?

To take this point further, you should read books which are progressively more difficult, rather than several easy and simple texts in succession. You may wonder why and the answer is plain: you don’t improve your skills, not any skills, by doing something so easy it’s elementary to you. You only become better at something by engaging in practice sessions which challenge your body or mind, whichever part of you that skill depends upon. Start with simple books and work your way up to the more difficult stuff, and soon you’ll be reading better than anyone else around you.

When trying to improve at anything, I personally recommend reading motivational books, to stay dedicated. These can be specifically related to the skill you want to improve, or they could just be books meant to make the reader feel good. There are numerous tales of those who struggled with literacy, only to champion the skill and eventually write books about the ordeal. These would make nice books to add to the collection of anyone who has a hard time with reading and writing. Some people will tell you motivational books and speakers are a waste of time; I am not one of those people.

Speaking of motivation, different people will learn the same materials better in different ways, sometimes. What I mean is, some of us prefer to see written examples while others would rather hear the information relayed via voice, rather than reading it on a page. Still others would rather get their hands dirty, so to speak, physically interacting with what it is they are trying to understand. Because people learn in different ways, you might consider finding some books on tape or other recorded readings to supplement your physical books. These could help you to better understand difficult concepts.

You might also want to consider taking a class or two if you can’t seem to get the results you want working on your own. Checking with any technical or trade schools in or around your town is probably the best first step. Private tutoring can also be found, though I couldn’t begin to tell you where to look for that, or if the people you find in a particular place would actually be of any help to you at all. If you need help, there’s nothing wrong with asking for it – and an impartial third party, such as a teacher, could be just what you need to figure out where you are struggling in particular.

All of these tips for improving your reading skills are tried and true, tested over time by literally millions of different people who have struggled to read and comprehend throughout history. These techniques have always worked and as far as reading goes, they will likely continue to work as we move forward as a people. Finding the best technique for you as an individual is really the toughest part. If the first method you try doesn’t do it for you, don’t stop! Keep trying, utilizing other methods, until you find the way which works best for you.

Books about Longboarding

Books about Longboarding-If you can imagine it, the odds are high someone else has already imagined it too – and put it down inside of a book on top of that. There are books for everything, from cooking to cleaning, sewing to shooting, running to reading. Yes, there are even books that teach people how to read, just some of the myriad textbooks available out there.

Today I want to talk about books on longboarding. A longboard is just like a skateboard except a little longer and not quite as wide. They’re great for long distance riding due to increased stability, but not so good for trick riding because their shape makes them more likely to break.

Matt Berger’s Handmade Skateboard is a nice read for longboard enthusiasts. It is a definitive guide covering such topics as how to build your own custom deck, whether that be standard skateboard size, longboard length or even something else, like a pinstripe cruiser. It tells about how to fix wheels, the proper screws and bolts to use and more. If you’re more of a do it yourself kind of rider who would likely prefer making your own board to buying one from a store, this book is definitely worth a read.

Rodney Mullen wrote The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself. Despite the obviously humorous name, there’s very little humor between the covers of this book, which covers serious topics like rider safety, tumbling and more. Not only will this book teach you what to wear while riding and how to fall when the invariable accident comes along, but it will also be a great conversation starter with any other riders you might meet. Rodney Muller is famous in skateboarding for bringing the Ollie to the sport – that’s the kick move where the board travels through the air rather than on the ground.

Jay Boy is a book about the Z Boys, a famous group of skaters that fresh blood are still taking inspiration from today. It covers the styles and histories of some of the greatest skaters in the history of the sport, all while keeping up a nice and even pace. While this won’t teach you so much about how to interact with your longboard, it will give you a horde of information about the sport – where it’s been, where it is now and where it’s expected to go in the future. This is a nice enough book but tracking down a copy can be a painful and expensive process.

It really does amaze me sometimes what kind of information people will put into a book. That said, you’ve probably got enough knowledge to write a book of your own without realizing it. What’s one of your favorite things to do? Or, more accurately, what’s something you enjoy doing that you also know like the back of your hand? Publishing has changed a lot in the last decade and now more than ever before, independent people are creating books and sharing information with the world. You, too, can get it on this.

Best Books On Golf And Golfing Equipment

Best Books On Golf And Golfing Equipment-Golf is one of the most misunderstood games, as many consider it to be a sport for the elite. However, learning more about it can go a long way in changing this perception and getting more people on the greens. This is exactly what this article is aimed to do,  by listing some of the best publications on the game. And in case you’ve been wondering just how to swing when hitting the ball, this is also for you.

Ben Horgan’s Five Lessons

Ben Horgan remains one of the greatest swingers and golfers of all time. Who else is best placed to guide you on how to swing than the master himself. In this book, which is a must-have for all aficionados, he uses five lessons in which he emphasizes the power of a grip and how exactly to be positioned for a perfect strike.

One important thing he talks of is the swing arch, and how to maintain a continuous swing plane. Beginners would find this book especially useful in learning the basics of the game.

Play Golf to Learn Golf by Michael Hebron

Nobody learns by sitting back but by being involved in the details. This adage also applies to golf just as it would apply to a biochemistry student.

As the title alludes, Michael encourages the in-depth involvement of a golfer, an instructor and any involved party. This will include, playing the game, following the game, researching on all its intricacies (like finding most valuable golf rangefinder) and yes even having a meal over golf. The book advocates for the attachment to the game even to divine proportions.

Rules of Golf

This cannot go without mention. It is an accredited publication under the auspices of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the United States Golf Association.

It seeks to offer guidelines on the game and even the from the amateur to the professional level. It stipulates the etiquettes and use of the golfing equipment which majorly are the golfing clubs and ball. Fairness and the use of insight are key principles that govern golf.

The Search for the Perfect Driver by Tom Wishon

This still remains one of the simplest and easy to comprehend book on everything about golfing equipment. It also employs a free flowing conversational tone that endears so well to a reader’s understanding.

It expounds on the use of the clubs, club heads, shafts, their design and performance in a very concise and well detailed manner.

12 Myths that would Wreck your Golfing Game

This is another book by Tom Wishon that highlights on the various myths that exist in the sport. It is absurd to believe that the farther your driver is, the farther your ball will roll. This book sheds light on all these misconceptions in a very engaging manner.

The next time you step on to a golf course, after reading one or more of these books, be assured that your tee will be improved. And for an even better experience, you can find a review of great rangefinders at RangefinderAdvice. Now let’s get back to the digging and practice, shall we?

Learning To Play The Piano

Learning To Play The Piano-As a musician or simply a music enthusiast, one of the most valuable skills you can learn is how to play the piano. There are several volumes written on the topic. However, finding the best among these can be a challenge to most people. In this article, we have simplified this work for you by providing an in-depth description of some of the most effective books for learning how to play the piano. Move on to the next paragraphs to learn more.

Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Book

Hal Leonard is one of the biggest players in the publishing of music books. With several years’ experience, they are the producers of some of the best books for learning to play pianos, not only at the beginner but also at advanced stages.

There are several perks that come with using a Hal Leonard book for learning pianos. These include:

  • They provide the learner with several introductory topics such as the piano geography, sitting positions and piano fingering, thus preparing the learner enough before the actual reading.
  • The books are accompanied by CDs and music from different composers, thus providing the learner with a full range of learning options which gives them the chance to achieve great results.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Musical Theory

Although you might be a bit embarrassed or by this book’s title, it is one of the most effective tools for learning piano for those who are not trained in it. Although the book is not written specifically for learning piano, there are several reasons why this book should be on the shelf of any piano learner. Some of these are:

  • The book dedicates a sizeable number of pages to explaining musical theory in simple language that is understandable even to non-experts. This goes a long way to preparing them to understand the theory specific to piano.
  • The book is easy to understand and therefore is a great utility for teaching yourself the piano. This enables one to keep learning without even the assistance of an expert.

Ultimate Beginner Series

For those who want to fast track the process of learning how to play the piano, this is the book to go for. This is because it has a number of features which makes it one of the best guides for aspiring virtuosos.

Chief among these is the fact that it includes text and DVD guides that enable you to jump right into all the aspects of the art of piano playing. With these, you will be able to learn about the chords, playing with both hands, etc. And for a review of great beginner and advanced digital pianos, you can visit this website.

Piano Adventures by Faber Music

This list could not be complete without including this book. Published by one of the most reputable music publishers in the world, it takes the learner through what has appropriately been described as an adventure around the piano.

It provides the learner with well-detailed information on all the aspects of playing the piano thus enabling them to become excellent players within a short period of time. 

More Must Read Books for Fitness and Health

More Must Read Books for Fitness and HealthParticipating in physical activity regularly improves our weight, tones our muscles and boosts our present and future health levels. Fitness and healthy diet guide us towards an optimal level of wellbeing. When we improve our lifestyle, health gets a new lease of life, and the sickness, and disease we are exposed to reduce markedly. Being healthy and fit is a dynamic state, which we need to strive to maintain.

Here are some important books on fitness and health, which give you guidance on the right fitness, and health related choices you need to make. While some of them deal with particular physical sporting activity like boxing and its benefits, others stress on the importance of training, diet and keeping weight under control.

  1. ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is one of the most reputed fitness organizations and a book from them is certain to enlighten you on the right way to health and fitness. This book gives a great compilation of works done by leading researchers.

  1. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance – McGill

Most of us suffer from pain in the lower back region. Improper posture and in sufficient diet and physical activity are some of the reasons for pain in the back. This book gives an anatomical description of spine and its related parts and on the best training methods to gain good fitness and better performance while training.

  1. Strength and Conditioning

This book is about the basic structure of muscles and motor units and explains about genetic and biomechanical concepts in strength and conditioning of muscles and their practical applications. While all the information may seem mindboggling, the details are some of the best in depth information you can ever get on exercise and its effects on your body.

  1. Principles and Practice of Resistance Training

This is focused on resistance training and all aspects of fitness related to it. The textbook takes on bodybuilding with vigor and goes to the extent of naming it as competitive sport.

  1. Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Techniques

Mixed martial arts help in training you with the important lifesaving fighting skills. The book has a complete manual for modern fighters complete with protective gear to be used while fighting. The book gives a detailed explanation of all the vital MMA fighting methods and the situations where they can be used effectively.

  1. Better Each Day: 365 Expert Tips for a Healthier, Happier You

This book gives tips on a healthy diet given by experts in the field including fitness professionals, nutritionist, top doctors and psychologists. The book is for smart and busy people in search of wellness tips.

  1. The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain

This book on Paleo diet gives all information you need on the popular Paleo method. The book stresses on decreasing the daily starchy carbohydrate intake and increasing the lean protein, nutrient rich vegetables, whole fruits and healthy fat consumption. This promotes weight loss and better health and fitness.

Travelling Tips and Travel Books You Should Read

Travelling Tips and Travel Books You Should ReadTravelling widens our outlook and exposes us to different kinds of cultures, food and languages. Most countries encourage international tourism as it boosts their economies largely. However, even in the most popular travel destinations, travelers run the risk of becoming victims to criminals and thieves who steal their luggage, jewelry and other valuables.

The best way to travel is through reputed travel agencies and in groups. Knowing the tradition of the place you are visiting would help in having a better travel experience. Suitable and well-stitched clothes, proper footwear and light luggage are important requisites you should take care of while travelling. Here are some top travel books that have attracted attention worldwide

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

This book creates great impact on young and old alike with its attention-grabbing tale. An avid reader may well take up to hitch hiking permanently. The book is a series on the trips of Kerouac and his pals across America in the post-World War II era.

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

This a great work by Laurie Lee who has also authored the work Cider with Rosie. In this book, Lee narrates his voyages in the 1930s from Cotswolds’ to Spain via London with just a violin and adventurous spirit as company. The book is poetic, whimsical and thrilling. You are hooked to the story right from the very beginning.

Coasting by Jonathan Raban

This is a story about the author who travels 4000 miles around Britain with just a compass and a ketch of 32-foot length. The book is a reflection of Raban’s life where he moves from one job to another all around the world. He says that at the first sign of trouble he shifted and moved where the tide took him.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

This book takes you to a tour of the United States in the 1960s along with John Steinbeck and Charlie, his French poodle. The book is full of charming descriptions of the people and landscapes of the country. Alongside the cheerful scenery the bleakness revealed in the Deep South region show the extent of change the nation has undergone in the past century.

The Beach by Alex Garland

This is a backpacker’s tale, which had been adapted into a film later on. The books served as an inspiration for many to travel Far East and embrace the pleasures that travel alone can provide.

While travelling has its own benefits, there are certain preparations you need to do to make it hassle free and enjoyable. Here are some tips that will help you in your travels.

  • A hat – a knit one for winter and a brimmed hat for summer helps to keep you warm and protected from the elements.
  • Having a portable sewing machine comes in handy on long trips to mend your favorite dress or any other mending that you need importantly during the trip like a tear in your backpack, a torn sock etc.
  • First aid kit with all emergency medications like painkillers, antiseptic cream and bandages is must
  • A collapsible water bag will save you a lot on the bottled water you buy along the way

The rule of thumb while travelling is to pack as little as you can without skipping out on the necessities.