Thanks to the imagination of skilled authors, even books set in the real world can be filled with mysteries and intrigue. However, some authors are not content with simply creating characters, but prefer to also re-imagine the world's that they inhabit. The following list highlights some of the amazing universes conjured up by talented authors who were not afraid to dream big.
Looking back at 2015, it was a great year in which we saw many new authors that show a lot of promise. A couple of debut novels hit the bestseller lists and we are hoping to see many more of these in 2016. Here are our top ten debut novels for 2015 (in no particular order) - if you haven't read them yet, they come highly recommended.
A short film that will lift your mood and leave you feeling inspired. These are words that everybody needs to hear and take to heart. The animation is beautifully done and makes the words written by author and poet, Charles Bukowski, come to life.
The preferred method of reading a book for many people is curled up on the sofa or in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of tea. Let's face it, for many readers having their nose stuck in a book is much more preferable than in a flower. However, there are a couple of books that are written in such a way that one can't help but want to venture into the great outdoors after reading them.
The most interesting characters in literature are often the ones who are complex and have a likeable and unlikable side. Some readers are able to overlook a character's flaws and still love them while others end up hating a character or finding them annoying because of their personality. Here are just ten of the characters in literature that you'll either love or hate.
Thanks to e-readers you can read just about any book in public without getting strange glances from people looking at the cover and judging you. However, there are still a few books that you might be better off reading at home. These books are not only good enough that they will make you forget where you are, but will also leave you laughing out loud, shedding a few tears or reeling in shock and surprise.
Based on the Amazon best sellers for 2015, it was definitely a year where kindle ebooks got a boost from Hollywood. Out of the top ten titles, four are books that were turned into movies or are in the process of being made into movies. So far, 2016 has also been an exciting year where new releases are concerned.
Love is something that should be celebrated throughout the year, but February, the month of love, is a great time to surprise a romance lover with a lovely book. Whether your relationship is still brand new or you have been together for many years already, remind your partner how special your relationship is to you with the gift of a good book. Here are our recommendations for Valentine (and beyond):
Do you love sprawling, epic stories with complicated twists and turns? Do you enjoy books that are not afraid to get down to the nitty gritty of complex concepts? Do you prefer books with a dash of science or some high fantasy? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, chances are you are a nerd. You are also in luck as there are plenty of books that you simply should not miss out on. Chances are you've already read every J. R. R. Tolkien, Frank Herbert, George R. R. Martin and William Gibson book on the market, so what else is there? Have a look at this list to find out.
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