5 Interesting and Unexpected Books to Improve Your Business

Source by Ursula Jorch

One of the largest and most substantial shifts in my business was prompted by a book. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor described the shift in her world view after a stroke.

While I gratefully did not have a stroke, her book affirmed a similar shift I underwent when I sold my house and most of my marriages and became an intentional nomad. That was the catalyst for my business coaching adventure. A wild and wonderful ride that I'm still on!

That's why reading broadly is a great thing. You never know what great new idea will come to you when you read that Asterix comic book or that biography of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Here are 5 books that you'll likely never read on a business book list. They are books that significantly changed my business for the better. They could do the same for you!

1. Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story by Gail Larsen

Not your usual book about speaking, Gail's book is not in any way a conventional how-to for better PowerPoint slides or overcoming stage fright. It takes you on a journey that will help you clarify your core message and the impact that you want to have. You can be a passionate visionary. When you articulate your message authentically, you'll have far more impact after this deep exploration within.

2. Time Warrior: How To Defeat Procrastination, People-pleasing, Self-doubt, Over-commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos by Steve Chandler

Whew! That title is a tall order for a short book. This is not the usual time management book. Its fresh approach takes you from fear of the future. That thing you have not gotten done. That issue that you're really sure how much to be scared about because you do not even want to go there. Instead, Steve encourages you to go non-linear, to take action, right now, in short chapters that provoke quick response. That switch from thinking to action will change your relationship to your time.

3. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

OK, true – Elon Musk is a business person and the book that talks about his business. Also true – reading biographies of successful business people is valuable.

For this list of out-of-the-box books, though, and what makes this book unique is hearing about how this guy thinks. Calling him innovative does not even begin to cover it. Elon makes connections you would not expect, something I hope that reading these books will do for you!

Even more important, he is willing to take action on them. No brilliant idea of ​​yours or mine will matter if we do not take action.

Finally, Elon thinks big. He treats putting people on Mars with the same matter-of-fact problem solving as he does solar roof tiles. He is not held back by fears that his vision is 'too big'.

Check out the book – you'll never think of your business the same way again.

4. The Surrender Experiment: My Journey Into Life's Perfection by Michael Singer

Oprah's Emmy award-winning SuperSoul Sunday guest and also author of The Untethered Soul , Michael Singer describes his experience of deep surrender to life. He decided to accept whatever came his way and stop letting his life be dictated by fears or even desires.

Through this practical spirituality, he created the environment for spiritual freedom and outer success, creating a billion dollar company in the process. Reading this book, you may look at your own life in a very different way.

5. The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony

I feel a deep connection to elephants. Tears spontaneously run down my face when I see them in the wild. Elephants have an amazing ability to communicate and form connections.

In this book, the late animal conservationist Lawrence Anthony takes you into a heartwarming, funny, and poignant experience of his own with elephants. When Lawrence died, the elephants in this book freely traveled to his house and standing vigil for him. They knew. They wanted to pay homage. Their connection to Lawrence was deep.

Elephants made me rethink the way I connect with my community. Your business is built on connections. You can not do without them. What you do with them is always open to innovation. This book will help you look at connections and how to nurture them with new eyes.

Who you become as you reach for your goals is crucial to helping you achieve them. I encourage you to check out these books. They'll provoke your thinking and may just inspire you to grow in new ways and create something great in your business!

Books to Carry on Your Spanish Summer Holidays

Source by Paul Smith

Sporadically we need to hit the reset button on our lives. We all love taking a break especially in the summers. From feral beaches to alluring mountains to picturesque villages to mouth-watering food and cider – who wants to lose out on an opportunity to indulge in a few good reads?

This holiday, dip yourself with the top recommendations for books that would keep you occupied under the summer sun.

City of Sorrows by Susan Nadathur

In this well timed novel, the author – Susan Nadathur leaves you with a thought on relationships, prejudice which is enlivened by her personal experiences in life. If you desire to learn the Spanish Gypsy culture, this is a go to book. The story originates in India, and takes the readers to splendid Seville, Spain – where three men from different walks of life forgather on a path that could either save or destroy them. The author has done a brilliant job in creating characters, portraying clashes of culture keeping intact a common string of ‘human’.

A Rose For Winter- Travels in Andalusia by Laurie Lee

A perfect travelogue, Lee leaves us with an imaginative re-creation of Spain in 1950. This read will give you an insight on the daily lives, customs, and festivals – an aura of the past. This book is written with utmost precision, and imparts gusto and glory at the same time. Ensure you indulge in some wine and olives while you enjoy this novel.

Then. Now. Always by Isabelle Broom

Broom gives us an unmarred read for this summer -an enchanting story with an unexpected ending. A story of friendship and relationship, with humour and great characters. The book focuses on Hannah, who works in a Media production team, and is travelling to Spain with her colleagues to film a documentary. Unforeseen events take place, when her half-sister turns up, out of the blue.

Stirring descriptions which will want you to turn every page, and make you feel like you are in Spain!

The Seamstress by Maria Dueñas

Love, war, tragedy and adventure- All under one cover! If you like a read with twists and turns-this one is for you. A story about a self-made woman, Sara, who was left impecunious by her lover, Ramiro. Sara sews for a living in Morocco, as she is unable to return to Madrid due to a raging war. The writing is typical of its time, which seamlessly combines romance and history.

On Pilgrimage by Jennifer Lash

If you are an avid reader of pilgrimage books, this is a remarkable travel memoir.’On Pilgrimage’ is a story of an incredible journey of Lash through France to Spain over a period of time, after learning she had cancer. The author travels to places of contemporary Christian pilgrimage. Lash leaves her family of six children aged between 10 and 17 and a husband, for several weeks to travel solitary. She gives her candid views on the places she visits and the people she meets.This is an insightful story about spiritual discovery, humbly written.

There is no greater joy for book lovers to find the perfect holiday book. Start to read the moment you sit on that airplane, windows down, reading lights on and you’re set on an exciting journey, literally.

Run Away, Best Seller Books on Relationships May Be a Fraud

Source by Howard Coffey

If you’ve lost your ex, the run away best seller books on relationships may be a complete fraud. This article is an attempt to show you how you might choose the best books on relationship building.

Why is it the run away best seller books on relationships may be a fraud for you? Because some of these books are written by someone who has never been in the trenches, so the author is only spouting words from the theories learned in college.

So the first thing you need to watch out for is the author with the fancy letters after his/her name. These authors may be practicing their theory on you. They probably never experienced a broken relationship; therefore, how can he/she give you advice? Does their “expert knowledge” really work in the real world?

Instead, look for books on relationships by authors who have used their knowledge to fix their own relationship. This author has either fixed his own relationship, or he has put bad relationships back together for his friends. The relationships he fixes aren’t therapy patients paying for 50 minute hours. These relationships are for people the author knows and cares deeply about.

Next, look for books whose bottom line is “Put the relationship aside for 30 days, take two aspirin and call me after that period of time. Most of your “save your relationships” eBooks are just that. Basically, they contain 50 pages of fluff that don’t deserve your attention or money.

Instead of this kind, find an eBook that will give you new information that your friends haven’t already told you.

Maybe the book should tell you what women really want the most. Maybe it should give you a step by step guide about how to give it to her. Look to see if this book will give you specific techniques to get relief from your pain.

Finally, check out the ones recommending the book. Were these testimonials written by the author or his second cousin?

You’re looking for books on relationships that are recommended by a wide variety of people. Look for people from all walks of life. Does the eBook work to fix relationships for someone from Kansas and the other from England?

Because books on relationships are on the run away best seller list doesn’t mean they aren’t a fraud. Most of them haven’t been written by someone who has experienced loss. Finding the right book or eBook on relationships takes work. Everything about relationships is work. Invest your money and time on the very best one.

Distinction Between Digital Books and eBooks

Source by Achal Mehrotra

A digital book and an eBook may appear to be similar but are way too much different from one another. Many people are still unaware of the differences and tend to confuse one with the other one. Practically they need to know the difference of both the book and in that order we are writing down this article. This article will give them the necessary knowledge and they will be able to differentiate between the two types of books.

Digital books

Digital books are available in PDF forms. They are commonly referred to as the electronic books. They may be published, scanned, or printed. They are the soft copies or their original harder counterparts. Most of us read them and are much in love with them.

The current and the newer versions of the books are much like the original ones, while the older ones are much better to the original hard prints. Unlike the paper prints the pages of the digital books do not grow yellowish; neither have they compromised with the quality of reading. The scanned page of the books does not pretend that they are copied versions, so, there can be no staining on the digital books, nor colored papers or any such things.

One can buy these books from the various online shopping platforms available now. The advantage of opting for these books is that they are much cheaper than the hard covered paper books.

eBooks

The basic difference between an eBook and a digital book is that the former is written for the web. Most of the eBooks are not published specifically like the digital books are. Although they are similar in outlook yet they are much different in this way.
The eBooks are generally written on a short notice. The expenses are also much less and the most probable expense is of distribution. Most of the books are short and are under 50 pages.

These books can be referred to as self-help books. Historical notes are also found in the form of eBooks. These books are not important for elementary literary values, but only concentrates of several facts, ideas or any instructions.

Another part is that these books are affordable, often available free of cost though the information they contain can be much useful to people. Although they found in the PDF forms, yet are not anywhere near the digital books as these deals in pure facts or information based content.

Seven Steps to Brainstorm Ideas for an E-Book

Source by Irene Roth

Would you like to write e-books but you can not think of any topics to write about? If you do, you're not alone!

Many writers struggle to find ideas about which to write an e-book. You may think you are not knowledgeable to write e-books. Or, you may think that you can not possibly write an e-book because you do not have enough material to write about. If you feel this way, this article is for you.

After writing well over 50 books and e-books, I must say that I have mastered the idea of ​​generating topics for e-books. In this article, I will offer you seven doable and simple steps to generate ideas for e-books.

1. Determine your level of expertise. What are you good at? What do you do for a living? Are you a wife, mother and career person? Can you generate ideas based on those areas of your life?

There is a lot of ideas we can generate for e-books from our life. Even if you are a wife and mother, you can write about aspects of motherhood that will give you readers and buyers of your book.

2. Start a new notebook. Write "Brainstorming Notebook for E-books" on the cover. Then start listing all the areas of your life where you can write informative e-books. For instance, here is my list: wife, writer, researcher, professor, gardener, owner of pets, and prolific reader.

3. Then choose one area that you could write e-books about right away without much research. Your best choice will be the topic that you can generate at least 10 ideas about pretty quickly.

For instance, when I started writing e-books, I was a writer and researcher. I wrote on different academic topics. So, I knew how to write and how to set up a writing schedule so that I would be most successful despite teaching full time.

4. Turn to a new page in your notebook. Write down which topic you most want to write e-books about. Brainstorm ten to twenty ideas about that area in your life. It may take you a few days or a week to generate ideas. Take your time and have fun generating ideas.

5. Turn to a new page in your notebook. Choose a topic that is secondary interest to you, such as a hobby. Brainstorm ten to twenty ideas about that area in your life. Again, it may take you a few days or a week to generate ideas. So, take your time and have fun generating ideas.

6. Turn to a new page in your notebook. Brainstorm other topics that you would love to research and that you know if you did the research you would love to find out more about. Write all these topics down in your notebook.

7. Go back to your first list of primary ideas. Choose a topic that you would like to write about that you know a lot about. Turn to a new page in your notebook. Write that topic down across the top of the page and outline your notebook in point form.

And there you have it. Follow these steps, and you should have thirty or more topics to write e-books about. Now that is a lot of material that you can write about, is not it?

How to Write a Bestseller in 40 Days Or Less

Source by Steven Chabotte

Are you an aspiring author? Do you ever dream of writing a best selling book and getting all the notoriety and riches that come with it? Wait no more. "How to Write a Bestseller in 40 Days or Less!" by Barbara DeBolt is a complete step by step guide to writing a bestseller in 40 days or less.

Bestsellers as Formula Books

The promise behind the books is that best sellers are nothing more than formula books. A formula book is a book that fits a certain pattern – A happens before B which happens before C but at the same time as D and so on. In fact, if you read a large number of best selling novels in a particular genre – say adventure novels like Clive Cussler and the like, you will notice that they all follow a certain rhythm. You would expect the rhythm of a certain author to be fairly consistent but if you read 10 best selling authors in that genre, you will find that the rhythm / the pattern of the books by all of them are almost identical.

The Book

"How to Write a Bestseller in 40 Days or Less!" walks you through a particular formula used in best sellers for a variety of sizes of books – from 40,000 words up to 625,000 words. It breaks down the books into the specific flows that need to be followed and what percentage of the book should be related to each of these flows. It is an appropriate guide, a recipe if you will, for writing a fictional best seller.

It states that each book should roughly have the following sections (all of which must be presented at exactly the right point in the book and for the appropriate number of pages to give maximum impact.)

  • Introduction of characters and the mood of the book
  • The main issue / theme of the book – what is going on
  • A strong development of the main character and the theme
  • Turning point – an event happens to the main character that wraps that character into the theme
  • The hero begins to mold himself or herself to the events at hand
  • The hero becomes completely committed to solving the issue
  • All heck breaks loose – chaos
  • The hero gets a grip on all these loose ends and begin to pull them together
  • The wind down – loose ends are all tied together and the conclusion is reached – with occasional hints of left over bits that can be wrapped into a sequel.

Obviously, there is a lot more to writing a better seller than just following this formula but chances are your fiction work will not become a best seller if it does not follow this formula pretty close.

How to Proceed

If you are serious about writing a best seller or even just a darn good novel, I'd recommend getting this book and reading it. It is a quick read. Including all the formulas, it is only a bit over 100 pages. After you read it, pick up a best seller and find the formula that most closely matches the length of the book and start reading the book. Make notations on a piece of paper when you identify the elements that are discussed in the book and see how closely they parallel the formula.

Once you have done this exercise, you have begun to internalize the flow of a best seller.

Now do it a few more times with a few more best sellers to really get a strong grip on the formula.

Once you are very comfortable with the formula, you need to start writing. This may sound silly but the best way to get into the flow of best seller writing style is to actually take a few best sellers and write them out by hand. By doing this rather painful but quite effective exercise, you will internalize the style (s) used within the pages – the action words used, the scene transfers from chapter to chapter, the character interactions, the balance of conversation vs description, etc.

These are skills that need to be mastered to bring the formula to life. By taking this "shortcut", you will have a much higher chance of success than just sitting down and starting to write. In fact, with this formula, you can do the above exercise at the same time you are writing. Since you know how the sections of the book need to break down, you can just work with a portion of several existing best sellers and then work on your own version of that portion of the book and sort of go back and forth until that section is polished. And then, move on to the next section.

Not a quick process

In spite of the promise of the title – writing a best selling book in 40 days – expect it to take longer unless you are already a gifted writer. Writing, like anything else, is a skill that must be mastered, There is a careful balance that must be achieved in the book to bring it and the characters to life and that only comes with practice.

Do I recommend the book?

If you are really interested in giving it your best shot, the book is a shortcut. All the information presented in the book is already in the best sellers themselves but it takes time and energy to build the roadmap yourself. I give the book a B rating because I do not believe it stands completely by itself. In other words, I do not think many people could pick it up and learn how to write a best seller – but I do think it can certainly help.

However, I personally believe you will better integrate the process by taking the longer route of building the roadmap yourself. If I were going to do it, I would choose three best sellers by three different authors in the genre I was interested in and I would handwrite each of the three books and make notifications about flow, character style, etc. as I went along for each book. I also would have a long term goal of having a first book written in 12 to 24 months and tackle it as a part time effort so the process and the creative effort stays enjoyable.

Make Your Self-Published Book An Amazon Bestseller

Source by Bob Burnham

In 2004, "950,000 titles out of the 1.2 million tracked by Nielsen Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies. Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies. Only 25,000 sold more than 5,000 copies.
Publisher's Weekly , July 17, 2006

You do not need to have a lot of books to become an Amazon bestseller, and there are distinct advantages to this title.

Once you become an Amazon bestselling author you can forevermore be referred to as a "bestselling author."

If you have joint venture partners, with a bit of planning, you can engineer a mass e-mail campaign with incentive bonuses to buy your book from Amazon on a certain day. Your book becomes an Amazon bestseller in one of your categories using this method.

Nobody knows how many copies it takes to hit the bestseller mark because Amazon has its own proprietary algorithm.

I receive reports from my book distributor each month, but no data on which bookstores sold how many books.

Amazon will not give you a plaque to verify your bestseller status, so we monitor Amazon every minute and photograph a computer screen shot to verify books as bestsellers.

Amazon updates their numbers every hour. Yet your book becomes a bestseller "by rate" rather than numbers of copies sold. This means we must sell as many books as we can in the shortest amount of time!

When my clients ask me what Amazon bestseller status actually means, it makes me laugh. My business partner and I have the attitude that "It's all made up" – meaning life in general. We create in our lives by what we believe to be true, and we have the ability to create another belief for ourselves and change our lives.

It is the same for bestseller status. It means whatever an author or a reader wants it to mean.

In my workshops, I sometimes ask students what dollar value they would put on becoming a # 1 Amazon Bestselling Author. The responses range from $ 65,000.00 and higher to almost nothing. But most of them see it as a great advantage.

For my books, it has been an extremely advantageous, by:

1. Attracting more Sales at Higher Prices
2. Attracting Better-Quality Customers
3. Standing out from the Competition
4. Conferring Expert Status
5. Assigning Celebrity Status
6. Creating Instant Credibility

The same is possible for you!

Authors: How to Effectively Use YouTube to Market Your Books AND Position Your Expertise

I've had a YouTube channel for years. Until recently, I did not have a focused theme. I was all over the place uploading videos that addressed many topics.

Whatever stuck my fancy, I would turn on my camera or iPhone and presto! a video was created.

Although some of my videos received thousands of views, the major had under 100 views each. Not a good return on investment for the time it takes to shoot a video and upload it.

The amount of work that goes into a video with 10 views compared to 10,000 views is the same.

This supports the philosophy to plan out marketing regardless of the avenues you choose.

YouTube is Powerful for Marketing

YouTube is one of the most powerful resources for marketing and visibility. However, as I discovered through careful analysis, it takes more, much more, than simply uploading videos.

My goal with my YouTube Channel and videos is to teach viewers how to market their books, sell more books and make more money in their business. With this in mind, I am adjusting my efforts to achieve greater results from my efforts. You will be well-served to do the same.

Be Clear on Your Purpose and Goals

To get the most out of your efforts you need to be extremely clear on the purpose of your channel.

You also need to optimize your videos with a few simple strategies including the title of your video, playlist names, description and call to action.

My focus is all about book marketing and sales. As I create content driven videos, my focus MUST be on the theme at hand. To do so will get me greater results and make it much easier for viewers to benefit from the content.

Video Title

Your title must appeal to your ideal viewer. Create a title that is accurate and clearly describes what people will see. If your videos are part of a series, or theme, add a common phrase to the title.

For example, for my book marketing videos I start the title with either "Book marketing" or "Book marketing strategies." This makes it much easier for those interested in book marketing to find the videos.

Playlists

The playlist feature keeps your videos organized in a way that they are easier to find for your viewer. A playlist is a collection of videos.

Viewers typically enjoy watching more than one video on a topic. Playlists allow them to do so with ease. Playlists allow you to organize your videos into easy-to-find sections.

Description

The video description is an important part of getting lots of views. Keep descriptions concise and compelling. Add in a link to your blog or website at the beginning of the description. Be sure to add in the http: // to the URL.

At the end of your description, add in a CTA – call to action. For example, if you have a giveaway that is directly related to the topic of the video, add that in at the end of the description. Granted, not everyone will take you up on the free offer, but even if 10% of viewers do, this can equate to lots of new subscribers over time.

Even though YouTube has a 5,000-character limit for descriptions, you do not need to use all 5,000 characters. People want information fast and easy. Less is more in most cases.

Call to Action (CTA)

As the name implies, a CTA is designed to get viewers to take a specific action. You can have a CTA in the video and in the description. Admittedly, I have not utilized the CTA in videos as effectively as possible … until now. Moving forward, I plan to add a CTA to my videos, especially those about book marketing.

Something as simple as "Remember to subscribe to this channel" can result in your viewers taking action.

A CTA in your description can increase your subscriber list size by offering a high-value gift.

The bottom line is this, YouTube can be a great way to serve your market and increase your influence. As with anything, the more strategic you are, the better.

Think through what you want to accomplish. It's better to have fewer videos that are fully optimized rather than lots of videos that get you no results.



Source by Kathleen Gage

Why Students Prefer The Internet Over Books

Whether you are riding a bus or train, having an afternoon dinner coffee at your favorite coffee shop or simply enjoying a light banter with your family at the living room, a deluge of information reaches you through the internet. It is one product of man's ingenuity that absolutely defies time, space and gravity. The computer, whatever sizes and forms they come, certainly knows no bounds as the power it has and it does to us and to our daily lives can not be expressed in numbers and beyond description.

Today, it has become the favorite tools of students in their research activities and favored more than books and libraries do. The internet and the library are both considered huge depository of knowledge where a vast source of information, records and documents are stored. They both serve similar objective – that is to provide knowledge. However due to innovations in technology, the computer have come to replace libraries and the internet with books at an unprecedented rate. Thus, the digital information technology has dramatically altered the methods that faculty and students access information.

Why do students prefer the internet over books? What is in it that the youth are hooked to it like drug addicts in dire need of some shots? What has brought the dramatic decline in the number of library users? Can we see the future with libraries being phased-out totally? Since the mid 90's, the declining trend in library users has been well-documented. A study conducted for a period of ten years revealed that library transactions have decreased by about 21 percent while circulations reduced to 35 percent along with the decline in print media publication.

One seen reason why the internet is favored over books is due to the uniformity of its information. As libraries do not offer the same sets of information, the internet does. A certain topic about history of a particular country for example will vary from one country to another and will depend on the author of the book. An American author for example writing for his own country's history will provide more factual and intensive information and exhaustive in providing facts compared to an Asian writing about American culture.

The universality of information provided by the internet can be accessed by individuals from all points of the world guaranteeing that the same information is being feed to students with internet connections from the northern hemispheres to the southern part of the world as there are no regional or local versions of information. More to say, the information is generic to all even if the internet is translated to several languages.

Laptops, and desktops computers and internet-ready cellular phones have made the internet accessible anywhere around the world. Whether one is having lunch or riding a bus, information can be accessed compared to going to the libraries where elements such as time and energy are considered. The computers indeed provided for a multi-tasking method that libraries do not offer. Furthermore, the internet gives information within seconds after navigation to links, which books do not do.



Source by Greg Pierce

Summer Fantasy Book Reading For Teens and Young Adults

Some Classics

A Wrinkle in Time – (Newberry Medal Winner) This is simply a beautiful book that has blazed a trail in modern children's fantasy by putting forward a story of several children embarking on a grand adventure; In this case to rescue their father. There is some fascinating and thoughtful stuff in this book like living stars and tesseracts. It is a perennial favorite and on every librarian's list.

A Wizard of Earthsea – Written by Ursula K. Leguin This is the first book in a series called The EarthSea series. Short and light but extraordinarily beautiful. This first book in the series follows a young boy named Ged as he goes from being a simple goat herd to a powerful wizard. It is simply beautiful and it brings forth some wonderful and magical themes such as the concept that everything (including dragons) has a secret name. And if you know the secret name you can control the thing (including dragons).

The Hobbit – This probably should not be on this list but it is so good that I can not leave it off. With the absolute intense success of the Lord of the Rings movies this book may be overlooked but I consider it better! It is also in the works to be a movie.

Five Children and it – This is one of the most popular books written by Edith Nesbit who is often credited with creating the whole genre of children embarking on fantasy adventures. Her books are in the public domain now and can easily be found for free. The theme of this book is: Be careful what you ask for. You may get it! That's the message in this delightful tale of five youngsters who discover a bizarre sand creature that grants wishes. There's a catch, of course: the wishes come undone at sunset, and worse yet, things often get out of hand!

Dragonflight – This book is a little more complex than earlier ones I have cited here and it tends toward being more than a novel for grownups but it very suitable for teens. We are introduced to a complex world of dragons through the main character Lessa. This book is often credited with being the book that has launched many young girls writing career. It is the first book in a trilogy of books called The Dragon riders of Pern series.

A Princess of Mars : – The first novel in the Edgar Rice Burroughs series and currently in the initial stages of being written into a movie or animation that will be made by Pixar. This is the first book in a series called John Carter of Mars and it is good rollicking fun in the tradition of the old pulp magazines. It is a favorite for young boys who like sword fighting big monsters.

Contemporary fantasy and fiction

When it comes to modern fantasy fiction for teens there is an awesome selection to choose from and that, in itself, could be an obstacle. Here are summaries of some of the more popular ones and I have also picked some that are currently slated to be made into a movie.

Artemis Fowl Series – This series of books takes a little bit of an unusual position as far as children's books go because Artemis Fowl himself is a twelve year old genius and a criminal mastermind. The author of these books calls them Die Hard with Fairies! And the books are often characterized as being a high-octane and rip-roaring ride. It is a wildly popular series of books with a big website and even a wiki. There are currently five books in the series with the first being simply titled Artemis Fowl. The sixth book "The Time Paradox" is set to be released in July of 2008.

Here, there be Dragons – The title itself is rather mysterious and harkens back to another time. This was the phrase that cartographers used to write in patches of ocean that were unexplored. The basic premise of this story will really resonate with teens that are fans of fantasy itself because it starts with the unusual meeting of three young strangers John, Jack, and Charles on a rainy night in London. We later find out these three young men are JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Charles Williams.

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches – This is a series of books that takes place in a world of magic and secrets called Ruin Mist. This book was slow to start but word of mouth turned it into a best seller. It is one of those relatively little known books and series that is very satisfying.

Septimus Heap – If magic and wizards are of strong appeal to this series of books make a great alternative to Harry Potter. The Main character (Septimus) is the seventh son of a seventh son and the main line of the story follows two children switched at birth: a boy destined to be a wizard and a girl destined to be a princess. There are currently four books in the series and the first book has been picked up by Warner Brothers and is currently being made into a movie that is scheduled for release in 2010.

Any of these books or series will launch teens and young adults on a remarkable adventure into strange fantasy worlds and no joystick or keyboard is required.



Source by Will Kalif