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Gods are popular right now. Not the traditional Judeo-Christian Yahweh, Muslim Allah or Jesus that thousands of people around the world revere and worship. But the “old gods” – the Greco-Roman pantheon, Norse warlords, even HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu – are reappearing in novels, film and TV adaptations that bring them into the modern world.

The most important of them is probably that of Rick Riordan Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Neil Gaiman american gods. Both also branched out into Egyptian deities and Asgardian adventures. HBO Max received critical acclaim Lovecraft Countrybased on the eldritch-inspired novel by Matt Ruff.

Russell Nohelty comes launched a Kickstarter for the end of his 11-novel Godsverse saga about gods causing the apocalypse and made a series of comedy anthologies about Cthulhu. Graphic novelist George O’Connor recently released the latest issue of its Olympians series – turning Greek gods into Marvel-esque superheroes. A bit like Thor and Loki.

Rizwan Assad took a different approach – instead of throwing normal people into the realms or machinations of the gods, the gods themselves come to the fore, sort of. The gods live among mortals – not toying with them for sports or manipulating things behind the scenes. They are just happy to live their life.

New mythological visions

In Assad’s first novel, Dio in the dark, the man once known as the god of wine and song, Dionysus, is a slacker, partying all night in his chosen city of Toronto. his brother Apollo is a failed rock star who has adopted the life of a hermit.

Their father, Zeus, now Zed, is a sanitary worker, considered a bit crazy because he always complains about the coming darkness. Dio has no interest in Zed’s antics, disagreeing with his father, believing that Zed is responsible for the death of Dio’s human mother.

But when Zed goes missing, Dio must motivate himself and Apollo to get up and find their father, before destruction descends upon Canada.

Author voice

It’s no surprise that Riz Asad writes so compellingly about Toronto. It’s also his chosen city, where he works in the financial industry, runs a popular food blog, Chocolates and Chai, and hangs out with his cat (the subject of another of his books).

Chocolates and Chai focuses on breakfast and comfort food recipes. Asad began writing, inspired by the international cuisine he had encountered in the years before moving to Toronto. The blog’s goal was to discover and illuminate her and others’ love for food and to share the stories behind the dishes. It has been highlighted in national publications and some of the recipes have made it onto the menus of upscale hotels.

Prior to his mythological tales, Asad wrote some horror short stories. A few of them have been the subject of published anthologies. Dio himself began as a short story which Asad expanded into the 200+ page novel. In addition to his fictional works, Asad has compiled his best chocolate and chai recipes into a free e-cookbook.

As for the world of Dio and Zed, readers’ delight – Asad is currently writing a follow-up book in that universe, coming soon, maybe even by the end of this year.

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They are there! Sequels to Two of BCC Press’s Most Popular Books – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog https://mente-encendida.com/they-are-there-sequels-to-two-of-bcc-presss-most-popular-books-by-common-consent-a-mormon-blog/ Tue, 10 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/they-are-there-sequels-to-two-of-bcc-presss-most-popular-books-by-common-consent-a-mormon-blog/

Two and a half years ago, BCC Press made the world a better place by publishing the first volumes of The Book of Mormon for the little ones and The Book of Mormon for Women. You responded by buying them in massive quantities from those volumes and making them two of our best-selling books of all time. And now we’re about to do it again with a pair of volume twos.

There’s nothing in the world like The Book of Mormon for the little ones. It’s because there’s no one in the world like Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming – the two brilliant women whose lives and experiences prepared them for the brilliant analysis at the heart of these books. The Book of Mormon for the little ones offers patient, verse-by-verse readings of writing driven by a passion for justice and a rejection of the idea that racism, sexism, inequality and violence can still be seen as the work of God .

The second volume in a projected trilogy carries the authors’ signature analysis of the books of Mosiah and Alma, two of the longest books in the Book of Mormon and two of the most violent. Here we see the authors’ response to King Benjamin’s magnificent final speech, the trial and execution of Abinadi, the baptismal covenants set forth at the Waters of Mormon, the trials of Nehor and Korihor, the wars with the Amlicites and Amalickiahites , and the horrific burning of innocent women and children at Ammonihah. Salleh and Hemming deal directly with these texts and show us how to read them ethically – as stories of God upholding equality and justice and condemning war, brutality, inequality and injustice. Check out their reading of the first four chapters of Mosiah, including King Benjamin’s speech, here:

by Mette Harrison Book of Mormon for Women does pretty much the same job as The Book of Mormon for the little ones, but it does the job like a novel, which means the author is free to create stories, characters, plots, and narrative arcs that are not in (but definitely implied by) the text of the Book of Mormon . In many ways, Harrison, one of the most talented and accomplished novelists in the Mormon world, addresses one of the biggest problems the Book of Mormon poses for modern readers, which is that the perspective of women is completely absent. But not for Mette Harrison; she invents the stories of women that no one talks about in the male-dominated text.

This is Harrison’s fourth novelization of the Book of Mormon published with BCC Press. In each of these volumes, she imagines how different the story would be if the excluded voices were included. And, in doing so, it speaks to what is glossed over, but not entirely excised from the text. In The Book of Laman, it imagines what Nephi does not say in his story, and it shows the redemption of a character that is much more in line with the Book of Mormon’s own theology than the story we actually see in the text. In Abish’s Bookshe imagines the story of a minor Book of Mormon character who is also one of only three female characters in the text with a name.

In the Woman’s Book of Mormon. all the women are given names—21 of them in Volume 2 alone, including: Dara, the mother of Samuel the Lamanite, who is preparing her son for a great work she does not understand; Kishla, Kishkumen’s daughter, who knows her father is a public enemy but also knows that he loves her; and Shila, the Nephite mother, who dedicated her life to burying the dead, both Nephite and Lamanite, after a great battle in which her husbands and four sons were slain. And, of course, Isabel, the courtesan reviled for generations for diverting Corianton from her missionary duties. See his story below

]]> Two popular books in review – People’s World https://mente-encendida.com/two-popular-books-in-review-peoples-world/ Wed, 04 May 2022 16:47:08 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/two-popular-books-in-review-peoples-world/

Two wildly popular novels are under consideration here, written by women and featuring heroines who have overcome much machismo to enter their own agency. They prove that successful popular fiction often serves to advance ideas that are bubbling and widely accepted. The theme of female agency has existed in one form or another since the fertility goddesses of prehistoric times and in many different cultures, but the relentless push to bring women back into a male supremacist view of how things should being in the world requires the subject to be revived and reinterpreted all the time. (I am writing to you on the first day since the release of the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.)

The two books briefly discussed here are Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by the aunt and niece team of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and Mrs. Christie’s Mystery by Marie Benedicte.

‘The Mystery of Mrs Christie’ author, Marie Benedict.

Marie Benedict is the pseudonym of high-powered lawyer Heather Benedict Terrell, now a full-time fiction writer. She focuses her attention on women who have been forgotten throughout history and whose achievements deserve to be better known. Sometimes these women are wives or are involved in the lives of famous men (Churchill, Einstein, Carnegie), while others have left their mark entirely on their own. Besides the thriller Christie, released in 2020, his other titles include The other Einstein, Carnegie’s Maid, The only woman in the room, Lady Clementine, Officer 355, The personal librarian, smoke signaland the last, His hidden genius, about the brilliant scientist Rosalind Franklin, co-discoverer, although long uncredited, of DNA. Under her own name, Heather Terrell, she also published The Chrysalis, The card thief, Bridget of Kildare, Fallen Angeland Eternity.

Readers of Agatha Christie, reputed to be the best-selling author of all time, will be intrigued by the mystery of Benedict XVI which places the popular writer as its central character. Many followers of Christie are aware of an episode that took place in 1926, just as her first books were securing her fame, when for a period of 11 days she disappeared without explanation. No one has ever managed to find out exactly what happened during those 11 days, and in her own autobiography, although the incident made headlines for weeks, Agatha Christie glosses over the episode. Benoît’s goal here is to hypothesize how it might have unfolded, using the thriller genre itself to explore the context and motivations behind this singular event.

Most of the drama has to do with Christie’s strained marital relationship. The way Benedict constructs his story is in itself a clever work of literary clockwork. She begins with the first chapter of what she calls “The Manuscript,” from 1912, when she meets the Lieutenant. Archie Christie, a daring aviator who will eventually become her husband, even if she had been promised to another. In more or less alternate chapters, this autobiographical manuscript will be updated with later entries leading up to the demise. And in the middle chapters, we see how her husband, daughter, other family members, servants, police, press, deal with the writer’s disappearance during the 11-day ordeal. . At the end, the two timelines – of the manuscript and the hour-by-hour search for the missing author – come together in a masterful twist of plot genius that some readers will no doubt walk away accepting as what happened. actually happened, although really no one. knows. It’s as plausible as any other tale imaginable, but more accurately true to Christie’s talent for creating unsolvable puzzles, this one in her own life.

‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ authors, Annie Barrows (right) and Mary Ann Shaffer.

It’s a gripping suspenseful story about the author whose most famous character was Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, paying homage not only to Christie herself as a woman, author and character, but to the very genre in which Christie made its mark. And in the process of uncovering the mystery, we come to understand how Agatha Christie could have overcome the shackles of what ultimately became a loveless marriage and become his own wife.

This is historical fiction at its best, revealing the mores and standards of England in the years just before and after the First World War, with slowly changing domestic and professional roles for women and men. , masters and servants, rich and poor. There’s a lot here too, being a period piece, about England’s position at the time as the greatest imperial power in the world with tentacles stretching to almost every part of the world. It’s a poignant personal story and a fun read as we try to be our own detectives and uncover Christie’s method and motivation. Like List of books writes, “Girl power advocates will find satisfaction in the solution she crafts to her man problem.”

A one-hour interview with Marie Benedict about her book can be viewed here.

Guernsey during the German occupation and post-war

We now turn to Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, a favorite article of community book clubs since it was first published in 2008. Guernsey, just 25 square miles, is one of the Channel Islands, part of the United Kingdom but with its own self-governing status, issuing its own postage stamps, for Example. These islands are located in the English Channel and actually closer to France, off the coast of Normandy. On a clear day, the French coastline and its lights are visible from the islands. These plots of land (the slightly larger Jersey being the other main island) were occupied by the Germans during World War II as a potential springboard for a possible invasion of the United Kingdom, and were also cut off from communications with London than any of the other busy nations on the Continent. Few Britons had any idea of ​​the fate of the Channel Islanders.

The protagonist of the novel – an epistolary work (composed entirely of letters) – is Juliet Ashton, a war journalist in England who writes about the effects of war on ordinary citizens. At the end of the war, his attention as a writer turned to what the inhabitants of the Channel Islands had experienced under occupation. The writers largely focus on the art and business of writing itself, with the letters reflecting Juliet’s relationship with her publisher Sidney and her best friend, the publisher’s sister Sophie.

Another character in London is the American publishing magnate Markham V. Reynolds, Jr., astonishingly well-dressed, courteous and handsome, every young woman’s fantasy of a real catch, who assiduously and exactingly courts the witty and urban Juliet. Most of the other characters are the islanders of Guernsey themselves, with all their backgrounds and history, their interrelationships, their feuds, and the occasional ones who were bound to have dealings on various levels with the occupying Germans. There is a little girl, Kit, an important character who is the offspring of one of these liaisons, and an incidentally gay male character.

The title ‘potato skin pie’ refers to the near starvation on the island during the war as food pantries dried up, supply lines were cut and people offered a variety makeshift solutions to stay alive.

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By getting to know the island and its people, Juliette is able to work through some of her uncertainties about career choices, understand the nuances of the human experience when under strain, and discern the excitement of of deeper affection and love. Some heroic stories are uncovered of how the islanders fared under occupation and resistance. Juliet also manages to unearth a collection of well-guarded letters (of course, being an epistolary novel) from a distinguished writer who had spent time in Guernsey decades before, whose fame brings economic boon and lifelong security for some. main characters. And speaking of further, I can assume with some confidence that tourism in Guernsey has certainly increased considerably since the publication of this book.

It’s a sweet, happy story, probably more appealing to female readers (as Christie’s novel probably is). I really appreciated. My only reservation is that everyone is always trying to be so smart and clever in a Shavian or Wildean stream of epigrams and precious good words. I would have asked the writers to give each character a more distinct voice to indicate education, class and social distinction, age, proficiency in spelling and grammar.

That aside, readers will gain an education on the islands and their history, as well as savor a beautiful tale with considerable romance and more of a strong woman emerging.


Eric A. Gordon

]]> Popular books turned into movies and TV shows in 2022 https://mente-encendida.com/popular-books-turned-into-movies-and-tv-shows-in-2022/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 00:16:00 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/popular-books-turned-into-movies-and-tv-shows-in-2022/

It is certainly a wonderful time to be a book lover, as so many popular and extraordinary books are made into movies and TV series this year. Many of these novels are coming out during this year or are in the early stages of development. Still, these novels are the ones that should be highly anticipated releases and will most likely provide a stunning visual adaptation of the literature they belong to:

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Based on the story of a fictional band from the 70s, this book was written as a transcript of documentary dialogue, making it perfect for our television screens. Praised for its unique style, heavy inspirations, and amazing storytelling, it was picked up pretty quickly by Amazon.

A 13-episode series has been set up, with filming beginning in September 2021. The series will star Riley Keough, granddaughter of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, and Sam Claflin, best known for his work in The hunger Games series. The miniseries’ estimated release date is TBD but will most likely come in late 2022.

Rise of Malibu by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is bestselling author Jenkins Reid’s second book to be picked up for a television adaptation, this time for a series on Hulu. The novel centers on the three children of an infamous rock star who throw a party gone wrong, as secrets begin to unravel and relationships are tested. Liz Tigelaar, creator of Small fires everywhere, is set to serve as the series’ executive producer. As of now, the series is still in early development.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another novel is picked up by Taylor Jenkins Reid, with Netflix making this one a feature. True to its consistency, this novel has a distinctive format, embarking on the story of the fictional life of old Hollywood actress Evelyn Hugo. The film will be written by Liz Tigelaar, now getting her hands on two Jenkins Reid projects. From all the success and popularity of this book over the past few years, this is sure to be a highly anticipated release with high expectations.

Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens

This popular 2018 crime novel is hitting the big screen soon. It’s a novel about a lonely young girl struggling to find a place in her community. After ending up with two men in town, she becomes the center of attention when one of them is murdered. The movie should have normal people actress Daisy Edgar-Jones in the lead role. It is set to hit theaters on July 15, with a song written by Taylor Swift.

It ends with us by Colleen Hoover

It’s no surprise that this romance novel, one of the most popular books on TikTok, is getting its own feature film. The story follows a young woman who goes through a relationship involving domestic violence, and it’s quite appropriate for a feature film, especially with its heartbreaking plot and lovable characters. Joan the Virgin Star Justin Baldoni supported the adaptation with his own entertainment company. So far, the film is in the early stages of development, having only a script in place.

Eleanor Oliphant is perfectly fine by Gail Honeyman

This 2017 novel has been in the works for a while but has picked up its pace over the current year. It tells the story of a middle-aged woman who struggles with social anxiety and constantly avoids stepping out of her comfort zone. Actress Reese Witherspoon is producing the film with her new production company, Hello Sunshine. His involvement for this film is considerably important, with perhaps in the main role.

Conversations with friends by Sally Rooney

Reflecting on the popularity of another of her novels on TV screens, author Sally Rooney Conversations with friends is next to be adapted on Hulu. The novel tells a coming-of-age story with complex relationships evolving between two best friends and an older married couple. A 12-part limited series is due out May 15, starring Joe Alwyn and newcomer Alison Oliver.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

An older novel gets a screen adaptation, this one being Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Several other Austen novels have been made into movies, so it’s no surprise that another is in production. Fifty shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson will fill the role of main heroine. boobies rich asian actor Henry Golding will also play a central role. There’s no set release date yet, but it will debut on Netflix.

all i know about love by Dolly Alderton

Dolly Alderton’s self-proclaimed memoir is easily one of the most beloved and moving memoirs of recent years. It follows one woman’s touching journey through grief, friendships and lasting life choices. A TV adaptation is set to have seven episodes on BBC One. The show will not only revolve around Dolly and her story, but her friends will also be heavily included and adapted for the screen. Filming wrapped in December 2021, so the show’s release is set to happen anytime this year.



15 Best BookTok Books – Popular Books on TikTok https://mente-encendida.com/15-best-booktok-books-popular-books-on-tiktok/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 19:46:56 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/15-best-booktok-books-popular-books-on-tiktok/

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If you’re a book lover and can’t stop hanging out on TikTok, chances are you know #BookTok well. But justett in case you haven’t heard of it before, know that the BookTok community is a place where TikTok users share their favorite reads, and there’s something for everyone. Some titles have made it through the app, including older books. Instead of scrolling all over TikTok to curate recommendations, we dove into BookTok ourselves and picked the best of the best to put right on top of your TBR pile.

Here are the best books on BookTok:

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For women in STEM

“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood’s debut became an instant BookTok sensation, and it’s pretty obvious why. Olive Smith lies to her friend that she is currently seeing someone and ends up kissing the first guy she sees in the hallway to prove her right. Turns out the random guy is actually the toughest teacher in his program, Dr. Adam Carlson. They now have to pretend to be in a relationship to help sell the lie and yes, it’s getting very steamy.

This knife to the throat kind of a book

“The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black

Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Holly Black finally returns to the fairy world of Elfhame more than 15 years later Dime has been freed. Now the story follows Jude Urgate, a mortal who has been kidnapped and taken to live among fairies. Even without her own powers, she tries to prove herself against those who don’t believe she belongs by teaming up with a powerful group and trying to clinch the crown.

Sun / Grumpy Romance

‘Twisted Love’ by Ana Huang

After her brother leaves for a special one-year volunteer opportunity, Ava Chen must learn how to deal with her very cold best friend, Alex Volkov. But while he knows she’s off limits as he tries to protect her, love has other plans for these two.

Need a good shout?

“They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera

This heartbreaking yet uplifting novel will remind you to take no second of your life for granted. Two teenagers both get a horrible call saying they’re going to die that day. Deciding to spend their last moments together, Meteo and Rufus try to make the most of what they have while giving love one last chance.

Fake Relationship Trope FTW

“The Spanish Love Disappointment” by Elena Armas

After lying to her family about having an American boyfriend the whole time, Catalina Martin quickly accepts her colleague’s offer to impersonate her longtime boyfriend before her sister’s wedding. But what starts out as a fake relationship turns into something neither of them expected in this slow-burn romance.

You are the bane of my existence

“The Viscount Who Loved Me” by Julia Quinn

Dark Academia lovers, Rise

“The Atlas Six” by Olivie Blake

At Olivie Blake’s The Atlas Six is the definition of a BookTok sensation. Its original self-published version became a huge hit, and now it’s been picked up by Tor Books and become a New York Times Bestseller. When six new Magical Academicians are chosen to join a special society, they must spend the next year dealing with each other and trying to prove themselves, as only five will become members.

The story, huh?

‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston

Read on if you want to know what happens when the Prince of England and the son of the President of the United States fall in love. This is the international scandal we all need!

Do you want to be remembered?

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab

VE Schwab continues to take our breath away with his work, especially in this adult title. In the 1700s, Addie makes a deal with the devil to live forever, but the catch is that no one will ever remember her. Imagine her surprise when she meets a mysterious man who somehow knows who she is.

From Queen BookTok

“It’s Ending With Us” by Colleen Hoover

Six years after the original publication of the book, BookTok fell in love with It ends with us and brought it to number one on the New York Times list of bestsellers. Although Colleen admitted she still doesn’t understand how it all happened, fans still can’t get enough of Lily Bloom and her story. Colleen is even releasing a sequel in October 2022!

If you need a new series ASAP

‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown’ by Talia Hibbert

Prepare to fall in love with the Brown sisters as they try to navigate life and love in their own way. Talia Hibbert’s series begins with Chloe Brown, who is about to turn her life around with a special to-do list. And she asks her hot neighbor to help her finish it.

Well, make me your villain

“The Shadow and the Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

The hit Netflix series originally started out as a hugely popular YA trilogy that has since exploded into its own universe. Fans can relive Alina Starkov’s journey to discover her power in the original books. After that the sky’s the limit with the Six of Ravens series and The king of scars duology that follows.

Small Town Romance ~Vibes~

“It Happened One Summer” by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is an author you’ve probably seen on your FYP thanks to her hilarious and viral TikToks about being a novelist. It is therefore obvious that everyone is equally in his books, in particular the It happened one summer series and its sequel, Hook, line and sinker.

Picture perfect first novel

‘Delilah Green Doesn’t Care’ by Ashley Herring Blake

After taking a moment to admire this gorgeous cover, you’ll immediately want to pick up this debut album. New York photographer Delilah Green is forced to return to her hometown because of her sister’s wedding, and things quickly get interesting as she learns more about local bookseller Claire Sutherland. Sounds like every book lover’s dream.

The series that changed the whole industry

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas

If you’ve spent enough time on TikTok, you’ve definitely heard of Sarah J. Maas ACOTAR series. It’s been a phenomenon since its first release in 2015, being one of the titles that helped create the New Adult genre before it even existed. And thank God, because now we can continue to enjoy it years later. So thank you SJM! We owe you a lot of time!

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The library is so popular that the books are almost sold out https://mente-encendida.com/the-library-is-so-popular-that-the-books-are-almost-sold-out/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 11:48:26 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/the-library-is-so-popular-that-the-books-are-almost-sold-out/
Popular. . . Children line up with their library books as part of Omarama Library’s Surf into Summer reading program. PHOTO: PROVIDED

A summer initiative encouraging children to read went so well that the library nearly ran out of books.

The Omarama Community Library organized a Surf into Summer reading program before Christmas to keep children reading during the holidays.

Waitaki District Libraries initiated the program and asked if the community library would like to be involved.

When registering, children were asked their age and what kind of books they liked to read.

Volunteers then compiled a suitable bag of books for each child, along with crayons, stickers, puns and a bookmark.

“There were six library books that needed to be returned and one book that they could keep,” said library volunteer Georgie Robertson.

Two young girls finished reading all their books before Christmas and went to the library to get more.

”For me, that’s what it’s all about.”

Ms Robertson said the program was so well received that the library almost ran out of books and had to send some from Oamaru and Otematata.

About 55 children from Omarama School participated, which was huge, she said.

”It was a fantastic initiative.”

Since then, the school had continued to use the library and regularly sent classes there.
The library has become more popular since moving into a larger space in the Omarama Community Center last year.

The old room was much smaller, darker and cooler, so the library was moved to a “lighter and brighter” space with the help of Waitaki District Libraries staff.

“They’ve been absolutely wonderful to us,” Ms Robertson said.

”We couldn’t do what we did without their support.”

The moving rooms had made a huge difference and brought in more people.

On average, between 50 and 80 people visited the library each month, which was an increase from previous years when sometimes no one visited.

Volunteers had also increased opening hours from one hour on Wednesdays and Saturdays to one and a half hours each day.

”Some days we are there for two hours because people come and they want to talk.

”It’s become a bit of a hub for people who come.”

Romantic, classic and poetic pop list of the most popular books in the world https://mente-encendida.com/romantic-classic-and-poetic-pop-list-of-the-most-popular-books-in-the-world/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 21:40:57 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/romantic-classic-and-poetic-pop-list-of-the-most-popular-books-in-the-world/

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Romantic, classic and poetic pop list of the most popular books in the world

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  • The study carried out by a Swiss company has created a map that shows the most popular book genres in each country.
  • Romance books dominated and outsold fantasy, classics, poetry, adventure books, and every other genre.

Romance, classic and poetry are the most popular among readers around the world, according to a recent study. The study carried out by a Swiss company has created a map that shows the most popular book genres in each country.

According to them, romance books dominated and outsold fantasy, classics, poetry, adventure books and all other genres. Romance has been so successful, the study notes, that they achieved unit sales of 5.3 billion shillings ($47 million) in 2021, a 24% increase from the previous year.

He looked at Google search volume for each book genre in different countries, both in English and in their native language. “One could very easily assume the French preference for romance novels given their sobriquet of ‘city of love’.

Besides its stunning beauty and very romantic lifestyle, some of the best love stories in the world actually came from here. It’s also interesting to note that readers in Venezuela read both romance and horror books at roughly the same level,” the study notes.

You’re much more likely to find classic books in homes in English-speaking countries, the study noted, which attributes this to English’s passion for its cultural heritage and respect for books that have stood the test of time. times such as ‘Pride and Prejudice‘, a book by Jane Austen, ‘David Copperfield‘ by Charles Dickens, and ‘Moby-Dick‘ by Herman Melville.

In the United States, classic books also reigned supreme, followed closely by novels and poetry books. This is followed by manga and historical fiction, crime and fantasy, which have almost similar readership. In Europe, fantasy has ranked popular, based on the belief that historically most fantasy stories focused only on European-inspired locations, making them appealing to readers of all ages.

Fantasy books include Hobbitthe Harry Potter seriesand the the Lord of the Rings trilogy, all of which take place in Europe. Horror books are the most popular book genre in Latin countries, Asians and Canadians have searched the internet for “poetry books” more than any other book genre.

The thriller genre reigns supreme in Dutch-speaking countries, while Norwegian readers prefer detective novels to other genres.

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Popular books outside the United States https://mente-encendida.com/popular-books-outside-the-united-states/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 11:40:48 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/popular-books-outside-the-united-states/ This content contains affiliate links. When you purchase through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

There are many popular books outside of the United States that the good old US of A misses. Many of them are published in other languages ​​and even thrive in their respective countries. Many have also developed their own following.

But, in truth, the world of English-language publishing is still quite confined to new York. And as it is still a lot Centered on New York, this centralization creates a ripple effect in the industry as a whole. It is a known fact that the United States is one of the countries that dominates the global publishing industry, and its influence can even extend far beyond its borders. As a foreign-based publisher, our non-US and non-English language books always lose the competition. In fact, when looking at bookstore bestseller lists in the Philippines, those published in the United States are always dominate the lists.

The good news is that this is not always the case in other parts of the world, especially in countries where English does not take hold.

To give the works in the trenches some well-deserved stardom, here’s a list of books that are popular elsewhere, but not necessarily well-known in the United States. From classics and fiction to children’s books, you’ll find plenty. here to add to your reading list. And maybe you can also learn a bit more about other cultures.

The bamboo stem by Saud Alsanousi, translated by Jonathan Wright

Many poor Filipino women travel to the Middle East, among other places, to work as domestic servants, often ending up in abusive workplaces. The bamboo stem, which is a bestseller in Kuwait, addresses this global issue. It was first published in Arabic in 2013 and translated into English in 2015.

Josephine flies to Kuwait to work as a cleaning lady. There he meets Rashid and they marry in secret. But while Josephine comes from a poor family, Rashid comes from a wealthy clan and his family is not in favor of the couple’s marriage. At the time, Josephine is already carrying their child, which angers Rashid’s mother. Rashid has to send Josephine and the child, now 2 months old, back to the Philippines. The child would grow up like José. A few years later, however, he was summoned to Kuwait. Caught between two worlds, José grapples with his identity.

Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, The bamboo stem is a “famous novel in the Arabic-speaking world. In 2016, it was adapted into a television series but was banned in Kuwait because of its provocative theme.

Cover of A Liter of Tears: A Young Girl's Fight for Life by Aya Kito

A Liter of Tears: A Young Girl’s Fight for Life by Aya Kito

This is a diary-turned-memory of Kito, who suffered from a terminal illness called spinocerebellar degeneration. According to MedlinePlus, it is a “condition characterized by progressive problems with movement”. Those who suffer from it “first have problems with coordination and balance”.

In the book, published in 1986 in Japan, Kito shares his daily struggles with the disease. “I write because writing is proof that I’m still alive,” she wrote in one entry. Kito, unfortunately, will die at the age of 25.

Alternatively titled A diary with tearsthe book has sold 1.1 million copies in Japan. It was such a hit that it was even made into a TV series in 2005 – variations of the title include 1 Liter without Namida, A liter of tearsand Ichi Ritoru no Namida – and a movie the same year. The TV series was very popular in Southeast Asia at the time, and having personally watched it, I was moved.

Like water for chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Like water for chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Laura Esquivel is one of the most popular authors in Mexico, but not so much in the United States. His book, Like water for chocolateoriginally published in 1989 as Como agua para chocolate, is one of his most widely read books. It was even adapted to the cinema in 1992.

The story is a roller coaster, set on a ranch in Mexico during the 20th century. It is the romantic but tragic story of Tita and Pedro, who cannot marry because of a family tradition. Being the youngest child in the family, Tita must take care of her violent mother, Mama Elena, until the death of the matriarch. Mama Elena instead asks Pedro to marry Rosaura, Tita’s older sister. And because Pedro doesn’t want to part with Tita, the one he really loves between the two sisters, he accepts Mama Elena’s request.

ABNKKBSNPLAko?  by Bob Ong


In the Philippines, Bob Ong is one of the most popular authors. They are well known in the local book industry, and every reader in said country may have heard their name once or twice.

But since Bob Ong released his first album ABNKKBSNPLAko? in the early 2000s, they did not reveal their real identity, which is protected by a pseudonym. When asked why they preferred to be anonymous, even after publishing more than 15 books, they replied that “it was probably just the concept of not embracing the fame that is foreigner to most people.

In ABNKKBSNPLAko?, which actually means “Aba, nakakabasa na pala ako?” or “Wow, can I actually read now?!” in English, the author writes his “autobiography”. It’s their most popular work to date, and it even got a film adaptation in 2014.

Unfortunately, the book is only available in Filipino.

Cover of Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

The posthumous memoirs of Brás Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, translated by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux

Electrical literature describes Machado de Assis as “Brazil’s Best Classical Writer you’ve never heard of,” and the new yorker asked why he is not “most read.” Indeed, Machado de Assis may not be world famous. But in Brazil, it’s a famous writer and is extremely popular.

In The posthumous memoirs of Brás Cubas, the main character, who died at the age of 64 from pneumonia, tells the story of his life from the day of his death. At times I find the book humorous, witty and strange. “Fifteen pages in Memorias Póstumas de Bras Cubaswhen the narrator, delirious and near death, is swept away by a gruff, talking hippopotamus, I remember putting the book down and looking out the window for breath, delighted and taken aback,” the translator writes in Introduction. .

Considered a masterpiece, the book was published in 1881. In 2020, Penguin Classics published a new English translation.

Amos Lee's diary, I sit down, I write, I flush!  by Adeline Foo

Amos Lee’s Diary: I Sit, I Write, I Flush the Toilet! by Adeline Foo and Stephanie Wong

It’s a popular children’s book in Singapore, and it’s considered a bestseller there.

First published in 2009, Amos Lee’s Diary follows 9-year-old Amos Lee as he navigates everyday life and his relationship with his family. The writing feels quirky, diary-like, and approachable, which likely appealed to a lot of audiences. Due to the popularity of the book, it was even adapted into a TV shows in Singapore.

It’s the first in a series of books, and Foo has continued to publish follow-ups after its success.

Ang Mga Kuwento nor Lola Basyang nor Severino Reyes by Christine Bellen

Ang Mga Kuwento nor Lola Basyang nor Severino Reyes by Christine Bellen and various artists

The Tales of Lola Basyang, something of an icon of the children’s book scene in the Philippines, was originally written by Filipino writer Severino Reyes. Lola Basyang is a household name in said country; she’s an old lady (lola) who loves telling fantastic stories to children. The character has also appeared in different forms of media such as film and television.

In the mid-2000s, the classic children’s tales of Lola Basyang were retold by Filipino writer Christine Bellen through a set of picture books, and it was reissued again in 2017. They include short stories such as “The Monkey Prince”, “Fearless Pedro”, and “The Palace of the Dwarves”, among others. The picture books are also accompanied by illustrations by various local artists.

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

This one was hailed as the “great ugandan novel,” according to The Guardian. Although just published in 2014, the book is already considered a modern classic.

Set in 1750, Kintu is a family saga that tells a bit of the history of Uganda. It follows the main character, Kintu, and his descendants as they try to deal with an ancient curse placed on the clan. The book was the author’s doctoral thesis. It won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014 and the Windham-Campbell Prize in 2018.

Cover of Die Känguru-Chroniken by Marc-Uwe Kling

Die Känguru-Chroniken by Marc-Uwe Kling

This is the first book in a hugely popular series in Germany called The Kangaroo Chronicles; its audiobook version sold out million copies in 2020. As it is in German, it never made it to the United States, and although it has a English translationit did not make headlines elsewhere. Die Känguru-Chroniken follows a fictional Marc-Uwe who lives with a talking, politically active kangaroo. Yes, I know it sounds weird and intriguing, but it’s meant to be humorous and satirical. The book has also been adapted for theater and film.

Kling would post more additions to the series: Das Känguru Manifesto, Die Känguru-Offenbarungand Die Känguru-Apokryphen.

The People of July by Nadine Gordimer

July people by Nadine Gordimer

This one was banned in some schools in South Africa in the early 2000s because of his criticism of the apartheid system. But despite the ban in the African country, it has received rave reviews elsewhere.

In July peoplewhich was published in 1981, Gordimer reimagines an alternative future for South Africa – one in which a civil war will end apartheid.

Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

For a definitive list of books from around the world, here is recommended reading: “If you can only read one book per country, do it as follows.”

Library archives reveal Warrington’s most popular books https://mente-encendida.com/library-archives-reveal-warringtons-most-popular-books/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/library-archives-reveal-warringtons-most-popular-books/ FINDING a good book can keep you hooked for days and weeks – and there’s one author the people of Warrington apparently can’t get enough of.

A Freedom of Information Act request submitted to Warrington Borough Council revealed the top ten books borrowed from city libraries over the past six years.

They are the most-visited page-turners at Warrington’s 13 library sites, which include nine branches and four centres.

And the big winner is thriller author Lee Child, who is best known for his Jack Reacher series of books.

Of the 10 most borrowed books in Warrington libraries between January 1, 2016 and November 29, 2021, he wrote five.

Night School came out on top, bringing Reacher back to his army days on a globe-trotting adventure to complete a critical and perilous infiltration mission.

The other four children’s books that make up the top 10 are The Midnight Line, Personal, No Middle Name, and Past Tense.

Lee Child, creator of the mega-bestseller Jack Reacher

Other authors who have hooked Warrington readers include Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Archer, Mark Billingham and Jessica Parish.

Here is the list of the top 10:

1. Night School by Lee Child – posted 455 times

2. The Midnight Line by Lee Child – published 378 times

3. This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer – published 357 times

4. Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham – posted 332 times

5. The Late Show by Michael Connelly – posted 325 times

6. Personal by Lee Child – posted 324 times

7. No Middle Name by Lee Child – posted 324 times

8. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly – published 323 times

9. Past Tense by Lee Child – posted 309 times

10. The Adventures of Pugalugs by Jessica Parish – posted 307 times

The Freedom of Information Act request also showed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the number of books borrowed from city libraries.

Opening hours have only recently returned to pre-Covid levels, while dedicated library teams have worked throughout the pandemic to ensure restrictions and concerns do not prevent readers from access books.

Library archives have revealed Warrington's most popular books in recent years

Library archives have revealed Warrington’s most popular books in recent years

But the pandemic has obviously had an impact on the ability to borrow books.

In 2019, 341,553 books were borrowed from city libraries, but this figure fell to 142,091 in 2020 and 135,299 in 2021.

Emma Hutchinson, chief executive of LiveWire, says she hopes libraries can thrive again in 2022 with the lifting of Covid restrictions.

She said: “From our online e-book and e-audio platforms to our order and collect and home library services, our brilliant library team is committed to helping people keep reading in 2021. despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.

“We look forward to continuing our work in the coming year.

“As such, it is fantastic that 2022 has started with a return to our pre-lockdown opening hours, which is cause for real celebration.

“We look forward to welcoming even more customers into our doors in the weeks and months to come.”

Maynard Davies, bacon curer who wrote popular books exposing the value of traditional methods – obituary https://mente-encendida.com/maynard-davies-bacon-curer-who-wrote-popular-books-exposing-the-value-of-traditional-methods-obituary/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 20:48:00 +0000 https://mente-encendida.com/maynard-davies-bacon-curer-who-wrote-popular-books-exposing-the-value-of-traditional-methods-obituary/

Maynard Davies, who died aged 87, was one of the last apprentice traditional bacon curers and author of books including Adventures of a Bacon Curer (2003), a life story and cookbook in one, and Secrets of a Bacon Curer (2007), which was hailed as “a hidden gem” by The Oldie magazine.

Readers were won over by Davies’ optimism and zest for life as well as his passion for traditional curing, which emphasizes simple ingredients and allows plenty of time to mature, unlike high-speed industrial processing. in which bacon is pumped with water and, in the pursuit of profits, time is taken out of the equation.

Davies would also tell comedic tales of visits from health inspectors and colorful clients, setbacks involving thieves, greedy contractors and failed deals, triumphs including his national reputation for bacon and sausages, and travels to learn the art of making salami, Parma ham and more.

Adventures of a Bacon Curer also included recipes, and there were many more in his Manual of a Traditional Bacon Curer (2009), which collected a lifetime’s learning, with a chapter on specialties such as pressed tongue, fagots, polony, haggis, puddings and all manner of potted meats – plus a whole section on sausages and salamis.

‘We know how the Welsh like their bacon, what a London smoke, a Wiltshire cure etc. and all about our native pig breeds,’ one reviewer observed.

“Good food for good people,” was Davies’ mantra, said in his Black Country accent.

Maynard Davies was born on May 2, 1934. His father, a steelworker, died when he was eight, leaving Maynard’s mother with six young children. Severely dyslexic, Maynard left school at age 15, unable to read or write; but he soon found work as an apprentice in a former cure house on a cobbled street in Stoke-on-Trent, where he qualified as a Master Curer.

When the salting house was taken over by a larger company, the young Maynard’s retired apprentice master presented him with his book of secret salting recipes, and by the age of 22 his skills were such that an American client offered him a job at his Philadelphia ham factory.

“Opportunity knocked very softly,” he recalled, “so I accepted.” In the United States, he trained inmates and learned about regional pork specialties: Adventures of a Bacon Curer is said to contain recipes for Quaker sausages and prison roast ham.

Returning to Britain as an unemployed 24-year-old, Davies became a freelance renderer, traveling from farm to farm shipping sick or injured animals that would never make the final journey to the slaughterhouse.