Why Historical Fictions Are the Best Books for Young Adults

The ‘best books for young adults’ are historical fiction and here are eleven benefits for you as a young adult, or your parents, to encourage you to read historical fiction.

Statistics show that the young human brain has a natural ability to absorb new information as part of its developmental growth.

As we age the speed at which we learn slows down. While you are young is a good time to encourage the development of the following qualities:

1) KNOWLEDGE – It will have obvious benefits for you as you learn to retain more knowledge and start life with a good grasp of dates and periods of the past.

2) IMAGINATION – As you sense reality in the past, your imagination will grow.

3) APPRECIATION – You will learn an appreciation of the past which will spill into the present

4) RESPECT – You will learn a new respect for the passage of time and will learn to respect the future

5) WISDOM – You will grow wiser as you witness the hypothetical thinking (or not) from the past. Learning from past mistakes will take on a greater meaning for you

6) ENGAGING – You will learn that history is engaging. Characters from the past weave an entertaining illustration around lifeless facts making history a lot more multi-dimensional than a long string of faceless facts designed to make exam time more difficult.

7) MEMORY – As a young adult you will become more proficient at creating instantaneous story ‘cues’ to remember facts later

8) DISCERNMENT – Historical fictions will also teach you to be discerning, when you see how the past can be altered with the flick of the writer’s pen or the command from a king for example

9) RESPECT – You will be taught appreciation for the aging process and respect for older people

10) ROLE MODELING – Helps you to shape your development. The characters from the past are excellent role models for young adults. Their variety of designs and temperaments offer a wide selection for young adults to model themselves after

11) ACCOUNTABILITY – Helps you decide what lifestyle might better yourself or not when you become an adult. Watching the outcome for others can help shape the younger adults accountability for their own actions – NOW!

Check out Amazon.com, Smashwords and any institution carrying historical fiction books and help yourself get a head start in life!

Casey Grace is an expert in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, and books for young adults she has written with her daughter include all aspects of living, working and playing in the ancient land of the Maya.

Her background in the television and film industry in Toronto bring the entertainment aspect to their books.

When You Need To Changes Your Lifestyle

The “Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle” by Dr. Michael L. Gaynor, M.D., is an excellent book that suggests not only how to stay healthy but what alternate plans to consider when you are sick and are not responding to your prescribed treatment.

The introduction to his book is written by Dr. Oz who has sent many of his patients to Dr. Gaynor for treatment as has many other physicians when their treatment plan is not working.

Dr. Gaynor, takes an integrative approach to medicine and offers very good advice on foods, drinks and natural substances to take advantage of to remain healthy, such as olive oil, coconut milk and oils, green tea, chamomile tea, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, juicing, etc.

But his plan goes far beyond eating foods that are healthy but seeks to harness the power hidden in foods to change our genetic predisposition for disease. In this approach Dr. Gaynor draws heavily on a branch of study known as ecogenetics.

Dr. Gaynor, discusses in terms we can understands how ecogenetic food changes our genetic blueprint and provides scientific data to support alternative therapies and age-old practices, The key approach is to use identified nutrients to combat disease and promote good health. That approach is called “nutrigenetics: and is the core principle of the Gene Therapy Plan.

The “Gene Therapy Plan” is designed to help you resist cancer, heart disease and diabetes, maintain a healthy weight, reverse low immunity, softening the effects of aging, remove toxins from the body, and to promote energy.

Dr. Gaynor has a lot of fascinating things to say about obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and aging in Part I. Then in Part II the author presents sample meal plans, recipes, and how to make several juices, smoothies and snacks. The recipes are very good; I’ve tried some and look forward to trying many more.

I’ve made some changes in my life as a result of reading this book. I am now substituting coconut milk for my flavored coffee cream, have returned to drinking green tea and having switched to orange and orange and lemon-flavored teas, and make sure broccoli and Brussels sprouts are included in my weekly meals. This book is certainly worth reading; it will provide lots of new insights and motivation to make changes for a more healthy life.


Books Are Children’s Best Friend! – Choosing Children’s Book Tips

Women say, “Diamonds are the girl’s best friend”. But, for children, books are children’s best friend! Just like my niece who is a book freak. She likes reading so much. Book store is like a heaven for her. I think that’s because we (especially me) started to introduce her to books when she was only 5 months. What I did at that time was reading her a book with great colors and big picture and taught her to turn the pages one by one. I didn’t even care whether she understood the content or not.

Then, when she was older enough “to read” (I mean see) the books by herself, I begun to introduce her to book store. She liked it very much and this ritual became her new habit. Whenever she saw that we had time to take her to the book store, she begged us to go to the book store to buy new books for her book shelves.

Well, it needed a lot of money of course, but it’s all paid when I see my niece now. She grows into a curious and intelligent girl who likes reading a lot. She can finish her readings only a few hours after she bought those books. She is the second best in her class at school. That’s why I’m so proud of her (and also to my self for introducing her to books early.)

Interested in following what I did to my niece? These are what you need to know if you want to select books for your children.

1. For infants and toddlers

Babies like picture books about objects, like clothing or animals. The good choices are cloth books and books made of heavy cardboard. These kinds of books are durable and easy for them to manipulate. Also choose books with bright, contrasting colors, interesting shapes, and textures. Singing books are also good for them! For toddler, books about numbers, shapes, and animals are the good ones.

What you should do:

– Teach them to learn to turn the pages
– Read the pictures for them.

Try these books:

-Peek-A Who? – Nina Laden
-The Sneetches and Other Stories – Dr. Seuss
-Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See – Bill Martin Jr.
-Pat The Bunny (Touch and Feel Book) – Dorothy Kundhart

2. Preschoolers

Children at this age enjoy books that have a lot of pictures and repetition. They also like stories about themselves or about others their own age. Real-life stories such as tractors, engines also their favorites. Choose books with stories that can be read in 5-10 minutes with one or two printed lines on one page, have happy ending, and books with large and colored pictures that almost tell the story. Never choose books with intimidated story such as fighting or breaking toys.

What you should do:

– Read the book aloud to your children
– Ask questions about pictures and what your children think will happen next to get them involved.
– Help them to tell the story from the pictures alone to let them play an active role in story telling.
– Encourage them to fill in missing words by using pictures.
– Ask them to spot familiar letters and words to hold their attention.

Try these books:

– Bees (A Learn-to-Read series for Pre-schoolers) – Joyce. M. Wise
– “I Am” Memory Books for Pre-Schoolers – N.A. Woychuk
– Best Stories for 5 Year Olds – Enid Blyton

3. For 6-8 year old children

Some children at this age can read fluently while others are just beginning. So, choosing books that suit your children’s level and interest is really important thing to do. You can begin to make a transition from picture books to chapter books. Find the books that have good size text with good amount of spacing between the lines and words. Also find books with good illustrations in their first chapter and have manageable words in them that can be built up.

What you should do:

– Read the first chapter together with your kid, but make sure that that chapter is not too long.
– Ask your kid to read the stories for you instead of you read them for him/her.
– Encourage your kid to memorize key words so that they can recognize them immediately without building them up. Help him/her to focus on these key words while reading a story. But, don’t let this dominate the reading session so that he/she loses the thread of the story.
– Help him/her to guess what he/she think will happen to work out words in a story.
– If your child gets stuck with some words, encourage him/her to use picture clues.
– Share readings to enable you to explore new books with children.
– Read aloud with all the feeling, accents, fun, and drama to make the books alive.

Try these books:

– Bed Time Stories for 6 Year Olds – Helen Paiba
– The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book – Isabel Wyatt

4. For 9-11 year old children

Children at this age begin to view reading as a personal and independent activity. This is the right time to encourage interest in different types of books. Like adults, they want different types of books at different times and read a comfortable book to relax.

What you should do:

– Give them huge variety of books at different times. There are many books choices based on children’s interests.
– If your kid is rather reticent about reading, sport, music, war, adventure, ballet books are the right choice for him/her.

Try these books:

– David and Max – Gary Provost
– Old Town in the Green Groyes: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Lost Little House Years – Cynthia Rylant
– The Puffin Book of Stories for Nine-Year-Olds (Young Puffin Read Aloud) – Wendy Cooling
– Cool HeadLuke: and Other Stories – Jennifer Lasker White
– The Second Captain Underpants Collection: Books 5-7 and Adventures of Super Diaper Baby – Dav Pilkey

5. For 12-15 year old children

At this age, children do not need help with the reading. The challenge for you is to try to ensure that your teen retains a love of books when there are so many distractions. Because, they begin to read only required school books and do not find such books enjoyable or entertaining. That’s why any readings you suggest to them should be interesting and entertaining. They tend to stick with mystery, horror, and adventure books and begin to move from children book to adults novel and non-fiction.

What you should do:

– Help him/her to choose the right novel. Because, not all adult fiction is appropriate for them, as the language or styles of writing shouldn’t be exposed to them yet. Choose the books that produce material that is ideal for the transition from children’s to adult literature.
– Discuss with your child about his/her reading to maintain their interest in books and make them think about what they are reading.
– Ask for suggestions about books that you might enjoy.

Try these books:

– James’s Journey – Asha Khalil
– The 100 Year Old Secret (The Sherlock Files) – Tracy Barrett

Last but not least, prepare your home to be a comfortable “library” for your family, so that you can enjoy books together at home. Happy reading with your kids!

All About Public Speaking Books

Participants in my public speaking workshops have often asked me to recommend some great books that they can read to take their mastery of public speaking to the next level. Indeed, reading is a great way in which you can gain new ideas and novel perspectives on speech delivery.

Here are 5 books I highly recommend that you can read to improve your public speaking skills.

Book #1: Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun

A book that divulges the secrets behind what great speakers and communicators do, and how you can emulate the success of these speakers through highly practical tips.

Book #2: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

The ideas presented in this book are current and cutting-edge. If you want to learn how to sell yourself and your ideas on stage, this book is for you.

Book #3: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History’s Greatest Speakers by James C. Humes

Great leaders like Churchill and Lincoln are not only remembered for their heroic leadership, but also for their mesmerizing and captivating speeches. If you want to learn how to deliver inspirational speeches that captures the hearts and souls of your audience, pick up this book right away!

Book #4: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds

Garr Reynolds is going to change the way you deliver presentations using PowerPoint and Keynote. This book presents noteworthy ideas that transform the way you prepare, design and deliver your presentations.

Book #5: The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speakingby Dale Carnegie

A classic book of public speaking by the guru of communication, Dale Carnegie. This book discloses the fundamentals of how you can influence minds and win hearts through effective speaking. Another book not to be missed!


While I strongly believe that the best way to learn how to deliver exceptional speeches is to do the real thing itself (yes! keep getting stage time to practice your speeches and hone your craft), reading books for new ideas and novel perspectives can put you on a highway to success and accomplishments in this arena. So go forth and pick up a book right away!

The Only 10 Books You Need to Read to Succeed

Personal development is a multi-billion dollar industry. That industry publishes literally thousands of books every year on the topic of success and how to achieve it. From the practical to the new age, there is a different flavor of book for every taste.

So, which books should you read – which books will actually help you on your quest – and which books should you toss to the side? People are busy, so this is a vital question.

This is the list of the only ten books you need to read in order to fully understand the philosophy of success. From positive thinking and the law of attraction to goals and enlightenment, these books hit all the topics.

Get them. Read them. Study them. When you’ve digested the contents of these books, you will be more than ready to get to the important part of your success journey – getting into action.

10. The Magic of Believing – Claude M. Bristol

This book is a classic. Mr. Bristol explains in great detail how to tap into the powers of your subconscious mind. While that may make it sound like it’s new age woo, it’s not. Bristol provides great techniques for auto-suggestion and how to actually think about the problems that may face us. You will get a lot from this book – guaranteed.

9. No-Nonsense Guide to Enlightenment – Blair Warren

Blair Warren is one of the smartest people I know and this book (e-book, actually) showcases that. His premise? That while many of us quest for enlightenment, the fact is that all of us have actually experienced enlightenment at one time or another – and probably even multiple times. I’ve read this book a few times and every time I read it I get something new from it. Want to know the best thing? Mr. Warren provides it as a free download. Get enlightened – get Mr. Warren’s book.

8. Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz

Do you want to know how your brain works? Do you want to improve your golf swing without physically practicing? Do you want to be like a guided missile when it comes to achieving your goals? Then this is the book for you. This is one of the most powerful books you will ever read. This books is such a classic that there is a decent chance that you have read it. If that is the case, then read it again. The concepts in this book bear repeating.

7. Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

What list of books about the philosophy of success would be complete without this book? It’s a classic that deserves repeated readings. I can’t write much that isn’t already written about this book. If you already have it on your shelf, get it and read it again. If you don’t have it, then get it and read it. The proof is in the pudding with Think & Grow Rich: many, many successful people cite this book as a major influence on their success.

6. SHAM – Steve Salerno

The sub-title for this book is How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless. So, what is what one would consider to be an anti-self-help book doing on a list of the best self-help books? In order to separate the wheat from the chaff, not only does one have to know what the wheat looks like, one has to be familiar with what the chaffs looks like as well. Mr. Salerno does an excellent job of illustrating where self-help and personal development have gone awry – and how in some circumstances it is actually hurting people. Like any other human endeavor, the personal development field has its share of charlatans and scammers. The better prepared you are to notice them before they lead you astray, the better are your chances for becoming the success you want to be.

5. How to Get Rich – Felix Dennis

This is not new age fluff. Not at all. This book is not like any book on this list. Mr. Dennis, the multi-millionaire publisher and founder of Maxim Magazine among others, actually calls his little tome an “anti-self-help book”. So, what will you garner from this book? You’ll get Mr. Dennis’ perspective on what it takes to really become rich. And not just six-figures-a-year rich, but multi-millionaire, never-have-to-worry-about-money-ever-again rich. Do you think that you have what it takes to get that far? Read this book and find out. Trust me – it will open your eyes.

4. You Were Born Rich – Bob Proctor

Before he jumped the shark and became “Scientist” Bob the quantum physics “expert”, Bob Proctor actually wrote books and delivered seminars that made sense. As much as I dislike what he’s become, I cannot deny that You Were Born Rich is one of the best personal development books ever written. Not only do I have the book, but I also have the unabridged audio version, which I have played countless times. I know it might be tempting to get some of his other works, but you really don’t need to do that. This is the only book that he’s written that actually has any merit and that will actually help you on your path to success.

3. The Master Key Workbook – Anthony R. Michalski

Yes, I wrote this book. Yes, I really do think that it is that good. And, no, I am not tooting my own horn. As I researched the success philosophy and as I talked with countless people, I discovered one of the main reasons people do not achieve a notable level of success. It is not because they don’t try hard enough; it’s not because they don’t understand the philosophy of success; it’s often not even because they’re not talented or skilled in some way. The main reason many people do not succeed is because they don’t know what they actually want! That’s where the Workbook comes into play. The Workbook is chock full of concepts, mental exercises, and written exercises that will help you hone what your idea of success is. This book will help you to decide what you truly want. Once you have the goal, then attaining it becomes that much easier. You will love this book. And since it’s a workbook and you will be writing in it, you will return to it again and again as you journey toward success.

2. The Master Key System – Charles F. Haanel

What more needs to be said? The Master Key System is “the only clear, concise, comprehensive, definitive, distinctive, and scientific presentation of the creative power of thought ever formulated.” As you read though the 24 weeks of the book and as you practice the exercises, you will be training your brain to focus and to visualize. You will learn how to look at a problem or situation or opportunity and to solve it or see it for what it really is or take advantage of it. This is truly a powerful book and the people who study it get a lot from it.

1. Prometheus Rising – Robert Anton Wilson

If you read only one book on this list, then make it this one. I read it at least once per year – and every time that I do I get something new out of it. In Prometheus Rising, Mr. Wilson takes the reader on a journey through the seven “circuits” of consciousness as delineated by Timothy Leary. What will you learn? A lot. Too much to get into here. I can only say that I have found this book to be one of the most important books that I’ve ever read. I am highly confident that you will agree with me once you’ve read it.

And there you have it. The only ten books you need to read to succeed.