Unless you , yourself are a terrific fact or information enthusiast then it’s doubtful that you’d read many non-fiction books. As is probably the case with most other readers, a non-fiction book is looked at only to find pertinent information and isn’t particularly supposed to induce any particular appeal. A scholar could think otherwise perhaps!

Until now I’ve always read and taken pleasure in fiction stories above all else and would never think about buying books of the non-fiction kind. I would thus pigeonhole myself as a committed reader of fiction, however now that I come to think about it I recognize that I’ve also read and loved numerous biographies books, that happen to be merely one of many genres of non-fiction.

Even though the best non-fiction texts are those which you might have an association with, an interest or fixation with a certain topic perhaps, there can be times in your life when it’s required to study or read non-fiction books which don’t necessarily appeal to you. Non-fiction does not have to be written text seeing that film and pictures are also able to symbolize a factual account of an event or subject.

There are loads more non-fiction books that can have an effect on our lives at some stage or another, a few more than others. Dictionaries or Thesaurus are often very large books, in actual fact they can be huge! Fortunately, these types of book are also available in smaller sizes, some of which should be small enough to fit inside your pocket. If studying or attempting crosswords such books are very helpful. Discovering new words and their definition is a wondrous thing.

If I had to propose a topic as my favourite style of non-fiction, well I imagine I’d have to disclose a love for biographies books of famous people. Aided by the arrival of the internet it would be quite straightforward nowadays to look online so that you can look for information about your favoured celebrities, sportsman or person of authority. But I find there’s absolutely nothing better than flicking through the pages of a hardbacked book instead.

General reference books are considered to be quite boring and quite often challenging to read. This might be correct in most cases, though some may be just as fascinating as fiction if you have got the determination and the interest. By way of example, ‘how to’ books are effective at engaging many people into studying something different which may in time become a new hobby or pastime that could be shared with family and friends. It might be that you want to learn how to be an artist or sculptor – by passing on your wisdom, this can invariably lead to assembly outings with trips to art galleries and museums.

You could possibly advocate non-fiction to read as a subject in your book club. They may prove to be incredibly popular as you’d get the chance to talk about what you’ve learned from the book and pass on your thoughts to the others of the group. This in turn would enable the other members in the group to chat about your views whilst offering up their own too.

Obtaining new information and experiences is the reason why non-fiction books are a joy to read!


There are a number of reasons why you might want to start growing your own produce at home or on an allotment, one of which is its ever growing cost.

Vegetable gardening is not as easy as just heading to the shops and buying them off the shelf, however you can produce vegetables that are usually cheaper and invariably taste better.

First you must decide how much of your garden you wish to use for growing your produce and that it has good drainage, air flow and deep soil. It also needs to be able to get as much sunlight as possible. Failing that, you will be required to purchase containers of varying sizes which are suitable for growing the desired vegetables or fruit.

Before planting, the soil must be properly prepared. Good soil for vegetable gardening is achieved by cultivation and the application of organic materials. Organic matter added to the soil releases nitrogen, minerals and other nutrients which plants need to thrive.

Mulching is a vital part of soil preparation. The most popular and best type of mulch you can use is compost. While the kind and amount of fertilizer used depends on the soil and types of plants, there are some plants that have specific needs; leafy plants, like cabbage, spinach, and lettuce usually grow better with more nitrogen, while root crops like potatoes, turnips, and carrots require more potash.

One thing that is vitally important in vegetable gardening is the garden arrangement. There is no single plan that will work for every garden due to varying conditions. Consulting home garden design books may assist you in this.

One popular way to arrange a vegetable garden is to plant vegetables needing only limited space together, such as radishes, lettuce, beets, and spinach and those that require more room together, such as corn and potatoes.

When you are finally ready to begin planting your vegetable garden, make sure you plant at the right time of year. If you are dying to get an early start, you may want to begin your growing indoors and then transplant when the weather permits. After you are finished planting, make sure your vegetables receive the appropriate amount of water, which depends on the type of plant.

Most plants will need the equivalent of about an inch of water per week and somewhere between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight per day and during periods of dryness they will benefit enormously from some extra water.

It would also be useful if you purchased food and drink books based on produce growing so that you can get all the growing advice and tips you need as and when you need it.

Vegetable gardening is many people’s favourite form of gardening because you can actually taste the fruits of your labour. Vegetable gardening is not that expensive to start and the taste of home grown veggies definitely beat that of supermarket vegetables. Your vegetable gardening days will be full of produce if you take the proper precautions when planting and continue the maintenance of your garden.

Remember also, watching out for pests as protection is needed in order for your vegetable garden to yield a bountiful harvest. Hard work will pay dividends.

If you are reading this it is most likely because you have realised that books can enrich all our lives and give it a purpose. Perhaps that purpose can be collecting traditional children’s books which can be addictive and exciting and a suitable hobby for all ages and tastes.

The collecting of traditional or vintage books may also inspire an interest or fascination with other things vintage which are not necessarily connected to literature and as your collections grow it is nice to be able to share your purchases with other like minded people.

Due to an awesome invention known as the internet, the finding of traditional or vintage children’s books online has now become much easier. Thanks to the children’s bookshop online and auction sites it is possible to rummage around these sites in order to find the books you particularly want and could never before find. Purchasing from all over the world by simply clicking on a mouse makes book collecting fun, uncomplicated and easy.

Authors and illustrators of today are taking advantage of the latest digital technology to create their books and children’s books in particular. Their willingness and eagerness to embrace this new technology enables them to cultivate an environment in the world of children’s books which is both investigational and innovative.

It’s important that children enjoy reading all forms of literature, the more diverse the better. Obviously that will occur gradually as they get older, but initially children will respond favourably to the images and pictures contained in beautifully illustrated books. Books without words may sound a little odd, but until children can read for themselves they are useful in that they can allow adults to put their imaginations to good use by creating their own stories based around the pictures in the book.

That is a really cool idea, as the story would most often include the people and objects that surround children every day of their lives and will provide a secure and comforting environment in which boys and girls may grow.

The brain is literally a sponge and often the subtle messages contained in children’s books can be very persuasive and influential. Being easily influenced is part of being a child but by absorbing all these messages and the environment around them is how they can learn to become adults.

Traditional or classic stories from all over the world and action and adventure novels are beautifully illustrated so they can attract and delight kids of all ages to read them. Traditional characters like wizards and witches, dragons, princes and princesses thrive in, say, fairy tales but our classic children’s books include stories such as Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island which have previously entertained generations of kids and continue to do so today. They also make beautiful gifts which can be treasured forever.

Boys and girls will often choose to read different types of books but it is important that both genders attempt to read a wide variety of literature to open their minds to bigger and better possibilities. Yes, it’s nice to read the latest books but it is most beneficial to introduce classic and traditional books into a collection and allow our children to enter the sometimes weird but always wonderful world of children’s literature.

eBooks and eReaders are an alternative means to reading books, magazines and other reading material. Suffice to say that any device which displays text on a screen may act as an ereader, however specialised ebook readers can provide easy portability, readability and battery life for this purpose. It is also well known that a single ereader is capable of holding the digital equivalent of hundreds of printed texts without any added weight.

Although similar to a tablet computer, the screen of an eBook reader is typically much slower. The tablets are capable of higher refresh rates, better interaction and versatility, as they can devour and create many types of content. That being said, the eReader affords better readability of their screens and have a longer battery life.

It is also possible these days for eReaders to access the internet through the use of Wi-fi and with the software built-in it provides a link to your online library or ebook seller so that you can buy, borrow, receive and even lend your ebooks for eReaders.

Once registered, your eReader stores all your books and other reading materials for easy access and are also kept online for added security. It is possible to download ebooks for eReaders from any location, computer or memory card.

Deciding between ebook reader or tablet is a daunting task particularly when there are so many options to consider, such as size, weight, screen type and perhaps an app ‘ecosystem’. An app offers the most flexibility and gives you access to your reading collection on multiple devices and also lets you read ebooks from a variety of sellers, meaning you can read Kindle books on an iPad or Nook books via an android phone etc.

If all you want to do is read books or perhaps newspapers and magazines then a simple e-ink reader would suffice very well and can cost from as little as £49. eReaders offer you the nearest experience to reading a book and while they have some useful features included you don’t get the distraction of emails or social media messages being flashed across the screen.

The weight and size of your ereader is a very important issue which should be considered before you buy as you will have to hold it in front of you for a considerable amount of time.

The smallest and lightest ebook readers available weigh between six and 7.5 ounces depending on whether or not it has a touch screen or a built in light. Even when using a protective case or screen cover they are light enough to use for extended periods of time even though their use will add to the overall weight.

Unlike books or magazines an eBook allows you to change the font size of the material you are reading, even if you only have a small screen you are able to display much larger type than what you may be used to seeing in books etc so you don’t have to forfeit the readability of the text. PDF documents often look cramped on a small screen, however, as generally larger print is used in these types of documents.

Dedicated e-book readers, like Nook, Kindle, Kobo, and Sony Reader use an e-ink screen which does an admirable job of replicating the appearance of printed paper. However, they’re black and white and the pages don’t refresh as quickly as those on an LCD do, but you can read e-ink readers in direct sunlight, which is something you’re not able to do on a LCD screen.

The screens on e-ink readers are not self illuminating, but with the release of readers with Glowlight, Paperwhite and Glo this has now changed and with the use of in-built lighting technology it is now possible to read an e-ink screen in a dark environment.

Any ebook reader with additional technology included does invariably cost you more than the basic eReaders, however if they provide the reading experience that you want then the extra expense is probably well worth it.

Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories shall tell about technology and science of the future. Science fiction is imaginative but plausible and is often set in the future, in outer space, on another world, or in another dimension or universe.

This particular genre of fiction also features a human ingredient, to aid in explaining what consequence new discoveries, occurrences and scientific developments can have on the human race in the future.

Inserting science fiction into subcategories may be problematical. Certain books often overlie 2 or 3 different defined genres, making it tough to just pigeonhole them into one precise book genre or another.

One of the first pioneers of the science fiction genre is H G Wells whose celebrated novel, The War of the Worlds, outlines the invasion of late Victorian England by Martians employing fighting machines fitted with sophisticated guns. It’s a significant elucidation of an invasion of Earth by aliens. In this, as in many other novels, scientific innovations were investigated and the consequences of such were revealed.

Writing based on alternative futures or worlds, science fiction is comparable to, although differs from, fantasy because in its stories you will find elements that are largely possible even though many of them remain imaginative speculation.

Because science fiction & fantasy books are so closely associated with each other, they are genres that a number of writers have endeavoured to combine, even despite on occasion, a slight blurring of the boundaries. Generally speaking, science fiction books vary from fantasy books in that it involves things which may someday be achievable or that at the very least embody the simulation of pragmatism.

The supernatural is generally not included in science fiction, nonetheless it’s a distinctive trait of fantasy fiction. Examples of the supernatural in fantasy include magic spells or acts, magical locations just like Narnia or Hogwarts, creatures like witches and vampires, transportation in the manner of portals between worlds or broomsticks and the supernatural component of allowing people to change into trolls and so forth. Such things are essential themes in fantasy.

Certainly we can agree that science fiction is most often opposing to reality but science fiction books rely greatly on the postponement of uncertainty. This could be facilitated in reader’s minds by offering potential scientific reasons or resolutions to the fictional elements of the story.

With the dawn of new advances in science such as electrical energy and forms of powered transportation, science fiction authors specifically were in a position to generate a number of books based around these latest inventions and were extremely popular with fans of fiction books over a wide spectrum of society at large.

In the fullness of time, other genres of fiction have been used together with science fiction such as crime thrillers and mystery books and possibly astonishingly, historical romance books as in Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. This derivative of science fiction is accessible in a variety of formats for example ebooks for eReaders.

Many sci-fi books based on TV series are extremely popular in today’s market and often help to bring our much loved science fiction characters closer to us in more ways than one!

A long time ago, in the very distant past, films were adapted from books. How many of us have said, “I’ve seen it, but it was not as good as the book,” but you hardly ever hear anybody admitting to preferring the film over its book equivalent.

There have been lots of science fiction series, as in Torchwood, Doctor Who or Star Trek, that began on television and then moved into books and as the years moved forward many more popular television genres followed suit, an example of this is the US cop drama Starsky & Hutch.

The list is in no way exhaustive and while some people call the novels by TV characters or title, a trick employed by publishers to make them marketable, the reality is, if they are well written, they will sell.

DCI Banks

British crime drama, DCI Banks, is a TV series founded on Peter Robinson’s Inspector Alan Banks novels and stars Stephen Tompkinson acting the lead part.

The pilot episodes were adapted from the novel “Aftermath”, that were so popular, a further three of Robinson’s novels were adapted for the small screen.

The initial series consisted of 3 dramas in two parts based on 3 of these books by Peter Robinson: Playing with Fire, Cold is the Grave and Friend of the Devil, which earned tremendous viewer ratings and are some of the best TV books to read .

Three more mystery and crime books concerning DCI Banks were adapted for the second series where a new character, DI Helen Morton (Caroline Catz), was introduced but does not figure in the novels; as usual a touch of artistic licence is often all that is necessary to pull off further edge of the seat scenarios and Robinson’s novels are accessible in all formats, for example eBooks for eReaders.

Dr Tony Hill

Another British crime drama is Wire in the Blood and is based on characters created by author, Val McDermid. This TV series centred on Tony Hill, played by Robson Green, who is a university clinical psychologist. Hill is skilled at finding his own dark side to get into the heads of serial killers. Working together with detectives, Hill takes on tough and ostensibly unfathomable cases in an effort to find the killers before they hit again.

The support given to the detectives by Dr Tony Hill, allows them to chase down serial killers by way of a profile, based on the actions of the killer.

Hill is bright and engaging, if a slight eccentric and he is driven by a considerable awareness of right and wrong and his comprehension of human behaviour enables him to empathise strongly with both victim and killer. Tony does get results but the cases most often distress him greatly because he has trouble distancing himself from distressing cases.

Again, using artistic licence, only two or three of these episodes were determined by storylines found in McDermid’s books, the remainder were new plots written by others.

A few of these examples aren’t books based on TV series , they could be the opposite way about but whatever way round it occurs we will have many TV books and DVDs because of it!

Since the 2012 Olympic Games, the fascination in sports and partaking in a sport has reached new heights and is an excellent and enjoyable way for getting. It’s interesting to know how people during the Middle Ages got fit and which form of sports activities they participated in.

The people of the Middle Ages enjoyed countless hours free from graft and indulging in sports activities. Nevertheless many sports played throughout the Middle Ages were aimed towards expanding the combat abilities of men. Middle Ages Feudalism was founded on the barter of land in favour of joining the military. Lords were required to make available skilled soldiers to engage in battle for the king. It was imperative for knights to obtain excellent combat skills. The medieval sporting activities in the Middle Ages were consequently created to offer weapon practice and to boost a man’s fitness.

Sporting Contests

Feudalism was looked upon as a pyramid of power. It was possible for every person to progress further up the ranks of the pyramid and that is what everyone hoped to do. A knight who was courageous in combat or was successful at jousting in tournaments often become wealthy. His wealth could afford him a castle. His import in the land would improve resulting in his inclusion in the landed gentry. A peasant that was very talented in sporting activities during the Middle Ages should be able to win a purse at a sporting contest, secure a significant reputation and increased value by his lord and his station in life would increase.

Tournaments and Jousting

The really big sporting events were the tournaments and the jousts. These type of sports activities were perilous because men might very easily be killed. Knights who took part in these contests had to be skilled in quintain, a target utilized by knights to practice jousting. Knights and feudal lords employed such weapons as lances, swords, battle axes and daggers and the majority of Medieval sports activities were designed to provide practice of such skills. This kind of thing might be of immense interest to kids and can be within sports books for kids .


Archery wasn’t only one of the Medieval sporting activities during the Middle Ages. Lower class men were required to practice archery by law! The first Medieval Archery Law was passed in 1252, when all Englishmen between the ages of 15 to 60 were commanded, by Law, to equip themselves with a bow and arrows. The areas chosen for archery training during the Medieval era of the Middle Ages were known as the Butts.

A very powerful weapon at that time was the longbow. Used at the Battle of Crecy, in 1346, these longbows left the French army annihilated with roughly two thousand French fighters killed as opposed to fifty English men. This is the reason why Archery Laws were passed and why training at the Butts was so important and why it was among the very valuable sporting activities during the Middle Ages!

The girls of the Middle Ages were completely dictated to by all the men in their family accordingly it’s thought that the only sport women undertook was ‘legging it’ from various heavy-handed males!

There used to be numerous diverse forms of sports in the Middle Ages. Many of which were designed to improve the skills and strength of knights. These sports would incorporate jousting, quarterstaff contests, wrestling, hammer throwing, archery, skittles and bowls.

Sports activities have indeed moved on a whole lot from those times and it’s possible to look for the history of all your favoured sports activities in books for sports lovers .

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