Critics in the book industry are essential in building up the credibility of an author. Because of their honest and unbiased review, sometimes if not often, their remarks could either make or break an author’s confidence to penetrate the competitive world of books. However, if an author would constructively take the criticism and see the silver lining, then everything will be on the right track towards success. But what if the author receives an admiring review? It could be the starting point where the door of opportunities will flow…
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The Most Moving Book 2022 Award
Traditional wisdom dictates that to fight against cancer is to fight a losing battle. One can only prepare for the unavoidable sight of decimated bodies littering the field. The book, Come Home Alive: The Power of Knowing how to Work Together to Make It Through the Crisis of Cancer by Mari D. Martin proposes a different outcome-a win for the good guys. To show that this scenario is even possible, the author takes the readers along on a very personal journey, her husband’s painful battle with Stage 4 throat cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
What strikes the reader from the get-go is how organized the book is. There are no misplaced chapters or quotations. Everything is so well-written that the conversations smoothly flow along. The way the author handled herself and her husband’s coming ordeal reflects this organized approach. read more
Injustice, in its multitudinous forms, is unabating. It is so unequivocal in its jarring relentlessness that even the most uncaring individual must, at some point in his life, draw the line when it coldly stares him in the face. That the greater majority of humanity prefer to preserve our so-called peace rather than commit to stop this insidious tide in its tracks is the way of the world and not at all surprising. Ordinary people like you and me are a dime a dozen. There is a select few, however, like the author Jennifer Hereth, who make the effort to shake us from our apathy. In her opportune book, An Artist Responds to Political Injustice, she brandishes with authority “paint, paper, and canvas” and gift-wraps them in dabs of no-nonsense prose to plead for the realization of an all-inclusive United States of America, a land of dreams where the downtrodden, like the refugees of all color, black Americans, and #MeToo women, are allowed their moments in the sun. read more
Can a man be so unlucky that he always becomes the target of bullying and discrimination in his life and career? Chibike Ichifenelo Nwabude in his autobiographical book The Sad and Painful Journey of a Struggling Disabled Black Man: Surviving Against All Odds. “Don’t Quit” elevates bullying and discrimination to a whole new level of bad. From the dirt roads of a remote village in Nigeria to the concrete jungles of the United States of America, the author’s journey, through no fault of his, is marked by constant struggle. He points to his physical disability and the dark color of his skin as the drivers of his unlucky streak. read more
Have you ever wondered what life is like for individuals who suffer from mental illnesses? Facing reality with an unpredictable mind is a challenge not for the bearer alone but for the people around them as well.
An awe-striking journal of a wife who battled her husband’s mental instability, Loving a Beautiful Mind; Schizophrenia and an amazing God! by Carolyn T Linn, is the documented story of a brilliant man, Maynard, whose life was tremendously affected by Schizophrenia. This mental disorder originates from a chemical imbalance of the brain. While Schizophrenia is a known concept today, the studies that supported patients with this condition were uncommon when the author first encountered it. read more
The thrill of fatherhood is an exhilarating journey filled with the unexpected. Although a mother’s love is unconditional, the love a father has for his child is eternal.
When your life may be chaotic, your father will never blatantly criticize your choices or actions; instead, he will assist you through the challenges you may be experiencing. To help us prepare for the following years of our lives, author George Bradt has crafted a book titled Back-To-School Chats: Advice from Fathers to their Sons.
It’s a well-written book that contains advice from a wide range of sources and real-life experiences, as well as the author’s advice from his own interactions with his son, Peter Bradt, when he was growing up. read more
“No need to worry, they just kidnap men” was the biggest lie told to Alice and disproven by the tragedy that would culminate in her being captive for 269 days while in Colombia. That is the harrowing real-life story told by the author and victim, Alice Weil, in her second book, Kidnapped.
Written in the third person, the book recounts the moment when Lili (Alice) is stopped by a suspicious soldier who was supposedly looking for her brother, under allegations that he was involved in drug trafficking. The problem? Lili had no brothers. She is then forcefully taken into a so-called colonel’s place, and the realization of being at their mercy finally clicks as she hears the lock clicking behind her, sealing her destiny. read more
When peering into a fish tank, you find yourself transfixed. Aquariums are popular for many reasons, including their relaxing environment, the satisfaction that comes from keeping a living creature alive, and so on. Perhaps people like them so much because they reveal the fascinating personal lives of fish, which are generally hidden behind a murky curtain.
With this mystery standalone book, the author, a crime writer, forges new ground. It’s a complicated, yet superbly structured psychological thriller with emotional depth and a hopeful outlook. The novel is gritty at times, with some racism, violence, and profanity, but the gutsy Jason captures the readers’ attention as he and his sidekick crime-solver, Captain Morris, struggle with clues and criminals seeking clarity and redemption as the tension rises. read more
How should one measure the depth of a mother’s love for her child? Is it by tearing out her traumatized heart from her bosom and spreading it out for everyone to see? Or would you do it by asking her to give up her child in return for not losing everything that she holds dear? The dilemma presented by a mother’s love for her autistic son makes Journey to Acceptance: Finding Hope, Support, and Peace for your Autistic Child by Michelle Vanessa O’Reilly an emotional reading experience. It confronts the reader with a sensitive topic and one that leaves one feeling vulnerable.
Having an autistic child is not a challenge that anyone will take pleasure in or even easily understand. From the author’s recollections, I can feel her deep-seated tiredness, fear, and anguish at constantly caring for someone with a neurological and developmental condition that makes the person unable to fend for himself. Her small victories go hand-in-hand with unforgiving setbacks. How or where it leads to is always at the back of the reader’s mind. read more
The Last Matriarch: Day of the Robin by David L. Simmons is a slow-brewing suspense thriller set in the Black community of High Point, North Carolina. The Matriarch of the community, Johnnie Mae Dixon, guides the children with her foresight and wisdom. Her daughter, Sylvia, wanted to know what triggered the bootleg war in the fifties. The story then leaps to the fifties, where the underworld businesses were flourishing but not without power struggle and greed. While uncovering the reason for the bootleg war, everyone sees only one side of the story. What if there was another side, a much darker one, waiting to be unveiled?
The Last Matriarch: Day of the Robin is undoubtedly a perfectly structured thriller. read more
Pinpoints of light, some brighter than others, mesmerizes against an inky-black sky. For eons, these beacons to creation have bewitched astronomers. The magnificent light show is the centerpiece of A Stellar Life written by Helmut A. Abt, astrophysicist-extraordinaire who has spent the greater portion of his life gazing at the stars beneath the eyepieces of giant telescopes in world-renowned observatories such as Kitt Peak, Mt. Wilson, Mcdonald, and Cerro Tololo to pierce the mystery shrouding the universe.
To some extent, the author has succeeded. The book discusses in detail his researches on the classification of stars by their spectra. His findings on metallic-line and other abnormal stars helped illuminate the role of duplicities. His work paved the way for the discovery of exoplanets. He won the first George van Biesbroeck Prize for his unselfish contribution to the field of astronomy. read more
A mother is one of life’s most treasured companions. She doesn’t ask for anything in return, yet she still loves you no matter what. When you spend your whole life with your mother, you develop a unique bond that will last for the rest of your family’s existence.
An impassioned masterwork that entails the author’s mother’s penned biography, I, Too, Remember Mamma by Gary Papierman perfectly captures the beautiful and meaningful life of a Jewish widowed mother of two in the post-World War II era. Gorgeous and petite with mesmerizing hazel-brown eyes, Mamma, whose name was Sally Dora, was remembered as a self-reliant and responsible mother not only to her children but also to her friends and family. read more
A poor boy of Italian descent, living in the Bronx in the 1960s. What were the chances he was going to succeed in life? Leave it to Francis A. Castelli, the protagonist of this autobiography, to give you the answer in his book Just Show Up, which he subtitles as the Antidote to Corporate Kool Aid – and it is precisely that!
When I started reading Francis’s words, I was immediately hooked by the promise of wisdom put in simple yet meaningful words that were framed by the solid foundations of Christianity and family. The beginning of his tale has a very biographical tone, but he didn’t fill it with an almanac of dates and descriptions. read more
When I first read the title for this book, The Box Salesman, I was led into thinking it would be another of those formulaic manuals for entrepreneurial success, with a sobbing story in the beginning and tales of self-promotion that reach into absurdity. And oh, how was I pleased to see that I was completely wrong!
The push of adult responsibilities sets him in Western Stone, a company that sells paper. His boss, the fiery and foul-mouthed Mr. McDermott, deals him all the cards Evan never knew he would ever need, both good and bad, and the salesman sets off in his journey of self-discovery through confusing relationships, alcohol, and law troubles, culminating into being face-to-face with tragedy. And just as for most of us, he ends up finding his way through it all. read more
Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Dana R. Gordon professes that the book TEAM: Training, Education, and Mentorship was not intended to be a thesis on teamwork and leadership. Instead, he wanted to give the reader a peek into the insights he gained and developed from his stint in the US Navy and his post-military career with his “somewhat autobiographical, but mostly historical” tome. The idea of becoming a bridge builder, a person who creates enduring legacies for others to follow and use the ideas presented in the book and his personal history as a backdrop or inspiration to leap over the obstacles or divides in their lives, whether personal or work-related, speaks volumes of the man the author has become after 29 years of a decorated military career. How he was able to fit his life’s work in a concise 110-page volume is beyond me!
The theme of bridge builder occurs throughout the book and helps the reader understand why it lies at the heart of training, education, and mentorship. Right off the bat, the author remembers with affection the tough love approach of his mentors at Columbia High School that ingrained in him the philosophy of accountability for one’s work and actions. read more
Imagine a world without the industrial sector. Do you think we’d be living as we are today? They provide us with the materials to make everything we need, saving us the time and effort of personally making everything from scratch. Through processed woods, cement, usable steel, and most essentially, glass, we can build the physical environments, both rural and urban, that we see today. While their importance can’t be emphasized enough, it’s easy to forget the amount of work that goes into producing these things.
Written with an immense passion for the industry, Reflections of a Glass Maker by Alan Slavich is an autobiography designed to tell his story as a glassmaker throughout his 55 years in the service. read more
One cannot help but read with avid interest Sandy Juhola’s Just the Write Words, a conglomeration of a lifetime’s worth of tidbits of wisdom and inspirational quotes culled from greeting cards that the author herself made for friends and family members. Having imagined how difficult it must have been for the author to come up with this collection of veritable nuggets of inspiration, it only magnifies the zeal and dedication that the author exerted to, and in her own words, “uncover bits and pieces of words written on the backs of envelopes, crumpled cocktail napkins, lined notebook paper, sticky notes…[to] capture a fleeting thought that might escape me and be lost forever.”
Through her writing, the reader can sense that the author had the intention of encapsulating her life and what she has achieved in it between the unforgiving pages of a book. read more
Letting go of the objects that are notable in our hearts can be pretty tough. An attachment to such things can affect our dispositions in our daily life. Even the tiniest material can mean so much and is strenuous to let go of. We all have a fair share of experience of struggling to bid our goodbyes to something that’s been with us for too long and continues to spark joy. Gustav is among many of us. Tock-a-Tick by Ryke Leigh Douglas shows us what it means to come up with clever ideas and make brave decisions. It’s all a matter of picking what’s best regardless of the circumstances we have to face. Now, is Gustav ready to take on this personal trial?
The book is in its optimum shape in terms of story flow, word choice, message, and even illustrations. All the ingredients needed to make a children’s book in its snatched state are found in this lovely piece of written art. The vibrantly detailed illustrations make the scenarios inviting, fueling up every reader’s level of imagination. read more
Does it ever cross your mind if your life is predetermined by destiny? Just when you think your life is starting to make sense, it always finds ways to turn things in various directions somehow.
In an ever-enthralling cascade of events, Scott Deluca, a mercenary who goes by the alias 35, shares his experiences in a story about significant turning points in his life. After starting as a frail 205-pound hippie trying to avoid the draft, he transformed into a well-paid mercenary earning far more than he could have ever dreamed. He begins to tell his life’s story in this book by H.A. Stuart, emphasizing the question, “Out of all people, why me?”. read more
A story that draws the reader in with its poignant minimalism, Survival: A Story of Friendship by Alice Weil is a tapestry of two generations of a German Jewish family caught in the turbulent shadow of war. It starts with the return of the well-meaning Sigmund to Frankfurt fresh from his deployment as an officer in the Prussian Army to assume his role in the family business run by the astute Paul. With the onerous Treaty of Versailles setting the German economy on fire, Sigmund had to juggle, albeit with some success, his responsibilities as a businessman and father to the winsome Nellie. The first part of the book delves into the complicated relationships between Sigmund, his new wife, Helene, and Nellie.
Coker: A Mountain Man’s Story by Wesley Arlin Brown is a gripping adventurous tale set in 1906. This is the story of Coker Owen Ford, who thrived all his life in the Wild West. He and his partner Rufe are living a quiet life in the wilderness of Aspen Hill. Then, one day, a letter arrived for him from his daughter seeking help to save his grandchildren. Immediately, he leaves his mountain home and travels to Oklahoma to rescue them. It was not an easy task, but he is determined. With his iron might and unshaken will, he embarks on an adventurous mission. Will he survive and rescue his grandchildren or perish?
Coker Owen Ford is a one-man army. He lives a calm life in his secluded cabin up on the hill. The wilderness has changed him over the years. read more
Is there a formula for success? Many entrepreneurial coaches will tell you so, belittling what you are and trying to shape you into a frame of impossible goals, and when you fail, they will say you lack willpower. To them, it makes no difference if you succeed or not – they have already granted their sale. I am delighted to say that Succeed Anyway! by Tauheed S. Burke is not one of those shady books. It can teach you to do just that: succeed, no matter what, and I was really pleased to see what a fresh take the author has on the subject.
The book is an Entrepreneur Development Manual based on the author’s story and examples of other highly successful people, filled with tangible goals to achieve success in your business through the planning of a clear vision and the discipline of following the foolproof steps to get you there, but with a very personal twist. read more
God speaks to us in many ways every day, and it is easy to let ourselves be distracted from it by the incessant routine that this world throws at us for our own survival. However, getting to the end of a day and sitting down with the Bible to imbibe ourselves with the Word of the Lord is not always an immediate teaching and enlightenment because the understanding and/or application are harder for us. God supplies the clarity for us in various ways. He uses people who are gifted and obedient to be His shepherds and disciples. These are the ones who can help others to grasp and experience the messages from our Father God.
Bettie Jo Walker is one of those people. The educator from California has lived much and learned just as much – and she is eager to present her experiences, thoughts, and reflections about God, His Word, and personal prayers that touched my heart with their purity and sincerity. read more
The three most important virtues for Christians to live out are faith, hope, and love. Our spiritual obligations to God are grounded in virtues so that we may better serve Him. What we do as members of our church, as directed by divine scripture, dictates who we are and what we are beyond our church. However, sin brings so much sorrow to people. The agony brought upon by evil deeds drives people wandering around the world feeling lost.
People of God- One and All: Saints and Sinners by Edith A. Close-Vaziri, is a marvelous collection of poems that excels in expressing monologues and conversations in the most interesting way. The pieces are provided with biblical references for further readings and, for some, images, allowing the readers to indulge in the biblical concepts that the author used to give context to the poem. This is not the only great thing about this piece of literature though. read more
“Home is a place where the heart is” is an old maxim that has been said time and again throughout many generations. It entails the meaning that our homes are where we truly desire to be. However, what happens when you get separated from your home? What happens when your family is taken away from you and you are left alone? Is home truly a place?
Join an intricate and gripping journey, centered around Karl, an Ethnic German boy, who was taken away from his family to serve the Nazi cause, and Rachel, a Jewish girl, who was saved by Karl from a Nazi raid. Follow this couple of teenagers through their perilous adventure in the shambles left in Czechoslovakia right after World War II. Come face to face with realistic and appalling experiences brought about the post-war Communist atrocities in the Czech Republic, where powerful men were terrorizing the native populations. read more
An epic story of intertwined pasts, secrets that span generations, dangerous threats, strange phenomena, and the unknown. That is the plot of I Wish I Had Those Gasoline Pellets, the newest mystery/fiction book by author Carl Kegerreis.
The tale begins amidst the Vietnam War, wherein a young Captain of the Air Force of the United States, Oley Washington Jr., faces the hardship of being stranded in the middle of enemy territory. His fate is left to the hands of captors, who take Oley in as a prisoner and leave no breadcrumbs behind. As a result, the captain is considered MIA by the country he once served, just as many of his brothers in arms. read more
The message is loud, but it is not always clear, but good values from the Bible and man setting the path, and the knowledgeable guidance of the words in this book makes it understandable and credible. That is the main goal of Bits and Pieces, the author’s newest work in a series of eye-opening texts.
True to its name, Bits and Pieces offers exactly that: a throughout analysis of what God asks of us, how His message comes forth, and how to decode it. Seemingly basic passages from the Word of God hide deeper truths, and the author brings her plethora of tools to get it all exposed for the reader’s sake. Not only that but there are also several instances in which the author dissects current trends and values – including the true meaning behind COVID-19, the experiences it has brought upon mankind, and what can be learned from it all. read more
Nothing in nature can relax better than a cat.
Cuauhtémoc: Deception and Treason is the fourth and final installment in the Cuauhtémoc series that binds this intriguing saga in a wholesome manner. Book one follows Cuauhtémoc’s first flight. Book two follows him establishing his reign as the Mayan emperor. Book three follows his journey to become the Chief Jaguar Priest. Finally, book four follows the journey and events as Maya becomes a world power. It opens with him as the Chief Jaguar Priest and his brothers making fun of his ‘cat’ form. Then the storyline quickly escalates to Cuauhtémoc establishing Maya as a great world power while navigating various adversities and betrayals in an uphill battle.
The world-building is as vivid and consuming as you’d expect from the author, and the plotting is thorough. read more
What happens when you realize that the path you’re taking seems to be a dead and lonely end? Will you stand up and make a change? Or, do you keep wallowing in your own misery?
Slowly falling into a deep dark hole, Paul Desilets struggles to find his light after the suicide of his twin brother. Determined to find his purpose, he volunteered to become a humanitarian aid worker and went on a mission to use his knowledge and skills to aid the Mayas in Guatemala. However, during this journey, Paul would realize that he had grown attached to the Mayas more so than he would have ever expected.
Blood for Freedom by J.P. Piche is an astounding piece of historical fiction set in Guatemala, moving to the events of the new guerilla war in Central America of the late 1970s. Aiming to help the youth, Paul finds himself in challenging and even traumatic experiences that compel him to become more involved with the Mayans’ cause. read more
Be aware of God’s love: that is the main message we can find in YESHUA – God is Thinking About You More Than You Think, a book by Christian scholar Corey Lautamus. The author calls us to heed not to his words only, but rather to His Word, the Word of God we soothe our wounds in, and that is more than often misunderstood. We’re invited to observe and perceive Jesus’s role and true meaning – not through theoretical lenses, which are prone to see in the Word a plethora of interpretations that may best suit the reader, but through purely biblical insights and pieces of evidence that come from the words of the prophets themselves. This book is a great work of exegesis, based on the author’s extensive and certifiable knowledge. read more
El libro de Carlos, ´La Navidad de Henry’ me ha parecido un estupendo libro no demasiado largo y fácil de leer. Personalmente he conectado mucho con el personaje de Henry. Sus inquietudes y su espíritu aventurero, junto con su imaginación desbordante, han hecho que con cada página viese mi historia personal reflejada en la vida del protagonista.
La manera en la que está escrita el libro lo hace muy ameno. Con diálogos rápidos y con una narrativa que me ha hecho devorar cada página.
Es el primer libro que leo de Carlos Mendieta y espero no sea el último. Ha sido un gran descubrimiento y creo que mi siguiente libro también será de este autor. Cuesta encontrar un escritor que enganche en todas las páginas y que no tenga páginas que flojean y hacen que pierdas el interés en la historia. read more
In his book Colors: The Ancient African Connection to the Crips and Bloods, author Willie Hill takes exploring the roots of these street gangs no lightly. The book depicts the epic struggle of two young warriors, both of whom are descendants of two distinct groups. Tuuwee, the crowned prince of an exiled Cuuzan tribe whose close connection was to the color blue, and the ferocious warrior Luba Zandi who had dreadlocks of the red Ikeely clan, the two warriors suffer the same fate as they embark on their journey towards freedom just to face condemnation to the foreign lands of America in the end.
The story takes place in central Africa and details the events from approximately in the 1800s with the banishment of Tuuwee’s clan before his birth and goes on to tell the story of how things progressed from there until his imprisonment by his power-driven uncle, Dugawduu. read more
Spiritual healing comes in various forms. It can be through acts of religious activities or social interaction. Children, teens, adults, and elders experience challenges that may lead to questioning one’s purpose and life’s meaning. As a result, it can be troubling to seek a suitable form of help. How Blessed You Are in God’s Promises by Barney Sol Reese is among the most beautiful and uplifting spiritual books existing. Nowadays, religious guidance may seem too stuffy, but this book is the utter inversion for this genre. Preeminent from the rest, it’s not only a mere compilation of advice, it’s also a self-help book offering its readers a glimpse of God in life’s toughest moments.
The book composes of well-curated advice from the Bible towards various worldly issues. It serves as a great reminder that whatever adversities are faced in life, the perfect words to calm the storm are found only in God’s scripture. read more
What is another great way to tell children a meaningful story about friendship without using princesses, knights, and dragons? Well, the presence of talking animals, of course! In Come One, Come All Spring Festival by Tammy Elizabeth Fogle, these lovely creatures are organizing something grand for their annual spring celebration. Planning and preparing together always gets the job done untroubled. The bond shared by friends is as strong as that shared by a family. However, there will be challenges in friendships when desperate times occur. Will these friends settle the situation in time for the Spring Festival?
The book makes every page an exciting and worthwhile read. Imagination is naturally fueled by the animals’ conversations guided by fun illustrations vibrantly drawn by Hannah Raye Marchant. read more
A raw and evocative firsthand account of the events of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina and its ensuing weeks of a harrowing ordeal for everyone involved.
Cheryl Hawkins’ Louder than Thunder portrays a very personal and poignant experience of a daughter and a 70-year-old wheelchair-bound father, Emile during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. Her epistolary writing and usage of vivid language evoke a sense of immediacy, therefore, transports the readers in the time and place of the events. Cheryl, an elementary school teacher, and a very active church member takes the readers back to the 26th of August 2005, in the usual hot and humid New Orleans. The news channels were consumed with all kinds of warnings for the upcoming potential Category 5 hurricane. Everyone in the neighborhood had been panic buying for essential supplies and immediately evacuated for security. Meanwhile, with Emile’s admirable faith in God and Cheryl’s obedience to her tenacious father, her responsibility as his daughter ruled. Together, the two ended up riding out the storm in their home. read more
School is one of the biggest memory contributors in our lives. We all have our own stories to tell with troubles along the way. According to our little Jack, school is nothing but a waste of time as it’s useless in the long run. The book, The Match: Jack vs. School by Jane E. Dickerson and Jack Seyferth presents us with a true story that will motivate your kids to look forward to being in school. It’s all about how Jack has to learn through the challenges to understand the importance of school. Together with his Grammy, his fun-filled adventures serve as a heads up on the roller-coaster ride school has to offer.
The story allows a nostalgic feeling to develop upon reading into the pages. It’s similar to reading one’s diary while smiling at every core memory — the difficulty in getting up early, the giddiness in sending cards to crushes, the courage in facing bullies, and the excitement in joining field trips. read more
Cuauhtémoc: Descendent of the Jaguar is the third installment in the Cuauhtémoc series that is as exciting and full of adrenaline rush as the preceding two books. While book one follows Cuauhtémoc’s first flight and book two follows him establishing his reign as the Mayan emperor, book 3, Descendent of the Jaguar follows his journey to become the Chief Jaguar Priest. It opens after the first few days when Cuauhtémoc ascends the throne, giving the readers a peek into his rule of the kingdom, which slowly develops as the base of Cuauhtémoc’s next adventure. With the introduction of characters like Son of Spain, Admiral Wright, Quoholocet, Captain of Aztec, and others, this book is a totally different ball game. The author integrates the elements of adventure in this historical fantasy novel and thoroughly combines the themes of suspense, thrill, and action alongside. On one hand, the author revisits the happenings of the last two books in small snippets, while on the other hand, a complex plot for this one is set. read more
Becoming a princess is part of most little girls’ dreams. To wake up with lovely dresses, lots of shoes, undeniable beauty, effortless grace, and being loved by everyone is indeed a wonderful life. Darling is among the few of those lucky girls who get to live this dream come true. Darling the Orphan Princess by Shelia Chapple tells us the journey this little princess had to go through as she discovers who she truly is. However, a princess is never complete if her own real identity is her missing piece. Darling remembers an image from her past that shakes her entire identity. What could be the end game of Darling’s life in royalty?
The story is a perfect combination of fantasy and reality in its own creative way. There are illustrations that add vibrance to particular scenes, making the reading experience exciting and amusing. The unexpected turn of events for this princess will definitely keep your kids excited to flip to the next page. read more
When reviewing biographies, I’ve come to the realization that many authors try to convey their experiences into words, but most of them pass as anecdotal remarks only – fortunately, that is not the case with Down in the Valley, But Not Alone, by esteemed Leela Peakuzhimannil, whose tale of struggle and joy in God was shared with me for appreciation.
In its pages, we have the story of a young lady from a very small village in Kerala, India, and the hardships she faced from a very early age to adulthood and her eventual migration to the US, while painting astonishingly detailed images of the places and the people that shaped Leela’s destiny. read more
Hindi Handwriting: An Effective Way to Learn by Deborah Shaer is a valuable guide to learn and understand the Hindi language. But more than a simple language guide, it’s a holistic journal, not only for learning Hindi but also for understanding India’s rich culture. The author presents an innovative way of language learning here.
Language is a medium for communicating knowledge. Learning a new language is definitely a mental challenge. The author understands the needs and demands of the learner. If you are interested in learning Hindi, then you will be interested in knowing Indian heritage and culture. This way, you can connect with the emotions behind this language. The learning concepts are arranged and explained in three parts. The first part focuses on learning how to learn. Language learning is not at all difficult for academically excellent students. read more
Smell the Raindrops: One young woman’s journey through life, love and recovery by BA Austin
The biggest spectacle mankind can witness is mankind itself. Within every drop of life in an endless ocean of time lives a whole universe, and we are often gifted with the chance of having a glimpse into that universe when reading a good biography. Now add masterful writing skills to it, paired with several small tales that are mended together as a homely yet detailed patchwork quilt, and you have a truly unique experience.
In Smell the Raindrops, B. A. Austin describes her early perceptions of the world – in a country that had just started to try to abolish segregation, the very first steps of it. As a pivotal part of those perceptions, Karine, a black lady who tended for little Bethany Ann, remained as the core of her views, a model of love and acceptance that framed the author’s emotions for life. read more
It’s an enchanting yet adorable story about a frog of North’s Way – Rin-Ridley, a duck – Waggley-wack, and the friendliest cricket – Rickety-Crick. It revolves around the trio tackling Chooster, the farmer and the meanest and grumpiest ol’ bulldog Browderly Bog by Chooster’s Creek to get the last summer dip in the pond and builds around the adventure and actions that take place in the process.
The story is extremely enjoyable and what adds to the delight is the fact that it rhymes. It flows lucidly, bringing pleasure to readers. The unlikely friendship between a duck, a frog, and a cricket instills the concept of diversity among children and makes them understand how it can lead them to have happy times. read more
Demons Rising Return of the Damned by Melvina Hawkins-Patterson is a beautifully written fantasy thriller.
Satan has defied God and was cursed to hell. The multitude of angels has also followed him and they were cast out of heaven. Two of those angels, Oblivion and Time were sadly mistaken and forgiven by the Almighty. They were sent to earth to reside their remaining lives. But Satan found out about the two and sent his Legion of the Damned in retaliation. Their only mission is to destroy these souls along with the lives on earth. The demon-slayers are in an everlasting battle to prevent this impending doom. Who will perish and who will succeed in the end? The story of good against evil is a classic plotline that never loses its charm. But to create an interesting story around this theme, you’ll definitely need an incredibly creative mind. Here, the author pitches a refreshing novel from the biblical reference but in a contemporary timeline. Father Time and Oblivion are two fallen angels. read more
When the world around us seems too heavy to bear, we often find ourselves longing for simpler times, the fresh breeze of a lazy morning, the scents from nature in the air after a rainy night… While we may not always have the time to pay attention to the small details that make life worthwhile, art works as a wonderful tool to draw us back into those nostalgic moments.
For that matter, allow me to present you the aptly named book Cosmic Harmony: A Poetry Anthology, by mysterious author Avatar X. read more
In the author’s blood-curdling sci-fi adventure, a group of scientists was out searching for a disturbingly aggressive species called Vespa Mandarinia, also known as Murder Hornets. With extreme care, they collect the specimen from Japan to be transferred to the United States.
Unbeknownst to them, a hole on the bottom of the crate where species are placed was discovered. The situation they worked so hard to avoid unfortunately happened; the specimen has been compromised. Led by Entomologist Maria and Cal, the two worked together to investigate and hunt the said species. The first reported incident of the attack occurred in Lemon Grove, wherein a kid suffered agonizing pain and delirium caused by these murder hornets. read more
Creative World Building at its Best.
Descent of the Sun Priests is the second installment in the Cuauhtémoc series that amalgamates fantasy, action, and adventure elements. While the first book in the Cuauhtémoc from Descending Eagle marks the first flight of Cuauhtémoc, the Descent of the Sun Priests closely follows his journey into the great city where the Mayan Emperor lived on the orders of his commander. It all starts with a dream in which Inti shows Cuauhtémoc the gruesome and tragic future of the Mayan people, which motivates Cuauhtémoc to take it on him to change the future through the events set in motion by his actions. The story progresses from here and quickly takes pace.
With battles, pirate ships, and a kingdom to take over, the storyline of Descent of the Sun Priests is equally adventurous and exciting as its preceding book, Descending Eagle. read more
A Montage of Mauve Reality by Thomas Taylor is a collection of eighteen short stories. Each short story is set in a unique and intriguing premise. The characters and their behaviors were relatable as much as the situations they are in. We were invited to witness an event from their lives. Through this sneak peek, we can assess how and why they are trapped in this situation.
The author touches so many unusual and least explored subjects through this set of short stories. He sheds light on the life of less privileged and upper-class lives alike. We can find this trait from the first story, 6:30 A.M to the last one, Somewhere to Call Home. I really love this diversity in the stories. The author gives much importance to the emotional dilemmas of the characters. Their thoughts, involuntary actions, destructive behaviors, and strained relationships are portrayed very accurately. This creates depth to the characters and makes them more real-like. read more
Bee Gone: A Political Parable by Connie Corcoran Wilson is a short illustrated story that reflects the US political scenario. This humorous tale is not only a reminder of the consequence of our collective decision but also how destructive it can be. The story follows an ambitious, cunning drone bee who aspires to rule the hive by overthrowing its current Queen. All other bees know the capability of their Queen. But Donnie does not play by the rule. He conspires with others and manipulates the bees very easily. While in power, his destructive policies and selfishness affect the hive badly. They lost their honey, money and Queen. Fed up with Donnie’s incapability, other bees rise against him. Will they able to restore the glory of their hive? read more
The Beautiful Blonde Library Angel by Phillip Parcheminer
A very personal and inspiring read which is a touching memoir that amalgamates the themes of spirituality and self-help. It is a poignant and true story of the author Phillip Parcheminer, navigating the pits of darkness and making it through the adversities.
The book opens with him coming across an angel whom he calls the beautiful blonde library angel one day, without the knowledge of how it was going to change his life. read more
The Holy Spirit Calling: A 40-Year Journey with the Holy Spirit by A.L. Istener is a book of Divine Energy. It is a collection of ‘words’ from the Holy Spirit received from the prayers of the author. The author has been receiving this heavenly wisdom for more than 40 years. She puts together all the knowledge she received over these years in this book. These words are sent for a purpose. It is meant to be kept and presented to a wider audience. The Holy Spirit is always trying to speak with us. We are always praying for our needs. We never try to listen. Those who listen shall hear. This is the truest testimony of this fact.
Everything we need is already here. Every bit of knowledge we will ever need is here. But only few people can see it. Those who see it and understand are the chosen ones. Then they will start to glow with that knowledge. They could find the presence of God within themselves and others. The Divine Power flows through them. While reading these verses, we can feel that energy. It is the pure form of love. read more
Shadows of Passion by David Scott is a historical fiction, blending passionate romance with intriguing crime drama. Set in 1973, the story follows the life of Harold ‘Harry’ Richards, an introverted high school senior and his relationship with his teacher, Cindy La Forge. Frank La Forge, Cindy’s estranged husband is a mid-level engineer at NASA. He is involved in a top-secret project and this attracts KGB’s attention. He is caught in the web of blackmailing and this invites the FBI’s surveillance. Who will come to the top in this game? Who will prevail and who will suffer?
David Scott has skillfully woven multiple threads of parallel stories in this novel. He has artistically blended various complicated issues such as romance, crime, murders, mental health and drug abuse in a single story. read more
Aaron L. Carter’s second edition of Boyhood Adventures is a book that is well named. The main characters treat the reader to equal measures of humor, drama, excitement, and suspense. Set in Texarkana, Arkansas, in 1953, three eight-year-old boys seek escape from boredom by exploring haunted venues.
Boyhood Adventures tells the story of Lee Farmer, Dennis Williams, and Frank Cherry. Each boy reacts differently to their nocturnal exploits to a local cemetery, an abandoned asylum, and a haunted mansion. The author skillfully uses historical events such as the Texarkana Moonlight Murders to season the reader’s mood.
Published by Page Publishing, Aaron L. Carter’s story depicts the boys’ varying reactions to their activities. Dennis, the adventure seeker, is relentless in his pursuit of adrenaline. read more
Sometimes, everyday happenings can be quite the intriguing little mysteries in a child’s life! In Wee Willie One Sock by John and Jack Petrie, that is just the case! When Wee Willie walks to the kitchen wearing only one of his socks, his mom Janet gets the investigation going. What could have happened to Wee Willie’s One Sock?
In their frolic sleuthing, Janet and Wee Willie search all around the house for clues and eventually hear a puzzling sound – the origin of it can be traced all the way to the two prime suspects. No spoilers from me, but here is a hint: they are furry creatures who love to play! read more
Seasons with My Savior by Amy Jo Wrobel is a Christian devotional journal that beautifully scripts the author’s journey of finding her faith in all ups and downs of life. Faith is divine. It uplifts the devotee in ways that no one can imagine. The Divine Hands have the power to help the needy and support us in every vulnerable moment. God will show the right path if you truly believe in Him. This journal is a testimony to this fact. Throughout this journal, the author recollects the kindness that was showered upon her by the Lord. Be in poverty or sickness, the Lord heals the body and spirit with His heavenly blessing.
Life is a cycle. We have to pedal through happiness, pain, anxiety, suffering, sadness to move forward. read more
The Last Matriarch: Bob White by David L. Simmons is a beautifully crafted, action-packed thriller. It takes you to the behind scenes of political rivalry and power struggle entangled in the darkest secrets of the criminal underworld.
Bob White, a Southern politician is implicated in the murder of Dr. Ray Williams. The evidence against him is mounting and the underworld vows revenge. With the detectives on his tail and the criminal underworld on his neck, he has to act sensibly to save his career and life. Meanwhile, the Matriarch of the south, Johnnie Mae Dixon is obliged to rescue Bob from this life and death situation. With so many hidden hands, pulling strings for their selfish motives, who will win in this game of deceptions?
This is undoubtedly a well-written story. The author perfectly captures the complexity of the criminal underworld and politics. Here, the business cannot be separated from personal lives. People take sides for profits. They manipulate others for their own advantages. It is impossible to believe anyone. Under all this chaos, there exist some deep emotional connections. read more
Mootoa’s Moons: The Other Woman is a perfect science fiction tale which connects the reader with exciting intergalactic adventures. The Earthers have discovered the way to travel faster than the speed of light. They are approached by a new species called Mxtel to create a collaborative society and build trade relations. Together with other planets, an association the Confederated Sentient Peoples (CSP) was founded. They have a military and exploratory arm called the Federated Fleet. The Fleet employs several space ships called scouts. One of such scouts is Lorili. Due to an unforeseen incident, two of its engines are lost along with its engineers. They are forced to seek help from a nearby planet called Mootoa. Mootoans are fundamentally different from humans. They have different approaches for calculating time, gender roles, sexuality, etc. But they have similar physical appearance as humans. The Earthers crew must find a suitable engineer from Mootoa and repair their ship for survival.
This story has an unusual beginning. It does not follow the typical storytelling style used in science fiction literature. read more
A lot has changed in the recent decades. From the boomer generation to the millennials of now, the way people behave and make decisions throughout their lives has been more and more influenced by scientific advances and developments in conception and contraception. The roles of women, men, and their children are now incredibly different than those of people from the 1800s. What is good and bad in it is up for personal discussion, but Dr. Barry S. Verkauf offers the reader a detailed, scientific and interesting approach to the numbers, facts, and concepts that allow the readers to have a glimpse of what the future can bring for humans as a reproductive and societal species and come to their own conclusions on the subject.
El libro ha sido toda una revelación. Lo que más me ha gustado y con lo que más he conectado a nivel personal es con las explicaciones que dan sobre los grandes misterios del universo.
El libro aporta las visiones de los grandes místicos de la historia tales como Buda o Jesucristo. Este libro aporta una serie de conocimientos que van más allá de los conocimientos que aportan otros libros. Otros libros no son de real utilidad, son mero entretenimiento. Este libro en cambio te ayuda a avanzar en tu camino de desarrollo espiritual y te aporta los conocimientos necesarios para poder hacer esa transición. read more
These had been our official entries for
The Most Moving Book 2021 Award
Told through multiple persons of voice and from three different locations, Slaves, Masters, and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd is a historical fiction that explores the subject of slavery. It is set in the backdrop of 1800 AD and through the power of words the author presents us the experiences, culture and life of Africans prior to enslavement in their homeland West Africa and in Louisiana after enslavement.
The narrative is moving and pivotal. The author not only has thoroughly researched on the topic but also has an immense knowledge and understanding of it which reflects in her writing. 1800 AD is the darkest era of history but we still fail to gauge the extent of the harsh conditions Africans had to go through. And this is where Slaves, Masters, and Traders sets itself apart. It provides an accurate representation and builds a story around it. It does not tamper with the representation to fit a narrative. read more
Dark Against the Sky: A Climbing Boy’s Story is a heartwarming tale of hope, determination and perseverance. Tommy is a climbing boy (young chimney sweep) working in the streets of London. He is a child, stolen from his parents and trapped in this hard labor, overseen by a cruel and greedy master sweep. Tommy and four other boys form a band of brothers to help each other through this hopeless daily grind. But Tommy has a dream, a better plan for the future. He wants to reunite with his family and so embarks on an epic adventure to regain his lost life.
The title perfectly synchronizes with the story and its characters. Set in 1834 in London, this novel transports you back to the darkness of unforgiving poverty and child labor. Yet Tommy’s determination and focus are unwavering. He is fueled by the ray of light coming through each chimney he sweeps, as he knows the hardest climb often presents him the best view of blue sky. And the story is also structured like a chimney climb: darkness at first and the constant, rewarding challenge to find the ray of hope. read more
Yakwdaat Aya: This is Yakutat by Kadashan is a collection of fictional tales masterfully woven by the author and seasoned by his own life experiences as an inhabitant of a small village of Tlingit Indians in southeastern Alaska. It is a remarkable and very illustrative painting of their culture, their people, and their struggles.
Don’t think, though, that Kadashan’s tales are fantastic and epic, nor are the challenges his characters face mythical beasts, made up for the sake of fun; no, Yakwdaat Aya: This is Yakutat allows us to see how the Tlingit have faced struggles that are common to us all – namely the day-to-day survival fight we all go through – but in a way harsher environment and how those hardships have shaped the secular Tlingit people. The author shows all that with impeccable writing, layered with beautiful descriptions of the character’s routines that offer us not just a glimpse, but a full-motion video of that time in rich detail. The description of actions and scenarios is so well-made, that it is easy to transport ourselves to the situations lived by each character. read more
Breaking Free from the Inner Critic is a revolutionary book to rewire our brains to overcome our innermost limitations. We have been programmed by our environment from the very first moment we were born. From there onwards, we absorb the thoughts, teaching, emotions that people around us expressed towards us. We derive meanings from these experiences. Soon this becomes the foundation of our consciousness. This in turn infuses anxiety, fear, and negative emotions in our mind. This inner critic drags us behind from everything that we want to do in our lifetime. This book presents powerful tools to reprogram our mind to break free from the limits we created over time.
The author gives a new perspective to self-improvement. I realized the extent of inner critic’s influence in our thoughts and activities. Our environment is feeding the inner critic more subjects to explore each day. We are consuming more criticism than positivity. This was an eye-opener for me. read more
The Princess and the Swan by author Ryke Leigh Douglas tells us the story of Wendelyn, a cheerful princess who lives an idyllic life in her father’s kingdom while she waits for her perfect charming prince to appear so that they can lead a happy life together. Her undying yearning for such a fate leads her to take questionable and risky decisions in order to make her fateful love happen as fast as possible. Eventually, the pretty princess goes through big trials to shape her as a true lady and to test the strength of her will.
The story in this book is a heart-warming fairy tale much akin to those of simpler times of after-school afternoons in our childhood – and it brings back those very same feelings of wonder of yore, with fantastical worlds, magical beings, and happy endings. In these days where our children and teenagers are faced with harsher realities than we had in our childhoods, The Princess and the Swan is a balm of spiritual tranquility and a chance of dreaming – both things that kids nowadays have been increasingly deprived of. And it’s not about drenching our kids in illusions – it’s just about telling a story that allows them to be pure and imaginative children, and The Princess and the Swan offers exactly that. The illustrations are simply wonderful with variety of colors and shades. read more
Across the Rift: World War Two Novel in Rhythmic Prose (Colonial Historical Fiction Series) by H. Ann Ackroyd is set at the backdrop of World War 2 that explores the lives of the members of the same family living at different countries during the war.
It explores the impact of the war on them, the society and on people around. It builds on the theme of love, loss, hope, family, and redemption. It also investigates the similarities and differences of experience with changing locations, local politics and class. This exact narrative makes this book immensely compelling and utterly moving. It instigates your mind and provokes your thoughts. It makes you dissect the historical events through a completely unique lens.
Like her other books, the author has thoroughly researched on the topic before writing on it. That combined with her knowledge and understanding of the African heritage and culture, made reading it an experience in itself. The book will challenge your preconceived notions at every stage and completely consume you emotionally. read more
A memoir, an absolute whirlwind of a read, at times laugh out loud hilarious and at others poignantly sad…
I only recently moved to the US, but since I have always had such a keen interest in history, I have been devouring the stories of the country I’ve found myself in. Never had I imagined that the tales of this land could engage and enthrall me to such an extent, I have often felt as though I could spend a lifetime looking into them and still have countless more to find. This memoir is a wonderful addition to my journey into the past of the USA, a snapshot of a time that seems so far away but still touches us today. I enjoyed the real and candid insight into the realities of segregation and the insight into life in the deep south for the generations before us. read more
Eye-opening and mind-blowing. When I started reading Let Me Count the Ways in Which We Have All Been Deceived, I was under the impression that the book would be another book in which the author spews his truths and offers little or no basis to what he’s showing. But how wrong I was! The author, Boyd B. McNiel, is a real connoisseur of the Scriptures and the mythos that surrounds it – and that is shown by the very in-depth explanations he offers to demonstrate how we, as God’s sheep, have been deceived through centuries of copious patchwork and decisions made by man in order to hide the Truth of what the Scriptures had always intended to teach us.
With the help of top-notch software and extensive mythos knowledge, McNiel irrefutably proves several points of discrepancy that we, as believers, must pay special attention to. He goes as far as analyzing the roots of Hebrew words which meanings may have been lost in translation (purposely, perhaps), and then associates that information to different versions of the Bible, events in History, geographical data, and insights of astronomy – and it all makes perfect sense. read more
Ryke Leigh Douglas created a great children’s book with an important message for all ages. I really liked it! I believe every single child will fall in love with Tumeleng who has an adventurous spirit and is the cutest elephant that you will ever read about. And have you seen this precious cover?
I recommend The Tale of Tumeleng as it is a great book for you to think about the importance of bravery and how it is ok for children to be afraid, but with the strength of family and friends they can overcome it. Curiously, elephants were always my favorite animal in the planet, they are just enormous majesties and beautiful. I have always thought that they are kind, united and friendly. read more
Descending Eagle starts with the birth of Cuauhtémoc, a child born to Natomis who was destined to change the world as people knew it. The plot builds on the adventures as he learns to fly and ventures into his first battle.
The story is engaging and extremely entertaining. The author David Davies has an impeccable hold over his craft and knows his art of story telling. His finesse and creative thinking reflects in each page. The hook is provided very early in the story and that is enough to keep you intrigued through out. The pacing is fast and you keep turning the pages trying not waste time on breaths. I devoured it in just a couple of sittings. But what specifically sets Cuauhtémoc by author David Davies apart and immediately catches your attention is the delightful world-building. read more
Colonial Adventure and Other Stories by H. Ann Ackroyd is a compelling collection of novella and short stories. Written in rhythmic free form prose this book explores the British colonial history of Africa, specifically Zimbabwe (the then, Rhodesia). As the author draws from the experiences of herself and her family in Africa, it is very hard to match her narrative. Her understanding of the events and issues reflects themselves on each page. Like H. Ann Ackroyd’s other works this too through its intricate narration puts forward a vivid picture of the culture, lifestyle and history. It is every bit moving and pivotal.
The illustrations are simple yet communicate the essence of the pieces appropriately and in an engaging manner. Each piece strikes a chord with the readers. Especially me coming from a colonized ethnicity myself connected with the feelings of them immensely, even though the experiences differed. read more
Chasing Quetzalcoatl to the American Dream, by Garret Thomas Godwin, is a fictional tale of Trick Hartland, a descendant of the Navajo, showing his life struggles between his mundane desires and the spiritual calling of his soul. The book has Trick’s story told from the very beginning to his 40s, spanning decades of cultural and societal changes that influence Trick in pursuing one path over another and pondering his life goals between achievement the American Dream and chasing the figure of Christ in Quetzalcoatl.
Trick’s story, albeit fictional, serves as a great way to shine a light on our own life choices and decisions, how we are molded by them and how life itself has a way of guiding us through God. Some parts of the book are especially good in illustrating that, such as when Trick gets involved with growing opioid plants while amidst Vietnam War incursions and tarnishes his soul with that; later on, under the guidance of a wise Navajo shaman, he is reborn through his spirituality and seeks to find redemption and forgiveness in his pursuit of Jesus by the Book of Mormon. Due to Mr. Godwin’s poetic experience, this duality can also be seen in subtle hints through carefully handpicked character names, for example. read more
Dondobee opens with introducing us to Coal, a dirty little urchin living in a black back alley and his invention of a unique musical instrument. An instrument through which he mastered such a melodious tune that all the birds and animals came to listen. One fine night his melody attracted two Leolian Elves who lived nearby. They danced and danced and danced. And came into an agreement with Coal, to be at his service for a lifetime in return of him playing them the music. This tale is about their son, Dondobee, the little Leolian elf, and his adventures in the castle.
The storyline is simple yet intriguing. It not only entertains readers but the narrative strikes them at various levels. It challenges and aspires to redefine beauty in a unique way. It makes readers think and teaches them to withhold their judgment. It also upholds the value of kindness and reiterates how things have value only when it brings happiness to others. These are integral lessons to impart to young readers. read more
Creating an Atmosphere for the Promises of God, by Melba K. Wiggins, is a book for all of us who need to find guidance in our identity as Christians. It teaches us how we can create a Godly atmosphere through our words and faith and through the author’s own experience and examples which are always based on what the Word of God says. It is by no means an easy task, so the author explains what we can do to allow ourselves to project that atmosphere from ourselves and onto others.
This book is an invitation to reflect on our existence and on God’s promises on how to face the struggles of seemingly meaningless everyday actions, negative words, and thoughts.
The book has many positive aspects, but I’d like to focus on some few points. For example, I love how the author doesn’t target her messages to any specific Christian group, but any Christian individual. That, by itself, shows the knowledge she has in creating an atmosphere of Godly resonance. read more
Kitty McCaffrey’s book, Raising Charlie: A Self Help Book for Single Mothers, centers on raising and developing children. This is an interesting and impressive book to read especially for single mothers who want to learn from the experience of Kitty, a single mother herself.
This book is not only about raising Charlie but raising the author’s other kid as well named, Jon. Although Charlie is the main focus because he’s the youngest adopted child, it was also Kitty’s story who had struggled her way through divorce and how she was able to raise her kids from early childhood to early adult successfully despite the many challenges and obstacles that a single parent could have experienced. It was such a painful decision on her part, who had a Near Death Experience and had lost two daughters before the couple’s decision of adopting the two boys (Jon and Charlie). read more
This book begins with verbally being able to identify colors and then identifying the color words. Melvine puts in the supplemental material for learning the alphabet, digraphs, and vowel sounds. She included activities where students will point, circle, or write colors, numbers, or letters. Also, she uses red to help with identifying vowel sounds. At the end of the book, she has sentences written out for the student to read. The one unique aspect of this workbook is the author’s use of color to help maintain the attention of the students. read more