Saturday, October 21, 2017

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3 Best Reading Sunglasses

Great reading sunglasses

If you’re an avid reader, there are two situations you face with regards to reading. One is when you need light where it’s dim, and the other is when you need shade where there’s too much light. You simply cannot stop reading what come may, therefore, there are reading night lights and reading desk lamps for your reading convenience at night-time, and there are reading sunglasses for the day-time. Yes, you read that right, there are reading sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun! Why not just go for the regular shades you ask?

Buying guide

We will be discussing exactly why you should consider buying reading sunglasses rather than sticking to the regular ones. Below are some important features to keep in mind while searching for the best sunglasses for reading:

Eyesight

The whole point of good reading sunglasses is to provide protection to your eyes from the sun, all the while making sure you don’t need to wear prescription lenses behind them. Did you reading sunglasses have magnification strengths? If you are bifocal, meaning when you read, you need focus for the near sight, however, when you look up, your vision is back to normal or vice versa. This is where the bifocal sunglasses play a role. Your reading sunglasses should have a bifocal lens with two focal lengths, one for the distant vision and one for the near vision.
However, if you have prescription glasses and you’re not bifocal, you can simply go for the full frame prescription. If you have perfect eyesight and love to read, there’s reading sunglasses for you as well!

Style

When it comes to sunglasses, we can be picky for the latest trend, something different, and something stylish. There is no rule with sunglasses and the primary desire when you wear them is to look your best! We wear sunglasses outdoors and want them to complement our features. There are different styles available from the classic aviators, cat eyes, club master, wayfarer, round, and more.

Color

Sunglasses these days come in different colors, and they are no longer limited to the dark black shades we are used to seeing. Nowadays you will find sunglasses in any color of your choice, along with different colored frames!

Quality

We have discussed the eyesight, style, and color for your sunglasses, and there remains nothing else except for the quality. When it comes to eyewear, you must make sure that the quality is excellent and lasts long. A good quality product will serve the purpose without further damaging your eyes. Therefore it is very important that you select the best quality for your eyes. Simply opting for regular sunglasses off the shelf can do your eyes more harm than you can imagine. A simple reading sunglass will have different types of coating on its frame to ease your reading journey, i.e., polarized, UV protected, magnifiers, anti-reflective, anti-fog, and more!

Here are some models you might want to consider if you're in the market for something worth the investment.

Aviators are the most classic style of sunglasses out there. They look amazing on almost everyone, and better yet when they come with four different magnification strengths, and eye caring features, they are even more worth the buy. This aviator comes in 3 colors, gold, pewter, and pewter-brown.
The lens is polarized and designed especially for bifocal readers. It comes with a UV 400 protection and is made of good quality. The lens is also optically decentered to ensure sharp and clear vision. With these sunglasses, you can easily read without having to switch to regular glasses.
Apart from outdoor reading, these sunglasses can be used for any outdoor activity like fishing, driving, outdoor sports, and such related activities. The UV protection coating on the lens saves your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun without compromising the clarity of your vision. One thing with bifocal lenses is that they have a fine line dividing the lens however with this particular aviator, the lines are there but barely visible.

This unisex, full rim frame, nylon sunglasses come in 2 colors, dark tortoise, and shiny black. It has an anti-reflective coating. An excellent feature of these sunglasses is that the lens is oleophobic and hydrophobic meaning the lens will repel any marks from fingers and water stains.

The lens also has anti-fog treatment which makes it a must-buy product! The nylon frame is durable, lightweight and flexible. The nose pads are designed with comfort in mind and are firmly fixed in place without causing marks on the nose bridge. These sunglasses are perfect for those with thin and medium face structures.

If you have a wider face structure, these may be a little on the tight side. The tint on the glasses is comfortable, and you won’t have to squint your eyes, the quality lens makes it easy to read and gives a clear vision without eye strain. The price is quite reasonable for reading sunglasses with so many features. This super stylish reading sunglass is a great gifting option too.


This 4.5 star rated classic wayfarer sunglasses by In Style Eyes, come in 3 different colors, black, blue, and light purple. These are full-reader sunglasses with different magnification strengths. If you are not too sure which magnification strength suits your needs, you can always check with your doctor.

These sunglasses are designed for the readers who are not bifocal. However, anyone can use them. The lens is shaded, darker on the top and gets lighter gradually till the bottom. The lens width is 52 millimeters and is UV 400 protected.

This product is accompanied with a case and cleaning cloth. The spring tension earpieces make for a comfortable wear, so you won’t feel pain at the back of your ear when the shades are on for too long.

You can now relax while driving, at the poolside, beach, or at a park and read your favorite books while looking stylish. If you are bifocal and not comfortable with it, you can switch to these full-readers and notice the difference!
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

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6 Best Books Under A Hundred Pages


Great Books Under a Hundred Pages


Most readers love a big thick book. Lots of pages equal a good story, right? Well, yes, but some of the World’s greatest literature is less than one hundred pages.


Here are a few examples:



This famous book is a satire on dictatorship in which the animals on a farm drive out the owners and run the farm themselves. However, every society needs a leader and the responsibility falls to the pigs. A huge story packed into a one small volume. Writing at its best.




A masterpiece for which Hemingway received the Nobel prize for literature. The tale is very simple. A Cuban fisherman who has failed to catch any fish for eighty-four days, takes to the sea in search of marlin. His companion is a boy, Manolin.  There are no superfluous words in this story, the prose is stark and effective, the characters simple, yet vivid and memorable, gradually drawing the reader into the tale.




The book that spawned a thousand films! Ebeneezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future are giants of literature, as are Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit. Reading this short book is more satisfying than watching one of the films as the homeliness, tradition and true meaning of Christmas are portrayed though effective us of the English language.




Daisy Miller is a young feisty American woman visiting Europe. With no money worries, she is free to do exactly as she likes and sets about challenging European etiquette and protocol. Attracted to her flirtatious nature, Frederick Winterbourne, eager to protect Daisy’s reputation, is unsure how to handle her precociousness. The story centres on differences between European and American culture, the disapproval and censure of unsuitable friendships, and shows that freedom comes with a price.




Gustav von Aschenbach prides himself on being a well-ordered and disciplined author. But on a trip to Venice, he is aware of decadent changes within himself. Unable to fight these changes, he falls in love with Tadzio, a Polish boy. The city is full of cholera victims but Aschenbach’s love of Tadzio means he is unable to leave. As the title suggests, the story centres on death and dying, plus the age-old conundrum of an older man trying to recapture his youth.



This may not qualify as one of the World’s greatest works of literature, but it is a charming and warm read. Through letters to an English bookshop, the author orders rare second-hand books. Frank Doel, the bookshop manager, and his stiff-upper-lip British staff, supply them. This arrangement lasts for over twenty years. As friendships develops, Helene becomes infatuated with everything British and longs to visit the bookshop in person. The sequel, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, is an account of her visit to London.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Best books about Native American History



Top Books About Native American History


Native American history is the subject of much discussion and controversy. There are petitions on social media about land rights, debates highlighting the way white Americans treat native Americans.

These disputes have run for years. But how did they start and why is it so complicated?

The history of the native Americans is rich and varied involving many indigenous people, all with their own customs and cultures.

The following books will help chart their complex history.




The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West

Peter Cozzens


Beginning with detailed maps of the area and a chronology dating back to 1862, this book studies the wars that ended the native American way of life. It features those involved and the consequences of their actions. Presented from both sides of the battles and politics, it brings together characters such as Custer and Grant, Crazy Horse and Geronimo. Using meticulous research, the author delivers a saga of epic proportions with accuracy and precision.



The Mammoth Book of Native Americans: The Story of America's Original Inhabitants in All Its Beauty, Magic, Truth and Tragedy

Jon E Lewis


The full history of Native America history including myths, culture and languages. Full of detail and historical facts, this book does not shy away from harsh truths and less-than-perfect realities. The author looks at a diverse range of cultures, people and their capabilities, their strengths and weaknesses, and above all, their enduring will to survive.



Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

Kent Nerburn


Asked to write the memoirs of Dan, an old Indian man, Kent Nerburn spends time with him at a reservation. Dan has many anecdotes and stories to tell plus historical knowledge and opinions of his own. As they embark on a trip taking them through ancient towns and remote civilisations, the author finds himself on a journey of discovery. Dan tells his tales with honesty and integrity offering alternative views of life past and present some of it unpleasant. Confronting harsh truths and realities, Kent records every step of this moving journey, sharing his own reactions and thoughts with the reader. This is a book that will stay with you long after turning the last page. It is worth reading even if you have no interest in native American history as it teaches us much about life and its deeper meaning. An absorbing read.



Native American History for Dummies

Dorothy Lippert & Stephen Spignesi

Presented in an easy-to-read format, this book is a comprehensive guide to Native American history. It breaks down a period of over ten thousand-years and provides the reader with an invaluable insight into life during that time. It also recounts the stories of famous names such as Pocahontas and Sitting Bull and the effect they had on society. All aspects of native American life are covered in this volume, including crafts, skills, myths, religion and survival.






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Thursday, June 8, 2017

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7 Books Stephen King Recommends

7 of Stephen King's Favorite Books



One Good Turn


Retired millionaire Jackson Brodie comes back in this book by Kate Atkinson, the events in the book are set two years after “Case Histories.” Brodie followed his girlfriend and former client to Edinburgh for the summer arts festival, where he witnesses a brutal attack in bumper to bumper traffic! Jackson is once again thrown into several mysteries that come together to one sinister scheme.



While this novel by Margaret Atwood is a love story, it is a sobering vision of what the future could hold. Snowman, or Jimmy before a horrendous plague overwhelms humankind, struggles to survive in a world where he could be the very last person alive. What will happen to Snowman, and all of humanity? Stephen King recommends you read this novel to find out!


The Yiddish Policemen’s Union


Michael Chabon gives us a great mystery, a love story, exploration of the mysteries of exile, and a call back to 1940s noir in this great book! It is about the Federal District of Sitka and the Jews that have created their own little proud haven. The story follows homicide detective Meyer Landsman. A murder is committed in the same shabby hotel Landsman is staying in, and a life of being a detective means that he has to get to the bottom of this murder, with it happening right under his nose.


In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by Junot Diaz, we follow the story of Oscar. He dreams of being the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien, and most of all, to find love. But, the overweight and ghetto-nerd Oscar may never get what he desires because of the fukú, a curse that has been in his family for generations. Will Oscar write that book he dreams of? Will he find the love of his life? Mr. King says to read this book and find out!


American Gods






In this story from Neil Gaiman, we follow Shadow, a man with a past. He no longer wants anything more than to live out a quiet life with his wife. But, when Shadow finds out his wife is killed in a horrible accident, he flies home for the funeral and meets “Mr. Wednesday” on the plane. He knows more about Shadow than he possibly should. Shadow’s life is never the same after meeting Mr. Wednesday and is warned about the storm that is coming.


2666: A Novel 


 This book from Roberto Bolaño tracks a New York reporter, a widowed philosopher, and a police officer in love with an older woman, who are all in Santa Teresa searching for hundreds of women who have disappeared over the course of a decade. This novel has received huge praise from critics. Washington Post says that Bolaño joins the immortals with his writing in this book. It is an absolute must!


After looking at these books, and knowing that Stephen King recommends these books, I know what I’ll be reading for a while!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

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5 Books to Improve Your Health

5 Books for improving your health

There are many things we can do to improve our health and feel better.  Here are a few books to help begin that journey, and get you on the road to a happier, healthier you!

Stress Management for Beginners


In this book, you’ll learn how to defeat negativity and overcome stress with simple exercises, techniques, and the power of meditation. It was written for any who would like to become the least stressful version of themselves. You can replace all that stress and negative, wasted energy from your mind with something active and purposeful. The book includes tips and tricks to manage and deal with your stress, which can be a fantastic first step to improving your health!


Breathe


This book by Belisa Vranich covers a 14-day program to improve your mental and physical health. Contemporary science confirms that breath awareness can turn on the body’s natural ability to prevent and cure illness. It talks about conscious control of breathing, and how it can increase energy, healing, improve cognitive skills and enhance mental balance. Would you like some way to increase energy, help lose weight, and feel calmer and happier? Just “Breathe”!


The Big Book of Health and Fitness


This book about taking control of your health and well-being by Philip Maffetone is essential for any age group seeking a way to become healthier and happier. It describes how to make healthy dietary choices, get the most nutrition out of real food, and how to learn to listen to your body. It includes surveys and step by step examples of each topic he discusses. This book is more for those that have already decided on a healthier life, but it talks about the negatives of intense workout and goes against that “no pain, no gain” attitude you see a lot. If you have already decided on a healthier and happier lifestyle, get this book!

Health: 37 Daily Habits


This book by Linda Westwood provides you with 37 different daily habits that can change your health and your life for the better! It explains these practices, and why they’re beneficial to your health, followed by a step-by-step action plan. With these habits, you can start living healthy, begin seeing massive positive changes in your health within days, and you’ll actually WANT to eat healthy foods. Include these habits in your daily life, and you will never feel exhausted and tired during your day!


Walking for Fitness



In this comprehensive guide by Faye Froome, you will learn how walking can improve your health and well being forever! This book contains a lot of tips and ideas to add a little bit of walking to your life. One of the things I do to get those extra steps in is to park at the back of the parking lot, not as close to the store as I can find, when I go out and about. Just those few extra steps during a busy day of errands can burn a lot of calories! Walking can have a positive effect on mood, improve heart health, and not to mention burn calories and increase the metabolism! So, pick up this book, and go out walking for a you that feels healthier and happier!
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Monday, February 20, 2017

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Famous Music Inspired by Books

Famous Music Inspired by Books



Tao Te Ching



In the song “The Inner Light” by the Beatles, George Harrison was inspired by the writings of Lao Tzu and took the lines “Without going out of my door, I can know the ways of Heaven” and wrote the song. The song includes sounds and lyrics inspired by the far east.





Faust



The song “The Small Print” by Muse takes the point of view of the devil from Goethe’s Faust. The original title of the song was “Action Faust,” and in the song, the Devil is referred to as “the priest God never paid.” We listen to the tale of the exchange for a soul manipulated by the Devil.





The Lord of the Rings



Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” is one of my absolute favorite songs, with direct references to the book throughout the song. The band has a few Tolkien references, but this song even includes the lines, “t’was in the darkest depths of Mordor” and “But Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her.” An amazing band with a love for an amazing author!



Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


In the song “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, the references to the book are clear. The song includes the “hookah smoking caterpillar” and the red queen who’s “off with her head.” Lead singer Grace Slick says the song is about her observation that parents tell their children not to take psychedelic drugs, yet read them stories obviously influenced by drugs. Remember the dormouse that says “Feed your head.”



1984



David Bowie had planned to write a musical in the 70’s based off 1984 by George Orwell, but Orwell’s wife did not want that. But he did wind up writing a few songs inspired by the book, but the one influenced by the book most was the song with the same title. It’s believed the lyrics represent the main character of the book, Winston Smith, being questioned by the antagonist, O’Brien.



One Hundred Years of Solitude



The song by Radiohead called “Banana Co.” is about the book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and discusses the unfair treatment of the people and land in the town of Macondo by a banana plantation. The revolt by the workers is directly reflected in the lines “Everything’s burning down, We got to put it out somehow.”



The Grapes of Wrath




Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” is a modern-day look at the novel by John Steinbeck, talking about the sorrows of Americans down on their luck. The song even includes some paraphrased lines from a famous speech made by Tom Joad, “Where there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air, Look for me mom I’ll be there.”



Perfume



The book, “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind talks about a man born without odor, and his endeavor to find the perfect scent by murdering and preserving the scents of numerous women. This story has influenced heaps and heaps of songs, but the most famous one is “Scentless Apprentice” by Nirvana. A line is directly referencing the book and the main character, Grenouille says “His smell smelled like no other.”


If you love music as much as I personally do, you’ll be just as excited to give a try to these books! I’m always interested in what gets people inspired, and with these books, you can see what has appealed to some of our best musicians!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

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4 Books for Beginning a Healthy and Nutritious Lifestyle


Many people would like to begin eating healthy and nutritiously, but they are not sure where to start. There are a lot of good books out there to help in that endeavor! You can make it fun and delicious to start eating a healthier diet (and you can get the kids in on it too!), and these books will show you how.

Nutrition Healthy Diet: The Power of Healthy and Nutritious Eating


This book by Edwin Garret is a must! It explains in simple and easy-to-understand terms, a lot of those things that so many of us struggle to grasp. Understanding saturated, unsaturated, monounsaturated, and all of those fats is a huge step in the right direction. It also talks about how food interacts with your body, how to improve your gut health, and even includes six steps to maintain healthy living for long term results. This book will be a good place to begin, and get you started down the healthy living path!

Body Shout: A Kids Health Book About Why Eating Nutritious Food, Fitness, and Fun, Works Best for Everyone!


Would you like to get the kids involved in your quest to a nutritious and healthy lifestyle? This book is fantastic for just that! It’s written by P.C Butler and it’s entertaining and educational. It’s a quirky short story about those things you do everyday, and how they affect the body. The book shows kids the importance of making healthy food choices in a fun-for-kids style. Parents find this book amusing as well, so it makes a great beginning to your children’s nutrition!

Simple Clean Eating: 50 Favorite Whole Foods Recipes to Start Your Healthy & Nutritious Meals


Now that you understand some of those terms and ideas behind healthy eating, and your kids have learned more about it, you need some help in making the food, right? Look no further! This book by Emma Rose gives you a lot of recipes for some healthy cooking, and includes tips to help you create your own nutritious meals! It has a lot of vegan-based recipes in it that, even though I’m not a vegan, I love!

Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritious Freezer-Friendly Recipes You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy at a Moment’s Notice



Something I love to do is to make sauces and parts of my meal in advance, so I can just put them together and prepare in a short time. This book can certainly help you with that! You can make very nutritious meals ahead of time, and simply reheat them, and serve! One of my favorite things to do in (that sneaks in so many veggies) is create a large amount of my own spaghetti sauce, and freeze a lot in jars. Tomatoes, onions, bell peppers in abundance, but without all those preservatives and extras that you don’t need in your food. You can even enlist the help of family to make dinner! Check this book by Michele Borboa out when you can, and begin your journey to healthier, more nutritious meals!


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