10 Best Books on Virology

We researched several lists with recommended books about virology, virus. During the Corona Pandemic – a surge in interest around viruses has occurred. We found the best books on virology here.

#1 Virology

recommended by 33%

#2 Principles Of Molecular Virology

recommended by 33%

#3 General Virology

recommended by 33%

#4 Molecular Virology Of Human Pathogenic Viruses

recommended by 33%

#5 Fundamentals of Molecular Virology

recommended by 33%

#6 Infectious Diseases, Microbiology And Virology

recommended by 17%

#7 Emerging And Reemerging Viral Pathogens

recommended by 17%

#8 Recent Advances In Tropical Medicine

recommended by 17%

#9 Insect Molecular Virology

recommended by 17%

#10 Hiv Vaccines And Cure

recommended by 17%

19 Best Books on Kayaking

We went through the top resources about kayaking. This list is an overview of the most recommended books on the internet about kayaking.

In total, we found 131 books on kayaking – we narrowed the list down to 19. The best book on kayaking is On Celtic Tides. Recommended by 67% of the kayaking resources we found.

#1 On Celtic Tides

recommended by 67%

#2 The Art Of Kayaking: Everything You Need To Know About Paddling

recommended by 56%

#3 Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent

recommended by 56%

#4 Sea Kayaker’s Deep Trouble

recommended by 33%

#5 How To Paddle A Kayak: The 90 Minute Guide To Master Kayaking And Learn To Paddle Like A Pro

recommended by 33%

recommended by 33%

#6 Canoeing With The Cree

recommended by 33%

#7 Keep Australia On Your Left: A True Story Of An Attempt To Circumnavigate Australia By Kayak

recommended by 33%

#8 The Complete Sea Kayaker’s Handbook

recommended by 22%

#9 No Barriers

recommended by 22%

#10 The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Canoeing And Kayaking

recommended by 22%

#11 Sea Kayak: A Manual For Intermediate And Advanced Sea Kayakers

recommended by 22%

#12 Kayak: The New Frontier

recommended by 22%

#13 All The Way Round

recommended by 22%

#14 The Complete Book Of Sea Kayaking

recommended by 22%

#15 The Pacific Alone: The Untold Story Of Kayaking’s Boldest Voyage

recommended by 22%

#16 Sea Kayaker’s More Deep Trouble

recommended by 22%

#17 Fifty Places To Paddle Before You Die: Kayaking And Rafting Experts Share The World’s Greatest Destinations

recommended by 22%

#18 The Lonely Land

recommended by 22%

#19 Alone At Sea

recommended by 22%

Best Books on Artisan cheesemaking

We wanted to build the ultimate list of books related to making cheese at home or artisan cheesemaking – for the ambitious and dedicated cheese lovers. We spent several hours researching the expert’s advice on the best artisan cheesemaking books. From sources like
thecourtyarddairy, thecheesemaker, cheesyplace, Pinterest, greenlivingaustralia, Reddit, Quora and Youtube

The result was a list of 111 recommended books on artisan cheesemaking. We have then shortened it down to 10 books, for your convenience, to the most recommended books on artisan cheesemaking. So you what you see – is a prioritized list of the best books on artisan cheesemaking. A winner, with a 50% recommendation rate is, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. We hope you will enjoy your reading and eventually some cheese.

#1 Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking

recommended by 50%

#2 American Farmstead Cheese

recommended by 42%

#3 Home Cheese Making

recommended by 42%

#4 The Art Of Natural Cheesemaking

recommended by 33%

# 5 Artisan Cheese Making At Home

recommended by 33%

#6 The Cheese Chronicles

recommended by 33%

#7 Technology Of Cheesemaking

recommended by 25%

#8 Mastering Basic Cheesemaking

recommended by 25%

#9 The Joy Of Cheesemaking

recommended by 25%

#10 200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes

recommended by 25%

#11 Cheese And Culture

recommended by 25%

Best Books on Body Language

We set out to create the best list of body language books. A list that we will continue to update. We spent several hours researching the expert’s recommendation on body language books. From different websites, forums, and social media like Quora and Reddit.

The result was a list of more than 107 recommended books on body language. We have then structured it by the most recommended books and shortened the list down, for your convenience, to 10 books on body language that we consider THE BEST books on body language.

So what you see is a prioritized list. A clear winner with an 81% recommendation rate is, The Definitive Book of Body Language

#1 The Definitive Book Of Body Language

recommended by 81%

#2 What Every Body Is Saying

recommended by 56%

#3 Winning Body Language: Control The Conversation, Command Attention, And Convey The Right Message Without Saying A Word

recommended by 38%

#4 Body Language

recommended by 31%

#5 Spy The Lie: Former Cia Officers Teach You How To Detect Deception

recommended by 25%

#6 Telling Lies: Clues To Deceit In The Marketplace, Politics, And Marriage

recommended by 25%

#7 Body Language: It’s What You Don’t Say That Matters

recommended by 19%

#8 Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces And Feelings To Improve Communication And Emotional Life

recommended by 25%

#9 Liespotting: Proven Techniques To Detect Deception

recommended by 19%

#10 You Can Read Anyone: Never Be Fooled, Lied To, Or Taken Advantage Of Again

recommended by 25%

14 Best Books on Stoicism

We set out to create the final and at least the ultimate list of Stoicism books. A list that we will continue to update. We spent several hours researching the expert’s advice on the best Stoicism books. From Dailystoic, Goodreads, ORION PHILOSOPHY, Quora, Stoicism Resources, Growth Reading, Reddit, and THE KARMA YOGI + several others.

The result was a list of more than 158 recommended books on Stoicism. We have then structured it by the most recommended books first – so you what you see – is a prioritized list of the best books on Stoicism. A clear winner with a 79% recommendation rate is, of course, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

#1 Meditations

recommended by 79%

#2 The Obstacle Is The Way

recommended by 50%

#3 Letters From A Stoic

recommended by 50 %

#4 Stoicism And The Art Of Happiness

recommended by 36%

#5 Ego Is The Enemy

recommended by 36%

#6 The Daily Stoic

recommended by 29%

#7 A Guide To The Good Life

recommended by 29%

#8 Stoicism

recommended by 29%

#9 A New Stoicism

recommended by 29%

#10 Discourses And Selected Writings

recommended by 29%

#11 Antifragile

recommended by 21%

#12 How To Be A Stoic

recommended by 21%

#13 On The Shortness Of Life

recommended by 21%

#14 Discourses, Fragments, Handbook

recommended by 21%

Best 12 Books on Vikings

We spent several hours trying to build the ultimate list of Viking books. Going through 114 books on Vikings – recommended by different experts websites, forums, and other sources. We ended up with 12 books that we consider the best books on Vikings. The most recommended book on Vikings is The Age of The Vikings.

#1 The Age Of The Vikings

recommended by 44%

#2 The Viking World

recommended by 44%

#3 The Vikings

recommended by 33%

#4 The Sagas Of Icelanders

recommended by 33%

#5 Norse Mythology

recommended by 33%

#6 The Penguin Historical Atlas Of The Vikings

recommended by 22%

#7 The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction

recommended by 22%

#8 The Sea Wolves: A History Of The Vikings

recommended by 22%

#9 The Vikings: A History

recommended by 22%

#10 The Prose Edda

recommended by 22%

#11 The Viking Spirit: An Introduction To Norse Mythology And Religion

recommended by 22%

#12 Chronicles Of The Vikings

recommended by 22%

Best 12 books on Abraham Lincoln

We have found the 12 best books written about Abraham Lincoln. We spent several hours researching all the books ever written about Abraham Lincoln. Then, we decided to see what books were being repeated by the experts. To see, if there was a clear pattern on the top Abraham Lincoln book. There was btw. One book is being recommended by all the expert sources.

We found more than 96 books about Abraham Lincoln and found the 12 books that kept popping up. The following 12 books on Abraham Lincoln – is considered the best books on Lincoln, because we can see they are recommended more than the others. There is a clear winner by the way. It rarely happens. But one book on Abraham Lincoln was recommended ALL the time. It is called Team of Rivals – The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

#1 Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln

100% mentioned rate


On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

Reasons To Read The Book

This book is special, inspiring and a joy to read with. A must read great book who aspires to make an impact in the world and leave a legacy.  Lincoln shows us how can be humble, true, kind, and yet politically astute and persuasive.

Reasons Not To Read The Book

The book has a misleading title. It has a missing pages on it. It leaves wrong impressions, doesn’t get hyperbole. The book was too long and dull.

#2 Abraham Lincoln

88% mentioned rate


America was at a crossroads in 1939 as they debated whether to join the Allies in their battle against Hitler’s relentless march across Europe. As European immigrants the d’Aulaires felt keenly the importance of standing against injustice, and saw in Lincoln the archetypal American hero as he stood against the injustice of slavery. It was this spirit they hoped to exemplify in their biography of young Abe as he grew into manhood against the backdrop of the wilderness of Kentucky, the deep woods of Indiana, and the prairies of Illinois.

Reasons To Read The Book

A great book for young readers. This book is wonderful. It tells about Abraham Lincoln from start to finish. Great for small children. A childhood favorite.

Reasons Not To Read The Book

This book is an old fashion.

#3 Lincoln

63% mentioned rate


A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency.

Reasons To Read The Book

An excellent resource on Lincoln with emphasis on subtleties of Lincoln. This meticulously researched book gives insight into the life and mind of Abraham Lincoln. This book is brilliant.

Reasons Not To Read The Book

The book fails to address the genocidal policies against Native Americans. The book
gets so bogged down in pages of minute that is painful to read.

#4 Lincoln At Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America

38% mentioned rate

#5 We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln And His Friends

38% mentioned rate

#6 A. Lincoln: A Biography

25% mentioned rate

#7 The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln And American Slavery

25% mentioned rate

#8 Abraham Lincoln: A Biography

25% mentioned rate

#9 The Lincolns: Portrait Of A Marriage

25% mentioned rate

#10 Lincoln: A Photobiography

25% mentioned rate

#11 Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln As Commander In Chief

25% mentioned rate

#12 Abraham Lincoln’s World, Expanded Edition

25% mentioned rate

Best 15 books on minimalism

We went through the top resources on minimalism. The minimalists, Minimalism Lab, the minimalist ninja, and more than 10 other resources. To see what kind of books on minimalism they recommended. And if there is a pattern. Are the best books on minimalism universally accepted to be the same? A good test is to see whether the experts recommend the same books. This article contains the top-recommended books on minimalism.

In total, we found 116 books – about the topic of minimalism – that was recommended. Many of them are probably great books on minimalism. But we are looking for the best of the best. The ones you should start to read if you wanna become a master of minimalism. In this article, we have highlighted 15 books on minimalism. With a clear winner. The More of Less – recommended by 75% of minimalism related book articles. An unusually high recommendation rate.

#1 The More Of Less

  recommended by 75%


The More of Less delivers an empowering plan for living more by owning less. With practical suggestions and encouragement to personalize your own minimalist style, Joshua Becker shows you why minimizing possessions is the best way to maximize life.

Reasons To Read the Book

A life changing book.  This is a very nice book about just starting off on your minimalist journey. It talks about how to get started and what to do and what not to do while starting on your minimalist journey. 

Reasons Not To Read the Book

The result is a book that is too long and meandering, one can easily cut 50 pages from it. Extremely disappointed in this book. It wasn’t at all what I thought it would be.

#2 The Joy Of Less

  recommended by 67%


The Joy of Less, a beautiful minimalism book, makes an ideal gift for any loved one on a mission to simplify their life. Francine has helped hundreds of thousands of people declutter their homes and simplify their lives with her best-selling book.

Reasons To Read the Book

This book has a no-nonsense approach and gets down to the nitty-gritty from the start. I couldn’t stop reading this book. I never write book reviews but this one is so fantastic, I want more people to discover it!

Reasons Not To Read the Book

This book is on the wrong track, or on the wrong track for me, not to mention all over the place. Too wordy, too philosophical, takes too long to get to the nitty gritty. I was actually very frustrated reading and ended up skimming. This book would have been better if the author focused on decluttering and got off her politically correct high horse.

#3 The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up

  recommended by 67%


Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

Reasons To Read the Book

The life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo has been a very fascinating read. I read this book in one week and applied the principles she teaches that very same weekend (much to the dismay of my poor wife). This book is truly AMAZING!! It makes you think of the “stuff” that you have in a totally different mindset. And I recommend this book to everyone. 

Reasons Not To Read the Book

This book is crap. The author feels the need to keep bringing up the fact that she is, apparently, the perfect organizer. I couldn’t get into the writing style and only read the bold font. This was not an enjoyable read. 

#4 Goodbye, Things

  recommended by 58%


Sasaki explores the philosophy and cultural history of minimalism from Buddhism to Steve Jobs.

Reasons To Read the Book

This book was a joy to read and I hope Sasaki one day writes another. I’m very happy I purchased this book, as someone who wants to reduce belongings and simplify life, 

Reasons Not To Read the Book

I hated this book! All I learned is that he likes Apple products and spent his time buying things in gray, tan and white. Too minimal for me!. There are better books out there on minimalism, decluttering and simplifying.

#5 Minimalism

  recommended by 58%


In their debut book, Joshua & Ryan, authors of the popular website THE MINIMALISTS, explore their troubled pasts and descent into depression. Though they had achieved the American Dream, they worked ridiculous hours, wastefully spent money, and lived paycheck to paycheck. Instead of discovering their passions, they pacified themselves with ephemeral indulgences—which only led to more debt, depression, and discontent. After a pair of life-changing events, Joshua & Ryan discovered minimalism, allowing them to eliminate their excess material things so they could focus on life’s most important “things”: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

Reasons To Read the Book

The first time I read this book I borrowed it from the local library. It was a life changer for me. I loved the novel Minimalism, Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. This book opened my eyes to problems I might be facing ten years from now.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

I love these guys and their values but this book isn’t what I thought it would be. It really has nothing to do with minimalizing but more to do with things they changed to have a happier life. I was disappointed.

#6 Essentialism

  recommended by 50%



NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. More than one million copies sold! Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.

Reasons To Read the Book

For sure, this is one of the best books i’ve read recently. And it deserve the 5 stars. Through thoughtful insights, interesting stories and an easy to read style this book helped guide me back to a place where really only the essential gets taken into account and the rest becomes easier to eliminate.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

For a book about essentialism, it sure is a long book. Really repetitive, I didn’t get much out of it. Poor writing style. Not helpful. Not interesting at all, the author rambles and is dull. This really should have been maybe a four page paper.

#7 Everything That Remains

  recommended by 42%


Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.

Reasons To Read the Book

Next to the Holy Bible and The Mystical City of God, I cannot think of a book that has changed my life more than Everything That Remains. In this book we are taught about the value of getting rid of the clutter in our lives (exteriorly and interiorly) in order to focus on the more important things in life, those things that add value to our lives.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

The writing in this book is extremely poor and trite. Great message with a very lackluster delivery. Heavy handed dialogue from a very unlikable narrator. This book was barely readable and I still have not finished it. All about the author and not very interesting at that.

#8 Clutterfree With Kids

  recommended by 33%


Clutterfree with Kids is filled with practical strategies and deep wisdom. It is a must read for professional organizers and parents! He brings an important message to the world. His easy to read style, clear ideas, and inspiring personal journey, provide a great catalyst for reconsidering our lives.

Reasons To Read the Book

This was a very easy read / read it in a few sittings. There are a lot of perspectives in here-I especially like his thoughts on not taking too many photos. These book was very inspirational. I was in the process of packing my home for a cross-country move when I bought this and this book was the help that I needed to downsize while I packed.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

I felt like this book was more of a lecture than a legitimate “how” book. I was looking for specific strategies to get my family on board with reducing what we have. Very anecdotal and repetitive and filled with the author’s thoughts on the subject. 

#9 Do Less

  recommended by 33%


With Do Less, a happier, more serene life is just moments away. From your home to your finances, this straightforward guide teaches you how to scale back your possessions and commitments to just what you really need. With hundreds of ways to minimalize your life, you’ll quickly uncover the joys and rewards of paring down.

A must-have for any shelf, Do Less helps you rediscover the simple moments that have been buried beneath the piles of to-dos, to-knows, and to-buys.

Reasons To Read the Book

I think this is one of the best! There is just so much good stuff in this book!. The book Do Less, delivers a great and unique format to guide you through your minimalist endeavors. An excellent quick read. Well organized, simple, easy to implement without it seeming overwhelming. 

Reasons Not To Read the Book

This minimalist guide seemed a bit too minimal for me. There were no surprises in the suggestions, but some of them seemed unduly harsh. Nothing new. A quick read, with a few good points interspersed between somewhat retreaded advice. Did not agree with many of the work tips as they seemed to based on trickery or managing others impressions as opposed to managing yourself.

#10 Minimalism For Families

  recommended by 33%


Make room for what really matters. Minimalism for Families shows you the real costs of the things you own and helps you discover that cutting non-essential items makes for a happier, more satisfying home and life.

Spend less time stressing about your stuff and more time together. Filled with practical advice to help you and your family clear out your house, Minimalism for Families helps you build stronger bonds, spend more time together, and start enjoying the benefits of living clutter-free.

Reasons To Read the Book

This book got into the mechanics of minimalism for people who live with other people. She also helps you get through different rooms.Full of practical ideas. Love and highly recommend, exactly the help so many of us need.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

I can see this may work for some family’s, but after reading this it will never work for mine. I’d have to say I can’t honestly recommend this book. To each there own on this one.

#11 Zero Waste Home

  recommended by 25%


The book that started the waste-free living movement, Zero Waste Living—relates Bea Johnson’s inspirational personal story and provides practical tools and tips to help readers diminish their footprint and simplify their lives.

Reasons To Read the Book

This is must read and an amazing book! The author Be a Johnson should be commended for initiating and marketing the movement of the Zero Waste Home. 
The book gives great suggestions for reducing your environmental impact while giving you “permission” to tailor waste-reduction to your own lifestyle. 

Reasons Not To Read the Book

This book will not stand the test of time. The lack of viable research to back up her assertions is deplorable at best. Not worth, I found no use out the book. Do not buy this book is incomplete. 

#12 Soulful Simplicity

  recommended by 25%

 
In this book, she shows us how to pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love. Carver invites us to look at the big picture, discover what’s most important to us, and reclaim lightness and ease by getting rid of all the excess things.

Reasons To Read the Book

This book helped me realize that my home has become a storage space. Not a living space.  A must buy book! This was a very interesting, thought-provoking, and challenging book. I loved this book and the openness of Courtney’s journey and story. Courtney shares her soul in her journey to Soulful Simplicity which is appreciated throughout.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

This book is filled with repititious stories about and by the author. Nothing new here at all. I really wanted to like this book. I read and reread it looking for some magic but it just doesn’t deliver.

#13 New Minimalism

  recommended by 25%


This book promises an opportunity for self-reflection and lasting change, by getting to the bottom of why we’ve accumulated too much stuff in the first place, therefore allowing us to transform our lives. Professional decluttering and design team Cary and Kyle of New Minimalism will take you through every step, from assessing your emotional relationship to your stuff to decluttering your home to then turning it into a beautifully designed space that feels clean and tidy without feeling sparse or prescriptive.

Reasons To Read the Book

This is a gorgeous book, both in its writing and its photos. It has been an extremely helpful and practical guide to simplifying and decluttering in life, without making me feel guilty or overwhelmed about the volume of stuff in my home. Full of practical advice.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

This book is very boring, limited photos and not good. Nothing new or inspirational here. You can find the same information simply by surfing the net. Good message, but disappointing delivery.

#14 Simplify

  recommended by 25%


Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. Written by Joshua Becker, who inspires hundreds of thousands of people on his personal blog, this is a book that calls for the end of living lives seeking and accumulating more and more possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.

Reasons To Read the Book

This book is very inspiring to simplify so many aspects in life. The best part is that it has tips on how to do it but at the same time it’s not preachy. A good supplemental book to those interested in minimalist lifestyles.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

The book is full of unrelated stories. No clear/intense guidelines. Not a recommended book. It was quite boring not for young people. This was not all what they expected and looking for.

#15 The Year Of Less

  recommended by 25%


Blending Cait’s compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life–and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.

Reasons To Read the Book

A great book with full of excellent advice. This book is very helpful, inspiring, and easy to read with. Definitely recommend this book to anyone.

Reasons Not To Read the Book

This book is not what they expected to be.  The books is about alcoholism, not consumerism. This book was pretty boring and a waste of time to read.

Best books on creative writing

We spent several hours researching the topic of creative writing. Going through the best resources we could find on the topic “best books on creative writing”. Aggregating in total almost 300 books that were mentioned as “the best book for creative writing” – from the top sources in writing. To help you get a sense of all this information we have developed a comprehensive list that describes what books are frequently mentioned. We believe it is a good indicator to find the best book on creative writing.

#1 On Writing

  recommended by 42%

One of time magazine’s top 100 non fiction books of all time. Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

Reasons to read the book

This is the book to learn the reason Mr. King writes daily, and what tips he gives to those who want “to write the next great novel” so that they, too, can be successful. It was hard to put down. As always, his writing style is addictive and makes you want to keep reading.

Reasons not to read the book

This books isn’t really a guide on writing. It’s a rambling autobiography with some small chapters about writing. Most of this book is just a memoir loaded with run on sentences and blue collar slang.

#2 Zen in the Art of Writing

  recommended by 29%

Bradbury, all charged up, drunk on life, joyous with writing, puts together nine past essays on writing and creativity and discharges every ounce of zest and gusto in him.

Reasons to read the book

Bradbury has always been a mystery to me–his ability to write so well so fast while entertaining and making us think–and I’ve wanted to know more about his approach to writing. He is a true American treasure that not enough people know about. His love and enthusiasm for his craft, as expressed in this book, is palpable. 

Reasons not to read the book

The essays are for the most part autobiographical and tend to be repetitive, with several of the anecdotes repeated several times. Even the prose at times becomes a little unintelligible. Looks like someone slapped these essays together to make an easy buck.

#3 Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 1st Edition

  recommended by 29%

An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come.

Reasons to read the book

Anne Lamott has a passion for writing, for family and for loving her fellow human beings. Despite her own difficulties in life she shares without holding back and this book is a joy to read.

Reasons not to read the book

I didn’t enjoy this book – it does give some good tips on writing but I found the padding around the tips to be tedious. The one big put off though is the overuse of her belief in god which just didn’t sit well with me.

#4 On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

  recommended by 29%

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.

Reasons to read the book

This book is one of the finest books ever written on the subject of nonfiction writing. This book is by far the most practical, easy to understand and surprisingly entertaining to read. Reading this book was a journey — it started out great, then dragged on and became unbearable, and then ended on a high note with the most useful information.

Reasons not to read the book

This book fails to adhere to any of its recommendations. This book is absolutely useless. The “advice” contradicts itself on multiple occasions. Had to force myself to finish it! Parts one and two were excellent, but the rest of the book just drones on.

#5 The Elements Of Style

  recommended by 29%

The Elements of Style’ (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is an American English writing style guide. It is the best-known, most influential prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, and often is required reading and usage in U.S. high school and university composition classes. This edition of ‘The Elements of Style’ details eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, “a few matters of form”, and a list of commonly misused words and expressions.

Reasons to read the book

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition, is the absolute must-have book for anyone aspiring to write any sort of content. I’ve loved this book since I first ran across it more than 30 years ago. Simple, straight to the point, and easy to understand.

Reasons not to read the book

This was a book written in the 1900’s. Instead of defining major definitions and concepts, it just lists a lot of rules. So, it is very hard to learn from. I purchased the ebook The Elements of Style . It has the fourth edition cover, but it’s actually the free Project Gutenberg 1st edition, written solely by William Strunk Jr in 1918.

#6 The Writing Life

  recommended by 25%

In this collection of short essays, Annie Dillard—the author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and An American Childhood—illuminates the dedication, absurdity, and daring that characterize the existence of a writer. A moving account of Dillard’s own experience, The Writing Life offers deep insight into one of the most mysterious professions.

Reasons to read the book

The Writing Life tells you what to expect if you’re going to write books. It teaches you how to see stories with your eyes so that you can transfer them to your medium: the printed page. I’d recommend The Writing Life if you are looking at being a writer, are a writer, may someday be a writer, are married to a writer if you’re at all connected to writing, you’ll enjoy the stories and message of this book.

Reasons not to read the book

This one was insufferable. It’s one metaphor for writing after another. I am a fan of Annie Dillard, but not of this book. A stream of rambling nonsense that has nothing to teach about writing or anything else.

#7 The Forest For The Trees

  recommended by 17%

Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner’s sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address the dramatic changes that have reshaped the publishing industry in the decade since.

Reasons to read the book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What I love about this book is the way Betsy gets right to the heart of all those doubts and fears you have about your writing. Every question answered in such detail and with such care.

Reasons not to read the book

This rather tedious book is long on (the author’s) vanity and short on new or helpful advice. If you are looking for inspiration and advice on writing well this is not the book for you. If you are looking for inspiration and advice on writing well this is not the book for you. 

#8 Plot & Structure

  recommended by 17%

With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you’ll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including: Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends, Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts, Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas, Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter, Story structure models and methods for all genres, Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems.

Reasons to read the book

This is a well-organized, easy-to-read guide to techniques used to develop plots and sound story structure. It provides clear, straight-forward tools and tips, addressing many aspects of the writing process you won’t find in many of them. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the study of plots and storytelling.

Reasons not to read the book

This book contains a lot of the same material from another of his books (“Elements of Fiction Writing – Conflict and Suspense”). Read his other book instead of wasting money on this one, as the other one explains the key components in a more in-depth and cohesive way, and you will learn how to plot and structure a story all the same (or better).

#9 Writing Down The Bones

  recommended by 17%

For more than twenty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—”it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind.” This edition includes a new preface and an interview with the author.

Reasons to read the book

It was interesting to read a book which looks into the motivation for writing rather than the actual mechanics. This is a book you can read and re-read and then dip into. Beautifully written and very helpful. This books makes sense. Natalie is plain speaking and is every writers cheerleader.

Reasons not to read the book

I find it a little irritating that Natalie, like a few other authors who write books on how to improve your writing, taint the book with their personal, religious beliefs like she does in this book. I should have read all the reviews. This book does not teach you how to write. It only talks about the author’s experiences.

#10 The War Of Art

  recommended by 17%

Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat “Resistance”; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us.Resistance kicks everyone’s butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members and thousands of others around the world.

Reasons to read the book

This is an absolutely amazing book on self-discipline and creativity. This will book show and define the #1 thing that’s stopping you from bringing out your creative potential. It’s called Resistance and how it behaves and how it beats you.

Reasons not to read the book

This the first time in awhile I couldn’t finish a book. What an awful book. If you happen to have add or adhd, or an anxiety disorder–and if you’re a writer looking for ways to be more productive, you just might–pass this one up. I found the author contradictory in many cases. Also, the format is terribly annoying.

3 best books on Charcuterie, Pâté, Confit, Foie Gras, and Rillette making

Are you looking to dive deep into the world of Charcuterie? This fantastic concept is easy to master – especially if you start with the right resources. Charcuterie books are not only interesting to read but very easy to add as a part of your life. Do you want to start making your own Pâté, Confit, charcuteri or Rillette. These 3 books will help you get started.

Top 50 Most Delicious Pâté Recipes

Easy to follow recipes on 50 pates. There are so many wonderful ways to combine herbs, fruits, nuts, wine and spices in pate.

If you are into learning about making Pâté – this is a great starter for you the 50 recipes will keep you occupied for a long time.

Easy Pâté Cookbook: 50 Delicious Pâté Recipes

A very very easy book for you to start the adventure. Reviews are focusing on the simplicity of the dish and a lot of vegetarian Pâté focus in this book as well. Some of the recipes in this book:
Portobello Pâté
rish Pâté
No Meat Pâté
Cream Cheese Pecan Pâté
Walnut and Cashew Pâté

Pâté, Confit, Rillette: Recipes from the Craft of Charcuterie

Reviews are generally very positive on this. The majority find this to be an amazing book. Some people are criticizing it for containing too few images and another one finds the packaging of the book annoying.

In general, though people seem to be impressed with this cookbook and give it good reviews.