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Your Questions About How To Discover New Books

Chris asks…

Have you read any self-help books that you would/would not recommend to someone else?

How did you initially discover the book?

New Niche Finder answers:

“Toxic People”. I don’t remember how I discovered it, probably from one of my college psych classes. I do like the idea that other people can be just plain mean, etc., so we shouldn’t blame ourselves for their behavior.

Http://www.amazon.com/Toxic-People-Ways-Dealing-Miserable/dp/0312152329

George asks…

What books are good to compare with Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations?

Can anyone list any good books to compare/contrast to Dickens’ Great Expectations?

Any with similar themes or techniques in them?

New Niche Finder answers:

It might be interesting to choose another novel by Dickens himself. It would be up to you which one however. I am ashamed to say the only other Dickens book I have read is Hard Times (I know, epic fail) but one of his books would probably be a good idea.

I looked on sparknotes to see what themes they suggest, and here is one suggested:

Crime, Guilt, and Innocence
The theme of crime, guilt, and innocence is explored throughout the novel largely through the characters of the convicts and the criminal lawyer Jaggers. From the handcuffs Joe mends at the smithy to the gallows at the prison in London, the imagery of crime and criminal justice pervades the book, becoming an important symbol of Pip’s inner struggle to reconcile his own inner moral conscience with the institutional justice system. In general, just as social class becomes a superficial standard of value that Pip must learn to look beyond in finding a better way to live his life, the external trappings of the criminal justice system (police, courts, jails, etc.) become a superficial standard of morality that Pip must learn to look beyond to trust his inner conscience. Magwitch, for instance, frightens Pip at first simply because he is a convict, and Pip feels guilty for helping him because he is afraid of the police. By the end of the book, however, Pip has discovered Magwitch’s inner nobility, and is able to disregard his external status as a criminal. Prompted by his conscience, he helps Magwitch to evade the law and the police. As Pip has learned to trust his conscience and to value Magwitch’s inner character, he has replaced an external standard of value with an internal one.

If you use this theme I would compare it to Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Another theme is social class, so you could compare it to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (my favorite novel!) or many other novels.

So, there are lots of options lol

Jenny asks…

What are some examples from the past that help discover Mayan’s lifeways?

I have to write an essay for my Archaelogy class on what are some examples that were found which helped discover how the Mayan’s lifeways are. I also have to find scholary articles. That has been really hard to do without first having some examples to research with. Any help is greatly appreciated!

New Niche Finder answers:

Like ruins and observatories? Which shows how the ancient Mayan way of life was mostly in agriculture, having extra food from farming created math and science, which will be used to farm more efficiently (by building structures). Books, glyphs, and Murals, display the religion and time keeping (which are intertwined) aspect of ancient Mayan societies…

Charles asks…

What are good book recommendations to a teen who likes mystery/adventure fiction?

My favorite books I read this year were Millennium series (Girl with Dragon Tattoo, etc.) and the Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. Are there similar books to those that are available on arbookfind.com? Every book I picked up since last week hasn’t appealed to me (eg “Between a Rock and a Hard Place, We Beat the Streets). Any recommendations appreciated.

New Niche Finder answers:

The Road to Paradise Island by Victoria Holt
(A girl finding herself living a life like her ancestor’s past after reading a journal and travels to island to discover the mystery island that she’ve read in that journal.)

Juliet a novel by Anne Fortier
(It’s about a girl traveling to Italy and trying to find a treasure with her sis that her Mom has left behind and and ended up decoding Shakepere’s story to stop a curse.)

David asks…

What are some really good, exiting, adreniline pumping books?

i’m supposed to read 6 books over the summer and thriller’s my type. i’ve already read every single steven kings book, so those wont help me.

New Niche Finder answers:

Siren by Tricia Rayburn
This is about the mythological creature Sirens in present day, as men are found washed up on shore with smiling faces. It is actually scary at times, but also romantic. This book is great if you are looking for excitement.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
This is my all time favorite book. It is about fallen angels, murder, and secrets. The main characters love interest, Patch, is very mischievous and one of the main reasons I read this book. (you will know what I am talking about if you read it) I can’t read this book at night because I get too excited.

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Big surprise, this is also about fallen angels! This has lots of excitement and epic love. One of my favorites.

This is all I can think of right now, but I hope you discover these books! 😀

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