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Lisa asks…

How do people actually improve on their vocabulary by reading books?

I mean like when I read a book because I’m trying to increase my vocabulary but some words I do not comprehend. How do people improve their vocabulary if they do not understand some of the words in the book? Also, I am looking for a good book to read. I am in 10th grade and we are reading Animal Farm and it is actually good. do you have any books that you recommend for me to read? How do I improve my vocabulary?

New Niche Finder answers:

Some people improve their vocabulary by plainly reading, even not necessarily a book. Yes, there are some words that you won’t understand or do not know the meaning to but when you look at context clues from how they are used in the sentence, you will have an idea on what those words mean. Also, some readers, if they really want to increase their vocabulary, read a book with a dictionary on the side so that whenever they find something that they don’t understand, they can easily find it in the dictionary. If you don’t want the hassle of a dictionary, there are some books that offer word definitions on footnotes to help you with your reading.

I would recommend reading classical novels in order to improve your vocabulary. There are a lot of words to discover at this point. Some would be Les Miserables, Don Quixote, Of Mice and Men, The Scarlett Letter, Pride and Prejudice and all other classics you might find.

Good luck!

Ruth asks…

What are some books that involve soul mates?

I’m looking for romance books of the paranormal sort that have the leading characters finding their other halves.(Though it doesn’t have to be paranormal) I’ve already read Christine Feehan, J.R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Christina Dodd, and a few others. What are some others?
Of course, I’ve already read The Twilight Saga.

New Niche Finder answers:

I love all of those authors!! Others that I like and that involve soul mates are:

“The Dark Hunter”/”The Dream Hunter” series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
This is a great series. The Dark Hunter and The Dream Hunter series are interwoven with each other and can be read separately or together. Fantasy Lover is the first book in “The Dark Hunter” series here’s a blurb:

Twenty-nine year-old sex therapist Grace Alexander has been celibate for four years after experiencing a horrendous relationship with a self-centered, cruel former lover. Grace’s flamboyant, exotic friend Selena decides it’s time to get Grace back in the swing of things and she has just the solution — an ancient tome holding a magnificent male specimen cursed to live between the pages of the book for eternity — until he’s called forth with a magic spell to serve as a love slave to his summoner for a period of one month. Having experienced Selena’s so-called magic spells before, Grace isn’t worried that the gorgeous guy in the picture is going to magically appear. Surprise, surprise, and happy birthday to Grace!

Julian of Macedon, half God, half mortal, is so exceptionally good looking that he made women fall at his feet and men green with envy and jealousy, in his time — 149 BC. Jealousy and atonement for his sins, is what finds Julian cursed and trapped between the pages of a book only free for one month at a time, if he’s lucky. Sometimes that freedom only comes once every one hundred years. When Grace summons him from the book, Julian is resigned and ready to fulfill her every sexual dream and fantasy. Grace, however, has other ideas for Julian. When she discovers just what a heartbreaking, loveless and dark life he’s lived, Grace decides to show Julian just what friendship and love mean.

“Daughters of the Glen” series by Melissa Mayhue. Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband is the first book in the series. Here’s a blurb of the book:

In the misty recesses of time a Faerie Prince loses his true love, prompting a blessing on all his mortal female descendants, bestowing his powers on them that they should be protected and allowed to find their own true loves.

Connor MacKiernan is a 13th century Scottish warrior, a descendant of that Faerie prince, a man who lives only for honor and duty, but he has a huge problem. His experience of betrayal at the hands of women has left him suspicious and distrustful of any woman’s motives. He’s sworn never to marry, but finds he must do exactly that to save his sister. With the help of his well-meaning aunt, and a little Faerie magic, the search for a bride is on.

Caitlyn Coryell is a 21st century woman who longs to be strong enough to find love without sacrificing who she is. Her experience with an unfaithful fiance who wanted to marry her only for her family’s money and influence has left her doubting her desirability and any man’s reason for wanting her. Imagine her surprise when she puts on an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging her help to save his sister. He offers a simple adventure: travel to his time, marry him and return home. But nothing’s simple when the adventure backfires, trapping Cate in the 13th Century.

An ancient Faerie’s blessing reaches across the barriers of time to unite two emotionally wounded people. But it will take more than the magic of the Fae to heal their hearts. It will require the most powerful magic of all – the magic of true love.

“Celta’s HeartMates” series by Robin D. Owens. Heartmate is the first book in the series. Here’s a blurb:

. Rand Ash, or T’Ash (the T’ denotes the male head of the family; a D’ denotes the female head) has rebuilt his family fortunes after a fire killed his entire family, leaving him at age 6 the only survivor. He got his revenge on the killers, and now his next task is to rebuild his family, and a wife features prominently in those plans. Fortunately, he has a HeartMate–a soul mate, the existence of which is revealed in the ceremony/ordeal that releases a person’s Flair.

Said HeartMate is Danith Mallow, an orphan with, as she thinks, no Flair, and firmly in the lower-middle class. And she doesn’t believe in HeartMates. In addition, she thinks T’Ash is just toying with her.

T’Ash, having spent his life fighting for his life, mostly solitary, and definitely without the civilizing influences of family, much less females, has a hard time convincing Danith that he’s serious, and thinks if he can just form a HeartMate bond with her before she finds out what a terrible guy he is, she’ll be stuck, and he’ll be fine. Silly, silly man.

“Final Prophecies” series by Jessica Anderson. Ms Anderson has been mentored by JR. Ward and because of this I found there was a similar writing style, which I liked. Nightkeepers is the first book in the series. Here’s a blurb:

Mayan lore states that during the end time prophecy, demons will surface and an apocalypse will result. It is up to the Nightkeepers, a group of warriors and priests, to channel ancient magic and spells to drive said evil back to the underworld. Striking Jaguar, the son and heir of the last king, thought he was the only one left after the annihilation of his people so long ago. With just weeks left until the sacred equinox occurs once more, Strike finds out that there are more like him and it is up to him to make the call for them to return home and embrace the mystical powers that each of them possesses. As for Strike, his duty as king is to call upon the Mayan god needed to fight the battle with the son of the god of the Mayan underworld. But, in doing so, Strike will have to make a sacrifice in order to appease his god. A sacrifice that he prays he doesn’t have to make.

Leah Daniels is a Miami narcotics detective investigating the peculiar death of her brother and several others that are almost ritualistic in their simplicity. Answering the call to meet an informant, she is horrified to find out that she has been set up. Waking up tied to a stone altar, she is horror-struck at realizing that she is to be the sacrifice made in order to bring a demon from the underworld. Finding strength she didn’t know she possesses, Leah fights for her very life. Rescue comes in the form of a striking man whom Leah recognizes. And she should. She dreams of him quite often.

Strike and Leah are ill prepared for the feeling each invoke in the other. With just a few weeks left before the Nightkeeper’s plan can be put to the test, each will have to come to grips with their feelings. Will they be able to keep their focus or will their burgeoning feelings interfere? With fortitude comes sacrifice. Will that sacrifice be made?

Hmmm … Well that’s a few suggestions. If you’d like any more just give me an email ^_^ Enjoy!!

Donna asks…

What books are going to be make into movies?

I was just wondering if there is any books that are going to be made into a film. I already know about the hunger games and the mortal instrument. Do you know any? Or which book would you like for it to be a movie? And if you can give a brief explanation of the book!(: thanks!!

New Niche Finder answers:

“The Lucky One”-Nicholas Sparks: A Marine travels to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. ~ Comes out in April the 20th

“The World Z”-Max Brooks: A UN representative, writing a report on the great zombie war, interviews survivors in the wake of World War Z. ~2012?

“The Giver”-Lois Lowry: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world. ~2013?

“Life of Pi”-Yann Martel: A magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. ~2012?

“Thirteen Reasons Why”-Jay Asher: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. Clay Jensen tries to discover why he made it on the list. ~2013?

Helen asks…

What are some mystery books that you recommend?

What are some mystery books that also has ballet included? Or any mystery books that you recommend for teens.

Thank you !

New Niche Finder answers:

The Scarlet Slipper Mystery – Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew comes to the aid of the owners of a local dancing school when they receive an anonymous note threatening their lives.

The Scarlet Stockings – Charlotte Kandell
As an infant, Daphne was abandoned on the doorstep of an all-girls school. Now, at thirteen, she longs to discover the truth about her past and to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a prima ballerina. When a book containing a tantalizing riddle and a magical pair of stockings arrive, her dreams of glory and fame are suddenly within her grasp. Daphne is poised to win an audition for the Ballet Splendide in Paris. But will the magic be enough to help her overcome her childhood demons of loneliness and insecurity? This irresistible story is brought to life with black-and-white interior illustrations and a beautiful jacket enhanced with foil.

Mary asks…

What Books or Magazines on Pregnancy do you suggest?

My husband & I are planning to start having a family after my 30th birthday in September. I am looking for books or magazines to read up on pregnancy for both of us…any suggestions?

New Niche Finder answers:

For books:
The Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger. Http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Pregnancy-Childbirth-Revised/dp/0375710477
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simpkin, Whalley, and Keppler http://www.amazon.com/Pregnancy-Childbirth-Newborn-Complete-Guide/dp/074321241X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244037125&sr=1-1
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper (Comes with a DVD) http://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Birth-Choices-Barbara-Harper/dp/1594770670/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244037330&sr=8-1
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Mays-Guide-Childbirth-Gaskin/dp/0553381156/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244037513&sr=8-1
Your Best Birth by Rikki Lake http://www.amazon.com/Your-Best-Birth-Discover-Experience/dp/0446538132/ref=pd_sim_b_99

For politics on birthing:
Pushed by Jennifer Block http://www.amazon.com/Pushed-Painful-Childbirth-Modern-Maternity/dp/0738211664/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244037164&sr=1-1

For Magazines:
Mothering. Http://www.mothering.com/

Videos:
Orgasmic Birth (I loved this one) http://www.amazon.com/Orgasmic-Birth-11-Mothers/dp/B001NY6YPW/ref=pd_sim_b_36
The Business of Being Born http://www.amazon.com/Business-Being-Born-Ina-Gaskin/dp/B0013LL2XY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1244037443&sr=1-1
Pregnant in America http://www.amazon.com/Pregnant-America-Kerry-Tuschhoff/dp/B001GJ7ZKM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1244037470&sr=1-1

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