A Little History to Improve Your Brain

A Little History to Improve Your Brain

A little history on a topic is all you need to give you a broad idea of what happened. You dont always need to read about something in depth. WhyToRead believes a broad knowledge base is a great help to a great brain.

The series A Little History books do just that.  Give you a little history summary on a wide range of topics. Perfect.

1. A Little History of the World – E.H. Gombrich

A Little History of the World
A Little History of the World, written by Gombrich who has a doctorate in history, is focused on the human experience and not on the little events that a young mind might forget. From the Stone Age until the World War Two, he presents how humanity has changed and developed.

This book shows a simplified history and it is full of charm and humor, so it is not a book that only presents the dates, but is focused on the facts that changed history. In only 40 chapters, the author shows us what humanity has achieved and where it stalled. This is a great book to read if you want a little history to know how the world became as we know it today.

Read a bit more in depth with the general world history books.

2. A Little History of Philosophy – Nigel Warburton

A Little History of Philosophy
Nigel Warburton makes philosophy accessible to everyone with A Little History of Philosophy. He talks about all the major philosophers and their take on the world, from the metaphysics of Socrates to the realist Peter Singer. The author makes note of all the major philosophical currents and figures.

Warburton doesn’t write a history of philosophy with dates and a sterile presentation of the major trends. No, he relates little stories about the philosophers that sustain their thesis, giving them a little bit of life. This is a great book for everyone interested in philosophy and how the ideas changed in time.

Read more easy Philosophy books.

3. A Little History of the United States – James West Davidson

A Little History of the United States
James West Davidson takes to a journey of struggle and success of a country in A Little History of United States. He begins with the pre-Columbus era and walks us through all the major figures that dominated US history along with the struggles the society had at different times, until the current ones.

This is a fast paced book about the development of small communities, the struggle for freedom and equality and the threats the country had to face and overcome in order to become a world power. A Little History of the United States follows the social and political struggle that come from different ages.

Read more books about modern history.

4. A Little History of Economics – Niall Kishtainy

A Little History of Economics
Economics is a subject with difficult to understand words and concepts when is taught in schools. But A Little History of Economics is fortunately different. The author presents economics as the world progresses with fun and relate-able stories that will help you understand the concepts.

He also talks about the big changes that different economics figures brought to the world. The book covers subjects from barter to world economics while teaching us those hard to gasp concepts that make the world run. The light and humorous tone makes this little history book an enjoyable read.

5. A Little History of Literature – John Sutherland

A Little History of Literature
A Little History of Literature is a course taught by a chatty, funny and colloquial literature professor, or this is how we felt reading this book. John Sutherland talks about the importance of literature, the influences it has had, and how it reflects society. He also reviews the major currents from myths to contemporary fiction and the industry that literature sustains.

A Little History of Literature is the perfect book for everyone looking for a next educational read, for literature lovers and all history buffs. It is full of little tidbits about authors and their stories. The take on literature as a way of life makes this book an amazing read beyond its little history book scope.

6. A Little History of Science – William F. Bynum

A Little History of Science
A Little History of Science is, as you would expect from this series, a book about important inventions and how they changed the world. The book is written in a colloquial style and focuses on facts rather than heavy technical terms and dull dates. The author makes note of the major influences in the science community and how their ideas changed the way people looked at the world we live in. The medical field is vastly developed and all its paradigms are discussed.

William Bynum writes a compelling page turner book about the biggest world changing subject: science. The light tone makes this book easy to read.

For more great reading about science try this list.

7. A Little History of Religion – Richard Holloway

A Little History of Religion
Like all the books in this Little History series, the title describes what this book is about – it is about history of religion. It is written by a former bishop of the Anglican Church in Scotland. A man who stopped believed in God and became popular broadcaster and writer.

In A Little History of Religion Holloway paints a linear history of world’s religions. He writes about its growth and in some cases decline. At the same time he tries to answer why it is in human nature to seek religion and where the religion comes from. Why is religion so often associated with violence and intolerance. This is very interesting book that will make reader think. It is an easy read (being a little history book) so it can be read by anyone who is interested in an overview on the history of religion.

Easy Philosophy Books – Getting Started in 2017

Easy Philosophy Books – Getting Started in 2017

Easy Philosophy Books for 2017.

Thinking about philosophy is something we all do whether you realize it or not.   Over a coffee or over a beer we use our mind to philosophize – that is ponder life, the universe and everything. 

At WhyToRead we think reading is one of the most important things you can do for your mind.  Get started reading easy philosophy books and develop your mind and expand your thinking.

1. Letters from A Stoic – Seneca

Easy Philosophy Books - Letters from a Stoic
Seneca was Roman Stoic philosopher from period of late Stoic philosophy. He lived from circa 4 BC till 65 AD. As well being philosopher he was also statesman and dramatist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. Seneca’s writings present typical themes of Stoic philosophy, like that the universe is governed for the best by a rational providence; contentment is achieved through a simple, unperturbed life in accordance with nature and duty to the state; human suffering should be accepted and has a beneficial effect on the soul; study and learning are important.  These letters present ideals admired by the Stoics and they also reveal how Seneca’s ideas were very advanced. They are a relatively easy read leaving you energy to ponder how best to confront life’s problems and one’s own mortality.

2. The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave

Easy Philosophy Books - Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus
Publius Syrus was a Latin writer of Syrian origin  alive around 85-43 BC. He was bought as a slave to Italy, but because he was very talented his master freed him and educated him.  Syrus is best known for his sententiae i.e. short moral saying like proverbs, aphorisms, or maxims.
The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus is a collection of various moral maxims. They are written in iambic and trochaic verse. Maxims are actually short verse which are arranged in alphabetical order according to initial letter of the maxima. The number of verses originally written by Publius Syrus was about 700, but during the course of history maxims by other thinkers were added to the collection. This is an interesting read and each reader will definitely find some moral maxima that resonates.

3. Fragments (Penguin Classics) – Heraclitus

Easy Philosophy Books - Fragments of Heraclitus
Heraclitus was a well-known ancient pre- Socratic Greek philosopher from Ephesus. He lived ca 535 – 475 BC. A self-taught thinker,  he was sometimes called the “Weeping Philosopher” because he led a lonely life and was very stressed about the needless unconsciousness of humankind.  Famous for his saying that “No man ever steps in the same river twice”.  In his philosophy he insisted on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the universe.  He also insisted on the unity of opposites in the world. He influenced many other famous philosophers like Plato, and philosophical schools like Stoics. Heraclitus wrote a book called On Nature, but the text of that book has been lost over time. The only existing records of his writing are Fragments. This work tantalized many great thinkers for centuries. It is an interesting and deep read that consist of 130 short thoughts – that can be read by anyone. A great place to start your easy philosophy books reading.

4. The Complete Essays – Michel de Montaigne

Easy Philosophy Books - Michel de Montaigne Essays
Michel de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne, is one of the most known philosophers of the French Renaissance. He was born on 28 February 1533 and died on 13 September 1592. He is best known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. Montaigne had a direct influence on many writers including Francis Bacon, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, etc.
His most known work is Essays. This collection of a large number of short, subjective treatments on various topics was published in 1580. The essays are inspired by the works of philosophers Plutarch and Lucretius and his goal in this work was to describe humans with utter honesty. The style of writing is rhetoric and the aim is to intrigue and involve the reader. This is highly satisfying classical read that can be read and reread.

5. Nature and Selected Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Easy Philosophy Books - Nature Essay by Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer and poet. He was born 25 May 1803 in Boston and died 27 April 1882 and led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was a famous for his lectures through which he disseminated his thoughts. During his lifetime he did more than 1500 public lectures across USA. All of his works (essays) were first written as lectures and later they were revised for print. The core of his thinking represents two collections of essays: Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series. Part of these collections is Emerson’s famous essay on Nature. In this essay Emerson laid the foundation of transcendentalism. In it he tried to solve one abstract problem and that is why humans do not fully accept nature’s beauty.
This essay is a great read for all those interested in an introduction to transcendentalism – the belief system that adopts a non-traditional appreciation of nature.

6. The Essential Epicurus – Epicurus

Easy Philosophy Books - Essential Epicurus
Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher and founder of school philosophy Epicureanism. He lived from 341 – 270 BC. During his life he wrote around 300 works, but only few fragments remain today. Most of what we know about him we find out from works of his followers and commentators. Ataraxia and aponia i.e. peace and freedom from fear and the absence of pain are two main ideas in Epicurus philosophy. For him the purpose of philosophy is to live a happy and tranquil life. A life characterized by ataraxia and aponia, and it can be reached by living it self-sufficiently surrounded by friends. For Epicurus pleasure and pain were measures of good and evil.
These fragments are the only remains of Epicurus work, but beside fragments they do contain three letters. They are easy to read but on the other hand as many philosophers’ works they contain deeper meaning and they seek the involved reader. Get started today with easy philosophy books to strengthen your mind and peace.

Exciting Hot Romance Books for Spring

Exciting Hot Romance Books for Spring

Spring is in the air. Love is in the Air. Hot romance is definitely in the air.

Enjoy some exciting hot romance books this spring.

1. Mount! – Jilly Cooper

Hot Romances Book - Mount!
Rupert puts aside his obsession for Love Rat, his prized stallion, when Gala, a Zimbabwean widow who is taking care of his father, enters the picture. Mount! has many themes that keep you glued to the pages. There is the horse racing aspect that opens the door to a world that not many are familiar with. There is the family saga dynamic that is interesting and full of drama. But the most enthralling aspect is the love story between Rupert and Gala, sprinkled with steamy sex scenes.

2. Bared to You – Sylvia Day

Hot Romances Book - Bared to you
Eva is a gorgeous, wealthy, independent woman who is trying to discover herself in New York. Gideon Cross is a sexy, controlling and interesting man who catches Eva’s eye. Even though they have their own demons to fight, they start an electric relationship.

Sylvia Day writes a sexy romance with BDSM elements that keeps you glued to the pages. The characters are well developed and, in some way, you can relate to them. They both have backstories and their actions are consistent with their stories. The sex scenes are steamy, hot and really well written. Bared to You is a must read for all who enjoy reading about complicated relationships full of hot sex.

3. Destined to Play – Indigo Bloome

Hot Romances Book - Destined to Play
Would you give up yourself to someone for 48 hours? This is the premise of this book. Dr. Alexandra Blake is a respected and successful doctor. She is happy with her life as it is. But when Jeremy Quinn, an ex-lover of hers, reenters her life with a provocative challenge: to give up her control to him for 48 hours.

Destined to Play is about broadening your horizon and accepting alternative lifestyles. If you want to read a hot romance with true BDSM element, this is the book for you. It explores the submission part of this alternative lifestyle with realism while being kinky, sexy and steamy. And safe.

4. Hardwired – Meredith Wild

Hot Romances Book - Hard Love
Erika Hathaway has worked hard to accomplish everything. Blake London is a rumored hacker and an investor in Erika’s company. There is an undeniable attraction between the two and Erika has to figure out how to balance the responsibility and love. Blake is determined to earn her confidence, but everything blows in the wind when he discovers a secret form Erika’s past.
Hardwired is love story like a roller-coaster, with ups and downs, turn and twists that keep you glued to the pages. The sex scenes are hot, sexy and beautifully described.

5. The Juliette Society – Sasha Grey

Hot Romances Book - Juliette Society
The Juliette Society is a private sex society where everything is permitted. Catherine is a film student who is exploring her sexuality. When she discovers The Juliette Society she has an opportunity to explore her darkest fantasies and begins an adventure full of pleasure that threatens the life she knew.

The Juliette Society is an uncommon coming of age novel, as it follows Catherine discovering herself through her sexuality, with the help of Jack, the male protagonist. The narrative is amazing and the characters are well structured. The sex scenes, that are pivotal to the Catherine’s, development are raw, steamy and racy.

6. Fire After Dark – Sadie Matthews

Hot Romances Book - Fire After Dark
Fire After Dark will take you on an intense adventure along with Beth and Dominic. Beth is an innocent country girl who stalks Dominic to a private sex club. They go to dates to get to know each other, and as the story progresses they fall in love. But Dominic is a dom and Beth is not so well versed in bed.
The intense love story and the passionate sex scenes make this novel a page turner. Dominic is like a dream man come true. He is patient and loving to the young Beth. He cares for her needs and introduces her to his world with gentleness and tries to accommodate her into his life. This hot romance novel continues past where 50 Shades of Grey left off.

7. Gabriel’s Inferno – Sylvain Reynard

Hot Romances Book - Gabriel's Inferno
Gabriel Emerson is a tortured Dante specialist and professor who is looking for his Beatrice. Julia Mitchell, innocent and chaste, is a student who enrolls for his course. She is drowned by his mysterious demeanor, but Gabriel tries to keep her at arm’s length because the walls he has put up might crumble.

Gabriel’s Inferno is a steamy and dangerous romance between two opposites. If you like teacher – student hot romances or you were in love with one of your teachers this is the book for you. This is a captivating love story with a sinful side and characters that you will like from the first words.

7.Fury on Fire – Sophie Jordan

Hot Romances Book - Fury On Fire
This romance book is an unusual boy next door story. North Callagham is an ex-con and tries to run from his problems by working day and night. Faith, his neighbor, is the type of woman who needs a man on whom she can count on. But she finds the grumpy and impolite man that lives next door sexy.

This is a slow romance and the book doesn’t put you in the middle of it. There isn’t instant lust between the characters and this gives you time to savor what is happening between them. The steamy scenes are passionate and hot. Follow as good girl Faith falls in love with her dangerous man next door, North.

8. Complete Me – J. Kenner

Hot Romances Book - Complete Me
What do you do when the man that fills your void is an arrogant, impossible, domineering man? Nikki Fairchild, a southern belle, tries to answer this question, while slowly falling in love with Damien Stark, a man who doesn’t take no for an answer. They both have been wounded in the past and now they try to accommodate each other while protecting themselves from the other, so they won’t get hurt again.

A smoldering hot romance with BDSM elements and raw characters that are perfect for each other. This is a fast paced novel that may have you looking at your other half with new eyes.

9. On Dublin Street – Samantha Young

Hot Romances Book - On Dublin Street
Jocelyn Butler runs from her tumultuous past in Scotland, to an apartment on Dublin Street, where she starts a new life without attachments. Her life is peaceful and calm until she meets Braden Carmichael, her flat mate’s brother. Braden is determined to bring the beautiful Jocelyn into his bed, so he proposes something she can’t refuse. But a night of steamy sex is not enough for Braden and discovers that he wants more.
This is a slow burning but hot romance with passionate, lustful sex and independent well written characters you can fall in love with. The pacing is fast and the Scottish surroundings bring a plus of beauty to this already amazing narrative.