Fiction Novels, Do They Shape the Reality or Make You Escape It?

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“People talk about escapism as if it’s a bad thing… Once you’ve escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as when you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn’t have before. Then you are better equipped to deal with your current reality.”
― Neil Gaiman

 

There has been an extensive series of debates around people consuming fiction books, television, music and other sources of entertainment as an escape from the realities of their life. With the current ongoing situation of a global pandemic, many people have resorted to escape the horrors of life’s realities by binge-watching shows on Netflix, spending their nights downloading and watching movies, reading novels from romance to science fiction to contemporary fiction. Some of us are often guilty of doing this. We find an escape from life’s difficulties and challenges by hiding ourselves behind entertainment.

 

While this behaviour can be detrimental to the wellbeing of a person if it becomes a learned behaviour, it is considered a harmless coping mechanism when in times of difficulty. We all go through these phases in our life where we need to unwind for some time before we can face the circumstances and find out a way to solve those problems. In such times, escapism through various forms of entertainment comes to our rescue. We indulge ourselves in the world of novels we are reading, lose ourselves in a movie we are watching or find a relatable character in a drama that gives us a new perspective to look at our problems and find a solution to them. Even if we don’t get to learn something new from such sources of entertainment, it is believed that engaging in a healthy type of entertainment can help a person loosen up his stressed-out brain and body.

 

It is believed that reading contemporary fiction and fantasy novels plays a huge role in providing an escape from the stressors of life. We have piled up some of our contemporary fiction novels and books to read so one can unwind after a stressful week at work or escape the bitter realities of life in general. So, let’s dive into the world of books!

 

 

After a While

After a While

A romance novel from the contemporary fiction genre, this is the story of a winter-lover lady. She comes to life in winter and is fascinated by the legislative storms. She cries and longs for her lover and believes they are meant to be with each other. To buy this fascinating love story of longing, rains and pains, click here.

 

 

 

Ashes of a Lost Country
Ashes of a Lost Country

This is a historical account of the author’s early life in the war-torn country – Palestine. Born in the year 1950, the author’s childhood was a mix of joy, mischief and misery. When his mother died, he was sent to a boarding school in Jordan. Later in the year 1967, when Israel took hold of Palestine, he became homeless. After completing his secondary school, he was awarded a scholarship to study in Algeria. There, he found new friends in some French individuals and they, later on, invited him to France. Currently, the author lives in the United Arab Emirates. To read more of this historical fiction book about personal struggles and life in a war-torn country, buy it here.

 

 

Hiam Is the Life
Hiam Is the Life

Our next pick is an interesting short story about a young and lonely man. He is frustrated all the time and is not happy with his life. He lives inside his mind, thinking and fidgeting restlessly. Then fate brings a girl into his life who he falls in love with. This love turns his life upside down and makes it better in some ways and worst in others. Will he become a better version of himself after all the new developments in his life or would he end up being even more lonely and frustrated? To find out, buy this book here.

 

 

Life
Life

This book is a perfect pick from the contemporary fiction genre for escapists. The story takes us on a journey from loss to a safe harbour. From that safe harbour, we are shown what it feels like to experience boredom. It then shows us the world of fantasies, dreams and discussions. It is a simple but deep journey that takes us into a parallel reality. Grab a copy of this mesmerizing book here.

 

 

 

The Store of Creative Minds

The Store of Creative Minds

Our last pick for this list is a science fiction book about artificial intelligence taking over our lives and industries. In the year 2017, the world started discussing an industrial revolution where humans will live a more relaxed lifestyle because of technological advancement. This is a story of a group of young men and women who got isolated as a result of some social events. When they tried to return to their social life, they found themselves stuck. Would they be able to break free of the unseen shackles and return to what they believe is normal? To find out more, buy this fascinating sci-fi book here.

 

 

 

As we are in the middle of a global pandemic that has brought a lot of other miseries and horrors with it, escaping in the world of literature or movies and TV for some time is a harmless activity to bury ourselves in. Reading a book or two, binge-watching your favourite season or watching movies is the best way to de-stress from the bitter realities of life all around. Enjoy and take care of yourself and your mind in any way you think is best for you.

 

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10 Young Adult and Fantasy Novels We’re Reading on International Youth Day

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12th August by the United Nations. This day is dedicated to the young women and men and the role they play in tackling global issues and bringing change. The International Youth Day also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the problems and challenges our youth is facing. This day recognizes every young person’s right to have access to education, employment and healthcare. It also celebrates their right to dream big and hope for a better world. So to celebrate this day, we have gathered a list of some amazing books that you can read or gift to some young souls around you. So, let’s dig in and discover the best books of all time.

 

Jabeen Kingdom: Between the Eye and the TearJabeen Kingdom: Between the Eye and the Tear

This is a story of happiness and sadness. Tear is sure she won’t go back to her old life and the castle. But when there is news about the kidnapping of Princess Ray and the death of the two kings, Tear decides to go back and avenge the troubles in her life. Tear hopes for a new life with Eye as she witnesses there was sadness and happiness in their relationship. Buy this unique story for your young adult kids here.

 

 

 

Night Catchers

Night Catchers

Our next pick is one of the best thriller books on the list. This is the story of Aya and her stepbrother, Joe. When Aya moves away from the city to a new countryside with her step-brother, they discover a mysterious world with dark forces at play. Their dream life soon becomes an adventure and they witness myths and legends coming to life. The Night Catchers are challenged into fighting deities, giants, unicorns and warriors. This fight is between good and evil, which becomes a threat to Nature, bringing it on the verge of environmental disaster. Will Aya overcome all the challenges and win the fight against all odds? To unveil further, buy this young adult fantasy book here.

 

 

 

The Forbidden Tree

The Forbidden Tree

Hajar wants to take revenge for the death of her father who was assassinated in the huge massacre at the kings’ path. She is fighting the allies who brought her own dynasty to end. Hajar was known for her silent nature as she was never the one with the loud voice. She will now confront the Scorpio family with the same silence she is known for. But will she overcome the obstacles of her way and settle the score with her father’s killers? To read more of this mystery and thriller novel, buy this book here.

 

 

Tales from Al Baha

Tales from Al Baha

Our next pick for young readers is a collection of short stories. These stories are the childhood memories from Ghamed and Zahran. The stories are written in an easy and modern novel style so people from all kinds of backgrounds can read and understand them. A suitable gift for your young reader on this International Youth Day; grab a copy of this book here.

 

 

 

Nooras and Her Black CatNooras and Her Black Cat

This story of a bewitched cat will be the best present for the young blood, someone who loves fantasy and horror. Nooras’ parents bought her a pet cat but little did they know this cat would become a headache for them. The catch is bewitched and has strong powers. When Nooras’ parents try to kick the cat out of their house, they realise it isn’t that simple and easy to get rid of it. Join Nooras and her parents in their struggle to get rid of the spooky cat. Buy this book full of adventures here.

 

 

I Believed You

I Believed You

What happens when there is one love and two different faiths involved? How can one believe in faith and love together? How do you pray to God when you are in love and whose prayers are closer to God? This is the story of a love that is challenged by the test of faith. It is a perfect choice for young adults who want to see love in the light of religion. Grab a copy of this romantic book here.

 

 

 

 

The Elvish Bride

The Elvish Bride

This is an unconventional love story between a young man and an elf maiden. Tommy Trickett is a young and handsome farmer, who is sought-after by many village girls. But he is waiting for the right one to come into his life. One sleepless night, as he goes out of his house to investigate the source of some strange lights, he finds a group of elf maidens dancing on the misty sea. As they see him coming, the group marches back to their secret place. The youngest of all, however, had to be gently led away as she seems to be fascinated with Tommy. Then, right before the next full moon, she sings to him in Elvish. They start meeting each other after midnight, fall in love and get married. But just when they think everything has settled down, life throws a curveball. You can read this magical story of love by getting a copy here.

 

The Last War

The Last War

The last war is going to decide who the victor is. As the universe is destined to be dark and chaotic, there is light until there is hope. The story of power, calmness, strength and light, this book is a perfect gift for the visionary youth around us. Don’t forget to grab this inspiring book here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Kingdom of the Forehead

The Kingdom of the Forehead

Diaa is still haunted by his battle with the shadows when he was taken to the dark world. Diaa doesn’t want to talk much about the subject of that battle as it has drained him of all his energies, but deep down in his heart, he knows the war is not over yet. Buy this fantasy novel here.

 

 

 

Inversion

Inversion

Our last pick from the list of books for young adults is this contemporary fiction novel which is based on the contradictions we live our lives in. We are born to die but we fear death, we seek peace on the battlefield and are searching for integrity on the land of corruption. This thought-provoking book is a must-have for young minds who are searching for answers to life. You can buy this book here.

 

 

 

 

We hope you will enjoy International Youth Day with this list of books for young adults. You can also give these books as gifts to the young kids in your family.

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Tips And Tricks for Self-development on World’s International Day of Conscience

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April 5th is recognized as the World’s International Day of Conscience by the United Nations to celebrate the importance of human conscience. The human conscience is the human voice from within that discriminates right from wrong. This day reminds us to believe in our inner voice to reach our maximum potential by working consistently on self-development. It is an opportunity to recall the significance of conscience in human development and its role in personal growth.

Austin Macauley has some of the best self-development books in store for you to read and learn from, but let’s see what self-development means before looking over the books!

1. What Is Self-Development?

Self-development is a technique of analyzing yourself based on the abilities you have, the behavior you display, and the ambitions you aim to achieve in life. It is not a mere assessment rather it is a natural need for humans to have. This need is termed self-actualization – the need to become the best version of yourself.

Human development is not only defined by one’s attributes, values, hopes, and dreams but also how well you behave. In addition to that, self-development pertains to not only how good you perform for yourself, but also for the outside world. Such development takes into account your mental as well as physical well-being.

Our habits and skills play a huge role in the progression of self-development in addition to the mental strength of an individual that contributes to the process.

2. Why Is Self-Development Important?

Self-development has a crucial role in human life. Without it, humans fail to operate. But let’s find out how?

Personal growth means being able to make the right choices, maintain the right state of mind, having a nurtured personality in a way that benefits you in building strong relationships with your family, professionally and makes you a confident person in general.

This is why self-development is an elementary process to be a part of.

Let’s have a look at some of  the incredible self-help books Austin Macauley has in store for you.


Best Self-Development Books to Read

 

A Journey Goal: A Step Towards Achievement

Book: A Journey Goal: A Step Towards Achievement

Author: Manal Albassam

Like the name depicts, Manal Albassam talks about all the ideas and steps needed while working towards the accomplishment of one’s goals. The author walks us through a journey that entails all the factors required for self-development and self-fulfillment alike. The book offers us strategies to cope with problems and guides us in a way that helps us rectify, self-contemplate and evolve as a whole.

Do skim through the book to have an insight into ‘steps towards achievement’ to work towards self-development.

 

 

Happiness: Get It, Keep It, Oh…And Enjoy It!

Book: Happiness: Get It, Keep It, Oh…And Enjoy It!

Author: Dr. Louise Lambert

Can happiness be deemed synonymous with personal growth? Dr. Louise suggests why the achievement of happiness in life is a goal itself and how it is deeply related to human-development. The author shares her take on what science has to say about the fact that a happier person easily adapts, evolves and grows in general. It reveals all the ways like self-empathy and gratitude, tailored to bring out the best in you for you!

Grab the book now to learn more about self-development from our very own, Dr. Louise Lambert.

 

 

Overpower Your Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Book: Overpower Your Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Author: Hanan Al-bastaki

Hanan Al-bastaki shares her valuable insights on techniques to overcome negative thought processes based on rationality and argumentation. The author also discloses how the health of the mind is as crucial as the body’s when it comes to the functionality of humans in life. The tactics and methods catering to OCD have been implemented by the author herself.

Buy this book and learn how to Overpower Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and embark on a journey towards self-development.

 

 

Pain and Hope

Book: Pain and Hope

Author: Maria Ali

Maria Ali explicitly states the tips and tricks to self-love in her book. The book perfectly describes the elements of self-love and nurturing of soul and mind in terms of self-development. She explains how peace of mind is important and shares her perspective on ways to achieve ambitions in life without giving in to hopelessness. The ideas are inspired by her learnings and experiences in life. Let’s read the book to savour the true sense of self-love.
 

 

 

Forty Pages Notebook

Book: Forty Pages Notebook

Author: Ismaeel Alsayed

Forty Pages Notebook is Ismael Alsayed’s take on how to establish and excel in life. He takes his readers on a voyage where he summarizes all methods and approaches that help us succeed as an individual one step at a time. Ismaeel Alsayed guarantees how experimentation, hurdles and their counter-strategies ensure a better future in Forty Pages Notebook. Buy the book to reap the benefits in a way that helps us become a better version of ourselves on an individual level and for society.

 

 

 

Unless we do not work on reaching our maximum potential, we cannot succeed in any walk of life – be it professional life or family life. Self-development essentially dictates our lives, success and failures in life, and how we humans function in general. World’s International Day of Conscience is celebrated to know the significance of conscience. Let’s exploit this opportunity and get your hands on Austin Macauley’s best self-help books to read and relish!

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Make Your Kid an Avid Reader with Austin Macauley’s Incredible Reads

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Book reading is a habit that not only helps children and young adults with their academics, but also helps them to explore their imagination and adventurous minds.

Inculcating book reading habits in children is of utmost importance for their learning and should not be missed at a younger age. You can develop this habit by reading children’s books together whether it be a bedtime story, or a daytime adventure! Set a reading time and demonstrate the love for books to them.

Austin Macauley brings a collection of interesting and moral oriented children’s books to help your children develop a reading habit.

At-Grandmother-Hissa’s-House

Book: At Grandmother Hissa’s House 
Author: Abdulrahman Mohammed Almahimeed
 

The amazingly written children’s fictional story that is going to teach your children about different colours and shades of life and how to tackle difficulties that will occur over the span of their life.

Get a copy of this book at 30% off!

 

Blossoming Kindness

Book: Blossoming Kindness
Author: Yasmine Hammad

Some if not all people have the habit of speaking unkindly about themselves. Grandpa Hadid will teach you the real meaning of kindness and tolerance. Use your heart, thoughts and hands to make this world a better place.

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Munir the Millionaire

Book: Munir the Millionaire 
Author: Zainab Ali Albahrani
 

The inspiring story of an intelligent child, Munir, with a unique ability of keen observation. He stays updated with his surroundings and wishes to have huge sums of money once he is older. Follow his journey as he makes plans to achieve his goals.

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How a Whale and the Moon Helped Me

Book: How a Whale and the Moon Helped Me 
Author: Sarab Al Ani
 

The main character of the story, Yasmine, wants an electronic tablet but her father is reluctant to buy her one. Read the book to find out what she will do to get one and how a whale and the moon helped her complete her mission.

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To The Circus Lights

Book: To The Circus Lights 
Author: Richard Anthony Chudzynski
 

Marlee, Danny and George woke up one day and find out that a circus has come to their town. They decided to visit the circus, and their journey gets filled with many adventures. They are mesmerized by the events at the circus. The spectacle finishes at night, but their mother is waiting for them at home. Will they make it to home in time?

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We hope that our suggested children’s books will help your children to develop a habit of book reading.

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Enjoy and Learn With Austin Macauley’s Educational Reads

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“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”  Albert Einstein

 

The pursuit of education is one of the most crucial aspects of life. Education is what empowers us. It gives us knowledge of the world and allows us to experience life in all its wonderful colours.

Here are our educational book recommendations to keep you busy and enhance your knowledge.

 

A Practice

Book: A Practice 
Author: Judith Marti Baumrin 

A Practice is a story of twelve school students taking one-on-one teaching lessons with a tutor. The tutor is a trained psychologist and explains the trials and triumphs of therapeutic tutoring. For twenty years, she practiced remedial tutoring inspired by different theories and teaching methods. Finally, she brought her approach to Horace Mann Middle School and it became the foundation for the learning-disabled children program.

Aircraft Ground Handling

Book: Aircraft Ground Handling
Author: Subash S Narayanan 

In a very simple-to-understand language, this book explains the knowledge and process involved in an aircraft’s ground handling. The book also gives an overview of agencies working at the airport, an overview of the airport, and basic aviation knowledge for interested people. Aircraft ground handling is one of the most important and crucial functions and is done by ground handling companies (GHA). GHAs have to follow strict laws which the book explains comprehensively. The processes are critical, skilled manpower is required and specialized equipment is involved to ensure the safety and punctuality. The book is bringing forth the knowledge to empower the reader.

 

Philosophy of Excellence

Book: Philosophy of Excellence 
Author: Dr. Abdullah Attoun

Adam was the newest creature to the human history and his uniqueness astonished everyone. His descendants, however, were divided into two groups. One group called themselves “The Unique” and had distinguishing parameters between them. The other group called themselves “The Simple” who believed that every human should be like Adam. This culture is still alive.

 

The Bilingual Revolution

Book: The Bilingual Revolution 
Author: Fabrice Jaumont 

Fabrice Jaumont is nicknamed as the “God Father of Language Immersion Programs” by The New York Times in 2014 because of his 25-years experience of international education and multilingual program development. He received many awards for his skills. He has applied his experience for different communities living in the United States by helping them develop bilingual courses. The Bilingual Revolution is an original story of a Brooklyn movement told from the eyes of parents and tutors. The book encourages schools to provide complete participation to normalize bilingualism as it can positively transform a child.

 

The Chemistry of Passion Lab

Book: The Chemistry of Passion Lab 
Author: Hiba El Ayal 

Hiba is a Lebanese, born in UAE and has diversified experience in multinational corporate companies. She is passionate about education and self-development and is creating a system that explains the step-by-step procedure to lead a life full of passion and meaning.

 

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We hope that enjoy our book recommendations of the best books to read and increase your knowledge.

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Interesting Tips to Make Your Summers More Productive

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Summer vacations are the most awaited period of the year. It’s the time when either people get to sit back and relax or plan to travel and pursue their outdoor activities. This year may be a little different.

Nevertheless, there are many ways to make your summers productive while staying at home. Here’s our suggestions to make these summers productive and worth enjoying. Have a look:

Reading

If you aren’t already into this great habit of book reading, this is the best time to develop it. Vacation is the perfect time to add more books to your list. Enhance your knowledge and open up your mind. Reading reduces stress and improves your focus and concentration along with the memory. It is a constant source of entertainment not just for adults but for kids as well. The most fruitful advantage of reading is that it helps you improve your writing skills.

Here are some educational books and kids reading books suggested to keep you busy this summer.

Blossoming Kindness

Book: Blossoming Kindness 
Author: Yasmine Hammad 

Blossoming Kindness is an educative children’s read. The author ask readers whether they have a habit of speaking or thinking unkindly for others or your own self? If yes, then let grandpa Hadid teach you the real meaning of kindness and tolerance. Learn the art of using your heart, thoughts, and hands to make this world a better place.

 

Munir the Millionaire

Book: Munir the Millionaire 
Author: Zainab Ali Albahrani 

Story of an intelligent kid, Munir with an ability of keen observation. He keeps himself updated with the surrounding events and wants to have an ample amount of money when he grows up. Follow his journey as he makes plans to achieve his goals.

 

Engineering Project Management Highlighted from Design to Execution

Book: Engineering Project Management Highlighted from Design to Execution 
Author: Eng. Abdullah Theeb Qandil 

Ever fascinated by the engineering works going around in your surroundings? This book will guide you through all the steps and processes involved in planning any engineering-related work and the dangers and obstacles faced at each stage.

 

Linguistic Planning and Policies in the Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

Book: Linguistic Planning and Policies in the Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia 
Author: Prof. Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Tajjo 

This book answers many questions and sub-questions related to the linguistic planning experience and policies in the Baltic states and the evolution of these experiences over the period of time.

 

Fifty Tips For a Happy and Balanced Married Life

Book: Fifty Tips For a Happy and Balanced Married Life 
Author: Dr. Mohammed Allam 

To avoid problems in your married life, it is very important to know where these problems are coming from. Many problems can be avoided if the root cause is known. This book lists down all the hurdles and topics that hinder the happiness of a married life. Read this book to know the secrets of a happy married life.

 

Writing

Writing allows you to pen down all your dreams and fantasies. Writing novels, short stories, or small journals help you release stress and increases the horizon of your imagination. Writing is not as simple as it might seem. Here are some tips for all beginners.

You cannot edit a blank page so start writing. No matter how bad you write the first time but do not stop, eventually you will improve. Make sure there are no distractions around you while you are writing. Make use of the internet and your imagination. Always get a feedback for your betterment. Lastly, read a lot. The more you read, the more easily words flow while writing.

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We hope that you and your children enjoy our suggestion of the best books to read during summers and all the writing tips to make your summer productive.

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