The Power of the Hashtag

The Power of the Hashtag

American Babe. A White Girl Problems Book, by Babe Walker

Hidden amid more useful punctuation, the hash tag is now the most popular button on the keyboard. The idea of grouping by using the fancy symbol was first trialled in 2007, in a blog post by Stowe Boyd. And since then, it has been enthusiastically embraced… and sometimes abused.

What started off as a Twitter account –which now counts more than 825K followers– among two brothers and a friend has turned into big business for authors David and Tanner Cohen and Lara Schoenhals, the talented writers behind the mega successful “White Girl Problems” books.

#whitegirlproblems started off along the lines of rich girl problems, and Babe Walker is the voice behind it -a wealthy girl living in Los Angeles whose “problems” landed her in retail rehab after spending $246,893.50 one afternoon at the luxury department store Barneys.

In the third book “American Babe“, Babe Walker faces her most daunting challenge yet: suburbia.

cover86772-mediumBabe thought she had done it all.  After all, she’s survived the highly exclusive social hierarchies of Bel Air, traipsed around Europe in true white-girl fashion, and left her mark on several of the best rehab facilities in the United States. But now Babe is about to enter a terrifying new world: Middle America.

After a freak accident that was definitely not Babe’s fault, her estranged mother offers her the perfect escape from LA: an invite to her grandfather’s eightieth birthday party in Maryland, of all places. Babe’s journey throws her headlong into elementary school classrooms full of small, unfashionable people and pizza buffet restaurants that will haunt her nightmares and eventually back to Los Angeles, thank goodness. Tossed together with her cousins—basic preteen Cara and mature and preternaturally stylish Knox—Babe learns that connecting with someone on an intimate, familial level might be the most rewarding experience.

Unapologetic and unfiltered Babe Walker is light and entertaining. If you aren’t in the mood for serious literature but pure satire, that’s the book. Enjoyable and easy to read.. American Babe is #perfect!


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)

Also from Babe Walker:

  • White Girl Problems (Book) – (eBook)
  • Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book (Book) – (eBook)
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Going to College? Here’s the Starter Kit

Going to College? Here’s the Starter Kit

COLLEGE

 

High school: been there, done that! Now you’re ready for College!

Today I want to share with you my starter kit, just the best books (and a few other online resources) that you could use during your college years.

How to Graduate Debt Free, by Kristina Ellis

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Going to college can be a huge financial commitment. Kristina Ellis -author of Confessions of a Scholarship Winner will share the best strategies to pay for college and  #notgoingbroke!

Pre-college actions, financial aids, scholarships, the best schools and majors that pay off, and  everything else you need to know to make your college experience worth it.

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Anyone Can Get An A+. How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades, by Geetanjali Mukherjee

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Anyone Can Get An A+ is a down-to-earth, honest guide for students on how to maximize their learning and get good grades.

Based on research on principles of psychology and neuroscience,  Anyone Can Get An A+ will teach you:

  • how to prepare for exams
  • how to overcome procrastination and use your time wisely
  • how to write a paper painlessly
  • how to organize your time and study schedule

and many other useful tips and techniques.

Geetanjali Mukherjee is not selling you the magic pill, but strategies that work!

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, by Kate L. Turabian

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Writing your first college paper can turn into a nerve wracking experience, but there are some key skills that will facilitate the process. This book is a must-have!

Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers is organized into three sections that lead students through the process of developing and revising a paper. Part 1, “Writing Your Paper,” guides students through the research process with discussions of choosing and developing a topic, validating sources, planning arguments, writing drafts, avoiding plagiarism, and presenting evidence in tables and figures.  Part 2, “Citing Sources,” begins with a succinct introduction to why citation is important and includes sections on the three major styles students might encounter in their work.  Part 3, “Style,” covers all matters of style important to writers of college papers, from punctuation to spelling to presenting titles, names, and numbers.

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Campus Politics. What Everyone Needs To Know by Konathan Zimmerman

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Universities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas, but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question, and with serious consequences. Such a wave of protests hasn’t been seen since the campus free speech demonstrations of the 1960s.

In Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jonathan Zimmerman breaks down the dynamics of what is actually driving this recent wave of discontent. After setting recent events in the context of the last half-century of free speech campus movements, Zimmerman looks at the political beliefs of the US professorate and students. He follows this with chapters on political correctness; debates over the contested curriculum; admissions, faculty hires, and affirmative action; policing students; academic freedom and censorship; in loco parentis administration; and the psychology behind demands for “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces.” He concludes with the question of how to best balance the goals of social and racial justice with the commitment to free speech.

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book)


The Roommate Book, by Becky Simpson

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Author/illustrator and expert roommate Becky Simpson uses her optimism and sense of humor to highlight the advantages of having a roommate and how best to enjoy these shared years of modular furniture, crockpot meals, and binge-watching Netflix. For high school graduates going off to college and new adults leaving college, this book is essential.

The Roommate Book is all about celebrating this short season of life. It’s the time between parental curfews and settling down with a significant other. It is for the single and proud, silly and crafty, witty and thrifty. It’s a non-serious look at how to live with a friend (or total stranger). Nuggets of wisdom are included, but so are comical pie charts, hypotheticals, illustrations, and brief essays. This book invites passersby to thumb through and stay a while.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Blogs You Should Follow

I also want to share with you some of my absolutely favourite blogs for college students:

  • Broke Millennialsstarted by Erin, who found herself in this situation at 25 after she graduated from college.  Now, she is learning how to be financially literate and is sharing what she learned with others.  The great thing about her site is that she tells funny stories and is pretty sneaky about getting financial lessons in.
  • Making Sense of Centsfounded by Michelle, who shares her story about graduating with almost $40,000 in student loan debt, and then side hustling her way to paying it off. Her story is incredibly inspiring, both on where she has been with her finances, as well as what she is doing today to support herself.
  • TeensGotCentscreated by Eva Baker to inspire other teens to make savvy financial choices early on in life, and that being smart about your money can be fun as well. On her site, you will find resources for high school students and college bound teens – from saving for college, to finding volunteer work to beef up your college applications, to fun ways to save money.

 

News – Education

Attending College is a terrific opportunity! Learn as much as you can, build good contacts and enjoy!

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Millennials: Are You One of Us?

 

9d861ac5027505d5d61fe9eb36448da7One of the best part of becoming a self-proclaimed “book blogger” is when authors and PR people from publishing companies reach you out asking if -by any chance- you’d like to read this or that book and help them spreading the word.

Duh!! I’m a bookworm. Sure I would like to read your new/soon-to-be-published book!!

A week ago, Jack Cahn -a first-time author and college student- offered me to read an advanced copy of When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America,  written with his twin brother David.

I knew JaWhen Millennials Ruleck and David Cahn -the Twin Titans of Stuyvesant High School– from the media attention they received in 2013 because of their involvement in school activism, and I am an avid reader of their Huffington Post posts too (read here David’s entries and here Jack’s entries).

Jack and David’s book -which I will review soon- is written by and for a specific demographic cohort called Millennials.

According to all the legitimate sources I have consulted, I am -my birthright- one of them. Yes people, I am a Millennial.

Despite there are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.* The credit of naming the Millennials goes to authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, which -in their latest book titled Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation– defined the Millennials as a “civic-minded generation with a strong sense of community both local and global“.

Pretty cool, huh? Sure is, on paper. Here comes the reality check.

o-THE-REAL-ME-GENERATION-facebookAfter further research I found out that Millennials don’t exactly enjoy widespread appreciation, nor consideration among society; lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents, tech junkies and guinea pigs for everything marketing related.

We might be more tech savvy, more entrepreneurial, more tolerant and even more optimistic about the future, but we also are the generation with the highest joblessness and debt out of school.

Statistics show that we are the best educated generation of history but -apparently- our political views don’t make any sense, our ideas are unrealistic and we will never reach higher political positions.

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We are good buyers though. No kidding. In fact, there are a lot of books about how to make us buy even more things:

  • Marketing to Millennials: Reach the largest and most influential Generation of Consumer Ever, by Jeff Fromm and Christie Garton (Book) – (eBook)
  • Your Customer is the star: How to make Millennials, Boomers and Everyone Else Love your Business, by Micah Solomon (Book) – (eBook)
  • Managing the Millennials: Discover the core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce, by Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja (Book) – (eBook)

Just to name a few. That’s quite sad, isn’t it?

My question to you, brave reader, is: What’s really hiding under the sand? Who’s keeping Millennials out of the big game? Why society doesn’t give Millennials credit? Are Millennials really narcissistic personalities characterized by a damaged sense of self?

When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America by Jack and David Cahn is an extraordinary reading that I recommend (pub.date August 2nd, 2016). If words and ideas can change the world, and if “it depends on us, on the choices we make, particularly when big changes are happening and everything seems up for grabs“** than we -Millennials- have a lot of work to do.


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** President Obama to the class of 2016 at Rutger University 250th Anniversary Commencement

***This post reflects my personal opinion. I am not sponsored by none of the people mentioned above. The reason why I am  highly, strongly, shamelessy suggesting to buy Jack and David’s book is mostly because I believe in the message that carries. I will never get tired to recommend any writer who is not afraid to share good ideas and knows how to use a perfect consecutio temporum!

****If you don’t know what the consecutio temporum is…get out of here!! Kidding, just google it!

Do You Like It Weird?

Do You Like It Weird?

I first stumbled across Bizarro Fiction a few months ago, and soon I asked myself what kind of drugs those people were doing. Provoking, borderline pornographic and absolutely idiotic, this genre now has a good amount of indi publishers, it’s own convention and an increasing cult status among readers and writers who like it..weird.

How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers by Max Booth III was the first Bizarro novel I got my hands on (you can find my review here). Hilarious in its craziness.

Since then I got even more curious about this new genre and started reading a lot more of it. The latest one is  The Train Derails in Boston by Jessica McHugh, a horror novel soon to be published (June 9, 2016Unknown.jpeg) by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

” Rebecca Malone has problems. Not just the alcohol. Not just her husband’s inane attempts at writing a bestselling novel, their teenage daughter’s promiscuity, or her certifiable mother. Not even her lover, who wants to take her husband’s place in Cherrywood Lodge, the famous estate she now calls home. Her biggest issues start the moment she discovers a chest of ancient mahjong tiles in the basement of her new house, causing her life to spin out of control with hallucinations, sexual deviances, and grisly murders. Is the mahjong game haunted? Or are Rebecca’s problems part of a different game, started before she was born?”

Bizarro fiction is crude, grotesque but it is also intelligent and tremendously well written. Easy to read and entertaining, this genre might be intimidating but if you let go of a few boundaries you could easily find yourself liking it.

If you’re not convinced yet, go check the Bizarro Central  blog -legitimately one of the best sources of what’s new in the bizarro world-  or look for Bizarro Genre on Goodreads and get weird!