Dogs Know Stuff

Dogs Know Stuff

Jonathan Unleashed, by Meg Rosoff

My dog knows stuff! I am pretty sure now that behind those puppy eyes she is hiding a whole lot more about life that I will ever understand. Maybe Confucius was right by saying that life is really simple, but somehow we insist on making it complicated. And every time I look at my dog I know that she knows that I know I don’t really know what to be when I grow up, or even how on earth to get there.

Meg Rosoff delivers….

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Going to College? Here’s the Starter Kit

Going to College? Here’s the Starter Kit

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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.

 

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

Fooled By The Title

Fooled By The Title

My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

Peacefully walking down the aisles of your favourite bookstore in town. Touching the spine of infinite books with the tip of your fingers, a gentle touch like playing the roulette. Eyes fervently catch a glimpse of titles, names, pictures on the cover. Then something hits you… and here’s the chosen. Congratulation! You got yourself a new book.

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Have you ever been fooled by the title of the book? By picking up Grady Hendrix’s novel I hoped to read some quality horror literature…but, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is pure and simple  (a bit boring) general fiction.

This book is about friendship. Abby and Gretchen have been best friend since fifth grade. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behaviour start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favourite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen and their friendship.

This book will probably make you trip if you are missing -really missing- the 80s. Heavy doses of 80s references, E.T., roller-skating parties, LSD and scratch-and-sniff stickers are all in here. But where is the creepy stuff? Head spinning around 360° like Regan’s in The Exorcist, people crawling up the kitchen wall? Where is the exorcism?

I can’t deny that I was a little bit disappointed. It’s a good story, decently written.. but the title fooled me big time!


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

 

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TGIF and Ready to Party..Nerdy Style!

 

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Walking out of subway meeting my friends. Today it’s not a “Good morning” kinda day. No.. today we go for a more cheering..

Thanks God it’s Friday!!

Yes! We made it through another week. We survived. Fist pump. Pat on the back and we are ready to party….Nerdy Style!

When you are a NERD, things you do for fun are slightly different than the normal. Usually we do no clubbing, parties, brunches….That’s muggle living!

We like to play it hard though: we love reading marathons, visiting museums, becoming amateur astronomers, browsing old and indie book stores and of course, buying books.

This week end I’m going to host my first “Best-Selling Books Marathon“, a very informal and relaxed gathering with a bunch of best-selling books that we have ditched mercilessly during the past weeks.

We have:

  • A Court of Mist and Furyby Sarah J. Maas
  • The Outliersby Kimberly McCreight
  • 5th Affairby James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The Apartmentby Danielle Steel
  • The Lake House, by Kate Morton
  • The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

And you? What are your books for the Week End? Happy Friday and Happy Week End you all!

 

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Are You Up For A Challenge?

Reader of the Month – May –

The reader of The Month Challenge is officially open! Join us!

Rules are simple:

  1. Read a Book…

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*read as much as you can. The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

2. Be subscribed and be an avid reader!

3. Be an active member. Don’t be shy! The more active you are the more chances you have to win the challenge!

4. The Serial Reader Book Club is all over the internet: TwitterFacebook and Goodreads… go check that out! 🙂

 

PRIZE :

1. Book of your choice ($15 max)

2. The Serial Readers Tote bag

If you have any question feel free to ask 🙂
May the best reader win..Good luck and happy reading!

 

TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

TGIF and What’s New at the Book Club (Goodreads)

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Today is the first day of April and it’s time for some changes for the Book Club on Goodreads. We gained around 31 new members over the last month and we have a lot of ideas! Let’s see what’s new:

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A well-worded  question is the quickest way to connect with other readers and also a good conversation starter. Poll Wednesday will be online every week 🙂

Follow the link on the main page and you’ll be redirected to the group page on Goodreads.

Vote and share your thoughts with other readers!

READEROF THE MONTH

Make a comment, vote on a poll, share what you’re reading at the moment and join us on Twitter and on our Facebook Page,
you have an entire month to show me how a good reader
and active member you are. There will be a new Reader of the Month Challenge every other month, next one will start May 1st.

Sign up and try your luck..win the title and the prize!

P.S. We have our first winner for the month of March! Congratulations Cheryl!!

Book Talk aka The ArenaBOOK

Is there a book you’d like to read and discuss with other readers? Book Talk is a “group reading” made by genre, you can join the one you like the most -history, YA, business, fiction, true crime,…- write the title and ask other members to join you into the arena 🙂

Join us Facebook , Tweet with us and be part of the Book Club

The Double Edge Sword of Giving Advice

The Double Edge Sword of Giving Advice

Dear Emma, by Katie Heaney

Harriet is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can’t take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she’s dating, blows her off completely.cover81744-medium

When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. When Remy writes to “Dear Emma”, Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart.

But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she’s forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.

A nice and easy-reading book that will probably make you miss your college years. Light and funny, this is the perfect book if you want to relax and take it easy.


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