Who said Book Reports Couldn’t be “Fun”?

Next time that you’re asked to write the ominous “book report” think about getting creative in what you’re reading. Maybe you want to throw your teacher for a loop and introduce them to literture that they’ve perhaps not heard of before…until now!

1. How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer
2. Be Bold with Bananas by Crescent Books
3. Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale L. Power
4. 101 Uses for an Old Farm Tractor by Michael Dregni
5. Across Europe by Kangaroo by Joseph R. Barry
6. 101 Super Uses for Tampon Applicators by Lori Katz and Barbara Meyer
7. Suture Self by Mary Daheim
8. The Making of a Moron by Niall Brennan
9. Underwater Acoustics Handbook by Vernon Martin Albers
10. Superfluous Hair and Its Removal by A. F. Niemoeller
11. Lightweight Sandwich Construction by J. M. Davies
12. The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureaut
13. How to Be a Pope: What to Do and Where to Go Once You’re in the Vatican by Piers Marchant
14. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

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More Cheeze Pleaze!

If you love cheesey love stories and aren’t afraid to admit it then have I got the book for you! Told in a back and forth narrative, Perfect Chemistry tells the story of two unlikely lab partners. The whole set-up hearkens back to Twilight where Edward has to do everything in his power to avoid his carnal cravings for Bella. The main difference in this story is that you have two very human characters acting out a more real-life drama.
In this tale of star crossed lovers, Brittany is the blond pom-pom cheer captain who hides the less than perfect secret of her disabled older syster and her totally dysfunctional and non-involved parents from everyone at school. On the other side of the tracks we have Alex, also known as Alejandro, who is a member of the gang, Latino Blood. We only later find out that his gang involvement is not as self-serving as we are first led to believe.
Now let the cheese-fest begin. Two opposites who are more alike than they first think lead to lust, danger, desire, and regret when the sparks begin to fly. This book is definitely for the older teen with profanity, Spanish phrases, and sexual situations throughout. What more could you ask for?

Let Us Know What You Think!

Are you taking a foriegn language in school this year? Would you just like to try a new language for fun? Well, we now have a 30-day free trial to PowerSpeak and we’d like to know how you like it. Just click on this icon from our homepage.

This  program allows you to create an account in a matter of seconds and this then gives you access to four different languages that include; Spanish, French, Mandarin, and German. It’s pretty, it’s easy, and now we need to know if it works. Let us know what you think!

Get Creative for Scholarships

You’re sitting in fourth period math class and you’re starting to sweat. No, you’re not stressing on a test. You’re freaking out about getting a scholarship. Everyone you know and their grandma has a higher GPA than you and you don’t know which scholarship you can qualify for without a miracle. Well, consider the fact that thousands of dollars go unclaimed each year just because you have not peeked outside the box.

There is actually a scholarship out there that recognizes and encourages scholarship in fields of language study. Familiarity with Klingon or other constructed languages is not required, however creative and innovative applicants are preferred. Click on the Klingon in pink below for a link to a list of other unusual scholarships!

  

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

If you consider the fact that this author is more than willing to put on a cow costume to discuss her latest book, it might lead one to believe that this is not your grandma’s “young adult fiction” and you would be right!

libba_brayLibba Bray takes us into the world of Cameron. Your typical high-school loser, never made it with the ladies, non-conformist, and all around apathetic student who has a preppy, attractive, and annoyingly perfect sister, who happens to not only be a cheerleader but his twin as well! Could it get any worse? Well, yes and no, depending on how you look at things.

Once you get past all of the clever writing, amusing innuendos, and hilarious references to pop culture you will literally be assaulted with the reality of Cameron’s slow slide into an insane world. So, hang on for a wild ride as Cameron discovers what it really means to live only after he makes the realization that, “I’ve been dying my whole life”. Add to all this drama an angel named Dulcie who’s a punk-rocker with hot pink hair, fluffy wings, and thing for our man, Cameron.

If you go for this type of fiction but don’t want to read the book because, well, duh, it’s a book, then I would highly recommend the movie, Donnie Darko. While Donnie doesn’t get the cute angel, he does get a 6 foot scary rabbit with a trip just as haunting and an ending that is as satisfying as Bray’s, Going Bovine, along with an awesome soundtrack.

Reading Weird Stuff Makes You Smarter!

Who woulda thunk that reading a little Kafka or watching one of David Lynch’s weird films might actually make you smarter? Well, researchers have published such findings in the September issue of the journal, Psychological Science, stating that “exposure to surrealism actually enhances the cognitive mechanisms that oversee implicit learning functions”.  So, permission granted and read away!

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Time – It’s How You Use It

Time Management Tips For High School Students


It’s 10 p.m.—Do You Know Where Your Homework Is?

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1. Make a “To Do” List Every Day

Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it’s easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks. And don’t forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments.

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2. Use Spare Minutes Wisely

Get some reading done on the bus ride home from school, for example, and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

3. It’s Okay to Say “No”

If your boss asks you to work on a Thursday night and you have a final exam the next morning, realize that it’s okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind.

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4. Find the Right Time

You’ll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don’t wait to do it until late at night.

5. Review Your Notes Every Day

You’ll reinforce what you’ve learned, so you need less time to study. You’ll also be ready if your teacher calls on you or gives a pop quiz.

6. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Running on empty makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.

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7. Communicate Your Schedule to Others

If phone calls are proving to be a distraction, tell your friends that you take social calls from 7-8 p.m. It may sound silly, but it helps.

8. Become a Taskmaster

Figure out how much free time you have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly.

9. Don’t Waste Time Agonizing

Have you ever wasted an entire evening by worrying about something that you’re supposed to be doing? Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it.

10. Keep Things in Perspective

Setting goals that are unrealistic sets you up for failure. While it’s good to set high goals for yourself, be sure not to overdo it. Set goals that are difficult yet reachable.

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Consider these tips, but personalize your habits so that they suit you. If you set priorities that fit your lifestyle, you’ll have a better chance of achieving your goals.