How to Get Organized for School

September 14, 2011

Welcome back to school! While I’m definitely going to miss the summer, it’s time to get back to the (less relaxing) schedule of more work than play. To help keep track of your seemingly never-ending list of tasks, I’ve come up with a few tips that have worked really well for me.

1)   Use a planner! 

A planner can be your best friend during the year if you really stick with it. I recommend finding one that shows you a full monthly calendar so you can schedule long-term projects and that has daily planning pages. My personal favorite is the Franklin Covey planner,

which lets you change the pages each month (to keep the planner really light) and each year (so you don’t have to keep repurchasing entirely new planners). I think it is absolutely amazing since you can personalize the pages, choose whether you want weekly planning pages, monthly planning pages, and/or daily planning pages, and use the same planner every year. The planners also have places for any stray papers, your credit cards, and pens! Read the rest of this entry »


Teens’ Top Ten Nominee Review: Hex Hall

June 28, 2011

Hex Hall coverHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is one of the Teens’ Top Ten nominations for 2011.

Sophie is painfully aware of the fact that she doesn’t fit it. Not only is she the daughter of a college professor obsessed with all things paranormal, Sophie has never met her father in person, she’s lived in more states than she has celebrated birthdays; oh, and she’s a witch.

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The End of High School/The World

May 30, 2011

This morning I woke up to my first day of “I never have to go to high school ever again.” Theoretically, it could be my first day of “I never have to go to school ever again,” but as I’ve already enrolled in a college, I doubt my parents would be okay with that. Some people might say that I’m jumping the gun because there are still two weeks until graduation, but as far as I’m concerned, the simple fact of never having to return to the halls I’ve wandered the past four years except out of my own volition is far more precious than striding across a stage and getting handed a piece of paper which won’t even have my name on it. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: What They Always Tell Us

January 7, 2009


I just finished reading What They Always Tell Us by first time novelist Martin Wilson. Of course the title and cover art intrigued me – then the story captured me.  I read it every chance I got.  Here’s a quick blurb from our catalog about the book: 16 y.o. Alex feels so disconnected from his friend that he starts his junior year of high school by attempting suicide, but soon a new friend of his brother draws him into cross-country running and a new understanding of himself. – That doesn’t even begin to cover the drama in the book. Alex’s older brother James also tells his story. Wilson creates a pretty accurate picture of high school life – dating, parties, applying for college, sports, etc. Each character is well-developed and can be likened to someone you know. A level of sadness winds throughout the book, even as the characters move towards understanding themselves  and others a little better. The brothers are dramatically different by the end of the book and it is so refreshing to read a book like this with main male characters. Guys experience high school so differently than girls.

My favorite characters (besides James and Alex): Alice, Nathen and Henry. Give it a try – get through the first couple of chapters and see what you think. I was hooked once Alex and Henry went out for fast food.  The tension and desire to find out more kept me reading.

Gabcast! Wake County Teens #1 – What They Always Tell Us

Book review by Andrea @ ERL

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