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 »


Book Review: Outliers

July 10, 2011

Since summer started, I have had the opportunity to finally relax and catch up on my reading. One book that really stood out from the other books I recently read is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

The book is an analysis of why people achieve high levels of success, but it isn’t a book that tells readers what and what not to do in order to achieve the success. Read the rest of this entry »

Argentinian Exchange Trip!

July 6, 2011

Hey everyone! A month ago, I had the pleasure of attending an exchange trip to Argentina. While I was there, I was able to truly experience a new culture – from everything such as the language to the food and architecture. Some of the really interesting things I learned were – Read the rest of this entry »

Duraleigh Road Library Reads: Flush

July 5, 2011

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Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Flush is a wonderful book about a family who loves the environment so much that the father has gone to jail more than once for being an absurdity when someone is polluting the waters or the land. When their father is in jail, he tells his kids to work out a plan and gather evidence that the owner of the casino boat is polluting the waters around their Key West home. Therefore,Noah and Abbey find a waitress aboard the casino boat in helping them arrest the owner.

Will their plan work? Will Noah and Abbey get caught?

Join this epic adventure with a shocking twist at the end!





Eva Perry Library Reads: The Fetch

June 26, 2011

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The Fetch by Chris Humphreys

This book was surprisingly good. The best part about it was the fluidity and detachment of the writing style. It gave a strong sense of the dream-like state that the main character lived in, in which time was flexible and individual events insignificant. It was pensive, interesting, but unfortunately slow. Due to the nature of the protagonists’ world, very little change occurs in very long periods of time. For the most part, these were fast forwarded, but the plot was still discouragingly boring. I think that this would be more appealing to the older high-school age group, who (theoretically ) have a more developed patience.



Eva Perry Library Reads: Amaranth Enchantment

June 25, 2011

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Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

I really enjoyed this book, but it’s not anywhere close to being one of my favorites. I understood what the protagonist was thinking, and the plot was somewhat original. However, I did not find either significantly better then many other books that were hastily discarded. Nothing differentiated it from the hordes of mediocre sci fi/fantasy, where the protagonist finds an enchanted object and has to deal with someone magical trying to get it back. Moreover, I didn’t recognize any realistic character development. The plot did occasionally surprise, but I honestly didn’t care. The writing style was adequate but not distinctive, and I don’t expect to remember the story for years to come.

Eva Perry Library Reads: Anything But Typical

June 24, 2011

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Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

This was an amazing book! It’s from the point of view of a mildly autistic character, but I was still able to completely understand and relate to him. The author created an entire world that existed in the boy’s head, using subtle twists of word and phrase to signify the slight difference between his conscious and the readers’. I could sympathize with him and his emotions despite my different view of the world, and I still remember why I loved the book clearly many months after I read it. The ending, and the entire story, was realistic and believable. I felt that it’s only shortcoming was the lack of real surprise. I could have predicted the concluding events more or less correctly from the beginning, and it lacked any exciting plot twists. Overall, though, it was a very good book.


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