Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

July 22, 2015

Anya’s Ghost is a graphic novel about a Russian girl that goes by Anya Brozakovskaya. One day while wallowing in self pity, she falls down an abandoned well and falls upon a ghost named Sarah. Later, after getting out of the well, Anya is constantly being stalked by this ghost who is seemingly innocent, but looks can be deceiving.

I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the art work. The storyline was also really fun (but not scary, even though it’s a ghost story). It was interesting to watch Anya change during the book because of all the things Sarah does. Overall, I found this book really fun and a good summer read. I’d recommend Anya’s Ghost to a teen audience. It does have some mature things in it, but nothing too bad.

~Shakori

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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 »


Spring Makeup!

March 17, 2011

Since it is the start of a new season, it’s a great time to discuss makeup trends that are going to be really prominent this spring! Here are a few trends that you can either tone down or play up for the spring –

Bright Pink Lips

This is a popular new trend that can brighten up your whole face in the spring. The floral color can be worn softly if it is sheer, but can be bold and bright when an opaque color is used. This lipstick, by Revlon, is a great option because of the low price and very high quality. Apply lip balm under it to help moisturize your lips and prime them for the color. If you really want your lip color to last, apply one coat of the lipstick, press a clean tissue to your lips, take a loaded powder brush, and blot the powder onto the part of the tissue that will be covering your lips. Then apply another layer of the lipstick. This is a great method if you want to keep your lipstick lasting through a long day. Read the rest of this entry »


Fun Holiday Movies!

December 1, 2010

It’s that time of the year again – the holiday season. For some people, this can be the most exciting time of the year, while others might not share the same passion for the gentle snowflakes (which we only get about once a year, unfortunately, in my opinion) and bright holiday lights. However, it doesn’t matter whether you love the holiday season or not when it comes to loving these holiday movies. Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review: Where the Truth Lies

November 29, 2010

At first glance, Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman, seems  fit the stereotypical mold of many novels: young girl+bad boy+secrets  = drama, which is usually not one of my preferred genres. But something seemed to tell me that this book was worth picking up, and I was glad that I listened to my intuition.   Where the Truth Lies is really much, much more. Emily, the main character, seems to have it all. She has great friends, loving parents, and with her father being the headmaster at the ritzy private school she attends. She has about as perfect a situation as it can get.  But she also has terrifying nightmares about fire and water, which a succession of therapists  have been unable to unravel. Read the rest of this entry »


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