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College Education: Is It Still Worth It?

  We are talking about education at the Serial Readers Book Club on Goodreads. While reading Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa I questioned myself if society and parents around the world aren't making a huge mistake by encouraging every student to get a college education. Young people -fresh out…

Veritas Numquam Perit: When Death Talks To You

  Morgue. A Life in Death, by Dr. Vincent DiMaio and Ron Franscell Coming from ancient greek the word autopsy (αὐτοψία) -literally "to see for oneself"-  has been used since the 17th century for a surgical procedure that consists of a scrupulous examination of a dead human body to determine the cause and manner of death and…

Wanna Be A Writer?

Paper Hearts, by Beth Revis With the economy going down and a lot of downsizing here and there, you found yourself playing with the crazy idea of becoming a writer. The publishing industry might have changed but, thanks God it still runs pretty good. You've done some research and, to your great surprise,…

Censorship or Editing?

  Some call it censorship, others call it editing. Do you think anything can be published or is there a red line that can't be crossed? Politics, religion, sexuality, relationships... what's your opinion?   We are discussing it at The Serial Readers Book Club on Goodreads!! Join us! Or leave a comment…

Secrets

Sister Dear, by Laura McNeill Convicted for a crime she didn't commit, Allie watched her life vanish behind bars Ten years passed and out on parole Allie is determined to clear her name and find the truth. But what she uncovers is far worse than she imagines. Allie is strong,…

Goal Setting for Teens

What Do You Really Want? How to Set a Goal and Go for It! A Guide for Teens, by Beverly K. Bachel Being productive and well organized isn't just for adults. Today more than ever teens have to learn how to manage time, set goals and make the best out of it. This book is…

Whatever It Takes to Get Ahead

Earning Admission. Real Strategies for Getting Into Highly Selective Colleges, by Greg Kaplan Earning Admission is the ultimate military tactics guide for parents on how to help their own kids to get into highly selective colleges. Everything you need to know to set your child up for success: how to obtain hundreds…

The Pornography Industry

  The Pornography Industry. What Everyone Needs to Know, by Shira Tarrant The business of pornography is a major and ubiquitous multi-billion dollar enterprise.  Porn allegedly accounts for one-third of all internet traffic, every second there is an average 28,258 internet users watching pornography. The business is so popular because the product is made…

Being Vegan Has Never Been So Good

Eaternity. More than 150 Deliciously Easy Vegan Recipes for a Long, Healthy, Satisfied, Joyful Life, by Jason Wrobel Unlike most cookbooks that merely tell you what to eat and how to make it, Eaternity gives you the current research and science behind common public health concerns, and explains why you should eat certain foods…

Here and Now

The Here-and-Now Habit. How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All ,by Hugh G. Byrne. Is it me or the Self-Help Section in my bookstore is growing bigger and bigger? The latest trend happens to be called "The Mindfulness Technique", what it really is I'm not sure yet, but…

A Really Good YA

Dreaming of Antigone, by Robin Bridges Andria and Iris are twin sisters but they couldn't be more different: Iris has adoring friends, a cool boyfriend and a shelf full of soccer trophies. Andria is quiter, she loves astronomy and poetry. After Iris's death Andria is struggling to keep her life…

Do you Body Shame?

I Do It with Lights On: and 10 More Discoveries on the Road to a Blissfully Shame-Free Life, by Whitney Way Thore I am enthusiastic about this book and I couldn't have been happier to read it before the official release date, which will be May 31. I Do It with…

Tim Burton Strikes Again

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs   [caption id="attachment_2182" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Watch the trailer here![/caption]   Tim Burton does his magic and Miss Peregrine's Home to Peculiar Children jumps at n.4 in the Children's Series Chart of The new York Times (its previous peak was n.25 on…

Why Kerouac means Freedom

  The Town and The City is Jack Kerouac's debut novel, published seven years before his iconic On the Road, about the adventures of the Martin family as they navigate the seismic cultural shifts following World War II. Inspired by Kerouac’s own New England youth, the eight Martin children enjoy an idyllic upbringing…

International Day of Happiness

  The International Day of Happiness is a global celebration promoted by the United Nations. A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that 'progress' should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy. March 20 has been established…

Books of the Week

  Happy Sunday Everybody, has been an interesting week at The Serial Readers Book Club on Goodreads, new members (we're now 102) and new books to discuss together for the big challenge "Reader of the Month", check that out.. the contest is open worldwide! Thank you so much to each…

Life Lesson from Zach

If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny, by Zach Anner Zach Anner is a comedian, actor and writer who gained world-wide attention with the submission of a video to Oprah's "Search for the Next TV Star" competition, thanks to that he won his own TV show called Rollin' With Zach,…

Women’s Day

Happy Women's Day International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. These women are passionate, strong, independent and brave. They fight everyday for a better world, for equality, for freedom. May their lives inspire us! Eleanor Roosevelt Valentina Tereshkova, first…

Books of the Week

  Hello Readers, another week another bunch of books. Not a very fortunate one, I have to admit, but still worth sharing. Coincidences amaze me and knowing that there is a science behind that amaze me even more, Connecting with Coincidence will show you how they work in our lives. This…

When Life Was Good

A Bronx Boy's Tale, by Jimmy Newell One of my favourite things to do while I walk around the city is trying to imagine how was like to live in New York in the past; trying to imagine the Fifth Avenue in the 60s or shopping at Macy's in the 70s or feeling the roaring…

When Family is All You Have

Evicted. Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. All are going to…

What a Coincidence!

Connecting with Coincidence. The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life, by Bernard Beitman We've all experienced or heard of surprising events and unexplainable coincidences - a spontaneous idea that turns into a life-changing solution, meeting our soulmate on a flight we weren't supposed to take, or families being reunited by…

Vampires

Amaranthine, by Lanie Jacobs Will we ever get bored of vampires? After the huge success of  The Twilight Saga, which book sales are estimated at 100 million copies, a big horde of blood-suckers hit stores and libraries all over the world. Personally, I don't mind reading about vampires and other night-crawling creature, but…

Get Smarter Now

Smarter. Faster. Better, by Charles Duhigg Three magic words: Smarter, Faster and Better. I'm sold, I need this book! As a newbie into the world of blogging, I'm trying to make my voice heard while blabbing about what I know best, books. Be an active blogger means I have to post…

If You Like Jane Austen’s Vibe

The Trouble With Emma, by Katie Oliver  I'm one of those people who believes that characters belong to their creators, I don't wanna see Anna Karenina strolling around Piccadilly Circus or Elizabeth Bennet clubbing in the Big Apple. That's why I was skeptic about this book and the Bennet family in the modern era. To my…