books to reread after college

13 Books to Reread after College

According to data gathered in 2014, 42% of college students will not read another book after graduation. Now, graduating from college is terrifying, because it’s like getting pushed out of a nest: you’ve got to fly, but you don’t know how, and you have to make progress to stay afloat. Progress = growth, and one of the easiest ways to make it is to read. Sure, you could watch a TED talk or learn a third language, but think about how many books are out there: books to read, books to reread, books to say you’ve read. Okay, maybe not that last one. Continue reading

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Starship Troopers: A Review

Starship TroopersI suppose it bears confessing: I’ve never been a huge fan of Robert A. Heinlein‘s work. I attempted Starship Troopers several years ago and – due to a complete lack of connection with either characters or story – was unable to complete it. I thought something must be wrong with me. I’ve always been a sci-fi fan, and Heinlein is well-respected in the genre. But for some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy Starship Troopers. Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Girl: A Review

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's There are a lot of reasons why some critics panned Lena Dunham‘s Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”, and most of those reasons were prejudiced. Of the negative reviews I have read, 80% – a conservative estimate – have been blatantly sexist and/or ableist; the other 20% were written by people who had similarly negative feelings regarding Dunham’s film and television work. So let me make this perfectly clear: if you do not like Girls, you will not like Not That Kind of Girl. Continue reading

4 Reasons to Buy Used Books

I’ve touched previously on the struggles low-income families and students face when trying to access reading materials, and have emphasized buying used books as a viable alternative to paying high cover prices. I realize, however, that my reasoning  has heretofore failed to include those who could buy used but don’t have to. Here, then, for your reading pleasure is a list of four simple facts to compel anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, to buy used books. Continue reading