This is a non-fiction book, Positively Teen: A Practical Guide to a More Positive, More Confident You by Nicola Morgan, provides basic tips and information on living a healthy life. It includes both physical and mental aspects such as exercise, eating, sleep, attitudes, and mentality. There are graphics and drawings on every page to engage the teen reader instead of a regular, all-words type of book. I think it is a decent introductory guide to begin learning about our mental and physical health. It is simple, straight-forward, and easy to comprehend.
Personally, this book was too easy for me because I have already learned most of the concepts through other sources. School, Ted-Ed, YouTube, Internet, family and other social media platforms have given me a lot of advice even though some are misleading. However, reading non-fiction tends to be a boring activity, so this was a small challenge for me to get through the whole book. I would use it as a brief summary of how to live healthier and survive the turbulent teenage years. I think if I had read this a few years prior, I would have found it more helpful because I was inexperienced and naïve back then.
Overall, I would recommend this book because it is practical and beneficial for those who are in their early teenage years. No one taught me how to deal with negative events and feelings when I was younger, so I struggled. But this book and other similar self-help books will support youths’ lack of inexperience in the world and help them adjust. Please learn to be happy and healthy everyone! It’s actually really important!
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a profound and pragmatic collection of series of personal writings from AD 161 to 180 which records the Roman emperor’s private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy, in which readers can utilize the former emperor’s writings as an excellent source of guidance and self-improvement in life. Each section provides introspective and insightful commentary regarding various metaphysical and ethical subjects such as the possibility of an afterlife and being indifferent to the chaotic forces of everyday life. Meditations seeks to understand how to live the best stoic life possible, in which Marcus Aurelius utilizes succinct yet practical dialogues in order to lead him to a greater understanding of what a fulfilling life entails.
Meditations is divided into 12 books that follow various periods of Aurelius’ life, in which he undertakes a simplified and straightforward tone within his writing that reflects his own Stoic perspective on life. Aurelius advocates for finding one’s place in the universe and to recognize that everything came from nature, and so everything will return to its place of origin eventually. Aurelius also mentions the importance of maintaining focus without any distractions while maintaining strong ethical principles and upholding traditional moral values. His Stoic ideas often involve avoiding indulgence in sensory affections, in which it would free a man from the pains and pleasures of the material world. He claims that the only way a man can be harmed by others is to allow his emotional reactions to overpower his logical thinking.
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli is a meticulous and methodical commentary regarding the roles and responsibilities of how an efficient leader should conduct their own affairs relating to the state. The pragmatic nature of Machiavelli’s psyche is emboldened throughout the book as The Prince seeks to elaborate that the aspects of survival justify the actions of a ruler in achieving glory and establishing a secure nation.
The Prince was originally dedicated to the ruler of Florence, Lorenzo de’ Medici, as a straightforward and logical guide concerning the duplicitous nature of a nation’s subjects, political assertiveness/etiquette, and the desired conduct of a leader during war efforts. Machiavelli also focuses on the personal virtues a successful ruler should uphold, in which specific virtues can be favoured for their merit, but to conform to them would be damaging to the rest of the state. The Prince often uses numerous real-life examples to illustrate the effectiveness of certain forms of government and the strategies they employed to maintain power and the goodwill of the people.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
Depending on your view, this book will have one of two effects. Either make you feel like a failure who’s been living an underwhelming and lazy lifestyle, or it will inspire you to achieve greater and greater things in life. The book is really a story about Chris Hadfield’s career and how we became the household name and Icon in Canadian and Aeronautics we know him to be today. When he was young he never had the goal to be an astronaut, but he took every opportunity that came his way and made the most out of all of them. Chris writes more about the journey rather than the goal and even if he became a commercial airline pilot the story would still be the same. It would still follow his choices and how they impacted his career path. Overall this novel is really about life rather than the life of an astronaut.I think this book is a must read book that emphasises the importance of striving to achieve. I would rate this book a 10/10
Trevor was born from a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time where that could be punishable by law for five years in prison. As he was living evidence of his parents “crime”, he was kept indoors most of his childhood. His mother hid him as well as she could as the government could take him away at any time. Finally when that era ended, did Trevor and his mother able to live freely. And it was then that he had to set foot into the ocean of possibility only made possible have a long struggle. The book takes you through a journey about a imp child who turns into a man in a environment where he wasn’t suppose to even exist. He is accompanied by his fearless, passionately religious mother, who is determined to keep her son safe from the cycle of poverty, cruelty, and brutality of the world.
This book was so beautiful and humorous. I have watched his shows before with my family online and its focused on race, police brutality, prejudice, hate speech, and many other important topics that needs to be discussed. He really brought the book to life and the audio book was even better. There is so much dark humor in there and he manages to talk about those topics that usually makes us feel uneasy. And I have to say, I love his mother. She is hilarious as well, strong minded, and basically amazing. She taught him many important lessons and guided him gently along the way through his dark and daunting life.
The Debt Free Graduate by Murray Baker
This book is a book that teaches you how to leave college or university with as little of a debt as possible, because debt and interest are painful; unless people owe it to you.
This book covers scholarships, how to apply, jobs, furnishing, credit cards, and so much more. This book is immensely helpful for me because it gives me an idea of what college will actually be like. I recommend this book to people who are grade 9 and up.
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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell is a fantastic book! I read it in grade eight, and I’ve been rereading it ever since. It’s continually fascinating– I think I learn something new every time I read it.
Premise: Blink dissects our snap judgements, dealing with subjects such as police shootings, speed dating, museums, divorce, war strategy, and why we like the fruit jams we like. It’s about the thousands of split second decisions we make every day, and what goes on in our subconscious minds when we make them. Most importantly, Blink is NOT BORING! One might expect a book that covers a multitude of subjects like this with psychology to be dry and stretched too thin, but that’s absolutely not the case. Gladwell is incredibly easy to read: he breaks concepts down so that us normal people can understand them, but it never feels like he’s talking down to you at all.
Blink is a non-fiction book. This does not detract from the quality of it at all. This is one of those books where the truth is just as interesting as fiction, especially in terms of the stories told.
Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Algorithms to Live By is a
fascinating nonfiction read. As the title goes, authors Brian Christian
and Tom Griffiths explore a selection of famous algorithms and
procedures from computer science and apply them to aspects of our
everyday lives. These aspects range from things such as scheduling your
day, to knowing how long to search through a list for a best choice
(which happens to be after you’ve gone through precisely 37% of the
As someone quite involved in computer science, this book was both familiar and new to me at the same time. The familiar nature of the book came from some of the algorithms the authors mentioned, which I had previously explored in academic studies and personal learning. However, one doesn’t need to have already known the computational concepts present to understand the book as the authors go over them in detail. What was new for me was their application, which provided a new perspective on computer science. Most of my computer programs are utilities, less concerned with being concepts that I could follow outside the field. Reading this book has shown me that computer science has much greater applications and usefulness to the world, not just in coding helpful applications but also being a guide for making better decisions in life.
I recommend this book to anyone looking to explore this new
perspective, as well as to anyone interested in aspects of computer science.
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? by Ally Carter
So… summer school has really picked up the pace and I haven’t been able to fully finish a book in AGES. Seriously, there are piles of books with bookmarks on my table as I write this… So sorry if this is the only review I get out in a while but that’s the best I can do for now; hopefully I finish one or two more stories this week!
I figure many of us have thought of writing a book much like the ones we immerse ourselves in and that’s exactly why this book caught my eye. This is an informative non-fiction book written by YA author Ally Carter about the process of writing a book. It’s geared towards aspiring young authors starting to discover their love of writing with many, many unanswered questions. Ally talks about writer’s block, persevering through the bad days, finding an agent/publisher and MANY other related topics, basically covering everything you need to know to begin your story. In addition to her own tips, she also adds advice from her many writer friends, authors we all know and love. To name a few: Cassandra Clare, Marie Lu, Soman Chainani, Marissa Meyer, the list just goes onnnn. This gives the book a lot more perspective and insight, especially on topics such as co-writing or genres Ally hasn’t touched on herself.