Literary Nostalgia: A Few Favorite Reads from Over the Decades

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One of the best things about books is that they can be about anything. Anything. There are post-apocalyptic stories dating all the way back to ancient times, and a lot of those wild and crazy stories about medieval kings and primordial gods are still being read today (thank you, oral tradition). As it happens, some of the best books are also some of the oldest books, and epic poems like The Iliad and The Odyssey never go out of style. Continue Reading ›

Vicious and Delicious: The Best of Literature’s Foulest Characters

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To be sure, some of the best characters in literature are the so-called “good guys,” but let’s face it: these goody-goodies are rarely the most interesting characters in the story. Most of us, most of the time, want to see good triumph over evil in the end, but we’re really interested in what the villains are up to. Think about it: if not for Ursula in “The Little Mermaid,” Ariel would never have even had the chance to get some land-legs; she would’ve stayed a lady-fish and Eric would’ve married a human and had pretty babies.

In honor of these dynamic characters and their questionable motives, enjoy the following list of some of our favorite fictional criminals/murderers/psychopaths from literary history. Continue Reading ›

Beautiful Bookish Advertisements From Israel’s Oldest Bookstore Chain

Steimatzky, founded way back in 1925 in Tel-Aviv, collaborated with GREY Group ad agency in 2013 to create ads that captured the imaginative nature and adventure of books. They feature the readers falling asleep and sweetly snoozing next to their novels’ characters.

These even make taking a nap with Stalin look charming!

Check them out, and let us know your favorites (or books/characters that would make compelling ads you think they missed) in the comments! Harry Potter IMHO… but that’s always a given with me.

The Fellowship of the Ring  by J.R.R. Tolkein

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On Being Published and Following Your Passion: Interview with Yumi Sakugawa

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Yumi Sakugawa is a writer and illustrator located in Los Angeles, CA. She works with eNotes as our primary illustrator, and has published two books, I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You and Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe. Her work is sincere and ethereal, striking a  balance between poignant and peculiar. We are obviously fans- but we think you’ll enjoy her perspective and her answers from our quick chat with her.

When did you first become interested in drawing and writing comics? Were you a student that doodled in the margins of your notebooks?

I’ve always loved drawing, writing and making up stories ever since I was maybe five or six years old. And yes, much to the constant exasperation of all my teachers, I was a student who doodled way too much in the margins of my notebooks. Continue Reading ›

Ode to Adolescence and Maybe John Green: #VeryRealisticYA Gets Real

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If there’s one thing we love here at eNotes it’s literature. We also love wit, and the latest trending hashtag combined both.

Last week #VeryRealisticYA began trending and the results were nothing short of hilarious and harshly truthful. The YA (young-adult) fiction genre is alluring and entertaining for many audiences, but can be melodramatic and oftentimes unrealistic. The hashtag participators sought to bring light and realism to the genre. There’s nothing quite as postmodern as the ironic, honest words of the Twitterverse.

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7 Wintery Novels To Cozy Up To

eNoters! We are so close to springtime!

Birds, bees, apple trees, and sunscreen. It’s almost in our reach. But when the sun comes back, we lose our (completely viable) excuse to stay in after school/work… with our fuzzy slippers & snowflake jammies, bingeing on Netflix or absorbed in a book all night.

Let’s be clear: coming from an introvert, I never condemn these practices any time of year. But the other people of the world expect, yah know, some sort of human contact every now and then. *sigh*

So, let’s take advantage of the coming months’ gift of socially acceptable pajama-donning YOU time. Here’s some great winter-themed reads to keep you cozied up inside:

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10 Books to Help Every Teacher Rock

Pick up one of these teacher-written guides over your next school break to return to your classroom with fresh and inspiring ideas.

By Lesley Vos, a private educator of French language and a Bid4papers blogger.

A good teacher is not the one who believes he knows everything, but the one who is ready to learn new things and improve his knowledge and skills. A good teacher is not the one who perfectly knows a theoretical part of a subject she teaches, but the one who knows how to talk and behave to her students, how to understand them, how to become their friend, how to make them trust and rely on her.

If you want to become a teacher who rocks, it’s never late to learn some tips and tricks from your colleagues: check out these 10 top books written by your fellow instructors to help you understand your students better, and come back to school a better teacher.

Your must-read books include:

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