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Book Review: The Hunger Games Series

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an engaging and well written fantasy novel. It could be compared to both I’m a Celebrity and Big Brother in terms of exact genre, but futuristic fantasy is its focus. It is a book written primarily for young adults, but many adults have enjoyed it as well.

The book is set in the future and follows an intelligent and resourceful young girl named Katniss Everdeen. During this time in the future, there is no longer a North America, and instead, the setting is called Panem. Within Panem, there are 12 different districts. There used to be 13, but the rulers of Panem destroyed the 13th district. The Hunger Games are a set of annual games that are held each year between one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts. The 24 girls and boys must fight to the death. The last boy or girl remaining wins a number of prizes for their district. The games are streamed live for all of Panem to see. Of course, Katniss ends up competing in the games, and we follow her journey there.




This book is one of the better reads of teenage fiction today, and it is unique because it focuses on real threats in the world as we know it today. It is a serious look at reality television and explores several other interesting angles of society and the government too.



Several people have criticized this book for being so alike other fantasy novels that also deal with an ever-present eye of the government watching its people too closely. These books include The Condemned and Running Man. But because the main characters are teenagers, this shifts things a bit. In addition to the main plot line of young people fighting for their lives to please the government, there are also some romantic elements to the story. Taking a page out of Twilight, Suzanne Collins puts Katniss in front of two eligible suitors, and readers just have to anxiously await which one she will choose in the end.

The Hunger Games is one of three books in a series, so you can check out the other two if you like the Hunger Games. There are also movies made from the books. If you liked novels like Enders Game or the story of Romeo and Juliet but you don’t know if fantasy books are for you, this could be a great segue into the literary genre. Check out lastest fantasy books here:








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Teenagers Don’t Have To Go It Alone: These Self-Help Books For Teens Can Help

Fostering a love of reading in our children has many benefits, some of which new parents may not even realize. For example, when a child reaches those hard-to-navigate teen years, turning to self-help books that are written for teenagers may help them in immeasurable ways. Teenagers may find it hard to express their innermost insecurities and knowing how to scout out the right self-help guide is an invaluable skill that every kid should learn.

Some of the best self-help books for teenagers include:

 “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s All Small Stuff ” — a teen-friendly book written by Dr. Richard Carlson. This collection of wise and practical ways to cope with the daily stresses of life is written to resonate with youth. Dr. Carlson presents ways of looking at things that usually requires a lifetime to learn. A believer in focusing on gratitude, generosity and kindness, Dr. Carlson holds a doctorate in psychology and is a psychotherapist and spiritual guide as well as author of 30 books.

Dont Sweat The Small Stuff


 ” The PTSD Workbook for Teens: Simple, Effective Skills for Healing Trauma ” — a paperback guide for teens who have suffered painful experiences or have been exposed to trauma. If flashbacks, problems sleeping or fears of always being in danger are present, the sufferer is exhibiting signs of having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) Although this guide is geared toward teens, the tools it provides can be used by adults as well.


PTSD workbook for teens


 ” The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens ” — written by Sean Covery. This book is a 1998 bestseller and covers steps to adopt from being proactive to renewing yourself on a regular basis. Seven simple rules to live by, which are the building blocks for creating a successful life, are spelled out in easy-to-digest form.


7Habbit of highly effective teens

 ” Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy ” — two authors, Annie Fox and Ruth Kirschner, collaborated on this guide to dealing with negative stressors whether they occur at home, school or at the shopping mall.


Too Stressed To Think by Annie Fox

Many wonderful self-help books for all ages fill shelves in libraries, bookstores and they can be found for next-to nothing on second-hand websites as well. Child therapists are also a great resource to ask for specific titles to help even the most troubled teen. In fact, some educators believe that books regarding the most basic of living skills should be required reading in public schools. Thankfully, a plethora of authors have published tomes that speak to the developing teen and offer insight, kindness and beneficial advice to aid personal growth.


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How to Better Remember What You Read

Reading is essential for education, entertainment and broadening the mind and the imagination at any age. But simply reading well or reading quickly isn’t enough. Retention, the ability to remember and understand what you have read, is often poor in people who may be good readers. Without good retention of the information you’ve read, reading is little more than an exercise for your eyes. Children should be taught how to help themselves retain what they’ve read, and adults can use these tips as well at any time to increase their understanding and enjoyment of books they read. Here are some simple things you can do while reading to increase your retention.


Create Mental Images as You Read

After seeing a movie, you can usually recall certain scenes clearly. That’s because you have a memory of the visual and audio parts of the scene. With books, all you have is a memory of black words printed on white paper. If you create your own mental images while reading, for example, imagining what the characters or settings look like, this gives you something more vivid to recall later. You can go a step further and imagine voices and sounds in the story as well. The more images and sounds you create in your mind, the better your memory of the story will be later.


Ask Questions While Reading

After reading a few chapters of a book, ask questions of a teacher, other people who are reading the same book, or even ponder questions in your own mind. If you feel that you understood everything you just read and don’t have any questions, run the story through your mind as if you’re telling it to someone else. Asking questions or mentally reflecting on your reading helps you experience the story more than once, allowing you to remember it better later on.


Take Notes

Good old-fashioned note taking is a great way to help yourself understand and remember what you’ve read. The actual act of writing down the parts of the reading you want to remember intensifies your memory of them, and notes can help you understand complex parts of the reading better.


Increase Your Vocabulary

Whenever you come across a word in your reading that you don’t know the meaning of, stop and look it up in the dictionary. While this may seem tedious, it helps tremendously to understand every word you read. If you happen to be reading an e-book, you can probably look up any word in the book by just tapping it with your finger or hitting a button. If you don’t read e-books, keep a dictionary near you when you read.


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The more you read, the better you become at reading and retaining what you’ve read. Visit your local library, or expand your personal library by heading to a bookstore, or you can buy books online @ NOQSTORE. The more you read, whether for education or entertainment, the more you know about the world around you.


Hey Cool Bookworms! Here’s 6 Creative DIY Ideas To Store And Display Your Books!


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How To Protect and Preserve Your Books For Longer Shelf Life

Despite the growing interest in ebooks, many readers want to hold a book in their hands and feel the paper between their fingers as they turn the pages. Libraries still enjoy a lot of traffic, but consumers also continue to add books to their shelves at home.
The source of those books has changed recently, however, especially with the downfall of Borders Group, Inc. Between the fourth quarter of 2010 and 2011, books sales at chains fell from 36% to 30% while online retailers rose from 31% to 39% during the same period. Everyone who cruises the web to order books online is part of the growing trend in online book purchasing (refer to No-Q-Store).
Consumers who buy new books and especially those who have old favorites at home that they want to keep for a long time need to know how to best protect and preserve these volumes. Here are some guidelines on how to keep a personal library safe and in the best condition possible.


Books in Use

Anyone who has books around the house or office for everyday or occasional use should keep them out of direct sunlight and away from blowing heat from a furnace, radiator or heating vent. Bookmarkers should be used to mark pages and books should be left to lie flat or stand upright on a shelf when not in use. Dust jackets should be kept on books at all times.





Storing Books

Before each book is packed, it should be cleaned and checked for the presence of paper clips, pressed flowers, bookmarkers and other items that may cause the pages of the books to tear, stain or wrinkle. Magnetic dry cloths are available to help remove dust and dirt from books before they are packed.

Books can be placed in sturdy small or medium-size boxes that have not been used to store food or in plastic storage containers (polyethylene or polypropylene is preferable). To prevent warping, books should be packed standing upright or lying flat with the paper edges all facing the same direction. A piece of butcher paper or a paper towel should be placed between the books to prevent the accumulation of dirt or other debris. Use of plastic wrap or plastic bags is discouraged because they can attract moisture and lead to mold or mildew buildup.


Book Groups Boxes

Book Groups Boxes



If the books are lying flat, the heaviest volumes should be placed on the bottom. Books of a similar size should be put together. Any extra space in the box can be filled with packing material or acid-free paper.

Stored books are best placed in an environment that is well ventilated and not subject to dramatic temperature changes or humidity. To avoid possible water damage, boxed books should be arranged on shelves or raised platforms. Boxes or containers should be stacked only two to three high so the accumulated weight does not damage the volumes.

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