Five Books To Start Off The School Year

Five Books To Start Off The School Year

Here are five books to look at before you have too much homework!

Now that the school year has started up, or is about to start up for some, what better time to grab a few novels for your downtime? The further you get into the school year, the more work you're going to have, so it's best to read while you still have the chance! In the list below, I've listed a few books I'm planning on reading.

1. "Armada" by Ernest Cline

By the author of "Ready Player One", "Armada" follows Zack Lightman as he dreams. He wishes that the real world was more like the science-fiction books, movies, and video games he loves, but he knows better to separate real life from fiction. That is, until one day, an alien ship lands, and Zack is the hero the world is looking for. The only problem is the ship is straight out of a popular online flight simulator called Armada. Has Zack lost his mind?

2. "The Magic Strings of Frankie Pesto" by Mitch Albom

"The Magic Strings of Frankie Pesto" is told from the perspective of Music. Music is a talent personified to show how it was able to change lives through its most beloved disciple, Frankie Pesto. Music follows him from being an orphan as a result of a Spanish War to becoming a famous rock star. His gift of music becomes a burden as it becomes more clear that his music affects people's futures. Frankie Pesto is destined to change six people's lives with the six strings of his guitar, but it's unclear where and when.

3. "Eliza and Her Monsters" by Francesca Zappia

"Eliza and Her Monsters" follows a girl named Eliza Mirk who has a hard time fitting in. However, online, she finds a world of people who accept her, and even adore her for her extremely popular web comic titled "Monstrous Sea." Eliza doesn't think she'll enjoy the real world, but is comfortable with her online fame. Things change when Wallace Warland, "Monstrous Sea"'s number one fanfiction author transfers to Eliza's school. No one knows her secret still, and they become close. But what happens when suddenly her secret is shared with the world?

4. "Spaceman of Bohemia" by Jaroslav Kalfar

In "Spaceman of Bohemia," Jakub Prochazka is an orphaned boy raised by his grandparents in the Czech countryside. He rises from the small town to become the country's first astronaut, and gains fame for accepting the dangerous solo mission to Venus. Jakub has always dreamt of this fame to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer. In his quest, he leaves behind his wife, Lenka. In deep space, and on the brink of insanity, Jakub meets a giant alien spider, who may or may not be imaginary, to have philosophical conversations and form a bond with. Will this strange friend be what makes it possible for him to return to his wife with his sanity in tact?

5. "The Wolf Wilder" by Katherine Rundell

Feo and her mother train domesticated wolves to return back to the snow wild of Russia, and Feo couldn't love their work more. There are a few that been wilded that won't leave Feo, and have become her friends. Still, not everyone loves wolve, espeically the General Rakov. To save her mother, and the wolves, Feo must leave the icy woods to St. Petersburg to trust strangers who might be able to save her.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.

Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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If your door For Kindness isn’t always open, learn to crack a window

Kindness is contagious.


As a nineteen-year-old girl, I believe I've seen or personally been through a lot of phases. There's the girly phase, emo phase, quiet phase, and many more. As children become adults, they hit many of these phases, but there is one that should stick.

As an adolescent, there is one trait I have appreciated seeing in anyone I come across. These people truly understand how important it is to stop and just focus on the conversation they're engaged in. Not only are they kind, but they listen. I consider this to be the "pre-middle school" phase if you will, or even the "opposite of bullying" phase (the name's still a work in progress).

This phase cannot be summarized into a short name because it's based on a wide range of actions as well as a change of heart. The people who possess this mindstate are truly one-of-a-kind, meaning they are too unique to be defined by one word.

The phase I am speaking of is one that's main attributes are kindness, determination, adoration, and the readiness to assist others at all times. Those who express these traits listen to others with not just their eyes, but their mind is engaged as well. They are a kind face full of sincere wisdom to those who need it. They are the voice of those who haven't found their own strength yet. They are "a breath of fresh air" on a suffocatingly hot day. These are the people that I strive to be like.

This phase is often one found in children before the "real world" hits. They do not feel too shy to speak their mind and often believe they should stand up for what is right. As a preschool teacher, I can not guarantee that every child acts this way (they definitely don't), but have you ever noticed how a child doesn't discriminate against anyone?

Another example can be found on the playground. No one seems to be left out the same way they are in middle school and beyond. Children take the term "ignorance is bliss" and live it to the fullest, making their actions reflect how they genuinely feel.

Now, adults who possess this phase often have come to that point through a hardship. The more someone experiences, the wiser (and usually kinder) they become. This isn't necessarily always the case, but it has played a large role in the softening of one's heart.

I am not saying you should sell all of your things and become a missionary. However, we can all be kind in the lifestyles we currently hold. Ask yourself when the last time was that you were truly present in a conversation. Another important question is concerning the last time you helped a stranger by holding a door or noticing they're down and being the kind face that talks with them. This phase is certainly an optional one to go through, but I hope that as people go through their own experiences and grow, they will learn to develop this mentality just as others have.
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