Books To Read This Summer

Aside from the Hunger Games series, which is a book series I am all for by the way, there are tons of books that should be on your list to read while on the beach (or commuting to an internship or work).

Ever have that social awkwardness where a book in referenced and everyone laughs or adds their opinion and you are just left nodding along?  Reading some classics can prevent that.  If Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth are a little too high school for you, Homers The Odyssey may not be the best choice for you.  Head to the library or bookstore (yes, some of those still exist) and pick up a few different classics.  Look for authors Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway.  See if any of their styles appeal to you.  Each of them have multiple books that have become classics, thus if you find an author you like, you can continue reading classics by that author.

If not, check out some of these classics:

Now when someone says “Big Brother is watching” or “who are you, Holden Caulfield?” you will understand what they are saying. If you’re looking to go for titles that are recently popular, you could go mainstream and keep track of The New York Time’s Best Seller List. Right now, Fifty Shakes of Grey by E. L. James seems to be what everyone is reading.

Just like music, there are classics, mainstream, and your specific taste that may take time to figure out, but when you find an author you like, it is worth it.  It is just like music in this sense.  You may have to listen to some things you’re not really a fan of, but just like you know within a minute or two of listening to a band, you know if you like them or not.  Try to head to an updated library or a bookstore and browse.  Ask someone who works there to recommend an author based on an author or two you know you like.

If you have a Nook or other eReader, in most cases, you can read a sample of a book before buying it.  You can also browse and check out the books they recommend for you.

Happy reading!

– TravelBug

A Book Lover’s Guide to the Academy Awards

Reading has sort of become a lost cause. Nowadays everyone would rather go see a movie or watch television. Most of the time people think it’s silly or “nerdy” to read books. But in reality, the books people ignore have been turned into movies, movies that are selected for many awards. Actually, a lot of the movies that are nominated for the Academy Awards this year, from Best Picture to Sound Editing, were actually books first! Here are all the books to movies that have been nominated for awards (some of them have different titles, so in that case I put both):

The fact that these books were good enough to be turned into movies AND nominated for the Academy Awards says a lot. I’m certain you have seen one of these movies, if not all. And since they have been nominated for an award, they had to have been good movies, right? So if you have seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it, why not pick up the book that inspired it!

Now, when you finish reading the books that are already movies, you’re probably going to wonder what to do next. Well, that’s where I can help! Every year there are tons of books to movies and I have a list of some for 2012, just for you. This year it’s time to be a step ahead and pick up the book before you see the movie!


I’m reading Biology

Helping Others with Back To School

Back to school is a stressful and exciting time for everyone whether you are entering college, starting high school, or heading back on the elementary school bus. What most of us don’t think about, however, is the millions of school kids in America that can’t afford new items like dependable book bags, notebooks, and pencils. In many cases school supplies list can amount up to $200 extra; a feat which is unreachable for many underprivileged families.

This back to school season, we encourage you to donate your old items like books, book bags, and art supplies as well as new items like pens, pencils, and paper. If you don’t have reading materials to donate try purchasing discount books at thrift stores, goodwill, or clearance books on

We also recommend a giving spirit with everything you do to gear up for back to school. Many companies include donations to a variety of charities with every purchase. For example, is sponsoring 4 clean water initiatives in northern Ethiopia. Find out your favorites and start feeling good about yourself with the choices you make.


Nikki the Intern

I am reading Accounting

Books Aren’t Just For Reading

Book Art
As a student in college I am always using books, whether it be for class or just for fun reading. I’ve recently stumbled upon some alternative uses for any extra reading material you might be finished with or just have laying around.

Furniture gets dirty in college so new clean stuff is always good to have. Check out this pic of some furniture made out of old books.
Book Chair
Old books as art. Creative minds can create some crazy stuff, check out this book art.
Pop-up Book
And if you are like me and don’t have time to do something creative with your books, sell them back to for cash.



I am reading Understanding Human Communication


Book in the Spotlight

Unblocking your Rubber Room

I thought that it would be a great idea to start highlighting books that our visitors have been fortunate enough to have gotten published. Today’s (and the first ever) book in the spotlight comes from professor Perry Binder who describes his work as an “offbeat, funny book for all students”; Check it out!

For more great deals on new and used books and textbooks, keep going to eCampus!