Sure, summer can be a time for beaches, hiking, and sleeping all day, but for me, it's a time for reading. The books I've listed below aren't your typical summer reads, but they definitely have incredible plots and intriguing story lines. If you get a chance to read any of them, please let me know in the comments what you thought of it!
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
I read this in the summer of 2012 and it was absolutely captivating! It takes place in 1899 during the boiling summer in Texas. I like to think of this novel as a book full of short stories. In every chapter, there is a different problem, but the author finds a way to connect all the chapters (and problems) together. The main character is Callie and in the book, the readers watch Callie's personality evolve through the people who have influenced her.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
This book may have an interesting or creepy title, but I won't doubt that this book is very exceptional. It twists the plot of the classic Wizard of Oz and makes the story line very compelling. The protagonist, Amy Gumm, gets swept by a tornado and lands in a strange, but familiar land--Oz.
The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I purchased this book from Barnes & Noble a couple years ago, I tried to read it, but failed to understand the plot until not so recently. I haven't completed all the short stories but I'm halfway through one, and even though it is written in old (more like ancient) English, the plot of the short story (A Study in Scarlet) is very alluring. What really helps me understand what's going on is by watching Sherlock, the BBC series.
Hope you had an enjoyable summer!
Living in the 21st century, I'm sure you hear that technology is the future. Communication methods can vary from texting to tweeting. Art or music can be created through different applications on a tablet, computer, etc. Lights can be turned on and off through your phone. Instead of reading books, people listen to them. All these technologies are designed and constructed through STEM; science, technology, engineering and mathematics. No matter what job you have or will have in the future, technology will influence whatever you do. If you are a teacher, SmartBoards will be placed in your classroom. If you're an architect, blueprints will be digital.
As a teenager, I wonder what it would be like--to create technology that people can use everyday. Having a job in the STEM field is all about making life easier, more productive and simple. For example, automatic doors, elevators and cars are things we take for granted. But they make our lives better. The world is going on a path that mostly involves technology and science. It holds numerous job opportunities with fields that are endless.
Next time you go out, take note of all the things you see that have made your life easier or changed your life through technology and science. What is one thing (STEM related, of course) that has made your life more simple?