Summer Book / Movie Preview 2018

There are just a few days of finals left! As you finish up these last papers and projects of the semester, you might be hoping for some downtime and to start planning some fun. And when we say "fun," we definitely mean "reading." So, if you're searching for some books to look forward to over …

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Quick Tip #22: Becoming a More Conscious Writer

How often do you half-heartedly work on a paper at the last minute, hand in it, and promptly forget all about it until you see the final grade? While that process might help you to survive a class, how much are you learning about your writing when you aren't paying attention to your progress? If …

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The 2018 SJSU Campus Reading Selection

The countdown to summer has officially begun! But before you exhaust yourself during Finals Week or feel tempted to turn your brain off during the summer, consider putting on your summer to-do list our new Campus Reading Selection: The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, by John Carlos with Dave Zirin.  Look! …

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Remembering Dr. King

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In honor of Dr. King's legacy, we're looking back at our celebration of MLK Day this year (below). But perhaps no other tribute is more powerful than his own famous words:     Today we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s …

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The 2018 Books of Spring Break

We did it! It's Spring Break! Time to enjoy all that time in the sun...reading all your favorite books! We surveyed our tutors to see what books they'd suggest over this year's Spring Break -- here are their picks: Ajah: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. This chilling book describes a high school shooting by looking at …

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Why Do We Read?

This year, we encouraged you to start a Goodreads challenge in January.  How many of you, dear readers, took us up on the offer? As we wind our way to the end of February, it's a good time to check in on our new habits.  I, for one, have renewed my efforts to read every …

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The Art of Breaking the Rules

I've been reading George Saunders' book Lincoln in the Bardo for my book club and this line from the text is one that stood out to all of us as we read: His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of …

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Celebrating MLK Day

Today we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s national holiday. Since we've been encouraging further reading during the month of January, here's a selection of books about Dr. King, Jr. (including some written by him), civil rights, and nonviolence: http://www.thekingcenter.org/books-bibliography. If you'd like to celebrate the holiday by reading poems, the Academy of American Poets offers …

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2018: The Year of Lots of Reading?

Based on the images below, it's clear my social media feed has had a theme in the last few weeks...people are thinking and talking about reading! I get it - my newsfeed is quite literary and yours might not look quite the same. But, in a quick visit over to Goodreads' 2018 Reading Challenge, it …

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Ask A Specialist (November): Choosing a Reading Format

The writing tutors had a great meeting on Friday! During this meeting, we explored the following question: What format do you prefer to read - print or web or both? Why? As always, our tutors had plenty of insights to share.  There wasn't a general consensus on the format - most of the tutors switched …

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