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Keep Up With The Latest Digital, Social, And Literary Trends; November 2019

Oct 29, 2019 02:11PM

Book Club: What to Read This Month

The Institute 

by Stephen King

If you’re a fan of Stephen King, his new book won’t disappoint. In the middle of the night, 12-year-old Luke is abducted from his home and taken to “The Institute.” The room he wakes up in looks exactly like his room at home, but there are other kids there, too—each with their own special talent. The more Luke finds out about this place, the more he wants to get out. But no one has ever escaped.

Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir

by Jayson Greene

Jayson writes with honesty and heartbreak about the death of his two-year-old daughter in this book about grief and loss, but also about love and survival.

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

When 13-year-old Theo loses his mom to an accident, he’s sent to live with wealthy friends. The only thing that comforts him and reminds him of his mom is a painting—one that seals his future into the dark scenes of the art community.

App Alert


Need a mental workout? This app has hundreds of games and puzzles to keep your brain fit.


Do all your grocery shopping on the app, and then schedule a time for delivery; or, choose pick up and get the goods delivered to your car. 


Enter your symptoms for possible ailments and remedies, search medical conditions, or set exercise and diet goals. Note: This is not to be used in place of your doctor. 


Dehydration is a concern for a lot of people, but this app reminds you to drink enough H2O so you can meet your daily goals. 


Get driving directions and arrival times, see the best routes, report accidents and hazards, and find the cheapest gas prices.

Hobby Spotlight: Learn A Foreign Language

Challenge your brain and communicate easier when traveling abroad; improve your memory and ability to multitask; and delay the onset of dementia—all by learning a new language! Here are several ways to get started.

• Download software like Duolingo (free) or Babbel (between $6.95-$12.95 a month)
that teaches you the language of your choice. You have to be motivated and dedicated
since you’re only relying on yourself to learn. 

• Enroll in a foreign language class at your local junior college.

• Check with your local library to see if they offer classes.

• Go to the country you’re interested in and learn while you’re there! 

• Get a tutor.

It’s never too late to learn a new language. Exercise that brain, keep your brain young, and start socializing en Español, Français, or Deutsch!

Articles by Julie Ryan