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Donald asks…

What are some good young adult romance books?

I am running out of books to read. I need some suggestions. i like teen romance books. I don’t know why, but I love the cliche high school love stories. I don’t care if they are predictable, I just like them to be entertaining. I have read books like The Duff, Two-Way Street, Pushing the Limits, any of Sarah Dessen’s books, etc. I am 18, so I would rather read books with some more adult content in them. I like things like makeout scenes. Any suggestions?

New Niche Finder answers:

Ruined – Paula Morris
Rebecca Brown is staying with her Aunt Claudia in nineteenth century New Orleans, a city of voodoo, ghosts, and hurricanes. While walking in Lafayette Cemetery she is befriended by Lisette, a ghost who helps Rebecca to uncover shocking truths about her life and influences her to right the wrongs of the past.

Shift – Jennifer Bradbury
Two friends set out on a cross-country bike trip. Only one arrives in Seattle. What happened?

Project 17 – Laurie Faria-Stolarz
When six high school students sneak into an abandoned mental institution to make a film about their night there, they do not expect the inexplicable and terrifying events that keep occuring within the crumbling, maze-like building, causing them to question themselves and, ultimately, to make different choices about the course of their lives.

Story of a girl – Sara Zarr
After she is caught with her brother’s friend in the back seat of his car, Deanna has to deal with a ruined reputation.

Wait for me – An Na
When Mina falls in love with a young coworker at her parents’ dry cleaners, she struggles between her mother’s dreams for her and true love.

Someone like Summer – M.E. Kerr
When Annabel, daughter of a contractor, and Esteban, a Latino immigrant, begin a relationship, they are at odds with many of the supercilious residents in the resort town of Seaview.

More than friends – Katherine Spencer
After her brother dies, Grace finds herself falling for his best friend Jackson, who has some serious problems of his own.

Enthusiasm – Polly Shulman
Fans of Jane Austen’s novels, Julie and Ashleigh decide to imitate their heroine and try to discover True Love in high school.

Undercover – Beth Kephart
A quiet girl writes love notes for the people in her school, but her feelings for one student may change her.

The Market – J.M. Steele
When Kate finds out that someone is rating all the girls in her class, she is determined to make sure her score rises, no matter what it takes.

The It Chicks – Tia Williams
Tangie and her friends juggle romance, classes, and the arts with their friendship as the “It Chicks”.

Good enough – Paula Yoo
Patti is trying to get into an Ivy League school to please her parents, but this Korean-American teen also wants to have fun.

Divine Confidential – Jacquelin Thomas
After she moves from Hollywood to Georgia, Divine still wants to live her life as a diva and find romance.

A higher geometry – Sharelle Byars Moranville
In the late 1950s, Anna feels she must choose between the traditional role her parents expect of her and her dream of going to college to study mathematics.

Every crooked pot – Renee Rosen
Nina uses makeup and different hairstyles to hide her birthmark over one eye, in hopes of fitting in.

Maggie Bean stays afloat – Tricia Rayburn
Maggie has changed, through Pound Patrollers diet and exercise, but can she attract Peter Applewood and still keep her old friends?

Cures for heartbreak – Margo Rabb
After her mother dies and her father becomes sick, Mia deals with growing up and finding love.

Mistik Lake – Martha Brooks
Odella yearns to know the answers to family secrets that have affected three generations of women in her family.

Off-Color – Janet McDonald
A white girl and her mother are suddenly forced into public housing, where she struggles for acceptance while also discovering she’s biracial.

So not the drama – Paula Chase
Mina is determined that she will be as popular in high school as she was in middle school.

Secret smile – Nicci French (for adult readers)
Miranda meets a handsome, accomplished man and all is well and happy. Things slowly change and Miranda’s quiet life begins to spiral out of control.

John asks…

where can i find a regular resource for recommendations of history books?

I read a lot of history books, but would like a regular source of recommendations for history books? I read mostly american history, but also enjoy other areas. Sometimes I enjoy the “big think” books, but also enjoy biographies and other histories that are not as sweeping. Do you have any recommendations?

New Niche Finder answers:

Goodreads.com. Just search their lists for ones related to history.
I just read ‘the disappearing spoon’ it is about the history of the periodic table and the scientists who discovered each of the elements. It is more science than history, but it is a great book.

Michael asks…

How fast does college go through a book?

Just wondering because our teacher seems to be getting us through a book or a paper each week of this class. This is second semester of senior year and the books are short compared to 1st semester (3 norton critical editions and 2 other units), so maybe this is just short books by comparison, but it kind of got me wondering.
Yeah I guess this does seem a bit unclear looking back at it now. I was wondering about English classes specifically since that’s where I’m seeing this trend.

New Niche Finder answers:

I’m guessing as to what you are asking, do you mean how long does it take in college to get through a text book or something like that.
It depends on the class. One text may be used for 2 semesters, 1st 1/2 then 2nd 1/2 of the text. But generally all college texts are used for 1 class for 1 semester.

Example – You take an American History course and the 1st semester you buy a text to cover America from when Columbus more or less discovered it to the beginning of the Revolution. Stop That’s all that text covers.

Next semester you take Amer. His. 2 and need to buy a new text book to cover whatever years that course covers.
Some texts you keep or sell used and some you throw away.

Hope this helps.

Charles asks…

What are some good chick lit romance books to read?

What I am looking for is just some fun chick lit books to have just some brain candy. Please suggest books!

New Niche Finder answers:

Dream factory – Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
Two teens, hired as replacements for striking Disney World workers, find an attraction to each other in the Magic Kingdom.

Story of a girl – Sara Zarr
After she is caught with her brother’s friend in the back seat of his car, Deanna has to deal with a ruined reputation.

Wait for me – An Na
When Mina falls in love with a young coworker at her parents’ dry cleaners, she struggles between her mother’s dreams for her and true love.

Someone like Summer – M.E. Kerr
When Annabel, daughter of a contractor, and Esteban, a Latino immigrant, begin a relationship, they are at odds with many of the supercilious residents in the resort town of Seaview.

More than friends – Katherine Spencer
After her brother dies, Grace finds herself falling for his best friend Jackson, who has some serious problems of his own.

Enthusiasm – Polly Shulman
Fans of Jane Austen’s novels, Julie and Ashleigh decide to imitate their heroine and try to discover True Love in high school.

Undercover – Beth Kephart
A quiet girl writes love notes for the people in her school, but her feelings for one student may change her.

The Market – J.M. Steele
When Kate finds out that someone is rating all the girls in her class, she is determined to make sure her score rises, no matter what it takes.

Sixteen candles – Tia Williams
Tangie and her friends juggle romance, classes, and the arts with their friendship as the “It Chicks”.

Good enough – Paula Yoo
Patti is trying to get into an Ivy League school to please her parents, but this Korean-American teen also wants to have fun.

Divine Confidential – Jacquelin Thomas
After she moves from Hollywood to Georgia, Divine still wants to live her life as a diva and find romance.

The falconer’s knot – Mary Hoffman
Sent to live in a friary and a convent, Silvano and Chiara want to wed, but first they must solve the mystery of murders in the friary.

She’s a witch girl – Kelly McClymer
Witch Prudence Stewart tries to manage her new crush, best friend, and cheerleading competition, all with a touch of magic.

A higher geometry – Sharelle Byars Moranville
In the late 1950s, Anna feels she must choose between the traditional role her parents expect of her and her dream of going to college to study mathematics.

Shift – Jennifer Bradbury
Two friends attempt to bike cross-country until a vicious verbal conflict explodes between them. Suddenly the long-anticipated arrival in Seattle seems almost impossible to one cyclist.

Mandy asks…

How to make a theme statement about guilt?

I am making a poster on the book called, “The Kite Runner” and one of the main themes that I discovered in the book was on guilt. How do I go about making a theme statement on guilt? Can you give me tips on making a theme statement? or Ideas that I can talk about or use in the theme statement? Thank you in advanced. 😀
I am making a theme poster, and I need a theme statement.. not a thesis statement.

New Niche Finder answers:

You don’t want a theme statement. Yes the theme is “guilt”, but you want a thesis – a statement telling what you will be writing about.

The theme “guilt” is shown throughout the book , “The Kite Runner”.

Now you tell about those incidents with quotes where possible.

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