Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What are some good books to read?

I’m 16 years old and I love reading. I’ve read things like the 1984 and Crime and Punishment and really enjoyed them, so I’m looking for something a little bit more challenging then the average teen book. I’d really love suggestions.

Answer by softballplyr16
-The Hunger Games series – Suzanne *
-House of Night series – P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
-Diary of a Crush trilogy – Sara Manning
-South Beach series – Aimee Friedman
-any of the Sarah Dessen books
-Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
-The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare *
-Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

* possibly the ‘challenge’ you are looking for

Answer by Acal
I know a lot of good books to read! If you are into fantasy, there is the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan(Which is AMAZING) there are like 11 books out so far and like 2 more on the way. It is a higher level of reading, so I think you might like it.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons is a suggestion by my Husband.
Memoirs of a Geisha is really good.
The DaVinci Code is pretty good.
Thats all I can think of right now. Hope you like these suggestions…

Answer by Megan
I personally loved The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and The world according to Garp by John Irving (:

Answer by Sky
I have a few unpublished books that might be what you’re looking for–in terms of “challenging”.

One is called The Starchild. The plot of the novel centers on a 14-year-old girl whom assumes the mantle of the legendary Starchild of Ancient Lore.

Trouble is, she has no on-the-job experience and no idea on how to control some of her unfathomable powers and abilities. (The Chaos Generators is one good example.)

But the Starchild’s “resurrection” draws the attention of a para-military group called the Praetorial Guard–whom sees her as a threat to both the orbiting space complex of Stratos City and the planet below. (Earth.)

On top of that, an ex-Starchild gone rogue reawakens after a 10,000 year sleep and she starts to push and control things to her advantage–putting Isis McGowan and her family and friends in grave danger.

All in a blind attempt to take the fledgling Starchild’s power.

But Isis manages to thwart her and the captain of the Praetorial Guard towards the end, but their confrontation only means that this conflict is just beginning.

More is to come.

The book’s themes are serious, sometimes funny, and a bit on the mysterious side. Plus, there’s a good dose of suspense and a good deal of action mixed in.

The second book–I’m offering–is called Stories of the Dead Earth. The plot for the first book involves a princess on the run from King Richard’s forces–Hellion’s Gate–and some techno-mages after her for the bounty put on her head.

But the then-17-year-old girl manages to elude both and crash lands on a distant seaside village where she spends the next two years in a coma.

She awakens to find a world much different from her own and throws herself in with the local healer to earn her keep and learn a thing or two about what’s going on–while keeping an eye out for any clues to her past.

The lost princess teams up with another girl–who manages to avoid killing herself from crashing into the sea–and together the two try to halt an invasion from a distant land.

But neither one is very successful and both have to escape from being captured.

This book is my answer to most of the fantasy novels out there: Funny and mystical–with a little bit of romance mixed in.

The second novel deals with a siege at sea and some romance, but nothing campy. You get to see a lot of magic, a lot of mecha-action and some really revealing bits into both characters.

The third book is rather long. I’ve only gotten 1,428 pages done on it so far. (I’m expecting 4,000+–at the least.)

The plot of this book centers on a multi-generational war between the mysterious Neos and the remnants of the human race.

Two people–from both sides–team up to travel back through time to stop this war at its point of origin. But the trip is long and difficult for both in question.

Because one is a former lieutenant from a group of rebels called the Free Earth Movement and the other happens to be a techno-organic named Kayla Sorenson.

Both the human race and the Neos have it out for the pair and the two have to struggle long and hard to make it to their final destination–despite setbacks, despite some hardships, and despite some revealing tidbits about the two in question: Why their destinies are so *important* to the survival of humanity as a whole.

The novel is a bit on the dark side and has a lot adult themes to boot. I won’t lie to you about that.

This book can get a bit ugly and disturbing.

However, it is one of my first “all or nothing” writing projects where I pull out the stops and really go for broke.

While there are some bridges I won’t cross, I try to keep things on an even keel and just focus on the storyline.

*But*…

The Price of Freedom’s many saving graces is that it’s very detailed, very well-written, and has a lot of real-time lessons and reflective themes that the reader can take heart in.

Maybe you might like to take a crack at it, maybe you’ll just want to pass on it for now.

It’s all up to you.

If you’re interested, my e-mail is: starchildalpha1@yahoo.com

My hours are 8AM to 2AM and I accept chocolate and sunflower seeds as payment.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Does anyone else feel like their life is pointless and depressing?

Yesterday, I was sledding with my fiancee. We had a good time, but there was a nagging thought at the back of my head. There wouldn’t be many times like this anymore.

I’m 20 years old, and I just got my pharmacy technician certification. Now I have to apply for jobs around my area. But now I’m not sure I even want to be a pharmacy technician. The pay sucks and I feel like I wasted a ton of money without knowing what I was getting myself into. Now I feel like I’m stuck. This is in addition to planning a wedding and trying to find a place to live and basically start a life.

I hate this. For one thing, I’m terrified that I will screw something up on the job. I have problems with motor skills and am constantly screwing up the simplest of tasks. I was fired at my first job for going too slow. My second job (a 3-month internship) I was called mentally retarded by my bosses behind my back. If it had been an actual job and not merely an internship, I would have surely been fired from that too. I can never seem to do anything right, try as I might.

Along my research, I discovered that America is one of the most overworked nations on Earth. This went against what I thought originally. I thought everyone worked as much, or around the same as us. Obviously, I was sorely misinformed. Europeans get far more vacation time and work far fewer hours, in addition to having a better quality of life overall. I try to stray from romanticizing, but even Europeans will tell you that their way of life is far superior to ours. I can’t help but feel a petty sense of jealousy and injustice at this. So because I was born on the wrong continent, I’m forced to slave away for the rest of my life instead of enjoying it? This has filled in me a longing sense to leave America and move somewhere else. But I have family and friends holding me back, and I’m really not sure how my fiancee would react, since she already moved across the country for me.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand I could have it far worse. I wake up every day eternally grateful that I don’t live in a Third-World nation, or that I won’t be as overworked as someone from Japan. Or that I’m not in a terribly restrictive nation like North Korea. I am extraordinarily pleased with the life I’ve been given thus far. But I can’t help but feel the way that I do. I realize to many of you I’m just a spoiled American brat who just needs to “suck it up” and “get over it.” But I can’t help but feel like my life is already over. My free time will be reduced to almost nothing, me slaving away at a job I hate for the rest of my life, never able to make enough money in a terrible economy and never able to retire. I won’t have time for family or friends or anything I enjoy. I love reading and playing music and traveling. I will never be able to do that anymore. I’m only 20 years old and I feel like I’ve already died.

Answer by Sky Jewell
It depends on the point of view… Many people would give all they have to live the American dream… Maybe the American-style living doesn’t suit you.
In Argentina, where I live, nearly all people are of European descent, and we share many similarities with European countries such as Italy, Spain or France, and believe me, this lifestyle can also get very frustrating at times. My point is that everywhere you’d live you’d get problems and feel hopeless, just learn how to make your hopelessness a phase and not construct your entire life on it.

Answer by Daisy
OK, take a deep breath. You are young and can do whatever you want to including moving. It may not happen right away but it is certainly doable. Talk it out with your girl. Work towards a common goal, meaning saving all you can for a set period and then make your move. Consider going back to school to work on something you love or starting your own business with your girl. As soon as you say can’t, you are right-you can’t. Change your thinking and do something every day to reach your goal. You are not stuck it is possible to move forward. Everyone at every age feels stuck sometimes. It is just what we do with that feeling. Good luck to you both.

Answer by Walks
First of all, plenty of people re-invent themselves after having been one thing for many years.
For right now, you want to start a life with your loved one. Try the technician thing for a little bit just to make some steady income. Yes you’ll begin to feel comfortable and safe in your new routine, and so will your wife. After a few months, save up some money to take her on a trip to Europe. Once she’s comfortably settled in your current lifestyle she may feel confident enough to make the leap over to Europe. At this time you may consider re-inventing yourself to become a free-lance photographer or something else. Basically, you’re only 20, your life is starting. It’s not over. Many people who are much older than you decide to re-begin their lives in a way they would enjoy much more. There are young people like you who decide to wander the world despite not having very much money.
I once met someone in their mid 20s who had been to many places across South America and Africa. He did not have a lot of money. When he went somewhere he worked on some local’s farm and earned his room and board that way. But he was still able to travel there and see the world.

Basically, just don’t be afraid to try stuff. If you really want to do something, you will find a way to do it. You soon will have a wife with an opinion you need to consider. She probably has similar values and interests as you and it shouldn’t be hard to get her to see things the way you do. If she loves you, she will accommodate you. If you love her, you wont force her out of her comfort zone but instead gently lead her.

Answer by H
I had a very good career and made good money. I worked from 8-12 hours 5 days per week. I use to feel the same way you did about working your life away. My job was so specialized that I use to be able to just make one phone call and was hired on the spot because people with my skills are so hard to find. I got sick of working. I felt it was almost a punishment to go into work every day. I use to ask God why me. Why do I have to spend every single day working. Well, my job changed. New equipment and jobs being shipped to India. Now with internet and emailing, other countries can do just about anything in a timely manor for so much cheaper. I can’t find a job in my field now. I have been out of my field for 4 years. I was so specialized that I wasn’t trained for anything else and so I had to take a menial job for a lot less money just to pay the bills. I wasn’t grateful for my career. Now I’m paying the price. I feel it’s kind of a Karma thing. My point is, don’t take anything for granted and be grateful for what you do have. You can do your job anywhere in the world. That is a good thing…….You may also want to try being a flight attendant. You could travel anywhere in the world and get paid for it. You are young enough to do that.
I use to feel like you. Slaving away at a job I hated for the rest of my life…But what I wouldn’t give to be back in that job I hated so much at the time. Be careful what you wish for.

Answer by Antst
The others are totally right. You are not stuck at all. There are plenty of ways that you can get into a new type of work and travel. I have done it and so have many people. It may take a while to figure out how to do it, but you can do it.

Many people from the US work in Europe. I don’t know if your qualification would be valid in Europe, but there may be other things you could do. And there are jobs you can get in the US that aren’t so crazy. Maybe consider becoming a teacher so that you have summers free? If you went to a university where there is a foreign students’ office and a careers office, you should go along and ask for tips on working overseas and on changing your career. Go to any university in your area and you may get help if you ask.

You don’t have to apologize or feel guilty for having goals. You’re not a spoiled brat; you’re young and you want to see the world. Your attitude is actually a good thing. It means that your brain is healthy and that you’re a curious person.

As for Europe work habits, I travel to Europe often for work–in fact, I’m spending the year in Europe right now. It is true that in general, life is better for ordinary people who have employers. Not in all European countries, but in most…

That said, they have their problems too. Workplaces can be very, very formal. In many European countries, the boss is God. And it can be tough to find a job. Another great thing about the US is that it is easy to do a career change. In Europe, many kids have to decide what to do at a very young age and it is either impossible or difficult to switch. Where I am right now, people can’t go back to university at a later age if they messed up high school. And they can’t change their study courses.

My guess is that your motor skills problem will improve as you become more used to your job. If you hate your boss, look around for another position. Your nervousness may be related to working for a jerk.

Plenty of people your age spend a few years working around the world doing all kinds of jobs–bar-tending, volunteering, fruit-picking, substitute teaching (often a teaching degree is not required). Talk to your girlfriend and consider doing that. You are young and you don’t need to lock yourself into a career right now.

Finally, it is normal to feel down sometimes! We all go through those periods. Good luck.

Answer by Cheesepies454
Some people do. Try to occupy yourself, and life won’t be as depressing and pointless.

Answer by Melancholy
Find a job you will actually like and go back to college to get another degree if you have to. That seems to be your only problem – you haven’t found a career you enjoy.

Answer by Hide yo kids Hide yo wife
It seems like you have too many obligations at such a young age…At some times I do, but I keep in mind that in order for my children to have a better life than I did I must work hard no matter what I have to endure. I’m also becoming a pharmacy technician and I take the PTCB on January 5th (so nervous!!). I also had a mean pharmacist who told me, “Why are you working so hard? You’re not going to get hired.” But I don’t care. ­čÖé I will still and always try my best!

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : name some free-spirited independant characters in books and movies?

i love reading or watching movies about independant free spirits. help me?

Answer by Peter
Benny and Joon – Johnny Depp’s character – also him in Edward Scissorhands
Betty Blue – French film about a free-spirited girl who can’t understand why people want her to “conform”
Girl Interrupted – Angelina Jolie

Answer by Sea Star Ôś╝
Books:
Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield)

Movies:
Where the Wild Things Are (Max)
Harold and Maude (Maude)
Milk (Harvey Milk)

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Answer by Edwynna
Movies: The Young Victoria (about Queen Victoria)
Miss Potter (about the life of Beatrix Potter)
Isadora (about Isadora Duncan, dancer)
Ever After (Drew Barrymore’s character)
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (Sonora, the main character)
The Painted Veil (Kitty, main character)

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