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Top 5 Books to Read During Coronavirus

The covers of each of the top 5 books to read during coronavirus stacked on top of each other. While none of them are about a pandemic, they all have topics that can relate to this time.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor

May 29, 2020

For those lucky enough to not have to fight the coronavirus on the front lines, there seems to be a lot more free time than usual. Watching TV, Facetiming, doing puzzles, and going on walks are starting to get old. Now is the perfect time to pick up a good book and pass the hours.  While these rec...

Ben Phillipe’s new book guides students through high school

With its powerful friendships, stories and characters,

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 25, 2020

If only there was a guide to high school. What to do. How to do it. What to say. Dating, crushes, jobs, friendships, schoolwork and fitting in would be among the topics covered.  While there is no such thing as a “guide to high school,” there is a book that could serve a similar purpose. New...

“How to Be Safe” explores gun violence in America

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 23, 2020

The world is not always a safe place. There are robberies, drugs, alcohol and shootings. It is hard to be safe all the time, and Tom McAllister’s “How to Be Safe” certainly shows what it is like in 2020. The book starts off with a school shooting, a horrible and senseless act devastates the sm...

Why people love Karen McManus’s mystery books is no mystery

Displayed on the shelf of the WCHS media center stands Karen McManus' second book, Two Can Keep a Secret. This book follows her first, One of Us is Lying. The series is popular among the teenage audience for its thrill, mystery and relatable high school settings.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 25, 2019

Looking for a great read? With murder? Detention? A twist ending? Karen McManus’ One of Us is Lying, and Two Can Keep a Secret are great books.  The 2018-2019 Black Eyed Susan award-winning novel One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus displays the impact of deep friendships while in an ominous setti...

‘Book’ your summer with these five great reads

In, The Country We Love: My Family Divided written by actress Diane Guerrero, is an inspiring and emotional read.

By Olivia Yasharoff, Assistant Sports Editor

June 4, 2019

Whether you’re planning to spend the summer at the beach, pool or on the couch, you’ll need a good book to accompany you. The stories listed below range from inspirational memoirs to romantic comedies to thrilling mysteries. Here are the five page-turners you have to get your hands on this summ...

Q & A with Bob Levey: author of “Larry Felder, Candidate”

Former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey recently wrote a novel titled

By Joe Raab, Sports Editor

February 8, 2019

Bob Levey is a former columnist for the Washington Post. Recently, he ventured into the world of novel writing with his book, “Larry Felder, Candidate.” I got the chance to have a question and answer session with Levey about his new book, what inspired him and how writing a book differs from writing...

“Before My Eyes” is a must-read for CHS students

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 15, 2018

  In Before My Eyes, author Caroline Bock perfectly captures the societal problems of today, by weaving her story very closely to reality. It is a new thought-provoking young adult novel featuring the lives of three teenagers whose lives were forever changed after being held at gunpoint. ...

Fifty Shades of Grey Contains Multiple Layers

Fifty Shades of Grey Contains Multiple Layers

By Balbina Yang, Arts Editor

February 23, 2017

It has been two years since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, the first of E.L. James’ erotic drama trilogy. It has been about a week since Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel, came out in theaters and broke top box office records, coming in second behind The Lego Batman Movie. But, why is the franchis...

The Observer’s Must Read Book Recommendations

Copies of these recommendations can be found at the CHS Media Center.

By Jenna Greenzaid and Sai Sreenivasan, Circulation Manager and Observations Editor

February 21, 2017

When it comes to finding a good book to dedicate yourself to, there is an overwhelming number to choose from. We’ve narrowed down the list with suggestions, from staff and students alike, of books that you’ll be sure to enjoy. “Legend” by Marie Lu Although dystopian novels have become commonplace,...

‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ Delights Viewers

 The new Netflix show “Series of Unfortunate Events” is based on the popular book series of the same name.

By Nora Holland, Contest Manager

February 21, 2017

If you are looking for a new way to relieve stress after a tedious day of school, look no further than “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” the newest binge-worthy show on Netflix. Jan. 13, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” arrived on Netflix. Based off of the well-known young adult book series...

CHS Students Cherish “Blind Date with a Book” Program

The display set up in the Media Center for Blind Date with a Book.

By Sai Sreenivasan, Observations Editor

February 14, 2017

With Valentine's Day coming up, the Media Center is honoring this holiday and their love for reading with the “Blind Date with a Book” tradition for the third year in a row. The event was started in Feb. 2015 and has been a success among students. For this tradition, the Media Center specialists...

Adult Coloring Books Gain Popularity as a Method of Stress Relief

Freshman Emma Gray relaxes with an adult coloring book.

By Laura Sneller, Public Relations Editor

April 29, 2016

After a stressful week of tests and homework, students typically unwind by napping or watching Netflix. Now, there is a new relaxation method that increases artistic ability while relieving stress—all you have to do is color. Adult coloring books are spreading through the nation as more p...

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