By Beth Clark • August 23, 2018
Back to school time means beach reads come out of your bag and textbooks go in, but that doesn't mean the fun is over. While we (obviously) embrace all things learning and reading (because books), we have to admit that some textbooks are a bit, um...dry. To ease the transition, here are 21 alternative academic titles that are entertaining, practical and, well, educational, so feel free to peruse them all or jump straight to your favorite subject(s).
YouTube is great and all, but real-life skills are definitely worth learning if you need to fill in some blanks. Below are some solid reads to further your adulting education.Home Economics: How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried
If AutoCorrect is your only spelling and grammar tool and the thought of speaking in front of an audience or in a second language terrifies you, then this section is for you.Grammar: Painless Grammar by Rebecca S. Elliott
Painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpting, dancing, music, and drama all fulfill the need to create...and make the world prettier. Kinda hard to go wrong here.Art: Drawing on the Artist Within: An Inspirational and Practical Guide to Increasing Your Creative Powers by Betty Edwards
Ah, math. Whether you love it or hate it, math really is the one true international language, so make it your friend. Science, on the other hand, is just plain cool, so have fun with it!Math: Everyday Math for Dummies by Charles Seiter
No matter how old you get or how many books you read, your health will always be important, and P.E. is even more fun when you’re the one choosing the activity, so le these books inspire you to find what works.Physical Education: Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated by Dana L. Ayers
These alternative social studies textbooks put a whole new twist on the classic approach that makes the whole subject more relevant and interesting.History: Salt, A World History by Mark Kurlansky
Happy reading and remember, you’re never too old to stop learning!