The Owl Eyes Blog

5 Spooky Stories to Get You in the Halloween Spirit (part 1)

Halloween is right around the corner, and here at Owl Eyes we are huge fans of the spookiest time of year! We’ve been reading some of the most haunting stories in the public domain in preparation for this month, so we’d like to share some of our favorites with you. Let’s take a look at part one of this ongoing series. Here are five of our favorite spooky stories to get ready for the Halloween season!


Customizing Your Reading Experience: Annotation Visibility

We’ve been seeing a lot of new faces on Owl Eyes these past few weeks, which has been very exciting! Whether you’re new to the site or have visited us before, we’d like to share a few reminders on how our tools work across the website.


20 Banned Books You Can Read For Free

This week is Banned Books Week! It’s incredible how many books we now consider to be classics were, at one point in time, banned from the public. Let’s look at some of these texts and celebrate the fact that we can now read them for free on Owl Eyes!


What You Should Name Your Dog, According to Famous Authors

You know how it goes. You go to the animal shelter, fall in love with a regal husky or a dopey three-legged cat, and then it happens: you hear your new pet’s shelter name, and you know you have to immediately change it. We at Owl Eyes believe all pets, regardless of species, should be named Toots, but other options are presented in case you don’t share our vision. So if you’ve been saddled with another Snowball (too common) or Mike (too human) and are looking for inspiration, try a few of these literary names.


5 Writers Who Loved Coffee

The school year has begun, and if you’re not quite settled back into getting up at 4:30 AM to run every day (which I totally do…not), you’re probably depending on the life blood that is coffee. You’re not alone. Some of our favorite writers relied on this magical black elixir to get them going and sustain them throughout the day. Let’s take a look at how they took their coffee and what they have to say about our toasty drink of choice.

Annotating Texts in the 21st Century

While e-books will never smell as good as paperback books, reading online has several perks—they live in the cloud, so they’ll never get lost or broken, and you can read from whichever device is most comfortable for you, so long as you can access the internet. We’d also like to share a couple tools and tips that’ll help you get the most out of reading and taking notes online.


7 Famous Authors and their Day Jobs

It may feel like we have trouble accomplishing everything that we want to do, but despair not! Some of our favorite authors in the classical canon pushed through their own daily grind just like the rest of us, and they still managed to write literary masterpieces.

Let’s take a look at a brief history of the behind-the-scenes work of some renowned writers and their day jobs.


7 Literary One-Hit Wonders

Some writers churn out new works like unstoppable machines. Dickens, Shakespeare, Austen—all of these writers died not only with multiple major literary works to their names but also produced many successful texts that remain immensely popular to this day. On the other side of the coin, some writers are known for producing just one major, successful work. These are the one-hit-wonders of the literary world—writers that only published one work during their lifetime that gained a lot of renown and attention. Let’s take a look at seven of these authors and the impact of their big hits.


4 Texts Showing the Importance of Comedy in Literature

Comedy uses humor to connect readers or audiences to what makes them human. Far from cheapening great stories, comedy is in some way more honest than stories that rely on drama and drama alone. By allowing ourselves a sly chuckle or a deep belly-laugh, we are confronted with the wonderful, hilarious absurdity of what it means to be human.

Interested in seeing what I mean? Let’s look at some of the best literary comedies ever printed on paper.


5 Stories to Embrace the Changing of Seasons

If you have difficulty with the changing seasons, I have something to make this transition just a little easier. I’ve compiled a list of the top five stories—books, plays and poems—that deal with change. Let’s look at how these stories will not only help you with changes in the weather but also with any transitions you might face...


How to Understand AP Texts, Using Owl Eyes

AP classes are tough. For teachers and students both, I’m sure. But since I have the most experience as a student (and zero experience as a teacher), I’d like to offer some helpful tips to students who may be struggling to understand their assigned reading. For the teachers out there, hopefully my experiences will resonate with you and your students to help your classes run more smoothly and help get the most 5s come springtime.


How to Use Owl Eyes to Prep for AP Classes

Whether you’re apprehensive about back-to-school prep or eager to start waking up at 5AM every day again, we know you’re in for a lot of work. AP students and teachers have a lot of pressure on them, which is why we’ve come up with a short list of ways to use Owl Eyes to help prepare for the AP test, whether that means teaching to the best of your ability or getting that hard-earned 5 on the exam.


10 Useful Websites for Teachers This Fall

The school year is upon us, so we thought we’d share several of our favorite websites and resources for you hardworking teachers out there. If there are any others you know and love, add them into the comments below!


5 Tips to Keep Up Your Summer Reading

With all the fabulous plans you’ve made, it can be hard to keep up with your reading goals over the summer. I certainly struggle with picking up a book when I want to sleep in and enjoy the sun. However, over the course of my college experience, I picked up some handy tips to integrate reading into my summer plans. The following five tips can help you combine a love for summer with a love of reading...


Did you know "Sonnet 18" was written to a man?

Contrary to popular belief, Sonnet 18 is part of a much longer sonnet sequence that is written to a young man, not a woman. The male narrator anguishes over his unrequited love for a beautiful and vain youth. Yet, despite this complicated and far more interesting history, it’s disregarded as a bland love poem. People have egregiously misinterpreted the almighty Bard for the last couple centuries. Let’s figure out why...