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    How to Stay Motivated (When You Really Don’t Want to do Anything)

    I’ve heard will-power is like a muscle — the more it’s used, the more it grows. I think motivation is the same thing. I’m of the firm belief that some people are born with a little more motivation in their system than others, but most people have the drive to achieve their goals. But, no matter how good our intentions are, we all fall into motivational slumps every now and then. Why do you think quote boards are so popular on Pinterest? Personally, I have so much I want to accomplish in the short time I have on Earth, but sometimes, all I want to do is watch another episode…

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    5 Books From the Man Booker Prize Long List to Read

    The Man Booker Prize Long List was announced July 23, 2018. The list was whittled down from 171 submissions — the most amount of titles ever submitted — to just 13 incredible works. The award is open to writers of any nationality with books written in English and published in the UK or Ireland (a recent addition after a rule change in 2018). I always love seeing these lists as they inspire me to read powerful, modern works, but I know it would be rare to read all the nominations. This week I’ve made me own Man Booker Prize Short List from these Long List nominations. Let’s get started!

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    Top 5 Science Fiction Books to Read

    Science fiction is a genre that I absolutely love but, unfortunately, haven’t been able to read that much of. From the greats like H.G. Wells to Ernest Cline, this genre has so much to offer readers. Because of that, I decided to bring in an expert. This weeks post is brought to you by a repeat guest author, Ryan Finn. Let’s get started! There are many different sub-genres of science fiction, including everything from dystopian to space operas to hard sci-fis; however, they all signal the same thing to me. Adventure, imagination, and exploring the reaches of what could be possible. I’ve loved reading expansive fiction since I was young,…

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    July Reading Wrap Up

    Hi, there! I’m back for my July Reading Wrap Up. If you noticed I was gone, I’m sorry. After traveling and hosting a friend in Nashville, I needed a little break to regroup and get the creative juices flowing again. The Reading Wrap Up posts are quickly becoming some of my favorites to write because it helps me reflect on my recent reads and it reminds me that I really am reading quite a bit throughout the month. I didn’t read as many books on my July TBR list as I would have liked, but I am still catching up from my other TBR lists. Hopefully, after August, I’ll be…

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    Books,  Reviews

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: A Book Review

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a unique story written by Becky Albertalli that features a 16-year-old boy, Simon, who is put in a unique position that forces him to come out to his friends and family. Simon forms a secret relationship with another gay boy at his school. They communicate exclusively over email and use fake names, so neither boy knows the others identity. One day, Martin, a kind of dorky kid in Simon’s grade, sees Simon’s emails, and he decides to blackmail Simon into helping him secure a date with one of Simon’s friends, Abby. If Simon doesn’t help him, Martin will out Simon to the whole school…

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    How To Beat a Bad Mood

    Bad moods happen. You can see something online that feels like a knife in the gut. Or get a call that feels like the end of the world. Anything can happen — big or small — to turn your whole day around. Sometimes, for big things, life can be put on pause, but for the most part, life goes on independent of how you’re feeling. You’ve still got to go to class/work. You’ve still got to make dinner. You’ve still got to see your friends. So, when life does throw a curveball, it’s important to know how to get past it. I’ve got five tips on how you can beat…

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    Top 10 Tips for Living on a Budget

    Living on a budget is one of the hardest things about being an adult. Figuring out what your budget needs to be and understanding how to allocate your funds can be difficult, but it’s so important to living a sustainable life. I used to think I was broke in college, but I didn’t know broke until moving out on my own to Nashville, TN. I also feel obligated to mention that there is a huge difference between being broke and being poor. This video by The Financial Diet outlines those difference perfectly. While I may not be able to afford a trip to Europe, I can afford to put food…

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    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 5 Books To Read When Traveling

    Summer is the perfect time to travel! I know I’ve already taken one trip this season, have another planned for this weekend, and have someone visiting me the next. This week’s blog post is centered all around the books you should read when you take a break. This post is brought you by guest author Trixie Ricablanca Angeles, Chief Blogging Officer of Books in My Baggage. Let’s get started! Traveling is an ideal time to read, have fun, relax, and interact with other people. For those who love reading, getting the right books for the trip is one of the hardest parts.

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    June Reading Wrap Up

    June was an interesting month when it came to reading. I ended up reading six books total, the original number of books on my June TBR list, but I didn’t read all the books on that list. I got a library card this month, and I traveled to visit a friend, so my reading routine got a little messed up, but honestly, I’m really happy with how my reading went this month. I’m consistently reading more and more, and nothing makes me happier. Let’s get started with this June reading wrap up!

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    Top 4 Books to Read on July 4th

    There’s no holiday like Independence Day. Everyone dons their red, white, and blue, fireworks light up the night sky, and you get to truly enjoy your freedom because (normally) you get a day off of work. I’ve had some pretty good July 4ths and some pretty awful July 4ths, but still, I try to enjoy the day by going to the beach or reading a good book. This year I decided to compile a list of the perfect books to read on this momentous day. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon