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    September TBR List

    I’m cheating a little bit — but only a little bit — because these books were on some of my older TBR lists. I hope you can forgive me. I still haven’t gotten around to them (unfortunately, I didn’t read as much in August as I expected — life got in the way), but I’m DETERMINED to finish these books during September. From massive books discussed the decline in violence throughout time to an adult fantasy, September’s reads are sure to take me on a journey. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon

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    Recommended Reading Per Class

    It’s officially back-to-school season — I guess it’s been back-to-school-season, but I’m riding this wave as long as I can because this has always been my favorite unofficial season. I was the dork that always loved school, and I guess I still am. I decided to make a list of books I would require if I were to teach any of the following subjects. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Book Review

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was marketed as a book about a boy with unusual skills and intelligence that embarks on a quest to find out who killed his neighbors dog, and it turns out to be so much more than that. Christopher, Mark Haddon’s main character, is exceptionally gifted at math and science, but when it comes to communicating with the people around him, he struggles more than the average teenager. You see, Christopher has some sort of mental development issues. It is never stated directly in the book that there is anything wrong with Christopher, and that’s exactly the point. The book isn’t about Christopher’s “disability”…

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    Top 5 Books From Required Reading Lists

    Even though I’ve always loved reading, getting through a required reading list in school was always a struggle for me. Typically, I always read the books, but some books were harder to get through than others. Some of my favorite required reading was actually in a introduction to literature class I took during my senior year of school. That’s where I read The Great Gatsby for the first time and fell in love with Beloved (two books I’ll talk about later in this post). Whether you’ve been an avid reader since you first learned, or reading has always been the bane of your existence, it’s always going to be a part of your life,…

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    Top 5 Tips For Going Back to School

    Even though I’m not going back to school this year (WAH!), I did go to school for 16 years of my life. And, not to toot my own horn, but I was pretty good at it. School was where I always excelled — I thrived off of structure, deadlines, and schedules activities. That being said, I know school isn’t for everyone. Getting into the swing of things can be hard after a three month hiatus, so here are some tips for going back to school with a bang. Let’s get started!

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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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    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…