Why You Should Start a Blog in College

Okay, I know I might be a bit biased but I really believe that starting a blog is ALWAYS a good idea. Starting a blog in college is like the best idea. Here’s why:

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1) You have a record of your college experience- College is not something that is forever (honestly I wouldn’t want it to be either). A blog is a great way to keep track of your college experience. It’s been two years but I still like to read and reread the horror of my first year. I like looking back and marvelling at how things have changed.

2) You gain writing experience- You’re probably wondering why do you need writing experience. Well if you’re a student of humanities chances are that you’re going to be writing essays. Knowing how to write well is a great advantage to have in college. There have been so many occasions when I had no idea what I was saying in an essay but I managed to scrape together a pass.

3) You gain friends- blogging is a great way to make friends. You find people who are going through the same things as you. Being a college blogger allows you to meet other stressed college students who you can share your woes with.

4) You get a portfolio of writing pieces- if you’re interested in a job that involves writing, starting a blog is a good place to begin. You can gain writing clips simply by writing on your blogs. Some paying jobs actually look for blogging experience.

Do you have a college blog? What’s your favourite blog to read? I’d love to know!

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book yesterday and I feel as if I’ve lost someone after reading it. This is such an emotional book. I cried in the beginning, I cried in the end- I didn’t cry in the middle because it wasn’t sad but it was such a gripping story. I was drawn from the very start of the book.Will has been in an accident that left him in a wheelchair, depending on everyone else around him for survival. Lou is his new (and very inept) carer. They are as different as can be but eventually they fall in love. This book has a heartbreaking ending but it’s so good. This is a beautiful read but be warned, you WILL be left in tears.

Book Review: The Wild Herald by Ron C. Nieto

The Wild HeraldThe Wild Herald by Ron C. Nieto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The only reason why I’m giving this four stars is because I didn’t read the second book in the series so I was left a bit confused in the beginning. Lily is now the Herald of the Wild Hunt. She is given the task of finding and destroying the horn that summons the Hunt. But is it really wise for Lily to give up the one thing that gives her leverage in this strange new world?
I dragged this book on for as long as possible because I didn’t want it to end. I loved seeing how much Lily has changed since the first book. She is no longer a pawn in a bigger game. She’s braver and more confident.
I don’t know if it’s just me but I really feel like there’s so much more to be told. There should be more. The Faerie Sworn series is incredibly well-written with an intriguing plot and bewitching characters. I am heartbroken to see it end

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Lessons Learnt from Disney Movies

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1) Just keep swimming

2) You don’t need a man to save you

3) Look beyond outward appearance

4) Don’t eat anything from strangers (how did Snow White not know this???)

5) Never sign contracts without reading (and very carefully thinking) it over. Especially if it’s a contract from an octopus-like person

6) Never trust a guy who proposes too soon. Especially if too soon happens to be one day.

7) If you don’t invite people to your party they may get upset and curse your child. Always invite people even if you don’t like them (maybe just give them the wrong date/address?)

8) Speaking of curses, never make deals with someone who can spin straw into gold (who does that??? That’s dodgy on it’s own)

9) Keep Moving Forward

What lessons have you learnt from Disney movies?

Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

You Don't Have to Say You Love MeYou Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Neve and Max meet at a party where Neve instantly takes a disliking to him. Flash forward to a few meetings later and Neve decides Max can be a pretend boyfriend to help her prepare for the love of her life (who she hasn’t seen in years). Max is perfect for this job as he pretty much has no emotions. I loved how this book was more than just a love story. Neve and Max both have their own issues that they are dealing with which makes this a genuinely heartfelt read. I absolutely adored this book and would love to read (and reread) it again. This book is entertaining, well-written and funny.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Someone Like You by Jennifer Gracen

Someone Like YouSomeone Like You by Jennifer Gracen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pierce left England after a scandal ruined his name and his career. He is instantly drawn to soccer coach, Abby. However Abby has been burned in the past and is reluctant to let anyone I’m. I loved seeing characters from the previous book in the series. I especially enjoyed how well-written the characters of Abby and Pierce were. Jennifer Gracen has a knack for creating real characters with real flaws. This is an excellently written book that fans of romance will devour.

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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Have to Attend Class

Sometimes, for whatever reason, we just can’t get to class. I don’t know about you but to me these are all totally valid excuses to not go to class.

15 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Have to Attend Classes

  1. It’s too hot
  2. It’s too cold
  3. You’re falling behind on your shows
  4. The lecturer sucks
  5. The class is too long
  6. The lecturer makes you drag your butt to class only to dismiss you after like two seconds. I did NOT leave my bed for this. Might as well just stay in bed anyway.
  7. You just need some ‘me’ time
  8. Attendance is compulsory
  9. You already did/are going to do the readings
  10. The class is too full
  11. The class is icky (this happens when you’re from South Africa and all of the cleaners go on strike).
  12. There is a strike
  13. There’s a possibility of a strike
  14. You feel like you should strike
  15. You just don’t want to go to class.

How to Take Notes From a Textbook

Taking notes from a textbook is difficult. They’re bulky and usually worded in the most difficult way possible. Here are my tried and tested tips for taking notes from a textbook:

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1) Read the summary first- Most textbook have a summary of each chapter. Read this before you begin reading the chapter. This will give you an overview of what it is that you’re studying.

2) Skim through the chapter- reading is for novels. Skimming is for college. If you read your textbook word for word, you would be wasting time. Skimming allows you to get the most important information instantly.

3) Highlight the important points- Highlight or underline the most important concepts in your textbook. Can’t write in your book? Copy the concepts down instead. Do something to make them stand out to you.

4) Read and reread- Revise the summary and the relevant concepts whenever necessary. Personally I like to copy them down all on a page so I have my own study guide.

How do you take notes from a textbook?

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Love, Reality Style by Judith Natellli McLaughlin

Love, Reality StyleLove, Reality Style by Judith Natelli McLaughlin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mary Grace reluctantly agrees to wed her boyfriend, Ralph. Ralph, while a great boyfriend, is a character I cannot stand. He’s pretty much a total loser. Mary Grace can do better. Her friends know it and so do I. I loved how despite my intense dislike for Ralph, I found myself liking him (as reluctantly as Mary Grace agreed to his proposal). Ralph isn’t a bad guy. He’s just a very weird one. And then we meet Nick. He’s hot, he’s rich, he’s a TV superstar. What’s not to love?
Mary Grace is also attracted to him initially but she has already agreed to marry Ralph. Will she go through with her wedding?
I love how real these characters were and I especially enjoyed Mary Grace’s fascination with cake. This is a great read for anyone who loves chick-lit.
I especially enjoyed the ending.

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April Book Haul

I normally save all my book-ish stuff for Fiction Friday (unless I’m too impatient or it’s too good to not share immediately). This is one of those times.

April Book Haul

April brings with it a large variety of books from a large variety of sources. I’m calling this post a haul instead of TBR because I’m so behind on campus work I don’t even know if I can make it to read these books. Anyway, here they are:

1) Someone Like You by Jennifer Gracen- I love Jennifer Grace’s work. This is a beautiful romance set in New York. I’ve already read it and I can’t wait for you guys to see my review.

2) The Wild Herald by Ron C Nieto- I won this ARC in a Facebook party. Honestly I don’t know much about it such I’ve only read the first book and this is the third but I really can’t wait to see how it all ends!

3) Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin- Holly Martin writes light-hearted romance books that are impossible NOT to love. I especially like this series with it’s colourful town and it’s cheerful characters.

4) The List by Siobhan Vivian- I’ve been waiting for this book forever. Every year some mean anonymous person posts a list of the prettiest and the ugliest girl in each grade. This book details how the list changes all of these girl’s lives and not for the better.

What are you looking forward to reading in April? Have you read any of these books?