How to Save Money on Books

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1) Join a library: Joining a library gives you access to hundreds of books without having to pay a cent. The only problem is that you can only borrow a certain number of books for a certain period of time. My local library doesn’t allow that many renewal and their staff is pretty rude so I don’t go with this option but for the rest of the libraries with genuinely helpful staff this is an excellent idea.

2) Buy books second-hand: Second-hand books can sometimes be in pretty good condition (which makes me question HOW are you selling such great books?) and they have such amazing prices.

3) Buy eBooks: eBooks are usually cheaper than print books. Amazon also has great Kindle reads that can be bought for FREE.

4) Join Readers Warehouse as a book reviewer: If you review books for Readers Warehouse you earn a small amount in Readers Warehouse vouchers. These vouchers can be used to order books from the Readers Warehouse online store (which just by the way, is ridiculously cheap).

Waiting on Wednesday: With Malice by Eileen Cook

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Many, many moons ago I read and reviewed With Malice by Eileen Cook. I loved every single second of it. Sadly the book isn’t out yet. Even though I’ve read I really can’t wait for it to release and I’m so excited to see what other people will think of it.

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RELEASE DATE: JUNE 7th 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads.com: Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

How to Write an Essay

As an English major and a blogger, you’d assume that writing essays would come naturally to me. It doesn’t. There’s nothing I hate more than having to write an essay. Three years of college have made me create a strict no-fail routine when it comes to writing an essay. Here are my tips for writing an essay:

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1) Rewrite the essay question in your own words- Sometimes essay questions are worded in the most difficult way possible. Rewriting them helps you to understand precisely what it is that the question is asking. It also helps in writing your introduction.

2) Decide on your main points- I do this so that I know precisely what I’m going to include in my essay.

3) Write out your essay- the first two steps above should help you in writing your introduction. Your introduction should introduce the topic and discuss how you’re going to approach it.
Your body should consist of the main statements (and supporting statements) that prove the view you’re taking on the topic. Your conclusion should sum up everything you’ve said in the essay. The easiest way to remember this is: “Say what you’re going to say, how you’re going to say it (The introduction), say what you want to say (The body) and then say what you’ve said (The conclusion).

4) Edit- Be sure to edit your essay before you hand it in. I usually do a edit on my own before getting a member of the university to check my essay for me. Editing helps you to polish up your essay so you can get the best possible grade.

What’s your writing process when it comes to essays?

Book Review: Sanctuary Bay by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz

Sanctuary Bay
Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given an ARC of this book to review. I thought that this book was great. It draws you in from the very first sentence. There’s a compelling mystery (a few compelling mysteries actually), the book itself is well-written and intriguing. I can’t wait to read more! This book is a gem for all mystery-lovers.

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Movie Review: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

This is pretty much a movie about my life. Ridiculously close-knit family? Check. Family pushing for you to get a boyfriend? Check. Toula is struggling to connect with her daughter, Paris who keeps trying to push her away. Paris plans on going somewhere far away from her family for college. Meanwhile it is discovered that Toula’s parents are not legally married. I’ve already watched this movie twice. It’s hilarious and totally relatable. Everyone in the family seems to be having their own issues but it’s clear that they are a family that adores each other.

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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