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?

FREE!!! TBR PRINTABLE

Recently I’ve been forgetting which books I’m supposed to be reading. I don’t know if it’s old age or college stress. To help both you and me, I designed the printable below to keep track of your reading list.

TBR List

 

Things No One Tells You About Owning a Car

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I can think of no period of time in my life when I didn’t want a car. Now that I have one however, there’s a million responsibilities that comes with it.

1) Petrol- this doesn’t bother me that much since my mother pays for the petrol and we don’t use it that often but petrol costs an arm and a leg. I shudder to think of my petrol expenses once I start working and driving myself to work.

2) They get dirty really quickly- at most I use my car maybe twice a week. Whether I use it less or more, it still requires washing EVERY. SINGLE. WEEKEND. This sucks since a) I have no time and b) We’re currently experiencing a drought.

3) They’re costly- I always thought that one day I would save to buy a car and that would be it. After buying a car, you need new numberplates, you need a license disc (that needs to be renewed) and cars need to go for servicing. According to my uncle George (the man who was kind enough to finance the car), servicing should be done every year no matter how often or how little you use the car.

4) You have to be really careful with a car- Okay, so you’re probably thinking that this one is obvious but I miss not having to be overly cautious as a driver because the car isn’t mine.

5) Driving is tiring- Driving is fun when you don’t HAVE to do it. It’s very adult and who doesn’t love playing adult? (Um, adults?) Driving is less fun and more effort when you’re driving for errands instead of to gain driving experience.

What did you expect about having a car? How have those expectations changed?

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

ScarredScarred by Joanne Macgregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sloane Munster (or Monster as some not-very-kind people call her) runs into Luke when she starts at a new school. Sloane was involved in a horrific accident that left her scarred and as soon as Luke sees her, he is repulsed by her new look. Or so it seems.
Unknown to Sloane, Luke has his own reasons for the animosity he feels towards her. Fate keeps dragging them together both in and out of school.
This is a story about Luke and Sloane’s pasts, their feelings for one another as well as the multitude of bullying that takes place at their school.
I loved how real this novel was. Several times I had to put the book down because the mean people here- be it a teacher, a parent or other teens- reminded me a little too much of people I’ve encountered in my own life. This book is excellently written and draws the reader in easily. I’m actually sad to see this book end. I’d love to read more about Sloane and Luke.

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Book Review: Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher

Gracie's SongGracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gracie left home ten years ago for no apparent reason. Now she’s back for her mother’s funeral and her friends and family long to know the reason behind her absence. This book is told in flashbacks of Gracie’s life before leaving home and her life now that she has returned.
This is a wonderfully heartwarming read and I was in tears by the end. Gracie’s story is emotional and I love that she had a genuine reason for leaving home (I hate books where characters run away for no concrete reason or an overdone reason).
Fans of contemporary romance will love this book and I wholeheartedly recommended it to anyone who enjoys romance fiction. This book is beautiful!

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How to Adjust to Being Back at Campus

Sacrificing late nights out for study sessions sucks. It sucks even more if you’re returning to campus after a break. Here are my tips on how I adjust to returning to campus.

How to Adjust to Being Back at Campus

 

1) Get Enough Sleep- it’s very important that you get enough sleep. Try using a sleep calculator and follow it a few days before you go back to campus to allow your body to get used to the new sleeping time. This prevents any issues when it comes to waking up when it’s time to attend classes.

2) Stick to a Routine- For the first few days at campus, create a routine and follow it. This a) allows you to be more organised about your time and b) you’ll adjust easier when you know you have a routine you’re supposed to be following.

3) Give Yourself Time to Adjust- Rome was not built in a day and it’s unlikely that you’re going to return to campus and already be ready to be your best. It’s going to take time for your body to realise you’re giving up TV for tests and sleep for studying. I like to have atleast a week in which I let myself be lazy and not officially on “work” mode.

4) Get Working- At some time you’re going to get off your butt and say bye to your lazy days. This may happen when all your projects are due at once or it could happen days before your exam. It’s important that you start working as soon as you can to (for me I insist on doing some sort of work as soon as my lazy week is over) avoid stressing yourself out when the bulk of your work is due.

How do you adjust to being back at campus?

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