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5 Books You Must Read This Summer

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

School’s out for summer! Or hopefully anyway… Whether you’re taking off for the summer for a reprieve or stuck on campus with catch-up classes, you should take some time to relax! What better way to relax than to get into a juicy, quick summer read?

Fantasy, mystery, and crime await in my recommended summer reading list below!

1. Allegiant

by Veronia Roth

In the third book of the Divergent trilogy series, Tris and Four follow up with what happened in the second book and journey past the city’s borders to find out what is outside. Haven’t read the first two books? Pack all three in your suitcase or stock your bookshelf with the trilogy because once you finish the first one, you won’t want to wait to start the next one!

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Sixteen-year-old Jacob travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales. There, he discovers what is left of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The abandoned building shows signs that the children who lived there were more than just peculiar. Were they dangerous? Are they still alive? Haunting is the only word to describe this story.

3. Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Yesterday the circus was there, now it’s not. Le Cirque des Reves holds many secrets under its tent, one of which is the duel about to take place between Celia and Marco – two young magicians who’ve been trained for this very moment. What they don’t know is that this duel ends in only person standing and this person gets to travel with the circus. Too bad they’ve already fallen in love. Now what’ll happen?

4. Saints of New York

by R.J. Ellory

Sometimes we just need a book that will keep our heart beating until the very last page is turned. Homicide detective Frank Parrish is on a mission to find a killer preying on young women. This is your go-to mystery book if you’re looking for suspense and something that will keep you guessing.

5. Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Didn’t read it when it was first released? Now is your chance! Nick and Amy are supposed to be celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. There’s just one problem: Amy has disappeared and Nick is the prime suspect. Told from both Amy and Nick’s perspectives, Gone Girl is one of those books that makes you think you know what’s going on, but in the end, you are thrown for a loop.

Summer is a great time to catch up on all those books we don’t have time for during the school year. So when you find yourself needing a break from homework (or family if you’re heading home), crack open a new book and feed your mind with a rich story.

Do you have any summer books to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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How To Survive Summer Classes

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McKenzie Caldwell BookRenter Blogger Biography 6.10.16

Summer is all about things like going to the beach, riding rollercoasters, traveling, and binge-watching Netflix. If you are taking summer classes, you may envy your friends just a little bit for having more free time to enjoy these activities. It can be tough to focus on school during the summer, when all you really want is to take a break and relax.

It’s okay – there are a few things to make summer classes a bit easier:

1. Know The Syllabus

Did your instructor provide you with a syllabus? If so, how familiar with it are you? Whether a class is online or on-campus, it’s important to know what’s being asked of you. If your school operates on semesters, the summer class that you’re currently enrolled in is more than likely much shorter than you’re used to. However, in most cases, the material you’d learn in a 15-16 week course is now crammed into a 3-8-week period. This can make it very easy to fall behind.  The syllabus may include a grading scale and an outline of the work for the course to help you prepare. Reading the syllabus at least once could avert a grave catastrophe of missing an assignment or expecting certain assignments to boost your grade.

2. Develop A Schedule

Knowing how long it will take you to complete a task for your class is important. If there’s assigned reading for the course, how long does it take you to read it? How long does it take you to complete the homework?  How long do you need to study for a quiz or a test? If possible, try to overestimate. Give your self time to not rush through anything and if it takes less time than anticipated, then you have extra free time! Even if it’s just an extra 15 minutes, that’s still enough time to get a snack or start on the next thing on your to-do list. This will also enable you to make plans, such as when you’re available to work or when you can hang out with friends.

3. Reward Yourself

Summer classes can be stressful, especially if you haven’t quite recovered from the previous semester. Though you may also be working while taking classes, be sure to take care of yourself. Reward yourself for completing the day’s homework with a dessert, or a few episodes of your favorite show. When you’re finally done with the class, do something bigger like going out to your favorite restaurant. This can also give you something you enjoy to look forward to instead of just facing the next wave of school work.

Once classes are over, you can enjoy the rest of your summer!

Until then… power through it!

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Delicious Smoothie Recipes You Should Try Right Now

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger BiographySome smoothies are a tasty and healthy way to start your morning, lost some weight, or enjoy after a good workout, but not all smoothies are blended equally. Chances are you are better off making your own at home with fresh ingredients, rather than going out to buy one. Commercial smoothies may have extra sweeteners or be too large of a serving size (which means drinking one might mean you are consuming way too much sugar, way too quickly). Making your own smoothies will likely reap the benefits intended of a smoothie.

Here are a few recipes for you to try. Just gather the ingredients and mix them in a blender.

1. Mango Pina Colada

Do you like drinking Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain? Then, this may be the smoothie for you. This is a non-alcoholic paradise-sipping smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango (peeled, seeded, cubed)
  • 1 ¼ cups ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups pineapple juice
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of coconut milk

Find the full recipe here.

2. Orange Dream Creamsicle

This one is great for a sunny day at the beach or cooling down after a workout. This low calorie smoothie explodes with citrus flavor with a sweet touch of vanilla.

Ingredients:

  • 1 navel orange (peeled)
  • ¼ fat-free Half-and-Half or fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ice cubes

Full recipe available here.

3. Peanut Butter-Apple

There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world that you can choose from! And even though peanut butter will never go with apples as deliciously as it does with jelly, this combination is a strong second.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple (peeled, chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 1 ½ cups of soy milk
  • 1 ½ cups ice
  • 1 ½ cups honey

Read the full recipe here.

Blend well and enjoy! Share your favorite smoothies in a comment below!

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6 Tips For Finding Your First Apartment

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Christine Henson BookRenter Blogger Biography

Finding your very first apartment can be a very daunting task, especially for current college students or recent graduates. It’s a big commitment, and it can be hard to know whether or not you’re making the right decision.

If you’re looking for an apartment, here are six tips to put your mind at ease:

1. Drive Around Town

Drive around the town you are looking for a place in. If you are not too familiar with the area, this will help you get an idea of where things are located and what part of town you’d prefer to live in. You can look at a map all day, but seeing it for yourself will give you a feel of what an area is really like. If you are familiar with the area, then you might see places for rent during the drive!

2. Tour Everything

If you’re thinking you might like an apartment, go on a tour. If you’re thinking you might not like an apartment, go on a tour. It doesn’t cost you anything to take a tour, so go look at everything. Even touring places you don’t think you will like will help you weigh all of your options in the end.

3. Sign During A Promotion

College towns, especially, run a lot of promotions to try and get students to sign leases. It could be anything from lower rates, to half off rent during your birthday month. Either way, signing during a promotion will save you money. Do some research!

4. Talk To People Who Live There

This can be a little difficult to do, but if you do happen to know someone who is currently or has lived at an apartment complex you’re interested in, talk to them about their experience. They’ll know what management, maintenance, and the environment is really like.

5. Look For Reviews Online

Reviews are especially helpful if you don’t know anyone who lives at the complex you’re looking at. Testimonials will tell you things that a meeting with management will not.

6. Think It Through

Picking your first apartment is a huge deal; the best thing you can do is sit down and think long and hard about what you want to do. You’re the only one who knows what’s best for you.

Looking for a place to live, whether it’s your first or your fifth place, is never easy. Hopefully these tips can make your search a little less difficult.

Good luck and happy apartment hunting!

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What To Include In A Portfolio For A Job Interview

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

Okay new college graduates; are you ready for your next job interview? You may have a resume, a cover letter, and bought some sharp business attire, but do you have a career portfolio? Do you even know what a career portfolio is? If you want to make sure you get the job, consider building a career portfolio.

This short guide will help get you started on what to include in a portfolio:

1. What Is A Career Portfolio?

Where a resume provides a snapshot of your experience and background, and a cover letter focuses on why you’re applying for a job, a portfolio is the culmination of all of your career’s work organized in one place. It can be physical or digital, and can help fill in the gaps between your resume and cover letter, or even emphasize accomplishments and skills. It is a way to express who you are as a professional, so make sure it looks its best and presents you in the best light.

2. What To Include

The truth is, you can put whatever you want in your portfolio, but keep in mind that this is a reflection of your career, so choose wisely. You want to include things that back up your resume with physical evidence. If you mention an article on your resume, feature it in your portfolio to show your potential future employer. You should also summarize your career so far and mention what your business goals are for the next 3-5 years. Your career summary is also a good place to talk about your own values and ethics in the workplace. Include a copy of your resume after your career summary, and then get into the samples of your work and any awards or honors you may have earned. Letters of reference are also a great resource to include here.

3. Presentation And Format

Don’t forget it’s not just about the content – the presentation and organization of it all is just as important. You want it to appear like a well prepared PowerPoint: simple, straightforward, and not too elaborate. If you are creating a physical portfolio, consider buying some kind of nice organizational binder to give it that professional look. A digital portfolio may be a better option if you need to send anything in an email or include to a personal website. Digital portfolios allow a little more flexibility in design and you can always print one as a physical copy too. I recommend bringing the physical copy as a backup to the digital copy just in case anyway. Just make sure your overall presentation is professional and memorable.

Having a portfolio will allow you to showcase your skills firsthand rather than just talk about them. It’s easier for a potential employer to realize you are qualified for a job if you show them samples of work that you’ve already done that they are looking for as part of the job description.

Go get started on making that portfolio! Or, go spruce up your existing one if you already have one. It’s always best to be prepared and put your best foot forward!

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