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5 Books You Must Read This Summer

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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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8 Things To Do Before The Summer Ends

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron TranchemontagneDid you start off this summer with a huge list of summer activities you wanted to complete before the season ends? Summer is almost over, so if you haven’t taken an opportunity to enjoy it yet, make sure you do so soon! Make this summer memorable and fun!

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer by doing some of the following:

1. Hiking

I could be very biased because I’m from New Hampshire and have unlimited access to the breathtaking White Mountains, but I think hiking is a much underrated summer activity. It’s great because it lets you reconnect with nature, it’s very healthy cardio, and often times the destination is worth the trek. One of my favorite summer memories is hiking up to Zealand Falls to see the beautiful views on the summit, and then stopping at the waterfall on the way back for a refreshing swim in the pool below. Its best to go with at least one other person, but anything beyond a group of four can get hectic. Make sure you pack a lunch, snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen, and plenty of bug spray.

2. Camping

This one and hiking almost go hand in hand, and they’re fun for the same reasons. Go camping without an RV, trust me, it’s a whole different experience. You can either drive out to a campsite and park your car at your designated site, or you can venture into the woods with all your gear on your back. I usually go to a state park that allows camping because it is the perfect mix of civilization and wilderness. Bring a tent – of course – and either some inflatable mattresses or foam squares to lay on the ground to make sleeping more comfortable. There will likely be a fire pit and maybe a grill there, but consider bringing your own personal grill and a small tank of propane. Depending on where you go, they may have bathroom facilities, but it’s always best to check ahead of time so you can plan out what you need to bring and what you don’t. Also, check out my last blog about summer camping hacks.

3. Family Reunions

Haven’t seen your cousins, aunts, and uncles in a while? Why not have a family reunion? My family does this every year and in the 40 years that it’s been around, it has become one of the most widely anticipated events of the year in our family. It’s always the first weekend in August and everyone in the extended family is invited for a surf n’ turf cookout complete with lawn games, music, and good company. It’s always good to reconnect with the family members you haven’t seen in a while.

4. Sun Bathing

Yes, it’s not too late to go outside and get a tan. This is an activity with lots of multitasking opportunity. You can read, talk on the phone, take a nap, listen to music, etc. all while laying outside. Just remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated if it’s hot!

5. Fairs

Ever been to a fair? They’re pretty fun, right? If you haven’t been to the fair, rest assured, it’s pretty fun. There are lots of fairs that happen at different times in different places, but end of the summer into early fall is usually a fair-filled season. There are games, rides, and often times even a petting zoo! Not to mention all the fair food that is delicious and terrible for you (I highly recommend the deep-fried Oreos). You may even get to see some fireworks while you’re there!

6. Outdoor Entertainment

Does your town have a park? Do they sometimes host concerts, theatre productions, or movies in that park? If they do you should consider going to one! It’s just like going to all that stuff normally, but outside! Often times the movies shown at outdoor venues are indie movies or documentaries that you wouldn’t get to see in a commercial movie theater. Most of the time, the concerts feature relatively unknown bands who aren’t big yet, but might be in 5 years or so and then you’ll get to say, “I saw them play 5 years ago at a park in my town” and everyone will think you’re so trendy and ahead of the curve.

7. Museums

If you can find a museum about something you are genuinely interested in or just want to know more about, then prepare to have a super fun day of learning (yes, that is possible). Typically the exhibits at science museums will feature something mind-blowing and/or interactive. Art museums are less interactive but may have some very awe-inspiring pieces if you’re an art lover. There are also more specific museums dedicated to a certain topic or person. For example, if you are in Virginia you can visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, where you can tour the house and the grounds to see what life was like on the property. You’ll see everything and gain more of an appreciation for a little piece of American history.

8. Amusement Parks

Although the lines and the ticket prices can be a hassle, it’s usually a fun day whenever you go to an amusement park. The rides are thrilling, the games are entertaining, and the food is cardboard (so pack your own lunch). I also include zoos and aquariums in this category because often times amusement parks will have their own zoos or aquariums, like Busch Gardens in Florida or the York Wild Kingdom in Maine. And if you think about it, zoos and aquariums are essentially nature-museums operated like a theme park. If you can’t find a theme park within driving distance of you, see option #5.

If all else fails you could always go play in the sprinkler (maybe?). Whatever you do with these last few weeks of summer, have fun and appreciate each day. School will be back in session before you know it!

What is the best thing you’ve done this summer? Share in a comment below!

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6 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

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Summer is a wonderful season for a college student. Classes are usually over, there is generally more free time, the daylight hours are longer, what’s not to like about summer? Well… maybe the heat?

If it gets to be too hot, and you’re in need of some cooling relief, try these ideas:

1. Freeze Your Pillow

If you have a larger pillow, this might not work if your freezer is pretty packed, but smaller pillows work perfectly. Cover up your pillow with a plastic bag and then stashed in the freezer for several minutes. Or, there’s always the option of going full-blown infomercial and buying the Chillow. Either way, you will rest-assured have a pillow to help minimize those night sweats!

2. Change Your Sheets

If your bedroom gets stuffy and warm in the evening, the best bet is to go for silk and satin sheets and blankets. They’re smoother and tend to stay cool, unlike cotton and flannel which are better for the winter months since they retain heat. Bonus: silk and satin are better to help prevent split ends and frizzy hair!

3. Neck Wraps And Headbands

If your workplace tends to get pretty warm, or you’re heading out for the day in the heat, try a stylish neck wrap, which you can stash in your freezer before you head out. They’re available for purchase, or you can make your own with this tutorial.

4. Bed Ice Packs

When I was abroad in Georgia, my host mother taught me this trick, which I should’ve figured out long before. Get an ice pack and freeze it so that it’s ready by the time you’re heading to bed. Place it under the sheets at the foot of the bed, or wherever you feel would be most beneficial. I definitely recommend this tip!

5. Take A Cold Shower Before Bed

Most doctors don’t recommend taking a shower with only cold water, so make the water tepid for most of the duration. Turn the temperature to cold for about 15 seconds right before stepping out. This way you’ve got a head start on beating the heat before slipping into bed. Showering before bed is a good idea in general because, especially in the summer, it rinses away all the sweat lingering on your body. And no one wants to crawl into a bed feeling sticky and sweaty!

6. Have Fun With Water!

Invite some friends over, set up a sprinkler or slip n’ slide, and have some fun in the water! Socializing, cooling off, and acting like a kid makes for a great distraction! If you want to have even more fun with it, fill up a lot of water balloons or water guns and play tag! You’ll be having so much fun, you’ll forget how hot it is. For a post-water treat: Popsicles!

Do you have any secrets to staying cool in the summer? Share with us in the comments, or let us know how our suggestions have worked for you!

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Top 5 Summer Fashion Trends

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If you’re going to buy new clothes this summer, spend that hard earned cash on these items that will make you own any room you walk into. The five biggest trends this summer are:

1. Pastels

Be on the lookout for lighter, summer-y versions of your favorite colors. Lavender is huge this summer; wear it with light neutrals and get ready to watch the compliments roll in.

2. Maxi Skirts And Dresses

This is the easiest way to look stylish this summer. Just put on a maxi skirt or dress and voila! Your outfit’s done—and super cute. These are also great for when you don’t know what to wear, as you can just put them on and leave the house. Pair them with wedges for an especially leg-lengthening look. Rocking the maxi skirt? Try it with a crocheted tank and sandals.

3. Harem Pants

Another easy way to instantly look chic. They’re like fancy sweatpants that, again, only take a second to put on but take your outfit to the next level. Seeing as how they’re both comfortable and fashionable, whoever made these trendy needs to be put in charge of all future trends. Pair with a tucked in tank top and blazer for a hot date-night option.

4. Fringe

Crochet, lace, and pom-pom fringe. This summer, be the most stylish person at the beach and wear high-waisted shorts and a kimono-inspired pullover, fringe included, with some sandals.

5. Overalls

Trust me on this one—these are going to be huge this summer. They’re nostalgic, they’re comfortable, and it feels like you’re back in kindergarten—what’s not to love? Pair with a simple tee and some converse. Extra credit if you finger paint or rollerblade while wearing them.

What is your favorite summer look?

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