What I’m Reading Fall Semester 2014

Remember back when I said my course load included 30 books this semester?

I’m going to regale you with a list of all of them.

When I thought of this post, I was super excited about telling you all about the books I get to read this semester. Now that I’m thinking about it, this could be really boring to anyone not related to me. So I’m going to excite you all with awesome pictures, witty writing, and the promise of an update of school so far in this issue of “Below the Line.”

(Also, disclaimer: classes are still subject to change. One stack of these might be replaced with another.)

So now that you’re hooked…

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What’s on My Desk: College Edition

I have two desks: one at home and one at school. At home I use my desk occasionally for work or blogging, but I tend to end up on the living room couch instead :)

At school, my desk sees a lot of use. I do quite a bit of homework at my desk, as well as sorority work (and now, blog work!). I like to make it as homey and perky as possible. Plus, it’s also used as an “all-purpose” table, for food, crafts, breaks, and anything in between.

I thought I would show you around my desk so you have an idea of where I’m working and what organization/set-up options have worked the best for me!

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Let’s begin, shall we?

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College Organization Tips (+ My School Supplies!)

The college blog posts continue with an exciting ORGANIZATION POST! If that doesn’t push you to the edge of your seat, how about a peek at my very own school supplies? :)

I just want to start by saying organization is a very personal thing. I know people who throw caution to the wind (I mean, they don’t use a PLANNER) and somehow wind up getting everything done on time. I know people with flash-card obsessions and detailed, color-coded notes as pretty as they are useful. I am somewhere in-between.

You know where you fit on the spectrum. I encourage you to take these suggestions and make them work for your personal organization style (or lack thereof :)).

Without further ado: the tips

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5 Tips for the Best Fall Semester Ever

5 Tips for the Best Fall Semester

Fall semester is my favorite semester now, but freshmen year it was nothing but stress, stress, and homesickness. Being prepared for what’s going to come is a huge help, and I recommend finding out what life will be like at your particular college (your college’s website and other blogs will help with this).

But fall semester can also be a ton of fun and more of a learning experience than a stressful one. Here are the five best things you can do to make your first fall semester awesome:

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What I Read: We Were Liars (50 Followers Bonus Post!)

Before I get into the review, thank you SO MUCH for 50 followers! It’s been a lot of fun writing this blog this summer, and I’m glad there’s 50 of you out there who enjoy it :) What’s a blog without great readers?

In celebration, here’s a bonus book review about one of the more talked about novels of the summer. I hope you like it!

4.5/5 pineapples

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ISBN: 9780385741262; 240 pages; Pub. 2014

This review has been difficult to write. I finished We Were Liars in the beginning of August, but I just haven’t been able to review it yet. It’s a complicated book. Plus it straight out warns me to lie when people ask what it’s about.

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Reading for Fun in College

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Let me be blunt: you won’t have time to read for fun at college if you don’t make time. I have 30 books assigned for next semester. THIRTY. 

So disclaimer: I probably will not be reading for fun this semester. These tips are more for people with reasonable reading assignments or who would rather give up eating than pleasure reading. And while no, I won’t selecting what I read until December, most of the books I have to read are still great reading material. I typically like most of them. No textbooks for the English/History major!

But I digress. You’re here because you want know how to read for fun at college. Or maybe you’ve just found yourself busy with your job, your high school work, your newborn baby, your car, your yard work- you get the picture- and want to fit reading into your schedule. Look no further: here’s what you should try.

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