To Do: Read

Here is a fun fact that’s not so fun: spending all day on the computer for class can be mentally and physically exhausting. Now, that’s not a surprise. The big surprise for me has been just how easily I get bored and antsy during the school day! Based on my misadventures and attempts to take care of my brain during busy days, here are some tips to stay on top of your work while fueling yourself with free time…

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In This Month: Happy Birthday, Mr. Bradbury!

Are you a fan of horror and spooky stories that send shivers down your spine? Is science fiction is more your thing? Or perhaps you find magical realism most attention grabbing. This month marks what would be Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday, and although he isn’t a popular name in gossip magazines or on television, you probably recognize his name from your high school and college “required reading” lists. You might not be able to name any of his works past what was on your syllabus, but he boasts a large catalog of speculative fiction books and collections that hold something for everyone…

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In This Month: Welcome (Back) To The “Twilight” Zone

It is not at all uncommon for the examination of former adolescent passions to result in feelings of embarrassment. Most people can think of at least one thing they were obsessed with growing up that now only carries nostalgic appeal—and for many the subject of interest was a literary universe. If you were an avid reader as a kid, books like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games (and yes, Twilight), may have at one point felt like the most important thing in the world; stories you would never not be completely engulfed in. ..

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Praise for “Hunger Games” Prequel

Many fans were dismayed when it was revealed that the novel would follow Coriolanus, who is considered to be the main villain of the Hunger Games trilogy. I disagree, however. I believe that all monsters were once men, and “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” reveals Coriolanus’s tumultuous relationship between his humanity and his brutality as he struggled to survive in the brutal social sphere of the Capitol.

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Why I’m Always (Re)Reading A Gillian Flynn Novel

Every avid reader has at least one book or book series they find themselves reading over and over again. Sometimes these books remind us of our childhood or mark the discovery of a new genre; sometimes they simply give us comfort in a way we can’t quite explain. This week, I’ll be talking a little bit about my “go-to” books, and what makes them so significant to me. 

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

While this book incorporates elements from a previous trilogy by Black, they are not necessary to read to understand this one. The Darkest Part of the Forest combines the modern world with mythical creatures in a way that is somehow both jarring and completely seamless, and proves to be a wonderful read.

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