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BYOB: “The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston

| August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston

“The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston is a new adult low-fantasy novel published on Jan. 29, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. When I decided to pick this novel up, several things went through my mind. Beautiful cover, first off. But really, it had been a while since I read a real fantasy story and I […]

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BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

“The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant is a generational immigrant story set throughout most of the twentieth century. It was published by Scribner on Dec. 9, 2014. I may have said this some time before, but I am an absolute sucker for beautiful book covers and boy did this one nail it on the head! […]

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BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

| July 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

“Paper Towns” is John Green’s third novel. It was published on Oct. 16, 2008 by Dutton Books. By now, you’ve probably heard of John Green from somewhere – his novels, movies, activism, charities and dozen or so youtube channels, most famously Vlogbrothers. He’s getting to be a big deal right now, ever since the immense […]

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BYOB: “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

| July 13, 2015 | 2 Comments
BYOB: “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

“Slaughterhouse Five” is a satirical-wartime novel written by Kurt Vonnegut. It was published in 1969. I have never been a big reader of classical novels. Something about the diction, often slow pace and outdated character archetypes has always put me off from them. I remember the first time I was really asked to read one by a […]

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BYOB: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley

“The Carnival at Bray” is a young adult novel set primarily in Ireland. It is Jessie Ann Foley’s debut novel. It was released on Oct. 1, 2014. The early ’90s, in which this novel takes place, is a very interesting period of music for me. I wasn’t born until May of 1994, but I am proud […]

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BYOB: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven

“All the Bright Places” is a young adult novel written by Jennifer Niven and released on Jan. 6, 2015. I’ve read a ton of YA at this point and honestly I have become very picky with it, especially now that my teenage years are behind me. I am not as interested in those fantasy worlds […]

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BYOB: “The Son” by Philipp Meyer

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Son” by Philipp Meyer

  “The Son” is a generational-western epic written by Philipp Meyer and released in 2013. Despite being raised in an ultra-southern family, forced to watch “Lonesome Dove” a hundred times over and working at an old country auction house for six years, I have to say that I am not a fan of westerns. That […]

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BYOB: “I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios

Just recently published, “Ill Meet You There” is Heather Demetrios’ seventh novel release. Let’s be honest; I bought this novel purely based on how beautiful the cover is. Old, vintage, rusted motel signs in the foreground of an off-screen sunset. I love everything this cover suggests about the novel. A classic, eccentric setting off an […]

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BYOB: “We Were Liars” By E. Lockhart

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “We Were Liars” By E. Lockhart

“We Were Liars” is a YA mystery/romance fusion that takes place on the fictional private island of Beechwood, just off the coast of Massachusetts and owned by the ultra-wealthy Sinclair family. The story begins as Cadence Sinclair arrives for her 15 summer on Beechwood along with her mother, two aunts and the liars: cousins Mirren, Johnny […]

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BYOB: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.   Child 44 is a crime thriller novel set in 1950’s Soviet Russia, the first of a trilogy. In a country that advertises itself as a crime free utopia, Leo Demidov is a MGB agent tasked to discreetly investigate a series of child murders without […]

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Feminist Friday: The dreaded job-hunt

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Feminist Friday: The dreaded job-hunt

There comes a time in every feminist’s life where he or she must take a break from fighting the patriarchy to succumb to it. I’m talking about job-hunting, and specifically in this case the dreaded post-college job-hunt. Like many other (soon to be alum) Niners, I am in the throws of what may be the […]

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Motivation Monday: procrastination, an unhealthy habit

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: procrastination, an unhealthy habit

Motivation Mondays are about more than just fitness and eating well. This column is about improving your mental health as well. As college students, we are more vulnerable to stress than the rest of the 18 to 25 year old population. The leading causes of stress for college students revolves around the overwhelming amount of […]

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Motivation Monday: five habits to form before summer

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: five habits to form before summer

Forming a habit can take anywhere from 21 to 36 days. A lot of people dive into the season of skin by trying to abruptly change their lifestyle. However, a sudden change can set your body up for disaster and your for failure. The following are tips on how to slowly form healthy habits that […]

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Motivation Monday: meditate yourself healthy

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: meditate yourself healthy

The title of this article may sound like the name of an Oprah’s Book Club reject. However the results of numerous studies suggest that you can actually lose pounds and inches from your body with the help of meditation. To under how this claim could possibly hold truth, you must first understand what meditation is […]

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Motivation Monday: six small meals

| March 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Motivation Monday: six small meals

If you have ever tried to drop a few pounds, gain some muscle or have lived in the health and fitness world for any length of time, then you have probably heard this before: you should eat six small meals a day rather three larger meals. However, have you ever wondered why nutritionists, fitness coaches […]

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Motivation Monday: proper posture

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: proper posture

In today’s electronic culture, proper posture is often ignored. We are constantly hunched over computers, tablets and phones. With hours spent in the same position, our fragile spines suffer greatly. The human spine consists of several interlocking bones called vertabrae. These vertabrae allign your body properly for sitting, standing and walking. In order to keep […]

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Motivation Monday: four ways to get more water

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: four ways to get more water

For a long time, the “8 x 8” rule was the standard for the amount of water we should be drinking daily. This rule, enforced by doctors around the nation, claims that Americans should drink eight glasses of eight ounces of water a day. While this rule is easy to remember for children and adults […]

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Motivation Monday: be a pro at protein

| February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: be a pro at protein

When it comes to nutrition, a lot of people focus on reducing their calories or minimizing fat grams consumed, while other people prefer to control the amount of carbohydrates in their diet. Although calories, fats and carbs are important, according to MetabolicHealing.com, protein is the most essential nutrient to your health. You may ask why? […]

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Feminist Friday: Loving the Day of Love

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Feminist Friday: Loving the Day of Love

As a feminist, a lot of times we’re expected to dislike Valentine’s Day. On the surface, there is plenty of reason to hate Feb. 14, and all of the red and pink things that it stands for. Fight the patriarchy, they say. Abandon heteronormativity, they suggest. Maybe I’m a bad feminist, but I actually like […]

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Motivation Monday: one prep at a time

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: one prep at a time

“If you fail to prepare, then you prepare to fail.” A phrase heard in the kitchens of many body builders, athletes and successful dieters. When it comes to your food, this phrase is correct. Meal prepping is simply cooking a large amount of food then portioning it out for a week or even just a […]

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