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4 Books to read before the New Semester

       My break has been heavenly so far. It feels like I've been doing nothing but reading and sleeping and then sleeping and reading. I'm really looking forward to the new semester, and all this down time before the holidays has given me time to get ready for the new semester. My main focus is going to be on my grades. I got straight Bs this past semester, and I really want to challenge myself to do better. Since I've been doing so much reading, I've come up with a handy list of books I recommend reading before the new semester.

1. How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport - Normally when I read those kinda how to get good grades books they're really dumb or have you doing a crazy amount of work. I like this one because the tips and techniques in it are basic and easy to follow. Newport puts a lot of emphasis on Balance between having fun and studying, as well as the idea of working smarter, not harder. I'm basing my entire year on his system next semester with a few adjustments. 
2. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and how to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay- I read this in one day. It's very readable, informative yet not boring. Jay has tons of amazing stories about her clients in their twenties. Her book made me sit down and decide what I want from my life and showed me that nows the time to start working toward it. Her tips are mostly about career and family, and more broad than specific steps, but it's a good read none the less. 
3. Make Up by Michelle Phan - I've been watching Michelle Phan videos since I was in junior high. Her first book came out this past October and I preordered it as soon as I heard about it. Things have been so crazy with finals and moving that I hadn't had a chance to read it. I've started flipping through it before I actually sit down and read it and I'm liking what I've seen so far. 
4. How to Win at College by Cal Newport - I didn't realize Newport wrote both of these books until I started coming up with my list.  I read this one before How to Become a Straight-A Student, this one has more general tips to use throughout the semester instead of a day to day plan. That being said, this is still a great read.

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