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Find time for Reading for Pleasure in College



I grew up with a love of reading, but soon as I hit college I felt like my free time completely dissipated the minute I stepped on campus. Reading for pleasure in college is totally possible, you just have to be smart about your time.

For me, reading is a way to relax and unwind. Sure I come home and scroll through Pinterest, but there's something different about picking up a good book and vegging out. It's soooo important that we don't lose our love of reading, so today I'm sharing tips for how I make time to read for pleasure in college.

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My Ultimate College Reading list (Part 4)

Howdy howdy! Here we go, Part 4 of my Ultimate College Reading List. 


31. Big Brother - by Lionel Shriver I'll admit I didn't find this book on any other list, but I'll let you in on a secret, I have a book list muse. A friend of mine from high school absolutely consumes books and she gave this one 4 out of 5.


32. The Poisonwood Bible - by Barbara Kingsolver My senior year, I took duel credit english instead of AP Lit. My friends said they actually loved this book.


33. To Kill a Mockingbird - by Harper Lee I read this in junior high but as with most required readings I didn't care for it to much. Now that I'm a little older I'd like to give it another go.


34. The Kite Runner - by Khaled Hosseini I remember my parents reading this when I was younger it was a big.


35. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest - by Ken Kesey I found this book on one of those how to be well read books and it had some amazing reviews on GoodReads.


36. The Fountainhead - by Ayn Rand This was on my friend's favorites list so I'm definitely giving this one a shot.


37. Breakfast at Tiffany's - by Truman Capote My mom and I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's when we I was really little, and like every girl I fell completly in love with Holly Golightly.


38. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - by Sheryl Sandberg We all need a trendy non-fiction book in the mix. Good Reads says "Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life."


39. The Devil wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger This just might be one of my favorite movies. I could honestly watch it seven times in a row and not get tired of it. I figure it's time to check out the book.


40. A Tale of Two Cities - by Charles Dickens This is another required reading that I spark-noted my way through. 

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My Ultimate College Reading List (Part 3)

Almost there! We've got 20 books left, be sure to check out Part one and Part two. Let's do this.


21. Lolita - by Vladimir Nabokov I had an English teacher in high school that said this book made her genuinely angry, and for the most part that's the general vibe I get from GoodRead on this book. But It's a classic none the less, and I want to know what all the hype is about.

22. Stranger in A Strange Land - by Robert A. Heinlein After reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown, I realized I really liked science Fiction. This is one of science fictions "cult-classics."

23. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - by Michael Chabon I'll be honest this one doesn't seem that appealing to me but I saw so many good reviews that I thought I'd give it a try.

24. Ruby - by Cynthia Bond on GoodReads reviewer said this "If you have the courage to read this book - and it is a brilliant and important work, I suggest having a light comedic book ready to read afterwards - something by Mindy Kaling or Tina Fey, or anyone who will take your mind to happy place, you will need it!"



25. Nobody is ever Missing - by Catherine Lacey GoodReads says "In the spirit of Haruki Murakami and Amelia Gray, Nobody Is Ever Missing is full of mordant humor and uncanny insights, as Elyria waffles between obsession and numbness in the face of love, loss, danger, and self-knowledge."



26. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. - by Adelle Waldman This book has TONS of awards and got lots of attention when it was released in 2013. 

27. Memoirs of a Geisha - by Arthur Golden Another one I'm late to the band wagon, but I saw this movie a few years ago and really liked it. 

28. Dark Places - by Gillian Flynn I was so in love with Gone Girl so I really want to read more of Flynn's books. This one has an even better rating than Gone Girl.

29. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking - by Susan Cain Another non-fiction book! I consider myself an introvert so this should be a good read.


30. The Grapes of Wrath - by John Steinbeck this was a required read in high school, but I sort of spark-noted my way through it. I'd love to go back and give it a second try.

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My Ultimate College Reading list (Part 2)

     Hello again! I figured a list of 40 was too large for one post. If you missed part one of this list, be sure to check it out here. The short version is this list is books that will (hopefully) give me and other college aged people question who we are and will help us define what's important to ourselves as we grow older.


11. The Secret History - by Donna Tartt I found this one from Buzzfeed and put it on my list instantly.  They said "The best time to read The Secret History is probably while you’re still in college, because it is about a secret society at a small liberal arts college gone horribly awry, but it is also worth picking up a few years later to be reminded about the intensity of college friendships, and also Ancient Greek."

12. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - by Junot Díaz This was another one that I saw on MANY lists. Also, can we talk about that cover? Gorgeous. Can I just be a book cover designer when I graduate?

 13. White Teeth - by Zadie Smith I'll be honest, that Lorde song got stuck in my head soon as I saw this one. I heard this one can be kind of exhausting, so I'm guessing it will take me a while to get through this one.

14. Infinite Jest - by David Foster Wallace Goodreads says "Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are."

15. The Sun Also Rises - by Ernest Hemingway I was a senior in high school when I read Of Mice and Men and I loved it. There's a saying that goes around the newsroom: 'You're not Hemingway, just say what you need to.' But honestly I love when authors create with language. 

16. Housekeeping - by Marilynne Robinson I heard this was another challenging book to get through, but very much worth it. We'll see if I can get through this one.

17. Hard-boiled Wonderland and The End of the World - by Haruki Murakaim One Reviewer on GoodReads said ""Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World" is aptly titled, because it really is two separate stories - the "And" is paramount - they are woven together, but more like two noodles can be woven together, but never quite mesh. Oddly, the formal structure of the book - one chapter in reality, one chapter in myth - lends itself to reading the two stories as each lending to the other, but one could almost (until the very end) read each one as independent of the other. Murakami's "reality" is far-flung and outlandish, but it obeys its own rules, and takes the reader for a nice tragic ride. The "myth" is much more prosaic and sedate, but is clearly too serene to be reality. Perhaps it is Murakami's commentary on life: truth is stranger than fiction, especially when the fiction is based on the truth is based on the fiction..."


18. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And other Concerns) - by Mindy Kaling Woah finally a non-fiction book! I started this one a little while ago and I'm loving it so far. I also started following Kaling on Instagram and it was probably one of the best decisions of the week.


19. Eat Pray love - by Elizabeth Gilbert I started this as an audio book from the library and (again) the CDs messed up. I'm eager to go back and finish it. I know I'm a little late to the bandwagon but whatever. 

20. Girls in White Dresses - by Jennifer Close This is probably meant for an older 20-something but I'm reading it all the same. This was on every list of books for 20-somethings. 


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My Ultimate College Reading List (Part 1)

     Since I was little, I've always loved reading. My dad would read Little House on the Prairie books to my sister and I before bedtime every night. Now I don't think I'd be able to fall asleep without at least an hour of reading.

     When I was younger, all I read was YA books (big shocker right?). I recently tried going back and reading a YA novel and found that I didn't like the style anymore. It's like I graduated high school, and my entire scope has changed, and as a result I don't enjoy the types of books I use to. Check out books I've read here. Anyway, that's what motivated me to create this list. 

     I noticed that once I started college I started losing time for my favorite hobby. I wanted to challenge myself to read more now that I'm getting older, so this year I've set a goal of reading 40 books. But not just any 40 books, I want to read books that are going to have an impact in my life. There are TONS of lists of books to read before you die and even more lists for 20-somethings. But I wanted to make a list of books for myself that would make me question who I am and will help me define what's important to me as I grow older. Now, will every book on my list change my life? We'll just have to see. So here it is, my Ultimate College Reading List, (which is basically a compilation of other reading lists) and in no particular order.


1. Green Girl - by Kate Zambreno I've already finished this one and It was amazing! Although most of the book made me very sad, It also made me look at my own life and why I chose to live it that way. It's a very easy read if you want it to be, but if you take the time to compare Ruth's life to your own you might make some heavy realizations. I think each of us have a little bit of Green Girl in them, but what's more thought provoking is why that is. 


2. Never Let Me Go - by Kazuo Ishiguro I'm in the middle of this one and I'm really liking it so far. The comments on GoodReads says it's better going into this story blind, so I won't go to much into it. But I will say it was really challenging to change the channel when I saw the movie on TV the other night. I'll be sure to let y'all know how I like it when I'm done.


3. Wuthering Heights - by Emily Brontë I'm almost done with this one too. I started it on an audio book from my library, but it ended up being really scratched, so I'm finishing it now. I don't think I would've gotten through this one on my own. It's a little hard to read because the old English can be confusing but we'll see. 


4. Room - by Emma Donoghue I've yet to even buy this one but I'm very eager. It came out in 2010 and has won tons of awards.


5. In the Heart of the Sea - by Nathaniel Philbrick I don't know a lot about this one but I saw it on tons of lists as a must read. 


6. The Martain - by Andy Weir This one is Goodread's Choice 2014 winner. It's also going to become a movie this November, so I'll have to read it before then.


7. The Longest Ride - by Nicholas Sparks This is also becoming a movie this April so I'll be reading this one very soon. I can't even lie I teared up in the trailer to this. I've never read a Nicholas Sparks book before so this should be interesting.


8. Madame Bovary - by Gustave Flaubert Another classic, but this one was never in my high school reading regimen.


9. Cloud Atlas - by David Mitchell this is another one of those I found on tons of different lists. It's post modern which is a style I'm starting to grow fond of.


10. The Emperor's Children - by Claire Messud Goodreads calls it 'A richly drawn, brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortuine -- of innocence and experience, seduction and self-invention; of ambition, including literary ambition; of glamour, disaster, and promise.'


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Saturdays are for...

Let's ignore for a moment that it's Valentines day, I'm a troll and I dislike holidays that aren't all about eating (I'm looking at you Thanksgiving). 

Saturdays are for...

1. Sleeping in - Only til 9, I promise. If I'm asleep any longer than that I feel like I've completely wasted my morning.


2. A lot of studying - I'm normally pretty good about studying during the week, but when my to do list slips by me I use Saturdays to play catchup. 


3. Planning my entire life - I got my Passion Planner in the mail on Friday and I've spent my study breaks filling it in with my goals and schedules. I'm kinda a planner whore, I have a lot of trouble sticking to one. We'll see how this one goes and I'll give ya an update. 

4. Laundry- and lots of it



5. Experimenting - A solid portion of my weekend consists of trying out new hairstyles from Pinterest or baking really weird sounding foods. Let's just say it doesn't always turn out so well...

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