Top 3 Travel Locations for the Directionally-Challenged

Top 3 Travel Locationsfor theDirectionally-Challenged

For those who wish to travel but are afraid of getting lost, never fear! I have personally tested out each city on this list for its ease of use for the directionally-challenged!

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Me at Edinburgh Castle

The main street known as The Royal Mile is squeezed between Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat, the main peak of a group of big hills. For any traveller new to the city, most of the places you will visit are on this road between these two huge landmarks. But if you happen to stray, make sure to take a look at the colorful street names like Cockburn St., and when it comes time to find your way back, aiming for one of those two landmarks will surely do the trick. To the Castle or to Arthur’s Seat we go!

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Bookshelf Cleaning Challenge 2016

Bookshelf Cleaning Challenge 2016

The deals, the steals, the popular book-of-the-years, they all lead to one thing: book hoarding. It’s hard not to hoard. I mean, how many of us have pins of our ideal household libraries?

Slowly, raises hand.

I realized my books were multiplying like rabbits, doubling, tripling, quadrupling. I became an expert at the almost-doesn’t-look-out-of-control bookshelves.

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The Top 5 Things to Bring When Studying Abroad

Regret? Pfft, never! Here are some things I’ve brought with me to study abroad to “great success”. Just don’t make me define “success”!

Top 5 Things to Bring When Studying Abroad⎜A Cheeky Guide on What to Bring When Studying Abroad. You won't regret it! #studyabroad #travel

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Top 5 Ways to Avoid Writing

We writers have a talent for not writing just as much as writing. Over the years I have discovered some of the secrets to this ancient art of procrastination. Here are a few.

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Writing⎟We writers are very talented at procrastinating. Here are a few ways we avoid writing!

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The Girls by Emma Cline Book Review

Check out the video for my thoughts on the book The Girls by Emma Cline!

 

Let me know down below in the comments if you have read a book in the cult genre and/or whether this book sounds interesting to you or not!

A Wizard of Earthsea Review

A Wizard of Earthsea CoverBy: Ursula K. Le Guin

Fiction

255 pages

Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

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Mr. Fox Review

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By: Helen Oyeyemi

Fiction

324 pages

What makes a marriage? Is it the end of fairytale romance? It might be if your husband is the writer Mr Fox, who does devilish things to the heroines of his stories. His wife is unable to change his ways, but when his imaginary muse, Mary Foxe conjures herself one sunny afternoon and confronts him, things take an unexpected turn.

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An Amateur's Guide to Minimalism

An Amateur’s Guide to Minimalism

As an amateur myself, I’m not here to boss you around. Rather, I’m here to share some of the tips I’ve learned about minimalism over the past year to hopefully get you started toward the lifestyle you want to live.

When most people think of minimalism, they often think of the extreme version: no car, no furniture, one outfit, and so on. In fact, I would not be surprised if most people’s image of the minimalist lifestyle was that of the hippie hobo, the privileged kid trying to be superior by rejecting the “capitalist agenda”.

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This Side of Paradise Review

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By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fiction

288 pages

This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s romantic and witty first novel, was written when the author was only twenty-three years old. This semi-autobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. 

 

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Short Stories Review

While I haven’t read all of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, here are some of my condensed thoughts on some of his short stories.

Bernice Bobs Her Hair: Overall this was a light fluff piece with a slightly darker ending. An interesting fact is that Fitzgerald himself labeled this short story as trash. While I wouldn’t go that far, this story does lack the substance that normally exists in Fitzgerald’s more serious work. As well, I found racist Native American references to be largely unnecessary.

The Offshore Pirate: The romance itself is much like any modern romance: a formulaic guilty pleasure that is slightly sexist. Ardita, the main female character, does manage to pull off the impossible by not completely annoying me. Seriously, Fitzgerald has a talent for writing rich, entitled female characters in way that keeps me interested and not off-the-handle angry. (Largely due to his relationship with his wife Zelda, I’m sure.)

However, the romance aside, I was most surprised by the blatant racism in it, and I don’t just mean he used the word “negro”. In the background, the black characters thanklessly push forward the plot with odd moonlit dinners and atmospheric “exotic” dance music…like seriously, whyyy? Plus, the plot twist at the end unravels any characterization the black characters may have had.

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