5 New YA Books To Read

5 New YA Books To Read

New books are the best books!

There have been a lot of books I've been eyeing over the summer, but I have yet to pick them up. I might have a book buying problem, but it's under control (for now). That being said, there have been a few releases that I might buy, book-buying-ban or not!

1. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

While I haven't read the first book in this duology, "This Savage Song", seeing the second book makes me want to buy them both! The story follows a reality in which humans face monsters, but a human and monster pair meet and end up stuck together in facing an even greater evil. I have a weak spot for monsters in general, so I feel like this series could be a quick favorite of mine.

2. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

This story is about two secret agents, or "love interests", that are tasked with getting a chosen girl to fall in love with them. One is a stereotypical good guy, while another is the stereotypical bad boy. Whoever doesn't get the girl dies. Yet the agents end up with feelings that distract them from their mission. I've been excited to see where this story is going for a while!

3. The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

At first, I wasn't too interested in a story about a girl moving into a small town and being disliked for inheriting land there by a family called the Slaughters. Then I read the synopsis further, and I discovered there was a guy that suddenly claws his way out from the grave with a grudge against the Slaughters. This story promises some dark secrets and is right up my alley.

4. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta

Usually, I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but this memoir following Sandra Uwiringiyimana caught my attention. It follows Sandra from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; she tells her story of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame all the trauma she went through with the arts and activism. The title of this memoir alone makes me interested in what Sandra went through.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

5. Want by Cindy Pon

The moment I saw the cover and synopsis for Want, I've been wanting it ever since! It's been a while since I've followed a book from its pre-debut stages, but Want is an exception. Want is a scifi set in a dystopian Taipei following Jason Zhou. He lives in a society where the rich are protected from the polluted air and viruses plaguing the city, while those who can't afford it have no choice but to suffer and die. Zhou wants to changes things, starting with the corrupt Jin Corporation. Want is definitely the first book I'm going to buy from this list, and I already know I'm going to love it.

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7 Ways To Avoid Pissing Off Your Cashiers

We're nice people until we have to repeat ourselves to our customers.

We have all been to grocery shopping or shopping for clothes. Have you ever felt like you were pissing off your cashier? Maybe you were.

Cashiers get pissed or upset pretty easily. For demanding customers to ignorant ones. They all come and go. There are a few that we like to see. Some of our regulars are our favorites

If you don’t wanna make your cashier mad, don’t do these things.

1. Tell your phone number unless asked.

If a store has a rewards card please either wait till we ask for it already have it out. If you don’t have one in hand wait till we ask for your phone number. Just don’t assume we are ready to hear the number. Because more than likely we are not ready.

2. Don't get mad at us.

We don't make up the rules. We just follow them. Just because it doesn't ring up the way you want it doesn't mean it is actually on sale. It could be a sale from last week we forgot to take down.

3. We don't like explaining ourselves more than once.

If you can't get it the first time why even bother trying to hear it a second time. It's a waste of breath and time. Please listen to what we have to say.

4. Get off your phone.

How would you like it if your cashier was on the phone while ringing up your items? It's bad enough when you don't have your rewards card ready or just fire it out like we are ready. It is also rude and inconsiderate when you are on the phone at checkout.

5. Don't dig your purse or that coupon that for whatever

Some stores have to keep certain IPMS (items per minute) and when you rummage for that stuff you run that little meter up.

6. Don't complain to us about something you previously bought.

Yes, it is typical for customers to complain but we can't do anything about it. The person to complain to is customer service because they know how to fix.

7. Read the sales...

Come on people. How hard is it to read? Yea things can be buy one get one, but read and see if that is true because it could be buy 2 get 1.

Cashiers are really nice people we love all our customers but sometimes the things they do make us upset.

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The Perfect Playlist Of Love Songs

Every song will make you want to settle down and fall in love.

Four years ago, I started making playlists on Spotify and became obsessed with creating them. At one point, I had over 50 playlists, but over time, I deleted almost all of them. This playlist, titled "Want," is one of few to survive the cut.

"First Day Of My Life" by Bright Eyes

"Wonderwall" by Oasis

I know everyone hates this song but it's truly a jam.

"Into The Wild" by Lewis Watson

Can't Help Falling In Love" by Ingrid Michaelson

"You Always Make Me Smile" by Kyle Andrews

"Yellow" by Coldplay

"Bones" by Lewis Watson

"Grow Old With Me" by Tom Odell

"Next To Me" by Sleeping At Last

"I Find The Light In You" by Joe Brooks

"Favorite Girl" by The Icarus Account

Fun fact: the official The Icarus Account twitter liked one of my tweets.

"Perfect For Me" by Ron Pope

This song is on 90 percent of my playlists, but IT'S JUST SO GOOD.

The Idea of Growing Old by The Features

"I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie is on the "New Moon" soundtrack, so obviously I'm a big fan.

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