5 YA Books To Read This Spring

5 YA Books To Read This Spring

Now that the winter is over, it's time to pick up some new books!
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After a long winter, it finally feels like spring is here! Especially with all of the pollen and upcoming finals. Of course, the first thing I'm thinking of is what books I want to read during my spare time. Here are five books that would be great to read during the spring.

1. The Upside of Unrequited By Becky Albertalli

Despite not being big on romance novels, there's something about the spring that makes me more willing to sit down and read a quick one for fun. The story seems fairly stereotypical at first; a girl who wants to fall in love with a handsome hipster boy. Molly's problem is that she's overweight, and she is used to being rejected. But then she meets a co-worker; a total chubby nerd that she's sure she'll never fall for. The main reason I was interested in this novel was the potential for more exposure on stories about girls who may experience body image issues due to their weight. I'm hoping it will live up to its potential!

2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Once again, I'm not big on romance, but seeing as this book is going to be a movie soon, I figured it was time I read it. The premise is that the narrator is sick; she's so allergic to everything that she can't even leave the house. She only talks to her mother and her nurse, Carla. Then one day a boy moves in next door. The narrator and the boy, Olly, begin to talk and get close. I can sort of tell where it's going from there, but I'm interested in reading it anyway. I'm hoping there will be something in it that surprises me!

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by a lot of the author's own experience of being black and seeing how violence against black people is viewed in America, this book is bound to be a great segway into this conversation. It tells the personal experience of a girl named Starr Carter who is close to a boy who is killed by police. Before this, she balanced her life living in a poor neighborhood and attending a fancy suburban prep school. Her world is shattered as the community around her wants to know what really went down, and Starr is the only one who can answer it. I'm really hoping this book can be eye opening and insightful!

4. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

After reading Benjamin's other book, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I knew I would be picking up pretty much anything else written by him. This book follows Sal, a boy who thought he knew his place in his life, until he hits senior year. Suddenly he's realizing he's not who he thought he was, but isn't sure who he really is. It's bound to have a lot of interesting, universal questions that will leave me with a lot to think about afterward. I'm hoping to leave this book thinking more about myself.

5. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

Of course, I will be reading this book after reading the first in the series, but I wanted to include this book on my list. The series follows Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, two descendants of Sherlock and John, as they travel across Europe to discover shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families. I haven't read much into what the second book is about to avoid spoilers, but I'm excited to read a retelling that isn't based on fairytales for once. As much as I love fairytale retellings, it's more interesting to see retellings based off of more unique source material. It also helps that I really enjoy a lot of the Sherlock series, and I grew up on Nancy Drew. I'm hoping there will be a lot of mystery and intrigue!

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14 Inspirational 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes For College Kids Feeling Like Eeyore

Of course he with the help of his friends.

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Winnie the Pooh and his friends were my best buds as a child. Now, as a college student, I've realized they knew more about life than I thought.

These 14 quotes from the 'Winnie the Pooh' movies, TV shows, and books, is getting me through this difficult semester, and maybe it will help you, too.

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin

"The nicest thing about rain is that it always stops. Eventually." -Eeyore

"The things that make me different are the things that make me." -Piglet

"It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." -Eeyore

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." -Winnie the Pooh

"Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." -Piglet

"Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." -Eeyore

"Spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count." -Rabbit

"There's no difference between falling a thousand feet to the jagged rocks below and tumbling out of bed." -Tigger

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." -Winnie the Pooh

"I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I have been." -Winnie the Pooh

"To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." -Eeyore 

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for other to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." -Piglet

"When you are a bear of very little brain, and you think of things, you find sometimes that a thing which seemed very thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it." -Winnie the Pooh

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22 Items That Are Worth Splurging On

You shouldn't always break the bank on buying things, but these items are definitely worth the extra couple bucks.

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You can find a lot of items you need/want that are inexpensive, but they don't always hold up. These items are definitely ones you should spend a little extra money to be sure they are good quality and will last.

1. Wallets and purses

When you use something everyday, you want it to hold up and be able to last you a long time.

2. Boots 

It is definitely necessary to get boots that keep you warm and are comfortable to wear, especially if they have a heel.

3. Tennis shoes

Whether you are using tennis shoes to workout in just to wear casually, you want them to hold up and be comfortable to be active in.

4. Jeans

Jeans are a necessity for every outfit and you can wear them all year long! Buying a pair of jeans that fit you perfectly will make you feel like you can conquer the world.

5. Jewelry 

It is definitely worth it to spend the extra dollar on jewelry so it doesn't tarnish, and for me, my skin is very sensitive so I really only can wear real gold or silver earrings.

6. Leggings

When buying leggings, it is worth to spend more money so they don't get holes easily, aren't see through, and if you are like me and wear them every day you will definitely get your money worth out of them.

7. Winter coats

Being in college you have to walk far in the cold, so it is definitely worth to spend a little extra money on one and make sure it is warm and withstand any kind of weather that is around you.

8. Swimsuits

Swimsuits are very tricky and hard to find that fit you well. You don't want it to be see-through and you also want it to be able to withstand chlorine and protect you from the sun. You also want your swimsuit to fit you perfectly so it is comfortable and doesn't fall off your become saggy.

9. Bras and underwear

Undergarments are one of the most important parts of your outfit. If they don't fit well, they can make you look bigger than you really are and could potentially not be flattering. Once you have bras and underwear that fit well you will feel so much more comfortable.

10. Perfume

I love to splurge on perfume for many different reasons, but the biggest reason is that the ingredients they use last longer and stick better to your skin.

11. Sunglasses

Everyone loves fun sunglasses and it is so easy to just buy a cute cheap pair, but a good quality pair is definitely worth it because they will last and they protect your eyes better than a $10 pair.

12. Sweaters

In the winter when you are wearing sweaters you want them to keep you warm and to not be a cheap material that won't hold up in the wash. Cheap materials also snag more easily than a sweater that is better quality.

13. Backpacks

Spending a little extra on a backpack can guarantee it will last you a couple years and you can trust to fill it with your computer and it is safe.

14. Makeup

Spending a little extra money on makeup can make a huge difference in how your face reacts to the product and how well it stays on throughout the day.

15. Sheets

You can tell the difference between cheap sheets and ones with better quality. Good quality sheets don't ball up and after washing them, they come out as good as new.

16. Water bottles

Everyone is always constantly drinking water and by investing in a quality plastic or even stainless steel one you can reuse and help save the earth!

17. Laundry detergent

Paying more for quality laundry detergent you can make sure your body won't break out and make sure your laundry really gets clean and smells good.

18. Toilet paper

We all know why it's definitely worth to splurge on buying good quality toilet paper!

19. Professional hair cuts and colors

Not only is it worth to splurge on haircuts and colors but you want to make sure you go to someone you trust so you know for sure you will be happy with the outcome.

20. Hair and face products

If you have sensitive skin you want to make sure you are using the right products so your face doesn't react negatively. You also want to make sure you are using the correct hair products so you don't damage your hair.

21. Alcohol

Splurging on alcohol can help you from getting a bad hangover the next day, and best of all it tastes better.

22. FOOD

Food is always worth splurging on, if you're going to spend money on food you might as well make it worth it.

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