5 Of My Personal Novel Recommendations

5 Of My Personal Novel Recommendations

Need something to read while you're chillin' on the beach? I have a few suggestions.

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There's nothing like heading to the beach with a good book to sink your teeth into. But with so many books to read, how can you decide which ones are worth your time? *Enter me* As you start planning for your July vacations, let me share with you some of my favorites. I've loved these books since childhood and still enjoy them well into adulthood, and so I promise you, they're all good reads if you're just not sure what to read next.

1. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (1973)

Although the book version of this "classic tale of true love" is fairly different from the movie adaptation, I found it genuinely funny and just as charming. Not only that, but this book taught me some interesting things as a writer - William Goldman does an excellent job of switching POV and gives each character such love and attention that it's impossible for you as the reader not to love them and their crazy antics as well.

2. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit (1985)

After accidentally gaining eternal life by drinking from a magical spring, the Tuck family tries to live as inconspicuously as they can. When ten-year-old protagonist Winnie Foster stumbles onto their secret, they take her home to explain why eternal life is more of a curse than a blessing. The situation gets perilous whenever Winnie is followed by a mysterious man who wants to sell the water for profit. Original and thought-provoking, this novel's bittersweet ending is sure to stay with you for a while even after you've finished reading.

3. Rocket Boys - Homer Hickam, Jr. (1998)

Retired NASA engineer Homer "Sonny" Hickam recounts his childhood life in Coalwood, West Virginia - a town owned by the local mining company that was almost impossible to leave. The future for boys like Homer really held only three options: coal mining, joining the military, or getting out on a sports scholarship. In this memoir, Homer tells the story of how he and his friends beat the odds through scientific ingenuity. A refreshing read about an American dream come true.

4. The Only Alien on the Planet - Kristen D. Randle (1996)

High-school senior Ginny moves to a new school only to be perplexed by the seemingly emotionless and shy yet extremely intelligent Smitty Tibbs. Smitty has been outcasted by his classmates, who have labeled him as an alien, but Ginny has the feeling something more is going on underneath the surface. As she struggles to gain the young boy's trust and delves deeper into his abusive past, she may just end up over her head. A heartwarming story about companionship and how to love someone who is just not quite sure how to love you back.

5. The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton (1988)

In a world that dismisses troubled youths like Ponyboy and his gang as outsiders to society, Ponyboy will learn the true meaning of friendship and what it means to be good after one of his friends accidentally kills a preppy jock in self-defense. You've probably read this book in school, but I urge you to read it again through the eyes of an adult. A coming-of-age classic. Stay gold, Ponyboy.


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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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