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Three Books That Everyone Should Read Before They’re 25

By Allison Colsch

 

Trying to compile a list of books to recommend to everyone is much more difficult than I first thought, but after much contemplation, I have come up with five books that I absolutely love and want others to read.

 

Orchid Keeping

By: Marie Glime

 

2020 has been a very unusual year. Between quarantine, the great toilet paper famine of March, the presidential election, covid going out of control, and a million other things, most people were left feeling empty. For some people, it was a time to seek out hobbies that one could do from home to pass the time and make life feel a bit easier. For me, it was getting into the hobby of orchid growing.

My Spring Break (Hopefully) Reading List

By: Lyric Hempler

 

I have always had a hard time finding time to read for fun during the school year, but it is all I think about. I have been counting down the days until spring break and have accumulated this list of “to be read” over the past few months. 

 

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I have been thinking about Song of Achilles for MONTHS. I have been fully immersed in BookTok and keep seeing so many recommendations for this book. If I get nothing done but this book over break, I will consider myself successful. 

Three Poems That Have Changed My Life

By Allison Colsch

 

My experience with poetry from a young age was not always great. I preferred novels over poems, and with every poem I was forced to read, my dislike for the form grew. However, these three poems helped to open my eyes and see the possibilities of thought-provoking and enjoyable poetry.

 

1. Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

New Graphic Novels

By Matt Wolfbauer

 

Tabletop role-playing games are undergoing a major resurgence. People are getting together and discovering everything that RPGs have to offer. The show “Critical Role” is one of the big sources of inspiration. “Critical Role” is a show where a group of voice actors get together and play Dungeons and Dragons. The show started in 2015 and is now the most-watched Dungeons and Dragons livestream. In recent years, they have started releasing issues of comics telling the stories of their characters. 

5 Ways to Tackle Writer’s Block

By Lydia Morrell

 

Between writing classes, my job, and creative writing, sometimes it feels like I never set down the pen. So, one of my worst enemies is writer’s block. Deadline coming up? Writer’s block. I’ll sit at my laptop staring at an empty Google doc until my eyes bleed. Since I’m definitely not the only writer who struggles with this, I’m sharing a few of my tips for when you’re starting an essay at 11:40 p.m. fueled by Red Bull and a fear of failure. 

My Relationship With School Literature

By Shannon Hofer-Pottala

 

An English Major’s Top 5 Favorite Books from College Classes

 

  1. The Bell Jar by Slyvia Plath. This is the funny and approachable story of a talented young woman struggling with mental illness as she reaches her breaking point. 
  2. Fun Home by Allison Bechdel. Fun Home is a graphic memoir illustrating Bechdel’s lifelong struggle to accept herself and her father, especially in the wake of his suicide. Bechdel does a great job of interspersing moments of humor in this piece, making it a gripping read.

Time Travel Romance Blog

By Zoë Foster

 

We’ve all heard of science fiction, horror, comedy, tragedy, even mashups like rom-com, or tragicomedy. But I would like to highlight the wonderful and highly under-recognized time travel romance. Admittedly, it is a small (though growing) genre, but it is one that so often is neglected. Time travel romance combines all the elements of romance with the spin and excitement of drama and history. Time travel romance tests the dynamic rhythms of love as it traverses the rigid structure of time.

 

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