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Decorating Your Dorm Room!

Hey everyone!

Today I want to talk about college dorm rooms. Last year I didn’t have the most cooperate roommate when it came to making decisions and sharing the space. Luckily next year I’m going to be living with my best friend . . Only I’ve heard that the room will be smaller this year and I haven’t had the chance to see it yet. What does that mean? I’ve got to plan for everything.

I’m mostly concerned with making everything look nice and pretty. Inviting, too; no one wants to have stuff packed in everywhere so no one can come and hang out in the room. Residence Hall Linens is one site that has a lot to offer for storage. Something I really liked that I saw was the Bedside Buddy because I’m always using stuff right before bed and need somewhere to keep it organized when I’m too tired to get up and try to find another place for everything. Especially when there isn’t room for a bedside table.

Take a look at the RHL storage page because it’s got a few things on there I’m really thinking will be great for me to use next year. The hanging organizers are great. Last year I ended with my shoes all sprawled out on the floor because I could never really find a place to put them where I wasn’t constantly pulling them out and changing my mind or trying to get something else they were on or in or around. The pain of having so many shoes to choose from.

Okay, more important than storage, there’s the actual decoration. Let’s face it. The walls are always some ugly color, there are probably a few things you’ll need to cover up, and having the right things scattered around the room will easily make it feel more like home. I really like to have a few extra pillow around to make the place comfy for everyone!

Perhaps more important: Where will I put all of my pictures? All last year I had a problem with them constantly falling off of my wall when I tried to stick them up . . But! RHL has there wall decal photo frames that, well, would have made my life a whole lot easier last year. Not only are they cute and easy to get off of the wall (when you want them to, as in not so unsticky all your memorable pictures will fall on you in your sleep) they’re affordable and useful! What more could you want, right?

I guess you could say it’s important not only to be rooming with someone you know you’ll get along with but to also create a space you’ll both be happy in. A cluttered, dreary mess can make even the best of friends hate each other. Probably. You wouldn’t want to risk it, would you? 😉

{this post was sponsored by Residence Hall Linens but all opinions are my own}

3 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Impossible

Author: Nancy Werlin

Pages [hardcover]: 384

First Thoughts: The edition I picked up didn’t have much of a summary on it, so I bought it out of intuition alone. Hopefully it will turn out to be as good as I’m thinking it will be. If not, at least it will look pretty sitting on my shelf until I give it away.

Memorable Quote: “We formed the Fellowship of the Ring when we should’ve all just gone on medication.”

Favorite Characters: Zach & Lucy

Summary:

Lucy Scarborough is only 17, but she carries the burden of a curse that has already struck down several women in her family. Each of her afflicted ancestors failed at completing three seemingly impossible tasks, and each succumbed to madness at the birth of her first child. Facing this tragic fate, Lucy braces herself for a losing battle. Mercifully, she has allies in her struggle: intensely sympathetic foster parents and her loyal childhood friend Zach.

Review:

I’m not sure what to think of this novel. After I finished it, I was left content, sure that a good story had just been laid out and neatly wrapped up with interesting characters interspersed throughout the plot. There were touching moments, creepy parts, and times when I couldn’t wait for the puzzle to be solved. But there were also long spaces of time where I wished for something . . . more to happen. It isn’t that Impossible wasn’t good. It just didn’t live up to my expectations.

I’ve run into books like this before. When I was reading it, the writing wasn’t horrible, and it was definitely interesting. But I could easily be torn away from the book by the simplest things. When I read something, I want to hate distractions, and detest whoever makes me get up and do something other than sit there and read on. That’s what bothered me most about this text. It seemed like something I’d use to fill my time when I’d have nothing else to read.

One thing that I noticed was that everything that was really important-such as research into the curse-was rushed into a few paragraphs, while Lucy’s feelings, which were often repeated many times, took up several pages. I liked being able to see inside her character, especially when it wasn’t a first-person book, but there wasn’t enough substance to back it up.

I give Impossible 3/5 stars. It was an okay read that I may or may not give another go. Maybe I didn’t like it so much because I just finished a few amazing books. For now it just didn’t do anything for me.

5 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Pages [hardcover]: 383

Memorable Quote: It was so weird, because usually I was totally nervous talking to guys. But Eli was different. He made me want to say more, not less. Which was maybe not a good thing.

Favorite Characters: Maggie & Auden

Summary:

It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.

In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.

Review:

I love all of Sarah Dessen’s books, and this is one of the few that I haven’t read yet. Along for the Ride is as sweet, funny, romantic, and fun as every other novel written by this author.

I really liked how Auden wasn’t the only one who needed her life to change for the better. Eli is still attempting to pick up the pieces of his life, and one summer of sleepless nights with Auden could help him heal. They both rely on each other evenly.

This book didn’t put as much emphasis on the minor characters as others by Sarah Dessen have. Instead, the plot circles around Auden, focusing on the miniscule changes in her life. I like how the reader can see each step of her transformation, even when that step is backwards.

I really enjoyed Along for the Ride and already have another Sarah Dessen book lined up on my to be read pile. I recommend this for any previous fans of her work or anyone looking for a light, fun summer read or romance. I give it 5/5 stars.