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Chapter Kathy: How To SLEEP in College (yes it’s possible)

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So I’ve realized that I’ve been answering “I’m tired” basically every time someone has asked me how I’m doing. Literally even when I’m not, it’s just grown into a habit. Yet, SO MANY other people do that too, and complain about never getting sleep.

So hey, let’s explore that:

This is a REALLY good topic because so many people struggle with just letting their mind flip from reading textbooks and articles, getting work done, and trying to get ahead that it’s definitely difficult to take a mental step back and let yourself relax or SLEEP.

Something that I have found myself saying a lot recently to friends that stress over falling asleep instead of getting something done for class is just that you are being AS productive getting sleep as you are getting work done.

WAIT before you leave; hear me out!!!!!

First, if you do fall asleep unplanned, then that is your body telling you “hey, I’m getting over-worked; we need to chill out for a bit.”

Second, you can’t do homework if you collapse of exhaustion; I’m telling you it is not possible.

Third, sleep helps you work more productively, cope with emotions and generally just function more successfully.

Still not sure? Here’s what the experts have to say:

“Poor sleep among college students is a major, growing problem associated with lower academic performance, higher rates of health and emotional problems, and development of chronic sleep disorders” (Teresa D. Valerio, Myoung Jin Kim & Kathy Sexton-Radek 2015).

So you literally are going to do worse in school, get in trouble with your health and emotional stablilty and could have sleep problems for the rest of your life!

Here is where you say: I WOULD IF I COULD KATHY I WOULD IF I COULD.

Boi, listen I’ve got your back.

Here are some tips that I have for getting sleep, which have really worked for me:

  • When you have any free time at all; instead of watching TV, or doing work just take a 15+ minute nap. I swear you will feel so much more refreshed when you wake up and more motivated to succeed.
  • If you know that you have trouble sleeping and you have to get up early, get into bed two hours before you plan to fall asleep. Maybe that means reading a textbook in bed with a flashlight or watching tv (with lights out and pajamas on), but just letting yourself get into the state of “okay I need to fall asleep” has helped me so much.
  • You could get sleep medicine as well, of course it’s always best to check with your doctor before you do. They do sell some that are herbal and nonaddictive which basically just tell your brain that it’s time to sleep rather than completely put you to sleep.
  • Keep a bottle of water next to your bed (preferably reusable; go green!) so that if you get thirsty or need to hydrate it’s right there.
  • The smell of lavender is supposed to have really calming, sleep-promotive affects, so I’d recommend spraying around with lavender perfume or air freshener before you go to bed.
  • Lastly and perhaps most cliched, get your work done ahead of time! Yes I’m such a hypocrite saying this, but the best way to get sleep is if your work for the next day is already done and you don’t have to cram stuff in!

 

 

Have any other good tips? I could certainly use them!! Let me know in the comments 🙂

Love,

Kiss 4

 

Citation:

Valerio, T. D., Kim, M. J., & Sexton-Radek, K. (2016). Association of Stress, General Health, and Alcohol Use with Poor Sleep Quality among U.S. College Students. American Journal Of Health Education, 47(1), 17-23.

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Review By Acrostic Poem

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This is the acrostic poem review of one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (also a buddy read with Olivia @ Brewing Up Books).

That book would be:

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Ultimately beautiful

Never boring

I found Aristotle temporarily annoying, but then amazing.

Very well written

Everyone should read

Recieved many deserved awards

Star-kissed

Extraordinary

 

Love,

Kiss 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Shout out to the fabulous Maxine at The Rogue Storyteller for nominating me for this award!! Her blog is so creative yet organized so if you’re not following her, what are you waiting for? Go do it!! 🙂

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Here are the rules:

– Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
– Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
– Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
– List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Maxine’s Questions (My Answers):

1. What fictional universe would you like to live in if given the chance?

Harry Potter 100 percent. It would be so awesome to have magic powers!!! Also Hogwarts.
2. Where are your top three travel destinations?

I’m not entirely sure if this means places I’ve been or places I want to go, so I’ll do the latter. I have always wanted to visit Ireland, Greece, and Egypt. If you’re from any of those places let me know the best spots to visit within them!
3. Describe your reading habits in as few words as possible.

Read. Slump. Read. Swoon. Read. Laugh. Read. Cry. Read. Read. Read.
4. What do you like most about your favorite book?

One of my favorite books is Heist Society by: Ally Carter. I love how fast-paced and gripping it is!
5. If you could get a book related tattoo, what would it be? (stealing this from Katy)

I think if I were to get one, it would probably be a quote from The Secret Garden or Harry Potter glasses.
6. What book or book series do you think could have been a major hit if it had just a little more oomf?

I think that the Mother-Daughter Book Club series could have definitely been more popular than it was.
7. Have you ever read a book in a language different to your native one?

Unfortunately no, but I definitely want to read more translated books.
8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Oftentimes it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
9.  What would you like to see more of in YA fiction?

I would love to see more minority groups represented!
10. What kind of music/which artists do you like to listen to when you’re happy?

A little bit of everything.
11. If you were a book character, what genre would you most likely be found in?

Probably contemporary or fantasy.

My Questions:

  1. Who most inspires you from your own life and why?
  2. Who most inspires you in a book and why?
  3. If you could redesign a book cover, what book would you choose?
  4. Do you prefer hardback books or paperback books?
  5. How about print books vs. ebooks?
  6. If you had a child, what virtue would you stress to them the most?
  7. What was your favorite book as a kid?
  8. If you were to be famous for something, what would it be for?
  9. What’s your favorite thing about being a blogger?
  10. Fill in the blank: The world needs more ____.
  11. Which book do you think represents your personality the best?

My Nominees:

  1. Olivia @ https://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com/
  2. Lorna @ https://suddenlylorna.wordpress.com/
  3. Emily @ https://alwaysopinionatedgirl.wordpress.com/
  4. Analee @ https://booksnacksblog.wordpress.com/
  5. Amy @ https://novelgossip.com/
  6. Sarah @ https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/
  7. Ola @ https://olareadsbooks.wordpress.com/
  8. Robin @ https://afondnessforreading.wordpress.com/
  9. Jordan @ https://youngadultbookmadness.wordpress.com/
  10. Ana @ https://anaslair.wordpress.com/
  11. Ashleigh @ https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/

That’s All! I hope you have an awesome day 🙂

Love,

Kiss 4

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The Kiss of Deception

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Author: Mary E. Pearson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: 7/8/14

Rating:

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goodreads-synopsis

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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Where do I begin?

I guess I’ll start with the fact that this book took me back to my childhood, which was the peak of my magical, historical, fantastical etc. genre phase (you know what I mean, the ones with the princesses and the complete lack of modern appliances). I definitely got the impression of a YA version of Shannon Hale or E.D. Baker. Plus, I got to meet the author and have her sign my book one and two, which was pretty rad if I do say so myself.

There was a hint of a love triangle, which didn’t surprise me and I assume will develop furthur throughout the series.

Also, let me just talk about the fact that Pearson KNOWS how to write solid description and character development. Honestly, her description was probably my favorite part of this book. I genuinely felt like I was intertwined in the story.

The only reason that I gave it four stars vs. five was because it took me forever to read. I’m not sure if it is because it was slow in certain parts or because it was missing some sort of wow factor.

Honestly though, if you haven’t jumped on this train yet (but like where have you been, because I thought I was late to this party) give it a go because it is REALLY GOOD.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend,

Kiss 4

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Recommendations for New YA Readers

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So I feel like recently I have read a large amount of books which I think are perfect for you if you are just transitioning to YA. I remember when I first started reading YA I didn’t really know where to begin, so hopefully this post will help you out! The books below I’ve chosen based on a couple different factors mostly including:

Age Appropriate

  • There are quite a few young adult books that are geared more towards older teens and sometimes when you’re looking at the genre for the first time it’s hard to distinguish which is which.

Easy to Follow

  •  Generalizing a lot here, but most people I’ve found that start reading YA for the first time are coming out from the children’s genre. Children’s books tend to be very easy to understand, as the plot is geared for a younger audience. YA books on the other hand have a bit more depth to them and can be quite difficult to follow if you are not used to them.

 

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So this book (pictured above) is definitely a great one, especially if you want to make sense of what is called the dystopian genre. Dystopian books basically are usually written in the future and are centralized over the theme of a fallen society. Essentially, the opposite of the word utopia, and what that would mean for society. There are a ton of dystopian books in YA, and I personally think that The Selection is a great starting point because it is so easy to follow, yet is a simply great read in my opinion.

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I wrote a review on this book a while ago, so if you want to see my full thoughts on it check that out! Geek Girl is such a cute read and I would recommend it a million times over to new YA readers especially. It is a lovely introduction to the genre and it’s such a fun time.

 

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This book is quirky and unique. It is definitely an engaging read and the plot is adorable. The characters are super relatable and I think that you’ll find this book to be an excellent one!

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If you’re no stranger to my blog, you probably have seen this book in every other post that I publish. It was one of the very first YA books that I read and it is still one of my all time favorite reads. The storyline is amazing, the writing is fantastic and the book is phenomenal.

That’s all for now! If you have any suggestions for new YA readers, leave them in the comments!

Love,

Kiss 4

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I hated the Miss Peregrine’s Movie?

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Here’s a bit of a ranting post with spoilers for Miss Peregrine’s Home for the Peculiar Children the first book and movie. So recently, I finished the first novel in the series by: Ransom Riggs. I really enjoyed it!!! There were so many plot twists that I loved. For example that the psychologist was also the bad guy. It did creep me out that Jacob was pining after his grandfather’s ex but you know it was the olden days. That’s what I blame everything on. Oh there’s a bad decision being made in this movie or book? It was made over two years ago. Therefore, I blame history for this dumb choice. Anywho, I am still salty over the fact that they switched Olive’s and Emma’s peculiar abilities like what even was that? Also was it just me or did the movie go completely away fom the book plot? The ending I think bugged me the most. Like WHAT EVEN HAPPENED?????????????? UGH sorry I’m late on this train, but I thought I would vent. Have any of you seen this movie? What did you think and did I miss anything because maybe someone can enlighten me?

Have a Great Day,

Kiss 4

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Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Hi Friends,

Here is yet another episode of the “Kathy wasn’t tagged in this but thought it was cool, so she’s doing it anyway” book tag series. It’s currently snowing outside, so I decided it was the perfect time to do a winter book tag 🙂 I found this one on YA Book Reviews and thought it looked fun! Here we go:

QUESTIONS:
1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

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This book is the perfect book for winter time like honestly it puts you in a cozy and heartwarming mood!
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

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So this book has many different versions of it, but it counts!
3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?

Any Harry Potter book!
4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Clary from the amazing Cassandra Clare books!
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

The Lucy Variations

There were so many things I disliked about this book that I honestly would have no qualms about using this to build the fire.
6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?

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I cannot recommend this book enough it is so amazing!

I tag:

Olivia@Olivia Chanel’s Galaxy of Books

Olivia @Brewing Up Books

Rose @Insights Into Books

Marine@Marine’s Books

Jordan@Young Adult Book Madness

Happy New Year,

Kiss 4