Top 6 Best Books To Read This Summer 2020

Are you wondering what books you should add to your reading list for this summer? Make sure to check out these Best Books To Read This Summer 2020.

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As a student, summer break can be a ton of fun.

But for some students, the summer can be long, and it can be hard to find ways to stay productive.

So with that in mind, I’ve put together the following blog post on the best books to add to your reading list this summer 2020.

Not only are these books from some of the best, up-and-coming authors of the year. But by reading them, you’ll be able to use your summer vacation in a way that’s meaningful and productive.

Florida Man By Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper, the author of The Marauders is back at it again with his new, dark thriller, Florida Man.

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Set in the 1980s, Florida Man follows an aging beachgoer. As he untangles a mind-boggling plot that involves underwater artifacts, deadly assassins, and even a couple of sea monsters.

If you’re into darker-themed thriller novels, then Florida Man is definitely worth checking out this summer.

All Adults Here By Emma Straub

As the follow-up to her bestselling novel, Modern Lovers, All Adults Here is about the problems that we all face in life. And the ways that we can go about becoming the people we’ve always been meant to be.

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The novel follows 68-year old, Astrid Strick, and her three adult children through their issues. It’s about all the problems they face that prevent them from becoming the people they’re meant to be.

According to Emma Straub’s All Adults Here, the solutions aren’t always as farfetched as you might think.

How Much Of These Hills Is Gold By C Pam Zhang

According to critics, this novel is one of the absolute best literary debuts of 2020.

The author, C Pam Zhang, spins a tale of immigration so vivid, raw, and bold, that it’s guaranteed to stay with readers for years to come.

The story follows two newly orphaned children, Lucy and Sam, as their father slowly dies.

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With their mother absent from their lives, Lucy and Sam desperately seek to bury their father. But in order to do so, they must cross through a foreign land where they end up encountering all sorts of terror.

As they make their journey, both children are put under intense mental and physical strain. They also wind up encountering a sense of racism they’d never experienced before.

For anyone who’s ever felt out of place in the world, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold is a must-read for summer 2020.

Deacon King Kong By James McBride

Known for his National Book Award-winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, James McBride is back at it again. And with his new work, Deacon King Kong, he certainly does not disappoint.

Set in 1969, the book starts out with a shooting committed by a miserable preacher in South Brooklyn. It then follows somewhat of a free-wheeling, bittersweet, yet comical story of the City of New York lost in its own turmoil.

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Coming at a time when most people around the world are unsure if it’s safe to venture outside, Deacon King Kong is like a wry, witty, and poignant look at New York during an eerily similar era.

Full of moral clarity and plenty of sharp humor, this novel is another must-read for summer 2020.

If It Bleeds By Stephen King

Whether you’re a Stephen King fan or not, If It Bleeds is definitely one of the best books to have on your reading list this summer.

Composed of 4 short novellas, each with its own characters, settings, and moods, If It Bleeds is yet another awe-inspiring work from the world-famous author, Stephen King.

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And as per usual, King made sure to weave a connective trail of breadcrumbs throughout his stories. This includes the character of Holly Gibney, the paranormal investigator from the HBO series, The Outsider.

So if you’re up for a few good horror shorts, make sure to add If It Bleeds to your list.

Pizza Girl By Jean Kyoung Frazier

As Jean Kyoung Frazier’s literary debut, Pizza Girl has been described as a subversive and darkly funny look into suburban Los Angeles. A place where well-kempt front yards and white picket fences disguise new and radical forms of love.

Pizza Girl follows an eighteen-year-old delivery girl, who’s pregnant and grieving the loss of her father. As the story unfolds, the novel’s protagonist becomes obsessed with one of her customers. This catch is that the customer is a middle-aged mother who routinely orders a pickle pizza for her precocious son.

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For a semi-dark story about love in strange places, make sure to check out Pizza Girl this summer. At the very least, you might end up with a craving to try a pickle-topped pizza.

Top Books To Read Summer 2020

If summertime boredom is getting you down, why not check out some of the books we’ve talked about today to fill your time in a fun, and productive way.

From tales of personal growth and overcoming one’s challenges to dark thrillers and the Wild West, these 6 awesome novels are sure to keep you entertained in a productive way during the hotter months of the year.

Top 5 Upcoming Authors To Check Out This Month

Looking for something new to sate your literary taste buds this month? Then, make sure to check the following list of our top 5 upcoming authors for 2020

Shakespeare, Poe, Dickens… These are all names of famous authors that virtually anybody who likes to read knows about. That’s because when you pick up anything written by them, you can be sure that you’re reading a masterpiece that’s been read by thousands of people before you.

But what about today’s modern authors? The ones who are single-handedly shaping the future of the literary world?

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These works might not be world-renown or deemed as literary masterpieces. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be in 50 or 100 years from now. In fact, many authors don’t gain worldwide notoriety until well-after their deaths (unfortunately).

So with that in mind, I’ve put together the following list of the top 5 best up-and-coming authors to check out in 2020.

Paul Mendez – Author of Rainbow Milk

As the number one up-and-coming author on our list, Paul Mendez’s debut novel, Rainbow Milk, is about the true hardships of life, the ups and downs of it, and all other aspects of growth and self-discovery.

Although fictional, Mendez’s novel is based on his real-life experiences.

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According to him, “There were times when to write something directly autobiographical would have simply been to bleed my heart out on to the page. There are things that happened to me in it, but the details are far different.”

Just like the story’s protagonist, Mendez grew up in Black Country, an area of the West Midlands in England.

After being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and then being “disfellowshipped” at a young age, Mendez, as well as the story’s hero become sex workers. This leads them through the trials and tribulations of growing up.

Rainbow Milk is being published by Dialogue Books. Currently, Mendez lives in Hampstead, England, and is studying towards his MA in black British writing.

Deepa Anappara – Author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line 

Born and raised in India, Anappara has worked for more than 12 years as a journalist, reporting on the impacts of poverty and religious violence against children’s education in the country.

In 2008, she moved to the U.K. where she began studying creative writing at the University of East Anglia. And it was right about then that she started working on her debut novel, Djinn Patrol On the Purple Line.

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Since then, the book has become a literary sensation and has been sold in 20 international territories. It’s even received praise and recognition from some of the world’s most notable literary figures, such as Ian McEwan and Anne Enright.

The story focuses on the life of a young boy who wants to be a detective. In the book, the young protagonist tries to figure out why children keep disappearing from his neighborhood.

It explores coming-of-age, the impact of horrific tragedies on small communities around the world, and the intimate bonds that help people survive through the most difficult times.

Abi Daré – Author of The Girl With The Louding Voice

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Daré originally planned on studying french at the local university. But when that never worked out, she turned to blogging as a creative outlet. Eventually, her blog became so popular that she realized she has a knack for fictional writing.

Daré’s debut novel, The Girl With The Louding Voice started out as a thesis for the Master’s Degree but has since ended up winning the Bath novel award for new and emerging authors.

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The book follows the life of 14-year old Adunni, a young girl who yearns for her education. But instead, Adunni is sold into a brutal marriage, which she goes on to escape, only to become a domestic servant, haunted by her predecessor’s disappearance.

Today, The Girl With The Louding Voice has been chosen for BBC Radio 2’s Book Club, and Daré hopes that it will shine a light on the real-life exploitation of young women in Africa.

Elaine Feeney – Author of As You Were

Elaine Feeney is an Irish poet, who has recently written her debut novel, As You Were.

The story occurs over the course of a single week in a chaotic hospital ward setting. Although the story is rich in tragedy, Feeney also imbued it with plenty of comedy as well.

The inspiration for the story came from Feeney’s real-life experience in hospitals. This was after experiencing complications during the birth of her second son.

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To date, Feeney has published three collections of poetry and has written many novels that never saw the light of day. According to Feeny, “There was anxiety around writing a novel that I didn’t feel around writing poetry, weirdly.”

But irregardless of her trepidation, As You Were is definitely worth checking out!

Beth Morrey – Author of Saving Missy 

Morrey studied English at Cambridge. Then, she left her education behind to become a comedy writer. But instead, she found a career in factual television, working for a production company.

However, during maternity leave, Morrey decided that she wanted to embrace her life-long dream to write a novel. And the result was Saving Missy.

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According to Morrey, “I wanted to write a book about hope that would make people cry in a happy way.”

It’s a book about loneliness, community, unexpected friendships, and to date, her debut novel has sold in 16 international territories

Why Read Upcoming Authors

Everybody loves a classic novel simply because you know they’ve been read by hundreds of thousands of people before you. And simply because it’s a classic, you can be sure that you’re reading something well worth the time and effort.

But at the same time, it’s always important to push your own personal boundaries and limitation. So try new things and learn about what else the literary world has to offer.

So by checking out these 5 up-and-coming authors of 2020, you can be sure to gain a new perspective on modern life.

5 Books To Read During Self-Quarantine

If you’re having trouble getting your mind off the decade’s biggest news story, then you’re sure to love the following list of the absolute best books to read during self-quarantine.  

No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure you’ve felt the same stress and anxiety as we all have. We’ve all been wide-eyed surrounding the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while there’s still so much uncertainty in the air, there’s always a silver lining to be found. For instance, there are fewer cars on the road. Fewer crowds in shopping malls and stores. And less pollution is being generated than we’ve seen in decades.

Plus, many of us are finding that we have more time on our hands than ever before. So, what better way is there to spend some of this time than reading?

Today, we’re going over 5 of the best books to read during self-quarantine.

How To Do Nothing By Jenny Odell

There’s no doubt that many of us have trouble sitting still and doing nothing. Especially when we’re being told to stay at home and not going anywhere. So for those of you who are having trouble sitting still, check out Jenny Odell’s How To Do Nothing.

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According to Odell, our attention is one of the most important resources we have as human beings.

And by learning how to focus this attention properly, we’re able to take one of the boldest forms of action. How To Do Nothing helps redefine our role in the environment. And leads to a better understanding of progress and happiness.

The Splendid And The Vile: A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz By Erik Larson

Looking for a bit of inspiration during these hard times? Then look no further than this exciting novel, based on real events, written by award-winning indie author, Erik Larson.

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The book follows Winston Churchill through his early years as British prime minister, taking you into his personal family life. All while he’s dealing with the London Blitz at the onset of the Second World War.

The Splendid And The Vile is an epic saga, filled with fascinating facts and details of a different time than today. But still, it was a time when people were looking for a tinge of hope in some of the darkest days.

The Fifth Season By N.K. Jemisin

As the first installment of a Hugo award-winning trilogy, The Fifth Season is an insightful look at a doomsday, apocalyptical situation.

The novel starts with a “great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun”. Then, the story follows three women trying to survive during the end of the world.

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It is both a tragic and thrilling story of people being at odds with the limitations of the natural world. Not to mention the sometimes daring ways that we’re willing to escape it by.

Anagrams By Lorrie Moore

Praised as being “a revelatory tale of love gained and lost, from a master of contemporary American fiction”. Anagrams is a must-read for anyone finding themselves confined to their home in recent times.

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The story starts out with Gerard, sitting fully-clothed in his bathtub, as he listens attentively for his neighbor, Benna, to flush the toilet. He’s in love with Benna, and as the story progresses, Benna starts to love him back, at least, until she doesn’t.

In the novel Anagrams, Moore takes you into the real and imaginative lives of Gerard and Benna as their relationship gradually intertwines. According to McNally Jackson Booksellers, it’s a “captivating, innovative portrait of men and women in love and not in love.

Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel

I should warn you that this next read isn’t for the faint of heart. And it’s eerily similar to what’s currently happening in the world. But, I’m sure that some of you are horror lovers, so I felt this would be the perfect book to top off this month’s list.

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In the award-winning Station Eleven, Mandel takes us into a world devastated by the “Georgia Flu”, a fictional pandemic, which has killed most of the world’s population.

Although the book might be a bit too realistic for some people, upon publication in 2014, it was well-received by critics everywhere and has since won the Arthur C. Clarke award. It’s also been featured on many end-of-year reading lists.

Best Books To Read During Self-Isolation

Being alone during self-isolation can be challenging to deal with for anyone. However, there are important lessons we can learn. For example, during these trying times, even though we may be isolated, we’re all isolated together.

And when times get tough, it’s important to always find the positives in life.

So if you’ve found yourself confined to your home in the past couple of months, it’s crucial to find beneficial ways to spend your time. Instead of staring at a TV screen or wasting your time on social media.

And with that said, these 5 books by the millennium’s brightest up-and-coming authors are sure to keep you entertained during all the extra time you might be finding yourself with lately.

4 Classic Authors To Check Out This Month

Tired of reading the same old stories from contemporary authors? Then, keep reading and we’ll go over 4 of the best classic authors of all time.

Reading your class textbook isn’t always the most exciting form of literature. But that doesn’t mean that reading has to be bland or boring. 

In fact, there’s a reason that millions of people all around the world love reading books every day.

It’s because literature allows you to escape from reality, diving into fanciful worlds, where fiction and fact intertwine, and pretty much anything becomes possible. 

With that said, in today’s blog post, we’ll be going over 4 of the best classic authors and some of their most popular works. All of which are all must-reads if you ever want to be able to say you’ve read a good book. 

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James Joyce

Born in Dublin, Ireland, James Joyce is infamous for being one of the world’s most ingenious authors.

Although he is primarily known for his masterpiece works, Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake, and Dubliners, Joyce was also a very talented poet. His works have been printed in countless publications and translated into dozens of languages. 

Some of his writing, such as in Ulysses, tends to be a bit harder to read simply because of the language he uses.

But if you can get through his use of Ireland’s vernacular of the time, you’ll love the book’s use of multiple languages, and subtle, yet clever humor. Which are sure to keep you intrigued right until the very end. 

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For an easier read, you might want to check out Joyce’s work titled, Dubliners.

The book is a compilation of short stories, focusing on the life of average people in Dublin a century ago. 

According to many, Dubliners is a stark and bleak look at Ireland in the early 1900s. But critics, and Joyce fans worldwide, know Dubliners as brilliant, honest, subtle, and very real. 

 

Charles Bukowski

For another realistic, but sometimes, dark and drunken view of the world, check out Charles Bukowski.

Bukowski is another world-renown author, famous for his novels like Ham On Rye and Post-Office. Aside, he was also a prolific poet and has published at least 13 novels.

In many of his poems and books, the main character is Henry Chinaski, a drunken gambler, who represents of vivid representation of the author himself. 

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In his novel, Post Office, you’ll follow the life of Henri Chinaski, who “accidentally” spends more than a decade working at the post office.

Although this might sound like a boring trailer, the book is actually filled with a ton of satire, wit, and humor, that you’re guaranteed to love reading the whole way through. 

Lastly, many of Bukowski’s books have even been made into Hollywood movies.

So even if you’re not in the mood to read, you can always check out classic films Barfly or Factotum.

 

William Shakespeare

How could we write a blog post about classic authors and not mention the great bard, William Shakespeare himself?

“To be or not to be, that is the question!”

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Now, you’re probably saying that Shakespearean English is simply too hard to read. 

But the truth is that William Shakespeare was a literary genius. And his works deserve all the lauds that he receives today.

Although the language may be hard to understand, there are study guides available to help you get through his greatest works. 

So if you’re looking for a great story to read this month, make sure to check out Hamlet or Macbeth, and see what the “greatest bard of all time” is all about.

 

Edgar Allen Poe

If you’re interested in crime, horror, and thrills, you’ll love reading anything written by the macabre genius, Edgar Allen Poe. 

Popularly known for poems like The Raven, Poe also wrote countless volumes of horror and satirical short stories. As well as a whole bunch of 17th-century poetry, which will keep you reading well into next year. 

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For a gruesome tale of vengeance, check out The Cask of Amontillado. In the story, the author walks you through his plans of burying his enemy alive.

 

Top 4 Classic Authors Of The Month

If you love reading, it’s important to always be on the lookout for new (or old) authors. This can help you expand your literary horizons. 

Not only because it allows you to get a better feel for different forms and styles of writing. But because it’ll allow you to see the world in different ways, from differing perspectives. 

Maybe you’re fed up with modern society and want nothing more than to escape to simpler times. Maybe you’re just tired of reading contemporary literature.

Either way, if you’re unsure of what to read next, dive into these works written by 4 awesome classic authors.

Best Reads for Young Adults – Spring 2020

Looking for some of the best reads for this year? Then, look no further because we’ve got you covered! Learn about some of the best reads for young adults for this spring 2020.

We know that you might be busy with your classes and studying for your exams, but there’ nothing that beats sitting down with a good book to help you escape from reality for an hour or two.

In the following blog post, we’ll go over 6 awesome books that are must-reads for young adults this year.

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Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis

There’s a reason we put this one at the top of the list. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis is a book that every young woman (and man) should read in 2020.

One thing that’s great about this book is that Rachel doesn’t hold back or sugarcoat anything that she’s talking about.

Rachel is famous for telling things exactly how they are. But at the same time, she also provides invaluable insight to help you set yourself up for success.

So if you’re broadening the scope of your dreams and looking for insight on exactly how to achieve your goals, definitely give this book a read!

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One Of Us Is Next – Karen M. Mcmanus 

It’s a year after Simon died, and the void of gossip has been left open. Now, the situation becomes a life-altering game of truth or dare. And in turn, things quickly turn deadly for Phoebe, Knox, and Maeve, three of the book’s main characters.

So if you’re a fan of suspenseful thrillers, make sure to add this gossip-infused page-turner to your list of books to read in the coming months. One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus will keep you on the edge of your seat and is sure not to disappoint.

Woven In Moonlight – Isabel Ibanez 

In this fantasy novel, Isabel Ibanez takes you into a fictional world known as Inkasisa, which closely resembles the country of Bolivia, its culture, and its Bolivian politics.

Woven In Moonlight embodies an abundance of immersive prose, rich characters, and a wholly unique tale of revenge, following Ximena, the story’s main character.

Ximena has been seeking revenge against Atoc, who took over the land she was sworn to protect by using an ancient relic. And when she is presented with an opportunity to get her revenge, she takes her chance.

But when a fellow vigilante challenges the heroine to overthrow Atoc without declaring war, the storyline starts to get a bit more interesting. And in turn, Ximena is forced to go to war against what she swore to protect.

This gripping novel from an up-and-coming author is definitely one to immerse yourself into. 

We Used To Be Friends – Amy Spalding 

In We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding, you’ll be taken into an incredible, yet heartbreaking journey told through two separate timelines.

The first storyline follows James, preparing for her future studies in college while, reflecting on how her friendship with Kat came to a screeching halt.

And the other, follows Kat, during her first year of college, as she befriends a girl named James.

This interestingly twisty narrative makes for an excellent, gripping read, and is sure to keep you turning the pages right until the end.

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Not So Pure And Simple – Lamar Giles 

In an attempt to get closer to his childhood crush, Kiera, Del embarks on joining a purity ring club. But what he ends up getting from the club is something that he least expected; learning about what it means to be a man.

Not So Pure And Simple is a story of self-realization. You’ll be empowered as you follow Del through the highs and lows of chasing love and becoming a better man.

It is a story of masculinity in today’s modern society, which is something that anyone can benefit from learning about.

Yes No Maybe So – Becky Arbertalli And Aisha Saeed

Maya and Jamie meet while they are out canvassing the area during an upcoming election. As the polls get increasingly closer, so do the two of them.

But if local activism is something they have both mastered, their romance should be a sure-thing, shouldn’t it?

Written by two incredible young authors, Arbertalli and Saeed created this timely story of modern life and politics. The story even has that added touch of romance that anyone can related to. 

So if you’re interested in political activism or falling in love, make sure to add Yes No Maybe So to the top of your list.

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Best Reads For Young Adults

Attending your classes and studying are both extremely important. But it’s equally important to schedule a bit of time for yourself every once in a while.

So what better way is there to relax other than immersing yourself in a good book to help you escape from the stresses of life?

Check out these best reads for young adults from these up-and-coming authors, and you’re sure to be intrigued, entertained, and thrilled until you turn over the very last page.

How to Earn Extra Cash in College

Are you looking to learn how you can earn extra cash while you’re in school? Then you’ve come to the right place! We understand that college can be an expensive time in anyone’s life. Not only are you paying for tuition fees and books. But you’ll also have to worry about housing costs, utilities. And on top of it all, making sure that you still have enough money left over for groceries. And with that said, one thing is for certain, we could always use a bit of extra cash to keep us going. But unfortunately, while you’re in school, often, a full-time job is simply going to be out of the question, especially with how heavy today’s course loads can be. But don’t worry, there are many opportunities out there to help you earn a bit of extra cash while you’re studying. So now you’re probably wondering what are the best ways to earn a bit of extra cash while you’re in college. In the following article, we’ll be taking a look at how you can start earning a bit of extra income while in school. Find affordable college textbooks here.

Start Tutoring or Teaching Lessons

Are you particularly adept at one of the subjects that you’re studying in school? Then, you might want to consider tutoring other students for a bit of extra coin. In almost every one of your classes, there will likely be at least a few students having trouble grasping the topic matter at hand. So don’t just sit idly by while your classmates are struggling. Instead, think about helping them improve their grades, while also helping yourself earn a bit of extra money. If you have any specific skills or talents that other people might want to learn, another money-earning idea is to offer lessons. For example, if you play an instrument, you could always try posting an ad on social media to see if anybody is interested. Or, you could even try putting flyers up around your school to find people to teach.

Apply for Positions At Your School

There are likely many opportunities offered by your college, which could help supply you with a bit of extra spending money. Try visiting your school’s student center to see if they have any positions you might be interested in applying for. The most important perk of looking for earning opportunities at your school is that they’re guaranteed to understand your situation. And shouldn’t have an issue with working around your class schedule.
  And even if you don’t find any earning opportunities at your school, visiting the student center is a great way to get to know what’s going on around your school. Plus, you might even meet a few new people and make some friends while you’re at it!

Meal Delivery

Today, there are many meal delivery services, such as Uber Eats, which allow you to work an extremely flexible schedule and earn a few extra bucks. Companies like this typically allow anybody to be a driver, as long as you have a license, a vehicle, and are insured. And then, all you’ll have to do is pick up and deliver food from local restaurants, earning a bit of extra cash every time you make a successful delivery. The best part of earning money by delivering for a meal delivery company is that you’re almost guaranteed to have some down-time between rushes. This gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up on some study time while waiting for your next delivery.

Become An Uber Driver

If you own a vehicle, another easy way to earn a bit of extra cash is to work as an Uber driver. This works much the same way as delivering meals for Uber Eats. But you won’t be delivering meals. Instead, you’ll be picking up and driving people to their destinations. The fact is that your vehicle can often take up a large portion of your monthly expenses. So why not make better use of it and earn a bit of extra money, instead of having it sit in the driveway unused?

Earning Extra Cash in College

Of course, these are only a few of the options available for earning a bit of extra cash while in school. And there are, fortunately, plenty of other ways to earn a bit of extra cash while you’re in college. Aside from that, if your schedule allows it, you could think about getting a part-time job. We know that a part-time job might not always work with your schedule. But there are many employers that will understand your student situation. And they’ll do their best to accommodate your schedule. But in the end, it’s important to remember that you need to focus on your schooling above all else. You’ll have plenty of time to work and earn money after graduation. But for now, focus on what’s important, and stick to these tips on how to earn extra cash while you’re in school.

How To Save Money On Textbooks

Interested in learning how to save money on textbooks next semester? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Investing in yourself for post-secondary education is one of the most financially challenging things we find ourselves doing. It’s a huge leap into the unknown, with enormous expenses around every corner.  

But there’s a bright future ahead, so long as you just get through these next few years.

For many of us, the financial aspect of attending College can put quite a strain on our bank accounts, which ultimately adds to our stress level. 

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 And while some of us choose to work throughout the year, others choose to live off of financing to focus fully on the heavy workload college brings to the table. 

Whatever your case may be, the first few bills that come up at the beginning of the year can be hefty. You’ll find yourself handing your money over to tuition, rent, parking passes, and all in the span of a few days. 

That’s enough to make anyone a little uneasy.

And to make matters worse, textbooks can take up a huge portion of your school budget. 

In fact, the average college student will spend anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 just on textbooks. That’s a substantial expense, so why not try and save money there? 

Below, we go over some tips for buying your textbooks, and saving you money while you’re at it!.  

Avoid The Campus Bookstore 

I can’t stress this one enough. Avoid buying your books from the campus bookstore!

Instead, it’s much more affordable to buy your books online

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There are so many websites that offer textbooks for a fraction of the cost compared to the bookstore. 

The convenient thing about buying your books online is that you can compare prices easily with other websites. You can watch for deals, and get email notifications on price drops. 

Every little bit helps. 

Buying your books online can save you hundreds, and often they will be delivered in just a few days. 

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Buy Used 

Like anything in life, not everything has to be brand new.  Plus, there are so many benefits to buying used textbooks. 

For one, you’re helping the environment with recycling someone’s old textbooks that otherwise would have ended up in the landfill. 

Second, you’re helping out another student by buying it, while at the same time, saving yourself money. 

The content of the textbook is what you need, does it really matter if some pages are bent?  

A few great websites to search for used textbooks are:

How To Save Money On Textbooks

Check Out E-books 

If you have a laptop and plan on bringing it to class with you every day, you may want to look into e-books. 

You’ll only pay a small price to download the book on your computer, and it’s there forever.  

This could very well be revolutionary in saving money on textbooks!  

That’s not to mention, you’re likely going to be finding yourself pulling late-night study sessions with friends. With e-books, you can bring your textbooks with you, without needing to lug them around in your backpack.

The convenient thing about e-books is you can never misplace them or forget them. Plus, you won’t ever find yourself rummaging through your locker trying to find the right book in between classes. 

Talk about simplifying your life in one easy step.  

All you need to do is grab your laptop and head out the door, with all of your coursework readily available. 

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Visit The Library 

Many of the textbooks you’ll find at the library have been donated by students who have either dropped out or graduated and no longer need them. 

Sometimes, the library will purchase various textbooks or books with similar content. So it’s always a good idea to check them out before going out and buying new books. 

Libraries loan books for free. And oftentimes, you’ll only need a particular book for one semester, and then you’ll move on to another. 

So why not borrow one off by using your good, old fashioned library card.  

Rent Your Textbooks 

There are plenty of options for renting out textbooks. 

Again, the easiest way to go about doing this is likely searching online. You may even be able to find ads posted on a bulletin board in the common area at your school.

Most colleges have a student service resource center, ran by students dedicated to helping other students. 

They should be able to point you in the right direction on who is renting out their books or where to look.   

You may even see this as a potential money-making opportunity for yourself when you’re finished with the textbooks you’ve purchased. Renting them out to future students can potentially have your textbooks paying themself off in the long run.  

How To Save Money On Textbooks

Final Tip: Always Compare Prices 

Even the biggest brands put their products and services on sale from time to time.

That’s why it’s important to always shop around and compare prices from different stores/suppliers.

This is the real key on how to save Money On Textbooks. 

Don’t just buy the first books you see!

Shop around online or ask around at school to find out any other ways you can save money on your books.

Just remember, there are plenty of ways to save yourself money throughout the years, and saving on your textbooks is one of them.

Budgeting Tips For Students

Looking for student budgeting tips? Then, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re in college or university, it’s high time that you learn how to start budgeting your finances. 

It’s no secret that first-year students are prone overspending on books, take-out and study supplies. 

But by creating and maintaining a budget throughout the year, you’ll be much better able to manage your expenses and set yourself up for financial success in the long run. 

Budgeting Tips

Better Budgeting Tips

While you’re in school, it’s a good idea to keep a detailed logbook of your weekly or monthly expenses. Keep track of this by writing it down every time you spend any money. 

Then, you’ll be able to subtract these expenses from your income to see whether you’re spending within your means. 

Don’t be too alarmed if you come up with a negative balance. It’s important to use this information to help you review your spending and see where you can cut back on your spending.

For example, you might notice that you’re spending an awful lot of take-out food. 

Or, you might even realize that no amount of cutting back is going to help and that you need to earn more money. In that case, a part-time job might be the best solution. 

Having a part-time job can help you better afford your expenses. And part-time jobs are also much likelier to offer a flexible schedule to fit around your classes.  

Learn more budgeting tips here.

Budgeting Tips

Learn About Student Lines Of Credit

Not all credit is created the same. While it’s best to avoid paying your bills with a credit card, using a student line of credit is often a good choice for students struggling to make ends meet. 

Obtaining a student line of credit allows you to access a pre-established amount of cash every year while in school. You’ll still be required to make regular payments on the interest. But you’ll be able to wait until after you graduate to pay back the principal in full. 

And again, it’s best to avoid using credit cards at all costs. They have much higher interest rates and charge hefty cash advance fees, making it much harder to pay off your balance.   

Negotiate Better Rates

We often overlook the cost of our cable and cellphone bills when dealing with our monthly expenses. But the truth is that these services often represent a significant portion of our monthly spending. 

So with that said, it might be worth it to try and call your cable or cell service provider to see if you can negotiate better rates. If not, you might want to see about dropping a service or two to help lower your monthly bill. 

After all, do you really need that extra gig of data? 

Avoid Eating Out – Budgeting Tips

When you’re in school, especially if you’re juggling a part or full-time job at the same time, it can often feel like it’s impossible to take the time to cook a meal from scratch. 

But restaurants and take-out food are expensive, and it’s easy to spend an entire month’s grocery budget by eating out just a few times.  

So instead, try your best to do groceries and pack lunches instead of grabbing food on the go. 

It might also be a good idea to create a separate grocery budget by figuring out what foods you’ll need for the month. Then, create a list of what to buy before heading out to the store and stick to it at all costs. 

Read more student budgeting tips here: https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/budgeting/budgeting-tips-college-students/

Think Before You Spend

Impulse purchases can be extremely tempting. But they’re also the purchases that we tend to regret almost as soon as we’ve made them. 

That’s why we suggest waiting at least 24 hours before making any major purchases. 

If the item is something that you truly need, you’ll stick likely still want to make the purchase after waiting a day. 

But giving yourself a day to think about the purchase will allow you to decide whether it is something you truly need, or if it’s only something that you want. 

It might be hard to deny buying yourself something new, but at the end of the month, when your spending is still within your means, you’ll thank yourself for it. 

Buy Used or Digital Textbooks

It’s no secret that textbooks are often one of a student’s biggest expenses. 

That’s why it’s a good idea to either buy used textbooks or do away with hardcopies completely and go digital. 

There are many places where students can go to look for pre-used, afforable textbooks and there is also an increasing number of schools that are offering digital copies of textbooks. 

Not only will you be saving yourself money, but you’ll also be helping to reduce your impact on the environment. 

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Put Money Aside – Budgeting Tips

The next item on our list of budgeting tips is to put some money aside and save it.

You never know when you’re going to run into hard times. 

And this is exactly why we recommend trying to put aside at least 10% of your monthly income and not touch it unless absolutely necessary. 

Think about it as an emergency fund. 

So whether your car unexpectedly breaks down one day or you simply need help coming up with your share of the rent next month, you won’t have to go calling mom or dad to beg for a handout. 

Struggling With Student Debt?

If you’re struggling with debt or need budgeting advice, don’t wait to find help. 

If you’re facing any type of financial difficulties, it’s important that you speak to a school or financial counselor as soon as possible. They’ll be able to advise you on any issues you may be having and point you in the right direction to help you get back on track. 

3 Easy Ways to Save Money in College

We’re sure you’re well aware of all the buzz surrounding college tuition. With an average price tag of $20,000 for four years of school, it goes without saying that higher education is expensive. 

However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t cut costs in some areas of school. Today, we’re going to show you a few tips on how to save money in college (wherever possible). Let’s cover three proven tips that’ll help you get your degree without spending more money than you have to. 

1. Avoid Paying Full Price for Textbooks

College students spend an average of $655 per year on textbooks, according to the National Association of College Stores. That totals to about $2,620 in 4 years. Could you think of something better to spend that money on?

I bet you can.

So what’s the alternative to buying brand new textbooks from your college’s bookstore? Here are a few solutions:

Sometimes there is no way to get around this like a physical workbook that you need to write in and turn in, or online content that is registered to your student ID.

Sometimes you just can’t get around the new edition of a textbook. Maybe there’s a physical workbook you need for assignments, or the increasing trend of online materials that come with your textbooks. No matter what you decide to do, just make sure that buying brand new textbooks is always your last resort. It could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. 

We offer one of the largest databases online for searching for textbooks and academic media at the lowest price—browse our textbook search engine at Textbook Nova.

2. Get as Much Free Money as You Can!

Start saving money early by applying for as many grants and scholarships as you can. It might seem like scholarships are only available to straight A students, but you’d be surprised to learn that are thousands of ways to qualify for rewards.

You can begin by searching for…

  • Federal grants 
  • State grants
  • Employer scholarships (this is a hidden gold mine!)
  • Volunteer grants
  • Institutional grants (churches, temples, organizations)
  • Academic scholarships 
  • Skill-based scholarships
  • Hobbies or club scholarships
  • Local awards
  • And much more…

Scholarships and grants don’t have to be paid off and can go towards your college education.  So apply for them as early as possible. And leave no stone unturned! Trust us, when it’s 10 years down the road and you’re trying to pay off your education… every dollar adds up.

Likewise, you can get help from your financial aid counselor. They’ll happily walk you through the grant application process to see what you qualify for. 

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3. Let Your Advisor Lead the Way

It’s reported that the average graduate of a four-year college takes the equivalent of a full extra semester of classes, meaning an extra 12 to 15 credits.

In a time where the cost of college tuition is only rising, it’s crucial to make sure that you’re not wasting money (or your time) on classes that you don’t need in the long run. The sooner you graduate, the sooner you can launch your career.

And this is where your college advisor comes in.

Talk to them about creating a pathway that highlights the classes that are actually necessary for your degree. It’s common for students to get lost in a sea of information during their first two years of school. We can 100% relate. However, this lack of proper guidance can lead to making costly decisions. 

If you go straight to your advisor early on, you might be able to avoid the same mistakes. Their advice could save you hundreds or even thousands in the long run. 

It’s inevitable that your finances will take a hit from college. 

But if you take the initiative, you might find yourself in a minority of students. These students avoid spending hundreds, if not thousands, in unnecessary expenses. Do you have other tips on setting aside some extra cash during school?

Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

Are you sick of tired of paying hundreds of dollars for a textbook you might only crack open once all semester?

Yeah, I thought so.

We all know textbooks are expensive by now. That part doesn’t really come as a surprise to us anymore. On the other hand, that awareness still doesn’t ease the sticker shock of adding up your book costs for one semester.

So why DO textbooks cost a small fortune? Let’s find out.

 

Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive? 

According to the College Board, the average college student in a four-year program pays $1,250 per year on textbooks. That’s a serious obstacle for students who are already dealing with rising tuition costs.

Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

The American Enterprise Institute also investigated the rising prices of textbooks. They found that the cost of recreational books, like novels, has gone down.

While college textbooks have gone up nearly 200%. Who’s to blame? There are a number of factors.

 

College Professors Level of Awareness

Professors frequently assign book titles without considering how much the text cost the students…or how much their students will actually USE the books that semester.

It’s not that professors are out to get us. They just might not be aware of how expensive the book really is–or they don’t think about the price at all.

Book publishers pressure educators too. They have sales reps that come onto campus and push the latest edition, bundled with software. At the end of the day, you professor really has no reason to keep the costs of their book down.

In this case, we have to educate our professors as well.

Ask them at the beginning of the semester (or prior to the start of it) if you REALLY need the latest edition of the textbook–or if you can get through the semester with a used copy. Explain to them that you want to do well in their class but the cost of the textbook is holding you back.

 

Book Publishers Want Profits

Publishers play the main role in driving up book costs.

Did you know there are only 5 major book publishers that run the textbook market? That’s right, 80% of the market is controlled by these 5 textbook publishers.

And they’re hungry for profits. They bundle textbooks with software and unique codes that forces students to buy the latest edition.

These traditional publishers don’t make money off you purchasing used books–so they do everything in their power to make those older editions “out of date” and useless.

Why Are College Textbooks So Expensive?

Campus Bookstores Markup Retail Prices  

Your campus bookstore wants to make money too. Book publishers are hungry for profit…but so are universities.

Campus bookstores usually mark the retail price of a textbook up by 25-28%. Depending on how much your book costs, this markup can be significant. That means a $200 textbook becomes $250 at the bookstore.

Look closely at your college bookstore website. You’ll probably come across a pricing policy section that explains what their current markup is.

However, this isn’t to vilify your campus bookstore. It costs them money to run the bookstore–they have overhead like paying their employees. To be honest, many campus bookstores are owned by Barnes & Noble anyway.

 

It Depends on Your Field of Study

Information changes rapidly depending on what field you’re studying. If you’re in a field like medical or science? They’re constantly discovering new information and the textbooks have to be updated as a result.

However, if you’re studying a field like math, you’ll find the information doesn’t really change. With this in mind, you can most likely get away with an older textbook version.

 

Search via Textbook Nova

Fortunately, the internet is changing the textbook industry. Website search engines like ours–TextbookNova.com–can save you money.

Search for your assigned text via the ISBN. The ISBN is the bar-code number for the textbook; it should be 10 digits or 13 digits. Why is this so important? Well, it lets you know that you’re getting the right version/edition of the book.

Once you’ve the right textbook, you’ll see options for buying it full price, used, or renting it (usually the cheapest). If you want to go with a used edition, you can price compare multiple price range options based on the condition of the book.

 

What’s Next?

All in all, today’s textbook publishing model and the rising costs won’t last. It just isn’t sustainable. Open-sourced material is spreading online and the internet has given students far more options for price shopping.

The more we understand about why we’re paying so much for a textbook, the more can do to influence the current system.