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Bookworms – This is the Book Subscription You Need in Your Life

One of the suckiest things about being a literature major was that reading became all work and no play. I’ve always loved to read and bookstores have always been some of my favorite places to go when I need to wind down, but since graduating from college, teaching myself to “read for fun” again has been a bit of a challenge.

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I had some luck with books on tape, espeically since my commute to and from work was clocking in at about an hour each way…but since I’ve moved closer to work, it’s harder to get into the audiobooks now…and I certainly can’t listen to someone reading to me at work when I’m trying to write copy about cupcakes and cake decorating (I know, my job is SO hard!).

Like any English or literature major, I have shelves and shelves of books that I’ve purchased at some point in my life but never actually read. Most of those books are just outdated now…or have been spoiled for me thanks to the Internet…THANKS, INTERNET. But they look so pretty on my shelf!!

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So I guess the long and short of it is – I need better book recommendations. I know I’m never going to go back and read Pride and Prejudice again or try to read Catch-22 for the 3rd time…I just need to own up to the fact that I need and require some new, juicy, contemporary fiction (or nonfiction) that will rekindle my love for the written word.

In doing some research on Goodreads, I came across a site called “Book of the Month“. While I was hoping this site might better fine-tune my personal book selections based on what I already love and hate (does that exist? If not, someone get on that because I’d be all over that), this site does bring you the option to get up to 5 carefully chosen books a month in a fun subscription box that is sure to make your day a little brighter!

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Depending on the money you’re willing to spend, you can get one or more books a month – most of which are new or soon-to-be released fiction titles that are selected for very secret and specific reasons. And if you don’t end up liking it, they’ll replace it…for FREE.

The thing I like about this Book of the Month subscription is that you can skip a month if none of the books appeal to you or if, like me, you’re probably still working through the book you got last month.

They also help highlight reasons you may or may not like the book with these fun little graphics:

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You could even gift this subscription service to a friend, sister, mom, grandma or just for yourself! You have the option of paying by the month or just forking up the 150 bucks for the whole damn year (which equates to about $12.50 per book).

If you have a reading goal in 2018 or are just looking to check out some new fiction without the overwhelming stress of browsing Barnes and Nobel, I highly suggest you check out Book of the Month. I plan on subscribing this month, so let’s be book buddies!

Also, here’s a little sneak peek of the April selections…

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Happy reading!

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality Book Review

Rhett and Link wrote a book.  Let’s talk about that.

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If you’re not familiar with Good Mythical Morning, allow me to educate you.  This is Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal:

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They are the “Internet-tainers” behind YouTube’s most popular daily talk show, Good Mythical Morning.  Every weekday they release a video where they try new things for the good of science.  Want to know if LEGOS make good shoes?  Want to know the hottest hot sauce in America or the best-tasting pumpkin spice item at Trader Joe’s?  Rhett and Link put their taste buds, stomachs, and sanity on the line for us in this highly addicting and amazing YouTube series.

I’ve been a Mythical Beast (GMM fan) for at least four or five years.  I tune in every morning to watch GMM and even crafted my own Rhett and Link poster for my workspace!

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I’m seriously in love with these guys.

When Rhett and Link announced that they were working on a book, I was literally gitty with excitement.  I knew it would be nothing but MYTHICAL in its amazingness and I have to say, it met – nay – EXCEEDED my expectations!

Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality is everything Mythical Beasts would want and more.  Filled with hilarious stories, amazing photographs, and top-notch advice for how to be your mythical best, this book is an intimate look into the lives of Rhett and Link and is a testament to true, unadulterated friendship.

Want to throw a party that will go down in history as one of the best?  Rhett and Link show you how.  Want to know the secret to eating tarantulas, pig’s blood, and other disgusting things for possible post-apocalyptic survival?  Rhett and Link show you how.  What to learn how to tell someone you love them in the most mythical way possible?  Rhett and Link show you how…well, at least their wives do.  Want to know about Rhett’s dog curse, Link’s standards for quality BFF material, and their mutual love for Merle Haggard?  It’s all found in the colorful and hilarious pages of Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality.

Just like the show that inspired its birth, Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality aims to teach readers new things:  how to laugh more often, how to eat things that scare you, how to invent something ridiculous, and how to own your hair style.  Complete the fun activities and prompts along the way, this book is even more fun to read with your BFF…plus you earn Mythical “merit badges” as you make your way through the book!

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For those who don’t know, Rhett and Link have actually been BFF’s since the first grade when their teacher made them miss recess for writing profanity on their desks.  They spent their time drawing and creating mythical beasts and, thankfully for us, it was the start of a beautiful friendship.  After rooming together in college, attempting (and failing) to start a band, and abandoning their degrees in engineering, Rhett and Link decided to take to the Internet as a way to talk about their lives, air their grievances, and just make each other laugh…

Now with more than 12 million subscribers, Good Mythical Morning has spawned several other YouTube channels, including Good Mythical More, which airs after GMM, Rhett & Link which features behind-the-scenes content and other fun videos, This is Mythical, which is a channel devoted to the beloved Mythical crew behind GMM, a YouTube Red series titled Rhett and Link’s Buddy System, and even a pod cast titled Ear Biscuits where Rhett and Link continue their discussions about creativity and tomfoolery.

Here’s the fact of the matter…If you love GMM, you’re going to love Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality.  And if you’ve never seen GMM, allow me to share some of my favorite episodes:

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What I love the most about Rhett and Link is that they are 100% authentic to who they are, something that is ever more apparent in their mythical field guide.  With heartfelt stories that will literally make you laugh out loud, Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality is like the BFF you always wanted: filled with great advice, funny stories, and plenty of heart.

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Website – LibriVox.com

We all have an extensive list of books we want to read before we die…or at least books to read during the summer.  But if you’re too busy to sit down and read for an hour, or find it too hot to read at the beach, or simply don’t have time in your crazy hectic schedules, consider browsing around LibriVox.

LibriVox is an acoustical library of thousands of public domain books (anything published prior to 1923).  Listen to Anne of Green Gables, The Three Musketeers, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Collected Works of William Shakespeare, and hundreds more…all for FREE!  That’s right.  Doesn’t cost you one single penny.  Knock out some of those classics on your list as you do housework or cool off from the scorching hot weather we’ve been having thus far.

You can also download the audio files for free, allowing you to listen at your leisure.  The readings are done by several volunteers from all over the world, so you could have someone from New Jersey reading you chapter one of Little Women, and someone from Spain reading you chapter two.

Have a voice the world should hear?  You can also volunteer to do your own readings of your favorite books.  Get more information at LibriVox.org.

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Website – mturk.com

So we’re all looking for little ways to save money.  While doing some research on the topic the other day, I came across Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website:

https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome

You can go here and search tons of little jobs to do that will take no more than an hour (most of them).  Depending on the task, you get paid anywhere from $0.01 to $10.00 per task.  It may not seem like a lot, but do one $1.00 task every day and you’ve got $30 extra bucks at the end of the month.  I got paid $0.05 just for asking a question about financing.

The only downside is that you only get “paid” by Amazon when you make $10.00…so all of your money will roll over month to month until you reach $10.00.  But if you do one a day, you’ll see results in no time!

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Website – DesignYourDorm.com

Well, the time has come.  College calls and kids are loading up and taking off.  Now, we all know that dorm living is not the most exciting thing in the world, but playing around with DesignYourDorm.com can make it super easy and convenient.

DesignYourDorm.com allows readers to arrange and decorate their dorm room online…so they can have a “floor plan” for move in day.  Roommates can arrange where things will go, what they need, what will fit, and what should stay at home.  All you need to do is create a free account and find your college from the extensive list DesignYourDorm provides.

Do you need a new lamp?  Desk?  Chair?  Bob Marley poster?  Simply add it to your shopping list on DesignYourDorm.com and you have the option to simply print it out or buy what you need right there.  Once it’s in your cart, the item appears in your room so you can check to see if it will fit and plan accordingly.

Have fun and happy rearranging!

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Website – RecipeMatcher.com

So the time comes when you need to clean out your cabinets and fridge.  You have 4 old chicken breasts, a jar of orange marmalade, olive oil, noodles, and lemon juice.  Hmm.  Interesting combination…

Don’t toss your food in the trash quite yet.  Try entering your random ingredients into RecipeMatcher.com.  They’ll search thousands of recipes to find something you can make with the stuff you already have at home.  I tried entering some random ingredients and actually found some great looking recipes that I saved for later.

This is  a great site to bookmark for those late Wednesday night dinners!

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