If you’re anything like the typical college student, you LOVE Halloween! There is nothing better than dressing up and celebrating with friends. But Halloween is more than just costumes and pumpkin carving. This is the best time of year to let yourself get caught up in a spooky, suspense filled novel that will get you in the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween reads that you can find right here on Knetbooks.com.
1. Hidden Order by Brad Thor: Well known author Brad Thor knew what he was doing when he wrote this thriller. This book is great for those who love action and suspense.
2. The Whispers by John Connolly: A thriller from the Charlie Parker series, this text will have readers on the edge of their seat reading about underground smuggling operations, drugs and powerful ancient evil.
3. Extinction by Mark Alpert: Soldier-turned-scientist Jim Pierce must find his daughter who has gone MIA because she was able to crack a serious military secret and is being hunted by a Chinese assassin.
4. Black List by Brad Thor: The black list is a guarded list only seen by the president and his secret team of advisers. When your name is on it, you don’t come off until you’re dead. Scot Horvath, counterterrorism operative, must find out who has added his name to the list and have it removed before he gets killed.
5. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn: This is one you have to read for yourself. This intense thriller details the adventure of CIA hit man Mitch Rapp who is being targeted for taking out some of the most dangers criminals in France.
7. Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo: What appears to be a tragic car accident turns into a potentially much more sinister, targeted hit of an Amish deacon and his three children.
8. Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave: This thriller is not your everyday “flawed hero” story. Full of mystery and surprises, Cemetery Lake will keep you guessing the whole time you’re reading.
9. A Simple Act of Violence by R.J. Ellory: Ellory’s best serial killer novel will keep readers enthralled in the mystery of several Washington D.C. murders.
10. Safe House by Chris Ewan: This thriller shows that even the closest knit communities can hide dangerous secrets.
11. Blood Game by David Lyons: Federal Judge Jock Boucher has two men’s deaths on his hands and has found himself in mortal danger. This suspense filled thriller will not disappoint.
12. The Killing Hour by Paul Cleve: Once you pick up this suspenseful thriller you won’t be able to put it down. Filled with murder, romance and mystery, this novel is one of our favorites.
13. The Survivors Club by Lisa Garden: Three women who were able to overcome being victims by helping to catch the man who changed their live forever, are now suspects in his vicious murder. This suspense filled book will keep you guessing the whole time you read it.
The scariest read of all? Your college textbooks! Take the terror out of ordering books when you find great deals and rent your books from Knetbooks.com I hope this list helped you to find the perfect read to fit your frightful fancy. Have any other suggestions of thrilling, suspense filled Halloween reads you think others might like?
Every year at every university there are various campus events that no freshman should miss out on. For any incoming freshmen wondering what to do with their time, here’s a list of some great events that you need to see for yourself:
Homecoming Football Game: I’m using the term homecoming lightly here. Some schools have special high turnouts for the very first football game of the school year, while others focus more on their homecoming game later in the semester. At my University, a huge blue and yellow parade of freshmen traditionally marches across the campus all the way to the stadium for the first game of the year. The phenomenon is not one to miss, and especially not one to miss being a part of!
Fall Semester Concert: For some students, this might be their first concert all together, but whether it’s your first, or hundredth, I highly recommend going to your school’s fall show, no matter who the performer is. Go with a group of friends, relax and have fun!
Club Fair: For many schools, there will only be one of these a year, so don’t miss out! Even if you don’t think you have any interest in campus organizations at all, you might find one, or a dozen, that you’ve never heard of before and want to try. One thing to keep in mind is that even if you sign up for a club at the fair, you are not committed. If you’re even remotely interested in the concept of an organization or its cause, just go to its first meeting, and find out for yourself.
Syllabus Week: Unfortunately, this isn’t a fun occasion, but don’t let any upperclassmen convince you this first week doesn’t matter for classes. Many professors will begin work the first week of class, and you may even start learning new material. Don’t skip this!
Any events specifically for freshmen: There’s a very wide variety of these little get-togethers, and yes, some of them may be boring. However, most are not. They offer a great chance for you to start getting to know your classmates early, so don’t miss out!
College schedules vary greatly, so check out your university’s website to see what is happening on campus! Nothing fun ever happened to the guy who stayed home every day, and you’ll always remember your freshman year, so start making some good memories! For other freshman year must haves don’t forget to check out our Quick List here. Know of any unique or interesting events hosted by your school? Tell us about them below in our comments section.
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Summer time is here again and we all know what that means: the heat and humidity are here too. Let’s face it, no one likes to be sticky and sweaty during their summer. That is what finals are for! Before you let the heat and humidity get to you, though, try these easy, cost-effective solutions to cool off:
Wear light colors. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it does not just mean light in the color. It means light in weight as well. Linens and cotton are perfect for this kind of weather!
Invest in cooling bands. You have seen athletes from football, tennis, even the summer Olympics with towels draped around their necks trying to cool off. Lowe’s sells an inexpensive towel for $14.98. Just wet the towel down, snap it, and you’re instantly cooled down for two hours until it needs reactivated.
Cut back on electrical use. Flat-screen televisions may look cool, but in reality, they produce a lot of heat that then gets circulated in a room. Go outside and get some fresh air, or if you insist on staying inside, pick up a book.
Cover is crucial. Just like you cover doors and windows in the winter to keep the cold out, cover doors and windows to keep the cool in. That way the A/C air will not go to waste.
Skip on cooking. Notice this says skip on cooking, not eating. Kitchen appliances will create more heat. Go to your local supermarket and get come cold cuts and cheese, or investigate some recipes that do not require the use of appliances.
Have any other quick tips for us? Let us know in the comments section below. Stay cool!
I love giving gifts, but as a college student with very little free time during the year, I come across many issues related to gift giving. Having no free time keeps me unemployed, and so I end up with little or no money at all. Almost every time a birthday or anniversary comes around, I spend very large amounts of time planning out a gift, only to find that it is too expensive for my budget!
It seems that many other students are experiencing the same problems that I am, so here are several ideas to keep your presents (somewhat) cheap, but memorable:
- If you have the ability, or the interest, take the time to sit down and write the gift receiver a poem, letter, or maybe even paint them a picture.
- Take them out for a nice, romantic picnic. All you really need are a few sandwiches, a blanket, and a warm, sunny day.
- Buy tickets to their favorite artist’s concert, or their favorite comedian’s show. I mean, who doesn’t love Louis C. K?
- Try simulating your first date. The old memories will definitely make it a great gift. Or, to make it even better, at the end of your date, add something new, such as ice skating. On top of your first date, this will create even more cherished memories.
- The ideal present is one that does not fade, but grows and changes as time goes on. However, not many examples of this exist. Luckily, a great gift that WILL last is a charm bracelet. Each holiday, or special occasion, try adding a new charm that really means something to you. Soon, there will not only be a bracelet, but also a collection of memories that is one of a kind.
I will warn you that some of these suggestions can become quite expensive, so keep that in mind as you make an attempt to give a truly special present. For more unique gift ideas at every price point, I recommend online shopping at etsy.com (they’ve got it all)! If you have some gift-giving ideas that I didn’t mention don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!
If you’re tired of explosions, superheroes, and hectic action in your summer movies, then head down to your local independent theater and see The Place Beyond the Pines.
The film stars Ryan Gosling as Luke Glanton, a motorcycle stuntman who learns that he has a son with a former girlfriend named Romina (Eva Mendes). Without a way to provide for the child, Luke concocts a plan to rob banks on his motorcycle. Bradley Cooper plays Avery Cross, a police officer pursuing Luke. As the story unfolds, the paths of these two men cross in more ways than one.
This is the second collaboration between Gosling and writer/director Derek Cianfrance, their first being the critically acclaimed Blue Valentine. Cianfrance makes his presence felt in both the script and onscreen; his writing is broad but focused, his direction realistic yet captivating. I particularly enjoyed the setting of Schenectady, New York, partly because I live about thirty minutes from there. It’s a sort of sleepy, wooded area that is captured brilliantly and fits perfectly within the story.
The Place Beyond the Pines features some excellent performances from a well-cast group of actors and actresses. Gosling in particular shines as stuntman turned bank- robber Luke Glanton. He is at first menacing with his imposing physique and numerous tattoos, yet loving and soft-spoken in his scenes with Mendes and his infant son. Newcomers Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen also provide excellent support, as do Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper.
That said, the script is definitely the strongest part of the film. This isn’t a traditional, formulaic Hollywood plot. Rather, it is a realistic story told over years and generations. My friend described the plot as “Shakespearean,” and I think this description fits well. You might think you know where it’s going, but trust me, you’ll be surprised. In many ways the film is a tragedy, inspecting what happens when otherwise good people reach too high. And yet I think that there is a certain hopefulness that runs alongside with the tragedy; the idea that even if we make mistakes in life, there is a chance of redemption–if not for us, then for those who come after.
No, this is not a pulse-pounding action thriller with bullets and bodies flying left and right. There aren’t any super powers or incredible special-effects. The Place Beyond the Pines is an sombre, honest study in family and legacy. If you’re looking for a break from the summer blockbuster, start here.
So the semester is over and you may have some extra cash from selling your used textbooks, but you probably don’t want to spend it all on Dad, which is understandable. There are plenty of good gifts that you can find within your budget, but let me start by telling you what NOT to get your dad for Father’s Day:
Another tie. Just because it’s on the $5 rack doesn’t mean you should buy it.
Tools. He’s already got more screw drivers than Bob the Builder. Besides, buying your dad tools is like buying your mom a new vacuum for Mother’s Day (which you should never do).
A cheesy coffee mug. There are better ways to tell him he’s the “Best Dad in the World”. Does he even drink coffee at home?!
Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about what you should buy for Father’s Day. Everyone knows that men are hard to shop for, but it’s not impossible. The first step to finding the perfect gift is simply thinking about what interests your dad. Does he love to cook/grill? Is there a TV show or movie he is always talking about? Is he the kind of dad that would like to go to a MLB game or another sporting event? The point here is to find something personalized, rather than the generic set of golf balls for someone who has never golfed a day in his life. Here are a few other suggestions for more unique Father’s Day gifts:
A sincere card. Chances are your dad has done a lot for you and asked for very little in return. Sure you’re grateful, but do you ever take the time to put into words how much you truly appreciate his support? You could even include it in a nice frame with his favorite picture of the two of you.
Home beer kit (for those of us that are 21). If you dad enjoys an occasional cold beer then he would probably enjoy learning the craft, too! Nothing brings a family together like brewing beer, right?
A new phone case. If your dad is anything like mine, then he has been using the same outdated, belt-clip phone case for years. There are lots of new cases online and I’m sure you could find am inexpensive, trendy case that would fit his style.
If all else fails, spend time instead of money. The older we get the busier our lives become. Whether you’re out on your own or still living at home, you probably spend most of your days in class, working, or hanging out with friends. Let your dad know how much you love him by simply spending the afternoon together. The key on this one is to really be present, and not spend the afternoon texting your friends while sitting on the same couch as your dad.
For more fantastic gift ideas be sure to check out our Father’s Day inspired board on Pinterest!
Being a student and having a green thumb can pose serious challenges. Growing your own plants and vegetables within the confines of a dorm room is a difficult task. Gardening requires a lot of time, attention, and space – all of which is difficult for a student to commit to, and obtain. However, just because gardening can be difficult does not mean it is impossible. In fact, taking on the task can provide you with a wonderful hobby that has the potential to produce some great tasting food, as well as nice looking foliage to liven up your space. As long as you have a window, some form of a container, and soil, you can plant a variety of fruits and vegetables. Consider some of the below tips and tricks on how to adapt gardening to your urban lifestyle!
Consider the amount of sunlight you have exposure to. This is crucial when determining what to plant – especially if it’s a fruit or vegetable. Leafy greens, as well as vegetables like broccoli, are more shade-loving and will therefore require less sunlight. On the other hand, fruits such as tomatoes, strawberries, and kiwi, require much larger amounts of sunlight.
Container size is determined by root depth. Plants with shallow roots can be planted in pots that are smaller than 10 inches in diameter, while plants with deeper roots will require containers that are three to five gallons. Make sure that all containers are raised as to allow your plants air circulation and extra space for drainage. While this plant container is super crafty, it may not be the most practical.
Don’t over water your plants. You want to make sure that you have watered the entire container, but get rid of any excess water that fills the saucer below the container. Allowing your plant to sit in this excess water can lead to root rot. As mentioned previously, it can be difficult as a student to make sure that you are always there to attend to your plant. To make sure that your plants are still getting the nutrients they require, you can purchase water crystals that soak up and gradually release water when you are unable to give them your undivided attention.
Urban gardening is a great way to grow your own fruits and vegetables within a setting that isn’t conducive to traditional gardening methods. Although you won’t necessarily be able to grow a vast amount of any one thing, it’s a great way to test out different plants, and to spruce up your place in a functional yet aesthetically appealing way. For fun ideas in regard to displaying your own urban garden check out pinterest.com.
Have you ever tried urban gardening? What advice can you offer?
While peering into the lives of people in far off, almost surreal places and tuning in to the expressive narration of a sharply dressed news anchor, we’re all hopelessly entranced by a troubling modern phenomenon. We don’t necessarily have a keen eye for the important – we have a thirst for the dramatic. With the click of a button, I now expect to be warmly greeted by the mesmerizing smile of one of CNN’s absurdly attractive spokespeople. The top story – most likely a shamelessly dramatized natural disaster or grisly crime. Hour after hour, the rest of the world’s events are banished to thin, barely readable captions running along the very bottom of our screens.
Interviews with carefully chosen victims (perhaps others’ accounts aren’t as “gripping”), stories of amazing escapes, and edited, slow-motion clips of chaos absorb the attention of America’s top news network for days on end, until the “hype” subsides. Grave events are suddenly made to look like a box-office hit – a source of shock and entertainment. A cheapening of reality inevitably occurs. People’s privacy and dignity are rarely preserved in times of such televised disasters.
As we know, the media is anything but objective. Its status as a source of information is often confounded by its distasteful handling of stories that are especially sensitive. At a point, it becomes unclear whether viewers are empathetic or simply fascinated by cataclysmic events. How is it that we so often complain of political bias in the news, but we remain ignorant of the kinks in the very fabric of Western media culture? We don’t know any better. From early childhood, we have been conditioned this way. Through the media’s eye, we gain a glimpse of Hollywood – a world based on entertainment value.
No matter our disposition, those of us who grace buzzing college campuses across the United States have the opportunity to alter the social climate. When we slip out of the uncomfortable heat of May and shed the cocoon of the cap and gown, we take on the role of professionals – independent parts of a complex mechanism. We have to gain awareness of our tendencies and occasionally pose some questions. Ignorance is a threat to our generation. Our second life – the one behind the screen – is a crucial part of modern self-discovery.