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Some Of The Most Anticipated Book Releases For Winter 2021

With news of multiple Covid-19 vaccines being distributed, it’s only a matter of time before life begins to return to a sense of normalcy. In the meantime, it’s up to us to continue to stay home and follow all health and safety procedures until we can get vaccinated. Now that it’s winter, one of the best ways to pass the time while you wait out the rest of the pandemic this season is reading! This month a ton of new reads have been released for the new year, here are some of the titles being talked about already:

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King Of The Rising By Kacen Callender: This is the sequel to Callender’s popular novel Queen Of The Conquered, and follows former slave Loren Jannik as she leads a newly created resistance group. Together they attempt to take back their land from the Fjern; an invading group of individuals enslaving all of the island’s residents. This is the second book in Callender’s “Island of Blood and Storm” series. 

The Chicken Sisters By KJ Dell’Antonia: In Dell’Antonia’s debut novel, 35-year-old widow Amanda Moore stuns her small Kansas town by marrying Frank Pogociello. For context, Amanda has spent her whole life working for her mom at Chicken Mimi’s, but now that she married Frank, she has to start working at Chicken Frannies, which is his family’s chicken restaurant. It just so happens that the two families are also sworn enemies and each other’s biggest rivals. 

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America By Ijeoma Oluo: Popularized for her novel So You Want to Talk About Race, Oluo is back with her newest book that aims to examine how privileged white men in western culture has created a dangerous environment for everyone else living in it with them. 

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The Mermaid From Jeju By Sumi Hahn: This historical fiction novel follows teenage Junja, a diver whose mother dies when they both switch places so that Junja can travel into the mountains on an important trading mission. Without her mother, and separated from the boy she loves, Junja must use all of her strength to complete this journey. 

Layla By Colleen Hoover: When Leeds girlfriend Layla is brutally attacked by his ex, he finds it difficult to save the love he once had for her as she navigates her post-traumatic stress. In order to bring back their spark, Leeds books a Bed and Breakfast getaway for them both, but when another woman begins to become the object of his affection….well, you’ll just have to read to find out.

This Is How We Fly By Anna Meriano: 17-year-old Ellen is grounded for her last summer before college, greatly derailing all of her final summer plans with her two best friends. Desperate to leave the house, Ellen joins the local Quidditch league, and as she becomes more and more involved with the game, her old friends become figures of the past. 

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie By Marie Benedict: After famous murder-mystery author Agatha Christie returns home after being missing for 11 days, she claims to have no memory of what occurred during her absence. The novel then begins to spiral down a rabbit hole of mystery and strangeness as Mrs. Christie’s journey begins to unravel. 

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Simple Ways To Makeover Your Living Room

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we all have an indefinite amount of time to be spent in our homes. Many of us are taking advantage of this quarantine by completing a bunch of home projects/interior design dreams that have been waiting to be completed for years now. 

One of the most commonly used rooms in your home is the living space. The living room acts as sort of the centerpiece for the home, and while you want the space to be personal and fit in with your own personal aesthetics, there are some general tips you can follow to make the space appealing for anyone who walks in. 

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First, get inspired and go online to find some fun ideas to do with your space. Online design magazines, blogs, and other social media platforms like Pinterest or Tumblr, are all great examples of online resources with a myriad of inspirational interior design ideas for your living room. Start by searching for general terms like “cool sofa” or “wooden coffee table” and from there you can start to gage what pictures are most appealing to you. Once you have a better idea of what you want your space to look like, you can get more specific with your searches and maybe even find some specific elements to buy online for your home. 

Once you have the general idea of what you want your space to look like it’s important to plan before making any online purchases or rearrangements to the space. Entering into a redesign blind can be fun depending on how intense of a remodel you’re doing. If you’re simply rearranging your furniture and maybe buying some new accent pieces for the space, you can likely take things on as they come with the way you lay out the space, however, more times than not it’s easier to just write out what you’d ideally like to see come out of the space. 

Plan out where you want furniture to be, what things in the room need to be relocated/thrown away, and what new pieces you want to invest in to really brighten up the space. When it comes to a room makeover, the first thing people normally do is repaint. If you’re looking to repaint, choose a neutral or natural color to brighten up the space and make it seem a lot larger than it is; the lighter the better. 

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Normally living rooms have the most natural lighting in the house, so a neutral paint color will keep that space feeling bright and open to the rest of the house, regardless of if it’s an open concept or not. 

Playing around with texture and color through accent pieces is an amazing way to liven up any space. One of the main ways people combine both of these elements is through rug placement. Even if your living room is carpeted, many individuals like adding smaller accent rugs to their living rooms to visually break up the space. If you are living in an open concept home, area rugs are a great way to separate rooms and distinguish those common spaces. 

Color and texture can also be brought in through decorations, and plants/foliage. If you don’t trust yourself enough to keep multiple plants alive, consider ordering some fake ones from Amazon or Home Goods. Even fake plants can “breathe life” into any space through random pops of greens and other natural colors. The natural elements of indoor plants also contributes to the lightness/openness that the neutral paint colors bring out. 

Finally, the art and other pieces you decide to hang on your living room walls is what makes the space truly personal. Choose pieces that speak to you personally but also flow with the space. Don’t settle on a basic painting of a beach because you think the blues bring out the beige in your walls, if you don’t want to look at a picture of a random beach hanging in your home everyday, don’t get it. Follow your gut, and again, look to your online resources for further inspiration.