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Why Do Old Books Smell and Why Are We Addicted to Them?

General By March 29, 2021 Tags: , , No Comments

Whether you’re a bookworm or not, you are undoubtedly familiar with the smell of old books. If nothing comes to your mind, just imagine entering a library or a store selling used books, and you will immediately remember this sweet scent of vanilla with barely discernible bitterness of freshly grounded coffee. Some people might find this smell nauseating, but even a more significant number of readers are literally addicted to it. Ever wondered what causes this smell? 

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The Ultimate Way of Saving on College Books: Cheap Textbook Rental

College By March 19, 2021 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Looking for ways to save on your college expenses? Textbook rental is undoubtedly a fantastic idea! Prices for college books are sky-rocketting, adding to the financial burden of students. BookScouter offers you a no-hustle way to save some money and solve the pain of hunting for cheap textbooks.

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8 Legit Ways to Make Money Online as a Side Hustle

General By March 7, 2021 Tags: , , , No Comments

It is never a bad idea to make money online as a side-hustle, especially if you have some free time on your hands. On top of that, you do not need more than a laptop, and sometimes a few skills that are easy to acquire. Where to start from when looking for unconventional side gigs? Here are valuable tips and suggestions for anybody who wants to earn money on the side. 

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The Continuing Allure of Mystery Novels

General By January 27, 2021 No Comments

Mystery novels are a staple of the popular reading lists. Bookstore shelves prominently feature new titles and continuing series. But how did they get their start? The first mystery novel and thus the creation of a new genre was a short story about a detective by American writer Edgar Allen Poe in 1841. There are multiple subgenres of mystery/crime fiction novels. They can fall into four key categories: Detective Novels, Cozy Mysteries, Police Procedural, Caper Stories, or up to a more expansive list of twelve, as seen here (learn the differences between Hardboiled or Softboiled, Cozy or Domestic). It seems no matter the style, mystery novels will continue to be a favorite and ever-evolving genre. 

Take a quiz: what fictional detective are you

WHODUNIT? 

Most mystery novels follow the same outline. First, there is a crime. The detective (professional or amateur) works on solving the mystery by questioning suspects and searching for clues. An unexpected twist shocks them—and the reader—and leads to the last remaining piece of the puzzle to solve the mystery.

So now that you know a little more about the mystery genre…

Think you have what it takes to solve a mystery?

Top Mystery Authors Must Read Lists: 

BookRiot offers a Top 10 List with a controversial choice–can you define Harry Potter as a mystery? 

Town & Country gives you 15 Best Mystery Novels for Any Mood 

Get gritty with the 10 Best Crime Reads of the Past Decade 

You go girl! Try this list of 20 Must Read Novels by Female Mystery Authors 

Do it by the number and read the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Tim

A Scary Thought– try this list of 25 Best Thriller Books That Keep You Turning the Page 

GoodReads give us the Best Mysteries for Young Readers 

Stick with a Classic and read the 10 Best Sherlock Holmes Stories 

And if you like those here is a list of Top 50 books like Sherlock Holmes 

Ready to read?

BookScouter.com lets you search for books by Subject, Author, or Title

And finally, Just for Fun

Attend The Dinner Detective– a murder mystery dinner event with over 75 U.S. locations.  Or host your own party and Download a Night of Mystery for a revealing night in. Good luck solving the mystery before time runs out!

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Declutter and Organize Your Space

General By January 20, 2021 No Comments

January, after the holidays and at the start of a new year, is a natural time to begin to declutter, clean, and organize your space, but you can really start any time of year (Spring Cleaning!). Often the hardest part is merely deciding to begin and commit to seeing the process through. We will help you by giving you a plan, some expert tips, and dangling a reward at the end to motivate you. Let’s get started!

First Step

Survey the space. How much time is this going to take? Don’t start a project so big that you can’t complete it in your available time. Maybe you just begin with a closet rather than a room. Or if a closet seems like too much start with a shelf. Make this manageable or it may not get finished. 

Second Step

Empty the space completely and sort it into keep, trash, and donate or sell. Take the time to make the hard calls to really get the full benefits of this project. Ask yourself: Do you love it? Have you used it in the last year? Would you rather have the space for other things? Is it time to pass it on? Can I sell this for money? We know you know BookScouter is the best place to sell books but for everything else here are “8 Places Where You Can Sell Stuff Fast” 

If you need help letting go, cut yourself some slack and read this article “15 Ways to Leave Your Clutter (so you can find some peace)” 

Third Step

After you have thoroughly cleaned out the space, grab the “keep” pile and decide if it’s in the right place. Should it be somewhere else in your space? Should it be accessible, used daily, or placed further back for less frequent use? Should it be placed in storage or pulled out for a seasonal rotation?

One way to organize your stuff might be to group it into categories for purpose. If it’s a linen closet separate linens, towels, bathroom supplies. Then further group into matching sets for either the same rooms or same sizes. If it’s a sock drawer sort into colors or uses like sports or dress socks. Keep items used the most often in the front. 

 

Fourth Step

Now that you’ve broken it all down it’s time to build it back up. Look at the space, see what needs to go back in there, and determine how to access it best. Should it be a vertical organizer like a shoe bag in a closet or pull out bins that let you stack up? Or is it best to organize horizontally with dividers and trays? Can a hook or bar be added to use in the space? Look for unused space like the back of a door, under stairs, or above shelves. Check out these “13 Storage Spaces You’re Overlooking” 

Keep in mind that you don’t want to have to move too many items to access what you need. Simple is better as advised in “How to Declutter and Organize ANY Space”. 

Use bins, baskets, or boxes to help sort and divide. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on matching or attractive organizational items. You can often repurpose items or Google clever hacks to use. Here are “28 Storage Ideas for Your Entire Home” 

And it should go without saying, but make sure everything you put back is CLEAN! 

Final Step

Step back and enjoy your efforts. Don’t be afraid to tweak your organizational plan if needed as day-to-day use might prove your ideas wrong. And keep in mind,  your ideas might not suit the needs of others so be willing to compromise on how best to use the space. 

Benefits to think about as you work: 

  • You can spend less time in the future having to clean now that you’ve trimmed it down 
  • It’s easier to actually find things–and remembering what you even had at the bottom of that pile
  • You may make money selling unneeded items
  • The feeling that you are donating items for others to use and enjoy
  • You’ll enjoy using the space more now that it’s neat and orderly
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