Author: Mary York

Books Coming To The Big Screen In 2017

There are several blockbuster movies coming out this year to get excited about: Beauty and the Beast, Power Rangers, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman to name a few. After you check those out be sure to make time for these other great movies arriving in theaters in 2017 that are based on bestselling books.

 

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Summary: A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Release Date: January 6, 2017

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Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Summary: After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman

Release Date: January 13, 2017 on Netflix

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Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Summary: The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh

Release Date: March 31, 2017

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Wonder

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Summary: A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin

Release Date: April 7, 2017

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Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Summary: A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller

Release Date: April 21, 2017

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Summary: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Starring: Jordana Blake, Alexis Bledel, O.T. Fagbenle

Release Date: April 26, 2017 on Hulu

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The Circle

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Summary: A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan

Release Date: April 28, 2017

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Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Summary: A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Release Date: May 19, 2017

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Summary: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba

Release Date: July 28, 2017

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IT by Stephen King

IT by Stephen King

Summary: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton

Release Date: September 8, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Summary: Renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on the Orient Express, the most famous train in the world.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad

Release Date: November 22, 2017

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Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Summary: A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

Starring: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: 2017 (TBA)

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What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Let us know in the comments!

Benefits of Renting Textbooks

Renting textbooks saves you time, money and effort. Check out the five ways below that eCampus.com is making college life better with textbook rentals! If you are one of the smart ones and have already rented your textbooks from eCampus.com let us know in the comments how much money you saved!

Save Money Renting Textbooks

So Much Cheaper!

Keep your piggy bank full this semester by renting textbooks for college instead of buying them. When you rent you can save up to 90% off the regular price of a new textbook. Suddenly, ordering your textbooks for the upcoming semester doesn’t seem so bad. Use the coupons on this page to save even more off your textbooks!

Semester Textbook Rentals

We’re Flexible!

We know you’re busy and we want to fit into your schedule, not the other way around. eCampus.com offers three different rental options: short term, quarter and semester. So, you’re taking an 8-week course over the summer? Save money by getting a short term rental! Plus, if you need to keep the book longer you can extend your rental at any time.

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You Aren’t Going to Keep the Book!

Once the semester is over you know you will never open those textbooks again so why buy them in the first place? Especially for those general education courses everyone is required to take. Not only does renting your textbooks save you money, but it also keeps your dorm or apartment free of unwanted piles of textbooks. Did you rent and decide that you actually do want to keep that incredibly interesting Chemistry book? No problem. You can purchase the book at any time during your rental and we subtract what you already paid for the rental from the purchase price.

Free Return Shipping on Textbook Rentals

Returning is Easy and Shipping is Free!

Returning your rented textbooks at the end of your rental period is simple. We’ll send you a reminder when your due date is approaching and after you take that last final just print your pre-paid UPS shipping label and drop your books off at a UPS Store. You can even re-use the same box you received your books in. Easy as that! Once we receive the books, we’ll send you a quick email letting you know we got your books back.

Textbook Buyback

Don’t Stress About Buyback Prices!

Gone are the days of carrying your textbooks across campus to the local bookstore to have them offer you $10 for that biology book you paid $300 for three months ago. Since you were smart and rented your textbooks you saved a ton of money at the beginning of the semester (and definitely didn’t pay $300 for your biology book!).

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Your eCampus.com box doubles as a comfy bed for your cat!

Now that you know all the benefits of renting textbooks, what are you waiting for?

Start renting today at eCampus.com!

Most Anticipated Books of 2016

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The amount of newly published books throughout the year can be overwhelming. We put together this short list of the books that we are most excited to read during the first half of 2016 to make your life just a little bit easier. Let us know in the comments what your most anticipated read is this year!

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie; most anticipated books of 2016 (2)

The Portable Veblen: A Novel by Elizabeth Mckenzie

Published January 19, 2016

Summary: The Portable Veblen is an original novel that’s as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. Set in California, amid the culture clash of new money and old values this book offers an unforgettable look at the way we live now. A young couple on the brink of marriage find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel.

Highly acclaimed author Elizabeth Mckenzie has also written MacGregor Tells the World and Stop That Girl.

A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin; most anticipated books of 2016 (3)

A Doubter’s Almanac: A Novel by Ethan Canin

Will be published February 16, 2016

Summary: Milo is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in 1950’s Michigan, he gives little thought to his own talent. When he is accepted to Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the seventies is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there will haunt him for the rest of his life. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence.

Spanning seven decades as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the story of a family as it explores the way ambition lives alongside destructiveness, obsession alongside torment, love alongside grief. It is a story of how the flame of genius both lights and scorches every generation it touches.

Ethan Canin has written several others books including America America, Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney; most anticipated books of 2016 (4)

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Will be published March 22, 2016

Summary: Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on a cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their reckless older brother, Leo. Months earlier, an intoxicated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund they have dubbed “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving.

The Nest is Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel.

Zero K by Don DeLillo; most anticipated books of 2016 (5)

Zero K by Don DeLillo

Will be published May 3, 2016

Summary: Jeffrey’s father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a secret, remote compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and his wife at the compound to say a temporary goodbye to her as she surrenders her body.

“We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn’t it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?” These are the questions that haunt the novel and its characters, and it is Ross who ultimately begins to feel a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world.

Don DeLillo has authored fifteen novels and is the recipient of the National Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Literacy Award, among others. His most notable works include White Noise and Underworld.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub; most anticipated books of 2016 (6)

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Will be published May 31, 2016

Summary: Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.

Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.

Emma Straub is also the author of the popular 2014 title The Vacationers.

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin; most anticipated books of 2016 (7)

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin

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Originally the sixth installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series was meant to be released in April 2016 prior to the premiere of the sixth season of the popular HBO series based on the novels. In a blog post written January 2, 2016 Martin unwillingly tells fans “You wanted an update. Here’s the update. You won’t like it. THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished.” This is unfortunate for two reasons: readers are still waiting for answers were A Dance with Dragons left off and the HBO series will surpass the book series into uncharted territory. While a new release date has not been set for The Winds of Winter we can only hope that we will still be able to get our hands on the sixth installment sometime during 2016. Fingers crossed.

George R.R. Martin is a novelist and short story writer of fantasy and science fiction. Aside from the Song of Ice and Fire series, Martin is most well-known for his contributions to Rogues, Dangerous Women and Wild Cards.

Did we miss your most anticipated read? Let us know in the comments which books you are looking forward to reading the most in 2016!

Books To Read In 2015

We know you’re busy writing essays, taking final exams and dreaming about summer break but if you get a craving for a good book, check out some of these popular titles that you need to read in 2015!

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Paper Towns by John Green

Written by popular young adult author John Green, Paper Towns is the story of Quentin who has loved Margo since elementary school. Unfortunately, Margo has ignored Quentin for the majority of their high school years. That is, until she shows up at his window just weeks before their high school graduation and they spend the entire night together pulling off a series of revenge-fueled pranks. Margo disappears the next day and Quentin, along with his two best friends, are determined to follow the clues Margo left behind.

While the book Paper Towns was first published in 2009, it tops our list of Books You Have to Read in 2015 because Paper Towns is coming to the big screen soon! Paper Towns is coming to theaters July 24th, 2015! Watch the trailer here.

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Described as “hauntingly beautiful” by The New York Times and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose paths cross in occupied France during World War II. Werner, the young boy, is incredibly gifted at mathematics and earns himself a spot at an elite Nazi training school. Marie-Laure, blinded at the age of six, has fled from Paris with her father and a highly sought after sapphire from the Museum of Natural History in tow. The story that Anthony Doerr has created is far too complex to explain in a few short sentences so to find out the fates of Werner and Marie-Laure you are going to have to read this book for yourself!

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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Critics are buzzing about Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee’s earliest known work. Believed to have been lost, the manuscript for Go Set A Watchman was re-discovered in late 2014. The story follows up with many of the original characters from Harper Lee’s well-known classic To Kill A Mockingbird 20 years after the story ends. Go Set A Watchman is scheduled to be released on July 14th, 2015.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

If you loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, you will love this book! This psychological thriller follows our main character Rachel as she rides the commuter train each and every day into London, even after she is fired from her job. Through the train window, Rachel sees the same houses and the same people in their yards every day and begins to feel like she actually knows them. She gives the people names and imagines what their jobs and lives are like. While looking out the window one day, Rachel thinks that she sees something happen to the girl she has named “Jess”. When news stories about a missing girl named Megan (who turns out to be “Jess”) start surfacing Rachel decides to tell the police everything she has seen from the train window. Did I mention that Rachel is drunk for most of this book? That puts an interesting spin on things when an unreliable drunk shows up at the police station with information on Megan’s disappearance. The twists and turns of this story keep you guessing not only “Who did it?” but “What actually happened?” right up to the last page.

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The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House by Kate Andersen Brower

Being the President of the United States is a tough and very public job, but what do we really know about the on-goings of the first family when the cameras are off and the world isn’t watching? In this 2015 release, we hear from employees at the White House that have been there day in and day out through ten different administrations over a span of fifty years. Written after hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, chefs, florists, maids and other White House staffers, we catch an inside glimpse of what life was really like at the White House from the Kennedy Administration, through the days of Nixon and Reagan and the scandal-filled Clinton years, all the way up to the current first family, the Obama’s.

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Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

Bestselling author J.K. Rowling, best known for her Harry Potter series, gave a very moving speech during commencement at Harvard University in 2008. Now available in written form, this speech doles out words of wisdom for anyone who has come to a crossroads in their life. The perfect graduation gift or perfect for when you need a boost of inspiration and motivation, Very Good Lives does not disappoint. Proceeds from the book will be donated to J.K. Rowling’s foundation Lumos, which focuses on ending the institutionalization of children worldwide. Find more information on Lumos here.

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Redeployment by Phil Klay

Redeployment, winner of the 2014 National Book Award, describes the unseen lives of an American soldier on the frontlines. Author Phil Klay is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and uses his experience in Iraq to tell a story that civilians cannot even begin to imagine as truth. This book is sure to leave you with an undying gratitude for those fighting overseas as well as a new found outlook on exactly what it takes to fight for your country.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Readers have been patiently waiting for this debut fantasy novel from author Sabaa Tahir to be released and the wait is finally over! This novel, just released on April 28th, has been described by early reviewers as having “the addictive quality of The Hunger Games, the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones.” We can’t wait to get our hands on this one!

What books are on your list to read this year? Let us know in the comments!

Back to School Dorm Room Essentials

Whether you are a freshman moving into the dorms for the first time or an upperclassman who just loves the dorm life, everyone will be moving into a new dorm this fall. That means it’s time to do a little back to school shopping to spruce up your new space! Don’t be fooled though, just because you see a comfy desk chair that would look perfect in your dorm doesn’t mean you should go ahead and buy it. All dorm rooms are different depending on your school and could include different items and different pieces of furniture. In this list, we break down exactly what you should go ahead and splurge on now and what you should wait to purchase until you have more information!

Buy These Now:

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Bedding: While your school will provide the bed and mattress, you will definitely need to bring your own sheets, pillows and blankets. Many dorm beds are extra-long twin sized so be careful when selecting sheet sizes. Extra-long twin is typically represented as Twin XL on the packaging. If you aren’t sure what size the beds are in your particular dorm, check with your school’s Housing Department before purchasing. Girls, go for the funky look with yellow and gray chevron. Guys, you should keep it simple with solid colors.

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Shower Supplies: Communal bathrooms are always tricky so you will probably need a bathrobe or shower wrap to avoid any indecent exposure when traveling back and forth to the showers. You will also need a shower tote to keep all your bath products together and make carrying them to the shower easier. Also, shower shoes are a must. Regular flips-flops will do the trick in a pinch but you should check out other options like these AquaFlops. They have a slip-resistant sole and have holes to let the water drain through your shoes.

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Laundry: Most colleges have a laundry room in each dorm for its residents to use so be sure to pick up some laundry detergent and fabric softener. We love Tide Pods because there is no measuring or messy powder to deal with. Just throw in your dirty clothes and toss in a pod for fresh, clean clothes. Don’t forget a cute laundry bag for those times when you go home to have Mom do your laundry! Febreze is another must-have product for those times when you’ve already worn something once but are too lazy to do laundry. Check out all the new scents here.

Pro Tip: You should pick up a pack of Shout Wipes and keep them with you at all times. You will inevitably spill things on yourself and these wipes will prevent you from walking around with a ketchup stain on your shirt all day.

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Cleaning Supplies: Newsflash! Now that you are in college, no one is going to clean up after you. If you want to keep things neat and tidy, it’s up to you. Ditch the traditional cleaning products and pick up plenty of easy-to-use cleaning products so that you can quickly clean up a mess. We recommend Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for cleaning up spills and killing germs at the same time, Windex Glass & Surface Wipes for keeping mirrors and windows squeaky clean and Windex Electronics Wipes for getting Cheetos dust off your laptop keyboard.

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Textbooks: You should get your textbooks as soon as your professors release their class information. Textbook companies have the largest selection of textbooks in late July with some of the cheapest prices. Getting ahead of the back to school rush ensures that you will get all the textbooks you need at a lower cost. Having your textbooks in hand when you move to campus will give you one less thing to stress about as the semester gets started. Whether you are renting or buying your textbooks this semester or if you are more of an ebook kind of student, check out eCampus.com for the best deals this semester.

Wait To Buy These:

Furniture and Desk Chairs: Many colleges will provide you with all the furniture you need, including a desk, desk chair and dresser. It’s best to wait before making large furniture purchases to see exactly what comes in your dorm room and to see how much extra space you are going to have once you and your roommate move all of your stuff in. You might decide that you actually don’t have room for that leopard print bean bag after all.

Appliances: Before buying a fridge, coffeemaker, microwave, etc. you should check with the Housing Department at your school to see what their rules are on small appliances. Some schools may have restrictions on what type of appliances you can have in your room or there may be a common room in your building that has these items available for everyone to use. If that’s the case you could save money by skipping over these items and just using the community appliances. If you can have a coffeemaker, check out this Mini Keurig. It comes in a ton of fun colors. (We love this yellow one!)

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Decorations & Wall Décor: You will more than likely have a roommate that you will be sharing your new tiny dorm room with, so it may be best to buy decorations after you have had the chance to meet your roommate and get a feel for his/her style. This could also be a great way to bond with your new roommate by shopping for room decorations together. Check out our Awesome Dorm Room board on Pinterest for decoration inspiration!

Now that you have a better idea of what items are dorm room essentials from the get go and what items you should wait to purchase until you have more information, it’s time to go shopping! Good luck 🙂

Comment below if you have more dorm room essentials to suggest!