Averi Clements
Averi is a word nerd and Brazilian jiu jitsu blue belt. She's currently hanging out in Costa Rica with her cat and a lot of really big bugs.

What Happened When I Read A Scary Story Before Bed

For someone who is freaked out by pretty much everything, I really enjoy scary stuff: haunted houses, movies about ghosts, and, of course, good horror novels make up a fairly large part of my entertainment consumption... even though every single…
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I Read The Story Behind My Favorite Disney Movie

It's not exactly a secret that a lot of classic Disney movies were inspired by books. But what a lot of people don't know is that many of our favorite childhood movies have some pretty gruesome origins. The Brothers Grimm story of Cinderella read…
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What Happened When I Started Each Day With A Book

You know how they say there are early birds and night owls? Yeah, I'm definitely not the first one. Morning is my least favorite part of the day, and a lot of it has to do with how hard it is for me to wake up. I'm that person who sets ten obnoxious…
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What Happened When I Read 'Inkheart' As An Adult

There's always a certain magic that can be found in the books you loved most as a child. Opening them back up can unleash a massive wave of nostalgia, and even if they aren't the kind of books we'd choose to read in adulthood, they often have the…
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I Read My First Steamy Romance In Public, And...

I have a confession to make: up until this very week, I had never read a romance novel. Nope, not even Fifty Shades Of Grey . Part of the reason is that I'm just not a big fan of romance-oriented plotlines, but mainly, I'm just a huge prude when it…
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What Happened When I Re-Read Heart Of Darkness

Even the most dedicated book nerds can admit that not every novel we read for high school English class was the kind we'd read on our own time if given the choice. Some of them were actually quite enjoyable (shout-out to The Great Gatsby for being…
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How Books Help Us After Tough Breakups

Calling things off in a relationship can be painful, especially if you weren't the one who wanted to end it. Despite knowing that you'll be happy again eventually, the pit of sorrow you can fall into after a rough breakup can be a hard one to climb…
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Being A Bookish Kid Turned Me Into A Better Adult

Whenever people ask me why I'm such a huge nerd, I don't even skip a beat before putting all the blame on my mom. Not that I'm ungrateful, of course. Before I'd even learned how to say "dada", my mom was reading aloud to me, pointing out letters and…
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How One Fantasy Series Saved Me From My Depression

Of all the terrible symptoms of depression, the worst one for me was the way it sucked the enjoyment out of everything I once loved. I could no longer feel the release that a hard workout at the gym gave me after a tough day. Spending time with even…
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This Is How You Know You Really Trust Your Partner

Relationships are like roller coaster rides: They're full of ups and downs and twists and turns, and if you don't trust your partner riding along with you isn't going to throw you off the ride and make you hate roller coasters forever, it's probably…
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7 Gross Things About Someone Going Down On You

It's hard to think of anything that feels better than another person's tongue on your body. Oral sex is one of the greatest kinds of sex that exists, especially if it's being given by someone is good at oral sex. It might seem like nothing can…
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6 Gross Things That Happen During This Move In Bed

Many people seem to believe that giving a hand job is the most boring form of two-person sexual activity. They're what we did as awkward teenage couples before losing our "real" virginity, and they often serve as the climax (no pun intended) for…
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The Trick To Feeling Less Anxious During Sex

When done right, sex can be one of the greatest activities you can partake in as a human being. It's a great way to connect with another person, get in touch with your own body, and of course, have an orgasm or two. But whether it's due to a bad…
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This Is How Anxiety Affects Your Love Life

When you have an anxiety disorder, living a normal life becomes virtually impossible. Everyday situations that other people don't think twice about can make you sweat and give you heart palpitations, and experiences that most people might consider…
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How To Improve Sex Without Offending Your Partner

Sex is like pizza — when it's good, it's really good, and when it's bad, you kind of want to throw a temper tantrum because it isn't supposed to be bad, damn it. Whether it's pizza, sex, or sexy pizza, if you're going to invest your time and…
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The Best Way To Tell Your Partner You're Depressed

Even though the World Health Organization states that about 350 million people all over the world live with depression, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. This mental illness is extremely common and treatable, but it can still be…
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This Is How You Know You Don't Trust Your Partner

Some say that the foundation for a good relationship is mutual trust. Personally, I believe that it's sharing the same preference in pizza toppings, but there's still no denying that trusting your partner is crucial if you want to be happy. Of…
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How You Know You're Sleeping With A Grown-Ass Man

Many of us had first first sexual experience with a high school love. And it was probably terrible. But hey, what can you expect from an awkward teenage couple who have absolutely no idea what they're doing? Luckily, most of us have moved on to have…
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Why You Should Refer To Your S.O. As Your Partner

For far too long, LGBT couples weren't legally allowed to be husbands or wives. Instead, many of them used the term "partner" to denote that they were together and in a very serious relationship. Thankfully, that all changed on June 26, 2015, when…
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This Is How You Know It's Time To DTR

There are lots of emotions that go into a budding romance. Joy is one of them, of course. Perhaps a bit of nervousness as you wonder if someone that awesome could really fall for little ol' you. But as your connection and affection grow, you'll…
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