3 Books To Read Over Winter Break

3 Books To Read Over Winter Break

The best time of the year!

The year is winding down, and soon I'll be out of school for a month. This is primarily when I'll get the most reading done. There will be more free time for me to spend on myself than when I'm in school, so it's a great time to pick up a few books to read. These are the books I recommend for you if you're like me at all.

1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I recently picked up reading this book, and it's pretty intriguing so far. It's set in a type of post-dystopian universe, where society has picked itself up after the rise of evil. (This is actually a theme in a later book I'll recommend as well). The world is divided into humans and monsters, but sometimes humans are the real monsters. Kate is the daughter of one of these human-monsters and wants to prove that she's just as brutal as her father. August is an actual monster but wants more than anything to not be. The two end up having to run for their lives together, despite being enemies at heart.

2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

A brand new book by the author of "The Lunar Chronicles," "Renegades" is set up in a similar way the previous book. It's set in a post-dystopian world after superheroes ended anarchy. Nova was raised by her uncle, who also happens to be the leader of anarchy, and has a personal vendetta against superheroes, or otherwise known as renegades. Adrian is a renegade in training but has a sense of justice that leads him to become a vigilante. This is the beginning of a series and a fantastic one at that. I recommend it, especially if you're interested in superheroes!

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater

I know I'm late on this series, but I recently picked it up and couldn't put it down. It's about a girl from a family of psychics aiding a group of boys as they solve a magical mystery. Every character is super well written and interesting. Most importantly, this is the first book out a series; even better yet, the raven cycle series is finished! if you get sucked into it as quickly as I did, you'll have three more books to follow it.

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I Sing Because It's Who I Am

It's a part of me.

I'm going to apologize in advance before you read this. It's all over the place, has a lot of depth to it, and basically has the unapologetic truth about why I sing. Read on if you want.

I've been singing since I can remember. The first song I learned by myself was "Part of Your World" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid." Why do I remember that? Because music makes me who I am.

Many people don't understand why I sing, so I decided that I should share the why. And who knows, maybe other people feel the same way.

Music brings me to my "happy place." I'm a better person with music in my life.

When I sing, I forget all my worries. I forget what it's like to be sad. All I know how to do in that moment of me singing is to be happy. To be myself. It's a feeling I can't describe.

Obviously music was made to make people feel something, and boy, do I feel it all. I can feel the pain in a song. The joy. The heartbreak. All of it. Every detail. I notice it.

I sing because it's who I am. Without singing, I wouldn't be who I am today. I wouldn't be as cultured as I am (thanks mom & Mr. Stanley). I've learned so many things from music that without it, I feel empty.

I know, it sounds like I'm being over dramatic, but I swear, this is how I feel.

My mom introduced me to singing. I thank her everyday because of it. Many people think I got my voice from her, but I didn't. I don't know where it came from, and even though I'm proud to have it, I don't need it.

Growing up, my extended family constantly told me to try out for "American Idol" because my voice is beautiful. But I don't sing because my voice is beautiful. It's just an added bonus. I sing because I love it. There's no other explanation.

I'll probably never become a famous singer, and that's okay. My voice is just one of millions. However, I will continue to sing until the day I die because it is a part of me.

"I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing." - Anonymous

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Every College Student Should Be Watching 'Grownish'

It’s college in a nutshell.

There are eight reasons college students should watch "Grownish" — my girls, especially.

1. It shows you why you must refrain from falling for a college basketball star.

2. For all my ladies: there is girl talk.

3. It is a great representation of college life.

4. It teaches you more about Communication than your COM 100 class could.

Let’s be honest. Most of us probably watch "Grownish" while we’re in COM class.

5. It shows you that you time in college is all about finding yourself and staying true to who you are.

It shows you that it OK to be lost, and it is okay to feel heartbreak, and it is OK to be stressed. It is apart of college.

6. Chloe and Halle.

What can I say? They are hilarious and my favorite set of twins.

7. Trevor Jackson.

Well, he’s been bae since I was like 14. I’d just like to say I loved him before, but I love him even more now. He plays Aaron on the show and his character is phenomenal. Ugh.

8. Yara Shahidi.

She is a queen on and off the screen. She is an 18-year-old actress who is attending Harvard while maintains her own show. C’mon.

"Grownish" is a great show and everyone should watch it.

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