6 books I want to read

The 6 Books I Want To Read Before The End Of The Semester

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I love to read. End of story. But, for the last few years, I have struggled in finding time to read for myself. With the new semester starting, I want to make sure I dedicate time each day to read outside of my required class materials. So step one; set aside twenty minutes to read. Instead of being on my phone for two hours in bed, I can read for twenty minutes, or more if I'm feeling rebellious. But this next step is the hardest; picking which book to read first. I currently have 260+ books on my reading list. Out of those 260 books, my plan for this semester is to read six of them before Christmas Break. Below are the books I plan on reading, thanks to a random number generator, in addition to the reason I chose the book. Happy reading!

1. "Damaged" by Amy Reed

I have not read any of Amy Reed's books before, but this one seemed interesting to me. When it comes to life-changing events, people's reactions are everything. This book is full of how people cope, in good ways and bad. Just seeing how the human mind interprets the world around them draws me in, and I can't wait to see how the character's in this book try to overcome what happens to them.

2. "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay

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Last fall, this was one of the books I read for my creative writing class. This book is a collection of essays and I only read three for class. However, I really enjoy Roxane Gay's stories and writing style and would love to read more of her work. I also want to read this book because it is different from the books I have read in the past. I usually read fiction, and, in college, I was introduced to essays (but not the ones you dread writing in high school). So, since I know I am already interested in Gay's writings, I might as well finish and read a different book style.

3. "Stiff" by Mary Roach

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For one of my summer reads in high school, I was required to read "Packing for Mars." While that wasn't my favorite book (because outer space is not my favorite topic), I liked Roach's approach to explaining space travel for those who don't have a deep understanding of space. As for this book, I think this is an extremely interesting topic.

4. "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

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Another one finding from this past fall is "The Underground Railroad." The author, Colson Whitehead, came to visit our school for a reading and a Q & A. During his reading, I was instantly hooked to the story and knew I had to finish. I know this will be a hard book to read, emotionally, but I can't wait to finish his work.

5. "Six Months Later" by Natalie D. Richards

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This book checks all the boxes for me. Mystery, thriller, twists and all things I love when it comes to choosing a book. This is an author I have never read before, but the description is what sold this book for me. It seems like this will be a book that keeps me up late at night.

6. "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman

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On my Pinterest page, I have an entire board dedicated to even more books I want to read. Because of this, I have recommended books popping up all the time and this is one of them. Sometimes I get genre recommendations and this one book came from a grouping of World War II books. This book stood out to me because of its title. I wanted to learn about the zookeeper's wife and see why she was important. I can't wait to find out after reading this book.

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13 Movies Every Couple Needs To Watch Before They Get Married

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.

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These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

11. "The Vow"

Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

Yours, Mine, & Ours is a true classic. Are you Helen or Frank Beardsley? You should figure that out before you tie the knot!

You're welcome!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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