7 Signs Your Reading Addiction Has Reached The Intervention Level

7 Signs Your Reading Addiction Has Reached The Intervention Level

Are you one of the people who would rather have their nose in a book than go out on the town?
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If you are one of those people who somehow achieved the status of “bookworm” amongst your peers at any point in your life, this article probably applies to you. The feel of a worn-in book with its slightly cracked spine and barely-there folds in the corners is one of the most beautiful things you can imagine. The perfectly smooth gloss every new book seems to have, catching the light on the shelf, will never not be amazing. That smell that clings to the pages but no one can actually describe is one of your favorite things out there. It is these seemingly insignificant things that mean absolutely everything to those of us who cannot seem to be without a book. Whether we go by “bookworm,” “nerd,” or “the quiet one,” we can basically be summed up by the simple term "reading addict." If you fear you may be harboring this particular addiction, I have compiled a list of signs, for your reference, to determine just how serious this little book addiction of yours is.

1. Only one more chapter…oh wait, it’s 4 a.m.

This classic symptom of a reading addiction has happened to the best of us. No matter how important the event of the next day is -- a make-or-break exam, an interview that will determine the rest of your life, or even just an elaborate day out with friends -- somehow we manage to convince ourselves that reading until nearly dawn won’t affect us the next day. When you have already been pulled so deeply into the pages of a book, it’s nearly impossible to put it down and accept the fact that it is probably time for bed.

2. Sorry, I can’t come out tonight, I have plans.

You know you have sunk to a new low in your reading addiction when curling up into an armchair with a blanket and a good book sounds infinitely better than joining your friends on their nightly adventures. At this point you have probably turned down more frat parties than you can even count because of that hardcover on your nightstand calling your name. Honestly though, the choice between the two is always unbelievably easy to make.

3. I’m broke, but I can probably afford that book.

Grocery money is impossible to scrounge up even when you have been living on pasta for two weeks, but placing an online order for a couple of new novels does seem perfectly rational. Paying for utilities is the worst part of your month, but there is always a little pocket change for a thrift store book. Buying toothpaste seems so wasteful, but when you pass the book rack, you can definitely manage to get at least a few. Yes, you have a problem, my friend.

4. My homework can definitely wait.

Even if there is a pile of homework waiting on your desk about a mile high, nothing sounds as important as brewing a cup of tea and opening your book up on the bed. That paper, exam tomorrow, and group presentation practice can absolutely be put off until a little later. Even the assigned reading for your theory class sounds utterly horrible compared with the book you picked up from the library on your way home from class.

5. Yes, reading truly is the best way to relax.

We all deal with what seems like some seriously unbearable amounts of stress on a daily basis. The difference is how we deal with it. Some people take a candlelit bath, some play hours upon hours of online video games, and some down a bottle of wine and a bag of chocolates. Then you have the reading addicts of the world. Those of us who belong to this classification have found no better way to wind down and relieve the tension than to immerse ourselves in a life that is not our own.

6. Watching movies has become a depressing experience.

When we hear that one of our favorite books is being adapted into a movie we usually have one of two reactions. One: “I seriously can’t wait; this is going to be amazing!” Or two: “Great, this is about to ruin everything.” The unfortunate truth is that movies generally just cannot live up to the books they were based on. While it may be an outstanding movie, the people who have read the book will only be able to pick out the differences that the rest of the moviegoers don’t even know are there. The movie we create in our own heads as we read can be incredibly hard to one-up, even with Hollywood special effects.

7. Lending out your books can be unbearably painful.

Those of us who grow attachments to the books we love so much we actually bought them might have one or two people we are comfortable lending them out to, but the line stops there. No matter how friendly and responsible the guy next to you in your writing class is, if he suddenly asks to borrow the book you have been discussing, every other thing you would rather do flashes through your mind. You would think of things such as crushing your hand in a car door, stepping on a Lego, stubbing your toe on a sharp metal bed-frame, or basically any other equally awful event. The possibility of your beloved book being lost or irrevocably damaged is enough to make anyone cringe away from the thought of lending it out to someone you couldn’t trust with your life.

While there are many ways to come to the conclusion that you are, in fact, a reading addict, these signs might be some extremely strong indicators. When you find a book so fantastic you can hardly even put it down, you know you have found a treasure that is all your own, at least during those times you are buried deep in its pages. People who love to read have a truly rich life because they have lived hundreds of lives within their own, with the help of authors from all over the world and from all throughout time. Reading should never be taken for granted, but celebrated as a way to view the world from nearly endless perfection.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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