9 Books To Read In Order To Escape From Finals, Family, And Anything Else

9 Books To Read In Order To Escape From Finals, Family, And Anything Else

Stories so good, you'll forget your responsibilities

Books have always been my favorite gift, both to give and receive. There's something primordial about story-telling. These are some of the stories that have stayed with me, and so while on Thanksgiving, or soon after on Winter Break, and you need a book to read look no further!

1. The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller

Starting off with something fun, if you only have so much time to read, or enjoy awesome drawings more than words, look no further then one of the inspirations for several Batman movies.

2. Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

Looking for a classic to read or writing that explores whole new ways of using written language? This is definitely the book for you. And if you really enjoy it, you can follow it up with Joyce's sequel "Ulysses."

3. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

Another classic, but so short you could finish it in a day, and so good it'll stick with you for a lifetime.

4. Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Waterson

Okay - not technically a book, but anyone who hasn't read these beautifully written, and wonderfully drawn comics of pure childhood, is definitely missing out!

5. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

I picked "The Hobbit" over "The Lord of the Rings" because the latter can be quite overwhelming. "The Hobbit" gives you one of the greatest fantasy stories ever told, and there's no obligation to read three books to finish it. The writing is light and fun, the characters are lovable, and like all great books, it leaves you seeing the world just a little differently when you're done.

6. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

This remarkable story is from the point of view of German soldiers during World War I. Written by a veteran, it's hard to find a better novel that shows you the psychic scarring affects war has on soldiers, and how one war lead to a "lost" generation.

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kassey

Ever wonder what it might have been like to live in an institution for the mentally ill, back when a valid treatment was electrocution? What about a story written by a member of the "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" (another book you should definitely read if you've never heard of it. The gist is a bunch of people have kool-aid infused acid and drive around the country in a school bus). "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" shows that writing can be more than storytelling, prose, and important messages can go hand-in-hand. And speaking of using fiction to get a message out...

8. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

This book is synonymous with the pairing of journalism and fiction. A heartbreaking story of immigrants trying to find their fortune by coming to the United States and how the United States greats them. While reading it, you might find some things to be not so different than they were when this was written, over a century ago.

9. East of Eden - John Steinbeck

There was something about this story that has stuck with me. The characters feel real, as though I felt like I was with them in every location. The novel touches on something fundamentally human that is hard to describe and can only be experienced. Steinbeck said it was his magnum opus, and it shows.

I hope that some of you try, and enjoy this books! I know I certainly loved each of them.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.

As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Hannah B. Named The Next Bachelorette: Get Excited!!

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On the season finale of the hit reality TV show 'The Bachelor' Chris Harrison announced the new Bachelorette to be Hannah Brown, affectionately referred to as "Hannah Beast." Hannah made it far in Colton's season of the Bachelor, but hit some bumps along the way. She was involved in serious drama with costar and fellow pageant competitor Caelynn. Not only is Hannah B. known for drama and tears, she is also known for her awkward and often uncomfortable behavior around the cameras. And let's not forget the most awkward first date and toast of all time...Roll Tide!

Despite her awkward and quirky personality, I think the Alabama native is truly a sweetheart. She cannot be judged based on the controversy that took place between her and Caelynn because no one knows the full truth of the story. In my opinion, no one was completely innocent in their "cat fight" but the way in which each girl handled themselves in the resolution of this drama was mature and, quite frankly, impressive. I think Hannah B's season will be full of more tears and could potentially be very uncomfortable to watch at some moments, but at the end of the say, Hannah B. deserves to find love just like any other 'Bachelor' hopeful. It will definitely be an interesting season to watch, so get excited!!

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