5 Insanely Entertaining Books To Get You Back Into Reading

5 Insanely Entertaining Books To Get You Back Into Reading

Time to get out of your reading slump.


Whether you're an avid reader or you can't even remember the last time you finished a book, we all struggle to find the motivation to read sometimes. But don't worry, because here's your solution: these books will grab and hold your attention. You won't want to put them down! If you're a frequent reader who needs help getting out of a reading slump, here's your solution. And if you're someone who wants to start reading for fun but can't find a book that excites you, look no further than these suggestions!

1. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

A great adventure book is always a necessity, and there is no better adventure book than Mosquitoland. Main character Mim sets out on a cross-country trip to visit her sick mother and gets into plenty of sticky situations along the way. David Arnold's debut novel is clever, funny, and heartbreaking all at once, and Mim is one of the most compelling and real protagonists you'll ever read about.

2. Here We Lie by Paula Trieck DeBoard

Extremely relevant amidst the ongoing Me Too movement, Here We Lie is sure to both tug at your heartstrings and make you think. The story follows two college roommates from vastly different backgrounds. In the early 2000s, the two friends are spending a summer together on a private island when something unspeakable happens that ruins their friendship forever. In 2016, the truth finally comes out. If you're looking to read a book that tackles some heavier subject matter, go for this one.

3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This might be the only book I've ever read that continuously had me laughing out loud. In this bestselling novel, 15-year-old Bee tells a hilarious story through compiled emails, letters, and other documents in efforts to find her eccentric mother, who ran away from home just before Christmas. This book will make you smile, laugh, cry, so prepare for an emotional roller coaster!

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

If you prefer something a little darker, this is the way to go. We Were Liars is the gripping story of a teenage girl whose life is turned upside-down following a mysterious accident that caused her to lose her memory. Follow her as she spends a summer on her wealthy family's private island where the accident took place in hopes to recover her memory and piece the story together.

5. Paper Towns by John Green

If you haven't read this one yet, you should definitely get on that! In this John Green book, the main character Quentin is obsessed with his enigmatic childhood friend Margot. When she mysteriously disappears and leaves behind a trail of clues, he goes on a wild adventure to find her.

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The 20 Stages Of Instagram-Stalking Your Crush, As Told By 'Mean Girls'

Whether you love the presence of technology in your dating life or not, it's probably there.


Far too often we wait for that follow request or Snapchat add to know that a boy is interested. We look to those notifications for validation of that mutual interest.

There is nothing quite like the freaking treasure trove that opens when a crush approves your follow request(or maybe you're silently looking if he is public). There is so much to do. This has now turned into an ~event~

All other priorities do. not. exist.

1. When he doesn't follow you back immediately


Not mad, just disappointed. Actually, very mad. Seething, if you will. Honestly expected way more from Steve from Intro to Biology.

2. If he follows you first


Hey! It's a little hard to see you down there since I'm ON CLOUD NINE RIGHT NOW!!! You text all your friends. These days, this is practically a marriage proposal. Time to start picking out wedding china? Can Vera Wang do this on such short notice?

3. If one of your friends also has a crush on him


Sorry, Becky. Guess you'll just have to live with being a bridesmaid at our wedding.

4. If you don't follow him, but have a mutual friend who does: you ask them for screenshots


He's private and you want to know what he is like without any consequences. You're just not ready to follow him yet, but you need some screenshots in your arsenal. This is case in point of why I should ABSOLUTELY not be considered a real adult for at least another five years.

5. Reading his bio


The best thing it could be is just his name or school or maybe his frat. Or nothing if that is indicative of being a real live grownup who has a job(and I don't mean working at an IT start up your daddy found you). We don't really need an inspirational quote or something random that only two people understand. Your name is fine, thanks. Gentlemen, take a page out of Avril Lavigne's book and don't make everything so complicated.

6. Seeing how many followers he has


This is something I don't really care about, but it can tell you a lot about the person. Like if they are a SoundCloud rapper trying to make it big and have clearly followed a ton of random people to try to get a follow back which has resulted in a sketchy follower-to-following ratio. If not, then they're probably normal.

7. Seeing how many photos he has


There is nothing worse than thinking you are about to feast your eyes on all his photos only to discover that he has two photos and one is a group shot where his face is practically hidden. This will result in an hour of promising your friends that he is normal and good looking, despite what this feed might suggest.

8. Making sure he is not radiating jerk


Saying "Saturdays are for the boys" is fine sometimes, but not every weekend. If he has more gym mirror selfies than the amount of Cosmopolitans Carrie Bradshaw has drank in her lifetime, it's time to move on. Unless you're working on a street corner, there is no need for you to be "just out here hustling/grinding."

9. Temptation to comment on a recent picture


His hair looks really good! Or if he posts a picture of a party you saw him at this can be more tempting than buying cookies from Girl Scouts outside the grocery store. Resist, resist, resist.

10. Discovering you have a shared interest


Oh my gosh, he went on spring break and you did too!! He went with ten friends to Panama City and you went home and ate Chinese food with your mom, but really, I don't see a difference there.

. 11. Stalking the most recent photo


Is it with a girl? Is she prettier than you? If she commented an emoji it's freaking over. You sprint immediately to your closest grocery store and buy all the Ben and Jerry's.

12. Gathering of all the information


Now we go into detective mode. Assuming at this stage that the dude actually had a decent amount of pictures, we now dig like Bob the Builder. We look for hobbies. We judge these hobbies. If you really like him, you concoct a plan to see how you can relate to these hobbies.

"Oh my gosh, I loveeeee fishing! I love it so much! Oh, you fish, you don't say? Look how much we have in common!"

13. Figuring out how close is he with his family


Looking for how many times his parents surface on the IG. If you see he has siblings then if you are on a date one day you won't be trying to digest their names and ages, you'll already know. He will be blown away by your impeccable memory and interest in them.

14. Seeing something cool he did and becoming obsessed


Maybe he studied abroad. All the heart eyes for the picture of him volunteering with Habitat for Humanity last April.

15. Pictures that make the world stop


This might be him in a tux at a wedding with his grandma. It might be a swoon-worthy pic of him shirtless at the beach. It might be a picture of him and his wait for it… DOG and you die and blush and get so excited because you don't know what's cuter: him or the dog. These are the ones you screenshot for your friends.

16. All of a sudden it's been an hour


You look at the clock, an hour has passed and you're in 2014. Great, now you know exactly what he wore to a middle school dance. Awesome!

17. When going into the tagged photos leads to being 3 people deep


In tagged photos, you find previous girlfriends, and naturally, you have to stalk. Luckily, her account is public and you see that her best friend could easily be the next contestant on the Bachelor and probably win the whole thing. So you click on her profile and stalk her too. Then you see her boyfriend and look at his profile and feel genuinely hurt that you won't be getting an invite to their wedding.

18. Not blurting out everything the next time you see him


You know you can absolutely NOT let on that you stalked him at all. Even though there were ten close calls, you did not accidentally like anything. Consider that a success. They should give out trophies for that. He doesn't need to know that you dropped your phone into the Oreo crumbs that were on your face at 2 a.m. As far as he knows, you simply approved his request and moved on with your life. If it comes up you should say "Oh, I didn't even remember we were friends on Instagram."

19. Crafting your first post with him being a follower


It has to be hot, but it has to be effortless. You could do a selfie but you want him to know you have friends. But they can't look prettier than you. Should you be mysterious and post an artsy shot? Or post a travel throwback? *Books plane ticket to a cool destination just to take a pic he might like*

20. The first time he likes your post


You feel like the definition of fabulous. A Snapchat is coming down the pike for sure. Ugh, how can you hate a culture and love it so much at the same time?

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Why I Love Country Music

It's deep in my soul.


In this day and age, especially for high school and college-aged students, it seems that it is "uncool" to like country music. The music industry in the United States is clearly dominated by the music of hip hop artists such as Travis Scott and Drake, and the pop beats of Ariana Grande and the like. That music is great and all, and I enjoy it just as much as the next person, but for me, nothing beats country music. The truth is that like beauty, music is in the eye, or ear in this case, of the beholder.

Country music is what I grew up with. Driving in the car with my parents, the dial was always turned to the local country radio station. As a child, the words of Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw were ground into my memory. It's deep in my soul. It's sweet to my soul.

One thing that I adore about country music is that there's basically a country song for anything you're going through in life. Every song tells a story. There are country songs about good times and bad. There are country songs about everything from partying and relaxing, to heartbreak and sickness. There's something for everybody. It's comforting to me, and to many.

Country music is feel-good music. Some of my fondest memories involve my friends and I driving through my hometown, windows down, on a sunny and 75-degree day. Days spent out on the lake, the boat speakers blaring Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line. I even have country music to thank for giving me my best friend.

Don't even get me started on the countless country music festivals I've attended. Many of the best days of my life have centered around the ballads of various country artists, young and old. Country concerts are simply the best live shows. The atmosphere at these shows is like nothing else. It's such an accepting, fun, carefree environment. There's honestly nowhere else in the whole world that I'd rather be. (By the way, if you ever get the chance to see Kenny Chesney live, I'd highly recommend it...I've never had more fun at a concert.)

To each their own. Listen to the music you love. Life's too short.

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