Something I Wish More People Would Do: Read

Something I Wish More People Would Do: Read

Come Read About, the Wonderful World of Reading...

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When you are in school, you are forced to read a huge number of books, and sometimes because the education system requires it, that is the very reason many children choose not to read. Yes, reading does help with your cognitive development and language skills, but sometimes schools don't choose novels that really appeal to the students. Which is terrible because then children don't always get to learn and see how amazing reading truly is.

Reading is truly a magnificent thing, your brain reads words off of a page and creates a virtual movie in your head! Reading can take you everywhere without you having to move an inch. I've backpacked all throughout Europe, went to space, visited mythical lands, and went back in time, while I was still nestled up on my couch.

Another truly wonderful thing about reading is that you can do it anywhere thanks to technological advancements, such as the Kindle, Nook and eBooks! You can read at home, on the bus, on a beach, during your lunch break, in a waiting room as well as many other places.

After a long day of school or work, I love nothing more than to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea, it's just so relaxing. When you need a break from the chaos known as life or the millions of thoughts racing through your brain, reading can help. Instead of dealing with your own things you become focused on the character's story, what they are doing, what they are thinking, who they are with. You can become completely immersed in their life, it truly is a beautiful thing. People write books about anything! There is something out there that you will enjoy, you just have to find it!

While I could sit here all day and rant about why reading is wonderful as well as why you should do it, I won't. So here is a list of books that I have created from recommendations made by me as well as my friends and family. I hope you find something to read.


1. Carry On By Rainbow Rowell (Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ)

2. Stephanie Plum Series By Janet Evanovich (Adult, Action, Crime Solving)

3. Song of Achilles By Madeline Miller (Young Adult, Greek Mythology, LGBTQ, Romance)

4. Truly Devious By Maureen Johnson (Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller)

5. Percy Jackson Series By Rick Riordan (Young Adult, Adventure, Fantasy)

6. Ship It By Britta Lundin (Young Adult, Romance, Fiction)

7. We Were Liars By E. Lockhart (Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller)

8. Once and For All By Sarah Dessen (Young Adult, Romance)

9. The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas (Young Adult, Fiction)

10. The Maze Runner Series By James Dashner (Young Adult, Scientific Fiction)

11. Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell (Young Adult, Romance)

12. Anna and The French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins (Young Adult, Romance)

13. To All The Boys I've Loved Before Series By Jenny Han (Young Adult, Romance, Fiction)

14. The Summer I Turned Pretty Series By Jenny Han (Young Adult, Fiction, Romance)

15. I'll Give You The Sun By Jandy Nelson (Young Adult, Fiction)

16. Love and Gelato By Jenna Evans Welch (Young Adult, Fiction, Romance)

17. Simon V.S. The Homosapien Agenda By Becky Albertalli (Young Adult, Coming of Age, Fiction, LGBTQ)

18. Stay Sweet By Siobhan Vivian (Young Adult, Romance, Fiction)

19. Turtles All The Way Down By John Green (Young Adult, Fiction)

20. Wonder By R.J. Palacio (Young Adult, Fiction)

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5 Reasons I Will Defend The Oxford Comma To My Grave, AP Style Be Damned

I will fight you on this.

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As a very passionate English major, I have something to say: the elimination of the Oxford comma is not okay. In case you don't know, by definition, the Oxford comma is the last comma in a list, typically right before the conjunction.

I have grown to love this comma, as it provides the clarity many list-oriented sentences need. There is absolutely no reason to eliminate this comma, and I will continue to defend my point of view for these five reasons.

1. List items are equal

Superhero Grammer

If the sentence above were to be spoken in real life, the speaker would be attempting to refer to three different entities. Because the first entity includes two people, it appears that the speaker is specifying the who the people in the first entity are. If there was a comma between "Superman" and "and," the fact that the speaker is talking about three entities would be much

2. Differentiates one item from another

US Comma Court Case

The separation powers of the Oxford comma can be make-or-break in lots of sentences containing lists of tasks. Unclear situations can cause all sorts of problems. Just take a look at this court case.

3. It sounds fancy

Oxford

If your mind doesn't automatically go to beautiful images of England when you hear the word "Oxford," we need to talk. Oxford is fancy, period end of story.

4. Pleasing to look at

Comma Meme

Don't tell me you don't find the Oxford comma aesthetically pleasing. It provides an immense amount of visual organization that is unmatched by any other punctuation.

5. Taught to us in school

Comma Joke

I was a teenager when the Oxford comma started to disappear from grammar textbooks. My peers and I had been taught to use this comma for our whole grammar education. Don't you dare try to take it away from me now.

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Self Care Is The Best Care Because You Need To Unplug Sometimes

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do for you.

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Throughout our lives, we go and see people who help take care of us, doctors, dentists, therapists, and so on. These annual checkups are important and are beneficial to your health. But one thing that is crucial to maintaining a good overall health is self-care. We often overlook or dismiss self-care, but it is actually really beneficial; it is necessary for your emotional, mental and physical well-being.

Self-care is anything that we do that helps us decompress from life's stressors. Self care is something that helps us calm down and step away from reality for a bit. It can really be anything that helps you relax, there is no real right or wrong way to do self-care.

You should try and work it into your daily schedule or at least make time to do some self-care a few times a week. Some small ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine is by eating a piece of your favorite candy after lunch, having a cup of tea when you get home, working out before you go to work, or playing your favorite playlist when you are in the car. Here are some more ways you can do self-care...

Watch a movie or some TV

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Whether you stay at home and watch tv in your bed or go out to the movie theater, both things are excellent ways to get in some self-care. When you are watching something you can let your mind relax. Instead of thinking of everything you have to do and your mind is just focusing on what you are watching.

Go hiking or take a walk

I am not a big nature girl, but I do enjoy taking walks, while as my roommate loves to hike. We both agreed that these activities help us clear our minds and de-stress. These activities get your blood flowing, help you connect with nature and let you escape from school or work. You can do this with friends, or by yourself. You might even enjoy yourself more by listening to a book, a podcast or some music while you walk/hike.

Bake something 

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Baking is a great way to unwind, and you don't have to be a chef to do it! Pinterest has tons of easy and delicious recipes to follow. Baking is really fun to do with your friends or family, and even if whatever your making turns out horrible its still good because you will probably have a good time trying to figure out the recipe. Another obvious reason why baking is amazing is that you make food - and everyone loves food! So with baking, you get to clear your mind and have a delicious treat afterward.

Read

Reading is a fantastic way to do some self-care. When you read you are transported to another place, and you can get immersed in it. This is a nice quiet activity that you can do so you can have some you time. It allows you to take a break from your life and its craziness.

Sweat it out through a work out

Working out is not only great for your physical well being but it is also a great way for self-care. When you work out your body releases endorphins, which help keep you awake and stay positive. This is really beneficial so you can blow off steam and get out any aggression or anger that you have.

Listen to music

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Music is a great way to sneak in some self-care, you can listen to music at almost anytime. Make new playlists with any new or old music you find, so you can pick one and listen to whatever fits your mood at different times. Listen to your favorite artist and just focus on the lyrics or get lost in the rhythm of the song.

Take a drive, get out and go somewhere 

Take a drive it can help clear your head, drive to the beach, to a park, to the mall, a museum, an aquarium, a zoo, go anywhere. It will get you out of the house and it to a new environment, this can help you clear your head and think of new ideas if you are stumped on a project or paper. These things are great because you get to do something fun and exciting, and you are taking care of yourself.

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