The Books Every Person Should Read In Their Lifetime

The Books Every Person Should Read In Their Lifetime

They do more than simply entertain you, they can change your life.

Reading is much more than simply a form of entertainment or a way to pass the time, it is a escape from reality. Be it a dark mystery or a happy romance novel, books can take you places. There are some books you will read in your life that will change it forever, and these are just a few.

1. "The Great Gatsby"

My all-time favorite book and an all-time classic. Most are introduced to the heart-wrenching novel in high school English class, but trust me, it's a blessing. The story follows the twisted romance between mysterious aristocrat Jay Gatsby and untrusting Daisy, told by their mutual friend. Don't let the modernized film with Dicaprio fool you to cover up the true underlying story of corruption, betrayal and jealous rage. Just how far will one go for their true love?

2. "Sarah's Key"

When choosing a Holocaust/historical novel most tend to lean towards "The Diary Of Anne Frank," which don't get me wrong, will always be a classic journaled biography, but "Sarah's Key" has a different take on one of history's biggest tragedies. Pieces of a young girl's life 60 years ago is discovered by a reporter of today, and she must follow the clues left behind to tell her story.

3. "Looking For Alaska"

Yes, this is one of the many books written by the ever-popular author John Green (author of every 13-year-old girl's favorite book "The Fault In Our Stars"). But forget the tear-inducing love story everyone is familiar with. "Looking For Alaska," which luckily hasn't been ruined by the film industry just yet, takes a more realistic turn in my opinion on young love mixed with reality. When Miles goes to boarding school he discovers Alaska, a girl like no other he has met before, and life-changing situations that shake his world.

4. "Unbroken"

Biographies these days have become a bit sad.Twenty-year-olds are writing biographies about their lives with no experience (usually just rich), which essentially ends in them basically bragging about their wealth. But this, hands down, is the most incredible true story you will ever read.

It tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a WWII hero who just happened to accomplish a few crazy things in his young life including: setting a record on the 5,000 meter dash at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, surviving a plane crash in the middle of the ocean and clinging to life with two other men on a raft for 47 days, becoming a prisoner war at a Japanese war camp and somehow surviving it all to live a happy 97 years of life. Utterly insane, right? It is a story of resilience, bravery and courage that anyone will be proud of.

5. "Harry Potter" series

I mean, if you haven't read these books (or even watched the movies for goodness sakes), are you living under a rock of oblivion? Harry, Ron and Hermione have become household names around the world. I think the storyline of a young boy who gets the opportunity to live his dream has given young children everywhere hope too. More than that, it gives our minds a place of magic and imagination to go too and that is Hogwarts: School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This will always be a magical classic that will be passed down from parent to child for many generations to come.

6. "Pride And Prejudice"

I know, it sounds cliché for a female to recommend this, but I beg of you to look beyond the expected 19th century British society romance novel. In the end, it tells the story of a young woman who judges a man before she really knows him (hence the title my friends.) Elizabeth Bennet has bit more detest for the new man in town Mr. Darcy before learning his true ways. There is no difference between prejudice in love or in life itself. In our society today, I think we could all still stand to learn to accept one another a bit more. Why not do it with a handsome Mr. Darcy? It's a Jane Austen classic that is relevant to society for now and years to come.

7. "The Virgin Suicides"

Though the title can seem a bit daunting and odd, trust me the story has a much deeper meaning. It makes you think a bit more behind each action taken. A strict Catholic family of five daughters seem so perfect on the outside: beautiful looks, well mannered disposition, strong faith and family unity. But underneath lies suffocation, restriction, overreacting and control. A novel of what control can do to people who just need to experience life and learn from their own mistakes ends with a tragic ending (hopefully you figured that out from the title).

8. "Something Borrowed"

We all need that cliché rom-com that has a bit of humor, touch of heartbreak, and a dash of romance. "Something Borrowed" has all those things, and is a feel-good novel that is the beginning to a great series. It follows Rachel, the smart, quiet girl who always followed the rules and her best friend Darcy, outgoing boisterous and is willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. But when Darcy gets engaged to Rachel's college crush, he admits that had feelings for her also and they start seeing each other without Darcy's knowledge. Does she stay loyal to her best friend since childhood or follow her heart to be with the love of her life?

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year


Gear Up

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

I think Giannis would agree!

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