Why You Should Read

From the Girl Reading 100 Books This Year, This is Why You Need to Pick Up That Book on Your Nightstand

Reading is a magical and glorious thing.


I have loved to read since I could remember.

When I was little, instead of playing outside, I wanted to read. For Christmas and birthdays, I would always ask for books and my punishments for acting out was taking away my books. My grandma would always have new books ordered for me when I visited her house and in Elementary school, I quickly read all the books that were available in the classroom.

You could say I'm a book nerd.

And my love of books and reading hasn't faded as I've grown older. When I turned sixteen I got my first job at Barnes and Noble's and worked there for three years as a bookseller. I loved going around and organizing and putting out all the new reads. I would talk to customers about their favorite titles and help them discover new ones.

Now, with my blog, I receive books from publishers to read and review, my Amazon cart is filled with books I want to buy, and I am a regular at Book Outlet. I am even going to college to eventually be a book editor and write my own book. So you could say my love of reading has amplified and expanded.

However, getting older also means getting more responsibility and that means a little less time on my hands. I work long hours, go to school, have commitments, are involved in clubs and organizations, and come home tired almost every day. Getting myself to read can sometimes be difficult.

Social media will also distract me. It's easier for me to lay in bed and mindlessly scroll through Instagram than focus on reading a book. I also am in the habit of deciding to take a four-hour nap rather than reading.

This year, however, I decided to change that. Every year on Goodreads I had always set my goal to 100 books a year, but always fell short. Well, this year I was going to make it to 100. I was going to read 100 books. Which was probably easier said than done.

I went to my local library and checked out a huge bag of books and ever since that day in January, I have been bulldozering through them. It can be hard to get myself to start a book sometimes, especially if I have so many other things going on, but once I start, man, I will be in that same place for hours just reading and reading and reading.

I have now read 41/100 books so far to date and I have enjoyed each story I encountered and the characters I have learned so much from. I realized that there is time for reading, you just have to find it. If you keep making excuses to not read, then that book will stay on your nightstand forever.

Reading is such an underrated form of entertainment these days. Social media, friends, and the thought process that you have to always be going going going seems to have stopped people from sitting down and just enjoying a good book.

This needs to change.

Reading is such a magical thing. You have literally transported away from your life, problems, and worries to a place where the only thing that matters is your imagination. It's great to take your eyes off the screen and put them on paper for a little bit.

Go to your local coffee shop, library, or favorite place, and just spend an hour or two reading. It can be anything – non-fiction, self-help, fiction, Young adult, graphic novel, and romance – just read. You will feel pretty relaxed and content right after. I promise you.

So grab that book that is sitting on your nightstand – you know the one – and read it. You may learn something new and get to explore a different place. Something magical. Something wonderful.

If you need any book suggestions check out my Goodreads or my website!

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7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

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9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill


South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos


I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja


I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs


They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

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