Why You Should Pick Up The Book And Turn The TV Off

Why You Should Pick Up The Book And Turn The TV Off

Summer is the perfect time to start a new book, or many!

Once summer comes around, there is a huge sigh of relief. The busy school schedule is set aside for a few months and I have time just for myself. Not only do I love my summers for time with my family, reconnecting with friends, the beaches, bonfires & the yummy goodies, but what I love the most is that I can reconnect with my inner bookworm. During the school year I have enough reading to do, with books piled high. You think this would make anyone hate reading and want to take the summer off from it, but this is my prime time. I have just begun to get back into my book routine and have started to create my summer list. I'm hoping to finish at least five books, but would rather have even more completed. While people gravitate towards Netflix and binge watching seasons for the summer, the following are reasons you should turn off that television and pick up a book, or a tablet to read on if you're feeling tech savvy.

1. Reading is a chance to keep your brain active.

While watching Netflix or movies is good once in a while and a great way to relax, reading a book can be used for the same thing, but also be more beneficial. During the summer people sometimes shut down and completely stop exercising their brain. The brain is like any other muscle in the body and needs to be worked in order to stay healthy. By being engaged and reading, this will be an easy, enjoyable way to do so.

2. You can learn about different subjects.

Books are a great way to learn about new things, or things you have little knowledge about but are interested in! Of course you can read genres you are interested in that are just for fun, but you can also read self-help books, cookbooks, or books such like that of astronomy. Pick one up to further your knowledge and maybe impress someone with what you've learned.

3. Your imagination is set free.

Movies & shows are all planned out, the plot line is set and there are already things in motion to occur. With books however, you are able to use your imagination and creativity to tailor it the way you would like. Yes, the author does do some outlining with characters, scenery and events, but there is leeway to use your mind to see it how you would please.

4. There is this amazing feeling when you finish a book.

This may just be me and my nerdy self, but there is a big feeling of accomplishment as you see yourself tackling page by page, and eventually the entire book. You would be surprised how fast you can finish a piece when you're intrigued and enthralled by it. It's similar to the feeling of checking things of your To Do List-- something kind of unexplainable that just feels so right.

5. Books give you a topic to discuss.

Personally, I have never been in a book club just because it has never been an opportunity for me. However, I secretly have a desire to be in one. Similar to t.v. shows and movies, books give a great talking point. When you are really interested in something, and there is someone else to discuss it with, the feeling is even better.

6. Reading is a great activity to do when you find yourself bored.

Yes, television is awesome to pass hours on end. But you have to admit that you get bored after watching it for so long, right? A good book will never do this to you. I find myself so into the book that I don't realize the hours passing by and it is something to do when you really need to kill time.

7. A book is easily portable.

Ever find yourself waiting in a doctor's office or waiting to meet someone? Pull out the book and get to it! It is totally not weird to bring a book with you and you kill two birds with one stone-- you enjoy the usual dreadful waiting period, and people probably think you are very studious.

8. Books are cheap.

Especially during the summer, you can find a great book deal! Most places besides bookstores will even sell them, such as gas stations or little stops in areas close to the beach. Some books can be on the more expensive end, but that doesn't mean you can find a great one under ten dollars. I mean think about it, you'll easily spend ten bucks on a meal that only lasts for one sitting! A book can last a lifetime, once you read it, you can always go back later on and read it again.

9. You can be part of an alternate life.

I can honestly say just a few days ago I spoke about a character in my book as if they were a real person. Reading a book puts you into the scenario and makes you a part of it. Sometimes it is nice to just open the book and be transformed into this "second" life when you are fed up with yours at the time.

10. Books take you places you cannot go.

Even if you can't get away this summer to that dream vacation you wished for, everything will be okay. Reading a book can take you places even while you physically stay put. When you read, you become involved in the text and will end up feeling like you are in the exact location it is talking about. This is key during the summer blues, or winter blues-- open that book and transport yourself to that island or big city you wish to be at.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.


17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

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Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

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However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:

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