A Book Lover’s Guide To Winter Break

Dec. 18, 2013
Jessica Frazier is a Journalism Major at UMass Amherst- University Without Walls. I love reading, writing, and ...

It’s that time of the year where we wish everything was covered in snow, the media screams at us to buy junk, and cookies are in abundance. Amongst all this craziness, you somehow manage to find some free time, but how should you spend it? As an avid book lover there is only one response — do your nerdy bookworm thing and READ!

  1. Find a corner, a cozy blanket, and make a hot cup or tea or cocoa. These items are absolutely necessary for an afternoon spent with your nose in a book. Once you have assembled this sacred reading place you many only leave to either get more food, or another book.
  2. Pick a good book (or books). Maybe its the newest book that just came out by your favorite author, that book that has been on your to read list for way too long, or that book that was on the bargain table at Barnes & Noble that you bought for no real reason.
  3. Visit an old friend. Whether their names are Harry, Lucy, Violet Baudelaire, or any of your childhood favorites, grab what was your favorite book (or series) as a kid. It’s always fun to reread a favorite and find details you never noticed as a kid.
  4. Face your fears and tackle that huge textbook size book that you have been saying you want to read just so you can said you read, for example, Les Miserable or War and Peace. Or just forget it and go back to easy reads that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
  5. Visit Family. Especially family that has a large library you can raid for new books. Or good reading suggestions, even better if they have the same taste as you.
  6. Use your new gift cards. Undoubtedly someone gave you a gift card for the holidays. Hopefully it was something generic like a visa or amazon gift card that you can use to buy online a few cheap, used books.
  7. Take a leap of faith and read that new famous “it” book or series that everyone claims is super amazing and that you should read. I would recommend not spending money to buy said “it” series and just mooch off of your crazed fan friend(s) who have several copies. This might be a good idea if you have no clue what all of the social references of Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or any similar series are about.
  8. Take a break and watch a movie of the book (or series) you just read. And then rage for hours why the book is always and forever will be better than the movie. Also complain about what parts and details were looked over and/or disappointing.
  9. Be riddled with grief when you either a) finish a book, b) run out of books to read, or c)are forced to go back to reality of school, work, etc because winter break is over. TC Mark
Jessica Frazier

Jessica Frazier

Jessica Frazier is a Journalism Major at UMass Amherst- University Without Walls. I love reading, writing, and …

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