Yes, it seems like the world has turned into a frozen tundra wasteland, seemingly incapable of human life. Yes, eating mounds of hot mac and cheese and binge watching Netflix seems like the only adventure worth doing when the weather turns sour like this. And yes, I am going to tell you that you can do adventures even in the bitter cold! Because you CAN!! (Ps don't hate me. I understand your love affair with Netflix)
I am here to remind you that there are many different types of adventures and not all of them have to happen outdoors. Some can even happen in your mind! This week is brought to you by an adventure that I think gets forgotten about a lot of time. And it does not involve freezing your booty off! BONUS!!
When real life adventures just don't seem to work out sometimes you have to revert to fictional ones. That's right! This week is brought to you by READING! Reading is so good for you! It doesn't matter if you are reading young adult fiction, or a historical biography, reading is so insanely good for you!! There have been so many studies on reading being amazing for a whole bunch of different things. If reading were a food, it would be the blueberries of food. The super food of all super foods.
The Top Five Books That I Have Read
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling: I realize I am opening myself up to be ripped apart by the Potterheads out there with this choice. Not because I am choosing Harry Potter, but because this is probably not a lot of peoples favorite. BUT I am doing it anyway! (neener neener) In my opinion this one is the first book that has a real departure from the movies. There are so many details that got missed in the movie! Especially the maze scene!! So part of the fun of reading this one is seeing all the differences between the book and the movie. Plus (spoiler alert) this is the first one where Voldemort comes back in full power, and in doing so, the series starts to go down the darker road, making everything more interesting. But obviously if you haven't read the series you should always start with the first one!
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The Post Office - Charles Bukowski: This book I would probably say is rated "R". But I was addicted from the moment I picked it up. The way it was written was simply so different than anything I have read before. "Raw" would be the word I would use. He doesn't shy away from the gritty truth. In fact he embraces it, maybe makes it an even more gritty caricature of the truth. He doesn't believe in fluff and soon you find yourself falling down this hole of cigarettes, women, and booze. And the worst part (or the best part), you keep asking for more.
Watership Down - Richard Adams: If you haven't read this book, here is a SPOILER. This book is about bunnies. Straight Up. Bunnies. They run through the fields, they are skittish, they are bunnies. Through and through. They act and think just like you think they would, but as soon as you as you accept that this is a story about bunnies, you realize that it might actually be about a lot more than that.
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka: This was a book I was "forced" to read way back in high school. I ended up loving it! It was just so intriguing to me. The premise is a man wakes up and he has turned into a bug. But it is told from the man's perspective. So as you read, you can't help but wonder, did this man actually turn into a bug, or is he just going completely insane or does it even really matter. A debate for the ages. And to be honest I kind of have a thing for books where the reality that is presented to you is skewed because of the perspective.
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Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian - Rick Riordan: The final book of the Percy series (not including the Heroes of Olympus) is a non-stop action packed climax, one would hope for. I love the Percy series for its easy-read escapism and to be honest, I just really had a hard time putting this book down.
PHEW! I might be sweating. That was way harder than I thought it would be. I can't believe I left out greats like Of Mice and Men and The Giver! What are your favorite books? Let me know in the comments. I am always ready for a great book to read!