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Summertime Means More Time for Books and Movies!

This summer I am looking forward to reading more books and watching more movies before school starts back up. I have always loved reading and it is one of my favorite things to do, but recently I haven’t been dedicating any of my time to reading outside of school. Movies are also a little mini-escape for me because I get so invested in a storyline or the characters. Reading is something that has always calmed me down when I am stressed or upset because it just takes over my entire mind and makes me forget for a while. I get invested in books and sometimes if I am reading a really good one I cry while reading.

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Recently, I have been wanting to read more classics but have no idea where to start. One of my peers in my class actually recommended that I get a poster that has a list of different novels that people should read within their lifetime. I found one that you can scratch the square off to reveal the book cover after you have finished reading one, and I am super excited to start scratching off as many books as possible. After getting it I realized I have already read twelve out of the hundred books that were listed. Some of the books that I am most excited to start reading are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and George Orwell’s novels Animal Farm and 1984. I know that everyone is obsessed with Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the movie adaptation with Kiera Knightley, but I have put off watching it in order to read the book first. I want to compare the book to the movie and see which one I like better. I have also been saving a bunch of TikTok videos that have various book recommendations so that I can read more. 

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Now that places are opening back up one of my favorite places on earth is back open—the movie theatre! My family and I always go to the movies together and it is one of our favorite things to do. There are so many movies that are starting to come out that I am excited to go out and see. I am especially excited to see all of the Marvel projects that are going to be released this year like the Black Widow movie and Loki which comes out this month. I plan on going to see the new Fast and the Furious movie that will come out and A Quiet Place. The next phase in the Marvel universe should be interesting and I am excited for Doctor Strange to come out next year after watching Wanda Vision earlier in these past few months. Even new seasons or new series of tv shows are finally going to be available to stream this year since they are able to start shooting. I probably have an unhealthy obsession with movies and television but I am always looking for new things to watch. I became obsessed with the Cobra Kai series a few months ago and I can’t wait for the new season to come out later this year. Season two of the Outer Banks is coming out next month and I am stoked. 

After a stressful year with school and the pandemic, I am looking forward to having a fun summer where I have the time to do my hobbies and go on other adventures with friends.

Jolene Third-year English and History double major, and pursuing a minor in professional writing at UC Davis.
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