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The joy of reading books

Effortless. Flawless. Perfect.

That’s what she wanted to be. That’s how she saw herself when she walked the halls of this place. People loved her here. They thought she was royalty. They had no idea.

In a place where few people understand one another, the silent author finds solace in knowing that she will always be revered in the library. Readers will always have your back.

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There’s a thing about books that makes me want to keep reading them. I’ve read so many books and I still have so many that I want to read. There are so many books that I think I would like then start reading and decide I do not. The way that libraries makes me feel is happy. The way that libraries remind me that it is ok to enjoy books is a real joy no doubt.

Watching children read in a children’s section is rare these days, because of the computers in there. Which have reading games on them, so I’m not that mad. Reading is always a new learning experience. Usually, it reminds me why I think so complexly in the first place. Why I refuse to stop reading no matter how busy I get. I’ve done some audiobooks and some are good, especially when read by the author while others are not. There is something about books that is hard to define. That is hard to describe. I wish that I could find greater words but if you are reading this with glee then books are part of your life.

 

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Unfortunately, I haven’t read as much as I would like lately. This year even. I could make more excuses about how I was doing something else, but the truth is I usually am not. As much as I love reading, I also love a good story. Sometimes it just so happens that those stories are in the form of tv shows. So obviously I have to watch the show for the sake of good stories, then right? Of course. This is how it goes then.

 

I love good stories and books that captivate me more that I do movies that are based on them. Take Divergent, for example. The Hunger Games. I will indulge in the movies, but reading the book for the first time will always hold a special place for me. Reading about a character that died breaks your heart, but you read on with a heavy heart to find someone else dead. It’s terror and you want to throw the book across the room. Sometimes you do. When characters fall in love or out of love you are wracked with how it will turn out because it matters. How they fare will distract you from the truth. The truth is that great books are not romantic, some are but they remind you of real life too. The movies do all the fluffy romance that doesn’t give you the same satisfaction. Books will always win in that regard.

 

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So yeah. Read book. Read in general. You say you do, but you probably don’t. So thanks for starting that goal on the right foot and reading this stellar post.

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The story within the video

Music gives us power. We like to think so anyway as humans. I like music, but some people like to tell me that music is poisoning me. Well, not that exactly but that literal translation will not be given here. Anyway. Music. It can soothe us, make us cry, give us inspiration and the determination to do something. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves but does that power ballad really mean anything at all if you’re not going to follow up on it? Yeah, sure I get that “Girls run the world” but if you work in a lab that’s hard to say to your likely male boss and co-workers who not only don’t get the reference but are tired of the “feminist” in the office. Ok. whoa. That got a little testy, this is not a post about feminists but about music. Specifically, the stories that music videos can tell. It’s like a mini movie. I bet this is not the direction you thought this post was going in, but rest assured that I have been thinking of writing this one for awhile and I hope that I have made a good list.

Girls like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko.

Maybe you’ve seen this on YouTube or maybe you’ve seen the thumbnail and clicked on something else instead. Likely. One day, I kept seeing it in the related videos so I just clicked to watch and it blew me away. If you want to know a story about a lost, closeted lesbian and her crazy way to finding love watch this. Or just someone trying to find themselves. And yes I realize I just made that sound like a movie trailer.

 Middle by DJ Snake ft. Bipolar Sunshine.

This is one my sister told me to watch the other day. It’s a story of misplaced youth and you already know the song. Plus, Josh Hutcherson.

Genghis Khan by Miike Snow.

This one has a lot of layers. You think you got it, but then you don’t actually. Is it a story of love, military dance parties, or something else entirely? It’s definitely in the future.

Woman Woman by AWOLNATION.

One of the more empowering videos for sure. If you’re not a female you should think carefully about how you treat women and if you already do then great, you don’t get any medal though sorry. If you’re a female you can also watch it and tell others to as well. I may like the song more than the video though.

Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay.

A bit more philosophical, but who doesn’t love a Coldplay video on a sunny day? There’s even a snip of Queen Bey if you don’t love them but the video is set in India and I think you will like the color.

Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna.

If you’ve read a news story about this, you’ll know that this is crazy video and I didn’t love it but still felt like it was powerful enough to include. Plus, there’s gotta be someone who hasn’t seen it yet. If you encounter Rihanna on the street, please do not try to invest with anything with her if you don’t intend to give her da goods. It’s VERY explicit, so if you haven’t seen it and are intent on watching it then you’ll need to sign into Google. I could, but I won’t.

Just Like Fire by P!nk.

Promotional for the new Alice in Wonderland movie, but still a fire song. I thought the lyrics went like: “No one could be like AMA fighters” until the other day.

Cool by Alesso ft. Roy English.

Power to the nerds. And the outcasts. Not great, but still putting it out there. A YouTube commenter made me realize this looks like Steve Jobs (and Wozniak at 2:09). Not really, that is not the intention but we can pretend can’t we?

Love Yourself by Justin Bieber.

Props to the dancers, their dancing is on point.

The Young Blood Chronicles by Fall Out Boy (Long, uncut Version).

Older, but worth a watch whenever you have the chance. Find a snack and settle in to watch the horror/sadness/fandom/blood that is FOB.