Last Day of the Semester!

There's something about this weather that just makes me want to stay inside all of the time. When this time of year comes around I am always tempted to just become a hermit who only faces the cold winds when the pantry has run dry. Fortunately enough, exams are almost over and Christmas break is sneaking up on us and the hermit life is now a viable option. And think, all that free time.

I wish there was a class at BYU that allowed you to just sit and read. More accurately, I wish there was one that gave you credit for reading books of your choice, but unfortunately that concept isn't exactly one we can petition for. So, to say that I'm excited for Christmas break because of all the free time I will have to read is an understatement.

At the moment all sorts of companies, websites and book-lists are releasing their list of best books of 2013. Which is great if you're craving something new to read or need a last-minute gift for one of your siblings but I personally think that Christmas break is the perfect time to pull out that old favorite and read through it again.

Since I'm the one excited about all the free time let me also admit that Christmas is busy but in a fun way. And the evenings tend to be a little more laid back since we don't have papers to write or midterms to study for. So, why not pick up that well worn paperback sitting prominently on your bookshelf during the downtime? Give it another go.

If you're having a hard time deciding on what to read, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books are great ones to reread or introduce yourselves to. J.R.R Tolkien provides the perfect balance between good literature and just down-right adventure. There's something in them for everyone and I have yet to meet someone who hasn't enjoyed reading them.

If you've read these ones already and don't feel particularly inclined to read them again Tolkien's other lesser known novels, The Children of Hurin and The Silmarillion, are just as good and will be equally entertaining for the Christmas break.

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