Back in the day when the best way to watch movies at home was to schlep to the video store, I worked in one of those now nearly extinct stores. The busiest days of the year for rentals were the day before Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Apparently, turkey and a movie (as you fall asleep on the couch) was a special, annual treat.
Now, with so many ways to stream movies, TV and more entertainment whenever and wherever you want, I wonder if turkey then a watching a movie from your love seat is still part of many people’s plans. Might the ubiquitous RedBox machines see lines and shortages today?
While my family and I are planning on the special treat of going out to a movie tomorrow after dinner, I’m not looking forward to watching anything over the long weekend. Rather, I have some books ready to be read during these holidays I’m not grading or preparing for class.
If you’re like me, here’s some lists which may help guide your selections:
(Here’s the Top Ten from this list)
1 Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell (free eBook, Audiobook & study resources)
2 To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (free eBook)
3 Animal Farm, by George Orwell (free eBook)
4 Lord Of The Flies, by William Golding (Amazon)
5 Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck (Amazon)
6 The Harry Potter series, by J K Rowling (Amazon)
7 A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (free eBook)
8 The Catcher In The Rye, by J D Salinger (Amazon)
9 Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (free eBook)
10 Pride And Prejudice, by Jane Austen (free eBook)
Here are the Best Books from 2015 So Far (in August)
And if you read any of these books, will you be able to talk about it with colleagues via an on-line book club?
Regardless of what you read, will you choose it by its cover? If so, here’s some fascinating research on that very topic.
Or maybe you’d like to read this short story composed entirely of 5,000 “tag lines” from movies.
Would this be fiction or non? If the former, reading it can actually transform the functioning of your brain.
Maybe you’d like to read not an ebook on your tablet, but an interactive, digital book. Here’s 10 of the best of this emerging genre.
Or perhaps you’ll tell stories at the dinner table. Research shows that it makes kids voracious readers!
And after dinner, maybe watch a TED Talk or two: