Need A Study Break? 3 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters

Is college is a time for students to hit the books and dedicate themselves to endless hours of study? Sure, it would be academically ideal if class was the only thing on students’ minds during college, but as most of us know, that is almost never the case. In order to maintain a sense of sanity and stability, college students must break away from college studies from time to time and bask in the joys of life by reading good books, going out with friends, cooking new cuisines, and seeing great films.

Whenever my young daughter calls me up and relays her stresses of college, I always encourage her to seize the opportunity to read a new book or see a film to ease her worries. Truth be told, many of my favorite books also have film counterparts.

If you’re a college student looking for a break from the obligations of college, here are three books to read before they hit the big screen.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most successful novel, The Great Gatsby, introduces us to the intricacies and perils of the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age. The main character, Nick Carraway, a WWI veteran and Yale graduate, moves to Long Island to begin a new life in the bond business shortly after returning from war. Through Nick’s eyes, we encounter the eccentric, perplexed lives of Gatsby, Daisy, and numerous other notable characters that embody the characteristics of the famed Prohibition era. The Great Gatsby film, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan hits theaters next summer.

The Hobbit

For all you diehard Tolkien fans, there is no better way to gear yourselves up for the new Hobbit film than to read the book. For those of you who haven’t read it, The Hobbit is the prelude to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which became a film/book sensation in the early 2000s. The Hobbit follows the epic journey of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and a wizard named Gandalf as they venture from Bilbo’s hobbit hole to eccentric locations like Rivendell, Mirkwood, and the Misty Mountains. Along the way, we encounter scary goblins, steadfast dwarves, beautiful elves, the treacherous Gollum, and numerous other interesting characters that help round out this engaging children’s novel. The Hobbit film, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage, hits theaters in December.

The Silver Linings Playbook

I just finished reading The Silver Linings Playbook last week, and I was overjoyed to hear that the upcoming film is already getting a lot of Oscar buzz. The Silver Linings Playbook introduces readers to Pat Peoples, a former mental institution patient who returns home to his parents’ house to discover that much has changed in the four years he has been in treatment. To Pat’s surprise, his father won’t speak to him, his ex-wife is nowhere to be found, and his mother can’t help but have an crying fit anytime Pat brings up the past. As Pat adjusts to life back in the real world, he discovers that many of his friends and family members fear he won’t be able to handle the cold, harsh realities of his life, in light of the fact that Pat is a hopeless optimist who believes in silver linings and happy endings. Will Pat’s profound optimism be enough to help him begin a new life chapter? Well, you’ll have to read to find out. The Silver Linings Playbook, starring Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, hits theaters in late November.

Books and movies are a great source of distraction during the difficult times of college. Should you need a break, read these books and see these films for some much-needed stress relief. Are there any others I left out? Utilize the comments section to let me know.

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Melanie Foster is a guest post writer and professional blogger who writes about all things academia for Online PhD Programs and other education-related websites. When Melanie's not writing, she's reading great novels and books. Please leave your questions and comments for Melanie below.
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