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Staff Picks: Emma Brodey recommends old favorites

By Emma Brodey

The months in-between winter break and spring break can be monotonous, to say the least. Days off of school are few and far between, and no end is in sight. Fear not, however. Dark winter days can be brightened by excellent books, movies, and music. Sports and Online editor Emma Brodey shares some of her favorite entertaining alternatives to cat videos on YouTube.

Book: “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maude Montgomery

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“Anne of Green Gables” is one of the funniest, sweetest, and most beautifully written books you will ever read. Set in rural Canada in the early 1900s, it is the story of a charming, charismatic and incredibly accident-prone young orphan named Anne Shirley. The book begins when Anne is mistakenly sent to live with the Cuthberts, who sent for a boy to help on their farm. The Cuthberts end up adopting the imaginative Anne, and the book follows her childhood and coming of age. The book was made into a very worthwhile film adaptation in 1985.

Movie: “The Lord of the Rings”

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“The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, is an adaption of the even more fantastic “Lord of the Rings book trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The trilogy is the high fantasy story ofthe quest of Frodo Baggins, a hobbit, who sets out to destroy a magical ring and save Middle Earth. The films are action-packed enough to suit the most hardcore viewers, but still have plenty of humor and thoughtful dialogue. The movie does justice to the incredible complexity and depth of Tolkien’s Middle Earth with impressive set designs, diverse characters and amazing New Zealand landscapes. The trilogy won 17 academy awards, including best picture and best director for the last film, “The Return of the King.” The films also have a wonderful musical score, and are worth watching for that if nothing else.

Album: “In Between Dreams” by Jack Johnson

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“In Between Dreams” is one of Jack Johnson’s early albums, usually classified as acoustic or soft rock. Johnson was born and raised in Hawaii, and his music is easy to relax to. Johnson’s musical themes tend to be feel-good, if a little nostalgic. His lyrics are often light and feel-good as well, though many of them do have deeper themes. “In Between Dreams” was released in 2005, and includes some of Jack Johnson’s most well known songs such as “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing,” and “Breakdown.” Two other particularly enjoyable songs from the album are “Do you Remember” and “Banana Pancakes,” but anything from the album is fun to listen to. This album can easily start out as unobtrusive study music, but is likely to worm its way into your most-played list.

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