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Weekend Recs: Pick-Me-Ups

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

For some of you, you’re still in the hustle and bustle of finals week. For others, you’ve finished your exams and papers and are settling into break. Regardless, during this stressful time of the year, we could all use a little pick-me-up to brighten our days and help us relax.

That looks different for everyone. For some, it’s watching a movie you love. For others, it’s spending time with loved ones, reading a good book, or going on a run. While our last weekend rec’s of the semester will share some of my pick-me-ups, if these aren’t your cup of tea, my highest recommendation is to do something that makes you happy this weekend. Enjoy your break!

If you have 5 minutes…and like little brain-teaser games, play one (or all) of the New York Times daily games. While Wordle is certainly gets the most attention, I’m biased towards Connections and Letter Boxed.

If you have 15 minutes…and need a caffeine boost, swing by a coffee shop for your go-to drink. Whether you’re into cold brew, black coffee, chai, or hot chocolate (or even a delicious pastry), you’ve earned it. And, if you’re still studying in the library, you can always swing by Holy Grounds for your caffeine fix.

If you have 30 minutes…and need some relaxation, come to our last Mindfulness Monday session of the semester this Monday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. If you’re not on campus, no need to worry, it’s offered in-person and on Zoom.

If you have 1 hour and 30 minutes…and need some happy nostalgia, watch Shrek, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection. Shrek is just one of those movies that stuck around in the minds of 2000s kids, and it’s the perfect thing to watch when you just want to watch something familiar and entertaining.

If you have 2 hours and 1 minute…and love rom-coms, watch Mamma Mia!, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection. Although rom-coms aren’t typically my go-to genre, they are perfect for when you need something lighthearted to destress, and with it’s sunny Greek setting and ABBA-filled soundtrack, Mamma Mia! is perfect just for that.

Bonus: for more rom-com fun (without needing a DVD player), we also have Clueless, Legally Blonde, and Crazy Rich Asians, all available to stream through Falvey. If you want to stream more movies, check out our Digital Campus library here.

If you have 7 hours…and want to read a classic, read Pride and Prejudice, available online through Falvey. I’ve actually never gotten around to reading Pride and Prejudice (despite absolutely adoring the 2005 Keira Knightley movie), but it’s something I hope to enjoy over break.


Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.


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