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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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Weekend Recs: Good Vibes

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. 

Happy First Friday of the semester! The beginning of the semester is generally a time where positivity and morale is at an all-time high. I mean, you get to see your friends (or make new friends), enjoy campus events, and ease into your course work. It’s a sunny calm before the stresses of the semester set in. For our first installment of Weekend Recs of the semester, we want to keep the good vibes going. Enjoy your weekend, Wildcats!

If you have 15 minutes…and want to know the secret to happiness, read this article from the New York Times. Hint: there is no secret or easy hack to attaining happiness, but Matthieu Ricard, deemed the happiest man in the world, might just help put some things into perspective.

If you have 30 minutes…and need to channel some positive energy, attend our Mindfulness Monday session. It may not be over the weekend, but it is a great opportunity to take some time to prioritize self-care.

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If you have 45 minutes…and need something to snack on, stop by Food Truck Fridays at Connelly Circle starting at 7 p.m. What’s better than getting good food with your friends?

If you have 1 hour and 2 minutes…and want some chill music to relax, listen to Hozier’s new album Unreal Unearth. It might just be that I’m a Hozier fan, but this album makes me want to enjoy some peaceful time outside.

If you have 1 hour and 44 minutes…and want to unwind with a silly movie, watch The Lego Batman Movie, available online through Falvey. If you want to check out what other movies Falvey has to offer, you can search our DVD Collection or the Villanova Digital Campus selection.

Bonus: if you need (arguably) the perfect back-to-school movie to get you pumped, watch Legally Blonde, available online through Falvey.

If you have 8 hours…and are feeling productive, read The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work. It might just help you throughout the rest of the semester.

 


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


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