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With all these critically acclaimed movies arriving in theaters in the recent months, from Logan to La La Land, sometimes people just want to kick back and enjoy a good old fashioned book. Thankfully there are many books one can choose from.

My personal favorite is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy. Published on October of 1979 by Douglas Adams, the book starts off like any good Sci-Fi: the destruction of the planet Earth.

Turns out it’s in the way of an inter space Highway and needs to be demolished. This reflects on a much larger scale what is going on in the life of our main protagonist, the bumbling and timid Arthur Dent, whose house is being demolished because it’s in the way of a bypass that’s being built. Luckily, Arthur is saved from the destruction of his planet by his friend Ford Prefect, who just so happens to be an alien Hitchhiker.

Together the two travel the galaxy in all sorts of wacky adventures, eventually meeting a manically depressed robot named Marvin, another human by the name of Trillian who was an old flame of Arthur’s, and the President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox.

However, if sci-fi books from the seventies aren’t really your taste, there are some more modern books to read as well. For instance, if you want something a little more grounded, there is Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.

This book tells the story of Sam and Clementine who are invited to a friend’s barbecue, but what happens there causes tension, drama, and tragedy in a story so gripping you won’t want to put it down.

Speaking of gripping tales, you can also read the engaging thriller written by Stephen King, then be on the lookout for End of Watch. The story follows a man named Brady Hartsfield, who’s been in a vegetative state for five years after the horrible events of the Mercedes Massacre, which Hartsfield himself caused.

Strange events follow Hartsfield, as he is able to cause horrible events to happen without ever leaving his room. So two detectives named Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney now must find out what’s going on with the town as Hartsfield plots his revenge. It’s a terrifying conclusion to the gripping and shocking trilogy that King started with Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers that will send chills down your spine.

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What We’ve Been Reading