By Hannah Stevenson

By this point in the semester you have either finished all of your finals and essays, or you are very close to finishing. So I think congratulations are in order! You made it through! All of your hard work has finally paid off. You can sleep a lot more, put your feet up and just relax for a few weeks. Now that you are going to have a lot more time on your hands, I’ve compiled a film and book list so that you can use your freedom over the holidays to the best of your abilities.

 

Film for the thriller lover:Argo movie poster
Argo

Argo is a thriller based on a true story about a special CIA operation to rescue six diplomats in Iran under the guise of filming a sci-fi film. It will keep you on your toes, and if you take the historical accuracy with a grain of salt, it’s very interesting.

Book for the thriller lover:The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book cover

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

This book deals with the investigation of a disappearance from 40 years ago, and a lot of other murders and crimes soon surface. This book will certainly keep you on your toes, and though the film adaptation is also fantastic, the book is even more engrossing.

Film for the foodie:
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Chef

Chef is a comedy/drama about a man who gets frustrated with his job, so he quits and opens up a food truck with his son. It’s heartwarming, dramatic and also quite funny.

Book for the foodie:
Blood, Bones and Butter book cover

Blood, Bones & Butter

Blood, Bones & Butter is a memoir about the journey and many kitchens of a chef who now owns and operates a popular restaurant in downtown Manhattan. The book narrates her life from her young days watching her mother cook, through the years she worked as a caterer, up until her present-day life as a restaurateur.

 Film for the romantic:The Holiday movie poster

The Holiday

A romance film that also occurs around the holidays! This is one of my favourite guilty-pleasure/feel-good films. It’s about two women who switch homes over the holidays and meet the loves of their lives. Cliché, yes, but still so great.

 Book for the romantic:
Sense and Sensibility book cover

Sense and Sensibility

I have yet to read this one, but everything else of Jane Austen that I have read, I have loved. According to Goodreads, this story is about two sisters who experience love, lust and heartbreak—and have to find the line between sense and sensibility in their society, where love is ruled by status and money.

Film for the historian:
The King's Speech movie poster

The King’s Speech

This film is about King George VI and his speech impediment. The film deals with him visiting a speech therapist, who helps him overcome his stammer in time to announce over the radio Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939. It’s reasonably historically accurate and very moving.

Book for the historian:A Brief History of Time book cover

A Brief History of Time

So this one might be a bit of a stretch, as in all technicalities this is a science book. But it is a history of science! I think the history of the universe is something that is important and fascinating, and this is definitely on my to-read list over the holiday season.

 Film for the soul searcher:
The Prophet movie poster

The Prophet

This film is actually based on one of my favourite philosophy books. It is a beautiful animated film that narrates the life lessons and philosophy of Kahlil Gibran through the incorporation of music, stories and stunning imagery.

 Book for the soul searcher:
The Alchemist book cover

The Alchemist

This is one of my favourite books of all time, and definitely perfect for the “soul searcher”. It’s about a boy called Santiago trying to fulfill his personal legend, or his life’s purpose. It’s one of those books that really make you contemplate your plan for your life.

 

 Film for the comedian:Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie poster

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This is a classic and most of you have probably seen it, but it is definitely my favourite comedy film. As a brief synopsis: Ferris decides to skip a day of school, convincing two of his closest friends to join. Chaos and hilarity ensue.

 Book for the comedian:Bossypants book cover

Bossypants

In my opinion, everything that Tina Fey does is hilarious. This memoir is the perfect lighthearted read to clear and relax your mind after the tough academic readings from this semester.

I hope at least one of these films or books appeals to you! Let us know on our Facebook page what you are planning on reading and watching over the break! Happy holidays to you all and I can’t wait to talk to you in the New Year!