Winter Break Reviews

This article previously appeared in the December 2015 issue of The Wire

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Don't know what to listen to and read over Winter Break? Look no further.

Adele’s 25

Haven’t jumped on the Adele bandwagon yet?
Don’t fear; Adele’s new album is here. 25 delivers a refreshing and captivating music experience, starting with it’s first track, Hello (the album’s debut single, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart). 25, as Adele’s previous albums, could be described as somewhat emotional, addressing the various feelings of heartbreak, lost love, and sadness, but yet stands out due to her nostalgic, wistful mood  adopted throughout. With tracks such as Send Me Love (To Your New Lover), When We Were Young, and River Lea, 25 is an album you don’t want to miss.

 

Let It Snow, by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

One of the best parts of Winter Break is relaxing by the fire with a good, cheerful holiday book. But what to read? A collection of three interconnecting romance stories by young adult authors John Green, (author of Paper Towns and The Fault In Our Stars) Maureen Johnson (Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes), and Lauren Myracle (ttyl), Let It Snow was written with Winter Break reading in mind. Though short and can be incredibly cheesy, Let It Snow is a perfect, leisurely book that you shouldn’t take seriously, puts you in that great holiday mood; nothing more, nothing less.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Don’t want something so ‘fluffy’ perhaps? Look no further. Meet Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. Beginning a few months after D-Day, All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a young French girl who loses her eyesight. Marie-Laure meets Werner, an orphan who was recruited by the German army due to his talent for fixing things. Full of incredible detail and elegant language, balanced by short chapters,  All The Light We Cannot See is an enchanting and compelling read.