This week, whether you’re reading on the subway or curled up in front of the fire, celebrate the past and the future. Enjoy some classic historical fiction that’ll bring the past to life, then look towards your own future, including the investments you’re making and your career path (it's almost New Year's Resolution time, right?).
On Your Kindle
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
In this lull of a week, snuggle up with this classic favorite Civil War story. In her iconic Scarlett O’Hara, Mitchell perfects the art of creating a protagonist the reader doesn’t necessarily like or respect (and sometimes hates and condemns), but whom the reader also just can’t get enough of. These pages, filled with sass, history, and more than their fair share of romance, will keep you lazily entertained throughout the week.
On Your Smartphone
Reindeer are Fading into Holiday Myth, by Justina C. Ray
After my holiday-flavored December, I promise this one is not actually a thinly-veiled version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Despite its festive title, this article points to a serious problem: the growing endangerment of wild animals—specifically caribou, the “real-life” reindeer—due to industrial development in their natural habitats, oil harvesting, and global warming. As you start to ponder ideas for New Year’s resolutions, read this well-researched article and consider taking steps to help save the reindeer (and other endangered species) by reducing your own carbon footprint.
On a Podcast
The Battle Between your Present and Future Self, TED Talk by Daniel Goldstein
For Scrooge, ghosts of Christmas present and future have come and gone, but you still have your own present and future to think about. In this TED Talk, peppered with literary allusions, plenty of pictures, and jokes, the speaker shares the tools he’s created to help people understand the implications—on both their present and future selves—of making investments and saving money. Whether you’re just beginning your career or are heading swiftly toward those golden days of retirement, this is a helpful and interesting talk to watch.
Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career, by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald
I received this textbook-style paperback as an early Christmas present, and I’ve since treated it as a dog-eared career bible, complete with its special place atop my nightstand. If you’re a liberal arts grad feeling a little lost in the sea of entry-level positions and with a hazy picture (at best) of your future, then this is the book for you.
Career counselors from Duke and MIT offer advice that ranges from how to make the most of your university’s career office to how to address your parents’ concerns about your uncertain future. The book dispels common myths about liberal arts education and shares the stories of 23 successful liberal arts grads, showcasing their current professions, the trajectory that led them there, and the concrete steps each individual took that led to his or her success. This edition is not yet available on an e-reader, so put your liberal arts skills to use: Buy it old school, and take notes!
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Molly is The Daily Muse’s resident bookworm. She currently works in communications and is begrudgingly learning to be a grownup. She likes coffee shops and (the bakery aisle of) grocery stores, reading about other places but not necessarily traveling to them, keeping things clean, and stalking the Harvard Opportunes, her beloved college a cappella group.More from this Author