By Charmaine Lim, SBM Editor-in-Chief

You’ve almost made it through the month of classes! Whether that was stressful or helpful in getting you settled into a new routine for the year, it’s time to take a break and relax a little bit before next month begins.


Read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Ivan is a gorilla living in a zoo. Not just any zoo, this one is in a mall. In his younger days, Ivan drew large crowds, all waiting to see the mighty gorilla run around his enclosure and beat his chest. As the crowds left, the zookeeper decides to bring in Ruby, a baby elephant who misses her family and wants to go home. Determined to make her happy again, Ivan creates a plan to give Ruby the life she deserves and make his own life better too.

Beautifully illustrated and told in short chapters, this book tells a heartwarming story of friendship and what it means to be happy.

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Listen to I Warned Myself by Charlie Puth.
Released as the first single off his upcoming third album, Puth draws from the experience of a recent break-up in this new song. As he recounts the toxic relationship and rough memories over little more than a drum beat and synth, Puth teases a new sound that he might bring to his next album. It might not be the happiest song out there, but it’ll surely make you feel something.

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Watch Dynasty.

A modern remake of the 1980s soap opera follows the Carrington family and their wealthy business. When Fallon Carrington finds out that her father has married a young employee from the family company, she vows to do everything she can to prove that the marriage is a scam for her father’s money. As Fallon tries harder to make sure she inherits the company, secrets are revealed and everyone has to prove just how far they’re willing to go to get what they want.

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Watch The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Adapted from the book of the same name, this movie follows Enzo, a golden retriever belonging to a racecar driver, Denny Swift. Together, the two becomes partners, as Enzo takes part in the biggest moments of Denny’s life and proves that dogs really are a man’s best friend. Starring Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried, this touching story is the perfect reason to get cozy and relax.

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Play volleyball behind Naugle and Mellinger.

Not much for relaxing indoors? Try the volleyball courts behind Naugle and Mellinger. Available at all hours, it’s easy to gather a few friends for a quick game and a chance to enjoy the weather while it’s still nice. And it’s a great way to get some fun exercise in without having to go to the gym.