BOOK| Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the shooters responsible for the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado when 15 students, including the two perpetrators, and a teacher lost their lives. Almost 17 years after the tragic day, she compiled massive amounts of research and emotions into a book. A MOTHER'S RECKONING: LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAGEDY, published in February, gives readers a whole new perspective into the lives of the parents who had to deal with not only the grief of their son's death, but the burden of his vicious actions. Her story addresses how many were quick to judge, and she brings attention to mental health issues in this compelling and eye-opening read.
MUSIC| After more than 20 years of stops and starts, Blink-182 is back with their new album and band member. CALIFORNIA was released early this month, with two hit singles already coming through the radio: "Bored to Death" and the title track. Although co-founder Tom DeLonge has parted ways with the group, the cuts on this new record reflect Blink-182's authentic, one-of-a-kind pop-punk beat, now fronted by Matt Skiba. They started their U.S. tour in May; it continues through October, stopping to play the Spokane Arena on Sept. 16. Tickets ($25-$75) are on sale now.
APP| The mobile game MAGIC JIGSAW PUZZLES allows us puzzle fanatics to take our puzzles wherever we go. The app has versatile features ranging from difficulty levels to rotating or nonrotating pieces, making puzzles much less frustrating. The newest update now allows trading coins and energy among your friends, so they can play longer and win prizes, unlocking new puzzles. This app is great for those who enjoy the logic of puzzles and are trying to find something to keep their minds occupied, whether on a plane or a long road trip. It's free to play, but you'll have to get used to a sidebar of ads. ♦