This Calculator Tells You How Many Books You Can Read While You're Quarantined at Home

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Halfpoint, iStock via Getty Images

In between baking bread, Netflix parties, and Zoom calls, many people are using their extra time at home to catch up on their reading goals. Even if your home library is lacking, endless audio books and e-books are available to download online, so you can stock your to-read pile without leaving the house. And if you want to plan your reading schedule just right, there's a new tool that gives you an idea of just how many books you'll need to get through your quarantine.

The quarantine book calculator, developed by Rita Rain for Omni Calculator, tells you how much you're capable of reading for the duration of your time indoors. Start by estimating how long your quarantine will last, how much time you can devote to reading each day, and how fast of a reader you are. (For this calculator, slow readers average a quarter page a minute, average readers do half a page, and quick readers get through a full page). If you're an average reader who reads for two hours a day, you'll be able to complete 12 average-length books over the next two months.

You can also specify your genre preferences to get personalized lists of book recommendations. For mystery lovers with the reading stats above, the calculator comes up with a list of eight novels to read, including Killing Floor by Lee Child, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The algorithm also tells you approximately how many days it will take to finish each title.

The calculator is as accurate as the numbers you give it, and it's recommended you only enter the figures you know and let it fill in the rest. If you're bad at assessing your own reading speed, this test is an easy way to gauge your abilities without reading a whole novel.

The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple/Amazon

Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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