13 Books To Read This Summer & Why

13 Books To Read This Summer & Why

No, 13 Reasons Why isn't one of them...
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1. The Girls in the Garden - Lisa Jewel

It's a mystery thriller story that has 3.56 stars on Goodreads. You can go check out the full description here.

2. One True Loves - Taylor Jenkins Reid

It's a love triangle. She has to choose between her husband who has been lost for years and her new fiancé. Which will she choose? It has 4.1 star on Goodreads so check it out here.

3. My Not So Perfect Life - Sophia Kinstella

This sounds like such a good read because it shows that even though Katie (the main character) seems to have the perfect life on her Instagram account and everything, it sheds light on the fact that life is not perfect. It sounds interesting and fun. It has 3.8 stars on Goodreads, so it has to be good. Check it out here.

4. The Roanoke Girls - Amy Engel

This one is a mystery thriller where two cousins come together after both losing someone who was close to them. It sounds interesting enough so I can't wait to read it. The Goodreads rating on it is 3.7 and check it out here.

5. The Second Mrs. Hockaday - Susan Rivers

This one is probably near the top of my list. It's about a newly wed couple during the Civil War in America and he has to go off to be a Major in the war. While he is away, rumor has it that his new wife has relations with another man and has that mans child then murdering it! She's then put in jail when he returns two years later. Oh, did I mention that she's only 17? Go check it out here if you love Historical Fiction like I do.

6. The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff

A sixteen year old girl has a child in Nazi Germany but is forced to give it up. Later she can't get over her lost child and she sees a train full of Jewish children and she can't help herself. She grabs one and runs away to a circus where she has to learn to become a trapeze artist. This book has 4 stars and you can check it out right here.

7. The Shadow Land - Elizabeth Kostova

An American woman goes to Bulgaria to heal after losing her brother and an elderly couple leaves their suitcase in a taxi after she helps them out. The suitcase contain an urn with human ashes and she knows that she must return them. It's a mystery and historical fiction mixed into one. Perfect to keep me on my toes this summer, with 3.7 stars, so check it out on Goodreads here.

8. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins

From the author of The Girl on the Train, here comes yet another creepy murder mystery book. I know that it doesn't seem like reading this type on a beach with a cool drink in your hand would be perfect, yet it is. This one is about a 15-year old girl whose mother is found at the bottom of a lake, and now she is orphaned in the world. That already sounds like a whirlwind. Go check it out on Goodreads here if you are still wanting more info on it!

9. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue

I've been wanting to read this one since it came out this past fall. It sounded so intriguing, but alas, I just didn't have the time to read it. So now it's sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. It's about a nurse who is brought to a village in Ireland to witness a miracle child who can go days without food or water. It turns into a big media sensation and I can't wait to crack this book open. Check it out here on Goodreads.

10. The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Girl sees boy, boy sees girl, and it's love at first sight. Except her life is a mess because her family is being deported back to Jamaica and he realizes that he doesn't want to be the perfect son that his parents want him to be. Young love, is there nothing better to read while sitting on the beach? Check it out on Goodreads here.

11. Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

She has a rare diesease and has only seen her mom and her nurse for her entire life until she meets a charming boy her age. He moves into the house next to hers and she falls in love with the future he offers her. Read the rest of it on Goodreads here.

12. Roses of May - Dot Hutchison

First of all, if you haven't read The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison, stop whatever you're doing and go read it right now. It's so amazing and mind glowingly creepy that you're going to reach for this book next. It's a sequel that I'm on the edge of my seat anticipating after I finished reading The Butterfly Garden the night that I got it. Here's the actual description to the book on Goodreads, but I just like mine so much more.

13. Goodnight From London - Jennifer Robson

If you can't tell from the cover, this book is a love story about a couple in London during WW2. Aren't these books always the best though? The girl is a young American journalist who finds her big break for writing about the war while located in London. During this gripping story, she finds out what it means to love a man who has so many secrets and burdens. Oh! Ah! Let's grab a copy and some coffee and read it right away. Here's the Goodreads link for more information on the book.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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7 Reasons 'Starset' Deserves To Get Big

The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do.

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Starset consists of four members, Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant, Brock Richards, and Adam Gilbert. The band was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Their music has influenced my and several others lives.

Here are a few reasons why they deserve to go down as one of the biggest bands in history.


1. They're the most original band I've heard in awhile.

Starset's content is unlike any other band I've heard or seen before. They classify themselves as "space rock", creating a type of music that many have never heard of before. They use your regular guitar, bass, and drums, but they also incorporate the use of violins, cellos, and synthesizers to create the unique, one of a kind sound. The lead singer, Dustin Bates, even created his own microphone that distorts his voice to use in live shows, so that you feel as though he's speaking to you through a radio in a space station.

2. They're all a bunch of nerds/dorks.

Starset is the kind of band that you'd love to be friends with. Not only are they wicked smart, they also have an amazing sense of humor. They incorporate their knowledge into the songs that they write, leaving you wanting to learn more about what it is they write in their songs.

3. Their songs are lyrically and melodically beautiful.

Ricochet is one of their most impactful and meaningful songs. When you first listen to it you can hear the emotion in Dustin's voice, but as you take a minute to listen to the lyrics, you realize it has so much more meaning than what you assumed. It represents the struggle of a relationship gone sour, the internal struggles within yourself, and the effect it has on both people in the relationship. It's a song that a lot of people can relate to, and I find that amazing.

4. They interact with and care about their fans.

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Before their shows, they do eat and greets where they hang out with their fans, eat pizza, perform some acoustic songs, and take pictures with them. They have genuine conversations with them, asking us our names, what we like to do, and just keep up small talk. My brother, pictured here, had a conversation with Ron, the bassist, before the show started and they got along phenomenally. I don't know many bands who take that much time to get to know their fans and they even interact with them on Twitter.

5. Have comics with Marvel.

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Not only does Starset create music, they also have their own comics with Marvel. The comics are based on an alternate world they created through their music. Each album has a story, but now it's come to life through their comic, The Pros Transmissions. How dope is that?

6. Created their own society to inform the world of various things.

The Starset Society is a mission, created by Starset, to inform others of the up-coming technological advances happening in the world today. The main goal of this society is to make sure we're well aware of the things happening in the world, and it's not just aimed for the fans of Starset. It's influenced by the idea of Thomas Jefferson that says the first step toward a guided future is an informed public.

7. They love what they do.

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The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do. They put so much work into making their shows interactive and enjoyable, and they spend years working on albums so that they and their fans are pleased with the final product. Knowing that they put so much passion and effort into their work makes it obvious that they deserve to be one of the biggest bands in history.

After learning more about this amazing, influential band, aren't you intrigued to hear more of their music? To learn more about their society and their comics? They're great people with a great purpose driving them to continue creating some of the most unique, epic rock sounds in history. Check out Starset. You won't regret it.


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