16 Books And Book Series Everyone Should Read In 2018

16 Books And Book Series Everyone Should Read In 2018

Time to take a break from Netflix and open a good book.
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I love to read, but it’s very hard to read for pleasure during the school year. So, I save all of my reading for breaks and summer vacation. But, even then, I find it hard to sit down and read. However, I think 2018 will be my year for reading. I plan on reading as much as I can. And most of the following books are on my “To Read” list. Some of the books are my absolute favorites that I’ll never get tired of, no matter how many times I read them.

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy

Whenever anyone asks me my favorite book, I say this trilogy. It was the first big movie franchise I got into, and I still love these books, and movies, so much. This book has it all: strong female lead, love triangle, dystopian future, unnecessary deaths *cough* Finnick Odair *cough*, a riveting plot, etc. And the best part is that there are three books, and each one has different emotional twists and page-turning action. The books are just so good, and I recommend them to everyone.


2. Divergent Series

This is my second favorite book series. These books have similar traits to "The Hunger Games" but they’re still pretty different. The main character in these books has a big secret and if the wrong person finds out, she will be killed. Good thing she has a very protective boyfriend and friends who have her back no matter what. The third book has an awful twist, and the third movie is nothing like the book, but it’s fine. There is also an unofficial fourth book that is written in the boyfriend’s point of view that is also a really good read.


3. The 100 Series

These books inspired the TV show on the CW. Now, the show is nothing like the books. And I mean nothing. The books are so, so much better. (The show is really good, too. It’s actually my favorite show. But it’s nothing like the books.) The books focus on four different characters, and the entire population lives in space. But the government sends 100 delinquents down to Earth to cultivate it 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse. These kids are then forced to find a way to survive on their own on a foreign land. It’s just a really interesting and fantastic series.

4. Reboot Duology

These two books are about making the perfect soldiers. Once a human dies, it is rebooted. The longer it takes to reboot, the less human they are. The main character rebooted 157 minutes after she died, while her love interest rebooted only 22 minutes after he died. She is barely human, while he’s too human. But once they’ve had enough and escape their compound, war breaks out. All the reboots versus the humans. I couldn’t put these books down. I had to keep reading to see what happened. It was fast-paced and action-packed.


5. The Maze Runner Series

Now, I’ve only read the first book in this series, and I own all four books, I plan on finishing this series one day. The first book was very good, and I found it very interesting. And I watched the first and second movies, so I have an idea of what happens, but I still want to read the books for myself. A group of guys are trapped in a maze, and every day they send runners out into it to find a way out. Once the main character is thrown into the Glade, everything changes. There are a ton of twists and surprises, so it really keeps you on your toes.


6. Thirteen Reasons Why

With Netflix making this book into a series, it became very popular very fast. When it came out, everyone was watching this show. As having the read before, I thought that the casting was perfect, and the show followed the book really well. The book obviously went into more detail about a lot of things, but the show was still amazing. A lot of my friends who watched it didn’t know it was a book before, so if you liked the show, I suggest you read the book.


7. Everything, Everything

This book is literally amazing. I read it in less than twelve hours. The book is told through pictures, journal entries, text messages, doctor charts, and so many more drawings. It makes the book a quick read. The main character has a sickness that forces her to stay in her house at all times, but when a cute boy moves in next door, she’ll do anything to make herself seem normal. Even if it means going outside and risking her life just to be with him. The movie for this book is just as amazing as the book. It’s a light-hearted teenage love story.


8. The Fault In Our Stars

This is the only John Green book I’ve read and this one is amazing. This book is a tragic love story. The main character has thyroid cancer. She has a set routine: take prescription after prescription, read the same book over and over, watch the same show over and over, etc. She goes to support group and meets a charming boy who is cancer free, and he changes her world. He convinces her to try things she didn’t think she was capable of, and travel to places she only dreamed of. There’s tragedy, love, and bravery. It has it all. The movie is an emotional rollercoaster, so you better have a box of tissues handy.


9. Fangirl

It’s been a couple years since I’ve read this one, but it’s a great coming-of-age story. It follows a girl starting her freshman year of college. She writes fanfiction about her favorite book, and tries to keep it a secret from her roommate and friends. But when her roommate’s friend finds out, everything changes for her. But he doesn’t judge her, he actually likes the story and a new relationship forms. It’s funny and fresh and sweet. The reader takes the first steps with the character and it feels like you’re there with her.


10. Eleanor & Park

It’s been a long time with this book, too. I remember that the two main characters hated each other in the beginning, and end up falling in love by the end. The book then follows their relationship. I don’t think their parents approved of them dating. One of them needed to get away from everything, and the ending was abrupt and sucked. I really loved the book when I read it, and I think it’s time for me to read it again.


11. Twilight Series

I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve watched all five movies at least four times. I absolutely love the movies, so the books must be even better. I own all four books, too, it’s just about sitting down to read all of them. People like to make fun of the Bella and Edward vs. Jacob love triangle, but I think it makes sense and I can appreciate it. I think that it’s interesting to learn about how these characters perceive vampires and werewolves. There are a lot of questions I have about the movies, which will probably be answered by the books, once I get around to reading them.


12. Harry Potter Series

I haven’t read any of these books, nor watched the movies. I tried reading the books years ago, so I’m due to try to read them again. Most people I’ve met have loved all things Harry Potter, and are surprised when I told them I haven’t read of watched them. I want to give this series another try, I just need to wait until summer so that I can give it the time this series requires.


13. Nerve

If this book is anything like the movie, I can’t wait to read it. This movie is definitely in my top five. It’s about teenagers all around the world playing a game like Truth or Dare, just without the truths. And as the game progresses, the dares get harder and more dangerous. The players are paid to play, while the viewers pay to watch. This movie had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I’m looking forward to reading this book!


14. The Mortal Instruments Series

I haven’t read these books, or watched the single movie made, but I watch the TV show. I don’t know accurate the show is, but I love the show. It’s very action-packed and has a lot of up-and-down relationships. And based on my love for the show, I want to read the books. There are a lot of things that I don’t know about the show that would probably be helpful to know. These books involve magic, spells, vampires, and other things like that.


15. Percy Jackson Series

I’ve been in the process of reading this series for nearly seven

years. I read the first few books back-to-back and have taken very lengthy breaks in between the rest of the series. I really love mythology, which is the main concept of these books, so I’ve greatly enjoyed the books I have read to completion. And at this point, I mind as well start over. The main character is a demigod that causes a lot of trouble, and is sent away to camp. He sneaks away to complete missions with his two friends and saves a lot of people, but also continues to get in trouble. It’s fun to read these because you learn about mythology and it still has a fictitious plot.

16. All The Bright Places

This is a modern novel that focuses on a suicidal boy and a popular girl. As you read the book, you realize that he has more issues than just that and likes to change his personality, and she has dealt with tragedy and hates the people she hangs out with. These two characters are literal opposites, but everyone knows that opposites attract.


Books are one of the best things in the world. They let you leave reality for a couple hours and enter a totally different world. Lucky for you, most of these books are about completely different things that take place in a variety of worlds. How could anyone get bored? There are plenty of books out there!

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!
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When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts you can follow that are worth following:

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Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your instagram photo that you wish to post !

1.Life goes on, with or without you.

2.Don't Worry Be Happy ! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy

4.Be Confident

5. Be Positive

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar

7. Chillen With My Peeps

8. Go Big Or Go Home

9. What's the deal?

10.The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11.Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12, You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you use to be.

16. I don't need any part time people in my life.

17. Get the Gist

18. Boy, it's the 21st centurey get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy

20. I woke up like this

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power; a smile is it's sword

23. Last Day Of Class

24. I Donut Care

25. Got my donut and coffee today

26.Happy as a clam

27. Beach Days are the best

28.A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With You, I forget all my problems. With You, Time Stands Still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great

33. Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person but by learning to see imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears billion times.

36. "She's got that red lip, classic thing going on"

37 .I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best Friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? maybe

42.I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't.

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars - Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars- Cold Play

46 . I keep dancing on my own- Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself- Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you- Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness -Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say Sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am Limited Edition

52, Turn that frown upside down

53. Smile its the best thing a girl can wear

54, Stay true

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. You're the king, baby I'm your queen

57. Best Friends Forever !!!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life

60. I know you like first name basis

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl

63. Frisky Friday

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations,

65. Maybe our okays will be our infinities - The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because i'm a little unsteady - Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life - Best Day Of My LIfe - American Author

68. She;s the beauty and he's the beast

69. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

70. If you can dream it, you can do it.-Walt Disney

71.Hakuna Matata it means no worries for the rest of your days - The LIon King

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — Rafiki,

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — The Emperor, Mulan

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — Lumière, Beauty and the Beast

76."All it takes is faith and trust." -- Peter Pan (Peter Pan)

77."A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." -- Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

78."If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." -- Gusteau (Ratatouille)

79. "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." -- The Emperor (Mulan)

80."A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." -- Zeus (Hercules)

81."Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." -- Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." -- Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

83."Giving up is for rookies." -- Philoctetes (Hercules)

84.. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." -- Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." -- Rafiki (The Lion King)

86."Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." -- Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

87. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney

88.Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore
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89.The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
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90.The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. Pamela Hansford Johnson
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91.Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda
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92..Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin
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93.Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! Audrey Hepburn
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94. Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman
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95.My power's turned on

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96.Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
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97.Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. Rabindranath Tagore
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98.I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali
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99. Why don't you be you

And I'll be me

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100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Another Kind Of Service: Research Study Participation

The compensation is just a bonus, I swear.

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Attending a large research university like Emory, there are plenty of opportunities to partake in research. Most often, first-year undergraduates enter the institution eager to join a lab and partake in research. Wise upperclassmen know that is easier said than done. Once upon a time, I was an eager first year at Emory searching for the same opportunities. Along the way, I discovered that dedicating myself to a lab was not the only way to express my love for science or contribute to research. Volunteering my time as a participant in various studies around campus was a great way to feel involved and learn more about my own interests.

Labs and research groups advertise for volunteers all around campus. I was interested in the idea of contributing to a study that had the potential to help millions of other people in the future. Sometimes, service is not volunteering at the hospital or pulling out weeds at a community garden. Anytime you take time out of your day for a cause greater than yourself, it is a service to others.

Participating in research studies also helped me find what I was interested in studying. I found myself leaning towards many psychology and sociology based labs because I was intrigued by the research they were conducting. I learned about different conditions for which I was unaware of the symptoms and how they affect a person's life. Additionally, reading through the consent forms made me appreciate the thought and time it takes to set up an experimental design and have a project approved. All these research studies made me realize that doing research can be exciting, but the intensive background work was not the lifestyle or career I wanted for myself in the future. I was able to discover this earlier rather than later because of my participation in research studies.

Moreover, research studies provide a plethora of incentives to entice people to volunteer. A gift card or cash for a short thirty-minute survey or test seems like an excellent deal. Studies that have longer time frames for participation have higher amounts of cash. Sometimes, these studies can simply be done through your phone for a period of two weeks to months. We are all on our phones the majority of the time anyway, except this way you make money by answering a few questions. I have received plenty of money or gift cards that helped me buy books or food. Compensation is not only in the form of money either. Biological studies may require blood tests or vital signs. These studies are essentially a free check-up.

Depending on your medical conditions, physical traits, time constraints, and preferences, there will be a research study looking for volunteers of your demographic. Research and science are not only for STEM majors or professors. Being a volunteer in a research study allows you to be a part of the scientific process, not just the person reading the results in a newspaper article later.

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