5 Books That Changed My Life

5 Books That Changed My Life

These novels have the power to make you feel like you're on top of the world.

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Reading is my favorite hobby. I have read a myriad of books and loved most of them. But there are a select few that have changed my life. These novels have the power to make you feel like you're on top of the world. I believe that everyone should pick up these books if they want their lives to be transformed in a way they never thought possible.

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Follow this duology into the heart of Ketterdam, a city run by the notorious criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker. Brekker and his gang of misfits, thieves, and murders are complacent in their duties until they are approached to complete an impossible heist. It's up to six criminals to save an entire race of people. Will they succeed? The book is filled with magic, mayhem, and mystery. I promise you will be sitting on the edge of your seat for the entire book. I know many people aren't high fantasy lovers, but Six of Crows is my favorite book of all time, so naturally, it has to be on this list. The way you view criminals will completely shift after reading this novel. For me, it was easy to write off every person with a criminal record as a bad person, but now I look a little more closely at "bad" people because they might not be so "bad" after all.

2. The Kiss of Deception by Maggie E. Pearson

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This book follows Princess Lia as she is to follow out her duty as the first daughter and participate in an arranged marriage. Though, at last minute decided to run away from everything she's ever known. Her betrothed and an assassin set out to find her, though you can't tell who is the assassin or the man left waiting at the altar. It took me a long time to pick up this book because I didn't believe it was worth the hype. But then I started reading it, and I couldn't put it down. This world is so intricate and full of life. Every plot twist has you shaken to your core. This book showed me that I can be headstrong resilient. The goals that others want for me aren't the goals I have to adopt and setting out to be my own person is the best thing I can do for myself.

3. Commonwealth by Anne Patchett

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Commonwealth is a coming-of-age novel about two families who are destined to be intertwined when Bert Cousins arrives unannounced to Franny Keating's christening. From that moment the story unravels into a beautiful tale about love, family, and heartbreak. I love this book because the characters have faults and don't always do the right thing but stick together regardless. Commonwealth paints a memorable and radiant tale of what family really is. Commonwealth taught me that no matter how, broken, screwed up, or different a family might seem, they are beautiful and necessary to one's betterment throughout life.

4. City of Thieves

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City of Thieves is another book I picked up on a whim but fell in love with instantly. This novel follows Lev Beniov in Russia during World War II. Beniov lands in jail where he meets army deserter Kolya. They meet the general and are given the impossible task of finding a dozen eggs during the Nazi siege of Leningrad. If they don't find the eggs, they will be executed. This book has a beautiful yet haunting way of depicting the horrors of World War II and how it affected the Russian people. This book made me scream, cry, and yearn to help the people having to suffer so terribly. The Holocaust was trying and terrible time; people all over the world had to endure major trauma to survive the evil of fascists and ignoramuses. I also learned that bad times don't last forever. Perseverance is the key to every situation.

5. The Lunar Chronicles

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The Lunar Chronicles tells a story about greed and corruption with common fairy tales, starting with Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living in New Beijing. Cinder's evil stepmother sells her for research when her youngest daughter contracts an incurable disease. Luckily the prince of New Beijing is there to rescue Cinder. As they start falling for each other, Cinder finds out some secrets about her past that could destroy any future they plan. The Lunar Chronicles is over-flowing adventure, romance, and cute friendships. Likewise, I ignored the Lunar Chronicles for years. Many people told me to pick this series up, but I didn't for some inane reason or another. When I finally did, it was I couldn't have been more ecstatic about what I found. The Lunar Chronicles is an action-filled series from start to finish. The series taught me to be true to who I am. The world may not like who I am or what I have to offer, but I am secure in that fact that my motives drive me towards good and not evil.






These books have taught me a lot but also were the things I needed when life got too overwhelming. It's easy to get caught up in all the stress of life, but these novels made it possible for me to slow down and enjoy the time in which I was reading them. Whether you need to laugh a little, cry, smile, be serious, or lose yourself, each one of these can help you get to where you need to be.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.

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In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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