6 books you need to read in 2018

6 books you need to read in 2018

If one of your New Year's resolutions for 2018 is to read more, check out this list for some great books.

1. The Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

These books were easily 2 of my favorites that I read in 2017. Remember The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes books that you read as a kid? This series is a modern-day spin on the beloved books but with Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson as the great-great-great grandchildren of the original Holmes and Watson. When the 2 finally meet at their Connecticut boarding school, chaos begins to follow them as the 2 teens solve mysteries. With 2 books already in the series and the third and final one coming in March, the Charlotte Holmes series will have you wishing that you had Charlotte's wit and a best friend like Jamie.

2. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

John Green. Need I say more? I got this book for Christmas this year and can't wait to start reading it. With reviews saying that it is one of the most accurate depictions of mental illness, this book is so important if you too are struggling and need to know that you're not alone.

3. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

I was 2 pages into the introduction of this book when I realized that it was modeling my life completely. If you want 2018 to be a goal setting year or if you are a human being who wants to be a better person, you need to read this book. This book is so important and helps you realize your goals and how to accomplish them effectively. Such a great read.

4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

If you're looking for an easy-read, romance novel with a twist, My Life Next Door is definitely a book you should pick up. Unlike most romance novels that are about some impossible relationship, this book actually depicts a realistic one. Samantha and Jase are such a cute couple and Jase may be one of the best boyfriends ever depicted in a book. There's also a major twist near the end of the book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

If you haven't already read this book yet, you definitely need to in 2018. Her life story is so relatable and honest. Plus you'll be laughing throughout every chapter of this book. All hail to Queen Leslie Knope.

6. Commencement by J Courtney Sullivan

I read this book my sophomore year of high school but after re-reading it as a freshman in college, I was able to relate so much more to it. Commencement is a story of 4 unlikely friends who meet their freshman year at Smith College and is told from their 4 different viewpoints as they continue throughout college and into the real world. I was able to recognize parts of myself in all of the main characters, especially Celia because of my Catholic upbringing. Although considered "chick-lit" this book is a great read for any girl currently trying to find themselves in college.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.


Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Part 1: Necessary Changes

One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.


I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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