10 Novels To Binge-Read This Summer

10 Books I Will 100% Be Binge Reading This Summer

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Summer is here, and the stress of school has retired for a short while, so what better thing to do than fill up all your time reading? Summer is the perfect time to catch up on that book you started but never finished, or be like me and use this season to read a new book every week. Whether you are on the beach, in a hammock, or enjoying the air conditioning inside, it is time to find the book that speaks to you and never put it down! All of these books are for 2019, so if you're a book fiend, don't worry, you probably haven't read it yet.

1. "The Farm" by Joanne Ramos

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This book follows an immigrant from the Philippines as she goes through her life at The Farm, where she has been selected to be a surrogate for wealthy clients. The only problem is she must say goodbye completely to her old life, be monitored constantly, and never leave The Farm. Purchase it here.

2. "Recursion" by Blake Crouch

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Protagonist Barry Sutton witnesses the suicide of a woman after she tells him that her son has been erased. This prompts Barry to investigate the many cases of people waking up with memories that never happened. Barry suspects that it is False Memory Syndrome, but something a bit more malicious threatens to be the true culprit. At the same time, a neuroscientist, Helena, discovers a way for people to relive old memories, which Barry soon discovers is no good thing as he tries to save his crumbling reality. Purchase it here.

3. "The Lost Night" by Andrea Bartz

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Ten years after it happened, Lindsay begins to unravel what really occurred the night of her friend Edie's apparent suicide, and she discovers that she might have played a part in it. Purchase it here.

4. "I'll Never Tell" by Catherine McKenzie

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After their parents' sudden death, five siblings return to the campground they inherited, only to find secrets and lies about their family's past and their connection to the death of one of the campers 20 years prior. Purchase it here.

5. "The River" by Peter Heller

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Two friends take a break from the stress of attending Dartmouth College and embark on a canoeing trip in Canada. The trip quickly turns deadly when a rampant wildfire breaks out and a mysterious stranger asks for help finding his missing wife. Purchase it here.

6. "Ayesha at Last" by Uzma Jaluddin

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Described as a Muslim "Pride and Prejudice" in a modern world, this novel tells the story of Ayesha, who falls in love with the conservative and irritating Khalid. Ayesha is annoyed by her interest in Khalid, but must soon learn to face her true feelings when his engagement to her cousin is announced. Purchase it here.

7. "If, Then" by Kate Hope Day

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Four neighbors in Oregon get more than they bargained for when they start to have visions of themselves in alternate realities. When a natural disaster threatens to strike their homes, the neighbors soon discover nothing is as they thought. Purchase it here.

8. "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides

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Theo Faber, a forensic psychotherapist treats Alicia, a woman who murdered her husband out of the blue and never speaks again. He becomes obsessed with investigating why she did it but soon starts to wonder if he even wants to know the truth. Purchase it here.

9. "Normal People" by Sally Rooney

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Two immensely different teenagers find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other, but they are determined to keep it a secret. They follow each other to college, and no matter how much they drift apart, they are always pulled back together as they explore first love and friendship. Purchase it here.

10. "How Could She" by Lauren Mechling

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This novel follows Geraldine, whose life is crumbling before her, and her two seemingly perfect friends, Sunny and Rachel, whose lives are not as glamorous as Geraldine thinks. Geraldine moves back to New York, where Sunny and Rachel seem to be hanging out alone a suspicious amount. Mechling delves into true female friendship and the intense competition of finding success in New York. Purchase it here.

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13 Of The Best, Most Famous Poems Ever Written

Masterpieces by some of our favorites like as Shakespeare, John Donne, and Homer.
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Some of us read poetry for an eager and fast escape from this world. On the other hand, some of us read poetry solely to share it with the ones we love. There are miracles on paper that can easily be forgotten about if we let them be. The following poems are written by some of our favorites such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Homer, and more. It is clear why these have become some of the most famous and unforgettable poems ever written. So grab a pen, and interpret these poems in your own, unique way.

1. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” - John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil's foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy's stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go,

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

2. “Drinking Alone in the Moonlight” - Li Po

Beneath the blossoms with a pot of wine,

No friends at hand, so I poured alone;

I raised my cup to invite the moon,

Turned to my shadow, and we became three.

Now the moon had never learned about drinking,

And my shadow had merely followed my form,

But I quickly made friends with the moon and my shadow;

To find pleasure in life, make the most of the spring.

Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;

Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.

Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;

Drunk, then each went off on his own.

But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,

We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.

3. “Sonnet 18” - William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

4. “The World Is Too Much with Us” - William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;

The winds that will be howling at all hours,

And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be

A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;

So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;

Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

5. “She Walks in Beauty” - Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

6. “How Do I Love Thee?”- Elizabeth Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,












I shall but love thee better after death.

7. “ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” -Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

8. The Jabberwocky” - Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

9. “Tears Fall in My Heart” - Paul Verlaine

Tears fall in my heart

Rain falls on the town;

what is this numb hurt

that enters my heart?

Ah,the soft sound of rain

on roofs, on the ground!

To a dulled heart they came,

ah, the song of the rain!

Tears without reason

in the disheartened heart.

What? no trace of treason?

This grief's without reason.

It's far the worst pain

to never know why

without love or disdain

my heart has such pain!

10. “We Wear the Mask” - Paul Lawrence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

11. “The Panther” - Rainer Maria Rilke

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,

has grown so weary that it cannot hold

anything else. It seems to him there are

a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,

the movement of his powerful soft strides

is like a ritual dance around a center

in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils

lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,

rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,

plunges into the heart and is gone.

12. “Sea Fever” - John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

13. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" -Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

















Save these poems for your next coffee shop date or solitude moment. You might be surprised at how much you can find yourself in a poem.

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25 Things You Wouldn't Know About Draco Malfoy If You Didn't Read The Books

A boy who made all the wrong choices

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When people hear the name Draco Malfoy they automatically think of an annoying conniving Slytherin boy, which is sort of true; however, there is more to him than that. When the book series Harry Potter became a movie, it took the world by storm. Obviously, when books become movies they can't fit every detail from the book into the movie. People that don't read the books miss out on the character development of Draco Malfoy.

Yes, he is annoying and a bully most of the time, but by the end of the books you can tell he's different. He had a learned behavior throughout most of the books. He acted the way he did because that's how his father expected him to act. That's the way his head of house acts. It is how a stereotypical Slytherin should act (even if most of them aren't like that). As far as anyone sees, he's never actually told by anyone whose opinion would matter to him that he shouldn't be annoying or a bully. But once he starts to make his own decisions that also matter in the grand scheme of things, he starts making the right choices (or at least realizing that the choices he's being forced into are bad ones).

If you didn't read the books you wouldn't know...

1. Draco Malfoy personally made the "Potter stinks" buttons and nobody could fix them to say Harry was cool. If they tried it would only make the insults worse.

2. Draco Malfoy was right behind Hermione in grades. 

3. Draco was the most animated person at school and acted out everything. 

4. He got deeply offended when people didn't laugh at his jokes.

5. He created a song called "Weasley is our King" with a tune and all as a way to make fun of Ron.

6. Draco and Ron got in a fist fight their first year.

7. Draco and Harry and the rest of the Slytherin and Gryffindor quidditch team have a fight in their fifth year. (Harry and Draco just tackle each other and it is amazing).

8. You miss out on everything Draco says and does. He is a walking gold mine and it's upsetting that the movies didn't devote a few seconds for any of it. I will admit though that Azkaban did an okay job.  

9. To go along with the Weasley is our king song, he also made buttons to go along with it in their fifth year. 

10. Draco didn't actually try to fight a Hippogriff, he was just petting him and offhandedly said that he was ugly. He didn't sprint over to him, he actually did the bowing. 

11. Harry was the only seeker who could beat him.

12. He suffered from quite severe depression in book five.

He quite Quidditch and stopped seeing his friends. He was depressed to the point that he looked physically sick.

13. When he confronted Dumbledore he said he had to kill him because Voldemort had his family, not because he was concerned for himself like it portrayed in the movie!

14. He was the only person to find a way into Hogwarts that passed Dumbledore's protection spells.

15. You miss out on the fact that Draco brilliantly sneaks Polyjuice potion from potions lesson so that he can transform Crabbe and Goyle into different girls all the time so the two of them could guard the area outside of the room of requirement for Draco. No one suspected they were up to anything.

17. You don't get to see how his "big bad Slytherin buddies" actually tried to call him down on the train when he was obviously anxious about the whole Voldemort thing. He even calmly laid in Pansy's lap while she played with his hair.  

17. Draco visited moaning Myrtle in her bathroom. She admits that he opens up to her. She mentions how sensitive he is and that he cries pretty often.

18. The fact that he and moaning Myrtle are friends. 

19. Draco and Harry meet before they introduce themselves in the handshake scene. 

They're being fitted into their robes for school in a shop in Diagon Alley. Draco has a full conversation with Harry without even knowing who he is.

20. There are glimpses of Draco receiving letters and packages of sweets and things from home while he is away at school.

21. Draco’s wand also carries thematic significance.

His wand consists of hawthorn and unicorn hair. According to Rowling's own writings on Draco, the unicorn hair was meant to reflect the idea that even Draco has a good side to him.

22. Draco became very good at Occlumency, which is when you are able to block your mind against external influence or extraction of information. Harry attempted to learn this, but ultimately failed. 

23. Draco is distantly related to Ron Weasley and maybe even Harry Potter. 

This is due to blood lines. There are the Wizarding World's "Sacred Twenty-Eight," which is a list of names that identified 28 pure-blood families released in the 1930s. It was designed to help "such families maintain the purity of their bloodlines." All purebloods are distantly related.

24. A big reason Draco had hatred towards Harry, Hermione and Ron was because he was jealous of their friendship.

This is seen in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Draco was able to voice this fact after keeping it in for so long according to Rowling.

25. Draco could have gone to Durmstrang school rather than Hogwarts. 

I think given a different upbringing or even being sorted in a different house would have made him a lot like Fred and George. Still an annoying kid, but a chaotic good annoying kid.

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