6 Books That Will Make You Re-Fall In Love With Reading

6 Books That Will Make You Re-Fall In Love With Reading

Novels that will make you feel....and keep turning the page

4After years of reading dull literature for class assignments, even novels that would otherwise be interesting can seem heavy and boring. With the free time that summer brings, pick up one of these books and rediscover how good it feels to read purely for fun.

"The Alchemist"

by Paolo Coelho

This book is for a reader who is looking for a new perspective on life. The magical, old world setting will sweep you into a mindset of fortune, destiny, and wonderful possibilities. The story follows Santiago, a Spanish sheep herder as he journeys to Egypt in search of his "Personal Legend." Although Santiago does not know exactly what he is searching for, every person, struggle and triumph he meets seem to direct him towards the treasure that he seeks. It is a story about overcoming difficulties and holding faith in yourself and the goodness of the Universe despite all odds.


by Karen Russell

This book blends the harsh reality of a family in crisis with the mystical qualities of the Florida swampland. The juxtaposition between real world problems and the surreal keeps the reader turning the pages quickly. The protagonist, Ava Bigtree is a young girl who wrestles alligators at her family-owned theme park. After her mother dies, the park begins to fail and Ava is left to fend for herself as her father struggles to provide for the family, her brother ventures to the mainland for a normal life, and her sister enters a relationship with a ghost. In a twisted coming of age story, Ava meets someone called the Birdman and learns the importance of family and internal strength.

"Gentlemen and Players"

by Joanne Harris

This novel offers what any good mystery should have: a nostalgic setting, a complicated protagonist, chilling crimes, suspense and dramatic irony. If you're in the mood to finish a book in one sitting, this one is for you. Set at St. Oswald's, an all boy preparatory school in northern England, the mystery begins with small seemingly mischievous incidents. However, the Classics professor, Roy Straightly notices the petty crimes and follows them as they slowly grow more directed at brining down St. Oswald's, and more sinister. The reader is led down a trail of unfair class and gender distinctions as they wonder if the perpetrator can be stopped before a murder occurs.

"A Prayer for Owen Meany"

by John Irving

This "slice of American life" follows John Wheelwright and his best friend, Owen Meany as the two boys come of age in midcentury New Hampshire. Filled with post-modern history and the various emotions that come with life's twists and turns, this novel is sure to make you feel something. Although John is the narrator, Owen's peculiar and uncanny nature often makes him the star of the novel. As the two boys grow up they go through events that push them apart, however through it all they share an inexplicable bond from a traumatic childhood event. This book exposes the sadness, differences and regrets that individuals face throughout the course of a relationship.

"The Power of One"

by Bryce Courtenay

This charming Bildungsroman features an optimistic, strong and proactive young boy as its protagonist. The story follows young "Peekay" as he navigates the racism and prejudices in South Africa in the 1940s. The story begins as Peekay leaves the peace of his family's chicken farm for a boarding school at which he is terrorized by Afrikaner classmates for being English and learns of the power of hatred and the immense strength that is needed to fight it. At the end of the year, Peekay journeys across the country to live with his grandfather. on the train ride, Peekay meets a professional boxer who becomes his mentor and idol for the novel. Now living with his grandfather, Peekay befriends a German man named, Doc. Soon Doc is imprisoned for his nationality. Peekay visits Doc and jail and is exposed to more hate, racism and classism. Peekay learns valuable lessons on friendship, compassion and justice from the prison which he takes with hime as he enters the world as an adult.

"The Bell Jar"

by Sylvia Plath

The only novel by this American writer, this story confronts depression in a way that is both confusing and telling. The raw emotion that this story holds shows mental illness in a form that is relatable without downplaying its seriousness. The story opens on Esther Greenwood, a young girl on scholarship at a ritzy internship in New York City. Clearly intelligent, Esther seems unimpressed by all the luxury and beauty that surrounds her. After she is rejected from a writing problem, Esther spirals into a deep depression that is the result of many past events which Esther recounts for the reader. In a hallow tone, Esther describes her stints in various hospitals as she is forced to recover. Despite knowing Esther and deeply wanting to connect with her, the reader feels as though she is constantly at a distance, always a page away from truly being able to connect with the real world.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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What The 2019 'Season Of The Crab' Means For Your Zodiac Sign

It could be a super emotional month for everyone.


It's officially summer, and that means it's time to dive into the watery depths of Cancer season on June 21. There is a different energy in the air; different from the vibe in Gemini season. Each sign can expect to notice its effects, whether they are obvious or more subtle.

Cancer season means you're probably going to feel more moody than usual. Maybe you're crying more often. Maybe you'll feel more dreamy and intuitive. Maybe you'll be more irritable. Whatever the case, it never hurts to know what you're about to get yourself into.

So what does Cancer season mean for you, based on your zodiac sign?

1. Cancer - 21 Jun to 22 Jul


Happy solar return, cutie crustacean!

This is one of the dreamiest times of the entire year for you, but lacking structure and planning could prove stressful. You're in an imaginative zone and you may not feel like settling down before chasing the stars, but you must think ahead so things will work out.

2. Leo - 23 Jul to 22 Aug


Cancer season will find you exploring who you want to become, and what you want to leave behind. With your season just around the corner, this is also a magical time for healing and exploring yourself. Journaling, creative pursuits, or talking things through are wonderful ways to nourish your soul.

3. Virgo - 23 Aug to 22 Sep


This Cancer season, you'll find that the stars and the moon are asking you to rest. You will be faced with many choices and decisions this month. Enjoy your time fostering whatever creativity comes to mind. Do not force yourself to go out if you're not feeling up to it. It's okay to be you and be alone sometimes.

4. Libra - 23 Sep to 22 Oct


Cancer season and Neptune retrograde begin on June 21, causing you to need to pause and reflect on your goals. Change can be uncomfortable, but every small shift brings us closer to our goals. Be willing to take a risk, and let the universe push you in the direction of happiness and adventure.

5. Scorpio - 23 Oct to 21 Nov


Cancer season finds you traveling and opening new doors of opportunity. Are you really gaining anything by holding onto the past so tightly, Scorpio? Set your sights on new dreams, and leave all those people and situations that are holding you back in your rearview mirror.

6. Sagittarius - 22 Nov to 21 Dec


The question Cancer season asks you now, Sag, is whether you'll run away from your past, cling on to it, or do the emotional work necessary to process it and let it go. Appreciate the memories you are making and try not to get too wrapped up in the little things that annoy you. This is a time for experimentation.

7. Capricorn - 22 Dec to 19 Jan


You love your deadlines and goals, but remember that taking care of your emotional health will ultimately help you be more efficient! Trust your intuition, take it slow, and use the energy for play and creativity rather than detailed planning.

8. Aquarius - 20 Jan to 19 Feb


Cancer season this year is all about being comfortable and doing what you know, so go ahead and stick to that. This is also a great time for you to check in with yourself when it comes to wellness and your habits.

9. Pisces - 20 Feb to 20 Mar


This Cancer season, the heightened emotion that is in the air will bring you natural happiness. Go out, have a wonderful night under the summer stars, and use your experiences for inspiration. It will reinvigorate your soul to be more creative and more adventurous.

10. Aries - 21 Mar to 19 Apr


Cancer season finds you focused squarely on your personal life. It's a wonderful time for an adventure. Go on that hike. Wake up early and drive to the beach. You'll feel an inclination to do it all-- and you can! Remind yourself that you are capable.

It will be hard to stay focused because the vibe just feels so good, but Neptune's retrograde brings intriguing messages to your dreams, so pay close attention to your inner voice at this time.

11. Taurus - 20 Apr to 20 May


Cancer season causes emotions to be even more extreme so you'll probably reach your breaking point this month, Taurus, but you are never alone in the problems that you face. Remember to control your temper long enough to cool off and take some relaxation for yourself.

Take a day off and drive around with the windows down. Take five days off and drive to the beach to hang out and reflect. Whatever it is that you need to feel better, it is time to do it this month.

12. Gemini - 21 May to 20 Jun


Cancer is a sign that's all about security and protection, and you're really feeling those vibes right now. Your confidence is running high, as you are feeling more in control of your life. Get rid of the elements in your life that won't propel you forward.

Just as the moon and ocean cycle, so do we. Cancer is that strong energy that gets you up in your feels; it's sure to be a ride.

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