6 Fiction Novels That Spun My World Off Its Center Of Gravity And Into A Thoughtful Abyss

6 Fiction Novels That Spun My World Off Its Center Of Gravity And Into A Thoughtful Abyss

I've read many books in my life but none have captured my attention more than these.

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Fiction is my favorite book genre and are full of interesting choices of books to read. Every fiction book I read introduced me to a new perspective and thinking that has encouraged me to view life differently. The few that most enraptured me are the following:

1. Percy Jackson

Percy jackson

This books series starts of with introducing a young demigod, Percy Jackson, and takes the audience on a hilariously crazy journey filled with Greek mythology. This book series spun me into a thoughtful abyss because of all the mythology involved. After reading the books, I got very enraptured by all kinds of mythology which was a good way to learn about different cultures.

2. Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant

This book introduces the idea that the world is crazier than you imagine. Some people are normal, and just want to live to the best life possible. Some people want more than that. Stephanie wants more from life as she is completely tired of her normal life. So, she creates a copy of herself in the mirror and decides to go on an adventures with a talking skeleton detective. This blew my mind because it encapsulates the possibilities of an endless, magical world with things you would only ever see in your dreams.

3. Harry Potter

Harry potter

Naturally, the development of the characters and the plot makes the Harry Potter series one of the greatest of all time. The intricate details and connection of all the different events in Harry Potter fascinates me. Each time I read it, I'm awed by how J.K.Rowling constructed and connected all the plots from all the books.

4. The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The timelessness of the classic The Great Gatsby is applicable to all ages and captures the American spirit. When I read it, I was blown away by how relevant the book was and how real it seemed. What most fascinates me is how Fitzgerald came up with such a great plot. I really enjoyed the book as it shows the true idea of the American Dream.

5. The Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Flies

The books starts of with a plane crash lands a group of British boys on a remote island with no supervision or method to contact the civilized world. The Lord of the Flies blew my mind when I read it in class my sophomore year because it was fascinating to see how young boys would live without any supervision. It was interesting to see how they formed their "society" without a proper civilization.

6. Anthem

Anthem

Anthem by Ayn Rand is a dystopian novel that is set in the future. What I found most interesting about this book is that it was the set in the future without any high-tech technologies that is most commonly found in any other text that is set in the future. This differentiated this books from others I have read and gave me a new perspective of thinking about how the world could turn out in the future.

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Somehow, I Ended Up With The Best Roommate Known To Man

I've truly been blessed.

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College can be a very stressful experience to prepare for. From orientation to selecting your classes for the semester, your responsibilities quickly pile up. On top of all that, you also have to find somebody who you will be sharing a room with for your first year of college.

After not sharing a room with my sister for several years, I was worried about going back to splitting a living space with someone else. Immediately after I finished submitting my application to finalize my commitment to Temple, the stress of finding a roommate sunk in. Rooms in the residential hall I wanted were filling up quickly, and I still didn't have a roommate.

I was trying to find a roommate, but everybody seemed to already have their living situation figured out. However, one day, I received a message from a girl named Tori. Little did I know, she would become my best friend. I saw her profile prior to on RoomSync, an app for finding roommates, so I was really excited when she messaged me.

We didn't meet until move-in day, which made me a little bit anxious, but right from the start, everything clicked. We have lots of similar interests and living standards. Even though our majors are totally different, hers being biology and mine is English, that didn't stop us from being friends and enjoy spending time with one another.

In just the first weekend, Tori discovered that I hadn't seen a lot of movies that I should have seen growing up. From that point on, she created a list of various movies, and every weekend we watched at least one movie together. I don't think she has shown me a movie that I haven't liked yet, and I'm so glad that we started this tradition.

On top of movies, Tori has also expanded my music taste, which is a very hard thing to do. I couldn't be happier that she introduced me to Dean Lewis and Noah Kahan and then persuaded me to go to their concert in October with her. In general, she has got me more into music and is increasing my knowledge about music overall.

As well as going to a concert together, we also recently went to see my favorite Youtubers when they came to Philly. When we found out that Cody Ko and Noel Miller were going on a comedy tour and coming to our city, we immediately planned to buy tickets. It was a night full of laughs, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with her.

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Having a random roommate who is also your best friend is rare. I've heard a lot of horror stories about random roommates, but I honestly can't picture not being friends with Tori. Along with being an amazing roommate, she is incredibly selfless and caring. Her focus is always on helping people, and I admire her for all the hard work she puts into everything she does.

Being surrounded by people in the College of Science and Technology, I know it isn't easy. Because I have a strong dislike of science, I give major props to Tori and her friends in CST. I'm so happy she is studying something she's truly passionate about and will love doing in her future career. Whenever I meet people that want to pursue a career in science or the medical field, I immediately give them immense credit. It's extremely difficult to take that career path, and I'm already excited for Tori and her ultimate success.

College is a time for making new friends that will last even after you stop going to school together. Even though I'm only in my second semester, I know I can trust Tori with anything, and she'll be there for me when I need her. I also know that she'll be 100% honest with me when I need guidance or advice.

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to Tori for messaging me to room with her. My college experience has been incredibly positive thus far because she has been with me through it all. I'm extremely grateful for the way things worked out because I couldn't have asked for a kinder roomie.

Thank you, Tori, for not just being an incredible person and roommate, but my best friend as well.

P.S. I can't wait to bake with you in our apartment together next semester!

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'The Great Gatsby' Is More Than Just Another Love Story, It's Fitzgerald's Way Of Teaching Us A Timeless Life Lesson

Universally known as a forced read for high schoolers, we forget this book is so much more than paper and ink.

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"The Great Gatsby" is the epitome of the highlights of the 20s: the massive parties, the extravagant wear and abundance of illegal alcohol. A book set within the midst of celebration, F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel portrays Jay Gatsby as nothing more than living the American dream: a life of luxury and a constant, unlimited party. However, as soon as we realize Gatsby's success, we're sucked into a whirlwind of issues coming with being rich, most importantly one Gatsby most struggles with: finding love.

We soon find that what Gatsby most struggles with his letting go of the past: he stuck in a time warp before the war began, when he served as a soldier, where he lived a happy life because he fell in love with Daisy. As quickly as their love formed is as quick as it fell to ruin. In Gatsby's absence, Daisy grew tired of waiting and fell to Tom, another rich man who consistently cheats on her with other women. Undeserving, Gatsby spends the remainder of the book and his life chasing after Daisy in hopes of reviving the past, their love and finding happiness.

If you've ever taken a language arts class, you know metaphors are an author's best friend. As you can most likely assume, Fitzgerald uses Daisy as a metaphor for the American dream: the white picket fences, steady job, family and overall contentment with life. Gatsby fell in love with Daisy and chased her until death: caused on her behalf as well, even after their break and her marriage. Through trying to bring back the past and continue his obscured view of Daisy, his obscured view on life, Gatsby fell into the trap, leading to his ultimate disappointment and failure to attain the American dream.

So what is Fitzgerald saying? What was the message high school language arts teachers across the country trying to teach us?

Through Gatsby and his futile attempts to control the past, we learn the truth: no one can change the past as well as the true feelings one holds in their heart. As humans, we hold the tendency to chase after smoke and mirrors — impossible thoughts and expectations because it is what we believe to hold true. More specifically, we are all given life and liberty, but it is the pursuit of happiness that separates us all because it is a separate journey; no two people can share the same pathway to happiness. It's what Gatsby failed to learn: in his attempts to live a lavish style to match that of Tom's, he died without ever attaining true happiness.

Tangentially, Fitzgerald points to the truth of the maxim that money can't buy happiness: when it comes to loss, love and other strong emotions, they can not be bought, only felt. By trying to buy Daisy's love, Gatsby created his own false identity, forgetting to look into himself and instead pouring himself into others with his massive parties, his name and fame. It's why in the end, no one came to Gatsby's funeral. No relationships were made; he was only harvested by others around him.

To be truly happy is a concept that has no dollar value, has no correct path and no predicted end. It's a step in life, one that we can only take personally and reap the benefits of.

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