5 Of The Best Books I've Read In 2017

5 Of The Best Books I've Read In 2017

I haven't read as much as I wished, but 2017 had some pretty great books.
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With the year coming to a close, I've been thinking about all the books I'm most likely going to get for Christmas, which got me thinking about some of the books I've read this year. My goal for this year was to read 30 books. Turns out, this year was very busy and I got nowhere close to 30 books. Still, there were some pretty great reads in the 17 books that I did read.

1. "Zom -B"

I got this book for a great deal! A dollar at the dollar store, and it actually came with all three books in one. Basically, this is a graphic novel concerning the "Zom-B" apocalypse. When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke-- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's okay to lose a few Irish. B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow.That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.

2. "Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars"

I was introduced to Daniel Pinkwater when I found his five book in one special edition (can you tell I like bundles?), One of my favorite books in the collection was "Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars". Our main character, Leonard's, life at his new junior high is just barely tolerable until he becomes friends with the unusual Alan, the boy from Mars. Pinkwater has such an expansive imagination, I could not put the book down. Each page is an adventure, and it very nostalgic to the magic tree house books.

3. "The Hate U Give"

I've already praised Angie Thomas for this wonderful novel. I believe this is a book everyone should read, African American or not. Angie Thomas masterfully opens a window into the black experience. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

4. "Rage"

This is the second book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series. With a character like death, portrayed by Kurt Cobain nonetheless, how could I not read this book? Each book deals with an individual suffering from some infliction, whether that be eating disorders, or cutting like "Rage". Missy was chosen, by Death aka Kurt Cobain to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. Jackie Morse Kessler effectively portrays the emotional turmoil one feels as a teenage, and opens up the conversation about mental illness.

5. "Cinder"

It seems like everyone got to this series last year, but I was recently introduced to the steampunk-esque rewriting of Cinderella. Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Cinder's evil stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, but it doesn't take the scientist long to find something especially unique about Cinder.

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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10 Writing Prompts That Will Get You Ready For Halloween

It's time to get into spooky writing.

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Who else is ready for Halloween? I feel like writers look forward to this time of the year because it gives us a chance to do something fun and jump from our comfort zone.

I myself write YA Horror Fiction if I'm not writing FanFiction. To me, I write this stuff all the time, but the Autumn/Halloween spirit lets me get carried away. Everything seems to come together around this time and who doesn't love a good story involving monsters, murder, and magic?

For these eleven pictures that I have taken off of one of my Pinterest boards, they invoke a mysterious and every scene that would work perfectly for a good Halloween tale. Of course, my mind works a little different as I am always trying to put a horror twist on such a simple picture.

Don't worry though, if none of these do the trick I will have one up with more pictures around the holiday because I have too many pictures on that site that I could use.

At the same time, your mind can work completely different than mine. That's what I love about writing, everyone sees things differently and can make the picture be about a whole separate topic than what I have chosen. For this post, I want to post the picture and give a little prompt that I made up off the top of my head.

Like I said, you can look at this picture completely different than I do. I could be focusing on the trees in the background where your eyes are catching the moon in the sky. I'm just trying to show you exactly what I'm thinking, and you can take it and run or just abandon the idea altogether.

In the end, it is for good fun and obviously to get a little more creative. Enjoy the picture show and let your hand write whatever you want.

A Man Trying To Hitchhike

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Writing Prompt: You coming home from someone's special event. The road you are driving on is unfamiliar and creepy, but this was the only way the GPS said to go. As you see a car in the distance, there is a man standing next to it with his thumb out wanting a ride. You feel bad because it is late and night and you wouldn't want to be in that position. Picking the man up, he thanks you and has a calm but scared expression on his face. As you ask him his name, your eyes catch something mysterious in his bag, what is it and what was he doing by the abandoned car?

An Old Abandon Building

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Writing Prompt: News as the patients there were tortured and even murdered. The place is supposed to be haunted, and it is your job to stay the night and investigate. There's limited food and water, there is no heat, no cell service and the doors will be locked. All that is left is you, your camera, five other people and the unsettling darkness.

Lost in a Cornfield

Cornfield

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Writing Prompt: Your car had been low on gas so your passenger suggested making a short cut through a town. It's very small but has a gas station that would be beneficial. You arrive to an empty town and an empty gas station. There is a group of at least three other people who all needed gas and are all out. As it is dead quiet, a church bell begins ringing in the distance. You all decide to look and that's when you notice all these creepy scarecrows in the cornfield and you must get through it to reach the church. They all face one way and none of the crows are collecting on them. You swear one turned it's head but maybe that was your imagination...

Children on the Playground

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Writing Prompt: The town you came to visit has a mysterious, eerie tone in the air. Everyone is very friendly and they all seem to know one another. You came to do a news report on the finding of a child who had been missing for almost two months. As you begin to dig, nothing is adding up and no one knows anything. There are school children who play on the playground mostly at night in a ghostly fashion who should be home in bed. They watch you every time you pass and run away when you want to ask questions. The townspeople refuse to answer about the children and you can't seem to track down the kid that reappeared for just a second after being found missing. Who are these kids and what is the town hiding?

The Old Piano

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Writing Prompt: The keys are marked black, it looks ready to fall about but the piano works perfectly fine. You take a seat to play a little number and the appearance is surely not adding up to the sound that comes out...Boom! Every time someone plays that haunted piano, something bad happens. First you get into a dangerous car accident, second your best friend nearly drowns while doing laps in a pool. For some reason you can still hear the number you played but it sounds different, it sounds darker. What is with this piano?

Hunting in the Graveyard

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Writing Prompt: The sign reads no hunting in the cemetery. What in the world kind of sign is that? Your first thought is it must be a joke but it really isn't. One night you and your friends sneak inside the graveyard that is always blocked off. You've heard stories about it and the sign is just a prank that some kid put up. That night you find out why that sign was put up because once it hits midnight the people begin to rise. The dead are dead and you will get in trouble if you decide to go hunting...What happens when you are fighting for your life?

The Couple On The Lake

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Writing Prompt: "Do you really think this is over?" She asked him as they were staring into the lake. It was cold, she was soaking wet and frozen to the touch. The boy looked at her then looked back towards the water. "I don't see why not, he got what he deserved" The couple had done an unthinkable crime in their small town. Their classmate had betrayed them and they decided to make him pay for it. They dumped his lifeless body to the bottom of the lake. "What's going to happen at school tomorrow?" She wondered ready to go home. "We act like nothing ever happened and we never mention this to anyone. Who was the classmate? What did he do? And was it justice?

The Funeral

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Writing Prompt: After not seeing each other for almost five years, the same amount of friends gather for a funeral of their sixth friend. No one really knows what happened by they were all wanted. The strange thing is no one else showed up. No family, no friends, just them. The friend had left a recording blaming all of them for his death but doesn't exactly say who did it. Now all five friends are haunted by something that happened in those years that could make them look like the murderer. Problem is, now no one is taking responsibility and wanting to send someone to prison. Who are they and what did they all do?

Three is a Crowd

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Writing Prompt: Being the new kid in schools sucks and you know that well. You don't really fit in and it seems typical just like a movie. You meet a girl in your class and she takes time out of her day to talk to you. Taking the friendship, she introduces you to both of her boyfriends. You find it odd but they all seem to get along just find. One seems like the saint and one the sinner but the girl doesn't mind it one bit. This trio do bad things but actually commit murder when they kill the guy who turned you down. How all of this went down is unknown but now you are involved in a scandal that is all over the news.

Hello...?

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Writing Prompt: Everyday at four you get a strange phone call. Sometimes they are a few seconds and sometimes they last at least a minute. Whoever it is takes time out of their day to tell you whatever is on their mind. One day they call you and begin to describe your room perfectly and you don't understand how. This voice doesn't sound familiar and they begin to constantly tell you things about yourself as if they are someone close to you. You begin to get paranoid and start questioning everyone around you until you can figure out who they are and what they want.

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