15 Must Read Books Series For The Avid Reader

15 Must Read Books Series For The Avid Reader

All of these will knock your socks off.

I haven't always been enchanted by the idea of reading, but when I did, these are the books that captivated me the most. Perhaps you might find them interesting as well, or you'll find you've already read them.

1. "Harry Potter"

Wizards. Magic. Wands. The absolute opposite of what our world is. Maybe that's why it's so intriguing.

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2. "Twilight"

Yes, it's a bit far-fetched that vampires sparkle, but these books captured the hearts of many young teenage girls, myself included.

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3. "Throne of Glass"

My friend, Kimmy, just recently showed me this series, and I'm absolutely in love. If you like strong female protagonists, I highly recommend you read this.

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4. "The Mortal Instruments"

This series messes with your brain. TOTALLY WORTH IT.

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5. "Storm and Silence"

Written by Rob Thier, this story follows the footsteps of a young woman who dresses as a man in order to work. The beginning is a little dry, but I promise it picks up, and you will not be able to put these characters out of your mind.

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6. "The Inheritance Cycle"

You probably don't recognize the title, but this is actually the Eragon series. Remember that book? Yeah, absolutely amazing.

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7. "The Hunger Games"

I'm sure you've seen the movies, but come on. The books are always better.

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8. "Vampire Academy"

Yes, another vampire series. Six books full of blood, sweat, and tears. Literally.

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9. "The Maze Runner"

If you're into dystopian societies, you really should read this. Especially since the movies are nearly just as great as the books.

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10. "The Lunar Chronicles"

If you like the original stories of Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and other classics, this series is for you my dudes.

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11. "Shatter Me"

Another dystopian society at your hands. With a twist.

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12. "Lord of the Rings"

Okay, so I haven't actually read this one yet, but it's on my list of books to read.

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13. "Percy Jackson and the Olympians"

Greek gods, half-bloods, and mythical creatures. Growing up, you probably learned some of the stories encompassed around these novels.

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14. "Maximum Ride"

These were the books to read back in middle school. The human-angels were forced to undergo experiments, but what has it made them into?

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15. "The Kane Chronicles"

By the same author of "Percy Jackson", this series takes on the Egyptian gods. Following two siblings, you're in for the ride of your life.

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So for you interested in finding some good books to read, you're welcome.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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11 Superheroes I'm Most Nervous For In 'Avengers: Endgame'

Listen, Marvel, I didn't make it all this way for you to kill off all of my faves.


SPOILER WARNING: If you have not seen the movies up through Avengers: Infinity War, be warned, there will be spoilers ahead.

I love superhero movies. I have been watching the Marvel movies ever since the first "Iron Man" came out. Each time there's a new film, I love to see what the writers have come up with - at least until "Infinity War." It was devastating to watch all of the heroes fight Thanos only for him to snap half of the population into dust. Well, our wait for the next part in the saga won't be that much longer. "Avengers: Endgame" comes out in April, and we already have trailers! Based on how "Infinity War" ended and the trailers for Endgame, here are the heroes I worry about in the next movie.

1. Iron Man

The poor man had to watch Spiderman turn to dust, and now he's lost in space! I can't handle it if Tony Stark dies. Just let him live!

2. Captain America

I know he made it through the dusting, but Chris Evans made a post about saying goodbye to Steve Rogers, so I am WORRIED!

3. Thor

Thor has lost everything, so at this point, who knows what he is willing to do to save the world.

4. Loki

I know he died. I do. However, I am worried that he is ACTUALLY dead and not just pretending to be dead only to show up as his father again.

5. Groot

I was devastated when Groot died in Guardians of the Galaxy, so I DON'T want to go through that again.

6. Bucky Barnes

Bucky just can't catch a break. He was just minding his business in Wakanda and then he got dusted. Where is the justice?!

7. Sam Wilson aka Falcon

I love Sam's friendship with Captain America, so I would hate to see anything happen to him!

8. T'Challa aka Black Panther

Wakanda can't lose another king! Plus, who will Shuri make fun of?

9. Rocket

Rocket didn't deserve to watch his best friend get dusted! I just want him to be happy!

10. Gamora

She had such a sad death scene, but that can't be it right?? Please, don't tell me that's how her story ends!

11. Peter Quill aka Starlord

While I'm still mad at him for ruining the plan to take the gauntlet from Thanos, I still don't want anything to happen to him!

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