My Top Five Favorite Books

My Top Five Favorite Books

A good book has to grip you mind, body, and soul.

If you know me, you know I love three things the most: Books, coffee, and Lush Cosmetics. However, this article is about my favorite books of all times that are not series. Let's be honest, the Harry Potter series would reign supreme. For me, a good book is the type of book that I cannot put down. It makes me feel strong emotions such as joy, sadness, and sometimes makes me cry or laugh out loud. From time to time, I like to learn something from it. So, here are my top five favorite books of all time.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I have written about Wonder before. It's a book that truly spoke to me and there were times I felt that the author may have followed me around and listened to my conversations. This was recommended to me by my best friend because she wanted my opinion on it. It made me laugh, it made me cry and I saw the same thing from various people's perspectives. Have you ever wondered what people really think of you? How they see you? Why someone truly decided to become your friend? What your sibling has gone through even though you're the one going through something unimaginable, and yet the sibling is also going through their own crises? This book allowed me to talk to my best friend and I got to know what went through her mind when she met me. and I got to know my brother's perspective as well.

The Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

For me, a good book grips me from the very first page or two. The writing of the author and the creativity is very telling This is what Abawi achieved in her book. Like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Land of Permanent Goodbyes has a unique narrator: Destiny. Destiny presides over the whole novel and looks onto Tareq and his beautiful family before and after ISIS comes to power. After a bomb goes off in his neighborhood, Tareq, along with his little sister, father, and cousin have to leave Syria for a better life. What better book than this to humanize the Refugee Crisis in a world like we are living in right now? Destiny offers its own two cents here and there and really makes you think about the beauty and the cruelty that only we humans are capable of. We are capable of great love and destruction of epic proportions. Destiny has seen it all. Sometimes, it will meet you before your time come or just on time. This book was beautifully written and quite emotional as well.

Nowhere's Child by Kari Rosvall

I have always been interested in World War II and the Holocaust, namely the many stories that have been left behind by the people who have been persecuted and have had to live through the atrocities. However, there is another facet that not many people know about which is the Liebensborn program. This was a program in which high ranking German soldiers and Nazis "bred" with what they thought were good Aryan women of good stock to create a master race. This particular story is about a woman named, Kari Rosvall, who was born as a result of this program but was given up. She was then adopted by her loving father and very strict mother. Throughout her life, Rosvall had a feeling that she did not truly belong. She didn't, not really. She was born in Norway through a horrific program and raised in Sweden and found home in Ireland. One night, she decided to find out where she came from by sending a letter to the Red Cross and there, unfolded a story with many twists and turns. Her life unfolded in such a way that was emotional but at the end, really satisfying.

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray

I have to admit, I picked up this book because of my love for Broadway's Hamilton. I first picked up Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz and I was thoroughly insulted by the god-awful writing and historical inaccuracy, despite it being historical fiction (emphasis on the fiction). However, I decided to give America's First Daughter a try and I was glad that i did. This story follows the daughter of President Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson, who suffers the loss of her mother and young sister, and ultimately moves to France with her father. Patsy sees the American Revolution, partly, through her own eyes as well as the French Resistance which ultimately becomes a Revolution in itself. She also sees the life of Blacks in France as well as the United States, and questions why slavery even exists when her father famously coined, "All men are created equal." Patsy learns to balance, loyalty, love and duty. Duty to her father, the country, and to herself. A book that is actually fiction definitely made me wonder how it wasn't a historical novel. It was beautifully written and it was enriching to hear from a voice that often goes... ignored by history, a woman. Especially a woman who had a hand in subtly shaping our republic by trying to influence her father.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Okay, okay, I know I am a little late to this party because this book and movie came out a few years ago. I only read it in my final semester of college and I was blown a way. In this psychological thriller, the famous heiress wife of Nicholas disappears and all eyes are on him. As Nicholas tries to solve the disappearance of his wife, we go deeper into his mind and the relationship of the husband and wife. What really went on and why things unfolded the way it did. I do not always read thrillers often, but this was one book that I could not put down. It was a masterpiece by Flynn. The movie... was just as good. And that is a high praise coming from me because I am a purist when it comes to books to movies and books to tv shows. The important details must be kept in and very LITTLE changes should be made. Yea, that's right, My Sister's Keeper and A Walk to Remember, i am looking at you, you offensive and evil incarnation of Satan movies that had the disgrace of ever being produced.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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