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5 Must Read Fantasies Of The Century

5 Must Read Fantasies Of The Century

Growing up, the one thing that actually kept me alive was reading. Reading all the books from George R.R. Martin to Shakespeare was what kept me pushing on the trails of life. Over the years, I managed to keep a long list of books one should immerse themselves in.

These books helped me not only cope with my anxieties but also gave me a purpose to live. Every morning I wake up looking forward to devouring a few more pages of my favorite books. These experiences are something which I would like to share with as many people as possible, therefore here is my list of the must-read fantasies.

1. Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien

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    The Lord of The Rings was a book which came to me when I was around 8 years old. I remember smuggling it to school to read under my calculus book. It’s a book which reads like a symphony, you’re able to paint the picture and watch them move, you’re able to picture every detail of the Nazguls in your head. This book doesn’t only capture the world of medieval fantasy but allows you to picture yourself there.

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    J.R.R Tolkien’s soul, spirit, and his world have been clearly visualized in the trilogy of movies. These books most powerfully evoke the spirit of the beautiful writer.

    2. The Magician, Lev Grossman

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      Lev Grossman managed to put in his emotions as a human in this book, a book where the hero sits in the corner struggling with PTSD, a story where it doesn’t always end with Cinderella and the Prince and encompasses a range of true human emotions. For someone who’s used to a successful conclusion, this book was a breath of fresh air.

      For those who’re looking for a twist, this would be the best book to read.

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      3. Game of Thrones, George R.R Martin

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        This series was given to me as a gift, and what better gift to be presented to a bookworm? It’s unstoppable, sexual, vulgar and increasingly addictive. The story builds on you, increasing your curiosity. Sex is part of this book series allowing you to color your imagination, and the gore in the book becomes vivid as you accompany it with watching the series.

        For those who are watching the series, the true essence or emotion can’t be felt unless one reads the books.

        4. The Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko.

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          A tale told in a unique perspective, where most fantasies are usually painted from the minds of a Western, medieval perspective, the Night Watch depicts an urban, Russian fantasy. It brings upon the spirit of dark, gloomy, versatile Russia into play; portraying the presence of a bloodsucker in the midst of the night.

          In these twisted fairy tales you’ll witness a gritty twist where traditional fantasy meets horror. This series is for those who want a twist and a glimpse into non-conventional stories told by a culture which holds a unique entitlement to the literary world.

          5. Harry Potter, J.K Rowling

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            I have saved the best for last: Harry Potter; a mysterious magical world that kept many waiting for their letters from Hogwarts. The story that portrayed the importance of magic, friendship, bravery, and relationships together and if viewed in the perspective of real life, it teaches one to love.

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            It’s a book which brought tears to my eyes and allowed my imagination to fly high. Harry Potter is a book which allows you to feel the illusion the movies wish to portray.

            Some of these books will be familiar to many, however if you’ve not already read them then this definitely should be your priority this summer. These are what I would call books worth a thousand reads.

            Featured photo credit: Tumblr via domienova.com

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            Last Updated on October 9, 2018

            27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

            27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

            Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

            If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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            1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
            2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
            3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
            4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
            5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
            6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
            7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
            8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
            9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
            10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
            11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
            12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
            13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
            14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
            15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
            16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
            17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
            18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
            19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
            20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
            21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
            22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
            23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
            24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
            25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
            26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
            27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

            Remember:

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            It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

            If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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