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30 Novels You Need To Read This Year

30 Novels You Need To Read This Year

The importance of reading can never be overemphasized. For a long time, books have been identified to be a major source of knowledge. This can explain why we are encouraged to keep their minds fresh by reading. Reading helps us nurture our minds and grow our vocabulary. Besides that, novels help us develop our creative thinking capability which is very useful in our daily life.

Below are 30 must-read novels from 2015.

  1. Return to Me” by Kelly Moran

1.Return to me

    The romance story features once-spoiled rich kid Cole Covington who could get anything he wanted. After a nasty break up with his young and trusting lover Mia Galdon, Cole joined the military to bury his guilt. The story takes you through the emotional journey of the two lovebirds when Cole returns home.

    1. “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King

    2.Finders Keepers

      As a horror thriller trilogy, this King novel’s main objective is to touch on the notion of a reader who is obsessed with an author. The spectacular heart-pounding and intriguing novel observes the obsession going too far. It is all about the power of storytelling.

      1. “Liars” by Paula Stokes

      3. Liars

        The story features Max Cantrell and his two friends Preston and Parvati. The novel takes you through the life of Max, a pathological liar, and details how he got started with his company Liars, Inc.

        1. “Queen of Shadows” by Sarah J. Maas

        4. Queen of shadows

          The fourth volume of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series features Celaena Sardothien, a heroine who is forced to return to her kingdom to seek vengeance and confront the shadows of the past after everyone she loved was taken away from her.

          1. ”The Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan

          5. The Sword of Summer

            The Sword of Summer is a young adult fantasy novel about a troubled child named Magnus Chase. It takes you through the unfortunate events that occurred in Chase’s life, including the mysterious death of his mother, that left him on the streets to survive by his wits.

            1. “The Girl at Midnight” by Melissa Grey

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            6. The girl at midnight

              The Girl at Midnight is a fantasy story about a modern girl known as Echo who is caught up in an ancient war. She belongs to the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic. As the Avicen race remains hidden from the human race, Echo is the only active member of the race who survives as a pickpocket.

              1. “My Heart and Other Black Holes” by Jasmine Warga

              7. My heart and other black holes

                This young adult novel revolves around the life of Aysel who apparently is obsessed about plotting her own death. She considers her life worthless and commences on a mission to turn her potential energy into nothingness. In the novel, her suicidal partner Roman is haunted by a family tragedy.

                1. “Prudence” by Gail Carriger

                8. Prudence

                  Prudence is the daughter of Alexia Tarabotti who is given an unexpected dirigible. With this she does what any other female would do and names the dirigible the Spotted Custard, then heads to India where not everything goes as planned.

                  1. “The Stars Never Rise” by Rachel Vincent

                  9. The stars never rise

                    The Stars Never Rise is a young adult fantasy novel that features Nina Kane, a 16-year-old who is more worried about her ways of survival than her immortality. Problem is, her town has been occupied by soul-consuming demons and souls are in short supply.

                    1. “The Shadow Cabinet” by Maureen Johnson

                    10. The shadow cabinet

                      Reeling from a series of tragic and sudden events in her life, Rory is trying to understand whether she did enough to save members of the squad. To add to this, her friend Charlotte is also suspected to be in danger after being kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization.

                      1. “The Rules” by Nancy Holder

                      11. The Rules

                        This novel will put you on the edge of your seat with its style of writing. Narration that alternates between unreliable narrators gives the book its dark thriller nature. Throughout the book no one is actually safe.

                        1. The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty” by Amanda Filipacchi

                        12. The unfortunate importance of beauty

                          The novel takes you through the life struggles of a group of artistic friends in New York who are all about beauty. Amanda Filipacchi tries to blend a mixture of both magic and comedy to bring out this modern love story.

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                          1. A History of Loneliness” by John Boyne

                          13. A history of Loneliness

                            The novel features Odran Yates who is forced to join the life of priesthood courtesy of a family tragedy. Full of hope and ambition, Odran joins Clonliffe Seminary only to be caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people’s faith 40 years later.

                            1. Funny Girl” by Nick Hornby

                            14. Funny girl

                              The highly anticipated Funny Girl adopts a 1960s London setting and seeks to explore the adventures of Sophie Straw as she attempts to navigate her transformation into a television starlet. Hornby’s humorous writing will get you hooked.

                              1. “The Country of Ice Cream Star” by Sandra Newman

                              15. The country of ice cream star

                                In the aftermath of a plague, 15-year-old Ice Cream goes on a dangerous and surprising journey to save her world.

                                1. God Help the Child” by Toni Morrison

                                16. God help the child

                                  Toni Morrison takes you through the searing tale of how childhood trauma can either shape or misshape the life of an adult. The novel features bold, confident, and very successful Bride as its main character.

                                  1. The Harder They Come” by T.C. Boyle

                                  17. The harder they come

                                    This powerful, gripping novel seeks to take its readers through the roots of violence and so-called anti-authoritarianism. The novel explores the volatile connection found between an aging ex-marine and a Vietnam veteran.

                                    1. The Poser” by Jacob Rubin

                                    18. The poser

                                      Jacob Rubin creates a rather hilarious and dazzling debut novel that features Giovanni Bernini, an impressionist master about to loose his true self.

                                      1. All the Rage” by Courtney Summers

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                                      19. All the rage

                                        The novel revolves around Romy Grey and Kellan Turner — a sheriff’s son who apparently is not the golden boy that everyone assumes to be. Romy knows the truth about Turner and when she reveals it, no one wants to trust her which in turn costs hers dearly.

                                        1. The Almost King” by Lucy Saxon

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                                          The Almost King revolves around Aleks, the youngest of the four brothers who is looking for more than just life at his father’s shop. He runs away when he hears his parents complaining about money so that he can relieve them of his baggage.

                                          1. Apple and Rain” by Sarah Crossan

                                          21. Apple and rain

                                            The novel is all about Apple who after being abandoned for 11 years, meets her mother. Although Apple feels whole again once she sees her mother, there remains one burning question that has been taunting Apple for years, ”Why did she abandon her?”

                                            1. Blood Will Tell” by April Henry

                                            22. Blood will tell

                                              In the novel, April Henry tries to tell a story about a teen Nick Walker who, after a woman’s body is retrieved in Portland Park, turns from being a member of the Portland’s Search and Rescue team to a prime suspect.

                                              1. A Book of Spirits and Thieves” by Morgan Rhodes

                                              23. A book of spirits and thieves

                                                The novel which has been dubbed as a high fantasy and exhilarating book takes the readers through the territories of the modern day Toronto and then shifts them back to the ancient kingdoms of Mytica and Rhodes.

                                                1. Burning Kingdoms” by Lauren DeStefano

                                                24. Burning kingdoms

                                                  Burning Kingdom is the second sequel to “The Internment Chronicles” that sees danger descending in the kingdom. Morgan, the main character, escapes Internment and her fellow fugitives land on the ground only to learn about the world beneath the floating island home.

                                                  1. The Wondrous and the Wicked” by Page Morgan

                                                  25. The Wondrous and the wicked

                                                    “The Wondrous and the Wicked,” the final novel of this series, features the Waverly sisters who need to save themselves before everything is lost.

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                                                    1. Winter” by Marissa Meyer

                                                    26. Winter

                                                      As the finale to the “Lunar Chronicles”, the “Winter” features Princes Winter — a glamorous 13-year-old whose beauty is expected to be greater than that of her stepmother’s. Out of jealously, her stepmom disfigures Winter.

                                                      1. The Wicked Will Rise” by Danielle Paige

                                                      27. The wicked will rise

                                                        Amy Gumm must do everything within her means to kill Dorothy and free Oz. Amy is given a mission which includes removing the Tin Man’s heart, taking the Lion’s courage, stealing the Scarecrow and killing Dorothy.

                                                        1. Until the Beginning” by Amy Plum

                                                        28. Until the beginning

                                                          ”Until the Beginning”’s Juneau who finds answers in this exhilarating sequel.

                                                          1. The Uninvited” by Cat Winters

                                                          29. The uninvited

                                                            The masterfully novel revolves around the story of love, loss, and giving others second chances. The book adapts an ancient setting that takes you back to the time of the great Influenza of 1918.

                                                            1. Shutter” by Courtney Alameda

                                                            30. Shutter

                                                              The book features a girl referred to as Micheline Helsing who has the ability of seeing the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. She is the only remaining descendant of the Van Helsing lineage.

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                                                              Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                                              Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                                              If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                                                              If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                                                              In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                                                              What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                                                              If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                                                              Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                                                              • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
                                                              • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
                                                              • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                                                              • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
                                                              • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                                                              • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
                                                              • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                                                              Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

                                                              Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                                                              Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

                                                              1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
                                                              2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                                                              3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                                                              The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                                                              Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                                                              You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

                                                              Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

                                                              If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

                                                              Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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                                                              Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

                                                              Symptoms of fatigue include:

                                                              • Difficulty concentrating
                                                              • Low stamina
                                                              • Difficulty sleeping
                                                              • Anxiety
                                                              • Low motivation

                                                              These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                                                              Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                                                              How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                                                              The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                                                              Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                                                              Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

                                                                The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                                                                Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                                                                Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

                                                                If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                                                                It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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                                                                4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                                                                Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                                                                1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                                                                2. Exercising regularly
                                                                3. Using stressbusters
                                                                4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                                                                After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                                                                I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                                                                Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                                                                • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
                                                                • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
                                                                • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                                                                • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                                                                The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

                                                                Living Healthy

                                                                Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

                                                                In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

                                                                As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                                                                Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                                                                1. Unplug

                                                                Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

                                                                Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                                                                2. Unwind

                                                                Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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                                                                3. Get Comfortable

                                                                Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                                                                Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                                                                Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

                                                                This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                                                                Exercise

                                                                Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                                                                That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

                                                                I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

                                                                If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                                                                Attitude

                                                                Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                                                                When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

                                                                But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

                                                                Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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                                                                1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
                                                                2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
                                                                3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
                                                                4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
                                                                5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
                                                                6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

                                                                This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                                                                When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

                                                                Nutrition

                                                                Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                                                                If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

                                                                Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                                                                Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                                                                1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                                                                2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
                                                                3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
                                                                4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
                                                                5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                                                                6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
                                                                7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
                                                                8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
                                                                9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

                                                                Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                                                                That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                                                                Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

                                                                The Bottom Line

                                                                If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

                                                                If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

                                                                Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                                                                More Tips to Stop Feeling Tired All the Time

                                                                Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                                                                Reference

                                                                [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                                                                [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                                                                [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                                                                [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                                [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
                                                                [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
                                                                [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                                                                [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                                                                [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
                                                                [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                                                                [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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