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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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                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                                              To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                                              Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                                              1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                                              Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                                              Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                                              To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                              2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                                              Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                                              If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                                              Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                                              3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                                              Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                                              Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                                              4. Feed Your Brain

                                                              Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                                              This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                                              Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                                              Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                                              5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                                              According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                                              Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                                              Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                                              6. Write it Down

                                                              If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                                              It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                                              You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                                              7. Listen to Music

                                                              Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                                              8. Visual Concepts

                                                              In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                                              Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                                              Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                                              9. Teach Someone Else

                                                              Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                                              Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                                              10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                                              Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                                              So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                                              Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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