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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 Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                              • (1) Research
                                                              • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                              • (3) Creating the outline
                                                              • (4) Drafting the content
                                                              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                              • (6) Revision
                                                              • (7) etc.

                                                              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                              2. Change Your Environment

                                                              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                              6. Get a Buddy

                                                              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                              Reality check:

                                                              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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