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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 Be Successful In Life: 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                              How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                              What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                              To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                              All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                              There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                              With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                              What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived.

                                                              1.Think big.

                                                                From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                Instead be ambitious.

                                                                2.Find what you love to do and do it.

                                                                  From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                  “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                  This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                  Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                  If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                  Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                  Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                  3. Learn how to balance life.

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                                                                    From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                    “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                                    All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                    If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                    However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                    If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                    In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                    4. Do not be afraid of failure.

                                                                      From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                      “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                      There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                      Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                      His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                      He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                      Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on the journey of his success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                      Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                      5. Have an unwavering resolution to succeed.

                                                                        From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                        “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                        This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                        It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

                                                                        If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

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                                                                        Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                        6. Be a person of action.

                                                                          From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                          “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                          Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                          Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                          When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renissance era Italy, we think of Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

                                                                          Or think about the present day:

                                                                          Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                          You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                          All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                          Applying this to you?

                                                                          Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                          7. Avoid conflicts.

                                                                            From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                            The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                            The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                            People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                            This is key to good leadership.

                                                                            It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                            But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                            What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

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                                                                            As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                            8. Don’t be afraid of introducing new ideas.

                                                                              From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                              “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                              It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                              Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                              If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                              9. Believe in your capacity to succeed.

                                                                                From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                Keep dreaming!

                                                                                10. Always maintain a positive mental attitude.

                                                                                  From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                  “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                  Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                  You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                  If you think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                  However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                  11. Don’t let discouragement stop you from pressing on.

                                                                                    From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

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                                                                                    “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                    It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                    When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

                                                                                    Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                    If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                    Take a look at these 5 Ways to Stop Self Doubt in its Tracks.

                                                                                    12. Be willing to work hard.

                                                                                      From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                      “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                      You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                      Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                      Success comes from work.

                                                                                      You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal and keep working towards it.

                                                                                      Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                      13. Be brave enough to follow your intuition.

                                                                                        From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                        “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                        In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                        If you strongly believe and desire something, the chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                        It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                        Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                        Final thoughts

                                                                                        What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to becoming success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

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