Top 4 TV series that can’t be missed

1. 13 Reasons Why

Hannah Baker is a smart, cute, high school student who was loved by her friends and family. Until one day, the girl decided to commit suicide and left 13 tapes recording every reason for her to take action to end her life.

This Film for teens was produced by Netflix based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name. It creates an empathy for many students and audiences who have been or are suffering from stress and depression. But the subject of suicide that the film mentioned also creates a huge controversy.

Many people think that 13 Reasons Why is told by Hannah’s perspective so it is full of personal blame and will easily create negative impact on young people who easily imitate the character in the movie. In addition, the depiction of depression on film is also considered superficial and not true.

2. Game of Thrones


This film is familiar with many netizens for many years. This year, the Game of Thrones issue is about whether episodes of the 7th series have been “leaked” online soon before the time due to a hacker or thanks to the reckless HBO staff in Idia.

3. Big Little Lies

Another TV transformed from novel and became a big hit. Big Little Lies is a miniseries produced by HBO based on the work of female writer Liane Moriaty. The film is about the story of beautiful housewives in a wealthy coastal town. The scence of happy families was revealed, dark secrets were showed when a single woman with her son moved to live here. To add to the drama, the film also mentioned about a lethal murder.

4. Iron Fist

Unlike the other Defenders, the Iron Fist superhero, the Marvel / Netflix series, has been sparked a controversy. The main focus of this movie is on “white-washing” from the original to the film. The image of Hollywood’s “white man” is the hero. It definitely give you a chill whenever the episodes are shown on TV

Top 4 best self-help books of all time

1. “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After serving in the Second World War, Og Mandino suffered from severe alcoholism as well as commercial trafficking. When his wife and children left, he had committed suicide, but he saw some self-help books before deciding to end his life. It was he who said, what he read then changed his life completely, and it also helped him get rid of alcoholism. He later became a great author and he also produced the masterpiece “The Greatest Salesman in the World” (self-help book) in 1968.

“The Greatest Salesman in the World” is a long journey of Hafid, a poor camel boy, in ancient Jerusalem. The young man learned some secrets from a wealthy businessman and succeeded to become a great salesman.

So far, “The Greatest Salesman in the World” has been translated into 25 languages ​​and has sold over 50 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books in the world.

2. The Road less traveled

M. Scott Peck, psychiatrist, known for his 1978 “The Road less traveled “. In this book, Peck talked about how to improve one’s life, giving a lot of thought to love and relationships. Peck says that the common misconception of people is that they always see love relationships as the means to “achieve” rather than trying to understand them to “give”. The love that he wants to convey is to nurture and understand others. Peck also emphasizes the importance of self-discipline and in order to achieve success in life, we need to solve our own problems as well as seek to overcome the challenges ourselves. He wrote in his book, “Only through problems can we mature intellectually and mentally.”

3. “I dare you” by William H. Danforth

William H. Danforth founded Nestle Purina (before merging with Nestle in 2001 Purina mills) in 1894. He thought that life was just like a game. Danforth emphasized that four important elements (or “squares”) are: intellectual, physical, social and religious; Always be balanced to be successful in life. All his thoughts and ideas are summarized in “I dare you” published more than 70 years ago. He encourages all readers, at any age, to seize the opportunity and trust in their own potential.

4. “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This classic self-help book was first published in 1937 – the peak of the recession – and has so far been one of the best-selling books of all time. To write this book, Napoleon Hill studied the life and work of 40 millionaires to discover the secret of their success. From there, he learned about their decades of accumulated experience to introduce to the readers.

What’s Next for Alex Cross


For James Patterson fans around the world, the only thing better than a dedicated day to sit and read an Alex Cross novel from cover to cover s to know that when you put your current book down, there’s a new release around the corner.

We are often left in suspense, wondering and questioning. The good news is, Alex is at it again, with a new release on 19 November 2018. This time he is on the hunt to find a sniper who killed the President. Sourced by the new President, he joins the FBI, leading a full-blown, unparalleled investigation.

Cross fans are tremendously grateful that James Patterson and his co-authors have speedy fingers and plots for years when it comes to Alex.

Behind the Scenes

We first met the Forensic Phycologist in 1993, in the page turning, thrilling suspense Along came a Spider which was later released as a movie starring Morgan Freeman.
In this narrative, we were introduced to most of the characters who would play a part in Cross’ life and indirectly in ours.

Nana Mamma, Cross’ supportive yet tough loving Grandmother who took him and his two children in after the death of his first wife, Maria. If we were all raised by a “Nana Mamma”, the world would most definitely be a better place. We meet his best friend and partner, John Sampson, who, to Cross, is more like a brother than anything else, and they protect each other as such. Janelle and Damon, Alex’s first two children who lost their mother and unborn sibling in a shooting prior to Along Came a Spider.

This seems to be a common thread throughout his life, as family, friends and love interests often face danger, being threatened by those Alex is chasing, and those he has caught.
Cross’ life is riddled with bad men and women from kidnappers, to terrorists, to schizophrenic psychopaths yet we can’t seem to get enough of the constant multi-directional pull of solving criminal cases, keeping healthy relationships and protecting his nearest and dearest.

Alex Cross Biggest nemesis

In Along came a spider we are introduced to Kyle Craig, a Special Agent with the FBI. At first Cross and Craig are friends, consulting on each other’s cases. He appears in a total of 14 of the Alex Cross novels but is later found to be a serial killer and the brains behind brutal bank heists, calling himself The Mastermind.

One of his plans involved killing an FBI agent and assuming his identity after plastic surgery. His victims also include one of Alex’s girlfriends, Betsey Cavalierre. After Alex catches Craig, he vows to get revenge, later breaking out of prison and stalking Alex on his honeymoon. This ends badly for Craig as he is recaptured who can’t understand why Alex refuses to kill him. Craig later dies while he is being taken into custody in an explosion, caused by himself. This criminal makes the most appearances in the Cross series.

The Positive Effect Reading can have on your Mental Health

Reading and mental health, how could the two possibly be put into the same article? Easy, books improve and sustain our minds, elevating and stimulating our lives, here’s how.

Empathy

There is something to be said about a book without pictures, the transgression from brightly coloured and mystical children’s books to the boring, mundane pages of classroom books is often an unwelcome one.

Thus, by the time you reach the last page of Lord of the flies, or the Great Gatsby, the bright, vivid and real scenes playing in your head as you turn each page and read each line, you are bound to be hooked. The scenes might be so real that you cry, or screech with excitement or laugh out loud. Reading books will teach one a sense of empathy that should be encouraged in children and carried with you all your life.

Coping

When you are at the bottom of that well, that pit of dread and despair, you often don’t know which way to turn, pick up a book and turn the pages. Get lost in the ink of each perfectly formed letter, creatively placed together to entertain you.

Being at the side of the characters as they work through their challenges, will bring new light to the challenges you are facing. Playing something repeatedly in your head, obsessing over it, makes it seem a thousand and fifty-three times worse than what it is. So rather get lost in a fantasy world, forget about problems for a while. You are guaranteed to feel better, if not find a solution to the obstacle in your life. Keep your mind busy by turning the page.

Social Life

People who suffer from depression often feel lonely, as if there is no one to talk to. Even if there was, they don’t feel that anyone would want to hear what they have to say. Being well-read will improve your social skills.

Books are a great topic of conversation, whether you have read more books than you can count or if you have only read one book that you enjoyed, it’s something to talk about. It will improve your language skills too, again making you more appealing to hang around. People are naturally drawn to those who can hold intelligent conversations, books help you do this. Besides, if that doesn’t work, you are sure to feel better surrounded by the characters in your book.

Brain Exercising

Giving your brain a work out will have its advantages in the future. It has been shown that active readers have less signs of dementia in their old age. Let your imagination run free. Try concentrating on how to pronounce a word you don’t recognise. Research the meaning and try to use it in your everyday life, it has benefits. Reading has also been shown to improve your memory, so it’s a bonus all round.

Books You Have to Read as a Stephen King Fan

Stephen Edwin King one of one the world’s most famous writers with over 350 million copies sold worldwide. Much of his fam has come from movies based on his books, including IT, Pet Sematary, The Shinning and even classics such as The Green Mile. Apart from the movies, many of his books have also turned into series, including Castle Rock, which is new to Netflix.

The writer features everything from horror stories through to supranational fiction, science fiction and even fantasy, giving readers a large variety of options, each delivering the magic that has made this writer famous. Here are some of the best Stephen King books that are simply a must for fans of fiction.

IT

IT is one of the most well-known horror books and has resulted in 2 films that bring the terror to the big screen. This a book that perfectly features King’s ability to tap into our own fears as he walks us through the town of Derry, Maine. It’s about a group of friends who battled a creature praying on the children within the small town. They believe the monster was defeated all those years ago and promised each other they’ll return should it ever come back. Well, more than 20 years have passed, and suddenly children in the town are going missing and being murdered, making the group of adults now believe IT might have returned.

Carrie

Carrie is a must for all those who are interested in his books as this was actually his very first release. Once again, a horror and taking place in Maine, the book does on to remain one of the best reads for most King fans. The novel tells the thrilling story of Carrie, a girl constantly picked on by her peers at school and her religious mother at home. Surprisingly, she’s asked to prom by someone’s boyfriend and agrees, but it turns out it’s all part of a prank that’s set up for the night of prom. To everyone’s surprise, Carrie uses her telekinetic abilities to stop the almost deadly prank and go on to kill everyone at prom. The stop doesn’t end there as Carrie heads home to face her mother.

Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes one of the books that have turned into a series in 2017. The story starts off with a group of jobless people waiting one morning for possible jobs when they are suddenly run over by a Mercedes, injuring many and killing a mother and child in the process. Now, the killer begins to taunt retired policeman Bill Hodges with a letter, leading to the ex-cop teaming up with a teenage boy and a woman who help him find Mr. Mercedes while he plans to yet again put many people’s lives in danger. The book offers an interesting crime fiction read, taking readers through a unique path of both the killer and the ex-cop attempting to track him down.

SERIES REVIEW: WINGER AND STAND-OFF BY ANDREW SMITH

 

I have read Winger twice. And it is the only book that has made me uncontrollably sob. Twice.

Winger is about Ryan Dean West, a 14 year old junior at a northwestern boarding school for rich kids. Somehow, he got put in the “bad kids” dorm, rooming with the bully of his rugby team and across the hall from burly football players. And he’s in love with Annie, his best friend. Life gets pretty complicated at Pine Mountain Academy, but he manages to make it all work out between his friends and rugby and comics. But nothing could prepare him for what the end of the year brought, and his world comes tumbling down.

Stand-Off continues into Ryan Dean’s senior year, which should mean that he’s on top of the world but instead he is still haunted by last year’s tragedy. He fills in for stand-off after his best friend Joey passed away, and suddenly his entire team is counting on him. To make matters worse, he doesn’t even get to enjoy senior dorm privileges because administration decided to pair him with 12-year-old freshmen Sam Abernathy so he could “show him the ropes.” Ryan Dean is convinced the “Next Accidental Terrible Experience” is around the corner, and his paranoia is leaking into all aspects of his life, including his relationship with Annie.

Alrighty. Here we go. It’s almost difficult for me to review these books, Winger especially, because it’s just so good.

So instead, I think I’ll review Stand-Off and mention Winger thoughts and feelings along the way.

I despise contemporary series, so I had some hesitation about the book, but it’s by Andrew Smith so that hesitation was all of 0.2 seconds. Then I read the book. And I did have some legitimacy to my concern. I think Stand-Off is the worst book I’ve read by Smith– that being said, I still loved it. But I loved it less than Winger and 100 Sideways Miles and Grasshopper Jungle and The Alex Crow.

First of all, I had the initial distaste for contemporary sequels. Then I thought Ryan Dean was a bit of a jerk all the time. I’m all for well rounded and diverse characters, and I don’t think everyone should be likeable because a) that’s no fun and b) it’s not believable. But I think he went a little overboard with is meanness toward Sam Abernathy.

Also, I didn’t think the plot moved fast enough. Not saying that there’s supposed to be a lot of action or anything, but there were definitely parts that dragged. Like every rugby scene. In Winger, the rugby field was a backdrop for other things, a means for a team and games and excitement in Ryan Dean’s life. I felt like Stand-Off emphasized rugby too much. I didn’t want game coverage; I wanted Ryan Dean coverage! I think one of the reasons Stand-Off went slower is because I already know Ryan Dean from Winger, so there was less to learn.

Winger, on the other hand, turned the 400+ page book into a one-sitting read with its character development of Ryan Dean, trials of high school, and hilarious random events. Screaming Ned? I literally laughed out loud, which was embarrassing as I sat in the break room at work, but still. Funny stuff. I loved Ryan Dean’s humor and his cute comics. His narrative first-person voice made everything that much more entertaining.

Both books definitely have intense boy humor, so if you don’t like that kind of stuff… these aren’t the books for you. Apparently, I am a teenage boy, so I cracked up every time. Whoops?

But there’s this one thing in Stand-Off that I absolutely adored. It made me smile, or actually laugh, every single time it cropped up in the book, and Andrew Smith is all about repetition so it came up a lot. Whenever Sam Abernathy talked, or the Abernathy as Ryan Dean called him, Andrew Smith used very descriptive “said” verbs and vivid imagery. The Abernathy didn’t say it– or demand, or shout, or hiss or anything like that. The Abernathy gurgled.

Smith used descriptions for babies or toddlers whenever the Abernathy spoke, and it cracked me up. Or he would be described as a juice box or other childish and squeezable things to make him seem so cute and innocent that I just had to laugh.

Guys, there’s really no way to critique Andrew Smith’s writing. It’s beautiful. It’s descriptive. It’s funny. Even if I didn’t wholeheartedly like Stand-Off, I couldn’t deny the literary merit.

But I did wholeheartedly love Winger. I loved the ending. The commentary on the ridiculousness of social stereotypes and the realness of it all. Seriously, though. What I said before about crying? Weeping, really. That’s all true. It made me laugh and cry and everything in between. It goes on my list of all-time favorite books. It opened my door to Andrew Smith. It’s just beautiful. I emailed Andrew Smith I loved it so much. Whenever I think about this book

Anyway, I better wrap this up before I go on forever.

Winger by far surpasses Stand-Off, but I’m glad I got to catch up with Ryan Dean and make sure he was okay. It was good closure.

Read these books.

TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS BY LEILA SALES

Arden can be described as “recklessly loyal.” When her best friend Lindsey gets herself into trouble, Arden is the first one there to pick her up or bail her out. She sacrifices things for the people she loves, but lately those sacrifices have felt less satisfying. Her picture-perfect mom walked out of their frame, and Arden starts to feel unappreciated by the ones she cares about most. She stumbles upon “Tonight the Streets are Ours,” a blog by Peter, an aspiring New York writer, that puts her own thoughts into words, when she searches, “why doesn’t anyone love me as much as I love them?” And when she drops everything and takes a road trip to find him, she has one crazy night that shows that not everyone is always as they seem.

I picked up this book on a whim at a Fierce Reads panel at Little Shop of Stories, and I started reading it looking for something quick and fluffy. Road trip? Love? Mystery boy? Typical, yes. And just what I wanted. Alright, so Peter and Arden will live happily ever after and she’ll find herself on the way. I’m ready.

That’s not this book.

That’s not this book at all.

And I instantly fell in love with the unpredictability and excitement between the covers of this seemingly average novel.

I mean, look at the front. It seems like a fru-fru love story if I ever did see one. And I can’t say I minded, either. Even before knowing it wasn’t typical, the first line had me hooked.

The story you are about it read is a love story.

If it wasn’t, what would be the point? 

These words literally made my breath get caught and my hands tense around the cover. Of course love stories are the only meaningful stories, I thought to myself. Of course, because, otherwise, what would be the point? These two little sentences still cause my skin to tingle and make me consciously stop everything.

The book is so beautifully written, in my opinion. I love the simplicity of everything paired with the teenage voice and flowery descriptions. It’s easy to read, and it’s relatable. There’s obviously deeper themes, but it’s still a cute contemporary book. I think her writing style perfectly contrasted these two ideas.

And then there’s the plot. The entirely unexpected plot. Yes, it’s a love story (obviously), but it isn’t just a teenage romance. It’s beautiful. It’s about love and what it means and who to love and how to love them. It’s about loving not being in love. It’s deep, bro.

The only real critique I have is that sometimes the themes were a little too obvious. Every single thing that happened had a purpose, foreshadowing or creating tension or paralleling other stories or symbolizing the themes. This was both good and bad. It caused more layers to the story to discuss and show how everything connects, but sometimes I needed the networking to calm it down a bit.

I really wasn’t expecting to fall so deeply and madly in love with this book, but I definitely did. It’s anything but average. It pushes the envelope of young adult contemporary romance, and I think it takes the genre one step closer into focusing less on teenage lovers and more on love and relationships in general.

BOOK REVIEW: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD BY ZORA NEALE HURSTON

As a teenager, Janie’s grandmother married her off as quickly as possible to an old man with his prospects in his sixty acres. When she’s tired of being stifled by him, she runs away with a man she found on the horizon, Jody. When Jody claims Eatonville and becomes the mayor, he takes her voice and covers her hair. Finally, she meets Tea Cake after Jody’s death, and she realizes what it means to be in love.

Alright, I’ll admit it. I was completely bored in the beginning of this book. And I hated the dialect. And I didn’t really have any feelings toward Janie because to me, she seemed very papery.

I can’t tell you exactly where the transition happened or why, but somewhere toward the middle I realized that I actually really enjoyed reading this book.

First of all, after Janie’s initial marriage and into her second one with Jody, I understood the weight of her voice and the toll it took on her to muffle it. And I started to appreciate how Hurston set up the novel and characterized Janie. It was subtle. She wasn’t papery. She was smart.

One of the major topics Hurston explores is the power of language, and she shows this through Janie’s marriages and attitudes. She hardly talks at all while married to Jody, showing her position as less than him, while with Tea Cake, they have real conversations and her dialogue is scattered throughout the end of the novel. She uses the form of the novel, not giving Janie much dialogue to greatly increasing it, to show her transition from less than her husband to equal with him. By doing this, I mistook her silence for two dimensional, but really it means so much more because language and the lack thereof shows the inequality between genders and Janie’s strategies in her marriage.

It is written pretty much completely in dialect, but I quickly got used to it. I also think the dialect definitely adds to the story, making it more real and emphasizing her themes on the importance of language.

Otherwise, I felt like there was probably a lot of stuff in the book that I missed. Plot wise, it picked up when Jody got sick. There is a bit of a twist with Tea Cake that I wasn’t expecting, but I also neglected to read the back and am a cynic, so it probably wouldn’t be surprising to anyone else.

I really did enjoy the book, and I liked how it didn’t seem like a race novel. Sure, there was a subtheme concerning racism and how it can affect anyone, black or white, but it didn’t overtake the novel. The novel is a classic because of its themes on language and equality, not because it’s only directed toward one audience.

I definitely recommend it as an important classic that isn’t that difficult to read.

“She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.”

TOP TEN BOOKS IF YOU LIKE JOHN GREEN

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic focuses on less-known books that would be good recommendations for readers who like certain popular books or authors. I chose John Green because I felt like this would give me a wide variety of contemporary young adult novels to chose from.

  1. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts: This book is about a guy and a girl, who fall in love… and one of them has cancer.
  2. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout: This one is about a girl who goes to Korea for boarding school and falls in love with an aloof KPOP star.
  3. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith: Smith’s male protagonists have similar voices to Green’s main characters.
  4. Mosquitoland by David Arnold: It’s a classic road trip, Abundance of Katherines/ Paper Towns,anyone?
  5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Her male protagonist is also similar to Green’s, and the entire book is a contemporary love story with a focus on teen angst.
  6. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: This book is about a relationship between Naomi and Ely, young adults and best friends, and it has themes of teen role confusion and a contemporary mood.
  7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Lockhart’s writing style reminds me of Green’s because there are a lot of beautiful quotes and abstract concepts to think about.
  8. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: Again, the male protagonist reminds me of any Green book, and it focuses on internal conflict, just like Green.
  9. Six Months Later by Natalie Richards: I don’treally have a good explanation for this one, other than its contemporary feel.
  10. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: The conflicts in this book, and the inevitable star-crossed teen lovers, is perfect for Green aficionados.

TOP TEN BOOKS ON MY FALL TBR LIST

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is all the books on our to-read lists. I actually don’t have a lot of timely books this season.

  1. Winger by Andrew Smith (I want to reread this for the sequel)
  2. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
  3. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
  5. More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
  6. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  7. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  8. Hello, I Love You by Katie Stout
  9. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard