15.2.18

17 Best Young Adult Books You Need To Read

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Whether you're a young adult, millennial or just love a good interesting read, these YA books have amazing plot lines, twists and will leave you inspired, emotional and thrilled from the first page to the last. You don't have to be a young adult to enjoy these, just a lover of interesting and hard to put down stories.


Warning: You will cry at the end of this book. This novel is full of suspense and mystery about families who spend their Summer on an island but a tragic accident leads to lies and a secret. You'll fall in love with the main characters as they fall in love with each other.

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An intriguing story of Juliet Young who writes letters to her Mother, even after her death, and a guy who find a haunting letter beside her grave and decides to write back.

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The amazing novel in a series by Cecelia Ahern, Celestine North has a perfect life however when she breaks a rule she could face life-changing repercussions. She decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

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A beautiful story about two teens who collide with each other at the right moment and how it will change them forever. A brilliant tale about love and forces beyond control.

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A book that proves it's never too late for second chances. Paige's boyfriend died last year in a swimming accident but now she's made a plan to date a boy, attend parties, join a club, travel and swim. Then she meets Max, who starts to change her world.

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This is a beautiful, warming love story about Maddy, who is allergic to the outside world and can't leave her house, and a boy who moves in next door who she begins to fall for and wants to venture outside for.

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Aza and her friend Daisy decide to pursue an investigation on fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, while living with the serial of her own thoughts.

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Audrey can't leave the house and can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house. Linus stumbles into her life and he starts to entice Audrey out again, well, Starbucks is a start. With Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary.

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Samantha looks like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath is a secret that her friends would never understand, shehas Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. 

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. Violet Markey is counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her town in the wake of her sister’s death. Violet fins Finch on the ledge of their school bell tower and their journey goes from there. A gripping novel that follows the story of two young people who try to save each other.

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be.

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Eleanor has red hair and wears wrong clothes. Park knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways, but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. 

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan. But for Cath, being a fan is her life. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

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Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. 

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Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. Not a girl who will fall in love with a boy in New York city. Daniel is a good student and a good son. When he sees Natasha, something makes him think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store for both of them.

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Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is.


Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service.


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14.2.18

15 Signs You Need to End a Relationship Now

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Relationships can be amazing but they can also be crap if they're not working out. Relationships can start out great but over time certain signs can tell you that it's not working out. Whether the relationship just isn't going anywhere or you have a gut feeling that you need to call it quits, here are the signs that you need to bite the bullet and end it.

It sucks having to end any relationship and you might try and convince yourself to stay in the relationship to avoid confrontation or hurting the other person or yourself, however, you need to be brave and face the facts and ask yourself if you're happy and if your relationship is really working.

1. You're not interested in each other

You don't find yourself interested in each others lives or want to spend time with each other anymore. They don't seem to be interested in what you're doing or the important things in your life.

2. You don't talk to each other as much

If the conversation dies out pretty quickly or you're just not texting or calling your significant other as much, that can be a clear sign that you're headed in different directions and you're not a priority to each other.

3. They still have feelings for their ex

This is a big no-no. It's understandable that it takes time to get over an ex, but if your new significant other still thinks about their ex-girlfrind or boyfriend all the time, you need to ask them if they're really serious about making things work with you. You deserve to have them thinking about you all the time, not their ex. You don't want to just be a random person helping them get over their ex, so have the talk asap.

4. There's no spark

If the spark has dwindled pretty early on and you're not excited at the thought of seeing them and spending time with them, it may be time to call it quits. Relationships should be full of excitement and fun and the sparks should be flying.

Read: I Love You but I'm Not in Love with You

5. They're only interested in you sexually

Many people end up staying in relationships because of the sexual connection, but that's not enough for a long term relationship to last on. If they're only interested in you for sex and not interested in you as a person, it's time to wave goodbye to them.

6. You're not happy

This is pretty self explanatory, if you're not happy in general and your mood is affected due to your relationship, things aren't working out and it's best to end it now. Your happiness is so important and you shouldn't waste it on someone who brings you down.

7. They're distant all the time

If they're being distant, truth is they're not very interested anymore. They'd rather be spending their time with other people than with you and they're not making an effort to see or talk to you. Time to cut that relationship off and meet someone who can't wait to spend every moment with you!

8. It's a burden to meet up with each other

If you or your partner would rather hang out with your friends instead of going on a date or hanging out with each other, the relationship may have reached its end. You may find yourself making excuses as to not have to go out as much with each other.

9. They're messaging their ex/other people

If they're still in touch with their ex, that's not cool. Yes you can be friends with ex's, but if they're constantly messaging their ex, they may be keeping that connection going because there's still feelings there or they're keeping them as an option if you don't work out. Bring it up with your boyfriend/girlfriend ASAP and find out what's going on. No one deserves to be second best.

10. There's bad communication between you

If the conversations are awkward or you don't know what to talk about, this is a clear indication of a lack of chemistry, which could be difficult to work out in the long run. 

11. You're just friends

Ah, the good old 'friend zone.' Maybe you should have left your significant other in it? Many couples realise after a while that they're just best friends and not lovers, so if you think this could be the case, it may be better to end it before you get in too deep.

12. You're not their priority anymore

If they're putting work, hanging out with friends, activities, drinking etc. before you, they're not worth your time. It's understandable that you have to work around each others schedule, but if they put everything in their life before you and you're last on the list, you need to get out of that relationship.

13. You're not having fun

Relationships should be full of fun and excitement and you should be having amazing experiences and lots of laughs with your partner. If this is the exact opposite to what your relationship is like, you need to break up with them and find someone who makes you extremely happy and who you enjoy spending time with.

14. You don't love them

This is a clear indicator of when it's time to break up. Of course feelings take time to develop but if you've been with your partner a while and you're not developing feelings and you can't see yourself falling in love with them, it's better to call it a day and move on so you can find someone who you will eventually love. Likewise if it's clear they don't love you anymore, it's time for you to end the relationship.

Read More: I Love You but I'm Not in Love with You

15. You feel stuck because you're in too deep

Maybe you've met the parents, or they've bought you an expensive gift or booked a holiday. It may seem impossible to leave this person because of some big milestone you've passed or you might feel like you owe them for something they've done for you. It's not your fault if you know they're not right for you and you shouldn't feel bad for ending a relationship with the wrong person.

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2.2.18

10 Best Books About Mental Health (That Will Improve Your Life)

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Reading is known to greatly benefit your mental health and our minds are a very important thing to look after. Whether you're dealing with mental illness such as depression or anxiety, or you just want to improve your happiness and overall mental health, this list of the 10 best mental health books is definitely worth reading.


You may have seen the viral video by the author Sabrina Benaim titled 'Explaining My Depression To My Mother,' with over 50,000,000 views. In her book Depression & Other Magic Tricks, she documents her struggles with mental health, love and family. Some have described it as 'Slow dancing with depression and heartbreak' and truly enlightening.

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If you deal with anxiety, panic or worry then you need to read this. In this book, psychologist Catherine Pittman explains how to tap into your nervous pathways and manage fear and you'll learn how anxiety is created and how to overcome it in Rewire Your Anxious Brain.

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In this book the author describes her lifelong battle with depression and anxiety, but also the moments of being fiercely happy. The book centres around mental illness but how to embrace joy in a fantastic way.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a hugely popular method in treating mental illness including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress, anger and many more. This book explores the issues in overcoming mental health and how to use CBT to change your mindset and actions.

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This is an amazing story about a man who learned to live again after crisis and illness. This book explores how to live better and feel more alive and making the most of your life. It covers topics on dealing with depression and anxiety through to a brighter time of happiness. After reading this, it will leave a mark.

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Ruby Wax explores how she's lived through stress, leading to depression and how she got to a happier, healthier place. People have described this book as extremely helpful to anyone dealing with depression and provides brilliant mindfulness techniques.

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This is the story of Rachel Cullen who suffers from depression, is in the wrong career, has a failing relationship and is reliant on alcohol. She discovered something that would hurt her a lot, but would also lead to healing her too.

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This book is about and for every anxious woman. It provides a programme that has helped 1000s overcome fear and stress. From social media pressure, fear of failure or perfectionism, you'll learn how to regain control of your life from this book. You'll be given easy practical methods for minimising anxiety and achieving a calmer, happier life.

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Dealing with the idea that depression is a 'chemical imbalance in the brain', this book explores nine real causes of depression and anxiety and seven different solutions that work. This book is a journey that will change how we think of crises' in todays' culture.

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In this book, Fearne Cotton shares her experience and advice on finding joy each day and finding peace through simple exercises and ideas. It can help to beat the hurdles of anxiety and depression and show that they are manageable. This book has been described as 'loving, caring, interesting and fun.'
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What's the best book about mental health that you've read?

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28.1.18

Why I Quit My Job After Two Months (And Why It Was The Best Decision Ever)

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I quit my job last week. Yep, I quit my job without another one lined up. Was that a stupid decision? Financially, maybe. Was it a wise decision? For my mental health, yes.

Some might call me a 'serial job quitter' and by that I mean, I've quit a fair few jobs in my time. Now, I know that's not the best habit to get into, however I've had very good reasons for doing so and I've always landed back on my feet after each one.

My latest job was in the hospitality sector (I'll not name names because I'd quite like to not get sued) and for anyone who has worked in hospitality, you'll know that you take a lot of crap from costumers. The particular place I worked didn't have an overly rude clientele, but there were some days when I felt like screaming in a corner and went home feeling super down, and that's when the warning signs started to appear.

It wasn't long after I'd started that I found my mental health taking a turn for the worse. I'd come home from a 6:30am shift feeling exhausted, emotionally drained and not wanting to do anything else than close my curtains and crawl up into a ball in bed and never come out again.

I know a lot of people don't love their jobs, but when a job gets to a point where it's affecting your daily life outside of work, you need to make a change.

I'm quite an introverted person but I can handle myself well in difficult situations, however with my particular personality type, I've found it hard to find a job that I actually enjoy and can see myself doing in the long run.


I knew if I stuck to this job (which I was purely staying in for the money at this point, which you should NEVER do) my mental health would deteriorate more and more to a point where I wouldn't be at my best functioning self, and that's a slippery slope to be on.

So after a lot of hard thinking and deliberating on the pros and cons, I decided it was time to hand my notice in and leave the position.

I explained to my management exactly how I was feeling and funny enough, they were completely understanding. They acknowledged how important your mental health is and I was really glad that in today's world people in the workplace can be so understanding of the importance of mental health in a working capacity.

Read: Should you follow your dreams or get a real job?

I'm currently a student and thankfully I'm not a big spender and I have savings to fall back on for the time being, so I didn't leave myself broke, but whether you're a young person, a student, in a full time nine-to-five job, or if you're finding that your job is really affecting your mental health, it may be time to reassess your options and find a more suitable position that will better your life mentally and emotionally.

If you're not sure what job you want or what job will make you happy, or if you're looking to take your career in a new direction, why not take some online courses to develop your skills and possibly find a new career that you'll love?

Here's a list of the best online course platforms:

1. Coursera - 1600+ online courses from top universities.
2. Future Learn - Wide range of courses from leading universities over all topics.
3. Premier TEFL - Learn to teach English as a foreign language.
4. Edureka! - Online technology training and courses.
5. CreativeLive - 1500+ online classes in the creative arts sector.

I think life is all about learning and growing and you'll only discover what you like by trying out new things, and if that means starting a new job and leaving after a few months, then so be it! I have no way of knowing if I'll enjoy something until I try it for the first time, so there's no need to feel ashamed or like a failure if you find out that it's not for you.

I'm confident that I'll find a job that I love someday, because I would never stick at something that made me unhappy purely for the monetary value. 

Since I've quit my job, I've had a lot more freedom to explore other routes and options. I've started taking an online course in web development and I'm learning a lot more about affiliate marketing by enrolling in the Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing course (if you're interested in having blogging as a career then this is a MUST-have! Check out the course here)

It's my hope to one day potentially be my own boss and make more of a full time income from my blog and who knows, maybe this was the first step in achieving that!

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Yes I'm not sure where exactly I'm going.  Yes, I'm not sure what exactly what job I want in life, but I'm trying new things and that's what's important. I'm not giving up, I'm simply learning and discovering myself.

So let's hear it for the people who quit their jobs because they knew there was something so much better out there for them!


Emily x
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