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4 Books You Should Read.


I believe that a successful novel is one that makes you feel something. These four books are some of my favourites and should be read at least once in your lifetime.

Like The Flowing River by Paulo Coelho. This is a collection of his thoughts and stories; it is filled with wisdom and grace, encouragement and beauty. He demonstrates the significance of smaller moments, restoring you to the state of which man was supposed to be. The philosophical anecdotes will echo into eternity and I found myself sharing large sections with people. Paulo’s writing style is soothing; his words always offer great comfort and hope. This is the kind of book that you would keep on your bookshelf and read snippets of whenever you are feeling down. It is also a great introduction to his works and would make a wonderful gift. Here is one of my favourite excerpts from the book.
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Tonight's The Night, Dexter.


Yesterday, I watched the finale of Dexter, a television series that I have been fixated with. Upon watching the finale, I was left extremely heartbroken and I was unable to think about anything but the travesty of this episode. I woke up this morning experiencing an intense sense of sadness over the finale and although I reminded myself that it was only a television show and nothing to be upset about, I could not stop thinking about it. I began to wonder how a television show could cause me such sadness and how it could affect me to the point that it was dictating my emotions.
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Forbrydelsen (The Killing).


For the past few weeks, I have forgotten about life and engrossed myself in Forbrydelsen (The Killing), a Danish crime series. Although it has been a while since I watched the final episode, I am still reeling from the immaculacy of the show. Forbrydelsen deserves a standing ovation for its brilliance.
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3 of My Favourite Poets.


Poets are the best of people; their eyes and souls are open to the beauty of the world. They see without really looking, they find without seeking and they have the ability to encapsulate the splendour of a moment within a few words.

Most people think that poetry is all about flowers and nature but rather it is about life and the art of living. Each syllable, each word, each space, each line, each stanza has been carefully constructed; everything within poetry is meaningful and this in itself demonstrates how small quantities have the ability to be majestic and evocative. The words will always bring new meaning into your life because the emotions that you are reading with will never be the same. 


You, yourself, bring your own ideology to the words and upon reading, the world appears different. 

The words make a subconscious change in you. Poetry is always filled to the brim with connotation and value; it can never be drained. It's almost like drinking water from a cup and having it automatically refill each time you put it down.
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Why I Write.


In the words of Lord Byron ‘if I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.’ Writing keeps me sane; it is a form of liberation. It has become a way of life. There are moments when I cannot recall my thoughts with my tongue; it is the pen that speaks for me. Sometimes the pen has a mind of its own, using my thoughts as energy, writing things that I didn’t know I was feeling. Writing has become an obligation, like breathing. It has become a part of me, like skin.
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Myers-Briggs Personality Test.


I was introduced to the Myers-Briggs personality test and the results have honestly been revolutionary. The test is straightforward and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. It will then derive your personality type. 

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The Expectations of Being a Woman.


Women have difficult lives; they must yield to what is expected of them by religion, parents, culture and society. Living with such compliance is tough. In the midst of trying to please others, their own happiness is sacrificed. 

When a woman is born, her life is already paved out for her. 
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