20 Books You Need To Read In Your 20’s

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Readers in their 20s can jump from one genre to the other. Others, don’t even read at all. So, here’s a list of 20 books that 20 year olds need to read in order to get the best out of their young adult lives.


1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This is a story of trials and triumphs with a hint of Amy Poehler’s unstoppable humor.

  1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

This paints a picture from words describing how young people feel after taking the plunge into the world of young adulthood.

  1. My Year with Eleonor by Noelle Hancock

This is perfect for those who want to live the YOLO life. Follow Eleonor Roosevelt’s advice: “Do one thing every day that scares you”.


4. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Here’s a look at the unique experience of college and the worth of life itself.

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This book has one message: heed the advice of the elders. They have life’s greatest lessons.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This is a story of a woman’s struggle for self-determination against the challenges of her time

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This novel talks about pursuing your dreams and believing in that voice inside that says “you can do it”.

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8. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Sometimes we just have to let pride out of the way and ask.

  1. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

What happens when all the dreamy things you believe in life ends?

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  1. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

A tell-all tale from a twenty-something to all twenty-somethings.

  1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

This book teaches to appreciate family and all the opportunities that come your way

  1. The Myths of Happiness

This book explores what should and shouldn’t make you happy but has the opposite effect on you.

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  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

This book connects travel and self-discovery.

  1. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

The book explores three elements of love—love for self, someone else and others.

  1. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

This is a story of LGBT experience in love, heartbreak and alienation.

  1. Exit Here by Jason Myers

What happens when you realize your life isn’t exactly how you envisioned it would be?

  1. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Here’s one day in the life of a single man.


18. One hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This book offers a profound look at the nature of time, history and solitude

  1. Native Son by Richard Wright

This book has a plea to consider the effects of societal discrimination against the disenfranchised and the oppressed.

  1. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

If you’re wondering if you are destined to be alone, read this book.



20 Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh


If you’re looking for a hearty laugh, why not try a book? Here are 20 books that are guaranteed to tickle your funny bone!

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling

The author is so hilarious she’s like Tina Fey’s cool little sister—this book is THAT funny!


2. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

This book narrates the story of the author’s move to Paris from NY and his struggle to fit in.

  1. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Chris Asher was chosen to be a “death merchant” to retrieve souls of the dying. The author narrated with such humorous wit it’s impossible not to laugh aloud.

  1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Here’s a memoir of stories about trying to fit in, falling in love and embarrassing moments.

  1. Play Something Dancy by Dee Simon

These are hilarious essays about life as a strip club DJ in the early 2000s.


6. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

This book shamelessly reveals what it’s like to be THE Tina Fe!

  1. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

This fuses together passages from rage web comics and a blog written by the author.

  1. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

This narrates the author’s view on Feminism and being a woman.


9. Egghead by Bo Burnham

The author is known for his nerdy, emotional comedy

  1. I’m Down by Mishna Wolff

The author narrates her life growing up in a predominantly black neighbourhood with a father, who genuinely believed he was black!


11. Why We Suck by Dr. Denis Leary

Dr. Leary talks about being a celebrity, the pressures of the Irish-Catholic background and his family life.

  1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Imagine “The Fault in Our Stars” but with insane sense of humor!

  1. This Is A Book by Demetri Martin

The author makes you laugh as he describes awkward moments with childlike silliness.


14. The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst

This tells of what it’s like growing up in a family of alcoholics in Belgium.

  1. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

This is a bed time story for adults with frustrations on getting their kids to bed.

  1. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

This book covers the importance of breakfast to the captivating powers of the Dixie Chicks.


17. White Girl Problems by Babe Walker

This memoir narrates the ludicrous “white girl problems” that will surely make you laugh.

  1. You Deserve A Drink by Mamrie Hart

This one tells of boozy misadventures and tales of debauchery.

  1. Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

Ellen is her funny self as she tells funny stories of her day.

  1. One More Thing by B.J. Novak

This is a story of a boy who wins $100,000 prize from a cereal box but this fortune unravels the funny colors of his family.



15 Books You Won’t Be Able To Stop Talking About


For avid book readers, it’s common to have a few favourite books here and there. Although labelling a “favourite” may be subjective, here are 15 good reads that made it to almost everyone’s top list:

  1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

This will make you rethink about the choices you made and will make in the field of love during the internet era.


2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is a story about 2 magicians who work in a circus and supposed to be competing with each other but ended up falling in love.

  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This tells you about what it takes to be a man of color in the US and teaches about appreciating yourself despite the prejudice.

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This story is about sibling love and jealousy, art and loss, and people beyond death.


5. The Girl With All the Gifts

If you’re into zombie literature, here’s a new take on the genre.

  1. The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips

The late fifties was a time in history with rampant racism, lynching and freedom-issues.

  1. Shatter Me by Tehera Mafi

Everyone should experience Mafi’s writing. It just dances along the border between prose and poetry!

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This is one book that had generations talking. It has all the necessary emotions—love, hatred, fury, death, sorrow, remorse—and a twisted plot!


9. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Everyone knows what an abortion is but how about if you can do it to your 13 to 18 year-old kid? The Pro-Life and Pro-Choice movements in the story gave parents the choice to “retroactively get rid” of their child in a process called “unwinding” if they’re not such good teenagers.

  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This book is about a lot of things: searching for lost kings, friendship and true love. This story is definitely an intriguing find.

  1. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

This book follows the story of a girl who was taken from home and learned about life from her “abductors”—a seductive group of outsiders.


12. The Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

If you’ve always wanted to be more organized but never found the right technique to work,  here’s a book with a simple philosophy on tidying up!

  1. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

If you’re a fan of forbidden-love stories, this one’s for you!


14. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This narrates from a point of view of a Hispanic teenage girl growing up in Chicago.

  1. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

A thriller fiction story, this is about a kidnapping told from the perspective of people closest to the investigation—even the kidnapper.




10 Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With Reading


There’s just something magical about a good book. Reading through its pages, it can evoke a whirlwind of emotions from its well-crafted words. We all have that one book we can’t seem to put down when reading. Sometimes, it’s that very book that makes us want to read other books too. This love for literature is contagious and we’re obliged to pass around that love. So, for those of you who would want to dive deep into the realms of textual paradise, here are 10 amazing books that will surely get you hooked on reading:

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
It’s a story of a young wizard, named Harry Potter, who was destined to destroy the most wicked wizard named Voldemort. The first of the 7 books was first released in the late 90’s and until today (yes, to this very day) it is still included in the top charts for bestselling books around the world!


2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Also featured in the 10 bestselling books of all time, this is a story of four siblings who entered a wardrobe door to discover the land of Narnia which was enslaved by the evil White Witch. Their adventures in this 3-part series inspired movie remakes that also busted top charts.

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
This is a story of Jonas who lived in a perfect world and at 12 years old, was assigned to be the city’s official “Receiver of Memories”. Only “The Giver” knows the truth and memories of the past which he will then pass to Jonas.


4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
This author has created an entire world of different creatures, along with maps and languages. The Hobbit is truly a modern day epic.

5. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg and her family of scientists are researching on Time and Space as they make a Time travel. This is truly a children’s adventure story but riddled with sci-fi elements.
6. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
A dark fantasy trilogy, this is also written for children but definitely a literature worth higher order.


7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This is a story of a boy named Milo who was bored with everything around him. He received a surprise one day—the tollbooth—which was then his gateway to an entirely different realm.

8. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Such a compelling memoir of the author’s journey to womanhood as a trans woman in Hawaii.


9. Columbine by Dave Cullen
This book explores the events of the school shooting of 1999. It gave an interesting and thorough look at the events leading towards and after the shooting.


10. Love stories of WWII by Larry King
It is a compilation of heart-breaking love stories. If you need a good cry, this book definitely delivers the waterworks!




20 Seriously Underrated Books Every Book Reader Should Read


If you’re planning on adding a few book collections under your belt, here are 20 underrated books every book reader should read:

  1. The Art of Racing In the Rain—by Garth Stein

Told according to the views of a race car driver’s aging dog, it’s filled with human insight and is sure to leave you tearing up.

  1. Heart-Shaped Box—by Joe Hill

This plays on the psychological thriller genre

  1. A Long Fatal Love Chase—by Louisa May Alcott

Written in Enlightenment-style this angsty romance adventure novel is a sure winner.


4. Little, Big—by John Crowley

Another masterpiece, it is a story of Smokey Barnable and his love, Alice, around the postmodern era, as they wrestled with the strange world and life around them.

  1. Ella Minnow Pea—by Mark Dunn

It’s a utopian-to-dystopian story told with progressively fewer letters in every chapter.

  1. The Piano Teacher—by Elfriede Jelinek

The Nobel-awardee, Jelinek, wrote this novel about the abusive relationship within rape culture. It is not entirely an uplifting read but one that is still as essential because of the importance of its subject matter.


7. Wild Seed—by Octavia Butler

This is a great choice if you’re after creative, inspiring and thought-provoking reads.

  1. The Mysterious Island—by Jules Verne

This novel paved the way to modern sci-fi and mystery writing.

  1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being—by Milan Kundera

This has the perfect concoction of philosophical ideas played within a wonderful yet heart-breaking love story.


10. I’ll Give You The Sun—by Jandy Nelson

Such a compelling find dealing with topics like grief, family and LGBTQ issues

  1. Hate List—by Jennifer Brown

This is a story about a high school student who was traumatized after a school shooting.

  1. Mama Black Widow—by Iceberg Slim

This tells a story about LGBT and African American communities no one talks about.

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13. Every Day—by David Levithan

Such a magical story about finding the identity of the self, wherein the main character changes bodies every day.

  1. The Night Circus—by Erin Morgensterm

This offers a new take on magic and love

  1. The Lost Wife—by Alyson Richman

Set before WWII, this is a story of a young couple who was separated by war.


16. The Book of Lost Things—by John Connelly

This gives a twist on classic fairytales

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany—by John Irving

With a conflict so personal and compelling, it’s definitely a must-read!

  1. Jessica Darling—by Megan Cafferty

This book is a great coming of age reference

  1. Fearless—by Eric Blehm

Story of a boy who became a man for his nation

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20. I Am the Messenger—by Markus Zusak

It reminds those in their 20’s that they don’t need to be famous or anyone special to make a huge difference in the world.



10 Tips On Writing Music


In one way or another, we all have that song writer in all of us. So, for those who wish to pursue a career as a song composer or for those who wish to just write simple songs for themselves or their love ones, here are 10 tips to enhance your song writing experience:

Composing Music

1. Define your Goal
Are you writing for yourself or for someone else? This will set the tone and style of your music. If you’re writing for others, bear in mind your target audience when you write. If you’re writing for yourself, you have more freedom.

2. Write the Lyrics
Ask yourself the following questions:
What words do you want to focus on? Are there note lengths or timing that will accommodate certain words better than others will? You can emphasize words with a louder note or a longer note. Experiment with the song and listen to which sounds the best.


3. Listen to other Composers
Learn how your favourite musicians construct their songs. Examine their style, tone and the instruments they used. You can use similar techniques but tweak them out to get a melody that is unique to you.

4. Use Music Composition Software
These programs help a lot through song arrangement. They can also have tools which sound like the instruments that you may not have in real life so you can also incorporate these in your songs. They can seat the beat, playback, input your instruments, or tweak the output to the right note. It’s every composer’s best friend!

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5. Look for inspiration
Musical inspiration can be a person, an experience or your emotion. You can feed on this to motivate you to write the right songs.

6. Have Fun
Don’t be too stiff. For others to enjoy your music, you have to enjoy making it first.


7. Don’t overthink the activity
There is no “right” or “wrong” song in music. It’s probably one of those things you can do and not make a mistake out of.

8. Seek advice and opinion
Have someone else listen to your work so they can give you an initial feedback on what they think should be changed and improved on.


9. Be Unique
Do something different. Do not be afraid to make changes in your style

10. Practice, practice and more practice
Remember, there is no substitute for hard work and practice. The top song composers did a lot of hard work to get to where they are now. Let that be your inspiration for your own chart-topping composition too!




Going To A Music Festival Makes Your Life Happier


Every Millennial nowadays seem to have two things in common in their bucket list:  travel abroad to experience new culture and attend a wild music festival. And yes, nothing screams “freedom” than a wet and wild party with booze on one hand and a sparkler on the other—at this rate, anything can happen!

To them, probably the most common way to describe a “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) moment is attending a music festival of your favorite band or DJ. I mean, imagine: thousands of excited souls, all jumping and dancing to the same beat of the electrifying music under the naked sky lit by fireworks. It’s exhilarating! It’s an adrenaline rush like no other!


However, attending a music festival is not just all about the party. For one, you meet new friends (some even meet their “soul mates”), do things you’ll probably never do somewhere else (i.e. dancing wildly and shouting the songs) and just be yourself without being judged. It’s the kind of experience you will never ever forget after 10, 20, 50 years from now.


So, if you’re still unsure as to how a music festival can make your life happier, let me count the ways:

  1. It lets you see different sites

Music festivals are usually held in the outskirts of a country—far from the hustle and bustle of the city. It gives you the opportunity to see a different view of the world other than the four corners of your office. It gives you an excuse to pack up, unwind at another location and to simply appreciate the world as a whole.


2. It brings along cultures

If you attend a big music festival, one that is internationally recognized, there’s a big chance that people all over the world are attending. This gives you the opportunity to experience how people of different cultural backgrounds unite. This gives you a sense of pride and appreciation for your own culture as well.


3. You get to meet new friends

Among the thousands of attendees, you get a bigger chance of meeting a new friend or two (kudos if you get to gather a new group). This allows you to appreciate people from all walks of life and gives you the chance to share such an incredible experience with those who are also living the YOLO life as you are.


4. You get to appreciate music more

There’s nothing like live, raw music played before your very eyes and ears. Music has an effect on the mind and the health of the listeners. It releases dopamine, a “happy” hormone, giving you a happier perspective in life.

By lack of a better word to describe it, it’s just total “ecstasy”. It’s time to disconnect from your ordinary life for a bit. It’s almost music festival season, what are you still waiting for?




How To Teach Yourself To Play Guitar


Learning how to play a musical instrument gives a lot of rewards. It can be your way to de-stress and relax, increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex or just simply pave a way to learn other instruments or write a song on your own. A guitar is commonly the instrument of choice for beginners—it is handy and easy to play! So, no matter your gender, age or cultural background, it’s never too late to teach yourself how to play the guitar:


1. Determine and buy the right guitar for you

Check your budget and choose if you want an acoustic or an electric guitar. Think about the style of music you want to play. Acoustic guitars play sound through the vibrations produced by the strings. Electric guitars, however, rely on magnets, wrapped in copper wire, to convert the vibration of each string into an electric current. Buy your guitar from a music store not online. Have a friend or employee tune the guitar for you if you’re not familiar with how to tune it yet.

  1. Study and number your strings and frets.

The top most string is the E-string. Label downwards on the following order: E,A,D,G,B and e. The fret furthest from the body is the first fret (going downwards: 2nd, 3rd, etc).

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3. Study a tablature chart

Tab charts usually read as though you have the guitar laid down, facing towards you and not prompt up (so the “e” string is at the top and the “E” string at the bottom). Tabs use numbers on the lines of the chart on to which fret should be played on each string.

    4. Read the tab from left to right


    5. Play multiple notes written on the same alignment at the same time

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    6. Find and learn tabs for your favourite songs

    Music magazines can be a good source or you can search the web for tab charts of your favourite songs.


    7. Practice a pentatonic scale

    You can search online for the finger placement for each scale (A-minor, E-minor, etc). Doing the scales improves finger strength, speed and agility, so even expert players do this often too!


    8. Practice regularly

    Frustration can come in fairly quickly for beginners but always remember nothing good ever comes out from something easy so practice, practice, practice if you want to become a good guitar player!



    Theme Your Room To Music


    Everybody loves music—rock, ballad, classical, pop or others–but whether we are passionate enough to decorate a permanent space, such as our room, to music is another story. We sometimes think this inclination to a genre may be temporary and we don’t want to waste that space in the house by dedicating it to such genre. Luckily, here’s a simple guide for creating a music-themed room without going over the top and is guaranteed to suit your taste for a very long time—just select one area of the room but make it pop among the rest!


    1. Decorating your walls

    Select a lively and vibrant color for the wall and decorate by painting stencilled music notes or using a music-themed wall paper. Keep the design understated, simple yet impactful.


    2. Bed designs

    If you’re choosing to carry out the music theme on your bed, you can do so by choosing using music-themed bed sheets or pillows. You can also paint the head board black and white stripes to mimic the piano keys or opt to customize the shape of your entire bed to your favourite musical instrument (if you’re feeling a little adventurous with the design).


    3. Window Treatments

    You can get black and white striped curtains or ones with music notes printing. You can even use broken pieces of CDs or old vinyl records tied on a string for window chime accents


    4. Wall Accent Details

    This is probably the easiest to modify in the space but gives the biggest impact—you simply use your creativity and imagination! How about an old drum for a wall clock, old vinyl on the walls like balloons or simply store-bought music notes coat hanger?


    5. Area Rugs

    Area rugs can give a bold statement. Black and white striped area rugs can go a long way to highlight your music-themed space!




    8 Surprising Ways Music Affects Your Brain


    Music plays a significant part of our everyday lives. In the early nineties, functional brain imaging fully established how music impacts our brain. You’d be amazed at how different types of music can actually affect different emotions and senses. Read more to find out:

    1. Happy or sad music affects how we see neutral faces.
    One study showed that after hearing a short piece of music, participants were more likely to interpret a neutral expression as happy or sad to match the music that they heard. Also, music triggers perceived emotions. This allows us to understand the emotions of a piece of music without actually feeling them. This is why some people enjoy really sad classical music without being depressed.

    2. Ambient noise can improve creativity
    When it comes to creative work, we don’t really like to hear loud music. Studies showed that moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty, promoting abstract processing, leading to creativity. So, if we struggle (just enough) to process things as we typically would, we resort to more creative approaches.


    3. Music choice says a lot about our personality
    Although this may not hold true to everybody but studies showed that the following connections were found between people and their choice of music:


    Blues Have higher self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
    Jazz Have high self esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
    Classical Have high self esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
    Rap Have high self esteem and are outgoing
    Opera Have high self esteem, are creative and gentle
    Country and western Have high self-esteem and outgoing
    Reggae Have high self esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
    Dance Creative and outgoing but not gentle
    Indie Low self-esteem, creative, not hardworking and not gentle
    Bollywood Creative and outgoing
    Rock/heavy metal Low self esteem, creative, not hardworking, not outgoing, gentle and at ease
    Chart-pop High self esteem, hardworking, outgoing and gentle but not creative and not at ease
    Soul High self esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease

    4. Music can distract us while driving (contrary to common belief)
    Studies have shown that drivers make more mistakes and drove more aggressively when listening to their own choice of music. Unfamiliar, uninteresting music is best for safe driving


    5. Music training can improve your motor and reasoning skills
    Children who had instrument training for 3 or more years were found to be better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills, like understanding and analyzing visual information.


    6. Classical music can improve visual attention
    According to studies, stroke patients showed improved visual attention while listening to classical music.


    7. Listening to others’ phone conversations are more distracting than normal conversations.

    One study focused on noise, rather than music and found that one-sided phone calls are the worst offenders. About 82% of the respondents found overhearing cellphone conversations annoying.


    8. Music helps us exercise
    Listening to music can drown out our brain’s cries for fatigue.