The 5 books that left a hole in my heart

Some books are just a wild roller coaster ride from start to finish – they reach inside of you and mess with your soul. Others have a massive plot twist at the ending that comes out of nowhere and hits you like a freight train and leaves you shattered. There have been many books that left me dazed, confused and frankly just plain upset. Here are 5 of them.

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23 going on 24: another spectacular year

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Ever since I became a One Tree Hill addict when I was 14 (yes, I was that kind of a girl in high school) and first heard Jimmy Eat World play their song 23 , I’ve been obsessed with being 23. I always expected it to be the most spectacular year of my life, a year when incredible things would happen. And on the eve of my 24th birthday I’m sitting here thinking – it actually was. Wonderful. Filled with surprises. Amazing. Unexpected. Hectic. My own kind of spectacular.

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Universal travel truths and valuable lessons

A gorgeous view over Sydney, August 2013

A gorgeous view over Sydney, August 2013

It is a truth universally known that traveling is a life-changing, soul-enriching, heart-warming experience. But contrary to popular belief, it’s not all rainbows and candy canes. Yes, you will meet inspiring people, see mind-blowing sunsets, and experience unforgettable moments on magical beaches. However, there will also be moments of loneliness and adversity. Moments when the only thing you seem capable of is booking the first flight home and lie in your own bed for 17 years. Here are a few things I’ve learned the hard way that may help you through your hardships.

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The Bare Essentials: 5 unmissable carry-on items

If only I’d look as cool as Kanye wearing my carry-ons.

Apparently many of you were interested to read my personal 5 unmissable backpacking items so I decided you voyeurists might enjoy another intrusion on my personal life and learn about the 5 things that I always carry with me on flights. Whether it’s a one-hour trip to London or two twelve-hour flights to Australia (cue horrified shudders), I will never get on a plane without these 5 personal holy grails.

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The book I wish I’d written: The Spectacular Now

the-spectacular-nowAs a writer, you’ll always have that one book that you wish you had written yourself, whether it’s because of the gripping narrative style, the mind-blowing plot, or the realistically complex characters. The Spectacular Now is mine.

Allow me to paint you a little picture. It’s February. It’s cold, windy, and terribly dreary outside. I’m suffering from what feels like the worst flu in the history of humanity. After two days of high fever, stomach cramps, and thumping headaches, I decide that the only way that I’m getting through this is with the help of a good book. I reach for my saddeningly high pile of new books and come up with The Spectacular Now.

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