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Year-end wrap-up and some amazing recommendations

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When it comes to discovering and loving underrated books, 2020 has been an amazing year. As of 17th November 2020, I’ve read 74 books and loved most of them with all my heart.

Since most of these amazing books — especially the fiction recommendations — are fairly underrated, you might not have come across them. And so, I decided to write a year-end post dedicated to the best books I’ve read in 2020.

Be prepared to have your heart stolen by just how AMAZING these books are.

(Note: The links mentioned in this article are affiliate links. If you choose to purchase these books through these links, it will help me earn a small amount of money — at no extra cost to you. …

They are barely an hour long and available for FREE!

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What’s better for some quick weekend reading than an amazing novella with a well-detailed world and fully-fleshed-out characters?

Fortunately for the readers all over the world, there are some truly amazing, yet underrated novellas available for free. In this post, I’ve listed three of my absolute favourites. They span different genres and each has its unique taste. You can pick them up and read them in less than an hour.

Trust me, these novellas are so good, they will leave you smiling and wanting more. The one hour spent in reading will be the highlight of your day.

Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Science fiction
Number of pages…

How convenient to it is to hide your own atrocities and make sure your children never learn of them

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This is the story of Kamala Bhattacharya — a 16-year-old girl from the Indian state of Assam, who died protecting her mother tongue, Bengali. A story I was shielded from all through my life; her history and legacy hushed up and pushed behind a facade of perfection.

I was born in Guwahati, the largest city of Northeastern India, a land fed and watered by the mighty Brahmaputra river. I always prided myself in the history of my state: how my ancestors had cleverly thwarted all attempts by the Mughals to conquer the land, how Assam had remained fiercely independent when most of South East Asia was under the Mughal rule. …

Yet-to-be-released books I can’t wait to get my hands on

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2020 is about to draw to a close. Like I mentioned in my article about the best books I read this year, I’ve been fortunate to discover some amazing reads. I’ve never felt as inspired and this much in love with characters in a book before.

That being said, 2021 has some pretty exciting new releases lined up and I can’t wait to dig right into these amazing reads. This article compiles seven of the most intriguing books to be released the next year. The books are listed in the order of how much I’m excited, why, and their release dates. …

Stop expecting big wins with minimal effort.

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As an independent content creator, I often find myself getting super impatient. I put in hours of hard work writing an article or editing a video for my YouTube channel, and then get disappointed when it doesn’t reach the number of likes or views I’d hoped it would.

There was a time when I used to obsessively check my stats, often deleting lower-performing pieces, and re-publishing them after a while. With time, I’ve realised that obsessing over stats is futile. No matter how much effort you put into crafting the perfect piece, the audience might not resonate with it right then. …

Heart-warming novels that embody the holiday spirit of love, family, and friendship

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It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting steadily chilly, the fires have started crackling, and the smell of freshly-baked cakes is wafting through the air in gay abandon.

However, 2020 has been a stressful year for most, and it might be difficult to get into the holiday mood to say goodbye to a year filled with such tumultuous highs and lows. To combat that, this article lists three warm and uplifting books to get you into those feelings of comfort and joy in no time.

After all, the spirit of Christmas and Thanksgiving is represented by three emotions: love, family, and friendship. The books listed here embody these emotions perfectly. The stories don’t necessarily have a Christmas setting, but they will get you feeling warm, happy, and all set for the holiday season up ahead. These books are also relatively short, so you can read them in a few days and have all the right emotions in the days leading up to Christmas. …

Science-backed ways of not falling into the trap of needing to be productive all the time.

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If you feel the need to be productive all the time, you’re not alone. But is it necessary to be productive 100% of the time to be successful? Working too hard for too long can lead to burnout, which, as researchers have established, can erode your values, dignity, spirit and will. According to studies, burnout impairs both personal and social functioning, thus contributing to a decline in the quality of work and interpersonal relationships. It’s characterised by three elements:

  • Exhaustion: When you feel like you can no longer keep working, no matter how hard you try.
  • Cynicism: When you experience a state of fatigue or frustration because your way of life or relationship failed to produce the expected reward. …

Not all friends are good for your mental health. But you can decide on your boundaries.

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When I moved to a new city, Niyati was my only friend. She helped me set up my place and provided company on evenings I’d otherwise have spent alone. On the surface, everything was great and I had a wonderful friend. But deep down, I felt depleted, as if I had to spend a lot of energy trying to stay happy while spending time with her.

She liked to talk a lot about herself, which was fine. But the moment I started sharing my story, she would cut me off, changing the topic as if my words weren’t important. She made casual remarks about my weight, saying I needed to start working out. …

The life-changing realisation a bad breakup taught me

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There was a time in my life when I used to wake up feeling like there was a heavy weight on my chest. I didn’t want to leave my bed, dress up, and go to college. I kept pushing my roommate away when she asked me to accompany her to the dining room. I spent my days alone, staring at my phone, hoping for it to ring.

Waiting for a message from that one person I knew wouldn’t text me back.

I was losing weight. My hair was falling out. My professors had started asking my friends what was up with me: why was I missing so many classes. The people around me tried to reach out, and my phone was full of missed calls and unanswered messages. I was falling, and I didn’t know how to stop. …

Standing up for yourself is hard. But if you’re polite and considerate, you can do it.

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I struggle so hard to say “No”, I fear I might have borderline people-pleasing tendencies. Oregon-based therapist Erika Myers, defines people-pleasing as “editing or altering your words and behaviours for the sake of another person’s feelings or reactions.”

If you feel you can connect with this, chances are, you struggle with saying “No” too. While it’s never healthy to “edit yourself” to accommodate another person’s feelings, people-pleasing might not really be your core problem. Maybe your desire to make others happy is merely a symptom of a deeper issue. According to psychotherapist and psychology instructor, Amy Morin, “the eagerness to please stems from self-worth issues. …

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