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1984 by George Orwell

This is my second time reading 1984. The first time was my senior year of high school for my term paper. At the time, I was in love with the book; I thought it was one of the greatest books ever written. When it was listed on my 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list, I was excited to read it again. This time, I wasn't as impressed. The writing is great, the plot is strong, but it didn't hold the magic it did all that time ago.

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth, Minitru in Oceania, "correcting" documents so that they reflect the "truth." He goes through his day without thinking about much, he doesn't have to; Big Brother does all of the thinking. But Winston has vague memories of his childhood, and stories that his mother told him, it hasn't always been this way, and occasionally, he thinks of that and wonders what is was like before everything was decided for them. When Winston meets Julia, he slowly begins to rebel. But Big Brother sees…

The Dwellers Saga and the Country Saga by David Estes

This series really caught me by surprise. I had bought the audio book on Audible because they had The Moon Dwellers, The Star Dwellers, and The Sun Dwellers all together in one bundle. I didn't think I was going to love it, but it had an interesting aspect to it. So, I started. About halfway through the first book, I realized this was something that had really piqued my interest, so I did some searching on Goodreads and saw that there was a fourth, The Earth Dwellers, that wasn't included in the bundle. Turns out, it combines the Dwellers Saga with another series, the Country Saga, and that you shouldn't read it until finishing the other six books. Well, now I had to finish all of it, and David Estes did not disappoint.

The People Who Live Under Ground
The Dwellers series starts out by explaining that a huge meteorite was coming towards the Earth and so the American people built a shelter beneath the surface of the Earth that eventually evolved into three realms: Star, Moon…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

With all of the crazy going on in the world right now, it was really nice to read a book that is just positive. The Alchemist is filled with hope and dreams and makes you believe anything you set your mind to is achievable. But there is also a lot of simple truths in the book, making it full of life lessons.

The Alchemist follows the path of Santiago, who is a shepherd that dreams of travelling the world. That is one of the reasons he became a shepherd; they don't stay in one place and are always meeting new people. But after a chance meeting with a great king, Santiago finds out that he is so close to discovering his Personal Legend if he just travels to Egypt and finds the treasure. Going out on a limb, Santiago travels to Egypt, but this is just the start of his journey. As his search for his Personal Legend takes him to places he never dreamed of, we learn bits about the people who enter his life and how they influence his decisions, and how he influences theirs.

There are a lot…