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5 Book Worlds to Read About for When You Need an Escape

Go to these places where none of your problems can follow.
IMAGE Romina Russel |, Random House, Scholastic Books

Stress. It's something we all deal with: at school, at work, in life—there's always something to worry about, something weighing on the mind and shoulders. Although it may be tempting to power up your laptop and escape to the realm of Netflix at times like these, reading a book or two can provide the same amount of entertainment and distraction while keeping your brain alert enough to focus when it's time to buckle down. Here are five book series and worlds that provide what we've all been searching for: a place where you may go and none of your problems can follow.

  1. Zodiac by Romina Russell

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This brilliantly intricate intergalactic universe is set far in the distant future; long after the Earth we know now has collapsed. The galaxy is comprised of twelve planets, each based off a separate sign such as Aries or Cancer, and each bringing a different strength, such as military or innovation, to the Zodiac. The planets are each separate worlds in their own right, offering different ways of life to their people and operating under different forms of government.

Within this world, Rho Grace, a 16-year-old girl from House Cancer, is sent reeling when a seemingly natural disaster strikes her home, causing her even more distress when she is suddenly named House Cancer's new leader. When disasters start striking all over the Zodiac, Rho suspects that something, or someone, is hiding behind the darkness in the sky causing the mayhem—but who would believe her?

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass


America Singer is a caste Five, three castes up from the bottom. In Illéa, what caste you are determines your social and economic status, what you do, and how fairly you are treated. When America is accepted into The Selection (a televised process very similar to The Bachelor) and given the chance to compete for prince's heart, she agrees, but only to help her family out of financial hardship. There's just one problem: she's already in love—with Aspen, that is, a boy from the caste below hers. America is prepared to join the Selection and stay in just long enough for her family to reap the benefits—but what she isn't prepared for is the charming Prince Maxon.

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


This goes without saying. Every aspect of this magical world has been thoroughly thought out by none other than J.K. Rowling; from the classes the students take at Hogwarts to the magical plants and creatures and how to handle each one, this world seems so detailed and realistic that it almost seems to coexist with us Muggles (non-magical people). And who's to say that it doesn't? The world has even been expanded on multiple platforms, giving it a rich magical history and fully fleshed out main and minor characters.

Though it is a fairly long series (seven books strong!) every word is well worth the read, and rereading never hurts, either. Harry Potter is always a valid, and effective, escape.

  1. Matched by Ally Condie


In a dystopian world where everything from who you love to when you die is controlled, art is censored, limited, and all choices are predicted, deception reigns supreme behind the Society's perfectly manufactured façade. When Cassia, the protagonist, is matched with her best friend, she can practically feel the pieces of her life falling into place. But when the wrong boy's face comes up on the screen, Cassia begins to question the Society she has always trusted before.

  1. The Alchemyst: The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott


Subject of a mysterious prophecy, twins Sophie and Josh Newman find their lives turned upside-down when the immortal alchemyst Nicholas Flamel pulls them into a millennia-long battle against the Elder Race, a power-hungry race older than humankind. The secret to Flamel's immortality lies in one place: the Book of Abraham the Mage, which in the wrong hands has the power to destroy the world—a power the Elder Race desperately wants. Myth and magic run rampant in modern day San Francisco, making it the perfect place to read yourself away to.

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Eren Rodriguez 21 hours ago

This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________


It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie 21 hours ago


One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020

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