NaNoWriMo!

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NaNoWriMo is approaching!!!

If you didn’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and takes place in November every year. Basically, it motivates writers to write a full book (more like first draft honestly) of 50k words in 30 days. It is really fun and this will be my 3rd time participating and I cannot wait! I achieved the 50k words my first year, but was super busy last year so I didn’t get a chance to. This year though, I am determined to win and couldn’t be more excited. It will be a long and difficult journey, but that is why I will be uploading blog posts of motivation and tips throughout November to help you, and also myself! I will also be uploading prep posts throughout October, similar to what I did for Camp NaNoWriMo. Anyways, if you have never heard of this or if you are still not sure if you want to participate and are a writer, I encourage you to participate even if you are not positive you can reach the goal of 50k. It is a fun journey where you learn more about yourself as a writer and learn what works best for you.

That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

I have completed a book!!! After about an odd, irregular month of not really reading, and finishing NO books, I have finished a book. That book is Geekerella by Ashley Poston, a fun, geeky, and relatable contemporary following two different characters, Elle, a passionate fan of a sci-fi TV called Starfield, and Darien, a teenage actor who is casted as the main character in the new Starfield revamp. Overall I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was cute, fast paced and just what I needed to pull myself out of my reading slump. I do think I would have liked it more if I read it while I wasn’t in a reading slump, but I did enjoy it. To hear more of my thoughts on this book, stay tuned for my September 2017 Wrap Up which will hopefully consist of more than one book! Right now, I am about two chapters into my next read, which is Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I have read this book about 3 times already…but honestly I think it is the perfect fall read! Anyways, I hopefully will finish that in the next 7 or so days but I am looking forward to re-immersing myself in this world.

Writing time! So I submitted a short story to this writing conference, where the prize is a scholarship that pays for my ticket to go there. I am really hoping I win (obviously), and I will find out on September 30th so fingers crossed. Other than that, I really need to start on my other story for this other writing contest, which has a deadline of October 1st and a maximum word count of 17,000 words…so yeah I need to get started.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: October TBR 2017!

October 2017 TBR!

September wasn’t the best reading month, but I plan on turning things around in the month of October. I tried to choose books that gave me a cozy or dark vibe, so here are the books I plan to read!

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Dream Thieves is the second book in The Raven Cycle series, which is a dark, whimsical series that follows a unique cast of characters. In the first book, The Raven Boys, we follow Blue, a sixteen year old girl from a family of psychics who had never showed any signs of possessing the same gift. That is, until one night when the soon-to-be dead walk by, and she sees one named Gansey. Things get complicated though, when she meets the not-yet-dead version of Gansey in real life, and she struggles to figure out what how they are connected. There is also a bit of Welsh mythology in this series which I thought was really cool, and I overall really enjoyed the first book and hopefully I enjoy this one too!

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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This book has so much hype around it so I thought it was about time I pick it up. It is also going to become a movie that comes out sometime in 2018 and stars Nick Robinson as well as some other very popular actors. Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda, follows our main character named Simon, who is not-so-openly gay. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at the risk of being exposed unless he plays wingman for the class clown, Martin. I haven’t read a book like this, but since everyone who has read it loves it, I have no doubt I will too.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Grier

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Honestly, this is the perfect book to read during the fall time because it is dark and has magic. It is just a book that I can picture reading on a rainy day with a cup of earl grey tea…specifically earl grey tea. Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwen who comes from a family of time travelers, but it is her cousin Charlotte who is believed to possess the gene. But when Gwen finds herself transported back to the past, secrets slowly begin to unravel and the spotlight is shone on her as she is thrust into the world of time traveling, along with her annoyingly handsome counterpart, Gideon. I love, love, love this book and talking about it makes me want to not only re read it, but watch the movie as well!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (Graphic Novel)

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I have been meaning to read this graphic novel since I bought it…but just haven’t. I am committed to read it once I finish Geekerella by Ashley Poston, and I am so excited to read a book I love in graphic novel format! This is the third book in the Percy Jackson series, which follows a boy named Percy Jackson who is brought to a special camp called Camp Half-Blood, which is for people like him, demigods. The books are filled with quests, adventure and action, along with awesome characters that you can’t help but love!

That is all for my October 2017 TBR, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: October 2017 Talk!

October 2017 Talk!

October is approaching at a rapid pace and I am ready to welcome it with open arms. October is easily one of my favourite months because it is 100% fall, there are amazing Disney movies out and also Halloween! There are also a few books to make it more exciting, and here are the ones I am looking forward to.

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All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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If you didn’t know, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of The Raven Cycle series, which I am slowly making my way through and am ultimately enjoying. Now since that series has concluded, she is coming out with a brand new book and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I personally like going into Maggie Stiefvater’s books without knowing or understanding the synopsis, but I can tell this is going to be a dark and whimsical book just like all of her others. October 10, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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 I know I am not the biggest John Green fan, but I always read his books so I know eventually I will pick up this one too. Turtles All the Way Down follows sixteen year old Aza, who for the prize of $100,000, investigates the mystery of the fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett with the help of her friend Daisy. This seems a bit different than what John Green usually writes but nonetheless, I am interested to see what it is like. October 10, 2017

Sadly there were no movies I was really looking forward to, but those are the few books I am excited to get my hands on! I hope you enjoyed this quick October 2017 Talk, and don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update.

 

 

 

Reading/Writing Update!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston is still my current read, and while I still haven’t made too much progress in it, I am still really enjoying it! I am about a quarter of the way through but I plan on finishing it by Monday because I have an extra day off of school thankfully. Before this year, I had always been busy but easily managed to stay on top of my blog, reading and school, but this year I am really struggling! Sadly, I have to cut down my blog posts to Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, rather than Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. It is also really sad to look back at last year and see that my average reading a month was anywhere from 3-5 books, and now my average is 1 or less. Hopefully by October I will be able to juggle everything better, but for now this is my current situation. Anyways, back to the reading part of this update, like I said, I want to finish Geekerella by Monday and then jump into one of the other books on my TBR!

Thankfully I have been writing lately, and even submitted to a contest last night which I am very excited about! I have another deadline that is the first day of October that I need to meet, so this weekend and the next coming weeks I will be writing a story for that. This month will be an active writing month and I cannot wait to get back into more writing!

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Favourite Fall Films and also leave some suggestions of blog posts you want to see!

Favourite Fall Films!

Fall means Halloween which means amazing movies, so here are some recommendations to get you in the fall/Halloween mood!

Twitches & Twitches Too

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I cannot even begin to explain the love I have always had for these movies. When I was about ten or eleven I watched these movies for the first time and absolutely adored them, and to this day I still do! Twitches follows two girls named Alex and Cam who are not only long lost twins, but witches too, and on their 21st birthdays they are reunited and discover the truths of their pasts. This is a movie enjoyable for any age honestly, and if you haven’t seen these movies then definitely check them out!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Not only do the Harry Potter movies give you the dark and cozy vibe you want during the fall, but for a good portion of the movie they have a Halloween feast! If you didn’t know…Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows eleven year old Harry Potter who discovers that he is a wizard, and that he is enrolled in a magical boarding school called Hogwarts where he will learn to use his powers for the greater good. There is darkness and magic and ultimately Harry Potter is a fantastic thing to watch and read during the fall, or really any time of the year.

Insidious

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You can’t not watch a horror movie during the fall/Halloween time, so I had to throw one in. I recently watched this movie and I really enjoyed it. It was creepy and eerie and was exactly the horror movie I needed. Insidious follows a family who moves into this old house, and after there son slips and falls off a ladder while exploring the attic, he goes into a coma. Later on the parents learn that their son isn’t in a coma because of the fall, but because he has traveled to far into the spirit realm and it is up to them to try and get him back. The second one is also really good and I recommend it!

Halloweentown

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Halloweentown is another childhood movie that I think almost everyone watched…but anyways I have to put it on the list for those of you who haven’t seen it yet! It follows a girl named Marnie and her family, who have never been able to go out on Halloween or even go trick or treating because their mother won’t let them. But when their grandmother comes, secrets come out as Marnie discovers she is a witch. This is such a fun movie and everyone should watch it.

Those are a few of my favourite fall/Halloween movies and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Fall Reading Recommendations!

 

Fall Reading Recommendations!

Fall is my favourite month because the weather has cooled down so it isn’t 100 hundred degrees anymore, and it is the perfect time of the year to curl up and read a good book with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Personally, I feel like the books I read in the fall are more heavy and dark books, so here are a few recommendations!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is the perfect book to read in the fall because it is dark and mystical and is definitely a page turner. The Raven Boys follows a cast of different characters and one of them is Blue Sargent, a girl from a family of psychics who doesn’t seem to possess the same gift. That is until one night she sees a ghost of the soon-to-be dead and he introduces himself as Gansey. Blue is mystified at how she could see him, but when she meets the real Gansey one day, things flip upside down. I really enjoyed this book and am excited to continue on with the series this fall!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Throne of Glass is a dark, high fantasy series that has magic and assassins, and is overall a very complex and interesting story. While I am not a huge fan of the books after book two, I did really enjoy this first one and am dying to give it a re read. Throne of Glass follows an assassin named Calaena Sardothian who has been let out of a slave camp so she can participate in a tournament to become the king’s personal assassin. There is a lot of action, romance and adventure and while it has been a while since I first read it, I remember that I loved it!

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

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I would say all of Stephen King’s books are very dark, so I had to add one to the list. This is the first book in The Dark Tower series, which has been recently adapted into a movie. Since I have only seen the movie and haven’t read the book (yet), and since the setting sounds pretty complex I won’t try to explain it because I would probably not do it justice! It does sounds like a very adventurous and entertaining read though, and am excited to get to it this fall.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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This is a contemporary book that follows a girl named Mia Hall. Mia strives to get accepted into Julliard and live out her dreams of playing the cello, but that is all jeopardized when she and her family get into a car crash. We follow Mia in the past and present, and learn more about her as well as what is going on around her during the crash. This is also a movie, which I really enjoyed, and is dark and sad, but also happy and fluffy a lot of the time!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games may be one of the darkest books out there because of its concept…but I think that is what makes it so appealing. The Hunger Games, if you didn’t know, follows our main character Katniss who lives in a society where at the age of 12, you are reaped among others to participate in the Hunger Games, where 24 kids are placed in an arena and forced to kill each other to win. The movies are amazing and the books are also good and very fall appropriate so definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

Those are five book recommendations for fall and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

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Slowly I am getting back into the swing of things and it feels so good honestly. This morning a read about 30 pages of Geekerella by Ashley Poston, which I am very much enjoying at the moment, and have no doubt that I will keep enjoying it. Fingers crossed I can finish it by the end of the weekend, but we will see! Once I finish Geekerella, I plan on picking up The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King, which is the first book in The Dark Tower series. I watched the movie and really liked the storyline and the entire atmosphere of the movie because it was unlike anything I have watched. My friend, who has read the first book, said the book was way better than the movie so I knew I had to pick it up and give it a read. This will be my first Stephen King book and I am so excited and curious to see how I like it!

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Finally I have writing things to update on! I mean, I haven’t actually written anything yet, but I have some stories lined up to submit to different contests. I am really excited to start writing again, but after not writing for a few weeks it will be a challenge to come up and write 7 different stories all of the sudden! All of the deadlines are between now and the end of October, but some of those deadlines are approaching very fast so I need to get started.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: My New and Improved September TBR!

New and Improved September TBR!

Ok, so I have decided to toss my original TBR aside and create a new one because I don’t plan on reading a single book I originally planned to… School started on Tuesday and it has been hectic since trying to get settled into my new school and classes, so I apologize for having no post up on Wednesday but I plan to stay on top of my schedule from now on! Anyways, here is my new and improved TBR for September 2017:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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I was really excited to read this when I heard the plot, but didn’t end up buying it until a week or two ago. Regardless, I have it now and am several chapters in. I am super pumped to see what I think of this hyped up contemporary but I have no doubt I will love it! Geekerella follows our main character, Elle, who is a massive fan of her father’s favourite TV show, Starfield. When she sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield she enters it to win a ticket to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and winning could make all her fangirl dreams a reality. Geekerella will be a very relatable and fun read which will hopefully get me out of my reading slump that is rapidly growing.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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This is a book I love to read when it is the back-to-school season, which it currently is, so it is a perfect time to pick up this book and give it a re read. This follows a girl named Annabel who looks like she has a perfect life from the outside, but the inside is a totally different story. Over the summer she lost her best friend, it is revealed her sister is struggling from an eating disorder, and Annabel herself is struggling with the realization that she doesn’t want to model anymore, but modeling is something her mother desperately wants for her. Feeling isolated and like she doesn’t belong, she suddenly meets another outcast named, Owen and they form an unlikely relationship. I remember really enjoying this book so I am excited to pick it up again after about a year!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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For some reason I am dying to re read The Dark Artifices trilogy, well the first two books in it anyways. I miss the characters and need more Mark and Christina!!! If you didn’t know, Lady Midnight follows a cast of characters we briefly met in Cassandra Clare’s other series and continues on in the complex Shadowhunter world. I can’t really say much else because you need to read all of her other books before jumping into this trilogy, but there is action and demons and it is definitely worth reading!

Those are the three books I plan on reading this month and fingers crossed I can get them done! I have nine classes I am juggling right now so my mind is a mess, but hopefully reading will take away the stress like it usually does. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Bingeable TV Series!

Bingeable TV Series!

I made a blog post earlier on about bingeable book series, and since I love TV so much I decided to make a bingeable TV series post as well. These are TV series that have finished or are quite a few seasons in, that are very bingeable and addictive. A lot of these shows are pretty popular, but I threw a few that I don’t hear about that often in as well so I hope you enjoy!

The Vampire Diaries

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I obviously had to start with my favourite TV show of all time because it is amazing, and one of the most bingeable series out there. The Vampire Diaries just wrapped up its final season (season 8) last fall which was really sad but I suppose all good things must come to an end. This series follows a girl named Elena Gilbert who after the death of her parents, meets a mysterious boy named Stefan Salvatore who saves her from the sadness she felt about her parents. With Stefan in her life, secrets unravel and truths rise up not only about Stefan, but about Elena that she never knew. If you haven’t watched this series just go watch it because even though it has its cheesy, cliche moments (quite often too) it  is fantastic!

Once Upon a Time

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Honestly, I have no idea if they are done filming this TV show because this past season has NOT been a favourite of mine at all. However, the first five seasons are really enjoyable in my opinion, and definitely deserve to be watched. I love watching this TV show during the winter because it is dark and cold outside, which perfectly reflects the mood of Once Upon a Time. Once Upon a Time follows a cast of characters who do not remember that they are fairy tale characters placed in the real world by the evil queen, and it is up to the queen’s son, Henry to find the savior and bring her back to Storybrook to break the curse. If you like fairy tales you will adore this TV show because I know I did!

Castle

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Castle is a murder mystery TV show that follows famous writer, Richard Castle as he works with the New York Police Department to solve homicides in research for his new books. I absolutely adore this TV series because while it is calculating and intriguing with its murders and situations, it is also funny and witty due to the amazing characters. Castle recently wrapped up its final season last year (season 8) and I was so devastated because the show is so great and deserved a little more air time!

The 100

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This is one show that I have been watching since day one and it is an emotional roller coaster let me tell you. The 100 follows a group of teenaged prisoners who had been sent down to post-apocalyptic earth hundreds of years after a nuclear war to see if the ground is survivable. Because the ground may not be survivable, they had lived in space for hundreds of years but it is time they return to earth, but they learn to question whether or not the earth is still survivable and if they are the only ones down there?.You will want to watch this show non stop because it leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting more, which is the best reaction to a TV show you can get!

Grey’s Anatomy

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You cannot help but binge Grey’s Anatomy because it is so dramatic and addicting that it takes over your life for a few weeks. Grey’s Anatomy follows a group of interns at the hospital, Seattle Grace, as they try to become doctors and figure out what they want in life. That is my basic description of it but there is so much more that goes down and it is just amazing. Go watch it!!!

Merlin

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I found this TV show a few years ago and flew through it because it was really good. It takes place during the age when King Arthur was alive, and follows our main characters Merlin, who is struggling to understand the powers he has, and Arthur, a young man who is also struggling to understand his destiny. There is lots of mystic and magic which I really enjoyed, and now thinking about this TV show I really feel like rewatching it!

Those are a few bingeable TV shows and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: August 2017 Wrap Up!