Piecing Together THE Idea – Tips, Tricks & Steps

 

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Happy Wednesday!

If you read my last blog post, I talked about how I was re-defining my blog regarding the content I post (still books, writing, and whatnot, just more creative!), buuut this blog post is not part of that. Of course, I put a lot of effort into this blog post as I always do, but my new, vamped up content is in progress and yet to come. Get excited though because I am! Anyways, today I will be sharing some tips and all that fun stuff on getting a story idea and what to do next. I hope this is helpful!

Getting the Idea:

TIP #1: Focus On the Bare Bones of the Idea Rather Than the Big Picture – Thinking of the beginning, middle, and end before you even a concept of an idea can not only be intimidating but hinder your ability to flesh out an interesting and fleshed out story. Instead, focus on a simple, few word outline of an idea and slowly build off of that. Example: A bus ride; what happens on the bus ride?; who is on the bus ride?; where is the bus going?

The Next Steps:

  • Build Off That Idea Via Point Form – This makes it easier to organize, think of, keep track of, and continue building off of all your thoughts and ideas
  • Determine the Theme – This is helpful when determining how you want your story to sound tone wise as well. It may not seem very important at first, but if you know what you want your story to sound like, writing it will be so much easier! What do I mean by sound? Well, that refers to if your story is more upbeat, dark, powerful, etc, etc
  • Give Your Character Depth By Giving Them One Unique Quality – Of course, you should develop your main character a lot more than giving them just ONE interesting quality, but when it comes to the early stages of writing a story, this makes it SO much easier to write your story. I am a firm believer in planning the basic outline of your story, writing the first draft to see what works and whatnot, AND THEN going back to fully outline everything.
  • Focus On One Part At a Time: Beginning, Middle, and then the End – Come Up With At Least 3 Plot Points for Beginning, Middle + End – These will act as almost connecting tissue for the bones of your idea (whatever is the beginning, middle + end), making your story better.
  • One Liner Ending – Again, the more concise in the beginning stages the better. Come up with your ending and translate it into one single sentence. This will make the writing part easier, trust me! This will also allow you to have more creative freedom when it comes to your ending, how you get there, and what exactly happens because you won’t have a super detailed outline that you need to follow…unless that is how you write best.

Quick Tips:

  1. Point Form – I mentioned this above but I just need to do it again. Point form keeps things quick and simple, making it a lot easier to follow when writing!
  2. Remember A Story Comes in Pieces – All of my steps above are the bits and pieces that you will need to string together in order to write a concise and full story. You need all the parts, maybe even some more. When I write this way, I write faster and more efficiently which is always amazing.
  3. Writing Fills In A Lot of Gaps – Unless you are a hardcore plotter, it is important to remember that writing will fill in a lot of gaps you notice in your outline when in the planning stages. Sometimes, we just can’t come up with a reasonable solution or plot point or answer for our outline, and a lot of the times, just writing the story is the best way to solve it! It results in a more creative and free story that flows all nicely together.

Those are my tips and tricks and steps when it comes to piecing together your story idea, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Re-Defining My Blog!

Happy Monday!

I took an unintentional week off blogging for no reason other than a week passed and I realized I never pre-wrote any blog posts…For the last few days though, I’ve been trying to come up with my usual blog content to post for the coming weeks, and honestly, I’ve been stumped. Don’t get me wrong, I do have some ideas but they are a little more creative than what I usually post, and they would also take a little bit more time to write up. However, I still want to be consistent with my current blog schedule because I love posting so often! So, I have decided to kind of…re-define my blog in a way that allows and encourages me to expand my creativity with blog posts and I’m going to share with you all what that means.

What has triggered my sudden desire to revamp my blog content?

Well, reading. I love reading, and I hope you all know that by now because 1) a lot of my content relates back to books and 2) my blog is literally called mylifewithbooks. But I’ve been reading a lot of different genres and types of books that I don’t normally pick up. I always talk about the importance of expanding your reading tastes, and I do that as well because of how essential it is as a reader, writer, and overall curious person. Just something about what I’ve been reading lately has sparked more creativity in me. And I love it!

So, what have I been reading lately? 

We have some classic contemporary, some tragedy/revenge, some inspiring creative non-fiction, and even some YA fantasy. All very different but all eye-opening to me; a young reader, writer, blogger, person-thing. Each one is inspiring me to be more ambitious and courageous with my creative projects, choices, thoughts, ideas, etc, etc, etc.

One thing I want to do this year with my blog is to share more of my own personal work which ties into the whole idea of re-vamping my blog. Whether that is my short stories, screenplays (I’ve only written one and it was for my writing class, but it was SO much fun that I might do more in the future), stage plays, creative non-fiction pieces, reviews, or whatever my little writer heart desires. I just want to post more of that on this platform I created and get my voice out there.

I still want to post things about what I’m reading, what I will be reading, and writing tips and whatnot, but I want to spruce things up a little. However, this type of content I aspire to write will take a little more time to create so I think I will permanently knock off the Friday blog posts and only post on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday (my reading + writing updates). I am a fairly quick writer, so the writing part of these new posts won’t take long but crafting and molding them into what I want them to be will. Like any writing project goes really. Also, editing. One other thing I want, no, NEED to work on this year is taking the time to thoroughly edit my posts. I usually proofread my posts once, maybe twice, and then boom, I post it. To make my content even better and more “professional”, I want to make sure my posts are better edited. Again, this will take up a tiny bit more time, but not much.

Besides, I think we all prefer content that is made with 110% of a person’s effort rather than some half-assed post, right?

To conclude this rambly post, I don’t know when we will start seeing this shiny brand new content on my blog, but I’m hoping before February is over! This past weekend was the first weekend, maybe in the history of time itself, that I barely had any homework so hopefully, past me took advantage of it. I’m going to be reading, writing, blogging, and just exuding all my pent up creative energy that I’ve been hoarding for a few weeks now. It is pounding at me to be let free, and since I am only the host of it all, I must comply!

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Life Update – Books, Writing, Blogging + More!

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Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! I hope the week is treating you well so far, and hopefully, the rest of the week is even better. Today, I am going to be doing something a liiitle bit different because I think it is about time for a life update. I don’t think I’ve done one of these ever, but you got to start somewhere, right? Also, I haven’t done a reading and writing update in like two weeks so I thought I would add that in here as well. Anyways, let’s get into it.

Due to a wonderful feature on WordPress that lets you pre-write blog posts and schedule them ahead of time, you might not have noticed that in the last month or so, I’ve been slacking with the blogs. I was pretty good through the Biannual Bibliothon but every now and then, I miss an upload day. Which, is not a big deal because I am all for trying to stick to my schedule but I’m never mad if I miss a day because life happens. Sometimes I cannot find inspiration to write a blog post ANYWHERE, or school has completely taken over my life and trying to write a blog post would basically be a wasted hour where I could have put towards my never-ending pile of homework…those are kind of the cases, but also not really.

Overall, I am a pretty social person. I love going out and doing things, getting out of my comfort zone and just being with friends. However, since last year (my grade 11 year) was my first year at a new school (my…sixth school?) and while I’ve done this rodeo before, I decided to focus more on school than making friends. I still went out every now and then, but I spent a lot of time on school, blogging, writing, and reading which was GREAT because I got a lot of good stuff accomplished in 2017/2018. However, this year I’ve expanded my friend group a little bit and have suddenly found myself juggling all of my passions and school and now a “bubbling” social life. This sounds so lame but it is really hard to do all of this without wanting to pass out in bed at 8pm!

This week, I’ve been dedicating it to find balance amongst all this craziness but it’s been a struggle. I have done little things here and there to squeeze in time for the things I love. Suddenly, working out has become a favourite hobby? Pasttime? Of mine, and it is great because it works on my mental health and physical health at the same time. So that’s great. I haven’t found it hard to find time for working out because it is a wonderful way to procrastinate. Next comes reading because when was the last time I read more than 10 pages in one day? Hmm, couldn’t tell you honestly. I really want to change that, so to get back in the habit of reading, I’m trying to take a bath or two a week because that is really the only way I won’t get distracted while reading. So far, it has been successful because I read 30ish pages of Pride and Prejudice and am now only 100 pages away from finishing it!

One other thing I’ve been struggling with amongst time management is reigniting my passion for writing. Don’t get me wrong, I still loooove writing with all my heart and I know it is what I’m meant to do, but I’ve been so focused on writing for this contest or this literary magazine or this writing assignment that it’s felt more like a chore than a choice. This really sucks, and I’m trying to just write what I want at the moment to fix this. Well, I will be after I hand in my screenplay assignment on Monday. I know it won’t be quick and easy, but I’m willing to set aside all the writing contests and literary magazines to do so.

Honestly, if I cut back on all the YouTube and Netflix I could get everything done but this is a VERY important part of my self-care routine and self-care is important! (Ha haI am trying to limit the amount I watch though…it’s becoming a problem.)

To make it a little bit easier to learn how to balance all the things, I am going to only upload blogs three times a week instead of four. I’ve decided to sacrifice Friday blog posts (you’ll still be getting Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday blog posts from me!) because uploading four times a week is a lot…most people I follow only upload twice a week (which is completely fine. Upload as many times a week as you want!) so I’ve realized it’s okay if I dial it back a day. This will also help replenish my energy towards my blog, and hopefully, in a month or so, I’ll know how to balance my life and start uploading how I usually do on here!

Anyways, that is it for my rambly life update. Basically, I cannot balance everything right now so I’m cutting back on blogging, limiting my binge-watching time, and focusing on fitting in other productive things I love like reading, writing, and yeah, school.

I hope if anything, some of you can relate to this and like me, are trying to learn how to handle everything without completely shutting down! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which will be linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

P.S. They are announcing the winners of the Biannual Bibliothon blogging challenges, and I won the day 1 + 3 challenges so I will link those down below for you to check out!

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February TBR!

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January came and went in a flash, and now it’s already February! While February is only 28 days long this year, I still plan on getting lots and lots of reading done as to stay on top of my 70 book reading goal so I picked out a good mixture of shorter books. Anyways, here are some of the books I plan on reading this month.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 

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There is a Jane Austen related scholarship I really want to apply for, and for it, you have to read Northanger Abbey and then write about it. Since I read Pride and Prejudice last month, I’m looking forward to continuing on with Jane Austen’s work and finally jumping on the bandwagon! I have no idea what this one is about, but I hope I like it as much as I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice because then it will be so much easier to write a good paper on it.

The Oresteia by Aeschylus

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Yes, I am continuing my Greek tragedy exploration and next up on my list is The Oresteia. No idea what it is about, but it is quite a bit longer than the other ones I’ve read (Oedipus, Antigone, Medea, etc). I am curious to see how much I like it in comparison to the other plays and also in comparison to the other authors! I’m trying to read these tragedies and then write written responses for them since I know that is what I am doing for classes next year. Also, for some odd reason, I enjoy doing it.

Notes From a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker

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For my writing class, I need to read a creative non-fiction book and then write a really short response to it, so I decided to pick up Notes From a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker. It looks like a really enlightening and fun read, so I am really looking forward to diving right into it in February. It addresses a lot of important topics in our society like gender, rape culture, and just everyday life. Also, Wunker is Canadian and I always love supporting my fellow Canadians so yay!

Hamlet by Shakespeare

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Currently, we are reading this in my English class and I can definitely say I enjoy Greek tragedy more than Shakespeare. Is that an unpopular opinion? Who actually enjoys Shakespeare? Anyways, we are only 2/5 acts into it so I thought I’d add onto my February TBR. As always, it has the usual formula of betrayal, revenge, and romance so I know it will be everything I expect it to be.

Wow, looking back at all of these books I realize how different they are compared to all of my other TBRs in the past. This one is full of classics, Greek tragedy and even some creative non-fiction which I don’t read too often. I’m looking forward to a little change in my reading taste though, and I hope you enjoyed seeing what I plan on reading this coming month! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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How To: Read for English Class

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This year, I’ve learned a LOT about reading from my English class (it’s a 12th grade and first-year university English class put together), and I wanted to share all the tips I’ve gathered with all of you today! Anyways, here are a few simple but effective tips for getting the most out of each book you read for English, both for your class and personally.

Tip #1: Read As Many of Your Required Readings As Possible

If you have the time, read as many books on your required reading as possible. This is a little easier to do in university since they give you a syllabus, but some high school teachers will tell you what you’re reading each year. If not, it is actually pretty easy to guess what you’re going to read. For example, I knew I was going to read Hamlet this year because that’s what I’ve been told since grade 9. Anyways, it will save you a lot of stress so instead of cramming to finish a book for class in only like a week, you’ll already have an idea about it and only need to skim. Since I’m starting the first year of my English degree next year (if I get in but I’m being hopeful), I searched up as many syllabuses for them as I could find, and found that I will be reading Frankenstein, The Tempest (which, I’ve already read), and a few others that I plan on attempting to read this summer just to make life a little easier next year.

Tip #2: Annotate!

Whether you want to write in the book (make sure it’s your own) or use stickies to keep track of important things, annotating will be your key to success when writing papers. Whether you know the topic of your paper that’s in response to the book you’re reading or not, sticky the important things like turns in the plot, quotes that contribute to the theme, mood, character, etc, and anything that hints at the overall theme of the story. If you have a notebook you want to write out your annotations in, that will be really helpful too!

Tip #3: Read Scholarly Essays 

I’ve been reading a lot of Greek tragedies lately, and I ended up also picking up this book called Oxford Readings in Greek Tragedy, and it has been really helpful when it comes to analyzing and understanding each play. I picked up this book because I plan on doing a few Greek and Roman classes, one of them being Greek Tragedy so I’m just preparing for the future. There are a lot of amazing scholarly essays online that you can read and it helps you to form your own opinion on whatever you are reading by comparing it with others, so I highly recommend checking some out!

Tip #4: Think About Theme

One thing my teacher told me about when it comes to reading as an English student, is that there are three levels of a reader: 1) The beginning reader who focuses and then writes about obvious things like plot and character 2) The experienced reader focuses and then writes about things like mood and irony 3) And the advanced reader focuses and then writes about narrative point of view and theme. This is really important to keep in mind and I hope it adjusts how you approach your reading!

Those are my 4 main tips on how to read like an English student, and I hope they were helpful! Let me know any tips you have when it comes to being an English student because I’m always looking for more ways to improve my reading and writing. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Queen Book Tag! (Original)

Happy Monday!

I thought it was time to create another reading tag, and since I love the band Queen, I decided to make it Queen-themed. I am so excited to answer these questions, and I hope you guys do as well so if you do this tag, make sure to tag me so I can see all your great answers! Anyways, onto the questions:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Name a Book With An Unexpected Twist

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Bohemian Rhapsody is Queen’s most iconic song because of how different and unexpected it was, so for this question, I want you to name a book that’s plot took you by surprise. For this, I’m going to have to go with Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I won’t say what exactly was unexpected, but if you’ve read it, you probably know what I’m talking about…

2. Save Me – Name a Book That You Haven’t Gotten Over Yet

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Save Me is about how people deal with a break-up, so what book have you still not gotten over yet? Again, sorry for repeating, but I’m going to have to say Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. That book was just so long (912 pages) that when you finally finish it, it feels out of the ordinary to not be reading it. Plus, it was the last book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, my favourite trilogy, so of course, I haven’t gotten over it yet!

3. Under Pressure – Nae a Book That You Feel Pressured To Read

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While I’m enjoying it, I did feel obligated to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is a classic, and a book a lot of people love. I felt like I had to read it (I’m almost done it), along with a lot of other classics I’ve recently finished or am reading, to make myself seem like a more diverse and “real” reader. Again, I only read books I like, but I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of pressure to explore the classics.

4. Love of My Life – Name a Book That Really Is, The Love of Your Life

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Cassandra Clare’s name is on here a LOT, but that’s because I love SO many of her books. For this one, I’m going to have to say that Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is really the love of my life. It’s so amazing, setting the trilogy up for even more amazingness since it’s the first book in the trilogy, and ugh, every time I read it I’m just happy.

5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Name a Book That You Can Read In One Sitting

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!!! While this book is over 400 pages, I could easily, if given the time, sit down and read it in only one sitting. It is so addictive and easy to read, with a story that makes me warm and fuzzy inside. It reads like a movie kind of because I can easily imagine all of these characters speaking their dialogue too me and that makes the book so much better.

6. Another One Bites the Dust – Name a Book That You DNFed

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I’m going to go with the last book I DNFed which I believe, was Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova. It wasn’t that I hated this book, it was that I found it really difficult to imagine the scenes before me in my head, and also I didn’t feel connected to anything in the book. Not the characters, the world, the plot, nothing. I do want to give it another try sometime because I thought I was going to really like this book, but at the time I tried to read it, it just wasn’t working.

7. I Want to Break Free – Name a Book That Should Have Been a Standalone

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Honestly, I would have been satisfied enough with The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy being a standalone instead of part of a trilogy because, I’m sorry, but the last two books weren’t great at all. He would have had to fix some things to make it work, but it would have been easy enough to tie everything up in The Fifth Wave to make it a standalone. The second and third book included too many POVs, most which I didn’t like, and the plot was sooo boring that I couldn’t even finish the second one. I tried jumping into the third one to see what would happen, but I ran into the same issues and ended up spoiling myself on purpose.

8. Killer Queen – Name the Book That Got You Into Reading

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Killer Queen was Queen’s first big hit, so I thought this question was appropriate to the song. I’ve mentioned this numerous times on my blog, but I’m happy to say it again because I love hearing about what books got people into reading! For me, it was Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Of course, I read little chapter books before reading this one, but this was the book that introduced me into middle grade/YA and was the first book series I became absolutely obsessed with for like two years. I found this book when I was 10 and didn’t even try any other book until I was 12…that was how much I loved it.

9. We Are the Champions – Name An Underrated Book You Love

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A lot of people do love this book, but I just think it deserves more praise that it gets. It is such a relatable and important book for those with anxiety, especially social anxiety, and that is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I looove this book and could read it over and over again. Not only is the anxiety portion really nice to relate to, but overall, the book has amazing plot and characters as well!

10. We Will Rock You – Name a Book Everyone Has Heard Of

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I could go with the simple answer to this which is Harry Potter, but instead, I am going to say Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi because that was by far the most hyped book of last year. I also have yet to read it, but everywhere I go, I see that book and it screams at me to read it so I will definitely get to it soon!

11. Now I’m Here – Name An Anticipated Release Of Yours That Just Came Out

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The last anticipated release of mine that came out was Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, and that was on December 2nd, 2018. That was by far, my most anticipated release of the year and my 2019 anticipated releases don’t start coming out until January 29th so I’m going to have to answer QoAaD again! If you want to find out what my 2019 releases are, check out my blog post for it HERE.

12. The Show Must Go On – Name a Book (Series or Standalone) That Ended, But That You Want Another Book From

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I haven’t read The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan in forever and a bit, but I remember wanting more. There was something that didn’t make it feel like an ending which is kind of understandable considering we do see these characters in the Magnus Chase series and also the Trials of Apollo series. Still, I could always read more from the Heroes of Olympus series.

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 6 – Reading By the Fire 101

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Happy day 6 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

Not going to lie…I completely forgot to write a reading update for day 3&4 but that’s okay because I didn’t get much done (hahaha go me). Anyways, today’s blog host is Jacqueline from EvilQueenBooksBlog and she wants us to tell her what books we think would be perfect fireside reads. This challenge sounds so cozy and it makes me want to curl up by the fire and read…even though I don’t have a fire to do that with. But anyway, I decided that along with picking 5 books to read, I would share some tips on how to have the perfect reading time next to a fire.

STEP ONE: Choose Your Books

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

I had to throw a Harry Potter book in here because are they not the most perfect side reads? The fourth book is my favourite as of right now in the series because it’s long and a little bit of a different plot structure than her other books. When I close my eyes, I can definitely imagine myself by the warm and crackling fire, swaddled in a blanket and cracking open this amazing book.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Not only would this be a great fireside read because it always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, but it is also one of those books I can finish in one sitting. This book is relatable, funny, adorable, awkward, and a whole lot of fun to read!

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The atmosphere in this novel is cozy enough on its own that I wouldn’t even need a fire to read by. The story would do a well off job heating me up on a cold, cold day. This contemporary-fantasy book takes place in dreary ol’ London, the best place, I think personally, to cuddle up next to a fire. Well, actually right now in Canada a fire sounds great too but you get what I mean!

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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

I have yet to read this book, which is the third installment in the Eleanor’s Home for Wayward Children series (will be reading it this readathon though!). I loved the first two books and cannot wait to dive into the next one. These books are so incredibly short (this one being under 150 pages),  and that along with their addictive, fast-paced storylines, makes them great fireside reads.

 

STEP TWO: Make Yummy Drinks/Snacks

This is a very important step. Are you going to make some delicious, rich hot chocolate? Steep some green tea or brew some coffee to keep you awake whilst reading? Maybe you’re a little hungry and need something to snack on. Well, now is the time to figure that all out! Personally, I would love nothing more than to snuggle up with a good book and some hot chocolate right now.

STEP THREE: Atmosphere

This is also crucial to your fireside reading experience. The atmosphere must be the ultimate cozy atmosphere, but how do you accomplish that? Well, let me tell you: blankets (specifically fuzzy ones, but any old blanket will do), mood lighting (if the fire isn’t enough light to read, light some candles or if your lights can adjust to different settings, perfect), and of course, seating (are you going to sit on the ground next to the fire, or on a chair? This is important to figure out people!).

STEP FOUR: READ

One important thing to remember while reading by fire is too NOT PUT YOUR BOOK IN THE FIRE. Whether it is intentional (for who knows what reason. Maybe the book is really bad) or accidental, books do not belong in fires. If you are a particularly clumsy person, adjust yourself so there is no way your book can accidentally fall out of your hands because let’s be honest, that would ruin step 3, and it’s all about the atmosphere.

Those are 4 books I would love to snuggle up and read by the fire, along with a “Reading By the Fire For Dummies” step-by-step guide! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as all my other Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges, and make sure you check out my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 5 – Winter Trips

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Happy day 5 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

I’m slowly getting back on track with reading and am having SO much fun trying to read as much as I can. Sometimes with all the hectic things going on, I forget to sit down and read. Obviously, sometimes I’m so busy with school and life that I don’t have the time to read, but most days I do and this readathon is reminding me to find time every day to do something I love; and that’s reading.

Anyways, today’s blog challenge host is Danielle from PoetryBooksYA (check her out!), and she wants us to tell her the five book characters (I chose Lara Jean Song Covey, Peter Kavinsky, Etienne St. Clair, Ronan Lynch, and Leo Valdez) we would take on a winter trip. I decided to yet another story for this blog challenge just because I had a lot of fun writing the last one. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you’re participating in the Biannual Bibliothon down below in the comments!

 

“Are you sure you want to drive, Lara Jean?” I ask hesitantly, eyeing her as she slides into the driver’s seat. She gathers her dark hair up into a high ponytail, tying it off with a pale pink scrunchie.

“Yep,” she says with a nod. “I have to practice if I want to get better.”

“True.” I grab the seatbelt and buckle up, admiring the white trees around us as we pull out of the driveway; the branches drooping with piles of heavy snow and icicles gripping onto them like the crystal leaves of winter.

We ease into the snow-caked driveway of a familiar grey house with white shutters.

“Hey!” Lara Jean’s phone is pressed to her ear. “We’re here.”

“Be right out,” says the phone, words crackling before she pads the off button.

“I’m sooo excited,” Lara Jean exclaims, twisting around in her seatbelt to grab her purse from the back seat. She rips the zipper open and retrieves a Tubberware container full of varied cookies. “Okay, so I made snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, and shortbread.” My mouth waters and I can’t help but reach out for them. She slaps my hand lightly away, shoving the container back into her purse. “These cookies are for the trip to the cottage. I should probably hide them anyways before the boys get here.”

“Probably a good idea.” I laugh. “Teenage boys are animals.”

“Animals for food,” she corrects but she’s laughing too just as the two back doors fly open.

“Yo, yo, yo!” Peter Kavinsky slides into the seat behind Lara Jean, a wild grin bright on his face. He pinches her shoulder teasingly before yanking off a black beanie and ruffling his curly brown hair.

“It’s too early for yo, yo, yo, Kavinsky,” says Etienne St. Clair from behind me. “I need a cup of coffee…actually, make that two cups of coffee, first.”

“Yeah, yeah, we’ll get your coffee, St. Clair.” Lara Jean says, but I notice her eyes meeting Peter’s in the rearview mirror. Her cheeks are flushed like earlier, but a light pink colour instead. I smile.

“Hey, where’s Ronan?” I ask, noticing no other doors opening and no other bodies filing into the very back seats of the van.

“Being his usual brooding self, my friend,” St. Clair explains, stretching his scuffy boots so they pop out beside me. I slap them away and we both laugh.

“Oh, there’s Mr. Sexy Brooder,” says Peter.

Lara Jean and I glance at each other before bursting out into laughter. Sure enough, Ronan Lynch storms out of the house with his dark brows knitted together and bag dangling from his tight grip. When he reaches the van he opens up St. Clair’s side and grumbles something inaudible.

“Sorry, Ronan, could you repeat that? I couldn’t understand you through all your grumbling.”

“Shut up, St. Clair.” Ronan pushes past him and squeezes into the back seat despite being one of the taller ones of us all. His eyebrows are still stuck together as if they can’t bear to part from each other. I want to laugh but I want this trip to be fun, not tense. Not that Ronan is ever in a good mood, but still.

“Where’s the Latino elf?” Ronan grumbled, his arms crossing tightly over his chest.

“Leo’s still not out yet,” Lara Jean says, glancing at him over her shoulder. Her lips purse tightly in concern. I know how well she wants this trip to go; just three simple days of friends up at a cottage, drinking hot chocolate, playing board games and having snowballs fight. Not fights between the five of us minus the snowballs. “I just texted him and he said he’s almost ready to go. Do you want a cookie while we wait?”

Silence.

“Sure,” he says, sounding bored but we all hear his stomach grumble. I can’t help but laugh into my hand as Lara Jean whips out the cookies.

“Woah, woah, woah! I want one! Covey, come on, give me one first. I’m starving.” Peter is a puppy begging on his hind legs as his girlfriend bops his nose with a finger and shakes her head.

“Ronan first. Don’t worry I made lots.” She reaches over to hand the container to Ronan and he gleefully takes it, cracking it open and slowly biting into a gooey chocolate chip cookie. He closes his eyes with pleasure just to spite Peter who groans in pain.

“I’m here!” The door opens and Leo Valdez stands there, eyes wild and hair in inky tangles. “The party can start now. You’re welcome.” He bows.

“You’re late,” says St. Clair, but not unkindly as Leo shimmies past him.

“Time doesn’t wait for those who are great.”

“By great, do you mean yourself by any chance?” I ask and Leo smiles mischievously.

“Obviously. Now, let’s get a move on. I really need to pee.”

“Leo!” We all exclaim, groaning as Lara Jean shakes her head, cranking the ignition and slowly crawling out of the driveway. The world around is like a snow globe, whimsical and magical and white, snow sprinkling down from the thick, grey clouds as we drive off to our winter wonderland with a van full of voices, laughter, and the beginning of memories.

Sorry, this was SUPER long…but I had a lot of fun writing it so I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which will all be linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

Last Blog Post: 

Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Winter Snow Storm Fun

Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Christmas Party

Reading + Writing Update – Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Day 1 & 2

Biannual Bibliothon Day 3 – Bookish Mad Libs

Biannual Bibliothon Day 4 – Clickbait Challenge

 

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 4 – Clickbait Challenge

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Happy day 4 of the 2019 Biannual Bibliothon!

I hope it’s going well for you, and that you are enjoying all the challenges I’ve been posting! Today’s challenge was given to us by Hannah from SprinkledWithWords, and she wants us to clickbait our favourite books. This sounds like sooo much fun, and I cannot wait to do it so let’s get into it!

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

A girl enters a competition for the handsome prince’s heart, but how can she fall in love when her heart is miles away?

 

 

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

A 15-year-old girl’s mother is kidnapped and suddenly she is thrust into a world of magic. She realizes she isn’t entirely human, but then what is she?

 

 

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A simple girl and a snotty boy – will it end horribly or will romance spark in the air?

 

 

 

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perks

When a girl is sent off to boarding school in Paris, she doesn’t realize she’ll get more than just an education – with boys and parents thousands of miles away, who knows what will happen?

 

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwen’s cousin is the suspected time traveler in the family, but one day Gwen finds herself decades in the past! Time traveling doesn’t only come with lots of training, but a cute boy and a dangerous secret brewing under the surface – when will it come out? If it comes out?

 

There they are! These are my 5 clickbait titles and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts below for more Biannual Bibliothon challenges! If you want to check out my day 1, 2 &3 challenge, I will also link those down below. Anyways, thanks for reading 🙂

Last Blog Post: 

Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Winter Snow Storm Fun

Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Christmas Party

Reading + Writing Update – Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Day 1 & 2

Biannual Bibliothon Day 3 – Bookish Mad Libs

 

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 3 – Bookish Mad Libs

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Happy Day 3 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

Already, I’ve fallen behind in reading but there are a few days this week where I have most of the day free, so I plan to catch up then! Anyways, sorry today’s challenge is up late, but here it is! Today’s host is Becky from CoffeeCocktailsandBooks, and she has challenged us to bookish mad libs. I am super excited for this challenge and here is my entry, enjoy!

The 2019 Winter Biannual Bibliothon was in full swing, but you were craving just a bit more adventure. As you settle in to pick up your current read, Mark Blackthorn barges into your room, surprising you. You’re told that Mark’s land is in trouble and you’re needed to aid in finding the philosopher’s stone, the only item that will restore peace and that you’re the only person that can help.

Ecstatic to finally be the chosen one, you agree to help Mark on this quest! As you begin to travel to their land, you find out that others have tried and failed to retrieve this magical artifact and that you are the last hope. You also find out that because no one has succeeded in this quest, no one knows what you’re up against. There are rumors that you need to defeat 888,887 phoenixes.

Excited, yet nervous, you and Mark locate the wise elven protector of the land to learn as much as you can about this artifact and how to retrieve it. The elf informs you the artifact is located in the deepest part of the Moors, to your dismay. You and Mark venture for 8 months to make it to this new land.

Along your journey, you spent your free hours training to master collaging, hoping this new skill will give you an advantage against your unknown foe. Shortly after arriving at this dangerous land, you finally are face to face with your nemesis, Zara Dearborn.

Though you’ve been training, coming face to face with your foe begins to strike you with fear. Your companion encourages you to be strong and reminds you that you’ve been preparing for this. When you go to use your new skill, you learn that Zara is a master. Nervous, you use the only maneuver you have left. You challenge them to gaming. Taken aback by this tactic, they hesitate before reluctantly accepting your challenge. Filled with new confidence, you quickly defeat them!

Begrudgingly, Zara awards you the magical artifact, vowing revenge.

You and Mark return to their home land, where you are greeted with cheers and applause. You’re thanked repeatedly for returning the artifact and saving the land. Mark even shows their gratitude by giving you a kiss on the cheek.

The next thing you know, you are back home with your book in hand. For a moment, you think you made up the whole thing, but then you see the glint of the magical artifact out of the corner of your eye. When you look over, nothing is there, yet you know your adventure was real. With a smile growing, your turn back to your book, already ready for another adventure.

There it is! This is my epic fantasy adventure with Mark Blackthorn and I am alllll for it. I love Mark. Clearly. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and make sure you check out day 1’s challenge and day 2’s challenge as well! Also, check out my last blog post and my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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