June Library Book Haul!

I went to the library A LOT this month because I didn’t have money to get any of the books I wanted so I ended up getting quite a few books…so here they are!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead is the final book in the Vampire Academy series which I am currently reading and loving! I am taking my time with this book because I don’t want it to end honestly! You can check out my June TBR if you don’t know what this series is about but I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Twilight or really just any lover of urban fantasy.

Prodigy by Marie Lu is the second book in the Legend trilogy (again if you are curious on what this trilogy is about check out my June TBR). I loved Legend and I heard Prodigy is even better so I am so excited to get to it! I will most likely be reading this book once I finish Last Sacrifice 🙂

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi is bind up of two novellas from the Shatter Me trilogy which I absolutely adore!  This book is quite short, being around 200 pages so I will be able to finish it quickly but really, I am just happy to be back in this world!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is a book I have wanted to read for such a long time! Also I have wanted to read a Morgan Matson book for so long now so I decided to start with this one because I have heard great things!

Those are all the books I hauled from the library this month and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #1

Okay so Camp NaNoWriMo officially starts the day after tomorrow but I will be computerless the first 4 days so I have decided to start now so I am not behind. If you didn’t know, my book is a sci-fi book and I am really excited to continue on with it! I have begun my prologue which is only 2 pages long but I am looking to make it longer. I found my prologue difficult to write just because I didn’t really know where I wanted to go with it. Some advice that really stayed in my mind while writing it was to start your story in the middle of the action because otherwise it is boring, so that is what I did. I’m satisfied with my current prologue but once I am completely finished my novel I will go back and fix it, along with the rest of my novel. Anyway that was a small update and I hope all of you participating in NaNoWriMo are super excited like I am!

Contemporary TBR

I love reading contemporary books in the summer because they give me that light, summery feel that we all love! So in this post I am listing the contemporary books that I have yet to read and hopefully will be getting to this summer!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I have wanted to read a Morgan Matson book for a while now so I decided to start with Since You’ve Been Gone because I see it everywhere and have heard amazing things! Since You’ve Been Gone is about a girl named Emily who is suddenly put outside her comfort zone when her friend Sloane disappears and leaves a list of things for Emily to do, and Emily goes on a journey to complete them, hoping they will lure her friend back.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while just because I was given it for my 14th birthday but also because I heard it is a great book! I’m not 100% sure what it is about but from what I gathered it is about a girl who is very quiet and out of the spotlight but when her brother is thrown in jail she and her family become the source of reporters.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Again, I’ve heard some many wonderful things about this book and the plot line really intrigues me so I want to read this book ASAP! Everything Everything is about a girl who is allergic to the world so she cannot leave her house. The only people she gets to see on a daily basis are her mother and nurse, but when a new boy moves next door she cannot help but fall for him.

Those were the books on my contemporary TBR and I hope you enjoyed it!

Fiction Writing Book Recommendations

I find that reading books that give you advice and tips on writing is a great way to improve so obviously I have read a few. Since I think they are a great way to improve as writer I made a list a few that I read and found helpful so I hope this helps if you are looking for a couple to read! Don’t forget to check out my last post as well: Harsh but Helpful Writing Tips 🙂

Gotham Writers Workshop Writing Fiction – I am currently reading this one right now and I have learned so many great tips. Gotham Writers is a writing school in New York but also offers the courses online. I haven’t taken any yet but I am planning to this summer but from what I have heard the courses are very interesting and you learn lots!

Writing Fiction for Dummies – I find all the “for Dummies” books to be very good in whatever category they are steering you in. I read this book last year and again, I learned so much and I am really satisfied with what I learned! It helped me become a better writer when I was new at it.

642 To Write About – This isn’t a book with tips or advice but it is a book filled with writing prompts! I bought this book and it has opened so many doors to new story ideas and whenever I have writers block this book helps to get my creative juices flowing again.

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell – Plot and its structure is an insanely important part when writing a novel which is why I added this book in. You will learn so much about how to develop your plot and have a firm structure and this helped me a lot with developing good worlds in my stories.

Those are a few books that should help you with your writing and I hope you liked it! Let me know if you would like me to do any specific blog posts because I will make sure I get to them.

 

 

Harsh but Helpful Writing Tips

Writing is not a walk through the park, neither is trying to get your book published so hopefully these few harsh, but helpful writing tips will assist you in this long journey.

The first draft always sucks – Your first draft will never be amazing let alone good but that’s what editing is for. The whole idea of a first draft is too get all your thoughts down quickly so it seems fitting that it would be terrible by the end. That’s fixable at least.

Develop a thick shell – If you want to be a writer you have to develop a thick shell because there will be people who turn you down multiple times and give harsh advice but you have to learn to accept that and take their words into consideration.

Hunt for inspiration – Inspiration isn’t going to come to you! You have to go and hunt it down because that is the only way your going to find it. Inspiration is what drives you to write the book so this is very important.

Writing is hard – This is a solid fact. Writing is not easy! If it was everybody would be doing it and be good at it but it doesn’t work like that. Make sure you know what your signing up for when you decide to write a novel because it takes a lot of commitment and hard work but if you succeed its always worth it in the end.

Tell your story – There is always going to be writers who are better then you, it’s inevitable but you are there to tell your story and nobody can tell it better than you. Don’t write to try and be the “best” writer, write because you are just there to share your story with the world.

Those are few harsh but all around helpful tips that I found and I really hope the help you get an idea of what being a writer is like! 🙂

 

 

 

Things Readers Want to See in Novels

I was planning out my novel for NaNoWriMo and I was thinking about what readers want to see when they are reading a book. So basically in this post I will be sharing some advice on things that lots of readers like to see when they are reading books!

When a Character Has Flaws – This is one of the most important ones because us readers like knowing that the characters are not perfect so we can relate to them more. Having relatable characters is a key factor to novel writing because it lets your readers connect with your story on a personal level. Things that make your characters “flawless” are having perfect skin, amazing personality and no problems which just isn’t realistic. We want to see characters have acne or pimples and doubt themselves sometimes just because we all do that as well.

Real Life – When I mean “real life” I mean going to the bathroom, having their period and just other things that we go through daily! For example, in the Hunger Games…when did they ever use the bathroom? I know its kind of gross but you would be surprised by how many people want things like this to be included into a novel because again, it makes it more realistic.

Hobbies and Likes – The few times we do get to see characters with hobbies are when the hobbies are either art, music or reading and it gets repetitive when characters have the exact same hobbies in every book! Change it up. Maybe your character enjoys coding or architecture or just something out of the ordinary. Another tip for this category is make sure your character sticks with that hobby throughout the book, don’t just let them forget about it because of all the crap that is going on around them. Like sure, you can’t exactly practice your soccer skills when you are in the middle of a battle but your character can still think and long for their hobby!

Those are a few key things to think about when you are writing a novel because those are what readers want and enjoy seeing! Anyways, I hope this helped you with your writing journey and let me know if you guys enjoy these writing advice and tip blog posts!

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Pep Talk

Camp NaNoWriMo is almost upon us and I am really excited to finally get started on it! If you didn’t know, my word count goal for July is 50k words and my novel is sci-fi! Anyways, in this blog post I will just be giving you guys a pep talk and some advice for when the writing begins 🙂

Writing 50k or whatever amount of words you set your goal at can be difficult to reach in one month but just remember that the whole idea of this event is to have fun and push yourself to write. Whether you write 50 words one day opposed to 2000, at least you wrote something and it still adds up to your story. Even if those 50 words are crap just keep writing because the whole point of this is to help you vomit up those words onto your computer and get them down, don’t worry about editing until later!

I hope you guys are all super pumped for NaNoWriMo and I wish the best of luck to you all!

June Wrap Up

June is almost over so I decided it was about time I share with you guys all the books I managed to read in June! Like May, June was a really great reading month and I managed to complete a total of 7 books! Here they are:

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead was the first book I finished in June and it is the 4th book in the Vampire Academy series. I really liked this book and a lot of very important things happened that totally blew my mind…4.5/5 stars!

The Crown by Kiera Cass is the second book I read this month and it is also the last book in the Selection series which I am really sad to see end. I enjoyed this book and I felt like it did a decent job of tying up all the loose ends but sadly I wasn’t blown away by it. 3/5 stars!

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare is a book I completed for my English class and I actually ended up enjoying a lot more than I thought…because I liked it as much as I did I am hoping to read another book by Shakespeare this summer! 3/5 stars

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes…can we just take a moment to recognize how sad and amazing this book was. I really, really loved this book and I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. It told such a realistic story which I personally really appreciated but really every aspect of it was amazing. 5/5 stars!

Legend by Marie Lu is a 5th book I read this month and I cannot believe it took me this long to pick it up! Oh well, I’ve read it now. I loved this book and I thought the whole plot line was fun, exciting and interesting and I was on the edge of my seat with every page! Just picked up the 2nd book so I cannot wait to continue! 4.5/5 stars!

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead is the 5th book in the Vampire Academy series and oh my god this book was fantastic! Every part was just so fun and exciting that I kept turning the page wanting to find out what happens next. I am really sad I am almost done the series but I am so pumped to read the final book! 5/5 stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the final book on my wrap up. I am currently reading this and am about half way done but I already love it so much! All the characters are really unique and complex and I love each and everyone of them honestly. 4.5/5 stars…so far.

That was my wrap up and I hope you liked it 🙂

July TBR

There is only 9 days of June left…what?! Anyways since July is around the corner I really wanted to show you guys all the AMAZING books I am planning to read next month and I am so excited! Even though Camp NaNoWriMo is going on I am planning on reading quite a few books.

(BTW I am going to start doing QOTD’s at the end of my posts now so scroll down and answer it!)

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead is the first book I am planning on reading in July, if it actually comes on the date I ordered it…anyways this is the sixth and final book in the Vampire Academy series that I absolutely love! This series follows Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir as they try to safe from Strigoi (evil vampires) during their last few years at Vampire Academy. There is lots of action and romance in this series and its so addictive!

Prodigy by Marie Lu is the second book in the Legend trilogy. I recently finished the first book a few days ago and it was very interesting and I absolutely loved the plot line and characters so I am dying to pick up the next book! In the first book, we follow Day, a convicted criminal and June, a loyal follower of the government who is sent to hunt down Day, but when she finally does meet Day she realizes some things about the government that she thought she knew that makes her question her loyalty.

Champion by Marie Lu is the third and final book in the Legend trilogy which I am also stoked to read! Wow did I actually just say stoked? Anyways, I have heard great things about all these books and I cannot wait to…engross myself in them.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is a contemporary novel that I am not exactly sure what it is about but I would like to keep it like that so I can just go in with no expectations. I have been pushing this off for the last month or two just because I got caught up with Vampire Academy but since I am almost done I will definitely be getting to it! I also heard that this book will make me cry and I love cry worthy books.

Those are all the books I am planning to read in July and I hope you guys enjoyed reading it! Don’t forget to answer the QOTD and check out my last post: Camp NaNoWriMo: Writing Inspiration!

QOTD: I have been obsessed with Hamilton lately soooo what is your current favorite song on the playlist?

AOTD: Either the Schuyler Sisters or Burn…but I also really like Satisfied and Helpless…

Camp NaNoWriMo: Writing Inspiration

11 more days until Camp NaNoWriMo and I am extremely pumped! NaNoWriMo is a great way to push yourself to complete your goal which is one of the harder parts of writing. I will be sharing some ways I get inspiration for my writing with you guys today and I hope you find some of these useful!

Writing Prompts – these are a great way to get ideas because you can take a writing prompt and make it entirely your own. For my NaNoWriMo project, it came from a writing prompt about 3 different items and from there my idea grew into something very complex!

Everyday Life – life is a great way too get ideas because its filled with endless possibilities. You can twist and tweak an event that happened to you and make it into an interesting story and boom! A great idea.

Other Books – by “other books” I don’t mean take concrete ideas straight from author’s books, what I mean is take elements from the stories and compact them into something entirely different and your own. Sometimes other world’s give you inspiration for your own.

Those are a few ways to get writing inspiration and I hope they were helpful!