A lot of the books that I read that are or were hyped are really good but sometimes you expecting so much from a certain book because everyone keeps obsessing and raving about it, but when you actually read it, it just lets you down. I understand why books are hyped up though, I mean, you really like a book so you want to talk about it with other people but sometimes it takes away from your reading experience which sucks. One book that was super hyped up that I read was Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige which I ended up not really enjoying because I was expecting so much more. The book has a great concept though and I wish I could have loved it so I will be giving it another try just because I will not give into the will of hyped up books!
This was just a mini rant because I recently read a hyped up book that I didn’t enjoy so anyways I hope you guys found this entertaining!
I was inspired to do a rainy day book recommendations because its raining…in June. Anyways these are some books I like to read during the rain and I hope you like them!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is the first book in the amazing Shatter Me trilogy and I’m not exactly sure why this makes me think of a rainy day but it is just a fantastic book that you want to curl up with and not put down. If you didn’t know, Shatter Me follows a girl named Juliette who has a terrible but powerful power. She can kill with her touch. Because of this, she was locked away but when a mysterious person is tossed in her cell with her, they manage to bust out but she doesn’t realize how many people want to use her as a weapon until it’ too late.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is a contemporary that gives you that warm and cozy feeling which you want to feel when it’s raining. Eleanor and Park is about a girl and a boy who unexpectedly fall for each other despite all the complications in their lives. It shows that you can be loved no matter your differences which is really beautiful. This book is just so cute and great and I totally recommend it!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling is such a feel good book because for lots of people it brings back wonderful memories! If you haven’t read this series yet you really need to because its so good! If you don’t exactly know what this series is about it follows young Harry, an orphan, who uncovers the truth of who he really is, a wizard. A wizard with a powerful dark lord after him!
The Selection by Kiera Cass is my last book recommendation and this is just a really easy and fun read that I think a lot of you would enjoy! This series is about a girl named America Singer who becomes part of Prince Maxon’s selection, which is a competition for the prince’s heart. America doesn’t exactly want to be there though because her heart is elsewhere but things can change in the selection…
That is my rainy day book recommendations post and I hope you enjoyed it!
Camp NaNoWriMo begins in only 15 days so I decided to post another “helpful” post on some websites that will help you with your writing journey! These are websites that have writing prompts, tips, videos, and other things that I think will help you during July. I hope this helps all of you!
Writer’s Digest – This is a great website for readers because it offers webinars, tutorials, tips and lots of other writing advice that it is extremely helpful. They even have information about agents which you will need sooner or later!
Gotham Writers – This is a website where there are different writing courses for you too take and yes, they do cost some money but they are definitely worth it because you will learn a lot! If you cannot afford the prices there are also small contests that they offer where you can win a free class of your choice which is better than nothing!
Bloomsburry Newsletter – If you go on the Bloomsburry publishing website and sign up for their newsletter they will frequently send you newsletters that have lots of interesting tips and advice for writers from other writers. I really enjoy reading them and find them very helpful!
Those are a few great websites that will help you during NaNoWriMo so I hope you check them out!
(P.S. this was not sponsored these are just websites that I personally love and think you guys will too!)
I recently finished Legend by Marie Lu and I really enjoyed it. Don’t worry if you haven’t read this book because this is a spoiler free review but I definitely recommend you go and read this trilogy because it is so good!
If you didn’t know, Legend is about a boy named Day, who is a convicted criminal with more of a backstory then people think, and a girl named June who is highly looked up in their government. They both have two entirely different lives but when June sets out to take down Day she realizes he may not be the criminal everyone thought he was and shocking truths unravel about their government that she couldn’t even think of.
I thought this was a strong first book for this trilogy and I was satisfied with the outcome and how the story came along. Each character had their unique voice and I didn’t feel like they were blending together which is very important when you are writing a book in more than one point of view. This book totally spun a different way then what I thought and it was a really fun ride that I hope continues in the next two books! Overall I loved this book and think everyone should read it! 4.5/5 stars.
2016 is already half over…what?! Since this seems to be the case I decided to share with you guys my top 5 favourite books that I have read so far in 2016. I hope you like this blog post and make sure you comment below your favourite book of 2016 so far! (These are not in order by the way! But Lady Midnight is my favourite of them…:) )
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is probably my favourite book ever, or at least close to. This was a truly fantastic read and I loved everything about it! If you want to read this, which I recommend you do, make sure you read her Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy otherwise you won’t be able to understand it which would be bad…
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is another book that I read this year and absolutely fell in love with. It was really hard picking which book I liked the best and I realized I liked all her books equally so I decided to write down the first book in the series as my favourite. I really love this book just because we are introduced to the world and the characters and I feel like Tahereh Mafi did such a fabulous job of doing that.
- Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead is the third book in the Vampire Academy and is so far my favourite of the series. For me it was a bit slow in the middle but I still wanted to keep reading and I just flew through the last 200 pages like they were nothing. I really, really enjoyed this book and just had to put it on my list.
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is the book I am currently reading at the moment but I just love it. I am 200 pages in and absolutely obsessed with it. If you haven’t read this book I highly advise you do because you won’t want it to end.
- Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout is the first book to the Lux series. This is definitely my favourite of the 5 books in her series because everything was light hearted and fun and I feel like the books drastically became more serious. I read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down and then when I finished I started it all over again. It was amazing!
Those are my top 5 favourite books of the year so far and I hope you liked it!
Camp NaNoWriMo is near and here are some writing tips that I have discovered. I hope they help you and make sure you comment any writing tips you have for other writers 🙂
Dialogue – Don’t make your dialogue too fancy. What I mean by this is, “……” I pondered or “……” She exclaimed. Readers aren’t exactly interested in that so it is always safe to go with the regular, said or asked. Of course you can throw in a few exclaims and other “fancy” dialogue here and there but just make sure you are not over using it. A time when you should use fancier dialogue is when you are showing volume of your characters words like whispered, shouted or screamed. Those are exceptions because the volume is important for dialogue.
Characters – Characters are a very, very important asset to your story because in a way, they are running the show. You want to make sure your characters are different and easy to tell apart. They need to have their own unique voice when they speak. You don’t want to read about characters that are bland and similar, you want to have a variety in race, appearance, personality, etc, etc.
Background – After writing for a while now, I have gathered the importance of having all your background information together. By this I just mean the history of your world, characters, and anything else that has background info. This helps explain this in more detail and makes your story more put together and interesting. J.K Rowling is a great example of background info because her wizarding world has such a complex history that adds more to the story. Also adding background information to your characters is important because then we can learn about their past and any challenges they faced.
Those are some writing tips that I hope help you and make writing your story easier and more enjoyable!
I would have to say about 85% of the movies I watch are book-to-movie adaptations because I they are just absolutely amazing, so in this post I will be talking about my top 5 most anticipated book-to-movie releases! Make sure you comment your most anticipated book-to-movie adaptations and also your thoughts on my new blog style!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is about a girl named Lou, a very bubbly and lively person who becomes the caretaker for Will, a man who is stuck in a wheel chair and just not loving life. The story follows them as they grow to love each other and it just seems like an amazing story! I haven’t read the book yet but I will before I go and see the movie! This movie came out on June 3.
Nerve is apparently a book to movie adaptation but I never knew that until about now. This trailer just looks really cool and fun but also a bit terrifying…basically we follow a character who plays this game called Nerve which is a real life game of truth and dare and if you complete the dare you win money and if you don’t…well you loose everything. I am so excited for this movie and it comes out July 27!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is another book-to-movie adaptation and I actually have read the book! This book is about a boy named Jacob who’s grandfather just died after warning him about something. Curious, Jacob heads back to the place his grandfather grew up and finds some breath taking and frightening truths. This book was amazing so from the looks of it the movie might be to. Yes, there were some…differences that I found but we can’t have everything so I still have high hopes! This comes out September 30.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a new movie in the wizarding world we love but this time it is in the USA! I am super excited for this movie and I am sure 99.9% of you are as well 🙂 This come out November 18.
Those are some of my most anticipated book-to-movie adaptations and I hope you liked it!
Since for Camp NaNoWriMo I am writing a YA sci-fi book I thought I would give you guys some awesome alien based book recommendations that I think are amazing and I am sure you will to! Comment below your favourtie sci-fi book! Mine is either the 5th Wave or Obsidian…
Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout is a sort of supernatural/romance series that I really love and I know you will too. Her books are just extremely easy to get into and enjoy which I really appreciate. This series is about a girl named Katy, who after her dad died, she and her mom moved away to get a fresh start. One thing she doesn’t realize though is she moved next to two twin aliens…
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy is an amazing sci-fi book about a girl named Cassie who is trying to survive during an alien apocalypse. Aliens have come down to earth because they want to inhabit it which means nobody is safe. I loved this book and while the second one let me down the first one totally cancels it out just because of how fantastic it is.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a very interesting and different series that I absolutely adore. Each book is a loosely based on a fairy tale with a sci-fi twist. The books are so rich, interesting and detailed and you all need to read it! The first book does start off a bit slow but once you get into it you will not want to stop.
Those are a few sci-fi book recommendations and I hope you liked this post 🙂 Remember, comment down below if you have any post ideas for me because I would love to know what you guys want!
I have recently finished Blood Promise by Richelle Mead which is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series and it was so good! The middle was a tiny bit slow but the end…I just read the last 200 pages in an hour because it was so amazing. I also finished The Crown by Kiera Cass which is the fifth and final book in the Selection series and I am really sad that it has ended. I enjoyed the book but it wasn’t fantastic or anything but it was a fun and easy read like most of Kiera Cass’s books are and I did love the ending… 😉
Anyways right now I am currently reading Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead and I am so sad that I am almost one book away from finishing the series but I just need to find out how things played out! In the third book things went totally different than what I thought!
Hope you enjoyed this short reading update and check out my last few posts if you are participating in Camp NaNoWriMo or are interested in what it is!
Camp NaNoWriMo or just NaNoWriMo can be very stressful for some because you have one crammed month to complete whatever amount of words your goal is. Anyways, to help you guys here are a few tricks, tips and prompts to get you ready for the month!
Tip #1 – Find out how many words you have to write per day to complete your goal by the end of the month. This helps a lot because you know how many words you have to write and that will help you be more organized with your writing! My goal is 50k words so I am planning to write 1,600-2000 words a day!
Tip #2 – Plan out the scenes of your book. What I mean by this is have a rough draft based on what is going to happen in every chapter of your book. This really helps when writing because you can use that as your guide and then add more creativity and detail to it!
Tip #3 – Feeling writers block coming? Search up some writing prompts to get your creativity working! Here are some that I found on the internet:
Prompt #1 – Write about 2 people seeing each other for the first time.
Prompt #2 – Envision a dragon. Do you battle it? Or is the dragon friendly?
Prompt #3 – Write about being inside an old and abandoned warehouse.
Tip #4 – Make sure you like what you are writing about! You don’t want to be stuck writing something you don’t enjoy writing about. If there is a scene in your book that just doesn’t flow or doesn’t seem write to you change it. This story is for you!
Tip #5 – Take breaks. Writing can be hard! Make sure you treat yourself to short breaks every once and a while so your mind can take a breather. Listen to some music, watch Netflix or just stare at the ceiling or anything else that relaxes you. I suggest taking a 5 minute break every 20 minutes
Those are a few tips for your NaNoWriMo journey and I hope this will be or was helpful for you! Happy Writing!