August Wrap Up 2016!!!

So I didn’t have a very good reading month…especially after reading 10 books last month. To be fair, I was busy about 85% of the time in August but still. Anyway I read a total of 3 books this month and here they are!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – I finally picked this book up after an entire year of purchasing it and honestly, I have no idea why I put this book off for so long! This book was fantastic and I loved every single part of it. It was interesting, entertaining and just amazing. I picked up the second book recently and now I cannot wait to dive into that one! 5/5 stars

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen – Since summer is coming to a close, I wanted to end with a nice, cute contemporary. Since I really enjoyed Saint Anything, I decided to try another Sarah Dessen book and since this was the only book at the library I picked it up. It was pretty good, not anything amazing but it was an easy read and was entertaining! 3.5/5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling – As some of you may know, I am reading a Harry Potter book a month before I read the last book and I just finished book 2. It was obviously amazing and while it took me quite a few days to read because I had other things going on, it was still easy and fun to read! 4.5/5 stars.

I only read 3 books but I am very satisfied with all of them! They gave what I hoped for and I was not disappointed. Don’t forget to check out my last post: Things Only Writers Will Understand and I will see you guys soon! 🙂

Things Only Writers Will Understand

I was browsing my social media the other day and up came a whole lot of posts about things that only writers would understand. They were very relatable and funny so I decided to share them with you guys because you writers will definitely be able to relate!

Writing is Addicting – This is so true. There are some days where we can not for the life of us write but once we do, its full steam ahead to Neverland. Some days, I could write for hours but I always have to stop myself after a certain amount of words because I realize half of what I was writing was in gibberish and crap. It’s addicting though.

Checking Social Media Instead – Are you ever writing and then all of the sudden find your self scrolling through your Tumblr or Twitter feed? Yeah, I can relate with you on that one. Sometimes if I am not really feeling the scene I seem to gravitate towards my social media. Some of the times its okay though because I will be looking at writing accounts for tips and motivation but other times I am looking at funny fail videos…A tip to help prevent this is to find one of those blocking websites to block off all your social media websites for a certain amount of time. It will help trust me!

Self Doubt – Every single person on this planet deals with self doubt, and especially writers. Every time I write there is a little voice in the back of my head telling me that everything I am writing is absolutely terrible. Some days I am able to block out that annoying voice but others days I listen to it and you really shouldn’t. When you start doubting your own work that is bad because you need to keep your confidence to finish. A tip I have is just to keep writing, even if it is actually bad just don’t stop. Finish what you started.

Telling People You Are a Writer – This is one of the most annoying things ever, especially when telling people that don’t read or do anything remotely close to things literature related. Even though I am only 15 I get asked how many books I’ve written and how many books I’ve gotten published. Like thanks for your vote of confidence but now I have to tell you I don’t have anything finished or widely known published. There reaction is usually something like, oh, and then awkward silence. To try and avoid the awkwardness, you can just say you are an aspiring writer because if they know what aspiring means they probably won’t ask. Some most likely still will though.

Your Google Searches – Let me tell you that I have searched up some…interesting things while writing different stories and sometimes I’m worried I could be hunted down for it. Like no, I did not search up “The Sharpest Ninja Swords” because I want to dice someone into tiny pieces. I searched it up so that my character in my book could dice someone into tiny pieces. I really have no tip to avoid this because you have to find answers to your weird questions somewhere.

Those are 5 things that only writers will understand and I hope you enjoyed it!

 

August Book Haul 2016

I actually wasn’t planning on doing an “August Book Haul” but then it was my birthday…and then I went shopping so I think you can see how that went.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I bought this book at the very beginning of the month and I am so excited to read it! If you didn’t know, the Bloodlines series is a spinoff of the amazing Vampire Academy series and it follows Adrian and Sydney. I am extremely pumped to read this because I love Adrian and Sydney and I love Vampire Academy so there is no reason why I won’t love this series as well.

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – This is the second book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series which is amazing by the way! The first book, Legacy of Kings, follows a series of different characters in the time of Alexander the Great in Greece. This series has lots of action, betrayal, plot twists and is just a fantastic piece of work. If you love Greek mythology, history or just an action packed story then definitely check this series out!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – This is a contemporary book about a girl who is allergic to the world and one day, a boy named Ollie moves next door and she finds herself hopelessly falling for him. I finished this book in one sitting and I really liked it! It was cute, enjoyable, and just all around what a good contemporary should be.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I read this book in July and absolutely loved it and now I finally have my own copy so I can read it whenever I want. Since You’ve Been Gone is about Emily who’s best friend Sloane disappears one day, leaving only a checklist for Emily to complete during the summer. Emily goes on an adventure with a few other new friends to complete this list, hoping it will lead her to Sloane. This book is just fun, cute and amazing and I recommend it to everyone!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses last month and oh my god. I absolutely adored every single part of this book! The characters, the plot, the world, just everything was phenomenal. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it follows a girl named Feyre who is forced to live in the Faerie world, Prythian, as punishment after killing a faerie while hunting. Honestly, if this book is just as good as the first it will have a guaranteed spot in my top 5 favourite series ever.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I have wanted to read the Raven Cycle series for a while now but I just have never picked up the first book but now I have! The covers are gorgeous and hopefully the story is just as amazing. Honestly, I don’t really have any idea what it is about but I’m excited going into it like that!

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I’ve been eyeing this book for a while now but my TBR has been so full that I just haven’t picked this book up yet. But, it was on sale for $5 at my bookstore so I just had to get it. Again, not really sure what this book is about but I have a feeling it is about a young woman trying to regain her throne. Anyways, I heard it’s being made into a movie with Emma Watson in it so I just have to read it!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany – Okay so I actually wasn’t planning on buying this book anytime soon for two reasons. 1) It’s way to expensive at the moment 2) I have mixed feelings about it. But I got it for my birthday so I finally get to read it and state my own opinion about it without spending the whole $40…I think I will like it I am just not a huge fan of reading plays but of course I am going to give it a shot.

Those are all the books I purchased this month and 8 books is a massive amount for me to buy in one month. I hope you liked this post and don’t forget to check out my last one!

How To: Break the Reading Slump

A reading slump is a terrible thing that can frequently or occasionally happen to a reader…I made it sound like a disease but really, it is. Anyway, I don’t know about you but I detest reading slumps and I am currently in one right now so here are a few tips that will hopefully help you break your current or future reading slumps!

Push Away the Netflix – I watch Netflix pretty regularly but when I am on a reading slump that is all I do basically. When I am supposed to be reading I’m usually found binge watching the Vampire Diaries for the millionth time. So when this happens you just got to push the Netflix away and focus on reading, no matter how hard it may be. You can’t exactly read and watch at the same time…

Make Time for Reading – If you don’t make time for reading you are never going to pick up that book your struggling to finish. Plus if you don’t at least try to read you will not break your reading slump. I recommend making time to read an easy and fun book or just a book you know you love. Picking a book you love will make you more excited for reading because you know you are going to enjoy reading that book!

Turn Off Other Distractions – By this I mean turn off your phone, turn off your computer, turn off your iPad, tablet, really anything that can tempt you. You don’t want to be reading and then get a notification from YouTube and then end up binge watching different YouTube videos…that’s not going to progress you towards the end of your reading slump at all.

Don’t Force Yourself – This is a really important tip because reading is supposed to be fun and enjoyable and if you are not feeling that book then don’t read it because it to, is not going to help your reading slump. Make sure you are reading a book you like and are having a blast while reading!

I know those tips are pretty obvious but they are so true and sometimes people need a reminder about them! I hope this helped and don’t forget to check out my last post and comment if you have reading slumps frequently!

Popular Series I Haven’t Read

There are so many books out there you often miss quite a few, and there are so many series I want to get to but haven’t yet so here is a list of them! Hopefully, by the end of the year I will have gotten to one or two of them but you never know with reading.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – This book has lots of hype around it, especially since the last book recently came out. I have heard so many great things about this series so I really want to start it soon and join in on all the fun! I honestly have no idea what it’s about but I think it will make it more fun by keeping it that way.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – This is a really popular fantasy series by a very popular fantasy author. I honestly feel a little intimidated by this series, not because its big but because it just seems so complex! I do own the first book though so I am planning on starting it very soon. Hopefully.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – Yeah, I haven’t read this series. I have read the first book but that was a few years ago and it was okay, but nothing really caught my attention. I want to give this series another chance though because now I am a sucker for cheesy romantic movies and books so I feel I may enjoy it more than I did the first time!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I have heard so many fantastic things about this series and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet! Again, I am not 100% sure what it is about but I believe it has something to do with angels which is awesome. I am hoping to get to this series soon but at the moment my TBR is kind of full…hopefully that will change soon.

Those are 4 popular series that I have not read but would like too! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don’t forget to comment any series you haven’t read before 🙂

P.S. You should all check out my new writing Instagram account: @writing.obsession!

September TBR 2016!!!

I know there is still about a week left of August but I am so excited to get to my September TBR! I got quite a few books that I am pumped to read so here it is 🙂

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – This is the spin off series of Vampire Academy, which I absolutely loved, and I am so excited to finally get to it! I have heard nothing but great things so I know I will love it. From what I gathered, it follows Sydney and Adrian instead of Rose and Lissa so that will be an interesting change!

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – This book has been sitting on my shelf since February and it is about time I get to it. The first book, Red Queen, was very fun and fast paced and I really enjoyed it! If Glass Sword is anything like it I will definitely be anticipating the third book right after.

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – This is the second book next to Legacy of Kings which is a YA Historical fiction book. I love Ancient Greece and it takes place in Ancient Greece so I obviously loved this book. It was just so action packed and amazing and I cannot wait to finally dive into the second book!

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas – I have wanted to read the Throne of Glass novella for a while now but I just haven’t picked it up. I know I will love it though, just because it is by Sarah J Maas but also because it is a novella to such an epic series. Seriously, if you haven’t read the Throne of Glass series you need to pick it up. Now.

Those are all the books I want to get to in September and hopefully I actually do because my school starts in the beginning of September so we will see how busy I am! I always make time to read though.

Library Haul August 2016!!!

I didn’t go to the library as much as usual this month but I did get a few books and movies. I love libraries because its just an entire place dedicated to reading…what could get better than that? So here is my haul for the month 🙂

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen – I love Sarah Dessen books despite the fact I have only read one other…but it was amazing so it made me obsessed. I am big fan of contemporaries, especially in the summer, so I just had to pick up another before school starts! Someone Like You is about a girl named Halley who has a best friend named Scarlet who is in a very bad time of her life. Scarlet was the one who was always stronger but now Halley has to be that person for her friend. The story follows a cute romance and heart break but overall I am really enjoying it!

On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels – This is a writing book on, well, writing romance. Romance isn’t necessarily the genre I prefer to write in, but in my opinion it is good to have some tips about writing any genre. Especially with romance considering a lot of books have some sort of romance in it. In this book, it shows how to steer clear of clichĂ©s and stereotypes, develop a convincing relationship, using tension and timing and a few other important things. I am really excited to read this and learn more about writing romance!

Writing Begins with the Breath by Laraine Herring – Again, I got another writing book and this writing book seemed different than the others because it is about connecting with your emotions to write. This book seems really helpful to get more involved with your writing and I can’t wait to see what tips and knowledge it has! In the book, the author shows you how writing can become an expression of our being. It is a little deeper than most of the writing books I read but none the less, I am sure it will be just as fact filled.

How To Be Single (DVD) – This movie just looked really funny and hopefully it actually is! I have heard mixed reviews on this movie but it has some actors that I like and I mean come on, how bad could it be? From what I gathered it’s about a group of girls who are single and one of them tries teaching them right way to be single. I think…anyway hopefully I’ll be able to get to it soon.

The Great Gatsby (DVD) – Since I couldn’t find the actual book from the library, I got the movie instead and I am really pumped to watch it! I have heard great things and I have no doubt I will love it. I don’t know what it is about at all I have a feeling money is a key factor in it…I’m planning on watching it later today so we will see if I’m right!

I hope you liked this little library haul! Don’t forget check out my last post: Classic Book TBR 🙂

Classic Book TBR

I have never actually read a classic book like the Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice (yet) or Little Women or anything like that but I want to. I feel like it is a whole other world of literature compared to what is written today. So here is a list of the couple that I would like to finish before I finish high school! If you have any recommendations please comment 🙂

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is actually next on my TBR pile and I am really excited to finally read it! I have a good feeling that I am going to enjoy it but it may just take a few pages for me to get into it. After I finish the book, I am planning on watching one of the film adaptations because the only Jane Austen related movies I’ve seen are Austenland and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but I did like those movies a lot so hopefully I will also like the actually movie…

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald – Only recently did I decide I wanted to read this and since they didn’t have it at my library I just got the movie for now. I honestly have no idea what it is about besides that it is set in the 1920’s and has Leonardo DiCaprio staring in it so that is good enough for me. Once I find the book I will read it and hopefully it is as amazing as everyone says it is!

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne – I have this book sitting on my shelf but I just haven’t picked it up and its annoying me so much because I really want to read it! When I was younger, my grandpa told me stories and he told me the plot line for this book and I just fell in love. I had to read it so he ordered it for me but after 4 years I still haven’t read it…I will though. I am determined to read it this year.

Those are the top 3 classic books that I want to read before I finish high school! There are definitely more but those are the ones I am determined to read. Hope you enjoyed 🙂

 

Other Things I Like to Do…

I love to read and write but there are other things I enjoy doing as well! Maybe not as much though…Anyways, I just thought this would be a fun little blog post to do and I hope you like it 🙂 Don’t forget to comment your favourite non-reading related activity!

Sports – It is really important to be active and sadly, not be reading all the time so I have taken up a few sports in the last couple years. I love to play soccer and badminton and I also swim but recently I have gotten into tennis and running! Running is just really good for your health and I am also trying to be a tiny bit healthier so…yeah. I really encourage all of you to pick up some sort of exercise whether that is tennis, swimming or even walking. You will just feel 10x better 🙂

Collaging – I never really enjoyed the regular drawing and painting type of art because let’s be honest, I’m just not very good at it. I am, however, in love with collaging which is kind of weird. Again, I’m not that good at it but I just find it more enjoyable and fun for me compared to drawing or painting. Art is a really great hobby to have just because it lets you escape in a different way than reading does!

Crafting – I am obsessed with anything DIY (do it yourself). I just find it so much fun creating different home dĂ©cor pieces, revamping old notebooks, and really anything creative like that! It’s also amazing because you can go on YouTube or Pinterest and search up so many different DIY’s to do. There is an endless amount of possibilities and I never get bored of them!

Those are a few different hobbies that I am currently focusing on but I have been trying to start more hobbies like learning new languages and knitting which is actually way more fun than I thought. Anyways, I really hope you liked it 🙂

 

 

 

 

Favourite Reading Snacks

I love reading and I love food so when you put the two together it creates something magical. Anyways…here are a few of my favourite snacks/drinks along with the recipes! Hope you enjoy 🙂 (P.S. All these recipes were found on Pinterest and the websites they were taken from will be mentioned below)

Pineapple Paradise Green Smoothie:

1 avocado, medium ripe

2 cups of pineapple chunks, fresh or thawed

2 cups of spinach

1/2 cup of ice cubes

3/4 cup of water

This is just a really refreshing and healthy drink that satisfies my empty stomach while reading! Found on culinaryhill.com

Banana Split Bites:

3 bananas

1/4 lb cored pineapple

6 strawberries

1 cup of dipping chocolate (melted chocolate/chocolate chips)

1/4 cup of peanuts (or anything else to coat the bottom like coconut shavings, sunflower seeds, etc)

12 popsicle sticks or wooden skewers

Directions:

Cut strawberries in half and for each strawberry half cut an equal piece of banana and pineapple. Place pineapple on skewer first the banana and THEN the strawberry. Place into the freezer for 10 minutes, and while it is in the freezer, line a tray with wax paper or parchment paper. Put nuts or seeds on a small plate for dipping. Dip cold fruit into chocolate dipping and then into nuts and then place on prepared tray.

This just tastes so good and you can always substitute different fruits for this recipe if you think it will work! Found on lifeloveliz.com

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups:

2 cups of old fashioned oats

1 tsp of baking powder

1/8 teaspoon of salt

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

1 cup of milk

1 egg

1/2 cup of mashed banana (about 1 1/2 medium bananas)

1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced

Directions:

Preheat oven right away to 375 degrees Celsius. In a large bowl, combine oats, baking powder, lt and cinnamon. Add the milk, egg and mashed banana and mix until combined. Stir in apple. Grease a muffin tin and fill each cup with the mixture all the way to the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

This is a really great recipe for on the go situations as well as reading. I like to have these ready for breakfast when I go to school because they are easy, quick and taste amazing! Found on happyhealthymama.com

I hope you enjoyed all of these delicious recipes and hopefully you will try at least one of them out!