Top 5 Favourite Series

I really like making “Top 5…” lists so here is my top 5 favourite series! Don’t forget to check out my last post and comment what your all time favourite series is.

  1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – I don’t know if you’ve noticed…but I am obsessed with the Mortal Instruments series. It is such a fun and amazing series with fantastic characters and an overall intriguing story line. I first read this series around 3 years ago and it has been my favourite series since then.
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – It’s not a favourites list without Harry Potter on it! Harry Potter is such an AMAZING series that I love to read over and over and over. If you have NOT read this series for some reason please do because it will definitely change your life and view on reading.
  3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I absolutely LOVE Vampire Academy. This series is just so interesting and easy going and I loved every second of it when I was reading the series. Every end of a book kept me on my toes and wanting more desperately. I just love when books do that because it makes me want to continue with that series!
  4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – This book series will always be on my favourites list for two reasons. 1) It was the series that opened the doors to reading for me and 2) it is just so darn fantastic. But seriously, Percy Jackson is one of my FAVOURITE main characters ever. He is sassy, sarcastic and amazing in all ways.
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – I have only read the first book so far in this series (out of 2) and it literally blew me away. It was a phenomenal book that made me want to keep reading and not stop. Sarah J Maas has such a beautiful writing style and unique storylines that I always enjoy. I cannot wait to pick up the second book in this amazing series!

Book Buying List

There are a few books that I have been eyeing for a while so here is a list of the few that I want the most and will probably get soon! Comment down below if you like Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series or her Throne of Glass series more…I like A Court of Thorns and Roses a teeny bit more. Also, don’t forget to check out my last post: Reading Routine!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas – I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses about 2 weeks ago and LOVED it so I am really excited to pick the next one up! I have heard amazing things and its huge so that is even better.

The Last Star by Rick Yancy – I really liked the first book in this sci-fi trilogy, The 5th Wave, and while the second book was meh I am really pumped to pick up the final book! I am really curious to see how everything wraps up and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I read this book earlier this summer and absolutely adored it but I borrowed it from the library so I don’t have my own copy. Since I enjoyed it so much though, I am really looking forward to purchasing my own so I can read it whenever!

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – I have read the first 3 books in the Throne of Glass series but I have yet to pick up the second one. I want to soon though because the fifth and final book of this series is coming out this coming September and I want to read the fourth one before the final one comes out!!!

Those are a few of the books I want to buy the most and I hope you liked it! I won’t be posting tomorrow just because it is my birthday (yay) but I will be back with another on Wednesday!

Reading Routine

We all have our night and morning routines but some of us also have our reading routines so I decided to share that with you guys today! It’s not anything weird or different but this is just how I like to prepare myself before I let myself be whisked away to the world of whatever book I am reading.

It’s usually around eight thirty at night when I start thinking about going to sleep, and even then that’s a few hours away. I will do the usual stuff like get in my pyjama’s and brush my teeth but then I will make some tea (usually green tea even though I don’t even like it that much…) and then either pick out a book to start or continue with the one I am currently reading. If I am picking out a new one I usually inspect my shelf for a few minutes before I even figure out what genre I am in the mood to read. Right now specifically, I am into fantasy like Sarah J Maas’s books or Harry Potter but other times I am in the mood for light contemporaries or really anything else. Once I’ve picked out my book and finished getting ready for bed it is usually nine thirty so I will hop into bed and start reading! If it is a book I like I will read anywhere from 50-150 pages and stay up until past eleven but if it is a slower book I will read anywhere from 20-60 pages…Again, if it is a book I am really enjoying I will only stop once I can’t keep my eyes open which tends to be around midnight and then I finally put it down and go to bed. I also seem to have dreams corresponding with the book I read last which is always fun right?

That is my reading routine and I hope you liked it 🙂

Writing Tips: Characters

In this blog post I put together some tips I have discovered about characters because when writing, characters are very important. They add so much to your story and without them, or good ones, the story can slump. Hope these help!

Desire – When writing a protagonist it is important to remember this step because the protagonist of a story needs to want something. If they don’t have the desire to save their sister from a group of bandits or uncover an antidote for a certain virus that is wiping out the world then why is that character there? It is also important to remember that side characters should desire something as well.

Good or Evil – When it comes to writing a main character a question that probably occurs to you is are they good or evil? Writing a pure good character or a solid evil character is unrealistic because we all have good and bad in us and that is important to remember. So, when you are faced with that question don’t say just good or evil but both. Maybe their intentions are good but sometimes they steal and lie and cheat to achieve that “good” goal. Or the other way around.

Flaws – Flaws are huge when writing a character because if your character has no flaws then readers are going to have a hard time relating to that character on any level. The flaws don’t have to be massive but having a character with acne or a knack of making rash decisions is good enough. It shows that they are human (unless your character is not human and if so, they should still have flaws) and that nobody is perfect.

Those are 3 very important tips that I have gathered from writing books and videos so I hope these helped!

 

 

Reading Update!!!

I have been traveling for about 4 days now and then I am traveling for a few more days this week so sadly I haven’t gotten much reading done this week…but I mean, I read 10 books last month and that’s kind of hard for me to top so I am not too disappointed. I have read a book I have been wanting to read for so long now and I am very, very happy I finally did and that book is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas! I absolutely adored this book. It was so beautifully written with a compelling story line that grasped me from the beginning. It took me 50 or so pages to really get into it just because I find high fantasy a little tough for me to get into, but once I pushed through the first bit I could not stop. It was just so amazing and I cannot wait to pick up the second book soon! Anyways now I am reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling and this book is actually one of my favourites of the series so I am excited to re read it!

I hope all of you are having a good reading month too and good luck!

Dystopian Recommendations!!!

I love the dystopian genre so here are a few recommendations for any of you looking for more dystopian books or if you are new to the genre!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – This is a dystopian trilogy that is full of action and romance and is just amazing. Shatter Me is about a girl named Juliette who has been locked up for years because she has a curse that allows her to kill by touch. One day, a boy named Adam is thrown into the same cell as her and together they break out only to run into the arms of the government that locked her up. Highly recommend this book because it will make you love the dystopian genre even more.

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I am sure most of you have read these books but if you haven’t you should! I loved the first book but that last two kind of let me down…you still have to read them though because of that ending. Divergent is about this world where people are separated into 5 factions: Dauntless, Erudite, Abnegation, Amity and Candor and it follows 16 year old, Beatrice Prior as she takes the test that determines what faction she is. If you haven’t read this trilogy I don’t know where you’ve been honestly.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I couldn’t make a dystopian recommendations post and not add this trilogy in because it is like the Queen of Dystopian. I really enjoyed the first two books of this trilogy and while the last book is kind of meh, I overall really like the story line and characters! The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss who lives in a world where 24 kids from the poorer districts are sent to the Capitol to compete in a match to the death. The books have a pretty gruesome idea but its very entertaining honestly.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – I am not 100% sure this is a dystopian but I think it is so I am going to add it in here. The Selection is about America Singer, a girl who is picked for the Selection which is a competition to win Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage. The only thing is, she doesn’t want to run in this competition because her heart is elsewhere. I absolutely adore this series because it is so dramatic and amazing. The first 3 books are my favourite but the last 2 books switch characters and it kind of looses its interest for me…but still read them!

And those are few dystopian recommendations for all of you and I hope you liked them!

 

Books I Won’t Ever Read…Probably

I was looking at my shelf earlier this month and I realized there are quite a few books I have that I most likely will never read.

Blank by Trina St. Jean – I am not entirely sure what this book is about but I’m pretty sure it is about a girl who was in a car accident and she goes into a coma. It reminds me a lot of If I Stay which I really liked! The reason I probably won’t read this anytime soon is because I was never anticipating it and I didn’t even buy it out of interest I actually won it in a writing competition along with a few other books you will see on this list…if you have read it though, tell me your thoughts on it!

Three Little Words by Sarah Harvey – Out of all the books on this list I may read this one just because I have seen it at other book stores and I actually have heard a few good things about this book. I have no idea what it is about and for right now, I don’t think I will be reading it soon but one day I will give it a try and hopefully I like it!

About That Night by Norah McClintock – I tried reading this book but I honestly just couldn’t get into it. I wasn’t a big fan of the characters or the way the story was told but it did have an interesting concept I thought. I don’t think I will be picking this book up but don’t let that stop you from reading it!

The Bone Collector’s Son by Paul Yee – This book seems really eerie and different but I just don’t have the motivation to pick it up anytime soon but maybe that will change! I know it has something to do with bones, and dead (I think) relatives so if that interests you you should definitely check it out!

Those are some books I probably won’t ever read but if you were interested in reading them don’t think I am saying they are bad because I am just saying that they aren’t really my type of books!

 

How To: Have a Good School Year

I know this is different from the usual book/TV related blog posts I do but for a lot of us school has or is going to start and it can be very stressful. So, in this blog post I hope to help ease a little of that stress off all of you so you can enjoy the school year! Hope it helps!

  1. Take breaks – School consists of a lot of mental power and hard work so it is extremely important to take breaks. Every week, take at least one afternoon after school for yourself. Just spend a few hours by yourself whether that is you binge watching your favourite TV series on Netflix, taking a long walk or reading. TIP: When studying, take a 5 minute break every 25 minutes and then on every third break take a 20 minute break. This will help your mental focus a lot!
  2. Be Involved – Get involved with your school! Join a sports team or a club, just anything that connects you more to your school. Trust me, it feels great to show that you are a part of your school because clubs and teams can introduce you to new friends and will take away some of the stress of school.
  3. Stay Positive – I always struggle with this step around halfway through the school year because by then, a lot of us are just done with school, people, and work. The important thing is to not focus on the negative aspects of school but the positive ones. That may be a class that you really enjoy, your friends, a club that you are in or just lunch time when you can relax. It is important to find the things you like in school and stick with those things.
  4. Write It Down – I love to write so I have been trying to do this lately in preparation for the school year. Writing down your day or your feelings everyday will take a weight off your shoulders and will just make you feel better. Sure, this step isn’t for everyone because some people can’t bring themselves to write in a journal but it will help for certain people!
  5. Be Organized – Staying organized is so important because it will just make the school year that much easier. By staying organized you won’t have any surprise tests, lost papers or anything that you don’t expect. Writing things down in a notebook or planner and keeping all loose papers in a binder will help bring your stress level down several notches. Trust me.

Those are 5 different steps/tips to help keep your school year stress free and easy! Trust me, if you follow at least one of these you are on the right track to a better, happier school year.

Top 5 Favourite Re Reads!

I don’t know about you guys but I looove to re read books so here is a list of my top 5 favourite books to re read and if you haven’t read any of these you should definitely check them out!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – This is a contemporary book that I have been re reading for a couple years now, because this book is just so cute and amazing. Lola and the Boy Next Door is about a girl named Lola being reunited with her old neighbour and first love, Cricket Bell. This story is just so funny and adorable and the characters are very different and relatable which makes this book even better 🙂

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling – This isn’t even my favourite in the series but for some reason I just really enjoy re reading it. Although this one always changes because I can re read all the Harry Potter books at any time, right now this is the one I want to re read. I will be re reading this book later this month though because last month I decided to re read a Harry Potter book a month before I pick up the new book!

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – I love alllll of Cassandra Clare’s books and I can re read all of them many, many times, but I decided to put down City of Glass because it is definitely one of my favourites! If you didn’t know, this series follows a girl named Clary who one day when her mom is taken discovers that she is a Shadowhunter which means she is half human and half angel. Clary, along with few other Shadowhunters, try and save her mom but the person who took her is someone all Shadowhunters fear. Valentine Morgenstern. I honestly love this series so much, it is my all time favourite series!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – If you haven’t seen any of my previous blog posts then you wouldn’t know that I have recently been obsessed with this book. Since You’ve Been Gone is about a girl named Emily who’s best friend Sloane goes missing but leaves Emily a list of things to complete that summer while she is gone. Emily scrambles to complete the list over the course of the summer, in hoping that it will bring her to Sloane. This book was just so fun and light hearted and honestly I could re read it for days upon days.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This isn’t necessary the best book ever but it has a really good plot idea and is really fun. I can re read this book back to back just because it is so easy to read! Obsidian is about Katy, who recently moved after a devastating loss and wounds up living next to twin aliens, Dee and Damon Black. Immediately she is thrust into their crazy world of aliens and has to learn to live with it. This book is very entertaining as is the rest of the series so you should check it out!

Those my top 5 favourite books to re read and I hope you liked it!

 

 

 

Reading Update!!!

Right now I am currently reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and I am loving it so much! The only problem is that I am reading it pretty slow just because high fantasy takes a little more mental power to get into for me. The story itself is amazing though and at the same time I am glad to take my time with it. But I do have other books I need to get to this month like Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but hopefully those won’t take too long to read. The other few books on my TBR can always wait to September though. Apart from reading I also got a LOT of writing to finish this month and that always takes up a few days so everything is a little rushed. Oh well, its keeping me busy! I hope all of you are enjoying whatever book you are reading and I will see you in my next reading update!