September 2016 Wrap Up

I cannot believe September is already coming to an end! I think it was a pretty good reading month for me, compared to last month, and I am happy with all the books I read so here they are!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – This is the first book in the Ruby Red trilogy which is fantastic by the way. It follows Gwen, a girl born into a family of time travellers but is believed to not possess the gene. That is, until she is thrown back in time and is now forced to pursue time traveling along with her stunningly attractive male partner, Gideon. I absolutely adored this book and it has a unique idea compared to some of the other books I have read! 4.5/5 stars

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier – I just had to pick up the second book as soon as possible in the Ruby Red trilogy, and despite it being a middle book, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I loved how the story was still interesting and had me wanting to just keep reading and reading and reading. 4.5/5 stars

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier – This is the final book to the Ruby Red trilogy and I just thought it was so good! Everything panned out how I wanted and a few things definitely surprised me. I was getting a bit frustrated with some of the relationships (in a good way) but everything worked its way out somewhat neatly and I just adored it so much, along with the whole trilogy. 4.5/5 stars

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – After reading the amazing Ruby Red trilogy, I began falling into a terrible reading slump. On a whim though, I picked this book up and just loved it. The plot line and characters were so much fun that I just sat down and read for hours. Towards the end of the middle I felt like the story was loosing some of its energy but it definitely had me wanting to pick up the next one, Just One Year. 4/5 stars

Sadly I didn’t finish the 3rd Harry Potter book this month because I got caught up with the Ruby Red trilogy, but I am reading it right now and plan on finishing it by the end of the weekend so I’m keeping my fingers crossed because I need to get the 4th one read too! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you in my next one šŸ™‚

All About My Writing

I decided to answer a few common questions about my writing and I hope you enjoy!

How Do I Plan My Stories? – Personally, I use a notebook to plan my stories and I start off withĀ writing about a paragraphĀ of a synopsis, going over roughly what is going to happen. After, I loosely plan out the beginning, middle and end before moving onto characters where I spend quite a bit of time. I list their traits, likes/dislikes, fears, family, etc and then when I finally finish that I move onto building the world and then planning out the scenes!

When Do I Write? – I prefer to write during the night, like once the sun has set and it is dark outside. When I write during the day I get too distracted by what is going on outside and end up not being proud of the words I’ve written. During the night though, its calmer and I find myself getting into the “writing zone” easier.

What Genre Do I Prefer to Write In? – I don’t like to limit myself to 1 or 2 but I tend to stick to sci-fi andĀ fantasy. I do write in other genres but I feel like at the moment, those are the ones I enjoy writing in the most and feel the most confident in. That could change though so we will see!

How Do I Make Time to Write? – Lately I have found it difficult to find a good chunk of time to write since my school has begun picking up the pace, but when you enjoy something you have to make time. I try to stick to a schedule that I made which is to try and get all my homework and anything else I need to get done right after I come home so I don’t have to worry about finding time later. On the days I work in the evenings I find it harder but still try to write as much as I can before bed.

What Are My Plans With Writing? – I definitely do not have a concrete plan of where I want to go with my writing but this is the idea. After I finish high school I would like to go to college and focus on my writing and maybe play with some novel ideas. I am hoping by the time I am done college I will have at least a draft of a novel and the dream is to get it published! These are high hopes but you have to believe in yourself and aim high which is exactly what I am doing.

Those are a few common questions about my writing and I hope you found it interesting and maybe relatable!

 

 

Books That Will Conquer Your Reading Slump

I have done a blog post like this before but since then, I have read many new and amazing books that have pulled me out of a reading slump. Recently, I just got out of a reading slump and I am going to add the book that got me out of it in here because for a lot of you, I think it would do that as well!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I read this book in literally just one day (haha) and it was such a relatable and fast paced story that got me out of my terrible and dark reading slump. Just One Day is about a girl name Allyson who is on a trip to Europe and while she is in England, she meets a boy named Willem and runs off to Paris for a day with him. She starts developing feelings for him that she thinks he returns, that is,Ā until she wakes up the next day and he is just gone…after that, she continues on with her life until she picks up the courage and heads back to Europe in search of answers.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – I absolutely loved this book because it was just so much fun and action packed that it kept me on my toes the whole time. Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwen who was born into a family of time travellers butĀ doesn’t have the gene. That is, until she begins having the symptoms and is thrown back in the past totally unprepared. Now she gets to take the place of her cousin Charlotte, the one believed to possess the ability to time travel, and have an annoying yet very attractive partner.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Honestly, this book is fantastic for getting you out of a slump because it is incredibly relatable and enjoyable. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath who is beginning her first year of college along with her twin sister, Wren. While Wren is more outgoing, Cath tends to lean on the quieter and shy side. That is, until she meets her roommates friend, Levi, and everything slowly begins to change.

Those are a few recommendations and I hope you enjoyed!

October 2016 TBR

I plan on making my October TBR not too big just because are 2 books I have to finish this month so I really just want to focus on them. But obviously, I had to add another one or two books on that list so here it is!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I MUST finish this book this coming month, I have been putting it off because it is huge (even though I am half way through it) and I just want to complete it. I am a huge fan of Sarah J Maas’s work so I feel terrible about not yet finishing this book…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – October will be the 4th month of my “Harry Potter Re-Read-a-Thon” and I am super excited because Goblet of Fire is one of my favourites! I am currently reading the 3rd one and loving it, obviously, so I am very happy to stay in this magical world of wizardry because honestly, who would ever want to leave?

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen – I have been reading some contemporaries lately just because I find they help me get out of my reading slumps and sadly, I have felt one coming on me but luckily I readĀ Just One Day by Gayle FormanĀ and that solved that problem. Anyways, I really enjoy reading Sarah Dessen books so I am giving this one a go!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I bought this book just over 2 months ago and I would really love to get to it this coming month. I have heard great things about this series and now that it has ended I can marathon the series which is always loads of fun. If I can’t get to this book that’s okay but I am going to try my hardest to at least start it!

Those are all the books I am planning on reading in the month of October and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to comment down the books you are planning to read next month and also check out my last post: “Writing Tips #6” šŸ™‚

Writing Tips #6

Whether you are finishing the final pages of your first draft or haven’t even thought of a story idea, these tips and tools will hopefully help you with your writing. All of these tips in this blog post have been found in the book, “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies For Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark”, this book was incredibly helpful and I recommend it to all writers!

Tip #1: Place strong words at the beginning and end. Obviously, we all want to have strong words throughout our entire novels or stories but sadly that is very difficult. Anyways, try and have your strongest words at the opening and closing of your story. This will grasp your readers attention more and makes your story stronger altogether.

Tip #2: Write what you fear until you master it. If you are scared of writing in past tenseĀ because you usually write in present, give it a try! See if maybe you were meant to write in past tense because that may be how you write the strongest. Don’t just always write the same or choose a “safe path” for your story because then you will never become a better writer.

Tip #3: To test and strengthen your writing voice, read your own words aloud to see if it all flows nicely and if it is interesting. By reading aloud you can also see if your own words actually sound likeĀ you and not like someone your not. It is incredibly important to have your own writing voice because it sets you apart from other writers.

Writing Prompt of the Day: A young girl finds a loose page on the ground with her name on it, its…

Writing Quote of the Day: “By the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel – it is, before all, to make you see.” – Joseph Conrad

Don’t forget! NaNoWriMo begins in just over a month so start planning and I hope you are excited as I am!

 

How Writing Has Shaped Who I Am

Writing has been one of the main focuses of my life for over 2 years now and since then I have come so far. Being young still, I am still figuring out my writing voice but I feel like I am heading in the right direction. I’m happy I discovered my love and passion for writing so early on but it also makes things a bit harder, especially living in a small town that has little writing opportunities. When your young it can be harder to find opportunities to becomeĀ a better writer and to get your work out there, but while it is tough, there is always a way. Since I don’t have anywhere to go for writing classes or events, the internet has played a HUGE part in my writing. I’ve entered online writing competitions, some for my age group and some not and I have actually won a few and gotten some honourable mentions. I feel like my writing gets better and better with each writing competition whether I win or lose because it helps me figure what I need to work on. Since I live somewhere where there aren’t a lot of writing events, I am lucky enough to be able to travel to one happening this fall! I am so so excited to attend this writing conference and meet so many amazing authors and other writers like myself. I’ve worked so hard to get to the place I am at and cannot wait to share my work with other people who love doing the same thing I do. Even though I don’t have anyone close to me that shares the same love and passion as me, my family and friends are still extremely supportive and interested in my writing. They motivate me to keep trying and not to give up ever and I am endlessly thankful for them. I love writing and its hard to love something if you have negative influences in your life, and I am lucky to say I don’t have that.

This was a more deeper blog post thanĀ what I usually do but I know I have some writers who read my blog posts so I wanted to show all of you what writing means to me. I may be only 15 but our ages don’t defy how talented and committed we are to something! I hope all of you are chasing your dreams like I am and I really hope you enjoyed this šŸ™‚

October 2016 Book Releases!

There a few things that I am excited for that are coming in a month of October so here they are and I hope you enjoy!

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu – I haven’t read the Young Elites series but I have read the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu so now that this new series of hers has come to a close I will definitely pick it up soon! I have heard great things and I know I will love it. This book comes out on October 11th.

Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman – Again, I haven’t read the first book in this series, Illuminae but I am dying to! I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this unique and interesting new series and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! This book will be on shelves on October 18th.

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – I am very excited for this new Rick Riordan book because I have been a huge fan of him for about 5 years now! I wasn’t blown away by the first book, Sword of Summer but all the same, I did love it and am excited to continue on with this wonderful world which will be continued on October 4th.

Those are some of the books I am most excited for and I hope some of you may be too!

Important Books to Me

We all have that book or books that have impacted our lives in a way we won’t ever forget. It may have made you aware of something you weren’t before or just opened your eyes to the type of books you love to read. Here are a few that have done this too me and I hope you enjoy!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This was the first thicker novel that I read and it completely changed who I was as a person when I was younger. I wasn’t a huge reader until the age of 10 and once I read this book it made me love to read. I watched the movie for the first time and fell in love with the characters, the plot and the fun action of it. For years I wouldn’t read anything but this series and now it has opened my eyes up to so many new books that I love! I really owe my entire love for reading to Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I believe I read this book 3 years ago and again, after the first few chapters I absolutely fell in love! I sat on the couch for an entire week and just binge read this series non stop. There is nothing negative I can say about this series just because I adore it that much. No, it is not perfect but it came to me in a point of my life when I needed something like this to entertain me. I can still read this series multiple times without getting bored, that’s how much it means to me!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This impacted me in a way different than the first 2 books. This book just simply made me fall in love with the contemporary genre and also introduced me to some amazing characters. I think contemporary is a fantastic genre and most of the time, it is something we can all relate to in some way. This showed me that I am not alone when I have an awkward encounter at school and I think that is really important to realize.

Those are 3 books have really impacted my life and shaped me to be the person and reader I am today! Make sure to comment any books that have impacted your lifeĀ because I would love to know šŸ™‚

Reading Update!

I am a complete mess right now. School has completely taken overĀ  life and I have only been able to read when I am like half asleep…needless to say, I have gotten some reading done lately so here is what’s going on with that!

So as I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I am re reading a Harry Potter book a month in preparation for me to read the 8th book. The other day I started Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and I am on page 50 I believe. I love reading Harry Potter, especially in the cooler months and it just makes me feel happy and less stressed out from my daily life. After this I am hoping to finishĀ A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas because it is suchĀ  beautiful, entertaining book that I need to finish ASAP! Apart from reading, I have also been writing a lot lately because of contest deadlines and whatnot. I really recommend entering online writing contests if you enjoy writing. There are ones for fiction, non fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and really any genre and style. I really enjoy entering these because I always grow as a writer with each piece of work I submit.

That was a mini update in my reading and a tip if you like writing so I hope you liked it and found it somewhat interesting! Don’t forget to check out my last post and keep your eyes out for my next one šŸ™‚

Upcoming YA Book to Movie Adaptations

Books and movies are most likely some of my favourite things EVER, so when they come together it is amazing…well sometimes. Anyways, here are few movies that are coming soon or are currently in production that are originally YA books!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This movie is coming out on September 30 which is next week and I am so excited to see it! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a very intriguingĀ and interesting book about a boy named Jacob who travels to the island his grandfather grew upĀ onĀ looking for answers after his complicated death. It has a really creepy and different feeling that I hope they portray well on the big screen!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling – At first I was really confused when I heard this was becoming a movie because the book is very thin but after seeing the trailer I couldn’t be more pumped! The actors look amazing and the concept is something I am interested to see. If you didn’t know, instead of following the wizarding world in Britain, this movies follows a wizard who is part of the American wizarding world. I cannot wait to see this movie which is coming out on November 18.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle – I haven’t read this book but apparently it is in production so I will definitely be checking it out! Let it Snow is a collection of short stories that takeĀ place during the Christmastime. I don’t know much more than that but keep an eye out next year for it in theatres!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – This movie has actually just recently started filming but I am extremely excited to see this in theatres! The two main actors are Nick Robinson who played Ben Parish in the 5th Wave and Amanda Stenburg who played Rue in The Hunger Games! This book is about a girl named Maddie who is allergic to everything and has not been outside for many, many years. One day though, a boy named Ollie moves next door and she instantly falls in love but its hard to be in love when you are allergic to the world. Amazing book and I am so excited to see this movie hopefully next year!

Those are a few somewhat upcoming releases that I am excited for and if you are aware of anymore please comment! I am aware that a few series such as The Throne of Glass, Red Queen and Legend have been optioned so fingers crossed that it comes through!