Reading Update!!!

October is coming to an end so I thought I would update all of you on where my reading is at the moment. August and September were much slower reading months for me but now I am finally getting back into the swing of things and I couldn’t be happier! While November and the following months are going to be much more hectic, I am hoping to keep up this reading pace.

At the moment, I am about a hundred pages off of finish P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han which is fantastic by the way. The first book, To All the Boys I Loved Before follows Laura Jean, a girl who writes love letters to every boy she has ever loved, but when they all get sent out she couldn’t be more mortified. I love contemporaries and this duology is just so fun and fast paced that I find myself finishing them in one day. I am planning on finishing this book later today and then finally reading The Last Star by Rick Yancy. I am so excited to read the finale to The 5th Wave trilogy just because it is such a great series. I have absolutely no idea how everything is going to work itself out but I hope it has the good, strong ending that it deserves! This book is also quite a short read so I am planning on finishing it in the next couple of days.

That’s all for my reading update and don’t forget to comment what you are currently reading and your thoughts on it! Thanks 🙂

November Talk 2016

November is going to be a fabulous month for reading, writing and movies and I cannot wait to start talking about all of it! I’ll be sharing my most anticipated book and movie releases of the month along with my plan for NaNoWriMo!

BOOKS:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Nicola Yoon’s books are just so easy and fun to read so I cannot wait to read her new one! The Sun is Also a Star is about a girl named Natasha who is very into science and facts and Daniel who is a dreamer and poet. One day on the crowded streets of New York City, they bump into each other and fall in love. But the thing is Natasha is only hours away from being deported back to Jamaica. This storyline just sounds super intriguing and I am so excited to finally read it. (Nov 1)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – This may be my most anticipated releases= for this month because anything Marissa Meyer is amazing. Her previous series, The Lunar Chronicles, was so unique and awesome so I cannot wait to get my hands on her new book! Heartless follows the backstory of the Queen of Hearts and shows us why she is the way she is. If that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will. (Nov 8)

MOVIES:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov 18)

Moana (Nov 23)

NANOWRIMO:

So as I have mentioned this numerous times and made numerous blog posts…but I am participating in NaNoWriMo for my second time this year and I couldn’t be more excited. NaNoWriMo is a great event that pushes you to write a novel (50,000) words in only 1 month and many actually complete this. For my story, I am leaning towards the epic fantasy genre and am very excited to get my ideas on paper and see where they lead me. While I made quite a few NaNoWriMo prepping posts I actually don’t do much planning myself other than characters and major plot points because that’s just works best for me. Anyways I wish anyone participating the best of luck and happy writing!

 

 

 

NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

NaNoWriMo is rapidly approaching us which means we have to stretch our fingers and pack our survival bags for this 50,000 word journey.

  1. Drinks and Snacks – I am not a big eater while I am writing but I love to have my tea beside me. So whether you want coffee for those late nights or cookies, make sure you have your supply stocked and ready for this writing storm.
  2. Your Notebook – I personally write all my notes in my notebook so I need that beside me to see where to take my story next. If you have your notes on your computer pull them up or print them out. You really just want to have them laying out in front of you so you can easily check back on your information.
  3. Soundtrack – If you can listen to music while writing you better start putting together your playlist. I like to sometimes write to low volume music and my playlist usually consists of Hamilton and an assortment of pop and indie music.
  4. Motivational Items – This is highly highly important because there will be a time where you hit a spot while writing and you loose all your motivation to keep writing. To help prevent this, search up some motivational quotes and tape them all around your writing area. Another way to motivate yourself is to print out some of your favourite pieces you’ve written and when you feel stumped, just give those a read and you will remember why you love writing in the first place.

That is all for my NaNoWriMo survival guide and I hope it helped you prepare for this busy, writing filled month ahead of us! If you are participating in NaNoWriMo(which you should) then comment down below!

 

November 2016 TBR!!!

November is right around the corner which also means NaNoWriMo! Since my November will be occupied by writing at least 1,667 words a day, I have low reading standards for this month. I do have 3 books I would like to finish by the end of the month though, and 2 of them are quite lengthy so fingers crossed I get them done!

The Last Star by Rick Yancy – This is the finale to the 5th Wave trilogy which is pretty amazing I must say. While I didn’t love the second book, I have high expectations for this book and I hope it is up to my satisfaction! The first book follows a girl named Cassie who after an alien apocalypse breaks out, struggles to be reunited with her brother after he is taken by the government and brought to a safe haven for kids.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I am already half way through this book but for some reason I put it down and haven’t picked it up since! So far this book is so so good and I cannot wait to finish it! The first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, is about a girl named Feyre who is brought to a magical faerie land in payment after killing a wolf in the forest who turned out to be a faerie. A whole lot of other crazy, steamy stuff happens and it is just pure amazingness.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – I am so happy I decided to re read the Harry Potter books because they are just entertaining and great. Since it is November, I am re reading the 5th one which also happens to be the largest of the 7. Perfect considering I am focusing most of my time on NaNoWriMo this month…But anyways I am super excited to continue on with fantastic world!

Those are the 3 books I am hoping to complete in the month of November! Don’t forget to comment your TBR below because I would love to know what you’re reading as well 🙂

NaNoWriMo Prep #3

Sorry I have been off the past week, I was super busy and found no time to even write a single blog post. Sadly, it is only getting busier but I am still going to try and post 6/7 days a week! Anyways, NaNoWriMo is next week, ahhh!!! I am honestly so excited and cannot wait to get started. For today’s NaNoWriMo prep, I will be sharing some tips and tricks on “first chapters” because those are extremely important.

When it comes to writing your first chapters, keep these things in mind:

-Start as far as you can into the action

-Have a great, intriguing opening line but also follow through with a great second line and so on

-Avoid clichés

-Make each chapter have a beginning, middle and end like a story

-End chapters on cliffhangers. You want your reader wanting to read more

When it comes to world building in your first chapters, you don’t want to go overboard but you do want to paint a pretty clear picture for your readers. Here are some tips to remember:

-Show what your character is seeing

-Again, make sure it has a role

-Avoid to much backstory or a simple list description

-Don’t try and explain to much in one chapter. You have plenty of time to show readers your world.

Those are a few tips on how to get through a first draft and I will most likely be posting one more writing prep so keep your eyes open!

 

Weekly Library Haul

I went to the library quite a bit this week and got some really awesome books that I am super excited to read!

The Last Star by Rick Yancy – I absolutely loved The 5th Wave which is the first book in this trilogy and I have heard really good things about this finale so I have some high expectations for this book! The first book takes place when an alien apocalypse has began and the main character Cassie is struggling to find her brother after he was taken to a ‘safe haven’ by the government. I really really recommend the first book and I am so excited to finally get a chance to read the final book!

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han – I cannot believe I haven’t read a Jenny Han book yet…but now I am going to change that because I officially will be hopefully one this month! I don’t have too much of an idea of what it is about but I am going to take a wild guess and say that the main character writes letters to all the boys she loved before…Anyways, I am really pumped to read this because I love contemporaries!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen – Yes, I got another Sarah Dessen book because I just love them so much! I find that I read them super fast because I just cannot put them down. Not sure what it is about but I am sure like all of Sarah Dessen’s books it won’t disappoint me.

Those are all the books I got at the library and I hope you enjoyed this little blog post!

Reading Update!!!

I am back with another reading update and I am pretty happy with where I am with reading right now.

At the moment, I am reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (again obviously) and I am about half way through. I’ve been kind of slow with reading lately but I still have been reading so that’s always good. I am also reading a book for my English class called The Book of Lost Things and I am actually enjoying a lot more than I thought. It is very dark and twisted which is perfect for this month. It also includes fairy tales which makes everything better. I will most likely finish this novel by the end of the weekend because I only have about 70 pages left. The beginning of this novel was kind of dull but I am at a great part now and even right now, I find myself itching to pick up the book and continue reading.

That was just a quick update on my reading and I hope you have a great rest of your Friday!

Fall TV Shows

This post isn’t really about new TV shows coming out in the fall, but just shows to watch during the fall! These shows either give off a really cozy feeling or a spooky and more creepier vibe that is perfect for October!

The Vampire Diaries – Okay, a lot of people think the Vampire Diaries is cheesy and while it is a tiny bit, it actually is a great TV show. I think its a good TV show to watch during the fall time, especially October because it has vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures that makes it eerie. If you like Twilight or Teen Wolf and you haven’t checked this show out yet you need to!

Gilmore Girls – Gilmore Girls is a feel good TV show that just makes you feel all cozy and comfy. Obviously it has a few Halloween episodes but just the whole show gives me a fall vibe. Even if it’s not fall you should still watch this TV show because it is amazing and very, very addicting!

Once Upon a Time – This show is definitely on the darker side of things. It is filled with fairy tales that intertwine and has characters that are so complex and just plain awesome! While watching this, you find yourself falling for the darker characters more often with the “good” characters.

Stranger Things – I actually just completed the first season and oh my god. This show is so creepy and eerie that I had to watch during the daytime, but I couldn’t stop watching it! People go missing, creatures come out of walls, and there is a fantastic cast of very talented young actors that really make the show as amazing as it is.

Those are a few TV recommendations and I hope you liked them! If you have any more don’t forget to comment 🙂

Feel Good Books

I don’t know about you, but I love to read books that make me feel good. My definition of that is books that have a storyline or character that I can relate to and then I get to see them have a “happy ending”. Reading books like that just makes me hopeful and well, feel good. Here are a few of my favourites and I hope you try at least one out!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I feel like this story is a story that lots of people can relate to. It involves family drama and tension which I think is an aspect in novels that isn’t put in the spotlight enough. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is used to living life outside of the spotlight, that is, until her brother is arrested. It follows her moving to a new school and making new friends and overall is a really great story that leaves you feeling all warm and tingly at the end!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – This is honestly one of my favourite books ever. The characters are so real and have normal day to day struggles that every single person can relate to. It follows Lola, a unique and expressive girl who is having a great life until everything is flipped upside down when her old neighbour and first love, Cricket Bell, moves back next door.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I have mentioned this book recently because I just read it not that long ago. Just One Day is a cute, realistic read that shows that not everything goes as plan but that doesn’t mean it will have a bad outcome. It’s about this girl named Allyson who is on a trip around Europe which is coming to an end until she meets a boy named Willem and runs off to Paris with him. They spend an incredible day together until she wakes up and he’s just gone. The book follows her life after that, all the ups and downs, and the undying urge of figuring out why he left without an explanation.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – This is very different from the other books I have mentioned and it doesn’t fit my definition of a feel good book but it just does make me feel good when I read it, and I am sure lots of you can relate. Something about the world and storyline just makes it fit into this category and I just love it.

Those are a few recommendations and I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to check out my last post: Motivating Yourself to Write and I will see you in my next post!