December 2016 Movie Reviews!

I watched quite a few movies in the theatre this month, and one of them came out late November but I watched it this month so I decided to add it into this post. I love watching movies so I am extremely excited to share my NON SPOILER thoughts on all the movies!

Moana – I watched this movie on Christmas day and I am so happy I decided to give this movie a shot because I absolutely adored it! I thought it was so adorable and the songs in the movie were fantastic. I really loved how independent and strong Moana was because she sets a very good example for not only young girls but really anyone. I think my favourite part of the movie though is the soundtrack because 1) it is amazing and 2) Lin-Manual Miranda wrote it so… 9.5/10 stars

Sing – I actually watched this the day after Christmas and despite being extremely tired after shopping for 8+ hours I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. I wasn’t obsessed like I am with Moana, but I did really like when all the animals auditioned and just sang. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if the animals just sang for the whole movie and that was it. 7/10 stars

Why Him – I wanted to watch this movie ever since I saw the trailer which looked hilarious and I just couldn’t resist. This movie had me, and everyone else laughing hysterically for the whole time and I loved all the actors in the movie like James Franco and Zoey Deutch who I thought were hilarious in this movie. I definitely do not recommend this movie to anyone under the age of 14 but if you are definitely go see it if you want a good laugh. 8/10 stars

Those are all the movies I watched this month and I loved all of them and cannot wait for all the new movies releases in 2017!

December 2016 Wrap Up!

Sorry that I haven’t posted in about a week, I planned on scheduling some posts but I just couldn’t think of any that I knew I would be proud of but I am back, so I will be posting again everyday except Sunday like I usually do! Anyways, I didn’t manage to read too many books this month but I did complete a few so here they are.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – I have been reading a lot of contemporary lately so I naturally picked up another Sarah Dessen book. I did a little research before I picked up another one of her books and I am very satisfied with the one I chose. I really liked The Truth About Forever, I thought the characters were very relatable and had real problems, and the ending made me exciting to pick up more of Sarah Dessen’s books! 4/5 stars

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – I absolutely adored Jenny Han’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” books so I just had to pick up her other trilogy. I am currently reading the second one but I did complete the first one earlier this month and I just flew through it. These books are the definition of summer contemporary books and honestly, despite it being this middle of winter, they got me really excited for the summertime! 4.5/5 stars

We’ll Always Have the Summer by Jenny Han – This is the second book in The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and I did enjoy it but I found it wasn’t as fast paced and fun as the first. I do understand that the second book is slightly darker and gloomier because of certain events that took place, I know I would enjoy it a little more if that certain event didn’t occur because if you read the books, you know what I mean. 4/5 stars

Those are the 3 books I completed this month and despite the lack of them, I enjoyed all of them and would call it a successful reading month! I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to check out my last blog post!

January 2017 Talk!

January is a fresh new year which means lots and lots of fantastic new books and movies. Here are all the movies and books that I am excited for and I cannot wait to finally watch/read them!

Movies:

The Book of Love – I read the synopsis of this movie and it looked pretty interesting so I definitely want to give this movie a shot! It comes out January 13.

Sherlock: The Final Problem – So excited to see the epic finale of Sherlock because it such an amazing (sort of) TV series that I know for sure, will have a fantastic finale. This finale comes out on January 16 2017!

Books:

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – I haven’t actually completed Passengers (the 1st book in this duology) but I plan on it sometime next year. I am excited though, that the 2nd and final book in this duology is almost out! I am not going to say much about what happens but I will explain briefly what the first book is about. Passengers follows this girl named Etta, who is a talented violinist, who discovers that she comes from a line of time travelers. It is very historical and interesting and I recommend it for any history lovers! This book comes out January 3.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – This is a sci-fi novel written by yes, Veronica Roth of the Divergent series! I am really excited to read more from her, and I have also heard pretty good reviews so I cannot wait to pick it up. Carve the Mark is about a planet where violence is dominant and everyone who lives in this galaxy, is born with a unique gift, and while most benefit people from their gifts, they do not benefit our main characters. They then, seek to restore their gifts and the balance of power in their world. I think it has a very interesting plot and I hope it is as good as it sounds! Comes out January 17.

Caravel by Stephanie Garben – This book seems really interesting and I am really intrigued. Caravel follows a girl named Stella who has never left the island that she lives on with her sister and father. She has an arranged marriage with a guy she does not want to marry, and that ruins her dream of seeing Caraval, which only comes once a year. That is, until she meets a sailor who takes Scarlett and her sister there, only for her sister to be later kidnapped and soon Caravel becomes a competition on who can find her first. I  cannot wait to get my hands on this book which comes out January 31.

I am very excited for all these movies and books to come out and I hope you are too! If you have any other January 2017 releases that you are excited for, definitely comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favourite Books of 2016!

I don’t plan on reading many new books this December, so I thought I ought to share my favourites from this year! In this blog post I will be listing my top 9 favourites from this year and then lastly my all time favourite book from this year so I hope you enjoy! (P.S. The top 9 are in no particular order!)

10. Winter by Marissa Meyer. This was the first book I completed in 2o16 and I thought it was such a satisfying and epic conclusion to the amazing Lunar Chronicles series. I am a huge fan of this series and while in my opinion, it started off slow, it definitely ended with a bang! I am so happy with this book and it just had to make my list.

9. Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. I absolutely adore this book which is the first book in the Lux series. It is so fun and entertaining to read and it also has a really awesome cast of characters that I love to follow so much!

8. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Oh my gosh I am obsessed with this story! I watched the movie numerous times before I finally picked up this short book but I am so glad I finally did because it met all the expectations that the movie set up for me. I cannot wait to purchase my own copy of this book because it follows such an interesting and important storyline and overall is a fantastic novel.

7. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. This is the 3rd book in the Vampire Academy series and it is my favourite out of the entire series, with Spirit Bound right behind it. I love Vampire Academy and I thought the books were all so amazing but when I read Shadow Kiss I was fangirling and just devouring the whole thing.

6. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Everyone was raving about this book because the movie was coming out so I decided to pick it up and read it before I read the book…let me tell you it was not a let down! I finished this book in 2 days and I would not have put it down for even a second if I got the chance. I don’t read to many adult books but this book is definitely the way to go.

5.A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This book came to a very close tie with my all time favourite book of 2016 because this book is just so damn good! I started reading it in 2015 but put it down because I just wasn’t that into it, but then this past summer I picked it up again and could not stop reading it! It is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast and was just everything a book needed to be to be perfect.

4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. This trilogy is a lot of fun and very intriguing. I picked this up at my library just because I have heard about it a few times so I thought why not? Besides, before reading this I hadn’t read too many time travel books but when I read this book, it made me ONLY want to read time travel books…it was just so freaking good and I love this entire trilogy so much!

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.  I have raved about this book plenty of times on my blog but I just can’t stop. I love to read contemporary but this book made me love the genre even more. It is everything you want in a good contemporary book…it has an adorable romance, a quirky main character, and many, many relatable scenes. I cannot wait for the final book in this trilogy because they are so flipping amazing!

2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Unlike many other contemporaries I didn’t devour this book in one sitting. I wanted to always put this book down because I wanted to extend the story for as long as possible which just shows how amazing it was. I loved the 2 main characters and watching them get through a very dark time in their lives was very raw and real and just made the story 100% better.

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare!!! This fantastic book was my all time favourite book of 2016, and let me tell you why. I am a massive Mortal Instruments fan but even I didn’t expect to love this book so much. It was all I expected and more and I am ecstatic for the new book coming out this coming May!

Those were my top 10 favourite books of 2016 and I hope you enjoyed!

Fairy Tale Book Tag!

I decided to create a new tag that associates fairy tales with books, and while this has most likely been done already, I wanted to make my own! It was very fun to make so I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Beauty and the Beast – Pick a book where love triumphs everything.

There were a few choices for this one but overall I am going to have to say Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead because despite everything that happens (not going to spoil anything) to Rose and Dimitri, they still fight through it and we really do see that their love for each other is stronger than any obstacle thrown at them…if you have finished the series you definitely know what I mean!

Cinderella – Pick a book with a beautiful cover change.

Anna and the French Kiss had an absolutely terrible cover before the new one which I now really like. The old cover had the Eiffel Tower in the background, a close up of a park bench with 2 people sitting on it and their hands almost touching. Long story short it is definitely one of the worst covers I have seen but the cover change is very nice so it is all good!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Pick a book with a large cast of characters.

Definitely going to use this one to talk about The Mortal Instruments because the whole series has a great and diverse cast of characters. We have Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus as the main people we follow and I honestly love all of them (not all the time though…) and I find it very fun following them on their adventures. They are hilarious and unique in their own ways and I could read in their POV’s forever and ever and ever.

Sleeping Beauty – Pick a book that put you to sleep.

Ha ha ha…Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I really loved the first book in this trilogy, Divergent, but the second one was such a let down! It was slow and nothing too exciting happened. I also felt as if the writing declined slightly and I also didn’t really enjoy where the story went and how some of the characters dealt with certain situations…

Red Riding Hood – Pick a book with a “big bad wolf” in it.

I am also going to use this to sneak in some Harry Potter because honestly, Voldemort is the villain I least want to meet. In the books and movies he just unnerved me so much and he is definitely the worst of all villains. Just the way he looks with his nostril slits and pale skin, and just how cruel and insensitive he is scares me more than a wolf that’s for sure.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Pick a book with a world that sucked you in.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan! I find the world in this series so intriguing because of all the mythology. We never actually leave the real world, but Rick Riordan throws in the right amount of mythology to make it a place you never want to leave. Overall, Greek Mythology, to me, is the extremely interesting and I always love to read about it.

That was my Fairy Tale Book Tag and I hope you enjoyed it! If you do this tag definitely tell me because I would love to see all your answers for the questions!

 

 

 

Reading/Writing Update!

It is that time of the week again so here is a quick update on where I am in my reading and writing update!

This week I have read about 300 pages of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince but the last 2 days I haven’t read anything…I just have been too exhausted to read before bed, which is when I usually get my reading done, but I want to get as much reading done as I can this weekend. I would really like to finish The Half Blood Prince by Wednesday but if not oh well. I would also like to read a contemporary this weekend…I am just in the mood for something fun and light but not sure which one. I am deciding between Eleanor and Park or To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (both would be re reads) but they are both so amazing so its too hard to decide.

For writing, it was another week of nothing…well sort of. On Sunday last week, I attending a write-in writing competition and wrote a 3 page story. The writing competition was really fun and it was a great way to just write without overthinking too much. I am not sure how great my story was but it was nice to just have 3 hours to write in silence without being distracted. I do have a plan to start writing this idea I have been thinking about for a while now, but I am waiting until January 1st to start that because around that time I won’t be busy and it is the start of the new year, so I think it will be the perfect time to write. I am really excited to write about this idea, but I do need some more time to work certain things out but I am almost there!

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed it!

Books You Need to Read!

There are some books out there that everyone has to read and in this blog post I am going to be sharing a few that if you haven’t read, you better go to a bookstore or a library and pick it up because let me tell you, you will not regret it!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – While a lot of people have read this amazing series, a lot of people haven’t so it is always worth recommending because that person might have not had the motivation to ever read it. The Harry Potter series is a fantastic series that I absolutely adore and am loving re reading right now! I think you don’t even know what a book is until you have read this magical classic.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Every reader needs to read it because it is funny, adorable and relatable. All of Rainbow Rowell’s books are amazing, but this one is my favourite because Cath has so many relatable qualities and has many obstacles in her life that many people could relate to as well. Apart from her obstacles, this book has a sweet romance and great friendships and is always fun to read.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – This is my all time favourite series and I think everyone should have the privilege to read this wonderful series! We follow an amazingly diverse cast of characters and there is witty humor, loss, romance, and action and the Shadow world is just perfection as is Jace…you need to read this series, and The Infernal Devices and then The Dark Artifices because it is just so much amazingness!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – The Percy Jackson series is such a fun series to get into, and while the first book is slightly slow, it really does pick up quickly and soon you find yourself being whisked away into a world filled with Greek Gods, monsters and amazing characters. The Percy Jackson characters, much like the Mortal Instruments characters, are very diverse and just have many unique qualities. I recommend this to all ages because everyone who reads it loves it!

Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – When I first read these books and finished them, I flipped back to the beginning and started again because they are THAT good. If you love contemporaries (like me) then you definitely should give these a read because it is so worth it. I was a little hesitant when I first picked these up in 2014 but I slapped myself silly because I fell in love with the story line and the romance and Etienne and Cricket…you just need to read both of these books!

Those are a few books that you NEED to read because they are absolutely amazing! Of course there are many other amazing books, these are just ones that have greatly impacted me and are ones I never stop thinking about. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writing Exercises!

 

Writing Exercises

I love to write but sometimes I get stuck and need something to get my mind moving and those creative juices flowing, which I think all writers can relate to…so I have put together a list of writing exercises to help all of you needing a running start. Some of these ideas I have seen around or have made up myself!

“The Writing Game” – I didn’t know what to call this, but I have seen this on the internet for a while now and thought it was a really great way to have fun with other writers while creating a story. Basically all you do is write a sentence on a piece of paper and then pass it on to the next person who has to put down another sentence that has to do with the previous sentence. If you have a writing group or a few friends that would be willing to do this, definitely give it a try.

“One Character, Many Plots” – The title is quite self explanatory but this a great exercise if you have a story idea  and want to understand and know your main character more. This exercise will help you figure out what your character does in different situations because all you need to do is write out a bunch of different scenarios (zombie apocalypse, betrayal of a friend, fight scene…etc) and see how your character reacts in each one.

“Reality to Fiction” – This is a writing exercise to help you write before actually writing. It is a great warm up if you are planning on writing for a while, because it really gets your writing mind whirling. All you have to do is think of something that happened to you that day, or that week, and write about it…but add something to it to make it fit in the fantasy genre or the sci fi genre or any genre you would like. Example: As I rounded the corner of the street, my backpack slung over my shoulder and my books in hand, a small animal raced past me. I gasped, seeing its bulging yellow eyes and scarred, hairy face. It had long, thin arms that lashed out at me, and I backed away, before breaking into a wild sprint… As you can tell the normal part was I was walking to school, which I do everyday, but the added part was a small creature interrupting my stroll which obviously, didn’t actually happen.

“A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words” – This is also quite self explanatory but is a great idea starter. Search up interesting scenes, I recommend scenes that involve nature, and write what is happening, all while adding things that could be happening. It really gets you ready to write, and has the “story idea” part of your brain working.

These were a few writing exercises to get your creative juices flowing and I really hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Top 5 Books I Read in Fall!

 

Top 5 Books I Read in Fall!

I read quite a few books over the months of September through to November, and overall, I was very happy with them! Despite the large amount I read though, I am only going to be sharing my top 5 favourites I read this month, otherwise this would be a very long blog post.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwen who is from a family of time travelers, but she herself is believed to not have inherited the gift but her cousin, Charlotte supposedly has. That is, until she finds herself transported back in time and realizes that she is the one who has the abilities, not her cousin. I adored this book, and also the rest of the trilogy equally. The action and snippets of history were very enriching and the whole cast of characters were very entertaining and I just loved reading about them! 4.5/5 stars

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – Just One Day is about a girl who is on a senior trip in Europe and after meeting an intriguing boy, they run off to Paris and live wildly for a day. The next day though, he has mysteriously disappeared and she is led to believe that he just abandoned her. Throughout the novel, we follow her as she tries to cope with the abandonment, all while wondering why he left her. I really enjoyed this book, it was light and fluffy at the beginning and got quite darker towards the end. I did think that sometimes the main character was being slightly dramatic, because what did she expect? That they were going to fall madly in love? But overall it was a very fast paced read that I do really recommend! 4.5/5 stars

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – In this book, we follow Lara Jean, a young girl who for the longest time has wrote a love letter to all the boys she has ever loved before, but when they are all mailed out she jumps into a plan to prevent her current crush from knowing she truly does love him. I don’t want to say anything else because I didn’t know anything about it going in and I personally think it is more fun that way! Honestly though, I loved this contemporary story. Is was humorous and relatable and just so entertaining. I cannot wait for the 3rd book to come out because I need more! 5/5 stars

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – In this book, we follow 2 twins, June and Noah who when they were younger were very close, but after a tragic event they drifted apart and are practically strangers to each other. In Noah’s POV, we go back to their past when they were about 13, and in June’s POV we follow them in their present, 3 years later. I really, really enjoyed this book because it dealt with issues I don’t see enough in books, and also kept it real and raw. It was definitely a sadder and darker contemporary but nonetheless it was amazing! 5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – In the 4th book of the Harry Potter series we watch as the Triwizard tournament comes to Hogwarts, and how it affects the lives of Harry, Ron and Hermione. This book is my favourite book in the series because it is very fun to watch the events of the Triwizard tournament, and I also like meeting the new characters! This was a re read but it was just as amazing this time as it was the first! 5/5 stars

These are my top 5 favourite books that I completed in fall and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books I Want to Finish Over the Holidays!

 

Books I Want to Read Over the Holidays!

I am not sure how much time I will have to read this holiday, but I do want to complete a few books before the new year!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling – I am currently reading this novel and am already over 100 pages in so I will most likely be able to finish the book before the holidays but just in case, its going on this list. The 6th book is definitely one of my favourites so I am super excited to be able to re read it!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare – I really want to continue reading this novel and I am hoping that I actually enjoy it after picking it back up. I am not sure why I didn’t love it as much as I thought…maybe because all the hype that has been around it has kind of put me off but whatever, I am going to give it another go this winter break!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – This is also a book that I put down and now really want to continue. I loved the first book in this trilogy, and am already half way through this book so there is NO reason why I can’t finish it before the holidays are over and the new year begins…

Those are 3 books that I really want to complete over this holiday, and while I don’t know how much time I’ll have, I think I can do it!