March is right around the corner and I am ready to kick the month of with some epic books!
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy, the Dark Artifices that came out last year. Now the new one, Lord of Shadows is coming out May 23rd and I am SO excited! Lady Midnight is such an epic, action packed story that will make your heart throb with feelings. It follows our main characters, two teenage shadowhunters named Emma and Julian who live in a world filled with demons and magic… and that is really all I can say without spoiling the rest of books but trust me, its amazing.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – I re read the first book in this series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and just have to pick up the next one! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before, but when they are mysteriously sent out she finds herself digging a hole of lies to prevent the boy she likes from finding out she loves him. P.S. I Still Love You is a continuation of that and I am so happy to be reading it again. Also, the final book in the trilogy comes out in April so I am preparing myself for that because it is going to be amazing.
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – I was going to try and read this book in February but it didn’t work out so here I am again. I love Rick Riordan’s books and his Norse mythology based new series is really interesting and hilarious so I am super excited to read the second book! The first book, The Sword of Summer, is about a boy named Magnus Chase who is suddenly thrust into a world filled with Norse gods as he sets off on a quest to search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. All of Rick Riordan’s books are a really fun and entertaining journey so I have no doubt I will love this book.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I am already half way through this MASSIVE book but for some reason I put it down a few months ago and never picked it back up. This is the second book to A Court of Thorns and Roses which follows our main character Feyre who after killing a Faerie, is given the choice of death or living out the rest of her mortal life in the land of the Fey. I love all the action and the characters in this book, and while I would only recommend it for anyone over the age of fourteen…it is still a must read!
Those are the books I plan on reading this month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading Update!
February has been a sort of slow reading month, but I am hoping to fit a few more books in before the month is over! Anyways, I recently finished re reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han because I have been in a major contemporary kick since the beginning of the year. This has to be one of my favourite contemporary series ever because it is so relatable, quirky and hilarious and I always finish it with a massive smile on my face! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes letters to all the boys she has loved before, but when they are mysteriously all sent out she finds herself digging a deep hole of lies to prevent the boy she currently likes from knowing she actually loves him. If you want a fluffy contemporary definitely give this one a go! Since there are 3 days of February left, I want a good book that I can read in that period of time and end the month off well. Sooo I decided that since I have made February a month of re reads and contemporaries, I choose to read Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen! Although, since February has only been a month of contemporaries I am going to try and branch out more in March…also because how many more contemporaries are there even left for me to read? I also want to write more in March because I haven’t written anything in FOREVER which is driving me insane! School and life has just been kind of chaotic and distracting lately but I want to push through all that and work on the stories I have in mind.
That’s all for my reading update and I hope you enjoyed!
Today I get to share with you all of the movies and books that I am excited for in the month of March and trust me, there are a few very exciting things to talk about! I like to keep these a little shorter than my usual blog posts so instead of adding in the synopsis of each book or movie, I will add a link below! Hope you enjoy 🙂
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I haven’t read Laini Taylor’s other series but I have heard amazing things! There is a lot of hype around her new release and the synopsis sounds so interesting and I cannot wait to one day read it. Strange the Dreamer comes out on March 28th, 2017.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28449207-strange-the-dreamer
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – This is the second book to the Star Touched Queen series which I also have yet to read but have also heard positive things about. I believe these books has astronomy in it or something like that, and ever since I heard that I had been wanting to really read the book! A Crown of Wishes comes out on March 28th, 2017.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939047-a-crown-of-wishes
Before I Fall – Before I Fall is a book-to-movie adaptation on the book by Lauren Oliver and the trailer looks so fantastic! I am really looking forward to watching this movie when it comes out because one, it has Zoey Deutch who is a great actress and two, it just seems like it is going to be a wonderful film! Before I Fall is released on March 3rd, 2017.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3Zyy4ZXegE
Beauty and the Beast – This is probably my most anticipated movie of 2017 and I cannot wait any longer to watch it! If you have seen the official trailer you are probably just as pumped about it as I am because it looks truly incredible. It stars Emma Watson who is one of my favourite actresses and I know it will exceed all expectations I have! Beauty and the Beast is released on March 17th, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvW_L8sTu5E
Power Rangers – I was never a huge power rangers fan but this movie looks pretty awesome if I do say so. Obviously there is going to be a lot of action which I always look forward to in a movie and I am excited to see how it pans out! Power Rangers is released on March 24th, 2017.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kIe6UZHSXw
Those are all of the books and movies I am looking forward to being released in March and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to comment below any books or movies you are excited for as well!
Sorry there were no blog posts on Monday and Tuesday but from now on there will be so again, I am so sorry about that. Anyways, now I am going to share my top 5 favourite book covers in order so I hope you enjoy!
#5. Winter by Marissa Meyer – Winter is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series and while it is an amazing read, the cover is gorgeous! The cover has our new POV, Winter, holding a glowing red apple because if you didn’t know, each new Lunar Chronicles book is based on a different fairy tale. If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles definitely go pick it up, read it and then stare at the beautiful covers!
#4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Harry Potter (UK Edition) – I bought the Harry Potter series in the UK edition because they are stunning but my favourite is definitely the third one. Prisoner of Azkaban used to be one of my least favourite Harry Potter books story wise and cover wise but now I love both. The blues and the patronus featured on the cover just make it that much better! Honestly, if for some odd reason then you NEED to pick up this fantastic series.
#3. Passengers by Alexandra Bracken – When I saw this cover I was like “I HAVE to buy this” and I did but sadly didn’t enjoy the story as much as I did the cover. Passengers is a time travel book and the illustration of the boat on the cover of the book is so incredible that I really wish I loved the story. I am going to give the book another try eventually but until then I will just enjoy its beautiful cover.
#2. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas – I haven’t read this book but the cover is so pretty! It has blues and purples that blend nicely but all of Sarah J Maas’s books are breathtaking so I am not surprised this one is also amazing! Please read all of Sarah J Maas’s books though because you will not regret it.
#1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This is one of my favourite books EVER and it just happens to have a beautiful cover so that is double points to Cassandra Clare. The cover of Lady Midnight is a picture of our main character, Emma Carstairs floating under water with a sword in hand. The shot is so stunning and captures a certain scene perfectly in the book. Looking at the cover gets me super excited for the next book, Lord of Shadows coming out in May!
That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading Update.
P.S. I couldn’t put in a picture for Winter so sorry about that!
Sorry for the late posts lately, I have been a little distracted with school and all that but I am going to try and be better this coming week! Anyways, I didn’t do any writing but I did do some reading so here is an update on that.
This week I finished of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I have been going through a re reading phase these past few months and it is great honestly. I last read Since You’ve Been Gone in July for a readathon and absolutely adored it so it was amazing to re read this fun, fast paced book! Since I finished a few days ago, I decided to also give Ruby Red a re read because I also read these books earlier this year and fell in love with the time traveling aspect and characters! Ruby Red is about a girl named Gwen who’s family carries down a time traveling gene every few generations, and despite her family thinking it skipped Gwen, she one day finds herself thrust back into the past. This trilogy is really interesting and entertaining, and I am so excited to re read it.
That is all for my reading update and I hope you enjoyed!
Apparently spring is right around the corner for us so I decided to get you guys excited with some spring recommendations. These books are books that will make you feel pumped and ready for the sunshine!
Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny – Kissing Frogs is about a popular girl named Jessica who’s only chance at saving her less then excellent biology grade is to go on a trip to Panama to save the gold frog. This book is loosely based on the Frog Prince and is filled with new experiences, romance and lots of sun! I really enjoyed this quick read and it will definitely put you in the mood for some sun.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Isla is the third main protagonist we have in the Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door kind of trilogy thing. While this is my least favourite of the three, it definitely makes me feel in the spring/summery mood! In Isla and the Happily Every After, we follow Isla, a shy girl who has had a crush on an artist named Josh since the first day of high school and after an odd encounter with him in Manhattan, their relationship begins to blossom once school starts back up. This is a very fun, adventurous and light hearted book that you will zip through.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – I don’t know why but this book gives me spring vibes allll over. Maybe because it follows our main character, Apollo who in Greek Mythology is the sun god. Yeah that is probably it. Anyways, in this book Apollo is turned into a mortal and finds himself completing a series of tasks to regain his immortality. As Rick Riordan’s books always are, it was a humorous journey and as always I really enjoyed it!
The Selection by Kiera Cass – The romance in this book really, really reminds me of spring for some odd reason, but honestly, all contemporaries seem to fit into the spring/summer category…well except for a few. In The Selection, our main character is America Singer who enters a competition at the castle, trying to win over Prince Maxon’s heart. Things are complicated though when she has feelings for somebody else other than the prince though. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions but leaves a smile on your face by the end.
Those are a few spring recommendations for you and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Beginner’s Guide to: Readathons.
Readathons are a really great way to get some reading done but they do require a lot of free time and commitment because you are trying to read as many books possible. Obviously in a readathon it is okay if you don’t finish a large amount of books, but if you manage to finish one or even just start one, that is an accomplishment! Anyways, I am going to be sharing some tips and tricks to make your readathon journey go a little smoother.
Tip #1: Short or Long?
When it comes to choosing your books you need to take into account how large they are. If you choose big books for a readathon that is only a few day it may be harder to complete all of them, but if that is what you want to do then go on ahead. What I like to do, and recommend, is to pick one bigger book that I know is going to take me a bit longer to get through than the others, and then a few shorter books that I want to read. By doing this I have some books that I will finish quickly and then that will give me more time to read the bigger book!
Tip #2: Time
Since a readathon requires more reading time than usual, I like to create some sort of loose schedule. Now, I don’t like reading to a schedule but I like to think of the schedule as more of a suggestion. During a readathon I recommend reading for about an hour in the morning (finishing anywhere from 50-100 pages), an hour in the afternoon and an hour or two in the evening. If you manage to stick to that hour and read without getting distracted, that should be enough to finish or at least almost finish a book during that one day.
Tip #3: Distractions
During a readathon I always find myself wanting to scroll through Twitter or check my text messages but that is a terrible way to get sucked into the world of social media and forget about your book. Even though it is hard, if you are committed to trying to complete your book, turn off your phone. It’s that simple! During the time you are reading just shut off your phone, toss it across the room and read without any dinging from your phone to distract you.
Those are three trips to help you if you are participating in a readathon and I hope you enjoyed!
It is Valentine’s Day so it gives me an excuse to recommend more contemporary books that I love! Anyways, here are five books that are perfect reads for Valentine’s Day.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This was a no brainer. It is the perfect book to pick up on Valentine’s Day because it makes you feel so many things and is just amazing. Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna who is sent off to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. There, she meets a group of close knit friends and grows close to them quickly, especially one named Etienne St.Clair. This book is filled with romance, drama and great characters and is a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – Me Before You is about a young woman named Louisa Clark who takes a job taking care of a quadriplegic man named Will Trainor after her father looses his job. The story follows their relationship which starts off slow and rocky, but soon they find themselves growing closer together as time goes on. This book plays with your heartstring and leaves a gaping hole in your chest but it is so worth it.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – The synopsis of this book sounds incredibly cliché but it is much, much more than you expect it to be. Everything Everything follows a girl named Maddie who is allergic to the world and when a boy named Ollie moves in next door she finds herself falling for him. This book totally leaves you dumbfounded but ultimately is a great romance book about desire and trust!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes letters to all the boys she has loved before, but when they re mysteriously sent out she finds herself digging a deep hole of lies to prevent hurting the people closest to her. This book is filled with awkward and relatable moments and leaves a huge grin on your face. The last book in the trilogy is coming out this year so you should definitely pick up this book!
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen – You can never go wrong with a Sarah Dessen book so I had to add one onto this list. Just Listen is about a girl named Annabel who is someone who looks like her life is perfect…but its not. After a misunderstanding with her best friend she is left friendless and alone until she meets a mysterious boy named Own who accepts her for who she is, not who everyone believes she is. I absolutely loved this book and flew through it in a matter of hours!
Those are my five Valentine’s Day recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books to Read When You’re Bored.
This past weekend I got snowed in and I was super bored so I used my boredom to create a new blog post, so here are a few books that I like to read when I am bored. They captivate you and make you never want to put them down!
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – I talk about this book a lot but I can never stop reading this book when I pick it up. I am engrossed into the story every single time I read Eleanor and Park, and somehow I never seem to get bored of it. Eleanor and Park is about two very different people named Eleanor and Park and about their relationship that starts off shaky but blossoms into some more. I love, love this book and everyone needs to read it!
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – This is a book on time traveling and I absolutely love it. It follows our main character Gwen who comes from a family of time travellers but it is believed that the gene has skipped her, that is until she finds herself hundreds of years in the past. Now with her new abilities, she is thrust into the hectic world of time traveling totally unprepared. This book has it all! Romance, time travel, humor and overall is a fantastic read that you will not want to put down.
Divergent by Veronica Roth – Divergent has such a unique concept and the writing just flows so nicely that you are whisked away into this world without even realizing it. In Divergent, we follow Tris Prior who after taking an aptitude test that determines where she belongs in her society, finds herself having to hide who she truly is. While in my opinion the last two books in this dystopian trilogy are not as good, the first one is definitely worth the read!
The Summer I Turned I Pretty by Jenny Han – This is summer contemporary book that is such a fun and easy going read. You are easily locked into this summery beach scene and overall it is just a fun time. The Summer I Turned Pretty is about our main character named Belly who is returning to the beach house she has spent her summers at since she was little. There she reunites with old family friends Conrad and Jeremiah and together they have a summer filled with romance, drama and fun.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – In this book, we follow Percy Jackson a sarcastic and snarky character who after finding out his father is a Greek God, is thrust into a crazy world of monsters and demigods while also being blamed for stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt. Determined to prove he is not the thief, he goes on a journey to find it along with two friends before the summer solstice. This book is filled with awesome adventure and hilarious moments so I really recommend you pick it up if you haven’t. You won’t regret it!
Those are some books to read if you are bored and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!
This week was a pretty good reading week, I managed to complete Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and as always, very satisfying read. It is filled with romance and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy which is what I look for in a good contemporary! Since I am finished, I was going to pick up Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard but my contemporary loving self ended up choosing Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Although, I am already almost finished it so after that I will hopefully pick up Glass Sword or some other book I really need to read.
For writing, I did a little bit! Yesterday I wrote a page and a half of a story for this writing contest called Writers of the Future and it is a really great contest! It doesn’t have a fee and it is based for sci-fi and fantasy writers. If you are interested definitely check it out. Overall I am slowly writing again and am really happy.
That is all for my reading and writing routine and I hope you enjoyed!