It took me forever to finish re reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare this month, because not only have I been pretty busy, but I was also hit by a reading slump. Luckily, I just finished Lady Midnight and I am positive it has finally brought me out of my reading slump! It also made me very excited for Lord of Shadows, the sequel to Lady Midnight, even more than I already was. Since I have finished, next I am going to pick up The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I am always in the contemporary mood so I am super pumped to finally read this newer Morgan Matson book, and I am sure I will love it!
As for a writing update, I have written about six thousand words for my story. I only have until…tomorrow to finish my Camp NaNoWriMo story, but I think I can do it…yeah!
That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: April 2017 Book Haul!
I managed to buy a few books this month and I am really, really excited about them all so here they are!
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
I absolutely adored Morgan Matson’s, Since You’ve Been Gone, and I have heard great things about her new one as well. The Unexpected Everything is about this girl named Andie who had her summer all planned out, that is, until her politician father gets caught up in a big scandal and everything is flipped upside down. I have been in a huge contemporary mood lately so hopefully this book will satisfy it!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is a historical fiction book that I have heard fantastic things about, and since I have been wanting to read more historical fiction, I am very excited to finally read it! All the Light We Cannot See is about a blind French girl whose paths collide in France during World War II. Cannot wait to read this amazing story!
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout
I am in the mood for a trashy YA and I love Jennifer L Armentrout’s books so…I bought another! White Hot Kiss is about Layla, a seventeen year old girl who just wants to be normal, but that is kind of difficult when her kiss kills anything with a soul. I like that Jennifer L Armentrout’s books give me a contemporary feel, but also have a mystical aspects to it which makes me ever more excited!
Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder
I have always wanted to read a Maria V Snyder book, and saw this and decided to pick it up. I did realize that it is the second book in the series…but oh well. I am not a hundred percent sure what it is about, but I wanted to go into it without any real idea.
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
This book is everywhere and everyone has read it so I decided I should give it a shot. From what I have gathered, Hush Hush is about a girl named Nora who has never planned on falling in love, that is until Patch. I also have heard that it has to do with fallen angels, so I am really excited to see how that plays into it.
Those are all the books I purchased this month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Never Will I Ever Book Tag!
Never Will I Ever Ship This: Pick a Book/Series OTP That You Will Never Ship
For this, I definitely have to go with Chaol and Celaena from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I did not agree with that ship at all because one, I am a DorianxCalaena shipper and also I just didn’t think they went that well together! Chaol is too uptight for Calaena which is why I haven’t and never will ship this OTP.
Never Will I Ever Forget This Ending: Pick a Book/Series Ending You Will Never Forget (In a Good or Bad Way)
This was difficult because there are a lot of endings I will never forget, whether it is in a good way or a bad way. I will say that at the moment, the ending for Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare had me shook, and lets be honest, it still does. I won’t spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you have, you know what I mean. Those last few lines though!
Never Will I Ever Get Over this Character’s Death: Pick a Character Death from a Book/Series That You Will Never Stop Mourning (Give Spoiler Warning)
Okay, I am kind of bending the rules a bit because I am choosing a two characters from The Vampire Diaries TV show, but it is also book so at the same time its all okay. So if you haven’t completed all the seasons of The Vampire Diaries, than don’t keep reading!!!
So I have two for this answer at that is Jeremy’s death in season six, I think, because it was so heartbreaking to watch Elena lose not only her parents, but her brother as well. I know he comes back and all, like everyone seems to, but still, it broke me! Another that actually stayed dead, is Stefan Salvatore in that final episode…I cried so hard and will never stop mourning him.
Never Will I Ever Stop Crying Over this Book: Pick a Book/Series That You Will Always Cry Over (In a Good or Bad Way)
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan! I chose this because even though it wasn’t all I was expecting, I cried because the series that I had been reading for years and years had ended and my favourite characters would no longer be in the spotlight anymore. I knew I would see Percy and Annabeth and the others in other Rick Riordan books, but this was the end of their adventures and the thought just makes me cry an ocean of tears!
Never Will I Ever Read this Book/Series: Pick a Book/Series You Will Never Read
I was going to say The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith, but I decided to change it up a bit and so I went with The 100 by Kass Morgan. I absolutely love the TV show, especially this current season, but I do not see myself ever picking up the book series just because I have heard from many reliable sources, that it is nowhere near as fantastic as the TV series. I don’t like saying never though, so possibly one day I will give it a try, but at this point, I don’t see myself reading it any time soon.
Never Will I Ever Stop Raving About this Book/Series: Pick a Book/Series You Will Never Stop Raving About
I have to go with two different series for this, just because I think they are both amazing. The first is, of course, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because not only does it hold a lot of sentimental value to me, but I also just love the characters, the story and the world. The second series is the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier which is just such an interesting and fun trilogy on time travel that I recommend to as many people as possible!
Never Will I Ever Lend this Book/Series to a Friend: Pick a Book/Series You Will Never Let Anyone Borrow
My Harry Potter series by JK Rowling because not only is it the beautiful UK edition, but it is also all paperback meaning it bends easily. I want everyone to read Harry Potter but they can just go to the library and pick up the series instead of ruining my gorgeous book covers!
I tag whoever wants to do this tag!
That is all for the Never Will I Ever Book Tag and thanks again, Ann, for tagging me to do this fun tag! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: May 2017 Talk!
May is filled with new releases and here are a few that I am super excited for!
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – This is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy which is pretty fantastic by the way, so if you haven’t read the first two books…you should go do that. The first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses is loosely based upon Beauty and the Beast, and is about a girl named Feyre who while hunting for her family, kills a faerie disguised as a wolf and as punishment, is forced to live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie lands. I am super excited to see where this third (and final?) book leads us! A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out on May 2nd.
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – This is the second book in Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo series, which I think is a really fun and entertaining series so far. The first book, The Hidden Oracle, follows the sun god Apollo who after angering his father, Zeus, is cast down to Earth as a mortal. Apollo is a hilarious character and the first book had so many great scenes that had me laughing to the point where I had tears, so I am intrigued to see how the second book pans out. This book comes out on May 2nd.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – If you have read previous blog posts of mine, you would know I am a huge fan of Jenny Han’s contemporary trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, so obviously the third and final book will be on here! The first book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, follows our main character Lara Jean who has always written love letters to the boys she has loved before, but with no intention of them ever being seen. But when all her love letters are mysteriously sent out, she finds herself digging a deep hole of lies to prevent her current crush from knowing the truth. The first two books are very quirky and fun and I really recommend you read them before the new one comes out! This book comes out on May 2nd.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – I honestly cannot wait any longer to read this book, because I just know it is going to blow me away. This is a continuation of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world, and follows Emma Carstairs who’s parents disappeared during the Dark War but one day wash up on shore, dead. Confused and upset, she struggles to uncover the truth with the help of her best friend, Julian. The first book, Lady Midnight was amazing so I have high hopes! This book comes out on May 23rd.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – I thought Guardians of the Galaxy was freaking amazing, so I cannot wait to finally see the second one. I am not very good at explaining what the movie is about, but it is a sci-fi movie that has a great soundtrack so that should be enough motivation to watch it! This movie will be in theatres on May 5th.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – I have been reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books since I was a little kid, and honestly I still read them. I really enjoyed the three original movies with Zachary Gordon and Devon Bostick, so I am a little skeptical with this new one but we will see. This movie is about a middle schooler named Greg who’s family is going on road trip for his grandmother’s birthday, but really wants to attend a gaming convention that is on the way there. I don’t have super high hopes but who knows, maybe it will surprise me. This movie comes out on May 19th.
Everything Everything – This is also based on a book by Nicola Yoon, and I really enjoyed the book so I am looking forward to the movie next month! Everything Everything is about a girl named Maddie who has been house bound her entire life because she is allergic to everything in the outside world. When a boy named Ollie moves next door though, she finds herself taking new risks and realizing that the way she is living, isn’t really a life at all. The trailer looks amazing and I think this is going to be an amazing book-to-movie adaptation. This movie is in the theatres on May 19th.
Those are all of the books and movies I am excited for next month, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Quick Reads!
I love being invested in a nice, big book, but I also enjoy being able to finish a book in one sitting. If you are like that as well, here are a few recommendations for some quick reads!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Not only is this a book that sucks you in and doesn’t let you leave, it is not very long (two hundred and thirteen pages). The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows a high school freshman, Charlie, who suffers from a difficult past, but with the help of some new friends, they help him turn things around for the better. This can be a heavy book at times because it deals with mental illness, but it is a very fast paced and fantastic read that you will not want to put down!
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen – I read Sarah Dessen books very quickly, but this one I managed to read in one sitting because it was just so fast paced. This book follows a girl named Annabel whose life seems perfect, but is anything but. Her life is full of high expectations and no friends to help her through it, until she meets Ollie, a quiet, music loving boy who sheds some light in her world. A fun, quick contemporary!
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – The adaption for this book actually comes out this May, so you better get your hands on it because since it is a quick read, you have time before the movie! Everything Everything is about this girl named Maddie who hasn’t left her house in many, many years because she is allergic to well, everything everything. One day though, a boy named Ollie moves next door and shows her there is more to life than what she knows. This may sound cliché, but trust me, it is not and you will most likely really end up enjoying it!
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I read this book so I could watch the adaptation, which is as amazing as the book, and I read it in one night…which is kind of insane considering it is about four hundred pages. Me Before You is about a young woman named Lou who begins working for a quadriplegic man named Will, who has seemed to have lost the will to live. With a shaky beginning, they grow to care for one another as they go on a journey of struggles, laughs and tears. A quick must read!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – Once you get into the story, the Harry Potter world is something that completely consumes you until you flip to the last page. If for some reason you didn’t know what Harry Potter was…it is about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers he is a wizard. He is sent to a magical boarding school called Hogwarts where he will be able to learn to control his powers, but not everything is as light and fluffy as it seems, because he is also being hunted down by an evil wizard named Voldemort.
Those are five quick reads that I really enjoy, so I hope you will to. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Unpopular Book Opinions!
This book tag was originally created by TheBookArcher on YouTube, and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to do it!
A Popular Book or Series You Didn’t Like
Twilight by Stephanie Meyers…I didn’t hate the first book but I could not get into it whatsoever. I read the first hundred or so pages, but then skimmed the rest and the only reason I know what happens is because I have seen the movies, which honestly, I prefer over the books.
2. A Popular Book or Series that Everyone Else Seems to Hate but You Love
I wouldn’t necessarily say everyone hates it, but there is controversy surrounding this trilogy and that is The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han. It is very cliché, and I do see its flaws, but overall I really enjoyed it and can see myself re reading it in the future!
3. A Love Triangle Where the Main Character Ended Up with the Person You Did NOT Want Them to End Up with, or an OTP You Don’t Like
I am going to go with an OTP I don’t like,and if you haven’t read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, you might not want to read this, but it isn’t that big of a spoiler. For this I am going to have to say Mark Blackthorn and Kieran because I do not like Kieran. I think Mark deserves SO much better and while Kieran does have his moments, he did something that I will never, ever forgive him for.
4. A Popular Book Genre That You Hardly Reach For
I do have a few books of this genre, but I hardly ever reach for it on my own, and that is sci-fi. I do have the first two books in the 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Yancy, and also the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, but other than that I don’t really read to much sci-fi.
5. A Popular or Beloved Character that You Do Not Like
Hmm…okay a popular character I don’t like that everyone else seems to is Lissa from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Lissa is portrayed as a very sweet character, but I found her very, very annoying at times.
6. A Popular Author that You Can’t Seem to Get Into
John Green! I have read three of his books and I mean, they were okay, but I don’t think I will pick up anything else of his. I just find his stories are all the same and his writing just isn’t for me!
7. A Popular Book Trope That You Are Tired of Seeing
Hmm, there are a lot but I am going to have to say the “I really like them but I am not good for them” book trope because ugh, it is so aggravating. If you like the person don’t push them away! Even if you think you are “bad” for them, they probably won’t care if they also like you.
8. A Popular Book Series That You Have No Interest in Reading
Okay, so I am not going to say I will never read this because I am sure eventually I will, but at the moment I have no desire to read Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman…I am sure it is amazing, from what I have heard, but at the moment it just doesn’t sound like something I would be into, but possibly sometime in the future!
9. The Saying Goes “The Book is Always Better than the Movie” but What Movie or TV Show Adaptation Do You Prefer Over the Book?
For this I am going to have to go with, hands down, The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I enjoyed the movie (both of them) way, way more than the books. I found the books very plain and not very captivating, but I thought the movies were pretty good!
Those are my answers for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!
As I have mentioned, I am re reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, in preparation of Lord of Shadows which comes out in May! Lady Midnight is a pretty large book (being about 668 pages), but I am over half way done and am loving it just as much as the first time. Lady Midnight takes place in Los Angeles, and follows Emma Carstiars, a Shadowhunter who is searching for the answer to her parents mysterious death years ago with the help of her best friend, Julian, and his family. Cassandra Clare’s books never disappoint me, so I am extremely excited to get my hands on her newest book soon! I am guessing I will probably finish Lady Midnight, hopefully, sometime next week, and when I do I plan on reading the Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I bought this a book a few weeks ago, and I love Morgan Matson books so I am ready to dive right into it.
For writing, I have written about three thousand words for Camp NaNoWriMo, because I am finally participating in it after three weeks. My goal is only ten thousand words, so I have my fingers crossed that I can achieve in nine days…
That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Favourite Re Reads!
Re reading books I love is one of my favourite things to do, which can sometimes be bad when I need to read some new books on my shelf…but anyways, here are a few of my favourite books to re read!
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I absolutely loved Lady Midnight the first time I read it, but now I am re reading it and it is just as amazing. Lady Midnight is a massive books but reads quickly in my opinion. I forgot how witty the characters were and how fantastic the whole story is, and I am falling in love with it all over again. I love re reading all of Cassie Clare’s books but at the moment this is definitely a favourite of mine to re read!
Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This book is such a quick, fun read that I can read multiple times but never get bored of it. Obsidian is part of a five book series, but it is hands down my favourite of them all. I think I like it the most because as the story progresses, the books grow darker and I just enjoy how light and fluffy the first one is.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I have read Fangirl twice now, and the second time was just as good as the first let me tell you. Fangirl is just one of those cute contemporaries with not only relatable characters, but relatable moments. I recommend anyone who hasn’t read it to read it, because you will fall in love with it!
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – I doubt this is a surprise for any of you because who isn’t going to want to re read a Harry Potter book? I almost put the first book down, but overall I love the fourth one the most. Something about have the triwizard tournament and than the ball just makes me love the story even more.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Surprise, surprise right? Its not like I have read this book ten thousand times. I just love contemporaries and Anna and the French Kiss is a perfect one, okay? I re read contemporaries the most just because they are so fun, entertaining and super quick reads!
Those are five books I like to re read the most and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 5 Things I Look for in a Book!
A Stunning Cover – Even though you should never ever judge a book buy its cover…it does help to have a pretty cover that makes me want to pick it up. I only buy books I am 98% sure I will enjoy, but if it has a nice cover than that is always a bonus.
Relatable Characters – Having realistic and relatable characters is essential to an amazing book. Nobody has completely perfect skin, nobody has no insecurities, nobody never feels stressed, and the list goes on and on. If a character is too perfect it can drive me away! As Stephanie Perkins says in Lola and the Boy Next Door, it is your imperfections that make you perfect for someone else.
Humour– I do like my dark, twisted books, but I love when a book has little bits of humour in it. I love to laugh but when I read it is really hard to get me to laugh for some reason…so if a book makes me laugh out loud instead of just in my mind then it is definitely a keeper.
Not Too Complicated Plot– Sometimes authors create such complex and fine detailed worlds, that it is hard for me to follow along. Other authors though, have a fantastic skill where they have this massive, detailed world, yet it is easy for anyone to understand it by reading their books. Some examples of not too complicated but amazing plots are Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books, and of course, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series!
Fantasy or Contemporary – I do read lots of different genres of books such as sci-fi, dystopian, middle grade, etc, but honestly, if it is a fantasy or contemporary I am 10x more likely to buy it. I just love how magical fantasy is, and how realistic and adorable contemporaries can be. The two can be total opposites but sometimes not.
Those are five things I look for in a book and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and also comment below some things you look for in a book!
By trashy, I mean filled with YA tropes and clichés…but in the best way possible. I absolutely love trashy YA, I devour it because it is made of the most addicting things ever! Anyways, here are a list of five of my favourite trashy YA novels.
The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout – These books are about a human and a hot, alien badboy falling for each other…how more cliché can it get? I read the first book in one sitting because I didn’t want to stop, and same with the second. The series falters a bit after the second, but I still really enjoy it overall. If you want a fast-paced, trashy YA series, definitely give this a go!
The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han – Cliché count…this books takes place in the summer(1), it has a love triangle(2), it has a good boy and a bad boy(3), it has a girl who doesn’t think she is pretty but really is(4)…the list goes on and on and on. This is a very controversial trilogy because some people enjoy it while others don’t, but personally I think it is a lot of fun.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – This has a lot of romance in it, and also has the typical cliché of “good boy” and “bad boy” but I love it! It is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast and just makes you swoon. It is probably the least trashy book on this list, but still, it has its clichés that I adore.
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass – I swear these books are the definition of trashy which is probably why I finished the first three books in two days…once you pick them up you do not want to put them down which is why I love all these trashy books. They always make me want to read. The Selection has romance and tension and is overall a really fun and entertaining read!
Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – These are some of my favourite contemporary books, but they definitely fit into the category of trashy YA. They have such adorable romances and clichés that even though they are heavily used, you can’t help but appreciate. Once you pick up the first one, you want to pick up the next one right away and voila! You are once again sucked into the trashy YA’s.
Those are five of my favourite trashy YA novels, and I use trashy in a good way I swear. If you want to a quick, entertaining read definitely give these a try! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!