June 2017 TBR

June is the final month of school for me, and luckily I have no big exams this coming from month so I do plan to do lots of reading!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – I am currently reading this book, but it is massive that it is taking me a while to get through it. If you didn’t know, Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight, which follows a group of Shadowhunters who are trying to figure out the murder of Emma Carstair’s parents’ death. This was my favourite book of 2016, so I am super excited to continue reading the sequel because I am already loving it!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I love the vibe I get when I read this book so I am planning to read it the last week of school. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who has spent her whole life out of the spotlight, but when her brother, Peyton, does something that puts the whole family front and centre, she realizes she can’t escape it. This is a really fun, light and summery contemporary that I cannot wait to re read!

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – I started reading in May, but I got distracted with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare so I never finished it. The Dark Prophecy is the sequel to The Hidden Oracle, and follows the god Apollo as he is cast down to earth as a mortal. This is a very funny and fast paced series that I cannot wait to continue on with.

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout – I suspect that this will be a really fast paced, easy read as most of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books are, so I am excited to get to it later this month. I know this book deals with supernatural creatures and that is all I really want to know about it. I like to go into books like this without a clue what is going on, just to be pleasantly surprised.

Those are all the books I plan on reading in the month of June, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

Freelancing

I have recently decided to try out freelancing, because I know it is a great way to make some money if you are a writer. I am not incredibly knowledgeable in freelancing, but I am willing to do some research to figure out what websites to use and how to start up my small business. Some websites that I have heard about that are good are:

  • UpWork
  • Freelancer
  • iFreelance

If you have any tips on freelancing, or any websites your recommend then please leave them down below because I would greatly appreciate it!

Reading/Writing Update!

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As you all probably know, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare came out this past Tuesday. It is the sequel to the fantastic Lady Midnight, which was my favourite book of 2016, so I am obviously devouring the book right now. I am not too far in (about one hundred and fifty pages) but so far I am loving what I am reading. We have introduced some new characters, seen some old characters and overall the storyline is moving at a fast pace. I know I am will not be disappointed with this book and I cannot wait to get deeper into it! Once I finish this book, I plan on continuing The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, and hopefully it won’t take me too long to finish because the end of the school year means there are lots of books I am waiting to dive into.

As for writing, I haven’t really done much. I have kept up with my planning and have been reading some craft books, but I do not feel that my story is ready to be typed up yet. I am hoping I will get to the point where I am ready to write it sometime this summer, but as of right now I have no idea what will happen.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: June 2017 Talk!

June 2017 Talk!

June isn’t a month filled with new releases like May was, which is good because I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to catch up. Anyways, here are a few books and movies that I am looking forward to this June!

Books:

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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – This is a YA contemporary that follows the daughter of a famous wedding planner, Louana, as she meets a serial dater named Ambrose. At first she tries to not get too involved, but that doesn’t discourage Ambrose who thinks she is the one. I know this is going to be a fun summer contemporary that I am going to have a blast reading, and I cannot wait for it to come out! This is book will be out on June 6th.

Movies:

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Wonder Woman – I think everyone is pumped for this movie because how could you not after watching the fantastic trailer? The actress playing Wonder Woman looks incredible and I love Chris Pine so it will be fun seeing him in this most likely fantastic film. If you didn’t know, Wonder Woman follows a young woman named Diana who has trained among the Amazonian warriors on a mythical island. When her home land is threatened, she must travel to the outside world and take the steps to becoming who she was destined to be. This movie will be in theatres on June 2nd.

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Cars 3 – The Cars movies are movies I have been watching since I was a little kid. I am not entirely sure what the detailed plot of this movie is about…but I know it will have racing like always. Anyways, I hope I won’t be disappointed by this movie and I am looking forward to it! This movie will be out on June 16th.

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Despicable Me 3 – Again, another movie series I have been watching for quite a few years now. I was not anticipating a third movie, but since they are giving us one why not go see if its any good? Also not entirely sure what the plot of this movie is, but I am expecting it to be like the others and involve Gru and the girls trying to save the people from evil. This movie will be out on June 30th.

That is all for my June 2017 Talk and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Long Reads!

 

Long Reads!

I do enjoy my quick, easy reads, but it is also nice to fully indulge in a book for several hundred pages. If you too enjoy long reads then here are a few recommendations!

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This is a pretty thick book, being almost seven hundred pages long, but it is absolutely fantastic. You do have to read all of Cassandra Clare’s other books before you read this one, but trust me, it is so worth it. Lady Midnight follows a group of Shadowhunters (half human half angel) who try to uncover the mystery of Emma Carstairs’ parents’ death, but it turns out to be more than they bargained for. A story with a great cast of characters and a thrilling plot!

SaintAnythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen – This book is a little over four hundred pages, and that is quite a lot for a contemporary, but since summer is here it is a definite read. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is used to being in the shadows, unseen and unheard. But when her brother does something that puts a spotlight on the entire family, she finds that she can’t outrun it. I just flew through this book, and I definitely believe it is one of Sarah Dessen’s best work.

anemberintheashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – An Ember in the Ashes is a fantastic book that was easily one of my favourite reads of 2015. It was action packed, and had some drops of romance here and there. An Ember in the Ashes follows two perspectives, Laia and Elias. Laia is on the run after her brother was taken by the Empire, and Elias is trying to escape the Empire. We follow these two misfits as their paths intertwine and they face a series of deadly challenges. It is a gripping read that you will devour whole.

throne-of-glass-sarah-j-maasThrone of Glass by Sarah J Maas – In this series, the books just keep getting larger and larger, but I am okay with that. Throne of Glass follows a badass assassin, Celeana Sardothien, who is being given the option to leave the slavery camp she is trapped in forever, or work for the king. She jumps at the offer only to be faced with a series of battles to the death, in order to become the King’s personal assassin. This is a book with lots of epic fight scenes, and scenes that will keep you on your toes and wanting more!

the-unexpected-everything-9781481404549_hrThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – For a contemporary this thing is HUGE, being over five hundred pages and all. The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Andie who had her whole summer mapped out. She had a great internship lined up, was on the way to have a quick summer romance, and was ready to have epic adventures with her friends. That is, until her father, a popular congressman, is involved in a political scandal and her plans dramatically change. This is another fun, summery read that I definitely recommend since summer is around the corner!

Those are some longer book recommendations to read and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writer’s Motivation Pack!

Writer’s Motivation Pack!

When it comes to writing, sometimes you just need a little motivation to get you started. Since this is a problem I face ninety nine percent of the time, I have put together a few different motivation options for all of you seeking a little inspiration.

Podcasts:

Image result for 88 cups of tea with yin chang88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang – This is an amazing writing podcast that comes out every Thursday, and is something I recommend all writers listen to. It gets you motivated and excited to write and you always finish it with new, valuable information. Some episodes I recommend are Victoria or VE Schwab, Jerry Spinelli, Sandhya Menon, Joanna Volpe, and Sarah J Maas! These are some of my favourite episodes, but they are all fantastic and you should listen to them all. http://88cupsoftea.com/

Image result for first draft with sarah enniFirst Draft with Sarah Enni – This is also a great podcast for writers because just like 88 Cups of Tea, it brings on a diverse cast of amazing authors that have many tips and tricks when it comes to not only writing, but the publishing world. Some episodes I love and recommend are Veronica Roth, Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Jenny Han, and Margaret Stohl. Again, these are just some of my personal favourites but all the episodes are great! http://firstdraftwithsarahenni.tumblr.com/

Books:

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A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves – I have barley gotten into this book, but I am already learning so much from it. It has easily accessible information, unlike some where you have to read it cover to cover to get the information from it. This is definitely getting me motivated to write and I am really enjoying learning some new tips and tricks as always!

Write – This little writing book is filled with tips from a variety of authors like Neil Gaiman, Richard Ford, and Margaret Atwood. I flew through this short handbook and took away lots of information. A must for a quick read!

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Art of Character by David Corbett – I wrote down so many notes from this book, so I recommend having a notebook handy. I know creating flushed out characters is not a strong point of mine yet, so I feel that this book really assisted in my understanding on how to do so and I really recommend it!

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Writing Fiction Step by Step by Jossip Novakovich – Again, another writing book where I recommend that you have a notebook next to you. So much information that is valuable and useful, and is information that I use whenever I write now.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – This isn’t a craft book, but something about JK Rowling’s complex and fantastic world just makes me get the craving to write. It has planted so many ideas in my head and is just the source of great young literature!

That is all for this Writer’s Motivation Pack and I hope you found some of it useful. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

 

 

Reading/Writing Update!

I am so sorry I haven’t posted for the past two days, I was trying to come out with some new blog post ideas that I got carried away with the planning and never got around to actually writing any…but anyways, here is my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoy!

My reading has been pretty slow this week, but I have still been reading and enjoying The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. As always, Rick Riordan’s books are just so much fun to read, and always have me laughing which is what this book is like. My plan is to finish this book by Tuesday, which may be a bit of a challenge considering I am barley half way done. I want to finish by Tuesday because that is the day Lord of Shadows comes out and I am so excited to get my hands on it!

For writing, I haven’t necessarily been writing, but I have been planning. A lot. I have a binder that is just getting filled with characters, scenes and ideas that I have for this project. I have decided to call my project, Project Charm Bracelet, which gives the opposite feel of what my story is like, but it does somewhat represent it. I am really enjoying my planning process for this story, and I feel everything becoming clearer. I am hoping to start writing it once my summer starts, which is June 30th, and I cannot wait!

That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed!

Reading Goals for 2017

I want to read as many different books as I possibly can this year, so I decided to make a list of some different reading goals that I want to accomplish. If you find any of these goals intriguing then definitely try them out!

  1. Read More Historical Fiction – I recently bought All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which takes place during World War II, and I am really excited to read it because I don’t read to much historical fiction. Some other historical fiction books I have and want to read, are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman.
  2. Finish Any Uncompleted Series – By this, I mean I want to read as many series as I can that I started, but then never ended up finishing. Some examples for me, are the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas, the Red Queen trilogy by Victoria Aveyard, and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.
  3. Finally Give Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a Try – I have heard so many mixed reviews on this book that I have been a little hesitant to pick it up. It is sitting on my shelf though, gathering dust, so I might as well pick it up and give it a try.
  4. Try Reading Some Classics – I have a whole shelf of classics that I have never read! I don’t know if classics are exactly the style of books I am into, but I want to try and read a few like Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, and Alice in Wonderland. Everyone has read at least one classic and I feel like it is an obligation to give them a try.
  5. Re Read The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – As you probably know, I am a die hard fan of Cassandra Clare, and it feels like forever since I last re read her first series! I just checked and I haven’t read this series since 2015! Which is crazy but I guess that is what happens when so many other amazing books come out. Anyways, this series is in need of a re read and I hoping that will happen this coming summer.

Those are a few reading goals I have for the rest of the year and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: The Hamilton Book Tag!

The Hamilton Book Tag!

If you somehow do not know what Hamilton is…it is basically an epic musical based on the life and events of Alexander Hamilton. I am not even American, yet I absolutely love the songs from this musical, and the whole history behind them. Since I love Hamilton so much, as well as books, I thought this would the perfect tag to do! (P.S. I am not sure who created this tag, but if you do know definitely let me know!)

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The Room Where It Happens – Pick a Book World That You Would Put Yourself In

Ok, so for this literally everyone has said Harry Potter, because who wouldn’t want to live in a world where magic exists? Of course that would be my answer, but I decided to be a little more original and not officially choose that. So, my answer is the Percy Jackson world from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I chose this because I would love to be the child of some all powerful god or goddess, and also have some fighting skills as well.

The Schulyer Sisters – Share a Female Character That You Think is Underrated

I definitely have to go with Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Hermione is such an intelligent person, yet she doesn’t get enough credit for it. Especially by Snape, who literally calls her a snobby know-it-all, just because she knows the answers to his questions. I think that Ron and Harry also took her a little for granted and some points, and while there were moments Hermione did show some girl power, I wish there were more scenes like that!

My Shot – Pick a Character That Goes After What They Want

Emma Carstairs from Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! I think Emma is a very strong and independent character, which I really appreciate. Emma definitely goes after what she wants no matter the consequences, and takes nothing from nobody because she knows she could easily destroy them with a flick of her sword, Cortana.

Stay Alive – Pick a Character You Wish Was Still Alive

Hahahaha, if you have not finished watching season 8 of the Vampire Diaries (yes, I am using a TV show for this question, but it is also a book so…) then DO NOT READ BELOW!

For this I have to go with Stefan Salvatore because really? You really have to go and kill off a great guy who just tries to keep the ones he loves alive? Ugh, I cried a lot because of his death. It was just so sad to think that not only is he never really going to see Elena again after her being half dead for a few years, but he is also not going to see Caroline, Damon, Bonnie and really anyone again. The thought of this is absolutely heart breaking.

Burn – The Most Devastating End To A Relationship You Read About

Champion by Marie Lu…if you have read it you know what I am talking about.

You’ll Be Back – The Sassiest Villain You Have Read In A Book

Again! I have to use The Vampire Diaries because oh my gosh, Katherine and Kai were the most sassiest and best villains I have ever watched unfold on the screen. I mean yeah, they were awful people, but they were never dull or boring.

The Reynolds Pamphlet – A Book With a Twist That You Didn’t See Coming

I don’t like being spoiled on twists that happen in books so I am just not going to answer this one!

Non Stop – Pick A Series That You Marathoned

I have marathoned many, many series so I am just going to a list a few. Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Harry Potter by JK Rowling…The list goes on and on.

Satisfied – Pick Out Your Favourite Book With Multi POV

I can definitely tell you which book that I did not appreciate it having multiple POVs, and that was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. But for a book that I did enjoy that had mutli POV would probably be The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare because I always love Cassandra Clare’s main characters. They are just so fun and diverse and I always enjoying reading in their different perspectives.

Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story – Pick A Book That YOU Think Will Go Down In History

This time I am just going to go with the obvious choice, and that is Harry Potter by JK Rowling because it still has a massive impact on not only readers, but society today and it was written in the early 90’s! I think Harry Potter will not fade for a long, long, long time and I am glad because it truly is a fantastic series.

Those are my answers for the Hamilton Book Tag and I tag anyone who has the desire to do it!

Reading Update!

Sorry I have not posted for the last few days. I felt very creatively blocked and could not, for the life of me, come up with a decent blog post! Anyways, hopefully things will be back on track for this week and the weeks to come, and I hope you enjoy this quick reading update.

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I was slowly making my way through The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and I finally finished it on Friday night. I had somewhat high expectations for this book, considering how much I loved Since You’ve Been Gone, and while I did really enjoy the book and thought it was a lot of fun, Since You’ve Been Gone is still my favourite Morgan Matson book. I really loved the summery vibe this book gave me, but I did find that my alarming differences from the main character, Andie, made it hard for me to connect to the story as much as I hoped I would. I am glad I read this though, and will give more detail on my thoughts on it in my May 2017 Wrap Up! Since I have finished this book, my plan is to continue reading The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, which I have started a bit, and then fit in another book before Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare comes out. Once this book comes out, I know my life is going to be, once again, consumed by this (most likely) fantastic book!

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