Shadowhunter Runes Book Tag (Original)

There are so many Shadowhunter runes out there, so I decided to get a little creative and create my own tag using some of the runes. If you want to do this tag don’t forget to tag me in it so I can see all of your answers to the questions I have chosen!

Anyways, onto the tag!

Trust – Pick a Book/Series Where Trust Was Betrayed

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If you haven’t read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan than do not keep reading!!!

The book I chose for this question is Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and the character is yes, you guessed it, Luke Castellan. I really liked Luke and then all of a sudden we realized he wasn’t who we thought he was, and it broke my heart. However, I remember thinking how genius it was to have a character so close to one of the main characters become the villain. It made for a more interesting and tense series that 10-14-year-old me loved. Honestly, I still love it even now.

Acceleration – Pick a Book/Series That You Accelerated Through

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I have flown through many, many books, but the first one that came to my mind was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This is a pretty massive book, being over 660 pages, and I was so sucked into the world and the characters that I finished it in less than 48 hours. Every spare time I had before school, during school and after school was used to read this amazing book and I have absolutely no regrets.

Deflect/Block – Pick a Book/Series That You Have Blocked Out From Your Mind

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A book I try not to think about at all is The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy, the sequel to The 5th Wave. I really, really enjoyed The 5th Wave. I thought it was fun and action-packed, and so I was super excited to jump into the sequel…only to be utterly disappointed. I did not like this book at all and I try and block it out from my mind. There were multiple POVs in this book that I did enjoy reading from, and overall, the story felt stagnant.

Recall – Pick the First Book/Series You Read

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The first book series I remember the most vividly that I read, would be Junie B Jones by Barbara Park. I borrowed them all from my older cousin and sometimes refused to give them back until I re-read them a couple of times. While I am not sure if I read all of them, I am certain I read a good chunk of the series and absolutely adored them. They lead me to read more little chapter books like Geronimo Stilton and The Magic Treehouse that eventually lead me to read the books I do today.

Friendship – Pick a Book/Series That Has an Awesome Friendship

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I have to go cliche with this one, and say the Golden Trio from Harry Potter by JK Rowling! They are different in many ways, making them unbeatable when they are together. When you think of an ideal friendship, you cannot help but think of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

Surefooted – Pick a Confident Character from a Book/Series

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Who else can I say but Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare? Jace is such a cocky, arrogant character, but you can’t help but be head over heels for him because he does mean well. He knows people look at him in awe and drool as he walks by, and honestly, who can blame them?

Insight/Foresight – Pick a Book/Series with a Predictable Ending

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It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing that this ending was predictable, but still, it was pretty obvious. The ending I am talking about is the one for The Selection by Kiera Cass because we all knew what was going to happen. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t picked up these books, but the cover of the third book also gave it away so…

Waterproof – Pick a Book/Series That Everyone Else but You Cried While Reading

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The Fault and Our Stars by John Green hands down! I liked the story to an extent, but I felt no emotional attachment to the characters so I didn’t cry…at all. As a matter of fact, during the movie, I forced myself to cry just so people wouldn’t think I was a monster with a black hole where my heart should be! Now, I realize not that many people cried during it either.

Power – Pick a Book/Series That Has a Powerful Message

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There is a lot of hype over the TV series at the moment so I thought this would be a suitable choice, and that is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I thought that this story holds a very important message that more people should be aware of. People need to watch out for signs from loved ones, or even the people around them, of suicide and realize it is not a joke. While I do believe the idea of suicide in Thirteen Reasons Why is a bit romanticized, I am glad that it is becoming a jumping point for more conversations and awareness around suicide.

That is all for my Shadowhunter Runes Tag, and if you want to do it than I tag you! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Spring/Summer 2017 TBR

 

 

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Spring/Summer 2017 TBR!

Okay, so I have a lot of books on my shelf, as well as books coming out, that I want to read with absolutely no time. I am sure a lot of you can relate, so here are all the books I want to and need to finish before the end of the summer!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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This book is about a girl named Andie who has her whole summer planned out. She has a great internship lined up, a great group of friends, and is ready to for a quick summer romance…as long as it is no more than three weeks. But when her congressman father gets caught up in a political scandal, she finds her summer flipped upside down and her organized summer becomes an insane mess. I am currently reading this book, but I have been distracted by all these new releases that it keeps getting pushed back. I am determined to finish it very soon though!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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This is a book a bind up of novellas written in Simon Lewis’s POV, and follow him on his journey through the Shadowhunter Academy as he sets out to become a Shadowhunter. I started this earlier this year, but again, I just got distracted by other books and never got around to finishing it.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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The Moon and More follows our main character, Emaline, who is entering the summer before college, and during this last summer, she meets a city boy named Theo. Theo isn’t the typical boy she would like, but she can’t help but feel drawn to him in this summer contemporary. I love Sarah Dessen books, so I know I will eventually read it this summer, it has just been sitting on my shelf for a while.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas 

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A Court of Mist and Fury is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which follows Feyre, a girl who while hunting for her family shoots and kills a wolf. The only thing is, the wolf turns out to be a faerie, and she forced to make the decision to die or live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie world. She chooses to leave for the faerie world, and realizes it is not anything like she believed. I devoured the first book, but this book is quite chunky so I am going to need a little motivation to tackle it, and a lot of time.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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This is the sequel to Six of Crows, which follows a group of misfits who attempt an impossible, suicidal mission. Yet, none of them have anything to lose, and the reward is too good to pass up, leading to a quest of insanity. I enjoyed the first book, but I definitely need to give it a re read because I am a little hazy on the details.

Those are a few books that I NEED to finish before the fall, and before school starts back up again. I have high hopes to get them done, but there are also a lot of amazing books coming out so we shall see. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

May 2nd was the day of a whole bunch of new releases I was anticipating. There was A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas, The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I bought Always and Forever, Lara Jean, and finished it in about a day because I could not put it down! It was just as fun and quirky as I hoped, and while I am sad one of my favourite trilogies is over, I loved the finale. Next I plan on reading and finishing both The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. I am super excited to dive into these books and I have high hopes that I know will be met!

I didn’t do any writing this week, but I have been planning and planning for my story, and slowly I can see it piecing together in front of me. Planning has made me more excited for this project, and I cannot wait to finally be able to write it!

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Quick Writing Tips #5!

 

Quick Writing Tips #5

  1. Whiteboards – Whiteboards are a great way to world build, especially for fantasy worlds, and is also a fun way to contribute to your story. I found that once I drew out my world, I understood it so much better and felt like I actually know what I am talking about when I describe it. Whiteboards are also great for not only drawing out your world, but for writing out your sequence of events and whatnot.
  2. Write a Little Everyday – This may sound time consuming if you are busy and do not have time to write everyday, but it doesn’t mean you have to write a lot. I try and write at least fifteen minutes a day, and that doesn’t even mean me working on my story. I include writing my blog posts or journal entries as my “writing for the day” if I don’t have the time to contribute to my story. This really helps keep your creativity flowing!
  3. Ask Friends/Family – Ask the people around you what they would read. Ask what kind of aspects they enjoy in a novel whether that has to do with the plot, the characters or the world. It is good to get an inside on what readers want to read, so then when you go write you can add in things you know they enjoy reading.
  4. Writing Groups – I personally do not have access to a writing group, but I have always thought about starting one. I am currently in high school, and I know for a fact there are at least a few people who also enjoy writing so we could easily get together and form a writing group. If you know of one in your community, definitely check it out or if you don’t, start one!
  5. Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest – Pinterest is great for anything  really. You can search up writing prompts, writing tips, character names…the list goes on and on. I love Pinterest and always use it for its creative writing prompts, and I am sure a lot of you appreciate to! Pinterest is also great for building up a character which I have started to do recently.

Those are five writing tips and I hope you enjoyed!

May 2017 TBR!

I didn’t read too many books in April, but I really want to read more in May because there are SO many amazing new releases coming out. This may be a little ambitious since May will be a busy month for me, but its not a true TBR without being a little too ambitious.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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I am ecstatic for Jenny Han’s new book, and final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. It comes out tomorrow, and I plan on reading it right away! If you didn’t know, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows a girl named Lara Jean who writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before, but one day, they get mysteriously sent out. This is a really fun and has a quirky romance, and if you haven’t read it you are really missing out!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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This is definitely my most anticipated book of 2017 so once I get this book in my hands, I will be devouring it. Lord of Shadows comes out later in the month of May (sadly) and is the sequel to Lady Midnight which follows our main characters, Emma and Julian, two Shadowhunters, who with the help of their friends, try and solve the mystery of Emma’s parents mysterious deaths. I absolutely adored Lady Midnight and I have high hopes for Lord of Shadows.

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

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White Hot Kiss seems like a really fast paced and enjoyable read, which I will be wanting this month, so I am excited to pick it up and give it a try. White Hot Kiss follows our main character, Layla, who wants to be a normal teenager but finds that it is hard considering her kiss kills anything with a living soul. Really excited to give this book a read, and hopefully it is as good as it sounds!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Andie who has her whole summer planned out, going to an internship for pre-med and hanging out with her amazing friends. That is, until her father, a popular congressman, gets caught up in a big political scandal and all her plans come crashing down. I am really excited to read another Morgan Matson book because I loved, Since You’ve Been Gone and I have some pretty high expectations for this one!

Those are the four, pretty hefty books I plan on reading this month and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: What To Do After Camp NaNoWriMo!

What To Do After Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and now you are probably thinking, now what? Well, here are a few suggestions and some tips, to help you figure out what to do next.

Option #1: Decide How Important the Story is

Sometimes we write stories that we just don’t feel connected to, and believe me, this happens to me all the time. You may be really excited to write something, but then half way through you realize it isn’t really working or you just aren’t enjoying it as much as you hoped. If it isn’t something you want to continue with, save it, because maybe someday you will come back to it. If it is something you love though, definitely look at making it better!

Option #2: Keep On Writing

You may have achieved your goal of ten, twenty, thirty, or maybe even fifty thousand words, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you finished your story. If you still have more story inside you, keep on writing! My goal was pretty small, being only ten thousand words, and I am definitely not finished it so I know what I will be busy with for the next few months.

Option #3: Second Draft

Maybe you did achieve your goal and you are completely done your first draft which is awesome! But that also means you have a second draft to write. I used to never write a second draft for anything, whether it was a NaNoWriMo project or just a short story, but trust me, it helps so much. If you didn’t plan on writing a second draft, definitely reconsider and maybe spend another few months writing it to make your story even better and cleaner.

Option #4: Take a Break

After writing a lot for an entire month, it can be a lot on your creative brain, so if you feel like you need to, take a break. There is no shame in taking a step back and taking some time away from what you just wrote. I find that it helps to take a break after I write a lot, or finished something, because when you go back maybe a few weeks later, you will be able to see any little or big mistakes you made.

Option #5: Enter it in a Contest

Writing contests are amazing because not only can you win cash prizes, but you can sometimes also get some feedback on your story. Maybe you finished Camp NaNoWriMo feeling really confident with your story, so edit it a bit and then send it in to a few different contests to see what happens! If you need some writing contests to enter, check out a blog post I wrote not too long ago where I list writing contests with no entry fees.https://mylifewithbooksblog.com/2017/03/29/writing-contests-to-enter-no-entry-fee/

Those are five suggestions on what you can do after Camp NaNoWriMo and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: April 2017 Wrap Up!

 

April 2017 Wrap Up!

April was not the best reading month for me, but I did manage to get through these two, pretty large books. I kind of fell into a reading slump last month but hopefully May will be more of a fast paced reading month! Anyways, here are the books I managed to complete during April.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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This is the final book in the Ruby Red trilogy, which follows a Gwenyth, a girl born into a family of time travellers, but is believed to not possess the time travelling gene. That is, until she finds herself thrust back into the past and suddenly her life is flipped upside down. I have already read this trilogy before, sometime last year, and I loved it just as much this time. If you want a fun, fast paced read, then definitely give this trilogy a try! 4.5/5 stars

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I re read this in preparation for the sequel, Lord of Shadows, which is coming out next month and ugh, it was fantastic. It took me a while to finish it because it is very long, but it definitely brought me out of my reading slump. Lady Midnight is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy, The Dark Artifices, which also takes place in her beloved Shadowhunter world. It follows Emma Carstairs, a Shadowhunter who is determined to discover the truth behind her parents death with the help of her best friend and parabatai, Julian. 5/5 stars

Those are the two books I finished last month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!