September 2017 TBR

Sooo I read like nothing in the month of August because I was so busy with finishing up work, going to camp for a week and then moving. However, I did read for the last week and am back into my regular reading swing so here are the books I plan to read in the month of September!

Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout

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I love reading this series during the back to school season because these books, for a big portion, take place at school. In the first book in this series, Obsidian, we follow our main character Katy who has moved to Virginia with her mom for a fresh start only to discover she has moved next door to two strange twins that flip her life upside down as she enters their world. If you are looking for a very fast paced and easy read, this is always one of the first books I recommend!

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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As I mentioned in my July wrap up, I finished The Raven Boys about a month ago and really enjoyed it. It is the first book in the Raven Cycle series which is very mystical and unique! I want to read the second book before I forget too much from the first so I am trying to get to it as soon as possible this coming month. The Raven Boys follows a series of different POV’s as these different characters come together to put the pieces to finding a lost Welsh king together. Really enjoyed the first book and I hope I like the second one even more!

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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The first book in this duology, The Wrath and the Dawn was such a fantastic read that I was dying to get my hands on the second. I have heard that it isn’t as good as The Wrath and the Dawn which makes me sad, but I am still determined to read it! The first book follows a girl named Shahrzad who volunteers to be the young King’s wife, knowing that she will be killed the following morning like his many other wives before her. But when she bargains with her life and lives to see the rising sun every day, secrets are uncovered and she realizes the King may not be the monster everyone believes him to be. Loved, loved, loved the first book and hopefully the second and last one will not disappoint!

Since this is the month I go back to school (along with many others), I am going to keep my TBR at a respectable number because I know I will not be able to read a lot. But anyways, those are the books I plan to read this coming month and I hope you enjoyed!

 

80’s + 90’s Movie Recommendations!

I have been devouring movies from the 80’s + 90’s lately, and while most of these are the typical teen romance movies, I threw in some different genres as well. If you also love these kind of movies, definitely check these out if you haven’t because they are fantastic!

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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I personally really enjoy this movie and watched it when I was only eleven years old…but yeah it is a good horror movie and is a favourite horror movie of mine from the 80’s! A Nightmare on Elm Street follows several teenagers who are victims to “Freddy Krueger”, a serial killer that kills people in their dreams. It is very dramatic but I enjoyed it when I was eleven and I still like it now. 1984

Sixteen Candles

This was a very recent watch for me as it finally came on Netflix, but I had always wanted to watch it and was not disappointed! Sixteen Candles is a teen romance movie about a girl named Samantha who’s sixteenth birthday is overshadowed by her older sister’s wedding, but not only that, she has to go to school as well, where she pines after a taken senior named Jake Ryan. This movie is full of laughs and awkward moments that perfectly embody what it is like being a high school student! Some movies gloss high school over but this one (for the most part) shows that it is not perfect and that we all have our awkward moments. 1984

The Breakfast Club

Surprised to see this on my list? Probably not as it is a classic, and a movie that not only teenagers, but everyone should watch! The Breakfast Club is a drama/comedy that follows five high school students who have to sit through a full day of detention for different reasons. These students come from completely different worlds, yet by the end of the day, they form a unique friendship. Just thinking of this movie makes me want to watch it again because it was so good! 1985

Home Alone

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Home Alone is a movie I have been watching ever since I was a little kid, and I still watch it every Christmas to this day! It is a movie for the whole family and has humor that everyone gets. Home Alone follows a boy named Kevin who is part of a very big family, and is often forgotten. So when his family accidentally leaves him behind as they depart on their vacation, he is left home alone. While home alone, two robbers try and break into his house, and he has to defend it until his parents get home. This movie is so hilarious and entertaining, and is another must see! 1990

Jurassic Park

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I love watching Jurassic Park and seeing how different its animations are compared to today. There is a lot of fake looking dinosaurs and props, but once you get past that it is actually a decent movie that almost anyone can enjoy. Jurassic Park follows a group of people that get trapped on a dinosaur island theme park with real live, wild dinosaurs roaming loose. They have even made a newer movie of this called Jurassic World which is also pretty good, but you have to watch the classics before watching the new ones! 1993

Clueless

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This is another teen romance film that is a favourite of mine. In Clueless, our main character is the shallow and rich, Cher who decides to give the klutzy new girl, Tai, a makeover. There is also a cute romance and a lot of realization that maybe money and being popular isn’t everything. Clueless is a lot like Mean Girls so if you like Mean Girls then check out Clueless because in my opinion, it is just as good! 1995

Titanic

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Another classic that had to be on this list. I am astounded whenever I meet someone who hasn’t seen Titanic because it is high up there on my list of favourite movies. Not only is this movie centered around romance, but towards the end a lot of action happens that keeps you on your toes during this 3 hour long movie. I feel silly explaining this movie but if you didn’t know, Titanic tells the events of the sinking of the Titanic in the 1920’s, and follows two lover named Jack and Rose. They fall in love quickly after Jack saves Rose, but when the ship crashes into an ice berg and starts sinking, they race to survive along with the other passengers. Love this movie and it is a must see for everyone! 1997

 

 

Drive Me Crazy

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I discovered this movie through Netflix and really loved it! It is a cute teen romantic comedy that follows our two main characters who come from two different social worlds. Nicole and Chase are next door neighbors and while Nicole is popular, Chase is not, yet the two come together to plan a scheme to fake date each other in order to make their romantic interests jealous. Things end up not working in the way they originally thought, and they wonder if the person they thought they wanted is who they still want. This movie is so cute and fast paced and I loved it! 1999

10 Things I Hate About You

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Another teen drama film but ugh, this one had me laughing and swooning the whole time. I love one of our main characters, Kat, who is very independent and headstrong and even a little scary at time, but she is a very good role model for girls because she doesn’t take anything from anyone! I am really bad at describing this movie, but basically it is about these two sisters, Bianca, who gets all the boys and Kat who does not, and their father forbids them to date. But after a lot of begging from Bianca to be able to date, he decides that Bianca can date once Kat does, and two boys under Bianca’s spell search for a boy that could handle Kat so they can take her out. This movie is so hilarious and entertaining, and you cannot help but love it. 1999

Those are a couple recommendations of movies from the 80’s and 90’s and if you haven’t watched them, definitely check them out because they are all great. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading Update!

 

 

 

 

Reading Update!

I am still slowly getting back into reading after not for like…an entire ten days so this week I did not get as much reading done as I would have liked. I did start reading Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout and am 150 pages into that. My goal is to try and finish this book before the end of the month so fingers crossed I can accomplish that small goal. If I do somehow manage to finish it, I plan on diving into Poison Study by Maria V Snyder which I am really excited for! I have a feeling I will love it and really hope I do.

Lately there have been absolutely no writing updates because I have not been writing…obviously. But I really want to change that and start writing next week! I am not too busy during the coming weeks so I have no excuse not to. I really want to enter some writing contests and get back into the swing of things because it feels so weird not to write!

That is all for my reading and small writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Auto Buy Authors!

Auto Buy Authors!

Sorry I haven’t been posting much this week, I have been out and about but am back now and will return with my regular posting schedule. Anyways, today I will be discussing my “auto buy authors” which are authors whose books I buy no matter what, just because I love their work so much! Don’t forget to comment any below any of your auto buy authors because I would love to know 🙂

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the author of The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices trilogy and the Dark Artifices trilogy, as well as a few other novellas. All of her series take place in this amazing and complex Shadowhunter world she has created, a world that I adore so much which is why I consider her an auto buy author. I love her writing style and all of her characters, and have yet to be disappointed by a book she has put out!

Jenny Han

If you like cute contemporaries then you will like Jenny Han. It’s as simple as that. The trilogies I associate Jenny Han with are her The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, both which are amazing! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is definitely my favourite book maybe ever because it is so quirkly and relatable and Jenny Han knows how to write cute romances! Needless to say, I will always buy a Jenny Han book because I am never disappointed.

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is another contemporary author who you have most likely heard of because she seems to have published a million books. They all take place during the summer and here are a few examples of some of the books she has written: Saint Anything, Just Listen, Along for the Ride…but she has many, many more. While they all are kind of similar, I love contemporary and never get bored of them which is why she is on this list!

Rick Riordan

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan was what initially pushed me into the world of reading, and therefore I will forever love Rick Riordan’s books, but also because they are amazing. He has written quite a few trilogies and series such as, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Heroes of Olympus series, the Kane Chronicles trilogies, etc, etc. Sadly I have fallen behind with his books lately, but I do have all of them and will catch up because his books always make me laugh and smile!

Richelle Mead

I wouldn’t say Richelle Mead is a favourite author of mine, but I do have a good majority of her books. I really liked her Vampire Academy series and have slowly been creeping into her companion series to that which is the Bloodlines series. She has published a few other books to, which I do have, and hopefully will get to them soon! Since I have most of her books I would definitely consider her an auto buy author and am excited to see what else she comes out with in the future.

Those are a few authors who I consider “auto buy authors” and I hope you enjoyed!

 

September 2017 Talk!

I know it is only the middle of the month, but I really wanted to discuss all the books and movies coming out in September, because some of them are really exciting! Anyways, here are the books and movies that I am excited for:

Books:

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

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This is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series, which is a series that I am not caught up with at all… I read the first three books and honestly, I have no idea what happened after that! If you didn’t know, this series follows a female assassin named Celaena Sardothien who has been worked at a slave camp only to be given the option to be freed by fighting for the chance to be the King’s personal assassin. It is a very steamy and action packed series, and I am hoping I will get caught up with it eventually! This book will be on shelves on September 5th.

Warcross by Marie Lu

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From what I have heard, this has gotten great reviews and is something a lot of people are excited for. I enjoyed Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy and will definitely check her new book out! In this book, Warcross isn’t just a game but a way of life, and our main character takes a chance to make some cash by hacking into this elite program, but in the end, things definitely do not turn out how she hoped. The whole video game aspect has me really interested and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book on September 12th.

Movies:

IT

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IT is a remake movie adapted from the Stephen King novel and I am so, so excited to watch this! Horror movies are movies I don’t generally watch often, but lately I have been in the mood so I cannot wait till this is released. This movie/book follows a group of kids who encounter a creature called “it” that preys on children and takes form as a sadistic clown. The trailer looked really creepy and amazing, and it is released in theaters on September 8th.

Flatliners

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This is another remake movie about a group of doctors who make their hearts stop and then beat again, returning from whatever mysterious dimension we go to after death. They get carried away though, and stop their heart for longer and longer each time only to face the severe consequences afterwards. This movie also looked very creepy and eerie, and surprisingly looked like something I would enjoy. It also stars Nina Dobrev, and if you read some of my previous blog posts you would know I am a sucker for the Vampire Diaries TV series! Flatliners comes out on September 29th.

Those are all the books and movies I am looking forward to in the month of September and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Bingeable Book Series!

Bingeable Book Series!

Imagine this: curling up in bed with a hot steaming cup of coffee or tea with a stack of books at hand. Doesn’t this sound amazing? Well if it does, then definitely keep reading for a lot of bingeable recommendations!

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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Obviously you have to read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series before reading this one, but if you already have then you need to pick this series up. The Heroes of Olympus series follows a group of demigods who band together to defeat the all powerful, Gaia, or who is better known as Mother Earth. There are five books and they are The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus. These books include a wonderful cast of characters and pages upon pages of epic quests and fight scenes.

The Kane Chronicles trilogy by Rick Riordan

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Yep, more Rick Riordan because his series are so much fun to read in a binge session. While Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and the Heroes of Olympus are influenced by Greek and Roman mythology, the Kane Chronicles is influenced by Egyptian mythology. It follows two siblings, Carter and Sadie, whose father disappears in a grand scheme to steal a valuable item from a museum. Later they learn that they are tied to the Egyptian world of gods and monsters, and that their father’s disappearance has to do with it. This series does not get a lot of credit for how good and fun it is, so when I see a chance I have to recommend it!

The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

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Yes, yes, this isn’t a series but it is a fantastic duology that everyone needs to read. It twists around with the Arabian story of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights and it is filled with action, suspense and swoon worthy moments. I currently have not read the companion to the first book, which is the Rose and the Dagger, but I am getting it in the mail today so I will jump into it as soon as possible!

Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

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This is a trilogy where you pick up the first book and then immediately after you finish you want to pick up the other two books. But wait…this trilogy isn’t going to be a trilogy for long because Tahereh Mafi announced that she is adding two more books to this addicting series! This means you have time to catch up. The first book follows a girl named Juliette who has been locked up in a cell for almost a year but eventually breaks out with the help of an unusual friend. She soon realizes her breakout was more than she assumed and suddenly her whole life is flipped upside down. Love, love, love these books and definitely recommend them!

Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins

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I know, this isn’t really a trilogy but while the books follow completely different characters with each book, they do intertwine eventually. The three books are Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. This is a contemporary trilogy and each book is different so I won’t go into too much deal other than say that there are heart throbbing romances and heart shattering heart breaks!

Those are all the bingeable series I have for you today and I hope you enjoyed.

Reading Update!

Yep, no writing update for this week but I do have some reading to update you all on! Reading had been sadly on the back burner the last week, but now I am back and reading and it feels so, so good. I am straying from my TBR a bit and decided to pick up and re read P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. I am in a contemporary kick, as I always am, and just needed a light hearted read to end off this stressful week. I finished it yesterday and loved it as I always do. Re reading these books makes me super excited for the movie because if you didn’t know, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is being adapted into a movie!!! Lana Condor is playing Lara Jean and Noah Centineo from The Fosters is playing Peter K, and while I wasn’t 100% sure about these actors before, after seeing them act in other movies I am sold! I have been following the movie news on their social media and I just know that this is going to be a fantastic movie that I will absolutely adore, much like the book series. Next I plan on finishing City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare which I picked up for a re read but never got around to finishing…hopefully I can do that by the end of this coming week.

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

Movies I Liked Better Than the Book…

You know, sometimes the movie is better than the books…I know, I know that is an awful thing to say but it’s true! Usually when I enjoy a movie over its book, it is all because of pacing. Most movies do a generally good job at making sure their plots are fast paced but sometimes books lack that. Anyways, here are the movies that I prefer over their original book:

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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I barley even remember opening up The Maze Runner book because I just found it so slow and dull that I blocked it out of my mind. I didn’t connect to the characters at all, but when I saw them portrayed on the screen I loved it! However, I did happen to enjoy the first book more than the second, The Scorch Trials. The Scorch Trials was very bland, and they traveled through a desert for the ENTIRE book without much happening and it was hard for me to picture what the setting was like, because all I could see was sand, sand and sand. I didn’t love the movie either, but again, I enjoyed it a LOT more than the book. Sorry James Dashner!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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This book is a very long book and in my opinion, it didn’t really need to be that long! It was over 400 pages and it dragged on…a lot. Again, this wasn’t a case where I absolutely adored the movie, but I did enjoy it and have watched it a few times. Like I mentioned in my opening, movies are generally faster paced than most books and this was definitely the case with this book. I don’t think I would re read this book, but I am glad that I did read it before watching the movie!

The 100 by Kass Morgan

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I didn’t even read all of the first book, but I did read about 50 pages and didn’t really like what I read. I read it after I watched the first season of The 100, which is absolutely amazing, and liked how the show portrayed the plot line more…The show just keeps getting better and better and I don’t see myself continuing on with the series in the future. But if you haven’t watched the TV show then definitely check it out!

Those are a few movies (or TV shows) that I enjoyed more than their original book and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Literary Magazines!

Literary Magazines

Literary magazines are a great way to get your work out there for free, and create a name for yourself among other readers and writers. Some you get paid for having your work put in their magazine and some you don’t, but either way it is beneficial! Here are is a quick list of literary magazines for any of you who are writers to submit to and I hope you enjoy 🙂

 

2 Elizabeths

Reading Period: January 1 – December 31

https://2elizabeths.com/2016/10/information-on-submitting-your-fiction-or-poetry/

This is a literary magazine that focuses on publishing rich short stories and poetry by those who are both emerging and experienced writers. 2 Elizabeths likes to focus on putting stories into their magazine that reflects positivity and kindness in a wide variety of genres. A great literary magazine for writers because of its broad focus!

100 Word Story Reading

Period: January 1 – December 31

http://www.100wordstory.org/submit

This literary magazine has their eye on work that is flushed out because of its small word count. It brings up the idea that every word counts and with this literary magazine, you want them to be great words. It is challenging to write a solid 100 word story which is why I think this is a fun literary magazine! It presents a challenge that all writers should tackle.

Lennox Magazine 

Reading Period: January 1 – December 31

https://www.lennoxthemagazine.com/submissions

The Lennox Magazine is a new literary magazine that is always accepting submissions. They welcome a very broad variety from fiction to poetry to travel diaries which I think is very interesting and unique! I have been thinking of submitting to this one myself and will most likely do so in the next few months so check it out!

Aaduna

Reading Period: January 1 – December 31

http://aaduna.org/submission_process1.html

Aaduna focuses on exhibiting new writers and artists to the literary world which is something I always look for when submitting to literary magazines because I am also an emerging writer. This magazine takes fiction, poetry and creative non fiction so it gives a good variety. I also read that they publish anywhere from 8-12 new artists which is quite a high number for this popular literary magazine!

Those are a few literary magazines that sounded good to me and I hope you enjoyed! If you want some more places to submit to, definitely check out the website Poetry and Writers and look at their literary magazine recommendations. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books I Need to Read Before 2018!