June 2018 Anticipations!

June will be a busy month for me, and it also happens to be a really busy month for new book and movie releases! Hopefully once school comes to an end, I will be able to enjoy all the good stuff coming out next month, but until then here are the books and movies I am most anticipating!

Books

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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This book comes out in early June which means by the time I have the time to read it, it will be the end of June and the beginning of summer; the perfect time to dive into a new summery, contemporary! Save the Date follows Charlie whose family is coming together for a weekend to celebrate her older sister’s wedding. It has been years since all of Charlie’s siblings have been under the same roof and she is determined to make it the perfect weekend, but somehow it is already shaping up to be a disaster. In stores June 5th

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

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This is the third (and final?) book in the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. This series takes place in a Roman Empire inspired world that values order, structure, and strength. The first book follows two characters, Laia, whose brother has just been taken by the Empire, and Elias who is a soldier trying to escape the Empire. Their paths cross when Laia disguises herself as a slave to find her brother and together they work to get what they both want. Before I pick up the third book I am going to have to give the first two books a re-read because I don’t remember much except I loved it! In stores June 12th

Movies

Adrift

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I love when book-to-movie characters work together in other movies, and this is one of those cases! This horror movie on water stars Shailene Woodley (Tris from Divergent) and Sam Claflin (Finnick from The Hunger Games), and follows a woman and her fiance who suddenly sail into a massive hurricane and struggle to survive as they are thrust into the middle of nowhere. I love horror and intense films like this, and I am so excited to see it when it comes out! In theaters June 1st

The Incredibles 2

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Like the rest of the world, I have been waiting for this sequel since the first movie came out in 2004. I can only hope it lives up to the first one though, but either away I am just excited that we are getting a sequel! The Incredibles follows a family of superheroes who each have unique powers as they take on evil together. It is fun, funny and a whirlwind of adventure and I am just pumped. In theaters June 15th

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Since I love Chris Pratt, I loved the first film in this series, Jurassic World. While these movies are in no competition with the originals, they are filled with adventure and witty characters which is why I still loved it! Jurassic World takes place at an amusement park where they have genetically engineered dinosaurs, but when one massive creature escapes, it is up to an animal expert to rescue to young boys whose lives are stake, along with the help of their aunt. The sequel will hopefully be amazing and I cannot wait! In theaters June 22nd.

Those are some of the books and movies I am anticipating for in the month of June and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and to follow my social media accounts, all linked down below 🙂

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June 2018 TBR

I feel like I just put my TBR together for May and now it is already June! Fingers crossed for a good reading month, but since it is the month of my finals (please pray for me), I made my TBR short and sweet so here it is:

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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Originally I planned on reading this book in May since I finished Sapphire Blue, the second book in the trilogy just yesterday, but I decided to buy this book for myself and it sadly won’t arrive until June 1st. I have re-read this book countless times and have, and always will, adore it. The characters all have my heart and the storyline is a whirlwind of fun, adventure and romance! It follows a girl named Gwenyth who comes from a family of time travelers, however it is her cousin Charlotte who is destined for the gene. But one day Gwenyth is flung back in time and she realizes it isn’t Charlotte who has the gene, but herself. Secrets unravel about her and she is suddenly thrust into unknown waters. It doesn’t help that her new time traveling partner, Gideon, is annoying, arrogant, and incredibly handsome either; completely distracting.

I See London I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

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I read this book a few months back and what a fun ride it was. Now that summer is actually here, I am excited to give this summer adventure a re-read. I See London I See France follows Sydney who has the perfect summer mapped out in Europe with her best friend, Leela. However, running into Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend is not part of the plan, or falling for his very hot friend. While I did have some problems with this book, all I want for this month is to read some fun and easy books and this is definitely one of them!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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This is a book I want to pick up during the last week or so in June, or whenever I finish exams because it is a big one. I absolutely adore The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare so I am excited to re-read the first two books in anticipation for the third and final one which is being released in December! Lady Midnight follows a family of Shadowhunters (half human half angel) who try to unravel the mystery of Emma Carstairs parents’ death. It is filled with adventure, romance, and betrayal and I absolutely love it.

That is all for my June TBR and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and also follow me on social media, all linked below 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

Sorry for no blog post on Friday, but I tried to sit down to write and had little to no motivation to get it done! Since blogging is a passion of mine, and is something I want to enjoy doing, I decided to take that as a sign to take the day off. Anyways I am back so let’s get into what I read and wrote this past week!

I have been on top with my reading these past few weeks and have gotten so much done! Lately I have been getting through one book a week and that may not seem like a lot to some, but school has picked up like crazy so a book a week for me is fantastic. Somehow I always forget how much I love the Ruby Red trilogy until I give it a re-read and suddenly it is all I can think about. Since I finished Sapphire Blue, the second book in this lovely trilogy by Kerstin Gier, I will be picking up the third and final book, Emerald Green. Once I finish it I will be giving Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo a read, because I have been feeling trilogies lately!

As for writing…well I was doing good for a few days there and then I just stopped. The last time I wrote was Sunday because I left off in a point in my story that I had NOT planned for, therefore I needed a few days to figure things out and regroup my thoughts. I ended up diving back into my work at just after midnight today (insomnia can be a gift, right?) and am just trying to get all the words on the page. I am oh so looking forward to reshaping this story as I write the second draft in July because if all goes well, I will have a finished draft by the end of next week! I hope all of your writing endeavors are going well, and don’t forget to just keep writing!

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4 Books You Should Read This Summer

The time is approaching where we stack up our TBR’s because it is almost summer! Which means more time spent on reading which is good, because there are a lot of books you probably need to get to. To add a few more, here are four new, summer releases you should read this summer.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

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Royals is a book that follows Daisy, whose older sister is engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland, and she is suddenly thrust into a spotlight, forced to become the regal and proper girl someone part of the royal family should be. While she is taking lessons to become “princess like”,  the prince’s younger brother Miles brings Daisy along for adventures of trouble and mischief. This books sounds like so much fun and gives me some serious vibes from The Selection, a book series I love, so I am looking forward to reading this book. This book has already come out (May 1st) so make sure you pick it up!

Ship It by Britta Lundin

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Claire is a sixteen-year-old girl who is obsessed with Demon Heart, a popular TV show which she writes fanfic of. One day her path collides with Forest, an actor on Demon Heart, at her local Comic-Con, which is a dream come true for her. That is until Forest laughs off Claire’s idea that his character is gay, which is how she wrote him in her ever-so-popular fan-fic. Forest’s mistake suddenly goes viral and Claire is hired to join the cast for the rest of their tour. This seems like a whirlwind of romance and fun and I cannot wait to pick it up. It is always nice reading a book where the main character is obsessed with a TV show or book or movie, and is also a writer because it allows me to relate that much more to them. Again, this book has already come out so make sure you check it out.

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

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Twinkle is an aspiring filmmaker with stories to tell, and one day a boy named Sahil approaches her, offering her the chance to direct a film for the Summer Festival, which is basically her dream come true. It also means she will get to become closer to Sahil’s brother, Neil, Twinkle’s long time crush. But what happens when things get turned and she starts falling for Sahil? This seems like a cute and awkward contemporary, much like Menon’s other book, When Dimple Met Rishi, and I just cannot wait to get my hands on this book on May 22nd.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Save the Date follows Charlie, whose family is coming together for her older sister’s wedding. It has been years since her family has all been under the same roof and Charlie is thrilled, determined to make this the best weekend ever. But of course it can never be that, and even when the weekend has barely begun, it is already shaping up to be a complete disaster. I absolutely adore all of Matson’s books. They are bundles of adventure and fun that I have a blast flipping through. I am so excited for this book to be released and in my hands on June 5th!

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Writing on Deadline

I am not a published author, or an author really of any sorts. I am a writer though, and being a writer means producing work. The pro of being an unpublished, unagented writer means you can take your time with your work, having the time to rewrite and polish it to “perfection”. However, getting in a habit of taking your time can really affect your career. You can’t spend too much time on one project if you want to get your name out there, you have to produce content on a regular basis, which means you need to work on time management skills so you can finish things by deadlines. If any of you are struggling with this, here are some of my tips for any of you working towards a deadline, or if you want to get in the habit of working on deadline.

Make a Plan/Schedule

Sit down and figure out when your deadline is. Maybe it is a month away or an entire year, whatever it is, figure out how many hours you need to spend each day to work towards this deadline and finish on time. Don’t put too much on your shoulders though, and find out what works best for you. Maybe you want to get 2,000 words done each day, but tackling 2,000 words every single day can be a bit daunting so split it up. Aim to write 500 hundred words in the morning, another 500 in the afternoon, and then 1000 at night!

Set Up a Rewards System

Writing is a mind draining task so reward yourself! Again, tailor this to what works best for you. Maybe if you write six out of seven days you get to take an entire evening off, or you get to buy yourself your favourite drink from a coffee shop. Whatever motivates you to keep writing, well that is what you should reward yourself with for a job well done.

Plan Out Each Writing Day

What I mean by this is to plan out what exactly you are going to write each day. Sit down the night after you finish writing for the day and map out the plot points or scenes you want to hit the next day. Just jot down a few notes and it will be so much easier to knock out your word counts because you will know what you need to get done and how to get there.

Remind Yourself Why You Love Writing

Sometimes while stressing about meeting word counts and getting work done on time, we forget why we love what we are doing in the first place. Watch some videos on writing or read a book you love, whatever it takes to remind you why you are putting all this energy into your story in the first place. Falling back in love with your work will make the biggest difference when you sit down to write because it will fill you with purpose and motivation to get it done.

Submit to Writing Contests

This is a great way to work on writing on deadline when you don’t have an agent or are not a published author. It is a deadline you set for yourself and if you don’t meet it then oh well! Usually writing contests reoccur every year or even every couple of months. Besides, there are so many amazing contests to submit to so you will never run out. I write short stories on the regular and submit them, and because of this I have gained really valuable skills such as producing quality work in shorter amount of times, and taking in rejection. I really recommend all writers do this!

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday! This week was more productive reading and writing wise than past weeks, thankfully, so I am excited to share what I managed to get done in today’s update and I hope you all enjoy 🙂

Slowly but surely, I have been making my way through Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi and I finally finished it yesterday! This is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series which is amazing, and this book was just as fantastic as the first three. I had high expectations going into it, since I loved all the other books, and all of those expectations were met so I definitely recommend giving it a shot! Next I will be picking up Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier because I listened to the audiobook for the first book, Ruby Red, a few months back, and never ended up continuing on with this re-read. This is one of my favourite trilogies that I have re-read and loved it millions of times. I am so excited to jump back into this world of time traveling and also visit the characters I love so much!

As for writing, I think by the end of the week I wrote about 7,000 words which is great! This is a pace I need to keep up for the rest of the month because I am trying my hardest to finish draft 1 of my current WIP by the end of May. Yes, putting time constraints on your writing isn’t the best idea, but this is something I want and know I can do. Also, I won’t have time to really write for all of June, and when I finally do have time I want to get straight into draft 2. I am still loving my story and characters, and I have so many ideas on how to make it better than I am just itching to start on the next draft.

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Reading + Editing My Old Writing

I have always wanted to make a blog post on this, but there were a few things always holding me back. 1) I always thought this would be easier to share through video rather than a blog post 2) my old writing sucks. However, I thought it would be a fun post to try and tackle, and hopefully it will give you a few laughs because of how terrible my writing was! I like to think I have become a lot better over the years, but who knows.

Okay, so today I will be editing an excerpt I found from one of my NaNoWriMo projects from back in 2015…so just over two and a half years ago when I was fourteen years old. I actually won NaNoWriMo that year, ending off at about 53,000 words which was awesome. However, the story I wrote was not outlined, and had no overall point to it really. It was fun though. It was a YA fantasy about an assassin with magical powers who scours the earth to take revenge on the people who killed her parents..other than that I cannot remember a single thing but here is the prologue I wrote for it! How this is going to work is I am going to paste the prologue below, and then paste it again where I make edits and notes and basically make fun of what I wrote. Let’s get editing!


Prologue

London, 1862

I stroke the wooden paint brush across the rough paper.  An image of what my perfect painting will look like flashes in my mind and relaxes the tense muscles in my hand. The paint brush takes full control over my small hand and lets colour bleed onto the page. Swirls of oranges and pinks swarm together, lining the green fields and creating the hazy sunrise. I swipe it across the paper one last time and grin at my final piece, knowing my father will be proud. I jump up to my feet and dust off my light blue nightgown and then zip out of the room like a buzzing bee that sees a flourishing flower.

I come to a skidding halt in front of my parents’ bedroom and a warm sensation washes over me as I put a huge childish grin on my face. Their bedroom is a fair size but quite empty. A scarred, ebony dresser with three wide drawers is pushed against the far wall, next to a tall window. The broken floorboards creak as I scurry onto their short double bed that is draped with plain white blankets and a few lightly stuffed cream pillows.

“Father! Mother! Look what I painted!” I announce happily, showing off my painting of the beautiful sunrise overlooking the luscious green fields. My father takes the corner of the painting and the corners of his lip turn up. He runs a hand through his messy brown hair and then passes the painting to my mother who slips on her reading glasses. A soft smile spreads across her face and she gives an approving nod.

Suddenly a loud bang echoes throughout the small house and voices boom from outside. My parents hastily bounce off the bed as if they have been expecting this and the next thing I know my mother is yanking me by the arm, leading me out of the room. I try to ask what was happening but my mother shushes me as she ushers me into my tiny bedroom. A candle burns faintly on my nightstand, next to my cracked leather journal that I write in every night before I go to sleep.

My mother wiggles open my closet door and shoves aside my clothes, clearing them away so we can see the back wall. I bite my lip, feeling worried and confused. Where was my father? Who are those strange men? Why were they here? So many questions swirl around in my head, making me dizzy and nauseous as if my father picked me up and spun me around like he always did when I was a small child. It was fun while it was happening but after I would have to lie down to settle my stomach.

“Mother, I don’t feel well.” I whisper, my voice shaking. My mother gently places her hands on my shoulders and stares at me with her emerald eyes, the ones she passed on to me. She twirls a strand of my curly brown hair around her finger then releases it. Her eyes are filled with tears which trigger the ones that swim around in mine.

“You cannot feel sick, Katie. You have to be brave, smart and strong,” She whispers sharply, “Now, you need to exit out of this tunnel and then run as fast as you can away from this house. Do not wait for your father and I because-” Her voice breaks a little bit but she continues, “Your father and I may not make it out.” I look at my mother and I am about to ask why they cannot just come with me now but loud footsteps pound in the hallway and she quickly whips open a secret door and throws me inside. I glance down the long tunnel that stretches far then wraps tightly around a corner. A few torches are hung on the stone walls, providing a few patches of dull light. I spin around but my mother shuts the door, leaving me alone in the confined, musty tunnel. My legs tremble as tears streak my pale cheeks, dripping off onto my nightgown. I want to kick the door open and be with my mother and father but they told me different. I quickly back away from the door then start sprinting, trying to stifle the sobs that pour out of me like a rushing waterfall.


Prologue

London, 1862

I stroke the wooden paint brush across the rough paper.  An image of what my perfect painting will look like flashes in my mind, and relaxes relaxing the tense muscles in my hand. The paint brush takes full control over of my small hand, and lets bright colours suddenly bleeding onto the page. Swirls of oranges and pinks swarm together, lining the green fields and creating the a hazy sunrise. I swipe it across the paper one last time, and grinning at my final piece. knowing my Father will be proud, I think to myself as I jump up to my feet, and dust off my light blue nightgown, and then zip out of the room like a buzzing bee. that sees a flourishing flower.

(This wasn’t the worst paragraph ever, it just had a lot of words I didn’t need in it…clearly due to all the crossing out I did. I like to think I have gotten better at keeping my sentences to the point, and not adding useless words just for the heck of it because it can become a serious problem down the road!)

I come to a skidding halt in front of my parents’ bedroom, and a warm sensation washes over me as I put a huge, childish grin on my face. Their bedroom is a fair size but quite empty. A scarred, ebony dresser with three wide drawers is pushed against the far wall, next to a tall window. The broken floorboards creak as I scurry onto their short double bed that which is draped with plain white blankets, and a few two lightly stuffed cream pillows tucked underneath.

“Father! Mother! Look what I painted!” I announce happily, showing off shoving my painting into their faces of the beautiful sunrise overlooking the luscious green fields. My father takes the corner of the painting it, and the corners of his lip turn up. He runs a hand through his messy brown hair and then before passing the painting to my mother who slips on her reading glasses. She slips on her glasses, a soft smile spreading across her face as she gives an approving nod.

Suddenly a loud bang echoes throughout the small house and voices boom from outside. Bang. The sound echoes through the house, footsteps booming from down the hall. My parents hastily bounce jump off the bed, a strange look passing between them. as if they have been expecting this and the next thing I know my mother is yanking me by the arm, leading me out of the room. My mother lunges towards me and grips my arm before yanking me out of the room and down the hall. I try to ask what was is happening but my mother shushes me, as she ushers ushering me into my tiny bedroom. A candle burns faintly on my nightstand, next to it, my cracked leather journal. that I write in every night before I go to sleep.

(Again, these last few paragraphs weren’t awful…although if I were to get to them to what I deem “good” I would have to scrap it all and rewrite it. For the sake of this blog post, I tried to save as much as I could, only crossing out words and changing the wording slightly. It is so weird seeing my writing process from when I was fourteen, seeing how I worded things and shaped sentences. Parts of it make me cringe, a lot, but it is nice to see that I have grown a lot as a writer!)

My mother wiggles yanks open my closet door, shoving and shoves aside my clothes, clearing them away so we can see the back wall. I bite my lip, feeling worried and confused worry and confusion pushing down on my chest, their strong hands squeezing my pounding heart. Where was my father? Who are those strange men? Why were they here? So many questions swirl around in my head, making me dizzy and nauseous as if like when my father picked me up and spun me around like he always did when I was a small child. It was fun while it was happening but after I would have to lie down to settle my stomach.

“Mother, I don’t feel well.” I whisper, my voice shaking. My mother gently places her hands on my shoulders and stares at me with her emerald eyes., the ones she passed on to me. She twirls a strand of my curly brown hair around her finger then releases it. Her eyes are filled with tears which trigger the ones that swim around in mine.

“You cannot feel sick, Katie. You have to be brave, smart and strong,” She whispers sharply,“Now, you need to exit out of this tunnel follow this tunnel to the end. There you will find a ladder. I need you to climb up it and then run as fast as you can away from this house. Do not wait for your father and I because…” Her voice breaks a little bit but she takes a staggered breath and she continues, “because your father and I may not make it out.” I look at my mother and I am about to ask why they cannot just come with me now, but loud footsteps pound in the hallway and she quickly whips open a secret door and throws me inside. A tear slides down her mother’s cheek as she pushes past me, fingers gripping a doorknob sticking out of my closet wall. The door swings open and my lips part. I try to speak, try to let the pressing questions in my head fall from my lips but my mother pushes me through the secret door, and suddenly, I am swallowed up my darkness. I glance over my shoulder, down at the long tunnel I glance down the long tunnel that stretches far behind me before then wraps wrapping tightly around a corner. A few torches are hung on the stone walls, providing a few patches of dull light. I spin around but my mother shuts the door with a loud sob, leaving me alone in the dancing shadows in the confined, musty tunnel. My legs tremble as and fat tears streak my pale cheeks, dripping off onto my nightgown. I want to kick the door open and be with my mother and father but I know I can’t they told me different. I quickly back away from the door then start sprinting, trying to stifle the sobs that pour out of me like a rushing waterfall.

Okaaay. Well that was fun, wasn’t it? Very cringey at times but honestly, it was a lot better than I expected. It was really fun to look back on my writing and realize what I do better now then I did back then. I encourage you all to do the same if you are feeling a bit down on your writing because by reading your old work, you will finally be able to see the progress you have made as a writer. All the progress after spending hours glued to your laptop, lost in a world created by nothing but the vast of your imagination.

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Summer 2018 TBR

I cannot believe that summer is just over a month away, which means I have about a month or so less of school…and that means more time for reading! The past few months I haven’t been great with my monthly reading count, but I am hoping to take advantage of two whole months off school and get a lot done. I am mostly looking forward to all the readathons happening this summer, like the Biannual Bibliothon and the BookTubeAThon because I always get so much read. Anyways, here are a few of the main books I want to get to this summer, and I hope you enjoy.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

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This book had so much hype surrounding it when it first came out, and from what I gather, it is well deserved. However, I wanted to let some of the hype settle before picking it up…also it is a massive, fantasy book that takes time to read and that is something I do not have right now. All I know is that it is influenced by West African mythology and that is all I need to know. I am already so excited to get my hands on this book and devour it whole.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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This is a new summery, contemporary book by Morgan Matson, one of the queens of contemporary, and I am so, so excited for it to come out on June 5th! Save the Date follows a girl named Charlie whose older sister is getting married, and for the first time in years, all four of her siblings will be together. Charlie is hoping for the perfect weekend, but of course it will be anything but that. I love re reading Morgan Matson books each summer, so I am looking forward to having a new one to adore!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe is another book that has a lot of amazing hype surrounding it, and I kept hearing about it so much that I just went out and bought it. I am really looking forward to diving into it because from what I know about it, it sounds fantastic. Scythe takes place in a world with no hunger, disease, death or anything bad. To keep balance in the world, there are scythes, those sent to kill people to keep the population under control. This book follows two apprentices to a scythe, Citra and Rowan, but it is a role neither of them wants. This book is intriguing and sounds captivating, and I am really hoping to get to it this summer…maybe even the second one too!

The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Even though the third and final book in this trilogy doesn’t come out until December, I am dying to give Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows a re read. I wanted to do this earlier but I don’t know if you have noticed that they are humongous books, and lately I just haven’t had the time to devote to them. Especially since they are so amazing that all I want to do is spend my time reading them! If you didn’t know, these books follow a race of half humans and half angels called Shadowhunters whose mission on earth is to keep humans safe from demons.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Mass

Don’t worry, I have read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, however I never finished the second book…now there is a third book out as well as a novella, and I realize how far behind I am! These are high fantasy books with faeries, and since I need to re read the first book before finally finishing the second book, I need the summer to do so. Everyone has read these books and everyone is discussing the events of the “finale” and I don’t want to be left out anymore!

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Writing Rituals Tag!

I didn’t have time to pre-write any posts for this coming week yesterday, which is what I usually do so I have a blog post scheduled for Monday. Well, actually, I did have time, I just didn’t spend my time wisely. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to do a tag so that is what I am doing! I have seen most people do this tag on YouTube but I have no idea who created it…anyways, let’s get into it!

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

When it comes to what day, I usually write whenever I have time. However, I tend to write later in the evening because that is when I am (usually and hopefully) done my homework for the day, and any other things I had to get done. This is usually around 7pm and my writing sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours!

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

This has always been fairly easy for me because when it is time for me to write I go to one of my “designated writing spots” like my bedroom or a coffee shop, plug in some headphones and then write. I don’t get distracted too easily while writing, which is funny because with anything but writing, I have the attention of a goldfish. I guess I really like it!

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

For the most part I can remember what I wrote the day before, but sometimes I will read over the last paragraph I wrote just to refresh. Usually I just open my document and start writing without really thinking much about it.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

Whenever I am feeling uninspired I go straight to the Hamilton Mixtape on Spotify because all the songs are a lot of fun. One song that I specifically turn to while writing is “Wrote My Way Out” because that is basically the theme of what I am doing. I definitely recommend checking it out!

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

When I am struggling with writer’s block I try to read a favourite book of mine, or just one with a story I really admire like Harry Potter. I will also go straight to YouTube and watch some of my favourites like Kristen Martin and Natalia Leigh. After watching a few of their writing tip videos, or writing vlogs, I am usually ready to write!

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

Other than Word I don’t use any tools with writing. Well, I usually have my notebook with all my character info and just overall plot info next to me, but I try to keep the tools to a minimal while writing. The more complicated the more time taken out of writing, right?

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

My computer? I write on it so if I didn’t have that then I wouldn’t be able to write at all. I have tried writing out stories by hand, but I mess up a lot and also my wrist starts hurting. So yeah, my laptop.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

Sometimes I will have green tea next to me while I write which really gets me in the “writing zone”. This keeps me going with some caffeine which then becomes words on my laptop screen.

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I know that I am done writing when I feel that I have written everything I can for that story. When things are either settled with my characters and world, or very unsettled, meaning I am setting myself up for the next writing session. But yeah, I just know when I am done when I am done…if that makes sense.

That is all for this tag and I hope you enjoyed. I tag all writers to do this because it was a lot of fun! Don’t forget to check out the blog posts linked below for more bookish/writing related content, and also follow my social media for writing and reading inspired posts!

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day as well! I hope you all have a fantastic end to your weekend and since it is the end of the week, here is my reading and writing update.

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Restore Me is amazing. Yep, that is how I feel about it right now. Every time I pick it up to read I do not want to stop, I only want to stay in that one spot and let myself get swallowed up by Tahereh Mafi’s world that is the Shatter Me universe. Currently I am on page 200 which means I am just about halfway through. My goal is to hit 300 pages today, despite the amount of work I have to get done today, because all I want to do is read! Other than that I haven’t been reading anything else…I was reading American Panda by Gloria Chao which I did like, but not enough for me to keep going so yes, I sadly DNFed it! I do hope to pick it up in the future when I am in the mood for it, but for now my attention is on Restore Me.

I miss writing. So much. I haven’t written in several days now because of me being lazy, yes, but also because I was trying to catch up on the mounds of homework I missed during my sick phase at the beginning of May. However, my fingers are itching to continue on with my Camp NaNo project so hopefully I will be able to squeeze in an hour to focus on that today. If not that is okay because there is always tomorrow…but it would be really nice to add some more words to my story since my personal deadline is May 31 which is a lot closer than I thought!

Anyways, that is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts 🙂

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