College Reading Recommendations!

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Happy Monday!

Tomorrow is my orientation day before I start my first year of university full swing, and because of that, I thought it would be ideal to share some of my favourite college-related books.

I think it is a lot of fun to read about people in college because it is such a messy stage of life. You are emerging into young adulthood and trying to juggle school, relationships, possibly a job, and then coping with the idea that “real life” is getting terrifyingly near.

Anyways, here are four recommendations for you to check out and I hope you enjoy!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I am getting the obvious one out of the way, but really, Fangirl is a great college read! It is fun, easy, and fast-paced – the perfect recipe for when you’re feeling stressed with life and school. Fangirl follows Cath who is starting her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Wren wants to go out partying and diving into the social life of the college, Cath would rather retreat into her room with her Simon Snow fanfic. Eventually, her roommate, Raegan and her friend, Levi, befriend Cath and slowly, Cath steps further out of her comfort zone even while dealing with social anxiety. I think social anxiety is something a lot of people deal with, myself included, and it’s always nice to see that represented. Especially in a school setting.

American Panda by Gloria Chao

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While I’ve never finished this book, it is another great college-related book. It follows a Taiwanese main character who not only has to juggle starting her first year of college but the constant approval of her parents regarding a major that she isn’t passionate about. I don’t know why I’ve never been able to finish this book, other than because I haven’t been in the mood for contemporaries lately, but I am determined to give it another chance in the near future. I’ve gotten pretty far into it, and it would be a shame not to figure out how it ends!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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This book doesn’t technically have main characters in college, but they are at a college taking a summer program before starting their first year of college…so it counts. When Dimple Met Rishi follows the two POVs of Dimple and Rishi who are both participating in a summer program for aspiring web developers. At first, Dimple is surprised at her parents’ enthusiasm for attending this expensive program when they dream of her just finding the “Ideal Indian Husband”, but soon after arriving there, she discovers that them letting her go has everything to do with that dream she so desperately is trying to avoid.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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This is another book that doesn’t have college-aged characters, but it takes place at a unique type of boarding school called Ellingham Academy that accepts only the most gifted of students. Stevie is one of those students, accepted in for her passion for mysteries, specifically, the Ellingham mystery. However, when her passion for crime TV shows and books becomes a little too realistic, her skills that got her into Ellingham are truly put to the test. Honestly, I love this book. Stevie is a great main character and the plot keeps you at the edge of your seat for the entire book. I wasn’t expecting to adore this YA mystery so much, but I completely fell for it as many others have. Again, it is another fast-paced book that makes it the ideal book to slip in between homework sessions.

 

Those are my four back-to-school, college-related reading recommendations and I hope you found enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Fall Reading Recommendations!

Happy Monday!

It is almost that time of the year. The time when the leaves change from green to red, orange, yellow, and brown and the weather gets cooler. Also, known as the perfect time to snuggle up inside with a new book!

Here are five fall reading recommendations from me to you. Enjoy!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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When I read this book a few months ago, I marvelled at how its dark plot suddenly made me wish that the outside reflected it. It is one of the most perfect reads for the fall or winter time because it sucks you in and doesn’t let you go, which is ideal for when it is a rainy day and you have no other plans. Vicious is an adult fantasy/sci-fi style of book that follows Victor, a college student who with the help of his best friend, Eli, learn to give people superhuman abilities. The story is unique and refreshing, and like it did from me, leave you wanting the sequel ASAP!

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Truly Devious is another book with a dark atmosphere that reels you in immediately. It is a YA mystery that takes place at a private, boarding school in the mountains of Vermont called Ellingham Academy. Our main character, Stevie, is brought to this school for gifted kids because of her passion for the Ellingham mystery, the murder and disappearance of the founder of Ellingham’s wife and daughter. But when the murder of a current student shocks the entire school, Stevie realizes she may be getting more than she bartered for. This book is fast-paced and entertaining, and I could read it over and over again, its that good!

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Again, a mystery is the perfect book for the fall time. Especially a mystery novel from the Queen of Mystery herself, Agatha Christie. This is the only Agatha Christie book I’ve read, but my mother is a HUGE fan and that really encourages me to seek out more from Christie. I really enjoyed my time reading Murder on the Orient Express, a mystery that takes place on a train where a murder has suddenly shocked the passengers on it and must be solved by the detective, Hercule Poirot. I am really looking forward to reading more from Agatha Christie during the fall!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Black

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This fantasy book is super dark, following three sisters who once they reach the age of 16 (I think), fight against each other in a series of trials to the death, for the final prize of the throne. This entire concept initially intrigued me, and I also really enjoyed reading deeper about each of the sisters’, how their people perceive them, and then how they actually are. I enjoyed my time reading the first two books, but I will be honest and say I DNFed the third book…don’t let that be a reason to turn you away from the series though! You might end up liking all of it more than I did.

Traplines by Eden Robinson

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Traplines is a short story collection by Canadian author, Eden Robinson, and discusses a lot of important topics in Canadian history and culture that many people don’t know about. It shows the rippling trauma passed through Indigenous families from the traumatic impacts of residential schools, and Eden Robinson does a fantastic job portraying these kinds of difficulties in realistic literature. Her writing is also so captivating and raw that it draws me in. I cannot wait to read one of her novels, Monkey Beach for my English class this year!

 

Those are five books I recommend you all to give a chance this fall and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Also, if you want to support me and my blog, buy me a coffee by clicking the link below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Matching Books to My Playlist

Happy Saturday!

Today is the first day of my Saturday blog posts and I am very excited to begin it with a music and book-related post. I know there is a book tag called the “Playlist Book Tag” which may be exactly what this is, but I was just too lazy to search up what the questions were so I will only be matching books to some of the songs on my playlist. Which is still going to be a lot of fun!

My music taste mostly revolves around classic rock from the 70s and 80s and of course, some pop bands like The Beatles. My favourite band in the ENTIRE world though is Queen. However, I only included two of their songs on here because, for some of their songs, I had a hard time coming up with books that matched them.

Anyways, here are 10 songs from my playlist matched with 10 books!

Summer Song by Himesh Patel

& Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This song is from the movie, Yesterday, which I saw and adored so I had to include some of its soundtrack on here. Summer Song reminds me of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson because it is a summery contemporary book. Most importantly though, I feel as if the entire book is summarized in the first verse of Summer Song:

Sun’s in the sky
And nothing can go wrong
Kiss winter goodbye
And sing this summer song

This first verse is basically what the main character’s best friend, Sloane, is saying to her in the letter she leaves behind after mysteriously disappearing. She is encouraging Emily to forget about her and live her life to achieve the best summer ever.

Across the Universe by The Beatles

& The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The Light Between Worlds is a YA urban fantasy that is extremely atmospherical and whimsical which I think already, pairs well with this beautiful song by The Beatles. The book is all about two sisters struggling to settle back into their world after living in a magical forest for several years, and how one of the sister’s struggles more than the other.

Images of broken light
Which dance before me like a million eyes
They call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
Restless wind inside a letter box
They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe

I feel that this is such an accurate description of how Evelyn feels throughout the story. She is living in the real world, yet feels a call from her true home which might as well be across the universe. Even when surrounded by loved ones and things that make her happy, a piece of her is missing and is lost back in The Woodlands.

My Fairy King by Queen

& The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I think this is a pretty obvious choice, but the dark and strange lyrics and tone of My Fairy King by Queen really reminds me of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. The Cruel Prince is about the dark side of faeries that is often not portrayed in literature and this is exhibited well in the song. Also, the beauty of the Fairyland is shown through Queen’s lyrics and relates to how I picture the world in The Cruel Prince.

They turn the milk into sour
Like the blue in the blood of my veins
(Why can’t you see it?)
Fire burnin’ in hell with the cry of screaming pain
(Son of heaven set me free and let me go)
Sea turns dry no salt from sand
Seasons fly no helping hand
Teeth don’t shine like pearls for poor men’s eyes
(No more)

These words just really remind me of how I think our main character, Jude, sometimes views the Fairy world. Even if she loves it and wishes to be apart of it, she knows that she needs to be terrified of all it can do.

Chances by Five for Fighting

& Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Considering the name, I feel like this is fitting for what our main character is going through in Everything, Everything. Maddy has a disease where she is allergic to almost everything, and therefore, cannot leave the house. When a boy named Ollie comes along though, she starts realizing she needs to take chances in her already chanced life in order to feel like she is truly living.

Chances are we’ll find a new equation
Chances roll away from me
Chances are all they hope to be

These words reflect what I think Maddy felt before she met Ollie, but also after. Chances are chances, it is our choice if we want to take them.

I Want to Break Free by Queen

& When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Our main character, Dimple, in When Dimple Met Rishi has always struggled with her parents understanding her desire for education over finding a boyfriend/husband. When she finally convinces her parents to let her go to a summer camp for aspiring web developers, she doesn’t realize it’s still to do just that: set her up with the son of their friends. Because of this, I feel like I Want to Break Free is a fitting song.

I want to break free
I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You’re so self satisfied I don’t need you
I’ve got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free

This is basically what Dimple feels towards her parents. She is mad when she learns the truth and feels that they aren’t listening to what she wants, but instead, what they want.

Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer

& The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

It has been a while since I read this book, but I do vividly remember the main character, Belly, being absolutely in love with her older, family-friend, Conrad. Kiss Me is basically what Belly is constantly thinking when she thinks of him.

Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance
Silvermoon’s sparkling
So kiss me

Again, I would NOT be surprised if these lyrics were something Belly said in the book. Not at all.

Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine

& The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The reason why I associated these two things together is that in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie struggles to make friends as he starts his first year at high school. This is hard, but even before that, Charlie has had a difficult life. I feel like Dog Days Are Over perfectly symbolizes how he feels once he meets Sam, Patrick, and their friends, and finally, becomes a part of their group.

The dog days are over
The dog days are done

It’s simple, but once Charlie finds his group in school, he finally feels like he belongs. Truly, his dog days ARE over.

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield 

& To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Unwritten is the MOST 2000s song I have heard, but at the same time, I love it for that. It reminds me of To All the Boys because Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before and for the most part, lives in a fantasy world when it comes to love and relationships. Her life is definitely not unwritten, but as she becomes close with certain characters in the book, she learns to live her life as more of a “go with the flow” and “take chances” than she did at the beginning.

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned

These lyrics are a great reminder on how we should all live our lives, unwritten and unplanned. Well, okay, maybe plan a little bit because otherwise, you might just be wandering around, but don’t pass up on opportunities just because they aren’t written into your 5-year life plan!

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

& Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I know, I am surprised it took me THIS long to include a Cassandra Clare book but finally, we made it. Not only do I feel like ALL of the characters in QoAaD get hit by a landslide, whether that is in their relationships or just overall life, but the BOOK is a landslide too. Gut-wrenching plot point after heartbreaking plot point…I definitely feel as if I get swept away by the rubble of my heart afterwards.

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

I really hear a lot of Julian and Emma in these lyrics if you know what I mean…just because they are definitely struggling with some things…I also think a common theme throughout this book is that a lot of the characters are realizing they aren’t children anymore and have to learn to understand everything they are feeling almost constantly.

Let It Be by The Beatles

& Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza Mirk is a quiet and very introverted main character that I think a lot of us relate to. I know I do. Not only is she a creative person, being the creator of the webcomic Monstrous Sea, but she also deals with anxiety, which is something I can definitely relate to. However, she lets her anxiety for a majority of the book, get the best of her. When people try to help her and tell her the way she lives her life isn’t that healthy, she basically says “let it be”. It takes her a while to realize things need to change and that “letting it be” isn’t always the best answer.

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me
Shine on ’til tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

So many people in Eliza’s life try to help her and get her out of her chair, and I think these lyrics reflect that conflict she has with them.

 

Wow! That was a long one, but there it is, me matching books with my playlist…anwyays, I hope you enjoyed it because I had so much fun creating this blog post! Don’t forget to comment below some of your favourite songs on your playlist, and also make sure you check out my last blog post which will be linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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5 Books That Motivate Me to Read

It is the beginning of a new year, and while that means a sudden burst of motivation to read, write, workout, work, etc, etc for some people, it can also be a sluggish period of time for others. So, if you are having trouble figuring out what to read to get you back into the swing of things, not just reading wise but in any aspect of your life, then check out some of the books below! This list is curated out of books I love, and books that always motivate me in general, so I hope you enjoy 🙂

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This is a great book to motivate me to read, write, and also attempt to like school a little more than I do. Fangirl is all about a girl named Cath who is starting her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Cath wants to stay in her little bubble of a dorm room, writing fanfiction, Wren wants to explore the college life, leaving Cath behind. Cath struggles to find a place of her own in college, not really wanting to, until she is taken under the wing of her roommate, Raegan, and her best friend, Levi. This book is all about social anxiety, loving the art of writing, and making friends which are things a lot of us can relate to. This book is such a quick (even though it is over 400 pages) and fun read that I always crave another book right after, and because of that, this is the book I always run to when in a reading slump!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Honestly, this is the book that reminds me why I love to read and also write. The world is so genius and the characters are incredibly amazing and diverse, that it inspires me to write a story just like it. It also makes me desperately want to read more fantasy and that is always fun. Lady Midnight is the first book of the third series in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world, a world where Shadowhunters (half human, half angel) carry out their mandate of ridding the human world of demons. Our main character, Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, desperate for revenge and answers after her parents’ dead bodies wash up on shore. We follow her search for answers along with her friends and maybe getting more than she bargained for. I love, love this series, its characters, the world…everything is just amazing.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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Everything about this book’s atmosphere makes me want to read and write; its dreary and grey, England weather draws me into a cozy mood that just wants to snuggle up and do the things I love. The Light Between Worlds follows two sisters, Evelyn, and Philippa who have just returned, along with their brother, Jamie, from a magical, fantasy land called The Woodlands. During the devastation of World War II, the siblings fled their backyard bunker into this world and spent years there before returning home. While some are settling into reality better than others, Evelyn can’t. The Woodlands was her home and now she struggles to find her place in the mortal world. When she goes missing, Philippa must return to England from American and uncover the truth of her sister’s disappearance and the struggles she faced, and she is in for an awakening. The whimsical atmosphere, writing, and characters really draws readers in, and because of it, I love this book!

The Outsider by Albert Camus

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Okay, this one needs a little explanation. I read this book for English and just finished my second read of it before I write a bunch of tests, essays, etc for it, and I like this book. I do. I think it is clever and an excellent representation of existentialism in literature. However, it is not a book I read for enjoyment necessarily. The plot is really quite simple, hitting point A, B, C with not much in between. This book is really about the main character, who is really a personification of existentialism. It is all about this character who fails to act certain ways towards events like his mother dying, etc; in the ways that society expects him to. After committing an immoral crime, he is then cast as an outsider from society because of his lack of emotion and feeling. What motivates me about this book, is the main character. He is unlike anything I have ever read and it really motivates me to read more characters who are morally grey, and also to write more characters like that!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I always forget how much I truly adore this book until I read it. Right now I am reading The Raven King (finally), and I’m reminded how atmospheric this witchy, magical town of Henrietta is, and how much I love the characters. The atmosphere is a huge factor in any book for me, and this magical, mythical type of atmosphere always draws me in immediately. The Raven Boys is a story influenced by Welsh mythology, taking place in small town, Henrietta. We follow Blue, and the Raven Boys; Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, who are all on different journeys but one day their worlds intersect when Blue welcomes the soon-to-be-dead on St. Marks Eve as she does every year, and meets Gansey. In all her years of doing this, Blue has never once truly seen a ghost, only feeling as they pass through her. Gansey is the first, and she is told it she saw him because he is her true love or because she killed him. This book has psychics, as Blue’s family are all psychics, and a wonderful cast of characters that you really can’t help but get attached to.

Those are the 5 books that motivate me to read, and also write, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what books motivate you to read because I would love to know. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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5 Books That Surprised Me

In my several years of being an avid reader, I have had a lot of surprising reads. Whether I’ve picked up a book without knowing anything about it, or it was one that I didn’t really think I’d like but gave it a chance anyways…what ties all these books together that I am going to share below, is that they all surprised me in some way, shape, or form. Anyways, here are 5 books I read that have surprised me.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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This was the book that sparked my idea for this post because I LOVED this book, as I have mentioned a lot since I read it just over a month ago. This is a contemporary-fantasy book that follows two sisters who have returned from a magical kingdom called The Woodlands and now have to readjust to reality. While the eldest sister, Philippa is eager to get back to her old life, Evelyn is unable to let go of the beauty and magic that was The Woodlands. I love, love, love this book. It is whimsical and atmospheric with a story that really grabs you from page one with its deeper meaning underneath. I had no idea what this book was about going into it, but if anything that only made me love it more.

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

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I spoke about this play a bit in yesterday’s reading and writing update, and I actually really enjoyed the play. I am not a huge fan of plays, and this one was a weird one that is for sure, but it had so many elements like irony, setting, and truth that I couldn’t help but admire it. In this Greek tragedy, we follow King Oedipus of Thebes who is told by Apollo to avenge the death of the former king of Thebes, Laius. Lots of truths unravel and our characters are faced with the dilemma of staying in the dark or opening their eyes up to the light. The character dynamic is strange, to say the least, but it is fast paced and a very thought triggering read.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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Again, I had never been one to love mangas but Fullmetal Alchemist help transition me into being more open to mangas. The anime is also a great adaptation of this manga and helped me fall in love with the story and characters more. The manga is very detailed and interesting, and of course, a really quick read. I could sit down and blast through one of the books in an hour if I wanted to because of how enjoyable they are. In this manga, we follow two brothers, Edward and Al who are alchemists in search of the philosopher’s stone to undo some past…complications while doing alchemy. I am only on the second one in the series but I am excited to continue it!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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This was the book that got me into the world of YA/Middle Grade and for that, I owe it everything. I did not expect to love this book and its series as much as I ended up to because I refused to read it or watch the movie for the longest time. It was funny how quick I was to draw the conclusion that I would hate it when I ended up adoring everything about it. In this story, we follow twelve-year-old Percy Jackson who learns he is the offspring of a Greek god and human and is brought to a special camp that is home for kids like him. However, he is being accused of stealing one of the most powerful weapons in the world; Zeus’s lightning bolt, and is forced to go on a quest to find it before time runs out.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

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I am pretty sure I picked this book up from a thrift shop after hearing good things about it, but it took me about a year to finally read it. When I did though, I was blown away by how gripping and mysterious it was, and how eager I was to find out what really happened in the end. It wasn’t the best book ever writing or story-wise, but it was enough to really keep me interested. I don’t want to give too much away about the plotline, but it mainly focuses on a family and a certain summer on their private island. This book made me cry and laugh, and somehow I connected with the characters in just over 300 pages. Something I was not expecting!

Those are 5 books that surprised me and if you haven’t had the chance to pick them up, definitely give them a try! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Fall Reading Recommendations

While autumn is technically about a month away, once school starts for me I kind of register that as the beginning of fall. Regardless, here are a few books to get you in the mood for fall or the back to school season and I hope you enjoy!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a quirky, adorable YA contemporary that follows 16 year-old Lara Jean whose secret love letters get sent out to every boy she has ever loved before. Now she has to fake date the most popular guy in school to keep her sister’s ex-boyfriend from finding out her true feelings for him and it becomes a whirlwind of drama and trying to become your true self.  This book will suck you in with its charismatic characters and heartwarming plot line, making you unable to put it down. Trust me. This book is also perfect for the back to school season because this book stars teenagers who yes, go to school. You also get all the cozy vibes from the story, making it great for the fall and winter months!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Another book that takes place at school and follows Cath who is entering her freshman year at college with her twin sister, Wren, as a writing major. Cath is shy and socially awkward but when she meets the best friend of her roommate, Levi, she starts coming out of her shell a little bit more. This book is cute and fun and something I always fly through. I am also able to relate to Cath because I can be a little shy at times and also love to write, and I am sure a lot of other people can relate to her too.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe is a dark and thrilling YA dystopian that sucks you in from the first page. The premise is so intriguing and unique, something that slightly terrifies me yet it doesn’t make me want to stop. It follows two characters, Citra and Rowan who live in a world where humans have conquered everything, even death. However there are scythes who choose people to kill to restore the world to equal balance and our main characters are chosen as apprentices for a scythe but neither of them want this. This is the perfect book to binge on a rainy day and you’ll find yourself jumping right into the next one.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Another dark book with more of a mystical twist to it that completely entrances you with its charm. I love the characters in this book. Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah, Maura, Persephone, etc, etc, all of them. They really take control of the plot and it makes for an amazing four book story. The Raven Boys takes place in a small town in Virginia and follows a cast of characters whose paths get intertwined by magic. Blue Sargent is part of a family of psychics minus any psychic powers of her own, only a supposed curse that states if she kisses her true love, he will die. But one day she sees a spirit of a boy who will die in the next year while calling spirits at a church with her aunt, the spirit of a boy who could supposedly be Blue’s true love and from then the story begins.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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While this book won’t be out until late October, I had to put it on my list because it is the most PERFECT fall read ever. It tells a haunting and whimsical story with a strong atmosphere that pulls you in. It follows the lives of two sisters, Evelyn and Phillipa after they return from years in a magical kingdom and readjust to the normal world. While Phillipa is ready to start over in the real world and let go of the past, Evelyn refuses to forget and spirals until one day she disappears. Now Phillipa must search for her sister and along the way learn the hard truths of why her sister disappeared. Love, love, love this book and cannot wait to give it a re read once the weather gets cooler and the days get darker.

Those are five of my fall reading recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and follow all my social media linked below. Thanks 🙂

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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!

Those are four books that personally I am really excited for, and hopefully you are too! Don’t forget to check out the blog post(s) linked below, and also follow me on social media for writing and reading related posts daily 🙂

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Audiobook Recommendations!

Hello! I am back after my two day hiatus after the busyness that was the winter Biannual Bibliothon. While it was loads of fun, it was a little draining but over the weekend I recharged and am ready to blog! Lately I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks, I think I listened to about 4 this past week, and have been loving them, so I decided to share a few audiobook recommendations with you guys and some tips if you are just starting out. I hope you enjoy!

Audiobook Tips for Beginners:

  1. Choose An Audiobook That You’ve Read the Physical Book Of – When it comes to your first few audiobooks, I find that it is a lot easier to ease into the world of audiobooks when you listen to a book you have already read. When adjusting to audiobooks, it can be difficult to retain all the info you hear while listening to the story, so my advice is to start of listening to a favourite book of yours!
  2. Free Audiobooks! – If you aren’t sure if you will like audiobooks, try borrowing them from your library. And I don’t mean borrowing the 30+ disk set, but borrowing from their online selection. Lots of libraries have links on their websites to online libraries where if you use your library card, you can electronically borrow books and audiobooks on your phone or computer, and they are free!
  3. Don’t Waste Audiobook Time – There are so many times throughout the day when you could be listening to an audiobook. So instead of watching mindless YouTube videos while getting ready, press play on an audiobook! You can also listen to them while walking around, driving, doing mindless tasks, etc, etc. Don’t waste perfectly good audiobook time!

Now for my audiobook recommendations!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Not only do I recommend this physical book, but the ebook is so much fun! I get the exact same feel as I do when I physically read it, and listening to the book come alive just brings so much more to the story. This is one I am actually currently listening to, and it is nice to discover the world of Fangirl in a different medium.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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I don’t have a specific book recommendation for this one, but really any of this series would be amazing on audio. I have only listened to the fourth in full, and snippets of some of the others but listening to the fourth was a blast, and the person who voiced it did a great job of giving each character a different voice and making the journey so much more fun!

The Selection by Kiera Cass 

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Listening to The One on audiobook was really good, I felt the tension between the characters and really felt the emotion I felt while reading the physical book, which is obviously what you want from an audiobook. While it did sound a little robotic, I quickly got over that and became so incredibly invested in the story. I can only imagine that the first book, The Selection, would be just as good!

Peter Pan by James M. Barrie

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Really, I think that any children’s book would be magical in audiobook format. I listened to this book during the Biannual Bibliothon, and it was fun listening to Wendy, John, Michael and Peter’s adventures in Neverland. Again, it brought the story to life in a way like a movie would, and while I was walking around and listening to this book I would get so invested in the story I would wander around for hours. Also, it is really short (about 5 hours or so) so a perfect first audiobook!

Those are a few audiobook tips and recommendations for any of you considering giving audiobooks a try, or for any of you who just were in need of some more recommendations. I hope you enjoyed this, and make sure you check out my last blog posts: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Write a Book Recommendation + my Day 7 Reading Update! 

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Write a Book Recommendation

It is the last day of the Biannual Bibliothon…can you believe it? I hope yours was as productive as mine, but I also hope that you had a blast reading, as well as following me along my own journey!

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The blogging challenge for day 7 is hosted by @Laura’s Literary Letters and is to write a book recommendation. I was very excited to tackle this challenge, however it was hard to choose which book to recommend…so many choices. Anyways, after a lot of careful decisions and comparisons, I came to conclusion to recommend the lovely book, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is the first book in the Precious Stones trilogy, and is a book of time travel with a dash or two of romance. In Ruby Red, we follow our main character, Gwen, a sixteen year old girl whose family has a secret, they possess a time travelling gene. Gwen had always been accepted that her cousin Charlotte possessed the gene, happy to stay out of the spotlight and carry out a normal life, but when she travels back in time, frantic and confused, she realizes that it isn’t Charlotte who has the gene, but herself. Now Gwen’s life is flipped upside down and she is thrust into the spotlight, the burden of the being a time traveler suddenly dropped on her shoulders because time traveling doesn’t just mean going back in history, but is also means putting up with her new annoying, yet ridiculously handsome, time travelling partner, Gideon. We follow Gwen as she lives this new life of adventure, and learns to accept it and everything that comes along with it, including dark secrets that come into light throughout the book.

If you love a book with adventure and a relatable main character, you will love this book! It is a fun, easy read, and you will fly through it, desperate to move onto the next books, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. I also recommend this book because there is a movie! It may originally be in German, but on YouTube you can find the dubbed version and it is a very well adapted movie, one I highly recommend. So pick this book up from the library, or purchase a copy yourself because you won’t regret it!

Ruby Red Goodreads page here

That is all for my day 7 challenge, as well as the final challenge of the winter Biannual Bibliothon. I am already counting down the days till the summer Biannual Bibliothon, and also the BookTubeaThon! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 6: Favourite/Most Memorable Book of 2017 + Day 6 Reading Update, also, stay tuned for my final reading update coming later! Thank you so much for putting up with these blog posts, and just being amazing. You guys mean so much to me and whenever you like a blog post or comment it puts a smile on my face!

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Readathon Recommendations!

The 2018 Biannual Bibliothon is approaching, so I thought it would be fit to make a blog post recommending some smart readathon choices if you are in need of some quick and fast-paced reads to add to your TBR. Hopefully you will give some of these a try and I hope you enjoy!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

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This is a perfect readathon read because it is not only a fantastic book, but it is also fast paced and short, aka the perfect readathon read. It actually amazes me how many people have heard about this book or watched the movie (which is also really good) and yet haven’t read the book! Just do it! Even if you aren’t planning on participating in a readathon soon, just read it anyways. This book follows Charlie, a high school freshman who has never found it easy to make friends and tends to keep to himself because of that, but when he meets a group of misfit seniors he finds a place where he feels at home, and discovers the importance of having friends.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I recently read this book, just a few weeks ago, and read it in only three hours! It was a fast paced mystery that had me flipping each page with so much anxiety (the good kind though) and anticipation. We Were Liars follows a girl named Candence whose “perfect” family escapes to their private island every summer, however she cannot remember what happened in the summer of her 15th year…all she knows is that it ended with her being found unconscious in the water. A few years after the almost unspoken incident, she returns to the island and to her family, trying to piece together what happened and we follow her along that journey as secrets unravel and truths are uncovered.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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This was another book that I finished in only a matter of hours, and also has a movie that is amazing! This book follows Louisa, a young woman in search of a job after being let go from her last one, and while job searching, she stumbles across an ad for a caregiver for Will Traynor, a young man who is quadriplegic. He is cold at first but they eventually grow a close connection, however their relationship is not without its hardships and tears. I love this book and really think it is worth the read!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath and the Dawn was a book I read during the summer BookTubeaThon back in July, and this was such a fast-paced and entertaining read and I was glad I finally got around to reading it. It follows a girl named Shahrzad who is the next wife of the young king, Khalid. However, each night Khalid takes a new wife and by the morning she is dead. When Shahrzad’s best friend is the next victim of Khalid, she volunteers and amazes everyone when she is found alive the next morning, and the morning after that. She soon realizes that there is more to the king than everyone thinks, and he may not be the monster she thought. It is a little slow at first, but once you hit about 50 pages the world around you will dissolve.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Once you start Vampire Academy, there is a good chance you will just marathon the rest of the series and that is such an amazing feeling. Vampire Academy is filled with action, romance and is the definition of fun and fast-paced. It follows Rose Hathaway, a protector of her vampire best friend, Lisa, and after a year of running from their school, they are found and brought back. They were always told the outside world was dangerous, but they ran away from their school for a reason.

Those are 5 readathon recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Keep an eye out for my upcoming blog post on my TBR for the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon, coming sometime this week, and also check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

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