7 New Book Releases I Can’t Wait to Read in 2022

I know we’re already a month into 2022 but I still wanted to share the 7 new book releases I’m excited to read this new year because there are SO many!

I’ve been off my reading game for the last couple of years, so this year, I want to prioritize getting back into reading. My goal is to read at least 2 books a month, so if that’s the case, I’m going to need some new books to add to my TBR. (Not that it’s not already overflowing.)

Don’t forget to let me know what books you’re looking forward to reading this year in the comments because I’d love to know!

Okay! Let’s get into this list.

Here are the 7 new book releases I can’t wait to read in 2022.

The Maid by Nita Prose

As a fan of mysteries and thrillers, it’s impossible to not have heard of this book that has taken the thriller community by storm. The Maid came out on January 4th, 2022, so thankfully, it’s already out because I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

It’s described as a traditional detective story and a cozy mystery, which I love, so I have no doubts I’ll fly through it and enjoy every second reading it.

About The Maid

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

When I read the synopsis for this book, it reminded me of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, which I adore, and that’s exactly what I look for in a mystery/thriller. I love when detectives are involved and it has that true crime element to it. And that’s exactly what A Flicker in the Dark has.

This is another book that’s out already, it was published on January 11th, so you bet I’m getting into this one ASAP.

About A Flicker in the Dark

When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and was put away for life, leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.

Now twenty years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. While she finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to achieve, she sometimes feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. So when a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, seeing parallels from her past that aren’t actually there, or for the second time in her life, is Chloe about to unmask a killer?

Real Easy by Marie Rutkoski

Like A Flicker in the Dark, Real Easy has the classic detective, true crime feel to it. It involves a missing person’s investigation, a strip club, and a deadly interest.

Thrillers are my perfect recipe for getting out of a reading slump, or just trying to finish another book before the month ends, so I know I will be reading this one soon.

About Real Easy

It’s 1999 and Samantha has danced for years at the Lovely Lady strip club. She’s not used to mixing work and friendship―after all, between her jealous boyfriend and his young daughter, she has enough on her plate. But the newest dancer is so clueless that Samantha feels compelled to help her learn the hustle and drama of the club: how to sweet-talk the boss, fit in with the other women, and make good money. One night, when the new girl needs a ride home, Samantha agrees to drive: a simple decision that turns deadly.

Georgia, another dancer drawn into the ensuing murder and missing person investigation, gathers information for Holly, a grieving detective determined to solve the case. Georgia just wants to help, but her involvement makes her a target. As Holly and Georgia round up their suspects, the story’s point of view shifts between dancers, detectives, children, club patrons―and the killer.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Daughter of the Moon Goddess (The Celestial Kingdom Duology, #1)

I’m a big fan of fantasy influenced by world mythologies, so when I learned that this book is inspired by a Chinese legend, it immediately piqued my interest.

Also, the cover is STUNNING! How could you not want this book??? It was released on January 11th, so it’s out and I am ready to get my hands on it to add this beautiful cover to my bookshelf.

About Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.

Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince.

To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream—striking a dangerous bargain in which she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.

These Deadly Games by Diana Urban

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This is a YA thriller that follows a deadly game (hence the title) that the main character has to participate in for 24 hours after her little sister is taken hostage.

Just from the title of the book, this book intrigued me because it gave me an idea of what it’s all about: an enthralling and mysterious game that you want to follow along with just to find out who’s behind it all.

I cannot wait to read this book since it just came out on February 1st!

About These Deadly Games

When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper’s game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, make a prank call.

But then Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt—and kill—her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past, and wants them to pay for what they did…

As Crystal makes the impossible choices between her friends and her sister, she must uncover the truth and find a way to outplay the kidnapper… before it’s too late.

This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom, #1)

Like I said, I love fantasy inspired by mythology, and Tahereh Mafi’s new book is influenced by Persian mythology. I haven’t read much about Persian mythology, so I cannot wait to learn all about it in this book.

I haven’t read any of Tahereh Mafi’s books since the third or fourth Shatter Me series book, so I’m also curious to see how her writing has changed. I enjoyed the Shatter Me series, but by the time the fourth book or so was released, I wasn’t as invested. However, I do like her writing style and stories, so I am sure I will like The Woven Kingdom.

About The Woven Kingdom

To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight.

The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant girl with the strange eyes, the girl he can’t put out of his mind, would one day soon uproot his kingdom—and the world.

Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare

Last, but certainly not least, is Chain of Thorns. This is easily my most anticipated release of the year as I have been a Cassandra Clare fan for almost 10 years, and have been loving her new series, which this book is the third book in.

Unfortunately, I have to wait until November 2022 to read it! Especially with how book 2 ended. I can’t believe the release day is so far away still, but alas. That’s also why we don’t have a gorgeous cover yet. Clare teased a section of it the other day, which makes me somehow even more pumped to see the full and finished product.

Since this is the third book in the series, I’ll share the synopsis of the first book below because I don’t want to spoil any of you who haven’t read it yet…which you totally should!

About Chain of Gold

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.


I hope you enjoyed reading all about the 7 books I cannot wait to read this year once they are all released.

Making these posts remind me why I love to read, and get me so excited to read. I hope this post also inspired some of you to check out a book or two from this list as well.

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8 Awesome Books on Kindle Unlimited You Need to Binge Read Today

Happy Monday!

I love reading on my Kindle, not only because of its convenience but it’s a more sustainable way to do what I love. Another reason I love Kindle is because it has Kindle Unlimited! Kindle Unlimited has so many amazing books, but it can sometimes be hard to sift through them all and find the ones perfect for you.

That’s why I wanted to put together this list of 8 Kindle Unlimited books that you should read today! These books will be a mixture of young adult books and new adult books, so hopefully, there is something on this list for everyone. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Here are 8 Awesome Kindle Unlimited Books You Should Binge Read Today.

1. The Marionettes by Katie Wismer

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The Marionettes is my current read, written by indie author Katie Wismer, and is a paranormal fantasy romance filled with vampires and witches. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good paranormal romance that isn’t the classic Vampire Academy, but I am really enjoying my time with The Marionettes!

And since it’s on this list, that means it’s on Kindle Unlimited! If you love paranormal romance, I guarantee you’ll enjoy this book. I am over halfway through and I just fly through the chapters. Also, the sequel is coming out THIS week, so what better of a time to pick up the first book?

Here’s the full synopsis:

Valerie Darkmore’s entire life has been building up to this moment—her initiation into the Marionettes, the prestigious league of witches sworn to serve the vampires. As one of the last remaining blood witches, her spot is almost guaranteed. At least, so she’d thought.

The academy is full of sabotage and secrets as the tasks begin, and Valerie quickly realizes she has more than her spot on the line. Her survival seems just as uncertain.

The closer she gets to the final trial, the more she learns everything—and everyone—around her isn’t quite what it seems.

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2. Wicked Souls by Katie Wismer

This is the sequel to the book above, and since it’s releasing this week (tomorrow!), I thought what better time to add it to this list. I have high hopes for this book, as it will be the second book in a series of a few more, if not several more books. I only have a little more left of the first book and like I mentioned, it is so addicting! Fingers crossed this book is the same.

Here’s what the sequel is all about:

She may have made it through her initiation into the Marionettes, but she’s quickly learning that was only the beginning. Everything she used to know has changed, including maybe herself.

Adjusting to her new reality proves to be the least of her worries when bodies appear all over the city, and the death toll continues to rise. She can’t count on her partnership with a dangerous vampire prince to be enough to save her. Because while they’re investigating the attacks, the killer might just be looking for her too.

Pre-order it here!

3. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Punk 57 by [Penelope Douglas]

While this isn’t one I have read yet, it’s on my list because EVERYONE has recommended it. I have no doubt I’ll like it though because it’s a college romance, and as a college student, this highly appeals to me. Especially since it’s on Kindle Unlimited, so even if I don’t like it, no harm, no foul!

Here’s the synopsis/snippet from the book:

We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

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4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

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If you do an annual re-read of Harry Potter during the holiday season, you’re in luck because the entire season is on Kindle Unlimited! I don’t usually do a re-read, but I do re-watch the movies because they always put me in a cozy and festive spirit.

I’m sure most of you know the synopsis of this series, but just in case, I’ll add it below!

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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5. The After Party by A.C. Arthur

The After Party by [A.C. Arthur]

This new release is all about sisterhood and female empowerment with a murderous twist. I am also in the middle of reading this one and have to shout it out on this Kindle Unlimited list because 1) It’s such a captivating read, and 2) I create content for this author! Well, for her pen name, Lacey Baker, who also has a book on KU: The Sweetest Valentine. If you enjoy clean romance, check that one out. However, if you like more sexy and steamy romances, you will love The After Party.

Here’s what it’s all about:

Venus McGee, Draya Carter, and Jackie Benson are coworkers with a lot in common. They’re smart, independent, driven, and deserving of recognition—certainly more than they’ve been handed by a demoralizing boss. He’s the topic of conversation at their impromptu get-together after the company holiday party, where the threesome fantasizes about a life without him. There has to be an alternative to taking a deep breath and sucking it up. There is. It’s just not the one they expected.

When morning comes, Venus, Draya, and Jackie are blindsided by murder—a twist of fate that brings a startling new challenge to the table and forces them to navigate a hair-raising detour they never saw coming. For better and (unless they can help it) for worse, it’s going to turn their world upside down. What starts as a necessary bond of mutual trust soon morphs into an empowering and galvanizing friendship that Venus, Draya, and Jackie need now more than ever.

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6. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe is an excellent YA dystopian novel about a society where humans have conquered everything, even death. To keep the population in check, there are scythes that select a certain amount of people to die every year.

I love this book and have for many years, which is why I was so excited to see it on Kindle Unlimited! If you haven’t had the chance to pick up Scythe yet, I highly recommend it. It’s one of my favourite books ever, and everyone I have recommended it to has also enjoyed it. I will warn you, the trilogy goes downhill after the second book, but it is still worth a read.

Here’s a bit more detail about Scythe:

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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

Lightning Thief, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by [Rick Riordan]

Do you feel like you’re reading one of my blog posts from 2016? Well, surprise! It’s 5 years later and I’m still raving about Percy Jackson. I was so excited to see that this book was on Kindle Unlimited because it means more people can read it. For me, it was such an influential book in my childhood about 8 or 9 years ago, and I still love talking about it today.

If you have no idea what Percy Jackson is, it’s a middle-grade urban fantasy inspired by Greek mythology, and it is epic!

Here’s what it’s about:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.

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8. The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by [Kiera Cass]

Once again, you probably think you’re reading a blog post from 2016, but no, I am still discussing The Selection in 2021. The Selection is honestly still one of my go-to books when I want to just unwind and read a mind-numbing book. And I mean that in the best way. I love this novel. It’s nowhere near a masterpiece, but if you want a fun, fast-paced novel, this is should be next on your TBR.

It’s always described as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, and I totally stand by that description.

Here’s what it’s about:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Buy it here!


Those are the 8 awesome books on Kindle Unlimited that I recommend you read today! Let me know what your favourite books are on Kindle Unlimited because I would love to add more books to my TBR 🙂

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4 Podcasts to Spark Your Creativity

Happy Monday!

Podcasts are a great way to learn about new things or get motivated, which is why now is the perfect time to share four of my favourite podcasts that can spark your creativity during these somber times.

Personally, I love to listen to podcasts while cleaning or going on a walk, but occasionally, I will sit down and soak in all their wisdom. They help me unwind and pass the time, which are two things I look for daily. Hopefully, the podcasts listed below can do the same for you!

These podcasts that I am sharing are for the creative mind (entrepreneurs, writers, artists, etc), but I think they would be beneficial to anyone who listened to them. When I need a pick me up, these are the podcasters I turn to.

1. Gals on the Go

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I only recently started listening to this podcast hosted by Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio, two lifestyle YouTubers who I enjoy watching. They talk about their lives, social media, relationships, college, and life on the internet. They are honest and open about their struggles, especially during quarantine, which is inspiring to hear. It sparks creativity because these are two young but very successful people who are, as they say, “gals on the go.” Hearing their start-up stories and also about the type of social media work they do inspires me to be productive in my own work.

Their podcasts are more laid back so I find they are better background noise for when I am cleaning or doing housekeeping tasks on my laptop like answering emails. It just feels like two friends chatting and catching up with the occasional tip on how to stay positive and motivated when life has you down.

FAVOURITE EPISODES:

  • Our Quarantine Morning Routines
  • Chat with Maggie MacDonald: Social Media, College, Confidence + Being Yourself

2. That Smart Hustle

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This is another podcast that is hosted by a YouTuber, and her name is Kristen Martin. She is a creative entrepreneur who posts vlogs related to writing, business, and lifestyle which she has expanded onto her podcast as well. She also posts about astrology and energy, which I am not into but if you are, then you should definitely check her out! She touches a lot on failing and accepting failure, as well as believing in yourself and your plan in order to succeed. I really like it when podcasts, especially podcasts for entrepreneurs, include this message because we all need that reminder every once and a while. 

I like to take walks and listen to this podcast because there are always a lot of gold nuggets of information that I don’t want to miss. These podcast episodes are short, ranging from 10-30 minutes usually, which is a nice break from the 40-60 minute ones! But keep in mind, you might want to download a few of these before taking a walk.

FAVOURITE EPISODES:

  • The One Thing I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Business
  • The Danger of Consuming More Than You’re Creating
  • When the Motivation Just Isn’t There

3. 88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang

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In the past, I have talked about this writing podcast and how much I loved it, and I still do! I highly recommend this one not only to writers but to creatives overall. Yin brings on artists of all sorts onto this podcast, and all the content is just so inspiring. I never finish an episode not ready to hop on my laptop and get writing. That is why if you are feeling in a rut, listen to this ASAP.

This podcast is one of those ones that you want to sit down and enjoy every minute of it. I recommend siting down somewhere comfy with a snack and a drink before pressing play because you won’t want to miss any info spilling out. It wouldn’t hurt to have a notebook too to jot down some notes. However, it is also great to listen to while on a walk. When I was younger, I would listen to it every day on my walk to and from school.

It also helps that Yin brings on so many of my favourite authors, making me jump on each episode as soon as it releases.

FAVOURITE EPISODES:

  • MAGGIE STIEFVATER: Staying Motivated During Challenging Times
  • VICTORIA ‘V.E.’ SCHWAB: Cultivating Stubborn Hope & Earning Your Way Into the Tribe
  • SARAH J MAAS: Championing Heroines & Writing with Relentless Determination

4. The Goal Digger

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This is a new podcast for me, but all the episodes I’ve listened to, I’ve loved. This an entrepreneur podcast all about getting your dream job and cultivating the life you want to live. It is about hustling and growing your online platforms in order to achieve the dreams you set out to reach. Every episode is a nice 20-45 minute length, which makes it a great walking podcast. Like 88 Cups of Tea though, I prefer to snuggle up for this one or at least sit at my desk with my notebook out. This is a gold mine if you are interested in success on social media and building a brand/business on platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

The Goal Digger has a lot of amazing interviews with professional entrepreneurs who share their own tips and tricks to success, along with the host’s own experiences and advice. It also includes a lot of episodes on topics you wouldn’t necessarily think about asking yourself when creating a business which is so incredibly helpful. Some examples are “An Action Plan to Manage Financial Fear and Anxiety Right Now” and “The Checklist I Use to Choose My Mentors.”

FAVOURITE EPISODES:

  • These 5 Things Will Make or Break Your Biz

Those are four podcasts that will spark your creativity and I hope you will give them a try if you haven’t already. Let me know down below some of your favourite podcasts because I am always on the hunt for more.

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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!

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