Disney Book Tag!

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I had a different idea for what today’s blog post was going to be, but that kind of ended up failing. It’s okay though because I love reading, and I also LOVE Disney so this seemed like the perfect book tag to do. Anyways, without further ado here are my answers to the Disney Book Tag!

(P.S. I did not create this tag, I actually don’t know who did but if you do know, tell me so I can credit them!)

The Little Mermaid – A Character That Is Out of Their Element…A Fish Out of Water!

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Haha, the first character who came to mind when I read this question was Apollo from the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan! This is perfect because, in the first book, Apollo is cast down to earth by Zeus and made mortal until he can complete trials to gain back his godly powers. Apollo is definitely out of his element on earth and it is hilarious watching him navigate life as a mortal.

Cinderella – A Character Who Goes Through Major Development

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Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series! In the first few books, he is just a sweet, scared little boy but by the last book, he is truly a brave Gryffindor…still sweet though! Neville has been through a lot in his life, just as much as Harry with losing his parents and all that, so for him to come out stronger rather than broken is definitely a major development.

Snow White – A Book with an Eclectic Cast of Characters

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When I think of a big eclectic cast of characters, I always come back to the same book series and that is The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. One specific book where we finally see all of our cast working together would be The Mark of Athena, but I just recommend the entire series. This cast of characters is such a diverse bunch of young people that you can’t help but like. They are diverse in their races, sexual orientations and just overall personalities, and it is a great series for all ages to read!

Sleeping Beauty – A Book That Put You to Sleep

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So, for English class, I have to read a lot of books…like a lot. Some I don’t like and some I do however the book I am reading right now for this class is a challenge to read. The idea of the story is great and interesting, but the actual story and how the author portrays it for the reader to see puts me to sleep. That book is Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. I have to read it out loud to actually understand what I’m reading, and yesterday I sat down to read it and it took me 45 MINUTES TO READ ONLY 17 PAGES! What is this witchcraft? What?

The Lion King – A Character Who Had Something Traumatic Happen to Them In Childhood

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A lot of characters fit the bill for this one, but to be a little creative I decided to go with Tavvy Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. So this kid is the youngest of the Blackthorn family (he’s currently seven) and his has mother died, his father was turned into a Dark Shadowhunter and then killed, when he was really little his brother Mark was taken away by faeries, and a lot more that I can’t say because of spoilers. This kid has had a LOT happen to him and he is only seven years old! To say that he had “something” traumatic happen to him in childhood is a bit of an understatement.

Beauty and the Beast – A Beast of a Book (A Big Book) That You Were Intimidated By But Found the Story to Be Beautiful In the End

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is about 416 pages which is an average fantasy book size, however, it is a high fantasy book so I was intimidated because of that. Once I got into it though, I really, really enjoyed it and just flew through it!

Aladdin – A Character Who Gets Their Wish Granted, For Better or Worse

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In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before, and even though she never intended for them to get out, it works out for her in the end when they do. She ends up with one of the boys she wrote a letter to, and while she never consciously wished to send them out, she did address them so deep down I think she did!

Mulan – A Character Who Pretends to be Something or Someone They Aren’t

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Ooooh, Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He definitely pretends to be someone he is not, but I won’t go into specifics in case anyone here has not gotten that far yet in the series.

Toy Story – A Book with Characters You Wish Would Come to Life

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I am going to have to do a double answer for this one and say the characters from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. They would be such an awesome group of friends to have not only because they are all funny, nice and just plain cool, but they also have AWESOME powers being the children of gods!

Disney Descendants – Your Favourite Villain or Morally Ambiguous Character

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My favourite villain is really any villain from The Vampire Diaries (I haven’t read the book so I’m cheating using the TV show but whatever). Katherine, Klaus, and Kai (haha all K’s) are hands down some of the best-developed villains ever created. They do what is best for only them and sometimes the small, small, small circle of people they love and overall, they just see their way as right. We still see them as a human though which is why I think they are such great villains.

There it is! Those are my answers for the Disney Book Tag which I loved because who doesn’t love Disney? If you haven’t done this tag and want to then do it because it was a lot of fun! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content. Thanks 🙂

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The Entertainer Tag

I am really excited to do this tag because I love tags and honestly don’t feel like I do enough. The Entertainer Tag is really simple too. All you do is answer the questions given to you by the person who tagged you, answer them, and then create new questions for whoever you tag. Anyways, thank you to Merv from MervReads for the tag and let’s get into this!

1. What’s the Saddest Book You’ve Read

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Ooooh…the first book that comes to mind when I think “sad” is hands down, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This is a YA mystery-contemporary that I read in around 3 hours and loved. And yes, cried A LOT during. This book gripped me from beginning to end, and the end absolutely crushed me. If you have read it you’ll know what I am talking about and if you haven’t then you must check this book out.

2. The Book You’ve Read/DNFed That You Would Never Recommend

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Personally, I would never tell someone that they should never read said book because it is terrible. However, I did really recently pick up and DNF P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and probably wouldn’t recommend it. In my life, I have read my fair share of contemporaries and am getting to the point where I am tired of re-reading the same type of romance book. I still find and love new contemporaries all the time, but it takes a little bit of effort from the plot and characters for me to love it. I thought I’d enjoy P.S. I Like You, but after 50 pages I realized this wasn’t anything special and I didn’t feel like reading something I’ve felt I read a million times before.

3. What Was Your Last 3 Star Read and Why Was It In Between?

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The last book I gave a 3 star rating to was back in July and was Matched by Ally Condie. I listened to this on audiobook and while it was a pretty generic and bland dystopian, it was fun to listen to and I got through it quickly. I have no plans to continue on though because the end fell really flat for me, but because the beginning and middle were entertaining to listen to I just enjoyed it and gave it 3 stars.

4. An Underrated Book

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I am kind of cheating because the only book I can think of that I love that is underrated is one that isn’t out yet…and that is The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. Obviously this book can’t be hyped because it isn’t out yet, but I am just looking for another chance to rave about this book because I love it! This is a YA contemporary-fantasy book that is super atmospheric and mystical, and was something I adored. It comes out on October 23rd so make sure you check it out when it hits shelves!

5. Fictional Character That You Actually Hate

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Apart from villains like Voldermort, Umbridge, and generic characters that you are meant to hate, I am going to reveal a protagonist that I just really didn’t like. I think hate is a really strong word for this character, but I had a really hard time enjoying this book (but did because other characters made it good) because of this character. The character I am talking about is Twinkle from From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon. I really enjoyed the story overall, but Twinkle for me was really annoying to read from and her personality just really irritated me at how obnoxious and blind she could be at times.

6. Your Opinion About Cover Reveal Posts

To be honest, I am indifferent to these type of posts because while I love a beautiful cover, it isn’t something that really influences me to buy a book. When I see a cover reveal post, I really don’t think much of it unless it is one of those rare books I am ECSTATIC for…*cough* Queen of Air and Darkness *cough*

So those are all my answers to the lovely questions, and now here are my questions!

1. How Often Do You Give Out 5 Star Ratings?

2. Most Anticipated Release for this Year?

3. Who is Your Auto-Buy Author?

4. If You Could Only Read 1 Genre, Which Would It Be?

5. What is Your Least Favourite Trope in Books?

6. What Was the Last Book You Read?

My Nominees

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Writer Life Tag

After doing that book tag last week, I was really in the mood to do another tag but this time writing themed! I have seen this tag floating around YouTube and really enjoyed hearing everyone’s answers to these questions about the writer life, and really wanted to answer them myself so that is what I am going to do. Make sure you check out the original tag here, but here are my answers!

Writer Tag Questions

1. What do you eat or drink while writing?

I don’t always drink or eat while writing, but when I do I will either have water or green tea next to me. I don’t like to eat while writing because my fingers get all sticky or crummy which then gets on my fingers which THEN gets on my keyboard and I’m not about that. I do get thirsty though, so I’ll usually have some green tea or water with me.

2. What do you listen to while writing?

When it comes to music, if I am having a hard time getting in the writing zone I will put on some atmospheric music to get me there. Usually it will be something I found on Spotify labeled “Fantasy Music” or “Mystical Music” since my WIP is a YA fantasy. I need to do this more often though because I have been having trouble writing and need to get into the right mindset quickly.

3. What is your biggest writing distraction?

My phone. I tell myself that I don’t get distracted by my phone and that I deserve the “break” to go on it whenever I do, but I always end up taking WAY too long of a break. I need to keep off the phone when it is writing time and not have it near me.

4. What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?

Honestly, just feeling like whatever I am writing sucks. It is crushing to fall out of the writing mode and realize that what you wrote probably isn’t the best thing ever. That’s okay though and I have to remind myself to just keep going, keep writing, keep producing because it WILL get better. Eventually. After lots and lots of editing.

5. What’s the best thing that ever happened to you while writing?

Probably the opposite of the worst and really enjoying what I just wrote. Like how it is crushing, it is super uplifting to genuinely enjoy your story and I think it is important for all of us to appreciate those moments where we like our writing. The road of writing is bumpy and windy and unpredictable so take advantage of those good moments!

6. Who do you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?

I try not to talk to people while writing but when I am done I talk to my mom a lot about my writing. I like to talk to her about how I am feeling about my writing and what I want to do with it when I am done. It gets me really excited and motivated to write, and I am really lucky to have someone to talk about my writing with.

7. What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw?

My secret to success is to just keep writing. Finish whatever WIP you are working on and then move right onto the next. Writing one book and hoping for it to do well won’t bring you success in the writing field but if you keep writing, then if that first book doesn’t do well, you will have another one and another one ready to go. My biggest writing flaw would definitely be acting like I don’t get down when writing when I do. I lock it all up inside and don’t let it out until it all comes crashing out. I have gotten better about it though but am still working on it.

8. What inspires you? Or what makes you productive?

Watching AuthorTube writing vlogs on YouTube really, really inspire me to write and be productive because after watching a tenish minute video of someone else being productive and writing, I get the feeling that I need to write too. I definitely recommend checking out authors on YouTube like Kristen Martin, Kim Chance, Viven Reis, etc because they are amazing!

9. What is one thing you do or other writers do that’s annoying?

Hmm. Maybe closing ourselves off from the world (I do it too though so no shade at anyone!) and honestly, I don’t want to make it a habit! I don’t want to waste my entire life writing even though it is something I LOVE to do and is definitely my passion, but I want to also see the world around me and sometimes I have to remind myself this.

10. Are you willing to share something you’ve written?

I will in the future once I have something semi polished so stay tuned for that! I know I don’t share a lot of my writing on my blog but I do want to start doing that. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to show my writing at all, I just always forget to if we are being honest!

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Hamilton Book Tag

I love Hamilton and I love books so I thought it was about time I gave this tag a try. I have seen this tag done on YouTube countless times and am super excited to answer these questions with my favourite books so let’s get into it!

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THE QUESTIONS:

1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

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This is a given because while there are a lot of book worlds I would like to put myself in, the wizarding world in Harry Potter is the best option to be honest. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world of magic? Easy question.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

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While I wouldn’t say this character is exactly underrated, I just don’t think she gets enough credit or page time as some of the others. However, I expect she will in the third and final book in this trilogy which comes out in a few months and I am VERY excited for that. The character I am talking about is Christina from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare! I love Christina, her story, and her potential love interest (hehe) so much, and just wished we saw more of her as opposed to some of the other characters…

3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

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Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is on a mission to find the lost king Glendower, and has been for years. Throughout the story we learn the hardships he had gone through and how quitting sometimes seemed like the best option, yet he still searches because he knows it is what he is meant to do. He definitely goes after what he wants when it is important and won’t let anyone get in the way and I admire him for it!

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE INFERNAL DEVICES THEN DON’T READ THIS

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While this character’s death wasn’t abrupt but natural, something we really don’t see that much in YA fantasy, I still would really like Will Herondale to be alive! I loved him and it is terrible that Tessa and Jem have to live on without him.

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5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO NOT READ BELOW

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I think it was pretty obvious what was going to happen by the end of this book with our two love interests, Lou and Will, but I was still NOT ready for it. There was no way of avoiding it with Will’s quadriplegia so I didn’t expect to cry but I did…a lot.

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6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

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Okay…kind of cheating because I haven’t read these books but going off the TV show, The Vampire Diaries has some of the BEST villains ever. They are so sassy and amazing and you can see their side of the story with most of the decisions they make. Katherine is the queen of villains but all the others are great as well.

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ WE WERE LIARS THEN DON’T READ BELOW

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Oh my god. I cannot remember a book that blew me away as much as this book had. Maybe some people saw that end coming but I didn’t (maybe because I read it between the hours of 12am-3am…) and it CRUSHED me. I grew to like all the characters in this book and then to find out most of them were dead? Like what? I cried. A lot.

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8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned

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When I think about it, I haven’t actually marathoned a book series in a really long time. However, I do remember flying through the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and The Selection trilogy (it was a trilogy at the time) by Kiera Cass. I lived in a small town at that time with not much to do so I spent three days on each series reading the books from back to front and then immediately picking up the sequel!

9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

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When it comes to multiple POV I usually dislike reading in about 50% of the POVs. However, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan follows three different perspectives and I love reading from them all. Piper, Leo and Jason are really fun to follow as are 99% of Rick Riordan’s characters, and this has been a favourite book of mine since I was really young. Just talking about it makes me want to revisit the characters, as well as the other books which have lots of amazing POVs!

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

 

Apart from Harry Potter, I have two answers for this: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I have yet to read either of them yet (Children of Blood and Bone will be the next book I read once I finish my current reads!), but they have received an amazing amount of buzz. The Hate U Give deals with important topics among our society today that will not be forgotten, and Children of Blood and Bone is also something the world has needed and been waiting for. These books will be remembered throughout history and I cannot wait to give them both a read!

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Netflix Book Tag!

I was in the mood to do a fun tag, and I love Netflix so this was the perfect one. The original video is here, and if you want to do it too then I tag you!

1. Recently Watched:The last book you finished reading.

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The last book I finished was The Selection by Kiera Cass which happened to be a re-read for the millionth time. It is a dystopian that is basically The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, but not as vicious or bloody. Just as dramatic though! There is a lot of mixed reviews because people either love it or hate it, and while I do have problems with it, I can’t help but adore it!

2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.

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A few years ago I watched Sasha Alsberg’s video where she recommends books based on other more popular books, and one was if you liked City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (which I love!) then you should check out Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I ended up falling in LOVE with Ruby Red and the other two books in the series, and will forever be in debt for this amazing recommendation.

3. Recently Added: The last book you bought

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Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier! The third and final book in her Precious Stones trilogy which I just raved about. It is amazing and I am currently re-reading it for the third or fourth time!

4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading)

Two that I have read are City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, this is a very popular book that I am sure about 85% of YA lovers have read, and then an obvious choice would be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling. Two that I haven’t read or have no interest in would be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I have a MASSIVE interest in reading both though so hopefully they won’t be on my TBR for much longer!

5. Comedies: A funny book

It is really hard for me to remember what books made me laugh the most because honestly, I don’t think I laugh much while reading…or at least catch myself laughing and remember what exactly I found so funny. So I don’t think I have an answer for this one!

6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.

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Princess Eadlyn Schreave from The Selection series (books #4 + 5). She is so snobby and annoying and because she is a princess, believes she is much higher than everyone else. I almost had to put the book down because she overreacted about every little thing.

7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

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The closest I have to this would be my copy of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse graphic novel. I still have yet to read it, but I am looking forward to it!

8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer because it has been forever since I last read them. The last time I picked them up was three years ago when the final book, Winter, came out…which is absolutely insane. I really need to try and give them a re-read this summer because I remember little to nothing!

9. Documentries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I am not even American but found the parts I have read so far of this book fascinating. I would also recommend listening to the musical soundtrack in order as you continue on with the book for the ultimate experience! You will take away so much information within the first few pages and it isn’t dull at all.

10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare…this book was just a rollercoaster of emotions considering each scene was pack filled with so much action and drama. It is safe to say I was emotionally exhausted by the end of it but it was so, so worth it!

11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi! This is a massive fantasy book inspired by West African mythology that came out a few months ago, and I am so excited to (hopefully) get to it this summer. I have only heard fantastic things and ugh, I wish I had my hands on it right now.

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Writing Rituals Tag!

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

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

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

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

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

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

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

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

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

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

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

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

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

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

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

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

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

How do you know when you’re done writing?

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

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Intimidating TBR Tag!

I think every reader can agree that our TBR’s are sky high and always will be becasuse as they say, there are so many books but so little time. This is a tag consisting of nine different questions revolving around those scary books on your shelf that are just waiting for you to pick them up, and I am really excited to tackle them and share with you guys some of the books on my TBR!

(By the way…this book was created by YouTuber Lindsay Rae!)

The Questions: 

1. What Book Have You Been Unable to Finish?

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Honestly, I despise starting a book and not finishing it but even while saying that, there are a few books that I just haven’t been able to finish. The most recent one that comes to mind is one I actually put down a few days ago and that is Meet Cute by a number of well known authors. I was super excited about this cute contemporary but I just felt that since it was an anthology, the stories were too short for me to connect with the plot and characters and I didn’t feel interested in the stories much at all. I am sure that if I wanted to I could finish it, but at this time I don’t really feel motivated to.

2. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because You Haven’t Had the Time?

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Okay so I absolutely adored the first book in this series but the sequel is just so massive and intimidating that it would take me forever to get through and right now, I don’t have the time for a dense read! That book is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. I adored ACOTAR and had heard amazing things of the sequel, however it is a big book, you know? Big books take a long time for me!

3. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It’s a Sequel?

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Hands down the answer to this question for me would be Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman which is the second book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series. This is a book that takes place during the era of Alexander the Great which means it has Greek mythology in it so I absolutely adored it. However, when I read the first book the sequel was not out, and by the time I got the sequel I forgot everything about the world and characters. So when I do feel like reading this book, I have to also re read the first book before picking up the second and at this point in time I am not motivated to pick up a historical fiction book!

4. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It’s Brand New?

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is a book that just came out in January and may be the most hyped up book of 2018…and yeah that is super intimidating. I am worried that the hype will get to me and I won’t love it as much as everyone else does, and I don’t want that because it sounds amazing! It has faeries and magic so basically everything I love. Hopefully I will get to it soon, but maybe once the hype dies down a bit.

5. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because You Read a Book By the Same Author and Didn’t Enjoy It?

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I have read most John Green books however I have not picked up Turtles All the Way Down (which is currently another really hyped book) because I haven’t enjoyed any of his other books. Paper Towns wasn’t that bad in my opinion, but nothing really gripping happens that can make me say I enjoyed it. I have also obviously picked up The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska but those were definitely not ones I would pick up again. Maybe I would love his new book but I am just a little hesitant since I have liked any of his others!

6. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because You’re Just Not In the Mood?

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss…another book that I have only heard amazing things about but right now I am not in the mood for high fantasy. It is a genre that is hard for me to get into even though I have only positive experiences within the genre. I do really, really want to get to it at some point, but when I am in the mood for the genre so that I can enjoy it to its full potential.

7. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It’s Humongous?

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This is a book that I am really ashamed to say I haven’t gotten to because this is a book by one of my favourite authors…and that is Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare. This is a collection of stories following Simon Lewis that all connect with one another, and while I did read like fifty pages of this book, I put it down for some odd reason and never picked it up again. This is a big book at 672 pages so yeah, I am little intimidated to pick it up again, even if it is in one of my favourite fictional worlds.

8. What Book Have You Yet to Read Because It Was a Cover Buy That Turned Out to Have Poor Reviews?

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Hmm…I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book solely based on its cover but then never picked up due to poor reviews because I like to make opinions for myself. However, instead of that I am going to twist the question and just share a book that was a cover buy for me that I have yet to get to. One book that I bought 1) because it is a companion to a series and 2) because it has a beautiful cover, is The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas. Bought this maybe three or four years ago yet I still haven’t read it so I need to get on it!

 

9. What Is the Most Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

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Hands down the most intimidating book on my TBR is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is a historical fiction book that takes place during World War II and while I have read already fifty or so pages of it, I have not picked it up in a while. It is so dense that I am little to read it but since I did enjoy what I read I am sure I will get through it sometime this year…hopefully.

And that is all for this tag! I tag anyone who wants to do it because it is such a fun tag that really opens your eyes to what books you should add onto your upcoming TBR’s. Anywyas, I hope you enjoyed and don’t forgete to check out my last blog post: Should You Take a Creative Break?

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Colours of the Rainbow Book Tag (Original)

Yep I am back again with an original book tag, and this time I am using the colours of the rainbow! Spring is (hopefully) near and I just need some sunshine and colours in my life so why not put that together with books? If you do this tag please tag me because I would love to see your answers but for now, here are the prompts:

Red – Pick a Book With a Love Story

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Red is the colour of fire and anger, but also love! And while most books have a love story, this is a prompt for you to choose a book where the love story is the main theme of the book. Anyways, I chose The Selection by Kiera Cass because the story idea revolves around Prince Maxon finding a wife through the Selection. There are heart breaks and tears and kisses and overall it is such a heart warming, fun book!

Orange – Pick a Book With a Creative Main Character

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Like all colours, orange can represent many different things but one thing it represents is creativity. I recently read a book where our main character is an aspiring playwright who just moved to London to pursue her dream, and that book is London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton. Was this my favourite book? No, but it shows the struggles of being a creative person and what it feels like to follow your dreams, which is something I think all should be reminded of.

Yellow – Pick a Book That Takes Place During the Summertime

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Yellow! Sun, warmth, two of my favourite things represented by this very loud and bright colour. Some of my favourite books take place over the summer so I was itching to put down this question. The book that I decided to go with though, is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Ugh, I love this book. Not only does it take place in the summer but it follows our main character, Emily, who sets off on a bucket list her missing, best friend Sloane left for her, hoping it will lead her to her best friend.

Green – Pick a Book With Greenery On the Cover

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Spring is quickly coming so the grass is greener and the flowers are blooming which is what inspired this prompt. The book I decided to go with for this prompt is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon because of all the pretty flowers on the cover. Everything, Everything is a contemporary that follows a girl named Maddie who is allergic to everything, and until she met Ollie she was okay with that. But once she meets him, everything changes and finds herself desperate to escape her limited life.

Blue – Pick a Character Who Acts as Mentor

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Blue can symbolize sadness or confidence, but it also symbolizes wisdom. There are many books out there where the main character has a mentor they look up to, and it doesn’t always have to be an older man like Dumbledore. I decided to go with one of my favourite characters and that is Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Percy acts as a mentor to Nico, a younger boy who admired Percy fiercely from the moment they first met because of his bravery and loyalty to those around him. Percy helps out Nico as much as he can, even when Nico doesn’t necessarily want the help which is why I thought he was a perfect choice for this challenge!

Purple – Pick a Book With a Royal Family

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I twisted the prompt a little bit but that is because the family I am choosing is not technically true royalty, but they are very wealthy and remind me of a royal family because of how they act. Anyways, I decided to go with the Sinclair family from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. If you’ve read it I am sure you can see where I am coming from and if you haven’t…well read it because it is filled with gripping twists and turns that will leave you wanting more!

That is all for this tag and I hope you enjoyed! This tag is a little random but I had a lot of fun making it so that is all that matters right? Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Things All Writers Need

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 1: The Snowy Day Book Tag! (Original)

Happy day 1 of the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon!

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Before we get into the blog challenge of the day, I just wanted to quickly explain what you will be seeing on my blog for the next week. Every day I will be posting my blog challenge and then later on that day, I will be posting my reading updates where I go over what I read that day and what I got accomplished. So basically two blog posts a day for the entire week! Okay, now that that is out of the way, today’s blog challenge is to create your snowy day reading list and I decided to complete this challenge in the form of my own book tag. There are a lot of tags like this out there, but I just really felt inspired to create my own so I hope you enjoy!

#1: Weather Reports Say It’s Going to Snow Tomorrow! Yay! Pick a Book That Makes You Feel Excited

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Whenever I think about The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan I get excited because it was one of my all time favourite books when I was younger, and is still a book that I absolutely adore. It is fun and action packed and is full of amazing characters that you can’t help but love.

#2: It’s Snowing! Pick a Book Cover That Reminds You of Winter

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I am not really sure why, but the cover for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas has always reminded me of winter. Maybe it is the blue of the cover? I don’t really know but when I see it I just get some winter vibes! P.S. It is an awesome book so go read it.

#3: Hot Chocolate Time! Pick a Book That Makes You Feel Warm Inside

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Right when I typed this question, I knew what my answer was going to be, and that is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This book is warm and fuzzy and will make you feel all the feels…plus towards the end they go to a ski lodge and on top of all the feels you get some winter feels as well! Another fantastic book.

#4: Time to Get Cozy. Pick a Long Book You Could Read for Hours

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It was hard not to use this book for the other questions because I love it so much, and that is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It is a fantastic and entertaining book that is definitely not short, being 698 pages and all. I honestly could re read this book over and over until the end of time it is so good!

#5: Your Friend Comes Over and You Guys Have a Reading Party, But Uh Oh, They Forgot a Book! Pick a Favourite Book of Yours That You Know They Will Love

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Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout is a hard book not to like. Of course it has its flaws, and it isn’t the best literature out there, however it is a lot of fun. I have recommended this book to my friends and so far all of them have enjoyed it, so this is a no brainer!

#6: It Stopped Snowing But You Are too Busy Reading to Notice! Pick a Book That Sucks You In

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This is a book I was reading a few days ago, and like always, it just sucks me in and before I know it I have read a hundred pages. And that book is The Selection by Kiera Cass! A lot of people have problems with this series, but personally I adore the first three and think they are so entertaining and enjoyable that I could read them and just forget about the world around me.

And those are my questions and answers to my Snowy Day Book Tag and I had so much fun coming up with them. I hope you enjoyed my post for this day 1 of the Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges, and if you would like to do this tag then do it and tag me because I would love to see your answers! Stay pumped for the next few days of my blog posts coming your way and happy reading 🙂

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The Liebster Award!

Thanks to Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads for nominating/tagging me in a few different things. I really liked her questions for The Liebster Award so I thought I would take them on and answer them for you guys! I hope you enjoy 🙂

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Her Questions:

  1. What is your favorite book of all time?

That is hard because there are a lot of amazing books out there…however, I do have two that knock every book I have ever read out of the field. So I am kind of cheating but I can’t choose one over the other! Those books are Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, and Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare!

2. What is your most anticipated sequel of 2018?

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! The third and final installment of her Dark Artifices series which is insane because it feels as if the first book just came out. Sadly, it is expected in December of 2018 so I will be waiting for a while.

3. If you had to only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Oh that is so hard because I love both contemporary and fantasy for different reasons…I think I will go with fantasy though because there are so many amazing fantasy books to choose from. Also, fantasy books always have contemporary elements in them, and could also be historical fantasy, sci-fi/fantasy…

4. What is your favorite bookish reading place?

I do most of my reading at night in my bed, but my favourite place is on one of the couches in my living room. I can read for hours on it and not even realize any time has passed.

5. Would you subscribe to a book book? If so, which one(s)?

Does this question mean book subscription box? Because if so then probably CrateJoy because I have only heard amazing things!

6. Who are some of your favorite authors?

Cassandra Clare, Jenny Han, Tahereh Mafi, Rick Riordan…

7. What is one of the most profound books you’ve read?

One that comes to mind is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I read it for the first time two years ago, and was blown away by the complex world and amazing characters. The writing was beautiful and I was just amazed by it!

8. Do you dog-ear, use magnetic bookmarks, non-magnetic bookmarks, or something else to keep your place?

Paper bookmarks all the way! I have like 100 of them and they are everywhere.

9. Which angsty books do you just love?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It shows how hard it can be to fit in in high school but is also a great story about friendship! Lots of relatable teenage angst.

10. Have you ever straight-out-sobbed from a book before? Which one?

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes comes to mind because it was so sad! I don’t usually cry during books but I definitely did shed a few tears while reading this great book.

11. What do you use to keep track of the books you read?

I update my Goodreads account every few months, but every time I finish a book I write it down in this notebook I have, give it a rate and write the date I finished it. It’s just easier than logging into my computer, searching for Goodreads and then trying to remember how I add a book to my read list.

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. E-Books or Physical books?
  2. What is your favourite book-to-movie or book-to-TV Show adaptation?
  3. What book character do you relate to the most?
  4. How many books do you generally read in a week?
  5. What was a book you loved when you were younger?
  6. If you could switch places with one book character, who would it be?
  7. What is your favourite supernatural/mystical creature?
  8. What is your favourite cliche?
  9. If you could only choose 3 books to read for the rest of your life, which books would you choose?
  10. What is one book you keep putting off reading?
  11. Do you eat or drink anything when you read? If so, what?

WHO I TAG:

Sara @ Milioni di Particelle

Kathy @ Books & Munches

Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner

Those are my answers, my questions and the people I tagged for this great award that brings bloggers together, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 10 Winter Writing Prompts 🙂