Non-Fiction TBR

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Lately, I have been on a HUGE non-fiction kick so I thought it would be fun to share some of the books I am reading or plan to read this summer. Most of these are writing/productivity related so hopefully you all find them interesting too! Anyways, let’s get into it. Here are 5 non-fiction books I cannot WAIT to read.

Time Management by Richard Walsh

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This is my current non-fiction read and since it is separated into a lot of different topics and tips, I’ve been skimming and flipping through at random. A lot of it is filled with tactics I already use, but a lot of it is a helpful reminder so I am definitely enjoying and learning from it. If you have trouble with basic time management than I highly recommend this book. If you have a pretty good idea of it though, I would try and search for a different book. Still, I am glad to be reading this right before my summer break begins because I always like to go hard-core time management during these months. Especially since I need to prepare for university next year!

The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook by Yuwanda Black

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One reason I am very excited to pick up this book is because it is not designed only for freelance writers, like all the other freelance related books I have picked up in the past. I think because of that, I will be able to explore other freelance opportunities and receive a broader view of this type of career. I do want to pursue freelance in the future, but not full-time so I am curious to see what information and tips this book will offer me!

Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeam

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This book coordinates kind of with the last book because like I said, I do not want freelancing to be my full-time job. It is something I really want to pursue during university and my early years of post-school life, aka a side hustle. This book is all about starting up your side hustle and ensuring its success, so I am looking forward to diving into everything this book has to offer this summer!

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

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Okay, I have kind of read this book already, but for whatever reason, I cannot remember a single thing from it. I have had a hard time discovering new writing craft books that I really love, and I do remember liking this one a lot so hopefully, I will enjoy what Goldberg has to say on the craft of writing. Lately, I have been lazy when it comes to writing so I definitely need a good kick to get back in the swing of things, and this summer is the perfect time to do so.

A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

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As I have mentioned a few times, I am going to be studying English (literature) at university next year so I thought it would be fitting to read some books on writing essays, info about different types of literature, etc, etc. This is going to be my first exploration into these more educational based books and I am very excited! This book discusses everything from myths to the Romantic era to poetry, meaning I will be getting the whole scope. There is this other book I spotted that talks about the meanings and inspiration behinds various literary characters, so I will probably pick that up next!

There you have it. Those are the 5 non-fiction books I really want to read, and while I would LOVE to add more, along with all the fiction books I plan to read, I doubt that will happen before school starts. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Favourite Books of 2019…So Far!

I cannot believe that we are approaching the halfway point in the year already…2019 has gone by so fast, but already, I have read so many AMAZING books that I couldn’t wait another month to share with you all, so here I am.

Here are 4 of my favourite books of the year so far!

Reaper At the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

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While I read the first two books in this series right when they came out, it took me almost an entire year to finally pick up the third book and I do NOT know why! Earlier this year, I did a re-read of the first two books before jumping into the third and thank the gods I did, because I forgot how intense and fantastic these books are. The first book excited me, the second book broke me, and the third did a blend of both. The relationships between the characters in the book like Laia and Helene, Laia and Elias, etc, have become so incredibly developed and fleshed out that I have to remind myself they aren’t real. While I absolutely adore the world and plot, the relationships and characters are what have really improved throughout the series and are what make me so excited for the fourth book!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but when I picked it up, it was exactly the book I was in search of which is why I believe I adored it so much. It was dark, twisted, and intriguing, and of course, fantasy. Because of all that, I could not put it down once I picked it up! The three sisters are so flawed and realistic, growing up in a twisted world that has so many layers we only begin to uncover in the first book; a world I only want to know more about. In the next day or two, I will be jumping into the third book, but so far this series is holding up!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Sitting on my shelf and gathering dust for months (maybe even a year!), I decided to brush off The Cruel Prince after reading Three Dark Crowns because still, I craved fantasy. I was hesitant diving into this surprisingly thin, faerie fantasy novel, because of all the hype surrounding it. For a lot of people, the hype got to them and they didn’t enjoy The Cruel Prince. However, I devoured this book. There is also a lot of controversy about the love interest and his relationship with the main character, which I do understand. It was a little iffy and while that was a hesitation I had about the book, the world entrapped me and the story held my interest quite a bit.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Another book I had some hesitations about because of the hype, and also because it is a mystery. I wouldn’t say I dislike mystery, I just haven’t read too much of the genre, but I ended up absolutely falling in love with this book. It was so addicting, a literal definition of “reading a book like its candy”. I cherished every opportunity I got the chance to sit down and read a hundred or so pages of this because it only got better and better. The atmosphere of this book is so realistic and despite the murder aspect of it all, gives me the cozy, fall vibes because of the school setting. Right now, I am reading the second book and while it isn’t as mysterious as the first, I love being in this world with these characters.

Anyways, those are the 4 books I read this year so far, that are my favourites, but I am sure there are many more to come! Make sure you let me know in the comments below what some of your favourite books are at the moment, and also don’t forget to check out my last blog post linked down below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Anticipated Summer Releases

It has been a while since I talked about what books I am anticipating the release of, and I thought it would be fun to do one since it’s been so long. Today, I am going to be talking about some of my most anticipated releases for the summer months, and I hope you enjoy! Let me know if we have any of the same anticipated releases, and if not, which ones you are looking forward to getting your hands on.

Anyways, onto the blog post!

June

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson 

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I have heard a lot of buzz about this book lately, and recently, I have been completely in the mood for dark fantasy which is exactly what this book is. A Scorcery of Thorns follows Elisabeth, a girl who lives in a world where sorcerers are viewed as evil. Elisabeth was raised in one of her world’s Great Libraries, where evidence of sorcerers is in grimoires that are locked behind iron chains, but when an act of sabotage results in the darkest grimoire being set free, Elisabeth is forced to face her justice. But, soon she finds herself in an alliance with a sorcerer named Nathaniel, who makes her question her view on sorcerers and why her world hates them so much.  This sounds great to me, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! On shelves June 4th

July

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

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Another book that is right up my current reading fancies: fantasy. This book, however, is sorted amongst three points of views: A future leader of a tribe called “the Crows”, a prince who has faked his own death, and a bodyguard who wishes to live his own life. I don’t know too much more, but I love when there are multiple POVs that walk their own paths for a bit before finally crossing. This is a book I have heard nothing but good things about so I cannot wait to finally get a chance to read it for myself! On shelves July 30th

August 

A House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

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What spoke out to me about this book was that right away, I knew it was based on the story The Twelve Dancing Princesses which I am pretty sure is a Grimm brothers fairy tale…and also the fantastic Barbie movie! This book follows Annaleigh, one of twelve sisters but over the years, four of those sisters’ lives have been cut short. Their deaths caused by different things, one thing has been constant with each and that is that every night, Annaleigh’s sisters flee to balls with dancing and “shimmering shoes”. Always being wary of following her sisters, Annaleigh decides to investigate and begins to understand that possibly her sisters’ deaths weren’t accidents, but planned. The idea of one of my favourite Barbie movies from when I was younger being twisted into an epic YA dark fantasy story is something I did not know I desperately needed, but now am jumping at the chance to get my hands on it! On shelves August 6th

Those are the three books I am looking forward to their release of in the summer months, and while it isn’t a lot, I am very excited to get my hands on each one. 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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March + April Reading Plans

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Wednesday is my favourite workday of the week because we are halfway to the weekend, and I also only have one class in the morning! It leaves me a lot of time to, of course, get some homework done, but also focus on my physical health (going to the gym) and also allows me to work on my writing, reading, and other hobbies!

Anyways, today I will be sharing with you all my reading plans for this month and the next month. I decided to combine these two TBRs in one blog post because one, we are already approaching the middle of March (what?!) and two because I don’t plan on reading enough books each month to earn two separate TBRs.

Enough talk though, here are the books I plan on reading and finishing in the next month and a half!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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When I checked the last time I read this book on Goodreads (this is why I love this website), I realized it has been 3 WHOLE YEARS since I’ve given Ember a read. And I’ve only read it once too! I have yet to read the third book in this trilogy or series (I don’t know which one it is), and in order for me to be able to do that, I have to re-read the first two books because my memory of what happens in them is very, very spotty. I’m actually currently reading this book and flying through it, so I have no doubt I’ll be done in the next day or two. Every month I pick one or two “fun” books to read that are anything but assigned reading for school, and this was my pick for March!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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Suprise, surprise, the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series is on here too, because I just need to keep reading these books. It is one of those series that you need to read one after the other because of the fast-paced plot and interesting world. I’ve been really in the mood for YA historical(ish) fantasy, so this is only continuing to satisfy that desire. Also, I just love this story!

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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I am reading this for a scholarship essay contest, but since the deadline is just over a month away, there is no way I will be able to read all 700+ pages of this book and also write an 800-1,600 word essay about it on top of that. However, I am also currently reading this (and am about 100 pages into it) and I am trying to read as much as possible before April 15th, which is when I want to start writing the essay. I do plan on actually completing this novel, however long that may take because surprisingly, I am enjoying it. It is a story influenced by the author’s own philosophical beliefs and follows characters who are architectures and there approach to that craft. I find it relates to the creative process of writing a lot, and for that, I have been enjoying the story.

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

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All I know about this book is that our main character is seeking a teacher and the teacher turns out to be a gorilla…but other than that, I have no idea what this adventure of the “mind and spirit” is about or where it will take me. I am reading this for my English class, a book club type project actually, and I am really curious to see what my opinion takes the form of throughout my time reading this book. I only just started reading it last night and I have to reach a certain page number every week, so I should be finishing this book sometime in the middle of April. This will also be an interesting read because one of the things I fear most is…gorillas. Really any type of monkey or baboon or anything like that. *shudder*

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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While I ordered this book from the library weeks ago to read, of course, it decided to arrive now. The moment in time that I have the least amount of time to read it. Luckily, it is short and I have a feeling I will like it, so I am thinking of sitting down sometime this coming weekend and powering through it in a day or two. I’ve always wanted to read this book, and can’t believe I haven’t already, so I am excited to knock it off my list of “Must-Read Classics”!

Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood

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I don’t think I have read anything by Margaret Atwood, so I think starting off with learning about her and her writing process would be a good place to start. Since I plan on doing an English degree, especially since I am doing it in Canada, I know for a fact I will be reading Margaret Atwood at some point whether I do it on my own time or not. Anyways, I love books on writing and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve picked one up, so when I saw this sitting on the library shelf, I swooped in for the read. This will most likely be another weekend read because, during the week, my reading time is pretty booked up!

Those are 6 books I plan on reading over the next month and a half, but I am sure I will add and possibly even take books off as the time passes. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and don’t forget to comment below what books you plan on reading in the next bit because I’d love to know! Also, make sure you 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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February TBR!

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January came and went in a flash, and now it’s already February! While February is only 28 days long this year, I still plan on getting lots and lots of reading done as to stay on top of my 70 book reading goal so I picked out a good mixture of shorter books. Anyways, here are some of the books I plan on reading this month.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 

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There is a Jane Austen related scholarship I really want to apply for, and for it, you have to read Northanger Abbey and then write about it. Since I read Pride and Prejudice last month, I’m looking forward to continuing on with Jane Austen’s work and finally jumping on the bandwagon! I have no idea what this one is about, but I hope I like it as much as I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice because then it will be so much easier to write a good paper on it.

The Oresteia by Aeschylus

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Yes, I am continuing my Greek tragedy exploration and next up on my list is The Oresteia. No idea what it is about, but it is quite a bit longer than the other ones I’ve read (Oedipus, Antigone, Medea, etc). I am curious to see how much I like it in comparison to the other plays and also in comparison to the other authors! I’m trying to read these tragedies and then write written responses for them since I know that is what I am doing for classes next year. Also, for some odd reason, I enjoy doing it.

Notes From a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker

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For my writing class, I need to read a creative non-fiction book and then write a really short response to it, so I decided to pick up Notes From a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker. It looks like a really enlightening and fun read, so I am really looking forward to diving right into it in February. It addresses a lot of important topics in our society like gender, rape culture, and just everyday life. Also, Wunker is Canadian and I always love supporting my fellow Canadians so yay!

Hamlet by Shakespeare

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Currently, we are reading this in my English class and I can definitely say I enjoy Greek tragedy more than Shakespeare. Is that an unpopular opinion? Who actually enjoys Shakespeare? Anyways, we are only 2/5 acts into it so I thought I’d add onto my February TBR. As always, it has the usual formula of betrayal, revenge, and romance so I know it will be everything I expect it to be.

Wow, looking back at all of these books I realize how different they are compared to all of my other TBRs in the past. This one is full of classics, Greek tragedy and even some creative non-fiction which I don’t read too often. I’m looking forward to a little change in my reading taste though, and I hope you enjoyed seeing what I plan on reading this coming month! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Winter 2019 Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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Happy Friday!

Tomorrow is day one of the 2019 Biannual Bibliothon and I am so, SO pumped to get some more reading done. While I was going to do the reading challenges for this year, I was looking at them and I couldn’t find any books I actually wanted to read for them, so I am just choosing 7 stories I want to read and reading those. While I am not sticking to the reading challenges, I will be doing ALL of the blogging challenges because I always have a lot of fun participating in those so get excited about that. Anyways, onto the books that I will be reading!

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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I guess this could work for the challenge of reading an author I haven’t read before, but anyways, I have been meaning to get around to reading this classic since forever. I tried reading it a few years ago in grade nine, but I wasn’t in the right mindset to open myself up to the possibility of liking it and never got past the first chapter. Since I’ve had to read a wide variety of novels for English, I feel like it is the perfect time to give this book a second chance so I am going to try and power through it sometime this coming week! I really hope I like it because I plan on reading Sense and Sensibility afterward (whether I like P&P or not).

2. Medea by Euripides 

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This is a Greek tragedy from way back when, and I am so excited to continue my exploration of Greek tragedies. So far, I’ve read Oedipus and Antigone, both by Sophocles which I enjoyed quite a bit. I’ve chosen to read Medea next because since I was a Percy Jackson kid, I heard a bit about Medea in The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and I am looking forward to hearing her original story! Since this is a play, it will be a short, quick read which I am greatly looking forward to during this week-long readathon.

3. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

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Only recently did I finish the second book in this series and LOVED IT, so I am incredibly excited to read the third book in the series. Also, all the books in this series are under 200 pages so that’s pretty awesome. Beneath the Sugar Sky is the third book in this fantasy series where children venture through doorways into strange, magical worlds and when it is time for them to leave that world, they are brought to Eleanor’s Home for Wayward Children to adjust back to reality. Somehow, the author manages to pack so much plot and character into a short amount of pages and it is amazing. I cannot wait to continue on with this series.

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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This is kind of cheating…but also not. I am already 100ish pages into this book, but since the rest of today is going to be so busy, I know I won’t be able to finish it before tomorrow. So why not just add it to the TBR? If I do manage to finish it tonight, I’ll choose another book to read, but I do have about 200 pages left of this book so I doubt that will happen. A few days ago, I was in desperate need of a fun, light-hearted contemporary, so of course, I turned to Anna and the French Kiss. This will be a nice book for the readathon because it such a fast read that I know I will be grateful for throughout this week.

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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Hopefully, this book will arrive at my library sometime next week so I can actually read it for the readathon, but assuming it will, I really want to get around to reading this classic in the next few days. Not only is it short, but I feel like it is a must read for any reader, especially one who is going to be an English major…Everyone else also seems to have read it EXCEPT for me, so it is time to join the club and see if I like The Outsiders or not.

6. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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My plan for this book, since it is massive, is to read a bit every day so I can actually finish this book in the timespan of 7 days. With my current schedule, there is literally no way I could read this book in one sitting without failing two classes, completely ignoring my family and friends, and throwing away the exercise routine I only just got in place. So yeah, I’ll read about 50-100 pages of this every day. This is a fantasy book heavily influenced by West African mythology, and while it has SO much hype surrounding it, I have a feeling I will love it!

7. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake OR Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I recently bought these books, but I can’t decide which one I want to read! If I still can’t decide by the time I need to read one of them, I’ll read the first chapter or so of each and choose which one I’m feeling at the time…but I would also really appreciate some help! If you’ve read these let me know which one I should pick up! Three Dark Crowns is a fantasy about three sisters who are fighting for the crown (I think), and Truly Devious is a murder-mystery at a boarding school so both sound good to me.

Those are the 7 books I plan on reading for the Biannual Bibliothon and I hope you enjoyed! If you are participating in this readathon, let me know what you are reading because I’d love to know. Are you sticking to the reading challenges or are you just reading whatever like me? Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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December 2018 Wrap Up

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Ah! This is the last wrap up of 2018 which is a whole other level of crazy, but I am really excited to discuss all the books I read this month because it was a lot more than I expected! I read a total of 12 books this month and that is a lot for me, especially since I read most of these during the first two books of the month I had school. Anyways! Let’s get into this wrap-up.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I was re-reading this book in anticipation for the release of Queen of Air and Darkness, the third and final book in this amazing trilogy, and just like the first time, I adored this book. This book takes place in the world of Shadowhunters (people who are half angel and half human) who fight demons to keep humans safe. The first book, Lady Midnight follows a large cast of characters but most specifically, Emma Carstairs, a Shadowhunter who is hunting for answers about her parents’ murders but the whole plot of it turns out to be more than she and her friends assumed. This book is not by any means short, but it is 700ish pages that somehow never seems long enough because I just want more and more and MORE. As always, 5/5 stars.

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich 

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As a Broadway fanatic, I jumped at the chance to read the YA novel adaptation for this Broadway musical. I’ve listened to the soundtrack countless times, and I was blown away by how greatly the author pulled the lyrics and atmosphere out of each song and transferred it into a book. The characters sounded the same as in the songs, and the plot was enjoyable, important, and interesting to read about. I felt all the feelings while reading this too; I laughed, smiled, cried, and cringed in all the right places and because of that, I loved this book. Dear Evan Hansen follows our main character, Evan, who is struggling to connect with others at school but when a boy from his school named Connor commits suicide, his family somehow thinks Evan was a close friend of his and they bring him into their world and even their family. However, Evan wasn’t friends with Connor and he struggles with revealing this. This book makes me want to see the musical live even more and hopefully, one day I will! 4/5 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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I have a tradition of giving The Perks of Being a Wallflower a read once every year because, to me, it is a classic that everyone needs to read. It deals with mental disorders like anxiety and PTSD, abuse, and finding yourself, all important things at really any age. We follow Charlie, a quiet kid who is starting his freshman year of high school and feels more alone than ever. But when he is taken in by two seniors, Sam and Patrick, and introduced to their friend group, Charlie starts to find himself and finally begins to participate in life. Amongst all that, Charlie is a reader and writer, which makes me love the story even more. Not only is this a good read, but it is a quick read too. 4/5 stars

The Outsider by Albert Camus

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If this wasn’t assigned to me to read for English class, I would have never picked it up and it probably would have been years until I heard the name of the master, Albert Camus so for once, I am happy with my assigned reading for class. The Outsider is a short piece of fiction that features a character representing the idea of existentialism – the idea that life has no true meaning other than what we give it individually. Recently, I’ve done a lot of research on philosophy, including existentialism, nihilism, etc, and found the entire study incredibly fascinating and Albert Camus captures the overall idea of existentialism perfectly in his character, Meursault. Meursault is a passive character who receives news that his mother dies but fails to feel the way society expects him to. When Meursault commits a terrible crime, his inability to connect to others and the world around him becomes apparent and surprises everyone. This is a really interesting story and I found Meursault fascinating because he truly was neither morally good or bad. He was grey. 4/5 stars

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Yes, YES! I read and finished the final installment in The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare in the month of December. It took some time (almost 3 weeks to be exact) because I was busy and also wanted to savour the book because…well, it was a lot. It was 912 pages of happiness, heartbreaks, and adventure. Once again, this takes place in the Shadowhunter world and is the sequel to Lord of Shadows which I read earlier this month. While it wasn’t everything I hoped for, I did love it and I loved seeing most of my favourite characters stories come full circle. However, a lot of their stories didn’t because, in a few years, Cassandra Clare is releasing The Wicked Powers, a series following characters from The Dark Artifices but 3 years after the events of Queen of Air and Darkness…so yeah, this didn’t really feel like the end to a trilogy because of that! 5/5 stars though

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Since I am in the midst of my writing break, I thought Big Magic would be the perfect book to pick up and dive into because it is all about creativity and living the creative life. Gilbert speaks of her own creative journey, and all of the wisdom she has gathered from years of experience and other people. While I didn’t get as much out of it as the first time I read it, I still enjoyed re-reading this book and it helped to nurture my shaky flame of creativity. I definitely recommend it to every creative person! 3.75/5 stars

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Ugh. I have a review going up for this book (hopefully) this Wednesday, but long story short, it was not my cup of tea. We follow Liesel, a German girl who has stifled her love for music in order for her brother to grow as a musician (why does SHE have to give up her dream, I don’t know) and one day, while in the market with her sister, Kathe, is taken to the Underground by some goblins to wed the Goblin King, a figure from Liesel’s childhood she thought was fiction. Liesel ventures to the Underground, the land of the goblins, to save her sister from the monster she thought was nothing but a story who instead has become a crystal clear, bitter reality. This book was not great. Lisel was annoying and the plot went all over the place, however, the writing was beautiful so there’s that. 2.5/5 stars

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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This is the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway, a book I read back in August, and oh my god, this book was amazing. Somehow, Seanan McGuire manages to fit so much plot, world-building, and character development in UNDER 200 PAGES! Like how? I can’t explain this book really without spoiling the first book, but basically, we follow two twins who are present in the first book and who play a large enough role in it. We learn their story and the world they went to when their doorway appeared because, in this world, doorways to different worlds appear to children and if they venture into it, they live there for a while before being given the choice later on whether to stay or leave. It’s really interesting and I cannot wait to read her next book! 4.5/5 stars

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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City of Lost Souls was my audiobook for the month as I’ve been slowly, but surely, making my way through my re-read of The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook. I’m kind of bummed because while I love this book, I took some gaps between listening to it and overall, that took away from some of my enjoyment of the story. Either way, I enjoyed it of, course, because I love these books, these characters, and this world. This book also takes place in the Shadowhunter world, as all of Clare’s other books. It is the fifth in the six-book-series, but the first book, City of Bones follows Clary, a fifteen-year-old girl whose mother is kidnapped by a man called Valentine, and Clary suddenly finds herself in a world of angels and demons, one that she has more of a place in than she thought. These books hold a special, special place in my heart as they do for many people, and I always love revisiting them! This was by far my favourite audiobook in the series though because the narrator, Molly Quinn, is actually an actress in one of my favourite TV shows, Castle so that added to the experience! 5/5 stars

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved, loved, loved this book and if I have time, I can see myself re-reading this book again for the millionth time sometime soon. While this book is over 400 pages, I flew through it as always because the pacing is so quick and the story is so cute and wonderful. In Fangirl, we follow Cath who is starting her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. However, while Cath is eager to hole herself up in her room and write Simon Snow fanfiction, Wren is eager to make new friends and go to parties, leaving Cath behind. Cath slowly becomes friends with her roommate, Raegan, and her best friend, Levi, learning to come out of her shell a little more though, and soon her friendship with Levi becomes something more. Everything about this story is great and I am so happy I was able to re-read it! 5/5 stars

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Strangely enough, I have never read Alice in Wonderland despite it being a classic. Reading it made me question why it is really a classic though because honestly, I was less than impressed. Alice is a difficult and not entirely bright character, but I did think the world was a lot of fun and creative for the times, so maybe that is why. I don’t feel the need to explain what this book is about because…well, it’s Alice in Wonderland…its a classic. I do wish I enjoyed it more than I did, but it was really short so I’m not complaining. 3/5 stars

The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

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The Selection trilogy (we don’t talk about it as a series) is my all-time favourite guilty pleasure…even though I’m not guilty about it, but loud and proud. Anyways, I was getting the urge to re-read it, but I decided that instead of starting the trilogy for the millionth time, I would just pick up one of the novellas. I’ve read it once or twice before, but enjoyed it just as much this time. It was a lot of fun and I really like most of the characters in this series so yeah, it was an enjoyable little read to end off my reading year! 4/5 stars

There you have it! Those are the 12 whole books I managed to squeeze in this month, which is crazy, because the only time I read 12 books in one month is July when I am off from school. For the most part, I enjoyed these books except for the few flops so overall, it was a successful reading wise quality as well as quantity wise. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts below for more bookish and writing related content! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Best Books of 2018

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2018 was a good reading year quantity wise. However, as I am writing this, I don’t know if I’ve hit my Goodreads goal of 75 books but I am really, really close and still have time (I’ve read 70 so far). While I read lots of books, a lot of them were re-reads or just books that were pretty good but not AMAZING. So, when it came to compiling a list of my favourites, I realized this was going to be short and sweet. That’s okay though because I did re-read a lot of my most favourite books (I’m not counting those in this post though) and there were a few new reads that I did really enjoy. Anyways, here are my favourite books of 2018.

Stephen King: On Writing by Stephen King

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This is a non-fiction book on Stephen King’s writing journey and life. I read this in January and absolutely loved it. It was stuffed to the seams with wisdom and advice that I seethed over, and it all helped to improve me as a writer. I definitely plan on re-reading it in the new year, but this was definitely a favourite out of the whole year for me. It was also definitely my most favourite writing book…probably that I’ve ever read! 5/5 stars

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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I know, I know. I’ve raved about this book more than a few times, but for good reason because it made it onto my favourites list! This is a contemporary-fantasy, as I like to genereize it, that follows the POV of two sisters, Evelyn, and Philippa who along with their brother, Jamie, have just returned from a fantasy land called the Woodlands where they lived for several years in an attempt to flee from the devastation of World War II. Now they are back to reality, all struggling to find their place in it, but some are struggling more than others. When Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must find her sister and along the way, discover the pain of assimilating into the ordinary she felt. I read this book in the summertime and fell in love with its rainy, English atmosphere and raw characters. I actually have an in-depth review if you want to read it right here, but it was just amazing. 5/5 stars

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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This was another book I discovered in the summertime during the BookTubeAThon and oh my- it was amazing. Neal Shusterman creates such a realistic world with characters I can actually imagine meeting and speaking with, bringing the story to life that much more. Scythe takes place in a futuristic world where humans have conquered everything from ageing, disease to death. However, to keep the population from exploding, there are scythes who glean people at random to do so. Our two main characters are Rowan and Citra, both who are chosen to be the apprentices to the same scythe but this is something neither of them thought they wanted. I love this story and these characters, and just talking about it makes me want to re-read it…which I may do. 5/5 stars

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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While I had my issues with this book (which will be discussed in my upcoming review), I did absolutely adore this book. I had been anticipating it for so long, and I also know it was supposed to be very open-ended because it is setting us up for the Wicked Powers, another series in the Shadow World. But anyways, this was the third and final installment in my favourite trilogy, The Dark Artifices, following my most favourite characters in my most favourite world. Was it everything I hoped for? Honestly, not really haha, but then again, it kept me interesting, surprised me, and ultimately, I loved it so yes, one of the best books of 2018 hands down. 5/5 stars

There you have it! I only have 4 books on this list because the other books were either re-reads or only 4-star-reads. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like them, they just weren’t the best books of 2018 for me. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading!

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January TBR

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I cannot believe how close we are to the new year. 2018 was a combination of blurs and sluggish movements, but I am immensely looking forward to the new year of 2019. It is my graduation year, the year I begin my university degree, and also a great year for books. Anyways, I am excited and I hope you are too! Let’s talk about all the books I’m looking forward to reading this coming month.

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

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January is the Biannual Bibliothon amongst the first month of the new year, so a lot of these books are based off the readathon’s reading challenges. This book fulfills the challenge which is to read the book that got you into reading, and that book for me is the first Percy Jackson book. This is an urban fantasy, Greek mythology inspired story that follows a young boy named Percy Jackson, who one day, discovers his father is a powerful Greek god. I love this series and it has been a while since I’ve re-read it, so I am excited to do that this January!

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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This is another book for the Biannual Bibliothon, fulfilling the challenge to read an adult book. I don’t read or own many adult books, but Me Before You is one I own, read, and loved. It has been…two years since I’ve read it so I think it is time for a re-read. Our main character in this adult contemporary is Lou, a young woman who starts working as a caretaker for a quadriplegic man named Will who is not easy to get along with but soon, they start falling for one another. I love this story; it makes me cry, laugh, and warms my heart so yes, I am very excited to give it a re-read.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse (Graphic Novel) by Rick Riordan

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I’m reading this for the challenge of combining your favourite genre with the one you don’t really like or don’t read a lot of, and I’m combining urban fantasy/fantasy with graphic novels. I don’t mind graphic novels and mangas, but I don’t read them that often, and since I have an unread graphic novel on my shelf, I really want to finally read it. I’ve started it many times but have never finished it! This is the third book in the Percy Jackson series so I guess I’m reading the first one, skipping the second, and reading the third but eh, I’ve read these a million times so it is fine.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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One of my 2019 reading goals is to read more classics, and this also works for the Biannual Bibliothon to read a book by an author you’ve never read before. I have yet to read any Jane Austen books and I feel like Pride and Prejudice is a good place to start. Hopefully, this will help ease me into the world of classics because if I can read some of the staple authors; Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, etc, my future, English Lit major will thank me. I hate the lack of diversity in these books and that’s always something hard for me to get past, but if I am going to spend the next four years reading and analyzing these types of stories, I might as well get used to it now.

Of course, I want to read a lot more than 4 books because I love starting off the new year with a good head start into my reading goal, but I also have no idea what I want to read in January… While I could create a full TBR, I don’t want to nail myself down to specific books and then lose the enjoyment of reading in January sooo, that said, I am going to start off with these 4 books and hopefully, I get them done! Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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9 Anticipated Releases for 2019

There are quite a few books I am dying to have in my hands in the new year and today I am sooo excited to be sharing them with you because I am sure there are a few on my list some of you are excited for too. Anyways, let’s just get into it!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – January 29th, 2019

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I haven’t heard anything about this book other than what I read on Goodreads, but it sounds pretty awesome if you ask me. This is re-telling of Beauty and the Beast but for part of the book, it takes place in our world before our main character is sucked into a fantasy world to save the prince who is destined to destroy his entire world if someone doesn’t help him break his dreaded curse. One thing that caught my eye when reading this book’s description was that the main character, Harper, has cerebral palsy. It’s really great to see that kind of diversity in a novel and it is something we need to see more of! Hopefully, this book is as good as it sounds though!

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi – April 2nd, 2019

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After Restore Me, the sudden fourth addition to her Shatter Me series, I am so, SO ready for Defy Me. I love Warner…a lot, and without him I doubt I’d love these books as much as I do, to be honest. Since I don’t want to spoil what this book is about, the first book, Shatter Me, follows our main character Juliette who has a deadly and terrible curse that kills anyone she touches. She has been locked away for years because of this until she suddenly gets a new roommate named Adam and he helps break them both out. This is a dystopian series and while I’m not a huge dystopian fan, I do enjoy these books and am looking forward to Defy Me!

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – April 2nd, 2019

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I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston when it came out last year and really liked how quirky and relatable it was, so you bet I am looking forward to The Princess and the Fangirl this spring. This book follows two characters, Imogen who is a die-hard fangirl of the TV show Starfield, and Jessica who is an actress in Starfield who wants out. When the script for the new season of Starfield leaks, Jessica is put to blame and after unlikely events push the two look-a-likes together, Imogen and Jess work together to find the real snitch. I think this book will be a fun ride and I cannot wait for this fangirl-filled story.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesely Chu – April 2nd, 2019

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April 2nd is going to be a busy day for book releases, and while I am excited for them all, I think I am most excited for this one. This is another book set in the Shadowhunter world, and it follows the adventures of Alec and Magnus after the events of the Dark War. While Alec has never been one of my favourite characters, as more books with him in it come out, I’ve learned to like him a lot more than I did in City of Bones. Maybe this book will help me really like him, but nonetheless, I am so excited to hear about what happened to Magnus and Alec after the Dark War. I can’t really say much about the plot because of spoilers, but yeah!

Again, but Better by Christina Riccio – May 7th, 2019

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I have been watching Christine (Polandbannasbooks on YouTube) for years and years now, so of course, I am going to support her and check out her book. Also, it genuinely sounds like something I would enjoy reading. This is a contemporary book that follows Shane, a girl in college who has felt like she was doing it all wrong, her daily routine consisting of her dorm, class, dining hall and repeat. Hoping to right her wrongs, she signs up to study for a semester in London but when she gets there, she realizes she hasn’t left the things that were holding her back at home like self-doubt. I think I will really relate to Shane and I am curious to see how much I like the story overall!

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – May 14th, 2019

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To be honest, I was not a big fan of From Twinkle, With Love, Menon’s last contemporary novel. I really did not like the main character, but I did really enjoy the overall story so I am willing to give this new book a try when it comes out this spring! It follows two characters, Ashish who was recently dumped by his girlfriend and whose parents are frantically trying to set him up with an Indian-American girl, and Sweetie who is tired of her parents saying she’s lacking because she’s fat and is determined to show them and the world how awesome she really is. Ashish and Sweetie don’t plan on it, but when they are thrown together sparks fly and they can’t help but fall for each other. This sounds really cute like Menon’s other novels, and I’m excited about all the mushy, gushy goodness.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – May 14th, 2019

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This book sounds so epic and again, I haven’t heard much about it, but I cannot wait to get my hands on it! The world in We Hunt the Flame is inspired by ancient Arabia and it follows Zafira who is a well-known hunter that has disguised herself as a man, braving the cursed forest to feed her people. We also follow Nasir who is a prince that assassinates anyone foolish enough to deny his father, avoiding any sense of compassion to stay alive and sane in his crazy world. Their paths cross when Zafira embarks on a quest to retrieve a hidden artifact and Nasir is sent after her, not to retrieve the same artifact but to kill Zafira. This book sounds sooo awesome and I cannot wait to sit down and devour it when it hits the shelves!

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – November 19th, 2019

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Chain of Gold could very well be my most anticipated release of the year but I am not 100% sure yet. In this new Shadowhunter series, we follow the children of Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices trilogy in Edwardian London, James and Lucie Herondale. We follow them as the Blackthorn and Carstairs families suddenly arrive in London, but they are not all that arrives because the plague comes too. Action, adventure and romance are inevitable for Shadowhunters, and they are no different when dark secrets are unravelled and the price of being a hero is made blatant. Actually yeah, this is my most anticipated release of the year.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman – Release Date Undetermined…

This is the third (and final?) book in the Arc of a Scythe series and if this is the finale, I know it is going to be one hell of a ride. If it’s not, it will still be one crazy rollercoaster. Thunderhead left me BROKEN and eager for more, and I am itching to get my hands on The Toll but who knows when that is going to be. The first book, Scythe, takes place in a future dystopian world where humans have conquered everything from death to disease. To keep the world in balance though, there are Scythes who choose people to kill every week at random. Our two main characters, Citra and Rowan are chosen to be the apprentices to a well-known Scythe but it is a burden neither of them thought they wanted. Neal Shusterman crafts such an interesting and terrifying world in these books and I am curious and nervous to see what he does in this next one!

There you have it! Those are 9 most anticipated releases for 2019 and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to let me know what books you are looking forward to next year because I would love to know. Also, make sure you check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which will all be linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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