Books I Am Bringing to Hawaii!

Happy Wednesday!

Back from the dead (once again) because I am finally nearing the end of my exam season with only one more exam tomorrow. After that, I am basically free except for work and then am off to Hawaii starting December 20th! While away on vacation, I am hoping to get some reading done since I have failed to really finish anything for myself since school started…as I have complained about many times.

Anyways, here are the three books I plan on bringing with me to Hawaii and I cannot wait to give them a read!

1984 by George Orwell

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After being recommended this book a fair amount of times (you know who you are), I picked this book up and will be bringing it with me to Hawaii. Luckily, it’s pretty small so this will become my plane read for the way there and hopefully, I will finish it within the first few days of my trip. I’ve mentioned a lot this past year that it has been a goal of mine to read more classics, so this is a perfect way for me to continue doing that. Honestly, I don’t know too much about this book but I’m hoping it will start my winter break off well!

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This book comes with a funny story because I ended up getting it for free by complaining about being a broke student. I was with my friend at the bookstore, admiring this hyped-up book that I’ve wanted for a while. One of the cashiers overheard me gushing about the book and told me I could have it because each cashier gets to give away one free book. Lucky for me, he hadn’t used his yet and I walked out with a brand new, free book! I have been saving this book for my trip and am sooo excited to see if all the hype is worth it. I think it will be.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 

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Currently, I am re-reading Scythe in preparation for The Toll which is the third (and final?) book in this series! I recently ordered The Toll online but decided I should re-visit the world before diving into it since my memory of the story is a little hazy. This is a YA dystopian series that takes place in our future where humanity has conquered death and disease. However, to keep the population in check, there are scythes who “glean” people at random. I really love this story and Neal Shusterman’s writing style, so I am very happy to be re-reading these books!

Those are the three books I plan on reading over my winter break and I cannot wait to get back into reading after four months of just…not. I hope you all also have a good reading month, and that 2019 was a good reading year overall! I will be posting a yearly wrap up discussing some of my favourite and least favourite books of the year so stay tuned for that!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my last blog post from…over a month ago! Everything is linked down below 🙂

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September 2019 Wrap Up

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That’s right, I am not dead. Well, literally I am not, but for emotionally and physically, I am. School has been a wild ride and I am only rearing in on week three which is crazy. To be honest, it isn’t my degree that’s been kicking my butt but just trying to manage my time between being social, school, working, and saving some time for myself has. It is not easy and I knew it wasn’t going to be, but it has been a lot harder of a ride than I thought.

Anyways, this is my attempt at immersing myself back into my hobbies because there has been no blogging, no reading for fun, and no writing for fun since I started school. Now that October is here though, I feel like it is a good time to try and start up my passions. However, today, I will be discussing everything I read this September which wasn’t a whole lot compared to what I used to read, but it sure felt like it.

I hope you enjoy!

The Tempest by Shakespeare

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This was the first assigned reading for one of my English classes, and I was really excited when I saw I would have to read this particular play by Shakespeare because I read it back in grade 10. In my head, I was like “oh this will be sooo easy. I’ve already read this!”. Boy, was I wrong. I remember nothing regarding this play except the character names. Literally nothing. Re-reading it has felt more like I am reading it the first time and I definitely did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Since I am an English major in an English class, I am expected to pick apart every single line in this play to find a deeper meaning. This is a fun task, but only if you’re reading stuff you enjoy. 3/5 stars

Araby by James Joyce

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I know this is a short story, but I’ve been analyzing it in class for an entire two and a half weeks, so I think it deserves a spot on this reading list. At first, this story was really boring to me and made absolutely no sense but as I read it a second, then a third, then a fourth, and THEN A FIFTH, I began to really admire Joyce’s writing style and the story overall. This was my first intro into Joyce, and I really enjoyed it so hopefully, I will have to read some more of his stories and eventually novels. 4/5 stars

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Even though I only just began reading this, I thought I would include since technically, I am supposed to have it finished for the end of this week. I was thinking of picking this classic up over the summer since I knew it would be on my reading list, but I decided to just chill out and wait to read it when it was assigned. I am very glad I did this because when I read these books, all my thoughts and ideas about it have to be fresh in my mind otherwise it is a lot harder for me to immerse myself in the story. So far, I am enjoying this book and the atmosphere since it has been grey and rainy lately. Not finished

The Valley by Joan MacLeod

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This is another play that regards mental illness. It includes a small cast of characters, two who are clearly suffering from variations of mental illness and two who believe they understand, but do not. I think this play did a good and realistic representation of what mental illness is like, however, when I read a story, I expect some form of closure and that is what this play completely lacked. At least, in my opinion. It was a quick and easy read though that did not make me want to claw my eyes out though, which is always a plus in my books. 2.5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read this past month and it is nothing compared to what I used to read, but each one requires me to actually stop and notice things about them I wouldn’t have noticed if I just read them all for pleasure. It is tiring, but overall, I am really enjoying my degree and so far, regret nothing.

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August Wrap Up!

Happy Thursday!

It is yet to be the end of August, but already I am throwing my hands in defeat to August because this was not a great reading month. It’s okay though because no matter what, I have to read around four books per month for the next four months so reading will DEFINITELY get done.

Also, it’s okay to take a break sometimes (which is something I too, need to keep reminding myself).

While I didn’t get too much reading done, I still managed to devour one book so I thought I would at least share that and also the fun reads I plan on reading during September if I can make time to get to them…

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I first read this around three years ago, but skimmed so fast through it I literally remembered nothing about it as I flipped over that final page. To be fair, even this time it didn’t really make an impact on me. I enjoyed the story, the world, and the characters, but I think this is one of those books that is SO hyped up by everyone around me that I expected a lot from it. I expected so much that it just didn’t meet all my expectations. I did like it though, and I plan on continuing on to the second and final book (even though I heard it isn’t as good as the first), but it wasn’t revolutionary or mind-blowing like it is for most people. 4/5 stars

It did take me the entire month of August to read, so maybe that is why, but whatever the reason, it just didn’t become a favourite book for me like it becomes for everyone else. But that’s okay! I hear that the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is becoming a Netflix TV show and that those books take place in the same world as Six of Crows, so I am looking forward to seeing it all become real…well, on my computer screen!

The Fun Books I Want to Read In September…

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I am DETERMINED to read this book during the first week or two of my university experience because it too, takes place during Cath’s first year of college. Yes, I’ve read this book approximately 100,000 times, but I love the story and it holds such a special place in my heart! Cath and her twin sister, Wren are starting their first year at college together, yet apart. While they’ve spent all their lives right beside each other, Wren wants to be adventurous while Cath wants to retreat into her dorm room and write fanfiction. When her moody roommate, Raegan introduces Cath to her best friend, Levi, Cath starts to slowly break out of her shell and experience a world other than the one she created on her computer screen.

I love this book because I too am shy (but nowhere near as much as Cath, and I also crave the company of people…but still!). I also love this book because it shows how hard it can be to make new friends sometimes and fit into a completely new surrounding.

Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while by now, you would now that despite the mixed reviews, this is one of my FAVOURITE books ever. I honestly can’t explain it. I just adore the atmosphere, the story, and the characters. It isn’t complex or life-changing, but it’s cozy, fun, and adventurous. The fall time is my favourite time to read this book, so I plan on jumping into this right after Fangirl, but right before the weight of my degree falls on my shoulder.

Ruby Red follows Gwen, a 16-year-old girl who is part of a time-travelling family but while the gene is believed to be in her snobby cousin, Charlotte, Gwen is astounded when she finds herself transported back in time. From then on, the world she knows is ripped out from beneath her feet and her days begin to consist of school, time travelling training, and putting up with her arrogant time-travelling partner, Gideon.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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A few months ago, I flew through the first book, The Cruel Prince and now I am ready to devour the second book. I am hoping to also fly through this book because of the little time I will have to actually read, but I have also heard great things about this sequel so I have high hopes.

The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince which takes place in the world of Faerie, following our main character, Jude who is human. When she was young, she was snatched by her half-sister’s real father and taken to the faerie world with her and her twin sister. Treated like the outcast she is, Jude wants nothing more than to fit in among the faeries but doesn’t consider if she can even trust the people she so desperately wants to be.

 

That is the one, single book I read during August and the books I am hoping to get to during September. I will, however, be coming out with my actual September TBR featuring the school books I am assigned to read, so stay tuned for that! 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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Favourite Books I Read in July

Happy Monday!

In July, I read a grand total of 10 books which I am very, very happy with. The last few months have not been ideal reading months since I was finishing up high school, but July was the complete opposite with the help of the Biannual Bibliothon and the Reading Rush. Even though I don’t really do wrap-ups anymore, I thought it would be fun if I shared three of my favourite books I read this past month since I did read so many amazing novels. Some were new and some were re-reads, but overall, it was an excellent reading month.

Anyways, onto the books!

Dig by A.S. King

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This was a very unexpected read for me. I was wandering the library as one does, and saw this book sitting on the shelf. To be fair, I had heard of A.S. King before, and I also heard her discuss her newest book, Dig, in an episode of 88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang, but I never had any intention of picking it up. I did though, and actually ended up really enjoying it! It was a coming of age story following multiple characters perspectives and how they all come together in a heart-wrenching and realistic way. It is really interesting, raw, and beautiful and was a great way to start off July reading-wise! 4.5/5 stars

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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After taking so long to read a V.E. Schwab book, I am so glad I decided to start off with this one because it was AMAZING! The characters were so realistic and the story following the idea that people aren’t always the “heroes” and “villains” often portrayed in books and movies, is something I really loved reading about. I cannot wait to pick up Vengeful next, which hopefully is soon because I am the next person in line for it at the library, and then the third book whenever that comes out! 5/5 stars

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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While the other books were first time reads for me, I’ve read The Raven Boys already like three times…but I just love it so much! I re-read the entire series this past month, but the first is first and foremost my favourite. The atmosphere just gives me those cozy and magical feelings that makes me want to curl up in the autumn time and read it. I also just love the introduction to the story and how it intertwines with Welsh mythology, as well as when the characters finally meet and everything is still so new and sweet. Ugh, I love it. 5/5 stars

 

Those are the top three books I read in July and I hope you enjoyed! I read a lot of books so it was hard to choose, but ultimately, these three stole the top slots. Anyways, 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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August 2019 TBR

Happy Monday!

July is coming to a close and we are about to walk into August full swing. While July was a fantastic reading month, I am hoping August will be just as good. I doubt it will be BETTER because I am doing some traveling this month, but hopefully, still successful.

Anyways, here are some of the books I plan on reading!

City of Bones + City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I was supposed to read City of Bones during the Reading Rush, but yeah, clearly that did not happen. However, I really want to re-read it this summer as well as the second book, City of Ashes. My goal is to read as many in the series as possible before school starts (for me, September 4th), all while still reading other books. These books just hold a special place in my heart and I like to give them a re-read every so often.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

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Once again, this is another book I planned on reading during not only the Reading Rush, but the Biannual Bibliothon as well…again, none of this happened! I really want to finally settle down and give it a read because I have heard so many amazing things about it. Hopefully, it will be worth the hype but I have a feeling it will.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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AGAIN, I had plans to read this book during the Biannual Bibliothon in July and for whatever reason, I never got to it. It is a thicker book so that is probably why, but I am in the mood for a book set in London during the Victorian era, which is exactly what this book is about. Fingers crossed I actually get it read!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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I read this book a few years ago and I remember really enjoying it so I thought, why not pick it up again? I am starting university this fall and the book follows a girl entering her first year as well, so I think it will be really fun to read a book where I’m at the same point as the main character. She does end up going to Europe later on in the book, which I’m not sure is the best concept in a book for me to read because without a doubt, it will make me want to plan a Europe trip for the next year.

 

Those are some of the main books I plan on reading during August, the last month I will get to completely focus time on reading whatever I want (which is kind of depressing). Hopefully it is as successful as I hope, but we will see! Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media which is all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading Rush TBR

Happy Monday and also, day one of the Reading Rush!

It’s been two days since the last readathon I participated in, but I am already SO ready for the Reading Rush! I’m looking forward to yet another whole week dedicated to reading as much as possible because like I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to read a lot before I head off into my first year of university.

WHAT IS THE READING RUSH?

The Reading Rush was formally known as the BookTubeAThon and takes place from July 22 @ 12am – July 28 @ 11:59pm. It is an entire week dedicated to reading as much as you can, and is filled with video, reading, and Instagram challenges!

Anyways, here is what I plan on reading for this Reading Rush!

Read a Book with Purple on the Cover

Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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This has a liiitle purple on the cover so it counts! I mostly just really wanted to find a way to incorporate the last two books in the Raven Cycle into my Reading Rush TBR because I am LOVING my re-read of these books. Blue Lily Lily Blue is the third book out of four and I haven’t read it for a while so I kind of forget what happens, making me even more eager to jump into this book.

Read a Book in the Same Place Every Time

Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise: Part Two by Gene Luen Yang

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For the Biannual Bibliothon, I picked up the first installment in this graphic novel series following the events of season three of the TV show, Avatar the Last Airbender. While it wasn’t EXACTLY what I expected, I did enjoy my time reading it and definitely need another short book for the readathon so this is perfect. Especially if I have to stay in the same place to read it, which I have decided will be outside on my deck.

Read a Book You Meant to Read Last Year

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

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Recognize this from my Biannual Bibliothon TBR? Well, you’re right because I never got around to it the first time! This is a book I’ve been thinking about for the past year or so because I have heard NON-STOP, great things about it. So, I decided this month it is definitely time to give it a read. It is a bit longer (over 500 pages!), but I am hoping that because it is apparently so good, I won’t want to stop reading it.

Read an Author’s First Book

We Hunt the Flame by Hasaf Faizal

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I follow this author on Twitter and honestly, her book promotion REALLY worked on me. Not only is the cover for this book beautiful, but the premise is really intriguing and something I am currently in the mood for. It has to do with a female hunter disguising herself as a man and being badass which I am ALL here for. I cannot wait to see if this book is worth the hype but honestly, I am sure it is. Even if it is the author’s debut!

Read a Book Featuring a Non-Human Character

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Okay so TECHNICALLY, Ronan is NOT completely human. He is a greywaren, a magician of sorts, which is NOT HUMAN. This counts because of all of that. This is the fourth and final book in the Raven Cycle which is sad, but I feel like during my first time reading this book, I didn’t really appreciate it for all it was. I sped through it and despite being in a readathon, I really don’t want to do that this time.

Pick a Book That Has More Than Five Words in the Title 

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Stevenson 

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Not only am I trying to read more classics making this book a great pick, but Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novella so it is SUPER short. I have an edition where most of the book is short stories and the actual story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is like, 70 pages. Hopefully, the story is interesting and I can fly through those 70 pages in an hour or so! I haven’t dived into the world of gothic literature really, so I am looking forward to exploring this area of literature.

Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie Adaptation 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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At first, I was going to combine this challenge with the first and read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but honestly, I am not really in the mood for a cozy, atmospheric story. SO, instead, I am going to read and watch City of Bones! It’s been a hot minute since I visited the world of the Mortal Instruments except for when I did my audiobook listen of (most) of the books a year or so ago. I am very excited though because I have such a special place in my heart for this book and even the movie!

 

That is all for my Reading Rush TBR and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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I am so excited to share this TBR with you all, because it is either my second or third year participating in the Biannual Bibliothon, but will also be the last one because this is the last EVER Biannual Bibliothon. One, that is very sad, but two, it only makes me more excited and motivated to get a lot of reading done during this readathon because I want to end it all with a bang. But first off, you might have a few questions…

What Is the Biannual Bibliothon?

The Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon that usually takes place in the winter and summer where you try to read a book a day for however long the readathon is. There are reading challenges, video challenges, and overall, it is just a really fun time! However, the hosts have decided to make this the final Biannual Bibliothon so if you want to participate, do it now!

When Is It?

It starts today! The final Biannual Bibliothon takes place from July 11 (12am) – July 19 (11:59pm).

What I’m Reading…

1. Read the Group Book 

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The group book is Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but I am not a sci-fi fan really at all, so I decided to treat this challenge as a “free choice” instead. I decided to read Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi instead, the fifth book in the Shatter Me series which I have yet to pick up. It’s been a hot minute since I read Restore Me and I also remember nothing, so I will definitely have to read a spoilery review before jumping into this dystopian, but nonetheless, I am curious to see how much I will like this book.

2. Read a Host’s 5 Star Read

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My first pick for this was Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but that was already taken out at the library, so I decided to pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this book, so I am looking forward to diving in and seeing if it lives up to the hype for me. While I hear about this book non-stop, I have NO idea what it is about. I do know it has LGBT rep in it though which does have me even more excited because I feel like the books I’ve been reading lately have lacked that.

3. Read a Book Based Off the Cover

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All of the sudden, I got a HUGE desire to re-read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, so that is what I am going to try and accomplish during the two readathons I am doing this month. So yes, for this book, I am reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because the cover is GORGEOUS and the story is as well. I always read these books during the summer and I am following that trend once again.

4. Read An Adult Genre

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A few days ago, I picked up Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan from the library and it just happens to be a perfect choice for this reading challenge. I loved the movie and I know I will adore the book because I’ve heard it is really fast-paced and fun, which is exactly the type of book you want for a readathon. However, it is pretty lengthy (either close to 500 pages or over) but I’m hoping I will fly through it.

5. Free Choice

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I am carrying through with my Raven Cycle re-read, so for my free choice, I will be reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Just writing about this series is making me SO excited to re-read it, and I cannot wait for this readathon to start (as I am writing this, it is Wednesday, the day before) so I can see all the characters I love so much. There is also something so enthralling about the whimsical atmosphere of these books that pull me in and fully immerse me, which again, is essential for a readathon!

6. Read a Book From An Author You’ve Never Read From Before

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This is a pretty unexpected choice for me because I have never really had plans to read this book, but for this challenge, I will be picking up The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. While I’ve heard about this book and the Victorian London setting has definitely intrigued me, I’ve had no near-future plans to read this book. However, I’m reading it for the readathon and I am so excited! Once again, NO idea what this book is about other than it takes place in London and there is a club…called The Dark Days Club…and also that this book is pretty huge. It’s good enough for me though!

7. Read a Graphic Novel

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My first idea of what to read for this challenge was Gate 7, a manga I’ve been trying to read for months now, but then of course, I decided to ditch that book and read Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise: Book One instead. But, I cannot WAIT to read this because I am a massive fan of Avatar the Last Airbender and I just know reading this graphic novel will be the best of times. It will also make me want to watch the TV show which is NOT good because it is Camp NaNoWriMo on top of two readathons, but I’ll make it work, right?

8. Read a Book You Were Excited For But then Never Picked Up

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When I first bought this book, I had every intention of reading it ASAP but for whatever reason, that never happened. That book is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. However, I am DETERMINED to actually read it this readathon because one, it is pretty short (under 300 pages) and two, I know it will be really good. Also, I am trying to read more classics!

9. Read a Predicted 5-Star Read

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I am once again, trying to finally read a V.E. Schwab book but of course, it is NOT the one I own. Instead, I will be reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab which I’ve taken out from the library because I have heard amazing things about it so I have high hopes of it achieving that 5-star read! Also, I think I heard that it is getting a movie adaptation? Correct me if I am wrong. Hopefully, I will love it because I really want to start my V.E. Schwab reading journey on a good note.

Those are all of the books I plan on reading for the Biannual Bibliothon and I hope you enjoyed! I do have back-ups for every challenge just in case I’m not feeling a book or something, but hopefully, that doesn’t happen. I’m just super excited for 9 days of good books! Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and happy reading 🙂

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Why I Love Libraries

Happy Thursday!

Today, I wanted to take some time to just commemorate libraries and all of their glory in providing literature for the public. I’ve used libraries ever since I started reading…so almost 8 years ago, and while I do own around 200 books, I still use the library weekly. They are amazing and we need to make sure we are supporting them whenever we can!

Why Libraries are AMAZING

There are a lot of reasons for this, but I think the overarching reason is that it is completely, 100% free. You can take out whatever book, movie, CD, audiobook, etc, etc, and give it a go. There are a lot of other reasons why libraries are amazing though:

  • Introduces You to New Stories – Sometimes I don’t know what I am going to the library wanting. I will just let myself browse and I always come across something I didn’t know of but suddenly want to read. And the best part is that I don’t have to check the price to see if it’s in my budget or not!
  • Fun Activities – For all ages, the local libraries in my area offer awesome activities. I partook in them more when I was younger, but I still occasionally volunteer in them. For example, last winter I volunteered as a reading buddy for this kid’s reading group and it was the best of times!
  • Everyone In There Loves Literature – Except for the few people purely there, hunched over the computers and playing games, everyone in the library is there because of their shared adoration for books! It is nice being in that kind of environment. It’s calming and encourages me to read more!

How To Support Libraries

It is important to support libraries because they are the main pathway of literature to the public. Without them, a lot fewer people would be reading and enjoying stories. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to support libraries. Not only to support them actually but to just assist them in growing and reaching out to more people in need of books.

  • Library Book Sales – My libraries are always having book sales where they sell lots of used books with their profits going back to the library. I try to attend as many as possible, and while they usually fall in the worst weekends for me, I have managed to attend one and not only did I find some good books, but it was a lot of fun!
  • USING Your Library – I don’t know why I didn’t put this one first, but obviously just using your library is a fantastic way to support them. Taking out books, movies, CDs, etc and enjoying the facility is easy, free, and a good way to spend your time.

My Current Library Reads

Like I said, I am constantly using my libraries so I always have a good stack of books next to my nightstand that I have taken out from them. Here are the ones I have recently taken out and plan on reading this summer!

  • Time Management by Richard Walsh
  • The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook by Yuwanda Black
  • Side Hustle by Guillebeau
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black

Anyways, that is all for this blog post about libraries, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments below what books you currently have out from the library because I would love to know. Also, 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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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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