2017 BookTubeaThon TBR!

It is that wonderful time of the summer again where readers come together from all over the world on social media, to celebrate reading! This year it starts at midnight on July 24th to midnight on July 30th and I am so excited to get some reading done and follow the awesome reading challenges for this year.

#1: Read a Book with a Person on the Cover

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This challenge is perfect for my current reading situation, because I am re reading The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, and all the books have bodies on them! So for this challenge I have chosen City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. This is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments, which follows a girl named Clary in a world of angels and demons as she tries to find her place in it. There is lots of action and fun characters so I am excited to jump back into this book.

#2: Read a Hyped Book

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I bought this book solely because of BookTube, but I just haven’t gotten around to pick it up yet. That book is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and I am so excited to FINALLY read this hyped book. I have heard amazing things about this book, and while I don’t really know what it is about other than it is based of the Arabian story, One Thousand and One Nights, I am really intrigued to see how I like it.

#3: Finish a Book in One Day

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I have read many books in one day, and a good majority of them have been Sarah Dessen books or other contemporaries, so I have decided to pick up Once and For All by Sarah Dessen! This is her brand new release that came out in early June and has a beautiful cover. All I know about the book is that the main character’s mother is a wedding planner and there is a romance (obviously) but I am still excited to see what happens. I know I will love it though!

#4: Read About a Character That is Very Different From You

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I am doubling up my challenges which is no surprise because I always do, and for this challenge I am going to be also reading City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. There are many main characters in this series, but the first book follows mainly Clary’s POV so I am going with her for this challenge. I am the COMPLETE opposite of Clary. For one, she is a red head and I am a brunette, she is a very talented artist with drawing and painting while I cannot draw a straight line for my life, and she lives in New York City while I live in a tiny town in Canada…yeah so many differences.

#5: Finish a Book Completely Outdoors

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In the summer I love reading outdoors so I was very excited for this challenge. I am also doubling up for this challenge, and have chose Once and For All by Sarah Dessen because reading summery contemporaries in the warm summer air is the best!

#6: Read a Book You Bought Because of the Cover

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Another double up because of course BookTubeaThon is during my busiest week of the month! I am also using Once and For All by Sarah Dessen for this challenge, because even though I was going to buy the book eventually because I love Sarah Dessen books… I bought it a LOT sooner than I would have because of how gorgeous the cover is. It is an ombre of pink and purple as you can see in the picture I attached to this post, but yeah, beautiful!

#7: Read 7 Books – I never have achieved this and will NOT being striving for it this year. I will probably try for next year but this year I work about 32 hours the week of BookTubeaThon and have a summer course to work on AS WELL as Camp NaNoWriMo, so if I finish those three books the week of BookTubeaThon, I will be more than happy.

But yeah! Those are the books I chose for the BookTubeaThon and I hope you enjoyed. Definitely let me know if you are participating and what books you plan on reading because I would love to know!

Books I DNF…

We ALL have those books that we just picked up but never got around to finishing, and I am too, guilty of that. Just because we DNF (stands for ‘did not finish’)a book doesn’t mean we don’t like it, and for me I usually DNF a book because I get distracted by a new shiny one. Anyways, here are the books I have DNFed and don’t forget to comment the ones you have below!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Okay, I absolutely adored A Court of Thorns and Roses, but A Court of Mist and Fury is HUGE and high fantasy which takes me a long time to get into. I was really enjoying it though, and got halfway before I just put it down and never picked it up again. When I do get around to picking it up again, I will have to restart it because I totally forget what happened!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is one of my all time favourite authors, and I love all her work, but I just couldn’t get into this novella bind up! I know I will love it because I didn’t get far at all into the book before I put it down and got distracted with other books, but once I pick it up again and actually read it more I know I will kick myself in the head for not finishing it sooner.

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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This is a newer release so I don’t feel that bad about not finishing it, but still. I was actually enjoying this book until Lord of Shadows came out and totally consumed my life. I do plan on jumping into The Dark Prophecy again because I have heard amazing things about it and know that I will love it just like every other Rick Riordan book I have read!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You the Sun was a FANTASTIC book and I was so pumped and ready to pick up Nelson’s other book, The Sky is Everywhere, but somewhere along the line of reading it I just never got around to finishing it. It wasn’t anything I was loving, but I did like it and wanted to continue reading it…but didn’t. It is a contemporary though so maybe I will pick it up again this summer during the BookTubeaThon if I have time and read it. Who knows though because it was a DNF!

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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For some reason this Sarah Dessen book didn’t grab me as much as the others did. I still plan on reading it though, because I am sure that I will like it, but for now it is in my DNF pile…which is something I never thought I would do to a contemporary because I usually fly through them. I do think that it was because I had another book I wanted to read, but still! No excuse, I need to read this book.

Those are the books I DNFed and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2, for some motivation and tips!

July 2017 TBR!

I got a long list of books I want to get through in July and I think I will be able to finish them all because I believe the BookTube-a-thon is happening this coming month, and I always get a lot of reading done then. Anyways, here are the books I want to read in the month of July!

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City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – These are the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series, which follows a girl named Clary Fray who has to set off on a journey in this world of angels and demons to find her mother who was kidnapped. Along the way, she realizes she has more of a place in this strange and deceiving world that she thought. This series is a lot of fun and is action packed, so I am excited to be giving the books a re read because it is much deserved!

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen – I have been slowly making my way through Sarah Dessen books, which is a long journey because there are a lot of them. The Moon and More is one I haven’t read though, so I am excited to finally pick it up and give it a read. This book follows a girl named Emaline who is spending her last summer before college in the little beachside town she lives in called Colby. One day while working in her parents shop, she meets an artistic boy from New York who is not her type whatsoever, but she can’t help but develop feelings for him over the course of the summer. Its summer time so what a perfect time to dive into this summer contemporary!

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I am reading this book on the side at the moment, but I am hoping I will completely finish it by July. Pride and Prejudice, if you didn’t know, is a comedy/romance book that follows a British family in an era where marriage and money is everything. I have seen movie adaptions of this book and really enjoyed them, so I decided to give the book a read because I feel like you have to read at least one Jane Austen book in your lifetime.

Those are all the books I am planning to read this coming month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

July 2017 Talk!

June has gone by in a flash and July is right around the corner, so here are the books and movies I am most looking forward to!

Books:

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Because You Love to Hate Me by Various Authors – Because You Love to Hate Me is an anthology and collaboration of BookTubers and authors. In it, there are thirteen villain based stories which I think will be really fun and interesting to read! Some featured authors are Victoria Schwab, Marissa Meyer, Renee Adieh…and a few other fantastic authors! It also features BookTubers such as Sasha Alsberg from abookutopia, Jesse from the JessetheReader and Zoe from ReadByZoe. I already know the stories are going to be amazing because these are some of my favourite people ever, and this anthology will be coming out on July 11th, 2017.

Movies:

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – I am sure everyone has heard about this movie because it follows the amazing spider-man! Spider-man is definitely a favourite super hero of mine, and despite the many, many adaptations I never think there is enough so I am super excited to see this one! I think it is great that they have a character that actually looks like a high school student and he seems like a really awkward and relatable character. Anyways, I am really pumped to see this movie, and it will be coming to theaters on July 7th, 2017.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – This is a sci-fi movie staring Cara Delevinge, that follows two characters, Valerian and Laureline who are representatives from the government who work on maintaining order within the galaxy, and while Valerian wants to pursue a more than professional relationship with his partner, Laureline, she pushes him away because of his previous history with women…I think this movie sounds really fun and action packed so I will definitely be check it out on July 21st when it is theaters!

That is all for my July 2017 Talk and I hope you enjoyed. Oh, by the way, I have decided to change my posting schedule up and bit, so instead of posting 6 days a week, I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I just have trouble finding the time to write six blog posts a week, and having them be decent as well, so I decided to cut down the posting amount so I can put more effort into creating quality blog posts!

 

Writing Craft Book TBR!

I took out a LOT of craft books this past weekend, so I decided to share the titles with you guys in hopes that you check one of them out! Craft books are a great way to better your writing skills, and I always finish one feeling more confident with my writing style.

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Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Brabury – This is a very famous craft book that I have heard a lot about, so I decided to pick it up and give it a read. This craft book consists of eleven essays on the pleasures of writing from the one and only, Ray Bradbury. In this book, Bradbury shares what he learned from his writing career, and shares his enthusiasm for writing.

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How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fasted Way to Improve a Manuscript by James Scott Bell – I don’t feel the most confident in my dialogue, so I decided to take a book out on it to get better. This book obviously focuses on dialogue and how to make what you characters say more authentic and real. It is so important to have strong, realistic dialogue otherwise the conversations between your characters fall flat!

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A Writer’s Coach: A Guide to Words that Work by Jack Hart – There is no particular reason I picked up this book, but I haven’t read this book yet so I thought I would give it a shot! You take away something valuable from every craft book, which is why I take advantage of everyone I see and read it.

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Story Engineering by Larry Brook – I have read another Larry Brooks craft book called, Story Physics, and really enjoyed it so I thought I would try this one! I really enjoy how Larry Brooks presents his writing tips and tricks in his books, because it is very easy to find and then write down. I like to write down anything I find useful or interesting in craft books, and this is one that I had pages of ideas on!

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Story Genius by Lisa Cron – Again, I saw this book and haven’t read it so I just had to pick it up. I flipped through this book a bit, and already saw some interesting topics in the table of contents. When looking for a writing book you should flip to the table of contents and check out what they will be talking about, because that is how you know that it covers topics that are relevant to you!

That is all for my Writing Craft Book TBR and I hoped you enjoyed!

 

Summer 2017 Reading List!

There are quite a few books I want to get to this summer, and I am really excited to have some time to dive into them! Even though I never stick to any reading lists I make, I do enjoy making them and I am waiting for the day that I do actually follow it!

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – This book is the sequel to The Hidden Oracle, which follows the god, Apollo, as he is cast down to earth as a mortal. This is a really fast paced and funny series, and I know I will enjoy it! I have started it, and I am a little over fifty pages in, but I got distracted by other books so I will need to pick it back up soon. I love Rick Riordan’s books so I am excited to continue loving them!

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The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Yes, that is right. I plan on reading the entire Mortal Instruments series this summer and I am so excited. Of course I have already read the series, as I talk about it a lot on my blog, but I love to re read it so why not since I have some time? The first book, City of Bones, follows a girl named Clary Fray whose mother goes missing and on her journey to find her, she uncovers the mysteries of her life and realizes her mother may have not been honest with her about who she truly is. This book has demons and angels, and amazingly sarcastic characters that you can’t help but fall in love with!

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen – I do have a lot of things planned this summer, so I need a quick, easy contemporary. Straight away I went for Sarah Dessen because her books are perfect for the summer! Plus, I feel like the summer is incomplete without a good contemporary or two. The Moon and More follows Emaline, who is spending her last summer before college in her small, home town, Colby. While working for her family’s rental business, she meets a city boy who is someone she would never have gone for, but she suddenly feels herself drawn to him. I love Sarah Dessen books so I am excited to try this one out!

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – Yep! Another contemporary by another favourite contemporary author of mine, Jenny Han. The Summer I Turned Pretty is a really fun and light-hearted book that follows our main character, Belly, who is returning to her mom’s best friend’s beach house after a few years. There, she sees the two boys she spent her childhood with and all three realize how much they had grown up. This is a great beach read and something you can finish in no time!

Is this slightly ambitious for my crazy summer? Yes, completely…but I am really excited to see how many of these books I can read! There are a few readathons I want to participate in, so hopefully that will help me get through the a little quicker. Anyways, that is all for my Summer 2017 Reading List and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: How Blogging Helps Novel Writing!

June 2017 TBR

June is the final month of school for me, and luckily I have no big exams this coming from month so I do plan to do lots of reading!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – I am currently reading this book, but it is massive that it is taking me a while to get through it. If you didn’t know, Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight, which follows a group of Shadowhunters who are trying to figure out the murder of Emma Carstair’s parents’ death. This was my favourite book of 2016, so I am super excited to continue reading the sequel because I am already loving it!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I love the vibe I get when I read this book so I am planning to read it the last week of school. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who has spent her whole life out of the spotlight, but when her brother, Peyton, does something that puts the whole family front and centre, she realizes she can’t escape it. This is a really fun, light and summery contemporary that I cannot wait to re read!

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – I started reading in May, but I got distracted with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare so I never finished it. The Dark Prophecy is the sequel to The Hidden Oracle, and follows the god Apollo as he is cast down to earth as a mortal. This is a very funny and fast paced series that I cannot wait to continue on with.

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout – I suspect that this will be a really fast paced, easy read as most of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books are, so I am excited to get to it later this month. I know this book deals with supernatural creatures and that is all I really want to know about it. I like to go into books like this without a clue what is going on, just to be pleasantly surprised.

Those are all the books I plan on reading in the month of June, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

Spring/Summer 2017 TBR!

Okay, so I have a lot of books on my shelf, as well as books coming out, that I want to read with absolutely no time. I am sure a lot of you can relate, so here are all the books I want to and need to finish before the end of the summer!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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This book is about a girl named Andie who has her whole summer planned out. She has a great internship lined up, a great group of friends, and is ready to for a quick summer romance…as long as it is no more than three weeks. But when her congressman father gets caught up in a political scandal, she finds her summer flipped upside down and her organized summer becomes an insane mess. I am currently reading this book, but I have been distracted by all these new releases that it keeps getting pushed back. I am determined to finish it very soon though!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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This is a book a bind up of novellas written in Simon Lewis’s POV, and follow him on his journey through the Shadowhunter Academy as he sets out to become a Shadowhunter. I started this earlier this year, but again, I just got distracted by other books and never got around to finishing it.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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The Moon and More follows our main character, Emaline, who is entering the summer before college, and during this last summer, she meets a city boy named Theo. Theo isn’t the typical boy she would like, but she can’t help but feel drawn to him in this summer contemporary. I love Sarah Dessen books, so I know I will eventually read it this summer, it has just been sitting on my shelf for a while.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas 

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A Court of Mist and Fury is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which follows Feyre, a girl who while hunting for her family shoots and kills a wolf. The only thing is, the wolf turns out to be a faerie, and she forced to make the decision to die or live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie world. She chooses to leave for the faerie world, and realizes it is not anything like she believed. I devoured the first book, but this book is quite chunky so I am going to need a little motivation to tackle it, and a lot of time.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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This is the sequel to Six of Crows, which follows a group of misfits who attempt an impossible, suicidal mission. Yet, none of them have anything to lose, and the reward is too good to pass up, leading to a quest of insanity. I enjoyed the first book, but I definitely need to give it a re read because I am a little hazy on the details.

Those are a few books that I NEED to finish before the fall, and before school starts back up again. I have high hopes to get them done, but there are also a lot of amazing books coming out so we shall see. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

May 2017 TBR!

I didn’t read too many books in April, but I really want to read more in May because there are SO many amazing new releases coming out. This may be a little ambitious since May will be a busy month for me, but its not a true TBR without being a little too ambitious.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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I am ecstatic for Jenny Han’s new book, and final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. It comes out tomorrow, and I plan on reading it right away! If you didn’t know, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows a girl named Lara Jean who writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before, but one day, they get mysteriously sent out. This is a really fun and has a quirky romance, and if you haven’t read it you are really missing out!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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This is definitely my most anticipated book of 2017 so once I get this book in my hands, I will be devouring it. Lord of Shadows comes out later in the month of May (sadly) and is the sequel to Lady Midnight which follows our main characters, Emma and Julian, two Shadowhunters, who with the help of their friends, try and solve the mystery of Emma’s parents mysterious deaths. I absolutely adored Lady Midnight and I have high hopes for Lord of Shadows.

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

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White Hot Kiss seems like a really fast paced and enjoyable read, which I will be wanting this month, so I am excited to pick it up and give it a try. White Hot Kiss follows our main character, Layla, who wants to be a normal teenager but finds that it is hard considering her kiss kills anything with a living soul. Really excited to give this book a read, and hopefully it is as good as it sounds!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Andie who has her whole summer planned out, going to an internship for pre-med and hanging out with her amazing friends. That is, until her father, a popular congressman, gets caught up in a big political scandal and all her plans come crashing down. I am really excited to read another Morgan Matson book because I loved, Since You’ve Been Gone and I have some pretty high expectations for this one!

Those are the four, pretty hefty books I plan on reading this month and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: What To Do After Camp NaNoWriMo!

April 2017 TBR!

March was a good reading month, but I am hoping that April will be even better because there are a whole bunch of books coming out in May that I need to be prepared for and April is the month to do that.

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – The sequel to this fantastic book, Lord of Shadows, is coming out later in May so I have to re read this book to be ready for it. Lady Midnight follows a Shadowhunter (half human, half angel) named Emma Carstairs, who after her parents dead bodies wash up on shore, is determined to discover what happened. There is lots of twists and turns and heart break and I absolutely CANNOT wait to devour it once again. If you are thinking about reading this book, make sure you read Cassandra Clare’s other books series first, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices because it is necessary for this book!

courtofmistandfuryA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I always say I am going to finally finish this book but then never do…but this time I mean it! I am going to finally complete this book in preparation for the next book in the series, which also comes out in May. A Court of Mist and Fury is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which follows a girl named Feyre, who after killing a Faerie, is forced to live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie realms. This is an epic book series that has lots of action and swoony romance. I am so excited to FINALLY finish it and not have it as a weight on my shoulders.

hp7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling – I have been in the Harry Potter mood lately, and I recently re read the first six books so why not also re read the seventh. IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW, Harry Potter is about a boy who discovers he is a wizard and is sent off to a boarding school of magic. This is an amazing book series, and I haven’t read the last book in so long so I am excited to refresh my mind!

 

pj3Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse (graphic novel) by Rick Riordan – I recently purchased this graphic novel, my first graphic novel, and am so excited to read it! I love Percy Jackson, and flipping through this graphic novel I realized that the illustrations are gorgeous. If you didn’t know, the Percy Jackson series is about a boy named Percy Jackson who discovers his father is a Greek God and is immediately thrust into a crazy world of demigods, gods and monsters. This is the third book in the series and I highly recommend it over all!

Those are all the books I am planning on reading in April and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: April 2017 Talk!