Biannual Bibliothon Day 5 – Winter Trips

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Happy day 5 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

I’m slowly getting back on track with reading and am having SO much fun trying to read as much as I can. Sometimes with all the hectic things going on, I forget to sit down and read. Obviously, sometimes I’m so busy with school and life that I don’t have the time to read, but most days I do and this readathon is reminding me to find time every day to do something I love; and that’s reading.

Anyways, today’s blog challenge host is Danielle from PoetryBooksYA (check her out!), and she wants us to tell her the five book characters (I chose Lara Jean Song Covey, Peter Kavinsky, Etienne St. Clair, Ronan Lynch, and Leo Valdez) we would take on a winter trip. I decided to yet another story for this blog challenge just because I had a lot of fun writing the last one. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you’re participating in the Biannual Bibliothon down below in the comments!

 

“Are you sure you want to drive, Lara Jean?” I ask hesitantly, eyeing her as she slides into the driver’s seat. She gathers her dark hair up into a high ponytail, tying it off with a pale pink scrunchie.

“Yep,” she says with a nod. “I have to practice if I want to get better.”

“True.” I grab the seatbelt and buckle up, admiring the white trees around us as we pull out of the driveway; the branches drooping with piles of heavy snow and icicles gripping onto them like the crystal leaves of winter.

We ease into the snow-caked driveway of a familiar grey house with white shutters.

“Hey!” Lara Jean’s phone is pressed to her ear. “We’re here.”

“Be right out,” says the phone, words crackling before she pads the off button.

“I’m sooo excited,” Lara Jean exclaims, twisting around in her seatbelt to grab her purse from the back seat. She rips the zipper open and retrieves a Tubberware container full of varied cookies. “Okay, so I made snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, and shortbread.” My mouth waters and I can’t help but reach out for them. She slaps my hand lightly away, shoving the container back into her purse. “These cookies are for the trip to the cottage. I should probably hide them anyways before the boys get here.”

“Probably a good idea.” I laugh. “Teenage boys are animals.”

“Animals for food,” she corrects but she’s laughing too just as the two back doors fly open.

“Yo, yo, yo!” Peter Kavinsky slides into the seat behind Lara Jean, a wild grin bright on his face. He pinches her shoulder teasingly before yanking off a black beanie and ruffling his curly brown hair.

“It’s too early for yo, yo, yo, Kavinsky,” says Etienne St. Clair from behind me. “I need a cup of coffee…actually, make that two cups of coffee, first.”

“Yeah, yeah, we’ll get your coffee, St. Clair.” Lara Jean says, but I notice her eyes meeting Peter’s in the rearview mirror. Her cheeks are flushed like earlier, but a light pink colour instead. I smile.

“Hey, where’s Ronan?” I ask, noticing no other doors opening and no other bodies filing into the very back seats of the van.

“Being his usual brooding self, my friend,” St. Clair explains, stretching his scuffy boots so they pop out beside me. I slap them away and we both laugh.

“Oh, there’s Mr. Sexy Brooder,” says Peter.

Lara Jean and I glance at each other before bursting out into laughter. Sure enough, Ronan Lynch storms out of the house with his dark brows knitted together and bag dangling from his tight grip. When he reaches the van he opens up St. Clair’s side and grumbles something inaudible.

“Sorry, Ronan, could you repeat that? I couldn’t understand you through all your grumbling.”

“Shut up, St. Clair.” Ronan pushes past him and squeezes into the back seat despite being one of the taller ones of us all. His eyebrows are still stuck together as if they can’t bear to part from each other. I want to laugh but I want this trip to be fun, not tense. Not that Ronan is ever in a good mood, but still.

“Where’s the Latino elf?” Ronan grumbled, his arms crossing tightly over his chest.

“Leo’s still not out yet,” Lara Jean says, glancing at him over her shoulder. Her lips purse tightly in concern. I know how well she wants this trip to go; just three simple days of friends up at a cottage, drinking hot chocolate, playing board games and having snowballs fight. Not fights between the five of us minus the snowballs. “I just texted him and he said he’s almost ready to go. Do you want a cookie while we wait?”

Silence.

“Sure,” he says, sounding bored but we all hear his stomach grumble. I can’t help but laugh into my hand as Lara Jean whips out the cookies.

“Woah, woah, woah! I want one! Covey, come on, give me one first. I’m starving.” Peter is a puppy begging on his hind legs as his girlfriend bops his nose with a finger and shakes her head.

“Ronan first. Don’t worry I made lots.” She reaches over to hand the container to Ronan and he gleefully takes it, cracking it open and slowly biting into a gooey chocolate chip cookie. He closes his eyes with pleasure just to spite Peter who groans in pain.

“I’m here!” The door opens and Leo Valdez stands there, eyes wild and hair in inky tangles. “The party can start now. You’re welcome.” He bows.

“You’re late,” says St. Clair, but not unkindly as Leo shimmies past him.

“Time doesn’t wait for those who are great.”

“By great, do you mean yourself by any chance?” I ask and Leo smiles mischievously.

“Obviously. Now, let’s get a move on. I really need to pee.”

“Leo!” We all exclaim, groaning as Lara Jean shakes her head, cranking the ignition and slowly crawling out of the driveway. The world around is like a snow globe, whimsical and magical and white, snow sprinkling down from the thick, grey clouds as we drive off to our winter wonderland with a van full of voices, laughter, and the beginning of memories.

Sorry, this was SUPER long…but I had a lot of fun writing it so I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to 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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Biannual Bibliothon Day 4 – Clickbait Challenge

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Happy day 4 of the 2019 Biannual Bibliothon!

I hope it’s going well for you, and that you are enjoying all the challenges I’ve been posting! Today’s challenge was given to us by Hannah from SprinkledWithWords, and she wants us to clickbait our favourite books. This sounds like sooo much fun, and I cannot wait to do it so let’s get into it!

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

A girl enters a competition for the handsome prince’s heart, but how can she fall in love when her heart is miles away?

 

 

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

A 15-year-old girl’s mother is kidnapped and suddenly she is thrust into a world of magic. She realizes she isn’t entirely human, but then what is she?

 

 

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A simple girl and a snotty boy – will it end horribly or will romance spark in the air?

 

 

 

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perks

When a girl is sent off to boarding school in Paris, she doesn’t realize she’ll get more than just an education – with boys and parents thousands of miles away, who knows what will happen?

 

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwen’s cousin is the suspected time traveler in the family, but one day Gwen finds herself decades in the past! Time traveling doesn’t only come with lots of training, but a cute boy and a dangerous secret brewing under the surface – when will it come out? If it comes out?

 

There they are! These are my 5 clickbait titles and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts below for more Biannual Bibliothon challenges! If you want to check out my day 1, 2 &3 challenge, I will also link those down below. Anyways, thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 3 – Bookish Mad Libs

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Happy Day 3 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

Already, I’ve fallen behind in reading but there are a few days this week where I have most of the day free, so I plan to catch up then! Anyways, sorry today’s challenge is up late, but here it is! Today’s host is Becky from CoffeeCocktailsandBooks, and she has challenged us to bookish mad libs. I am super excited for this challenge and here is my entry, enjoy!

The 2019 Winter Biannual Bibliothon was in full swing, but you were craving just a bit more adventure. As you settle in to pick up your current read, Mark Blackthorn barges into your room, surprising you. You’re told that Mark’s land is in trouble and you’re needed to aid in finding the philosopher’s stone, the only item that will restore peace and that you’re the only person that can help.

Ecstatic to finally be the chosen one, you agree to help Mark on this quest! As you begin to travel to their land, you find out that others have tried and failed to retrieve this magical artifact and that you are the last hope. You also find out that because no one has succeeded in this quest, no one knows what you’re up against. There are rumors that you need to defeat 888,887 phoenixes.

Excited, yet nervous, you and Mark locate the wise elven protector of the land to learn as much as you can about this artifact and how to retrieve it. The elf informs you the artifact is located in the deepest part of the Moors, to your dismay. You and Mark venture for 8 months to make it to this new land.

Along your journey, you spent your free hours training to master collaging, hoping this new skill will give you an advantage against your unknown foe. Shortly after arriving at this dangerous land, you finally are face to face with your nemesis, Zara Dearborn.

Though you’ve been training, coming face to face with your foe begins to strike you with fear. Your companion encourages you to be strong and reminds you that you’ve been preparing for this. When you go to use your new skill, you learn that Zara is a master. Nervous, you use the only maneuver you have left. You challenge them to gaming. Taken aback by this tactic, they hesitate before reluctantly accepting your challenge. Filled with new confidence, you quickly defeat them!

Begrudgingly, Zara awards you the magical artifact, vowing revenge.

You and Mark return to their home land, where you are greeted with cheers and applause. You’re thanked repeatedly for returning the artifact and saving the land. Mark even shows their gratitude by giving you a kiss on the cheek.

The next thing you know, you are back home with your book in hand. For a moment, you think you made up the whole thing, but then you see the glint of the magical artifact out of the corner of your eye. When you look over, nothing is there, yet you know your adventure was real. With a smile growing, your turn back to your book, already ready for another adventure.

There it is! This is my epic fantasy adventure with Mark Blackthorn and I am alllll for it. I love Mark. Clearly. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and make sure you check out day 1’s challenge and day 2’s challenge as well! Also, check out my last blog post and my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Happy Sunday!

I was going to do daily updates for the current readathon I’m participated in, the Biannual Bibliothon, but I decided to do a reading update every 2 days instead. It works out that this is the second day of the readathon (well, the very, very end of the second day) and also the day I post my weekly reading and writing update so yay. I’m tackling two birds with one stone. Anyways, let’s get into it!

This week was a decent reading week. Not my best, but I did finish reading 2 books and started on a third! On Tuesday, I finished the fourth and final book in the FABULOUS Raven Cycle quartet by Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King. It was a good book but honestly, I wasn’t that satisfied with the ending. It seemed…too easy for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the characters and want them to live happily ever after, but the way things got resolved was strange, to say the least. I still really enjoyed it though and flew through it! The next book I started on was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Every month or so I need a little break from fantasy and magic, and desperately need to slip into some cute contemporary stories. Soooo, I chose Anna and the French Kiss and it was exactly what I needed! I actually only finished it a few hours ago…but hey, it got done and I had fun so that’s all that matters. Last but not least, I started my second read of the Biannual Bibliothon (whoops, forgot to mention that Anna and the French Kiss was my first read of the readathon!), Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I mentioned in my goals for 2019 that I wanted to read more classics so here I am, reading classics! I’m really excited to read this and join the bandwagon, and I’m hoping I truly like the story but I have no idea at this point in it. I might be around 30ish pages into it so I still got a ways to go. If you want to see what I plan on reading for the rest of next for the readathon, check out my TBR HERE!

I think I’m done my writing break. While I took most of my winter break off from writing back in late December/early January, I think that was enough time for me to replenish my creativity. It felt so strange not to write, and honestly, I really didn’t like how it made me feel. I haven’t written a crazy amount this week or anything, but I did write well over 2,000 words and I think that’s a healthy amount when getting back into the swing of things. I’m working on a non-magical piece…actually the short story version of a later script I will be writing/adapting for my writing class. We are doing screenwriting but in order for me to fully create a fleshed out story, I need to write the in-depth short story for it first. My first draft of it was about 1,500 words and I’m looking forward to tackling the second draft tomorrow!

Anyways, that is all for this update and I hope you enjoyed! 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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Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Christmas Party

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Happy day 2 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

If you are participating in the readathon, I hope it is going well for you and you are having a blast like I am! Today’s blog host is Libby from LibbyReads (check out her blog HERE), and she has challenged us to create a list of 12 book characters we would invite to a Christmas party. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, so let’s get on with my Christmas list!

GUEST #1: Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series

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Magnus Bane is the High Warlock of Brooklyn and he is known for his parties. One of the reasons he throws awesome parties is that he can do magic so OF COURSE, I would want him at my Christmas party. He can whisk up some gorgeous, winter decorations from thin air and also anything else we might need along the way. Magnus is also just a fun person that would liven up the party with his sparkles and glitter.

GUEST #2: Levi from Fangirl

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Okay, Levi is such a nice guy that he would be the PERFECT party guest. I also think he would bring great presents that are specially chosen for each person there because that’s the kind of guy he is. Not only is he super nice, but he’s adorable and also enjoyable to be around. He can make easy conversation, even bringing awkward, close-to-death ones out of the grave and liven them up with his Levi charm which is a must at large parties.

GUEST #3: Christina Rosales from The Dark Artifices trilogy

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I love Christina. I see so much of myself in her, and she is also just a genuinely kind, good-hearted person that you can’t help but adore. If the party stressed anyone out, I know she would be there to help them and make the party run smoothly. To have a successful party, you need a balance of fun and kind people.

GUEST #4: Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door

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Cricket is all about inventing things so I feel like he would either bring really cool presents or create something that would make the party that much better like a chocolate fountain or something interesting like that. Of course, he is also just a cool guy that I would love to get to know at my party!

GUEST #5: Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door

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You can’t forget about Cricket’s girlfriend, Lola. Lola wears super unique and fascinating outfits (ensuring she never wears the same one twice) that would help bring some sparkle to the party. You need people who step out of society’s usual dress code by wearing vibrant and wild fashions that catch the attention of others. She would hands down, win best dressed if we had a competition at this party.

GUEST #6: Jace from The Mortal Instruments series

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Not only does Jace play the piano, but he’s Jace. I had a crush on him since I first read City of Bones when I was 13-years-old and that’s not stopping now. It wouldn’t be a true party without him either because he’s charming, gentlemany, and musical so yes, he is coming.

GUEST #7: Fred Weasley from the Harry Potter series

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Fred is funny and a jokester; someone who seems fun to party with. Whether he just brought his funny self or something from his joke shop, the party would be 10x better with Fred there.

GUEST #8: George Weasley from the Harry Potter series

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Of course, you can’t have Fred without George. George is also funny, sharing the joke shop with his brother so I would invite him as well to bring some laughter to my Christmas partaaay.

GUEST #9: Maxon Schreave from The Selection series

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Maxon is polite and princely since he is royalty so he would be a lovely guest to have. The REAL reason he is invited though, is because he is a photographer and pictures are a must at any party. We need to commemorate this moment with all these fantastic characters with some professional looking photos.

GUEST #10: Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices trilogy

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To add to the music ensemble I am slowly growing for this party, Jem is not only AMAZING, but he also plays the violin. Jace and he know each other as well, so I feel like them playing together would go smoother than having them play with random people. They would play some beautiful music together and it would be great.

GUEST #11: Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and Olympians series

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I could not forget to invite the man himself, Percy Jackson. I love this series so much, and Percy is such a sarcastic, fun character that breaks any ice that might freeze over a conversation or situation. I expect him to bring some good, blue food as well, like cake, or candy, just to make the party a tiny bit better as well.

GUEST #12: Gwenyth Shepherd from The Precious Stones trilogy

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Gwen and I would be good friends, (well, at least I think so) so she gets an invite for that reason. Oh, and maybe because she is a time traveler who could carry some cool things back from the past like cute, vintage dresses and jewelry for me to wear. While I would want to be the time traveler of us two, you take what you can get and I would love to have a friend at my party who could zip back into the past.

Those are the 12 guests I would invite to my Christmas party, and I hope you enjoyed seeing my exclusive guest list! I had a lot of fun participating in this challenge and if you participated as well, leaving a link to your blog post below because I’d love to see who you invited. Anyways, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s challenge HERE, as well as my social media accounts linked down below! Thanks for reading 🙂

P.S. Shoutout to all the amazing artists who drew the pictures I snagged from the Internet. All the credit to you!

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Winter Snow Storm Fun

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Happy day 1 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

If you missed my TBR for the Biannual Bibliothon, make sure you check it out right HERE to see the 7 good books I handpicked myself. If you also don’t know what the Biannual Bibliothon is, it is a biannual readathon that takes place during the months of January and July, where you try to read 7 books in 7 days. It originates from YouTube (check out their channel HERE), but there are also Instagram challenges, blogging challenges, and of course, video challenges. This is either my second or third year participating and I always have SO much fun.

Anyways, today’s blog host is Tracy from TruffleReads (check out their blog HERE!), and they have issued the challenge of naming 3 book characters, 2 food/drinks, and 1 song you would want if you were stuck in a car in the middle of a snowstorm. This is a super fun idea and I decided to write a little story with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Mark Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices trilogy, and Cath Avery from Fangirl trapped in a car with nothing but strawberries, butterbeer, and Beyonce.

“Why are you eating strawberries on a plate?” Hermione twisted around in the passenger seat of the car, her frizzy hair a brown halo against the pale snow outside the car. Mounds of it reached halfway up the car door, lumpy and filling the car with frigid air.

“I am positive they taste sweeter this way,” explained Mark, popping another one in his mouth. His blond hair curled at the tips of his slightly pointed ears, delicate and soft like him. In front of him, Cath sat in the driver’s seat, leaning forward and cranking the keys in the engine for the hundredth time. The engine spurred to life and then sputtered dramatically before exhaling into slumber. She angrily raked her fingers through her tied back, brown hair.

“Oh my god,” Cath exclaimed, pressing her forehead to the wheel. “We’re stuck, so that’s great.”

“Try one more time,” pressed Hermione, reaching over and twisting the keys. This time, the car didn’t even purr.

“It’s not working. The snow is completely blocking us in.” Cath pressed her nose against the window, her breath fogging it up. “We’re going to freeze in here. Yay.”

“Have faith that we will make it out when we must.” Mark snatched the last strawberry from his plate and dropped it in his mouth with a sigh. “Delicious.”

“The only way we will get out is if we shovel around the car and then push,” explained Hermione, gripping a thermos of steaming butterbeer in her lap. “But you seem content where you are,” she added under her breath. Mark shrugged.

“Sit back and relax, Hermione. Stress does nothing for oneself.” This only made Hermione huff, her face twisting in annoyance as she peered out the window, glaring as if she could melt all the snow away with her smoldering gaze but her wand was left behind in mad haste to beat the snow. Clearly, it made no difference. The snow was still falling steadily around them from a white lit sky that glowed like the heavens. Dusk was still hours away, but the heaviness of the snow gave the illusion it was closer than it really was.

“No service either,” Cath said, holding her phone up to the windshield and groaning.

“May I see your cellular phone?” Mark asked, setting his plate on the empty seat beside him. Cath shrugged, passing it back to him.

“It’s almost dead by the way.”

“That’s alright,” said Mark, padding against the screen as Hermione sipped her butterbeer, passing it over to Cath who took a big gulp, nose wrinkling as the scorching and sickly sweet liquid ran down her throat. “Ah, perfect.” Suddenly, soft music trickled out of Cath’s phone. Unrecognizable at first, but then Cath started bopping her head back and forth lazily. Even Hermione’s fingernails tapped lightly on her silver and black thermos, despite her never hearing the song before. The beat and lyrics were catchy and predictable, and a sudden familiar warmth flooded the car.

“I didn’t take you as someone who liked Beyonce, Mark.” Cath chuckled, meeting Mark’s strange but beautiful eyes in the rearview mirror. He grinned, mockingly drawing his fair brows together in concern.

“What crazed human being does not like Beyonce? Is she not the queen of pop?” Mark asked before shaping the next lyrics with his thin, pink lips: I can see your halo, halo, halo…

“I would have assumed you enjoyed folk music or something of more magical sounding,” said Hermione, taking another sweet sip of butterbeer. Mark waved a hand.

“That is all we listened to in Faerie and it gets very old. Besides, Beyonce’s Halo is much easier to sing along to.”

“While I’m more of a Kanye gal,” said Cath, leaning back against her headrest, “this is good too. We might as well just hang out until the snow slows down. It already looks a little lighter.”

“I suppose,” sniffed Hermione, crossing her legs. “Maybe someone will come by and see we need help.”

“But until then,” Mark said cheerfully, “Beyonce.”

The girls glanced at each other and then at him, unable to push the smirks creeping on their faces. They both nodded.

“Beyonce.”

That was my short story for day 1 of the Biannual Bibliothon, and I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below because I may participate in the Instagram challenges also. 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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The Fairy Garden by Zoe Mathers – Short Story

Happy Wednesday!

Sorry for the late post today, but I wanted to share an older story of mine I wrote a few months ago for my writing class. It was a lot of fun to write, and is something I want to develop on in the future! I decided it would be fun to show where the story is now, and then whenever I edit and rewrite it, show you guys how my writing and the story can evolve over time. Anyways, here it is!


The town’s garden is dead. Flowers still curl out of the ground, but their brilliant reds, yellows, and pinks have faded and wilted to droops of grey edged with brown rust. Constant rainstorms have flooded their beds, steady streams of water dripping down the edges of the wooden boxes and taking clumps of dirt along for the ride. The once green grass is leeched to brown, the sharp scent of it freshly cut replaced with the thick and bitter must of autumn.

Autumn is an unwelcomed beast that has stuck its straw in the ground and is now drinking away the vibrant life that once consumed the garden. It claws at my bare cheeks and nose, shaving off layers of my skin with its icy breath as I sit on the wooden bench. A pool of water sits on it too, right underneath me, and it seeps into the butt of my jeans. I stuff my hands into my pockets to keep from trembling off the bench while Queen’s, The Show Must Go On hammers at my skull.

I wait for the ideas to come as I sit here, but they don’t. The garden is dead, but it is still here. Its magic of conjuring up a story idea in my head must still work. I didn’t have the time or patience to wait for spring, not when what I know is a good idea is already crumbling in my hands, its ashes getting carried away by the wind.

I wait another moment, but nothing comes. My head is a pumpkin with the guts scraped out.

“Agf,” I mumble, jerking my hands out of my pockets and burying my face into them.

“Hello.” The word is muffled by Freddie Mercury’s nearly four octave voice, but I still hear it. My head shoots up. A little girl with a round face and lopsided, dark pigtails stares up at me like a kitten begging for milk, grey eyes cutting into me.

“Uh, hi,” I say slowly, glancing around the park, expecting to see more people. While it is large garden, I can see everything from where I sit. Even the small pocket of space behind the oak tree that is hidden away from the black gated entrance. I crane my neck around, but I don’t see anyone else.

Maybe her parents are somewhere outside the garden. Maybe she ran in here too fast and they are trying to catch up. I remember being her, this little girl in butterfly leggings and a yellow raincoat, eager to return to the only escape of magic one can find in this world of grey.

“Are you a fairy?” The little girl asks, bouncing on her toes. I click the button on my earphones and suddenly Queen switches off.

“No,” I say with a shrug. “Sorry.”

“It’s okay. That just means you can help me find them!” A lisp that came with young age drags out a few letters in her words. She lunges towards me, grabbing my wrist and tugs me to my feet. I hesitate, glancing around again. Still no parents.

“I guess.” Searching for fairies sounds better than sitting on this bench, waiting for an idea to slam into my face. Better than waiting for a plot, and cast of characters, and world to be served directly to me on a shining, silver platter. Maybe seasoned with some subplots.

I wish.

“Yay! Usually they’re here when I get here…” she says, and glances around. Her shoulders sag. “But I don’t see them.”

“Oh…yeah?”

Her head bobs up and down as she drags me across the gardens to where a bed of red tulips used to live. Now, there is only a flower box overflowing with watery dirt. I bend down, keeping my already wet bottom above the grass. My hair slips over my shoulder and I flick it back before I get an unwanted hair mask of mud.

A few green roots are poking up from the dirt, testing the crisp air and I smile. I can’t wait for spring.

“This’s where Lila lives.” The girl kneels next to the box, darkness blooming at the knees of her grey butterfly leggings as she does. Her little fingers bury themselves into the black dirt, wriggling around like worms. “Lilaaaaa! Lilaaaaa!” I cringe as her loud voice shatters the brittle glass of the morning and look around. Where the hell are her parents?

“Um, maybe Lila is sleeping,” I say, “since it’s almost winter. Maybe she wakes up when the flowers bloom in spring.” The girl turns to me, dark, bushy brows furrowed, and lips turned down.

“No,” she explains. “Lila is always here even when the flowers go away. She just likes to hide.” She goes back to digging. I sigh.

“Alright.” I cross my arms over my chest which are stiff with cold, and squat down next to her. “So, where are your parents?”

“At home, watching TV with Mike.”

“Oh, ok.” Great.

“Lila is being bad today,” the little girl says, jumping up to her feet with a grin plastered on her face. She’s missing two of her bottom teeth. “We have to find her.” Before I can respond or more likely argue, she bounds off across the garden and towards the bulky Garry Oak tree towering at the back. It is so massive that it claims an entire piece of the garden to itself, its thick arms carrying leaves that are green in the summer, but now are crispy and brown, scattered around the tree’s base.

“So,” I say when I reach the tree, shoving my hands into the pockets of my hoodie as I watch the girl dance around it. “What does Lila look like?”

“Blue, blue hair down to here,” she points to her shoulders as she does a strange shuffle-skip-squat around the tree. “And she wears a purple dress like the one my mommy’s going to buy me for Halloween.” I nod, imagining this fairy flying around the gardens with her blue hair and purple dress, wings maybe silver and delicate like tears.

“How big is she?” Suddenly, I’m curious. When I was little I loved fairy stories. Mostly Tinkerbell, but whenever my mother had the day off work and I had the day off school, we filled the fireplace with logs and she would read me folklore until her voice grew hoarse and my eyelids were heavy sandbags. Eventually, the only sound left was the soft crackling of fire devouring wood.

“Like a little-Lila!” The girl screeches and falls to her hands and knees, brushing aside some leaves and burying her nose into a patch of damp grass. I hurry next to her, heart jabbing at my ribs.

“Where?”

“Right in here!” She points at the ground and the pounding in my heart slows to a steady pace. I bend down next to her, even getting on my hands and knees. My jeans stick to my legs like a second damp skin as I lean forward.

A small, stubborn bluebell twists out of the ground here, clinging to the tree’s side as autumn exhales over the garden. The girl shivers, the childish grin still splitting her lips and I feel myself smile too.

The garden isn’t dead, I realize. I can still feel its heart pulsing underneath my palms, faint but present. I look at the girl beside me, noticing the brightness glazed over her eyes, and I suddenly know what my story is.

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5 Books That Motivate Me to Read

It is the beginning of a new year, and while that means a sudden burst of motivation to read, write, workout, work, etc, etc for some people, it can also be a sluggish period of time for others. So, if you are having trouble figuring out what to read to get you back into the swing of things, not just reading wise but in any aspect of your life, then check out some of the books below! This list is curated out of books I love, and books that always motivate me in general, so I hope you enjoy 🙂

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This is a great book to motivate me to read, write, and also attempt to like school a little more than I do. Fangirl is all about a girl named Cath who is starting her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Cath wants to stay in her little bubble of a dorm room, writing fanfiction, Wren wants to explore the college life, leaving Cath behind. Cath struggles to find a place of her own in college, not really wanting to, until she is taken under the wing of her roommate, Raegan, and her best friend, Levi. This book is all about social anxiety, loving the art of writing, and making friends which are things a lot of us can relate to. This book is such a quick (even though it is over 400 pages) and fun read that I always crave another book right after, and because of that, this is the book I always run to when in a reading slump!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Honestly, this is the book that reminds me why I love to read and also write. The world is so genius and the characters are incredibly amazing and diverse, that it inspires me to write a story just like it. It also makes me desperately want to read more fantasy and that is always fun. Lady Midnight is the first book of the third series in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world, a world where Shadowhunters (half human, half angel) carry out their mandate of ridding the human world of demons. Our main character, Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, desperate for revenge and answers after her parents’ dead bodies wash up on shore. We follow her search for answers along with her friends and maybe getting more than she bargained for. I love, love this series, its characters, the world…everything is just amazing.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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Everything about this book’s atmosphere makes me want to read and write; its dreary and grey, England weather draws me into a cozy mood that just wants to snuggle up and do the things I love. The Light Between Worlds follows two sisters, Evelyn, and Philippa who have just returned, along with their brother, Jamie, from a magical, fantasy land called The Woodlands. During the devastation of World War II, the siblings fled their backyard bunker into this world and spent years there before returning home. While some are settling into reality better than others, Evelyn can’t. The Woodlands was her home and now she struggles to find her place in the mortal world. When she goes missing, Philippa must return to England from American and uncover the truth of her sister’s disappearance and the struggles she faced, and she is in for an awakening. The whimsical atmosphere, writing, and characters really draws readers in, and because of it, I love this book!

The Outsider by Albert Camus

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Okay, this one needs a little explanation. I read this book for English and just finished my second read of it before I write a bunch of tests, essays, etc for it, and I like this book. I do. I think it is clever and an excellent representation of existentialism in literature. However, it is not a book I read for enjoyment necessarily. The plot is really quite simple, hitting point A, B, C with not much in between. This book is really about the main character, who is really a personification of existentialism. It is all about this character who fails to act certain ways towards events like his mother dying, etc; in the ways that society expects him to. After committing an immoral crime, he is then cast as an outsider from society because of his lack of emotion and feeling. What motivates me about this book, is the main character. He is unlike anything I have ever read and it really motivates me to read more characters who are morally grey, and also to write more characters like that!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I always forget how much I truly adore this book until I read it. Right now I am reading The Raven King (finally), and I’m reminded how atmospheric this witchy, magical town of Henrietta is, and how much I love the characters. The atmosphere is a huge factor in any book for me, and this magical, mythical type of atmosphere always draws me in immediately. The Raven Boys is a story influenced by Welsh mythology, taking place in small town, Henrietta. We follow Blue, and the Raven Boys; Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, who are all on different journeys but one day their worlds intersect when Blue welcomes the soon-to-be-dead on St. Marks Eve as she does every year, and meets Gansey. In all her years of doing this, Blue has never once truly seen a ghost, only feeling as they pass through her. Gansey is the first, and she is told it she saw him because he is her true love or because she killed him. This book has psychics, as Blue’s family are all psychics, and a wonderful cast of characters that you really can’t help but get attached to.

Those are the 5 books that motivate me to read, and also write, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what books motivate you to read because I would love to know. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

We are almost ONE week into 2019 already, which is crazy. I am happy to report I have a pretty decent “first week of the year” update both reading and even writing-wise, so let’s get into it!

I read 75 books in 2018! My goal was to read 75 books, and I am happy to say I read exactly so. This week, I finished reading Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which I liked enough. It wasn’t as good as I hoped, but it was fun to read a classic I just really needed to finally get DONE. My last book of 2018 was actually a novella from The Selection series by Kiera Cass because the only way could have reached my goal was doing so… The two stories in there were The Prince and The Guard, which I enjoyed! They were nothing special, but some fun stories to end the year off on! Oh, and somewhere before finishing that novella, I also FINALLY finished listening to City of Lost Souls by Cassandra on audiobook. That took forever, but now I am only one book away from finishing my audiobook re-read of The Mortal Instruments series which is fantastic. City of Lost Souls is easily one of my favourites, and Molly Quinn was a fantastic narrator so overall, it was a great time. Fast forward to the new year, and my first read of 2019 was..drum roll, please…Antigone by Sophocles! Yes, I started my year off with a good old Greek tragedy. Why? I was just in the mood to read it honestly, and I really liked it! Antigone is a breath of fresh air in old, Greek literature because she stands up for her own beliefs despite the consequences, and that was really admirable. I then picked up The Outsider by Albert Camus ONCE AGAIN, because I have to have it read for my first week back at school and while I did that, I forget almost everything so a re-read was in need. That’s okay though, because I analyzed the text more this time and noticed things I didn’t notice the first time. Okay, okay, last but not least I read most of The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I know, finally, right? This is the last book in The Raven Cycle which I started back this summer and for some odd reason, I never finished it! However, I bought it and just flew through it during the last half of the week and now only have about 40ish pages left. I really wanted to get it read by the end of today but Sunday turned out to be incredibly busy since I am prepping for my first day back at school tomorrow so…yeah. Anyways, I plan on finishing it tomorrow and then starting a nice, feel-good contemporary; Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (my millionth re-read honestly)!

Surprisingly, I did a little bit of writing this week. However, I haven’t been scheduling in writing time because as I mentioned before, I AM ON A BREAK (I’ve been watching Friends lately, so I read that in Ross’s voice). I’ve been feeling little sparks of motivation to write though, and it has driven me to work on two projects. One is this piece of literary fiction (I don’t even know if that’s what it is…I just know it doesn’t have magic in it) that I wrote in grade nine, but have had the sudden urge to re-write it. Secondly, I’ve also been writing draft 3 of Project Mystic and while I am only a little over 2,000 words, I am having such a good time being back in this world with my characters that I plan on writing a bit more this coming week. Hopefully, I will slowly keep adding words throughout the month and then when January is over, I’ll jump back into writing full swing! I have a lot of writing deadlines I want to hit, but I am also not putting a lot of pressure on myself to meet any of those but I’m just feeling things out, and topping off my creative well.

Anyways, that is all for this reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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