Books to Keep You OUT of a Reading Slump

Reading slumps are actually the worst! I have been hit by one reading slump after the other, and I am tired of them. Anyways, here are a few books that always help keep me out of a reading slump, and I hope they will help you too!

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This is such a fun and easy contemporary that you can’t help but want to read cover to cover, and then pick up another book. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath, who is entering her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. Cath and Wren are complete opposites, and while Wren wants to explore and meet new people, Cath wants to keep safe in her own little bubble. But when Cath meets her scary roommates friend, Levi, she finds herself slowly coming out of that comfort zone and learns that stepping out of your comfort zone a bit is alright. I love this book and think every fangirl and fanboy should read it!

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy sucks you in from the first few pages and doesn’t let you out, and luckily, it has a whole series awaiting you once you get sucked into that world. Vampire Academy follows two girls, Rose who is a protector of vampires and her best friend, Lissa who is a vampire, as they return to the school they ran away from a year ago. There is lots of action with lots of fun and headstrong characters that you can’t help but fall in love with!

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – City of Bones, like Vampire Academy, also has a series (multiple actually) awaiting you once this story captures you. City of Bones follows a girl named Clary whose mother goes missing, and she sets out to find her while unraveling the truth about who she is. She falls into a world of demons and angels and realizes she has a larger place in this world than she thought. I love the huge and diverse cast of characters in this series, and I think it is a lot of fun so I definitely recommend it for a good series marathon this summer as well!

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Divergent by Veronica Roth – While the other two books in the series aren’t that amazing in my opinion, I really enjoyed Divergent and always have a blast reading it. Divergent follows a girl named Tris who lives in a world that is divided into five factions, Dauntless the brave, Amity the kind, Abnegation the selfless, Erudite the smart and Candor the honest. This is a beloved trilogy which also has movies out, and I think that it is a great and easy read to keep you out of a reading slump.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I know I know, I rave about this book WAY to much but that is because its amazing and always makes me want to keep reading! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara Jean, a quirky, shy girl who writes love letters to all the guys she has loved before, but then one day those letters get sent out and her life gets flipped upside down. Everyone needs to read this trilogy. It’s as simple as that!

Those are a few books that always help me stay out of a reading slump and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Movies I Watched in May 2017!

Movies I Watched in May 2017

I watched a whole bunch of new movies last month, and while it is kind of embarrassing how many, I decided to share them and give mini, non spoiler reviews on them!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – I was so excited for this movie, and I actually watched it twice…yeah, I know. Anyways, Galaxy of the Guardians Vol 2 follows our cast of main characters from the previous movie, and follows them as they are off to save the galaxy for a second time. This movie has it all. It has a good soundtrack, hilarious jokes and some kickass fight scenes that made me not get enough of this movie. If you like action and adventure movies, then definitely check the first one and then watch this one because it is definitely worth your time! 9.5/10 stars

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – This is the fifth movie in the series I believe, and while it has been a very, very long time since I have seen the previous movies, I still enjoyed this one. In this movie we follow two new characters as well as Jack Sparrow, as they embark on an epic journey to find the trident of Poseidon. I enjoyed this movie, and while I am not sure if I would pay to watch it a second time I think it is worth the watch if you are a Pirates of the Caribbean fan! 7.5/10 stars

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Everything Everything – I have read the book this movie was adapted from, and absolutely loved it so I was so excited to hear they were making a movie based off it. I personally thought they did a fantastic job and I thought that it really captured the idea of the book. Everything Everything follows a girl named Maddy who is allergic to literally everything, and hasn’t left the house for eighteen years, and she was somewhat okay with that. But when I boy named Ollie moves next door and captures her heart, she finds herself wanting things she can’t be wanting. I thought this movie was adorable and definitely have plans to see it in the future. 8.5/10 stars

Those are all the movies that I watched this past month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writing Conferences and Festivals!

Writing Conferences and Festivals!

I have been to one writing conference and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to put together a list of writing conferences and festivals around the world that you should definitely check out!

Surrey International Writers Conference (Surrey, BC) – This is the one conference I have been to, and I really was impressed with how educating and eye opening it was! It was very fun and exciting and had a huge variety of speakers and topics that really interested me. If you are under eighteen years old, you get to go to this conference for an amazingly low price, and there are also a few scholarship opportunities! This conference is held every October, and this year it will be on October 19-22 of 2017. http://www.siwc.ca/

San Francisco Writers Conference (San Francisco, CA) – This conference looks so entertaining and fun that I just had to put it on this list. I have always wanted to go to San Francisco and this would be a great excuse to go. It has over one hundred sessions, including panels, along with open mic sessions. This just seems like an awesome conference that you will not only take a lot away from, but also have a time you will never forget! This conference is held every February, and next year takes place from February 15-18 2017. https://sfwriters.org/

BinderCon (New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA) – BinderCon is a conference that welcomes women and gender variant writers which I think is a great idea. It helps show girl power through writing which is something we always need! At BinderCon, you will meet many inspiring women and combine feminism and writing. The New York conference takes place in November and the Los Angeles conference takes place in February. http://bindercon.com/

Listowel Writers’ Week (Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland) – I have always thought that going to a writing conference in Ireland would be an amazing experience so I have to put one on here. This writing conference includes lots of workshops, readings, interviews, forums, and book launches. There are also a lot of writing competitions for varied genres as well as journalism which I think is really unique! This conference takes place from May 31-June 4 annually. http://writersweek.ie/

Melbourne Writers Festival (Melbourne, Australia) – A YouTuber I watch has attended this festival a lot and it looks like a really fun and amazing time. This conference includes lots of intimate debates and discussions among writers and readers, which is a great way to get the community together. Australia is also another amazing place I would love to visit, so going to a writers festival would make it an even better and more memorable trip! This conference takes place from August 25-September 3. http://mwf.com.au/

San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival (San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato) – This is a bilingual festival where you get to work with other writers from all around the world, and use the given workshops, panels, MasterClasses, etc to benefit your passion for writing. This seems like a festival I would have a blast at and I definitely would love to look into this festival in the future! This conference takes place in February. https://sanmiguelwritersconference.org/

Those are a few international writers conferences and festivals that seem like an incredible experience, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

Reading/Writing Update!

This week I have been working on reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and I have been loving it! I wish I had more energy and time to read it, but I have had to make due with what time I have. I am almost half way through it, and I have already felt so many feelings, which Cassandra Clare does very well. I have no idea when I am going to be able to finish it, but once I do, I plan on diving into Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I love reading this book in the summertime, and since summer is basically here, I am dying to give it a re read!

I actually wrote a story this week, and it was about three thousand words so I was pretty proud of that. It has to do with assassins which is something I have been very into writing lately, and I don’t know what I am going to do with it yet. I do need to do some rewriting and revising desperately, but once that is done I definitely want to get it out there somehow.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: May 2017 Wrap Up!

May 2017 Wrap Up!

I didn’t read that many books this month, and it wasn’t because I was too busy to pick up a book…I would just pick up a book but then get distracted with another book but then never finish it. Anyways, I did manage to read two books, so here they are!

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Always Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – This was a new release, which came out on May 2nd, and I read it in about a day. This is the third and final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, and follows Lara Jean who after her secret love letters get mysteriously sent out, she has to deal with all the returning and new emotions that come along with that. I love every book in this trilogy, so I was not surprised that I loved this one just as much! I was completely satisfied with how Jenny Han wrapped up this trilogy, and it gave me everything I could ever ask for. 5/5 stars

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – This book came out a few months ago, and was also a book I was really excited for. I love Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone, so I had high hopes for this new Morgan Matson book. The Unexpected Everything follows teenage Andie who has her summer all planned out, that is, until her congressman father gets caught up in a political scandal and flips her plans upside down. Now she has to improvise and deal with getting her perfectly mapped out summer ruined. I enjoyed this book. It was a great light and fluffy summery contemporary that was very easy to read. I cannot say I loved it as much as Since You’ve Been Gone, but I still recommend it! 4/5 stars

Those are the two books I read this month, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: May 2017 Haul!

May 2017 Haul!

I bought quite a few books this month because there were so many fantastic releases that I just couldn’t help myself! Here are all the books that I hauled this month:

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – This was a book I was highly anticipating for the year of 2017, and I was so excited to finally get it in my hands on May 2nd. Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the third and final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, and it follows teenage Lara Jean who writes letters to all the boys she has loved before, as a way to say goodbye to them. But when those letters mysteriously get sent out, she finds herself digging a hole in order to avoid the embarrassment. I love this trilogy and I highly recommend it if you love cute, quirky and fluffy contemporaries!

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Hidden Oracle, so I was definitely looking forward to reading the sequel. The first book follows the god Apollo, as he is sent down to earth as mortal and goes off to complete a quest in order to get back his immortality. This is a very humorous and fast paced story that will keep you entertained like all of Rick Riordan’s books!

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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – This is the book that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the amazing musical, Hamilton, and being a huge fan I was ecstatic to find this book. This book tells Alexander Hamilton’s life story and follows his journey to becoming an important figure in American history. Even though I am not American, and do not learn about American history in school, I am really fascinated by the story of Alexander Hamilton!

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Poison Study by Maria V Snyder – I have heard fantastic things about this book, so I am incredibly excited to jump into it. Poison Study is about a girl who has to choose between being executed or becoming the king’s poison tester, and while that is all I really know, that is enough to capture my attention! Lots of people have recommended this book to me, and I have a feeling I am going to love it.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – Of course I was going to buy my most anticipated release of 2017, and it is also my current read. Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight, which follows a group of Shadowhunter’s who try to uncover the mysterious murder of Emma Carstair’s parents. This is a story that leaves you wanting more, has a fantastic cast of diverse characters, and is magical!

Those are all the books I bought this month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog posts: June 2017 TBR!

 

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!

 

Freelancing

I have recently decided to try out freelancing, because I know it is a great way to make some money if you are a writer. I am not incredibly knowledgeable in freelancing, but I am willing to do some research to figure out what websites to use and how to start up my small business. Some websites that I have heard about that are good are:

  • UpWork
  • Freelancer
  • iFreelance

If you have any tips on freelancing, or any websites your recommend then please leave them down below because I would greatly appreciate it!

Reading/Writing Update!

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As you all probably know, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare came out this past Tuesday. It is the sequel to the fantastic Lady Midnight, which was my favourite book of 2016, so I am obviously devouring the book right now. I am not too far in (about one hundred and fifty pages) but so far I am loving what I am reading. We have introduced some new characters, seen some old characters and overall the storyline is moving at a fast pace. I know I am will not be disappointed with this book and I cannot wait to get deeper into it! Once I finish this book, I plan on continuing The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, and hopefully it won’t take me too long to finish because the end of the school year means there are lots of books I am waiting to dive into.

As for writing, I haven’t really done much. I have kept up with my planning and have been reading some craft books, but I do not feel that my story is ready to be typed up yet. I am hoping I will get to the point where I am ready to write it sometime this summer, but as of right now I have no idea what will happen.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: June 2017 Talk!

June 2017 Talk!

June isn’t a month filled with new releases like May was, which is good because I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to catch up. Anyways, here are a few books and movies that I am looking forward to this June!

Books:

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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – This is a YA contemporary that follows the daughter of a famous wedding planner, Louana, as she meets a serial dater named Ambrose. At first she tries to not get too involved, but that doesn’t discourage Ambrose who thinks she is the one. I know this is going to be a fun summer contemporary that I am going to have a blast reading, and I cannot wait for it to come out! This is book will be out on June 6th.

Movies:

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Wonder Woman – I think everyone is pumped for this movie because how could you not after watching the fantastic trailer? The actress playing Wonder Woman looks incredible and I love Chris Pine so it will be fun seeing him in this most likely fantastic film. If you didn’t know, Wonder Woman follows a young woman named Diana who has trained among the Amazonian warriors on a mythical island. When her home land is threatened, she must travel to the outside world and take the steps to becoming who she was destined to be. This movie will be in theatres on June 2nd.

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Cars 3 – The Cars movies are movies I have been watching since I was a little kid. I am not entirely sure what the detailed plot of this movie is about…but I know it will have racing like always. Anyways, I hope I won’t be disappointed by this movie and I am looking forward to it! This movie will be out on June 16th.

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Despicable Me 3 – Again, another movie series I have been watching for quite a few years now. I was not anticipating a third movie, but since they are giving us one why not go see if its any good? Also not entirely sure what the plot of this movie is, but I am expecting it to be like the others and involve Gru and the girls trying to save the people from evil. This movie will be out on June 30th.

That is all for my June 2017 Talk and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Long Reads!