Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

Before I get into this update, I wanted to quickly rave about Bohemian Rhapsody (the movie all about the band Queen) which came out two days ago! I am a HUGE Queen fan and I have been for a few years now. While I wasn’t alive when they were at their peak (I mean, they still are but you know what I mean), I still really appreciate and adore their music and listen to it all the time. The movie was spectacular and is something everyone needs to go watch!!! Comment below if you’ve watched it because I need to discuss it!

Okay, anywayyyys. This week was a really great reading week and a great way to start the new month. On Monday, I finished reading Traplines by Eden Robinson and I knew I’d enjoy this short story collection, but I ended up really, really liking it. Her writing style is simple but also impactful, and all of her stories had so many layers to them that I really enjoyed uncovering. I talked about my thoughts on the stories in my October wrap up so check that out if you want to hear more! I also finished listening to the audiobook for Sapphire Blue on Wednesday, and am now working my through the third book in the trilogy via audiobook, Emerald Green. These are audiobooks I go through extremely quickly and am already like 3 hours into this audiobook. Another book I’ve made a lot of progress in this week was Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi! I’ve been reading this book for a while but flew through the last 200ish pages. The story really picked up and I ended up adoring this contemporary. It was relatable, real, and quirky. All the things I love!

As for writing, I’ve been doing stuff, I swear! This past week I’ve been working on rewrites and edits of a short story for my writing class (which is due tomorrow ajsnfsjnf), and it has been a process let me tell you. This is my first real grade for this class so I’ve been working really hard on this story and I am pretty happy with the end product! Maybe I will share it on my blog but who knows. I’ve also been working on Project Mystic, my current NaNo project buuuut I have only written for day 1…Currently, Project Mystic draft 2.5 is sitting at a whopping 1,805 words. Yeah…this weekend I was hit really bad with some creative burnout. I had a really stressful week that required lots and lots of essay writing and scrambling to finish assignments late at night, so I just needed a good 3 days to sit back and relax. Hopefully, I will try to write some more tomorrow but since I have other writing things I need to work on, we will see! I do plan on hitting 50k though. How? I have no idea.

That is all for this writing and reading update and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know how your week was reading and writing wise because I’d love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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October Reading Wrap Up

I didn’t expect October to be as great of a reading month as it turned out to be, and I am definitely not complaining. October was…stressful, to say the least, but because of how stressful and busy it was, seeing that I still came out of the month with 7 books read feels really good and also gives me hope for November! Anyways, onto what books I read this month!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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I’m really glad I squeezed in reading this book when I did because now all my reading slots are booked up with The Dark Artifices trilogy (not complaining, I CANNOT wait for Queen of Air and Darkness), and also whatever else I am reading for classes. Eliza and Her Monsters is a YA contemporary following a girl who is the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic series called Monstrous Sea, and her struggles and relationships and anxieties during her final year of school. I really love this book because I relate to Eliza a lot, but I also don’t at the same time if that makes sense. I like to think I’m more extroverted and willing to put myself out there than she is, but still, in the ways that count, I see a lot of myself in Eliza. The story is also great and the romance between Eliza and Wallace is ugh, everything. 4.5/5 stars

Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

This was another spur of the moment decision except instead of sitting down and reading these books, I listened to the audiobooks. I have read the Ruby Red trilogy a million and one times, and I have even listened to the audiobooks in full one or two times. The audiobooks are really well done and the narrator captures Gwen amazingly, bringing her to life. This is a time-traveling book following our main character, Gwen who lives in a family with a time-traveling gene, however her cousin, Charlotte is the one everyone believes has it. That is until Gwen travels back in time. This trilogy is so much fun and while a lot of people dislike it because it is too predictable or “not original” enough, it is one that I can come back to again and again! Ruby Red: 4.5/5 Sapphire Blue: 4.5/5

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Audiobooks are key during busy months, especially when you are behind on your reading goal AND if you spend a lot of time commuting. Ha, both of those apply to me! This was another audiobook listen for me because ever since August, I have been listening to the audiobooks for The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because while I’ve also read these book a million, maybe even a billion and one times, I have yet to listen to their audiobooks which so far, are really well done and I am enjoying! This is the fourth book in a series that follows characters who live in a world of angels and demons and after our main character, Clary’s mother is kidnapped, she sets out to find her, discovering that she has more of a place in this strange, crazy world than she thought. 4/5 stars

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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I was reading this book again because it finally released to the world on October 23rd, and because of that, I really, really wanted to put up a non-spoiler review for it. Luckily, I love this book and it is the perfect gloomy, fall read so I picked it up for the second time this year and gave it a quick(ish) re-read. This is YA fantasy-historical-contemporary sort of book that follows three siblings after coming back from a fantasy world called The Woodlands, who are trying to adjust back into the real world. It is such a fast read and it’s a good one too, so I recommend picking it up! 4.5/5 stars

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

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This was a book I had to read for English class and while it was hard for me to get through the first half, I didn’t mind it afterwards. This book is on a really, really important topic to Canadians though, and it was nice to see a World War I story through a fresh pair of eyes, a pair that didn’t usually get to tell the story. Three Day Road follows Xavier, a young Cree man from Moose Factory, who goes to fight in the war, and also his aunt Niska who raised him. We get to hear both of their stories and what happened in their early lives leading up to the present. It was definitely raw and hard to read at times, but it was a reality for the Indigenous people of Canada. However, I had heard that while Joseph Boyden claims to be from Metis roots, he is not actually…I couldn’t really get that out of my head while reading it because after everything he wrote in his books, lying about his background completely counteracts it! 3/5

Traplines by Eden Robinson

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I also had to read this for a class, but I was able to choose the book as long as it was a short story collection by a living Canada author. So I chose this. I have heard a lot about Eden Robinson and was really excited to finally pick up something of hers! Traplines contains four short stories; Traplines, Dogs in Winter, Contact Sports and Queen of the North. All of these stories connect in the way that they take place in Northern Canada and follow characters with not the smoothest family trees. I read Traplines, the single short story, last year for class and really enjoyed that, Dogs in Winters was alright, Contact Sports was a rollercoaster ride, and Queen of the North…well I wanted more. In a good way! I really recommend picking this short story collection up because you should help support Canadian authors! Traplines: 3.5/5 Dogs in Winter: 3/5 Contact Sports: 4/5 Queen of the North: 4.5/5

So, those were all the books I read this month and I hope you enjoyed! I am very excited about next week’s and the rest of November’s blog posts because they are ideas that really excite me and I hope you all are looking forward to them too! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Goals – November + December

Making my goals for September and October back in August was difficult because I wasn’t sure what my school load would be like, however, September and October turned out to be two incredibly productive months despite all the school work that needed to get done! Let’s take a look at those goals and see what I got done:

  • Finish re-writing and editing the first 20 pages of Project Mystic for the fellowship 
  • Submit to the fellowship
  • Read 6 books
  • Submit to 1 writing contest
  • Submit to 2 literary magazines
  • Post 30 blog posts

I managed to complete 5/6 goals I set out for myself and I am very, very happy with that. Okay, now onto my goals for November and December! The last two months of 2018…

  • Finish draft 2.5 of Project Mystic
  • Write 4 new pieces of work (short stories, essays, etc)
  • Submit to 2 writing contests or literary magazines
  • Submit to 2 writing scholarships
  • Read 12 books

I went for fewer goals for these two months, but in no way will it be easier. I know for a fact November and December will be extremely difficult, but I want to make sure I end the year on a good, productive note! I am excited to get lots of writing and read done, and hopefully, you are too.

So, there they are! My wrap up on my October and September goals, and what I have planned for the upcoming two months. I hope you enjoyed and make sure you check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content 🙂

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November 2018 TBR

October came and went in the blink of an eye, and now November is only days away which is crazy! I am extremely excited for my November TBR this year though because it is full of books preparing me for my most anticipated book release of the year: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! Anyways, let’s get into this TBR and talk about all the books I plan on reading in November, which is also the month of NaNoWriMo…

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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In preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness, the third and final book in the Dark Artifices series, I need to re-read the first two books. I believe I have re-read this book once and I would have re-read it a million more times than that if I could because of how amazing it is, but this is no small book. It is almost 700 pages and I do not have the TIME to sit down and read 700 pages (two 700 paged books) this month…but I am going to anyways. Lady Midnight follows a race of half-humans and half-angels called Shadowhunters, whose mandate is to protect the world and humans from demons. In this book, we follow a large and AMAZING cast of characters who are Shadowhunters and after bodies murdered in the same way one of our main character’s, Emma Carstairs, parents were, start surfacing, she puts it on herself to find the murderer. This book has romance, action, kick-ass heroines (and heroes), and a beautiful family dynamic so I cannot wait to re-read it and re-visit this world and the characters!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I do not believe I have had the chance to re-read Lord of Shadows, so I am especially excited to pick this one up again. It is the second book in the trilogy and honestly, I only remember the key points in the story since I read it over a year ago. However, I do remember it having a lot more of my two favourite characters (Christina and Mark!!!), so again, very excited about that.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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While I was planning on listening to the Ruby Red audiobook in October, and then the second book, Sapphire Blue in November, I just ended up listening to Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue a lot faster than anticipated! This is great because I need to read more books every month because I am so close to my 75 books in one-year goal! Anyways, Emerald Green is the third and final book in this YA time-traveling trilogy that follows our main character, Gwen, who lives in a family that possesses a time-traveling gene. Her entire life, it was her cousin, Charlotte who was believed to have the gene, but when Gwen suddenly travels back in time she becomes part of a world she thought she had escaped. I love this trilogy and I love listening to the audiobooks so I am very excited to listen to this on the bus and when I am just walking around!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This the second audiobook I plan on listening to this month because since I am wanting to read to monstrously sized books, I am going to want to take a break and just listen to some stories as well. I have also been making my way through The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook as I finished City of Fallen Angels last month, so I am looking forward to continuing on! This is the fifth book in the series that also follows characters who are mostly Shadowhunters, give or take a few vampires and werewolves. After our main character, Clary’s mother is kidnapped in the first book, she is suddenly thrust into a world of demons and angels to get her mother back, and along the way, realizes she has a large part in this world than she thought.

Okay, so those are the four main books I want to get to in the month of November which is going to be a struggle. November is always a very, very busy and stressful month because it is when lots of projects and essays for school are due, and it is also National Novel Writing Month! However, I have been on a reading roll lately so I am sure I will find the time. I also only plan on reading two physical books and two audiobooks of my own choice because I know I will be assigned some reading in English and I don’t want to put too much on myself!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this November TBR and make sure you comment the books you plan on reading this coming month because I’d love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content below 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

This was a really good reading AND writing week which makes me so incredibly happy, and I only hope that November is as well! I finished three books this past week: the last few hours City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (via audiobook), the last 100ish pages of The Light Between Worlds (make sure you check out my non-spoiler review of it HERE!), and the last 84 pages of Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. I also made it through a few other books I’ve been reading for a while, and the end of all of them is so close! I am hoping to get them all read before October is over (so like, in 3 days…) and since I am enjoying them so much I think I can manage it. I am about halfway through Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi so I have about 180ish pages left and so far, I am liking it. It’s not mind-blowing or anything, but its a fun, nice book to curl up with at the end of the day. I’ve also made progress with Traplines by Eden Robinson which I am also just over halfway through. I have to return it to the library by Tuesday so I will definitely be putting this as my top priority this coming week, especially since I am using it for a writing class assignment. Okay, the last book I have to update you on is my current audiobook listen which is Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, the second book in the Ruby Red trilogy (or Precious Stones trilogy, I don’t know what it’s called). I started listening to this on Thursday and am 3/8 hours through it. Since I have a long week of busing and walking, I will definitely be able to get it done by the end of Wednesday because I absolutely love these audiobooks and this story!

As for writing, I definitely did some writing this week but what exactly, is escaping my mind. I am pretty sure that I wrote two drafts of my short story assignment for my writing class, but then I changed the idea and wrote the new draft today. I also worked on editing some short stories and even entered a local writing contest which was a lot of fun! It has been a few months since I’ve entered a writing contest and even though it was for tiny, short stories that were about 100 words long, it was a nice feeling to get my work back out there.

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 which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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The Light Between Worlds – Review

On October 23rd, The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth hit shelves and I am so excited for you to all read it! If you have heard absolutely nothing about this lovely book, I am going to be sharing my non-spoiler thoughts on this book and hopefully, by the end, you will want to pick it up!


The Light Between Worlds is a YA Narnia story following three siblings who during the bombing of London in 1940, somehow end up in a magical kingdom called the Woodlands. This is a place of nature and beauty, but the Woodlands is facing a battle of their own. The siblings vow to help them as much as they can in this war, but in return, they ask to be sent home afterwards as if no time has passed.

Six years later, it is time for them to finally go home and now they are faced with a brand new battle of their very own. Trying to adjust to life away from the Woodlands and back into reality. It is easier for the two oldest siblings, Jamie and Philippa, but Evelyn struggles with making this world home again. When Evelyn disappears one day, Philippa must return to England after studying in America to unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, and the struggles Evelyn faced while she was away.

This book is haunting and whimsical and is a book I fly through every time. I have read it twice now, and each time I lost track of time while reading it and found myself pages ahead of where I thought I was.

While this book has fantasy elements in it like the magic of the Woodlands, this book is less about the fantasy and more about finding yourself. Because of that, it is very character based. We follow the perspectives of Evelyn and Philippa, both who are strong women but also have their own demons and ghosts to face. We learn how they both cope with them, and those are two very different ways. I definitely saw a lot of myself in each of them, but they were also very different from me. I was always interested to see how they would react and interact with the challenges they faced.

I loved how cozy this book felt because of the atmosphere; 1940s-50s England, rainy, grey, cool, tea. It was the perfect book to snuggle up with on a rainy day with some hot tea and just fall into. This world does really take you by surprise with how vivid it is. I could see the trees of the forests and see the gardens outside the school Evelyn goes to. It all made for a great read!

Lately, mental illness has been something I’ve become more aware of and I noticed this book represented eating disorders and also depression. I won’t go into too much detail, but basically, these are ways the characters have turned to in order to let go of their pain. Nothing is graphic, but it is good to keep in mind when reading it in case you are easily triggered. On Laura E. Weymouth’s website, she goes into more detail about these triggers so make sure you check that out here.

Those are my non-spoiler thoughts on The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth and I hope you enjoyed! Make sure to let me know if you decide to pick this book up and what your thoughts are on it! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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4 Books I Just Didn’t Like

Sometimes we read books we don’t really like and that’s okay. We aren’t going to like every book we have to read because if we did, then something would be wrong there. Anyways, no hate to any of these books! I am just listing a few books that I gave a chance but just didn’t like for whatever reason.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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I am really surprised I didn’t like this book because not only does it include Latina witches, but a lot of the culture is intertwined in the book as well. Being someone of Latina descent, I was really looking forward to it! I got about 150 pages into it and for whatever reason just didn’t connect with the characters or the story. I am not writing off this book whatsoever because I’m hoping to give it another try in the future. Again, no hate at all towards the lovely author or this book! If you like it then that is great! I’m hoping in the future I will too.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy

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This is a book I’ve talked about in the past because I really did not enjoy this book at all. I really loved the first book, The Fifth Wave; a YA science-fiction-dystopian but the second book included a few new POVs that I really did not like reading from. At all. Also, the story just wasn’t exciting enough for me to be interested in it, unlike the first book. However, I haven’t read the first book in 4 years so I am curious if I would still like it as much…I guess I’ll have to re-read it to find out.

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

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The last half of the book was alright, but it was extremely difficult for me to work through the first half. I have to read 100 pages a week during October and it was (and still isn’t) no easy task. I do think it is important to read books you don’t enjoy as much though because it helps to tell you what you do like to read, right? Anyways, this is an important book, especially to Canadians, so I am glad that it was part of my assigned reading for English class.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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This is another book I tried to read but just couldn’t…I was in the need for a cute, refreshing contemporary and P.S. I Like You was not the right one to go with. It was very cliche and kind of cringey in my opinion and wasn’t anything I hadn’t read before. However, this isn’t always bad so I am not ruling this book off my TBR. In the future, I might pick it up again for a fun, light-hearted book because I am sure this book is all that, but at that moment it wasn’t what I was looking for and that’s okay!

Those are 4 books I just didn’t like for whatever reason but am not ruling off my TBR forever. Remember, I am not hating on these books and if you like them, that’s great! They just weren’t my cup of tea. Make sure you comment below some books you didn’t really like, and also check out my last blog post and all my social media accounts below. Thanks 🙂

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Preptober Week 4 – Creating the Perfect Schedule

Happy Monday!

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One massive part of having a successful NaNoWriMo is creating the perfect schedule. One that is tailored to your daily life and allows you to write the most words each day. To do so, however, you need to ask yourself a few questions to create that “perfect schedule” and here are some of those questions:

  1. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night person? – When are you most awake and productive? That is the time you should spend writing so you don’t waste time trying to write during a time when you aren’t really productive.
  2. How long do you want to write for? – Are short sprints or longer sessions more beneficial for you? This is really important for getting the most amount of words out of each day. You also don’t want to overwrite or underwrite yourself.
  3. Do you want to set a timer for each writing session or just go with the flow? – Personally, I do about 20-30 minute writing sprints so I set a timer, but sometimes at night if I’ve gotten most of my words in for the day, I just let myself write until I want to stop.
  4. Are you walking into each writing session blind, or are you going to try and have an outline for each day? – I am more of a panster than a plotter, but sometimes having a loose outline/idea for each writing day really helps make sure you don’t go off track, thus making each writing day a bit easier.
  5. How many days a week are you writing? – 7 days? 2 days? 5 days? Personally, I try to aim for 6 days because then I am giving myself an entire day off to just relax and recharge. I’m able to do this because I am for higher word counts each day though!
  6. When will you schedule in “you time”? – This is super important in order to avoid creative burnout. The last thing you need during NaNoWriMo is to lose the motivation to write, so make sure you take time for yourself. That can mean a little bit each day or an entire day. Whatever works for you.
  7. How will you make up for missed writing days? – Sometimes life happens, so how will you make up for those missed words? How many words will you add to each writing session, or will you write on your day off that week? It’s important to know this so you don’t freak out when you can’t write one day!

Those are some questions to ask yourself when creating your perfect writing schedule and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media account linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

Sorry for no Friday blog post, my idea fell through but that’s alright because as Queen says, the show must go on! (I’ve been listening to a lot of Queen lately since the movie comes out in 2 weeks! Ah!) Anyways, this was a rough week. I had tests and projects due which means yes, the nights before were spent scrambling to finish them rather than read. However, surprisingly reading and writing got done this week so let’s discuss that!

Last Sunday I started listening to the audiobook for Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and I absolutely just flew through it, as expected. Despite all the other books I need to get finished, I will probably start listening to the second book, Sapphire Blue on Monday but I am going to try to focus on finishing the City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare audiobook since I have been listening to it for a while. I have also been making my way through Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden for my English class, and now only have about 84 pages left of it meaning I read just over 100 pages of it which is great. Once I got halfway through the book, I did start enjoying it a lot more as I finally found a rhythm with the characters and the story, but I am really looking forward to finally finishing it by the end of this coming week. The last book I’ve made progress in this week is The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. I’m not moving as fast through this re-read as I would like because of other books I need to read at whatnot, but I did manage to read about another 75 pages of it this week. That means I still got quite a bit to go…like 150 pages, but fingers crossed I can get those pages read by Wednesday which is when I want my review to go up for it!

As for writing, I was productive enough. Especially when I like to spend October focusing on planning and prepping my NaNoWriMo projects for November. I did do some re-writing and editing of a short story I wrote a while ago, as well as writing the first draft for my writing class short story assignment. For this short story assignment, it was supposed to be a literary piece of fiction and let me tell you, literary fiction does not come easily to me. It is so hard to write something that seems interesting enough to me but doesn’t have magic… I’m glad I have to write something out of my comfort zone like this though because so far, it has definitely helped me become a stronger and more well-rounded writer.

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

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Disney Book Tag!

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I had a different idea for what today’s blog post was going to be, but that kind of ended up failing. It’s okay though because I love reading, and I also LOVE Disney so this seemed like the perfect book tag to do. Anyways, without further ado here are my answers to the Disney Book Tag!

(P.S. I did not create this tag, I actually don’t know who did but if you do know, tell me so I can credit them!)

The Little Mermaid – A Character That Is Out of Their Element…A Fish Out of Water!

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Haha, the first character who came to mind when I read this question was Apollo from the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan! This is perfect because, in the first book, Apollo is cast down to earth by Zeus and made mortal until he can complete trials to gain back his godly powers. Apollo is definitely out of his element on earth and it is hilarious watching him navigate life as a mortal.

Cinderella – A Character Who Goes Through Major Development

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Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series! In the first few books, he is just a sweet, scared little boy but by the last book, he is truly a brave Gryffindor…still sweet though! Neville has been through a lot in his life, just as much as Harry with losing his parents and all that, so for him to come out stronger rather than broken is definitely a major development.

Snow White – A Book with an Eclectic Cast of Characters

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When I think of a big eclectic cast of characters, I always come back to the same book series and that is The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. One specific book where we finally see all of our cast working together would be The Mark of Athena, but I just recommend the entire series. This cast of characters is such a diverse bunch of young people that you can’t help but like. They are diverse in their races, sexual orientations and just overall personalities, and it is a great series for all ages to read!

Sleeping Beauty – A Book That Put You to Sleep

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So, for English class, I have to read a lot of books…like a lot. Some I don’t like and some I do however the book I am reading right now for this class is a challenge to read. The idea of the story is great and interesting, but the actual story and how the author portrays it for the reader to see puts me to sleep. That book is Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. I have to read it out loud to actually understand what I’m reading, and yesterday I sat down to read it and it took me 45 MINUTES TO READ ONLY 17 PAGES! What is this witchcraft? What?

The Lion King – A Character Who Had Something Traumatic Happen to Them In Childhood

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A lot of characters fit the bill for this one, but to be a little creative I decided to go with Tavvy Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. So this kid is the youngest of the Blackthorn family (he’s currently seven) and his has mother died, his father was turned into a Dark Shadowhunter and then killed, when he was really little his brother Mark was taken away by faeries, and a lot more that I can’t say because of spoilers. This kid has had a LOT happen to him and he is only seven years old! To say that he had “something” traumatic happen to him in childhood is a bit of an understatement.

Beauty and the Beast – A Beast of a Book (A Big Book) That You Were Intimidated By But Found the Story to Be Beautiful In the End

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is about 416 pages which is an average fantasy book size, however, it is a high fantasy book so I was intimidated because of that. Once I got into it though, I really, really enjoyed it and just flew through it!

Aladdin – A Character Who Gets Their Wish Granted, For Better or Worse

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In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before, and even though she never intended for them to get out, it works out for her in the end when they do. She ends up with one of the boys she wrote a letter to, and while she never consciously wished to send them out, she did address them so deep down I think she did!

Mulan – A Character Who Pretends to be Something or Someone They Aren’t

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Ooooh, Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He definitely pretends to be someone he is not, but I won’t go into specifics in case anyone here has not gotten that far yet in the series.

Toy Story – A Book with Characters You Wish Would Come to Life

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I am going to have to do a double answer for this one and say the characters from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. They would be such an awesome group of friends to have not only because they are all funny, nice and just plain cool, but they also have AWESOME powers being the children of gods!

Disney Descendants – Your Favourite Villain or Morally Ambiguous Character

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My favourite villain is really any villain from The Vampire Diaries (I haven’t read the book so I’m cheating using the TV show but whatever). Katherine, Klaus, and Kai (haha all K’s) are hands down some of the best-developed villains ever created. They do what is best for only them and sometimes the small, small, small circle of people they love and overall, they just see their way as right. We still see them as a human though which is why I think they are such great villains.

There it is! Those are my answers for the Disney Book Tag which I loved because who doesn’t love Disney? If you haven’t done this tag and want to then do it because it was a lot of fun! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content. Thanks 🙂

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