Popular Books I Haven’t Read

Up until this year I had been pretty caught up with all the hyped up new releases, but since the school year started I have fallen so far behind it may take YEARS for me to catch up which is why I am making this list to remind myself to actually pick these up eventually. If any of the books I list are amazing, let me know so I can get to them sooner!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I cannot tell you how much I want to read this book, especially sine the movie will be out in the near future. This is book has seemed to be read by everyone and their sister, and has received amazing reviews so it only makes me want to read it more. Honestly, I have no good excuse to why I haven’t picked this book up, other than the fact that I have been trying to read the books on my shelf first!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adyemi 

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This was a book that I had no idea about until about a month before its release date and I immediately became obsessed. I want to read it soooo badly and everyone seems to love it so I am hoping to get my hands on it soon! I do know that it is a massive, fantasy book though so maybe I will wait till the summer so I can devote a solid three days to reading it.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

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The Cruel Prince is actually a book I own, so I could read it whenever and knock it off the TBR. However, my current TBR is sky high and sadly The Cruel Prince is somewhere close to the bottom…that isn’t to say I don’t want to read, because I really do! I adore books about faeries and lots of people I know have loved this book, so I am looking forward to diving into it when I get the chance.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Okay, technically I have read this book, but even after finishing it I could not remember a single thing I had just read. Why? I have no idea. The parts I very faintly remember, I do remember enjoying though. I really want to re read this book and then jump into the sequel, because I own both and also because I feel really bad saying this because I know it is a lot of people’s favourite book!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 

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I really enjoyed the TV show adaptation of this book, but yes, I haven’t read the book yet. I know, I know, I am ashamed as well! However, there are quite a few mixed reviews on this book but since it does cover an important topic, I do hope that I will eventually get to it. Let me know if it is worth giving a read, or if I should just stick to the TV show!

Those are a few of the many popular books I haven’t read yet, and don’t forget to let me know which ones I need to read ASAP! Also, make sure you check out the blog posts linked below for more bookish/writing related content 🙂

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Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2: Catching Up

Welcome to week 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo, the week where most writers lose the initial excitement of their project and struggle to put words on the page! Or were you already there? Personally, I haven’t struggled with this as much as I usually would, but I do know a lot of people who have so this blog post is for you! I wanted to give a few of my tips for what I do when I need to catch up on my words, and hopefully any of you in need of this will find it help 🙂

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  • Stretch Your Daily Word Count A Bit – By this, I do not mean add like 1000 words to your daily word count, but maybe a few hundred. Adding two or even three hundred a day will make a massive difference in the end, and might even allow you to fully catch up within a week or two. Try this if the next tip sounds a little daunting to you, because I can wholeheartedly confirm that this will help.
  • Writing Marathon!!! – So if you have a day where you a lot of free time, I recommend trying to write as much as you can. Make sure you give yourself a few breaks here and there, but if you have the time, spend a couple hours just writing. You will be amazed by how much you can get done, and it might be enough to fully catch up and even get a bit ahead. All depending on how far behind you are of course!
  • Remember, Do Not Stress About It! – Camp NaNoWriMo is supposed to be a fun, personal challenge to see how much you can get done. I mean, that is why you set your own goal! If you are falling behind, and don’t know if you will catch up, don’t stress about that number at the bottom of your WIP because you are getting a lot more done than you would if you weren’t participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. Whether you get some words on the page each day or not, it isn’t the end of the world.
  • Freewrite It – Maybe the reason you are behind might not be because you skipped a few days, but because the words just aren’t coming. If this is the case, maybe try and loosen your grip on your outline and just go with the flow. Write what feels right, even if it doesn’t make sense next to your outline or your original outcome of your story. It will get your creativity flowing, and remember, the first draft is just you word vomiting anyways, so it doesn’t have to make sense!

Those are a few tips on how to catch up if you have fallen behind in Camp NaNoWriMo, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out the blog posts linked before for more writing and reading related content 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update!

This week has been incredibly productive reading and writing wise so I am especially excited to share my progress with you all today!

It is currently April 8th and I have already finished two books already this month! For me, that is crazy because for the last month or two, two books is all I have managed to get done. It also means I am only reading one book instead of four, which is also a relief. Last night I finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and overall I enjoyed it, but I absolutely flew through those last one hundred pages because it was so good! Highly recommend. Now I will be finishing off Labyrinth Lost which I have about one hundred pages left of, and then diving head first into The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, a book that has been on my TBR since what feels like the beginning of time.

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I cannot believe the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo is done. It went by so fast and I am incredibly proud of how much I managed to get done, all on top of also writing a short story for a literary magazine. My daily word goal to achieve 40,000 words by the end of the month is 1,334 words, and the days I did write, I easily achieved that. My average was actually about 2,000 words a day which was great, because the words just kept flowing! However, I wrote absolutely nothing on Thursday and Friday because a friend from out of town came, but I managed to catch up on Saturday! I will leave my daily word counts below though just to see how well I did. Since I took two whole days off I am going to try and not do that again because catching up was a little stressful, especially this specific weekend when I have to study for a chemistry midterm and have about a billion assignments due…but it was nice to see I could actually do it.

Day 1: 2,086 words

Day 2: 2,216 words

Day 3: 1,344 words

Day 4: 2,000 words

Day 5: 0 words

Day 6: 0 words

Day 7: 2,389 words

Weekly Total: 10,035 words

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! What books did you just finish? How is your Camp NaNoWriMo going? Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my Camp NaNoWriMo ones linked down below.

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February 2018 TBR!

Before I get into this TBR, I wanted to quickly announce that my post for the day 1 challenge for the 2018 winter Biannual Bibliothon was chosen as a winner! I am ecstatic and want to thank the host Victoria, from @LatteNightsReviews for choosing me and taking the time to come up with this great challenge 🙂

January just flew by, and now February is upon us which is insane, but I am also so ready to dive deeper into the new year. January was a fantastic reading month (my wrap up will be coming later this week) and hopefully February will be just as good. I would say that I hope for it to be even better, but this was a rare month, and honestly I doubt I could read more than what I managed to read in February. Anyways, enough rambling so here is my TBR!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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I started this book during the Biannual Bibliothon, however it is a really dense book and I figured I wouldn’t rush myself to finish it. So, I plan to read a bit each week and then hopefully finish it by the end of February! This book takes place during World War II and follows Marie-Laure, a French blind girl, and Werner, a German boy who after their paths collide, they try to survive the devastation that is the war. Currently, I am studying World War I in class so it is fun reading a fiction book that takes place during a war, even if it is a different war. This book has nothing but amazing hype and I cannot wait to finally join it.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Honestly, I think this book might be the most hyped up book of 2018, even though 2018 has just began. I have heard nothing but fantastic things, so I bought this book a few weeks back and cannot wait to dive in to it. Despite the hype, I know nothing about this book apart from the fact that it includes faeries which is good enough for me!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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It’s the dead of winter, so why not read a summer contemporary? Even though I heard this is a sad book, it is the only Morgan Matson book I haven’t read yet so I am really excited to see how much I like it compared to the others. I did start this book several months ago, but for some reason I never finished it…but I am determined to, now that I have my own copy. Second Chance Summer follows a girl named Taylor and her family, who after getting some devastating news about their father, venture back up to their old summer house for one last summer together. I am a sucker for contemporaries so I have no doubt I will love it.

I know I only have 3 books on this TBR, but that is because I realized that setting 4 or 5 books that I tell myself I have to read in a month makes me a little reluctant to read them, so I figured just giving myself a smaller TBR will help. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Audiobook Recommendations!

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 5: Rewrite A Scene From A Book

Happy day 5! Sorry this blog post didn’t go up sooner, I was having a hard time coming up with decent content for today’s challenge, wondering if I should just skip it or not because I don’t have much time to work on it…but in the spirit of the Biannual Bibliothon, I decided to just go for it.

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For today’s challenge, hosted be @readerrayna, basically you just have to rewrite a scene from a book and then incorporate magic into it. I love to write, so I was really excited for this challenge, however, I forgot how difficult it would be to write something with someone else’s characters and story. I did it though, and it was a lot of fun! The book I chose to write a scene from is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and is the scene where Charlie, Sam and Patrick are driving through the Fort Pitt Tunnel really fast and Charlie says, “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Yeah? Okay, let’s do this!


Patrick and Sam shared a grin as I slipped into the backseat of Sam’s pickup truck. I guess I looked confused because Sam smiled and winked at me before tossing her keys over to Patrick. He caught them and suddenly the air was filled with the sound of the engine sputtering to life.

“Tunnel.” Sam said immediately, as if that single word meant something. I could see it meant something to Patrick because the grin on his face widened. Soon we were zipping through the traffic, the light of the city blurred by the raindrops streaming down the windows. I pressed my nose against it, feeling the coolness and listening to the fast pop song pulsing out of the radio. I still had no idea where we were going and I said this aloud.

“You’ll see,” Patrick said teasingly. “But it’ll totally blow your mind.” Sam chuckled at her brother, pulling something out of her pocket. It was silver and thin, like a writing utensil. She pressed the tip to the dashboard and drew, gliding the stick in loops. I leaned over, resting my chin on the shoulder of Sam’s seat to see what she was drawing. She pulled back, and I could see that the whole dashboard was filled with shimmering infinity symbols.

“Why?” I asked but they just shared a mischievous look.

Suddenly Patrick sped up as we neared a tunnel. I could see the yellow lights that flooded from its mouth like a hungry beast. I gripped the worn seats, my heart loud in my ears.

“Do you trust us, Charlie?” Sam called out over the roar of her old truck’s engine. I just pressed my lips together and nodded. We were in the tunnel now, its end nowhere in sight. Sam laughed carelessly and crawled next to me in the backseat, opening the back window. I stared at her as she slipped out, her dress billowing around her in the winds, a look of wonder on her face. Patrick glanced back and smiled softly as she held out her arms, threading her fingers through the wind. All I could do was watch her.

“Prepare for lift off.” Patrick mumbled. I turned around. We had reached the end of the tunnel now, the yellow tunnel lights fading and the dark city returning. Sam climbed back in, her cheeks flushed and her eyes wild.

“Hold on tight,” she whispered, gripping my hand as the truck lurched upwards. I gasped, probably crushing her fingers in my grip. The truck’s wheels skimmed above the road, floating higher and higher in the air as Patrick pressed his foot on the gas.

“What-” I started, stomach tight. I looked at the dashboard, eyes widening at the infinity symbols which were now glowing with silver, the light growing brighter and brighter. Beside me, Sam didn’t look scared. She let go of my hand and pressed it against the window as she looked down at the city. I swallowed nervously and turned to my own window. The city buildings were tiny from up here, the cars winding down the busy roads like black ants scurrying for food. I felt big. Bigger than a city that made me feel so small. A laugh escaped from me. It was amazing.

I tore my eyes from the window and looked at Patrick and then at Sam, and then back at the shrinking city below where we were just known as nobodies, misfits. But up here we were everything, the stomping giants of the sky. I looked out the front window at the dark clouds, seeing only a vastness in front of us. Patrick and Sam were watching it too with wide eyes.

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.


 

And there we go! I hope you enjoyed my little scene, sorry if it isn’t that great, I just had fifteen minutes to spare so I quickly wrote that but I still hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to check out my two posts from yesterday: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 4: Holiday/Winter Fantasy Bucket List + Day 4: Reading Update! Also, stay tuned to for my reading update coming tonight. I can already tell you it will be a bit better than my one from yesterday!

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My Writing Routine!

I made a blog post about my writing routine sometime in 2017, but it has changed a lot in the last month so I decided to make a revamped version so you guys can see what my process of writing looks like! I hope you enjoy and make sure to comment what your writing routine looks like.

6:00pm

Lately I have been writing at this coffee shop like three minutes from my house. It’s big, quiet and has lots of cute writing nooks. Since I go there to write multiple times a week, I usually just order a green tea so I don’t run out of money by next week. Once I have my tea, I open Spotify on my phone and listen to Spotify’s “Productive Morning” playlist because it is a massive playlist of calm music. I cannot write easily to music with lyrics, which is why I like this playlist so much, so if you are in search of a playlist like that then check it out!

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6:15pm

By now I have my music playing, my tea, and my Word document open on my computer so I dive into writing. I try not to write with any particular goal in mind, because I have realized that it is a lot harder for me to write with the pressure of reaching a goal of say 1000 words. Despite that, it is unusual for me to leave the coffee shop with at least 1000 words done.

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7:00-7:15pm

This is the time I usually finish writing for the night unless I am so distracted by my writing that I end up staying an extra thirty minutes or so. Sometimes this happens but I am usually too tired to stay any longer. As long as I get 1000 words down, I feel accomplished though!

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