Reading/Writing Update!

For the next month or so, I will be in the process of packing up my room and moving, but I did pick out quite a few books to keep with me, so that I always have something to read. Those books are City of Ashes, City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, Once and For All and the Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anyways, but for what I have accomplished reading wise, is that I am now over half way through City of Ashes! Zoe Herdt from the BookTube channel @readbyzoe, is hosting a 24 hour readathon today, which I will be participating in in hopes of at least coming close to finishing this book.

Writing has also been very successful because from Monday to Friday, I have so far written just over 5,000 words, and I am hoping to reach a week goal of 8,000 by the end of the weekend. My story is kind of at a slow bump in the road, so I am going to go back, fix that, figure out where I want the story to go, and then keep on writing! Good luck to any others participating in Camp NaNoWriMo because the month is half over which means we need to start raking in those word counts! I put my word count goal as 30,000, but I am only about 9,000 from completing that so I am sure I will easily complete that. However, I did want to be at 50,000 words for my entire story by the end of July, so that last week of the month will be me writing hard!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books I DNF…

Favourite Re Reads!

Re reading books I love is one of my favourite things to do, which can sometimes be bad when I need to read some new books on my shelf…but anyways, here are a few of my favourite books to re read!

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I absolutely loved Lady Midnight the first time I read it, but now I am re reading it and it is just as amazing. Lady Midnight is a massive books but reads quickly in my opinion. I forgot how witty the characters were and how fantastic the whole story is, and I am falling in love with it all over again. I love re reading all of Cassie Clare’s books but at the moment this is definitely a favourite of mine to re read!

obsidian-cover5Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This book is such a quick, fun read that I can read multiple times but never get bored of it. Obsidian is part of a five book series, but it is hands down my favourite of them all. I think I like it the most because as the story progresses, the books grow darker and I just enjoy how light and fluffy the first one is.

fangirl_coverdec2012Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I have read Fangirl twice now, and the second time was just as good as the first let me tell you. Fangirl is just one of those cute contemporaries with not only relatable characters, but relatable moments. I recommend anyone who hasn’t read it to read it, because you will fall in love with it!

gofHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – I doubt this is a surprise for any of you because who isn’t going to want to re read a Harry Potter book? I almost put the first book down, but overall I love the fourth one the most. Something about have the triwizard tournament and than the ball just makes me love the story even more.

anna-kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Surprise, surprise right? Its not like I have read this book ten thousand times. I just love contemporaries and Anna and the French Kiss is a perfect one, okay? I re read contemporaries the most just because they are so fun, entertaining and super quick reads!

 

Those are five books I like to re read the most and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 5 Things I Look for in a Book!

 

Trashy YA Novels

By trashy, I mean filled with YA tropes and clichés…but in the best way possible. I absolutely love trashy YA, I devour it because it is made of the most addicting things ever! Anyways, here are a list of five of my favourite trashy YA novels.

obsidian-cover5The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout – These books are about a human and a hot, alien badboy falling for each other…how more cliché can it get? I read the first book in one sitting because I didn’t want to stop, and same with the second. The series falters a bit after the second, but I still really enjoy it overall. If you want a fast-paced, trashy YA series, definitely give this a go!

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han – Cliché count…this books takes place in the summer(1), it has a love triangle(2), it has a good boy and a bad boy(3), it has a girl who doesn’t think she is pretty but really is(4)…the list goes on and on and on. This is a very controversial trilogy because some people enjoy it while others don’t, but personally I think it is a lot of fun.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – This has a lot of romance in it, and also has the typical cliché of “good boy” and “bad boy” but I love it! It is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast and just makes you swoon. It is probably the least trashy book on this list, but still, it has its clichés that I adore.

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass – I swear these books are the definition of trashy which is probably why I finished the first three books in two days…once you pick them up you do not want to put them down which is why I love all these trashy books. They always make me want to read. The Selection has romance and tension and is overall a really fun and entertaining read!

 

tumblr_mixxgtPAsX1s3jza0o1_500Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – These are some of my favourite contemporary books, but they definitely fit into the category of trashy YA. They have such adorable romances and clichés that even though they are heavily used, you can’t help but appreciate. Once you pick up the first one, you want to pick up the next one right away and voila! You are once again sucked into the trashy YA’s.

Those are five of my favourite trashy YA novels, and I use trashy in a good way I swear. If you want to a quick, entertaining read definitely give these a try! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

February 2017 Wrap Up!

February is a short month but I still managed to get a lot more reading done than I expected which is great, because if I want to read seventy five books this year, I need to keep up this pace.

anna-kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I have read this book countless times but it never seizes to impress me and make me tingle with excitement! Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna who for her last year of high school, is shipped off to an American boarding school in Paris. It is a book filled with romance, humor and heart wrenching moments that I never get tired of. 4.5/5 stars

since-youve-been-goneSince You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Oh look, another re read and another contemporary. I read Since You’ve Been Gone back in July, and I just figured it was time to re read this amazing book and let me tell you, it definitely wasn’t a disappointment! Since You’ve Been Gone follows our main character, Emily, who’s best friend Sloane disappears as the summer begins, leaving only a bucket list for Emily to complete. Determined it will lead her to her best friend, Emily sets of to complete this list along with the help of new friends. This is a really fun and summery read that really gets me in the mood for summer. I really enjoyed it as always, and definitely recommend it! 4.5/5 stars

to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Yep more contemporaries, more re reads but that is okay because I also had so much fun reading this one! I think the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy is definitely in my top 2 favourite contemporaries just because it is so freaking fantastic. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who’s secret love letters one day get sent out to the past loves of her life, and she suddenly finds herself digging a hole of lies to prevent her current love from knowing she likes him. Why? Because it is her sister’s boyfriend. This book has such a quirky main character and a quirky romance which I absolutely adore! 5/5 stars

keepingthemoonKeeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen – This was a brand new read for me, and as Sarah Dessen’s books always are, it was definitely an enjoyable read. It wasn’t the most amazing contemporary ever, but I did like how for the most part it focused on friendships rather than romance for the main character. Keeping the Moon follows our main character, Collie who is staying with her oddball aunt Mira for the summer while her personal fitness mother is travelling the world. The story follows her as she makes friends and learns to come to terms with her past and her present. 3/5 stars

Those are all the book she I managed to complete this month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: March 2017 TBR!

Valentine’s Day Recommendations!

It is Valentine’s Day so it gives me an excuse to recommend more contemporary books that I love! Anyways, here are five books that are perfect reads for Valentine’s Day.

anna-kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This was a no brainer. It is the perfect book to pick up on Valentine’s Day because it makes you feel so many things and is just amazing. Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna who is sent off to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. There, she meets a group of close knit friends and grows close to them quickly, especially one named Etienne St.Clair. This book is filled with romance, drama and great characters and is a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day.

Me-Before-You-Movie-SoundtrackMe Before You by JoJo Moyes – Me Before You is about a young woman named Louisa Clark who takes a job taking care of a quadriplegic man named Will Trainor after her father looses his job. The story follows their relationship which starts off slow and rocky, but soon they find themselves growing closer together as time goes on. This book plays with your heartstring and leaves a gaping hole in your chest but it is so worth it.

Everything EverythingEverything Everything by Nicola Yoon – The synopsis of this book sounds incredibly cliché but it is much, much more than you expect it to be. Everything Everything follows a girl named Maddie who is allergic to the world and when a boy named Ollie moves in next door she finds herself falling for him. This book totally leaves you dumbfounded but ultimately is a great romance book about desire and trust!

to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes letters to all the boys she has loved before, but when they re mysteriously sent out she finds herself digging a deep hole of lies to prevent hurting the people closest to her. This book is filled with awkward and relatable moments and leaves a huge grin on your face. The last book in the trilogy is coming out this year so you should definitely pick up this book!

just-listenJust Listen by Sarah Dessen – You can never go wrong with a Sarah Dessen book so I had to add one onto this list. Just Listen is about a girl named Annabel who is someone who looks like her life is perfect…but its not. After a misunderstanding with her best friend she is left friendless and alone until she meets a mysterious boy named Own who accepts her for who she is, not who everyone believes she is. I absolutely loved this book and flew through it in a matter of hours!

Those are my five Valentine’s Day recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books to Read When You’re Bored.

Reading/Writing Routine!

This week was a pretty good reading week, I managed to complete Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and as always, very satisfying read. It is filled with romance and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy which is what I look for in a good contemporary! Since I am finished, I was going to pick up Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard but my contemporary loving self ended up choosing Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Although, I am already almost finished it so after that I will hopefully pick up Glass Sword or some other book I really need to read.

For writing, I did a little bit! Yesterday I wrote a page and a half of a story for this writing contest called Writers of the Future and it is a really great contest! It doesn’t have a fee and it is based for sci-fi and fantasy writers. If you are interested definitely check it out. Overall I am slowly writing again and am really happy.

That is all for my reading and writing routine and I hope you enjoyed!

Beginner’s Guide To: Contemporaries!

I obviously love contemporaries because I tend to read 3-5 a month so I thought I would start a series inspired by Christine (Polandbananasbooks) series on her YouTube channel where I recommend some contemporaries if you are new to the genre or the need some more recommendations!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I know I recommend this book a lot, but it is a must read contemporary and is also a perfect book to welcome you into the contemporary world. Anna and the French Kiss follows a girl named Anna who is sent off to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. There, she meets a group of close knit friends and is immediately drawn to one of them named Etienne St. Clair. We watch their relationship grow as obstacles are thrown in their way and overall is a heart breakingly sweet contemporary!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is such a cute book that shows that being love shouldn’t have to do with how you look, but with who you are. It follows our 2 main characters Eleanor and Park who come from completely different worlds but somehow manage to form a relationship that really blossoms throughout the book. You feel a lot of strong emotions reading this book and it is just a fantastic book!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – If you are reading contemporary you have to read a Sarah Dessen book because she is one of the Queen’s of contemporary! Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is always used to being in the shadows until her brother, Peyton, is arrested and suddenly a spotlight is directed on her. Now feeling lost in her family and her place in the world, she goes to a pizza parlor and finds it to be a place where she is welcomed. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I love, love, love this book with all my heart because it is everything you could want in a contemporary! In this book we follow Lara Jean, a girl who has been writing love letters to the boys she loved since she was young, and when the letters mysteriously get sent out, she finds herself digging a deep hole if lies to prevent the boy she currently likes from finding out the truth because if he found out it could hurt the people closest to her. This book makes you grin with happiness and melts your heart with every turn of the page.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Since You’ve Been Gone is such a fun, summery contemporary read because we follow our main character, Emily, who’s best friend Sloane mysteriously disappears but leaves a bucket list behind for Emily to complete. Convinced it will lead her to her friend, Emily sets off to complete this bucket list with the help of a few new friends. Ugh, this book was such a fun journey to read during the summer, but honestly you can read it whenever and wherever!

Those are some contemporaries to start or hopefully continue your love of contemporary and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to comment some other contemporaries you love and also check out my last blog post: January 2017 Wrap Up!

February 2017 TBR!

I know we still have 11 days of January, but I love making my TBR’s for the following months…even if I don’t always stick too them 100%.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – I have yet to read the 2nd book in this series and the 3rd book is coming out in February so I need to read it ASAP! I really enjoyed Red Queen and am really hoping that Glass Sword is just as good. Red Queen follows a girl named Mare who lives in a world where society is divided by the colour of your blood, red or silver. Red bloods are the plain and ordinary while silver bloods have special powers. But when Mare, who is a red blood displays the abilities of a silver, she is forced to pretend she is someone she isn’t to please the King and Queen.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I read the 1st book, Six of Crows in the summer and thought it was really interesting and amazing so I am super pumped to dive into the 2nd and final book in this duology. I recommend this duology to anyone who loves fantasy and an epic cast of characters! Six of Crows is about a group of people who are sent on a mission to complete a crazy and impossible task and it gets so insane!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – It has been a year since I re read this book so I want to give it a another read very, very soon! I love Fangirl because it is so relatable and so adorable that I don’t understand how you could not like it. Fangirl follows Cath who is going into her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. But unlike Wren, Cath is very closed off and shy and would rather stick to her sister’s side throughout college. But when Cath meets her roommate and her friend, Levi, Cath manages to break out of her bubble a little bit and things get interesting.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I always fly through this book and cannot wait to re read it after a long while. Anna and the French Kiss is about an American girl named Anna who is sent off to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. There, she meets a group of close knit friends, and one of them happens to be a gorgeous Parisian boy named Etienne St.Clair. This book is filled with romantic, hilarious and heart breaking moments that any contemporary lover will adore!

Those are all the books I would like to read in the month of February and I hope you enjoyed!

 

 

Books You Need to Read Right Now!

I have put together a list of amazing books that you need to read ASAP, so I hope you enjoy!

An Ember and the Ashes & A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – These 2 books take place in a Ancient Rome inspired world and follow a girl named Laia who sets out to find her brother after he is kidnapped by the cruel Empire. These books are SO good! They took a few pages to get into, but by page 100 you are sucked into the world and it is always painful to leave because the world is so rich and the characters are so dynamic and flawed. These books ARE perfection honestly.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – Obsidian is just one of those books that you read and finish in one sitting. In the book, we follow Katy as she and her mother move to Virginia for a fresh start, but they end up moving next to 2 twins named Dee and Damon Black who are far from normal. As secrets unravel, Katy’s life is flipped upside down and she is forced to cope in this new world. I love the Lux series because it is so fast paced and has amazing and witty characters that you can’t help but love.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – City of Bones follows Clary Fray who after the sudden disappearance of her mother, is thrust into a world of Shadowhunters and demons after she discovers that she herself is a Shadowhunter. This is my all time favourite book series because I love our great and diverse cast of characters and every book just grips me so much that I am always sitting on the edge of my chair. Read it!

Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – If you enjoy contemporaries these books are an absolute must! In Anna and the French Kiss, we follow Anna, an American girl who is being forced to attend a boarding school in Paris. At her new school, she meets a group of cool friends and one of them just happens to be a gorgeous Parisian boy named Etienne St.Clair. The book is filled with heart ache and romance and is overall an amazing contemporary. In Lola and the Boy Next door, we follow Lola who is a very unique individual and always dresses as something new every day. She is in her senior year and her life is great, she has a great boyfriend and an amazing best friend, but when her childhood love comes back into her life things are flipped out of place. I also love this book and think it is very relatable and realistic and is really something anyone could enjoy.

Those are a few books that you HAVE to read. Of course there are more but these are just some that came to mind because they are amazing and deserve to be read! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Planning Your Story!

Fairy Tale Book Tag!

I decided to create a new tag that associates fairy tales with books, and while this has most likely been done already, I wanted to make my own! It was very fun to make so I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Beauty and the Beast – Pick a book where love triumphs everything.

There were a few choices for this one but overall I am going to have to say Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead because despite everything that happens (not going to spoil anything) to Rose and Dimitri, they still fight through it and we really do see that their love for each other is stronger than any obstacle thrown at them…if you have finished the series you definitely know what I mean!

Cinderella – Pick a book with a beautiful cover change.

Anna and the French Kiss had an absolutely terrible cover before the new one which I now really like. The old cover had the Eiffel Tower in the background, a close up of a park bench with 2 people sitting on it and their hands almost touching. Long story short it is definitely one of the worst covers I have seen but the cover change is very nice so it is all good!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Pick a book with a large cast of characters.

Definitely going to use this one to talk about The Mortal Instruments because the whole series has a great and diverse cast of characters. We have Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus as the main people we follow and I honestly love all of them (not all the time though…) and I find it very fun following them on their adventures. They are hilarious and unique in their own ways and I could read in their POV’s forever and ever and ever.

Sleeping Beauty – Pick a book that put you to sleep.

Ha ha ha…Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I really loved the first book in this trilogy, Divergent, but the second one was such a let down! It was slow and nothing too exciting happened. I also felt as if the writing declined slightly and I also didn’t really enjoy where the story went and how some of the characters dealt with certain situations…

Red Riding Hood – Pick a book with a “big bad wolf” in it.

I am also going to use this to sneak in some Harry Potter because honestly, Voldemort is the villain I least want to meet. In the books and movies he just unnerved me so much and he is definitely the worst of all villains. Just the way he looks with his nostril slits and pale skin, and just how cruel and insensitive he is scares me more than a wolf that’s for sure.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Pick a book with a world that sucked you in.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan! I find the world in this series so intriguing because of all the mythology. We never actually leave the real world, but Rick Riordan throws in the right amount of mythology to make it a place you never want to leave. Overall, Greek Mythology, to me, is the extremely interesting and I always love to read about it.

That was my Fairy Tale Book Tag and I hope you enjoyed it! If you do this tag definitely tell me because I would love to see all your answers for the questions!