Reading Update!

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Yesterday I finished reading I See London I See France by Sarah Mlynowski, and it was the perfect book for me to read right now. I am feeling the stress of school for sure, and this was the perfect light hearted, adventurous contemporary to pick up. It follows two best friends, Sydney and Leela who decide to travel around Europe for four and a half weeks, but when Leela’s ex boyfriend, Matt and his friend Jackson end up on the same flight, plans change. This book made me really want to travel and made me grin from ear to ear from its cheesy cuteness! However, since I finished it, I am having trouble deciding what to read next…I want to read Hush, Hush, but I also want to re read Lady Midnight and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone…I am leaning towards Harry Potter because I feel like it is made an obligation to pick them up during the winter time, but I just don’t know! Anyways, by the time this blog post goes up (it is currently Saturday night), I will probably have chosen my next read and at this moment I feel like it may be Harry Potter…

That is all for my reading update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Classic Movie Recommendations!

November 2017 Wrap Up!

November was a much better reading month for me than the other past few months. I still only read a total of 4 books, all of them re reads as well, but that is double what I read in October so yay me! Hopefully December will be even better, but for now here are the books I managed to read in the month of November.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 

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I realized that while I have religiously re read all of Cassandra Clare’s other books, I have never re read The Infernal Devices trilogy which is insane! So I re read the first book and forgot how much I enjoyed this time period in London and the characters. Clockwork Angel follows Tessa Gray, who after the death of her aunt sails to London to visit her brother, only to be kidnapped by two sisters who call themselves the “Dark Sisters”. Eventually she is saved by a young man who claims to be part of an ancient race of humans and angels called “Shadowhunters”, and she is tossed into their crazy, upside down world which she turns out to be more a part of then she originally thought. This Shadowhunter world that Cassandra Clare has created is so interesting and complex and I adore every book that she comes out with that is set in it, including this trilogy!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Early in the month of November, I had been in the mood for something fun and upbeat because the days were getting darker and school was really hard. Basically I was looking for an escape, so I decided to pick up and re read one of my favourite books, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. This book follows a girl named Lara Jean who keeps love letters she has written to boys safe and hidden in a hatbox given to her by her mother, but one day those letters are mysteriously sent out and everything she has written in those love letters suddenly becomes reality rather than imaginary. The other two books in this series are just as quirky and fluffy as the first one, and I cannot express how much I recommend this series! Also, the movie has been filmed and will be coming out sometime in the 2018 and I absolutely cannot wait!

Those are all the books I read in the month of November, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

NaNoWriMo and Reading Update!

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Finally, finally, finally I have finished another book this month, and even though it took me an ENTIRE month, I can say I have finished re reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I was hesitant re reading this trilogy because I remembered that back when I did read it for the first time a few years ago, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Cassandra Clare’s other published works. However I absolutely adored this book and am so excited to continue on with the trilogy. Since I finished Clockwork Angel last night, I have jumped into Clockwork Prince and am about 40 pages into it. I forgot how much I loved these characters and this world!

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4 days of NaNoWriMo have already passed and it is the end of the first week so I thought it seemed fitting to update you guys on where I am and how it is going. Luckily I am starting out strong, having beat the average word count of 1,667 words almost every day so far. Here are what the days have looked like for me:

Day 1: 1840 words

Day 2: 2043 words

Day 3: 1504 words

 

Total: 5387

My weekly goal for this first week of NaNoWriMo was 9000, because there definitely will be a few days within the month of November that I will not be able to write as much or even at all.

Reading/Writing Update!

I have about 100 pages left of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and I am determined to finish it before the weekend is over…or at least before the end of October next week. One thing I really want to do is have a mini readathon tomorrow, being Sunday, a day where I plan on having absolutely NO plans. All I want to do is sit down and finish Clockwork Angel and then jump into the next book, Clockwork Prince. Lately reading has been on the back burner, but not reading makes me so sad because all I see in my bedroom are unread, unhappy books! I really want reading to be a high priority for me, especially when I get really busy with other things because it is one of the best stress relievers.

Currently I am taking a creative writing class, and I am really enjoying it! So far I have only done a few little assignments, but it has been really interesting to see how a creative writing class is formatted and laid out since I have never taken one before. I am also scrambling to finish prepping for NaNoWriMo because it starts in 4 days! Can you believe it? I have an idea mapped out but I am still working out the plot points and some other fine detailing…fingers crossed I will be ready for Wednesday. I am also looking forward to hopefully attending a few NaNoWriMo Write-Ins at my local library, but we will see if time allows. I would love to connect with other Wrimos and just talking about NaNoWriMo has me so excited.

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: November 2017 TBR…as well as all my NaNoWriMo Prep posts!

November 2017 TBR!

Ah! October really just flew by and I am scrambling to catch up. November means colder day, NaNoWriMo, and less time for reading…but I am really hoping to get a good amount of books read this coming month!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 

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As I have mentioned in my previous reading updates, I am currently re reading The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and am loving it! Clockwork Prince is the second in the trilogy, which follows the prequel, Clockwork Angel. Clockwork Angel follows Tessa Gray, an American girl sent to London to visit her brother, but upon her arrival is kidnapped by the “Dark Sisters” for her mysterious shape shifting talents. These books take place in the late 1800’s in London, which makes it that much better too!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

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I am in the mood to re read, so I decided to pick up a fun contemporary as the days get darker and colder. Eliza and Her Monsters is about a girl named Eliza who is the anonymous creator of the online webcomic phenomenon “Monstrous Sea”. She is awkward, quiet and very relatable. This book has some romance sprinkled in as well, but ultimately it is about feeling comfortable with who you are. I read this back in July for the BookTubeaThon and absolutely adored it so I am looking forward to revisitng these characters.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas 

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This was a book that I read only a few months ago as well, but I really want to try reading the second one again so I thought diving back into the first one would make that process easier. A Court of Thorns and Roses is about a girl named Feyre who goes hunting in the woods, only to shoot a wolf that is really a faerie. Killing a faerie is a crime, so when she is given the option to die or live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie realm as a punishment. She chooses to live, and as the story goes on she realizes that her captor may not be the beast she thought he was. This is a very steamy fantasy book and I am really looking forward to refreshing my mind on this world!

Since November is going to be a very busy month writing and school wise, I want to keep by TBR low so I don’t disappoint myself too much…hopefully I will be able to squeeze a few more books onto there but only time will tell. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: NaNoWriMo Prep #4!

Reading/Writing Update!

This past week was a busy week of traveling, which meant a lot of ridiculously early mornings and late nights…so not a lot of time for reading. However, I did read about 100 more pages of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare so I am just over half way done! I am really enjoying this re read and cannot wait to continue on with re reading the trilogy. The setting in these books is so dark and autumnal and gets me in the perfect mood for fall!

Yesterday was a very inspirational and motivational day in regards to writing, and that is because I attended a writing conference for the day! It was 8 hours of connecting with other writers (even quite a few young writers my age which was great!) and learning some tips from published authors. I attended this conference last year, but have to say that this was year was 10x better! I was able to attend due to their generous scholarship, as well as some of my other writing friends, and am hoping to attend next year as well. If any of you have the means and opportunity to go to a writing conference, I highly recommend you do everything you can to try!

That is all for this reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Sorry for no blog post Thursday, I was traveling all week and couldn’t find the time to write it…however I will be back on Monday with the second last NaNoWriMo Prep post!

Reading/Writing Update!

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It has been quite a few years since I have read The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and I forgot how much I enjoyed it! Everything from the story line to the setting (because London in the 1800s!) to the characters, it is all great. Even though I was originally planning on only rereading the first book, I think I will end up continuing with the rest of the trilogy. I also really would like to reread The Selection by Kiera Cass, because I am in the need of light, fluffy and addictive read and The Selection is the perfect option.

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NaNoWriMo is arriving at a rapid speed and I still haven’t decided on an idea yet! I have a few ideas swirling around in my head, but I need to dedicate a few hours to really think about what I want to write and then plan it out. November is going to be a busy month between school, volunteering and NaNoWriMo, but hopefully I will be able to achieve 50k words! Next week is my writing conference though, so hopefully I will learn a lot of new things and get inspired to write for NaNoWriMo. Last year I took a lot away from this conference so I am excited to see how it goes this year!

That is all for my quick reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Fantasy Recommendations for Fall/Winter!

Fantasy Recommendations for Fall/Winter!

Fall and winter are the perfect time to snuggle up with a good fantasy read, so here are a few recommendations to get you going!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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Sarah J Maas is excellent at writing these dark and addicting fantasy reads. This is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and follows our main character Feyre who while hunting, kills a wolf that turns out to be a faerie. Her punishment for this is that she can either die or live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie realm. Choosing to live, she moves in with a faerie who seems like a monster at first, but she realizes there may be more to him than she thought. A Court of Thorns and Roses is such a swoony book that will leave you wanting more and more. There are also two other books in this trilogy so you can binge the whole thing!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 

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I realized that I rarely recommend this trilogy on my blog, and that is because I haven’t read it in forever! I have decided to reread it though this month, so I thought I would recommend it since it is such a dark, cozy read. Clockwork Angel takes place in London, which screams fall with its dark, rainy days (usually). It follows Tessa, a girl from America who receives a letter from her brother telling her to come visit him in London so she does, only to discover it is a trap and is kidnapped. However, Will Herondale, a Shadowhunter, saves the day and brings her back to the institute where he lives. There we are introduced to more Shadowhunters, more action and adventure, and even a heart wrenching love triangle. This trilogy is amazing and if you haven’t read it, definitely check it out!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

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This book is a perfect fall/winter read because it is definitely on the darker and peculiar side (haha). Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows a boy named Jake, who visits his late grandfather’s home country of Wales after his mysterious death. There, he finds the gateway to an alternate time where he meets the peculiar group of children who grew up with Jake’s grandfather. I haven’t read this book in what feels like ages so I have the sudden urge to re read this one too as the days get darker!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

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Another trilogy I haven’t read in ages and am dying to re read. Shatter Me follows a girl named Juliette who has been locked up for over a year because of her powers, alone, until a boy named Adam is brought in with her and breaks her out. I really enjoyed the Shatter Me trilogy, which is actually soon going to be a series! It was fast paced, fun but also on the darker side that makes it a perfect read for the fall/winter time.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Grimm Brothers 

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Fairy tales are the perfect stories to read during the fall/winter time, especially Grimm’s fairy tales because they are so dark and twisty. There is Little Red Cap, Rapunzel, Hansel and Grethel, etc. They are all stories we know and love, but there are also some in there I guarantee most of you haven’t read. So snuggle up and crack open this magical book because it will give you the cozy vibe you need during the colder months,

Those are a few recommendations for the fall/winter time and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: NaNoWriMo Prep #2!

 

New and Improved September TBR!

Ok, so I have decided to toss my original TBR aside and create a new one because I don’t plan on reading a single book I originally planned to… School started on Tuesday and it has been hectic since trying to get settled into my new school and classes, so I apologize for having no post up on Wednesday but I plan to stay on top of my schedule from now on! Anyways, here is my new and improved TBR for September 2017:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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I was really excited to read this when I heard the plot, but didn’t end up buying it until a week or two ago. Regardless, I have it now and am several chapters in. I am super pumped to see what I think of this hyped up contemporary but I have no doubt I will love it! Geekerella follows our main character, Elle, who is a massive fan of her father’s favourite TV show, Starfield. When she sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield she enters it to win a ticket to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and winning could make all her fangirl dreams a reality. Geekerella will be a very relatable and fun read which will hopefully get me out of my reading slump that is rapidly growing.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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This is a book I love to read when it is the back-to-school season, which it currently is, so it is a perfect time to pick up this book and give it a re read. This follows a girl named Annabel who looks like she has a perfect life from the outside, but the inside is a totally different story. Over the summer she lost her best friend, it is revealed her sister is struggling from an eating disorder, and Annabel herself is struggling with the realization that she doesn’t want to model anymore, but modeling is something her mother desperately wants for her. Feeling isolated and like she doesn’t belong, she suddenly meets another outcast named, Owen and they form an unlikely relationship. I remember really enjoying this book so I am excited to pick it up again after about a year!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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For some reason I am dying to re read The Dark Artifices trilogy, well the first two books in it anyways. I miss the characters and need more Mark and Christina!!! If you didn’t know, Lady Midnight follows a cast of characters we briefly met in Cassandra Clare’s other series and continues on in the complex Shadowhunter world. I can’t really say much else because you need to read all of her other books before jumping into this trilogy, but there is action and demons and it is definitely worth reading!

Those are the three books I plan on reading this month and fingers crossed I can get them done! I have nine classes I am juggling right now so my mind is a mess, but hopefully reading will take away the stress like it usually does. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Bingeable TV Series!

Auto Buy Authors!

Sorry I haven’t been posting much this week, I have been out and about but am back now and will return with my regular posting schedule. Anyways, today I will be discussing my “auto buy authors” which are authors whose books I buy no matter what, just because I love their work so much! Don’t forget to comment any below any of your auto buy authors because I would love to know 🙂

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the author of The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices trilogy and the Dark Artifices trilogy, as well as a few other novellas. All of her series take place in this amazing and complex Shadowhunter world she has created, a world that I adore so much which is why I consider her an auto buy author. I love her writing style and all of her characters, and have yet to be disappointed by a book she has put out!

Jenny Han

If you like cute contemporaries then you will like Jenny Han. It’s as simple as that. The trilogies I associate Jenny Han with are her The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, both which are amazing! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is definitely my favourite book maybe ever because it is so quirkly and relatable and Jenny Han knows how to write cute romances! Needless to say, I will always buy a Jenny Han book because I am never disappointed.

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is another contemporary author who you have most likely heard of because she seems to have published a million books. They all take place during the summer and here are a few examples of some of the books she has written: Saint Anything, Just Listen, Along for the Ride…but she has many, many more. While they all are kind of similar, I love contemporary and never get bored of them which is why she is on this list!

Rick Riordan

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan was what initially pushed me into the world of reading, and therefore I will forever love Rick Riordan’s books, but also because they are amazing. He has written quite a few trilogies and series such as, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Heroes of Olympus series, the Kane Chronicles trilogies, etc, etc. Sadly I have fallen behind with his books lately, but I do have all of them and will catch up because his books always make me laugh and smile!

Richelle Mead

I wouldn’t say Richelle Mead is a favourite author of mine, but I do have a good majority of her books. I really liked her Vampire Academy series and have slowly been creeping into her companion series to that which is the Bloodlines series. She has published a few other books to, which I do have, and hopefully will get to them soon! Since I have most of her books I would definitely consider her an auto buy author and am excited to see what else she comes out with in the future.

Those are a few authors who I consider “auto buy authors” and I hope you enjoyed!