Reading/Writing Update!

I have finally finished Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and it was absolutely fantastic! It was everything I could have hoped for in this book, but that ending shook me and broke me…but it was still amazing. Since I have finished Lord of Shadows, I got the urge to re read The Mortal Instruments series which is on my summer TBR and its summer so yeah, I am re reading the amazing series! I am also reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which I am also enjoying and am excited to get more into it.

I have been very busy with writing, and for the past nine or so days, I have gotten into the habit of writing 1000+ words a day! I am working on a project I have been wanting to start for a really long time but had only done the planning for it, and now I am finally writing it! Even though I have been writing for a few years, I had always thought of myself as an outliner, but I realize now I am definitely a panster. I like to just write up a detailed three paragraph outline and then list twelve major plot points I want to hit. I also come up with detailed characters and go into depth on my world, but plot wise, I kind of just go for it and that’s what works for me! Question: Are you a outliner or a panster?

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

Summer Reading Recommendations!

Summer is within arms reach so make sure you have your sunglasses, sunscreen and a pile of books ready to be read. If you need some help figuring out which books to read though, here are a few recommendations that are perfect beach reads!

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – This book is the perfect summer romance story to indulge in during the summer. It follows a girl named Emily whose best friend, Sloane, has mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind only a summer bucket list for Emily. As Emily sets off to complete this list, in hopes of it leading her to Sloane, she runs into some unexpected new friends that help her live an unforgettable summer. I love Morgan Matson books, but this one is definitely by favourite and I recommend you read it if you love contemporaries like myself!

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Paper Towns by John Green – I am not a huge John Green fan, but I didn’t mind Paper Towns and I thought it was a great beach read. It has a summer adventure and fun characters to follow so it is definitely worth a shot. Paper Towns follows this boy named Quentin, who is determined to find the girl he has been pining after for years, after she mysteriously disappears. Along with a few friends, they work together to follow the clues Margo left behind, to figure out where in the world she is. There is also a movie adaptation of this book which is also entertaining so I recommend you watch it after you read the book if you already haven’t!

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The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Since its summer, start a new series! I recommend The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because it is fantastic, and even if you have already read it, re read it! There six books in this series, and the first one, City of Bones, follows a girl named Clary whose mother disappears and we follow her as she sets off on a journey to find her. Along the way, she realizes the world she lives in is really a world of demons and angels, and discovers that she has more to do with this world than she thought. This series is action packed and has a great cast of characters so I really recommend you jump right into this series and enjoy the fun ride!

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan – This is also a great series to read during the summer because is witty and extremely fast paced. You also learn a lot about mythology in this series, considering it is based around Greek mythology. The first book of five is called The Lightning Thief, and it follows a young boy named Percy Jackson who discovers he is the son of a Greek god and is being accused of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt. Now he has to go on a quest to find the real lightning thief along with two friends, Annabeth and Grover, and find the bolt before the end of the summer solstice. I love, love, love this series and think it is something anyone can enjoy!

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I am currently reading this along with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and I am really enjoying it so far! It takes a few pages to adjust to the language, but once you have you don’t want to stop. Pride and Prejudice follows the Mr and Mrs Bennett and their five daughters, and how they find love during this completely different era. There are witty characters and romances and I cannot wait to continue diving into the book!

Those are all of my summer reading recommendations and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

Reading/Writing Update!

Yesterday, I finished re reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, and I didn’t realize how much I needed to read that book! I was in desperate need of light hearted, easy contemporary that I could just fly through. School has been a nightmare recently since I only have a few days left, and I needed a contemporary to read rather than a fantasy or sci fi book. I am, however, continuing on with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I am loving it so far, I am just no able to find the time to read it for hours upon hours. Anyways, I have about three hundred pages of Lord of Shadows left and I am excited to continue on with it!

For writing, I think I have written ten thousand words or so…not really sure but I have been keeping up with it! I have not written since yesterday, and I don’t plan to today because I am physically and mentally exhausted, but I am hoping to get a thousand or so words written tomorrow!

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep #1: Characters!

Summer 2017 Reading List!

There are quite a few books I want to get to this summer, and I am really excited to have some time to dive into them! Even though I never stick to any reading lists I make, I do enjoy making them and I am waiting for the day that I do actually follow it!

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – This book is the sequel to The Hidden Oracle, which follows the god, Apollo, as he is cast down to earth as a mortal. This is a really fast paced and funny series, and I know I will enjoy it! I have started it, and I am a little over fifty pages in, but I got distracted by other books so I will need to pick it back up soon. I love Rick Riordan’s books so I am excited to continue loving them!

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The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Yes, that is right. I plan on reading the entire Mortal Instruments series this summer and I am so excited. Of course I have already read the series, as I talk about it a lot on my blog, but I love to re read it so why not since I have some time? The first book, City of Bones, follows a girl named Clary Fray whose mother goes missing and on her journey to find her, she uncovers the mysteries of her life and realizes her mother may have not been honest with her about who she truly is. This book has demons and angels, and amazingly sarcastic characters that you can’t help but fall in love with!

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen – I do have a lot of things planned this summer, so I need a quick, easy contemporary. Straight away I went for Sarah Dessen because her books are perfect for the summer! Plus, I feel like the summer is incomplete without a good contemporary or two. The Moon and More follows Emaline, who is spending her last summer before college in her small, home town, Colby. While working for her family’s rental business, she meets a city boy who is someone she would never have gone for, but she suddenly feels herself drawn to him. I love Sarah Dessen books so I am excited to try this one out!

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – Yep! Another contemporary by another favourite contemporary author of mine, Jenny Han. The Summer I Turned Pretty is a really fun and light-hearted book that follows our main character, Belly, who is returning to her mom’s best friend’s beach house after a few years. There, she sees the two boys she spent her childhood with and all three realize how much they had grown up. This is a great beach read and something you can finish in no time!

Is this slightly ambitious for my crazy summer? Yes, completely…but I am really excited to see how many of these books I can read! There are a few readathons I want to participate in, so hopefully that will help me get through the a little quicker. Anyways, that is all for my Summer 2017 Reading List and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: How Blogging Helps Novel Writing!

Reading/Writing Update!

Currently, I am still making my way through Lord of Shadows, and while I was hoping to be done by now, I am glad that I am taking my time. Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, which follows a large cast of diverse characters who try to solve the mystery of Emma Carstairs’ parents’ death. As they dive deeper into the case, they realize that their was more to the murder than they thought. Lord of Shadows is pretty epic so far, and I am enjoying reading it immensely.

This past week, I have written a short story three times and can feel myself getting closer and closer to the end product. I have condensed it, and made it cleaner and more exciting so hopefully, it won’t require much more rewriting. I do plan on entering it in some writing contests and I guess we will see how it does!

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Book to Keep You OUT of a Reading Slump!

Books to Keep You OUT of a Reading Slump

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading/Writing Update!

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

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

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

May 2017 Haul!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

June 2017 TBR

June is the final month of school for me, and luckily I have no big exams this coming from month so I do plan to do lots of reading!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – I am currently reading this book, but it is massive that it is taking me a while to get through it. If you didn’t know, Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight, which follows a group of Shadowhunters who are trying to figure out the murder of Emma Carstair’s parents’ death. This was my favourite book of 2016, so I am super excited to continue reading the sequel because I am already loving it!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I love the vibe I get when I read this book so I am planning to read it the last week of school. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who has spent her whole life out of the spotlight, but when her brother, Peyton, does something that puts the whole family front and centre, she realizes she can’t escape it. This is a really fun, light and summery contemporary that I cannot wait to re read!

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – I started reading in May, but I got distracted with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare so I never finished it. The Dark Prophecy is the sequel to The Hidden Oracle, and follows the god Apollo as he is cast down to earth as a mortal. This is a very funny and fast paced series that I cannot wait to continue on with.

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout – I suspect that this will be a really fast paced, easy read as most of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books are, so I am excited to get to it later this month. I know this book deals with supernatural creatures and that is all I really want to know about it. I like to go into books like this without a clue what is going on, just to be pleasantly surprised.

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

 

Reading/Writing Update!

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

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

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