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!

 

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!

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!

Books to Read Before You Finish High School!

All these books on this list I recommend everyone to read, but these are ones that I feel like are very relatable and eye opening for people still in high school. Overall though, they are all amazing books that everyone should read!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book deals a lot with mental health issues, which is something that a lot of people deal with. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a boy named Charlie who is entering in his first year of high school and meets a group of odd, confident people who really help him feel happy and not so lonely. It is an amazing book that you will not want to put down!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I highly recommend everyone read this, but the reason it is on this list is because of the characters. The characters are very diverse and different, and anyone who reads it can find someone they relate to somewhat. City of Bones follows Clary, who after the sudden disappearance of her mother is thrown into a new world of Shadowhunters and demons in order to get her mother back. This book is fun and fast paced, and I absolutely adore it!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Again, this book deals with mental health issues, but is not as heavy as The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In Fangirl, we follow Cath, a book loving, shy girl who is entering her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Cath wants to stick tight to her sister’s side, Wren wants to adventure off and be her own person, leaving Cath in the dust. But when Cath meets her new roommate and her roommate’s friend, Levi, they help push her out of her little comfort bubble and things get interesting. This book is a great read!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – I love this book because it gives off the message that the person you fall in love with may be the person you least expect. It shares that love is not about what you look like but who you are on the inside and it is really beautiful. Eleanor and Park is about 2 teenagers named Eleanor, who is a big red head and Park, a quiet music lover. When they meet, they slowly build an odd relationship that eventually blossoms into something more. When you read this book you cannot put it down!

Those are a few books that you should definitely read before you finish high school, but even if you had you should still read them!

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!

Books You Need to Read!

There are some books out there that everyone has to read and in this blog post I am going to be sharing a few that if you haven’t read, you better go to a bookstore or a library and pick it up because let me tell you, you will not regret it!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – While a lot of people have read this amazing series, a lot of people haven’t so it is always worth recommending because that person might have not had the motivation to ever read it. The Harry Potter series is a fantastic series that I absolutely adore and am loving re reading right now! I think you don’t even know what a book is until you have read this magical classic.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Every reader needs to read it because it is funny, adorable and relatable. All of Rainbow Rowell’s books are amazing, but this one is my favourite because Cath has so many relatable qualities and has many obstacles in her life that many people could relate to as well. Apart from her obstacles, this book has a sweet romance and great friendships and is always fun to read.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – This is my all time favourite series and I think everyone should have the privilege to read this wonderful series! We follow an amazingly diverse cast of characters and there is witty humor, loss, romance, and action and the Shadow world is just perfection as is Jace…you need to read this series, and The Infernal Devices and then The Dark Artifices because it is just so much amazingness!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – The Percy Jackson series is such a fun series to get into, and while the first book is slightly slow, it really does pick up quickly and soon you find yourself being whisked away into a world filled with Greek Gods, monsters and amazing characters. The Percy Jackson characters, much like the Mortal Instruments characters, are very diverse and just have many unique qualities. I recommend this to all ages because everyone who reads it loves it!

Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – When I first read these books and finished them, I flipped back to the beginning and started again because they are THAT good. If you love contemporaries (like me) then you definitely should give these a read because it is so worth it. I was a little hesitant when I first picked these up in 2014 but I slapped myself silly because I fell in love with the story line and the romance and Etienne and Cricket…you just need to read both of these books!

Those are a few books that you NEED to read because they are absolutely amazing! Of course there are many other amazing books, these are just ones that have greatly impacted me and are ones I never stop thinking about. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writing Exercises!

 

Important Books to Me

We all have that book or books that have impacted our lives in a way we won’t ever forget. It may have made you aware of something you weren’t before or just opened your eyes to the type of books you love to read. Here are a few that have done this too me and I hope you enjoy!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This was the first thicker novel that I read and it completely changed who I was as a person when I was younger. I wasn’t a huge reader until the age of 10 and once I read this book it made me love to read. I watched the movie for the first time and fell in love with the characters, the plot and the fun action of it. For years I wouldn’t read anything but this series and now it has opened my eyes up to so many new books that I love! I really owe my entire love for reading to Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I believe I read this book 3 years ago and again, after the first few chapters I absolutely fell in love! I sat on the couch for an entire week and just binge read this series non stop. There is nothing negative I can say about this series just because I adore it that much. No, it is not perfect but it came to me in a point of my life when I needed something like this to entertain me. I can still read this series multiple times without getting bored, that’s how much it means to me!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This impacted me in a way different than the first 2 books. This book just simply made me fall in love with the contemporary genre and also introduced me to some amazing characters. I think contemporary is a fantastic genre and most of the time, it is something we can all relate to in some way. This showed me that I am not alone when I have an awkward encounter at school and I think that is really important to realize.

Those are 3 books have really impacted my life and shaped me to be the person and reader I am today! Make sure to comment any books that have impacted your life because I would love to know 🙂

My Go To De-Stress Books

I love using books as a way to de-stress because if you are interested enough in them, they whisk you away to some other world. So here are my top 5 books that I like to read when I need to de-stress and I hope they open up some options for any of you!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl is about a girl named Cath who goes to her first year of college with her more outgoing twin sister, Wren. The only thing is, is that Cath is having a harder time adjusting until she meets her roommate and her friend, Levi. I absolutely love this book and it is one of the most fun and cute books I own. This is definitely one of the first books I go to if I need to just take a break.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers – If you didn’t know, although how could you not, Twilight is about Bella who just moved to a small town called Forks to live with her dad. But she gets more than she bargained with when she falls in love with Edward, a vampire. This book is just incredibly easy to get sucked into and overall it is a fun book to read.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Of course I had to add this series somewhere on here because it is my favourite series. City of Bones is about Clary, a girl who just had her mother kidnapped and is now trying to figure out who she really is. Plus this series is so compelling and enjoyable and I think everyone needs to read it. I mean, it can be stressful at times but this is the stress you want…

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This book is about 12 year old Percy Jackson who discovers that he is a demigod which means he is half human and half Greek god. He is taken to a safe haven for demigods called Camp Half Blood only to be told that he is being accused of stealing Zeus’s master bolt. Now he has to go on a quest along with 2 other friends to find the real thief. This series is just so fun and easy to read and the world is so easy to get caught up in. READ IT!!!

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – Obsidian is about a girl named Katy who moves next to 2 twin aliens, Dee and Damon Black and is immediately thrown into their crazy world. I can read this book in literally one sitting just because its so entertaining and gripping. I can easily get whisked away from reality while reading Jennifer L Armentrout’s books.

And those are all my recommendations for books that you can use to de-stress! Since my school is starting in a matter of days I know that I’m going to be using a few of these pretty soon. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don’t forget to check out my last one: How To: Be a Better Writer!

Greek Gods Tag (original)

I love Greek Mythology so I decided to create a tag using the 12  Olympian gods + an extra goddess and god as questions! Hope you enjoy it and comment below your favourite of the gods 🙂 Mine is either Artemis, Athena or Apollo…

1. Zeus – Name a book that is the king of all the books on your shelf.

Zeus is the King of gods and is also the god of the sky and lightning, so for this one I am going to go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare because it is one of my favourite books ever, and the things is huge! It definitely triumphs by shelf.

2. Hera –  Name a character that seems sweet but is deadly.

Hera is the Queen of gods, along with the goddess of family but she can be quite…salty and evil sometimes. And for this one I am going to choose Juliette from Shatter Me because she can be really sweet but she is deadly because she can kill with her touch. Also, throughout the books she becomes less nice and more aggressive, thus revealing her deadly side even more.

3. Poseidon – Name a character that is pretty chill.

Poseidon is the god of the sea, earthquakes and horses and while sometimes he is extremely deadly, he tends to be quite calm and chill. So my answer for this one is Baz from Carry On for this one because he seems really relaxed and chill, and yes I know he is a vampire but his attitude is just like ‘I don’t care’ which gives me that ‘chil’ vibe I guess.

4. Hades – Name a book that is an outcast on your shelf.

Hades is the god of the underworld and of the dead and because of some reasons, he is also exiled from Olympus and being an outcast isn’t fun. My answer for this question I am definitely going to say The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy for this one because I really didn’t enjoy it. It felt like a second book usually does in a trilogy (a place holder), and it didn’t meet my expectations at all. For that reason, it isn’t as welcomed on my shelf.

5. Athena – Name a character who always has a plan.

Athena is the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy and I really was tempted to say Annabeth Chase for this one but that would be cheating instead I am going to say Hermione Granger from Harry Potter because she usually has a somewhat concrete plan, but even if she didn’t have a plan she is smart enough to come up with something at least.

6. Artemis – Name a character that just does their own thing.

Artemis is twin sister of the god Apollo and is the goddess of the moon and the hunt that she runs where she and some other girls called hunters, swear off men and run around killing monsters, just doing their own thing which I think is cool. Right after I typed this question up, one character popped in my mind and that is Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins because Lola has very spontaneous outfits and hairdos  and she doesn’t care if people look at her funny because that is just who she is.

7. Apollo – Name a book on your shelf that impressed you in multiple ways.

Apollo is the god of archery, medicine, the sun, music, etc, etc so he has lots of talents. For this question I am going to say An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because this book was absolutely fantastic! The plot was incredibly dynamic, the characters really stood out, the problems were totally messed up and the relationships were amazing. Ugh, everything about this book was satisfying.

8. Aphrodite – Name a book on your shelf that has a beautiful cover.

Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty and there are some books that seemed to inherit some of that beauty from her. The one cover on my shelf that I think is one of the prettiest cover is Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi just because the covers with the eyes are just so fricking gorgeous! They all are in the trilogy but Ignite Me is definitely my favourite.

9. Ares – Name a thick headed character. (No offense to Ares)

Ares is the god of war so he probably isn’t the smartest god around but he definitely isn’t alone. Now I wouldn’t exactly say this character is extremely stupid or anything, but in the first book she didn’t make the smartest choices, and that is Mia from the Vampire Academy series. She just pulled some stupid stunts that were not smart at all.

10. Hestia – Name a book on your shelf that makes you feel at home.

Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and home and while she isn’t technically one of the 12 Olympians, she deserves to be in this tag, so this question is pretty straightforward, and my answer for it is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I just adore this series so much and whenever I pick up the books I feel warm and happy.

11. Hermes –  Name a character you can never trust.

Hermes is the god of roads, travelers, thieves so naturally he isn’t the most trustworthy god. For my answer I chose Jacin Clay from Winter by Marissa Meyer because while he was trustworthy towards Winter, towards the other characters not so much. He did get better throughout the novel though.

12. Hephaestus – Name a character that is misunderstood.

Hephaestus, being the god of blacksmiths and fire doesn’t exactly seem like a warm and cuddly person but he is often misunderstood. So for my answer, I have chosen two characters because they both fit this question really well. Nico Di Angelo from the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, and Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter because everyone sees them as what they look like on the outside, but on the inside they are different and more powerful then people know.

13. Dionysus –  Name a character you would party with any day.

Dionysus is the god of wine and partying so this seems like a fitting question. For this one I am going to have to say Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan just because Percy is a really fun and sarcastic person so I feel like it would be a good time being with him. Plus he can get people from Camp Half Blood to join us so it would be an even better party.

Hope you liked my original tag and if you would like to use this please give me credit but I would love to see your answers to these questions 🙂

 

How I Got Into Reading

I’ve been seeing this around Booktube so I thought, hey, why not talk about this on my blog. So here I am, about to discuss how I got into reading and what books really started me off on my long, time consuming addiction.

I find that a lot of readers say that they have always been reading but I haven’t. It actually wasn’t until I was about 9 that I actually began reading thicker books and actually enjoying it. Before I was 9, I absolutely despised books. If there was a movie based on a book I refused to watch it because I thought it was going to be boring. I did give reading a try though when I was younger. I tried to read the first Harry Potter book but I just couldn’t sit down and read it because I couldn’t understand it, which was frustrating so I gave up. But, at the beginning of grade 4, I discovered the Magic Treehouse series and the Geronimo Stilton books which I adored but only read them when I had to because I obviously didn’t want to be classified as a nerd…Anyways, one day my teacher came up to me and said I needed to start reading more books in my age level because apparently the books I was reading were for 7 year olds not almost 10 year olds which totally bummed me out and I just stopped reading all together.

One day, though, I was visiting my cousins and my cousin forced me to watch Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and I just rolled my eyes and said okay. About halfway through, I realized that this movie was amazing (don’t ask why I thought it was amazing-I was 10 and at the time never read the books). Well my cousin then told me that there were books and I could read them so I practically praised her that day. As you can probably guess, I flew through that series like it was nothing and quickly moved onto the spin-off series, The Heroes of Olympus, and loved that even more. I was obsessed with anything Percy Jackson related and I actually NEVER read anything else until I was about 12. It was the middle of summer and I was at the library when I noticed a book called City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and I don’t know what fascinated me so much about it but I checked it out and brought it home, quickly starting it. And it was Percy Jackson all over again. I finished the 6 book series in 6 days! It became my favourite series ever and it still is. I soon realized there was MORE books about the Shadow world called the Infernal Devices trilogy and I jumped into that, loving it. After reading the Mortal Instruments it opened my eyes to other series. Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Selection, Harry Potter (which I can read now) etc, etc and now here I am…still crazy about books and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So that was my longish story on how I got into reading! I hope you guys liked it and I will most likely be posting my April TBR tomorrow!

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