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!

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!

 

Books That Frustrate Me!

There are a LOT of books out there that annoy me and get on my nerves so I decided why not make a blog post of it and share with you all those books?

73a98b48-41cc-43d2-baf6-89c696bc86f8img400The Heir by Kiera Cass – When I think of books that get on my nerves, this is the first book that comes to mind. If you didn’t know, The Heir is a continuation of the Selection series and in my opinion, is a continuation that was not needed. The first three books in the Selection series were great, but they had to ruin it with this book! The Heir is a sequel that takes place 20ish years after the events of The One, and follows America and Maxon’s daughter Eadlyn who is of age and has to hold a selection to find “the one”. I enjoyed seeing America and Maxon again, but there daughter, Eadlyn is such a hard character to like! She is whiny, inconsiderate and incredibly selfish, and is in no way a relatable character. I honestly felt this book was unnecessary and I am sure there are a lot of people out there who agree!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I absolutely adored Lady Midnight, lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clarebut overall it did have some very frustrating moments! Lady Midnight follows two shadowhunters named Emma and Julian who live in a world of demons, magic and fighting. Our main characters are the frustrating part and I don’t want to spoil anything for people who haven’t read this book, but if you have you know what I am talking about!

fangirl_coverdec2012Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Again I love Fangirl but our main character is such a stubborn character sometimes that it irritates me. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath who is attending her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren, and while Wren wants to be independent and have fun, Cath is much more shy and reluctant. I do love this book, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I wanted to scream at Cath to take a risk for once, or just leave her dorm room instead of moping around and letting life pass her!

Prodigy_Marie_Lu_BookProdigy by Marie Lu – I really enjoyed Prodigy but the relationship between our main characters is something I don’t always enjoy. The first book in this trilogy, Legend, follows a teenage criminal named Day and a soldier named June who become an unlikely team as they band together for revenge. I am honestly not a huge fan of June because in my opinion, she is quite a hard person to like and see through her suit of rock hard iron, so I did have some moments were I gritted my teeth during specific scenes.

Those were some books that frustrate me and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to comment some books you find frustrating and also check out my last blog post: February 2017 Wrap Up!

January 2017 Wrap Up!

Tc-alwayssummerhis is my first wrap up of the year and luckily, I managed to complete a good amount of books!

We’ll Always Have the Summer by Jenny Han – This is the 3rd and final book in the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and I really enjoyed the trilogy overall. The trilogy follows Belly as she returns to the summerhouse that she has spent every summer in since she was little, with her mom, brother and her mom’s best friend who has 2 sons. We follow Belly’s summer which is filled with jealousy, romance and fun and is overall a really entertaining, fast paced read. 4/5 starsobsidian-cover5

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This is the 1st book in the Lux series and follows Katy, a senior who for her last year of high school has moved to West Virginia with her mom for a fresh start. But when she moves next to a pair of unusual and different twins named Dee and Daemon Black, her entire life is flipped upside down. This was a re read, and as always I loved this book. The writing isn’t amazing or anything, but the plot is very gripping along with the cast of kickass characters! 4.5/5 starsonyx-cover-2

Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout – This is the 2nd book in the Lux series, and I won’t say what happens because that would give away spoilers…but what I can say is that things get so twisted and knotted in this book that you start to wonder how in the world they will ever fix all these problems! I did really enjoy re reading this book and Daemon is amazing as always. 4/5 starsatorchagainstthenight_cv-4-14-687x1024

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes which by the way, was a fantastic book. I was really curious to see if this book would live up to the 1st book and while it was almost as amazing, it was still a flipping amazing read that I treasured so much! An Ember in the Ashes is about a girl named Laia who’s brother is one day kidnapped by the Empire, and she goes on a journey to save him. There are relationships that make your heartache and sacrifices that will leave tears in your eyes. A must read! 4.5/5 stars

Fangirfangirl_coverdec2012l by Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl is such a light hearted, relatable book that I could read over, and over, and over again. It follows a girl named Cath who is entering her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Cath wants to stick close to Wren’s side, Wren wants to be wild and free, leaving Cath behind in the dust. But when Cath’s new roommate, Raegan and her ex boyfriend take Cath under their wing, she learns to dip outside her comfort zone a bit and things get interesting…Highly recommend this amazing contemporary if you haven’t read it already! 4.5/5 starseleanor%20and%20park2

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Again, I could read Eleanor and Park for weeks upon end, but I try to minimize it to once a year because I do like to cherish it. Anyways, Eleanor and Park follows our 2 main characters, Eleanor and Park who’s relationship starts off weird and rocky, but soon blossoms into something more. Eleanor and Park is such a heartfelt book that hits you straight in the feels! 5/5 stars

Those were all the books I managed to read this month and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Quick Writing Tips!

 

Reading/Writing Update!

Sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday, I had no energy after a full week of exams! Also, this blog turned 1 year old yesterday which is so exciting and I just want to thank all of you for an amazing year. I love blogging and am so happy to continue it!

Anyways, now onto what I have been reading lately. I recently completed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and ugh, it was such a good re read! It was so light hearted and easy going and was what I NEEDED after all the studying and exams I did this week. I also needed to bump up my book count for this month and I knew I would get through that book quickly and as usual I did. Now since I am finished, I really want to re read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell since I am in the mood for her books so I will probably start that today! Other than that, since it is February next week, I am hoping to start on my TBR by trying to read Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

For writing I have done absolutely nothing. The reason behind that is mostly because I was way, way to busy to set an hour aside just to focus writing. Since my school life has slowed down a bit, I want to jump back into writing again either this week or the following. I am still incredibly pumped to continue on with my idea and I cannot wait to dive deeper into it!

That is all for my Reading/Writing Update and I hope you enjoyed!

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!

Reading/Writing Update!

Even though this book took me a total of 7 days to read, it was so worth it because it was fantastic! I had been wanting to read A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir which is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, for so long and I was definitely not disappointed! Like the first book, this one took about 75 pages for me to really get into it, but when I did I didn’t want to leave this world. It was action packed and had so many moments where I sat there, gaping at the pages. It did justice to the amazing first book and I am so, so excited to read the third one later this year! Since I finished  A Torch Against the Night, I am now going to re read Fangirl because it has been about a year since I read it and it does really deserve a re read. I love Fangirl because I find it completely relatable and heart warming and I am always in a good mood after I finish it! Hopefully I can complete it before the month is over because I am 4 book behind schedule for my reading goal…

This week has also been a very productive writing week. I have written 6000 words and am really liking where my story is going! I have thought of some alternative ways I could have approached certain scenes, but for now I am going to leave things how they are because those changes can happen in the second draft. It is really important to just write rather than rewrite and even though it is hard, I am not editing whatever I wrote the pervious day, I am just writing ahead with full steam. I haven’t written since Thursday, but hopefully tomorrow I can get a few more words in!

That was my quick reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed!

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!

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!

 

Top 5 Contemporary Books

I only started really getting only contemporary this year and now I am obsessed. Contemporary books are so much fun to read and are feel good books which I personally love. Anyways, here are my top 5 favourite contemporary books!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I absolutely adore this book and can never get enough of it. We follow Lola Nolan, a fun and out there girl who believes not in fashion but in costume. She has a great boyfriend and just a generally good life but that is all flipped upside down when her first love, Cricket Bell, moves back next door and changes everything. This is a really sweet and heart warming love story that is something a lot of people can relate to character and plot wise.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I read this book recently and it instantly became one of my favourite books. Jenny Han just has an amazing writing style that flows really nicely and is pleasing to read. In this book, we follow a very sentimental character named Lara Jean who writes love letters to every boy she has loved before, but when those letters mysteriously get sent out and is sent to her current love, she quickly forms a fake relationship to spare herself the embarrassment. I love all the characters in this book and everything about this book is just perfection.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This book actually ties in to Lola and the Boy Next Door but until that part, it is an entirely different story. Instead of Lola we follow Anna who by her father, is sent away to Paris to attend a boarding school, and there she meets an interesting group of friends including a boy named Etienne. Instantly she finds herself falling for him but pushes that aside but she learns it is harder than she thought. This story is frustrating (in a good way) and plays with your heart but overall is truly amazing.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Since You’ve Been Gone is different from other contemporaries I have read because it includes a bucket list/scavenger hunt which makes the story that much better. Since You’ve Been Gone is about a girl named Emily who’s best friend Sloane suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a summer bucket list. Out of desperation, Emily goes off to complete this list, hoping it will lead her to Sloane, but along the way makes some new friends. The adventure the characters go on in this story is just so much fun to follow and really gets you wanting to create a fun bucket list to complete.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I haven’t met one person who has read this book and said they didn’t like it. In this book, we follow Cath who is very reserved and shy as opposed to her twin sister Wren, as they go off to their first year of college. Once they are there, Cath meets her roommate Raegan and her friend, Levi who help Cath out of her bubble of insecurity and fear. I think one reason why everyone loves this story is because it is relatable. A lot of people have social anxiety like Cath and it is something that definitely needs to be in more books!

Those are my top 5 favourite contemporaries and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last post too: Writing Expectations VS Reality!