Stay Home Reading Rush TBR + Tag

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Happy Monday!

The Reading Rush (a week long readathon that takes place every summer) is hosting a shorter, surprise readathon from April 16-19 and I cannot wait to participate. There are four reading challenges along with a fun tag that I am going to answer in this post as well as share what books I plan on reading. I am already participating in the O.W.Ls readathon, but I am sure I can double up on some challenges. If not, what are a few more books?

This readathon sounds really fun and a perfect way to pass the time. I can’t wait to participate so here are the books I plan on reading!

1. Read a Book with a House on the Cover

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I had to stretch this prompt a little because I don’t seem to have any books with houses on the covers. So, I settled for a cover that had buildings on it. If they are the buildings I am thinking of, than people do live in them so I think that counts… Anyways, the book is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Yes, I’ve read this book quite a few times, but I am just so excited for the fourth book, A Sky Beyond the Storm, to come out in December. That is pretty far away, but I just love these books and want to dive back into the story.

2. Read a Book in the Same Room the Whole Time

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While I’ve mostly been craving fantasy books, I feel like four fantasy novels in four days is a little unrealistic for me. I think now is a better time than ever to pick up a fun and lighthearted novel so why not give The Selection by Kiera Cass a re-read? I know I can read this book in like a day or two, and I think it will be a great mood booster. It will also be nice to use it as a break between all my fantasy reads.

3. Read a Book Set Somewhere You Wish You Could Go

The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1) by Lisa Maxwell

Currently, I am reading The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell but it is not a small book and I feel like by Thursday, I will still be reading it so I am just going to tack it onto this TBR. This urban fantasy is set in New York City during past and present time. Honestly, I would want to visit New York City both in present time and in the early 1900s like the main character, Esta, does. It has been a dream since I was young to go there and hopefully one day soon I can.

4. Read a Book That Will Make You Smile

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I hate doubling up on challenges because I like to challenge myself to read as much as possible, however, I know it is unrealistic for me to be able to read four books in four days because of the ones I’ve chosen to read. I am going to also use The Selection by Kiera Cass for this reading challenge. I’ve read this many times and the cliche, often cringey plot never fails to make me smile. And grimace, but hey, I’ll take it.

 

#StayHomeReadingRush Tag

1. How is Your Reading Going while Staying Home?

So far, it has been going really good. Already this month, I have gotten through two, almost three, books which is usually what I get read in a whole month during the school year. It is nice spending anywhere from one to three hours reading inside and outside, and always making a decent chunk of progress in whatever I am reading. It is helpful having all these readathons too because they motivate me to read even more.

2. Where Have You Been Reading At Home?

I have had two main reading spots lately. The first one is my couch where I retreat to first thing in the morning when I wake up to read. The second one is on my deck because we have couches and other furniture set up out there. Also, the weather has been so nice lately it is hard not to want to spend time outside.

3. Best Book You’ve Read During Isolation?

Definitely Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, which if you have read it, might come to no surprise. The characters and atmosphere are just so addicting that I was stuck reading it for hours and hours every day. It is no short book either, so it took me surprisingly little time to read it because I just flew through it. Which is common with me for Cassandra Clare books. Another favourite I have read so far is The Toll by Neal Shusterman because it was the conclusion to the Scythe series which I am a huge fan of. It was bittersweet but the story took me completely by surprise to say the least.

4. What’s Your Favourite Feel Good Book?

Honestly, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is my feel good book. I always have such a fun time reading it and it makes me so happy. Even though Cath can be annoying, she is a relatable main character for any reader and writer, and overall, the story is adorable.

5. Book You Wish You Could Buy or Borrow from the Library?

I want to buy A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series because I only own the first two books. I want to complete my collection of her books but when I first read it, I borrowed it from the library to save money. Now, I want to own it!

6. Author You Want to Shout Out During This Time?

The host of this readathon, Ariel Bissett, shouted out A.S. King and I have to agree with that. I’ve only read one of her books, Dig, but she has such a captivating way of story telling that resulted in her book completely destroying and amazing me. I cannot wait to read more of her books and I cannot recommend her enough..

7. What is Your Reading Rush TBR?

I don’t need to answer this because I just did above, but if you are also participating, let me know what you are reading in the comments!

 

Those are all the books I plan on reading during the #StayHomeReadingRush readathon, and also my questions to the tag portion. I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below.

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Favourite Books of 2019…So Far!

I cannot believe that we are approaching the halfway point in the year already…2019 has gone by so fast, but already, I have read so many AMAZING books that I couldn’t wait another month to share with you all, so here I am.

Here are 4 of my favourite books of the year so far!

Reaper At the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

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While I read the first two books in this series right when they came out, it took me almost an entire year to finally pick up the third book and I do NOT know why! Earlier this year, I did a re-read of the first two books before jumping into the third and thank the gods I did, because I forgot how intense and fantastic these books are. The first book excited me, the second book broke me, and the third did a blend of both. The relationships between the characters in the book like Laia and Helene, Laia and Elias, etc, have become so incredibly developed and fleshed out that I have to remind myself they aren’t real. While I absolutely adore the world and plot, the relationships and characters are what have really improved throughout the series and are what make me so excited for the fourth book!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but when I picked it up, it was exactly the book I was in search of which is why I believe I adored it so much. It was dark, twisted, and intriguing, and of course, fantasy. Because of all that, I could not put it down once I picked it up! The three sisters are so flawed and realistic, growing up in a twisted world that has so many layers we only begin to uncover in the first book; a world I only want to know more about. In the next day or two, I will be jumping into the third book, but so far this series is holding up!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Sitting on my shelf and gathering dust for months (maybe even a year!), I decided to brush off The Cruel Prince after reading Three Dark Crowns because still, I craved fantasy. I was hesitant diving into this surprisingly thin, faerie fantasy novel, because of all the hype surrounding it. For a lot of people, the hype got to them and they didn’t enjoy The Cruel Prince. However, I devoured this book. There is also a lot of controversy about the love interest and his relationship with the main character, which I do understand. It was a little iffy and while that was a hesitation I had about the book, the world entrapped me and the story held my interest quite a bit.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Another book I had some hesitations about because of the hype, and also because it is a mystery. I wouldn’t say I dislike mystery, I just haven’t read too much of the genre, but I ended up absolutely falling in love with this book. It was so addicting, a literal definition of “reading a book like its candy”. I cherished every opportunity I got the chance to sit down and read a hundred or so pages of this because it only got better and better. The atmosphere of this book is so realistic and despite the murder aspect of it all, gives me the cozy, fall vibes because of the school setting. Right now, I am reading the second book and while it isn’t as mysterious as the first, I love being in this world with these characters.

Anyways, those are the 4 books I read this year so far, that are my favourites, but I am sure there are many more to come! Make sure you let me know in the comments below what some of your favourite books are at the moment, and also don’t forget to check out my last blog post linked down below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – Book Review

 

On October 23rd, The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth hit shelves and I am so excited for you to all read it! If you have heard absolutely nothing about this lovely book, I am going to be sharing my non-spoiler thoughts on it and hopefully, by the end, you will want to pick it up too!


The Light Between Worlds is a YA magical realism story following three siblings who during the bombing of London in 1940, are somehow transported to a magical kingdom called the Woodlands. This is seemingly a place of nature and beauty, but the Woodlands is facing a battle of their own. The siblings vow to help them as much as they can in this war, and in return, are promised to be sent home afterward as if no time has passed at all.

Six years later, it is time for the siblings to finally go home and instantly, they are met with a brand new battle of their very own: their internal struggles as they try to adjust to life away from the Woodlands and back into a reality untouched by magic. It is easier for the two oldest siblings, Jamie and Philippa, but Evelyn struggles with making this world home again.

When Evelyn disappears one day, Philippa must return to England after studying in America to unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, and the darkness Evelyn fell into while she was away.

This book is haunting and whimsical, transporting me into the world of the Woodlands and London post World War II. I found myself losing track of time while reading it, always discovering myself pages ahead of where I originally thought. It takes place in 1940s-50s England and this atmosphere created is the definition of coziness: rainy, grey, and chilly. It was the perfect book to snuggle up with on an autumn day with some hot tea and a blanket. This world really does take you by surprise with how vivid it is. I could imagine the trees of the forests standing tall in the Woodlands and the gardens outside the school Evelyn retreated to whenever memories of the Woodlands attacked.

While this book has fantasy elements in it like the magic of the Woodlands, this book is less about fantasy and more about finding yourself and coping with reality. It is very character-based, following the story and relationship of two sisters, Evelyn and Philippa, both who are strong women but also have their own demons to face. We learn how they both cope with these struggles in two very different ways that were not at all healthy. This made for a realistic aspect of the novel because often, people cannot find the best ways to deal with loss or the feeling of not belonging. Instead, they resort to other methods and that was a heavy theme woven into this book.

The other characters in this book played a big part in the theme of not always choosing the healthiest ways to manage what you are feeling, which is a reality, especially in the modern world today. Evelyn juggled with her emotions and desires this entire book, knowing she belonged in the Woodlands but sometimes, something, or someone, held her back from listening to that. It was never something the other person did knowingly, like Tom. I recognized that his main role in the novel was to help portray the idea that often, a person’s problems cannot be solved by anyone other than themselves. A person is not a project: a jumbled mess of broken bits needed to be fixed, but an art piece that is slowly coming together on its own time.

Lately, mental illness has been something I’ve become more aware of and I noticed this book represented eating disorders and also depression. These were the reasons the characters had coping mechanisms, as one cannot leave a magical world and return to an ordinary one without fault. Nothing is graphic, but it is good to keep in mind when reading it in case you are easily triggered. On Laura E. Weymouth’s website, she goes into more detail about these triggers so make sure you check that out here.

Overall, this book was a cozy fantasy that I can see myself picking for the third time in the future. I highly recommend it for fans of Narnia because it is very similar to that story-wise, however, it is different because Narnia is for younger readers while this novel is for young adults. After my second read, I have decided to give The Light Between Worlds a 4.5/5 stars because it was a beautiful and gripping read that held my interest every time.

 

Those are my non-spoiler thoughts on The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth and I hope you enjoyed! Make sure to let me know if you decide to pick this book up and what your thoughts are on it! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 4: Holiday/Winter Fantasy Bucket List

Happy day 4 of the Biannual Bibliothon! I cannot believe it is already day 4…that means we are half way through which is insane. I’m definitely really sad that it is almost finished because despite it being only day 4, I have gotten a lot of reading done and am extremely motivated to keep reading.

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Okay, now on to the blogging challenge for today, which is to create a holiday or winter fantasy bucket list where you create a list of 10-15 activities you want to complete with book characters from at least 3 different books. This challenge is hosted by Cody @ thebookworminme so definitely check them out! So the characters I chose to complete these fantasy bucket list items with me are Mark Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare, Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead…interesting group right? I just love these character and think that going on some wintery adventures with them would be a blast. Anyways, now onto the bucket list!

  1. Have a Snowball Fight in the Land of the Fae – Doesn’t this sound amazing? Thanks to Mark being half faerie, he would be able to get us there so we could have an epic snowball fight. Yes I would probably lose because I would be against Mark who is a Shadowhunter and Rose who is a vampire protector…I might have a chance against Percy? Maybe? Probably not but it would be epic still!
  2. Take Up the Hobby of Dhampir Training – The winter time is the perfect time to take up a new hobby, so why not some badass training? I mean, sure I would be the only one needing the training since Mark is a Shadowhunter who has spent his entire life training, Rose is already a trained Dhampir, and Percy is a son of Poseidon who definitely has used his sword more than once. I guess it would be fun for them to excel as I fail.
  3. Make Some Cool Camp Half Blood Necklaces – Nothing brings people together during the winter time like a good craft, and ever since I read the Percy Jackson series I have desperately wanted a Camp Half Blood necklace that all the characters have, representing the years they have been at camp. It would just be a lot of fun and a good bucket list activity.
  4. Visit Boreas in His Ice Palace – If you didn’t know, Boreas is the Greek god of the North wind and in the Heroes of the Olympus series, Piper, Leo and Jason travel to Montreal, Canada where he has a massive, epic ice palace. Not only would that be incredibly cool to see a magical ice palace, but we would also get to see Montreal! Even though Percy didn’t go there himself, he is tight with Piper, Leo and Jason so I’m sure he could hook us up because I have always wanted to see the ice sculpture contest they have during the winter in Montreal. It would be so much fun.
  5. Visit Idris! – Speaking of visiting places, Idris would be so gorgeous in the winter and I would love, love to see it. Mark is a Shadowhunter and we could get Magnus to portal us all in and we would just have a lovely, magical trip to Idris, the land of the Shadowhunters. We could go ice skating, go dress shopping…there are no limits.
  6. Ski Trip with Rose’s School – So in Frostbite by Richelle Mead (the 2nd book in the Vampire Academy series), Rose and Lisa’s school goes on a ski trip in the mountains. I mean, I’m not the biggest skier but I would love to snuggle up around the fire with my friends. Honestly, I can’t see Percy as a big skier, but Mark is very graceful and Rose is tough so I’m sure they’d have no problem.
  7. Go Christmas Shopping at the Shadow Market – That would be fun, right? The Shadow Market is part of Cassandra Clare’s Shadow World and is where downworlders tend to scheme and rip people off, and sometimes Shadowhunters wind up there too. I mean it might be a little sketchy and unsafe, but I think we would find some really cool gifts. Personally, I would be all over the fortune tellers and whatnot because it would be so intriguing.
  8. Dance with the Fae – Another trip to the land of the fae, and while going to their parties can be dangerous, but as long as you refrain from eating or drinking anything, you’ll be fine! I mean, we have Mark to pull us out if we fall into the trance of wanting to dance for the rest eternity so all would be well.
  9. Go Winter Cave Spelunking with the Strigoi – In Vampire Academy, the Strigoi are these evil vampires that hide out in caves because they can’t stand the sunlight. Yes, it would dangerous but caves are so cool to adventure into, especially during the winter. Also, I would have 3 strong fighters with me so they could definitely take them on. Maybe after taking up some of Rose’s Dhampir training, I wouldn’t be useless either!
  10.  Exchange Gifts with the Greek Gods – And finally, after all of these crazy, winter bucket list adventures, we will end off by exchanging gifts with the Greek gods! Maybe a gold, plastic crown for Zeus, a mirror for Aphrodite, and some sunglasses for Ares? It would be interesting and I’m sure they would feed us some fantastic food afterwards.

Those are my 10 winter/holiday fantasy bucket list items and I hope you enjoyed! It took me a while to come up with them but hopefully they are somewhat creative and funny. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 3: Favourite Winter Scene + 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 3: Reading Update!

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June TBR

I am super pumped about June because there are a bunch of books I want to get to!!! All of these books are books I have not read and have just been sitting on my shelf for like ever and I am finally picking them up to start my summer!

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer is the first book on my June TBR. I am not a major fan of Twilight but for me the books are readable and I am slowly making my way through the series. I read Twilight about a year ago and I enjoyed it enough to want to continue so we will see how it goes!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is another book I have had forever and am finally getting to it. High fantasy books tend to intimidate me just because they are hard to get through but once I get through them I cannot stop, like Throne of Glass. I have heard amazing things about this book and the second book came out recently so I need to catch up!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is a book I received for my birthday last year and the reason I haven’t picked this book up is because I thought it was some depressing contemporary and it might be but I look up some reviews and they were really good so that motivated me to finally add to my TBR!

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead is the last book on my TBR. I am currently reading Frostbite and I am really enjoying it so I am excited to be continuing on with the series!

 

Reading Update

I haven’t poShatter-Mested in a few days so I decided to update you guys with what I am reading and my reading plans! Comment below what you are currently reading because I would love to know!

So right now I am working through Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi and I am really enjoying it! I have only read 2 days worth of it and am on page 150 but I am hoping to get to at least 200 by the end of the weekend. I know that doesn’t seem like much but I usually don’t read much on the weekend. I love reading at night and when I don’t have school I tend to watch movies all night…Anyways back to books. Once I have finished Unravel Me, I am hoping to jump right to the last book, Ignite Me!

That is all for my mini reading update 🙂

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Books I Own but Haven’t Read

Here is a list of all the books I own but just haven’t read, not because they are boring but because I keep putting them off for new books I get but I think we all have that problem.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I am not entirely sure what this is about but I know it is some sort of contemporary book. I will get to this eventually but it is not on the top of my list to read at the moment so I am not sure when that will be.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am currently reading this book and loving it so it will be off this list pretty soon! Highly recommend it if you love Harry Potter.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson. This is the second book in the Kiss of Deception series and while I really enjoyed the first book, this book just started off with a slow start and I wasn’t able to get into it. Hopefully if I pick it up again, read more and be able to get into the book.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I just recently bought this book and I am planning on reading it sometime in April. I heard it is a bit slower compared to the first book which I enjoyed but I am only hoping that I will like this book just as much.

Four by Veronica Roth. I started this book (or is it a novella?) two years ago and I just found Four’s point of view very boring but maybe if it I try reading it now it will be more appealing, fingers crossed.

Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. This is the only Cassandra Clare book I have not completed but only because I got distracted with her Infernal Devices trilogy and never got around to finishing this book but I will read it!

New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I have only read Twilight it the series and it was okay but I never had any motivation to continue on with the series but I think eventually I will finish it just because it is so popular.

Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead. My cousin recommended this series to me and it is loved by a lot of people so I thought I would give the series a shot! I haven’t gotten around to it yet but I will soon. I don’t read much vampire based books so this should be good!

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas. This is a novella to Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series which is amazing. I have heard this novella is really good so I am planning on reading it before  I pick up her newest book, Queen of Shadows.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. When I picked this book up, I just wasn’t in the mood for high fantasy so when I attempted to read it I just wasn’t in the right mood so I never finished it. Again, I hope to get to this soon since the next book in this series is coming out very soon.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I just have heard great things about this book and I saw it for a very cheap price so I thought why not? Sadly, I haven’t been able to pick it up because of all the other books I have to read…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I have heard so much about this series and it makes me extremely excited to read it! This book is very different from what I usually read so it will be a great way to get a look at other ‘types’ of YA books. I am planning on reading this over my Spring Break which is in the next 2 weeks!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I bought this book on my tablet because it was only $2 but I haven’t tried reading it yet. I don’t know when I am going to read this book but hopefully soon and I really would like to love it!

Passengers by Alexandra Bracken. Okay, so everyone seems to love this book but I am halfway through and I am very bored…I put this book down a month ago after trying to read it but I just can’t get into it but I am determined to finish it!

So those are all the books on my shelf that I have not read and it actually isn’t a whole lot considering I have just over 100 books! Anyway I hope you enjoyed reading this and comment below some books you own but haven’t read yet either!

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March Releases + TBR!!!

February is coming to an end which means it is time to share my most anticipated releases of March and what I plan on reading!

Okay, so the only book I am anticipating for March is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare!!! I love all things and everything about The Mortal Instruments so I will be buying this book as soon as possible!

Now for the TBR portion of my blog…

In March I plan on finishing up Passengers by Alexandra Bracken which is taking so long to finish…I’m just at a very slow part and I am pushing myself to finish it.

I am also planning on reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare because I started re-reading it when I was sick so I thought I would give the whole trilogy a re read.

And the last book I am hoping to get to is Lady Midnight! I am hoping to just fly through this book since I have been waiting for it for so long and I am expecting amazing things!

That was my short blog post for the day and since I am no longer sick and going away for a while I will be more active so yay!

 

Mini Book Haul

Yesterday I went to the bookstore and bought some things I wanted so here is my first book haul!

The first thing I bought was Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard which is the second book in the Red Queen series. Red Queen is about a girl name Mare who lives in a society that is divided by the colour of their blood, red or silver. Reds are the poorer people and silver are the wealthy and can even have control over a certain element. I won’t say much more in case you haven’t read it but I would recommend it! I hope Glass Sword is great and I cannot wait to dive into it.

The last thing I bought was the Harry Potter colouring book because it was only $13. I am not a HUGE colouring fan but I will definitely colour anything Harry Potter related.

So that was my mini book haul and I hope you liked it!

Popular Books I Still Haven’t Read

All of us have those books we have never read that everyone else has and today I decided to share with you the ones I haven’t gotten to yet.

The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer…I read the first book in the summer but it never wowed me so I didn’t move onto the next books but I have all the books so I will try and finish the series.

Passengers by Alexandra Bracken…I am currently reading this now after putting it down last month because nothing exciting happened. I know the exciting part happens towards the end but that is like another 150 pages and I just wish it wasn’t so slow but I will finish it, I promise and then I will write a review on it.

Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige…Okay so I read the first book and at first I enjoyed it but then I lost interest. It wasn’t because nothing exciting happened but because I didn’t connect with the characters at all and it just wasn’t my type of book. The CW is currently deciding whether or not to make it a TV series and I will definitely give it a shot because I think it would make a good show.

The Death Cure by James Dashner…Again I read the first and second book and I really liked the first book. I thought it was a great idea but then I read the second book and all they seemed to do was walk through the desert and that bore me. I feel like Dashner kind of didn’t try as hard with the second book which drove me to not wanting to read the last book but I got spoiled anyway…cry.

Those are some of the popular books I have not read and comment down below the ones you haven’t read!