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

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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.

Thanks for reading!

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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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Avengers: Endgame Book Tag – Original

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Since I watched Endgame recently, I thought it would be fun to make a book tag related to it. I love doing book tags and making them, so why not? Anyways, I don’t have much more to say other than that, but I hope you enjoy! If you want to do this, then I tag you! Make sure you also tag me though in your post so I can see all of your answers 🙂

Soul Stone – Name a Character In a Book You Would Bring Back to Life…Or Kill (Warn of Spoilers!)

SPOILERS FOR THE DARK ARTIFICES TRILOGY BY CASSANDRA CLARE BELOW!!!

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Okay, a character I would bring back to life with the Soul Stone would 100% be Livvy Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I like Livvy as a character, but I would mostly bring her back because of how her death affects her entire family. It changes Julian for the worse, it drives Ty to make some really bad choices, and overall, it just destroys the entire Blackthorn family. And I hate seeing them so depressed so 100% I would bring her back. She also just did not deserve to die!! Why Cassandra Clare? Why?

Time Stone – Name Your Favourite Classic

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Out of the classics I read, I think my favourite might be The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I have a feeling it won’t stay that forever, but I haven’t read many classics yet. Anyways, the reason I think this may be my favourite is because of how real it all felt. Every time I picked up this book to read it, I felt fully submerged with the characters and what they were facing. It led me to feel a LOT of things while reading it too.

Space Stone – Choose a Magical Object, Weapon, Etc You Would Want From a Book 

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This one is so easy. Obviously, I would want Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak! That has always been the magical object I have wanted because to be able to just put on a cloak and be invisible BUT warm at the same time is a dream come true. Also, I have always wanted to wear a cloak but apparently cloaks aren’t in fashion right now…but this way, I would be able to wear it but no one would give me weird eyes while I wander down the street!

Mind Stone – Choose a Character You Wish Was Explored More in a Book, Series, Etc

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Okay, this character has a point of view we follow in The Dark Artifices trilogy but that is NOT enough. Cassandra Clare, I need a whole spinoff series about Mark Blackthorn. I don’t care if it is his journey in Faerieland or if it takes place after The Dark Artifices. I just want to see and learn more about Mark.

Reality Stone – Choose a Book Universe You Would Want to Live In

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Usually, I would say Harry Potter or even the Shadow World, but after reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, I want to live in THAT Faerie world. While there is a lot of dark and cruel things about it, it is like living in a magical historical period of time and that is just really appealing to me.

Power Stone – Choose a Magical Ability You Would Grant Yourself

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Apart from invisibility, I would definitely want the ability to read other people’s minds. However, only when I want to. If I had to listen to other people’s thoughts constantly, I would go insane, but if it was something I could control then YES. I am nosy and overthink what people are thinking about me, so this could only be good. Right?

That is all for my Avengers: Endgame book tag, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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10 Literary Magazines To Submit To – (No Fees)

 

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Submitting to literary magazines are a fantastic way to get your work out there and while it is important to support them financially to keep them alive, I think that when you are first starting out as a writer it is the smartest choice to only submit to ones that do no require a reading or a submission fee. Basically that means you don’t have to pay them money for them to read and judge your work. Anyways, here is a list of 10 awesome literary magazines for you to submit to, and I hope you enjoy!

Small Print Magazine 

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, features, interviews, writing tools review, cartoons

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction – 8000 words, Poetry – 6 poems, Book Reviews – 1000 words, Articles – 1500 words, Cartoons – single-panel

The First Line

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, non-fiction

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction – 300-5000 words, Non-Fiction – 500-800 words

Juxtaprose

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, blog posts, photography

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction – 500-5000 words, Poetry – 5 poems, Art/Photography – 5 pieces, Blog – three articles, 800-1200 words

The Journal

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, photo essays, author interviews, book/poetry reviews

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction – 10,000 words, Non-Fiction – 6,000 words, Poetry – 3-5 poems, Reviews/Interviews – 1200 words, Photo Essays – collection of pictures with up to 250 word description

Wildness

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction – 3000 words, Poetry – 5 poems

Enchanted Conversation

Submission Period: Deadline is January 20

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, poems, art, comics

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction – 700-2500 words, Poetry – any length, Art – 1-3 pieces, Comics – 1-5 pages

Nashville Review

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, comics

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction – 8000 words, Poems – 3 poems, comics – 1 page or graphic novel excerpts

QU

Submission Period: Until January 15

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, non-fiction, scripts, poetry

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction/Scripts – 8000 words, Poetry – 3 poems

Cordella Magazine

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Not stated

Room Magazine 

Submission Period: November 1 – January 31

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Poetry – 5 poems,  Fiction/Non-Fiction/Art – 1-5+ pages

Those are a few awesome literary magazines that you should consider submitting to at some point and I hope you found this blog post motivating and helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: December 2017 Wrap Up!

 

Fiction Writing Book Recommendations

I find that reading books that give you advice and tips on writing is a great way to improve so obviously I have read a few. Since I think they are a great way to improve as writer I made a list a few that I read and found helpful so I hope this helps if you are looking for a couple to read! Don’t forget to check out my last post as well: Harsh but Helpful Writing Tips 🙂

Gotham Writers Workshop Writing Fiction – I am currently reading this one right now and I have learned so many great tips. Gotham Writers is a writing school in New York but also offers the courses online. I haven’t taken any yet but I am planning to this summer but from what I have heard the courses are very interesting and you learn lots!

Writing Fiction for Dummies – I find all the “for Dummies” books to be very good in whatever category they are steering you in. I read this book last year and again, I learned so much and I am really satisfied with what I learned! It helped me become a better writer when I was new at it.

642 To Write About – This isn’t a book with tips or advice but it is a book filled with writing prompts! I bought this book and it has opened so many doors to new story ideas and whenever I have writers block this book helps to get my creative juices flowing again.

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell – Plot and its structure is an insanely important part when writing a novel which is why I added this book in. You will learn so much about how to develop your plot and have a firm structure and this helped me a lot with developing good worlds in my stories.

Those are a few books that should help you with your writing and I hope you liked it! Let me know if you would like me to do any specific blog posts because I will make sure I get to them.