Reading/Writing Update!

Sorry this is going up a bit later than usual, it was just hard to find some time to quickly type this up!

I was intending to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (as I am already halfway through it), but I had a sudden change in heart and picked up Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia instead. This was a re read and I think it was either on my December or January TBR, but it was also just a book I personally needed to read again. The main character, Eliza, deals with anxiety in this book, specifically social anxiety, and that is something that has been rapidly re-entering my life again. It was something I just needed to read and it definitely made me feel a lot better seeing that represented in YA. Since that book only took me about two days to read, I have started two other books that I am really excited about. The first is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso which I am halfway through and already love it. It is about Sophia’s journey to kick starting her vintage clothing company, Nasty Gal, and how us #GIRLBOSSES can do it too. The other book I am currently reading is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandyha Menon and I absolutely adore it! Despite only being 50 or so pages in, I already know that once I let myself just sit down and read it, I won’t want to stop. Hopefully I will be able to finish #GIRLBOSS by the end of today, thus it being my last book  of the year, but I really doubt I will be able to finish When Dimple Met Rishi…which is okay because it will be my first read of the new year then! I don’t think I have announced what my 2018 reading is, but it is 75 books and fingers crossed that I can get remotely near that number this coming year. 2017 was not a great reading year at all but if I start 2018 off right, I know it will be successful!

As for writing, I have been planning a story idea I have been working on for about a year. The overall, core idea is roughly the same, but I have been changing plot points, characters, etc over the past year, just trying to get the story right. I think I have gotten it almost right now, and hopefully I can start righting it when February comes around! I don’t want to rush it though, because I have always rushed myself to finish an outline and that has never turned out well.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you guys enjoyed! I hope you have a wonderful rest of 2017, or if it is already 2018 for you then happy new year 🙂

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Reading/Writing Update!

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Merry Christmas Eve! This is the second last reading/writing update before the new year which is crazy. I cannot believe we are only a week away from 2018, I am hands down ready for 2017 to be over though, so I cannot wait. Anyways, this week hasn’t been an amazing reading week. I prefer to read right before bed but this last week I have been falling asleep as soon as I touch my bed…meaning I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done. Yesterday was my first day off school so I spent it lounging around and being lazy, but hopefully I have gotten that out of system and am going to make these next two weeks productive reading and writing wise…fingers crossed I can fight the laziness and procrastination. However, I did finish Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert this week, and I absolutely adored it! I will talk about my feelings om it more in my December 2017 Wrap Up which will be coming in a week or so, but for now, all you need to know is that it is definitely worth the read! I have also been re reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, and am about 170 pages in. I am hoping I can finish it pretty soon because there are so many other books I want to get to but I also don’t want to rush it!

Lately I have been planning a creative non-fiction piece I am working on for a local writing contest. The deadline isn’t until March so I got plenty of time, but lately I have been leaving things to the last minute and while I do think so of my best work is produced that way, I don’t want to get in that habit. So I have slowly been mapping out my ideas and what the goal of my piece is, and I am really enjoying it! I am really glad I have decided to write more than just fiction, because while fiction will always be my favourite to write, I do really enjoy writing essays and creative non-fiction pieces!

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

January 2018 TBR!

This is my first TBR of the new year and I am so excited! 2017 was kind of a reading bust because I only read 40-or-so books, but I am determined to read a lot more this coming year. Because of that…my TBR is kind of ambitious but I know I can do it!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling 

Currently I am re reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and am obviously loving it, as it is getting me in the holiday spirit. Obviously I cannot just start one and not continue on with the whole series, so I plan on giving the entire series a re read! I doubt I need to explain the synopsis of the Harry Potter series, especially since these are the second and third books in the series but yeah, I am really excited to be giving these my annual yearly re read!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters was a book I read back in July for the BookTubeAThon, and I read it in just a few hours because it was so amazing. It talks about the hardships of being a creative person, as well as being someone who doesn’t fit in well at school and suffers from mental illness. These are really important representations in books because I know for myself, it is very relatable. Eliza and Her Monsters follows Eliza, who is the anonymous creator of the online phenomenon webcomic, Monstrous Sea. It follows Eliza as she meets Wallace, who happens to be Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfic writer, and she struggles with keeping her true identity a secret as they grow closer together, brought together by their love for this webcomic that she created.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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This is a really short book that I heard is amazing, so I have no doubt that once I actually force myself to pick it up, I won’t want to put it down. We Were Liars follows a “perfect” family that spends every summer on private island, however this summer is not the same. Cadence, a fifteen year old girl, has something happen to her during her fifteenth summer, and with the help of others she tries to remember the accident. I really had to pull this synopsis from online, but even then it is still really mysterious…and intriguing so I am excited to (hopefully) pick it up next month!

This Savage Song by V.E Schwab

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I really look up to Victoria as a writer. She has fantastic tips and ideas about creativity, and overall she seems like a very genuine person! Not too long ago I purchased This Savage Song, because it got, and still is getting, wonderful reviews so I really would like to get to it in the New Year. This Savage Song follows August and Kate, two who are on opposite sides of their divided city which are at war. All August wants is to be human, and he could if he steals a soul with music. When Kate gets kicked out of yet another boarding school, a chance arises and he jumps at it, only to be faced with a change of direction and suddenly him and Kate are on the run.

Those are the five books I hope to get to in the month of January, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog pots: January 2018 Talk 🙂

Reading/Writing Update!

Happy Sunday! It has been a quiet and calm yet also busy weekend because I have been finishing up homework and studying for my last few tests coming next week. I haven’t done a ton of reading but I have done some over this past week so I thought I would share what I have accomplished so far because at least it is something!

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Currently I am reading two books. Two books that I absolutely adore and am loving reading so much I don’t ever want them to end. The first one is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert which is a non-fiction book on creativity. I am on page 154 of 273 and have found it so incredibly inspiring and informative, that I have enjoyed taking my time this past week reading it. I don’t usually sit down and just read non-fiction books (I usually just scan them and take note of anything I find useful), but with this one I haven’t taken a single note. I’ve just been sitting and down and reading it which is really nice. The other book I am reading is a re read, and that is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! I am not very far in it at all, but I am a good 70 pages into it and I cannot wait to keep diving in. I’ve been distracted with reading Big Magic in the spare time I do spend reading, but once I finish it I will be giving Harry Potter by full attention and will hopefully finish it before winter break starts this coming Friday!

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Lately I have been searching up more essay contests ever since the last one I entered a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed writing that essay and would like to continue practicing and submitting more essays. Other than googling about writing, I have not written much lately…really I just want to get through this last week of school and then once I am on break I want to spend some time outlining because I have a story that I want to explore! It is an interesting idea to me, and I am hoping that it will take me by the reins and guide me to writing it, but you never know with ideas!

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

Reading Update!

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Yesterday I finished reading I See London I See France by Sarah Mlynowski, and it was the perfect book for me to read right now. I am feeling the stress of school for sure, and this was the perfect light hearted, adventurous contemporary to pick up. It follows two best friends, Sydney and Leela who decide to travel around Europe for four and a half weeks, but when Leela’s ex boyfriend, Matt and his friend Jackson end up on the same flight, plans change. This book made me really want to travel and made me grin from ear to ear from its cheesy cuteness! However, since I finished it, I am having trouble deciding what to read next…I want to read Hush, Hush, but I also want to re read Lady Midnight and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone…I am leaning towards Harry Potter because I feel like it is made an obligation to pick them up during the winter time, but I just don’t know! Anyways, by the time this blog post goes up (it is currently Saturday night), I will probably have chosen my next read and at this moment I feel like it may be Harry Potter…

That is all for my reading update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Classic Movie Recommendations!

Favourite Fall Films!

Fall means Halloween which means amazing movies, so here are some recommendations to get you in the fall/Halloween mood!

Twitches & Twitches Too

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I cannot even begin to explain the love I have always had for these movies. When I was about ten or eleven I watched these movies for the first time and absolutely adored them, and to this day I still do! Twitches follows two girls named Alex and Cam who are not only long lost twins, but witches too, and on their 21st birthdays they are reunited and discover the truths of their pasts. This is a movie enjoyable for any age honestly, and if you haven’t seen these movies then definitely check them out!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Not only do the Harry Potter movies give you the dark and cozy vibe you want during the fall, but for a good portion of the movie they have a Halloween feast! If you didn’t know…Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows eleven year old Harry Potter who discovers that he is a wizard, and that he is enrolled in a magical boarding school called Hogwarts where he will learn to use his powers for the greater good. There is darkness and magic and ultimately Harry Potter is a fantastic thing to watch and read during the fall, or really any time of the year.

Insidious

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You can’t not watch a horror movie during the fall/Halloween time, so I had to throw one in. I recently watched this movie and I really enjoyed it. It was creepy and eerie and was exactly the horror movie I needed. Insidious follows a family who moves into this old house, and after there son slips and falls off a ladder while exploring the attic, he goes into a coma. Later on the parents learn that their son isn’t in a coma because of the fall, but because he has traveled to far into the spirit realm and it is up to them to try and get him back. The second one is also really good and I recommend it!

Halloweentown

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Halloweentown is another childhood movie that I think almost everyone watched…but anyways I have to put it on the list for those of you who haven’t seen it yet! It follows a girl named Marnie and her family, who have never been able to go out on Halloween or even go trick or treating because their mother won’t let them. But when their grandmother comes, secrets come out as Marnie discovers she is a witch. This is such a fun movie and everyone should watch it.

Those are a few of my favourite fall/Halloween movies and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Fall Reading Recommendations!

 

Back to School Reads!

Personally, I enjoy school. I like the structure and organization of it, as well as most of the classes. Especially getting into my last 2 years of high school, school has gotten more enjoyable because I can choose the majority of my classes. But anyways, enough about that. In this blog post, I will be discussing books that take place at schools and just give you that “back to school” vibe that we all love.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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I describe this book as a sci-fi contemporary book that follows seventeen year old Katy who has just moved to a small town in Virginia with her mother looking for a fresh start. There, she moves next to two twins named Dee and Daemon Black, and soon she is quickly thrust into their crazy world. Obviously, Katy goes to school through this book, and a new school might I add. Overall though, this is a really fun and quick read that is perfect if you find the back to school time stressful.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters is a book that I think a lot of us can relate to. It follows odd Eliza Mirk, a girl who is the anonymous creator of a popular web comic, Monstrous Sea. And while her online life is thriving, her offline life…not so much. That is, until Wallace transfers to her school and she realizes maybe it is worth putting effort into her offline life. This is a really cute contemporary that made my heart and cheeks ache from smiling too much! I flew through this book in a day, so another easy read for back to school.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

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Of course this is going to be on this list! Harry Potter, if for some odd reason you didn’t know, entirely takes place at a magical boarding school called Hogwarts and gives you all the back to school vibes you could hope for. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows eleven year old, Harry Potter, who discovers that he is a wizard. He is then, sent off to this magical boarding school where he learns to control his powers while fighting off an evil wizard that everyone thought was dead. Everyone loves this series because how could you not?

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Just Listen and Saint Anything are my top 2 favourite Sarah Dessen books, but since I talk about Saint Anything a lot, I will put Just Listen down instead. Just Listen follows Annabel, a girl who seems to have it all but if you knew her, you would know she has anything but. Returning to school friendless and lonely, she meets another lone wolf named Olly and the two form a very unlikely bond. Another book I just flew through because it was so addicting! Perfect back to school read, and it shows you that if you feel like you don’t fit in, don’t give up looking because eventually, you will find where you belong.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I don’t want to only include contemporary so here is some supernatural fantasy! Vampire Academy takes place at a, well you guessed it, vampire academy that our two main characters, Rose and Lisa, ran away from a year ago. Brought back, they realize they are still having to face danger despite being “safe” at the academy.  This is part of a six (?) book series that you can’t help but binge read because they are so addicting!

Those are a few book recommendations for back to school and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: July 2017 Wrap Up!

Writer’s Motivation Pack!

When it comes to writing, sometimes you just need a little motivation to get you started. Since this is a problem I face ninety nine percent of the time, I have put together a few different motivation options for all of you seeking a little inspiration.

Podcasts:

Image result for 88 cups of tea with yin chang88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang – This is an amazing writing podcast that comes out every Thursday, and is something I recommend all writers listen to. It gets you motivated and excited to write and you always finish it with new, valuable information. Some episodes I recommend are Victoria or VE Schwab, Jerry Spinelli, Sandhya Menon, Joanna Volpe, and Sarah J Maas! These are some of my favourite episodes, but they are all fantastic and you should listen to them all. http://88cupsoftea.com/

Image result for first draft with sarah enniFirst Draft with Sarah Enni – This is also a great podcast for writers because just like 88 Cups of Tea, it brings on a diverse cast of amazing authors that have many tips and tricks when it comes to not only writing, but the publishing world. Some episodes I love and recommend are Veronica Roth, Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Jenny Han, and Margaret Stohl. Again, these are just some of my personal favourites but all the episodes are great! http://firstdraftwithsarahenni.tumblr.com/

Books:

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A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves – I have barley gotten into this book, but I am already learning so much from it. It has easily accessible information, unlike some where you have to read it cover to cover to get the information from it. This is definitely getting me motivated to write and I am really enjoying learning some new tips and tricks as always!

Write – This little writing book is filled with tips from a variety of authors like Neil Gaiman, Richard Ford, and Margaret Atwood. I flew through this short handbook and took away lots of information. A must for a quick read!

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Art of Character by David Corbett – I wrote down so many notes from this book, so I recommend having a notebook handy. I know creating flushed out characters is not a strong point of mine yet, so I feel that this book really assisted in my understanding on how to do so and I really recommend it!

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Writing Fiction Step by Step by Jossip Novakovich – Again, another writing book where I recommend that you have a notebook next to you. So much information that is valuable and useful, and is information that I use whenever I write now.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – This isn’t a craft book, but something about JK Rowling’s complex and fantastic world just makes me get the craving to write. It has planted so many ideas in my head and is just the source of great young literature!

That is all for this Writer’s Motivation Pack and I hope you found some of it useful. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

 

 

Quick Reads!

I love being invested in a nice, big book, but I also enjoy being able to finish a book in one sitting. If you are like that as well, here are a few recommendations for some quick reads!

perksThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Not only is this a book that sucks you in and doesn’t let you leave, it is not very long (two hundred and thirteen pages). The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows a high school freshman, Charlie, who suffers from a difficult past, but with the help of some new friends, they help him turn things around for the better. This can be a heavy book at times because it deals with mental illness, but it is a very fast paced and fantastic read that you will not want to put down!

just-listenJust Listen by Sarah Dessen – I read Sarah Dessen books very quickly, but this one I managed to read in one sitting because it was just so fast paced. This book follows a girl named Annabel whose life seems perfect, but is anything but. Her life is full of high expectations and no friends to help her through it, until she meets Ollie, a quiet, music loving boy who sheds some light in her world. A fun, quick contemporary!

Everything EverythingEverything Everything by Nicola Yoon – The adaption for this book actually comes out this May, so you better get your hands on it because since it is a quick read, you have time before the movie! Everything Everything is about this girl named Maddie who hasn’t left her house in many, many years because she is allergic to well, everything everything. One day though, a boy named Ollie moves next door and shows her there is more to life than what she knows. This may sound cliché, but trust me, it is not and you will most likely really end up enjoying it!

mebeforeyouMe Before You by JoJo Moyes – I read this book so I could watch the adaptation, which is as amazing as the book, and I read it in one night…which is kind of insane considering it is about four hundred pages. Me Before You is about a young woman named Lou who begins working for a quadriplegic man named Will, who has seemed to have lost the will to live. With a shaky beginning, they grow to care for one another as they go on a journey of struggles, laughs and tears. A quick must read!

harry-potter-philosophers-stone-bookHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – Once you get into the story, the Harry Potter world is something that completely consumes you until you flip to the last page. If for some reason you didn’t know what Harry Potter was…it is about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers he is a wizard. He is sent to a magical boarding school called Hogwarts where he will be able to learn to control his powers, but not everything is as light and fluffy as it seems, because he is also being hunted down by an evil wizard named Voldemort.

Those are five quick reads that I really enjoy, so I hope you will to. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Unpopular Book Opinions!

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!