Feel Good Books

I don’t know about you, but I love to read books that make me feel good. My definition of that is books that have a storyline or character that I can relate to and then I get to see them have a “happy ending”. Reading books like that just makes me hopeful and well, feel good. Here are a few of my favourites and I hope you try at least one out!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I feel like this story is a story that lots of people can relate to. It involves family drama and tension which I think is an aspect in novels that isn’t put in the spotlight enough. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is used to living life outside of the spotlight, that is, until her brother is arrested. It follows her moving to a new school and making new friends and overall is a really great story that leaves you feeling all warm and tingly at the end!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – This is honestly one of my favourite books ever. The characters are so real and have normal day to day struggles that every single person can relate to. It follows Lola, a unique and expressive girl who is having a great life until everything is flipped upside down when her old neighbour and first love, Cricket Bell, moves back next door.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I have mentioned this book recently because I just read it not that long ago. Just One Day is a cute, realistic read that shows that not everything goes as plan but that doesn’t mean it will have a bad outcome. It’s about this girl named Allyson who is on a trip around Europe which is coming to an end until she meets a boy named Willem and runs off to Paris with him. They spend an incredible day together until she wakes up and he’s just gone. The book follows her life after that, all the ups and downs, and the undying urge of figuring out why he left without an explanation.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – This is very different from the other books I have mentioned and it doesn’t fit my definition of a feel good book but it just does make me feel good when I read it, and I am sure lots of you can relate. Something about the world and storyline just makes it fit into this category and I just love it.

Those are a few recommendations and I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to check out my last post: Motivating Yourself to Write and I will see you in my next post!

Fall Book Recommendations

When fall comes around it gets colder and darker and all you want to do is wrap yourself up in a blanket and have a hot drink in your hand. Well today I am going to be recommending some darker, fall reads to go along with that!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – The Harry Potter series just has this darker atmosphere to it that makes you feel really cozy. I personally think reading this series at the beginning of fall and stretching it to winter is the best time to read it because the weather (in most places) matches the feeling! If for some reason you didn’t know, this series follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who is famous for surviving the most fear wizard in history, Voldemort. But now that Harry is older, Voldemort is slowly rising up to power and is out to get Harry.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Again, this series is a little more on the darker side because it has supernatural creatures. I love reading this series whenever but when its dark outside it just makes reading the books so much more fun! Vampire Academy is about Rose, a protector of vampires and her best friend Lissa who is part of an ancient race of vampires called Moroi. Moroi aren’t the only types of vampires in this world because there are also the bad vampires called Strigoi who always pose a threat…

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I love all of Cassandra Clare’s writing but the Infernal Devices trilogy just has an autumn feel to it. I think maybe the storyline and setting is darker than some of her other books is the reason I think this but nonetheless, it is an amazing trilogy. This trilogy takes place in Victorian England which follows a young witch named Tessa. I don’t really want to say anything else because I went in not knowing much about this book and I think it is better that way.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Now this is just a creepy and dark book all together which is perfect for Halloween. I love this novel just because it is so eerie and unique compared to other books I read. It follows Jacob who travels to a small island in Wales where his grandfather lived after his tragic death. He then learns there is a whole other world on that island and meets a very different group of children wit very peculiar powers.

Those are all the recommendations I have and I hope you enjoy!

Top 5 Cozy Reads

It’s basically fall now and for some reason I love reading in fall even more than in general. Maybe its something about how its usually grey and chilly outside so snuggling up with a book seems more appealing…anyways, these are my top 5 favourite cozy books!

Harry Potter the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – I love to read this book anytime of the year but during fall or winter it is just one of the best books to read. The book itself gives off a darker atmosphere that makes you want to get all cozied up with a cup of tea. It’s also just an amazing book in general that is highly entertaining. If for some reason you didn’t know, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows Harry Potter, a boy who discovers he is a wizard and is sent of to a magical boarding school at Hogwarts. That may sound like its all fun and games and it is, until he realizes he is being hunted down by an evil dark lord named, Voldemort.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This is such a feel good book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. It’s also such an easy read that despite the fact it is a 400 plus page book, I could easily read this in one sitting. If you didn’t know, Fangirl is about a girl named Cath and her twin sister, Wren who are attending their first year of college. Cath is very shy and closed off and has trouble fitting in until she meets her roommate and her roommate’s friend, Levi.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – I recently just finished this series and it is AMAZING! If you haven’t read this trilogy please go check it out because you will not be disappointed. There is quite a bit of action in this trilogy but it is also really fun and light hearted. Ruby Red is about Gwen who was born into a family of time travelers but her family believes that her cousin, Charlotte has inherited the gene. That is until they realize Gwen has instead. Now she is thrust into a crazy world of time traveling, a world she is unprepared for, but at least she has a partner in all this who happens to be quite attractive and obviously she ends falling for him. But it is all more complicated than it seems.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – The Selection series is a very fun, easy going series that I have read multiple times. It makes you happy, and angry at times, but overall is just a good series to cozy up and read. The Selection follows a young girl named America who is now competing for the hand of Prince Maxon, but the only thing is that her heart is elsewhere.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I looooove this book and I don’t know, something about it gives me such a fall vibe. Anna and the French Kiss follows Anna, a girl who by her parents, has been sent away to a boarding school all the way in Paris, France. There, she meets a new group of friends along with a very attractive boy named Etienne. If you haven’t read this book read it right now!

Those are some of the books that make me feel cozy and remind me of the fall time! I hope some of these books interested you and look out for my next blog post!

July and BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up 2016!!!

July was an AWESOME reading month for me because I read 10 books! The reason I read so many was partly because of BookTube-A-Thon but also because I just flew through every book I read. Since I read so many books I won’t give a description of them just because this would be a super long blog post…anyways I hope you had an amazing reading month too!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead was the first book I finished this month and it happened to be the last book in the Vampire Academy series. I was and still am so sad to finish this series but I really enjoyed the finale and I thought it tied up all the loose ends! Vampire Academy was such a fun and amazing series and I am so happy I read it! 4.5/5 stars.

Prodigy by Marie Lu was the second book in the Legend trilogy and I really liked this book! The Legend series isn’t my absolute favourite series, but I do enjoy reading it and I think they are really interesting. Anyways, this is my favourite book out of the three and I loved so many parts of this book! 4.5/5 stars.

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi is a bind up of two novellas from the Shatter Me world and I just flew through this short book. I really, really loved reading from Warner’s point of view because he is definitely one of my favourite characters and I enjoyed learning more about him! I also liked reading from Adam’s point of view because it reminded me of how much I disliked him…4/5 stars.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson…I had wanted to read a Morgan Matson book for soooo long and I am so happy that I picked this one up first because let me tell you, it did not disappoint me. I absolutely adored every second of this book! It was fast paced, entertaining, and had a great, complex cast of characters that I loved. I couldn’t ask for a better summer contemporary book! 4.5/5 stars.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is a book I had been putting off for a while but I really don’t know why because it was such a great book. Again, I flew through this easy contemporary and loved every second of it! It felt so real and relatable and I felt a roller coaster of emotions while reading it. Definitely recommend this and Since You’ve Been Gone if you are look for an awesome contemporary! 4.5/5 stars.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson was the first book I read for BookTube-A-Thon and I was really pumped to read another Morgan Matson book but it didn’t exactly reach my expectations which I admit, were a bit high after reading Since You’ve Been Gone. I still really enjoyed this book, but I just found it a little slower and I found the main character a bit annoying at times. I understand why though. It was still a good read and a good book to start my BookTube-A-Thon with though! 3.5/5 stars!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling was the second book I read for BookTube-A-Thon and I absolutely loved diving back into the Harry Potter world! It was as magical and fun as always and I was definitely not disappointed. I decided to read a Harry Potter book a month so I am also very excited to continue staying in this amazing world. 5/5 stars.

Champion by Marie Lu was the third book I read for BookTube-A-Thon and while it was a bit slow during the first 100 pages that last 200 plus pages really pulled through and I was glued to the story! I thought it was a great ending that I was satisfied with but that ending still broke me into a million tiny pieces and then glued themselves back messily, but still together…4.5/5 stars.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was the fourth and final book that I finished during the BookTube-A-Thon and again, like Harry Potter, it was so great jumping back into this crazy world. I am definitely hoping to be able to continue re reading the rest of the series soon! 4/5 stars.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon…I actually finished this book about half an hour ago and when I say I flew through this book I actually flew through it. I think I read this book in 2 hours because I just found myself continuing the flip to the next page because I really wanted to know how this story was going to end. There were so many different endings and I definitely did not expect it to end like this. I loved it though! Such a cute, amazing, and sad book that you need to read! 4.5/5 stars.

That concludes my massive July wrap up and I hope you liked it! Keep an eye out for my August TBR coming soon!

BookTube-A-Thon Reading Wrap Up!

Today is the last day of the BookTube-A-Thon and I am very happy to say I completed all of the books I planned on reading! BookTube-A-Thon was very fun and exciting and I really enjoyed participating in it this year and will without a doubt be participating next year! I won’t be going into full detail about what these books are about but if you are interested then check out my BookTube-A-Thon TBR 2016 post.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – This was the first book I completed for challenge #1: Read a book with yellow on the cover. I really enjoy all of Morgan Matson’s books so it was fun reading this one! I am glad I chose to read this book first because it was a really easy read that set me in the mood for more reading! 4/5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – It was so good diving back into the Harry Potter world! I flew through this book like always and loved every single second of it. I used this book for 3 challenges and they were challenge #2: Read a book after sunset, challenge #5: Read a book that is older than you, and challenge #6: Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation. I also really loved reading the book and than rewatching the movie so that just made completing this book so much more fun! 5/5 stars.

Champion by Marie Lu – I read this book for challenge #3: Read a book you discovered through BookTube because I first heard about the Legend trilogy over BookTube. I really liked this book, but it was a bit slower than the first 2 books in the trilogy. I still flew through and overall I really enjoyed the series! 4/5 stars.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I completed this book for challenge #4: Read a book by one of your favourite authors. I absolutely loved re reading this book! It was easy and so much fun and it didn’t even feel like I’ve read it a couple million times… Anyways, of course I loved this book and I am so happy I decided to read it again! 4.5/stars.

Those are all the books I read during the BookTube-A-Thon! I would have chosen and read more but I went camping for the last 3 days so I decided to just read 4 books. Hope you liked it!

 

 

 

Reading Update!

Since it is BookTube-A-Thon I decided it would be a good time to do  a reading update! I am currently on page 276/369 in Champion by Marie Lu and while it is a bit slower than her first two books in this series I am still really enjoying it! Last night I finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and it was so good being back in the Harry Potter world! Today I am planning on finishing up Champion and then starting my fourth and final book Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The reason I am only planning on reading 4 books is because I will be camping from Friday-Sunday so I won’t have really any time to complete anymore books…oh well I am happy with what I have done so far and it has been fun!

Anyways I hope you enjoyed this little reading update and if you are participating in the BookTube-A-Thon then keep reading! 🙂

BookTube-A-Thon TBR 2016

Today is the first day of the BookTube-A-Thon, and while I don’t have a YouTube channel I am still going to try and complete the reading challenges. I will also be participating in the Instagram challenges and Twitter sprints so I am very excited for those as well! So yeah, here are the books I will be reading this week!

Challenge #1 – Read a book with yellow on the cover – For this challenge I will be reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson because I want to read another Morgan Matson book and this one had yellow on the cover so it worked out. This book is about a girl named Amy who’s father recently died so her and her family move  from California to Connecticut to have a fresh start. To get there though, she has to go on a four day road trip with an old family friend named Roger who has a past of his own. So far I am really liking this book and I can’t wait to finish it!

Challenge #2 – Read a book after sunset – I will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling for this challenge and I am SO excited to be re reading this book. I just love the feeling when I read Harry Potter so I am glad I have an excuse to pick it up again.

Challenge #3 – Read a book you discovered through BookTube – For this one, I will be reading Champion by Marie Lu because I did hear about the Legend trilogy through BookTube and since I need to read the last book I decided to add it in here! If you didn’t know, the Legend series takes place in a futuristic version of the USA called the Republic, and the story follows a boy named Day who is a convicted criminal and a girl named June who is beloved by the Republic. When June’s brother is killed one day, all signs point to Day so she goes on a mission to hunt him down. When she does find him, she realizes he may not be the criminal everyone says he is, and he shows her the Republic isn’t as trustworthy and great as she thought it was.

Challenge #4 – Read a book by a favourite author of yours – I will be reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan for this challenge, because he is definitely one of my favourite authors. The Percy Jackson series was one of the first series I read so I have a sentimental love for it. That and his books are so much fun to read. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is about a boy named Percy who discovers that he is a demigod which means he is half human half Greek God. Because of this, he is escorted to a “safe haven” for demigods called Camp Half Blood but immediately finds out he is being convicted of stealing Zeus’s Master Bolt. So he and 2 other friends go on a quest to find out who actually stole it and clear Percy’s name.

Challenge #5 – Read a book that is older than you – Since you can combine challenges I will be combining this challenge with number 3 and 6 so I will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone since it is older than me.

Challenge #6 – Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation – Surprise! I will also being reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for this challenge.

Hope you enjoyed this TBR for this week, and I really hope I can get through them all!

Rainy Day Reads

I was inspired to do a rainy day book recommendations because its raining…in June. Anyways these are some books I like to read during the rain and I hope you like them!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is the first book in the amazing Shatter Me trilogy and I’m not exactly sure why this makes me think of a rainy day but it is just a fantastic book that you want to curl up with and not put down. If you didn’t know, Shatter Me follows a girl named Juliette who has a terrible but powerful power. She can kill with her touch. Because of this, she was locked away but when a mysterious person is tossed in her cell with her, they manage to bust out but she doesn’t realize how many people want to use her as a weapon until it’ too late.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is a contemporary that gives you that warm and cozy feeling which you want to feel when it’s raining. Eleanor and Park is about a girl and a boy who unexpectedly fall for each other despite all the complications in their lives. It shows that you can be loved no matter your differences which is really beautiful. This book is just so cute and great and I totally recommend it!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling is such a feel good book because for lots of people it brings back wonderful memories! If you haven’t read this series yet you really need to because its so good! If you don’t exactly know what this series is about it follows young Harry, an orphan, who uncovers the truth of who he really is, a wizard. A wizard with a powerful dark lord after him!

The Selection by Kiera Cass is my last book recommendation and this is just a really easy and fun read that I think a lot of you would enjoy! This series is about a girl named America Singer who becomes part of Prince Maxon’s selection, which is a competition for the prince’s heart. America doesn’t exactly want to be there though because her heart is elsewhere but things can change in the selection…

That is my rainy day book recommendations post and I hope you enjoyed it!