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!

Favourite Re Reads!

Re reading books I love is one of my favourite things to do, which can sometimes be bad when I need to read some new books on my shelf…but anyways, here are a few of my favourite books to re read!

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I absolutely loved Lady Midnight the first time I read it, but now I am re reading it and it is just as amazing. Lady Midnight is a massive books but reads quickly in my opinion. I forgot how witty the characters were and how fantastic the whole story is, and I am falling in love with it all over again. I love re reading all of Cassie Clare’s books but at the moment this is definitely a favourite of mine to re read!

obsidian-cover5Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This book is such a quick, fun read that I can read multiple times but never get bored of it. Obsidian is part of a five book series, but it is hands down my favourite of them all. I think I like it the most because as the story progresses, the books grow darker and I just enjoy how light and fluffy the first one is.

fangirl_coverdec2012Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I have read Fangirl twice now, and the second time was just as good as the first let me tell you. Fangirl is just one of those cute contemporaries with not only relatable characters, but relatable moments. I recommend anyone who hasn’t read it to read it, because you will fall in love with it!

gofHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – I doubt this is a surprise for any of you because who isn’t going to want to re read a Harry Potter book? I almost put the first book down, but overall I love the fourth one the most. Something about have the triwizard tournament and than the ball just makes me love the story even more.

anna-kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Surprise, surprise right? Its not like I have read this book ten thousand times. I just love contemporaries and Anna and the French Kiss is a perfect one, okay? I re read contemporaries the most just because they are so fun, entertaining and super quick reads!

 

Those are five books I like to re read the most and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 5 Things I Look for in a Book!

 

April 2017 TBR!

March was a good reading month, but I am hoping that April will be even better because there are a whole bunch of books coming out in May that I need to be prepared for and April is the month to do that.

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – The sequel to this fantastic book, Lord of Shadows, is coming out later in May so I have to re read this book to be ready for it. Lady Midnight follows a Shadowhunter (half human, half angel) named Emma Carstairs, who after her parents dead bodies wash up on shore, is determined to discover what happened. There is lots of twists and turns and heart break and I absolutely CANNOT wait to devour it once again. If you are thinking about reading this book, make sure you read Cassandra Clare’s other books series first, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices because it is necessary for this book!

courtofmistandfuryA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I always say I am going to finally finish this book but then never do…but this time I mean it! I am going to finally complete this book in preparation for the next book in the series, which also comes out in May. A Court of Mist and Fury is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which follows a girl named Feyre, who after killing a Faerie, is forced to live out the rest of her mortal life in the faerie realms. This is an epic book series that has lots of action and swoony romance. I am so excited to FINALLY finish it and not have it as a weight on my shoulders.

hp7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling – I have been in the Harry Potter mood lately, and I recently re read the first six books so why not also re read the seventh. IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW, Harry Potter is about a boy who discovers he is a wizard and is sent off to a boarding school of magic. This is an amazing book series, and I haven’t read the last book in so long so I am excited to refresh my mind!

 

pj3Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse (graphic novel) by Rick Riordan – I recently purchased this graphic novel, my first graphic novel, and am so excited to read it! I love Percy Jackson, and flipping through this graphic novel I realized that the illustrations are gorgeous. If you didn’t know, the Percy Jackson series is about a boy named Percy Jackson who discovers his father is a Greek God and is immediately thrust into a crazy world of demigods, gods and monsters. This is the third book in the series and I highly recommend it over all!

Those are all the books I am planning on reading in April and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: April 2017 Talk!

 

 

Top 5 Favourite Covers!

Sorry there were no blog posts on Monday and Tuesday but from now on there will be so again, I am so sorry about that. Anyways, now I am going to share my top 5 favourite book covers in order so I hope you enjoy!

#5. Winter by Marissa Meyer – Winter is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series and while it is an amazing read, the cover is gorgeous! The cover has our new POV, Winter, holding a glowing red apple because if you didn’t know, each new Lunar Chronicles book is based on a different fairy tale. If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles definitely go pick it up, read it and then stare at the beautiful covers!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Jonny Duddle Edition (1)#4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Harry Potter (UK Edition) – I bought the Harry Potter series in the UK edition because they are stunning but my favourite is definitely the third one. Prisoner of Azkaban used to be one of my least favourite Harry Potter books story wise and cover wise but now I love both. The blues and the patronus featured on the cover just make it that much better! Honestly, if for some odd reason then you NEED to pick up this fantastic series. alexandra-bracken-passenger

#3. Passengers by Alexandra Bracken – When I saw this cover I was like “I HAVE to buy this” and I did but sadly didn’t enjoy the story as much as I did the cover. Passengers is a time travel book and the illustration of the boat on the cover of the book is so incredible that I really wish I loved the story. I am going to give the book another try eventually but until then I will just enjoy its beautiful cover.

the-assassins-blade#2. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas – I haven’t read this book but the cover is so pretty! It has blues and purples that blend nicely but all of Sarah J Maas’s books are breathtaking so I am not surprised this one is also amazing! Please read all of Sarah J Maas’s books though because you will not regret it.

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clare#1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This is one of my favourite books EVER and it just happens to have a beautiful cover so that is double points to Cassandra Clare. The cover of Lady Midnight is a picture of our main character, Emma Carstairs floating under water with a sword in hand. The shot is so stunning and captures a certain scene perfectly in the book. Looking at the cover gets me super excited for the next book, Lord of Shadows coming out in May!

That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading Update.

P.S. I couldn’t put in a picture for Winter so sorry about that!

Reading/Writing Update!

I have had a pretty good reading and writing month already and it is about time. This month I have already completed 2 books, 1 was a new read and the other was a re read but I really enjoyed them both! I started off the year by finishing up The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han, and the last book, We’ll Always Have the Summer was the first book I finished this month. I loved this trilogy and it was what I needed to read at that time. The other book I finished I actually just completed today and that was Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout and I completed it just in time for the Biannual Bibliothan which is tomorrow. I have already read Obsidian but it was really great to re read it and I cannot wait to re read the second book, Onyx! Since the Biannual Bibliothan is tomorrow, that means I will be picking up Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and trying to finish that by Monday. Anyways, I am super excited to get some more reading done!

For writing I haven’t been doing to bad either. I restarted the first page of the story I am writing a couple times, but I have finally wrote a beginning I like and am already on page 5. I am planning on doing some writing right after I finish up this blog post so I am hoping to reach 6 or 7 pages by the end of today. I really love getting back into a writing routine and even though I didn’t have to much time to write the past 2 days because of school, I want to get a lot done this weekend!

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

January 2017 Biannual Bibliothan TBR!

If you didn’t know, the Biannual Bibliothan is a reading event that takes place in the summer and the winter and is a great way to connect with other readers over social media. There are reading challenges (which is what I will be participating in), video challenges and even challenges over Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate this year but I decided to so here are the books I will be reading from January 8-14 which is when the event takes place.

  1. Throwback: Choose a Reading Challenge from a Previous Year: Re Read Your Favourite Book in a Series – For this I am going to be re reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and I know there are only 2 books out at the moment but it will be part of a series. I really wanted to read the second book, A Torch Against the Night, but I feel like I should re read the first book so it is fresh in my mind for when I jump into the next one! Plus it is fantastic.
  2. Read a 2016 ReleaseA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir came out in Summer of 2016 so right after I finish Ember I am diving into this sequel. I am so excited to use this bibliothan as a chance to push myself to finally read this book and I know I am going to love it.
  3. Read a BookTuber Recommendation – I don’t personally know any BookTuber’s so I just watched a few recommendation videos and picked a  book from there. Since I haven’t yet finished re reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling I decided to use this as way to motivate myself to complete it!
  4. Read a Book You Were Really Excited for but Never Picked Up – I am really, really excited to read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh but I haven’t got a chance to pick it up yet so I am so pumped to give it a read this month.
  5. Read a Retelling – I am doubling up this challenge and am reading The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh because it is a retelling of the story A Thousand and One Nights so it counts!
  6. Read a Diverse Book – I am also doubling up this challenge and choosing An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because this amazing book is filled with people of colour so I am excited to read it for my challenge!

Those are the books I chose for each challenge and I hope you enjoyed! If you are interested in joining the Biannual Bibliothan than check out their YouTube channel Biannual Bibliothan for more info!

Fairy Tale Book Tag!

I decided to create a new tag that associates fairy tales with books, and while this has most likely been done already, I wanted to make my own! It was very fun to make so I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Beauty and the Beast – Pick a book where love triumphs everything.

There were a few choices for this one but overall I am going to have to say Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead because despite everything that happens (not going to spoil anything) to Rose and Dimitri, they still fight through it and we really do see that their love for each other is stronger than any obstacle thrown at them…if you have finished the series you definitely know what I mean!

Cinderella – Pick a book with a beautiful cover change.

Anna and the French Kiss had an absolutely terrible cover before the new one which I now really like. The old cover had the Eiffel Tower in the background, a close up of a park bench with 2 people sitting on it and their hands almost touching. Long story short it is definitely one of the worst covers I have seen but the cover change is very nice so it is all good!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Pick a book with a large cast of characters.

Definitely going to use this one to talk about The Mortal Instruments because the whole series has a great and diverse cast of characters. We have Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus as the main people we follow and I honestly love all of them (not all the time though…) and I find it very fun following them on their adventures. They are hilarious and unique in their own ways and I could read in their POV’s forever and ever and ever.

Sleeping Beauty – Pick a book that put you to sleep.

Ha ha ha…Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I really loved the first book in this trilogy, Divergent, but the second one was such a let down! It was slow and nothing too exciting happened. I also felt as if the writing declined slightly and I also didn’t really enjoy where the story went and how some of the characters dealt with certain situations…

Red Riding Hood – Pick a book with a “big bad wolf” in it.

I am also going to use this to sneak in some Harry Potter because honestly, Voldemort is the villain I least want to meet. In the books and movies he just unnerved me so much and he is definitely the worst of all villains. Just the way he looks with his nostril slits and pale skin, and just how cruel and insensitive he is scares me more than a wolf that’s for sure.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Pick a book with a world that sucked you in.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan! I find the world in this series so intriguing because of all the mythology. We never actually leave the real world, but Rick Riordan throws in the right amount of mythology to make it a place you never want to leave. Overall, Greek Mythology, to me, is the extremely interesting and I always love to read about it.

That was my Fairy Tale Book Tag and I hope you enjoyed it! If you do this tag definitely tell me because I would love to see all your answers for the questions!

 

 

 

Reading/Writing Update!

It is that time of the week again so here is a quick update on where I am in my reading and writing update!

This week I have read about 300 pages of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince but the last 2 days I haven’t read anything…I just have been too exhausted to read before bed, which is when I usually get my reading done, but I want to get as much reading done as I can this weekend. I would really like to finish The Half Blood Prince by Wednesday but if not oh well. I would also like to read a contemporary this weekend…I am just in the mood for something fun and light but not sure which one. I am deciding between Eleanor and Park or To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (both would be re reads) but they are both so amazing so its too hard to decide.

For writing, it was another week of nothing…well sort of. On Sunday last week, I attending a write-in writing competition and wrote a 3 page story. The writing competition was really fun and it was a great way to just write without overthinking too much. I am not sure how great my story was but it was nice to just have 3 hours to write in silence without being distracted. I do have a plan to start writing this idea I have been thinking about for a while now, but I am waiting until January 1st to start that because around that time I won’t be busy and it is the start of the new year, so I think it will be the perfect time to write. I am really excited to write about this idea, but I do need some more time to work certain things out but I am almost there!

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed it!

Books You Need to Read!

There are some books out there that everyone has to read and in this blog post I am going to be sharing a few that if you haven’t read, you better go to a bookstore or a library and pick it up because let me tell you, you will not regret it!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – While a lot of people have read this amazing series, a lot of people haven’t so it is always worth recommending because that person might have not had the motivation to ever read it. The Harry Potter series is a fantastic series that I absolutely adore and am loving re reading right now! I think you don’t even know what a book is until you have read this magical classic.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Every reader needs to read it because it is funny, adorable and relatable. All of Rainbow Rowell’s books are amazing, but this one is my favourite because Cath has so many relatable qualities and has many obstacles in her life that many people could relate to as well. Apart from her obstacles, this book has a sweet romance and great friendships and is always fun to read.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – This is my all time favourite series and I think everyone should have the privilege to read this wonderful series! We follow an amazingly diverse cast of characters and there is witty humor, loss, romance, and action and the Shadow world is just perfection as is Jace…you need to read this series, and The Infernal Devices and then The Dark Artifices because it is just so much amazingness!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – The Percy Jackson series is such a fun series to get into, and while the first book is slightly slow, it really does pick up quickly and soon you find yourself being whisked away into a world filled with Greek Gods, monsters and amazing characters. The Percy Jackson characters, much like the Mortal Instruments characters, are very diverse and just have many unique qualities. I recommend this to all ages because everyone who reads it loves it!

Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – When I first read these books and finished them, I flipped back to the beginning and started again because they are THAT good. If you love contemporaries (like me) then you definitely should give these a read because it is so worth it. I was a little hesitant when I first picked these up in 2014 but I slapped myself silly because I fell in love with the story line and the romance and Etienne and Cricket…you just need to read both of these books!

Those are a few books that you NEED to read because they are absolutely amazing! Of course there are many other amazing books, these are just ones that have greatly impacted me and are ones I never stop thinking about. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writing Exercises!

 

Top 5 Books I Read in Fall!

I read quite a few books over the months of September through to November, and overall, I was very happy with them! Despite the large amount I read though, I am only going to be sharing my top 5 favourites I read this month, otherwise this would be a very long blog post.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwen who is from a family of time travelers, but she herself is believed to not have inherited the gift but her cousin, Charlotte supposedly has. That is, until she finds herself transported back in time and realizes that she is the one who has the abilities, not her cousin. I adored this book, and also the rest of the trilogy equally. The action and snippets of history were very enriching and the whole cast of characters were very entertaining and I just loved reading about them! 4.5/5 stars

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – Just One Day is about a girl who is on a senior trip in Europe and after meeting an intriguing boy, they run off to Paris and live wildly for a day. The next day though, he has mysteriously disappeared and she is led to believe that he just abandoned her. Throughout the novel, we follow her as she tries to cope with the abandonment, all while wondering why he left her. I really enjoyed this book, it was light and fluffy at the beginning and got quite darker towards the end. I did think that sometimes the main character was being slightly dramatic, because what did she expect? That they were going to fall madly in love? But overall it was a very fast paced read that I do really recommend! 4.5/5 stars

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – In this book, we follow Lara Jean, a young girl who for the longest time has wrote a love letter to all the boys she has ever loved before, but when they are all mailed out she jumps into a plan to prevent her current crush from knowing she truly does love him. I don’t want to say anything else because I didn’t know anything about it going in and I personally think it is more fun that way! Honestly though, I loved this contemporary story. Is was humorous and relatable and just so entertaining. I cannot wait for the 3rd book to come out because I need more! 5/5 stars

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – In this book, we follow 2 twins, June and Noah who when they were younger were very close, but after a tragic event they drifted apart and are practically strangers to each other. In Noah’s POV, we go back to their past when they were about 13, and in June’s POV we follow them in their present, 3 years later. I really, really enjoyed this book because it dealt with issues I don’t see enough in books, and also kept it real and raw. It was definitely a sadder and darker contemporary but nonetheless it was amazing! 5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – In the 4th book of the Harry Potter series we watch as the Triwizard tournament comes to Hogwarts, and how it affects the lives of Harry, Ron and Hermione. This book is my favourite book in the series because it is very fun to watch the events of the Triwizard tournament, and I also like meeting the new characters! This was a re read but it was just as amazing this time as it was the first! 5/5 stars

These are my top 5 favourite books that I completed in fall and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books I Want to Finish Over the Holidays!