September + October 2017 Wrap Up!

I have not been a vivacious reader lately, so since I have only read a few books in the last 2 months, I decided to combine the books I read in September and October into one big wrap up. Hopefully I will start picking up the pace soon, but with NaNoWriMo and school it will be challenging but I am determined to at least read 3 books in November! Anyways, here are the books I read in September and October:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

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This was the one book I read in September and it took me the entire month to read it despite being a short, fun contemporary. I did finish it though and overall really enjoyed it. Geekerella follows a girl named Elle who is obsessed with a sci-fi TV show her father used to love before he died, and when she sees a cosplay contest in celebration of the reboot of the TV series, she enters, the prize being a ticket to ExcelsiCon, she jumps at the chance to make her fangirl dreams true. This is such a fun and entertaining read that I read during a time where I was kind of in a reading slump. This book definitely brought me out of it and I was really glad I finally picked up this newer release! 4/5 stars

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 

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Ruby Red is a book I rave about on my blog a lot, and as I have mentioned before, it is the perfect to read during the fall time. It takes place in London, has time travel and witty characters that you will love. Ruby Red follows Gwen, a sixteen year old girl born into a time travelling gene, however, her cousin Charlotte is the one believed to possess the gene. That is, until Gwen is taken back in time and her entire world is flipped upside down. This is the first book in the Ruby Red trilogy, and every single book in this trilogy is amazing so if you have NOT checked these books out please do! 4.5 stars

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli

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I decided to pick this book up because the movie will be coming out in spring 2018, and it is also a book I have heard plenty of people rave about. Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon, a gay teenager who is “blackmailed” into setting his friend up with this guy named Marty. The book is really light hearted though, and I absolutely flew through this book in a single day!

Those are the three books I read in the months of September and October and I hoped you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: NaNoWriMo Prep #5!

Reading/Writing Update!

So far I have completed the grand total of one book this month…and today is the last day of the month. However, I have been able to read 150 pages of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier which is a lot for me lately. I did really want to finish this book before the end of September, but it just means I will be able to finish it early October and get on with my TBR. Since it is Saturday and I am somewhat caught up on sleep, my goal is to read at least 80 more pages of Ruby Red. It is dark and cold outside which is perfect reading weather, and I am feeling the excitement to read!

Writing wise, I haven’t done much new writing this week. I did sign up for a creative writing course which I am now enrolled in, and I did win a writing scholarship to a writing conference! I am really excited to have the opportunity to attend this conference and I know it will be a blast!

That is all for my short reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 25 Inspiring Writing Prompts!

Reading/Writing Update!

I have completed a book!!! After about an odd, irregular month of not really reading, and finishing NO books, I have finished a book. That book is Geekerella by Ashley Poston, a fun, geeky, and relatable contemporary following two different characters, Elle, a passionate fan of a sci-fi TV called Starfield, and Darien, a teenage actor who is casted as the main character in the new Starfield revamp. Overall I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was cute, fast paced and just what I needed to pull myself out of my reading slump. I do think I would have liked it more if I read it while I wasn’t in a reading slump, but I did enjoy it. To hear more of my thoughts on this book, stay tuned for my September 2017 Wrap Up which will hopefully consist of more than one book! Right now, I am about two chapters into my next read, which is Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I have read this book about 3 times already…but honestly I think it is the perfect fall read! Anyways, I hopefully will finish that in the next 7 or so days but I am looking forward to re-immersing myself in this world.

Writing time! So I submitted a short story to this writing conference, where the prize is a scholarship that pays for my ticket to go there. I am really hoping I win (obviously), and I will find out on September 30th so fingers crossed. Other than that, I really need to start on my other story for this other writing contest, which has a deadline of October 1st and a maximum word count of 17,000 words…so yeah I need to get started.

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

April 2017 Wrap Up!

April was not the best reading month for me, but I did manage to get through these two, pretty large books. I kind of fell into a reading slump last month but hopefully May will be more of a fast paced reading month! Anyways, here are the books I managed to complete during April.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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This is the final book in the Ruby Red trilogy, which follows a Gwenyth, a girl born into a family of time travellers, but is believed to not possess the time travelling gene. That is, until she finds herself thrust back into the past and suddenly her life is flipped upside down. I have already read this trilogy before, sometime last year, and I loved it just as much this time. If you want a fun, fast paced read, then definitely give this trilogy a try! 4.5/5 stars

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I re read this in preparation for the sequel, Lord of Shadows, which is coming out next month and ugh, it was fantastic. It took me a while to finish it because it is very long, but it definitely brought me out of my reading slump. Lady Midnight is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy, The Dark Artifices, which also takes place in her beloved Shadowhunter world. It follows Emma Carstairs, a Shadowhunter who is determined to discover the truth behind her parents death with the help of her best friend and parabatai, Julian. 5/5 stars

Those are the two books I finished last month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Never Will I Ever Book Tag!

I was tagged by Ann at https://annthebookmaster.wordpress.com/ so thank you, and definitely check out her post as well as her blog!

Never Will I Ever Ship This: Pick a Book/Series OTP That You Will Never Ship

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For this, I definitely have to go with Chaol and Celaena from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I did not agree with that ship at all because one, I am a DorianxCalaena shipper and also I just didn’t think they went that well together! Chaol is too uptight for Calaena which is why I haven’t and never will ship this OTP.

Never Will I Ever Forget This Ending: Pick a Book/Series Ending You Will Never Forget (In a Good or Bad Way)

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This was difficult because there are a lot of endings I will never forget, whether it is in a good way or a bad way. I will say that at the moment, the ending for Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare had me shook, and lets be honest, it still does. I won’t spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you have, you know what I mean. Those last few lines though!

Never Will I Ever Get Over this Character’s Death: Pick a Character Death from a Book/Series That You Will Never Stop Mourning (Give Spoiler Warning)

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Okay, I am kind of bending the rules a bit because I am choosing a two characters from The Vampire Diaries TV show, but it is also book so at the same time its all okay. So if you haven’t completed all the seasons of The Vampire Diaries, than don’t keep reading!!!

So I have two for this answer at that is Jeremy’s death in season six, I think, because it was so heartbreaking to watch Elena lose not only her parents, but her brother as well. I know he comes back and all, like everyone seems to, but still, it broke me! Another that actually stayed dead, is Stefan Salvatore in that final episode…I cried so hard and will never stop mourning him.

Never Will I Ever Stop Crying Over this Book: Pick a Book/Series That You Will Always Cry Over (In a Good or Bad Way)

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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan! I chose this because even though it wasn’t all I was expecting, I cried because the series that I had been reading for years and years had ended and my favourite characters would no longer be in the spotlight anymore. I knew I would see Percy and Annabeth and the others in other Rick Riordan books, but this was the end of their adventures and the thought just makes me cry an ocean of tears!

Never Will I Ever Read this Book/Series: Pick a Book/Series You Will Never Read

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I was going to say The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith, but I decided to change it up a bit and so I went with The 100 by Kass Morgan. I absolutely love the TV show, especially this current season, but I do not see myself ever picking up the book series just because I have heard from many reliable sources, that it is nowhere near as fantastic as the TV series. I don’t like saying never though, so possibly one day I will give it a try, but at this point, I don’t see myself reading it any time soon.

Never Will I Ever Stop Raving About this Book/Series:  Pick a Book/Series You Will Never Stop Raving About

 

I have to go with two different series for this, just because I think they are both amazing. The first is, of course, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because not only does it hold a lot of sentimental value to me, but I also just love the characters, the story and the world. The second series is the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier which is just such an interesting and fun trilogy on time travel that I recommend to as many people as possible!

Never Will I Ever Lend this Book/Series to a Friend: Pick a Book/Series You Will Never Let Anyone Borrow

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My Harry Potter series by JK Rowling because not only is it the beautiful UK edition, but it is also all paperback meaning it bends easily. I want everyone to read Harry Potter but they can just go to the library and pick up the series instead of ruining my gorgeous book covers!

I tag whoever wants to do this tag!

That is all for the Never Will I Ever Book Tag and thanks again, Ann, for tagging me to do this fun tag! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: May 2017 Talk!

Reading/Writing Update!

It has been a slady-midnight-by-cassandra-clarelow reading week but I did manage to finish Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier which as expected, was amazing. Now since I am done, I thought I should get started on re reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare because not only was I in the mood for it, but I also realized the sequel, Lord of Shadows, is coming out in just over a month! I am so excited for Lord of Shadows because Lady Midnight was a piece of perfection. Since school is really busy (as always it seems), it will probably take me a while to finish Lady Midnight but that’s okay because I am done trying to force myself to read fast when I am tired or just not feeling it. I have to keep reminding myself that I read because I love it and its fun, it shouldn’t feel like a chore.

Okay, I haven’t done any writing for a while…but I do plan on finally writing for Camp NaNoWriMo this weekend. Hopefully I will get somewhere between 2000-3000 words completed but I don’t know how my weekend will play out. I am really excited about this story though because it has to do with Greek mythology and I am a huge fan so it should be fun!

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 5 Bookish Pet Peeves!

March 2017 Wrap Up!

March was a good reading month which was great, because I plan on reading a lot of books this year. Anyways, here are the books I managed to read this month!

p-s-i-still-love-you-jenny-han-coverP.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Since the new and final book is coming out in May, I decided I should re read the first two books in preparation, but also because I just love this series. The first book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, follows sixteen year old Lara Jean, who’s secret love letters have been sent out to all the boys she has loved before, and she finds herself digging a hole of lies to prevent her current crush from knowing the truth. This is a very quirky and relatable book that you can’t help but enjoy! 5/5 stars

Lola-and-the-Boy-Next-Door_PBLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I had no real reason to re read this book other than the fact that I just wanted to. Lola and the Boy Next Door is about an expressive and unique girl named Lola who has a great life. She loves her parents, has a great best friend, a great boyfriend and is in her final year of high school, but when her first love who crushed her heart moves back next door, things get flipped upside down. This is such a feel-good book that leaves you all warm and fuzzy, and I definitely recommend it if you are in search for a good contemporary! 5/5 stars

before-i-fall1Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Since the movie came out this month, I thought it would be a good idea to go read the book before I watched the movie so I did and I really enjoyed it! Before I Fall is about a girl named Sam who has it all. She is popular, has a great group of friends named Lindsay, Elody and Ally, and is dating one of the most popular guys in school. But when her and her friends are driving back from a party one night, they get into and accident and Sam suddenly finds herself reliving that day over and over again. I thought this book really made you think about and cherish the life you have, and while it had a lot of darker and more serious elements, it was also filled with light and fluffy moments that I really appreciated. 3/5 stars

ruby-red-trilogy-by-kerstin-gierRuby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier – I always forget how much I really do love the Ruby Red trilogy until I read it, and I am so happy that I decided to pick it up again. Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwenyth who comes from a family of time travellers, but it is believed that the time travelling gene has skipped her, and instead possessed by her cousin, Charlotte. But when Gwen is thrust back in time, completely unprepared, she finds herself living the life her cousin was meant to but not necessarily the life she wanted to. I really recommend this if you want an easy, fun book with a great romance in it! 4.5/5 stars for all three

Those are all the books I managed to read in the month of March and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

 

 

Reading/Writing Update!

StargirlIt has been a slowish week for reading but I did manage to get Emerald Green done. I am really sad I am done re reading the amazing Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, but I am also excited to start a new book. I am thinking of kicking off April with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli because it is the exact kind of book I am looking for right now. I have only read one Jerry Spinelli book called Maniac Magee, and I didn’t love it but I did enjoy it. I probably would have liked it a lot more if it wasn’t assigned for my English class but nonetheless, I still want to pick up another one of his books. Stargirl is about this strange, new girl named Stargirl, who despite her weirdness and her pet rat, captures our main character, Leo’s, heart. The students at school turn on Stargirl because she is different, and even Leo wants her to become the very thing that would destroy her: normal. I am really excited to read this book because it is about first love and staying true to who you are!

It is the first day of NaNoWriMo!!! I haven’t written anything yet, but I will tonight because despite all my NaNoWriMo prep blog posts, I still have a bit of prepping myself to finish up. Hopefully I will get that done today though but if not I am not too worried because my word count is not very high. I am using NaNoWriMo to pump out a story for this writing contest, and my word count is only 17,000 words which I know I can easily do in a month. I am super excited to get started and I hope all of you are having a great first day of Camp NaNoWriMo!

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #4, and all my other Camp NaNoWriMo preps!

Underhyped YA Books!

There are a lot of amazing overhyped books, but there are also a lot of amazing underhyped books and here are a few that I have read, that I think everyone should read too.

Ruby RedRuby Red by Kerstin Gier – I have talked about this book quite a bit on my blog, but it is seriously underhyped. It is originally written in German, but is translated into Enlgish, and even has movies! Ruby Red is about a girl named Gwenyth who is born into a family of time travelers, but only her cousin, Charlotte, is believed to have the special gene. That is, until one day Gwen finds herself back in the past and completely unprepared. Now she is thrust into a new world of time traveling, and has an arrogant but handsome partner named Gideon. This is definitely one of my favourite trilogies and it deserves more recognition.

Kane ChroniclesThe Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan – Rick Riordan’s other series such as, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and The Trials of Apollo, are his most popular and loved series. But, everyone forgets about his trilogy on Egyptian mythology called the Kane Chronicles! The first book, The Red Pyramid, follows two siblings, Carter and Sadie who’s father takes them to the British Museum one night, and ends up releasing the ancient god Set. The two kids run for their lives as their father is taken, and they set off to save him while unraveling the truth of their family and a world that was unknown to them. I really enjoy this series, and while I definitely wouldn’t say it is his best series, it is still worth the read!

thesummeriturnedprettyThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – Her other contemporary trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is very loved and I too, am a massive fan of it. But not too many people have read her other trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty. The Summer I Turned Pretty follows our main character, Belly, who returns with her mother and brother to a beach house that she has spent every summer at since she was young. There, she is reunited with the two children of her mom’s best friend, Conrad and Jeremiah, and has a summer filled with fun and romance. This trilogy is a very easy and entertaining read that I think everyone should read, especially if they are looking for a good summery read.

Legacy-of-Kings-Eleanor-HermanLegacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – This book takes place in Ancient Greece and follows multiple POV’s such as Alexander who is Macedonia’s heir, Katerina who is determined to kill the Queen, Jacob who will go to any length to win over Katerina, Hephaestion who is a murderer sheltered by the prince, and Zofia a Persian princess whom Alexander is set to married. There are so many twists and turns in this novel, and I think a lot more people should give it a chance.

Lola-and-the-Boy-Next-Door_PBLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I talk about this book way too much, but a lot of people prefer the first book, Anna and the French Kiss over this book, and forget about it! Lola and the Boy Next Door in my opinion, is just as good as Anna and the French Kiss and more people should give it a chance. Lola and the Boy Next Door follows Lola, a stylish and unique girl who has the perfect life. She has a great best friend, a great boyfriend, and is going to enter her winter formal in the most lavish dress. All of this is turned upside down though, when her first love and first heartbreak moves back next door and changes everything. This book is too cute and if you haven’t read it, read it!

Those are five underhyped books that you should read already if you haven’t, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: March 2017 Haul!

Reading/Writing Update!

I have had a pretty good reading and writing week. I managed to complete both Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, and am on the third and final book, Emerald Green. This trilogy follows a girl named Gwenyth who is born into a family of time travelers, but her cousin Charlotte is the one they believe inherited the gene. When Gwen is suddenly thrust into the past, completely unprepared, her life is flipped upside down. Not only can she travel back in time, but now she also has an arrogant but handsome partner named Gideon. I love, love, love this trilogy and everyone should have the privilege of reading it! These books are also all movies, but since the books are originally in German, I watched the first movie dubbed. The movies for Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green are pretty much impossible to find if you live in North America, but I am just happy I was able to watch the first one because it was great!

I finally finished editing my short story for this local contest I wanted to enter, and have now submitted it! I haven’t had motivation to enter a writing contest for a while now, so it feels really good to be getting back to my normal writing self. I have a few other contests I plan to enter, plus I am going to be attempting Camp NaNoWriMo with my goal of 17000 words, so there will be lots more writing in the future!

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