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!

 

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Reading/Writing Update!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, school has been a lot lately but I am on spring break so expect the normal amount of posts again!

I haven’t done a tremendous amount of reading this week, but I did manage to pick up Ruby Red and now I am almost through that. Ruby Red is a book that involves time traveling, and follows a girl named Gwen who’s family believes her cousin, Charlotte possesses the time traveling gene her family has. But when Gwen is suddenly thrust back into the past, they realize they were wrong causing a lot of drama. Now Gwen is tossed into an unfamiliar world of time traveling along with her new counterpart, an annoying and arrogant boy named Gideon. I love this book, and it is so nice re reading it after all these months. I have just over a hundred pages left, so once I finish that I plan on reading Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen which is currently on my nightstand and waiting for me to dive in!

For writing, I have written anything new, but I have been working on this short story that I wrote last week. This short story is about 2000 words and is for this local writing competition that has a deadline coming up pretty soon…which means I have to finish editing and polishing it soon. It has been a while since I wrote, so it took a bit to get back into the routine but it feels SO good to be writing again!

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Quick Writing Tips #4!

Spring Break 2017 TBR!

Spring break is coming up which means I have a week and a bit of freedom from studying and all things school related, meaning more time for reading! I have a few books I want to finish before school starts back up again, and hopefully, I can get them done.

lockandkeyLock and Key by Sarah Dessen – I have been slowly getting through this book while reading others so I am not too far in, but can easily finish this before the end of spring break. Lock and Key follows our main character Ruby, who after living for a few months on her own, is forced to move in with her older sister, Cora and her husband, Jamie. She is suddenly thrust into  world of expensive living, expensive clothing and expensive dining which also includes a mysterious boy next door named, Nate. I have heard mixed reviews on this book but I am still excited to read it!

Ruby RedRuby Red by Kerstin Gier – I absolutely love the Ruby Red trilogy and really want to slowly re read it over the few months. Ruby Red is about a girl named Gwen who is born into a family of time travellers, but her family believes the gene passed her and instead was given to her cousin, Charlotte. That is until Gwen travels back in time. This is a really fun and easy trilogy and I just cannot wait to get it back into my hands.

shiver1Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I recently purchased this entire trilogy and because of that, I am really hoping I enjoy it. From what I have gathered, Shiver follows a girl named Grace who has watched the wolves in the woods for years, and finds herself drawn one in particular yellow eyed one… I am honestly not really sure what else the book is about, but I that synopsis intrigues me so hopefully it is as good as I think.

Those are a few books I plan on reading during my spring break and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #2!

Reading Update!

Sorry for the late posts lately, I have been a little distracted with school and all that but I am going to try and be better this coming week! Anyways, I didn’t do any writing but I did do some reading so here is an update on that.

This week I finished of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I have been going through a re reading phase these past few months and it is great honestly. I last read Since You’ve Been Gone in July for a readathon and absolutely adored it so it was amazing to re read this fun, fast paced book! Since I finished a few days ago, I decided to also give Ruby Red a re read because I also read these books earlier this year and fell in love with the time traveling aspect and characters! Ruby Red is about a girl named Gwen who’s family carries down a time traveling gene every few generations, and despite her family thinking it skipped Gwen, she one day finds herself thrust back into the past. This trilogy is really interesting and entertaining, and I am so excited to re read it.

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

Books to Read When You’re Bored!

This past weekend I got snowed in and I was super bored so I used my boredom to create a new blog post, so here are a few books that I like to read when I am bored. They captivate you and make you never want to put them down!eleanor%20and%20park2

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – I talk about this book a lot but I can never stop reading this book when I pick it up. I am engrossed into the story every single time I read Eleanor and Park, and somehow I never seem to get bored of it. Eleanor and Park is about two very different people named Eleanor and Park and about their relationship that starts off shaky but blossoms into some more. I love, love this book and everyone needs to read it!

Ruby RedRuby Red by Kerstin Gier – This is a book on time traveling and I absolutely love it. It follows our main character Gwen who comes from a family of time travellers but it is believed that the gene has skipped her, that is until she finds herself hundreds of years in the past. Now with her new abilities, she is thrust into the hectic world of time traveling totally unprepared. This book has it all! Romance, time travel, humor and overall is a fantastic read that you will not want to put down.

divergent_hqDivergent by Veronica Roth – Divergent has such a unique concept and the writing just flows so nicely that you are whisked away into this world without even realizing it. In Divergent, we follow Tris Prior who after taking an aptitude test that determines where she belongs in her society, finds herself having to hide who she truly is. While in my opinion the last two books in this dystopian trilogy are not as good, the first one is definitely worth the read!

thesummeriturnedprettyThe Summer I Turned I Pretty by Jenny Han – This is summer contemporary book that is such a fun and easy going read. You are easily locked into this summery beach scene and overall it is just a fun time. The Summer I Turned Pretty is about our main character named Belly who is returning to the beach house she has spent her summers at since she was little. There she reunites with old family friends Conrad and Jeremiah and together they have a summer filled with romance, drama and fun.

PJOPercy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – In this book, we follow Percy Jackson a sarcastic and snarky character who after finding out his father is a Greek God, is thrust into a crazy world of monsters and demigods while also being blamed for stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt. Determined to prove he is not the thief, he goes on a journey to find it along with two friends before the summer solstice. This book is filled with awesome adventure and hilarious moments so I really recommend you pick it up if you haven’t. You won’t regret it!

Those are some books to read if you are bored and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

December 2016 Book Haul!

I bought a LOT of books this month so sit tight because this is going to be a lengthy post. I won’t go into much detail about each books but I will briefly summarize each of them because their synopsis’s have me so excited to read them!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I have already read this book, as some of you may know, and loved it so I just had to buy my very own copy. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a contemporary following a high school girl named Lara Jean who ever since she was young, has written a goodbye love letter to all the boys she had loved before. One day though, they mysteriously all get sent out and she finds herself digging a deep hole as she tries to cover up her feelings about her sister’s boyfriend, who also received a letter. I love this book and hope everyone has the chance to read it at some point!

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – I also read this book already and just needed my own copy so I could read it whenever. I’ll Give You the Sun is also a contemporary about 2 twins, Noah and June who after being so close for so long, begin to drift apart after several different life changing events occur. This book is very raw and real and it is amazing!

Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare – I have been waiting for the bind up of these novellas for so long now and I cannot wait to devour them! These novellas take place right after the events of City of Heavenly Fire and follows Simon as he starts training at Shadowhunter Academy. I am so excited to continue reading it, because I did start it earlier this month but put it down, but I am just itching to continue on with it.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R. Tolkein – I actually got this book for free because I attended this write in writing contest and received this book which I am happy to have on my shelf. I have watched all the movies but haven’t got a chance to read or at least try reading the books yet.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I really loved Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo which follows a unusual group of people who are on the mission to complete an impossible task. It is very action packed and just full of amazingness and I cannot wait to read the second and final book to see what happens!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – Again, An Ember in the Ashes completely blew me away so I can only hope that the second one is just as good. The first book is about a girl named Laia who after she witnesses her brother being taken away by the government, sets out to save him. I am so, so excited to read Torch and want to get to it early next year.

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead – I have been slowly accumulating this series and now have the complete set! The Vampire Academy series follows Rose Hathaway who is part of a race that protects Moroi (vampires) like her best friend Lissa Dragomir. We follow the 2 of them as they attend school while trying to survive from the dangers outside and inside their school. I love Vampire Academy and cannot wait to re read the whole series!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh – I have heard great things about this book and the plot just sounds so interesting so I cannot wait to jump right into it. This book is about a girl named Shahrzad who volunteers to be the bride of a prince who every night, takes a new wife only for her to mysteriously be killed by the morning. Shahrzad volunteers in hope of avenging her friend who was the prince’s previous bride but she soon realizes things are much more complex than she thought.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – I have raved about this book on my blog before because it has time travel and is AMAZING. Ruby Red is about a girl named Gwen who is from a family of time travellers who every generation another is “blessed” with the gift of time traveling. Gwen’s entire family believes it is her cousin who possesses the gift but things get flipped upside down when Gwen finds herself travelling through time instead.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This story is so real and heart wrenching and I am so happy to be able to read it whenever. Perks follows Charlie, a boy who suffers from different mental issues all concerning his Aunt Helen who died when he was young. By everyone, he is looked upon as odd and weird but in his first year of high school meets a group of seniors who let him in. This book is so moving and needs to be read by everyone.

Those are all of the books I purchased this month and I cannot wait to read all of them! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: December 2016 Movie Reviews!

 

 

Favourite Books of 2016!

I don’t plan on reading many new books this December, so I thought I ought to share my favourites from this year! In this blog post I will be listing my top 9 favourites from this year and then lastly my all time favourite book from this year so I hope you enjoy! (P.S. The top 9 are in no particular order!)

10. Winter by Marissa Meyer. This was the first book I completed in 2o16 and I thought it was such a satisfying and epic conclusion to the amazing Lunar Chronicles series. I am a huge fan of this series and while in my opinion, it started off slow, it definitely ended with a bang! I am so happy with this book and it just had to make my list.

9. Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. I absolutely adore this book which is the first book in the Lux series. It is so fun and entertaining to read and it also has a really awesome cast of characters that I love to follow so much!

8. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Oh my gosh I am obsessed with this story! I watched the movie numerous times before I finally picked up this short book but I am so glad I finally did because it met all the expectations that the movie set up for me. I cannot wait to purchase my own copy of this book because it follows such an interesting and important storyline and overall is a fantastic novel.

7. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. This is the 3rd book in the Vampire Academy series and it is my favourite out of the entire series, with Spirit Bound right behind it. I love Vampire Academy and I thought the books were all so amazing but when I read Shadow Kiss I was fangirling and just devouring the whole thing.

6. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Everyone was raving about this book because the movie was coming out so I decided to pick it up and read it before I read the book…let me tell you it was not a let down! I finished this book in 2 days and I would not have put it down for even a second if I got the chance. I don’t read to many adult books but this book is definitely the way to go.

5.A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This book came to a very close tie with my all time favourite book of 2016 because this book is just so damn good! I started reading it in 2015 but put it down because I just wasn’t that into it, but then this past summer I picked it up again and could not stop reading it! It is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast and was just everything a book needed to be to be perfect.

4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. This trilogy is a lot of fun and very intriguing. I picked this up at my library just because I have heard about it a few times so I thought why not? Besides, before reading this I hadn’t read too many time travel books but when I read this book, it made me ONLY want to read time travel books…it was just so freaking good and I love this entire trilogy so much!

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.  I have raved about this book plenty of times on my blog but I just can’t stop. I love to read contemporary but this book made me love the genre even more. It is everything you want in a good contemporary book…it has an adorable romance, a quirky main character, and many, many relatable scenes. I cannot wait for the final book in this trilogy because they are so flipping amazing!

2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Unlike many other contemporaries I didn’t devour this book in one sitting. I wanted to always put this book down because I wanted to extend the story for as long as possible which just shows how amazing it was. I loved the 2 main characters and watching them get through a very dark time in their lives was very raw and real and just made the story 100% better.

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare!!! This fantastic book was my all time favourite book of 2016, and let me tell you why. I am a massive Mortal Instruments fan but even I didn’t expect to love this book so much. It was all I expected and more and I am ecstatic for the new book coming out this coming May!

Those were my top 10 favourite books of 2016 and I hope you enjoyed!

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!

 

September 2016 Wrap Up

I cannot believe September is already coming to an end! I think it was a pretty good reading month for me, compared to last month, and I am happy with all the books I read so here they are!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – This is the first book in the Ruby Red trilogy which is fantastic by the way. It follows Gwen, a girl born into a family of time travellers but is believed to not possess the gene. That is, until she is thrown back in time and is now forced to pursue time traveling along with her stunningly attractive male partner, Gideon. I absolutely adored this book and it has a unique idea compared to some of the other books I have read! 4.5/5 stars

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier – I just had to pick up the second book as soon as possible in the Ruby Red trilogy, and despite it being a middle book, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I loved how the story was still interesting and had me wanting to just keep reading and reading and reading. 4.5/5 stars

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier – This is the final book to the Ruby Red trilogy and I just thought it was so good! Everything panned out how I wanted and a few things definitely surprised me. I was getting a bit frustrated with some of the relationships (in a good way) but everything worked its way out somewhat neatly and I just adored it so much, along with the whole trilogy. 4.5/5 stars

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – After reading the amazing Ruby Red trilogy, I began falling into a terrible reading slump. On a whim though, I picked this book up and just loved it. The plot line and characters were so much fun that I just sat down and read for hours. Towards the end of the middle I felt like the story was loosing some of its energy but it definitely had me wanting to pick up the next one, Just One Year. 4/5 stars

Sadly I didn’t finish the 3rd Harry Potter book this month because I got caught up with the Ruby Red trilogy, but I am reading it right now and plan on finishing it by the end of the weekend so I’m keeping my fingers crossed because I need to get the 4th one read too! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you in my next one 🙂

Books That Will Conquer Your Reading Slump

I have done a blog post like this before but since then, I have read many new and amazing books that have pulled me out of a reading slump. Recently, I just got out of a reading slump and I am going to add the book that got me out of it in here because for a lot of you, I think it would do that as well!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I read this book in literally just one day (haha) and it was such a relatable and fast paced story that got me out of my terrible and dark reading slump. Just One Day is about a girl name Allyson who is on a trip to Europe and while she is in England, she meets a boy named Willem and runs off to Paris for a day with him. She starts developing feelings for him that she thinks he returns, that is, until she wakes up the next day and he is just gone…after that, she continues on with her life until she picks up the courage and heads back to Europe in search of answers.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – I absolutely loved this book because it was just so much fun and action packed that it kept me on my toes the whole time. Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwen who was born into a family of time travellers but doesn’t have the gene. That is, until she begins having the symptoms and is thrown back in the past totally unprepared. Now she gets to take the place of her cousin Charlotte, the one believed to possess the ability to time travel, and have an annoying yet very attractive partner.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Honestly, this book is fantastic for getting you out of a slump because it is incredibly relatable and enjoyable. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath who is beginning her first year of college along with her twin sister, Wren. While Wren is more outgoing, Cath tends to lean on the quieter and shy side. That is, until she meets her roommates friend, Levi, and everything slowly begins to change.

Those are a few recommendations and I hope you enjoyed!