2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 1: The Snowy Day Book Tag! (Original)

Happy day 1 of the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon!

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Before we get into the blog challenge of the day, I just wanted to quickly explain what you will be seeing on my blog for the next week. Every day I will be posting my blog challenge and then later on that day, I will be posting my reading updates where I go over what I read that day and what I got accomplished. So basically two blog posts a day for the entire week! Okay, now that that is out of the way, today’s blog challenge is to create your snowy day reading list and I decided to complete this challenge in the form of my own book tag. There are a lot of tags like this out there, but I just really felt inspired to create my own so I hope you enjoy!

#1: Weather Reports Say It’s Going to Snow Tomorrow! Yay! Pick a Book That Makes You Feel Excited

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Whenever I think about The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan I get excited because it was one of my all time favourite books when I was younger, and is still a book that I absolutely adore. It is fun and action packed and is full of amazing characters that you can’t help but love.

#2: It’s Snowing! Pick a Book Cover That Reminds You of Winter

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I am not really sure why, but the cover for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas has always reminded me of winter. Maybe it is the blue of the cover? I don’t really know but when I see it I just get some winter vibes! P.S. It is an awesome book so go read it.

#3: Hot Chocolate Time! Pick a Book That Makes You Feel Warm Inside

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Right when I typed this question, I knew what my answer was going to be, and that is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This book is warm and fuzzy and will make you feel all the feels…plus towards the end they go to a ski lodge and on top of all the feels you get some winter feels as well! Another fantastic book.

#4: Time to Get Cozy. Pick a Long Book You Could Read for Hours

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It was hard not to use this book for the other questions because I love it so much, and that is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. It is a fantastic and entertaining book that is definitely not short, being 698 pages and all. I honestly could re read this book over and over until the end of time it is so good!

#5: Your Friend Comes Over and You Guys Have a Reading Party, But Uh Oh, They Forgot a Book! Pick a Favourite Book of Yours That You Know They Will Love

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Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout is a hard book not to like. Of course it has its flaws, and it isn’t the best literature out there, however it is a lot of fun. I have recommended this book to my friends and so far all of them have enjoyed it, so this is a no brainer!

#6: It Stopped Snowing But You Are too Busy Reading to Notice! Pick a Book That Sucks You In

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This is a book I was reading a few days ago, and like always, it just sucks me in and before I know it I have read a hundred pages. And that book is The Selection by Kiera Cass! A lot of people have problems with this series, but personally I adore the first three and think they are so entertaining and enjoyable that I could read them and just forget about the world around me.

And those are my questions and answers to my Snowy Day Book Tag and I had so much fun coming up with them. I hope you enjoyed my post for this day 1 of the Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges, and if you would like to do this tag then do it and tag me because I would love to see your answers! Stay pumped for the next few days of my blog posts coming your way and happy reading ūüôā

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Reading/Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

I am currently working my way through Stephen King’s “On Writing” and continuously thinking why I haven’t read this sooner. A year ago I took it out from the library but never got around to actually read it, and then this last month I put my name on the waiting list for it, got it again and decided to give it a try. Surprise! I am loving it. I am just over half way through and if all goes to plan I will finish it before the day is done because it is that good! The next book I really want to read is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare…it would be a re read but I just really, really want to dive back into the world of Shadowhunters and also want to see the amazing characters in this book. Hopefully I will be able to finish Lady Midnight before the 20th, because I have decided to take part in the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon! I will have my TBR up soon as well as more info on this week long readathon, but I cannot wait for it to begin.

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Lately I have been writing so, so much which is amazing and I love it, however I do think last night I overworked myself. The past three days I have been writing at all hours of they day possible, but today I think I will just write later in the evening and try and resort back to my usual writing routine because sadly, I do have other things to get done…like my school work!

That is all for my reading/writing routine and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: My Writing Routine!

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Reading Update!

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

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

New and Improved September TBR!

Ok, so I have decided to toss my original TBR aside and create a new one because I don’t plan on reading a single book I originally planned to… School started on Tuesday and it has been hectic since trying to get settled into my new school and classes, so I apologize for having no post up on Wednesday but I plan to stay on top of my schedule from now on! Anyways, here is my new and improved TBR for September 2017:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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I was really excited to read this when I heard the plot, but didn’t end up buying it until a week or two ago. Regardless, I have it now and am several chapters in. I am super pumped to see what I think of this hyped up contemporary but I have no doubt I will love it! Geekerella follows our main character, Elle, who is a massive fan of her father’s favourite TV show, Starfield. When she sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield she enters it to win a ticket to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and winning could make all her fangirl dreams a reality. Geekerella will be a very relatable and fun read which will hopefully get me out of my reading slump that is rapidly growing.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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This is a book I love to read when it is the back-to-school season, which it currently is, so it is a perfect time to pick up this book and give it a re read. This follows a girl named Annabel who looks like she has a perfect life from the outside, but the inside is a totally different story. Over the summer she lost her best friend, it is revealed her sister is struggling from an eating disorder, and Annabel herself is struggling with the realization that she doesn’t want to model anymore, but modeling is something her mother desperately wants for her. Feeling isolated and like she doesn’t belong, she suddenly meets another outcast named, Owen and they form an unlikely relationship. I remember really enjoying this book so I am excited to pick it up again after about a year!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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For some reason I am¬†dying to re read The Dark Artifices trilogy, well the first two books in it anyways. I miss the characters and need more Mark and Christina!!! If you didn’t know, Lady Midnight follows a cast of characters we briefly met in Cassandra Clare’s other series and continues on in the complex Shadowhunter world. I can’t really say much else because you need to read all of her other books before jumping into this trilogy, but there is action and demons and it is definitely worth reading!

Those are the three books I plan on reading this month and fingers crossed I can get them done! I have nine classes I am juggling right now so my mind is a mess, but hopefully reading will take away the stress like it usually does. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Bingeable TV Series!

Reading/Writing Update!

Currently, I am still making my way through Lord of Shadows, and while I was hoping to be done by now, I am glad that I am taking my time. Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, which follows a large cast of diverse characters who try to solve the mystery of Emma Carstairs’ parents’ death. As they dive deeper into the case, they realize that their was more to the murder than they thought. Lord of Shadows is pretty epic so far, and I am enjoying reading it immensely.

This past week, I have written a short story three times and can feel myself getting closer and closer to the end product. I have condensed it, and made it cleaner and more exciting so hopefully, it won’t require much more rewriting. I do plan on entering it in some writing contests and I guess we will see how it does!

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Book to Keep You OUT of a Reading Slump!

Long Reads!

I do enjoy my quick, easy reads, but it is also nice to fully indulge in a book for several hundred pages. If you too enjoy long reads then here are a few recommendations!

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This is a pretty thick book, being almost seven hundred pages long, but it is absolutely fantastic. You do have to read all of Cassandra Clare’s other books before you read this one, but trust me, it is so worth it. Lady Midnight follows a group of Shadowhunters (half human half angel) who try to uncover the mystery of Emma Carstairs’ parents’ death, but it turns out to be more than they bargained for. A story with a great cast of characters and a thrilling plot!

SaintAnythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen – This book is¬†a little over four hundred pages, and that is quite a lot for a contemporary, but since summer is here it is a definite read. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is used to being in the shadows, unseen and unheard. But when her brother does something that puts a spotlight on the entire family, she finds that she¬†can’t outrun it. I just flew through this book, and I definitely believe it is one of Sarah Dessen’s best work.

anemberintheashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir РAn Ember in the Ashes is a fantastic book that was easily one of my favourite reads of 2015. It was action packed, and had some drops of romance here and there. An Ember in the Ashes follows two perspectives, Laia and Elias. Laia is on the run after her brother was taken by the Empire, and Elias is trying to escape the Empire. We follow these two misfits as their paths intertwine and they face a series of deadly challenges. It is a gripping read that you will devour whole.

throne-of-glass-sarah-j-maasThrone of Glass by Sarah J Maas – In this series, the books just keep getting larger and larger, but I am okay with that. Throne of Glass follows a badass assassin, Celeana Sardothien, who is being given the option to leave the slavery camp she is trapped in forever, or work for the king. She jumps at the offer only to be faced with a series of battles to the death, in order to become the King’s personal assassin. This is a book with lots of epic fight scenes, and scenes that will keep you on your toes and wanting more!

the-unexpected-everything-9781481404549_hrThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson РFor a contemporary this thing is HUGE, being over five hundred pages and all. The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Andie who had her whole summer mapped out. She had a great internship lined up, was on the way to have a quick summer romance, and was ready to have epic adventures with her friends. That is, until her father, a popular congressman, is involved in a political scandal and her plans dramatically change. This is another fun, summery read that I definitely recommend since summer is around the corner!

Those are some longer book recommendations to read and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writer’s Motivation Pack!

The Hamilton Book Tag!

If you somehow do not know what Hamilton is…it is basically an epic musical based on the life and events of Alexander Hamilton. I am not even American, yet I absolutely love the songs from this musical, and the whole history behind them. Since I love Hamilton so much, as well as books, I thought this would the perfect tag to do! (P.S. I am not sure who created this tag, but if you do know definitely let me know!)

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The Room Where It Happens – Pick a Book World That You Would Put Yourself In

Ok, so for this literally everyone has said Harry Potter, because who wouldn’t want to live in a world where magic exists? Of course that would be my answer, but I decided to be a little more original and not officially choose that. So, my answer is the Percy Jackson world from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I chose this because I would love to be the child of some all powerful god or goddess, and also have some fighting skills as well.

The Schulyer Sisters – Share a Female Character That You Think is Underrated

I definitely have to go with Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Hermione is such an intelligent person, yet she doesn’t get enough credit for it. Especially by Snape, who literally calls her a snobby know-it-all, just because she knows the answers to his questions. I think that Ron and Harry also took her a little for granted and some points, and while there were moments Hermione did show some girl power, I wish there were more scenes like that!

My Shot – Pick a Character That Goes After What They Want

Emma Carstairs from Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! I think Emma is a very strong and independent character, which I really appreciate. Emma definitely goes after what she wants no matter the consequences, and takes nothing from nobody because she knows she could easily destroy them with a flick of her sword, Cortana.

Stay Alive – Pick a Character You Wish Was Still Alive

Hahahaha, if you have not finished watching season 8 of the Vampire Diaries (yes, I am using a TV show for this question, but it is also a book so…) then DO NOT READ BELOW!

For this I have to go with Stefan Salvatore because really? You really have to go and kill off a great guy who just tries to keep the ones he loves alive? Ugh, I cried a lot because of his death. It was just so sad to think that not only is he never really going to see Elena again after her being half dead for a few years, but he is also not going to see Caroline, Damon, Bonnie and really anyone again. The thought of this is absolutely heart breaking.

Burn – The Most Devastating End To A Relationship You Read About

Champion by Marie Lu…if you have read it you know what I am talking about.

You’ll Be Back – The Sassiest Villain You Have Read In A Book

Again! I have to use The Vampire Diaries because oh my gosh, Katherine and Kai were the most sassiest and best villains I have ever watched unfold on the screen. I mean yeah, they were awful people, but they were never dull or boring.

The Reynolds Pamphlet – A Book With a Twist That You Didn’t See Coming

I don’t like being spoiled on twists that happen in books so I am just not going to answer this one!

Non Stop – Pick A Series That You Marathoned

I have marathoned many, many series so I am just going to a list a few. Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Harry Potter by JK Rowling…The list goes on and on.

Satisfied – Pick Out Your Favourite Book With Multi POV

I can definitely tell you which book that I did not appreciate it having multiple POVs, and that was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. But for a book that I did enjoy that had mutli POV would probably be The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare because I always love Cassandra Clare’s main characters. They are just so fun and diverse and I always enjoying reading in their different perspectives.

Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story – Pick A Book That YOU Think Will Go Down In History

This time I am just going to go with the obvious choice, and that is Harry Potter by JK Rowling because it still has a massive impact on not only readers, but society today and it was written in the early 90’s! I think Harry Potter will not fade for a long, long, long time and I am glad because it truly is a fantastic series.

Those are my answers for the Hamilton Book Tag and I tag anyone who has the desire to do it!

Shadowhunter Runes Book Tag (Original)

There are so many Shadowhunter runes out there, so I decided to get a little creative and create my own tag using¬†some of the¬†runes. If you want to do this tag don’t forget to tag me in it so I can see all of your answers to the questions I have chosen!

Trust – Pick a Book/Series Where Trust Was Betrayed

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If you haven’t read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan than do not keep reading!!!

The book I chose for this question is Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and the character is yes, you guessed it,¬†Luke Castellan. I really liked Luke and then all of the sudden we realized he wasn’t who we thought he was, and it broke my heart.

Acceleration РPick a Book/Series That You Accelerated Through

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I have flown through many, many books, but the first one that came to my mind was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This is a pretty massive book, being over 660 pages, and I was so sucked into the world and the characters that I finished it in less than forty eight hours. Every spare time I had before school, during school and after school was used to read this amazing book.

Deflect/Block – Pick a Book/Series That You Have Blocked Out From Your Mind

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A book I try not to think about at all, is The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy, the sequel to The 5th Wave. I really, really enjoyed The 5th Wave. I thought it was fun and action packed, and so I was super excited to jump into the sequel…only to be utterly disappointed. I did not like this book at all and I try and block it out from my mind.

Recall – Pick the First Book/Series You Read

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The first book series I remember the most vividly that I read, would be Junie B Jones by Barbara Park. I read so many of these books when I was younger, and I really enjoyed them. They lead me to reading more little chapter books like Geronimo Stilton and The Magic Treehouse that eventually lead me to reading the books I do today.

Friendship РPick a Book/Series That Has an Awesome Friendship

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I have to go with the Golden Trio from Harry Potter by JK Rowling! They are different in many, many ways, making them unbeatable when they are together. When you think of an ideal friendship, you cannot help but think of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

Surefooted – Pick a Confident Character from a Book/Series

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Who else can I say but Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare? Jace is such a cocky, arrogant character, but you can’t help but be head over heels for him because he does mean well. He knows people look at him in awe and he knows people drool as he walks by, and I cannot blame them.

Insight/Foresight – Pick a Book/Series with a Predictable Ending

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It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing that this ending was predictable, but still, it was pretty obvious. The series I chose for this is The Selection by Kiera Cass because we all knew what was going to happen. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t picked up these books, but the cover of the third book also gave it away so…

Waterproof – Pick a Book/Series That Everyone Else but You Cried While Reading

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The Fault and Our Stars by John Green hands down! I liked the story to an extent, but I felt no emotional attachment to the characters so I didn’t cry…at all. As a matter of fact, during the movie I forced myself to cry just so people wouldn’t think I was a monster with a black hole where my heart should be!

Power РPick a Book/Series That Has a Powerful Message

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There is a lot of hype over the TV series at the moment so I thought this would be a suitable choice, and that is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I thought that this story holds a very important message that more people should be aware about. People need to watch out for signs from loved ones, or even the people around them, of suicide and realize it is not a joke.

That is all for my Shadowhunter Runes Tag, and if you want to do it than I tag you! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Spring/Summer 2017 TBR

 

 

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!

Reading/Writing Update

the-unexpected-everything-9781481404549_hrIt took me forever to finish re reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare this month, because not only have I been pretty busy, but I was also hit by a reading slump. Luckily, I just finished Lady Midnight and I am positive it has finally brought me out of my reading slump! It also made me very excited for Lord of Shadows, the sequel to Lady Midnight, even more than I already was. Since I have finished, next I am going to pick up The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I am always in the contemporary mood so I am super pumped to finally read this newer Morgan Matson book, and I am sure I will love it!

As for a writing update, I have written about six thousand words for my story. I only have until…tomorrow to finish my Camp NaNoWriMo story, but I think I can do it…yeah!

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