April Favourites: Books, Movies, Music + More

A guide to everything I loved during April 2020.

Happy Wednesday!

Today, I am here to bring you a list of all my April favourites: everything from books to TV shows to music. Just the things that I have been loving.

These favourites are all new discoveries for me (except for one, but I think you can figure out which one it is), and are things I just want to praise and discuss with you all. Let me know if you have read, watched, or listened to any of these so we can discuss them in the comments below!

Books

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1) by Lisa Maxwell

I have raved a lot about this book but I am going to rave about it again right now. The Last Magician takes place in New York during the 1920s. We follow Esta, a girl from the present who travels back in time to find a lost book that could set magicians free from New York by breaking the curse that keeps them trapped there. The story itself is entertaining enough, but what comes alive for me is the characters and their relationships. I love books with morally gray characters and this book is filled with them. I have mentioned before that this book took me about one hundred pages to really get into, but once you get past the intro, the story just flies.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy books like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because of the similar heist plotline, and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because of the great cast of characters.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

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As the final novel in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman, I was not surprised that this became a favourite for the month. Would I say it is my favourite novel of the three in the series? No, I honestly think the first one remains my personal favourite of the three. However, I did really, really enjoy The Toll and just flew through it despite its 600+ page count. I think the reason I liked this book so much is because of the twists and turns the plot took, especially the ending. It caught me so off-guard and I love when stories do that because it is not often they achieve that for me anymore.

If you didn’t know, the first book in this series, Scythe, takes place in a dystopian world where humans have conquered everything from disease to death. To keep the population in balance, there are people called scythes who kill a certain quota of people at random each year. Our main characters, Citra and Rowan are chosen as scythe apprentices to a well-known scythe called Scythe Farady, but they realize that a life of killing may not be one they want to live.

TV Shows/Movies

Elite

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Oh my god. This TV show is SO addicting and if you like high school dramas intertwined with a murder-mystery, I highly recommend this show. It is in Spanish, but the English dubbed version is so well-done that it doesn’t take you out of the story at all. However, I am hoping that once I get better at my Spanish, I will be able to watch the original version and have some sense of what is going on.

In the first season, we follow a pretty big cast of characters who attend this preppy private school. Three of these characters are new to the school and are “scholarship” kids who are invited to attend after a terrible accident occurred at their last school. Soon after they arrive, a murder takes place at the school. Everyone turns to the scholarship students but the truth is a messy and winding road. Season one is all about finding out who died, what happened, and who did it. When I tell you that you will get sucked in, I MEAN it!

Stuck in Love

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I know this is from 2013 but I didn’t watch this movie fully until this past month, which is crazy because Lily Collins AND Logan Lerman both star in this movie. To be honest, I am a sucker for romcoms or really any romantic movie. Especially the ones that follow multiple characters and storylines that eventually connect. How I randomly came to watching this movie is because I wanted some feel-good movies and stumbled across Crazy Stupid Love. I liked that movie but then I got recommended Stuck in Love and I was like, “Oh, I’ve heard of this. Let’s watch it now.” And I just ended up liking it even more. It is charming and entertaining enough. By no means does it come in contest with Love, Rosie which might be my favourite romantic movie of all time, but it was what I wanted at the moment. Hence, it makes the list.

I think it is better to go into this movie without a clear idea of what it is about so I am just going to leave it at that!

Music

Hamilton

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Obviously, I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack back in 2016, but I started listening to it again last month and was reminded of how much I love it. And also how excited I am for the film version to be released next year! Listening to these songs puts me in the best mood and just talking about it now makes me want to listen to it…so I think I am going to go put that on right now.

Radio by Lana Del Rey

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To be honest, this is the first Lana Del Rey song I have listened to in full which yes, it is crazy, I know. I was making a playlist on Spotify called “Like a Movie” and this song popped up. This is the sort of song that you play driving down the street at night. It is haunting and slow but so, so good. It was definitely a perfect match for the playlist I added it to.

Forever by CHVRCHES

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I found this song because of the TV show, Elite. It plays in quite a few episodes but I was really sold on it while watching the final episode of the third season. It plays while they are at their graduation party and it is just a fun, upbeat song. It reminds me of something that would come out in the early 2010s and that I would be obsessed with. It just gives me that nostalgic feeling that I love.


Those are my April favourites and I hope you enjoyed! I haven’t done a favourites post for a while, but I think I will do them every so often because I really enjoy looking back on a month and remembering everything that made me happy. Let me know what some of your April favourites were!

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Movies That Earned Their Hype!

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I felt compelled to write this after watching an incredibly hyped up movie on the plane ride to Hawaii and was happy that it met my pretty high expectations. This happens a lot, with books too, and often I never find that I like it as much as I could after everyone gushes about it. However, there are some exceptions to that and here are four of them!

Avengers: Endgame

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I doubt anyone is surprised to see this on this list since I think it was one of the biggest movies of the year, if not the biggest. This was one long movie, but that is the key reason why it lived up to the monumental amount of hype surrounding it. It was the conclusion to this epic battle against Thanos and people were expecting everything to be tied up by the end of the movie. Overall, I really do think the director did a good job of doing this. The three-plus hours of the movie allowed for the large cast of characters to have their own plotlines that eventually got (somewhat) wrapped up in a (somewhat and mostly) satisfying bow. There was a lot of exposition at the start that I am not going to lie, is pretty hard for me to get through whenever I rewatch, but I believe this conclusion lived up to everyone’s hype. It also got me incredibly excited for the new Guardians of the Galaxy film as if I wasn’t ecstatic already.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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This was the movie I watched on the plane that I was curious to see how much I enjoyed compared to everyone else. I am a huge Tarantino fan, Inglorious Basterds being one of my top 5 favourite films, so I really wanted to like his new film. However, everyone I talked to about it went on and on about how amazing it was, and I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical. Luckily, after sitting down to watch the full two hour and forty-something minute film, I can say that it did live up to the hype! At least for me. The gritty and dark atmosphere of the 70s in Hollywood really drew me in, bringing to life this story about an actor navigating a Hollywood now unrecognizable to him with the help of his friend/stunt double. From the cinematic aspects of it, the film as beautifully shot and cut. None of the scenes felt too out of place for me, and I really enjoyed the ending of the film even if at first, I was a little disappointed. Overall, this movie survived the hype and came out strong. Who is surprised honestly?

Zombieland: Double Tap

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This might be a controversial one, but I personally really enjoyed the sequel to Zombieland and thought it definitely lived up to the hype it was receiving. Was it created just to make money since the first one did so well? Yes. Does that mean I liked it any less? Not really. I found it hilarious and entertaining, and here is an unpopular opinion, but I might like it more than the first. While it received a lot of meh opinions, it did get a lot of hype being like Frozen 2 in the sense that it has been yeeeears since the first one was released. However, I really do think it lived up to the hype.

Frozen 2

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A little bit of a flip of genre from the one above, but I have been raving about this movie to anyone who will listen ever since I saw it a couple weeks ago. I watched the first movie when it first came out way back in 2013 and liked it enough. I am a pretty big Disney fan, so the chances of disliking Frozen 2 despite my meh feelings about the first one were slim. However, Frozen 2 blew up my low expectations and left me in awe. Honestly, I would be lying if I said I did not have plans to watch it again while I am in Hawaii. It is clearly made for a more mature audience since everyone who watched the first one when it came out was young, but it is still obviously for kids too. The songs also were more mature and are now constantly stuck in my head. Obviously, there was a lot of hype for this movie since it was six years in the making, but yes, I believe it lived up to all the hype.

Those are four new releases that come out this year that I thought lived up to the hype. Let me know which movies you watched that you enjoyed just as much as everyone else because I’d love to know! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media which is all linked down below. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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June + July Favourites

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June and July have been two months where I have definitely found new favourites, and I cannot wait to share them!ย  Today, I will be discussing those favourites (books, TV, and movies) because I’ve discovered some good ones that if you haven’t checked out, you really should.

Books

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

 

This was a book I read for my English class back in June, and OH MY GOD, Hosseini may be the best writer I have ever come across. He paints such vivid stories that feel truly real. To be fair, most of the situations are situations that actually happened in the past sadly, but he brings them to life again on the page. In all of their painful and heartbreaking glory. I cannot wait to pick up his other book, The Kite Runner because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it.

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Finally, I have ventured into the wonderful world of V.E. Schwab books, and I can confidently say I was NOT disappointed! Vicious is an adult paranormal/fantasy book that drew me in from the beginning with its superhero/villain story.ย  V.E. Schwab created characters who are neither truly good nor truly bad, and those are my FAVOURITE types of stories because they accurately reflect how most people are. I am tired of stories where a character is entirely good because that just isn’t reality!ย I cannot wait to pick up Vengeful next because I am craving to find out what happens next.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Yes, I’ve read these before, but currently, I am doing my re-read of them and can’t help but love them! They are so captivating and fun and interesting that I just want to rave about them non-stop. I love the incorporation of Welsh mythology and psychics and how Stiefvater blends them together because it makes for an amazing story. I finished the first one a few days ago and plan on jumping into the second one ASAP.

TV Shows

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Attack on Titan

 

For whatever the reason, I always want to watch anime during the summertime. While I’m not done Fullmetal Alchemist yet, my friend has been poking at me to watch Attack on Titan and I finally gave it a shot…and I really like it! I’m not too far into it, but I find the plot already really enticing and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!

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Brooklyn 99

 

This is another TV show I have been prodded to watch by my friends. While I am not HUGE on sitcoms at the moment (I enjoy them more during the fall/winter), I do like Brooklyn 99. I’ll put it on when I am doing some minimal tasks or when I am at the gym. It’s really funny and entertaining so I am sure I will be able to finish it all by the end of the summer.

Movies

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Yesterday

 

I went to see this movie just after it came out, and it was everything I was expecting it to be! Yesterday was charming, funny, and adorable, all accompanied by, of course, an amazing soundtrack. It wasn’t the best movie ever, but it was enjoyable and I would definitely watch it again if it came on Netflix. If you love the Beatles or romcoms, definitely give this movie a watch!

 

 

Well, there you have it! Those are my current favourites from this past and current month. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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October 2018 New Releases!

It has been a while (I think) since I have done one of these posts, so I thought why not? There are a few books and movies that I am looking forward to in the month of October and here they are!

~BOOKS~

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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I have talked about this book quite a bit ever since I read the ARC of it back in July, and finally, it is hitting the shelves this month! I am so excited for you guys to read it if it is something that sounds interesting to you because it is so good! The Light Between Worlds is a YA contemporary-fantasy as I like to describe it, that follows two sisters who during World War II, somehow wound up in a magical kingdom called The Woodlands. They stay there for years with their brother until they finally return to the real world, not having aged or missed a day of their old lives. While Philippa is eager to get back to her old life, Evelyn cannot forget The Woodlands. One day, Evelyn disappears and Philippa searches for her, confronting the truth of her sister and the internal battle waging inside of her ever since they got back. This book is mystical and atmospheric and a lovely read! I will actually have a book review on it so keep your eyes open for that. The Light Between Worlds hits shelves on October 23rd

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I didn’t even know this was a thing until I looked at the October releases on Goodreads and I am SO excited now. Jennifer L. Armentrout is the author of the Lux series, a series I really enjoyed, and she is returning to that same universe in a brand new series! These books are based around a race of aliens called Luxen who have control over light and are made of light but are now living on earth. I don’t exactly know what happens in this new book, except for that we will be seeing the old characters from the Lux series so I am looking forward to that! The Darkest Star hits shelves on October 30th

~MOVIES~

Venomย 

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This is a spin-off superhero movie based off of a character we meet in Spiderman 3: Venom. When journalist Eddie Brock tries to take down the founder of the Life Foundation, his body is infested with a parasite that gives him superhuman strength and power and he basically becomes an evil Spiderman. I am SO excited to watch this because I love watching movies where we follow the villain instead of the hero, and I know it will be great. Venom hits theatres on October 5th

The Hate U Give

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I am sure most of you have heard of this since it is based on the bestseller by Angie Thomas. This book and now movie deals with the Black Lives Matter movement after Star’s (our main character) friend is killed wrongly by a police officer. We follow Star as she fights for justice for her friend’s death and others who have been killed like him. This is a really important matter so make sure you support it by watching this movie AND reading the book! Sadly, I haven’t gotten the chance to read the book yet, but I am hoping to in the near future but I do plan on watching the movie when it comes out. The Hate U Give hits theatres on October 19thย 

Those are a few of the movies and books that I am looking forward to in the month of October, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what books you’re looking forward to because I am always looking for more recommendations. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fall Reading Recommendations

While autumn is technically about a month away, once school starts for me I kind of register that as the beginning of fall. Regardless, here are a few books to get you in the mood for fall or the back to school season and I hope you enjoy!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a quirky, adorable YA contemporary that follows 16 year-old Lara Jean whose secret love letters get sent out to every boy she has ever loved before. Now she has to fake date the most popular guy in school to keep her sister’s ex-boyfriend from finding out her true feelings for him and it becomes a whirlwind of drama and trying to become your true self.ย  This book will suck you in with its charismatic characters and heartwarming plot line, making you unable to put it down. Trust me. This book is also perfect for the back to school season because this book stars teenagers who yes, go to school. You also get all the cozy vibes from the story, making it great for the fall and winter months!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Another book that takes place at school and follows Cath who is entering her freshman year at college with her twin sister, Wren, as a writing major. Cath is shy and socially awkward but when she meets the best friend of her roommate, Levi, she starts coming out of her shell a little bit more. This book is cute and fun and something I always fly through. I am also able to relate to Cath because I can be a little shy at times and also love to write, and I am sure a lot of other people can relate to her too.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe is a dark and thrilling YA dystopian that sucks you in from the first page. The premise is so intriguing and unique, something that slightly terrifies me yet it doesn’t make me want to stop. It follows two characters, Citra and Rowan who live in a world where humans have conquered everything, even death. However there are scythes who choose people to kill to restore the world to equal balance and our main characters are chosen as apprentices for a scythe but neither of them want this. This is the perfect book to binge on a rainy day and you’ll find yourself jumping right into the next one.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Another dark book with more of a mystical twist to it that completely entrances you with its charm. I love the characters in this book. Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah, Maura, Persephone, etc, etc, all of them. They really take control of the plot and it makes for an amazing four book story. The Raven Boys takes place in a small town in Virginia and follows a cast of characters whose paths get intertwined by magic. Blue Sargent is part of a family of psychics minus any psychic powers of her own, only a supposed curse that states if she kisses her true love, he will die. But one day she sees a spirit of a boy who will die in the next year while calling spirits at a church with her aunt, the spirit of a boy who could supposedly be Blue’s true love and from then the story begins.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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While this book won’t be out until late October, I had to put it on my list because it is the most PERFECT fall read ever. It tells a haunting and whimsical story with a strong atmosphere that pulls you in. It follows the lives of two sisters, Evelyn and Phillipa after they return from years in a magical kingdom and readjust to the normal world. While Phillipa is ready to start over in the real world and let go of the past, Evelyn refuses to forget and spirals until one day she disappears. Now Phillipa must search for her sister and along the way learn the hard truths of why her sister disappeared. Love, love, love this book and cannot wait to give it a re read once the weather gets cooler and the days get darker.

Those are five of my fall reading recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and follow all my social media linked below. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Film Review

Yes, I waited until 12am for this movie to drop on Netflix and then happily watched the entire thing because I was THAT excited. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has been a favourite book of mine for about two years and when I heard it was becoming a movie…I was ecstatic. I am happy to say that this was such a great adaptation, staying really close to the original plot, and I LOVED it. Below I am going to be discussing the teen romcom in spoilery depth, but if you for some reason have no idea what it is about, here is a quick synopsis!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara Jean, a junior in high school who lives in the fantasy world of romance in her head. That is until her secret love letters get sent out to every boy she has ever loved before, and suddenly, fantasy becomes striking reality. To keep one of those boys from finding out the extent of Lara Jean’s true feelings, Lara Jean and the most popular guy in school team up and pretend to date to keep him from finding out the truth.

OK, if you have not read the book or watched the movie then it might be smart to avoid the rest of this post! Go watch it now if you haven’t though!


One thing I loved about this film is how it was shot and pieced together. It perfectly recreated the 80s style, John Hughes romcoms and I LOVED that. I am a huge fan of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, etc etc, so I really appreciated them taking on that style of film and succeeding! It also added to Lara Jean’s amazing vintage inspired outfits that I was so looking forward to in the book and was happily satisfied within the movie.

Despite the few changes made in the movie, I was so happy with how much they stuck to the book and kept the original plot. The movie was exactly how I imagined the book in my head to be and I felt all the emotions because of it. I could only pick out a few biggish changes to the storyline but honestly, they did not take away from the story at all. Sometimes things in the book don’t work out in the movie and that is 100% okay. One change that stuck out to me was the first kiss between Lara Jean and Peter K. In the book, Lara Jean jumps Peter in the hallway whereas in the movie, she takes him down on the track and it was hilariously amazing. The stars of the movie talked about how they tried to film the kiss the original way, but it just didn’t work in the movie so they found this alternative. Another difference in the movie was instead of Lara Jean running into Peter after crashing her car, she almost runs him over in a parking lot with Kitty. I kinda loved that even more because I could feel how awkward she felt, but overall it was just adorable like the entire movie. One last difference that I remember is the scene between Lara Jean and her dad in the diner where they talk about her mom. It was so heartwarming and wonderful and gave me the feels for sure.

Next, I have to talk about the characters because the actors were PERFECT. Lana Condor was a fantastic Lara Jean and really captured her quirky personality that jumps out in the book. Her humour was on point and her outfits were on point…everything was just on point. Kitty and Margot were also just as I imagined them in the book, and Josh was too, although I liked him a lot more in the movie than in the book! Instead of being jealous the entire time of Lara Jean and Peter, he kind of accepted the fact that she didn’t like him anymore and told her to go after Peter which was ugh, so great. Lastly, Peter Kavinsky. Let that name sink in for a moment. Everything about Peter K. was AMAZING. I was a little sceptical about Noah because I haven’t really seen him in anything because I don’t watch The Fosters. However, I was blown away by how perfectly he embodied Peter’s confidence and kindness on the screen, and how easily he captured my heart. The characters really made this movie and I was super impressed by them all.

So overall I ADORED To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and easily gets 9/10 stars for me. This book will make you cry, laugh, and gush over all the heartwarming relationships between the characters and a charming plot. I really recommend it if you have read the book or love quirky romcoms because this will be everything you could dream for!

I hope you enjoyed this spoiler review and I did want to get it out sooner but I ended up going camping on Friday so I didn’t have enough time to write, edit and publish this for you all. It is out now though so yay! If you watched the movie let me know what you thought in the comments because I would love to know. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and all my social media accounts linked down below ๐Ÿ™‚

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April Anticipations!

I love gushing over all of the book and movies releases and I am back with another!

Books

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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This is a spinoff of Becky’s other book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens (which is now a fantastic movie that you NEED to go watch!) but follows Simon’s best friend, Leah who is struggling with her sexuality and who she is. I am so excited to get my hands on this book because I really loved Leah and thought she was such a realistic character. I cannot wait to see the world through her eyes and read whatever story Becky has in store for us next month!ย April 24th 2018

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

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The Fates Divide is the second book in Veronica Roth’s new sci-fi series, which starts off with Carve the Mark. I have not read the first book but I have heard good things so maybe I will get to it sometime soon! From what I know, it follows two different characters that somehow get thrown into each other’s world…that’s about all I know but it sounds good enough to me.ย April 10th 2018

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz

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I read the first book in this series, Alex & Eliza, which follows one of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler and their journey to meeting each other. I liked the first book but wasn’t blown away by it, however I am still excited to follow their life after their marriage in the next book! While I am not American, I have always been fascinated by American history and now all these books and musicals are coming out in regards to it and I am just having the best time.ย April 17th 2018

Movies

Avengers: Infinity War

I didn’t know I wanted to watch this movie until I watched the trailer and realized literally EVERY superhero to ever walk on the screen is in it. Not only do I think it will be epic to see all my favourite superheroes work together, but I think it will be interesting to see how having so many main characters on screen at once. I do think it will be hilarious and action packed and I am itching to watch it.ย April 27th 2018

I Feel Pretty

This is an Amy Schumer movie that follows a woman who has never felt confident about her body, but when she hits her head one day she wakes up and starts viewing herself as this “perfect” and pretty person, even though she hasn’t really changed her appearance. Not only does this look hilarious, but it also has a really good message that you should love yourself for who you are, and not compare yourself to others.ย April 27th 2018

Those are some of the books and movies I am looking forward to in the month of April and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Balancing Multiple Writing Projects

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March 2018 Talk!

I cannot believe February is already coming to a close. It was a great month of movies and books but now that that is over, it is time to look onward to March! March is filled with many anticipated movies, as well as one book I am looking forward to. If there are any other new releases your anticipating though, comment down below but for now here are mine!

~Movies~

A Wrinkle In Timeย 

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This is a book-to-movie adaptation based on the children’s book, and while I haven’t read it, the trailer for the film looks so whimsical and interesting. I believe it follows a young girl and her friend as they search for her missing father, but for now that is all I know about it. If I have the time, I would love to pick up the book before watching the film but I am sure watching the movie will motivate me to read it anyways! March 9

Love, Simonย 

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Another book-to-movie adaptation that I am incredibly excited for, and is actually one that I have already read the book for. The book is called Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and follows our main character, Simon who has a secret; he’s gay. However, his secret is jeopardize when a classmate threatens to out him before he’s ready, holding Simon’s emails with an anonymous boy at school hostage. I just know this movie is going to be great, and also it stars Nick Robinson so what could be better? March 16

Ready Player Oneย 

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Yep, another book-to-movie adaptation and ugh, I still haven’t read this insanely beloved book. Since this comes out later in the month, I am still hopeful I will be able to squeeze reading the book in, but we’ll see. Again, all I know about this is that it takes place in the future that takes place in the Oasis, a virtual reality world, and when the creator of this world offers a fortune as a prize for a virtual treasure hunt, our main character Wade Watts can’t resist. SO excited to read the book and see it in theaters because it sounds epic!ย March 29

~Books~

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafiย 

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This is the fourth continuation of the Shatter Me series, which is a beautifully written and heart gripping story. It follows our main character, Juliette, a girl whose touch kills. She was placed in an insane asylum to keep everyone safe from her, until one day she is broken out and desired as a weapon against enemies. This book is filled with adventure and romance and twists and turns, and I am excited to see what this new book has in store!ย March 6

Those are all the movies and books I am looking forward to in the month of March, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading + Writing Update

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January 2018 Talk!

This is my first talk for the new year and I am so excited to jump into 2018 in just only 14 days! If you didn’t know, in these “talks” I discuss all the new book releases and movies that are coming out in the following month that I am personally eager about. Hopefully some of these you are excited for as well, but if they aren’t, definitely comment on some books and movies you are looking forward to on the month of January!

Books

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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This is a book written by two YouTubers I watch, and I am so proud and excited to pick up their book! Sasha Alsberg is the BookTube channel @abookutopia, and was the first BookTube channel I ever subscribed to. She is amazing, as well as @LindsayCummings, a wonderful AuthorTuber that I have also been subscribed to for sometime now. Their book Zenith, is set in the Mirabel Galaxy, and takes place when an all girl’s crew, called the Marauders, routine mission goes wrong. I am really excited to read this because it has been ages since I read a sci-fi book and I have a feeling I will absolutely adore this novel! This book is released on January 16th.

Keeper by Kim Chance

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Keeper is a book by an AuthorTuber, @KimChanceย who I watch, and I am really excited to see how far she has come and pick up her book in January. It has a really interesting plot and I am dying to get my hands on it! Keeper follows sixteen year old Lainey, who after being attacked by a witch, she discovers that the attack wasn’t random, and that she is a type of a witch called a Keeper. This kind of witch can unlock the power of a magical spell book that is missing, the Grimoire, and Lainey has to find it before an evil warlock gets to it first. I haven’t read many witch books but I am thrilled that this will be one of them!ย This book is released on January 30th.

Movies

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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This is a movie that has been long awaited after being postponed due to Dylan O’Brien being injured onset…luckily his injuries were minor so he is well and the film is finally being released into the world! I have to say, I did enjoy the first movie enough, and the second one was okay, but I am not entirely sure how much I will love this movie. Since this is the third installment, I won’t say too much other than the first movie/book follows our main character, Thomas, who wakes up in a strange maze filled with dozens of boys who all don’t have any recollection of their pasts. As time passes, the boys begin to realize there was a reason that they were placed in this maze, and that it isn’t a simple one. This movie is released on January 26th.

Those are all of the books and movies that I am looking forward to in the month of January, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update ๐Ÿ™‚

Upcoming YA Book to Movie Adaptations

Books and movies are most likely some of my favourite things EVER, so when they come together it is amazing…well sometimes. Anyways, here are few movies that are coming soon or are currently in production that are originally YA books!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This movie is coming out on September 30 which is next week and I am so excited to see it! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a very intriguingย and interesting book about a boy named Jacob who travels to the island his grandfather grew upย onย looking for answers after his complicated death. It has a really creepy and different feeling that I hope they portray well on the big screen!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling – At first I was really confused when I heard this was becoming a movie because the book is very thin but after seeing the trailer I couldn’t be more pumped! The actors look amazing and the concept is something I am interested to see. If you didn’t know, instead of following the wizarding world in Britain, this movies follows a wizard who is part of the American wizarding world. I cannot wait to see this movie which is coming out on November 18.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle – I haven’t read this book but apparently it is in production so I will definitely be checking it out! Let it Snow is a collection of short stories that takeย place during the Christmastime. I don’t know much more than that but keep an eye out next year for it in theatres!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – This movie has actually just recently started filming but I am extremely excited to see this in theatres! The two main actors are Nick Robinson who played Ben Parish in the 5th Wave and Amanda Stenburg who played Rue in The Hunger Games! This book is about a girl named Maddie who is allergic to everything and has not been outside for many, many years. One day though, a boy named Ollie moves next door and she instantly falls in love but its hard to be in love when you are allergic to the world. Amazing book and I am so excited to see this movie hopefully next year!

Those are a few somewhat upcoming releases that I am excited for and if you are aware of anymore please comment! I am aware that a few series such as The Throne of Glass, Red Queen and Legend have been optioned so fingers crossed that it comes through!