Back to School Reads!

Personally, I enjoy school. I like the structure and organization of it, as well as most of the classes. Especially getting into my last 2 years of high school, school has gotten more enjoyable because I can choose the majority of my classes. But anyways, enough about that. In this blog post, I will be discussing books that take place at schools and just give you that “back to school” vibe that we all love.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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I describe this book as a sci-fi contemporary book that follows seventeen year old Katy who has just moved to a small town in Virginia with her mother looking for a fresh start. There, she moves next to two twins named Dee and Daemon Black, and soon she is quickly thrust into their crazy world. Obviously, Katy goes to school through this book, and a new school might I add. Overall though, this is a really fun and quick read that is perfect if you find the back to school time stressful.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters is a book that I think a lot of us can relate to. It follows odd Eliza Mirk, a girl who is the anonymous creator of a popular web comic, Monstrous Sea. And while her online life is thriving, her offline life…not so much. That is, until Wallace transfers to her school and she realizes maybe it is worth putting effort into her offline life. This is a really cute contemporary that made my heart and cheeks ache from smiling too much! I flew through this book in a day, so another easy read for back to school.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

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Of course this is going to be on this list! Harry Potter, if for some odd reason you didn’t know, entirely takes place at a magical boarding school called Hogwarts and gives you all the back to school vibes you could hope for. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows eleven year old, Harry Potter, who discovers that he is a wizard. He is then, sent off to this magical boarding school where he learns to control his powers while fighting off an evil wizard that everyone thought was dead. Everyone loves this series because how could you not?

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Just Listen and Saint Anything are my top 2 favourite Sarah Dessen books, but since I talk about Saint Anything a lot, I will put Just Listen down instead. Just Listen follows Annabel, a girl who seems to have it all but if you knew her, you would know she has anything but. Returning to school friendless and lonely, she meets another lone wolf named Olly and the two form a very unlikely bond. Another book I just flew through because it was so addicting! Perfect back to school read, and it shows you that if you feel like you don’t fit in, don’t give up looking because eventually, you will find where you belong.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I don’t want to only include contemporary so here is some supernatural fantasy! Vampire Academy takes place at a, well you guessed it, vampire academy that our two main characters, Rose and Lisa, ran away from a year ago. Brought back, they realize they are still having to face danger despite being “safe” at the academy.  This is part of a six (?) book series that you can’t help but binge read because they are so addicting!

Those are a few book recommendations for back to school and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: July 2017 Wrap Up!

August 2017 TBR!

July was an okay reading month, better than the last few months, but I am still really behind on my reading goal, and I want to get a lot of reading done this summer. So, I have a slightly ambitious August TBR, and since I will be less busy, I plan on reading a LOT. Anyways, here is my TBR and I hope you enjoy.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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I started this book in the beginning of July, but got distracted with others so I plan on finishing it this August. It is a fun, summery contemporary that is perfect for summer vacation, and follows a girl named Emaline who works at her parents realty place and there, she meets an artsy boy from New York that she can’t help but fall for. I am really excited because I expect to just fly through this book, and I know I will enjoy it!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This was a book I purchased a while ago, and I really want to read it because I just keep hearing amazing things about it. Honestly, I want to go into it with no grasp on what it is about, but if you are curious then definitely look it up!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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I re read this not that long ago, but honestly, I love this book so much that I just NEED to read it again. This book follows a girl named Anna whose parents send her to an American boarding school in Paris. There, she meets a fun and loving group of friends and against her will, starts to fall for one of them. Hard. Again, this is another light hearted contemporary that is a classic and a must read!

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Since August is the month before I go back to school, I am in the school vibe and have the craving to read books that partially take place at school…so yeah, Obsidian is on my TBR! Obsidian follows a girl named Katy, who after a spontaneous move to Virginia with her mother, moves next door to two strange twins named Dee and Damon Black, and learns that there is more to them and their world than she thought. This book is like a sci-fi-contemporary, and I really love the combination and am excited to re read it!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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Yep! I am still re reading The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and it has been so much fun because I just love this series. City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series, but without spoiling it, the main story line is that it follows teenaged Clary Fray whose mother is kidnapped from their New York apartment, and on her journey to save her, Clary discovers that her mother was part of a world of angels and demons, and that she too, has a place in it. This is my favourite series because of the characters and the plot line, and I am so happy to be back into this great world of Shadowhunters!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I feel like this is one of those classic YA’s that you should read if you like cliche plot lines…and guess what. That’s me! Hush, Hush follows a girl named Nora who never really saw herself falling in love, well at least not at her school. That is, until Patch comes along and things start to change. Throughout the story though, Nora becomes weary of Patch because he starts to know things that nobody should know, and eventually the truth about him comes out. I am excited to give this a try and hopefully I will like it!

Those are all the books I plan to read in the month of August, and you should comment down below any books you plan on reading this month because I would love to know!

Favourite Re Reads!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Books I Want to Become Movies!

There are a lot of books that are movies that I wish weren’t, but there are also a lot books that aren’t movies that I wish were. Here is the list of all the books I wish were movies!

six-of-crows-616x986Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows is an epic story about a group of misfits who set out to complete an impossible task. This book would make a fantastic movie because of its never ending amount of action and is just filled with scenes that will blow you away! If it is done right, I could easily see this becoming one of my favourite movies or TV shows.

since-youve-been-goneSince You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – The reason I would love for this book to become a movie is because there is a sort of scavenger hunt that goes on throughout this book and if it is entertaining to read, I think it would even more in a movie! Since You’ve Been Gone is about a girl named Emily who’s best friend, Sloane disappears as the summer begins, leaving behind a bucket list for Emily to complete that summer. Emily sets off to complete this list along with a few new friends, in hope that it will lead her to Sloane and the answers to her disappearance. This is a very fun, light, summery book that I think a lot of people would enjoy on the screen so please, make this amazing book into a movie!

obsidian-cover5Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – I don’t understand why they haven’t made this book into a movie because it is definitely movie material. It has a hot male protagonist, a good climax, some side action, romance and awesome friendships! This book definitely reminds me of the TV show Roswell so if that is on the screen why isn’t this? Obsidian is about a girl named Katy who after the death of her father, moves to small town with her mother for a fresh start. There, she moves next to two odd and mysterious twins named Dee and Damon Black and after being sucked into their crazy world, her life is flipped upside down. It is a really fast paced book that should be made into a movie pronto.

to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – This would make a great rom-com and I would definitely watch it. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean, who after her secret love letters to all the boys she has loved before get mysteriously sent out, she finds herself digging a deep hole of lies to prevent her current love from knowing the truth about how she feels. This is a really quirky, cute and funny book that I think would make a very entertaining movie.

throne-of-glass-sarah-j-maasThrone of Glass by Sarah J Maas – This would be an epic movie, and I know that it has been optioned for a TV show but that has happened yet so I can still put it on this list. Throne of Glass follows this kickass assassin named Celaena Sardothian who enters a competition where you fight to the death to become the king’s personal assassin. This book has a lot of action and is a very gripping read. It would make a killer movie that I honestly think would do really well.

Those are some books I think would make great movies and I hope you enjoyed. Sorry about no not posting anything yesterday, stuff came up! Anyways don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #1 and also comment below any other books you think would make good movies.

 

January 2017 Wrap Up!

Tc-alwayssummerhis is my first wrap up of the year and luckily, I managed to complete a good amount of books!

We’ll Always Have the Summer by Jenny Han – This is the 3rd and final book in the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and I really enjoyed the trilogy overall. The trilogy follows Belly as she returns to the summerhouse that she has spent every summer in since she was little, with her mom, brother and her mom’s best friend who has 2 sons. We follow Belly’s summer which is filled with jealousy, romance and fun and is overall a really entertaining, fast paced read. 4/5 starsobsidian-cover5

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This is the 1st book in the Lux series and follows Katy, a senior who for her last year of high school has moved to West Virginia with her mom for a fresh start. But when she moves next to a pair of unusual and different twins named Dee and Daemon Black, her entire life is flipped upside down. This was a re read, and as always I loved this book. The writing isn’t amazing or anything, but the plot is very gripping along with the cast of kickass characters! 4.5/5 starsonyx-cover-2

Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout – This is the 2nd book in the Lux series, and I won’t say what happens because that would give away spoilers…but what I can say is that things get so twisted and knotted in this book that you start to wonder how in the world they will ever fix all these problems! I did really enjoy re reading this book and Daemon is amazing as always. 4/5 starsatorchagainstthenight_cv-4-14-687x1024

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes which by the way, was a fantastic book. I was really curious to see if this book would live up to the 1st book and while it was almost as amazing, it was still a flipping amazing read that I treasured so much! An Ember in the Ashes is about a girl named Laia who’s brother is one day kidnapped by the Empire, and she goes on a journey to save him. There are relationships that make your heartache and sacrifices that will leave tears in your eyes. A must read! 4.5/5 stars

Fangirfangirl_coverdec2012l by Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl is such a light hearted, relatable book that I could read over, and over, and over again. It follows a girl named Cath who is entering her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Cath wants to stick close to Wren’s side, Wren wants to be wild and free, leaving Cath behind in the dust. But when Cath’s new roommate, Raegan and her ex boyfriend take Cath under their wing, she learns to dip outside her comfort zone a bit and things get interesting…Highly recommend this amazing contemporary if you haven’t read it already! 4.5/5 starseleanor%20and%20park2

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Again, I could read Eleanor and Park for weeks upon end, but I try to minimize it to once a year because I do like to cherish it. Anyways, Eleanor and Park follows our 2 main characters, Eleanor and Park who’s relationship starts off weird and rocky, but soon blossoms into something more. Eleanor and Park is such a heartfelt book that hits you straight in the feels! 5/5 stars

Those were all the books I managed to read this month and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Quick Writing Tips!

 

Books You Need to Read Right Now!

I have put together a list of amazing books that you need to read ASAP, so I hope you enjoy!

An Ember and the Ashes & A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – These 2 books take place in a Ancient Rome inspired world and follow a girl named Laia who sets out to find her brother after he is kidnapped by the cruel Empire. These books are SO good! They took a few pages to get into, but by page 100 you are sucked into the world and it is always painful to leave because the world is so rich and the characters are so dynamic and flawed. These books ARE perfection honestly.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – Obsidian is just one of those books that you read and finish in one sitting. In the book, we follow Katy as she and her mother move to Virginia for a fresh start, but they end up moving next to 2 twins named Dee and Damon Black who are far from normal. As secrets unravel, Katy’s life is flipped upside down and she is forced to cope in this new world. I love the Lux series because it is so fast paced and has amazing and witty characters that you can’t help but love.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – City of Bones follows Clary Fray who after the sudden disappearance of her mother, is thrust into a world of Shadowhunters and demons after she discovers that she herself is a Shadowhunter. This is my all time favourite book series because I love our great and diverse cast of characters and every book just grips me so much that I am always sitting on the edge of my chair. Read it!

Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – If you enjoy contemporaries these books are an absolute must! In Anna and the French Kiss, we follow Anna, an American girl who is being forced to attend a boarding school in Paris. At her new school, she meets a group of cool friends and one of them just happens to be a gorgeous Parisian boy named Etienne St.Clair. The book is filled with heart ache and romance and is overall an amazing contemporary. In Lola and the Boy Next door, we follow Lola who is a very unique individual and always dresses as something new every day. She is in her senior year and her life is great, she has a great boyfriend and an amazing best friend, but when her childhood love comes back into her life things are flipped out of place. I also love this book and think it is very relatable and realistic and is really something anyone could enjoy.

Those are a few books that you HAVE to read. Of course there are more but these are just some that came to mind because they are amazing and deserve to be read! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Planning Your Story!

Reading/Writing Update!

I have been sick for most of the week, but that just meant I had more time for reading! This week I managed to complete Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout. These were re reads and as always, I had SO much fun reading them! If you didn’t know, the first book in the Lux series, Obsidian, is about a girl named Katy who after moving to West Virgina with her mother for a new start, meets 2 odd twins named Dee and Damon Black. After falling into a strange friendship with them, she realizes that there is more to them then she thought and her life is flipped upside down. I love Jennifer’s writing style and just how easy and light hearted it is. Re reading these 2 books were definitely what I needed reading wise and I am very satisfied. Now since I am done, I have started A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and I am about 60 pages into it. I am enjoying it but since I am not too far into it I can’t say that it has me on the edge of my seat or anything. I only hope that it is as good as An Ember in the Ashes because that book was amazing! Anyways, I would also like to complete Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson because my contemporary kick is going strong and I know Morgan Matson won’t let me down!

For writing, I haven’t been too successful other than scratching all 7 pages of what I’ve written and re starting. I have only rewrote 1 page so far because I got hit by the flu but hopefully by Sunday I will have written another 3 pages because I have been planning a lot for my story and I am motivated to continue with it! My first 7 pages didn’t feel write to me, and I felt that I needed to start fresh after grasping a better concept of this world and these people I am creating. Now I feel totally in control and ready to get this down on paper. My school is also having a poetry contest, and first off, no I do not write poetry because I am terrible. I am not just saying that either to be modest, I truly am terrible at writing poetry but I thought I would give it a try so I will also be writing that this weekend…

That was my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last post: Writing Books I Am Reading!

Reading/Writing Update!

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

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

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

Easy Reads!

Some books are really hard to read, and require a lot of focus like high fantasy, but then there are other books that are fun, fast paced and just super easy to get into. While high fantasy is amazing, sometimes you just want to let your mind have a break, so here are some easy book recommendations!

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This is the first book in the Lux series which is a very fun and entertaining book series. Obsidian follows a girl named Katy who’s mother has decided to try and move on after the death of Katy’s father, and moved them to West Virginia where they end up moving in next to 2 strange twins, Dee and Daemon Black. After meeting them, her world is flipped upside down as she learns the truth about who they really are. I love this series, and am currently re reading it just because it so fun and easy to read.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – While this book and its whole series has some mixed reviews, I adore it. It is light hearted and fast paced and the plot is just a really fun idea. In The Selection, we follow America Singer, a young woman who is picked to compete for the Prince of Illea’s heart but she finds it hard when her heart is elsewhere. Throughout the novel she gets to know the Prince and the other women competing and things get complicated…I really recommend this if you want to read a series where you fly through all the books in no time!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – When I read this book I could just not put it down until I finished the entire thing. Rainbow Rowell has a way of making her books complicated, yet extremely easy to read. Eleanor and Park follows 2 characters, Eleanor who is a big, oddball red head and Park, a music loving, moody person. When Eleanor starts going to Park’s school she catches his attention, but not in the way you think. They begin talking and really getting to know each other and soon their strange friendship blossoms into something more. This book is so heart wrenching and heart warming and you all need to read it now!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – This is a summer romance book so obviously it is going to be a fun read but for some reason, this book sticks out above a lot of contemporary I have read! In The Summer I Turned Pretty, our main character Belly is going to the summer house she has been going to since she was a young along with her mom’s best friend and her 2 sons. But now Belly is older and the 2 boys, Jeremiah and Conrad had seem to notice too. There is lots of romance, friendship and tears throughout this novel and it is great.

Those are a few easy reads recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: My 2017 Writing Routine!

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!