July 2017 Wrap Up!

July was a busy, busy month full of working, reading and writing, and I cannot say that I am sad it is over! However, I am happy with the writing I got done and the books I read, and here is the complete, final list of them all:

City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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I re read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and really enjoyed diving back into the world! City of Bones, the first book, takes place in this magical world of angels and demons, where Shadowhunters (part human and part angel) slay demons to keep the world safe. In this book, we follow fifteen year old, Clary Fray, whose mother is kidnapped from their New York apartment one afternoon. Clary sets off to find her mother, and along the way discovers that this magical world is within her own, and that it is tied to her mother’s kidnapping. If you want a fast paced read with a broad cast of characters this book would be perfect for you! CoB – 4/5 stars, CoA – 4/5, CoG – 4.5/5 stars

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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It was one of my best decisions to go out and buy this book because once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop! Eliza and Her Monsters follows Eliza, a girl who is the creator of a popular web comic called Monstrous Sea, and while her online life is thriving, her offline life…not so much. That is until she meets Wallace, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfic writer and she realizes that maybe her offline life could be just as good as her online one. This is a really cute and relatable read that is impossible to hate, in my opinion! 5/5 stars

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

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I was really looking forward to reading this book because well, Hamilton. If you didn’t know, this tells the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler, who both played huge roles in the shaping of the United States we know today. I loved the musical so I was really excited to jump into this. Although, while it was a slower pace than I prefer, it was still interesting and enjoyable. I don’t think I would pick it up again but I am glad I read it! 3/5 stars

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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This was a book I had no expectations going into, and I was extremely surprised by how much I loved it! I appreciated the middle eastern influence in this story because I have not read many books influenced by this culture and I really enjoyed it. The Wrath and the Dawn follows our main character, Shahrzad, whose young king takes in a wife every new day only to have her killed the following night. But when Shahrzad’s best friend is the new victim of the king, she volunteers to be the king’s wife in order to avenge her friend, but things do not turn out the way she initially thought. I cannot wait to dive into the next book because I know The Rose and the Dagger will be amazing! 4.5/5 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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During BookTubeaThon, it is a great idea to have at least one book, if not more, that is less than 300 pages, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower was my choice for that. Being a 211 page book, it follows high school freshman, Charlie, who has always struggled when it came to making friends and fitting in, but eventually he is taken under the wing of a two seniors, Sam and Patrick, and he finally feels like he fits in. This book deals with mental illness but is usually a really light hearted and fast paced read. This was a re read for me, and I loved it just as much as the first time! 4.5/5 stars

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Boys was a book that had been sitting on my shelf, gathering dust, for a while now, and also going into it I had no expectations. Again though, I was pleasantly surprised by how whimsical and entrancing book this book was, and it made me definitely want to continue on with the series! In The Raven Boys, it follow Blue Sargent who every year stands with her psychic mother and watches blindly as the soon-to-be-dead walk by, but when the day comes when she an actually sees a spirit she approaches it and learns that the reason she can see this spirit is because they are her true love, or the person she killed. Conflicted and confused, she continues on with her life, until she meets the boy of the spirit and is flung into his adventure seeking world. This book contains a really fun cast of characters who were very different and unique in their own ways, and overall I thought it was a very solid book! 4/5 stars

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Obviously this is a re read, as I have talked about this book a lot on my blog. I needed a light hearted and fast paced read to push through the last day of BookTubeAThon and as always, this book delivered exactly what I needed! Anna and the French Kiss follows an American girl named Anna who is sent off to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. Terrified in this new element, she eventually meets a group of tight friends who welcome her into their group, but she can’t help but fall for the one of them, the charismatic, English Etienne St. Clair. If you enjoy contemporary, then you have to read this book because you will fall in love with it! 4.5/5 stars

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

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I finished this book on the very last day of July and just flew through it like most Sarah Dessen books. While I wouldn’t say it was my favourite Sarah Dessen book, I did enjoy it and loved the characters! Once and For All follows Louna, a seventeen year old girl who is spending her last summer before college working for her mother, a famous, local wedding planner. One night at a wedding, she meets charismatic, serial dater, Ambrose. He tries to woo her but it is a lot harder than he thought, but he isn’t giving up now that he knows what he wants. This book is really fast paced and while it was fun, it was also really sad at times! It talks about some issues that are current in the US, but it is important that books acknowledge them, no matter how devastating they are. 4/5 stars

It is crazy to see that I read a total of 10 books this month because it has been so, so, so long since I have accomplished something like this. The BookTubeAThon has to take a lot of credit for that though, and I had so much fun participating this year for my second time! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don’t forget to check out my last blog post: July 2017 Book Haul!

 

 

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BookTubeAThon Day 7 Update

BookTubeAThon is officially over! And while I am very sad because it was such a fun, motivating ride…I am happy the week is over. I am really excited to keep reading though, and cannot wait to get more done! Anyways, here is what I got done on the last day of BookTubeAThon 2017:

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I had set some high expectations for today, because my overall goal for the day was to read and finish 3 books. I know! Crazy! I wanted to read Anna and the French Kiss, Once and For All AND City of Fallen Angels but sadly (and obviously) I did not accomplish that. I did however, finish Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and got a third of the way through Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. I enjoyed re reading Anna and the French Kiss as always, and enjoyed what I read so far of this new Sarah Dessen book! I am planning on finishing Once and For All tomorrow, as well as starting City of Fallen Angels which I am very excited for. BookTubeAThon has been fun and wild ride but now it has sadly come to an end which is good, because I can go to sleep at a decent time! Below is my daily overview, as well as my overall wrap up for the BookTubeAThon which I will go more into detail with it in my July wrap up!

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DAY 7 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 417 (337 of Anna and the French Kiss + 80 of Once and For All)

BOOKTUBEATHON WRAP UP:

Books Completed: 5

  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz for the challenges read a book in one day
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh for the challenge read a hyped book
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephanie Perkins for the challenge read about a character that is very different from you
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater for the challenge read a book with a person on the cover
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins for the challenge read a book you bought because of the cover

So overall I completed 5 books and five challenges which I am very proud of! I hope you enjoyed following me along this week, and I will see you guys tomorrow with a new blog post.

BookTubeAThon Day 3&4 Update!

Yesterday and the day before, I was just SO tired that one, I barley got any reading done because I was working all day and by the time I got home at like 10pm, I passed out. Because of that, I decided to combine yesterday and today’s update so that I actually have something to update you on…

Day 3:

Anyways, on day 3 or Wednesday, I did manage to finish the last 88 pages of The Wrath of the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and let me just say, it was SO amazing! I will go more in depth on my feelings in my July 2017 Wrap Up, but let me just say that I will be buying the second book as soon as possible. After finishing that, I also started The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which is a re read, but I managed to complete 90 pages of that! I needed a short, contemporary to read during my busy schedule and it was definitely a good decision.

DAY 3 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 178 (88 pages of The Wrath and the Dawn + 90 pages of The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Day 4:

Yesterday was a decent reading day, but I am still about one book behind on my goal and I really need to pick the pace up. Luckily tomorrow (Friday) is my last day of work before the weekend, and I have a really long drive that I have to sit through so I will be reading from 5pm until I finish two books. Not only did I finish reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which meant that I had to read 121 pages of it, but I also started Once and For All by Sarah Dessen and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Mind you, I did not get very far in either, but I mean, it is a start!

Day 4 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 172 (121 of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 34 of Once and For All and 17 of The Raven Boys)

Anyways, I apologize for not getting these two updates up on time but I hope you enjoyed them. Stay tuned for my regular blog post today, as well as my BookTubeAThon Day 5 Update!

 

2017 BookTubeaThon TBR!

It is that wonderful time of the summer again where readers come together from all over the world on social media, to celebrate reading! This year it starts at midnight on July 24th to midnight on July 30th and I am so excited to get some reading done and follow the awesome reading challenges for this year.

#1: Read a Book with a Person on the Cover

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This challenge is perfect for my current reading situation, because I am re reading The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, and all the books have bodies on them! So for this challenge I have chosen City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. This is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments, which follows a girl named Clary in a world of angels and demons as she tries to find her place in it. There is lots of action and fun characters so I am excited to jump back into this book.

#2: Read a Hyped Book

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I bought this book solely because of BookTube, but I just haven’t gotten around to pick it up yet. That book is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and I am so excited to FINALLY read this hyped book. I have heard amazing things about this book, and while I don’t really know what it is about other than it is based of the Arabian story, One Thousand and One Nights, I am really intrigued to see how I like it.

#3: Finish a Book in One Day

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I have read many books in one day, and a good majority of them have been Sarah Dessen books or other contemporaries, so I have decided to pick up Once and For All by Sarah Dessen! This is her brand new release that came out in early June and has a beautiful cover. All I know about the book is that the main character’s mother is a wedding planner and there is a romance (obviously) but I am still excited to see what happens. I know I will love it though!

#4: Read About a Character That is Very Different From You

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I am doubling up my challenges which is no surprise because I always do, and for this challenge I am going to be also reading City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. There are many main characters in this series, but the first book follows mainly Clary’s POV so I am going with her for this challenge. I am the COMPLETE opposite of Clary. For one, she is a red head and I am a brunette, she is a very talented artist with drawing and painting while I cannot draw a straight line for my life, and she lives in New York City while I live in a tiny town in Canada…yeah so many differences.

#5: Finish a Book Completely Outdoors

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In the summer I love reading outdoors so I was very excited for this challenge. I am also doubling up for this challenge, and have chose Once and For All by Sarah Dessen because reading summery contemporaries in the warm summer air is the best!

#6: Read a Book You Bought Because of the Cover

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Another double up because of course BookTubeaThon is during my busiest week of the month! I am also using Once and For All by Sarah Dessen for this challenge, because even though I was going to buy the book eventually because I love Sarah Dessen books… I bought it a LOT sooner than I would have because of how gorgeous the cover is. It is an ombre of pink and purple as you can see in the picture I attached to this post, but yeah, beautiful!

#7: Read 7 Books – I never have achieved this and will NOT being striving for it this year. I will probably try for next year but this year I work about 32 hours the week of BookTubeaThon and have a summer course to work on AS WELL as Camp NaNoWriMo, so if I finish those three books the week of BookTubeaThon, I will be more than happy.

But yeah! Those are the books I chose for the BookTubeaThon and I hope you enjoyed. Definitely let me know if you are participating and what books you plan on reading because I would love to know!

Reading/Writing Update!

For the next month or so, I will be in the process of packing up my room and moving, but I did pick out quite a few books to keep with me, so that I always have something to read. Those books are City of Ashes, City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, Once and For All and the Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anyways, but for what I have accomplished reading wise, is that I am now over half way through City of Ashes! Zoe Herdt from the BookTube channel @readbyzoe, is hosting a 24 hour readathon today, which I will be participating in in hopes of at least coming close to finishing this book.

Writing has also been very successful because from Monday to Friday, I have so far written just over 5,000 words, and I am hoping to reach a week goal of 8,000 by the end of the weekend. My story is kind of at a slow bump in the road, so I am going to go back, fix that, figure out where I want the story to go, and then keep on writing! Good luck to any others participating in Camp NaNoWriMo because the month is half over which means we need to start raking in those word counts! I put my word count goal as 30,000, but I am only about 9,000 from completing that so I am sure I will easily complete that. However, I did want to be at 50,000 words for my entire story by the end of July, so that last week of the month will be me writing hard!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books I DNF…

June 2017 Talk!

June isn’t a month filled with new releases like May was, which is good because I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to catch up. Anyways, here are a few books and movies that I am looking forward to this June!

Books:

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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – This is a YA contemporary that follows the daughter of a famous wedding planner, Louana, as she meets a serial dater named Ambrose. At first she tries to not get too involved, but that doesn’t discourage Ambrose who thinks she is the one. I know this is going to be a fun summer contemporary that I am going to have a blast reading, and I cannot wait for it to come out! This is book will be out on June 6th.

Movies:

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Wonder Woman – I think everyone is pumped for this movie because how could you not after watching the fantastic trailer? The actress playing Wonder Woman looks incredible and I love Chris Pine so it will be fun seeing him in this most likely fantastic film. If you didn’t know, Wonder Woman follows a young woman named Diana who has trained among the Amazonian warriors on a mythical island. When her home land is threatened, she must travel to the outside world and take the steps to becoming who she was destined to be. This movie will be in theatres on June 2nd.

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Cars 3 – The Cars movies are movies I have been watching since I was a little kid. I am not entirely sure what the detailed plot of this movie is about…but I know it will have racing like always. Anyways, I hope I won’t be disappointed by this movie and I am looking forward to it! This movie will be out on June 16th.

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Despicable Me 3 – Again, another movie series I have been watching for quite a few years now. I was not anticipating a third movie, but since they are giving us one why not go see if its any good? Also not entirely sure what the plot of this movie is, but I am expecting it to be like the others and involve Gru and the girls trying to save the people from evil. This movie will be out on June 30th.

That is all for my June 2017 Talk and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Long Reads!