Biannual Bibliothon Day 6 – Reading By the Fire 101

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Happy day 6 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

Not going to lie…I completely forgot to write a reading update for day 3&4 but that’s okay because I didn’t get much done (hahaha go me). Anyways, today’s blog host is Jacqueline from EvilQueenBooksBlog and she wants us to tell her what books we think would be perfect fireside reads. This challenge sounds so cozy and it makes me want to curl up by the fire and read…even though I don’t have a fire to do that with. But anyway, I decided that along with picking 5 books to read, I would share some tips on how to have the perfect reading time next to a fire.

STEP ONE: Choose Your Books

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

I had to throw a Harry Potter book in here because are they not the most perfect side reads? The fourth book is my favourite as of right now in the series because it’s long and a little bit of a different plot structure than her other books. When I close my eyes, I can definitely imagine myself by the warm and crackling fire, swaddled in a blanket and cracking open this amazing book.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Not only would this be a great fireside read because it always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, but it is also one of those books I can finish in one sitting. This book is relatable, funny, adorable, awkward, and a whole lot of fun to read!

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The atmosphere in this novel is cozy enough on its own that I wouldn’t even need a fire to read by. The story would do a well off job heating me up on a cold, cold day. This contemporary-fantasy book takes place in dreary ol’ London, the best place, I think personally, to cuddle up next to a fire. Well, actually right now in Canada a fire sounds great too but you get what I mean!

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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

I have yet to read this book, which is the third installment in the Eleanor’s Home for Wayward Children series (will be reading it this readathon though!). I loved the first two books and cannot wait to dive into the next one. These books are so incredibly short (this one being under 150 pages),  and that along with their addictive, fast-paced storylines, makes them great fireside reads.

 

STEP TWO: Make Yummy Drinks/Snacks

This is a very important step. Are you going to make some delicious, rich hot chocolate? Steep some green tea or brew some coffee to keep you awake whilst reading? Maybe you’re a little hungry and need something to snack on. Well, now is the time to figure that all out! Personally, I would love nothing more than to snuggle up with a good book and some hot chocolate right now.

STEP THREE: Atmosphere

This is also crucial to your fireside reading experience. The atmosphere must be the ultimate cozy atmosphere, but how do you accomplish that? Well, let me tell you: blankets (specifically fuzzy ones, but any old blanket will do), mood lighting (if the fire isn’t enough light to read, light some candles or if your lights can adjust to different settings, perfect), and of course, seating (are you going to sit on the ground next to the fire, or on a chair? This is important to figure out people!).

STEP FOUR: READ

One important thing to remember while reading by fire is too NOT PUT YOUR BOOK IN THE FIRE. Whether it is intentional (for who knows what reason. Maybe the book is really bad) or accidental, books do not belong in fires. If you are a particularly clumsy person, adjust yourself so there is no way your book can accidentally fall out of your hands because let’s be honest, that would ruin step 3, and it’s all about the atmosphere.

Those are 4 books I would love to snuggle up and read by the fire, along with a “Reading By the Fire For Dummies” step-by-step guide! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as all my other Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges, and make sure you check out my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 5 – Winter Trips

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Happy day 5 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

I’m slowly getting back on track with reading and am having SO much fun trying to read as much as I can. Sometimes with all the hectic things going on, I forget to sit down and read. Obviously, sometimes I’m so busy with school and life that I don’t have the time to read, but most days I do and this readathon is reminding me to find time every day to do something I love; and that’s reading.

Anyways, today’s blog challenge host is Danielle from PoetryBooksYA (check her out!), and she wants us to tell her the five book characters (I chose Lara Jean Song Covey, Peter Kavinsky, Etienne St. Clair, Ronan Lynch, and Leo Valdez) we would take on a winter trip. I decided to yet another story for this blog challenge just because I had a lot of fun writing the last one. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you’re participating in the Biannual Bibliothon down below in the comments!

 

“Are you sure you want to drive, Lara Jean?” I ask hesitantly, eyeing her as she slides into the driver’s seat. She gathers her dark hair up into a high ponytail, tying it off with a pale pink scrunchie.

“Yep,” she says with a nod. “I have to practice if I want to get better.”

“True.” I grab the seatbelt and buckle up, admiring the white trees around us as we pull out of the driveway; the branches drooping with piles of heavy snow and icicles gripping onto them like the crystal leaves of winter.

We ease into the snow-caked driveway of a familiar grey house with white shutters.

“Hey!” Lara Jean’s phone is pressed to her ear. “We’re here.”

“Be right out,” says the phone, words crackling before she pads the off button.

“I’m sooo excited,” Lara Jean exclaims, twisting around in her seatbelt to grab her purse from the back seat. She rips the zipper open and retrieves a Tubberware container full of varied cookies. “Okay, so I made snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, and shortbread.” My mouth waters and I can’t help but reach out for them. She slaps my hand lightly away, shoving the container back into her purse. “These cookies are for the trip to the cottage. I should probably hide them anyways before the boys get here.”

“Probably a good idea.” I laugh. “Teenage boys are animals.”

“Animals for food,” she corrects but she’s laughing too just as the two back doors fly open.

“Yo, yo, yo!” Peter Kavinsky slides into the seat behind Lara Jean, a wild grin bright on his face. He pinches her shoulder teasingly before yanking off a black beanie and ruffling his curly brown hair.

“It’s too early for yo, yo, yo, Kavinsky,” says Etienne St. Clair from behind me. “I need a cup of coffee…actually, make that two cups of coffee, first.”

“Yeah, yeah, we’ll get your coffee, St. Clair.” Lara Jean says, but I notice her eyes meeting Peter’s in the rearview mirror. Her cheeks are flushed like earlier, but a light pink colour instead. I smile.

“Hey, where’s Ronan?” I ask, noticing no other doors opening and no other bodies filing into the very back seats of the van.

“Being his usual brooding self, my friend,” St. Clair explains, stretching his scuffy boots so they pop out beside me. I slap them away and we both laugh.

“Oh, there’s Mr. Sexy Brooder,” says Peter.

Lara Jean and I glance at each other before bursting out into laughter. Sure enough, Ronan Lynch storms out of the house with his dark brows knitted together and bag dangling from his tight grip. When he reaches the van he opens up St. Clair’s side and grumbles something inaudible.

“Sorry, Ronan, could you repeat that? I couldn’t understand you through all your grumbling.”

“Shut up, St. Clair.” Ronan pushes past him and squeezes into the back seat despite being one of the taller ones of us all. His eyebrows are still stuck together as if they can’t bear to part from each other. I want to laugh but I want this trip to be fun, not tense. Not that Ronan is ever in a good mood, but still.

“Where’s the Latino elf?” Ronan grumbled, his arms crossing tightly over his chest.

“Leo’s still not out yet,” Lara Jean says, glancing at him over her shoulder. Her lips purse tightly in concern. I know how well she wants this trip to go; just three simple days of friends up at a cottage, drinking hot chocolate, playing board games and having snowballs fight. Not fights between the five of us minus the snowballs. “I just texted him and he said he’s almost ready to go. Do you want a cookie while we wait?”

Silence.

“Sure,” he says, sounding bored but we all hear his stomach grumble. I can’t help but laugh into my hand as Lara Jean whips out the cookies.

“Woah, woah, woah! I want one! Covey, come on, give me one first. I’m starving.” Peter is a puppy begging on his hind legs as his girlfriend bops his nose with a finger and shakes her head.

“Ronan first. Don’t worry I made lots.” She reaches over to hand the container to Ronan and he gleefully takes it, cracking it open and slowly biting into a gooey chocolate chip cookie. He closes his eyes with pleasure just to spite Peter who groans in pain.

“I’m here!” The door opens and Leo Valdez stands there, eyes wild and hair in inky tangles. “The party can start now. You’re welcome.” He bows.

“You’re late,” says St. Clair, but not unkindly as Leo shimmies past him.

“Time doesn’t wait for those who are great.”

“By great, do you mean yourself by any chance?” I ask and Leo smiles mischievously.

“Obviously. Now, let’s get a move on. I really need to pee.”

“Leo!” We all exclaim, groaning as Lara Jean shakes her head, cranking the ignition and slowly crawling out of the driveway. The world around is like a snow globe, whimsical and magical and white, snow sprinkling down from the thick, grey clouds as we drive off to our winter wonderland with a van full of voices, laughter, and the beginning of memories.

Sorry, this was SUPER long…but I had a lot of fun writing it so I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which will all be linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 4 – Clickbait Challenge

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Happy day 4 of the 2019 Biannual Bibliothon!

I hope it’s going well for you, and that you are enjoying all the challenges I’ve been posting! Today’s challenge was given to us by Hannah from SprinkledWithWords, and she wants us to clickbait our favourite books. This sounds like sooo much fun, and I cannot wait to do it so let’s get into it!

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

A girl enters a competition for the handsome prince’s heart, but how can she fall in love when her heart is miles away?

 

 

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

A 15-year-old girl’s mother is kidnapped and suddenly she is thrust into a world of magic. She realizes she isn’t entirely human, but then what is she?

 

 

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A simple girl and a snotty boy – will it end horribly or will romance spark in the air?

 

 

 

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perks

When a girl is sent off to boarding school in Paris, she doesn’t realize she’ll get more than just an education – with boys and parents thousands of miles away, who knows what will happen?

 

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwen’s cousin is the suspected time traveler in the family, but one day Gwen finds herself decades in the past! Time traveling doesn’t only come with lots of training, but a cute boy and a dangerous secret brewing under the surface – when will it come out? If it comes out?

 

There they are! These are my 5 clickbait titles and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts below for more Biannual Bibliothon challenges! If you want to check out my day 1, 2 &3 challenge, I will also link those down below. Anyways, thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update – Biannual Bibliothon 2019 Day 1 & 2

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Happy Sunday!

I was going to do daily updates for the current readathon I’m participated in, the Biannual Bibliothon, but I decided to do a reading update every 2 days instead. It works out that this is the second day of the readathon (well, the very, very end of the second day) and also the day I post my weekly reading and writing update so yay. I’m tackling two birds with one stone. Anyways, let’s get into it!

This week was a decent reading week. Not my best, but I did finish reading 2 books and started on a third! On Tuesday, I finished the fourth and final book in the FABULOUS Raven Cycle quartet by Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King. It was a good book but honestly, I wasn’t that satisfied with the ending. It seemed…too easy for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the characters and want them to live happily ever after, but the way things got resolved was strange, to say the least. I still really enjoyed it though and flew through it! The next book I started on was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Every month or so I need a little break from fantasy and magic, and desperately need to slip into some cute contemporary stories. Soooo, I chose Anna and the French Kiss and it was exactly what I needed! I actually only finished it a few hours ago…but hey, it got done and I had fun so that’s all that matters. Last but not least, I started my second read of the Biannual Bibliothon (whoops, forgot to mention that Anna and the French Kiss was my first read of the readathon!), Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I mentioned in my goals for 2019 that I wanted to read more classics so here I am, reading classics! I’m really excited to read this and join the bandwagon, and I’m hoping I truly like the story but I have no idea at this point in it. I might be around 30ish pages into it so I still got a ways to go. If you want to see what I plan on reading for the rest of next for the readathon, check out my TBR HERE!

I think I’m done my writing break. While I took most of my winter break off from writing back in late December/early January, I think that was enough time for me to replenish my creativity. It felt so strange not to write, and honestly, I really didn’t like how it made me feel. I haven’t written a crazy amount this week or anything, but I did write well over 2,000 words and I think that’s a healthy amount when getting back into the swing of things. I’m working on a non-magical piece…actually the short story version of a later script I will be writing/adapting for my writing class. We are doing screenwriting but in order for me to fully create a fleshed out story, I need to write the in-depth short story for it first. My first draft of it was about 1,500 words and I’m looking forward to tackling the second draft tomorrow!

Anyways, that is all for this update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Christmas Party

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Happy day 2 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

If you are participating in the readathon, I hope it is going well for you and you are having a blast like I am! Today’s blog host is Libby from LibbyReads (check out her blog HERE), and she has challenged us to create a list of 12 book characters we would invite to a Christmas party. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, so let’s get on with my Christmas list!

GUEST #1: Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series

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Magnus Bane is the High Warlock of Brooklyn and he is known for his parties. One of the reasons he throws awesome parties is that he can do magic so OF COURSE, I would want him at my Christmas party. He can whisk up some gorgeous, winter decorations from thin air and also anything else we might need along the way. Magnus is also just a fun person that would liven up the party with his sparkles and glitter.

GUEST #2: Levi from Fangirl

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Okay, Levi is such a nice guy that he would be the PERFECT party guest. I also think he would bring great presents that are specially chosen for each person there because that’s the kind of guy he is. Not only is he super nice, but he’s adorable and also enjoyable to be around. He can make easy conversation, even bringing awkward, close-to-death ones out of the grave and liven them up with his Levi charm which is a must at large parties.

GUEST #3: Christina Rosales from The Dark Artifices trilogy

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I love Christina. I see so much of myself in her, and she is also just a genuinely kind, good-hearted person that you can’t help but adore. If the party stressed anyone out, I know she would be there to help them and make the party run smoothly. To have a successful party, you need a balance of fun and kind people.

GUEST #4: Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door

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Cricket is all about inventing things so I feel like he would either bring really cool presents or create something that would make the party that much better like a chocolate fountain or something interesting like that. Of course, he is also just a cool guy that I would love to get to know at my party!

GUEST #5: Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door

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You can’t forget about Cricket’s girlfriend, Lola. Lola wears super unique and fascinating outfits (ensuring she never wears the same one twice) that would help bring some sparkle to the party. You need people who step out of society’s usual dress code by wearing vibrant and wild fashions that catch the attention of others. She would hands down, win best dressed if we had a competition at this party.

GUEST #6: Jace from The Mortal Instruments series

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Not only does Jace play the piano, but he’s Jace. I had a crush on him since I first read City of Bones when I was 13-years-old and that’s not stopping now. It wouldn’t be a true party without him either because he’s charming, gentlemany, and musical so yes, he is coming.

GUEST #7: Fred Weasley from the Harry Potter series

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Fred is funny and a jokester; someone who seems fun to party with. Whether he just brought his funny self or something from his joke shop, the party would be 10x better with Fred there.

GUEST #8: George Weasley from the Harry Potter series

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Of course, you can’t have Fred without George. George is also funny, sharing the joke shop with his brother so I would invite him as well to bring some laughter to my Christmas partaaay.

GUEST #9: Maxon Schreave from The Selection series

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Maxon is polite and princely since he is royalty so he would be a lovely guest to have. The REAL reason he is invited though, is because he is a photographer and pictures are a must at any party. We need to commemorate this moment with all these fantastic characters with some professional looking photos.

GUEST #10: Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices trilogy

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To add to the music ensemble I am slowly growing for this party, Jem is not only AMAZING, but he also plays the violin. Jace and he know each other as well, so I feel like them playing together would go smoother than having them play with random people. They would play some beautiful music together and it would be great.

GUEST #11: Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and Olympians series

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I could not forget to invite the man himself, Percy Jackson. I love this series so much, and Percy is such a sarcastic, fun character that breaks any ice that might freeze over a conversation or situation. I expect him to bring some good, blue food as well, like cake, or candy, just to make the party a tiny bit better as well.

GUEST #12: Gwenyth Shepherd from The Precious Stones trilogy

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Gwen and I would be good friends, (well, at least I think so) so she gets an invite for that reason. Oh, and maybe because she is a time traveler who could carry some cool things back from the past like cute, vintage dresses and jewelry for me to wear. While I would want to be the time traveler of us two, you take what you can get and I would love to have a friend at my party who could zip back into the past.

Those are the 12 guests I would invite to my Christmas party, and I hope you enjoyed seeing my exclusive guest list! I had a lot of fun participating in this challenge and if you participated as well, leaving a link to your blog post below because I’d love to see who you invited. Anyways, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s challenge HERE, as well as my social media accounts linked down below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Winter Snow Storm Fun

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Happy day 1 of the Biannual Bibliothon!

If you missed my TBR for the Biannual Bibliothon, make sure you check it out right HERE to see the 7 good books I handpicked myself. If you also don’t know what the Biannual Bibliothon is, it is a biannual readathon that takes place during the months of January and July, where you try to read 7 books in 7 days. It originates from YouTube (check out their channel HERE), but there are also Instagram challenges, blogging challenges, and of course, video challenges. This is either my second or third year participating and I always have SO much fun.

Anyways, today’s blog host is Tracy from TruffleReads (check out their blog HERE!), and they have issued the challenge of naming 3 book characters, 2 food/drinks, and 1 song you would want if you were stuck in a car in the middle of a snowstorm. This is a super fun idea and I decided to write a little story with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Mark Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices trilogy, and Cath Avery from Fangirl trapped in a car with nothing but strawberries, butterbeer, and Beyonce.

“Why are you eating strawberries on a plate?” Hermione twisted around in the passenger seat of the car, her frizzy hair a brown halo against the pale snow outside the car. Mounds of it reached halfway up the car door, lumpy and filling the car with frigid air.

“I am positive they taste sweeter this way,” explained Mark, popping another one in his mouth. His blond hair curled at the tips of his slightly pointed ears, delicate and soft like him. In front of him, Cath sat in the driver’s seat, leaning forward and cranking the keys in the engine for the hundredth time. The engine spurred to life and then sputtered dramatically before exhaling into slumber. She angrily raked her fingers through her tied back, brown hair.

“Oh my god,” Cath exclaimed, pressing her forehead to the wheel. “We’re stuck, so that’s great.”

“Try one more time,” pressed Hermione, reaching over and twisting the keys. This time, the car didn’t even purr.

“It’s not working. The snow is completely blocking us in.” Cath pressed her nose against the window, her breath fogging it up. “We’re going to freeze in here. Yay.”

“Have faith that we will make it out when we must.” Mark snatched the last strawberry from his plate and dropped it in his mouth with a sigh. “Delicious.”

“The only way we will get out is if we shovel around the car and then push,” explained Hermione, gripping a thermos of steaming butterbeer in her lap. “But you seem content where you are,” she added under her breath. Mark shrugged.

“Sit back and relax, Hermione. Stress does nothing for oneself.” This only made Hermione huff, her face twisting in annoyance as she peered out the window, glaring as if she could melt all the snow away with her smoldering gaze but her wand was left behind in mad haste to beat the snow. Clearly, it made no difference. The snow was still falling steadily around them from a white lit sky that glowed like the heavens. Dusk was still hours away, but the heaviness of the snow gave the illusion it was closer than it really was.

“No service either,” Cath said, holding her phone up to the windshield and groaning.

“May I see your cellular phone?” Mark asked, setting his plate on the empty seat beside him. Cath shrugged, passing it back to him.

“It’s almost dead by the way.”

“That’s alright,” said Mark, padding against the screen as Hermione sipped her butterbeer, passing it over to Cath who took a big gulp, nose wrinkling as the scorching and sickly sweet liquid ran down her throat. “Ah, perfect.” Suddenly, soft music trickled out of Cath’s phone. Unrecognizable at first, but then Cath started bopping her head back and forth lazily. Even Hermione’s fingernails tapped lightly on her silver and black thermos, despite her never hearing the song before. The beat and lyrics were catchy and predictable, and a sudden familiar warmth flooded the car.

“I didn’t take you as someone who liked Beyonce, Mark.” Cath chuckled, meeting Mark’s strange but beautiful eyes in the rearview mirror. He grinned, mockingly drawing his fair brows together in concern.

“What crazed human being does not like Beyonce? Is she not the queen of pop?” Mark asked before shaping the next lyrics with his thin, pink lips: I can see your halo, halo, halo…

“I would have assumed you enjoyed folk music or something of more magical sounding,” said Hermione, taking another sweet sip of butterbeer. Mark waved a hand.

“That is all we listened to in Faerie and it gets very old. Besides, Beyonce’s Halo is much easier to sing along to.”

“While I’m more of a Kanye gal,” said Cath, leaning back against her headrest, “this is good too. We might as well just hang out until the snow slows down. It already looks a little lighter.”

“I suppose,” sniffed Hermione, crossing her legs. “Maybe someone will come by and see we need help.”

“But until then,” Mark said cheerfully, “Beyonce.”

The girls glanced at each other and then at him, unable to push the smirks creeping on their faces. They both nodded.

“Beyonce.”

That was my short story for day 1 of the Biannual Bibliothon, and I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below because I may participate in the Instagram challenges also. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

I hope you all had a great week whether you celebrate Christmas or not, and I hope you managed to get a lot of reading, writing, or whatever else you enjoy doing, done! Personally, I had a GREAT reading week and while I am technically on a writing break, I do have something I want to discuss in that section of this blog post though so stay tuned for that! Anyways, let’s get into this update.

I finished 4 books this week which I am really happy about because now, I am only 3 books away from finishing my 2018 reading goal! Yes, that means I have to read 3 books in one day since tomorrow is the last day of 2018, but I know I can do it since the last 3 books I want to read are short. One is the City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare audiobook which I am only one hour away from finishing…so yeah, I will finish it tomorrow for sure. The other books I plan on reading tomorrow are two novellas because THAT’S NOT CHEATING!

Anyways, for what I read this week, I read Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and last but not least, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I actually have a review coming out for Wintersong in the next week or two, but I will give a quick snapshot on my feelings for it, as well as the other books. I was so excited to read Wintersong, but it was not a book for me. I thought it would be because it has goblins and magic and takes place in Germany in the past, and to me, that sounds epic. Sadly, it was anything but! Anyways, more to come in my review. However, I did love Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway which I read during the BookTubeAThon in the summer and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t blown away with the first book in this series. The sequel was so amazing though; everything from the writing to the world to the characters was just brilliant, and how the author packs so much stuff into a book under 200 pages will never cease to amaze me. But yeah, loved it! I also, OF COURSE, loved re-reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because this is an all-time favourite of mine for sure. This may have been my fourth or fifth re-read of this contemporary to be honest, but I did’t love it any less than I did the first time or the second time and so on. I was in desperate need of a cozy, heart-warming contemporary and immediately leapt towards Fangirl because if you’ve read it, you’d know how wonderful it is and if you haven’t read it…what are you doing!? Lastly, I read the short entirety of Alice in Wonderland, the classic by Lewis Carroll which I actually have not read before. Honestly, wasn’t super impressed. It was alright but Alice…well, she is a difficult character to say the least. I wasn’t expecting much from this book, but I do wish I enjoyed it more than I did since it is a “classic”. Anyways, half of my reading this week was AMAZING and the other half was bleh, but that’s how it goes sometimes. I am so excited to strive to read 3 whole books (OKAY FINE, novellas…but those are books too! They count!) tomorrow and reach my yearly reading goal because I am so close it would suck to not reach it, you know?

Okay, okay, I know I’m on a writing break but suddenly the urge to write overtook me. Not in the way I expected or the way you might assume. Since I spent the last two days reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I had the urge to write some fanfiction (something I haven’t done since I was 13-years-old and locked away in the world of Percy Jackson). In Fangirl, our main character, Cath, writes fanfiction for this massively popular fantasy series similar (not unlike Harry Potter), and that just made me want to write some. Not because I want to regularly write fanfiction, but because I was desperate to write something. Something that didn’t contain my own original characters or world, just my own story idea. So, I wrote 1,000 words of some AWFUL fanfiction following my favourite characters from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare and it was a lot of fun. It was a great creative release and it truly helped me fill my creative well just a little bit more in a way both reading and watching Netflix can’t do. I have no idea if I will write any more terrible fanfiction or if I will write something of my own, but I do plan to head to a coffee shop tomorrow and hopefully, something productive will occur from that.

That was all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update – BookTubeAThon Days 6 +7

I have been TERRIBLE at updating y’all on my reading progress this readathon, but it is the last day of the BookTubeAThon and I am here to update you all on what I did manage to get done.

The last few days have just been a weird type of busy. I haven’t been productive whatsoever, but it has been a blur of going out with friends and kind of being social. Sadly, my reading and writing suffered because of it, and I did not get nearly as much done this week as I hoped…First off, I never did finish Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman but I am about 200 pages in and in love with it. Hopefully I will be able to finish the last half of it early this coming week, because there are so many books I am anxious to get to in the last few weeks of my summer vacation: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Love & War by Melissa De La Cruz…yeah the list goes on and on. I did get four and a half books read this readathon though, which is more than I would read any other week so I am not too upset about that. The books I did manage to finish were:

  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – 4/5 stars
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – 4.5/5 stars
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – 4.5/5 stars
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Volume One by Hiromu Arakawa – 4/5 stars

As for writing…I think I only wrote like 7k words this week which is a lot less than what I usually write, but still better than nothing. I am almost 70k deep into my current WIP which is crazy and I am so, so excited to keep inching closer to the end. I have not written in like three WHOLE days which is crazy, and I am itching to write, but I know my creative well really needed a lengthy creative break. Apart from my WIP, I also wanted to have a short story written and then jump into edits this coming week, however that definitely did not happen. There were a lot of gaps in my outline of it so I am going to go back and reshape it before attempting to write it again this week. Hopefully it will go quicker than the first attempt, because I really do want to have a good handful of short stories ready to send around by the end of August!

Anyways, that is all I have to update you on and I hope you enjoyed following me along my BookTubeAThon 2018 journey! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as all my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading Update – BookTubeAThon Day 4 + 5

Sorry that I haven’t posted an update in TWO WHOLE DAYS…I got really busy and also, didn’t get much reading done but I am here now and ready to update on my minuscule amount of progress.

On day 4 which was Thursday, I did finish reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I also watched the book-to-movie adaptation, meaning that challenge number 3 is complete! However, I am still FOUR books behind but since it is the weekend and I don’t have much to do, I am determined to get these books done. The books I need to get done for the readathon are:

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Challenge #4: Read a Book with Green on the Cover

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab – Challenge #5: Read a Book While Wearing the Same Hat

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Challenge #6: Read a Book with a Beautiful Spine

Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 1 by Hiromu Arakawa – Challenge #7: Read 7 Books

Yes, so those are my plans and finger’s crossed I can get it all done by tomorrow! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, and all of my social media which will be linked down below, and I will see you in my day 6 update later today 🙂

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Reading Update – BookTubeAThon Day 3

Happy day 3 of the BookTubeAThon!

While I didn’t get as much done as I hoped, I did read about 200 more pages of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, meaning I have 170ish pages left. I have no doubt I will be able to finish it tomorrow, but I got kind of lazy with reading today and didn’t get as much done as I know I could have. Hopefully, I will feel motivated enough to finish the last bit of City of Bones tomorrow morning, and then start on my next book. Speaking of next books, I decided to add Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman to my TBR for the week. Smart idea? Probably not. After reading Scythe just over a week ago though, I am eager to get into the sequel ASAP so why not tomorrow? Also, I could count it for the challenge to read a book with green on the cover because the whole thing is in fact, green. I also started reading volume one of Fullmetal Alchemist (why can’t I read the books I planned to, I have no idea!)…I don’t plan on counting it towards my TBR, but if I end up failing at reading for the rest of the week, I will definitely consider finding a challenge for it!

Anyways, that is all for this reading update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget out to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts all linked below. This BookTubeAThon, I have been participating in the Instagram challenges, so if you are curious to see mine check out my Instagram 🙂

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