It Begins With the Book by Zoe Mathers

It begins with the book.

You started reading it the week before school. Your very first week of university. You made it to page seventy-two and are already both knees deep in the world and best friends with the characters. The night before school starts you read twenty more pages before placing it on the nightstand next to your bed and turning out the light.

The first day of school is a blur of racing from concrete building to concrete building and trying to remember that the concrete building with the blue door is where you history class is. The concrete building with the orange door is where your philosophy class is. After hearing the drone of your philosophy prof’s voice though, you hope you forget that your philosophy class is in the concrete building with the orange door and discover the coffee shop next to it instead.

The first day of school is a blur of faces. Some stick out more than the rest. Mostly the ones with bright smiles and who said hello to you first. You meet Michael. Michael is also a first year in history. He has floppy dark curls and a big grin that makes you smile back even though you’re so nervous your knees are bouncing. Michael makes you forget that your book is in your bag, the one you were going to read before class started and the one you read twenty pages of last night. He is the reason you forget to pick it up when you’re sitting on the grass during your fifty minute break. Instead, you stare out at the trees and the students walking by. The ones that dart past like bees narrowing in on a flower are all visibly first years. Their shoes are shiny, their coats aren’t missing any of their buttons, and their faces are slathered in makeup. The second, third, and fourth years all languidly stroll past you.

A lot of them have cracked, leather satchels and glasses sliding down the bridge of their nose.

That night you sit in bed on your phone. The book is still in your bag and the bookmark is still stuck between pages seventy-one and seventy-two. You found Michael’s Instagram after approximately fifteen minutes of scrolling through boys named Michael with floppy dark curls. He is from somewhere in Vancouver. He has, or had, a lot of friends. Lots of them are pretty, blonde girls all holding cups probably filled with beer or vodka or some other drink that would make your stomach twist. One boy with dark skin and short hair comes up in a lot of Michael’s pictures. Their arms are wrapped around each other. Their cheeks are pressed together.

You guess Michael and you will only ever be friends.

You put your phone down and turn off the light. The book still sits in your bag and it sits in your bag for the next night, and the night after that. Soon, its home becomes the bag.

It begins with the book but it moves on to other things too.

It’s almost October. School is three weeks deep into your life and already, its claws have torn it up into a shredded mess. You are struggling to keep the pieces from flying away. You are chasing and shoving them in your bag where your book still sits. When it fills up, you stuff them under your arms and even in your mouth.

In the second week of school, you lost your soccer ball. You thought you left it underneath the deck of your parents house, where it always is, but when you checked, it vanished. You miss kicking it down the field. You miss the wind against your face, in your hair and cushioning you as you bring the ball to the net.

It begins with the book, but it took your soccer ball too.

You don’t look for your soccer ball again. All the time spent busing to your parents house and then looking for it took away time from your history paper. The five page one on Canadian women in the second World War. It was due at midnight that night and you barely finished it because you spent all that time looking for your soccer ball. When you get your paper back, the mark makes you cringe and think about the soccer ball.

You could just buy a new one, but you don’t.

It’s a couple days into October now. The leaves are brown and their corpses stick to the soles of your shoes. The wind is blocked by your sweater as you hurry home, but you still shiver because you’re always cold now.

There is a bookstore on the walk home from the bus stop. You used to stare in the windows and then go in when you couldn’t hold yourself back. You would browse the shelves slowly and carefully, your eyes not leaving a single book behind. You would sit in the designated reading chair hidden between the young adult and children’s section and devour the first chapter of a book before buying it. Or decide it was bad and choose another.

But now you walk past the bookstore and stare into its empty, dark abyss cradled by the window. It’s closed and your reflected face is the only thing you see.

You walk away.

In your room there is a stack of unread books that you made for yourself at the beginning of the year. Before school started. You had plans to get through that stack of five books before the end of the semester. Your bookmark is still wedged between page seventy-one and seventy-two in the book that is still hiding in your bag and has been since the first day.

There is a brand new soccer ball that sits in the shadows underneath your bed. Your uncle got it for you because the reason you couldn’t find your ball is because his dog chewed it up. You haven’t touched it or even taken off the wrapping.

When you get home, you either pull out your laptop and binge YouTube or go over your lecture notes on Canadian history, or you just sit there. You sit there and think about things that don’t mean anything. You think about Michael who you haven’t spoken to since the second day of school when you sat next to him but he was already talking to the boy with sandy hair and glasses. You think about all the parties on campus you missed because you were nose deep in a book. Not your books, but the books they make you read for school. The ones where when you open them and the words seem to run together into blots of ink that make absolutely no sense. You think about your kind-of-friends. The ones who you see on only on Friday nights. Even then, all you guys do is sit around, drink beer (which doesn’t make your stomach twist anymore) and watch “Friends”. Occasionally you all laugh at something or complain about homework. Usually the only talking between friends is the conversations of the two-dimensional ones on the TV.

And then finally, you think about the book you still haven’t finished. The one lying in your bag. The part you read was good. You wanted to know what would happen next. You still do.

You pull your bag into your lap and yank it out. A corner is creased and the cover feels a little damp.

You peel open the first page and then to where your bookmark is. You read the first word and then the second word. Soon you’re done the page and you’re sprawled out on your bed. The world in the story rises up around you and devours you without warning. But you don’t mind. The characters reach out for you, hands grabbing yours before pulling you in headfirst. But you wanted them to.

You are pretty sure you had an assignment due about an hour ago, but you don’t care. The book is better. The story brings you back alive as if you’ve been Frankensteined after years of being dead. Something flickers inside of you. It’s warm and faint, but as the pages fly by it grows hotter and brighter.

It begins with the book and then the soccer ball.

It took them both from you. It took the things that lit your spirit with brilliant colour but now you have enlightened the cold, empty space it left behind.

You need this book.

You need this soccer ball.

You were lost without the things that gave you life. You lost your way along the walkway with a dozen different paths all heading into a grey haze. You lost your way among the anxious crowd of other students all stumbling in every direction. You aren’t sure which ones to follow. You aren’t sure who knows where they are going. It takes you a while to realize that no one knows that yet.

But finally, a light has flickered in the distance.

 

Well, that was my random short story that kind of sums up the basic idea of what I have been feeling lately…It has been a struggle trying to find myself again and reconnect with the things that I love to do and make me, well, me. Without them, I’ve felt a little lost but I am slowly reconnecting with them again.

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5 Writing Prompts for Fall!

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Happy Friday!

Fall is in the air! The days are shorter, nights are darker, and the air is cooler – all meaning my favourite time of the year is fast-approaching. In honour of that, I decided it would be fun to share 10 fall writing prompts to get your creativity flowing this fall. I have done a lot of reading and book related posts these past few weeks, so it is time for a writing-related post anyways!

Here are five writing prompts from me to you 🙂

  1. You turn the corner onto your empty and quiet street only to find it covered in the thick shadows of the night. The streetlights remain unlit and shadows seem to dance in the small pockets of moonlight. You grip your backpack straps and begin walking down the sidewalk but the sound of dry leaves crunching under feet echoes from somewhere down the dark street. You pause and squint through the darkness. The sound continues, suddenly appearing right behind you and you whirl around to find…
  2. Orange flames crackle and hiss from the red brick fireplace as you snuggle deep into the couch  with a cup of hot tea steaming in your hands. Just as you raise the cup to your lips, banging erupts at the door. Each knock is hard and followed by another. You freeze, slowly setting the cup down and rising to your feet. You knew this day would come, but you didn’t know it would be so soon.
  3. Where you’re from, Halloween is the day where monsters and creatures alike can infiltrate the mortal world without consequence. Although this year is different. This year they plan on taking over and elect you as their leader. What they don’t know is, is that you’re half-human and you’re family lives in the mortal world.
  4. The trail is littered with the colours of fall and the sky is hazy with grey clouds. You shiver but he offers you his sweater. You shrug it on and smile, but he suddenly looks pale. “You okay?” You ask and he nods, lips forming soundless words. “I love you,” he says suddenly and you freeze. He watches you expectantly for an answer, eyes hopeful, but you can’t say it back. You still haven’t told him the whole truth.
  5. The bus comes in five minutes but you’re only tugging on your shoes. You yank on your jacket and fish around in the pockets for your bus pass, but your fingers find a slip of paper instead. Its delicately folded and inside, a message is written in pretty cursive. The words make your heart drop: You have 3 days.

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September 2019 Wrap Up

Hello!

That’s right, I am not dead. Well, literally I am not, but for emotionally and physically, I am. School has been a wild ride and I am only rearing in on week three which is crazy. To be honest, it isn’t my degree that’s been kicking my butt but just trying to manage my time between being social, school, working, and saving some time for myself has. It is not easy and I knew it wasn’t going to be, but it has been a lot harder of a ride than I thought.

Anyways, this is my attempt at immersing myself back into my hobbies because there has been no blogging, no reading for fun, and no writing for fun since I started school. Now that October is here though, I feel like it is a good time to try and start up my passions. However, today, I will be discussing everything I read this September which wasn’t a whole lot compared to what I used to read, but it sure felt like it.

I hope you enjoy!

The Tempest by Shakespeare

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This was the first assigned reading for one of my English classes, and I was really excited when I saw I would have to read this particular play by Shakespeare because I read it back in grade 10. In my head, I was like “oh this will be sooo easy. I’ve already read this!”. Boy, was I wrong. I remember nothing regarding this play except the character names. Literally nothing. Re-reading it has felt more like I am reading it the first time and I definitely did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Since I am an English major in an English class, I am expected to pick apart every single line in this play to find a deeper meaning. This is a fun task, but only if you’re reading stuff you enjoy. 3/5 stars

Araby by James Joyce

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I know this is a short story, but I’ve been analyzing it in class for an entire two and a half weeks, so I think it deserves a spot on this reading list. At first, this story was really boring to me and made absolutely no sense but as I read it a second, then a third, then a fourth, and THEN A FIFTH, I began to really admire Joyce’s writing style and the story overall. This was my first intro into Joyce, and I really enjoyed it so hopefully, I will have to read some more of his stories and eventually novels. 4/5 stars

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Even though I only just began reading this, I thought I would include since technically, I am supposed to have it finished for the end of this week. I was thinking of picking this classic up over the summer since I knew it would be on my reading list, but I decided to just chill out and wait to read it when it was assigned. I am very glad I did this because when I read these books, all my thoughts and ideas about it have to be fresh in my mind otherwise it is a lot harder for me to immerse myself in the story. So far, I am enjoying this book and the atmosphere since it has been grey and rainy lately. Not finished

The Valley by Joan MacLeod

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This is another play that regards mental illness. It includes a small cast of characters, two who are clearly suffering from variations of mental illness and two who believe they understand, but do not. I think this play did a good and realistic representation of what mental illness is like, however, when I read a story, I expect some form of closure and that is what this play completely lacked. At least, in my opinion. It was a quick and easy read though that did not make me want to claw my eyes out though, which is always a plus in my books. 2.5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read this past month and it is nothing compared to what I used to read, but each one requires me to actually stop and notice things about them I wouldn’t have noticed if I just read them all for pleasure. It is tiring, but overall, I am really enjoying my degree and so far, regret nothing.

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The Coffee Book Tag

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Happy Thursday!

Since the school season is in full swing, I thought it would be appropriate to do the coffee book tag as coffee is the one and the only thing that is getting me through my life currently.  I am a HUGE coffee addict and have been since I was 14. I use the excuse that I started working early and long hours when I was 12, so I needed it to survive, but now I have no other excuse except I am just addicted. But I’ve come to terms with that by now.

Anyways, let’s jump into this awesome book tag!

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1. Black: Name a Series That’s Tough to Get Into But Has Hardcore Fans

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Personally, I love my coffee black so this is probably my favourite question. I would have to say a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. If you did not read them when you were younger and YA was still in its earlier stages, I feel like it is really hard to fall for Clare’s first series. The writing isn’t as good and it is very basic YA, to be honest. However, the people who do like it (like myself) don’t usually just like it but are hardcore fans. This is one of my favourite series but if I read it for the first time now, I doubt I would like it as much.

2. Peppermint Mocha: Name a Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter or a Festive Time of Year

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Harry Potter is always popular, but as soon as winter creeps closer, it is suddenly on everyone’s TBRs. I know personally, I tend to watch the movies during the winter season so I can attest that this is true. Harry Potter does get more popular during the wintertime and I am not complaining. It has that cozy atmosphere that people crave to read during the cooler months.

3. Hot Chocolate: What Is Your Favourite Children’s Book?

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It has been a long while since I read these books, but I remember having such fond memories of them and just devouring one after the other in the series. And that series is the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. I borrowed the books from my cousin when I was younger, but ended up “borrowing” them for at least a few months. They are fun and adorable, and I suddenly have the urge to give them a re-read now!

4. Double Shot of Espresso: Name a Book That Kept You On the Edge of Your Seat From Start to Finish

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was yet another hyped up YA book that I was skeptical at how much I would actually enjoy it, but in the end, I really liked it and flew through it. It is on the shorter side, and I found myself flipping each page in anticipation for more. I lived for the conflict and the characters and had a blast reading it.

5. Starbucks: Name a Book You See Everywhere

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This is a book I just finished reading that is incredibly hyped up and easily found on every BookTube channel. While I thought it was a good book, it didn’t blow my mind like it did for many other people. That book is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It was a solid 4 star read, but nowhere near a favourite for me. I can’t escape it though. It’s everywhere!

6. That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a Book By An Indie Author a Shoutout

Sadly, I haven’t gotten around to many indie author books so I think that is something I will have to work on in the future! Let me know below if you know any good indie authors I should check out.

7. Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a Book You Were Expecting More From

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Once again, I am going to have to say Six of Crows. Due to its immense amount of hype, I went in expecting an almost flawless book that I just couldn’t help but adore. I did like it, but it was nowhere near the 5-star read I was hoping for.

8. The Perfect Blend: Name a Book Or Series That Was Both Bitter and Sweet, But Ultimately Satisfying 

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is a YA contemporary standalone about a girl who is trying to survive her last year of school and continue anonymously running her webcomic, Monstrous Sea, which happens to be the biggest webcomic online. Juggling all this, it is inevitable for Eliza to go through ups and downs. Especially considering her shyness and anxiety, but with the help of friends, especially Wallace, she learns how to attempt to balance it all. Sometimes Eliza annoyed me, but ultimately, I loved the book and it wrapped up in a way that was satisfying to me.

 

Those are all my questions for the coffee book tag and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Also, if you want to support me and my blog, buy me a coffee with the link down below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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College Reading Recommendations!

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Happy Monday!

Tomorrow is my orientation day before I start my first year of university full swing, and because of that, I thought it would be ideal to share some of my favourite college-related books.

I think it is a lot of fun to read about people in college because it is such a messy stage of life. You are emerging into young adulthood and trying to juggle school, relationships, possibly a job, and then coping with the idea that “real life” is getting terrifyingly near.

Anyways, here are four recommendations for you to check out and I hope you enjoy!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I am getting the obvious one out of the way, but really, Fangirl is a great college read! It is fun, easy, and fast-paced – the perfect recipe for when you’re feeling stressed with life and school. Fangirl follows Cath who is starting her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Wren wants to go out partying and diving into the social life of the college, Cath would rather retreat into her room with her Simon Snow fanfic. Eventually, her roommate, Raegan and her friend, Levi, befriend Cath and slowly, Cath steps further out of her comfort zone even while dealing with social anxiety. I think social anxiety is something a lot of people deal with, myself included, and it’s always nice to see that represented. Especially in a school setting.

American Panda by Gloria Chao

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While I’ve never finished this book, it is another great college-related book. It follows a Taiwanese main character who not only has to juggle starting her first year of college but the constant approval of her parents regarding a major that she isn’t passionate about. I don’t know why I’ve never been able to finish this book, other than because I haven’t been in the mood for contemporaries lately, but I am determined to give it another chance in the near future. I’ve gotten pretty far into it, and it would be a shame not to figure out how it ends!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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This book doesn’t technically have main characters in college, but they are at a college taking a summer program before starting their first year of college…so it counts. When Dimple Met Rishi follows the two POVs of Dimple and Rishi who are both participating in a summer program for aspiring web developers. At first, Dimple is surprised at her parents’ enthusiasm for attending this expensive program when they dream of her just finding the “Ideal Indian Husband”, but soon after arriving there, she discovers that them letting her go has everything to do with that dream she so desperately is trying to avoid.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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This is another book that doesn’t have college-aged characters, but it takes place at a unique type of boarding school called Ellingham Academy that accepts only the most gifted of students. Stevie is one of those students, accepted in for her passion for mysteries, specifically, the Ellingham mystery. However, when her passion for crime TV shows and books becomes a little too realistic, her skills that got her into Ellingham are truly put to the test. Honestly, I love this book. Stevie is a great main character and the plot keeps you at the edge of your seat for the entire book. I wasn’t expecting to adore this YA mystery so much, but I completely fell for it as many others have. Again, it is another fast-paced book that makes it the ideal book to slip in between homework sessions.

 

Those are my four back-to-school, college-related reading recommendations and I hope you found 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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What An English Degree Means to Me

Happy Saturday!

Since I am only a couple days away from starting my very first day of university and English degree, I thought it would be a nice idea to give you a little more insight on why exactly I chose to do an English degree.

I mean, when I tell people I am doing an English degree, I am hit with one of these many responses:

  1. What are you going to do with that?
  2. What CAN you do with that?
  3. Are you going to be a teacher?
  4. Hmm, and you’re spending how much?

There is a huge stigma around English degrees and that they are worthless. However, most university degrees nowadays are worthless unless you have the experience to back it up because pretty much anyone can get a degree. So, really, my English degree isn’t much of a gamble as opposed to every other degree you can get.

Yes, an English degree is a little more…uncertain because there aren’t just one or two jobs it leads you to. You have to get creative. You have to think outside the box. If you do that, there is an endless amount of opportunities with an English degree as opposed to going into med school or engineering or chemistry. When you pursue a degree in medicine, there is basically one type of job awaiting you at the end. A doctor. You can choose what type of doctor, but nonetheless, you find yourself in a hospital or maybe even a pharmacy.

To be honest, I am not entirely sure what job I want once I finish my degree, but that’s because there are so many options. Maybe I will do something related to publishing. Maybe I will write for magazines. Maybe I will become a social media coordinator. There are so many options that appeal to me, that it’s going to take me a while to figure out. That doesn’t mean I am any less qualified for the “real world” than someone going into engineering. It doesn’t mean I have a higher chance of being jobless as opposed to someone getting a business degree.

Success in this day and age of technology and advanced living is reached with ambition. If you are ambitious and constantly working towards your career, whether that means doing internships in the summers between school or making it a side hustle until you finish school, success will eventually reach you. The fancy degree at the end of it is a nice addition to it though. It tells your future employers that someone deemed you qualified enough to be a viable addition to the workforce. However, it is the experience you have that will catch their eye the most.

If you have already worked at a veterinary clinic as a receptionist or assistant to the vet. If you have interned at a publishing house and brought coffee to the workers while observing over their shoulders. If you play a gig a week at the local coffee shop down the street, then your experience will be noticed more by an employer than a thin slip of paper that says you spent four, sleepless years handing in assignments and taking exams with three cups of coffee are pumping in your veins.

My point is, that to me, my English degree will help me kick down that door at the end of these four years to a world of opportunity (as cheesy at that sounds). With all my writing experience, this degree will just add that yes, she can actually write decently in English and more than person says so.

Don’t let anyone tell you how much your degree is worth because what do they know? What does an engineering student know about the literary world,? Nothing! What does a business student know about creative writing and the huge world it opens up into? Absolutely nothing! You and the other people wandering in this literary world do understand though. With some creativity and experience, your degree will help to elevate you into success. It isn’t worthless, it’s just unpredictable. But that’s okay.

And that is what my English degree means to me.

That is all for my little spout on what my English degree means to me, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you are currently majoring in if you are in university/college, or what you majored in when you did go because I am very curious. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Also, if you want to support me, buy me a coffee with the link below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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August Wrap Up!

Happy Thursday!

It is yet to be the end of August, but already I am throwing my hands in defeat to August because this was not a great reading month. It’s okay though because no matter what, I have to read around four books per month for the next four months so reading will DEFINITELY get done.

Also, it’s okay to take a break sometimes (which is something I too, need to keep reminding myself).

While I didn’t get too much reading done, I still managed to devour one book so I thought I would at least share that and also the fun reads I plan on reading during September if I can make time to get to them…

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I first read this around three years ago, but skimmed so fast through it I literally remembered nothing about it as I flipped over that final page. To be fair, even this time it didn’t really make an impact on me. I enjoyed the story, the world, and the characters, but I think this is one of those books that is SO hyped up by everyone around me that I expected a lot from it. I expected so much that it just didn’t meet all my expectations. I did like it though, and I plan on continuing on to the second and final book (even though I heard it isn’t as good as the first), but it wasn’t revolutionary or mind-blowing like it is for most people. 4/5 stars

It did take me the entire month of August to read, so maybe that is why, but whatever the reason, it just didn’t become a favourite book for me like it becomes for everyone else. But that’s okay! I hear that the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is becoming a Netflix TV show and that those books take place in the same world as Six of Crows, so I am looking forward to seeing it all become real…well, on my computer screen!

The Fun Books I Want to Read In September…

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I am DETERMINED to read this book during the first week or two of my university experience because it too, takes place during Cath’s first year of college. Yes, I’ve read this book approximately 100,000 times, but I love the story and it holds such a special place in my heart! Cath and her twin sister, Wren are starting their first year at college together, yet apart. While they’ve spent all their lives right beside each other, Wren wants to be adventurous while Cath wants to retreat into her dorm room and write fanfiction. When her moody roommate, Raegan introduces Cath to her best friend, Levi, Cath starts to slowly break out of her shell and experience a world other than the one she created on her computer screen.

I love this book because I too am shy (but nowhere near as much as Cath, and I also crave the company of people…but still!). I also love this book because it shows how hard it can be to make new friends sometimes and fit into a completely new surrounding.

Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while by now, you would now that despite the mixed reviews, this is one of my FAVOURITE books ever. I honestly can’t explain it. I just adore the atmosphere, the story, and the characters. It isn’t complex or life-changing, but it’s cozy, fun, and adventurous. The fall time is my favourite time to read this book, so I plan on jumping into this right after Fangirl, but right before the weight of my degree falls on my shoulder.

Ruby Red follows Gwen, a 16-year-old girl who is part of a time-travelling family but while the gene is believed to be in her snobby cousin, Charlotte, Gwen is astounded when she finds herself transported back in time. From then on, the world she knows is ripped out from beneath her feet and her days begin to consist of school, time travelling training, and putting up with her arrogant time-travelling partner, Gideon.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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A few months ago, I flew through the first book, The Cruel Prince and now I am ready to devour the second book. I am hoping to also fly through this book because of the little time I will have to actually read, but I have also heard great things about this sequel so I have high hopes.

The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince which takes place in the world of Faerie, following our main character, Jude who is human. When she was young, she was snatched by her half-sister’s real father and taken to the faerie world with her and her twin sister. Treated like the outcast she is, Jude wants nothing more than to fit in among the faeries but doesn’t consider if she can even trust the people she so desperately wants to be.

 

That is the one, single book I read during August and the books I am hoping to get to during September. I will, however, be coming out with my actual September TBR featuring the school books I am assigned to read, so stay tuned for that! 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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Fall Reading Recommendations!

Happy Monday!

It is almost that time of the year. The time when the leaves change from green to red, orange, yellow, and brown and the weather gets cooler. Also, known as the perfect time to snuggle up inside with a new book!

Here are five fall reading recommendations from me to you. Enjoy!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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When I read this book a few months ago, I marvelled at how its dark plot suddenly made me wish that the outside reflected it. It is one of the most perfect reads for the fall or winter time because it sucks you in and doesn’t let you go, which is ideal for when it is a rainy day and you have no other plans. Vicious is an adult fantasy/sci-fi style of book that follows Victor, a college student who with the help of his best friend, Eli, learn to give people superhuman abilities. The story is unique and refreshing, and like it did from me, leave you wanting the sequel ASAP!

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Truly Devious is another book with a dark atmosphere that reels you in immediately. It is a YA mystery that takes place at a private, boarding school in the mountains of Vermont called Ellingham Academy. Our main character, Stevie, is brought to this school for gifted kids because of her passion for the Ellingham mystery, the murder and disappearance of the founder of Ellingham’s wife and daughter. But when the murder of a current student shocks the entire school, Stevie realizes she may be getting more than she bartered for. This book is fast-paced and entertaining, and I could read it over and over again, its that good!

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Again, a mystery is the perfect book for the fall time. Especially a mystery novel from the Queen of Mystery herself, Agatha Christie. This is the only Agatha Christie book I’ve read, but my mother is a HUGE fan and that really encourages me to seek out more from Christie. I really enjoyed my time reading Murder on the Orient Express, a mystery that takes place on a train where a murder has suddenly shocked the passengers on it and must be solved by the detective, Hercule Poirot. I am really looking forward to reading more from Agatha Christie during the fall!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Black

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This fantasy book is super dark, following three sisters who once they reach the age of 16 (I think), fight against each other in a series of trials to the death, for the final prize of the throne. This entire concept initially intrigued me, and I also really enjoyed reading deeper about each of the sisters’, how their people perceive them, and then how they actually are. I enjoyed my time reading the first two books, but I will be honest and say I DNFed the third book…don’t let that be a reason to turn you away from the series though! You might end up liking all of it more than I did.

Traplines by Eden Robinson

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Traplines is a short story collection by Canadian author, Eden Robinson, and discusses a lot of important topics in Canadian history and culture that many people don’t know about. It shows the rippling trauma passed through Indigenous families from the traumatic impacts of residential schools, and Eden Robinson does a fantastic job portraying these kinds of difficulties in realistic literature. Her writing is also so captivating and raw that it draws me in. I cannot wait to read one of her novels, Monkey Beach for my English class this year!

 

Those are five books I recommend you all to give a chance this fall 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. Also, if you want to support me and my blog, buy me a coffee by clicking the link below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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September Writing Goals

Happy Saturday!

I know it is still a week out until September, but I really wanted to think about what exactly I want to get accomplished during my very first year of university. I wanted to be realistic, but still make sure I got a little bit of my own, personal writing done because that is what fuels me as a person.

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  • Write 1,000 Words Per Week – The key to success with writing, especially during busy times, is consistency. Even if it is small, setting a daily or weekly word count is essential to ensure I keep writing in my life. My ENTIRE degree is about reading and writing because I am pursuing English, so I know making time for my own writing will be a struggle. 1,000 words a week may not seem like a lot, but eventually, it will get me somewhere and that’s all that matters!
  • Write One New Short Story – I have had a couple short story ideas in my head over the summer, but I was in a weird funk for most of August (and I still am honestly) so I never got to actually writing them. I am kind of bummed about that, but I know if I stick to my 1,000 words per week goal, I will eventually be able to finish one short story.
  • Publish Three Blog Posts Per Week – A huge goal for me, especially during this first month of school, is keeping up my blog post count to ensure I do that for the rest of the year. I’ve realized over the last year, that eventually, I would really like to be able to profit a bit off of it because of all the time and energy I’ve put into it and the only way to achieve that is to be active on it!
  • Come Up With Two New Story Ideas – To ensure I keep writing a new short story every month, I have to actually have ideas. I want to sit down a couple times during the month with my notebook in hand and brainstorm some semi-fleshed out story ideas that are ready to go the next time I have the time to write. It saves a lot of writing time and is a good way to keep your brain creative!

 

Those are all of my writing goals for September 2019, aka probably one of the busiest months of my entire life, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post below, as well as my Buy Me A Coffee link and social media accounts which are all down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Attack of the Reading and Writing Slump

Happy Saturday!

Currently, I am finishing up my vacation and the very thing I had been dreading has occurred…if I am being honest, it was brewing the week before I left too, but I refused to acknowledge or accept it but…

I am in a terrible reading and writing slump.

There, I said it. I knew they were both here by the copious amounts of Glee episodes I had binged and lack of words I had read or written in the past week and a half. While summer is the perfect time for me to get ahead with everything, it is hard to read and write a lot when that is all I have to do during the day.

Saying all of that, not only is my reading and writing in jeopardy because of the disastrous, horrifying beast known as the “slump”, but my productivity has been slowly slinking away from me this entire summer. Once again, I had, and for these last two and a half weeks as well, all this time to do whatever I wanted! At first, I took advantage of this. In July, I read around ten books and wrote almost 20,000 words. However, coming into August, I was nowhere near as productive and found myself losing the will to even try to do something worth doing other than binging Glee.

One huge part of this terrible slump though is the self-doubt that arrives hand in hand with it. There was and is, so much I want to get done this summer both reading and writing-wise, but I just haven’t! I wanted to read more classics and finish draft one million and something of this project I’ve been writing for over a year, and write pitches for my university’s local newspaper, and get into a good workout routine. Some of these I did manage to do for a little while, but I could never seem to stick through with them.

Self-doubt is something that hits me hard in the summer when I suddenly have mounds of time. It targets me right in the gut, knocking the wind out of me and then twisting my insides around and around and around. It will drive me to do something, like read 50 pages or write 1,000 words, but it won’t feel enough. Sometimes, it will drive me to do even more then, leading me to risk exhaustion or burnout, but I’ve reached the point where it makes me want to give up from the task altogether. At least, just for a little while.

It’s difficult to discuss this with most people because those people around me don’t read or write or have a creative outlet at all. Those people are used to not using their time reading or writing and because of that, they don’t understand why I stress out when I am not doing either of those things. They will wave their hands and tell me to “just let myself relax”, but if only it was that easy!

If I weren’t starting school in 18 days, I would spiral even further into my hole of laziness and self-doubt, but luckily a rope will be thrown out to me soon enough. This really does not sound like the healthiest way to get over a slump, and it’s not. However, I’ve decided to slowly immerse myself in reading and writing during these last two weeks and try (emphasis on try), to not push myself too hard and bully myself when I don’t crank out 10,000 words or read 3 books in a single day.

Currently, I am reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and am around halfway through. I have not read on this trip whatsoever, but I am going to try and spend around 30 minutes reading it before I go tomorrow. I really do enjoy the story and really want to finish the book, so hopefully, when I get home, I can do that.

As for writing, I mentioned my desire to write some pitch ideas for my university’s local newspaper, and that is what I’ve decided to work on next. They are always looking for humour pieces because nobody ever submits those, so that is what I am going to try and tackle! Humour isn’t my usual genre, but I guess I’ll give it a shot.

Anyways, that was my rant on my current struggles, and hopefully, it is something you all can relate to at times! When I get home, I am going to attempt the remedies of a reading slump that I list in my numerous blog posts about it, because as of right now, I cannot get my hands on my favourite book which always does the trick for my slumps.

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