Hamilton Book Tag

I love Hamilton and I love books so I thought it was about time I gave this tag a try. I have seen this tag done on YouTube countless times and am super excited to answer these questions with my favourite books so let’s get into it!

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THE QUESTIONS:

1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

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This is a given because while there are a lot of book worlds I would like to put myself in, the wizarding world in Harry Potter is the best option to be honest. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world of magic? Easy question.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

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While I wouldn’t say this character is exactly underrated, I just don’t think she gets enough credit or page time as some of the others. However, I expect she will in the third and final book in this trilogy which comes out in a few months and I am VERY excited for that. The character I am talking about is Christina from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare! I love Christina, her story, and her potential love interest (hehe) so much, and just wished we saw more of her as opposed to some of the other characters…

3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

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Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is on a mission to find the lost king Glendower, and has been for years. Throughout the story we learn the hardships he had gone through and how quitting sometimes seemed like the best option, yet he still searches because he knows it is what he is meant to do. He definitely goes after what he wants when it is important and won’t let anyone get in the way and I admire him for it!

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE INFERNAL DEVICES THEN DON’T READ THIS

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While this character’s death wasn’t abrupt but natural, something we really don’t see that much in YA fantasy, I still would really like Will Herondale to be alive! I loved him and it is terrible that Tessa and Jem have to live on without him.

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5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO NOT READ BELOW

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I think it was pretty obvious what was going to happen by the end of this book with our two love interests, Lou and Will, but I was still NOT ready for it. There was no way of avoiding it with Will’s quadriplegia so I didn’t expect to cry but I did…a lot.

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6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

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Okay…kind of cheating because I haven’t read these books but going off the TV show, The Vampire Diaries has some of the BEST villains ever. They are so sassy and amazing and you can see their side of the story with most of the decisions they make. Katherine is the queen of villains but all the others are great as well.

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ WE WERE LIARS THEN DON’T READ BELOW

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Oh my god. I cannot remember a book that blew me away as much as this book had. Maybe some people saw that end coming but I didn’t (maybe because I read it between the hours of 12am-3am…) and it CRUSHED me. I grew to like all the characters in this book and then to find out most of them were dead? Like what? I cried. A lot.

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8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned

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When I think about it, I haven’t actually marathoned a book series in a really long time. However, I do remember flying through the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and The Selection trilogy (it was a trilogy at the time) by Kiera Cass. I lived in a small town at that time with not much to do so I spent three days on each series reading the books from back to front and then immediately picking up the sequel!

9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

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When it comes to multiple POV I usually dislike reading in about 50% of the POVs. However, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan follows three different perspectives and I love reading from them all. Piper, Leo and Jason are really fun to follow as are 99% of Rick Riordan’s characters, and this has been a favourite book of mine since I was really young. Just talking about it makes me want to revisit the characters, as well as the other books which have lots of amazing POVs!

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

 

Apart from Harry Potter, I have two answers for this: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I have yet to read either of them yet (Children of Blood and Bone will be the next book I read once I finish my current reads!), but they have received an amazing amount of buzz. The Hate U Give deals with important topics among our society today that will not be forgotten, and Children of Blood and Bone is also something the world has needed and been waiting for. These books will be remembered throughout history and I cannot wait to give them both a read!

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to the Hamilton Book Tag and if you want to do it then I tag you! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, and also make sure you follow me on social media for more reading and writing related content 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

This week was not a great reading week…like at all. I think I read about 100 pages total of Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman and that is it. That means I am only 300 pages into the book and still got about 200 pages left. So far of what I have read, I am loving it and super intrigued to see what happens. This week, I just wasn’t in the mood for reading but I do want to try and get some more reading done this week because I only have three weeks left of summer vacation! After that, reading will be very minimal because I will be trying to get back into school. There are a LOT of books I want to get done though so I need to get reading. Like now. My reading plans for this week though are to finish Thunderhead, finish The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (I am about 100 pages in), and at least start Fullmetal Alchemist volume 2. Fingers crossed I get it all done. I have been feeling more motivated and productive so I have high hopes!

As for writing, I got one or two thousand words written towards my main WIP, Project Mystic and 1,500 words towards one of my short stories. Not as much as I hoped, but a creative break was desperately needed. This week, my writing goals are going to be realistic but I also want to make sure I get lots done. I am leaving to go camping on Friday so I doubt I will get much writing done that day, and I will be gone until Sunday. It is also my birthday this coming week, as well as my best friend’s and grandfather’s so lots of celebrating. So yes, goals are: reach act II of Project Mystic and finish and edit a short story to prep for submission.

That is all for my reading + writing update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and also my social media where I post reading and writing related content 🙂

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10 Writing Tips from Famous Authors

Happy Monday!

Today, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some writing tips from some of our favourite authors, and see what they think makes a great and successful writer. A lot of the tips are simple, but incredibly insightful and inspiring so enjoy!

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it – Elmore Leonard

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass – Anton Chekhow

If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot – Stephen King

You rely on a sentence to say more than the denotation and the connotation; you revel in the smoke that the words send up – Toni Morrison 

A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it – Edgar Allen Poe

If you are using dialogue, say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech – John Steinbeck 

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you are doomed – Ray Bradbury

The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning – Erica Jong

Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you  – Zadie Smith

In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it –  Rose Tremain

Anyways, I hope you found all of these writing tips helpful and that you enjoyed them! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below 🙂

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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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Staying on Track with Your Goals

Hey guys! For today’s blog post I will be sharing my tips on staying on track with your goals, whatever they may be, for ultimate success in the last several months of 2018. Anyways, I hope this helps to inspire and motivate you and let’s get into the tips 🙂

  • Review Your Goals Weekly – This is really important because sometimes while working towards our goals, we forget what they originally were along the way. Personally, I get really distracted while doing my goals and sometimes forget what I am supposed to be working towards so reviewing my goals weekly, or even daily, is really helpful. This can involve writing your goals out at the end of each week, or just reading over your original copy.
  • Break Down Your Goals – Create stepping stones for yourself when it comes to your overall goals, because most are hard to swallow in one bite. When it comes to my writing goals, I break mine down to daily/weekly word counts so that I reach my deadline for the goal and get all I need done. For example, I aim for around 2,500 words a day and 15k a week so I can 50+k done each month.
  • Reward Yourself – To keep yourself motivated to achieve your goals, which can be a little stressful sometimes, reward yourself! Maybe once a week take yourself to the coffee shop and get some work done there, or give yourself an extra hour or two in the evening to just relax if you got a lot of work done the previous day. Whatever refreshes you to get back on track with your goals, do that.
  • YouTube Videos – Honestly, watching writing or reading vlogs gets me in a super productive and inspired mood so I recommend watching videos related to your goals! There are also lots of amazing videos talking about making and reaching goals, so type that into the search bar and watch a few!
  • Write Them Down Everywhere – I have my goal list on my phone and my notebook so that I wherever I am, I have them with me to refresh my mind and direct where I need to take my days.

Those are a few tips on how to stay on track with your goals, and I wish you the best of luck! Keep on working hard and good things will come, just don’t give up. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and all my social media accounts which are linked below 🙂

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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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Literary Magazines for Young Writers

It is a great idea to take advantage of all the amazing literary magazines steered towards young writers if you are, and because of that I put together a list of a few magazines just for you to submit to! Make sure you check out my blog post where I give tips to young writers and talk about how important it is for writers to submit their work and you can do that right here 🙂

Cricket

Fiction: 600-1,800 words Non-Fiction: 1,200-1,800 words Poetry: up to 35 lines

The Adroit Journal

Prose: 3 pieces up to 3,000 words each piece Poetry: up to 6 pieces Art: up to 8 pieces

Apprehension Magazine

Prose: 15 pages, double spaced Poetry: up to 6 pieces, single spaced Non-Fiction: up to 12 pages

The Claremont Review – April 15-March 15

Prose: 1,500 word maximum Poetry: up to 3 poems Visual Art/Photography: up to 6 images

The Concord Review

History Essay: 4,000-6,000 word maximum

Rookie Magazine

Accepts fiction, non-fiction, rants, raves, humor, poetry, etc

Those are a few literary magazines to submit to, and I hope that you submit to some! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as all my social media accounts linked below 🙂

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Reading Update – BookTubeAThon Day 1 + 2

Last night, I fell asleep before I could write an update but to be honest, there wasn’t much to update on. I didn’t finish any books even though I decided to start with Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, which is less than 200 pages. Overall, I got to page 61 in Every Heart a Doorway, and listened to 3ish hours of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins yesterday…

Today however, I did get books read. Thankfully. This morning I squeezed in reading time between writing sessions, and managed to finish the last 120ish pages of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I had high expectations going into this book because I have heard nothing but fantastic things, and luckily, I did enjoy it. It was strange, dark, and mystical, giving me Narnia vibes much like one of my previous reads, The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. I will probably continue on with the series, but I am kind of disappointed that I didn’t adore it as much as everyone else did, but it still gets a solid 4/5 stars from me! Along with challenge one, I also completed challenge two: to read a book about something you want to do. I chose Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins because it takes place in San Francisco which is somewhere I want to travel to, and decided to listen to it via audiobook. Of course, I loved it as I always do. It is really nice to be on track so far, and I even started by next book today, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare which will satisfy challenge three: read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation. Currently, I am 150ish pages into it out of 500ish, so I have high hopes I will be able to get it read tomorrow!

Before I finish this update, I actually got an honourable mention for the day 2 BookTubeAThon Instagram book stack challenge! It was a lot of fun to make this book stacked desk, and you should definitely check it out on my Instagram which is linked below 🙂

Anyways, that is all for my day 1 and 2 reading update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media, all linked below.

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Young Writers Guide to Writing

This is just a quick blog post for young writers to help them realize what they can do to start building their writing career NOW. This could also be useful for new writers and also established writers, but this is mostly directed to the young writers (like me) out there so I hope it helps 🙂

When it comes to building a writing career, it is easy to think that you can’t start until you are older and have graduated university or college with a degree of some sort (even though a degree is not needed for creative writing, but other types of writing). But that is not true! You can start building your career right now, no matter your age, and here are some tips on how to do that.

  • Learn to Manage Your Time…Now – This is so important because there will be times in the future, or even now, where you might have to work another job, attend school, provide for your family, etc while balancing writing. You are going to have to find a routine that allows you to still get writing done every day (or almost every day), and working towards that end goal of being a successful writer. For example, in the summers I get lots of writing done throughout the entire day (usually mornings), and then during the school year I balance writing in the evenings after I finish my homework. Learn to manage your time now and find your ideal routine because you will be thanking yourself in the future.
  • Take Advantage of Your Time – As a young writer, I do not have to have a job to support myself. Sure, some young people have jobs and school, but it is likely that you still have more time then someone with a family and a full-time job. During the school year, I am crazy busy, but I have the weekends, breaks, and summer vacation to write still where I get lots done. And since I have a routine, I still do get writing done during the school week. Take advantage of every bit of time you have now when you have less responsibility, because that will change soon!
  • Submit, Submit, Submit – Currently I am working on a list of literary magazines/writing contests for young writers to submit to, because it can be hard going against writers who have had more time on earth to practice writing. Also, a lot of literary magazines look for more literary fiction with deep meanings and whatnot, while the ones for young writers expect young adult stories and such. So yes, submit things and get your name out there so you can build your writing portfolio! It is so important. But yes, keep an eye out for that blog post coming soonish.
  • Start Building Your Writing Platform – One thing about being a young person in this day and age, is that social media comes naturally to most of us. Guess what, marketing yourself as a writer is a really important part, so don’t wait, start building your empire on social media now! I picked to be active on Twitter and Instagram where I post about my writing and also give little writing tips, so try to stick to a theme like that when it comes to your accounts.

Those are a few tips for young writers and I hope it helped! Stay tuned for my literary magazine and writing contests for young writers which will be coming soon, but until then, check out my last blog post and my social media accounts all linked below 🙂

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