Reading/Writing Update!

Yesterday, I finished re reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, and I didn’t realize how much I needed to read that book! I was in desperate need of light hearted, easy contemporary that I could just fly through. School has been a nightmare recently since I only have a few days left, and I needed a contemporary to read rather than a fantasy or sci fi book. I am, however, continuing on with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I am loving it so far, I am just no able to find the time to read it for hours upon hours. Anyways, I have about three hundred pages of Lord of Shadows left and I am excited to continue on with it!

For writing, I think I have written ten thousand words or so…not really sure but I have been keeping up with it! I have not written since yesterday, and I don’t plan to today because I am physically and mentally exhausted, but I am hoping to get a thousand or so words written tomorrow!

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep #1: Characters!

Reading/Writing Update!

This week I have been working on reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and I have been loving it! I wish I had more energy and time to read it, but I have had to make due with what time I have. I am almost half way through it, and I have already felt so many feelings, which Cassandra Clare does very well. I have no idea when I am going to be able to finish it, but once I do, I plan on diving into Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I love reading this book in the summertime, and since summer is basically here, I am dying to give it a re read!

I actually wrote a story this week, and it was about three thousand words so I was pretty proud of that. It has to do with assassins which is something I have been very into writing lately, and I don’t know what I am going to do with it yet. I do need to do some rewriting and revising desperately, but once that is done I definitely want to get it out there somehow.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: May 2017 Wrap Up!

June 2017 TBR

June is the final month of school for me, and luckily I have no big exams this coming from month so I do plan to do lots of reading!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – I am currently reading this book, but it is massive that it is taking me a while to get through it. If you didn’t know, Lord of Shadows is the sequel to Lady Midnight, which follows a group of Shadowhunters who are trying to figure out the murder of Emma Carstair’s parents’ death. This was my favourite book of 2016, so I am super excited to continue reading the sequel because I am already loving it!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I love the vibe I get when I read this book so I am planning to read it the last week of school. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who has spent her whole life out of the spotlight, but when her brother, Peyton, does something that puts the whole family front and centre, she realizes she can’t escape it. This is a really fun, light and summery contemporary that I cannot wait to re read!

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan – I started reading in May, but I got distracted with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare so I never finished it. The Dark Prophecy is the sequel to The Hidden Oracle, and follows the god Apollo as he is cast down to earth as a mortal. This is a very funny and fast paced series that I cannot wait to continue on with.

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout – I suspect that this will be a really fast paced, easy read as most of Jennifer L Armentrout’s books are, so I am excited to get to it later this month. I know this book deals with supernatural creatures and that is all I really want to know about it. I like to go into books like this without a clue what is going on, just to be pleasantly surprised.

Those are all the books I plan on reading in the month of June, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

Long Reads!

I do enjoy my quick, easy reads, but it is also nice to fully indulge in a book for several hundred pages. If you too enjoy long reads then here are a few recommendations!

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This is a pretty thick book, being almost seven hundred pages long, but it is absolutely fantastic. You do have to read all of Cassandra Clare’s other books before you read this one, but trust me, it is so worth it. Lady Midnight follows a group of Shadowhunters (half human half angel) who try to uncover the mystery of Emma Carstairs’ parents’ death, but it turns out to be more than they bargained for. A story with a great cast of characters and a thrilling plot!

SaintAnythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen – This book is a little over four hundred pages, and that is quite a lot for a contemporary, but since summer is here it is a definite read. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is used to being in the shadows, unseen and unheard. But when her brother does something that puts a spotlight on the entire family, she finds that she can’t outrun it. I just flew through this book, and I definitely believe it is one of Sarah Dessen’s best work.

anemberintheashesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – An Ember in the Ashes is a fantastic book that was easily one of my favourite reads of 2015. It was action packed, and had some drops of romance here and there. An Ember in the Ashes follows two perspectives, Laia and Elias. Laia is on the run after her brother was taken by the Empire, and Elias is trying to escape the Empire. We follow these two misfits as their paths intertwine and they face a series of deadly challenges. It is a gripping read that you will devour whole.

throne-of-glass-sarah-j-maasThrone of Glass by Sarah J Maas – In this series, the books just keep getting larger and larger, but I am okay with that. Throne of Glass follows a badass assassin, Celeana Sardothien, who is being given the option to leave the slavery camp she is trapped in forever, or work for the king. She jumps at the offer only to be faced with a series of battles to the death, in order to become the King’s personal assassin. This is a book with lots of epic fight scenes, and scenes that will keep you on your toes and wanting more!

the-unexpected-everything-9781481404549_hrThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – For a contemporary this thing is HUGE, being over five hundred pages and all. The Unexpected Everything follows a girl named Andie who had her whole summer mapped out. She had a great internship lined up, was on the way to have a quick summer romance, and was ready to have epic adventures with her friends. That is, until her father, a popular congressman, is involved in a political scandal and her plans dramatically change. This is another fun, summery read that I definitely recommend since summer is around the corner!

Those are some longer book recommendations to read and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writer’s Motivation Pack!

Beginner’s Guide To: Contemporaries!

I obviously love contemporaries because I tend to read 3-5 a month so I thought I would start a series inspired by Christine (Polandbananasbooks) series on her YouTube channel where I recommend some contemporaries if you are new to the genre or the need some more recommendations!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I know I recommend this book a lot, but it is a must read contemporary and is also a perfect book to welcome you into the contemporary world. Anna and the French Kiss follows a girl named Anna who is sent off to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. There, she meets a group of close knit friends and is immediately drawn to one of them named Etienne St. Clair. We watch their relationship grow as obstacles are thrown in their way and overall is a heart breakingly sweet contemporary!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is such a cute book that shows that being love shouldn’t have to do with how you look, but with who you are. It follows our 2 main characters Eleanor and Park who come from completely different worlds but somehow manage to form a relationship that really blossoms throughout the book. You feel a lot of strong emotions reading this book and it is just a fantastic book!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – If you are reading contemporary you have to read a Sarah Dessen book because she is one of the Queen’s of contemporary! Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is always used to being in the shadows until her brother, Peyton, is arrested and suddenly a spotlight is directed on her. Now feeling lost in her family and her place in the world, she goes to a pizza parlor and finds it to be a place where she is welcomed. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I love, love, love this book with all my heart because it is everything you could want in a contemporary! In this book we follow Lara Jean, a girl who has been writing love letters to the boys she loved since she was young, and when the letters mysteriously get sent out, she finds herself digging a deep hole if lies to prevent the boy she currently likes from finding out the truth because if he found out it could hurt the people closest to her. This book makes you grin with happiness and melts your heart with every turn of the page.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Since You’ve Been Gone is such a fun, summery contemporary read because we follow our main character, Emily, who’s best friend Sloane mysteriously disappears but leaves a bucket list behind for Emily to complete. Convinced it will lead her to her friend, Emily sets off to complete this bucket list with the help of a few new friends. Ugh, this book was such a fun journey to read during the summer, but honestly you can read it whenever and wherever!

Those are some contemporaries to start or hopefully continue your love of contemporary and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to comment some other contemporaries you love and also check out my last blog post: January 2017 Wrap Up!

Feel Good Books

I don’t know about you, but I love to read books that make me feel good. My definition of that is books that have a storyline or character that I can relate to and then I get to see them have a “happy ending”. Reading books like that just makes me hopeful and well, feel good. Here are a few of my favourites and I hope you try at least one out!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I feel like this story is a story that lots of people can relate to. It involves family drama and tension which I think is an aspect in novels that isn’t put in the spotlight enough. Saint Anything is about a girl named Sydney who is used to living life outside of the spotlight, that is, until her brother is arrested. It follows her moving to a new school and making new friends and overall is a really great story that leaves you feeling all warm and tingly at the end!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – This is honestly one of my favourite books ever. The characters are so real and have normal day to day struggles that every single person can relate to. It follows Lola, a unique and expressive girl who is having a great life until everything is flipped upside down when her old neighbour and first love, Cricket Bell, moves back next door.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I have mentioned this book recently because I just read it not that long ago. Just One Day is a cute, realistic read that shows that not everything goes as plan but that doesn’t mean it will have a bad outcome. It’s about this girl named Allyson who is on a trip around Europe which is coming to an end until she meets a boy named Willem and runs off to Paris with him. They spend an incredible day together until she wakes up and he’s just gone. The book follows her life after that, all the ups and downs, and the undying urge of figuring out why he left without an explanation.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – This is very different from the other books I have mentioned and it doesn’t fit my definition of a feel good book but it just does make me feel good when I read it, and I am sure lots of you can relate. Something about the world and storyline just makes it fit into this category and I just love it.

Those are a few recommendations and I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to check out my last post: Motivating Yourself to Write and I will see you in my next post!

Favourite Summer Reads!!!

Summer is sadly coming to a close but I did read a few pretty amazing books. I read a total of 13 books this summer, which I am very proud of and here are my top 5 favourites!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead – This is the final book in the Vampire Academy and I must say that it was one epic finale. I absolutely loved this book! Richelle Mead closed everything nicely and I felt completely satisfied with how it ended. Vampire Academy was such a fun and gripping series that I can see myself re reading in the future hopefully sooner rather than later. If you haven’t read this amazing series definitely check it out because you will not be disappointed! 4.5/5 stars

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I think I have raved quite a bit about this book but I can’t help it so I am going to fangirl over it a little bit longer. I cannot believe it took me this long to pick up a Morgan Matson book because it sent me craving for another one! I got a lot of comments saying to start with Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour or Second Chance Summer but I am really glad that I chose Since You’ve Been Gone because it was just…ugh, perfect! 5/5 stars

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – This was my first Sarah Dessen book and again, really glad I started off with this one! It was everything a successful and entertaining contemporary should be and I just flew through it. I flipped each page wanting more and more and it made me laugh and cry and again, another amazing summer read! 4.5/5 stars

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – I am so mad at myself for not reading this sooner but I’m just glad that I did pick it up. It exceeded way, way, way above my expectations and I could not get enough of this book. Everything is just so…rich. The story itself, the characters, her writing…it was just a very satisfying and fantastic fantasy book! 5/5 stars

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier  – I’ve heard about and seen this book around and it was at my library so I just decided to take it out. BEST IDEA EVER! I really, really liked this book. It was compelling, humorous, and interesting and I am so excited to continue on with the other 2 books! I’m not a huge fan of time traveling books just because I find them somewhat confusing but this was written so well and told in an easy way to understand! 4.5/5 stars

Those are my top 5 favourite summer reads and I hope you liked it! Don’t forget to comment your favourite summer reads and check out my last blog post: My Go To De-Stress Books!

July and BookTube-A-Thon Wrap Up 2016!!!

July was an AWESOME reading month for me because I read 10 books! The reason I read so many was partly because of BookTube-A-Thon but also because I just flew through every book I read. Since I read so many books I won’t give a description of them just because this would be a super long blog post…anyways I hope you had an amazing reading month too!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead was the first book I finished this month and it happened to be the last book in the Vampire Academy series. I was and still am so sad to finish this series but I really enjoyed the finale and I thought it tied up all the loose ends! Vampire Academy was such a fun and amazing series and I am so happy I read it! 4.5/5 stars.

Prodigy by Marie Lu was the second book in the Legend trilogy and I really liked this book! The Legend series isn’t my absolute favourite series, but I do enjoy reading it and I think they are really interesting. Anyways, this is my favourite book out of the three and I loved so many parts of this book! 4.5/5 stars.

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi is a bind up of two novellas from the Shatter Me world and I just flew through this short book. I really, really loved reading from Warner’s point of view because he is definitely one of my favourite characters and I enjoyed learning more about him! I also liked reading from Adam’s point of view because it reminded me of how much I disliked him…4/5 stars.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson…I had wanted to read a Morgan Matson book for soooo long and I am so happy that I picked this one up first because let me tell you, it did not disappoint me. I absolutely adored every second of this book! It was fast paced, entertaining, and had a great, complex cast of characters that I loved. I couldn’t ask for a better summer contemporary book! 4.5/5 stars.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is a book I had been putting off for a while but I really don’t know why because it was such a great book. Again, I flew through this easy contemporary and loved every second of it! It felt so real and relatable and I felt a roller coaster of emotions while reading it. Definitely recommend this and Since You’ve Been Gone if you are look for an awesome contemporary! 4.5/5 stars.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson was the first book I read for BookTube-A-Thon and I was really pumped to read another Morgan Matson book but it didn’t exactly reach my expectations which I admit, were a bit high after reading Since You’ve Been Gone. I still really enjoyed this book, but I just found it a little slower and I found the main character a bit annoying at times. I understand why though. It was still a good read and a good book to start my BookTube-A-Thon with though! 3.5/5 stars!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling was the second book I read for BookTube-A-Thon and I absolutely loved diving back into the Harry Potter world! It was as magical and fun as always and I was definitely not disappointed. I decided to read a Harry Potter book a month so I am also very excited to continue staying in this amazing world. 5/5 stars.

Champion by Marie Lu was the third book I read for BookTube-A-Thon and while it was a bit slow during the first 100 pages that last 200 plus pages really pulled through and I was glued to the story! I thought it was a great ending that I was satisfied with but that ending still broke me into a million tiny pieces and then glued themselves back messily, but still together…4.5/5 stars.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was the fourth and final book that I finished during the BookTube-A-Thon and again, like Harry Potter, it was so great jumping back into this crazy world. I am definitely hoping to be able to continue re reading the rest of the series soon! 4/5 stars.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon…I actually finished this book about half an hour ago and when I say I flew through this book I actually flew through it. I think I read this book in 2 hours because I just found myself continuing the flip to the next page because I really wanted to know how this story was going to end. There were so many different endings and I definitely did not expect it to end like this. I loved it though! Such a cute, amazing, and sad book that you need to read! 4.5/5 stars.

That concludes my massive July wrap up and I hope you liked it! Keep an eye out for my August TBR coming soon!

Contemporary TBR

I love reading contemporary books in the summer because they give me that light, summery feel that we all love! So in this post I am listing the contemporary books that I have yet to read and hopefully will be getting to this summer!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I have wanted to read a Morgan Matson book for a while now so I decided to start with Since You’ve Been Gone because I see it everywhere and have heard amazing things! Since You’ve Been Gone is about a girl named Emily who is suddenly put outside her comfort zone when her friend Sloane disappears and leaves a list of things for Emily to do, and Emily goes on a journey to complete them, hoping they will lure her friend back.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while just because I was given it for my 14th birthday but also because I heard it is a great book! I’m not 100% sure what it is about but from what I gathered it is about a girl who is very quiet and out of the spotlight but when her brother is thrown in jail she and her family become the source of reporters.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Again, I’ve heard some many wonderful things about this book and the plot line really intrigues me so I want to read this book ASAP! Everything Everything is about a girl who is allergic to the world so she cannot leave her house. The only people she gets to see on a daily basis are her mother and nurse, but when a new boy moves next door she cannot help but fall for him.

Those were the books on my contemporary TBR and I hope you enjoyed it!

July TBR

There is only 9 days of June left…what?! Anyways since July is around the corner I really wanted to show you guys all the AMAZING books I am planning to read next month and I am so excited! Even though Camp NaNoWriMo is going on I am planning on reading quite a few books.

(BTW I am going to start doing QOTD’s at the end of my posts now so scroll down and answer it!)

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead is the first book I am planning on reading in July, if it actually comes on the date I ordered it…anyways this is the sixth and final book in the Vampire Academy series that I absolutely love! This series follows Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir as they try to safe from Strigoi (evil vampires) during their last few years at Vampire Academy. There is lots of action and romance in this series and its so addictive!

Prodigy by Marie Lu is the second book in the Legend trilogy. I recently finished the first book a few days ago and it was very interesting and I absolutely loved the plot line and characters so I am dying to pick up the next book! In the first book, we follow Day, a convicted criminal and June, a loyal follower of the government who is sent to hunt down Day, but when she finally does meet Day she realizes some things about the government that she thought she knew that makes her question her loyalty.

Champion by Marie Lu is the third and final book in the Legend trilogy which I am also stoked to read! Wow did I actually just say stoked? Anyways, I have heard great things about all these books and I cannot wait to…engross myself in them.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is a contemporary novel that I am not exactly sure what it is about but I would like to keep it like that so I can just go in with no expectations. I have been pushing this off for the last month or two just because I got caught up with Vampire Academy but since I am almost done I will definitely be getting to it! I also heard that this book will make me cry and I love cry worthy books.

Those are all the books I am planning to read in July and I hope you guys enjoyed reading it! Don’t forget to answer the QOTD and check out my last post: Camp NaNoWriMo: Writing Inspiration!

QOTD: I have been obsessed with Hamilton lately soooo what is your current favorite song on the playlist?

AOTD: Either the Schuyler Sisters or Burn…but I also really like Satisfied and Helpless…