Reading/Writing Update!

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

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

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

Favourite Re Reads!

Re reading books I love is one of my favourite things to do, which can sometimes be bad when I need to read some new books on my shelf…but anyways, here are a few of my favourite books to re read!

lady-midnight-by-cassandra-clareLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I absolutely loved Lady Midnight the first time I read it, but now I am re reading it and it is just as amazing. Lady Midnight is a massive books but reads quickly in my opinion. I forgot how witty the characters were and how fantastic the whole story is, and I am falling in love with it all over again. I love re reading all of Cassie Clare’s books but at the moment this is definitely a favourite of mine to re read!

obsidian-cover5Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This book is such a quick, fun read that I can read multiple times but never get bored of it. Obsidian is part of a five book series, but it is hands down my favourite of them all. I think I like it the most because as the story progresses, the books grow darker and I just enjoy how light and fluffy the first one is.

fangirl_coverdec2012Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I have read Fangirl twice now, and the second time was just as good as the first let me tell you. Fangirl is just one of those cute contemporaries with not only relatable characters, but relatable moments. I recommend anyone who hasn’t read it to read it, because you will fall in love with it!

gofHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – I doubt this is a surprise for any of you because who isn’t going to want to re read a Harry Potter book? I almost put the first book down, but overall I love the fourth one the most. Something about have the triwizard tournament and than the ball just makes me love the story even more.

anna-kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Surprise, surprise right? Its not like I have read this book ten thousand times. I just love contemporaries and Anna and the French Kiss is a perfect one, okay? I re read contemporaries the most just because they are so fun, entertaining and super quick reads!

 

Those are five books I like to re read the most and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 5 Things I Look for in a Book!

 

Trashy YA Novels

By trashy, I mean filled with YA tropes and clichés…but in the best way possible. I absolutely love trashy YA, I devour it because it is made of the most addicting things ever! Anyways, here are a list of five of my favourite trashy YA novels.

obsidian-cover5The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout – These books are about a human and a hot, alien badboy falling for each other…how more cliché can it get? I read the first book in one sitting because I didn’t want to stop, and same with the second. The series falters a bit after the second, but I still really enjoy it overall. If you want a fast-paced, trashy YA series, definitely give this a go!

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han – Cliché count…this books takes place in the summer(1), it has a love triangle(2), it has a good boy and a bad boy(3), it has a girl who doesn’t think she is pretty but really is(4)…the list goes on and on and on. This is a very controversial trilogy because some people enjoy it while others don’t, but personally I think it is a lot of fun.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – This has a lot of romance in it, and also has the typical cliché of “good boy” and “bad boy” but I love it! It is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast and just makes you swoon. It is probably the least trashy book on this list, but still, it has its clichés that I adore.

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass – I swear these books are the definition of trashy which is probably why I finished the first three books in two days…once you pick them up you do not want to put them down which is why I love all these trashy books. They always make me want to read. The Selection has romance and tension and is overall a really fun and entertaining read!

 

tumblr_mixxgtPAsX1s3jza0o1_500Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – These are some of my favourite contemporary books, but they definitely fit into the category of trashy YA. They have such adorable romances and clichés that even though they are heavily used, you can’t help but appreciate. Once you pick up the first one, you want to pick up the next one right away and voila! You are once again sucked into the trashy YA’s.

Those are five of my favourite trashy YA novels, and I use trashy in a good way I swear. If you want to a quick, entertaining read definitely give these a try! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

March 2017 Wrap Up!

March was a good reading month which was great, because I plan on reading a lot of books this year. Anyways, here are the books I managed to read this month!

p-s-i-still-love-you-jenny-han-coverP.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Since the new and final book is coming out in May, I decided I should re read the first two books in preparation, but also because I just love this series. The first book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, follows sixteen year old Lara Jean, who’s secret love letters have been sent out to all the boys she has loved before, and she finds herself digging a hole of lies to prevent her current crush from knowing the truth. This is a very quirky and relatable book that you can’t help but enjoy! 5/5 stars

Lola-and-the-Boy-Next-Door_PBLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I had no real reason to re read this book other than the fact that I just wanted to. Lola and the Boy Next Door is about an expressive and unique girl named Lola who has a great life. She loves her parents, has a great best friend, a great boyfriend and is in her final year of high school, but when her first love who crushed her heart moves back next door, things get flipped upside down. This is such a feel-good book that leaves you all warm and fuzzy, and I definitely recommend it if you are in search for a good contemporary! 5/5 stars

before-i-fall1Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Since the movie came out this month, I thought it would be a good idea to go read the book before I watched the movie so I did and I really enjoyed it! Before I Fall is about a girl named Sam who has it all. She is popular, has a great group of friends named Lindsay, Elody and Ally, and is dating one of the most popular guys in school. But when her and her friends are driving back from a party one night, they get into and accident and Sam suddenly finds herself reliving that day over and over again. I thought this book really made you think about and cherish the life you have, and while it had a lot of darker and more serious elements, it was also filled with light and fluffy moments that I really appreciated. 3/5 stars

ruby-red-trilogy-by-kerstin-gierRuby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier – I always forget how much I really do love the Ruby Red trilogy until I read it, and I am so happy that I decided to pick it up again. Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwenyth who comes from a family of time travellers, but it is believed that the time travelling gene has skipped her, and instead possessed by her cousin, Charlotte. But when Gwen is thrust back in time, completely unprepared, she finds herself living the life her cousin was meant to but not necessarily the life she wanted to. I really recommend this if you want an easy, fun book with a great romance in it! 4.5/5 stars for all three

Those are all the books I managed to read in the month of March and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

 

 

Underhyped YA Books!

There are a lot of amazing overhyped books, but there are also a lot of amazing underhyped books and here are a few that I have read, that I think everyone should read too.

Ruby RedRuby Red by Kerstin Gier – I have talked about this book quite a bit on my blog, but it is seriously underhyped. It is originally written in German, but is translated into Enlgish, and even has movies! Ruby Red is about a girl named Gwenyth who is born into a family of time travelers, but only her cousin, Charlotte, is believed to have the special gene. That is, until one day Gwen finds herself back in the past and completely unprepared. Now she is thrust into a new world of time traveling, and has an arrogant but handsome partner named Gideon. This is definitely one of my favourite trilogies and it deserves more recognition.

Kane ChroniclesThe Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan – Rick Riordan’s other series such as, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and The Trials of Apollo, are his most popular and loved series. But, everyone forgets about his trilogy on Egyptian mythology called the Kane Chronicles! The first book, The Red Pyramid, follows two siblings, Carter and Sadie who’s father takes them to the British Museum one night, and ends up releasing the ancient god Set. The two kids run for their lives as their father is taken, and they set off to save him while unraveling the truth of their family and a world that was unknown to them. I really enjoy this series, and while I definitely wouldn’t say it is his best series, it is still worth the read!

thesummeriturnedprettyThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – Her other contemporary trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is very loved and I too, am a massive fan of it. But not too many people have read her other trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty. The Summer I Turned Pretty follows our main character, Belly, who returns with her mother and brother to a beach house that she has spent every summer at since she was young. There, she is reunited with the two children of her mom’s best friend, Conrad and Jeremiah, and has a summer filled with fun and romance. This trilogy is a very easy and entertaining read that I think everyone should read, especially if they are looking for a good summery read.

Legacy-of-Kings-Eleanor-HermanLegacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – This book takes place in Ancient Greece and follows multiple POV’s such as Alexander who is Macedonia’s heir, Katerina who is determined to kill the Queen, Jacob who will go to any length to win over Katerina, Hephaestion who is a murderer sheltered by the prince, and Zofia a Persian princess whom Alexander is set to married. There are so many twists and turns in this novel, and I think a lot more people should give it a chance.

Lola-and-the-Boy-Next-Door_PBLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I talk about this book way too much, but a lot of people prefer the first book, Anna and the French Kiss over this book, and forget about it! Lola and the Boy Next Door in my opinion, is just as good as Anna and the French Kiss and more people should give it a chance. Lola and the Boy Next Door follows Lola, a stylish and unique girl who has the perfect life. She has a great best friend, a great boyfriend, and is going to enter her winter formal in the most lavish dress. All of this is turned upside down though, when her first love and first heartbreak moves back next door and changes everything. This book is too cute and if you haven’t read it, read it!

Those are five underhyped books that you should read already if you haven’t, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: March 2017 Haul!

Reading/Writing Update

 

p-s-i-still-love-you-jenny-han-coverI have quite a few books I want to get to this March because this spring is filled with new releases I want to read. A lot of the new releases are also sequels to books I’ve read, which means a lot of re reading will be happening this month and next. Anyways, I have already completed one book this month, which I am very happy about, and am half way done another! The first book I completed this month was P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, the second book to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The third book in this trilogy is coming out in early May, and now that I have re read all the books I am ready and excited to get my hands on it! The other book I am almost done, is Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This is another millionth re read but as always, I am loving it. I am trying to decide what to read next, but I am thinking either Lady Midnight or Before I Fall…but I guess we will see once I finish my current read.Lola-and-the-Boy-Next-Door_PB

I actually have writing related stuff to talk about today! So I did try and do some writing this week, and I did, but only a page and then I deleted it…I forgot my writing notes on this story at school so everything felt wrong and confusing since I couldn’t look at my notes. That’s okay though, because I will just have to wait for Monday to write. Also, Camp NaNoWriMo is coming! April 1st is the first day of Camp NaNoWrimo which I am very excited about. I am going to use this as an excuse to get my writing done and I am hoping it will motivate me to do so. Definitely join Camp NaNoWriMo because it is a great way to finish or add to something you started, and is also a good way to talk things out with other writers!camp_logo-290f133f1af2562198f3a75b662feb03

That is my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Exciting Spring 2017 Releases 2017!

February 2017 Wrap Up!

February is a short month but I still managed to get a lot more reading done than I expected which is great, because if I want to read seventy five books this year, I need to keep up this pace.

anna-kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I have read this book countless times but it never seizes to impress me and make me tingle with excitement! Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna who for her last year of high school, is shipped off to an American boarding school in Paris. It is a book filled with romance, humor and heart wrenching moments that I never get tired of. 4.5/5 stars

since-youve-been-goneSince You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Oh look, another re read and another contemporary. I read Since You’ve Been Gone back in July, and I just figured it was time to re read this amazing book and let me tell you, it definitely wasn’t a disappointment! Since You’ve Been Gone follows our main character, Emily, who’s best friend Sloane disappears as the summer begins, leaving only a bucket list for Emily to complete. Determined it will lead her to her best friend, Emily sets of to complete this list along with the help of new friends. This is a really fun and summery read that really gets me in the mood for summer. I really enjoyed it as always, and definitely recommend it! 4.5/5 stars

to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Yep more contemporaries, more re reads but that is okay because I also had so much fun reading this one! I think the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy is definitely in my top 2 favourite contemporaries just because it is so freaking fantastic. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who’s secret love letters one day get sent out to the past loves of her life, and she suddenly finds herself digging a hole of lies to prevent her current love from knowing she likes him. Why? Because it is her sister’s boyfriend. This book has such a quirky main character and a quirky romance which I absolutely adore! 5/5 stars

keepingthemoonKeeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen – This was a brand new read for me, and as Sarah Dessen’s books always are, it was definitely an enjoyable read. It wasn’t the most amazing contemporary ever, but I did like how for the most part it focused on friendships rather than romance for the main character. Keeping the Moon follows our main character, Collie who is staying with her oddball aunt Mira for the summer while her personal fitness mother is travelling the world. The story follows her as she makes friends and learns to come to terms with her past and her present. 3/5 stars

Those are all the book she I managed to complete this month and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: March 2017 TBR!

Spring Recommendations!

Apparently spring is right around the corner for us so I decided to get you guys excited with some spring recommendations. These books are books that will make you feel pumped and ready for the sunshine!

kissingfrogs-framedKissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny – Kissing Frogs is about a popular girl named Jessica who’s only chance at saving her less then excellent biology grade is to go on a trip to Panama to save the gold frog. This book is loosely based on the Frog Prince and is filled with new experiences, romance and lots of sun! I really enjoyed this quick read and it will definitely put you in the mood for some sun.

isla-and-the-happily-ever-after-stephanie-perkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Isla is the third main protagonist we have in the Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door kind of trilogy thing. While this is my least favourite of the three, it definitely makes me feel in the spring/summery mood! In Isla and the Happily Every After, we follow Isla, a shy girl who has had a crush on an artist named Josh since the first day of high school and after an odd encounter with him in Manhattan, their relationship begins to blossom once school starts back up. This is a very fun, adventurous and light hearted book that you will zip through.

hidden-2boracle-2bfinal-2bcover-2b-1The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – I don’t know why but this book gives me spring vibes allll over. Maybe because it follows our main character, Apollo who in Greek Mythology is the sun god. Yeah that is probably it. Anyways, in this book Apollo is turned into a mortal and finds himself completing a series of tasks to regain his immortality. As Rick Riordan’s books always are, it was a humorous journey and as always I really enjoyed it!

selection-cvrThe Selection by Kiera Cass – The romance in this book really, really reminds me of spring for some odd reason, but honestly, all contemporaries seem to fit into the spring/summer category…well except for a few. In The Selection, our main character is America Singer who enters a competition at the castle, trying to win over Prince Maxon’s heart. Things are complicated though when she has feelings for somebody else other than the prince though. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions but leaves a smile on your face by the end.

Those are a few spring recommendations for you and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Beginner’s Guide to: Readathons.

Valentine’s Day Recommendations!

It is Valentine’s Day so it gives me an excuse to recommend more contemporary books that I love! Anyways, here are five books that are perfect reads for Valentine’s Day.

anna-kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This was a no brainer. It is the perfect book to pick up on Valentine’s Day because it makes you feel so many things and is just amazing. Anna and the French Kiss is about 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 grows close to them quickly, especially one named Etienne St.Clair. This book is filled with romance, drama and great characters and is a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day.

Me-Before-You-Movie-SoundtrackMe Before You by JoJo Moyes – Me Before You is about a young woman named Louisa Clark who takes a job taking care of a quadriplegic man named Will Trainor after her father looses his job. The story follows their relationship which starts off slow and rocky, but soon they find themselves growing closer together as time goes on. This book plays with your heartstring and leaves a gaping hole in your chest but it is so worth it.

Everything EverythingEverything Everything by Nicola Yoon – The synopsis of this book sounds incredibly cliché but it is much, much more than you expect it to be. Everything Everything follows a girl named Maddie who is allergic to the world and when a boy named Ollie moves in next door she finds herself falling for him. This book totally leaves you dumbfounded but ultimately is a great romance book about desire and trust!

to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes letters to all the boys she has loved before, but when they re mysteriously sent out she finds herself digging a deep hole of lies to prevent hurting the people closest to her. This book is filled with awkward and relatable moments and leaves a huge grin on your face. The last book in the trilogy is coming out this year so you should definitely pick up this book!

just-listenJust Listen by Sarah Dessen – You can never go wrong with a Sarah Dessen book so I had to add one onto this list. Just Listen is about a girl named Annabel who is someone who looks like her life is perfect…but its not. After a misunderstanding with her best friend she is left friendless and alone until she meets a mysterious boy named Own who accepts her for who she is, not who everyone believes she is. I absolutely loved this book and flew through it in a matter of hours!

Those are my five Valentine’s Day recommendations and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books to Read When You’re Bored.

Reading/Writing Routine!

This week was a pretty good reading week, I managed to complete Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and as always, very satisfying read. It is filled with romance and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy which is what I look for in a good contemporary! Since I am finished, I was going to pick up Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard but my contemporary loving self ended up choosing Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Although, I am already almost finished it so after that I will hopefully pick up Glass Sword or some other book I really need to read.

For writing, I did a little bit! Yesterday I wrote a page and a half of a story for this writing contest called Writers of the Future and it is a really great contest! It doesn’t have a fee and it is based for sci-fi and fantasy writers. If you are interested definitely check it out. Overall I am slowly writing again and am really happy.

That is all for my reading and writing routine and I hope you enjoyed!