Books I Am Bringing to Hawaii!

Happy Wednesday!

Back from the dead (once again) because I am finally nearing the end of my exam season with only one more exam tomorrow. After that, I am basically free except for work and then am off to Hawaii starting December 20th! While away on vacation, I am hoping to get some reading done since I have failed to really finish anything for myself since school started…as I have complained about many times.

Anyways, here are the three books I plan on bringing with me to Hawaii and I cannot wait to give them a read!

1984 by George Orwell

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After being recommended this book a fair amount of times (you know who you are), I picked this book up and will be bringing it with me to Hawaii. Luckily, it’s pretty small so this will become my plane read for the way there and hopefully, I will finish it within the first few days of my trip. I’ve mentioned a lot this past year that it has been a goal of mine to read more classics, so this is a perfect way for me to continue doing that. Honestly, I don’t know too much about this book but I’m hoping it will start my winter break off well!

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This book comes with a funny story because I ended up getting it for free by complaining about being a broke student. I was with my friend at the bookstore, admiring this hyped-up book that I’ve wanted for a while. One of the cashiers overheard me gushing about the book and told me I could have it because each cashier gets to give away one free book. Lucky for me, he hadn’t used his yet and I walked out with a brand new, free book! I have been saving this book for my trip and am sooo excited to see if all the hype is worth it. I think it will be.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 

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Currently, I am re-reading Scythe in preparation for The Toll which is the third (and final?) book in this series! I recently ordered The Toll online but decided I should re-visit the world before diving into it since my memory of the story is a little hazy. This is a YA dystopian series that takes place in our future where humanity has conquered death and disease. However, to keep the population in check, there are scythes who “glean” people at random. I really love this story and Neal Shusterman’s writing style, so I am very happy to be re-reading these books!

Those are the three books I plan on reading over my winter break and I cannot wait to get back into reading after four months of just…not. I hope you all also have a good reading month, and that 2019 was a good reading year overall! I will be posting a yearly wrap up discussing some of my favourite and least favourite books of the year so stay tuned for that!

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my last blog post from…over a month ago! Everything is linked down below 🙂

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August 2019 TBR

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July is coming to a close and we are about to walk into August full swing. While July was a fantastic reading month, I am hoping August will be just as good. I doubt it will be BETTER because I am doing some traveling this month, but hopefully, still successful.

Anyways, here are some of the books I plan on reading!

City of Bones + City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I was supposed to read City of Bones during the Reading Rush, but yeah, clearly that did not happen. However, I really want to re-read it this summer as well as the second book, City of Ashes. My goal is to read as many in the series as possible before school starts (for me, September 4th), all while still reading other books. These books just hold a special place in my heart and I like to give them a re-read every so often.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

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Once again, this is another book I planned on reading during not only the Reading Rush, but the Biannual Bibliothon as well…again, none of this happened! I really want to finally settle down and give it a read because I have heard so many amazing things about it. Hopefully, it will be worth the hype but I have a feeling it will.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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AGAIN, I had plans to read this book during the Biannual Bibliothon in July and for whatever reason, I never got to it. It is a thicker book so that is probably why, but I am in the mood for a book set in London during the Victorian era, which is exactly what this book is about. Fingers crossed I actually get it read!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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I read this book a few years ago and I remember really enjoying it so I thought, why not pick it up again? I am starting university this fall and the book follows a girl entering her first year as well, so I think it will be really fun to read a book where I’m at the same point as the main character. She does end up going to Europe later on in the book, which I’m not sure is the best concept in a book for me to read because without a doubt, it will make me want to plan a Europe trip for the next year.

 

Those are some of the main books I plan on reading during August, the last month I will get to completely focus time on reading whatever I want (which is kind of depressing). Hopefully it is as successful as I hope, but we will see! Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media which is all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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I am so excited to share this TBR with you all, because it is either my second or third year participating in the Biannual Bibliothon, but will also be the last one because this is the last EVER Biannual Bibliothon. One, that is very sad, but two, it only makes me more excited and motivated to get a lot of reading done during this readathon because I want to end it all with a bang. But first off, you might have a few questions…

What Is the Biannual Bibliothon?

The Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon that usually takes place in the winter and summer where you try to read a book a day for however long the readathon is. There are reading challenges, video challenges, and overall, it is just a really fun time! However, the hosts have decided to make this the final Biannual Bibliothon so if you want to participate, do it now!

When Is It?

It starts today! The final Biannual Bibliothon takes place from July 11 (12am) – July 19 (11:59pm).

What I’m Reading…

1. Read the Group Book 

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The group book is Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but I am not a sci-fi fan really at all, so I decided to treat this challenge as a “free choice” instead. I decided to read Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi instead, the fifth book in the Shatter Me series which I have yet to pick up. It’s been a hot minute since I read Restore Me and I also remember nothing, so I will definitely have to read a spoilery review before jumping into this dystopian, but nonetheless, I am curious to see how much I will like this book.

2. Read a Host’s 5 Star Read

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My first pick for this was Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but that was already taken out at the library, so I decided to pick up The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this book, so I am looking forward to diving in and seeing if it lives up to the hype for me. While I hear about this book non-stop, I have NO idea what it is about. I do know it has LGBT rep in it though which does have me even more excited because I feel like the books I’ve been reading lately have lacked that.

3. Read a Book Based Off the Cover

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All of the sudden, I got a HUGE desire to re-read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, so that is what I am going to try and accomplish during the two readathons I am doing this month. So yes, for this book, I am reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because the cover is GORGEOUS and the story is as well. I always read these books during the summer and I am following that trend once again.

4. Read An Adult Genre

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A few days ago, I picked up Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan from the library and it just happens to be a perfect choice for this reading challenge. I loved the movie and I know I will adore the book because I’ve heard it is really fast-paced and fun, which is exactly the type of book you want for a readathon. However, it is pretty lengthy (either close to 500 pages or over) but I’m hoping I will fly through it.

5. Free Choice

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I am carrying through with my Raven Cycle re-read, so for my free choice, I will be reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Just writing about this series is making me SO excited to re-read it, and I cannot wait for this readathon to start (as I am writing this, it is Wednesday, the day before) so I can see all the characters I love so much. There is also something so enthralling about the whimsical atmosphere of these books that pull me in and fully immerse me, which again, is essential for a readathon!

6. Read a Book From An Author You’ve Never Read From Before

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This is a pretty unexpected choice for me because I have never really had plans to read this book, but for this challenge, I will be picking up The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. While I’ve heard about this book and the Victorian London setting has definitely intrigued me, I’ve had no near-future plans to read this book. However, I’m reading it for the readathon and I am so excited! Once again, NO idea what this book is about other than it takes place in London and there is a club…called The Dark Days Club…and also that this book is pretty huge. It’s good enough for me though!

7. Read a Graphic Novel

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My first idea of what to read for this challenge was Gate 7, a manga I’ve been trying to read for months now, but then of course, I decided to ditch that book and read Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise: Book One instead. But, I cannot WAIT to read this because I am a massive fan of Avatar the Last Airbender and I just know reading this graphic novel will be the best of times. It will also make me want to watch the TV show which is NOT good because it is Camp NaNoWriMo on top of two readathons, but I’ll make it work, right?

8. Read a Book You Were Excited For But then Never Picked Up

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When I first bought this book, I had every intention of reading it ASAP but for whatever reason, that never happened. That book is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. However, I am DETERMINED to actually read it this readathon because one, it is pretty short (under 300 pages) and two, I know it will be really good. Also, I am trying to read more classics!

9. Read a Predicted 5-Star Read

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I am once again, trying to finally read a V.E. Schwab book but of course, it is NOT the one I own. Instead, I will be reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab which I’ve taken out from the library because I have heard amazing things about it so I have high hopes of it achieving that 5-star read! Also, I think I heard that it is getting a movie adaptation? Correct me if I am wrong. Hopefully, I will love it because I really want to start my V.E. Schwab reading journey on a good note.

Those are all of the books I plan on reading for the Biannual Bibliothon and I hope you enjoyed! I do have back-ups for every challenge just in case I’m not feeling a book or something, but hopefully, that doesn’t happen. I’m just super excited for 9 days of good books! Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and happy reading 🙂

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Non-Fiction TBR

Happy Monday!

Lately, I have been on a HUGE non-fiction kick so I thought it would be fun to share some of the books I am reading or plan to read this summer. Most of these are writing/productivity related so hopefully you all find them interesting too! Anyways, let’s get into it. Here are 5 non-fiction books I cannot WAIT to read.

Time Management by Richard Walsh

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This is my current non-fiction read and since it is separated into a lot of different topics and tips, I’ve been skimming and flipping through at random. A lot of it is filled with tactics I already use, but a lot of it is a helpful reminder so I am definitely enjoying and learning from it. If you have trouble with basic time management than I highly recommend this book. If you have a pretty good idea of it though, I would try and search for a different book. Still, I am glad to be reading this right before my summer break begins because I always like to go hard-core time management during these months. Especially since I need to prepare for university next year!

The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook by Yuwanda Black

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One reason I am very excited to pick up this book is because it is not designed only for freelance writers, like all the other freelance related books I have picked up in the past. I think because of that, I will be able to explore other freelance opportunities and receive a broader view of this type of career. I do want to pursue freelance in the future, but not full-time so I am curious to see what information and tips this book will offer me!

Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeam

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This book coordinates kind of with the last book because like I said, I do not want freelancing to be my full-time job. It is something I really want to pursue during university and my early years of post-school life, aka a side hustle. This book is all about starting up your side hustle and ensuring its success, so I am looking forward to diving into everything this book has to offer this summer!

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

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Okay, I have kind of read this book already, but for whatever reason, I cannot remember a single thing from it. I have had a hard time discovering new writing craft books that I really love, and I do remember liking this one a lot so hopefully, I will enjoy what Goldberg has to say on the craft of writing. Lately, I have been lazy when it comes to writing so I definitely need a good kick to get back in the swing of things, and this summer is the perfect time to do so.

A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

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As I have mentioned a few times, I am going to be studying English (literature) at university next year so I thought it would be fitting to read some books on writing essays, info about different types of literature, etc, etc. This is going to be my first exploration into these more educational based books and I am very excited! This book discusses everything from myths to the Romantic era to poetry, meaning I will be getting the whole scope. There is this other book I spotted that talks about the meanings and inspiration behinds various literary characters, so I will probably pick that up next!

There you have it. Those are the 5 non-fiction books I really want to read, and while I would LOVE to add more, along with all the fiction books I plan to read, I doubt that will happen before school starts. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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March + April Reading Plans

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday is my favourite workday of the week because we are halfway to the weekend, and I also only have one class in the morning! It leaves me a lot of time to, of course, get some homework done, but also focus on my physical health (going to the gym) and also allows me to work on my writing, reading, and other hobbies!

Anyways, today I will be sharing with you all my reading plans for this month and the next month. I decided to combine these two TBRs in one blog post because one, we are already approaching the middle of March (what?!) and two because I don’t plan on reading enough books each month to earn two separate TBRs.

Enough talk though, here are the books I plan on reading and finishing in the next month and a half!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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When I checked the last time I read this book on Goodreads (this is why I love this website), I realized it has been 3 WHOLE YEARS since I’ve given Ember a read. And I’ve only read it once too! I have yet to read the third book in this trilogy or series (I don’t know which one it is), and in order for me to be able to do that, I have to re-read the first two books because my memory of what happens in them is very, very spotty. I’m actually currently reading this book and flying through it, so I have no doubt I’ll be done in the next day or two. Every month I pick one or two “fun” books to read that are anything but assigned reading for school, and this was my pick for March!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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Suprise, surprise, the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series is on here too, because I just need to keep reading these books. It is one of those series that you need to read one after the other because of the fast-paced plot and interesting world. I’ve been really in the mood for YA historical(ish) fantasy, so this is only continuing to satisfy that desire. Also, I just love this story!

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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I am reading this for a scholarship essay contest, but since the deadline is just over a month away, there is no way I will be able to read all 700+ pages of this book and also write an 800-1,600 word essay about it on top of that. However, I am also currently reading this (and am about 100 pages into it) and I am trying to read as much as possible before April 15th, which is when I want to start writing the essay. I do plan on actually completing this novel, however long that may take because surprisingly, I am enjoying it. It is a story influenced by the author’s own philosophical beliefs and follows characters who are architectures and there approach to that craft. I find it relates to the creative process of writing a lot, and for that, I have been enjoying the story.

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

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All I know about this book is that our main character is seeking a teacher and the teacher turns out to be a gorilla…but other than that, I have no idea what this adventure of the “mind and spirit” is about or where it will take me. I am reading this for my English class, a book club type project actually, and I am really curious to see what my opinion takes the form of throughout my time reading this book. I only just started reading it last night and I have to reach a certain page number every week, so I should be finishing this book sometime in the middle of April. This will also be an interesting read because one of the things I fear most is…gorillas. Really any type of monkey or baboon or anything like that. *shudder*

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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While I ordered this book from the library weeks ago to read, of course, it decided to arrive now. The moment in time that I have the least amount of time to read it. Luckily, it is short and I have a feeling I will like it, so I am thinking of sitting down sometime this coming weekend and powering through it in a day or two. I’ve always wanted to read this book, and can’t believe I haven’t already, so I am excited to knock it off my list of “Must-Read Classics”!

Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood

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I don’t think I have read anything by Margaret Atwood, so I think starting off with learning about her and her writing process would be a good place to start. Since I plan on doing an English degree, especially since I am doing it in Canada, I know for a fact I will be reading Margaret Atwood at some point whether I do it on my own time or not. Anyways, I love books on writing and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve picked one up, so when I saw this sitting on the library shelf, I swooped in for the read. This will most likely be another weekend read because, during the week, my reading time is pretty booked up!

Those are 6 books I plan on reading over the next month and a half, but I am sure I will add and possibly even take books off as the time passes. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and don’t forget to comment below what books you plan on reading in the next bit because I’d love to know! Also, make sure you 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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Winter 2019 Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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Happy Friday!

Tomorrow is day one of the 2019 Biannual Bibliothon and I am so, SO pumped to get some more reading done. While I was going to do the reading challenges for this year, I was looking at them and I couldn’t find any books I actually wanted to read for them, so I am just choosing 7 stories I want to read and reading those. While I am not sticking to the reading challenges, I will be doing ALL of the blogging challenges because I always have a lot of fun participating in those so get excited about that. Anyways, onto the books that I will be reading!

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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I guess this could work for the challenge of reading an author I haven’t read before, but anyways, I have been meaning to get around to reading this classic since forever. I tried reading it a few years ago in grade nine, but I wasn’t in the right mindset to open myself up to the possibility of liking it and never got past the first chapter. Since I’ve had to read a wide variety of novels for English, I feel like it is the perfect time to give this book a second chance so I am going to try and power through it sometime this coming week! I really hope I like it because I plan on reading Sense and Sensibility afterward (whether I like P&P or not).

2. Medea by Euripides 

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This is a Greek tragedy from way back when, and I am so excited to continue my exploration of Greek tragedies. So far, I’ve read Oedipus and Antigone, both by Sophocles which I enjoyed quite a bit. I’ve chosen to read Medea next because since I was a Percy Jackson kid, I heard a bit about Medea in The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and I am looking forward to hearing her original story! Since this is a play, it will be a short, quick read which I am greatly looking forward to during this week-long readathon.

3. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

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Only recently did I finish the second book in this series and LOVED IT, so I am incredibly excited to read the third book in the series. Also, all the books in this series are under 200 pages so that’s pretty awesome. Beneath the Sugar Sky is the third book in this fantasy series where children venture through doorways into strange, magical worlds and when it is time for them to leave that world, they are brought to Eleanor’s Home for Wayward Children to adjust back to reality. Somehow, the author manages to pack so much plot and character into a short amount of pages and it is amazing. I cannot wait to continue on with this series.

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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This is kind of cheating…but also not. I am already 100ish pages into this book, but since the rest of today is going to be so busy, I know I won’t be able to finish it before tomorrow. So why not just add it to the TBR? If I do manage to finish it tonight, I’ll choose another book to read, but I do have about 200 pages left of this book so I doubt that will happen. A few days ago, I was in desperate need of a fun, light-hearted contemporary, so of course, I turned to Anna and the French Kiss. This will be a nice book for the readathon because it such a fast read that I know I will be grateful for throughout this week.

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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Hopefully, this book will arrive at my library sometime next week so I can actually read it for the readathon, but assuming it will, I really want to get around to reading this classic in the next few days. Not only is it short, but I feel like it is a must read for any reader, especially one who is going to be an English major…Everyone else also seems to have read it EXCEPT for me, so it is time to join the club and see if I like The Outsiders or not.

6. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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My plan for this book, since it is massive, is to read a bit every day so I can actually finish this book in the timespan of 7 days. With my current schedule, there is literally no way I could read this book in one sitting without failing two classes, completely ignoring my family and friends, and throwing away the exercise routine I only just got in place. So yeah, I’ll read about 50-100 pages of this every day. This is a fantasy book heavily influenced by West African mythology, and while it has SO much hype surrounding it, I have a feeling I will love it!

7. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake OR Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I recently bought these books, but I can’t decide which one I want to read! If I still can’t decide by the time I need to read one of them, I’ll read the first chapter or so of each and choose which one I’m feeling at the time…but I would also really appreciate some help! If you’ve read these let me know which one I should pick up! Three Dark Crowns is a fantasy about three sisters who are fighting for the crown (I think), and Truly Devious is a murder-mystery at a boarding school so both sound good to me.

Those are the 7 books I plan on reading for the Biannual Bibliothon and I hope you enjoyed! If you are participating in this readathon, let me know what you are reading because I’d love to know. Are you sticking to the reading challenges or are you just reading whatever like me? Also, 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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January TBR

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I cannot believe how close we are to the new year. 2018 was a combination of blurs and sluggish movements, but I am immensely looking forward to the new year of 2019. It is my graduation year, the year I begin my university degree, and also a great year for books. Anyways, I am excited and I hope you are too! Let’s talk about all the books I’m looking forward to reading this coming month.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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January is the Biannual Bibliothon amongst the first month of the new year, so a lot of these books are based off the readathon’s reading challenges. This book fulfills the challenge which is to read the book that got you into reading, and that book for me is the first Percy Jackson book. This is an urban fantasy, Greek mythology inspired story that follows a young boy named Percy Jackson, who one day, discovers his father is a powerful Greek god. I love this series and it has been a while since I’ve re-read it, so I am excited to do that this January!

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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This is another book for the Biannual Bibliothon, fulfilling the challenge to read an adult book. I don’t read or own many adult books, but Me Before You is one I own, read, and loved. It has been…two years since I’ve read it so I think it is time for a re-read. Our main character in this adult contemporary is Lou, a young woman who starts working as a caretaker for a quadriplegic man named Will who is not easy to get along with but soon, they start falling for one another. I love this story; it makes me cry, laugh, and warms my heart so yes, I am very excited to give it a re-read.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse (Graphic Novel) by Rick Riordan

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I’m reading this for the challenge of combining your favourite genre with the one you don’t really like or don’t read a lot of, and I’m combining urban fantasy/fantasy with graphic novels. I don’t mind graphic novels and mangas, but I don’t read them that often, and since I have an unread graphic novel on my shelf, I really want to finally read it. I’ve started it many times but have never finished it! This is the third book in the Percy Jackson series so I guess I’m reading the first one, skipping the second, and reading the third but eh, I’ve read these a million times so it is fine.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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One of my 2019 reading goals is to read more classics, and this also works for the Biannual Bibliothon to read a book by an author you’ve never read before. I have yet to read any Jane Austen books and I feel like Pride and Prejudice is a good place to start. Hopefully, this will help ease me into the world of classics because if I can read some of the staple authors; Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, etc, my future, English Lit major will thank me. I hate the lack of diversity in these books and that’s always something hard for me to get past, but if I am going to spend the next four years reading and analyzing these types of stories, I might as well get used to it now.

Of course, I want to read a lot more than 4 books because I love starting off the new year with a good head start into my reading goal, but I also have no idea what I want to read in January… While I could create a full TBR, I don’t want to nail myself down to specific books and then lose the enjoyment of reading in January sooo, that said, I am going to start off with these 4 books and hopefully, I get them done! Anyways, 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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November 2018 TBR

October came and went in the blink of an eye, and now November is only days away which is crazy! I am extremely excited for my November TBR this year though because it is full of books preparing me for my most anticipated book release of the year: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! Anyways, let’s get into this TBR and talk about all the books I plan on reading in November, which is also the month of NaNoWriMo…

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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In preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness, the third and final book in the Dark Artifices series, I need to re-read the first two books. I believe I have re-read this book once and I would have re-read it a million more times than that if I could because of how amazing it is, but this is no small book. It is almost 700 pages and I do not have the TIME to sit down and read 700 pages (two 700 paged books) this month…but I am going to anyways. Lady Midnight follows a race of half-humans and half-angels called Shadowhunters, whose mandate is to protect the world and humans from demons. In this book, we follow a large and AMAZING cast of characters who are Shadowhunters and after bodies murdered in the same way one of our main character’s, Emma Carstairs, parents were, start surfacing, she puts it on herself to find the murderer. This book has romance, action, kick-ass heroines (and heroes), and a beautiful family dynamic so I cannot wait to re-read it and re-visit this world and the characters!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I do not believe I have had the chance to re-read Lord of Shadows, so I am especially excited to pick this one up again. It is the second book in the trilogy and honestly, I only remember the key points in the story since I read it over a year ago. However, I do remember it having a lot more of my two favourite characters (Christina and Mark!!!), so again, very excited about that.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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While I was planning on listening to the Ruby Red audiobook in October, and then the second book, Sapphire Blue in November, I just ended up listening to Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue a lot faster than anticipated! This is great because I need to read more books every month because I am so close to my 75 books in one-year goal! Anyways, Emerald Green is the third and final book in this YA time-traveling trilogy that follows our main character, Gwen, who lives in a family that possesses a time-traveling gene. Her entire life, it was her cousin, Charlotte who was believed to have the gene, but when Gwen suddenly travels back in time she becomes part of a world she thought she had escaped. I love this trilogy and I love listening to the audiobooks so I am very excited to listen to this on the bus and when I am just walking around!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This the second audiobook I plan on listening to this month because since I am wanting to read to monstrously sized books, I am going to want to take a break and just listen to some stories as well. I have also been making my way through The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook as I finished City of Fallen Angels last month, so I am looking forward to continuing on! This is the fifth book in the series that also follows characters who are mostly Shadowhunters, give or take a few vampires and werewolves. After our main character, Clary’s mother is kidnapped in the first book, she is suddenly thrust into a world of demons and angels to get her mother back, and along the way, realizes she has a large part in this world than she thought.

Okay, so those are the four main books I want to get to in the month of November which is going to be a struggle. November is always a very, very busy and stressful month because it is when lots of projects and essays for school are due, and it is also National Novel Writing Month! However, I have been on a reading roll lately so I am sure I will find the time. I also only plan on reading two physical books and two audiobooks of my own choice because I know I will be assigned some reading in English and I don’t want to put too much on myself!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this November TBR and make sure you comment the books you plan on reading this coming month because I’d love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content below 🙂

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October 2018 TBR

September was a better reading month than I thought, so fingers crossed that October is just as good. For the most part of September, school work was steady but easy enough, however, now that it is halfway through the month it has picked up a lot, to say the least. I still want to make time for my personal reading though, but I also have a few required reading books for my writing and English class so hopefully, I’ll get a few books read by the end of the month.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am re-reading The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook and will definitely be on the fourth book by the time October rolls around. This series follows a race of half-humans and half-angels called Shadowhunters who fight demons to keep balance in the world. This is one of my favourite series and I’m really loving listening to the books while commuting to and between my classes every week.

Traplines by Eden Robinson 

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For my writing class, we have a mini assignment series called “Reading Like a Writer” where we read/watch projects written by living Canadian writers. For the short story part of this assignment, I decided to pick up this short story book and am really looking forward to it. It is written by a First Nations woman and her stories are heart gripping and incredibly realistic. I read one of the stories in this book for English last year and liked it so it was the first book to come to mind when this assignment popped up.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Clearly, I did not get to this book in September because of all the homework, reading and procrastination that had to get done. However, I am ready to (hopefully) pick this West African YA fantasy book up in October. Like I just said, this is a West African fantasy book that has lots of magic and epicness. Other than that, it is a mystery to me but I am so ready to dive in.

Those are the top 3 books I want to get to this month but I know this list will grow once I get more assigned reading for my classes. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts all linked below! Thanks 🙂

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Books I Want to Read Before College

Yesterday was my first day of senior year which means time is ticking before I finally go to college. I thought it would be fun to make a list of books I really want to read (or re-read) before college, because I know when it starts I won’t have much time for reading. Not only will I be trying to handle all the school work given to me this year though, but I also want to keep working on my own writing projects and my blog. So, today I compiled a list of 6 books I want have to read this year and here they are!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This is a MASSIVE fantasy book that has received so much amazing hype. However, I still haven’t read it. I own it so I could read it whenever but to be honest, it is really intimidating. I do want to get to it ASAP though because I know I will not be able to dedicate time to read this in the future, and want to make sure I read it when I have time, which is right now. Children of Blood and Bone like I said, is a YA fantasy book influenced by West African mythology and that is about as much as I know but enough for me to be really excited to dive into it.

The Dark Artifices triology by Cassandra Clare

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This is easily my favourite trilogy and while the third book has yet to come out (December though!), I know I will love it just as much as I have the other two. These books are just filled with rich and amazing characters and plot, twisting and turning without leaving you behind and always making you want more. I haven’t given these books a re-read in a while but I really want to before the third and final installment comes out in a few months! They are really big so they might take me a bit to get through but I am determined.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

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I have never been a huge reader of the classics but I really want to put in the effort and try. That is the reason I want (and kind of need) to read this book this year because I have been thinking of studying English in college and if I liked classics it would be a much more enjoyable experience. I have heard the synopsis of this story many times and love it, so I feel like if I stick to it I will love the actual book itself just as much!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Another classic but I actually did try to read this one before. I believe I got around 50 pages into it but then put it down because not a lot was happening. In the book’s defense, it isn’t a YA fantasy book or anything like that, or even anything similar to a YA contemporary. I think I went in with that head space even though I knew it wouldn’t be anything like that because that is just what I am used to reading. If I go into it with fresh eyes and an open mind though, I think I could enjoy it just like a lot of others seem to!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby is a super short book and I have only heard great things…plus, it comes with the movie adaptation starring Leonardo Di Caprio so it is a must read I think. I have taken this book out before but never got around to reading it as one does when they take out too many books from the library. However, because of its incredibly short length I don’t really have an excuse during this year for not reading it. Even if I am busy, I should be able to fit it in and get it read before my senior year is over.

Those are some of the major books I want and NEED to get to before college next year and I hope you enjoyed! If you have read any of these books let me know what you thought about them, and also give me some more recommendations! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts all linked down below 🙂

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