Summer Reading Recommendations!

Summer is within arms reach so make sure you have your sunglasses, sunscreen and a pile of books ready to be read. If you need some help figuring out which books to read though, here are a few recommendations that are perfect beach reads!

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – This book is the perfect summer romance story to indulge in during the summer. It follows a girl named Emily whose best friend, Sloane, has mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind only a summer bucket list for Emily. As Emily sets off to complete this list, in hopes of it leading her to Sloane, she runs into some unexpected new friends that help her live an unforgettable summer. I love Morgan Matson books, but this one is definitely by favourite and I recommend you read it if you love contemporaries like myself!

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Paper Towns by John Green – I am not a huge John Green fan, but I didn’t mind Paper Towns and I thought it was a great beach read. It has a summer adventure and fun characters to follow so it is definitely worth a shot. Paper Towns follows this boy named Quentin, who is determined to find the girl he has been pining after for years, after she mysteriously disappears. Along with a few friends, they work together to follow the clues Margo left behind, to figure out where in the world she is. There is also a movie adaptation of this book which is also entertaining so I recommend you watch it after you read the book if you already haven’t!

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The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Since its summer, start a new series! I recommend The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because it is fantastic, and even if you have already read it, re read it! There six books in this series, and the first one, City of Bones, follows a girl named Clary whose mother disappears and we follow her as she sets off on a journey to find her. Along the way, she realizes the world she lives in is really a world of demons and angels, and discovers that she has more to do with this world than she thought. This series is action packed and has a great cast of characters so I really recommend you jump right into this series and enjoy the fun ride!

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan – This is also a great series to read during the summer because is witty and extremely fast paced. You also learn a lot about mythology in this series, considering it is based around Greek mythology. The first book of five is called The Lightning Thief, and it follows a young boy named Percy Jackson who discovers he is the son of a Greek god and is being accused of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt. Now he has to go on a quest to find the real lightning thief along with two friends, Annabeth and Grover, and find the bolt before the end of the summer solstice. I love, love, love this series and think it is something anyone can enjoy!

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I am currently reading this along with Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and I am really enjoying it so far! It takes a few pages to adjust to the language, but once you have you don’t want to stop. Pride and Prejudice follows the Mr and Mrs Bennett and their five daughters, and how they find love during this completely different era. There are witty characters and romances and I cannot wait to continue diving into the book!

Those are all of my summer reading recommendations and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

Books You Need to Read!

There are some books out there that everyone has to read and in this blog post I am going to be sharing a few that if you haven’t read, you better go to a bookstore or a library and pick it up because let me tell you, you will not regret it!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – While a lot of people have read this amazing series, a lot of people haven’t so it is always worth recommending because that person might have not had the motivation to ever read it. The Harry Potter series is a fantastic series that I absolutely adore and am loving re reading right now! I think you don’t even know what a book is until you have read this magical classic.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Every reader needs to read it because it is funny, adorable and relatable. All of Rainbow Rowell’s books are amazing, but this one is my favourite because Cath has so many relatable qualities and has many obstacles in her life that many people could relate to as well. Apart from her obstacles, this book has a sweet romance and great friendships and is always fun to read.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – This is my all time favourite series and I think everyone should have the privilege to read this wonderful series! We follow an amazingly diverse cast of characters and there is witty humor, loss, romance, and action and the Shadow world is just perfection as is Jace…you need to read this series, and The Infernal Devices and then The Dark Artifices because it is just so much amazingness!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – The Percy Jackson series is such a fun series to get into, and while the first book is slightly slow, it really does pick up quickly and soon you find yourself being whisked away into a world filled with Greek Gods, monsters and amazing characters. The Percy Jackson characters, much like the Mortal Instruments characters, are very diverse and just have many unique qualities. I recommend this to all ages because everyone who reads it loves it!

Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – When I first read these books and finished them, I flipped back to the beginning and started again because they are THAT good. If you love contemporaries (like me) then you definitely should give these a read because it is so worth it. I was a little hesitant when I first picked these up in 2014 but I slapped myself silly because I fell in love with the story line and the romance and Etienne and Cricket…you just need to read both of these books!

Those are a few books that you NEED to read because they are absolutely amazing! Of course there are many other amazing books, these are just ones that have greatly impacted me and are ones I never stop thinking about. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writing Exercises!

 

Important Books to Me

We all have that book or books that have impacted our lives in a way we won’t ever forget. It may have made you aware of something you weren’t before or just opened your eyes to the type of books you love to read. Here are a few that have done this too me and I hope you enjoy!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This was the first thicker novel that I read and it completely changed who I was as a person when I was younger. I wasn’t a huge reader until the age of 10 and once I read this book it made me love to read. I watched the movie for the first time and fell in love with the characters, the plot and the fun action of it. For years I wouldn’t read anything but this series and now it has opened my eyes up to so many new books that I love! I really owe my entire love for reading to Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I believe I read this book 3 years ago and again, after the first few chapters I absolutely fell in love! I sat on the couch for an entire week and just binge read this series non stop. There is nothing negative I can say about this series just because I adore it that much. No, it is not perfect but it came to me in a point of my life when I needed something like this to entertain me. I can still read this series multiple times without getting bored, that’s how much it means to me!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This impacted me in a way different than the first 2 books. This book just simply made me fall in love with the contemporary genre and also introduced me to some amazing characters. I think contemporary is a fantastic genre and most of the time, it is something we can all relate to in some way. This showed me that I am not alone when I have an awkward encounter at school and I think that is really important to realize.

Those are 3 books have really impacted my life and shaped me to be the person and reader I am today! Make sure to comment any books that have impacted your life because I would love to know 🙂

My Go To De-Stress Books

I love using books as a way to de-stress because if you are interested enough in them, they whisk you away to some other world. So here are my top 5 books that I like to read when I need to de-stress and I hope they open up some options for any of you!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl is about a girl named Cath who goes to her first year of college with her more outgoing twin sister, Wren. The only thing is, is that Cath is having a harder time adjusting until she meets her roommate and her friend, Levi. I absolutely love this book and it is one of the most fun and cute books I own. This is definitely one of the first books I go to if I need to just take a break.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers – If you didn’t know, although how could you not, Twilight is about Bella who just moved to a small town called Forks to live with her dad. But she gets more than she bargained with when she falls in love with Edward, a vampire. This book is just incredibly easy to get sucked into and overall it is a fun book to read.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Of course I had to add this series somewhere on here because it is my favourite series. City of Bones is about Clary, a girl who just had her mother kidnapped and is now trying to figure out who she really is. Plus this series is so compelling and enjoyable and I think everyone needs to read it. I mean, it can be stressful at times but this is the stress you want…

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This book is about 12 year old Percy Jackson who discovers that he is a demigod which means he is half human and half Greek god. He is taken to a safe haven for demigods called Camp Half Blood only to be told that he is being accused of stealing Zeus’s master bolt. Now he has to go on a quest along with 2 other friends to find the real thief. This series is just so fun and easy to read and the world is so easy to get caught up in. READ IT!!!

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – Obsidian is about a girl named Katy who moves next to 2 twin aliens, Dee and Damon Black and is immediately thrown into their crazy world. I can read this book in literally one sitting just because its so entertaining and gripping. I can easily get whisked away from reality while reading Jennifer L Armentrout’s books.

And those are all my recommendations for books that you can use to de-stress! Since my school is starting in a matter of days I know that I’m going to be using a few of these pretty soon. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don’t forget to check out my last one: How To: Be a Better Writer!

BookTube-A-Thon TBR 2016

Today is the first day of the BookTube-A-Thon, and while I don’t have a YouTube channel I am still going to try and complete the reading challenges. I will also be participating in the Instagram challenges and Twitter sprints so I am very excited for those as well! So yeah, here are the books I will be reading this week!

Challenge #1 – Read a book with yellow on the cover – For this challenge I will be reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson because I want to read another Morgan Matson book and this one had yellow on the cover so it worked out. This book is about a girl named Amy who’s father recently died so her and her family move  from California to Connecticut to have a fresh start. To get there though, she has to go on a four day road trip with an old family friend named Roger who has a past of his own. So far I am really liking this book and I can’t wait to finish it!

Challenge #2 – Read a book after sunset – I will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling for this challenge and I am SO excited to be re reading this book. I just love the feeling when I read Harry Potter so I am glad I have an excuse to pick it up again.

Challenge #3 – Read a book you discovered through BookTube – For this one, I will be reading Champion by Marie Lu because I did hear about the Legend trilogy through BookTube and since I need to read the last book I decided to add it in here! If you didn’t know, the Legend series takes place in a futuristic version of the USA called the Republic, and the story follows a boy named Day who is a convicted criminal and a girl named June who is beloved by the Republic. When June’s brother is killed one day, all signs point to Day so she goes on a mission to hunt him down. When she does find him, she realizes he may not be the criminal everyone says he is, and he shows her the Republic isn’t as trustworthy and great as she thought it was.

Challenge #4 – Read a book by a favourite author of yours – I will be reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan for this challenge, because he is definitely one of my favourite authors. The Percy Jackson series was one of the first series I read so I have a sentimental love for it. That and his books are so much fun to read. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is about a boy named Percy who discovers that he is a demigod which means he is half human half Greek God. Because of this, he is escorted to a “safe haven” for demigods called Camp Half Blood but immediately finds out he is being convicted of stealing Zeus’s Master Bolt. So he and 2 other friends go on a quest to find out who actually stole it and clear Percy’s name.

Challenge #5 – Read a book that is older than you – Since you can combine challenges I will be combining this challenge with number 3 and 6 so I will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone since it is older than me.

Challenge #6 – Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation – Surprise! I will also being reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for this challenge.

Hope you enjoyed this TBR for this week, and I really hope I can get through them all!

Top 5 Books I Want to Re Read

I love re reading books so I decided to make a list of books I want to re read!

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – This is definitely one of my favourite books in the series, and I definitely will be re reading it soon. This is the third book in the Mortal Instruments which is my all time favourite series!!!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I looooove Stephanie Perkin’s books and Lola is one of my favourites. It’s just such a fun, cute, and easy read that I think anybody would love to read. Especially in the summer!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I read this book for the first time last summer so its been a while, and I am dying to get back in the Throne of Glass world so I am looking forward to picking it up again! If you haven’t read this series you NEED too!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – This book is AMAZING and I really want to re read it before the second book comes out this August! I am so excited because I am positive it will be just as amazing, if not better than the first.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – This was the first series I had read that got me into reading so I have a very sentimental love for this book…that, and it is AWESOME! Please read it if you haven’t because it is fun, adventurous, and hilarious!

Those are five books I really want to re read and if you haven’t read any of these please do because they are all such amazing books!

 

Series to Binge Read

We all love those series that you can just sit down, read, finish the book, and then continue on with the series without getting up…well obviously you get up at some point but you don’t want to. For this post, I will be telling you guys some series that you will start and not want to stop.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I am currently reading this series and I am loving it! I am on the third book and I never want to put them down. It is about two girls, Rose Hathaway who is a dhampir (protects vampires) and Lisa Dragomir who is a royal Moroi (vampire) and their life at St. Vladamir’s. The books follow them as they face enemies while trying to maintain a decent image. This is a good series to binge read because there are six books in total, Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice. Go! Read them!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – This series is such a fun and easy series to binge read so if you haven’t read these please go now and read them! These books are about a boy named Percy Jackson who discovers he is the son of a Greek god and how he has to learn to live with that because that isn’t a small feat. There are five books in the series and I love all of them. The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, Titan’s Curse, Battle of the Labyrinth and Last Olympian. A totally easy binge read!

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass – There are now 5 books in this series (The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir, The Crown) and they are just so easy to read. I read the first 3 books in one sitting because I was absolutely hooked. I really recommend this as a binge reading series.

Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout – Again, there are five books in this series (Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Origin and Opposition) and they are really interesting! My favourite is probably the first book but all the books are very good. Please read this series if you haven’t yet!