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!

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NaNoWriMo – No Writing Novemeber

Hellooo, long time no see…again.

To say the least, it is only November 12 yet I have already failed NaNoWriMo. I haven’t written one single word of one of my NaNoWriMo projects and honestly, cannot see any getting written before the month is over. I did not anticipate the fast-paced month as much as I should have. It is only halfway through November and I have only just had time to pause and write a blog post. I cannot even remember the past 12 days because they have been a blur of assignments, appointments and stress!

On top of the sudden rapid finish of the semester, since I have less than a month of the semester left, I started weekly chiropractor appointments for my back. Nothing specifically happened to trigger me going to the chiropractor other than my mom works at one and after years spent hunched over the computer, even at age 18, my back is starting to feel it. This has also been a contributing factor to me completely neglecting my writing because after writing my English assignments on my laptop, my shoulders and back muscles cry at the thought of spending an extra hour at it.

I am not being too hard on myself though. I wrote a poem for my English department’s poetry contest and it was a nice way to dip my toes back into creative writing. I haven’t stopped planning and brainstorming story ideas either, which has been a key creative outlet I turn to when I am too busy (or distracted) to actually write. I know that once the semester finishes and since I don’t have that many exams, I will be able to use my newfound time during the break to work on my writing. However, I am going on a huge family vacation for about 10 days towards the end of December. Hopefully, I will still manage to be productive during that time.

But yes, basically NaNoWriMo has been a flop. This is the first time in three or so years where I haven’t at least wrote something in November, it feels a little weird. That’s how life goes sometimes though, and we all have to remember that it’s okay.

Anyways, thanks for reading this ramble and staying with me during this silent time on my blog! I appreciate you all and hopefully, I will be coming up with a new blog post soon. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media, which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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It Begins With the Book by Zoe Mathers

It begins with the book.

You started reading it the week before school. Your very first week of university. You made it to page seventy-two and are already both knees deep in the world and best friends with the characters. The night before school starts you read twenty more pages before placing it on the nightstand next to your bed and turning out the light.

The first day of school is a blur of racing from concrete building to concrete building and trying to remember that the concrete building with the blue door is where you history class is. The concrete building with the orange door is where your philosophy class is. After hearing the drone of your philosophy prof’s voice though, you hope you forget that your philosophy class is in the concrete building with the orange door and discover the coffee shop next to it instead.

The first day of school is a blur of faces. Some stick out more than the rest. Mostly the ones with bright smiles and who said hello to you first. You meet Michael. Michael is also a first year in history. He has floppy dark curls and a big grin that makes you smile back even though you’re so nervous your knees are bouncing. Michael makes you forget that your book is in your bag, the one you were going to read before class started and the one you read twenty pages of last night. He is the reason you forget to pick it up when you’re sitting on the grass during your fifty minute break. Instead, you stare out at the trees and the students walking by. The ones that dart past like bees narrowing in on a flower are all visibly first years. Their shoes are shiny, their coats aren’t missing any of their buttons, and their faces are slathered in makeup. The second, third, and fourth years all languidly stroll past you.

A lot of them have cracked, leather satchels and glasses sliding down the bridge of their nose.

That night you sit in bed on your phone. The book is still in your bag and the bookmark is still stuck between pages seventy-one and seventy-two. You found Michael’s Instagram after approximately fifteen minutes of scrolling through boys named Michael with floppy dark curls. He is from somewhere in Vancouver. He has, or had, a lot of friends. Lots of them are pretty, blonde girls all holding cups probably filled with beer or vodka or some other drink that would make your stomach twist. One boy with dark skin and short hair comes up in a lot of Michael’s pictures. Their arms are wrapped around each other. Their cheeks are pressed together.

You guess Michael and you will only ever be friends.

You put your phone down and turn off the light. The book still sits in your bag and it sits in your bag for the next night, and the night after that. Soon, its home becomes the bag.

It begins with the book but it moves on to other things too.

It’s almost October. School is three weeks deep into your life and already, its claws have torn it up into a shredded mess. You are struggling to keep the pieces from flying away. You are chasing and shoving them in your bag where your book still sits. When it fills up, you stuff them under your arms and even in your mouth.

In the second week of school, you lost your soccer ball. You thought you left it underneath the deck of your parents house, where it always is, but when you checked, it vanished. You miss kicking it down the field. You miss the wind against your face, in your hair and cushioning you as you bring the ball to the net.

It begins with the book, but it took your soccer ball too.

You don’t look for your soccer ball again. All the time spent busing to your parents house and then looking for it took away time from your history paper. The five page one on Canadian women in the second World War. It was due at midnight that night and you barely finished it because you spent all that time looking for your soccer ball. When you get your paper back, the mark makes you cringe and think about the soccer ball.

You could just buy a new one, but you don’t.

It’s a couple days into October now. The leaves are brown and their corpses stick to the soles of your shoes. The wind is blocked by your sweater as you hurry home, but you still shiver because you’re always cold now.

There is a bookstore on the walk home from the bus stop. You used to stare in the windows and then go in when you couldn’t hold yourself back. You would browse the shelves slowly and carefully, your eyes not leaving a single book behind. You would sit in the designated reading chair hidden between the young adult and children’s section and devour the first chapter of a book before buying it. Or decide it was bad and choose another.

But now you walk past the bookstore and stare into its empty, dark abyss cradled by the window. It’s closed and your reflected face is the only thing you see.

You walk away.

In your room there is a stack of unread books that you made for yourself at the beginning of the year. Before school started. You had plans to get through that stack of five books before the end of the semester. Your bookmark is still wedged between page seventy-one and seventy-two in the book that is still hiding in your bag and has been since the first day.

There is a brand new soccer ball that sits in the shadows underneath your bed. Your uncle got it for you because the reason you couldn’t find your ball is because his dog chewed it up. You haven’t touched it or even taken off the wrapping.

When you get home, you either pull out your laptop and binge YouTube or go over your lecture notes on Canadian history, or you just sit there. You sit there and think about things that don’t mean anything. You think about Michael who you haven’t spoken to since the second day of school when you sat next to him but he was already talking to the boy with sandy hair and glasses. You think about all the parties on campus you missed because you were nose deep in a book. Not your books, but the books they make you read for school. The ones where when you open them and the words seem to run together into blots of ink that make absolutely no sense. You think about your kind-of-friends. The ones who you see on only on Friday nights. Even then, all you guys do is sit around, drink beer (which doesn’t make your stomach twist anymore) and watch “Friends”. Occasionally you all laugh at something or complain about homework. Usually the only talking between friends is the conversations of the two-dimensional ones on the TV.

And then finally, you think about the book you still haven’t finished. The one lying in your bag. The part you read was good. You wanted to know what would happen next. You still do.

You pull your bag into your lap and yank it out. A corner is creased and the cover feels a little damp.

You peel open the first page and then to where your bookmark is. You read the first word and then the second word. Soon you’re done the page and you’re sprawled out on your bed. The world in the story rises up around you and devours you without warning. But you don’t mind. The characters reach out for you, hands grabbing yours before pulling you in headfirst. But you wanted them to.

You are pretty sure you had an assignment due about an hour ago, but you don’t care. The book is better. The story brings you back alive as if you’ve been Frankensteined after years of being dead. Something flickers inside of you. It’s warm and faint, but as the pages fly by it grows hotter and brighter.

It begins with the book and then the soccer ball.

It took them both from you. It took the things that lit your spirit with brilliant colour but now you have enlightened the cold, empty space it left behind.

You need this book.

You need this soccer ball.

You were lost without the things that gave you life. You lost your way along the walkway with a dozen different paths all heading into a grey haze. You lost your way among the anxious crowd of other students all stumbling in every direction. You aren’t sure which ones to follow. You aren’t sure who knows where they are going. It takes you a while to realize that no one knows that yet.

But finally, a light has flickered in the distance.

 

Well, that was my random short story that kind of sums up the basic idea of what I have been feeling lately…It has been a struggle trying to find myself again and reconnect with the things that I love to do and make me, well, me. Without them, I’ve felt a little lost but I am slowly reconnecting with them again.

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5 Writing Prompts for Fall!

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Happy Friday!

Fall is in the air! The days are shorter, nights are darker, and the air is cooler – all meaning my favourite time of the year is fast-approaching. In honour of that, I decided it would be fun to share 10 fall writing prompts to get your creativity flowing this fall. I have done a lot of reading and book related posts these past few weeks, so it is time for a writing-related post anyways!

Here are five writing prompts from me to you 🙂

  1. You turn the corner onto your empty and quiet street only to find it covered in the thick shadows of the night. The streetlights remain unlit and shadows seem to dance in the small pockets of moonlight. You grip your backpack straps and begin walking down the sidewalk but the sound of dry leaves crunching under feet echoes from somewhere down the dark street. You pause and squint through the darkness. The sound continues, suddenly appearing right behind you and you whirl around to find…
  2. Orange flames crackle and hiss from the red brick fireplace as you snuggle deep into the couch  with a cup of hot tea steaming in your hands. Just as you raise the cup to your lips, banging erupts at the door. Each knock is hard and followed by another. You freeze, slowly setting the cup down and rising to your feet. You knew this day would come, but you didn’t know it would be so soon.
  3. Where you’re from, Halloween is the day where monsters and creatures alike can infiltrate the mortal world without consequence. Although this year is different. This year they plan on taking over and elect you as their leader. What they don’t know is, is that you’re half-human and you’re family lives in the mortal world.
  4. The trail is littered with the colours of fall and the sky is hazy with grey clouds. You shiver but he offers you his sweater. You shrug it on and smile, but he suddenly looks pale. “You okay?” You ask and he nods, lips forming soundless words. “I love you,” he says suddenly and you freeze. He watches you expectantly for an answer, eyes hopeful, but you can’t say it back. You still haven’t told him the whole truth.
  5. The bus comes in five minutes but you’re only tugging on your shoes. You yank on your jacket and fish around in the pockets for your bus pass, but your fingers find a slip of paper instead. Its delicately folded and inside, a message is written in pretty cursive. The words make your heart drop: You have 3 days.

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September 2019 Wrap Up

Hello!

That’s right, I am not dead. Well, literally I am not, but for emotionally and physically, I am. School has been a wild ride and I am only rearing in on week three which is crazy. To be honest, it isn’t my degree that’s been kicking my butt but just trying to manage my time between being social, school, working, and saving some time for myself has. It is not easy and I knew it wasn’t going to be, but it has been a lot harder of a ride than I thought.

Anyways, this is my attempt at immersing myself back into my hobbies because there has been no blogging, no reading for fun, and no writing for fun since I started school. Now that October is here though, I feel like it is a good time to try and start up my passions. However, today, I will be discussing everything I read this September which wasn’t a whole lot compared to what I used to read, but it sure felt like it.

I hope you enjoy!

The Tempest by Shakespeare

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This was the first assigned reading for one of my English classes, and I was really excited when I saw I would have to read this particular play by Shakespeare because I read it back in grade 10. In my head, I was like “oh this will be sooo easy. I’ve already read this!”. Boy, was I wrong. I remember nothing regarding this play except the character names. Literally nothing. Re-reading it has felt more like I am reading it the first time and I definitely did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Since I am an English major in an English class, I am expected to pick apart every single line in this play to find a deeper meaning. This is a fun task, but only if you’re reading stuff you enjoy. 3/5 stars

Araby by James Joyce

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I know this is a short story, but I’ve been analyzing it in class for an entire two and a half weeks, so I think it deserves a spot on this reading list. At first, this story was really boring to me and made absolutely no sense but as I read it a second, then a third, then a fourth, and THEN A FIFTH, I began to really admire Joyce’s writing style and the story overall. This was my first intro into Joyce, and I really enjoyed it so hopefully, I will have to read some more of his stories and eventually novels. 4/5 stars

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Even though I only just began reading this, I thought I would include since technically, I am supposed to have it finished for the end of this week. I was thinking of picking this classic up over the summer since I knew it would be on my reading list, but I decided to just chill out and wait to read it when it was assigned. I am very glad I did this because when I read these books, all my thoughts and ideas about it have to be fresh in my mind otherwise it is a lot harder for me to immerse myself in the story. So far, I am enjoying this book and the atmosphere since it has been grey and rainy lately. Not finished

The Valley by Joan MacLeod

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This is another play that regards mental illness. It includes a small cast of characters, two who are clearly suffering from variations of mental illness and two who believe they understand, but do not. I think this play did a good and realistic representation of what mental illness is like, however, when I read a story, I expect some form of closure and that is what this play completely lacked. At least, in my opinion. It was a quick and easy read though that did not make me want to claw my eyes out though, which is always a plus in my books. 2.5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read this past month and it is nothing compared to what I used to read, but each one requires me to actually stop and notice things about them I wouldn’t have noticed if I just read them all for pleasure. It is tiring, but overall, I am really enjoying my degree and so far, regret nothing.

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The Coffee Book Tag

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Happy Thursday!

Since the school season is in full swing, I thought it would be appropriate to do the coffee book tag as coffee is the one and the only thing that is getting me through my life currently.  I am a HUGE coffee addict and have been since I was 14. I use the excuse that I started working early and long hours when I was 12, so I needed it to survive, but now I have no other excuse except I am just addicted. But I’ve come to terms with that by now.

Anyways, let’s jump into this awesome book tag!

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1. Black: Name a Series That’s Tough to Get Into But Has Hardcore Fans

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Personally, I love my coffee black so this is probably my favourite question. I would have to say a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. If you did not read them when you were younger and YA was still in its earlier stages, I feel like it is really hard to fall for Clare’s first series. The writing isn’t as good and it is very basic YA, to be honest. However, the people who do like it (like myself) don’t usually just like it but are hardcore fans. This is one of my favourite series but if I read it for the first time now, I doubt I would like it as much.

2. Peppermint Mocha: Name a Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter or a Festive Time of Year

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Harry Potter is always popular, but as soon as winter creeps closer, it is suddenly on everyone’s TBRs. I know personally, I tend to watch the movies during the winter season so I can attest that this is true. Harry Potter does get more popular during the wintertime and I am not complaining. It has that cozy atmosphere that people crave to read during the cooler months.

3. Hot Chocolate: What Is Your Favourite Children’s Book?

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It has been a long while since I read these books, but I remember having such fond memories of them and just devouring one after the other in the series. And that series is the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. I borrowed the books from my cousin when I was younger, but ended up “borrowing” them for at least a few months. They are fun and adorable, and I suddenly have the urge to give them a re-read now!

4. Double Shot of Espresso: Name a Book That Kept You On the Edge of Your Seat From Start to Finish

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was yet another hyped up YA book that I was skeptical at how much I would actually enjoy it, but in the end, I really liked it and flew through it. It is on the shorter side, and I found myself flipping each page in anticipation for more. I lived for the conflict and the characters and had a blast reading it.

5. Starbucks: Name a Book You See Everywhere

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This is a book I just finished reading that is incredibly hyped up and easily found on every BookTube channel. While I thought it was a good book, it didn’t blow my mind like it did for many other people. That book is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It was a solid 4 star read, but nowhere near a favourite for me. I can’t escape it though. It’s everywhere!

6. That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a Book By An Indie Author a Shoutout

Sadly, I haven’t gotten around to many indie author books so I think that is something I will have to work on in the future! Let me know below if you know any good indie authors I should check out.

7. Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a Book You Were Expecting More From

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Once again, I am going to have to say Six of Crows. Due to its immense amount of hype, I went in expecting an almost flawless book that I just couldn’t help but adore. I did like it, but it was nowhere near the 5-star read I was hoping for.

8. The Perfect Blend: Name a Book Or Series That Was Both Bitter and Sweet, But Ultimately Satisfying 

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is a YA contemporary standalone about a girl who is trying to survive her last year of school and continue anonymously running her webcomic, Monstrous Sea, which happens to be the biggest webcomic online. Juggling all this, it is inevitable for Eliza to go through ups and downs. Especially considering her shyness and anxiety, but with the help of friends, especially Wallace, she learns how to attempt to balance it all. Sometimes Eliza annoyed me, but ultimately, I loved the book and it wrapped up in a way that was satisfying to me.

 

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What An English Degree Means to Me

Happy Saturday!

Since I am only a couple days away from starting my very first day of university and English degree, I thought it would be a nice idea to give you a little more insight on why exactly I chose to do an English degree.

I mean, when I tell people I am doing an English degree, I am hit with one of these many responses:

  1. What are you going to do with that?
  2. What CAN you do with that?
  3. Are you going to be a teacher?
  4. Hmm, and you’re spending how much?

There is a huge stigma around English degrees and that they are worthless. However, most university degrees nowadays are worthless unless you have the experience to back it up because pretty much anyone can get a degree. So, really, my English degree isn’t much of a gamble as opposed to every other degree you can get.

Yes, an English degree is a little more…uncertain because there aren’t just one or two jobs it leads you to. You have to get creative. You have to think outside the box. If you do that, there is an endless amount of opportunities with an English degree as opposed to going into med school or engineering or chemistry. When you pursue a degree in medicine, there is basically one type of job awaiting you at the end. A doctor. You can choose what type of doctor, but nonetheless, you find yourself in a hospital or maybe even a pharmacy.

To be honest, I am not entirely sure what job I want once I finish my degree, but that’s because there are so many options. Maybe I will do something related to publishing. Maybe I will write for magazines. Maybe I will become a social media coordinator. There are so many options that appeal to me, that it’s going to take me a while to figure out. That doesn’t mean I am any less qualified for the “real world” than someone going into engineering. It doesn’t mean I have a higher chance of being jobless as opposed to someone getting a business degree.

Success in this day and age of technology and advanced living is reached with ambition. If you are ambitious and constantly working towards your career, whether that means doing internships in the summers between school or making it a side hustle until you finish school, success will eventually reach you. The fancy degree at the end of it is a nice addition to it though. It tells your future employers that someone deemed you qualified enough to be a viable addition to the workforce. However, it is the experience you have that will catch their eye the most.

If you have already worked at a veterinary clinic as a receptionist or assistant to the vet. If you have interned at a publishing house and brought coffee to the workers while observing over their shoulders. If you play a gig a week at the local coffee shop down the street, then your experience will be noticed more by an employer than a thin slip of paper that says you spent four, sleepless years handing in assignments and taking exams with three cups of coffee are pumping in your veins.

My point is, that to me, my English degree will help me kick down that door at the end of these four years to a world of opportunity (as cheesy at that sounds). With all my writing experience, this degree will just add that yes, she can actually write decently in English and more than person says so.

Don’t let anyone tell you how much your degree is worth because what do they know? What does an engineering student know about the literary world,? Nothing! What does a business student know about creative writing and the huge world it opens up into? Absolutely nothing! You and the other people wandering in this literary world do understand though. With some creativity and experience, your degree will help to elevate you into success. It isn’t worthless, it’s just unpredictable. But that’s okay.

And that is what my English degree means to me.

That is all for my little spout on what my English degree means to me, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you are currently majoring in if you are in university/college, or what you majored in when you did go because I am very curious. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Also, if you want to support me, buy me a coffee with the link below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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August Wrap Up!

Happy Thursday!

It is yet to be the end of August, but already I am throwing my hands in defeat to August because this was not a great reading month. It’s okay though because no matter what, I have to read around four books per month for the next four months so reading will DEFINITELY get done.

Also, it’s okay to take a break sometimes (which is something I too, need to keep reminding myself).

While I didn’t get too much reading done, I still managed to devour one book so I thought I would at least share that and also the fun reads I plan on reading during September if I can make time to get to them…

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I first read this around three years ago, but skimmed so fast through it I literally remembered nothing about it as I flipped over that final page. To be fair, even this time it didn’t really make an impact on me. I enjoyed the story, the world, and the characters, but I think this is one of those books that is SO hyped up by everyone around me that I expected a lot from it. I expected so much that it just didn’t meet all my expectations. I did like it though, and I plan on continuing on to the second and final book (even though I heard it isn’t as good as the first), but it wasn’t revolutionary or mind-blowing like it is for most people. 4/5 stars

It did take me the entire month of August to read, so maybe that is why, but whatever the reason, it just didn’t become a favourite book for me like it becomes for everyone else. But that’s okay! I hear that the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is becoming a Netflix TV show and that those books take place in the same world as Six of Crows, so I am looking forward to seeing it all become real…well, on my computer screen!

The Fun Books I Want to Read In September…

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I am DETERMINED to read this book during the first week or two of my university experience because it too, takes place during Cath’s first year of college. Yes, I’ve read this book approximately 100,000 times, but I love the story and it holds such a special place in my heart! Cath and her twin sister, Wren are starting their first year at college together, yet apart. While they’ve spent all their lives right beside each other, Wren wants to be adventurous while Cath wants to retreat into her dorm room and write fanfiction. When her moody roommate, Raegan introduces Cath to her best friend, Levi, Cath starts to slowly break out of her shell and experience a world other than the one she created on her computer screen.

I love this book because I too am shy (but nowhere near as much as Cath, and I also crave the company of people…but still!). I also love this book because it shows how hard it can be to make new friends sometimes and fit into a completely new surrounding.

Ruby Red by Kirsten Gier

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while by now, you would now that despite the mixed reviews, this is one of my FAVOURITE books ever. I honestly can’t explain it. I just adore the atmosphere, the story, and the characters. It isn’t complex or life-changing, but it’s cozy, fun, and adventurous. The fall time is my favourite time to read this book, so I plan on jumping into this right after Fangirl, but right before the weight of my degree falls on my shoulder.

Ruby Red follows Gwen, a 16-year-old girl who is part of a time-travelling family but while the gene is believed to be in her snobby cousin, Charlotte, Gwen is astounded when she finds herself transported back in time. From then on, the world she knows is ripped out from beneath her feet and her days begin to consist of school, time travelling training, and putting up with her arrogant time-travelling partner, Gideon.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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A few months ago, I flew through the first book, The Cruel Prince and now I am ready to devour the second book. I am hoping to also fly through this book because of the little time I will have to actually read, but I have also heard great things about this sequel so I have high hopes.

The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince which takes place in the world of Faerie, following our main character, Jude who is human. When she was young, she was snatched by her half-sister’s real father and taken to the faerie world with her and her twin sister. Treated like the outcast she is, Jude wants nothing more than to fit in among the faeries but doesn’t consider if she can even trust the people she so desperately wants to be.

 

That is the one, single book I read during August and the books I am hoping to get to during September. I will, however, be coming out with my actual September TBR featuring the school books I am assigned to read, so stay tuned for that! 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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September Writing Goals

Happy Saturday!

I know it is still a week out until September, but I really wanted to think about what exactly I want to get accomplished during my very first year of university. I wanted to be realistic, but still make sure I got a little bit of my own, personal writing done because that is what fuels me as a person.

Also, I recently created a “Buy Me A Coffee” account! This is a really easy and simple way for creators to get support from their viewers so if you like reading my content, it would mean so much if you would consider contributing a little bit so I can continue making my blog a top priority during the school year. Thanks for supporting me regardless 🙂

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  • Write 1,000 Words Per Week – The key to success with writing, especially during busy times, is consistency. Even if it is small, setting a daily or weekly word count is essential to ensure I keep writing in my life. My ENTIRE degree is about reading and writing because I am pursuing English, so I know making time for my own writing will be a struggle. 1,000 words a week may not seem like a lot, but eventually, it will get me somewhere and that’s all that matters!
  • Write One New Short Story – I have had a couple short story ideas in my head over the summer, but I was in a weird funk for most of August (and I still am honestly) so I never got to actually writing them. I am kind of bummed about that, but I know if I stick to my 1,000 words per week goal, I will eventually be able to finish one short story.
  • Publish Three Blog Posts Per Week – A huge goal for me, especially during this first month of school, is keeping up my blog post count to ensure I do that for the rest of the year. I’ve realized over the last year, that eventually, I would really like to be able to profit a bit off of it because of all the time and energy I’ve put into it and the only way to achieve that is to be active on it!
  • Come Up With Two New Story Ideas – To ensure I keep writing a new short story every month, I have to actually have ideas. I want to sit down a couple times during the month with my notebook in hand and brainstorm some semi-fleshed out story ideas that are ready to go the next time I have the time to write. It saves a lot of writing time and is a good way to keep your brain creative!

 

Those are all of my writing goals for September 2019, aka probably one of the busiest months of my entire life, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post below, as well as my Buy Me A Coffee link and social media accounts which are all down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Tips for a Successful Side Hustle

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Happy Thursday!

Sorry for no post on Monday, but since I am pre-writing a bunch of blog posts over the next two weeks before school starts (yes, I am actually being productive for once), hopefully, that won’t happen again for a while.

Anyways, today I will be sharing my tips and tricks that I learned throughout my two months of pursuing freelance writing as a side hustle! I love reading about this kind of stuff myself because I think it is a really good idea to have a side hustle. Something that you enjoy, and can profit off of even if you don’t make a whole lot.

Here are five tips from me to you!

1. Make Time for It

Because it is called a “side hustle”, sometimes it can get neglected more than it should. When you begin a side hustle, make sure you do have the time and energy to put into it! Figure out when and where in your schedule it fits in best, and carve that time out weekly for you to work and grow it. Just like a full-time job is usually from 9-5 and five days a week, maybe your side hustle can be from 7-9 and two or three times a week. Whatever works for you.

2. Make a Plan and Follow It

With any new career, especially if it’s freelance, it is essential to create a plan for it. You need to outline your first steps, your overall goals, and then everything in between. With this plan, it will be a lot easier to figure out what twists and turns you need to take in order to achieve success with your side hustle.

For example, my plan for my freelance writing business was to start small. I charged a very small fee for my first few blog posts in order to build up a little more clientele and background. As I keep going, I make my fee a more justifiable amount and continue to build up my portfolio!

Your plan doesn’t need to be incredibly detailed or long, but it should give you enough of a base to work off of.

3. Treat It As Important As Your Full-Time Job

Your side hustle should be important to you and therefore, worthy of your time just like your full-time job. If you look down upon it in comparison to your other job, then it will start to lack because of that. Remember that just because your side hustle is that, a side hustle, doesn’t mean it should get pushed too far away to the side. Make sure it is being seen, heard, and attended to!

4. Don’t Pour TOO Much Money Into Your Side Hustle

It is also important to remember that when it comes to the money aspect of starting your own side hustle business, the amount of money you pour into should definitely be limited. Because like I said above, a side hustle is that, a side hustle. Don’t pour all of your funds into it otherwise you may very well be left with nothing! And besides, a side hustle isn’t meant to take over your entire life and career. Usually, you begin a side hustle because you want to make a little extra money on the side doing something you enjoy!

5. Don’t Let It Distract You From Your Full-Time Job

For a THIRD time, a side hustle is a SIDE HUSTLE. While you need to give it a certain amount of time throughout your week in order for you to see actual development within it, you cannot let it take away all your time (especially at the beginning of its start-up) away from your actual job. You know, the one that is making you the real money to oh, I don’t know…pay for your food, your rent, your clothes, your life, etc, etc. Don’t neglect your full-time job because you have a shiny, new side hustle!

Here are some awesome books on pursuing a side hustle that you should definitely check out!

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days

100 Side Hustles : Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job

I hope you found these five tips on how to run a successful side hustle helpful! Don’t forget to 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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