Reading/Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

I am currently working my way through Stephen King’s “On Writing” and continuously thinking why I haven’t read this sooner. A year ago I took it out from the library but never got around to actually read it, and then this last month I put my name on the waiting list for it, got it again and decided to give it a try. Surprise! I am loving it. I am just over half way through and if all goes to plan I will finish it before the day is done because it is that good! The next book I really want to read is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare…it would be a re read but I just really, really want to dive back into the world of Shadowhunters and also want to see the amazing characters in this book. Hopefully I will be able to finish Lady Midnight before the 20th, because I have decided to take part in the 2018 Biannual Bibliothon! I will have my TBR up soon as well as more info on this week long readathon, but I cannot wait for it to begin.

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Lately I have been writing so, so much which is amazing and I love it, however I do think last night I overworked myself. The past three days I have been writing at all hours of they day possible, but today I think I will just write later in the evening and try and resort back to my usual writing routine because sadly, I do have other things to get done…like my school work!

That is all for my reading/writing routine and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: My Writing Routine!

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My Writing Routine!

I made a blog post about my writing routine sometime in 2017, but it has changed a lot in the last month so I decided to make a revamped version so you guys can see what my process of writing looks like! I hope you enjoy and make sure to comment what your writing routine looks like.

6:00pm

Lately I have been writing at this coffee shop like three minutes from my house. It’s big, quiet and has lots of cute writing nooks. Since I go there to write multiple times a week, I usually just order a green tea so I don’t run out of money by next week. Once I have my tea, I open Spotify on my phone and listen to Spotify’s “Productive Morning” playlist because it is a massive playlist of calm music. I cannot write easily to music with lyrics, which is why I like this playlist so much, so if you are in search of a playlist like that then check it out!

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6:15pm

By now I have my music playing, my tea, and my Word document open on my computer so I dive into writing. I try not to write with any particular goal in mind, because I have realized that it is a lot harder for me to write with the pressure of reaching a goal of say 1000 words. Despite that, it is unusual for me to leave the coffee shop with at least 1000 words done.

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7:00-7:15pm

This is the time I usually finish writing for the night unless I am so distracted by my writing that I end up staying an extra thirty minutes or so. Sometimes this happens but I am usually too tired to stay any longer. As long as I get 1000 words down, I feel accomplished though!

That is all for my writing routine and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 5 Resources for Writers!

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5 Resources for Writers!

The internet has created an insane amount of resources for writers, but here are 5 of my personal favourites to help narrow down the picking. I hope you enjoy!

Writing Exercises

Feeling stumped? Check out this website for writers where they have an endless supply of generators to get your creative juices flowing like random first line, character, plot generator, and a “what if” scenario. I could spend hours just playing with the generators, so this is definitely one of my go to websites when I have absolutely no idea what to write.

Pinterest 

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I could not make a writing resource post and not include Pinterest, because it is the holy grail when it comes to visualizing your story. Not only can you create boards of your story setting and characters, you can also scroll through their endless amount of creative writing prompts. When I really need to picture a setting or character of mine, I automatically go to Pinterest, and also if I want some writing prompts! Check out my Pinterest linked below because I have a board with a lot of writing prompts I have found over the past year.

WritersDigest

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If you are a writer, you have definitely checked out the WritersDigest website because it is amazing and so helpful. Not only do they have writing contests and classes, but they also have free writing downloads that are really interesting and helpful when it comes to striving to pursue writing. Some of my personal favourites of the free downloads are “How Do I Write and Sell Short Ficition” and “Selling Your Work Online”.

The Write Life

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I follow them on Twitter and I always look forward to the bits of information they give out, because it has really made me aware of things I wasn’t before, like the fact that you have to write a cover letter when submitting to literary magazines. What a life saver! On their website, you will find tips on freelancing, craft, blogging, marketing, and a few other things so definitely click their name and it will take you to their website!

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard is the author of a few different YA books, one of the being the bestselling book “Truthwitch” and on her website is the motherload of writing advice. If you sign up to her newsletter, you will also occasionally receive newsletters on writing in your email (not very often though so don’t worry). Honestly, you could spend hours on her website soaking up every bit of information she has shared with us aspiring writers and I really encourage you to check it out!

Those are my 5 favourite writing resources that I always turn to when I need ideas or advice, and hopefully you found them helpful! If you have any writing resources you use, comment them below because I’m always looking for more. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Balancing Writing with a Writing Life

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Balancing Writing with a Writing Life

What I mean by “Balancing Writing with a Writing Life” is balancing your writing when your life is already filled with writing. For example, I am a high school student. I love to write my fiction stories and creative essays, but I also have to write essays and stories for school, and a lot of the time I feel creatively drained when I come home and sit down to write. Sometimes I can push through it, and force myself to write, but a lot of the times I give up for the night and say I will write tomorrow instead. I mean I already wrote an essay on Lord of the Flies for English today, so how about I give myself a break for today? This is okay some of the time, but if you let it, it will become a pattern of you putting off your writing due to the other writing you do daily. It may be because of school or your job so you have to do it, so here are some tips on balancing out your writing.

Set Aside Time in the Morning or Late Evening

This is obvious, but I had to get it out of the way. If you feel too drained when you come home from work or school to write, write in the morning before you go to work or school, or write a few hours after you get home. I know I feel super drained when I come home so I turn on Netflix for an hour or so, or YouTube or even sometimes read, and then by six or seven in the evening I am feeling better and ready to write! Don’t let your tiredness stop you, just allow yourself the few hours to rest because there is still time in the day to write.

Make a Writing Plan

If you have a plan for your writing and you know where you want to go that day, it will be so much easier to sit down at your computer and write. You know where you have to go, what plot points you have to hit and where you can end for the day. Without a plan, you will feel lost and have no idea how to start (well sometimes) and guess what? You will probably just give up for the day and try again tomorrow. But no, we don’t want that. Have a plan, write it and then you are done for the day!

Dividing Up Your Writing Time

While your writing for school or work is really important, and you should put a lot of focus on it, your own writing is also really important because it is what you love! It doesn’t deserve to be pushed off to the side. There are some exceptions of course, like if you have finals or really important report you need to give to your boss tomorrow, but if its just homework, don’t let it bully you into leaving your writing for tomorrow. Divide up your time. Work on your paper for thirty minutes and then switch over to your own writing project. Do whatever feels right to you but just don’t ignore your writing, otherwise you won’t get anything accomplished with it!

Replenish Your Creative Well Often

I looove replenishing my “creative well”, as us artists say. It is fun and inspiring and relaxing. Replenishing your creative well can mean a variety of things like: blogging, reading, watching TV/movies, listening to music…really anything like that. It is so important to do this daily, especially after using your brain all day (whether you are using it creatively or not), but sometimes we get carried away and spend too much time replenishing our creative wells…In my opinion spending anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour is a good amount, but much more than that can lead to you never writing. Know when it is too much and you will be fine!

Partake in Activities That Do Not Require Much Creativity 

For me, this means going to the gym or hanging out with friends, and it is my time in the day where I can let loose and just relax. I am not worrying about my school work or feeling guilty about not writing at that exact moment, I am just existing! So try this out. Spend again, like an hour or so participating in something that doesn’t involve your creativity as much as writing, or even much of your brain. Go for a run or a walk, go shopping at the mall…the list is endless.

Those are 5 tips/tricks to balancing your writing when you already live a writing infused life. I hope they were helpful and that you enjoy it, and if you did please like this blog post so I know! Also, if you want me to check out your blog please put it in the comments because I am on the hunt for new blogs 🙂

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Jan + Feb 2018 Biannual Goals!

2018 is a year that has to be productive writing/reading/creative wise because the past two years have not been as exciting and productive as I would have hoped. I see a lot of AuthorTubers doing biannual goals and it got me really inspired to start doing them and share them with you guys so I stay accountable! As long as I complete 75% of my goals I will consider myself successful and hopefully I don’t get under that.

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For January and February, I have a total of 7 somewhat lofty goals which means I have to complete a minimum of 6:

  1. Submit to 6 Literary Magazines – Yes this is a lot but I really want to haveImage result for writing a strong first two months to 2018 and I know I can complete this goal, or at least get close to it. There are just so many literary magazines looking for submissions and so many I want to enter!
  2. Submit to 2 Writing Contests – Yep…more writing but like I mentioned in my “5 Goals Every Writer Should Set + How to Stay Accountable” it is important to strive for goals that are not too far out of reach, but still take you out of your comfort zone. Submitting these many stories definitely does that, but I know I will be able to get very close because obviously I love to write!
  3. Read 12 Books – Again, this goal is a lot. Especially since the end of January is the dreaded midterm Image result for readingseason for me. However, my reading goal for 2018 is 75 books and in order to do that I have to read 6 books a month so…yeah I need to read a lot!
  4. Publish 30 Blog Posts – Lately I have been flooded with new blog post ideas and my usual 3 blog posts a week just isn’t cutting it for me anymore! I need to write more and publish more each week so I have been thinking of resorting back to my 6 blog posts a week schedule so fingers crossed I can keep it up when school starts again next week.
  5. Journal 5x a Week – I love to journal. I find it relieving of stress and anxiety which is something I really, really need during the school time. During school I am really good at keeping up with journalling so I am sure I will be able to exceed this goal, but considering my other goals are pretty lofty, I want to be relax with the rest.
  6. Complete 3 Units of Creative Writing – I currently take a creative writing class online and have been slacking the past month. I love this class and really want to give it a lot of focus now and hopefully finish it pretty soon!Image result for gym
  7. Work Out 2x a Week – I hate going to the gym. However, I enjoy it while I am there and usually don’t leave for another two hours which is great! But getting myself there, especially during the school year is torture so despite going to the gym only 2 days isn’t a lot, I know it won’t be easy.

Those are my 7 goals for the months of January and February and I hope you enjoyed! I hope the first two months of 2018 are productive and fun and exciting for you, and comment below any goals you have for this year. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

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5 Goals Every Writer Should Set + How to Stay Accountable

It is essential to have goals if you are a writer, especially if you plan on going somewhere with your writing. Most important though, it is essential to actually stick to those goals because otherwise you won’t find yourself where you want to be by the time the next year comes rolling around, and trust me, it will come a lot faster than anticipated. A lot of people make the mistake of setting these massive goals and then giving up two weeks into the new year, so today I will be sharing some of my personal ideas, goals and tips centered around creating and sticking to writing related goals!

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  1. Write Everyday – If you are a writer, you probably already write everyday. I know I do, even if it is not related to my fiction writing. Writing everyday includes writing a story, essay, blog post, or even a journal entry, really anything that relates to using your writing muscle. This is a really easy goal to make, and honestly it may be the easiest one to keep up with. Just set aside anywhere between ten minutes to even an hour in the morning, afternoon or evening and write in your journal or even a quick blog post. The point is, to be a writer, you have to actually write.
  2. Submit to At Least One Literary Magazine or Writing Contest – It amazes me how many people don’t take the opportunity to submit their work to literary magazines or writing contests, especially if it is completely free for you to do! Submitting your work to magazines is a great way to get your name and work out there and the writing world, and even possibly make some money off of the thing you love to do. If you need some recommendations for literary magazines to submit to, definitely check out my blog post where I share 10 literary magazines that are completely free to submit to!
  3. Read, Read, Read – This is an obvious one, but it is one that needs to be  enforced because sometimes we get so caught up with our writing that we forget to read. Reading helps motivate and inspire us to write, and is an essential ingredient to creating a story. Even if you are caught up in writing your own story, don’t forget to crack open a book even if it is just for 15 minutes a day.
  4. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo/NaNoWriMo – Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo give you the motivation (and excuse) to write during the month of July and November, and give you a reason to connect with other writers from around the world. Even if you do not reach the goal of 50k words in a month, as long as NaNoWriMo gets you to write something I see that as a huge success! So definitely add participating in Camp NaNoWriMo or NaNoWriMo to your goals for 2018 because it is such a fun and beneficial experience. it will amaze you how much of a manuscript you can get done in a short period of time.
  5. Connect With Other Writers – This had never been a goal of mine until this year, when I realized how important it is to connect with other writers. Writing is a lonely task, and if you have someone else to discuss writing with, it will make it less lonely. Also, by connecting with other writers you can share your work with each other, get feedback and learn how to give feedback too; all things that benefit and create a well-rounded writer!

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When it comes to staying accountable to your goals, it is important to one, create goals that are not too far out of reach, but just far enough to get you out of your comfort zone and two, create goals that you control the outcome of. By this I mean not writing down I resolve to win one writing contest this year…because while that would be amazing, you are not in control of who the judges choose. Instead, choose a broader goal like I resolve to enter one writing contest this year. Now that is something you can control. And finally third, create goals but also create a plan to achieve those goals. It is easy to write down I resolve to enter one writing contest this year, but how are you going to actually do this? Are you going to write everyday for two weeks before the contest? Are you going to start editing three days before? These are important things to think of when writing down your goals, and it will make them so much easier to achieve when you know exactly how you are going to do it.

Ways I stay accountable to my goals are by treating myself to a reward if I write everyday for a week, or accomplish a goal by submitting different pieces of work to a few literary magazines or writing contests. If you reward yourself, you will find yourself feeling more motivated to accomplishing the goals on your list. Another way I make sure I accomplish my goals, is by setting reminders on my phone because sometimes I honestly just forget. Sometimes I need that reminder to sit down and write for thirty minutes, or sometimes I forget that a writing contest deadline is coming up. Writing it down isn’t always enough.

 

Those are some goals every writer should set and also how to stay accountable. Hopefully this was somewhat helpful to you, and gave you some ideas of what goals you should set of yourself as a writer, but if you have some more goal ideas definitely leave them in the comments! If you liked this blog post please like it so I know to make more, and also don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 10 Literary Magazines To Submit To (NO FEES) 🙂

10 Literary Magazines To Submit To – (No Fees)

 

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Submitting to literary magazines are a fantastic way to get your work out there and while it is important to support them financially to keep them alive, I think that when you are first starting out as a writer it is the smartest choice to only submit to ones that do no require a reading or a submission fee. Basically that means you don’t have to pay them money for them to read and judge your work. Anyways, here is a list of 10 awesome literary magazines for you to submit to, and I hope you enjoy!

Small Print Magazine 

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, features, interviews, writing tools review, cartoons

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction – 8000 words, Poetry – 6 poems, Book Reviews – 1000 words, Articles – 1500 words, Cartoons – single-panel

The First Line

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, non-fiction

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction – 300-5000 words, Non-Fiction – 500-800 words

Juxtaprose

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, blog posts, photography

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction – 500-5000 words, Poetry – 5 poems, Art/Photography – 5 pieces, Blog – three articles, 800-1200 words

The Journal

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, photo essays, author interviews, book/poetry reviews

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction – 10,000 words, Non-Fiction – 6,000 words, Poetry – 3-5 poems, Reviews/Interviews – 1200 words, Photo Essays – collection of pictures with up to 250 word description

Wildness

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction – 3000 words, Poetry – 5 poems

Enchanted Conversation

Submission Period: Deadline is January 20

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, poems, art, comics

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction – 700-2500 words, Poetry – any length, Art – 1-3 pieces, Comics – 1-5 pages

Nashville Review

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, comics

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction – 8000 words, Poems – 3 poems, comics – 1 page or graphic novel excerpts

QU

Submission Period: Until January 15

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, non-fiction, scripts, poetry

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Fiction/Non-Fiction/Scripts – 8000 words, Poetry – 3 poems

Cordella Magazine

Submission Period: All Year

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Not stated

Room Magazine 

Submission Period: November 1 – January 31

What Do They Accept?: Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art

Maximum Word Count/Poems/Panels?: Poetry – 5 poems,  Fiction/Non-Fiction/Art – 1-5+ pages

Those are a few awesome literary magazines that you should consider submitting to at some point and I hope you found this blog post motivating and helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: December 2017 Wrap Up!

 

December 2017 Wrap Up!

December was actually a decent reading month and I am proud of what I did manage to read! I do want to start reading more books each month because if I don’t I won’t reach my goal of reading 75 books, but December was a month for me to relax and refresh so I am not going to be too hard on myself for only reading 4 books.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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This was a book I had to read for school and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I read it on my own time or maybe I wouldn’t. Personally, I just thought that it was anti-climatic and while it does go deep into how we all have “darkness in our hearts”, I just thought it was boring! Maybe it is because I am used to reading current YA, but it was really hard for me to stay interested while reading, and some of the descriptions the author used were just a little much. I am glad I had the chance to read it though, but it just wasn’t for me. 2.5/5 stars

I See London I See France by Sarah Mlynowski 

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I was in desperate need of a cute, summery contemporary and I See London I See France was a great book to fulfill that. It did have flaws and it was cliche, but honestly I was all for it! The main character, Sydney was someone I enjoyed reading about and seeing things from her perspective, but her best friend, Leela was someone I just could not stand! She was so disloyal and disrespectful of Sydney and was incredibly annoying. Apart from that it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed following them around Europe; it gave me a serious urge to travel that’s for sure. 4/5 stars

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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For a few months I had thought about picking up this up, not really knowing what it was about other than I loved the colourful cover, but just kept putting it off. Finally I did pick it up because I found it in the psychology section of the library when I was browsing and I absolutely loved it! It was a witty and valuable read on how to live a creative life, and was something I really needed. I had been feeling a little discouraged writing wise during the last few months, but reading this definitely made my fingers itch for the keyboard. Any creative person should pick this up because you won’t regret it. 4.5/5 stars

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Surprisingly the only re read for me in the month of December, so I call that a new record! I read Eliza and Her Monsters back in July during the BookTubeAThon and just flew through it…just like I did this time! Eliza is an anxious, awkward, creative teenage girl just like me, and it was a story I needed to be reminded of. I am really glad I re read it because I haven’t been feeling that great these past few months but the few days it took me to read this had me feeling a lot better. Another book I definitely recommend! 5/5 stars

Those are all the books I read in the month of December and I hope that you too had a good reading month! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update 🙂

Creative Living

It has been a while since I have done a rant on my blog, and I thought it was due, especially considering that I have felt really passionate about this topic lately, and that topic is creative living. I apologize if this rant is a little all over the place, but I felt a spike of inspiration and just wrote without planning. Please leave any comments or opinions down below because I would love to hear all of your views on creative living!

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Creative living is like falling into a river and letting the water carry you; watching as it leads you towards a sea of unknown. Along the way there are forks in the stream, and once and a while, the water will shift you into a completely new direction. It is a little scary at first, the journey will be filled with uncertainty and hesitation as the roaring water carries you away from your initial destination. You fight it at first, treading against it until your muscles ache, but eventually you give yourself up to the push of the water and it continues to carry you away. After a while though, the water calms down, and instead of fighting against it, you let it carry you to this new place. There are still twinges of hesitation and uncertainty, but they are swallowed by a new feeling; a warm, tingly feeling in your stomach. Curiosity. And that is what you are agreeing to when you travel down the path of creativity.

Creative living is often looked down upon because of its journey, and its usual end result. While the end result of pursuing creativity may not be mounds of money and a big, fancy house, it is usually happiness and fulfillment because creating something that you feel so passionately about will always be worth it in the end…whether the world pays you for it or not. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be nice to be generously rewarded for pursuing creativity if it is what you really wanted, but there is more to life than riches. Besides, being rich doesn’t guarantee happiness. However, creating does.

What amazes me, is that young people are so often steered towards accessing their creativity in school by having various options of art and music and theater classes to choose from. Yet once you leave high school, creativity is just seen as a hobby. However, labeling your creativity as just a hobby is fine, because you may be more interested in other subjects, but for those who see their creativity as more than a hobby, but a way of life, it is frustrating. Once you descend into post secondary school, there are a lot more options to join classes and clubs on creativity, but if you say you are going to be majoring in art or theater or writing, you will ultimately be faced with the question: well what do you plan to do with that? What stable job could you even get with a degree in art? Well there are a lot actually. They just might not pay as much as a doctor, or a lawyer. When I say I want to pursue writing, that doesn’t automatically mean all I want to do is write a novel. Besides, I know the risks and outcomes that come with wanting that, and only wanting that. Even though I may look it, I am more than a small child with stars in my eyes and a dream that is slightly out of reach. Since I know what a life of creativity means, it means I am open to the possibilities of non-fiction, creative non-fiction and technical writing…really the list goes on and on. The point is, I know it won’t be the easiest career but that’s okay. Its my dream.

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We have to remember that every job is hard, and requires you to work for it. Creativity just happens to be a bit more of a bumpy journey; especially if you go into it with the mindset that you are going to become a world famous artist or an author whose first book is going to sell millions of copies and be turned into a movie…that most likely won’t happen, at least not right away. But if you keep practicing and exercising your creativity, I see no reason why you can’t pursue it as a lifestyle and at least be semi successful, whether that means you make some money off of your art or you just have a blast doing it. Creativity only asks three things of you in return, and those are to never give up, to ignore the negativity of what others say, and to be flexible to whatever pathway of unpredictable and wondrous adventures it leads you down.

That is all for today and I really hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update 🙂

January 2018 TBR!

This is my first TBR of the new year and I am so excited! 2017 was kind of a reading bust because I only read 40-or-so books, but I am determined to read a lot more this coming year. Because of that…my TBR is kind of ambitious but I know I can do it!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets + Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling 

Currently I am re reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and am obviously loving it, as it is getting me in the holiday spirit. Obviously I cannot just start one and not continue on with the whole series, so I plan on giving the entire series a re read! I doubt I need to explain the synopsis of the Harry Potter series, especially since these are the second and third books in the series but yeah, I am really excited to be giving these my annual yearly re read!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters was a book I read back in July for the BookTubeAThon, and I read it in just a few hours because it was so amazing. It talks about the hardships of being a creative person, as well as being someone who doesn’t fit in well at school and suffers from mental illness. These are really important representations in books because I know for myself, it is very relatable. Eliza and Her Monsters follows Eliza, who is the anonymous creator of the online phenomenon webcomic, Monstrous Sea. It follows Eliza as she meets Wallace, who happens to be Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfic writer, and she struggles with keeping her true identity a secret as they grow closer together, brought together by their love for this webcomic that she created.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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This is a really short book that I heard is amazing, so I have no doubt that once I actually force myself to pick it up, I won’t want to put it down. We Were Liars follows a “perfect” family that spends every summer on private island, however this summer is not the same. Cadence, a fifteen year old girl, has something happen to her during her fifteenth summer, and with the help of others she tries to remember the accident. I really had to pull this synopsis from online, but even then it is still really mysterious…and intriguing so I am excited to (hopefully) pick it up next month!

This Savage Song by V.E Schwab

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I really look up to Victoria as a writer. She has fantastic tips and ideas about creativity, and overall she seems like a very genuine person! Not too long ago I purchased This Savage Song, because it got, and still is getting, wonderful reviews so I really would like to get to it in the New Year. This Savage Song follows August and Kate, two who are on opposite sides of their divided city which are at war. All August wants is to be human, and he could if he steals a soul with music. When Kate gets kicked out of yet another boarding school, a chance arises and he jumps at it, only to be faced with a change of direction and suddenly him and Kate are on the run.

Those are the five books I hope to get to in the month of January, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog pots: January 2018 Talk 🙂