Reading + Editing My Old Writing

I have always wanted to make a blog post on this, but there were a few things always holding me back. 1) I always thought this would be easier to share through video rather than a blog post 2) my old writing sucks. However, I thought it would be a fun post to try and tackle, and hopefully it will give you a few laughs because of how terrible my writing was! I like to think I have become a lot better over the years, but who knows.

Okay, so today I will be editing an excerpt I found from one of my NaNoWriMo projects from back in 2015…so just over two and a half years ago when I was fourteen years old. I actually won NaNoWriMo that year, ending off at about 53,000 words which was awesome. However, the story I wrote was not outlined, and had no overall point to it really. It was fun though. It was a YA fantasy about an assassin with magical powers who scours the earth to take revenge on the people who killed her parents..other than that I cannot remember a single thing but here is the prologue I wrote for it! How this is going to work is I am going to paste the prologue below, and then paste it again where I make edits and notes and basically make fun of what I wrote. Let’s get editing!


Prologue

London, 1862

I stroke the wooden paint brush across the rough paper.  An image of what my perfect painting will look like flashes in my mind and relaxes the tense muscles in my hand. The paint brush takes full control over my small hand and lets colour bleed onto the page. Swirls of oranges and pinks swarm together, lining the green fields and creating the hazy sunrise. I swipe it across the paper one last time and grin at my final piece, knowing my father will be proud. I jump up to my feet and dust off my light blue nightgown and then zip out of the room like a buzzing bee that sees a flourishing flower.

I come to a skidding halt in front of my parents’ bedroom and a warm sensation washes over me as I put a huge childish grin on my face. Their bedroom is a fair size but quite empty. A scarred, ebony dresser with three wide drawers is pushed against the far wall, next to a tall window. The broken floorboards creak as I scurry onto their short double bed that is draped with plain white blankets and a few lightly stuffed cream pillows.

“Father! Mother! Look what I painted!” I announce happily, showing off my painting of the beautiful sunrise overlooking the luscious green fields. My father takes the corner of the painting and the corners of his lip turn up. He runs a hand through his messy brown hair and then passes the painting to my mother who slips on her reading glasses. A soft smile spreads across her face and she gives an approving nod.

Suddenly a loud bang echoes throughout the small house and voices boom from outside. My parents hastily bounce off the bed as if they have been expecting this and the next thing I know my mother is yanking me by the arm, leading me out of the room. I try to ask what was happening but my mother shushes me as she ushers me into my tiny bedroom. A candle burns faintly on my nightstand, next to my cracked leather journal that I write in every night before I go to sleep.

My mother wiggles open my closet door and shoves aside my clothes, clearing them away so we can see the back wall. I bite my lip, feeling worried and confused. Where was my father? Who are those strange men? Why were they here? So many questions swirl around in my head, making me dizzy and nauseous as if my father picked me up and spun me around like he always did when I was a small child. It was fun while it was happening but after I would have to lie down to settle my stomach.

“Mother, I don’t feel well.” I whisper, my voice shaking. My mother gently places her hands on my shoulders and stares at me with her emerald eyes, the ones she passed on to me. She twirls a strand of my curly brown hair around her finger then releases it. Her eyes are filled with tears which trigger the ones that swim around in mine.

“You cannot feel sick, Katie. You have to be brave, smart and strong,” She whispers sharply, “Now, you need to exit out of this tunnel and then run as fast as you can away from this house. Do not wait for your father and I because-” Her voice breaks a little bit but she continues, “Your father and I may not make it out.” I look at my mother and I am about to ask why they cannot just come with me now but loud footsteps pound in the hallway and she quickly whips open a secret door and throws me inside. I glance down the long tunnel that stretches far then wraps tightly around a corner. A few torches are hung on the stone walls, providing a few patches of dull light. I spin around but my mother shuts the door, leaving me alone in the confined, musty tunnel. My legs tremble as tears streak my pale cheeks, dripping off onto my nightgown. I want to kick the door open and be with my mother and father but they told me different. I quickly back away from the door then start sprinting, trying to stifle the sobs that pour out of me like a rushing waterfall.


Prologue

London, 1862

I stroke the wooden paint brush across the rough paper.  An image of what my perfect painting will look like flashes in my mind, and relaxes relaxing the tense muscles in my hand. The paint brush takes full control over of my small hand, and lets bright colours suddenly bleeding onto the page. Swirls of oranges and pinks swarm together, lining the green fields and creating the a hazy sunrise. I swipe it across the paper one last time, and grinning at my final piece. knowing my Father will be proud, I think to myself as I jump up to my feet, and dust off my light blue nightgown, and then zip out of the room like a buzzing bee. that sees a flourishing flower.

(This wasn’t the worst paragraph ever, it just had a lot of words I didn’t need in it…clearly due to all the crossing out I did. I like to think I have gotten better at keeping my sentences to the point, and not adding useless words just for the heck of it because it can become a serious problem down the road!)

I come to a skidding halt in front of my parents’ bedroom, and a warm sensation washes over me as I put a huge, childish grin on my face. Their bedroom is a fair size but quite empty. A scarred, ebony dresser with three wide drawers is pushed against the far wall, next to a tall window. The broken floorboards creak as I scurry onto their short double bed that which is draped with plain white blankets, and a few two lightly stuffed cream pillows tucked underneath.

“Father! Mother! Look what I painted!” I announce happily, showing off shoving my painting into their faces of the beautiful sunrise overlooking the luscious green fields. My father takes the corner of the painting it, and the corners of his lip turn up. He runs a hand through his messy brown hair and then before passing the painting to my mother who slips on her reading glasses. She slips on her glasses, a soft smile spreading across her face as she gives an approving nod.

Suddenly a loud bang echoes throughout the small house and voices boom from outside. Bang. The sound echoes through the house, footsteps booming from down the hall. My parents hastily bounce jump off the bed, a strange look passing between them. as if they have been expecting this and the next thing I know my mother is yanking me by the arm, leading me out of the room. My mother lunges towards me and grips my arm before yanking me out of the room and down the hall. I try to ask what was is happening but my mother shushes me, as she ushers ushering me into my tiny bedroom. A candle burns faintly on my nightstand, next to it, my cracked leather journal. that I write in every night before I go to sleep.

(Again, these last few paragraphs weren’t awful…although if I were to get to them to what I deem “good” I would have to scrap it all and rewrite it. For the sake of this blog post, I tried to save as much as I could, only crossing out words and changing the wording slightly. It is so weird seeing my writing process from when I was fourteen, seeing how I worded things and shaped sentences. Parts of it make me cringe, a lot, but it is nice to see that I have grown a lot as a writer!)

My mother wiggles yanks open my closet door, shoving and shoves aside my clothes, clearing them away so we can see the back wall. I bite my lip, feeling worried and confused worry and confusion pushing down on my chest, their strong hands squeezing my pounding heart. Where was my father? Who are those strange men? Why were they here? So many questions swirl around in my head, making me dizzy and nauseous as if like when my father picked me up and spun me around like he always did when I was a small child. It was fun while it was happening but after I would have to lie down to settle my stomach.

“Mother, I don’t feel well.” I whisper, my voice shaking. My mother gently places her hands on my shoulders and stares at me with her emerald eyes., the ones she passed on to me. She twirls a strand of my curly brown hair around her finger then releases it. Her eyes are filled with tears which trigger the ones that swim around in mine.

“You cannot feel sick, Katie. You have to be brave, smart and strong,” She whispers sharply,“Now, you need to exit out of this tunnel follow this tunnel to the end. There you will find a ladder. I need you to climb up it and then run as fast as you can away from this house. Do not wait for your father and I because…” Her voice breaks a little bit but she takes a staggered breath and she continues, “because your father and I may not make it out.” I look at my mother and I am about to ask why they cannot just come with me now, but loud footsteps pound in the hallway and she quickly whips open a secret door and throws me inside. A tear slides down her mother’s cheek as she pushes past me, fingers gripping a doorknob sticking out of my closet wall. The door swings open and my lips part. I try to speak, try to let the pressing questions in my head fall from my lips but my mother pushes me through the secret door, and suddenly, I am swallowed up my darkness. I glance over my shoulder, down at the long tunnel I glance down the long tunnel that stretches far behind me before then wraps wrapping tightly around a corner. A few torches are hung on the stone walls, providing a few patches of dull light. I spin around but my mother shuts the door with a loud sob, leaving me alone in the dancing shadows in the confined, musty tunnel. My legs tremble as and fat tears streak my pale cheeks, dripping off onto my nightgown. I want to kick the door open and be with my mother and father but I know I can’t they told me different. I quickly back away from the door then start sprinting, trying to stifle the sobs that pour out of me like a rushing waterfall.

Okaaay. Well that was fun, wasn’t it? Very cringey at times but honestly, it was a lot better than I expected. It was really fun to look back on my writing and realize what I do better now then I did back then. I encourage you all to do the same if you are feeling a bit down on your writing because by reading your old work, you will finally be able to see the progress you have made as a writer. All the progress after spending hours glued to your laptop, lost in a world created by nothing but the vast of your imagination.

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Summer 2018 TBR

I cannot believe that summer is just over a month away, which means I have about a month or so less of school…and that means more time for reading! The past few months I haven’t been great with my monthly reading count, but I am hoping to take advantage of two whole months off school and get a lot done. I am mostly looking forward to all the readathons happening this summer, like the Biannual Bibliothon and the BookTubeAThon because I always get so much read. Anyways, here are a few of the main books I want to get to this summer, and I hope you enjoy.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

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This book had so much hype surrounding it when it first came out, and from what I gather, it is well deserved. However, I wanted to let some of the hype settle before picking it up…also it is a massive, fantasy book that takes time to read and that is something I do not have right now. All I know is that it is influenced by West African mythology and that is all I need to know. I am already so excited to get my hands on this book and devour it whole.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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This is a new summery, contemporary book by Morgan Matson, one of the queens of contemporary, and I am so, so excited for it to come out on June 5th! Save the Date follows a girl named Charlie whose older sister is getting married, and for the first time in years, all four of her siblings will be together. Charlie is hoping for the perfect weekend, but of course it will be anything but that. I love re reading Morgan Matson books each summer, so I am looking forward to having a new one to adore!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe is another book that has a lot of amazing hype surrounding it, and I kept hearing about it so much that I just went out and bought it. I am really looking forward to diving into it because from what I know about it, it sounds fantastic. Scythe takes place in a world with no hunger, disease, death or anything bad. To keep balance in the world, there are scythes, those sent to kill people to keep the population under control. This book follows two apprentices to a scythe, Citra and Rowan, but it is a role neither of them wants. This book is intriguing and sounds captivating, and I am really hoping to get to it this summer…maybe even the second one too!

The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Even though the third and final book in this trilogy doesn’t come out until December, I am dying to give Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows a re read. I wanted to do this earlier but I don’t know if you have noticed that they are humongous books, and lately I just haven’t had the time to devote to them. Especially since they are so amazing that all I want to do is spend my time reading them! If you didn’t know, these books follow a race of half humans and half angels called Shadowhunters whose mission on earth is to keep humans safe from demons.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Mass

Don’t worry, I have read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, however I never finished the second book…now there is a third book out as well as a novella, and I realize how far behind I am! These are high fantasy books with faeries, and since I need to re read the first book before finally finishing the second book, I need the summer to do so. Everyone has read these books and everyone is discussing the events of the “finale” and I don’t want to be left out anymore!

Those are some of the books I want to get to this summer, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out the blog posts linked below, and also follow my social media accounts for more bookish/writing related content 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day as well! I hope you all have a fantastic end to your weekend and since it is the end of the week, here is my reading and writing update.

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Restore Me is amazing. Yep, that is how I feel about it right now. Every time I pick it up to read I do not want to stop, I only want to stay in that one spot and let myself get swallowed up by Tahereh Mafi’s world that is the Shatter Me universe. Currently I am on page 200 which means I am just about halfway through. My goal is to hit 300 pages today, despite the amount of work I have to get done today, because all I want to do is read! Other than that I haven’t been reading anything else…I was reading American Panda by Gloria Chao which I did like, but not enough for me to keep going so yes, I sadly DNFed it! I do hope to pick it up in the future when I am in the mood for it, but for now my attention is on Restore Me.

I miss writing. So much. I haven’t written in several days now because of me being lazy, yes, but also because I was trying to catch up on the mounds of homework I missed during my sick phase at the beginning of May. However, my fingers are itching to continue on with my Camp NaNo project so hopefully I will be able to squeeze in an hour to focus on that today. If not that is okay because there is always tomorrow…but it would be really nice to add some more words to my story since my personal deadline is May 31 which is a lot closer than I thought!

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Colours of the Rainbow Book Tag (Original)

Yep I am back again with an original book tag, and this time I am using the colours of the rainbow! Spring is (hopefully) near and I just need some sunshine and colours in my life so why not put that together with books? If you do this tag please tag me because I would love to see your answers but for now, here are the prompts:

Red – Pick a Book With a Love Story

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Red is the colour of fire and anger, but also love! And while most books have a love story, this is a prompt for you to choose a book where the love story is the main theme of the book. Anyways, I chose The Selection by Kiera Cass because the story idea revolves around Prince Maxon finding a wife through the Selection. There are heart breaks and tears and kisses and overall it is such a heart warming, fun book!

Orange – Pick a Book With a Creative Main Character

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Like all colours, orange can represent many different things but one thing it represents is creativity. I recently read a book where our main character is an aspiring playwright who just moved to London to pursue her dream, and that book is London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton. Was this my favourite book? No, but it shows the struggles of being a creative person and what it feels like to follow your dreams, which is something I think all should be reminded of.

Yellow – Pick a Book That Takes Place During the Summertime

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Yellow! Sun, warmth, two of my favourite things represented by this very loud and bright colour. Some of my favourite books take place over the summer so I was itching to put down this question. The book that I decided to go with though, is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Ugh, I love this book. Not only does it take place in the summer but it follows our main character, Emily, who sets off on a bucket list her missing, best friend Sloane left for her, hoping it will lead her to her best friend.

Green – Pick a Book With Greenery On the Cover

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Spring is quickly coming so the grass is greener and the flowers are blooming which is what inspired this prompt. The book I decided to go with for this prompt is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon because of all the pretty flowers on the cover. Everything, Everything is a contemporary that follows a girl named Maddie who is allergic to everything, and until she met Ollie she was okay with that. But once she meets him, everything changes and finds herself desperate to escape her limited life.

Blue – Pick a Character Who Acts as Mentor

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Blue can symbolize sadness or confidence, but it also symbolizes wisdom. There are many books out there where the main character has a mentor they look up to, and it doesn’t always have to be an older man like Dumbledore. I decided to go with one of my favourite characters and that is Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Percy acts as a mentor to Nico, a younger boy who admired Percy fiercely from the moment they first met because of his bravery and loyalty to those around him. Percy helps out Nico as much as he can, even when Nico doesn’t necessarily want the help which is why I thought he was a perfect choice for this challenge!

Purple – Pick a Book With a Royal Family

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I twisted the prompt a little bit but that is because the family I am choosing is not technically true royalty, but they are very wealthy and remind me of a royal family because of how they act. Anyways, I decided to go with the Sinclair family from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. If you’ve read it I am sure you can see where I am coming from and if you haven’t…well read it because it is filled with gripping twists and turns that will leave you wanting more!

That is all for this tag and I hope you enjoyed! This tag is a little random but I had a lot of fun making it so that is all that matters right? Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Things All Writers Need

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January 2018 Wrap Up!

January just zipped by, but luckily it turned out to be a fantastic reading month. I read a grand total of 13 books this month…yeah, 13 books! That is the most books I have read it what feels like forever, and now all I want to do is read, read, read. Sadly I can’t just read, read, read due to school and other responsibilities, but 13 books is pretty damn good. Anyways, here are the books I managed to read in the month of January!:

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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I felt like starting off the new year with a book all about being a #GIRLBOSS and taking control of your life, which in my opinion, is the perfect way because it fuels your motivation to start the year strong. This book is all about how Sophia Amoruso went from selling vintage clothes on eBay to being the founder of the massive online clothing store, Nasty Gal, and it is incredibly inspring and motivating to all creative people like myself! 3.5/5 stars

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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When Dimple Met Rishi was such a cute read that I really enjoyed, and now I cannot wait to read more Sandhya Menon! This book follows Dimple, a stubborn, independent girl who doesn’t want the “ideal Indian husband” like her mother wants for her, but to build a career and life for herself by going to a summer program for young web developers. But when Rishi, a hopeless romantic whose parents want to set him up with Dimple, attends the same program in hopes of meeting Dimple, things don’t go exactly as planned. A fun, adorable read that did make me a little frustrated at times, but overall I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Oh my…can we just talk about how this is the first book in such a long time that actually made me stay up into the depths of the night to finish it? Granted, it is a short book, but I was glued to the thing until I finished it and got that shocking ending. This book follows a “perfect” family who spends their summers on their grandparents private island. However, our main character, Candence cannot remember parts of her fifteenth summer due to an accident which resulted in her unconscious and face down in the water. We follow her as she tries to uncover what happens, and all the secrets that unfold along the way. I really enjoyed this gripping and suspenseful book, and gave it a solid 4/5 stars!

The Selection, The Elite, and The One by Kiera Cass

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I didn’t plan on re reading this trilogy, but I was in desperate need of a fun, easy read and just blew through these in a matter of days. The Selection is basically a combination of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games, and if that doesn’t call you I don’t know what will. I love this series despite some of the flaws (and there are quite a few), and was so happy to give them a re read! The Selection: 4.5/5 stars, The Elite: 4.5/5 stars, The One: 4.5/5 stars

Learn to Manage Your Time by Lucy MacDonald

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I saw this while browsing in the library and decided to pick it up since I really, really do need to learn to manage my time. Lately I have been overwhelmed and I feel like this book definitely gave me some valuable tips and tricks when it comes to managing and prioritizing my time. It has exercises and pictures, and was a nice, quick read! 3/5 stars

Peter Pan by James M Barrie

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This might have been the first book I listened to in audiobook format, and it just brought so much life to the story that I don’t regret that choice. Peter Pan is the well known story that follows three young children, Wendy, John, and Michael who follow Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up, to Neverland and together they embark on adventures on the magical island. The book is magical and whimsical and I am glad I finally got the chance to read it! 4/5 stars

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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This was another book I listened to as an audiobook and another I really, really enjoyed! I have read this book a few times before, so it was a lot easier to immerse myself in the story and understand what was going on, which is something that really helps people who easily get distracted…like me! Saint Anything follows a girl named Sydney who is used to being invisible with a brother who is always in the spotlight, but when her brother gets in trouble with the law, her entire family is suddenly thrust in the spotlight. We follow Sydney as she moves schools, meets a quirky, new group of friends and also, a potential love interest. 4/5 stars

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

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Yep, January was the month where I was obsessed with audiobooks so this was another book I listened to! This is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series, which follows a boy named Percy Jackson who discovers he is the son of a Greek God. One of my favourite series because these books are just a bundle of fun, and I really loved jumping back into the series! 4.5/5 stars

London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

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Honestly, I am NOT a picky reader whatsoever. Most of the time I love or really like whatever book is placed in front of me, however I found a lot of things I didn’t really like in this book, writing, character, development, etc wise. This book follows a girl named Alex who moves to London to follow her dreams of being a scriptwriter. There is some girl on girl hate which is kinda poorly executed, however I did enjoy following a main character who wanted to pursue a creative passion. Overall this book was a light hearted read, but I don’t think I will be continuing on with the series or duology or whatever this book is a part of.  3/5 stars

On Writing by Stephen King

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I have been slowly making my way through this book, soaking up all the valuable information that Stephen King has offered us, and I think this might have been one of my favourite reads of the month. I actually just finished it last night (January 31), right on time for my wrap up! On Writing starts off by Stephen King sharing his writing journey, like how he got started and what he did to get to the point he is now. And then in the second part, we get to more of the technical aspect of writing which was just as interesting as the first half! I love books on writing and highly, highly recommend this one. 4.5/5 stars

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I was out of audiobooks to listen to so I decided to download Fangirl and see how much I liked it in this format…SPOILER ALERT, I loved it! I loved the audiobook just as much as the physical book, and am already itching to listen to it again. Fangirl follows Cath, a freshman in college who writes fanfic for her favourite series, Simon Snow. We follow Cath as she struggles to make friends, work through her fiction writing class, as well as conclude her fanfic series of Simon Snow. This book has amazing characters and a fun, cozy story line that I always adore. Highly recommend if you for some odd reason haven’t given this book a shot yet. 4.5/5 stars

Wow, that was long, sorry for boring you to death! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and definitely share what books you managed to read this past month. Was it a good or bad reading month, what was your favourite read? Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: February 2018 Talk!

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February 2018 TBR!

Before I get into this TBR, I wanted to quickly announce that my post for the day 1 challenge for the 2018 winter Biannual Bibliothon was chosen as a winner! I am ecstatic and want to thank the host Victoria, from @LatteNightsReviews for choosing me and taking the time to come up with this great challenge 🙂

January just flew by, and now February is upon us which is insane, but I am also so ready to dive deeper into the new year. January was a fantastic reading month (my wrap up will be coming later this week) and hopefully February will be just as good. I would say that I hope for it to be even better, but this was a rare month, and honestly I doubt I could read more than what I managed to read in February. Anyways, enough rambling so here is my TBR!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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I started this book during the Biannual Bibliothon, however it is a really dense book and I figured I wouldn’t rush myself to finish it. So, I plan to read a bit each week and then hopefully finish it by the end of February! This book takes place during World War II and follows Marie-Laure, a French blind girl, and Werner, a German boy who after their paths collide, they try to survive the devastation that is the war. Currently, I am studying World War I in class so it is fun reading a fiction book that takes place during a war, even if it is a different war. This book has nothing but amazing hype and I cannot wait to finally join it.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Honestly, I think this book might be the most hyped up book of 2018, even though 2018 has just began. I have heard nothing but fantastic things, so I bought this book a few weeks back and cannot wait to dive in to it. Despite the hype, I know nothing about this book apart from the fact that it includes faeries which is good enough for me!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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It’s the dead of winter, so why not read a summer contemporary? Even though I heard this is a sad book, it is the only Morgan Matson book I haven’t read yet so I am really excited to see how much I like it compared to the others. I did start this book several months ago, but for some reason I never finished it…but I am determined to, now that I have my own copy. Second Chance Summer follows a girl named Taylor and her family, who after getting some devastating news about their father, venture back up to their old summer house for one last summer together. I am a sucker for contemporaries so I have no doubt I will love it.

I know I only have 3 books on this TBR, but that is because I realized that setting 4 or 5 books that I tell myself I have to read in a month makes me a little reluctant to read them, so I figured just giving myself a smaller TBR will help. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Audiobook Recommendations!

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Audiobook Recommendations!

Hello! I am back after my two day hiatus after the busyness that was the winter Biannual Bibliothon. While it was loads of fun, it was a little draining but over the weekend I recharged and am ready to blog! Lately I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks, I think I listened to about 4 this past week, and have been loving them, so I decided to share a few audiobook recommendations with you guys and some tips if you are just starting out. I hope you enjoy!

Audiobook Tips for Beginners:

  1. Choose An Audiobook That You’ve Read the Physical Book Of – When it comes to your first few audiobooks, I find that it is a lot easier to ease into the world of audiobooks when you listen to a book you have already read. When adjusting to audiobooks, it can be difficult to retain all the info you hear while listening to the story, so my advice is to start of listening to a favourite book of yours!
  2. Free Audiobooks! – If you aren’t sure if you will like audiobooks, try borrowing them from your library. And I don’t mean borrowing the 30+ disk set, but borrowing from their online selection. Lots of libraries have links on their websites to online libraries where if you use your library card, you can electronically borrow books and audiobooks on your phone or computer, and they are free!
  3. Don’t Waste Audiobook Time – There are so many times throughout the day when you could be listening to an audiobook. So instead of watching mindless YouTube videos while getting ready, press play on an audiobook! You can also listen to them while walking around, driving, doing mindless tasks, etc, etc. Don’t waste perfectly good audiobook time!

Now for my audiobook recommendations!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Not only do I recommend this physical book, but the ebook is so much fun! I get the exact same feel as I do when I physically read it, and listening to the book come alive just brings so much more to the story. This is one I am actually currently listening to, and it is nice to discover the world of Fangirl in a different medium.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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I don’t have a specific book recommendation for this one, but really any of this series would be amazing on audio. I have only listened to the fourth in full, and snippets of some of the others but listening to the fourth was a blast, and the person who voiced it did a great job of giving each character a different voice and making the journey so much more fun!

The Selection by Kiera Cass 

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Listening to The One on audiobook was really good, I felt the tension between the characters and really felt the emotion I felt while reading the physical book, which is obviously what you want from an audiobook. While it did sound a little robotic, I quickly got over that and became so incredibly invested in the story. I can only imagine that the first book, The Selection, would be just as good!

Peter Pan by James M. Barrie

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Really, I think that any children’s book would be magical in audiobook format. I listened to this book during the Biannual Bibliothon, and it was fun listening to Wendy, John, Michael and Peter’s adventures in Neverland. Again, it brought the story to life in a way like a movie would, and while I was walking around and listening to this book I would get so invested in the story I would wander around for hours. Also, it is really short (about 5 hours or so) so a perfect first audiobook!

Those are a few audiobook tips and recommendations for any of you considering giving audiobooks a try, or for any of you who just were in need of some more recommendations. I hope you enjoyed this, and make sure you check out my last blog posts: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Write a Book Recommendation + my Day 7 Reading Update! 

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Reading Update!

Helloooo! It is day 7, the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon, and let’s just say I managed to end with a bang.

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Today I managed to complete 2 books, both which I briefly started yesterday. Most of my day was occupied by school and homework, however I managed to squeeze the rest of my reading in during then. I managed to complete the last 6 hours of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan on audiobook, and I loved it! I cannot wait to listen to more of the Percy Jackson books on audiobook because it is so fun and entertaining to listen to Percy’s adventures. The other book I managed to read was one I picked up late last night and that is London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton. This was for the challenge of reading a book I have never heard of before, because before reading it, I had no idea what it was about. I enjoyed it, the writing was a little weak and the characters were kinda flat, but overall I thought the story was light hearted and fun, and was a nice way to end the readathon.

 

Day 7 Reading Count:

Books Finished: 2

Pages Read: 551

I had such a blast participating in the 2018 winter Biannual Bibliothon this year, and highly encourage any of you to participate in the summer session! There won’t be any reading/writing update this weekend for the obvious reason that I have been doing these reading updates all week, but on Monday I will be back online with a new blog post, and later next week I will share my January TBR where I touch on all the books I read this month, as well as what I managed to complete this readathon. Thank you for following me on this readathon journey, and I hope you enjoyed all the blog posts I put out this week! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Write a Book Recommendation!

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 7: Write a Book Recommendation

It is the last day of the Biannual Bibliothon…can you believe it? I hope yours was as productive as mine, but I also hope that you had a blast reading, as well as following me along my own journey!

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The blogging challenge for day 7 is hosted by @Laura’s Literary Letters and is to write a book recommendation. I was very excited to tackle this challenge, however it was hard to choose which book to recommend…so many choices. Anyways, after a lot of careful decisions and comparisons, I came to conclusion to recommend the lovely book, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is the first book in the Precious Stones trilogy, and is a book of time travel with a dash or two of romance. In Ruby Red, we follow our main character, Gwen, a sixteen year old girl whose family has a secret, they possess a time travelling gene. Gwen had always been accepted that her cousin Charlotte possessed the gene, happy to stay out of the spotlight and carry out a normal life, but when she travels back in time, frantic and confused, she realizes that it isn’t Charlotte who has the gene, but herself. Now Gwen’s life is flipped upside down and she is thrust into the spotlight, the burden of the being a time traveler suddenly dropped on her shoulders because time traveling doesn’t just mean going back in history, but is also means putting up with her new annoying, yet ridiculously handsome, time travelling partner, Gideon. We follow Gwen as she lives this new life of adventure, and learns to accept it and everything that comes along with it, including dark secrets that come into light throughout the book.

If you love a book with adventure and a relatable main character, you will love this book! It is a fun, easy read, and you will fly through it, desperate to move onto the next books, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. I also recommend this book because there is a movie! It may originally be in German, but on YouTube you can find the dubbed version and it is a very well adapted movie, one I highly recommend. So pick this book up from the library, or purchase a copy yourself because you won’t regret it!

Ruby Red Goodreads page here

That is all for my day 7 challenge, as well as the final challenge of the winter Biannual Bibliothon. I am already counting down the days till the summer Biannual Bibliothon, and also the BookTubeaThon! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 6: Favourite/Most Memorable Book of 2017 + Day 6 Reading Update, also, stay tuned for my final reading update coming later! Thank you so much for putting up with these blog posts, and just being amazing. You guys mean so much to me and whenever you like a blog post or comment it puts a smile on my face!

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2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 6: Reading Update!

I know for a fact that what I will be taking away from this readathon, is my newfound love for audiobooks. Especially ones of books I have read previously, thus making it easier to follow the story. Throughout this readathon I have listened to a current total of just over 2 audiobooks, and enjoyed them both! Audiobooks are great for readathons because there is so much time during the day where you can’t physically read a book, but a lot of those times you can spend listing to a book instead.

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Anyways, now for what I read today. This is quite random, but I decided to listen to the audiobook for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, the 4th book in the Percy Jackson series. So far I am 4 hours and 30 minutes into it (163 pages) into it, and just decided to start listening to it because I enjoyed the books so much, that I was sure the audiobook would be another amazing experience. So far I am really enjoying it, but no surprise there. I also started London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton, and I am liking it so far. The writing is a little weak in my opinion, but I am having fun following the main character as she follows her dreams in London. I am only on page 43 but I’m just so exhausted that I can’t bring myself to read anymore. Hopefully I will be able to power through it tomorrow since it is under 400 pages!

Day 6 Reading Count:

Books Finished: 0

Pages Read: 206

That is all for my day 6 reading update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2018 Biannual Bibliothon Day 6: Favourite/Most Memorable Book of 2017!

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