Hamilton Book Tag

I love Hamilton and I love books so I thought it was about time I gave this tag a try. I have seen this tag done on YouTube countless times and am super excited to answer these questions with my favourite books so let’s get into it!

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THE QUESTIONS:

1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

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This is a given because while there are a lot of book worlds I would like to put myself in, the wizarding world in Harry Potter is the best option to be honest. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world of magic? Easy question.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

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While I wouldn’t say this character is exactly underrated, I just don’t think she gets enough credit or page time as some of the others. However, I expect she will in the third and final book in this trilogy which comes out in a few months and I am VERY excited for that. The character I am talking about is Christina from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare! I love Christina, her story, and her potential love interest (hehe) so much, and just wished we saw more of her as opposed to some of the other characters…

3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

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Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is on a mission to find the lost king Glendower, and has been for years. Throughout the story we learn the hardships he had gone through and how quitting sometimes seemed like the best option, yet he still searches because he knows it is what he is meant to do. He definitely goes after what he wants when it is important and won’t let anyone get in the way and I admire him for it!

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE INFERNAL DEVICES THEN DON’T READ THIS

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While this character’s death wasn’t abrupt but natural, something we really don’t see that much in YA fantasy, I still would really like Will Herondale to be alive! I loved him and it is terrible that Tessa and Jem have to live on without him.

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5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO NOT READ BELOW

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I think it was pretty obvious what was going to happen by the end of this book with our two love interests, Lou and Will, but I was still NOT ready for it. There was no way of avoiding it with Will’s quadriplegia so I didn’t expect to cry but I did…a lot.

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6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

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Okay…kind of cheating because I haven’t read these books but going off the TV show, The Vampire Diaries has some of the BEST villains ever. They are so sassy and amazing and you can see their side of the story with most of the decisions they make. Katherine is the queen of villains but all the others are great as well.

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warn for spoilers!]

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ WE WERE LIARS THEN DON’T READ BELOW

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Oh my god. I cannot remember a book that blew me away as much as this book had. Maybe some people saw that end coming but I didn’t (maybe because I read it between the hours of 12am-3am…) and it CRUSHED me. I grew to like all the characters in this book and then to find out most of them were dead? Like what? I cried. A lot.

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8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned

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When I think about it, I haven’t actually marathoned a book series in a really long time. However, I do remember flying through the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth and The Selection trilogy (it was a trilogy at the time) by Kiera Cass. I lived in a small town at that time with not much to do so I spent three days on each series reading the books from back to front and then immediately picking up the sequel!

9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

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When it comes to multiple POV I usually dislike reading in about 50% of the POVs. However, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan follows three different perspectives and I love reading from them all. Piper, Leo and Jason are really fun to follow as are 99% of Rick Riordan’s characters, and this has been a favourite book of mine since I was really young. Just talking about it makes me want to revisit the characters, as well as the other books which have lots of amazing POVs!

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

 

Apart from Harry Potter, I have two answers for this: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I have yet to read either of them yet (Children of Blood and Bone will be the next book I read once I finish my current reads!), but they have received an amazing amount of buzz. The Hate U Give deals with important topics among our society today that will not be forgotten, and Children of Blood and Bone is also something the world has needed and been waiting for. These books will be remembered throughout history and I cannot wait to give them both a read!

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5 Goals Every Writer Should Set for Themselves

Even if you write for fun and that is all, it is still important (and fun) to set goals for yourself and motivate yourself to keep going. I love making goals for myself and here are 5 goals that I think every writer should have!

 

  1. To Finish That Story! – Whether it is a book or a short story you are trying to tackle, don’t procrastinate it, just finish the story! Remind yourself that the words don’t have to be good, just get them done and on the page. You don’t want to be a writer who starts things and then never finishes, because that is only setting yourself up for bad writing habits.
  2. To Write Every Week – I wanted to put to “Write Everyday” but I know for most of us (myself included) that is a struggle. However, still try to aim to write everyday if you can! Writing every week is a manageable goal and is really important because you want to keep that brain full of creativity. Whether you write 50 words or 6000 a week, some words are better than absolutely no words!
  3. To Read… A Lot! – Again, reading every day can be hard, but try to read as much as you can each month. Even if it is only one book a month that is still progress! You are still exercising your writing muscles by reading anything as little as one page of a book. Just keep finding books and stories you enjoy and keep reading. Here are some craft AND fiction books I recommend:
    • Stephen King: On Writing by Stephen King
    • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
    • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  4. To Connect With Other Writers – This is a goal I always set for myself each week, because I always want to be connecting and interacting with other writers. It helps make you feel not so alone in your passion, and can also be a way to gain valuable information from those on different walks of the writing path from you. I highly recommend jumping on social media to find writers like you, or finding a local writing group that you can join! This will make the world of a difference and even if it might be out of your comfort zone, will be worth it in the end. Here are some places where you can find some writing friends online:
    • Twitter
    • NaNoWriMo/Camp NaNoWriMo
    • Instagram
    • YouTube
  5. To Search for Your Voice and Style – This is a really important one because without your own unique voice and style, you won’t be able to reach your full potential as a writer. When you are first starting out it is natural to mimic a favourite author of yours until you find your own voice and style, but as you write more and more your voice and style will start to filter through. It is essential for you to harness all that and dive deeper into it so that you understand how you write because then your readers will too!

Those are my 5 goals that I think every writer should make for themselves and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and also my social media links below 🙂

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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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January 2018 Talk!

This is my first talk for the new year and I am so excited to jump into 2018 in just only 14 days! If you didn’t know, in these “talks” I discuss all the new book releases and movies that are coming out in the following month that I am personally eager about. Hopefully some of these you are excited for as well, but if they aren’t, definitely comment on some books and movies you are looking forward to on the month of January!

Books

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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This is a book written by two YouTubers I watch, and I am so proud and excited to pick up their book! Sasha Alsberg is the BookTube channel @abookutopia, and was the first BookTube channel I ever subscribed to. She is amazing, as well as @LindsayCummings, a wonderful AuthorTuber that I have also been subscribed to for sometime now. Their book Zenith, is set in the Mirabel Galaxy, and takes place when an all girl’s crew, called the Marauders, routine mission goes wrong. I am really excited to read this because it has been ages since I read a sci-fi book and I have a feeling I will absolutely adore this novel! This book is released on January 16th.

Keeper by Kim Chance

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Keeper is a book by an AuthorTuber, @KimChance who I watch, and I am really excited to see how far she has come and pick up her book in January. It has a really interesting plot and I am dying to get my hands on it! Keeper follows sixteen year old Lainey, who after being attacked by a witch, she discovers that the attack wasn’t random, and that she is a type of a witch called a Keeper. This kind of witch can unlock the power of a magical spell book that is missing, the Grimoire, and Lainey has to find it before an evil warlock gets to it first. I haven’t read many witch books but I am thrilled that this will be one of them! This book is released on January 30th.

Movies

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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This is a movie that has been long awaited after being postponed due to Dylan O’Brien being injured onset…luckily his injuries were minor so he is well and the film is finally being released into the world! I have to say, I did enjoy the first movie enough, and the second one was okay, but I am not entirely sure how much I will love this movie. Since this is the third installment, I won’t say too much other than the first movie/book follows our main character, Thomas, who wakes up in a strange maze filled with dozens of boys who all don’t have any recollection of their pasts. As time passes, the boys begin to realize there was a reason that they were placed in this maze, and that it isn’t a simple one. This movie is released on January 26th.

Those are all of the books and movies that I am looking forward to in the month of January, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update 🙂

Top 5 Favourite Booktubers

I love watching YouTube videos, especially booktube videos! if you don’t know what booktube is, it is basically just YouTube videos of people talking about books. They do book reviews, book tags, and basically anything book related. If you have never watched booktube or are in search of some wonderful booktubers (not that they are not all wonderful) then here are some recommendations below!

abookutopia is a booktube channel run by a girl named Sasha and she was one of my first booktubers to watch and she is definitely my favourite of them all! I highly recommend you to check her out if you don’t already!

Polandbananasbooks is another great booktube channel run by a girl named Christine and she is really hilarious and a lot of her book related videos incorporate acting and just funny things into them which make them super entertaining!

Katytastic is run by Kat and she was also one of the first booktubers and I love watching her videos! Her videos are fun and have something for every book reader in them!

Jessethereader is my fourth recommendation which is a booktube channel run by a guy named Jesse. I recently started watching him but he is just so funny and I love the books that he talks about!

Peruseproject is another amazing booktube channel run by a girl named Raegan and I also love her channel because its a little bit different from the others channels just in the choices she reads which I find really interesting because it gets me interested in books I haven’t really thought of picking up!

So that is it for this blog post and I hope you guys enjoyed and get some great booktubers from it! If you have any recommendations please leave a comment below 🙂