Top Ten Books I Read In A Day

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for a new Top Ten List. This meme was created by The Broke and The Bookish and the theme this week is books that you’ve read in a day. I am definitely guilty of binge reading. Although usually this happens in spurts.

Unfortunately, thanks to my busy schedule I don’t not get to read books like this much. However, when a book hooks you, it just hooks you. We all have those books that we cannot put down. Some of these books I did not complete in a full day, but I’ve read 90% of them in one day. On with the list!

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

My friend Kim recommended this series to me and I’m so glad that she did. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not based off of the summary. I’m so glad Kim gave me that push though because as soon as I started reading it, I could not put it down. After I finished, I immediately went to the library the next day to pick up the second book.

2. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This one was very cute and I could not put it down strictly because I needed to know who our mystery man was. If a contemporary is cute, I tend to fly through them and this one was no exception. If you want to know more of my thoughts please check out my review for this book here.

3. Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill 

This is another contemporary romance that features a mystery man, as our main character, Julia, starts receiving random romantic texts from an unknown number. Seriously, anytime this theme is involved I’m immediately hooked. Aside from our mystery man, I really loved that this book’s backdrop was London. I believe I read this shortly after I studied abroad in London, so it was also very nostalgic read for me. Unfortunately, I did not have an awesome romance like Julia does.

4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #3)

When I was first crafting this list, this book immediately came to mind. First of all, I love this series. Second, I will never forget my reading experience with this book. This was one of the books I had started but finished the rest in one sitting. Not only was I completely hooked, but it was an emotional rollarcoaster. I specifically remember finishing it at 3AM sobbing. I was so emotional that when I went downstairs to fetch a glass of water, I had woken my mom up and she was very concerned about me. I assured her I was fine, just fiction tearing me apart again. To this day I have not read a series or a book with as satisfying of an ending as this one.

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection #1)

I have talked about this series before in a top ten list, but I had to include it here. I say again, these books are such crack and I’ve read many of them in a day. I chose the first one because I had picked it up when it first came out. I specifically remember finishing it so quickly and being so disappointed that I had to wait a year for the next one. It was awful.

6. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2)

This is another series I have talked about before. I figured since I gave the first book some love, I would give the second some love too. Jenny Han just knows how to write a good contemporary. I know some people didn’t love this one as much as the first, but I read it in a day and loved it. It was super cute and gave me lots of feels. A third book to this series is coming out soon and you can bet that I will be reading it.

7. Airhead by Mega Cabot (Airhead #1)

This concept was just really cool to me. I also picked this book up for $1 at my favorite used book store and figured I’d give it a go. I’m so glad I did because I ended up really liking this book. I would classify this as unrealistic realistic fiction as our main character switches bodies with another person. Weird, but kinda cool right? The humor and romance quickly had me obsessed with the story.

8. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (Heist Society, #2)

This series is one of my all time favorite. I love the fact that it’s fast paced, fun, and features thieves. Another series that is unrealistic realistic fiction which is probably my favorite genre. As you probably know I love heist novels and this one is probably my favorite of the series. Definitely one that I was sad to read in a day, because I wanted the reading experience to last longer.

9. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines, #1)

This series is a spin-off of Mead’s other series Vampire Academy. I know that vampires are kind of yesterday’s news, but this series will always be a favorite. I picked up this book on a whim because I liked the main one and it had Adrian in it. Adrian is such a cool character so it was nice to him developed more in this series. I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I actually need to reread the whole series because the final book came out a year after I finished reading the series. I cannot remember what happened because I read them so fast.

10. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)

This series is another that I was not expecting to love as much as I do. Celaena is just such a kick butt female lead and I loved reading her story. I picked the second one in the series because I’m pretty sure I read it the fastest. After finishing the first book, I immediately dove into the second because I could not get enough of this world. I’m super excited and scared for the final book to come out.

Those are my top ten books that I read in a day. I would love to hear what some of yours are  so leave a comment down below with your favorites. If you also read any of these books in a day let me know too! 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – Review/(Mini) Discussion

Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 519

After reading this book, I immediately wanted it to be summer (or at the very least spring). I also immediately wanted to adopt a big dog. The problems you face when you read a great summer book in the middle of winter. Let’s get into it!

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Top Ten Tuesday (Wednesday): Books on My Spring TBR

The Broke and the Bookish is back with their “Top Ten Tuesday” meme, which means I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday. We’re just going to pretend it’s Tuesday and not Wednesday. Yesterday there was a huge snow storm near me which meant I got to stay home from work. I used that time to clean my room, sleep, watch tv, and read. It’s been so nice and has sort of felt like a vacation day. I failed at getting a post together because I was too busy enjoying the lazy day.

It’s hard to believe that spring is around the corner with this cold weather. Might as well craft a Spring TBR to remind myself that it really is coming soon. I’m dividing this list of ten books into three groups, as each set of books sort of fits into a category.

Cassandra Clare Novels

1. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
2. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
3. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

I am working on reading all of her books in preparation for her BookCon panel. These are the three main ones I have yet to read. I don’t want to accidentally get spoiled at the event. The fact that I have not been spoiled with The Mortal Instruments series so far is a miracle. Also Lord of Shadows comes out right before BookCon so we’re also going to say that this is in preparation for her newest release.

Sequels and Series

These are the series that I want to catch up on/start this spring.

4. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (Charlotte Holmes #2)  – I read the first book in this series in the fall of 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the idea that our main characters, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, are descendants of Sherlock and Watson. Seeing the dynamic between their families is interesting. I’m excited to learn more about each character and Charlotte’s past especially. Can’t wait to read this sequel.

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter (Embassy Row #3) – This is the third and final book in the Embassy Row series by Ally Carter. She is one of my favorite authors as I fell in love with her Heist Society series. She writes (mostly) young adult novels that take place in our world but are not about “real life.” Heist Society is about teen thieves, she has a series about a girl’s spy school, and this series revolves around kids who are the sons and daughters of ambassadors. They are just fun reads and I can’t put them down. While this series has not been my favorite, I’m still excited to see how it all ends.

 6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #1) – There has been so much buzz surrounding this book in the book community. I have heard so many good things and want to see for myself what this series is about. I also like the concept of parallel universes and am interested to see how it is handled.

Contemporaries

It wouldn’t be spring with out some contemporary reads. These are the four I’m hoping to read. Two of them actually come out this spring as well.

7. By Your Side by Kasie West – Kasie West writes such adorable, fun contemporary reads. I have read most of her books and this is one of the few that I have yet to read. It follows two kids who get locked in a library for a weekend. It sounds like a cute concept and I’m excited to see what happens.

8. Geekerella by Ashley Poston – This book sounds like it is a modern nerdy take on Cinderella. I’m excited because I’m a nerd and have gone to my fair share of cons. Also, it sounds like there is some celebrity romance which I’m all about. It comes out April 4th and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

9. A Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – I loved this author’s previous book and ever since I finished it I have wanted to read her next one. I’ve heard this one is even better than Everything, Everything. I don’t know too much about the plot except that it features a Jamaican girl who is about to be deported from the U.S. and a Korean American boy who get thrown together. I also am intrigued by this idea about how one moment can change your life, which seems like it will be a theme here. Nicola is the new Queen of Contemporary, so I’m pumped.

10. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – This is also a new release that comes out April 11th. Not only does this book feature diverse characters, but I just find the concept so relatable. Everyone has experienced unrequited love. I personally have liked many guys and never did anything about it because I was afraid of rejection. Plus the author’s name is Becky, I mean how can I not read this book?

Those are the books I’m most looking forward to reading this spring. Would love to know what is on everyone else’s TBRs! Leave a comment down below sharing your Spring TBR.

Becky Writes Stuff (Ep. 2)

I have no idea how to start this post. We’re gonna go with some sort of welcome back. So…

Welcome back! I’ve traveled across the world, I’ve traveled back, and found some motivation. Well, sort of. I’ve written close to 3500 words (excluding blog posts) since I’ve come back. This may not seem like a lot of you, but I have been going through a dry spell. It had been weeks (maybe even a month) since I had written a single creative word. The down side, is that these words are for a new short story I’m working.

Fellow writers, do you have that friend (or friends) who you bounce ideas off of or you consult often with your writing? Personally I have two friends that help me with this sort of thing. One of them is Marley, my college roommate, who happened to be the friend I saw on my trip. She is great at sparking inspiration and helping me come up with ideas. Which is great because she has helped me out of many binds. The downside is that sometimes she sparks ideas for new projects, which is exactly what happened!

We came up with this short story idea. Most of it is outlined and everything! At the length that I write, it will probably turn into a novella. It’s super cute and is gonna get hilarious. I’ll give you a small hint on the plot, it takes place at a wedding. Unfortunately, there are good things and bad things that come with this new project.

I’m going to start with the good, which should be obvious. It has gotten me to actually write. Getting out of a writing slump is hard and this short story is helping a lot. I’m also trying to free write more and not think so much. Sometimes I think too much on how to say something and it prevents me from getting things down on the page. I need to actualyl write said things down. When I go back for edits and rewrites I can worry about the stylistic elements. I’m hoping to bring this writing technique into writing for my novel.

The bad should also be obvious, it is taking away focus from my novel! It also is not helping with my overall focus as a writer. In the course of a big project I tend to randomly get ideas for other novels. Obviously, I write them down but sometimes I think about them more than I should. I really need to learn how to focus on one thing and/or use those ideas in what I’m currently writing. I especially need to learn how to do this for sketches. I think I could turn some of my book ideas into a tv pilot or short sketch. This would help with my writing goals for the year and I would start less projects.

At the end of the day, it is my writing. I can write what I want when I want. I’m choosing to work on this short story temporarily, give myself a little break and break out of this terrible writing slump I’ve found myself in.

That’s it for this writing update. Hopefully the next time I create one of these posts I actually will have worked on my novel.

March TBR!

I did not have a great reading month in February. My excuse will be that it was a shorter month and the library was not on my side. I had to wait a while for two books that I planned on reading. Unfortunately, they both decided to become available at the same time I was in the middle of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I have the worst luck.

Since I did not get to many of the books on my February TBR last month, there will be some repeats this month. I’m also setting the bar low in hopes of completing everything on this list. Let’s get into it.

First, I’m going to tell you about the books I’m currently reading (and obviously hoping to finish in March).

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’m about 2/3rds of the way into this book. It was on my TBR for February and I was looking forward to reading it. To be honest it is a slower read than I thought it was going to be. I’m not sure how I feel about it at the moment. I had such high expectations, as I’ve heard nothing but good things, but find myself a little disappointed. I’m hoping to finish this in the next week because I’m so close to being finished with it. Also hoping the end will change things for me.
  2. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I picked this up specifically for my trip. It looked like a fun contemporary read and I thought it would be perfect for the plane ride. Unfortunately, I spent most of my time watching new movie releases and sleeping on the plane. I’m just getting to it now and am only about 50 pages in. So far I’m liking it. I’m interested to see where the story goes.

These next few books are ones that I’m also hoping to read in March. Two of them are repeats from last month and one I randomly picked from my GoodReads TBR. I say again, I’m setting the bar low in hopes of actually reading them all.

  1. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments, #5) – I’m really hoping to finish this series and read Lady Midnight before Book Con in June. Cassie is attending and I don’t want to be accidentally spoiled when I see her panel (which I’m hoping to attend). Somehow I’ve managed not to be spoiled thus far and I’d like to keep it that way.
  2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, #2) – This book was also in my last months TBR pile. I read the first book, The Raven Boys, back in December. I want to continue on with the series while everything is still fresh in my mind.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR, #1) – This series has been getting so much hype recently. Everyone has been raving about the sequel to this book, A Court of Mist and Fury. I figured it was time to hop on the band wagon. I am already a fan of the Throne of Glass series, so I might as well check out Sarah’s other series. Plus it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling (I think) and the live action movie is coming out, so what a perfect way to get ready for that.

That’s it for this month. Hopefully the library cooperates with me this time and I will actually get to all of these. I am slowly seeing how it is helpful to actually own these books. However, I have put myself on a buying ban until I get my room organized. It’s a mess. Especially since I brought back a ton of shit from my trip.

Comment down below with your TBR for this month! Would love to know what everyone else is reading this month.