Monday, October 10, 2016

Frightful Fall Favorites




     Happy October everyone! I hope everyone is as excited for fall as I am, although it is hard for me since I live in Florida and it's going to be in the 80s for the next like month. But nevertheless, I am extremely excited.

     The season of pumpkin everything has come upon us (even my pumpkin-spice flavored blog lol). When this time of year does come around, its a great chance to get all cozy under a blanket with a good book and a hot chocolate. Since it's fall and Halloween and is quickly approaching, I believe it's a good time to give a list of my not-so-scary fall favorites; don't be mislead by the title of this blogpost, almost none of these books are actually that scary. So sit back, grab a pumpkin-spice latte, a warm blanket, and enjoy!



1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Wow, would you look at that? I referenced a Harry Potter book again. I feel like this series makes all the lists I create, and I'm sorry, but it just fits everything so well. It's spooky, there's witches and wizards, some magic, and they even have a Halloween feast in it, how perfect. This book, to me, is the epitome of fall. Don't question me on this. If you have not gotten around to reading this series at some point in your life, or are overdue for a reread, then fall is the perfect time to fit this little gem into your to-be-read list. Nothing starts up the fall spirit like reading Harry Potter and binge watching all eight movies.









2. Twilight

     Well, well, well, it's the other book series that makes it on my lists... every... single... time... But there's vampires, werewolves, and even an apple on the cover. I always relate Twilight to fall, probably because it takes place in the most fall-like place in America, and not to mention the blood-sucking and shape-shifting teenagers. All four books arevery long, so you will have tons of time to be submerged in the Twilight universe, and possibly start to realize you're actually a vampire and why you never knew this before.











3. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

I had never heard about this book until I saw it for 3 dollars in the Books-A-Million bargain books section, and I honestly didn't even read the back or anything so I had no idea what it was about. Apparently it's about vampires and towns in which people are quarantined, called Coldtowns, if they are suspected of having the vampire virus. I'm only on chapter 4, so that's really I know so far. The atmosphere of the book feels really fall-like though, and John Green says it's ne of his "all-time favorite fantasy novel settings" so it has to be good.












4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

     This book is spooky. Honestly, it kind of scared me when I read it a couple years ago. That makes it the perfect book to read for Halloween! Maybe you can even get some cool Halloween costume ideas out of it. Plus, the movie is out in theatres right now, so you don't even have to wait for it to come out when you read this book this fall, if you haven't already. The pictures that are in the book are also kind of creepy, which adds to the dark theme of the novel, and they are quite peculiar.










5. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Most people have probably read this sometime in the childhood, but it would be a nice reread for the autumnal season. It's dark, at times creepy, and momentarily gruesome. That seems to be the theme for most autumnal novels. Yay fall books! The movie even has Jim Carey in it, so how much more could you want? 















6. IT

     With the whole clown crisis going on, maybe this is a touchy subject lol. The day I find a clown somewhere is the day I will move to a deserted island and live off the land. Clowns are scary and everyone knows it, especially when they eat children, like It fo example. I have never read It, and this is probably the scariest book I would be willing to read. I actually really do want to read some Stephen King books, but maybe not starting out with It, maybe going with a more mild one first. I have never seen the movie either, so I am going to try and get out of my teen-fantasy-novel-comfort zone and read and watch some more... unique... things.









7. Catcher in the Rye

Odds are, you probably read this book for school, but that doesn't make it any less great for fall. Holden wades through snow in New York City, on his journey for self-discovery. I'm sure most people can relate to that. Personally, I really enjoyed this book when I read it in my sophomore year, and it still is one of my favorite books that I had to read for school. It's a great book for a person of any age, high school, middle school. college, adult, whoever.














8. The Hobbit

     The Hobbit is one of the most interesting and immersive books I have ever read. The travels of Bilbo Baggins were so unique and creative, and it's also dark and cozy-feeling. It has that warm feeling when you read a really great book. And the movies were just as good.















9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I have yet to read this book, but honestly I really enjoyed the movie, although I know it was horibl cheesy and most people hated it. My parents hated it and when they asked if I wanted to keep it from RedBox, I said "oh... no... it was awful... let's return it." So many regrets. I feel like, from what I've seen in descriptions, this book may be slightly confusing as it's Jane Austen's victorian writing mixed with modern writing. But there's zombies, so it's great for fall!














10. Beautiful Creatures

     Beautiful Creatures is another book that is the epitome of a fall/Halloween book. The witches are great, both the bad and the good, the setting is perfect, and the love story is different. It isn't a mushy, gushy love story, it's one where they make each other stronger, which is personally my favorite.Also, I think the powers the witches have are completely awesome, and their back stories are intriguing. Although I haven't seen the movie in a VERY long time, I believe that it was great as well.












     So that is it for my Frightful Fall Favorittes, I hope this gave you some ideas for your fall reading list and pulled you out of any reading slumps since this is the best time of year for reading. Obviously there are many fantastic novels that bring out the fall spirit, but these are the ones that came to mind first and ones I truly liked or wish to read. If you have any more ideas for books, please comment them down below for other people to get more ideas, and for myself :) Thank you for reading!


                                                                                                                              Taylor

Monday, September 5, 2016

Life.


     Hey guys, I just wanted to give an update since I haven't been on here in an inexcuseably long amount of time.
     It's a few weeks into my senior year of high school and let me tell you it's been a little crazy. I ended up with five AP classes: AP literature, statistics, psychology, comparative government, and research. I have so much work all the time that when I'm not doing it, I'm sleeping or working.
     That's right! I got  job! I've had it for a while now, and it's at SkyZone, which is an indoor trampoline park for anyone who didn't know. Recently I've become an event host so you can catch me being a slave at a child's birthday party. With all the money I'm getting, guess who's buying out the bookstore until I'm drowning in paper? This girl.
     Currently I'm reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, and there's only 100 pages left. Not to spoil anything but this new love triangle has me dead. They're both so great for her and clearly love her because of what they do for her, it tears me apart every day. I really miss Celeana and Chaol being together, though. They were so perfect in Crown of Midnight... except the ending... we don't talk about the ending.
     This year I will again be in my school's Book Club, so expect more book reviews about books like The Impossible Knife of Memory. All the books we read come from the Florida Teens Read book list. This year the selection of books is so great, mostly because Red Queen is on there.
     I will attempt to post more, but I have a lot going on this year as I'm also preparing for college next fall and trying to keep up with my school work, work, family, and boyfriend lol. Leave a comment down below of any posts you want to see on here, especially fall/winter related ones because this is my favorite time of year and I'd love to some seasonal blog posts! Also, sorry if this post was a little random and all over the place, I just wanted to make sure you guys know I haven't forgotten about you! 😊
                                                                                                        -Taylor

Thursday, July 14, 2016

To Be Read: 2016

     The last time I did a TBR was so long ago I can barely remember what was on it, so there may be some repeats because I know that I didn't read all of those ones on there because I found other ones. So today I'm sharing my new list of books that I want to read at some point in the year or next year because I'll probably find other books I want to read more than these eventually.


     First is Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I loved following Seleana's story throughout the first and second books so I am so excited to read the third book. It has been so long since I read Crown of Midnight, so I may be a little lost, but it's still worth it.


     The Elite by Kiera Cass. I did a review on the Selection a few weeks ago that you can read to see how much I adored the first book. I won't bore you with the details, but I hope this one is just as fantastic as the first one.


     Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Ironically, I gave the first book to my Grandma to read, then went and bought the rest of the series, read them all, and absolutely loved them. I have yet to get to the second book. I loved the concept of these books and I love the futuristic twist on the classic stories. I'm amazed I've lasted so long without reading them all.


     Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. This, I do remember, was on my last TBR. I'm so ashamed that I haven't read it, there's just so many books. My twelve-year-old self would die if she knew I hadn't read this book.


     Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I'm currently reading Clockwork Angel, the first book in the trilogy, and I love it so much. I fell in love with Will literally on the first page. I knew he was going to be my favorite. I need more Will so I need this book.


     City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Personally, I like Clockwork Angel better, probably because I adore England and the 1800s, but I still need to force myself to finish this series. It was still extremely good, I just wasn't as entertained. I just hope the second one is better.


     Legend by Marie Lu. Legend is the first book in a trilogy about a teenage girl named Day who is a highly wanted criminal who meets another teen named June who is being trained for the government's military. I'm not sure of anything else, it just seemed interesting to me, and kind of like Starters by Lissa Price, which was a great book.


     Obsidian by Jennfier L. Armentrout. I don't know much about this book except what Sasha from ABookUtopia has said about it on her booktube channel. It's about aliens and there's a cute boy on the cover. That's the extent of my knowledge and honestly that's good enough for me.


     And finally, I'm going to end with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Again, I've heard Sasha rave about this series, but I've also heard it from a lot of other people. Apparently the tv show is really good as well, so I thought it would be a cool book to read since it's about Scotland and time travel.

     There are obviously plenty more books I want/need to read, but these are the main ones as of right now. I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment down below what books are on your TBR. Thanks for reading!

                                                                                                                      -Taylor

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Dream Library


     Hello! My name is Taylor, and I'm obsessed with libraries. Entertaining, I know.But is it just me or are most libraries and book stores really boring? I can't be th only one who fantasizes about libraries they wish existed because let's face it, readers have the best imaginations and if anyone could create an amazing library, it's a book addict.
     I thought it might be fun to describe, in detail, my dream library and where I would probably live most of my life. I thought about maybe turning this into a tag, the "My Dream Library Tag," but I didn't know if anyone would actually want to do it, so feel free to write about your dream library and leave the link in the comments down below😊

     I would personally open my library in London beacuse I love England and I feel like it would be fun if it were in the city, although a chain of the libraries would be cool. Outside it would look like a traditional store, of course it would be much bigger than average store, and there would be ivy covered in flowers growing around the doors with a little wooden sign outside with a cute name for the place. Next to the entrance would be a small wooden rack of books that are on sale or are old and used, so it wouldn't matter if they were stolen, lol.
     I would also make it a bookstore to where you could buy copies of the book, but you could have a library card and check out the library versions of the book. That way it can suit either prefernce because personally, I love buying books and owning them, but others prefer to borrow them from the library.
     On the inside, it would be round and three stories tall and have really tall book cases that line the walls that need ladders to reach the top shelves. When you first walk in the door there would be an indent in the ground with stairs leading down into a sitting area with mix matched vintage couches and chairs. There will be one big spiral staircase that connects all three floors and wraps around the room. There will also be book cases lining the back of the room horizontally so you can see down the isles from the front door and cahirs would be scattered around he isles with unique floor lamps so people could read alone. On the left side will be a checkout counters and shelves of merchandise like bookmarks, notebooks, pens, etc. Also, there would be a couple computers out for people to search for books as there would be so many books to sift through. On the right will be a small cafe withe a couple set of wiry, outdoor tables and chairs and a little barista bar that has a bunch of plants and flowers. None of the mugs will be the same and there would be small deserts and snacks to buy. The menu would be written on large chalkboards above the bar, and the bar itself woud look aged and victorian as well as the check out counters.
     The upper levels would just be filled with book shelves and different chairs and couches. Plants would hang down the shelves just to keep it fresh, so it doesn't get stuffy. All of the decorations and furniture would be different from each other, but it would sill match. It would all keep a cozy, eclectic vibe but also be fresh and clean because if anyone's like me, I can't read when there's a mess. I would try to keep kind of victorian and have a lot of dark brown and white furniture with mixes of colors so it's bright but dark at the same time. There would be windows too of course between the book shelves with window seats and pretty cushions for people to read in.
     Out the back door would a small garden with a fish pond and little waterfall. More wiry chair and table sets would be out there, and flowers upon flowers would surround the garden. Light music would play out there as well as on the bottom level, but not on the upper levels for those who need complete silence.

     This was really unorgaized, haha sorry, but I hope you enjoyed it. I was so excited while writing this because I want this to be a real thing so badly, this is all I want in life. Leave a comment down below a link to your dream library or write your own dream, I'd love to read about them. Thanks for reading!
                                                                                                    -Taylor

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Harry Potter House Sorting Reaction

     Since Harry Potter is my life and J.K. Rowling is my queen, I thought it would be more than suitable to talk about my Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house sortings on Pottermore. If you're a Harry Potter fan and have not checked out Pottermore, I highly reccommend you do because there are so many stories and details about the world on there that are so amazing to read, plus you can be sorted and find out what your wand is like by taking quizzes. Who else remembers the old Pottermore where you could travel through the story and actually go to the places in the book and read about them? I thought that was the best thing ever. Going to diagon alley to buy books, ingredients, and an animal was my favorite, although the dueling was fun.
     Anyways, let's get started.
     In case you haven't heard, I'm a Ravenclaw. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know this. The very first time I took it in middle school, I got into Slytherin because I tried so hard to pick the answers that sounded like they belonged to Slytherin. That was during my Draco Malfoy obsessions. Oh Tom Felton. When I took it this year, I was actually true to myself and chose what I wanted, although I did hope to be in Gryffindor. Pretty much everyone hope for Gryffindor though to be honest. When I got to reading about Ravenclaw, I actually was really interested. I knew that was the house for the intelligent, but I didn't know it was also for the creative and curious, which is definitely me. I mean their common room is like a library, how perfect is that?
     I also think the background of the house ghost, Rowena Ravenclaw, is really interesting and the whole lost diadem story. Another perk, my favorite color is blue. It was meant to be. 
     Something that I found interesting as well is that you have to answer a riddle each time you enter the common room, although that would get really annoying if you were running late to class and forgot something, but at least you would have an excuse.
     As far as the notable alumni go, I'm not really all that excited because there's a self-centered, plagarist fathead named Gilderoy Lockhart, god he was so awful, and Professor Trelawney who, although she's nice and a beloved Hogwarts teacher, is just crazy, like strange crazy. Let's not forget the insane first-year Dark Arts teacher who had Voldemort growing out the back of hs head, and I never really liked Cho Chang either, she annoyed me even though I felt bad about Cedric. But there is Ollivander and Flitwick, who I really liked, obviously since they were so kind and helpful. Luna is a Ravenclaw too and I absolutely love her, she was so cute and imaginative, I used to ADORE her.
     I feel like Ravenclaw would be the most fun to be in for me, and I'm really glad I was sorted into that house.
     As for Ilvermorny, I didn't really know what the houses were, not many people do since it's such new information, but it's the North American wizarding school, and there are four houses as well: Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, Wampus, and Pukwudgie. The only house I really know is Thunderbird because that is my house, but I do know that Horned Serpent reflects the mind and the scholars; Thunderbird, the soul and the adventurers; Wampus, the body and the warriors; and Pukwudgie, the heart and the healers.
     I really like that I got into Thunderbird. I know that J.K. Rowling was sorted into Thunderbird, so that makes me so pround. I do love adventures and what Thunderbird stands for. The Thunderbird is also a creature that creates storms as it flies, and that's honestly so incredibly awesome. I love storms.
     If you would like to read more about Ilvermorny, there is some information on Pottermore as well as the sorting quiz. The story behind the school is fascinating, although I will always have allegiance to Hogwarts.
     The wand that chose me is of ebony wood, ten inches, has a phoenix feather core, and has surprisingly swishy flexibility. Maybe my wand was connected to Harry and Voldemort's by th feather of the same phoenix... dun dun dun. Apparently the phoenix feather is the rarest core type, so that's pretty cool, it goes along with my individuality in the Ravenclaw house. On the same note, the ebony wood is for those who have the "courage to be themselves." The flexbility also ranges based on the "willingness to change" and the "adaptability" of the wand owner. I love how much detail J.K. Rowling has put into this world, it blows me away every time I think about it.
     Comment down below the houses you were sorted in and what wand you received😊 Thank you for reading!
                                                                                                           -Taylor

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Popular Books I Have Not Read

     I regret to admit that there are a lot of popular books and series that I have not read. As a book blogger and aspiring author, I am deeeply saddened. I intend to read all of these at some point because they all seem really interesting, I just wish I got to them sooner. Here is my long list of popular books that I have not read yet.


The Mortal Instuments Series
     I have read the first book of this series, but I haven't read any others and you can only imagine how much that annoys me haha.

The Infernal Devices Series
     I have Clockwork Angel shipping to me right now, and I'm so excited! I've been looking forward to reading this series even more than the Mortal Instruments because I love England and the 1800s with a burning passion.

Paper Towns by John Green
     I'm not really one for contemporary books, although I have read The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska and loved them, although I did cry for a few days, so I'm really looking forward to this book as well.

The rest of the Throne of Glass Series
     I am obsessed with the first two books, but they're also the only ones of the series I've gotten to read and after I finish Clockwork Angel I plan on buying the third book. I hope I'm strong enough to wait until then.

The Vampire Academy Series
     I really liked the movie even though it was super cheesy, and I really like vampires, but I just haven't picked up the series.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
     Everyone says this book is good, and it seems really good by the descriptions, but again I just haven't picked it up.

The Lord of the Rings Series
      I read Hobbit and I really liked it, and I liked the Hobbit movies, but I have not read LotR or seen the movies. I tried to read the first book but it was just boring to me. I'll probably get some hate for that, haha.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
     The concept of this book seems really interesting and unique and I liked it, so I can't wait to acutally read it.

The rest of the Selection Series
     I adored the first book, but once again I never got to the rest of the series and I really, really want to.

The rest of the Lunar Chronicles
     Cinder was absolutely amazing and such a unique retelling and I cannot wait to read Scarlett.

The rest of the Heroes of Olympus Series
     I read all of the Percy Jackson books and the first two books of the Heroes of Olympus series. I was addicted to this series. I always loved Greek Mythology and this took it to an obsession. I literally taught myself the Greek alphabet and some of the ancient language in sixth grade.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
     I know not a lot of people have read this book but it's a classic and I feel like I need to read it. It seems like a really nice read.

     There are plenty more popular books I haven't read yet, but these are the main ones that come to mind. Tell me down below which books you haven't read yet so I don't feel as bad about myself😂 Thanks for reading!
                                                                                                          -Taylor

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Musical Book Tag


     Hello! Today I'm doing the Musical Book Tag, and I was tagged by Cassidy Smith over at Coffee Addicted Reads. This tag was created by somethinglikelydia on Booktube and it seems like fun😊


Wicked: Favorite Fictional Friendship

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

     So this is what Cassidy chose too, but you all know how much I love me some Potter. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are the literal dream team and even the friends they made outside their trio are so great, like Ginny, Luna, Neville, George, and Fred (my true love). I've always admired the bond they all have... and the fact they got to go to Hogwarts but whatever.


Sweeny Todd: Favorite Villain

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

     I don't really tend to like the villains since they are, ya know, the villains, so it was extremely hard to pick something from this category (and I already used Harry Potter, in which case I would've said Draco). I'm going to go with the main character from We Were Liars because she was kind of her own villain and I thought that idea was really unique. It's hard to explain if you haven't read the book, but it's still confusing even if you did read it. It's just different from most books out there.


Phantom of the Opera: Favorite Love Triangle

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

     Okay, considering just about every book has a love triangle these days, this was another hard one, but I choose the Throne of Glass love triangle. I love Dorian and Chaol, although Chaol is my boy so Celaena better back it up. That love triangle is just so cute because the two boys are so different in such subtle ways, yet they both endlessly care for Celaena.


The Lion King: Favorite Sidekick

Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan

     Annabeth and Grover in the Percy Jackson series. Percy's friends are so loyal considering the trenches of sheer crap Percy buried them in. He literally started a war with the gods and Annabeth and Grover still stuck with him. That is how you test a friendship.


Grease: Least Favorite Ending

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

     ALLEGIANT. There were so many paths available for Veronica Roth to end her series, yet she had to chose the single most emotionally destructive parting gift I've ever experienced. That was just awful for my mental well-being. 


Matilda-The Musical: Favorite Movie Adaptation

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

     The Maze Runner takes this by 1000%. Not because it's my favorite story line or my favorite movie, but because there's very little difference between the books and the movie, unlike certain books I will not mention... Percy Jackson. Harry Potter, Divergent, and the Hunger Games could easily take this because I love them, but the Maze Runner is still amazing and stayed true to the story.


Les Miserables: Favorite Death in a Book

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

     I will go with Victoria from the Twilight series. For so long, Victoria ruined my dream of Edward and Bella being peacefully together, but this little girl had to crush it. Her boyfriend tried to kill Bella, there's no justifying Victoria's cause besides the fact that she loved him. 

     I hoped you enjoyed my take on the Musical Book Tag! I tag Sophia from Viva la Book Life and Haniya at Voracious Bookling. Good luck!
                                                                                                 -Taylor

Friday, June 17, 2016

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming an Obsessive Reader

     Reading is a commitment. It is a lifestyle. It will probably be the death of me. Back when I was a small, naive little sixth grader, just starting out in the reading world, I had no idea what I was in for. Now that I'm six years older, and an inch taller, I've come across many things I wish someone had told me before I started this reading lifestyle.

     I didn't choose the reader life... The reader life chose me.

1.  Pain. Indescribable pain. Mostly in the middle to upper back region. Always have proper back support when reading and don't hunch over a book for hours on end without stretching because when you do come back up, you're in for a whole new world of pain.


2.  Don't get attached to the boy that shows up in the beginning of the book. He'll most likely become the bad guy by the middle or end of the book and shatter your heart into so many pieces it turns into a puzzle. Save yourself. It's too late for me.

3.  Don't get too attached to any of the boys in the book because even if he miraculously ends up being a good guy, you'll be stuck in depression for the rest of your life, rereading the same book trying to make him become real. He won't. He's made of words, not DNA. I am sorry.

4.  Fantasy/sci-fi books will ruin your mind entirely because 1) their stories are usually so awesome that you just absolutely love it and 2) you'll probably want to live in whatever dystopia/other world and hate that you're stuck in such a boring one.

5.  Reading even a mildly scary book past your bedtime is asking for trouble. That monster that you never knew about before reading this book is all of a sudden standing outside your bedroom. Keep the lights on. Turn on some music or the TV. The dark is dangerous. Be careful.

6.  Food comes before books. Books are expensive and you will want to buy all the books. Don't buy all the books if it means emptying your bank account. You can't read if you're starving and going into survival mode.

7.  Read the book for school first. Don't say you'll read one more chapter of the one you already started and then start the school book because you won't. It'll be two in the morning, you'll be finishing that fantastic story you've been dying to read, and you'll forget all about the four scenes of Macbeth you needed to have done by tomorrow. 

8.  The movies will never be as good as the books so get over it. Don't even try to compare them because they're most likely two different story lines and the boy who's supposed to be twelve ends up being eighteen and the scene where the mean girl gets drowned by toilette water that you really wanted to see won't be there. In fact, the mean girl won't even be there until all of a sudden she's a problem in the second movie.

9.  It's okay to pet and smell your books, just don't do it often and never in public.

10.  Book merch is cool, but you don't need all of it. A simple token to remember it by will suffice; the entire wardrobe of the main character is not necessary.

     I hope you enjoyed this list of things I wish I knew before reading. I love reading and books, this was just something fun I decided to do. I actually do everything on this list so...  I don't have any book merch, though, except stuff I got to be Hermione for Halloween when I was little.    

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     Comment down below some more things you wish you knew before you started reading😊 I'd love to see what you guys have to say!
                                                                                                          -Taylor

Thursday, June 16, 2016

10 Creative Writing Prompts To Keep You Writing

     One thing that's fun to do when you want to write, but have no ideas or when you're bored and have some time to spare is doing a writing prompt. Not only are they a lot of fun, but they keep your mind working in creative ways and can help you build up your skills as a writing. Here are some writing prompts I've found that I think would be fun to write about.

1. There's a closed door. What does it look like? What's behind it? Why is it closed?

2. When people turn 18, they stop growing until they find a soul mate so they can grow old together. You've been 18 for at least 20 years...

3. Finish the story: "Where is she?"
                               "My lady..."
                               "Answer me."

4. Write about the first humans returning from Mars, but there isn't something "quite right" about them.

5. Create a random character then write 50-100 pieces of information about them without stopping to think about it.

6. Your TV is interrupted by a news broadcasting telling everyone to "remain calm and stay indoors..." then the power goes out before he can give any details. Then you hear sirens outside.

7. Finish the story: "I needed a different Identity."

8. On everybody's 18th birthday, they wake up with a tattoo of what their soul mate will first say o them.

9.  One day you notice there's a new key on your key chain.

10. Write a story that involves a countdown, start the story with 10 and end the story at 0.

     I think I'm going to try some of these... maybe all of them. I couldn't help but think up stories as I was typing this and it's slowly killing me because there are 10 different short stories playing out in my mind. If you post your stories anywhere, leave the link in the comments, or put the whole story in the comments, I'd love to read your take on these prompts.
                                                                                                 -Taylor

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Re-Reable Books: Because They're That Good

     The most asked question by my mother: "Why are you reading that book again?"She asked it yesterday actually when she saw my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the table. I've been reading all the Harry Potters as I'm their age, although I read this one when I was 10 so I cheated a little bit, but I had to read the seventh one again before I turned eighteen, obviously.
     Anyways, I reread a lot of books just because I run out of material until I buy another book, or just because I'm having withdrawals. There are also a lot of books that I want to reread and haven't gotten to, so here's my list of books that I have, or really wanted to, reread.

     In no specific order, here are the books I remember that I have reread:






The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
     I'm sorry, I talk about Harry Potter so much, haha. It's an unhealthy obsession. I'm sure most of you know why I have reread this series, and I'm also sure a majority of you have reread it several times as well.


The Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick

     Another series I've probably annoyed everyone with, especially since most people hated it. I haven't reread it in a while, so I might hate it now too. I think the real reason I liked it so much was because I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with Patch, like I dreamed about him and made a playlist for the book, and I would go through and read parts that were just about him, just oh my. Patch.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

     The first time I read the Great Gatsby was my freshman year at the request of one my friends, and the second time was for school my junior year, so I don't know if many people would count that but I am because I loved it both times. It's my favorite classic, and the movie is so good too. Leonardo DiCaprio makes such a good Gatsby and Toby McGuire (Spiderman) makes such a good Nick.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

     This book series is literally taking over the internet, and it's really no wonder why if you've read it. And if you haven't read it, why? It's so good and Celeana is the perfect female protagonist. It's fun to read because every time you can make new connections and see things you didn't before, as like most books.

The Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

     I bought the first three books on the kindle app, so I've only reread them once because I hate reading on electronics, but I do own the fourth book and I've read it probably three times. I first discovered this series in sixth grade and the addiction has stuck with me. Bird kids and action. It's perfect. Not to mention Fang is pretty great *wink.*


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

     I really liked the whole Maze Runner series, but I have only reread the first book, the Maze Runner. I think this one and the second ones were my favorite, but the third wasn't that much less amazing. The story is really interesting and I just like them being all sassy.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

     This story is really unique. That's the best way I can put it. That's also why I read it a second time, because it was just not really relateable to any other books. A little orphan boy grows up in a cemetery, and is raised by a literal ghost town.


The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

     Although this book in the Percy Jackson isn't my favorite of them all, it's the only one I own because I got the rest of them from my library, so I reread it when I need some Percy Jackson but can't read the others.


The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

     This is a novella from the Twilight series based on one of the girls from the vampire army in the third book, for anyone who doesn't know. It's really short, but it's exciting to be thrown into this army with Bree and watch as she develops. It's an interesting alternative perspective to the third book.

The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

     Unpopular Opinion in the majority of the book world: I actually really enjoyed Twilight and the movies. Hate me. I liked the vampires and the werewolves and the love triangle. I don't like most contemporary or romance novels, but I love action books that have romance, so this was a really good alternative to a romance novel for me. Eclipse is the only book I've ever been able to convince my Mom to read, and my Dad likes the movies. We're a Twilight family.



     Here's a list of books I want to reread, but haven't gotten around to:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

     Most people have read and reread this book and this whole series, but I've only read this one, even though I really want the rest of the series. It's such a good retelling of Cinderella, and it's different from all the other retellings.


The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

     The only mystery book I've ever read was a little kids girly book club one and I don't even remember the title because I was like eight, so I had no idea what to expect. Let me tell you, even if you did know what to expect for the ending of this book, you don't. Your conclusion is wrong. This book blew my mind and I need to read it again to make all the connections I missed the first time.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

     I didn't really like this one as much as the first book in the Throne of Glass series, but it was still fantastic. I haven't read the rest of the series, and it's slowly killing me from the inside out, but I do want to reread this so I can remember everything for when I read the third one.


The Kill Order by James Dashner

     This is a prequel to the Maze Runner series, and it's with whole new characters. It shows the development of the Flare virus and this group of friends that tries to survive it. It's action-packed and absolutely amazing.

The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure by James Dashner

     I've reread the first book, but pretty much neglected the last two. They're both still great, it's just I think I liked the first one best. Although I do want to reread them to remember everything before the third movie comes out. (Although I think I have a while before that happens because my baby, Dylan O'Brien was severely injured on set.)


The Selection by Kiera Cass

     I flew through this book, as I said in my last post, which was all about this book. It's really cute and sweet, but there's still some tension and a little action. I want to reread it and take my time to enjoy it.

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

     I plan on getting a job sometime soon or in the near future and when I do, I'm buying the Divergent series with my first paycheck. I've been having withdrawals and the movies aren't as satisfying as reliving the full story, even though I deeply love the movies.

Four by Veronica Roth

     For anyone who doesn't know Four is a retelling of certain parts from the Divergent series in Four's point of view. Getting to see his side of those specific scenes that Veronica Roth chose. And it also gave a lot more background into Four's past and his father, which was really depressing but also really cool to see it play out.


     Well, there's my list of books that I believe are reread worthy and that I have reread. I hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment down below of which books you loved so much you had to reread them, I'd love to get some ideas 😊
                                                                                                     -Taylor