June 2017

  • The Month of The Slump
    June Recap & July Releases

    June wasn't a very great month of reading for me. I read a grand total of one book, which was because of exams that happened during the month. But, that definitely didn't stop me from making progress in other areas this month. I managed to start a Creative Writing course, start my University applications and I'm looking forward to what the future brings this next school year.

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  • NaNoWriMo Survival Kit
    Tips to Success

    With Camp NaNoWriMo almost here, it can be daunting to begin your project on the 1st of the month.

    Over the four years I've partaken in NaNoWriMo, I've learned a few things about how to cope with the task of reaching your writing goals. NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo are such good ways at making progress on your writing project and I've found that it's substantially helped me become more productive.

    One amazing thing about both events is that there's such a large community of writers who take part during this. Many writers organise groups and sprints together during the month. It's just an awesome time to get to know other writers.

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  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    Can I live in this world?

    I am in love with Lazlo Strange. A weird confession but I'm also in love with the entire world that this book is set in. The Kingdom of Zosma and the City of Weep are fantastical places filled with imagination, knowledge and an intriguing mystery.

    Everyone has forgotten the real name of the City of Weep and it has led Lazlo on a quest to discovering where the city lies, while also getting involved in other events along the way. The prose and pacing were excellent and the world building felt subtle and like coats of paint. Taylor let one coat of world-building dry before she added another and it felt natural.

    As a lover of myths as well, I loved how much they were incorporated into the story and how they affected the plot overall. There was just so much that I kept cheering and fanboying over in the novel. I couldn't help but love the story the more I read it.

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  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    A Beautiful Backstory to the Queen of Hearts

    I hate that Heartless is a standalone novel, I wanted so much more from this story. The backstory of the infamous Queen of Hearts, the main villain in Alice in Wonderland was one of trials, tribulations, and terror. It was awesome to see how Cath's character changed throughout in her negative character arc, seeing an innocent girl turn into the Queen of Hearts. Meyer manages to add her own touch to the story, providing a new perspective on the world of Wonderland and enriching it for new readers to explore.

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  • Life of a Bookworm
    Facing Our Struggles Head On

    Reading books is one of my greatest joys in life and because of it, I've become what's known as a bookworm. Although, I'd rather have names such as a book dragon or maybe even my self-proclaimed title of Prince of Stories. (I aspire to have a throne of books)

    We as bookworms are terrifying, not only because our minds are richer because of our widened vocabulary, but also because we have the power to take over the world! But for now, let's resume our usual position in hiding reading our books.

    Lately, I've been met with a series of struggles which I've led to believe is because I'm a bookworm. A normal struggle is fine but dealing with a bookish struggle is like magic, almost hard to comprehend. Although being a bookworm is great, there are some things that all bookworms hate, and I thought it'd be fun to list the good and bad aspects. Why? Because addressing the problem is the first step to the solution!

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  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
    A Book Which Played Games With My Mind

    The cover was perhaps what drew me to the book most (I mean look at it, it's beautiful), but the story was still equally as amazing. I loved how I was drawn into a game which changed when I least expected it, and how the world of where Caraval takes place was excellently explored but left enough for me to want the sequel.

    Caraval is a magical book, there are moments of humor, romance, tragedy, and mystery and it was glorious. The prose was excellent, the pacing was slow at first but quickly picked up and each character was a mystery waiting to be solved.

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