Casual Friday 2 (May 23rd, 2014)

Ahh, I’ve been such a bad blogger lately! I was working so much last week and when I got home I was just wrecked and didn’t have the energy to get out of bed, never mind write a blog post, haha. So this week I have pre-written my posts (including this one) so that I will be able to have them up on time. Last week was the best! I learned a couple months back that Lana Del Rey (my favourite artist) was coming to Toronto and I tried so hard to get tickets but I wasn’t able too and they were too expensive to purchase off of a website like stub hub or something so I just tried to forget that she was even coming. Tuesday, Anthony said that his boss told him about this restaurant and he wanted to go, so we drove down to Toronto and had an amazing dinner at Jump Restaurant. I had the Muscle and Clam Spaghettini and it was AMAZING! When we were finished, Anthony was rushing to leave and when we got back to the car, he surprised me with tickets to the concert! I have to say, I might have cried a little bit, haha. lanadelreyconcert It was really good! She didn’t interact with the crowd much between songs, meaning like talking to us but she did go and talk to people up close to the stage. She even took selfies with some people! I think she was really nervous though. She seemed like it when she did talk but other than that, it was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot. sunsetinsta Other than that, not much else happened because I was really just working like crazy! I took the above picture of a sunset after leaving a sushi restaurant Anthony and I really enjoy visiting. In terms of books, I’ve only finished the first book in the second arc of the Warriors series and I am halfway through the second. Again, I’ve been working so much that I don’t even have time to read. I’m just so tired when I get home and I’ve started my high school courses so I have that to focus on too. I’m going to try and get better with Instagram pictures still. I only took one but I also had a picture from the concert to throw in here. Talk to you guys on Monday!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B over at Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions:

- What are you currently reading?

- What did you recently finish reading?

- What are you going to read next?

WWWCurrentReading

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Yes, I’m still reading this series, haha. But I have moved onto the second arc! It’s slow going at the moment because I’ve been working so much and I really just don’t have time for anything but I’m still really enjoying it! WWWFinishedReading

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This is the first book in the second arc and it took me far too long to read! I quite enjoyed it. WWWReadNextdawnwarriors

This is the third book in the second arc, I will be reading this as soon as I’m done the second.

What are you guys reading?

Top 5 Favourite Covers

A week or so ago I did the top five books I want to read on my TBR and now this week I want to talk about my top five favorite covers! I know that Top Ten Tuesday did this recently and it was inspiring but I didn’t end up doing it that week and thus, this post was born. I’m sure that my picks will be similar to everyone else’s, haha.

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Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

I think just about everyone LOVES these covers. They are gorgeous! I love all the colours and just the whole concept with nature. I haven’t actually read the series so I don’t know about the significance but I can still appreciate them.

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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I love pink and girly and that’s all this cover is, with a hint of badass! I think the cover really suits the book because Harper is exactly that, a girly girl with some badass. I just think it’s really cool and pretty, plus it also has a nice texture, haha.

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The Walking Dead Volumes

I really like the simplicity of these covers with just a hint of colour. They look really nice on my shelves too because they match really, really well.

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N0S4A2 by Joe Hill

This book is so freaking good, but that’s beside the point. I am a huge fan of Joe Hill but this cover really drew me into the book. It’s so simple but it manages to be so, so creepy at the same time. A big element in the book is a car with that license plate and to have a visual of it is great.

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The Sight & Fell by David Clement-Davies

I am a big animal lover and wolves are my favourite animals so these covers are really beautiful to me. I mean just look at their eyes! So beautiful.

There are a lot of other covers that I love but these are some of my favourites. I tried to find some that were a little bit different from what other people might have picked because I don’t want it to be the same as everyone elses.

Link me to your favourite covers if you have a post on them, I’d love to see!

Warriors Arc 1 Series Review

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I am terrible at writing reviews on books and I’m not sure why. I think it’s because I’m always worried that I’m not doing it right or something, but I don’t think there’s really a right way to write a review for your own blog. I think that’s why I hardly ever do reviews on here, but I know that a lot of people like to read them so I’m going to try and make an effort to write more.

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Today I plan on writing a series review for the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. It will only be on the first arc of books, considering I’m not even half way through the second arc, haha.

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This is probably the third time I’ve read this series and I just fall in love with it even more every time I read it. The story follows Rusty, a kittypet (a house cat) who ventures from his garden one day and finds himself in the territory of Clan cats (ThunderClan to be specific). The Clan cats are wild cats that live in the forest, hunt and defend their territory from the other three cats. He is invited to join ThunderClan and when he does, adventures ensue.

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The series follows Rusty, or Fireheart when he gets his warrior name as he learns to live with the clans and follow their ways. Fireheart is a bit of a Gary Stu, or perfect character and it seems that he can do no wrong. If he does do something that’s against the warrior code he has minimal repercussions and generally, it’s to do something heroic and help another clan/cat. It could be seen as annoying to a vast majority of people, but I really don’t mind all that much. I feel like he’s helping teach younger kids that sometimes rules are broken if it means you can help someone else.

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These books are meant for a much younger audience but I believe that it is entertaining enough for older readers as well. The books are very, very easy to read and move quickly which allows you to just fly through them and you are entertained the whole time. There is hardly ever any down time. There is something for everyone in these books be it action, fighting or romance.

I highly suggest you give it a try if you want a lighthearted, fun read.

Little Update

Hey guys,

This is going to be just a little quick update. This past weekend, I updated my computer and lost my copy of photoshop so I have to get a new one. I probably won’t have it until tomorrow, so this will likely be the only post for today. Sorry about that. I also don’t have word so yeah, I just have to add those programs before I can really do some posts on here. Hopefully, I’ll have it all ready for tomorrow’s post.

I figured I should just let you guys know what’s up. :)

Thanks for understanding!

Casual Friday: May 9th, 2014

I was lying in bed last night trying to come up with something to write for today. I questioned Anthony and he came up with the idea of Casual Friday and I developed it into something that I think just might work around here. I would like to share a bit of my week with you on Fridays, let you know what I’ve been up too in the book world and out! I’m sure there will be some weeks that won’t be interesting at all, but I think this could be a cool idea.

Eventually, I plan to share some pictures from my Instagram but well…I haven’t even taken one picture this week so yeah, haha; next week hopefully because I will make a conscious effort now. (Btw, I’m @newlndnfire on instagram).

So, what has been going on in my life this week? I’m not sure that I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I am working towards going to University and possibly Vet School. In Canada, we take two levels of courses in High School. One level is college level and one is university level and it dictates what type of school you can go to. College level is easier and I ended up taking these classes so now that I want to go off to university, I have to redo some high school courses at university level. Even though I’ve already graduated college! But, that’s fine. If it helps me work towards my dream, okay. It’s a minor setback and I couldn’t go to university for another year or so anyway. Anyway, sorry for such a long explanation, but I finally got some of the documents I needed to send into the government to start doing my courses from home! Woohoo!

I suffer from some anxiety (mind you, it’s not horrible), and I was putting off calling my old high school because I was nervous but I finally worked up the nerve last week and got the document I needed.

In book news, I haven’t had much going on. I’m trying to not purchase any books this month to help pay off some of my credit card bills (Being a student sucks). As you know, I’m trying to work my way through the Warriors series and reading them has made me a little nostalgic for things I used to do a couple years back. I used to participate in these online games called RPG’s (Roleplaying Games), but it’s not a video game. It’s more like building a story. One person writes something, then another replies, then the first person responds again and so on. Everyone has their own made up characters. So, I’ve started doing that again because I really was starting to miss it, but it’s taken up more of my reading time! Haha.

I think that’s all I have to talk about for today. What are you guys up too? I’d love to know more about you as well.

Sorry that this is just a block of text! Next week I should have some pictures to share.

Top Five on my TBR

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So, today I decided I wanted to do something a little different for fun! I want to start making more posts where it’s not prompted by anything (aka, not a meme or a review or anything).

I have a big ol’ wishlist on my Amazon account with all the books I really want. I try and keep it updated but well..you know, haha. Anyway, here are the top 5 books on my TBR. These are in no particular order, by the way.

 

undertheneverskycoverUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I’ve heard so much about this book from gingerreadslainey and it’s made me really want it! I love dystopian novels and this sounds like it has a really, really interesting world.

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides

This sounds interesting and I’ve heard about it lately. It’s being called a modern classic and that makes me want to dive into it. Plus, the plot just seems really intense and interesting. I mean, a whole group of girls that commit suicide in a year?

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

How could this NOT make the list, haha. Just about everyone is talking about and I’m really looking forward to when I actually buy it, haha.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This seems like a cute read and I don’t read enough of these kinds of books. I’ve read great things about this book and all of Rainbow Rowell’s books. She’s very popular right now and I need to get on it! Haha

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

This is another type of book I need to read more off. For what I’ve heard this is a pretty deep novel as it delves into some mental illness. From what I understand, this is about a girl whose father suffers from PTSD after being in Iraq. I am really interested in this and can’t wait till I buy it!

What are the top five books on your guy’s TBR?

WWW Wednesday (May 7th, 2014)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B over at Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions:

- What are you currently reading?

- What did you recently finish reading?

- What are you going to read next?

WWWCurrentReading

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Still with the Warriors series, haha. This is the final book in the first arc and I’m hoping to finish it tonight.

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This is the fifth book in the Warriors first arc. I finished it yesterday night before I started the final book.

WWWReadNext

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This is the first book in the second arc of the Warriors series! I’m excited to start reading it. I’m really behind in the series, but I can’t remember everything that happened and where I left off so I’m rereading from the beginning. I’m excited to get to the parts that I haven’t read yet, haha. I think it’s somewhere in the third arc.

What are you guys reading this Wednesday?

April Wrap Up/May TBR

Wow, I don’t know what it is but for whatever reason, I am terrible at making these monthly posts, haha. I think I procrastinate because I don’t really know what I want to include in them and it’s a little intimidating so I just kind of…wait until I just have to throw things together, haha. I’m going to try and figure out a plan for next month but I can’t guarantee anything.

What I’ve Read

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I started off the month with Erin Hunter’s Survivors series. As you all probably know by now, I am a huge fan of the Warriors series and this is similar, only with dogs. It’s basically a group of dogs who are trying to survive in the wild after a natural disaster. They are meant for younger kids, but it doesn’t bother me. It makes for a really easy, light read which I really enjoy every once in a while.

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I also read Amity by Micol Ostow, which is about the Amityville house and the two families that move in. It is about their experiences while living in the house and I enjoyed it. I have a review (HERE).

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Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer is the next book I ended up reading. It’s about a girl whose parents are divorced. Her father murders his new family and the book covers the families’ reactions and grief. I have a mini review (HERE).

Next, it was time for AYearAThon and this month’s theme was re-reading. I decided the read The Hunger Games series because it had been a while since I read that. (HERE) is a link to my post about that.

I started The Lunar Chronicles and finished Cress, the newest book in the series during Dewey’s 24hour ReadAThon. I also read Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (Review HERE) on the same day and started the Warriors series by Erin Hunter.

April was a pretty good month for reading, if I do say so myself.

May’s TBR

Since I started the Warriors series, I plan to try and finish it all in one huge marathon! So sorry, but you’ll be seeing a lot of this series around here, haha. I’ll try and shake some things up for you guys because I don’t want it to get too boring. I have the first three arcs and the first book from the fourth. I think there are five or six arcs now, plus there are all the super editions, novellas, short stories, ect. It’s going to be a lot of Warriors, haha. We’ll see how it goes but I would really like to get caught up.

There are two readathons this month, both AYearAThon and the Bout of Books ReadAThon. I will be participating in both, in hopes that I can freaking get through these books, haha.

I am also going to try and NOT buy any books this month. Whaaat? I know. But, we’ll see how it works out because I don’t have a lot of the Warriors books and I want to read them. I could borrow them from the library but I also want to own them so…it’s a slight dilemma. I’m going to see if I can find them for cheaper instead of paying full price in store and if not, I might end up just borrowing them.

So, what are you guys planning on reading in May?