Reading Slumps!

Hey guys,

I’m back and I have just been through the worst reading slump ever! Seriously, I mean I haven’t done any reading for the past week!

Feeling guilty…

However, I think I have stepped out of the shadows and I am now in a position to tell you guys about my experience and some tips I have learned on How To Get Out Of  A Reading Slump!

(yes, the capital letters are necessary…)

Okay, so if you guys have been following me on Instagram- link down below- you will have seen that I was super super excited for the release of Half Wild, the second book in the Half Life trilogy by Sally Green. I pre-ordered it and everything so it was like a big deal!

Anyway, I did the usual fangirl thing of screaming and jumping around the kitchen with my book that I had been highly anticipating… And do you know where it went after that?

Straight onto my bookshelf.

Yeah. I told myself that I would just finish the book I was reading and then immerse myself back into this incredible world with an installment that was ‘hot off the press’.

Yeah.. I didn’t work out like that… I read an entire trilogy and caught up on a new one before coming back to this book I vowed to read.

So I decided to pick it up!

And the majority of the excitement was gone. I had waited far far too long to read this book and I had already read four books about magic prior to it. I was not in the mindset for another.

I tried and tried and tried to get through this book because it was so good and it seemed like an amazing sequel to Half Bad! But everyday I read less and less.

By the time I reached the halfway point I decided to put it down. I did not want to spoil an amazing sequel by pushing myself through it. I will give it a re-read.

Okay, here’s where the tips come in:

-Put down that book!

It doesn’t matter if the book is fantastic or not! You do not want to force yourself through a book you might otherwise have really enjoyed. It is just not worth it. Save the plot-twists and cliff-hangers for a time when you are really in the right mindset to enjoy it! You will come back to it, just like I will soon come back to Half Wild!

-Pick up that silly little contemporary you didn’t want to earlier because you would’ve been judged reading!

Trust me, it works! I picked up The DUFF by Kody Keplinger this morning and it pulled me right out of that reading slump so therefore I really recommend it as a book to get you out of a reading slump!

If you guys are stuck, I don’t read many contemporaries but I recommend:

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Wonder by R.J Palacio

Wow, I’ve actually read a fair few contemporaries!

-Okay, say you don’t like contemporaries:

Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Cruel Summer by James Dawson (okay this is a dark contemporary but the others were fluffy)

The Rain by Virginia Bergin

– Talk to people!

Go onto Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or talk to even real life people and discuss the hardships of reading slumps! I will leave all my social media links down below so if you’re ever in a reading slump, just come and have a chat! I found it really helpful to talk to my Instagram friends and they recommended The DUFF to me and I love it!

Okay, there you have it! There are the tips I used to get me out of my reading slump! Hope they helped! More on the way too I promise!

Don’t let Netflix suck you in!

Talk to y’all soon!

Bye!

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Twitter- @proudfangirl100

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#AYearAThon TBR!

Hey guys,

It’s #AYearAThon time again!

This month’s theme is Fantasy and Sc-Fi and here is what I will be reading!:

I plan to finish Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Read The Iron Trail by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

and maybe start

Half Wild by Sally Green!

This TBR is a lot less ambitious than my last one.. that was embarrassing.. but I think this one is a lot more realistic for me to achieve!

Let me know if you guys are particpating too, I’d love to know!

All my social media links are down below

I’m staying in a place where there is no Wi-Fi right now but I promise to post on Tuesday evening to update you guys, most likely on Instagram!

Talk to you later! Bye!

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Twitter- @proudfangirl100

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March Wrap-Up!

Hey y’all!

So…yeah, I know I haven’t been blogging lately but I’ve been working on my bookstagram skills. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see. But sorry guyys, I promise I’ll try and keep on top of it now! Let me know down below if you want another book review. Honestly, I understand The Catcher in the Rye isn’t the most appealing book for teenagers. At the end of this video I’ll tell you what I’m currently reading and you tell me if you want a full series review! I probably will post a review because this series is affecting me so much!

Anyway, I’m getting side-tracked. During the month of March, I managed to read 5 and a half books. I’ve already finished the half book but I’ll add it to my April wrap up.

Let’s get on with the wrap up!

The first week of March, I was involved in the ReadoRama read-a-thon…

I think that managed to put me in a bit of the reading slump because it was my first full read-a-thon….

new moon

But yeah… the first book I read in March was New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

I can’t tell you too much about the plot of this book because it’s a sequel and I don’t want to spoil you. But, the basic plot is that a human named Bella falls in love with a vampire called Edward. Yeah, it’s as simple as that. The whole of the story is basically a contemporary love story with a few vampire twists at the end.

I read Twilight a year or two ago and I only read New Moon to complete a challenge of continue with a series for a readathon. It was then that I realised why I never continued on with the series.

I think I found New Moon to be worse than Twilight because I found the main character, Bella, to be really really REALLY whiny. Every chapter she’d moan on and on and on. I was half tempted to put this book down and then an action scene would happen that would throw me back into the story. Then the whole thing would loop round again.

I really enjoyed all the action scenes, I thought they were really fast paced and gripping, but I found that the rest of the book was just a moany contemporary- which really isn’t my thing.. I think the book could’ve been shortened dramatically if most of the repetetive monologues were cut out.

Overall, I think I gave this book a 3/5 stars- it was okay but I think some of the repetitive monologues could’ve been missed out.

Next, I read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. the catcher in the rye

I had to read this for school so I guess you could call this required reading. I think when I’m asked to read a book for school it automatically puts me off a little bit and hinders my opinion no matter what the book is. However, I just didn’t think this book was for me. This book would definitely appeal to most teenagers, especially rebels because Holden Caulfield definitely is a rebellious character who doesn’t seem to connect with people and thinks his life is above others. However, I’m not a rebel… goody goody… so this book didn’t really relate to me and I found Holden to be quite an annoying character. His voice annoyed me with his constant repetition of certain words like ‘goddam’ and his repetiton of known facts previously stated in the book.

I think I gave this book a 3.5/5 stars.

I did a full review for this so if you want to see that then I’ll leave the link here:

After that I read..

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and this book broke my heart and ripped it to shreds.all the bright places

This book is about two people in high school, a boy and a girl who meet on top of the school bell tower where one talks the other out of jumping off. There is a major trigger warning for suicide with this book. I loved all the mystery and secrecy in this book because it made me want to read on and it really connected me to the characters and made them seem a lot more relatable and realistsic.

Now, about the whole debate of how similar this book is to The Fault in Our Stars… I really don’t care. So what if the books are similar, this book has so many more unique aspects that give it a beautiful quality. Actually, I think I might prefer this to The Fault in Our Stars because I love all the extra bits like the dual perspective and the family characters- I think they make the story seem more plausible. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved TFIOS but it has been a long time since I read it and before I heard about this debate, it never crossed my mind that they might be similar.

The only problems I could’ve possibly had with this book would be that it took me a long time to read and it left me with a huge book hangover. I could not stop thinking about it. However, it was really nice to take my time with this book and to not think about how quickly I could read it.

I gave this beautiful and poetic book 5/5 stars- it broke my heart and changed the way I think about life.

After that I read….

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart..we were liars

This book! Wow! I definitely did not see that coming, it completely blew me off guard, I was so not prepared!

I can’t really tell you what this book is about because that is the whole secret behind it, you have to go inot this book without knowing anything. Just know that this is a beautifully dark contemporary about finding yourself. There, that’s all I can say!

The characters in this book were so well written and despite the fact that this book is so short, I really connected to the characters and I really felt a part of this story whilst reading it. The writing style of E.Lockhart was so unique as it allowed you to become immersed in the story and the characters without really knowing a great deal about the story at all.

The only problems I could’ve had with this one would be that this 200 page book took me 6 days to read. That is not normal for me. I really enjoyed what I read but I do think it was a mistake to read this after All The Bright Places as, like I said, it put me in a huge hangover!

The plot twist was so well thought out and I loved it so so much, I actually had to put the book down for a few seconds to get over the shock. All in all, I gave this book a 5/5 stars. Absolutely fantastic!

The final book I finished in the month of March was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi..shatter me

This book! Oh my goodness it was amazing!

This is probably my favourite book of the year so far it is incredible!

This book is about a girl named Juliette who’s touch can kill you. She is taken in by The Reestablishment because they intend to use her as a weapon. Juliette doesn’ want to be used as a weapon because she doesn’t want to hurt anybody. The world in which this book is set is a dystopian mess where there isn’t enough food for anyone and the birds don’t fly and all the animals are dead. The story is all about Juliette’s struggle to cope with the enormity of her power and the war looming on the horizon.

The writing style of this book is so different and it has such a fluid movement to it. Juliette’s character evolves so much throughout this book and as her character strengthens, the story becomes more fast paced and thrilling. Tahereh Mafi’s writing is so gripping and there are so many twists and turns, all of which caught me completely off guard! There is also a heart-wrenching love-triangle which I won’t go into too much detail about because I don’t want to spoil you but just know it’s amazing!

Also, the covers for these books have become my absolute favourites!

Obviously, I gave this book a huge 5/5 stars! It was phenomenal!

So, there you have it! There are all the books I read in the month of March! I really enjoyed what I read towards the end of the month, but the beginning of the month was a bit slow!

Let me know down below if you recommend any books for me to read and whether you have read any of these books too!

Thank you guys so much for reading this, sorry I haven’t been posting much- I promise to get back into the swing of things now!

All my social media links are down below, I post on Instagram the most now so I suggest you go and follow me there!

Speak to you all soon!

Bye!

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Twitter- @proudfangirl100

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