August Reads

Hope everyone is having a lovely late summer! I know I can’t wait for some cooler weather (90-plus weather every day for weeks now). Hot cocoa season is just around the corner!

Here are some of my end-of-summer reads. Enjoy!

RoseBlood

 

RoseBlood by A. G. Howard-

I enjoyed the first Splintered novel by Howard, so when I saw she had written a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, I had to give it a try. It was a little slow in the beginning but overall was a good read. The author did a good job of incorporating both the original story by Leroux as well as Webber’s musical while putting the characters in a modern setting. Not as good as her retelling of Alice in Wonderland, but I would still recommend this book for Phantom fans. Add it to your Goodreads list here: 

RoseBlood on Goodreads

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel-

Absolutely amazing sci-fi! I could not put this book down! Written in the form of interviews and journal entries, this book has a unique style that hooks you right from page one. I cannot wait to read the second book! Add to your Goodreads list here: 

Sleeping Giants on Goodreads

The World's Most Haunted House

The World’s Most Haunted House by William J. Hall-

I am looking forward to Halloween, and the summer isn’t even over yet… I picked this up a while ago, after reading The Haunted House Diaries by the same author. This is equally as captivated (and terrifying). This book also features the Warrens (the couple in The Conjuring 1 & 2). If you are looking for a spooky read based on a true story, this is it. Add it to your Goodreads list here: 

The World’s Most Haunted House on Goodreads

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Thank you for reading.

 

10 Ways to Stay Creative

It happens. We get in a rut and our world goes from vibrant to dull. What do you do to spark your inner flame? How do you find your way back to that magical world where ideas float through the air like butterflies? Here are ten ways I get back on track when my creative spark fizzles out:

  1. Spend time with nature.
  2. Burn candles or incense.
  3. Exercise (walking and yoga are my favs!)
  4. Listen to your favorite music (Blackmore’s Night and Loreena McKennitt always spark my creative fire!)
  5. Visit an art gallery.
  6. Color! Adult coloring books are all the rage now!
  7. Meditate/ Be Mindful.
  8. Learn something new (anything from documentaries to how-to videos on Youtube).
  9. Spa Day! Sometimes you just need a bit of self-care to get back on track.
  10. Loosen up. You don’t have to write an award-winning novel today. Sometimes I find myself putting unnecessary pressure on myself, resulting in the dreaded writer’s block.

 

This list is by no means all-inclusive. Feel free to leave your creativity-boosting tips in the comments below.

10 Ways to be Creative

 

Summer Reads 

It’s been too long! Hope you guys are having a great summer, and have gotten lots of reading time in!!!

I recently started The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. While enjoyable, there are a TON of parallels to Lord of the Rings and Sword of Truth series. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, as I adore both those series… Just a little more originality would have been nice.

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)

Add this fantasy series to your Goodreads list here:

The Eye of the World on Goodreads

Currently, I am working on another fantasy novel The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger. So far, I love this book! I’m over half-way through, and can’t wait to wrap it up this weekend! It looks like the beginning of a promising new series. It’s great if you are trying to find a high-fantasy fix until The Winds of Winter is released…

The Empire's Ghost

Add to your Goodreads list here:

The Empire’s Ghost on Goodreads

Hope you all are having a pleasant and book-filled weekend! What books are on your Summer Reading List?

Until next time!

7PM

Still working on Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (2nd in the “Wolves of Mercy Falls” series). If possible, I think I like this one better than the original! Add it to your Goodreads shelf here:

Linger on Goodreads

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Maybe next Readathon, I will get an entire series lined up and read it from start to finish! What about you guys? Do you like stand alones or series for you readathons?

Happy Reading! 🙂

5PM

Finished reading The Magician by Michael Scott! I think I enjoyed it better than the first one. I definitely would recommend it to fans of Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series. It’s a great YA series with magic and mythology blended in.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list here:

The Magician on Goodreads

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2)

Next up: Finish reading Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. How’s everyone holding up? 🙂 I started getting sleepy last hour, but nothing a short cat nap and a big mug of coffee can’t fix!

Keep reading! 🙂