#bookhacks: How To Fit In More Reading, This Year!

Hiya!

I’m so excited because this is my first proper post on the new blog! 🙂 I’m going to be doing a lot more memes, which I hope you guys enjoy or even try out on your own blogs! This post will be part of a more spontaneous meme called #bookhacks, where I’ll give little tips on books: where to find good bargains,  how to fit more time to read or how to get out of a book slump! I would love to hear what tips you guys have to squeeze in some reading, just mention me in your memes posts as well!

Now before the stress, homework or workload swallows us whole this year! Here’s a small guide on how to squeeze in some reading before we keep on falling into those reading slumps again! I know last year, my reading habit was a constant cycle of three weeks of intense reading and then a four week period of a reading slump. I can not tell you how much I hated it and one of the main reasons this happened was because I was not planning my time right and I had too many distractions! Has anybody else felt this way?

Anyway, here are some tips I’ve learnt throughout the years on how to squeeze in some reading time onto any tightly packed schedule.

  1. Make Reading A Habit!
    I’m going to sound like a teacher now, but seriously if you read every day, during a certain part of a day, it’s going to make it so much easier for you to find time to read. I only just started using this tip because I used to brush it off whenever an English teacher would lecture us about how you have to try and make it a habit of reading for an hour a day. Every morning I try to read one hundred pages and then I try to read one hundred pages at night. You’ll be amazed at how many more books you’ll zoom pass, throughout the week!
  2. Squeeze In Anytime To Read!
    Whether it’s on the train; whilst you are waiting for your Starbucks order or in the shower. Maybe, even while you’re walking to school or work. Once you have gotten past the first few chapters of your book, try to find any five to ten minute period to cut out everything and just read. Even if you don’t feel like it, if you slowly push yourself you might notice that reading was something that you actually enjoy.
  3. Cut Out All Distractions!
    Yes, I mean any type of social media you are engaged in. I know its hard but if you start to notice that there isn’t really anything that amazing about social media, then you’ll slowly learn to back away and cut it off. You’ll be amazed at how much more free time you get when slowly disengage from electronics. You’ll have so much more time to snuggle up and read a great book.
  4. Find A Good Book!
    Confession: Sometimes, I read and force myself through a book just to be able to say that I have read the book when someone asks me. Please tell me I’m not the only one 🙂 Don’t do that because that just worsens the problem. If you are reading a book you are not enjoying you tend to stray from the book. Eventually, you’ll fall into a reading slump. Trust me, I’ve been there and I’ve done that! It’s not pretty. Find a great book, which you are excited to read and then reading will become much more enjoyable rather than a chore. I recommend reading a series or a contemporary, which will really suck you in. What We Saw; Never, Never and The 5th Wave are all great series which will hook you in.
  5. Sleeping Earlier!
    It sounds weird I know but if you set an earlier time to go to bed, you have extra time to read before you go to sleep. It makes a huge difference. If you used to go to sleep at 11:30 pm, go to sleep at 10:30 because then you have an extra hour to  read!

What are some of your tips to squeeze in more time for reading? Tell me in the comments or do a post on your own blog and link it down below! I would love to hear your tricks!

Also, thank you so much for all your support in my new blog! I’ve gotten such great feedback and it means so much to me!!

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Never, Never: Part One by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Title: Never Never: Part One
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Release Date: January 2015
Retail Price: $15.00
Overall Rating: 7.75 🙂 /10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Mystery

” I want to feel that again. I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie,”

I just finished this novel last night and despite the fact that the novel is quite short, it sure did pack a punch. Throughout the novel I “never, never” 🙂 wanted to put down the book. I absolutely loved reading this novel and trust me, if you are a fan of Colleen Hoover you will love this. It’s writing is captivating and your eyes are peeled to the book, page after page. It’s best to go into the novel without knowing anything because it’s what makes this novel so much fun to read! It’s like a puzzle within a book that will keep you desperate to find the pieces to figure out this book.

Never, Never tells the story of two normal teenagers, Silas and Charlie, who wake up one day, to find out that they have no recollection of who they are. Silas and Charlie have been in love since they were young and they have always been in love. Now, they don’t remember each other or themselves and together they must piece to clues together to uncover the truth about who they were but as they dig deeper they discover that their lives weren’t as shallow as they imagined.

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I can’t tell you how stunned I was to finish the novel and reading this novel was so riveting. Never, Never really is like one big jigsaw puzzle, which was one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. From the start of the novel, we jump straight into the action. There is no background, no description of who they are and usually, this would annoy me but for this novel, it made it so much more intriguing. Both characters had lost their memories and as a reader, I felt like I had lost my memory too. I wanted to know who these characters were and page after page we were discovering more, adding piece after piece together until the big crescendo.

The writing was beautiful. It felt like a contemporary but it wasn’t that girly, cutesy kind of writing it was a more mature writing, that made your eyes glued to every word. It felt like every paragraph and every chapter served a purpose and not words were wasted, it all added to the story. The thoughts of all the characters really felt like it was the true thoughts of someone with amnesias like Silas and Charlie. Even though something like this will clearly not happen in real life, it felt realistic. Every single time I was sucked into this book when I read it and when I came out of it, I felt like I had lost my memory. That’s how well this book was written.

Silas’ character was really interesting. His father seemed so enraged at him when he discovered he was out with Charlie and that really made me curious. I wanted to dive deeper into who he was. He truly seemed like a nice boy, as shown in the homeless person scene but at the same time it felt like he was a bit of a rebel since he was regarded as a popular boy, who was a football player. His character developed very slowly and hopefully, in the next few books we find out more about him.

Charlie’s character annoyed me at times. She was the popular mean girl but I liked how she was trying to mend her ways. I really want to find out what caused her and Silas’ family to go into this big feud. Charlie’s character developed a lot more than Silas’ and throughout the novel you can see the changes.

The only problem, unfortunately, was that sometimes it was hard to discern who’s point of view it was. Maybe it was because I read this book too fast, but at times, I had to flick back a few pages to check whose perspective it was in. The romance also was very fast. Silas and Charlie barely knew each other during the book, yet Silas was in love with her. That felt a bit unrealistic but I still ship them. 🙂

The ending blew me away, I can’t believe Charlie is missing because now it gets so much more complicated and just when it feels like we discovered why they both lost their memories, Silas discovers that it’s going to happen again! The ending chapter, was so fast pace and then bam it ends with a “to be continued…” What??? I need the next book!

Overall, I had so much fun reading this book! I can’t wait for the next book! What I really like about these novels is the fact that they are so short, it’s so much easier for me to squeeze in time to read! Have you read this book? Did you like it?

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Retribution of Mara Dyer- Review

Title: Retribution of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkins
Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Genre: Supernatural, Romance and Mysterious/Chilling
Rating: 8.5/10

Hey Guys! So, I read the first two Mara Dyer books earlier this year and I fell in love with this book series. It is about a girl called, Mara Dyer who is riddled by past experiences and when she moves to a new school and meets Noah Shaw, her whole life get thrown into madness. Mara Dyer claims she killed people but her parents think she is just traumatized by her life before she moved. It’s a lot of fun to read and it reminds me of an modern Agatha Christie meets Sherlock Holmes novel. The whole book is like an a thousand piece puzzle- there are so many mysteries that are thrown at you at the start but become more mysterious and complex as the story unravels! I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to the normal dystopian and supernatural books.

*DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK- SPOILERS AHEAD*

I love this book because all the supernatural occurrences can be backed by science. For example, the whole genetics thing backs up why Noah, Mara, Stella and Jamie have the powers- it all makes sense and it makes the book seem less cheesy. This book is definitely my favorite one out of all the book there was so much action and so many mysteries- it kept me on the edge of my seat.

We start off in the Horizons Mental Facility and creepy Dr Kells and Dr Wayne are telling Mara that the tests they run on her are perfectly safe. Mara really annoyed me at the start as she took the stupidest risks in the world. Like in the first few chapters, when Jamie and Stella clearly told Mara that the door with the radioactive sign was a trap, but Mara, being the reckless person as she is, still opened the door and became heavily sedated by Dr Kells and not to mention the other scene with the old van driver who let Mara, Jamie and Stella in his car but nearly killed Mara and Stella, in the bathroom. The pills inside Mara’s stomach didn’t really get that much of a resolution, we never really find out exactly what the pill did and we don’t really get a resolution on Stella- she just walked out and they never find her again. It would have been a nice touch if they had somehow come across Stella in the future. Jude being Dr Kells son wasn’t really a twist as it was obvious that Jude was somehow linked to Dr Kells.

I liked how Michelle linked back to the first book, with the genetics guide and Mara’s brother. I also like how she threw in the flashbacks to Mara’s grandmother because that way we find out more  about her situation and why Noah and Mara are the one’s that are so called, “chosen”.

The ending was definitely my favorite part and it didn’t slack off- it wasn’t a hasty ending. The whole killing ordeal was something that kept my eyes glued to the page- Mara was Noah’s weakness and Noah was Mara’s weakness. I liked how we don’t actually find out how Noah dies as it is mentioned in the book that Mara will love him to ruins- it’s a good little cliffhanger and I love how the ending relates back right to the start of the saga, “My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer said I had to chose something,”

I had a lot of fun reading this book and it definitely did not disappoint!