Spring Reading List

Hi everyone! I had a really busy weekend so I wasn’t able to post, but today I wanted to update you on my spring reading list.

I recently finished reading The Hobbit for the second time, and have started The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in the Lord of the Rings series. My goal is to finish the trilogy by the end of June. It’s a bit slow going, as the books are a bit dry in some parts, but I’m really enjoying the first book so far.

What are you guys reading right now? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram or Twitter. Watch for another post sometime this week to make up for the lack of one last week;))

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)

February Reading List (No Fantasy)

Hello! I got a bunch of Chapters gift cards over Christmas, which means that It’s time for me to replenish my stock of reading material. Today I’ll share three books that I’m either currently reading or want to read in February. I’m trying to branch out my book selections a little bit- I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy, which I love, but I feel like I need something different. This list isn’t numbered because I want to read these books in no particular order. I hope that this post gives you some good book ideas!

They Both Die At The End

I’m currently reading this book and I have to say that it’s pretty good so far. It’s about two teenage boys that get a call saying they’re going to die by the end of the day. They don’t know when or how its going to happen, only that it will. Through an app they meet up with each other and basically go out to make the most of their “End Day”. The story is well written and jumps between different perspectives, which makes it more interesting, and is also a bit emotional because these boys have to say their last goodbyes. But above all, I love it because of it’s message- live everyday like it’s your last.

On The Come Up

This is Angie Thomas’s second novel. Her first, The Hate U Give, was a great read and I suggest that you check it out if you haven’t already. Anyways, On The Come Up is about a girl whose father was an amazing rapper, and she wants to become just like him. However, her family is going through some tough times, and now she needs to make it big in order to help them out. I’d like to read this book because I loved The Hate U Give, and it sounds like an inspiring story. Plus, it’s not fantasy!

Two Can Keep A Secret

This is another book from an author whose first book I’ve read. One Of Us Is Lying is a mystery from Karen M. McManus. Two Can Keep A Secret is about a girl named Ellery who goes to live with her grandmother in Echo Ridge, and a boy named Malcolm whose brother was the prime suspect in a murder in Echo Ridge. Then new threats come up, a girl disappears, and the two teens have to find out what happened. I’ve been sucked into the world of mystery novels after reading One Of Us Is Lying and Paper Towns, so I’m excited to read this!

So yeah! That’s what I’ll be reading this month;) If I get through those and start another book, I’ll let you guys know what that book is. Happy Reading!

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked;)))))

UK vs Greece: Which is the Better to Travel Destination?

Hello everyone! This post is going to be a bit out of the box for me- don’t worry, I haven’t switched over to travel blogging. Actually, in social class right now we’re doing a project where we have to write a blog post about two different countries and give our opinions on which one we think is better to travel to. So I was like YESSSSSS, might as well hit two birds with one stone and get a project and a blog post done at the same time. I don’t know how this is going to go, but bear with me here.

The two countries that I picked were the UK and Greece, which are places that I’ve always wanted to go, mostly because of their super cool history. I’ll be comparing their tourist attractions, places to eat, weather, culture, currency, and yes, I have to do a little bit on both of their economic systems because this is a social studies project. For each country I’ll also figure out what it’s best library is and let you guys know. You can’t go vacationing without a good book! Anyways, I hope that this gives you a little bit of travel inspiration.

The UK

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Best Library: National Art Library, London

The United Kingdom has a crazy amazing history, and because of that there are so many cool things to do there. The Tower of London, Stonehenge and the British Museum are all sites that will transport you back in time, and there are many castles and palaces such as Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace or Hampton Court if you are interested in the British Monarchy. Even if you don’t like history, the Chester Zoo and the Eden project, which houses an extraordinary variety of interesting plant species, offer unique experiences.

Onto places to eat! (My favourite part). Fishers is a restaurant on London’s High Street serving fish and chips, a must-try when visiting the UK. Tom’s Kitchen is another fairly inexpensive place to eat in Chelsea, serving English comfort food. If you’re up for something a bit more international, there are many Indian and Italian establishments in the London area, including Taste of Nawab and Emilia’s Crafted Pasta.

The high season to travel to England is the spring and summer months, when the weather is the warmest. However, the winter in the UK is still fairly mild. This week, the temperatures range from six to twelve degrees celsius, although there usually is a fair amount of clouds and rain.

The United Kingdom’s culture is largely dominated by its historic past. Shakespeare’s plays are still being interpreted by different stage groups, and the English monarchy is still a big part of the country’s identity. People in the UK enjoy watching soccer, which is believed to have originated in England.

In terms of currency, the UK uses pounds sterling, with 100 pence making up one pound. One reason that people may be opposed to visiting the UK is the difference in value between our dollar and the pound, but honestly, I think that it is definitely worth it to visit a place of such historical significance.

Finally, like Canada, the UK is a constitutional monarchy, meaning that the reigning king or queen acts as head of state, and the head of government is an elected prime minister (currently Theresa May). It’s economy is mixed, but it does lean toward market values. Most services are privately owned, except for healthcare and education. However, companies that provide water, gas and postal services are tightly regulated by the government. This gives the economy a balance between government involvement and individual freedom. Resources in the UK, which includes oil and gas, are owned mostly by private businesses with some government involvement. Manufacturing goods isn’t a major contributor to the economy, but foreign trade is very important to it. Overall, I would say that the UK has a healthy economy, mixing private businesses with government involvement to ensure the well-being of its citizens.

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/place/United-Kingdom/Economy#ref44690 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_United_Kingdom

https://www.quora.com/What-type-of-economic-system-does-the-U-K-have-How-does-it-affect-the-regions-economy

Greece

Best Library: National Library of Greece, Athens

With numerous beaches and historic sites, there is no shortage of tourist destinations in Greece. This ancient country really fascinates me with its temples and age-old cities. The Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens is probably one of the most popular attractions in Greece. It is an ancient temple that was dedicated to the goddess Athena in 447 BC. Santorini, an island off of the Greek mainland with iconic its blue and white buildings and red beaches, is another great place to visit. And if you’re interested in ancient Greece, Delphi is a UNESCO world heritage site and holds the ruins of the most important temple of Apollo in Greece, where pilgrims traveled to hear prophecies over a thousand years ago.

I absolutely LOVE Greek food. Tis Theatrou to Steki is a restaurant in Athens that looks like it has some absolutely amazing things to have for lunch. They don’t have a full menu, but rather let you pick individual dishes to share. Kalamaki Kolonaki is another place which has great souvlaki (meat skewers) and salads. Little Tree Books and Coffee is a cafe/bookshop (we need more of these in North America) that serves affordable coffee and pastries.

Greece has very hot summers and wet, mild winters. I would say that the best time to travel would be May through June, when the temperature is usually in the mid-twenties in degrees celsius. This makes for great beach and sight-seeing weather!

Greek people are very family-oriented and often gather at their local coffee shop to talk with members of the community. They enjoy the arts, such as theatre, and, as in the UK, soccer is a popular sport. Greece has a rich history that is still evident in its culture today.

The euro is the currency used in Greece; they switched over from the drachma in 2002. Unfortunately, one euro is equivalent to 1.5 Canadian dollars, but it is still less of a jump than the pound, which is worth 1.7 Canadian dollars.

Greece is a parliamentary republic; their president is elected by parliament, but his or her role is mostly ceremonial, as the prime minister is head of state and holds the power. It’s economy relies on exporting crops such as olives, melons and grapes, and other resources like marble and crude oil. The party in power, SYRIZA, is very left-wing, and so Greece right now is leaning more towards being a mixed economy rather than a market economy. They have public healthcare and education, but many students attend private tutoring after school, as public schools aren’t the best. The economy has recently suffered from recession because the country has a lot of debt to pay off. In 2016, the Greek government was 372.12 billion US dollars in debt. Because of this, there is a fairly high unemployment rate, but Greece’s economy is slowly growing.

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/place/Greece/Local-government#ref26469

https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2018/08/21/is-the-greek-financial-crisis-over-at-last

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gr.html

So….. Which Country is the Better Travel Destination?

Honestly, I think that Greece has more to offer than the UK in terms of vacationing. In addition to great sight-seeing opportunities, there are plenty of beaches and amazing weather! Going to Greece would be the perfect mix between a relaxing vacation and an authentic travel experience. I think that in the UK your trip would be all about seeing the tourist attractions- which isn’t a bad thing, but if you want to take a break somewhere in between you wouldn’t have as many options. Our dollar is worth more in Greece as well, so you’ll definitely get more bang for your buck. In terms of traveling and getting to know a different culture, going to Greece would definitely be a more immersive experience than going to the UK. England is very modernized, and shares many of the same traits with Canada. I don’t think that traveling there would give you the same sense of being somewhere new that Greece would. In addition, the food in Greece would just be amazing. I’m sure that the UK has some great restaurants as well, but you can’t beat fresh caught calamari! Oh, and they have lots of chickpeas there, so I would fit right in;) To summarize: Go to Greece!!

I hope that you guys liked this post. I don’t know if I’m totally sold on the whole travel blogging thing yet though; that was a lot of research! Next week I’ll be sharing my 2019 Bullet Journal Set-Up, which I’M SO EXCITED FOR! In the meantime, have a great holiday season!

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked;))))

Summer TBR List

I know that it’s a little late to be writing this, but seeing as I haven’t done a book post in a while I thought I’d go through with it. I was in a bit of a book drought the past few weeks,  mostly because I had no idea what to read. It embarrasses me to say that I thought  I had read all of the good books out there. Then I had to slap myself out of that stupid frame of mind and go to the library, where I ended up finding a page turner. There’s a very important lesson to be learned here: No matter how many books you read, there is always an another one waiting for you to open it. Looking back, I can’t believe how arrogant I was to think I had read all of the good books. Wow. Anyways, back to my TBR list. A friend of mine recently recommended some good books to me, so I’m going to check those out, along with some others that have been on my TBR list for way too long. Here they are.

  1. Six of Crows

This the is the page turner that I was talking about. I’m currently about halfway through it right now, and it’s pretty good. It follows the story of six teenagers who have to rescue a prisoner from  the most secure court in the world. With tons of action and suspense, I definitely recommend adding it to your Summer reading list.

2. Crooked Kingdom

Because Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows, I’m not too sure what it’s about, but I thought that I might as well give it a try. If it’s anything like the first book, I’ll probably enjoy it.

3. Three Dark Crowns

I’m really excited about this one! I love anything to do with royalty, really. This book centres around triplets who, when they turn sixteen, basically have a fight to the death. The survivor is named queen. Does that sound awesome or what?

4. One of Us is Lying

A friend of mine recommended this one to me. I’ve read the back of it in the bookstore, and it seems pretty intense. Five high-school students go into detention, and only four come out alive. The rest of the story is based on finding the killer. I love these kind of books because they keep you on your toes, and really suck you in while you’re trying to find out whodunnit.

5. The Hate U Give

I’ve been meaning to read this for such a long time! It’s won multiple awards and has excellent reviews. When Starr carter’s friend Khalil is shot by a police man, it isn’t long before the story becomes a national headline. Everyone wants to know what happened that night, and Starr is the only one who knows. Sounds good, right?

6. Turtles All the Way Down

This sounds like a promising read. Aza and her best friend Daisy are trying to solve the mystery of billionaire Russell Pickett, and a hundred-thousand dollar reward is at stake.

 

That’s all I have for know- I’ll definitely update you guys if there’s anything else I’ve decided to read. See you later- got to go order these books on Amazon!!

 

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked;)

 

 

 

 

 

What to Do During a Book Drought

Hello everyone! Guess what? It’s the weekend and I’m out of books to read! I’m practically dying inside! I’ve ordered a bucket load of new books on Amazon, but they’re not supposed to come until Monday. That’s, like, two whole days away! So, I’m desperately trying not to freak out while my brain is suffering from a serious case of book deprivation (yes, book reading is just as important to my brain as oxygen.). Down below I’ve comprised a list of things that you can do during a Book Drought, to keep you from going out of your mind as you wait to get your hands on a novel.

 

1. Read a Book That You’ve Already Read

Reading a book that you’ve previously read is something that you might like to do even in times when books are in abundance. I find that whenever I reread a novel, I discover something that I missed the first time, and the story takes on a different meaning. Rediscovering a book is one of the great joys of reading, and that is why it is number one on my list.

2. Read a Book That You Never thought to Read Before

Even though reading a book for the second time can be great, sometimes I’m just not in the mood. Instead, I suggest scouring the house- or even your own bookshelf, for a book that maybe you never thought that you’d read. Everyone has that one book on their shelf that they look at in disdain, and just sort of shove aside in favour of other titles. Well, it’s time to read that book! Desperate times call for desperate measures, and a Book Droughts are definitely desperate times.

3. Read Magazines, Newspapers, Anything You Can get Your hands On!

If you don’t have any books that you can devour, look around your house for magazines, newspapers, heck even flyers will work. Anything to trick your brain into novel-reading mode. And even if your mind doesn’t quite fall for this clever bit of tomfoolery, at least you’re reading something!

4. Keep Yourself Occupied

When you don’t have a good book to read, keeping yourself busy is a great way not to notice. By packing your day full of activities, you won’t have time to worry about your serious dilemma. However, this strategy only works for a few days, because after that your brain will soon succumb to the effects of book deprivation, which include drooling whenever you see a book, daydreaming over books, and, in serious cases, stealing books, which does not look good on your library record. if you know you’re going to be without books for longer than four days, try options 1, 2, or 3.

 

Well, I hope that now you’re better prepared for Book Droughts in the future. if you have any questions or suggestions about what to do during these times of crisis, let me know in the comments! May you forever have an abundance of books.

 

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked;)