Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 4

It is Tuesday which means it is day 4 of the summer Biannual Bibliothon! While yesterday wasn’t the best reading day, today was a lot better so that makes me very, very happy. However, I am still one book behind and that means I have to read TWO whole books tomorrow in order to catch up, but I am feeling optimistic.

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My main task for today was to finish reading The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, a book very similar to Narnia. I started it yesterday and left myself about 200 pages to read today, and I am happy to say that I finished it! I went into this book knowing little to nothing, and was SO pleasantly surprised. This was a haunting, whimsical, and beautiful fantasy book that is about family ties and finding yourself in a world that you feel lost in. The writing style was magical yet also simple but descriptive at the same time…I don’t know how to explain it really, but I loved it! The characters were so real and so vivid in my mind, and I liked them each for different reasons. Ugh, it was so good. I ended up flying through the last almost half of the book, and gave it a 4.5/5 stars because yeah, it was that amazing!

Next I was planning on picking up Legend by Marie Lu. It wasn’t originally on my TBR but I wanted to pick it up because a) it is only 300 pages and b) I needed a seventh book to complete all the challenges for the Biannual Bibliothon. However, I made the smart decision to continue reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, the second book in The Raven Cycle because in order to read Blue Lily Lily Blue, one of the books on my readathon TBR, I needed to finish this one. So, after finishing The Light Between Worlds, I picked it up and flew through the last 150 or so pages in one sitting. To be fair, I did listen to about 40 of those pages via audiobook, but the rest I just sat down and finished. It was a GREAT addition to the series and even though it was not part of my TBR, I thought I would still talk about it in my update. The characters and relationships are fantastic, as well as the setting of Henrietta, Virgina, and overall, the book definitely gets a 4 or 4.25/5 stars!

That was my reading update for today, and I will be back tomorrow with a brand new blog post as well as another reading update for day 5! Wow, day 5. This readathon is just whizzing by but I am so pleased with all I have gotten read, and all the fun I have been having. Let me know what you are reading right now, readathon or not, because I would love to know!

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 3

So…I actually did not finish a book today! I am okay with that though because my day was super draining and busy, and sometimes there are just days like that and it is important to remember this.

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Anyways, today I picked up The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, a fantasy book set in Engand during 1949-1950, and a magical land called The Woodlands. I really had no idea what to expect going into this book because it isn’t even out to the world yet, but I am really happy to say that what I have read, I have really, really enjoyed! This book is whimsical and interesting, and I 100% am going to finish the last 200 pages tomorrow morning, and then start and finish a fourth book as well. I refuse to fall behind! But yes, so far I am enjoying this book and it is heading towards a 4/5 star rating for me, and I am really excited to finish it and find out what happens. This book comes out sometime in November this year and I recommend checking it out!

That was my reading update for the third day of the Biannual Bibliothon, and while I didn’t finish my book, I did read 150 pages so it was still successful! I’m going to head to bed now but I will be back tomorrow with another update 🙂

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Things I Learned From Draft One

Writing the first draft of this specific project taught me a LOT, and I wanted to share those things in a blog post because while some lessons might be the same, many will also be different.

1. Outlining is a LONG, Hard Process

I always knew outlining was a process obviously, and I knew it took time and motivation, however I realized spending about a month and a half of taking some time each day to work on it, was not enough. I am still adding and changing things to my outline for draft two. I am still having to research things to fill the holes that I should have filled in my outline, but haven’t. Make sure you determine your world, its rules, everyday life, your characters goals and motivation, magic system (if there is one) and anything else you can think of. My problem is that I will outline and then think I researched and wrote out every important thing for my story, but then realize I was missing so many key points later on. I recommend searching outlining tips or outlining worksheets online to help you gather all the main and minor ideas you need to have.

2. Just Because Your First Draft Sucks, Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad

Yeah, your first draft 100% sucks. Words are being thrown left and right, some with meaning some without, but that is okay. Just because you feel as if you word vomited about seventy thousand words onto a document, doesn’t mean the essence of the story is bad. Nobody is a great first writer, trust me. The books we read required dozens and dozens of revisions and edits from not only the author but their editor too. You can’t expect to pump out a clean first draft in one go because that it is the craft of writing. Every time you work on it, it gets a bit cleaner, and slowly, you polish it enough to see that the story hidden behind all those words was never that bad in the first place.

3. Read The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

Honestly, this book has been my savior when it comes to trying to finish outlining my story for draft three. It has everything you ever need to know and more, and will help you see storytelling in a different way. You take away so many valuable tips, tricks, and ideas from this book, and I cannot recommend it enough. I wouldn’t recommend investing in many writing craft books, but this is one of them! Little tip though, I would recommend not using it for first drafts but just knowing you will be using it for future draft will take some stress off, trust me.

4. Focusing on Hours Spent Writing Is More Beneficial Than “Words Written”

I promise you that this is SUPER important. You will get so much more done if you aim to spend an hour or maybe even two hours writing each day, instead of focusing on that pesty little word count tracker at the bottom of your page. I do three thirty minute sprints throughout the morning each day, and all I focus on is writing for that entire thirty minutes, or even writing a bit past. There has only been one or two times I have not reached 1000 words each half hour writing sprint, but other than that, this method has worked wonders for me.

5. Camp NaNoWriMo or NaNoWriMo Are Excellent Times to Start Your First Draft

Seriously though, if you happen to be close to Camp NaNoWriMo (an online writing event where you try to write as much as you can in one month – takes place April + July of every year) or NaNoWriMo (an online writing event where you try to write 50,000 words in one month – every Novemeber), then I highly recommend signing up and participating. NaNoWriMo motivates you because for once, it is not only you working on a project, but thousands of people across the world. Every one is trying to get all the words down, and it is really motivating to see how much progress you will make by the end of it! I have participated in Camp NaNo and NaNo quite a few times, and started my first draft for my WIP during Camp NaNo back in April. I reached my 50,000 words and kept going!

Those are five things I learned from draft one, and I hope you enjoyed! Currently, we are on day three of the Biannual Bibliothon, so make sure to check out ALL the blog posts I have done for it so far!

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Reading + Writing Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018 + Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2

Happy Sunday!

Since I usually doing reading + writing updates on Sunday, I thought I would wrap up day 2 of the Biannual Bibliothon and the second week of Camp NaNoWriMo all in one post! Before I get into this update, I did want to say that I will not have any Biannual Bibliothon challenge blog posts going up for the next two or three days (not 100% sure which ones I already wrote). I just lost track of time! However, the days I don’t post a challenge post I will still post a regular blog post in its place because I always have a few ready to go. Anyways, let’s get into this most likely lengthy update!

 

BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON DAY 2 UPDATE:

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I am very happy to report that I am still on track with finishing seven books by the end of the Biannual Bibliothon because I finished my second book for the readathon today! Today I picked up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, and to be honest, it was a struggle getting this one done. Lately, I have not really been in the “old school” dystopian mood, which is the genre of this book, so it took a little extra willpower to finish it. Also, it was on the longer(ish) side of being about 488 pages which is really long if I am not loving the story. But I did finish it, and I am very happy to have this book done and read before the movie comes out which hits theaters August 3rd. I am disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped, but I didn’t dislike…I am just okay with it. The concept was very similar to all the other dystopians I read, but I do not blame the author at ALL because this book came out in 2012 and dystopian was very “in” back then. Overall, I would give The Darkest Minds a 3/5 stars, and while I don’t have any plans to pick up the rest of the trilogy…series? Whatever it is, who knows?

CAMP NANOWRIMO WEEK 2 UPDATE:

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This is a very successful update because I also managed to write about 15,600 words this past week! This brings me up to a total of about 32,000/50,000 words for the second draft of my WIP, which I am calling Project Mystic, and I am ECSTATIC about my progress. Everyday I have been getting about one and a half hours of writing done, meaning I’ve been writing about 2,000-3,000 words written everyday. This is awesome because not only am I writing this a lot faster than I thought, but because it means I get to FULLY take Sundays off which is really nice for my brain. I do love writing of course, but we all need a break every once and a while. If I continue blasting out the words I will most likely reach my Camp NaNo goal by the end of next week…however I am nowhere near done draft 2. I am hoping it will only take until the middle of August to finish, but who knows?

Anyways, to quickly wrap this up, I started and finished ONE book today and wrote over 15,000 words for this second week of Camp NaNo which I am SO happy about. That is all for today though, I hope your reading/writing is going well, and I will see you tomorrow with some more content!

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Favourite Summer Books!

Hello! Happy day 2 of the summer Biannual Bibliothon. I hope you are getting lots of reading in, but most importantly are having fun. Today’s challenge is brought to us by @ArtemisStarlite, and they have given us the challenge to talk about some of our favourite summer reads, so that is what I am here to do!

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Summer is the perfect time to just read, read, and read. While I love enjoying new books, I also love diving back into some of my old favourites during this lovely time of the year. I decided to come up with a list of my top five favourite summer reads. Each one reminds me of summer in a different way. Maybe because it takes place during the summer, or because it is a light and fluffy novel that one usually picks up during the summer. But without further ado, here are my summer reads!

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski 

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This book follows two friends, Sydney and Layla, who travel to Europe together after the sudden breakup of our main character’s best friend, Layla and her boyfriend. However, along the way they run into her ex, and his very mysterious and attractive friend who Sydney can’t help but fall for. This is a fun and light hearted book that definitely gave me the travel bug, which is why I enjoy it so much. It is the perfect read for at the pool, just to lounge in the sun with and read about this adventure.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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This is another contemporary that focuses around two friends, however in this one, our main character, Emily’s best friend named Sloane suddenly disappears, leaving behind a summer bucket list for Emily. Emily hurries to complete it in the hope that it will lead her to Sloane, along the way, making new friends and experiencing new adventures. I always pick this book up in the summer, and I am excited to give it another read soon! It gives me all the warm feels, and I love how I can sit down and finish it in just a matter of hours.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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Summer is also the perfect time to go back to some of my favourite series, because of the mounds of time I have. One of those series is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, which is one of my by far one of my favourite series ever. It centers around a girl named Clary Fray who after her mother disappears, is thrust into a world of angels and demons, a world she has had a foot in her whole life. This series consists of six books, plus a connecting trilogy called The Infernal Devices, and another one called The Darker Artifices which is AMAZING by the way. These books are full of romance, action, and adventure, and I can just see myself sitting in the sun on my porch and cracking them open for the millionth time.

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

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Another favourite series of mine is the Heroes of Olympus series, which is a companion to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which follows kids who are part of a world where Greek myths and legends are true. These books have had my heart since I was ten years old, and it is so much fun to get whisked away to this magical world of Greek mythology and hilarious characters like Percy…it will make you want to hide away for an entire week until you are done and that is all you can ask for from a series.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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And of course I have to have more contemporaries in my list of favourite summer reads because that is a given, and this has been a favourite of mine for a few years now. Not only does the orangey-yellow cover give me summer vibes, the entire romance and story just gives me those warm, summer vibes as well. Lola and the Boy Next Door follows a girl named Lola Nolan who swore never to wear the same thing twice. Her wardrobe is crazy and wild, always something new, but always very her. At the moment her life is perfect…she has a great boyfriend, an awesome best friend, and is heading into her senior year of high school. However, all it is turned upside down when her first love moves back in next door, and suddenly old feelings rise to the surface. When I look at it I just want to grab an iced coffee, sit outside in the summer sun, and give it another well-deserved read.

Those are some of my favourite summer reads, and I hope you enjoyed! I will be back tomorrow with a brand new blog challenge so get excited, as well as for my updates where I give you a quick summary on what I actually read everyday. As I am writing this, my eyes are sore and my head aches and it isn’t even the Biannual Biblithon yet! So if my updates are, and have been a little lazy, it is because balancing Camp NaNoWriMo, blogging, and doing a readathon is hard…but sooo worth it. Anyways, happy reading!

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1

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For the past week or so I have been reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, the second book in the FANTASTIC Raven Cycle series, and I really, really wanted to finish it before the Biannual Bibliothon started and…I did not. I decided that it is okay though, and since I like to take my time with these books, I decided to just read 50 or so pages until I finish it (hopefully on Tuesday though!) before jumping into Blue Lily Lily Blue (the third book), which I actually decided to add to my TBR! Instead of re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the millionth time, I decided it would be more productive to continue on with the Raven Cycle and read the third book for the challenge of reading three chapters and then choosing one book to read out of the three…TECHNICALLY, I am not cheating. I read the first chapters of the first two books in this series, and am reading the THIRD one during the Biannual Bibliothon so it is ALRIGHT, okay? Ah. It is only day one of the readathon and I am already exhausted, but still having a grand old time.

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Anyways, now for what I am ACTUALLY reading for the readathon. So, today I decided to start the readathon off with reading From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon, and I am happy to say that I finished it! I would be really disappointed if I didn’t finish it though, because it is a fun, light hearted contemporary and is only 330 pages. I did have a busier day than expected though (that involved LOTS of writing of words), but I managed to pull through and finish one book today which makes me very happy that I am not already behind in the Biannual Bibliothon. Overall, I enjoyed From Twinkle, With Love, and would probably give it a 3.5/5 stars. It was cute and quirky, but the main character did aggravate me quite a bit. However, she was real and authentic and creative so I can with a full heart, say to pick this book up because it will give you some feels! Tomorrow, I am thinking of picking up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and I am excited to see how I like it!

That is all for my day one update and I hope you enjoyed, and had a fantastic day whether you are participating in this readathon or not. Alsoooo…I might have vlogged today so I am going to look back at the footage that is probably trash, but if it isn’t TOO bad I might think of editing it and uploading it so keep an eye out for more news on that!

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Favourite Vacation Spots

Happy Day 1 of the summer edition of the Biannual Bibiothon! I am so, so excited to spend the next week reading, blogging, and writing since it is also Camp NaNoWriMo, and then sharing it will all of you. Today’s blogging challenge is being hosted by Evil Queen Books blog so make sure you go check her out! She gave us the challenge of telling our three favourite vacation spots, so that is what I am here to bring to you today, as well as recommending some books tied to these locations.

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Mexico

 

I am actually part Mexican, so going back to Mexico to visit family is always a fun time. To name one place I love the most would be really hard, but I do love Puerto Vallarta if I want somewhere more touristy. Chiapas is where my family lives, so that is another place that has my heart. To be honest, I haven’t read too books influenced by Mexican culture, but one book I can think of is Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova which has Hispanic main characters and is also mainly influenced by Hispanic folklore. This book follows a girl named Alex who is a bruja, and after doing a spell to get rid of her magic, she accidentally banishes her family, leaving her with a strange, unpredictable boy named Nova to help her find them.

Greece

 

I am kind of cheating on this one because sadly I have not been to Greece, but I have wanted to since I was ten years old. I know I would Greece because what is not to love? It is a country of bright blue water, a matching sky, and beautiful architecture. The reason I want to visit so badly is because of my love for Greek myths and legends, which I developed after reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It is about a young boy named Percy who discovers his father is a Greek god and is thrust into the crazy world of gods and demigods, after he is blamed for stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt. It is filled with adventure and awesome characters, so definitely check it out if you haven’t already for some odd reason.

California

 

California has been a favourite vacation place of mine for a while because there is so much to do! The weather is (usually) really nice, and they’re beaches are the ones from the movies, so whenever I go to one, I feel like I am on set of 90210. A book that takes place in California that I want to recommend is Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins which takes place in San Francisco. It follows a girl named Lola who vows never to wear the same thing twice. Every day she is something new, her outfits wild and crazy, but always her. And at the moment her life is perfect. She has a great boyfriend, a great best friend, and is in her last year of high school, but all of that is spun around when her first love moves back next door, stirring a lot of old emotions that she has tried to forget about.

Those are my three favourite vacation spots and the books that I paired with them, and I hope you enjoyed! If you are participating in this readathon, and any of the blogging/vlogging challenges, update me on your progress and link me some of your finished products below! That is all for now, but I will see you later today with my day 1 update, and tomorrow with my blog post for day 2.

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Confusing the Validation of Your Own Dreams with the Validation of Others – Midnight Thoughts #1

A few nights ago, around 11:30pm, I was rifling around for some food despite needing to be in bed as I always seem to do. Anyways, I got a thought regarding dreams and creativity, and I realized that I have quite a few of these thoughts every night. I am sure a lot of you have similar thoughts to me regarding our creative paths and choices, so I thought I would make a blog post series called “Midnight Thoughts” where I post rambly posts on different topics about creativity and writing.

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Lately I have been having a bit of anxiety about my upcoming last year of high school because it means applying to scholarships, universities, and ultimately piecing together my life. I’ve never had a problem with that though, because I have always wanted to write and have known that. Whether that means writing books, short stories, magazine articles…whatever works, I just want to write. While the path of a writer isn’t clearly defined, with lots of different road along the way…I still knew the steps I could take to kind of find my way. So that part is okay, but then I realized I was feeling anxious because I was confusing the validation of my OWN dreams with what other people considered “realistic dreams” that I should aspire to. Writing is not the easiest dream to chase, and I think most of us here have realized that pretty quickly. Personally, as a younger student who still lives at home and depends on her parents, I can afford to pour (almost) all of my energy into chasing this dream without having to worry about putting food on the table, paying for rent or other utilities…I don’t have to do any of that yet, and everyday I work hard so I am not taking it all for granted because it won’t always be like this.

However, recently when I have been sitting down to get work done, this little voice in my head questions the validation of my dreams based on how those around me, and those in general, feel about them. What I mean by this, is that lately I have been wondering what the point of being a writer is, and the point of pursuing it. Millions of stories are already out in the world, some untouched and some beloved by people from all around the world…why does the world need MY story? The journey to even a small success would be tiring and long, so what was the point? Why face all the struggle that it brings, and not just my own inner struggles, but those that the people around me bring as well. All the self-doubt and questioning and struggle…was it all worth it?

The answer is yes. The world needs your stories, and in the end the struggle and hardship will all be worth it as long as you are following your passion and dreams. I know all this, but sometimes I need a reminder because self-doubt and hesitation are strong, they can filter out the positivity when you need it most. I am always surprised when I feel like this because in previous years I rarely felt this way. Overall, I am a stubborn and ambitious person who doesn’t let the opinion and thoughts of others stand in the way of my own dreams and ideas. But sometimes something gets past my “stone hard” barrier and negativity finds a way to trickle in. That is okay though, it is good to question yourself, but only if you can manage to turn all of that hesitation and doubt into more drive and passion.

All I can say on how to diminish this annoying voice and mindset is to keep moving forward. Keep writing, keep creating, and never stop. Watch YouTube videos that inspire and motivate you, listen to creative podcasts and read blogs (like this one!). Just keep moving forward and never stop because if you do, the creative monster might get you. The creative monster feeds on your creativity, keeping it for itself so don’t slow down, pour all the energy you have into your projects and scare off the creativity monster with your ambition and determination to follow your dreams, and remember their validation.

Anyways, that is all for this rambly post and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know how often you question the validation of your dreams, and how you get over that negativity in the comments below!

I also wanted to say that tomorrow is day 1 of the Biannual Bibliothon! Whooo! This is a week long readathon that has reading, video, social media, and blogging challenges, so expect a week full of blog posts based on the different challenges they have. I will also being doing daily updates so stay tuned for that as well.

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR!

The summer session of the Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon that is taking place from July 14th-20th, and spreads across different social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. There are reading challenges that you can choose to follow, which I am, and I am really excited to share my TBR for the coming week! If you are interested in participating but want to know more about the whole thing, check it out –> here

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1. Read the Group Book 

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This summer, the group book is The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw that follows witches in a beach town. As of right now, I am not adding this book to my TBR for the week, but if I manage to finish the books on my TBR I will pick it up and see how it is! I will say that the cover is GORGEOUS though, and makes me want to pick it up sooner so who knows…

2. Choose a Book From Someone Else’s TBR

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Whether this is from a friend’s TBR or just from someone’s video you found on YouTube, pick a book from someone else’s TBR that interests you. I chose my book off of someone’s TBR video from YouTube, and that book is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab! I borrowed this book from the library about a week ago, and am so excited to finally devour it and love it like everyone else has. From what I’ve gathered, this is a fantasy book about a guy named Kell who can jump between different worlds, which in this world, are various versions of London like Red, Grey, White, and once upon a time Black. I am in the mood for some good fantasy reads so I cannot wait to join the club on this book!

3. Try the First Chapter of 3 Books but Pick 1 to Read

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I picked three books off my shelf and they were The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, and Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. Lately I have been in the fantasy mood, so I decided to go with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling. I wanted to revisit the series, and started listening to the first book on audiobook (which I will hopefully be done by Saturday), so I might listen to the second book via audiobook or maybe even switch back and forth between the audiobook and physical book.

4. Read a Book That Has Been On Your TBR for Over a Year

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About a year ago I bought the ebook version of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, yet still have not read it. The movie is coming out soon too, I also got the physical copy from the library and I am excited to dive into the world of The Darkest Minds! All I know about this book is that it follows a girl named Ruby who goes to a special camp for kids with powers…and that is all I need to know to be excited!

5. Read a Predicted 5 Star Read

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This was an easy choice because everyone has been raving about Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and I have wanted to read it so badly because of all the great hype it has. I know I will not be disappointed, and the world of this book seems so interesting as it deals with the concept of death and how we get to choose who lives and dies. What I know about this book is that it follows a world where humans have conquered everything from disease to death, and to keep the population in check they have Scythes. Our two main characters are apprentices to Scythes, but it is a weight they don’t want to shoulder, and never have.

6. Read an Own Voices Novel That Is Different From You

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For this I decided to go with From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon because it is an own voices book with an Indian main character, and I am not Indian so there we go. I have wanted to pick up this book since it came out back in May, and it seems like a cute, fluffy read that I am always in the mood for. It follows an aspiring filmmaker named Twinkle who is approached with opportunity to direct a film for an upcoming film festival, and the offer includes being able to work with her longtime crush, the brother of her co-director.

7. Read the Last Book You Bought

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The last book I bought was Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier, but I just finished reading that a few weeks ago so I decided to go with the “last book I picked up” because I don’t remember any other books I recently bought… However, I did pick up an ARC that my library was giving away for review called The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, so I decided I should give that a read this readathon! This is a YA fantasy book set in England during the second world war, that follows two sisters who have returned from a strange and magical kingdom called the Woodlands, and now have to adjust to the real world until one of the sisters goes missing. Seems really intriguing and interesting, and I am looking forward to diving in!

Those are all the books I plan to read, and fingers crossed I am able to do so! Usually I am pretty good during readathons, and get a lot of books read, so I am excited to finally catch up on my Goodreads goal. Also, make sure to follow me on social media because I will being doing updates on Twitter and Instagram!

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Tips for a Successful Readathon

Summer is a popular time for readathons so I thought it would be a great time to share some of my tips and tricks to have a fantastic and productive readathon. The summer session of the Biannual Bibliothon is only a few days away (July 14th – July 20th), and also the annual BookTubeAThon is coming up at the end of July, so it is the perfect time to get prepping for lots of reading.

Anyways, here is how to increase your reading quantity and quality wise!

  • Read in Sprints – Sometimes reading for long periods of time is hard, and you find yourself getting distracted easily. If that is the case, then maybe think about setting timers where you read for anywhere from 20 mins to an hour. I recommend not setting TOO short of sprints because it might be hard to immerse yourself in the world and story if you do not allow yourself enough time to read…so I recommend at the least, 20 mins each sprint but the more time the better!
  • Watch Readathon Vlogs! – There are so many readathon vlogs on YouTube for you to watch that will get you ready and motivated to read. Vlogs like readathons or just writing vlogs get me so inspired to be creative, and I am planning on making myself a playlist for upcoming readathons so I can always turn to it when I am lacking in motivation.
  • Choose Shorter Books – It’s smart to choose shorter books rather than long books during a readathon because obviously you will get through them quicker, but remember to read what you want! I usually pick books with a page count of 200-400ish pages. If I know I will LOVE it I don’t care about the page count, but I am a slowish reader so I like to go with books on the shorter side since I am trying to read as much as possible in the given amount of time.
  • Pick Books You Are Excited About – This seems obvious, but it is important to choose books YOU want to read. Yes, maybe there are some books on your shelf that you feel like you NEED to read, but if you don’t feel like reading them then just choose a book based on your gut feeling.
  • Schedule in Your Reading for the Day/Week/Months… – Depending on how long the readathon is, schedule ahead some reading time everyday. Don’t pressure yourself to read too much if you really don’t have the time, just fit in as much time as you can and feel capable doing…but don’t overdo it!

Those are some of my tips for a successful readathon, and I hoped you enjoy! Make sure you let me know if are participating in any readathons and what books you plan on reading because I would love to know 🙂

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