Young Writers Guide to Writing

This is just a quick blog post for young writers to help them realize what they can do to start building their writing career NOW. This could also be useful for new writers and also established writers, but this is mostly directed to the young writers (like me) out there so I hope it helps ๐Ÿ™‚

When it comes to building a writing career, it is easy to think that you can’t start until you are older and have graduated university or college with a degree of some sort (even though a degree is not needed for creative writing, but other types of writing). But that is not true! You can start building your career right now, no matter your age, and here are some tips on how to do that.

  • Learn to Manage Your Time…Now – This is so important because there will be times in the future, or even now, where you might have to work another job, attend school, provide for your family, etc while balancing writing. You are going to have to find a routine that allows you to still get writing done every day (or almost every day), and working towards that end goal of being a successful writer. For example, in the summers I get lots of writing done throughout the entire day (usually mornings), and then during the school year I balance writing in the evenings after I finish my homework. Learn to manage your time now and find your ideal routine because you will be thanking yourself in the future.
  • Take Advantage of Your Time – As a young writer, I do not have to have a job to support myself. Sure, some young people have jobs and school, but it is likely that you still have more time then someone with a family and a full-time job. During the school year, I am crazy busy, but I have the weekends, breaks, and summer vacation to write still where I get lots done. And since I have a routine, I still do get writing done during the school week. Take advantage of every bit of time you have now when you have less responsibility, because that will change soon!
  • Submit, Submit, Submit – Currently I am working on a list of literary magazines/writing contests for young writers to submit to, because it can be hard going against writers who have had more time on earth to practice writing. Also, a lot of literary magazines look for more literary fiction with deep meanings and whatnot, while the ones for young writers expect young adult stories and such. So yes, submit things and get your name out there so you can build your writing portfolio! It is so important. But yes, keep an eye out for that blog post coming soonish.
  • Start Building Your Writing Platform – One thing about being a young person in this day and age, is that social media comes naturally to most of us. Guess what, marketing yourself as a writer is a really important part, so don’t wait, start building your empire on social media now! I picked to be active on Twitter and Instagram where I post about my writing and also give little writing tips, so try to stick to a theme like that when it comes to your accounts.

Those are a few tips for young writers and I hope it helped! Stay tuned for my literary magazine and writing contests for young writers which will be coming soon, but until then, check out my last blog post and my social media accounts all linked below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

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I ended up finishing three whole books this week. Yes, three! One was via audiobook but the others were ones I was super excited for and ended up flying through. This past week I read Save the Date by Morgan Matson, a fun, summer contemporary following our main character Charlie whose sister is getting married at their house before they sell it, and Charlie is determined to make it the best weekend since all their siblings under the same roof for once. I loved Save the Date, especially since it focused on the family aspect of the story more then the love interest, and that was really refreshing. I gave Save the Date a 4/5 stars so if you love contemporaries I would definitely give this one a read.

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I also read, well listened to, Matched by Ally Condie. For this book I have very mixed emotions because I feel like I enjoyed it a lot more because it was fun to listen to and really well put together, however the story itself was pretty unoriginal and the relationships between characters felt flat for me. However, I did enjoy my time listening to it and I am sure thirteen year old Zoe would have loved it, but since it reminded me of literally every other dystopian ever, it was just okay. This is a dystopian story that takes place in a very strict society where at the age of seventeen, you get Matched with the most suitable partner for you. The entire story for me was pretty predictable and I don’t really have plans to continue on with the trilogy but who knows. It gets a 3/5 stars for me!

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The last book I read this week was The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, the fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle and wow, the feelings were REAL. Ugh, it was so fantastic and overall I really, really adored this series and am looking forward to a re-read in the future! This book was hard for me to rate, but I think I will settle on a 4.5/5 stars and also 4.5/5 for the series overall. I got lots read this week, but n ext week is the BookTubeAThon so expect some daily reading updates next week and lots, and lots of reading!

As for writing, I did not hit my 15k goal this week and ugh, I am kind of mad at myself but I fell out of my routine this past week and have desperately been trying to get back into it. I did manage to write around 10k so it wasn’t a total fail whatsoever, but I do really want to get this draft done by my birthday (August 16) and I am nowhere near done. Last week, I finished writing a short story for this contest but now that I am done, I am going to jump right into a brand new short story! The other day I went to the coffee shop and came up with three brand new short story ideas, or possibly future novel projects as well, and ugh, I am so excited to write them! Anyways, next week will be another reading and writing heavy week, not only because it is another readathon and I am trying to get a draft done, but because the end of summer is coming. Fast. And I need to get everything done before my time is up!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and also all my social media accounts linked down below ๐Ÿ™‚

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BookTubeAThon 2018 TBR

We have three days left before the annual BookTubeAThon begins; a seven day readathon with reading, video, and Instagram challenges! I am so excited about these challenges and all the books I have chosen for them, so let’s get into this TBR so I can share all the amazing books.

1. Let a Coin Toss Decide Your First Read

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The two books I flipped a coin for were Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I was happy with either book, but I was really hoping for Every Heart a Doorway because 1) I have heard AMAZING things about it and 2) it is less than 200 pages. When I flipped the coin thought it landed on tails which I used to represent Every Heart a Doorway, so that is what I will be reading for this challenge! It is the first book in a fantasy series that I don’t really know the specifics about, but am looking forward to finally joining the bandwagon!

2. Read a Book About Something You Want to Do

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While I have been to California plenty of times, I have never been to San Francisco and for some reason, I’ve always really wanted to. That is why for this challenge, I will be reading Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I have read this summer contemporary book countless times, but I am dying for a re-read so it is the perfect time to pick up this book during the readathon because I know I will fly through it. This follows a girl named Lola whose life seems almost perfect until her first love and first heartbreak moves back next door, flipping her entire world upside down.

3. Read and Watch a Book to Movie Adaptation

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I was really looking forward to this one because not only have I been dying to re-read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, but I have also been wanting to give the movie another watch since it has been a while. This challenge came at the perfect time, and I feel like this is going to make me want to re-read the entire series…City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series which follows a world that has Shadowhunters, a species that is both angel and human, whose duty is to rid the world of demons. Our main character, Clary discovers she is a Shadowhunter, and together we are thrust into this crazy, dark world with her.

4. Read a Book with Green on the Cover

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I will be doubling up this challenge (unless I manage to find some time to read another book) and reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

5. Read a Book While Wearing the Same Hat the Whole Time

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I love this challenge! I don’t usually wear hats but maybe this will be the challenge that gets me into wearing them more often…probably not, but that’s okay. For this challenge, I will be reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, a fantasy book where our main character Kell can jump between the different Londons in this world; Red London, Grey London, White London, and once upon a time, Black London. This was on my Biannual Bibliothon TBR but I never actually got around to it so hopefully I will this time!

6. Read a Book With a Beautiful Spine

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I think the spine for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is really pretty (and it has been on my TBR since the beginning of time), so I have decided to read it for this challenge. This takes place in the Grisha Verse…which I don’t know anything about. I have heard good things though so I am hoping I ill like it as much as everyone else seems to!

7. Read 7 Books

I have a few options for this one, and it all just depends what I am the mood for when the time comes. Some of my options are Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne and Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz. It might be something totally different in the end, but right now I have nooo idea what I will feel like reading.

That is all for my BookTubeAThon 2018 TBR, and I hope you enjoyed! If you are also participating let me know what you plan to read in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as all of my social media accounts linked below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finding Success as a Writer

It is hard to find success as a writer, especially if your goals and aspirations are high up in the sky. However, it is also easy to find success as a writer, just rare, because it takes a lot of motivation, perseverance, and patience. Success comes in all shapes, sizes, and times in our lives and it is up to us to work for it. Hard. It doesn’t come easy, but here are a few tips on how to find success as a writer and I hope they help!

  • Have a Plan – The first step to finding success is having a plan. In this plan you need to have a list of what you want to achieve in the short-term and long-term of your career. Of course, you are able to change and adjust goals as time goes on, but this is just to give you an idea of what to work towards and what steps to take to find your success. Make sure you also plan out the stepping stones you will need to take because you can’t just leap to goals, you have to work towards them bit by bit.
    • Ex. Long-Term Goal: To be a published writer How Will I Get There?: Writing (almost) everyday and submitting finished work to literary agents, literary magazines, contests, fellowships, etc
  • Learn and Practice – No matter where you are as a writer, there is always more for you to learn. Thanks to the internet, there is an endless amount of resources at your fingertips and I really recommend searching writing advice on YouTube, blogs like mine, or just the internet because you will be surprised by how much you will learn! It is also important to remember to NOT get sidetracked by all these goods, and to actually write. That is the number one way you will get better because if you don’t write…well, I don’t know how you will find success as a WRITER then!
  • Connect with Other Writers – Success in any business is all about connections, so make them! Reach out to writers on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook because those are all amazing platforms for writers. Grow your account and draw other writers in. Connecting with other writers will help make writing feel less lonely, and it will also grow your following base which are essentials when it comes to any success in any business, especially with writing.
  • Keep Writing – To be honest, the key to finding success as a writer is to always keep writing. One thing I love about writing short stories, novels, and essays is that I can keep on my toes balancing multiple writing projects all the time. It also allows me more outlets to submit my work, and each submission is a step towards my overall goal of being a published writer whether because of a book, short story or essay I wrote. Always keep producing new stuff and send it out for people to read!
  • Turn Rejection into Motivation – Rejection is a killer if you let it sink your fangs in you. I like to use rejection to feed my motivation, and help fuel that desire to get better at writing. If you write a short story, send it out to 10 contests/literary magazines and if they all reject it remember that it doesn’t mean your story is bad. And first off, you should submit your short story to as many literary magazines (like 50!) and such as you can, AND then if they are all rejected maybe fix up your story a bit. But don’t let the rejection weigh you down. It doesn’t define you as a person or a writer, it just means your story wasn’t for them, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t for someone.

Those are my 5 main tips when it comes to finding success as a writer, and I hope they were helpful! Remember to never give up. Don’t listen to those trying to bring you and your writing down, only those who help build it up. Success will come within time, but until then, enjoy the process!

Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, and all my social media accounts which will all be linked down below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Building Your Creative Platforms

Creating a presence on social media is crucial for branding yourself as a creative person, and while it isn’t necessary and you should never feel forced if you don’t want to, I highly recommend it. Today, I came up with a series of tips when it comes to creating creative platforms, and I think these will be helpful whether you are just staring out, or even a few years in. I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Determine Your Theme – This is the first and most important step because without determining a theme, it is going to be unclear on what you are trying to achieve with your platforms. For example, my platforms are about writing, so I post writing/reading related content. Maybe every once and a while I will post something unrelated to that, but I try not to because it confuses my theme!
  2. Go on a Following Spree – When you first open up your account, find a bunch of accounts similar to yours and follow them! Not only will they inspire new content for you, but it will allow you to make connections with other creative people like you. Instagram gives you account recommendations, but you can also go through certain hashtags and follow accounts based on those.
  3. Captions – While not EVERY post needs to have a deep and thoughtful caption, it is nice to have one every once and a while that provides some creative help (maybe some tips or a story time), as well as allow your followers to engage in conversation. I recommend asking a question every once and a while, and also remember to try and comment back at as many as you can!
  4. Hashtags – Whether you are on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc, hashtags are essential. They allow the right people to find your posts and account, and it is easier to get follows that way too! For example, I use hashtags like #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #amwriting #writerslife and several more.
  5. Consistency – On every platform, consistency is going to be your key to success. For some it may come slower, but it will come if you post consistently. I try to post at least once a day, and sometimes even more then that. If you aren’t putting regular content out, your followers are going to forget about your account, and you won’t be as relevant and active as you can so new followers can find you. Maybe once a day is too much for you specifically, but I would aim for no less than four posts a week. One tip I have is at the beginning or end of each week, take a chunk of time for your day to take a lot of pictures, craft a lot of captions, and brainstorm ideas for what you are going to post that coming week. It saves a lot of time and stress!
  6. Stories – This one is more directed to Instagram, or any other social media you can post live stories on, but posting on Instagram stories is also really important. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy going through all the writing related Instagram stories at the end of the day to see what other people got done. It is lots of fun for me, so I try to also do that and post a few times a week on there. Whether it is pictures or videos from that day, make sure you are active on there as well!
  7. Reach Out to Others – This is one of the wonders of social media – you are able to connect with people from all around the world! People who are creative like you are right at your fingertips, which is great because personally, there are not a lot writers my age from where I am from. It is nice to be able to discuss the ups and downs of writing, and share writing wisdom with each other. It might seem daunting, but don’t worry! Lots of people created their accounts solely for the reason to connect with other creatives.
  8. Come Up with a Schedule – Whenever I can make a schedule, I do. Lately I have been taking a calendar and scheduling out my blog posts and Instagram posts to make sure I have fresh content for every day. This means I already have ALL of August planned out for blogging related things, and a week or two planned for Instagram. This has already unloaded a lot of stress off my back and gets me excited to write up these posts soon! All I did was find a calendar template on Word and fill it in. If you want, you could print it out, but I do not need anymore loose papers scattered on my desk so I just keep it saved on my computer.
  9. Promote Your Creativityย – Whether you are currently working on a project or have finished and are taking the traditional or self-publishing route, promote your work! Get your followers excited about your work so when it is finally available to them, they are dying to get their hands on it.
  10. Stretch Yourself Across as Many Platforms – Do what you are comfortable with, and don’t stretch yourself thin across different social media platforms, but it is good to have a voice on at least one or two. For example, I am on Twitter, Instagram, and my blog the most, but I do have Tumblr and Pinterest accounts as well. I do what I feel comfortable with, which is Twitter and Instagram, but I might bring myself back onto Pinterest more regularly in the near future.

Those are my ten major tips for building creative platforms on social media, and I hope you found these helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

This past week was a week full of reading, but since I did daily updates during the readathon, I will keep this shortish and to the point. Starting the week off on Monday, I read three books: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (LOVED IT), Scythe by Neal Shusterman (LOVED IT), and Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (LOVED IT). I read a total of five books during the readathon though, and cannot wait for the next one! Since the readathon has ended, I have slowly been reading Save the Date by Morgan Matson, her newest summer contemporary and so far, I am really enjoying it! It is the perfect book to read after a week of mostly fantasy, and I know I am going to love it. It is about 400 pages and I am currently 54 pages in, but I am hoping to finish it in the next few days because I really want to get The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, the fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle, read before the BookTubeAThon. Also because I am DYING to see how Stiefvater ties up this amazing series.

This was a slower writing week for sure because of the readathon, but I did manage to write about 12k towards my current WIP, Project Mystic. This project is at a word count of just over 47k, which means I am 3,000 words from reaching my Camp NaNoWriMo goal of 50k! Hopefully if all goes as planned, I will reach that goal tomorrow, but the writing does not end there. I am not even HALF way through my second draft and I really want to get it finish by August 16 (my birthday) so I can step away for a month or so before jumping into draft three. I have also been working on a short story and am entering the editing process for it tomorrow after writing two drafts. It will be a busy writing week as always, but I am looking forward to it!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I will be back tomorrow with a brand new blog post!

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 7

Hey guys! Today was the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon, and while I did not achieve the ultimate 7 books in 7 days goal, I still got a lot of reading done! I am sure if I tried a bit harder, and managed by time better, I would have been able to read that many booksย  but oh well. Overall, Imanaged to read 5 1/2 books and completed 5 of the challenges, so I would still count it as a success, right?

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Today I was finally able to finish Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, the third book in The Raven Cycle. I listened to this book half on audiobook and read the other half physically, and oh my, it was AMAZING! This book was so atmospheric and the characters really jumped out at me more than usual. For some reason, I really enjoyed reading two of the “villains” in this book and I love when that happens. Overall, this book gets a solid 4.5/5 stars from me because I thought relationships between the characters was strengthen, stakes rose, and the plot thickened immensely.

I also listened to about half of Legend by Marie Lu via audiobook. This was going to be seventh book read (didn’t finish my sixth read: A Darker Shades of Magic), so it wasn’t really for a challenge, but I listened to it while at the gym and doing my daily tasks today, so I got quite a few hours in! I am definitely going to continue listening to this audiobook because I am really enjoying revisiting this story via audiobook, and am considering listening to the rest of the trilogy as well. I would have finished this book but I just got distracted by uh…Fullmetal Alchemist on Netflix, as well as other tasks that WERE productive, I swear. I tried not to go too hard on myself though, because sometimes we can’t read all the books and that is okay!

That was my day 7 reading update, and I hope you enjoyed it and all of my other updates and Biannual Bibliothon posts! I had so much fun this readathon, and make sure you get ready for the BookTubeAThon (July 30-Aug 5)!

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 7 – Summer Road Trip Essentials

Happy day 7 of the summer Biannual Bibliothon, but also sadly, the final day of the readathon. I had such a blast this readathon and got soooo much reading done. I can’t remember the last time I got this much read in such a short amount of time, or had the motivation to, but now it is all I want to do! Luckily, the BookTubeAThon is only a mere 10 days away so the fun will begin all over again soon. Anyways, today’s challenge is hosted by Emily the Book Nerdย who wants us to share our road trip essentials and what books we want to get to by the end of the summer so, without a further ado, let’s get into this final challenge!

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My summer road trip essentials are quite basic because to be honest, I usually end up just staring out the window, lost in thought for the whole ride…

My laptop in the hopes that maybe I can get some writing done (spoiler alert, I never do)

A book because it wouldn’t be a road trip without a good book! I usually bring a light hearted contemporary to read in the car, whether it is a physical copy, ebook, or audiobook. Some summery recommendations for the car I have are: Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (a fun road trip book!), Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

My EPIC playlist which combines my love of 80’s pop and musical theater.

Sunglasses to keep out that sun while I am staring out the window, avoiding the stuff I brought.

Those are my summer essentials, and yes, they are pretty basic but like I said, I never actually use them. As for some of the books I want to get done by the end of the summer…well, do I have a list for you. There are so many fantastic books that I just keep hearing about, and since the Biannual Bibliothon has started, I have been dying to read them.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adyemiย 

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This is the buzz book of the year and for good reason I’m sure! This is one of the books that I am sure deserves the amazing hype it has gotten since it first came out a few months ago, and I know I will love it! Children of Blood and Bone is a fantasy book that is heavily influenced by West African mythology, and ugh, just that sounds amazing. I love all mythology so I am so excited to get my hands on it before the summer ends!

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireย 

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Okay, I have heard about this book from every BookTuber I have EVER watched, so I feel like I should pick it up. There are three…four? books out in this fantasy series, and since these books are short, I think I would have lots of fun binging them. I did put a hold for the first one at the library and I am hoping it will come soon so I can dive right in! All I know about this book is that it involves children and a magical world…but that is it. You think after hearing about it so much I would remember a basic premise but I don’t haha!

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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I just got this book from the library, so I am hoping to get to it next week after the Biannual Bibliothon is over and I have caught up with everything I put aside in order to participate in it. It is a cute, summery contemporary about a family who hasn’t been under the same roof in forever, but because of our main character, Charlie’s sister’s wedding, the family is coming together for the weekend. Charlie is determined to make it the best weekend ever, however the weekend has barely begun and it is already shaping up to become a disaster. I love Morgan Matson’s books, and I have heard great things about this one so I can’t wait to get to it!

Those are some of the books I want to get to by the end of the summer, and I hope you enjoyed this final challenge for the Biannual Bibliothon! Don’t forget to check out ALL the Biannual Bibliothon posts I did over this past week and let me know if you participated and how you did overall! Keep an eye out for my final reading update tonight, but other than that I will be getting back onto my regular schedule ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 6

Well, day 6 is over and the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon is fast approaching…and I still have three more books I need to get through in order to achieve the ultimate goal of reading 7 books in 7 days. Of course, it will be completely alright if I don’t achieve the feat of reading that many books because I have read four books in the past few days already. That is more than I have read in a while, and for the most part, I really enjoyed what I have read!

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Today I finished Scythe by Neal Shusterman for the challenge to read a predicted five star read. Right when I finished it I rushed to the computer and ordered the second book because it was SO good. The world is so intriguing and unique, and the characters are so real I had to keep reminding myself I was reading a book. Honestly though, this book was fantastic. It takes place in a world where humans have conquered everything: death, disease, poverty…really everything bad that we face in the world today. However, to keep the population in check, this world has Scythes to kill at random. This story follows two apprentices to a Scythe, Citra and Rowan, both whom do not want to bear the weight of becoming a Scythe but have no choice but to learn the ways of these killers. So, so fantastic and I am so happy to give this book a solid, well deserved 5/5 stars!

I also managed to listen to a bit more of Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, but I did not manage to actually find the time to sit down and read it. I was surprised I was able to finish Scythe even, because while I started off the day being productive; reading, writing, and catching up on blog posts, I ended up feeling really sick all of the sudden. For a few hours I wasn’t able to do anything, setting me back on just about all the tasks I wanted to get done…including getting further into this book. Overall, I got about one and a half hours more listened to this book which brings me almost halfway. In the actual book I believe I am on page 150ish and things are getting interesting. Well, they were already interesting, but I am excited to sit down tomorrow and power through the last 150ish pages to see whats happens!

Anyways, that is all for this update! I am still very behind, but somehow, still hopeful as I have been saying the past few days. Tomorrow’s reading to do list is: finish Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, start and finish A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and start and finish Legend by Marie Lu. Will I be able to get all that done tomorrow? Who knows!

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 5

Happy day 5 of the summer Biannual Bibliothon!

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I wish I could say I managed to catch up…but I did not. I still have only three books read, meaning I have to try and finish three books tomorrow…or split it up and read two on Thursday and two Friday. The idea is a little stressful, but as always I am up for the challenge. I plan to get all my writing done in the early morning, and then spend the rest of the day reading. I did make some significant progress though, so I do believe I will be able to get at least two books read tomorrow!

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Today I listened to about two and a half hours of Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, the third book in The Raven Cycle. I had come to the idea that I disliked the audibooks for this series, but I am actually really enjoying listening to them! While I have been doing mindless tasks and homework, I have put this on for me to listen to, and I got a LOT more listened to than I thought! In the physical copy, that brings me to about page 100, and while I like the audiobook, I really do want to sit down and read some as well. But so far, I am really enjoying it!

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The other book I am currently reading is Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and to no surprise, I am loving it so far. I am reading this book for the challenge to read a suspected five star read, and this is definitely heading in that direction. I am not too far into this one though since I started it later this afternoon, but I am a nice 150 pages deep out of about 430, so Iย  have no doubt I will be able to finish it earlier tomorrow. The aspect of how people view life and death in this book is really interests me, and I have not read anything quite like this book before. I was worried I was going to be let down because of all the amazing hype this book has received, but so far that is not the case, nor do I think it will be.

That is all for this update, and while no books were finished today, hopefully I will be back tomorrow with some goods news! Don’t forget to check out all my Biannual Bibliothon related posts from this week, and I hope you are enjoying them ๐Ÿ™‚

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Biannual Bibliothon:ย Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 โ€“ Favourite Vacation Spots

Reading Update โ€“ Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1

Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 โ€“ Favourite Summer Books!ย 

Reading + Writing Update โ€“ Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018 + Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2

Reading Update โ€“ Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 3

 

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