Reading + Writing Goals – November + December

Making my goals for September and October back in August was difficult because I wasn’t sure what my school load would be like, however, September and October turned out to be two incredibly productive months despite all the school work that needed to get done! Let’s take a look at those goals and see what I got done:

  • Finish re-writing and editing the first 20 pages of Project Mystic for the fellowship 
  • Submit to the fellowship
  • Read 6 books
  • Submit to 1 writing contest
  • Submit to 2 literary magazines
  • Post 30 blog posts

I managed to complete 5/6 goals I set out for myself and I am very, very happy with that. Okay, now onto my goals for November and December! The last two months of 2018…

  • Finish draft 2.5 of Project Mystic
  • Write 4 new pieces of work (short stories, essays, etc)
  • Submit to 2 writing contests or literary magazines
  • Submit to 2 writing scholarships
  • Read 12 books

I went for fewer goals for these two months, but in no way will it be easier. I know for a fact November and December will be extremely difficult, but I want to make sure I end the year on a good, productive note! I am excited to get lots of writing and read done, and hopefully, you are too.

So, there they are! My wrap up on my October and September goals, and what I have planned for the upcoming two months. I hope you enjoyed and make sure you check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content 🙂

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November 2018 TBR

October came and went in the blink of an eye, and now November is only days away which is crazy! I am extremely excited for my November TBR this year though because it is full of books preparing me for my most anticipated book release of the year: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! Anyways, let’s get into this TBR and talk about all the books I plan on reading in November, which is also the month of NaNoWriMo…

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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In preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness, the third and final book in the Dark Artifices series, I need to re-read the first two books. I believe I have re-read this book once and I would have re-read it a million more times than that if I could because of how amazing it is, but this is no small book. It is almost 700 pages and I do not have the TIME to sit down and read 700 pages (two 700 paged books) this month…but I am going to anyways. Lady Midnight follows a race of half-humans and half-angels called Shadowhunters, whose mandate is to protect the world and humans from demons. In this book, we follow a large and AMAZING cast of characters who are Shadowhunters and after bodies murdered in the same way one of our main character’s, Emma Carstairs, parents were, start surfacing, she puts it on herself to find the murderer. This book has romance, action, kick-ass heroines (and heroes), and a beautiful family dynamic so I cannot wait to re-read it and re-visit this world and the characters!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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I do not believe I have had the chance to re-read Lord of Shadows, so I am especially excited to pick this one up again. It is the second book in the trilogy and honestly, I only remember the key points in the story since I read it over a year ago. However, I do remember it having a lot more of my two favourite characters (Christina and Mark!!!), so again, very excited about that.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

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While I was planning on listening to the Ruby Red audiobook in October, and then the second book, Sapphire Blue in November, I just ended up listening to Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue a lot faster than anticipated! This is great because I need to read more books every month because I am so close to my 75 books in one-year goal! Anyways, Emerald Green is the third and final book in this YA time-traveling trilogy that follows our main character, Gwen, who lives in a family that possesses a time-traveling gene. Her entire life, it was her cousin, Charlotte who was believed to have the gene, but when Gwen suddenly travels back in time she becomes part of a world she thought she had escaped. I love this trilogy and I love listening to the audiobooks so I am very excited to listen to this on the bus and when I am just walking around!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This the second audiobook I plan on listening to this month because since I am wanting to read to monstrously sized books, I am going to want to take a break and just listen to some stories as well. I have also been making my way through The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook as I finished City of Fallen Angels last month, so I am looking forward to continuing on! This is the fifth book in the series that also follows characters who are mostly Shadowhunters, give or take a few vampires and werewolves. After our main character, Clary’s mother is kidnapped in the first book, she is suddenly thrust into a world of demons and angels to get her mother back, and along the way, realizes she has a large part in this world than she thought.

Okay, so those are the four main books I want to get to in the month of November which is going to be a struggle. November is always a very, very busy and stressful month because it is when lots of projects and essays for school are due, and it is also National Novel Writing Month! However, I have been on a reading roll lately so I am sure I will find the time. I also only plan on reading two physical books and two audiobooks of my own choice because I know I will be assigned some reading in English and I don’t want to put too much on myself!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this November TBR and make sure you comment the books you plan on reading this coming month because I’d love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content below 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

This was a really good reading AND writing week which makes me so incredibly happy, and I only hope that November is as well! I finished three books this past week: the last few hours City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (via audiobook), the last 100ish pages of The Light Between Worlds (make sure you check out my non-spoiler review of it HERE!), and the last 84 pages of Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. I also made it through a few other books I’ve been reading for a while, and the end of all of them is so close! I am hoping to get them all read before October is over (so like, in 3 days…) and since I am enjoying them so much I think I can manage it. I am about halfway through Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi so I have about 180ish pages left and so far, I am liking it. It’s not mind-blowing or anything, but its a fun, nice book to curl up with at the end of the day. I’ve also made progress with Traplines by Eden Robinson which I am also just over halfway through. I have to return it to the library by Tuesday so I will definitely be putting this as my top priority this coming week, especially since I am using it for a writing class assignment. Okay, the last book I have to update you on is my current audiobook listen which is Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, the second book in the Ruby Red trilogy (or Precious Stones trilogy, I don’t know what it’s called). I started listening to this on Thursday and am 3/8 hours through it. Since I have a long week of busing and walking, I will definitely be able to get it done by the end of Wednesday because I absolutely love these audiobooks and this story!

As for writing, I definitely did some writing this week but what exactly, is escaping my mind. I am pretty sure that I wrote two drafts of my short story assignment for my writing class, but then I changed the idea and wrote the new draft today. I also worked on editing some short stories and even entered a local writing contest which was a lot of fun! It has been a few months since I’ve entered a writing contest and even though it was for tiny, short stories that were about 100 words long, it was a nice feeling to get my work back out there.

Anyways, that is all for this update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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The Light Between Worlds – Review

On October 23rd, The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth hit shelves and I am so excited for you to all read it! If you have heard absolutely nothing about this lovely book, I am going to be sharing my non-spoiler thoughts on this book and hopefully, by the end, you will want to pick it up!


The Light Between Worlds is a YA Narnia story following three siblings who during the bombing of London in 1940, somehow end up in a magical kingdom called the Woodlands. This is a place of nature and beauty, but the Woodlands is facing a battle of their own. The siblings vow to help them as much as they can in this war, but in return, they ask to be sent home afterwards as if no time has passed.

Six years later, it is time for them to finally go home and now they are faced with a brand new battle of their very own. Trying to adjust to life away from the Woodlands and back into reality. It is easier for the two oldest siblings, Jamie and Philippa, but Evelyn struggles with making this world home again. When Evelyn disappears one day, Philippa must return to England after studying in America to unravel the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, and the struggles Evelyn faced while she was away.

This book is haunting and whimsical and is a book I fly through every time. I have read it twice now, and each time I lost track of time while reading it and found myself pages ahead of where I thought I was.

While this book has fantasy elements in it like the magic of the Woodlands, this book is less about the fantasy and more about finding yourself. Because of that, it is very character based. We follow the perspectives of Evelyn and Philippa, both who are strong women but also have their own demons and ghosts to face. We learn how they both cope with them, and those are two very different ways. I definitely saw a lot of myself in each of them, but they were also very different from me. I was always interested to see how they would react and interact with the challenges they faced.

I loved how cozy this book felt because of the atmosphere; 1940s-50s England, rainy, grey, cool, tea. It was the perfect book to snuggle up with on a rainy day with some hot tea and just fall into. This world does really take you by surprise with how vivid it is. I could see the trees of the forests and see the gardens outside the school Evelyn goes to. It all made for a great read!

Lately, mental illness has been something I’ve become more aware of and I noticed this book represented eating disorders and also depression. I won’t go into too much detail, but basically, these are ways the characters have turned to in order to let go of their pain. Nothing is graphic, but it is good to keep in mind when reading it in case you are easily triggered. On Laura E. Weymouth’s website, she goes into more detail about these triggers so make sure you check that out here.

Those are my non-spoiler thoughts on The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth and I hope you enjoyed! Make sure to let me know if you decide to pick this book up and what your thoughts are on it! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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4 Books I Just Didn’t Like

Sometimes we read books we don’t really like and that’s okay. We aren’t going to like every book we have to read because if we did, then something would be wrong there. Anyways, no hate to any of these books! I am just listing a few books that I gave a chance but just didn’t like for whatever reason.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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I am really surprised I didn’t like this book because not only does it include Latina witches, but a lot of the culture is intertwined in the book as well. Being someone of Latina descent, I was really looking forward to it! I got about 150 pages into it and for whatever reason just didn’t connect with the characters or the story. I am not writing off this book whatsoever because I’m hoping to give it another try in the future. Again, no hate at all towards the lovely author or this book! If you like it then that is great! I’m hoping in the future I will too.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy

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This is a book I’ve talked about in the past because I really did not enjoy this book at all. I really loved the first book, The Fifth Wave; a YA science-fiction-dystopian but the second book included a few new POVs that I really did not like reading from. At all. Also, the story just wasn’t exciting enough for me to be interested in it, unlike the first book. However, I haven’t read the first book in 4 years so I am curious if I would still like it as much…I guess I’ll have to re-read it to find out.

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

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The last half of the book was alright, but it was extremely difficult for me to work through the first half. I have to read 100 pages a week during October and it was (and still isn’t) no easy task. I do think it is important to read books you don’t enjoy as much though because it helps to tell you what you do like to read, right? Anyways, this is an important book, especially to Canadians, so I am glad that it was part of my assigned reading for English class.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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This is another book I tried to read but just couldn’t…I was in the need for a cute, refreshing contemporary and P.S. I Like You was not the right one to go with. It was very cliche and kind of cringey in my opinion and wasn’t anything I hadn’t read before. However, this isn’t always bad so I am not ruling this book off my TBR. In the future, I might pick it up again for a fun, light-hearted book because I am sure this book is all that, but at that moment it wasn’t what I was looking for and that’s okay!

Those are 4 books I just didn’t like for whatever reason but am not ruling off my TBR forever. Remember, I am not hating on these books and if you like them, that’s great! They just weren’t my cup of tea. Make sure you comment below some books you didn’t really like, and also check out my last blog post and all my social media accounts below. Thanks 🙂

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Preptober Week 4 – Creating the Perfect Schedule

Happy Monday!

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One massive part of having a successful NaNoWriMo is creating the perfect schedule. One that is tailored to your daily life and allows you to write the most words each day. To do so, however, you need to ask yourself a few questions to create that “perfect schedule” and here are some of those questions:

  1. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night person? – When are you most awake and productive? That is the time you should spend writing so you don’t waste time trying to write during a time when you aren’t really productive.
  2. How long do you want to write for? – Are short sprints or longer sessions more beneficial for you? This is really important for getting the most amount of words out of each day. You also don’t want to overwrite or underwrite yourself.
  3. Do you want to set a timer for each writing session or just go with the flow? – Personally, I do about 20-30 minute writing sprints so I set a timer, but sometimes at night if I’ve gotten most of my words in for the day, I just let myself write until I want to stop.
  4. Are you walking into each writing session blind, or are you going to try and have an outline for each day? – I am more of a panster than a plotter, but sometimes having a loose outline/idea for each writing day really helps make sure you don’t go off track, thus making each writing day a bit easier.
  5. How many days a week are you writing? – 7 days? 2 days? 5 days? Personally, I try to aim for 6 days because then I am giving myself an entire day off to just relax and recharge. I’m able to do this because I am for higher word counts each day though!
  6. When will you schedule in “you time”? – This is super important in order to avoid creative burnout. The last thing you need during NaNoWriMo is to lose the motivation to write, so make sure you take time for yourself. That can mean a little bit each day or an entire day. Whatever works for you.
  7. How will you make up for missed writing days? – Sometimes life happens, so how will you make up for those missed words? How many words will you add to each writing session, or will you write on your day off that week? It’s important to know this so you don’t freak out when you can’t write one day!

Those are some questions to ask yourself when creating your perfect writing schedule and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media account linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

Sorry for no Friday blog post, my idea fell through but that’s alright because as Queen says, the show must go on! (I’ve been listening to a lot of Queen lately since the movie comes out in 2 weeks! Ah!) Anyways, this was a rough week. I had tests and projects due which means yes, the nights before were spent scrambling to finish them rather than read. However, surprisingly reading and writing got done this week so let’s discuss that!

Last Sunday I started listening to the audiobook for Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and I absolutely just flew through it, as expected. Despite all the other books I need to get finished, I will probably start listening to the second book, Sapphire Blue on Monday but I am going to try to focus on finishing the City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare audiobook since I have been listening to it for a while. I have also been making my way through Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden for my English class, and now only have about 84 pages left of it meaning I read just over 100 pages of it which is great. Once I got halfway through the book, I did start enjoying it a lot more as I finally found a rhythm with the characters and the story, but I am really looking forward to finally finishing it by the end of this coming week. The last book I’ve made progress in this week is The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. I’m not moving as fast through this re-read as I would like because of other books I need to read at whatnot, but I did manage to read about another 75 pages of it this week. That means I still got quite a bit to go…like 150 pages, but fingers crossed I can get those pages read by Wednesday which is when I want my review to go up for it!

As for writing, I was productive enough. Especially when I like to spend October focusing on planning and prepping my NaNoWriMo projects for November. I did do some re-writing and editing of a short story I wrote a while ago, as well as writing the first draft for my writing class short story assignment. For this short story assignment, it was supposed to be a literary piece of fiction and let me tell you, literary fiction does not come easily to me. It is so hard to write something that seems interesting enough to me but doesn’t have magic… I’m glad I have to write something out of my comfort zone like this though because so far, it has definitely helped me become a stronger and more well-rounded writer.

That is all for this reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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Disney Book Tag!

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I had a different idea for what today’s blog post was going to be, but that kind of ended up failing. It’s okay though because I love reading, and I also LOVE Disney so this seemed like the perfect book tag to do. Anyways, without further ado here are my answers to the Disney Book Tag!

(P.S. I did not create this tag, I actually don’t know who did but if you do know, tell me so I can credit them!)

The Little Mermaid – A Character That Is Out of Their Element…A Fish Out of Water!

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Haha, the first character who came to mind when I read this question was Apollo from the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan! This is perfect because, in the first book, Apollo is cast down to earth by Zeus and made mortal until he can complete trials to gain back his godly powers. Apollo is definitely out of his element on earth and it is hilarious watching him navigate life as a mortal.

Cinderella – A Character Who Goes Through Major Development

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Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series! In the first few books, he is just a sweet, scared little boy but by the last book, he is truly a brave Gryffindor…still sweet though! Neville has been through a lot in his life, just as much as Harry with losing his parents and all that, so for him to come out stronger rather than broken is definitely a major development.

Snow White – A Book with an Eclectic Cast of Characters

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When I think of a big eclectic cast of characters, I always come back to the same book series and that is The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. One specific book where we finally see all of our cast working together would be The Mark of Athena, but I just recommend the entire series. This cast of characters is such a diverse bunch of young people that you can’t help but like. They are diverse in their races, sexual orientations and just overall personalities, and it is a great series for all ages to read!

Sleeping Beauty – A Book That Put You to Sleep

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So, for English class, I have to read a lot of books…like a lot. Some I don’t like and some I do however the book I am reading right now for this class is a challenge to read. The idea of the story is great and interesting, but the actual story and how the author portrays it for the reader to see puts me to sleep. That book is Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. I have to read it out loud to actually understand what I’m reading, and yesterday I sat down to read it and it took me 45 MINUTES TO READ ONLY 17 PAGES! What is this witchcraft? What?

The Lion King – A Character Who Had Something Traumatic Happen to Them In Childhood

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A lot of characters fit the bill for this one, but to be a little creative I decided to go with Tavvy Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. So this kid is the youngest of the Blackthorn family (he’s currently seven) and his has mother died, his father was turned into a Dark Shadowhunter and then killed, when he was really little his brother Mark was taken away by faeries, and a lot more that I can’t say because of spoilers. This kid has had a LOT happen to him and he is only seven years old! To say that he had “something” traumatic happen to him in childhood is a bit of an understatement.

Beauty and the Beast – A Beast of a Book (A Big Book) That You Were Intimidated By But Found the Story to Be Beautiful In the End

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is about 416 pages which is an average fantasy book size, however, it is a high fantasy book so I was intimidated because of that. Once I got into it though, I really, really enjoyed it and just flew through it!

Aladdin – A Character Who Gets Their Wish Granted, For Better or Worse

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In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before, and even though she never intended for them to get out, it works out for her in the end when they do. She ends up with one of the boys she wrote a letter to, and while she never consciously wished to send them out, she did address them so deep down I think she did!

Mulan – A Character Who Pretends to be Something or Someone They Aren’t

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Ooooh, Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He definitely pretends to be someone he is not, but I won’t go into specifics in case anyone here has not gotten that far yet in the series.

Toy Story – A Book with Characters You Wish Would Come to Life

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I am going to have to do a double answer for this one and say the characters from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. They would be such an awesome group of friends to have not only because they are all funny, nice and just plain cool, but they also have AWESOME powers being the children of gods!

Disney Descendants – Your Favourite Villain or Morally Ambiguous Character

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My favourite villain is really any villain from The Vampire Diaries (I haven’t read the book so I’m cheating using the TV show but whatever). Katherine, Klaus, and Kai (haha all K’s) are hands down some of the best-developed villains ever created. They do what is best for only them and sometimes the small, small, small circle of people they love and overall, they just see their way as right. We still see them as a human though which is why I think they are such great villains.

There it is! Those are my answers for the Disney Book Tag which I loved because who doesn’t love Disney? If you haven’t done this tag and want to then do it because it was a lot of fun! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content. Thanks 🙂

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Preptober Week 3 – Determining Your Goals

Happy Monday!

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching so now is the time to kick our prepping into high gear, and get some stories planned. Today we will be discussing all things goals for NaNoWriMo and how to have an overall successful and productive month!

 

Step 1: Create Big SMART Goals

I always bring up SMART goals whenever I make a blog post centred around goals because these are the type of goals you need to focus on making. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time-bound, and by following these five words, you will create goals you can ACTUALLY achieve! When making goals, it is important to make them as directed and specific as possible and to make sure they are goals you can achieve in the time given. Some examples of my big, overall NaNoWriMo goals are:

  • Edit and re-outline character profiles, world history, and act I, II, III by October 31st – I specify what I want to edit and re-outline and also by what date = SMART goal!
  • Write 50k words by November 30th – This is a SMART goal because I determine how many words I want to write by whatever date, and I have achieved it before so I know it is attainable!

Step 2: Create Smaller SMART Goals

Now it is time to narrow our focus into the individual days of November and figure out what daily goals we can make to help lead us to success. The main goal in NaNoWriMo is to write 50k words in 30 days but in order to do that, you need to write at least 1,667 words per day. Maybe you can’t write that much a day though, and 1,667 words in a writing session is a rare, amazing occurrence. Whatever the case, you need to tailor these daily goals to your life and make them attainable so you are not letting yourself down at the end of the day and month. While 1,667 words are the average daily goal, maybe your goal needs to only be 1,000 words a day or maybe you write a lot and want your daily goal to be 2,000 words!

I also recommend if you have the time during the day, to split your NaNo writing session into two or even three sessions. For example, on the weekends (this is only what happens during Camp NaNo or NaNo, I don’t do this every weekend!) I like to write for three 30 minute sessions because, in the end, I finish the day with up to 3,000 words! That way, I still have time to get other things done but still get a lot of writing done. Figure out what works best for you in order to attain your personal daily goal so you can finish the day with the largest amount of words possible!

Step 3: Set Up a Reward System

Now that you have your big and small goals created, it is time to put in place a fun reward system! Whenever you hit a big, overall goal, like you write 50,000 words in NaNoWriMo, reward yourself with a big reward! For example, when I reach 50k I plan on giving myself a weekend free of writing where I get to watch Netflix and basically do whatever I want. November is not only busy because of NaNoWriMo, but also because school really picks up for me during this month so I know I am going to be exhausted by the time November 30th rolls around. When it comes to the smaller, daily goals, I like to give myself little rewards at the end of the week if I have written 5-7 days of that last week. Here are some smaller reward ideas!:

  • 30 mins of Netflix
  • A writing session at a coffee shop!
  • 30 mins at the gym (I know this might not be a reward exactly, but if you use some spare time to workout you will feel AMAZING. Trust me)
  • Reading time! (I don’t know about you, but finding time to read the books I want has been incredibly hard, so this will definitely be a reward for me)
  • Adventure to the bookstore

Step 4: Displaying Your Goals

It is important to have these goals AND your possible rewards displayed somewhere you will always see them. Whether that is when you first wake up or when you sit down to write, have them put up somewhere looking all pretty and exciting for you to see and be reminded of. I know you probably already wrote these goals down, but now take a clean piece of paper and make them colourful and lively; something that will catch your eye.

Okay! Those are the four steps to creating smart goals for NaNoWriMo! Now, to make sure these are truly smart and achievable goals, ask yourself if you know what your overall goals are for the month and how you are going to achieve each one. Know each step, or at least have it written out for you, and remind yourself of the deadlines and rewards for when you finish them!

I hope you found this blog post helpful and that you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below for more bookish and writing related content. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

Since I didn’t update you all last week, I have a lot to update you all. Long story short, I am currently reading six books. Yeah, six. How did this happen you might ask? Well, I just kept picking up and starting books I wanted to read (some re-reads), and here I am. I am just going to roll with it though and focus on two or three at a time (still a lot, but some of these are books I have to read for school!) until I get through them all…hopefully by the end of October. Anyways, because I have so many books that I am currently reading, I am not going to write a paragraph because it would be MASSIVE. Instead, I will do a quick, to the point update.

Books Finished:

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – Finished on October 6th – LOVED re-reading it 5/5 stars

Currently Reading:

Traplines by Eden Robinson – Progress: 70/215 pages (none since the last update)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (audiobook) – 6ish/12 hours (4 more hours since the last update) – Still enjoying my re-read of this series!

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden – 191/384 pages (started it on Oct 5th) – Not exactly my cup of tea but I have to read it for school so I am getting through it…slowly

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – 80/394 pages (started it on Oct 8th) – Enjoying it a lot so far, especially its atmosphere (college, coffee shops, and romance!)

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – 50/325 pages (started it on Oct 10th) – Re-reading this hauntingly beautiful story for my review of it since it is getting released to the world this month on Oct 23rd!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (audiobook) – 1.5/8.5 hours (started this today!) – I really wanted to re-read this trilogy during the fall and thought it would be smarter to re-visit them via audiobook. Loving it of course!

Okay, that was a lot easier than writing out a monstrous paragraph. Anyways, as for writing, I haven’t done too, too much. I have done a few hours of NaNoWriMo prep since it is right around the corner though. I have re-outlined the first act (almost), some of the magic system, and characters as well. I still need to finish re-outlining the second and third as well as a few more characters, but other than that I think I will be set for November! This weekend I actually did do a little bit of writing. I am re-vamping a short story I wrote almost a year ago for my writing portfolio, and have written about 700 new words of it so far. Hopefully, I will finish my first draft of re-writes for it this week, but I am not rushing it.

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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