July 2017 Book Haul!

I went to my local library the other day and found two books that looked interesting for the price of $0.00. Awesome right? So yes, I have a bit of a book haul to share because I also got an exciting new release that I cannot wait to get into!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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I was so, so, so excited to read it because Eliza and Her Monsters looked really funny and relatable, which it was. Eliza and Her Monsters follows a girl named Eliza Mirk who is the creator of  the really popular online comic series, Monstrous Sea. And while her online life is thriving, her offline life…not so much. That is until Wallace comes along, who is a popular fanfic writer who writes fanfic based off of Monstrous Sea. I have started the first few pages and cannot wait to continue on with this book!

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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I am not a huge John Green fan, but I have read most of his books and didn’t mind them. When I saw this book on the library cart for free, I thought, why not? From what I have gathered, this book is about a boy who is into girls who have the name Katherine, but one day he meets a girl who is NOT named Katherine, and he wonders if she can break his trend. It sounds like a fun, easy going book and I am curious to see how much I will enjoy it.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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This book is one I have seen around BookTube and have heard good things about, so since it was free I decided to pick it up. I read the synopsis but honestly, it was really complicated and long so I am just going to go into it with no expectations whatsoever! I do believe this is middle grade though and I have not read any middle grade for a very long time so this book is much needed.

Those are all of the books I bought in the month of July and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

BookTubeAThon Day 7 Update

BookTubeAThon is officially over! And while I am very sad because it was such a fun, motivating ride…I am happy the week is over. I am really excited to keep reading though, and cannot wait to get more done! Anyways, here is what I got done on the last day of BookTubeAThon 2017:

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I had set some high expectations for today, because my overall goal for the day was to read and finish 3 books. I know! Crazy! I wanted to read Anna and the French Kiss, Once and For All AND City of Fallen Angels but sadly (and obviously) I did not accomplish that. I did however, finish Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and got a third of the way through Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. I enjoyed re reading Anna and the French Kiss as always, and enjoyed what I read so far of this new Sarah Dessen book! I am planning on finishing Once and For All tomorrow, as well as starting City of Fallen Angels which I am very excited for. BookTubeAThon has been fun and wild ride but now it has sadly come to an end which is good, because I can go to sleep at a decent time! Below is my daily overview, as well as my overall wrap up for the BookTubeAThon which I will go more into detail with it in my July wrap up!

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DAY 7 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 417 (337 of Anna and the French Kiss + 80 of Once and For All)

BOOKTUBEATHON WRAP UP:

Books Completed: 5

  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz for the challenges read a book in one day
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh for the challenge read a hyped book
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephanie Perkins for the challenge read about a character that is very different from you
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater for the challenge read a book with a person on the cover
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins for the challenge read a book you bought because of the cover

So overall I completed 5 books and five challenges which I am very proud of! I hope you enjoyed following me along this week, and I will see you guys tomorrow with a new blog post.

BookTubeAThon Day 6 Update

I finally had a day where I could spend more time reading, and while I got less reading done than I would have liked, by now I have realized that is sometimes how it goes. Anyways, tomorrow is the last day of BookTubeAThon and while the thought makes me very sad because it was such a fun ride, I am also a tiny bit relieved to not feeling obligated to read so many books. I do enjoy reading all these books, but I could NOT read 7 books every week or I might go insane! Anyways, here is what I managed to read today:

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As of today, I have officially read 4 books for the BookTubeAThon and have completed 4 challenges: read a book in one day, read a hyped book, read a book with a character that is very different from you and read a book with a person the cover. I have changed my TBR and challenge order slightly, but for the majority the books are the same! But anyways, today was the day I finished The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, a book that had been sitting on my shelf for a while now, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I really loved the dark, mystical vibe it gave off, and cannot wait to continue on with the rest of the series! Apart from The Raven Boys, I also started Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and got 80 pages into that! I do plan on finishing it first thing tomorrow morning considering that I have to finish 3 whole books tomorrow, in order to complete all the challenges, so wish me luck…

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DAY 6 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 273 (193 of The Raven Boys and 80 of Anna and the French Kiss)

I hope you enjoyed this update and I will be back tomorrow with the final one for BookTubeAThon 2017!

BookTubeAThon Day 5 Update

Whooo! This update is actually going up on time for once.

Today was day 5 of the BookTubeAThon which is really sad because now there are only 2 days left. BookTubeAThon is such a fun event to participate in, but like they say, all good things must come to an end. Anyways, here is what I managed to get done today!

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My goal for today was to finish The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater which I started last night, but ended up only reading a chapter or so. However, I did not achieve my goal of completing the other 400 or so pages of The Raven Boys today. I did read exactly 200 pages though, which means I have a little less than 200 pages left to go. I do planning on doing a good chunk of reading in the morning but I am determined to finish The Raven Boys tomorrow afternoon and start re reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins!

DAY 5 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 0

Pages Read: 200 (The Raven Boys)

That is all for my BookTubeAThon Day 5 Update, and I hope you enjoyed. Oh, and also, there will be no reading/writing update tomorrow just because I have been regularly updating you all on what I am currently reading, and also because I have not done any writing since Monday…But anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: August 2017 TBR!

August 2017 TBR!

July was an okay reading month, better than the last few months, but I am still really behind on my reading goal, and I want to get a lot of reading done this summer. So, I have a slightly ambitious August TBR, and since I will be less busy, I plan on reading a LOT. Anyways, here is my TBR and I hope you enjoy.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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I started this book in the beginning of July, but got distracted with others so I plan on finishing it this August. It is a fun, summery contemporary that is perfect for summer vacation, and follows a girl named Emaline who works at her parents realty place and there, she meets an artsy boy from New York that she can’t help but fall for. I am really excited because I expect to just fly through this book, and I know I will enjoy it!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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This was a book I purchased a while ago, and I really want to read it because I just keep hearing amazing things about it. Honestly, I want to go into it with no grasp on what it is about, but if you are curious then definitely look it up!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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I re read this not that long ago, but honestly, I love this book so much that I just NEED to read it again. This book follows a girl named Anna whose parents send her to an American boarding school in Paris. There, she meets a fun and loving group of friends and against her will, starts to fall for one of them. Hard. Again, this is another light hearted contemporary that is a classic and a must read!

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Since August is the month before I go back to school, I am in the school vibe and have the craving to read books that partially take place at school…so yeah, Obsidian is on my TBR! Obsidian follows a girl named Katy, who after a spontaneous move to Virginia with her mother, moves next door to two strange twins named Dee and Damon Black, and learns that there is more to them and their world than she thought. This book is like a sci-fi-contemporary, and I really love the combination and am excited to re read it!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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Yep! I am still re reading The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and it has been so much fun because I just love this series. City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series, but without spoiling it, the main story line is that it follows teenaged Clary Fray whose mother is kidnapped from their New York apartment, and on her journey to save her, Clary discovers that her mother was part of a world of angels and demons, and that she too, has a place in it. This is my favourite series because of the characters and the plot line, and I am so happy to be back into this great world of Shadowhunters!

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I feel like this is one of those classic YA’s that you should read if you like cliche plot lines…and guess what. That’s me! Hush, Hush follows a girl named Nora who never really saw herself falling in love, well at least not at her school. That is, until Patch comes along and things start to change. Throughout the story though, Nora becomes weary of Patch because he starts to know things that nobody should know, and eventually the truth about him comes out. I am excited to give this a try and hopefully I will like it!

Those are all the books I plan to read in the month of August, and you should comment down below any books you plan on reading this month because I would love to know!

BookTubeAThon Day 3&4 Update!

Yesterday and the day before, I was just SO tired that one, I barley got any reading done because I was working all day and by the time I got home at like 10pm, I passed out. Because of that, I decided to combine yesterday and today’s update so that I actually have something to update you on…

Day 3:

Anyways, on day 3 or Wednesday, I did manage to finish the last 88 pages of The Wrath of the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and let me just say, it was SO amazing! I will go more in depth on my feelings in my July 2017 Wrap Up, but let me just say that I will be buying the second book as soon as possible. After finishing that, I also started The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which is a re read, but I managed to complete 90 pages of that! I needed a short, contemporary to read during my busy schedule and it was definitely a good decision.

DAY 3 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 178 (88 pages of The Wrath and the Dawn + 90 pages of The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Day 4:

Yesterday was a decent reading day, but I am still about one book behind on my goal and I really need to pick the pace up. Luckily tomorrow (Friday) is my last day of work before the weekend, and I have a really long drive that I have to sit through so I will be reading from 5pm until I finish two books. Not only did I finish reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which meant that I had to read 121 pages of it, but I also started Once and For All by Sarah Dessen and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Mind you, I did not get very far in either, but I mean, it is a start!

Day 4 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 172 (121 of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 34 of Once and For All and 17 of The Raven Boys)

Anyways, I apologize for not getting these two updates up on time but I hope you enjoyed them. Stay tuned for my regular blog post today, as well as my BookTubeAThon Day 5 Update!

 

Writing a Book #2

I am back with this new series on my blog called “Writing a Book…” and I am excited to talk about my progress and current thoughts on my book, which I am currently calling “Project Night”. To catch you up really quick, it is a darkish fantasy novel and I am currently working on my first draft of it! I estimate it to be somewhere from 70-100,000 words and am aiming to be finished the first draft by September 5 of this year.

Now for my progress! Last time I posted one of these, I was about 20,000 words into my story but now I have reached my “July goal” of 50,000 words and the month isn’t even over yet. I am very happy with my progress of this book, and have to thank Camp NaNoWriMo for happening at the right time, because I am not sure how far I would be if it wasn’t for their word sprints motivating me when I felt lazy with my work! I really do think I will be able to complete my overall goal of the first draft on time, but I need to write as much as I can from now to August 11, because from August 12-19 I will be unable to write which I am not looking forward to…that is 7 days where I could be getting closer to my goal but it is what it is.

One thing that has not faded since day 1 of my writing is my passion for this story. I keep coming up with new concepts and scenes to add to it, and grow more excited about it each and every day. Most projects I easily get bored with, and toss away after a couple thousand words, but now with Project Night, I am over halfway done and still loving it! That is definitely the most important thing when it comes to writing your story, that you love it and are passionate about wanting to share it with the world.

Anyway, that is all for my “Writing a Book #2” and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4: Escaping Writer’s Block!

BookTubeAThon Day 2 Update!

So…it is day 2 of the BookTubeAThon 2017 and while I had a good reading day despite me being out of the house for 10 hours today…it sadly wasn’t as good as yesterday! I still did get a lot accomplished and here is a brief update and how it went:

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I had to work from 8:30-4:30, but during breaks I managed to read a grand total of 100 pages which was good, and put me on page 150! When I go home though, at about 7pm, since then, I have read another total of 55 pages. I am really, really enjoying The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and it is completely exceeding my expectations of the book! I had no idea what to expect, but I didn’t imagine to love the characters and setting so much. I do plan on reading until page 300, so another 45 pages before I call it a day. I really, really want to finish it tomorrow morning during another one of my breaks, and since I got 100 pages read during a few breaks today, I am confident I can get 88 done tomorrow! Once I do, I will be diving into Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, because that is definitely the most intimidating book on my TBR…

DAY 2 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed (Today): 0

Pages Read (Today): 205 (of The Wrath and the Dawn)

Anyways that is all for my BookTubeAThon Day 2 Update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: BookTubeAThon Day 1 Update!

BookTubeAThon Day 1 Update!

Yes, I will be doing daily BookTubeAThon updates along with my regular blog posting schedule! I am really excited to share how much reading I accomplish each day, and my quick, snapshot thoughts on the book. I have a SUPER busy week starting tomorrow, but I am still determined to get lots of reading done!

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So it is currently 5:30pm for me (but I will quickly update this blog post before I go to bed because I DO plan on reading more today) and about ten minutes ago I completed Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. This book was not on my initial TBR, but I got it out from the library and felt like reading it so I did! It was a total of 355 pages and I spent about 4 hours on it. I was excited to read it because it follows the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler, and also to learn more history, which I did. But in my opinion, it was kind of slow and did info dumps sometimes, but other than that I did enjoy it and thought it was a fun educational read. Now I am going to take a break, eat some food, do some writing and French and then jump back into read later tonight! Tonight I will be picking up The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and my goal is to get about 100 pages read before I go to sleep.

DAY 1 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 405 pages (355 of Alex and Eliza + 50 of The Wrath and the Dawn)

I also wanted to point out that I am adding more books to my TBR because I realize I can easily read more than three, and also why not add more stress to my week? So I am striving for seven books this week and the extra four are: Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz (which I have already read), The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Perks of Beings a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky!

That is all for my quick update on my reading from the BookTubeAThon 2017 and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to comment below if you are participating in BTAT17 and what book you are currently reading. Also, check out my other blog post from today: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4: Escaping Writer’s Block!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4: Escaping Writer’s Block

It’s inevitable for you to feel blocked in your writing at some point, and just in case that is happening to you, here are a few tips on how to defeat the ugly monster we call, ‘writer’s block’.

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  • Identify the Source – First things first, you need to identify the source of your writer’s block. Some possible sources are: you just don’t feel like writing, you are stuck on what should happen next, or maybe you didn’t plan your story enough and have NO idea where it is heading. If you know what is causing it, it is easier to stop it.
  • Just Write – One way to get through writer’s block is to just write. Free write a page or just push through the scene that is troubling you. Either way, writing is the best cure.
  • Take a Walk – Taking a walk outside will help clear your mind, and help you figure out what to do next. Sometimes the cure to your writer’s block can be that you just needed to NOT write, but take a step back and let your mind solve the problem.
  • Figure Out Where You Went Wrong – Sometimes when I have writer’s block, it is because I wrote a scene that doesn’t flow right. What I do is re read the scene and then if I really don’t know how to fix it, I will delete it and rewrite it until it is good enough for me to keep going. Remember: Only delete it if you REALLY don’t know what doesn’t work in that scene.
  • Read! – Sometimes all you need is a way to release your creativity in another form than writing. Reading is a necessity for all writers, so if you are feeling blocked, read to help get your creative juices flowing. It also helps you strengthen your writing so there is really no loss from picking up a book at any time!

That is all for this final Camp NaNoWriMo weekly tips and tricks blog posts, and I hope you enjoyed. Hopefully you had a fun and successful Camp NaNoWriMo, and don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!