September 2018 TBR

As well as the summer went for reading, I know for a fact that September will be nowhere near that. Not only am I starting my senior year of high school, but I am also taking a writing class at university. I will be juggling all these classes, trying to keep up a social life, writing as much as I can, and still trying to post consistently to my blog and social media. So yeah, September will be a hectic month and I don’t know when I am going to have the time or energy to read but if I do, here is the list of books I want to get to!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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This is one of my favourite books to read during the beginning of the school year because it takes place for a lot of it at school. It also gives me all the cozy, fall/winter vibes that get me excited (well as excited as you can get) for school and the colder weather. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows a 16 year old girl named Lara Jean whose secret love letters mysteriously get sent out to all the boys she has loved before, and she finds herself having to fake a relationship with the most popular guy in school to keep her sister’s ex-boyfriend from finding out her true feelings for him. This is such a fun and adorable story, and I will definitely be re-watching the movie (for the millionth time) right after re-reading it for all the feels.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

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I really wanted to get to this book read in August but I just ran out of time and took longer to read other books than I expected. Anyways, this book is MASSIVE so I can see it taking me the entire month of September to read. Since I have heard such amazing things about it though, I am hoping that I fall so in love with the story that I can’t help but just read, read, read. I don’t know too much about the plot, but I do know this is a YA fantasy book inspired by West African mythology and ugh, I am so excited.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Since I want to get reading done in September still, I want my TBR to be mostly contemporary based so I get through them quickly. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath who is starting her freshman year of college with her twin sister, Wren. While Cath is shy and socially awkward, Wren is bubbly and extroverted, finding it easier to fit in at this new school than Cath. However, when Cath meets her roommate Reagan and her best friend, Levi, she starts to slowly break out of her shell a bit more. This is one of my favourite contemporaries to read during the fall time because it gives me school and cozy vibes like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

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Those are all the books I plan to get to in September and I know it isn’t very long, but if I somehow manage to read all three, I will be pretty proud with myself. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and all of my social media accounts linked down below 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update – BookTubeAThon Days 6 +7

I have been TERRIBLE at updating y’all on my reading progress this readathon, but it is the last day of the BookTubeAThon and I am here to update you all on what I did manage to get done.

The last few days have just been a weird type of busy. I haven’t been productive whatsoever, but it has been a blur of going out with friends and kind of being social. Sadly, my reading and writing suffered because of it, and I did not get nearly as much done this week as I hoped…First off, I never did finish Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman but I am about 200 pages in and in love with it. Hopefully I will be able to finish the last half of it early this coming week, because there are so many books I am anxious to get to in the last few weeks of my summer vacation: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Love & War by Melissa De La Cruz…yeah the list goes on and on. I did get four and a half books read this readathon though, which is more than I would read any other week so I am not too upset about that. The books I did manage to finish were:

  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – 4/5 stars
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – 4.5/5 stars
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – 4.5/5 stars
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Volume One by Hiromu Arakawa – 4/5 stars

As for writing…I think I only wrote like 7k words this week which is a lot less than what I usually write, but still better than nothing. I am almost 70k deep into my current WIP which is crazy and I am so, so excited to keep inching closer to the end. I have not written in like three WHOLE days which is crazy, and I am itching to write, but I know my creative well really needed a lengthy creative break. Apart from my WIP, I also wanted to have a short story written and then jump into edits this coming week, however that definitely did not happen. There were a lot of gaps in my outline of it so I am going to go back and reshape it before attempting to write it again this week. Hopefully it will go quicker than the first attempt, because I really do want to have a good handful of short stories ready to send around by the end of August!

Anyways, that is all I have to update you on and I hope you enjoyed following me along my BookTubeAThon 2018 journey! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as all my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update!

This week has been incredibly productive reading and writing wise so I am especially excited to share my progress with you all today!

It is currently April 8th and I have already finished two books already this month! For me, that is crazy because for the last month or two, two books is all I have managed to get done. It also means I am only reading one book instead of four, which is also a relief. Last night I finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and overall I enjoyed it, but I absolutely flew through those last one hundred pages because it was so good! Highly recommend. Now I will be finishing off Labyrinth Lost which I have about one hundred pages left of, and then diving head first into The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, a book that has been on my TBR since what feels like the beginning of time.

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I cannot believe the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo is done. It went by so fast and I am incredibly proud of how much I managed to get done, all on top of also writing a short story for a literary magazine. My daily word goal to achieve 40,000 words by the end of the month is 1,334 words, and the days I did write, I easily achieved that. My average was actually about 2,000 words a day which was great, because the words just kept flowing! However, I wrote absolutely nothing on Thursday and Friday because a friend from out of town came, but I managed to catch up on Saturday! I will leave my daily word counts below though just to see how well I did. Since I took two whole days off I am going to try and not do that again because catching up was a little stressful, especially this specific weekend when I have to study for a chemistry midterm and have about a billion assignments due…but it was nice to see I could actually do it.

Day 1: 2,086 words

Day 2: 2,216 words

Day 3: 1,344 words

Day 4: 2,000 words

Day 5: 0 words

Day 6: 0 words

Day 7: 2,389 words

Weekly Total: 10,035 words

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! What books did you just finish? How is your Camp NaNoWriMo going? Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my Camp NaNoWriMo ones linked down below.

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