The Harvest by KB Benson Review – Spoiler Free!

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I received an eBook copy of The Harvest by KB Benson in exchange for an honest review, and so today, that is what I am here to do. This review will contain absolutely no spoilers and is just going to be me sharing my overall thoughts and opinions about this book. Let’s get into it!

Personally, this book reminded me of a cross between To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout and here is what it is about:

The Harvest follows two characters, Iris who is a siren disguised as a human attending high school, and Jace, a new kid in town who immediately falls for Iris. With her duty to her people in mind, Iris has no intentions to fall for Jace but soon she finds herself tumbling…hard. And before she can stop herself, it becomes too late. A question arises as her heart becomes taken, and that is when it comes down to it, will she protect her family or the boy she loves?

I had never heard of this book before going into it, but I was intrigued by the fact that it is pitched as similar to To Kill a Kingdom which I did enjoy, and also just because of I love Greek mythology. However, sadly, this book did not live up to my expectations. While the first half of this book was enjoyable enough, reading in my opinion, like fanfiction…the last half was where I really struggled. I realized once I finished the entire thing, that I could have read the first few chapters and then the last few chapters, and I would have known the same things about the plot, characters, etc as I do now.

The pacing of this book was fast which was how I was able to fly through this book despite my disappointment in it, but everything else about this book fell flat for me. The characters were the stereotypical “beautiful, mysterious girl” and “hot, surfer dude” that didn’t have anything about themselves that made them unique or interesting to read about. I found Iris and Jace’s relationship to be very “insta-lovey” because they met, I blinked, and then they were in love. Insta-love is not something I am opposed to in books, however, as there are MANY YA novels I adore with that trope in it. With The Harvest though, I just didn’t think it was as well done as other books with the same trope have achieved. On top of that, I also thought the relationship overall was weak. I didn’t really care for it and in my opinion, they had absolutely no chemistry. Jace was too whiny and Iris was too moody. Since the lack of strong characters, it was disappointing too that the other characters in this book felt so disposable and that they brought nothing to the story. We met some of Jace and Iris’s “friends”, yet we barely ever see them interact with one another or become friends even. Instead of providing anything, all of the “friends” felt like they could easily be cut out and nothing in the story would change.

As for the plot, I was hoping for some twist on the classic Siren love story, but it ended up being incredibly predictable and plain. The majority of the story was us watching Jace and Iris in school as Jace pined after her, managed to somehow win her over with some cringey dialogue and then a little bit of action happened at the end. The action that did take place in the book wasn’t visual enough for me to imagine in my head, and I found myself re-reading parts to try to picture it all. As it got to the end of the book and things started wrapping up, I grew really bored despite the fact that those were probably the most “action-filled” scenes of the story.

Overall, I did not love this book and found many flaws in the development of the story. As for the writing, I also thought that it was not the best, but since it was the author’s debut book, I decided to not get into that too much. Despite my disliking towards this book, The Harvest was not the worst book I ever read, and at first, I did find the story a fun read. In the end, I decided to give this book 2/5 stars.

That is all for this non-spoiler review for The Harvest by KB Benson and if it sounds like something you’d enjoy, give it a read for yourself and see if you like it! Anyways, that is all for this book review and I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for reading 🙂

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How To: Stay Sane This Camp NaNoWriMo

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Happy Thursday!

Today I am going to be talking all about tips and tricks to stay sane this Camp NaNoWriMo to ensure you have a productive and great April. I hope that you are all well on your way to your goals, and if not, that’s okay! Here are some tips to not lose your mind whether you are working yourself to the bone or grinding your teeth trying to catch up.

  • Take a Break – I had to get the obvious one out of the way, but honestly, just take a break! Have a hot bath and read, take a walk, read, bake, or draw. Just take a break from writing and let your mind settle. Sometimes we think we are fine and don’t need a break, but trust me, we do. If not, we will just burn out in a few days or so of keeping up a crazy pace. For example, right after I write this blog post, I am going to be taking a nice, long, hot bath and dive deeper into Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.
  • Make a Writing Plan for the Next Day – This really helps me feel like I have a handle on my life. Sometimes planning the whole month or week in advance can be intimidating and completely overwhelming so I recommend finishing the day, seeing what you get done, and then planning what you think is possible for you to get done the next day. For example, I wrote around 700ish words today so I am going to aim to write around the same tomorrow because one, that is a plan I know I can achieve, and two, it is not too overwhelming a word count.
  • Organize Your Writing Area – Sometimes when our space is cluttered and chaotic, our minds are too. Take a minute or two to clean off your desk or kitchen table, or wherever you write. Put those dirty coffee cups into the dishwasher, place those pens back into your desk, and stack your loose papers into a neat pile. Once you finish cleaning it all off, sit down and just breathe.
  • Stretch Every Twenty Or So Minutes – It is day 11 of Camp NaNoWriMo and already my neck, shoulders, and back are KILLING me. I try to stretch my neck and legs out every so often because otherwise, I wake up the next day feeling like I’ve run ten kilometers. Make sure you are keeping yourself healthy both mentally and physically!
  • Switch Up Your Writing Location Often – Since the fresh energy of week one is over and we are working through week two, I really recommend switching up your writing place as to not let your creativity stale. Move to the kitchen table or living room or a coffee shop near your house or even outside. Just change it up and keep your creativity flowing.

That is all for this blog post, and I hope you found it helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Good luck if you’re participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, and remember to keep going! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Why It’s OK to Feel Weird About Calling Yourself a Writer

Happy Monday!

Today, I wanted to talk about something that affects ALL writers, and that is the daunting task of actually calling ourselves a “writer”. Before I get into that though, I did want to do a little announcement that I have recently added a review policy to my blog! Lately, people have been reaching out to me to review their book or their client’s book, so I decided it was time to post my review policy for all to see. You can find it, if you are interested, on the top right corner of my blog along with my “About Me” and “My Writing” pages or right HERE.

Anyways, onto the actual blog post:

A common tip that writers tell other writers to succeed in writing is to actually call yourself a writer. Tell it to your friends, shout it to the sky, or add it to your Instagram bio. The point of it is to gain the confidence you should have in that title because if you are writing ANYTHING, you are a writer!

However, it can be a difficult task for some of us. The title is too heavy to bear on our shoulders and too flashy to wear in front of others without worrying about how it makes you look. One of the most crucial steps of being a writer though is finally being able to call yourself a writer. I agree with this, but I also think it is okay to take time in claiming that title. It is a lot. Especially if you have a life torrenting with other aspects that you are having trouble capturing.

It’s okay to swallow the word one letter at a time.

The last thing you want is to rush into it head on, only to look up and see the towering mountains above and the never-ending expanse of blue sky and think wow, I am so small. You aren’t, but it feels that way sometimes.

Here are some actionable, small steps to help you get closer to calling yourself a writer, but also to not make it a scary, winding road:

  • Keep Writing – Focus on your craft. Get better. Continue loving the art of storytelling.
  • Attend Writing Events – They don’t need to be workshops because you should definitely feel confident calling yourself a writer first, but readings are fun to go to. You can listen to other writers read their work and by listening to them, you can gain inspiration and admiration off of their courage!
  • Join the Online Writing Community – Whether you want to join the writing community through blogging, being active on Twitter, Instagram or FaceBook, or all the above, either one is an effective way to get more comfortable with the idea of calling yourself a writer. Being a part of a community with people who have gone through the same challenges as you will help you immensely!

Take your time. The world will wait.

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The Camp NaNoWriMo Diaries – Week 1

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Happy Sunday!

It has been a while since I’ve posted on a Sunday, but I made it a goal for Camp NaNo to post a little update on how I’ve been doing every week. I also think I might include at the end of this what I’ve been up to reading wise…anyways, here is what I managed to write this week!

For this Camp NaNoWriMo, I am working on various WIPs which include essays, short stories, poems, and also the start of a novella. My goal word count wise, however, is only 25,000 words because 1) April is going to be a busy school month 2) Lots of these WIPs are less than 2,000 words a piece sooo.

Currently, I am sitting at 4,822 words out of my 25,000-word goal so I am not on track, but I will be, don’t worry. The days I did write, I wrote a bit over a thousand words even almost 2,000 words one day which was awesome. I have started working on about half of my projects for this April, and it feels so good to finally be getting them done rather than only planning because sometimes, I think we all get a little caught up in the prep rather than the actual writing. Here are some details on what I am currently working on:

  • Ayn Rand’s Anthem Essay – This is a 600-1,200 word essay I am writing for a scholarship contest, and currently I am on draft 3! Right now it is is in edits/re-writes, and I am doing my best to polish it up. It’s not exactly where I want it to be, so there is a 99.9% chance a completely new draft will be written this coming week. Deadline – April 18, 2019
  • Other Scholarship Essay – For this one, I have to write only a 500-word essay on somewhere I would like to live outside North America, and I am on the second draft of this one. I like it how it sounds, but I also might end up re-writing this one as well. You know how us writers are; hopeless perfectionists. Deadline – April 30, 2019
  • Shakespeare-Inspired Poem – I did not intend on writing this during Camp NaNo, but things change. I found a really great contest opportunity so I am now writing a poem (between 200-400 words) as well! Lately, I have really enjoyed writing poetry so maybe this is the start of me being a poet too…who knows. Deadline – April 30, 2019
  • Random Story – This is ANOTHER random, surprising story that I never intended to write but here I am, a servant to the muse of art. Anyways, I have no idea where this one is going but let me tell you, it’s going somewhere at least. Deadline – None

I think those are all the projects I started working on this week…I hope it is because I am way out of control otherwise. I hope you enjoyed this mini update on my Camp NaNoWriMo projects, and make sure you comment below to tell me how you’re Camp NaNo journey is going! Before I go though, here is a little reading update as well:

Recently, I have finished re-reading the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir, meaning I FINALLY read A Reaper at the Gates and OH MY GOD, I love this series. I am obsessed and cannot wait for the fourth book next year! I also somehow ended up listening to and finishing the audiobook for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because I love that book just too much. As for what I am reading right now, I am in the middle of four books: The Harvest by KB Benson (I have a review coming up for this towards the end of April!), Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and I am also listening to the audiobook for American Panda by Gloria Chao (yes, I am giving this book another go and I am so excited!). I have just been on my reading game lately, so why not pile on the books?

Okay, I’ll go now! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Anthem by Ayn Rand – Book Review

Happy Thursday!

In the next few weeks, I am going to be putting out more book reviews than usual so I thought I would reacquaint myself with them by reviewing the last book I finished…which was Anthem by Ayn Rand. Why was I reading this book you ask?? Well, it was for an essay scholarship that I shrugged to and said why not? I know there is controversy surrounding this writer, but I am going to be putting that aside for the moment and instead, focusing on the actual story of Anthem. There WILL be spoilers so if you don’t mind, then keep reading!

Anthem by Ayn Rand is described as a dystopian novel set in a world where society has erased the individuality of the word “I” and has replaced it with a collective “w”, however, our main character Equality 7-2521 dares to defy society in order to regain his individual freedom stolen from him. While at first, this book was confusing characterwise because the narrative of this story is told by “we”, “our”, “they” so I thought Equality 7-2521 and all the other strange names, were collective groups of people. However, I reached the end and realized that was not the case but in reality, society had gone as far to strip people of saying “I” so Equality was only one person. This book will get you thinking about where society has been in the past and even right now, with socialism countries and all, but it also offers you the opportunity to value your individuality that we carry so easily and effortlessly without fathoming its disappearance.

While this book is very short (105 pages), I thought Rand managed to tell a story that ended satisfactorily. Anthem begins with Equality 7-2521 standing in front of the Council with dreams of being allowed into the Home of the Scholars, however, instead, they are placed in the Home of the Street Sweepers. When they tumble into a strange hole in the ground that leads to a cave full of forbidden manuscripts, later on, they read and discover all the things their society has stolen from them: the overall thing being each person’s individuality and freedom of choice. What I found interesting about the first part of the plot, is that once Equality found the cave, his goal didn’t immediately switch to the idea of “fixing the world” that they end with. The plot switched to him realizing that with all this knowledge, he might be able to stand before the World Council of Scholars and be allowed into the Home of the Scholars. It isn’t until the Council cowers at his re-invention of lightning, does he realize that will never happen. Also, by this point, he has fallen in love with the Golden One so he doesn’t need the Home of the Scholars, right? No! He can just run into the forest with her and tell himself that when his son is born, he will be a man who knows of the word and meaning of “I” while the rest of society is a massive dependent group of “we’s”.

I enjoyed this book but I do not have any plans of re-reading it…ever. I have read a bit of Fountainhead by Ayn Rand in the past, so I kind of knew what I was getting myself into with this one and I was spot on. All of her books continuously feature male characters with women being faint characters in the background that pop up every so often with no real meaning. Also, whenever she refers to being successful, Rand will write about winning the minds of men or in Anthem towards the end when Equality is ranting about his newfound discovery of individuality, it goes a little something like this:

  • “Many men in the Homes of the Scholars have had strange new ideas in the past…” – pg. 73
  • “And man will go on. Man, not men.” – pg. 104

Yes, so this book is about regaining individual freedom BUT Equality only ever refers to men as the ones who deserve and need it. Never women or generalizing to people. I guess I understand why it is like this to a point, as Ayn Rand is a writer from the 1950s and equality (haha, how contradictory since the main character’s name is Equality) wasn’t super “in” back then. (Wow, that sounded dumb when I re-read it and really sad.) But still! Jane Austen wrote female characters who were strong, independent, and intelligent, not just flimsy things meant to aid the men in the book. So actually, I take that back! I do not understand Ayn Rand’s words at all!

One thing I really wanted to touch on is Equality 7-2521 as a character. Since Equality is unable to have personal likes and dislikes and whatnot, they felt like a bland structure that every author takes to tailor their characters to. However, we do see them having conflicting thoughts to society in the beginning, and that only continues to grow throughout the story until Equality seizes the word “I” for himself. Equality was not likable or unlikable…so I do not have too much to say. They were not the smartest at times, for example, when they brought the “box of lightning” to the World Council of Scholars! Like what are you doing? They know this existed at one point AS YOU READ IN THE FORBIDDEN MANUSCRIPTS, so why are you showing them that you broke all of their laws? Whatever, it’s fine. It’s fine. One thing I did not like about Equality aka Prometheus though was how Rand revealed that the Golden One aka Gaea was PREGNANT. I hope that a few years passed since they met before she got pregnant because um…SHE WAS 17 WHEN THEY MET. Also, I think he was 21 so one, ILLEGAL and two, SHE IS ONLY 17. So yes, really hoping it was like a “five years later” thing at the least.

For me, this was a 3-star read because while I had my problems with it, the story was interesting and there wasn’t a point in the book where I looked at the ceiling with desperation for it to be over. If you enjoy books influenced heavily by philosophical elements, meaning you are fans of Camu, Sartre, or other philosophy writers, I would think about checking Ayn Rand out.

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

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My Literary Bucket List

Before I get into today’s blog post, I wanted to announce that ONCE AGAIN I am tweaking my posting schedule. Since I have unintentionally NOT been posting my Sunday updates (I will eventually…I just keep forgetting), I decided to spread my posting days out a bit more. So, instead of Monday, Wednesday and occasionally Sunday…I will be posting Monday, THURSDAY, and occasionally Sunday. It’s not that big of a deal, but I thought I would let you guys know!

As I hinted in one of my previous blog posts (5 Places I Want to Write At), I have been curating my literary bucket list because I thought it would be a really fun thing to share with you guys. When I used to make bucket lists when I was younger, I realized that apart from things like traveling and Daredevil(ish) type excursions, a lot of the things I want to accomplish in my life are literary related things. To be fair though, some of these things on this literary bucket list are still traveling related. ANYWAYS, onto the blog post!

  1. Attend a Reading Convention – By this, I mean some sort of reading festivals like BookCon or Yallfest. Something that celebrates one of my most favourite things: reading. The top two I want to visit though would definitely be BookCon in New York because it includes a lot of my favourite authors, BookTubers AND it’s in New York which is somewhere I have yet to visit. The second festival is the Edinburgh International Book Festival because it is one of the largest and most famous book festivals, and also SCOTLAND.
  2. Completely Finish a Novel – I have written an entire draft or two of a novel, but I have never completely and totally finished one. By this, I mean I have never written as many drafts as I could and then edit it to (almost, but also not quite) perfection. I don’t mean published, but just something I can look at and feel content with the final product of it.
  3. Meet My Favourite Author – This is kind of a generic one to be fair. Doesn’t every reader want to meet their favourite writer? Well, I am adding it anyways because I would love, love, LOVE to meet Cassandra Clare in the future. There is something so special about meeting the person who created your favourite world and story that you can always dive into and forget your world around you, and I think every reader should experience that!
  4. Attend the Literary Pub Crawl in Dublin, Ireland – This just sounds so freakin’ cool! You visit eight famous pubs in Dublin and some actors recite famous Irish writers works like James Joyce. Apparently, the tour also takes you to where Oscar Wilde studied and it’s crazy how much literary history is in one country. I live in Canada which is WAY bigger than Ireland, yet severely depleted of literary roots.
  5. Visit Anne of Green Gables House in Charlottetown, PEI – As I was saying above, Canada has a limited literary history. Well, at least, I don’t know much about it anyway, so it is my duty to visit the Anne of Green Gables House because it is as famous as Canada gets literary-wise. Also, it is always so inspiring to see where writers inspiration sparked.
  6. Go On a Writing Retreat – As long as it is somewhere quiet and nice, I don’t care where I go for a writing retreat. The point of them is to be productive, however, I would like it to be somewhere kind of cool so when I am not writing, I can go exploring. Oh! Maybe a writing retreat IN Ireland so I can knock a few things off my literary bucket list.

That’s all I can think of for now, but I think that is a pretty good start. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to comment below some of your literary bucket list ideas! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep – Last Minute Writing Checklist

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I haven’t done many (or any, I can’t remember) Camp NaNoWriMo prep posts, and since it is the LAST Monday of the month before we are in April (aka Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought it would be good to squeeze at least one in. Today, I decided to put together a checklist of all the things you should get done this week before Camp NaNoWriMo. I know I’ve fallen a little behind on my prep, so I will 100% be going through this list to make sure I am ready to go for the month of April. Anyways, I hope you enjoy and find it helpful!

  • Join a cabin – Cabin assignments were made yesterday so I would hop onto joining a cabin ASAP. Cabins are a great way to meet other writers and motivate each other to keep writing during this busy and slightly stressful month. Sometimes cabin experiences are better than others, but overall, my cabin experience has always been fantastic! You can turn to your cabinmates for advice and a lot of them are pretty experienced and eager to help out.
  • Gather Up All Your Writing Inspiration – By this, I mean make a playlist of all the writing vlogs that inspire you on YouTube, pick out a few books that make you want to write, or create the perfect playlist that forces your butt into your writing chair. Whatever gets you motivated, gather that all up and make it accessible to you for April!
  • Fuel Your Creative Well – This is so important as we approach April because you do not want to start Camp NaNoWriMo with your creative well dried up and depleted of ideas. This means you should be reading as much as you can in this last week, as well as watching all the good movies and TV shows! Take a break from writing and planning too, and you will start Camp NaNoWriMo feeling refreshed and ready to write.
  • Take a Break from Your Outline – If you are starting a new project or new projects like me, then you have probably been working on your outline(s) for a while. This is your last chance to take a step back from them before April starts, so I recommend letting them sit for a few days and then a day or two before Camp NaNoWriMo actually starts, look them over again and see if you want to change anything. Not only will this give you a breather from your work, but you also might return to your outline and realize something needs to be changed.
  • Clean Up Your Writing Space – Wherever you are writing, make sure it is cleared off and clean so you aren’t wasting writing time during April to “just tidy up a bit”. I do this all the time, and while I do get down business afterward, I am wasting precious writing time by doing this “little” clean up. Get it done now!

There is my checklist for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I hope some of you found it helpful! Let me know if you are participating this year in camp because I would love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below for more writing and reading related content. Thanks for reading 🙂

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5 Places I Want to Write At

Lately, I have been obsessed with looking at pictures of gorgeous libraries, coffee shops, and just literary locations from around the world so, I thought today it would be fun to share with you all the places I would want to write in! Only 5 of them though, because otherwise, this blog post would go on for eternity and we don’t want to be here for that long. Anyways, I hope you enjoy!

The Elephant House – Edinburgh, Scotland

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I feel like any writer and reader wants to visit the birthplace of Harry Potter, so obviously I do too. Writing in there would really cool, and is definitely on my literary bucket list (hint, hint to a blog post coming soon). Also, I heard the food is really, really good so that just makes me more eager to go. I’ve always wanted to visit Edinburgh because it is like the literary capital of the world, and this would 100% be one of my first stops.

Library of Congress – Washington, DC

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Not only is this library beautiful, but it also has CLASSICAL CONCERTS which is pretty awesome. I don’t usually write with music, but if I do, it’s always classical music so this would be perfect. I read that there is a statue of Minerva, the Roman form of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom which is cool because I love my Greek mythology. Anyways, this just sounds like a gorgeous and peaceful place to write so it’s on my list!

Cafe Tortoni – Buenos Aires, Argentina 

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This coffee shop is Argentina’s oldest cafe and has been around since the late 1800s! From the pictures, I absolutely fell in love with the architecture of this old cafe and dark, haunting colours. I can see myself just bursting at the seams with inspiration while writing in this place. Also, I read that it has been a popular “hang-out” place for famous artists and musicians. And then, of course, chocolate con churros which are their specialty and are a favourite of mine.

The National Library of Spain – Madrid, Spain

 

This is another gorgeous library that I would just love to sit down and write in. After looking around of course. European libraries have such beautiful architecture (well, the older ones do at least), and that is something I don’t see a lot of here in Canada! On the outside, this library reminds me of a Greek temple and ugh…it’s just so gorgeous.

The Champ de Mars – Paris, France

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The Champe de Mars is that green space in front of the Eiffel Tower, and it has been my dream to not only visit the Eiffel Tower but relax in that green space below it. It’s kind of a weird dream, but that green space is so beautiful and has an equally stunning view. While I am sure it would be crowded with tourists, with the water fountains and the actual Eiffel Tower, I think it would be a great atmosphere to write some words down in!

Those are 5 places around the world (but let’s be honest, mostly just in Europe!) that I would want to write at and I hope you enjoyed! Make sure you comment below any literary related places you would want to visit or even write at because I would love to add more to my list. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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March + April Reading Plans

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday is my favourite workday of the week because we are halfway to the weekend, and I also only have one class in the morning! It leaves me a lot of time to, of course, get some homework done, but also focus on my physical health (going to the gym) and also allows me to work on my writing, reading, and other hobbies!

Anyways, today I will be sharing with you all my reading plans for this month and the next month. I decided to combine these two TBRs in one blog post because one, we are already approaching the middle of March (what?!) and two because I don’t plan on reading enough books each month to earn two separate TBRs.

Enough talk though, here are the books I plan on reading and finishing in the next month and a half!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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When I checked the last time I read this book on Goodreads (this is why I love this website), I realized it has been 3 WHOLE YEARS since I’ve given Ember a read. And I’ve only read it once too! I have yet to read the third book in this trilogy or series (I don’t know which one it is), and in order for me to be able to do that, I have to re-read the first two books because my memory of what happens in them is very, very spotty. I’m actually currently reading this book and flying through it, so I have no doubt I’ll be done in the next day or two. Every month I pick one or two “fun” books to read that are anything but assigned reading for school, and this was my pick for March!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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Suprise, surprise, the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series is on here too, because I just need to keep reading these books. It is one of those series that you need to read one after the other because of the fast-paced plot and interesting world. I’ve been really in the mood for YA historical(ish) fantasy, so this is only continuing to satisfy that desire. Also, I just love this story!

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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I am reading this for a scholarship essay contest, but since the deadline is just over a month away, there is no way I will be able to read all 700+ pages of this book and also write an 800-1,600 word essay about it on top of that. However, I am also currently reading this (and am about 100 pages into it) and I am trying to read as much as possible before April 15th, which is when I want to start writing the essay. I do plan on actually completing this novel, however long that may take because surprisingly, I am enjoying it. It is a story influenced by the author’s own philosophical beliefs and follows characters who are architectures and there approach to that craft. I find it relates to the creative process of writing a lot, and for that, I have been enjoying the story.

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

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All I know about this book is that our main character is seeking a teacher and the teacher turns out to be a gorilla…but other than that, I have no idea what this adventure of the “mind and spirit” is about or where it will take me. I am reading this for my English class, a book club type project actually, and I am really curious to see what my opinion takes the form of throughout my time reading this book. I only just started reading it last night and I have to reach a certain page number every week, so I should be finishing this book sometime in the middle of April. This will also be an interesting read because one of the things I fear most is…gorillas. Really any type of monkey or baboon or anything like that. *shudder*

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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While I ordered this book from the library weeks ago to read, of course, it decided to arrive now. The moment in time that I have the least amount of time to read it. Luckily, it is short and I have a feeling I will like it, so I am thinking of sitting down sometime this coming weekend and powering through it in a day or two. I’ve always wanted to read this book, and can’t believe I haven’t already, so I am excited to knock it off my list of “Must-Read Classics”!

Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood

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I don’t think I have read anything by Margaret Atwood, so I think starting off with learning about her and her writing process would be a good place to start. Since I plan on doing an English degree, especially since I am doing it in Canada, I know for a fact I will be reading Margaret Atwood at some point whether I do it on my own time or not. Anyways, I love books on writing and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve picked one up, so when I saw this sitting on the library shelf, I swooped in for the read. This will most likely be another weekend read because, during the week, my reading time is pretty booked up!

Those are 6 books I plan on reading over the next month and a half, but I am sure I will add and possibly even take books off as the time passes. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and don’t forget to comment below what books you plan on reading in the next bit because I’d love to know! Also, make sure you check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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My Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Plans!

Happy Monday!

I wanted to start this week off with a productive blog post so that is why I am going to share with you all what I plan to get done during the first round of Camp NaNoWriMo this year in April! Let me know if you are participating and what your goals are in the comments below because I would love to know! If you have no idea what Camp NaNoWriMo is, then read this blog post HERE where I explain all of it! Anyways, onto the blog post.

This year, I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo a liiitle differently. Basically, instead of working on one single novel idea, I’m working on about 5 different essays and stories. April and so forth is the beginning of lots and lots of scholarship deadlines so I will be using Camp NaNo to get those essays and stories written AND edited completely. Here are my specific writing projects:

  1. Ayn Rand Essay Scholarship Contest – For this scholarship contest, I have to write an 800-1,600 word essay on Ayn Rand’s book, The Fountainhead, on one of their 3 given topics. The deadline for this is April 25th so this will be my first priority during Camp NaNo!
  2. Grandfather’s Clock – This is a short story I’ve been working on for years, and while I just wrote 6 whole drafts of it in the last month, I am going to write another draft or 2, edit that and add it to my portfolio for a scholarship. The drafts always fall between 2,000-2,500 words so I am sure this one will be around there too.
  3. Another Scholarship Essay – I am very excited to write this scholarship essay because it has a travel-themed prompt, being “If you could live anywhere outside North America, where would you go and what would you do there?”. My answer is writing related because it is going to be Edinburgh, Scotland, a very writerly place. The maximum word count is only 500 words so it should not take me long to write at all.
  4. The Night Market Short Story – I have been writing and writing this short story since FOREVER because it NEVER turns out how I want it to, but I think I’ve solved my plot and pacing problem. So, I am very excited to give it another go this April. I am guessing this story will be around 5,000 words…somewhere on the longer side because it does have fantasy elements and those always take longer to develop.
  5. Project Mystic – I guess I am kind of going to be working on my novel project, but I only plan on writing like 10-15,000 words for it. Whatever amount I manage to write during whatever time I have left because the projects above will be coming first. I am very excited to pick this project back up though! It’s been a while.

Overall, I plan on writing around 20,000 words this Camp NaNoWriMo, but I have a feeling I will write a lot more than that. Don’t hold me to that though. Who knows what April will hold! If more scholarship essays come up, I will obviously add those to my project list and that means Project Mystic will get pushed back. However, I will be working on my passion project the first moment I can, whether that is at the end of April, beginning of May or sometime in the summer. My graduation is fast approaching and all the fun but stressful things that come with that, so it is really a touch and go process. Anyways, I am very excited to work on all my projects this Camp NaNoWriMo, and I hope all of you who are participating are excited as well!

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