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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reading Update – BookTubeAThon Day 4 + 5

Sorry that I haven’t posted an update in TWO WHOLE DAYS…I got really busy and also, didn’t get much reading done but I am here now and ready to update on my minuscule amount of progress.

On day 4 which was Thursday, I did finish reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I also watched the book-to-movie adaptation, meaning that challenge number 3 is complete! However, I am still FOUR books behind but since it is the weekend and I don’t have much to do, I am determined to get these books done. The books I need to get done for the readathon are:

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Challenge #4: Read a Book with Green on the Cover

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab – Challenge #5: Read a Book While Wearing the Same Hat

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Challenge #6: Read a Book with a Beautiful Spine

Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 1 by Hiromu Arakawa – Challenge #7: Read 7 Books

Yes, so those are my plans and finger’s crossed I can get it all done by tomorrow! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, and all of my social media which will be linked down below, and I will see you in my day 6 update later today ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reading Update – BookTubeAThon Day 3

Happy day 3 of the BookTubeAThon!

While I didn’t get as much done as I hoped, I did read about 200 more pages of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, meaning I have 170ish pages left. I have no doubt I will be able to finish it tomorrow, but I got kind of lazy with reading today and didn’t get as much done as I know I could have. Hopefully, I will feel motivated enough to finish the last bit of City of Bones tomorrow morning, and then start on my next book. Speaking of next books, I decided to add Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman to my TBR for the week. Smart idea? Probably not. After reading Scythe just over a week ago though, I am eager to get into the sequel ASAP so why not tomorrow? Also, I could count it for the challenge to read a book with green on the cover because the whole thing is in fact, green. I also started reading volume one of Fullmetal Alchemist (why can’t I read the books I planned to, I have no idea!)…I don’t plan on counting it towards my TBR, but if I end up failing at reading for the rest of the week, I will definitely consider finding a challenge for it!

Anyways, that is all for this reading update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget out to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts all linked below. This BookTubeAThon, I have been participating in the Instagram challenges, so if you are curious to see mine check out my Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reading Update – BookTubeAThon Day 1 + 2

Last night, I fell asleep before I could write an update but to be honest, there wasn’t much to update on. I didn’t finish any books even though I decided to start with Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, which is less than 200 pages. Overall, I got to page 61 in Every Heart a Doorway, and listened to 3ish hours of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins yesterday…

Today however, I did get books read. Thankfully. This morning I squeezed in reading time between writing sessions, and managed to finish the last 120ish pages of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I had high expectations going into this book because I have heard nothing but fantastic things, and luckily, I did enjoy it. It was strange, dark, and mystical, giving me Narnia vibes much like one of my previous reads, The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. I will probably continue on with the series, but I am kind of disappointed that I didn’t adore it as much as everyone else did, but it still gets a solid 4/5 stars from me! Along with challenge one, I also completed challenge two: to read a book about something you want to do. I chose Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins because it takes place in San Francisco which is somewhere I want to travel to, and decided to listen to it via audiobook. Of course, I loved it as I always do. It is really nice to be on track so far, and I even started by next book today, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare which will satisfy challenge three: read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation. Currently, I am 150ish pages into it out of 500ish, so I have high hopes I will be able to get it read tomorrow!

Before I finish this update, I actually got an honourable mention for the day 2 BookTubeAThon Instagram book stack challenge! It was a lot of fun to make this book stacked desk, and you should definitely check it out on my Instagram which is linked below ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, that is all for my day 1 and 2 reading update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media, all linked below.

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

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

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

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

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

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

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BookTubeAThon 2018 TBR

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

1. Let a Coin Toss Decide Your First Read

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

2. Read a Book About Something You Want to Do

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

3. Read and Watch a Book to Movie Adaptation

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

4. Read a Book with Green on the Cover

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

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

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

6. Read a Book With a Beautiful Spine

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

7. Read 7 Books

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

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

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

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

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

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

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 7

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

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

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

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

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Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 7 – Summer Road Trip Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adyemiย 

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

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireย 

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

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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

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

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Reading Update – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 6

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

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

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

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

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