Reading/Writing Update!

Sadly this week hasn’t been as eventful reading wise as July was, but good things come in time right? Anyways, at the moment I am reading City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare which is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series. A lot of people say that this is their least favourite book in the series, but I don’t mind it and am hoping that I fly through it and finish it by tomorrow. Once I finish this book, I plan on jumping into The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen which I am excited for because if you saw my July 2017 Wrap Up, I read Once and For All by Sarah Dessen and enjoyed it, so fingers crossed I enjoy this one too!

Writing…ah writing. I was so determined at the beginning of the month, and still am, but things have drastically changed. I am still in love with my idea, but I am not in the right place to write it right now…I am super busy and need to plan a lot more than what I initially did. I plan on outlining my book throughout August and then finally when I finish that, I will rewrite my book.

That is all for my reading/writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Back to School Reads!

Back to School Reads!

Personally, I enjoy school. I like the structure and organization of it, as well as most of the classes. Especially getting into my last 2 years of high school, school has gotten more enjoyable because I can choose the majority of my classes. But anyways, enough about that. In this blog post, I will be discussing books that take place at schools and just give you that “back to school” vibe that we all love.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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I describe this book as a sci-fi contemporary book that follows seventeen year old Katy who has just moved to a small town in Virginia with her mother looking for a fresh start. There, she moves next to two twins named Dee and Daemon Black, and soon she is quickly thrust into their crazy world. Obviously, Katy goes to school through this book, and a new school might I add. Overall though, this is a really fun and quick read that is perfect if you find the back to school time stressful.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters is a book that I think a lot of us can relate to. It follows odd Eliza Mirk, a girl who is the anonymous creator of a popular web comic, Monstrous Sea. And while her online life is thriving, her offline life…not so much. That is, until Wallace transfers to her school and she realizes maybe it is worth putting effort into her offline life. This is a really cute contemporary that made my heart and cheeks ache from smiling too much! I flew through this book in a day, so another easy read for back to school.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

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Of course this is going to be on this list! Harry Potter, if for some odd reason you didn’t know, entirely takes place at a magical boarding school called Hogwarts and gives you all the back to school vibes you could hope for. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows eleven year old, Harry Potter, who discovers that he is a wizard. He is then, sent off to this magical boarding school where he learns to control his powers while fighting off an evil wizard that everyone thought was dead. Everyone loves this series because how could you not?

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Just Listen and Saint Anything are my top 2 favourite Sarah Dessen books, but since I talk about Saint Anything a lot, I will put Just Listen down instead. Just Listen follows Annabel, a girl who seems to have it all but if you knew her, you would know she has anything but. Returning to school friendless and lonely, she meets another lone wolf named Olly and the two form a very unlikely bond. Another book I just flew through because it was so addicting! Perfect back to school read, and it shows you that if you feel like you don’t fit in, don’t give up looking because eventually, you will find where you belong.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I don’t want to only include contemporary so here is some supernatural fantasy! Vampire Academy takes place at a, well you guessed it, vampire academy that our two main characters, Rose and Lisa, ran away from a year ago. Brought back, they realize they are still having to face danger despite being “safe” at the academy.  This is part of a six (?) book series that you can’t help but binge read because they are so addicting!

Those are a few book recommendations for back to school and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: July 2017 Wrap Up!

July 2017 Wrap Up!

July was a busy, busy month full of working, reading and writing, and I cannot say that I am sad it is over! However, I am happy with the writing I got done and the books I read, and here is the complete, final list of them all:

City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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I re read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and really enjoyed diving back into the world! City of Bones, the first book, takes place in this magical world of angels and demons, where Shadowhunters (part human and part angel) slay demons to keep the world safe. In this book, we follow fifteen year old, Clary Fray, whose mother is kidnapped from their New York apartment one afternoon. Clary sets off to find her mother, and along the way discovers that this magical world is within her own, and that it is tied to her mother’s kidnapping. If you want a fast paced read with a broad cast of characters this book would be perfect for you! CoB – 4/5 stars, CoA – 4/5, CoG – 4.5/5 stars

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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It was one of my best decisions to go out and buy this book because once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop! Eliza and Her Monsters follows Eliza, a girl who is the creator of a popular web comic called Monstrous Sea, and while her online life is thriving, her offline life…not so much. That is until she meets Wallace, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfic writer and she realizes that maybe her offline life could be just as good as her online one. This is a really cute and relatable read that is impossible to hate, in my opinion! 5/5 stars

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

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I was really looking forward to reading this book because well, Hamilton. If you didn’t know, this tells the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler, who both played huge roles in the shaping of the United States we know today. I loved the musical so I was really excited to jump into this. Although, while it was a slower pace than I prefer, it was still interesting and enjoyable. I don’t think I would pick it up again but I am glad I read it! 3/5 stars

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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This was a book I had no expectations going into, and I was extremely surprised by how much I loved it! I appreciated the middle eastern influence in this story because I have not read many books influenced by this culture and I really enjoyed it. The Wrath and the Dawn follows our main character, Shahrzad, whose young king takes in a wife every new day only to have her killed the following night. But when Shahrzad’s best friend is the new victim of the king, she volunteers to be the king’s wife in order to avenge her friend, but things do not turn out the way she initially thought. I cannot wait to dive into the next book because I know The Rose and the Dagger will be amazing! 4.5/5 stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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During BookTubeaThon, it is a great idea to have at least one book, if not more, that is less than 300 pages, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower was my choice for that. Being a 211 page book, it follows high school freshman, Charlie, who has always struggled when it came to making friends and fitting in, but eventually he is taken under the wing of a two seniors, Sam and Patrick, and he finally feels like he fits in. This book deals with mental illness but is usually a really light hearted and fast paced read. This was a re read for me, and I loved it just as much as the first time! 4.5/5 stars

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Boys was a book that had been sitting on my shelf, gathering dust, for a while now, and also going into it I had no expectations. Again though, I was pleasantly surprised by how whimsical and entrancing book this book was, and it made me definitely want to continue on with the series! In The Raven Boys, it follow Blue Sargent who every year stands with her psychic mother and watches blindly as the soon-to-be-dead walk by, but when the day comes when she an actually sees a spirit she approaches it and learns that the reason she can see this spirit is because they are her true love, or the person she killed. Conflicted and confused, she continues on with her life, until she meets the boy of the spirit and is flung into his adventure seeking world. This book contains a really fun cast of characters who were very different and unique in their own ways, and overall I thought it was a very solid book! 4/5 stars

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Obviously this is a re read, as I have talked about this book a lot on my blog. I needed a light hearted and fast paced read to push through the last day of BookTubeAThon and as always, this book delivered exactly what I needed! Anna and the French Kiss follows an American girl named Anna who is sent off to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. Terrified in this new element, she eventually meets a group of tight friends who welcome her into their group, but she can’t help but fall for the one of them, the charismatic, English Etienne St. Clair. If you enjoy contemporary, then you have to read this book because you will fall in love with it! 4.5/5 stars

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

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I finished this book on the very last day of July and just flew through it like most Sarah Dessen books. While I wouldn’t say it was my favourite Sarah Dessen book, I did enjoy it and loved the characters! Once and For All follows Louna, a seventeen year old girl who is spending her last summer before college working for her mother, a famous, local wedding planner. One night at a wedding, she meets charismatic, serial dater, Ambrose. He tries to woo her but it is a lot harder than he thought, but he isn’t giving up now that he knows what he wants. This book is really fast paced and while it was fun, it was also really sad at times! It talks about some issues that are current in the US, but it is important that books acknowledge them, no matter how devastating they are. 4/5 stars

It is crazy to see that I read a total of 10 books this month because it has been so, so, so long since I have accomplished something like this. The BookTubeAThon has to take a lot of credit for that though, and I had so much fun participating this year for my second time! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don’t forget to check out my last blog post: July 2017 Book Haul!

 

 

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.

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!

 

2017 BookTubeaThon TBR!

It is that wonderful time of the summer again where readers come together from all over the world on social media, to celebrate reading! This year it starts at midnight on July 24th to midnight on July 30th and I am so excited to get some reading done and follow the awesome reading challenges for this year.

#1: Read a Book with a Person on the Cover

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This challenge is perfect for my current reading situation, because I am re reading The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, and all the books have bodies on them! So for this challenge I have chosen City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. This is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments, which follows a girl named Clary in a world of angels and demons as she tries to find her place in it. There is lots of action and fun characters so I am excited to jump back into this book.

#2: Read a Hyped Book

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I bought this book solely because of BookTube, but I just haven’t gotten around to pick it up yet. That book is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and I am so excited to FINALLY read this hyped book. I have heard amazing things about this book, and while I don’t really know what it is about other than it is based of the Arabian story, One Thousand and One Nights, I am really intrigued to see how I like it.

#3: Finish a Book in One Day

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I have read many books in one day, and a good majority of them have been Sarah Dessen books or other contemporaries, so I have decided to pick up Once and For All by Sarah Dessen! This is her brand new release that came out in early June and has a beautiful cover. All I know about the book is that the main character’s mother is a wedding planner and there is a romance (obviously) but I am still excited to see what happens. I know I will love it though!

#4: Read About a Character That is Very Different From You

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I am doubling up my challenges which is no surprise because I always do, and for this challenge I am going to be also reading City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. There are many main characters in this series, but the first book follows mainly Clary’s POV so I am going with her for this challenge. I am the COMPLETE opposite of Clary. For one, she is a red head and I am a brunette, she is a very talented artist with drawing and painting while I cannot draw a straight line for my life, and she lives in New York City while I live in a tiny town in Canada…yeah so many differences.

#5: Finish a Book Completely Outdoors

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In the summer I love reading outdoors so I was very excited for this challenge. I am also doubling up for this challenge, and have chose Once and For All by Sarah Dessen because reading summery contemporaries in the warm summer air is the best!

#6: Read a Book You Bought Because of the Cover

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Another double up because of course BookTubeaThon is during my busiest week of the month! I am also using Once and For All by Sarah Dessen for this challenge, because even though I was going to buy the book eventually because I love Sarah Dessen books… I bought it a LOT sooner than I would have because of how gorgeous the cover is. It is an ombre of pink and purple as you can see in the picture I attached to this post, but yeah, beautiful!

#7: Read 7 Books – I never have achieved this and will NOT being striving for it this year. I will probably try for next year but this year I work about 32 hours the week of BookTubeaThon and have a summer course to work on AS WELL as Camp NaNoWriMo, so if I finish those three books the week of BookTubeaThon, I will be more than happy.

But yeah! Those are the books I chose for the BookTubeaThon and I hope you enjoyed. Definitely let me know if you are participating and what books you plan on reading because I would love to know!

Reading/Writing Update!

For the next month or so, I will be in the process of packing up my room and moving, but I did pick out quite a few books to keep with me, so that I always have something to read. Those books are City of Ashes, City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, Once and For All and the Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anyways, but for what I have accomplished reading wise, is that I am now over half way through City of Ashes! Zoe Herdt from the BookTube channel @readbyzoe, is hosting a 24 hour readathon today, which I will be participating in in hopes of at least coming close to finishing this book.

Writing has also been very successful because from Monday to Friday, I have so far written just over 5,000 words, and I am hoping to reach a week goal of 8,000 by the end of the weekend. My story is kind of at a slow bump in the road, so I am going to go back, fix that, figure out where I want the story to go, and then keep on writing! Good luck to any others participating in Camp NaNoWriMo because the month is half over which means we need to start raking in those word counts! I put my word count goal as 30,000, but I am only about 9,000 from completing that so I am sure I will easily complete that. However, I did want to be at 50,000 words for my entire story by the end of July, so that last week of the month will be me writing hard!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books I DNF…

Books I DNF…

We ALL have those books that we just picked up but never got around to finishing, and I am too, guilty of that. Just because we DNF (stands for ‘did not finish’)a book doesn’t mean we don’t like it, and for me I usually DNF a book because I get distracted by a new shiny one. Anyways, here are the books I have DNFed and don’t forget to comment the ones you have below!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Okay, I absolutely adored A Court of Thorns and Roses, but A Court of Mist and Fury is HUGE and high fantasy which takes me a long time to get into. I was really enjoying it though, and got halfway before I just put it down and never picked it up again. When I do get around to picking it up again, I will have to restart it because I totally forget what happened!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is one of my all time favourite authors, and I love all her work, but I just couldn’t get into this novella bind up! I know I will love it because I didn’t get far at all into the book before I put it down and got distracted with other books, but once I pick it up again and actually read it more I know I will kick myself in the head for not finishing it sooner.

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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This is a newer release so I don’t feel that bad about not finishing it, but still. I was actually enjoying this book until Lord of Shadows came out and totally consumed my life. I do plan on jumping into The Dark Prophecy again because I have heard amazing things about it and know that I will love it just like every other Rick Riordan book I have read!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You the Sun was a FANTASTIC book and I was so pumped and ready to pick up Nelson’s other book, The Sky is Everywhere, but somewhere along the line of reading it I just never got around to finishing it. It wasn’t anything I was loving, but I did like it and wanted to continue reading it…but didn’t. It is a contemporary though so maybe I will pick it up again this summer during the BookTubeaThon if I have time and read it. Who knows though because it was a DNF!

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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For some reason this Sarah Dessen book didn’t grab me as much as the others did. I still plan on reading it though, because I am sure that I will like it, but for now it is in my DNF pile…which is something I never thought I would do to a contemporary because I usually fly through them. I do think that it was because I had another book I wanted to read, but still! No excuse, I need to read this book.

Those are the books I DNFed and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2, for some motivation and tips!

Reading/Writing Update!

I have had the desire to read lately, which is great considering I was in a reading slump for the longest time. I finished re reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and then started two other books, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I am really excited to jump into both of them and hopefully will finish them within the next week. BookTubeaThon is also happening this month, which if you didn’t know, is a reading event over social media such as YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, where you try to read as many books as possible in the span of a week. This year, the BookTubeaThon will be held from July 24-30, and I am so excited to participate for a second time! Stay tuned for my TBR for that week because that will be coming in about two weeks.

Writing has also been a productive part in my life which is also fantastic. I have been keeping up with my new daily goal of 1,600 words, and am at about 22,000 words already which means I only have 38,000 words until I reach my goal of 60,000 words! By the looks of it, as I am only in the midst of my beginning, I will end up somewhere in the 100,000’s…but yeah, hopefully all of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo or just doing some writing, are having a good, productive time and I will give more updates throughout the coming week!

That is all for my Reading/Writing Update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Book Writing #1!