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Happy Sunday!

I’m not going to apologize for once again, for NOT having a blog post go up on Friday because it’s gotten to the point where I’m just like whatever. My Friday blog post was supposed to be all about my theories for Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, but since I am re-reading Lord of Shadows right now, all my theories have upgraded or changed completely. So yeah, I finished Lord of Shadows today so now I have all of my thoughts and theories are ready to go for tomorrow’s blog post and I am so excited! Anyways, here is what I read and wrote this past week.

Earlier this week I finally finished listening to the audiobook for Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier which took me the entire month to get through, but I did it. I’ve read this book a million and one times, but I do really love the audiobooks for this entire trilogy, so I always have a lot of fun re-visiting them. I read them quite a few times this year though so I think I’m going to take a little break so I don’t wear them out. My next audiobook I am going to pick up is City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare since I am still working my way through The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook. I also finished reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare today, as I mentioned already…and I don’t know what else to say except it is amazing, I love it, and re-reading it has only magnified my already dangerously crazy love for it. I am SO excited for Queen of Air and Darkness and am really happy I decided to re-read both Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows before because I picked up on so many things I didn’t before. Since I am done re-reading LoS which is like 700 pages, I’m going to be focusing on finishing Perks of Being a Wallflower next, and since it’s so short, hopefully, I’ll finish it in the next day or so. I have a December TBR coming out later this coming week so stay tuned for that to see what other books I want to pick up this month!

As for writing, a lot of writing got done this week and I am pretty proud. In terms of homework and school related things, this week was really slow so I was able to put a lot more effort into my own personal writing. I think overall, I wrote about 6,000 words which I haven’t done in a while. I’ve been re-writing old short stories and editing them like crazy to get ready for portfolio scholarship I am submitting to this Tuesday and if I had school work to do I don’t think I’d be able to get as much done as I did. I still have a lot to get done though so fingers crossed it all gets done.

That is all for this reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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Happy Sunday!

Sorry for not having a blog post up on Friday. I wasn’t inspired to write anything and thought a short break would be nice as well since November is a pretty stressful month for me. However, I love writing these reading and writing updates so I am back for that as well as for three new blog posts coming this week that I just finished pre-writing! Anyways, I hope you had a great weekend and here is everything reading and writing related I got done this week 🙂

This week was a fantastic reading week, and I am so happy with what I got read. Currently, I am focusing on re-reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare in preparation for the third and final book in The Dark Artifices trilogy being released on December 4th. This is my favourite series of all time because I love everything about it: the characters, the plot, the writing, the world…everything is just amazing!!! I’m currently on page 500ish right now, meaning I’ve read like 400 pages this week which is crazy. This is my third (I think) re-read of this MASSIVE 720 paged book and of course, I am loving it just as much if not more than the first and second time. I cannot wait to finish it hopefully in the next two days or so, because I really want to get to the next book, Lord of Shadows since I have only ever read it once…and that was a year ago too! Hopefully, I can start that by Wednesday and get it all read before December 4th comes around but like the first book, it’s a big one. Apart from Lady Midnight, I’m also still listening to the audiobook for Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier. I got in the habit of listening to music while walking instead of my audiobook, but I did listen to quite a few hours still this week and only have about 3ish hours left. I’m trying to figure out what audiobook to listen to next, and while I was listening to The Mortal Instruments series before starting the Ruby Red trilogy, I think I’m going to pick up a fun, easy contemporary audiobook instead. But yes, it’s been a good week for reading and hopefully, next week will be too!

As for writing, I’ve been writing a few hundred words every day towards a few short stories I’ve been working on and today was a big editing day because of all those words I wrote this week. Deadlines are looming and stories are unfinished so I need to step it up and get some polished and ready for contests, literary magazines, scholarships, etc. For my writing class, we recently submitted our first writing assignment which was a fiction piece and while I was decently proud of my story, I didn’t get the mark I wanted. My story was by no means amazing or some of my best work I will admit, and the comments my TA made were very helpful…but a few comments kind of caught me by surprise at how she misinterpreted some parts in the weirdest of ways, but I mean that’s writing for you. I don’t really take my writing marks to heart (which is something I LEARNED to do, but believe me, it did not come naturally) but it’s always nice to get a good mark, right? Marking writing is hard though because it’s creative…there is no right or wrong answer. If another TA marked my writing, I would have gotten a completely different mark for better or for worse so. Anywayssss, I am hoping next week will be a bit more focused on writing since November and December are busy writing months (and I’m glad one of those months is coming to an end finally), and stuff needs to get done!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks, and have a great day 🙂

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Happy Sunday!

Did lots of reading and writing happen this week? Kind of. This week was a weird week of being in a creative/productive slump but I think I am getting out of it. Hopefully. Since it is Remembrance Day today though, I get the day off school tomorrow which means more time to get some reading, writing, and homework done. Again, hopefully.

I didn’t finish any books this week, but I made a lot of progress in the ones I’m currently reading. This week has been a week of music rather than audiobooks sadly, but I’ve still listened to about an hour more of the audiobook for Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier. I still have about 9 hours left, but I have doubt I’ll be able to finish it sometime this week or at least get a good chunk more listened to. Since I finished Emergency Contact last week, I started my re-read of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare and am about 100 pages in. I’m hoping to get another 100 pages read at least by the end of next week, but if I want to get it finished as well as Lord of Shadows by the time Queen of Air and Darkness is released…I have to read a little faster. As for my writing class, I’ve been reading this book of poems called Bent Box by Lee Maracle and while I’m not a huge fan of poetry, I am really enjoying the poems in this book. They are so honest and raw that I can’t help but connect and relate to them in a way that has me nodding my head. I can only read so many at a time though, but again, I’m hoping I’ll finish it by next week. I’ve also been re-reading Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky because it is a short, sweet book that is easy for me to carry around and read when I have the time. It’s a book I’ve read a few times already, but I always enjoy my re-read of it as I am now! However, I’m only like 50 pages into it but I’ll probably finish it sometime next week. I put all of this on myself, reading too many books at once, but oh well.

So…I’ve failed NaNoWriMo already. I know, I know. We are only 11 days into November, but I’ve decided to abandon my 50k word goal for this month because yeah, that is not going to happen. However, I still plan on writing a lot this month but focusing on multiple projects instead of just one. In tomorrow’s blog post, I’ll be going into a little more detail as well as giving some tips on how to get the most of NaNoWriMo even if you decide to tweak the original idea a bit. I have a lot of essays for school as well as short stories for portfolio scholarships due soon, and sadly those need to be my prime focus at the moment. I’ve written about 3 first drafts of short stories this week though, which is awesome, and I’ve also started outlining some of my essays for school so all in all, it has still been a productive week writing wise. I’m a little sad I won’t have time to work on Project Mystic, but it has been years since NaNoWriMo has actually worked for me so I can’t say I’m surprised.

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Happy Sunday!

Before I get into this update, I wanted to quickly rave about Bohemian Rhapsody (the movie all about the band Queen) which came out two days ago! I am a HUGE Queen fan and I have been for a few years now. While I wasn’t alive when they were at their peak (I mean, they still are but you know what I mean), I still really appreciate and adore their music and listen to it all the time. The movie was spectacular and is something everyone needs to go watch!!! Comment below if you’ve watched it because I need to discuss it!

Okay, anywayyyys. This week was a really great reading week and a great way to start the new month. On Monday, I finished reading Traplines by Eden Robinson and I knew I’d enjoy this short story collection, but I ended up really, really liking it. Her writing style is simple but also impactful, and all of her stories had so many layers to them that I really enjoyed uncovering. I talked about my thoughts on the stories in my October wrap up so check that out if you want to hear more! I also finished listening to the audiobook for Sapphire Blue on Wednesday, and am now working my through the third book in the trilogy via audiobook, Emerald Green. These are audiobooks I go through extremely quickly and am already like 3 hours into this audiobook. Another book I’ve made a lot of progress in this week was Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi! I’ve been reading this book for a while but flew through the last 200ish pages. The story really picked up and I ended up adoring this contemporary. It was relatable, real, and quirky. All the things I love!

As for writing, I’ve been doing stuff, I swear! This past week I’ve been working on rewrites and edits of a short story for my writing class (which is due tomorrow ajsnfsjnf), and it has been a process let me tell you. This is my first real grade for this class so I’ve been working really hard on this story and I am pretty happy with the end product! Maybe I will share it on my blog but who knows. I’ve also been working on Project Mystic, my current NaNo project buuuut I have only written for day 1…Currently, Project Mystic draft 2.5 is sitting at a whopping 1,805 words. Yeah…this weekend I was hit really bad with some creative burnout. I had a really stressful week that required lots and lots of essay writing and scrambling to finish assignments late at night, so I just needed a good 3 days to sit back and relax. Hopefully, I will try to write some more tomorrow but since I have other writing things I need to work on, we will see! I do plan on hitting 50k though. How? I have no idea.

That is all for this writing and reading update and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know how your week was reading and writing wise because I’d love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Happy Sunday!

This was a really good reading AND writing week which makes me so incredibly happy, and I only hope that November is as well! I finished three books this past week: the last few hours City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (via audiobook), the last 100ish pages of The Light Between Worlds (make sure you check out my non-spoiler review of it HERE!), and the last 84 pages of Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. I also made it through a few other books I’ve been reading for a while, and the end of all of them is so close! I am hoping to get them all read before October is over (so like, in 3 days…) and since I am enjoying them so much I think I can manage it. I am about halfway through Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi so I have about 180ish pages left and so far, I am liking it. It’s not mind-blowing or anything, but its a fun, nice book to curl up with at the end of the day. I’ve also made progress with Traplines by Eden Robinson which I am also just over halfway through. I have to return it to the library by Tuesday so I will definitely be putting this as my top priority this coming week, especially since I am using it for a writing class assignment. Okay, the last book I have to update you on is my current audiobook listen which is Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, the second book in the Ruby Red trilogy (or Precious Stones trilogy, I don’t know what it’s called). I started listening to this on Thursday and am 3/8 hours through it. Since I have a long week of busing and walking, I will definitely be able to get it done by the end of Wednesday because I absolutely love these audiobooks and this story!

As for writing, I definitely did some writing this week but what exactly, is escaping my mind. I am pretty sure that I wrote two drafts of my short story assignment for my writing class, but then I changed the idea and wrote the new draft today. I also worked on editing some short stories and even entered a local writing contest which was a lot of fun! It has been a few months since I’ve entered a writing contest and even though it was for tiny, short stories that were about 100 words long, it was a nice feeling to get my work back out there.

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

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Happy Sunday!

Sorry for no Friday blog post, my idea fell through but that’s alright because as Queen says, the show must go on! (I’ve been listening to a lot of Queen lately since the movie comes out in 2 weeks! Ah!) Anyways, this was a rough week. I had tests and projects due which means yes, the nights before were spent scrambling to finish them rather than read. However, surprisingly reading and writing got done this week so let’s discuss that!

Last Sunday I started listening to the audiobook for Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and I absolutely just flew through it, as expected. Despite all the other books I need to get finished, I will probably start listening to the second book, Sapphire Blue on Monday but I am going to try to focus on finishing the City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare audiobook since I have been listening to it for a while. I have also been making my way through Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden for my English class, and now only have about 84 pages left of it meaning I read just over 100 pages of it which is great. Once I got halfway through the book, I did start enjoying it a lot more as I finally found a rhythm with the characters and the story, but I am really looking forward to finally finishing it by the end of this coming week. The last book I’ve made progress in this week is The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. I’m not moving as fast through this re-read as I would like because of other books I need to read at whatnot, but I did manage to read about another 75 pages of it this week. That means I still got quite a bit to go…like 150 pages, but fingers crossed I can get those pages read by Wednesday which is when I want my review to go up for it!

As for writing, I was productive enough. Especially when I like to spend October focusing on planning and prepping my NaNoWriMo projects for November. I did do some re-writing and editing of a short story I wrote a while ago, as well as writing the first draft for my writing class short story assignment. For this short story assignment, it was supposed to be a literary piece of fiction and let me tell you, literary fiction does not come easily to me. It is so hard to write something that seems interesting enough to me but doesn’t have magic… I’m glad I have to write something out of my comfort zone like this though because so far, it has definitely helped me become a stronger and more well-rounded writer.

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Happy Sunday!

Since I didn’t update you all last week, I have a lot to update you all. Long story short, I am currently reading six books. Yeah, six. How did this happen you might ask? Well, I just kept picking up and starting books I wanted to read (some re-reads), and here I am. I am just going to roll with it though and focus on two or three at a time (still a lot, but some of these are books I have to read for school!) until I get through them all…hopefully by the end of October. Anyways, because I have so many books that I am currently reading, I am not going to write a paragraph because it would be MASSIVE. Instead, I will do a quick, to the point update.

Books Finished:

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – Finished on October 6th – LOVED re-reading it 5/5 stars

Currently Reading:

Traplines by Eden Robinson – Progress: 70/215 pages (none since the last update)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (audiobook) – 6ish/12 hours (4 more hours since the last update) – Still enjoying my re-read of this series!

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden – 191/384 pages (started it on Oct 5th) – Not exactly my cup of tea but I have to read it for school so I am getting through it…slowly

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – 80/394 pages (started it on Oct 8th) – Enjoying it a lot so far, especially its atmosphere (college, coffee shops, and romance!)

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – 50/325 pages (started it on Oct 10th) – Re-reading this hauntingly beautiful story for my review of it since it is getting released to the world this month on Oct 23rd!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (audiobook) – 1.5/8.5 hours (started this today!) – I really wanted to re-read this trilogy during the fall and thought it would be smarter to re-visit them via audiobook. Loving it of course!

Okay, that was a lot easier than writing out a monstrous paragraph. Anyways, as for writing, I haven’t done too, too much. I have done a few hours of NaNoWriMo prep since it is right around the corner though. I have re-outlined the first act (almost), some of the magic system, and characters as well. I still need to finish re-outlining the second and third as well as a few more characters, but other than that I think I will be set for November! This weekend I actually did do a little bit of writing. I am re-vamping a short story I wrote almost a year ago for my writing portfolio, and have written about 700 new words of it so far. Hopefully, I will finish my first draft of re-writes for it this week, but I am not rushing it.

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Helloooo readers, writers, people of the blogging-verse. Today, I am back with my weekly reading and writing update so let’s just get into it! Here is everything I managed to accomplish this week and I am pretty proud with it all.

While I didn’t finish any books this week, I did make some progress in the books I started. I am about 2 hours into listening to the audiobook for City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, and so far I am enjoying that. There are about 10 more hours of audiobook left I think so I still got a bit more to get through, but I have no doubt that I will finish it sometime this coming week. I also started reading Traplines by Eden Robinson, a book of 4 short stories, for my writing class. I am on the second story and am really enjoying it so far! My goal is to read the last two stories by Wednesday and then write my little write up I have to hand in with it by the end of the week. I love reading short story books because instead of trying to read a certain amount of pages, I just read a short story a day. Lastly, I decided to pick up Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I really wanted to get this done by the end of today, but honestly, that was not going to happen. I had too much homework to do and ended up only reading to page 150. Which is still pretty good though because that means I read around 80 pages of it this weekend! Anyways, I know I will finish it sometime this week so it’s all good.

As for writing, I have been working on rewriting and editing my first 20 pages of my WIP for just over a month now for a fellowship, and yesterday I finally submitted it! The deadline was today but I wanted to get it in a little earlier just in case, so I finished editing early yesterday and then sent it off! It felt so good because I have been working towards this deadline for months now and I finally have it done. Now I can focus on re-outlining my WIP during October so I can write draft 2.5 of it during NaNoWriMo, and also work on some short stories for my portfolio! It will also be nice to focus a little more on my homework and blog posts, and just take a step back from trying to write, write, and write. Even though I love, I still need a break sometimes.

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Reading + Writing Update

FIRST OFF, before I get into this update I wanted to take a minute and ask you all to either comment on this post or head over to my Twitter and/or Instagram and give me some blog post suggestions! I really want to make content that not only I enjoy making but that you all enjoy reading so it would be really helpful if you gave me your ideas. If you have any thoughts or ideas on anything about my blog and what you want to see from me in the future, please let me know.  Thanks 🙂

For the first time since school started (for me, that was only 2 1/2 weeks ago but feels more like 2 1/2 years), I am excited to give this reading and writing update to you all because I have lots of fun reading and writing related things to update you all on!

I FINISHED TO KILL A KINGDOM BY ALEXANDRA CHRISTO. I know, it took me like 3 weeks to finish this book which is ONLY 350ish pages, and that is insane. I blame school and stress and also my tendency to procrastinate. However, I did really enjoy the story and how cut-throat and interesting all the characters were. I finished this book earlier today because I had maybe 50 pages to go, and I am just so happy to say I have read it because it was a great and bloody twist on The Little Mermaid that I was definitely in the mood for this month. Sometime last week I started listening to the audiobook for City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, and yes, I am still working my way through it. I have only 2 1/2 hours left and since I listen to it on double speed I have no doubt I will finish it sometime in the next three or four days so yay. Oooh, I also finished reading Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (thankfully, because I have a class discussion on it tomorrow morning), but again, I finished it just before I sat down to write this post. This book took me through a whirl of strong emotions and sometimes I had to put it down for a bit because it was shockingly real and raw. I did enjoy it though and am glad my teacher assigned us to read it because it is a very important book covering a very important topic in Canadian culture; residential schools.

As for what I am going to pick up this week, I think I am going to start reading the City of Bones graphic novel as well as The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater…I read the first 100 pages around a month ago but got distracted and never finished it! However, due to all my classes and all that fun stuff, I might also be picking up a collection of short stories called Traplines by Eden Robinson. I am super excited to get to this short story collection but the realization that it’s for school kind of takes away the excitement. You know? We’ll see.

A lot of writing also got done this week because I am racing to meet a deadline that is next Sunday, Septemeber 30th. I need to have 20 polished and revised pages to submit to this fellowship I have been working towards for months, and while I am way more behind than I set out to be, that’s okay. I have been working really hard this month and finally finished writing those 20 pages this week and I am kind of…happy with them. This coming week, however, I will be focusing on rewriting and editing them like crazy. Overall, I wrote around 11,000 words this week and it feels good! It really does. I am kind of sad I didn’t have a chance to work on this short story I started writing this month (a fun but dark and mystical fairy story), but I knew I had to put what was important first and that was my 20 pages.

Well, that was my week reading and writing wise and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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I was going to start this update off how I usually do, with “I didn’t get AS much reading done as I hoped, but that’s how it goes sometimes…” but then I realized I actually did get a lot of reading done. The thing is, I started 3 new books this week on top of the one I was already reading which is To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. So, while I didn’t finish a whole lot of books this week, I did read a lot of pages. This is at the fault of my English AP class because of all the required reading I have to do, but I’m not complaining because so far, I’ve been enjoying what I’ve had to read for this class.

Let’s start at the beginning though. I am still not done reading To Kill a Kingdom, but I did read another 150 pages meaning I only have around 100 pages left. Again, still really enjoying it. I also started listening to the audiobook for City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and am about halfway through it. I really enjoy revisiting this series via audiobook while riding the bus to my classes or walking around campus because I spend a lot of my time commuting. As for my English class, we started off the year with the famous Greek tragedy Oedipus the King by Sophocles, and while it was a really weird story with really weird character dynamics (if you’ve read it…you know what I’m talking about), I did actually enjoy it. I’ll go into more detail in my monthly wrap up, but I was surprised at how quick and easy of a read (took me 2 days) it was for me. Phew, okay, the last book to update on is Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, another book I am reading for English class. This is a book that follows a character who has dealt first hand with residential schools (a massive part of Canadian history). I am also really liking this book and it really touches your heart while reading it. I’m on page 110 out 221 so I have no doubt I will finish it this coming week…well, actually I HAVE to have it read for September 24 so I have no choice but to finish it this week.

Don’t worry, don’t worry. Despite all that reading, I did this week, I also did some writing. For my writing class, our first assignment is actually due tomorrow and it was a “polished prompt” assignment. The prompt was a picture and we were put to the task of writing a 250-300 word story (more like a scene, to be honest) based off of it. I wrote exactly 300 words for that story and had a lot of fun doing it. It required a lot more editing than I thought it would, mostly because I really want to do well on the first assignment despite it being a tiny, tiny fraction of my overall grade. I have also been scrambling to write my first 20 pages for this fellowship with a terrifyingly close deadline. Over this past week, I probably wrote 12 pages towards it but I need to pick up the pace. I still need time to edit it and make it (almost) perfect because I really need this. But anyway, I’m trying not to stress too much and am just enjoying the process of rewriting my WIP of 6 months.

That is all for this reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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