How I Plan + Write My Blog Posts

Happy Monday!

Currently, I am on a nine day long vacation visiting some family, but I pre-wrote these blogs posts so I don’t fall off the face of the earth…again. However, I thought this was a great opportunity to share you guys how I plan and write my blog posts. This is how I plan them whether I am going vacation or just figuring out my next line of content, but if you are thinking of starting a blog or want an insight to someone else’s routine, then this will be helpful!

I hope you enjoy!

PLANNING

Month by Month

Personally, I began planning out my blog content month by month. A few days before the end of each month, I will sit down and come up with at least most of my content for the entire month. It is super helpful if you are busy during the month and can’t always ensure you will have the time or energy to plan out your blog posts before they are scheduled to go up. Since I am starting my first year of university in around a month, this is what I’ve found is the easiest and most efficient way to make sure I am not neglecting my blog!

Have a Few “Staple” Blog Posts

By this, I mean have a few blog posts that you do almost every month. Whether these are reviews, TBRs, favourites, etc, etc, it is nice to have a few that you can fall back on when you are lacking creativity. A lot of the time, I will sit down at the end of each month and find that as I’m planning, I am slowly losing steam. When that happens, I just use my couple of staple blog posts so that there are days I’m not posting nothing even if it isn’t the most original idea.

Writing

Setting Aside Time

I post around 12-15 blog posts a month, so no way do I sit down and write them all for that month in ONE WHOLE DAY. Yeah, no. While I plan my blog posts out before the month even starts, that doesn’t mean I write them that ahead too. In fact, I usually write them the day before they are due to go up, or if I am feeling productive, I will write all three meant to go upcoming that week on Sunday.

This is just works best for me, and so far, has ensured that I don’t skip out on any blog days. If I know I have a busy week and will not be able to write anything for my blog, I will take a three hour chunk out of my Sunday to write them all up. To be honest, this is most likely what I will be doing once school starts although, the way I have it worked into my schedule as of now, is after my last class on Friday, I will work on writing up my blog content for Saturday, Monday, and Thursday of the coming week instead of Sunday. It is just what I think will work best, but we will see!

 

That is how I plan and I write blog posts, and I hope it was not only interesting, but helpful too! 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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5 Websites for Beginner Freelance Writers

Happy Saturday!

I myself am a beginner freelance writer (check out my freelance writing page on my blog for more info!) and since June, have been on the lookout for jobs. Luckily, I have found some success so I wanted to share all the helpful websites I’ve used to find jobs, tips, and experience with any of you who in the same boat as me!

I hope this helps!

FIVERR

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This is an excellent website to start off on. It allows you to make a profile for free and post the gigs you want to do and how much you are willing to get paid for it. Without doing an excessive amount of promotion, I have managed to snag a few jobs on this website and it has been a great experience! I recommend starting off asking for a low price but then as you get more experience you can raise your pay. If you are a decent writer and fluent in English, you are almost guaranteed to get a few jobs on here!

FREELANCEWRITINGGIGS

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Not only is this website great for job postings, but it is also a good place to get helpful tips and tricks on paving your way as a freelance writer. I highly recommend delving into some blog posts of their’s because you will definitely learn a lot about this career and how to set yourself up for success. As I continue my freelance career, I will be spreading my wisdom, but until then, check out theirs!

PROBLOGGER

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ProBlogger is great for posting a variety of jobs daily, and I have found some really interesting freelance gigs on here! I haven’t been successful yet on this website, but it has definitely opened my eyes to the type of writing gigs I want to keep my eyes open for and pursue. Don’t feel discouraged if like me, you are unlucky at the moment on this website because as long as you are trying and applying to different positions, something will eventually come!

BLOGGINGPRO

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There are more than blogging jobs on this website, but I personally love it for the blogging jobs it offers. There is a great variety and includes some pretty interesting ones that catch my eye. Apart from the jobs, there is also helpful wisdom that they offer that you can read. I know they offer tips about succeeding with WordPress which is super helpful to know if you are pursuing freelance blogging jobs like myself!

INDEED

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Indeed is not only good for any type of jobs but also writing jobs! I look on here daily for local positions as well as remote, and a lot of good stuff comes up! Because of that, I definitely recommend adding this to your list of freelance writing websites because you never know what local or remote positions could come up that are a perfect fit for you. Unlike the other websites, they don’t include writing or freelancing tips, but these jobs are pretty trustworthy and less likely to be scams like they can be on some of the other websites. I’ve even been successful a few times!

 

Those are the 5 best websites for beginner freelance writers and I hope you enjoyed and found all of this helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Readathon Reading Routine!

Happy Saturday!

In July, I participated in a total of two readathons and because of that, I developed a routine that led me to (almost) successfully attacking my TBR. We all know I didn’t read one book per day…but I did read around nine books in July so I call that a win.

Anyways, here is what my reading routine looks like during a readathon!

Starting Early ~ Reading in the Morning

One of the reason I got so much reading done was because I started early. Around 9am every day, I would head out onto my deck because in July, it had been super warm in the mornings. Out there, I would not only get a good tan, but also read for around an hour or more. Depending on the book, I would read 50-100 pages in that amount of time. Already, I started off strong and set myself up for a good day of reading!

Reading + Eating

Another time where I managed to squeeze a few pages in was while I ate. Mind you, I am AWFUL at reading and eating at the same time, but I still tried. It also helped that even after I finished eating, I would continue reading to at least finish the chapter I started or even an extra 20 pages.

Afternoon Breaks 

I am someone who cannot spend an entire day reading. My mind wanders too easily and I always have something I can be working on like my writing, my blog, etc, etc. So, because of that, I used my breaks from working to read. Anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour would be set aside to get a little more reading done. During a typical day, I would take anywhere from two to three breaks in the afternoon, so that is a decent amount of reading getting done!

I’M BORED – Reading Time

Without school or an actual job, I find myself muttering “I’m bored” a lot. Usually, this would result in me watching YouTube or just huffing about my boredom for a good 15-30 minutes. However, since it was a readathon, I was like “no, this is perfect reading time”. This should just be a tip for whenever, even if it isn’t a readathon because reading when you’re bored is more productive than moping about it or mindlessly scrolling through social media instead.

Funnily enough, I did not read at night really at all this past month. I used to be a huge “before bed” reader when I was younger but now I can barely keep my eyes open for longer than a page if I try to read at night. If I do read at night, it will be in the bath but even then, I struggle to stay awake. Because of that, most of my reading happened during the day and that was how I read during both the Biannual Bibliothon and the Reading Rush!

Anyways, that is all for my readathon reading routine 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 or on the side bar. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Books I Would NOT Like If I Read Them Now

Happy Thursday!

I cannot believe it is already August.

Today, I am going to be sharing some books that I absolutely LOVED the first time I read them when I was younger, but ones that I would definitely not enjoy as much if I was reading them for the first time today. It’s not that my reading tastes have changed, but I do have a little higher expectation for the writing of a novel as well as its structure. A lot of these books are the very early, if not the first, books of these authors which is why their quality isn’t the best…however, because I read them when I was younger and loved them then, I still love (most of) them today! I recognize their flaws but can’t help but hold a special place in my heart for them.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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These were the books that got me into reading, or at least into young adult books, but I know for a fact that if I read them for the first time now, I would not be able to make it through them. Honestly, it is a little hard for me to get through them but that could be for one of two reasons. One, I’ve read them literally one billion times, or two, because they were really written for a twelve-year-old to read! Obviously, anyone of ANY age can enjoy them, but the writing and story are pretty juvenile at first and now, that is a little hard for me to get through. I do want to do a re-read soon though, because like I mentioned, these books got me into reading and they do have a really great story and a cast of characters. I can’t help but still love them!

Legend series by Marie Lu

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I liked these books when I read them around three years ago, but if I read them now…well, actually, I wouldn’t be caught reading them now because I am not a big fan of dystopian anymore at all! I think we can all agree that it is the one genre that has been rapidly dying as the years go on. However, the fourth book in this series has become a sudden thing and I will probably pick that up since I already read the first three. But, like the title of this blog post implies, I would not be picking these books up for the first time today.

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

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Again, I enjoyed these books when I read them, but I don’t think I will even do a re-read anytime soon. I have managed to keep up with all the new books released in this series, but I keep feeling more and more disconnected from the story and the characters. It’s most likely because like I mentioned, I am not a huge dystopian fan or it’s because I was fine with the books ending where they did…but yeah, would not pick these up for my own enjoyment nowadays.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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I was completely obsessed with how addictive this book and the second in the series was, but now looking back, I laugh because it’s true, I’ve always loved my trashy novels! To be fair, I probably would still enjoy my time reading this book, but if it were my first time, I would be nowhere near as obsessed with it as I once was. Surprisingly, I do have a little higher expectations when it comes to reading books now. However, it isn’t a bad book, it’s just a perfect example of YA in 2011.

Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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To be fair, I liked these books for about a year before I realized how terrible they were! I did not add Divergent because honestly, I think I would still like the first book to this day. I don’t know why, but I did really love it at the time and I think that might transfer to now. Anyways, the last two books, I think we can all agree, were kind of a mess! I mean, that ending! Nope. No way would I go near these two books today. I am honestly considering dropping my copies off at the Little Free Library by my house.

 

Those are some of the books I liked when I was younger that I would NOT like now if I read them for the first time. Anyways, 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 for reading 🙂

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August 2019 TBR

Happy Monday!

July is coming to a close and we are about to walk into August full swing. While July was a fantastic reading month, I am hoping August will be just as good. I doubt it will be BETTER because I am doing some traveling this month, but hopefully, still successful.

Anyways, here are some of the books I plan on reading!

City of Bones + City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I was supposed to read City of Bones during the Reading Rush, but yeah, clearly that did not happen. However, I really want to re-read it this summer as well as the second book, City of Ashes. My goal is to read as many in the series as possible before school starts (for me, September 4th), all while still reading other books. These books just hold a special place in my heart and I like to give them a re-read every so often.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

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Once again, this is another book I planned on reading during not only the Reading Rush, but the Biannual Bibliothon as well…again, none of this happened! I really want to finally settle down and give it a read because I have heard so many amazing things about it. Hopefully, it will be worth the hype but I have a feeling it will.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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AGAIN, I had plans to read this book during the Biannual Bibliothon in July and for whatever reason, I never got to it. It is a thicker book so that is probably why, but I am in the mood for a book set in London during the Victorian era, which is exactly what this book is about. Fingers crossed I actually get it read!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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I read this book a few years ago and I remember really enjoying it so I thought, why not pick it up again? I am starting university this fall and the book follows a girl entering her first year as well, so I think it will be really fun to read a book where I’m at the same point as the main character. She does end up going to Europe later on in the book, which I’m not sure is the best concept in a book for me to read because without a doubt, it will make me want to plan a Europe trip for the next year.

 

Those are some of the main books I plan on reading during August, the last month I will get to completely focus time on reading whatever I want (which is kind of depressing). Hopefully it is as successful as I hope, but we will see! Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media which is all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Again, But Better by Christine Riccio – Spoiler-Filled Book Review

Happy Sunday!

Today I will be discussing ALL my thoughts about Again, But Better by Christine Riccio, not only now an author, but a very prominent figure in BookTube with over 400,000 subscribers.

Sorry for not having my usual Saturday post, but I ended up not finishing this book until mid-Saturday rather than Friday and I really wanted my next post to be a book review. I was actually reading Again, But Better for the Reading Rush, and let’s just say I am a little behind with this readathon.

Anyways, it is read and I am ready to spill all my spoilery thoughts, opinions, and ideas related to this debut contemporary, but first, here is a snapshot of the book.

After doing her first two years of college wrong, 20-year-old Shane is determined to flip things around when she goes on study abroad trip to England, not across the world, but doing a completely different major than what her parents think.

Right away, things appear to be actually working out for Shane: she becomes fast friends with her flatmates, she is finally getting to study something she is passionate about, writing, and there is a cute boy named Pilot who seems to like her. But the smooth sailing is cut short after a series of spontaneous weekend trips, advancing in her internship, and almost kissing Pilot, and things suddenly begin to feel almost as bad as they were in America. 

Can Shane flip things around herself or will college take two be as much of a flop as she feared?

CAUTION: SPOILER THOUGHTS NEARING AHEAD

Okay, I have a LOT of thoughts to share about this book on everything from the story, the characters, to the author.

First off, I have been an avid watched of Christine (PolandbananasBOOKS on YouTube) for many, many years now. I honestly don’t even know how long. Maybe five? Anyways, the point is, over the years, I have definitely gotten a good idea about who she is, what type of person she is, and I even followed her ENTIRE writing journey for this book.

Because of that, I can CONFIDENTLY confirm that Shane is LITERALLY Christine.

I am 100% the type of writer who makes their main character (at least in the first novel) a reflection of myself, but if anything, a very murky reflection. I will take bits and pieces from here and there, smashing them together with what type of character my main character needs to be. However, Christine literally took herself, maybe toned it down a bit and then gave us Shane.

CHARACTER COMPARISON:

Christine Riccio – white, blonde, socially awkward, reader, writer, enthusiastic, nerd, ENTHUSIASTIC NERD, studied abroad, Italian, blog name: FrenchWatermelons19, etc, etc

Shane Primaveri – white, blonde, socially awkward, reader, writer, enthusiastic, nerd, ENTHUSIASTIC NERD, studied abroad, Italian, YouTube channel name (2nd account): PolandBananas20, etc, etc

Hmm, something looks familiar…OH YEAH, EVERYTHING.

Now again, I’m all for putting some of yourself in your main character. We writers do it, but there is a fine line between writing a fictional character and literally selling people an autobiography disguised as a YA/NA contemporary.

That said, I didn’t hate Shane, but I was not her biggest fan. I found her very cringey and awkward dialogue with, oh, everyone, very relatable but her overly enthusiastic and childish personality just did not click with me. Apparently, I was reading from a 20-year-old’s POV, but to me (an almost 18-year-old girl), it felt more like a 15-year-old and her immaturity really annoyed me.

“I’ve never used these sugar cube things before, and I’m very amused by them. They should make sugar stars! And other shapes! Sugar octagons!” – Shane Primaveri, a 20-year-old woman

Character development was also really lacking. When a difficult situation came up, Shane or Pilot would run the other way and ignore each other…for THE ENTIRE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM. When I looked back at the book when I finished, I realized that they all arrived at the program in January and then left in April. The thing is, the first time around, Pilot, THE MAIN LOVE INTEREST, stopped speaking to Shane was back in February and then they never spoke again before they all left back to America…and then Shane did the exact same thing in the second go around. It was super repetitive and while the aspect of having a “do-over” would have provided an EXCELLENT opportunity to show how both of the characters grew over the past six years, that did not happen.

Shane and Pilot both felt very flat and basic to me. There was nothing special or interesting about either of them or any of the characters like Babe, Sahyra (Sahra?), and Atticus! (I am not even going to TALK ABOUT the names, okay?) Side characters are really the best name for these people because they all felt like they clung to the walls every time they appeared on the page in front of my eyes. I could barely see them because Shane or Pilot were jumping in my face. We barely got any dialogue from any of them, and when we did, it honestly all sounded the same to me, and the dialogue held almost no importance to the plot or anything.

That goes for a lot of this entire book – every plot point, drama, or piece of dialogue, I asked myself why it had to be in there.

LIKE THE MAGICAL ELEMENT.

When Shane and Pilot are suddenly whisked back into 2011, I was a little confused, but to be honest, intrigued. It is a very cliche plot point, but I was curious to see how the characters would react.

Let’s just say I was disappointed.

When I finished reading the book, I realized how unimportant and uninteresting the plot thread of having them being able to re-do their study abroad session was. One, because having BOTH Shane and Pilot go back in time together made it seem like they were sent back ONLY so they could live happily ever after together in love when it was so much more than that. And then two, apparently over the course of six years, neither of these characters learned ANYTHING!

Shane and Pilot return to 2011 and Shane does the same thing that Pilot did to her! She pushes him out and ignores him until he forces her to listen to him. Yeah, okay, she turned everything else in her life around. She became a better friend to Babe, Sahra (Sahyra???), and Atticus. She also pushed to the top in her writing internship, landing her own article, but when it came to Pilot, her immaturity really shone through. OH WAIT, there was no closure with her parents either. They reacted the same way and so did Shane. She only TALKED about making sure she would fix things with them.

This book was just FILLED with telling rather than showing, but this blog post is already long enough as it is.

I really thought after six years, Shane would have been more mature and ready to work things out with him and her parents right then and there because of how strong her feelings stayed after six years. Also, because she knew EXACTLY how things could, and probably would pan out if she did not patch things up.

But nope.

I really would have preferred for Shane and Pilot to have stayed in 2017 and try to work things out there after six years of going down the wrong path. It would show people that we all make mistakes in our lives, but we always have the power to change them which I think is a really positive and powerful message.

But because that did not happen, and instead, these two for WHATEVER REASON out of all the other people in the world got a re-do with their love life (and I guess professional lives too), I have NO idea what message or theme I could yank from these pages.

It was a good, fun time? A fast read?

While I did pick this book apart, it actually was a fun time and I enjoyed it as a quick, one-time read. I would not read it again, but I will definitely pick up Christine’s next book just because I know she will only improve from here. Her writing was a little juvenile and I felt like I was reading a book for pre-teens rather than adults, but I can’t judge her too hard for that because it is only her debut. She has room to grow!

I feel like if this book was not an exact replica of Christine’s college experience (minus the magic part…I think), I would have enjoyed it more! But because that’s not the case, it sadly felt like a creative rip-off. Again, I am 100% okay with taking things from our lives and writing about them, but you got to twist them a bit.

Anyways, overall, I still gave this book 3/5 stars because it was what I (kind of) wanted: an easy and fun read.


That is all for my review on Again, But Better by Christine Riccio and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as all my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading Rush TBR

Happy Monday and also, day one of the Reading Rush!

It’s been two days since the last readathon I participated in, but I am already SO ready for the Reading Rush! I’m looking forward to yet another whole week dedicated to reading as much as possible because like I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to read a lot before I head off into my first year of university.

WHAT IS THE READING RUSH?

The Reading Rush was formally known as the BookTubeAThon and takes place from July 22 @ 12am – July 28 @ 11:59pm. It is an entire week dedicated to reading as much as you can, and is filled with video, reading, and Instagram challenges!

Anyways, here is what I plan on reading for this Reading Rush!

Read a Book with Purple on the Cover

Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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This has a liiitle purple on the cover so it counts! I mostly just really wanted to find a way to incorporate the last two books in the Raven Cycle into my Reading Rush TBR because I am LOVING my re-read of these books. Blue Lily Lily Blue is the third book out of four and I haven’t read it for a while so I kind of forget what happens, making me even more eager to jump into this book.

Read a Book in the Same Place Every Time

Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise: Part Two by Gene Luen Yang

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For the Biannual Bibliothon, I picked up the first installment in this graphic novel series following the events of season three of the TV show, Avatar the Last Airbender. While it wasn’t EXACTLY what I expected, I did enjoy my time reading it and definitely need another short book for the readathon so this is perfect. Especially if I have to stay in the same place to read it, which I have decided will be outside on my deck.

Read a Book You Meant to Read Last Year

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

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Recognize this from my Biannual Bibliothon TBR? Well, you’re right because I never got around to it the first time! This is a book I’ve been thinking about for the past year or so because I have heard NON-STOP, great things about it. So, I decided this month it is definitely time to give it a read. It is a bit longer (over 500 pages!), but I am hoping that because it is apparently so good, I won’t want to stop reading it.

Read an Author’s First Book

We Hunt the Flame by Hasaf Faizal

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I follow this author on Twitter and honestly, her book promotion REALLY worked on me. Not only is the cover for this book beautiful, but the premise is really intriguing and something I am currently in the mood for. It has to do with a female hunter disguising herself as a man and being badass which I am ALL here for. I cannot wait to see if this book is worth the hype but honestly, I am sure it is. Even if it is the author’s debut!

Read a Book Featuring a Non-Human Character

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Okay so TECHNICALLY, Ronan is NOT completely human. He is a greywaren, a magician of sorts, which is NOT HUMAN. This counts because of all of that. This is the fourth and final book in the Raven Cycle which is sad, but I feel like during my first time reading this book, I didn’t really appreciate it for all it was. I sped through it and despite being in a readathon, I really don’t want to do that this time.

Pick a Book That Has More Than Five Words in the Title 

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Stevenson 

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Not only am I trying to read more classics making this book a great pick, but Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novella so it is SUPER short. I have an edition where most of the book is short stories and the actual story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is like, 70 pages. Hopefully, the story is interesting and I can fly through those 70 pages in an hour or so! I haven’t dived into the world of gothic literature really, so I am looking forward to exploring this area of literature.

Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie Adaptation 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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At first, I was going to combine this challenge with the first and read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but honestly, I am not really in the mood for a cozy, atmospheric story. SO, instead, I am going to read and watch City of Bones! It’s been a hot minute since I visited the world of the Mortal Instruments except for when I did my audiobook listen of (most) of the books a year or so ago. I am very excited though because I have such a special place in my heart for this book and even the movie!

 

That is all for my Reading Rush TBR 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 for reading 🙂

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How to: Get Out of a Reading Slump 2.0

Happy Thursday!

There are a lot of readathons happening in July so I thought it would be a good idea to share my tips and tricks on how to successfully free yourself from a reading slump.

  1. Pick Up an Old Favourite – My go-to remedy for a reading slump is to pick up an old favourite of mine that yes, I’ve read about 100 times, but love even more every time. For me, this is any Cassandra Clare book, Eliza and Her Monsters or Fangirl. I can read these books countless times and by the time I flip to the last page, they always have me wanting to consume more books.
  2. Don’t Force Yourself to Read – A lot of the time we fall into a reading slump because we are forcing ourselves to read when we don’t want to, or when it is a story we don’t want to read. NEVER force yourself to read (unless it’s for school because then you should probably just try to do it) because that only leads to getting no reading done at all.
  3. Let Yourself Be a Mood Reader – While I make TBRs for most months, they are created from books I really feel like reading at that moment. Luckily for me, if I feel like reading a book at the beginning of the month, I usually still will by mid-month but of course, this is not always the case. So, if you are in a slump or are edging towards one, take a look at your shelf and choose what you feel like reading. Forget your current read and your TBR. Just pick a book you want and read it.
  4. Watch Reading Vlogs – Whether I need some motivation to read or write or be productive, I love turning to vlogs for this. The act of watching someone else do what I want and need to do just fuels me with this sudden motivation to tackle whatever it is. Sometimes I have to watch the entire vlog, and sometimes another (but don’t get sucked into the vicious cycle of only watching these vlogs…try to limit yourself to 3 videos). Other times, I only need to watch the first few minutes and then I am good to go. Here is one of my favourites!
  5. Take a Trip to the Library or Book Store – I go to the library a LOT because it is only a 5-minute walk from my house. Even if I don’t pick out a book, sometimes it is helpful to just be surrounded by books. About 90% of the time, this makes me desperately want to pick up a book and spend the day indoors, absorbed in a new (or old) story.

Those are my 5 tips on how to wriggle free of a reading slump and I hope they were helpful! This month, I am participating in 2 readathons and in the next few days, I will have my TBRs up for them. Also, I will now be posting on Saturdays as well so look out for those new blog posts! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Plans, Goals + More

Happy Monday!

Today is the FIRST day of Camp NaNoWriMo, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all what exactly I plan on working on this month. What story am I tackling? What’s my word goal? Well, all of that will be discussed right now.

At first, I was not going to make this because once again, I am working on my Aztec mythology story that oh, I’ve worked on for the past 3 or 4 Camp NaNoWriMos. What I am most excited about though, is that I’ve managed to stay in love with this project even after all this time. Usually, I write an idea (as a short story) and then edit it a bit and boom, done. I don’t ever have the desire to work on it more. However, this is a story I just have not been able to get how I want for whatever reason, but that only makes me want to work on it more. I am definitely getting closer and I am willing to take the time it needs to get there.

To be honest, apart from my word goal of 17,000 for this project (and I might write a short story if an idea comes to me), my main goal of this month is to fall back in love with writing. Actually, now that I think about it, that is not the right way to phrase it. I still love writing and there hasn’t been a moment where I stopped, but over this past month or so, I’ve definitely neglected it and it has not made me feel good. I was busy so I am not blaming myself, but I really want to spend this month working on my writing and getting back into the routine of it. It always brings me joy but I just want to make sure I am actively doing it. These past two months have been some of the greatest months of my life in all aspects, mentally, physically, socially, etc, etc, but one part (or two, but they kind of go hand in hand) that has been lacking is writing and reading. I have been neglecting my passions and while it has still been a fun and good time, there is this part of me that feels incomplete just because I am not carving out that bit of time each day to focus on what fuels me as a person. As we got to the end of June, I definitely felt myself lacking and gathering energy from a dry well. Yesterday though, I spent a good hour reading and just enjoying literature and it felt AMAZING. I also finally finished a book and I think it is either the first or second book I finished in June…however, I am still on track for my reading goal!

But yes, this month is, of course, me trying to reach my goal of 17k words, but overall, I am striving to recenter myself as a creative being. Already I have written my words for today and it was my first writing session in a long, long time. I wrote 1, 846 words and it filled me with the sort of happiness you only get when you are pursuing what you absolutely adore. I cannot wait to sit down again tomorrow and write some more words, but I am trying not to push it at the same time. I write when I feel like it (I do aim for the mornings still though), what I feel like (still on my main project), and how long I feel like. So far, it’s going great, and I hope your Camp NaNoWriMo is as well!

That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed! 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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Why I Love Libraries

Happy Thursday!

Today, I wanted to take some time to just commemorate libraries and all of their glory in providing literature for the public. I’ve used libraries ever since I started reading…so almost 8 years ago, and while I do own around 200 books, I still use the library weekly. They are amazing and we need to make sure we are supporting them whenever we can!

Why Libraries are AMAZING

There are a lot of reasons for this, but I think the overarching reason is that it is completely, 100% free. You can take out whatever book, movie, CD, audiobook, etc, etc, and give it a go. There are a lot of other reasons why libraries are amazing though:

  • Introduces You to New Stories – Sometimes I don’t know what I am going to the library wanting. I will just let myself browse and I always come across something I didn’t know of but suddenly want to read. And the best part is that I don’t have to check the price to see if it’s in my budget or not!
  • Fun Activities – For all ages, the local libraries in my area offer awesome activities. I partook in them more when I was younger, but I still occasionally volunteer in them. For example, last winter I volunteered as a reading buddy for this kid’s reading group and it was the best of times!
  • Everyone In There Loves Literature – Except for the few people purely there, hunched over the computers and playing games, everyone in the library is there because of their shared adoration for books! It is nice being in that kind of environment. It’s calming and encourages me to read more!

How To Support Libraries

It is important to support libraries because they are the main pathway of literature to the public. Without them, a lot fewer people would be reading and enjoying stories. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to support libraries. Not only to support them actually but to just assist them in growing and reaching out to more people in need of books.

  • Library Book Sales – My libraries are always having book sales where they sell lots of used books with their profits going back to the library. I try to attend as many as possible, and while they usually fall in the worst weekends for me, I have managed to attend one and not only did I find some good books, but it was a lot of fun!
  • USING Your Library – I don’t know why I didn’t put this one first, but obviously just using your library is a fantastic way to support them. Taking out books, movies, CDs, etc and enjoying the facility is easy, free, and a good way to spend your time.

My Current Library Reads

Like I said, I am constantly using my libraries so I always have a good stack of books next to my nightstand that I have taken out from them. Here are the ones I have recently taken out and plan on reading this summer!

  • Time Management by Richard Walsh
  • The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook by Yuwanda Black
  • Side Hustle by Guillebeau
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black

Anyways, that is all for this blog post about libraries, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments below what books you currently have out from the library because I would love to know. 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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