Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

Thank the blogging gods that I prewrote this past week’s blog posts because I had absolutely no time to sit down and write. I also didn’t have the mental energy or creative juices because this week was my first week back at school, and that always means chaos. I started my first day of senior year on Tuesday and my first day of college (I’m taking a writing class) on Thursday. However, now it is Sunday and I have recovered enough from the week to sit down and update you all on my reading and writing progress of this past week!

As expected, not much reading really happened this week. I read about 100 pages of To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo this week which is more than I expected and so far, I am still loving the story and ruthless characters. It is an entertaining and yes, slightly violent twist on the Little Mermaid in Ancient Greek times. Maybe it isn’t supposed to be influenced by the Little Mermaid, but I’ve noticed quite a few relations and I am really enjoying it overall! For my classes at school this year, I am taking a few that have required readings so it will be a new challenge for me to fit my own personal reading into my schedule while still getting readings for school done. As far as I know, I have to read a book called Indian Horse by…I’m not sure who exactly, Traplines by Eden Robinson, The Life of Pi, Writing Home by David Carpenter, and a few others. That’s kind of a lot but I am still determined to read for my own personal enjoyment here and there, and I will make sure to update you all on those readings as the year goes on! Apart from To Kill a Kingdom though, I also listened and finished the City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare audiobook this past week. I re-read the first book during the BookTubeAThon and really wanted to continue on with the series but this time in audiobook format. I do plan on starting City of Glass this week so I am excited to listen to that whenever I go for walks or just on my commute to school.

As for writing…I did no writing. This week, like I said, was a hectic craze of new schedules, places, and people. I do have a few personal deadlines I really want to hit this month though, so I need to get a move on that before time slips between my fingers. I am re-writing the firsts 20 pages of my WIP for a fellowship (its deadline is September 30th) and I want to get that done in the next two weeks so I have time to thoroughly edit it. I also want to submit those pages to a local scholarship for a writing conference and that has a deadline of September 15th…I did get some writing done today though, about 3 pages of my WIP, and I am really happy with that! I want to keep that up for the rest of the week, and hopefully, by next Sunday I will have something writing related to update you all on. Secondly, I have a writing assignment for my writing class that will be assigned to us on Monday and basically, they just give us a prompt and we have to write a 200-300 word flash fiction story based upon that prompt. Since it is such a short length, this shouldn’t take too much time out of my day, but I do want to put a lot of effort into making it well, good because after all, it is my first writing assignment of the year.

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 all linked below, and I will see you in my next post tomorrow 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update!

Not a lot of reading has been done this month so I don’t have too much to update you on sadly… I am still trudging through Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, which I have been reading since what feels like the beginning of time. It isn’t that I’m not enjoying it, because I really am! I love this world, the characters, and story but it is just that I kind of out read myself last month. It was the Biannual Bibliothon AND the BookTubeAThon, and I think overall, I read about 13 books. However, I am determined to get a few books read before school starts (which is in like 8 days) and Thunderhead WILL be one of them. Maybe I will have my own mini readathon to ensure I get some reading done even. I don’t have much left though and afterwards I want to pick up P.S. I Like You by Kasie West because I feel like a cheesy, teenage contemporary. Lastly, I want to get to and complete one more book this coming week and that is The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I picked this book up a few weeks ago and then I got sidetracked by other books AND DIDN’T FINISH IT. This is the last book in The Raven cycle and I really adore this story overall so why didn’t I just finish it? I don’t know. However, I do know that I am already about 100 pages into it so there is a chance I can finish, or at least get a good chunk, read by the time school starts. Anyways, not much to update on reading wise but lots of hopes and wishes for the next week so let’s see how it goes.

As for writing, I have done a tiny bit. I think I wrote just over 1,000 words this week which is a lot better than none, right? This coming week writing HAS to get done though. It is my last week of summer break before school and even then my cousin is moving into her dorms at the university in my city this Saturday and I will be helping her, so not much writing will get done this coming weekend. So, when you look at it, I have five days free to write. In those five days I have ambitious goals which are: write and edit one whole short story, start rewriting the first 20 pages of my WIP, and start on a second short story. While those are ambitious in comparison to the lack of writing I have done in the month of August, if I really put my mind to do it and try I know I can get most of it done.

Anyways, 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 all my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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April 2018 TBR

2018 is just flying by and I cannot believe we are already into March. I started off the year with an amazing reading month, but that number has been faltering as the months pass by so fingers crossed I can actually read a decent amount of books this month!

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

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This was an unexpected read because I wasn’t planning on reading it so soon. I ended up picking up a copy when I saw the author was signing at a bookstore near where I was staying so I thought why not? Currently I am already about 100 pages into it and enjoying it so I am looking forward to finishing it this month! This story follows three points of views: Freya, Harun and Nathaniel who somehow meet one day in Central Park after Freya falls off a bridge and lands on Nathaniel. They think they have nothing in common, but as the story goes on they realize they have more in common than they thought.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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This was another book I started in March but then just never got around to finishing it…how? I don’t know because this book is only 300ish pages long! I mean, the pacing did slow down so I found it a little harder to read, but I still am looking forward to finishing it and seeing how everything gets wrapped up. This book follows a girl named Alex who is a bruja, a Spanish witch, and on her Death Day she tries to give her magic away. However, the spell backfires and it banishes Alex’s family to Los Lagos. Now Alex along with the help of a strange boy named Nova have to venture to Los Lagos and save her family. As a person of Spanish heritage, I am really loving the representation in this book and fingers crossed I love it as much as I hope!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I have also been reading this for what seems like forever, but I only have 100 pages left so I definitely will be able to finish it in April. I also kind of have to because I am reading it for my English class so I have no choice really but to finish it really, really soon. I am enjoying it, but sadly I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t reading it for class. If you didn’t know what this book is about, it takes place a few years before and during World War II. It is narrated by Death but follows a girl named Liesel who is brought to a foster family after her mother is unable to take care of her. We follow her life with this new family, and also as she begins stealing books and learning to read, all while the tragedy of World War II come into play.

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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My copy finally came in the mail of Restore Me and I am so, so excited to dive into this world after recently re-reading the first three books and loving them! The first book, Shatter Me, follows a girl named Juliette whose touch kills, and because of that she has been locked away in an insane asylum for the safety of others. All until one day a mysterious boy becomes her roommate and together they break out of the asylum all because of Juliette. Because she is desired by the leader’s son as a weapon. This series is so good and everyone must read it!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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I keep putting this book on my TBR and NOT reading it, but I am determined to actually give it a try this month. I believe this book follows a girl who has to marry an older king because of a prophecy…I could be wrong but I know when I read it I was really intrigued! Again, hopefully I will get to it because it is a library book and does have to be returned soon.

Those are all the books I plan to finish in the month of April and yes, this TBR is slightly ambitious compared to what I have actually been getting done lately, but these are all books I really want to read so I am hoping I will get it all done. Don’t forget to comment below your April TBR and also check out some of my previous posts linked below:

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