Weekly Wrap-up

It’s been a busy week! Most of my week was taken up with drama with my phone. To save money, I decided to switch carriers, then went about it all wrong and lost phone service for two days. I spent most of Wednesday and Thursday night trying to get it all resolved. I didn’t get much writing or reading done, but I did manage to do some.

The best part of the week was Thursday, when I got home to find a package in my mailbox. I was confused because I didn’t remember ordering anything. Then, I saw it was from a publisher. I tore it open and found that I’d won Rage by Jonathan Maberry in a Goodreads giveaway. Y’all, I was so excited I began jumping up and down. I love Jonathan Maberry’s books and have been so looking forward to reading this one. I’m so thrilled I won.

In other news, I’ve decided to try and submit some non-fiction, personal essays to various locations. I’m always on the lookout for beta readers, so if you’re interested in reading some short essays about my life, let me know. I’m confident in my fiction writing, but have no idea if my non-fiction writing is any good, so I need more help.

This week looks to be shaping up well. On Monday, I’m taking my class to the symphony, which I hope will be fun for them. I’m excited. Tuesday, I get to give a presentation at a staff meeting. In between all that, I’m trying to get back to the gym more consistently and am toying with the idea of running a 5K, which means I need to start running.

Reading wise, I’m currently reading about four books. How do you tackle reading multiple books at once? I read a chapter or two from one, then switch and read the next, but maybe there’s a better system. Any ideas?

Monday: The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine (review)

Tuesday: Top 10 Extraordinary Book Titles

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Under represented Tropes or Characters

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Autumn Tag

Tuesday: Top 5 Audiobooks

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis (review)

Friday: Are TBRs necessary to be a book blogger or reader?

How was your week?

Weekly Wrap-up

Um… oops? Well, it is still Sunday, even if it’s way later than I usually post. I’ve been busy all weekend with writing my novel, working on my Halloween costume, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. The blog totally slipped my mind.

But my costume is coming along nicely.

Monday: Calendar Girls – Books that Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump

Tuesday: Top 10 Character Traits I Love

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Review – Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Sexual Content in YA

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: Review – The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine

Tuesday: Top 10 Extraordinary Book Titles

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: TBD

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – What are tropes or characters you think are poorly/underrepresented in books?

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Have a great week everyone!

September Wrap-Up

Another month in the books. It was a low-to-average reading month. I finished six books, which is less than August, but that’s okay. Even though I’m reading less,I don’t feel like I’m in a reading slump; I just don’t have that much time right now. I’m working, I had some health issues, and I’m trying to find time to write and be a little social. It’s a lot. As the saying goes, I can do anything, I just can’t do everything.

6 books: 1 audio, 1 e-book, 4 physical books

1333 pages (that’s terrible)

12 hours listening

3 YA, 2 mystery, 1 m/m romance (which was also a mystery)

1 purchase, 1 borrowed from my mother, 3 library, 1 ARC

Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger

Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber

No Good Men by Thea McAlistair

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Anticipated Releases of Fall 2019

Top 5 Covers of 2019

Top 5 Funniest Characters

Let’s Talk Bookish Reading Slumps

Dark Goddess snippet

Top 5 Fall Recommendations

Favorite Banned Books

Questions for More Experienced Bloggers

Dark Goddess Snippet

How was your month? Any goals for October? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Weekly Review

Today I’m going to be looking back over my week. I’m not doing the official Sunday Post for no reason other than I don’t want to right now. But, this functions as basically the same thing.

So, this week had its ups and downs. I got to see a great speaker on Monday, Barbara Collorosa, who talks about bullying, empathy, and teaching. I’ve seen her a few times before and when I heard she was speaking in my district again, I jumped at the chance to see her again. She really has some wonderful things to say about how to relate to kids, and I want to be her when I grow up.

Then, on Tuesday, I had another asthma attack. My chest was really hurting, so I left work to go to the doctor. By the time I got there, my inhaler had worked, but I was wrung out and exhausted. The doctor prescribed me some prednisone and sent me home. I went back to work the next two days, but by Thursday, I was done. I took Friday off to recover.

Also on Friday, I went to the Pebble Beach Author’s and Ideas Festival. I bought a ton of books, most of which were presents or for my class, but I got a few for me as well, and saw some wonderful speakers. Ridley Pearson, who wrote Peter and the Star-Catchers with Dave Barry was first. He was so funny and well spoken. He told about his experience pushing a train up a mountain in Taiwan and said that’s what writing a novel is right, and I’d never felt so seen. The next speaker was Michael Alec Rose, a music teacher, who connected Beethoven and the Beatles, deconstructed songs of each, and got everyone totally fired up. He was amazing.

Then, yesterday, I spent the whole day writing and working on my new novel. I’ve got the entire outline done, plus a scene by scene breakdown, character studies, and overview. I’ve never done so much prework on a novel before, and it feels great.

Reading wise, I didn’t get much done. I’ve been so tired from being sick, that I can only read a chapter a night. But, with any luck, I’m on the mend and can get back to normal reading speed.

Monday: Legendary by Stephanie Garber (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Fall Recommendations

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Favorite Banned Books

Friday: Let’s Talk Bookish – Questions for More Experienced Bloggers

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

Monday: TBD (review?)

Tuesday: Top 5 Favorite Booktube Channels

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: TBD (review?)/Monthly Wrap up?

Friday: Star Ratings – Are they Fair or Necessary?

Saturday: Snippet Saturday – Dark Goddess

How was your week? Drop me a comment and let me know!

August Wrap-Up

Phew! I made it to the end of August. And, by the skin of my teeth, I managed to finish 7 books. It wasn’t my best month, but I still feel it’s respectable. I was able to finish the last two last night, which is why I held off until the afternoon to make this post.

This month was really busy for me. I spent the first week recovering from my amazing kayaking trip I took the last week in July, and then, the next week, it was back to work. It was kind of a rough transition for me; after spending most of the summer sitting around in group therapy, my energy wasn’t as high as it was last year, so I was a lot more tired going back to teaching. But, I think I’m finally mostly adjusted and, with any luck, will get back to posting more regularly and reading more books.

In August, I read:

7 books: 2 e-books, 1 audio, 4 physical

1,828 pages

listened to 7.56 hours

2 YA, 1 m/m romance, 2 self-help, 1 mystery, 1 literary fiction

2 purchase, 2 ARCs, 3 library

Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Reader Confession Tag

Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages

Summer Sweat Along Book Tag

Top 5 Dystopians

Top 5 Books I don’t Talk About Enough

Book Snob Tag

And that was my month! I can’t wait for the next.

What are you looking forward to in September? Drop a comment below and let me know!

July Wrap-up

Another month in the can! Miraculously, despite spending my days in therapy and then a week away on a fantastic vacation, I managed to still read 11 books during the month. I’d hoped the read more, but I think 11 is a respectable number. I did DNF a few books, but that’s okay; I need to spend time on books I like, not force myself to read books I’m not enjoying.

In July, I read…

11 books: 6 physical, 4 e-book, 1 audio

3,200 pages (an average of 97 pages a day, down from last month)

12.23 hours listened on audio

5 YA, 5 romance, 1 memoir, and 1 non-fiction

2 purchase, 2 previously owned, 2 ARCs, 4 library books, and 1 borrowed from the owner of the bed and breakfast I stayed in.

The One by Kiera Cass

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Spellbound by Allie Therin

A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Top 5 Tuesday A,B,C,D.E

Top 5 Tuesday F,G,H,I,J

K,N.M.L.O

So, not my most productive month, but I had a lot going on. I’m still reading and blogging, and that’s the important part, right?

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read this month? Drop a comment below and let me know!

June Wrap-Up

Wow, what a month! I slowed down on my reading a bit and didn’t get as much done as I thought I would. Part of it was being busy, but part was just not being as motivated. I’m not in a reading slump by any means, but I think decompressing from school took a lot of out of me, and I got distracted by other things. No matter. I’m still reading and reviewing and that’s what’s important.

In June, I read:

11 books, all of them physical copies. I didn’t listen to one audio this month or read anything on Kindle. Crazy!

3,264 pages (an average of 109 pages a day)

5 YA, 1 middle-grade, 2 self-help, and 3 adult books

1 purchase and 10 library books

Caravel by Stephanie Graber

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

City of Ember by Jean DuPrau

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsey

Top 5 Debut Novels

Literary Dinner Party

Top 10 All-Time Favorites

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Top 5 “Main Males”

Coffee Book Tag

Top 5 Fantasy

So, in retrospect, I actually read 12 books, because I did finish Ever Alice, but I forgot to add it to my spreadsheet. I’ll have to do that. Not my best reading month, but still respectable.

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read this month? Drop a comment below and let me know!