Books in September 2018

For 2018, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. This month I read eight!

 

New Favorite: My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Least Liked: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Childhood Read: Matilda by Roald Dahl

New Kid’s Book: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Classic: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Group Book: My Life As A While Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (Peter’s Book Club)

Buddy Read: All the Light That We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer

 

I enjoyed everything I read this month, though I was expecting more from a few of them.

 

My new favorite read. I read this for Peter Monn’s book club.

 

My childhood book for the month. Loved it as much as ever!

 

My new kid’s read and least liked. I still liked it (3 stars) but

not as much as I would have liked.

 

I finally got back into another classic and really enjoyed this one!

 

Read this for a buddy read and really ended up enjoying it.

 

What did you read in September and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

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September Goals Wrap-Up & October Goals 2018

Here are my reading and writing goals for September. Let’s see how I did!

Reading Goals

1. Read White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland for Peter’s Book Club

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read The Darkest Mindsby Alexandra Bracken.

5. Read All the Light That We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for Buddy Read

6. Finish When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing 15-20K of The Birthday Bash 

 

I met all of my Reading goals, which is great because September ended up being a pretty busy month between my birthday, a trip, and hurricane preparations. I’m glad I kept it simple.

While I did work on Birthday Bash, I only did about 5K. So unfortunately I didn’t do as hot for my writing goals. I’m almost done with the Dawn recaps but they have taken a lot of effort. I will probably not do the other books since so much time has passed and I’ve only gotten through three of the books this year.

 

Here are my goals for October:

Reading Goals

1. Read Devil in the White City by Eric Larson for Peter’s Book Club

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read for Spookathon.

5. Participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

6. Read The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury for my classic

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing 10K of The Birthday Bash 

3. NaNoWriMo Preparation

 

 

What goals did you accomplish so far this year or are there any you have for October? I would love to hear them!

 

Books in August 2018

For 2018, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. This month I read eight!

 

New Favorite(s): The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Childhood: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

New Kid’s: The Mermaid by Jan Brett

Group Reads: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Nonfiction: Hunger by Roxane Gay

I enjoyed everything I read and aside from The Stinky Cheese Man (5 stars), everything had a 3.5-4 star rating. I highly recommend both Hunger and Uncommon Type as audiobooks since both authors narrate.

 

My favorite read for August mostly for the last 20%, which was hard to put down

 

Mini Book Club selection as well as another Nonfiction. I could relate so much to this book. I listened to it on audio and some parts were hard to listen to.

 

My childhood read. Still love it!

 

A beautiful and interesting take on the Goldilocks story with an undersea theme

 

I also participated in my first Booketube-a-thon at the end of July/beginning of August but I’m going to do a separate post on my experience with it.

 

What did you read in August and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

 

August Goals Wrap-Up & September Goals 2018

 

Here are my reading and writing goals for August. Let’s see how I did!

Reading Goals

1. Work on reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read Hunger by Roxanne Gay for Mini Book Club

5. Read White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

7. Read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

8. Participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Read-a-thon

9. Participate in Booktube-a-thon

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash 

 

I’m obviously still struggling to get back into The Count of Monte Cristo so I am considering just trying again later on. I didn’t get My Life As A White Trash Zombie until just recently from the library because it was on hold. And while I did start When Dimple Met Rishi, I didn’t finish it in time for August. I feel I did pretty well with my Reading Goals.

I’m doing pretty well with my editing and have continued to work on the VCA Recaps–I just haven’t posted them–so I feel I did great for my Writing Goals.

 

Here are my goals for September:

Reading Goals

1. Read White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland for Peter’s Book Club

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

5. Read All the Light That We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr for Buddy Read

6. Finish When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing 15-20K of The Birthday Bash 

 

 

What goals did you accomplish so far this year or are there any you have for September? I would love to hear them!

 

Books in July 2018

For 2018, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. This month I read eight!

 

New Favorite(s): Chi’s Sweet Home Part 1 by Konami Kanata

Least Liked: Animorphs: The Extreme by K.A. Applegate (apparently ghostwritten)

Childhood: Humphrey the Lost Whale by Wendy Tokuda

New Kid’s: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Group Reads: Chances by Jackie Collins

Nonfiction: Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard by Matt Taylor

I enjoyed everything I read, though I did expect more from To Kill A Kingdom. It still ended up being enjoyable.

 

My favorite read for July

 

I read Chances for Peter Monn’s book club. While I did like it (3 stars), it had a lot of unnecessary filler that detracted from the story and kept it from getting a higher rating.

 

My Nonfiction read. It was pretty interesting but I do wish it had been an easier book to read physically. The size (coffee table) made it difficult to read at times.

 

My childhood read for July

 

My new kid’s read. Ended up being a nonfiction just like my childhood book.

 

In July, I participated in Dewey’s 24 Reverse Readathon and ended up reading both my children’s books, 98 pages of Chi’s Sweet Home, 215 pages of To Kill A Kingdom, and 42 pages of Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard. I had a blast!

 

So what did you read in July and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

 

July Goals Wrap-Up & August Goals 2018

Here are my reading and writing goals for July. Let’s see how I did!

Reading Goals

1. Work on reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

5. Read Chances by Jackie Collins for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Lucky by Jackie Collins for Peter’s Book Club

7. Read Hunger by Roxane Gay for Mini Book Club

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash for Camp NaNo (15K)

 

I feel I did pretty good on my reading goals even though I’m still struggling to get back into The Count of Monte Cristo and didn’t get to Hunger because it took me a while to get it from the library. After finishing Chances, I decided not to continue with Lucky. I may revisit Lucky in the future but I’m definitely not in the mood for it. I liked Chances, but it had a lot of unnecessary filler and took me over three weeks to read.

I exceeded my goal for Camp NaNo and have managed to keep working on the Recaps so I’m happy about that.

 

Here are my goals for August:

Reading Goals

1. Work on reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read Hunger by Roxanne Gay for Mini Book Club

5. Read White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

7. Read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

8. Participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Read-a-thon

9. Participate in Booktube-a-thon

 

Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash 

 

 

What goals did you accomplish so far this year or are there any you have for August? I would love to hear them!

 

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 Week 2-4 & Conclusion

 

Hey guys, apologies for the lack of updates. The truth is, I wrote nothing during Week 2 or 3 so it seemed a bit pointless to update. But then, on July 20th, I went to my first music concert (Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling), which then inspired me to listen to their songs the week after. I remembered my Spotify playlist for The Birthday Bash since I had both bands songs on it and just like that, I was writing during the last week.

 

Here’s my stats so you can see just how much I accomplished within a week!

 

Words Written During Week 4: 11,091!

Total WC Goal: 15,000.

Total Words Written: 18,167!

 

This time around instead of writing per day I seemed to get around 4K done within a single day whenever the mood struck. I did about three days of writing during the last week. I am beyond thrilled that I met and exceeded my goal. My hope is to continue editing the rest of the book until it’s time for NaNoWriMo.

 

How did your Camp NaNo novel go? I hope you at least had fun with it!