NaNoWriMo Week 1 & 2

 

November has been a very busy month so far with work (which is good) and a short vacation. My book started off pretty strong but I haven’t written in over a week. I am hoping to change that come this weekend. I have enjoyed what I’ve written so far, though, so there’s that! Lately I tend to write about 4-5K in a dedicated session so I feel like if I can get some of those going then I will be able to finish in time.

 

Word Goal: 50,000

Current Word Count: 10,473

Words Remaining: 39,527

Days Left: 15

 

How is your NaNoWriMo project going?

 

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NaNoWriMo 2018

Hey everyone, it’s that time again!

NaNoWriMo time!

I will be blogging my results each week or two depending on how things go. Here’s this year’s NaNo book!

 

Not My House

YA Horror/Thriller

A teenage girl pleads with her town to spare the life of a Bull shark that has taken the lives of several people, including her friends. A YA Jaws-esqe story with a conservation twist.

 

So what are you writing for NaNo? I would love to hear all about it!

 

October Goals Wrap-Up & November Goals 2018

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

Reading Goals

1. Read Devil in the White City by Eric Larson for Peter’s Book Club (I actually ended up DNFing this)

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 (unfortunately that was on my husband’s birthday)

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

 

I feel I did all right on my reading goals but didn’t get any of my writing goals done. October passed by in a blur like it always does. I did watch some pretty good Horror movies, though!

 

Here are my goals for November:

Reading Goals

1. Read Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger for Peter’s Book Club

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read for Read O Rama.

5. Read Crank or Slice of Cherry

6. Read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for my classic

 

Writing Goals

1. Finish my last VCA recap for the blog

2. Write for NaNoWriMo

 

 

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

 

Spookathon 2018

Last year I participated in a readathon in October called Spookathon. It’s hosted by Books and LaLa. The original video for this year’s announcement is here. Last year, I read 3 books and part of another. This year I was excited to participate again. There were 5 challenges and the readathon took place from October 15–October 21st.

 

My SPOOKATHON TBR & CHALLENGES

Thriller: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Book with Pictures: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Spooky Word in Title: Library of SOULS by Booktuber Richard Denney

Purple Cover: More Night Frights by J.B. Stamper

Set in Different Time Period: The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

 

DAY 1

I started my morning with some coffee in my spooky cup. I’m a freelance graphic designer who works from home so I decided to start the readathon with the audio version of The Couple Next Door.

I read up to page 134 on The Couple Next Door (audio and ebook) and page 12 of More Night Frights.

TOTAL PAGES READ: 146

 

DAY 2

Indulged myself with a hot cup of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and two toasted & buttered slices of pumpkin seed bread from Aldi’s for breakfast.

 

Finished More Night Frights. This is a book of spooky stories that I loved as a kid and still loved re-reading now. My only complaint is that I wanted some of the stories to be longer.

 

I got to page 208 of The Couple Next Door (audio and physical).

 

TOTAL PAGES READ: 130

 

DAY 3

 

I read another 100 pages & finished The Couple Next Door. I ended up giving it 4.5 stars. I also read 10 pages of More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

 

TOTAL PAGES READ: 110

 

DAY 4

 

This day ended up being really busy so I only got into 30 pages of The Midwich Cuckoos and another 10 pages of More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

 

TOTAL PAGES READ: 40

 

DAY 5

 

I read the last 60 pages and finished More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I listened to some of the stories via audio and read the physical for others. I ended up giving this one 3 stars.

 

TOTAL PAGES READ: 60

 

DAY 6

I read a whopping 11 pages of The Midwich Cuckoos. But it was my husband’s birthday so there’s that.

 

TOTAL PAGES READ: 11

DAY 7

 

I read the last 148 pages and finished The Midwich Cuckoos (which inspired the Village of the Damned movies). I gave it 3 stars.

 

TOTAL PAGES READ: 148

 

RESULTS

Total Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 655

 

THRILLER: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lepena–308 pages, 4.5 stars.

SPOOKY WORD IN TITLE & PURPLE ON COVER: More Night FRIGHTS by J.B. Stamper–68 pages, 5 stars.

PICTURES: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz–90 pages, 3 stars.

DIFFERENT TIME PERIOD: The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham–189 pages, 3 stars.

 

I had a blast doing Spookathon again and feel like I got more accomplished this time around. Even though I didn’t get to all five of my books, I was still able to double up on one of the challenges. Sadly I was too busy to do any sprints–one day it’s going to happen, though!

 

Did you participate in Spookathon? If so, how many books/pages did you read and how was it? I can’t wait until next year’s Spookathon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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!