October Writing & Reading Goals Check (November Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR OCTOBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dracula for my classic book
✓ Work on The Birthday Bash edit/re-write
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts screenplay
✓ Read Vicious (PLL)
✓ Read Hotel Ruby
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rage Within or Rooms
✓ Participate in #Goosebumps-along
✓ Participate in #Spookathon
Do Book Pics

 

October ended up being pretty hectic so I’m proud of the goals I managed to get accomplished. I am disappointed that I didn’t get a Harry Potter read in but I guess I’ll just have to do two next month or for December!

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR NOVEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my classic book
✓ Write So Much Rage for NaNoWriMo
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay
✓ Read Sister’s Fate
✓ Read Rage Within
✓ Read The Dead House
✓ Read Knee-High Lies for review
✓ Read Game
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for October? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

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Spook-A-Thon 2017 Results

Last week I participated in Spook-a-thon, a week-long readathon featuring spooky books. It was a pretty busy week for me due to work and being out of town over the weekend, but I’m still happy with my results for my first readathon. It’s more than I typically read so that is always good.

Here’s a reminder of my original TBR

 

DAY 1: MON, OCT 16

For my first day, I read 170 pages of Vicious by Sara Shepard. Nerds were my snack of choice throughout the readathon.

 

DAY 2: TUES, OCT 17

On the second day, I read another 168 pages of Vicious and finished the book for my Read A Thriller challenge. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars. With it, I finally finished the Pretty Little Liars series. The conclusion was satisfying. Will be interesting to see how the show ends (I’m on season 5 of that).

I also started Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine and read the first two chapters (twelve pages). So I read a total of 180 pages for Day 2.

 

DAY 3: WEDS, OCT 18

I read 107 pages of Goosebumps: Ghost Beach and completed it for my Childhood Fear challenge. I rated it 5 stars. I also completed this for my third book for Goosebumpsalong.

 

 I also started I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and read 40 pages of it. So I read 147 pages total.

DAY 4: THURS, OCT 19

I read 80 pages of I Hunt Killers, putting me at a third of the way through.

DAY 5: FRI, OCT 20

This was my husband’s birthday and we had plans to go to a haunted theme park attraction right after I got off work so I only read 49 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 6: SAT, OCT 21

My in-laws and husband took me to our State Fair and we went by train so I got some reading done on it. Read 175 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 7: SUN, OCT 22

I read 17 pages of I Hunt Killers and finished it for my Spooky Word in the Title Challenge! Hunt, Killers. It was a re-read for me but I ended up liking it even better this time around so I rated it 4.5 stars.
I felt super unmotivated to read by this point (wanted to catch up on American Horror Story) but I started Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young and read the first chapter (23 pages). So I read a total of 40 pages.

Overall, I finished 3 Books, completed 3 Challenges, and read 841 pages!

 

I’m happy with my results for my first readathon and can’t wait to attempt another one. If you did Spook-a-thon, how did you do?

 

jnc

 

 

My Spook-A-Thon 2017 TBR

This year I have decided to join Spook-a-thon, a read-a-thon that lasts a week. This will be my first time doing a week long read-a-thon and I am excited to see how much I can read in a week. There is still time to plan so if this sounds fun to you, here is the announcement video!

Spook-a-thon 2017 is being held from October 16th–22nd. There are five challenges that you can attempt and also a photo challenge on Instagram. I have decided to attempt all five challenges.

My TBR:

1. Read A Thriller: Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16?) by Sara Shepard. I was planning to read this anyway so this it perfect. I am so happy to finally be about done with this series. The books are fun but there are seriously way too many books!

2. Read A Book With A Spooky Word in The Title: I’m going to re-read I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga so I can finish the trilogy this year.

3. Read A Book That Deals With A Childhood Fear: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine. I’m also reading this for Richard’s Goosebumps-a-long! I used to live in a house that I am pretty sure had some kind of ghost activity in it and the idea of ghosts used to freak me out as a kid.

4. Read A Book With A Spooky Setting: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young is supposed to take place in a haunted hotel so that seems pretty spooky to me. Someone once compared my book, Evil in the Walls, to this so I am intrigued to read it. Haunted hotels are usually a win for me.

5. Read A Book With Orange On The Cover: Dracula by Bram Stoker. I planned to read this for my classic anyway and maybe it’s hard to tell from this picture, but the front cover has some yellow-orange on it.

 

So there’s my Spook-a-thon TBR! I am excited for my first read-a-thon. Halloween is my favorite and I celebrate all month long so I am here for the spooky reads! If you are participating, what are you planning to read?

 

jnc

September Writing & Reading Goals Check (October Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Hamlet for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Tales of Beedle the Bard
✓ Read Ali’s Pretty Little Lies
✓ Read Star Cursed
✓ Read Afterparty
✓ Read Meg
✓ Participate in #PitMad on Sept 7
Do Book Pics

I did pretty great with this month’s goals. The only thing I didn’t get to was reading Afterparty.

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR OCTOBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dracula for my classic book
✓ Work on The Birthday Bash edit/re-write
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts screenplay
✓ Read Vicious (PLL)
✓ Read Hotel Ruby
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rage Within or Rooms
✓ Participate in #Goosebumps-along
✓ Participate in #Spookathon
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! I’m so pumped for October and Halloween! Did you have any goals for September? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

August Writing & Reading Goals Check (September Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR AUGUST

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Jungle Book for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rebel Heart (Dust Lands)
✓ Read I’ll Give You the Sun
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them handbook
✓ Participate in Pitch Wars
Do Book Pics

I feel I did pretty good with this month’s goals. I’ve started editing Whispertown with my beta reader’s edits and sent out the first chapter to another potential reader. I finally read The Wrath and the Dawn and I loved it! I plan to get to I Hunt Killers (accidentally had that as I Heart Killers, ugh) by October at least.

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Hamlet for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Tales of Beedle the Bard
✓ Read Ali’s Pretty Little Lies
✓ Read Star Cursed
✓ Read Afterparty
✓ Read Meg
✓ Participate in #PitMad on Sept 7
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for August? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

July Writing & Reading Goals Check (August Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR JULY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Two Towers for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read Red Blood Road
✓ Read Vicious by V.E. Schwab
✓  Do Book Pics

I feel I did pretty good with this month’s goals even though I still haven’t gotten to The Wrath and the Dawn. That will be my next read for sure. And even though I haven’t done my Book Pics yet, I plan to do them tomorrow so I will be able to to mark that one off too. I got the rest of the books on my list read and actually managed to finish editing all 51K of Whispertown so I am very proud of myself this month.

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR AUGUST

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Jungle Book for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read I Heart Killers
✓ Read Rebel Heart (Dust Lands)
✓ Read I’ll Give You the Sun
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them handbook
✓ Participate in Pitch Wars
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for July? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

June Writing & Reading Goals Check (July Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR JUNE:

✓ Read at least six books
✓ Read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for my classic book
✓  Work on Whispertown re-write
✓  Read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
✓  Read My Sweet Audrina
✓  Read Blood Red Road
✓  Read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
✓  Do #PitMad on June 8
✓  Finish Six of Crows
✓  Do Book Pics

It’s been a very hectic month but I’m glad I at least got this far. Guess I will have to tackle some of these goals later on!

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR JULY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Two Towers for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read Red Blood Road
✓ Read Vicious by V.E. Schwab
✓  Do Book Pics

 

If I have time, I might read and do a re-cap of Whitefern by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman). But only if I finish everything else.

 

What were your goals for June? Did you meet any of them? What are your plans for July?

 

jnc