May Writing & Reading Goals Check (June 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 MAY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dandelion Wine for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
✓ Read Web of Dreams
✓ Read Stars Above
✓ Read Six of Crows
✓ Read The Forbidden Wish
✓  Do Book Pics
Web of Dreams recap

The only thing I finished for Whispertown was a new cover, which I reveal later on. I started Six of Crows near the end of the month but didn’t get too far so I guess I’ll finish that one for June. I planned to do my Book Pics today but I ended up having to cancel them for now. I’m hoping to finish them in a few days, though.

Here’s my goals for next month:

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

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

 

jnc

 

 

April Writing & Reading Goals Check (May 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 APRIL:

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Peter Pan for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my TBR
✓ Read Gates of Paradise for my TBR
✓ Read The Crown for my TBR
✓ Read Toxic (PLL) for my TBR
✓ Finish Creeper for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Do Book Pics
Do Gates of Paradise Recap for blog

I’m still in the process of finishing up my Gates of Paradise Recaps but since I’ve started, I decided to cross that goal off. I’m a bit behind on posts because of Camp NaNoWriMo. I am pretty amazed that I managed to get everything I wanted done this month.

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR MAY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dandelion Wine for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
✓ Read Web of Dreams
✓ Read Stars Above
✓ Read Six of Crows
✓ Read The Forbidden Wish
✓  Do Book Pics
Web of Dreams recap

 

I’m going to mostly work on reading this month, though I feel like it would be a good time to work on Whispertown considering the subject matter.

 

What were your goals for April? Did you meet any of them? What are your plans for May?

 

jnc

 

 

March Writing & Reading Goals Check (April 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 MARCH:

 

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Little Women for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban for my TBR
✓ Read The Heir for my TBR
✓ Read Deadly (Pretty Little Liars) for my TBR
✓ Read Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews for my TBR
✓ Read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for my TBR
✓ Do book pictures for the month
✓ Work on Creeper re-write
✓ Participate in #PitMad on 23rd

 

I did great with my reading goals and actually ended up reading 8 books! I haven’t been doing so hot with writing this year but I am hoping to change that in April.

GOALS FOR APRIL:
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Peter Pan for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my TBR
✓ Read Gates of Paradise for my TBR
✓ Read The Crown for my TBR
✓ Read Toxic (PLL) for my TBR
✓ Finish Creeper for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Do Book Pics
Do Gates of Paradise Recap for blog

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for March? Is anyone else participating in Camp NaNo?

 

 

 

 

Love-A-Thon 2017

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This year I decided I would sign up for this event called Love-A-Thon. It will be hosted from February 18th to the 20th and is basically a way for book lovers with blogs, Instagram, Twitter, Booktube, and the like to connect to one another and share some love. I’m very excited to be a part of it and to also meet new people!

While I will be going out of town unexpectedly on Saturday, I am still going to try and do some challenges and visit other people’s social media platforms whenever I’m able. I’ll probably be more active Sunday afternoon and Monday. This event is being hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy.

To kick off Love-A-Thon, I will be answering a questionnaire so new visitors (and also my regular subscribers) will learn more about me! Make sure to also follow me on Instagram @ceruleananimation as that is most likely where I will be lurking for this event when I’m not visiting blogs.

 

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An Introduction to You and Your Blog

1. What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from?

I go by many names. My pen name is J.N. Cahill and real name is Jennifer but I prefer people to call me Jen. I am blogging from a little city in Southern North Carolina, USA.

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2. Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?

I have always liked books even before I could read them, probably because children’s books also contain art, another of my loves. However, I have always loved stories and I remember learning to read for myself by the time I was four. My grandmother helped me learn from repetitive reading (so much that she eventually recorded herself reading aloud for me to play in order to save her voice). I’ve been a voracious reader since.

3. How did you get involved in the online book community?

In high school, when the internet was still forming and Youtube, Twitter, and even Facebook didn’t exist, I started with online V.C. Andrews Roleplaying through Yahoo Groups as well as posting stories on Fanfiction.net.

Eventually I started this blog to share my love for books and to also track my writing progress. I also have a Twitter, though I admit I am not a frequent user, though I do enjoy Instagram and am fairly active. I can also be seen commenting on Booktube channels and have made friends with other readers and writers on all social media platforms, which is awesome.

4. How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?

I wanted a place where I could talk about books and a blog seemed like the best option. My blog name is pretty simple–my pen name, along with what I write (YA Contemporary and Horror, unpublished but working on it).

5. What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?

I love how friendly most everyone is and also how excited they get about books and interacting with other book lovers. I have found so many awesome books thanks to them and enjoy recommending them back.  It’s also a lovely thing when you find someone with similar tastes to yours or can gush/rant about a book you’ve all read.

6. What sort of posts can readers expect from you?

I do a mix of reading and writing posts, though my main focus lately has mostly been on reading. I do book photography wrap-ups as well as reading and writing goals each month. Occasionally I will compare a book with a film or TV adaptation or complete a book tag. So mainly what I’ve been reading or writing.

7. What book genres do you talk about most?

Definitely YA. Usually YA Horror, Contemporary, Fantasy, or Classics.

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1. Favorite food? Beverage?

Crab legs or pizza–don’t make me decide. Dr. Pepper.

2. Favorite color?

Blue, particularly cerulean blue. I’ve been obsessed with cerulean blue since I was a kid and discovered the cerulean crayon. It’s my favorite shade of blue and I also love the word so I’ve been known to use it quite a bit. Maybe that explains my Instagram name a little better now.

3. Favorite things to do apart from reading?

Writing, Crafts, Scrapbooking, Swimming, Watching TV or Movies, Organizing, Spending time with my husband, friends, our furbabies.

4. Favorite tv shows?

So many but I’ll try to narrow it down. American Gothic (from the 90s) has always been one of my top favorites. I also love American Horror Story, The Golden Girls, Unsolved Mysteries, Forensic Files, The Grand Tour, Veronica Mars, Goosebumps, and Roswell.

5. Favorite movies?

Another I’ll try to narrow down. Jaws, The Breakfast Club, Cruel Intentions, Labyrinth, The Lion King, The Holiday, and Village of the Damned (1995 version).

6. Favorite musical artists?

Linkin Park, The Birthday Massacre, Lindsey Sterling, Lin-Manuel Miranda (and basically the entire cast of Hamilton), John Williams.

7. Favorite places to shop?

Dollar Tree, Goodwill, Michael’s, Book Outlet, Target, Bath & Body Works, Lush.

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1. Favorite childhood books?

Rainbow Fish, Harry Potter, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Giver, The Face on the Milk Carton, The Westing Game, Six-Dinner Sid, Go Dog Go, and the Goosebumps/Fear Street/Ghosts of Fear Street/Bone Chiller series.

2. Favorite books read in the last five years?

Duma Key by Stephen King, Speak & Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Merciless by Danielle Vega, The Gone series by Michael Grant, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Without Tess by Marcella Pixley, Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. I could keep going.

3. Favorite genres?

YA Contempory, YA Horror, Adult Horror. Fantasy/YA Fantasy has been growing on me recently though.

4. Underrated book, series or author you love?

I always feel like the Gone series by Michael Grant are kind of underrated. It seriously took me one day to devour the first book and then it was torture waiting on the rest, which took about a year per book.

5. A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?

I think the Jasper Dent books by Barry Lyga or The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood would make a cool TV show. I’m really hoping that the Heaven movie based on the book by V.C. Andrews will continue onto production. The Merciless would make a cool horror movie.

6. Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?

Troy Tatteron for Book BF, hands down. Book BFF would have to be Hermione  Granger or Luna Lovegood. Book Family would be the Weasleys.

7. Books you want to read in 2017?

Definitely Six of Crows, The Wrath and the Dawn, This is Our Story, Slice of Cherry, I’ll Give You the Sun, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Meg, Fangirl, Jane Steele, Hotel Ruby, and many, many more.

If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Leave me some facts about yourself in the comments so we can get to know one another!

jnc

Books in November 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In November I read eight!

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Favorite: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Classic: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Least Liked: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk


I also loved Labyrinth Tales. Uses For Boys was pretty good, The Elite was good, and Delirium Stories & The Fever were OK.

 

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My favorite read for November 2016.

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My classic read for November 2016.

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I am a huge Labyrinth fan so I loved this one as well.

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What did you read in November and what were your favorites?

 

jnc

Books in September 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In September, I read eleven!

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My birthday is September and the birth stone is sapphire, which is my favorite gemstone and color so I thought it would be fun to do blue books for this month.

 


Favorite: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Classic: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Least Liked: I Know It’s Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

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I really enjoyed the 4th One Piece manga, both Animorphs books, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Gilt Hollow. Into the Wild, The Raft, Don’t Stay Up Late, and I Know It’s Over were okay, but probably not books I’d ever read again.

 

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My favorite read for September 2016.

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My classic read for September 2016.

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Review book for September.

What did you read in September and what were your favorites?

 

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 Lord of the Flies for my classic book
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper
✓ Start The Infernal Devices trilogy for my TBR
✓ Participate in Pitch Wars
✓ do book pictures for the month

I accomplished most of my goals for the month but I seem to be struggling with the editing of Creeper this year, but I have gotten through at least a third of that part. My main focus for September will be to finally finish it up so I can get to writing the final part for that book.

I also have my book pictures done really early and will be doing a post on that in a few days. At least I seem to be killing my reading goals off well–I started and finished The Infernal Devices so that’s another series to cross off my 2016 TBR!

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER

✓ Read The Little Prince for my classic book
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper (MUST FINISH!)
✓ Read The Raft for my TBR
✓ Read Into the Wild for my TBR
✓ Read Cress for my TBR
✓ Participate in #PitMad
✓ do book pictures for the month

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for August?

jnc