Top Ten 2016 Releases Still on my TBR

Hey friends! It’s time for my first Top Ten Tuesday of the year. Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten 2016 Releases Still on my TBR. I read a lot of books last year. However, there were a lot of releases that I didn’t get to. In no particular order, here are the ones I hope to read in the coming months.

10. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

I loved Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything and just know that I will love this novel as well. Plus, take a look at that cover! That’s a work of art in and of itself! Continue reading

Monday Motivation: August Goals

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Last month was a very productive month for me writing wise!

I set a goal of 15k words for Camp NaNoWriMo and began writing draft 2 of The Source CNW_Winner_555-1Chronicles. Without that goal I would have never gotten as far as I did.

If you don’t know this about me by now, I am big into making goals for myself and creating to-do lists. It’s how I got through college and even afterward, it helps me to organize my thoughts so that I can get stuff done.

One of my favorite Author-Youtubers, Jenna Moreci made a video not long ago about Quarterly Writing Goals. It made me realize that having those longer-term goals to complete in a 3 month period might help me visualize how much I can accomplish in that length of time. Since we’re a month into the 3rd Quarter of 2016 (yikes), I’m not going to make any quarterly goals. But I am going to make a list of 5-7 goals I would like to work towards in August.

Goals for August:

  1. Revise and send 2-3 chapters of The Source Chronicles a week to my  critique partners. (Another 15-20 k added to current word count of 15k).
  2. Query 10 literary agents with The Girl in the Glass Coffin (2-3 a week)
  3. Blog at least 3 times a week— this one will likely be one of the most difficult for me, as I’ve gotten out of the habit of blogging.
  4. Read 4 books
  5. Exercise 3 times a week
  6. Journal more

So there ya have it! Things for me to accomplish within the next month. And I think I can do them all too!

What are your reading and/or writing goals for August? Let me know down in the comments.

What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

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What I’m Reading…

So, this section is becoming more and more chaotic by the day, but I’m reading quite a bit right now. Some of it is for school (things that my students are or will be reading), and some of it is for my own personal reading. So until the end of the school year, I’m going to break it down and let you know what titles I’m reading in both areas of my life! Continue reading

March Wrap Up!

March Wrap UpI didn’t post at all in March, but I did read a lot of books. Eight books to be exact! So since I have been too crazy and busy to post full length reviews, check out these awesome mini-reviews in my March Wrap Up!

My rating system works as follows: a scale of 1-5 hearts, 5 being the highest meaning I absolutely loved the book, and 1 being the lowest meaning I didn’t like the book at all.

  1. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

14061957I read the first two books in this trilogy last year and finally picked up the last book. I found Ruin and Rising to be an interesting ending to this fantasy adventure. While Alina sometimes grated on my nerves, I really liked the emotional journey that she undertook in this book. It wasn’t my favorite in the trilogy (#1 was) but I really liked it.

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥

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What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Yay it’s Wednesday— it’s hump day and I get to talk to all of you about what I’m reading and writing this week! This is a weekly feature on Amanda’s Nose in a Book that is my own personal spin on WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words and My Week in Books hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

What I’m Reading

I just finished…

LibraryOfSouls_final_300dpiLibrary of Souls by Ransom Riggs, the third book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy. It was good, but honestly not as epic as I was expecting. Library of Souls has plenty of action, romance, and conflict but there were parts that I just wasn’t feeling. Continue reading

Top 10 Unfinished Series

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is a freebie so I’ve decided to talk about last week’s theme. Top 10 Unfinished Series. I love series and trilogies, but often have to stop in the middle, or wait a while before finishing them. Here is my list of Top 10 Unfinished Series.

  1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

shadow-and-bone_hi-res-677x1024This is actually a trilogy that I plan on finishing this fall as I already took books one and two out of the library. I read book one last year and am currently re-reading it before continuing.

2. The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepherd

MMD+final+cover+hi-resI read the first two books in this trilogy but haven’t been able to get book three out of the library. Continue reading

To use WattPad, or not to use WattPad..

Today, while scrolling through my Twitter feed I came across a link to a chapter of Midheaven by Rebecca Taylor that had been posted on WattPad.

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Using WattPad is something that I have been toying with for a while. I’ve read Rebecca’s first book in this series, Ascendant and was aware that she used WattPad when writing her second book The Immaculate Grace of Carmen Espinosa.

My biggest question was: as a currently unpublished author, would WattPad be a good tool for me to use if I’m not sure which publishing route I would like to take.

Rebecca invited me to email her my questions, which of course I did!

“Hello Rebecca,

Thanks for your offer to help me out with Wattpad! My first novel, The Girl in the Glass Coffin is in it’s (hopefully) final stages of drafting/editing/ and polishing and I was wondering if posting a chapter or two on WattPad would be helpful.

I’m honestly not sure what kind of publishing route I’m hoping to take with this book, but I know a lot of agents and small publishing houses won’t take submissions that are published elsewhere.

Any advice or suggestions would be helpful. I’m really new to all of this and there is so much conflicting information out there on the subject.”

And her response was so helpful!!! See what Rebecca Taylor has to say on the subject !!!

Read my review of Rebecca’s first novel, Ascendant here

You can read the first 3 Chapters of the sequel, Midheaven on Wattpad!