This month was a bit of a busy one which was to be expected. From participating in Camp NaNoWriMo all the way to the last minute decision to join in BookTube-A-Thon, I had a pretty busy month.
It’s definitely taught me a lot about time management and how I can better schedule myself in the further months to come. I did make an improvement to the amount I read, from one to two! I’ve almost finished Crooked Kingdom so I could include it in this but I won’t. I do slightly blame my low read count due to Camp since it was my main priority this month. But now that it’s August, my main focus is reading (and finishing this first draft).
I do slightly blame my low read count due to Camp since it was my main priority this month. But now that it’s August, my main focus is reading (and finishing this first draft).
The books I read this month were:
Six of Crows
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
milk & honey
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
In terms of writing, I managed to successfully complete my goal of 35,000 words this month with 42,726 words. If I can somehow improve my writing quantity this month, I might be able to reach my manuscript goal of 95,000-115,000 words. There’s a 20k gap just in case something that I HAVE to include suddenly pops into my mind. Secondly, I’ve managed to nearly complete my Creative Writing Course with just a 1000 word short story to write.
There was also something massive that happened this month! I came up with a new story idea called Throne for the Undead, which I’ve now added to my Current Projects page. I don’t want to reveal much about it yet since I also hope to publish this story too.
Throne for the Undead is about a Princess who is brought back from the dead two years after her assassination. After discovering that her little brother committed the act and is now seated upon the throne, the Princess seeks vengeance for her own death. But, what this princess may have brought back with her might forsake not only her kingdom but the world too. There was a lot of positive responses over on my Instagram about this story, so I’m so excited to write it! (I’d like to thank my best friend, Tia for asking me 284924 to expand my plot and world too.)
I’ve posted a total of 5 posts in July, which from the amount I wanted to post, was only 1/3. However, I think it’s definitely a learning experience for me with fitting blogging into my schedule. So, at the end of July, I sat myself down and had a very honest discussion with myself about what I wanted to do from this moment on in terms of my blog. I’ve set some goals for myself for August and they’ll definitely help me improve the rate in which I post blog posts. It’s time to power up!
This is your chance to read posts that you haven’t managed to read so far this month! I’ve had a lot of fun writing these posts and also taking part in my first Beautiful People, something which I feel I’ll be continuing on this blog! I also want to try and find a way to answer tags that I’ve been tagged in without cluttering my blog feed. (Perhaps a once-a-month tag post?)
This month on Instagram was amazing! I managed to reach 1000 followers which was astounding and I became a rep for illumicrate which is a book subscription box tailored to YA readers. It’s such an extraordinary opportunity for me to share lovely boxes full of goodies and offer you the chance to purchase one at a discounted price! Here are some things you should know about illumicrate:
- They are a quarterly box, so boxes are once every three months. After August, it will be November when the next box is released.
- If you’re in the UK, you get free shipping! International shipping ranges from £4.99 – £14.99 which isn’t that bad at all.
- If you want a 10% discount, you can use the code JOEL10! <3
These are all of the books that I plan to read in the month of August which consists of my unfinished TBR from BookTube-A-Thon and also a few reads that I want to get done before I go back to school! I’m hoping to read as much as I can, with a dream goal of 15 books this month!
I have four anticipated releases this month, with one that I get to do a special post on my blog with an author interview! I’m also quite excited about these releases due to the amount they’ve been recommended by some of my friends as well!
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Release Date: August 8th
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?
Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Release Date: August 15th
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
Release Date: August 15th
We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.
Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.
I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.
Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.
For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.
To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?
Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
Release Date: August 31st
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.
The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
This month, my main goal is to finish my first draft of A Mirror of Smoke. Once I’ve finished that, I think I’ll take a break to develop Throne for the Undead before editing AMoS. You should follow the hashtag #AMirrorOfSmoke on Twitter for regular updates on my novel and it’s progress! There isn’t one for Throne yet but I might have to shorten it to #TftU for character space, haha!
I need to create more character aesthetics too for some new characters that I want you to meet! 😀
What are you planning to read and write this month? Do you have any anticipated releases for August?
Also, I am planning a Q&A post based on my novels and writing so I’d love to see some questions in the comments!