The Month of Camp NaNo
July Recap & August Plans

July Recap

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!

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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

August Plans
August TBR

july tbr

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!

Anticipated Releases

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! 😀

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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!

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  • Charlotte

    August 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Congrats on beating your word count! I hope you manage to reach the goal for your manuscript soon, too, and I have to say that I'm VERY intrigued by Throne for the Undead! And congrats on hitting 1000 instagram followers and becoming a rep, as well! July clearly was a good month for you, even if you didn't read as much as you wanted. Good luck for August :)

    • Joel Rochester
      to Charlotte

      August 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Charlotte and it's great to hear you're interested in Throne for the Undead! I'm hoping August will be a great month and good luck to you for August as well!

  • Ms. Victorious

    August 9, 2017 at 6:08 am

    July was such a busy month for me too. It was my first Camp NaNo ever and I had so much fun. I'm only three chapters away of completing the first draft of my current WIP, the first novel in a duology. It's a YA, dark fantasy fiction novel, some rough chapters of which I'm planning to upload on my blog. As for what I'm planning on reading, my August TBR has 15 books and I've just read 3 of them. I think I need to hurry! Thanks for the coupon code about Illumicrate! I was actually thinking about this particular subscription box! And finally, on what comes to new releases... GODSGRAVE is the book I'm craving for! Not an August release, but it's only a month away now and I'm running out of patience! Have a great day!

    • Joel Rochester
      to Ms. Victorious

      August 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      I'm so glad you had fun at your first Camp NaNo! It's a bit daunting at first but then you can really have fun with it. Also, congratulations on almost finishing your first draft! It's such a good feeling when you've finished it and then you realize you actually have to edit it too. xD But, it's so exciting to see you might be releasing some chapters on your blog! You're whizzing through this month already with 3 books read, that's great! And, Godsgrave is on my TBR along with Nevernight. I finished Nevernight but I forgot what happened since it was over a year ago when I read it xD I hope your month is full of wonders!

    • Ms. Victorious
      to Joel Rochester

      August 9, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Oh, the editing part... ???? it terrifies me! But I'm glad that for the first time one of my stories became solid enough to keep me writing! I've read Nevernight by the end of June but I'm gonna reread it, too, before jumping into the scarlet world of Godsgrave.

    • Joel Rochester
      to Ms. Victorious

      August 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Yes! I love it when stories become a project worth continuing, it's something that makes writing worth a lot more. Good luck with the reread too! :D

    • Ms. Victorious
      to Joel Rochester

      August 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      I know, right? Especially this one started out as a short story and now it's like 65k words long! Thanks! I'm still wondering if Tric is going to come back from the dead... ????

    • Joel Rochester
      to Ms. Victorious

      August 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Woah, that's exciting!

    • Ms. Victorious
      to Joel Rochester

      August 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      And also terrifying. But who cares? It's super fun! ☺️

    • Joel Rochester
      to Ms. Victorious

      August 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm


  • Solomon Sanders

    August 8, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Hey Joel, it's Solomon! I'm so glad to have found out you have a blog! And ohmygosh, I wish you the best of luck with Flame in the Mist. That one was just ... interesting. LOL

    • Joel Rochester
      to Solomon Sanders

      August 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Omg, hi Solomon! It's so good to see you here :D Ooh, I'm buddy reading Flame in the Mist too so we're all going to have our reactions at the ready hahaha!

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    August 8, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Ahh this is all so awesome! Congrats on being an illumicrate rep (I'm one too, eeep!) and YAY FOR ALL THE WRITING!! I had fun with Camp NaNo too, but I plan to do some writing this August as well.???? Also your new idea sounds FAB and I already adore the title.???? And sooo glad you liked Six of Crows. I have wayyyy to much love for that super clever plot + those sassy devious little thieves. BLESS THEM.

    • Joel Rochester
      to Cait @ Paper Fury

      August 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Rep Buddies for the win! You write so many words in a month, I'm jealous. One day, I hope to ascend to your level of productivity. Thank you so much for your words on my new idea, I can't wait to write it and Six of Crows was just so cute and badass, I couldn't stop reading!

  • May @ Forever and Everly

    August 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Omg your blog is SO AESTHETIC AGAGAGH. *heart eyes* I'm super excited for those releases as well! Especially Wicked Like a Wildfire and A Map for Wrecked Girls. Congrats on repping for Illumicrate -- that's so awesome! -- and also for surpassing your writing goal! Your new novel idea sounds great. And AGH SIX OF CROWS MY LOOOOOOVE.

    • Thank you so much, May! You're so kind with your words and I can't wait to read my anticipated too. We should definitely discuss them after we've read it and I hope you have an amazing August too!

  • Savannah

    August 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Throne for the Undead sounds so cool! Hope you enjoy WDMR and Gentleman's Guide! They're both great reads.

    • Joel Rochester
      to Savannah

      August 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Savannah! I can't wait to share more of Throne and now that you've said both reads are good, I'm more excited!

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