It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (And other updates)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (And other updates)

Hello reading friends! It’s a new week, which means it’s time to review last week and set my goals for this week. I always love reflecting, even if most of the time I look back on the week and ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING I set out to…but I also have to focus on what I DID ACCOMPLISH and usually end up being proud anyway.

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Books I Finished

I finished 1 MG, 1 YA and 1 Adult book-a very well-balanced reading meal I suppose!

Here are my thoughts on each:

Middle Grade

Miles Morales SuspendedMiles Morales Suspended by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved being in this world with Miles Morales at school. It was a lot of fun learning more about him as a student, as a human, and also having other characters come into play. I really loved the poetry mixed with prose-it kept the pacing moving really nicely.

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Young Adult

Spy x Family, Vol. 2 (Spy × Family, #2)Spy x Family, Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This spy story is pretty funny and I look forward to seeing what happens next!

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy, #1)My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What. A. Horror. Book! Oh my goodness. I loved Jade, the protagonist and how you just weren’t sure about her the entire book. The ending…be ready. Let me tell you. Just be ready.

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My favorite read of these 3? Definitely MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW. I have been on a horror kick and this book had everything I’ve been wanting! Perfect slasher book.

Option Pile

Here are the books I hope to pick up this week (and maybe even finish)!

I just got YELLOWFACE from the library and am so excited for this book, so it is a priority.

I am reading BATTLE DRAGONS with my daughter and it is pretty amazing.

A LITTLE LIFE-I have been reading this one for several weeks and it is definitely one I am going to just read slowly and enjoy. It’s a lot…and I like it, but I am not turning pages quickly. Plus, it’s a lot of pages!

PRETTY GIRLS and IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME I foresee finishing this week. Both are moving quickly.

STORY GENIUS I hope to read 2 chapters this week!

DRAGON REPUBLIC I am listening on audio and enjoying, but it’s a long one!

THE TAKEOUT I also see myself finishing, I think my kindle said I have 30 minutes left! It’s a really great read so far too.

Writing Life

In my writing life…I am making some progress! My current goal is to write for 12 minutes. Every day I write at least 12 minutes I earn a sticker (lol) and for each 120 minutes I earn a fancy pen! My stickers are a lot of fun I think too. Here is the one I earned for yesterday. I completed my origin story for my MC (from Story Genius)

Last week I attended a WRITING BRAVE SUMMIT and it was so motivating, so I am ready to get back into it. I hope to write a few poems and rearrange a few in my draft (I am writing a novel in verse).

YouTube Life

I recently interviewed Maura Jortner, author of a middle grade coming out TOMORROW called 102 DAYS OF LYING ABOUT LAUREN and I had a blast. I also have a LIVE DRAW OFF this Saturday with MG fantasy authors which I know will be a blast! I hope to see you there.

You can also visit the Legit KidLit twitter and Instagram to win a copy of Maura’s new book.

I would love to hear how your week went and what you hope for this week! Take care of yourself and of course, happy reading!

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