{Wrap Up} July 2017 – Week 1 Wrap Up!

This week has been a bit of an adjustment for me and my blog. As I said in my wrap up for the month of June, I was forsaking my normal Planned Reads posts that I have been doing on the first of the month. I found them too constraining as I moved into the month. Often my tastes for what I actually wanted to read would change a bit, and I think it was sort of throwing me into a slump to have to read the books I’d committed to.

So this month I’ve been trying something a bit new. I’m reading the things that call to me first, and then wrapping up my thoughts on the content at the end of each week. I also will be using these weekly posts to hold myself accountable to both my reading and reviewing goals, as well as my personal goals for writing.

Here we go!


What I Reviewed:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians III: The Titan’s Curse
by Rick Riordan
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Wandfasted (The Black Witch #0.5)
by Laurie Forestwf

If you haven’t checked out those reviews, click on the photos above to bring yourself over to them. This brings my total books read for the year up to 52 – which is currently one book ahead of schedule. I’m hoping I can keep up this pace!


What I’m Currently Reading:

Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy Book I)
By Robin Hobb
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I’m finally diving into my very first Robin Hobb book! I’ve been so looking forward to this. I’ve heard such wonderful things about her writing. I’m about 25% in at the moment and while it’s different than I expected I am enjoying it thus far!

(ARC) The Secrets She Keeps
by Michael Robotham
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You may or may not have noticed that I have been slowing down quite a bit lately with ARC reviews. It’s not that I don’t love them, because I really do! But I now have an incredible backlog of owned books I’m trying to work through, so I’ve forced myself to slow my roll and not request as many. This is one of the last ARCs I have currently approved through Edelweiss, and I’m so excited to dive back into another suspense thriller. I’m about 25% through this as well and lets just say that I’m having trouble setting this one down!


Books I Hauled:

I haven’t taken pictures of them yet for my instagram, because I’m too busy at the moment, but I did take home a very small haul this week!

The Night Angel Trilogy
by Brent Weeks

The copy I bought is actually a gigantic door-stopper that contains all three books: The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows. It clocks in at over 1000 pages and while I’m sure it’s a huge undertaking I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been reading a lot of Week’s articles on writing this week and thoroughly enjoyed him. Can’t wait to see what I make of the world he’s created!

I also picked up:

Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy Book II)
by Robin Hobb

I’m a completion-ist and already figure I’m going to enjoy the series enough to want to continue it, so having found a cheap copy of the second book I snatched it up right away.


Writing Update

I am still very much in the planning stages of a fantasy novel I’m writing, but because I know I tend to get bogged down in worldbuilding and don’t want that to become a productivity trap for myself, I’ve taken to using aspects of the world I’m building as writing prompts this past week. I’m setting my personal word goals really low each day, just trying to get some words out on paper.

It occurred to me this week that I need to keep better track of how much I’m writing each day, so I started an Excel spreadsheet on the 6th of this month just so I can chart my progress. Thus far I have written 1,595 words. I’m eager to see this number continue to grow and so, so excited I now have the time I’ve always wanted to nurture my desire to write.


How is your month going? Reading anything great? Writing anything? Let me know in the comments section below!

xoxo

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  1. Yeah, happy to see you are enjoying ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’ and already bought the second book 🙂
    I read the first part of the Night Angel Trilogy a few years ago and really liked it. Unfortunately I did never finish the second part because too many things annoyed me.. Hope you’re doing better with them!

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  2. Robbin Hobb!!! I have been thinking that I need to add fantasy into my reading and I hear so much about her. Perhaps I should start with one of her books. I want to read something that won’t make me turn back and never return so ….. once you’re done with this one let me know how it was or if you would recommend something different.

    Ana

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    1. I will definitely let you know Ana! I’m enjoying it thus far, but it seems a bit steep of an introduction into fantasy for a newbie. I might suggest something like Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. He’s often sold as a more palatable fantasy authors for readers of all ages, and that series was his first major fantasy series.

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