JULY & AUGUST WRAP UP: ATLA Readathon, and writing updates!

Mabuhay, friends!

My last monthly wrap up post was in April.

To be fair, who knows what time is anymore, right?

August had been another month of changes and confrontations with myself; it was a month where I had to figure out my priorities and what I valued. Everything has been an almost mess since the clock rolled in to 2020 and though I have been feeling the pressure of it everyday, I think, it’s finally come to a tipping point.

There are too many things on my plate right now; I find my thoughts constantly flitting away from me and I am either being too tired to work and overworking myself. My balance is skewed.

I need a moment, maybe more, to catch my breath.

On Writing

๐Ÿ’ป Over the past weeks, I’ve been getting feedback on my current WIP! This is the first book that I’ve ever shown people! Being able to read all their thoughtful and helpful comments has been very uplifting! The more feedback I get the more faith I continue to grow with my book.

๐Ÿ’ปOver the next few weeks, I’ll be collating and analysing the feedback I’ve received so I can make a few changes to the book. Once this is done, I plan on sending it off to another set of beta-readers and with a focus on Filipino readers. I assume the re-write and fixing the plot would take me two to three months.

๐Ÿ’ป While I do this, I will start to work on my query letter.

IN MY LIFE

๐ŸŒธ N and I celebrated our one year anniversary a few days ago!

๐ŸŒธ I’ve been going on a lot more hikes and long walks recently. Being out in a bit sun has helped a lot with improving my mental health. Speaking of which, I am planning to get back into bullet journalling, so let’s see how that goes.

Do take the time to constantly educate yourself on what’s happening in the world by checking out this get informed carrd or this current info carrd.

Books Read in August

๐Ÿ“š The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang dazzled me with its world-building. I love how the author blended science and magic when describing how the magic worked. I just didn’t like that this novella continued to have huge time skips which ruined the atmosphere a bit.

๐ŸŒธ My review for The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang

๐Ÿ“š The Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang is book two in the Tensorate series. This novella was a wild ride! Book two is from the perspective of Mokoya and her struggles as she grieved. I highly recommend picking up this book, for one, it has a beautiful and healthy portrayal of polyamory, and it explores the extremities of grief.

๐ŸŒธ My review for The Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang

๐Ÿ“š The White Girl by Tony Birch is the first Australian Indigenous author I’ve read! It’s books like these why I love reading historical fiction.

๐ŸŒธ My review for The White Girl by Tony Birch

๐Ÿ“š Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore is my first read from the author and I absolutely loved it!! The writing and characters were also so lovely! The beautiful queer relationship, the history and love for culture, and just overall atmosphere was amazingly created.

๐Ÿ“š The Dragonfly Oath by Jordan Rivet is the final book in the Watermight series. I would describe this series as a mix of ATLA inspired magic and dragons! Reading the final book was quite bittersweet as I had enjoyed following the characters.

Currently Reading

๐Ÿ“š The Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

๐Ÿ“š Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

ATLA Reading Challenge: I completed two out of the five challenges.

Goodreads Challenge: 30 out of 50 books (3 books behind schedule)

On The Blog – JULY TO AUG

Writing

๐Ÿ“ In Conversation with Abby Arthur

๐Ÿ“ IN CONVERSATION WITH MAGGIE HUMM: Re-writing A Beloved Character โ€“ The Constraints and Freedom of Retellings

๐Ÿ“ Writing Advice That Hasn’t Worked for Me

Book Reviews

๐Ÿ“š Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

๐Ÿ“š The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

๐Ÿ“š The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

๐Ÿ“š With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

๐Ÿ“š The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Book Discussions

๐Ÿ’ป New (To Me) Authors Who Are Worrying My TBR

๐Ÿ’ป Bookish Things That Make Me Smile

๐Ÿ’ป Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

๐Ÿ’ป Avatar The Last Page Turned Readathon TBR

Around The Blogosphere

Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane of Books shares some thoughts on fake engagement in blogging and provides some advice on building genuine connections.

Kate @ Your Tita Kate tells us how to make friends in the bookish community.

Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm shared 15 random book recommendations!

Fadwa @ Word Wonders shares 10 things that makes them fall in love plus some book recommendations!

Nandini @ Novels & Nebulas, Vee @ Vanshikaโ€™s Books and Krisha @ Bookathon collaborated to create THE POPPY WAR BOOK TAG!

BOOK REVIEWS

Lili @ Utopia State of Mind reviews the highly anticipated Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.

Lea @ We Have No Apologies reviews a favourite of mine: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.

CW @ The Quiet Pond shares their review on Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights.

Paws and Paperbacks reviews Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles.

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd writes a letter to The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

๐ŸŒธ What has been your favourite moment of August?

๐ŸŒธ Which book are you looking forward to reading this month?

๐ŸŒธ Are you joining any readathons?

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8 thoughts on “JULY & AUGUST WRAP UP: ATLA Readathon, and writing updates!

  1. Nicole Evans says:

    Congrats on sending your book out for feedback! It is always a terrifying process, but I am so glad that you not only got some good feedback to utilize, but your confidence grew in the process. Good luck with edits! ๐Ÿ™‚

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