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Bullet Journal Challenge: Everday and Tracking

One of my go-to layouts in my #writersbulletjournal is my #currentreads tracker. My daily goal for reading is to read at least twenty minutes a day. My monthly goal is to read 3-4 books a month. My goal for the year was 24 books. I started using this layout in January and I actually surpassed my goals in April! 🙌🏽 I never thought I’d get to read this much! I’m a stay-at-home and an aspiring writer, but reading has always been important to me. It benefits me both as a person and a writer, so I made a commitment to myself to read daily. I’ll admit, sometimes I meet just the twenty minutes. Sometimes I don’t and sometimes I go way past twenty minutes. .

There’s another part to my reading tracker that’s not featured and it’s called my Genre Tracker. In addition to reading every day, I also wanted to make sure that I read outside my comfort zone. I listed all the genres that I wanted to try this year and each month, I target a genre that I want to tackle. I’m sorry to say that I haven’t accomplished this goal. 😅Fantasy, I can’t quit you! 😩

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For writing, I’m not doing Nano, but instead I’m dedicating this month to rereading my draft to build up momentum again for the ending. I got close to the ending a couple of months ago (65k+ words), but I got discouraged because the story was going in a direction I had not imagined. For a planner girl like me, it was really hard coming to terms with the fact that I just had to let the story tell itself. So, this month my goal is to read 5 chapters a week of my WIP. I wrote on my WIP calendar which chapters I should be reading each week. Then I just mark on the day which chapter was read and make notes in my revision notebook.

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Featured also are my #currentreads at the moment. I’m enjoying this TBR SO much and having a blast buddy reading with Vicky @zoetzure, Natasha @shotmeinthebook and Syd @deertales!

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Interested in seeing more examples of my reading tracker? Check out my tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker. 

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#planwithmechallenge Everyday and Tracking 

WeeReader Interviews: Jennifer Santucci!

I was interviewed by the lovely Christine on her blog! I hope you enjoy it!

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This weekend I have an interview with the lovely Jennifer who I met through her gorgeous Bookstagram account! I have been following her writing progress over on Bookstagram and her blog for a while now, so I was overjoyed when she agreed to be on my blog! I hope you enjoy reading!

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On the slow pursuit of Overnight Success

Such a wonderful author who writes fantastic books! Thank you Victoria Schwab for not giving up!

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post over on Tumblr about success.

I’d just walked into a bookshop in Edinburgh, hoping, as many author do, to spot my own work tucked away somewhere on the shelf. When I found not one, but two major displays–a table stand and a wall runner–I stood very still, trying to make a memory, and then, realizing I couldn’t be counted on, I snapped a photo instead. The photo doesn’t do the feelings justice.

These days I see my name paired more and more with the words “overnight success”, and I’ve heard that the average overnight success takes 10 years. It’s taken me 9, so if that means I’m ahead of the curve, so be it.

I started writing when I was a kid, poetry mostly, didn’t try my hand at anything longer than a short story until I was in college. I wrote…

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Diversity in Harry Potter and Wider YA & MG Literature

A fantastic blog post about diversity in MG and YA lit through Harry Potter.

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This post is part of #PotterheadJuly, a month long countdown to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child run by Aentee at Read at Midnight. To check out the 84 other posts scheduled for the month, go here

Diversity in YA fiction is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I thought I would use diversity in Harry Potter and post series additions to talk about a wider issue in YA and Middle Grade fiction – lack of diversity, multiracial and cultural representation.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstagrams You Need to See

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

Bookstagrams You Need to See

I joined the Bookstagram community back in October of last year, before that I didn’t even know it existed! And now? I don’t go a day without posting and scrolling through my feed, it has become one of my favourite social media hang outs in the book community. So today I want to share with you ten people I follow on Bookstagram that I think you have to see to appreciate!

Jennifer Santucci @jennifer_f_santucci; if you like planning as well as reading, and washi tape, then she is your girl! Seriously she has the most amazing washi tape collection, she takes pretty photos and shares her daily reading and writing experiences. I don’t…

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#washiwednesday

So apparently there’s this tag #washiwednesday which I just discovered. Just in time too since this was my haul last week from Daiso and Michael’s. The top three are from Daiso. The second one is of seasonal Woodlawn creatures. I love that Daiso has these rolls that you can cut and get different scenes or patterns. The last five are from Michael’s. The three blues in the middle were part of a new set of washi designs that I had not seen before. I loved the Ikat and Moroccan print designs and I’m considering going back for the pink sets. The last two were a pair on clearance. Gray is my favorite color and I love the cherry blossom print on it. I’m so excited to use these! #washitape #washiaddict #planwithme #stationeryaddict #bulletjournal #bujo

  

Bookish Horoscopes: Book Recommendations based on your starsign

This is a new feature novelcravings is featuring on her blog. It’s fun and has a bookish theme to it.

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Aquarius 
January 20-February 18
You’re feeling ambitious, don’t do anything differently, your hard work is about to pay off. Don’t listen to what others have to say, discipline and dedication will help you bring about new possibilities. May I suggest, Eon by Alison Goodman?  It is a story about the strength and will of one person changing the world.

Pisces 
February 19 – March 20
Past experiences have been holding you back. Let the remembering of those experiences guide you, make amends, take chances and you will form a strong bond with someone new. Might I suggest, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen? Sometimes what we need most is what we fear most.

Aries
March 21 – April 19
You are feeling adventurous and independent. It is a good time to take on any challenges you’ve been facing. Might I suggest, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater? Puck is taking on the…

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