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Reading Challenge: Kill, Kill, Stab, Stab, Stab

What kind of reading goals do you set? (Besides the number of books you read by the end of the year. 😏) I mentioned in my previous post that I’m also a writer (thanks to every one who liked and commented about finishing my draft! I truly appreciate it!) and to become better at writing, you have to read! Seems logical but in reading dozens of author interviews, one piece of common advice about becoming a better writer was to read in your genre, and also outside of it—know the genre writing conventions of the story your writing and also what good writing looks like regardless of genre.

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One of my reading goals for the last two years (now three) is to read a book outside my preferred reading and writing genre (YA fantasy). I’ve read so many great books from contemporary to historical fiction (still working on non-fiction😅).

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Last year (and most likely this year too), I found a lot of recommendations through the #grimdragon challenge and I haven’t been disappointed! Featured here are a mix of authors that were new to me and outside my preferred genre—okay, so this is still fantasy, but these are definitely not YA. Epic battles, fierce characters, and bloody fighting—I didn’t realize what I was missing in my life until I read Abercrombie, Staveley, Lawrence, and Eames! I highly recommend all of these authors!

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For #grimdragon Day 13: Stabby, stabby kill, kill, kill

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How’s your weekend going so far? We just watched Cars 3 and now I’m like 😭. At my age, everything seems to set me off!

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Words Deep in Blue by Cath Crowley 

When I read the synopsis for Words Deep in Blue by Cath Crowley @cathcrowleybooks, I was expecting a cute contemporary read. I got that and more! It’s a story about missed chances, dealing with loss, and friendship. I also love stories about childhood friends growing up to have feelings for each other, but something goes amiss, they lose touch, and they find each other again, but there’s a Pride and Prejudice vibe going on between them (I love Jane Austen! If you’re not familiar with P&P, it’s the hate turns into love trope!).

Another aspect that I loved about this story was that Henry’s family owns a used bookstore. They have a section called the Letter Library. People are welcome to use the books there to write notes in the books or leave hand written notes in certain books for others to pick up. It’s such a fantastic part of the story but becomes even more exciting when the characters use it themselves to write notes to each other. 

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Childhood friends? Coming to terms with loss? Bookstores? Cute letters? Pride and Prejudice vibes? Pretty much the perfect recipe for a summer read for me. I included the Goodreads summary below

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First day of summer, but it’s been summer vacation here for the past few days. We’re enjoying our time off but it’s quite an adjustment having everyone home! 😊

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QOTD: What kind of stories do you like to read during the summer? 

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Book Challenge: Violent Books

For #grimdragon Challenge, Violent books, Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series pretty much wins this prompt imo. I read this series earlier this year and I’m still thinking about that ending! It was tragic, bananas, and pretty much had me questioning what I just read! But I enjoyed it mostly because of Jorg Ancrath. He is unapologetically ruthless and will double cross you without hesitation, but I could not stop myself from hoping he would succeed in his impossible quests. This was also my introduction into grimdark fantasy and it was quite an intro! .

Thank you to Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad for hosting this challenge and introducing me to books I would not have picked for myself! Check out their tag #grimdragon for more SFF recs and if you’re not following them, you definitely should! 

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Saturday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! What books have read lately outside your usual genre? 

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June TBR 

Jumping in real quick to share my June TBR! Better late than never right? 😆.

I’ve actually gotten through The Hate U Give, Tell Me Three Things, Thick as Thieves and The Song of Achilles. I’m making great progress on the others! 

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Featured also is my reading tracker. I want to read diversely but also consistently on a daily basis. Having it tracked like this helps with seeing my progress for the month and also which books I gravitate toward. I also included a close-up of my layout, if you’d like a better look. Or you can check out my tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker!

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It’s the last day of school! Yaaas! But I also realized my kids will be home and so I need to take pictures!! 😆

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Do you have any favorite reads for this month so far? Do you have vacation plans for the summer? 

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May Wrap-up 

A bit late, but here’s my May wrap-up. I had a fantastic reading month and June is shaping up to be just as good. .

I can’t pick a favorite because I really enjoyed them all. One of my reading goals is to read outside my comfort genre which is YA Fantasy and I managed to read three YA Contemporaries (Words Deep in Blue isn’t pictured), a graphic novel, and an adult fantasy. I did pretty well and I’m hoping in June to fit in non-fiction and middle grade books. 

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I created this Genre tracker to help keep track of the books I read and which genre they’re from. You can see a close-up of it in the next picture. 

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Do you guys set up reading goals? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? 

Book challenge: Favorite Wizard/Magical Couple

I finished A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab @veschwab this week and saved to post about this for Mäeva’s @readinginhongkong #amagicalbookchallenge “Favorite Wizard/Magic Couple”. Harry Potter is bae, but I loved the magic and characters in this story! Kell and Delilah Bard are life! Whenever I think about this story, I can’t help flailing–the world building is so unique! And the characters–Kell is a wizard from Red London where magic is alive and Delilah is from Grey London where no magic exists. Delilah is a pick-pocket and when she picks Kell’s pocket, she unknowingly takes something that could destroy the boundaries of all the Londons. I’m so excited for A Gathering of Shadows! And guess what? I’m going to a signing for VE Schwab tomorrow and Marie Lu @marieluthewriter and Gretchen McNeil @gretchen_mcneil will be there too! I can’t you guys!! #booknerd #bookwormlife #bookworm #booklover #bibliophile #ilovebooks #booksarelife #reader #becauseofreading #readerlife #readingisfun #readingislife #fantasy #booksigning #veschwab #adarkershadeofmagic #bookchallenge​

  

Catching up with former students!

For those of you new to my feed, I used to be a middle school teacher. I spent this morning catching up with former students who are now in their junior year college! I had a great time and they also reminded me how much I enjoyed teaching and meeting students. It was also nice to talk about books and writing with them. It’s how I learned what other people were reading before bookstagram!
#books #bookstagram #booknerd #bookworm #booklover #yalit #currentread #yafantasy #cassandraclare #cityofbones #shadowhunters #tea #englishbreakfasttea