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July TBR 

Okay. Where did the weekend go? I swear it was here just a minute ago! Summer needs to slow down and stop rushing through the weekend!.

That’s when I realized I hadn’t posted my July TBR! 😅 The Emperor’s Blades, The Sun is also a Star, and Lord of Shadows are from June that I’m hoping to finish this month. All the rest are buddy reads! I knowww. I usually only do two buddy reads, three if I’m daring each month, but this month, I somehow agreed to seven. 😅 Maybe it was the allure of summer reading and the promise of more free time (I’m donkey laughing at myself for being so naive) that had me saying yes to all the buddy reads this month, but I love buddy reads and I’m enjoying these so far! (And just to clarify, these buddy reads are not happening all at the same time.) Featured is my reading tracker in bullet journal to help me track my reading. Scroll down to see a close up or check out the tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker on Instagram to see more. 

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What’s on your TBR this month? What has been your favorite summer read so far?

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My son’s 5th birthday is on Tuesday but we’ve been doing all the celebrating this weekend. Today we’re surprising the family to a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. My five year old and three year old have never been and have seen the commercials (Well played, Chuck E. Cheese. Well played.) What are your plans for today?

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April Current Reads

Is it Friday yet? 😳 How’s your week going? We’re chomping at the bit for Spring Break here. My family has one more week of school and we can’t wait! .

If you saw my Story earlier this week, I shared my TBR pile for books to read before two book festivals at the end of this month. This is about a quarter of it! 😰 It’s ambitious but I’m determined! Any you see here that you’ve read? Let me know in the comments but no spoilers please! 

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For #watermelanerdsapril Favorite Author! Roshani Chokshi is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! I loved TSTQ and ACOW has been fantastic so far! I can’t wait to meet her at Y’all West. 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Ally and Enemy! Gauri and Vikram are perfect for this! If you love the troupe where the main characters start off hating each other, become friends, and eventually…well, I haven’t gotten that far in the book, but my fingers are crossed! 🤞🏽

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For #thehamiltonedition Anticipated Releases, ACOW was one of my most anticipated releases this year!

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My Shh…I’m reading bookmark is made by the wonderful Mary @markedbymary. 

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This is my entry for the #bookoutletamreading giveaway for a $50 gift card to @bookoutlet. If you haven’t tried Book Outlet, I highly recommend it. You’ll love me (or hate me) for sharing the awesomeness that is discounted books from Book Outlet! Check out giveaway details on their profile. Ends Friday, 10 am EST. 

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Book Challenges: Catching up

Yay! An actual post! I have so much to catch up on! Some of these challenges are late. Some are on time. But, hey, I’m just so pleased I can finally post! 😁.

For #boookstagramchallenge16, 1,2 Freddy’s coming for you-Favorite book in a series: Okay. So, I finished Six of Crows and just started Crooked Kingdom. I really enjoyed SoC, but friends, I think I might like CK even more! I didn’t think it was possible!

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For #grimdragon, Always on my TBR List was The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I got this book last year and I’m just now buddy reading it with Jenn @_a_tad_bit_bookish. I don’t know why it took me so long to read it, but I’m really enjoying it so far.

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For #livelaughbooksoctober, Auto buy author three of my favorites are here: Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer, and Leigh Bardugo!

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For #watermelanerdsoctober, Create your own dystopia: hmm…I don’t really want to live in a dystopian society, but I would be very sad if Trump won. 😩

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For #lilbookishoctober, Autumn #bookstack. I took my little ones to our local nature center trail and carried all these books around the 1/4 mile and 2 mile trails to find just the right spot to take this picture #forbookstagram. Several people were already there with cameras taking pictures, so me taking pictures of books here didn’t seem to phase anyone. 😆

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For #octoberfantasychallenge, Which department in the Magic of Ministry department would you work for? It would be neat to enchant objects. I’m not sure what department that is though—department of enchantments? 

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For #nerdybookchallenge, T is for…TROUBLE. This stack is my #currentreads and all the characters are in trouble right now and it’s causing me anxiety! 

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For #bookoshotsoctober, Tongue tango with Voldy or IT? OMG. Natasha @shotmeinthebook and Dani @bookosauraus_rex! WHY? Just no!!! 

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Oh gosh! I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! This is the first time all week that I’ve had a chance to post. This week has been extra busy for my family. My days are occupied with errands and keeping my little ones entertained and stimulated. While my evenings are spent spent working on my fourth grader’s campaign for vice president and my second grader is working on his All About Me poster project. Then it’s to bed completely exhausted! I’m so grateful to you all for your posts and stories! It’s been a nice little escape in between crafts and vice president speech drafting to peek in and see how bookish life is going! 😁 Tomorrow my oldest will be giving his speech in front of the school! I’m both excited and nervous for him, but so proud. How’s everyone’s week going? What have you been up to?

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#booksandnature

Current Reads Update

Here’s an update on what I’m #currentlyreading. I finished The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski @marierutkoski the other night. I’ll be honest. The first half of the book was a rough start for me, but once I got to the second half and THINGS GOT REAL, I couldn’t stop reading after that. I’ve already started the second book and I’m really enjoying it! 
I’m also a quarter of the way through The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi @roshanichokshi. I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorites this year. Gorgeous imagery, Indian folktales and world building—YES PLEASE. I’m really trying to take my time with this one, but it’s really hard because the writing is so beautiful. I just want to immerse myself in this world!
I’m buddy reading Winter by Marissa Meyer with mah #booktwin Amy @ladyofthelibrary and YOU GUYS I’m only 70 pages in (sorry Amy!) and I know this book will end me. It’s like that time I read The Raven King. I was really eager to find out what happened to my beloved characters, enjoying the story, and then it was over. Then sadness. I think this series will be harder to get over because I started reading it when it first came out and I actually had to wait for each book, so these characters have been in my life for a lot longer! With The Raven Cycle, I only had to wait for The Raven King. Hahaha! I’m enjoying it so much and OMG CAPTAIN THORNE. 
Okay. So you know how a few posts back I posted my dilemma about my #currentreads for July? Basically, I had books selected and then the library happened. The library strikes again! My audio book for All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven finally (after almost a month of waiting) became available! 
I’m really hoping I can make a dent this weekend with my books, but we’re having a small family get together for my son’s 4th birthday Sunday. (His birthday is actually Monday. 7/11!) Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Book Challenge:

#julywithcj “Currently Reading” • #ampersandjuly16 “Halfway”

Six Word Story Challenge: Day 1-7

I have here my first week’s entries for MJ’s @pageflutter #pfsixwordchallenge. Each day for July, there’s a different prompt where you come up with a story for it, only using six words. For a word nerd like me, this has been A LOT of fun. It’s not too late to join! I originally had planned just to show my entries up to day 6, but I couldn’t resist writing the story for day 7 and went ahead and did that too. (I know I should have waited until tomorrow to post, but peoples, I’m on a posting schedule!) 
Also posted is my #writersbulletjournal with my #currentreads layout. You can see that I started marking my reading each day for the month so far. I love tracking my progress for books this way because I can see which books I like a lot and which need more attention. (Tooth and Claw, you will get finished this month!!) On the right are my Book Activity lists. I plan on creating a blog post about this, so check back her for it!
You can’t see it here in this picture, but there are other posts in my feed featuring my desk as my workspace. Here is where I store my washi collection and all other stationery items for writing and journaling. You can see a glimpse of one of the drawers from my washi tape organizer here too. I’m still organizing, reorganizing it, but I’m thinking it might be neat to organize them in a rainbow washi style. Y/Y?
Challenge:

#pfsixwordchallenge Days 1-7 • #rockyourhandwriting “Reading list” • #planwiithmechallenge “Work Space”

July TBR/Current Reads Bullet Journal Tracker

This still counts as getting in on the first day of challenges, right? I still have 45 minutes until midnight where I live! I doubt I’ll be able to be on time for any other prompts though. 😂
So, I’m a dedicated bullet journaler (you can see the tag #writersbulletjournal) and last night I was setting up my July layouts. One of them is my #currentreads tracker. I set goals each month for reading and books and I use this tracker to help me see my progress. I list the titles of the books I want to read and keep a side list of other books to read once I’m done. I’m pretty good at sticking to my list, but I’m flexible when other books grab my attention and I must read it now! (I’m giving The Raven Cycle the side eye for this!) 
Anyway, like a good booknerd, I wrote down the first set of books I planned to read for July with my alternate list when I’m finished. Then today, the library happened. 😔 I had two books on request come in (thank the book goddess for super fast public library interloan). But GUYS, then I saw the other books and was like, “You’re coming with me too!” So yeah. 
On the right is my July TBR and apparently on the left is also my July TBR. I don’t even know anymore. 😩 This is what happens when I haven’t been to the library in ten months! (See previous posts). 
So for the bullet journalers out there participating in the #planwithmechallenge, Howdy! I’m Jennifer. I’m a writer, reader, and I have no self-control when it comes to books. 
The bookish challenge is July TBR. #julywithcj #sammyreadsjuly16 #livelaughbooksjuly 

Current Read: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

One of my #currentreads is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson @morgamat which I’m buddy reading with the fabulous Jen @jenniferwindram. Guys, this is such a great summer read–easy and funny–and a lot of fun to read with a friend! Jen and I are pretty much at the same part in the book and it’s been so nice to message back and forth because reasons (no spoilers!). Funny thing about this copy, I found it at a local used book store. It’s signed…To Crystal! 😂😁 It’s not the first time I’ve bought a used book from this store that was signed for someone else. I don’t mind it at all, but it does make me a little sad. I can’t imagine parting with any of my signed books. The cover also had this picture on the inside. They totally remind me of Emily and Sloane!
Also pictured is my writer’s bullet journal. This is my current reads tracker. Trackers are used to help build habits you want to incorporate as part of your behavior. I’ve seen them used for various habits from water intake to thirty minutes of exercise a day to no spending. I modified this tracker to incorporate reading as a daily habit. As a writer, I firmly believe that one of the ways to become a better writer is to read. My goal is to read at least twenty minutes a day and to finish at least three books per month. I started using this tracker in January and it’s changed my reading habits so much! For other examples of trackers, check out the tag #planwithmechallenge. There are other great examples there!
Thanks also for the tags #currentlyreading and #openbook from my #booktwin Amy @ladyofthelibrary and #latestbookpurchase from Didi @bilboandhisbooks.