Category: Monthly Recap

Dec 02
November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

November Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in November: I won NaNoWriMo!!! My book isn’t finished yet, but I got my 50,000 words n and I’m motivated to keep going! I attended an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) writing conference, which gave me some great ideas on things I need to work on with my middle grade novel. Of course, then I proceeded to start NaNo, so I didn’t manage to work on it at all. But, yeah, I’m going to get on this in December. I didn’t manage too much else—For instance, I did exactly zero working out in November. My husband and I started watching Orphan Black and The Good Doctor—really enjoying both of them. Features & Discussions: October Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist) Serial Box: A New Way to Read? My Thoughts on The Fisher of Bones and ReMade… Introducing My 2017 NaNoWriMo… Read more »


Oct 31
October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in October: I watched Season 7 of The Walking Dead (while doing the elliptical) and now I’ve moved on to finally catching up with Game of Thrones (I’m at the beginning of Season 3). I’m also watching iZombie with my husband and mom and we watched all of the current episodes of Ozark. My daughter had her first swim meet of the season. I finished editing Orion by Raeah Wilding (AKA Allie Juliette Mousseau). I went to the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver event at Anderson’s Bookshop. Instagram: Features & Discussions: October Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway Quick Recap of the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver Author Event September Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist) Realistic Depiction of Mental Health in YA: Let’s Discuss. My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week: Let’s Discuss! October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up My 2017 Reading Progress: I’m now one behind on my… Read more »


Sep 30
September Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

September Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in September: I went to the 6th Annual Novel Cuisine Luncheon. I never did end up writing a recap for the event, but it was lots of fun and there were plenty of fantastic books AND lots of fantastic food! Our homeschool co-op is in full swing, so I’m now teaching four classes. Yikes! (I should point out that three of these classes only meet once a week, so it’s not as crazy as it sounds). Most Popular Posts: My top post for this month still seems to be the Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, but second was my Spoiler-Filled Discussion of One Dark Throne. I’ve puzzled over my stats for a while now, and I think I might write a post about it… Next was my August Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a new interactive Make Me Read It twist) – I was really happy… Read more »


Aug 31
July & August Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July & August Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in July & August: At the very beginning of July I won the opportunity to get editorial feedback on my MG manuscript from a Penguin UK Children’s editor (via the Authors for Grenfell Tower auction). Then, at the end of August, I got that feedback back, and it was incredibly positive! (Click the links to read more since I’ve already gushed about both of these things.) I took my kids to various camps and the swim season ended. My oldest decided he doesn’t want to swim anymore. Sigh. My oldest started drivers’ ed, which is incredibly scary to me. Both on an emotional level and literally—you forget how nerve-wracking it can be when you first start driving!  We had a Japanese exchange student stay with us for a month. He spoke the least English out of any of the exchange students we’ve had in the past,… Read more »


Jul 01
June Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

June Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in June: I went to ALA Annual! (Click the link for my recap.) We’re dog-sitting my sister-in-law’s cute pup, so my dogs have been having a ball with their new playmate. My son and I finished up chemistry, so the kids and I are now on very little school mode (my son is actually at Japanese immersion camp until the 1st). Instagram: Most Popular Posts: Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Added to My TBR May Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway June Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway Other Features & Discussions: This or That Bookish Edition Sign-Ups for Series in a Month and COYER Summer Reading Challenges Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To) The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow) June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!) My 2017 Reading Progress: I’ve stayed steady at 5 books ahead… Read more »


May 31
May Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

May Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in May: My daughter turned 13. Another teenager in the house. Yikes! I volunteered at the Scholastic warehouse sale and earned LOTS of free books! The new swim season has started, so my two older kids (and I) are busy with practices and meets. Our house got robbed! My daughter won a writing competition for her cute short story! I finished the first draft of that new editing project that I’ve been working on. I finally started working out again, and watched 13 Reasons Why and The 100 while doing it. (I’ve also been watching Master of None with my mom and my husband, and I watched the first season of The Santa Clarita Diet with my mom.) On Instagram: Most Popular Posts: (From here on out, just assume that A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns is my top post unless I say otherwise.) The April Wrap-Up Round-Up… Read more »


May 01
April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in April: Things around here have been pretty up and down when it comes to that curveball that I mentioned last month. Just when I’ll think we’re moving along swimmingly, things will go south. Have I ever mentioned that parenting a teenager is hard? Parenting a teenager is very hard. (Actually, I take that back—all parenting is just really freaking hard.) Our homeschool co-op year is just about over, giving me a little bit more free time, which is good because … I have a new editing project that I’ve been working on. 🙂 I also went to a Strange the Dreamer event and met Lainie Taylor. The kids started a new swimming season and we just had our first meet yesterday. On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: My #1 post was still A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns. I was excited to see that my second most visited… Read more »


Mar 31
March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in March: Remember how I said February was painful? Well, March was a huge improvement … until a curveball was thrown my way, and now things are crazy again. Hopefully it won’t affect my blogging much (I need this distraction), but if I’m around a bit less, I’m sorry. It’s looking like 2017 is going to be a tumultuous year for our family. On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was still my top post for the month. Surprised? No, I’m not really either. Next was my Birthday and Blogoversary Giveaway post. Thanks to all my followers for supporting me through four years of blogging! Rounding out the top three was another old post—Book Sniffing: It’s a Real Thing. Maybe it was featured somewhere? I don’t know, I can’t figure it out from… Read more »


Feb 28
February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

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  My Goings On in February: I celebrated my 43rd birthday and my 4th blogoversary! I binge-watched The Fosters (total guilty-pleasure TV) and some of Season 3 of The 100. The kids finished up their swim team season, and we have a bit of a break (about six weeks). Nice to have some breathing room. This month was tough emotionally (Actually, the past two months have been). We had two family deaths recently, one that was a shock and under rather unpleasant circumstances. Then a friend from church passed away (after a long battle from cancer) and one of my best friends is moving across the country this week. Oh, and I spend 99% of my time fighting with my 14-year-old over schoolwork and his declining grades. (Okay, not actually, but some days it feels that way—he can’t just have a conversation about any of it. It always devolves into multiple-hour… Read more »


Feb 04
January Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

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My Goings On in January: I went to Veronica Roth’s author event for Carve the Mark. I visited our local tech campus with my son to learn about their video game design program (he’s VERY interested). On Instragram: Most Popular Posts: Um, all of my top posts for this month were the same as they were last month. As usual, A Spoiler-Filled Discussion of Three Dark Crowns, which was posted at the end of September, was my top post. And my next top post was still my List of 2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges. Apparently, lots of people are still looking for challenges! (By the way, I took this off my sidebar, but you can still find it in my main menu at the top of my blog under “Challenges.”) Next is the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge Sign-Up. Other Features & Discussions: January Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway – Still a few more days to link up and/or… Read more »