Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2022

Hello! Welcome or welcome back to my blog! How are you doing?

Today I’ll be wrapping up my August, considering the month is over. Now is your last chance to ask me any questions on this post, because I’ll post the answers on Monday, probably!

Books

The only book I finished this month was We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. It is the third book in the summer I turned pretty series. Despite my higher ratings for the other two books, I did not enjoy this book. I just found it very annoying, and I didn’t like the ending.

Writing updates

Considering the fact that I was traveling during the first half of the month, and I was in sort of a writing slump, I didn’t get a lot of writing done. I worked on Old Hopes and New Beginnings a bit and picked up the second draft of my dystopian book, and I’ve started writing it again! And…guess what? I’ve come up with (yet another) book idea. Now, I really want to write it, but I have to finish one of my other books first. 😣

Crochet

I have started working on some fall projects!! Yay! I made some decorative pumpkins (here’s my pattern) and some other autumn decor!

Running

Again, I was traveling, so I didn’t run during that time. I did get quite a bit done in the latter part of the month, which was great. I also did a 5k race, which was lots of fun!! My time was a little under 30 minutes, which I think was a pretty good time for me!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2022

I didn’t set any August goals, so I’ll just go right into listing my September goals. (I can’t believe it’s September already!!! 😮)

September goals

  • Write 1,000 words every day
  • Practice Spanish lessons every day
  • No phone on Mondays and Fridays (except for texting friends and doing Spanish lessons)
  • Follow schedule
  • Get up early & go to bed early
  • Read five books
  • Post a crochet pattern
  • Drink more water
  • Post twice a week

Important events in August

  • As I have mentioned a lot, I was visiting family during the first half of the month, so that was quite fun!
  • One weekend, my dad and brothers traveled a bit, so my sisters, my mom, and I had such a fun time! We did some shopping, got snacks, and had chick flick movie nights!
  • Our fair happened, which was lots of fun!

Thanks for reading! How was your August? What books did you read? What are your September goals? I’d love to chat in the comments! Everyone take care, and have a good rest of your week and weekend!! Also, please comment if you have any post ideas you’d like to see on my blog!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2022

Hello, y’all! I’m back!! How’s everyone doing?

July’s monthly wrap-up is quite a bit late because I was on a trip visiting family and I decided to take a short blogging break while I was there. Now, I’m getting caught up and doing my monthly wrap-up!

Check out this post, where I asked y’all to ask me questions, and I’ll answer them sometime next week!

Books I Read:

Wait For Me by Caroline Leech was the first book I finished this month. It was a pretty good historical fiction novel. My sister had recommended it to me after she finished it, and I enjoyed it as much as her. It’s a historical fiction book set during World War Two. Some historical fiction that I’ve read has been quite action-packed, with lots of stuff going on. This book, however, wasn’t. It was slower, but not boring. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Waking Rose: A Fairytale Retold by Regina Doman is the only other book I read in July. Regina Doman writes amazing books. I have read two of her previous books in the fairytale retold series, The Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night. They are all good books for Catholic teens especially because Doman incorporated a lot of Catholicism into these books. It was a 5/5!

Writing updates

I wrote a good amount in “Old Hopes and New Beginnings” my contemporary novel, though not as much as I would have wanted. I was hoping to finish the book this month, but it feels like I’m not even very close. I am at a little over 57,000 words, and I was aiming for 60,000 words for the first draft, but I am pretty sure it’s going to be longer than that.

Crochet

Not a lot of crochet, but I did finish a crochet top which I am really excited about! I have pics down below!

Running

I got a lot of running done, though!! I am so proud of my running last month! I followed my 10k training plan, and I ran seven miles as well! When I started running a few years back, I couldn’t even run a whole mile without stopping. I never would have imagined going seven miles. But, here I am!

Posts

My One Year Blogiversary 🥳// Comment Some Assumptions // Blog Redesign

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2022

Summer Aesthetic

The Music Loving Writer’s Tag (Original)

Reacting to and Answering Your Assumptions About Me

Taking a Short Break + Ask Me Some Questions

Reviewing my July goals

  • Exercise every day I think I did! At least most days. There was one day where we went to the store, and I didn’t get to exercise, but we did walk around quite a bit, so I guess that sort of counts. I think I did pretty good with this one!
  • Get caught up (at least a little bit) on tags, awards, and nominations on my blog Uhhh…not really 😅
  • Write for 20 minutes each day Nope, but I did end up writing pretty consistently!
  • Make a schedule I did! I made a morning schedule, because I felt like I needed to be more organized!
  • Hydrate more, because it’s getting super hot Yes! I am working more on that! It had definitely been very hot here, so hydration is important!
  • Do a 10k run Yup! Like I said earlier, I followed and completed my 10k training program!
  • Post a book review No, I didn’t.
  • Take more walks, and enjoy nature I feel like I really did this in July more! I tried to get outside, and take more walks and bike rides this month!

Important events in July

  • In July, I didn’t have a lot going on. There was a lot of time with family, walks and runs, and finishing up my schoolwork for the year.

Pictures from July

Thank you for reading! I hope everyone is having a good start to their week! What’s been going on in your life lately? What posts would you like to see in the future on my blog? I’d love to chat in the comments! I hope that you have an amazing day, and a good week! I’ll be posting on Thursday (probably an August monthly wrap-up). Bye! 💕

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2022

Hello everybody! I know that this is my second post today, but I wanted to get my monthly wrap-up posted before we get too far into July! June was a pretty good month for me, but I did feel like it went by really fast!

Books I read

I got three books read in June.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. This was a sweet, fun, quick contemporary read! It definitely gave me some summer vibes! I read Jenny Han’s other series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and loved it, so I thought that I’d read this series! I loved it, and gave it 4.75 out of 5 stars!

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano. This was one that I read for my English class. I didn’t like it much, but there were some interesting descriptions and scenes. I rated it 2 out of 5 stars.

Emma by Jane Austen was the last book I read. I was assigned to read Pride and Prejudice last year for my English, and I enjoyed it a lot, so I thought that I would read another Jane Austen book! Emma was a really fun book! I liked it a lot and I rated it a 4.75 out of 5!

Writing updates

I barely wrote at all this month! I know that I was trying to finish the whole novel in June, which definitely did not happen, but I think that taking a break was good for me because now I really want to write it. I am planning to share a bit more about it once I finish the first draft!

Crochet

I got some crocheting done this month, including a summer top, and some smaller projects, like washcloths. I am currently working on another top, but I ran out of yarn, so I have to wait and get some more!

Running

I am really proud of my running this month! I stuck with the 10k training plan, and only have a few more weeks left! It’s getting so hot here, so I have been getting up earlier and getting my runs in early when it’s still cooler out, or going in the evening. Running in the middle of the day in summer is brutal. I’ve also been focusing on warming up before my runs, which I’m bad about, and cross-training, which I have done more of this month!

Posts

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2022

Some Bookish Phone Wallpapers

The Blogger Recommendations Tag

Definitely not a lot of posts in June, but in July, I’m going to be posting twice a week again, because school is settling down for the summer and I’m not as busy!

Reviewing my June goals

  • Read a Kasie West book Sadly, I did not get around to it. I couldn’t buy one, and I couldn’t find any at my library
  • Follow the 10k training plan Yes, I did this!
  • Run 20 miles (at least) 39 miles! 😃
  • This might be too ambitious, but I want to finish my contemporary novel Yeah, definitely not…😅
  • Post once a week I only missed one week this month.
  • Read five books Nope!
  • Make a summer bucket list Yes, I did!

Goals for July

  • Exercise every day
  • Get caught up (at least a little bit) on tags, awards, and nominations on my blog
  • Write for 20 minutes each day
  • Make a schedule
  • Hydrate more, because it’s getting super hot
  • Do a 10k run
  • Post a book review
  • Take more walks, and enjoy nature

Important events in June

  • I visited some family and relatives, which was fun!
  • VBS happened one week at our church, and I helped! My siblings all had fun, too!
  • Awaiting season 4 vol. 2 of Stranger Things!!! It finally came out today, and I’m going to be watching the first episode tonight! (I’m so scared!) Do any of y’all watch Stranger Things?
  • I made a new blog in May, which I posted about in my last monthly wrap-up, but I recently changed the name and the link, so here is the new one: Rambles With the Saints Please check it out, and follow if you want!

Pictures from June

We went on a little car ride, and I got Subway for the first time! (At least that I remember. There might have been a time I had it when I was younger.) It was so good!
My crochet project in the car. It was a washcloth! I usually get pretty carsick when I crochet or read in the car, so I didn’t get that much of either done on the trip.
Messing around with the macro photography on my phone! I kind of like how this picture turned out!
Watermelon is the perfect summer snack!
Yum!
We got this Stranger Things Surfer Boy pizza one day, and it was actually really good!!
Reading Emma on the porch on a nice cool day. ☺
Another macro shot! I was working on a puzzle, and I think this picture is pretty cool!
My puzzle of the Eiffel Tower! ❤ Almost done!
Strawberry smoothies made with strawberries from our own garden! Smoothies are one of my favorite summer foods, especially for after I go on a run!
Crocheting outside with some of my favorite yarn, Lion Brand’s Coboo! It’s the perfect yarn for crocheting summer patterns, especially tops! 💕
My sister’s dog is adorable!!
The theme for this month’s bookshelf display was “Comfort reads”. This includes nostalgic reads or ones that my sister and I read when we were younger…books that feel like home. She made this sign, and it’s amazing!
Here are the books! Lovely War by Julie Berry, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. My sister also made the eye of Sauron (on the right) from The Lord of the Rings series! She’s so artistic and creative!

That’s all! Thanks for reading today’s post! How was your month? Which books did you read in June? What are your goals for July? I’d love to chat in the comments! 😊 Have an amazing day!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2022

Hello, hello, hello! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I definitely did: I visited some relatives, and it was really fun!

Today, I’m posting a monthly wrap-up for May! 💕

Books

I barely got any reading done this month!

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir was the first one I read. I already read it in 2020, when it came out, so I thought it was definitely time for a re-read, because I was going through the series again. My sister and I listened to it together, and it was just as sad as I remembered it being! 😭 If any of y’all have read this book, you probably know what I’m talking about! 💔 Of course, it’s 5/5 stars!!

Walden by Henry David Thoreau was the other book I read this month. It was an autobiography I had to read for my English autobiography class, and I really didn’t like it. A lot of Thoreau’s arguments don’t make sense, and there were a lot of really boring descriptions. I like some of the themes and ideas, such as the fact that we should simplify our lives a little bit, but not so much so that we’re living in casket sized boxes (something that he suggested in his book.) I wrote a few essays about it on my school blog. I only gave it one star, because of these reasons. Have you ever read it? Would you agree with me?

In June, I want to try to read Kasie West’s newest release, Places We’ve Never Been because it looks really cute and summery! I also want to read one that she wrote a little while that I haven’t gotten to yet, Sunkissed.

Writing

This month, I planned to just write my contemporary book, which I did, and get to 60,000 words, which I didn’t. I’m at about 40,000 words. When I finish the first draft, would you guys like to see a week long series about the book? Like, one day maybe I’ll talk about the plot, then I’ll share an aesthetic, and some quotes? Let me know if you’d like to see something like that! 🙂

Crochet

I finished a few projects this month including a top and a skirt! I also did a few smaller projects, like washcloths! I did get sooo close to running out of yarn (actually running out!!!) but I got some more, thank goodness, lol! 😌

Running

I followed my 10k training plan pretty good at the beginning, but during the last half of the month, I didn’t follow it as well, partly because we had family visiting, and I wanted to spend some time with them. This month, I’m really going to try to stick to it!

Posts

I didn’t really stick to my posting schedule this month, which I’m going to try to do better with in June!

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022

Five YA Book Cliches (Part Two!)

One Week Until the Deadline: Photography Contest!!

The Remarkable Blogger Tag

Photography Contest!!

Photography Contest: Winners!!!

Reviewing my goals for May

  • Post every Monday I didn’t post quite every Monday, but I did post pretty regularly.
  • Do a book review I did not get around to doing this, because I didn’t really read any new books. I’m going to try to do a book review in June!
  • Follow my 10k running plan Like I said earlier, I followed it for a while, but for the past couple weeks, I haven’t really been following it, just running for how long I felt for.
  • Focus on writing the contemporary novel I did! I think that I only wrote this one, which really helped me get more into the story than writing all of the different books that I’m working on!
  • Finish reading “The Return of the King” I did not. I’m only on chapter 2 or 3. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble reading this series. I like them, but I feel like they are books that you kind of have to take slowly to process everything, especially because of the old way they’re written.
  • Get to 60,000 words in the first draft of my contemporary novel I did not. I’m only at about 40,000 words

June goals

  • Read a Kasie West book
  • Follow the 10k training plan
  • Run 20 miles (at least)
  • This might be too ambitious, but I want to finish my contemporary novel
  • Post once a week
  • Read five books
  • Make a summer bucket list

Pictures from May

Here are a few pics I took in May!

I got some Converse!! I absolutely love them! Thanks, mom and dad! 😁
Another pic! What’s your favorite outfit with Converse?
I took this picture of this leaf because I thought that it looked like a heart! 💚 I don’t think that the pictures turned out super good, but oh well!
Another!!!
I took these pictures of this pretty purple in my yard! Do you know what kind it is?
And, some ice cream to finish it all off!!

Important events

May was a pretty amazing month! There were some great things that happened! ☺

  • “Stranger Things” season four came out!!! I love this tv show, and I love the season so far!! The final two episodes of the season are coming out on July first, so I am excited for those, too!! I’m going to be posting a review soon!
  • We had some family visiting, which was fun!!
  • Soccer has ended for the season. While I’m kind of sad that it’s done, I’m also kind of relieved because it takes up so much time. I think that taking a little break is good. It was definitely an amazing season, though!!
  • I finished my Algebra 2 math book, and now I’m on to geometry, which I actually kind of enjoy
  • I started a new blog called “A Catholic Girl’s Musings“. If you want to, please check it out! I’ll be posting things about my Catholic faith, my beliefs, and I’ll also share recommendations for good Catholic books, movies, music, etc.

Conclusion

May was a pretty good month for me! ❤ I had some visiting with family, which was super fun, and Stranger Things 4, which is my absolute favorite show, was amazing. I’m going to post a review for it on this blog sometime soon!

How was your May? Did anything important happen this month? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Thank you all for reading! I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll see you next week!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022

Hey! 😊 Sorry, guys, that I haven’t been posting regularly! Things have been kind of crazy, but I’m going to try to post more consistently in May!

Books I read

Saint Gianna: Her Life of Joy and Heroic Sacrifice by Giuliana Pelucchi. I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about this saint! The book was pretty well-written, though it did get a bit boring at certain points. (I feel like this is the case for a lot of biographies.) I definitely did learn more about this heroic saint through this book! I rated it 4.75/5 stars.

St. Maria Goretti in Garments All Red by Godfrey Poage. This is another saint biography. My sister found it at a thrift store, bought it, and read it. I decided to read it, then. I think that Saint Maria Goretti was such a brave person, and this book was also written really well. 4.5/5 stars.

I Am Margaret by Corinna Turner. My cousin recommended this book, so I decided to get it. I loved it! There were only a few things that I didn’t like, such as the unusual font, but I got used to it as I read. Another thing about it that made me not enjoy it as much as I would have, is the fact that my cousin was hyping it up a lot. I still rated it 5/5 stars, though!

The Case For Easter by Lee Strobel. I watched the movie”The Case For Christ” a while ago, so I decided to pick this book up before Easter. It definitely gave a lot of great evidence of Jesus’s death and resurrection. I would recommend it to anyone! 5/5 stars.

Twelve Years as a Slave by Solomon Thompson. This was another autobiography I was assigned to read for my English class. I found the details very descriptive, and it was written very well. 5/5 stars!

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan. I started this book a little while ago and then stopped reading it. I picked it up again and finished it in a few days. I absolutely loved it! It’s a few different stories in one book, following one harmonica as it transforms three different children’s lives. I also loved the ending, because it just tied everything together nicely! I’m thinking about doing a full book review for this book! I gave it 5/5 stars!

Writing updates

I did not get much writing done this month. I feel like I’ve been busier with school and soccer, but I’m going to try and get more writing done in May! I’m just going to try to focus on one of my books, the contemporary one!

Crochet

I got a good amount of crochet done this month! I even posted a pattern for Easter bunny keychains! I’m running out of yarn now, though!!!! I might do a yarn haul soon!

Running

I actually reached my goals this month! I aimed to run 20 miles, and I did *exactly* that!

Posts

Thank You For 100 Followers! 💖

10 Minute Crochet Easter Bunny Keychains

Happy Easter!

Celebrating 100 Followers: Becky’s Springtime Photography Contest

Reviewing goals for April

Get 100 followers and do a special post Yesss! Thank you for 100 followers! I never thought that in less than a year, I’d reach this many followers! 😊 I am doing a photography contest to celebrate! The deadline is May 20th, but I might have to push it back because no one has entered yet.

Run 20 miles (actually do it this time!!) I did! Like I said, it was exactly 20 miles!

Post a crochet pattern I did! Here is my pattern for cute little crochet bunny keychains!!!

Do a book review I didn’t get around to this. I am going to try to do one in May, though! ☺

Get some bike rides in! Yup! I was trying to focus on doing more cross-training this month on the days I didn’t run!

Do at least one lesson of Spanish a day There were some days I didn’t get around to doing a lesson, but I tried to do one lesson a day! In case anyone’s wondering, I’m learning Spanish on Duolingo.

Practice piano every day Yes!

Goals for May

  • Post every Monday
  • Do a book review
  • Follow my 10k running plan
  • Focus on writing my contemporary novel
  • Finish reading “The Return of the King”
  • Get to 60,000 words in the first draft of my contemporary nove

I’m not going to be able to add any of my pictures from April right now. I might come back and add them later!

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Thanks for reading! How was your April? If you celebrate it, what did you do for Easter? Did you reach your goals? I’d love to hear from y’all in the comments! Thank you for reading! I hope everyone is having an amazing Monday! Have a great week! 😀

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2022

Hello everyone! Today I am posting a monthly-wrap up for March! This was a very good month for me, though nothing very exciting or big happened. Soccer has started up again, so that’s been fun! I didn’t get too much reading done, mostly just books for school!

Okay, here we go!

~ Books I Read ~

Geronimo’s Story of His Life by Geronimo. This was an autobiography that I had to read for my English class. It wasn’t my favorite, but wasn’t that bad, just a little boring, but pretty average. I rated it three out of five stars.

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin. This was another book I read for my English course. It was definitely not my favorite in the class, and I only rated it two stars.

The Search by Chris Stefanick and Paul McCusker. I rated this one 4.5 stars because I think it was a pretty good book. It gives a lot of good questions, and things to think about, but I feel like it was more geared toward people who weren’t Catholic or Christians yet. But, overall, it was still pretty good.

John Thompson’s Autobiography by John Thompson was the final book I read this month, and yet again, it was one I read for my English class. It was one of my favorites so far. It was written by an escaped slave, and he offers many different powerful stories throughout the book. I rated it 4.5 out of five stars.

~ Writing updates ~

I took a bit of a writing break this month. I still got some writing done, but I was doing more planning and character development.

~ Crochet ~

I did some crochet, but not a whole bunch of different projects. I’m adding a few pictures of a baby blanket I made after this too! But, other than that, I didn’t really get much crocheting in.

Here’s a picture showing the whole blanket!
Here is a baby doll wrapped up in it!
Haha, I tried to make this one look all artistic showing the stitches up close! 😄

~ Running ~

I’m finally getting back into running more regularly! Although I didn’t get the 20 miles done, like I planned for this month, it was close!! 😃

~ Posts ~

Doing the “Know Your Buddy Tag” With Raegan

What It’s Really Like Being a Writer

Recipes I Use A Lot

My Daily Routine: A Collab With Sawyer

A Small Blog Redesign

The Be You Challenge

Children’s Books That Always Make My Mom Cry

A Spring Aesthetic

A Bookworm’s Life: A Poem

~ Reviewing my goals for March ~

Run 20 miles. I almost got this done, but not quite! In April, I’m really going to push to achieve my running goals!

Work on my book for half an hour a day (it could be writing, or it could be planning or something else book-related). Yep! (At least, almost every day.) I didn’t get too much writing done like I said earlier, but I did do a lot of planning and everything!

Crochet something every day. Nope. I started doing it for the first half of the month, but it just got to be too demanding, and it made me feel like I had to crochet, so I stopped doing it.

Finish reading The Return of the King. Ummm…

~ Goals for April ~

~ Get 100 followers and do a special post

~ Run 20 miles (actually do it this time!!)

~ Post a crochet pattern

~ Do a book review

~ Get some bike rides in!

~ Do at least one lesson of Spanish a day

~ Practice piano every day

~ Pictures from February ~

For Saint Patrick’s day, we made homemade shamrock shakes! We just made homemade vanilla ice cream, and added some green food coloring and mint extract! It was really yummy! Have you ever made homemade shamrock shakes? ☘
I really like Saint Gianna, so I drew this picture! I’m definitely not an artist, but I’m really proud of how it turned out!
The other day, we had some graham crackers with yogurt, chocolate chips, marshmallows, Nutella, and bananas, and I made mine into a house!! (Lol, I tried to build a little snowman in front of it with the marshmallows, but it didn’t really turn out! 😆)
Here’s what one of my brothers made! It’s so cute!
Homemade pretzels and cheese sauce!! 😋
Here is March’s bookshelf display! It shows different books that have made me cry. Books shown: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir, and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. These are all super sad books!!! 😭
Here’s a better look at the sign!

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Okay, that’s all for today! 😀 How was your March? Did anything really exciting happen? I’d love to chat in the comments!

See you guys on Saturday, and have an amazing rest of your week! 😊

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2022

Hello, happy weekend!! Today, I’m here with a monthly wrap-up for February.

~ Books I read ~

The Autobiography of George Washington Plunkitt by William L. Riordan. This was one I had to read for my English class, and I just didn’t really like it. I only rated it one star. I think that it was written for people in politics, because that’s what the book’s mainly about.

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper. Last year, I read her other book, A Cloud of Outrageous Blue, and I really ended up enjoying it. I liked this one too, though not as much as A Cloud of Outrageous Blue, and I rated it four out of five stars!

Requiem by Lauren Oliver. This is the last book in the Delirium trilogy. I liked the first two books quite a bit, but this one just wasn’t my favorite. I felt like it was just a lot of drama between Alex, Lena, and Julian, and I was really annoyed at all of the characters, except Hana. I think that it was interesting to have parts of it narrated by her. I rated this one three point five stars.

That Summer by Sarah Dessen. I read two other books by Sarah Dessen, Just Listen and The Truth About Forever. I didn’t like the first, but I really liked The Truth About Forever. I liked That Summer too! It was a good book and it incorporates a lot of family things, which I liked. I gave it 4 stars!

Mark Twain’s Own Autobiography by Mark Twain. This was another one I had to read for school (It’s an autobiography English course) and I definitely liked it better than the last autobiography I had to read. I gave it 2.5 stars, because I found it a bit disjointed.

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. This was a re-read!! I love this series sooo much, and of course it is a five star read for me! Now, I’m on to reading A Sky Beyond The Storm, so…yeah. A lot of sadness ahead.

~ Writing updates ~

Guess what?!?! I finished the first draft of my dystopian novel!!! 😃🎉 Now, I’m on to the second draft!! I am still working on the contemporary one and the fantasy book, but I’m trying to focus the most on writing the dystopian book at the moment!! (I feel like I need to come up with names for them.)

~ Crochet ~

I did a good amount of crocheting this month. I’m working on a blanket, as well as a baby blanket, and I finished a sweater I started crocheting in October!! I made a little doll, too, and I started working on a top. Because March is national crochet month, I’m going to try and crochet something every day of March, so we’ll see how that goes, too!

~ Running ~

I finally got back to running, and went a few miles!

~ Posts ~

Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2022

“Defy the Night” by Brigid Kemmerer Book Review (Spoiler Free!)

Guess the Book Character By Emojis

Bookish This or That

Organizing My Yarn/Crochet Shelf

The Blogging Love Tag

The Sunshine Blogger Award (#2)

~ Reviewing February’s goals ~

These are the goals I set for myself in the January wrap-up!!

Write at least 1,000 words in one of my books every day. I didn’t write a thousand words every day, but I did get a lot of writing done. I also did a lot of planning, and just working on the characters and everything, too.

Keep up a good posting schedule. Yesss! I posted every Saturday and Wednesday in February!

Run at least 15 miles. I did not get to go 15 miles (it was more like six or something) but I’m going to try and run more in March! (Haha, I feel like I say this every time!)

Run, walk, or go on a bike ride everyday. Nope.

Get 70 followers on my blog. YES!! Thank you guys so much!! I now have 75 followers!!!! 🥰💕

~ Goals for March ~

~ Run 20 miles

~ Work on my book for half an hour a day (it could be writing, or it could be planning or something else book-related)

~ Crochet something everyday

~ Finish reading The Return of the King

~ Pics from February ~

The display I had on my bookshelf this month was themed “Books With Cute Couples”! All these books (An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, Lovely War by Julie Berry, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) all have amazing couples!! I would definitely recommend reading any of them!!
This is the sign, which my sister made!! It’s soo cute! She wrote different cute quotes from all the different books on it, as well as a few other books which we didn’t have up there, but still have such cute couples!

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Thank you for reading! How was February for you? Did anything really big happen? I’d love to chat in the comments!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2022

Hello everyone!! Today, I’m posting a monthly wrap-up for January (as you probably guessed from the title 😆). January was a pretty good month for me; nothing really exciting or bad happened, and it was a pretty good start to the year!!

Okay here’s the review/wrap-up!!

Books

From now on, I’m just going to be giving my opinions on the books I’ve read, because I don’t really like trying to explain it shortly. If you’re ever interested in what books I’m reading at the moment, you can check out this page, where I post about all the books I read and what I rated them. Anyways, here are the books!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This was a re-read for me, and I loved it just as much (or maybe even more) than the first time. It’s so sad, but inspiring, and it’s just such a good book. It’s a WW2 historical fiction, and it’s narrated by death, which is very interesting. I have a book review for it here, so if you want to know more of my thoughts on the book, you can head over there! It’s definitely a five star read for me!

Moment of Truth by Kasie West

A Kasie West book! If you’ve followed for a little while, you probably know that I love her books! This book was definitely no different! I loved it, and it was five out of five stars! If you’ve never read any of West’s books, I would really recommend reading one of them. They’re all sweet, cute, and fluffy YA contemporary novels that have a bit of drama!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver 

My sister read this before me, and she really liked it. I liked it, but it wasn’t the best mostly because the main character was a little annoying at some points and the story just wasn’t my favorite, but I really did like the concept and the overall plot! I rated it 4.5 stars.

Believe Me by Tahereh Mafi 

I like the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, so I was really excited when I found out she was making another novella that takes place after the events of the last book. But, I didn’t really end up liking this novella. I just felt like it wasn’t really necessary and it was just…not my favorite. I rated it 3.5 stars.

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington

This is a book I read for my English class. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was still okay. I rated it, again, 3.5 stars. I just found it kind of boring, but it wasn’t horrible or anything.

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

This book gets soooo much hype, so I was really nervous to read it. I didn’t know if it was really as good as her other books and I didn’t know if it would live up to the hype. I’ve read another series by this author, the cursebreaker series, and I loved it! I loved this book so much too! Defy the Night is such a great fantasy book! It’s also going to be a series, so I can’t wait for the other books to come out! It was, easily, a five star read!

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Last year, I read Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen and I didn’t like it. I didn’t know if I would pick up another of Dessen’s books, but I decided to give her another chance. I ended up liking this book much more than Just Listen. It was a great contemporary read! 4.5 stars!

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 

The last book I read in January was Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, the second book in the Delirium trilogy. I gave this book a 4.5 star rating, but ended up liking it a little bit better than the first one.(The ending, though!!) I am definitely going to be reading the final book in the series!

Writing

I got a good amount of writing done this month. I didn’t hit my goal of writing 1000 words a day, but I still wrote quite a bit, so I’m happy about that! I’m currently 19,000 words into my contemporary novel, and about 55,000 words into the dystopian one. I’m also about 27,000 words into the fantasy book, but I am writing it with my sister, so I didn’t write all of that!!

Crochet

I crocheted quite a bit this month!! Soon, I will be doing a post with just a few things I’ve made recently too!! It’s probably going to be next Wednesday, so keep an eye out for that!!

Running

I got back to running this month too! I only ran a few miles, but in February, I’m going to try and get more miles in!

Posts

I missed a couple weeks, so I didn’t write a whole bunch of posts, but oh well! I had so much fun doing the Q&A’s and the crochet quiz! Thank you for all the comments on that one!!

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2021

Thank You For 50 Followers!

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Celebrating 50 Followers: A Q&A Post! (Part one)

Celebrating 50 Followers: A Q&A Post! (Part two)

What’s My Crochet Personality? Doing a Quiz

Goals for February

I’m adding this section to write about my goals for the next month!

GOALS

Write at least 1,000 words in one of my books every day

Keep up a good posting schedule

Run at least 15 miles

Run, walk, or go on a bike ride everyday

Get 70 followers on my blog (thanks for 63 followers already 🥰)

Pictures

The theme on my bookshelf in January was book to movie adaptions!! We had Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, The Lord of the Rings series, Little Women, and The Hunger Games series! These are all such good books that were turned into films! Have you watched or read any of them? (Sorry, I didn’t realize how blurry the picture turned out until now.)
My sister’s dog 😍😊

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Okay, well thanks for reading!! Was it a good month for you? I’d love to chat in the comments!!

I’ll see you guys on Saturday! ☺

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2021

I feel like I always start out my monthly wrap-ups by saying something like this: “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s already this month”. So today I’m going to say: Happy New Year!! But, anyway, I can’t believe it’s 2022 already! 😆

Also, it’s already been six months that I’ve had this blog! I can’t believe that I’ve already been blogging for half a year!

Okay, well here’s the wrap-up:

Books

Any sequels will most likely contain spoilers for the first book(s) in the series.

  1. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg is the first book in the girl online series. It’s about Penny, who has an anonymous blog where she talks about the things going on in her life: school, her family, boys, and the panic attacks she’s beginning to have. For the holidays, her family travels to New York, where she meets Noah. I absolutely loved this book, and I read the series very quickly. I’d rate it 5/5 stars!
  2. Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg. This is the second book in the series, and it follows more of Penny’s adventures as she is going on tour with Noah, her boyfriend now. But she’s struggling with her life on tour: she’s missing her best friend and her family, Noah seems to always be busy, and most of his bandmates are unwelcoming. I loved this just as much as the first one, so it’s 5/5 stars!
  3. Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg is the third and final book in the girl online series. Penny’s life is looking more normal now, but nobody knows where Noah is, after he mysteriously vanished after the band tour. So, she agrees to go to Megan’s school; maybe she can make some more friends. I loved this one too, and I just think it is a great ending to the series. 5/5 stars!
  4. The Story Of My Life by Helen Keller is Helen Keller’s autobiography. I had to read this for my English class, and I actually ended up really enjoying it. It follows Helen Keller through all of her struggles, talking about how she went bling and deaf at nineteen months, and it follows all of her accomplishments afterwards. I think that it was a really inspirational book. 5/5 stars!
  5. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is the second book in the Lord of the rings series. It follows the members of the fellowship, who are now split apart, and after they have lost Gandalf in the Mines of Moria. I am enjoying the series so far, even if the books are a little slow, and I hope to read both The Return of the King and The Hobbit this year. I rated this book 5/5 stars!
  6. A Cloud of Outrageous Blue by Vesper Stamper. This is a book set in 1348, and it was a very different one than any I’d read before. The historical fiction books I read are usually set in the 1900’s, so this was different, but good. It follows Edyth, who’s has lost her family. She then goes to live in a priory. 5/5 stars!
  7. A Thief Among the Trees by Sabaa Tahir is a companion graphic novel to the Ember in the Ashes series. It’s about Elias and Helene when they were younger, and they are sent on a dangerous mission to steal poison. 5/5 stars!
  8. Messenger by Lois Lowry is the the third book in the giver quartet. It’s about Matty, who now lives in the Village with the blind man. The village is starting to change, with darkness creeping in. When the villagers vote to close down the village to outsiders, Matty knows he must make one last message. 5/5 stars!
  9. Son by Lois Lowry. This is the last book in the Giver quartet. It follows Claire, a birthmother in the community, who has a son, which is taken from her. When she is reassigned, she strives to learn more about the son she had. 5/5 stars!
  10. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. This book is about Alice, who gets a lottery ticket for her friend Teddy for his birthday. He wins, and he starts to get too absorbed in the money, and everything. Instead of a windfall, they think this might just make them grow more apart. 4.5/5 stars.
  11. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West is the final book I read this year. Just like all other Kasie West books, I loved it! It’s about Kate, who doesn’t like talking to people. So when her best friend, Alana, gets her to do the high school’s podcast, she ends up being the host. But she actually finds out that she kind of likes it. 5/5 stars!

Writing

In December, I got a good amount of writing done. I got to chapter five in my contemporary novel, and I’m on the sixteenth chapter in the fantasy novel. I’m on chapter fifty-seven in my dystopian novel, too. I’m going to try and make up a good writing schedule, so I can write more effectively.

I’m going to try and finish the first draft of my dystopian novel, and the first draft of the contemporary novel!

Crochet

The main crochet projects I got done were last-minute Christmas presents, and some ornaments, and Christmas-related decor!

Running

I didn’t really get any running done this month, but I’m going to try to start running again in January! I also got a bike for Christmas, so I’ve been biking a little bit, too!

Other stuff

The main thing I had going on this month was getting ready for Christmas! I’ve also been on Christmas break for two weeks, so I’m actually kind of looking forward to starting again on Monday! My dad also re-did the floor in our living room, so it was kind of chaotic, but it looks really nice now!

I’m not going to do a whole “New Years Resolutions” blog post, but here are a few things I want to accomplish this year:

♡ Blogging-related ♡

  • Get 100 followers
  • Plan and scedual more posts
  • Do a few collabs
  • But, just have fun with it

♡ Writing-related ♡

  • Finish the first draft of my contemporary novel
  • Finish the first draft of my dystopian novel
  • Write at least 1,000 words a day

♡ Reading-related ♡

  • Read at least 60 books
  • Finish the LOTR series

♡ Running-related ♡

  • Enter another race
  • Run at least 200 miles
  • Just have fun with it

♡ Life-related ♡

  • Start waking up earlier
  • Make a better scedual
  • Write in my journal everyday

Posts

Pictures

I really like how this pic turned out! I love the green sweater, and how the sun is on the page! The book is “The Two Towers” by the way!
My sister took this picture of the macarons I made!
Homemade rice crispies are the best!
Peppermint bark!!!!
My dad re-did the floor in our house, and now it looks so nice!
Christmas colored book spines!
Candy cane books!
And, our Christmas tree this year!
Also, this year, my sister and I are going to try and do a display thing on top of our bookshelf each month. This was December’s, and it was just Christmas-colored books!

Again, I can’t believe it’s already 2022! It seems like it was just 2020 a little while ago…

Okay, so I guess that’s all for today’s post! I hope you have a great weekend!!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2021

Helloooooo!!! I can’t believe that it’s already December!!! Almost Christmas!!! I am excited for the Christmas season and getting ready for Christmas!!

Books

  1. All this Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott. I loved this book! It is about Kyle who gets in a car accident, and his girlfriend dies. He has to find out how to re-build his life after a lot of things are changed. Then, he meets Marley, and they are really sweet together. This book is amazing. Great writing. Awesome plot twists. 5/5 stars!
  2. A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer is the second book in the cursebreaker series. It was an amazing book. It was narrated by Grey, Lia Mara, Rhen, and Harper. I really liked the story and the plot twist (which I kinda saw coming). 5/5 stars!
  3. A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer. This is the last book in the series, and it was a great ending to the trilogy! It’s still narrated by the four people I mentioned above. I loved it! 5/5 stars!
  4. Legend by Marie Lu was a re-read for me. I really enjoyed it the first time, and it was still pretty good as a re-read. It’s about Day, the most wanted criminal, and June, the fifteen year old prodigy. After June’s brother dies, she goes to find the criminal who killed him, which is Day. Day is trying to keep his family safe. Even though it is a little far fetched (with them both just being 15) I liked it. 5/5 stars!
  5. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West. This was one I really liked. It’s about Abby Turner, who loves art. But when she tries to enter an art showcase, they say her work has “no heart”. So she makes a list of things to do that summer to hopefully give her paintings more depth. I have a review for it here! 5/5 stars!
  6. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir is the second book in a series. It follows Elias, who has escaped and is fleeing the martial empire, Laia, who is going with Elias to break her brother out of prison, and Helene, who is empire’s new blood shrike, trying to keep her family safe. It was a re-read and I loved it just as much as I remember! Definitely 5/5 stars!!!
  7. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh is the second and final book in this series. I liked it, even though my sister hyped it up a lot. It’s about Shahrzad who thought she was on the right side of the war until she found out about the powerful curse plaguing the prince. Now, this fantasy world is on the brink of war. 5/5 stars!
  8. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. I loved this book (just like I do all of Kasie West’s books I’ve read) and I thought it was just a light, sweet contemporary romance. When Gia’s boyfriend dumps her in the parking lot of prom, she quickly finds another person to pretend to be him, to prove to her friends he really exists. In the days after prom though, it’s the fill in Bradley that she’s thinking about and not the regular one. I loved it! 5/5 stars!!

Writing

I feel like I got soooo much writing done this month! I didn’t work that much on my dystopian book, but I worked on the fantasy novel my sister and I are writing quite a bit. I also started writing a contemporary book, but I’m just on the second chapter.

Crochet

I have been working on a lot of Christmas presents this month, and also designing some Christmas tree ornament patterns, which I will hopefully have time to post in December.

Running

I didn’t get much running done this month, mostly because my knee has been hurting a bit. Hopefully in December, I’ll be able to begin again.

Other stuff

I was really busy in November, with getting prepared for Christmas, everything with Thanksgiving, and just a lot of school and stuff. Nothing too important to say in this part.

Posts

Single Line Story Challenge (part two)

The Aesthetic for my Book

Autumn Aesthetic

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West Book Review (Spoilers!!)

10 Random Things I Love ❤

Books I Want to Finish Before the New Year

Pictures

My sister got a new dog!!! She’s so cute!
Some of the pies and the sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving!
We went on a walk the other day and saw a big spider inside a hollow tree. I think my brother took this photo.

Okay, so I hope you had a good November!! I’ll be posting a few Christmas-y posts this month! Okay, byeeeee!!!