Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but I way behind on my ARCs. This month, I’m hoping to catch up with them. Or at least try to. Thankfully, they are not too long, so there is hope for me. Let’s get into my reading plans.
1. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo — This is the book that I’m currently reading. I only have about 40 pages to go, so it will get finished tomorrow. This book is about a girl who uses the K drama formula to find love. I will talk more about my thoughts when I finish this book. It’s cute though.
2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #3) — Bella over at Bella Blogs Because Books is just about to finish her re-read of A Court of Mist and Fury, which means that it is finally time for our buddy read! I’m so excited to dive into this book, especially after loving the second book in this series so much. If you’re unaware, this is the third and (sort of) final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. If you’re a fan of Maas, I would definitely recommend trying this series out. You might have to trudge through the first book, but the second makes it all worth it.
3. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller — I was supposed to read this last month, but it got away from me. This is one of the ARCs I absolutely need to get to, as it comes out at the end of this month! I’m hoping I enjoy it, I mean our main character is a thief so I’m in. Also, this book features a gender fluid main character and I’m excited to see this representation. I’m hoping it’s good, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for it.
4. The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke — I was so excited to get approved for this book, because it features time travel! I am obsessed with books that involve this theme. I just think the idea of traveling back in time is so cool. This book follows a girl who accidentally time travels back to 1988 East Berlin by a red balloon. Yeah, you read that correctly, a red balloon. It’s sort of a mystery how she managed to do that. There are apparently elements of fantasy in this as well as time travel. I just can’t wait to get to this, it sounds so good and right up my ally. The book comes out September 1st, three days after Mask of Shadows.
5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman — This is the final book on my official TBR for the month. It makes the cut because it is my book club’s Book of the Month. My friend Kim picked this, because she found a copy at a discount bookstore and thought it sounded good. I don’t know much about the book, except that the film adaptation was nominated for an Oscar in the foreign film category. Also, it’s giving me some Clint Eastwood vibes so we’ll see. Grumpy old men can be funny.
Aside from my reading goals for the month, I thought I would also share with you my writing goals as well. Some of these writing goals are blog related and some of them concern my creative writing. I thought it would be fun to keep track of these things over the month and see what I can accomplish.
1. Post at least 1 review a week — I’ve been really shitty at posting reviews. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing them, they just take me a little longer to write. Also, I sometimes struggle to remember what happened in the book since I’m so behind on reviews. I’m hoping by posting at least one a week, I will be able to catch up quicker. I’m planning on releasing these reviews on Sundays, just fyi.
2. Try and come up with discussion topics — Discussion posts are some of my favorite to read and I’ve wanted to write some of my own. The problem is I just don’t know where to start. I don’t want to copy some of the great discussion posts I’ve seen, I want to try and come up with my own. The only idea I have regards adaptations, because I’m into that and I know I have a very different opinion on the subject. However, beyond I have no idea what to write about. If there is anything you’d like me to discuss, please let me know down in the comment section below.
3. Post at least 3 to 4 times a week — Posting more frequently on Book to the Becky is something that I’ve been trying to be better about. Sometimes I struggle to come up with content and other times I’m just lazy. This month I’m going to try and stick to a schedule, and be more creative. Another feature I’ve thought about introducing is one where I talk generally about writing. I’m not an expert writer, so I’m not really sure how I will be able to pull that off, but it’s on the table. We’ll see what happens though.
Creative Writing Goals:
1. Finish a full chapter — When I say a full chapter, I mean one that I’ve started and finished in August. I’m a scene away from completing the chapter I’m currently working on. The next chapter is one I’ve been looking forward to writing and it’s going to be a long one. I want to have it completed by the end of this month, so that I only have one more chapter to write before I reevaluate things. I really want to just get to this point, that way I can go back and figure out some things. There are major issues I need to address, like figuring out the world my characters live in. My characters live in the real world and all go to college, but I need to flesh out the college dynamics more.
2. Come up with a sketch idea — I’m a very comedic writer, no matter what medium I am writing. Sketch writing is something that I got into a few years back, and would like to continue doing. Especially since I want to get more involved in the comedy scene in New York. I’m hoping to crank something out this month.
Those are my reading and writing goals for this month. Hopefully, I’ll be able to accomplish most of the things on this list, especially my TBR. The five books I listed are ones that I actually need to read, otherwise my book club, Bella, and the publishers who sent me ARCs are going to kill me. Wish me luck!
What is on your TBR for this month? Are you planning on reading any of the books I mentioned? If you have any writing goals, please feel free to share those as well. Let’s chat about all of the things in the comments.