What I Read in July


July was a weird month for reading. I kept bouncing from one book to the next without actually finishing any of them for most of the month. Then in the final week of July I reached the end of multiple books. It was a bit strange to close out the month with so many conclusions. I’m not sure that’s happened to me before.

Books I finished reading in July:

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab
  • Rogue Protocol – Martha Wells
  • Persuasion – Jane Austen

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells

What did you read in July? Have you ever jumped around between different books only to finish several of them within a few days on each other? I’m still not sure how I feel about it even now.

What I Read in June

June felt really chaotic. I think I got too caught up in the number of books I was reading at once and I felt overwhelmed. Because of that, some of the books have been moved to the back burner until I finish a few more or feel a bit more equipped to handle reading many books at once again.

Books I finished reading in June:

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  • The Night Masquerade – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Artificial Condition – Martha Wells

Books I’m currently reading:

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  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab
  • Rogue Protocol – Martha Wells

What books did you read in June? Do you ever find yourself reading too many books at once? What do you do when that happens? I’d love some tips and tricks for dealing with starting too many books.

I’m Finally Ready to Think About Camp NaNoWriMo

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It took me much longer than usual to feel ready to think about about Camp NaNoWriMo this time around. Typically, I’m getting geared up for Camp a month ahead of time. This time it is June 29 and I’m just getting around to creating my project over on NaNoWriMo.

My plan is an old plan you’ve heard before if you’ve read posts about my projects for prior Camp NaNo events. I want to write more of draft 3 of The Dreams.

I have some doubts about whether or not this is the best way to set myself up for a winning word count in July. On one hand, this is the project I want to write. On the other hand, I have been struggling with my writing in general lately and The Dreams in particular. Focusing on this project might make it easier to carry bad habits and bad feelings about my writing with me into July. Writing something else could give me a fresh start. However, I need to write what I want to write. Forcing myself to work on something else won’t make rebuilding the habit of writing any easier.

I have a secondary goal for the month of July. I want to rebuild my writing habits. My mental health hasn’t been the greatest lately, but I can tell I’m starting to feel better over the last week or two. I’m ready to build myself back up again. The biggest part of myself that I’ve lost in all this is my writing. It’s time to get it back.

The NaNo community isn’t quite as active during Camp events compared to the main event in November, but I’m going to be out there picking up as much good energy and inspiration as I can next month. Send good vibes and encouragement if you have any to spare!