Friday, July 10, 2015

Retelling The Story: Weekly Recap #2

I am linking up with these two epic memes:

The Sunday Post Stacking the Shelves
Sunday Post hosted over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer & Stacking The Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Recently In My Life: 

Camp NaNo! What? That's all my life has been recently! So before camp started I did a post talking about what I was going to write.. That post is now a lie. Instead I wrote my first Middle-Grade book in like two years, middle grade is where I started but we don't talk about that book because it's my baby and it's a mess. Anyway, it was so much fun to get back to MG, and, also, it was my first attempt at magical realism and this book... I love it. I finished writing it Wednesday I want to say it was, it's short, 41k, but I was just so sad when I finished it because it was SO MUCH FUN. Since then I took a break, read a bit, caught up on a few things, and I've been outlining a new novel! I'm rambling now so I'll just say it's YA and an Alice In Wonderland retelling. Next week I'm going to try and write 60k in 5 days. Why? My brother dared me to and I can't say no to a dare from my brother!


Where I'm At: 42,129

Where I Should Be: 35,483

How Far Until The End: 57,871

New Books/Read This Week:
For review:





Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets2568329617465470

Brave New Girls was so much fun and just has such an awesome message. Grayson was not my favorite comic or my favorite version of Dick Grayson aka Nightwing. The Royal Ranger was awesome and it was so much fun returning to the world of Ranger's Apprentice after ignoring this book for so long.

Recently On The Blog:
I failed at posting this week...Nothing new though. I'm also so so behind on comments and it makes me feel SO BAD!

Tuesday I shared my top 10 hyped books that I haven't read.

Then I reviewed a short story collection all about badass girls and awesome gadgets called Brave New Girls: Tales Of Girls and Gadgets. Which I LOVED.

I'm hosting a small giveaway to celebrate Camp NaNoWriMo but no, you don't have to be participating to enter, you only have to be interested in winning a few writing related books. =)
Click here to enter!

I have no idea! I'm a  mess, ignore me.

Tell me, how was your week? What are you currently reading??? Any new recommendations?


  1. I've been hearing excellent things for What You Left Behind already and I am so excited for it! I just requested it on NG an hour ago.

    I hope you enjoy your books, Shay <33

    1. Haha, yes! I've been hearing great things too and I loved Jessica Verdi's last book so I couldn't pass What You Left Behind when it came up in Sunday Street Team.

      Thanks Melanie! =)

  2. Congratulations on your MG novel (and that word count!)! I've never written MG, but it sounds like it would be a fun genre to try. And a YA Alice in Wonderland retelling sounds really cool! Best wishes for the 60K in 5 days!

    1. Thanks, Jameson! It is fun and I loved it because I finally felt like I was being mildly successful in writing MG where my first MG attempts are nowhere near being perfect. Obviously this one isn't either but I think I finally got the MG voice down in it at least. ; ) Yeah, I'm super excited for the retelling, it's also a rewrite where I'm changing a book that was supposed to be YA horror into the retelling, it's complicated but should be fun. And thanks! I'm going to need all the luck and wishes I can get. =)

      Hope camp's going well for you too. Let me know how you're doing with your novel! =)

  3. Great haul this week. I really want to check out What You Left Behind. It sounds so excellent. Have an awesome week.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Thanks! And it does sound great doesn't it? I love Jessica Verdi so I was so excited to get this one. =)

  4. Congrats on finishing your MG novel, and good luck on writing 60k in 5 days. I really hope you make it. :) I'm a bit interested in What You Left Behind, so I'm looking forward to your review when it comes. I'm currently re-reading Melina Marchetta's books, and I'm on The Piper's Son right now. It's great. And you already know that I want you to read her books so.. ;D I hope you have an amazing week, and good luck (again)!

    1. Thanks, Petra! I need all the good luck I can get! I need to read them! I'm so behind but I plan on finishing the Finnikin books soon and then I think I'll be forced to get all her contemporaries. =)