Monthly TBR: July

Welcome to July 2021! As we enter the second half of the year, I wanted to talk a bit about goals for the month, to set myself up for success overall. I am going to wait and talk about the six-month goals in the next post for this month, but if you read both, you’ll be able to see how the goals for July are key for succeeding in the rest of the longer-term goals.

I chose the books for this month’s TBR based on a summery theme. The thoughts of beach reads, water, and something cool kept coming into my mind. I live in B.C. and the heat wave here is atrocious. Here is this list I came up with after scouring my shelves.

  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

  • Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler—ARC

  • Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

  • Emily the Strange: Piece of Mind by Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, and Jessica Gruner—Library

  • A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova—Library

  • Radium Girl by Sofi Papamarko

  • Goth Girls of Banff by John O’Neill

  • Rattlesnake Road by Amanda McKinney—Netgalley ARC

  • The Last Heartbeat by Katerina Simms—ARC Team

  • The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill—Netgalley ARC

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

  • Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

  • A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

  • Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

            Hopefully, I’ve chosen a good range of books. Most are summery vibes, but there are also books that I’m reading for The Ormsby Review and others. I’ll leave a link to The Ormsby Review below. I’ll written professionally for them before, and always enjoy the books and the experience.

            I’m writing my novel today, starting at chapter one. Camp NaNoWriMo starts today as well, so I’ve pledged to write 50,000 words through the 31-day month of July. That should bring me to about halfway in my novel if all goes as planned. Alongside writing the scenes themselves, I’ll be continuing to plot my novel using the Save The Cat! Writes a Novel book and the beat sheet inside. I’ve only got 25% left to plan, so it shouldn’t take long. The end of the month is always busy writing posts here, so I’ve gotten behind on the beats through the end of June.

            So, to state my goals for the month, both for myself and those who are interested: I want to write 50,000 words in A Feminist Wizard’s Guide to Gardening, to finish plotting that same book, to read all the books on my TBR, and to continue being happy. I am doing what I love, even if my brain tries to tell me otherwise.

            What are your goals for the month of July? Are you taking it easy in the heat, or ramping up to an impressive accomplishment? Let me know!

            Thank you for tuning in! I can’t wait to get going in the second half of the year, so I’ll leave it there. Happy writing/reading!


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