Summer Reading and Writing!

Hey everyone!

I have done my best to do somewhat monthly posts for a long time but I have no school for about 5 weeks now and will hopefully be able to write some more posts for you guys. I have quite a few books I’m hoping to read so you can expect some reviews!

Today I wanted to let you all know what books I’m hoping to read and give you a writing update.

Here we go!

Books to Read:

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

I saw Laura on a panel at YALLFest last year and read Ash Princess over Christmas break. I’ve been looking forward to reading this sequel since it was released and plan to kick off my summer reading with it.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Another book I’ve been anticipating for a while and just haven’t gotten to yet. It sounds absolutely magnificent and I adore Julie’s book The Passion of Dolssa. 

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Apparently I’ll be spending my summer catching up on all of my anticipated 2019 releases that have already come out. I’ve also been predicting Sevérin to be a new crush so we’ll have to see if I was right or not.

I’m just focusing on these three for now, but I would like to add in at least one classic as well. Chances are I’ll end up reading The Great Gatsby again because I hope to expand and publish an essay I wrote on it.

Writing:

Captain Guinevere Book #3 is a top priority. I am having a lot of trouble finding a direction for this book but an idea came to me last night and I’m going to try it and see how it goes. I have a nice looking Pinterest board for it though and that’s definitely helpful. I made an aesthetic today that I may share here as a draft gets closer to being finished.

Edit The Nikolai Project. I’ve started this already (draft #2 is in progress!) and there is so much work that has to be done. But I love every second of it and I intend to work my butt off on this thing so I can a) start querying agents and b) start writing a potential sequel (no promises but I have an idea that I really love for two of the side characters to have their own full-length novel).

Expand my essay on The Great Gatsby. My English teacher suggested I do this and I honestly loved writing the essay. I’m hoping to expand it and submit it for publication.

There’s a lot to do this summer but I am really, truly excited about all of it.

What are your summer plans?
-Clara

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8 thoughts on “Summer Reading and Writing!

  1. Currently exploring Montreal, Canada right now.

    Mostly doing ACT and SAT test prep this summer so I can (hopefully) get into a swanky school like Harvard or Oxford.
    You doing any testing?

      1. It’s just absurd to me (and most people I talk to, actually) that no two brains are the same, everyone has their own different interests, passions, and talents, but almost every American high school student is given or denied scholarships based on how well they do on the same test every other student takes. We’re judged on tests, not character. Math/science kids are told that if they can’t analyze literature they aren’t good enough, and conversely, art/literature kids are told that if they can’t solve equations using formulas they will never use again, they are not good enough. Quite frankly, the entire concept of a standardized test is ridiculous. In fact, Frederick J. Kelly, the creator of standardized tests, said that “these tests are too crude to be used and should be abandoned.”

  2. By querying agents, do you mean you’re going to publish The Nikolai Project traditionally? If so, that’d be pretty awesome. 🙂

      1. Ahhh that’s so cool! Wishing you the best of luck!! Though you hardly need it, TNP is absolutely amazing~ 😁

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