A Month In Review – ROW80 Check-In 5 and Wrap-Up

Hello gentle reader,

you may have noticed my last ROW80 Check-In was… 6 weeks ago. I was supposed to check-in every week, but life got hectic in May and I chose to use the little free time I had to read and write instead of checking in. But now we’ve reached the end of this Round and it’s only fair that I let you know how I did.

ROW80 Check-In

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My goal for this round was to read or write every day.

This round I read 8 novels, 1 novella and 2 non-fiction books for research. I also beta-read 2 manuscripts. My goal being to read one book per week this year, I’m on target here!

This round, I also added 14K to my Work In Progress. It’s not as high a word count as I wanted it to be, but considering that I’m editing my other manuscript at the same time, it’s a good number, I think.

What I’ve been reading

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock (YA Urban Fantasy)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (YA Epic Fantasy)

Murder (Mayhem #2) by Sarah Pinborough (Historical Fantasy)

Debutantes by Cora Harrison (YA Historical)

Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter (YA Historical)

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi (YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian)

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi (YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian)

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa (YA Paranormal/Dystopian)

Born of Corruption: A Born of Illusion Novella by Teri Brown (YA Historical Fantasy)

What I’ve been watching

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

Places I’ve been

I went to London this week, and walked around Foyles’ new flagship bookstore.

It’s an amazing place, with a huge YA section.

EM Castellan - Foyles 1

EM Castellan - Foyles 3

I also went to Liberty on Regent Street, one of my favourite department stores in London.

I just love its Tudor revival building!

EM Castellan - Liberty

What’s next

In July I’ll be taking part in CampNaNoWriMo, another writing challenge. Feel free to join in!

How was your ROW80 Round? Make sure to share your writing progress and what inspired you in the comment section below! And here is the Linky to check out the other ROW80 posts.

4 thoughts on “A Month In Review – ROW80 Check-In 5 and Wrap-Up

  1. Sounds like you’ve achieved a lot recently. I’d love to go to that Foyles bookshop in London – and Liberty. I’ve never been to either. We have a Foyles here in Bristol but it’s not very big. 🙂

  2. Beth Camp says:

    Congratulations on doing what is most important — writing, writing, and reading. Your post shows a lovely range of reading tied the writing and wonderful sidetrips to bookstores. May the next round go well for you. I’m not sure ever how to balance writing one project with editing another, but persevere!

  3. Sounds like you’re making wonderful progress on your goals. I understand having to put blogging on the back burner for a while. There are only so many hours in the day, and writing comes first.

    I’m also trying to read one book per week, though one of the books I chose was a beast (very long with slow pacing), so I’m a little behind and trying to catch up.

    Good luck with Camp NaNoWriMo!

  4. Lauren Garafalo says:

    Such a productive round!! I love the way you listed all the books you read throughout the round. It’s nice to see a bigger chunk of time than just a week. (I may steal it mwahahaaa. But that would require I actually check in.) 14,000 new words is amazing! Big congratulations on that and all your hard work on editing. I want to read all the things, you know. Really looking forward to CampNanoing with you ❤

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