Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Exciting Events and Summer Reading and Writing Goals

Ahhhhhh, summer. What do you think of when someone says the word "summer?" I think of flowers, the park, my friends, my family, my dog, the beach, the ocean, animals, ice cream, the pool, bare feet, friendship bracelets, the sun, and books, books, books. Books beyond books. I think everybody reads more in the summer, and not just because things are less busy in the summer, but because there's a wonderful feeling when you read underneath a tree in the summertime or by the pool under the sun.

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I'm planning to read and write a lot this summer, not that I don't during the winter, fall, and spring. ;) This is also the first year I can participate in the teen summer reading program at our libraries. Some books that I'm planning to read this year are:

1. Any book in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.
2. Catching Fire and possibly some other books from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.
3. (Maybe) The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
5. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong.
6. Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale.
7. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
8. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins.
9. I would say Allegiant by Veronica Roth but (sadly) that doesn't come out until October 22 of this year (SQUEE!!!!) (Wow, the 22 must be a good date for books and movies that I like. Did you know the "Catching Fire" movie is coming out on November 22? !!!!)
10. Many, many, MANY other books.

My writing goals for this summer are:

1. To finish editing either A Cherry Pie, an Iguana, a Silver Dollar, and a Spitball Fight or The Sorceress.
2. Write a new novel.
3. Win a writing contest.
4. Write a short story.
5. Write a poem.
6. Query agents until I (hopefully) find one willing to represent my book.

Some exciting events this summer:

1. I'm taking a writer's workshop in June!
2. I'm going to Taylor Swift's "Red" concert with my parents, little brother, and BFF in July!
3. Some of our best friends are (hopefully) moving here this summer! If not this summer, then probably sometime later this year!

How about you? Do you have any reading or writing goals for this summer? Do you have any exciting things happening? Leave a comment! :D


Bethy said...

Oh I wish I could read more in the summer! I work with a summer ministry so my summer is eaten away by that. (Not a bad thing mind you) I would love to be able to write more in the summer though. I want to finish my WIP before NaNo this year. We'll see how that goes. :)

Oh! You should put the Books of Bayern on your list! They are absolutely amazing! I cannot express how much I love them in mere words! :)

What I think of when I hear summer is; flip flops, the pool, friends, softball, heat, laughter, long car rides with awesome music, mountain dew, ice cream, teaching 5 Day Clubs (that's my summer job), and happiness. :) Summer is amazing.

musingsfromnevillesnavel said...

I'm not much of a Taylor Swift fan, but that's cool that you get to go to a concert! :D

Jeff Goins said...

Start with The Hunger Games trilogy. Those books are great.

Boquinha said...

Great post. Summer is fantastic. I totally agree that reading outside is wonderful - magical even.

I know a lot of those books are repeats for you and it looks like some are new, too. Plus, I've seen the piles (and piles and piles) of books in your reading nook. ;) Awesome.

Dr. Mark said...

Looks like you're in for a great summer! I hope you meet every one of your goals. If anyone can do it you can.

seventytwofishes said...

Oh, I have so many reading goals! Unfortunately, age and responsibility mean I read less than I would like to. I'll try to read a couple of my book group's selections. I also would like to read "The Unschooler's Handbook" and "The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading." We'll see!

Zelia said...

I am very impressed with your list. I also love to read outside. My Ipad has so many books that I have not read yet. I wish I was as dedicated as you are. You are totally awesome.

The Magic Violinist said...

Hey, I want to do that, too! :D I'll check out the "Books of Bayern" ASAP!

I am SOOOOOOO excited! :D

I love those book! :D I read "The Hunger Games" in one night/the next morning.

Yes, that list could've gone on and on and on and on . . .

Is it cheating if I start in May? ;) Summer starts in May, for me, since Park Days start.

Book clubs are a great way to get you reading, even if you don't have time! :D

Having all of your books in one place is super handy. ;)