Queries + Naps in the Rain // May 2018 Wrap Up

Summer has officially started! Though all it seems to be doing is rain, rain, rain. And more rain. Can you tell it’s been raining A LOT?

Do I mind the rain? Maybe a smidge.

my face at the rain. 

But school is done, and I’ve slept a lot and cleared my brain of French homework and finals stress. Also, work training starting happening. So in-between reading, and sleeping, and starting work, May has been very, very busy. 

    

    

First, I didn’t read as many books this month. Several of the books I read were mega-long. Winter was over 800 pages! It took me 5 days to read it! 

And then several of the books I read were just…actually horrible. I did read a few good book; Winter & Circe. Great books. But several of the books I read were just super bad and gave me a horrible reading feeling. (Especially Ship It. It’s just a very bad book) 

And I’m actually currently reading They Both Die at the End & the Raven Boys. but since May is officially over Thursday, I should have them done by the end of the month. Especially since the Adam Silvera book is due back at the library. Sadness = they won’t let me renew more than 3 times.

May has been my Query Month. As in, I’m researching tons and tons of agents and I’ve started writing lots of query letters.

Pros of writing query letters 

➤ A daily reminder you finished writing a book.

➤ Maybe getting an agent?

➤ Talking about your book to random strangers

Cons of querying 

➤ Never hearing back

➤ A lot of emotional energy

➤ So much work and research

➤ Very little room to be creative and actually write

As you can see, querying is a ton of work. Super emotionally exhausting. Completely saps creativity. At least, for me.

me, after working on queries 

Maria talks about finding inspiration for blogging. If you’re looking for creativity check out her post!

May chats about social pressure with #ownvoices books. It’s a super important topic, and her discussion is very on point.

Do you love bookish friendships? Malanie chats about her fav book friends and how to write awesome friendships.

Savannah discusses Native American representation and her own personal story. An amazing post!

Cait dishes on being an author and things authors love & hate. So relatable!

Olivia shares her summer TBR. Not only is it inspiring, but we’re both trying to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! Anyone else reading those books?

/// Popular Posts ///

   

I talked so much about my opinions this month! Which is ALWAYS fun and popular. It’s great when you can write about something that’s super easy and fun to talk about and people enjoy it. (kind of like writing a book, maybe? Depends on the book, ha!)

Speaking of books, I chatted about my WIP. Which was a great relief from writing queries. And helped me get back into a creative mood. Because I even started writing a prequel

Also, random search info. Someone searched Harry Potter characters and landed on my blog? THIS IS COOL!
And people keep searching for info about Mike Duncan’s book on Lafayette and landing on my blog? Inner Lafayette fangirl is very happy.

Now for official numbers…

➤ Views – 900+ Since I’m posting this before the official last stroke of May, I may actually have a 1,000 views this month? Which would be super incredible!

➤ Followers – 13 new followers! Almost to 200 subscribers!?! WOW!

➤ Comments – 146

I officially started a Booktube channel! I’m only posting about once a week, since it’s a ton of work. Also, if you’re asking, Elizabeth, are you doing all this at the same time? Writing, blogging, reading & booktube?

The answer, pretty much. It’s not overwhelming right now, so long as it stays that way, life is good!

Also, feel very free to subscribe to my youtube channel. It’s going to be fun!

I’ve also discovered Madame Secretary on Netflix and I’m in love??? Where has this show been? I’m so happy all the seasons are on Netflix, I’m almost done with season 1. NO SPOILERS ALLOWED.

Apparently, I have Blake like superpowers of finding time to do everything. 

Oh, I did watch Infinity War. And it killed me. And I was able to watch Black Panther again when it came out on DVD. That helped my Infinity War heartbreak.

My TBR is ALL OVER THE MAP. I keep picking up books at the library and that kind of ruins my TBR because they’re never the books I meant to start reading???

Renegades – I’ve heard really mixed things about this Marissa Meyer book. Yes, The Lunar Chronicles started out very slow and this is supposed to be mega slow, too? But the sequel was just announced and I can’t resist trying it out.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I’ve grabbed the ENTIRE series from the library and I’m looking forward to my buddy read! And it’s 3 whole books, but they’re all nice and short.

Queens of Geek – Do I have any idea what this book is about? NOPE. But the pink cover is enough to scream, read me!

Royal Bastards – Is this about kids who are nothing becoming something? Maybe doing something sword-fighting and epic? Maybe? I don’t really know but I’m looking forward to checking it out.

The Poppy War – This book is brand new and I just heard about it. Heavy themes and graphic content, but I’ve heard AMAZING things. But when I’m talking graphic, I’m talking REALLY bad. As in, this book is based of the Rape of Nanjing, so it’s horrendous violence and war theme.

A Reaper at the Gates – RELEASE DAY IS SO SOON! And I am heading to the store on June 12th to pick it up because I am addicted and need this book immediately!!!

The Romanov Empress – I am a huge fan of imperial Russian history and the Romanovs have always fascinated me. I’m thrilled to check out this ARC.

A THIRD SIX OF CROWS BOOK? Leigh just dropped this amazing new information on Sunday and the book world is now aglow with rainbows and happiness! I am ecstatic. Just so excited! though her disclaimer about many years down the line makes me nervous.

This is VERY exciting. I need a book about Kaz and Inej on her pirate ship. Just more happiness.

Reaper at the Gates comes out in less than 2 weeks and I CANNOT WAIT! I know you probably haven’t heard me mention this book at all, but I am very eager for the cruel torture that is Sabaa Tahir’s writing.

lets chat

How was your May? Are you officially on summer break? Is it pouring buckets of rain at your place?

Are you excited for a possible third Six of Crows book? Isn’t this the best news? 

Are you prepared for A Reaper at the Gates? 

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20 Comments

  1. May 30, 2018 / 11:11 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a pretty amazing month even if you didn’t enjoy all of your reads. And querying is hard… Well it sounds like your blog and new youtube channel are doing well which is awesome! I haven’t even read Six of Crows yet but am excited to hear that there may be a third book! I hope you have a relaxing June! 🙂

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Oh, I hope you can read Sic of Crows soon! It’s such a fantastic read!

  2. May 30, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    Ohhh wow, you had an amazing month!! So many great reads (I’m looking at Circe, hehe). And that’s so exciting that you started a YouTube channel as well, I hope you have a great time with it. <3 The SoC book #3 reveal was defnitely the highlight of this month. :')

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Circe was a fantastic book! And I can’t wait for Leigh’s new books, though it may be a while!

  3. May 30, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Oh I’m sorry to hear it’s been raining a lot, I’m sending you the sunshine we’ve been having here, hoping it reaches you! 🙂
    Best of luck for querying, it sounds like a tiring process, but I’m sure it will ultimately be very rewarding as well. I believe in you and in your stories, Elizabeth, you can do this <3 <3
    Also I have no idea how you manage reading, blogging, booktube and everything else, you probably have some magical powers here somewhere haha. SHARE THEM? PLEASE? hahaha 😛
    I'm happy to see Queens of Geek on your TBR next, can't wait to hear what you think of that one, I really enjoyed it 🙂
    Have a wonderful month! <3 <3

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Ah, thanks so much, Marie! And I’ll try to see if I can trade sunshine for superpowers, hehe.

  4. May 31, 2018 / 7:42 am

    Madam Secretary is my current favorite tv show! I’m all catch up and I can’t wait for the next season! 😀

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Oh, I can’t wait to keep watching! It’s just soooo good!

  5. CG @ Paper Fury
    June 1, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE 3RD SIX OF CROWS BOOK. OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN BLESSED!! *flails* Also totally agree about the emotional energy for querying.😭Like just waiting to hear back is exhausting?! And technically it’s been like 5 years since I was querying but I’ms till waiting to hear back from a couple of agents. Hahahah. *falls over* Ahem. Anyway I wish you all the best and hope it goes fast for you!!

    And ooh that looks like an amazing upcoming TBR! I really love To All The Boys. SO CUTE. And I just got the Poppy War today and holy heck I could stand on it and be a normal height. I forgot how terrifyingly large fantasy books are haha.

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:24 am

      Leigh is an ANGEL of blessing in all readers lives. It’s so exhausting just waiting..and waiting…And you pour your heart and soul in each query…so that’s hard. How can agents not have replied in 5 years???
      Oooohhh, I’ve only seen the Poppy War online so I didn’t know it was a gigantic tome! But I’ve heard the BEST things so I hope it’s at the bookstore soon!

  6. June 1, 2018 / 10:51 am

    You had such a busy month! Superpowers, indeed! I had no idea there was a Romanov-related ARC floating out there in the universe… may have to dig into that because I love that snippet of history! 🙂

    Good luck on your continued query-writing adventures. That’s such a hard part of being an author, I hope you get some lovely news soon!

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:24 am

      Oh, yeah, you should check out Netgalley, the Romanov related ARC was on there! And querying is the worst =( but hopefully, it will be definitely worth it!

  7. June 1, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    when I found out Leigh was doing another book I began to cry???? AND THEN SHE SAID MANY YEARS AND i COULD NOT COPE. how can she tease us this wayy???? I’m probably going to be like 90 yo before get to see Kaz nad Inej on a pirate ship and ldskfjlskfsl HELPPPPPP
    also I love to look at the raven boys cover and stare at them c: I feel so emotionally attached to them all. I need to do a “characters I’m emotionalyl attached to” post v soon and adam + gansey + noah are going to be mentioned
    also query month sounds like hell :O BUT FLAVIAN AND EDRIC ARE WORTH EVERYTHING c: c:

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:29 am

      I am still ecstatic over the Leigh news?!?!?! It was just such a surprise? Ohhhh, I can’t wait to read your characters and emotions post! How would you choose just a few for a post? Mine might be just one long ode to Gilbert Blythe, Jem Carstairs, and Sydney Carstairs.

      • June 4, 2018 / 2:22 pm

        i feel sad bc I haven’t met these three sunshines. BUT THEIR NAMES ARE SO NICE

  8. June 1, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Oooh I just picked up They Both Die At The End and I can’t waitttt to read it – although it’s supposed to be a massive tear-jerker and I’m not sure I can deal with all the tears !!! Lovely post x

    Grace Louise || http://www.gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk/

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Oh, Adam SIlvera is so gifted with pain and tears….I don’t know why I keep reading his books, haha!

  9. June 3, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    Winter!! I liked it too even though I didn’t really like Winter herself. Oh yikes, querying sounds tough. I wish you all the best. :)) Oh, a Youtube channel! That’s so fun.

  10. June 3, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Ughh I wish my summer would come sooner but I still have to get through all my finals!! But I am SO excited for a third SoC book and I hope it’s not *too* far off from now.

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