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July Monthly Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Welcome back to Blogging with Reese!

It’s now officially August (and it has been for the past 6 days), and so although this post is a bit late, I’m doing a July monthly wrap-up! Wow, it seems like the further we get into 2021 the faster it goes.

Now, as you know, I’ve been posting on Fridays, but I feel like that’s too restricting, because I’ve also been wanting to post on other days, so I have decided to just post whenever. You can expect a post once or twice a week from now on!

Anyways, on with the wrap-up!

  1. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

2. Matched by Ally Condie

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3. Crossed by Ally Condie

Rating: 2 out of 5.

4. Catherine’s War by Julia Billet

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

5. The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

6. Unlocked by Shannon Messenger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

7. Reached by Ally Condie

Rating: 2 out of 5.

8. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

Rating: 4 out of 5.

9. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero

Rating: 4 out of 5.

10. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

11. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Rating: 3 out of 5.

12. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Rating: 3 out of 5.

13. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Rating: 4 out of 5.

14. We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

15. Timeriders by Alex Scarrow (DNF, 20% through it)

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Wow, looking back, I feel like it was forever ago that I read some of these books, not just 4 weeks.

As you can see, I have only one DNF (because I try to finish as many books as I can). It was just so cheesy and nothing happened, so I had to DNF it. On the other hand, I finally read Unlocked!!!! I’ve been waiting for months (spoiler-free review coming soon!)!

Believe it or not, July was actually a pretty productive month for writing for me. I wrote 5 blog posts (okay, not super productive…), but my friend and I started working on a script together (I’m not sure what for, just kind of for writing), and we’ve been having a lot of fun with that!

We’re also gonna write and preform a skit for our school talent show! Well, it’s like a talent show, but there aren’t specific winners.

I didn’t exactly do a whole whack of stretching and become super flexible, but I did stretch consistently, and that’s what matters. I’m hoping to stretch more in August as well.

(This category is for pretty much anything else I did in July)

I went on a 3-day trip to Kazbegi National Park, so that was a lot of fun! We went hiking to Gergeti Glacier, and kinda got rained out, but we still hiked a long ways. (Comment if you want a full post on this trip!)

I also have been volunteering at the dog shelter a lot, and taking tons of pictures of the pups for the dog shelter website, which I’m really enjoying! We’ve dressed some of the puppies up in little costumes and done puppy photoshoots! The dogs are so sweet, and each of them has their own personality.

Speaking of animals, some kittens have moved into my neighbourhood, so I’ve also been spending time feeding, taking care, and photographing them!

Also, I saw Hamilton, and I have discovered that I absolutely LOVE it. I listen to the songs all the time; on my way to babysitting, while I’m doing the dishes, or doing school projects (though not a lot of work actually gets done when I’m listening to music).

Overall, July was a pretty fun month for me!

How was your July? Have you seen Hamilton? Where’s your favourite spot to go on vacation? Dogs or cats? What’s the best book you read in July?

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June Monthly Wrap-Up!

Hello guys!

I aM bAcK fRoM mY hIaTuS!!!

Ahhh I missed blogging so much! But, I feel like it’s good that I took that break, because now I am back, and I have lots more inspiration for future posts!!

So, without further ado, I bring to you today’s post! June Monthly Wrap-Up!

Ok, I know that some of you may be slightly angry at me for this, but I read HOO (Heroes of Olympus)…

for the first time.

I don’t know how I have not read it before, but somehow I never did… I read PJO (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) around 3-ish years ago, and then moved on to other books I guess…? Anyways, I read pretty much the whole series (excluding The Blood of Olympus, which I’m about half-way through [and had to drag myself away from to write this post]) in June, so yay!

  1. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

2. The Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3. The Messengers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

4. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

5. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

6. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

7. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

8. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

9. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

10. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

11. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, as you can tell, I pretty much just invented binge-reading. And as to how I’m able to read them so fast, I decided that it was worth it to download each PDF on my tablet, versus waiting for an 8 week hold to come in at the library.

Hehehehehehehehehehehehe (can this whole section be like that?)

Um, well, uh, I don’t really have any excuse. I just didn’t write a whole lot. I mean, I caught up on my diary a bit, but not a lot of story/poem/blog post writing went on during the month of June. However, one of my July goals is to work on my writing some more, so yay!

I did a whole lot of stuff in June, from going on vacation to the beach (which I’ll write a post on soon!), to hanging out with my friends, and also reading. I read a lot. Ohhhhhh and one other super awesome thing! I started babysitting! I have literally wanted to babysit since I was 10!

The beach was super fun, and I did a lot of cool stuff! I spent a lot of time with my family, and I also took a break from school (okay, well, I went to 2 clubs because I couldn’t just not go to school for an entire week. Call me crazy, I know).

I listened to music a lot (anybody else out there who is listening to Sour non-stop?), especially on my way to babysitting.

I also worked on my photography and videography, and of course, video editing too.

  1. Write 2 times a week
  2. Practise my gymnastics more (*clears throat* you may notice that there was no ‘stretching’ section for June…)
  3. READ MORE — um, obviously
  4. Blog once a week (more about that below)
  5. Work on my español because it’s gotten kinda rusty

I hope you enjoyed this somewhat ramble-y post today!

I have one last small announcement to make. My posting schedule is changing. I’m gonna be posting once a week, probably on Fridays. I might change it back to 2x a week soon, but for now I’m just gonna try once a week.

Some posts to look out for:

  • My vacation at the beach
  • 500 followers contest (not saying what it’s about yet)
  • Volunteering at the dog shelter

and lots more!

See ya later!

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May Monthly Wrap-Up

Heya guys!! How are you?

Eeeeek we’re already almost halfway through 2021! How did that happen? Is it just me, or does it seem like 2021 is going by super fast?

Anyways, today I have another monthly wrap-up! This time it’s for May!

Oh…. hmmmm….. well, May wasn’t my best month for books… I started listening to an audiobook about halfway through, and since then I haven’t read much. Audiobooks just aren’t really my thing I guess. I had to encourage myself to listen to it.

  1. Lodestar by Shannon Messenger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

2. Nightfall by Shannon Messenger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3. Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Rating: 4 out of 5.

5. Song for A Whale by Lynne Kelly

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

6. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Rating: 3 out of 5.

7. Legacy by Shannon Messenger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

8. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (DNF)

Rating: 2 out of 5.

9. The Benefits of Being An Octopus by Ann Braden (audiobook)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, as you can see, I didn’t read a lot (I mean, compared to my 12 books from last month), but oh well… I’ll try to read more in June!

As for what I read, it was all pretty good; except for Stardust – I just found it to be really slow. I reread three KotLC books, so that was fun! And the other standalone books were pretty good!

Writing… ahhh… I wrote blog posts. Oh, and I also wrote a couple things for different magazines. But mostly blog posts.

I was participating in Evin and Maggie’s We Dare You To Blog challenge, so in case you’re wondering why all of my posts were weird this past month, that’s why 😂

The dares were super fun, and I really enjoyed doing them because they got my brain thinking about how to do that dare without making it seem like I was doing a dare 🤪

Here are my posts for May:

Hopefully you enjoyed reading all these posts, and they actually made sense to you!

I have improved a lot in my stretching! I did a post about my stretching goals a while ago, so you can go read that (link above)!

Overall, I think I’ve improved a lot, and I’m gonna keep on practising!

(yes this category is new)

I know I haven’t really posted/updated a lot about my life lately, so I’m gonna add it into here.

Our apartment building got a new apartment dog, which is exciting! His name is Brutus and he’s A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. He’s the puppy in my latest photography post!

I’ve been going to lots of classes and school stuff! I’ve been super busy with working on things for my school’s magazine, plus filming and editing videos for my school’s vlog on Youtube.

I’ve been thinking about starting my own Youtube channel, so I’ve been looking into that.

I’ve been volunteering at a local dog shelter lots too, and that’s really fun!

We’ve also been going on trips to different parts of Georgia and hiking! (the featured image is a pic I took in Akhaltsikhe!)

Overall, my life’s been okay, if super busy!

  1. Stretch more
  2. Read more
  3. Film at least one video for Youtube channel
  4. Blog 2x a week
  5. Practise singing multiple times a week!

I hope you enjoyed reading this wrap-up!

In the comments, what are your goals for June? What was your favourite part of May? Would you like to see a post on volunteering at the dog shelter?