Tower Talks || How Habitica Helps Me Do All the Things!

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I have always sworn by the power of a good to-do list.

The problem is, they can be so, so overwhelming, especially when you add things to the pile, or have to move deadlines around! But lately, I’ve been using Habitica, a virtual habit tracker that blends healthy habits with the charm of a simple pixelated RPG, and let me tell you something.

Something big.

Something surprising.

This thing works. And more importantly than that, it makes me feel like I’m really accomplishing things! Let me show you how I’m making it work to my advantage, and when I’m done, maybe you’ll pick up your pixel sword and start slaying your to-do list too! ⚔️

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The Wednesday Pen || NaNoWriMo 2020 Check-In #2

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Is it really NaNoWriMo without a project in crisis?

Last week, I was bound and determined to make tracks on my angsty sentient weaponry WIP. This week, I’ve realized it wasn’t quite ready for NaNoWriMo 2020, and it needs to sit on the back burner for a while longer, until it develops better structure.

Which means in the middle of NaNo, I’m changing my project. And honestly, it’s a bit like stepping off a cartoon cliff. A moment of weightlessness, then a puff of smoke and a high speed plummet to earth.

And weirdly enough, it’s working.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books I Haven’t Read Yet

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Let’s play another round of “My TBR is Definitely Shaming Me Right Now,” shall we?

All the books I haven’t read yet are glaring at me from my shelves demanding to know why they’re not first on the list. Most of them are also demanding to know why they’re not on this list. In the interest of fairness/blaming someone else, we’ll just point the finger at Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for focusing today’s Top 5 Tuesday on TBRs. Obviously, it’s her fault we’re having this conversation. 😂

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The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

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The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

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EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED NOVEMBER 10TH, 2020

3 STARS

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The Wednesday Pen || NaNoWriMo 2020 Check-In #1

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I can’t believe it’s already here.

2020 has been a mess on all counts, and to tell the truth, I’m still rattled from the election yesterday. I’ve actually stayed offline for the most part, so pardon me if I don’t say much about it. NaNoWriMo 2020 is an oasis from the dumpster fire that is the rest of the year, and I’m trying to preserve that so I’m ready for future days.

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Top 5 Tuesday || New Authors

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For all the mess that 2020 has been, it’s still brought some good things.

More specifically, it’s brought wonderful new authors to the stage! Whether they’re debut authors or just new to me personally, these five still fit today’s T5T category (decided by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads), and I can’t stress enough how much I recommend their work!

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Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

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Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

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College life isn’t what Emily expected.

She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home.

But then the Kingdom finds her.

The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous.

And someone ends up dead.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED NOVEMBER 10TH, 2020

4 STARS

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Pub Day Prophecies || November 2020

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November 2020 has just begun, but that’s no reason to slouch! Today, bright and early, the newest prophecies are now available. Take a look at the shiny new books hitting shelves this month, and spend a moment today deciding how to best show them your love!

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