Quill and Books Reading Challenge- October

How is the challenge going? Have you started? Have you discovered a new book that you love? I hope so!

Time for something scary and intense! I am a big chicken so I don’t often read anything very horror like Stephen King, but I have read a few books in that genre that I like.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Book Review

Miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

This book has been on my to-read list for…well since the book came out. Somehow I never made time for it, until it showed up as a choice on the reading list for my Youth Literature class. Now, it was homework… the best kind of homework ever! I am loving this class which forces me to make time to read some awesome books!

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Girls Who Code Book Review

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This is a book that makes my feminist heart happy. The author, Reshma Saujani, visited a lot of schools and saw that there were many boys in coding classes, but few girls. When she did some number checking, she learned that women only make up 4% of the workforce who code.


Her response to this was to write a book that would appeal to girls and explain what coding is, and the basics of the process of coding. The language of the book is simple and easy to understand. The illustrations are fun and beautifully done.

Below is a sample of what that looks like on the page. 


I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in coding.

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Blogiversary 2018

Happy Birthday!

Quill & Books is TWO years old now! What a ride this is! I have neglected the blog a bit because I’m working as a teacher and working on my MLIS to be a school librarian in addition to being a mom and wife. Let’s just say this has been a hectic year. This year is going to be another one since I have one more year of grad school.

I am working on a new logo. I also redesigned my blog with a new theme and I have reorganized it to have separate pages for reading posts and writing posts. I was delaying this post until I had the logo done, but.. there was a glitch. Creating a unique logo and turning it into a vectorized image is not as easy as it might seem. I have hired this out to someone now. I will let you know when I have it.

Previous Goals

This year my goal was to write some short stories and start trying to get them published. I have one story really polished to perfection, as best I can. I have submitted it to 4 places so far. One gave me an honorable mention. The other 3 were polite rejections. I also have a few other short stories in various stages of progress. So I’m doing pretty good with that goal.

Another goal I had last year was to branch out into the area of writing.

Future Goals

This year I will keep writing book reviews and teach you what I can about writing. I would love to hear from you, dear reader. Is there something you would like to learn about the writing process? Is there a book you think I should read? Post a comment below or email me: quillandbooks at gmail.com

This semester I am taking the Literature for Youth, so you’ll probably see many, many book reviews, but they’ll be a bit more concise due to time constraints.

I hope to give this blog a nice, clean updated look once I have my new brand logo. My hope is to do this by 2019 but I make no promises since this semester is brutally busy with the Literature class requiring me to read and review 2 novels per week. That is good news for you all though! And honestly, I’m super excited about the books I get to choose from, many of which have been on my to-read list.

Now instead of you giving Quill and Books a gift, let me give you a gift. Since we are all readers, you can never have enough bookmarks. Here is a downloadable bookmark for you with what has become my mantra: Dream. Believe. Do.

How to get the Free Bookmarks

Here is the canva link for the bookmark.

Here is another version on the same theme.

or if you prefer here is a Google Doc with both bookmarks.

Let me know if you have any problems downloading them.

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Fire and Heist Book Review

NetGalley gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.

The cover is what grabbed my attention. It is beautiful, don’t you think? Such rich colors. And DRAGONS!! I have a soft spot for all things dragon. I’ve read many books with dragons in it and enjoyed them quite well.  I have not read a book about a were-dragon before now. Continue reading

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Quill and Books Reading Challenge- September

It’s September!

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Reading can help bring understanding. Many people don’t understand what it is like to have a disability. Reading a non-fiction book about a disability can help you understand the facts of it. Reading a book written BY someone with a disability can help you see their world in a new light.

I’ve read a few that stood out because they were so amazing.

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Quill and Books Reading Challenge- August

I am starting a reading challenge. This is meant for Instagram but you can post yours on any platform you wish. My Instagram handle is @fletchers.quill if you want to tag me. This challenge is not too hard if you read an average of one book a month. Each month, I’ll steer you in a direction, maybe in a direction you’ve never been before.

So, here is the first month’s challenge:

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Good Reads


Even though I haven’t reviewed a book lately, I’ve still been reading. I was updating my Goodreads setting and found this little widget that shows what I’ve been reading lately. So I thought I’d share it with you.


What have you been reading lately?

I hope to review some of these in after I finish this semester.

Kathryn’s bookshelf: read

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
The Prosperous Writer's Guide to Finding Readers: Build Your Author Brand, Raise Your Profile, and Find Readers to Delight
The Hammer of Thor
Old Man's War
Leviathan Wakes
How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity
The Fifth Season
The Martian
Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers
Million Dollar Outlines
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Kathryn Fletcher’s favorite books »

Share book reviews and ratings with Kathryn, and even join a book club on Goodreads.

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Character Descriptions

I am one of those crazy people who keep a Bujo (Bullet Journal- if this is new to you, this is a good website to check out.)  I am not going to explain how it all works. Kara Benz explains it much better on BohoBerry.

I would like to show you how I use my Bujo for my writing. I prefer to type my stories, but I do my best brainstorming on paper.

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I am a very visual person, so I treat this somewhat like an inspiration board. I love that this inspiration board goes pretty much everywhere I go. So if a new idea pops into my head at the most inconvenient time, I can jot it down. You can actually see the left image has 3 different writing utensils: black ink, pencil, purple ink.

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One Step Closer

I love books. You know this about me. I love them so much that I dream of seeing a book I wrote on my library shelf. I am not one who sits by and dreams without taking steps to make it happen. One of my strengths is Achiever. (Gallup test) This means I set goals, break it down into steps and relentlessly work towards that goal.

So for my goal to become an author I wrote a novel manuscript and two short stories so far. The manuscript is a mess. Possibly a hopeless mess. A learning experience. The first short story wasn’t bad but I haven’t gotten it to sparkle yet. The second story clicked. I got good feedback from my two critique groups. I shined it up as best I could. I sent it off to Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. It was rejected. No surprise. However, it made it through the slush pile! I celebrated that small victory. Then I moved on, entering it in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. I just received word that it won Honorable Mention!!


They will send me a certificate and I have something to put on my writing resume! They encouraged me to keep writing and submit more stories.

What this means is that there is something that wasn’t quite perfect but I’m really close to getting it right and publishable.

I’m still not published but I am one step closer. I intend to keep writing in my free time and will keep learning.


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