Setting a schedule for reading

With writing taking up most of my time, I have procrastinated on reading university novels so this time I decided to really just research a reading schedule

Pick a list of books you’d like to read.Determine when you will start reading your first book.Select the order in which you’d like to read the books on your reading list.Decide how many pages you will read every day. If you’ve decided that you’ll read 5 pages per day, count the number of pages in the book that you’ve selected to read first.Write the page span (1-5) down on paper next to your selected start date. It’s also a great idea to the write your schedule up on the calendar, so you can track your reading progress by crossing off the date when you’ve finished your reading for that day.

Continue through the book, tracking where each stopping point will be. You may decide to mark the stopping points in your book with a post-it or pencil mark, so the reading will seem more manageable.As you page through the book, you may decide to alter your reading schedule (add or subtract pages for a particular day), so you’ll stop and/or start on a new chapter or section of the book.Once you’ve determined the schedule for the first book, you can move on to the next book on your reading list. Follow the same process of paging through the book to determine your reading schedule. Don’t forget to write the page numbers down next to the appropriate date on a piece of paper and/or on your calendar.

By structuring your reading schedule in this way, you should find it easier to get through those books on your reading list. You can also get your friends involved. Share your schedule with them, and encourage them to join you in your reading. It’s great fun, you’ll be able to discuss your reading experience with others! You could even turn this reading schedule into a book club…

Grammar Tip of the Day

Discover grammar tips, writing help, and fun English language facts.

Here is what an article on Huffington Post said

Reading is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Taking the time to read improves your ability to focus, enhances your vocabulary, strengthens your empathy, and provides new experiences through a variety of characters. Whether you prefer nonfiction, biography, mystery, romance, classics, science fiction, or adventure, it’s not hard to get lost in a good book.

However, as our schedules fill up and we become increasingly exhausted as the week goes on, it can be a challenge to find time to read. That’s why you have to make time.

I’ve gathered the 10 tips that have helped me make time to read every single day:

  1. Read first thing in the morning and/or before bed.

If you don’t want to worry about fitting in reading time during the day, set your alarm to wake you up 30 minutes earlier than usual and begin your day with reading. Or, if you’re someone who needs to unwind before bed, there’s no better way to do that than with a good book.

  1. Don’t leave the house without reading material.

Always keep a book, newspaper, magazine, or reading device in your bag. Don’t give yourself an easy out by not having something to read. You never know when you’ll have a couple minutes of downtime to read a few pages here and there.

  1. Make the most of your commute.

If you don’t have to drive to work, use subway or bus time to catch up on reading. Whether your commute is 15 minutes or one hour, using that time to read is productive and a smart way to start or end your day.

  1. Start small.

Skim the headlines. Read two articles in the newspaper. Tackle one chapter at a time. You don’t have to finish the entire novel right away, you just have to start. Even if you just read a few pages throughout the day when you have a couple of spare minutes. Those minutes and pages add up quickly.

  1. Find books that are of interest to you.

Read books that you actually enjoy. If you only want to read suspense novels, great. If you love business books and autobiographies, read those. When you find a genre or topic that really interests you, making time to read becomes much easier and more enjoyable.

  1. Set goals.

Set a daily time or page limit. Make it a goal to read one book a week. When you set goals for yourself, you have something to work toward.

  1. Start or join a book club.

Start a book club with friends, family, or co-workers. Join an existing book club that meets once a month. Being part of a group will help hold you responsible and motivate you to continue reading.

  1. Exchange shows and movies for books.

At the end of a long day, watching your favorite television show sounds like the greatest idea in the world. Maybe instead of watching two (or three) shows, just watch one and exchange the other hour for reading time. This way you get the best of both worlds and still manage to make progress on that novel you’ve been meaning to read.

  1. Block out time in your calendar.

When you actually carve out a chunk of time in your calendar to read, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable. Taking time for yourself is healthy, and reading is a great way to fit in quiet alone time.

  1. Set reminders for yourself.

Just as you would set a reminder for a meeting or appointment, create reminders for reading. If reading is not yet a habit, it might slip your mind and be pushed off of the agenda. Set cues to keep you on track.

Now, stop making excuses, figure out what works best for you, and happy reading!

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is my favorite book at the moment. If you love the late nineteen fifties with briefcases with stacks of high newspaper spiraled everywhere. The truth is writers like Juliette were still climbing out of their chambers to get ready for another day out as a publisher.

Meet Juliette Ashton, the writer of the London Times who manages just fine as a well-known writer. She receives lettters from a member of a club society. In other words, when he writes to her, he is responding as a fan and pleading for her to be able to come to Guernsey for an opportunity of presenting and reading with them. Of course, the book club was started as a means of actually giving the impression they were not out for saving the pigs that these soldiers took for their benefit in the war. In the end, the book club benefited all of them. 

Juliette comes to the island as her chance to actually meet up with the club to be able to write about them. But secrets threaten to not come out. Especially with Amelia hiding something. There is something she does not know about Elizabeth. Elizabeth was imprisoned but there was something she had done. She had helped a slave who later got shot and Elizabeth was taken to prison. Later she was shot. 

Juliette decides to write the manuscript. And sends it, later declaring her love to Dawcy.

 

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This book is honestly one of the best post-war books especially one concentrating on a small island of Guernsey. There is something about this novel of which romance strikes. Juliette was engaged to Mark and months before they were to be married she canceled it. She had fallen in love with the island of Guernsey and returning to it was with Dawcy – her love.

The girl with the make-believe husband

The girl with the make-believe husband

While you were sleeping, her brother Thomas gets sick and orphaned Cecilia has two choices that she must quickly take up. She must marry a scheming cousin or move in with her maiden aunt and so she chooses the third option which was to travel across Atlanta to take care of her brother. But instead, she finds his brother best friend Edward. He is unremarkable and by the end of the season, he never knew it would be this fast to get married.

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Why I love Julia Quinn

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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing her college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.  She is into historical romances and she has written one of the best New York Bestselling Bridgerton Series.

Her novels are so historical fiction

Historical fiction is so interesting today and especially when our world is heading towards so many despicable things. It is nice to get lost in the life of the olden Victorian ages of England.

 

Her novels are spot on romance

I love her use of words when she writes. She knows how to create a butterfly to flutter in your stomach just by a few words written. You can feel the emotions of the character and what they are going through.

 

Writing with sarcasm and wit

She has a good sense of writing with sarcastic denotations in her skills of words. At the last minute she is able to make you laugh. The way the characters speak is stylish it can be funny. Some of her words are created and this is a sense of a good author.

 

Writing in romance

Her words may start as lust but slowly as the novel goes she is full on love and the repetition is just amazing. So as an author do not rush to make things work out immediately. Write like human emotions. What do you feel when you love?

 

 

 

 

 

Same style

As an author I have learnt that it is important to just voice out your style just to be on the safe side. Like Julia Quinn I learned to create my own voice. She loves to separate her novels to parts. One part is for the heart wrenching first sight. The other is for curiosity. The other is for love. The other is the heart wrenching love. Then marriage and kids.

 

I love her books!

Novembers book 

Miss you by Alex Richell 

Tess is an eighteen year old girl spending her days in Florence before university starts.  She doesn’t know she is a match for Gus- a man who spends too much time with his parents. 

But they say when there is love there can be a long distance relationship.


Julia Quinn! 

Julia Quinn is one of the best olden royal and power regime with names such as Duke, Duchess, Earl and Lady. Sometimes she uses words such as Marquee and Marquees..

Julia Quinns best books are 

The Lost Duke of Wydenham-this book is about Jack Audley the highway man as well as a soldier. He has been the type to rob and carriage and not give a care. But this changed one day when he meets a girl on her carriage he is robbing apparently. Her name is Grace and all they ever feel for each other is intense love that slowly builds up especially from Jack who has never thought would really feel love.


Just like heaven Just like heaven is a very romanctic book by Julia Quinn!  Here Horonia and Marcus battle the emotions that love throws them.. it’s quite romantic because they were friends all along. He knew her since she was six and practically roaming about in the garden in her tutus. Now as adults butterflies flutter. 




Julia Quinn is very much a romantic author. She mixes romance with a bit of flirting and of course some humour. 



when rain clouds gather

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plot Summary

When Rain Clouds Gather is Bessie Head’s first novel. Like much of her other writing, including the short stories she was known for, the novel deals with the effects of apartheid in South Africa. Bessie Head’s writing was actually one of the first ways that many outsiders became aware of the troubling political system of apartheid. The trials and tribulations of her characters while dealing with the segregationist political system, under which blacks were systematically abused, can be seen throughout her works, including in When Rain Clouds Gather.

In the novel, the main protagonist, Makhaya Maseko, flees from the racially charged environment in South Africa to neighboring Botswana, where the story itself takes place. He was involved in a bomb plot back in South Africa, and as the political system is particularly violent towards blacks, he must flee for his life. In Botswana, he befriends Dinorego, and after a time, decides to stay in the village of Golema Mmidi. Makhaya is introduced to a British agriculturalist named Gilbert who is also staying in the village. Dinorego speaks highly of Gilbert, saying that the man is his son and a giving person.

Makhaya also learns that Gilbert has been working on a cattle cooperative for the past three years. Though the villagers are excited about the possibilities of the project, which would make them more independent, Chief Matenge is not happy with Gilbert’s work. In fact, Matenge, who is portrayed as spoiled and authoritarian, has been sent to the village specifically by his brother Sekoto to ensure that Gilbert does not cause too much trouble with his cooperative plans. From all accounts, Matenge and Gilbert are at war over the cooperative and its potential success.

One day, Makhaya is referred to Gilbert by Dinorego. While the two eat, Gilbert assesses Makhaya and finds that he does not seem interested in tribalism, and so agrees to hire him as a worker on the agricultural farm. Gilbert teaches Makhaya how to drive a tractor, and instructs him in agricultural farming. In turn, Makhaya uses his knowledge of the Tswana language to share the agricultural information with the women in Golema Mmidi.

Makhaya’s life is soon changed again when Matenge attempts to get the local police involved in the cooperative’s business. He had tried to get the village elders and others to go against Gilbert’s wishes to put up fencing so as to corral livestock, but failed in doing so. When Matenge informs his brother of this latest development, it is Sekoto who suggests bringing in the police. Makhaya, however, makes a good impression with all those he meets, including George Appleby-Smith, the police constable. The constable even agrees to support Makhaya in his efforts for the village.

Makhaya is also introduced to several other notable individuals, including Paulina Sebeso. Paulina is actually attracted to Makhaya, but he does not initially realize her infatuation. It is not until he is placed in charge of instructing the village women, when the two undertake a large-scale millet project, that Makhaya finally realizes Paulina’s feelings for him. The two become closer over a troubling event involving Paulina’s eight-year-old son. The child worked at a cattle post, but when a famine strikes and kills most of the cattle, the workers are sent home. Paulina asks a rancher, Rankoane, why her son was not sent home as well. She is informed that the child had been sent home some time ago due to a severe cough. An agitated Paulina decides to search for her son, and Makhaya accompanies her into the bush on her search. Sadly, the two find her son’s remains, and when they return to the village, have a funeral for him.

Paulina then receives word that she has offended Chief Matenge, and later finds that her offense has been that she failed to report her son’s death. While on the way to Matenge’s house, a large crowd gathers in support of Paulina, including Dinorego, Makhaya and Gilbert. As the crowd waits outside the chief’s house, George also arrives due to the commotion. Makhaya, tired of waiting, breaks down the door to find Matenge hanging from a rope. The consensus is that he was afraid of the large crowd and so hung himself. George is left to inform Sekoto of what has transpired. Though Makhaya is still plagued by images of Paulina’s deceased son, he takes comfort in the idea of starting a new life with her. He eventually proposes to Paulina, and she eagerly accepts.

The novel deals largely with the struggle between traditional tribal ways and the advances of science. Sekoto and Matenge are representative of the old system, a tribal system where people feel justified in taking advantage of those they deem as their subjects. Gilbert’s cooperative, and the hope that the villagers see in the project, represent progress and scientific advancement. Though it may seem as if scientific advancement wins out over the old ways, Bessie Head’s novel shows how a more balanced approach to the two sides is better: Tradition and older belief systems can exist alongside scientific advancements and independent thinking. The villagers who understand this are truly capable of changing. In turn, their progress is representative of a new system capable of changing apartheid and other old, oppressive systems of government.

Zeela’s statement is an accurate description of the village that is represented in the story. Gomela Mmidi is an underdeveloped village in Botswana and it is no surprise that before Makhaya and Gilbert arrived, the land was a reject, suffering under immense poverty despite being ruled by chiefs of the land. But the arrival of Makhaya and Gilbert was a result of new progress and new things for the village.

 

The undertone in the novel are what keep the novel well above sentimental and futile. Golema Mmidi was the sort of a village to allow traditions and cultures role to the way people ae supposed to be living. This is where woman were subjected to being treated cruelly. Men were in charge of the community. During the chapters when Makhaya arrives in the village; he describes in particular the land of Gomela Mmidi. The village was situated in the eastern part of the country; it received an annual rainfall of at least eighteen inches. But with opportunity and the overpopulation due to overgrazing, the land deteriorated.

 

But there was another fascinating growth taking place with regards of the carrot- seed plants. It further enhanced Gilbert to want to save the land. He then consulted Chief Mantege with his plans. It seemed he was pleased with the way things were going. So Chief Mantege allowed or gave him permission to continue with what he was about to start. But later on the evil side of him showed in which he thought of his reputation as the chief of the village and so this was the time where he tried to stop Gilbert. But the presence of Makhaya changed everything.