Simone Read What? – September & October

Simone Read What? – September & October

Am I finally reading books again? Do I actually have something to review? I don’t think anyone would be surprised if I didn’t, considering how bad my reading slump was this summer. (Spoiler: it was really bad) Well, y’all… I finally managed to read a few books.

Honestly, I’m just as surprised as you are. I still wouldn’t say I’m out of my slump; most of the books I read over the past two months were for work research purposes and because I decided to try a free trial of Kindle Unlimited. Still, at least I’ve been reading something other than the hundreds of thousands of words I’m required to read/edit for my job every month!

Here’s what I read in September and October!

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Once Upon a One Night Stand – Story Seasons & Updated FAQ

Once Upon a One Night Stand – Story Seasons & Updated FAQ

If you’ve been keeping up with the new chapters of Once Upon a One Night Stand or Roses & Thorns on Radish, you’ve probably noticed how those stories are now split into a little something called “seasons.”

What are these seasons, you ask? Well, it’s a new organizational tool for stories. Think of them like seasons of a TV show, only for books! For longer stories, grouping chapters into seasons can help break things up so you’re not so overwhelmed by the sheer number of them. For series, writers can combine several books into one, so that readers don’t have to exit the first book to find the others in the series. So “season 1” would be the first book in the series, “season 2” would be the second book, etc.

I think it’s a fantastic way to help both writers and readers feel more comfortable with stories that might have hundreds (or even thousands) of chapters. I’m a big fan of it!

Now, I want to explain how I organized the seasons of Once Upon a One Night Stand. If you’ve been reading the story, you might have already noticed, but here’s a full breakdown of the seasons and an updated FAQ about the story!

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Simone Read What? – June, July, August ’20

Simone Read What? – June, July, August ’20

Can I even call myself a reader anymore? I’ve barely picked up a book these past few months, and when I do, I manage to read about 20 pages before falling asleep. The combination of quarantine boredom and adult responsibilities have left me wanting to simply veg out in front of Netflix rather than attempting to use my brain to read. By 6pm every night, I’m ready to turn that thing off and mindlessly watch an early-2000s TV show that I’ve already seen 5 times.

All of that said, I did manage to read a handful of books. Like, literally a handful… or even less than a handful.  I only managed to read four books, okay. Yes, I read four books in three months. Feel free to drag me.

If you want to know what I (somehow) managed to read, click on!

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Simone Read What? – April & May ’20

Simone Read What? – April & May ’20

It feels almost wrong to be posting about books with everything going on in the world right now, but I need this little corner for my own mental health and well-being. The murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests for justice have once again shown me how little Black lives mean in the structure of American society. This is nothing new to me. I’ve known this for practically my whole life, considering I’m Black. Mixed and light-skinned, yes, but still Black. But I realize that I am privileged in so many ways and I, and everyone else who has certain privileges, needs to use them for good. Not just during times like these, but always.

While I and many others may not be able to physically join the protests for various reasons, we can still use our voices to speak out by signing petitions. We can donate. We can confront the racism that exists in our own lives, in our social groups, in our families. We must continue to shout to the world that Black lives matter.

Please join me in that. We cannot stay silent, now or ever.

Now, back to books.

Disappointed to say that I didn’t read much in April and May, two months that went by fairly quick. And what I did read… well, there were more duds than good reads.

(And please note, all of these reviews and my end note were written in April and early May, so my tone is a little more light-hearted than these times currently call for)

Here’s what I read in April and May…

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Still in Bloom – Why I Decided to Continue Roses & Thorns

Still in Bloom – Why I Decided to Continue Roses & Thorns

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, my work on Wattpad, or my work on Radish, you probably know that I decided to continue the first book in the Fairytale Series, Once Upon a One Night Stand.

As of today, there are over two-hundred (yes, I said 200) new chapters of OUAONS. Wild, right? When I said I wanted to fill in all the blanks of the Fairytale Series timeline, I meant all the blanks. There is no stone left unturned!

When I finished Roses & Thorns last year, I felt like the story and the series could be wrapped up there. And to be honest, it can absolutely stand just as it is. But there was that nagging feeling that there was still so much more I could do with Rose and Khalid. Plus, there were a few loose ends that would have been cool to explore.

So when Radish once again came to me and asked if I was interested in continuing Roses & Thorns, my reaction was an automatic absolutely.

So let me tell you a little more about what’s happening…

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