(I plan to do a “Currently…” post every other Tuesday. You should join me! Find the origins of the idea HERE.)



My friend Riley Edgewood got me started on Bullet Journaling, a notebook organizational system that helps with structuring your days/weeks/months. I like it because it’s super flexible and easy to change up day-to-day or week-to-week. I’ve been using my Bullet Journal to track habits, make to-do lists, catalogue IG challenges, scribble down book ideas and revisions notes, and all sorts of other things. Here’s a comprehensive video, if you’re curious. 


I recently finished The Year We Fell Apart, a contemporary YA romance. I enjoyed it very much, particularly the way Emily Martin gender-flipped the bad boy/good girl trope. Declan was totally swoonworthy! Now, I’m reading Summer Skin by Kristy Eagar, because Aussie authors are the freaking best.


Still obsessing over Game of Thrones and Outlander. I recently watched Laggies, which was entertaining and, in my opinion, under-hyped. My family and I saw The Jungle Book last weekend, which was InCrEdIbLe — such perfect casting. And my husband and I started watching Mercy Street, a PBS drama about two nurses who support opposing sides during the Civil War. It’s set close to where I live in Northern Virginia, so that’s fun.

Listening To

I recently finished Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn in preparation for its follow-up, The Rose & the Dagger. This rich, romantic fantasy’s just as incredible upon second read, and I can’t wait to dive into the sequel. Now, I’m listening to Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event. Guys, remember when I met Judy Blume? *happy sigh*

Thinking About

Our recent trip to President Lincoln’s Cottage, a beautiful house three miles from the White House where Lincoln and his family moved shortly after their son died of Typhoid fever (thanks to drinking water pumped right out of the Potomac). I had no idea this “cottage” even existed, but I’m so glad we left the beaten path to visit. The tour’s fantastic, and it was really cool to see a more humanized side of President Lincoln. Did you know he used to ditch his security detail so he could ride his horse into the city alone, and sometimes he’d pass by Walt Whitman and they’d give each other these respectful little bows? So cool. Highly recommend this spot if you’re ever visiting our nations’ capital.


I’m typing this post yesterday (Monday, May 9th) and I’m HIGHLY anticipating the Fierce Reads event I’m going to tonight at the Bethesda Library. Marie Rutkoski‘s going to be there, and  my inner fan girl is going cRaZy.


You’ll check out the following Goodreads lists: YA Novels of 2017YA Debuts 20172017 Debut YA/MG Novels, and Books Published by Swoon Reads. Kissing Max Holden has found its way onto all of them, which is so exciting! Maybe you’d like to vote for my debut, or add it as “To Read”.

Making Me Happy

I won Camp NaNoWriMo!
I’m chipping away at my second round of Kissing Max Holden edits.
I’m having tons of fun with a couple of Instagram challenges.
I’m reading two amazing books.
Summer’s right around the corner.

Did you post a “Currently…” this week?
Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be sure to visit! 


17 thoughts on “Currently…

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Thanks, lady! Yeah, THE YEAR WE FELL APART was pretty great. Different (in a good way!) from a lot of contemporary YA romances. Have a wonderful week!

  1. Kari Marie White says:

    Yay for winning Camp NaNo! I started a bullet journal about 2 months ago and I absolutely love it. I’m also glad I’m not the only one obsessing over Outlander. 🙂

  2. Katherine Focke Pearson says:

    I talk about my planner too! I tried going all digital for a couple years but that doesn’t work for my list system. I’m not sure if it was the lack of writing by hand or that I can’t see the list while I’m writing, but I’m glad to be back with a planner. I’m already looking at options for next year!

    Added THE YEAR WE FELL APART to my TBR. Not that I need more books in that pile but that sounds right up my alley.

    And here’s my currently…
    (The pictures are huge. Watch out!)

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Yeah, I can appreciate the convenience of digital planning, but I’m a paper planner through and through. Check out InkWell Press for your next planner. That’s what I’m using now, and I love it. Have a wonderful week, lady!

  3. Alexa says:

    Oh wow! I wish I could go to the Fierce Reads event. I hope you have an amazing time.
    I love the cover of The Year we Fell Apart, I’ll definitely look out for it.
    I can’t believe I never heard of Lincoln’s Cottage the whole time we lived in D.C, it looks lovely.
    Congratulations on winning Camp NaNoWriMo! Have a great week Katy.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Marie Rutkoski was SO smart. She talked a lot about world building and how romance and relationships in general help characters grow. I loved listening to her. Best of luck with the bullet journaling, should you decide to give it an official try. My favorite thing about it is its flexibility. There are some great videos on YouTube that show different ways to get the most out of it. You should check them out!

  4. Alice says:

    I didn’t get around to posting this week, but will catch-up next time! I’m so glad you liked the Jungle Book and am excited for your Fierce Reads date tonight. I missed the tour when it was in town (but I was seeing Captain America: Civil War, so I can’t really complain)!

    Lincoln’s cottage looks soooo pretty. I will definitely have to visit when I do my U.S. History Trip Part 2. 🙂 Have a great week, Katy!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I’m looking forward to your next update, Alice! I think you’d love Lincoln’s cottage. Our tour guide told so many personal stories about him and his family, and we found it fascinating. Also, yay for The Jungle Book! Your endorsement made me much more excited about seeing it, and I was not disappointed. 🙂 Have an awesome week!

  5. April says:

    Oh I loved the Wrath and the Dawn so much. I read it last week and I already need to check out the audiobook. I ddn’t get around to posting this week but rest assured, all the answers for last time hold true. I’m still listening to the Chernow Hamilton biography (six weeks! Eek!) and still watching baseball.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Nice, April! Yeah, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN was one of my favorites from last year, and I can’t wait to dive into the sequel! Have a wonderful week! ❤

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