Dec 14

Book Review: Red Queen

Book Reviews, Books/Writing 9 ★★½

I finally, finally got around to this book. With above a 4-star average on GoodReads and nearly 205,000 ratings, I thought for sure I couldn’t lose! Well. Erm. Behold my rather sad panda negative review of Red Queen. I honestly have NO CLUE how this book is so popular and I’m really kind of angry about that. I feel robbed.

Best Quote:

This world is Silver, but it is also gray. There is no black-and-white.

Feels:

I really expected to like this book more than I did. I saw SO MANY glowing reviews (which I avoided reading in their entirety because reasons), I loved the idea of silver blood vs. red blood + some unexplained combination of the two. And then…and then…and then this was me:

Actually, before the last couple of chapters I was more like:

Characters:

Main characters are Mare Barrow (a.k.a., Mareena Titanos), Kilorn (her best friend since childhood), Prince Cal,  and Prince Maven. Also a cast of side characters who honestly sound much more interesting. Julian, anyone? Colonel Ellyn Macanthos? Farley?? Anyway.

Our heroine, Mare, was a very hard person for me to connect with and mostly I just wanted to shake her until her teeth rattled. She reminds us at least a few times that she is trying to “save” people, yet she seems to be incredibly good at getting them in more trouble than they were in to start with (Kilorn might be the exception there). She’s completely out of control of her emotions. I know, she’s a teenage girl under an extreme amount of stress – I got it, really. But geez Louise, a girl with as much street smart as she supposedly has should know better than to trust to appearances as much as she does. She’s so extremely childish it’s disheartening. Like when her best friend/crush Kilorn joins up with the rebels against her wishes, because she’s trying to keep him safe.

“Mare,” he calls after me. “At least say good-bye.”
But I’m already walking, Maven by my side…I won’t look back, not now when he’s betrayed all I’ve ever done for him.

Yeesh. Control issues much?

Kilorn, I put in with the main characters because even though the role he plays in the actual story is small, his part in the back story is huge and I suspect (hope?) he will be more in the forefront of the next books. I like his stubbornness, though I’m a little less enthusiastic about his collapse in the face of conscripting. Like everyone in this book is a fucking drama king/queen. Give me a break.

The princes. Well. They are about as different as night and day, and yet they are both so perfectly predictable. Yawn. Had them pegged as good guy/bad guy from the second scene they appear in together. Which isn’t necessarily bad…except neither of them do anything unexpected, ever. They are literally just good guy/bad guy. I see the character development there, and I have some question if Prince Bad Guy could maybe, just maybe possibly, be redeemed down the road (maybe after his brainwave controlling mother is out of the picture). I liked Prince Good Guy. I think what he went through in the last couple of chapters will (or should) have a MAJOR effect on him and his actions in the future, which could also be interesting.

Plot:

“You want me to pin my entire operation, the entire revolution, on some teenaged love story? I can’t believe this.”

Oh, Farley, I couldn’t have said it better. Because yes. Best line of the book. That’s exactly what this is – and not only that, but trope  after trope after trope. Love triangle? Check – only because more is obviously better let’s make it a fucking LOVE SQUARE. Special snowflake? Check – and she is oh-so-special let us count the ways she is the ONLY ONE who can fix this.

“For hundreds of years the Silvers have walked the earth as living gods and the Reds have been slaves at their feet, until you.”

Insta-love? Check – because as soon as certain characters set foot on the page, I went “Oh, yep, there’s one…two…three…wtf?!?”

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I love this one. It’s so perfect.

The plot – obviously the oppressed Reds versus the godlike Silvers – has a decent start. But so many of the parts surrounding Mare are just extremely farfetched and had me squinting at the pages and saying “Really?” out loud. Like the fact that, the very first day Mare starts her job, she’s sent to the biggest Silver event in decades. Where she conveniently produces powers she never had even an inkling that she had. Suspicious much, I am. The queen, who has the power to read people’s thoughts and memories – why does she never catch on to the secret attacks? It just doesn’t make sense.

Also, there is way, way way way way WAY too much romance in this book. Has Mare never even seen a man before? Seriously? I nearly rage quit when I realized that yes, indeed, the Love Square was a thing.

Worldbuilding/Setting:

The setting here is X-men meets Lord of the Rings, which was actually pretty cool. Just…I need a map! Haha. Also more names. The descriptions are good, but I need names and big pictures to orient myself, even in a book, and that felt lacking. The world, to me at least, seemed like a combined setting of fantasy and dystopian, what with all the fancy clothes and crazy magical power yet also video cameras and other technology.

Final Rating and Thoughts:

2.5 stars. I tried, folks, I really did. But all the tropes, the sheer predictability, and my extreme dislike for Mare have me giving this one a no-go. I was considering a 3 star rating, but for me the shift to the better side of the middle of the road is whether or not I will read the sequel, and for this one I have to say no. I’m somewhat curious about a few things, but not enough to put up with Mare’s stupid self-centeredness for an longer.

two-half-stars

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Dec 13

Top Ten Tuesday #8: New-to-Me Authors of 2016

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I’m tweaking the Top Ten Tuesday theme a bit this week. The official prompt is “Top Ten New-to-You Authors You Read in 2016,” but since I don’t think I read 10 new authors and my WISH I HAD list is still extremely long, this is the result. ALL of my books were released in 2016. Linking up to the awesome The Broke and the Bookish, as always!

These first five are books I wish I had read this year, but know that with only two weeks left, they will unfortunately be pushed to next year. They still sound amazing!

  1. Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King. It was in an OwlCrate early this year and everyone seems to love it, but I STILL haven’t read it. It sounds amazing, and from my part of the country too!
  2. Martha Hall Relly’s Lilac Girls. I love historical fiction, but have read very little of it this year. I’m also fascinated by the WWII time period, so this just tickles all my fancies and WHY haven’t I read it yet?
  3. Kiersten White’s And I Darken. This is another that just makes me smack my forehead. HOW have I not made time for this yet? Gender reversal of Vlad the Impaler (a.k.a. Dracula)? Yes, PLEASE!
  4. Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10. The description reminds me of a few of Agatha Christie’s darker novels. Oooh. Aaaah. I even have a copy…again, why am I not reading it? I even had a giveaway for it!
  5. Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder. Historical, suspense, suggestion of the supernatural, Ireland…yes, sign me up!! How about for more hours in the day though?

These next five I did actually read, yay! Looking back over the year I see I definitely chose more YA than I thought I would. I still love mysteries and historical fiction, but all the amazing YA I’ve found this year just kind of took over! I have detailed reviews of all of these both here on the blog (linked in the descriptions below) and on GoodReads, so check them out!


  1. Traci Chee’s debut with The Reader. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK!!! I loved it so much. In a world where reading and books are forbidden…there is a  secret society of readers…dun dun dun dun. You NEEEEEED to read this book! I’m eagerly awaiting a release date for the second book!
  2. Michael Grant’s Front Lines. I know he’s been writing for a long time now, but I’d never read any of his books. I loved this one – women at war (as in combat, not just front line nursing) during WWII, and drafted even. So cool.
  3. Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible, a retelling of Pride & Prejudice. This was such a breath of fresh air, I laughed through the entire book. I thought it actually did modern justice to the original, and I’m a fairly picky reader of retellings.
  4. Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’ My Lady Jane – a fabulous, fabulous alternate history of Lady Jane Grey’s story. It was laugh out loud hysterical, with more pop culture references than I can count.
  5. Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper was another fabulous debut with a spunky female heroine. It’s historical fiction/mystery/YA, so I was pretty much in heaven! Suitably creepy for the subject matter and with a bittersweet ending. I can’t wait for the next one!

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Dec 12

Down the TBR Hole #3

Books/Writing 8

Time to wield the axe again – I’m mercilessly culling my TBR list on GoodReads with this amazing meme by Lia at Lost in a Story!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

When I started this series of posts, I had 604 books on my TBR list. Since I am incapable of NOT CONTINUOUSLY ADDING books to the list, I am currently at 608 books. 😛 Haha. This week up for inspection are books 12-16 of my original list. Covers link to GoodReads!

Title/Author: The Winter Witch, by Paula Brockton

Date Added: February 17, 2013

Thoughts: I am just as captivated by the synopsis of this book as I ever was. I read an excerpt back in 2013 and was immediately drawn in and still desperately want to read it…but that little excerpt terrified me that something awful was going to happen to the characters, and I was already attached. So I’m scared. Still.

Judgment: Keep. And grow a backbone, READ IT.

 


Title/Author: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe

Date Added: February 17, 2013

Thoughts: I’m always intrigued by books written around the Salem Witch Trials. This one has really good reviews from several of my friends and was NYT bestseller. I love historical fiction but I can’t read a whole lot of it back to back.

Judgment: Keep.

 

 


Title/Author: The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

Date Added: February 17, 2013

Thoughts: This was the first of Kate Morton’s books I added to my TBR, but didn’t end up being the first I read (that was The Lake House, which I loooooved). I’ve only resisted adding ALL of her books to my TBR because I didn’t want to extend my list by that much, haha.

Judgment: Keep, obviously.

 

 

Title/Author: The Spy Who Loved, by Clare Mulley

Date Added: June 5, 2013

Thoughts: This sounds like a fascinating woman and well-written book, but I can’t remember the last time I picked up a biography or hard-core history book and actually made it through more than a few pages.

Judgment: Let it go.

 

 

 

Title/Author: Libriomancer, by Jim C. Hines

Date Added: June 9, 2013

Thoughts: This sounds like a cool idea, but kind of like Jim Butcher fanfic at the same time. I haven’t read that much urban fantasy, so I’m not sure. If I picked it up in the library, I’d probably file it away for future notice but I have too many other books I want to read right now. I’m really waffling on it.

Judgment: Go. Keep. Go. No! I don’t know. So I guess it will stay for now, because knowing me I will see it somewhere and get a wild hair about reading it and then I will be annoyed that it’s not on my TBR list anymore. WHAT’S A BOOKWORM TO DO?!? Sigh. Keep. Yes. Keep.

 

Well, that was markedly less progress than last week. 608, down to 607. Still some progress, and to be honest that last one probably should have been a go, but I just couldn’t because pulling stuff out of books = awesome, obviously.

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Dec 11

Something Else Sunday #18

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Weekly dose of cuteness from Sir Tristan – all in his holiday finery!

Welcome to another Something Else Sunday! I’m actually feeling pretty excited about this week and the next. Also, I really need to come up with a graphic for these posts…graphic design isn’t my thing but I think I could come up with something...hmm. Anywho.

Recap of the Week:

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by

I actually posted a review this week!! Go me! Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer just happened to be exactly what I needed to snap me out my reading funk. I already have another one written for this coming week and I’m hoping for maybe one more but not stressing myself out over it.

Aside from work, I didn’t do much the rest of the week other than WRITE.  Yes, my friends, I’ve actually managed to maintain some steam on the novel I’ve been blathering about. I’m shocked. And delighted. And hopeful. My goal is just 335 words per day and while I missed the last couple of days, I have no doubt that I’ll be caught up by the end of today. It’s just such a manageable number. <3 I’m in love with my characters and am just having so much fun seeing where they go (even if I’ve planned it allllllll out in advance…you know).

Coming Next Week:

YES. I HAVE PLANS. For the first time in weeks, I have plans. This makes me so happy! Ahem. Anyway, the plans:

Also in BIG NEWS – I am almost to 300 subscribers and will be having an international book giveaway once that milestone ticks over! I know 300 isn’t a lot but I am THRILLED to have that many people to talk books fangirl with! So be sure you subscribe, there’s a little box right over on the right, and I believe you can still use the “Follow” option through WordPress as well. 😀 You can also subscribe via Bloglovin’, but I’m not counting those followers in the 300 number because they’re not listed in the same stats…maybe I’ll have a separate giveaway once those numbers get to a certain point!

I hope you all have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy reading, writing, making, whatever it is you do – do what you love and love what you do. <3

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Dec 10

Giveaway Ideas Please!

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I’m almost to 300 blog subscribers, and I’m SO EXCITED!! I love the exchange of bookish thoughts and ideas in this little community with all you wonderful people. SO, I’m planning a giveaway and looking for ideas! I’d like to make it open internationally, which has me leaning towards picking a favorite title or two off Book Depository and opening it to any country BD ships to. Thoughts? Ideas? What’s your favorite book blogger giveaway? Also, what’s your favorite way to follow book blogs?

 

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Dec 09

Book Review: The Sword of Summer

Book Reviews, Books/Writing 0 ★★★★

I’m so excited to finally be writing a  review, almost a month after my most recent one. Talk about a slump! So without further ado, my review of The Sword of Summer!

“People have destructive impulses. Some of us want to see the world in ruins just for the fun of it…even if we’re ruined along with it.”

Feels

I’ve only read one of Rick Riordan’s other series, the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I actually read them back in 2014, at an extremely low point while I was away from home doing some rather strenuous training. Reading has always been my escape and those books – even though from a genre very different from what I was mostly reading at the time – were the absolute perfect thing for me. I think a re-read is in order soon.

Anyway, THIS book, brought back all the “falling into another world” feeling of those. Perfect slump-defeating read! I don’t remember laughing this hard during my Percy Jackson reads. From chapter titles like “I Do Mighty Combat with Eggs” and “Though Shalt Not Poop on the Head of Art,” to some of the most zany characters of Riordan’s creation I’ve met yet, it was a great mood lifter. It’s the dialogue in this story that really zings. It’s absolutely amazing and genius, even the minor characters. Like this little gem between Magnus and Valhalla Hotel’s manager.

“Then why don’t you just say A.D.?”
“Because Anno Domini, in the Year of Our Lord, is fine for Christians, but Thor gets a little upset. He still holds a grudge that Jesus never showed up for that duel he challenged to.”
“Say what now?”

I love Riordan’s blasphemy. LOVE IT. I love that he just takes shots at every religion and mythology out there, nothing is sacred – and yet he stops short of disrespecting the people who hold actual beliefs.

Characters

Magnus Chase is hilariously snarky, with the balls to talk back to both bad guys and gods – who are sometimes one and the same. His initial circumstances are horrifying, yet he never completely lets it snuff his desire for life. I loved Samirah al-Abbas (Sam), the Valkyrie – she has attitude for miles, spunk, and drive. And a sharp wit, which results in more hilarity.

“You named your tree.”
“Most important things have names.” She frowned at me. “Who are you again?”

Blitz and Hearth, Magnus’ best friends on the streets, are such unique characters in their own right too. While they were frequent comic relief they also put SO MUCH heart into the story. There’s quite a slew of other minor characters, and I hope some of them show up in future books! I do have to say…the story doesn’t end happily for all of them. I was inordinately pleased with that (yes, I’m a horrible person), because I strongly believe even middle-grade YA books need to be somewhat realistic. Which yes, I also realize somewhat ironic to say about a fantasy book, but…it’s a GOOD ending.

Plot

Magnus is a clueless teenager in the beginning, propelled into events way above his pay grade by a series of crazy happenings including the death of his mother. After two years of hiding he is found and given a strange destiny that he can’t understand. Everything happens EXTREMELY fast in the beginning and in the whirlwind Magnus is suddenly thrown into the crazy world of the gods of Asgard. He isn’t the person he always thought he was, and he might just be the only person capable of coordinating all the necessary elements. Basically the world is about to end when the Fenris Wolf’s rope breaks. It starts off sounding fairly simple but gets convoluted rather quickly.

Magnus, Sam, Blitz, and Hearth go odd on several side quests that, while entertaining, seem to detract from the progress of the general story. I personally still enjoyed them, but I think the general age group that this book is aimed at might lose interest or get a little lost. Still, there were more awesome quotes, especially from the dwarves (because dwarves are always awesome).

“It is woven with the most powerful paradoxes in the Nine Worlds – Wi-Fi with no lag, a politician’s sincerity, a printer that prints, healthy deep-fried food, and an interesting grammar lecture!”

Worldbuilding/Setting

The world building is good, but it’s not the best part of this book. Like I said already, where Riordan really shines is in the snappy dialogue. The description and setting is exactly what this book needs but it’s not the standout here.

Final Rating

Overall I’m giving 4/5 stars. While I loved it, it definitely dragged a bit in all the world-hopping that they ended up doing and I think that it could possibly turn off a lot of its prospective audience. Not so much adults, but kids. When I was of that age I was already a voracious reader so it might not have bothered me but I think I might not have picked it up in the first place. Still, definitely worth reading and if you have an indefatigable young reader tell them to give it a try!

 

 

four-stars

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Dec 06

Down the TBR Hole #2

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I can already tell this meme is going to become embarrassing. Because of how greedy I am about books. MUST. READ. ALL THE BOOKS! Anyway, here is my next Down the TBR Hole post from the meme by Lia at Lost in a Story!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, I started with 604 books on my list. Last week I pared it down to 603 (SO much progress).
This week I am at 611 books.

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I know, I know. Ahem. This week up for the chopping block are books 5-11 of the original list (yes, weird number, explained below)! Covers link to GoodReads.

Title/Author: The Surgeon, by Tess Gerritsen

Date added: September 19, 2012

Thoughts: Actually, I DNFed this book just a few days after adding it, so I’m not sure why it’s still on my TBR other than that I thought I might eventually get back to it. This is the first in the series that started the popular Rizzoli and Isles TV show. I watched a few random episodes of that and decided the book series would be fun too. However, the books have a WAY different vibe and I recall this one scaring the bejesus out of me…which involved looking at every man that walked by me with the side-eye. None of the humor present in the TV show was in the book, so I was not only creeped out but disappointed. Not what I was expecting.

Judgment: Off the TBR and onto the DNF shelf.


Title/Author
: The Third Gate, by Lincoln Child

Date Added: September 30, 2012

Thoughts: Why did I put the 3rd book of a series I haven’t even started on my list? I never do that…I always start with the first book. Always. So, even though this sounds intriguing, I haven’t read anything else by this author and even though I know he’s pretty popular, I don’t see many reviews of his work by people I follow.

Judgment: Let it go.

 

Title/Author: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1), by Kevin Hearne

Date added: November 6, 2012

Thoughts: This still sounds like a scrumptious, borderline on guilty pleasure read. Sexy tattooed Irish guy and angry Celtic gods? Sign me up, please! Kind of like grown-up Percy Jackson stuff. I’m not sure why I still haven’t read it, especially since it’s a series of decent length now!

Judgment: Keep! Also try to obtain in the near future. Hmm.

 

Title/Author: She-Wolves: the Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, by Helen Castor

Date added: November 6, 2012

Thoughts: This sounds fascinating. I love history and Queen Elizabeth is such a stand-out character, she seems so far beyond her time. However…my attention span is somewhat limited, and I don’t usually have protracted amounts of time in which to read. Particularly 480 pages of non-fiction, no matter how fascinating.

Judgment: Let it go, but remember the title.

 


Title/Author
: Crucible of Gold (Temeraire #7), by Naomi Novik

Date added: February 14, 2013

Thoughts: *cue flailing* This is one of my favorite series, and I haven’t finished the last 3 books! When I added this the 9th one had yet to be published, but they’re all done now so I could potentially binge read. *evil grin*

Judgment: KEEP!

 


Title/Author
: Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire #8), by Naomi Novik

Date added: February 14, 2013

Thoughts: Ditto above.

Judgment: KEEP!

 

 

Phew! Well, that was a lot more progress than last week. I removed 3 books – I’m so proud of myself! Hehe. 611 to 608…now if I could just refrain from adding so many…but we all know that probably won’t happen. 😛

I’m really curious now: how many books are on your TBR list (not your physical pile, but a list either on GoodReads or elsewhere)? Am I the only one with such a monstrous one?

 

 

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Dec 05

Something Else Sunday #17

Book Reviews, Books/Writing, Life, Pets 0

Here it is Sunday again! I don’t quite understand the time warp I’m in…days seem to drag a lot of the time, but the weeks just fly by.

In bookish news – I posted my 100th review on GoodReads!! I am SUPER excited about that. Even if some of those reviews are only a paragraph long, that’s 100 reviews, people. Which means I’ve actually stuck with it for a decent amount of time. So cheers to me! And go friend me here on GoodReads – I love finding more bookworms! More bookworms = more books to drool over and add to my already massive TBR list. Haha.

I managed to get ALL my Christmas cards written, addressed, and sealed! Have to take them to the post office for stamps, but they are DONE! Considering how I felt on Thanksgiving…I’m very proud of myself. I almost didn’t write a letter or send cards this year, but I decided working on them might help improve my mood. And it did. Yay!

I also started on the actual WRITING of my novel. *gasp* I think I have a feasible plan, and I’m having so much fun with it for now. Fingers crossed I can actually keep up with it. I’m hoping to write a post about all that soon, too. But writing about writing isn’t actual writing, any more than reading about reading is reading! Yes, that’s a knock on my constant browsing of GoodReads and other bookish blogs. Hehe.

There were many pound cakes this weekend. Everyone seems most appreciative. 😉 I love baking goodies and giving them out…people always act like I’ve handed them a million dollars, haha!

That’s all for now – I’m hoping to have a couple reviews up this week, but given the state of things I’m not projecting or promising. Hope you all had a great first week of December and are looking forward to the holidays with much love and light!

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Dec 03

Looking Forwards and Back #4: November/December

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How did it get to be December?!?

^That is how I feel about November. It was a rough, rough month for me, and not just in my reading! Yet somehow, I turned around and we were putting up the Christmas tree, and for that I’m very grateful.

Well, it’s time for my monthly reading re-cap! This is my WORST MONTH EVER for reading. Seriously. I finished two – count them, TWO – books, and DNFed another. I just struggled so hard with everything that went on with the election in the States, and my cat’s passing, and…yeah, it was just a bad month, and only in the last week or so have I sort-of-kind-of-maybe felt like reading or writing. So this will be a very short wrap-up! I’m kind of bummed I totally missed writing a recap of October, because that was an AMAZING month of books, but. Oh well.

What I Read:

The Girls by 31684773 

These books at are 3 opposite corners of the universe. All of them are outside my usual genres. The Girls was very good, but I DNFed it…it was depressing me even more, but I plan to finish it at some point when I’m in a better frame of mind. Boots and Bedlam is the only one I actually posted a review for! Shocking. Bad, bad book blogger. Flower Face was a very interesting and thought provoking look at a goddess from Celtic mythology, but I only wrote a brief paragraph on GoodReads about it. Sidenote on that: I’m slightly disturbed that someone has it shelved as “fantasy,” since it’s actually an academic work. Just FYI. 😛

Looking Ahead (covers link to GoodReads):

I’m not even making actual goals for this right now. I still feel like my positivity is somewhat fragile, so I’m not putting a lot of expectations on myself. I’m just reading and writing what feels right. Oh hey look at me, I’m being spontaneous! Hehe. All that aside, here are all the books I’ve started in the past month, in an attempt to shake my reading slump.

 

Hopefully you’ll be seeing a review of at least one of these soon! Hope you all are having a beautiful start to the season of Love and Light, and that your shelves will overflow. <3

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Dec 02

NaNoWriMo 2016 Wrap-Up

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I am ecstatic about NaNoWriMo this year. Did I finish a novel? No. Did I reach 50K? No. BUT, I met my personal goal for NaNo and it’s the first time in forever that I’ve met a writing goal. My goal, as I wrote on my novel dashboard this year, was to plot – I just wanted a complete and detailed outline. I wrote a little about my novel in this post, taking from PaperFury’s Beautiful Books meme (which I sadly didn’t get to participate in again, since I wasn’t writing the actual story yet). Anyway.

GUYS, I FINISHED MY OUTLINE. My 11,425 word outline. How’s that for detailed?

I am in a teensy bit of awe at myself.

Also, I have a plan for actually finishing it. My goal is 120,000 words, to be finished by this time next year (which might mean no WriMo next year…hmm). I found the most amazing spreadsheets/worksheets to help me accomplish this, all from Sleepy Hollow Press on Etsy. Now I know what some of you are saying. “You PAID for writing worksheets? To print? When you use Scrivener?”

Sleepy Hollow Press's AMAZING worksheets.

Yes, yes I did. For reasons.

  • Writing by hand really, REALLY helps me think. This is one of the many reasons why I love writing letters. So this is like writing a love letter to my novel.
  • They all match. Let me say this again, because it’s that important to my little OCD-leaning brain. THEY. ALL. MATCH.
  • It helps me be concise. On a computer it’s too easy to just keyboard-flail and write 400 words when 100 will do.
  • I can touch them. Scrivener is possibly the most amazing thing to happen to authors in the past 20 years, but having actual paper in my hands makes me more excited. I know. I’m weird.

I might be doing a video about the novel planning binder I put together. Possibly. We shall see.

Did you meet your goals for NaNoWriMo? Are you happy with your results?

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