so, how have i done so far?

General update

Hellooo from the land of NaNoWriMo 2017!

I thought I’d share an update from the trenches, since I really haven’t been around much lately. NaNoWriMo has been basically as predicted: time-consuming, crazy, challenging, and many other not quite positive things. As you’ll see below if you keep reading, I actually started off fairly strong but let things slip more recently, due to various Real Life reasons.

Mainly, the exhaustion of starting a new job and finishing some crochet projects for my cousin’s baby shower were my obstacles during these first ten days. But I’m still determined to plug on! I’ve definitely made good progress so far; I’ve already written more than I did last year. So that’s a success! Hopefully I will have more of those as the month goes on.

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magical but not much more? | book review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Rating: ★★★☆☆

One magical challenge, two contestants, and a special setting: the circus. Celia and Marco have been pulled into a challenge by their mentors, a challenge of magical skill and vision. However, this challenge quickly becomes more than just a show of talent between them; lives of others are intertwined, feelings evolve, and unforeseen consequences occur. Magical and mystical, this book tells the tale of those involved in the Night Circus.

Recommended if you like:

  • Whimsical, atmospheric settings
  • Un-chronological timelines, jumping back and forth in time and between characters
  • Slow-paced plot and character development

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october wrap-up

It’s that time of the month…

Man, October has been busy and fun and productive and ALL THE THINGS. I did a ton this month, including

  • read a whole bunch,
    • (and was emotionally torn apart by the Tawny Man trilogy)
  • prepped for NaNoWriMo,
  • continued going to the gym 2-3 times a week,
  • GOT A FULL TIME JOB,
  • saw Wicked the musical with family,
  • volunteered at the library twice a week,
  • hung out with family to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday
  • AND MORE

But it’s all been good. Time has flown by in a great way. I’ve felt more content lately than I have in a while, which is really nice. I’m looking forward to these last two months of the year and all that they bring. BRING ON THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

Read on for my monthly wrap-up!

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positutely a delightful read | book review

the diviners by libba bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s 1926, and one Evie O’Neal is hiding a secret: She can learn details of a person’s life by touching an object belonging to them. This “party trick,” as most see it, lands in her a spot of trouble, so she’s shipped off to New York City to live with her uncle Will, who is a professor and owner of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. Just after Evie arrives in New York, a murder occurs in the city, and soon she, Will, and others find themselves drawn into a paranormal murder investigation.

Recommended if you like:

  • Creeptastic, paranormal books that give you the shivers
  • Fun, dramatic, yet realistic teenage protagonists who you root for
  • Atmospheric, richly detailed settings

 

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i am in love with fitz and the fool | series review

the tawny man trilogy by robin hobb

Series Rating: ★★★★★

Within the series: Fool’s Errand (#1), The Golden Fool (#2), Fool’s Fate (#3)

This trilogy reunites readers with FitzChivalry Farseer and his story, picking up where the Farseer Trilogy left off. This time around, his adventures are filled with some familiar faces and some new ones, much political intrigue, magic, majestic creatures and their mysterious history, and fulfilling visions of a certain White Prophet.

Recommended if you like:

  • Character dynamics that rip your heart out and stomp on it
  • Slow, politics-driven plots with adventure interspersed
  • Rich, descriptive writing
  • ROBIN HOBB AND HER BRILLIANCE

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Be warned!

Instead of my usual Spoiler-Free review, today I’m writing a Spoiler-FILLED review. You got it, folks! The review below is absolutely fiiiilled with spoilers. We’ve gotten to the point in this series where it’s very hard to describe anything (other than the synopsis I gave above) without giving away some spoilers for the previous books. I’ll try to keep the spoilers for the Tawny Man trilogy to a minimum, but I do have a lot to squeal over.

So, if you don’t mind being spoiled, read on! If you’d rather avoid spoilers…see ya later.

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should we press play??? | discussion

I listened to my first audiobook this year.

Yeah, that’s right! It took me 25 years to listen to an audiobook (not counting weird recordings you listen to in grade school).

For some reason, audiobooks just never called to me for the longest time. Even when I had long commutes for work last year, I opted for music or the occasional podcast. Audiobooks didn’t even come to mind.

But this year, jumping back into the reading community, I became intrigued by these audiobook things everyone kept talking about. So I gave them a try. Now, I  have at least one audiobook I’m working my way through at any given time.

However, I’m still not convinced audiobooks are the way to go. As ever, there are two sides to this story. Let’s break it down, shall we?

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halloweeny books i want to read…(someday)

Isn’t Halloweeny just the best word?!?

I get joy from it, okay? Don’t gimme that look.

Just about everyone goes on and on about how this time of year is perfect for reading creepy, thriller, horror, Halloweeny books. And I don’t disagree! There are tons of said books that I would love to be picking up right now.

Except…it’s not going to happen. Simply because I have a bazillion other books I’ve been looking forward to, and I’m not very motivated to set those aside for seasonal reading.

SO. I’m putting this list together as more of a hypothetical one, although maybe it’ll actually be my TBR next Halloween? Who knows!

Read on for 8 Halloweeny books I want to read (someday).

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