my ears have been mostly happy lately | audiobook reviews

Time for a new blog feature! Woot.

I’ve listened to a handful of audiobooks over the last few months, and I thought I’d do a roundup of little reviews! Most of these have already been mentioned in my monthly wrap-ups, BUT today I’ll be including an addition to the review: comments on the audiobook recording itself. Sometimes you never know if you should read a book or if listening to the audiobook would be a better experience. I’ll give you all you need to know for 5 audiobooks I’ve listened to in the mini reviews below.

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i’m getting ready to write my face off | nanowrimo 2017

Hello, all, and welcome to my super obnoxious post about NaNoWriMo 2017! Woooo!

Okay, but really this post is going to be quite long. I want to vent and squeal and gush about NaNoWriMo, but I also don’t want to post a thousand posts about it and be a total nuisance, either.

(But let me know if you’d be interested in that. Like…would you all hate me / unfollow me if I did weekly reports during November???)

So here’s my big round up post for NaNoWriMo 2017. I’ll share the basics, post pretty aesthetic pictures, and of course, do some tags.

my novel

As I mentioned in my quarterly goals post last week, I am planning to continue (and hopefully finish!) my current WIP for NaNoWriMo this year. Here’s the lowdown on this project:

  • Title: Do Not Go Gentle
  • Current word count: 49, 374 words
  • Started: March 2016
  • Chapters written: 11 out of 16 (ish??? they’re long)
  • What it’s about: dragons, love, friends, overcoming evil…y’know, the usual

Hopefully that gives you a lil picture of what I have going on! As you can tell, I’m not sure if I’ll even need 50,000 more words to finish this WIP, since I only have about 5 more chapters planned. However, A LOT need to happen in those chapters. Plus, if I finish those, chapters 7-11 need heavy revision, so I think I’ll keep plenty busy during November, even if I don’t reach 50k.

Right then. Read on for some taggy tags and questions!

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top 5 wednesday | october 11

I’m baaaaack. Mwaaaahahahaha.

^ My attempts at being creepy. Obvi.

It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is run by Sam at thoughtsontomes. Check out the Goodreads group if you’re interested in learning more or joining in on the fun!

Today’s prompt: Creepy Settings

You know, when I first started brainstorming for this post, I was having a hard time. Eventually I realized why: when I’m reading, I don’t tend to get too scared. Even if I’m totally loving a book and super engaged in it, some small part of my brain always knows that I’m safe at home, cuddled up in bed (usually), with no danger in sight. So, when characters get into creepy situations, I never get all that scared.

But, once I started thinking about it, I realized I’ve read TONS of books with settings that are creepy, scary, and all-over totally unpleasant. NOT places I’d ever willingly go. So in the end, this list wasn’t terribly difficult.

Read on for my Top 5 Creepy Settings!

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someone thinks I’m a sunshiney blogger!

Thanks so much to Ella @ A Book Without End for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! And for leaving such awesome questions. This was a fun one!

the rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people (or however many you want) and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award.

    such a cute lil award!

Read on for the questions and answers!

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am i overloading myself? quite possibly | quarterly goals

I don’t know about you, but I find goal-setting to be quite fun. You get to take a step back, reflect on how things are going in your life, and dream up ways to make it even better. Not crazy dreams, but practical dreams. Real, concrete ways you can feel good about yourself and your life.

Of course, those goals don’t always play out the way you plan for them to. But that’s okay! In my opinion, it’s the intent that matters most of all.

SO, that said, I thought I’d give myself some quarterly goals. for the first time ever. We have three months left in the year, and it seems like a good time to buckle down and achieve some of the things I thought I would (but still haven’t) way back in January. There’s just enough time left to get it back together and feel accomplished by the time the new year is upon us.

Read on for my 16 goals for October through December!

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attempting to be bookish in the Real World — aka my weekend #fail

This past weekend, I went to my first ever real life bookish event!

It ended up being a bit of a fail. But it was also really really great.

So I went to see Leigh Bardugo at her “Midnight Tales” Tour in my city. My city! Cool authors never come here to homey ol’ Michigan. I was excited, and I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t go. So I did go–alone, mind you. I don’t have really any bookish friends in Real Life, and I also don’t mind going to things alone.

However, since this was my first bookish event, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. Hence…the eventual fails.

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pirates, serpents, and ships — oh, my! | series review

the liveship traders trilogy by robin hobb

Series Rating: ★★★★★

Within the series: Ship of Magic (#1), Mad Ship (#2), Ship of Destiny (#3)

‘ware pirates, sea serpents, and sentient ships in this trilogy! Told through multiple POVs and story lines, this tale is full of drama, adventure, romance, and politics–not to mention magic.

Recommended if you like:

  • pirates and sea voyages
  • multiple POVs and intersecting plotlines
  • a bit of everything–adventure, romance, politics, and more
  • complex characters and relationships

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