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Thursday Thoughts: NaNoWriMo this year!

Hey everybody! I’m thinking of starting up something new on the blog and posting every Thursday to talk about what’s been on my mind, book related or not. This week is more writing related than book talk because I’ve decided to take on the challenge in National Novel Writing Month and complete 50,000 words of my novel. It’s an enormous task, especially with college classes and activities to juggle, but I’m willing to set aside my social life for a while to come up with this enormous task.

Sure, it’s a lot. In fact, for the past two years, I’ve planned on doing this. I’ve come up with an idea, sat down to write, and maybe a week in I’ll decide that I don’t have enough time for this. There’s homework to do or essays to write or people to hang out with. Really, life often gets in the way of writing. But now I’m ready to commit. It’s so easy during November to say that I’ll skip then and write during winter break or maybe over the summer and then I find myself using the same excuses during those months as I did then! Now I’m ready to put my foot down and see what happens if I really push myself.

While that means I might have less coming out with book reviews (even though some books I’ve been waiting for ages to release are coming out in November!) now I know that I need to make the writing process seem like it’ll be more rewarding for me in the future, and for my confidence as a writer, than a chore to accomplish every day. I think that was my problem in the past years, seeing it as more homework on top of everything else I needed to do in the day, and that really undermined all of the things that I was doing to better myself.

To give you a little hint about what I’ll be writing on, my main character is a witch! Other characters will be other creatures and there’ll be a few humans involved. If anyone’s interested, I can give little updates as November goes on. Otherwise  I’ll just keep plotting out through the next few weeks and trying to keep myself motivated and sane.

Is anyone else trying to get through 50,000 words in one month? I’d love to talk to you about it! Maybe we can encourage each other as we get through all of our goals! I’m really excited for this year and would love to hear any advice from newcomers to the challenge or people who have tried or succeeded before!

If you’re interested in joining, check out the official website: NaNoWriMo.org

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October 2012 Wrap Up

This month, I read:

Two and Twenty Dark Tales

The Lost Prince-Julie Kagawa

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone-J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Origin-Jessica Khoury

Ever – Gail Carson Levine

 

Books I purchased : 3

Won in Contest : 0

Borrowed from friend : 0

Checked out from library : 2

Review books : 2

Pages read : 2453

Challenge Status:

Finishing the Series : 1/2

2012 Book Blogger Recommendation : 14/15

The Dusty Bookshelf : 10/15

Fairy Tales : 11/12

This month was awesome! I loved every minute of it; the gorgeous way the trees looked, being able to read some of my favorite books . . Now that it’s November, the snow already started up, and I’m looking forward to curling up with a good book!

How was your October?

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March 2012 Wrap Up!

March was awesome! Not only because it had my birthday and the Hunger Games movie in it! Okay, maybe mostly because of those things . . . but I also read some great books!

So Much Closer-Susane Colasanti

The Kingdom Keepers – Ridley Pearson

Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Teeth: Vampire Tales

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Darkening Dream – Andy Gavin

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Bunheads – Sophie Flack

Books I purchased : 3
Won in Contest : 0
Borrowed from friend : 0
Checked out from library : 3
Review books : 3
Pages read : 2669

Challenge Status:

Finishing the Series : 0/2
2012 Book Blogger Recommendation : 7/15
The Dusty Bookshelf : 2/15
Fairy Tales : 1/12

How was your March?

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October 2011 Wrap Up

This month, I read:

Goliath [Leviathan #3] – Scott Westerfeld
The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
The Son of Neptune [Heroes of Olympus #2]-Rick Riordan
Stay-Deb Caletti
Everfound [Skinjackers Trilogy #3]-Neal Shusterman
Steel-Carrie Vaughn
Books I purchased: 2
Won in Contest: 0
Borrowed from friend: 1
Checked out from library: 3
Review books: 0
Pages read: 2393

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 2/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 1/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 10/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 9/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 2/4

No! Winter is upon us! I’m not reading for the cold weather at all, but I’m looking forward to curling up with a good book. This month was great because a few books I’ve been waiting to read have finally been released! After months of waiting, my sadness turned to joy!

How was your October?

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July 2011 Wrap Up

Okay, so this post is long overdue. xD Practically half a month overdue. But with a week’s vacation and a load of summer reading to get finished before school starts next month (!!), I’ve been freaking out much more than is necessary. Thankfully, things have calmed. In time for me to tell you what I read last month:

Losing Faith-Denise Jaden
Cryer’s Cross-Lisa McMann
Peter and the Shadow Thieves-Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The Spell Book of Listen Taylor-Jaclyn Moriarty
Shine-Lauren Myracle
Storm Thief-Chris Wooding
Song of the Sparrow-Lisa Ann Sandell
Delirium-Lauren Oliver
Peter Pan-J.M. Barrie
Fractured: Happily Never After?-Joanna Karaplis
Past Midnight-Purnhagen
A Nail Through the Heart-Timothy Hallinan

Books I purchased: 3
Won in Contest: 1
Borrowed from friend: 0
Checked out from library: 6
Review books: 2
Pages read:4086

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 1/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 1/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 9/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 9/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 1/4

I read 12 books in July, and out of all of them, I’ve got to say that there were plenty of new favorites for me here. From old classics like Peter Pan to a brand new series starter like Delirium, this month had loads of books that I’ll be returning to again and again.

How was your July?

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June 2011 Wrap Up

This month, I read:

 A Golden Web-Barbara Quick
Ash-Malinda Lo
Hush, Hush-Becca Fitzpatrick
A Great and Terrible Beauty-Libba Bray
Peter and the Starcatchers-Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Cloaked-Alex Flinn
Insatiable-Meg Cabot
Uncommon Criminals-Ally Carter
Dr. Franklin’s Island-Ann Halam

Books I purchased: 1
Won in Contest: 0
Borrowed from friend: 2
Checked out from library: 5
Review books: 1
Pages read: 3164

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 0/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 1/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 8/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 8/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 1/4

It’s the start of summer! I look forward to this month every year! June was awesome. Once finals were over of course. (: I can’t wait to really get into the swing of things, and July will hopefully be twice as fun.

How was your June?

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May 2011 Wrap Up

This month, I read:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox [Fox #1]-Mary E. Pearson
The Alchemyst [Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1]-Michael Scott
The Dead Tossed Waves-Carrie Ryan
Across the Universe-Beth Revis
Snow-Terry Lynn
What Happened to Goodbye-Sarah Dessen
The Iron Queen [Iron Fey #3]-Julie Kagawa

Books I purchased: 0
Won in Contest:  0
Borrowed from friend: 3
Checked out from library: 4
Review books: 0
Pages read: 2492

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 0/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 1/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 1/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 6/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 5/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 1/4

This month was very hectic, but fun. I loved a lot of the books I read, and some were in a series I was dying to read. Hopefully next month will be filled with awesome books that I’ll want to read again and again.

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January 2011 Wrap Up

The new year is here, and with it many new books releases. Though 2011 just started, there are some fall books I can’t wait to get my hands on. But until then, I’ve found some awesome novels to fill up time:

I read:

Poor Rich-Jean Blasiar
Everlasting [Everlasting #1]-Angie Frazier
The Green Mile-Stephen King
Safe House [1-800-Where-R-You #3]-Meg Cabot
The Lonely Hearts Club-Elizabeth Eulberg
Zombies vs. Unicorns
Dear John-Nicholas Sparks
Code Name Cassandra [1-800-Where-R-You #2]-Meg Cabot
The Unidentified-Rae Mariz
Fallen [Fallen #1]-Lauren Kate
The Lost Hero-Rick Riordan
Room-Emma Donoghue

Books I purchased: 2
Borrowed from friend: 3
Checked out from library: 5
Review books: 2
Pages read: 4380

Challenge Status:

Show Me the Free: 0/12
2011 Debut Author Challenge: 0/12
Edgar Awards Reading Challenge: 0/5
2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge: 2/15
Retold Fairy Tales: 0/6
Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge: 1/4

I did a good amount of reading this month, with everything being so busy. I didn’t expect to accomplish much by way of challenges (as is quite obvious…most are still at zero xD) but I’ve purchased several books for them, so hopefully I’ll make some progress. Especially since from the looks of it I’ll be snowed in until summer . . .

How was your January?

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July 2010 Wrap Up

It’s August, and I wish I could stop time and make this month last longer. I’m not looking forward to it ending and going back to school in September.

In July, I read:

The Iron King-Julie Kagawa
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover-Ally Carter
And Another Thing…-Eoin Colfer
The Maze Runner-James Dashner
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas-James Patterson
Size 12 is Not Fat-Meg Cabot
Finnikin of the Rock-Melina Marchetta
Ink Exchange-Melissa Marr
Princess Ben-Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Books I purchased: 2
Borrowed from friend: 2
Checked out from library: 5
Review books: 0

Challenge Status:
What’s In a Name?  3/6
Jane Austen Challenge 0/6
2010 Chick Lit Challenge 6/8
2010 Support Your Local Library Challenge 10/50

I read less in July than in June, but I have so many great books on my TBR pile that I’m not at all disappointed. Plus, so many great book releases in August! The next Artemis Fowl book, Mockingjay, You Wish, and Clockwork Angel .

How was your July?