Books and Such

Vacation Reads 

As of a few days ago I was between books. I finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and I loved it. I think it’s my second favorite of his. (The first being the Stand). I don’t want to go into this too much right now because we read it for book club and we haven’t met yet. Maybe a week from Monday I’ll post a review.

Anyway, I was between books, which normally isn’t a probelm, but starting next Friday night, hubby and I are on a much needed vacation amd I had already decided what  to read. The two books I’m bringing with me are Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by JK Rowling. Well, I couldn’t go a whole week without reading, and I couldn’t justify starting a new book for a week just to put it down while we go away, so I started The Cursed Child. 

I just finished Act 1, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I do like the characters and the premise, I’m just not sure if I like what the characters are doing. I will finish this one either way, and then I’ll give you my full review of it.

Without giving any spoilers, how did you like any of the books mentioned? 

Books and Such

Current Reads

As promised, here are the books that I’m currently reading. 

1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’m on chapter 33 of 39. I can’t tell you a page number since I bought the trilogy in one book on my Kindle. It think a I’m only 26% done, but that’s for the whole series. So far, I’m really liking it, and I’m curious as to what’s going to happen next.

2. The Betrayal: Lost Life of Jesus by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. I’m about 200 pages into this one. I’m reading this one for book club so I don’t want to give too much of my opinion on it quite yet, other than to say I’m intrigued by it.

Up next will be Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and The Reluctant Emissary by TM Toombs. I’m hoping to get these five books done before I go on vacation in mid July, so I can read The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them both by J.K. Rowling

What are you reading? I’m always looking for recommendations.

Writer's Life

I’ve Only Blogged Once this Month

After this post, it will be twice. I know June am just started, but I still feel bad about losing touch with you guys. So, starting tomorrow, I’m going to blog twice a week. Now I just have to come up with some topics.

So far, I’ve got:

  1. Reading Progress. I’ll update you on what I’m currently reading, how I like it, and what’s up next. I’ll probably post this once a month.
  2. Word Count. I’ll let you know how my current work in progress is going. Also, probably a once a month post.
  3. Short Story or Poem. This is just a way to add some variety to my blog. Also maybe a learning opportunity so I can get feedback on what works/doesn’t work. Once a month so I can get my books written. Don’t expect too much in the poetry realm as that’s not my forte. 
  4. Author Interviews. I’m still lukewarm on this idea. Unless any of you amazing writers might be interested.
  5. Book Review. Maybe I could pair this with my currently reading post. 

Do you guys have any other ideas? I need three more if I’m only going to post the bare minimum. I plan on posting about interesting writing experiences as they come up in addition to these topics.

I don’t want this to become a chore that I dread doing, and I definitely don’t want to bore you guys either. Do you have any recommendations for avoiding that?

Writer's Life, Writing and Editing

Emulate Other Authors

I was spending way too much time on Facebook yesterday when someone posted about using commas too much (which I have a problem with too, but I’ll talk aboout that later). Anyway, he also mentioned that he read an article that said it is a good idea to retype pages of your favorite authors’ books and it can help you with pacing, style, etc.

Which I thought was a great idea. It turns out my second novel needs a total rewrite and I’m eleven pages away from needing a new project. So I’m going to take this advice. I decided that I’m going to copy Stephen King, Oscar Wilde, and Lori Wick. 

Stephen King, a horror novelist. I’ve read a few of his books and so far The Stand is still my favorite.

Oscar Wilde, a playwright. Also my favorite author. Ironically, I’ve only read The Importance of Being Earnest.

Lori Wick, a Christian romance writer. I absolutely loved her novel, The Princess. 

It should make for an interesting style combo to say the least. Now I need to get reading. What are your favorite books by any/all of these authors?

Books and Such

All Day Reading Day

I’m not feeling the greatest today and it’s cold and rainy out so I made the executive decision to have a reading day. These are my favorite days and today, I’m hoping to finish The Shining by Stephen King. I’ve got roughly 200 pages to go but I’ve got all day. So Leonard (my stuffed hippo) and I are curled up under the blankets, my candles are lit, coffee poured, jammies are back on, and the washing machine is going. 

Books and Such

Free Little Library

​I don’t really feel like writing today. So instead I’m going to read. I just got a ton of new books over the weekend and I can’t wait to start all of them.

Here are some of the new books I got this weekend.

That and I was distracted by a different book dilemma. I filled my 5 shelf book case. Yes. Filled it. So I spent about a half an hour trying to come up with a solution for that. I decided to put a few on my bedside table as my to read in the near future books. Then I went through all of the remaining ones and picked out the ones that I’d be ok parting with. If I have to. This summer I’m hoping to recruit father-in-law (or someone else handy) to help me build a free little library to put outside my house. I live on a busy street though so I’m not sure if it would be a good place for one. 

What do you when you have (dare I say it?) too many books? 

Writer Problems, Writing and Editing

I’m Still Alive

I just haven’t really done anything worth mentioning. Sigh. I’m still going through this winter blues? I’m not really sure what to call it. It’s not really pleasant though I can tell you that much. Anyway, I’ve been doing some serious soul searching in hopes of getting myself out of it. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up my writing.  

But since this funk has taken over my life, my writing has suffered. I know this sounds like an excuse and it probably is. I’ve been editing every couple of days or so, but nothing too major. I’m toying with an idea that will take place later in the novel so I’ve got some time to think about it. 

I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve got two books going right now and I’m loving both if them. The first one is Mistborn the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I loved it so much that I bought the trilogy on my Kindle so I won’t have to wait for the library to have it available. I’m also reading A Scone to Die for by H.Y. Hanna. I would also recommend this one. I don’t typically read mysteries, but this one is good. 

I hope your writing is going a lot better than mine is as of late.

Books and Such

Bronte Sisters

​Last night I finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. Thus completing my Bronte sisters reading list. (I’m not sure what to read for “classics” now. Any recommendations? Assume I haven’t read any of them. However, Dracula and Frankenstein are off limits because I’m going to be reading them for book club).

I didn’t really like Wuthering Heights. Mainly because I didn’t see the love between Catherine and Heathcliff. That and all the characters seemed whiny to me. I watched the movie (I don’t remember which version) and I liked that better than the book. Blasphemy, I know! 

I loved Jane Eyre. I loved the characters and I was glad with how it ended. My mom and I read this one together and tonight we’re going to watch the movie and compare it with the book. 

The Tenant (which I’ve been spelling wrong this entire time. How embarrassing) of Wildfell Hall was a close second to Jane Eyre. I enjoyed the characters here too and the narration was pretty good. I think this was my favorite ending of the three although I was pleased with how the other two ended.  I feel like I have to find a movie of this novel too. Was one made? Does anyone know? 

Books and Such

Reading Binge

​I’ve been on a reading binge lately. I just can’t put either of my books down. I just finished Tick Tock by James Patterson, and I loved it and I’m also reading The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. I’m close to finishing that one too. I’m pulling an all nighter tonight as I’m in for work at 4 am (not looking forward to it but it will be nice to be done at 8 am do I really shouldn’t complain too much). So I’ll probably finish it tonight.

I’ve also got a book in at the library, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, assuming I didn’t wait too long to pick it up. Figures, I start a book club and then the book I ordered a couple mobths ago finally comes in. Oh well, I was born with a reading list that I will never finish.

What are you reading? I’m always looking for new books. 

Writing and Editing

Sorry I Haven’t Blogged in a While

​I just haven’t really done anything worth blogging about. I wrote once last week and I’ve read a lot and that’s about it. 

I don’t think that the scene I was going to add is going to work. I’m still playing around with it, but I’m having a hard time getting it set up. So it might be back to the drawing board. I have an hour lunch tomorrow so I’ll try and think of something else. 

As for the reading, I’m trying to finish Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, so I can start my book for book club. (Sorry ladies, I haven’t started yet, but I did get it from the library. I’m hoping to start in the next couple days). I’m also reading The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. I figured I read books by the other two sisters so I should make it fair. I’ll compare them on a latter blog post when I finish this one.

Other than that nothing too exciting has been going on in my life.