A little late (in more ways than one), but I just got back from court (long story) and here is my highly personalized take on the 2017 reading challenge.
I’m writing with a mission in mind: to polish one draft to a submission-ready state. I have two other drafts that are in early stages, and two stories that demand to be written, but I can’t do it all and I need to focus. Sometimes, I get bogged down in the details and forget to look beyond the manuscript to the craft of it. Every hour I spend writing is an hour I spend finding ways to improve and that’s something worth noting.
Right now, I’m building steam, but I know I can burn out fast. To keep myself going, I’ve lined up three books to read.
I’ve read these authors before and I like their method of instruction. Sometimes I just need a push to keep going.
Are you working on a manuscript? How do you find the motivation to keep writing?
Mini Review time… for more detail, watch the video 🙂
Campbell’s Redemption by Sharon Cullen (via NetGalley)
Highland romance featuring a widow and a misunderstood laird. I liked that it was original in its take on life and romance after loss. Post-Culloden setting (totally missed that in the video, what was I thinking?!). Perfect for Outlander fans looking for a bit of fluff between seasons (and tomes).
The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay (via LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
Easy to read manual on everyday minimalism. Not as intense as KonMari and very approachable if you’re just looking for an intro to minimalism as a lifestyle.
The gods lie. by Kaori Ozaki
Japanese light novel… not light at all. Reminds me of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden. Very dark and melancholy with a touch of hope.
A Girl on the Shore by Inio Asano
Another light novel… reminds me of Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. Teens in very adult situations. Rated 18+ and well-earned.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Dregs at their finest. I loved the intricate plots and the “just when you think all is lost” feeling of it.
After You by Jojo Moyes
Not my usual cup of tea, but I’ve really fallen for Jojo Moyes’ writing, and this one did not disappoint.
I read in all genres, but I always come back to fantasy. It is truly my not-so-guilty pleasure. And I have read a lot of good fantasy this year. I am especially partial to what I think of as magical girl fantasy (much like magical girl manga), so I scoured my list of 2016 goodreads books for my top 5 of 2016 (read in 2016, not published). Here they are in all their wondrous glory:
The last week and a half have involved a lot of reading and resting to get my head back in a good place. I give you the fruits of my (non)labor (with epic hair flip!).
What have you been reading? Any recommendations? 🙂
Better late than never, right?
Spent the weekend working on the first round of changes to the draft (based on my own review and beta feedback). This method is working really well given the current state of it, and it keeps me from getting stuck on the details rather than the story. Basically, I’m jumping from beginning to end and back again, before I turn to the messy middle. So far, so good, and it’s helping me get a better grasp on character motivation and development, but I’ll share details later.
Truthwitch was just pure fun and adventure, but now I have to wait for the sequel. boo.
Meanwhile, after years (YEARS) of having it on my wishlist, I finally picked up the Magician books by PC Wrede. Love her. Love the book so far. ’nuff said.
Then the boy showed up, and everything went off the rails. TTFN.
I was a little lax on posting this weekend, but I did record two videos 🙂
This time, I’ve been reading and loving Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queen of Blood, first in the new Queens of Renthia series, an adult epic fantasy that takes place in a world where nature is deadly and only those who are chosen to be queen can keep it in check.
This review is based on an ARC that I picked up at ALA. The book is available for pre-order and will be published on September 20, 2016.
Don’t miss Friday’s video, the first in my minimalism (my way) series.
I read books and they were good. Flash review of Cursed Child, Imprudence, and The Scottish Prisoner. I also just finished Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty (mentioned in the video) and am experiencing serious book hangover. Check out the video for more.
This will probably be the last video in the bedroom, because the lighting is just insane.
Feeling Outlander withdrawal? Check out kc dyer’s Finding Fraser, one girl’s quest to find a highlander of her own, one mishap at a time.
Finding Fraser is a quick, light read. It’s a contemporary romance, along the lines of all those finding Mr. Darcy style books, with an Outlander twist. It’s a little slow to start (at least for me), but the story picks up. There are moments when Emma, the protagonist, is more than a little exasperating, but I didn’t expect much going in, just a fluffy, summer read.
Finding Fraser by kc dyer: https://amzn.com/0399584366
Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson: https://amzn.com/B00D2XJJP4
I love Garth Nix and I love a little magic with my Regencies; when I discovered that Garth Nix had done just that, I knew I had to read it. Newt’s Emerald is just the right balance of historical fantasy and fun YA. Perfect for summer reading.