Novel-ember Book Haul 2017

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I may not be big on the cooler weather, but, I absolutely do love the month of November just the same. This one little month has My birthday, Thanksgiving and an entire day of shopping for some of us all wrapped into one. Plus just discovered that’s November is a month completely dedicated to writer’s and books! November is: National Novel Writing Month, Novel-ember, Non-Fiction November, and Family Literacy Month. In anticipation for the month and to feed my book collecting addiction, I completed purchasing two series I’ve been waiting to buy since returning to my love of reading and books. I’ve heard rave reviews about both The Wicked Years and The Lunar Chronicles and I’ll finally get to see for myself.

The Wicked Years

I borrowed a copy of Wicked by Gregory Maguire over a year ago. As a theater kid I love The Wizard of Oz  and The Wiz, and I definitely remember Defying Gravity as sung by Idina Menzel from Wicked: The Musical. Yet, I hadn’t been aware the musical was originally a book. Wicked, is an adaptation of the Wizard of Oz, as told from the perspective of Elfaba the Wicked Witch of the West.

I was reading the book during a time when movies like Dracula: Untold and Maleficent were being made, and everything fictional seemed to be trying to give us the “villains” perspective. It was surprisingly a good read though and it did give me a new perspective on the wicked witch of the west. I even did a review for the book which you can read here.

The Wicked Years, is a four-part series starting with Wicked and ending with Out of Oz. The world-building in this series is amazing. Maguire manages to give us an in-depth look at the world of Oz, while uniquely stitching together familiar characters as well as creating brand new ones. The second book picks up shortly after Elfaba meets her fate at the hands of Dorothy, with Son of a Witch.

The Lunar Chronicles

I’ve seen The Lunar Chronicles, on bookshelves but I personally haven’t  read the series. I’m not sure how long it’s been on my TBR list but before 2019 rolls in I will have checked it off.

I like to keep away from outside opinions of books before I read them, so beyond a few conversations with people who’ve said it was “good”, I have little to go on. I did skim the description of Cinder, prior to buying the whole set. Just from viewing the covers we get a fairy tale theme, and I was advised there was a cyborg involved.  There is a spoiler-free review of the series from Booktuber Between Chapters states some of the scenes gave her a Panem flashback which means I’m in for a dystopian read.

I’m not sure if I want to attempt a Binge read of the series to finish out 2017 or if I ‘ll be adding it to my 2018 reading list but, I definitely plan to get into this series soon.

I get most of my books from thriftbooks.com, since they are super inexpensive and offer free shipping on purchases over $40 as well as points for every $50. I’ve bought books from a few places but this place has me hooked, at least until I get a box subscription.

 

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What New Books Did You Buy This Month? Leave a Comment Below!

 

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2017 Non-Fiction November Book Tag

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It’s November! One of my favorite month’s of the year for obvious reasons 😉 New to the book blogging world I spend 75% of my day searching the internet for events and tags that I may be missing out on. I was missing out on quite a bit. Like this tag for example, which I got from What The Log Had To Say.  

I may be the wrong person to ask about non-fiction books as I almost ever read them, but, I’m going to give this one my best shot. Give it a try and be sure to tag me so I can get some ideas about non-fiction books!

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What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

I almost never read non-fiction something I definitely plan to work on for next year. I was trying to figure out how to work a podcast into the website earlier this year so I bought a lot of books I never actually read completely.  One of the few I did happen to make it through was The DIY Internet Radio Cookbook by Tom Tenny. It was a short read and helped you map out your radio station from start to finish. I’ll revisit that idea some other time. Would you all tune in to a Blu Moon Fiction radio show?

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What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

I believe the only non-fiction recommendation I’ve ever made was Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I don’t recall how old I was when I read this book but I know my mother bought it after hearing all the hype. It was written like one of my fiction books and I immediately connected with the young woman who would eventually become the most celebrated Geisha in Japan. That this book became a movie I later became obsessed with only adds proof that the story is awesome!

I’m actually looking for recommendations, I enjoy history and art!

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

There are entire sections of non-fiction books that I haven’t read yet so this question is a bit hard to answer. I’m beginning to get excited for what my answers will be next year because I’m already putting together a non-fiction TBR list. Thanks to a friend over at Coffee Loving Bookoholic I may decide to grab some audio books for this.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I’m hoping to add a new Non – Fiction book to my read list. I actually just found out about all of this on my birthday, (Nov 7) and am currently up to my elbows in fantasy series to finish. My reading goals for 2018 are going to be more goal oriented so I’m hoping to have more to talk about next year.

 

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What Are Some Non-Fiction Books You’ve Read This year? Leave a Comment Below!

My Very First NaNoWriMo Book Tag

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I’ve known about National Novel Writing Month (Novel-ember) for a few years; most writers are familiar with the concept but for those who are not, NaNoWriMo is a 30 day high intensity month of writing nationwide. Writer’s start on November 1, working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. I’m not surprised that there is a book tag for this one and since this is my first year actually participating, I thought I’d celebrate with this post.

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Don’t get discouraged if you think 50,000 words are a lot. The community of writer’s participating are super supportive and you can even find yourself a writing buddy.  This particular tag came from our all-knowing Google overlords and a blog called The Bookish Underdog. The original creator is said to be Kristina Horner.

Jumping In!

 

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How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This will be my very first year participating. I started writing for it on my birthday, (NOV 7) as a means to finish my grad school writing sample. That and I’ve always wanted to try it but haven’t always had a story in mind. This year I had both a need and an idea.

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How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I’m almost positive I saw a tweet about it a few years ago, though it could’ve also been Facebook. Most likely it was some form of social media, having never heard the acronym before, I did some research and learned all about it.

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What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

I don’t currently have a title. I like to name my books once they’re written and I haven’t finished writing this one just yet. I was thinking of calling it Damsel. For now it’s saved as Untitled W.I.P. for NaNoWriMo on my computer.

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Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

Red Riding Hood, Alice (from Wonderland), The Swan Princess, and Goldielocks go on a quest to rescue Thumbelina and wake Snow White’s Kingdom from a curse. 

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What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

“If You Continue to Procrastinate Someone Else Will Write Your Story”

I looked everywhere and unfortunately couldn’t find it but basically it’s a pinterest quote from an author who may not have been identified. I am a chronic procrastinator with the attention span of a gnat. My biggest struggle is completing projects and this quote is a real kick in the butt. For me it reminds of two very important things. I’m not the only writer in the world and also that my ideas no matter how innovative or entertaining will eventually be thought of by someone else, whether or not the world sees their version before or after is completely up to me. Something that helps me when I really need to focus.

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Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo before this year so every year before this one would be my break I guess. I have taken a break from  I plan on doing this again next year and every year from now on if I can. This seems like a great way to actually finish some work.

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What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

Life itself has always been a pretty big inspiration. Different things have inspired different stories. The story I’m working on this month came from my love of Once Upon A Time and the discovery of The Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t read that series yet but I hope my story is much different.

 

Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

“Roselyn pulled her crimson cloak higher, concealing her raven hair.”

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Why do you love writing?

The short answer is, I love writing because I love reading. I’m infatuated with books and the worlds those books create. Creating those worlds and being a part of a profession that allows me to do so on a consistent basis has always been a goal of mine. The much longer answer is that I’m a creative being who enjoys the ability to express my emotions and ideas through words. I love being able to connect with someone through my writing and knowing that there are people who can relate to either my characters or myself.

 

November TBR!

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I’m working on time management this month so if everything works out I’ll be able to complete this list and blog about while also keeping up with my NANOWRIMO writing. Anyway I digress, This month I’m attempting to finish reading one series and then start another. So far my 2017 Reading challenge is hanging on by a thread. I’m nine books into my 20 book goal. Almost halfway through with 52 days left. I feel like I could definitely get through but I’m ready to read something new. Lucky for me, my run with Artemis Fowl is coming to an end.

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I’m currently working through the 7th installment of Artemis Fowl.  I started reading this book late last month and just haven’t finished. Ironically the title, The Atlantis Complex  by  Eoin Colfer is both a psychological condition as well as a physical location. So far I’m on page 226 of the book, (63% according to my tracker) and for the first time ever Artemis isn’t much help in getting them out of trouble. I won’t spoil it for you feel free to check out my GoodReads feed for more. I plan to be finished this book tomorrow and hopefully the series by mid next week.

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Rounding out the Artemis Fowl series, I’ll be starting The Last Guardian also by Eoin Colfer. Is the final book in the Artemis Fowl saga. When it comes to a series I usually try not to read the description of the books until just before I’m about to read it. However, a quick glance at the inside cover reveals their old foe is back and still determined to bring destruction to both worlds. This series has been a bit of an obsession, I’m happy I’ve picked it up but as I said I am eager to get into a new series.

That series would be The Mortal Instruments and the accompanying Infernal Devices. I started to read the series a few years ago, swiped my mom’s copy of City of Bones as payback for her destroying my Harry Potter series. I personally don’t harm books, I just wanted to read it. I finished the first book but she refused to let me borrow the rest. Now that I have my own I’ll be speed reading the Mortal Instruments and buddy reading the Infernal Devices with my friend Breanna.

I think with a bit of determination I can get through all of these before the month is out, but I’ll definitely have to stay focused. Wish me luck!

Which books made your November TBR list? Let Me Know Below!

My Happy Birthday Book Tag!

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My birthday was on Tuesday, (Nov 7) just reached 27 – years – young. and of course I just had to do this book tag. I found it at Charlotte Vlogs who got it from Libro Liv I wanted to do a birthday themed post other than the Bday Book Haul so thanks to Google, I found this. Share and tag some friends, if you don’t have any feel free to tag me. 

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20171108_144151-11086986079.jpgI was born on the 7th day of the 11th month. (November 7) I have two bookshelves a tall narrow one as well as a short, wide bookshelf. I always start at the taller bookshelf at the top. The seventh book in my shelf was He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. It’s not really fantasy book, nor is it a series but, I’ve read it and it is on my bookshelf in the non-fiction section on top.  After doing the math I was looking at -4. I wasn’t sure whether I should count four books forward from there or if I should have started over from the beginning. Moving backwards from the first book on my shelf to the 4 books on the other bookshelf led me to The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Book #2 in the Infernal Devices prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. I plan to buddy read this series with my friend Breanna, after I make it through The Mortal Instruments, hopefully this month. Fingers crossed. 

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Do I have to just pick one? There are so many awesome characters that I’ve read about in my 27 years. I suppose if I’m picking solely based on the most recent books I’ve read, I have to pick Captain Holly Short of the LEP Recon unit.00a1d676c0f5bf7dc1955107feba7594945013175.jpg She is one of my favorite characters in the Artemis Fowl series and is a secondary main character. Holly is the first female fairy to be promoted to the LEP recon force, EVER! Which means she was trained to be a one woman wrecking crew. My favorite thing about Holly is that no matter how rough she has to be in order to do her job, she’s still shown more humanity than some of the humans she’s encountered. I bet the conversations with her would be fascinating also, in the book she has a sassy attitude and often playfully jibes her friends. She’s also lived for hundreds of years, so we could discuss the world before humans got to it and the evolution of the earth afterwards. Holly also has magic and that would come in pretty handy. I’m still working on book 7 in this series, Artemis Fowl is written by Eoin Colfer.

 

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20171108_1541042129541777.jpgWhile working on this question I realized that a lot of the books on my shelf take place in the fall. A lot of YA novels take place in the fall because… school. I’m sure there are lots of other reasons but the book I chose was Twilight: New Moon written by Stephanie Meyer. When I saw this question I immediately thought of Bella’s spiral into insanity in the 2nd book of the saga.  The book starts off in September (The Fall) and continues into the spring. The movie does a great job of showing the seasonal changes and how Bella also went through a seasonal renewal. First being immobilized by her grief and later as she sprang into life like a budding flower thanks to Jacob. Surprisingly it’s my least favorite book of the entire Twilight series. I was 19 at the time and it had a little too much teenage angst for my taste. 

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I actually have two birthstones, and my topaz birthstone comes in a variety of colors. Since I couldn’t decide on which stone to pick I choose between topaz and Citrine,  I chose one book for each stone. 

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My bookshelf is pretty dark, the covers are all mostly black or blue. Finding a book that matched my birthstones was not as easy as anticipated. I wanted to keep to books in my bookshelf for this one. The book that looks the most like a blue Topaz in my opinion is, Artemis Fowl (3): The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer. The metallic blue color shimmers and matches just like my stone.  I’ve actually read this book and am working on finishing the series.20171108_1544411622781139.jpg 

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For my Citrine birthstone the book I chose was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling. My Dust jacket is missing from the final book so as I was searching for a Citrine colored book I’d noticed that exposed fabric of the Hardback was a close match. I’ve read up to book 4 of the series but i’ll be revisiting it at some point this year.

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I do love a good series but I think the most books in a series i’ve ever read was 13. While searching I found out that I am in fact mising the 13th book something I plan to rectify immediately. I had no real answer for this question so I turned my attention to google. Sadly there is only one book ever written that has 27 books within the series. Alas, before I continue please don’t be offended. Google said the only book with 27 books in a series was The Bible. The New Testament to be exact. Some would argue that this book doesn’t qualify so I decided to check again.photogrid_1510174544674173128335.jpg  6736ad11e52f1535ccf0ae2e73ba88a51793660104.jpgRefining my search to fantasy novels with 27 books and I found a list of the Longest Fantasy Novels ever!. The closest I came to my age was 26 books in the Dragonriders of Pern series. Quite a few have 30 books in them and I even found a series with 45 books in it. Click this link here  for more of the longest series in Fiction. 

 

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There are a few places I’d loved to visit based on books i’ve read. Because I have to pick, i’m going to choose the Isle of Skye as described in the House of Night Series.  This particular place is a very real location in Scotland. However, I’m pretty sure they used creative license when describing the home of Sgiach. 7b5ebad8dc8f6cfcd4a05daa3178ded1527140660.jpgThe island is also known as the Isle of Women, home to the Guardians of the Ace/ The MacUallis clan. 88a7cff0c26d1fad719216b03e50f2c1274817296.jpg The sons of Erebus warriors were also trained there. The most interesting thing about the island is that Queen Sgiach cast a protective circle around the island so that anyone without permission couldn’t enter. The island is suppsoed to be breathtakingly beautiful with marbled white stone that glitters by torch light. It has sattelite and Internet. The island is home to a gorgeous castle that leads to the shoreline. In the sacred Grove, there is the Hanging Tree, two trees, a hawthorn and rowan tree, twisted together to form one. From the branches of the strange joining, strips of brightly colored cloth are tied to it in a strange yet complementary contrast to its ancient, gnarled limbs Each knot, each strip of cloth, represents a wish. The Hanging Tree is grown by the Fey. I’d love to visit Italy and Greece the closest I believe i’ll get to such a place.

 

Feel free to play along! Remember to tag the creator’s of this tag and me of course!

 

Did you find a series that had the same number of books as your age? Comment Below!