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The ABC Challenge (B)

I saw this challenge over on A Book. A Thought. I liked the idea of going through my shelves and thinking about some of the books that stick out in my mind. I have fun going through my shelves and picking out books. I found some that I want to reread soon.

Memorable Titles that Start with “B”

Beneath the Sugar SkySeanan McGuire – This was probably my favorite of this series so far. It was a fun, twisting story that I felt connected me best to the characters.

Blind Faith – Ben Eaton – I bought this when I was in London years ago. I remember it being about following a government without thinking for yourself. I need to read it again now and see how it relates to our time.

Because You Love to Hate MeVarious Authors- This was an interesting short story collection. It told stories from villain’s POV. Victoria Schwab has one about death that is just fantastic.

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak – This is a classic and it is as good as the reviews have said. It heart-breaking but in the best way possible.

Books Starting with “B” on my TBR

What are your opinions on some of these books? Any that you love?

Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I saw this over on Perfectly Tolerable’s blog. I didn’t read the post because I wanted to try this first. The idea is to try to answer the questions without looking anything up or looking at your bookshelves.
I do not have the best memory and it is even worse when I am put on the spot, but I thought it would be fun to give this a shot. (I am going to put in bold my comments on how I did. Some of the ones I wanted to look it up to see if I was right).
Here are the questions if you want to play along.

  1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.
  2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.
  3. Name a book about a character called George.
  4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.
  5. Name a book set in Australia.
  6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.
  7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.
  8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.
  9. Name a book with a eponymous title.
  10. Name a book turned into a movie.

 

  1. Name a book written by author called Michael – First thing that came to mind was Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I haven’t actually read it but that is the first book I thought of.
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  2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover – I am pretty certain that Dance of Dragons by George RR Martin has a dragon on the cover. Heck half the book is about dragons, there has got to be one on there somewhere!  (Yep, I was right!)
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  3. Name a book about a character called George – I think that one of the main characters in Of Mice and Men was called George. I read that back in high school. I won’t ever read it again because it really hurt my heart.
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  4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith – I am thinking the Book Thief? I swear the author’s name was Smith! (Wow I was super wrong on this one. The author is Markus Zusak. Why in the world did I think Smith!?)
  5. Name a book set in Australia – I honestly do not think I have read a book that is set in Australia! I am going to have to look up others who have done this tag and find some books set there!
  6. Name a book with the name of month in the title – (I could not think of anything for this one. I glanced through my shelves and didn’t see anything with a month in the title).
  7. Name a book with a knife on the cover – One of the Game of Thrones book has to have a knife on the cover! (Or at least a sword which I count as the same thing) (Yeah I was right it the first book has a sword on it).
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  8. Name a book with the word “one” in the titleThe Littlest Uninvited One. Sweet book about dogs entering heaven.
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  9. Name a book with a eponymous title – Harry Potter books. They all are named after the main character. (Once I actually knew eponymous meant this one was simple).
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  10. Name a book turned into a movie – End on a really easy one. I could list so many. I think I will go with The Darkest Minds. I just bought that book because I saw the trailer for the movie and want to read the book first.

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This one was fun. I wasn’t very good at it but it was still fun to do. Why not give it a shot and see how good your book memory is!

NaNoWriMo 2017

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It is that time of year again! NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and this year is going to be a serious challenge for me. For those of you who have no idea what NaNoWriMo means, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month in November.

I have been doing NaNoWriMo since 2012. I have only “won” twice, in 2014 and 2015. I have written a number of draft for novels though none have quite gotten past the initial draft stage. I use NaNo as a time to get as much of the idea onto paper as I can. Sometimes the stories just get stuck and I have to place them to the side until I can determine if they have anything to them.

Winning NaNo is difficult. You start off full of determination but as the month wears on you realize that writing a novel in a month is not easy. Many people get stuck in the middle and have no idea how to move forward. You get that beginning moving and when you hit the middle everything comes to a screaming halt.

Or you set up a schedule and in the end figure out that it just will not work for every day. One you miss that first day of words you find yourself trying to catch up and sometimes it just seems nearly impossible. The two times I have “won” I have been working until the last day. The years I have not won is because I get behind and can’t close that gap.

I love doing NaNo because I love the challenge. It pushes me to get as much of my novel done as I can. I need to get as many words down as I can throughout the month. I also make it more of a challenge for myself because of the fact that I hand write everything then type it up. Sometimes I think that makes it that much harder for myself.

This year will be my biggest challenge because I currently work two jobs and finding time to write has been difficult. I want to use November to see how I can better use my time. I know that “winning” this year may not be in the cards. I have two major work events in the middle of the month and then there is Thanksgiving and a shopping day with my brother. So I know there will be at least 4 days where I will get almost no writing done. But I want to see what I can do.

The best part of NaNo is that there is no real way to lose, unless you never start I guess. As long you get something written and get that work moving then it is worth the time. You may not get 50,000 words done but getting any words one the paper is what counts. Novels don’t get written by thinking about the story, they have to become physical for anyone to read them. NaNo helps give that push in order for you to get started. Once you have something on paper you have something work with.

This year I am going to be working on the novel I have been working on for two years now. It is about a world where alternate universe are kept in books and timelines, every choice made results is a new life and new world. Callie is in charge of keeping everything in order but once The Voices threaten her life and sanity she runs, leaving things to deteriorate. A group of people whose lives begin to devolve because of her choice must find her and put life right again.

I love the idea and have been struggling with particulars of it. Some pieces don’t fit and I have had trouble explain other aspects. Recently I rethought a huge portion of the story, got rid of a useless character and I now think I have it in a position where it can really roll. I am going to use NaNo to push this story as far as I can and see where I end up.

Who else is taking on this challenge in November? If you need a writing buddy find me on the site, my username is Shmibby. I would love to have some virtual writing friends to work on this with.

Good Luck to all those doing NaNoWriMo this year!

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3)

Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over nominated me for this fun challenge. Thanks and be sure to check her blog out!

Rules:

1. Thank who nominated you

2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote per day)

3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day to continue the challenge.

My last quote was difficult to decide on. I have so many quotes that I love from many different books and authors. But one of the first authors I ever read and enjoyed immensely  was Dr. Seuss. I grew up with his books and their quirky words and rhyming stories that were always so easy to get wrapped up in. So for my final quote I choose a quote from my favorite Dr. Seuss story, The Lorax.

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The Lorax is by far my favorite of all of Dr. Seuss’s books. I love the characters and the story resonates with me to this day. I chose this quote because it is simple and easy to comprehend and understand. As a society we always are bemoaning some issue. Whether on the news, Twitter, Facebook or the plethora of other sties and outlets, we hear constantly about different problems that need to be solved or rectified.

This quote says it all. If there is something we feel profoundly strong about. If there is one issue that bugs us day in and day out, we are the ones who can solve it. Once you care, you can do so much. Caring gives you the drive to push forward and try to find a way to enact change or solve the problem. The first step is caring and then showing the world why you care and then fighting because of how much we care.

Nomination time – If you have done this challenge or if it does not fit your interests, no worries no need to take part.

  1. Ed at The BiaLog
  2. the bibbity boopity beautiful blog
  3. Entertaining Stories

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 1).

Thank you to Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over for tagging me in this challenge! Be sure to check her blog out!

The rules of the challenge :

  1.  Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day)
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

Neil-Gaiman-Photo-Credit-Kimberly-ButlerDeciding on my first quote wasn’t too difficult. This is a quote that I have loved for a long time. It is one that has been paraphrased different times by different people. My favorite iteration of it is Neil Gaiman’s version from Coraline.

“Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman – from Coraline

The original quote comes from G.K. Chesterton, in Tremendous Trifles, Book 7014283XVII, The Red Angel (1909). Neil Gaiman posted a Tumblr blog post about the quote and a brief history of it and the different ways it has been changed over time. If you want to, check it out here, http://bit.ly/1NIkNAd

I love this quote because of what it says about reading and the power of stories. I wrote about this in a longer post before but I love the idea of stories that villains and problems can be overcome. We get so bogged down in what is going wrong around us. We stare up at our problems and worries and we wonder how in the world we can ever get around them and defeat them.

When you read, you are all of the characters. You follow the protagonist as they fight, fail and get back up again. As you read you learn from their mistakes. You stand beside them as they try again and again to defeat whatever is standing in their way. We learn from them.

We watch as they rise to the top and they end in victory. And it gives us encouragement and hope that we can take up our own swords and defeat our own dragons. Book and stories are fantastic because they show us that nothing is impossible. Our heroes can be battered and broken but somehow and someway they are able to defeat whatever was standing in their way. Even when the ending is not a happy one, or one we wanted, we still learn lessons. Lessons we can then use to defeat our own dragons.

Time to nominate 3 other blogs. Share your favorite quotes over 3 days or if you have done it already or you are not interested, no worries, no need to do it.
1.  Renee of A Bookish Delight

2. Brittneysahin  of  Brittneysahin

3. Eric Klingenberg of Eric’s Blog

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