"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

What it's about:
"In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?" -Amazon.com
What I thought:
OMG!! I just wanted to curl up inside this book and never leave.  So many feels.

I have never read or written fanfic (although I am kind of motivated to give it a try now).  I have never dressed up as a character from my favorite book.  I have never gone to a midnight release of anything.  But I still related to Cath and the other characters in this book so much.


I especially relate to Cath's struggle with the word "just" (“Cath wished she didn't use the word "just" so much. It was her passive-aggressive tell, like someone who twitched when they were lying.”).  My writing is splattered with the word.  When editing begins, my first plan of attack is always to strike out every occurrence of the word "just."

And Levi...I just have no words.  I am pretty sure that I love everything about this guy.  If it weren't for the receding hairline, he might be too perfect :)  Although I think I kind of love his receding hairline too.

Stars:  5/5  I couldn't put this book down.
Would I recommend it?:  Yes!  Absolutely!
Favorite Quote(s):
"If you come off all moody and melancholy in a text, it just sits there in your phone, reminding you of what a drag you are."

"This class is for writers," she said.  "For people who are willing to set aside their fears and move past distractions."


Have you read Fangirl?  What did you think?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 What I'm Reading #13

This year my goal is to read 30 books.  This summer I planned to only read books in Spanish or books related to work.  I started out well.  I read Brida by Paolo Coehlo in Spanish.  Next I read two books about using technology in the classroom, and then the whole plan fell apart.  Oh well, it was a good effort :)

Currently I am reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  Actually I just checked it out today and have not officially started yet.  I have heard good things about this book and I am very excited to read it.  Also I can be a little bit of a fangirl at times.

image source:  amazon.com

Here is the list so far:
Number of Books Read: 24
January
  1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  2. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  3. The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
  5. Blue Bloods: The Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz
  6. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
February
  1. Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz
  2. Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
March
1. The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
April
  1. The Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
  2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
May
  1. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
  2. On Writing by Stephen King
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking) by Patrick Ness
June/July
  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  3. Brida by Paolo Coehlo
  4. 50 Things you can do with Google Classroom
  5. Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller
  6. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  7. The Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric W. Scott and David R. Modler
August
1. Everville by Clive Barker

What are you reading this week?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Characters who are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week I came up with 5 characters that match the topic, characters who are fellow book nerds.
1.  Hermione Grainger from Harry Potter
What can I say?  Hermione is the ultimate book nerd.  While all the other little wizards are having fun and playing tricks on each other, Hermione is reading, studying, practicing and perfecting her knowledge.  She even manages to take many classes at the exact same time.  Ultimate book nerd.

2.  Nicholas Flamel from The Alchemist
Nicholas Flamel is not only a bookstore owner (in his current life, at least) but also the guardian of a very important book that holds the secrets of alchemy.  I can't wait to see where his adventure takes him in the second book of the series.

3.  Matilda
Matilda.  Oh, how I love Roald Dahl and his rebellious children!  Matilda is so smart, much smarter than her dreadful parents.  She is one of my favorite book nerds.

4.  Little Ozzie from Odd Thomas
Little Ozzie is an overweight author of mystery books who loves food and has 6 fingers on one hand.  He also has an aggressive cat that hates Odd.  Ozzie is the one who encourages Odd to write about his experiences.  I love his decadence and how accepting he is of all of Odd's oddities.  I think I would like to know him in real life.

5.  Augustus Waters from Fault in Our Stars
In the beginning of the book, Augustus is obsessed with a book about a video game, but pretty soon he shares his girlfriend's obsession with an obscure book by an author living in the Netherlands.  So, why did I choose Augustus?  I love his sense of humor and positive attitude.  I also love his opinion of cigarettes.

What book nerd characters do you love?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

2015 What I'm Reading #12


Time for Round 2
This round, my goal is to start a daily writing practice.  I am starting by completing Blogging University's Writing 101 through The Daily Post.  I will be posting on my blog daily using the prompt and twist provided.  I will also be continuing to work on my reading goal of 30 books this year.

Here is my e-bookshelf.  I have just started reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  I am really looking forward to reading this book.  I have heard good things about it.  Next on my reading list is The Alchemyst by Michael Scott.  I recently finished reading the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy.  Overall I enjoyed it, but at times I just wanted it to be over.  The book ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, so I may have to read the next one in the series even if I don't want to.  I don't know how much I like books that end with cliffhangers :)

Here's what I have read so far this year:
Number of Books Read: 16
January
  1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  2. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  3. The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
  5. Blue Bloods: The Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz
  6. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
February
  1. Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz
  2. Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
March
1. The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
April
  1. The Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
  2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
May
1. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
2.  On Writing by Stephen King
June
3.  The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
What are you reading this week?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top Ten Books I'd Love to See as Movies/TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.  Check out future topics here.

Here are ten books I would like to see as movies or tv shows.  Some of these are already in development, so maybe I will get lucky enough to see them as real movies/tv shows some day :)

1.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (in development)

2.  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

3.  Blue Blood Series by Melissa de la Cruz

4.  Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

5.  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

6.  All of Joe Hill's books (Horns is already a movie, of course)

7.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

8.  The Line by JD Horn

9.  The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

10.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman (STARZ is making a tv show)

What books would you like to see as movies?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

What it's About:
I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it. Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He’s just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childhood friend disappears, Odd discovers something worse than a dead body and embarks on a heart-stopping battle of will and wits with an enemy of exceptional cunning. In the hours to come there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. 
 
You’re invited on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror and transcendence to wonders beyond imagining. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas. - from Amazon.com

What I Thought:
This is the second book in Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series that I have read, and I cannot wait to read more.  Here are some of the things that I love:

The Narrator:  The books are written by the main character, Odd, after the action takes place as a way to process his feelings.  This allows for clever comments and insights made in hindsight.  In fact, this narrator has a lot of clever comments.  I love his voice.  You can really feel his personality in every word.  You can see some great examples on my quote page (above).

The Characters:  Odd Thomas has some amazing people in his life.  An overweight mystery writer with an evil cat.  A diner owner and police chief who love him like family.  The ghost of Elvis (and other assorted dead people) who follows him around town.  I love them all.

Psychic Magnetism:  An ability that is both a blessing and a curse at times, psychic magnetism leads Odd where he needs/wants to be.  Odd uses this ability to solve mysteries and crimes, sometimes before they have even occurred.  I can imagine using it to find my husband's keys or wallet :)

The Villain:  Wow.  The villain in this book is a sexy woman who is fascinated by the supernatural and especially by Odd's psychic abilities and has two beefy reanimated corpses assisting her.  It makes for an interesting story.

So far I would definitely recommend this series and I am hoping that the next book is just as entertaining.

Have you ever read this book?  What did you think?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2015 What I'm Reading #11


Time for Round 2
This round, my goal is to start a daily writing practice.  I am starting by completing Blogging University's Writing 101 through The Daily Post.  I will be posting on my blog daily using the prompt and twist provided.  I will also be continuing to work on my reading goal of 30 books this year.

Number of Books Read: 15
January
  1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  2. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  3. The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz
  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
  5. Blue Bloods: The Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz
  6. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
February
  1. Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz
  2. Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
March
1. The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
April
  1. The Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
  2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
May
1. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
2.  On Writing by Stephen King

I have not been reading a lot this week, so I am still reading The Shining and still really enjoying it.  I have another book checked out from the library and another 5 on my hold list.  I guess I'd better get reading :)
What are you reading this week?