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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2016 What I'm Reading Wednesday #5

For my ROW80 Wednesday Check-ins, I will be posting my progress on my reading goals.  
I am still reading The Double Life of Fidel Castro.  I know, boring.  So far I am not really surprised by anything I have read.

Once again my monthly goal is to read 3 books.

2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 4/32
Books from TBR list: 0
Series completed: 0
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Book Haul (February 2, 2016)


Library Finds:
Ok, I love Scott Westerfeld's books, so when I was in the library at work and saw both of these sitting on the shelf, I couldn't resist.  One of the perks of being a teacher is checking out books from the school library without a due date, so I can take my time with these two books... although I don't think I will.

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
"A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life.
Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It's Cal's job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . .
Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that are fast becoming his trademark, Scott Westerfeld's novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror."

Afterworlds  by Scott Westerfeld
"Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most."



Gift Books:
This book was gifted to me in Christmas of 2014, I think, and it will help me with my resolution to finish some of the series I have started, so this is definitely on my reading list for this month.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
"J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice—only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has with her New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witchesintroduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey."

Have you read any of these books?  Or these authors?  What did you think?  What cool books have you found lately?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monthly Check-in (January)

Time to check-in on my progress on my yearly goals.

Reading Goals

1.  Read 32 books (2-3 per month)
I am making amazing progress on this goal.  I read 4 books this month: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore, and Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg.

2.  Read books I have pinned on Pinterest
I did not read any books from my TBR list.

3.  Complete some book series that I have started
I did not make progress on any book series.

Writing Goals

1.  Write or edit every day
I wrote 7 out of 31 days; I did not edit.

2.  Complete first draft of DOVH and Mordred
No progress.

3.  Edit first draft of ZF
No progress.

4.  Complete at least one writing challenge
No progress.

5.  Continue with my blogging schedule
I did not write many Stuck in my Head posts but I kept up with the rest of the schedule.  I think I did well.

How are your goals progressing?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 What I'm Reading Wedesday #4

For my ROW80 Wednesday Check-ins, I will be posting my progress on my reading goals.  
This week I am reading The Double Life of Fidel Castro.  I have just started, so I'm not sure what I think of it yet.  The book is written by a personal bodyguard of Fidel Castro.  I am interested to see if Fidel's double life really surprises me or is it is exactly what I expect.  

Anyway, my goal for this year is to read 32 books, so I set my January goal as reading 3 books to give me a good head start.  I have already read 4 books this month.  Yay!!  I am currently attaining my main goal!  I have yet to make progress on any of the series I want to complete or on my TBR list.  Oh well, I am enjoying the reading right now.

2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 4/32
Books from TBR list: 0
Series completed: 0
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe
3.  Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore
4.  Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg


What are you reading this week?  How are your reading goals going?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (January 26th)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser:

"As soon as it came to a halt, our plane was immediately surrounded by twenty or so soldiers who mounted guard, rifles slung over their shoulders.  We were watching this spectacle from the windows of the plane when Fidel suddenly decided to disembark to enjoy an Irish coffee in the transit zone.  It was sheer bravado; for the Comandante, it was a way of saying that nothing could stop him from making an incursion into enemy territory --- on this occasion, that of Ireland, next door to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, an indefatigable ally of Ronald Reagan."
-The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to el Líder Máximo
by Juan Reinaldo Sánchez with Axel Glydén (p. 130-131)

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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up (January 24, 2016)


Blog Posts
Top 10 books I recently added to my TBR
What I'm Reading Wednesday
I was supposed to blog a Stuck in my Head post also, but had some technical difficulties.  It will be posted as soon as I can figure it out.

What I read
I have had a lot of reading time recently. I finished two books this week: Dear Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore and Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Golodberg.  After reading two books on writing, I am inspired.  I even managed to use that inspiration to write a little this week.  Now to keep up the momentum.

Next on my list is a book by Fidel Castro's personal bodyguard.  I am very excited to get started.

Interesting Stuff I Found on the Internet
I have been researching bullet journals a lot this week and started my own version to see if it works for me.  I want a place to keep my to do lists, track my food and certain habits I want to maintain.  

Fiction Writing
This week, I wrote one day.  I started working on a personal essay and got 190 words down on paper before getting interrupted or distracted.  I know it's not technically fiction but I want to track all my writing.

Editing
No editing this week, although I did think about it a lot :)


How did your week go?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 What I'm Reading Wednesday #3

For my ROW80 Wednesday Check-ins, I will be posting my progress on my reading goals.  
This week I started reading Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore.
 I am enjoying it so far.
2016 Goal: 32 books
Books Read = 2/32
Books from TBR list: 0
Series completed: 0
2016 Pinterest Board

January
1.  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
2.  Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe

What are you reading this week?