Books in November 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In November I read eight!

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Favorite: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Classic: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Least Liked: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk


I also loved Labyrinth Tales. Uses For Boys was pretty good, The Elite was good, and Delirium Stories & The Fever were OK.

 

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My favorite read for November 2016.

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My classic read for November 2016.

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I am a huge Labyrinth fan so I loved this one as well.

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What did you read in November and what were your favorites?

 

jnc

November Writing & Reading Goals Check (December Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR NOVEMBER
✓ Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for my classic book
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Read The Elite for my TBR
✓ Read Invisible Monsters for my TBR
✓ Read Uses For Boys for my TBR
✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Write for NaNoWriMo

I am so happy that I got all of my goals completed! I finished a book for NaNoWriMo, already have my book pictures done, and read all of the books on my list. Hopefully December’s goals will go well too! I am especially hoping to finish up the Dexter series and Lunar Chronicles. I know December is a busy month but I have also gotten most of my Christmas gifts purchased so maybe I will have more time than usual.

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR DECEMBER
✓ Read Oliver Twist for my classic book
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The One for my TBR
✓ Read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for my TBR
✓ Read Winter for my TBR
✓ Read Dexter’s Final Cut for my TBR
✓ Read Dexter is Dead for my TBR
✓ do book pictures for the month
✓ Write a Christmas short story

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for November?

 

jnc

NaNoWriMo 2016 Results

Hey guys, I hope that your writing has been going well if you did NaNoWriMo. The last few days have been a little crazy so apologies for the lack of updates. I hope that even if you did not complete 50K that you managed to get something written. It’s more than you would have had otherwise.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it or not this year. I’ve never not finished, minus that time I decided to do two Camp NaNoWriMo sessions (which was a disaster for the second session!). But somehow I managed to finish even though I had several sick, holiday, busy, or uninspired days. Honestly I probably wrote 50K in 20 or less days.

I finished Not My Fault at 50,265 words. It’s definitely going to need a lot of work but I feel that the overall story and characters came out well. It also helped me heal somewhat emotionally. Part of this story was autobiographical, though the main character acts in the way I wish I would have at her age.

While this was not my most enjoyable NaNo, I feel like it was still a strong one. There was just a lot going on and while stress can sometimes be motivating, it can also go in the other direction.

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^Here’s the winner badge. Isn’t that paper flag adorable? I have to admit that I wasn’t so crazy about the “space” theme until I saw this flag and got this message after finishing: You’ve defied gravity this month! Truth.

How did you do with NaNoWriMo? I hope you at least got some of your story written. 2016 has not been a great writing year for me so it was nice to finally get something accomplished. Let me know if you finished or how much you got accomplished.

 

jnc

NaNoWriMo Week 3 & 4

Hey guys, hope your writing has been going well if you’re doing NaNoWriMo! Apologies for the lack of posts. Life has been very busy with the holidays beginning to make their appearance. I’m also still behind on my word count but I am hoping to catch up within the next three days. It’s a lot to do but if I work at it, I think I can do it!

I’ve recently become addicted to the Hamilton album like many other people, especially in the Booktube/reader/author community seem to be. I thought this was a funny line considering NaNoWriMo is about to end: Why do you write like you’re running out of time? Write day and night like you’re running out of time?

Here are my stats so far:

38,003 words written

11,997 words to go

3 days left

 

So how are you doing with NaNoWriMo? If you are like me and still struggling to catch up, may you be like Alexander Hamilton in regards to writing!😉

 

jnc

NaNoWriMo Week 2

Hey guys, hope your writing has been going well if you’re doing NaNoWriMo! I’m still behind but I have made more progress since last time so that’s something. I’m hoping to knock out even more this weekend. Here are my stats so far:

19,466 words written

30,534 words to go

13 days left

 

So how are you doing with NaNoWriMo? Happy writing!

 

jnc

Cover Reveal: Clara and Claire by Lindsey Richardson

Hey guys, today I have an exciting cover reveal to share with you! Take a look at this beauty as well as the intriguing sounding synopsis!

 

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Clara and Claire by Lindsey Richardson

Release date: December 2016 **actual date TBA soon!

Cover designer: Alivia Anders of White Rabbit Book Design

Betrayal wears many masks. Sometimes… familiar ones.

On the night of her 20th birthday, Clara Nasso witnesses an illegal act of magic. The following morning, two lives are changed forever.

When Claire Kanelos, daughter of the head counselor, disappears from the island of Ninomay, Clara is kidnapped and taken there by a council member. Her unmistakable resemblance to the missing woman, and the disturbing facts that come to light, convince Clara to stay and play the role of Claire –at first, for one night only, and then indefinitely.

Though Clara grew up hearing stories about the rich and powerful mages that filled Ninomay, all she finds there are liars and mysteries. And Ezra, the only person who can see through her disguise. He promises to help her return home, but how can Clara leave when secrets are unraveled every day and a killer might walk freely?

When she might be the key to Claire’s survival?

 

If you’re intrigued by the cover and synopsis, check out Lindsey Richardson’s website for more details on this book as well as her other works.

 

 

jnc

 

Books in October 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In October, I read nine!

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I read the three Goosebumps books for my first read-a-thon which was called the Goosebumps-along by Richard from Books and Bullshit. Check him out on Booktube (Youtube)!

Since I decided to go as Dexter for Halloween, I decided to do my book theme based around that. I also read a Dexter book so I feel it was a perfect one to go with. I love how the setup and my costume turned out!

Favorite: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine
Least Liked: Kiss by Ted Dekker
Classic: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I also really enjoyed the rest of the books, though The Murmurings had a really slow first half. The second half made the book worth it, though!

 

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My favorite read for October 2016.

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My classic read for October 2016

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Double Dexter ended up being my second favorite in the series
and a runner up for my favorite read for October 2016.

What did you read in October and what were your favorites? Also, did you dress up for Halloween? If so, what did you dress up as? If you have pictures, feel free to link me to them!

jnc