NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

 

So far my first week of NaNoWriMo is going OK. I’ve missed a few days because of vacation and being too busy to write but I’m not too far behind. I’m sure I will catch up soon!

Here are my current stats:

Goal: 50,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 8,596.
Word Count Remaining: 41,404.
Days Remaining: 23.

I’m enjoying the story so far though some of it has been a bit difficult to write/imagine. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

How is NaNoWriMo going for you? I hope it is going well!

 

 

 

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NaNoWriMo 2017

Happy NaNoWriMo! I really wanted to do this post sooner but it’s been crazy around here. I am super excited for my story idea this year and cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Title: So Much Rage

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old London Harris struggles to deal with the aftermath of her siblings murders and how their mother was responsible.

This idea is loosely based on the Darla Routier case, which I first heard about on Forensic Files.

As usual, I will be posting weekly updates of my progress.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?? If so, what is your story about? Best of luck!

 

Spook-A-Thon 2017 Results

Last week I participated in Spook-a-thon, a week-long readathon featuring spooky books. It was a pretty busy week for me due to work and being out of town over the weekend, but I’m still happy with my results for my first readathon. It’s more than I typically read so that is always good.

Here’s a reminder of my original TBR

 

DAY 1: MON, OCT 16

For my first day, I read 170 pages of Vicious by Sara Shepard. Nerds were my snack of choice throughout the readathon.

 

DAY 2: TUES, OCT 17

On the second day, I read another 168 pages of Vicious and finished the book for my Read A Thriller challenge. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars. With it, I finally finished the Pretty Little Liars series. The conclusion was satisfying. Will be interesting to see how the show ends (I’m on season 5 of that).

I also started Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine and read the first two chapters (twelve pages). So I read a total of 180 pages for Day 2.

 

DAY 3: WEDS, OCT 18

I read 107 pages of Goosebumps: Ghost Beach and completed it for my Childhood Fear challenge. I rated it 5 stars. I also completed this for my third book for Goosebumpsalong.

 

 I also started I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and read 40 pages of it. So I read 147 pages total.

DAY 4: THURS, OCT 19

I read 80 pages of I Hunt Killers, putting me at a third of the way through.

DAY 5: FRI, OCT 20

This was my husband’s birthday and we had plans to go to a haunted theme park attraction right after I got off work so I only read 49 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 6: SAT, OCT 21

My in-laws and husband took me to our State Fair and we went by train so I got some reading done on it. Read 175 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 7: SUN, OCT 22

I read 17 pages of I Hunt Killers and finished it for my Spooky Word in the Title Challenge! Hunt, Killers. It was a re-read for me but I ended up liking it even better this time around so I rated it 4.5 stars.
I felt super unmotivated to read by this point (wanted to catch up on American Horror Story) but I started Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young and read the first chapter (23 pages). So I read a total of 40 pages.

Overall, I finished 3 Books, completed 3 Challenges, and read 841 pages!

 

I’m happy with my results for my first readathon and can’t wait to attempt another one. If you did Spook-a-thon, how did you do?

 

jnc

 

 

My Spook-A-Thon 2017 TBR

This year I have decided to join Spook-a-thon, a read-a-thon that lasts a week. This will be my first time doing a week long read-a-thon and I am excited to see how much I can read in a week. There is still time to plan so if this sounds fun to you, here is the announcement video!

Spook-a-thon 2017 is being held from October 16th–22nd. There are five challenges that you can attempt and also a photo challenge on Instagram. I have decided to attempt all five challenges.

My TBR:

1. Read A Thriller: Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16?) by Sara Shepard. I was planning to read this anyway so this it perfect. I am so happy to finally be about done with this series. The books are fun but there are seriously way too many books!

2. Read A Book With A Spooky Word in The Title: I’m going to re-read I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga so I can finish the trilogy this year.

3. Read A Book That Deals With A Childhood Fear: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine. I’m also reading this for Richard’s Goosebumps-a-long! I used to live in a house that I am pretty sure had some kind of ghost activity in it and the idea of ghosts used to freak me out as a kid.

4. Read A Book With A Spooky Setting: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young is supposed to take place in a haunted hotel so that seems pretty spooky to me. Someone once compared my book, Evil in the Walls, to this so I am intrigued to read it. Haunted hotels are usually a win for me.

5. Read A Book With Orange On The Cover: Dracula by Bram Stoker. I planned to read this for my classic anyway and maybe it’s hard to tell from this picture, but the front cover has some yellow-orange on it.

 

So there’s my Spook-a-thon TBR! I am excited for my first read-a-thon. Halloween is my favorite and I celebrate all month long so I am here for the spooky reads! If you are participating, what are you planning to read?

 

jnc

Books in September 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In September, I read eight.

 

New Favorites: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz & Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood.

Classic: Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Everything I read this month was enjoyable. I also loved Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. I had a great reading month. I also read two review books, Ban This Book, and Cold Summer by Gwen Cole.

 

 

My new favorites for September.

 

 

 

My classic read for the month.

 

A great addition to the magical world of Harry Potter.

 

I got Cold Summer by Gwen Cole for review and really enjoyed it.

 

 

Wires and Nerve was a great addition to the Lunar Chronicles.
It was a lovely graphic novel as well.

 

 

So what did you read in September and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?

jnc

September Writing & Reading Goals Check (October 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 SEPTEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Hamlet for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Tales of Beedle the Bard
✓ Read Ali’s Pretty Little Lies
✓ Read Star Cursed
✓ Read Afterparty
✓ Read Meg
✓ Participate in #PitMad on Sept 7
Do Book Pics

I did pretty great with this month’s goals. The only thing I didn’t get to was reading Afterparty.

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR OCTOBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dracula for my classic book
✓ Work on The Birthday Bash edit/re-write
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts screenplay
✓ Read Vicious (PLL)
✓ Read Hotel Ruby
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rage Within or Rooms
✓ Participate in #Goosebumps-along
✓ Participate in #Spookathon
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! I’m so pumped for October and Halloween! Did you have any goals for September? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

Birthday Book Haul 2017

Apologies for the hiatus. It’s been a bit of a crazy month. My birthday was this month so I obviously bought myself some books.

I got The Chemist from my library’s outlet store. The top four books were from Book Outlet. Tiny Pretty Things, The Merciless 2, Get Even, & Partials. The rest came from my local used book store–all of these were about $4 because I took in some old books for store credit.  Two Animorphs, Just After Sunset, Dead White, The Unwelcomed Child, The Snow, Surrogate Child, A Gift of Magic, and Summer of Fear (which I already had a copy of but I liked this cover better and am planning to send the other to someone).

 

I got the Goosebumps book from Ebay so I can do the Goosebumps-along that Richard @ Richard’s Book Nook is hosting again this year. Join us! This Star Won’t Go Out, All the Light That We Cannot See, and Dumplin’ came from my local Goodwill.

So that’s a total of 18 books for my birthday, which is perfect since it landed on the 18th! Complete coincidence!

 

I took in about 15 books for store credit so at least I got rid of some of my collection. I probably won’t read any of these this year except for the Goosebumps book. Still, I feel like I’ve done better with book buying this year than I did in 2016.

 

What books have you bought lately?