Monthly Archives: March 2016

Leaving for Camp (Nanowrimo)

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Ah, in just eight hours, Camp Nanowrimo opens up its doors to me and my fellow writers. So what are my plans for April Camp Nano? I’m editing and adding onto a novel I previously started two summers ago. And go figure, it’s a Young Adult novel about a girl who goes to camp and falls for a guy a few years older than her.

I have to say, I’m excited about writing this year. I feel like I’m getting close to having something worth publishing (with the help of my two readers and editing husband). I admit, my grammar sucks but I love coming up with fictional characters and a new world.

I currently have 31k words on this novel and they goal is to hit 75-76k words before April is over. It would be nice if I could have it sent to a publisher before the summer is up, considering the title is ‘The Last July’ and it makes for a great teen summer read. We’ll see what happens!

I’m not excited about the after camp editing, but I am excited for adding in scenes and growing my characters.

 

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I’ll update every Friday about where I am in the process and some tips on how to survive Camp Nanowrimo. Time to rest my fingers for the next couple thousand words….

Have you ever participated?

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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So, it’s been a VERY long time since I have read a YA vampire book and this one didn’t let me down (that is, not until halfway through.) The following way I’ll be reviewing this book is by a rubric grading system that jennaclarek from YouTube created in order to give an unbiased grade to the book you’re reviewing.

I wanted to read this book because I saw a handful of booktubers discussing it recently and what sold me on it was the book trailer. Holy moly! The book trailer gives me shivers! This is pretty much how I looked during the whole video.

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The book started out fantastic, and ended perfectly but the middle was a bit horrible. I expected more romance but this wasn’t like your usual vampire YA novel. You hardly even see the two love interests together. The ending through, gave me all the feels.

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So here’s my rubric breakdown:

Enjoyment/Feels

  • Characters/ships-4
  • Plot twists-5
  • un-put-down-able-3
  • Re-read worthy-1

Characters

  • Representation- 5
  • Likeability- 5
  • Development-4

Plot

  • Predictability- 5
  • Complexity-5
  • Conclusion- 5
  • Other- 4

Writing

  • POV’s- 2
  • World building- 3
  • Language/ word choice- 5
  • Voice/ style- 3
  • Quotable- 1

Themes/ Content

  • Complexity- 5
  • Execution- 4
  • Meaningful-2
  • Unproblematic- 5

Total: 76/100

This weekend I’ll post my video review for you guys to check out which will give you a more opinionated view from me.

 

Let’s get serious (What I’ve Been Doing, Book-wise)

I just realized I started this blog in 2015 but I haven’t posted since. I’m going to start connecting more often throughout my YouTube, Goodreads and this blog, it’s all about making connections right?

So what have I been up to involving books? I got married about five months ago on Halloween, our wedding was everything I wished for with only a few mishaps (our photographer went to the wrong church, and I only had one bite of my cake!) Why am I bringing our wedding up on a book blog? Because our flowers were made out of books, duh! How could two book lovers not have something book themed in their Halloween wedding? You can find the person who did our flowers on Etsy. The flowers were from old fairy tale books, I even had the store owner make us a Christmas ornament too, we had some gears, keys and a skull on my bouquet also!

I’ve also been trying to post videos on my YouTube channel more often. I’m up to 25 subscribers, and almost 14K video views. I try to post once a week, but recently decided I’m going to post whenever I feel like it until I hit 100 subscribers. I work a full time desk job, so I haven’t been able to read as often as I could last year. I find tag videos (even though I haven’t been tagged) and do the ones that match my personality. I’m hoping to hit 100 subscribers before the end of the year. I’m pretty much doing my BookTube channel for me alone, it feels like I’ve accomplished something every time I finish a book and post a video review. Go subscribe! Breanna Reads-Berks

Stu (my husband) has been pushing me to start editing one of my books. I chose to continue working on The Last July, which is a young/new adult book about a summer camp romance that can never be because the camper falls in love with a camp counselor. I currently have 31k down and am shooting for 75k. I’ll be participating in Camp Nanowrimo this April, so if anyone wants to do some word sprints, let me know!

And finally, the other thing I’ve gotten involved with is expanding my Goodreads account. I became a moderator for the group, Baby, You’re So Classic. We read a different classic book every two months and then discuss it. Currently we’re reading Pride and Prejudice. I hated being forced to read classics in college, so I’m hoping to expand my reading list in this group.

Here’s the books I’m currently reading or getting ready to begin!

 

Until next time friends!!

Oh, and this happened. Do you get it?

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