Monthly Archives: December 2016

2017 Writing & Reading Goals +Books I Read in 2016

 

 

I can’t believe 2016 is almost over. It went by so quickly! Now it’s time to mark myself down for the 2017 GoodReads challenge and take a look back on the books I did read in 2016. How many books did you read in 2016? What was the best book that you read this year?

 

Books Read in 2016

Sadly, I didn’t meet my GoodReads book challenge. I only finished 15 out of the 30 books I said I would read in 2016. I’m not going to beat myself up over that though. It was a busy year of traveling and writing. I participated in two Camp Nano’s and the official NaNoWriMo. Here are the books I finished this year along with the rating I gave them.

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3*                                        2*                                    2*                                   5*

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4*                                    2*                                     5*                                         3*

 

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5*                                        2*                                      4*                                        2*

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5*                                  5*                                                 3*

 

 

2017 TBR

The entire Harry Potter series. Yes, I’ve never read them. This will be a first.

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Between the Harry Potter books, I plan on reading some of the following:

 

 

Obviously, I’m going to run into some books I want to read on the spot, but these are just the ones that I must finish next year because they’ve been sitting on my shelf for awhile now!

 

Writing Goals

As for my writing. I plan on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, both months and normal NaNo possibly. I’m going to outline my next novel earlier in the year and figure out what I want to do. I plan on writing 25000 words for each Nano, instead of forcing it all out at once. This will give me time so I don’t get burnt out and quit.

As I currently write this post, I’m working on editing one of my novels in the hopes to have it finished before New Years. Fingers crossed that The Last July will be published before July 2016.

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Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Hey guys, I’m doing an easy peasy book tag for this week. Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday weekend! I have three days off work and I can’t wait to spend time with my family! I found this book tag via YouTube from PeruseProject, if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

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  1. What book is so happy and so sweet that it just warms your heart? The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I just think her books are so cute and sincere. summer-series
  2. What is your favorite book with a white cover? Forever by Judy Bloom, this is the cover I have for it. 37743
  3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, sipping on your favorite winter beverage, what monster (large) book are you reading? Probably my husbands Omnibus version of Goblin Wars because he’s been hounding me to read it. When will I ever finish it?! It’s about three inches thick. Goblin_War_eCover_embiggen.jpg
  4. It started snowing and you decided to have a snowball fight, what fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with? Embarrassing as this is, Emmett Cullen from Twilight because I think he’s super playful and would totally do this. I just hope he’s on my team! Twilightbook.jpg
  5. Sadly, your fire is going out, what last few chapters would you throw in to keep the fire going to stay warm? This whole novella, I just haven’t enjoyed Hoover’s novels. This novella did not make her look like a good writer. 23587984
  6. What book is close to your heart that you would love to give as a gift?  I still haven’t read this book, but I’ve seen the movie and I just think it’s a classic story that will never age. It would make a good gift to anyone who is young at heart, especially younger girls. This was one of my favorite movies growing up. Hoping to read it in 2017.9781250059291

 

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Roommates by Erin Leigh & Tara Brown Book Review

Title: Roommates (#1)27276645

Author: Erin Leigh & Tara Brown

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Overall Emotions: Felt very juvenile, but quick and easy to read. Kind of weirded out by the male perspective.




 

Life is full of expectations.
For Brady Coldwell it’s always been about the game.
Hockey is and always will be, his life.
His family sacrificed everything to get him here and he won’t let them down.
He knows what’s expected of him.
Natalie Banks is no different.
She too knows what it means to have everyone sacrifice for you.
She knows about the debt that’s left owing in the end and the price you pay for making up your own mind.
But when an innocent mistake lands them as roommates, neither of them is prepared for the feelings they have or the consequences of their actions.

How do you negotiate matters of the heart?
How do you say no when it simply feels so right?




 

Review

This book had so much potential but it fell short… very short. The synopsis and the cover make it seem like a very innocent book, so the second there was talk from Brady about screwing the nurse after hockey practice (in great detail by the way), I realized this book is aimed toward an older audience, as in, out of high school. I wouldn’t call it an erotica, there were only about four scenes that were cringe worthy. And Brady’s constant inner dialogue of wanting to have sex with Natalie was a bit weird.

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These characters seemed younger than they were supposed to be also, but then way older at times, but never their actual age. At times I felt like Nat was 17, probably because that’s how her mom treats her. I kind of would have rather heard this story straight from Brady’s POV, I found myself annoyed with Nat most of the time.

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***Spoilers follow….***

And then they finally admit their feelings for each other… weeks after they have sex… they decide to move out only to move back in with each other weeks later! What?!

The only part that I really enjoyed was the ending where instead of an engagement ring, he gives her a key to their new apartment. I felt like the over all plot was too quick and a lot of the hockey play talk was a bit boring. I actually started skimming over those parts because I didn’t know what half of it meant.

I would compare this to Fifty Shades of Grey minus the BDSM because at some points Brady reminded me of Christian, not wanting Nat to drink too much, getting jealous, dating a ton of women…

Was a very easy read though, just what I’m looking for at the end of the year. I’d recommend this to someone who is between New Adult and Adult Romance. There’s only a few in depth sex scenes, but they’re not cringe worthy.

Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life (Reaction, Spoilers Included)

Welcome back to Stars Hallow, my favorite fictional town! Did you guys enjoy your return visit? I was so excited that they brought back my favorite mother/daughter duo. Sadly, I felt really let down by the end of it.

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WINTER

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I felt like the beginning of this episode was really awkward. We’re brought back into the lives of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore, and things are a bit different. Rory is dating a guy named Paul that she just keeps forgetting about… actually… everyone keeps forgetting about. I loved seeing all the old characters have their random appearances but I would have loved to see more of them. We mostly saw Krik (but when we do, it’s hilarious). We also see how Mrs. Gilmore is dealing with her husband’s death, which might have been my only favorite part of this. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t too fond of Rory in this revival, but I hated Emily (Mrs. Gilmore) in the original series.

Paris Geller though, loved her introduction back into the show! She was hilarious. Working in a fertility clinic/finding surrogate mothers, and Luke just not understanding that he doesn’t have to have sex with the surrogate to have a baby with Lorelai. I just don’t get that Luke and Lorelai want a baby, or Lorelai mostly. I feel like that was very forced.

The only Rory love interest we’re shown is Logan so far, which, I was hoping she would be with Jess.

2/5 Stars.

 

SPRING

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Lorelai and Emily are going to therapy, but I feel like Rory is the one who needs to be in therapy if I’m being honest. Rory is screwed like most college grads, not being able to find her dream job so she’s been living house to house out of boxes.

Rory has been visiting London to see Logan (with what money, Rory?) I’m not surprised by the fact that Rory is ‘the other woman’ again in the revival, with Logan this time. I felt like she was just playing with Logan’s heart, she could have told him she was ready to get married and he would have dropped everything for him. Uhg! Stop being a bad person Rory!

Oh, Paul Anka!! 🙂

I love the change in Emily now (which is sad since it’s due to her husband’s death).

The Rachel Ray cameo was my favorite, I might be the only one who thinks that. I thought it was hilarious when Lorelai catches her in the kitchen! But where’s our favorite chef?!

Let’s talk about Paris and Rory going back to visit their high school. That scene was awesome but it felt very dragged out.

3/5 Stars

SUMMER

 

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In this episode, we welcome April and Jess back. Yay, Jess! April, meh. I kinda think it was random to bring her back. Luke doesn’t even talk about her until she makes an appearance. As for Jess, gosh, has to grown into such a great person from the bad boy we remember. He suggests that Rory write a book about her and her mom and I think he actually brought her our of her rut. We needed more Jess!

The Stars Hallow Gazette is also closing, but Rory steps in and decides she wants to keep it going. This was my favorite thing that happened in all four episodes. I thought it was the best decision Rory made. She wanted to be a journalist, and here she is. Though, I really wanted her to fire the two employees that weren’t actually working. Her and Jess could have banned together to make a great paper.

Emily starts (sort of) dating a new man, but that whole ordeal really weirded me out.

Rory keeps ‘butt dialing’ Logan for most of this episode, and the entire time I’m just shaking my head. Really Rory? Just delete his number. Be done with him. Stop being a home wrecker. Stop it.

Lorelai also makes the decision to go on this super long hike in order to figure things out, which I fully support but the way she goes about it really bothered me. She needed to talk to Luke about what was going on in her head.

4/5 Stars

FALL

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By far, my favorite of the four revival episodes.

Lorelai goes on her ‘Wild’ adventure hike, but she doesn’t actually go on it but it’s all about the journey right? She goes through all this trouble of packing her backpack and being delayed but in the end, she loses her permit and never gains access to the trail. She finally calls her mom and tells her her favorite memory of her and her father when she was in high school. I’d like to say she finds exactly what she was looking for out of that trip and she didn’t even need to go on the hike.

My favorite part was when Rory’s friends from college show up in her hometown late at night and take her on this wild adventure. Logan also shows up, I wasn’t too thrilled about that though. I wish it had just been his friends. The night she spent with them had me in tears. Especially, when Rory finally ends things with Logan.

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Luke and Lorelai finally set their wedding date… finally. And as they’re planning the big day, they end up not even doing it the day off. They sneak off in the middle of the night, a small group and get married. That scene was so beautiful to me. It was perfect. I’m so thankful Lorelai didn’t let Emily talk her into an extravagant wedding at a country club.

My favorite scene with Emily in the entire series happens. When she tells the ladies in the DAR off and goes onto start her new life in Nantucket. She gets a job at the whaling museum and decides to expand the Dragonfly.

Rory goes on to see her father and asks him all these questions about why he wasn’t around when she was growing up and if he thought it was a good idea for her mother to raise her on her own. That scene made zero sense to me at all… until the four last words.

Rory also runs into Dean at the store and asks if she can write about him in her book and that he was the best boyfriend ever. I thought for sure that she was going to cry on his shoulder. I loved seeing his small cameo though, learning where he is in life.

Lorelai gives Rory permission to write the book and to call it Gilmore Girls, drop ‘the’. Perfect.

And the four last words, ‘Mom.’ ‘Yeah?’ ‘I’m pregnant.’

Not cool! Not cool!

Give us more!

5/5 Stars

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They gave us a great conclusion with Lorelai but zero conclusion on Rory. I guess we just assume that it’s Logan’s baby and Rory becomes her mother, raising the baby on her own. That or it’s the Wookie’s…

NaNoWriMo (Now’s the Hard Part)

 

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Guys, I did it, with only a few hours to spare. Yet, my novel isn’t finished. I still have 24,961 words to go to hit my real word count, and for the first time, I think I’m going to finish a full novel. My problem before was I tried to fit so much into the 50K word count, I thought that quantity was better than quality. That’s changing with this novel.

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This is the second (actually third) time I’ve tried writing this novel. The first time was for NaNoWriMo, that year I did not finish it, and then I tried finishing/editing it for a few Camp Nano’s. My goal is to reach 75k before the year is up, that’s half of NaNo in a month. I might be in over my head since I’m feeling a bit burnt out on typing.

I’d like to edit it once by myself, a full read through, in January and then give it to my husband for grammar editing (I suck with dialogue structure). Then I’d like to get some beta readers that love YA novels. I’ll let you know when that time comes.

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So what IS The Last July? My novel is a ‘coming of age’ YA contemporary romance novel (possibly New Adult since my character is heading to college). It’s about Penelope who is working at her childhood summer camp, in the hopes of getting hired for next summer. She’s going through some problems with her parents, her co-counselor Viv and a possible love triangle (my favorite troupe), but instead of so much romance and drama, I wanted this novel to be about a girl trying to find her way.

It’s set at Camp Arthur (a fictional camp) in Tennessee (a real place believe it or not haha) along the hills of The Smoky Mountains. We see Penelope’s life along one summer and eventually flash forward to October (my favorite month). I’m going to work on a better synopsis when it comes time to get some beta readers. I’m still working through some of the plot, so nothing is set in stone.

I’d love to have this finished as soon as possible so I can get a summer release.

In the mean time, I’ll be posting on here every Friday but I’m going to start expanding what I post about in order to keep my moral up. Less cheesy book tags, more ‘quality’ content maybe. All I know is, right now I need a few days off writing! I just busted a novel out in a month guys (well, part of a novel)!

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