Friday, December 27, 2013

Hugetastic Book Haul part 1

Hey, y'all. Lots of books.
I recorded this on the yesterday, but didn't put it up. Sorry :p


The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey:
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers:

Part 2 should come in a  couple weeks, as I've already spent all my gifcards, but I selected the free shipping option, which takes 5-8 business days.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten New-to-Me authors from 2013.

So, I actually participated in a challenge for one of my goodreads in which I read 60 new-to-me authors, so… I’ll just pick the best ten out of those.

Okay, I actually meant the best thirteen. And I’m gonna try REALLY hard to put the in order of how much I liked them.

  1. Bree Despain- Though I’d heard of the Dark Divine trilogy, I’d never read it. Have you seen the covers? They are SERIOUSLY lame. But the mythology of these books is SOOO cool. I loved it.
  2. Jody Gehrman- I am IN LOVE with this woman’s writing! She is by far my favorite contemporary author now.
  3. Rick Yancey- The Fifth Wave. Do I need to say anything more?
  4. Rainbow Rowell- I hope it no secret that this particular author has exploded across the internet community of readers. I LOVED Eleanor and Park, and though I don’t think Fangirl was quite as good, it was immensely enjoyable.
  5. Maria V. Snyder- Oh. My. Fantasy. The Poison series was so well thought out, with such a unique premise and I LOVED the characters. Now I just need to detach myself from that world so I can get into her other series.
  6. Kelly Keaton- After all those Medusa-myth themed noves I read last year and this one, the fact that Keaton’s story stood out was amazing. It was just so DIFFERENT. And also, Sebastian.
  7. Romily Bernard- Her debut novel was just. So. Good. So action-packed and well-written and well thought out, I was just blown away.
  8. Andrew Fukuda- The Hunt series is so good—I’ve only read the first two books, but I love them.
  9. Susan Ee- Her first book, Angelfall, is just so unique. Her second is sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read.
  10. Jessica Brody- Another good contemporary author I found. Lots of contemporary authors on this list, btw.
  11. Elizabeth Norris- I already have a weak spot for scifi, and I loved her first book, Unraveling. I’ve asked for the second, Unbreakable, for Christmas.
  12. Jennifer L. Armentrout- No, I had not read anything by this woman previous to this year. To date, I own the first four books in the Lux series and I’ve read the first two. I can definitely tell why she’s so popular.
  13. Jenny Han- here is a popular contemporary author. I read two of her bboks this year—Burn for Burn and It’s Not Summer Without You (I did not know that It’s Not Summer Without You was book 2). I loved Burn for Burn, though I had some issues with It’s Not Summer Without You, which is why she is in last place.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR pile.

Well, I get quite a few of my books from the library. Currently, I have five books checked out, so let’s go through them, shall we?

  1. The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn: a trusted friend told me this was one of her favorite books, so I had to read it, but it wasn’t available in my library system, so I had to get it through ILL!
  2. The 100 by Kass Morgan:  I’ve had this on hold since, what? September, maybe? Anyways, the CW is making a show on this, set to premiere with the mid-season shows. I can NOT read the books AND watch the show at the same time. I’m anal like that. I can read he books before or after, bu not while the show is airing. (which is why I’m holding off on reading Witches of East End). Whether or not watch the show depends on if it good, though, which remains to be seen…
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I loved Eleanor and Park, and I heard really good things about this, so I put it on hold sometime in mid-October, and I just can’t wait for the feels.
  4. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines: one of my groups on goodreads read this, either last month or this month, probably last month. I had to get it through ILL.
  5. Starters by Lissa Price: The friend who said the Iron Butterfly is her favorite book she also recommended this to me, and, as I said, I trust her.
  6. For number six here, I really think I should clear a book off of my unread series book shelf, but I know what exactly to read. So maybe, if anyone reads this, y’all could comment and help me?
    1. Sever by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden 3): I was spoiled for a event in this book MONTHS ago on goodreads, and I’ve been putting off and putting off cuz I’m so mad, cuz I got spoiled!
    2. Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium 3): While I wasn’t spied, per se, I have heard that this an open-ended, overall disappointing end to the series, so I’ve been putting this one off as well.
Which one should I buck up and read this December? Help??
Either way, that will take care of the next three books on this list, (Because I have to reread the first two books) which brings us out to 8 books on my winter TBR. Good?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Story of How I Came to Love (and Stalk) the Vampire Academy Series

Let me tell you a story.

It all started one blustery November day in 2009. I was 16, still obsessed with Twilight, and I was at wal-mart with my mother and one of my brothers. We stopped to browse the book section, as usual. My mom looked at the romance books, my brother—we’ll call him Dylan—was looking towards the science fiction-y shelves, and a title containing the word vampire caught my eye. I crouched down and pulled it off the shelf, flipped to back cover and read the description.
And I was not too interested. Sitting next to this book was Frostbite, which I also picked up and flipped over. 
Mom, Dylan, and I left with no purchases and myself with not even a desire to purchase Vampire Academy.

Almost a month later, on Christmas day, I tore into my presents as usual. And what did I receive from Dylan? 
That’s right. Vampire Academy and Frostbite. He’d noted my interest in the books while we were at wal-mart, little knowing that I had decided they were not interesting enough to warrant my time.
But they went onto my shelf nonetheless, where they sat. And waited.

In January of 2010, I found myself one day with nothing new to read—and picked up Vampire Academy. And then I promptly put it down after about a chapter, infinitely bored.
There they sat, on my shelf. Just waiting.

A couple months later, in March, I once again found myself with nothing new to read. So I gave Vampire Academy ONE MORE CHANCE—
And I tore through it like there was no tomorrow.
I went through Frostbite just as quickly.

Within a couple days of finishing Frostbite, but still far too long of a wait, I made my mother drag to me Sams and bought Shadow-Kissed and Blood Promise.
I read the backs of both before diving into Shadow-Kissed. And though there were only two lines on the back of Blood Promise, they caused to me guess what might happen at the end of Shadow-Kissed.
Needless to say, I was up til two in the morning reading Shadow-Kissed, praying that my guess was incorrect.
*Spoiler*: it wasn’t.

Reading Blood Promise became a unique form of a torture (it’s also notable to point out that Blood Promise is my favorite in the series.)
After finishing Blood Promise, waiting another two months for Spirit Bound’s release was nigh impossible.
I don’t even remember how occupied myself during that time.
And then, O Glorious! Spirit Bound was released and I read it.
And how could I POSSIBLY wait for the release of Last Sacrifice?

My answer was to obsessively reread the first five books—over and over again.
By the time that summer was halfway over, I’d gone through the reread cycle at least three times and hated myself quite a lot.
Fortunately, around halfway through the summer, during the fourth reread, my family wet to visit our cousins in Iowa—and one of my cousins (let’s call her Abby) shocked me out of my Vampire Academy craze by giving me Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn to read.

I went back to being a normal crazy-obsessive-reading-person until Last Sacrifice came out and I reread the series one again for the release.

Now, I am nineteen, I’ve been engaged in goodreads/booktube/book blogging/overall online book community for about a year to a year and a half. Nowadays, I read new books far more often than I reread old ones, a complete flip-flop from my sixteen year old self.
But I do still reread books on special occasions—mainly new releases in series, nostalgia, and movies.
This week, I reread the Vampire Academy in anticipation of the movie this coming February—and as I read it, I was reminded of why I was so obsessed with the series in the first place. I also noticed QUITE A BIT of foreshadowing to the events of Blood Promise in this first book.
Since I’m having the warm-fuzzyish-obsessive-must-read-or-die-by-Strigoi feels that usually accompany rereading the Vampire Academy, I WANT to go on and reread the rest of the series right now. Like, I’m struggling to stop myself from just picking up Blood PRomise and reading it. But since only the first movie is coming out, I’m only aloud to reread the first book.
Hopefully, those or-die-by-Strigoi feels will still be there AFTER I see the movie, because that’s when I plan to reread the rest of the series. AND catch up on Bloodlines (I’m two books behind! Gasp!)

So, there’s not really a moral or any obvious point to this story. I just wanted to tell it. And… now I’m done telling it.
So, goodbye.

Monica, out.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Release I'm Dying To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten 2014 releases I’m Dying to read.

Oh, man. Narrowing this down to 10 will be so difficult


  1. City of Heavenly Fire: Off the top of my head, I WANT THIS ONE MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD.
  2. The Infinite Sea: I Loved the Fifth Wave, and OF COURSE I want the sequel!!!
  3. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater: This is a book. About Cole St. Clair. Just in case you didn’t hear me, I’ll say it again: Cole St Clair.
  4. Cress by Marissa Meyer: OMAGHERD!!! Me wants this!
  5. Penryn and the End of Days #3: It should be no secret that I loved Angelfall, and I preordered World After and got it the day after it came out. Last I checked, goodreads said this was coming out in May 2014. If that’s the case, I can wait to read World After and Penryn and the End of Days #3 at the same time. If, however, the release date is pushed back… people in Australia will hear my screams. 
  6. Talon by Julie Kagawa: Julie Kagawa, one of my FAVORITE authors, on Dragons, one of my FAVORITE beasts. Does this sound like recipe of perfection to anyone else?
  7. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan: Sci-fi. If you are unaware, I have this weird crazy about scifi. Also, this SOUNDS like a crazy-weird-scifi that I can get crazy weird about, so… yep. That made sense.
  8. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead: So… I’m WAY behind on the Bloodlines series. The Indigo Spell is sitting on my shelf, unread. The Fiery Heart will soon be sitting on my shelf, unread. (I reread Vampire Academy yesterday. I will put something about it up on goodreads, and possibly the blog, in the near future.
  9. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong: One, PREETTTTYY cover. Two, Young Adult Fantasy? Yes, please. Three, Kelley Armstrong: I loved the Darkest Powers trilogy
  10. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: Blame EpicReads for showing this one to me. And getting me excited about it.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Book Thief—things

So, the Book Thief came out a short time ago.
I REALLY want to see it!!!!!!!
Because, it just, it looks so good. Like, they actually have accents good.
Of course, that’s not the only thing that looks good about it.
Anyway, I want to see it, and I bet you do too.
In the meantime, while I try to scrounge up the money so I can go see it, here are some things to tide us over:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mistakes. Many, Many Mistakes. (NaNo Post Day 22)

Earlier today, I promised a NaNo post coming up later. And here it is.

I have been failing. Not only at the daily-blog-post thing, but also, you know, actual NaNoWriMo.

The thing is, I just HATE my story right now. I DON’T want to go and write it, because writing it brings me no joy. It’s just… it’s not going well.

I had an outline. I wrote the outline several months ago, though, like somewhere between June and August. But I had an outline. And I didn’t bother to even really look at it before starting NaNo.
This was my first mistake.

In the months since I’d written the outline, the way I’d thought about my story had changed. I didn’t even realize it until I was about a week in, and it was time for my Main Character and my Main Love Interest to meet. I wanted them to meet differently than I’d outlines, but I felt I had to follow my outline. So I did.
This was my second mistake.

I realized if I continued following my outline, I would never reach 50,000 words, so in week two, I started taking some detours and doing things I wanted to do in my story. Which was good for me. but when I started detouring from my detours things got complicated, and now that I need to get back to my outline so I can wrap things up, I find that I can’t. So, though the detours were good for me, they weren’t particularly for my story.
This was my third mistake.

Like I just said, I’m trying to get back to my outline to wrap things up. I’m only at 28, 328 words, and I’m thinking about wrapping up. The story I chose to right is mostly romance. I don’t know how to write a romance. And personally, I don’t think there’s much meat to romance stories anyway.
This was my fundamental mistake.

Anyway, there’s just lots of problems right now. I’m not enjoying my story or my characters, and at this point, I honestly just want to type THE END and this story down for the next six months at least.

TBR Challenge November Wrap-up

Okay, so. The 2013 TBR challenge. I have been doing it. But for the past several months I could not find the posts where to link up the books I’d read.
I think I just found the one for November, though, so here it is. Pretty much every book I’ve read for the TBR Challenge since, like, January.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-
The Perks of Being a Wallflower-
It’s Not Summer Without You-

So, that’s a LOT of books. By my not-so-careful counting process I have determined it’s somewhere 30 and 32.

So, yeah. Add maybe two or three books from that very first month, and I’ve read somewhere around 32-35 books from my TBR pile this year.

I’m obviously a) not organized and b) not good with numbers.

(So, I checked my original post when I said I was participating in the TBR challenge, and only the two of the books I’ve match the ones I listed in that post. Oops.)

I’m gonna skip out now.

NaNo post coming later today.

Friday, November 15, 2013

SPOILERS (talking about them, not doing them) (NaNoWriMo day 15)

So. Today’s topic is spoilers.
Many of you probably know that Allegiant came out on October 22. Many people have already read it and are disappointed in it.
Many of you probably also know that Allegiant spoilers have been galloping around the internet like nobody’s business.
As such, I have been avoiding ANYTHING Allegiant-related like it was the BLACK PLAGUE.
I follow the TMI source, and I occasionally get random emails when people post on the Unidentified Snippets post.
On Wednesday, I got a couple such emails. And I decided to open them up and read the comments that had been emailed to me, because I LIKE discussing TMI as it is a wonderful series.
(Can you see where this is going?)
The first comment in the email
Now, if this person had put something like **SPOIERS** at the top of their comment, I probably would have still read hte comment, as I would have assumed the spoiler was for TMI, which I am completely caught up on.
…but there wasn’t a big, all-caps, announcement of spoilers.
This gave me a slight enragement. Which al through my English class… and through working at my college’s bookstore… and my humanities class… and now, the rage is just gone.

See, earlier in the year, a similar thing happened to me in a conversation about the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano on goodreads (Where they have the spoiler catchers). I was spoiled for the third book. I was given a slight enragement. Whenever I thought of that spoiler for months afterward, the rage would rise again, fresh as if it had just happened.
But for this Allegiant spoiler… it’s two days after I was spoiled and I think of the spoiler, of BEING spoiled, and I just shrug. I’m like: so what?
The spoiler has not had any real effect on my emotions besides just making me care a lot less. And because of my apathetic response to the actual spoiler, I’m not that much minding having been spoiled.
I don’t EVER want to be okay with being spoiled. I don’ EVER want tha to become so commonplace, for the spoiler to ever…
I just… this is making words hard to say.

I think I’ll leave you there.

**I do still intend on reading Allegiant, because there were OTHER things going on and I want to know how they were wrapped up. By my enjoyment of reading Allegiant will be GREATLY lessened by that spoiler.

***also, I realize that I have been failing at the blogging-for-NaNo-every-day-in-November thing. Yeah. Last NANo post I did was day 10. This is day 15. I am aware.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Beautiful Blog Tour Stop (Promo Post)

Top Five Favorite Desserts
1.      Vanilla Cake with homemade powdered sugar frosting
2.      Oreo pie
3.      Homemade Ice-cream
4.      Skittles and Reese’s ;)
Peanut Butter Cookies


Still trying to recover from a tragic loss, Lily’s worst fear is falling in love. Distancing herself from everyone is the only way she can keep heartache away.

Deep down though, Lily realizes that living without Kyle is too painful. She finds strength in Kyle’s arms, and he gives her the courage to face her past. With every step forward, Lily continues to nurture and mend her damaged heart.

Just when Lily feels closure within her grasp, secrets from the past finally catch up with her, and Lily will discover that more than her heart is on the line.

Will love be enough to save Lily?

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About the Author
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Problems (NaNo day 10)

I believe I have mentioned Philip previously in the month. Just in case I haven’t, or you forgot or something, Philip is my trusty dusty Windows ’98 laptop of somewhere around ten years.
We have had a long and happy relationship.
Unfortunately, Philip has been crapping out on me this month.
I had a NaNoWriMo specific flashdrive that used with Philip for Camp NaNo this July. It worked fine. But this month, Philip started doing this weird thing where he would open the flashdrive, let me get the document and work on it, but then he wouldn’t let me save my work to my NaNo flashdrive because he couldn’t ‘recognize’ it, though I knew full well he’d recognized it not an hour earlier, to let me open my document.
So that was a problem. At first it only happened once out of three times, but in two days it was happening EVERY TIME I worked on my story while on Philip. So I made a NaNoWriMo folder and put it on one of my class-specific flashdrives, which has been working. Unfortunately, in other computers with two flashdrive ports, when I use both my NaNo flashdrive and my regular flashdrive, I can’t tell the difference between for purposes of ejecting and such because they have exactly the same name.

And just yesterday, when I spent the afternoon on Philip jumping from 15460 words to 16303, I CLEARLY saved my document to my flashdrive, but I went to open it up on the computer with internet to update my word count, the latest version with more words hadn’t saved.

I ran up to Philip and fortunately, Philip had the latest version in his memory and I changed the name of the document, saved it to Philips documents and to my flashdrive under a new name, but still.

Basically, I’m having issues with dear Philip. I think he’s growing too old, while I’m still in my prime. He just can’t keep up. It’s time for me to find someone new.

Unfortunately, me having no money, this will not happen in November. I’ll just have to hope I can depend on Philip for this one last project. And then, we will part ways.

Philip, if you ever see this, I just want to say, I’m sorry. But it’s not working out.

That was way more dramatic than I’d originally intended. Oh, well. I happen to like it.

Monica, out.

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Todays word goal: 16333 words. Tomorrow's word goal: 18333 words.
I'm at: 19789 words.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Inspiration (NaNo day 9)

So. In the past two days, things have happened. Things have happened that have made me upset.
They weren’t like really big upsetting things, but my brain is weird, and I got upset.
On the bright side, Me Being Upset=Me Being Inspired
Unfortunately, Me Is Being Inspired For Things Other Than My NaNoWriMo Navel.
Me Is Being Inspired to Write Depressing Songs and Scenes in My Depressing Contemporary Project.
So what do I do?                      
Well, last night, Me Wrote a Depressing Song, and the day before, Me Voice Recorded Meself Brainstorming a Scene for My Depressing Contemporary Project.
(My Depressing Contemporary Project is currently titled ‘Hugs’. I feel like I might be referencing more during this blog post, or at the very least, this month.)

Don’t ask me why I was using Me in the place of I.
Anyways, one of the NaNoWriMo pep talks this week came from Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind. He said to break NaNoWriMo rules and follow your inspiration. This is what I did.
(Not to say I wouldn’t have done it if not for Patrick Rothfuss’s pep talk. If I’m inspired to write a song, I’ll write the damn song. I haven’t written songs regularly since high school, when I churned out somewhere around 300 lyrics in four years. Unfortunately, everything I wrote in high school is crap, and I can’t use any of it.)

There was a point to this. What was it? Ah, yes. writing is writing, and even if I can’t count that Depressing Song to my NaNoWriMo word goal, I wrote it, and I’m proud of it. It’s a good song. Not one of my best, but the first one I’ve written in a couple of months, so I’m happy.
If you have to write something non NaNoWriMo related during NaNoWriMo, write it. If you think actually writing it would totally pull you away from your NaNoWriMo novel (this is what I thought  would happen if I opened Hugs) than pull out of phone, turn on the voice recording function, and TALK about it. If you can understand yourself, it’ll be really helpful when you do decide to open up your Hugs come December.

Wisdom from my mind.

Also, I am proud to say that, at the time I post this, I have pulled ahead again in NaNoWriMo. Not a full day ahead, but nearly a full day. And I'll probably write more words after posting this.

Today's Goal: 15000 words. Tomorrow's Goal: 16666
I am currently at 16303 words.

Monica, out.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

October book haul (NaNo day 8)

Sorry for not posting yesterday. I didn’t write much either. I’m pretty much busy on Thursday from 8 in the morning til seven at night.

As of right now, I'm at 13,919 words. the goal for today is 13333. So I'm not at MY goal of being at least a day ahead, but I plan on changing that tomorrow.

Anyways, I got some books in October, and decided to share them with you:
(By the way, all of these were preorders)

See you later.

Monica, out.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

TOP TEN TUESDAY (I don’t know what number) SEQUELS I WANT (NaNo day 6)


By Solilian’s breath, I’m in the clear!

Yes. Remember earlier this week, I told you I had three essays? Finally done with all three, and I managed to reach my NaNoWriMo word goal for today.
My goal is to stay ahead of the word count by at least a days’ worth of words. Today’s word goal is 10,000 words even.
I’m at 11,944!
I’m pretty satisfied with myself.


It has been faaar too long since I last did a TTT. Like, June, maybe? May? I don’t even know.
Anyways, today’s (or yesterday’s, since it’s Wednesday) TTT topic is Top Ten Sequels I can’t wait to get my Hands On.

So, here it is.

  1. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey: The Fifth Wave. Do you need any more explanation?
  2. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  3. Unravel Me by Taherah Mafi: Don’t own it, haven’t read. For a couple reasons: 1) I’m waiting for the paperback, and 2) I’m told I must read the novella before reading this. Which means I need to get B&N giftcard to buy it on my nook. (I don’t like buying from B&N, so I don’t really like getting B&N giftcards)
  4. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton: I LOVE the Everneath series, and can not WAIT for the conclusion!
  5. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa: Same reason as Unravel Me, I’ve been waiting for the paperback.
  6. World After by Susan Ee: I LOVED Angelfall, and Oh, my god, the ending!
  7. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead: It’s Richelle mead, lets be serious. I want this even though I haven’t even read The Indigo Spell.
  8. Dreams of Gods and Monsters: LOOKIT THE COVER. IT’S SO PRETTY.
  9. Vitro by Jessica Khoury: While the were some problems with Origin, I just LOVED the concept and world-building, so I’m very excited for this companion Novel.
  10. Avatar: the Last Airbender: The Search Part Three: This came out about a week ago and MY LIBRARY DOESN'T HAVE IT YET!!! (I know, I’ve been checking daily)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Top Reasons Why Reading is Hazardous at Best During NaNoWriMo: (NaNo day 5)

  1. If you’re reading, you’re not writing. Which is fairly obvious, but some people’s brains just don’t like that.
  2. Assuming you are reading something other than Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis, what you’re reading has probably been edited the HECK out of. The story has been edited AS WELL as the words. You read this and go to your NaNoWriMo story and say, “This can never compare. I’m hopeless, my words are awful, and my story is DOOOOMED!” And then you tell yourself, “I should give up now.” But you shouldn’t! No, you shouldn’t! Yes, your words are terrible, and your story is all over the place and full of plot holes that make no sense. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Keep writing and pick up the pieces when November is finally over!
  3. You may or may not write in the same place you read. (I do). If I’m reading, my books end up populating my workspace, and then I have nowhere to sit, and then I can’t write.
  4. Once in a blue moon, even experienced readers get papercuts. And since the universe is a bitch, you’re guaranteed to get on in November, and thus your papercut finger will hurt when you type.

So, it’s time to return all (or most) of your books to library and spend November just writing. Reading is just too hazardous an acitivity right now. The books will still be there in December, I promise. If you must keep some of the books, here are my criteria:

  1. (SHORT) comic books are acceptable. For instance, I waited for all the three parts of Avatar: the Last Airbender: the Search to be released so I could read them all at once. The last one was released at the end of October. These are mostly pictures, and the number of pages are in the double digits.
  2. (SHORT) books loaned to you by friends are acceptable. You know how friends are. They want you to read something, but you can’t get it at the library, and they have a copy they loan to you and tell you that you MUST read it, or else. Well, you don’t want the OR ELSE, so you read it. —BUT— a good test of the book’s readability is this: if you’ve been reading for half an hour and haven't gotten past fifty pages, return it and tell your friend to loan it out to you in December or January instead. You’re too busy doing NaNoWriMo at this time.
  3. (SHORT) books about writing. I recommend No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty. It’s a quick read, it’s funny, and it’s written for NaNoWriMo. But try the same test you did for your loaned book. Read for half an hour. If you’re not at least fifty pages in, set it aside and read it in December.
  4. Textbooks for school, or diet books that you’re currently using are also acceptable, but only barely. If you can get by without reading the textbook, do so.
  5. If you are religious, you are aloud to read from your religious text (be it the bible, the Qur’an, whatever Jewish people read, etc.)

If you are particularly ambitious, you may try to keep some of your normal reading books in your November TBR, but keep the list small. If you aim to read fifteen books this November NaNoWriMo season, YOU WILL FAIL. Even if you do average 18 books a month, like me.


*Note: No offense intended to Jewish people. I don’t mean to sound insensitive or offensive regarding the religious texts, or when I tell you will fail if you try to read a lot during NaNoWriMo.

Monica, out.

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Monday, November 4, 2013


The same way you normally do.

  1. Sit in class. Listen to lecture (or not, which ever is your norm)
  2. Teacher assigns the Essay. If the teacher says you must have a paragraph next class in order to get full participation points that day, then do step three for that paragraph.
  3. Procrastinate.
  4. On the day the essay is due, get to school and hour or two early, and type it up in the library. Read it over once for grammatical mistakes. Print it out. Turn it in. Live with your grade.

Okay, not really.
But seriously. School had the audacity to assign me three essays due this week. One I had mostly done, and turned in today. The other two are due on Wednesday and thrusday, and both require some amount of research. So here’s a step-bystep guide of how I’ll end up doing them:

  1. Write intro paragraph. VERY LITTLE Information is needed for an intro paragraph. Attention getter+some ideas+thesis statement and there ya go. (If you’re skilled, you can usually break your thesis statement into a couple of sentences)
  2. Look at your intro paragraph. Look at the first of the ideas you mentioned in it. research that. Write a paragraph or two on it. (The paragraph or two should be equal to a little less than third of paper. i.e. if your paper must be eight pages, then those two paragraphs should be a little over two pages)
  3. Rinse and repeat for the other ideas mentioned in intro paragraph.
  4. Write conclusion. THIS IS BASICALLY a rewrite of the intro paragraph, with more details (Because you now know what you’re taking about) and answering your research question/resolving your thesis statement.
  5. Edit for grammar and diction. Don’t mess with your content. If you do, you’ll never turn it in.
  6. Add in-text citations and make sure your bibliography is dne the way your teacher wants it.
  7. Turn it in.

Ideally, you spend two hours writing and researching, half an hour editing. TAKE A BREAK before you edit. That’s why it’s good to do this the day before, instead of the morning of. Of course, if you end up doing it the morning of, best to just skip the edit and hope for the best.

I hope this was helpful too some other WriMos. I know I’be following this process throughout November, as I have somewhere between 7 to 10 essays due.

And REMEMBER TO CITE your sources.
Teachers are very picky about this bit.

Monica, out.