Audio Book Review: Crow

Crow CoverBook: Crow by Barbara Wright, narrated by J.D. Jackson

Published July 2013 by Listening Library|Run Time: 7 hours, 28 minutes

Where I Got It: from audible.com

Series: None

Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

You can find Crow on goodreads & Barbara Wright on twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

The summer of 1898 is filled with ups and downs for 11-year-old Moses. He’s growing apart from his best friend, his superstitious Boo-Nanny butts heads constantly with his pragmatic, educated father, and his mother is reeling from the discovery of a family secret. Yet there are good times, too. He’s teaching his grandmother how to read. For the first time she’s sharing stories about her life as a slave. And his father and his friends are finally getting the respect and positions of power they’ve earned in the Wilmington, North Carolina, community. But not everyone is happy with the political changes at play and some will do anything, including a violent plot against the government, to maintain the status quo.

One generation away from slavery, a thriving African American community—enfranchised and emancipated—suddenly and violently loses its freedom in turn of the century North Carolina when a group of local politicians stages the only successful coup d’etat in US history.

What I Thought:

I am so glad I listened to Crow!  I didn’t even know that there were race riots in Wilmington in 1898, or that it was the only successful coup d’etat in U.S. history, and I really want to know more!

What I really like about this book is that it takes place a generation after the Civil War.  As far as civil rights and politics go, it’s definitely an unusual time period- at least, in my experience with middle grade/YA historical fiction.  I really love it when historical fiction focuses on something I’ve never heard about, because I also want to learn more, and this book is no exception to that.

I don’t know much about the South during that time period, but I really liked seeing how Moses dealt with his family, friends, and people in Wilmington, and how aware he was of what had happened, and what was going on.  It really is a good look at what someone’s life might have been like during that time.  I could picture everything so well, and there is a lot of detail.

It did start off slow, and it took awhile to get to the actual riots and events of what happened that year.  It made it hard to get into at first, because I wasn’t sure where things were going, but I did like that we saw what things were like before this happened.  I also LOVED that there was an author’s note at the end of the book, explaining what happened and where the author got her inspiration for the book.  It doesn’t seem too common in middle grade/YA historical fiction, so it was nice to hear it.

I thought it was fine as an audio book, and the narrator…he fit, and yet he didn’t.  I did feel like there wasn’t much variation in his tone- there was something sort of monotone about his voice, and I couldn’t listen to it in the car, because something about  his voice was very soothing, and kind of made me want to sleep, which isn’t good when you’re trying to drive.  Yet I could picture him as a 12-year-old boy.

Let’s Rate It: 

Overall, I really liked Crow, and I feel inspired to learn more about what happened in Wilmington in 1898.  I have mixed feelings about the narrator but overall, I liked the narration too.  Crow gets 4 stars.

Book Review: Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret CoverBook: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Published July 2013 by Gallery Books|225 pages

Where I Got It: from the Nook store

Series: None

Genre: YA Contemporary

You can find Dirty Little Secret on goodreads & Jennifer Echols on twitter, facebook & her website

Goodreads Summary: 

From the author of the “real page-turner” (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…

What I Thought:

After reading (and loving) Such A Rush last year, I knew I had to start reading Jennifer Echols’ other books, so I started off with Dirty Little Secret.  I did like it, but I didn’t completely fall in love with it.

On paper, it seems like the kind of book I would love.  It’s set in Nashville and focuses on country music, and is about a girl trying to deal with being pushed to the background while her sister’s music career takes off.  I totally understand why Bailey acted the way she did, given her sister got a record deal, and all of a sudden, it was like she never existed.

There is a certain simplicity in this story, and there’s something very quiet about it too, which I really like. But there’s also a part of me that wishes it were a little bit louder.  I love that Bailey and Sam are following their dreams, and that Bailey decides that she is going to follow hers, no matter what, and even when it something that the people around you don’t want for you.

I did like that it’s set in Nashville and focuses on country music, because I love country music.  I was actually reminded of the t.v. show Nashville, and there’s something about going for your musical dreams in both shows that are really similar.

Back to Bailey and Sam: they are interesting on their own, but I didn’t really like them together- I just felt no spark or chemistry between them.

I love the relationship that Bailey seems to have with her grandpa, but I really wish we got to see a little of what her life was like before Julie got her record deal.  I felt like I didn’t have enough context for how bad things were between Bailey and her parents, and even Julie and Bailey before they seemed to work it out.  I think things would have made a lot more sense if I had that history.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked Dirty Little Secret, mostly because it’s set in Nashville and is about country music!  It didn’t have the emotional impact that Such A Rush did, but it was still a fun and slightly dramatic read.  Dirty Little Secret gets 3 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Thirteen Books I’ve Read In 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over share their own top ten list based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Thirteen Books I’ve Read In 2014

I’ve read so many great books this year!  Even with a several month long reading slump, I found that I couldn’t just limit myself to just 10 books this week.  That’s how many awesome books I read this year!  Here my 13 favorite books from this year!

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  I LOVE this book so, so much!  It really reminded me of that time in my life, and I related to Cath so much.
  2. Cress by Marissa Meyer.  Cress is my favorite book in the series so far, and I just loved Cress and this re-telling of Rapunzel.
  3. The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I just love Laurie Halse Anderson, and her most recent book is just as amazing as I thought it would be.
  4. Me Since You by Laura Weiss.  This was such an emotional book, but that didn’t stop me from loving it!
  5. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han.  I’m so glad things ended the way they did, and I just loved every single word of this book.
  6. Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys.  I loved 1950’s New Orleans.  And the characters!  I loved them all.
  7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.  Juliette!   And Kenji!  They are an awesome pair of friends, they really are.
  8. The Crown/The Wonder by Colleen Oakes.  I couldn’t pick just one of the 2 books out in this series, but it’s a dark Wonderland in this series, and I love that it’s so dark.
  9. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby.  I heart Jessi Kirby, and I love the stories of moonglass and mermaid’s tears.  And I love Anna.
  10. Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.  It’s Isla, you can’t go wrong with Isla.  This book…it was the first time in a long time that I was so excited and in love with a book.
  11. The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou.  I really regret not reading her collected autobiographies sooner, but she really had quite the life!  She’s definitely an inspiration and a survivor.
  12. My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter.  I liked seeing how their friendship went wrong, and how they put things back together, and realized that they could be friends, but not best friends.
  13. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley.  It’s such a good look at both sides of the civil rights movement, and both sides of it!  It’s hard to believe that it took place not that long ago.

ARC Book Review: M.I.A.: Missing In Attman

MIA Missing In Atman CoverBook: M.I.A.: Missing In Atman by Michelle Reed

Expected Publication is December 16, 2014 by Month9Books|Expected Number Of Pages: 325

Where I Got It: I got a digital ARC directly from Month9, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Atman City #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find M.I.A.: Missing In Atman on goodreads & Michelle Reed on twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Dez is finally hitting her afterlife stride. She hasn’t missed a meeting or session in forty-two days, and she’s put the adventures and danger of her first days at Atman behind her. Life after death is becoming tolerable, yet nothing is quite what she’d hoped. Confusion over her feelings for Charlie, residual resentment over losing Hannah, and a continuous stream of unwanted assignments leave Dez restless and argumentative.

In a missed encounter with Crosby, her prying gaze lands upon a single entry in the datebook on his unoccupied desk. These few, hastily scribbled words reveal an enormous secret he’s keeping from her. Possessed by a painful sense of betrayal, she once again sneaks off to Atman City, determined to find answers to an unresolved piece of her life. 

It begins as all their adventures do, but as light falls into darkness, a stop in an unfamiliar neighborhood sets forth a chaotic series of events. Dez will have to fight for her very existence, and will face painful, irreparable loss in an afterlife teeming with demons wielding ancient powers.

In M.I.A.: Missing in Atman, the second book in the Atman City series, Michelle E. Reed continues the story of Dez Donnelly, pushing her to her limits and surprising readers at every twist and turn of the vast world that is Atman.

What I Thought:

I liked M.I.A.!  Not as much as the first book in the series, but I still liked it!

In the first book, I really liked seeing Dez deal with what happened to her (but also starting to accept what happened), and I feel like that wasn’t there as much.  She does have new things to deal with, like seeing an entry in Crosby’s calendar, which then leads to all sorts of craziness that happens.

I don’t get why Dez dealt with the secret the way she did, and I don’t know if it’s something that I didn’t remember from the first book, or if it’s something that Dez didn’t really think about or deal with before or if it’s going somewhere in the next book, because I felt like it was ignored once everything else started happening.

We did see more of Atman, and some of its inhabitants- some good, others, not so much.  I liked seeing more of Atman, and some of the people there, but for reasons I can’t figure out, they didn’t strike me as much as the characters we meet in the first book.

And with what happens at the end, I have no idea where things are headed, and how they’ll turn out.  They really could go in any direction, so I’m curious to see how everything comes together, and how it all will end.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked the story, even though how Dez dealt with one thing in particular didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Still, I liked seeing more of Atman itself and some of the people there, even if I didn’t like the story as much as the first book.  M.I.A.: Missing In Atman gets 3 stars.

ARC Book Review: Lifer

Lifer CoverBook: Lifer by Beck Nicholas

Expected Publication is November 16, 2014 by Month9Books|Expected Number Of Pages: 330

Where I Got It: I got an digital ARC directly from Month9Books, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: None

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Post-Apocalyptic

You can find Lifer on goodreads

Goodreads Summary: 

Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.

On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.

As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.

What I Thought:

Lifer…I have thoughts on Lifer!  I liked it, but not as much as I thought.  I really liked Asher’s story, and the structure of the people on the ship was interesting and different, but also familiar.  Generations being punished because of what their ancestors did- it’s something I can see happening (and probably has happened in the past), and I hope it doesn’t happen again (even though it probably will).

Blank’s story wasn’t as intriguing to me, and I get why his story is told the way it is, but it also made it hard for me to care about his story, and trying to figure out what happened and who he is.  Still, I liked seeing how it connected to Asher’s story.

This is one of those books where I wish it were a series, because I’m still not quite sure what the deal is with the alien attack or the Upheaval or The Company.  It’s possible I missed something, and the story did come together by the end of the book, but I really wanted to know more about what was going on. and how this world came to be.

The structure on the ship was really interesting- the Nauts are at the top, the Lifers are at the bottom, and the Fishies are in the middle.  I wish it were explored a little more, because while I got a sense of the divides between the groups, I also wish we saw more of it.

Let’s Rate It:

I like the idea of people trying to escape aliens by going to space, and the structure of the ship, and what earth is like after everything happened.  I liked seeing how Asher and Blank’s story connected, and Asher’s story was interesting, but I also wanted to know more about what this world was like and how it got to the way it was in the book.  Lifer gets 3 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over share their own top ten list based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

I read a bunch of new (to me) authors this year, and these are the ten authors I want to read more of next year!

  1. Colleen Oakes.  I love her Queen Of Hearts saga so much!  I’m so looking forward to reading the next book in that series.
  2. Laura Weiss.  Me Since You is one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year.  I was a complete mess after reading this book, but it’s stuck with me ever since I read it.
  3. Scott Craven.  His Dead Jed series is a lot of fun to read.
  4. Rachel Tafoya.  Night House is one of the more interesting YA paranormal books I’ve read in a while, and I can’t wait to read a lot more of her books.
  5. Nalini Singh.  Why did I not start reading her before?  Why?
  6. Yvonne Ventresca.  I LOVED Pandemic.  It’s realistically scary, but still an awesome book.
  7. Rosamund Hodge.  Cruel Beauty is such a great book, and I’m looking forward to the companion book coming out next year.
  8. Mary Roach.  She makes science fun and interesting and funny.
  9. Victoria Lamb.  Witches, the paranormal and the Tudors go really well together in her Tudor Witch trilogy.
  10. Tracy Clark.  Scintillate is one of the more unique paranormal books I’ve read, mostly because there’s a trigger for the suddenly acquired paranormal abilities.

ARC Book Review: Princess Of Thorns

Princess Of Thorns CoverBook: Princess Of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Expected Publication is December 9, 2014 by Delacorte Press|Expected Number Of Pages: 278 pages

Where I Got It: I received a digital advanced copy from netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: None

Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Re-telling

You can find Princess Of Thorns on goodreads & Stacey Jay on twitter, facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary:

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

What I Thought:

I was really intrigued with Princess Of Thorns, mostly because I know there are a few Sleeping Beauty re-tellings out there (even though I have yet to read any of them).  While I liked Princess Of Thorns, it wasn’t as much as I expected.

I liked the idea of Aurora being blessed with fairy gifts, and how she can’t kiss any male because of a curse.  I also liked that she was trying to take back the throne from an Ogre Queen, because of this prophecy that will usher in a new age that involves ogres taking over.

I thought we got the right amount of information we needed about this world.  Everything made sense, but there were times when I wanted to know more!  With stand-alone fantasy and re-tellings, I always worry that one book won’t be enough to know what we need to know about the world, but I found that Princess Of Thorns was fast-paced (and also well-paced), and had the right amount of detail.

I still wanted to know more about Aurora’s childhood, and what happens after the end of the book, and the different groups of people.  I wanted to know more about how this world came to be and some of the very much in the background characters. Especially the real antagonist.

I will say that I really liked seeing Aurora and Niklaas change over the course of the book, and how they both had some things to overcome, and I wish we had more time to see it happen.

I know the basics of the Disney version (and not surprisingly, there is no connection between the two) but since I’m not familiar with the original tale of Sleeping Beauty, I am not completely sure how much it follows the actual tale.

Let’s Rate It:

Overall, I really liked Princess Of Thorns, because I thought Jay did a great job with telling the story in a really simple way. I do wish that this book was the first book in a series,  because I wanted to know more about this world.  Princess Of Thorns gets 4 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over share their own top ten list based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

It’s December!  I can’t believe it’s December!  And that means so many things, but for this post, that means looking forward to all of the great books coming out next year that I need to read.

  1. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson.  I so need to know what happens next!
  2. Winter by Marissa Meyer.  I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages!  Ages, I tell you!  But seriously, this is the one book I’m massively anxious to read.
  3. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge.  I really liked Cruel Beauty, and I’m looking forward to this book, which just happens to be set in the same world as Cruel Beauty.
  4. Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I’m glad Ridley and Link have their own series, and I’m looking forward to see how things turn out for them.
  5. The Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson.  The Kiss Of Deception is a pretty awesome book, and after going to a book signing for The Kiss Of Deception, I’m looking forward to The Heart Of Betrayal even more than I already was.
  6. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.  Her Incarnate series is one of my favorites, and I’m looking forward to a new Jodi Meadows series!
  7. Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby.  She has a new book coming out, and I know I’m going to love it the way I love everything that Jessi Kirby writes.
  8. The Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia Hand.  I’ve been looking forward to a new book by her ever since I read her Unearthly series, and I’m glad she has a new book coming out next year, especially since this one is a contemporary.
  9. The Forgotten Crown  by Julie Kagawa.  I am such a huge fan of the Iron Fey series (and it’s spin-off) and it looks like the next one is coming out next year…I think this is the last one,  but I’m not sure.  Either way, I am so invested in these characters that I need to know what’s going to happen.
  10. The untitled third book in the Gilded Wings series by Aimee Agresti.  I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the 2015 release date is really happening.

Currently Obsessed With: I Survived November!

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature (sometimes more) where I talk about my favorite things and what’s been going on the last month.

I can’t believe November is over already!  It was definitely eventful, with both NaNoWriMo going on, and with a sprained ankle that happened early in November.  Seriously, I fell down and hurt myself, but it’s a lot better.  I’m finally walking without an ankle brace (well, mostly) and I wrote 50,000 words this month.

Nails/Beauty:

I decided to skip the November Maven box.  I wasn’t super into the colors, and the ones I was kind of interested in were way too similar to other colors I already have.  I did get a glitter-y top coat from Sephora, which I did over black.  It has this really cool paint-splattered effect, and it looked really pretty on top of the black, but it was super-hard to remove.  Glitter polish always is, but this is seriously the hardest removal ever. It took me a good hour of soaking my nails in nail polish remover for it to even sort of start coming off, so if I wear it again, I’ll probably do it as an accent nail.

I also got another Urban Decay eye shadow, this time in Bordello.  I like that with Urban Decay, you can create your own eye shadow palattes and switch out the colors.  I have no idea if you can do this with other brands, but it’s nice to be able to create your own, with colors I know I’ll wear, instead of one where I use 1 or 2 and ignore the other ones.

Crochet:

I’ve been working on a couple of scarves for Christmas presents- one for a Secret Santa, and the other is from someone at work who wanted a scarf for his wife for a Christmas present.  I found this awesome chevron scarf pattern that I really like, and I totally want to make another one already.  And I’m also using this super-simple infinity scarf pattern.  I’m also working on a super-secret Christmas present that I’ll share next month.  Oh, I’m also crocheting a Viking helmet that is currently on hold, because of the other stuff I’m crocheting. It’ll be awesome, because 1, it’s a Viking helmet, and 2- it’s bright green.  You can’t go wrong with that combination!

I also got a huge bag full of yarn!  Someone at work found some yarn that belonged to her grandma, and she was nice enough to give it to me.  I think I might have a project or two in mind…it’s time to pick up amigurumi!

Books:

I only got School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins.  It’s a Hex Hall spin-off that I’ve been wanting to read for a while. Although…it’s been a while since I’ve listened to an audio book, so it may be time to start getting back into them.

TV:

I’ve finished season 4 of Blue Bloods, but I am also too lazy to hunt down season 5.  I also started watching The 100 (finally!) and I really like it.  I’ve also been watching Pretty Little Liars, which I actually like a lot better than the books (at least, the first 10, because I really didn’t care after the 10th one to keep going).  It’s so addictive, and I wish the books had that quality- if only the books didn’t feel so repetitive.

Around The Internet:

So many things!

Music:

I am sharing the playlist I created for NaNo this year!  Except for Blank Space by Taylor Swift, because her music is no longer on Spotify.  And a few other songs I couldn’t find on Spotify.  Enjoy!

Let’s Talk About How I Wrote 50,069 Words In 29 Days

Winner-2014-Twitter-Profile

I wrote words.  50,069 of them, to be exact, which means I have “won” NaNoWriMo for the 9th year in a row- I’ve won more, if you’re going by number of novels I’ve written, and not number of years.

This November is one of the more interesting Novembers I’ve had in a while.  I actually wrote just one novel, and didn’t have the beginnings of several different novels because I didn’t like anything I was writing.

I liked being able to focus on one book this year, but I also like having two because I can switch back and forth if I’m having trouble with one.

It’s weird, because this year, I didn’t struggle with writing until I hit 40,000 words, which is usually one of the easier parts of writing for me.  I still wrote, and it was hard, but not too hard, since I still got to my goal.  But for whatever reason, I just didn’t want to keep writing it.

I went into the month with some ideas and notes, and a very vague idea of plot and characters, but no other concrete details. I think this is one of those novels I just needed to start writing, because I had a lot of trouble figuring out this world and what I wanted it to be.  Just writing and coming up with this world as I wrote it gave me some really good ideas of what I wanted to do (or didn’t want to do) and if it was something I wanted to do in this book.

I definitely realized that this is a book I want to go back and re-write next year, and I really want to spend the next 11 months working on characters and this world, and reading it over so I have a more organized idea of this world.  I didn’t keep track of anything I discovered about this world, mostly because I was more focused on actually writing, and any inconsistencies can always be fixed later on (if I were one to go back and edit).

I actually really want to use Scrivener to keep track of everything.  It really does seem seem like the best way to keep everything organized.  I’ve also heard really good things about it, so that really helps (as does the discount all participants get once November is over).

It’s always fun to set down with a goal of doing something, and do it knowing that not only are thousands of other people doing it, but that there’s a deadline.  I like it because it’s a way for my to get whatever ideas I have written (because I know I would never write them otherwise) and it’s a good starting point if I ever decide to go back and work on one of them.  NaNo gets me to actually write without worrying about how good it is.  And I love the community too!  I’ve met so many cool people through NaNo.  And the books that have been published that started out as a NaNoWriMo novel is really inspiring!

I really did have a good November, and I hope everyone else did too!