Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Am Dying To Read

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Top Ten 2014 Releases I Am Dying To Read

I can’t believe it’s almost 2014!  This year went by really fast, but it also means that some amazing books are coming out sometime in the next year.  There are so many books I’m looking forward to reading, and while quite a few are the last books in their respective series, I’m still excited to see how things turn out.  And I think it’ll be the reason why I get caught up on the series I need to catch up on.  Here are the books I’m really looking forward to reading!

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer.  I think I’m looking forward to Cress the most, and February 4 seems so far away.  I’m definitely going to be waiting impatiently for Cress to come out.
  2. Infinite by Jodi Meadows.  Because I’m looking forward to seeing how everything gets wrapped up.  And I want to see life outside of Heart and Range!  At least January 28th isn’t too far away!
  3. Ruin And Rising by Leah Bardugo.  It’s the last Grisha book.  I’m sad that this series will be over, but I also want to know how it all ends.  It’s going to be long wait for June 3.
  4. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.  I’m super-excited about Ignite Me, even though I still need to read Unravel Me.  I’m definitely planning to be all caught up by February 4!
  5. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins.  This series is definitely one of my favorite paranormal series, and while I’m sad to see the series end, I also want to know how it ends.  Like most of the other books on this list.
  6. Dreams Of Gods And Monsters by Laini Taylor.  I still need to read Days Of Blood And Starlight, but I’m still excited about this one.  I’m hoping to be all caught up by April 8, when Dreams Of Gods And Monsters is expected to be released.
  7. Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.  Because it’s Into The Still Blue, and who isn’t excited about it?  I can’t wait until January 28th, when it’s expected to come out!
  8. Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I got so excited when I heard there was going to be a spin-off of Beautiful Creatures that focuses on Ridley and Link.  Because I’ve always liked their relationship, and it’ll be nice having a series where they take center stage.  I’m definitely looking forward to May 6.
  9. Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.  I LOVED Anna And The French Kiss, and really liked Lola And The Boy Next Door, and I can’t wait to read Isla.  May 13th is the expected release date for Isla, and it seems so far away!
  10. Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins.  I’ve been looking forward to January 28 for a while…because of how Belonging ended.  I just need to know how everything gets resolved!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

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

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Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

There are so many sequels that I really need to catch up on, and even more that I’m looking forward to reading when they come out! Picking just 10 is going to be really hard this week, and I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I’m reading so many different series that picking 10 sequels is no problem and yet so hard.

  1. Daylighters by Rachel Caine.  I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.
  2. Cress/Winter by Marissa Meyer.  I feel like the inclusion of these two books are explanation enough.
  3. Unravel Me/Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.  I still need to read Unravel Me, but I’m looking forward to reading both Unravel Me and
  4. Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins.   I love this series, and I need to know what happens now…April seems so far away.
  5. A Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Davies.  I so need to know how things turn out for Skye.
  6. Seeing Light by Michelle Warren.  I’m hoping all of the questions I have will be answered in Seeing Light.
  7. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers.  Because I still haven’t read it, and I really should read it soon…
  8. Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins.  Because the thing that happened at the end of Temptation?  I need to know how that gets resolved!
  9. Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo.  Because it’s the last book in the Grisha Trilogy.
  10. Dreams Of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.  It’s the last book in the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone series, how could I not want to read it?

Book Review: The Darwin Elevator

The Darwin Elevator CoverBook: The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough

Published July 2013 by Del Rey|Pages: 472

Where I Got It: Got the paperback at Mysterious Galaxy!

Series: Dire Earth Cycle #1

Genre: Adult Science Fiction

Goodreads|You can find Jason on goodreads and on facebook.

Goodreads Summary: In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.

I’ve been looking forward to The Darwin Elevator for a while, and it’s even the new release I’ve been the most excited about.  I feel like I should start off my review with the fact that I know Jason…and I promise this hasn’t influenced my review any way!

I really, really liked The Darwin Elevator!  I really am not kidding when I say that I’m not even sure where to start.

How about the space elevator itself?  More and more, I love the idea of a space elevator that has suppresses this alien plague.  Actually, I just like the idea of a space elevator.  The map of how the elevator is set up was pretty freaking cool because it made it a lot easier to picture what it actually looked liked.

Also cool: the fact that there are people who are immune.  No one can figure out why they’re immune.  And we’re not just talking about the immunity the aura provides. This group can go out in the world and not have to worry about the alien plague, and I really want to know why! They seem pretty low on the totem pole, which is kind of surprising, considering they can actually, like, go out into the world and everything. Or is that just me?  At any rate, I like the idea of some people having immunity, even though no one knows why.

Speaking of characters: anytime Kantro, Kip Osmak and Mr. Woon was mentioned…while the characters weren’t actually funny, I couldn’t help but smile and/or giggle every single time I saw them!  There’s definitely an assortment of characters, and I can’t wait to see how their stories turn out.  Actually, I really liked that you got to see some of the different characters.  Multiple perspectives don’t always work for me, but this is one case of when it does work really well.  Mostly because you get to see the overall picture, and not one piece of it.  Also: I liked that it’s a day-to-day thing but there’s always something interesting going on, so there’s none of the  same story, different day stuff going on.

I had a lot of fun reading it!  I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, and everything made sense.  The science-fictiony parts were explained really well, and easy to understand, which is good for someone like me, who only reads YA science fiction every once in a while, which can be sort of fluffy and not super science-y.

Here’s something I want to know: I want to know what’s going on with the Builders!  I like that you know they’re out there, and that they have some sort of plan, and it’s such a mystery that it’s kind of fun to think about what’s going on with them.  But I also really want to know why earth and why the elevator and the plague and the other stuff that I’m not going to give away but be really vague about.

Final Thoughts:

I really am impressed!  I’m actually at a 4.5 in terms of a rating.  I really enjoyed The Darwin Elevator, but I’ve decided to round up and give it 5 stars!

The Madness Begins Today

So, today is the start of NaNoWriMo!  It’ll be a fun but crazy month of writing, so I’ll be sharing that crazy part of my life for the next month!

Remember how I said I was going to figure out where the parents of the main characters worked?

That hasn’t happened.  It’s not a big deal, because it may be a while before I get to that part of the story.  Even then, I can just have a factory or whatever, and if the need to change it comes along, I can be all inconsistent and have them work at a bunch of different places.  And when December comes, I can laugh at my inconsistency.

With the lack of planning I’ve done, this novel should be as funny as the one I did a few years ago where I had no idea what the heck I was doing.  But that’s enough about December…I should probably focus on actually writing it first.

Yes, write first, laugh later.  That just may be the slogan for the month.

I have no word count update…mostly because I don’t know what it is yet.  I have words, but they’re hand-written, and there’s no way I’m counting them.  I still have no clue where I’m going with it, but at least I have a start.  And I do know more about the characters than I did yesterday.  Or even last week.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween, and have a fun November!

Ding, Ding, Ding, You Are A Winner!

I won!  I can’t believe that I won!  It took me 4 different ideas, almost a week off of writing, and a lot of complaining and forcing myself to write to get there.  But I managed to get 50,381 words!  I didn’t finish on Monday like I had planned, but I’ll take finishing. 

I'm A Winner!

 I managed to win, and Harry Potter totally saved me.  When in doubt, write about Harry Potter. 

I did a happy dance to Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, because that’s what I was listening to when I won, and I had a cookie.  I knew I’d win today, so I made some cookies as my celebratory treat!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a post-NaNo wrap-up.

All Caught Up!

I’ve been managing to keep up with my writing, and I’ve managed to put a pretty good dent into my word count. 

My HP fanfic is turning into a very bizarre marriage law fanfic.  It’s going pretty well, but I’m also pretty sure I won’t be visiting it again.  I might, but if I do it’ll be a while before I get around to it. 

I’m all caught up!  I can’t believe I managed to get completely caught up.  I’m even a little ahead, and there’s a pretty good chance I’ll keep up the pace and maybe even get ahead of pace!

I’m at 40,152 words, so just under 10,000 words to go, and I’ll be done.  I can’t believe it, but it figures that as November comes to a close, I would get the most excited about writing. 

There’s not much else to report, so I’ll be back tomorrow!

Feeling Good About Writing

I feel pretty good about writing right now, so that’s good right?  I’m currently having no trouble writing, and last night, I didn’t want to stop.  There is no guilt (for the moment) so that’s good, and it’s a lot easier to write when I’m not feeling distracted and stuff. 

I’m currently at 35,277 words, writing an astounding 2,495 words!  If I write around 1700 words a day, I’ll finish on time.  I still have no clue what I’m doing with it, so I’m writing whatever pops into my head right now.  Although that does seem to be working for the moment…

Yesterday was a little busy, but fun!  I made apple pie for the first time, and I think it’ll come out okay when I bake it on Thanksgiving. 

My grandma was showing me a bunch of pictures she found, and it was really cool.  They were pictures of her family and there were a few of when she married my grandpa.  It’s fun seeing pictures of her when she was little, and even though I didn’t recognize a lot of the people in the pictures, it was fun to see a part of her life.

Today’s plan is to make cookies!  I was thinking about chocolate chip, but I also want to make peanut butter cookies.  I’m more in a mood for peanut butter, so maybe that’s what I’ll do today.  I’m pretty sure the mess will be a lot smaller than the mess that followed the apple pie I made yesterday.  It’s too bad I didn’t get a picture of the kitchen…

I think that’s it for now, so I’ll try and get some sleep, since I’m going to be busy today.

Counting Down The Days

This time last year, I was in love with writing and NaNo and writing all kinds of cool and funny stuff. 

This year is the complete opposite.  I want November to be over, because I don’t really have an interest in working on anything new.  It’s a weird feeling for me, because I always look foward to NaNo, and I hate that this year, I’m struggling to muster up some feeling and energy. 

As much as I love the roller derby idea, I think I might shelve until next year and do a rewrite.  Or write a little for each day, but spend most of my energy on something else. 

I definitely feel the need to work on a few of my “old” writing projects and I might, but I don’t think I’ll include them in my word count.  I feel like I shouldn’t include anything that’s from an old project, so I’m at a crossroad.  It is all on the honor system, and I want to honor the honor system and work on brand new things for NaNo!  Not work on old stuff because I don’t feel like writing anything new.   

I could always piece it together by writing random stuff, like I did back in July when my NCIS fanfic didn’t work out. 

Speaking of fanfiction, though, I am feeling the need to write something Harry Potter related, which crossed my mind over a week ago.  I should have gone with that…but I did start up a harry potter fanfic yesterday.  That’s the most inspired I’ve been all month but I have no clue what it’s about, other than Hermione and Seamus live in the same apartment building, she’s not dating Ron and doesn’t really talk to Harry and the Weasley’s, except for George.  This should be interesting, and it couldn’t be any more vague.   

Since I have a few different novels now, I think I’m just going to do a general update on everything, and maybe mention individual projects that I’m working on. 

My grand total for the month is 32,782 words, so I’m still off pace, but I’m also feeling confident I can catch up.  Words will come, they always do!  I suppose that’s it for today, so I should get some writing done.

Good Word Day

Yesterday was a pretty good day for writing.  It turns out that I’m almost 900 words behind schedule, but I’m confident in my ability to make that up.  Especially if I have a really good writing day or if I add a few hundred words a day.  Maybe both would be a good idea!

So the roller derby novel is working out pretty well so far, but that’s probably because I’m excited about a new project.  Yesterday was the first time I felt really excited about writing and NaNo since the 1st, and I hope I can keep it up until the 30th. 

My roller derby novel is at 3,541 words, and with my other 2 novels, I’m at 30,802 words.  So I have around 19,200 words left!  That’s exciting and if I can get to 40,000 words, then the last 10,000 will be easy-peasy! 

I know this is a short post, but I’ll be back tomorrow with an update!

And It Begins

NaNo is off to a roaring start this year!  I had a lot of fun at the midnight kick-off, and I was really glad that I reserved a couple tables, since it was busy at our party location! 

I’ve only worked on one novel so far, my mermaid one, and wrote for about an hour at the kick-off.  Actually, that’s what I’m doing right now…writing a blog post at the kick-off.  At least it’s NaNo-related! 

There’s not much to report right now, other than my word count is currently at 1,230 words. 

This is definitely going to be a short post, since there’s really not much to report right now, and I’ll definitely have more of an update tomorrow morning.

November feels as normal as it’ll ever be!