This post was originally created by the lovely Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner – so go and check out her blog now, it’s amazing!
Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
I’M SO TORN! Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas OR Eliza and Her Monsters OR Turtles All the Way Down!
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IT’S DECEMBER??? HOW???? I am honestly shook that this is the last month of the year. Where has my life gone??? Anyway I didn’t read too much (for me) this month because DEADLINE HELL – but what I did read I loved!!! Let’s get into it:
Title: dissent:RENEGADES by R. J. Furness
Review: I was sent this by the lovely author himself, and I absolutely LOVED it!!! I honestly can’t recommend it enough, it’s so much fun and so brilliantly written. Check out my review here!
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I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, and got all the books you wanted!!! Today I thought I’d share with you my December Book Haul! I bought some amazing books this month, and was bought some amazing ones too!
Title: The Usurper King by Zeb Harandon
I was sent this by the author, and it sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to read it, I love this synopsis so I’m really intrigued.
Synopsis: The Usurper King takes place in an alternate universe where the serial killer Ted Bundy was never apprehended and is now running for president in 2016.
Jim, a sufferer of a hybrid computer-biological virus that causes premature aging, tries to pay for his treatments by winning money on the game show ‘Guts!’, which has contestants competitively predict the future by reading animal entrails. As Jim begins to find omens in the entrails of Bundy’s victory, and details of Bundy’s murderous past are uncovered, Jim and another contestant take it upon themselves to stop his ascent to power before it’s too late.
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Today I have my first ever guest post! To celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo last month the lovely author Louise Dean offers her top ten tips for novel writing. Hopefully this will inspire you to continue writing next year!
- Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t over-indulge in binge writing. You’ll upset your system. A solid hour a day will see you right. Keep faith with your novel. Don’t miss a day.
- Make sure you write every day, same time, same place. You need to read every day too. If you do those two things, then your day job will leaven your bread and bring a healthy reality check to you and your writing, and your writing will flourish thanks to the tidbits you bring home from your labours and time in goodly society.
- Keep your notebook with you all day every day for 90 days to catch novel thoughts and insights gleaned from daily life.
- Don’t fret the plot, think character and problem; think ‘what does he or she want?’ Don’t worry about word count. The daily habit of writing is what matters.
- Write into a notebook, type up for a very first early doors edit
- Creating material freely is what this first draft is all about and heading back to the notebook of your childhood, the secret diary, the handwriting of your first scribblings is very freeing.
- Don’t be tempted to go back over the work and tweak it. You need to get the story down before you know what to include and what to leave out.
- You have two pedals. One is writing, the other is reading. When one runs out of juice, use the other to take the pressure off and hey presto you’ll be moving again!
- Journal your writing process. All the evidence shows this works a treat. Keep an eye on yourself during the write. You will find this very valuable throughout your write to see that yes, you suffered and worried and yes you found a solution and got through it. Many great writers found this a necessity. Try it.
- If I were to leave you with one ‘prose tip’, it would be this:
Write a terribly good sentence that no one has written before, that is true for you and you alone, beautiful, sad and funny, perhaps controversial or contentious, and also understated. Write the next sentence.
Delete the second sentence. I can be almost completely certain that in the second you went too far, exaggerated, and spoilt the effect of the first. I see it all the time, in my work and in my writers’. It’s the most common error. Catch it sooner rather than later and your work will improve rapidly as you learn to train the wayward growth of your prose by tying it to a strong trellis.
And here’s one just for luck – Your novel is a jealous God. Put it first for 90 days. That’s just 0.3% of your life. Only children or emergencies come before.
Louise Dean is an award-winning author published by Penguin and Simon & Schuster and nominated for The Dublin International Literary Award, The Guardian First Book Prize, and the Man Booker Prize. She is the founder of Kritikme.com, an online creative writing course which teaches people how to write a novel in ninety days. You can get a 10% discount on this course by using the code MYNOVEL10 at the check-out.
Go check her out now, and Happy Writing!!
Until next time,
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! This is just a little post on the final day of Blogmas to say I hope you all have the most amazing Christmas, and get everything you want!
Thank you for all your support, for your comments and your love!
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, have the most amazing end to the year!
Until next time,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It’s the 24th Day of Blogmas which means only one thing…IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE! I am SO excited, and today I have the best post, a Christmas Tag! Thank you to the lovely Ash over at For The Love of Books for tagging me in this – I’m so excited!
This post also signals the last post for Blogmas 2017 – it was so much fun, thank you for joining in and supporting me! Anyway over to the tag:
Use one noise to describe how excited you are for christmas.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No I don’t – I normally just wait until Christmas!
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I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of the year! There have been so many amazing books released this year, and I can’t wait to move into the new year!
2018 has so many amazing releases too, so I thought that for Day 23 of Blogmas I’d discuss 10 of my most anticipated ones!
Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas
I need this book NOW! I am not even slightly ready for this series to be over, so I have no idea how I’m going to cope when this series ends!
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Title: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Release: 30th July 2015
Synopsis: For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness.
The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic. Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.Review:
A creepily fascinating book that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you questioning what is real.
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Title: Morrigan: a dissent novel by R. J. Furness
Release: 9th December 2017
Synopsis: When her family is torn apart, Morrigan loses everything… Driven away from their home in Scorr Tanta, Morrigan’s family help to build the new harbour town of Port Harmony. As a child, Morrigan is raised there, but eleven years later whilst she is just fourteen, disaster strikes and forces her into a new life. It’s a life filled with excitement and danger, and only skill and determination will help keep Morrigan alive. Review:
This novella is the perfect way to tide yourself over in the wait for Book 2! Ever wanted to know Morrigan’s back story? Wait no more!
Continue reading “Blogmas Day 21: Morrigan: A Dissent Novel by R. J. Furness”
I’m back AGAIN on Day 20 of Blogmas to share with you an interview with the lovely Trev Lince, author of Room 119!!!
Trev’s book is absolutely wonderful, and if you’re looking for a last minute present for someone you love this Christmas then this is definitely one to get!! Anyway let’s get on with the interview!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Trevor Lince, I am from a little village on the North East coast called Marske-by-the-sea in what used to be North Yorkshire. I now live in Darlington and work most of the week in London. Long suffering Middlesbrough FC fan, used to play football quite a lot now you’re more likely to see me on a golf course.
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