The NaNoWriMo Tag

The NaNoWriMo tag was created by Kirstina Horner on YouTube!

1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
I have done NaNoWriMo twice before, so this will be my third year participating.

2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
I heard about it through the BookTube community. I can't remember exactly which video it was, but I'm pretty sure it was one of Kat's videos (Katytastic). She seems to be one of the first people on BookTube or YouTube to make videos about it.

3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
I never ended up giving it a name, because I never finished it. Sad.

4. Give a one sentence summary of what you're writing this year.
Early 1900's abandoned hotel discovered by a girl who wasn't supposed to find it.

5. What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?
I don't know what the best writing advice I've ever gotten is, but one good piece of advice I got from a professor one time was to try to step away from whatever it was we were writing for some time and then go back to it. Sometimes we get so caught up in the writing that it's good to take a break, and come back with a fresh perspective.

6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
No, but I did try Camp NaNo one time, and I haven't tried it again.

7. What's your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
Listening to music. I used to do this thing when I was younger where I would listen to a song, close my eyes and visualize a music video for it. I guess you could say I kind of still do the same thing. Music videos sometimes have story arcs in them.

8. The first sentence from one of your novels.
"No one should be up at this time except for those people who need to be somewhere." I don't like it. This is from my NaNoWriMo story from last year, which is basically my only completed novel so I didn't have much of a choice. I've never gone back and revised it, so it's just stayed that way. 
9. Why do you love writing?
I love writing, because I get to create stories and characters of my own. I get to go to these places that I make up, and become other people who are completely different from me.

Are You Doing NaNoWriMo?

It's almost that time for NaNoWriMo again! If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is it's National Novel Writing Month where writers all over attempt to write a novel of a minimum of 50,000 words in the month of November. I know that sounds crazy and insane, and it's because it is. Of course it's not supposed to be a finished novel. I don't think there isn't a book out there that hasn't gone through revisions a bunch of times before becoming the final book that we come to read and love. The novel you end up writing is more like a REALLY rough draft of a potential book, but NaNo is a way to help stop the procrastinating and putting off that story we know we can rite, and helps get those words down onto the page.

This will be my third year participating in NaNoWriMo. The first year was a complete disaster. I had no idea what I was getting myself into especially because I was in school and working part time. I fell behind and that's one of the worst things you can possibly do during NaNo. Last year, my second year, I knew what to expect and how to plan my time. I also wasn't in school anymore and was able to win NaNoWriMo! I flew through the month of November by the seat of my pants. Sort of. There are two types of writers, pantsers and planners. Pantsers, don't plan their stories in advance and planners do. Last year, I was a pantser. I didn't plan or outline what I wanted to write about, I just went in with a general idea I had for a story and wrote whatever came to me everyday.

Although I liked doing that then, I don't think that's the approach I'm going to be taking this year. I've had this idea that has stuck with me for a while now, and I haven't gotten sick of it which is great. October is known as Preptober to those who like planning out their stories before November comes along. I have already started outlining, plotting, and detailing characters, but I am more nervous now than when I didn't have an outline. I think it's because I know the work that I'm going to have to put in whereas before I was kind of going in blind. Sort of like by not outlining I was in denial that it was actually happening, so I faced the fact that I had to write 50,000 words on November 1st.

Anyways, in preperation for NaNoWriMo I wanted to do a series of posts on how you can prep, and some of the things that you may need to survive NaNoWriMo. I'll be updating my progress throughout November, most likely I'll do the same type of posts as last year with the daily updates condensed into a weekly post, but who knows I might change my mind in a couple of weeks.
My NaNoWriMo page. Add me as a writing buddy if you're participating too.

Coming Next: My NaNoWriMo Surival Kit

I'm Back and I Read Harry Potter for the First Time!

Hello! I know, it's been a while since I've posted. I hit sort of a wall when it came to post ideas, and ended up taking a sort of break. Just because I haven't been posting doesn't mean I haven't been reading. I'll list the books and what I rated them. At this point I don't remember my detailed thoughts, just my overall feelings on the book, so I'll just include the rating I gave them on Goodreads.

As you might have figured out from the title of the post, I started reading Harry Potter for the first time. Technically I've already read The Sorcerer's Stone for a children's literature class, but I waited until the last minute and only read the very first part. Even then I sort of rushed through it. So I always meant to go back to it, and I finally did in July. It's safe to say that I love the series so far, and understand why so many people love it.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 5/5
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige 4/5
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 4/5
Archie, Vol. One: The New Riverdale 4/5


Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside 4/5
Batgirl, Vol. 2: Family Business 5/5


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling 5/5
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 5/5

That's all I read this summer. I haven't been reading a ton of books, but I'm reading a bit more consistently now which is least I think so. Next month is NaNoWriMo and once again I'll be participating. I'm going to be doing a post on that very soon! I'm excited for it, but the downside is that I probably won't get much reading in or even at all.

August 2016 Paperback Releases | Cover Changes and Movie Tie-Ins

I usually do these posts for the people who prefer buying paperbacks over hardcovers whether it be because paperbacks are cheaper or because they are easier to carry around. Paperback releases aren't really promoted as much as the brand new hardcovers, so I put it all in one post to make it easier.
But this month there are quite a few cover changes along with the Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children movie tie-in edition. There is also a B&N exclusive paperback that contains movie photos. Let me know what you think of the cover changes. Also, do you mind movie/television tie-in editons?

August 2

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Clariel by Garth Nix

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith*
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich*
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle*

August 15

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

August 23

August 30

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

*cover change
**movie cover

What do you think of the cover changes? Do you prefer the old covers or are the new ones an improvement? Also what do you think of the Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children movie cover.

Booktubeathon 2016 | Updates and Wrap Up

I'll be do one post with all of my updates throughout the week as well as my wrap up. I did the same thing last year when I participated. I have an idea of the books I want to read, but haven't really set a concrete TBR. Wish me luck!

The Booktubeathon is a readathon on booktube started by Ariel Bissett. This one starts on July 18th to July 24th. There are reading challenges, but they are not manditory. There are also video challenges since it is about the booktube community, and this year bookstagram has been included.


1. Read a book with yellow on the cover.
2. Read a book only after sunset.
3. Read a book you discovered through booktube.
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors.
5. Read a book that is older than you.
6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
7. Read seven books.

Daily Updates

Day 1
- I read a little bit of Dorothy Must Die, but I'm not counting it towards the readathon. I didn't even get to read much of it because I got a really bad headache.

Day 2
- I finished reading Dorothy Must Die, and picked up my first actual book for the readathon, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I'm using this book to complete the Read a book with yellow on the cover challenge. I only got a couple of pages into it before I fell asleep.

Day 3
- I started reading More Happy Than Not and it's starting off kind of slow. I tried reading this at work, but didn't get much of it read until I got home and read up to page 111.

Day 4
- I read up to page 190. This book is really hard to get through, not because of the writing, but because of the subject matter. The book really took a turn from the slow pacing in the beginning. It's like whatever you thought was going on, just throw it out the window. Personally, I don't think this is the type of book you should just read through in one shot, and probably the wrong choice for a readathon, but it's a little too late for that now.

Day 5 and Day 6
- I forgot to log how many pages I read on day 5, but I didn't read that much and then just finished it on day 6. Most likely I'll have a post up on my thoughts on this book. I'm glad I got to read this book, but it was hard for me to process some of the stuff that happened in the book and so I kept stepping away from it to gather my thoughts. I didn't end up starting a new book on day 6,

Day 7
- I started reading Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. This book was meant for the Read a book you discovered through booktube. I first heard about this book from Liana at Liana's Reviews. I didn't even expect to finish it today, but I was in the mood to read it. Hopefully I can keep this momentum and get a couple books in before the month is over.