October was a crazy month of trying to work three jobs at once, traveling and prepping for my second novel. Overall a very successful & fun month…But man, I am exhausted.
What I Read
GRAND TOTAL: 7
The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti ★★★★☆
A beautifully entrancing first chapter and a bit of a slow first half made this novel a strange one to me at first glance. But when the action finally picked up, I could NOT PUT IT DOWN. Twist after twist (most of which I could not see coming), Moretti’s novel is a great addition to the new trend of female-driven thrillers. Just maybe don’t read the last few chapters at night… Nightmares.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ★★☆☆☆
A school for children with superhuman abilities. A wise old guardian that protects them from the rest of the world. Villains who seek to use their powers for evil. All of this seemed just a little to familiar to me when reading Riggs’ novel (X-Men anybody?). But he is an excellent writer, so I’ll give him a couple stars for his use of old photography and the added level of family drama. Maybe wait for the movie on this one.
Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini ★★★★☆
(technically this counts as three because I reread the entire trilogy…)
A mostly great end to a stellar trilogy, Angelini wrapped everything up quite nicely in Salem. I have never read such a unique concept (which made rereading easy and anticipating the final installment difficult). Her characters, her world building and her pacing all shine. I didn’t want it to end, and that – in part – made the ending a disappointing one. Not enough resolution for such a great story.
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll ★☆☆☆☆
There’s a lot of big things coming for this book, but I just don’t get it. I liked the main character well enough but unnecessary vulgarity, weak resolution, and confusing plot points put this on my “Do Not Recommend” list.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver ★★★★★
This book was a last minute addition to my October reading list. I had read it back in high school, but once I heard a movie was coming, I cracked it back open. And wow. It is just as good as I remembered. A girl destined to repeat the same day over and over again. Sounds repetitive and boring right? But Oliver’s character arc and keen eye for details makes this a refreshing and meaningful read.
What I Wrote
This was a month of preparation. Characters development, setting profiles, hero’s journeys and pages of research. But I am ready for November 1st. I’ll be launching my second novel later this week, but below is a quick excerpt from the very first page.
Time goes by in the blink of an eye. That’s what they tell you anyway.
Countless songs, movies, poems, and novels have been written surrounding the concept of time. Time is precious, time is fluid. Time can slip through your fingers, so pay attention. Don’t blink or you might just miss it.
But I can safely tell you that no matter how many times I blinked, it had been the longest year of my life. And God, I wish I’d missed it.
The courtroom was abuzz, but it just sounded like white noise in the back of head. Like that threat of a headache when you are hungover, looming, worsening as the day goes on.
My palms were sweaty, my mouth dry – an interesting paradox, don’t you think? But I hardly noticed, my eyes trained on the door in the back corner where he would walk through at any minute.
“Don’t panic,” Dani said in my ear, permeating the hazy fog of sounds. “Just be yourself.”
That was easy for her to say. I don’t think Dani Anderson had ever needed to panic or to be anyone but herself.
I was a different story.
Coming up in November…
November is National Novel Writing Month, and I am diving into the above story headfirst. Stay tuned for word count and other updates!
Because of this, my reading time will be a little limited, so my goal is to read the following three books in November:
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Film adaptation coming in 2018!)
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Film adaptation coming in 2017!)
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
P.S. I know I mandated that you all see The Girl on the Train when it came out on October 7th. I have a confession to make… I didn’t see it either. I heard some bad things, and I just couldn’t let Hollywood ruin another book for me.