Monthly Recap: February 2017

For as long as I can remember, February has been my least favorite month.

It’s usually cold and rainy. It can’t make up its mind on whether it wants to be 28 or 29 days long. And don’t even get me started on Valentine’s Day…

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But despite a large rodent predicting six more weeks of winter, Austin has since had the hottest February in its history. So I have at least got that – and a few great books – going for me.

What I Read

GRAND TOTAL: 3 (it was a short month, okay?!)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber ★★★★☆
The hottest new release in young adult fiction definitely lived up to its name. Garber’s premise – mix between the fantastical elements of Harry Potter and the competition of The Hunger Games – is unique in a way that the reader never quite knows what’s real and what’s not. The plot is fast-paced, and you are instantly sucked into the story. I do wish her characters had a bit more meat to them, and I felt the plot sometimes went too quickly. But overall, a great read, and I will definitely pick up the sequel.
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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★★
A classic written in 1985, Atwood’s dystopian novel has recently become popular again with the current political climate and a new TV series premiering in April. So I jumped on the bandwagon, mainly because Elizabeth Moss is the bomb. While the story started out a little slow, it was chock full of meaningful prose and a eerie story that hits way too close to home. WARNING: There is a major cliffhanger at the end. It works in the context of the story, but prepare yourselves.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★☆
This novel was also added to my list due to the impending TV release. Having not read any of Moriarty’s other works, I was surprised for a number of reasons. The story is nothing really new or unique, and the writing itself was just okay. But what made the story unique and worth reading was the incredibly colorful and sparkling characters. I don’t know that I have ever seen as character as vivid on the page as Madeline Martha Mackenzie. And the snippets of police interrogation that framed each chapter kept my turning page after page.

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February Reads

What I Wrote

A few blogs ago, I detailed the five steps it takes to kickstart a new novel. And I am hard at work doing just that!

I am on track to hit my goal of September 1, 2017, and I am currently writing the twelve steps of 700 Main protagonist Brie’s hero journey. The first few chapters and the ending climax are done! Onto the middle…

Now I do have other news to announce… But to be quite honest, I am still wrapping my head around it. Therefore, I will be publishing another blog – and working through my emotions – next week. And hopefully I will have some wisdom to share on the email no author wants to receive: the rejection.
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Coming up March…

March is going to be a good month. I am determined. It’s the first month of spring, the month of my birthday, a full month of writing and reading. And on that note, here’s my list:

  • Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin
  • Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown
  • At Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Looking forward to spring? Share your reading list and writing plan below!

 

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