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2013 Reading Challenge – TBR Pile Challenge

Here’s my second reading challenge for 2013.

TBR Pile Challenge.

I failed this last year, and you know how I hate to fail. This year, I’m determined to complete it.

For this challenge you have to read 12 novels in 2013 from your TBR Pile (physical pile, or just on your list). The great thing is that they have to have been on your list for more than a year (so have a published date of 2011 or before).

You also have to list the books NOW that you’re going to read (plus you can have 2 alternatives, if you really can’t get through any). Last year I went through my shelf and chose books that I physically had. This year, I want to add books that I’ve been meaning to read, I just haven’t bought yet (or borrowed from the library of course).

I didn’t read 4 of the 14 last year (including the alternatives). I’m not going to add all of them back on – 1 I realised was a sequel, and I’ve not read the first, and the other I’m not really interested in any more. I’ll add the other two though.

Here’s my list then. As I read and review, I’ll come back to this page and link to the review. In December I’ll (hopefully) do a review blog where I link them all again, and successfully complete the challenge for the year. My 14 books for this year are:

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (was on the 2012 list, but I never got to it)

A French Affair by Susan Lewis (ditto)

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Build A Man by Talli Roland

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Liar’s Lullaby by Meg Gardiner

and the 2 alternatives

Flash Forward by Robert J Sawyer

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games trilogy, book 2) by Suzanne Collins.

To be honest, I really want to read all of them, so you never know. I’m also doing the Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge, so a couple of these will work for both, which will be good.

Now, I really want to start on the list. My problem is… which first. Good luck to everyone else doing this challenge this year. I can’t wait to see what you’re reading.

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Exciting Stuff

Actually quite a few exciting (to me anyway) things to write about today.  Yay.

Most importantly – I’ve finished reading the modules I needed to for my writing course.  That means I can get on with the assignment now.  Yay.  This morning I read through the first section and have made notes.  Can’t wait to get started, except I have a few ideas and don’t know which one to go with.  It’s only 750 words, so I might try more than one and use the best.  Something I’ve done with every assignment I’ve handed in so far.

Also at the end of last week I finished reading Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl.  Ah, it was great.  I actually laughed out loud at one part.  I think I was on the tube at the time.  Laughing I don’t mind on the tube, it’s crying that I don’t like doing.   

I only wanted to read it because it was by Sophie Kinsella and I love her books.  The idea didn’t interest me all that much.  But, I’m really glad I did.  I actually think it would make a very funny movie.  I can just picture her talking to the ghost, but everyone else seeing her talk to thin air.

So, I finished the novel I was reading; I finished the modules I was reading for my course; I had nothing to read.  Until… I went to my boyfriend’s and he convinced me to take one of his Sci-fi novels.  Somthing he’d been trying to do for a while as I don’t read Sci-fi, and he thinks I should.  He’d only just finished reading it, and the week prior had told me all about it – it actually sounded really good.  I’m a few chapters in, and am really enjoying it. 

BUT, in my mind I don’t classify it as Sci-fi.  It was written in I think the 1960s (correction – 1953) and is about a world in the future.  Which I guess yeah IS sci-fi, but hey.  I’ve just discovered it’s the first in a series… this could be bad.  I-Robot is part of the series too – the book that was turned into a Will Smith film.  From what I remember I really enjoyed the film – it will be interesting to see what I think when I read that book.  (I’m not looking forward to seeing my boyfriend after he reads this – he’ll be so triumphant that I’m not only enjoying this book, but that I want to read more!).

It’s kind of made me realise a few books I’ve read in the past probably go in the Sci-fi bracket.  Well, at least one.  Can’t remember the name, but it was a Ben Elton book set in the future.  Yeah, I guess Sci-fi.  And maybe The Time Traveller’s Wife.  Although I’d class it as romance, I guess the whole time travelling thing is.

Oh oh, something else exciting.  I subscribe to a newsletter from the Creative Competitor website.  because I’m subscribed I can get a free copy of a 20 page booklet called Quick and Easy Creative Writing Prompts.  I’ve just received it.  Woop!

I’m sure there was more exciting stuff going on.  But I can’t remember. 

I’m going to the gym this evening for the first time in about 3 months.  I think I went a couple of times in January.  It’s so much easier to think about doing that when it’s light when I leave work! 

Final exciting thing – Flash Forward is back tonight.  I’m so excited! A Double episode too. Oh yay!

Facebook Flaws

There’s actually only one (one I’m talking about anyway), and that’s more to do with the person typing this than Facebook itself.  I think the reason I’m doing less writing at the moment, is because I’ve been spending lots of time on Facebook.  I was so happy when I discovered Facebook Lite, that isn’t banned at work, but now I almost wish that was too. 

Today has been so crazily quiet.  I’ve been sat here for about 2 hours and done pretty much nothing.  Except look at Facebook and surfed some blogs.  Not good enough NTWG!!

Last Friday I entered a competition by Harlequin author Donna Alward to win her help as a mentor for a year.  To enter you had to send in a pitch of your novel.  Wow.  Unfortunately (as expected) I didn’t get into the top 5, but it was a great thing to try.  In doing it I’ve realised there’s some pretty major changes that have to happen in draft two (if it ever gets started! No, I don’t mean that – I will start – soon! ).  I kind of knew that already, but was holing onto a little hope that there would be a way around it (changing it to a full length novel where I could set the guidelines more myself, rather than a 50k Mills & Boon where there are strict guidelines).  My dream as an author is to have my first novel (at least) sold as a Mills & Boon novel.  I’ve had that dream for years, so am going to try to keep that.  If I finish it and if submit it (big IFs here) and it gets rejected, maybe I can rewrite for another publisher. 

I did make some big advances in the research area yesterday, so lots of blanks can now be filled in.  I’m really happy about that.  It just means that I need to get describing things, which isn’t my favourite thing.  Not sure how I’m going to describe the rolling hills of Tuscany, when I’ve only seen photos; or a villa that I’ve seen photos of, but is slightly different in my head.  I guess that’s something I need to start on.  I might set myself some exercises of describing countryside and buildings.  After lunch, he he.

I’ve got to the point in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo where I now can’t put it down.  I’m reading it in my 15 minute breaks, lunch and at night – yep, it’s keeping me up.  I’ve been pretty good though and forced myself to stop reading at a semi decent time, so not too tired because of it.  I’ve only 150 pages left, so I’m determined to finish it by the end of the month – I think I’ll be well done by then.  Might even be able to fit in another short one by Sunday? 

I made a mistake last night and read the back of the next book in the series – The Girl who Played with Fire.  I wanted to know if it was about the same people or not. When I found out I realised I shouldn’t have, I’m not going to say why or anything, but if you’re tempted to do what I did – DON’T.  Wait until you get to the end of the first! 

I’m getting quite excited at the prospect of choosing my next book to read.  I said I was going to read Gone with the Wind, but I’m hesitating because it’s so big, and long and it will be so heavy to carry round.  Also I’ve got this new Lisa Jewell one that the boyfriend bought from the charity shop a couple of weeks ago.  But now I’m thinking maybe Flash Forward.  Another part of me thinks I shouldn’t read another book, but spend the time I would be reading editing Italian Infatuation.  Maybe I’ll read one more in January, then limit it in February, but concentrate on the editing process.  Maybe…

Friday moans and procrastinating

It’s FRIDAY.  Oh yea!  My favourite (working) day of the week!

Lets start with the moans.  I’m having problems reading, like actually reading.  When I try to read anything on the computer or even on bright white paper (usually when there’s a light above me) I find the words jump about and sometimes (quite often) disappear.  It’s kind of been going on for a while, but has been really bad this week.  I hope it’s something simple like I’ve got the wrong strength prescription for my lenses, or they need to add a tint to my glasses (not sure what they’d do with contacts), or something.  Got an appointment on Monday.  I don’t think the optician sounded too worried, so I’ll try not to be.  Try.  It also could be something to do with the migraines I’m getting.  Who knows.  I tried to google it, but couldn’t find much at all.  I’ll start worrying on Monday depending on what the optician says then.

It has made writing today pretty hard – to the point where I’ve not been doing anything on the computer that isn’t work related.  It means I’ve had to start some daily words for NaNo on paper – do do do.  I’ve managed about 700 or something.  I’ll have to take some time this evening before I go out to write some more.

I got Flash Forward in the post yesterday.  I wanted to start reading it as soon as I got it, but a) I’m in the middle of another (Mills & Boon) book and b) I’ve got this reading problem.  It’s so annoying.  It had better get sorted before I have my time off after my operation (next Friday).

I think that’s all the procrastinating I can do for now.  Have a lovely weekend people 🙂

I’m Still waiting (in my head sung to Elton John’s I’m Still Standing)

Well, I’m still here, not operated on yet.  I had a nightmare which involved incompetent nurses, emergencies, stupid admin staff and inequiped theatres which led to Friday’s operation being canceled, rebooked for yesterday then canceled again.  Honestly I wouldn’t have believed it had I not experienced it. 

So, I’m back at work until I can have it on 13th November (before you say anything I know it’s FRIDAY 13th, I’m cool with that – at this rate I won’t even have it then anyway, so nothing to worry about, besides I don’t remember a single bad thing that’s happened to me on a Friday 13th!).  I don’t want to be here at all, I want to be snuggled up in bed at home.  I want to be writing and reading and watching TV.  But nevermind, only 7 working days until I have it; 7, that’s nothing!

I’m finding it really hard to write anything today.  I’ve done just over a thousand words, I need to do just under a thousand more to get up to date with NaNo.  I fell behind on the first day, but I’m fully expecting to get less words during the weekends and more during the week.  Just today’s hard.  I think it’s the whole not supposed to be at work thing getting me down.  I’ll plod on though.  When I’ve done this.  And maybe a bit more plotting.  Or research.  Or anything else I can find to do to put it off for a little longer.

I really annoyed myself yesterday, I wrote 800+ words then lost them.  I couldn’t believe it.  I think instead of copy and pasting the words into a word counter, I CUT and pasted.  Then saved before I exited.  How stupid.  At least it was only 800, not like 2k or something.  I won’t be making that mistake again!

Late last week I inherited a laptop.  My boyfriend bought a new one a couple of months ago, so has let me borrow (have?) his old one.  It’s not all that good (it’s quire slow and needs to be booted up twice before it works properly), but it does work  and I can write and surf the net on it.  It will be brilliant when Word has been loaded on it (little hint to the boyfriend there!), at the moment I’m writing my novel into Wordpad.  Not ideal!  It’s so nice to have a laptop again though, I feel like something that was missing has been replaced. 

My boyfriend’s found a challenge he thinks I should do in November, in addition to NaNo.  He’s somehow discovered NaBloPoMo (I can’t help thinking they got the idea of the title from NaNoWriMo – can’t imagine why): National Blog Posting Month.  The idea is you sign up, and post a blog every single day.  Including weekends.  I think this guy either wanted to see me crack under all the pressure I’m putting myself under (I’m still amazed I’ve signed up for NaNo) or alternatively doesn’t want to see me until December.  I don’t understand why, but I’m thinking about it. 

I hope when I get home Flash Forward (the book I bought on Thursday) will have been delivered.  With the postal strikes last week, I seriously doubt it, but I can but hope.  No Plot No Problem (the one I also bought) wasn’t in stock, so I have to wait for that.  😦

Right, how can I procrastinate now…?

No blogging for a couple of days

That’s right, I’ll be totally off-line for the next couple of days. As off-line as you can get actually – I’ll be in hospital. It’s just a minor little thing so will be out by next week, but will be ‘recuperating’ at home for another week or so.  By recuperating I hope I mean writing!

I’m a little worried that this means I’m going to fail on NovelPI as I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to write tomorrow and Saturday.  I’m sure I will so am worrying about nothing, but having never been into hospital before I haven’t a clue.

I’ve just bought a couple of books – Flash Forward by Robert J Sawyer and No Plot No Problem by Chris Baty.  I think my timing is terrible – because of these postal strikes I’ll probably not get them until Christmas!  But they’re on their way.  Yippee. 

I also went to the library to return a couple of books, and ended up getting a few more out (shhhhhhh, don’t tell the boyfriend – lets hope this is a blog he doesn’t read properly!).  They are all in the name of research though, so I’m fine with it; they’re all Mills and Boon books. 

I’ve spent a lot of time on the NaNoWriMo website today – looking at and commenting on the forums.  I think that might be my downfall during November, but I’ll try to stay away!  I did find a couple of people who will also be writing Mills and Boon books, so I feel it was all worthwhile. 

See ya in a few days!

Early morning blog

I’m doing a different shift at work today, meaning I’ve already been here an hour and a half.  I hate mornings.  But it means I get to leave early – 4.30pm early.  Nice, very nice.

Nothing much happens this early so I’ve been doing some stuff on ‘Holiday’.  I’ve written about 400 words on one scene and put all my different word documents on ‘Holiday’ in one folder.  I thought I’d written more than I have – a couple of scenes I thought were written are actually just in note form.  Damn.  Before I started writing today I had 6464 words.  Although as some of them are in note form maybe that doesn’t count.  Today’s plan is to finish at least this scene and maybe make a start on the other one that is just notes.  I may not have time to do it all, today looks like it might be busy here at work.  Not fair.

I started watching the new TV series Flash Forward last week.  I’m really enjoying it (episode two was last night).  I enjoyed it so much that I was looking on the internet for info about it and stumbled on to the fact it is based on a book of the same name by Robert J Sawyer.  As I love reading so much, I thought I’d have a look at the book and maybe decide if I should get it so I can find out what’s going on.  So I found it on Amazon, looked at the synopsis and it explained what’s happening in the TV programme – explains the big mystery.  So know I know.  I’ve wrecked the TV show for myself all for my love of reading.  At least this means I now get to read the book without an internal debate with myself about whether I want to do this or not.  Also means I’ve found a new author who’s books I’d like to read.