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World Book Night – Book Blog

I thought seeing as it’s World Book Night, it would only be fitting to write a blog about books. I don’t know much about most of the 25 WBN books, so I’ll write about the ones I know, and then just some other books I’m thinking about at the moment.

I nearly applied to be a WBN book-giver-outer. Nearly. I started filling in the application form. And then I thought about it more. WBN is on a Monday. I’d have a full day of work, and then have to give out 24 books? Somehow? I had no idea how I’d go about that, so I forgot about it. Yes, I wimped out.

I did really like the idea of giving out books. I love books, so would love to share that with other people. Especially when one of the books is my all time favourite book. Still, now it’s the actual day, I’m glad I didn’t volunteer (lazy that I am), but it’s great reading about all the people that have been giving out books.

World Book Night Books:

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is my favourite book ever. I just loved the painful romance of it, and the strong love the characters felt for each other. The final scene is the best scene I’ve ever read. Ever. It’s just so heartbreakingly moving. Niffenegger’s follow up Her Fearful Symmetry was really good too, but nothing that I’ve read comes even close. Well, not that close anyway.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Oh how I used to love this Shopaholic series. It was great, every year, or few years, there would be another instalment featuring the hapless, ditzy, but lovable Becky. I looked forward to those releases so much. Until I got the latest one, Mini Shopaholic, and I couldn’t read it. I tried, but I couldn’t get any more than a couple of chapeters in. I don’t think it’s the novels that changed, or the writing, I think I’ve just grown up, but Becky hadn’t. I really, really wish I could go back in time about five years and read it then, because I just know I would have loved it then. I hope Kinsella does more stand alone books, because they’ve ALWAYS been brilliant. Speaking of which, I’ve not bought ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ yet, I really should.

Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson. I’ve not actually read this book, but I’ve read quite a few of Bryson’s books, they’ve all been brilliant, and funny, and clever. My favourite is A Short History of Nearly Everything, which is exactly what it says it is. It’s supposed to explain everything in the universe, from it’s creation to, well, now, in simple terms that you and I would understand. I did, I learnt so much, and then I got 2/3 of the way in, and it started going over my head. I want to read it again, and work really hard to get further. I’d also love to read Notes From A Small Island. In fact, I think it’s in the lounge, on my TBR shelf.

Other Books:

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards. A few years ago, I read Edwards’ first novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. It was an amazing, thought provoking novel. I loved it. When I saw this in the shop a few weeks ago, I had to get it a) because I’d loved the previous one so much, and b) because it had an awesome cover. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the sound of it that much. But because of a) and b) I picked it up. I’m on page 35 now, and am enjoying it. I knew I would. I’ll keep you informed how I go on.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I really wanted to hate this book. I read it because the girls at work kept pestering me to read it, telling me I’d love it. Yeah, I thought, I’ll show you, I’ll read it and hate it. Don’t you just know it, I loved it. It’s the novel I talked about above, that comes close to The Time Traveller’s Wife. Again, I think the love story was just really well told, and I totally fell in love with Edward too – team Jacob, what’s wrong with you?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read about this when it first came out, and was captivated by it. I didn’t really know why, the description isn’t very detailed, that’s maybe why. I suggested it as our next book for our book group, and everyone agreed immediately. I need to buy and read it before 13th May, when we meet. I’ve just discovered it’s only out until the end of May in hardback. Damn. I hate hardback novels. I’d so rather wait and get it in paperback, but I can’t. Damn. Despite this, I’m still really looking forward to reading it!

There you go. Those are the books on my mind at the moment. What’s on your mind now? What are you reading, or just thinking about?

Back to Normal

Upsettingly, I’m now back from holiday. Sigh. Unsurprisingly I feel like I need a few days off to recover from my long weekend off. Isn’t it always the way!

I had an awesome weekend though, in more than one ways. First it was great to spend time with my family – growing up I spent a couple of weeks in every summer with them so we’re really close, but we don’t see each other all that much now. We stayed up late chatting and slept in late in the mornings, it was great (and probably why I’m so tired now, I’m used to still being asleep at 10am!!!)

I really wanted to spend some time writing and reading over the weekend, and set myself a task of writing 1,000 words of Holiday a day. I actually did it. I’m so happy with myself for it too. Not only that, but I thought up a new twist for the story. AND I did a bit of a plan for the whole story to work out where I need more story. That’s nowhere near finished, but I’ve started at least (I think maybe I should have started it before 30k words, but hey, better late than never.)

I also spent a little (literally a little) time thinking about my NaNo novel. I’ve got the main character’s names. Result. I’m really excited that I’m going to get to use a character name that I’ve wanted to use for ages, but has never fit anyone – it’s totally going to fit my American 16 year old. I’m not too sure about the story line, but I know the overall idea. I’m not 100% sure it will work, but hopefully!

I wanted to get a lot of reading done, which I didn’t manage. I’m a little upset about that, I only managed half of Mini Shopaholic, but I did as much as I could. It’s not like I wasted any time watching TV or anything.

The problem is it’s Tuesday and I’ve not read the book for the Chick Lit Book Group I’m supposed to be going to on Thursday. Eek. I’m busy tonight and probably tomorrow, so not sure if I’m going to be able to go. Damn. I’ll try anyway. I’ve got half the book to go, so I might make it.

I entered Rowan Coleman’s Status Short Story Competition on Friday. Guess what? I was a runner-up. That’s the second time I’ve been a runner-up. I’m so happy – especially as the other stories are so good. Also four people ‘like’d my story – that’s pretty awesome too.

Also, very excitingly, I got offered the job I want on Friday (seriously, Friday was one of the bets days ever), so I got to hand in my resignation. I was due to get made redundant in 5 weeks, so I’ll now be leaving a week before that happens. Result. Unfortunately I’ll actually have to WORK at the new job, so won’t be able to write and blog during the day. But, the hours are better and less, so I should be able to do it all in the evening. I just need to get into the habit of doing it.

3 1/2 weeks left then of writing as much as I can and doing as much of my writing course as possible. Lets see how I go…

Holiday: Day 1

 Well, I wasn’t actually planning on blogging while I’m on holiday, but as I’ve actually done things today that are worth writing about I thought I should.

We got down to Bournemouth last night. When I went to bed (pretty late) I decided as I was on holiday and didn’t have to get up early, I could let myself read. So I let myself read for about half an hour. I’ve not read before bed for ages – it was great.

Today I got up and decided I was going to write 1,000 words. The first 100 were nearly as bad as pulling teeth. The next 200 were almost as bad. After that I got pretty much into it and made it to 850. I was so happy. It’s the most I’ve written since… um… well… NaNo last year? Very possibly. I also found my ‘Holiday’ folder to find out the character names – there were a couple of minor characters’ names I’d forgotten. It was really exciting reading back through bit like that, it’s given me another boost to get on with it.

After all this I read quite a bit of Mini Shopaholic, then did some other stuff – running, surfing, dinner etc. After all that I came back and wrote more to take today’s word count up to 1075. Excellent. I’m really proud of myself for doing so much today.

Oh, I also got offered a job, refused another one and handed in my resignation. Bit of a result of a day really – lets hope the rest of my holiday is as successful.

Holiday Countdown

I don’t think I’ve been very vocal in mentioning my upcoming holiday. Or long weekend should I say. My Aunt and Uncle have a couple of holiday flats in Bournemouth, so this weekend my aunt, cousin and myself are having a girly weekend away. I can’t wait.

I’d really like to read loads. But I’m not sure if they’ll let me. They’ve probably got plans to go for long walks, and runs and even get in a bit of surfing (I’ve been told the sea’s warm cause it’s had the whole of summer to warm up? I’m not convinced). I’d also like to do a load of writing, but again, not sure if I’ll be able to.

No, you know what. I’m going to MAKE time. I might even do some of my writing course too!

I’d like to get the 2 books I’m reading now read by the time I come back. I can’t believe I’m reading two books at once. I hate doing that. But there’s a good reason. The first one is Mini shopaholic. It’s hardback which is heavy to carry round, so I’m reading that at home exclusively. Also, Sophie Kinsella signed it herself (at the How To Get Your Book Published event I went to a few weeks ago), so I don’t want to damage it by carrying it round all the time. I’ve had to therefore, start another one to have on the tube, at lunch etc.

Even though I should be concentrating on my writing course at lunch time… Uh… Yeah.

You know what, I’m going to keep this blog really short. As I’m away on Friday, I’m going to write my Fiction Friday piece now, then post it tomorrow so I don’t miss it. It’s a great prompt this week. Have a look.

I’ll see you the other side of the weekend. Enjoy peeps 🙂

Just A Friday Blog

No Fiction Friday today. I will do it, but it will more than likely be tomorrow. I do have an excuse for not playing today – I’ve not done the ‘homework’ for it yet. Well I’ve started,  but not finished. We have to listen into others’ conversations to get 10+ line of dialogue then get them in our stories. I’m up to about 8 line of dialogue heard around the office, but need a few more. Other people have done really good jobs of their stories – check them out here.

Just to make all you non UK peeps jealous, we’ve got a nice long bank holiday weekend this weekend. No work until Tuesday. Total result! I’ve been up before 7 every morning this week – for someone that usually gets up after 8 that’s early. I’m sooooo looking forward to 3 lie-ins. Bliss.

I’ve hardly done any writing or writing course work this week. I blame it on the early starts and resulting tiredness (cause me being me hasn’t had any earlier nights – stooopid!). I’m going to try and get some done now of one or the other – I’ve 1 1/2 before I leave work and no work so should be able to. If I can pull myself away from Facebook (I was going to say and Twitter – but I’ve not got that open. WHAT? Why’ve I not got Twitter open? *goes off to open Twitter* )

I’ve just finished Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins. Somehow, this is the first Jackie Collins book I’ve ever read. I don’t know how that’s possible! It’s really good. I finished it pretty quickly, but then I’ve been reading at work a lot (seriously I have NOTHING on for most of the week at the moment!).

I don’t know what to read next. I’ve got:

  • The Wedding Party by Sophie King (which I need to read for a book group mid Sep),
  • The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet’s Nest (really want to read this, although slightly less having watched the movie of the first one which made me realise how much pointless stuff is in the novel)
  • Spotlight by Ilana Fox (which I won in a competition and really want to read) and
  • Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

I’m torn. I have a feeling the shopaholic might have it. I’ll read the book group one closer to the time, I’ll read at least two before I go there, and want it to be fresh in my mind when I go. I’ll prob go shopaholic now, then next the book group one. Maybe I can squeeze another in? Hmmm.

Book group then. Not said anything about this have I? When I went to the Chick Lit evening at Brixton library a couple of weeks ago, I saw this thing about a Chick Lit Book Group. Sounds like fun eh? Brixton is totally the wrong area for me to be going to book groups, but I thought why not.

I need to look for a writing group. I’ll do it next week. Yes! Next week!

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂

An Evening With Stylist: How To Get Your Book Published

That’s where I went last night. It was great, there were three published authors (Sophie Kinsella [debatably my favourite author ever], Lisa Jewell [I’m not stalking her honest] and Camilla), an editor and an agent.

Did I learn how to get my book published? No. But then there’s no magic formula to that, so I didn’t actually expect to. What I did learn is that my hours scouting round the internet, on blogs, Twitter and so on have taught me much more than I realised. A lot of what was said I’d already heard (read), but it was good to reinforce it into my brain.

There was some great advice given from all. I think the most important thing I took away from the talks was about finding an agent – no finding the RIGHT agent for me.

Sophie and Camilla also did a reading from their novels. Sophie’s reading was from Mini Shopaholic – which isn’t out until September! After the seminar (and before actually) we were treated to champagne/wine and canapes (apparently, I didn’t see many of those), were able to buy Sophie and Lisa’s books and mingle.

Obviously I bought Mini Shopaholic (although it’s hardback and I HATE hardbacks) and had a little chat with Sophie while she signed it for me! Woop! I now have a personalised author signed novel of hers. I’m never going to want to read it (so it stays undamaged). Best of all though, she wrote ‘Good luck with the writing’. Woop!

The thing that I took away with me though was the realisation that I’m doing pretty well with this whole writing thing. I spoke to quite a few people who want to write a novel, but only have an idea, or 5,000 words, or something. I’ve written a novel! I’m 20k into another, I write EVERY week for [Fiction] Friday and a lot of the time I write more. And because of FF, I’m not afraid to show people my work. Although I think I’m doing badly because at the moment I’m not writing every day, I’m still writing, and am scores ahead of many, many people.

Lisa said something that really made me think (and smile). Even if you don’t ever publish a novel, if you finish one that’s a major achievement. Now I may not have edited my novel, but I’ve written it. That’s 53k odd words I’ve written. That’s pretty good. And totally making me smile today.