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Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge and other bits

I am soooooo tired.  No, actually I’m sooooooooooooooooo tired.  I wish it was because I’ve been out all night partying or something.  No, it’s because I can’t stop reading my book.  At all.  Especially at night.  When I should be sleeping. I was the same with my last book too, so I’ve not had a decent night’s sleep for over a week.  It’s killing me.

You can now see the book I’m currently reading to the right of my blog.  I saw this idea on Book Chick City’s blog and had to copy it (once the boyfriend was enlisted to work out how to do it!).  In some respects I hope I read very few books this year – then I won’t have to change it often.  (You’ll also see a new button for the T&SRC and my Nano winner one.  Yay!). 

I think I’m going to have to change the layout of this blog – I’d like one with a collumn to the left as well as the right.   The problem is I really like this one.  One day…

Back to the challenge then.  My first book is The Crush by Sandra Brown.  This was not supposed to be my first book.  I saw it on offer in Tesco last week and HAD to buy it.  You know when you read the cover and can’t stop yourself from buying it?  I had that.  It was the right thing to do – it’s brilliant.  As I said, I can’t put it down.  I’m about 2/3 of the way through it – in some respects I want the next 1/3 to go FAST, but at the same time I don’t want it to end!

I have way more than 11 other books lined up for this challenge.  I don’t know how I’m going to decide which ones to read for it.  I keep reading people’s reviews of books and wanting to add them to my list.  The list is way too long.  I think this challenge will be a definite success for me!

I had to return a library book yesterday.  I went there and managed to NOT pick up any more books.  I was tempted – really really tempted.  But (somehow) managed to stop myself.  Maybe it’s the fact I have 2 library books at home to read (and the one I’m currently reading ISN’T a library book); Maybe it’s cause I’m so annoyed at myself for having to pay ANOTHER fine to the library (it’s round the corner from work, I can renew online, and yet I still get fines??!?!  How?!!?); Or maybe (I’m going with this one) it’s because I had a little count up of how many unread books are on my shelf.  64.  64 plus a couple I added after the count that I couldn’t bring myself to add.  64.  That’s like 3 years reading right there (if I read at the rate I read last year – I hope to read many more this year).  AND the problem is, I know for a fact there are at least 5 books that are going to come out in paperback this year so I will HAVE to buy them. 

I need to win the lottery so I can stay home and read all day for the next year or so.  How good would that be.  With a little (lot) of writing too!  Apparently you have to do it to win it?  Who knew?  Will start that one tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

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Reading list and an Italian frame of mind?

I can’t get the words out today.  Normally my blogs are the words that spill out my head as I think them (you may have noticed) then just tidied up at the end, but today the words just don’t sound right coming out. 

I’m trying to say that I need to expand my ‘To Read’ list to be a list of books that are more than ‘Chick lit’ and ‘How To’ books.  I’ve just found a list by The Guardian of 50 Books You Must Read.  I need to read some of these.  I don’t want to be a person that hasn’t read the ‘classics’, and more.  Looking at the URL of the website, I’ve found that this list is movie adaptations, even so, it’s still a good list.  I’m going  to take some and add them to my list.  I’ll probably actually do some more research on ‘Classics’ then add them on. 

I’m going to try to read something with a bit more to it every few months.  I’d like to get to this time next year and be able to read over the books I’ve read, and be happier with them than I am this year.  I love chick lit and I could read it all day every day, but I have to read more than that.

I found a really good writing prompt on WordPress today here.  Victanguera found a photo on Flickr of a bottle and coffee on a coffee shop table.  I loved it, so wrote a little on what came to mind seeing it.  Worryingly it was a scene set in Italy (I think the espresso was the hint for that one) with a handsome Italian man and an English woman as the main characters.  Hmmm, where have I seen that before?  Oh, in the book I’ve just written about an English girl falling in love with an Italian man, in Italy.  I need to stop it and find something else to write about – something different.

I’ve started wondering today if I don’t want to go back to ‘Holiday’ now, because the story is set along the same lines as II – girl goes to a wedding abroad and falls in love.  It’s totally different, the story, the POV, the age of the characters, the characters, but maybe it’s a little to similar to be going to straight after II?  I don’t know.  

I think right now I’m going to focus on little things (daily writing prompts etc), not monumental feats, like another book.  Even if I am about 1/3 of the way through it already.

This is going to sound silly, but it’s really only just hitting me that I’ve written a novel.  Ok, so it needs editing to hell, but I’ve actually started and finished a whole novel.  A whole 50,500+ words.  Wow!  I know I’ve been planning on doing that for as long as I can remember, and the actual idea of the novel has been floating round my head for about 10 years,  but I’ve actually sat down and done it. Get me. 

The really good thing though, is that I’m going to do it again.  And hopefully again and again.  They say EVERYONE has a novel in them, well I’m not going to be one of those ‘everyone’s  – I’m going to be one of those ‘writers’ and write more than just one.  I don’t think I’ve really looked at it in the bigger picture terms – I’d just looked at is as a great achievement for November and for Nano, but really, this is a great life achievement.  If I could I’d pat myself on the back right now 🙂