Winter Wishes (To Be Read List)

My Winter To Be Read List ūüôā


Whoah. Dude, it feels like just last week that I was creating my Fall TBR list, and now it’s already time for the winter one? That’s crazy! But with December right around the weekend, I have to face the fact that fall has slipped through my fingers. My favorite season! Gone! Luckily winter is my second favorite season, but I still feel the need to point out that this isn’t a race, time. You can sit back and chill occasionally, you know?

Anyways, before creating my new TBR list, I went back and counted how many of my fall books I actually managed to get my hands on. And I did not do so well. Like, I did not read many of them at all. At all. I’m so disappointed that I won’t even tell you how many I read. *singing softly: one is the loneliest number…* Although, if I’m being honest, most of the times my TBR list fades away into random book choosing, unless I have reason to reaaaaally buy the book (example: I’ve read and loved other books from the author, the plot has me shivering with anticipation). That said, I’m not sure why I bother creating TBR lists since I never follow them…but I do like making them! And maybe this winter will be different. With that said: My Winter Wishes.

*Oh, by the way. I say Winter Wishes because I want to read them this winter. But most of these books are not new, because I’m behind with the times, guys. If you have your eye on any books that are actually coming out this winter, tell me about them! Please.

1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Ugh. Don’t judge me. I know.¬†I know.¬†Everyone and their grandma’s incredibly smart Yorkshire Terrier have read this book by now. And if you asked me why I haven’t, then I’d reply like this: because blksdl;gkfsldg.¬†Gah, I mean, I love the Mortal Instruments series. Or, at least, I really liked the books while I was reading them. But it’s been such a long time since I’ve read them that too many details have slipped out of my mind, and so before I read the final installment I¬†need¬†to read all of them again. And I just keep putting it off, and off, and off, and NO MORE. It stops this winter! There is no book series that cannot be conquered via a freezing, drizzly weekend stuck at home with nothing but hot chocolate and blankets. That is my motto, and I’m sticking to it.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book seems like it would be a gorgeous read. Like, I can already tell that the prose will be meaningful and beautiful and thoughtful. Well, technically I really don’t know¬†what¬†it will be like, but every time I walk by this book in a store, I think to myself¬†I bet that book is really good¬†and then I just keep walking and I never, ever even pick it up. So, hopefully that changes this winter.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Because I read American Gods over the summer, and it was superb. Just excellent. It’s now on my favorite’s shelf, and I’m in that state of mind right now where I wish I wasn’t thousands of miles from home right now, because I miss my bookshelves. (You know, along with my family and friends…you’re important too, guys!) I’ve had the intense craving to read American Gods, the Book Thief, and the complete Harry Potter series over the past week, but I don’t have a library card in England yet, and I refuse to buy the books again knowing that they’re all waiting for me at home, and so I’m just slowly withering away. Luckily, I do happen to have a copy of Stardust with me over here, so since I can’t read American Gods, I might as well read a different work of Gaiman’s.

4. A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden

I came across this book while idly browsing through the up-and-comings on Barnes and Noble’s online website, and it was the only one out of a dozen or so that got me thinking¬†I wish this was out right now. Here’s a quote from the summary: “But one day, her youngest cousin makes a discovery: a wardrobe, filled with all the mirrors missing from the big house. And through the mirrors, a different world – one in which you can find not what you most wish for, but perhaps what you most need.” I don’t know what it is, exactly, that’s got me so anxious to read this book. It’s just a feeling. In any case, it goes on sale December 9th, so hopefully soon I’ll be able to see if it really is as¬†great as I think it will be.

5. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I already know all the spoilers for this book, and that does not stop me from wanting to read it. In fact, it’s probably the reason why I want to read it. Because if it weren’t for the twist ending than I probably wouldn’t have been compelled to read it in the first place. But now. Oh, now…now I want to see how the author sets this thing up like she does. Plus, the rave reviews don’t hurt. I’d tell you more about the book, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so you’ll have just to read it right alongside with me.

So, those are the books that I’m in the mood for right now. What are your winter wishes? Tell me about them in the comments below!




NaNoWriMo 2014

Happy, happy, happppyyyy National Novel Writing Month. In all the cool kids circles, it’s known as, of course, NaNoWriMo.

Unfortunately, in my case this year, it’s more like Na-No Write-Mo. Well, I am¬†writing, actually. But my goal is definitely not 50,000 words in a one month time frame, and it’s the first time in three years that I’m not participating. Boo. I made my mind up that I wasn’t going to take the challenge a few days before November. I was seriously debating about it when I looked into the coming months and saw term papers, sports club, debate, theatre, the university newspaper, a family visit, and procrastinating on the internet all coming, and coming too fast, and wow, wait, you’re sure I have that much going on and ohMYGOSH I’M EVEN THINKING ABOUT ADDING 50,000 WORDS ONTO ALL OF THIS? AM I INSANE? So yeah, excuses excuses (you know me!) but I decided that I didn’t want to go completely insane just in time for Christmas, and declined to do NaNo this year.

And although I can’t say I exactly regret my decision, I can say that I¬†do¬†miss all the NaNo-ey things that would be peppering this month, if I had accepted. Late night writing sessions with soda and popcorn and candy. Fun writing sprints where the Word document stays up for at least an hour, no exceptions, no distractions. The sense of being a part of a community of awesome, fun loving, dedicated writers. Plus, I miss the challenge bit of it. I miss competing with myself. Miss that initial thrill as I watch the word count surge upwards. Miss the slum that comes in the middle, solely for the rush that comes from powering through the slum, and making it to the 50k…sometimes on the very last day possible. I just miss it, guys. And I know I’m rambling on and on, so I’ll stop with this train of thought here.

I will tell you one thing that NaNoWriMo has done for me, though. It’s made this month into a freaking time paradox. How is it already more than half-way through the month?¬†How,¬†I ask you. I seriously thought it was still sometime in the first week of the month before I looked down at my laptop’s dashboard and realized for the umpteenth time–Erin, you have a messed-up sense of time. Somehow, NaNoWriMo always slowed the month of November down for me. All that writing put a strain on me, and under the burden of so many words it seemed that each day merely crawled by. Not in a bad way, because the days were enjoyable. But yes, definitely slower. Now, though? December might just be tomorrow.

Okay, I’m going to have to refocus myself here, because I just remembered that this was not supposed to be a post talking about what I miss about NaNoWriMo or blah blah blah. It was just supposed to be a shout-out to anyone reading my blog who¬†is¬†doing NaNoWriMo. I wanted to say: Congratulations! You’re half-way through the month. (Don’t Panic.) That means only a couple of more weeks until you’re finished! Until you’re part of that well-deserved winner’s circle. Because I truly believe that you can do it. I don’t care how far you are right now. You have two weeks, and that’s enough to either keep the momentum going, or add 49,000 words to that 1k you dabbled around with. I trust you. You’re awesome. Keep being awesome. That is all. And if you do end up not making the mark? Well, I still trust you! You’ll get there next year! Or, you’ll end up like me, talking about NaNoWriMo next year, and really, really wishing that you had the guts to stop making excuses and just do it.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? If so–no time for comments, get back to writing folks! (Just kidding. Leave me comments, and then go back to your writing. You know I love them. :D)¬†

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book

Ooooh, now this is a fun one.

It’s Top Ten Tuesday today, a meme hosted by those wonderful folks over at the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme seems particularly awesome to me–the top ten characters you wish would get their own story. Because, let’s be honest. We’ve all yearned for more backstory on a minor character before, all needed more insight into their actions, motivations, and thoughts. Because I don’t have much time tonight, I shortened it down to my Top Five picks.

5. Commander Julius Root (Artemis Fowl series)

Come on, we all know that he’s had to have some crazy adventures in his past. He was one of my favorite characters in the series, and I just know that he has had enough experiences to fill at least two or three books of his own.

4. Luxa (Gregor the Overlander)

Could you imagine if the first book was told through the eyes of Luxa? The torn and confused agony she would have felt when Henry died, the spectrum of her feelings slowly shifting for Gregor as time goes by…angsty perfection.

3.  Rudy (The Book Thief)

Because he is so interesting to me, and because there are great stories lurking in his mind.

2. Rosie (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)

Rosie has always been one of my fav members of the Ace Gang. She is the looniest, funniest, and coolest of the lot, and I imagine her thoughts would be just as entertaining as Georgia’s. Plus, I would get to see more of her and Sven.

1. Luna Lovegood

Luna is such an interesting, intriguing character that I know she wasn’t just sitting around twiddling her thumbs for the three years at Hogwarts that we don’t get to see her. No! She was off having her own adventures, finding out her own secrets, and creating some exceptionally memorable stories. If only we could see them…

So those are my top five characters that I want to have their own book! Let me know your picks in the comment section below!