Greetings, goals and good reads

Greetings!

Happy Wednesday! I hope you (like myself) had a great Easter (if you celebrate it) and (unlike myself) managed to restrain yourself from all the goodies around you  and didn’t end up with a stomach ache. 😦 I really thought I was being smart by buying non-chocolate goodies for my kids because if it doesn’t have chocolate, I’m less inclined to indulge. Somehow, chocolate found it’s way into my house anyhow.

But, hey, it’s in the past, right?! Hahaha… we can just ignore that extra five pounds and I’m sure they’ll just slide right off like they never even happened! La la la!!

Onward!

Goals

Onward to Spring Writing Bootcamp with YA Buccaneers! I joined the pirates last year in their Spring Writing Bootcamp and it was wonderfully motivating. I honestly don’t recall if I met all my goals at the time, but I do remember getting more done than I would have without them. And that’s worth something!

This year, my one main goal is to finish this round of revisions on my current project: THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS. This round of revisions includes technical stuff and incorporating suggestions from my CPs. The next (and – I hope – final) round of revisions would be just a final read through and any final tweaks. Reading out loud, looking for any words that I used a million times too many, etc.

Are you joining the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp? Or just doing your own kind of goal push this spring? What are your goals?

Good Reads

I have been on a lucky streak in the last couple weeks with my reading! I love it when that happens. 🙂 All the links below go to the book description on Goodreads.

ATLANTIA by Ally Condie

I think I actually liked this better than all three of her Matched books. And I liked that it is a standalone. Not everything has to be a series! I liked the premise and I’m always a sucker for a post-apocalyptic setting. I also appreciated the uniqueness of this setting. It was enjoyable and a nice, easy read. I gave it four stars.

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

I have to admit, when I read the description for this book, I was skeptical. Jumping into parallel universes? How, exactly, does one make that work and sound believable? But Claudia Gray did a great job. I liked the main character and the whole family. It reminded me a little of A WRINKLE IN TIME and that whole series – two brilliant scientist parents, and their daughter who hasn’t quite figured out her place in the world. The way the science and their work kind of seeps into the family life. Four stars for this one, too. I look forward to the next book in the series.

TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt

This one was a Book Club pick this month and it was one of the better Book Club picks in the last few months. I really liked the style of writing and the way the characters are interwoven in such a complex way. It’s set in the 80s, so that was kind of fun, too. It was interesting to think back to that time and try to remember what it was like when AIDs was such a huge topic and all over the news constantly. It’s funny how you barely hear about it anymore. I’m looking forward to this discussion at Book Club next week. This one got four stars from me, too.

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton

Oh man, where do I start with this one. I gave it five stars and I wish I could give it more. How’s that? More details? Okay! The book description includes this: “Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.” I read somewhere that this was magical realism done right and I totally agree with that. It reminded me a lot of a Neil Gaiman story in that it’s just the right balance of magical realism. The language was so gorgeous I just wanted to wrap myself up in it. It’s humorous and dark and painful and beautiful. At first, it struck me as odd that the title character wasn’t even born until about 40 percent into the book. But the story and the characters sucked me in so quickly that I didn’t care. It really is a story about more than the title character anyhow. I checked it out of the library but I will end up buying it because I know I’ll read it again and again.

Coming off such a high with Ava Lavender, I decided to jump into another highly recommended magical realism story. I just started THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern.

What are you reading? Have you read any of my recs? Thoughts?

I hope you’re having a great week!

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2 Responses to Greetings, goals and good reads

  1. Claudia Gray is one of my favorite authors. I’ve had her latest on my wish list for a while. 🙂

  2. Glad to see you found some good books this month. Good luck with the writing bootcamp!

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