What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

Woah! It’s been a while again (whoops). But things have been pretty productive, which is positive! And it’s time for What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday so I can catch all of you up on what I’ve been up to lately. This feature is my spin on WWW Wednesday, originally started by Miz B at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.tumblr_lsio63zudZ1qbl11oo1_500Basically my life is being eaten by adult things, no matter how much I want to do other things. Ick.

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What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello friends! It’s time to catch up on what I’m reading and writing this week. I’m going to throw in what I’m watching too because that’s fun :). What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday is my spin on WWW Wednesday created by Miz B and hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

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Top Ten Favorite Heroines

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is Top Ten Favorite Heroines. I’ve chosen to do a mix of books, tv, and movies.

Books…

1. Hermione Granger- Harry Potter series

Hermione_Granger_posterHonestly, Hermione is my favorite. She is a badass in so many different ways. I always related to her as I read the novels, even as an adult because I was always a bit of a bookworm and enjoyed learning and studying. Hermione takes it to the next level though. I would love to hear the whole Harry Potter story through her perspective.

2. Katniss Everdeen- The Hunger Games trilogy

katniss-everdeen-the-hunger-games-catching-fire-24806-1920x1080Ever the reluctant hero, Katniss has always tried to do right by her family and by her district. Even when it meant putting her life in danger, she tried to protect those she cared about. One reason why Katniss is an awesome heroine is that she never asked for any of this. She didn’t want to be seen as the face of a revolution.

3. Annabeth Chase- Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus

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http://crystaldawn.wikia.com/wiki/Annabeth_Chase

Annabeth is another person who is bookish and smart, but who is kickass and unafraid to defend her friends and loved ones in times of need.

4. Karou- Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

tumblr_my7mvkVuQp1sfvv1po1_500I loved Karou. From her learning more about herself and who she truly was to doing things she didn’t want to just to protect her people, she was all around a great heroine.

5. Puck- The Scorpio Races

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I loved Puck. She was spunky and unafraid to do something that only men had done previously. There needs to be more characters like her in books and movies.

6. Jo- Little Women

jo_marchDuring a time when women were taught to be proper and groomed for marriage, Jo March was doing her own thing. She helped to support her family, she was uninterested in romance and marriage. As a character, she was revolutionary.

Television…

7. Olivia Dunham- Fringe

1389017-olivia_dunham_03Olivia started off as a smart and cold badass, but she developed into such a wonderful and compassionate character over the course of the series. I loved how she never lost her smarts, even when in a relationship.

8. Sarah Manning- Orphan Black

bbcorphanblack-jpgSome might not consider Sarah a heroine, she has her fair share of issues, but she is such a strong character and wants to do nothing but keep her daughter and her clones safe. I also add her clone Cosima in this category because Cos is my home-girl.

Movies…

9. Merida- Brave

c6593c936209ec40079e2e4a97906f7203ffa852I love Brave. I love how Merida fought for her own hand and didn’t want to get married or betrothed at such a young age. She is the kind of heroine that young girls need to see in movies, especially animated films.

10. Scout Finch- To Kill a Mockingbird

SCOUTI include this in both the book and movie categories because Scout, growing up in a difficult time period without a mother-figure, Scout learns about life the hard way— by watching her father defend an innocent man, by dealing with the aftermath. She is stubborn, but stands up for what she believes is right.

 

 

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

 

whatimreadingandwritingwednesdayI haven’t been very good at this blogging thing since I made a goal to do it 2-3 times a week, but I’m working on it– I swear! Anyway, today is Wednesday! That means I get to catch up on what everyone is reading/writing and what they are doing in general!!! This is my own spin on WWW Wednesday, which is now hosted by Taking on a World of Words!

What I’m Reading…

Half-BadPicked up Half Bad by Sally Green again! Haven’t read too much but it does feel nice to read again, even if it is only a couple of pages a day.

What I’m Writing…

– Blog posts! I want to get on top of this and not let my poor little blog be neglected.

– Chapter 23 of The Girl in the Glass Coffin. After Chapter 22, I was at 43k words— which I think is pretty awesome :). This week my goal is to finish & send Chapter 23 to my CPs and begin working on Chapter 24.

– A lesson for my writing group on Saturday on Social Media for Writers!

 What I’m Up To:

– Roller derby!!! I’m having a blast with it. We’ve been skating for a little over 2 weeks now and while it’s whooping my butt every Tues & Fri nights, I love it.

– Writing group!!! I might post about this very soon.

– Wishing it was spring already, dammit!

What are you reading or writing this week???

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello there. What’s up everyone? How goes it?

It’s time for What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday! Let’s see how much I’m slacking this week (yikes).

What I’m Reading…

Half-BadNothing really. I still haven’t finished Half Bad even though I have read a couple more chapters. It’s a good book, I’m just being a slacker. Most of my focus has been on my writing. If I want to reach my goal of reading 50 books this year I have to get on that— and soon.

What I’m Writing…

I am about half-way through writing Chapter 20 of The Girl and the Glass Coffin. I hope to finish that one this week and move onto Chapter 21. We’re getting to the really exciting part of my novel, which i am really excited to revise and write. It shall be good times.

I haven’t been too great about writing for one hour each day like I wrote about last week, but I am writing something each day (even if it is for only 20 minutes to a half an hour). My computer at home is our of commission, so I have to borrow Matt’s if I want to get anything done. Most of my work is hand-written nowadays and then hurriedly typed up at work when I have a moment.

What I’m Up To…

Roller derby is kicking my ass. Hard. But it’s so much fun and the group of girls I am training with are really nice. It’s wonderful to have met new people and made new friends, especially because I am usually more of an introvert.

I’m also crocheting a lot again to make money to pay for my derby gear. Fun times.

What are you reading and/or writing this week?

Also, what are some topics that you would like to see me blog about, either reading or writing related? I need inspiration!

I hope that you have a happy week of reading!

 

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday!

whatimreadingandwritingwednesdayHello friends, it’s time to recap what I am reading and writing this week! What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday is my spin on Miz B’s WWW Wednesday.

I’m not going to lie to you. I have sucked at reading this year. At least I’m almost done with My True Love Gave to me. I only have one more story left, Laini Taylor’s The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer. I am the most excited for this one. I adore Laini Taylor’s writing.

What I am reading now…

Half-BadHalf Bad by Sally Green. I picked this up yesterday while I was waiting for practice, so I am only a couple of chapters in, but it is really interesting so far. The writing style takes some getting used to. I’m not used to reading in 2nd person, but I’m liking it.

What I Will Read Next…

Not sure yet. I always plan to read something in particular and it never happens that way.

What I’m Writing…

Chapter 19 of The Girl in the Glass Coffin!!! This will be a completely new chapter, so I’m taking my time and trying to make it as good as I can before sending it to my Critique Partners.

What I’m Up To…

I joined roller derby yesterday. No lie! Yesterday was our first practice and I am feeling it today but I’m still very excited for the next practice on Friday!!!

Other than that— work, my crochet mood blanket, and trying to keep up with housework.

 

What are you reading and/or writing this week?

Top 10 2014 Releases I Didn't Get to Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten 2014 releases that I meant to read, but didn’t get to. I read quite a bit in 2014, but with awesome books constantly being published, me wanting to catch up with other books, and being exposed to so many other releases via my blog I didn’t read many 2014 releases. Here are some that I need to (and want to read this year).

10. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landlinegrey-1-e1381519474537-300x441I love Rowell’s books, and I really want to read this one this year. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it.

9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

17378508This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2014, and I still haven’t read it. Luckily, the colder months of the year are perfect for catching up.

8. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

51X-zyaZMRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I love retellings! So when I saw that there was a retelling of the Wizard of Oz, I knew I had to read it… except I haven’t yet.

7. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3123874This seems like a great, intriguing read. I love a good mystery, and haven’t read one in a while.

6. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

20613470This whole series was on my TBR in 2014. Never happened.

5. Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

17788889I love Kelsey Macke’s Youtube Channel and hearing about her process of writing and publishing this novel. It will be one that I pick up in 2015.

4. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

cityofheavenlyfiresI’ve read the whole Mortal Instruments series so far, just waiting to get my hands on this one to complete it.

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Twins, their closeness, and their ability to communicate with one another has always fascinated me.

2. Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

14061957I still haven’t read Siege and Storm, but I want to re-read the first book and marathon the whole trilogy.

1. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

BLOOD_OF_O_final_cvrThis was my most anticipated book of 2014… and I still haven’t read it. I own it and still haven’t read it. *hangs head in shame*

 

Basically, I have to stop slacking off. I have a lot of reading and catching up to do in 2015.

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Wow! 2014 is almost over, and 2015 is only hours away. It’s been a while since I’ve done a What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday, but I figure it is nice to end this year on a positive blogging note!

Reading has taken kind of a back seat these past couple of months with me preparing for NaNoWriMo and then going back to revisions in December, but here is what is going on in my reading world.

What I recently finished reading:

I read Shatter Me in the beginning of 2014 and had mixed feelings about it. It had a cool concept, but I was unsure if I wanted to continue with the series. Then mid-NaNoWriMo I was at the library and needing a break from my own writing for a while I picked up Unravel Me. I enjoyed this book much more than I did the first in the series and sped through it to read Ignite Me. I liked the characters much better in this book (Juliette was much less annoying and I actually warmed up to and began to like Warner). I probably won’t review these on here, just because I am so behind with writing reviews, but I did like both of them.

What I’m Reading Now

mytrueloveMy True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins. I am loving it so far. The stories are all very cute, even though I like some more than others. I will hopefully be reviewing this book here really soon because I am almost finished reading it.

What I’m Reading Next

thenightcircusI’m not going to lie to you. I never finished reading The Night Circus a while back. So I would like to finish that one, because I did like it. Life just kind of got in the way of reading it and then I never finished it.

And I would really like to read Blood of Olympus or Blue Lily, Lily Blue after that!

What I’m Writing…

I’m currently writing Chapter 17 of The Girl in the Glass Coffin to send to my CP. It’s new stuff that I am writing to expand upon certain aspects of my first two drafts, so it’s quite a bit of work. I’m slowly but surely getting back into writing this novel again.  I’m also sending this book chapter by chapter to a new CP, her feedback is really helping me to fine-tune some issues and find out if things just don’t work.

So have a wonderful New Year.

Stay safe, have fun! Find me next year!!!

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015. I’ve decided to do a mixture of goals for this particular theme. There will be some reading/blogging/writing goals as well as other, personal ones.

So here we go…

1. Finish revisions for The Girl in the Glass Coffin and have it ready to query agents with.

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http://www.kathyjeffords.com/

As you know, this has been my project since NaNo 2013 and I’ve shared it with 2 CP’s so far. I’m having a blast working on it, making it better, and simply writing. I would love to begin querying in 2015.

2. Read 50 books

merlinbooks50 was my goal for 2014, and I didn’t make it. I only read 36 books, which isn’t bad at all! But 50 books would be stellar. Let’s see if I can do it! Check out which books I read here

3. Blog more consistently

patrick-harris-this-is-so-going-into-my-blog-gif-funny-humor1Lately blogging hasn’t been as consistent. I’d like to write at least 2-3 posts per week in 2015.

4. Participate in a blogging challenge

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Found on: http://allisaurussrex.tumblr.com/

I tried to do April A-Z in 2014, and didn’t make it ( mostly because of a lack of planning on my part). But I would love to try again, and/or participate in another blogging challenge and try my hardest to finish the challenge!

5. Build an author website/ social media platform.

Whether it is this particular site, or another one, I’d like to build a site for my author information. I’d also like to make this blog www.amandasnoseinabook.com at some point in 2015.

6. Walk at least 500 miles (that I consciously keep track of).

Last spring/summer/fall I used Map My Walk to keep track of my walking (when I thought about it) and it helped with my fitness and such. Since I’d like to be healthier and lose weight in 2015, I want to keep track of as many walks and work outs as possible!

7. Learn Yoga

I always have a goal to learn something new in each New Year. I figure something to do with both relaxation (because I need it) and fitness can’t hurt!

8. Become a better cook

I can cook a select few dishes very well, but my cooking skills are limited. I’d like to learn how to cook more (healthy) dishes in the next year. Bonus points if I can get the boyfriend to eat them too.

9. Buy a car

I’m not going to explain my issues with driving, but I’d like to become a more confident driver in 2015 and buy a car too!

10. Get a job more related to my field.

I like the job I have now, but I would like to at least look for something more related to my field or my interests.

 

Bring it on 2015!!!

I hope that you all have a safe and happy new year! What are your goals or resolutions?

Top 10 Books I Read in 2014

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I missed out on this one yesterday, so it can’t hurt to post it a day late, right?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I read in 2014! I’ve read 34 books so far this year— so I have a decent list to pick from. So in no particular order, just books I really loved this year are…

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer

cressThe whole Lunar Chronicles was a blast for me to read this year, actually. But since I am only going to put one book from each series (if it is infact from a series) I’d have to choose Cress. It was such an exciting read and I love Marissa Meyer’s unique take on these classic and beloved fairy tales.

9. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

knifeThis book was one of my most anticipated novels of 2014 and I have to say that Laurie Halse Anderson did not disappoint. This novel is raw and gritty, yet sensitive, beautiful, and heart wrenching.

8. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

13618440I loved this whole trilogy, but Dreams of Gods and Monsters wowed me. I loved how it weaved in so many different stories and how they all came together for one exciting finale that kept me on the edge of my seat.

7. The House of Hades by Rick RiordanHouseofHades

Once again, another series I love. I still haven’t read Blood of Olympus, so this is the book from the Heroes of Olympus series that made my best of list for 2014!

6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvaterscorpio

Maggie Steifvater is one of my favorite authors whose books I read in 2014. The Scorpio Races was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. With amazing mythological concepts and strong characters, this is one book that I would recommend that everyone read.

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I still haven’t read Blue Lily, Lily Blue (yes I am very behind) but this series was so much fun and again, I loved the mythology that Steifvater used to create a unique and beautiful world.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo10194157

I loved the first book in this trilogy and hope to pick up the next two books to read in the cold winter months!

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

attachmentsI’ve loved everything that I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell. Attachments was such a funny and accurate description of office life with the added aspect of someone snooping through your emails and conversations. I loved pretty much everything about this book!

 2. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

leviathan-by-scott-westerfeldWhile this isn’t a new book, I was introduced to this series and this genre this year and had so much fun with it. Can’t wait to read the second two later this winter. It seems like the perfect trilogy to curl up with when it’s cold outside.

1.Pivot Point by Kasie West

PivotPointHC_jkt_des8bI really enjoyed the concept behind this novel, and also liked it’s sequel, Split Second. I’m looking forward to reading Kasie West’s contemporary novels in 2015.