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!!!

Bookish Pet-Peeves: Why I no longer lend out my books.

The other day, I decided to re-read the Mortal Instruments series since it’s last installment City of Heavenly Fire was recently released. It’s been so long since I read some of these books that I really don’t remember anything about them at all. I know that I had a blast reading them the first time, so I figured a summer re-read would be fun.

So I went to my bookshelf and looked, and looked…

buellerI even searched behind other books since it wasn’t with the rest of the series on my shelf ( and I always keep series together on my shelf). Only to find that it wasn’t there at all.

And then I remembered that I lent it out to a friend about 2 years ago… and it was never returned to me.

Which is a huge pet-peeve of mine. I always make it a point to return books that I borrow.

This has happened to me so many times in the past, where I lend out books (sometimes more than one— sometimes many more than one) to a friend, only to have them not returned. Sometimes when I politely inquire or remind people that they have borrowed them, i find out that they have been lost or are damaged. Some of these people I’m not even friends with anymore. So getting back the books I lent out may never¬† happen.

The problem is this… I love sharing my love of books with people. But it sucks when my private library is missing more than 20 titles due to people not returning what they borrow. So yes, I have become rather stingy when it comes to letting people borrow my precious books. I am no longer the library of Amanda (even though I miss it). I’ve started to only let family members borrow books, or friends who I see all the time.

Do you let people borrow your books? Have you run into the same problem?

What do you do when this happens?

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello there! Once again I’ve slacked off again, but I promise that Amanda’s Nose in a Book will be back in full force for the month of May (I even made myself a schedule of what I would like to tentatively post each day for the next couple of weeks— believe me, there is a lot!)

What I am Reading:

I haven’t read any further in We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (I know– bad book blogger) but I am loving the heck out of Cress right now!

 

What I am Writing:

I am still working on my novel— little by little and am ordering a new computer here pretty soon– which means I should be able to work on¬† my novel and on my blog at home!!! Yay!

What I’m Up To:

I just signed up to do a craft show in June here in town. I haven’t done one since last December, so I figured that it was time to get back into it and make things to sell during that show. I’ve been making cute little owls pretty much non-stop and I am going to be working on turtles here pretty soon as well!

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Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  The idea of this blog hop is for bloggers to have an opportunity to make new friends and gain new followers.  I follow you and you follow me.

 

Question of the week:  Snap it time!  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Anything and Anything.  Just give us a pic.

 

photo(19)What I am currently working on at 8 am this morning. Reading a bit, working on an outline in my wonderful Dino notebook for my WIP, a crochet project, and drinking some tea!

photo(20)And another custom crochet hood project that I just finished the other day. I need to get some yarn and make one for myself. They are so cozy!

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Mini-Review: Paper Towns by John Green- A Heart-Warming Adventure

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Paper towns is one of those books that we have come to love, know, and expect from John Green. Quentin “Q” is the the smart, sensitive, and nerdy type who has obsessed over his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman for nearly his whole life. Margo is someone who no one really knows, but who everyone adores, wants to be around, and aspires to be like.

While this book is sometimes annoyingly quirky (Quentin constantly uses Margo’s full name), it was a thought provoking, insightful, and heartwarming read. Paper Towns really makes me wonder what life is really like for Quentin’s friends in the book. It shows that people have views of others, made up by themselves, that they project onto the people around them without even knowing it. Like many people do, Quentin didn’t bother getting to know the people around him, and instead became disappointed when these people don’t live up¬† to who he thought they were and wanted them to be.

4/5 stars

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

toptentuesdayTop 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 Popular Authors I’ve Never Read, so in no particular order…. here are some authors who I am ashamed as a book blogger and avid reader to admit I’ve never read thier books (but I want to)!

 10. David Levithan
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I’m not going to lie, this one I might be cheating slightly on. I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, a book Levithan co-authored with John Green. However, I have never read any of the books that he has authored on my own, although they are on my huge TBR list.

9. Gillian Flynn

gillian-flynnI’ve heard so many wonderful things about Gone Girl, but I have yet to pick it up.

8.Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Lux series is one I have been meaning to pick up for some time now, but haven’t had the chance.

7. Lauren Oliver

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I feel like the only one who hasn’t read one of Oliver’s books. While I have heard mixed reviews about her Delirium series, I would still like to check it out and her newest release, Panic because it seems intriguing.

6. Orson Scott Card

WRITING WRITER BOOK AUTHOR READING LITERATUREHis beliefs aside, I have wanted to read Ender’s Game for a couple of years now and just have never gotten a copy.

5. Maureen Johnson

maureenjohnsonI follow Maureen Johnson on Twitter, but I haven’t been able to find her books in my local bookstore, even though I look for them every time I am there (maybe I should just suck it up and order them already).

4. Richelle Mead

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I have seen the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series around for a while now and just have never really been interested in either. Does that make me bad? Anyway, I have the first book in the Vampire Academy series and will see how I feel about it.

3. Victoria Schwab

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I feel like a terrible book blogger for never having read Victoria Schwab’s books. I have heard nothing but awesome things about The Archived and The Unbound, and Vicious (written as V.E. Schwab) has been recommended to me multiple times. I need to check this author out.

2. Marissa MEyer

marissamyerThe Lunar Chronicles have had a ton of hype lately and I really want to read them. So much so, that Cinder might be the book that I read this week!

1. Marie Lu

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I have copies of each of the novels in her Legend trilogy and hope to be able to marathon them soon. I have heard such wonderful and amazing things about them that I hope they live up to the hype.