Saturday, 28 April 2018

Quest to read a further 100 YA books (Part 5)

It's been a while since I've updated this, so here goes! 

(Part 1 is found here, Part 2 is found here, Part 3 is found here, and Part 4 is found here.)
81) Angelfall by Susan Ee
82) World After by Susan Ee
83) End of Days by Susan Ee
84) Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
85) The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
86) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
87) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
88) Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
89) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
90) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
91) Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
92) The Future of Is by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
93) One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
94) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
95) And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon
96) A Kiss In The Dark by Cat Clarke
97) See How They Lie by Sue Wallman
98) Blackfin sky by Kat Ellis
99) Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
100) THUG (The Hate U Give) by Angie Thomas

Quest: Complete!

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Quest to make a dent in my e-TBR pile

My 'To Be Read' pile is growing, and the ease with which I can purchase new e-books means it's only going to get bigger. This year, I'm determined to make a dent in my e-TBR pile before I splurge out on stockpiling more.

I'm pleased to report I've read 24 e-books so far already (& it's only the third month of the year!), and my e-TBR pile is looking a lot healthier. Only another 40+ e-books to go!

How about you? Do you have a large TBR pile (physical or e-book)?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Quest to find lines from THE PRINCESS BRIDE in YA books

Come closer, and I'll let you in on a little-known secret in the YA writers' community.



Okay, close enough.

*Looks around furtively. Lowers voice.*

Whisper it quietly, but it appears there is a secret society among YA writers. A secret society that exists to sneak a line or a reference to the film THE PRINCESS BRIDE in their published books.

Have you noticed it, too?

To my delight, I'm not alone in my suspicions. Whilst reading My Lady Jane - the not entirely true story by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows (a delightful and funny historical fantasy I'd borrowed from the library), I found a note slipped in between pages 256-257 with a quote from one of my favourite films (fan credentials: I saw this film twice at the cinema before it became a cult classic). The mysterious note-writer had (sacrilege!) marked the book with asterisks at the relevant points. Inconceivable!


Later on in the book, there were more lines from the film:

As you wish

Drop your sword

...all that I have and more!

There was also a reference to storming the castle.

Do you think the mysterious note-writer has left notes in other books as well? For the record, I'm leaving the note exactly where I found it so the next reader of the book can have the pleasure of the discovery too - I hope they recognise the quote! The book was borrowed from Taunton library, and maybe I'll have to make it a quest to find out the mysterious note-writer's identity. If you are that person - or if you recognise the hand writing - then I'd love to hear from you.

Does this secret society reach right around the globe? If so, then how many members are there??

In the meantime, Quest Seekers, keep an eye out in the YA books you're reading and put the details in the comments below if you spot any THE PRINCESS BRIDE lines in them.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

How many books did I read in 2017?

Yes, it's time for my yearly round-up!

Last year, I concentrated on clearing my huge TBR pile and am pleased to report I read 76 books from my own bookshelves (26 of which were e-books). I also did four beta reads and read 26 books I'd borrowed from various libraries. For the mathematically challenged, that works out at 106 books for the year, or about two a week. Slightly down on the previous year's total, but still pretty respectable!

I was able to add one new library to my collection and visited six different libraries in total over the course of the year (alas, none of them were in far-flung corners of the world).

How many books did you read in 2017?  Did you visit your local library?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Quest to read a further 100 YA books (Part 4)

Time to update my quest with some more YA books I've read. Part 1 is found here, Part 2 is found here, and Part 3 is found here.

61) The Potion Diaries by AmyAlward
62) The Potion Diaries: Royal Tour by AmyAlward
63) The Potion Diaries: Going Viral by AmyAlward
64) The Originals by Cat Patrick
65) Sweet Damage by Rebecca James
66) Stolen by Lucy Christopher
67) The Game by Krystyna Kuhn
68) The Crash by Krystyna Kuhn
69) Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
70) The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

71) The Young Elites by Marie Lu
72) The Rose Society by Marie Lu
73) The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
74) Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
75) Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
76) Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
77) The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
78) The Third Twin by CJ Omololu
79) Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
80) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Quest to Celebrate Perseverance in the Writing Community

Today I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere!, an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward. 

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger. I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!
Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Writers more than anyone understand the swirl of emotions as we work toward publication. We dream of making it and seeing our books in the hands of readers…yet doubt and frustration can be a constant companion. For us, there is a lot to learn, much to steel our nerves for, and unfortunately, a host of real-world problems that can try to derail us. And, even as we slowly move forward and grow, we can sometimes feel like impostors. This is a tough road.

But the fact that writers face this battle, day after day, and KEEP GOING…this should be celebrated! We need to be reminded that we are much stronger than we sometimes believe. We dream, create, and force ourselves to keep striving. Through the ups and downs, we persevere!

Have you encountered something on the writing road that made you question yourself? Have you faced an obstacle that required a force of will to get past?

If so, we want to hear about it! Join Becca and me at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell us about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, join this event by writing a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere.  Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us. 


We also have a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost, so stop by Writers Helping Writers. I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!
If you struggle, remember to reach out to others. We are in this together, and by supporting one another, we cross the finish line together (and then keep going!). 

Happy writing!

Angela & Becca