NaNoWriMo 2017

Writing to me, is something that I enjoy doing. Both with a pen and paper, and using a computer and keyboard. NaNoWriMo is something I have attempted for the past couple of years, most successfully in 2016 and 2017. All of my attempts failed due to a decline in my mental health. For example, I was extremely run down with work, and knowing that November was going to be a busy month, that I was too poorly to write for the first four (4) days of the month.

NaNoWriMo is such a wonderful idea and I think that when it comes to getting people writing, it is extremely successful. However, if you are unable to participate, or stop participating, you are still a writer. If you cannot write 1667 words a day, you are still a writer. If you cannot write 50,000 words in 30 days, you are still a writer.

Writing should not impact your mental health in any way. Doing something you want to do, should be a positive thing, and being unable to participate in an event, when there are 11 other months in the year, is not something that should get you down.

If it does, then stop. In 2016 my boyfriend made me stop, and this year I decided that I was going to stop by myself, because it just was not worth it. I do have a story in me, like many of you I imagine, but it will come out of me eventually. Most likely over a period of longer than 30 days.

I am waving with my pom-poms for everyone still writing, and I am proud of everyone who has kept at it/ given it a go/ decided it was not for them etc. Feel free to get in touch and let me know what you think!

Peace x

Review: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

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A brief synopsis:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

 

Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4.53 stars)

My rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5 stars)

 

I loved reading this collection of short stories, and this has made me want to get back into the Grishaverse and finally start the Six of Crows duology, which has been staring at me from my TBR for much longer than I would care to admit.

This collection highlights the different worlds that Bardugo creates, and these stories are filled with creepiness and intrigue. There is everything that you can possibly want in this collection, from clever animals, to in-love puppets, to lesbian mermaids, among other things. My favourite story was The Witch of Duva, as I felt like this story intrigued me the most, and one that I felt was far too short! The other stories are just as good though!

This is a rather short review, because you just need to read and imagine the stories in this book for yourself.

 

Review: Night of Cake and Puppets – Laini Taylor

 

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A brief synopsis

In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her “rabid fairy,” her “voodoo eyes” are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or “Violin Boy,” her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.

 

Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4.35 stars)

My rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5 stars)

 

Two nights it took me to read this book, namely because I kept getting distracted by looking at all the gorgeous artwork by the talented Jim Di Bartolo. I loved reading about the Daughter of Smoke and bone trilogy, initially by mistake because I thought I was going to be reading about the Darkling (Shadow and bone trilogy). I am so glad that there is a physical copy of this book out! The book itself is gorgeous and just everything inside is perfection (even if I was secretly hoping it would be a 300+ page novel as a surprise from Laini…).

There is a lot of controversy online lately regarding novellas, as a popular author is saying that readers should buy one of her already published books if they want to read about a 11k word novella. Then saying that if people cannot afford it, then go to a library, as she claims to have received a message from a reader saying they pirated her books and read them that way online. This author is problematic (despite me being completely invested in the Raven Cycle Quartet, I mean hey, nobody’s perfect?) and this isn’t really something I want to go into further. Just that Laini has done the right thing here, and publishing it in hardback with artwork from your talented husband? major props.

Right, let’s finally get down to this book. Zuzana and Mik. I love Zuzana so much and I was glad to see her published, as well as have sneak peaks into her artwork, as well as Karou’s sketch book. Zuzana is fierce and decides to go after the guy she wants, not wanting to mope around any longer. Mik also ends up playing Zuzana at her own game and they are just perfect together.

This book made me miss the dosab series and I am just glad that my bby Zuzana got her own book. The art work is just something else. Laini and Jim are like the most creative power couple ever and honestly she could write her name on a tissue and I would still pay to read it.

I don’t know how else to describe my feelings without crying all over you. This book was romantic and beautiful inside and out, and made me feel very nostalgic for this series. Laini has outdone herself yet again and I just have no words for how happy reading this book has made me.