Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read in 2012

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books I read in 2012. I actually snuck in an eleventh because, George R.R. Martin. True, I’ve never done a review on Games of Thrones, but that’s because I decided to just review it as a series once I finish the fifth book. Enjoy!

1. The Twelve by Justin Cronin

2. Plainsong by Kent Haruf

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

4. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

5. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

6. I Wrote This For You by anonymous

7. Beloved by Toni Morrison

8. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

9. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

10. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

11. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me. I already gave my parents a list for christmas/my birthday and when my mom saw the books she said, “That’s a lot of books. Why don’t you narrow it down?” At which point I told her the to-read list I keep on amazon is over 350 books long.

Anyway.

1) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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-One of the YA dystopian series I haven’t gotten around to starting yet.

2) Skylark by Meagan Spooner

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-And another.

3) Advent by James Treadwell

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-I just love stories that span centuries in time.

4) Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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-I’ve been wanting to read this one since it first came out!

5) The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell

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-This sounds right up my alley.

6) The White Forest by Adam McOmber

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-I love books about secret societies.

7) The Games by Ted Kosmatka

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-I really wish there were more thrillers out there that deal with the question of genetics. I’ve basically them all, but not this one.

8) The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell

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-Sounds like a great premise.

9) In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D’Amato

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-2012. Mayan mystery. Codex. Thriller. Done.

10) The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Must. Read. All. His. Books.

Have you read any of these?

Personal, Uncategorized, Writing

Novel Progress: 1/2 Way

For previous posts on this subject, click here and here.

I feel like I’m a little less positive than my last post. This section has definitely been tougher than the last bit. I keep reminding myself that all I have to do is finish the first draft, just keep putting words on the page. But some days, I feel like my writing is absolutely leaden and awkward. The character I found the easiest to write is now the hardest and vice versa. Some sections are good, I think. Some sections are downright terrible. The good news is, with the word count I goaled for myself, I’ll definitely have room to cut the things that drag the story down.

The middle to latter third is my weak point. I’ve always known that. Lots of other people struggle in this area, too. I just sort of hoped it might magically be different this time. No such luck.

Some articles helping me get through this rough patch:

Don’t Stop Writing in the Ugly Middle by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

25 Ways to Fight Your Story’s Mushy Middle by Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds (Warning: Very NSFW)

25 Questions to Ask As You Write by Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds (Warning: Very NSFW)

In other news, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo to challenge myself to keep plugging along. I did it in 2008 and finished, didn’t do it in 2009, started in 2010, but got distracted by school and life, didn’t do it in 2011. There’s still time to sign up! It starts tomorrow. If you want to be my friend, my username is: foxyluvshorses.

Happy Halloween, friends!

Fiction, Young Adult

NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

Nina posted this up on Nina Reads, but I loved the idea so much I couldn’t resist doing it myself. Books I’ve read are in bold.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry
12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams
13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery
15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
17. The Princess Bride, by William Golding
18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth
20. Paper Towns, by John Green
21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare
22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld
29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare
30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan
35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
36. Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead
40. Abhorsen Trilogy Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix
41. Dune, by Frank Herbert
42. Discworld Tiffany Aching (series, by Terry Pratchett
43. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
44. The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper
45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore
46. Forever…, by Judy Blume
47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin
48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini
49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot
50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce
51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver
53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Becca Fitzpatrick
55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson
56. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray
58. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen
63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle
64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud
66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead
67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate
68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
70. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner
75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins
78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie
79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter
80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
81. Daughter of the Lioness Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce
82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce
84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede
85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness
86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce
87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor
88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson
89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block
90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison
92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld
93. The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones
95. This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen
96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant
97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater
98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson
100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace
I’ve read 41, with more already on my bookshelves. How about you?