NaNoWriMo: Preparation

A novel (even for NaNoWriMo) is nothing without preparation in advance. How you want to prepare, if at all, is different for every person. For this post, I'm focussing on how I'm preparing for the 1st of November.  

NaNoWriMo: Introduction

It's almost that time of the year again. National Novel Writing Month is just 3 days away! It's going to be one hell of a challenge combined with uni and my other hobbies, but I'm ready to get writing! From now on I will be posting weekly updates on my progress. Today's post is a short introduction for NaNoWriMo.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Eight Books & Movies To Get Into The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!  In no particular order:

October Book Haul

This month's book haul consists of only two books. It's completely World War II-themed (though not on purpose), which I'm really fond of. 

Review: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

◆ Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
◆ Read October 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
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Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
This book really made me want to go on a road trip. It just seems so appealing to drive across the country with the sun in the sky, the wind in your hair and music blasting out the car speakers. Except that it isn't summer anymore. And that I don't have a drivers licence. But this was a very fun, light read!

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
◆ Read October 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
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❝  Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. 
As much as I hate to admit it, I didn't like Isla and the Happily Ever After  nearly as much as the other two books in the series. I cared less for the characters and I felt less invested in the plot. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Series I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works! 

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
◆ Read October 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
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❝ Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
I was afraid that I wouldn't like Lola and the Boy Next Door as much as Anna and the French Kiss. I had nothing to worry about though, because it was just as great. Perhaps (dare I say it?) I even liked it a little more. I even finished it in less than a day!

Fanmix Friday: Lola and the Boy Next Door

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some particular scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Review: The Rabbit Back Literature Society

◆ The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
◆ Read October 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
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A highly contagious book virus, a literary society and a Snow Queen-like disappearing author 'She came to realise that under one reality there's always another. And another one under that.' Only very special people are chosen by children's author Laura White to join 'The Society', an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, literature teacher and possessor of beautifully curving lips. But soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual, 'The Game'? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura's winter party, in a whirlwind of snow? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, disturbing secrets that had been buried come to light... In this chilling, darkly funny novel, the uncanny brushes up against the everyday in the most beguiling and unexpected of ways.
Sometimes when you read a good book, it's impossible to write a review about it. The Rabbit Back Literature Society is like that. I really enjoyed it, but I can't seem to pinpoint exactly what it is I liked so much. For the sake of my blog, I still tried to get my thoughts on paper (or screen).

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works! In no particular order:

Theatre Review: War Horse

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◆ Originally written by Michael Morpurgo
◆ Seen October 2014
◆ Dutch version
◆ Purchase the book: The Book Depository

The theatre adaption of War Horse is based on the children's book of the same name written by Michael Morpurgo. We weren't allowed to take pictures during the show so I can't illustrate, but believe me when I say that it was a true wonder to experience. If you have the chance to see the theatre adaption, wherever you are, take it. You won't regret it!

Review: Outlander

◆ Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
◆ Read September 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
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❝  The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
The TV adaption of Outlander came out this year and it's really quite beautiful. Needless to say, I thought it was about time I read the book. What a drag it was though! Everybody seems to love it, but it was a huge disappointment for me. 
 

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