What was the last book that made you laugh and cry? Let me tell you, it's not easy to recreate a bookcover for a novel set in Alaska during the summer when you live in NC and it's March. Nor is it easy to pull off imitating a twenty-six year old fashion blogger when you're a thirty-nine year old minimalist. But for The Simple Wild, I muddled through. 🌲
So so so much love for these characters. It's a city mouse country mouse sort of story but told in such a way that I got lost in these characters and their struggles. Definitely one for the keeper shelf. Thank you @katucker_ for sharing Calla's story!
Happy St. Patricks Day!! Did you see my booksleeve giveaway post? Be sure to check it out. Let's talk about luck. Would you say your luck is mostly good or mostly bad?
I'm incredibly fortunate and incredibly unlucky all at once. If I need a tissue, I don't have one. Go out to the store for one item, it's sold out. Waiting for an important package? Porch pirates ahoy! The luck of the Irish totally bypassed me. 🍀
But I am fortunate because while this cluster of bad luck is enraging, I also have learned how to adjust and even laugh at the situation. I can appreciate the humor in misfortune and write about it. Like when you get a bleach stain on your top an hour before your guests show up for Thanksgiving dinner and you have nothing else to wear so you have to ask a friend to color your boob.
So while I wish you all the luck in the world, know that if all that luck is bad, there's probably a damn good reason. And also alcohol.
Cheesin’ because I did it! I met my writing goal for spring break! 🌷🎊
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a planner, and I’m no different as a writer. That’s why I dedicated my spring break to outlining the second half of my novel chapter by chapter, scene by scene—which is not an easy venture, let me tell you. I understand the story will inevitably deviate from this outline to some extent. That’s just what stories do. But this way when I actually have time to write, I have a general idea of where I’m going and don’t waste it.
Halfway through my read through and I’m itching to stop and just start revising because I already know about ten million things I need to do! But I’m making myself wait and finish this, then organize my outline (because it’s so different from the original by this point) and make a plan. Slow and steady. Hoping to be finished with this read by tomorrow night and ready to start tackling a to do list. #amrevising#writersofinstagram#writinglife#revisionprocess#patienceiskey#readwriterepeat
0 1216 March, 2019
The Chaos Circus by @reneeduganwriting is here! I'm so excited to read this book by such a fabulous writer and friend. This book sounds like Caraval and I am here for it! 😍
▪️ #dashreviews Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
The relevance this book has on society today even though it was written 19 years ago is rather depressing. Nothing that is meaningful and important has changed. Mankind is still selfish, bigoted & have a tendency for evil.
I tremendously enjoyed this book, though the depictions of ethnic tensions and government violence made me realise how unaffectedly I'd lived through a civil war.
My only qualm was the heroine. She felt like a woman written by a man. Y'know? She does a lot of her thinking, stark barking naked. 🤷
I found some long lost footage from the December 2018 era! Lol. Today's video is all about my author origin. This tag is chock full of writing and editing advice, plus you get to learn a little more about me! Link to channel in bio or here➡️https://youtu.be/EU1CfvxqGJA
Just keep writing...just keep writing... just keep writing writing, writing wri-ting.
*pause to reread*
Nope, that's shit.
Just hit backspace...just hit backspace... just hit backspace backspace backspace...
I’d like to rewrite Vancouver’s story so that they’re knocking down condos and replacing them with trees instead of the other way around. 😢
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Happy #WorldBookDay !
Here I am with (just some) of my Mama’s books — I think it runs in the family! 📚❤️
8 2987 March, 2019
I’ve finally read Arundhati Roy’s 1997 Booker Prize winning wonder The God of Small Things, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like it.
Roy’s style of writing is quite extraordinary and really playful. She tells the story of the childhood experiences of two twins, and follows their family on a journey towards destruction - their family torn apart by love and death.
Roy doesn’t abide by rules and plays with spelling, capitalisation and grammar. I loved the way she uses capital letters, which sounds really strange, but in The God of Small Things it’s really noticeable. Writing opening the window for ‘A Breath or Fresh Air’ or ‘It was a Bad Sign’, gives importance to particular words and gives you a glimpse into the minds of the children.
I re-read lots of phrases and pages when reading this book, just because some parts are so imaginatively written. Her descriptions are so vivid you can almost feel the sticky humidity of the Indian monsoon season. Some parts gave me so much joy and her phrasing made me laugh out loud, but also really made me think and care about the characters.
I don’t want to give away the plot, but it’s a very clever book and I don’t know why it took me so long to pick it up! #TheGodOfSmallThings#ArundhatiRoy
29 46822 June, 2018
Versions of Us is a fairly entertaining ‘summer read’ (whatever that means 😂). Eva and Jim meet at university in 1958, and we follow three different versions of their future. One where they are together from that point onwards, one where they are apart and one somewhere in between.
In a very Sliding Doors-esque fashion, we see how seemingly insignificant actions can have knock-on effects and we know the ‘what ifs’ that the characters do not. Laura Burnett smoothly and cleverly weaves the three ‘Versions of Us’ together in a way that’s quite satisfying.
It’s not ground-breaking but it’s pretty entertaining. #TheVersionsOfUs#LauraBarnett
4 16011 August, 2018
“There is a fluidity to his movements, despite his size, that tells me he has never had to justify his existence, has never had to fold himself into a hidden thing, and I wonder what that must be like, to know that your body is irreproachable.” – Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure.
I’ve just started this one today, but I’m already hooked. I’ve had a very slow reading month, and I hate it, but I think it’s because I just couldn’t stand the last two books I read. Discovery of Witches was one of them (sorry, Bookstagram).
So, here’s to hoping this read will break this month’s curse! What was the last book you read that you hated, but chose to finish anyway? 📖
50 30420 February, 2019
Being surrounded by narcissistic addicts really formed the writer I became. When I couldn’t get a word in edgewise, there was always the page. Thank God. 🙌🏼
16 29415 March, 2019
Here’s my #AprilWrapUp . It was a great month, and I’d recommend all the books I read for different reasons. My favourite read was Stay With Me, but Elmet was a close second.
Review of Oryx and Crake still to come. 📚