TTT: Ten Characters who are Book Nerds

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

(This is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish)

1. Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
“I have a realistic grasp of my own strengths and weaknesses. My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind… and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow.”

2. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter
“I’ve learned all the course books by heart of course. I just hope it will be enough – I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?”

3. Celeana Sardothien, Throne of Glass
“Libraries were full of ideas — perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

4. Samwell Tarly, Game of Thrones
"Who else but Samwell Tarly would be wasting candles to read in the middle of the night?"

5. Matilda, Matilda
“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

6. Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey
“Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.”

"I am delighted with the book. I should like to spend my whole life reading it"

7. Roarke, In Death series
"She spotted Roarke lying on one of the sofas reading a book, the cat stretched out beside him.
'It's the Yeats you gave me our first Christmas together. I reread it every year at this time.'
'You're a sap.'"

8. Hazel Grace, The Fault in our Stars
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book"

9. Captain Harville, Persuasion
“I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men."

10. Klaus Baudelaire, A Series of Unfortunate Events
When you read as many books as Klaus Baudelaire, you are going to learn a great deal of information that might not become useful for a long time. You might read a book that would teach you all about the exploration of outer space, even if you do not become an astronaut until you are eighty years old. You might read a book about how to preform tricks on ice skates, and then not be forced to preform these tricks for a few weeks. You might read a book on how to have a successful marriage, when the only women you will ever love has married someone else and then perished one terrible afternoon.”

Who are your top ten characters that are book nerds?

This writing adventure

Monday, 27 July 2015

I've been telling myself for years that I want to write a book, I want to be an author. But have I done anything about it? Planned some stuff. Thought a lot. Perhaps written a chapter or two before I shelved it, lost it in the murky depths of my laptop's hard drive. I think it's time to change (although I assume I say that to myself a lot but I honestly mean it this time. Honest). A (so far) untitled adult crime novel has been completely planned and I'm pretty excited about it. Dribs and drabs of an untitled young adult fantasy novel have also been plotted out here and there in my notebook and I'm pretty excited about that too. But that crime novel, that novel that will be equal parts character study and equal parts homicide investigation, I'm kinda dying to write. And if I'm in a state of 'I'm really not in the mood to write you' I'll do it anyway because how else will I ever get anything finished? My constant inner critic and perfectionist nature are what stop me from ever finishing that book I one day envision to get published and it's time to switch it off until the last word has been written.

When I'm writing (or reading), I feel a little less worthless - a little more free. Anything is possible. And that's why I need to do this, for my own sanity and mental health. Writing this book is going to be a struggle - a major struggle. I'm going to bitch and whine and most of all I'm going to procrastinate like a boss. I have a folder of motivational typography posters sitting idly on my phone waiting for those days that I run head first into a brick wall and need to pick up my brain matter off the floor. There will be days when I want to delete everything I have ever written and forget the whole thing but I need to remind myself "not to give up. Great things take time" because I will finish it. So I'm going to blog about my journey, from beginning to end, all the blood, sweat and tears that have been typed into my manuscript. It will serve as a reminder to me about how far I've come, how far I still have to go and how many goals I've missed or trampled upon. And maybe it will help inspire anyone who actually reads this blog and wishes to be a writer. I'm aiming for a weekly 'Jess writes a book' segment and hopefully in a couple of months time I can blog that I've done it. I've written a book and it's time to edit the shit out of it. Now I just need to keep reminding myself to write every day even if it's just 500 words. Anything is better than nothing.

Writing goal: 3,500 words by August 3rd.

Thanks for reading and until next time,

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

(This is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish)

1. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I'm not quite sure I ever want to read this. Half of the reviews I've seen think it's the biggest pile of shit written post-Twilight whilst the other half think it's the best thing since sliced bread. The summary hasn't done anything to win me over either.

2. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
I will get to this book eventually. Eventually. I fell in love with the Vampire Academy series so I'm hoping this one doesn't suck major balls. Plus, I was never a huge fan of Sydney in VA so I'm hoping when I get round to this series she'll grow on me.

3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This is next on my to-read list and I'm so pumped about it. I need more kick-ass ladies in my literary life.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This series has such an interesting concept. Humans. Androids. A spin on the Cinderella tale. Yas, I definitely need to read it. Soon.

5. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
I've been pretty excited about this book ever since it was initially advertised and I still haven't read it. Sigh. But I will. At some point. Soon.

6. Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
I used to be absolutely obsessed with this series once upon a time, circa 2007 - 2011. But then I just gave up after the 8th book was released back in 2011 and I'd really like to finally read the last 4 books, if only to get that sense of closure and know how the series closes out.

7. Grey by E.L. James
This series. Where to begin? The worst smut I have ever had the misfortune to read (and I love my smut). I've seen snippets of text from this book on Twitter/Buzzfeed and it is absolutely hilarious. Where James comes up with lines like "her words travel straight to my cock" and "my cock concurs". I can't. Everything travels to his cock as far as this buzzfeed post is concerned.

8. A Clash of Kings by G.R.R. Martin
I read the first book in 2011 so I should probably schmoozy on with it and read the next one.

9. Matched by Ally Condie
Eh, I don't think so.

10. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This has been nestled in my to-read list for a long ass time. The reviews I've seen have been pretty positive so I need to get around to reading it at some point.

aspiring author attempting world domination with a bit o' magic and some kickass moves.