Two More Days

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Happy day after Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely holiday yesterday. Is anyone going Black Friday shopping? I already think stores are too crowded on regular days, so I avoid malls today like the plague. I am pretty into Cyber Monday though. Although what I should be thinking of now (actually what I should be doing write now) is finishing my NaNoWriMo challenge, because I only have 400 words left until I hit 50,000 words. It has been such a fun and crazy challenge, and I think this was exactly what I needed after months of editing to relearn the initial creative, less critical aspect of writing. I’m going to get back to writing, but just wanted to say a quick congratulations to everyone who’s participated (whether you hit 50K words or not I think everyone is a winner) and everyone who’s sent me words of encouragement this month. Writing can often seem like a very solitary endeavor, but the people I’ve found through this blog and this challenge make me feel like a part of a much larger community. I’m very thankful for all of you! 

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful I Read This Year

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I’m kind of ignoring the fact that it’s Thanksgiving, even though I’m going to two dinners so it will certainly be clear in two days. But I’m nearing the end of my time in Big Sur, and spending a lot of time thinking about what I’m thankful for, which makes this weeks book meme from The Broke and the Bookish right up my alley. One of the things I’m most thankful for (and it is a long list) is the amount of time living hear has allowed me to read. In fact, this week I passed my goal of reading over 100 books this year. This list are the top ten books I’m thankful I read this year. I’m not only incredibly thankful that I read these books, but I’m thankful books like this exist. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Catching Fire

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Hello Hunger Games fans! Are there any other types of people on the Internet right now? I’m going to keep this short since I’m still trying to get my daily word count in for NaNoWriMo, but you know what to do. Choose who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump out of Finnick, Gale, and Peeta (pictured above) and let me know in the comments. My heart (and frankly the rest of my body) will always belong to Peeta, but I’m excited to see who you choose. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Related: My Review of the Catching Fire Film (no spoilers!)

Her and Me and You: Not Just Another Twin Story

7148785I first picked up Her and Me and You, by Lauren Strasnick because of the back cover. So instead of summarizing it myself, I thought I’d give you the cover blurb. It’s seriously one of the best ones I’ve every read.

“I met Fred first.

Fred: Hot. Enigmatic. Alex’s first friend in her lonely new town. Maybe her first…everything.

I met Adina the following Monday.

 Adina: Fred’s twin sister. Cold. Troubled. Trouble.

I kissed him.

She pressed her mouth to my mouth.

 People warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, but Alex is drawn to them. She wants to be part of their crazy world … no matter the consequences.”

Doesn’t that make you want to go out and get your hands on this book? In case you need more convincing, I’ll give you some of my thoughts.  Continue reading

Catching Fire: Thoughts on the Movie

catching fireI don’t know if its because it’s the second movie, or because of the GREs (which I took yesterday!) but I somehow forgot this movie was coming out. When the first film came out, Alison Lee and I had only started this blog a few months prior and we went Hunger Games crazy. You would have seriously thought we were writing a Hunger games themed blog, and I think part of that was that we were so excited, and we didn’t know what the blog was about yet, and we were so excited just to be excited about something post college and be able to connect with each other and other fans about our excitement. It was the first thing that brought readers besides our parents to the blog, and the first time I branched out and started reading other book blogs. Which is a really long way to say, I can’t believe I kind of dropped the ball on talking about this movie.  Continue reading