Monthly High Points: July

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Like that photo up there? I just thought that it’d be nice to have a picture of snow in the middle of summer. Hehehe…

Well, this month was insane.

Writing

Most of the insaneness came from all the writing I did. As most of you know, I did Camp NaNoWriMo this month. I was part of an awesome cabin. We got so many words done. I mean so so many.

First off, I did about two thousand words a day. I started a new dystopian novel (though I haven’t even finished my fantasy novel). Just think anarchy, okay. Then you’ll have a good idea of what it is about.

But when I started I didn’t really have a plot for the novel, so I decided to do a backstory for my main character because I had figured most of that out. And well, I’m still writing his backstory. So I think that it is going to be its own novel.

Then something crazy happened. I can’t believe my cabin mates convinced me to do this.

On July 18th I wrote TEN THOUSAND WORDS in ONE DAY!!!

It was insane. I about died. I’d only ever written maybe three thousand in one day. I don’t even know how I did it. I started about five in the morning and then finished around eight in the evening.

Then grandparents visited for about a week and I probably got about a thousand words that whole time.

After that, in the last four days I managed to add ten thousand words. So I got a total of 60,169 words for my new novel and it is not yet close to being done (and it is only a backstory).

Reading

Since I focused so much of my time writing, I read a pitiful amount of books this month. There were even days that I didn’t read anything at all. *gasps* I know. What happened?!

  1. The Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor: Book 2) by Claire M. Banschbach
  2. The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 2) by Marie Rutkoski
  3. The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 3) by Marie Rutkoski
  4. Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe
  5. The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe
  6. To The River by Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Six of Crows (Six of Crows: Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo

The Wildcat of Braeton: I loved it! I’m sad now that it’s over. How can this be???

The Winner’s Crime: This was intense. So many lies and secrets. One slip and everyone could die. THAT CLIFFHANGER!

The Winner’s Kiss: I liked how this ended. It was surprising and unexpected. It was just what I could hope for from a trilogy full of strategy.

Six of Crows: This was so cool. A book about bad guys! Yeah, it was a cool twist on the normal type of story and I really enjoyed it.

So you see, a pitiful amount.

Currently, I’m reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

One Thousand Gifts: Again, I didn’t read any this month.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex: This is very interesting and sad. It is amazing how many miraculous stories there are out there that are actually true.

Music

Well, I listened to a lot by The Flashbulb. It’s just electronic music that is really great to write to.

And I’ve been listening to Hamilton almost every day. I am so very addicted. I love the story it portrays.

OtherThings

I SAW GLADIATOR!!! AND I LOVED IT JUST LIKE I EXPECTED I WOULD. I flail about it here. Gah!!!

I watched Star Trek Beyond the day it came out! It was so cool! I hadn’t even been expecting to see it. It was my first Star Trek movie that I’ve seen. I had watched a few episodes of the original tv show, but that was it for what I had see of Star Trek. But now that I saw the movie, I started really watching the show and I love it now.

There was such epicness (Is that even a word?) like this.

I finished the tv show Merlin! And now I understand why everyone’s upset at the ending. AGH!!! 😦 It was terrible.

Then I saw Jason Bourne the day it came out too! The whole time I was in the theater watching it, I couldn’t stop moving. I kept uncrossing my legs or crossing them or tapping my foot or something. It was so intense. It was really good.

Because everyone needs this gif.

So yeah, I got to see quite a few good movies this month.

How was your month? Did you do Camp NaNoWriMo? Did you see any of the new movies that came out? Tell me all the things!

-G. Paige 

 

Monthly High Points: June (Including Snippets of My Novel!)

Monthly High Points

 

WritingI have only written a couple thousand this month, but I know I’m getting so so so close to the ending. So, do you want to know a bit about it? Well here is a short teaser of what my novel is about:

And this is about my main character, Anar:

A few sentences from my novel:

 

 

 

 

 

 So? What do you think? Are you interested in it? Tell me your thoughts!

I’ve come up with a new story to start with Camp NaNoWriMo which is starting this July. I have a goal of 50,000 words! I hope that I can do it and maybe more, but I’m not sure. I may just be going crazy. 😛

Reading

I didn’t get to many books this month, but I read some good ones.

  1. Rogue (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 3) by Mark Frost
  2. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  3. A Time to Die (Out of Time Series: Book 1) by Nadine Brandes
  4. The Rise of Aredor (The Rise of Aredor: Book 1) by Claire M. Banschbach
  5. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive: Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
  6. House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 4) by Rick Riordan
  7. Unstrung (Unwind Dystology: Book 1.5) by Neal Shusterman
  8. Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction
  9. The Valley of Unrest by Edgar Allan Poe

I also read the Bible book The Song of Songs.

Rogue: It was a really disappointing ending. So many things were left undone.

The Sword of Summer: Really really good! I think this will be a better series than The Kane Chronicles!!!

A Time to Die: *screams like crazy* THIS WAS AMAZING! It was so different and beautiful.

The Rise of Aredor: I was not expecting to like this so much, but I did! It has this exciting and fun Robin Hood feel.

The Way of Kings: WHAT???!!!!! NO WAY! This book is probably the reason I didn’t get to as many books this month because it was like 1,200 pages LONG! But it was so good, and I can’t wait to get to the next one on my shelf. It is EPIC FANTASY!

House of Hades: This was good, but it had some inappropriate stuff (like one character having homosexual feels towards another) that I wasn’t fond of.

Unstrung: This was great, but it didn’t tie up all the loose ends of Lev’s story and it was too short. I MUST HAVE MORE!!!

Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon: Awesome. It was a great comic that portrayed Hawkeye really well. But there was some inappropriate things.

I am currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor: Book 2) by Claire M. Banschbach

One Thousand Gifts: I did not read any this month.

The Wildcat of Braeton: SO GOOD, OKAY?

Music

So…Aimee and Katie got me interested in the Hamilton (Broadway musical). So I listened to it on Spotify and was immediately hooked. I will warn you that there is little bit of language in almost every song. And some sexual stuff in a song or two. But besides that, I absolutely love it so much. I’m addicted.

And of course I’m listening to Twenty One Pilots. You didn’t think I wouldn’t mention it for once, did you? THEY HAVE A NEW SONG AND I MUST’VE LISTENED TO IT AT LEAST 5 TIMES IN A ROW!!! I LOVE IT!OtherThings

I finished the tv show Firefly. What a fun show! I can’t believe that it got cancelled after only the first season. It’s so sad.

But it was nice to watch the movie Serenity and see all the characters from Firefly.

Yep. That pretty much sums up the show and the movie.

-G. Paige

Monthly High Points: May

Monthly High Points

WritingI didn’t really write this month. I probably did about five hundred words total. I am hoping to get much more do this month.

Reading

I read some fanatic books this month.

  1. The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel: Book 1) by Emmuska Orczy
  2. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 2) by Rick Riordan
  4. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 3) by Rick Riordan
  5. Defy (The Blades of Acktar: Book 3) by Tricia Mingerink
  6. Unwind (Unwind Dystology: Book 1) by Neal Shusterman
  7. Judge (Books of the Infinite: Book 2) by R.J. Larson
  8. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 1) by Marie Rutkoski
  9. King (Books of the Infinite: Book 3) by R.J. Larson
  10. The Paladin Prophecy (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1) by Mark Frost
  11. The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe
  12. Alliance (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 2) by Mark Frost
  13. A Dream within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

I also read the Bible book Ephesians.

The Scarlet Pimpernel: This is probably one of the best classics I’ve read. The adventure was exciting. The romance was so romantic. I love romance set in an older time period.

Stars Above: I loved all the stories. But ‘The Princess and the Guard’ and ‘Something Old, Something New’ were my favorites! I just ship Jacin and Winter so much! Along with Kai and Cinder! I’m so sad the series is over.

The Son of Neptune: Finally! I’m reading about Percy again! This was fun and intense.

The Mark of Athena: Maybe even better than the one before it? I’m not sure. They were both great. But it was so cool to see Annabeth’s point of view for the first time!

Defy: *runs around screaming and squealing* THIS WAS SO SO SO AMAZING! Agh! The torture!

Unwind: This is one of those books that you keep thinking about long after you’ve read it. And the more you think about it, the more you like it. It was unique and twisted, but very good.

Judge: This was better than the first, but probably only because it had more of Kien.

The Winner’s Curse: This is now one of my new favorites. I love the style of writing. There were so many good quotes.

King: This was good, but I didn’t think it was that good of a conclusion. It was definitely a bit rushed at the beginning too.

The Paladin Prophecy: For a reread it was as good as the first time. What a adventure!

Alliance: Totally not as good as the first one. It was choppy and didn’t flow well.

I’m currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Rogue (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 3) by Mark Frost

I’m also reading the Bible book Philippians.

One Thousand Gifts: I’ve read one chapter and I got to say that the writing is amazing. It is so poetic.

Rogue: This is interesting. I’m hoping that it is better than book two.

Music

Of course I’m listening to Twenty One Pilots. It is addicting. I’m trying to memorize all the rapping parts of all the songs.

I’ve also repeatedly played Lost Boy by Ruth B and Dead Hearts by Stars. They are catchy.

OtherThings
May 12th I went and saw Captain America: Civil War. I survived. I won’t give any spoilers, but what a great and heartbreaking movie. I loved how it ended, though I now want the next one so badly! Help!

LOST is turning out to be one of my favorite shows e.v.e.r. I love that there are so many characters and they’re all so fascinating and intriguing. Gah! It is creepy and scary, but I like it that way. It is different from other things I’m watching.

On May 29th I started Downton Abbey. Hmmm… It is interesting, but I have already seen some inappropriate stuff and I’m only on the third episode.

Have any of you seen any spaghetti westerns? I watched two this month: Joe Kidd and High Plains Drifter. I am loving them! They are so fun! The music, the long instances of silence, the gunfights, the land, it is all so neat.

I also saw this movie called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That was interesting, really interesting. I watched it in Chinese with English subtitles. And what a strange ending.

G. Paige

Monthly High Points: April

MonthlyWriting!!!

I finally, finally got to some writing this month! *runs around screaming with happiness* Camp NaNoWriMo was absolutely great. Thank you, Nadine Brandes, for letting me join your cabin! That word war we did together was amazing. I hope that we can do more together soon.

I got to about 30,070 words. It is not as big a number as some people did, but I’m proud of it. Now my novel that I started in November is about 80,320 words long. I did not even know that I could write something this long and it’s not even done yet. I’m hoping that I’ll finish it around 100,000 words. Then on to editing!

Reading…

I have to say…I read some amazing books this past month.

  1. Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 3) by Mary Weber
  2. Glass Sword (Red Queen: Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Samara’s Peril (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 3) by Jaye L. Knight
  4. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Steel Scars (Red Queen: 0.2) by Victoria Aveyard
  7. Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood: Book 2) by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  8. Alone by Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
  10. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  11. The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Siren’s Song: Woah… This was so good. What a ending.

Glass Sword: This was intense. These characters will all DIE! I’m sure of it.

Samara’s Peril: I’m so glad that I got to read this early. But now I get to wait extra long for the next one. This is one of my favorite series EVER! The characters will make me go insane. Or, at least, make me sound like I’m insane.

The Lost Hero: It’s great to again enter one of Rick Riordan’s worlds. The humor was awesome. But, this is still not as good as Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

The Scorpio Races: OH. MY. WORD. This was so good. I loved this so much. It was gorgeous. It was beautiful. I’m in love.

Steel Scars: Shade! I just need a book on Shade now (thank you very much).

Veiled Rose: This took a long time to get into, but the ending so made up for it.

As you can see, the rest of the stuff I read was poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. I love his crazy and weird stuff. It is like the only horror that I read.

I’m currently reading…

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel: Book 1) by Emmuska Orczy

I am also reading the Bible book Ephesians.

One Thousand Gifts: I read nothing of this, this month.

The Scarlet Pimpernel: This is a little slow, but very good. This will probably be one of my favorite classics.

Music!

You. Must. Listen. To. Twenty. One. Pilots. I’m still addicted to it… But I have been a bit into George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong. I love that feel that this type of old music gives you.

Other Things!

Having Amanda and her family over was so great! We did so many awesome thin together (like going to this rainforest called El Yunque). I was such a sobbing mess when they left. But I hope we can see each other soon.

I started watching Firefly. It’s pretty unique. It’s kind of a mix of Han Solo type adventures, country, and futuristic stuff (spaceships, technology, etc.).

On April 29th, I started on the show LOST… I’m already addicted. It has a good bit of scariness to it that it kind of refreshing in a way.

I’m patiently (Actually no, I’m kind of freaking out!) waiting to see Captain America: The Civil War. Go Captain America! Protect Bucky!

By the way, you see that photo up there? That’s what I’ve been feeling like I’ve been doing all month: running like crazy.

Also, May the fourth be with you!

-G. Paige

Monthly High Points: March

MonthlyWriting!

Well, I didn’t do any writing this month, but I joined Camp National Novel Writing Month. So this April I’m setting a goal of writing 30,000 words. Wish me luck!

Anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo this April?

Reading!!!

I just love books. Don’t you? 😉

  1. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4) by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle: Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland
  4. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle: Book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. The Giver (The Giver Quartet: Book 1) by Lois Lowry
  6. Jackaby (A Jackaby Novel: Book 1) by William Ritter
  7. The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles: Book 2) by Rick Riordan
  8. The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles: Book 3) by Rick Riordan
  9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle: Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater
  10. Queen Song (Red Queen: Book 0.1) by Victoria Aveyard

I also read the Bible books Titus and Philippians. 

Winter: Ahh… I loved this book! It was a great conclusion, but I want more Cinder and Kai!

The Raven Boys: These characters sell the book. I loved it except for the fact that there was a lot of bad language.

Dreamlander: Beautiful. I mean absolutely beautiful. A really good mix of fantasy and contemporary. So intense and exciting. It had such a sad (but good) ending.

The Dream Thieves: I couldn’t figure out the plot to this one, but I still loved it. My precious characters. *hides them and keeps them safe from harm*

The Giver: This was a reread for school, but I’m glad I read it again. It’s still as good as the first time.

Jackaby: So strange…and weird. But it was great and quite different from what I’ve been reading.

The Throne of Fire: I read the first one in this trilogy awhile ago, but it was so good to read a Rick Riordan again.

The Serpent’s Shadow: A pretty good closing to the series, but quite strange with Sadie and her two boyfriends.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue: I understood this one better than the last one. Oh, how how how is this series going to end???

Queen Song: Very good to learn a bit about Queen Coriane, but it was also very sad. Poor Coriane…

Right now I am currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 3) by Mary Weber

I’m also reading the Bible book James.

One Thousand Gifts: I only read about ten pages this month, but it is really good.

Siren’s Song: Oh my goodness! It is the last book of an amazing trilogy! Help me!!!

Music!

So…I’m still mostly listening to Twenty One Pilots. I’m pretty sure that I know almost all the lyrics to all the songs.

Right now I have Mad World by Gary Jules stuck in my head. All because I had to look it up and play it on Spotify after I heard it on American Idol. The man has a very interesting voice.

What have you been listening to? Any artist that you totally love?!

Other Things!!!

Having my amazing friend and her family over for about a whole week is absolutely amazing! I haven’t seen her in over half a year. She is a very close friend and I’ll miss her when she leaves. 😦

What are you up to? Please comment! I’d loved to hear from you.

-G. Paige

 

Monthly High Points: February

Monthly High PointsWriting…

No writing was done at all this month. Ugh…

Reading!

I read a good amount of books this month.

  1. The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman
  2. Miracle in the Hills by Mary T. Martin Sloop
  3. Siren’s Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 2) by Mary Weber
  4. Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good
  5. Red Queen (Red Queen Series: Book 1) by Victoria Aveyard
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3) by Marissa Meyer
  8. Fairest: Levana’s Story (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3.5) by Marissa Meyer
  9. Thunder (Stone Braid Chronicles: Book 1) by Bonnie S. Calhoun
  10. The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
  11. Season of Fire (The Remnants: Book 2) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

The Finest Hours: This was great, but at times it almost felt like a history book.

Miracles in the HillsThis was interesting and funny at points.

Siren’s Fury: I was reading this instead of watching the Super Bowl! I did start out reading while watching the TV but the TV just got distracting so I went to my room. It was intense.

Counted Worthy: This made my eyes watery. I liked it way more than I expected.

Red Queen: I think this was the best book I read this month, but I’m not sure. That plot twist though! I wasn’t expecting that at all.

To Kill a Mockingbird: The author died during the time I was reading this. Coincidence? i think not. It was amazing.

Cress: I loved it! Cress and Thorne are adorable together!

Fairest: Levana’s Story: Creepy. Woah… I can’t believe some of the stuff she did.

Thunder: Pretty good. There were some writing inconsistencies though.

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: A short and easy read with some very good points.

Season of Fire: Very good and a bit stressful, but there was something that didn’t catch me like the first one.

I’m currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4) by Marissa Meyer

One Thousand Gifts: I haven’t read any this month.

Winter: I love Jacin and Winter! He is so protective and she is so strange.

Music!

I’m still listening to Twenty One Pilots like it is going out of style. I’ve never been so addicted to one artist (and I think I got at least one of my family members to really like it). Go listen to them right now!

Other Things!

I started watching When Calls the Heart on February 22nd and I don’t think I’ve ever squealed and grinned during a show before this one. I’m not usually into this type of show but it got me hooked. I love it and I already finished season two on March 3rd.

Schoolwork has been pretty good this month. But…it’s school, so I’m excited for this summer.

I saw The Finest Hours movie and it was really intense and neat. Those waves… It is such an amazing true story. They did change it from the book, of course.

So what have you been up to? Anything you’re excited about for this month? I’d love to hear from you and chat a bit.

-G. Paige

Monthly High Points: January

ahr-largeWriting…

I did a teeny tiny bit of writing. Like 125 words. *hides* I know, it’s been two months now since NaNoWriMo. I really need to get back to it. I need a boost or something. Help me out!

Reading!

This was another month of pretty good reading.

  1. Ashburn (I.C.E. Agency Series: Book 1) by Julia Erickson
  2. The Exiled Queen (The Seven Realms Series: Book 2) by Cinda Williams Chima
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter: Book 4) by J.K. Rowling
  4. In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  5. The Elfstones of Shannara (The Shannara Trilogy: Book 2) by Terry Brooks
  6. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 1) by Marissa Meyer
  7. Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Book 1) by Anthony Horowitz
  8. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  10. Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes
  11. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 2) by Marissa Meyer

Ashburn: This was very fun and exciting! There was lots of action.

The Exiled Queen: Why did I read this? It ruined my favorite character through the actions he chose.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: I recently had rewatched the movie version of this so I just had to reread the book. So good.

In His Steps: Great book. It gives you such motivation to truly live for Christ. I had forgotten most of it so it was great to reread for school.

The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Chronicles (a new tv show) is based off of this book. I really enjoyed this book, but I didn’t get as into it as the first one. But I can’t wait to read more.

Cinder: I was a little nervous at starting this. I mean, a cyborg? But only a little bit into it, I knew I shouldn’t have worried. It was fantastic!

Stormbreaker: Good book, for a kid. To me, it felt a bit unbelievable and had too many coincidences.

Up From Slavery: A very interesting autobiography Just not really my thing.

Unbroken: Oh my word!!! This was absolutely amazing. It was so so so good. I mean, what happened to Louis wasn’t great, but it was a very powerful and moving story. Everyone needs to read this at some point in their lives.

Mama’s Bank Account: Such a funny set of stories…with great life lessons.

Scarlet: It wasn’t as good as Cinder, but it was still wonderful. It was kind of creepy too. I wasn’t expecting it. But I love Wolfe!

I’m currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman

One Thousand Gifts: Sadly, I haven’t read any of it this month. I need to get back to it.

The Finest Hours: Really neat. Almost unbelievable. I can’t wait to see the movie!

Music

Okay. Twenty One Pilots. ‘Nuff said. Well…maybe not. It is absolutely addicting and about the only artist I’ve been listening to since early December. I hardly listened to Christmas music because of it! Oh my…

Other Things…

The Blacklist. What did I get into? I just finished season two last night. And I started it January 2nd. That is forty-four episodes in how many days? Yeah, I know. But it is so amazing. James Spader plays the main character and I just love him! He also does the voice of Ulton in Avengers: Age of Ultron. His voice is. Just. Awesome.

G. Paige

Monthly High Points: December

ahrWriting…

So…it is a bit sad to say, but I haven’t written one more word for that novel I started since November. Not. One. Single. Word. But hey, I’ve never written that much in my life. I needed a break.

I will strive to get to some writing this month, just at a slower pace. I really want to finish writing the novel so that I can go back and make some changes. I have a few ideas for some drastic changes. I mean, really drastic. Like I’m going to rewrite the story in a whole, new way! We’ll see how it goes.

Reading!!!

So I didn’t get to any writing (unless you count my schoolwork). But I got to a bunch of reading! So that was fabulous!!! Here are the books I read this month:

  1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  2. The Sword of Shannara (The Shannara Trilogy: Book 1) by Terry Brooks
  3. Noble Imposter (The Cantral Chronicles: Book 2) by Amanda L. Davis
  4. Viral Execution (The Cantral Chronicles: Book 3) by Amanda L. Davis
  5. Co. Aytch by Samuel Rush Watkins
  6. Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain
  7. The Negotiator (The O’Malley Series: Book 1) by Dee Henderson
  8. Falling Kingdoms (A Falling Kingdoms Novel: Book 1) by Morgan Rhodes
  9. Water Princess, Fire Prince (The Rizkaland Legends: Book 1)
  10. Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief: Book 1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  11. Storm Siren (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 1) by Mary Weber
  12. A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu

 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Such a interesting and moving book. It was great to reread it.

The Sword of Shannara: Seriously. Just go read it. If you like The Lord of the Rings go read it now! If you like any sort of fantasy, read it! Click here for my review. It was amazing.

Noble Imposter: Good and very interesting. But I just wasn’t into it.

Viral Execution: Better than any of the others in this trilogy, but I still didn’t get into it sadly. I just don’t think that this trilogy was for me. But I think many people would love this!

Co. Aytch: This was an amazing true account of a Confederate soldier who served throughout the Civil War. I wouldn’t let kids read this for it was very bloody, but it was so good.

Humorous Stories and Sketches: This was quite funny, though I think there was some humor that I didn’t get. It also has some life lessons in it.

The Negotiator: Really cool adult mystery. I really enjoyed this. So much suspense and thrilling moments.

Falling Kingdoms: Not good in my opinion. But I still love that cover.

Water Princess, Fire Prince: So nice to reread this. Love it!

Mark of the Thief: Oh my goodness! Ancient Rome! Magic! Yes!!! *ahem* I really loved this! I need the next one!

Storm Siren: Another absolutely awesome book!!! It has a heart stopping cliffhanger too! *jaw drops* I. Did. Not. See. That. Coming.

A Dream Not Imagined: A sweet Cinderella retelling for all ages with quite a plot twist.

Many of these I have reviews for and as soon as I have a day available I will post it.

So I’m currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Ashburn (I.C.E. Agency Series: Book 1) by Julia Erickson

One Thousand Gifts: Truly a great book about living life to the fullest.

Ashburn: I actually already finished this, but that happened in January and this is a post for what I was doing in December. Anyways, it is a great secret-agent-on-a-mission book.

As you can see, I got a lot of books read. It was fantastic!

Other Things…

In the days before Christmas, I scrambled to get halfway through all my schoolwork. I started school in October because of moving an ordering school stuff (which takes awhile to come). So I was did work on the weekends if I found the time (outside of reading). And during the weekdays, some days I did double or triple the work. It was crazy, but I finished on the 23rd of December. Then took off the whole next week.

I went and saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the 17th and got all the Star Wars feels. I was so afraid that Star Wars would be ruined, but it was epic. I couldn’t stop thinking about the movie for awhile afterwards.

How was your Christmas??? I’d love to hear about it. Mine was great. I got many books (you can see that from the pictures). Also, I got a LEGO Doctor Who set. I haven’t built it yet, but it looks really wonderful. I’m a total Whovian, if you don’t already know.


Do you see those two books on top?! They’re each about 1,200 pages!!! I can’t wait to read them!


These are both hardbacks (which are the best, mind you), and I just had to show you the beautiful covers!!! Aren’t they pretty?

Well, I hope your Christmas was amazing! Have an awesome day!

Allons-y!

-G. Paige

 

Monthly High Points: November

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Hey everyone! I’m sorry for not posting much this last month. I decided I would start a new series of posts on the high points of each month for me. Today’s post will be on what has been going on in November.

Writing!!!

Surprise! So I actually started writing a book this month for the first time! I would love to publish it in a year or so once I’ve finished it and fixed it all up. It needs a lot of work.

I don’t know how many of you know about this, but there is this program called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). I had heard so much about it in recent months and found out it was a contest to try to write 50,000 words for a novel in November! Crazy, right?!

Well, I decided I would try it next year once I had a novel planned out (I do like to plan ahead of time). Then on the evening of November 4th I saw everyone everyone talking about it. That got me excited. Right there I made the rash and late decision to sign up. I can’t believe what I did. I don’t like making late decisions. They’re stressful. But I’m so happy that I did.

I had an idea (if you can even call it that) for a start of a series. I had even wrote a little prologue for it a month or so earlier. But I started all over on November 5th. From there I wrote about 2,000 words a day. I didn’t have a plan or anything. I was just going with the flow. Just so you know, I do not do that usually.

On November 29th I finished 50,000 words! I can’t believe it (and the novel isn’t even finished)! So this is why I didn’t do much blogging. Anyways, I just want to congratulate some of my writing friends that completed 50,000 words too. Great job! Even those who didn’t complete the word count. At least you still tried.

So…AlyssaHope, and Katie Grace: congrats! You guys did an amazing job!

Reading…

I didn’t get to much reading this month, because of writing. But I did read:

  1. A Superhero Story (Wearing the Cape: Book 1), by Marion G. Harmon
  2. A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, by David Crockett
  3. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass
  4. Deny (The Blades of Acktar: Book 2), by Tricia Mingerink
  5. The Demon King (The Seven Realms Series: Book 1), by Cinda Williams Chima
  6. CinderEddy, by Kendra E. Ardnek

A Superhero Story: It was recommended to me and I quite enjoyed it, though there was just a bit too much romance. You can check out my review of it for more info.

A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett: I started in October, but didn’t finish it until November. It was a school reading, but still good. A bit weird.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Was sad and a bit depressing (this was a school reading too). It was very informative and interesting into the life of a slave.

Deny: I loved it (you can definitely tell by my review)! I can not talk enough about how good it was.

The Demon King: It was really good, but the romance started to go a bit too far. I’ll be posting a review soon.

CinderEddy: It was a cute and short Cinderella retelling. I liked it.

Right now I’m currently reading:

  • The Sword of Shannara (The Shannara Trilogy: Book 1), by Terry Brooks
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Water Princess, Fire Prince (The Rizkaland Legends: Book 1), by Kendra E. Ardnek

The Sword of Shannara has the same kind of feel as The Lord of the Rings. It is really epic right now (and I’m only 238 pages in out of 726 pages).

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a reread for school again. But I’m still enjoying it.

Water Princess, Fire Prince is a reread. This is the first book I beta read like months ago. I’m finally getting to reading the official version of it.

I hope to get to a lot more reading this month, since I won’t have to write as much.

Other Things…

I watched the whole season of the Netflix tv show Daredevil in about one week! It was really dark, which I kind of like (just a bit), but I think it got a bit too dark. Also, there was a lot of language. There was plenty of violence too, but that doesn’t bother me as much. Besides all of that, I really enjoyed it! It was really well done and the characters were well portrayed.

Well, that is it. What have you guys been up to this November? I’d love to hear from you!!!

-G. Paige