NaNoWriMo and Non-Fiction November

Hi Readers

So first, NaNoWriMo. 

I told myself last year that I wouldn’t do this again. I’ve attempted it three times now and I’m no good at it. I always fail. And last year I had a mini-meltdown over it and haven’t written anything since. 

But then the tweets start appearing. I see the excitement, the community. And I remembered a goal I still haven’t completed. To write a full length novel that I am proud of. 

I have ideas all the time. I jot down plots, characters, things I want to write about, things I want to say. But when it comes to putting it into a full length novel I get scared. I feel vulnerable and lose all confidence in it.

So this year I am going to do NaNoWriMo. But I am going to be doing it casually. I have no goals. No plans. Just writing something after the year I’ve had will be an achievement for me.

Also this month ‘Non-fiction November’ is happening. It’s run by Olive and Gemma and it’s aim is to get people reading more non-fiction than they normally would. 

I very rarely read non-fiction just because I never make it a priority to. In my 2017 reading goals, one of them was to read 5 non-fiction books and I’ve actually already read four, so I only need to read 1 more. But I want to try and get to a few. 

I don’t know what I’m going to read for this yet or how many books I’m going to try and read. I’ve got a lot of stuff I want to do this month so if I just read one non-fiction this month I’ll count that as a success. 

Let me know if you plan on doing either of these things too!

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Halloween Book Tag

Hi Readers

Halloween is fast approaching, time for a Halloween themed book tag.

1.Carving Pumpkins: What Book Would You Carve Up and Light On Fire?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Every time someone says they love that play I’m just like, how? (p.s I don’t condone book burning.)

2. Trick or Treat: What Character Is A Trick and What Character Is A Treat?

Trick: There’s a certain person in Warcross I want to use for this but if I use the name it may spoil it for you. If you’ve read it, you know.

Treat: Jane Eyre. She is a brilliant character. 

3. Candy Corn: What Book Is Always Sweet?

For this I will have to say Anne of Green Gables. I’m not really a fan of sweet stuff, which may be why I just couldn’t finish this book. 

4, Ghosts: What Character Would You Love To Visit You As A Ghost?

I’m good with having no ghosts visit me, no matter who’s it is. 

5. Costumes: What Character Would You Like To Be For A Day?

I’m going to be boring and say Hermione Granger. I just want to go to Hogwarts. 

6. Wizards and Witches: What Is Your Favourite Harry Potter Moment?

“Not my daughter you bitch.”

7. Blood and Gore: What Book Was So Creepy That You Had To Take A Break From It?

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I actually had to stop reading this at night because I knew it would give me nightmares. 

I tag anyone and everyone.

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Non-Horror Books That Scare Me

Note: Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and is hosted by ThoughtsonTomes on the Goodreads Group.

Hi Readers

This weeks T5W topic is Non-horror that scared me. I don’t typically read horror books anyway so I get most of my thrills from dystopia’s or really effed up realistic situations. 

1.More Than This – Imagine dying and then waking up to a deserted world, with a man in a black suit chasing you. My worst nightmare. 

2. A Monster Calls – Anything like this scares me because I hate the thought of losing my mum.

3. Handmaids Tale – I think we can all agree this is scary situation. 

4. Between Shades of Grey – It scares me how people can and have treated people like the characters in this book. 

5. The Hunger Games – Maybe a bit unrealistic so not as scary to me but still, kids are killing each other in this. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

What I Read: Spookathon and Deweys

Hi Readers

First round of readathons have finished and they were pretty successful. I finished 6 books (DNFed 2) and I found some new favourites.

I was able to complete all of the challenges for Spookathon. Here are the books I read before deweys started:

Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: 47/100 ***

This was the first book I finished and I read it for the Spooky setting challenge. I liked it and I’m glad I finally read it, Neil Gaiman books just don’t do much for me. I wonder if I should read more of his adult fiction.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman: 70/100 ****

This book finally broke the 3 star curse that seems to have befallen on me lately. I really loved this book. I read it for the childhood fear book (kind of accidentally). My childhood fear was the dark and the concept of this is that there’s this unknown monster outside that, when you see it, it makes you crazy and draws you to kill yourself and those around you. If you want to go outside you have to be blind-folded.

I will do a full review of this soon, but I really recommend this if your looking for a creepy read.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling & Jim Kay

I really struggled finding a book with orange on the cover because my planned book (lord of the flies) was a fail. The ‘body’ of this book is orange so that counts, right? This is probably the most creepy of all the HP books. For me. I don’t like snakes or spiders. 

I was actually able to read more for Deweys than Spookathon. Seeing as they overlapped the books I read also met the spookathon challenges.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: 80/100 ****

I was so not expecting to like this, but it was wonderful. Honestly so shocked. This completed the spooky word challenge.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 35/100 **

Maybe I would have appreciated this more as a child but it just didn’t do anything for me. I still haven’t watched the movie and I definitely want to do that.

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land 76/100 ****

Yes guys, I read three 4 star books in one week. Exciting times. This was so eerie and unsettling but in a really subtle way and without saying too much, it’s really shocking. This is another I want to do a full review for. This completed the challenge ‘read a thriller.’

Books I DNFed and don’t want to talk about: It by Stephen King and Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I just didn’t care about either and reading them felt like a waste of time. 

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So I think these two readathons were a success. I really enjoyed the books I read and would highly recommend Bird Box, Frankenstein and Good Me, Bad Me for this halloween.

Now, time for the #AutumnReadathon which I’m doing very casually but am excited for some of the books coming up. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

P.S. The Taylor Swift ‘…Ready For It?’ trailer came out while I was writing this so if there are mistakes it’s because I’m currently freaking out. 

Spookathon: Day 5 Update and Deweys!

Hi Readers

Day 5 went alright, although Cosy Reading Night didn’t go as planned. I didn’t finish Chamber of Secrets before it started so I ended up spending the evening finishing that, which I did. As always, great book. 

Now Deweys is starting in just 3 hours and I’m sticking to my TBR for the most part. I still plan on reading Coraline and Night Film but I’m going to start it off by reading Frankenstein and I’d like to hopefully end it with Uprooted by Naomi Novik. 

I’m going to try and read for the full 24 hours as it’s the special 10 year anniversary. Although a nap may be needed at some point, we’ll see. 

I’ll be updating on twitter all the time so follow me on there if you’re taking part and we can cheer each other on! I am very excited for it to begin. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Spookathon: Day 3 & 4 + #cosyreadingnight plans

Hi Readers

I decided to combine my updates for days 3 &4 because I just didn’t have that much to say about day 3. I was halfway through Bird Box and I finished that yesterday and really enjoyed it. It’s the first book I’ve read in a while that’s gotten more than three stars. I’ll definitely be doing a full review on that soon. 

So I’m now on my third book which is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I hope to finish that before the cosy reading night begins tonight. 

Basically tonight is #cosyreadingnight which is hosted by Lauren from LaurenandtheBooks and it’s an evening starting at 7pm and ending at 10pm BST where you cosy down with a book. I really love this mini ‘readathon’ because it encourages me to read in the evening which I don’t do enough, I normally get distracted by my laptop.

So I plan on picking up Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land as it seems like a short quick read and I’m hoping it’s going to hook me. I’ve heard good things about it. 

Let me know how your spookathon is going and if you plan on taking part in Cosy Reading Night. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Spookathon: Day 2

Hi Readers

Day 2 was SO MUCH better than day 1. I started the day by finishing The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman which I’m so happy I’ve finally read. Three years. It took me three years to read that book. And it was a 3 star read so was it worth it? I don’t know, kind of. 

I then read 200 pages of It by Stephen Kind but some of that was kind of skim read because to be honest I’m not loving this either. I don’t know what it is but if feels like such a chore to read and I’m just not invested. I might put that down and pick it up again next week. 

So, Day 3 I think I may actually try and get to Birdbox which I did plan on reading for Autumn Readathon next week but I think it suits the Spookathon vibe more. And it’s raining so I don’t really feel like walking to my library and getting Uprooted. 

So those are my plans for today, let me know how your Spookathon is going. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X