Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo #3

Welcome to week 3 of prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo 2018! Today I thought it would be a good idea to talk about researching when outlining because it is a really important part of the outlining process, more so for some than others. I know for me, my current WIP requires a lot of research and often I am asking myself these two questions: what do I really need to research? and how much is too much research?

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When it comes to researching, I recommend researching as much as you can. Do as much as you think is necessary and even a little more. It is important to know more than your readers will, so even if you don’t plan on injecting every bit of this research onto the page, it can come in handy later on. Okay, now onto the first question!

What will I really need to research?

This question depends on what kind of research you are doing. If you are researching an entirely different civilization for your book, it is pretty obvious that you will need to know what they wore, what they ate, what their government was like, what the common day looked like for them…basic things that we know about ourselves. For example, maybe you want to write a book that takes place during Ancient Greece and you are focusing on Greek mythology. Clearly you will need to research everything about the gods and the rich myths and legends that come with this ancient civilization, but it is also important that you know what they ate and what they wore and maybe even throw in a few common phrases people would say. Every little thing you throw in will add to the authenticity of your story and make it that much better. However, if you are not researching a civilization but maybe you need to know about a certain job like a scientist, that means it will be handy to know what kind of scientist they are, their pay, their hours, their duties, etc.

How much research is too much research?

The next question might be the most important one because while I just said above to research a lot, and that is true, but there is researching a lot and than there is researching too much. You should take the time to carefully research what you need to but don’t let the research take too much time away from the actual writing of your story. For me, I am giving myself 3 weeks to research (already 1 1/2 weeks in) and then wherever I am at, I need to stop and write. By the end of 3 weeks I should know enough about what I researched to actually start on my story, thus not allowing me any excuses. I recommend setting yourself a time span like this, and if you don’t feel it is enough time by the end of it, don’t worry, write anyways. You can research along the way or just blast through your first draft and research more afterwards for your second draft. The point is, don’t let researching get in the way of you writing, especially with something like Camp NaNoWriMo!

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That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading + Writing Update

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Reading Update!

Hey guys! Sorry I have been kind of off and on lately, I’ve been busy with Camp NaNoWriMo, other writing projects and of course, reading. Since I’ve been busy I decided to update you guys with a reading update!

So I finally completed Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead a few days ago, and it is the final book in the Vampire Academy series. I was really sad to finish it but it was such a great series and I am definitely glad I picked it up. Since I finished that series, I moved back to the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu which I started last month. At the moment I am about 270 pages into the second book, Prodigy and I am loving it so much! Very excited to finish it because its amazing, and so I can get onto my next book: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson! I have never read a Morgan Matson book but I have heard her books are amazing so I am ecstatic to finally be able to read one. After that I will be reading books I have picked out for the Booktube-A-Thon because I will be participating in that this year! I am actually working on creating my YouTube channel at the moment but I most likely will have my first video up tomorrow which will be my Booktube-A-Thon TBR so stay tuned for that! If you are curious, my channel is the same as my blog, mylifewithbooks and I really hope some of you check out my video when it goes up and hopefully you all will like it. I have been wanting to create a channel for a while now and I am finally just going for it so hopefully I will be decent at it!

Anyway that is all for this reading update and I will be back soon with another blog post!

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #2

It is day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have started off a bit shaky. By the 3rd day I had 5k words but I ended deleting a good portion of that because I decided to totally change the direction of my story. Now I am a but behind being as 6k words but I know I will be able to eventually catch up before the end of the month. I just wasn’t feeling the direction of my story and had no motivation to write it so once I changed it and fixed a few things it became so much easier and more fun to write! Anyways I hope your writing is going great and good luck!

Writing Tip of the Day: Start your story in the middle of the action. By doing this you are making your story far more interesting to your readers because we get straight to the point, and I don’t mean right in the middle of the battle but just when things are starting to heat up.

June Library Book Haul!

I went to the library A LOT this month because I didn’t have money to get any of the books I wanted so I ended up getting quite a few books…so here they are!

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead is the final book in the Vampire Academy series which I am currently reading and loving! I am taking my time with this book because I don’t want it to end honestly! You can check out my June TBR if you don’t know what this series is about but I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Twilight or really just any lover of urban fantasy.

Prodigy by Marie Lu is the second book in the Legend trilogy (again if you are curious on what this trilogy is about check out my June TBR). I loved Legend and I heard Prodigy is even better so I am so excited to get to it! I will most likely be reading this book once I finish Last Sacrifice 🙂

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi is bind up of two novellas from the Shatter Me trilogy which I absolutely adore!  This book is quite short, being around 200 pages so I will be able to finish it quickly but really, I am just happy to be back in this world!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson is a book I have wanted to read for such a long time! Also I have wanted to read a Morgan Matson book for so long now so I decided to start with this one because I have heard great things!

Those are all the books I hauled from the library this month and I hope you enjoyed this post!

How To: Get Books for Cheaper

You guys really liked my How To: Write a Novel post so I decided to write another How To post! This one is all about where too get books for cheaper because that is always a struggle for me. I hope you all like it!

Websites – bookoutlet.ca/com is a great website where you can get books for really, really cheap and they have a great variety of books. I don’t use this website much just because I prefer to buy my books in store but if you like online shopping then definitely check this website out!

Used Book Stores – Used book store are a great way to get cheap books. I have this amazing used book store where I live and the books are in good condition and are half the original price if it was brand new! I know that a lot of used book stores have crappy books or ones that are in crappy condition but if you go searching you will find a good one!

eBooks – I like eBooks for travelling because it makes things so much easier and luckily eBooks are usually cheaper and you can usually find good deals. I do prefer physical copies of books but for travelling eBooks are perfect!

Publishing Companies – By publishing companies I don’t mean them sending you a book. What I mean is that if you sign up for them to email you on deals and new releases, at some point you will be able to claim a free eBook or get some fantastic deals. I go a free copy of Delerium by Lauren Oliver one time! Some examples are Simon and Schuster, Penguin Random House, etc.

Those are some ideas! Comment ways you get cheap books below.

P.S. this post was in no way sponsored these are just some ways I get cheap books.

June TBR!

I cannot wait for June because it means the end of school and more reading time! I don’t have that hard of exams this year so I am still hoping to read a good amount of books by the end of this month. My reading challenge is to at least read 50 books this year and by the end of June I should have read 25 and I am 22 so I think I can make it! Anyways here is my June TBR!

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead is the first book I am hoping to finish in June because it is my current read. I am about halfway done and I am really, really liking it. The first 2 books in this series were a tiny bit slow for me but the story is really picking up the pace in the third one and I am very happy about that! If you want a more detailed summary of this series you can check out my last post: Series to Binge Read, because I talk about it in there.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is a book I really want to finish this month because it has been on my shelf forever. I am not the biggest high fantasy lover but I do love Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series so I am hoping to love this equally as much!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is another book I have had forever and since it is a contemporary novel it will throw me into a more summery mood hopefully. This book has good reviews on goodreads too so that motivates me to finally pick it up!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the last book I want to get to by the end of June. I recently bought this book because I have only heard fantastic things so I really want to jump on the bandwagon and love this book as much as every other person on this planet.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

I just finished Ignite Me and it was so fantastic! Since this is the last book this will be a SPOILER review so if you haven’t read the book go and read it and then come back!


So I basically devoured this whole book. Like the first two, it was so poetically written and I loved it. It didn’t really feel like it was coming to an end but it did and that was sad because this book series is so great! In my opinion, I feel like Tahereh Mafi wrapped it up a bit too quickly but I still liked how everything turned out. Okay, now onto the main part of this book. The ships! I love Warner and Juliette together and I always have. They bring out the best in each other and even though Warner is perfect in my eyes, he needs someone to show his softer sides to everyone else, like Juliette. And Juliette needs Warner because she is stubborn and sometimes needs help to see the big picture which is what Warner does. One thing I do wish is that there were MORE relationships and not just the love triangle. I wanted to see Kenji with someone or even Winston, heck, maybe even James. The only person I did not want in a relationship was Adam, which he wasn’t, because he was very annoying and he needs to calm down before he gets into another relationship. Overall I thought this book was still a fantastic way to wrap up the trilogy, despite its minor flaws and I would give it a 4.5/5 stars!

Not-So-Popular Book Recommendations

I was thinking of a blog post to do and I realized I had a few books on my shelf that were great but not very many people read so I decided to post a Not-So-Popular Book Recommendations post!

Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny is a cute, finding yourself contemporary that is based on the fairy tale, the Frog Prince. It is about this girl named Jess who to be able to pass biology has to be sent to Panama along with some of her other classmates to help save the Golden Frog. When she looses her ring at the bottom of a pool, Travis (someone who she had a history with) retrieves it and as a reward wants 3 dates from Jess. The plot may sound a bit cheesy but the book is great and a really fun and easy read!

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman is a historical fiction book with a hint of fantasy and some Greek mythology in it too! It follows 5 different people, Alexander who is the heir of Macedonia, Katerina who’s mission is to kill the Queen, Jacob who will fight whomever and whatever to win Katerina, Haphaestion who also wants to win Katerina and is a murderer who is hidden by the prince, and Zofia who is a Persian princess that is set to marry Alexander. I thought this book was amazing and I loved following all these different characters because they were all so complex and interesting. I really recommend this book!

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan is an urban fantasy trilogy set around Egyptian mythology. I know that Rick Riordan is well known but I barley ever see this trilogy shown or talked about and it needs to be because its a great, educational trilogy! It follows Sadie and Carter as they unravel their past that seems to intertwine with the Egyptian gods after their father is taken by the evil god, Seth. Their are 3 books in this series: The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow. Please read them!!!

 

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan Non-Spoiler Review

I just finished The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan today which is the first book his new book series so I decided to do a non-spoiler book review!

The Hidden Oracle is about the god Apollo, who is cast down to Earth by Zeus after angering him. The problem is that he has no godly powers and he is ordinary and utterly normal. At the same time something evil is on the horizon and Apollo has to learn to use what he has to stop it along with a few other companions. We even get to see some of the characters from his previous series!

I was really excited to start this book because I love all of Rick Riordan’s books. I have to admit I was a bit nervous that it wasn’t going to meet my expectations but I really enjoyed this book! There were slow parts but it is the first book in a new series so I didn’t really mind. It was so great seeing the old characters but I also loved meeting the new characters and getting to know a few better. Another bonus was that there was a lot of diversity in this book which I thought was great and I hope more authors add more diverse characters in their books. I think overall I would give this book a 4/5 stars just because while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the strongest book ever. I would still recommend it to middle grade readers or anyone who loves his other series!

Books I Want to Read

There are a lot of books that I want to read that I don’t own so here are some of them! Comment down below some books you want to read!

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a bit of an older book but the movie is fantastic and I have seen it so many times that I want to pick up the book! I have heard it is a really good so that is a plus and I am hoping to read this within the next month or two.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a romance book that has a lot of hype around it at the moment because the movie is coming out next month. Every person I know who has read this cried and for some reason that intrigues me. That and the fact it looks like a great book.

Legend by Marie Lu is a series that I really, really want to start because everyone has read it but me! I am pretty sure this is a dystopian trilogy and I just really want to read this and love it as much as I know I will.

The Crown by Kiera Cass is the final book in the Selection series which I adore because it is so cute, well most of the time…and easy to read. I am really sad to see the series end despite the fact I thought it ended after the One. I don’t enjoy reading in Eadyln’s (spelling?) as much as America but I still enjoy the series.

Those are some of the books, definitely not all, that I want to read soon and I hope you liked it!