Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (13)

From Amanda’s blog:
Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and I shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week.

Book review — Exiled (The Protector, #1), by M. R. Merrick

Audiobook review — I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1), by Barry Lyga

Book review — Husk, by Corey Redekop

Audiobook review — Liesl & Po, by Lauren Oliver

Guest post — Halloween Jaunts, Taunts, and Haunts, by author Sutton Shields

Audiobook review — The Turning (Blood Ties, #1), by Jennifer Armintrout

Audiobook review — Click-clack The Rattlebag, by Neil Gaiman

Feature — It’s NaNoWriMo Time! Get Your Pens! Get Your Paper! Start Writing!

Book Hoarder’s Selection — Speechless, by Hannah Harrington

What did I do this week? Not that much …

  • NaNoWriMo started this week! Honestly, I wasn’t going to participate because I thought I’d be too busy between my job, volunteering, and all of life’s other commitments, but I got talked into it. To tell the truth, I’m pretty happy I got talked into participating because I’m really enjoying it so far. I find that I want to write, but never seem to actually do so. It’s always so easy to say something and not carry through with things, so it’s great to be making progress.
  • I had a few shifts at the library, which were pretty awesome. I’m still not totally confident, but I’m getting there! I love recommending books to people and helping them find the books they need. And the staff are WONDERFUL! I love it so much! I also volunteered this week (like I do each week) at the elementary school library. I spent two hours putting books away — it was nuts! But since I love organizing, it’s kind of fitting.
  • And it snowed! We got a TON of snow this week, which is a change from last year when we barely got any. I hate driving in the snow, so it kind of sucks when I have to go places, but I’ll get used to it. It’ll sure be nice to have lots of snow for the holidays!
  • As far as blogging goes, it feels nice to slow down and get into the groove of a schedule. I think the way I have it laid out, I have 1-2 days a week where I don’t post. October was CRAZY for posts, as was September, so it’ll be nice to slow down and really enjoy blogging and reading. Yes, I enjoy events, but they take a LOT out of a person!

Unbreaking the Shelves progress: 

  • I did not buy books this week! That’s GOTTA be progress. Even if I had poor reading skills. I wrote that on Wednesday and then bought books by the end of the week! Fail! I also only read ONE BOOK this week, so Fail #2.

NaNoWriMo progress: 

  • I am making good progress with NaNoWriMo! In the first two days, I passed the 6,000 word mark, which was good since I wasn’t planning to write on the third day. I really hope I can stick to my schedule and remain a bit ahead of the game. I know I’m going to have days where I don’t want to write, or days where I’m going to feel stuck with the plot, so it feels good to be on schedule!
  • Since I’m doing NaNo this month, my reading has been weird. I was reading some books within the genre that I’m writing, so I had to reassess my reads. I thought I’d put together a vlog showing what I plan to read this month!

Awesome things happening around the blogosphere! And because it’s NaNoWriMo, there are TONS of links to share with you!

On the video side, I found this older video from John Green about the year he participated in NaNo:

*** my listing style for this section is totally stolen from the oh-so-organized Amanda, who got it from Tara. My hope is that some of their organization will rub off on me. Is it possible? Not likely. 

Read-in-2012 (224)

  • One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2), by Jeaniene Frost

Currently-Reading (4)

  • Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1), by J. R. Ward
  • On the Island, by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, #1), by Kresley Cole (audiobook)
    • This book has the WORST narrators! The male narrator’s voice for the female character kind of sucks.
  • @WriMo: A 30-Day Survival Guide for Writers, by Kevin S. Kaiser

Own-Must-Read (366)

  • Sweet Surrender (Sweet, #1), by Maya Banks
  • @WriMo: A 30-Day Survival Guide for Writers, by Kevin S. Kaiser
  • The Impact of a Single Event, by R. L. Prendergast
  • The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1), by Jaci Burton
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2), by Michelle Hodgkin

erlend loe is crap
— We can never be friends. Ever.

things you like in novels
— Well, I like the words. And the characters. And the stories.

feel embarrassed to read it
— You should never feel embarrassed about your reads! We need to get over this!

How was your week? Have you read anything good lately?

© 2012, Reading In Winter. All rights reserved.


22 thoughts on “Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (13)

  1. I have never read any Erlend Loe, so I have no opinion. But I’d never call a writer “crap” anyway!
    I volunteer at my kids’ school libraries and I always loved shelving. I’m really fast!
    Hope your NaNoing is going well!

  2. I agree with Amanda! You read a book! WIN! I’m averaging one book a week these days, too. BLAH, but it’s still reading. I need to stop pressuring myself to read ALL THE BOOK right now. heh.

    Yay for library and school library stuffs! And yay for NaNo. GOOD LUCK!

  3. So glad to hear you are doing well at the library. Recommending books is a lot of fun when you feel like you know what you are talking about. 🙂

    I am like you. I post 5 days a week and now that I am on a schedule like that, I find that it is easier and a lot less stressful. I don’t post on Wednesday or Sunday. That’s not to say I wouldn’t post on those days if something came up like a blog tour, but on regular weeks, this makes more sense for me. Having a set regiment really works. And I NEVER thought I would say that. Anyway, I am glad you have found something that works for you.

    Have a great week!

  4. I am upset. I clicked start and started singing the In My Mailbox song and was tricked! *sobs* couldn’t you just throw it in there for me?!?! I have been slacking on the reading lately just like you and I think starting this week I will be starting to pay for it a bit as I am no longer that ahead in my scheduling and I hate feeling rushed! That cover is so hot, I totally understand why you are putting it in your pants 😉

    • Ha ha. I’m glad you now know why I was putting the book in my pants!

      At least I put some kind of music in the video. 🙂 I’ll definitely be trying to read more this week! We’ll get on each other’s case!

  5. Glad to hear the library job and Nanowrimo is going so well!! I think you’ve definitely got the right idea as you said in your vlog of staying away from reading books that are too similar to the book you’re writing. It’s good to hear that you’re enjoying reading contemporaries lately – I’m definitely getting into them a lot more lately, as well, than I have been all year!

    • Contemporaries are GREAT. I love not feeling like I have to commit to an entire series. That being said, if I read a contemp by an author who has a lot of books and LOVE it, then I want to read all of their books. Still, at least the books all have different characters!

  6. I make a list to read every month. East of Eden has been on there for the last 6 months >.< I'm FINALLY reading it now (Woop!) and plan to read half, then a review book or two, then the other half, before the end of the month! I will finish it!!! lol

    I'm also loving contemporaries right now! Heck, I love everything right now pretty

    Scheduling is always good 🙂 It helps keep me sane to know things are being

    • I’m curious if my list will work. I never usually make a list or anything because I’m such a mood reader — my reading ALWAYS changes from what I plan.

      Contemporary books are AWESOME! I love that I can finish it and not feel like I now have to read the series. And there are some series books that have a CRAZY amount of books in them. So, yes. Contemporaries are great!

  7. Your library job sounds awesome! I would love to just shelve books. It was one of the things I liked best when I worked in a bookstore.

    And booooooo to the snow! We have some wet snow today that’s finally starting to stick, and that’s just so sad. It’s a whole month earlier than last year. *more grumbling about the snow*

    Hope you have a great week!

    • The funny thing is that we don’t shelf a LOT of books, just certain books. There are pages who come in and do the major shelving. But it’s awesome to see what comes in and what goes out, and I love organizing books, so when we shelf read, it’s a lot of fun for me. 🙂

      We barely got ANY snow last year! It’s nuts that it was here before November … lately our winters have been so mild.

  8. But now the snow is all gone!! And today it felt like spring! 🙂

    I really wouldn’t feel bad about only reading ONE book silly girl. Look how much you wrote! AND you spent a whole afternoon talking books at Chapters AND somewhere in there you started ANOTHER BLOG!! Seriously, you are a machine 🙂

My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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