My Plans For Camp NaNoWriMo

Last week, I asked my sister what she thought I should work on for Camp NaNoWriMo. She arched a brow and asked, “Aren’t you still editing your first novel? Did you finish?” “Well, no. But, I have two other novels that are half way through and an idea for a novella I want to start.” I told her, sheepishly, because I knew what was coming. … Continue reading My Plans For Camp NaNoWriMo

Literacy Lunacy: K.L. Romo’s Life Before

I usually don’t like historical fiction, so when I cam across Life Before, I was hesitant to read it. Looking over the synopsis, I decided to go against my doubt. The genre may not be my first pick, but K.L. Romo’s unique interlacing of history, reincarnation, and prostitution is well done. I feel this has opened my mind up to a new genre—in books and life. … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: K.L. Romo’s Life Before

Literacy Lunacy: Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Blue is for Nightmares

Blue is for Nightmares came across my path in middle school, possibly at the school’s library. It was about witches, which I shared before is rare of the paranormal/supernatural teen genre. The cover was interesting and the summary on the back was a bit scandalous to my pre-teen mind, so it was a novel I was willing to try. As I read on, I learned … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Blue is for Nightmares

Literacy Lunacy: Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

It’s no secret I adore Japanese culture. Since childhood, I gravitated to shows, books, and art relating to almost anything Japanese. In elementary school, I came across Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and I immediately knew it was meant for me. While its story is a bit nontraditional for a children’s book, it connects with me even today. It stills sit on my shelf … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Literacy Lunacy: Kami Garcia’s & Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures was gifted to me in box-set of the full series (before a novella and, I believe, a continuation series was released.) It’s another soon-to-be-film motivated read. Garcia’s and Stohl’s novel is different than the mainstream teen paranormal romances because it centers on witches and magic. There’s no mention of werewolves, vampires, or much else that is supernatural, which is refreshing. Ethan Wate dreams … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Kami Garcia’s & Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures

Literacy Lunacy: Tara Hudson’s Hereafter

I wanted to like Hereafter. It’s about ghosts, which was becoming popular the time it came out. I read it shortly after Anna Dressed In Blood. I went into it unaware what was going to happen, but I was hopeful. Despite having no memory of her life, Amelia is aware she’s dead. She floats aimlessly in her own nightmarish existence in a mysterious river– her … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Tara Hudson’s Hereafter

Literacy Lunacy: Carol E. & John Barrowman’s Hallow Earth

If you watch the Doctor Who reboot, then you should know who John Barrowman is. Carol is his sister! Isn’t that neat? A sibling duo wrote a book together. How rare is that? I read Hollow Earth for an event we had during my time as a bookseller and it was quite an interesting plot. The Caldwell twins, Max and Emily, are more special than … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Carol E. & John Barrowman’s Hallow Earth

Literacy Lunacy: Lauren Oliver’s Delirium

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not do a review on a novel where love is considered a disease? Lauren Oliver’s Delirium is a unique idea of how danger love can be. Though the concept is depressing for those who believe in love, it’s good all around. Every one lives in fear of this illness that is love, eager to take the Cure … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Lauren Oliver’s Delirium

Literacy Lunacy: Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: The Story of A Murderer

What a bizarre novel! I remember the advertisement for this becoming a film ages before I read it, but around that time, I didn’t know it was based on a novel. I forgot about it until my time working in a bookstore jogged my memory. I believe a co-worker was reading it or had read it and brought it up in conversation. Next thing I … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: The Story of A Murderer

Literacy Lunacy: Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Assuming it hasn’t been noticed by now, I’m into books like this one. I don’t recall when or how I came across this book, but it’s likely it was during my time working in a bookstore. Paranormal, supernatural, science fiction, and science fantasy are quick to catch my eye. I enjoy normal fiction, too, but I gravitate toward the listed genres more often. No matter … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August