Current Reads & What I’m Listening To

Hi, everyone! So, it’s October! Which means warmer weather (or, if you’re on the other side of the world, then autumn leaves and frost), candy (!!! I. Love. Halloween.) … and the one-month countdown to NaNoWriMo. I told myself last month I’d participate and I plan on holding myself to that, and if I’m successful, it’ll mean I’ll most likely complete ALL my writing goals for ’17. So: keep an eye out for later this month when I’ll blog about NaNo prep—and how I plan for the event (which might help some of you if you’re competing!)

It’s been a little while since I’ve talked about what I’m reading, and although I’ve been so slow at it lately, here are a few of the books that I’ve read recently & some of the ones sitting on my desk to be read.

fromthebeasttotheblonde2From Beast to the Blonde by Marina Warner. This is a fantastic, fantastic look at women in fairy-tales and folklore, and consequently quite feminist (which I freaking love.) While most of the non-fiction serves a purpose for my writing, I picked this one up on the whim because the title caught my attention, and while not strictly related to my writing, I love crafting female characters who are strong, and vulnerable, and real. So—if you’re a fan of females and their role in fairy-tales and folklore, I highly recommend!

29939048Roar by Cora Carmack. I haven’t read any of Cora Carmack’s contemporary romances, but as she’s been compared with J. Lynn (who is one of my all-time favorite romance authors—I LOVE her Wait For Me series) I intend on doing so soon. First off: this book sounds AMAZING, and everything I like in fantasy…so fingers crossed I’ll love it. Secondly: that cover is so gorgeous, and the cover for the sequel, Rage, is equally as beautiful.

images1Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. I’ve mentioned this before, but I was a HUGE fan of Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty. It enchanted me from the beginning and held me captive until the end, and Crimson Bound (so far) is exactly the same. I admit I was surprised at first to see it’s written in third-person-POV (whereas Cruel Beauty used first person), but Rosamund Hodge handles it beautifully. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to checking out the author’s other series, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire. Also: All of Rosamund Hodge’s titles are so beautiful.

BerenLuthienBeren and Lúthien by J. R.R. Tolkien. If you even remotely know me…then you’ll know I’m a massive Tolkien fan, and The Silmarillion is hands-down my favorite Tolkien book ever written. (I would pay good money to see this one adapted to screen, because oh my GOD, I think it has the potential to be breathtakingly amazing.) A tale similar to Arwen and Aragorn, Beren and Lúthien’s story was my favorite from The Silmarillion, so naturally, when I discovered Christopher Tolkien was releasing this? I was thrilled. (That—and there are totally gorgeous illustrations by Alan Lee, whose previous work with Tolkien’s books capture everything so perfectly.)

Music-wise, I’ve added a whole bunch of new songs to my writing playlists thanks to Two Steps from Hell and Audiomachine releasing new albums on the same day. It was like Christmas, and WOW. Both albums blew me away. They’re vastly different—whereas Unleashed (Two Steps from Hell) is badass and adventurous, Life (Audiomachine) is gloriously uplifting and beautiful. ❤ Music has always been an essential part of my plotting and writing process…and both these albums are just both so incredibly inspiring. I’ve talked a bit about how influential music is to me as a writer—and honestly just a person in general—and both these new albums were MORE than I could have hoped for. ❤

So if you guys love score/soundtrack music, then go check them out!

Additionally, I’ve been binge-listening to Lorde’s new album, which is FANTASTIC, and while I don’t usually listen to pop, or at the very least I’m super-selective about it, I love Melodrama and the new angle she’s taken on her music. And ‘Green Lights’ is such an uplifting, hopeful, new-beginnings sort of song… I just love it.

That’s it for this post, but later on this month I’ll have a new post on NaNoWriMo prep, and I’m even considering blogging weekly about my NaNo adventures…but we’ll see.

Readers and writers: Do you plan on doing NaNoWriMo ’17? What are you all currently reading? Any music you’re obsessed with right now?

Currently reading: CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge.

Currently listening to: Basically just alternating between ‘Unleashed’ and ‘Life’ right now.

8 thoughts on “Current Reads & What I’m Listening To

  1. PaperTigerMaddy says:

    Ooh that cover for the audiomachine album is so stunning, I’m going to add it to my playlist right now! I love your TBR, all those covers and titles look soooo romantic. 😀 You mentioning nano has also just made me realise that if I don’t want to fail it I also desperately need to start plotting hahahaaAARGH.


    • karaterzis says:

      Isn’t it!? It totally reflects the sort of music on the album, too. Haha! Me too, honestly. I do have an idea I’m really passionate about…I just need to flesh it out some more. I’ll have a NaNo prep post on here soon, so keep an eye out for that. 🙂


  2. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    I used to listen to Two Steps From Hell ALL THE TIME…I don’t know why i stopped.😂 Definitely going to go check out their new songs then! And yesss, I’m doing NaNo…but I’m also still editing my last project. Like it’s NEARLY done but I haven’t had much of a chance to plot my NaNo book so I don’t even know if it really works properly yet?! *chews nails nervously* Eh. I’ve got a month. What can go wrong. #sweating

    Oh I hope you enjoy Crimson Bound! I really want to read that one. 🎉


    • karaterzis says:

      You must. It’s absolutely BRILLIANT. Haha, I feel your painnnn. I’m trying to finish up a WIP before I dive into NaNoWriMo (which, in hindsight, might be a mistake…but I’ve never been much of a plotter.)


  3. Krysta says:

    My dream is to have a Silmarillion TV series or mini series. But, alas, I know that will never happen. But, to be honest, after seeing what happened to the Hobbit films, I’d be hesitant to sell any more film rights, too.


    • karaterzis says:

      Oh gosh, that would be AMAZING. I think if adapted correctly, it could be down-right incredible…but yes, The Hobbit was a mess (although I kinda enjoyed parts of them), so perhaps it’s a good thing.


      • Krysta says:

        I enjoyed the first Hobbit film the best. Some of the scenes, such as Riddles in the Dark, were really good. But the best scenes were the ones most faithful to the book. The added scenes mostly ruined the pacing of the movie and made the characterization seem inconsistent. :/ In the end, the films were called “The Hobbit” but had stopped being about the Hobbit!


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