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.
From 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!
Roar 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.
Crimson 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.
Beren 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.