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Prepare yourselves, friends, this is a big one!
What I’m currently reading
I’ve made two previous attempts to read this when I borrowed it from my library. Both times it was requested by a student almost right away, so I didn’t make much progress either time. I eventually just bought my own copy, and now I’m flying through it.
It’s my favourite book on the subject. It’s hilarious, honest – often brutally so, like when he talks about his addiction to drugs – and I’m learning so much I’m taking notes all the time. If you’re a writer and haven’t read this yet I urge you to give it a space on your bookshelf. Buying this rather than borrowing it was one of the best things I did for myself, and I just know I’ll come back to it every time I need a boost of motivation, or a little encouragement.
Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in the vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 – and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery.
There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as ‘the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature’, Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.
Remember to Love Me
This is my second read by Becky Wright (my review of my first read, The Manningtree Account, publishes here tomorrow) and again she’s introducing me to a genre I’m not familiar with! I don’t read many romance novels, and I don’t think I’ve read any time-slip novels at all unless you count my other read by her, but this book combines the two really well. It’s a celebration of family with the warmth of Christmas sprinkled over it, so it’d make a great Christmas read! I’m a third through it now and I’m excited to see how the story is going to develop from here.
Annabelle yearns for nothing more than motherhood. Losing her own mother in child birth at the tender age of four; a gaping hole has grown in the pit of her belly with the desire to nurture a child. Her sole purpose, she values its significance and her duty to provide an heir to devoted husband Richard Hardwick, successor to a wealthy landowning family. But motherhood may not be as she once hoped, as fate deals her a cruel hand, leaving her with a life-changing dilemma.
Her younger sister Emily, vibrant and full of zest is engaged to the dashing Lance Corporal James Wright, jubilant with thoughts of the future she imagines nothing but wedded bliss on the horizon. But as a new century dawns, darkness falls, as the Boer War gains strength James is deployed to South Africa, leaving his new bride alone with an uncertain future. As melancholy festers, Emily escapes the rural confines of Bury St Edmunds to stay with Aunt Anna by the sea, where she languishes in nature’s rough vast beauty. As the distance stretches between the sisters, so too does the life-thread of family.
April has spent her solitary childhood in the pretty Norfolk village of Winterton-on-Sea, surrounded by its quiet lanes and circular pastel holiday cottages; a child flourishing in its rural beauty and thriving off the natural elements of sandy dunes and buffering waves. But now, after leaving University and as her 21st birthday approaches, April finds herself relocating closer to her Grandmother Sarah, to her mother’s childhood home of Bury St Edmunds; a market town in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Her parents open their longed-for antique shop, and although April is eager to assist with the busy Christmas rush, she aches for something else; a missing puzzle-piece. She looks to Sarah for guidance and direction, struggling to adjust, in her heart, pining for her sea-side home; she takes solace in the extraordinary bond she shares with her grandmother.
April’s feelings of uncertainty amplify as she steps over the threshold of her ancestral home; an early Victorian townhouse at the heart of the historic town, where time has stopped in its tracks, pristine and perfectly antiquated. In a visit to the attic late one afternoon, she discovers more than just dusty tea chests and old suitcases. She encounters an ancestor that has remained, a beautiful ghostly apparition whispering secrets in the shadows.
As the weeks follow and Christmas arrives, April is confronted with strange visions and dreams; memories of a lost, long buried time, of grave secrets, of sisterly love, romance and family loyalties that stretch beyond even love’s limits. April is thrown into turmoil, living moments in two eras, experiencing love and loss in both. With the help of Annabelle’s diary, she begins to unravel the mysteries of her ancestor’s history as her own destiny falls into place. Piecing together snippets of another life, giving peace back to the house and laying ghosts to rest; she unfolds the mystery of her family’s Supernatural Legacy.
What I recently finished reading
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
While this had none of the things every book on writing ever will tell you a book should have – no dialogue, no character development, and no action, to name a few – it had everything it needed in just the right measures. It was delicate, it was whimsical, and I loved the insight into the mind of my favourite character. It’s a lovely little thing, just like Auri, and I recommend you read it if you’ve read The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear first, and if you’ve adored Auri. Otherwise this might just be a little too odd for you.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is set at The University, where the brightest minds work to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy. Auri, a former student (and a secondary but influential character from Rothfuss’s earlier novels) now lives alone beneath the sprawling campus in a maze of ancient and abandoned passageways. There in The Underthing, she feels her powers and learns to see the truths that science—and her former classmates—have overlooked
This book was awesome. Period. <3
My review will follow next week (I hoped if I waited a few weeks it’d be more useful information and less uncontrolled gushing, but I’m not sure that’ll be the case), and as always it’ll be up on Goodreads first. Hopefully today. *ahem* *makes more tea* *signs contract with the devil to have more hours in the day*
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.
The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.
The First Five Pages
As much as I enjoyed this and recommend this to everyone who wants to write or is already writing, I’m glad to be done with it, too. I don’t usually take this long over one book, especially one so short, so I’m relieved you won’t need to see it again in two weeks! 😛
My review will be up next week Thursday, just before my review for Nevernight will go up.
Editors always tell novice writers that the first few pages of a manuscript are crucial in the publishing process — and it’s true. If an editor or agent (or reader) loses interest after a page or two, you’ve lost him or her completely, even if the middle of your novel is brilliant and the ending phenomenal. Noah Lukeman, an agent in Manhattan, has taken this advice and created a book that examines just what this means, and I have to tell you, it’s one of the best I’ve read. Continue reading
All the Birds in the Sky
Unfortunately this didn’t work for me. It’s very rare that I don’t finish a book, but this is now the second book I gave up on. The idea was so intriguing, and there were some brilliant, poignant moments, but the execution led it down. The writing was amateurish for the most part, and I couldn’t connect with the characters at all even though I felt I actually had a fair bit in common with Patricia. There was a lot of “This happened, then this happened, he reacted this way so she said this, and then they went their separate ways’ going on, which got old for me fast. According to reviews this really falls apart in the second half, and since, in my opinion, it already didn’t have things together in the first half I decided to stop. Which I hate doing. But we just weren’t meant to be.
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.
But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together—to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.
A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the Apocalypse.
What I think I’ll read next
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this and I’m excited to finally discover this series for myself. It sounds like a mixture of all my favourite genres so I can’t wait to dive in!
Izzy is on the fast track to nowhere. Being ordinary really blew sometimes. That’s until she meets Lucas–a man that’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Mostly because he isn’t actually a man. He is a supernatural creature that proclaims to police the Light and Dark in order to protect humans.
And Izzy–well–she isn’t the human she thought she was. She is actually a supernatural being as well. And now Lucas is going to do everything in his power to find out what she is and protect her from the Dark lurking around the corner.
Awakening follows Izzy as she navigates this new world of demons, vampires, angels, and many other supernatural creatures. Recruited by the Promiscus Guardians and partnering with the most brooding and devilishly handsome man she’s every met, Lucas, Izzy is suddenly knee-deep up crap creek. Discover the secret behind her power and why it’s such a commodity in her Awakening.
I read the prequel The Fool (you can read my review here) earlier this year and have been looking forward to The King ever since. I’m torn between this and Awakening for my next read, but it will definitely be one or the other, likely followed by whichever one I don’t read first.
Not all vampire hunters dress in head-to-toe leather and sit on rooftops overlooking a gritty vampire-ridden city. Meet Delia Roberts. At twenty-six, she’s a mid-level hunter with the Harriswood League, and, despite her best efforts, isn’t scaling the hunter hierarchy anytime soon.
Months earlier, desperate to prove herself, Delia snuck into an exclusive vampire masquerade, only to wind up with a bite on her neck courtesy of clan leader and gorgeous vampire Claude Grimm. Fearful of the League’s punishment for succumbing to a bloodsucker’s charms, Delia does what she can to hide the bite and pretends the night never happened.
These days, however, Claude is determined to win her over, insisting the spark they felt that fateful night is worth pursuing. As Delia tries to ignore her steadily growing feelings for the enemy and fend off a mounting quarter-life crisis, vampire clan tensions worsen around the quiet city of Harriswood, bringing with them a danger unlike any the League has ever seen.
One that might change the course of history for good.
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!
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