My Life in Books Tag!

Yay my first blog post with a tag! I am so excited about this (I am such a nerd)! Thank you The Bookish Khaleesi for tagging me!

Find A Book For Each Of Your Initials

My initials are C A B

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Cress for C

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Allegiant for A

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Battle of the Labryinth for B

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf: What Book is it?

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Mystic City by Theo Lawrence, which I have yet to read.

Pick A Book That Represents A Desitnation You Would Like To Travel.

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Outlander. Scotland is beautiful, filled with great history and it is just gorgeous. How could I not want to go there?

Pick A Book That Is Your Favourite Color.

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Seraphina. Look at how beautiful that cover is! My favourite color ranges all over the place, but I am really loving the shade of purple that was picked. It is much better than the original cover that was picked for the hardback eiditon.

Which Book Do You Have The Fondest Memory Of?

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The Hobbit. My dad introduced me to the Lord of the Rings, he read me the Hobbit when I was a little girl right before bed time. I absolutely loved hearing the adventures that the dwarves, the wizard and a Hobbit went on. When I got older he gave me his copy and told me I know the cover is dangling, but I know how much you love books, so take it and the rest of my book collection I have. Needless to say my dad is one on of the reasons why I love reading and he is responsible for my love of fantasy books.

Which Book Did You Have The Most Difficult Time Reading?

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Finding Paris by Joy Preble. I just find it  boring and the plotline reminds me of Paper Towns, even though I have not read that book, but I have seen the trailer and it reminds me of that. Except instead of the pretty girl that goes missing it is a sister and the boring sister is left to find.

Which Book On Your TBR Will Give You The Biggest Sense of Achievement?

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Grapes of Wrath. It is a longer read and is a classic, which is a genre I usually don’t read and I need to start reading.

NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

November has gone and past and along with the NaNoWriMo. If you do not  know what NaNoWriMo is it is National November Writing Month the month where you sit down and write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Yeah. You might wonder why in the world would anyone want to do that? Besides wanting to rip my hair out when I have a character who refuses to work with me or what I know I am typing is utter crap. I enjoy the challenge. It also feels amazing to get a story going, I get giddy every time I start to form out the story and the plot. Seeing something come to life that has been dancing around my mind is mesmerizing and terrifying. But in NaNoWriMo you have to keep going, you cannot go back once you start.

This year I was nowhere near where I wanted to be, but instead of feeling defeated like I have in the past this year I decided I was going to have positive things to say. I have my characters, a storyline, a setting and I have started the story that I have had in mind for months now. I have started it and through the year I will build on it, strenghting my writing and evolve all parts of the story.

I also learned that I have a lot to learn. I struggled with balancing life, my TBR and writing. I am still learning how to juggle all the above and work. Sometimes I wish I did not have to work, and just make my passions a full time job, but I know that is not possible right now. I also need to get stronger with my writing and learn to pace. I have written nothing but short stories and writing a novel is a bit of a challenge for me, but each day  I have been doing writing excerises to make myself better.

So my takeaway this year is that I have started, which is more than what some writers do. I didn’t scrap what I have started, instead I have done some editing to it and I am hoping that maybe this little idea that I had turns into something. All you have to do is leap and you never know what will follow after that, but isn’t that the fun of things? I know my strength and weaknesses and I am ready to tackle writing a book. It is emotionally and physically draining, but I am doing something I love and who knows maybe I will finally be able to make a hobby into a career.

Did you any of you do NaNoWriMo, if so how did you do?

Happy reading and writing!

Courtney

 

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Review

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Warning there are spoilers if you have not seen the movie or read the book do not read on!

I went into this movie with an open mind. I was not a huge fan of the last book or the last movie. I was bored by both. My reasons for not liking the book will come at a later time. To me part 1 and part 2 fell flat for me.

 

The great things were that it was action packed and they stuck pretty well with the book but it was not enough for me to love it. The action sequences were done well and it kept me excited and intrigued to find out how they did the next trap when they were going into the city.

What bothered me was the cheesiness of the some of the lines and the lack of emotion. I felt nothing when Prim and Finnick died. They just kind of happened and that was that. I hated that there was 20 minutes left of the movie and Katniss finally break downs over her sister. Her sister was her world in the books, but it just came across like she didn’t care. Also when she said goodbye to Gale, I didn’t realize she was saying goodbye forever. And the epilouge felt silly to me which takes me back to the cheesiness.

Overall I give the movie a 3/5 stars. With better editing and scriptwriting this movie had potential to be amazing, but I just felt disappointed.

Have you seen the movie yet, if so what are your thoughts on it?