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Fiction Vs. Writing

I’m attempting a different kind of post, a lengthy topic about reading fiction as opposed to writing it. I know most probably won’t be interested, but I’m giving it a shot anyway.

My main problem, regarding books, has been finding EXACTLY what I really want in reading.

I generally am getting better at finding books that hits all my happy points (women being awesome, historical romance, cool dragons, sarcastic male characters, and other such stuff), but then I think of a book idea and try to write it, but it doesn’t turn out the way I want, and I can’t locate the idea through the usual type of books I like reading, because it generally hasn’t been written yet.

Frustrating.

I remember scoring very well when discovering Elizabeth Wein and her books that deal with female spies (another trope I love), and loving it but striking out when looking for similar books. Goodreads only took me so far, and while Google also helps (to a point), I haven’t found much that are like the book I’ve read.

I really want to make a program that takes the scenes/idea/plot for the book, and have it written out for you so you don’t have to do much but dream.

Sadly, I am nowhere near being able to create such a fantastic device.

I guess the main point of this post is: is there a program/website out there that helps people locate books based on ideas of what you want to read? I have found a few that are helpful in finding books based on authors (include links), but aside from that…

I haven’t had much luck.

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Date with a Book

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I thought the pink heart was a nice touch.

This is the first time I have ever done DWAB, or Date with a Book. I was pleased when I unwrapped it, as it’s a new one that I’ve not real-time either the author or the series. The book is A Catered Valentine’s Day by Isis Crawford.

This is book four in a series (I generally like reading books in order, but I’m making an exception.), and it includes recipes from the book. I doubt I’ll cook any, as I just like reading about the food, and I am on a diet anyway.

Still, this book looks good, and it fits with my current Read Everything That’s A Historical Mystery, even though this isn’t a Historical, I believe.

Book Review to come!

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Children and Young Adult Fiction

I’m attempting to read more children and young adult books-I get off looks when I’m in the little kiddy section-and some books I really like…

But I need suggestions.

What are your favorite kids books?

I like Nancy Drew, but I wore those out along with the Hardy Boys. (I liked HB more than ND.) I enjoy historical fiction, and mysteries, and fantasy…

Really, I’m not very picky, lol.

So give me your favorite childhood book!

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(This Week’s) New Books

I’m starting a new segment for my book blog, called

(This Week’s) New Books.
Yesterday, I went by a flea market that usually has books for cheap and ones I’ve been wanting to get my hands on.

New Books:

Crocodiles on a Sandbank-Elizabeth Peters (apparently, someone really loved Amelia Peabody because the booth had over fifteen copies of the series, and other books by the author…all for fifty cents apiece! If I didn’t have a budget, I’d have snagged all of them.)

Kit’s Wilderness-David Almond (never read this author, but the book won the Michael L. Printz Award, and it seems interesting, so I’ll give it a go.)

Sir Stalwart-Dave Duncan (I always try to go for fantasy! And the person he thanks in the acknowledgements is Anne McCaffrey, of whom I love!)

Two books that are part of a Victorian mystery set by Robin Paige, Death at Devil’s Bridge and Death at Epsom Downs. Don’t know much about this series or the author but they are Berkley books and generally Berkley is pretty good!

And, last but not least:

The Grimm’s Curse-Janna Jennings This one is on my kindle, which is why I left it for last.

And those are the newest books I have currently. I may go to the bookstore here after a while, and I am looking forward to new books in the mail.

My next post will be a couple of book reviews, and I may do another post soon on what books I really want.

In the meantime…

Happy Reading!

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Happy Easter!

Though I won’t be enjoying chocolate or anything of that sort for this Easter, as I am working on LOSING weight, not gaining. Though I will say that it’s rather disappointing not enjoying the traditional chocolate bunny that I normally receive.

Other than that, not much is going on. I got a new book yesterday as a treat for Easter. Here’s what it looks like:

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I’m in chapter four (chapter five?) and I’m really enjoying it thus far. Amanda Hocking is a pretty decent writer, and makes the story seem real even just at the start of the story, which is impressive in itself. I got a good deal on this book, as it’s three in one and I only paid about $9.59 or something like that.

Anyways.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Reading By Candlelight

Sunday night we lost power at home for some reason. It was out from just about an hour, but eventually we got it back. However, my laptop was (thankfully) fully charged, and now I’m writing up my stuff before it dies in case I forget. I might be reading by candlelight tonight, and pretend I’m in a world where electricity doesn’t work. =)

stationeleven Which works really well when I’m currently mucking my way through a book called Station Eleven. At some points, I like it, at others it’s weird, and at other points it just has things that I just DO NOT WANT!-but overall I like it enough to keep reading through to the end, because I like post-apocalyptic worlds, and this is the first novel that has ‘Wal-Mart’ specifically mentioned in the post apocalypse, which I find amusing.

Other than that, I’m still working on fanfiction and the like-researched Hawaiian phrases and stuff for my Hawaii five 0 fanfic that I’m currently on, and I’m also plotting a Bones/H50 fanfic after that which I’m also attempting to research. Timelines for crossover are TRICKY.

Well, that’s pretty much all I’m up to at the moment. I’ve also started boxing up some of my books to make room, and to clean up my room a bit. No matter how often I try to keep it clean, it always winds up a mess again. *sigh*

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Top Five Books I Want To Read…

I really don’t have the money to buy them right now though. I’ve got less than six dollars, and Barnes and Nobles books are generally a lot pricier than that. Though there are quite  a few that have caught my eye. Such as some Rainbow Rowell novels, or perhaps some of those Colleen Hoover books. Regardless, I like looking at books, even if I can’t buy them.

At least it’ll give me ideas about my next book run coming up. I’ve got a long list of books that I’m interested in reading, and I’m pretty sure that most of them are new. Here’s a short list of books that I really want to read that I haven’t been able to get a hold of (aren’t in my library):

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1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell-I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and it’s just sitting there on the shelf, teasing me as I walk past it because I don’t want to pick it up and get halfway through, and then have to leave. It’s depressing, but at least next month I may be able to get it!

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2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover-yet another book that looks really good and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. (Actually I’ve heard a lot of good things about C. H in general!)

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3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys-this one looks absolutely beautiful, but to be honest this is one of those ‘judge a book by its cover’. I haven’t heard next to anything about it. I hope it’s as good as it .

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4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven-another one that I’ve been hearing chatter on. It looks interesting and sounds like it will be a good story. Hopefully it’s as good as it sounds.

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5. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin-I’ve actually read this before, but my family wants to read it, and after seeing the show  I wouldn’t mind reading the entire series, as I only ever read the first book.

And there you have it-the books that are on my ‘to-buy’ shelf. I’ve got a lot of other books that I’m interested in of course, but these are the ones I’m interested in most.

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What Was Your Favorite Teenage Book?

Not much going on at the moment aside from drinking tea and listening to Lindsey Stirling. Moments like these come and go, but I wish it would go faster, because I’m rather bored. Therefore, how about book suggestions? What was your favorite book as a teenager? Mine was ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeline E’Lengle. I also rather enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia, Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys, and a fair number of classics which includes: the Red Badge of Courage, The Counte of Monte Cristo, Shiloh (does that count as a classic?), Kim, Captain Courageous, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and a number of other classics. Some that weren’t so classic include: Dune, I Robot, Watership Down, the Hobbit, and a bunch of others.

Let’s just say my childhood was lonely but filled with a lot of books!

Edit: on the Brightside, I just found out that I go to the library tomorrow, so any book recommendations I don’t recognize I’ll likely check out!