Camp NaNo Editing Update

Last week I finally got brave enough to open my Camp NaNo document from April. I decided that even if I couldn’t finish my NaNoWriMo novel, I could at least read through my Camp NaNo novel from April.

It was terrible.

But that’s okay, it’s supposed to be. It only took me a couple of days to read through it. I didn’t let myself make any notes or worry about edits, I just read through to see where the story was. It needs a lot of work, but I feel like the bones are good. I also have a feeling I’m going to be cutting more from than story then I will be adding. Which is gonna hurt a bit. 

This week I’m going to start another read through and write down and outline and make notes of what needs to go, what needs to stay, and big things that need fixing. This should take a while.

Is anyone else editing their camp NaNo novels? 

NaNoWriMo Update, the First and the Last

Well, I failed NaNoWriMo this year. I tried but I just couldn’t get past the first 100 words even.

I hate quitting and giving up, but I think that I need to. I just don’t think I am reading mentally to write this book. I had no clue where to start, no clue where to end, and no idea what would go in the middle. This book is really important to me and when I write it I want to do it the right way and on it’s time not mine.

I think one of the biggest reasons I failed is because I’ve been spending a lot of time working on this blog, which has a higher priority than NaNo at this point.

On a happier note, I finally decided that it’s time to start editing my Camp NaNo book from April. I printed it all out and put it in this cute hot pink notebook. Now I’m working on the first read through and trying not to punch myself in the face while doing so. I don’t think I’ve ever written anything this terrible. I’m trying to stay positive and remind myself that it kind of has good bones which means I can try to fix it.


Did anyone else quit NaNo? If not congrats! How far along are you?

Also, happy Thanksgiving!

Book Outlet Black Friday Sale

I love Book Outlet, their prices are unbeatable. If you find somewhere with cheaper prices please let me know so I can check it out. I would like to note that this is not a sponsored post (although I wish it was), I just thought it would be good to share this with you guys so you can save some money too. (I think we can all agree that saving money on books is always a good thing.) I plan on ordering some books to give as gift for Christmas.

Anyway, back to the sale. I just got an email last week about their Black Friday sale. They have a great deal right now where if you sign up (using your email and name), then share it you get a $5 off $20 coupon to use during their sale from 11/24-11/29. Sign up for this deal ends on 11/22 10am EST. Here is the link to the sign up page.

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I have some mixed feelings about this book. This book wasn’t what I expected it to be. It claimed to be different than The Fault in Our Stars, and it did deliver in that area. There is little to no romance involved, and what I thought was interesting is that even though Rachel (the dying girl) is the whole reason this story is even happening, I didn’t feel like the story really included her all that much.

Summary:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight

Goodreads

Favorite things:

The formats. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that I love books with different and fun formats. This book had some great ones. I really loved the one with the newspaper headlines summing days up. It was a brilliant way to skip time without making you feel like you just jumped a week ahead without any warning. There were times when he summed up dialog with bullet points, and there are scenes written in script format.

Greg. I liked Greg, most of the time. The rest of it I spent annoyed with him. He seemed kind of whiny. At first I liked the paragraphs when he was like this book is so terrible, and I don’t understand why you would keep reading it and on and on. When I first started reading this book I loved them, I thought they were really relateable and funny, but after a while they just got old.

The films. I loved hearing about all of their different films and film ideas. They were funny and entertaining to read.

 

Not so Favorite things:

The humor. Some of the humor was so vulgar I literally cringed. What Earl thinks is funny and what I think is funny are two very different things.

 

Some favorite quotes:

“When you convert a good book to a film. stupid things happen”

“I am the Thomas Edison of conversational stupidity.”

 

The quills:

Cursing?

Yep, I think the f word is used a fair amount, and there is a lot of profanity.

Physical romance?

No, but it is graphically talked about.

Gore?

Not really

Will you cry?

I didn’t, but I think there is a high chance that you will.

Overall rating?

3 out of 5 hedgehogs, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t one that I would recommend to my friends. I would have given it 2.5 but the different formats bumped it up to 3.

 

The Author:

Jesse Andrews here is his website.

I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t find this book to be hilarious. Do you think that vulgar humor is funny? Have you read this book? Will you read this book?

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October Recap

October was a terrible reading month, I read literally nothing. I didn’t do much, it was just kind of bleh. Halloween was fun, but I was lazy and didn’t bother with dressing up.  I can’t believe it’s already November, Christmas is right around the corner.

Books I read:

I actually didn’t read any books in October. Unless you count the Judy Moody book I read to my class.

Posts:

I didn’t post much either, October was just a rough month.

To write or not to Write (writing update)

NaNoWriMo (which isn’t going well at all)

Favorite book of the month:

Judy Moody Saves the World was as great as I remember it being. I love Judy Moody, she’s just so funny.

Things I did this month:

Not much, obviously. But I did start working on the big changes that I put into place on the blog this month.

Paper Towns by John Green

I wanted to like this book, I really tried to like it. I liked A Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska when I read them a few years ago, but after reading Paper Towns I wonder if they were as good as I thought they were.

Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew… –Goodreads

Favorite things:

John Green. His writing style is as good as I remember it being. It had so many quirky, cute, and funny moments. As always the book is filled with metaphors and imagery that is entertaining to read.

The old shopping center. I think that abandoned malls and buildings are so interesting, I loved seeing one included in a book.

Not so Favorite things:

The characters in general. Ben was just so creepy, I didn’t like him. He called girls “Honey bunnies,” and then there was that scene early on in the book about how hot he thought Q’s mom was and that whole thing was just weird. I didn’t like Margo at all. To sum her up, she was a brat. Q was alright but I spent the whole book wanting to yell at him for being so obsessed with someone who obviously didn’t care about him.

This book just made me feel agitated and annoyed in general. I think it was mainly because of Margo, I could rant about Margo for a paragraph or two but I will not.

Some favorite quotes:

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Yep, the f word is used one or twice.

Physical romance?

Not really, but there is some discussion.

Gore?

Not really, but there is one scene that is pretty gross and I could have gone without it.

Will you cry?

Nope

Overall rating?

Two out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

John Green, who I’m sure you’ve heard of.

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Have you read Paper Towns? What were your thoughts on it? Please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t like Ben.

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Book Outlet Booktoberfest Haul

During October Book Outlet had a Booktoberfest sale that made everything on their site an additional 15% off of their already low prices. Plus if you presigned up for the sale you got a $5 off a $35 or more order. Needless to say I took full advantage of this sale. I got all of the books shown above for $43.88 including shipping!

img_0408 img_0411 img_0414 img_0416Since You’ve Been Gone (2), Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

I loved Since You’ve Been Gone so when I saw it on Book Outlet I knew I had to buy a couple of copies. I got one to give to my niece and another to hopefully do a giveaway with at some point.  I of course had to get a copy of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour because I have yet to read it.

 

 

Blue Screen, Sweet, Because You’ll Never Meet Me.

I loved the Partials trilogy by Dan Wells so I have high expectations for Bluescreen. I’m also so excited to finally read Sweet, I read the Monument 14 trilogy by Layborne a while back  and I can’t wait to see if I like some of her other books.

Anomaly, Revolutionary, Luminary

 

I got the Anomaly trilogy for my niece. I found out about these books a while back and I think they will be perfect for her.

 

 

 

The Vault of Dreamers, You Are Here, The Treatment, A Charmed life.

I thought when I ordered A Charmed Life that I was just getting the first book in the trilogy but it ended up being all of the books in one, which I thought was incredible considering I paid $3.39 for it.

Did you happen to catch the Booktoberfest sale? If you’ve gotten any new books which ones are most excited about reading?

Out with the Old in with the New

Hello, I’m so excited to be back and tell you all about the changes I have made!

The biggest change was of course my name and URL change. I’ve spent weeks trying to come up with the perfect  name. I loved Books and Quills but it’s simply too popular of a name when it comes to literary related things. I also really wanted my URL and blog name to be the same and that couldn’t happen with Books and Quills.  The Hedgie Press will take some getting used to but I like it.

I also took the leap and wrote a book review policy. I don’t know why but the idea of sitting down to write one made me super nervous but when I actually sat down it wasn’t a big deal at all. It took me some time but it wasn’t hard. (If you’d be interested in reading a post about that process let me know and I’ll see what I can do.)

I wasn’t happy with the lack of hedgehogs on the site so I added a Meet the Hedgies page with information and pictures of my hedgehogs.

Lastly, I updated my Facebook page. I’m still trying to get my bookstagram account set up so I will share the link to that in a later post.

What do you think about the changes? I hope that you are as happy with them as I am.