The Hedgeathon 2017

Last year I started the  Hedgeathon summer reading challenge. This year instead of having it in the middle of summer I decided to have it for only two weeks and to do it at the very end of summer/start of school.  I think it will be good motivation to fit reading into my daily schedule while getting back into the swing of school.

 

Details you need to know.

  1. The challenge will start on August 8th  and end on August 22nd
  2. Reading will be involved, you will need some books to read, (big surprise there I’m sure).
  3. Below is a reading list, not of books but of guidelines to follow.  You must read five books that meet the guidelines in order to officially win the challenge.
  4. Each book can only be applied to one of the guidelines. So you can’t read one book that covers four different guidelines and mark off all four guidelines, you can only mark off one.
  5. There is no set order that you have to follow
  6. In order for the books to count you must have started and finished them during the reading challenge.
  7. Have fun and don’t put much pressure on yourself.

Now you don’t have to do this next step but I would really appreciate it if you did, I think it will make the challenge a whole lot more fun.

8. Join the Facebook group for the challenge here, and the Goodreads group here. You don’t have to join these groups but I think that it could be a lot of fun. You can post pictures of the books you are reading for the challenge and links to blog posts about the challenge. And who knows you might just make a new friend. It can happen. I think this is where most of the interaction will happen. In addition to that if you make blog posts, vlogs, take pictures, etc. That have to do with this challenge please post a link to it in the comments so I can see it, and use the hashtag #hedgeathon I can’t wait to see what everyone does.

The challenge part:

Pick a book that is/has…

  1. A summer romance: A book involving a summer fling of some sort.

Examples: Boys of Summer, The Summer I Turned pretty, That Summer, The Geography of You and Me

2. A blue cover:  Inspired by this photo. Your book doesn’t have to be from that photo it just has to have blue on the cover.

Examples: The Fault in our Stars, A Court of Mist and Fury, Wonder, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, We Were liars

3. A new release: A book that came out in 2017.

Examples: Check out this Goodreads list, it has plenty for you to choose from.

4. About a road trip- This was on the list last year and it is one of my favorites.

Examples: Here is a post I made with a list of road trip books.

5. That takes place in a school setting: This can be college or high school.

Examples: This is Where it Ends, Never Always Sometimes,

6. Historical fiction:  Or historical nonfiction if you prefer.

Examples: Salt to the Sea, The Midwife (a memoir),  Between Shades of Gray

7. Takes place somewhere other than Earth: Space, a space ship, mars, anywhere other than here.

Examples: Across the Universe, The Martian, Dove Arising

8. A random book on your shelf: Close your eyes, spin around three times and pick a book.

Prizes

To be honest, I’ve done a lot of thinking on the prizes for this year and I’m still not quite sure what I’m going to do. Whatever it is I promise it will have far less delays and will get to you a lot sooner than they did last year.

 

 

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April Recap

April went by so quickly, it was just here and gone for me. I did not get much reading done, and I missed two review posts which I hate. However, I am giving myself grace since I have been sick for the past two weeks and when I did feel like writing I was working on my book for Camp NaNo.

Books I read:

I only read three books this month, and two of them were books that I read with or to my middle grade class. I also ran out of my cute hedgehog sticky flags so I had to use boring blue ones.

Posts:

Eleanor and Park (review)

Since You’ve Been Gone (review)

Camp NaNo Update One (update)

Camp NaNo Update Two (update)

Camp NaNo update Three (update)

Camp NaNo update Four (update)

Camp NaNo update Five (update)

Prepping for North Texas Teen Book Festival (book events)

Favorite book of the month:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It was the only YA book I read in April, but nonetheless it still would have won. This book was great, you can check out my review here.

Things I did this month:

Went to the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I had a blast and I will be doing a post about it soon.

Won Came NaNo. I wrote 50K in 30 days. This was a huge thing for me personally and it took me a lot of time and hard work.

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #5

Camp nano winner 2016

Stats:

Total word count: 50,022/50,000

Word count for week:  18,668

Words behind: NONE

Accomplishment:

I did it, I wrote 50K in 30 days. This was such a big thing for me because it took me four drafts and two years to finally hit 50K with my last WIP (work in progress). I never thought that I would actually be able to do this.

Comments for the week:

Overall:
This week was so hard, I felt like I had to work so hard for each word. Also, my fingers are so tired from typing. But I WON so it was all worth it!

Saturday : I got home from the North Texas Teen Book Festival and started writing with a new determination.

Sunday: I wrote more and tried to catch up.

Monday: I felt totally unmotivated but I decide that I had to write regardless.

Tuesday:  I hit 40K, only 10K left to go.

Wednesday: Insecurity was hitting me hard along, I was so down about it I didn’t get much writing done

Thursday: I hit 45K, only 5K left, which should seem like nothing by this point but it feels like 20K.

Friday: I went out of down and wrote the whole way there and back, I finally hit 48k.

Saturday: I hit 50K.

I am so excited to be done, I’m also so glad that I didn’t quit last week when I wanted to. I am not sure if I will go back and edit this novel or not, at this point it still doesn’t even have a title. Part of me wants to go back and fix it because I really do love the story it’s self, I just don’t know if I am going to be up to tackling it right away or not.

For now I’m off to go catch up on laundry and clean my house that has been put on the back burner lately.

Did you finish Camp Nano? If so are you going to edit your story?

 

 

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

I have no clue why I waited so long to read this book, I’m kicking myself for it now. I’ve known about it for so long I just never read it.

Summary:

In Unremembered we follow this girl who wakes up in the wreckage of a plane crash where she is the only survivor. She has no memory of who she is or what happened, she is a blank slate. To top it off no one can find anything about her, it’s as if she never existed. Every clue she finds as to who she is just leads to more questions. Her only hope is a boy who claims to have known her, he tells her that there are people after her and that they need to run.  Can she trust him? Will they make it to safety?

I’m terrible at summaries, I apologize.
Favorite things:

Clues. Through out the most of the book we are given clues to as what has happened to Sera. She finds things and gains information and honestly I wasn’t sure how it was all going to fit together, but it did and it was amazing.

Science. I love the whole mad scientist thing, when greed and power overcome the desire to help. I just liked the general science feel to it, and the psychologist part of me was fascinated with the memory aspect of it. I won’t go into more detail than that because of spoilers.

Experiences. Since Sera is now a blank slate we get to follow her as she learns about and experience things for the first time. Like when she has grilled cheese for the first time or learns about the internet.

Cody. He had this great kind of dry sarcastic humor and he was the perfect form of comic relief.

The romance. I went into this book with no expectation of romance, I had no clue it would play as big of a role as it did. It was important in the book, yet it was so… soft. Maybe quite would be a better word. It was always there driving the plot along, but it wasn’t in your face screaming at you, which I liked. It didn’t over power everything else like romance tends to do sometimes.

Some favorite quotes:

This book was kind of hard for me to find actual quotes for because 1. I’m still getting good at the finding quotes thing, and 2. I found with this book that instead of finding a sentence or two that I liked, I found whole paragraphs or scenes.

“The answer comes before I can even attempt to respond. It echoes in some back corner of my mind. A faraway flicker of a flame that is no longer lit. A voice that is not my own. Yes. Always yes.”

“The rest is empty space. Although I don’t know  how far back that space goes- how many years it spans. That’s the thing about voids: they can be as short as the blink of an eye, or they can be infinite.”

“I can’t help but marvel at how happy she looks. And I find myself feeling happy too. Maybe that’s what food is supposed to do.”

“You can only trust what you feel. What you know to be true.”

The quills:

Cursing?

There is a little but nothing too bad, I’d say PG-13.  I was impressed by this and appreciated it, it was refreshing. Why do all Ya books think they have to have tons of cursing in them?

Physical romance?

Some kissing.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

I doubt it.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

This book is great and now I’m going to read the other two in the series before the North Texas Teen Book Festival.

The author:

Jessica Brody is amazing. I’ve met her several times. Her website is full of advice for writers and she even has a controversial post about her thoughts on writers block, you can read that here.

Click the links below to her media sites.

Website

Facebook page

Extras:

Unremembered has a pretty good book trailer that you can watch here.

After that spend tons of time on Jessica Brody’s YouTube channel, she has tons of great videos, and it would take forever to link them all.

Diotech has it’s own Facebook page. I love it when they make companies in books seems so real.

There is talk of a movie, but as far as I can tell there hasn’t been much progress, you can follow it on the movie  Facebook page and if progress is made you will know about it.

Lastly, this is the book’s Facebook page.

 

Have you read Unremembered? Were you as swept off your feet as I was?

Photo source.