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Confessions of a bibliophile and aspiring authoress

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This site has moved to lavenderprose.com!!!!

 

Yay!!!!  I’m so excited!!!!!

Thanks so much for being the awesome people that you are!  I hope to see you over at the new site!!! ❤ ❤

September’s Book(ish) Box Unboxing–Literary Ladies Theme

September’s Book(ish) Box came a few weeks ago (or at least it seems that way) and I know of at least one person dying to know what was inside!

As I’ve said before, these posts aren’t sponsored, but I’m in love with these boxes!  (If there’s a bookworm in your life who needs a gift, I would highly recommend looking at the multitude of book subscription boxes out there!)

So!  A literary ladies theme . . .

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I Kinda Love Creepypastas

As someone who has reviewed Stephen King books on this site before and plans on reading more of his books this year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, dear follower, that I enjoy being somewhat creeped out.
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{What’s In a Name?} Lysander

I fell in love with this name when I was introduced to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream many years ago and I haven’t ever quite been able to get it out of my head.  I have yet to find the perfect character for the name, but I would love to–and when I do, I won’t hesitate to use the name!

In case I’ve not mentioned this before, my favorite letter to be able to stick into a name is y.  Why this is, I can’t tell you, but it’s been true for quite some time.
This name has an ly in it, which is another favorite of mine!

Favorite letters?  Favorite combinations of letters?  *shakes head*  You know you’re a writer when….

– Lysander –

Origin:  Greek

Meaning:  Liberator

 

What do you think of the name?  🙂

I would like to take a moment here to remind you of the read-a-thon that’s going to start in two days!!  All you have to do is read….  Click the link for more information!

~*~RaeAnne

{Confessions of a Bibliophile} Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

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Author ~ Marissa Meyer

Pages ~ 390 (hardcover)

Memorable Quotes ~  “Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”

“Cinder twisted up her lips. “Do you think it could have a virus?”
“Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai’s uncanny hotness.”

Favorite Character ~  Obviously I love Cinder and Kai–you’re supposed to, you kinda have to–but my favorite might have to be Dr. Erland.

Summary ~  Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I Rate It ~ 5/5 Stars      ~*~   My Bookshelf Would Be Empty Without It

 

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WHY HAD I NOT READ THIS BOOK SOONER?!?!

Yes, it is a relatively new book, published in 2012, as well as being a YA book, and such things don’t tend to be on my radar so much.  Still, I’d been seeing pictures of this all over Instagram and sorta shrugged it off–until my friend Kayla suggested I read it them!

We all know the story, really, but it was put into a genre that I adore (SCI-FI!!!!!) and with some changes that I really appreciated.  The step-sisters aren’t entirely inhuman, for example, and you actually sort of care about at least one of them; and “mother” has more of a reason than she does in the Disney version to hate Cinderella.  There is a much more political aspect of this, and the consequences of the Prince not marrying Cinderella are much more terrible than they might have been in other versions.

I’m a sucker for a fairy-tale, or a re-telling of one, and this was a wonderful representation of such a book!
In fact, I wasn’t even finished with Cinder before I had ordered (BOUGHT!) all of the books in the series, as well as Marissa Meyer’s new book coming out next month (called Stars Above, full of prequels and such things, as well as a few other re-tellings in the setting, I believe)!  I spent $75 on books and I couldn’t have been happier with that decision–they should be coming today or tomorrow, and I plan on reading them all during a read-a-thon…but that’s more for another post!!  XD 

I gave it FIVE STARS, even though there were a few flaws; not like plot-holes or anything, and the characters were still all very good.  But it was her first book, something that I noticed a little bit here and there, mostly in the repeating of nervous ticks that seem to be rather universal for all of the characters and restating something that was said on the previous page.  And the ever-so-attractive prince has those typical attractive features–his hair was in his eyes, or nearly so, quite often, it seemed.  🙂

I can’t tell you when the last time I read a YA book was…maybe when I read The Outsiders for part of a book club?  But, of course, YA books can be good, and I’m so glad these books were what I wanted them to be–and more!

It’s funny to think that you can have a book from a cyborg’s POV and still have so much emotion.

If you haven’t read this book yet, and you love sci-fi or fairy-tales, you should do yourself a favor and pick it up!

~*~RaeAnne

Read-a-Thon –You’re invited!

Good afternoon, dear followers!  I am so excited to be announcing that my friend over at Caught Between The Pages and I are going to be hosting a read-a-thon (my first to participate in as well as to host!) January 13-17!

What is a read-a-thon?

Read-a-thon Instagram.pngWell, it’s a bookworm’s marathon–and, unlike a real marathon, sounds pretty much like heaven!  Those five days, you’ll be doing something you probably do often enough anyway–spend all of your free time reading!  
In addition to reading, I’m going to commit to posting here, as well as sharing on my social-media sites (Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook), my daily page count.

But there aren’t really any rules to this; it’s just for fun!  But I would love it if you shared your page count, too!  🙂

My plan for those five days is to read the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, even though, as of now, I’ve only finished Cinder
It’s something of a tentative plan, as I already know I’m going to be busy those days, but that’s alright!  I’ll finish what I get finished!
(And, just so you’re aware, you can read whatever you’d like!)
Oh, I’m super excited!!

How about you?  Does this sound like something you’d like to participate in?  If so, comment!  Or tweet at me (@loquaciousRae)–you can just use the handy little guy on the sidebar over there —>
You can also post on my Facebook page!  🙂
Like I said before, if you want to share your page count, that would be awesome!  But the most important thing to do is read!  And read…and read a bit more!

If you’d like to join in and share your progress throughout the long weekend, please click on the link below. It’ll take you to a linky page where you can add in the info to link to your own blog (though of course you don’t need one to join!) so we can all visit and see what you’ll be reading.

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I can’t wait!  Hope to see you then!  🙂

~*~RaeAnne

Writing Prompt ~ The Sound Of . . .

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Write about your favorite season in term of sounds.

I love to read descriptions of the seasons–because they can evoke so many emotions.  Memories.
It’s so easy to do that in terms of sights or smell, but sounds?  How similar are the sounds of the seasons?  What’s something unique to a season?

My favorite season is autumn and the sound of it is one of my favorite parts.  The crunchy leaves…it rains quite a bit here during those months, too, and that’s another thing I’m ridiculously fond of.  (See my “pluviophile” post!)

Nature is full of sounds no matter the time of year!  What’s your favorite season and what does it sound like to you?

~*~RaeAnne

Happy New Year! (+ resolutions & tease at A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!)

What a good year 2015 was!  Full of new and exciting things for me, and old but always wonderful things; life is always full of changes, but I welcome those and can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

Here are some of the things I want to do in 2016; all related to reading, writing, or blog-ish things!  I’m going to take this blog seriously this year–not that I didn’t last year–and I might need some help.  Book suggestions are always welcome, encouraging comments, new followers….

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I have a list of books TBR-in-2016 on Goodreads  and so far it only has 13 of those 50 books on it!  Of course I’ll be adding more–I have more in my to-read list–but if you have any suggestions, I’ll take ’em!

I’m so looking forward to reading oodles of pages, writing more, and posting here and on my other social media just about all the time!
My Instagram (theloquaciousbibliophile) is starting to grow at a rather encouraging rate!  Daily pictures of the books I’m reading, or quotes about books, or something book related!  Any advice on how to take some really good book pictures?

All of these things require having good time management!  Something I don’t really excel at…but should by the end of the year!
Will you help me keep these resolutions for, y’know, more than a week?
What are some of your resolutions and how can I help?

Happy New Year, dear followers!

 

~*~RaeAnne

 

P.S.  My super sweet friend Kayla and I (she writes the splendid blog Caught Between the Pages and is part of what inspired me to start this one!) are going to be hosting something pretty awesome on our blogs the 13th-17th of January!  If you like to binge-read….
More on this soon!  I’ve been posting about it on my social media already!  

{Favorite Words} Jovial

Jovial  [jōvēəl] is a lovely word, one that I’ve come across quite a lot latelyFaveWordsJovial in my re-reading of A Christmas Carol.  It makes me smile every time I see it there on the page–Mr. Fezziwig and the Ghost of Christmas Present both seem to have this adjective applied to them, I believe.
Jovial is a word that means “cheerful” or “friendly”.  It’s a late 16th-century word from French, from the Latin word jovialis (“of Jupiter”), a reference to the supposed influence of that planet on those born under it.

It’s fitting, then, that this word makes me happy when I read it.  🙂

~*~RaeAnne

{Confessions of a Bibliophile} So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams

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Author ~ Douglas Adams

Pages ~  214 (paperback)

Memorable Quotes:  “‘It seemed to me,’ said Wonko the Sane, ‘that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a package of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane.'”

Favorite Character:  Um, I’m not sure.  Something felt “off” about this book–even the characters I already know and love didn’t feel like themselves.

Summary:  Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth’s dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on. . . .

God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it’s light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?

I Rate It:  2/5  Stars   ~*~  Not worth the papercut

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There was something missing from this book; something that I think I’ve identified…stay tuned.
It left me feeling disappointed and–dare I say–betrayed.

This is the fourth book in the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy” and I adored all of the others up until this one.
The humor is of that witty, if dry, British sort that I so greatly enjoy; the characters are quirky and lovable; and with the galaxy as its setting there are always new places to explore and new beings to meet.

That is not the case with this book.

Sure, our main characters are…more or less the same.  You’ve still got Arthur Dent (a man in a bath robe who has been dragged all over the universe and can’t seem to find a good cuppa anywhere) and Ford Prefect, Arthur’s friend who just happens to be an alien from somewhere near Betelgeuse…Marvin only shows up in the last few pages of the book, which is a pity, because I’m fond of that android.

But Zaphod Beeblebrox (the alien with two heads and three arms who “owns” The Heart of Gold) is nowhere to be found, nor is Trillian, (supposedly the only other human left besides Arthur).
Zaphod has always been awfully close to my favorite character; he’s just funny.

Instead of those beloved characters, we’re given Fenchurch, Wonko the Sane, and the Rain God.
They are, most definitely, not the same by any stretch of the imagination.  Fenchurch is just a girl who seems to have lost something.  Wonko is, supposedly, one of the few sane people around.  And the Rain God is just a guy who drives around and complains about how much it rains–and claims that the rain follows him everywhere he goes.

Yes, the humor is still of that splendid British sort, but it didn’t seem as funny this time.

 

When you pick up one of these books, you want an adventure–the strange quest to find the answer to an even stranger question.  You want weird aliens, an amusing description of some out-of-this-world alcoholic beverages, and the grumblings of an unappreciated robot.

The love story of Arthur Dent wasn’t what I was really looking for…yet that’s the majority of the book.  And it’s only slightly interesting–it seems much less interesting than what is hinted at that Ford might be up to the entire time.

I think that there’s one big thing missing from this book.  The one thing that has made all of the other books wonderful.  Something that, when absent, just makes the story somewhat mundane.  I no longer want to read the other books because of this one–and that makes me sad.

The galaxy.  The entire galaxy is missing.  The space travel and all of the wonderful elements of that are gone, and when those are taken away, what’s left is rather boring.

 

*Sigh*  I wish that I had enjoyed this book more…but it really wasn’t worth the time I spent reading it.

 

~*~RaeAnne

 

{What’s In a Name?} Bree

~ Bree ~

Origin: Irish

Meaning:  Strength or exalted one

Irish names fascinate me, and this lovely girl’s name is no exception!  I’m not usually a fan of names that are so short, but I like the sound of this one.

My favorite use of the name in literature is the name of a place in The Lord of the Rings, and the only other reference listed here that I’m familiar with is the name of a horse in C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy (another lovely book!).

As much as I enjoy Brie cheese, I wouldn’t dare change the spelling–that would just be cruel.

 

~*~RaeAnne

Writing Prompt ~ Create a character who . . .

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Characters are, quite obviously, something very near and dear to my heart.
Villains are always an amazingly fun thing to experiment with.

Perhaps my favorite kind of baddie is the sort that isn’t, really, bad.  Or, rather, their badness has stemmed from something that is, at its core, good–it’s just been taken to such an extreme that it is no longer good.
A prime example of this is Javert in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables; really, he just wants justice.  It is this hatred of forgiveness that is his demise….  But I feel that it makes for such an interesting character–a baddie that you can identify with more than others, perhaps. 

Do you have a favorite villain?  Who is it and why?

~*~RaeAnne

{Confessions of a Bibliophile} Under The Dome by Stephen King

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Author ~ Stephen King

Pages ~  1074 (hardcover)

Memorable Quotes :

“Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.”

“Sorrow for a wrong was better than nothing, Barbie supposed, but no amount of after-the-fact sorrow could ever atone for joy taken in destruction, whether it was burning ants or shooting prisoners.”

“They walked back into the world together, wearing the gift that had been given them: just life. Pity was not love, Barbie reflected…but if you were a child, giving clothes to someone who was naked had to be a step in the right direction.”

Favorite Character(s):  It’s hard to say, when there are so many.  But, weirdly, I was most intrigued by Junior Rennie.  I’m a fan of Dale Barbara, “Barbie”, too.  Oh–and Ollie Dinsmore!
The characters are so interesting in this book!

Summary (taken from the Goodreads page; I’m unsure how official it is.) :
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing — even murder — to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

I Rate It:  4/5 Stars   ~*~ Now What Do I Do With My Life?

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I really enjoyed this book!  It took me half a year to read it, but life sorta happens, and it’s over 1,000 pages long…so….  🙂

It wasn’t the easiest read, I’ll admit; there are a lot of characters to try to keep track of.  (Less and less as time goes on…but that’s a different matter!  🙂  )

Be that as it may, I appreciate how short the “chapters” were; I always like that.  First of all, it was the perfect choice for the book when you’re switching from characters’ POV so often; secondly, it makes it a lot easier to just pick it up and read a few…but, of course, it sucks you in!  Still, it’s something I appreciate when I run across it.

Also…there were “chapters” from the perspective of a handful of animals; they were amusing and, of course, well-written.  Animals seem to have a part to play in…well, all of King’s books that I’ve read so far.  🙂
Obviously, in a “world” that’s cut off from the majority of the outside world, things are going to go south rather quickly.  There are numerous murders, a handful of suicides, at least one instance of rape, and just needless (though provoked and encouraged) acts of vandalism.

None of them were out of place.  There were people who found themselves under the Dome who really just had a perfect opportunity to let their crazy show.  The power-hungry people couldn’t have had a more ideal situation–they took advantage of it, as well as the people that were suffering because of it.
And, of course, they were written about in a compelling, if graphic, way.  You get to the point where you can’t put the book down–some of it feels a bit like watching a car crash or something; you know that whatever happens is going to be terrible, but you just can’t look away.

You get to know a lot about a character when you put them through hell, something that Mr. King wastes no time in doing; how they react to it, how they respond to the mounting pressure, and who they decide to side with…these are all very telling.

I’m a fan of sci-fi, so I appreciated the elements of it in this book and how they tied in with the different characters.  It wasn’t the best display of science fiction that I’ve seen, but it served as a decent explanation for the Dome–and, really, it was the Dome that was the biggest problem, not whoever was behind it.
Perhaps my biggest complaint about this book is the dialogue of the teenagers.  I’m a fan of Stephen King, and his dialogue isn’t something I have issues with often, but…I got the feeling that he wasn’t as confident writing the dialogue from them as he would be otherwise–which is understandable, considering his age vs. theirs.  To compensate, I feel like he was using words that people my age do say (dude, man…etc.) but not as frequently as they do there.  A few of the phrases seemed…outdated.  (The kids were also skaters, but I don’t think that’s explanation enough for it.)
But it was a good–if long–read!  The characters are compelling, and it keeps you guessing; though obviously the attempts to break through the Dome within the first few hundred pages aren’t going to work (that’s like trying to make you fear for the main character’s life in the first movie in a trilogy) but seeing those supposed solutions is interesting.

The ending…I can’t quite say that I predicted it–you never quite know what’s going to happen in this book–but I had a feeling about what would happen for the final climax, and what some of those consequences would be.
Still, the source of the Dome, and what’s done to be rid of it is interesting!

It was the first book I can remember binge-reading like that in way too long!  I got to the last 400 pages or so and simply couldn’t put it down–I was up until two in the morning, and that was a splendid thing!  I’ve missed that.

Stephen King is a fan of the what-if scenarios and…let’s just say I don’t want this to happen.

 

~*~RaeAnne

 

NaNoWriMo 2015 ~ Now That It’s Over…Am I Happy?

I WON NANOWRIMO AGAIN THIS YEAR!!!!!

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Gotta love The Carlton!

My total wordcount at the end of the month was 50,144!

I realize, however, that this doesn’t matter very much.

It’s not really the wordcount that matters; it’s your goal, of course, but…let’s face it, making the decision to even take up such a challenge is huge.

It’s not just a decision to write every day; writing every day is something that I already do, and have done for years.
But it’s a decision to carve out even more time from your day to devote to it.  I stayed up later than usual all of the last month–and that’s saying something.
There were days that I didn’t get to the “daily goal” of 1,667, but I could still feel proud of myself.  Even on that day I only managed 700 words, I decided not to stress out about it.  What good would that have done?  That was only one day, and  I made up for what I didn’t write then later.
NaNoWriMo is stressful enough as it is.

But…am I happy?

Yes…and no.
I am super happy to have accomplished this crazy goal again this year–I won NaNoWriMo!  
I am so glad that there is an entire community of people just as crazy as I am; just as passionate about the art that is writing, and super-duper encouraging!

But, of course, the majority of what I wrote was rubbish.  Of course it was!  That’s what happens when you write so much in only thirty days.  It’s not really going to be any good; there might be a few paragraphs here and there…but even in those terrible paragraphs, there are ideas behind them.  Ideas that might be fantastic, once all of the junk around them has been cleared away.
As I’ve said a few thousand times; quantity over quality.  Especially when you remember that it’s just a first draft–there’s a reason you don’t parade those around and show them to everybody.

It’s not about being happy with what you wrote.
NaNoWriMo is about being glad that you have written.
It’s about the challenge; it’s proving to yourself what you’re capable of.  (Because I feel like writers in general tend to doubt themselves; I know I’m my worst critic.)

I love NaNoWriMo.  I really, really do.

I need to go grab a blanket and a cup of tea…I might still be in some mild form of shock after all of the craziness that was my November.  XD
But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How about you?
How many years have you attempted NaNoWriMo?
What was your experience with it this year?
No matter how many words you managed to scribble down, you should be proud of yourself!  🙂

I always treat myself to something writing related after NaNoWriMo; last year I bought myself a poster….  Any suggestions for this year?  I’ve been clicking around on Etsy, looking at NaNo Merch….

 

~*~RaeAnne

NaNoWriMo2015 ~ Day 15

HalfwayThere!!Wow, guys!!!   I can’t believe that this year of NaNoWriMo is already halfway done!
I hit the 25K mark on Day 15–which was a bit of an accomplishment, as I had a little over 2,000 to write.  🙂

Even if you’re not at 25K, or if you’re already at the 50K–HOW DO PEOPLE DO THAT?!?!–you still have plenty of time and you should be proud of what you’ve managed to accomplish so far!  😀

I feel like I’m not halfway done with my story yet, though; I think I’ve been rambling a bit (quantity over quality)…but that’s fine, too!  And I would guess I’m not the only one with that problem…I’m a Pantser, too, so there’s that!  XD

I’m so excited to see where the remainder of the month will get me!  🙂

 

~*~RaeAnne

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