Reading Wrap-Up: March 2017

It’s hard to believe March is over! The days go slow but the years, or in this case the months, go quick. I read 6 books in March, taking me to worlds with Napoleonic era dragons, another dragon who doesn’t eat the girls he takes, and a futuristic France where a girl meets a wolf. What is this madness? Read on to find out.


Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Book 2), by Marissa Meyer – Guys, how did it take me so long to discover these books? The second installment introduces us to Scarlet, a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood. It’s beautifully written, and I was so excited to get her together with Cinder at the end that I couldn’t hardly stand it. I listened to the audiobook, and the narration is top notch. Action, adventure, and a love interest with an unusual dynamic. Five stars!

Uprooted by [Novik, Naomi]Uprooted, by Naomi Novik – “Our dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what the stories they tell outside our valley.” I went into this one not knowing what to expect, only that it was recommended by another author as one of their favorite books of last year. I was not disappointed. The book focuses around our heroine, Agnieszka, and the Dragon. It’s a great read set in a magical fantasy world with a surprising and satisfying ending.

His Majesty’s Dragon and Throne of Jade (Temeraire #1 and #2), by Naomi Novik – So intrigued was I by Novik that I picked up the first two novels of her Temeraire series. It’s set in an alternate reality, where the Napoleonic Wars were fought with dragons. When a boat captain (Will Laurence) captures a ship with an unhatched dragon egg, he finds himself the unwitting master of the strong-willed, rebellious, undyingly loyal Temeraire. The aerial battles with crews strapped precariously to dragons by leather harnesses are intense, and I love Will and Temeraire so much that I look forward to continuing this series.

This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp – I was 14 when the Columbine High School massacre occurred. A freshman, just getting into the swing of things, ready to start my second year and move on. I remember coming home on 4/20/1999 and seeing the news coverage, watching a kid my age jump out of a school window. “Dad, have you seen this? What’s going on?” That’s the extent of my experience with school shootings, though I’ve watched them become more and more common through the years. My kids are reaching school age and this book terrified me. Though there are conflicting opinions on whether or not the author handled the premise well, it is undeniably fast-paced and gripping, even if the shooter’s motivations weren’t fully fleshed out. I also found myself skimming over the flashbacks to get back to the present. I wish they could have been incorporated better into the present story line. Diving into this book felt like diving into my worst nightmare. I tore through this book in a day or so, whether it was because it was intriguing or because I was so nervous that I had to just get through it, I’m still not sure.


WRITING RESOURCES

Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing, by Libbie Hawker – I can’t lie, I don’t have any idea who Libbie Hawker is, but this book is amazing. She is my new writing hero. Though I’d been studying the craft for months, trying to figure out how to plot and write faster, I really felt things click into place with her system. I used it to outline my current WIP and look forward to applying it for all projects in the future.


APRIL GOALS

April is CampNaNoWriMo, and I’m planning to draft 60,000 words of my new work-in-progress. You can follow along on Wattpad by checking out the link on the right.

Reading may fall by the wayside, but I want to finish the Lunar Chronicles, and read my friend Alisha Klapheke’s new release, Waters of Salt and Sin. Just check out that beautiful cover.

See you next month with my May Reading Wrap-Up and hopefully an update on my WIP!

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