10 Books I Want to Read This Year

My reading game has gone down the drain over the past couple years. Last year, I only read about 15 books.

Yikes.

While I don’t have high hopes that I’ll do any better this year, I do have quite the list of books that I really want to read. It’s just finding the time and motivation to read them that’s the problem…

But anyway, I thought I’d share 10 books that I want to actually try to read this year. So here we go.

10 Books I Want to Read in 2016

1. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

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I just started reading this today, actually! I had a hold on it at the library FOREVER. It’s due in two weeks so I’m really hoping I can finish it before the due date. I NEED TO KNOW HOW THE SERIES ENDS.

2. The Martian by Andy Weir

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I am so mad at myself for not finishing this last year. I got halfway through it but then had to return it to the library. And like Winter, I’ve had a hold on this SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. I can’t get it back, and it makes me sad. I was enjoying it so much.

3. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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Again, I started this book last year, but didn’t have much time so I only got through the first 30 pages or so. A couple of my friends rave about it, so I need to read it! I have it checked out right now, so we’ll see…

4. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

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As a huge fan of Tolkien, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read this yet. I’ve just heard that it’s a difficult read, so I think that’s why I haven’t picked it up yet. But people have told me that it’s really fascinating, and plus, it’s Tolkien, so I must read it.

5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. 

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Fun fact: I saw Patrick Rothfuss a couple months ago at a local coffee shop in my (and his) hometown. Even though I haven’t read any of his books yet, I geeked out a little bit because HELLO he is a well-known, semi-famous author. You don’t meet people like that every day. Anywho, I’ve only heard amazing things about this book, so I’m excited to read it.

6. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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I mean, I know already that it’s basically going to be Percy Jackson but with different characters and a slightly different plot, but I’m not going to lie, I enjoy almost all of Riordan’s books. And I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as well.

7. The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

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OMG. KILL ME NOW. I read the first book last year and it absolutely BLEW ME AWAY. It quickly became one of my favorite books. I need to get my hands on the sequel now. I CAN’T WAIT TWO MORE MONTHS.

8. UnBound by Neal Shusterman

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The Unwind Dystology is up there on my list of favorite book series, and when I heard that this book of short stories was being released, I squealed. BRING IT ON.

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

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I wasn’t excited for or planning on reading this book…until I saw a trailer for the upcoming movie. And I can already predict that I will cry at least 2 gallons of tears during the movie. But I need to read the book first, since I’m that type of person. I will probably cry during the book too…

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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YEAH OKAY I KNOW I HAVEN’T READ HARRY POTTER YET. But newsflash: not everyone was allowed to read it when they were younger…But now that I’m an adult (I mean, at least legally), I figured it’s probably time to see what all the hype is about. I’m going to try to marathon the whole series and movies over the summer, but if that doesn’t happen, I want to at least read the first book.

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So there ya have it. What do you think of my choices? What are some books that you want to read this year? Let me know!

Until next time,

Erin

 

 

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Turn These Songs Into Books

Today, I thought it would be fun to link up with The Broke and The Bookish for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt: 10 Songs I Wish Were Books. I’ve actually never participated before, but I really liked this prompt, so that’s what I’m going to do for this week!

1. Gold – Imagine Dragons

First comes the blessing of all that you’ve dreamed
But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings
Only at first did it have its appeal
but now you can’t tell the false from the real
Who can you trust, who you can you trust?

When everything, everything, everything you
touch turns to gold, gold, gold
Everything, everything, everything you touch
turns to gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold

I’d love to see someone turn this song into a King Midas retelling. How awesome would that be?!

2. Twin Skeleton’s – Fall Out Boy

There’s a room in a hotel in New York City
That shares our fate and deserves our pity
I don’t want to remember it all
The promises I made if you just hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on

I’m just imagining a really dark novel about a twisted relationship…Not something I’d probably write about, but I’d love to see what someone could do with it.

3. Renegades – X Ambassadors

Run away with me
Lost souls and reverie
Running wild and running free
Two kids, you and me

And I say
Hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

I’m thinking like a road trip sort of story…But there’s a reason for the road trip. The characters set out to accomplish a mission or something.

4. Gone – JR JR

I’ve made up my mind over and over
Keep pressing rewind but I’m getting older
Tried every door, don’t know who I’m looking for
And I’ve made up my mind over and over

I can’t be everything you want me to be
I can’t be everything you want me to be
Finally, I can see the light through the leaves
But it’s all gone
But it’s all gone

I don’t really have a specific story line imagined in my head, but I’m definitely feeling some sort of contemporary novel.

5. Strange Déjà Vu – Dream Theater

Subconscious strange sensation
Unconscious relaxation
What a pleasant nightmare
And I can`t wait to get there again

Every time I close my eyes
There`s another vivid surprise
Another whole life waiting
Chapters unfinished, fading

The album this is taken from, “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory”, is basically a story of itself, but I feel like you could come up with a great story from this track alone, which is one of my favorites from the album.

6. Rock and Roll Thugs – Icon For Hire

Bury all the records in the backyard,
When you’re not looking I’ll go dig them back up
You can bury my body in the backyard,
When you’re not looking I’ll go dig myself up
And I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music, I know, I know
I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music

The lyrics write such a great story of someone who uses music as a coping mechanism, but someone doesn’t approve of it. I think it would make a cool YA novel.

7. Trouble – Imagine Dragons 

So pray for me brother
I need redemption
I’m just a man
A man on a mission
I want no trouble
Pray for me sister
Give me a mention
I got no faith
And, oh, did I mention
I want no trouble

You knew there would be another Imagine Dragons song on here, didn’t you? I mean, for good reason. Their lyrics tell such great stories.

8. Fin – Anberlin

Take what you will, what you will
And leave. Could you kill, could you kill me
If the world was on fire
and nothing was left but hope or desire
And take all that I could bring forth, is this hell
Or am I on the floor over-desperate?
Hold hands streaming of blood again?
And then take full weight of me
Guard my dreams, figure this out,
It’s me on my own. Helpless, hurting, hell
Will you stay strong as you promised?
Cause I’m stranded and bare.
Meanness is washed up in all that I am
is God. Take this and all,
Then grace takes me to a place
Of the father you never had
Ripping and breaking and tearing apart
This is not heaven
This is my hell.
This song is so interesting and full of emotion. I’m not sure what story you could tell with the lyrics, but I think it would be cool to see.
9. Maps – Maroon 5
But I wonder where were you
When I was at my worst
Down on my knees
And you said you had my back
So I wonder where were you
All the roads you took came back to me
So I’m following the map that leads to you
The map that leads to you
Ain’t nothing I can do
The map that leads to you
Following, following, following to you
I’d like to see a story that takes the lyrics literally. Someone mysteriously disappears, leaving behind a map for his/her significant other to find him/her. Kinda like Paper Towns, except…better.
10. 42 – Coldplay
Those who are dead are not dead
They’re just living in my head
And since I fell for that spell
I am living there as well
Oh..
Time is so short and I’m sure
There must be something more
You thought you might be a ghost
You thought you might be a ghost
You didn’t get to heaven but you made it close
You didn’t get to heaven but you made it close
I’m thinking like an actual ghost story here. Maybe it’s just because the lyrics are so short, but I’m also getting a short story vibe from this song. A short story about ghosts. Yes.
I know I picked kind of an odd mix of songs, but that’s what I was aiming for. This was actually harder than I thought it would be, but it was lots of fun!
Until next time,
Erin

I Write Synopses for Children’s Books

School has been kicking my gluteus maximus.

This semester started just a couple weeks ago, and I feel like I got thrown into the chaos without having any time to process what exactly was happening. I had assignments due right away, meetings to attend, and a gazillion emails to read. Only now do I feel like I’m finally starting to settle in and figure things out.

I’d love to blame my lack of blogging completely on school, but I’d be lying. I’m a lazy, unmotivated person, and frankly, I just didn’t know what to blog about.

I do better blogging when I have a specific topic in mind that I want to discuss that week. But ever since school started, I just couldn’t think of anything in particular that I wanted to write about. This morning I finally said to myself, “Look Erin, I love you girl, but you gotta post something. It doesn’t have to be anything deep or inspirational. Just post something stupid.”

So that’s what I’m going to do.

I thought it would be fun if I found some random books on Goodreads and, based only on the cover and the title, wrote what I think the book is about. But I didn’t just go with any genre of books, I went with children’s picture books.

And these are the results.

1. Rock-a-Bye Romp

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My synopsis:

Peter’s mother was just trying to get her son to fall asleep by singing him a lullaby while rocking in her rocking chair. But when she rocks a little too hard, Peter ends up flying out of her arms and hitting his head against the wall. This sends Peter into a coma, filled with wild fantasies and dreams. Now Peter must navigate his subconscious with the help of his fishy friends, Linda, Bob, Nemo, Patricia, Tuna, and Lil’ Fin, in the hopes of returning to his mother once again. 

The actual syopsis:

Turning a beloved lullaby on its head, this wonderful read-aloud pairs playful text and enchanting paintings to create a rollicking escapade with a clever premise and a cozy conclusion.
“Rock-a-bye, Baby, in the treetop. How did you ever get so high up?”
That’s a good question—and this delightful book weaves a gentle fantasy around the baby who finds himself in that very predicament! A marvelous adventure ensues, taking Baby from the tree branches to a farm full of animals to a ride down the river, and finally on a flight through the night sky into the safety of Mama’s arms.

Well, I mean…I was close. But his name is Baby? At least I had the decency to give him a proper name. This book gets a 0/10 for good parenting skills.

2. Frankencrayon

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My synopsis:

Violet Frankencrayon had watched too many crayons get murdered by young children who brutally broke them in half and threw their dead bodies in the trash. It was time to get revenge. By harnessing the power of the sun, Frankencrayon melds together the broken bodies of his friends, Orange and Green, resurrecting them from the dead and thus creating a monster. A monster that cannot be broken; a monster that does not possess feelings; a monster that is set on delivering the same brutal punishment to young children that they gave to crayons. But when the monster starts to turn on its own kind, the fate of the entire crayon race rests on Frankencrayon’s shoulders. 

The actual synopsis:

This picture book has been canceled.
Wait.
How can we be on the front flap of a canceled book?
Good question.

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I am very confused, yet very intrigued. I’m adding this to my to-read list.

3. The Book with No Pictures

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My synopsis:

Children will be confused by the lack of pictures. Parents will be confused trying to figure out if this is the same B.J. Novak they think it is. It’s no fun for anyone. Don’t read this book. 

The actual synopsis:

A book with no pictures?
What could be fun about that?
After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.
Words that might make you say silly sounds… In ridiculous voices…
Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?
At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share–and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight. 

Something tells me my synopsis is more accurate.

Well, that’s all I’m going to do for now because I have to get ready for work. But this was a ton of fun. Maybe I’ll do it again with different genres. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Until next time,

Erin

P.S. It is the same B.J. Novak. I did what you were too lazy to do: click on the author’s name in Goodreads. You’re welcome.

Nano Day 15: We’re halfway there

OOOOH LIVING ON A PRAYER.

GUYS. I HAVE EXCITING NEWS.

Last week Monday, I finally, FINALLY wrote the last word for Music’s Curse.

I FINISHED IT.

After years of working on it, I came to the end of the first draft with 123K words.

I KNOWWW. That’s a lot of words. But large chunks will be cut out when I edit it. IF I edit it…

But hey. Not gonna think about that right now. I FINISHED MY FREAKIN’ NOVEL.

This was my main goal of doing Nano this year, and I reached that goal. So I’m happy. CELEBRATE WITH ME. I brought imaginary cake and ice cream! *throws food at you*

So now that I’m done with Music’s Curse, I’m working on a new novel, tentatively titled The Same Nobodies. I haven’t planned it very much so I don’t really have a good idea of where the story is going. But I am excited to work on it. I have a couple thousand words already. It’s steampunk fantasy with Persian undertones, and I’m super pumped to see where this story takes me. Here’s a summary that I quickly typed up the other day:

In the world of Ardazan, identical twins are considered to be the spawn of the demons. Born with the power to suck the life force from people around them, identical twins have been at the heart of many of Ardazan’s problems. For this reason, a law was passed declaring that all identical twins would not be allowed to live past the age of five.

Kaveh and Jahan Corvzah were unfortunate enough to be born identical twins. Now at the age of 25, the only reason they evaded death was due to their parents’ careful planning, which led people to believe that there was only one son instead of two. For the past five years, the brothers have been living in separate cities, trying to avoid each other to keep their secret hidden. While Kaveh lives as a thief, Jahan has agreed to marry a girl named Yasmine to save her father’s business. The only problem is, Jahan dreams of becoming a monk, and has no desire to get married, and Kaveh secretly wishes for something more meaningful in his life.

But there’s another problem. Identical twins never make it past the age of 28. They are always found dead, their hearts black with poison. Determined to uncover the mysteries surrounding identical twins, Kaveh and Jahan set out to find answers as their lives slowly dwindle away and a poison creeps ever closer to their hearts.

So while I’m still not planning on writing 50K words, I’ll be working on this for the rest of November. I’ll probably check back in once and a while to let you guys know how it’s going. I’ll probably share some excerpts too!

But in the meantime, you guys should follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinTriscuit. I had been avoiding Twitter for so long but finally gave in and signed up for it. I’ll probably regret it. But anywho. Follow me.

Until next time,

Erin