Reading

Books Of The Month | May 2016

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What I Finished:

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

One phrase description: Slow in the beginning, fast at the end.

Quote:

…it isn’t the subject that determines good journalism, it’s the reporter’s attitude.

My general thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed the Millenium series by Steig Larsson. And even though Lagercrantz isn’t Larsson, reading this reminded me that I still love the original characters. I say that it was slow in the beginning because a lot of time was spent introducing and developing new characters. By the end though, I found myself caring. So I devoured the last several chapters quite quickly.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

One phrase description: Italics.

Quote:

From now until the end of your days, you must lie.

My general thoughts: It was a tad bit too predictable for me. Or maybe I’m just better at seeing foreshadowing when it’s right under my nose. Maybe both? I anticipated the betrayal long before it happened. A fun read regardless.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

First impressions: So far I’m liking it more than If I Stay.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

The Finisher by David Baldacci

The Finisher by David Baldacci

Why: Because Baldacci.

As always happy reading!

Personal Reflection

May 2015: What I Love

I’ve been loving this monogrammed mug I bought from Chapters. Or should I say mugs?

Broken Handle Monogrammed Mug-H

Broken Monogrammed Mug-H

Monogrammed Mug-H

You see, I accidentally broke the cup’s handle (shown in the first two pictures) and purchased another one (seen in the latter photo).

Anything for the cursive H design.

Besides, any reason to go to Chapters is a valid one.

Writing

Stolen My Heart

I still can’t believe that in less than three hours, May will officially commence. Depending on where you live, it might not be April anymore.

Sadly Camp NaNoWriMo is also over/will be over very shortly. Kudos to everyone who participated. Congratulations to everyone who won.

In case anyone was wondering, I started off with an idea for a novel. Then I started working on a whole bunch of short stories and essays. So it’s hard to gauge exactly how many words I wrote this past month. Suffice to say I did a lot of writing. And I hope you did as well. Sometime in the future I plan on coming back to the novel. A moment ago, I opened the document and fell in love with the characters all over again. What can I say? Many fictional characters have stolen my heart.

Let May be just as productive as April—if not more so.

Personal Reflection

How Is It May Already?

You mean to tell me I survived 4 months but still have 8 more to go? 

Creative Writing

My Journey Revisited

When I started this blog, a little over a year ago, I published a poem aptly named: My Journey. I posted this poem in the beginning of April of last year, and now it’s the end of April, so I feel like I’ve come full circle.

I figured I would share this poem once more. If you’ve read this already, perhaps you’ll want to read it again. No hard feelings if you don’t. If you haven’t…enjoy reading it, singing it, or even rapping it. I’m kidding. You can sense my sarcasm by now, right?

Here it is:

My Journey Revisited 

Started at the bottom

Worked my way to the top

Climbed the rungs of the ladder

Just to stand on top

Continued to strive

Learned the ropes over time

Arrived at the end

Just to start again

***

Started with nothing

Worked all day and night

Climbed many mountains

Just to see the sunrise

Continued my passions

Learned to follow my heart

Arrived at my destinations

Just to seek a head start

Fitting title isn’t it?

Now that I think about it, April is National Poetry Month. I didn’t want to let it go by without posting a poem. While I probably should have published an original poem, for some reason I felt strongly about sharing an old piece I wrote a year ago. My Journey has stuck with me even to this day hence, the creation of this post. I don’t mean to get all sentimental on you, but I’m writing the truth.

Anyhow, I know I deserve a B for originality. That’s fine by me.

I hope you had a wonderful April and I wish you all the best in the month of May.

Writing

April Bucket List For Writers

  • Start a new short story/essay/novel/something. It’s a new month so might as well. In with the new and out with the old. That’s not to say you should abandon your old ideas and uncompleted work. I’m all for finishing what I start but you need to know when it’s time to type “The End” and when it’s time to begin again.
  • Hit the gym. Winter is still haunting citizens here in Canada but summer is right around the corner. So it’s time to get back into shape after hiding under multiple layers in an attempt to avoid frostbite or to conceal extra pounds. You know what they say: an active body is an active mind. So even if you aren’t exercising to feel/look good, do it for your muse. Your writing muse, that is.
  • Write more, worry less. Adopt this as your new mantra. Seriously. As addicting as worrying is, writing should be your priority. Worrying does not translate into writing. The less worrying you do, the more time you’ll have for writing. Or other forms of enlightenment.

By the time May rolls around, what will you have accomplished? All of the above? None of the above? Other goals you’ve always wanted to achieve but never managed to?

Nevertheless, I wish everyone luck in all your endeavors. Cheers to a successful April!