The Sunday Wrap-Up{48}

Posted February 16, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 8 Comments


My Week

My week started off so strong! As many people know, I (sorta) did NaNoWriMo in November. I actually started that novel in September, but used NaNoWriMo as a push to finish, which worked. I’ve been trying to revise said novel since January, and nothing has worked. So Monday night, I decided to take on a project I had been meaning to do for awhile: attempt to convert my second bedroom closet(yup, I lucked out and got the room with two closets) into a standing writing desk. It actually had a shelf that would fit my laptop at the perfect level, so by convert what I really mean is “Clean it out and add some writing tools to that shelf.” The idea between this was a)I have a job where I sit at a desk the majority of the day, and coming home to write was making me do that more and b)the little reading I’ve done about the creative process seems to indicate that being is plain, unassuming areas with white noise is great for ideas. Or, why you always come up with great ideas in the shower.

Anyway, having that project gave me something to do at the beginning of the week, and it was going great after my January blues! Wednesday, though, I started feeling really “stuck” at work for lack of a better term. It’s boring so I won’t get into the details, but I’m going up against a wall with one of the projects I’m working on because it’s been difficult to collaborate with the people I need to collaborate with. This has been going on for awhile, but for some reason Wednesday just really tripped me over the edge. HOWEVER, Friday a bunch of things got resolved and made me feel a lot better overall. So while a pretty mixed week there, I’d say it was mostly positive.

And Saturday I attended the Montgomery County Book Festival! Because I’m too lazy to do a proper write-up, here are the highlights:

  • I got to meet Marissa Meyers again & have my copy of Cress signed! She also gave the keynote speech, which I really loved, and talked about story-telling. She also told the story of both Rapunzel & Cinderella, which I loved hearing even though I’ve heard them before.
  • Most of the panels I went to were really good! I enjoyed the science fiction panel, but I think my favorite as actually the paranormal panel. Even though that’s not my genre of choice, I really love the discussions that came up during it.
  • BOOKS(duh).


On Book Blog Bake

 On Monday I reviewed Also Known As by Robin Benway.
Tuesday was all about my favorite and least favorite bookish couples.
Wednesday I reviewed Panic by Lauren Oliver.
Thursday I did a few mini O.W.L. reviews.
Friday I reviewed Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

ALSO I have a new “What should I read next?” poll on the sidebar! I’ve started doing these twice a month to sort of whittle down my TBR. The first winner was Something Strange and Deadly, and Crown of Midnight just won the poll that ended yesterday(which I’ve already started), so which ever book wins this poll I’ll read the first week of March. Go ahead, you know it’s fun to help people pick books.

I’m posting this later than normal as I participated in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon this weekend(which as a lot of fun!). I won’t link to my individual post & mini-challenges, but they’re all on the blog if you’re curious for some reason.


A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Split Second by Kasie West
On the Fence by Kasie West
Great by Sara Benincasa
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz(re-read)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson



 Unremembered by Jessica Brody
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Favorite 5

Another week I failed to collect links. Ah, well, it’s good to give our brains a break sometimes. But if you’re itching for more blogs to read, you can always check out the lovely blogs on my blog roll. 



8 responses to “The Sunday Wrap-Up{48}

  1. That book festival sounds AWESOME! And your second closet sounds great, too! 😉 I voted that you read How to Love next because I really love how the book is constructed. I hope you enjoy it when you do read it! 🙂

    • Stormy

      I won How to Love from a giveaway, so I’ll be quite curious. Even if it doesn’t win, I’m hoping to read it sometime this spring. I know it deals with some serious stuff, but I can’t help but to think of it as a spring book because of the cover color.

  2. Converting that wardrobe sounds like such a lovely idea, and it’s so cool that you got to meet Marissa Meyer!.What did you think of ‘I Am The Messenger’? It’s been on my wishlist ever since I read ‘The Book Thief’, but I haven’t heard too much about it.

    • Stormy

      I think it was one of my better ideas!
      I really liked I am the Messenger, but not as much as The Book Thief. It was beautifully written and a little strange, and while I read it in one sitting, it didn’t quite captivate me like The Book Thief did. I would still recommend it, however. It was quite good over all!

  3. ayam91

    I hope you enjoy My Life Next Door. It’s one of those books that I read last year and finished it thinking “why did I wait so long?” Then again, it was sitting on my TBR for months… You also read a bunch of books I’d like to read like A Mad, Wicked Folly, Split Second, and On the Fence. Eventually I’ll read them… 🙂

    I’m glad some of your work conflicts have gotten resolved. Hopefully this coming week will be better!

    • Stormy

      I’ve heard that about My Life Next Door!
      I actually wasn’t a huuuge fan of A Mad, Wicked Folly, but I’m definitely in the minority there, so I hope you enjoy it when you get to read it! And I’ll always recommend Kasie West!

      Thank you! And it wasn’t even work conflict–at least not external, more of me not being able to move forward on a project for outside reasons, but yes, I left last week feeling much better, so here’s to hoping!

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