Books

A collection of posts about books and book reviews.

NaNoWriMo has begun!!

Hey, guys!! As you probably know, since November is here, the start of National Novel Writing Month is here as well!! I was going to post this yesterday, but I was just too busy writing. 😛

If you’re doing this, how many words did you do on your first day? I started at midnight and ended up with 4,277 on the first day. I’ve now written 4317 today. I’m pretty proud of myself, to be honest. My novel started out as a slightly augmented version of the AJ Story that was kind of a fail, but as the plot developed it’s not even a distant cousin anymore. The only thing that’s really similar about it is the personalities of my main four characters, Ayanna, Gwynn, Oriel, and Bell, who were originally going to be my new versions of Flora, Juniper, Lucky, and Crashing. Oh, and did I mention they’re all humans?

Post your thoughts on your NaNovel below; I’d love to hear them!!!

~ Summer 😀

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National Novel Writing Month!

Hey, guys! Today I’m going to be talking about one of [in my opinion] the coolest writing gimmicks out there: NaNoWriMo. This stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is this November. In this event, young people are challenged to set a word count goal for themselves and try to reach it in a month. I’ve never done it before, but I’m doing it this year, and it’s very interesting so far. You can find the official site here. There’s actually a different one for adults, but since I’m not an adult, I’m not doing the adult one.

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As for my novel, I’m still not entirely sure what I’m going to be doing. I was thinking about resurrecting and revamping a couple of old stories, but then again, I also want something fresh. I’ll make sure to keep you guys updated!!

~ Summer 🙂

Book Reviews: The Maze Runner

Hey, guys! I FINALLY found this book at the library after four weeks of looking, so, needless to say, I checked it out immediately. I expected it to be more of a Hunger-Games-ish sort of story, but, honestly, the book it reminded me most of was Ender’s Game. I mean, seriously. Check it out.

Anyway, I started reading this book, and I noticed the beginning was a little slow. Yeah, they DID have to do an awful lot of setup, but I don’t recommend this if you’re more of an action reader. The book has enough action in it, but it takes a while to get to it. Also, there wasn’t really much character background, even for the characters who’d been in the maze for two years, which really bugged me, but I’ve noticed that James Dashner’s style doesn’t really include too many details.

Also, the scenes involving the only girl in the Glade – Teresa – took maddeningly long to appear at all. She was in a coma for half the book, and when she does appear you’re just sort of thrown into believing that she and Thomas had history before the Maze. The ending, too, was a bit late in the story; you have to read the next book in the trilogy for it to make any sense at all. But there were definitely good aspects about the story as well: the action, once it appeared, was suspenseful and well-written, and everyone acted within character – no one took some crazy leap of faith leaving you wondering why it had to happen at all.

For an awesome backstory, great action scenes, but taking points off for an annoyingly vague style and other various story flaws, I give The Maze Runner 3.7 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you!!

Summer 🙂

Book Reviews: Halflings by Heather Burch

Hey, guys. Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, I’ve had a sleepover and am about to start another one. Last week, I was duck walking down the hall and saying DERP DERP DERP and I fell into the wall and sprained my knee. So I’ve had a fun last few days.
So, to the review! I got this book at Half-Price Books about a week ago. My mom found it under the Christian literature section, so I figured there wouldn’t be too much – if any – bad language. In fact, it was a very clean book, albeit one with a bit of romance, which I’m not a big fan of. I prefer lots of action and intrigue. Fortunately, Halflings had enough action and intrigue to make up for it, and it was a really cool story. I got a bit bored about 1/3 of the way through the book, but I picked it back up and kept reading it and it got really fun. It’s infuriating how the entire book was just going along at the normal “book” pace, and then right at the end, the line fell really, really fast. I need the sequel. NOW.
For crazy action, lots of character mystery, and almost no inappropriate language, but taking points off for a slow pre-mid-section, I give this book four and a half stars.

Thanks for reading, I hope this was helpful!!

Summer ❤

Character Names: Why Are They Important?

Hey, guys! Tomorrow chapter 3 of the AJ Story is coming out, and it brought this post to mind. Since every character is a real name from a real Animal Jam player, I didn’t get a choice in the names except a few. This works out fine for the story, since I can choose what role everyone plays to suit their name, but what if it’s the other way around?
What if you already have a genius story about a warrior of a magic land who goes on a quest to save the world? You probably don’t want to name him Barney.
Names are a big part of the story. In the book Dragon’s Milk, the names reflect the place. They sound like they’re really from another world. In the Hunger Games, the names sound like they’re from another time. In both examples, the names help to outline the plot, and the stories wouldn’t be as good if it were about a guy named Ricky who rode his dragon to Chicago.
But why are they so important? It’s partially just for the sake of sounding cool. I know that sounds funny, but it’s true. Having a whole dictionary or selection of names for a story makes it sound totally different and well thought-out. Another reason is that it tends to help with character development. Look at Juniper from the AJ Story. Being named after a coniferous, blue-berried tree helps to portray her as a healer and someone who enjoys making potions and things.
Names are also how that character would be remembered. If there’s someone important mentioned at the beginning, but then he comes up later in the story secretly, he’d have to be under a different name or it would be totally given away. I’m thinking of Divergent here.

Anyway, thanks for reading!! I appreciate it a lot!!

Summer 🙂