Weekly Wrap || November 21st, 2020

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November 21st, 2020

It’s hard to believe we’re three full weeks into November, but I suppose the Weekly Wrap is good at reminding us how the time tends to pass. It’s also good for recapping all the things I manage to do with my time.

Even if I ultimately do very little.

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The Wednesday Pen || NaNoWriMo 2020 Check-In #3

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Why write original content when you can write fanfiction instead?

I truly did not mean for NaNoWriMo 2020 to turn into a fic extravaganza, but here we are, almost 30,000 words in. I’d say it’s a little late to turn back now. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books I’m Glad I Read

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Some books never leave you, and it’s for the very best.

Thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads, today I get to celebrate some of the books I’m glad I read! These five titles are hardly an inclusive list, but they do mark some of the books that have made the most profound impact on me lately. I can’t imagine where I’d be as a reader without them, and I suspect I’ll revisit them all more often than others on my shelves!

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Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

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Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

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Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

4 STARS

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Weekly Wrap || November 14th, 2020

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November 14th, 2020

I’m pretty sure the last Weekly Wrap was a million years ago, but that’s probably the stress talking. Especially since the anxiety says the last Weekly Wrap was basically yesterday.

But I’ve also never been especially good at keeping a handle on the days gone by. At least, not without some thorough review, which is the entire point of today’s post!

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Tower Talks || How Habitica Helps Me Do All the Things!

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I have always sworn by the power of a good to-do list.

The problem is, they can be so, so overwhelming, especially when you add things to the pile, or have to move deadlines around! But lately, I’ve been using Habitica, a virtual habit tracker that blends healthy habits with the charm of a simple pixelated RPG, and let me tell you something.

Something big.

Something surprising.

This thing works. And more importantly than that, it makes me feel like I’m really accomplishing things! Let me show you how I’m making it work to my advantage, and when I’m done, maybe you’ll pick up your pixel sword and start slaying your to-do list too! ⚔️

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The Wednesday Pen || NaNoWriMo 2020 Check-In #2

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Is it really NaNoWriMo without a project in crisis?

Last week, I was bound and determined to make tracks on my angsty sentient weaponry WIP. This week, I’ve realized it wasn’t quite ready for NaNoWriMo 2020, and it needs to sit on the back burner for a while longer, until it develops better structure.

Which means in the middle of NaNo, I’m changing my project. And honestly, it’s a bit like stepping off a cartoon cliff. A moment of weightlessness, then a puff of smoke and a high speed plummet to earth.

And weirdly enough, it’s working.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books I Haven’t Read Yet

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Let’s play another round of “My TBR is Definitely Shaming Me Right Now,” shall we?

All the books I haven’t read yet are glaring at me from my shelves demanding to know why they’re not first on the list. Most of them are also demanding to know why they’re not on this list. In the interest of fairness/blaming someone else, we’ll just point the finger at Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for focusing today’s Top 5 Tuesday on TBRs. Obviously, it’s her fault we’re having this conversation. 😂

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The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

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The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

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EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED NOVEMBER 10TH, 2020

3 STARS

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