Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The sometimes overlooked hard part of NaNoWriMo

Last week I posted on things I love about NaNoWriMo, thirty days of writing frenzy. This week I'm posting on what I don't like about it, which is preceisely ONE THING: not being able to read November releases I've been waiting ALL YEAR FOR. (I *might* bump that up to 2 things, sleep deprivation being the other one, but even sleep deprivation has its benefits. I think it ups my idea quotient. Just hope I don't get into any driving accidents).

It's just not fair when books you've been dying to read come out during the month of November, when I'm supposed to not be reading anything but my NaNoWriMo manuscript (and I shouldn't even be reading that, I should just be adding new words to it!)

There are four books, three that just released, that I'm drooling to read! (can I resist the compulsion for the entire month of November? Especially when one of the books is titled Compulsion? ha! Stay tuned.)

A Thousand Pieces of You  chasing an enemy across parallel universes and then falling in love with him? (if I interepreted that blurb correctly: I can't resist falling-in-love-with-misunderstood-enemy  stores)

Compulsion  here's the line from the blurb that made me sit up and take notice: "South Carolina plantation....a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions"

Mortal Heart  Fantastic series, assassin nuns, historical fantasy... and one of my favorite book reviewers (Shae at Shae Has Left the Room) says this one just couldn't get any better.

The Map to Everywhere  Need I say more? A book with a map central to the premise? This map geek can't resist.

Illusions of Fate released in September, and it just now came on my radar... how did I miss this? Look at the COVER!!!  That teacup!!!!! And the blurb! Laini Taylor says its like "Howl meets Mr. Darcy" - now if that isn't a intriguing mash-up, I don't know what is.

but if This Shattered World was coming out in November, and not December 23 (yeah, guess what's on my Christmas list!) I would totally forget my NaNoWriMo word count until I finished reading this book. Which might take me less than 24 hours, I'm sure.  These Broken Stars (the first in this series) was one of my top 5 favs of 2013 and this one sounds just as good. "But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war" 


  1. It isn't fair; you're right. I can't wait to read Martina's book! Been looking forward to it for a long time.

  2. I'm so far behind on my books! But fortunately I had ARCs of Compulsion and Mortal Heart so I already got those read. My e-galley of the first book you listed expired though, so now I have to wait! While I'm stressed about my reading, I'm at least feeling on top of my writing so far.

  3. How funny that we both have compulsion as a blog topic! I'd say get your family to get you the books as a reward for completing NaNo. :-)

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  5. Wow, is your December ever going to be delightful! Talk about keeping your eyes on the prize. Thanks for the reading list--even though I'm going to have to wait until NaNoWriMo wraps up too.

  6. *blushes for days*

    And also, use MH as your reward for when you finish! Brooding boy and awesome girl! Tada!

  7. Ugh I just left a comment but it got eaten by the internet :( Basically I said, at least in December you'll have all these gorgeous books to read AND have finished NaNoWriMo!

  8. At least you're still buying books. I'm trying to cut down until the to-read piles are reduced to manageable size. [Think a lot of them will get thrown on the to-trade piles.]

  9. Oh... Forgot ... Good luck with the NaNo progress.



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