Auto-buy Author: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Who’s an auto-buy author for you? An author that you’ve read, loved, and it doesn’t matter what their new book will be about, it will be bought without hesitation. I have quite a few and the list has grown since joining bookstagram, but Marissa Meyer is one of the earliest authors I can remember becoming an auto-buy author.

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If you’ve read The Lunar Chronicles (YA sci-fi fairy tale retellings), then you know Marissa Meyer is a sure thing for likeable characters, page turning storylines, and getting you in the feels! (Ahhh! Cress!❤️) Heartless was the same way too! (Even though I knew what was going to happen, I still had my heart shredded! 😭)

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So, when I heard Marisa Meyer was coming out with a new series, I was ready for it! But, Jenn? Didn’t you want to know what—NOPE. Didn’t need to know! But when I found out that Renegades was a YA superheroes vs. villains story in a futuristic dystopian society, I was like, YES PLEASE.

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I’m thrilled to be buddy reading this with Belinda @bookstorm this month! I’ve read only a few pages, but like trademark Marisa Meyer, I’m hooked!

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I also wanted to share that the most popular answer to my question in the previous post about reading goals was trying to read a particular genre or author outside your usual genre whether it was reading more non-fiction or reading more diverse or reading more POC authors, you all read with a purpose!

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Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend! We just hung out at home. Tomorrow is a holiday and I’m so grateful!

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Reading Challenge: Kill, Kill, Stab, Stab, Stab

What kind of reading goals do you set? (Besides the number of books you read by the end of the year. 😏) I mentioned in my previous post that I’m also a writer (thanks to every one who liked and commented about finishing my draft! I truly appreciate it!) and to become better at writing, you have to read! Seems logical but in reading dozens of author interviews, one piece of common advice about becoming a better writer was to read in your genre, and also outside of it—know the genre writing conventions of the story your writing and also what good writing looks like regardless of genre.

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One of my reading goals for the last two years (now three) is to read a book outside my preferred reading and writing genre (YA fantasy). I’ve read so many great books from contemporary to historical fiction (still working on non-fiction😅).

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Last year (and most likely this year too), I found a lot of recommendations through the #grimdragon challenge and I haven’t been disappointed! Featured here are a mix of authors that were new to me and outside my preferred genre—okay, so this is still fantasy, but these are definitely not YA. Epic battles, fierce characters, and bloody fighting—I didn’t realize what I was missing in my life until I read Abercrombie, Staveley, Lawrence, and Eames! I highly recommend all of these authors!

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For #grimdragon Day 13: Stabby, stabby kill, kill, kill

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How’s your weekend going so far? We just watched Cars 3 and now I’m like 😭. At my age, everything seems to set me off!

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WIP 1.13.18

Who here is a writer too? I originally started this account as a platform to share my journey to becoming a published author. I’d been sharing the steps in my writing process and about my experience in The Writer’s Studio Online through Simon Frasier University. It was such a rewarding program. I highly recommend it!

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But you’ll see that the majority of my posts are about books and reading which as a writer, I firmly believe that in order to become a better writer, you have to read. If I’m honest though, talking about books and reading is a lot easier to talk about than writing. Writing is such a solitary act but unlike reading, when you’re working on a project, you can’t really give away too many details and there really isn’t a way to make “I’m still writing” sound more exciting. 😅

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But I’m at the point where I’ve finished my first draft and I’m beginning my revisions. My goal this year is to finish revisions by April/May. I hope to start querying by the summer.

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I’m also going to post more about writing to keep me accountable and if you all like to help by kindly inquiring on my progress, even better!

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If you check out my Insta-stories (after all the stuff about my current reads), I actually shared some books about writing, a peak of my book map, and a glance at the hard copy of my draft (collated, hole punched, in a binder). Awesome, right? 😄

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I hope you all had a great week! If you’re a writer, what are you writing about? If not, what are your plans for the weekend? We’re going to get the house ready for my oldest son’s birthday next weekend. He will be eleven. And now my eyes are wet. 😭

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Am I the only one dying over the gorgeous ARC boxes that people got for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi? (I’m looking at you @bookstorm!😘) I’m so ready for this Nigerian inspired fantasy! It’s one of my anticipated reads of the year! I also just found out that if you preorder CoBaB and save your receipt, you can get a CoBaB poster! Details are on Tomi’s post @tadeyemibooks, but if you’d like to see the poster, scroll down. You know I’m going to get it!

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In the mean time, while we wait for CoBaB, I recommend Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor @nnediokorafor. Friends, in case you missed my Story a couple days ago where I gush about Binti (also by Nnedi Okorafor), I am a big fan of Nnedi’s stories! I started reading her books last year and I’m so glad I did!

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Akata Witch is about Nigerian American Sunny who is also albino. She was born in the US but her parents decide to move back to Nigeria. Once there, Sunny navigates life, dealing with fitting in and making friends—not easy when she’s considered American and being albino makes her stand out too. But as she deals with her family’s protectiveness and the teasing and bullying at school, Sunny discovers that she’s different in another way—she’s a “free agent”, an untrained magical person. With her friends Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, who are also magical, Sunny learns about her magical heritage and that there is also a dark side to this world that she and her friends get caught in.

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What I really enjoyed about this series is how Nnedi captures Sunny’s struggle with her dual heritage. As a Filipino American, I identified with Sunny’s feelings of not quite fitting in with family or friends at that age (Sunny is 11 in the story). I also loved how the world building is inspired by Nigerian folklore and the setting of Sunny’s town was also rich with cultural details—I want to find the hidden bridge to Leopard Knocks, the town where other Leopards (magical people) go to learn, buy magical supplies, and do other magic related things hidden from Lambs (non-magical people).

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If you enjoy middle grade fantasy with a little darkness, you’ll enjoy this!

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What’s an anticipated read you’re waiting on this year? Do you have a diverse fantasy recommendation?

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January TBR

Hey, friends! This is a little late, but here’s my January TBR. Since it’s already a week into the month, I’ve started some of these already.

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I’m buddy reading The Alienist and The Girl With All the Gifts and I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I’m enjoying both of these. If you didn’t see my previous post about Watership Down, (the nature shot I thought would be cool bc it’s a book about rabbits that live in a warren—is it just me that does that when bookstagramming?), check it out! I’m listening to the audiobook with my kids and we’re enjoying it.

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Warcross and Binti: Home were from December and they probably will be the first books I finish this year. Even though I’m still reading these, I’m loving them! The world building on both books is so unique.

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Other books on my TBR not pictured: City of Brass, Sorcerer to the Crown, IT, and Autoboyography.

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What’s on your TBR? Have you set a reading goal for this year?

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I hope you had a great weekend! My kids go back to school tomorrow and they aren’t too happy about it! 😆 I’m not looking forward to being mommy chauffeur but I do like having a routine.

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Happy New Year! Watership Down by Richard Adams

Helllooo! Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’ve all had a great holiday and are ready for 2018. I can not believe how fast the year ended!

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I have been in and out of social media, but I hope to be able to post more now. Everything’s great—just busy! If you didn’t know, I’m a mother of four kids 10 years old and under; I’m revising my draft for my first book; and I’ve been fighting the plague in between 😆. Needless to say, life is busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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This picture was taken at the park while my kids were playing. My oldest was my assistant, giving his opinions on angles and where to take the shot. 😆 It’s also a pretty good representation of my life right now—family and sneaking in time to read!

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I listen to books with my kids and our current read is Watership Down! It had been on my TBR for some time and I decided it was a good time to start it before winter break. My oldest, who is 10, is enjoying it very much! The younger siblings, ages 8, 5, and 4 aren’t so much. 😆 (They much prefer listening to the Rainbow Fairy series by Daisy Meadows.)

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We’re about 40% of the way in, and I’m enjoying the story. The characters are rabbits who leave their warren bc of an unforeseeable danger. If you enjoy stories with likeable characters against impossible odds, I highly recommend it. For kids, it’s a great middle grade style story, but the audiobook is a great way to get through the slow parts and vocabulary specific to the world building.

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What are you reading? How was your holidays?

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October Book Haul

Happy Saturday! And for those observing in the US, Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all those who have served and are currently serving our country. We are so thankful for your service..

So woah. It’s November! I thought things would slow down once my kids were back in school. Nope! 🤦🏽‍♀️ If you saw my Story, we’re getting new windows installed in our house and it’s a bit loud and bananas here so what better time to update? 😆

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These are some of the books I treated myself to in October (my birthday month) and I’m excited for these. Even more awesome? I’ve already finished reading Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (Review to come soon). I’m currently buddy reading Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor with Renee @bookishblissandbeauty. We are loving this series (the first book is Akata Witch)! You all need to put this series on your TBR. I’m currently also reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao and I’m intrigued! I’ll be buddy reading Sleeping Beauties with Victoria @zoetzure after we’re done with IT by Stephen King (we are loving IT!). I’m going to be starting Hunting Prince Dracula and Turtles All the Way Down soon too.

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I’m so excited that I’m actually making progress on books that I bought recently. This hardly ever happens! Do you guys know what I’m talking about? How long does it take you to start a book you bought recently? What was the last book you bought that you read right away? I think I’m going to make it a reading goal for 2018 to read new books within the week I get them (bc let’s be real, Christmas is coming up and I’m not going to set myself up for failure bc I’ll be buying books for myself.😂)

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