happy new year
I haven’t written a post in a while. So, here I am, first day of 2017, thinking about the last year in reading and writing while watching When Harry Met Sally.
Side note: I miss Carrie Fisher already.
2016 was an up and down year, but was a mostly good year in reading and writing. I set a challenge to read thirty books in 2016, and I ended up reading 32. I wanted to read less YA this year, but failed miserably at that. I think I read more than 32 books with my rereads, but just didn’t track them. (I reread books a lot. A lot.)
My favourite reads of 2016 were: Emmy & Oliver, Graffiti Moon, Station Eleven and Fans of the Impossible Life.
My least favourite reads were: Love Letters to the Dead, A Little Folly, I’m Glad About You and The Love that Split the World.
I reread a few, like Anna and the French Kiss and Landline.
So, that’s reading. On to writing.
I finished the zero draft of THE NEW ROMANTICS at the end of 2015. So, I spent most of this year revising and editing that book. I’m on Draft Seven now. I’ve tentatively started querying it, and I’ve received one request, but mostly rejections. I think the first pages still need work, so I’m concentrating on that. Still, I’d like to seriously query TNR early in 2017.
I spent a lot of time bouncing between writing projects this year, so I was drafting on several projects at the same time. That didn’t work for me and I got very little done on any one project. Then, November came along and I decided to do NaNoWriMo. And I won!
I did NaNo using a book I was already about 13K words into, so, all-in-all, I came out of #NaNoWriMo2016 with a 63K zero draft of ALL OF THIS EVERYTHING. (You can look on My Projects page to see what it’s about.) I’ve barely looked at the draft since I wrote it. I’m pretty convinced it’s terrible and not at all what I actually wanted to write, but I think that about all my zero drafts.
What’s next? I’ve read over IT GIVES A LOVELY LIGHT a lot these last few months and made a lot of notes. I might be ready to give that one another go. Today I’ve been drafting A SOFT PLACE TO LAND, code name The Rugby Story, and am enjoying that one a lot.
For 2017, I’m making goals for things I can control, as much as I’d like it to be the year I get an agent or a book deal. So, here goes.
Reading-wise, I joined the 2017 Reading Challenge to read 35 books.
Writing-wise, I have two:
- I’d like to get another book written. A zero draft of either a new IT GIVES A LOVELY LIGHT or A SOFT PLACE TO LAND. Right now, I’m liking the latter better, but the former is still pulling at my mind strings.
- Once THE NEW ROMANTICS is ready, I’d like to send out ten queries a month. I may modify this one, as I’m not sure how well that’ll work, but I’m going to try it.
So, that’s it! That’s 2016. I wish everyone a 2017 where they receive all the amazing things they deserve. Happy New Year! ❤
Happy New Year!
As was tradition back when this blog was active, I’m here to share the books I read in 2015. In total, I read 56 books. That’s the record, at least ever since I started recording my yearly book list. And here they are. Asterisks (*) indicate a reread (and yes, I reread some within the same year).
- A self-help book that I didn’t record the name of
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
- The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman
- Just One Year by Gayle Forman
- Just One Night by Gayle Forman
- Don’t Touch by Rachael Wilson
- Show Your Work by Austin Kloen
- Jackaby by William Ritter
- Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding
- Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
- Maximize Your Potential Edited by Jocelyn Glei
- The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
- *A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn
- We Slept Here by Sierra De Mulder
- Marbles by Ellen Foley
- Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
- The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
- Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- Neanderthal Meets Human by Penny Reid
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
- Way More Than Luck Edited by Janet Crowther
- Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
- Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
- This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- *Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- *Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
- *Just One Day by Gayle Forman
- *Just One Year by Gayle Forman
- *Just One Night by Gayle Forman
- *Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- *Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- *Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn
- *Honeybee by Trista Mateer
- First and Then by Emma Mills
- My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
- 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Alberalli
- The Dogs I have Kissed by Trista Mateer
- A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
A couple things I noticed:
- This was the year of YA. I read young adult books almost exclusively. This probably contributed to my high book count.
- For someone who doesn’t like Sarah Dessen, I read a lot of her books this year. Maybe I was just giving her a chance.
- I didn’t reread all my usual books. I usually have at least one Jane Austen book on my list. I’ll have to rectify this in 2016.
- All the Bright Places broke me. Seriously, do not read this book during a sensitive time in your life like I did. I had to cleanse my palate with books I knew I loved and ended happily because I could not get over that book. I’m still not over that book. (It’s sad, but very good.)
My favourite new books were probably the Just One Day series by Gayle Forman (I want a Willem!), Rainbow Rowell’s books, All the Bright Places, I’ll Give You the Sun (though I didn’t like it at first), and Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda. Stephanie Perkins’ books are always good for a pick me up and I love them.
I’m not going to bother talking about the books I didn’t like, though there were a few of them.
So, that’s it! My 2015 book list! How was your year in reading?