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Back… for now!

I have been writing and reading for months now, but not blogging. See, my problem is that I cannot stick with something for longer than a month or so before losing interest. And everyone and their mother has a blog – no one will care if little ol’ me doesn’t have one! The fact is: I am lazy. That’s why I don’t write as much as I should and that’s why I never clean my room. It isn’t complicated, it is just that.

In the interval between the death and rebirth of this blog, I have:

-graduated high school
-gone to Marco Island with my best friend for a week (hence the picture)
-gone designer-hunting at Goodwill with my mom (who sells stuff on eBay)
-stopped running (which I am restarting! yay!)
-become semi-addicted to Twitter (Follow me!)
-written 14k words of The Unlikelihood of Nostalgia

So, I haven’t been that busy. I’ve been reading – in fact, I just got Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, which I am so excited to read since I follow her blog kind of religiously and think she is adorable. I just finished Susane Colasanti’s Waiting for You, which I thought was totally cute.

So, here is my question for everyone else today: How do you avoid that laziness? How do you motivate yourself to blog when you really, really don’t feel like it? Or: how do you motivate yourself to write? I need to have a year-round NaNo because that’s the only way I write every single day.

And here, for inspiration:

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I am dead.

I am a high school senior and I have a ridiculous amount of homework. I haven’t even been reading very much lately, so I’m sorry for my deadness. I’m not sure when my next post will be, sorry. 😦

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I’ve been reading…

I didn’t receive anything in the mail this week, so I’m not going an IMM post today. I know, I know, I’ve been completely absent lately, but I’ll try to keep reviewing whenever I finish something. I’ve been reading The Iron Tree since I finished Beautiful Creatures, and it’s pretty slow going, but I’ll put up a review as soon as I’m done.

🙂

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author(s): Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Page Count: 576 pages
Summary: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. (From Goodreads)

Review: I’m just going to start this review by saying: this book is LONG. I usually read pretty fast, but this took me about two weeks to read, which is very, very rare. It’s strange, because long books never seem daunting to me and I’ve read 1000+ page book in a few days without batting an eyelash. I think it just has to have substance and everything has to matter and it has to keep me entertained.

Beautiful Creatures did that… well, sort of. I’m not going to say I didn’t like it, but I didn’t love it either. It feel between mediocre and good on the scale of book awesomeness. I definitely feel that it was too long; I understand that the romance aspect has to be developed, as did the supernatural, but I don’t think it should’ve been quite as long as it was. There were definitely some things that could’ve been taken out.

That’s not to say that there aren’t things I enjoyed. I liked Lena and her quirks; she and Ethan made a very good couple. I also liked the small-mindedness of the town and the fact that they pretend like the Civil War ended with the South taking the high road. I think that just describes the South ridiculously well; people around where I live wave the Confederate flag as a symbol of southern pride, not as a ‘let-go-lynching’ type of thing.

The things I didn’t like, however, seemed to almost outweigh the things I liked. Like I mentioned before, it was unnecessarily long and most of the characters were like cardboard cutouts, aside from a few like Link and Lena. His father we never really got to know well enough; even his character was a bit cliched.

Overall, Beautiful Creatures had some good parts, but overall I wasn’t blown away with it as a whole.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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In My Mailbox (6)

Okay, so I lied. I didn’t make any posts this week because I’m lazy and now I have lots of homework. I’ll try to be more on top of things!

Anyway, this week I only got two books:

The Iron Tree by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

The Well of Tears by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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MIA Sam

Okay, so I apologize for being completely MIA lately. I just took exams last week and I was super stressed about that, so I just needed a week or two to chill. I promise I haven’t disappeared! I’ll have Writing Wednesday up like usual tomorrow and a review for As You Wish on Thursday of Friday.

🙂

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Awesome Contest!

Attention all aspiring writers! Steph Bowe from Hey! Teenager of the Year is having an awesome contest that anyone who writes should totally know about. There’s going to be five winners and she’s going to critique the first five pages of a story for those winners!

Everyone go enter, now!

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