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 Since I don't seem to be using my livejournal much, I made a new blog today that I plan to update more often, so I won't be updating this one anymore. The new blog can be found HERE and the name of the new blog(MissNerdyNicole) is also my new Twitter username. Thanks!

In My Mailbox - June 2011

Happy July!! This blog is a few days late, but I've been on a no-internet vacation (involentarily - it was painful) but I am backkkk! So here's all the books I bought this month!! (I am such a bookaholic, looking at the list...). Also: IMM is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren :)

Blood Red Road by Moira Young - Incredible dystopian, totally unique from anything I've ever read and everything you could ever want in a book; READ IT!

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton - A really good magical-filled, romance. It's not a favorite book, and there's an aspect of the ending I wasn't too happy about, but overall I really, really enjoyed it.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Zuma - Strange, confusing, beautiful, unforgettably, wonderful. Wow. Such a unique and different book, I recommend it!

Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter - This is one of my favorite author's and series' and I was so thrilled with this sequel! Even better than the first; I love Kat and Hale and all the characters.

Trail by Fire (Raised by Wolves #2) by Jennifer  Lynn Barnes - One of the best sequels I've ever read. It's a paranormal series (about werewolves, obviously :) and there's a lot of psychology and different layers. Love!

The Demon's Surrender (The Demon's Lexicon #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan - Sorry for fan-girling over all these books... but.... AHHHHH!! This is the last book in the trilogy and the entire time I was reading it I was DYING from the sheer awesome and brilliance! I didn't know I could love a character like I love Alan. If you haven't checked out this awesome series, you MUST.

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski - This was a good contemp novel. I didn't connect that well with the characters, but I liked the plot and it was very entertaining.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire - This is such a good debut! I lovedd the MC and love interest, as well as the plot.... and basically everything. Can't wait for the sequel!

One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt - This book takes place over the course of one night, so it was a little bit hard to connect to the characters, but I did like one particular character, Cooper, I lot, and the story was good! Very entertaining, funny, and easy to read in one sitting.

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson - Oh, Laurie Halse Anderson... wow. Her books are always so layered and full of emotion. I cried, I'll admit it. I loved the different sides of the main character, Kate, and of all the characters. Amazing book.

That's everything I got this month, happy 4th of July and happy reading!!

In My Mailbox - May 2011

I bought lots of great books this month, which I shall now share. And yes, I know, my book addiction is just a little bit sick :)

Divergent by Veronica Roth - This dystopian debut got a lot of buzz, and in my opinion it was totally deserving of it!! It's definitely one of my favorite dystopians and I CANNOT wait for the sequels.

Illusions (Wings series #3) by Aprilynne Pike - I love this series, especially the second book. I really enjoyed Tamani (swoon) in this book, but the entire time I was reading it I was thinking "this book is like one long set-up for book for, and not a book on its own". I found myself waiting for the plot to begin for the whole book, but even with that I still enjoyed it.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - I loved this book! It's amazing how Lauren Oliver took such a stereotyped character and turned her and her journey into something real and amazing. The ending made me a little sad even though I knew it was coming, but it was perfect for the book! Highly recommend.

Shine by Lauren Myracle - This was actually the first book I read by this author and I was SO impressed! It kept me guessing until the very end and I loved the characters and setting.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen - Ah, the wonderful Sarah Dessen. She can do no wrong in my book (pun intended) and as always I loved her story and characters and everythingggg. I especially loved the dad character in this book; he reminded me a lot of my own father, who is also a chef. Sarah Dessen is my hero :)

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway - I'm reading this book right now for a project in European history class and am really enjoying it thus far.

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace (aka Mandy Hubbard) - This is one of those books that I bought on a whim and was not sure about but ended up LOVING beyond all belief. I don't think the story could have been told in a better way; everyone should read this book.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher - I feel like I'm fangirling an awful lot but come ON, this is the only book I've ever read in 2nd person and the fact that it totally worked is amazing! This book kept me awake after I finished it and I'm still thinking about it.... It was so much more than I thought it would be. Dontcha love when that happens?

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbelestier - This book was . . . weird . . . and funny. it took a while for me to get into it and fully believe the world, but it was good! The concept was really interesting and it was fun.

1984 by George Orwell - I found this book on the sale table at Barnes and Noble and picked it up. I loved Fahrenheit 451, another dystopian-type book written in this time and I'm writing a dystopian right now, so I'm excited to read this one soon.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray - I just finished this book on Friday and WOW. Libba Bray continues to astound me with her impressive wit, deep yet entertaining stories, and hilarious, sarcastic, awesome characters. This book.... weird and wonderful and good.

What did you read this month?

I am Insane (Also, I Wrote a Book)

On April 22nd I finished the first draft of my first novel!!! *Holds for applause* I bragged about it on Twitter (I'm @prplbookworm, if you didn't know), but I hadn't gotten around to writing the blogpost. I was planning on taking the summer off, maybe writing a few short stories (which I'm very bad at) and reading a lot. But a few days before I finished the draft of the other novel I had a great idea for a dystopian. I'd never have an idea come to me with a main character and a bunch of other characters and the title all at once like that one did. One minute I was sitting in European History listening (or actually not listening) to a lecture about World War I and then BAM idea of awesomeness. I finished the other novel (YAY) and then I put it aside... and read a few books... and talked with some writer friends an awful lot... and thought a lot about the Shiny New Dystopian Idea.

Exactly one week after I finished the first draft of the other novel, I started writing the first draft of the dystopian which I love to death. Yeah. So much for my summer off. And I was originally planning on editing (read: RIPPING APART) the other novel in the fall, but I recently decided that I wanted to start on those edits soon. As I type this, my printer wheezes out page after page of that disgustingly long MS. (It came out at 89,000 words, aka really long for YA contemp. I want the final draft to be between 75-80k.) Also, the new dystopian has one planned sequel. If all goes according to plan and by the end of the summer I have a decent draft of Novel 1 and a finished first draft of Shiny New Dystopian I can write the sequel in the fall.

And because my brain is just THAT ridiculous, a few days after I started drafting the Dystopian (gosh I'm tired of typing that word) I had an AMAZING contemp idea that I loveeeeee. Which I think I might try to write during NaNoWriMo. Even though I have AP classes and other non-fun stuff to worry about next year, when I'm a junior. So yeah, in short: I'M INSANE. 

So that's a probably-boring update on what's going on in my writer-land. Now back the the Writing Cave! :)

In My Mailbox - April 2011

Happy May everyone!! Summer is coming, school will be ending, the sun is shining, and there are so many wonderful books coming out! This is my In My Mailbox post for all the books I bought during April! IMM is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare - TMI is my favorite series EVER, I waited two years for this book and it was SO WORTH IT. It is by far the best in the series. If you haven't checked out this series you need to. Right now. What's wrong with you? ;)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman - I absolutely loved the first book and this one was actually even better! I love Adam soo much. The music aspect of it was really awesome, and Gayle Forman is such a master at capturing emotion. Stunning and beautiful, this book was one of those that made me think "I could never be this good."

Red Glove (The Curseworkers #2) by Holly Black - I really enjoyed the first book in this series, White Cat, and this one was also really good! The world is really cool - full of conmen and illegal magic - and I love the fact that the main character is a guy! Cassel is totally swoon-worthy in his tortured way.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen - I know I'm raving about all of these books but I read a lot of good ones this month!! Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors EVER, and this was one of the few books I haven't read by her, and I think it may be my favorite one ever. Which is not an easy thing to decide, believe me. I loved the main character Remy and the guy Dexter, plus the whole musical element with the lullaby was so cool! (I did read this one the very day I FINISHED WRITING a novel that has a lot to do with music..)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan - John Green is one of my favorite writers/people on the planet, and I really need to read a Levithan book, so I was excited to finally get this one! I was a little skeptical of the characters at first, but I did end up falling in love with this book and I'd definitely recommend it.
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz - This is one of those books that is so good, yet so sad, that you hold your breath a little bit the entire time you're reading it. I did really like it and am so glad I read it, especially since Hannah is so awesome. I loved that the book centered on relationships in the family instead of just romance - I love that in YA.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - This book is a tragic and brilliant portrayal of one Lithuanian girl's struggle during the Soviet genocide of her people in the 1940s. I knew very little about this historical event even though we're studying WWII in class right now, and I am so glad I read this book. Though it is very sad, it also offers a truly hopeful story that was deeply satisfying.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce - I enjoyed the romance and the relationship between the sisters in this one, however I found it a littttle predictable. I'll definitely be readiing the companion novel, Sweetly, though, which comes out soon.

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes #2) by Maureen Johnson - This was such a great sequel! Maureen is great and I'm so glad she finally wrote this sequel. I was a bit apprehensive going in but it was so good!

That's all I bought this month - I hope you've read some awesome books too!! :)

More Things That Don't Suck!

 * It is FINALLY sunny and warm-ish outside! On the first day of spring it snowed a bit here, so it's so wonderful to see the sun. I hope it's nice wherever you are.

* The ACMs are on tonight! I'm not a huge fan of country music; I only watch the ACMs for Taylor Swift :P and I hope she wins!!! 

* The WIP is 66,000 words as of yesterday! CRAZINESS. I want to finish by the end of April. I'm so worried that the first draft will end up like 100,000 words or something ridiculous... I still have so much to write. 

* Books that I've read that DON'T suck at all include WITHER by Lauren DeStefano, THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan, and THE VESPERTINE by Saundra Mitchell (mentioned in the March IMM post). 

* This Tuesday, April 5th, shall go down in history as one of the greatest when it comes to books. CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, the 4th book in The Mortal Instruments series comes out!! AHHHH! I've been waiting over a year for this! Cassandra Clare is amazing. This might just be my favorite series ever. Counting Harry Potter. (I know!) And I get to go to my second Cassie Clare (and Holly Black!) signing on April 22nd! Going to be good times :D Also on Tuesday, the 2nd book in Holly Black's Curseworkers series, RED GLOVE comes out (YAY) and WHERE SHE WENT the sequel to one of my favorite books ever IF I STAY by Gayle Forman. Tuesday can't come fast enough!

* I am counting down the seconds until my April vacation which is two weeks away! I plan on locking myself in my office and writing until my fingers bleed and my head explodes. Or this book is done. You know, whichever comes first.

* I saw the movie "Limitless" on Friday and it was pretty good. A little predictable but very interesting and entertaining. It also made me even more excited about the next project I want to work on once the current WIP is done (or the first draft, anyways). I'm so excited to research for this new book! I get to research CIA type stuff, WWII, brain chemistry and stuff like that, Washington D.C. and other intriguing things like that. Novel research... it's what all the cool kids do on summer vacation :)

In My Mailbox - March 2011

 Hey guys! Blogging two days in a row, crazinessss :) I've decided to start doing a monthly IMM instead of a weekly one so that way I can talk about more books and do it all at once. 

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where bloggers say which books they received. Click on the titles and it goes to their Goodreads page. This month I've gotten:

- Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins - I *liked* the first book in this trilogy, but I FREAKING LOVED Demonglass. So much. Major kudos to Rachel for writing a sequel that built on and improved everything she did in the first book. The MC is hilarious and sarcastic and relatable and totally badass. I'd definitely reccomend them.

-Clarity (Clarity #1) by Kim Harrington - I had pretty high expectations for this book and it met them! I loved Clare, the main character with a really cool supernatural ability. The murder mystery was interesting and not predictable, and I loved the cast of interesting characters.

- The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker - I also loved the main character of this murder mystery book. I'm a sucker for the whole fancy-private-school-secret-society-conspiracy thing. Love!

-There's No Place Like Home (Secrets of my Hollywood Life #6) by Jen Calonita - This is one of the few really chic-lit series' I've read, and I was looking forward to reading this final novel. And I have to say, I didn't really like the book. The beginning and the epilogue were good... I like the place she left the characters in. But all the stuff in the middle? Eh. I was a bit disappointed, to be honest. 

- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - I really liked this book. The characters were interesting and the wriitng was great. It was impressive how the characters changed and grew in a story that was told over the course of just one night. My only complaint is that the swearing was a bit excessive and, I think, distracted from the story in areas. Overall, I really enjoyed it and would probably reread this one.

And just today I bought THESE lovelies, which I have not yet read, but I have a feeling I'm going to LOVE them all:

- Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1) by Lauren DeStefano - This book has been on my list for a while. I read the sample chapters online and was surprised by how enticing and magical and writing and story are from day one. I'm on page 30 now and loving the world and the main character. SO excited to read the rest of it! And it's gorgeous. 

- The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #3) by Carrie Ryan - I love this post-apocalyptic zombie series! So haunting and beautiful. This is the final book and I can't wait to sink my teeth into it ;)

- The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell - This is an intriuging-looking historical with a mystery and supernatural element that looks very good. Also pumped to read this one soon!

Happy reading!!!

I've pretty much been MIA on the blog lately, and that's because school has been um, shall we say, difficult. And I'm going really, really strong on this WIP! So strong in fact that I will say that it is totally going to be my first finished novel! AH! I've written 5,000 words in the past two days and I JUST got to 60,000 words which is a HUGE milestone. I've been Tweeting a lot while writing and it was a bit surprising (in a good way!) to have Tweets other writers encouraging me. It's times like that that remind me why the internet is a good idea! A few people have asked me what the novel is about (I'm always so flattered that anyone cares!). Besides me being shy and superstious about my writing, it was also really difficult to explain my idea in 140 freaking characters. But I realized it was very good practice. I'm going to have to get used to writing summaries and that type of thing for future (very, very far ahead in the future...) query letters. Plus, when most people ask what your novel is about, they don't want a ten minute lecture on your main character's background. So, getting the novel to it's essence, without the subplots and the other awesome characters is important. And as I said, harder than it looks. I'm not actually sure what the point of this post is. It's late-ish at night and I'm tired. Cut me some slack. But for my WIP, the best one sentence description I've thought of so far is:

"A YA novel about a sixteen year old boy from a broken home who becomes famous, but might have to chose between the career he's always wanted and the love he's always dreamed of."

Any thoughts? :)


Things That Don't Suck

With all the tragic things that have happened recently, from the devastation in Japan, to school suckishness, and a good friend of mine who is going through a break up, I was inspired by a post on Ally Carter's blog to make a list of HAPPY THINGS in my life! Plus it seemed like a good way to ease back into the blogging world... I've been neglecting the blog!

*Last night's episode of GLEE! Glee has been getting on my nerves lately with the dropped storylines and irritating characters, but the awesome original songs last night, Blaine/Kurt awesomeness, and Quinn's badassery (I love Quin!!) was the perfect Tuesday night pick-me-up

* Ben and Jerry's. It's on sale at my local grocery store! YUM. Ice cream is one of my favorite foods and I detest that people seem to think it's only a summer food. I do not segregate my foods into seasons or even times of the day. I will eat my waffles any time of day I please, thank you very much.

*Friends. Dealing with the horrible month of March has been made so much better for me by the silly conversations between friends that bring a smile to my face!

* Writing! The blog has been silent because I've been working like crazy on my new WIP, which I started at the end of January and am currently 46,000 words into! I'm still LOVING this book and I can't wait to finish. After a crazy day, writing is the perfect escape.

*Selena Gomez's new single "Who Says"! I've been listening to that song on repeat since it came out, and I LOVE the music video. The song has such a good message and it's so catchy. Selena is wonderful.

*Tea. I've become such a tea addict lately. (Note: my writing productivity increases as my tea consumption does. Definitely a correlation).

Annnnd that's my list! Now I'm going to go back to something that unfortunately does suck... Spanish homework.

What's on your Happy List?


In My Mailbox (10)

IMM is a meme hosted by The Story Siren where bloggers share which books they got that week. (All titles are linked to their Goodreads page). This week I got:

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann (from Barnes and Noble) - I loved Lisa McMann's WAKE trilogy, which is about a girl who can see into other people's dreams, and this book looks even spookier.

The Duff by Kody Keplinger (from Barnes and Noble) - I absolutely loved this honest, compelling story about a girl who struggles with her self-image and self-worth by thinking she's the DUFF (designated ugly, fat, friend). It's a great book, but there is a lot of language and some sex, so not for younger teens.

A Tale of Two Pretties (The Clique series #14) by Lisi Harrison (from BN.com) - Yes, I admit to reading The Clique series. I have every single book! It was one of the first books I ever read wayyyy back when, and I had to see the series through to the end. Overall I think this book wrapped up the series really well.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (BN.com) - This is Lauren Oliver's second novel. I absolutely need to buy her first, BEFORE I FALL, after reading this one. This book is a dystopian novel about a future America where love is considered a horrible disease that must be cured when you turn 18. The main character, Lena, is a 17 year old girl who has always followed the rules, until she falls in love just weeks before her procedure. The story is beautiful and gripping and I can't wait for the other two books in the trilogy. Highly recommended!

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer (BN.com) - This novel came out earlier next month, and it's a 2011 debut. I finished it yesterday, and it was amazing. The two main characters used to be friends, but are now bitter rivals who are both fighting to win the same singing competition. I'm not a singer at all, but I still really enjoyed the book. I was surprised by how much I really liked both main characters, and I think the ending was really well done.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (from BN.com) - This is also a 2011 debut that came out earlier this month. I have yet to read ANGELFIRE, but I've read so many rave reviews about it. I know it's a paranormal romance that has awesome fight scenes and hot guys, so I'm in!

What books did you get this week?