Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Wrap-Up

I thought you'd like to know that if you scroll way down and look on the right-hand side of my blog, you'll find my rating system, so you can see what I mean when I give a book/movie a certain rating.

Books I Read

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler


Recommended to anyone who has body image issues, likes simple stories, and quick reads.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


Recommended to anyone who read and liked Wonder by R.J. Palacio, likes simple, sweet, character-driven stories, and books that will make you cry.

Cress by Marissa Meyer


Recommended to anyone who likes fairytale retellings, multiple perspectives, action-filled stories, quirky characters, epic romances, and a good long, series. This is my favorite book of the year so far! The Lunar Chronicles series is highly recommended to anyone and everyone.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson


Recommended to anyone who likes an interesting concept, mystery, and light, "fluffy" reads. This is not a hard book to read and is a great remedy for a book hangover. In fact, I used this book to move on after finishing Cress.

Show Off Anthology by Joe Bunting


Recommended to anyone who likes short stories, simple stories, quick reads, and anthologies.

Movies I Watched

"Star Wars: A New Hope" (re-watch)


Recommended to anyone who likes sci-fi, space stories, and epic adventures.

"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"


Recommended to anyone who likes to laugh, light, "fluffy" stories, and goofy movies.

Quotes I Wrote

(I haven't written a whole lot this month, what with the move and all, but I started the sequel to The Sorceress and managed to get about forty pages done so far.)

Anya nodded again. "Of course. Extra protection never hurt anybody."

The king grinned. "Glad to hear it. Far too many generals let their pride get in the way of their safety."
"Better to be safe and have no pride than to be dead and have too much of it."
--The Sorceress #2.

He shifted in his seat, looking uncomfortable. "I have to admit, I had my doubts about you being the one to investigate the matter, what with you being--well . . . you're a girl, after all. But the popular opinion of you does seem to be very high, so I thought I'd give you a shot. Prove me wrong, eh?" 
"With all due respect, Your Majesty, I have yet to find a task I can't perform due to my lack of male parts."
--The Sorceress #2.

Obsessions I Acquired

DOTA 2, a video game that most of the teenagers in our homeschool group plays.

Our new house! :) My bedroom is painted bright yellow, and I got a big bookshelf that I've stuffed full of the books that were sitting under my chair before.

Picture of the Month

Our family is working on putting together a writer's room in our new house right now, so I've been thinking about what to put around in my space to motivate me to be productive. Someone on Figment mentioned how she has "writing police" all over her desk, and this picture was the first one she shared. Let's see how much it helps!

How was your May?

PS: My good blogger friend Karoline Kingley is starting up a summer book club! :) If you want to participate, check out her blog post HERE.


Anonymous said...

Cress is also one of my favorite books of the year!

And I'm so jealous - an entire writing room?! :D

Anonymous said...

A writing room! I'm so jealous! ;-) That's one of my dreams. :) Glad to hear that you're settling in!

The Magic Violinist said...

@nevillegirl I. Can't. Wait for Winter!!! So, so, so excited!

Yup! :) We just finished painting it a really pretty purple. I'll write a post about it with pictures once we finish setting it up.

@storytellergirlgrace Oh, you have no idea how excited I've been to get it set up. :) That's where I'm going to spend the majority of my time now, without a doubt.

Boquinha said...

Yeah, I don't think you need "writing police" to make you write!

LOVE the Sorceress quote!

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha Ha ha, you'd be surprised how often I can get distracted. Unfortunately, I can't turn off my wifi, though, because I need it to look up information! It's been a good reminder. ;)

Thought you'd enjoy that.