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January 2017 To Read

I can’t believe it’s already January 2017!!! How does time go by this fast? Seriously. Books always seem to go too fast, too. Since that’s the case, my January TBR pile is pretty ambitious. But! I’ve already read 8 books this month and it’s only the 7th. I’m doing pretty well. So far, I’ve read:

  1. Harmony by Jordan L. Hawk (short story)
  2. Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin #6) by Jordan L. Hawk (novel)
  3. Maelstrom (Whyborne & Griffin #7) by Jordan L. Hawk (novel)
  4. Fallow (Whyborne & Griffin #8) by Jordan L. Hawk (novel)
  5. The 13th Hex (Hexworld 0.5) by Jordan L. Hawk (short story)
  6. The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat (short story)
  7. Once Upon a Dream by Megan Derr (collection of fairy tales, begun in 2016)
  8. Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

As you can see, I’ve been a total Jordan L. Hawk fangirl this month. Her Whyborne & Griffin series is going down as one of my absolute favorites EVER. For Real. I will do a series review when it finishes up in the next year or so. But expect me to wax poetic about it here when I discuss favorite characters or “excited for” posts, etc.

My must-reads (not the entire list) for January are:

Magics Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

I’ve been looking forward to this series for a while and though it’s a bit older, I think I’ll enjoy it. It’s a YA fantasy novel about a young musician intent on becoming a bard, but his skills are a bit lacking. The story unfolds as his powers awaken and he becomes the last Herald-mage!

Hexmaker (Hexworld #2) by Jordan L. Hawk

I’m currently reading book 1 of this series (Hexbreaker) at the moment and am THOROUGHLY enjoying it. The magic system in this series with a witch + familiar + the utilization of hexes is fascinating. A definite fun read if you like shape-shifters, Alternate History, and a bit of romance thrown in!

The Crown’s Dog by Elise Kova

I am a huge Elise Kova fan. I was enchanted with her Air Awakens series and am super looking forward to jumping into this–one of the prequels to the AA series. Jax was one of my favorite characters in those books and he’s the star of this one. I’m way behind as the rest of the book bloggers have already read this, but I’m down for catching up! 😀

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

This is another Kova novel that has been much anticipated in the fantasy fandom. I’ve heard such good things about this steampunky YA fantasy and can’t wait to crack open my Kindle version when it comes out in just a few days.

What are you reading in January? What are your most anticipated reads? Can’t wait to hear!

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TBR Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Jess at Beacoup Books. So excited to participate in this fun tag! Without further ado, here we go!

 

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use Goodreads! I’m a total Goodreads junkie. I have a giant TBR list but I divide it up into years. I’m currently building up my 2017 TBR list.

 

Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?

Ebooks all the way baby. I actually get pretty distracted reading print books now. I love having one “page” to focus on and being able to adjust sizes and light (on my Kindle Paperwhite or my phone).

 

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I definitely go by mood. I’m a huge mood reader. That’s partially why I read multiple books at a time. Depending on my mood I’ll switch around from several books, but I try to read one at a time.

 

A book you recently added to your TBR?

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. A friend gifted me this book for Christmas, so I’ve placed it on my TBR list for 2017. It’s well-reviewed on Goodreads and I’m looking forward to checking it out! It’s an epic fantasy that seems super long, but that’s not always a bad thing. I love fantasy and even epic fantasy, unless it gets dry or too convoluted in the plot and too far away from character development. I’m a big character-person and love character-driven stories. I have a feeling this one will be plot heavy, so we’ll see.

 

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

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The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh. That cover is seriously gorgeous.

 

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading?

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I tried. Twice. I just can’t get into it.

 

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

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The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova! I am seriously stoked about this book and have it preordered for my Kindle. I adored the Air Awakens series by the same author and have been looking forward to this new release for months!

 

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you? AND A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you? AND A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Everybody and their brother has read this book and I need to get on the ball and get this one read! It looks like an enchanting and exciting read!

 

How many books do you have on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Currently, 422. Not too shabby but there is probably no way I’ll get around to all of them. I should probably go through and clean them out for REALS.

 

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Basically, whoever wants to do this tag, you should go for it! This has been a fun little post and I can’t wait to see all of your answers!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Finally Read in 2017!

Happy official Book Blog Birthday! Since I have a website for all of my author and writing endeavors, I really wanted to resurrect Unearthing Words and make it a book blog. I read a LOT. I have been reviewing books on Goodreads for a long time but have wanted to participate in challenges, buddy reads, etc. I have decided this is the best place to do it. So, without further ado, here is my inaugural post for 2016!

BOOKS I WANT TO FINALLY READ IN 2017:

  1. The Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey // This is an older trilogy, but one that was far ahead of its time in its themes, symbolism, and storyline. I can’t wait to follow Vanyel on his journey!
  2. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss // I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this series – – including that it is many people’s favorite duology. I am eagerly anticipating seeing what all the fuss is about.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas // I am currently reading her Throne of Glass series and an loving it. If this series is half as good as that one, I will be pleased. All the fanart out there is making me so curious!
  4. The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett // This series sounds like so much fun, I can’t even tell you. I love Scotland as a setting and an looking forward to getting lost in Francis’ story.
  5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer // This series has been making the rounds forever and I’m so utterly behind. It sounds so interesting with its mixture of genres. Super looking forward to it.

 

These are obviously all series books, but I read so much that it isn’t a stretch to say I’ll read these and many many more in 2017. I’m a big fantasy reader, so most of these fall into that category if not all.

What are you reading these days? What are your top 5 books you’re looking forward to reading in 2017?

**Want to join in the fun? Come be a part of our Top 5 group on Goodreads!**

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November 2016 Wrap Up

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Omg, I read so many books in November. And though this is totally late, I wanted to do one of these nonetheless. This was a month chocked full of family gatherings, a work break, general stress, etc. Whenever I’m insanely busy, somehow my books-read count manages to go up and up and up. I think it’s because it helps me to de-stress.

In addition to books read, I’ll also let you know what shows I’ve been watching, music I’ve been listening to, etc. Just for funsies.

Here we go!


BOOKS READ

  1. The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas (audiobook)
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  3. Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
  4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  5. A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles
  6. 5000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox
  7. A Flight of Magpies by K.J. Charles
  8. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  9. Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
  10. King’s Rising by C.S. Pacat
  11. Scarlet and White Wolf by Kirby Crow
  12. Mariner’s Luck by Kirby Crow
  13. The Other Guy by Cary Attwell
  14. Feast of Stephen by K.J. Charles


 Now, this looks like A LOT. Most of these were in fact read in November, but a few of them I had started before November and just happened to finish them IN November. 

My favorites out of this batch were:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle – Because come on. It’s a classic.
  • Crystal Crowned – the “crowning” (har har) glory of Elise Kova’s Air Awakens Series
  • A Case of Possession, A Flight of Magpies, Feast of Stephen – all by K.J. Charles, these books are freaking amazing. Sherlock Holmes meets magic meets LGBTQ fiction.
  • The entire Captive Prince trilogy – These books messed me up, man. In the best way. They were so good they are nigh indescribable. Read them. Now.
  • The Other Guy – I don’t read a lot of contemporary, but this book was so fluffy and sweet. I loved it.

 

NON-READING WRAP UP

  • I’ve been playing Pokemon Sun and it is ADORABLE, omg. I love it so much. My 3Ds is definitely earning its keep right now.
  • I’ve been listening to some SERIOUS Panic! At the Disco lately. That band is my jam. Literally.
  • Can we talk about Yuri on Ice!!!? WOW. That show hits me right in the feels. Are any of you as obsessed with it as I am???
  • Just finished “You’re Beautiful” and am in the market for a new KDrama. Anyone got any recommendations?

 

What did you read in November? Any favorites? I love suggestions and recommendations!

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The Long Road Ahead

The beginning of a rough draft is always exciting and magical–like unicorns and fairy dust. Somehow, that random spark of an incredible idea seems to settle in our minds and then (usually at night when you’re trying to sleep), the spark grows and flares into a huge undeniable story. Such an instance happened to me last night when I was trying to get some shut-eye. I needed to flesh out the idea I had for the third novel in my Tales from Niflheim. Of course, a bevy of ideas began to fling themselves at my mind–vying for my attention. Somehow, I was miraculously able to remember them this morning. It’s a good thing, too, because I was way too tired to get out of bed and write them down.

So, despite waking up feeling kind of sick, I sat down and was able to start the very first page of the first draft of  my sixth novel (I say sixth, because I wrote four manuscripts last year and one so far this year.) Words always seem to fly from my fingers on the first 1/3 of manuscript. Things typically get tough in the middle (can I get an “Amen”?) and then by the last 1/3, things are back to flowing again. It’s sometimes hard to remember on the first few days of a new novel that there is such a long road ahead.

For some people, this keeps them from attempting to write a novel. “It’s just too hard to finish!” they might whine. For me, I think the long road ahead is an adventure to be experienced, returned from, and shared with the world. I love every aspect of writing a novel. I love the tingling beginnings of an idea in the brain…the cemented relationship of drafting and editing…the formatting and prep-work for publishing…I adore it all. That’s part of why I chose to go with indie//self-publishing. I like having my hands in it all–getting them messy and covered with wordy goodness. I love making cover art and learning about the marketing process. I may not always love these things, but for right now, they’re just a part of the long road to producing a book and getting it out to the public.

For you, does the long road of brainstorming, drafting, editing, and prepping seem daunting or exciting? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Regardless of what your thoughts are on it, I truly hope you enjoy your writing! Happy Friday!

Thanks for stopping by!

~L.M.

 

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Mid-Year Reading Checkup

 

So, we’re a little over halfway through the year and I thought it would be a good idea to check on my yearly reading goal!  Every year, I strive to read (at least) a book a month. You can always see my progress for each year on this page. Because I usually surpass my goal each month (by a LOT of books sometimes), I don’t always record every book I read on this page. It would be a HUGE list! I decided it would be fun to count up the books I’ve read so far in 2012. It may not sound like a lot to some of you, but for me, I think I’ve done pretty well.

Drum roll………………………..>>>>>

 

20 books! WOOHOO!

Again, not that many for most of us bookworms, but the year is only half over! I can’t wait to see how many I’ve read by the end of December!

How many books, on average, do you think you read in a year? Do you set any goals for yourself? If you don’t and you’d like to read more, I highly recommend my own goal of (at least) a book a month. It takes pressure off to read a huge amount (unless you want to), but it at least gets you reading!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy reading!

 

~L.M. ❤

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Wednesday Wanderment

This is a picture I took while hiking with the Philosopher last fall. Yes, I know it’s not fall yet, but I am getting SOOOO pumped about it. This fall is going to be wonderfully exciting, because my book will be published by then! YAY! Okay, back to earth, I want you to enjoy some Wednesday Wanderment.

Favorite Blog of the Week

>>Writer Unboxed— This is an AMAZING website full of articles published by authors and writers. It has been an unending source of encouragement, advice, and warm, fuzzy feelings for me. Check it out!

Favorite Posts and Articles of the Week

>>What’s in your creative writing notebook?

>>Fantasy Novel Repeats

>>The Scrabble Addict

>>Finish what you start

Currently Reading

>>Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

>>And a million other books. 🙂

Currently Writing

>>The sequel to the novel I’m prepping for publishing! (I think I just finished the first draft today!!!! WOOHOO!)

Random Non-Writing-Related Link of the Week

>>ADORABLE

I hope you are all having a fabulous week so far! We’ve made it to Wednesday! Keep up all your hard work and you’ll make it to the weekend! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

L.M. ❤