I am very happy that January is over! It wasn’t the best month for me, but I had a pretty good time reading-wise. Anyway, let’s not focus on the negatives. Here’s what I read this month:
How was your January? What did you read?
I’m trying something new here today! I have never really done hauls because I don’t really buy books very often. This month, I actually only have two books (one from a publisher), but I still wanted to share them and see what I buy each month. Anyway, without further ado, here they are:
What books did you add to your collection this month?
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine, featuring unreleased books each week. This week, I chose:
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
To be published February 16 2016
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
I’m waiting on this book because I have already seen some great reviews! It also has a cool aspect of time travel all around the world which is something that I would love to read more about.
What are you waiting on?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. As we are in the midst of the winter season, I feel like it can be a little hard to feel cheerful around this time. January of 2016 has not been shaping up to be the best month so far, but today, I wanted to focus more on some books that make me happy. Here are some of my favorites if you are looking for a pick-me-up:
What are some of your favorite books if you need a pick-me-up?
Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new monthly feature on my blog, Neon Yeti Writes!
After participating (and failing) in NaNoWriMo this past year, writing became a much bigger goal for me. It’s not even that I necessarily have a dream of getting published, but I would like being able to say that I have written an entire novel. It might take me a while (and it definitely will), so I have decided to document some of my adventures, the good and the bad, into these monthly update posts all about my writing life.
This could include a talk about my progress, my problems, upcoming ideas, or any new inspiration that I might have found. Of course, closer to November, this will include more NaNo prep, but one key to writing is writing year-round. Thus, we are starting now, at the beginning of this year!
Personally, I didn’t actually write that much in January! I know 😦 This was just a starting point for the year and the semester, but I have thought some about where I would like to write and when would be the best time to fit it into my busy schedule. I have also been throwing around some ideas and the best format in which to write them (perspective, tense, etc). I promise that future posts will have some more for me to talk about here!
Today, I’ll be linking up to Cait and Sky‘s Beautiful People’s writer’s feature! I won’t be doing this every month (or maybe I will, who knows!), but I LOVED these questions and figured they would be a good place to start this year.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Published Crown 2015
Format: Kindle ebook
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.
For some reason, at the beginning of the year, I always crave some memoirs. Maybe it’s because I hope their life advice and reflection will inspire me, but this year, I decided to start off with Mindy Kaling’s second book. I read her first book last year and really enjoyed it!
I actually liked this book better than her first book. This one is filled with all different types of essays about Kaling’s life. She takes us through some moments that are more recent to right now, including her work on The Mindy Project and some of the more recent projects she has been on recently. Another example is her Harvard speech, which I have listened to many times, and liked that she included the text of it in the book. There isn’t really a major theme to each of the essays overall, but Kaling is self aware in an extremely funny way.
I laughed out loud a couple times during this book! I appreciated all the different perspectives she gives into her life and what it is like to be famous and working in the TV industry. Although the first book was more about her journey to get there, here, she is already there and is doing quite well. She can reflect on what it is like, in a still humble way, and offers her thoughts on things like fashion, filming, friends, and confidence. (I almost had three F words going there…)
Overall, I LOVED this book. It was a great first memoir to start my year with and offered some advice that I will probably take with me going into the future. I would highly suggest this book, even if you aren’t necessarily a fan of Mindy Kaling (I’ve never actually seen her act in anything, although I hope to start The Mindy Project sometime soon), and you probably will become, at least, a supporter.
FOREVER ago, I did a really fun discussion post all about my favorite fantasy books and what exactly makes up the perfect fantasy book in my mind. I always meant to continue this with different genres of books and it is finally time to talk about another genre, maybe even a subset of fantasy – supernatural.
For some reason, every time I start thinking about supernatural books, my mind immediately jumps to Twilight. Vampires and werewolves are the two featured there, but there are so many other types of supernatural creatures. Just a few that I have read include wizards, faeries, mermaids, and more. I think that this genre is really fascinating because it continues to grow in many ways. There are endless options to look at these creatures and integrate them into our world or a whole new one.
What are some of the aspects that I am looking for in the perfect supernatural book?
These are just four of the parts of supernatural books that I look forward to reading in these types of books. Some of my favorites that exemplify some of these qualities include:
And a couple on my TBR that I hope can becoming a new favorite supernatural book:
What do you think makes a good supernatural book? And what are some of your favorites?