Month: July 2016

The 26 Book Challenge

I have decided to start a challenge called “The 26 Book Challenge” to encourage myself to read more and discover new things! I found this challenge on Pinterest (where I find everything good in the world, including but not limited to Bible quotes, writing ideas, fun games, and memes on Benedict Cumberbatch’s cheekbones) and so I’m going to try it out! Here are the 26 books:

  1. A book you own but haven’t read.
  2. A book that was made into a movie.
  3. A book you pick solely because of the cover.
  4. A book your friend loves.
  5. A book published this year.
  6. A book by an author you’ve never read before.
  7. A book by an author you love.
  8. A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
  9. A book with a color in the title.
  10. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
  11. A book you started but never finished.
  12. A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
  13. A book with a female heroine.
  14. A book set in the summer.
  15. A book of poems.
  16. A book you learned about because of this challenge.
  17. A book that will make you smarter.
  18. A book with a blue cover.
  19. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
  20. A book “everyone” but you has read.
  21. A book with a great first line.
  22. A book with pictures.
  23. A book from the library.
  24. A book you loved – read it again!
  25. A book that is more than ten years old.
  26. A book based on a true story.

And so it begins! For book number one I am going to read…

Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

And I know, I probably should have read that a long time ago, but now at last I will. As it’s a play, it shouldn’t take me too long, and then I can review it and move onto book number two.

When I finish this challenge, I want to start another, because I really should be reading more. Here’s to books unopened and ships unsailed!

 

 

 

Song

I’m listening to an amazing song right now by Emeli Sande – a singer who I know nothing about and have actually never heard of before this – but they just used the song in America’s Got Talent, so I looked it up, and I’m not sorry that I did. As I’ve said before, I have an addiction to depressing songs, so this one will fit perfectly in my playlist. Yes, I like depressing music, but that’s because I like to feel deep emotion, rather than the shallow emotions that I fear our country is becoming accustomed to. The song is called “Read All About It”. I know I feel the way the lyrics describe sometimes! Here it is if you want to listen!

Sneak Peek

Hello, all! I know I have been silent for a while, so I’m not going to make any excuses – I should have written more, and I’m very sorry. 😦 Anyway, in between fan fictions and working on the sequel to The King’s Decree, I’ve been working on another series. This time, I’m co-authoring with my cousin Carynn, a teen scientist and fellow writer, who also runs several blogs. We’ve been playing with the idea for our story for a while, and recently we’ve settled down and gotten to it. Now, we’re planning almost every day and working hard, sketching and designing maps even in spare time.

I can’t reveal to much about the series, but here is what I will tell you. The series focuses around a fantasy school, similar to “Harry Potter”, “A School for Good and Evil”, “Percy Jackson,” “Princess Academy”, etc. Each student has a different power and at the school, they learn how to use them to help the world. You can’t apply to this academy – twenty-five people are born every sixty years with these powers and will use them to help the world. You’re born to come here, or you aren’t.

Students come from all over the world – some from America, some from Europe, from Asia, from the Middle East, all gathered in this academy to learn from the people who had their powers before them. The school is a full academy, with dorms, a cafeteria, and classroom buildings. It’s really cool, and we’re so excited to continue with it!

If anyone loves this so much that you’d like an excerpt, let me know and I’ll talk with Carynn!