The Bibliophile Sweater Tag

October 17, 2017

   Guess who created a tag? (not me - even though I keep saying I should xD) The lovely Mary from Sunshine and Scribblings (thanks for tagging me <3)! And it's the perfect tag for us bookdragons who love the colder weather. <3

the bibliophile sweater tag [header image]

Fuzzy Sweater // a book that is the epitome of comfort

harry potter and the sorcerer's stone [cover image]

   I'm assuming you mean a go-to reread. I don't have any of those, honestly. I have favorite books, and I have books that I will forever adore, and books that I'll probably love every single time I read them. BUT I have to be in a certain mood to want to reread a book, so this question is really hard to answer. I guess I'd say the Harry Potter series. It's not really a "comfort book", but I know I'll always be able to go back to that series and still love it. 

Striped Sweater // a book that you devoured every line of

wrath of the storm [cover image]

   I was going to start this one with "EVERY BOOK EVER" ... but then I realized that there are some books that I do have to struggle to stop myself from skimming them, ha.  That only happens once-in-a-blue-moon though, so this question is HARD to answer. I'll just go with the most recent five-star book that I read, which was Wrath Of The Storm by Jennifer A. Nielson. And you all know that I adore every Nielson book that I've read so far, so that's no big surprise xD.

Ugly Christmas Sweater // a book with a weird cover

castle in the air [cover image]

   Yeah ... I'd say it was a pretty good idea for DWJ's publishers to update these original covers. xD

Cashmere Sweater // the most expensive book you've bought

martin hospitality [cover image] a time to rise [cover image]

   Um. Do I do expensive books? Come on - why get ONE when you could get THREE. So honestly, my 'most expensive books' aren't all that interesting. But I think they are ... A Time To Rise and Martin Hospitality. And they were absolutely worth the money <3.  

Hoodie // a favorite classic book

the chronicles of narnia [cover image]

   I don't really read classics *hides face*.

   HOWEVER ... I have read a few xD. My favorite would have to be the entire Narnia series (Anne Of Green Gables comes incredibly close, but as a fantasy-lover at heart, I have to go with Narnia) 

Cardigan // a book that you bought on impulse

eyes wide open [cover image] iscariot [cover image]

   Guys. I sometimes go to thrift stores to buy books - which is hard because I almost only buy books in PERFECT or next-to-perfect condition, but thrift stores have CHEAP BOOKS, and the pros outweigh the cons - so I buy a lot of books on impulse just because I can xD. The most recent book(s) that I bought on impulse were Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker and Iscariot by Tosca Lee. We'll see what I think of both of those books, because I honestly know next to nothing about them.

Turtleneck Sweater // a book from your childhood

deltora quest [cover image] strange birds [cover image]

   Oh my, there are so many books I could pick from that were from my childhood. Gracious, this question is hard. So I'm going to go with TWO books (#cheating) that were the first I thought of when I thought 'childhood books'. The Deltora Quest series and Strange Birds are two books that I distinctly remember reading when I was smol,  and I loved them.   

Homemade Knitted Sweater // a book that is indie-published

the girl who could see [cover image]

   Confession: I don't read THAT many indie-published books. I still do read a fair deal of them, and I absolutely support indie publishing ... but I just can't get my hands on indie-published books as easily as I can traditionally published books. However, one of the many indie books that I ADORE is The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson. First of THAT COVER, and secondly, it's an incredible story.

V-Necked Sweater // a book that did not meet your expectations

the reluctant assassin [cover image]

   Hmm ... *scrolls through my recent reads list* The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer. I've adored all the Colfer books that I've read so far, so I figured I'd give The Reluctant Assassin a shot. But it didn't quite meet my expectations, and I'm not super interested in finishing the trilogy right now. But I might go ahead and finish it anyways because it's an Eoin Colfer book and I have to give him a second chance xD.  

Argyle Sweater // a book with a unique format

the monster in the hollows [cover image]

   ... a unique cover format, or interior format? Huh. I'm going to go with interior format, and thus I shall have to pick The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. It's one of the only series I've seen that has footnotes in the books. It was a fun additional to the story itself :D.   

Polka Dot Sweater // a book with well-rounded characters

jackaby [cover image]

   But there's SO many books with well-rounded characters! How am I supposed to pick just one? *sighs* Alright, we're going with the latest book that I read that had well-rounded characters, and that would be ... Jackaby by William Ritter. All of the characters were so fun and so different, and I loved reading their story. So much epicness <3. 

  - I Tag -

... anyone who's feeling happy about the chilly weather <3

   So there's a quick peek into some of my recent bookish-thoughts - I hope you guys are having a very book-filled fall so far! They can only add to Autumn's epicness. <3

~ Savannah Grace 

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Beautiful Books 2017 - Introduce Your Novel

October 10, 2017

   So that hiatus was ... unexpected.

   Though, it was very much needed, because I finally was able to finish the first draft of Asher Grey and send it to alphas. But I am back! And I don't plan to disappear anytime in the near future xD. 

   The Beautiful Books linkup has started again. Which means NaNoWriMo is creeping towards our doorsteps. Let's do this.

beautiful books 2017 - introduce your novel [header image]

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

   I'm actually multi-tasking for NaNoWriMo 2017. This is the first time I have tried this. ACTUALLY this is only my second NaNoWriMo, so ... hopefully I'll survive? I did it last year?

   Anyways. I'll be editing Asher Grey and writing Killing Snow for #nano2017. Let's hope I don't die *shrugs*. 

   I've been working on Killing Snow for over a year, and was inspired for it when I decided I want to try writing a Snow White retelling - I wrote out about six ideas for different Snow White stories, and picked Killing Snow. I expected it to be a smol story, but it has MAJORLY snowballed. Asher Grey is still relatively new - I started writing it in June, maybe? And, again, it's a Snow White thing. Funny, because Snow White isn't even my favorite fairytale, but there you have it xD.

Describe what your novel is about!

   #spoilers, darling.  

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

   WELL since I'm pretty sure you guys are sick of seeing collages of Killing Snow - and I've only made one collage of Asher Grey, and you've already seen it - I'll just link to posts about Killing Snow and Asher Grey instead. xD Scamper over and check 'em out if you wish.

Introduce us to each of your characters!

   EACH? We'd be here all day. I'll grab three charries from Killing Snow and describe them with a gif ...

   ~ Raven Gale ~

(Raven's living in a tough world with a heavy load on her shoulders, so she has to 'ride hard, and not look back')

~ Elyse Grace ~

   (Elyse lives in the same tough world, and is Raven's best friend - but she's better at still seeing the good in things)

~ Cerulean Kane ~

   (two words - knives and sarcasm)

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

   Research? What is this thing called research?

   ... whatever it is, I obviously don't do much of it. xD 

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

   THE CHARACTERS. It's always the characters, you guys <3 <3. I also love the plot and prose, but CHARACTERS. They're always what I spend the most time fleshing-out, and even if I don't put it in the book, I almost always know what all of their backstories are.

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

   Killing Snow = a world inside a sci-fi airship // a crumbling city // grey light 

   Asher Grey = birch trees // forest // an Arena shaped like a Crown 

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

   In Killing Snow, Raven's goal is to get back to earth before her brother dies - but the fact that she's technically trapped on an airship stands in her way. And in Asher Grey, Asher's goal is to [spoiler spoiler] but [spoiler spoiler]. See? xD

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

   Uh ... well, Killing Snow is unfinished, and Asher Grey would just be spoiler-filled, so ... nope xD.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

   Asher Grey has some themes of love and loyalty (... themes are slippery things to hold onto in a novella, so we'll see how well I do with that ...), and Killing Snow's themes are .... nonexistent complicated.
   Actually, Killing Snow probably HAS themes, but I'm never able to pin them down. Someone would probably read it and go 'oh, it had a nice [such and such] theme!' - and it probably would have that theme - and yet I'd still answer with '... it did?', because I never can pinpoint themes, ever xD.     

   But I want people to finish reading ... well, any of my books and feel the same way I felt when I finished Harry Potter, Out Of Time, The Wingfeather Saga, or any of the other books that have touched me.

   ... vague answers for the win, guys xD.

   So, I hope y'all enjoyed getting a peek at what I'm writing for NaNoWriMo! And I kid you not, I first started out writing that sentence out as 'a peek at how close NaNoWriMo is'. Time to stress out, writers. Have fun xD.  

~ Savannah Grace

are you doing nanowrimo 2017? 
what are you writing?

IMPORTANT: I've been trying to get a hold of the writing contest winner and haven't yet been able to, so unless I'm contacted by you (the winner), Vera, in the next three days, I won't be able to send you your prize :)