Hello lovelies! I’ve been so busy with school and real life that I haven’t been able to just sit down and write posts. I hardly have enough time to do my homework on time -sigh-. However, I wanted to post a weekly review since I haven’t in such a long time.
Hello lovelies! I didn’t get to post anything on February (I know, I’m sorry I’ve been so tired and busy ;-;), but I wanted to post a TBR list for the end of this month and in March. It’s a bit of a longer list mostly because I have spring break in March so I’ll get to read a bit more. Yay!
Title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Published: August 26, 2014
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Nella for the most part is treated as kind of an outsider looking in, and that’s how I felt the entire time as a reader. I never felt like I was a part of the story because Nella herself is never fully introduced to the household or welcomed in a warm way until near the end of the book, so most of the time she gives us readers a really objective view of the story. She asks the same questions I ask and, even though we never found the answers, Nella felt extremely relatable because of it. The one downside of it was that I never felt a strong attachment to any of the characters. I did care if someone lived or died but I never felt heartbroken over it. It was a strange feeling, but I know how that can also turn some people off of the book, but I felt like it was a fun experience being a fly on the wall.
This book also touches on really heavy topics for Medieval/Gothic Europe’s setting. I’m not going to list them because spoilers, but I commend the author for putting it in. It gave the story a lot more depth and it showed the great hypocrisy that flourished around the time inside the church. I had no idea that this book was going to touch on such heavy topics that are still prevalent today. It was so refreshing.
Another thing that I was completely okay with, but I know people are going to have issues with are the loose endings. There are only a couple questions answered at the end of the book. I liked the open ending because it felt so right for the book. It felt really inviting and it made me want Nella to have better things come to her in her life in Amsterdam, but I know that people are going to be irritated about the lack of answers. For instance, you find out who the miniaturist is, but you never see Nella interact with them face to face… like at all. So if you’re not a huge fan of that kind of stuff, you might not like the ending and it can make or break the book for you.
Hello lovelies! I wanted to talk about writing today since I want to get into writing once more this year and actually participate in NaNoWriMo. I have a story I started writing last year that I want to delve into more since I was really passionate about it. But today is not the day to talk about book ideas and plot arcs.
Today is the day to talk about characters and their playlists. But more importantly, do you as a writer make playlists for characters?
There are just some songs that I listen to sometimes and I just go “Oh that’s totally ___’s song!” and mentally add that to their playlist. When I make playlists and I start playing them, it helps me write in the mindset of their character. This is a bit difficult when I’m writing a third person kind of novel, but most of the time I’m pretty okay with it! I love how certain music makes me feel a certain atmosphere and when I write about characters, I need music. Music is like a personality fingerprint. Even if someone listens to all kinds of music, it tells a lot about what they’re personality is.
If I want to make a character badass (or at least they feel badass), then I usually have songs that have a high BPM or they tend to hype me up for a work out. If I want a character to come across as regal, I play certain classical music. I sometimes have music that people wouldn’t think that character listening to. It all adds to their personality and it’s so fun to discover songs and just automatically connect it to a character I’ve created.
Sometimes I don’t even create a playlist. I just have an “anthem” for that character. A song they listen to all the time.
Title: A Carpet of Purple Flowers
Author: Tracey-anne McCartney
Published: October 17, 2015
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Title: Don’t Eat the Glowing Bananas
Author: David D Hammons
Published: December 7, 2015
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Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC for an honest review.