Quick Check-In

I haven’t been doing Fairy Tales Fridays this month, which kind of bugs me, buuuut… It’s NaNoWriMo. I think I mentioned in one of my last posts that pretty much all of my free time is devoted to writing during November, and I wanted to make a quick update.

FTF will probably resume either November 30th (if I manage to hit 50k words before then, which relieves a little writing pressure), or December 7th.

Yesterday was the halfway point for NaNo, with a word count goal (if you’re doing things traditionally with 50k words as the final goal) of 25k. I managed to get about a day ahead, so I’m currently a little over 27k and hoping to hit 28k before midnight.

I hate writing the middle of longer things. I manage alright with short stories, I think, but novels… Ugh. This is why I’ve given up so many times in the past. I can kind of picture the end, I can even see the climax of the story, and obviously the beginning is finished. But this middle bit, between the point where things start to happen and the climax? It’s not a fun time for me.

Anyway… So, posts aren’t happening much this month, but I’m trying to at least keep up with Top 5 Wednesday. Next month, hopefully, things will be back to normal. I have a few things I meant to have finished before November, but (because October was strangely busy), I didn’t. Those will hopefully go up early next month, including a couple of reviews.

If you’re also participating in NaNoWriMo, I wish you luck and motivation šŸ™‚

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Tome Topple Plans

The next round of Tome Topple begins Friday the 16th at midnight! (For me, that’s about 4 hours from the time this posts.) If you don’t know what Tome Topple is, check out Sam’s (Thoughts on Tomes) video.

Basically, it’s a read-a-thon that lasts 2 weeks, and the goal is to read books 500+ pages in length.


This post was supposed to have a picture, but… Well, between the weather and NaNoWriMo, I never got around to it :/

I really doubt my ability to finish a single book. Honestly, most Novembers are terrible reading months for me because of NaNoWriMo taking up so much of my time. After writing, I don’t have it in me to read, so I usually end up watching/re-watching shows to let my brain chill out.

But, I do have a tentative TBR:

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff– This book has been on my TBR since before it came out. I picked up a used copy last summer or early autumn, and…it’s sat on my shelf all this time. But, now I have my physical copyĀ and the audiobook from the library, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. My copy has 496 pages, but other editions are listed as over 500, and in my opinion, 496 is close enough anyway (especially for non-fiction).

Night FilmĀ by Marisha Pessl– I got a copy of this from the Dollar Tree at some point :O To make it easier, because this is NaNo month, I also checked out the audiobook. This book is one of those with extras (photos, articles, etc.), so I need my physical copy handy for that stuff, but at least I can kind of multi-task while listening when I’m on regular pages. This one has 606 pages, and I have already started reading it, but I still have about 550 pages left to read.


Those are the only two I’m really, really hoping to read during this round. (I actually startedĀ The Witches a few months ago, but I didn’t get far, so I’m going to start over.)

If, by some miracle, I get through those, or just can’t get into either of them? I’ll probably move on toĀ The Diviners by Libba Bray. That one has been on my TBR at least once before for Tome Topple, I think. I’m too lazy to go check the page count, but I think it’s between 500 and 600.


If you’re participating, what are you hoping to read this round?

T5W: Books to Read Before 2019

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


November 14th: Books You Want to Read Before 2019
–Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year?

This topic proved to be surprisingly difficult because my reading mood changes so often :/ That said, here are 5 books that, at the time of this writing, I would like to get to before the end of the year.

(I also didn’t include things I’m currently reading, or the books I might try to read during Tome Topple, because I should have a post about TT tomorrow. Hopefully.)

In no particular order…


Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard– I might have to re-read RQ, but I want to finally finish this series soon. I wanted to finish it this year, but I doubt I’ll get through three of them, so I’ll settle for just book two.

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs– This was a birthday gift from husband (he knows me so well ā¤ ) and I’ve been dying to start it, but NaNoWriMo has taken up too much time so far. But I really want to get to it ASAP.

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden– I’ve seen this all over the online bookish community since it came out, but I actually know almost nothing about it. It’s been on my shelf about a year, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

I Hate Fairyland vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young– I haven’t heard much about this one, and I think it might have been an impulse buy. I feel like I’m going to be in the mood for something fun and quick to get through soon (post-NaNo de-stressing and the like), and this might be perfect.

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Uuuuuggggghhhhh. Yes, IĀ still haven’t read it -_- I honestly was going to last month, but got too busy, and now it’s NaNo month. IĀ might get to it this month, but probably next, honestly. I’m determined to get it off my TBR this year, though.



What are some books you’d like to read before the end of the year?

T5W: Big Books

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey fromĀ gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam fromĀ ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out theĀ goodreads groupĀ to learn more.

November 7th: Largest Books on TBR
— In honor of #TomeToppleReadathon coming back this month, discuss those big books on your shelf!

It’s been over a month since I did a T5W, eek :/ I might get a post up later this week for updating.

In the meantime, in no particular order, here are some of the biggest books on my TBR that are probably highest priority for me. (This list will probably be different from my official Tome Topple TBR, but we’ll see.)


The Witches: Salem, 1692


The Witches: Salem
1692Ā 
byĀ Stacy Schiff– Ok, my copy has 498 pages, but I’m still going to be reading this for Tome Topple because other editions have like 510-515 pages, and (in my opinion) 498 is close enough, especially for non-fiction.

 

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

 


The Diviners
by Libba Bray– I think this 578 page book has been on my TBR for Tome Topple at least twice. I’ve had this book way, way, way too long without reading it.

 

 

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

A Discovery of WitchesĀ by Deborah Harkness– At just under 600 pages, this will be one of my biggest re-reads ever, I think. I read the first 2 books in the All Souls Trilogy, but then it took me years to get all of them, so now I have to re-read those so I can finally finish them all.

 

House of Leaves
House of LeavesĀ 
by Mark Z. Danielewski– Just over 700 pages of “I’m not sure I’ll ever actually finish this.” I’ve tried (and failed) several times. This is a book I really wish was available in other formats. I get why it’s not going to work as an audiobook, and as an ebook it would probably be a nightmare. If it were available in large print, though, I probably could have finished it by now. The text is just too damn small for me to read more than a page at a time >.<

 

Villette

VilletteĀ by CharlotteĀ BrontĆ«– I’m pretty sure this 570-ish page tome has also made my Tome Topple TBR in the past. I’d really like to dive into it this winter, so I’ll probably save this one until after NaNoWriMo is finished.

 

 


I have a lot of big books on my shelves/Kindle, but these are the ones (at this moment) I’d really like to get to soon-ish.

What are some big books on your TBR?

Fairy Tales Fridays 07

Fairy Tale of the Week:

ā€œRumpelstiltskinā€ by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

 

One of my favorites, yay!

 

There was a miller who had a beautiful daughter, but not much else. He had to see the King once, and–wanting to impress the King or something–he told the King that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The King was like, “Hmm, that’s an interesting talent. Bring her to me and we’ll see what she can do.”

So, the miller’s daughter was taken to the King and he put her in a room full of straw with a spinning wheel and locked her in overnight, telling her that if she couldn’t spin it all into gold by morning, she was dead.

Obviously, the miller’s daughter was distraught and started to cry.

But wait! A little man opened the door and came inside. He asked her why she was so upset, and the girl explained. The man asked her what she would give him ifĀ he spun the straw into gold for her, and she offered him her necklace. He sat down before the wheel and spun all the straw to gold.

The next morning, the King was surprised, but very pleased with his room full of gold, but he was a greedy man. So, he had the girl locked in a larger room full of straw the next night, telling her once more that she had to spin it all into gold by morning or die.

Again, she wept over her predicament, and again, the little imp appeared and asked her what she would give him if he performed the task for her. She offered him her ring and he went to work.

The King was delighted at what he found the next morning, but wanted more. So, he put the miller’s daughter into an even larger room and told her if she could spin all the straw in that room to gold, he would make her his Queen.

When she was alone that night, the little man came to her again and asked what she would give him. She had nothing left to give, but he suggested that–if she became Queen–she give him her firstborn child. Desperate, and probably not feeling certain that would actually become Queen, she agreed to the imp’s terms. He spun all the straw to gold for her once more.

The King kept his word, and the miller’s daughter became Queen.

A year later, she’d forgotten the little man and she had a child. But the little man had not forgotten their bargain, and he came to collect. The Queen was desperate to get out of the deal and offered him riches, but he declined and told her something alive was worth more to him than any treasure. When she cried, he pitied her. He gave her three days to get out of giving him the child. If, within that time, she discovered his name, she could keep her baby.

The Queen thought of every name she could and sent someone out to find even more names. When the imp returned the next day, she said all the names, but to each he replied, “That is not my name.” She did the same thing the second day, but with the same results.

On the third day, the messenger returned and told her he hadn’t found any new names in the villages, but in the forest, he’d come upon a small house with a fire burning in front of it and a small man was jumping around that fire and shouting. Within the lines he was shouting, he named himself.

The Queen was very happy to hear this name, and when the imp returned and asked her if she knew his name, she at first continued with common names. But then, she said, “Perhaps your name is Rumpelstiltskin?”

The little imp was enraged and accused her of getting his name from the devil. In his anger, he thrust one of his legs deep into the ground. In his efforts to free himself, he pulled so hard on his leg that he tore himself in two.

The end.


Rating and thoughts:

5 out of 5 stars because I haveĀ always loved this fairytale. I remember reading and re-reading it when I was really young, and I had several different versions of the story. I loved them all.


In other media:

I know I’ve seen more than the ones I’m listing, like an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, and that animated…I think…fairy tales show that was on back in the ’90s, and probably a lot more. Rumpelstiltskin is one of those tales that has inspired a lot of media, from characters in movies and TV shows, to songs and poetry and novels and probably some video game characters. But these are the ones I remember best.

  • There was a musical version of the story from 1987 that I watched probably 50 times when I was a kid, and I would love to get it on DVD or something because I remember it being one of my absolute favorite movies. I probably drove my family crazy with it for a while.
  • Then, in 1995, there was a B-horror movie, which I remember also enjoying, but I don’t remember much about it except I think Rumpel ended up on a motorcycle at some point. That’s another one I’d love to re-watch.
  • I think he was kind of a character in one of the Shrek movies, or maybe there was an antagonist based on him?
  • He also made an appearance in Happily N’Ever After (or the sequel, maybe), but I haven’t seen those in a while so I’m not sure how prominent his role was.
  • There was an episode of Grimm (“Nameless”) in which a Wessen was named Trinket Lipslums, which is an anagram of his name. I really liked that episode, probably because I caught on right away that it was Rumpel inspired.
  • And, finally, Once Upon a Time. I could probably write a huge blog post about Rumpel and all the crossovers with other fairy tales that happened in that show. This Rumpel is my favorite Rumpel, and I have a lot of feelings about The Dark One. I love this show, and I love Rumpel’s deals.

Rumpelstiltskin is really a “Be careful what you wish for” kind of story, and is probably the foundation of why I am very wary of making deals šŸ˜›

Weekly Wrap Up 10/15-10/21

I’ve officially given up on Blogtober šŸ˜¦ I was really looking forward to it, but between my internet going out constantly, all of us being sick, and some other personal stuff, it hasn’t exactly worked out.

Oh well.


I failed at even posting Top 10 Tuesday, Top 5 Wednesday, or Fairy Tales Fridays because I was sick and/or in pain all week. Well, except for Monday, which was my birthday and I miraculously didn’t have a terrible day. (I’d planned to do the birthday party book tag again, but some unexpected things came up and my internet was down almost all day Sunday and Monday, ugh.) I woke up sick on Tuesday, though. Hopefully next week things will be back to normal.


I’m super behind on the SomethingWickedFall read along (I’m literally only 35 pages intoĀ Something Wicked This Way Comes). I am so, so bad at read alongs, even when it’s just me and a friend reading the same book. I’ll probably do what I usually do and end up reading the whole thing in a day or two soon. Something about scheduled reading just doesn’t work for me.


For R.I.P. XIII, I haven’t read anything, either. But, I already succeeded at Peril the First (reading 4 books), and this week has been all about Peril On the Screen. I’ve watched:

  • The Babysitter (I’m torn about how I feel about this. I thought it was amusing at times, but something about it gave me weird feelings.)
  • The Haunting of Hill House series (I watched this one while I was sick earlier this week and I really liked it. It deviated from the book, but it was fun.)
  • The Lodgers (Uuuuuggggghhh. I had hoped this would be good because the description was intriguing, but I kind of hated it.)
  • Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, and Scream 4 (This might be my favorite horror movie franchise, and I’m so mad that the opening scenes of Scream 4 are cut from the version on Netflix. Unfortunately, my DVD was murdered a couple of years ago, so Netflix was my only option.)
  • Beetlejuice (This is one of our most-viewed movies and I think we have like 3 copies.)
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (I love this movie. It’s ridiculous, but so much fun.)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (One of my favorite horror movies. I’ve always been a Freddy fan. I never really cared for Michael or Jason. And I hated the 2010 remake, ugh.)
  • The Town That Dreaded Sundown (I’m not sure I’d ever seen this entire movie before this week. This one won’t be a movie I re-watch much, I’m sure, but I liked it.)
  • Dark Shadows (Another one that’s kind of ridiculous, but fun. I’ve only seen a few episodes of the series, so I don’t know how much they butchered things for the movie.)
  • Sleepy Hollow (This is the point where I started to think it was either Johnny Depp or Tim Burton week in my house. This was one of the first horror movies I saw in theaters, and I love it. This one is seriously only loosely based on Irving’s story.)
  • Corpse Bride (Another movie that gets played a lot in my house. It always makes me miss my piano, though.)

Maybe next week I’ll get in some short stories and a book or two.


And that’s a wrap. October is not turning out to be a great reading month, but there’s still 10 days, so who knows? I’m hoping to read at least a couple more books this month, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed about a couple of library holds getting to me soon.


Oh my gods, I just realizedĀ there are only 10 days left until NaNoWriMo starts

I am less prepared than I have been in years, wow. This might be a pantser year instead of a planner year for me. (I used to be a pantser, but started planning about 3 NaNos ago.) I’m just…going to go…scream into a pillow…

Blogtober babbling

I’ve kind of failed at Blogtober this year, but I’m fine with that. I’ve posted most days, and I can’t really control how unreliable my internet has been, so… *shrugs*

That said, now that things have settled down, I have some plans for at least the next week to ten days for posts.

My birthday is Monday, so I’ll probably be doing the birthday book tag I did last year, just with different books, because it was fun.

I’m also thinking about making a list (or maybe a couple of lists) of book recs for reading this time of year. Those will probably include horror, Gothic novels, paranormal/paranormal romances, mysteries, etc. I might make one for older readers and one for kids. I can’t remember if I’ve already done that, so I’ll have to check first and adjust the plan as necessary.

Probably soon, I’ll also be finally posting some NaNoWriMo related things I’ve been thinking about and working on since last year.

This probably wasn’t actually worth making a post about, but it’s late, I’ve been on the road most of the day, and my internet is momentarily cooperating, so I seized the opportunity to at least post something šŸ˜›