Monday, May 23, 2016

Evicted

I try hard not to judge a book by its cover, but when I saw Evicted by Matthew Desmond, I couldn't resist.  The cover alone is beautiful--but the book itself was even better.

Evicted tells the stories of 8 families living in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee.  One family lives on $20 a month, another addicted to heroin.  All of the stories are heartbreaking and painfully honest.  These families spend everything they have on rent and food, but they still have fallen behind.


As sad as it is, eviction in America is more common now than ever.  Most families spend more than half of their income on housing, and single-mother households are more likely to be evicted.  Desmond goes straight into the homes of struggling families, showing us families forced into shelters, run-down apartments, or dangerous neighborhoods.  We witness the human cost of inequality in America, and see how people's determination and intelligence help them fight their hardships.

Desmond's book gives his readers a deeper understanding of America's extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing new ideas for solving the problem.  Its scenes of hope and loss remind us of the unity of home, and how fortunate most of us are.

Monday, May 16, 2016

My Favorite Comedian Books

Over the past few years, tons of comedians have come out with their own personal memoirs.  I most recently read Amy Poehler's Yes Please, a hilarious collection of essays, poems, reflections, and lots of jokes.

While Amy's book was pretty funny, and while I love her more than anything in the world, I wasn't totally impressed by her work.  Maybe if I had read her book before I read Bossypants by Tina Fey, I would have been more satisfied.

If you're considering reading a book by a comedian, I wouldn't recommend Yes Please--unless you just really love Amy Poehler.  Tina Fey's Bossypants, Mindy Kaling's Why Not Me?, BJ Novak's One More Thing, and Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance are all completely worthy titles.  My recommendation: pick which comedian you like best.  Tina Fey is my spirit animal, so I read her book first and fell even more in love with her.  These books are filled with jokes and hilarious tales, so you're going to love the book by the comedian that you love.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Top 20 John Green Quotes

I love John Green just as much as the next girl.  His books perfectly capture what teenagers want in books--a little bit of romance, a little bit of drama, and a lot of adventure.  But what I love most about John Green is his eloquence with words.  He could take a list of completely unrelated things and turn them into something beautiful and inspiring.  His quotes have been plastered all over journals, bedroom walls, even sides of buildings.  Here are some of my favorites:

1. "You can love someone so much... But you can never love someone as much as you miss them." (An Abundance of Katherines)

2. "She is so beautiful.  You don't get tired of looking at her.  You never worry if she is smarter than you: you know she is.  She is funny without ever being mean.  I love her."  (The Fault in Our Stars)

3. "So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."  (Looking for Alaska)

4. "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations." (The Fault in Our Stars)

5. "We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.  We think that we are invincible because we are."  (Looking for Alaska)

6. "What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" (An Abundance of Katherines)

7. "If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all." (Paper Towns)

8. "At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you'll look back down and see that you floated away, too." (Paper Towns)

9. "I hated talking, and I hated listening to everyone else stumble on their words and try to phrase things in the vaguest possible way so they wouldn't sound dumb." (Looking for Alaska)

10. "I feel like my life is so scattered right now.  Like it's all the small pieces of paper and someone's turned on the fan.  But, talking to you makes me feel like the fan's been turned off for a little bit.  Like things could actually make sense.  You completely unscatter me, and I appreciate that so much." (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)


11. "You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are." (The Fault in Our Stars)

12. "I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." (The Fault in Our Stars)

13. "We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be." (Looking for Alaska)

14. "What matters to you defines your mattering." (An Abundance of Katherines)

15. "It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined." (Paper Towns)

16. "When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again.  It's because a little piece gets lost--the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to.  The whole shape has changed." (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)

17. "The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention." (The Fault in Our Stars)

18. "I'm not saying that everything is survivable.  Just that everything except the last thing is." (Paper Towns)

19. "You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it.  You just use the future to escape the present." (Looking for Alaska)

20. "I've lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters." (Paper Towns)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

PROM!

Our prom is this upcoming weekend, and I am more than excited.  I love prom season so much--it gives me an excuse to be a diva and get mani-pedi's and go tanning.  I can't wait to put on my dress this Saturday and go kill it on the dance floor!

Some of my fellow authors are just as infatuated with prom as I am--so much so, that they wrote novels about prom!  Here are a few of my favorites:


1. 21 Proms by David Levithan
     This is a collection of stories by 21 different authors about their personal experiences at prom--or what they wish would have happened at theirs.  It's romantic, witty, and a light-weight read before the big night.

2. It's Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters
     This hilarious book is about a group of friends who are given the opportunity to make their school's boring senior prom an unforgettable night for everyone.  The three friends are completely clueless about prom and face some pretty heavy opposition from their peers when they plan an alternative prom.

3. Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
     This story's main character doesn't care about prom, but almost everyone else at her school does.  But she's suddenly roped into putting together the dance on absolutely no money--teaching her about the choices she has after high school.  It's pretty funny, too.


Also--here are some cute pictures of me at prom the past few years because I just cannot wait for this weekend :)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I Love Essays

It's official: I'm a Hanoverian!!

Yesterday, I had my freshman orientation at Hanover College.  With my class schedule and summer reading locked and loaded, I'm more than ready to graduate high school.

Before our August experience this fall, however, all first years are required to read This I Belive II: a collection of personal essays from people like Yo-yo Ma to Tony Hawk to midwest farmers.  The essays collectively describe what each person believes in, and how those beliefs helped shape them into the successful people they are today.  It's a super interesting read and is truly inspiring.

But as I cracked open this book, I realized how much I love books like this.  I recently read Yes Please by Amy Poehler and Bossypants by Tina Fey--two of my most adored women ever.  Both of their books center around hysterical essays about a huge range of topics.  Their essays are short and sweet, but they linger in your head for a while.

Books written as essays are seriously so cool because the essay format alone is appealing--the author gets to their point quickly, discusses their point briefly but effectively, and closes out on a (usually) positive note.  You can read one of the essays in about 10 minutes tops.  And these essays stay with you--they teach you about life, love, and everything in between.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

When You Want to Give Up on Your Novel

DON'T.

When you started your novel, you were super excited about this amazing journey ahead of you. You were ready to conquer the challenge--you were willing to write every day, meet every deadline, and finish this thing once and for all.

But when it boils down, writing a novel isn't that easy. It takes time--time that you probably don't have. With school, work, and family, how are you supposed to make time for a silly writing project?

If writing a novel was easy, everyone would be doing it. The truth of the matter is that writing a novel is hard work. You're going to want to give up. It's easy to throw everything away and never look back--but what about your goals? You've always wanted to write a novel. Why would you give up on that dream?

If you're willing to stick it out and trudge through your novel, you may pick up the momentum again later. Even when you hit dead spots in your writing, keep going. Here are a few tips to help you out:

1. Give yourself gold stars.

Whether you use actual stickers or a different reward system (like ice cream.........), make it work for you. Whenever you reach your goal (a total word count or an allotted writing time), reward yourself. It'll keep you motivated towards reaching your goal.

2. Think ahead.

You don't have to write in order. If you've plotted your novel (which is super helpful when it comes to writing, and if you haven't plotted it you should try), you can skip around. Play around with different scenes that you really want to get involved in now. Then, when you're feeling a bit more creative, go back to the less interesting parts and connect your story.

3. Look back.

You've already accomplished more than most people can brag on. Good for you! You created this story and you made the decision to put it to paper. You deserve to be proud of yourself.
Whether you've written 5 words or 5,000 words, you're on your way. Keep going!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Best Playlist for Writing

Over the past few years, I've had my fair share of writer's block.  There have been several days where I sit down at my computer and wonder how I will ever get a 12-page essay or a 250-word newspaper article down.  But whenever I do have that moment of utter despair, I have my near-perfectly crafted writer's block playlist.

Whenever I just can't seem to get any creative juices flowing, I always turn to this collaboration.  I have added and removed thousands of songs to try and get something that sticks.  In the time that this blog post was written, I actually switched out 3 songs for 2 new ones.  This playlist is always changing to keep up with my mood and the way my brain reacts to this muse.  The hope is that this music may help you in your creative journey--whether you're writing an essay, a poem, or even a novel.



If you have any songs, artists, or albums that help you get your creative juices flowing, I'd love to hear about them!  Maybe your music can inspire others to start their work, too.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The First Romance Novel I Actually Liked

I've never enjoyed romance novels.  I've always been critical of Nicholas Sparks and EL James.  I've always thought romance novels were boring and cringe-worthy.  But then I read Jojo Moyes Me Before You.

Many of my friends were reading Moyes's New York Times bestseller, and I wanted to get into the action.  I assumed it would be the same old cheesy screenplay BS.  But it wasn't.  Me Before You actually proved that I have emotions--it made me laugh and cry, of course, but it also completely changed my view on romance books.

Louisa Clark and Will Traynor's relationship was so incompatible that I thought several times, "This is going to end terribly."  The novel asks one poignant question: What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?  Their tale of heartbreak reminded me so much of real relationships that it didn't even feel like I was reading a book--let alone a romantic one.  I loved every second of it.

Even if you're not a fan of romance, I highly recommend picking up Me Before You.  It was truly an incredible read, and I can't wait to see the movie adaptation.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

5 Books That Should Be Added to High School Curriculum

Most of the books on our high school reading lists are a little outdated.  While I believe that many of those titles are important for high school kids to read, I also think that our curriculum could use a few titles that are newer and fresher.  Not every high school book should be a struggle to get through.  So here are a few titles that should definitely be added to our reading lists:

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan has been all over the news for the past decade, but most students don't actually know much about what's going on over there.  This novel broadens students' horizons and shows diverse culture in different corners of the world.







2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Race is still a huge issue in our society, as much as many of us wouldn't like to think so.  And while most high schoolers read books like Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Bluest Eye, The Help is much more current and will probably resonate better with students.






3. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Malala is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize--she's so inspiring and incredibly intelligent.  Her book could help inspire students to help positively impact the world.







4. Stolen by Lucy Christopher

This would be the perfect addition to an English elective class.  It's told from a second person point of view, so it's unique and vastly interesting.  Its use of setting is also pretty neat.







5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This book weaves history and action into a beautiful tale.  It would be great for a discussion on World War II and/or the theme of friendship.





Sunday, March 6, 2016

Twilight Deserves More Credit


I've been obsessed with Twilight since the fifth grade. I know it's embarrassing (and it's an era of my life that I will never be proud of), but before you start to make fun of Twilight, I've got to say--it isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

For a few years now, I've been doing plays at my community theatre. My good friend Craig (who did Steel Magnolias with me) and I found ourselves with lots of downtime between lighting and sound cues to talk about our favorite literary encapsulations.

Every night, I brought a copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with me to rehearsal. Craig asked if I was a Twilight fan in addition to Harry Potter. I instinctively scoffed, of course, never admitting to my awkward middle school stage where I really believed that a vampire would sweep me off my feet and fight a werewolf for my love. However, he told me that I should reread the series because the books aren't actually as bad as the movies and media portray them.

So I decided to read Twilight again. I thought back to how much I'd adored it in fifth grade and I figured it couldn't be that bad--and in all actuality, it wasn't. Sure, there was a lot of ill-relaxed syntax and maybe too much of a focus on the love triangle, but it is a young adult paranormal romance book. I knew what I was getting myself into.

Compared to the eternal list of flaws in the movie adaptations, the actual novels themselves are pretty good. Twilight is definitely not groundbreaking or even thought-provoking, but at least it has a good storyline and interesting characters. It's a good book to lose yourself in--even if it won't change your life.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

5 Things to Do with All Those Books

If you're anything like me, then you probably have countless books laying around your house.  You've already read them multiple times, and you think it might be time to retire them.  But if you don't want to give them away, then what should you do with them?

Here are 5 cute (and effective) ways to give your books a new life without losing them forever:



1. Make your own Little Free Library.
Set a group of your books in a Little Free Library.  People walking by can grab a book or leave a book.  It's a great way to bring your community together and promote reading.










2. Turn your pantry into a bookshelf.
Your kitchen is home to tons of dead-space.  If you don't have room anywhere else for another bookshelf, why not build one into your cabinets?  Not only is this space-saving--it also looks pretty darn cool.





3. Use them as a table.
When your bookshelf is overflowing, you have to start stacking your books on the ground.  These books make a great quirky end table!  Stack your most impressive works--like Crime & Punishment or Jane Eyre.  Use books that your houseguests claim to have read, but only wish they had.  They'll be supremely jealous and intimated.






4. Turn them into a bed.
When your book obsession has turned into a financial problem, you may need to reevaluate.  But if you've gotten to the point where you can't afford a bed frame, use all of your books to make your own frame!  Just stack them all on top of each other and lay your mattress on top--the bibliophile's dream bed.





5. Replace your clothes with books.
Who needs clothes when you can stay home and read naked all day?  Turn that boring old closet into a sweet book nook.  When you can't stand anything in the outside world, lock yourself in your closet and read forever.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Coloring Books are Back

If you've walked into a bookstore (or even a Walmart) in the past six months, you may have noticed something interesting.  Many stores are now selling "adult coloring books," aimed to reduce stress and promote creativity.  With thousands of designs ranging from mandalas to intricate sea creatures, how can one person pick the right book for them?  And why would you want a coloring book in the first place?

Well, personally, I've always loved coloring books.  I've used coloring as an emotional outlet for years, and to see its popularity rising is super exciting.  The American Art Therapy Association claims that making and creating artwork is used to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem."  Coloring reduces anxiety and makes you more focused... and it's just a lot of fun.

If you can't decide which coloring book to buy, skim through several at the bookstore.  Personally, I like the hardcover books because they last longer.  But if you want to color with Sharpies, I recommend buying a book that only has drawings on one side of the page--that way, your markers won't bleed through.  Most coloring pages are thick enough to use regular markers on, but I personally enjoy using colored pencils to be safe.

So, if you're interested in relieving some of your daily stress and having a good time while doing it, I highly recommend investing in an adult coloring book.  You can find some of my favorites here, here, and here.  Get coloring!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Love Does Some Funny Things

After a weekend filled with a college visit, basketball games, a huge Valentine's date, a make-shift Valentine's date because Indiana weather is awful, sledding, and drives to haunted places, I didn't really think I'd have much time to read this weekend.

But (like any bookworm), I made time to read.  Between long car rides and possible nap times, I grabbed Love Does by Bob Goff--a book that my brother recently gave me.  Bob Goff is an engaging guy who retells his stories of love, patience, and perseverance.

For Bob, each day turns into a hilarious, meaningful chance to make his faith simple and real.  He tells stories of his 3-year pursuit to get his wife to date him, the time he became the Ugandan consul, and when he got turned down for law school so he sat outside of the dean's office for a week until they let him enroll.

Bob has had an interesting, full life.  But for every crazy, quirky thing he's done, there's been a single driving force behind it--love.  But Bob doesn't believe that love stops at thoughts and feelings.  He believes that love takes action.

So if you're someone (like me) who wants a quick, low-stress read that turns out to be hilarious and enticing, pick up a copy of Love Does.  You may end up laughing out loud and considering the amazing things that God does when we are patient and let love do its thing.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

10 Tips to Becoming a GREAT Writer!

For many (myself included), finding the time and inspiration to sit down and write is super challenging. I always tell myself, "I'll wait until the weekend is here so I can start this story without stress," but when the weekend comes, I sit on my butt and watch Netflix for 9 hours straight. I never seem to have the motivation to work on any of my stories, but recently, everything has been coming together for me. Even if I only sit down for 15 minutes at a time, I still crank out huge portions of my writing in a small amount of time. So here are 10 of my (very rough) tips on making your writing great--without too much of a time commitment.

1. Write whenever you can.
For me, my best writing time is the 15-minute interval I have between my workout/homework and play rehearsal. For you, it may be the 20-minute bus ride from school. Whenever you find yourself turning on Netflix or logging into Facebook, think about your writing. It's up to you to decide whether you want to write or not, but try to get at least 100 words out a day--that's my goal, and it seems to be working just fine.

2. Read all the time.
Before bed, during breakfast, on the bus, or during study hall, make time to read. Whether you're reading A Game of Thrones, Wuthering Heights, or even theSkimm--read something! Reading other people's thoughts and ideas will get your inspiration and motivation flowing. And if you're reading this thinking, "I don't have time to read!" then you have to make time to read.

3. Write what YOU want to write.
Write about things that you're interested in. Don't think about what other people want or expect you to write. You're writing for yourself, not to impress anyone else. Don't let other people shape your first draft--critiquing comes later.

4. Gather inspiration.
My favorite source for inspiration is my Pinterest boards. Whatever it is that gets your creative juices flowing--just do it!

5. Journal every day.
It doesn't matter what you're writing about, so long as you are writing. Get a physical journal with a pen or pencil--not just your computer. The feeling of your pen scratching on paper is liberating.

6. Don't worry about grammar (yet.)
Don't spend the majority of your time trying to make everything look or sound right. The most important thing is getting everything OUT.

7. Breathe.
It's okay. Go out for a walk, a cup of coffee, a drive with the windows down--just get some fresh air. Clear your head (or fill it up again.)

8. Get another opinion.
Once you think your story is ready to go, give it to a family member of friend. It doesn't matter if they're an English professor or a high school student, put it in someone else's hands. See what they think.

9. Perfection is impossible.
Don't write your story and strive for perfection or fame. Just write.

10. Don't give up.
As much as you may want to scrap your story and start all over again, don't. Take some time away. Come back tomorrow.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

40 Books That I'm Reading in 2016

My New Year's resolution is to read more books! Last year, I met my goal of 25, so this year I hope to read 40 books (at least!)

So when I put together my list, it was actually super challenging.  Through the cross-outs and additions (and cross-outs again), I think I finally have my perfect 2016 reading list--so now I'm sharing it with you!


1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
2. In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
4. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
5. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
7. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


11. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Macker
12. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
13. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
14. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
15. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
16. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
17. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
19. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
20. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


21. I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
22. Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann
23. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
24. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
25. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
26. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
27. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Johnathan Safran Foer
28. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
29. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
30. Bossypants by Tina Fey


31. Know Your Beholder  by Adam Rapp
32. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
33. The Unloved by Deborah Levy
34. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
35. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
36. Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
37. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
38. Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
39. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
40. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Les Miserables: A Tough Read That's Actually Worth It

3 years ago, the film adaptation of Les Miserables came to theaters.  I saw it probably 9 times and pre-ordered the digital download on iTunes.  I was obsessed with the musical, so much so that I even went out and purchased the original book.

Victor Hugo's 1,232-page story is so much better than the musical or the movie.  I drudged through the first hundred pages (and still got lost countless times throughout the rest of the novel) but eventually made it through.  But I loved this book so much because it was thorough--I mean really, really thorough.  There are about 200 pages talking solely about Jean Valjean's voyage through the sewers while he's trying to save Marius.  That was pretty tough to get through.

But even though most of this book is so detailed it hurts, there's still a great story underneath it all if you're willing to take the time to analyze it.  Even though I basically watched the movie on repeat, I picked up on so many more things after I read the book.  And since the book is so detailed, there's so much more information in it.  There are many connections between characters that I would have never realized if not for the book.  Also, there are some really magnificent quotes, like in the very last paragraph of the book:

Should we continue to look upwards?  Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished?  The ideal is terrifying to behold, lost as it is in the depths, small, isolated, a pin-point, brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds.

So if you're a huge Les Miserables fan like myself, I definitely recommend taking the time to get through the original novel.  It may take you years (like me), or if you're lucky, it'll only take you a month or so.  Either way, Victor Hugo's genius definitely shines through in this story, and will only make you appreciate the movie and musical more!

Monday, January 18, 2016

4 Pinterest Boards All Writers Should Have

I, like many other people my age, have this wild dream of becoming an author.  We're inspired by J.K. Rowling, John Green, and Brandon Stanton to become the next great thing.

At this point, I have about 9 stories swirling around in my head--none of which are anywhere close to complete.  So when I get stuck with writer's block or just can't figure out where to take the plot, I need to do some brainstorming.  My favorite way to do that is to create storyboards on Pinterest.  With a little hunting through Pinterest and Google, I can put together all of the inspiring images into one spot, so when I write, I can simply find my storyboards and get the words flowing.  So here is a list of my 4 boards; hopefully you'll find at least one that will work for whatever story you have stuck in your head!!

1. Characters

For this board, I look up pictures of people that match my descriptions for characters.  For example, the two pictures I added in here are the images that I have in my head for two of my characters (in two different stories).  This board mainly helps me when I'm trying to describe the physical description of a character, or trying to develop relationships among them.




2. Settings

When I first introduce a new scene, I have to picture that scene in my head.  This board helps me immensely when it comes to that.  These pictures of an interstate bridge in Tallahassee (left) and a random home that I found on Pinterest (right) both give me the images I need to show my readers what I want them to see.







3. Quotes

For those moments when I just cannot come up with something profound to say.  These quotes give me a jumping ground to write about something that will (hopefully) stick with the readers.  They also inspire me to keep writing :)




4. Writing Tips

Of course, you need a whole board that will give you advice for when you need to tweak your story and make it perfect.  My tips board has hundreds of Pins that make my writing easier to understand and more enjoyable to read.


For more inspiration, visit my Pinterest page or my new favorite writing page, Novel Inspiration.  Happy writing!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

4 Things I Want to See in The 5th Wave

When I first saw the trailer for The 5th Wave, I knew I had to see it because of Chloe Grace Moretz (I mean come on, she's perfect!)  But I wasn't so sure about reading the book--that is until one of my friends read it first.  This weekend, she brought the book to my house (unannounced) and told me that I absolutely had to read it right away.

And she was right.  This book was incredible, to say the least.  I was expecting a boring sci-fi novel, but I couldn't have been more wrong.  The 5th Wave gripped me, shook me around, and spit me up.  I may also need to add the fact that I finished this book in 2 days.

So when I go see the movie in the near future, I'm expecting most of the aspects of the book to be included in the movie.  Obviously, I'm not hoping for perfection--they're going to have to leave some parts out for the sake of time.  But my expectations are that of the Harry Potter movies (I'm really just praying that it doesn't turn out as bad as The Mortal Instruments movie did--yikes!)  Here are the 4 definite things that I hope to see in The 5th Wave's movie adaptation:

1. Ben Parish.  I know that someone super cute is picked out to play this character, so I'm super pumped about that.  I'm also interested to see how much they include his character.  I mean, Cassie is obsessed with him, and I hope that comes across clearly in the film.

2. A clearer ending.  I'm not about posting any spoilers, so I won't say much about the ending.  But I (and many other readers on Goodreads) were really confused about the ending.  Hopefully, the movie will clear things up.

3. Sequels! There is a second book in the series, and a third (and final) one confirmed.  I hope that this movie is good enough to continue the series, otherwise, I'll be left with a sad, lonely void.

4. Deaths.  I know it sounds morbid, but I fully expect every death that happened in the book to happen in the movie.  The losses that Cassie deals with in the book are the main reason she continues to fight.  So I hope the movie doesn't sugarcoat the situation.  I want to feel scared and hopeless and really, really upset.