NANOWRIMO!!! update 1

HELLO ALL!

This year, for the first time ever I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo!!! I am so excited and feel like I have been preparing for this moment all of my life (not really, haha. I will probably fall way behind and explode who knows?) BUT, I am just really excited to actually finish a story for once.

Since NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, I wanted to set some goals for what I would like to get out of it:

  1. Writing experience
  2. A finished rough draft of a book. Don’t try to edit while writing, just brain dump everything and then go back through another time.
  3. Accurately back everything up so I don’t lose my valuable genius
  4. Have fun. This isn’t meant to be stressful, so don’t stress about it.

In preparation, I have a (nearly) complete plot outline (there are definitely some holes in there), and I have written the first 1500 words already because I already know there will be some days I won’t be able to write.

 

To you veterans: ANY TIPS, TRICKS, IDEAS FOR SURVIVAL??? Please let me know down below!

Also, let me know if you are participating. I would love it if we could all cheer each other on and be just the awesome community we are during this amazing month.

Finally, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Is Halloween celebrated in other countries? I’m really curious. Either way, eat lots of candy and fall into a food coma, my lovelies (then wake up so you can start writing tomorrow).

Tweet me as we struggle to awesomely write a book in a month @aubreysbooknook!

Love, Aubrey

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[my motivation & review] spiritual health ft. JESUS ALWAYS BY SARAH YOUNG

 

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Lately I have become increasingly obsessed conscious of health. I have always enjoyed working out and such, but lately I have been more focused on the entire scope of health.

Physical: exercise, eating clean(er)

Mental: productivity, motivation, leadership, happiness

Spiritual: relationship with God and other people, joy

All forms of health are more connected than you may think. They are all incredibly important, but today I’m focusing on spiritual health.

A person’s spiritual health can affect all aspects of health. Most of the time when I am arguing with my friends or family for no reason, or my relationships with other people are not going well, it is an issue with my relationship with God. If everything I do is not for the Kingdom of God, it is just dumb (dom) work.

(get it? Take the King out of Kingdom and you just have dom… no? okay.)

I want to start my day off on a positive foot. SO, I spend the first few minutes of my day in thankfulness and giving my worries to God.

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I recently started going through Jesus Calling by Sarah Young as well, and it has very quickly become my favorite devotional books because it has one for every day of the year, and they are written in letter form as if from God. There are scriptures to read and look up every day. Every day I am amazed by the things that God seems to be speaking to me about and many times I learn so much just from the two or three minutes it takes to read this devotional. Young has done a great job encouraging readers through hard times because she was going through hard times herself while writing this book. I cannot wait to delve in for the rest of the year and grow in my faith one baby step at a time.

Sarah Young’s first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling.

With scripture and new personal reflections, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Young, brings Jesus’ message of joy—for today and every day. Experience true joy—now and always.

Life today is full of difficulties—loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels impossible or out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy! Jesus Always, the new 365-day devotional from bestselling author Sarah Young, was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living—a life of joy.

Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus—the One who meets you where you are. Draw near to Him in Jesus Always. (Courtesy of BookLook Bloggers)

Love, Aubrey

I received a copy of Jesus Always (THANKS!) in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

PLEASE HELP! Halloween Recommendations

GUYS! So, I was about to do a Halloween tag, and then I realized I haven’t read any scary books. This needs to change. I don’t really like horror, but I do like obscure mystery and Halloween-y stuff. Please let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments (books and movies?)

In other news, I just submitted a giant scholarship that was taking all of my time, so I should be back more frequently… Hopefully with a Halloween tag soon and lots of scary books read.

[my motivation] intro.

Hey guys! I have been thinking lately about where I want to take this blog and what I want to do with it because I haven’t been consistent, or inspired.

In the past I have had a very specific niche of “books only”. I am going to change things up and have every Monday be Motivational Monday and it probably won’t have to do with books. Writing is the way I get all of my thoughts out. I love writing about what inspires me and I want to be able to bring a little motivation and inspiration to your Mondays. Mondays will be all about life, school, productivity, music, typography, and anything else that I need it to be.

What do you think about this?

One of my other problems lately has been consistency. Almost every post you have seen lately I wrote over a month ago, and I have just been so busy doing other things that my mind hasn’t been on blogging. I still love reading your posts, but I just haven’t been super motivated to write my own.

i am fine with that

The schedule I have in my head when I am posting is this:

Sunday: Discussion Sunday

Monday: My Motivation

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday: Tags

Friday: Reviews

However, I will not be posting every single one of those days. I will also no longer be doing monthly wrap ups, but seasonal ones.

Thanks for being as supportive as ever!

Love, Aubrey

IF I WAS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER: 15 characters that make ME

A while back, I was doing some of the Blogging Extravaganza posts because I was a little burnt out on everything. Today I was going through all of my drafts I have made and cleaning it out when I found this:

If You Were a Fictional Character
and it got me thinking about what aspects of life make me me that could transfer to some of my favorite characters.

Me

smart

I work really hard at school and I love learning just for the sake of learning. I feel like most people who read do, so for this one I am going to be a mix of Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) and Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson).

sass & sarcasm

Oh, boy. There are so many choices for this. Sass makes my life. I will be a mix between Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus), Kenji Kishimoto (Shatter Me), and William Herondale (The Infernal Devices).

height

SO maybe this isn’t an important part of a person’s personality OR MAYBE IT IS, but I am a mix between Clary Fairchild (The Mortal Instruments) and Pippin and Merry (Lord of the Rings) and yes, I am counting them as one person because they practically are.

reader

Books are (clearly) super important in my life. I would be Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices).

music

I have always been super in to music and always will be, so for this one I would have to choose Park (Eleanor and Park).

“Some people have lives; other people have music.” (John Green)

superpowers

I love superheroes. It’s probably an unhealthy obsession, but I don’t really care. I would clearly have superpowers if I was a book character and would be a mix between Scarlet Witch (Avengers) BECAUSE SHE IS SO FLIPPIN’ AMAZING, Magnus Chase (The Sword of Summer) bring on the elf magic, and Dumbledore (Harry Potter).

God

He is clearly a big part of my life, so let’s add in some Gwendolyn Barnes (Chivalrous).

Crazy

Yep. I’m insane. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter) and Winter (Winter) are my life.

 

LET’S CHAT ABOUT MARVELOUS THINGS! How about you? What characters make up WHO YOU ARE? Do you agree with me?

Love, Aubrey

Book Nook 14

Holy cow! First off, it doesn’t feel like it has been 14 months. This month has been interesting. I started school on the 4th and so it has been a whirlwind of psych and lit and academic decathlon and french III. I applied to the cutest little local bookstore and… haven’t heard back yet, but I REALLY WOULD ENJOY WORKING THERE WITH ALL OF MY HEART.

I have finally been catching up to all of my emails and subscriptions to your lovely blogs, so sorry if it seemed stalkerish that I was freaking out about posts from June. This month was a bit slow blogging wise, but I have been adjusting to my new schedule and classes. What would you like to see more of on Aubrey’s Book Nook?

In August I read

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Mistakes Were Made, but Not By Me
  3. The Turn of the Screw (again! ugh. I had to reread it because I hadn’t completed the entire assignment for school.)
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas {review pending}
  5. [reread] Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by the queen {review pending}
  6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys {review pending}

 

I have so many required readings for school, so I am not sure how much fun reading I will be able to do this next month :(. I have to read The Stranger, [reread] To Kill a Mockingbird, [reread] The Great Gatsby, and Transit. I also feel super behind on review books. UGH. STRESS STRESS STRESS STRESS. patience is a virtue i have been working on.

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What have YOU been up to? Read any good books lately? Did you read any of the same books I did? What do you want to see more of on my blog? What are your favorite types of posts that I do (reviews? discussions? tags? etc.) LET ME KNOW BELOW!

Love, Aubrey

 

MAGNUS CHASE mad libs

 

 

Here is another previous Blogging Extravaganza idea:

Mad Libs
The rules: Pick a scene or passage or whatever from a book, take out names and nouns and adjectives and verbs and all that fun stuff, and create a Mad Lib. Then fill it out and please don’t die laughing. (And be sure to leave a blank version for others to fill out, too!)

I took the first few paragraphs from Magnus Chase The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan page 3. First, a blank one so you can fill it out:

Yeah, I know. You [GROUP OF PEOPLE] are [NOUN] to [VERB] about how I [VERB] in agony, and you’re gonna be like, “Wow! That sounds [ADJECTIVE], [YOUR NAME]! Can I [VERB] in agony too?”

No. Just no.

Don’t go [VERB] off any [NOUN]. Don’t [VERB] into the [NOUN] or [VERB] [NOUN] on fire. It doesn’t work that way. You will not end up where I ended up.

Besides, you wouldn’t want to deal with my situation. Unless you’ve got some [ADJECTIVE] [VERB] to see [NOUN] hacking one another to pieces, [NOUN] flying up [NOUN] [NOUN THAT IS PART OF LAST NOUN], and [NOUN] in snappy outfits, you shouldn’t even [VERB] about [NOUN] the wolf-headed doors.

My name is [YOUR NAME]. I’m [AMOUNT OF TIME] old. This is the [NOUN] of how my life went [ADVERB] after I got myself [ADJECTIVE].

Here is the one I filled out:

Yeah, I know. You [FLOCK] are [CUPCAKE] to [SPREAD] about how I [BLEACH] in agony, and you’re gonna be like, “Wow! That sounds [KNOWLEDGEABLE], [AUBREY]! Can I [BOW] in agony too?”

No. Just no.

Don’t go [PARTICIPATE] off any [DAISY]. Don’t [BROADCAST] into the [TOILET] or [COPY] [BIRTH] on fire. It doesn’t work that way. You will not end up where I ended up.

Besides, you wouldn’t want to deal with my situation. Unless you’ve got some [ADORABLE] [CROUCH] to see [GIRAFFES] hacking one another to pieces, [TURTLES] flying up [GUITAR] [STRINGS], and [BROTHERS] in snappy outfits, you shouldn’t even [DIVE] about [PURPLE] the wolf-headed doors.

My name is [AUBREY]. I’m [1 MILLENNIA] old. This is the [BRICK] of how my life went [ANGRILY] after I got myself [CLUMSY].

 

So there you go! I challenge you to grab the book closest to you, open to the first page, and do the same thing. Ready, set, go! Leave in the comments your versions of the mad lib or what you would have put in the blanks instead.

Love, Aubrey

[Top Ten Tuesday] bookish websites, apps, etc.

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish… blah blah blah… you know the drill.

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  1. Goodreads: If you don’t know about goodreads by now, I am so sorry. Go make an account immediately and then friend me by clicking here.
  2. NetGalley: Basically eBook review copies for bloggers.
  3. Library Website: My library has a website catalog where I can log in and then put books on hold or order them. It saves me countless hours and then I can just go pick up my stack of specific library books I was wanting to read.
  4. Blogging for Books: Review copies for bloggers. Month review time limit. Can only have one at a time.
  5. BookLook Bloggers: Pretty much the same as Blogging for Books
  6. BookBub: Who doesn’t like free books? BookBub is a website that will show you every cheap or free ebook. It is specialized to what you like and I have actually found a few interesting ones on there.
  7. EasyBib: This is more of a school hack, but it cites a work cited FOR YOU!
  8. Amazon: Sometimes the best way to get book recommendations is to go to a book you have read and loved before and then go to the bottom where it says “others liked these books” or something like it and then continue until you find one you like. When I buy books I compare between Amazon, my local bookstores, Book Depository, Book Outlet, and sometimes Thrift Books or Better World Books.
  9. Twitter: If your following the right people, twitter can be super bookish.
  10. Blogs: I’m guessing that if you are here right now, you are into bookish blogs, but if not YOU SHOULD BE! WE ARE AWESOME*
*(and will one day rule the world)

Please share any websites you have found extremely bookishly amazing! Feel free to link your TTT below.

Love, Aubrey

[Top Ten Tuesday] when given money, one buys books

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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Just so we are clear, I would want the full series of all of these, but only listed one because it is hard enough to narrow it down to just ten books as it is.

books i’ve read, but would love to own so i can read again and again

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

books i really want to read and think i will like enough to own

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

 

Love, Aubrey

Book Nook 13

Books Read July 2016

SO, we have an issue… I may have possibly lied last month about finishing Magnus Chase because I preschedule posts so early in advance, but then I didn’t actually finish it until this month, so 😦

  1. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan [review].
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson [review pending].

 

This summer I have read WAY less books than I thought I would, but I’m not that disappointed because I was practically still in school with the amount of homework I have had and I did so much with so many people. It has definitely been one of my favorite summers yet.

I am ready for some structure and a schedule, though. I start school on August 4, and it is coming up too quickly (I still have a lot more to do in terms of summer assignments for my AP classes).

 

I bought The Cursed Child today and I am SO EXCITED TO READ IT. I just have to finish ACOTAR and then I will most likely start.

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Who else got it today?

 

Let’s chat: Are you still in school? When do you start? What was the best book you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Aubrey