Hello, my dear readers and blog followers! Look, I’m still kicking. And I’m clearly very bad at blogging. I’m trying to get better, I swear.
Anyway! I hope everyone is doing okay in these crazy, pandemic times. Everything is shutting down, everyone is supposed to try and stay home as much as possible, and apparently we all need to hoard household products for some reason. Things are getting nuts!
So, I figured if I’m going to be spending as much time as possible at home (I still gotta got to my day jobs and earn rent money!) I could work on my Blog stuff again. 🙂 Maybe something good can come out of the crazy. Like me actually sticking to a blogging and publishing schedule.
One can only hope, right?
Anyway! I have two book reviews for you today. 🙂 One of a contemporary adult novel, and one for a writing craft book for teens. Both get a very happy….
5 stars! 😀 Yep. Two five stars reviews. Some good, happy things amoungst all the crazy! I hope you enjoy! 😀
First up! Let’s look at that writing craft book!
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? By Ally Carter
From bestselling author Ally Carter, the definitive guide to writing a novel for the NaNoWriMo generation, including helpful tips from other YA stars.
Have you always wanted to write a book, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re really great at writing the first few chapters . . . but you never quite make it to the end? Or do you finally have a finished manuscript, but you’re not sure what to do next? Fear not — if you have writing-related questions, this book has answers!
Whether you’re writing for fun or to build a career, bestselling author Ally Carter is ready to help you make your work shine. With honesty, encouragement, and humor, Ally’s ready here to answer the questions that writers struggle with the most.
Filled with practical tips and helpful advice, Dear Ally is a treasure for aspiring writers at any stage of their careers. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at how books get made, from idea to publication, and gives you insight into the writing processes of some of the biggest and most talented YA authors writing today.
And my review:
Excellent! This book was full of great advice and information, and it was also very entertaining. I picked it up on impulse. Mostly because I loved the cover and I’m a sucker for a writing craft book. 🙂 I really liked it. I spent several days pouring over it, highlighting some of my favorite quotes and really trying to learn from it. 🙂
I think one of my favorite things was the advice on working out your own process and routine. I really liked the advice one of the contributing authors gave, which was that they consistently try to work 4 to 6 hours every weekday. Not a huge amount of time, but enough to get some decent work done. I think that’s something I can work with. lol. I think my writing could really benefit from a more set routine.
I highly recommend this book to teens who want to be writers, whether as a hobby, or as a career. And to any author who’s looking for a good writer’s advice type book. Or just anyone who’s a fan of Ally Carter’s books. 😛 i’ll looking for more books by her in the future.
And my next book…
King Clown by Mark Lages
Adam Stern is a sixty-four-year-old husband, father, and architect whose dad passes away and leaves Adam nothing but a shoe box containing four strange and seemingly worthless items. There is a brass button, a pocketknife, and a bird’s feather. There is also a single page torn from a poetry book, and Adam reads the poem over and over. It gradually comes to life, and it shines a healing light of the absurd on Adam’s world, transforming his entire outlook on life.
And here’s my review!
This was amazingly entertaining for a story about an elderly man in a hospital bed. 🙂 And I very much loved it. it was such a nice easy read to curl up with in bed and read a chapter or two before bed. (Which I had to since I’ve become such a slow reader. I miss being a teen and being about to read all weekend.)
I really like our main character, Adam, and watching his interactions with his family members and the hospital staff. His dreams were really great too. “King Clown” is a perfect mix of humor and thoughtfulness, and I loved it. The part where he calls his family members to ask about their vacation to the Grand Canyon was probably my favorite. I also liked where he’d watch tv or daydream about the nurses, imagining what their lives were like. Also a big plus for having Adam want to be an author. 🙂
Highly Recommended for fans of contemporary fiction and fans of Mark Lages’s other works. (I really like “Scowl” 🙂
It included a few smiley faces, because ya’ll know how much I love those! ❤ 🙂
Thanks for reading! Hope you liked the reviews. Check the books out! I highly recommend them. 🙂 I’ll try and be back with a new post soon, I promise. Until then, be safe everyone. Happy Reading! Love Lennie! ❤