Tuesday, 21 July 2015

What I'm Doing When I'm Not Writing - Part 2

WHAT I'M UP TO
-SWIMMING: Prepping for an upcoming cottage weekend in Muskoka! My boyfriend's cousin has a beautiful cottage up in what they call "Canada's Hamptons" and we've never been in Ontario when they've invited family up. But we are this year! I plan on not leaving the water unless it's to drink.
-REVISING: Final stretch of editing BSOS! Soon the entire draft will be in the hands of my editors (aka my boyfriend and CPs). 

Here are the things that have distracted me from writing over the last couple of weeks.

WHAT I'VE READ RECENTLY
-Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
I didn't LOVE this book as much as I LOVED Cruel Beauty, but it's still a fascinating twist on lesser known fairy tales. Rosamund is a talented writer.
-Vicious by Victoria Schwab
The hype behind Vicious is real! I'm still not technically done reading, but only because work and editing have been distracting me.
-The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book destroyed me. That's not hyperbole. I started it at 12:30 in the morning and read straight through to 4:30 am. Gripping, steamy, beautifully written, I couldn't put it down.
-Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Devoured this (my billionth reread) one night and it made my heart sing. This book is my happy place.

WHAT I'M READING NEXT
-Uprooted by Naomi Novik
There is so much hype surrounding this book but I am confident it is well deserved.
-The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
I just started this and I'm loving it so far. Elizabeth is one plucky lady.
-The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I've had an ARC of this on my shelf since my bookseller days and only recently saw that it is well loved online, which piqued my interest.

WHAT I READ ONLINE
-Revenge Killing: Race and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish
-The Really Big One

WHAT I'VE WATCHED - TV
-Friends 
This show will feature prominently in my next billion updates as it never ends, in a good way.
-The White Queen
WOW. I ate this historical drama up. I can't believe it slipped past me when it aired in 2013, as I am borderline obsessed with the Wars of the Roses. 
-Sense8
If you, like me a few days ago, think that Sense8 isn't a show for you, YOU ARE WRONG. Never before have I found myself vacillating between tears-rolling-down-my-face empathy, to smiling-like-an-idiot joy, to laughing-from-the-depths-of-my-soul wonder. GO WATCH IT BECAUSE I NEED A SECOND SEASON.

WHAT I'VE WATCHED - MOVIES
-Kingsman
Aside from a few obvious faults, I really liked this spy satire. Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson were a dream.
-Good Will Hunting
My 17 year old brother had never seen this gem and he cried at least three times while watching it.
-Belle
This was my second viewing and my love for it did not diminish. IT'S ON NETFLIX TOO!!!! It's surpassed Pride and Prejudice as my go-to feel good period piece, for sure. And Draco is in it.

WHAT I'VE GOT ON REPEAT
-The Road to Perdition Soundtrack by Thomas Newman


-Control by Kevin Garrett


-Scars by James Bay


-Landslide by Robyn Sherwell