I just made my word counts for SHARDS this week, but I'm happy. I'm on the end stretch now -- no more wondering what has to happen next!
SHARDS OF GLASS... 76.588 words. That's 2,683 words further along.
That's it for the writing side this week. School's back in session, and work is cuh-razy. But getting up early (Earlier, I should say) to write each morning is working for me!
We all know what the tortoise is about. Besides being adorably cute.
On the reading side... thanks to crazy snow this weekend that altered my plans, I did a lot of reading! I'm up to 16 books so far in 2010 for the 100+ Book Challenge (links in the bar at the bottom of the page).
I loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It's about a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl "scholarshipping" to a well-off white school from their ethnic neighborhood in Seattle during World War II, and what happens to young love when the Japanese-Americans are interned. I enjoyed the history in this book, the beautiful writing, and the true-to-life characters. It's just truly a wonderful and satisfying novel.
I also finished Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. It's a verse YA novel, which was a little different for me. She does much with her characters in such a short amount of text; they're nicely developed. Enough so that her end made me misty-eyed, because I'd certainly come to care about them too. I'm not sure I'd read another Lisa Schroeder book, though, in the same style (such as I Heart You, You Haunt Me) becausthe verse style was not my favorite.
Switch by Carol Snow was a quick YA read that I enjoyed. And I also read A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, which has been on my to-do list for ages. This is the new, or British, version, which has Burgess' seventeenth chapter (which was edited out of the American version, for its optimistic tone suggesting that youth outgrow the violence throughout the earlier chapters). I definitely recommend getting this version!
*In other news, no Thursday round-up this week. Thursday is MJ's birthday, and my focus is on cake-baking and spoiling. Did I mention that I forgot his birthday last year? Yeah.*
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