Fighting Books: New Layout!

I’m Back!

After five months without posting, I decided it was finally time to get back to blogging once again – especially now that my summer vacation has finally started.

So here I am, with a whole new layout for Fighting Books, because why not?

Here are before and after screenshots of the blog:

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After

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As you can see, the blog became a tad more minimalistic and bright, less pink and more mint, and it will from now on (hopefully) have feature images on each post.

Do tell me what you think!

I also finally got to make an Instagram account specifically for Fighting Books, which you can find here:

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@fightingbooks

Go follow Fighting Books on Instagram, if you’re interested!

As always, have a great day,

Shia

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TBR 2016

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I have honestly never had much of a TBR (to-be-read) list in my life, since I never knew of enough books (or could control my varying preferences in books). But for some reason 2016 would be the year, where I finally pulled myself together to create a list of the books I would like to read this year.

The list may not be long enough to last for the entire year, since my reading challenge of 2016 is reading at least 24 books (minimum of two each month), or it may be too long – I can’t predict my future reading patterns, haha! The below mentioned books are the ones that I really hope to read in 2016.

My TBR List of 2016:

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
  • Passenger – Alexandra Bracken
  • The Hollow Kingdom – Clare B. Dunkle
  • Through The Woods – Emily Carroll
  • Introduction to Game Analysis – Clara Fernández-Vara
  • Business Model generation – Alexander Osterwalder et. al.
  • Value Proposition Design – Alexander Osterwalder et. al.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
  • Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James
  • Fifty Shades Darker – E. L. James
  • Fifty Shades Freed – E. L. James
  • Skammerens Datter (The Shamer’s Daughter) – Lene Kaaberbøl
  • Skammertegnet – Lene Kaaberbøl
  • Slangens Gave – Lene Kaaberbøl
  • Skammerkrigen – Lene Kaaberbøl

I will also add this list to a new page on the blog, which I will call “TBR” – I may or may not add books to this list through the year.

Shia

2015 wrap-up

Happy New Year!!

This year has had a lot of activity on the blog, though these last two months I have been a gone’r, while writing NaNoWriMo, exams, and doing.. well.. life stuff.

It is finally 2016, and therefore Fighting Books needs an overall update!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

As I wrote in a post earlier in 2015, I managed to finish my Goodreads reading challenge very quickly, and in the end I managed to read 30 books in the year of 2015.

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As usual, I will continue with the same goal for 2016: to read 24 books in the year of 2016, and read at least two books every month.

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Shia

WINNER NaNoWriMo 2015

I finally did it!!

I won this year’s NaNoWriMo by writing a novel consisting of 50,000 words written in one month: November.

I have explained the concept here. Add me as a buddy on the website: ShiaTheChatbox

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I am super happy and extremely proud of myself, since writing a novel has been a goal for me since I was born (or maybe a tad later than that..).

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 My prepping and motivational corkboard

I will admit that this month has been very stressful and painful and all those other kinds of ‘-ful’s, because while writing my novel, I have been studying, been working on three different exams, been working at my job and tried to follow through with life on the side. But I actually managed to do so! So the pain was definitely worth it!

This is obviously also why I haven’t updated Fighting Books at all this month.nanonano2

It is impossible for me to thank my NaNoWriMo buddies enough, because without their support and motivational speeches, I may not have made it through to the end. While it has been a busy month, it has also been a social one, since I have met so many new great people through this event to different local write-ins in my city.

Thaaaank yooou!!!!! And congratulations to all the other Wrimos who worked super hard for this challenge!

Shia

NaNoWriMo 2015

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It is very close to being the month of November, which means that NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month of 2015, is near.

NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge, where you spend the month of November trying to write a novel consisting of 50,000 words. I have also mentioned NaNoWriMo here.

Like last year, i have decided to participate, in hope that I will be motivated enough to actualy finally write (and hopefully finish) a novel. I didn’t complete it last year, and I might not complete it this year either, but I have decided that, to me, the most important thing is to just write, write, write!

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I first learned about NaNoWriMo in November last year, which resulted in me being very very late with my story. I am therefore hoping this post will remind you early enough to be somewhat prepared to write in November.

As you can see on the picture above, I am pretty serious with my prepping, and I am hoping to comepletely finish an outline of my story before November 1st. I am also using the software Scrivener for the first time in my life, and I hope it will be a good friend through the month. If you are interested in Scrivener, they have made a special NaNoWriMo trial, where instead of only 30 days, you can use it for free until December 7th – find the download of the trial here.

If any of you are participating (it is of course for everyone to join!), it would be awesome if you could tell me about it in the comments, and maybe become my writing buddy on NaNoWriMo’s website.

Good luck out there!

Shia

A Happy Update!

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, and I hope you will have a  very enjoyable Sunday. I have a few updates which I am personally very happy about, so here goes.

First of all, I have reached 100 followers on the blog Fighting Books! I am very appreciative of everyone who has read, liked and enjoyed the posts I have written – and I am of course very thankful to the followers!

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As I hadn’t imagined ever getting 100 followers, I sure hadn’t expected that I would have already finished my 2015 Reading Challenge in the month of September! I mean, I still have three months left of the challenge, haha.

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Last year I only just made it before New Year, but this year, I have totally up’ed my game apparently. Then again, I still have to fulfull my reading challenge, where I have to read at least two books per month.

How is it going with your reading challenge?

Shia

TBR Jar

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So, a while ago I decided to make myself a TBR Jar – a jar full of book titles which needs to be read. I have a lot of books on my shelf that I have never pulled myself together to start reading, and books which I for some reason gave up on. But it has always been my goal to get to read all of the books I own, no matter what, so I hoped that a random ‘pull a book title out of a jar’-method could help me.

Shia

New Books: April 2015

Hi!

Earlier this month my mom and I went to a few bookstores in Copenhagen, where we for some reason ended up agreeing that the cover of a book means everything. So my mom got me two beautiful books that day, and a few days later i got three more because my mom had been to Vienna. At the same time I decided to order five books online.

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The books I got:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Unravel Me – Tahereh Rafi
  • Ignite Me – Tahereh Rafi
  • The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  • The Secret of Magic – Deborah Johnson
  • Unspeakable – Abbie Rushton
  • My Heart & Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga
  • The Year of Taking Chances – Lucy Diamond
  • The Girl in the Photograph – Kate Riordan
  • A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray

Shia

2015 Reading Challenge: Halfway there!

Hi everyone!

I’m not sure what is going on, but apparently I already made it halfway through my reading challenge of 2015, and it is still only April. I did not expect to ever be “5 books ahead”, or that I would be able to read as much as I have done these first four months of the year. I will admit that I’m quite impressed with myself ~

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For some of you a goal of 24 books per year may seem a bit small, but last year I only barely made it to 24 books. Now that I’ve read the first 12 already, and I don’t feel as pressured to hurry with my reading anymore. Thank god, because the exams are everywhere..

Even though I’m ahead, I would still very much appreciate book recommendations in the comments! How many books have you read this year?

Have a nice day.

ShiaShia

10 Week Book Tag: Question #10

Question #10: Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

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Anyone who is close to me would be able to answer this question for me. I am definitely not the type of person who breaks the spine on my books. Whenever it happens, by accident of course, I cannot stop cringing and getting mad at myself for not taking better care of my books. It has gone to the point where I do not even open the book all the way up; I just peak inside, as to not accidently break the spine.

As for the book recommendation of the week, there will not be one this last week of the 10 Week Book Tag. I’m preoccupied with nervous thoughts and fears of the exams starting next week, so I haven’t found the motivation to find today’s recommendation.

But I must thank everyone who decided to give Fighting Books a chance and decided to read the posts of this book tag, but also my reviews and other updates on the blog. Thank you!

Shia