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

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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

Five Reasons Why: I Love These Book Related Websites

Hello!

Throughout the years of having this book blog, I have come to know a few great websites related to books and the like, which i would love to share here on Fighting Books for people who may not know them.

Also – if you know a great website that wasn’t mentioned here, please make sure to write it in the comments, because I really want to get to know even more book related websites!

Therefore I will list four great book related websites (in random order), and tell what they are about and why I love these websites.

  • GoodReads
    1. GoodReads is a website which has all the information that you would need to know about a book.
    2. Most books, even the much unknown ones, can be found on GoodReads.
    3. You can make many book lists, and add books to your To Be Read-list or Currently Reading-list.
    4. GoodReads is probably one of my favorite book related websites, just because it is as effective and functional as it is.
    5. The best function of GoodReads is the reading challenge function which keeps track of how many books, you have read, how many words you have read, etc – every time you have finished a book, you can mark it as read on the website.
  • NaNoWriMo
    1. NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month) is a website, most active in November, which challenges the users to write a 50,000 words novel in the month of November.
    2. It accepts any participant and challenges people in a positive way to practice their writing skills.
    3. The website offers many guidelines and helpful advice – given both during the event and throughout the rest of the year.
    4. You don’t need to feel nervous or intimidated, because no one needs to read your story – you only update your word count on NaNoWriMo.
    5. To keep you writing, the website has added achivements/badges as you reach certain word count marks.
  • The Book Depository
    1. The Book Depository is where I always order books online.
    2. They have free shipping and ships worldwide to most countries.
    3. They sell most books – I don’t think I have tried looking for a book I needed that they don’t sell.
    4. I am a bookmark lover, and The Book Depository are so very nice to often add free bookmarks to their packages.
    5. The interface of the website is very inspiring, and can easily be a good platform to use, when you are looking for new books to buy.
  • Wattpad
    1. Wattpad is an online reading platform, where it is possible to read all kinds of stories: fanfiction, original stories, poetry, etc.
    2. It is possible for everyone to add their story to the website, and you can update your book as often as you want to.
    3. Feedback from fans and other writers is a great and easy feature.
    4. It is possible to find all kinds of genres.
    5. Wattpad has a writing prompt called #justwriteit, which they are updating every month, and it is pretty inspiring.

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

Pretty Book Cover: Simple Whites

Hi!

Time for another Pretty Book Covers post!

Simple Whites:

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I’m in love with colors, but sometimes a simple white color can fit a book cover so much better – it is more sophisticated, and fits a more serious theme of a book. Therefore today’s post shows five book covers, which are white and simple, but have interesting black or red details.

Shia