Posted in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Winter, Writing, Writing Hobby

I wrote over 50 000 words in November – NaNoWriMo Winner!

Oh wow, it has been forever since I’ve last updated here about the books I’ve read, but it was for the best of reasons! 🙂 Today I won National Novel Writing Month a.k.a. NaNoWriMo! This was the first win for me, yay! For those who have no idea what this is, long story short: the point is to attempt to write 50 000 words of your novel in the month of November. Which is a lot. For me it required this quiet year to be able to finally pull this off. And if this horrible year has given us something, it’s certainly extra time at home.

In October (Preptober as the NaNoWriMo community calls it) I decided that since I had taken the effort to plot a novel idea during summer, I’d try to finally win NaNoWriMo for the first time. For the first time ever there was endless time ahead, a quiet November due to all the restrictions and social distancing, so this really was the time to focus on my writing hobby and push myself to write more than ever.

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Posted in Autumn, Book review, Books, Reading Challenge

Books I’ve read recently

This autumn has been an unusually warm one in Finland. When the weather has been good, it has been really nice to spend time outside and just enjoy the full blast of autumn colors for as long as it lasts. And of course there has been time for enjoying the coziness of autumn indoors with books, tea and candles so here are a couple of books I’ve read recently:

These were three very different books and they will help me fill some of the remaining reading challenge prompts. 🙂

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Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s getting darker and colder in Finland so it really is the perfect time to enjoy reading. And what suits autumn evenings better than reading something that’s both creepy and enchanting? Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was the perfect book for these gloomy evenings when rainy, shadowy evenings will feed your imagination!

One could conclude this was a case of three silly, nervous women. Physicians of old would have diagnosed it as hysterics. But one thing Noemí was not was hysterical.

I don’t usually read horror books but Mexican Gothic was a pleasant surprise. One of the more memorable books I’ve read this year for sure.

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Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward was chosen as the summer read for my book club. I knew I’d read this book anyway, but I’m happy I was able to recommend this to others too because our club really enjoyed Skyward. I think Skyward is currently one of my top 3 books I’ve read this year so far. Skyward is YA science fiction at its best: big themes, growth story and great characters interacting with each other and the world around them.

You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.

Sanderson keeps impressing me with his way of writing and the characters he creates. It was such joy to read this Skyward and I can’t wait to read the next one.

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Posted in Book review, Books, Reading Challenge, Summer

Books I Read During Summer Staycation

Summer vacation went by so quickly, even though the days felt really slow and relaxing. I would have been happy with one more week of vacation, but it’s really nice to be back to (remote) work and see everyone in video calls.

Since this summer vacation was less about traveling and events, there was plenty time to enjoy sunshine and read outside. It’s almost September now, which means that my favorite season of autumn/winter/Christmas preparation is coming up and reading outside will change to curling up inside with a pile of books, cups of tea and mulled wine and woolen socks. I love autumn and welcome the change of season. ❤

Here are the books I read during summer staycation. Some I liked and some left me disappointed.

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Book review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The title says “review” but really this is a recommendation to read Americanah. I enjoyed the book so much, and am convinced that Adichie has her place as one of my favorite writers. ❤ Americanah is a very entertaining novel, and also a very interesting description about race and how differently it can be experienced.

The only reason you say that race was not an issue is because you wish it was not. We all wish it was not. But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue; I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America.

Of all the books I’ve read during 2020, Americanah is one of my favourites so far.

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Posted in Fiction Writing, Sana: Interactive Stories, Writing Hobby

I Wrote An Interactive Short Story!

I am usually very shy to talk about my writing hobby, even though I’ve been writing on and off since my teenage years. But now I want to proudly show that I wrote a short adventure story for a writing contest by Sana: Interactive Stories, and was lucky to be one of the winners. ❤

The theme was ”supernatural romance” and that was such a suitable theme for me that I knew I had to try and write something! I was rewarded with 3rd place in the contest, and felt super proud of myself.
Click the picture to see Sana: Interactive Stories post about my story on their FB page.

Cover image of my story by Sana: Interactive stories

Interactive stories have always been close to my heart, but I’d never written one myself before I wrote ”Towards Freedom”. The short story is light, romantic fantasy and very much my genre. I felt so at home with this type of a story, and it was just so much fun to type the story in a couple of evenings. Even though this was the first time I wrote a story with choices, it was surprisingly natural to me. I guess it helps that as a gamer, I’m very much used to experiencing stories with choices, and also I had editing help as part of my prize of the contest which was really helpful. It was great to experience an editing process for the first time. This whole process gave me a boost of confidence, because I’ve always doubted myself as a writer even though I do it just as a hobby. Hopefully as a result I will try to be more open about my writing projects in the future and less embarrassed that I really like writing (and reading) “romantic fluff”. 🙂

I think it’s a really nice idea to have a platform where anyone can write and publish interactive stories in an easy way, so I really hope people will find and enjoy Sana: Interactive Stories app! Check out the their FB post of my story here and I hope you’ll try out the app and enjoy my story there!

Read more about Sana:Interactive Stories here.