Wednesday, February 29, 2012

leap day, rtw, a goodreads question, and march madness.

You guys, you guys, you guys.

a) Time's about out to enter to win a signed copy of Article 5, by Kristen Simmons. Please check it out if you're interested. Info here!

b) Voting is still open for the 1st Campaign Challenge! My contribution, Maximum Splatter, is #196. Us bottom-dwellers {also known as the procrastinators} are pretty lonely, you know. If you're feeling daunted by the huge list of 200+ plus entries, might I suggest beginning at the end? We've got some good stuff, too! :)

and, c) I'm FINALLY posting for Road Trip Wednesday again. Hello, road trippers!

This week's topic is "What was the best book you read in February?"

Leave it to me to turn this into a loaded question.
I do love Leap Day.
You see, I'm in a book funk. Or, I keep telling myself that I am. My gut reaction to this topic was, "Yikes, I didn't read ANY books in February," which is entirely untrue! I don't know what's wrong with me. I actually read three, but they were all within the first two weeks of the month. Maybe that's why I forgot.

Of those three:

Article 5 takes the cake. I also read Anna Dressed in Blood and Legend. I enjoyed all of them, but A5 wins. And not just because my friend wrote it. Speaking of, in case you missed the earlier link: interview with Kristen! Giveaway of awesome! You still have a week to enter.

*end of shameless plugging*

The other night at a women's fellowship thing at church, we all went around the room and said what we were currently reading. But after the three mentioned above, I'd stalled out, and then overcompensated. You guys, I'm reading, like, five books right now. And I realized, if I can't read a book in about a week, I sort of feel like it'll never happen. I know this isn't true. I've proven myself wrong countless times. Still.

When it was my turn, I listed the five books that are currently stacked up by my bed, but something felt wrong. I know I'm in the middle of *something,* right now, I thought...

Then I remembered, but was to shy to blurt, "Oh, does manga count?"

Friends, tell me, does manga count?

Because, while I haven't devoured a novel in over two weeks, I *have* been eye-deep in this wonderfulness:

Fruits Basket, Fruits Basket, OH!

The day I discovered that I could get a free manga reader for le iPhone was a jolly day, indeed. And, according to it, I've read close to 30 {extra} books since the middle of January.

The secret is out. Not only does she watch anime, she reads manga, too.

It's a recent development. Really, I'm just fulfilling my role as a book person.

And a nerdy female.

So, here's my question.

Do I add these "extra" books to Goodreads? I want to. I want them to count toward my 2012 total. Is anyone out there going to demand my head on a spike for this? Will you scoff and say, "Yeah, sure, it says she's read {however many} books this year, but we all know half of them are manga."

Is that... even a bad thing?

Oh, and d) Have you all heard about March Madness? Not the basketball one, though I love that, too.* This one's about writing! And setting goals! And achieving them! Also, prizes. Here are my goals for March, in case you're interested:

~Finish crit for a CP before weekend.
~Pound out the first 15k of WiP rewrite (at least).
~Idea dash/loose-outline the first third.
~Remove myself from the internet after one hour of blog-reading.
~Finish reading three of the five books on my nightstand.

 Wish me all kinds of luck. Later taters.

*I grew up in Kentucky. Therefore, these things are true about me: I love basketball. I love horse-racing. It's just... a thing.


  1. Good luck with your goals!!! I'm reading 4 books at once right now, so going slower and it looks like I haven't read anything this month... but I'm about to write a title on my list of a book that hasn't even been published yet! Eeek! Because I get to review the manuscript for the agent I'm interning for!!!! I'm so cool :)

    <3 YOU are so cool and now I want to read some manga... I have a copy of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, but that's not quite the same thing...

    1. I really enjoyed NEVERWHERE. In fact, it was my pick of the month. See my contribution ...

    2. Thanks @Colin! I haven't read it yet, but will make sure to. :)

  2. I don't see why manga can't count. Sure, it's not the same as a text novel, but different readers have different reads. My 16 yr old daughter loves anime, reads manga, but also enjoys Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. I'm not going to worry about whether she's reading anything... :)

    1. I mean, hey. Words are words, right? :)

  3. You know, Jenna and Halle are supposed to read at least 20 minutes a day for school. Sometimes, I count the back of cereal boxes that they read. So, yeah, I'd say manga is juuuuust fine.

    I'm totally jumping on this March Madness thing. Because, did I tell you, I've made a new goal to FINISH this draft by the end of April? Which means writing 1500 words a day. (No, I didn't tell you, because I've been frantically writing since then.) So, will you help me remember to check in every day? :B Mmkaythxbye.

  4. Of course Manga counts! That is all :-)

  5. I think you answered your own question. Words are words. I'm typing and reading what I'm typing therefore I am reading as I type. Anything makes sense if you will it to be.

    Good luck on achieving your goals! They are very doable. :)

  6. Hey there chickadee!

    I gave you an award on my blog today (because you're awesome). :)

  7. I am not a 16 year old, but I really adore Manga and Anime! I even attend Coz Play exhibitions to watch the characters come to life in fantasy forms! Its great and very entertaining!

  8. What is this March Madness thing you speak of? I want to set goals! And I need other people to hold me accountable!!
    Also, I can't wait to read Article 5 now, so good job! Your shameless promotion paid off.
    Now I want to write a brilliant book that you'll plug on your blog.


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