Hey everybody, Frodo is back in action! I took November off for NaNoWriMo as I mentioned in my previous post, and while it wasn’t the success I had hoped for because of a variety of reasons, it was a nice break. However, I am excited to get right back to blogging and even more so to let you all know my plans for 2014!
If you have followed the blog since the beginning of the year (and I LOVE you for it!) you know all about my attempt at 365 books in 365 days, as well as the fact that I quit on day 91. The problem with last year’s attempt was I also tried to do a review of EVERY book I read, something that was certainly ill-conceived. I didn’t get burnt out on reading as much as I did with trying to come up with meaningful reviews every day, some books just don’t elicit a big enough response, and trying to change up my style to keep it “fresh” wasn’t overly successful. So, 2014, what’s the plan?
365 books in 365 days is back for round 2! This time I also plan to do 365 posts in 365 days, but, much to your relief I’m sure, they won’t be all reviews. That would be boring for you and agonizing for me, and I realize that. So I will be reading a book/day, though not necessarily a book each day, I might read multiple ones some days for readathons and then take a break for a day, but we shall have to wait to find out!
As for the post/day it will be similar to what I did prior to November. This means there will be 2-3 reviews a week including a Mini Review Monday, Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post every two weeks or once a month depending on how many I buy, and Totally Random/Top Ten Tuesday. YA Wednesday and Frodo’s Frisky Friday will both be features, but not necessarily every week. Also, on Sundays, regardless of if I am doing a book haul in addition, I will talk about my favorite book I read in the past week! This will not be in review form, but more about my happy/squee feelings while I gush about the awesomeness that is that particular book.
That leaves plenty of days for content that as of yet I don’t even know about. Maybe I will add another meme on Thursdays, or try and do guest posts on Saturdays. Perhaps I’ll talk about other book bloggers that have amazing features going on or how much I love them, which is a LOT! I’ve got to keep a little “randomness” right? ^.^
As for December, it will be a bit lighter than I might like because I’m dealing with finals in college as I wrap the semester up, and I’m getting posts ready for next year so that it will be as awesome as I can possibly make it for you wonderful readers. I can’t wait for next year, and I hope you are excited for 365 in 365! Oh, and if you are wondering why I am trying to read so many books besides the fact that I just love reading, here is a big part of the answer. Behold, the majority of my print TBR.
Totally Random Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week on Top Ten Tuesday it is all about character names you LOVE!
1. Sevy from The Sevy Series by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – One of my favorite characters, Sevy’s name fits perfectly because just like her it is short, sweet, and it kicks ass. I can’t imagine her having any other name, and in fantasy the short kick-butt names are hard to come by.
2. Fade from The Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre – Even though Fade isn’t the MC in the series I felt that his name really matched his character’s style. The guy really does fade into the background at times but then BOOM comes to the forefront and kicks major Freak butt! Great character, perfect name.
3. Ritchie Sudden from Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin – Ritchie Sudden, to me at least, seems like a punky, rocker-dude type name, and that’s pretty much what he is in Wise Young Fool. His last name, Sudden, goes well with his character’s meteoric rise, and fall, in the rocker scene. I’d like to chill with Sudden any day, but he’s too cool for that.
4. Colin Singleton from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – How could this pairing be any better? It’s perfect! Colin, an unassuming, uninspiring first name (no offence to the Colins out there, my name is Eric so I feel your pain), for a guy that is constantly underachieving considering his genius-level brain. Plus, Singleton as a last name for a guy who keeps getting dumped? Nicely done Mr. Green, nicely done.
5. Bobby Pendragon from The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale – I can never remember a title from this series to save my life when I want to discuss it, but I’ll never forget the name of the series as a whole, or its protagonist. With a last name like Pendragon how can you not be destined for awesome adventures? Exactly.
6. Morpheus from Splintered by A.G. Howard – I’m guessing my love for this name stems from a certain Matrix character, but Morpheus in Splintered deserves full credit for living up to every bit of the coolness that I associate with his name. He is awesome, if a bit psychotic (but what great characters aren’t a little nuts), and being on his team over Jeb is as easy as breathing. Wonderful.
7. Artemis Fowl from The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer – Maybe this one is more about the character than the name, but considering the guy has the name of a god(dess) perhaps not. Artemis Fowl is the guy I think I always wanted to be, at least after he learned compassion to an extent, and I would trade names with him faster than he can create a time paradox (that’s pretty quick by the way). Amazing character, fantastic series, kick-ass name.
8. Frodo from The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien – Oh come on, did you really think I was going to skip my namesake? I have been called “Frodo” or some variant of it for over a decade now and it’s more “me” than my real name by any measure.
9. Bartimaeus from The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud – I have no real explanation for this one except that I love the name just as much as the djinni that it belongs to. It’s original, it’s fun, and it sticks in the brain, can’t go wrong with that!
10. Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns by John Green – It flows off the tongue so easily and is just as unquantifiable as the character that bears her name. She is an event, a magical adventure, and the name might be a bit of a mouthful at times, but I think it’s perfect. Yes I’m repeating authors, and descriptive words, but these characters and their names are soooo good!
So those are the top ten character names I love! What is your top ten list for this week? Are yours more peculiar or do they match perfectly with the characters? Are they long or short, hilarious or straightforward? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon
The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!
That’s right! Frodo’s Blog of Randomness is back in full force starting this weekend, I know I’m excited and I hope you are too! If you follow the blog or my twitter @1FantasyFanatic then you know all about how work has scheduled me 50+ hours every week, well that has FINALLY come to an end and I have time to get back into blogging and the community that I love so much. I missed all of you! Hugs and happy dances for all! What better way to get back into the swing of things then to join a readathon and stock up some books to review for you guys, sound like a plan? Not like I could resist anyway, but the folks at My Shelf Confessions host a fabulous readathon and I really enjoyed the last one (Wicked Valentine’s Read-A-Thon) so all the more reason to sign up!
Last time I read over 1,500 pages, and while I don’t have nearly the amount of free time I did then I still plan to read at least a few books and post some reviews as I get back into blogging on a regular basis. I’m mixing up my reading list a bit from the last couple that didn’t go so well in hopes to have some better success and get a bit more motivated! As always I don’t plan to read ALL of these books, but they are at the top of my current list. Stats at the bottom.
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Outpost by Ann Aguirre
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Legend by Marie Lu
Currently Reading: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, Blood Winter by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Pages Read: 304
Amount of Time Spent Reading: 2hr 45min
Snacks Eaten: Pepsi (1 can)
I’m sure this will come as no surprise to the few of you who follow my blog regularly. I’ve only posted one review in the last two weeks and that one wasn’t even planned. If you read my last NaNoWriMo update then you know that I got a job. This is my first “regular” job that I’ve had, and by regular I mean 8 hour shifts, on my feet, dealing with people, that sort of thing. I’ve had a few jobs in the past but none of them fall in those categories. Anyway, the majority of my shifts are 4:30AM – 12:30PM which has resulted in me having to change my sleeping schedule as well as my regular one. (I know I’m babbling, bear with me) Until I can get (relatively) used to the hours and can hopefully stop being exhausted all the time I can’t do blogging at a level that is acceptable to my standards.
I don’t want this blog to turn into a meme-only type of thing, I WANT to do reviews, I just don’t have time. One of my favorite bloggers as well as one of the most loyal readers & commenters of my blog recently did a post (check it out here) about how she posts daily. I knew that many of the bookish bloggers had reviews scheduled, and just a posting schedule in general, but I thought that if I worked at it I could get ahead without doing so. For a while I was right, but then NaNoWriMo consumed two weeks of my time which turned out to be my last two pre-working weeks. I don’t regret doing NaNoWriMo at all, I really enjoyed writing and interacting with other NaNos, but I haven’t read a book since freaking October! I have stacks of books that I’ve won or bought that I haven’t touched and I really want to get to, let alone getting reviews done for them.
So, here’s the plan. I’m going to go on hiatus until December 8th. That gives me exactly three weeks to hopefully adjust to my new working life, read some of the amazing books that I’ve neglected and to get my blogging schedule in order. I will completely understand if you choose to unfollow me or whatever, I don’t blame you. However, when I do come back I will be putting in just as much effort (if not more) as I did before and I hope that those of you who do stay will be happy to see me return. I have a small following but I will miss all of your lovely comments and getting to talk with you on a regular basis. I appreciate the support you’ve given thus far and I can’t wait to come back! I will still visit those of you that I have been following regularly, but the comments will be fewer. See you in December!