Am Currently... #13 + Ask Me Your Questions!
I've been super busy since my last Am Currently, so I figured it was time to squeal with you all about books, writing, songs, and the like!
I've been very happy to duck into my local bookstores lately, and pick up copies of Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (curse words are blacked out to fit in with the format, and there are crude comments, as a warning) and Begin, End, Begin, an Australian authors' YA anthology.
Obsidio, apart from some the occasional questionable content, is as much of a thrilling read and with breath-taking twists as the first two books in the trilogy. The unique formatting really enhances the story, instead of hindering it. I hope to see more books in similar formats in the future!
I'm only a few short stories into the anthology, but the cover is gorgeous, and it's great to get little tastes of different authors' styles and characters.
A few weeks back I read The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, another collection of short stories, each one with a twist on a classic fairytale and...guys!!! It's amazing!!! AND IT HAS ILLUSTRATIONS THAT GROW ON EVERY PAGE. IT'S BEAUTIFUL.
For school, I've also had to write a number of short stories. One, with a historical fiction prompt, is called Under the Golden Hammer, and is based in Latvia during the 1949 deportations. Another is a longer worked based on the premise 'what if doctors could tell if you were "good" or "evil" at birth?' titled Here Lies. Reading lots of anthologies has definitely helped me refine my short story writing skills, and I have to say, though sticking to the wordcount is a struggle, I'm really enjoying writing them!
Recently I've been listening to a mixture of worship, rap, and Irish folk music. A dear friend introduced me to 'The Rocky Road to Dublin' by The High Kings, and it's a song I always feel the need to dance to. 'Jerusalem' by CityAlight (it's written by the lead singer at my church) also has a gorgeous, peaceful sound to it I love. As for the rap, as usual, the one and only NF has pride of place.
Tired, as I'm typing this up late, and the functioning of my brain is questionable. Aside from that, I've been feeling very blessed of late to have such a gorgeous view from my bedroom window, which has allowed me quiet times of reflection and admiration of God's work in nature. There are also hilarious birds that come and sit on the branch by my window, but that's a story for another time...
One last thing!
My 2 year Blogoversary is coming up, and I would be honoured if you would ask me some questions for a Q & A; just type them into the form below!
What have you been reading? Are you taking part in Camp NaNo? What's your favourite song at the moment?
Have a great day, and best of luck with your writing! <3