Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's Up Wednesday and A-Z Blogging Challenge: H is for History

I'm combining my WUW and A-Z posts again today. Hopefully I can do a better job at making every WUW category relate better to my letter than I did last week!


What I'm Reading
I'm reading The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier and this book is soooo good. And totally fits with my H is for History thing because the book goes back and forth between present time and the Bronze Age with two interweaving stories about two different women. The present-day story involves a philologist (I wish someone would say that word to me out loud so I know how it's supposed to sound) searching around the world for clues about the Amazons, and the past story is a hunter's journey from Algeria to Crete, to Troy, and I'm not sure where else because I haven't gotten any further yet. Anne Fortier did this same past/present thing with her book Juliet (also SO GOOD) and she just does it so well. I really didn't describe the book very well, so go to Goodreads and check it out.

What I'm Writing
Nothing! I finished my revision for EPONINE and now it's in the hands of some very awesome readers (thank you thank you thank you!!!). I'm in the middle of two beta reads of my own with a third on the way so I think I'll stay away from my own writing for a bit and focus on these stories. History wise, one of these manuscripts takes place in Jamaica during the late 1700s (I think- the author never actually says).

What Inspires Me Right Now
History has always been an inspiration to me. I love historical novels, historical movies, historical anything. I love the clothes and the wars, the struggles, the loves, monarchy and anarchy and everything in between. Historical novels can sometimes be bland, but when they're not, they're my favorite! Although I'm not writing historical myself at the moment, I hope to be able to go back to my time-travel novel one day because I miss it!

What Else I've Been Up To
History wise? Nothing. Other wise? Also nothing. Nothing exciting, anyway.

And my H songs for the day...
And nothing to do with History but always makes me want to take a road trip when I hear it:
Home by Phillip Phillips

What have you been up to? And what's your H for today?


  1. Oooh, I hope you get lots of great feedback soon :D

    Have a lovely week ^_^

  2. I'm a big fan of historical fiction when it's done really well. Thankfully, I've read a number of properly researched and executed historical fiction books. There's just so much to learn about all these different eras, and if the author has done his/her job right, it doesn't feel like you're being educated lol.

    Hope you get tons of awesome feedback from your betas, Melanie!

  3. Well, I was writing ... before this A to Z challenge kicked in! It sure is keeping me busy. :)

    But my WIP (one of them anyway) has a bit of history in it, not too far back, just back to the Sixties. It's funny how I've become almost obsessive about all the details--now that I'm viewing this period through the eyes of my characters!


    Hope you get some awesome feedback :D

  5. Betas are great and we love them! Keep up the good work. Just another A to Z participant hopping about this month. Love the blog title btw.

  6. I haven't heard of this author but now I want to check her out. Congratulations on finally finishing EPONINE & getting it to betas. WOO HOO!!!!!! Hope we hear good news from you soon :)

  7. I like historical fiction too, but it's been a while since I read any. I should remedy that some time soon. I always admire authors who write historical convincingly because the research that goes into it is such a tall order. Congrats on finishing your revisions! Hope you get tons of great feedback from your betas!

  8. I need to read more historical novels. It's not a genre I've read a lot, but I've loved all the MG historicals I've picked up over the years.

    Yay for finishing revisions!

  9. Yay! I'm so excited to be reading for you! And yes to history. My husband teaches it and my daughter LOVES it. I'm a teensy fan too, depending on the time period. :)

    Have a great week, Melanie!

  10. Have you ever read Revolution by Jeniffer Donnelly? It's my all time favorite historical novel. Ever.

    1. Yes! It's a great book! I have it on my shelf but I haven't read it in a few years.

  11. It's so awesome how your book is doing :D And I love Home by Phillip Phillips. To answer your question, my H post is a short story :)

  12. I love that Phillip Phillips song :) My H was for halterneck!

  13. I'm just starting to get into historical fiction, and it seems like you're the perfect person to ask: what's your favorite YA historical fiction?

  14. The Lost Sisterhood is on my TBR list - it sounds great! :)

    I LOVE historical fiction, and history in general. :D Last Year's Troubles by Suzanne Vega is a pretty good history song, as is Marry Me by Emilia Autumn.

    Have a lovely week!

  15. I love a good historical fiction novel. My sister loves to read those giant historical biographies which I can't stand but if you put it in a historical fiction - love it! :) Can't wait to dive into EPONINE. Have a great weekend!

  16. I bought Juliet at a grocery store a few years ago and still haven't read it. Thanks for reminding me it's still sitting on my TBR!

  17. love your history theme! Great way to tie into WUW! Home by Philip Philips is one of my favorite songs as well. Glad you're enjoying reading some history-filled lit and manuscripts. Congrats on finishing revisions and getting them into the hands of betas!