For the third year in a row, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo.
No, I think I’ll sit this one out. Use all that free time to support my friends’ madcap writing projects. And maybe even find the time to read? Today I’m discussing three books I’ve read (and loved!) that began life as someone’s NaNo project. I know it’s not much, but I hope you find something to your liking here.
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
So I recently heard that Meyer wrote the first book in the Lunar Chronicles because she wanted to win a contest where having the highest wordcount earned you a guest role on Star Trek?! Why didn’t I know that until now? That’s magnificently nerdy.
Although she didn’t win the contest, I think it’s safe to say that she won at life: How many of us can say we got book deals out of such a project? I adore this series and out of all the books, Cinder is my favorite. What a creatively imagined world and conflict!
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Het romance isn’t normally my thing but this one was actually OK? Consider me impressed. Plus, it’s set at a boarding school (!) in Paris (!!) and the main character talks a lot about food (!!!). What’s not to love?
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell was already a published author when she signed up for NaNoWriMo! While I have a few issues* with this novel, I thought it was a realistic portrayal of life as an introvert – especially as an introvert in COLLEGE.
*Mostly having to do with the fetishization of gay male characters in fanfiction by the novel’s female protagonist. But that’s another post/rant for another time.
Which NaNoWriMo novels have you read? What was your opinion of them?