Finished the Rewrite!!! And please recommend me some books!

Yesterday I finished the rewrite of Nameless!

I had decided to scrap the entire last third that I wrote during NaNoWriMo because it wasn’t organic and I cringed through every chapter. Pro tip: When you cringe, you cut. End of story.

The end result is 100% better but it still makes me nervous. I sent it all away to my first CP so we’ll see what the verdict is. In the mean time… I want to catch up on my reading!

What YA books do I absolutely HAVE to read? I’ve already read the following:

Living Dead Girl
Anna and the French Kiss
Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Summer I Turned Pretty

Conditions: I’m not really a fan of sarcastic narrators. Fantasy preferred, but not mandatory.

Show me what you got!

21 thoughts on “Finished the Rewrite!!! And please recommend me some books!

  1. theinkymuse says:

    Ooh, congrats! I’ve never written a NaNo novel myself, but I always feared I’d suffer from that very same feeling.

    Recommended YA reads? Hmm. Well, in terms of classics: Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, hands down, despite all its controversy; it’s excellently written. For a more recent read, I’d say Plain Kate by Erin Bow–fantastic and heartbreaking.

    • savannahjfoley says:

      NaNo was great, and I plan to do it next year. My problem was that I was too focused on finishing and not writing well, which I think was more a symptom with me than NaNo. I finished on the 18th so I really did have time to spare if I’d wanted it.

      I read the Subtle Knife series a while ago, multiple times, so I’m good there. I forgot how much I wanted to read Plain Kate, thank you!

  2. aekubo says:

    Congrats! I also do the same thing whenever I find something cringe-worthy in my manuscript.

    You must put Anna and the French Kiss at the top of your list. It’s my favorite book of 2010.

  3. savannahjfoley says:

    Yeah, I think I was going to fast in order to finish that I blindly followed my outline and didn’t pay attention to that voice that told me it was all disjointed and wrong. Granted, bits are still disjointed but I can’t do any more for it without a fresh pair of eyes.

    Thank you for your recommendations!

  4. acmaxwell says:

    If you liked Sabriel, I would definitely recommend the others in the Old Kingdom series. Really anything by Garth Nix is a good bet. I love anything by robin McKinley as well. The Blue Sword and the Hero and the Crown are more high fantasy while Sunshine is more contemporary.

    • savannahjfoley says:

      I read The Blue Sword, and I’ve read the first two Sabriel books but the second kind of put me out… waiting to read the third until I feel up to approaching it again (I have it on my Nook).

  5. cuentagirl says:

    Congrats on finishing! I like the title. :-)

    I’m going to have go ahead with the tip. I’ve been cringing at my novel (a lot) lately. :X

    I think you would like these books, based on your list. I apologize if you’ve already read some of them.

    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
    Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones
    Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
    Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
    Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

  6. Anonymous says:

    Lots of good suggestions here… I definitely second HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE!!

    Have you tried LIFE AS WE KNEW IT? I really enjoyed that. Or maybe BEFORE I FALL?

    Happy reading!!! :D

    • lalaith7 says:

      can I third Howl’s Moving Castle?

      And if i still have any recommendation cred after telling you to read Orson Scott Card’s Enchantment (Sorry, I totally thought you would like it!) Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are delicious Southern Gothics.

      Also I love the way you mention you rewrites, more than anything else it really brings home how much work goes into a beloved book.

      • savannahjfoley says:

        Lol don’t feel bad about ENCHANTMENT! I still plan on picking it up again one day, I guess I just wasn’t ready for it at the time.

        I appreciate that you appreciate talk about rewrites. I worry that people might find it boring to hear about the endless drafts and editing. “Yup, editing again.”

  7. secretdoorways says:

    Woman fi you have not read COLD MAGIC you must go read it!!!!! It is. Quite frankly. AMAZING!!!!! really its a totally big mashup of steam punk and romance and fantasy and history and dude it is amazing!!!! props for quite possibly the most romantic declaration ever!!!!!!!! Go go go go and if you can spare the time go pick up sisters red and clockwork angel!!! :) end rant.

    • savannahjfoley says:

      I love enthusiasm for books; means they’re good! I’m on a Patricia A. McKillip kick right now (let me be enthusiastic back; if you haven’t read Alphabet of Thron, do it NOW!) but when I’m off I’ll take you up on your suggestions.

  8. Anonymous says:


    The Host by Stephanie Meyer (totally under appreciated)
    All books by Tamora Pierce (if you like fantasy, you’ll love her)
    Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (i don’t really recommend to many vampire/werewolf series since they are usually too cliche to bear but this is a great series)

    • savannahjfoley says:

      Re: Recommendation

      Oddly enough Stephenie Meyer grows on me more and more. I read the draft of Midnight Sun she put up and was strangely disappointed I couldn’t read more. I didn’t care for the synopsis of The Host when it first came out but maybe I’ll give it another glance.

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