National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month! It’s time to buckle down at your computer or with a pen and paper and write that novel you’ve been meaning to write. This is an Internet-based creative writing challenge that began in 1999 with just 21 participants. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Participants can start as early as November 1 at 12:00 a.m. Your words and work can be tracked on the NaNoWriMo website throughout the month of November.

Some novels completed during National Novel Writing Month have even been published and beloved by thousands. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see your name on the cover of your own novel someday! On the website, you can find your region, which will connect you to local writers in your community to meet up with or be inspired by.

Here are some popular novels you can check out from the Aurora Public Library District today that were completed during National Novel Writing Month from Goodreads:

Wool by Hugh Howey

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

As an aspiring writer myself, I’d like to see my name on the list someday. I think I’ll try to participate in National Novel Writing Month, too!

Happy Writing!

Time Capsule Books

Most people shy away from “classic” books, thinking them to be outdated or written in a way that’s hard to read. While this is true of many classic novels, there are plenty of classics that stand the test of time. I like to call them “Time Capsule Books,” because you could lock the book away and dig it up again a hundred years later and it would still be relevant. Here are some Time Capsule Books you might enjoy:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Are you There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Number the Stars by Lewis Lowry

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

What books would you add to this list? Would you take any of them away?