Feb 10, 2009

Do You Know What Today Is?

So, I slept HORRIBLY last night. It just wasn’t good at all. Me and my two daughters were both up before sunrise and anyone who knows me understand that there is something seriously wrong with this situation. I am blaming the lack of worthwhile sleep on the fact that I did forget what day it was. Not the day exactly, but the DATE. Because what is today? February 10th, 2009?


So, you may have heard me mention Wake one or two times previously, considering IT WAS MY BEST YA BOOK OF 2008. (You seriously NEED to read it. SERIOUSLY!) Since the moment I closed that back cover I have been waiting, and waiting, for this day. And it is here, and I am happy. (Well, not here at my house, but yeah, maybe someday, maybe someday soon, maybe not.)

You want to know who else likely is pretty happy? LISA McMANN! The ever wonderful author of these book. She wrote the first draft of Wake over 7 days, making her my current author hero to emulate as soon as possible! (She looks pretty happy in that photo, too. I really love this picture of her!)

In honor of this wonderful occasion, I am blatantly stealing Lisa’s 25 random things about MY boyfriend, Cabel Strumheller. (From Facebook)

Take it away Lisa!

I give you a glimpse behind the scenes of Cabel Strumheller, book character extraordinaire.

25 Random Things about Cabe:
1. Sometimes, when I think about my mom, I can’t really remember what she looks like. I hate that.
2. I feel kind of guilty that I don’t think about her much at all, and then I wonder if she ever thinks about me. Probably not.
3. When I was in the hospital, I read a lot. Like, everything on the book cart. Even the Judy Blume stuff, which wasn’t too bad, actually.
4. I hate mowing the grass, especially the back yard behind the shed. My heart always pounds a little, like something’s going to jump out at me, even though I know it won’t. You know what I mean?
5. When I’m at school, I usually feel like I’m acting. Most people there have never seen the real me.
6. Sometimes I miss living with my brother Charlie. Back when it was just the two of us, I mean. After dad, but before Megan came into the picture, even though she’s totally cool and I like her a lot.
7. But if I think about it, I really do like being alone sometimes...I like that quiet house creakiness right before I fall asleep.
8. I like the sound of Janie breathing even better, all quiet and smooth, when she’s just falling asleep.
9. I’ve always wanted a pet. A dog, probably. But I really get scared sometimes that I wouldn’t be around enough for it. That I’d let it down and it would be all lonely ‘n shit. There’s enough of that in the world.
10. After I met Janie and figured her out a little, I started watching The X-Files reruns. She’s not so strange after all, you know? Compared to that, I mean.
11. I would totally never do a Facebook page unless I had to for work. I mean, what’s the point? It would just be acting all over again. That gets a little tiring.
12. Unless Janie signed up too.
13. Which she totally wouldn’t.
14. Hell, though...I dunno. She might, now that I think of it. Just so she could spy on people.
15. You know, that’s not a bad idea...
16. Changing the subject: my favorite color is green. Not like Kelly green or grass green or that disgusting mint color that reminds me of old people and babies. More like the color of dried herbs. Sage green. That’s it.
17. Sometimes after dark I get the board out. There’s a skate park by the school. I’m pretty good, still.
18. I really freaking hope I can keep this car forever.
19. I have no idea what to think of Janie’s mother. She is the strangest person I’ve seen, and believe me, I know some strange people.
20. I can’t stand it when I don’t know what’s going on.
21. I enjoy reading the news. I also like knowing a lot of random shit. It amuses me to see people’s reactions.
22. That time when Janie hit me in the gut with the door handle after the dance? I almost didn’t follow her. I mean, god. Who would follow a girl like that?
23. I know, I know. Me.
24. I really like to cook, and if anybody wants to give me shit about that, I’ll f*cking punch their lights out. Cooking’s dope. It’s like getting a chemistry formula right or putting a car together. Recipes, instructions, formulas...it’s all the same.
25. Some people think guys like me don’t exist. That’s a lie. Don’t believe it. I’m right here. We’re everywhere. The quiet ones. If you can look away from the shiny for a minute, you’ll see us.

Now before you go stealing my boyfriend, just remember I had him first. I don’t care how many copies of Wake and Fade you go and buy (yes, they make great gifts!) he was mine first! So, hands off ladies, and gentlemen of that persuasion! Or not. He could make straight men swoon, I don’t really know.

Lisa! Enjoy your day!

Trailer for Wake:

Feb 9, 2009

Lusting – Judging a Book By Its Cover

It seems that around the web we have all started to admit that is it okay to judge a book by it’s cover.  If you don’t recognize the author’s name, what other incentive do you have to pick up the book?

The cover to This Is What I Want to Tell You definitely stands out.  This cover may be one of the most impactful ones I have ever seen.  Not only does it stick in your mind but it is easily describable to someone else.

For me the cover is both scary and intriguing.  The idea of having my mouth covered with tape fills me with feelings of panic and claustrophobia. Yes, this person can easily breathe out of their nose.  But it still makes me freak out a little.

The words This Is What I Want to Tell You only adds to the impact of the cover.  The title adds the mix of emotions that can be involved with holding information back.  You may feel that you forcibly need to hold the information back because it is so exciting or so shocking.  Or when the secret is something that scares you, it in and of itself can make you feel claustrophobic.

This book is out in March and I am eager to hear more about it.
Have you already read and reviewed this book?
Please leave a link in the comments.

From the publisher’s website:

The stories people tell are always about the things we left behind, and about the things we wish we could do again. The real story isn't about what you know; it's about what you wish you knew then. When my brother and my best friend fell in love—that was the end of everything I knew.

Feb 8, 2009

The Sunday Salon - RADD

RADD = Reading Attention Deficit Disorder. Are you picking up new books even when you are enjoying what you are currently reading? Do you often forget which books you are in the middle of? Have you read more than 3 books in one day without completing any of them? Then you too may be a victim of RADD. What kind of treatment is there for this disorder? I have no idea!!!

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Last night I wanted to read some science fiction. Now that I am a fan it seems it is all I want to read. But the hard part is that my interest in science fiction is very specialized. And I am not even sure yet how to define it. I know that I am interested in dystopias and also I am interested in books that deal with technology in some way. But I am still in “try it” mode, to see which type of books I enjoy.

Last night I tried A Great and Terrible Beauty , Thief of Souls , and Life As We Knew It . While they are all good and well written books, they just weren’t what I was looking for. The library has A Great and Terrible Beauty marked as science fiction, but I have been told it is closer to fantasy and it is definitely historical. I was reading along, just sort of expecting it to change. And then I realized it wasn’t going to and I wasn’t be particularly fair to the book by expecting something else out of it.

I put it down and looked through the other science fiction books I have out from the library. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is an interesting first person account about a world changing event in the not too distant future. It is in diary format which I have always favored. This should be a really nice read for me, but not the read I was looking for.

In an interview last year, author Susan Beth Pfeffer explains this book in her own words,

“After many roller coaster decades, I wrote Life As We Knew It. It's about a sixteen year old girl, Miranda, who happens to keep a diary at a time when the entire world suffers a catastrophe, the likes of which only an aging freelance children's book writer who was very angry about conditions in the United States could imagine.”

After reading just a single book by Neal Shusterman, I have already declared him my favorite author. I really enjoyed the writing and storytelling in Unwind and am eager to read more of his books. I was hopeful when I picked up Thief of Souls , but it only took a few pages to realize it was yet again not what I was looking for. (Also just found out it is the second in a series, so I need to take it back and get the first one.) Which, in the long run, is a good thing. One of the reasons why I am quick to call Shusterman my favorite author is the versatility he has in his writing. I read a few pages of Antsy Does Time before finding out it was a second book. But it was very funny. I got the first book last time I went to the library. And also a collection of short stories that should be interesting to read. What? I am not obsessed or anything. Being obsessed is totally against my character.

I came down here and piled up every science fiction book I could find and brought them up to my room. I was determined I was going to find something along the lines of what I wanted to read.

I was lucky in that the very next book I picked up was perfect. Grimspace caught me right from the beginning. In fact I started it a few times already when I was supposed to be reading other things. I read about 5 chapters of this book and enjoyed every moment of it. I am really looking forward to reading more and then moving on to the next book in the series.

Ann was great enough to send me these for review and that is always a nerve wracking experience for me. What if I hate it? I rarely actually ask authors for their books, but this one sounded so interesting especially with my new found interest in science fiction and people kept recommending Ann’s books to me.

So now I am lucky enough to have a signed copy of a book I am loving and really looking forward to reading more of it.

What do you think of this cover for Grimspace?

Even though I want to read more of Grimspace, today I hope to finish Fear and Trembling and maybe one other book I am in the middle of. What books do you hope to finish today?

(Oh yeah, and this is just a sampling of the books I read in the last 24 hours. RADD is in full force.)

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