if you don’t read anything else today…

28 05 2009

Read YA Author Libba Bray’s post on Prop 8.



26 05 2009

video + article = See you at BEA!

xoxo, s

P.S. It was brought to my attention that I should explain what BEA is. Thanks, Juli!

BEA, as defined by Wikipedia:
BookExpo America (commonly referred to within the book publishing industry as BEA) is the largest annual book trade fair in the United States. BEA is almost always held in a major city over four days in late May and/or early June. Nearly all significant book publishers in the United States, and many from abroad, have booths and exhibits at BEA, and use the fair as an opportunity to showcase upcoming titles, sell current books, socialize with colleagues from other publishing houses, and sell and buy subsidiary rights and international rights (although not on the scale of the rights negotiation that occurs at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October). Authors, librarians, and buyers for book retailers also attend the event.

Website: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/

i really do have such a girlcrush

20 05 2009

on Zooey Deschanel.

How on earth does she make even the stupidest commercials amazing? And yes, that is her singing! I LOVE HER.

well, because i had to come from somewhere

10 05 2009

I have an awesome mom. I really do. Earlier this week the roommate announced “I’m going to CVS to pick up mother’s day cards, do you want one?” and I said “Uh… no?” and stared quizzically into space, but that’s purely because we don’t really do cards in my family, and sending one this year would set the bar altogether too high, as well as setting my poor mother up for disappointment when the card giving only happens this one time. So me not buying my mother a card doesn’t reflect upon our relationship at all. Plus, had I sent her a card this year, she probably would have called me out on the fact that how did I had time to 1. buy it 2. sign it and 3. drop it in a collection box, when I should be spending all of my free time banging on the doors of retail stores begging them to employ me.

She’s a really great person and I end up being happy she gave birth to me almost every time I call her, with one exception, and that is when I call her and she just got back from a sporting event / will soon be going to a sporting event / is at a sporting event / is watching a sporting event, because she tends to forget that her daughter (who got out of taking PE in HS because she “danced”) doesn’t really care or understand any of that. And my mother will give me the play by play of the entire game / match / whatever the night before, with me sitting on the end of the line being extremely confused because I think she’s talking about baseball and she’s actually talking about volleyball or vice versa. And she’s actually said to me “remember that really good football player from Punahou?” at least twice. 1. I didn’t go to Punahou, and 2. even if I did, I seriously doubt I’d know what she was talking about. We don’t all listen to sports talk radio on our way to work, mom! She’s a sports fan, and I love her for it.

My mom is also awesome because she’s seen more Lifetime Original Movies than the people who probably star in the LOMs, and once while watching Little Miss Sunshine, she said “I think that guy [Paul Dano] was in a movie where he played a teen dad.” Yes he was. Nice catch! She also religiously watched Wildfire and we used to call each other during college to talk about that weeks episode of The OC. As a side note, it KILLS me that my mother is forced to live in a state where they do not have equal rights to television teen drama AKA Gossip Girl (no really, they seriously don’t have The CW). I KNOW that my mom would LOVE that show, almost as much as I do, and I really wish we could have weekly talks about how much of a tool Dan Humphrey is, and AREN’T YOU GLAD / LUCKY I WASN’T RIDICULOUS LIKE JENNY?. As it stands, I’ll just have to be content with her calling me randomly to recommend that I watch Sydney White, aka Snow White but in college and starring Amanda Bynes, who is one of the only people my mother and I love equally, before I assure her that not only have I already seen it, but I saw it in theaters and on opening night, so checkmate. But, apples and trees, as they say.

My mom is also amazing because one time senior year (of COLLEGE) when I was going to a We Are Scientists concert with Kristin, I told my mom I was at a show and she said “Let me guess, The Cheetah Girls?” Hahahhah NO, but I see what you did there and I’m glad you know who The Cheetah Girls are, MOM.

Mom, I know you are reading this, so I have your virtual mother’s day gift. Here it is. Also, let me know the next time you are online so I can send you all her albums. You’ll LOVE her. Also, I really think you would like Friday Night Lights. Watch an episode sometime.


Because, honestly, what is better than this movie?

Because, honestly, what is better than this movie?

beda day #30: all good things come to an end

1 05 2009

Hello friends. It is the end of BEDA! I am so glad I signed up to participate in this. It was a challenge, but it was really fun and I really enjoyed meeting some new people as well as taking the time out of my schedule to write. It was fun and I’m sad to see it go. I’ll still update in here pretty often, hopefully around once a week? So don’t worry. And hopefully the quality of the posts will be better since I will have more time to work on them.

But the big news… is that my roommate and I were interviewed for an article on the School Library Journal website! Ridiculous, right? I can’t even begin to explain how bizarre this is. We made the Battle of the Books video for fun and as a way to spend our boring weekend, and it was appreciated by so many people! It’s incredible! Plus, I’ve come across some pretty awesome librarian blogs during the process. There are so many amazing people dedicated to children’s books and I am now certain that these are the types of people that I want to surround myself with in my life. Books and reading FTW!

As for the Battle of the Books… The Hunger Games beat Lincolns this week and is still going strong! Even though I love this book so much I don’t think I really expected it would get far, if only because I wanted it to SO BADLY. It’s so exciting! This is how most people must feel when they watch sports! Next week it goes up against Octavian Nothing 2, and although I STILL WANT THE HUNGER GAMES to win, I’m totally comfortable with either of them winning. I… still haven’t finished Octavian Nothing 1, but even though it’s definitely a slower read than Hunger Games’s stay-up-all-night addictiveness, I don’t think that it reflects poorly on the book. It’s just the kind of story that you put down and think about. It’s more effort but the payoff is worth it.

I think John Green (I know, I’m a fangirl, but he still said it well) put it best when he said that we underestimate teen readers if we assume that they cannot read a difficult book like Octavian Nothing (1&2) and enjoy it, but that we also underestimate those readers if we assume that they are not capable of reading an “easier” plot-driven book like The Hunger Games just as thoughtfully.

Exactly. They are both amazing books, just in different ways, and I’m excited to read Lois Lowry’s statement (she’s judging the final round) in either case.

The only other book that I was silently rooting for was Tender Morsels, even though I haven’t finished it. I started it in Barnes & Noble, and got maybe 150 pages in when I had to leave, and decided that I really didn’t have the money to buy it. But it was amazing. It reminded me of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novels, especially in Everything is Illuminated with the the stories about Trachimbrod (and it’s no secret that he is my favorite author of all time to anyone who knows me), but in a very different way. The world is painted SO well, and there are parts of the book that seem wonderfully dreamlike even at their darkest. Um, what am I trying to say here? This is the worst book review ever. I know this book gets noted as the “book with the sexual violence” but as it would be disturbing to young teens and others extremely uncomfortable with that type of violence and I wouldn’t recommend it to them, it honestly isn’t that graphic, and the worst parts are when you know what is going on without it being stated. It’s beautifully written, and I can’t wait to finish it. But it got knocked out of the battle two rounds ago. Sad.

I do have to admit that if it weren’t for the battle, I would never have read Tender Morsels. Which makes me a little sad. But the cover has a picture of a girl hugging a bear on it, which my roommate and I found so odd that we actually made fun of said cover in our video/song. And the title is Tender Morsels. Please tell me I’m not the only person who thinks that sounds disgusting. I’m guessing it does have a tie-in with the book, that I haven’t yet reached, but it’s still such an odd title. It sounds like the title of a dessert cookbook. I don’t know. It just doesn’t appeal to me at first glance. But I guess that’s why we have book bloggers, and book awards, and battles, and the like, so we can pick up books we would have otherwise passed? I guess I’ll do my part then. READ TENDER MORSELS!