Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
|The Living by Matt de la Pena|
You're going to want to carve out some time to dive into The Living by Matt de la Pena. Not because of the length, but because you will be obsessed. Obsessed with the writing. Obsessed with the main character, Shy. Obsessed with starting the next chapter.
Matt de la Pena hooks you in the first chapter. Clutch for many readers. Shy is on his first run for his new job on a cruise ship to help his mom with money when he is involved in An Incident that serves as the catalyst for the rest of the book. De la Pena slowly reveals Shy's backstory and we learn that in the world of The Living, an epidemic called Romero's Disease is quickly spreading. Though seemingly removed from the issues going on back home, things on the ship rapidly decline and that's when I got sucked in. It was right around page 100 that I knew I wasn't stopping any time soon.
Get The Living today. And while you're at it, you're going to want the sequel The Hunted, too.
|Getting autographed copies at ILA in St. Louis|
Friday, July 31, 2015
I could not get enough of The Conspiracy of Us. It was The DaVinci Code meets Red Queen. Geography, history, and secret societies meet in Maggie Hall's fast-paced first book in the Conspiracy series.
Avery West has moved around all of her life, and just when she gets asked to prom by the cute new guy, her mom gets another phone call and it's time to move. But, when Avery sneaks out to the prom to meet Jack Bishop, her life changes in an instant. She learns she is a relative of one of the families in the Circle of Twelve, an ancient society going back to the days of Alexander the Great. And when Jack tells her about the prophecy (the One and the girl with the violet eyes), Avery realizes that she is in way over her head. Once she reveals that her brown contacts disguise her real eye color - purple - Avery becomes the target of the most powerful families in the Circle of Twelve. Jack and Stellan (another Keeper) eventually help Avery escape the grasp of the power-hungry families, and in following the clues left behind from their common mentor, the three come to realize that Avery and someone she least suspects is the key to fulfilling the prophecy.
The Conspiracy of Us ends on a total cliffhanger, and I am so excited to read the next book, Map of Fates, which comes out next year. This will be on the top of my stack of books to recommend to my incoming seventh graders when school starts!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I love this prompt! So fun. I need, and will, do this more. Essential to writing authentic characters and dialog. Thank you! This is very rough. I look forward to playing around with it more!
Starbucks, Jackson, Michigan 7:00 AM
7:00 Two male customers already seated.
One female waiting for an order, nurse. She didn’t use the drive-thru option. Instead, opted to come in for her to-go order. Wearing scrubs; plain, no fun patterns. She must work with adult patients. Perhaps had a complicated order and didn’t want to hold up the drive-thru line.
7:06 My breakfast sandwich sat, unclaimed. Older male, on his way out for the morning, checked with myself and other remaining male guest for ownership. Kindly wished everyone a great morning on his way out. Casually dressed, tshirt and khaki shorts, sandals. On a Tuesday morning, he looks like he is on vacation or retired. He makes Starbucks his first stop in the morning. He reads the paper and catches up on the day’s news.
7:09 Young adult male walks in, black jeans, black tshirt, bookbag. He waves to the staff when he walks in. They say hello back. The barista asks, “Any breakfast?” He pauses. “No.” Mumbles order. Tired. Maybe a server who worked the late shift, and now, he is coming in to use the free wifi before he has to go to work later.
7:11 Order came up. “There you go, Drew. Thank you!” “Thanks.” Sat near first seated male. “Can I sit here?” “Sure!” Guys occupying the two leather, cushy chairs in the seating area. Young male has one earplug in. Both guys on devices! Come here for free wifi! But that’s why I’m here too!
7:14 Another female nurse in scrubs come in. Nurses and coffee save lives! "Hello!"
Monday, July 6, 2015
I wonder if I could eat my way through the Panera menu.
I wonder if I will ever get enough sleep again.
I wonder how one becomes a songwriter.
I wonder what it would be like to be the kid of a songwriter.
I wonder what it would be like to be the kid of a celebrity.
I wonder what would happen if music didn’t exist.
I wonder what why music brings back memories.
I wonder what would happen if all of your exes were in the same room.
I wonder what would happen if the songs that reminded you of your exes were compiled.
I wonder if you could catalog happy and sad songs.
I wonder if someone’s happy song could be someone else’s sad song and why.
I wonder why people have an internal reaction/pull to certain songs.
I wonder why some songs just make you want to dance.
I wonder why some songs just make you want to cry.
I wonder what would happen if you were sent on a trip to relive favorite songs from movies, people, places.
I wonder if I could remember specific people, places, memories that songs bring back.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Holy moly. If you've ever woken up, grasping for the details of a nightmare, Laura Ruby has done it. This was a nightmare put on the page. Somehow Laura Ruby managed to capture and make real the fuzzy edges of nightmares. I loved it. The writing was beautiful; eye-opening and suffocating, in a good way.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
I loved that Rebecca Lohman performed this audiobook as well as Eleanor and Park! Fangirl took me back to my fangirliest Harry Potter moments and made me want to bust out the laptop and just write. A book for the nerdiest in each of us.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I listened to the audiobook and was so enthralled, I considered pulling over several times so I wasn't a hazard on the road! The story: original, a train wreck, a gift. The narrator of Eleanor: mesmerizing. The characters: real.