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Happenings in the last two weeks:School, kids, birthdays, book events... It all caught up with me in the last few weeks and I have gotten seriously behind on my blogging. While it has been busy, I have also had lots of fun with my kids, my students, and with going to a wonderful book event. But I am also fighting a cold now. So if I haven't been as quick to respond to comments or emails, please be patient.
Last Saturday was "Loop Day" and we were insanely fortunate to have Ransom Riggs in the Bay Area for a series of book signings for his new book, Tales Of The Peculiar. I was first in line at one of the events at a cute bookstore called A Great Good Place For Books in Oakland.
|I Spy adorable couple Taherer Mafi & Ransom Riggs!|
Ransom was there with his beautiful wife, Taherer Mafi (so glamorous and she had a delightfully cool manicure!), so I got a copy of her new book, Furthermore, and she signed it for me. I was really happy that this signing was early in the day (I think this was the second of five book signings they did that day). Both of the writers were very personable and it was a thrill to meet them.
The next day was my daughter's birthday and we threw her a surprise party! At her own request, we have not given her a proper birthday party in about 5 years and her friends have been at me to do something for her. So we took her to all all-night diner for a "treat" and her friends were all there. We stayed there until 1am and then it was back to our house for eight player Super Smash Brothers.
With all this running around (and starting a new temporary assignment at work) I am now fighting a cold. So this weekend is all about sleep!
Read in the last 2 weeks:
I've been making progress with the galleys I have, but most of them left me flat. One notable exception was the wonderful book by Gayle Forman called Leave Me. It was released on September 6th. This is from the author of the If I Stay series (which I did not care for), but I loved this book so much! It is about a woman who has a life-altering illness and everyone still expects her to do everything for everyone else. I could completely relate to this book.
New This week:
I've already started Tales Of The Peculiar and it is rather like Grimm's Fairy-Tales, at times gory and strange, but also lovely.
From Penguin/Random House
First In Line Program:
First In Line Program:
I received a copy of this amazing book as part of the "First In Line" program from Penguin/Random House. I was first in line at an event at Barnes & Noble in June and this was the prize: Every two months, I will get a book in the mail. I have happened to already read this wonderful book as part of the Irish Banana Blog Tour, but I am happy to get a physical copy so I can share it with others. This was a powerfully written book about a girl who self-harms by cutting. It helped me to understand about a subject I knew nothing about. If you haven't already, read it soon!
So many people have gotten this that I had to see what all the fuss was about. I will be starting it soon, so I hope it is as wonderful as the stunning cover (Yes, I am easily swayed by a pretty cover).
So what are you excited to read this week? Let me know in the comments.