I've got a car trip coming up this weekend and I'll definitely be giving this a listen in the car.
Alfred, ME, USA
I just discovered that this artist did the UK cover of The Hunger Games (pictured), as well as a ton of other YA/J covers, AS WELL as loads of other cool stuff AND some Magic cards.
Definitely work checking his blog out: If you read much fantasy and/or sf, you'll probably recognize some of 'em!
Sarah Dessen is *always* good, but I tend to think of her as a summer author: She writes contemporary YA, usually with a family story, romance and a group of friends so tight-knit and realistic that you'll wish you knew them.
What Happened to Goodbye, her newest title, is no exception.
If you're looking for a well-written story with some substance to bring with you to the beach, grab it.
Bernard Black owns a bookshop, but he's a misanthrope who only wants to smoke and drink and read.
If you've ever worked with books, it's a very definite must, but it's wonderful regardless.
I own the entire series, and it gets pulled out on an almost unhealthily regular basis.
It always reminds of Bookshop Memories, the essay of George Orwell:
"But as soon as I went to work in the bookshop I stopped buying books. Seen in the mass, five or ten thousand at a time, books were boring and even slightly sickening."
Ha. Orwell. So cranky. (And I mean that in a good way.)
Working in a bookstore had the opposite effect on me.
A Regency romance with understated fantasy elements, about manners and art and, of course, love, both romantic and familial.
Beautifully descriptive and tightly written. I loved this one so much that in the future, I'll pick up anything that Kowal writes.
There's a blurb on John Grisham's new book claiming that Theodore Boone is the most irresistible "nosy, crime-obsessed kid" since Nancy Drew.
And also BALONEY.
Theodore Boone cannot (and, I dare say, NEVER WILL) hold a candle to Sammy Keyes, the most hardboiled, likable (and, unlike Theo, BELIEVABLE) middle school sleuth of all time.
A fantasy novel that feels more like historical fiction, Star Crossed is about 16-year-old Digger, a thief-turned-lady-in-waiting-turned-spy.
It's got action, adventure, a fully-realized world with a complex political situation, romance, humor, and plenty of twists and turns.
Compared with Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery's Emily Byrd Starr is criminally unknown.
Emily is as fiery, fierce, passionate, determined, loving, imaginative, and precocious as Anne, only more so.
My love for Anne is pure and true, but I love Emily more: I love reading about Anne, but I want to be friends with Emily.
My husband was a camper and a counselor at BRC. It's a special, special place, and we love it.
This summer, we've volunteered all of our weekends to them: He's running the wood shop and I'm running the library. We just finished our first weekend there and it was so fabulously fun that I'm already sad that it has to end in a few short weeks.
According to a commenter at my blog, the Chicago Manual of Style still does. AND I DO, DAMMIT!
I will continue to use the serial comma as well. Who do those people at the University of Oxford think they are anyway? (Will be searching out your blog!)
Roar! I've been so happy to see how many people love the serial comma. I blog (mostly about YA books) at bookshelvesofdoom.blogs.com
I have found many YA books to be undiscovered treasures. Keep up the good fight!
Glad to hear it! And I'll continue using, loving, and evangelizing about our beloved Oxford comma.
This just in: Oxford has not changed their style, removed the comma, or sold their soul to Satan: www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18383824
Two episodes into this, the original BBC version, I turned to my husband and said, "WHY ON EARTH WOULD THEY REMAKE THIS?? It's clearly already perfect." It's a bit soapy, but also smart and well-written and well-acted. It's hugely enjoyable in every way, and I love all three of the main characters.
I just re-read this collection for the first time in years, and was reminded of exactly why I loved it so much the first time around. It's a fantastic combination of cop drama, noir mystery and superhero story, with great dialogue (Detective Deena Pilgrim makes me laugh out loud), strong characterization and artwork that looks pop-y but has depth.