Five Good Things

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  1. Lemonade. Do I need to say more? No. But I will. Anytime there is new music from Beyonce I’m beyond excited. But new songs, plus a beautiful, beautiful film that made me cry several times. There are no words. It’s great to have (almost) everyone around me get swept up in lemonade fever too. Early favorite songs of mine are Hold Up, Sorry, and Sandcastles. Let me know your favorites in the comments, if you want ūüôā
  2. So many good book releases this week. The Rose & the Dagger! The Raven King! The Last Boy and Girl in the World! It’s like a trifecta of authors I love and books I’ve been dying to read.
  3. It was a special treat to get to see Siobhan Vivian at her book launch at my favorite New York bookstore, Books of Wonder. She had yummy meats and cheeses, along with wine and fizzy lemonade. When she read you could tell how emotional and meaningful this story is to her. Also being there was like going on a safari to spot authors. Amazing!
  4. A week off writing. This hasn’t happened since the summer. I know some authors say real writers write everyday, but I think breaks can be important. I got some seriously heavy/confusing and what will be ultimately positive notes on my novel in progress last week. I need time to process them and figure out my next move now that I won’t be working with my thesis advisor anymore. I did write one poem … but it was wonderful to take a week off of narrative.
  5. A beautiful early birthday dinner with my sister. We at french food and drank yummy red win before packing her up and sending her back to LA. I miss her, but I know one cutie pie bulldog puppy that was excited to see her return.

What’s been going on in your week? Good things I hope! But I’d love to hear about the good, the bad, and/or the in-between.

The Rose and the Dagger, by Ren√©e Ahdieh

23308084Somehow, I didn’t end up reviewing¬†The Wrath and the Dawn¬†this fall when I read it, which makes no sense because it was one of my favorite books of 2015. I did do a¬†marry, date, or dump devoted to the book¬†(now I’d add Rahim in to the mix and that might shake all the answers up). The book was perfect, and if you haven’t read it¬†stop reading this review and go check it out before I SPOIL anything about it for you.¬†So in a week when many favorite authors had books released,¬†The Rose and the Dagger¬†is the one I¬†had¬†to read first. And I’m so glad I did. Because, perhaps improbably, this book was perfection to0. Two perfect companion books! Which makes it so much fun to experience as a reader and as a writer. Because, how??? But also… yes! swoon! oh my god!¬†Only these disjointed thoughts for the most part came to me after setting the book down. While I was reading it I had few thoughts except for being totally immersed in the story. So if you are looking for an intelligent or critical review of this book, perhaps you should stop reading too. I’m just going to fangirl all over it for a few minutes, and then get on with my Friday.¬† Continue reading

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

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  1. Reading the final book in a series you love.¬†Who’s excited for¬†Raven King¬†this week?
  2. Author Readings and Book Release Parties. My favorite, favorite part of living in New York.
  3. Writing quotes I love in my diary. So much good writing out there.
  4. Happy Endings. I like lots of books that down have happy endings, but most of the books I love do.
  5. Convincing friends to read the books I love.¬†It’s always so fun when someone actually reads your suggestions and then you get to talk about it.
  6. Loving books that my friends have suggested. When someone you love loves a book and you do too and then you get to talk about it.
  7. A good book in a hot bath.¬†This is pretty much my favorite way to spend time. As long as I don’t drop my book (or my phone) in the water it is heaven.
  8. Finding a new book boyfriend or book crush. Sawoon!
  9. Following my favorite authors on twitter.¬†If you aren’t following @emerylord¬†¬†@rainbowrowell¬†and @sarahdessen then you are missing out!
  10. Beautiful Book Covers.¬†I know it’s what’s inside the book that counts, but a beautiful cover doesn’t hurt.

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme! What are your bookworm delights?

Six Good Things

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Another week full of good and hard things … but let’s focus on the good.

  1. Visits from my sister and Mama. Sarah and I got a funny makeup lesson at Pucker (which I definitely recommend if you are in New York City and love makeup) and got half priced tickets to see Shuffle Along, which was also amazing. With our mom we started wedding dress shopping for my sister. It was so much fun. We’ve had a lot of good meals and good champagne – a great way to spend time in my first week post thesis.
  2. Speaking of thesis … I got my notes back on my final submission and had my final meeting with my advisor. This is something that was both good and hard. I really believe in the notes, but I (as always) wish I was further along. There is some confusion right now about how I should move forward. But overall, I have been SO happy with the experience and proud of myself. Plus I’m excited to spend more time with the story. Win!
  3. Prince George in his pajamas shaking the hand of President Obama. Cute alert!
  4. After a reading desert, I found a river of books this week. I started¬†This Side of Home, by Renee Watson,¬†Eligible,¬†by Curtis Sittenfeld,¬†and¬†The Last Boy and Girl in the World,¬†by Siobhan Vivian. The books are very different, but I’m definitely into all three of them so far. Now I just need to finish them…
  5. So many literary birthdays this week, including two favorites: Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte. I’m working on brainstorming more fun ways to commemorate these kinds of occasions.
  6. Going to a wedding this weekend. And I always, always love those.

What good things (or just things) are happening in your lives this week? Always curious.

Thanks For The Trouble, by Tommy Wallach

9781481418805Thanks For The Trouble,¬†by Tommy Wallach pairs a high concept story, unique characters, and excellent writing. Since I’ve been so focused on writing in the last few months, I haven’t been reading a lot. But I knew this was one book I had to get my hands on. In the story, high school writer Parker Sant√© hasn’t spoken in the five years since his father died. He meets a silver haired girl, Zelda, who looks his age but claims to be over 200 years old. Zelda plans to spend $5,000 (her last money) and then jump of the Golden Gate bridge. In a Halloween romp around the city Zelda tries to get through to isolated Parker as he tries to find experiences that will convince Zelda not to kill herself. It’s part romance, part fantasy, part coming-of-age story. All of it is written in sharp, clever prose I remember from Wallach’s debut last year, We All Looked Up.¬† Continue reading

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

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I love funny books. I hope someday to write funny books. I like funny literary classics. Clever chick lit. Comedienne biographies (very popular of late). And most recently, I like YA that makes me laugh. I love when Anne Shirley discovers the mouse in the Christmas pudding. I love Fred and George in the Harry Potter books. I love when Amelia Bedelia dusts the furniture, instead of “undusting” it. Here are ten very randomly chosen books that made me laugh out loud. I hope they will make you laugh, or at least chuckle, too! Continue reading