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Hear ye, hear ye! The second official selection of the Reblog Book Club has been officially selected! We’ll be reading The Impossible Knife of Memory by the amazing Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, Wintergirls, and many more.
The book comes out on Tuesday, January 7, and we’ll start the book club then. This is your heads up if you’d like to preorder or request it from the library. Email email@example.com with your Tumblr URL if you already know you definitely want to participate.
It’s a more serious and more difficult book than Fangirl, but we think it’s terrific, and we’ll definitely have a lot to talk about! More about the story:
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Keep following this blog for info — More details soon! Looking forward to reading with all of you again!
As my friends in Outkast might say, Heeeeeeeeeyaaaaaah! This is going to be great!
My mid-fall is always spent reading tons of manuscripts for work, but this year I got through most of them pretty quickly and have been able to do some nice pleasure reading (not that reading for work isn’t pleasing—it certainly is! We’ve got some great titles coming down the pike in fall 2014). My thoughts on a couple books I finished recently.
Wait for Me! by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire:
This was my book club book this month. I was very excited when Cambria picked it, as I’ve owned it for a while and never read it. I’m sort of a Mitford fangirl and have a whole shelf of books by or about the Mitford sisters (which some of my book club friends found weird? Everybody’s got to have an Odd Shelf, as Ann Fadiman says in Ex Libris). Debo Mitford is in her mid-nineties and, as Cambria deftly pointed out, reading this book is, at many times, like talking to your ninety-year-old grandmother about her life. It’s mostly a series of anecdotes, not a narrative, but of course Debo has a lot of ground to cover, being, as she is, in her nineties (have I mentioned she’s in her nineties yet?). If you’re looking for an intro to the Mitfords (who are really quite fascinating), check out The Sisters or even Jessica Mitford’s memoir, Hons and Rebels.
The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice:
I got this in a Kindle Daily Deal sometime recently, and I remember I downloaded it specifically because it takes place at a Louisiana plantation house. Well, it doesn’t, actually, aside from a few scenes, but whatever. I guess I didn’t read the description very well, because I was pretty surprised by most of what happened in it, but I generally liked it! I’ve never read a Christopher Rice novel before (he’s Anne Rice’s son; I’ve read A LOT of her books), and I would read more based on this. The Heavens Rise is a bit of a supernatural thriller, but much more…scientific? If that makes any sense? Not that there’s real science in this book. I particularly enjoyed the relationships between Nikki, Ben, and Anthem, and was pleasantly surprised by sociopathic Marshall, who, when I started the book, I thought was the protagonist and someone I was supposed to empathize with—figured out pretty quickly that wasn’t the case! Nice switcheroo, although, again, if I’d read the description I probably would’ve gotten that earlier.
Very pretty two page spread on Tandem in this month’s Justine Magazine! Contains a short excerpt and an interview with me!
I read in the elevator this morning that people are most productive when they adopt a “work-rest” strategy. I don’t know if that means, “Take a 10 minute nap under your desk every three hours”, or, like, make sure to sleep at night (in that case, I’m nailing it), but I just sent in my final draft of Tether so I’m going to hit the hay hard tonight. Probably sometime around 7 PM.
"Books! The greatest weapons in the world!" - Dr. Who, “Tooth and Claw”
We know that a lot of our followers are big Dr. Who fans, and we also know that the Doctor himself is a big fan of books! So in honor of the 50th anniversary episode of Dr. Who that airs tomorrow, Saturday, November 23rd, we’ve translated some of our favorite The Fault In Our Stars quotes into Gallifreyan, the Doctor’s native language!
If you translate your favorite book quotes into Gallifreyan and post them to Tumblr with the hashtag #penguinteen, we will reblog as many as we can throughout the weekend! Don’t speak Gallifreyan? No worries—here is a helpful translator (or, if you don’t want to download a program, try this online translator). We can’t wait to see what you guys create!
(Thanks go out to Rosianna for the fabulous idea, and the “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once” image above.)
Last week, I did not know what Gallifreyan was. This week, I made that pretty “Okay? Okay” image above, and now I can’t stop translating things into Gallifreyan. I guess it’s time to start watching Dr. Who.
Did a little interview with Justine Magazine about Tandem. In case you’re interested!
Okay, so I will not say that this is the best picture of me ever in the world (obvi, John looks great; my hair, on the other hand…Lord), but today we got a very cool surprise & I was just grateful to be there. Also, pretty pumped about my special Penguin orange TFIOS. I was cleaning out my desk when I moved offices a month or so ago and I found my bound manuscript of TFIOS dated 7/8/2011. I can’t believe it’s been two and a half years. Well, almost. Rounding, you know.
Less suitable titles for this book:
- The Passable Night
- The Night That Could Have Been Worse, Considering
- The Workmanlike Night
- The Night That Could Do With Another Edit or Three
- The Maybe a Bit Overrated Night
- The Night Not Worth Writing Home About
- The Great Mid-Morning, Say Ten-Thirty-ish
The Great Night, people. Great. The book club meets 6/29 at 6:30.
I’m basically going through the Chris Adrian Tumblr tag like that baby bird in “Are You My Mother?” I wish I’d gone to this book club, which seems to have happened in June? Of last year? I remember feeling a little meh about The Great Night when I read it, but now that I’ve read Gob’s Grief I’m finding so much new awesome stuff in The Children’s Hospital that I feel like I have to re-read The Great Night and I’ll get it in a way I didn’t the last time. Goodbye, free time for the next few weeks.
"We are so lucky to live here,” he would say, and she couldn’t disagree. They were lucky that the earth had conspired to heap up such startling beauty in one place, and they were lucky that it hadn’t all fallen apart yet in a geological catastrophe."
Chris Adrian, The Great Night (via offtherails)
YET being the operative word. I guess The Great Night must take place before The Children’s Hospital because Jordan Sassock is in it.