Do a little Digging for Me…BEA Update #2–Author Signings

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Here it is, the promised second update and it’s a biggie. I haven’t listened all of the authors signing. That would be a large post. I listed a lot of authors I want to meet, as well as some famous people, and authors I think are pretty well known. Of course you can check out the full list yourself, and add them to your planner, by going to session search, clicking on education and authors, then on the right side selecting on view all participants. Unfortunately, that will only show you the author’s name, not date/time/location etc. For that, you must search through the panels or through event type in the scroll down bar.

 

Here are some of the authors signing. If you haven’t been to BEA before, there are some authors, the more popular ones, that you need tickets for. Those you should get IMMEDIATELY as they sell out fast. They are free, but are given out really fast. Make that your priority if those people are on your list. I listed the ones who needs tickets. There are more, but I didn’t like/know all of them to include them in my list.

Also, again if you’re new, you need to “donate” a dollar for each signing, so if cash is limited, I’d make a list in who is in your top. There are also no guarantees that you will meet the author. Sorry! If the line is too long and time is up, that’s it. So, get there early if the person is in your top 5 or so. I can’t wait until the app is available and I can do this more efficiently.

 

Thursday, May 29th

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Autographing Session-Lauren Oliver

10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Autographing session- Lemony Snicket (Ticket required)

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM 

Autographing Session- A.S. King

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM

Autographing Session- Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Autographing Session- Megan Shull

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Autographing Session- Alan Cumming (Ticket required)

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM

Autographing Session- Kathleen Duble

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Autographing Session- Melissa Cruz

3:30 PM-4:30 PM

Autographing Session- Gregory Maguire (Ticket required)

 

Friday, May 30th

12:00 PM- 12:30 PM

Autographing Session- M.J. Rose

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Autographing Session- Meg Wolitzer

1:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Autographing Session- Chesley Philpot

1:00 PM -2:00 PM

Autographing Session- Megan McCafferty

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Autographing Session- Sandy Hall

1:30 PM- 2:00 PM

Autographing Session-Amy Zhang

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Autographing Session- Judy Blume (Ticket required)

2:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Autographing Session- Lily King

2:00 PM- 2:30 PM

Autographing Session- Martina Boone

2:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Autographing Session- Holly Black/Cassandra Clare

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Autographing Session- David Kirkpatrick

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Autographing Session- Elizabeth Wein

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Autographing Session- Kat Yeh

3:30 PM- 4:00 PM

Autographing Session- Lorna Landvik

I hope you see some good authors. I know, myself, I am booked between 1-2 on Friday. It’ll be a tough one. I am debating meeting Alan Cumming because I am a huge fan of him as an actor but I have limited time. My celebrities are authors. Come on now.

 

WHO ARE YOU PLANNING ON MEETING?????

 

Happy reading. I will be posting the BIG update–BOOKS!!!– in the next week. So stay alert for that. BEA is only 4 weeks away!!

 

 

When the Future comes to the Present: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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The Here and Now

By: Ann Brashares

Released: April 8th, 2014 by Delacorte Press

Length: 192 Pages

Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopia

Rating: Four and a Half Stars

Acquired: Invite via netgalley

 

Prenna is like no other. She doesn’t come from our time. Doesn’t share our blood. She is here from the future, but not to protect us, but for her and her people to stop a virus from happening. She didn’t plan on becoming a savior. Or, falling in love with one of us.

Sixteen Year Old Prenna James lives a very sheltered, secluded life. Forced to wear glasses that has a surveillance system installed on them and take pills that only weaken them, Prenna’s adapting to the “past” or our present hasn’t been easy. There are rules upon rules. And, lies. Lies she begins to uncover with a boy from the present. A boy she can’t help but fall in love with, Ethan. As they search to uncover the truth about her journey and reason for being in here, and stopping a murder that will change everything, their lives become ever so complicated.

There were two paragraphs that immediately pulled me in. After the day The Rules are read, a yearly practice/celebration where all the residents gather to remember the strict rules and remember the dead/those who broke them. Prenna is in the park with fellow teens. She hits the feelings on the nail.

No one talks about what really binds us together. The gap between what we say and what we feel is so big and dark that  sometimes I think I’ll fall into it and just keep falling.

At least, I think we feel it. Does anybody else feel it? I don’t know and I won’t find out. We follow our scripts like actors in a very large, very long production. And even with no audience, none of us gives a hint that it isn’t real.

There is such alienation that is universal, at least to me/for me. I connected so much to that. Especially when you are a teenager, even if you’re not from a different time. Ann Brashares writes a novel for everyone while disguising it as something extraordinarily unfamiliar to use. But, as we pull apart the layers it’s so universal and real, it’s beautiful and real.

Ann Brashares tells a beautiful, yet complicated story of first love, fighting for individuality, and fighting to be heard. I was hooked in immediately. The story was fast-paced. The action well thought out. The characters well-developed and not too far out there that they were unbelievable. I could relate to Prenna’s  suffocating circumstances. And, Ethan’s longings, yet he never crossed any boundaries and respected Prenna’s wishes and unfamiliar background which made him ever the more likable to me. This was one of those novels I didn’t want to end. I hope there’s a sequel. I’m sure there could be.

I would highly recommend this novel. Not just because the cover is so pretty, but it is. But, because there is something about this novel that pulled me in so deeply that I think will pull you in. It doesn’t truly read like a Young Adult novel. In reality, they are doing a very adult thing by trying to stop a murder from happening while being teenagers and falling in love. I think it offers something for everyone. Brashares presents a different novel that is a success, to me. A success that should be widely read.

Dewey Decimal 3- Dewey Read-a-thon Update #3

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Wow. It has now been at least nine hours of pretty straight reading. I have finished two books now. Hooray! A full review of Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets will be up this week. I loved it. I gave it four stars on good reads. I normally don’t read books where the character is a male (not because I’m sexist, I just don’t find I connect with them as much) but I connected deeply with James and his struggles. I really felt for him and his struggles for his sister. The ending was great. Very hopeful and delightful. I would of course recommend it, but there is a caveat. There is descriptive self-mutilation in the form of cutting that takes place in the novel. So, if that is a major trigger for you, STAY AWAY! It’s a little tough at times, but it isn’t done in an insensitive manner. It’s actually done and handled well. There is only one instance that made me unhappy, but I won’t go into that.

 

I did not participate in any new challenges as I got to wrapped up in finishing my book. No complaints here, though. I am happy with two books finished in one day.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!!!

 

Midnight-Dew-ey: Mid Event Survey

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Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
2. How many books have you read so far?

I should have my second book done in an hour or two
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

More reading!!!! Well, that and finishing more books. I am very behind on my ARCs, but Dr. Bird is not one of them. Oooppps.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Nope. Wooo hoooo
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? 

Just lunch. Ate  quick, though.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How much fun I’m having! I knew I would, still. I normally don’t finish more than one book a day so this is big for me.


7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Keep doing what you’re doing. I love all of it.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

Plan ahead! I just found out about it today at noon. So, wasn’t too prepared bookwise.
9. Are you getting tired yet?

NOPE!!!!
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

Just have fun. I have taken some mini breaks. Only 3 15 minute breaks and they seem to help.

 

Happy Reading everyone!!! And good luck, good luck.

It’s a Dewey: Dewey Update #2

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UPDATE TIME!!!! Yup, I’m still reading. I have taken two or three mini 15 minute breaks, still at a good pace, though.  I am about half way through with my second book, Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. I decided to put The Vigilante Poets aside after 20 or so pages for a little bit. I left the character stuck in a locker watching a High School Art competition scene being shot. It was corny. Really corny. So, now I am reading a good book about a Junior in High School who struggles with anxiety and depression, quotes Walt Whitman like no tomorrow, has a bird for a therapist, and is trying to figure out why his sister was kicked out. It may sound sad, but it’s hysterical. I love it. It is quick to get into and only around 200 pages. Next book, hopefully, will be longer.

 

I participated in another challenge called Best of Your Reading Year hosted by Lisa at Lisa’s World of Books. You get to choose three categories of best of. For my best ofs, I chose Best YA book  as a toss up between Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. They were both amazing, knock-out debuts. Best Main character would be Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead. Best supporting character would be a demon gargoyle in the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. I finally finished the series, listening to Emerald Green on audio a couple of weeks ago. I can never spell his name, but he is hysterical. He made the two later books worth reading. I absolutely adored him.  

Also, another challenge for hour 11 in which we list which edition our book that we are reading is. Kind of fun. Mine is an e-book so it was hard to find and decipher. I think I did it, though!

 

Time Reading: 6 or 7 hours

Number of Pages Read: Around 250. Go me!

Where have I gone: to the couch, of course! 🙂

 

Quote I like so far: by default is by Whitman:

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,

And what I assume you shall assume

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you

 

Happy reading and good luck. See you folks in a couple of hours!

One Book Down: Dewey Continues. Update #1

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You read right. I have finished one book so far. Woo hooooo.

 

I have only been reading for around two to three hours. I forget when I started. I have done three challenges so far. A jigsaw puzzle, a comment challenge, and I posted a paragraph from my book.

The book I chose first to read was the new YA Fantasy/dystopian novel The Here and Now by Ann Brashares. I absolutely loved it. It’s getting a four star rating for sure. I will post an actual review in the next couple of days. I’m participating in  a read-a-thon, ain’t nobody got time for anything else! 🙂 Ten points if you know where that reference is from. It’s a bit old now, but I’ll always love it.

The book was 192, so relatively short. I will be reading a book a little bit longer next. I chose another ARC I need to review which is The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, a contemporary YA book by Hattemer. at 336 pages. I have faith I can read this one, today too. I was sitting in my comfy blue chair with my nook charging; however, I might go outside and go to the park across the street soon if it’s not too cold. We’ll see. I will do another update in a couple hours.

 

Happy reading!!

My first Dewey! Dewey Read-a-thon Intro Post

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I just found out about the Dewey read-a-thon from a couple of bloggers. Since I have limited plans today and am so behind on my reading why not participate! It sounds fun. There are prizes, too. Score!! How can I not participate then? Let’s start this off with a few questions.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am reading from a small town in Northern New Jersey in a house that looks very similar to my neighbor’s and their neighbor’s down the street. Just plain old little Suburbia.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Hmmm, I haven’t quite decided what books I’m going to read. All I know is Ann Brashares The Here and Now. So, I would say that, for now. It’s short at 174 on my e-reader, so I’m sure there will be more books. Let’s hope, right? 🙂

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I still have starburst and Lindt chocolate leftover in my Easter basket. So, I’d say that, for sure. I’m not a big snacker, actually. So, we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Oh, bio time! I love mini- bio time. Well, I’m from NJ, as you now know. And, shocker, a blogger! A literary blogger at that. OK, in all seriousness, i love to read. In truth, though, it’s hard for me to read every day. I am also a writer currently writing a novel that I hope to have the first draft done this summer. I’ve hit over 10K already and it’s gooood. Just sayin’ :).  I love to paper craft, too.  My favorite kind of books are YA and historical fiction novels (I’m not picky about the subject!).

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my first one, so I’m looking forward to everything. Be prepared for lots of updates! I’m going to try to stay up past 10:30, like the old lady I seemed to have become. I used to be able to stay up til 3 AM like a trooper. I hope you all stay connected with me, and even join in on the fun!

Happy reading!!

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