The Olympics – They’re HERE! I will be watching. I’m particularly a fan of women’s gymnastics, swimming, and women’s beach volleyball. In case you missed it, I’ve been listening to Survival by Muse, which is the official song of the London 2012 Olympics. 🙂
The Music – Speaking of songs that are on repeat on my iPod, I’ve been listening to Cher Lloyd’s Want U Back and No Doubt’s Settle Down. I am a shameless listener of bubble gum pop and I do not apologize for songs like Want U Back and Call Me, Maybe being on my iPod. 😉 As for No Doubt, I want to BE Gwen Stefani (her body after two kids = insane) and the song is just fun.
The Poll – NPR is hosting their annual literature-based poll, this year asking readers what the best YA reads might be. Check out the list and vote here. You can also just use NPR’s compilation of the 100 titles to build your TBR list (like I did). I *think* I voted for:
– Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
– Chaos Walking series, by Patrick Ness
– Divergent series, by Veronica Roth
– Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
– The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
– Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
– The Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins
– Jessica Darling series, by Megan McCafferty
– Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins
– Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Reading – So I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I’m fortunate to fill my Kindle with e-galleys from Edelweiss and Net Galley, so I’ve been reading great books before they’re released! This week I finished The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (I gave 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads) and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (3.5 of 5 on Goodreads). Earlier in the month I also finally jumped on the Jessica Darling bandwagon and read Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty, which I adored (4 of 5 stars)! Gotta love being a teacher: seriously, most publishers offer e-galleys to teachers if they follow the rules and have a review outlet, and of course I have summer vacation to do a lot of reading.
The anniversary – This is important, people. No, not my wedding anniversary that occurred on July 7th (5 years, baby!), but the one year anniversary where I began my books/publishing adventure! I’ve been on Goodreads one whole year this month, and my Twitter anniversary is next month. I just have to say that following all the authors, agents, publishers and editors on Twitter has been a lot of fun. The literary community is smart, entertaining, and informative. Informative on so many levels, too. I’ve adopted new shows on TV and added great books to my TBR pile, read interesting breaking news, I’ve won books and book swag from blog and Twitter contests, discovered what ARC and all kinds of other publishing and writing lingo means, got my internship with Entangled, and most importantly have made some new friends. YAY, social media!
And hey, here’s some pictures from the blessed event five years ago. The first two pictures are “day afters” taken in Seattle two days after the wedding. Credit to Fred Calma, a wonderful Seattle-Tacoma area photographer!