Tuesday, July 12, 2011


What are you doing?

Throwing pennies from the top of the stairs on to the map of the United States at the bottom.  Duh.  What does it look like?



Well, they keep bouncing off.  I am hoping one of them will stay on.

Do you know what time it is?

Six...maybe six thirty.


That's a very annoying sound.

Yay!!  Finally!

That would be Colorado, my friends!
And that makes our winner Jess!  email me at and I will send you the perfect road-trip book...A GOOD KNIGHT'S REST.  You'll have to let me know what you think of it!

And on to other things....

Remember my list of books I wanted to read this summer?  Well, I still cannot find it.  However, I remember a few of them!  (The reason that I remember them is that they are written by bloggers of wonderful blogs that I visit often.  Naturally, that makes me curious about their books.  I mean, you get a taste of their writing personality on their blog, but a whole book!  Now that is very exciting!)

Now, this is not my whole list.  Just a few titles.  These also happen to be YA.  It helps me sometimes when I am DEEP into a first draft or a very complicated revision NOT to read in my genre.  I don't want to inadvertently pick up the wrong voice.  My brain just shifts into a different gear when I am reading out of genre and that seems to work for me (and not effect my own writing too much.)

Summer 2011 Want to Read List 1A: (If you click on the covers, it will take you to the author blogs.

Why do I want to read this?  Because Carrie is warped and funny and I could really use a little bit of warped and funny these days.  

Why do I want to read this?  This one is probably a wish fulfillment  kind of book.  Who wouldn't want to go off to some fancy schmancy dance world and be the muse of an enigmatic choreographer?  Plus, Stasia herself has lots of experience in the dance world.  She is choreographing the dance for her own trailer.  

Why do I want to read this?  Well,this seems to be the buzz book of the summer and usually I am so out of the loop on these kinds of things, but I got to read an excerpt online (which is an evil but brilliant way to get you hooked on a book) and I am excited to read more.  Plus, Veronica is one of the most honest bloggers out there.  I love the simple truths she often blogs about.

Why do I want to read this?  It's an e-book and I want to give it a try!  I mean, why not, right?  Plus, PJ dressed up as a goddess at a book event and, well....I mean....I wear a crown and stuff.  Gotta stick together.

Why do I want to read this book?  Well, Elana just goes for it on her blog.  That's the kind of person she is.  So I am expecting that she will just go for it in her book.  

So, that is the beginning of the list.  All books freshly out (as in within the last few months.)

However, today I will not be reading.  I am off to Yellow Book Road to be part of their Summer Literacy Camp!  And tomorrow I am off the the libraries of Camp Pendleton for the day.

But the next day.  I.Am.Reading.   (When I am not revising, that is.)



Jess said...

Thank you, thank you thank you! I can't wait to read it to Charlotte (my wee one). She's already seen your videos, and we already have a book of yours at home, so she's going to love it almost as much as I will :)

Love your book list--I hadn't heard of Audition and I'm a sucker for those teen movies about singers and dancers "making it big" (or trying), so I'm guessing I'll enjoy it.

And yes, you costumed authors should always flock together :)

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you for the shout out, Shelley! I read and loved both DIVERGENT and POSSESSION!

Kelly H-Y said...

Wonderful list!! And, I loved the way you chose your winner ... I'm going to have to remember that one! :-)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Great, great list! Divergent is my favorite read of the year so far, and I loved Possession(duh!). I have to read Solstice soon. :-)

Rebecca Gomez said...

Great list! I've read Divergent already and loved it! If I had to choose one from your list to read myself, it would be Possession. I can't wait to read it.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great list, Shelley! I read Elana's book and loved it. :)

I've been reading like crazy this month.

Anonymous said...

The penny dropping on the map sounded like fun. : )

CONGRATS to Jess, the winner!

Unknown said...

lol! I am loving the map and the penny. I'll have to remember that. Great list of books too! I hope you're enjoying your summer!

Kelly Polark said...

Hope you enjoyed the Literacy Camp! (I love that there is such a thing) I'm sure the kids loved you!
Most of your To Be Reads are on my list too! The next one on deck is Ditched by Robin Mellom!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I've been meaning to read Divergent, too. So many books, so little time. : )

I hope you had a great time at Yellow Book Road and Camp Pendleton libraries!

Margo Berendsen said...

I want to read Divergent and Audition too.... and btw, Possession was pretty awesome!!

I'm looking forward to Forever, by Maggie Stiefvator... should be arriving in my box soon... soon? Hurry up!!!

Hardygirl said...

Ha!!! Your stack looks a lot like mine!


storyqueen said...

jess-I rewatched Center Stage the other that movie!

PJ-You are welcome! such a great idea for a book!

Kelly H-Y--Not as easy as it looks! Several pennies just rolled off...or bounced...

Shannon-In the middle of Divergent right now....GASP!

Rebecca-Loving it!

Sharon-Really looking forward to it!

Susanne-Made me feel like I would stink at carnival games...just couldn't get the pennies to stay!

Nisa-I am really enjoying the summer! Hope you are, too.

Kelly-I know! Ditched doesn't come out until January! too long of a wait!

Cynthia-thanks for stopping by! A great week for meeting lots of kids.

Margo-Hope your Forever comes soon! I'll have to put that on the next list!

SF-Just wishing I was making a it through more quickly!

Lydia Kang said...

I've read Divergent and Possession, but Solstice looks great!