Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Fabulous! (17)

Time for another Friday Fabulous list!

1. I will be cheerleading for the 24 hour read-a-thon tomorrow as well as some reading I'm sure. This is such a fun community event and I look forward to checking in on everyone's progress (366 participants in all so far - how many will I manage to visit?)

2. Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag and Chelsea of The Page Flipper are doing the Leave a Mark auctions again this year to benefit First Book. I ADORE marked up books so you can be sure I'll be bidding again. I won two books last year, and it is just too fun to get that behind the scenes look at books direct from the authors themselves.

3. Nicole of Linus Blanket is starting a new radio show interviewing book bloggers called That's How I Blog! She's doing a trial run of 12 shows with fab book bloggers starting next week and going until mid-January. I am so excited that she asked me to participate! My show will be in January, and of course I'll remind you when the time comes.

4. In addition to all those books I brought home from the Frankfurt Book Fair last week, I also got a couple more in the mail and bought some. When my dad told me I got Courtney Summer's latest SOME GIRLS ARE, I squealed. Of the advanced readers who have reviewed in on GoodReads so far, not one has given it less than 5 stars!! I also got Lauren McLaughlin's RECYCLER, Catherine Fisher's INCARCERON, and Lucy Christopher's STOLEN.

5. Finn got neutered today (which isn't fab, but rather sad) and we were much relieved that the pre-op ultrasound showed that his missing testicle was just under the surface of where it should have been instead of floating around somewhere that would have necessitated cutting open his belly. He's sleeping on my lap as I type and we hope for a speedy recovery.

6. My new non-paranoid book club met on Wednesday to great success. We discussed Kathleen Kent's THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER which I actually read and reviewed last year. Hachette was extremely generous and donated 10 copies of the book and are setting up a telephone date with the author for us as well. The reaction the novel was overwhelmingly positive, though one member maintained that no one could ever do the Salem witch trials better than Arthur Miller (THE CRUCIBLE).

We had a lively discussion about mother-daughter relationships, whether witches actually exist, the hardships of early America, and how birth seemed to be a recurring theme for Kent - all while snacking on an incredibly delicious apple cake baked by our hostess. I have a great feeling about this group and copies of the book will be donated to the US Military overseas library so that other international English book clubs and readers can enjoy Kent's novel as well.

What exciting things do you have to report this week?

11 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Poor little Finn! I hope he has a speedy recovery too. I'm really excited about Nicole's shows too!

Staci said...

You're week was way more eventful than mine!! Except that my son's football team won their last game and the Scholastic Book Fair showed up today at school!! Pet Finn for me!!

Kate said...

I hope Finn is okay!

Steph Su said...

Wow, I feel like I am doing major catch-up in the blogging world; I feel like I have been MIA for a long time! Anyway, you will LOVE SGA. All those 5.0s are fully deserved. Looks like you got Stolen in as well! I also have Recycler on my TBR shelf, after loving Lauren's first book... I wonder which of us will get around to reading those books first? :)

Melanie said...

I hope Finn is okay too. I'm going to have to take my dog in soon for that too.

I've been hearing a lot about Some Girls Are lately. I still haven't read Cracked Up to Be. I should do that.

Liviania said...

I hope Finn gets well soon!

And I loved RECYCLER, which surprised me, since I was half and half on CYCLER.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh fun fun. You got lots of great books. I wish I could do the read-a-thon but I don't have time to read all day. I will be reading a lot in general though.

Thanks for posting about the auctions!!! We really appreciate it.

-lauren

Linda said...

Hope Finn recovers quickly...

Nothing new and exciting this week. The Daughtry concert was disappointing because the music overwhelmed the vocals. But I did get to spend some time with the kids, which was good.

Kailana said...

I hope that Finn makes a speedy recovery, too! Have fun with the read-a-thon!

J.T. Oldfield said...

I can't wait for the read-a-thon to start! This is my first time participating. :)

Nicole said...

I can't wait until our chat!