Links & Things: September 20th
Hi y'all! How was your week? Mine was... exhausting. I really don't understand why life doesn't stop so I can curl up with a good book and drink a cup of tea. That doesn't seem unreasonable, does it?
Here's some interestingness--an abbreviated version, that is--I spotted on the web this week that you may have missed.
- CEFS favorite Lisa Schroeder has a new novel for teens coming out next summer. It's called The Bridge from Me to You and is half verse, half proseand sounds like it has a Friday Night Lights vibe:
The Bridge from Me to You is a YA novel that is part verse, part prose. It is told alternately by a 17-year-old girl who is new to a small town with a family secret, and the star football player she meets who is having a tough year and has big dreams beyond the field. Publication is planned for summer 2014.
- If you read Jenn Bennett's fantastic Arcadia Bell series, you're going to have to wait an extra month to get your hands on it--it won't be released until May 2014.
- VQR has a great discussion of the problematic nature of Jonathan Franzen's latest rant.
- Goodreads has yet another policy change.
- Renae at Respiring Thoughts recently wrote an excellent, thoughtful piece on reader-author interaction. I've not had negative experiences like Renae has (with the exception of one), but I know this type of thing happens over and over again.
- The next Mercy Thompson book has a cover! I've been holding off reading the most recent one because I hate the wait in between Mercy books, but since there's a cover now, I will have to dig in. I was quite fascinated by the design story behind this one, and I have to agree with Angie that I liked the artist's first concept more than the final design.
- Nafiza from The Book Wars (a fantastic new site with an academic/analytic focus) wrote a phenomenal analysis of the fairy godmother in modern retellings.
- Chuck Wendig is always amusing, but this post from last week made me blow tea out my nose. (It's also pretty awesome advice.)
- Carina Press editor Angela James started a new feature on her Tumblr with writers offering writing advice written on a dry-erase board. The first is Nora Roberts and her advice is incredible.
- I meant to post this last month, but neglected to. Danielle Steel wrote an epic and awesome rant on her blog about the most annoying question she receives. (via Amy Spalding)
- I've probably not mentioned this here before, but I've really love print-making, in particular letterpress printing. This story about how the very-important Hamilton Wood Type in Wisconsin was saved is really inspiring. (via my husband's work Tumblr)
- This FNL Fanzine sounds incredible--it includes a cut out and keep Tim Riggins paper doll!
- If you haven't already, Mental Floss' history of the trapper keeper is a must-read.
- This elephant and dog are best friends. I love them both.
- Oh, you want to watch a video about the elephant and dog besties? Okay!
Most of my cheap-o book roundups have focused on ebooks lately, so I thought I'd dig for some good deals on print books in the Amazon YA bargain section. Hope you find something that floats your boat!
(Notes: The prices should be current, since my software pulls the current price directly from Amazon, but please double-check before buying. Generally, the lower-prices are for paperbacks, the higher are for hardcover editions.)
Notes: I am an unashamed Jennifer Echols fan girl. Cinder did not work for me at all, but I am by far the minority--everyone loves this book. I really, really enjoyed both books in Elizabeth Norris' Unraveling series.
Notes: I haven't read the Elemental series, but a number of people with good taste have said it's a fun paranormal series. I don't know why the prices aren't pull for the other two books, but they're both $4 for the paperbacks. Courtney Summers is a badass writer, y'all, so you should probably read her stuff. I don't read horror, but loads of folks adore Anna Dressed in Blood.