Swept Away By Booksis the book review blog run by Alyssa Hamilton, a publishing student, bookseller, book reviewer, and the author coordinator at Adventures in YA Publishing. I love her Waiting on Weds features and her Top Ten picks as well as her reviews. She’s got a sneak peek review of Compulsion up with the giveaway, and yeah, I love that too. :D
Curling Up With A Good Book is a recent discovery. Beth read Compulsion and her enthusiasm was so delightful that I went to look at her blog. She’s an advocate for the books she loves, and her joy in books is infectious. When she doesn’t like something, she says it in a respectful way and leaves room for people to make up their own minds. You can tell she appreciates every aspect of the writing and reading process.
YA Interrobang, the truly excellent new YA lit magazine spearheaded by Nicole Brinkley and her team. Check there for author features and book news, plus agent features and information on breaking in. Next issue is May 4th with another issue on May 18th. Because this is a magazine and not a traditional blog, the giveaway here is going to be a little different. Stay tuned. : )
And I’ll be signing at BEA, so there will be ARCs there as well. Stop by to say hello if you’re at the Javits Center!
JUNE GIVEAWAYS: ATTENTION BLOGGERS
If you’re a blogger and you’d like to host a giveaway in June, let me know. I’m trying to pick a mix of bigger and smaller blogs, newer blogs and more established. There are so many wonderful book people out there!
"It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language."
"Do stuff. Be clenched, curious; not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager."
"The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear."
"Voice boils down to a pungent roux of self, the truest expression of who we are, blended and seasoned with expertise, with our tools of choice — paint, light, lyrics, melody, choreography, chords, dialogue, sentences — whatever calls us."