Weekly Round Up (04.29.12)
These were my 5 most listened to tunes from the last week, according to last.fm:
1. Always Gold by Radical Face (Months later, this song continues to give me chills)
2. Some Nights by fun.
3. We Don’t Eat by James Vincent McMorrow
4. Psychasthenia by William Fitzsimmons
5. We Are Young by fun.
I picked up two library books last week:
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (for book club)
Tubers by Mark Jowett. Short stories! I love me some short stories (fyi – if there are any short story anthologies you particularly love, LET ME KNOW! I need more short stories in my life.)
On Thursday Caitlin & I drove two and a half hours…
to go back to high school.
It just so happened that three wonderful authors were also hanging out there.
Gayle Forman, Nina LaCour, and Stephanie Perkins were at [the fancy shmancy] Roosevelt High School in Seattle for the last stop of their YA or Bust tour. (Seriously, that school was way fancier than either of the high schools Caitlin & I went to.) I hadn’t read anything by Gayle Forman or Nina LaCour, but I LOVED both Anna & the French Kiss and Lola & the Boy Next Door, so I fan-girled a bit over Stephanie Perkins.
All three authors answered questions and talked about their books and inspiration and gave advice for about an hour or so. I don’t know if it was just because they were at the end of their tour or what, but all three seemed to be having a great time with each other. And it’s abundantly clear that they all really admire each other. Through their bantering and answering questions, we learned a lot of cool things about their books. Like, did you know that Stephanie wrote Lola before Anna? And that the inspiration for Anna came from a dream?
After the Q&A portion of the evening, they did a signing and spent a lot of time chatting with everyone who had come out to the event. They were all super friendly and personable, and they are all now on my list of authors I’d like to have coffee with.
I had brought my well-read copies of Anna and Lola along to be signed (Anna still has sand in it from when my sister read it in Hawaii in December), but I bought If I Stay by Gayle Forman and The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour at the event. I can’t wait to read both of them!
All in all, it was a great evening and definitely worth the drive! (As were the yogurt covered raisins I picked up at Target before the event.)
“It’s Monday What Are You Reading” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila that lets you share books you’ve read over the past week and books you have coming up.
Since I didn’t do one of these posts last week (due to Readathon burnout), this is what I’ve read in the last two weeks.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Princess in Love by Meg Cabot (Readathon)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Readathon)
What You Wish For: Stories & Poems for Darfur (1/2 Readathon)
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Currently Reading: I finished two today, so I’m currently in between books.
Up Next: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
What are you reading and listening to? Did any new books find their way into your possession?
Also, if you’re like me and very much behind on reviews, join me in doing a Reviewathon this coming weekend! All the info is right HERE.