Archive | October, 2011

This Is Not A Test (24 hour sneak peek)

31 Oct


If you haven’t heard yet, Courtney Summers’ forthcoming book, This Is Not A Test, is a zombie novel (summary below). I don’t think of myself as being that into zombies, but then I also can’t think of a movie or book featuring zombies that I’ve watched or read that I haven’t liked. And one of my favorite Christmas presents last year was the card game Zombie Fluxx, which my husband and I play all the time (I secretly love when the Groaning Required rule card gets played and we have to groan whenever we draw a Creeper card). So who knows! Maybe I do love me some zombies.

Anyway, the point of this post is to make sure you know that today, in honor of Halloween, Courtney Summers is offering a sneak peek of the first chapter of This Is Not A Test on her facebook page. And yes, it looks incredibly promising. And yes, you may regret reading it because it will make you want to read more (sorry Capillya). Because Summers wastes no time diving into the main character’s psyche and into the zombie attack action. So go check it out before the time is up (24 hours only)!

From Courtney Summers’ website:

    It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up.

    As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, everyone’s motivations to survive begin to change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life–and death–inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Scheduled for release June 2012 from St. Martin’s Press.

Happy Halloween!

Bound By Books

24 Oct

I work at a library five days a week. When I’m not working, I hang out with my husband and friends, read and blog about YA lit, and once a week I co-host a radio show with three of the coolest kids on the plant. Our show is called Bound By Books, and as you might guess from the title, we talk about books – books we love, books we’re currently reading, all the good stuff. The youth radio hosts come from three separate schools and three different towns, but they are united in their love of books and their desire to make radio.

Bound By Books would not be possible without the support of WGXC: Hands-on Radio – our community radio station. WGXC is committed to youth. A half an hour each day is dedicated to youth-produced and youth friendly radio. Youth shows range from issue-based talk shows to music shows. We also highlight youth radio produced by young people across the country.

This week WGXC is conducting it’s second ever pledge drive. As a commercial-free radio station, WGXC relies on the support of listeners to stay on the air. Want to show your support for Bound By Books? You can donate to WGXC online or show your support for free by listening in live at 3:30pm Mondays and letting us know what you think!

You can also listen to some of our past shows by clicking the links below:

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann and Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

Peak by Roland Smith and Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Peeled by Joan Bauer, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.

Our theme song, “Bathtime in Clerkenwell” by The Real Tuesday Weld has a pretty fabulous animated music video created by Aleksey Budovskiy.

While I Was Away

16 Oct

I just returned this weekend from my luna di miele (which sounds so much nicer than honeymoon) in Italy. I’m planning to do some bookish honeymoon recaps soon, but for now I need to focus on unpacking from both the trip and the wedding (our house is a mess!) and getting caught up at work.

Being away for two weeks, I feel like I missed a lot! And I’m sure there are things that I missed, that I haven’t even figured out about yet! (e.g. when would I have figured out that Steve Jobs died had some other tourists we met not brought it up in conversation?). I seriously lived in a bit of a vacuum the past couple weeks, though as far as vacuums go, this one was pretty sweet. But there were a few things that I missed while I was away that I am well aware of and am making efforts to catch up on. For instance…

A.S. King’s Everybody Sees The Ants was released the day that I left the country. Sadly I did not make it to a bookstore in time to snag my copy for the trip, but at least it gave me something to look forward to returning home to!

I attend Hudson Valley YA Society events at Oblong Books & Music all the time, but this month I missed out on an author event there for a piece of adult lit that I’m very excited to read: Hillary Jordan’s When She Woke. Suzanna Hermans of Oblong claims that I’ll love it and that it’s “like YA, but edgier.” I read and enjoyed Jordan’s Mudbound a few years back when it was selected as our monthly read by my fake book club (i.e. the book club that I realized soon after never read nor discussed any books).

And my buddy Dexter came back to TV for a sixth season (buddy may be a stretch). This is one of the few well-produced (i.e. not reality shows) TV shows that I am addicted to that my husband (heh, that word’s new) refuses to watch with me. He likes to call it Dexter’s Laboratory though, which makes me giggle a little every time. Anyway, I’m excited to see what happens next and to see my bud (again, quite a stretch) Mos Def join the cast.

What else did I miss while I was gone? (aside from you all)