It is such a gorgeous day today! This is the first morning I woke up feeling chilly. A few months from now I’ll no doubt be complaining about this, but it felt really, really good. I’ll be wearing long pants and a long sleeve t-shirt today for sure. And, since I’ve finally gotten my seasonal blahs to a manageable place, I can enjoy the cooler weather and the changing of the colors.
What a week! Book Blogger Appreciation Week was an inspiration to me. Jen at Devourer of Books made my week early on and it just stayed that way. I enjoyed visiting new blogs and presenting four of the awards and two contests. It culminated in a wonderful book blogger wide shout out to Amy at My Friend Amy that was really impressive. It’s amazing what a group of people who don’t know each other can do in such a short period of time. I want to personally thank Trish at Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin’ for the gorgeous button she created for Amy. It is absolutely lovely!
The Literate Housewives’ Book Club is also back up and running. After 9 months, we’re giving it another try. In addition to the blog, I’ve created a forum and will be creating a newsletter. Our first book is Immortal by Traci Slatton. A couple of the members have finished the book, but I’m about 10 chapters in myself. We’re not actually describing the book until we’ve finished, which will probably be closer to the end of the month. So, there’s still time to join if you’re interested.
In addition to the blogging, I got a good deal of reading done. I finished Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelly Hall. I read that novel to help out Andi at AndiLit. It was really good and I just noticed that in the activity of BBAW that Amy hosted a guest post by the author. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel. I also read and enjoyed The Torn Skirt by Rebecca Godfrey. I’ll be writing and posting the reviews for these novels this week.
I have a question about young adult literature for those of you who regularly read and review it. Sisters of Misery is listed in the YA Lit category. It was about a group of high school aged girls, so that fits YA to me. However, there were quite a few references to drugs, sex, rape, and gang rape. Two characters, one of whom is a high school character, smoke. What really stuck out to me as being inappropriate for a YA novel is my least favorite word, c*nt. Are these topics and the use of that kind of language acceptable or common in the YA literature of today? It’s been since the late 80s since I’ve read YA fiction and I know that a lot has changed…
I’m starting Bad Monkey by Matt Ruff and The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory in addition to Immortal for my reading this week. A lot of great reading is heading my way.
Next weekend I’ll be heading to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and I cannot wait! I’ll have pictures and a report back on those festivities in my next Sunday Salon. In the meantime, have a great week everyone!