I’m crawling out of the Editing Cave to glue together this weekly recap. Did I ever tell you I hate the Editing Cave? SO MUCH PRESSURE. So much gnashing of teeth over horrendous plot choices. So much laughing hysterically because that’s how you keep yourself from crying.
Cooooome to me little book who needs editing. *sharpens axe* *commences deranged laughter* #amediting
— Cait (@PaperFury) July 18, 2015
But, pfft, let’s ignore editing and talk BOOKS.
I have some glorious books this week. And by “glorious” I mean, THE BEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD ARE IN MY CLAMMY PAWS. OH THE WONDERFULNESS OF ME.
Oh, and did I ever tell you I’m freelancing weekly at Boomerang Books? “Freelancing” always makes me think of lances which makes me think of jousting so: I AM A KNIGHT NOW. I get paid in book vouchers. Book vouchers. My wildest dreams have come true and this never-buys-books-‘worm gets to buy books. Excuse me. I chortle with joy.
I haven’t libraried for 3 weeks. THREE WEEKS, I TELL YOU. To celebrate my restraint I borrowed a few fabulous books (this makes sense, I swear it does) and plan to devour them with glee.
- THE WRATH AND THE DAWN: I bought this with my vouchers and it was ridiculously expensive and ridiculously worth it. PEOPLES. I HAVE FOUND MY BOOK OF THE YEAR. Nine thousand million stars and we marry at dawn.
- DEMON ROAD: EXCUSE ME. BUT. I AM SO EXCITED. I CANNOT. I love Derek Landy and his Skulduggery Pleasant series is incredible (although I admit to being a wimp and haven’t read the last 3 because he keeps hurting my babies) and this is the beginning of his new pure horror series. It’s like the YA Supernatural. I am so excited I may explode.
- CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (The INFERNAL DEVICES #3): This is my last Cassandra Clare novel to read until her newest series comes out. I’M A LITTLE TEARY. Also excited.
- HONOR GIRL: Thank you Walker Books! This was a super cute little graphic novel/memoir. I already ate it.
- WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE: Thank you Bloomsbury! This was a surprise review-copy and…not my favourite genre, so I was dubious. BUT. I took nice photos of it with origami stars. #somuchwin
- FIVE FLAVOURS OF DUMB: THIS IS ABOUT A DEAF GIRL. Okay, I’m sorry. I get excited because book research. One of my older WIPs (works-in-progress) is about a deaf girl and I really wanted to represent it right, so I’m determined to swallow all the books the library has to offer me.
- DRAGON RIDER: I said “Hello Instagram, please give me dragonish recommendations”. And this is what I turned up.
- ONE: Another surprise from Bloomsbury and IT WAS SO GOOD. And so heavy. What do they make ARCs out of?? Bricks and angst?
- MOCKINGBIRD: An MG book I libraried about a girl with Aspergers and it was awful. I didn’t feel it was a genuine interpretation.
- MONDAY: I review Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars and decide it’s a handy how-to manual in case your parent turns into a tree. See inside for tips.
- TUESDAY: I gifed my way through A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones #2) and confess it was boring but BRILLIANT. Also much sass.
- WEDNESDAY: Can your TBR be too big? I talk about the logistics of it falling and killing you.
- FRIDAY: I review two Australian books (one about a deaf girl and one about a poisonous friendship) and basically make awful fish puns and nap.
- SATURDAY: I discuss FOOD in books and how important it is and why there should be much of it.
Click on see Goodreads reviews!
- HONOR GIRL: Cute and honest and relatable buuut…the art kind of sucked. ★★★
- THE WRATH AND THE DAWN: Did I tell you I absolutely freaking love this book?! BECAUSE I DO. I’m going to review it on the blog with nine million photos but also it’s one of my top-liked Goodreads reviews (77 likes in a week!) SO HUZZAH. ★★★★★
- MOCKINGBIRD: Like I said, I don’t think it was a genuine interpretation of Aspergers and didn’t match up with any of the other of the other books I’ve read on it. Plus it was irritatingly written which is an unfair voice to give people with AS. ★★
- WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE: Ugh. Having a sucky life doesn’t entitle you to be RUDE. ★★
- ONE: It’s written in verse! It’s about conjoined twins and so beautiful and sad and — and — DOES ANYONE HAVE A TISSUE? ★★★★
Click on the pictures to jump over to my instagram for bigger images! (I’m so freakishly proud of The Accident Season pictures. JUST SO YOU KNOW.)
Okay but this piece of news is HIGHLY important. Because it’s about me, duh. Tina @ Read the Bloody Book interviewed me for her photography feature! I AM FLAILING VIGOROUSLY.
- You can see Clary from Shadowhunters practising bashing people up! SO EXCITED FOR THIS SHOW.
- Emily @ Margins explains shutter speed and it’s easy and glorious.
- Emily @ Loony Literate gives Aussie recommendations based on popular American books. Which is fabulous.
- Aimee @ Deadly Darlings has a list of things we can do to show authors we LURVE THEM.
- Mel @ YA Midnight Reads has some practical advice for what to do when you’re bawling over a book in public.
- Madiha @ Symphony of Words takes us on a bookshelf tour and has the most coolest homemade bookshelf ever.
- There’s a YA Mental Health event in planning by Shannon, Kayla and Inge! It sounds like it’s going to be excellent and they’re looking for volunteers for personal stories so GO GO READ ALL ABOUT IT.
- Alison @ Alison’s Wonderland Recipes has a blog of bookish recipes. HOW COOL IS THAT? So you know a lot of the recipes I mentioned in this week’s post? SHE ACTUALLY HAS THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HER BLOG. So now you have no excuse. Go make books and eat them.
My little Etsy store is puttering along nicely. I’m have 35% off bouquets this month and I promise to post them to you in the most fabulous box of ever. (This is important. Don’t deny.) I have also made many other things that are nice and you should buy. Just a suggestion.
- As you know from my screaming at the top of the post, I am editing. My YA contemporary Beethoven retelling is under the axe and I’m fretting over it because I have no idea how to write contemporaries. I’m a fantasy sort of writer. SO THIS IS HARD. At some point I will get the courage to ask for opinions and see if the pacing is okay and the characters tolerable. But right now? I need go collapse.
- I also want to say THANK YOU to everyone who reported the fake twitter account that was impersonating me. After, like, nine million years and fifty-two thousand complaints Twitter took them down.
- OH. And sadly, I’m super behind on reading blogs and very slow to answer comments. Because I’m writing. It takes a lot of brain power and my little noggin is overworked. So if you’ve tweeted or emailed and I seem to be ignoring you? JUST NUDGE ME. I have a memory like a watermelon and reminders are totally okay.