June 1-7, 2015
This week has been busy and full of changes, as I just started a new job for the summer and I’m adjusting to the new hours. I’ve been doing my best to schedule blog posts in advance so that I can be sure to keep up with my reading and posting! This weekend didn’t provide much of a reprieve in terms of relaxation, as Saturday was spent running errands and Sunday was spent driving a few hours each way to attend the Bay Area Book Festival!
I could sadly only make it to one day of the festival, but I got to see the two authors I was most interested in: Kim Culbertson (author of Catch a Falling Star) and Morgan Matson (Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Since You’ve Been Gone). Kim was enthusiastic and spoke about how she absolutely loves teenagers and working with them (she’s a teacher) and strives to show the interplay of small towns vs. opportunities in the wider world in her novels. Morgan Matson was phenomenal, focusing primarily on answering questions from the audience, and I learned a LOT of fun facts about her background and writing process (for instance, the clothes on the models of Since You’ve Been Gone’s cover are her own! She sent them in so the cover designer could emulate Morgan’s vision, and the models ended up wearing them! The heart-shaped sunglasses are hers too!) She also hinted briefly at her new release coming in 2016, though she couldn’t give us specific details yet. It sounds amazing though!
After a couple of hours at the festival (and getting to meet fellow blogger Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!) the boyfriend and I headed to Telegraph Avenue to eat at one of our favorite quick-service restaurants that serves amazing salads and sandwiches, and then headed to Fenton’s to continue our tradition of post book-festival ice cream (after YALLWEST we went to Sprinkle’s ice cream). I’m a HUGE ice cream person and I can’t believe I had never gone to Fenton’s before. We had the special sundae of the month and it was AMAZING. I’ve never had caramel sauce so amazing. It was so sweet that my teeth literally hurt after eating it, but it was totally worth it.
This week I finished up Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski. I also started my ARC of Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. The boyfriend and I hit up Barnes & Noble since I had some membership coupons and I waked out with two books (feeling slightly guilty since this upcoming weekend I’ll be going to the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale with my aunt…but one of the books was on clearance!)
I couldn’t resist Daughter of Deep Silence because of the gorgeous cover and the fact that I’ve heard it compared to Revenge (one of my favorite shows!) I spotted Where’d You Go, Bernadette on the bargain table for less than $5! It’s consistently gotten good reviews and I love a good adult fiction novel occasionally.
What Happened Here This Week:
Monday: I review Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot and it’s everything I hoped for.
Tuesday: May 2015 monthly recap.
Thursday: I discuss ARC appreciation and why I value all that I receive.
Have you read any of these books? Are there any local book festivals you’ll be attending this summer?