Thursday, August 26, 2010

I ♡ Fridays and Books and Words and YOU

Friends, I am in love!

It's true, I don't read a lot of YA, because, well, I'm old(ish) for one thing. I lived through my teen years and I'm raising a teen daughter (14; plenty o'drama there), I don't need to read about teens too. 
I'm an adult. I generally prefer writing and reading books for adults, with complex adult themes. (Books like The Gargoyle or The English Patient or Gravity's Rainbow) 

But, being the omnivorous, hungry reader that I am, I will occasionally snag a book from my daughter's bookcase(s), especially if there's a lot of hype/buzz about a particular book. And, don't get me wrong, I enjoy some of them very much. (I loved Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver; adore her writing style.) 

Well today I read a YA book and fell flat on my face in love, enamored, smitten, enchanted, over the moon. 

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson charmed me from page one. 

Jandy Nelson's writing is stellar, imaginative, quirky, smart...beautiful. I LOVE this book! 

(Okay, I've used up all my adjectives quota for the rest of August.)

I hope you will put The Sky is Everywhere on the top of your TBR stack. It is beyond worthy.

By the way, I am also loving this:
Source: Merit Badger

Because I just can't get enough zombies...eating brains. It's true. I'd actually go see this movie!

Also, be sure to enter Alexandra's ARC contest! (I want to win Matched! Bad.)

My Weekend Frolicking will consist of:

-Pa. Renaissance Faire (always a fun freak show) with the family - Huzzah!
-Working on revisions...slog, trudge.
-Critiquing a few chapters for a couple of my CPs
- Brunch (mimosas!) and shopping @ Rittenhouse Square 
-MAYBE a trip to Ikea
-Dinner with in-laws at Cheesecake Factory (yum...cake! And it always makes me think of Big Bang Theory. Bonus.)
-Float in our pool. 

What's on YOUR Weekend Frolicking list?
What books have blown YOU away lately?

Thanks for being here. Have a delightful weekend!


Theresa Milstein said...

Eat Brains, Love. Awesome! I'd prefer that over the original.

I bought The Sky is Everywhere based on TH Mafi's stellar recommendation. But I only got a few pages in, and the wedding trip took over. Since I returned, it's been about The Mockingjay hype. I'll get back to Nelson's book when I'm done.

This Sunday night, we're taking my son for Tapas for his b-day. That's all I know for now.

Have a fun weekend!

Vicki Rocho said...

No idea what I'm doing yet. That's an excellent question.

I keep hearing good things about the Sky is Everywhere. Will have to check that out one of these days...will I need a box of tissues handy?

Elliot Grace said...

...Julia Roberts never looked so good!

Melissa said...

Lol, I love that poster! Too funny. I just finished Mockingjay. Sooooo good.

Lisa said...

Your weekend sounds delightful! I recently read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and loved it.

I don't think we have any big plans for the weekend, but my TBR stack is growing so I think I'll do more reading. Heavenly.

Summer Ross said...

my weekend consists of homework, writing, a movie with the kids we are going to see despicable me on Saturday, that's about it. reading wise, lots of college lit books :)

Anonymous said...

Eat Brains Love GENIUS

A couple weeks ago I was lolligagging (my new favorite word) through this used bookstore in my town when I came across a book called Rain Fall. The author, Barry Eisler, is a former CIA agent who has an incredibly insightful blog that ultimately led me to buying his book. His thriller novels are more mainstream than I typically read but I'm really enjoying them!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Michelle said...

Back to WiP this weekend. I have been slacking for 3 days now. Maybe my brain was eaten in my sleep and I don't know it. It could happen.

Jennie Bailey said...

You always find the BEST pictures! Your weekend sounds like fun. I've never been to a Ren Faire and I want so much to go, but the month always ends up being a whirlwind. It gets away from me everytime! My weekend will be full of shopping trips and visiting with my mom. We're taking the monster to San Diego for the weekend!

Misha said...


Writing, maybe reading and just relaxing.

At the moment I'm on a Jeffrey Deaver marathon, so the last book that blew me away was the Devil's Teardrop.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

The Words Crafter said...

It was interesting to read that you prefer the complex adult books. I read a lot of YA to escape the complex adult stuff, LOL! I will check out your recommendation, though. My weekend-homework, project for class (more homework), painting at my nephew's house, maybe some grocery shopping....or we'll be out there, scouring the empty street for some BRAINS!!!! Muahahahaha!!!

Jen said...

I've heard amazing things about this novel and still have yet to buy it!!! I just but six books and I'm beginning to think that should have been one on my list. This Barnes & Noble list is climbing and fast!!!!!

Holy Crap Eat, Brains, Love terrified me... I wondered what the hell had gone wrong with Julia Roberts, so glad it was explained!

Wow you luck girl!!! I'm dying to go to the Texas Ren Fest but it doesn't start until October, you bet your tushy I have tickets already!!! Huzzah!

Last book I read was YA: The Cinderella Society, it was adorable, light hearted and could teach a few teen girls quite a few things!

My plans?? Well I'm helping my sister with her photographry and my husband and I are taking 'engagement photos' I use it loosely considering we were married three years ago, but I support her so we'll pretend. Other than that just frolicking around town...

Christine Danek said...

That poster is hilarious. I didn't realize you live in PA. Me too. I forgot the Renaissance Festival is starting. I will have to find time. The kids love to see the horses and yeah good people watching.
Just a kids birthday party to attend. Yeah, should be great. **trying to hold a smile**
I will have to look into that book. Thanks!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome poster! Now that's a movie I'd see.

aspiring_x said...

i've heard lovely things about the sky is every where! really need to add that to my tbr pile!
i work this weekend.

aspiring_x said...

i've heard lovely things about the sky is every where! really need to add that to my tbr pile!
i work this weekend.

aspiring_x said...

i've heard lovely things about the sky is every where! really need to add that to my tbr pile!
i work this weekend.

Laura Marcella said...

Your weekend plans are AWESOME!!! I love the Renaissance Fair, The Cheesecake Factory (sooo yummy!) and IKEA!!! Have a fabulous time!

I've heard many great things about The Sky is Everywhere. Hopefully I'll get to the library soon so I can read it!

Kelly said...

I'll have to check that one out!
Tomorrow I'll be spending the day with my best friends and their families. One goes back to Spain soon (her husband is from Spain) so it's been great to see her this month.
Have a fabulous weekend. Looks like you have great stuff planned!

Corinne said...

I have been so wanting to get to Ikea recently! Go for me, please :)
And cracking up at that picture of Julia Roberts! Love it!

Linda G. said...

Ha! I would so go see "Eat Brains, Love" too--the title alone would get me to the theater.

Have fun at IKEA! Two words: Maribou chocolate. :)

Clarissa Draper said...

Sounds like a wonderful book and movie. Although, perhaps I shouldn't have looked at the poster while putting that spoonful of cereal in my mouth.


Summer said...

Yeah, that's on my list too...

I'm reading The English Patient right now. After that will be The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Evan took today off! Yay! So we're going to enjoy a 3-day weekend together. We got season four of Dexter yesterday (woohoo!), so I know we'll be watching the hell out of it. Today, I think we're going to head to Athens for a real, honest-to-god date. Can't remember the last time we did that...

And Sunday is REI's scratch and dent sale!! Woooo! We're really hoping to score some kayacks, but that might be a pipe dream...

Have a fab weekend, lovely!

Hart Johnson said...

Ha! I read some YA, mostly because I think anymore, publishers aren't taking many chances elsewhere, so the YA seem freshest... So thanks for the rec!

LOVE the Eat Brains, Love! Definitely the twist on that that might make me interested.

My weekend is sans children (they have a week with their grandparents) so I am going to edit edit edit. (and there might be rum involved.)

Lisa_Gibson said...

One of the best books I have read...EVER. I totally <3 this book as well! Lennie is just fabulous. Don't you want to crawl into the pages and live there awhile? :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Misty Waters said...

First of all . . . The Sky is Everywhere was probably the best book I read this summer. Shiver and Linger were good, but I've definitely read better YA's than that. The Vampire Academy Series, for example, were flippin fantastic. You don't even have to be a vamp fan to enjoy them.

This weekend I'm going to finish Mockingjay and hopefully my revisions as well, unless I FINALLY go into labor, in which case, neither will be accomplished.

K. M. Walton said...

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE was, hands down, my favorite book of summer -- and I read 17 books!!!!! Like you I was enraptured by the writing...alright, completely jealous. I'll admit it.

Such a beautifully written book.

Old Kitty said...

Where on earth did you get that poster!! It's brilliant and made me laugh out so loudly I scared Charlie!!

Have a fantastic and fabulous weekend too! Ikea, cheesecake, shopping, pool... lovely!

Take care and good luck with your revisions!


Anonymous said...

Some of my friends are in the Pgh Renaissance Faire...a bagpiper and a singer. Have fun!

Other than that, weekend stuff is just fluff. Whatever I stumble upon will be good enough for me.

Thanks for the book recommendation. Love the title (I know it's just the title, but still)

Elana Johnson said...

I LOVED The Sky is Everywhere, but it took me two tries to get all the way through it. If someone is on the fence, just try again. It's fabulous!

Terresa said...

Sounds like a divine read! I'm digging world lit right now, a direct U-turn from all the YA/J lit. It's refreshing. And poetry, always stacks of poetry...

I missed your giveaway, drats! But I have one going on over @ my blog this week (ends Sunday), oodles of free books & stuff! Check it out & happy Friday, sweets!

coffeelvnmom said...

Ha ha - love that poster! And I have that book on my list, maybe it's time to move it up to the top!

Jeff King said...

Writing and reading basically every weekend for me…
Stephen king’s “the stand” “Cell” “under the dome” were pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Have fun at the Ren Faire, those are so wonderful!

Also, yay for mentioning The Big Bang Theory! I adore that show.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Ewwww that poster, hahaha!

And fun! Renaissance Fair :) We do the Annapolis one sometimes!

We should have a party... You revise & I'll write. That's what I'll be doing all weekend anyway, with a few events we have to go to in between.

Samantha Bennett said...

Ah, happy weekend frolicking! Pool floating and cheesecake from The Factory? Sounds pretty spectacular.

Samantha Bennett said...

Ah, happy weekend frolicking! Pool floating and cheesecake from The Factory? Sounds pretty spectacular.

Samantha Bennett said...

Ah, happy weekend frolicking! Pool floating and cheesecake from The Factory? Sounds pretty spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Yep, I can't quite put my finger on it but I have a strange fascination with zombies to!

TechnoBabe said...

The Sky Is Everywhere is a great title. And I like the name Jandy. I am into names. I will read this book because of your recommendation.

Robert Guthrie said...

Cool book recommendation. I also liked a comment in the NYT Review of Books from an adult reader of YA who said something like... living in the adult world of disappointment and unfulfilled dreams, I find it refreshing to read YA books where possibility is on the horizon.

Indigo said...

Love the Eat, Brains, Love poster. Can't help but think it would make a great edition to the wall in my office.

This weekend? Road trip. The one sure fire thing that will inspire a writing deluge. (Hugs)Indigo

Shelley Sly said...

Eat Brains Love... hahahaha!

Jackee said...

Ha! LOVE the eat brains love poster! :o) I hadn't seen it before. And I'll have to add Nelson's book to my huge TBR. I've heard so much good about it!

Just like half the writing world, I recently finished Mockingjay and man! What a ride! You might not like YA as a rule, but these are page turners no matter what your tastes are.

Have a lovely week, Lola!

Kazzy said...

My frolicking? Hubs and I went to a very nice big Catholic wedding and reception last evening. It was an all-day event and we loved it!

I am getting into Cutting for Stone. Read it?

Talli Roland said...

Eat Brains Love! Ahahaha! LOVE it.

Hope you had some good weekend frolicking! It's a long weekend here so the frolicking continues. :)

Falen (Sarah) said...

ha! Those brains look delicious!

otherworldlyone said...

Color me intrigued. I'll definitely be checking out that book. Thanks. :)

Cheesecake Factory?! MMMM!

Tamara Narayan said...

The Help--I sucked it down in two days despite the fact I have two children, a husband, and two furballs to distract me. I loved it. Thanks for the tip on The Sky is Everywhere. I don't read YA either, but am a fan of Stephenie Meyer.

Lola Sharp said...

Have I told you guys how much I adore you and your comment?! Yeah, I know, I have. But it's the truth.

Thanks for the book recs!


Blythe Woolston said...

The poster is perfect.

I write YA and if there is one thing that's true about it, it's that YA is often as complex and literary as fiction written for adults. This can even be the case for books intended for younger children. Here's an example: The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer--it will astonish most readers--112 pages, written for grades 4 to 6.

I'm a Karen'sBBQ guest. My first novel, The Freak Observer was released August 1st. It's YA. Not as great as some YA, but as good as I could make it.

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