Happy Mother’s Day! Perhaps you’re like me, and for whatever reason you really dislike this holiday. Or perhaps you love all the attention and enjoy spending time. Either way, I hope you (and your mother) have a happy day.
Business #2: Pam at Mother Reader has announced the Ninth (!) Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge. Head over for the details and to sign up. The basics are this: it’s the first weekend of June and it’s in support of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. Which is a more-than-worthy cause. I’ll definitely be participating.
On a similar note, I’ve gotten involved in the #GreatGreeneChallenge at work. It’s actually kind of exciting. And fun. We’ve been challenged by Blue Willow Bookshop to a sell-off for the first month, starting on the release date. I don’t know if I’m going to aim to win — I probably should, but they have the advantage of being in Texas, where Varian is — but mostly I want to support Varian’s book, and support diverse books. I’m also going to try and be better; as you’ll see, my pile is still too white, and (interestingly enough) very female. I need to branch out.
And my nightstand looks like this:
The Great Greene Heist, by Varian Johnson (because of aforementioned #GreatGreeneChallenge)
Road Rash, by Mark Huntley Parsons (because he was at the store last week and it seemed pretty cool)
Deep Blue, by Jennifer Donnelly (because it’s the “next Percy Jackson” and I’m supposed to “get behind it”)
Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins (because C liked it)
This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales (because it looked interesting)
Boys of Blur, by N. D. Wilson (I’m intrigued by this)
Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan (because diversity. Though I might wait until the 48hr challenge to read this.)
The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer (If I remember right, Charlotte liked it)
The Geography of you and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith (because fluffy romance)
The Forbidden Library, by Django Wexler (it looks fun)
The Inventor’s Secret, by Andrea Cremer (caught my eye at work)
Confessions of a Jane Austin Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler (I ought to get around to reading this)
Mouseheart, by Lisa Fiedler (Another one I need to read for work)
Sekret, by Lindsey Smith (the blurb quote by Elizabeth Wein piqued my interest)
The Short Seller, by Elissa Brent Weisserman
What’s on your pile?