Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
It was a working trip, but that doesn't mean I didn't have fun.
I went for the National Writing Project meeting/NCTE convention.
Book Nerd Heaven
After making sure I attended the meetings that needed attending, I found out when some the authors I wanted to see would be signing and speaking. I met OR Melling, Lauren Myracle, & Daniel Waters and they were all kind enough to let me get pictures with them (And I don't have that 'deer-in-headlights' look!).
I read their blogs and told them through comments that I hoped to see them at the convention. I completely fan-girled out when I told them who I was (in respect to reading their blogs) and they "knew" who I was. (I was even given a shout out in this blog about his trip-ack! Does this make me famous? even semi-so?)
Seriously though, Go read these authors' books. They really are some of my favorites.
I got tons of books for my library. Many of the books won't be out until sometime next year and are Advance reader copies (also known as arcs). What's interesting is that it was bc of arcs that I picked up at previous conventions that I discovered these authors to begin with.
And just let me say, getting all of the books home took some creative packing....
Lana and I were afraid we were going to miss getting to see Twilight but, after many hilarious tries, we were able to call and get tickets to the midnight showing. When we were in the hotel lobby waiting on our taxi to the cinema Harvey Daniels walks in(he is an author of, among other things, books on literature circles that I have used). Lana yells, "There's Harvey Daniels!" and he turns to see what crazy person knows his name. He laughs and says " you are NOT wearing Twilight shirts....."
Oh yes we were.
He also told us he hopes to see the movie sometime, too. As did the bellman at the hotel as we were leaving. So funny.
We were only about two blocks from the Alamo, which we discovered when we were sent the wrong direction looking for the Grand Hyatt hotel. It was supposed to have been in the 70s while we were there but a cold front came through and it ended up being in the 50s. I really didn't pack for cooler weather and got a little cold when we explored some at night. It was a pretty place though.
The Summer King~ OR Melling
Kiss of Life~ Daniel Waters
Betrayed~ PC Cast & Kristin Cast
Chosen~ PC & Kristin Cast
Untamed~PC & Kristin Cast
The Lost Queen ~Frewin Jones
SeptemberKindred~ Octavia C Butler
Breaking Dawn (Twice!) ~ Stephenie MeyerMarked (House of Night book 1)~ PC & Kristen Cast (vampyre finishing school)
Ink Exchange~Melissa Marr
Because of Winn-Dixie ~Kate DiCamillo (read with class)
I also read the first 12 chapters of Midnight Sun (Twilight from Edward's perspective) and I really hope Stephenie writes the rest of it. It is AH-mazing!
Twilight audiobook ~Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix~ JK Rowling
New Moon audiobook ~ Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse audiobook ~Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince ~ JK Rowling
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows ~ JK Rowling
Wicked Lovely~Melissa Marr (Faerie novel. Fantastic!)
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone ~ JK Rowling
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets ~ JK Rowling
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban ~ JK Rowling
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire~ JK Rowling
New Moon~ Stephenie Meyer (I actually read all of it this go round and didnt skip the first, depressing half)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower~Stephen Chbosky (I dont get the hype surrounding this book)
The Host~ Stephenie Meyer (love it love it love it)
Eclipse~ Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Audiobook ~JK Rowling
Nineteen Minutes~Jodi Picoult (I like her books, but this one was quite wordy. and i was confused about something at the end)
Perfect~ Natasha Friend
Lush~ Natasha Friend
Bounce~ Natasha Friend
Jeremy Fink & the Meaning of Life~ Wendy Mass
Twilight~ Stephenie Meyer
Twilight audiobook~Stephenie Meyer Listened to when walking
The Anaedor Chronicles- Prophecies~ Kristina Schram
Define Normal ~ Julie Anne Peters
Twilight ~ Stephenie Meyer (had to get my fix)
Someone Like You ~ Sarah Dessen
Physik- Septimus Heap book 3 ~ Angie Sage
January & February:
*The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman
*How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro
*Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
*Son of the Sword~ River of Doors by Wesley Stein
*Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
*Pendragon Book 7: Quillan Games by DJ MacHale
*Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
*The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe by CS Lewis (read with class)
*Screwtape: A Play Based on the book by C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters" byJames Forsyth
*The Shack by William P Young