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Julie and Julia!

I met Julie Powell tonight at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Funny lady. Get all the details at my blog with Sunshine – deux filles | two girls. (Since Sunshine is the one who got me to read the book, I figured I should write about it there. ;-))

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Summer Reading Challenge

Last summer I read twenty books. Let’s see if I can top that! Now, since I’m a teacher, some will be kid’s books, but I will label them. (And part of the twenty from last year were children’s books, too.) I started the last week of school, and here’s what I’ve read:

June
There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith
A Hatred for Tulips by Richard Lourie
Vet Volunteers #7: Teacher’s Pet by Laurie Halse Anderson (children’s novel)
Vet Volunteers #8: Trapped by Laurie Halse Anderson (children’s novel)
Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline
each little bird that sings by Deborah Wiles (children’s novel)

July
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Eggs by Jerry Spinelli (children’s novel)
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Vet Volunteers #6: Storm Rescue by Laurie Halse Anderson (children’s novel)
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
slant by Laura E. Williams (teen novel)
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

August
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
Mommywood by Tori Spelling
The First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete
Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year by Esme Raji Codell
Firegirl by Tony Abbott (teen novel)
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes (teen novel)
Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith
Vet Volunteers #5: Say Good-Bye by Laurie Halse Anderson (children’s novel)

September
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

By my count that’s 22 books! *woo*hoo* 🙂 Check out all the books I read this year on my Listography page!

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OMG! JEN LANCASTER SENT ME AN EMAIL!

Or so says the email all of my friends received about 2 seconds after I received AN EMAIL FROM JEN LANCASTER!

I sent Jen Lancaster an email in response to this post about her pets. I wasn’t sure it went through because the two other times I have emailed her (both because comments were closed, and one of those times she was asking where she should go on her book tour) I got an auto-reply saying she was working on her book, and even though she was sorry to send a lame-ass auto-reply, rest assured that she does read all of our email. And today she sent me a reply!

 Denise,

Thanks for the kind words.  All the furry people in our house are doing much better and assimilating as well as can be expected. (Except for Maisy who wonders WTF I brought home a trio of furry devils.)
Thanks for writing and enjoy the rest of your summer!
 
Best,
Jen
who-should-totally-be-working-on-book-#5-right-now-instead-of-reading-email-gah

Oh, and BTW? She accepted my friend request on FB, too. Jen rocks!!!

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Jennifer Weiner, BFF

If Jennifer Weiner comes you your town on her book tour (or for any other reason), you MUST go see her. She is a riot! She is a great storyteller with great stories to tell she is an admitted pottymouth, tho’, and was a little mortified that there was a kid in the second row. “Earmuffs!” she kept saying to the girl’s mom.

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Jennifer Weiner at the Phildelphia Free Library 7.15.09

She talked about a lot of things, including:

  • You have to spin the straw of life into the gold of fiction.
  • People who are bad don’t see themselves as bad so they don’t recognize themselves in the book. If they ask, “Is that me?” say, “Why would you think that?” 😉
  • People who write well go to law school. And then they try to slip jokes in their briefs. That doesn’t work so well.
  • Kate Gosselin’s haircut is called the reverse mullet: long in front, short in back.

Random, I know, but every time she said something witty (reverse mullet) or profound (straw into gold), I whipped out my BlackBerry to type it out in a note. (Hey, usually I bring paper, but I’ve gone high tech.)

Then she read to us from her new book, Best Friends Forever. She lamented over how to cover looks like a douche commercial (“Do you ever get that not-so-fresh feeling?”) and how the one girl looks like she’s picking a wedgie. Like I said, funny lady. The book is good, too!

After her book talk, we went upstairs to get her autograph.  The line was way long, mostly because I had insisted we sit near the stage in the auditorium which meant we were one of the last to get out, oh well! When we ginally got to the front of the line, we were talking about Facebook and how to changethe privacy settings so people can’t read your statuses or wall posts.  She overheard us and said, “HOW DO YOU DO THAT!” I got a little flustered as I had done it only twice before (sorry, aunties), and I had been planning to ask her if she had any advice for finding a literary agent. She was most thankful to find out you can block people (though why accept them in the first place?), and as we left we joked that I could email her my question and say, “Remember, I’m the one who helped you with your Facebook settings?” 😉 

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Book List


I’ve been inspired by a new journal I bought called Listography to post a list once a week. This week is a list of my favorite books. Quelle surprise!

Favorite Books of All Time
North and South series by John Jakes
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
Flowers in the Attic series by VC Andrews
Heaven and Dark Angel by VC Andrews
Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice
The Moorchild (a children’s novel) by Eloise McGraw

Recent Favorites
The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman
Good Grief by Lolly Winston
The Great Indoors by Sabine Durrant
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock
Bitter is the New Black by Jennifer Lancaster
Bookends by Jane Green (and all of her books)
The Idiot Girls Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
The Green Glass Sea (a children’s novel) by Ellen Klages

What’s on my To-Be-Read shelf
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Driving Sideways by Jess Riley
Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire
too many more to list (I could open a bookstore)

What I want next
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Delia’s Crossing by VC Andrews
The Professors’ Wives’ Club by Joann Rendell

What are your favorite books?

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