Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Here are the books I'm dying to read in 2011:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Dearly, departed by Lia Habel
Die for Me by Amy Plum
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Possession by Elana Johnson
The Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
XVI by Julia Karr
What are the books you are looking forward to?
Friday, November 26, 2010
Being normal is overrated anyway. :D
(The book that started my obsession. The German version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone)
I think J.K. Rowling's success is almost every writer's dream and I don't mean that she's one of the richest women in Great Britain, I think even richer than the Queen (I've read that a few times, not sure if it's true, though). Of course the money aspect is nice too (okay more than nice...).
But the success I'm talking about is that her books have reached millions over millions of readers all over the world. She sold more than 400 million copies and her books were translated into 67 languages (?). She's created a world that's so compelling and well-crafted that even people who don't usually read children's or YA books, or who don't read at all, picked up the Harry Potter books and enjoyed them.
She created a phenomenon.
Did you know that a while back Avada Kedavra was trending topic on twitter for almost two days?
Or that some people on twitter or other social websites use the phrase Accio (the spell to summon things) to express that they want something badly. I've seen sentences like “Accio coffee” on twitter.
Did you know that Lord Voldemort is on Twitter and that more than 400,000 people follow him? Of course he doesn't follow anyone. Lord Voldemort just isn't the type. ;)
But his tweets are hilarious, so being his follower is worth it. And you don't even have to become a Death Eater or get the Dark Mark to enjoy his tweets!
Doesn't every writer wish that their book makes such an impression on their readers that phrases of it are used by fans in daily life? Or that their characters are so compelling that fans want to impersonate them on a social site and even manage to gather a solid number of followers? I mean how cool would that be?
And despite the success, J.K. Rowling still seems nice and normal and modest. Her interview with Oprah truly impressed me and in some ways it inspired me. Even she had moments when she just wanted to give up, but she didn't.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
GotYA - a group of agented and unagented writers who blog about everything YA! I'm a new contributor. So exciting!! :D
The Apocalypsies - a group of writers who'll debut in 2012. I'm a member, though I still can't believe it!
Btw, I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Wednesday. AMAZING! Can't wait for Part II! Did you see it yet? Did you love it?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Here's the blurb from goodreads: When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents must pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.