Pass the Parcel

Books have been on the brain lately, particularly with the launch of The Book Chewers. The theme continues today, because my co-book-chewers, the Notebook Sisters are having a blog party! Today they're doing a game tag called "Pass the Parcel" You should totally participate. I hear that there are prizes involved.

1. Name your top 5 favorite YA authors
J.K. Rowling
Madeleine L'Engle
Cornelia Funke
Cynthia Voigt
Jerry Spinelli

2. What's the last YA book you read and what did you think about it? 
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. It's about a prostitute's daughter who works in a bookstore and wants to leave New Orleans and go to college. It's well-written with good characters and a unique concept, but it wasn't really a favorite.

3. What's your favorite YA genre? 
Oh goodness! Hard to say, but it might be historical fiction. (Code Name Verity, The Book Thief, Between Shades of Grey, and Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed) But I'm not sure on that. Genres have never been my strong point. I read a little from each.

4. Let's talk characters! Pick a character you love and tell us why.
Queenie from Code Name Verity. She has spunk. She's a masterful storyteller, liar, and truth-teller. She has natural flair, coupled with an outrageous sense of humor. On the surface she's careless, outgoing, and unpredictable. Underneath, she's strong, brave, honest, and loyal.

5. Top YA villain?
The Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride!

6. Top YA couple? 
Ron and Hermione, perhaps. Also Stargirl and Leo.

7. With dystopian on the decline, what do you think will be the next hot trend in YA?
Maybe the John Green wannabes will take over? I don't know. Personally I'm rooting for Mystery or Historical Fiction. Or anything humorous. Please no more Paranormal Romance. That's just annoying.

8. What's the next YA on your to-be-read pile? 
Well, I just requested The Boy Who Dared from the library, and I'm intending to read Heist Society some time soon. I'm also frantically looking forward to Rose Under Fire, which is supposed to be a companion book to Code Name Verity.

9. What's the fastest time you've ever finished reading a book in? (And what was the book?!)
Impossible. Can't answer this. I've been speeding through books for most of my life.

10. (And now for the burning question) Do you think books should be sorted according to color or title. (This matters.)
It does matter! I've pondered this question often. Personally, my bookcase is sorted according to author because I like to find exactly what I'm looking for when I'm looking for it. But I'm always tempted to sort them by color, and I probably shall next time I rearrange or move rooms.


The Book Chewers

Remember the project I mentioned? The one involving Cait and Mime? Well, THE BIG DAY IS HERE!

If you're Facebook friends with one (or all) of us, you may have discovered our secret when we started spreading this page throughout our news feeds. You also might have seen the button for The Book Chewers in my sidebar. But you might not have, and that's okay because surprises are good. Right?

I was kind of downplaying things when I talked about a "project." It's more than a project. It's an entire BLOG. Exciting, right? Now don't worry! I'll still be blogging here. I'm not deserting you. I'm expanding. The Book Chewers is (obviously) a book blog. It's not a typical book blog either (because we refuse to do things the usual way). It's going to be absolutely fun and brilliant. How could it not be, considering the fact that we are absolutely fun and brilliant ourselves? ;-) My friend Sarah is also joining us, so you'll get to meet her! In fact, you can read a little bit about all of us on this page.

Today is our launch date and we just published our very first post! I would love to see all of you there! You can also follow/like us on Twitter or Facebook for regular updates. Cait runs our Facebook page and I run our Twitter page.

Have I got you curious? COME VISIT US. www.thebookchewers.com


Adding Things Up

I only have little things to write about, so I haven't written at all. But little things add up, so now I will write.

Today the tree branches are outlined with lacy, delicate green. The weather is lovely, and I've spent the last three days with my bedroom windows open. The afternoons are warm, and we've taken to playing tennis at the park every day. Do we know how to play tennis? No. But we're getting there.

Last week Ben showed up in my bedroom asking for books to read. I gave him Homecoming, A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, The Thief Lord, and Peter and the Starcatchers. He practically gobbled them, making me a very proud older sister. He liked them all, but he said that A Wrinkle in Time messed with his head.

My vinyl record collection is growing rapidly. Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin. All very nice. I set up a happy little space under my window. My record player is sitting on my typewriter case next to the stack of records. And next to that, I have two stacks of books that I got at a recent library sale. (Six Gerald Durrell books, three Madeleine L'Engles and numerous vintage paperbacks. It was my lucky day.)

I got braces a few weeks ago. They're horrid. But I'm learning to live with them. I've already eaten everything that's on the forbidden food list. I'm a naughty child. 

I've been working on a special blog project. It's going to be absolutely brilliant. I can't wait for everyone to see it. It involves Cait and Mime, which is always a good thing. That's all I'll say for now. Highly secret and all that. 

I'm starting to make handwritten versions of my old blog posts. Remember this one? I've wanted to do this project for a while, but I'm just now getting to it.

I made mint fudgsicles yesterday, and I think we'll just have to eat them today when Sam comes home from school. I wasn't intending to make mint, but I didn't have any regular chocolate chips. Just Andes mint chips. Thus the fudgsicles became chocolate mint. 
Remember that printing out photos was one of my resolutions? I printed out some of my photos but I also printed some old family photos. I've had them for a while but I just put them up a few days ago, next to my window. They make me so happy. My favorite is the fourth from the top.

Aunt Carolyn is coming to visit tomorrow. Ben and Jason have already decided that we're going to camp out on the trampoline while she's here. 

I just read Tarzan of the Apes. It was surprisingly good. I recommend it. I also recommend Maisie Dobbs, which I just finished a few hours ago. 

I found this shadow on the floor one morning. It looks like a city of towers and minarets. Istanbul perhaps. I was quite delighted with it. 

There. That did add up to quite a nice post.