B: Beyond The Blog
It’s been a busy first week back! Firstly, thank you all so much for your lovely congratulations on my last post. It’s a very exciting time, and I’ve got words and tracked changes flying in every direction. I’m having a ball and keeping very busy.
I’ve finally kicked the jetlag, and it’s been great to catch up with friends and get back to work. Melbourne’s in the middle of a cold snap, with wind and rain and darkness falling before I get home from work. I’m used to it being light until 10pm! The temperature change has been pretty considerable, and I’m now wearing more clothes than I even took to Europe.
Next week will hold many more words, dinner with one of my favourite babies (oh, and you know, her parents) and of course, Harry Potter! Are you going?
T: Things I Like
This chance to win the book of your choice from the lovely Meg Spooner. Recommend a book to buy with her birthday book money, and if you win, she’ll buy you the book of your choice! She’ll ship internationally, too!
This competition from Rebecca Behrens to win an ARC of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, by Stephanie Perkins.
Finally, the launch of BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. by the lovely Medeia Sharif! Go congratulate her, quick!
This post from one of my favourite authors, Laurel Snyder, on the recent debate about “darkness” in YA literature.
W: What I’m Reading
THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper. When I was in sixth grade, our school librarian told me that THE DARK IS RISING SEQUENCE (which comprises five books) was her desert island book. She had a big omnibus edition and that’s what she’d take if she knew she was going to be marooned. About a month later I got my first ever gift voucher for a bookstore, and off I trekked to buy my own copy. It was a big, thick volume with incredibly thin pages. It had a navy blue cover (which has torn off these days) and a fantastic cover illustration that made me wonder about all the things inside. I remember looking at it and thrilling at all the possibilities. You know that moment, before you read something you know will be wonderful? Rooted in English and Arthurian myth, the books tell the story of a centuries old battle between good and evil, light and dark, with children at the forefront. To this day, Susan Cooper’s writing is in the throw-my-laptop-off-a-bridge category for me, and you know what? THE DARK IS RISING SEQUENCE is my desert island book too.
What’s your desert island book? And no, you can’t take SURVIVING A DESERT ISLAND FOR DUMMIES. Have a great weekend!