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I'm writing this while I should be working on my novel. I've come to a wall in the narrative: a love scene. Up until now it's all been Azrea, my main character, with her snappy dialogue slashing tires and being sucked in and out of portals. (She had good reasons for slashing tires. The guy's a total dick. Trust me.) But now I have a love scene and I'm just not feeling that romantic this week. I'm feeling strung out. Not conducive to romance at all.
This week I couldn't wait to tell you that my vintage editions of all the Night World books had arrived from the US ... and now I can't wait to tell you all over again! Here's a cover montage for you if you haven't seen them. The link to the original post is here.
No books for review this week but I got some good-uns from the library. I've been meaning to read some Ellen Hopkins, especially Tricks or Crank, but I saw Identical on the shelves and it's shiny silver cover was just too good to resist. I also picked up the sequel to Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer--amazing book, apocalyptic and heart-breaking--called The Dead and the Gone. Book three, This World We Live In will be published in 186 Days, 15 Hours, 54 Seconds. TOO LONG! How do I know? It says on her blog, which is here. It's adorable. Her cat Scooter is all over it. She also gives a polite *ahem* that the "as" in Life As We Knew It is meant to be lower case. But I like maximal caps for titles, not minimal caps, where you don't capitalise the prepositions, conjunctions and the thingies. Thingies isn't the technical word but really it's all TMI for a Saturday morning!
I also got Before I Die by Jenny Downham, which is about a girl with a terminal illness that is supposed to be brilliant but will induce buckets of tears. One to read at home, I think. I received from BookMooch (I love you BookMooch!) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Lastly, also from the library, I got Lonely Planet USA, because ... I'm going on holiday! Yay! When I heard about the blogger convention at BEA next May I thought, I want to go to that. Then I thought, I WILL go to that! My plan is to spend two months in the US travelling around by myself from the end of May until July, and then head down to Santiago, Chile for two weeks where my friend will be on exchange. Santiago is in the foothills of the Andes, and Easter Island isn't far away. It'll be the middle of winter and coming straight from the US summer, but I'm a Melbourne girl and used to rapid changes in temperature. Crowded House didn't sing "Four seasons in one day ..." for no good reason!
So first question is, how much does the BEA conference cost, because their website is oddly reticent to say.
UPDATE: Adele just found me this link about registration pricing.
Second question is, where should I go in the US! Should I visit your hometown/city? New York is a given and Anne Rice's books make me want to visit New Orleans. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Josh Homme's Desert Sessions makes me wanna go through Arizona. I've already been to San Francisco and San Jose. House music means visiting Detroit (all hail Derrick Carter and Stacey Pullen) and I want to get some good beaching time in too. Where else should I go? I'm into Epic Rail Journeys, so if you know of any of those, do tell!
This means no more buying books *cry* but there's still the library and BookMooch. I won't starve for literature!
I'm off to read the romantic bits of Jane Eyre for inspiration. Happy Caturday!
That was my head exploding from cuteness.
Review up shortly for Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.