Many bloggers that I follow have had the luxury of attending either the book expo in NY (my ultimate wish since books and the city is a dream come true!) or the ALA fair. I have no issue in admitting my out right jealousy at their trips. Of course, I love them for posting all about it, so that readers such as myself can live through their author-meetings, book-signings, and book-gabbing moments!
This is where my own excitement grows. Fingers crossed, I might just be able to manipulate the universe, timing, finances and all to attend the National Book Fair in Washington D.C. this September.
Seriously? Check out some of the authors that are going to be in attendance:
- Kate DiCamillo
- Lois Lowry
- Shannon Hale
- John Irving
- Jodi Picoult
- Julie Alvarez
- Sue Monk Kidd
- JUDY freakin' BLUME
It's only one day, Saturday, so I can't imagine that I'll be able to make it to all of the authors that I'd like to meet, but I can certainly try. *Ahhhh* I'm already talking as though it's a definite. (Hahaha, maybe I'm trying to work the law of attraction?).
Anyways, has anyone else been or plans on attending? Let me know!
Oh, and a very cool link that lists all of the book fairs and leads you to their websites. Clicky-clicky.
Sex in Fiction
That's right people. S-E-X. I wanna talk about sex, and more importantly good sex and bad sex. In fiction, of course. The other day at the gym, sweating at the treadmill, ipod buds in ear, I began listening to Mercy by Jodi Picoult (side note - I know that most either fall in the hate her/love her camp; me, I think of her as my "Lifetime movie" read). So there I was, people next to me huffing and puffing, me huffing and puffing and I hear something along the lines of "she cupped him and began to feel him grow". Ugh. Really?! I've read many of Picoult's books and cannot remember in the past there being sex scenes (I could be wrong and perhaps I forced them from memory). In any event, I was more than a bit taken aback with the cupping. Ahem. Now, I'm hardly a prude. Give me a good piece of erotica (say, Anais Nin) any day and I can appreciate it to kingdom come. But come on people, most sex scenes are pretty poorly written. It reminds me back in the days of middle school when I would read trashy harlequin historical fiction. I'm not knocking anyone who reads them, mind you, but what a disappointment many years later when I realized how over-the-top the (er) 'romance' scenes were.
writing ranting, I realize that I don't really have a discussion outside of stating that bad sex scenes are - well - bad. (I know, real eloquent, right?)
So, in general, what are your thoughts about sex in fiction? Love it. Hate it. Eh it.
I don't know who's blog I spied this from, so please if it was yours let me know in the comment section so I can give you credit, but check out the Twilight Fans who have tattooed themselves.
Also, took this quiz (and once again, do not remember where I first saw this) that determines what kind of reader you are. Being me, I managed to score three different types.
Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read aboutbooks. For you, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase - discovering new books and authors, and discussing your finds with others.
Serial Reader: Once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin.
Eclectic Reader: You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.
Figure out yours and let me know!
Books this Week
Finally, I'm working through three different books this week, all non fiction.
On Writing by Stephen King - Yup. *Still* working on this one. I think that I mentioned last Sunday Salon that I put it aside about mid way through. Weeeellll....I haven't picked it back up yet.
Naked Reading by Teri Lesense - Again *still* working on this one,but hardly because it doesn't interest me. Alternatively, I'm reading bit by bit so that it sticks with me longer.
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh - New this week!! Quickie - it's about a sociology student at U of C who ends up meeting a gang leader that will allow him to observe the ins and outs of the Black Kings.
Finished this week and ready to review: