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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Salon 12 VI 11 - Meeting authors and what happened to May?!

Good morning, fellow Salon Members! What a whirlwind my last couple of weeks have been! I've been far too busy buying books and meeting authors to find time to actually read any of the books that I've been buying, let alone the continually expanding TBR pile already on my shelves!

I have had the extraordinary luck of meeting a wide range of authors over the last couple of weeks, however. Who I've met in the last 10 days:
Courtney Allison Moulton - Author of Angelfire, her debut book and part of a YA paranormal trilogy.
Leah Clifford - Author of A Touch Mortal, her debut book and part of a YA paranormal trilogy.
Aimée Carter - Author of The Goddess Test, her debut book and part of a YA paranormal/mythology trilogy.
Lisa Desrochers - Author of Personal Demons, her debut book and part of a YA paranormal trilogy. (Seeing a running theme yet? These four authors were all part of a single YA tour.)
Colm Tóibín - Author of Brooklyn, amongst many others.
Meg Waite Clayton - Author of The Language of Light, The Wednesday Sisters and The Four Ms. Bradwells, which are all favorites of mine.
Kelly O'Connor McNees - Author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, her debut book, which just came out in paperback. (I attended the Printer's Row Lit Fest in Chicago last weekend, where I sat in on a discussion with Colm Toibin and ran into Meg and Kelly, who were also attending the discussion.)
Mary Doria Russell - Discussing her new book, Doc, at one of my local indie bookstores. I actually didn't pick Doc up, but got a copy of The Sparrow and Dreamers of the Day instead.
Veronica Roth - Author of Divergent, her debut book and part of a new YA dystopian trilogy.
Josephine Angelini - Author of Starcrossed, her debut book and part of a new YA paranormal trilogy.
Aprilynne Pike - Author of the Wings series.
Ellen Schreiber - Author of the Vampire Kisses series. (Again, these last four were all part of another YA tour.

Needless to say, my bookshelves are beginning to groan under all the new acquisitions. This also leaves me hard pressed to decide on what to read next, as I've picked up so many good books over the last couple of weeks. However, there is one that really stood out, and I've set everything aside to read it: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I'd heard about this book quite some time ago and it really caught my eye, but then the book trailer was released for it, and I knew that this was a book that I was going the need to own.

Well, I found it at the bookstore yesterday and started to read it last night, and within two chapters, I was hard-pressed to want to put it down to go to sleep last night. As soon as I finish up this post, I'm picking it up and I know I won't be putting it down until I finish it, so come back tomorrow for my review!

And what happened to May?! I read only one book the entire month. I'm not quite sure what happened there, but at least my one book was quite a treat. My cousin has written a novel! Per her request, I'm not going to mention names or book titles, but she did ask me to read it for her, and I loved it. And it isn't just because she's my cousin. She has written a truly engaging book, and I can't wait until she's published and I can actually gush about it more here. Congrats, cuz! I expect great literary things from you. =)

So, not much else to report. I'm going to finish Miss Peregrine today, and then I'm going to have to decide on what to read next, what with all the great books that I've picked up in the last 10 days!

Until next time, happy reading!


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your activities sound delightful. Would love to meet some of those authors. Enjoy Meg Waite Clayton and Kelly O'Connor McNees.

Enjoy the books!


Karen Harrington said...

That's quite a selection of books and authors! Enough to make me jealous.