is running info about Rock the Drop all week long! Come Rock the Drop with us, and help spread the word!

Thanks mucho to rgz Miami HOST Crissa Chappell (and her niece, Corie, a very good sport!) for the excellent video.


I know, I know – you miss your Monday Muse, but hopefully this info will be perfectly inspiring!

Speaking of reading and loving (and loving reading!), I have to wax rhapsodic about this year’s readergirlz/figment Rock the Drop initiative, created to celebrate Support Teen Lit Day.

On April 14, (that’s Thursday, people!) download a bookplate from readergirlz or figment, paste it into a book for donation, and drop your copy someplace public for some lucky reader to find. Fun, right? Then send a photo in to one of the blogs (or both! But we’ll be cross-posting) to show us how you rocked the drop!

Right now I’m reading Sean Olin’s Brother/Sister. It’s great: fast-paced and grabby. It would make for a good “drop.”

Just sayin’.

Top Shelf Tuesday

April 5, 2011

What I’m reading and loving this week.








Today’s selection should surprise no one who’s been following along:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle,
Shirley Jackson.





*(And I still want to know – whose books are scaring you right now, and how? )



I’m hosting this brilliant dude over at the YA Contemps blog today.

If you don’t know Andrew Karre or his work yet, you should, and if you’re an author with the chance to work with him, TAKE IT.

Here’s a snippet:

…You know that “the teenager” is an invention, right? The very concept of adolescence as a stage of life is a construct under constant review by scientists, marketers, and, of course, artists. What it means to be a teenager is a moving target, and every contemporary YA novel, every book with a teenage character, is a push in one direction or another.

Swing by if you have a chance, and tell ’em I sent ya!

Top Shelf Tuesday

March 29, 2011

What I’m reading and loving this week. Chime in with your own postcards from the stacks!








2. TENDER MORSELS, Margo Lanagan

3. ETERNAL, Cynthia Leitich Smith

Top Shelf Tuesday

March 22, 2011

What I’m reading and loving this week. Chime in with your own postcards from the stacks!


2. SMALL TOWN SINNERS, Melissa Walker

3. DROUGHT, Pam Bachorz