This Week’s Links

I’m ridiculously behind on my Google Reader, so I’m sure I’m missing a lot of great stuff, but here are some of the posts that caught my attention last week:

Reviews:
I’ve only read two of Laurie Halse Anderson’s books, but I love, love, love her.  Carrie, at Books and Movies, had a great review this week of one of Laurie books I haven’t heard of: “Twisted.”  When an adult woman can write a book that is “like peeking into a high school boy’s private diary,” that is an impressive feat.  I’ll definitely have to check this one out.

You may remember that I loved “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts.” Well, I’m not the only one.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, you should check out the really fantastic review over at Beth Fish Reads.

Guest Posts:
Are you a teen/do you have a teen?  If so, you’ll want to check out the guest post over at Write for a Reader by author Jennifer Austen Leigh, PsyD (Dr. Jenn) on social anxiety.

Tuesday was the first in my summer series of “I want to spend time with my (still on his way) baby, so I’m letting other people provide interesting content for you” guest posts.  Katherine Howe, author of “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,” wrote a fantastic post on “The Importance of Procrastination.” I loved it personally, since it validated my modus operandi.  Check out the whole list of guest posts I have lined up.

Other Bookishness:
We all know people who get their book recommendations from Oprah.  A lot of people who were already readers dislike Oprah’s recommendations, but really, she’s probably done a lot to get a lot of women reading more.  Even if you personally don’t really jump to Oprah’s every recommendation, there is probably SOMEONE’S whose every recommendation adds to your TBR pile or wishlist.  What My Friend Amy really wants to know is – Who’s Your Oprah?

Trish met David Ebershoff, author of “The 19th Wife”!  And, dude, she stood around outside talking to him after the bookstore closed and kicked them out.  I love fun stories about meeting authors, and this is a great one.

Are you super behind on reviews and other bloggish upkeeping?  Join the club.  Natasha at Maw Books is trying to round up some bloggers who want moral support to do a bunch of work on their blogs.  This isn’t the most fun and sexy project, so Natasha decided to make it a party – Bloggiesta! As I’m writing this 35 people have already signed up.  This should be fun, and a good incentive to get that bloggy work done.

Giveaways:
Julie is having a huge Dads and Grads giveaway courtesy of Hachette Books.  She has three sets of EIGHT books up for grabs, so check it out.

I told you about Trish meeting David Ebershoff.  Well, Elizabeth has a giveaway of his book “The 19th Wife,” but just until tomorrow!  I loved this, and have both the ARC and a hardcover copy.  I’m guessing that this is a paperback, as I think the paperback has just been released, but it is DEFINITELY worth checking out.

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