Yes, I know, that is a weird title, but there’s a good reason for it, I swear!
My bookish highlight of the week was going to the local launch party at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn, IL for Melanie Benjamin and her book “Alice I Have Been” (title links to my review). I’ve been tweeting with Margie and Sue, two of the ladies that work at the story (@justbooks and @suejustbooks) as well as somewhat with Melanie (@MelanieBen), so it was really exciting to get to meet them all in person. Unfortunately I’m completely lame and totally forgot to bring my camera with me. I did try to take a couple of pictures of Melanie signing books and doing the reading with my phone, but Melanie is adorable and the pictures aren’t very good and don’t do her justice, so I’m not going to post them.
Let me tell you, if you have the opportunity to see Melanie live, definitely do it. As much as I loved reading her book myself, seeing her read it was a fantastic experience. She has some theatrical training, and you can definitely tell, because she just shines speaking in front of people and, during her reading, she BECAME Alice. I’m sure the narrator of the audiobook is fantastic, but this is one case where the author would have been spectacular narrating her own book. I also learned all sorts of fun stuff about Melanie and her writing process. She had two previous books that she doesn’t seem to be terribly fond of, which were written under another name (her maiden name, I believe?). When she moved to this work of historical fiction, she felt she needed to use a different name, so as not to confuse people, so her son offered to let her use his name as her last name – for $100. She agreed to pay him if the book sold, so he’s now $100 richer.
I read a lot this week, but didn’t finish nearly as much as I would have normally, because I was reading a thick, slow book that I’m currently thinking of abandoning. Here’s what I did finish, though:
If you’re thinking “Hey, didn’t you already read The Swan Thieves?” you’re right, this was an audio re-read.
How was your bookish week?