Everything Old is New Again

August 17th, 2009 • Kate

hunger-gamesRexroth and I got back yesterday from a quick little weekend getaway — cruising down the highway listening to the new Green Day album, climbing the (maybe) highest sand dune in North America, soaking in natural hot springs, and taking naps. Oh, and I got some reading done, too. Not work, though. While I brought my Kindle with me, I never even opened it. It was such a joy to turn off my analytical agent brain and just enjoy a good story.

And what a story! I may be the last person in publishing to have read this, but The Hunger Games was fantastic. If, for whatever reason (“everyone else likes it, so I’m going to be contrary and avoid it,” to name one) you haven’t picked this up yet — just do it. And I was lucky enough to grab a galley of Catching Fire at BEA earlier this year, so I can read the sequel RIGHT AWAY. Or rather, the next time I get some time off, whenever that will be.

So that was Friday night, after dinner. Saturday, after my massage, Rexroth and I sat next to the San Juan River, reading and alternately dipping into the hot springs, testing them all out for temperature and comfort. I got sunburned (my family would say, “What a surprise!” and totally make fun of me AGAIN) but I did so in order to finish reading The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, so it was completely worth it.

And I realized both of these were books I’d had on my “To Read” shelf for far too long, and that’s there’s probably scores of other books I’m going to love as much, that I already own, and the only thing keeping me from them is the time to sit and enjoy.

And then I remembered — Labor Day Weekend is only 3 weeks away, and what better time to dip into a few more summer books before “back to school”? Sure, kids are going back to school out here in Colorado THIS WEEK, but I find that an abomination against nature. Everyone KNOWS school starts after Labor Day. And if I’m going to read some neglected soon-to-be-favorites, maybe you’d like to join me?

So here’s what I’ll do. I’ll commit to reading two more books (for fun) between now and the end of the Labor Day weekend. But which ones? That’s where you come in. Tell me which books are on your “To Read” piles, and I’ll compare them against the ones on my shelf. I’ll pick the two most popular titles (that I already own), and report back after I finish them. If you ALSO commit to reading at least ONE of them, and post a review of it of your blog or otherwise linkable corner of the web, and come back here to share it, then you’ll be entered to randomly win a copy of Josie BlossBand Geeked Out.

What will I read? Only YOU know! It could be Catching Fire, or another E. Lockhart title I hear is great, Dramarama. I still haven’t read Going Bovine or Little Brother yet, or Kiki Strike. Or the Mortal Instruments trilogy — do I have it in me to tackle three books? Maybe!

I used to devour books, and I still love to do so, but I just don’t get as much of a chance to do so as I used to — not when I’m trying to keep up with queries and partials and client manuscripts, which take priority. So sign out in the comments and make some book recommendations! I’ll report back in a week or so on the most popular suggestions.

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22 Responses to “Everything Old is New Again”

  1. Trish Says:

    Count me out of the actual contest since I have Band Geeked Out, but I've got some five-star suggestions: The Demon's Lexicon, Coffeehouse Angel, Graceling, and The Treasure Map of Boys (provided, of course, you've read the other two Ruby Oliver books first).

  2. Buela Rose Says:

    Recommendations:
    (Most definitly:) The Mortal Instruments!!!!!
    Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
    Tempe Brennan books by Katy Reichs
    Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Peterson
    The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden

    Read, read, read. (If you need more, I've read about a billion amazing books, please contact!)

  3. Trish Says:

    Oh, I also forgot adult books. I recently read and loved Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch.

  4. gwen hayes Says:

    Do you like romance at all? I was BLOWN AWAY by Deidre Knight's BUTTERFLY TATTOO. It actually read more like fiction than genre romance–but it was really amazing. I was prepared to not like it, but it's on my top ten of character's who stayed with me long after I finished the book.

  5. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    Your weekend sounds heavenly! And I totally agree with you that starting school now is an abomination against nature.

    As for my summer reading, I just finished Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride, which I loved, just like I love all her books. And right now, I'm actually rereading an old Nancy Drew book – The Mystery of the Tolling Bell. As a writer, it's really interesting to read. The language and style is so different from what's being published now. It's a trip!

  6. Kate Says:

    Keep those suggestions coming! I'm going to go through and bold books that I actually have in my possession, but have not yet read, so we know what's in the running.

  7. Leslie Ann Says:

    Alex Flinn's Beastly and A Kiss in Time.
    Nina Beck's This Book Isn't, Fat It's Fabulous

    All three are great.

  8. Dande Says:

    Two books I really loved recently are Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, so I would recommend both of them. But after the cliffhanger at the end of The Hunger Games, I can't imagine not reading Catching Fire if I had my hands on it. πŸ™‚

  9. Heather Says:

    Ohhh, I'd be up for the Mortal Instruments books or Graceling or, The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind. Drat. I don't think that comes out until September.

  10. Jamie Says:

    The Gallagher girls series (book 3), The Uglies Series (Extras), hmm… what are some other oldie goodies.

  11. Carrie Harris Says:

    You've got Going Bovine??? AAAAUGH! Read it and tell me how it is!!!! You do realize that I used to manage the national center for research in Mad Cow disease, right? I've got to read that book! I'm not exactly sure how these things follow each other logically, but they do.

  12. Julia Says:

    Count me out of contest too – but have a few suggestions…

    I second (third & fourth) Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER (it's fabulous!)
    SOUL ENCHILADA by David Macinnis Gill is also loads of fun!(vintage cadillacs, a girl, a guy and the devil coming to claim a soul – what's not fun about that?!)
    SHADOWED SUMMER by Saundra Mitchell is just the right amount of spooky in a Louisiana graveyard (the atmosphere in this is amazing!)
    SILVER PHOENIX by Cindy Pon is really good, too!

    I'm gathering titles to put on my list – I haven't read THE HUNGER GAMES yet, either.

  13. B.E. Sanderson Says:

    I just made the haul up to the B&N in Loveland, and refilled my TBR pile. Most of what I bought were later books in series I'm trying to finish (like the Dresden Files). You could try the new YA by Rachel Vincent, though – My Soul to Take – or her werecat series, the most recent is Prey. I also picked up Allison Brennan's latest romantic suspense – Cutting Edge. I think it's her best so far.

    Whatever you choose, have a wonderful time reading. =o)

  14. Lisa Aldin Says:

    The Book Thief
    Fragile Eternity
    The Graveyard Book
    Paper Towns

    I'm almost done with The Book Thief. Started Fragile Eternity. And I plan to take The Graveyard Book and Paper Towns with me on a nice vacation in the mountains! To be completed before Labor Day!

    Oh. And The Time Traveler's Wife. And Revolutionary Road (much better than the movie). The Lovely Bones. The Horse Whisperer. (I've read all these so I guess they don't count!)

  15. Sherrie Petersen Says:

    I only read Hunger Games a couple months ago. LOVED it. 15 Days 'til I can get Catching Fire =)

    My To Be Read pile is embarrassingly large…I'm about halfway through The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. The next three I plan to read are Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and The Shack by Wm. Paul Young.

  16. tamara Says:

    I'm putting in my vote for The Mortal Instruments–I'm halfway through the second book and loving it. I'm sure I'll be picking up Going Bovine as soon as I'm done. Oh, and Blue Moon! Which you've obviously already read, but I had to mention it anyway since I'm excited to go get it! πŸ™‚

  17. Cindi Madsen Says:

    I just read Wake and Fade by Lisa McMann. I couldn't put them down and the format makes them quick reads. Can't wait to read Gone when it comes out. I also like The Mortal Instruments series.

  18. Celsie Says:

    I've got a buttload of YA on my TBR shelf. Truth be told, it's shelves…

    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
    The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
    Vacations from Hell Anthology from Libba Bray
    The Naming by Alex Croggan
    Need by Carrie Jones
    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
    Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    Search for the Red Dragon by James A Owen
    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
    Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
    The Green Man Anthology from Terri Windling

    That's just my YA stuff. I'm starting to review everything I read on LibraryThing, so if you choose any of those, I'll have a link to a review. My reading blog's on the fritz, so I don't have a nice simple link yet.

  19. Amy Says:

    I know I've said it already, but, yes, Dramarama is one of my faves, but I love everything E. Lockhart does. Have you read Liar yet? It is inspiring hours of discussion in my circle as the ARC gets passed around. Recently read Coe Booth's Kendra and loooooved it.

  20. Karen Says:

    You’ve probably already read all of my suggestions or have them on your list, but I’m currently reading Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief—nothing like a movie to light a fire under me .

    My other suggestions: What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell

    Libyrinth by Pearl North

    and Suite Scarlett (which I assume you have read since she is your client-lol).

  21. Jenny Says:

    Definitely Mortal Instruments, mostly for selfish reasons, I'd love to know what you think about them…

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