Saturday, August 27, 2016

Utah Book Week: Favorite & Five

Utah Book Week is nearly done! Even if I haven't read more, I've blogged some so I'm calling it a success.

For FAVORITE, this one's easy. My favorite thing about Utah is the friends I've made here. When I started this blog back in 2011 I didn't know any of the people that now I consider some of my best friends. 5 years, two moves, and two kids later I'm really happy to have you all in my life!

Here's a picture I stole from Suey from last night's Book Week social.
A photo posted by Suey (@sueysays) on

And for FIVE, five things I've done/gotten into thanks to the local book blogging community.

  • NANOWRIMO - I never would have put down my little Spanish Club story 
  • Storymakers Conference - I wouldn't have even heard about, let alone attended, a writing conference 
  • Kdramas/Kpop - another thing I never would have heard about if it weren't for these lovely ladies. 
  • Picture Collages - let's just say I learned how to create very pretty photo collages on twitter this week. Life lessons right there.
  • Books and Blogging - I usually don't like any one thing for very long, so five years of having this reading and book clubbing and (very rare) blogging thing is kind of uncommon. It really is the people that keep me coming back to it. Saranghae, friends!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Utah Book Week: People & Place

So the whole daily blogging thing didn't happen but I'll catch up!

For PEOPLE I wanted to list some Utah authors who write YA contemporary, my most favorite genre.

  • Sara Zarr - I think I mention her every year. I even interviewed her awhile back. Basically she's the queen of Utah contemporary YA. I will read everything she writes. Sweethearts is my favorite.
  • Natalie Whipple - Probably best known for her super hero series Transparent (which I really liked!) she also wrote Fish Out of Water.
  • Shannen Crane Camp - I met her at a book month social and have been meaning to read one of her books ever since. I think she only writes contemporary, like The Breakup Artist
  • Cassie Mae - I met her at the Storymakers conference last year (was it last year?) I felt like a dork because I thought she was just a regular participant. Not the author of a bunch of books, like How to Date a Nerd.
  • Ally Condie - of Matched fame has a MG contemporary out recently, but let's still count it because I want to read Summerlost. I actually got to meet her once, also, at a Costco where she was signing books but there was no one there at the time and I was carrying a plate of pizza. It was as awkward as it sounds. She was super nice though.

For PLACE, for me it's got to be twitter. That's where so many of the bookish people hang out, and you don't even have to live here to be in on the fun/silliness.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Kicking Off Utah Book Week: Stack

It's Utah Book Week! This year there's a handy theme for each day's posts. See, look:

Today's theme is stack. And if you're expecting a stack of books you've come to the wrong blog! I've been seriously out of the reading loop lately. So my stack is all the other things* I'm setting aside this week to make time for blogging.

*including but not limited to: watching Korean variety shows (like this Super Junior group blind date cringe-fest), entertaining all three kids all day (God bless school starting tomorrow), running (my 5k isn't for another two weeks so I've got time), and laying around doing nothing (as you do).

Happy Utah Book Week! How are you going to celebrate?