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James Dashner Month – Day 4 – Guest Review

Last night Kristi of The Story Siren fame hosted in impromptu chatzy and I had the pleasure of bestowing my unique personality on some new victims. Among them is my new biggest fan, who proclaims me as “weird” on twitter. And who is this mystery person? Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit! So head on over there and giver her a follow. She told me that her husband confiscated The Maze Runner before she ever got to read it. He did a guest review on HER blog and now he is appearing on mine, even though he doesn’t know it. Really, this guy is clueless!Dang, look at the freaking cute couple!Day 3 Day 4 (yeah, I can't keep track)Guest Review by Steve: This original sci-fi-ish fiction novel was great. A community of children are stuck inside a maze and are put through a series of trials as some part of a large experiment which could affect the entire human race. I don't know if it's just the whole children against adults/world disaster plotline (Ender's Game anyone, c'mon peo…

My Favorite Picture of James Dashner

This utterly stalkerific idea was brought to you by Shanyn!

March is Dedicated to James Dashner

Day 2Yesterday I revealed one of James Dashner’s deep dark secrets. I think he would probably be very ashamed if he knew you knew what I told you!In return I am now going to share one of my deep dark secrets. It is not one I am particularly proud of, but sadly, that doesn’t make it any less true.Though I have been a fan of dystopian fiction for years and specifically young adult dystopian book, I didn’t actually like The Maze Runner that much. Not liking The Maze Runner makes me feel a little bit like a fraud.  Everyone else seems to love it and it is in my area of interest. Is there something wrong with me? (DON’T ANSWER THAT!)But it seems only fair to start my Dashner month with admitting this dark secret. If you are interested in seeing my original post on The Maze Runner, you can find it here. It has been hard for me to figure out just what I didn’t enjoy about the book. And when I was at LTUE hear James Dashner speak on panels I learned a lot about his craft and writing influence…

March is James Dashner Month

After meeting seeing James Dashner at LTUE I find myself being somewhat obsessed with him. The truth of the mater is that I have never met an author whose book(s) I have read before. Now that he has validated my existence by talking to me on Twitter I have decided to dedicate my blogging and reading month to the one and only Mr. Dashner.So, while I didn’t actually MEET James because I was too shy to actually walk up to him and say anything, I did heckle him a few times by shouting across the room. That was fun. I came away from the experience feel like he is the most dedicated and devoted author I have ever met. (See, that is a really bloated compliment considering how many authors I have ACTUALLY met, but we can just ignore that.) This was as close as I got to him. I walked up and took this picture while he was signing someone else’s book and then disappeared into the darkness.James background is in one of the most boring and uncreative fields ever invented and how he came to be a su…


I forced Lenore to put up another guest post from me on her blog as a last minute end cap to her dystopian month. She still has some pretty great reviews and contests over there so you better check them out. AFTER you read my guest post.

February Reads

Most of my record keeping blog posts have fallen to the wayside and we aren’t even that far into the year. I still hope to catch up, but in the meantime I want to make sure I have a month by month list of the books I read. Here are the ones for the second month of the year.1. Candor
2. Fade
3. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4. The Time Traveler’s Wife (abridged audio)
5. The Silver Child
6. Parable of the Sower (audio)
7. The Hotel Under the SandThese books are not in the order that I finished them. I just wanted to make sure I got them recorded.
Feel free to share the books you read!

The Sunday Salon – Little Progress

I have had a dismal reading week. I set out to read a book a day and so far I have finished…none. Oooops. But I do have some exciting book news. I help coordinate and set up the book fair for my daughter’s elementary school and tomorrow we start our BOGO fair! This time we are going with a local book fair company, A+ Book Fairs, and that has been an exciting change having access to some different books than we are used to. It was really fun to open the cases and see a new selection before us and a great variety of bargain books! Here is a selection of some of the books that caught my attention.The Witch’s Boy in particular has a really striking cover. I am sure I will be buying a lot more than I expect because the buy one get one free draw is just way too tempting.  We are really excited for the fair to start so we can start sharing these books with the students. What book would you recommend to elementary school kids?I have been slowly and steadily working through the audio of City o…