Archive for April 20th, 2012

18th Century Cosmo: Last Call!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

It’s your last chance to send in your entry for the 18th Century Cosmo Contest! Submissions end tonight and the voting will start tomorrow.

You can’t imagine how hard it’s been to wait to share these entries with you all….

Check back tomorrow for the full panoply of 18th Century Cosmo wisdom!

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, April 20th, 2012

It’s been a very YA-heavy week for me. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

— Meg Cabot, Abandon Book 2: Underworld.

This was one of the freebies from the Romantic Times Convention. The plus side of freebies? I get to read books I might not otherwise have stumbled upon. The downside? Sometimes I come into series mid-stream. This is Book 2 of Meg Cabot’s new Abandon series, based on the Persephone/Hades myth. Despite my having missed Book 1, it was a quick, fun read, and an interesting reboot of the old myth.

— Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

This isn’t YA– but I’d been wanting to read it for quite some time, so it jumped ahead in the queue. It was very, very much worth it. It’s a wonderful ghost story, love story, and mystery all in one, set in the aftermath of World War I.

— Franny Billingsley, Chime.

This was recommended to me by the wonderful Rosemary Clement-Moore (one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite people). If Rosemary says read it, I read it. I’m not even sure how to describe this: a lyrically written young adult novel set in an alternate, early twentieth century England. The prose was beautiful, peppered with the sorts of casual literary allusion that makes the reader feel very clever.

— Heather Dixon, Entwined.

This re-telling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” has been recommended to me by a number of people, including here on this page. I’ve only just started it, so I’ll let you know how it goes…. It’s making me want to re-read Robin McKinley’s The Door in the Hedge!

What have you been reading?