Wednesday, July 29, 2009

beach books and getting conference ready

I'm back from the beach.

I read the main chunk of The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan while sitting on a beach chair by the ocean. Which is super cool, because a major thru-line is this book is the main characters desire to see the ocean. It's a driving motivational force for Mary and it makes it extra cool to read about Mary's burning desire to see the ocean. It makes you feel like you're really waiting for her on the other side, pulling her along in her quest. Because of this I nominate this book as the #1 best beach read of the year.

The other book I read was Red Riders Hood by Neal Shusterman. Yes. Another Shusterman book. I'm determined to read all his books. He's a brilliant story teller. Red Riders Hood is a dark Urban twist on the Little Red Riding Hood tale. As usual, Shusterman is clever, creative and pulls off a story that not every author could. It's a fun read!

I've been home for a few days, but I haven't blogged because, in addition to house and family stuff, I've been getting my critiques prepared to send out for the SCBWI Carolina's Fall Conference in Sept. I'm sending out two critiques this year. The deadline to get them in is the 31st, so I had to finish them up and send them out today so I could meet the deadline.

I miss the beach, but it's good to be back too. Now I have to go catch up on everyone elses blogs and see what ya'll have been up to.

11 comments:

Kelly said...

Good luck on your critiques! I was hoping to go to the IL SCBWI conference again this year, but we have not one but two weddings on the same day! Arrggh!
I brought the same Carrie Ryan book on my vacation this week. I've started a different one, so I'll end the vacay with The Forest...

PJ Hoover said...

Have fun with the critiques! And welcome back! I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I couldn't put it down.

MG Higgins said...

When you mentioned in your previous post that you were taking FH&T to read on the beach, I thought, "Uh oh." It's not exactly what I consider fluffy and beachy. It scared the bejeebers out of me! But relieved you enjoyed it and were able to make that ocean connection. It is a very cool book.

adrienne said...

Welcome back, and good luck with the critiques!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Ooooh, I've thought about going to that Carolina conference. I love the Carolinas (my husband wants to move there!) and it looks like a great conference. Good luck with the critiques and you'll have to tell us all about the conference when you get back.

Nora MacFarlane said...

Ooooh, I've been looking for a new read. I think I'll pick up Red Riders Hood. Good luck with the critiques!

Shelli said...

bummer i thought you were going to say you were going to LA!

Kim Kasch said...

Oh I've had Carrie's book on my TBR stack for a while. You've made me want to move it up in the stack.

And, I'll be looking forward to hearing all about the conference.

Hope you have a great time.

Ian Sands said...

Here is what I've been reading:

http://www.amazon.com/Petunia-Roger-Duvoisin/dp/0394808657

Janelle said...

Christy, wow - I don't know how you keep up with everything! Thanks for the review on two more great-sounding books! Looking forward to the Carolina's conference just like you! - Janelle

~Aimee States said...

Yep. Forest was good. Shusterman sounds cool, I haven't read his books, yet.