It’s sayonara Week 2, and konnichiwa Week 3! The madness continues with another ridiculously full week of reviews, but first, a few announcements:
First up, we’ve got our winner of For the Win by Cory Doctorow:
And our two lucky winners of Early to Death, Early to Rise:
Bits and bobs
So, our book discussion of Sisters Red on why we did not like the book, seemed to have caused quite an impact.
The author herself came over to comment which basically consisted of telling us in CAPITAL LETTERS, what were her INTENTIONS when writing the book. We, of course, replied to her comment at length trying to explain that once a book has been published, the author’s “intentions” don’t mean a thing: the book is out there in the world to be interpreted by the readers. Although we might as well have simply said: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” because the author probably did not read our reply – since she was very vocal both here and on twitter that “she doesn’t read the comments” and “For the record, I haven’t re-read the review in question since responding, and don’t plan to. I’ve said my piece, no interest in arguing”. Which is totally her prerogative of course, but we wonder: why comment at all if you don’t plan to be a part of a conversation? But we think that the best answer came from this post at Manifesta: The Difference Between Intention and What Actually Happened which is well worth a read.
Join us in celebrating YA!
Don’t Forget: on Sunday 15th of August, as part of our last week of YYAM, we cordially invite you to write a post about anything Young Adult. Anything counts: a review of an old favorite, a review of a new (or new to you) YA novel that you recently discovered, a post examining YA, or even a piece on why you DON’T read YA. Anything at all, as long as it is about YA.
You still have some time to prepare and you can comment on this post and/or email us (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) if you have any questions or need suggestions.
Anyone with a blog can join. On August 15th we will post a Mr Linky post and you can add the link to your blog. Join us!
This Week on the Book Smugglers
On Monday, Thea reviews the first two books in the Salt trilogy by Maurice Gee – Salt and Gool
On Tuesday, Ana reviews her first ever Jaclyn Moriarty book: The Ghosts of Ashbury High
On Wednesday Thea reviews…… while Ana reviews LGBT novel My Most Excellent Year
On Thursday, we post our joint review of award winning How I Live Now by Med Rosoff
On Friday it is a What She Said day! Thea reviews Ana’s favorite book of 2010 so far Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves while Ana take on That Book That Made Thea All Tingly Inside: Hero by Perry Moore.
And finally, on Saturday, author Sarah Rees Brennan is our guest author for the day with an article on Why Read Ya.
aaaaand that’s it from us today!
KMontAugust 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm
The time traveling graphic cracks me up.
Can’t wait to hear about a lot of these, but especially The Ghosts of Ashbury High! 🙂 The Other Side of the Island sounds interesting, too.
Fallon HadleyAugust 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm
I can’t wait to hear more about The Ghost of Ashbury High and Bleeding Violet. I’m intrigued.
katiebabsAugust 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Salt and Gool looks freaky!
And keep reviewing the way you have been. You have no reason to explain why you do.
David H.August 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Am I missing something with regard to the acronym YYAM? If it’s Young Adult Appreciation Month, shouldn’t it be YAAM? Why do I keep seeing YYAM? What does the other Y stand for?
AnaAugust 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm
David: thanks for bringing it up! Jaysus, 😯 they are all typos. I am going through posts now. I have no idea how they got through!
meganAugust 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm
I’ll be very interested to read your review of How I Live Now. It was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog, and I found I had a lot of trouble articulating the book’s unique atmosphere and style.
Mrs. DeRapsAugust 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm
Can’t wait to learn more about The Sisters Red and hear about the controversy/ rape culture in YA. Interesting.
MollieAugust 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Excited to read your thoughts on My Most Excellent Year, I LOVED it! Looking forward to reviews on How I Live Now & The Other Side of the Island as well!