Sick Day

Queenofheartsandknavesscarecrows_2I seem to have picked up a minor bug from mixing with the masses, and plan to spend the weekend catching up on the novel finishing I didn’t get to do this week because of said travel. However, may I direct you over to Stephany’s, where she’s been posting amazingly wonderful photos from the Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival (such as the one at left)? And the photos are amid many other wonderful things, like a recommendation for the Monster Blood Tattoo books, which I’ve recently become enamored of myself.

Airplane reading was Hannah Tinti’s lovely, ripping The Good Thief and John Green’s absorbing Paper Towns, and I’ll have more to say about both of them soon. For now, I’ll just say that I give each my highest recommendation. I’m on to Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Princess Ben, so far a thoroughly charming high fantasy, and jaw-droppingly different from her first two books, Dairy Queen and its sequel The Off Season (both also highly recommended and I see on her site that the third in the trilogy is on its way–yay!). I like departures. I like range. I like authors with the guts to do something new–so much so that it’s probably what I’m doing my grad lecture on this January.

Good weekend, everybody.

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