Blog Hopping 6

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been busy.  Reading other authors’ books.  I’ve stumbled on some great books, i.e. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Leap Day by Wendy Mass, Cross My Heart, Hope to Spy by Ally Carter, and All American Girl by Meg Cabot. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid was such a fun read, filled with drawings as well as diary entries from a middle school boy’s POV.  

Leap Day showed the day in the life of a girl born on Leap Year as she turns 16, or 4, as well as the POV of everyone she comes in contact with that day.  I’ve never read a book about someone born on Leap Year/Leap Day so it was cool to read what that could be like to be caught in the middle 75% of your birthdays.

So I’ve been reading, even though I know I need to get back to writing and promoting and other things that authors do.  And I will.  I promise.  Once this weekend is over, I will make reading a reward or my activity to do while on the treadmill. 

But this weekend, for 48 hours, I am going to be a reading and reviewing fool, thanks to MotherReader’s 48 Hour Reading Challenge.  It’s somewhat reminiscent for me of the Summer Reading Program that my local library used to have when I was a kid.  I suppose they still have them but I’ve sort of aged out of that program. 

We have 48 hours to read as many books on a fifth grade reading level and up and write a review about them.  So check out my blog starting Friday, June 6th to see how many books I get through in 48 hours.  I have over 15 books on my table waiting to be read including Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee T. Frazier, Copper Sun by Sharon Draper, Eggs by Jerry Spinelli, and The Salem Witch Tryouts by Kelly McClymer. 

             

My goal for the challenge is to read and review at least 16 books within the 48 hours.   

Every writer needs a good editor and I say without a doubt that my editor Shon Bacon rocks.  She showed me new things to consider as I write my next book, things to look out for, avoid, and better ways of telling my stories.  Recently, she sat down with author Terra Little and shared with writers how to make your editor happy.  

So if you’re a writer, a writer in the making, thinking about writing a book, check out Shon who not only is an editor, but a writer herself.  She recently finished writing her first screenplay and that’s in addition to being a college instructor and edits two magazines, SisterDivas and The Nubian ChroniclesThe Nubian Chronicles is now accepting submissions for their Summer 2008 issue. 

Today’s blog is shortish, lol, but that’s because this weekend will be a frantic pace of reading, reflecting, and reviewing.  I hope to do reviews of 200 words or less.  So have a good week, weekend, try to do something fun in spite of the gas prices and new airline fees. 

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