April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (43)

This week's topic is
Top Ten Words/Topics that Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

I couldn't do ten this week because I'm just too tired after work, but here are five things that will make me read a book no matter what (but I can't promise I won't complain about it after).

April 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (42)

Author: Sara Zarr
Pub Date: 5.7.2013
From goodreads.com: Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain.
That was all before she turned fourteen.
Now, at sixteen, it's over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano -- on her own terms. But when you're used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr takes readers inside the exclusive world of privileged San Francisco families, top junior music competitions, and intense mentorships. The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl's struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It's about finding joy again, even when things don't go according to plan. Because life isn't a performance, and everyone deserves the chance to make a few mistakes along the way.

April 15, 2013

In My Mailbox (34)

Hosted by The Story Siren

This week I went to an awesome signing at the Ridgefield Park library and got a nice little pile of new signed books.

And the top two I've had forever, but I did get Kieran Scott to sign them which was amazing.

Here's a bonus picture of the panel in action:

So, from left to right, that's Stephanie Kate Strohm, Jen Calonita, Bob Krech, Kieran Scott, Jennifer E. Smith, and Kody Keplinger.

Hopefully I'll post more when I'm able to steal them from my friend.