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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

April 1st, 2017 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

April 2017
Ararat by Christopher Golden
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

May 2017
The End of Magic by Amber Benson (final book of the Echo Park Coven trilogy)
Monstrous by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
The Supernormal Sleuthing Service #1: The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe
Totally Crushed by Kristen Tracy

June 2017
Indigo by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James Moore, and Mark Morris
Let's Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

July 2017
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Dark Exodus by Thomas E. Sniegoski

September 2017
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough

October 2017
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying: The Watcher’s Guide by Christopher Golden

Sometime in 2017
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #5: Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Gale Galligan
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6 by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Gale Galligan
Breakaway by Gale Galligan
Hazel by Gale Galligan
Sam & Ilsa by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
World of Payne Book 0: Ghost Dog by Tom Sniegoski and Frank Cho

Fall 2018
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Magic Camper by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏

Sometime in 2018
Dear Miss Sweetie by Stacey Lee

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Best Books of March 2017

March 31st, 2017 (03:51 pm)
restless

Current Mood: restless
Current Song: Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

March 2017: 13 books and scripts read

I read a baker's dozen this month. Funny, as I'm currently re-reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher in honor of the Netflix original series debuting today. I read the book prior to its publication ten years ago, and I look forward to watching the show this weekend.

This month's stand-out read is Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen, which features pieces from 44 different contributors, including illustrators, musicians, novelists, dancers, and leaders. The book is filled with personal stories and encouragement from people from all around the world at all different stages of their lives and their careers. My favorite essay in the collection was penned by Courtney Summers.

Check out more books I'm looking forward to reading this year: 7 Books in 2017 and Forthcoming Releases.

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Poetry Friday: Signs of Rain

March 31st, 2017 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Clearest Blue by Chvrches

The hollow winds begin to blow;
The clouds look black, the glass is low,
The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep,
And spiders from their cobwebs peep.
Last night the sun went pale to bed,
The moon in halos hid her head;
The boding shepherd heaves a sigh,
For see, a rainbow spans the sky!

- the opening lines of Signs of Rain

I have seen this piece attributed to an anonymous poet, and I've also seen it attributed to various poets in various collections. Does anyone know the true author?

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Poetry Friday: Rhapsody on a Windy Night by T.S. Eliot

March 24th, 2017 (06:00 am)
contemplative

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Houses by Noah Tauscher

Half-past three,
The lamp sputtered,
The lamp muttered in the dark.

The lamp hummed:
Regard the moon,
La lune ne garde aucune rancune,
She winks a feeble eye,
She smiles into corners.


- selected lines from Rhapsody on a Windy Night by T.S. Eliot

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Poetry Friday: Last Night by Théophile Julius Henry Marzials

March 17th, 2017 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Sweet Dreams by Joseph

Last night the nightingale waked me,
Last night when all was still;
It sang in the golden moonlight
From out the woodland hill.
I opened the window gently,
And all was dreamy dew-
And oh! the bird, my darling,
Was singing, singing of you!

- first verse of Last Night by Théophile Julius Henry Marzials

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Poetry Friday: To a Butterfly by Williams Wordsworth

March 10th, 2017 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Woman (Oh Mama) by Joy Williams

I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless!--not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!

This plot of orchard-ground is ours;
My trees they are, my Sister's flowers;
Here rest your wings when they are weary;
Here lodge as in a sanctuary!
Come often to us, fear no wrong;
Sit near us on the bough!
We'll talk of sunshine and of song,
And summer days, when we were young;
Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now.

- To a Butterfly by William Wordsworth

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Poetry Friday: Beauty's a Flower by Moira O'Neill

March 3rd, 2017 (06:00 am)
grateful

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: Detroit Waves by Matt Nathanson

Youth's for an hour,
Beauty's a flower,
But love is the jewel that wins the world.

- Moira O'Neill (pseudonym of Agnes Shakespeare Higginson)

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readergirlz 10 Year Celebration and a Fond Farewell

March 1st, 2017 (01:06 pm)
grateful

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: Breathe Me by Sia


As posted by Lorie Ann Grover:

Dearest readergirlz,

When we began this nonprofit organization ten years ago, readers in all demographics did not have access to authors. This access was our aim, our mission. The founders of readergirlz were driven to make those connections around the world. And we did.

Beginning in Myspace, traveling to Blogger, Facebook, and Twitter, readers connected directly with young adult authors. One such memory: midnight, October 31, 2008, readers around the world chatted with Stephenie Meyer, and we sat back with glee. Whether a best seller or not, we brought diverse books to the spotlight, including the quiet and profound, such as No Laughter Here.

Our second passion over the ten years has been to get books into the hands of underserved teens. Readergirlz dropped hundreds of thousands of books to teens in hospitals and on Tribal Lands with the help of amazing partners like YALSA, First Book, and If I Can Read I Can Do Anything. Around the world, readergirlz celebrated Support Teen Lit Day and Teen Read Week by leaving young adult books in public places to be found by other readers. Operation Teen Book Drop and #RocktheDrop brought joy to many.

Our motto has been: Read, Reflect, and Reach Out. We have done that together. At our busiest, there were 30 volunteers from across the industry giving their time to books that featured gutsy girls and to the gutsy readers themselves. Librarians, teachers, booksellers, bloggers, and authors gave generously. Our funding was from our own pockets, libraries and schools who generously donated, and award money we garnered from The James Patterson PageTurner Award and The National Book Foundation's Innovation in Learning Prize. We never sold ad space to remain unbiased in bringing the best literature forward to you.

In ten years, we have seen girls graduate high school, enter the workforce, go to college, pursue master's degrees, marry, and have children. Together, we mourned the passing of one of our dearest. We miss her still.

Readergirlz, you have encouraged one another and motivated authors to keep writing. Some of you have grown to become writers yourselves. And we are so happy for you! You are gutsy women, strong citizens, and it is an honor walk beside you.

In light of the ease and accessibility today to find, follow, and enjoy connections between authors and readers, the co-founders, divas, and support team are returning to their own work fully, ending readergirlz. Many former contributors will continue to write the very best books for the very best readers, young adults. The readergirlz website will be active through the end of 2017. The blog is complete, archiving our past, and it will remain accessible but not active.

As an aside, I, Lorie Ann Grover, will keep the readergirlz facebook page open as I love occasionally sharing what crosses my desk and having a touch point with you in the future.

So, raise a book, to what we created together, rgz. It has been an honor to read together, reflect together, and reach out together. I speak for all who worked in our organization over the 10 years: we love you so, and we will see you soon. In person or on page.

<3 Lorie Ann Grover

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Best Books of February 2017

February 28th, 2017 (06:10 pm)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: How Far I'll Go from Moana, sung by Auli'i Cravalho

February 2017: 56 books and scripts read

Do you know what happens when you read a plethora of unproduced, unpublished scripts? You can't disclose the titles. I can tell you that I read thousands of pages this month, and that the stories ranged from retold fairy tales and sci-fi struggles, from realistic dramas to comforting comedies. I'm about to dive into some dystopian classics, so look for those on next month's list!

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Poetry Friday: The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot (lines 60-64)

February 24th, 2017 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Houses by Noah Tauscher

Unreal City,
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.

- selected lines from The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

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