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September 1st, 2007 (09:00 am)

Current Mood: sick
Current Song: Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind from Spring Awakening


This week, I participated in another blog tour project dreamed up by Colleen from Chasing Ray. Monday through Friday, bookish blogs posted Recommendations from Under the Radar, encouraging people to pick up books that may have escaped their attention. Some of the chosen titles are out-of-print while others are recent releases. Nearly every genre and age group was represented.

Here was my schedule:

On Monday, Interactive Reader and I discussed the Body of Evidence mystery series by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala. In fact, I just couldn't stop talking about it, as evidenced by my multiple posts, the last of which has a very special appearance from the author himself!

On Tuesday, I typed about The Girl in the Box by Ouida Sebestyen, which came out in 1988. I truly think that this book would do very well were it (re-)released today. I read it repeatedly when I was younger, and I'm getting chills as I type this now and realizing that this title slightly corresponds to a role I'm currently rehearsing.

On Wednesday, the lyrical novel Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn was considered at length, with a three-person discussion shared at Bildungsroman, Chasing Ray, and Lectitans in turn.

On Thursday, I praised Swollen by Melissa Lion. I then interviewed the author, and she in turn shared a sadly beautiful story-behind-the-story with me.

On Friday, I encouraged kids and adults alike to read The May Bird trilogy by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

Visit Colleen's blog Chasing Ray to learn more about this project and view the schedule in its entirety.


Posted by: gypsyrobin (gypsyrobin)
Posted at: August 25th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)

Girl in a Box! OMG, that book knocked my socks off. I love that book, and just recently recommended it to someone. Talk about a memorable story with an ending that just blew me away. Nice!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 25th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)

Are you in my brain every day, or just today? Honestly, you may be the first person I have ever spoken with who read Girl in a Box! It makes me simultaneously cherish my freedom and miss my typewriter.

. . . and I think we've just found the beginning of my post for Tuesday.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: August 25th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)

Girl in a Box is one of the creepiest books I've ever read. Especially the end. Aah.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 25th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)

YAY! That's TWO other people who have read it!

Posted by: mandabach (mandabach)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
Ouida Sebastian is amazing

She came to my "Adolescent Literature" class way back when, read a couple of things and talked to us. I loved her. I wanted her to keep reading and reading. Another writer came to visit the class, and he was so full of himself I can't bring myself to read his books now. But Ms. Sebastian was so lovely and cool. I gotta find Girl in a Box. Thanks for the tip.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Ouida Sebastian is amazing

It is nice to hear that she was so pleasant!

Posted by: jenniferechols (jenniferechols)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)

And all this while you're sick? I hope you feel better!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)

Thank you! It's only my nose and throat.

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