I must admit that recently I've felt more like reading books that reading blogs. It's not that I don't enjoy reading blogs, but I'm trying to re-read the Harry Potter books before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out (I just finished The Goblet of Fire, Book 4, this week). I'm also caught up in John Marsden's Tomorrow series (about a group of teens who escape capture when their country is taken over by invaders, and try to stay free, and disrupt the occupying forces). And of course I have other books that I'm dying to get to from my "to be reviewed" stack, too many to even list here.
I'm reading the Harry Potter books just because. Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock will understand. I'm reading the Marsden books for the upcoming "One Shot World Tour: Australia", to be brought to you on August 15th by Colleen Mondor and the folks from the Summer Blog Blast Tour. Colleen says: "That day will be devoted to writing about Aussie authors and we do hope other blogs will join in our project. (Adult authors, YA, MG, comics, picture books - whatever - all genres, all formats, all ages welcome.) If you'd like to post on an Australian author on August 15th do let me know a few days before so I can be sure to get a link to your site." I hope that some of you will participate.
But I think that it's mostly a midsummer thing - I just feel like lying on the couch reading books all day. That said, I do have a few other blog links for your perusal.
- At Big A little a, Kelly asks people how they write. She means this question literally - do you write longhand, or on the computer? There's lots of great discussion on the topic in the comments. I also wish Kelly well in conquering her technical problems.
- Meg Rosoff (author of the stunning How I Live Now, and Just In Case, which I haven't yet read) write about the difficulties of keeping up with and recommending children's books in the Guardian. She concludes: "It's hard recommending books for kids, and a huge responsibility. If you get it wrong, they don't tell you they hate that particular book, they tell you they hate reading." Thanks to Leila from Bookshelves of Doom for the link.
- Mindy write about reading with a sense of place at propernoun.net, with emphasis on Minnesota.
- Sherry has started a new reading challenge, based on Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books feature. She says: "it's very simple. Read six of the books that have been linked to reviews at the Saturday Review of Books in the past year. Read the six books by December 31, 2007, review them at your blog, and leave a link to your reviews at the Saturday Review of Books." It's a nice way to keep up with the many reviews that people are writing and posting all over the Kidlitosphere.
- Kris is asking visitors "How do you celebrate?" at Paradise Found. It's for an article that she's writing for a national magazine. If you have a unique tradition, considering emailing her about it.
- Cloudscome writes about father and son books at A Wrung Sponge.
- As part of a Waiting for Harry Potter series at Wands and Worlds, guest blogger Nick Ruth discusses two books "offering analysis, commentary, and predictions about the Harry Potter series." Sheila Ruth reviews one more. Personally, I'm re-reading the Harry Potter books themselves, so that I can draw my own conclusions. But I think it's neat that there's a whole niche of books in which people analyze the series.
- Congratulations to Liz Garton Scanlon on the news that her picture book, A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes, "will be a permanent feature in a new children's garden! Bookworm Gardens, on the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan campus, is designed to be a playful, natural space where literature comes alive -- quite literally." I don't know how it will work exactly, but it sounds fun to me.
- If you need motivation to leave your computer behind when you go on vacation this summer, check out this article by Jason Kotecki at Escape Adulthood. Jason talks about his own email-free vacation, and says, among other things, "the sun still rose and set on a regular basis and the business didn’t crumble to the ground. Hmphf. It all makes me wonder why I place so much urgency and importance on checking my e-mail so many times a day." This is something I'm not very good about myself - I feel compelled to stay on top of things - but a respite from technology sure does sound nice.
- Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld are guest blogging this month at Inside A Dog.
- Gail Gauthier links to, and comments on, an interesting article by Alex Good about book reviewing as a trade. Read Roger addresses the same piece.
- Elaine Magliaro recaps the children's poetry books that she's reviewed so far this year at Wild Rose Reader, with emphasis on 2007 Cybils award candidates.
- Robin Brande has a hotel update for the First Annual KidLit Blogger Conference. Don't miss it!
- Nancy is having a one-year blog anniversary contest, with prizes, at Journey Woman. She says "To enter, simply send some postcard, letter, note, photograph, or some other piece of history that tells a story." (More details here). She also has a lovely list of highlights and favorite posts from her first blogging year.
- 7/7/7 was also 7-Imp's blogiversary (or close enough to it). It's hard to imagine the Kidlitosphere without Jules and Eisha's interviews and 7-kicks posts, but apparently they have only been blogging for a year.
- Michele has a question for readers of time travel tales at Scholar's Blog, saying "The one thing I've been wondering is whether or not to have an object that precipitates Danny's time-travelling." If you have thoughts on the mechanisms of time travel, now is the time to share them.
- Alyssa is hosting a summer writing challenge at The Shady Glade.
- And, for a random quirky topic, Ananka's Diary reports on pigeon-napping in New York City. Sounds like something right out of the Kiki Strike books, actually. I can see why it caught her eye.
- Alkelda will be hosting the July Carnival of Children's Literature at Saints and Spinners. Get your submissions in by Friday, July 20th, preferably by email or comment.
OK, so that's more than a few links. Happy reading! It's been great catching up with you. Now I'll get back to my reading.