Chitchat / Currently Reading (Jan. 20)

Chitchat (18)

Don’t feel much like actually chit-chatting this week, sooooo let’s have some interesting links instead, yeah?

Tahereh Mafi’s amazing Shatter Me shoes, at her Tumblr. I’ve never read Shatter Me (should I?) but I LOVE these shoes. SO SHINY. Her Tumblr on a whole is very pretty, too!

Foz Meadows’ guest post on The Book Smugglers, about bad boys in books. It is an AMAZING post– please do go check it out! Here’s a bit from the first paragraph to give you an idea of how great a post it really is:

Whenever we engage with a narrative focussed primarily on a single protagonist, we instinctively adopt their point of view – at least to begin with. We’re predisposed to sympathise with their decisions, problems and motives because their perspective is our window onto the story, and as such, we tend to be less questioning of their judgement. After all, the author has chosen this character as their vehicle, which surely means we’re meant to be on their side: even if our empathy falters, this metatextual knowledge frequently prompts us to give both creator and character the benefit of the doubt, not because we necessarily agree with what’s been said, but because we’re sympathetic to what was intended.

The founders of Melville House get interviewed at The Rumpus. They started publishing right after 9/11, and their first book was a book of poetry about 9/11. It’s a very interesting interview (not just because of the 9/11 stuff), so go check it out!

John and Hank Green in An Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall, which you can watch on Youtube. I have not watched it yet, but I’m about to do so…now!

Did you find any interesting links this week? Let me know!

Currently Reading (10)

I’ve started using NetGalley again! Exciting. (I really like the new look, btw. The submit review thing is a lot easier to use.) After rummaging through some lists, I found Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison, to be published by EgmontUSA Feb. 12, 2013. Notes From Ghost Town

Here is the summary:

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely–just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

I’m about 30 pages in and so far it’s reminding me of The Breakfast Club, in a weird way. Just certain parts of it, though– remember the scene where Bender torments Claire about whether she’s had sex or not? That kinda happened in Notes. Anyway!

What’re you reading this week?

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