Wednesday 24 July 2013

News-I've been busy and then I won't be.

I have been incredibly busy and lucky these past couple of weeks!

Firstly, nice people at Chicken House sent me The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher. Then, nice people at Quercus sent me The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock. I read The Glass Republic as soon as it came in and wowwowwow the ending I really can't wait for book three it's going to be amazing and further fangirling will happen another day! Also got Netgalley access to Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond, and Student Bodies by Sean Cummings-thanks, Strange chemistry!

Saturday 13th- Wonder of Words festival run by Darren. I met Holly Smale, Conrad Mason, Will Hill, Rob Lloyd Jones and Liz de Jager (and of course, Darren) and they're all lovely people. Holly is a fun speaker, and the guys all had interesting things to say in response to Liz's questions. I also got to ask the guys about what they thought about their books being marketed as boys books, which I think I'll turn into a discussion at some point.

Sunday 14th- Doctor Who Proms. KDFJLAEDKJKLDJ THIS WAS EPIC THEY PLAYED EXCELLENT MUSIC AND STRAX WAS AMUSING AND JENNA COLEMAN WAS ADORABLE AND THE ORCHESTRA IS CRAZY TALENTED AND I was worse than this when coming out. They played all my favourite pieces. Films and actors and monsters and orchestra. An excellent day.

Thursday 18th-Windsor Firestation Bookswap. Books and cake. Count me in. There was a friendly chat between the two hosts, Marie Phillips and Scott Pack, and the two guest authors, Naomi Alderman and Viv Groskop. All were funny, went down really random lines of conversation, and made it a great night, despite literary fiction/memoirs not really being my thing. I swapped a proof of Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne with Paul at My Favourite Bookshop for The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien. Looking forwards to it.

Saturday 20th- Livestream of Macbeth. I'm going to be studying Macbeth versus The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, something I'm really looking forwards to. And so then my teacher said about this livestream and so I booked tickets and I left a friend's birthday party but it was worth it because the acting from Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston and everyone else was excellent and the staging was unique and just amazing.

Other things that have happened...
--I'm in the top 1% of Goodreads Reviewers! They're also celebrating 20million users, so I'm in the top.... 20,000,000/100=.... 200,000 reviewers, which doesn't sound quite as awesome, but I'm still proud to be one!
--Lucy's UKYA fortnight is going well! Great posts, and spotlights on new books! Yay! Go check it out.
--Planning for Rainbow Reads is gaining pace nicely. But big plea. Please fill out this form to contribute to discussions. I've seen loads of you spreading the word, but hardly any filling it out. You don't have to do it all. Just add a couple of lines to things. Please?
--School's out for summer! Six weeks of not having to wake up early, not having to suffer headaches, not having to see my classmates. Will be good. Then back to year 11 and GCSEs XD Still, six weeks of niceness first!
--I have completely failed word count target of CampNaNoWriMo. But I'm further in the book than if I hadn't signed up, so I think I'm doing well.
--Jo Staply's LQBTQ YA Month has been doing really well! (So many posts that I can't do due to them being covered here XD I'll think of something though) Go have a read of this fantastically organised event!
--Jane Austen is going to be on the £10 note. This is a great step, less so for literature, more so for women and representation. Stop it. You are pulling the world back a million years. Just....*rages against the world*

Things that will be happening...
I'm going on holiday with my mum tomorrow. Well, in about four hours.
I'm taking with me writing stuff, and also some books. Stuff for Rainbow Reads (Luna by Julie Anne Peters, The Burmudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson, Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez and whatever lgbt stuff I can find on my kindle), and stuff I've had on wishlist for ages (American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger, and The Beautiful andthe Cursed by Paige Morgan, and whatever I come across on my kindle).
 There's wifi, but you have to pay for it. And I'm taking my kindle, on which typing is awful. I have some blog tour posts scheduled, and I'll hang around the internet as much as I can. But no promises! I'll see you lovelies  back on the blog another time!

Awesome of the day/week/however long I'm gone: Playing Chess properly


  1. Thanks for the mention, Nina! The events sound fantastic and I wish I lived closer to all the action that goes on.
    Have fun on holiday!

  2. Ahhh The Glass Republic!! Very envious. will you be at the launch? I hope to be. Enjoy your holiday Nina, and all your books (but especially The Bermudez Triangle)!

    Cait x

  3. Wow you've done so many awesome things and met loads of great people! And I have yet to start Tom Pollock's series but I have heard many great things about it. Hope you enjoy your holiday!


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