*** Book bloggers NOT going to BEA (Book Expo America) in New York next week, this is for you (and that includes me!): You’re invited to BEATwittyparty on Friday, May 29, from 8-10 PM Eastern time, on Twitter! Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog is working on the plans, so get signed up!
(W)ho doesn’t want a weekend in NYC to hang out with fellow book lovers, meet authors, make connections, and even attend signings by other bloggers? So I suggested that we should have a pity party, nay, a Twitty party, and the concept of #BEAtwittyparty was born.
I’m just in the initial planning stages, but I’m thinking we should pick a time to designate a few hours for everyone to sign on to Twitter and hang out and pretend we’re drinking fabulous (and expensive) cocktails in New York instead of sitting on the couch in our pajamas. Participating bloggers can run giveaways, book discussions, author interviews, whatever makes you happy. It will be an opportunity to connect with each other and our readers and to drown our sorrows.
Amy Anderson: FunnyYellowMom (in the “LA Moms Bloggers” blogroll)
Amy Reads Good Books (a different Amy, in the Books blogroll)
Vroman’s Bookstore Blog (support your local – or regional, whatever’s applicable – independent bookseller!)
The Internet, where families can hang out – but maybe not with each other
The power of Magical Thinking
When you meet up in person with someone you met online and it feels like you know each other well already – it’s because you probably do.
It’s always a good idea to read the instructions
The endless TBR stack is all too familiar, but what about all that TBV TV in your DVR?
Speaking of TV…
Another season of Our National Obsession, American Idol, ended this week – and I have to be honest: I just wasn’t too heavily invested this year. (I would have been happy to watch Season 7 in re-runs all spring so David Cook could win again. Anyone else up for that?) I was also the only one in my house who liked front-runner Adam Lambert at all, which took some of the fun out of it. But Adam didn’t get my votes in the finale; I sent them the other way, and I was very pleasantly surprised by Kris Allen’s win. He’d been winning me over for the last few weeks with his approach to his song selections, and I do tend to like contestants who play instruments (again, Season 7!). I hope both of these guys go on to great careers. Meanwhile, here are five reasons why Kris’ victory maybe shouldn’t have been such a surprise, and a connection between AI and the Newbery Medal (thanks to Natasha (@mawbooks) for Tweeting that link!)
A conversation to make a Van Halen fan cry
This weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer in the USA – are you ready? Take the Vacation Aptitude Test!
One bad apple, via Not Always Right:
*** Voting ends tomorrow, so this is the last time I will ask you to vote for my dog Gypsy in A Novel Menagerie‘s “Beautiful Baby Contest!” Here’s some encouragement, if you need it:
Enjoy your weekend!