So it’s a little late, but I did actually make it back from Vegas, and I promised an update. But first, I have a super cool announcement…
I just won Novel Rocket’s Launch Pad Contest in the historical fiction category!!!!
This is my first novel, and I’m beyond excited. I’ve just started to pursue traditional publication, so needless to say, this is a huge encouragement for me! They’ve posted my first chapter, so if you’d like read it, make sure and visit the above link to see the article. Or just click here for the full chapter.
Anyhow, so Vegas….
- Cons: Well, let’s just say Vegas isn’t my thing. And there were a handful of sessions I walked away a bit disappointed from, but that’s just the way conferences go. But, I’m aiming to try PLA in 2016–the trouble so far is that I’ll go to a session that seems interesting but will turn out to be geared more for librarians in other services, like schools, universities, etc.
- Pros: Lots of books, lots of authors. Time with my best friend! :-) Great time to get away and refocus, which was perfect, because I’m facing some interesting changes and challenges at work. Saw the fountain and Paris, which was pretty cool. Got a book signed by B.J. Novak. Favorite session: hosting teen film festivals at the library–definitely one of my goals for next summer!
- YA Books I’m most looking forward to reading: Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen, The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters, and Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
I also got the opportunity to (gasp!) read while I was on the trip. I was crazy, and brought two with me, because I don’t think I’ll ever get used to reading ebooks. My friend kept heckling me about whether I’d fit 15 (16ish?) books in the carry-on for the return trip. I was victorious.
I read The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, based on the YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, based on, of course, Pride and Prejudice. If you are a fan at all, you need to read, and watch, these modern adaptations immediately. They’re absolutely amazing. (Dare I say this version of Darcy is my favorite??? I think I just dared. Sorry, Colin Firth.)
But I was even more blown away by the second book. The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot. Centered around the notorious Confederate prison, Andersonville, it’s about three young southerners–a soldier, a guard, and a doctor’s daughter–who are so disturbed by the suffering of their enemy that they set out to do what they can to make a difference. The characters were so real and engaging, to say I was moved by them is a terrible understatement. And for the last quarter of the book I was almost ugly-crying, which is probably the highest praise that I can offer! :-)
Sad to say I’m still behind on my Goodreads challenge, but I’m going to sneak in a few short Middle Grade books I’ve been meaning to read to catch up. ;-)
Until next time… what’s your favorite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice?