we have a feeeew awards from
we're also hoping for some uber exciting and largish give-a-ways this summer. think books. and lots of them! summer reading is SO important. and necessary. be excited. be very, very excited! think summer
other news. there's a blogfest going on through rachel morgan right now. you should check it out. it runs through tomorrow. go here to read some tense scenes! (i would have participated, but... i just really, really want to finish my ms-es and get the queries done and get them out. really, really.)
i *christy) miss reading to read. since i started reading as many YA novels as possible 1)because i love them 2) because i needed to brush up on my genre (since i only read adult novels prior to deciding to write YA), i've enjoyed almost all of the books i've read. BUT i haven't lost myself in them enough to fall in love with them. i think it's because now i'm always too aware of trying to learn from them. i'm reading as a writer, looking at hook, plot, characters, and adverbs and i miss just reading to read, like i did before i decided i wanted to be a writer too.
do you need to turn off the writer in you in order to read a book? if so, how? maybe this is just some phase i'm going through as a "toddler writer" (only in my second year), and maybe once my confidence as a writer increases and i no longer struggle to get my words in my manuscript, then my writer mind will shut up when i'm reading.
(also, watching a movie after reading the book so totally doesn't work for me. can't do it. the movie becomes a totally unenjoyable experience. except maybe the davinci code. i think i watched that movie without being annoyed.)
do you have any authors or books i should try that will just blow me away? (this summer i plan to grab a bunch of my old adult books and favorite authors and just read without thinking writing. i think that will help.)