Maggie Stiefvater Gives Away Bookplates!

Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite YA authors. Her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy saved weres entirely for me (sorry, Jacob Black).
I liked her Scorpio Races, but I loooooved The Raven Boys. Maggie writes beautifully, and she creates characters that make it hard for me to breathe, know what I mean?

Now, she’s giving away Raven Boys bookplates. With art she creates. I can’t even.

She tweeted directions on how to obtain your own sweet plate, so I’m doing it.

I read The Raven Boys via NetGalley, but I immediately ordered a copy when I finished the galley. For now, here’s my pic of TRB.

I am so excited for the quartet she’s working on.
And I can’t wait for the bookplate and the shiny new hardcover I’ll put it in!

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NetGalley Nooner

One of my (newfound) favorite things about being a book blogger/semi-legitimate journalist is NetGalley.

I freak out over books in general, and not-yet-published-for-the-masses books especially. Every time I’m approved for a new NetGalley book, I do a little happy dance.

That’s not hyperbole. I dance. Every time.

 

So, every so often here at SeeSavRead, I’ll post a NetGalley Nooner- which books I’ve got piling up in my To Read account, which I’m currently reading, and which I’m superduper excited about.

 

First, the SuperDuper Excited About one:

Jesse Andrews' book

I first heard about Jesse Andrews’ debut novel, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, from That Cover Girl’s AuthorThoughts post. Brilliant cover? Check. Hilarious author interview? Check. Much capital-letter-texting to That Cover Girl when I downloaded the galley? Supercheck. I trust TCG’s book opinions implicitly (even if we sometimes disagree when LOVING/LOATHING some books), so I believe this is going to be a great read.

 

 

The Currently Reading one:

Margarita Engle

The Wild Book, by Margarita Engle. This is a good one. It is musical, almost. It reminds me, in a way, of one of my most favorite books: In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez. But, a review will be forthcoming this week, so I can’t spill much more than that now.

 

The Piling Up one:

Kathi Lipp

I started reading this one, and highlighted the everloving mess out of it within the first three chapters. Kathi Lipp presents The Get Yourself Organized Project as an alternative to all the other Get Organized books out there, and I stand by her 100%. I haven’t finished it yet (or, ok, started any of the 21 projects she lays out yet), but I am really also pretty excited about this one.

 

 

These are just the first three of my fourteen current NetGalley books.

Oh, the dancing never ends.

 

 

 

John Green wins Best Author’s Note Ever award

It’s a prize I just made up, but still. John Green wins.

The book world has been abuzz over Green’s latest novel, The Fault in Our Stars, for many moons, and finally, I have a copy in my happy little hands. I’m nervous about it, not because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it (which I totally have), but because John Green is a super fantastic writer who makes me FEEL things and THINK about things with my heart and my head.

As soon as I opened TFiOS, I knew I was doomed. Doomed to feel and to think. And, probably doomed to love it, too.

It almost didn’t even matter what came after it, because the Author’s Note was so fantastic and so right and so true, that I FEEL and THINK it should be included in every novel ever written from now on. I’m trying to make you money here, John Green. There’s probably a large, untapped market for Permanent Author Notes. Maybe.

AUTHOR’S NOTE
This is not so much an author’s note as an author’s reminder of what was printed in small type a few pages ago: This is a work of fiction. I made it up.
Neither novels nor their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.
I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Wow, you guys. It made my little author-crushing, story-loving, book-obsessing self tear up.
Stories matter! Fiction is important! YA books are in no way Less Than all of the Serious Literary Works!
There is so much that John Green says in those few sentences, and I love every word of his message.

And then I started reading the actual book, and by page 37 I was 100% in love with the main characters and the unfolding tale. Heaven help me.

John Green. You win again. Please keep your acceptance speech under three minutes, then exit stage left.