Monday, December 22, 2008


So I'm sure you all followed the ALA book awards this year, right? How could you not, as there were some pretty great authors nominated. I'm definitely looking forward to reading What I Saw and How I Lied, but another nominee that sparked my interest was Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. I've read a bunch of her other books and I know for a fact that she's an amazing author. 
So imagine my surprise, and ecstatic delight, when I walked into Barnes and Noble today and found Chains, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Wow. I know that B&N sometimes has some pretty great authors come and do signings, but none of them have ever been ones I've been super into. 
Eek! My day has been made. Thankfully I had some money on me. I've GOT to read the book now. Thank you Barnes and Noble and thank you Laurie Halse Anderson for pretty much rocking my world. :)

Oh, and just a side note, is The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing appropriate for a ten-year-old boy? Theme/subject wise? I haven't read it yet and don't want to corrupt the poor kid as the little age thing says 14 and up. 


  1. I am so jealous! Not very many authors come to Canada and when they do, they don't usually come to my city. Lucky you. :)

    Can't help you with the second thing-I haven't read The Astonishing Life either.

  2. I loved CHAINS. One of my favorite books of 2008. So good!

    As for ASTONISHING LIFE, I think it's too advanced for a 10 YO, personally. I have an 11 YO and he's definitely not ready for it.

    Are you looking for a good book for a 10 YO?

    THE FLOATING CIRCUS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer is a historical novel that I LOVED, about a time in our history when there were circuses on big boats that traveled around. An orphan boy gets a job on one and meets all kinds of interesting folks and has various struggles. I think anyone age 10-100 would love it!

  3. Yay! I haven't read CHains yet, but I'm writing my review right now for Wintergirls and I'm just remembering how awesome of a writer Laurie is. Lucky!

  4. Ok, so I am either nuts or just tired. I thought I left a comment here earlier, but I guess not!

    You are so lucky to have this book signed by Laurie! I wish I had your luck. Authors don't ever stop in my little bitty town or the surrounding cities.

  5. Thanks for the advice Lisa! I'll just keep the book to read for myself. :P
    I'll definitely consider The Floating Circus; it seems like a book he'd love! Thanks!
    Yeah, I'm that behind on Christmas presents that I'm just figuring out what to get now...


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