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Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Fives: Light Reading...And a CONTEST!

Reading Song of the Day: "Summer Love" by Justin Timberlake

It's that time again...the freakin' weekend! And once again, me and Pam are traveling. This time we're headed to Shenandoah National Park in northern Virginia for what is sure to be an ah-may-zing SCBWI novel retreat. But we couldn't leave without participating in Pam's group blog Paper Hangover's Friday Fives.

Also, we have a few announcements to make...so make sure you don't leave until you get to the end!

This week's Friday Fives is:

What are the Five Best Summer Reads?

Here is our list in no particular order:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: We have raved about this book here and here. I don't think there's more we can say-- except the book is fun, light, and absolutely clever. A must read for the summer!

2. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare: Okay, so this may not be "light" reading, but the summer is a great time to get caught up on the series. There are 4 books out already and more to come. If you want to be a part of the craze for the next book in the series, then use the summer to read what you've missed thus far.

3. The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: I brought these books for Pam for her birthday b/c she is working on a fairies book and she wanted to see what else is out there. She's going to use the summer to get caught up on the series so she can be ready for the next book.

4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: Pam bought me the first book for my birthday b/c I told her I wanted to start reading them. I am now hooked! I'll be using the summer to read ALL of the books and hopefully start watching the movies as well.

5. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz: Pam read Gone, Gone, Gone and RAVED. So, we figured Invincible Summer must be just as good, if not better. Plus, you can't go wrong with the word "summer" in the title!

Okay...now it's time for some announcements!

Announcement # 1: We are going on a blogging hiatus. Fear not, loyal followers! We shall return in ONE WEEK- June 20th, 2011. So, you have to go one week w/out us...don't celebrate too much.

Announcement # 2: This one is much more EXCITING! We are giving away TWO books to celebrate our one year blogging anniversary (as of 5/31/2011--Pam and I have been blogging together for one WHOLE year!) AND to celebrate all of the awesomeness that we experienced at Weekend of Awesome. Because we want to celebrate that joyous occasion we will give away two books that we learned about from our new real life friends :)

Book # 1: Notes From the Blender by Brendan Halpin and Trish Cook. You can read what Goodreads has to say about this novel here. We got to do a Skype chat with Brendan during WOA (thanks to Erinn) and he is so funny and witty. Those elements are sure to show up in his novel and we KNOW you will enjoy it! But, wait...there's more! This book will be signed by Brendan Halpin himself!

Book # 2: Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting by Linda George: The link will take you to the Goodreads page where you can learn more. But this book was introduced to us by Alicia during WOA and it is AWESOME! It'll help you to plot your novel based on the Hero's journey and the Three- Act structure.

Enter to win by filling in the form below. Easy peasy!

Now that that's over with...we'd love to know what books you all are looking forward to reading this summer!


Holly Hill said...

You guys will be missed next week! But I know from experience, sometimes a break is the best thing for you and your blog. ;) Have fun!

Racquel Henry said...

Happy Blogoversary! I'm going to miss you next week! :( I need to email you girls this weekend by the way. Have a great time at the retreat!

I added the contest to my sidebar and will tweet from my account and Black Fox later. :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

Enjoy your hiatus. :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

Oh and I'm so glad you liked the book!

Erin L. Schneider said...

Great list - I really can't wait to read Anna (it's next after my 2nd pass through Divergent!).

I also enjoyed the MI Series...love me some Jace! :D

And Harry Potter? When you're done, tell me if you don't wish you had a wand (I mean, how handy would that be?) or could jump on a broom and fly (especially with gas prices where they are!). I dare you. :) One of my absolute favorite series, hands down.

Enjoy your week off!

Vivien said...

Happy Blogoversary!!

Tyhitia Green said...

So Pam, Quita,

Do you guys write Paranormal YA, literary YA, horror YA, etc.? I was just interested. I like your blog and I've been a follower for a bit. :-D

Pam Harris said...

I plan on swiping the Harry Potter books each time Quita is through w/ one. :) And Tythia, Quita and I primarily write contemporary YA, though Quita also writes historical. We've both tried paranormal YA for NaNo. We both plan on sharing our WIPs w/ you all in a few weeks. :)

erica and christy said...

I finally am getting down on my TBR pile and found Marcelo in the Real World - I meant to read this a LONG time ago and will get to it soon! Also, I'm determined to pick up more contemporary books to support that genre - Elizabeth Scott, John Green...

Megz said...

I love CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare! I look forward to read TMI series... I'm so glad you recommended it! More people so be able to devour the awesomeness!

Spav said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Brielle said...

Have fun! And happy blogoversary! :)

Anonymous said...

I heard an excerpt from one of Pam's novels and hope to read more. Now reading Sarah Dessen's THIS LULLABY.

Jamie Manning said...

Congrats on the 1yr Blogoversary! You two are such great "virtual friends", I'm gonna miss you this week! Thanks for the excellent giveaway!

jayjay said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! new follower via jayjay :)

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Happy blogaversary! And have fun at the SCBWI novel retreat. That sounds awesome.

I love love love Anna and the French Kiss and Harry Potter. I just got the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series so I can't wait to dive into those. :)

Ashley said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! I would love to win a new book! Love your site! Keep up the good work :)

Claire Dawn said...

Happy Blogiversary! I hope the contest is international :)