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BEA 2015!

Posted by Caitie F on May 26, 2015

How is it already BEA week? It has come so quickly!

I will be at BEA Wednesday-Friday. My schedule is pretty packed, but if you see me, come say hi! I am hoping to see as many book bloggers as I can in my down time. If you want to make sure we see each other, send me a DM on twitter.

Every time I have gone to BEA it has been different. The first two years I went as a blogger. The next two years, I went as a buyer for the book clubs. This year, I’m going as an agent. Each time has meant going for different purposes – networking and ALL THE BOOKS, meetings, and always panels.

Looking at my schedule for this year, I have a lot of meetings again with audio publishers, editors, even an author. I have panels on digital publishing so I can work with prices and keywords better, social media, and fun panels about writing/writers.

Will I get any galleys? Maybe! I don’t need them and won’t be able to go to any signings even though my favorite authors are there, but if I see a book I have heard a lot about, it will be very hard to resist.

Let me know if you will be at BEA so I can look for you.

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To All the Recent College Graduates

Posted by Caitie F on May 20, 2015

Some schools are graduating in the next few weeks, but I know a lot of colleges had commencement last week and i have been walking my eager NYU graduates on my way to work this week. I wanted to share some thoughts with recent college grads, including all that want to go into publishing.

Obviously, congratulations! You are awesome. That isn’t my main message though.

My main message is simple. Your self-worth is not tied to your employment status. Right now you might think, well, duh, and laugh that i even said that. But say it out loud right now. “My self-worth is not tied to my employment status” and repeat it every time you start feeling like it is. I hope you don’t feel it, but it can be hard.

It took me over two years to get a paid job in publishing and i majored in Publishing Studies in undergrad, had a great GPA, and had little fun while in college. I had a couple of temp jobs, but they both ended after one contract because of funding issues. I did an unpaid internship and worked with authors for free just to gain experience. But i couldn’t get a job. I just don’t mean a job in my field. I couldn’t get a job at Target or Starbucks. I wanted something, anything. I applied to literally thousands of jobs that had nothing to do with publishing and over 450 that were in the publishing industry.

And I tied my self-worth to the fact that no one wanted to hire me. I was newly married and didn’t get to enjoy it because I was constantly stressed about putting us further and further into debt because I didn’t have a job (we are still under a mountain of debt because of those two years). I tried to push our new friends away (and am so grateful that they didn’t let me!), I didn’t want to talk to anyone, and I felt like the biggest waste of space.

Try not to let this happen to you. Surround yourself with friends who understand. Find ways to make new communities if you are in a new place. Don’t spend al day in your apartment/house/the library applying for jobs. Yes, put in the time, but don’t let it consume your life. Find somewhere to volunteer. You can also let yourself feel like crap sometimes. Binge watch shows on Netflix (Greek was the perfect distraction for me for a few weeks). Eat lots of ice cream. Re-read your favorite books. Just make sure your whole life doesn’t become that.

I hope that you get a job quickly and don’t deal with this, but the economy is tough and it may be longer than you thought it would be.

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Read-a-thon wrap up

Posted by Caitie F on April 26, 2015

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Well this was not a very successful read-a-thon for me. I spent less time reading than I ever have before. My page count makes me sad. Usually I read about 1,300 pages and finish several books. I use the day to get ahead on my goodreads challenge. This year, not so much. Life was too busy (but I did get a super cute haircut!)

Here are my final stats and the end of event meme.

Reading right now: Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories by Katherine Heiny

Books finished: Y: The Last Man: UnMannedClariel

Total pages read: 635

Total time spent reading: 5 hours 40 minutes

Which hour was most daunting for you?

All of them were pretty daunting just because I was so busy! I fell asleep around hour 15. I am not good at staying up late

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Graphic novels are always good! My husband had gotten me Y The Last Man: Unmanned for the holidays this year and it was amazing. i need to read the rest.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheerleaders were amazing!

How many books did you read?

I only completed two, but I read another 120 pages of Fall of Giantswhich made me happy

Which book did you enjoy most?

Clariel was good to read because it was continuing a series I loved.

Which did you enjoy least?

I like Single, Carefree, Mellow, but I should have started the short story collection earlier in the day. Reading it when I was tired did not work. I would have stayed up later if I had saved a full novel for that time.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I am sure I will participate again. I love it!

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Read-a-thon Kick-off

Posted by Caitie F on April 25, 2015

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Good morning! It is here! It is time! This time I won’t be reading quite as much as usual – I have a few things to do throughout the day, but I will be reading in between them and tracking the usual things.

Reading right now: I am going to start off reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. I won’t be reading the whole book, but I want to get 100 more pages in at least! 

Books finished:

Pages read since last update:

Total pages read:

Total time spent reading:

Now for the opening questions!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

New Jersey!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I don’t know if I am looking forward anything the most this year – I am super excited for Clariel and the graphic novel.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I don’t have any snack plans.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I guess I will tell you what else I am doing today! I have swim team practice at 9:30.I joined a Masters team a couple months ago and I love it! I have a haircut and i am cutting off like 8-10 inches. We also have our last night of our bowling league!

There are also baseball games today and I will probably have one on my computer while I read.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

The different thing I am doing is reading less and being less organized. Not my favorite, but life happens and I will still be reading.

Onto Ken Follett! I started it last night and it is really interesting.

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Read-a-thon Stacks

Posted by Caitie F on April 24, 2015

Tomorrow is the spring read-a-thon! It is always one of my favorite days.

I won’t e reading all day because I have some plans, but I will be participating. Here are my stacks.

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This is my library books stack – I hope to read at least 100 pages of the Ken Follett. I got the Robyn Carr and the YA books for the read-a-thon specifically.

IMG_0875This is the stack of books I own that I thought might be good! Lots of ARCs I never got to and almost all YA! I have learned that YA is really great for the read-a-thon. I also have a graphic novel to try.

Any recommendations from my stacks? I may be going to the library one more time to see if I want something else.

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More Quick Reviews!

Posted by Caitie F on April 11, 2015

TItle: Behind the Beautiful Foreversbehind
Author: Katherine Boo
Paperback: 288 pages
Pub Date: Feb 2012
Publisher: Random House
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting“ in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter — Annawadi’s “most-everything girl” — will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

Review:

This is not an easy book to read, but it is a great one. It is just narrative nonfiction at its finest. I recommend it to everyone – just go out and read it.

TItle: Love Story love
Author: Jennifer Echols
Paperback: 243
Pub Date: July 2011
Publisher: MTV Books
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

or Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions–it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter. . . . except this story could come true.

Review:

This book was light and fun – at the time, exactly what I was looking for, but it was just okay. I didn’t really get teh appeal of Hunter. He was just meh as a romantic lead. I did love that it took place at college and want to find more books that do. If you want a quick read that will make you smile often, it is worth checking out.

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Three More Mini-Reviews

Posted by Caitie F on April 10, 2015

Well, I said more and more of my reviews would be mini and it turns out that is true! I will be posting three more mini-review tomorrow and will be all caught up.

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight days of
Author: Laini Taylor
Hardcover: 517 pages
Pub Date: Nov 2012
Publisher: Little Brown for Young Readers
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Review:

I liked this books, but I didn’t love it until that last 250 pages. The characters are really good throughout, but it was much harder for me to feel invested in the plot until the very end. I felt like this is because it was so (understandably) different after the first book and I just missed it a little.

That said, it is completely worth reading because those last 250 pages were some of the best I have read and I don’t want to wait another year to read book 3.

Title: Blood Red Roadblood
Author: Moira Young
Hardcover: 459 pages
Pub Date: June 2011
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
Rating: +++

Summary from goodreads:

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

Review:

This book was very exciting, but the characters could have been more developed. It was a fast-paced and quick read, yet not memorable. I finished it four days ago and can’t really remember much of the supporting characters. I won’t be continuing this series.

It isn’t that this book is bad, I have just read better dystopians and am getting to the point that I can’t read many more.

Title: Play19095025
Author: Kylie Scott
Paperback: 304 pages
Pub Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

Review:

I love this series so much. Rock star romances are among my favorite and these characters are awesome. I didn’t like Mal quite as much as David, but I thought he was interesting and I really thought that Anne was a complex and wonderful character. That she is such a big fan made it so much fun because I could imagine it actually happening.

I am really looking forward to getting to the third book in this series! Also – there covers are amazing!

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Life in Agenting: Interviewing interns

Posted by Caitie F on April 3, 2015

It is that time of year – I am interviewing our summer internship candidates on Monday. I wanted to share some general publishing interview tips that I have learned over the years.

1. Read!

Preparing for publishing interviews is a little different from your usual job because you have to do one thing extra – you should read some of the agencies/imprints books. You can’t read everything, but read a few books so you can talk about their authors. It shows you are really interested.

2. Prepare!

You also need to prepare in the usual way – research. Does the job posting mention you need social media skills? Look at their social media page. Get familiar with their website and who is there. This is a great way to come up with questions – and you should have at least two or three, in case one of your questions gets answered during the interview.

3. Be enthusiastic!

You are applying because you love books and publishing, so you need to show it. Even if you are usually shy, you can overcome it because you are talking about books. We get it – a lot of us are introverts too!

4, Be nice

This shouldn’t have to be said, but don’t completely shit on our books. You can be critical – critical is VERY good, but saying “I don’t like x” and nothing else probably won’t get you the job. Also, just be nice in general. People who are rude during interviews drive me batty. And it happens.

5, Send a thank you note/email

Seriously, this makes a difference. It is really easy to do. I think a note is always better. I always had the note in my bag and stopped at a cafe to write it immediately after the interview. It usually arrived in tow days.

6. If you have an assignment, turn it in on time

Many publishing jobs/internships give you an assignment if it goes well, including LDA. Make sure you get it back on time. If the assignment is late, you won’t be considered anymore. We give at least a week, so you should be able to get it done. Time management is really important in every publishing job.

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Some Memoir Mini Reviews!

Posted by Caitie F on March 20, 2015

I have read several memoirs lately, and wanted to do some quick reviews!

Title: Brown Girl Dreamingbrown girl
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Hardcover: 337 pages
Pub Date: Aug 2014
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Mini Review:

See all those stickers on the image of the cover? This book won SO many awards. It is beautifully written and so moving. It is written in verse and every word has been chosen with intent. It succeeds in every single way. This is a absolute must read for everyone.

Title: Brunette Ambition brunette
Author: Lea Michele
Hardcover: 208 pages
Pub Date: May 2014
Publisher: Harmony Books
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads

The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide.

Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business. Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker. She knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges, so she’s developed a foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered. In Brunette Ambition, she reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her–from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights. Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.

Mini Review:

As a huge fan of Glee, I knew I had to read this book (I am so going to cry during the series finale tonight!). It is part memoir, part advice book, part recipe book, and part inspirational. It balances all of those parts really really well.

When I finished reading it, I was motivated to take care of myself, have more confidence, and try some new things. I have kept it up for a couple weeks now. It is sticking and I am feeling great. It was the perfect book for when i read it.

Title: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
Author: Martin ShortMust Say
Hardcover: 320 pages
Pub Date: Nov 2014
Publisher: Harper
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads

Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard, found success, and kept his personal life intact. His memoir is a reflection on his diverse collection of experiences, both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Short takes us through his career, from his early years with Second City Toronto and Saturday Night Live to his movie stardom. He recalls how he developed some of his enduring characters—manic man-child Ed Grimley, slimy lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the large and bizarrely insensitive Jiminy Glick. Here, too, are his television appearances, from How I Met Your Mother to his Emmy-nominated role in Damages, as well as his stage productions, including his Tony Award-winning performance in Little Me. Throughout, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Frank Sinatra, and others friends and colleagues share the spotlight.

This deeply private man brings us into the circle of his family life, from raising his children to the legendary parties he and his wife have hosted. He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was 20, and of the devastating death of Nancy, his wife of thirty years, in 2010. Despite the hardships, Short’s life has been full of laughter, and he remains perennially upbeat. In this wise and entertaining memoir, he shares his irrepressible joy.

Mini Review:

This is one of the better celebrity memoirs I have read. It is funny. It is heart breaking. It doesn’t gossip about other celebrities. Overall, it is just a read that will make you feel like you know Martin Short more. And you get to find out that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are just as wonderful and you could hope. If you like Martin Short at all, you should read this book. I wish i had listened to the audiobook, since I have heard it is even better since Martin reads it.

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Some YA Mini Reviews

Posted by Caitie F on March 19, 2015

I have so little time, but wanted to get some reviews in!

Title: Heir of Fireheir
Author: Sarah J Maas
Hardcover: 562 pages
Pub Date: Sept 2, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Mini Review

This series is the absolute best. You should read it if you haven’t. This book is absolutely incredible – it is a little different from the first two, but in the best possible way.I am eagerly waiting for QUEEN OF SHADOWS just like everyone else.

Title: FireFire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Hardcover: 461 pages
Pub Date: Oct 2009
Publisher: Dial Books
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was. (less)

Mini Review:

I read Graceling way back in 2011 and have wanted to read Fire every since then. But I didn’t. I kept putting it off because it was so beautiful and I was crushed by the idea of having such a limited amount of Kristin Cashore books left. I got over it and finally read Fire and I am so glad I did!

Fire is such a complex character. The world building is excellent. All the other characters are just as complex and flawed. The writing is gorgeous. Everything about this book is wonderful. It was a little long, but I really didn’t mind since it meant I got to stay in the world for a little longer.

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