"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Do Something Nice for Someone

It seems I took a blog vacation! I'm back, but posting may be sporadic for the next week.

First, an amazing thank you to Shelf Elf for the fantastic review of The Emerald Tablet. My favorite line (this is hard because I love the whole review so much):
"I finished this book yesterday, and it made me wish I had a whole list of ten-year olds to find Christmas presents for, because this book is going to make a lot of ten-year-old bookworms very, very happy."

And super thank you to everyone who told me they bought The Emerald Tablet for someone for the holidays! This makes me so happy!

Also, if you are looking to spend a bit more time surfing the internet this holiday season, you can buzz over to Teens Read Too for an interview with me!

So in the spirit of doing good to others, make a plan to do something totally random for no other purpose than to make someone else happy. Make someone's day.
Case in point:
One of my friends (who came to my book release party, BTW) got this in the mail the other day. His fellow magic club member, Richard Garriott, went to space as a tourist (yes, lifestyles of the rich and famous) and sent postcards from the space station, postmarked with the big Russian postmark no less.
When he sent me the email, he phrased it as the coolest thing he's ever gotten in his life (aside from the birth of his kid). Think this postcard made his day?

Can you think of something you can do to make someone's day? I know I'm thinking.

Reading update:
Finished Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
Started The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

And one of my goals for 2009 is to read 50 books. (Yes, I know many people read many more than this, but in all fairness, War and Peace and Crime and Punishment are on the list. Thanks to Kelly Herold for the War and Peace version recommendation.)

So who's up for the 50 book challenge? How about the War and Peace challenge? Moral support? Anyone?

Hope you're all having a great end to 2008!


Jim Danielson said...

I wish I could find the time to read 50! I'll cheer for you daily!

PJ Hoover said...

Oh, come on, Jim. How about you could just read War and Peace. Please :)

Jim Danielson said...

So, what is the page count? Maybe I could read like 3 pages a day, every day? Who doesn't have time for that! Or maybe I'll read the Cliff Notes...... (just kidding) I really would like to read War and Peace someday.

PJ Hoover said...

Something like 1200, Jim. No worse than a couple Harry Potters put together. At least that's what I'll keep telling myself.

Feywriter said...

Congrats on another great review.

I'm in on the 50 books challenge. War and Peace will likely not be on my list however. Good luck with your goals!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Oy, the 50 book challenge would have to be modified for me. I read easily that in about three months. To be fair, most of it's either fantasy, YA or mystery, and there aren't many massive, war-and-peace lengths amoung them. What would be a challenge is keeping track of every book I read.


Amy said...

50 books in 2009? I could do that.

But I have a strict policy on Russian Lit...;)

Christine M said...

Last year I read way fewer books than I usually do - but I wrote a whole lot more. There's always a trade off.

I never read War and Peace. I might be up for that challenge.

As for 50 books - I could do that - but it depends on how much writing I do. :)

lynn said...

I'm wary of War and Peace, but I can promise to at least take a stab at it! And I think for a new year's resolution I'll make a list of all those books I've always meant to read (and plays ... I've never read Macbeth!) and finally read them in 2009. Sometimes it's hard for me to take a break from writing and do some reading, but it's so important!

What did you think of Graceling?

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Mary! And great you're in on the 50 book challenge - even without War and Peace!

You should keep track of your books read, Miriam! Have you joined Goodreads yet? I've been doing it for the last few months and love updating books to the "read" status!

No Russian Lit, Amy? Ah well. Yes 50 books! So you're in!

I so know what you mean, Chris! It's always the tradeoff, but I'm trying to make a reading goal to ensure it doesn't slip.
And yes! A War and Peace taker!

A stab at it is great, Lynn! Reading is so important, and I need to carve out the time on a more regular basis!
Graceling was engaging. Not my favorite book of the year, but it held my interest.

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

beth said...

Wow--a postcard from space. Freaking awesome! I might be up for War and Peace...a bit long, but I've always intended to read it (or at least watch the Audrey Hepburn movie!). As for 50 books in 2009--no problem!

How do you like Graceling? I got a signed copy for Christmas and plan on reading it next!

Angie Frazier said...

I would love to read 50 books this year! I've never kept track of the number, but will do it for 2009. Congrats on the wonderful review!

Marcia said...

I used to read 100+ books per year. I recorded all the titles. Now, 50 is much more doable. Although I doubt I'll count, I'd like to go for 50 this year.

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

50 books ... great challenge! Do children's picture books count?! hee, hee! :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Beth! Let's talk Graceling after you read it. I'll totally look forward to your review. You do great book reviews!

Great, Angie! 50 books is a nice goal! And thanks!

I used to read a ton more, too, Marcia! This is incentive to get me back on a regular reading schedule!

Hmmm, Kelly. I could read Goodnight Moon 50 times on Jan 1st and my daughter would still be saying "Again!" :)

Vivian said...

The postcard is just too cool! Loved your review by ShelfElf. And we must be having the same reading schedule on books--I've just started The Graveyard Book.

50 books is no problem...I'll definitely go over it. Does it count that I read War and Peace & Crime and Punishment when I was in my twenties?

Anonymous said...

Wow, 50 books? I know I can read at least that many for ENCHANTING REVIEWS. I'd almost like to read a book that isn't YA.

Kim Baccellia

PJ Hoover said...

It totally impresses me, Vivian! I'm really excited to read them! Do you keep track of what you read?

Non-YA, Kim? Have you read Life of Pi yet? It's non-YA right? And on my list!

See ya!

Vivian said...

I don't always keep track of the books, but those two were totally memorable! BTW, I loved both War and Peace & Crime and Punishment. Another of Dostoyevsky's (sp?) books I really liked was The Karamozov Brothers. I went through this phase where I was determined to read all the world classics, but didn't. It helped that I had a good friend who was reading the books at the same time and we would discuss them.

I think you'll really like them!

PJ Hoover said...

I have heard good things about The Karamozov Brothers also from my husband. I'm not sure it will make it on my 2009 list unless I can't get enough!
See ya, Vivian!

Gottawrite Girl said...

This is a GREAT goal! 50 in a year. That's doable for a book lover, for sure! Next up for me is Marley & Me... I'll let you know how it is! : )

Thanks, PJ! And hope your holidays are going well!

PJ Hoover said...

Hope yours are, too, Susan! And I'm so glad you're up for 50 books in 2009!

TJ Brown said...

Have a wonderful New Years!

Carrie Harris said...

I'm up for the 50 book challenge! Although I've already read War and Peace, just to say that I did. ;)

Laura said...

Happy New Year! What a great post card:) Amazing. Good luck with your reading this year. It's one of my resolutions too....

Tabitha said...

I'm up for the 50 book challenge! I did this last year through Shelfari, and am already planning to do it again. I'd like to read more books than I read last year.

How did you like Graceling? I'm on the waiting list for it at the library. That and The Graveyard, too. :)

Happy New Year!! :)

PJ Hoover said...

You too, Teri!

Great, Carrie! And soon I'll be able to say that I did, also!

Thanks, Laura! Perfect that the reading is one of your goals, too!

Cool, Tabitha! Graceling was good and engaging. Once you read and post your review, we can talk! You post great reviews!

Happy New Year!

beth said...

I just added my list of 50 for the challenge on my blog!

PJ Hoover said...

Your list is awesome, Beth! It's going to be a great year!