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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Book Recs, Blog Posts, and Speeches

First up, thank you to Dan at The Writing Greek for saying such nice things about The Emerald Tablet!


The next two weeks are shaping up to be super busy. Not a bad thing considering I have school visits, a trip to Disney to get ready for, and revisions to work on. Did I mention I'm loving my revisions?

Anyway, for the deeper blogging subjects:
So head over if you have a second and weigh in!

In light of the fact that I have blogged all my deeper matter over on the group blogs, I figured I'd highlight some of the books I've bought as presents recently and books I've bought for myself.

Presents (Eight-year-old girl)
(and here I want to point out the importance of getting to know your bookseller. I went to BookPeople to buy these. I knew I'd get The Lightning Thief, but since my daughter is only 4, I'm not up on 8-year-old girl. So I asked one of the booksellers, Emily, at BookPeople what I should get, and she immediately pointed to Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth):

Present (17-year-old boy)
(I know there are lots of good guy novels out there, but he's not a big reader.):

Presents (8-year-old boy)
(He's kind of at that in-between reading stage. I'm working to get him reading longer books):

Books for me (I've been meaning to read these Fablehaven books for a while, and it's like every day I hear more and more about them):

So what have you been buying for presents recently? How about for yourself?

And happy Monday! Hope you have a great week!


Miriam S.Forster said...

No presents recently, but I HAVE requested the BBC series Planet Earth for my birthday next month. However, but my husband is hinting I might get a massage instead....

Christina Farley said...

No presents for me lately. Need to work on that. But I'm reading Violet Rains right now and it's written with such a strong voice. Recommended.

Windsong said...

*hugs books*

We have a shipment to be delivered this week, and one next week.

Lady Glamis said...

PJ, I stupidly thought that your book is middle grade? Am I wrong about that? *smacks forehead*

I'm just feeling dumb because that's how I presented in my review of The Emerald Tablet. Er, I can go change it. Just let me know. :)

I have heard great things about all those books. Keep us posted if you read them all. So what would you suggest for the 4 year old?

Stacy Nyikos said...

We do themed birthdays - book themes - for the girls. This way we can give away a book instead of a bag full of candy and toys. I know, I'm the weird mom. Anyway, we have a birthday coming up on May 15 and the theme for the party is "The Indian in the Cupboard." I just bought 10 copies. It's an oldie but a goodie!

PJ Hoover said...

Massages are nice, Miriam! I wouldn't complain. We were going to request ST:Voyager for Christmas, but I don't think we'll be through TNG by then.

Ok, I have to read it, Christina! I was going to get in a quick read before I gave it for a present but ran out of time!

I love book shipments, Windsong! They are the best!

It is MG, Michelle. Some people lump YA and MG together. But yeah, I say for kids 8-14. So you were right on (and NEVER dumb).
For the 4-year-old I normally get Diary of a Worm, How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, and Zen Shorts.

Oh, thanks for reminding me, Stacy! I will do this for my son's b-day (which is tomorrow but we're not having his party until June).

Thanks for visiting!

Lauren said...

Both those books for 8-year-old girls look fabulous. I have two 8-year-old nieces. They are coming to visit and I usually try to get them little things to play with while they are at my fairly non-kid frieldly condo. I think I know what I am getting them now! :) Thanks.

I'm going to go check out your other posts. I'm especially excited to read about the Greek Myths one.

PJ Hoover said...

I love getting books for presents, Lauren! And then your apartment will be protected :)
Thanks for visiting!

C.R. Evers said...

Wow! Sounds like you've got a lot of great stuff to look forward to! Have fun!

adrienne said...

No fiction lately...we just bought an awesome car book for a 12 year old who is car crazy...
Glad to have some suggestions, though.

Kimberly Derting said...

Great book recommendations, my daughter is 8, those are perfect!!!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Christy! May tends to be a fun but busy month!

A car-crazy 12-year-old, Adrienne! Sounds like trouble for the next four years until it's driving time!

Excellent, Kimberly! If she hasn't read The Lightning Thief, she will love it!

lotusgirl said...

I've loved the Fablehaven books. They are fun. I'm going to have to take a look at the Violet Raines book. It sounds interesting.

PJ Hoover said...

Then I'm double excited to read them, Lois! Thanks for the recommendation!

Vivian said...

You've been very busy, PJ! I'll head over to your other posts later.

We give LOTS of books as presents.
The latest gift for a second grade girl: The Clementine series.

PJ Hoover said...

Books are perfect presents! And you've been busy, too, Vivian! Actually I prefer the busy times. I seem to get more done!
Take care!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I've been reading the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins and LOVING them. She is an amazing writer. The new Percy Jackson comes out tomorrow. Can't wait!!! I bought my son Skulduggery Pleasant which he told me I need to read. Also got him some Alex Rider books. Those are excellent. (He's 9.) My 5-year-old is reading Judy Moody and Magic Treehouse books. I could go on and on, but instead I'll head over to read your other posts :^)

Keri Mikulski said...

Happy Monday!

I just ordered Lauren Myracle's latest. :) Love her.

Angela said...

Boy these are some awesome looking books! *scribbles down titles*

beth said...

Great questions at Spec!

...and you must be reading my mind, because I just got half the books on your purchase from the library yesterday!!

Kelly said...

Great recommendations! Whenever my children go to a friend's bday party, I always include a book. Same for cousins, too. I wish their friends would do the same!! :)

Rebecca said...

I recently got The Lightning Thief for my daughter. When she was finished reading it, she plopped it onto my nightstand and said, "Read it!"

I will. Soon as I finish The Mysterious Benedict Society.

PJ Hoover said...

I've been hearing tons about Gregor also, Sherrie! Actually, this is great as I was feeling a slump there on what to read next.

Let me know how it is, Keri! I've seen it and the cover certainly is cute!

So many good books, Angela!

Beth, I think we are on the same wavelength!

I totally wish friends would do the same, Kelly! I love when my son gets books, especially when I can read them :)

Oh, let me know how Mysterious Benedict Society is, Rebecca. I've seen tons on this, but haven't felt that overwhelming urge to read it yet!

Thanks for visiting!

Robyn said...

Books, books, and more books! I love it! When I travel to our local bookstore, I'm in there a LONG time. Sometimes I buy books at Amazon, but I love the feel of the bookstore! :)

Carrie Harris said...

I just bought myself a copy of Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon! And... uh... I bought a bunch of shoes for my kids. Does that count?

PJ Hoover said...

Me too, Robyn! There is nothing like a wonderful bookstore to walk around in!

Shoes for the kids totally counts, Carrie! And Silver Phoenix is on my list, too!

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my ... lately it seems any presents we get fall into two categories: Legos and WebKinz! :-) I bet you are so excited that Disney is quickly approaching! What a fun thing to be looking forward to! :-)

Shelli said...

I wish I could buy presents for me - i end up spedning on money on kids or writing stuff. *sigh* thx for taking time to comment on my chapter today :)

PJ Hoover said...

Legos are always a hit here, Kelly! In fact, today was my son's birthday and he got some Power Miners :)

Spending money on writing stuff is kind of like a present, right, Shelli? And you're welcome!

thanks for visiting!

D.A. Riser said...

Hey, thanks for the thanks, PJ. In fitting with your post, I used my birthday B&N giftcard to get your book. Go Benjamin!

PJ Hoover said...

Yay, Dan! Thank you so much!