The Friday Five: A whole lotta books edition

1. Thanks to all the awesome readers and bloggers out there who joined in, Valentines Week 2k13 has been AWESOME! Wednesday night’s Shindig Liveshow was so fun. Thanks to Random House Kids and Shindig for hosting, Alexandra Monir for being YA fabulous, and all of you that came and asked questions! Last night’s #ChicksLuvFlicks livetweet of Clueless was also pretty rad. So many high school memories of that movie … we’re going to do another #ChicksLuvFlicks livetweet in March, so if you have movie suggestions, leave ’em in the comments! I also got to do some awesome Valentines-themed guest posts, including this one with behind the scenes deets on MEANT TO BE, and this one, all about Julia’s first date after her big trip! So thanks again to everyone who celebrated Valentines Day with me and MEANT TO BE this year!

2. Which brings me to …. the winners of the big MEANT TO BE giveaway! Drumroll please …

If you’re one of the lucky winners, please email me at lemorrill at gmail dot com to claim your prize!

3. Last week I popped on up to one of my favorite places in the whole world, Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories, where the ladies of the Dark Days Tour stopped in for a visit. Brodi Ashton, Veronica Rossi, Cynthia Hand, and Tahereh Mafi were all there to talk about their books. I picked up Shatter Me and promptly devoured it, then snagged Destroy Me followed by Unravel Me (which I read almost in one night). I got super sucked into these, but I gotta say … #TeamKenji. He’s so funny and confident and cool! Of all the dudes, I’d much rather hang out with him. Can’t wait for the next one!

4. While I was at Little Shop of the event, I spent some time perusing their Middle Grade section, which is odd for me. I really don’t read any middle grade. Ever. Probably because contemporary lit is my bestie, and most middle grade tends to be fantasy or sci fi. But while browsing the shelves, The Mother Daughter Book Club jumped out at me, and I don’t know what it was (possibly the fact that middle grade paperbacks are only $6.99!), but I bought the first four books in the series. I’ve already read the first, and it was absolutely adorable. I fell right into the story and fell in love with the characters. It didn’t hurt that it takes place in Concord (which, if you’re a New Englander, you know is pronounced Con-kerd), and I loved the New Englandy-ness of it all. I’m excited to read the rest of the series and then explore some other contemp middle grade. If you’ve got recs, leave ’em in the comments!

5. And continuing on the literary theme of this 5, my Friday Reads today is CODE NAME VERITY, a book I’ve only ever heard wonderful things about. I have to finish it today, because I’m reading it for the Not So YA Book Club meeting tomorrow at Little Shop (where I promise, I will not buy more books … I WILL NOT BUY MORE BOOKS!). Everyone keeps telling me to have the tissues ready for the end, and I’ve also got a big old stash of 50% off Valentines Day candy that I scored from Target this morning, so I’m good to go!,

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