Thursday, August 25, 2011

10 Winner of BEAUTY QUEENS and Next Week's Book Selection


First and foremost, the winner of Libba Bray's BEAUTY QUEENS is LisaPotts. Lisa, please email me your addy and I will get that out to you next week.

If you didn't win, I highly recommend you pick up this amazing book. If you're a Libba Bray fan, you won't be disappointed. And if you've never had the pleasure yet, quick, what are you waiting for? Click the pic to get it. You'll snarf, you'll roll your eyes, and you'll see things in different ways. You'll be amazed at what comes out of Libba's superbrain. I promise.

From Goodreads:

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program--or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan--or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Next Week's Book

Next, we need to pick what we're going to talk about on Monday. Ideas anyone? I'm trying to think of all the amazing books I've read recently, and frankly there are so many the list would be ridiculous. So once again I'm going to throw it out to you. What novels have you read that have been mind-blowing? Life-changing? Inspiring to you as a writer?

Drop your suggestions in the comments! I can't wait to hear what has made you stop and think!

Happy reading,



  1. I loved Beauty Queens, it was written and set up so different than other books! I've read so many great books, that to even begin to name one kind of hurts my head. Haha - I'm sure which ever you choose will be great!

  2. Wow that sounds really good! I've heard of this book before and was even going to buy it once... too bad I put it down. I'll definitely check it out now!

  3. I vote for Sonia Gensler's THE REVENANT, a gothic mystery set in a Cherokee Girls' Seminary.

  4. Jess, let me know how you like Beauty Queens. It truly is different. Even Libba's format is creative. I adore the footnotes almost as much as I loved the parenthesis in THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

    Britta, thanks for the vote of confidence. Now I have to REALLY think about it. Thanks a LOT. :D

    Caroline, I haven't read that one yet. It's on my TBR pile, which is begging me to buy a taller house, btw. I will definitely take a raincheck though.

    Oh, wait. I know. I know. Brenna Yovanoff's THE REPLACEMENT? Who's read that one?

  5. Love this premise, of BEAUTY QUEENS. Sounds like LORD OF THE FLIES with preppies! Hehe. As far as books to review--what did we say the previous week...DIVERGENT, ENTWINED, MATCHED, SHIVER?


  7. Okay, I'm up for THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, DIVERGENT, MATCHED, or SHIVER. I just feel a little like SHIVER has been discussed a lot, and it doesn't quite have the heft for me that some of the other books do. Don't get me wrong, it is an incredibly, unbelievably beautiful piece of writing. There is inordinate music in Steifvater's prose, and I am awed by the lyricism. But I can't think of a thing to say about it in terms of lessons for writers that hasn't already been said. Anyone?

  8. Ah, you're looking for discuss-able heft. I agree that ENTWINED and SHIVER (while lovely in their own right) are less that way, yep. The others do have more of a weighty clout as far as statements about society and so on. Now we've got ya pegged!

  9. Not necessarily statements about society, not necessarily statements, but some aspect that we can look back at and say, WOW that made em think about that book, that character, and the world in a different way. If you have an aspect of SHIVER or ENTWINED that hit that way for you, I'm game letting you lead the discussion. Whether next week, or another week. Anytime! I just don't have anything particular to say about SHIVER in that way. That's all part of the reading is subjective thing? Again, her prose is incredible. She's a masterful writer and I am happy to go on any journey she wants to take me for that alone.

  10. Yes, what's interesting is that those books are still very popular, so that may fit in with "why does this writing work" theme you are exploring. Depends on your focus. But yes, the WOW factor is important too--what makes a person think about a book long after it's been read. (And yup, that is part of the subjective thing; some people are all excited or are impacted by books that I just kinda am "meh" about.)


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