Things I Love:
You know, it figures the one time I was completely ready to write a journal entry, blogger went all wonky. But then I remembered I could write an entry and post it when blogger came back up! (Which it now seems to have. Crossing my fingers that this works!)
So, things I love:VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates
) -- it's an awesome magazine for librarians who work with young adults, but it's a great magazine for anyone who writes or reads young adult books. There are only six issues a year, and I got the latest one yesterday. And of course, as soon as I'd finished reading it, I had a list of about six books that I am dying to read! I get a bunch of magazines dealing with young adult/children's books, and books in general, but VOYA runs lists of books that focus on certain topics (this issue it was religion) that introduce me to books I've never heard of and decide I have to read right away. Plus I love their reviews, not only because they are thorough, but because they have teens read the books too, and share their thoughts. And there are always interesting interviews and features. This month, my favorites were an interview with Jeremy Jackson, who writes ya novels as Alex Bradley
, and a really great essay by Katherine Jeffrie Johnson
, who writes dark and gripping novels (like The Parallel Universe of Liars
), that you are *so* worth reading. So, yes, I LOVE VOYA!
My friend Jess. All right, she isn't a thing, of course, and I hope she doesn't get mad at me for mentioning her, but I have to because she is such a great friend. About a month ago, I watched the movie Red Eye
and LOVED it. I didn't think I would because I don't like horror movies and that's what I think of when I think 'Wes Craven' but Red Eye isn't a horror movie. It's a thriller, staring Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy, and it is phenomenal. The first hour, in particular, is mind-blowing. Anyway, I'd been asking everyone I knew if they'd seen it, and no one had, but Jess watched it, because she is AWESOME, and ended up loving it too! We had the best conversation last night about it (and summer television, and celebrity gossip and um, philosophy, so you guys don't think I'm totally shallow (!)) and Jess, if you do read this, you are fabulous
, and I love you for putting up with my begging you to watch movies. And, you know everything else!
As a side note, let me just mention something I DON'T love:
Cleaning bathrooms. I have to go do that now (my life is so glamorous!) and let me tell you, I hate doing it. I know it has to be done, but man, would I love it if someone invented a self-cleaning bathroom.