An open apology and BEA!

Yoohoo! Hello! Hello over there!! Can you see me? Hello? It’s me, Judith? You probably won’t recognize me and if you do, you’re all probably a wee bit pissed at me for, ya know, not blogging or reviewing or even maintaining the site really over the last few months. But don’t be. I’m here on my knees ready to grovel.

“Why’d you leave us, Judith?!” That’s the big question. Guys, I am so sorry but this dumb thing called “day-to-day life” just kept getting in the way. At first it was just asking me to make dinner and you know, clean for a bit (and by clean I totally mean put dishes in the dishwasher and nothing else). Then it started eating up my available time with homework assignments, girl scout troop meetings, working 8 hours a day, laundry…and we can’t forget that pesky husband and the never ending, extended houseguests.  It got so bad that at one point I actually considered stopping blogging altogether.

The sudden collective gasp  you guys just put out is enough to make me think, “whew!” I did the right thing by not dumping the blog.

So here’s the deal. I promise to get you guys some quality reviews over the next few weeks because me, Ellen, and Onni have been reading up a storm. I also promise not to go AWOL again.

Now, this brings me to the awesome photo montage portion of this post.

On May 28 and 29th, Ellen and I took NYC by storm (not a difficult feat considering we both live in NJ) and attended BEA 2014. It was our 3rd time and we had a blast.  We spent all of Thursday checking out the various authors and taking in the scene:

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

More line waiting at 7:30 am...

More line waiting at 7:30 am…

Waiting in line for books to be autographed

Look closely and you’ll see A.R. Kahler, author of the Immortal Circus, waiting in line too

The line up to get books signed

The lines to get books by famous authors signed

We learned that at least two of the five main cast members of How I Met Your Mother  + one member of The Office had written books!

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Jason Segal speaking at the Children’s Books Author Breakfast

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

BJ Novak signing in booth

BJ Novak signing in booth

Some of our idols of childhood:

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

And we met up with some amazing bloggers and authors from all over:

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorehouse, and Author Anne Eliot (plus me hiding behind a book on the telephone screen)

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorhouse, and Author Anne Eliot (+ me on screen)

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorehouse

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorhouse

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction's Ellen

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction’s Ellen

And the best part?! We got our hands on some new books:

I Love YA Fiction's Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot's How I Fall

I Love YA Fiction’s Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot’s How I Fall

Look at all the books!

Look at all the books!

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So long story short: we’re back! Reviews are back! Hope you are ready for us!

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Happy, Happy, Happy—Blog-a-versary to me!

Even though Ellen has the best birthday memory of anyone ever – I swear that girl has never once in 10 years forgotten my birthday, even calling from Africa (or was it Italy?!) to sing the birthday song just for me – she forgot something very important this year: our 1 year BLOGAVERSARY! 1 year of reviews, news, rants, and swoons! 1 year of lots of sleepless nights trying to get WordPress software to just post those pictures correctly and stop being such a useless jerk! 1 year of dreamy men, strong heroines, and fantastic adventures! 1 year of trying to find that perfect way to most accurately describe the feeling you get as you read a certain book and want it to continue but dread for it to end cause it’s just that good!

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Help! Blatant pleading and searching for a reader/reviewer on I Love YA Fiction

Guys, I’m going to be honest: I can’t keep up. The

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number of books I want to read/review is just overwhelming. I think our reading queue is something like 40 deep! Poor Ellen is trying to finish out Grad School without flunking and I keep seeming to have crazy things like hurricanes and earthquakes take over my life.

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Three Things that Kick Butt: An Author Birthday Contest, One HUGE Contest, and the Comment Section

Hey guys! I’m super elated today! It could be the 4 cups of coffee I’ve had since waking up 2 hours ago…but I think it’s more because things are finally starting to get back to normal around here in Hoboken. Gone are the armored National Guard trucks patrolling the streets and here to stay is ELECTRICITY! I can sleep without needing 6 layers and 4 quilts! I don’t have to wear a headlamp to make my canned soup! Amazing stuff.

Now I have three very important things that I want to tell you about:

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It’s…a Hurricane Hiatus!!!

Hey guys! Well…so…there was this little thing called Hurricane Sandy that has severely disrupted my life. I live in Hoboken, NJ and, if you’ve been watching the news, you’ll know that my town was devastated. I haven’t had power for the last 5 days and finally had to evacuate my home.  Power isn’t going to be restored any time soon. It’s 11/2 and the last I heard power MAY be back on 11/9. May be. Yikes! Good thing is, I have great great friends who have welcomed me and my family in with open arms! I also have some truly moving photos of what happened. Bad thing is, the blog will be on a brief hiatus while I live with twelve other people in 2 bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side.  No joke.

If you’re interested, here’s a little glimpse into my world.

This was my view Tuesday morning:

And here it is now:

Hang in there friends…when we’re back, I will finally be able to give you that 300 Facebook Followers Book contest I promised and  my back log of YA books will be reviewed in full force! And seriously, I’ve got nothing but time on my hands right now so I’m reading up a storm.

Stay safe, friends! And any sort of encouraging words are most appreciated 🙂

xoxo

Judith

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A big fat THANK YOU aka You love us, you really love us!

Guys. I don’t say this enough: Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We started this blog only 6 months ago as a means of simultaneously venting about and relishing some truly exceptional books. Little did we know that anybody would actually read it. But you did, and still do, and for that we’re grateful. You guys are the bomb!

And now this: we’re up for a blogging award! I know, right? Woah! That’s so neat and totally unexpected. As two people who have never been nominated for anything, this is validation of the best sort. I mean, I kept hoping in high school that I’d at least get voted Best Hair or Most Likely To Succeed. “Someone will surely recognize the superiority of my silky soft locks,” I would say to myself. But it never, ever happened and now, only a few years later, we’re nominated for our quick wit and snarky words. In short, it’s amazing. We’ve come so far after only 6 months and it’s all thanks to you. Here’s to 6 more!

If anyone wants to nominate any of the other fab blogs out there or you know, nominate us over and over ad nauseum which is totally acceptable and not at all crazypants – ha! – here’s the link to the 2012 Bloggy Awards! http://thebloggyawards.blogspot.com/

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Do you want to be a guest blogger on I Love YA Fiction?

Why, hello there. Are you thinking that I’ve been reviewing less than usual? Seem a bit lackluster? You would be correct in both those regards because my blogging buddy extraordinaire, Ellen, is away for the next two weeks. Luckily for her, she’s back just in time for my birthday. If she wasn’t I’d be looking for more than just a guest blogger let me tell you…anyhoo, while she’s gone I’m in need of a guest blogger! This is the part where

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you ooh and ahh and scramble to sign up. I’m looking for someone who is willing to read and review two YA novels. One review to go up next Wednesday and another the following Wednesday. You must be: snarky, witty, intelligent, easy-going, playful, dreamy, willing to drink while reviewing, keep an eye open for that swoon factor, and like to use grammatically correct sentences in addition to correct punctuation and spelling. If these don’t apply to you, please don’t ask for the job. If interested, please leave me a comment on this post and I’ll get back to you via email. Bonus points if you already know exactly which books you’re going to review. Thanks! Happy blogging!

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No, really, I do read other things beside YA fiction…but really I don’t.

So the other day, my husband’s niece asked me, “How come you don’t do anything but read? I mean, you’re always on your kindle.”

I stared at her, dumbfounded. The kid is four so her idea of always is a little skewed. And how the heck does she know what a kindle is for that matter? “No, I’m not,” I said and even to myself it sounded a bit shrill. “I have plenty of other interests.”

“Like what? You’re always reading something.”

As my husband smirked at me from the couch, I realized that she was a) far too perceptive for a four year old and b) 100% correct. I am always on my kindle. It’s beside me when I wake up; it follows me to the coffee maker; is my constant companion as I get ready in the morning (hell, I even read the thing while blow drying my hair!); and it’s the last thing I see before drifting off each night.

Now, don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with reading but if I were to tell everyone around me that all I do is read YA fiction, they’d probably smirk like hubby and tell me to get another hobby. Because hobbies like knitting or skeet shooting are somehow more acceptable these days than reading a feel good book where the main character is generally a spunky, intelligent girl who over the course of the story learns and grows from various mistakes while either winning or losing the guy. Case in point: A friend of mine recently tried to coerce me into giving up the password on my kindle so he could check out what I’m reading. He’s evidently some sort of highbrow, book snob because when I mentioned it was a YA novel, he dropped

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the thing as if it were covered in anthrax. He just didn’t get it.

YA fiction is good. Okay, better than good. It’s fantastic. And I’m hellbent on spreading the word and making converts of us all. I use a highly scientific review system that examines the following:

How much did I like the heroine:

How much did I like the love interest:

How believable is the plot:

How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc:

How much did I want to keep reading:

****The droolworthiness of the main love interest has been known to add bonus points to a review. Likewise, the amount of self-worth the main character places in her relationship with a love interest subtracts points (Yes, Bella Swan I’m pointing a finger at you!)

Enjoy!

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