New Songs, New Adult, Top Ten Book Covers, ROW80, and Summertime!

Summertime!

Well, not so's you'd notice around here, where it's cloudy and rainy and cool a lot. And not so much down under, where it's winter. Though, hey! sunshine-y news:

Trisha's band Woody's A Girl has a new album coming out!

And Whisky Trench Riders have a new song!:



In other news, the New Adult label is storming through everyone's reading lists and wishlists and now, courtesy of agent Suzie Townsend, we have a banner:


Head over to her blog for all sorts of discussions and giveaways!


Margo had a great post the other day on her favourite covers, and I thought I'd show off my own:

Top Ten Favourite Book Covers

All Day Long Stories: One of my favourite fairy tale collections as a kid

John Bellairs, The Lamp from the Warlock's Tomb: Gotta love Gorey

Diana Gabaldon, An Echo in the Bone: Aren't they evocative?

Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Neil! With purple stuff coming out of his head! Dreams!

Yasar Kemal, Kuslar da Gitti: The title of this book translates to: The Birds Have Also Gone

Madeleine L'Engle, A Wind in the Door: I loved this cover even more once I found out about these "dragons" and their fewmets

C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Pauline Baynes is one of my favourite illustrators. Every time I reread The Last Battle I cover up the page with the drawing of Tash on it because it scares me so

Kit Pearson, A Handful of Time: Not sure why I liked this when I was younger. Probably because the story was so well written, and the light on the cover just reminded me of the story and characters all over again

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lost Road: Outside of all of Tolkien's own drawings and paintings, I think John Howe comes closest to how I see the stories and legends

E. B. White, Charlotte's Web: I love the illustrations by Garth Williams. They're one of the few sets of images that stay in my head - the rest of my headspace is usually full of words.


Actually, there have been a couple of days of sunshine here and there. I documented them!

wildflowers

butterfly

wildflowers II

froggy

wildflowers III

near sunset, watching a little league game

wildflowers IV

As for ROW80... About all that can be said is that I'm doing research and trying to keep up with the Forum exercises. I'm also rereading all eight Anne of Green Gables books, which sort of counts as research for a new idea I might explore at the next NaNoWriMo. At least, that's what I'm telling myself!

It is sort of hard to concentrate with a new Neil Gaiman book out...

How are you doing on your goals?
Do you have exciting summer (or winter!) vacation plans?
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