Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Five! (6)

1. My TBR pile is officially out of control.
This doesn't include the 5-ish egalleys I have on my iPad. I have been good about sticking to my ban on buying new books, but that didn't stop me from stopping by the library to get 3 books and HP5 on audio. And then after I took this picture I found 2 books that were hiding on the wrong shelf and I got another ARC in the mail. Zoinks.

The thing is...this is just my YA-ish TBR. I also have a Big Kid TBR pile, but, let's be real...I probably won't read any of those books any time soon. Well, I am in the middle of Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner,  so I guess I do read Big Kid books every now and then. (But I only started reading that one because I forgot to bring a book when I went to the beach, and Good In Bed happened to be in my trunk.)

2. I'm feeling unbelievably frumpy and gross this summer. I've gained about 12 lbs since January thanks to lazy eating and an even lazier lifestyle. I keep NOT going to yoga in favor of sitting on my couch. I'm spending all of my time in jeans and Target t-shirts...not that there is anything wrong with that. I just don't feel cute. And I haven't bought anything new forever since I am on a teacher's summer break fixed income. I just feel BLAH x 100.

I have SCBWI LA coming up and I am sort of dreading it because I pride myself on looking put together at these things, but I don't feel put together right now. I feel like a flabby disaster. I'm already a disaster anyway (you can ask my friend Heather about how I spilled coffee, knocked things over, had 1,000 things falling out of my bag, etc at any given minute last year), but at least I felt like an attractive bull in a china shop. This year? Not so much. Hopefully I can pull myself together in the next few weeks. (Spoiler: It's not looking good.)

If you see me at SCBWI LA and I look a fright, please don't judge me.

3. Oh crap. I just realized I'll have to buy books to get signed at SCBWI LA. So much for that book buying ban.

4. So, I love Harry Potter, obvs, but the release of the final movie is not causing me the same existential crisis as it is causing a lot of my friends. I read the series for the first time in 2008, after it was already complete, so I didn't "grow up" with Harry the way a lot of you did. I'm sad that this is the last movie, but it's not the end of an era or anything for me.

I'm feeling a bit like a poser in the HP fan pissing contest.

5. I'll end with some awesome news. Yesterday on Twitter, my amazingly talented friend Macy Beckett posted this:

This is really awesome news. If you have a chance, go give her some love on Twitter. And you know what happens around here when there is good news to share! This guy comes out to play!


Want to know the truth? I have never read a romance novel. Can you believe it? I was going to pick one up one of these days, but I think I'm going to wait until Macy's first book comes out...I'll let her de-virginize me. I figure my first time should be a good friend, right? ;-)

Happy weekend, everyone! Tonight I'm crashing a wedding (heh), and tomorrow I'll be dragging my poser ass to the movie theater for Harry Potter. Hope you all have some fun plans! 


  1. 'I was going to pick one up one of these days, but I think I'm going to wait until Macy's first book comes out...I'll let her de-virginize me. I figure my first time should be a good friend, right? ;-)'

    Lol! Love it ;)

  2. One way to get through the TBR pile is to actually sit down and read.

  3. Yeah, I'm right there with you on the feeling frumpy part. All I wear these days is yoga pants and loose t-shirts, and I keep telling myself to go to the gym and for some reason it just doesn't happen. I'm sure you still look absolutely lovely, but I know what it's like when you don't feel it.

    I was going to say I'd never read a romance novel either, but I read a Fern Michaels trilogy when I was in high school as a favor to my mom (someone loaned them to her and she couldn't bring herself to read them). I ended up naming my puppy after the dashing young hero who dies tragically during a war.

  4. The dancing banana didn't show up in my reader so I'm so glad I came to comment!

    Yay Macy! I can't wait to read her book!

    I'm sad you feel frumpy. Smile gorgeous!

    My TBR pile is Goliath to your David. I guess I could just sit down and read but then how could I marvel over it's vastness or lament over how long it's been since I've had time to read?

  5. I agree about the HP dramz. It is a little over the top for me.

    Your TBR list is nothing. I think I own 150 books I haven't read. I clearly have a book buying addiction.

  6. I'm not a tweeter at all, definitely a lurker on the ole twitter. But I am following you now :)
    Sorry you're feeling so blah, I know it's easier said than done-but get back to yoga girl! Now that my kids are old enough for the gym daycare, I am back to going to classes again and it's been so healing for me on so many levels.

  7. Glad to see someone with TBR stacks even higher than my own. Get yourself to a pool and into a lounge chair so you can read those books!

    Congrats to your friend Macy. That's amazing news!