So, I accidentally took a week off from blogging and reading YA (puppy training books are another story). I hope ya'll didn't miss me too much... Life has been a bit crazy around here the past month or so. My kids have all gotten sick, but each about a week after the other, so I've pretty much had a sick kid home every week for the past three weeks. Then of course, there was Valentine's Day stuff. My kids are the creative type and they aren't happy with fill-in-the-blank Spongebob valentines for their friends. No, we have to make the annual Conversation Heart Cookies and handmade tags to go with them. While I love baking, I do not love baking, icing, and hand-piping names and messages on 90+ cookies! They did come out beautifully, but it took me three days to pull it off. Along with that, we have the Christmas puppy, Marvel, (see picture below) and the housebreaking and chewing have been a handful (it's been 16 years since I've had a puppy, and I had forgotten what it was like). Add to that her 4-day stint with diarrhea (never accidentally allow a 15 week old puppy access to her fill of cat food!) and while I didn't plan a week-long blog vacation, it kind of happened.
Anyway, I'm back now, and I have some great reviews coming up over the net few days. Look for my glowing gush-fest of A Million Suns by Beth Revis, a review of the audio version of E. Lockhart's first Ruby Oliver book, The Boyfriend List, and my yet-to-be-determined take on the newly released Pure by Julianna Baggott. Also, I'm thinking of doing a giveaway, but haven't decided what to give away yet... I have signed hardcovers of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins and Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Both are fabulous, and both have sequels coming out soon. Anyone have an opinion on which I should give away first?