This week's Book Blogger Hop question is: "Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year?" That's tough. I've read so many new authors this year, particularly a lot of YA authors, and there have been some gems (like Markus Zusak and Carrie Ryan). But my favorite new-to-me author from this year is Kathryn Stockett who wrote The Help. Wow, what amazing voices she gives her characters! It's phenomenal. Check out my review and pictures of me getting my book signed here.
I'm almost done reading Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter so expect a review sometime this weekend. I'm hoping all you non-gamers out there will still find my review interesting. And I'll be posting an update on Northanger Abbey soon - Friday eveningish. Not sure why I'm telling you my schedule. I think it's me thinking out loud...but in my head and onto the keyboard. OK, stopping now!
One last thing! Here are some interesting links I've found in the past couple weeks:
Man of La Book reads and reviews a variety of texts including non-fiction and historical fiction among others. He and I share a reading goal: to read through American Presidents' biographies in chronological order. On his about page he says, "I consciously decided to renew my reading habits" and out of that grew his blog. Hip-hip, hooray!
"Beyond Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters: Classics Written by Women" - a fun post with a lot of book recommendations of classic women authors.
Jane Austen Fight Club: Austen meets Palahniuk in a very funny video posted on Carin's blog.
"Reading Critically" - a post in which Chelsea discusses whether or not learning to read critically has made reading more fun or drained the magic of the experience for her. It has some great comments.