Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Salon--The Green-Eyed Monster

So, in general, I stay away from blog envy. Jealousy is a harsh mistress and I have better ways to spend my time. Every so often though, a bunch of blogs will get an ARC of a book I can't wait for and... oh, it twinges. It really does.

This happened recently with Meg Cabot's new book, Runaway. And of course, I will be out of town and no time to get to a bookstore when it *does* come out.

But late last night, I realized something. There is a bookstore near my house that seems to have no concept of what "release date" means. I think they put all the books out as soon as they come in. I frequently find things on display a week or two early. So today, I went with fingers crossed, and sure enough, there it was on the shelf.

I know that I shouldn't encourage this type of behavior but...

In other news, I seem to have some odd sort of review writer's block. It's not that I'm in a blog malaise, but when I try to write more than a basic plot description, all of my words sound stupid. I'm going to try to bust through it later tonight. I have a huge stack of reviews to write, mostly on overdue library books, so I really should get on that!

I also mentioned that I'm going out of town later this week-- it's time for the Maryland Library Association conference. I'm looking forward to it. If you're going, be sure to come see Sarah Campbell talk about her Blue Crab nonfiction winner, Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator, which is such an awesome book. Also, I'm part of a panel entitled "The Millennials Turn 30" about how those crazy millennials are more than just those damn "kids today!"

Also, crab cake! All my meals are booked, but I have to see if I can find an excuse to go the hotel restaurant, where they have crab and Boursin stuffed mushrooms that I'm still drooling over from last year!

And of course, which books will I bring to read? And what audio book should I listen to on the drive? Or should I burn off my Lady Gaga MP3s, because given how early I need to leave, I'll need the peppy?


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