Sunday Wrap-Up

Just been one of those weeks….

You know, where you’ve done absolutely nothing but lay in bed and moan and complain.

No reading. No laundry. No cleaning. No cooking. Nothing. I’ve been useless this whole past week.

And unfortunately, it’s not likely to let up as it’s not exactly an illness that will be cured instantly. It could end tomorrow or it could be another, um…. 5-7 weeks. Read into that as you will 🙂 But for a small hint: I have a doctor appointment tomorrow that I’m actually looking forward to! And that’s all I’m going to say on this since it’s incredibly early, but I’m just so darned excited!

So what have I been doing? Watching baseball! We are huge Cardinals fans so it’s been lots of fun!! My dad’s company buys season tickets every year, so I’m really hoping to be able to go to a World Series game! My husband and I were actually at the game they won the World Series in 2006 – talk about an awesome experience! I would love to be able to go to another World Series!! Although I’m not sure I want to face the Rangers, they’re pretty dang good this year.

Honestly, I didn’t even receive a single solitary book in the mail this past week, so you won’t be seeing a Mailbox Monday post tomorrow. However, my mailbox will soon be bulging because I’ve got like four Paperbackswap Box-of-Books trades going right now. *Embarrassing* because I have no self-control! Although, it’s really not my fault. My subscription was up for renewal and when you renew your name is prominent on the front page, leading to a lot of offers. That’s what I keep telling myself 🙂

Although I haven’t been reading anything this past week, I am excited that I finally got the email that I have a book on hold at the library – Envy by Gregg Olsen. I am a huge Olsen fan, I’ve read all of his adult fiction books (none of his true crime books though, I really should read those too) and I was a little unsure when I saw he had taken a step into the YA realm, but after seeing what the book blurb was, I immediately put myself on the waitlist. I hope it lives up to the expectation I have of it.

Speaking of adult fiction authors who are all of a sudden dipping into the YA genre. I’ve been really kind of curious about this recent trend. While I know this could be an entire post by itself, I only want to briefly touch on it. Harlan Coben, Gregg Olsen, John Grisham (I believe), James Patterson, the list goes on and on. Oh and I think I saw where Philip Margolin is coming out with a YA book co-written by his daughter. I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why all these authors are expanding to the YA market. It’s not necessarily that I have an issue with it, I just don’t see why all of a sudden it seems to be the cool thing to do. I mean I’m guilty of reading Coben’s Shelter, which I loved. And obviously I’m going to be reading Gregg Olsen’s Envy. I’m just not sure I understand why these successful adult fiction authors are changing directions into YA. Obviously they’re not giving up their original genres completely (or at least I hope they’re not!). Are these books just that much easier to write? Is that why they’re starting to dip into that market? I know that the YA market is booming, but is it really doing that much better than the adult fiction market? Has anyone else wondered about this lately, or is it just me? I’m just kind of curious.

Well, I think that’s probably all that I have for you guys right now. I’m off to watch the Cardinals (who are up 4-0 in the 1st!! Although there’s still a lot of baseball to play). Hope everyone has a good up-coming week and happy reading!

3 thoughts on “Just been one of those weeks….”

  1. That sounds like a good kind of sick….maybe. Although 5-7 weeks of it will get old fast. I’m hoping that you are sharing exciting news with us soon but other than that I hope you have a great week 🙂

  2. It is a good kind of sick 🙂 I doubt it lasts that long, but the way I’ve been feeling it’s as if it will never go away!!

  3. Hi Tara,
    I’m excited that you are reading Envy soon. I hope you LOVE it. About adult authors writing YA…I see what you mean. There have been a lot of them lately. I don’t have a snappy answer, but I will tell you this: So far, writing YA has been the best thing that has happened to me as a writer. I love the interaction between younger readers and the author. YA readers are the BEST!

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