Thursday, we did this. And this. And this. And I even managed to do this. Then we also got a little wet. And saw these beautiful creatures. It was fun. Yesterday, we decorated for the formal with the theme "Life is Sweet." The huge cupcakes, lollipops, and faux chocolate frosting fountain look great. I'm thankful I was able to help bring some smiles to those students before they head off to high school.
I abandoned my goal of posting Book News last night, went to eat dinner, and crashed. For eleven hours. Yes -- I slept for eleven hours! So... Book News today.
Book Hooked Blog. I'm sure all readers in the southeast are aware of the tornadoes that ripped through the south a few weeks ago. Some readers outside the southeast probably heard about them, but I know how easily we all forget -- I heard a spot on NPR's Nashville station about help for flood victims last week. Initially I thought: what? Although it happened more than a year ago, many flood victims in Nashville are still trying to recover from the loss of their homes and possessions. The nonprofit We Are Nashville is still working to help.
The people of northeast Georgia and all across Alabama are still in the immediate stages of need in the weeks after tornadoes hit. Their homes and businesses have been destroyed. My best friend's grandmother lives in northern Alabama; a transformer near her was hit, and they've been told they probably won't have electricity for more than a month. Tuscaloosa took a terrible hit, as well. Ringgold, Georgia, lost many of their schools in addition to personal losses.
Sports stars and country music stars are reaching out to help. Authors and other book-related people are helping, too. Book Hooked Blog introduced me to All 4 Alabama, an organization formed to help the book world help Alabama tornado victims. It is an auction-style, ongoing fundraiser. Stop over and find a way to help a great cause while simultaneously scratching your book-itch. (Bonus? Julie from Book Hooked donated a fabulous wreath made from old books that I have to buy or learn to make.)
A brief list of non-tornado-related Book News tidbits from the week:
- A real-life version of Room will hit shelves this July, with Jaycee Dugard's memoir A Stolen Life (via EW's Shelf Life).
- The list-lover in me likes USA Today's Book Roundup: New Mysteries and Thrillers list.
- The Better Book Titles blog (via NPR's Monkey See). Go there. It's great, (somewhat -- ignore what you don't like & laugh at what you do) clean fun.
- A lovely NPR spotlight on reader-turned-author Wendy McClure's The Wilder Life, about the her journey to homes from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books (and a whole lot more).
- Before I head to the beach in June, I'd like a full-size e-reader (I've been using my iPod touch). Could B&N's new e-reader/tablet be it?
- Another list: 10 Devastatingly Sad Books (add your own on Twitter using #saddestbooks), a.k.a. Books My Mom Would Never Read (via NetGalley).
- The Hunger Games movie adaptation is officially casted, with Woody Harrelson joining the cast as Haymitch and Stanley Tucci as host Caesar Flickerman.
Happy reading & relaxing!