Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A letter to Taylor Jenkins Reid

Dear Taylor,

A year ago, I didn't know who you were. A couple of your book covers were vaguely familiar, but I hadn't read any of them. In July 2017, I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I fell in love, with Evelyn and with your writing. It's a book I've recommended to many, many people over the last year, and they all report back how much they love it too. It was my favorite book of 2017. It's a book that made me want to read our backlist in order. I devoured Forever, Interrupted and After I Do in fall 2017 (they both made my top 10 fiction reads of 2017), and then I made myself slow down because I didn't want to live in a world where I didn't have more of your books to read. Instead I enjoyed following you on Instagram and Twitter. I read books you recommended and was recently thrilled to discover how much we both love The Bold Type.

When I saw you were speaking at the American Library Association conference, I was ecstatic. Your speech was so much life your novels. I laughed (a lot.) I cried. And I frantically tried to write down a few quotes. I fear I didn't capture this one exactly as you said it, but it perfectly sums up why I love your books so much: "I like writing about the difference of public perception and what it's really like." I'm fascinated by that too; it's what makes me the reader I am.

Every year at ALA, there's one book I'm most excited about or one author I'm most excited to meet. This year, it was you and your so-far-away-it-hasn't-even-really announced new novel, Daisy Jones & The Six. (Note: it is available for pre-order. It published March 5, 2019.) Obviously, this year it was you. When I introduced myself, I couldn't believe you recognized nomadreader and jumped up to hug me. Thank you for your books, and thank you for your joy at meeting readers.

Part of me wanted to wait to read Daisy so I can savor it, but I already started it. It's a good thing I still have two more of your backlist titles to read when I'm done.

With much love from one of your biggest fans,
Nomadreader

P.S. Readers, if you haven't read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, it's out in paperback with a gorgeous cover.:
 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Win a copy of The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai


Update: A winner has been drawn. Congratulations, Andy B!

Today I'm thrilled to celebrated the publication of Rebecca Makkai's latest novel, The Great Believers, by giving away a copy to one of you. It's already received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist

Here's a synopsis: "In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster."

To enter, fill out the form below by 11:59 p.m. (Central time) on Thursday, June 21st. I'll randomly select a winner. (Open to U.S. residents only.) Good luck!




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Monday, June 18, 2018

Oh, hi!

Dear readers,

Hi, there.

I haven't been around much this year. Remember how I managed to blog so much in January that I wrote more posts than I wrote in all of 2017? That was awesome. Then I got home from Thailand and blogging fell apart again. Reading fell apart for awhile too. I've been seeing a lot of movies, and that's fun too.

But I miss this space. I miss writing. I miss the comments and conversations. I miss the accountability to write about what I'm reading (and watching, doing, eating, and seeing.) I've been thinking about how to find my way back to regularly writing and posting, and today I decided just to jump in and do it honestly.

Tomorrow, I'm back with an awesome giveaway for y'all.

Thanks for still being here,

Nomadreader

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