Really. Really. Lucky.
I was in Skylight Books looking around because I said to myself, if I register to vote today, I’ll allow myself a trip to the bookstore.
Nice ay? Had to bribe myself to register to vote. I’m adulting correctly.
So like I was saying.
I was in Skylight Books looking around, picking up a lot of sci-fi/alien-themed novels, when I dropped them at the cash register and the girl looked me in the eyes and said, “You’re getting this book?”
She had the most terrified look on her face.
I was like uh, looked around, checked that my fly was up, it was because I don’t wear jeans, “yeah?”
And she proceeded to tell me the author was in the store!!!!!!
She ran and got the author, Margaret Wappler, and she signed the novel for me. I asked her what it was like to hold the book in her hands for the first time because it’s her debut novel and she said to me, “It was very satisfying. It was definitely worth it.”
If that isn’t a keep doing what you’re doing to all the aspiring writers out there like me, I don’t know what is.
So that’s Neon Green, which I checked on Barnes & Noble, and it has GREAT reviews guys. Amazing!! So please go and check it out. She’s an awesome person.
It’s the summer of 1994 in suburban Chicago: Forrest Gump is still in theaters, teens are reeling from the recent death of Kurt Cobain, and you can enter a sweepstakes for a spaceship from Jupiter to land in your backyard. Welcome to Margaret Wappler’s slightly altered 90s. Everything’s pretty much the way you remember it, except for the aliens.
When a flying saucer lands in the Allens’ backyard, family patriarch and environmental activist Ernest is up in arms. According to the company facilitating the visits, the spaceship is 100 percent non-toxic, but as Ernest’s panic increases, so do his questions: What are the effects of longterm exposure to the saucer and why is it really here?
The family starts logging the spaceship’s daily fits and starts but it doesn’t get them any closer to figuring out the spaceship’s comically erratic behavior. Ernest’s wife Cynthia and their children, Alison and Gabe, are less concerned with the saucer, and more worried about their father’s growing paranoia (not to mention their mundane, suburban existences). Set before the arrival of the internet, Neon Green will stun, unnerve, and charm readers with its loving depiction of a suburban family living on the cusp of the future.
Mothering Sunday – Graham Swift
This book is tiny and cute and I love it. Even if it’s got shit reviews.
Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild has worked as a maid at an English country house since she was sixteen. For almost all of those years she has been the clandestine lover to Paul Sheringham, young heir of a neighboring house. The two now meet on an unseasonably warm March day—Mothering Sunday—a day that will change Jane’s life forever.
As the narrative moves back and forth from 1924 to the end of the century, what we know and understand about Jane—about the way she loves, thinks, feels, sees, remembers—expands with every vividly captured moment. Her story is one of profound self-discovery, and through her, Graham Swift has created an emotionally soaring, deeply affecting work of fiction.
Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes Volume One – Josephy Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
It was an alien-themed book haul, I guess, lol.
From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a collection of episodes from Season One of their hit podcast, featuring an introduction by the authors, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.
In June of 2012, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale began airing twice-weekly podcasts. By the anniversary show a year later, the fanbase had exploded, vaulting the podcast into the #1 spot on iTunes. Since then, its popularity has grown by epic proportions, hitting more than 100 million downloads, and Night Vale has expanded to a successful live multi-cast international touring stage show and a New York Times bestselling novel. Now the first two seasons are available as books, offering an entertaining reading experience and a valuable reference guide to past episodes.
I’m reading Neon Green first… obviously.