Blogging and Reading in 2013!

Like my friend and writing buddy Rebecca Sullivan (whose blog June Carol Clair I love)--and inspired by another by writer friend, Nina Badzin--this year I'm going with an unconventional New Year's resolution. I'm going to keep track of all the books I read in 2013 on my blog and include, like Nina, "pithy" reviews. Reading in 2013

I always say that I read a lot (I estimate on average 1-2 books per week), but I haven't kept track of what I've read since middle school when I went a little crazy participating in my school's Accelerated Reader program (one year I read about 1500 points worth and by eighth grade I was writing tests since I'd read so many of the books already...). So I'm excited to share the books that I read for fun (a mix of mysteries, fiction, and some YA) and for work (non-fiction about beauty, kids' activities, competition, and mainstream sociology and non-fiction)!

For each book I plan to say how I read it (on my iPad, Kindle, or in paper form) with a short description, link, and any other pertinent details. For example, here are two books I recently read:

1) Circle of Silence by Carol Tanzman (paperback version)- I enjoyed Tanzman's dancergirl (which I reviewed here) so I couldn't wait to read her latest. The main characters are new, but some of dancergirl's main characters make small appearances, tying the high school trilogy together. In the wake of Newtown was even more disturbing, but teens will appreciate the suspense, romance, and independent teen lives portrayed.

2) Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham (advance reviewer copy) [Note that the author spells her name the "right" way, ha!]- Another YA book with a plot that anyone who has ever loved NKOTB, N Sync, or One Direction will relate to-- and anyone who has ever had friends who change in high school. A fun summer read with movie-like qualities (which makes sense given the author also writes screenplays!).

Can't wait to read and write with you in 2013!