What's Up Wednesday - YALC Mini-Recap

Oh, hello, Wednesday! It's time for Jaime and Erin's What's Up Wednesday!

What I'm Reading

I finished Thirteen and quite liked it. It was exactly the kind of easy going thriller I needed.  Then I finally got back to the Jack Ryan series and wooooow, The Sum of All Fears totally made up for the disappointment that was Clear and Present Danger.  I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!! All 914 pages of it :D It was a real slow build, but when it got going WOW WOW WOW. It was like 24 meets Top Gun. I loved it! Annoyingly, these books are still out of print in the UK, so I'm waiting the next in the series to arrive from The Book Depository.

Then I really changed gears and read E. Lockhart's We Were Liars. I picked it up at YALC on Saturday. The lady at the Hot Key Books table was so enthusiastic, I couldn't say no to her. I don't want to say anything about this book other than read it and see what you think. I liked it. Read it in one go if possible.

Yesterday I read Seven Second Delay. It's been a while since I read a good dystopia, and I can safely say this one is very intriguing, with a good concept.  Fast paced and full of action, too. Highly recommended for anyone who loves dystopians but has been a little burnt out by them lately.

Now I'm heading back to the world of Jack Reacher with Persuader.

What I'm Writing

Blog posts, mostly.  I decided to take the summer off from any new projects... but my brain is chewing over several things, including a total rewrite of Resistance.  I want to hold off for now, though. Work's a bit too intense to try anything new. Instead, I'm going to let my imagination run wild and see what I can come up with ;)

What Else I'm Up To

YALC in London at the weekend was AMAZING :D Malorie Blackman, the Children's Laureate, arranged it and it was a spectacular event.  You can find my detailed report here, but suffice to say it was a brilliant day meeting fellow bloggers Emma, Laura and Sophie, and indulging all my bookish desires.  I got to meet Malorie herself *and* Charlie Higson, author of the amazing Young Bond series.  I sincerely hope YALC returns next year, and if you ever have a chance to attend it, or a book con local to you, go, go, go! It is so much fun!

What Inspires Me

YALC! Being around so many writers, published and unpublished, and listening to the panels was so inspiring. That is my world and one day, I will be a published part of it.

And my book will go on the wall! :D

Comments

  1. WE WERE LIARS just came in at the library for me, so I might have to put the book I'm currently reading on hold and tackle it instead, especially since I'm sure there's a waiting list for it. I've heard so many great comments about it that I'm super curious to know what all the hype is about!

    I hope you enjoy taking a break from your writing projects, even if the reason is because you're busy with work. :)

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    1. Read it before someone spoils it ;) And it's a very quick read.

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  2. It's a good reminder for me that blog posts count as actual writing! I HAVE been writing this summer. Yay! Success! And that YALC sounds like it was fantastic! Have a great week!

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    1. Exactly my thinking ;)

      YALC was great! Can't wait for the next one.

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  3. Yes, I'd recommend WE WERE LIARS to everyone! Even if I can't quite sort out how I felt about it, the Book Hangover doesn't happen with every book I read!

    Yay for YALC! ^_^ And yes, one day, we WILL be a part of it! :D

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    1. I liked it. The twist doesn't live up to the likes of Gone Girl, but it was still good.

      Woo, go us! :D

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  4. I thought WE WERE LIARS was fabulous. I've got my mom reading it now! YALC sounds like it was a blast. What an inspiration. I hope you have a wonderful week, Cole!

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    1. It's definitely a book to make other people read so you can talk about it without spoiling someone.

      Thanks, Katy!

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  5. I've thought about reading the Jack Ryan series, but your rave about THE SUM OF ALL FEARS makes me think I should read it first (especially since you weren't impressed with the novel CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER). Do I need to read the previous novels before this one? Or is it enough that I've seen the three Jack Ryan movies? :)

    I'm pleased to see book events like YALC taking place in the UK. It always seems like the writing conferences and book fairs all happen over here, and I know my non-US friends get frustrated with the lack of attention. May there be more cool events like this on that side of the pond! :)

    Have a wonderful week, Cole!

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    1. I was so hesitant to read The Sum of All Fears after how disappointing Clear And Present Danger was, but it was *amazing*! You probably *could* read it without reading the other books, although you'll be missing out a lot of the little details that the films didn't cover.

      Yeah, it's great to have YA events here. I soooooo need them to give us another one!

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  6. YALC sounds like it was tons of fun! I'd love to go to a book conference sometime. I'm glad you had a great time and got to meet some other bloggers too. :-) I really enjoyed WE WERE LIARS too. There's just something about the way that it's written that really appealed to me. Have a great week, Cole! And have fun thinking up all those awesome story ideas.

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    1. It was an amazing experience. Next time I'm there for the entire weekend for sure!

      It's a very prettily written book - quite poetic at times. It seems quite simple on the surface, but I liked the small details that hinted at so much more. I liked it :)

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  7. I keep seeing We Were Liars everywhere - I guess I'll have to pick it up at some point!

    Have fun letting your imagination do its thing; sometimes it's nice to take a break after finishing a project. ^__^

    I'm glad you had fun at YALC - I'm hoping I can go myself next year! Have a great week!

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    1. Definitely! You can read it in a few hours. It's a good book.

      I'm planning to do the whole weekend next time. I'm sure they'll run it again.

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  8. YALC sounds absolutely amazing!! And how fun that you got to meet some of the other fantastic book bloggers/friends of the interwebs.

    I've heard all sorts of good things about WHEN WE WERE LIARS. Definitely going to have to add it to the TBR pile.

    Hope you have an amazing week!

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    1. It was so good! :D

      Definitely add it to the TBR pile!

      Thanks, you too!

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  9. I'm glad you had fun at YALCon. It sounded amazing. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you liked reading about it.

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  10. YALC sounds awesome. Someday I have to go to a convention like that, though I'll probably have to arrange travel to and from the big city. I can't see any major book expos being held at Albany.

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    1. Yeah, I had to get to London, but that's never too much trouble, and it was absolutely worth it.

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  11. Neat book wall! YALC sounds so fun. My dream :) Thanks for giving a small peek.

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    1. It was great! :D

      You're welcome for the peek ;)

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  12. YALC sounds amazing. I'm totally jealous. Maybe I'll have to go to London for the next one. :)

    Have a great week!

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  13. Wow, that was a lot of books read! I'm going to my first conference next week, super excited! I'm glad you had a good time at yours!

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    1. Cheers!

      Have an amazing time at your conference.

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  14. YAY for We Were Liars! What a powerful little book, right? I'm going to add Seven Second Delay to my goodreads. Haven't heard of it but color me intrigued!

    YALC seemed like a lot of fun. I totally need to go to a book con one of these days & just meet more of my lovely blog people. Love the book wall!

    Oh and I hope you're proud of yourself for introducing another candidate into the World Cup of Hotness. I am never going to claw my way out of the Tumblr hole now... (While Sarah was surprised by the German goalkeeper, my fave was Mats Hummels.)

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    1. Powerful indeed. I hope you enjoy Seven Second Delay :D

      ;) Thierry is a god among men.

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  15. YALC sounds like a blast! I love hobnobbing with other writers. It's so fun, and YES so motivating! One day your book will not only be on that wall, but on my bookshelf as well! ^_^

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    1. Hee hee hee, I love the term "hobnobbing" because it's a type of cookie here :P

      You are so sweet! Can't wait for that day <3

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  16. I had We Were Liars out from the library, but had to return it before I could read it. I might buy it for my Kindle to read on my vacation...yeah...that's the excuse I'll give myself ;)

    YALC sounds like it was a blast! Hooray for getting to go!

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  17. YALC sounds fantastic! I'm so jealous. :) And I have got to get around to reading WE WERE LIARS. I keep hearing such good things. Have a great week!

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    1. It was amazing :D

      Hope you enjoy We Were Liars. Well worth reading.

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  18. Wow, you are a voracious reader! (I also enjoyed your post on TBR piles)

    YALC sounds like a really fun and inspiring experience. I hope your book will be up on that wall soon!

    -Kam :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed that post. I had a lot of fun putting it together :D

      I hope so too!

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  19. YALC sounds amazing! I'm on a writing break for a few weeks too and trying to catch up on reading. Love all the new books I'm diving into. :)

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