Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lighter Side of Life and Death

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Thanks Jill!

This week I'm waiting on....

The Lighter Side of Life and Death by C.K. Kelly Martin

Release Date: May 25, 2010

Acclaimed YA author C. K. Kelly Martin offers a sexy, soulful story of one confused boy, two girls, and all the complications that ensue in this romantic feel-good love story that celebrates friendship, first love, first lust, and second chances.

Sixteen-year-old Mason Rice is having the night of his life. He's just delivered an incredible performance in the school play, basked in celebratory afterglow vibes at the party of the year, and lost his virginity to one of his best friends—the gorgeous but previously unobtainable Kat Medina. His dreams are coming true, and the future looks golden.

Unfortunately, Kat sees things very differently. Crossing the friendship line was a big mistake, and all she wants is to forget it and move on, even if that means forgetting Mason altogether. What's a guy to do? Well, if you're Mason, you hang your hopes on the first attractive twenty-three-year-old you cross paths with. At first Mason wonders if he's imagining the chemistry . . until Colette invites him over to her apartment. Suddenly Mason's living in a whole new world
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-I read an excerpt from this book on the author's website. I was already intrigued by the title, (which doesn't seem to fit the subject matter so I want to know how that ties in) and the first chapter only made me want to read more. I think my attention was first drawn to this book because I saw the cover somewhere and it had an African American guy on it (yup that's usually all it takes for me to give a cover a 2nd glance). First lust isn't something I normally read about, but I need to expand my reading in YA and I've already read one positive review of this novel at Good Addiction Finally, I tend to like novels with guy main characters more often than I like novels with girl main characters. Not sure why this is, part of it may be because I love guys' frank sense of humor and easy going ways.

Reading in Color News

My blogaversary is coming up in 3 months (July). I'm not sure what to do. I know I want to have a giveaway if possible and a really great post about a year of Reading in Color, but that's all I've got so far. And perhaps that's enough. I'm not comfortable with asking authors and other bloggers to sing my praises in guest posts (plus if you read my blog, you know that I'm a complete dork with some good moments, haha), but I see many bloggers who do that. I see no problem with that, I love reading guest posts about bloggers, especially bloggers whose blogs I follow regularly and talk to quite often, but I don't think it's for me. Anyone have any suggestions of ways to celebrate my blogaversary?


  1. How about in your post about your year highlighting your favorite or best reviews and comments as well as the posts you're really proud of?

  2. @Akilah-I was planning on including some discussion posts butn ot reviews. But now that you mention it, I think I will! *wheels turning in head*

  3. ahh I can't spell *but not reviews*

  4. Ooh, this looks really good!! Thanks for sharing, I'm adding it to my to read list!

  5. Looking forward to the Blogaversary. And thanks for commenting on my review of The Dreamer at Readergirlz. I'm glad they're fixing the mistake so quickly. If you'd like, I can send you my copy, the one where I corrected it by hand in green pen.

  6. Happy early blog birthday! I have no brilliant suggestions for how to celebrate - I always miss mine because it's in December and I get all tied up with Christmas stuff at that time.

  7. @carrie-Yay! It does look quite good.

    @Lyn-Me too! I'm suprisingly excited for it. I think I'm going to re-read some of the books I read when I was first starting out and maybe re-review them or add to their reviews since I didn't start out writing well-written reviews and I only had full ratings, not half. Oooo that would be wonderful, thank you!

    @Jenny-Thanks! Always miss yours? Sounds like you've been blogging for awhile! Understandable with it being Christmastime. The birth of my blog was the birth of my great nation, America :)

  8. Ari, this cover doesn't look POC to me! It looks like the face on the right is just in shadow! I only assumed it had a POC character when I saw Kat's last name is "Medina." But either way I am looking forward to this book --even though it's so creepy when a 23 yr old wants a 16 yr old! Eighteen, people, EIGHTEEN!!!

    I'm really excited for your blogoversary! I remember that for Sarah's (Green Bean Teen Queen) blogoversary, she wrote down a few tips/advice that she learned during her first year as a blogger along with her giveaway. I thought that was a great idea!

  9. @Kris-The face could be in a shadow, but I actually thought the guy was African American. Hmm. I wasn't completely sure though until I read the summary of the last book (btw, Kat Medina is Filipino. Sometimes I make the mistake of thinking a character or person is Latino/a but they are Filipino. Both POC, but obviously different cultures. I may be one of the few people who do this though.) It is creepy, but it happens and it's an intriguing topic!

    I was thinking of doing something along those lines too; I've learned so much :) Aww i'm so glad your excited. I just have to think of a super awesome giveaway that says thank you to my followers along with a post that's not too sappy or discombobulated. lol

  10. Only a year? Seems like you've always been with us!

  11. @campbele-I agree! I couldn't believe it either, but I was looking at old posts
    (that made me blush with how awful they were, thank you for sticking with me!) and realized it's almost been a year. Wow

  12. Lol sorry this is really late but I had to comment on the Latino/Filipino thing! No, you are definitely not alone in this, people do it all the time and it's perfectly understandable. Since the Spanish colonized all sorts of peoples, Mexicans and Filipinos included, they share Spanish last names, as well as lingering aspects of Spanish culture, such as words/terms, Catholicism, and food. My mom is Filipino and her last name is Hernandez! :-)


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