Friday Five (11/23/12)

1. It's the day after Thanksgiving, and I am still reluctant to put on non-stretchy pants. Needless to say, it was a fantastic day. Lewis even got some turkey out of it, lucky dog. Clarke just gave it a disdainful sniff. He is a cat, after all. Anyway, I hope the rest of you had a fantastic 22nd. It's always a good reminder to remember the good things in our lives. Like family, and food. Those are the big ones, I think!

2. I'm sad to report that NaNoWriMo did not happen for me this year. Too much was going on with work and school. Not to mention that I had just finished a new manuscript at the end of October, so I was deep in revisions for that. Maybe next year. But I hope those of you who stayed strong are kicking writerly butt!

3. I went and saw Breaking Dawn this past weekend. Now, please don't hate me, but up until this point I really just found the movies cringe-worthy. There were good moments, of course. Don't get me wrong. I just had to giggle during some of the scenes that were supposed to be serious. So when I settled back in the chair for Part Two, I was expecting more of the same. Except... it didn't happen. People, this is a good movie. The best out of all of them, in my opinion. I laughed, I cried, I stared, and during one scene that I won't spoil for you, I think my mouth actually fell open. So go see it. That's my advice.

4. A few days ago I came home to find some surprise packages on my doorstep. All from different people and publishers, all containing beautiful ARCs that I've been lusting after. It was like they all conspired to send everything at once, so that horrible day would have no choice but to improve. Basically, I've been reading nonstop since then. If you guys are looking for books to add to your 2013 to-read list, I insist you check out Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter. It was so amazing I finished it in one day. My review is on that page, so if you really want to hear me fan-girl some more, you can have your fill.

5. Finally, I wanted to thank everyone who took part in the Some Quiet Place cover reveal. It was an incredible day full of supportive blog posts, tweets, and e-mails. Gabrielle (Mod Podge Bookshelf) and me were hoping for 500 entries in the giveaway, and now there are well over 1,800. Um, yeah. You guys are just amazing. As thanks, we're adding one more pre-order to the giveaway, so now there will be two winners! You can put your name in the form every day, so don't forget to stop by.