Friday Five (9/6/2013)

1. School is in full swing, which for me, means less time writing fun things like books and blog posts and more time writing essays. And strangely enough, I'm loving it. Which is probably why I'm going to keep putting myself through this madness for another two years and get a Master's degree. Although I don't know where I'll end up, part of me is thinking about staying right where I am, with this beautiful campus and quirky professors and fellow odd English majors. Even though I complain about the load a lot, I'm so grateful for all of it. How is school going for you guys?

2. I recently flew to Virginia to visit one of my best friends. It was an eye-opening experience for me, because I thought the people from my state were the nice ones. After all, there is the phrase "Minnesota nice", right? But during this visit, I came to realize that us Northerners are much more reserved than I thought. Strangers hugged me, and started up real conversations with me, and genuinely cared about who I was. Though I thought it was cool, I was unsettled. I wasn't used to so much touching and talking! Maybe this is just me, and my town, but I don't think so. We should take a page from the South's book. 

3. Something strange has been happening. There was a point - not too long ago - that all I wanted to read was young adult. I know the authors and titles and shelves better than I know the menu at Caribou Coffee, and if a customer asked me a question about another section in the bookstore, I had to research the answer rather than knowing it immediately. But now... I've been reading adult books. I know! Shocking. Of course, I had to read classics and non-fiction for school. It was just never something I read for fun. Lately I've drifted over to those books, though, and I have some new recommendations for you. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Both are extremely romantic and exciting and just addicting. After I'm done with this blog post I'm going to dive back into the latest, The Snow Child by  Eowyn Ivey. What are you reading?

4. The Some Quiet Place blog tour ended last month, and the dust has begun to settle from all the debut craziness. I'd like to once again thank all the blogs involved, posting and tweeting and reviewing the book. I'd also like to heap gratitude on the readers who picked it up in a bookstore and proceeded to express their enthusiasm for the world to see. It's been an incredible experience, and it wouldn't be without all of you.

5. If you're in the mood to laugh, and you're bored one night, you should probably go see We're the Millers. We laughed so hard we almost choked on the ice cream we'd snuck in. I mean... the popcorn we bought. 

Have a good week, you guys!