I’m back from my (sort-of) blog hiatus! I’ll be easing back into the blogging scene with posts once or twice weekly, and I’m planning an update post in the near future to let you all know what exciting things I’ve been working on behind the scenes.
But first—my quarterly reading list post!
I would just like to point out that for the first time in my entire life, I am on track to read 100 books this year. I’m trying not to get neurotic about making it a personal challenge, but still… it could happen!
I would also like to mention how ridiculously hard it’s going to be to choose my Top 10 Reads of 2014 at the end of this year. 50 books in, and there are already 20+ books that could easily make the list. I don’t know if there’s something in the water or what, but books have been amazing this year! Which is probably why I’ve already hit 50 reads… so many of them I just didn’t want to put down.
As far as some of my favorites from this last quarter…
If you follow me on Twitter you know that I LOVED WITH A GREAT BURNING PASSION Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I could not have imagined a more fulfilling conclusion to one of my favorite series of all time.
I also had the pleasure of reading ARCs for two fantastic upcoming books: Firebug by Lish McBride (release date: September 23) and Storm Siren by Mary Weber (release date: August 19). They both had me smitten from page one and I highly recommend adding them to your TBR pile!
Lastly, I have to mention a book that is a slight deviation from my normal reading list (a.k.a. not YA), but that I found captivating and brilliant in every way. It also had one of the smartest endings I’ve ever read. Vicious by Victoria Schwab. The book takes everything you know about good and evil, heroes and villains, and turns it all on its head. I thought this book was absolute genius!
My entire reading list for 2014 (so far) is below, with many, many more fabulous reads!
1. Plus One, by Elizabeth Fama
2. The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
3. Fool, by Christopher Moore
4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
5. Winterspell, by Claire Legrand
6. Star Cursed, by Jessica Spotswood
7. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
8. Splintered, by A.G. Howard
9. Revolutions for Fun and Profit, by Ryan Shattuck
10. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
11. Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi
12. Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi
13. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
14. My Life as an Experiment, by A.J. Jacobs
15. Passionate Persuasion, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
16. Also Known As, by Robin Benway
17. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel, by Daniel Cooney
18. Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles, by Arne Bellstorf (graphic novel)
19. Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir & Khalil (graphic novel)
20. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige
21. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
22. Firebug, by Lish McBride
23. The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
24. Devine Intervention, by Martha Brockenbrough
25. The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats
26. Symbols of Love, by Denny Lee and Josh Stoneman
27. Bubbly on Your Budget, by Marjorie Hillis
28. Choker, by Elizabeth Woods
29. The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen
30. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon (graphic novel)
31. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
32. Vicious, by Victoria Schwab
33. Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor
34. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton
35. Of Neptune, by Anna Banks
36. Hatter, by Daniel Coleman (first publication; to be re-released Fall 2014)
37. Ashen Winter, by Mike Mullin
38. Shards & Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
39. Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod
40. I Heart You, You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder
41. Bad Boys of the Black Hills, and Some Wild Women, Too, by Barbara Fifer
42. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (graphic novel)
43. Haunted Deadwood: A True Wild West Ghost Town, by Mark Shadley and Josh Wennes
44. Untitled, by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)
45. Storm Siren, by Mary Weber
46. Enthralled, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
47. Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)
48. Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)
49. Threats of Sky and Sea, by Jennifer Ellision
50. Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo
The news has just been released, complements of USAToday.com. I’ll have a new full-length novel coming out in January titled FAIREST: Levana’s Story, and just like the title suggests, this book will be delving into the backstory of Queen Levana, the wicked tyrant of The Lunar Chronicles.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told … until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
On sale January 27, 2015.
Yes, this means that WINTER has been pushed back to November of 2015, but it also means that I will have not one, but TWO books releasing next year! (With HEARTLESS to follow shortly after in 2016!)
HAVE QUESTIONS ON FAIREST, WINTER, AND THE LUNAR CHRONICLES? I’ll be answering them during our Google Chat, this Wednesday, June 18, at 9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST. Hope to see you there!
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
Congrats to our winners, Shiela and Alex! You will be contacted shortly.
June is National Audiobook Month, and we’re celebrating today by giving away – what else? Audiobooks!
The Lunar Chronicles audiobooks are narrated by Rebecca Soler, who does an amazing job at bringing the characters and story to life. I’m so thrilled to be working with her and Macmillan audio! (Even though I didn’t really do anything… except, you know, write the books.)
You can listen to the first chapter of the Cress audiobook here:
And now here’s your chance to own it! I have TWO Cress audiobooks hanging out in my giveaway stash, so they’ll soon be going home to two lucky winners.
How to Enter: Easy! Leave a comment to this blog post, answering the below question. Last year I asked why you love audiobooks, and the year before that I asked what your favorite audiobook is. For this year’s question, how about…
If you’ve listened to any Lunar Chronicles audiobooks, which character voice/accent do you love the most? If you haven’t listened to them, which character are you most looking forward to hearing brought to life?
(Open internationally. Two randomly selected commenters will be chosen and contacted on Monday, June 23.)
Important note #1: If you’re reading this on an outside feed, such as Goodreads, please click through to the original post on http://www.marissameyer.com/blog to leave your comment.
Important note #2: Sometimes my web site decides to randomly pick on someone and not let them leave a comment. if you receive an error message, please use the contact link at the top of this page to let me know and I’ll manually approve your comment.
Good luck and Happy Audiobook Month!
I interrupt this blogging hiatus (again) to announce that there are big things a-brewing.
This summer, my publisher and I will be making an announcement regarding the Lunar Chronicles and some awesome things that you guys have to look forward to. I am really excited about it and I think you will be, too!
(And before you guys get all a-twitter, I will tell you that it’s not movie- or TV-related. But it IS big.)
In preparation for the big announcement, Macmillan is hosting their first ever fan video contest!
To Enter: Create a video where you tell us why the Lunar Chronicles is THE BEST THING EVER, who your favorite character is, and why you’ll love them forever. Upload the video to YouTube and submit the link with the rest of your information here to enter the contest!
One grand prize winner will receive a Lunar Chronicles-branded tablet filled with Lunar Chronicles goodies, a signed set of CINDER, SCARLET, and a personalized CRESS by Marissa Meyer, and an exclusive sneak peek at book four! (Whoa, even I didn’t know about the sneak peek until I copied this from the contest’s entry page, lol!)
Five first place winners will receive a signed set of CINDER, SCARLET and CRESS by Marissa Meyer, and an Iko-branded USB filled with Lunar Chronicles goodies.
The rest? You’ll win eternal Lunar Chronicles and Internet glory!
The contest deadline is June 13, so be sure to submit your entry by then. GOOD LUCK!
Our Big Announcement will come later in June—stay tuned for more info!
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P.S. I asked my publisher about the age and US-only thing, and here is their response:
Anyone over the age of 13 is able to submit a video but only people over 18 and in the US are qualified for the prizing. This is because YouTube doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to be qualified for promotions.
We just published a blog post on MacTeenBooks to try and help clarify: http://www.macteenbooks.com/contest-2/lunarchronicles-madness/
We set up a separate giveaway for people 13 and up in the US and Canada to spread the love as far as possible: http://www.macteenbooks.com/giveaways/lcsweeps.php
Huge thanks to Felicia from The Geeky Blogger for inspiring me not only to join the Readathon last weekend but also to read for charity for the first time. I think this is a brilliant idea and I’ll definitely continue it in the future!
And thanks to everyone who read and posted and commented and donated during the Readathon. Way to be awesome, book people!
Time for Some Dollar Amounts:
My Earned Donation: $114.00
Donations from other readathonners:
Felicia S. (@thegeekyblogger): $266.00
Lucy @ The Reading Date: $100.00
Vivienne (Muse): $35.00
Melanie Simmons (@MLsimmons): $75.65
Peta @ The Bookling: £50 (= $84.00)
Equaling $610.65 for a variety of charities!
Bonus! Readathonners who read from Lunar Chronicles earned:
Vasilly: Cress for $5.00
Anna: Cinder for $5.00
Laura: 2 Short Stories for $4.00
Lucy @ The Reading Date: 3 short stories for $6.00
Jenna: Cinder for $5.00
Felicia S.: Cress for $5.00
Sarah: Scarlet for $5.00
Nadia: Cinder for $5.00
ALL FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF…. $764.65! *high fives*
I’ll be making the donation to Reach Out and Read today. Well done, everyone.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging hiatus.
Good morning and welcome to the 24-Hour Readathon!
I’ll be balancing my reading time while also taking part in a massive community garage sale, so… there might not be a whole lot of reading the first part of this day. (Oppositely, it might rain all day, and then I shall Read All The Books!)
I am not a fast reader, so I have a fairly light goal for the day of four books. (Which would equal $80.00 for my charity: Reach Out and Read.) Anything extra is bonus!
First up: Choker by Elizabeth Woods
I’ll be posting my progress right here, and on Twitter, when I can.
Now Reading: Choker by Elizabeth Woods (okay, I’m probably still sleeping, but I will be reading this when I wake up, and get my garage sale underway…)
Hours missed: 0
Books read: 0
Money Raised: $0.00
5:00 p.m. – half way!
Our garage sale is finally over! Next up: a relaxing bubble bath and book #2.
Now Reading: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
Hours missed: 5
Books read: 1
Money Raised: $43.00
Two fantastic books so far! I’m switching it up now with a graphic novel that’s been on my list for AGES.
Now Reading: Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon
Hours missed: 5.5
Books read: 2
Money Raised: $68.00
I am starting to feel a little sleepy… but determined to meet my four-book goal!
Now Reading: The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
Hours missed: 5.5
Books read: 3
Money Raised: $88.00
Midnight – tapping out!
I made it to midnight before my eyes got too heavy. Halfway through The Winner’s Curse and absolutely loving it! But unfortunately I couldn’t make my four-book goal… ah well. Good progress was made, and money was raised!
My final stats:
Hours missed: 10.5 ($21.00)
Books read: 3.5 ($70.00)
Blog comments: 20 ($20.00)
For a total of $111.00 for Reach Out and Read!
On Monday I’ll total it up with my matched amounts from other read-for-charity readathonners as well and let you know what it all adds up to!
Are you Reading, too?
Leave a comment on this post, let us know what you’re reading, and leave a link to your blog or twitter feed where readers can go cheer you on!
Are you Reading for Charity?
Don’t forget to post your total charity amount to my Read for Charity blog post by Monday morning!
You can still help me raise money for my charity by leaving a comment to this blog post. What do you wish you were reading today? Have you ever done a readathon or do you plan on doing one in the future? Or you can comment with general goodwill and cheerleading. (But please, no spamming, even with good intentions.)
Every comment earns $1.00 for Reach Out and Read!
And don’t forget to go visit other participants and cheer them on too! Go Team!
I interrupt this self-imposed blog hiatus to announce a really cool reading challenge, and your chance to spread some good cheer while burning through your TBR list!
WHAT: The Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon
THE CHALLENGE: Read for 24 hours. Straight. Too intimidating? That’s okay – just read as much as you can!
WHEN: This Saturday, April 26. (It officially kicks off 8:00 am EST / 5:00 am PST. See what that means for your time zone here: http://24hourreadathon.com/start-times/)
WHERE: Encouraging blog posts and challenges will be featured throughout the day at http://24hourreadathon.com. You’re also encouraged to post your progress on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts.
This will be my third time participating in the readathon, though it’s been a few years since the last time I did it. I’m not sure I’ll hit all 24-hours (okay, I’m relatively certain that I won’t…), but I’m going to give it a shot all the same!
And this year, I’ve been inspired by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger to add in a new twist.
This Saturday, I’ll not only be crossing some books off my teetering TBR stack. I’ll also be Reading for Charity.
Specifically, I’ll be donating to Reach Out and Read: “Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.”
How does Reading for Charity work? Check out Felicia’s blog post for the full details, and to see how she breaks down her charitable giving/reading goals.
My personal donation goals are:
– $20.00 for each book I read
– $2.00 for every hour I miss
– $1.00 for every comment left on my Saturday readathon blog post (not to be confused with this blog post)
On top of that, I thought – what can I do to encourage other people to join in the Readathon and also Read for Charity? Which gave me this idea:
I will personally match the donation amounts that other read-a-thonners donate, AND include an additional donation for every Lunar Chronicles book or short story that is read during the day!
So, okay. That all sounds super complicated, but I think it’s going to work out pretty well.
Want to participate? Here’s how!
Step 1. Sign up to be a reader here: http://24hourreadathon.com/2014/03/31/april-2014-reader-sign-ups/
Step 2: Choose your charity. Don’t have a favorite charity? Check out http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to find one that fits your philanthropic spirit. Or you’re welcome to join me in supporting Reach Out and Read.
Step 3: Assign dollar amounts to your specific goals. You can assign any amount that you’d like, for any achievement you like! Blog comments, challenges completed, audiobooks listened to… it’s up to you! See Felicia’s suggested breakdowns here.
Step 4: Wake up early on Saturday morning, start yourself a pot of coffee, and read your little heart out! Don’t forget to follow http://24hourreadathon.com to be a part of the readathon community throughout the day.
I will also blog about my progress sporadically on Saturday. Feel free to stop by and leave a comment and link to your own blogs so that we can all cheer each other on!
Step 5: At the end of the readathon, tally up your success, and make your donation to your charity of choice.
Step 6: Leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST with your grand total. And feel free to brag about your readathon successes and let us know what books you conquered during the event!
Please leave your comment by Monday at 9:00 a.m. PST.
Bonus: If you read a Lunar Chronicles novel or short story (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Glitches, The Queen’s Army, or The Little Android) during the readathon, list them in your blog comment as well! I will donate an additional $5.00 per novel and $2.00 per short story for each one read during the event.
On Monday, I’ll tally up all the donation amounts and match your totals in an additional donation to Reach Out and Read.
Now I’m off to prioritize my book stack…
I’ve been attempting to drum up my enthusiasm to return to blogging ever since the Cress launch, but I feel my energy slipping more and more each week, as I try to balance Winter and Heartless and a brand new series (!) plus a couple other secret projects (!!), PLUS my husband and I working through the process of adopting our first child and building a writing studio and all sorts of fun and wonderful and exciting things.
Sadly, something had to go, and social networking / blogging seems to have become that thing. So I’ve decided to make it official.
This post marks the start of a TEMPORARY blogging hiatus. I plan to be back in July, with lots of fresh ideas!
In the meantime…
Please use the comment section of this post to let me know what topics YOU would like to see covered in the future.
Writing tips? Things you’d like to know about the Lunar Chronicles? Thoughts on the daily life of a writer? Promotion and publicity? More giveaways and contests? Be specific!
Thanks so much for understanding, and know that while I may be quiet on here, all that energy is going toward new projects coming soon to a bookstore near you!