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Thursday, September 29, 2011

"I can dance to anything you wanna sing"

I have good news! The release date for the St. Martin's edition of Switched has been bumped up from January 24th to January 3rd! That's a whole three weeks earlier!

Word on the street is that the reasoning for this is because a major retailer wanted to give Switched a big push, and they didn't want it so close to the Hunger Games film release, so Switched doesn't get eclipsed by all you Hunger Games fanatics.

And me, I'm excited about it because I won't have to wait so long for you guys to read the books. I'm on pins and needles waiting for you all to check out the three brand new short stories and a couple choice extended scenes in each of the books.

Onto the second bit of good news - OMFG! Have you checked out blink 182's new album "Neighborhoods?" It's crazy awesome.

I'll admit to being at first skeptical that blink would ever come out with a new album, and then afraid that it wouldn't be any good. But it totally picked up where their last album left off 8 years ago, and it exploded into something awesome and better. They managed to combine my favorite parts of both Mark and Tom's side projects - (+44) and Angels and Airwaves, respectively - into their new music but still keep it sounding uniquely blink.

If you haven't bought the album yet, go buy the deluxe version. It's completely worth for the bonus track "Fighting with Gravity," which I am ridiculously in love with.



Meanwhile, I've been reading Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account by Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, and it's very interesting. I want to start a book club to talk about because none of my real life friends have read it. After that, I plan on reading Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt. It's gotten some flack over the years, but I think it'd still be a worthwhile read. So if you want to get in on the book club, that's what's next.

Also, I'm not taking a vote on what we read for this book club. I'm just picking things that I feel like reading, and asking you to join me. You don't have to. But if you want to, I'd like it. Right now I'm going through a WWII phase. It happens.

I'm congruently re-reading Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut along with Auschwitz, because it's such a fabulous book. But reading Mother Night along with actual accounts of what happened in WWII really adds a whole new layer to the book. I'd highly recommend it.

In conclusion: Switched out January 3, 2012! Go buy blink 182's Neighborhoods (Deluxe Edition)! And read Auschwitz if you want to join my unofficial book club!

10 comments:

  1. Love the song! Thanks for sharing that. I'm always fascinated by the way publishers try and coordinate things with other things. It's just interesting to me, and if it brings your books closer to us, then I'm happy with their decisions :)

    I own a couple Vonnegut books, but I haven't actually picked them up yet...maybe I should...Ok, ok, and Auschwitz, although honestly I'm slightly terrified.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  2. I love the trylle trilogy. Will this version of Switched be any different from the original?
    -E

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  3. Great news regarding the move up of the release date for Switched.

    I did a blog post about the power of words, Hitler being my subject matter given the level of destruction his words encouraged, provoked, kindled...you name it, he had his hands in it. Having watched Schindler's List many, many moons ago, and still feeling the trauma, I'd have to wait for your next book announcement. If you're still in the WWII phase, I wonder if there are any good books regarding the Japanese internment camps that were here during that time?

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  4. That's great, Amanda! I've already read Auschwitz. Good Book!

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  5. Dear Amanda, did you read Fateless from Imre Kertész? It's a remarkable book. A big hug from a spanish-language writer who reads you from Switzerland!

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  6. Yay for Switched! I also like your choice of book club material. I was once a high school English teacher, and ended up teaching a whole unit on the Holocaust in addition to the Diary of Anne Frank, because the kids knew nothing about it. It made me sad, so I fixed it. We also knocked out Night and Dawn by Elie Wiesel, because everyone should know.

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  7. That's great news. Looking forward to reading the books.

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  8. Congrats on the release date! Thanks for recommending Auschwitz, I'll definitely have to pick it up.

    If you get a chance, please look up the Special Operations Executive (SOE)--an organization primarily made up of women who spied against the Nazis on behalf of the Allies and aided the Resistance movements--they were AMAZING!

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