Summer Reading

June 7th, 2008

It’s summer! Or at least it feels like it around here. I’ve got my new summer hair cut, which ended up making me look a little like Pat Benatar….

…or really more like Billie Jean from “The Legend of Billie Jean”…not the style I was going for exactly….


My hair looks like this. Only shorter. And redder.

I’m hoping with strategic use of mousse I can at least mold it into more of a Demi-Moore-from-Ghost-do, or something—

Well, okay, maybe that’s not the best look either.

Anyway, I know it’s summer, because I can’t seem to stay away from the pool….

…so it’s a good thing I’ve got my Alphasmart, which works on three double A batteries, so you can use it while floating on a raft. Hey, I’m not the most coordinated person, so I’ve even dropped mine in the water a few times and it still worked after it dried out. Thank God.

But if updates to the blog are spotty in the next few weeks, it’s because I’m in the pool busy writing Being Nikki, the sequel to Airhead, which should be in stores this time next year, or I’m jetting around the country, hanging with the residents of Toledo and Memphis.

If you live in or around either of these cities, DO try to come see me either June 10 in Toledo at the Stranahan Theater Great Hall, or the following week in Memphis at Davis-Kidd Booksellers at 4PM on June 19 (and earlier that day at a luncheon to which YOU are invited…sign up here).

Meanwhile, the busy bees over at Trashionista have already read and posted a review of Queen of Babble Gets Hitched here…Cute! I can’t believe it’s only seventeen days until it comes out!

Speaking of bees…for people who keep asking what I’m listening to: The Bird and the Bee, especially the song Again and Again. This may become my summer anthem. Love it!

If you’re looking for summer reading book giveaways, stop by Book Chic. They’ve gotten their hands on tons of Meg Cabot goodies and will be giving them away this whole weekend.

In book news, Jezebel did “A Wrinkle in Time” as their Friday Fine Lines this week. Oh my God I love this book. Meg Murry was my hero growing up. I wanted glasses and braces and my parents to stick me in an attic bedroom so I could mentally accuse them of thinking I was a witch and not mean it, like she did. And I so wanted to save Charles Wallace from IT!

Reading about this reminded me of another book I loved at the same age… The Far Side of Evil by Sylvia Engdahl. Holy smokes, did I love this book as a kid.

Unlike “A Wrinkle in Time,” which has some warm fuzzies, this book was hardcore sci-fi–but great. What I loved about it was how Elana’s captors put her in a sensory deprivation tank, but she ENJOYS this because it only makes her mental telepathy stronger, and she uses the opportunity to send out telepathic SOSes into space. Also how she’d roll crumbs of bread into “pills” that she’d give to her fellow prisoner who believed the pills would give her courage like Elena had—and because she believed the pills would make her brave, she WAS brave…until Elana ran out of crumbs. Then she had to be brave on her own. And she WAS brave, to her own surprise. Such an AWESOME and amazing book, and a perfect summer read for anyone brave enough to take it on.

Speaking of which, right now my friend Beth has given up her cable for the month of June as an experiment (an extremely insane one if you ask me) because she believes there is “nothing on in June” (wrong: the new season of Kathy Griffin starts June 12 and Weeds starts again June 16. But whatever).

I told Beth to download MTV’s series “The Paper” here. SO. INCREDIBLY. GOOD. And you don’t need cable to see it, just Internet.

Finally, it wouldn’t be summer without a new Queen of Babble book. Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (the final book in the trilogy) comes out June 24…and the page is up now!

Click here to view it, along with FOUR—yes, FOUR!—sample chapters! Enjoy!

More later.

Much love,

Meg