Thursday, June 9, 2011

Celebration Thursday (With a Video!)

I don't have a review for you as scheduled today. My apologies. I'm a bit sick, and I just didn't have the energy to put into one. But  I've got several books I've read recently that I've loved and want to share with you. So I promise I'll return with one next week.

Meanwhile, some really awesome things have happened lately. So, yeah, let's celebrate that.

PossessionTuesday, fellow Bookanista Elana Johnson's YA dystopian debut POSSESSION was released into the wild for the first time. Can't tell you how excited we are to see her book now out there and in the hands of readers. Congratulations, Elana! So thrilled for you! Wishing you the greatest success!

Across the Universe

Now, earlier this year, one of our fellow Bookanistas accomplished something amazing when her YA novel ACROSS THE UNIVERSE debuted on the NYT Bestseller list. If you recall, we Bookanistas were so thrilled and proud of our fellow member that we decided to dance for her in celebration.

Did you miss it? You can see that post and our video for Beth Revis HERE.

Okay, so guess what? We've had another one of our members hit the NYT Bestseller list!

In case you haven't heard, Veronica Roth's YA dystopian DIVERGENT debuted at number six on the NYT Bestseller list! It's a major accomplishment, one we are so proud of that we felt the need to express our heartiest congratulations in video once again. But this time, instead of dancing, we decided to try something a little different.

In Veronica's dystopian world, society is divided up into five factions which represent a particular characteristic: Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Amity, and Abnegation. To make our video, we each chose a faction that we felt best represented who were were (or who we wished to be) and reenacted that faction's primary characteristic.

So, sit back, and see how it all turned out. Everyone did something different. I wore a special costume. And I got a tattoo just for it.

Congratulations, Veronica! We are so proud of you!

I had some outtakes from my portion of the video, but I couldn't get my movie editor to work tonight, so my apologies. I couldn't post them. Maybe another day. It's just as well. I looked like an idiot. Err, like more of an idiot than just wearing a cape as a grown adult.


Even though I didn't review today, a lot of the other Bookanistas did. See what the others are reviewing and highlighting today!

Elana Johnson and Stasia Ward Kehoe savor Bad Taste in Boys
LiLa Roecker celebrates The Summer of the Bear
Christine Fonseca has got a surprise for a Bookanista buddy (ooh—curious?)
Beth Revis interviews Blood Magic author Tessa Gratton
Jessi Kirby and Megan Miranda gush about Imaginary Girls
Bethany Wiggins is crazy about Delirium
Shana Silver sings praises for Starcrossed
Jen Hayley applauds Possession
Veronica Rossi hails Hereafter
Carrie Harris glories in Texas Gothic


One last bit of Super News! My friend Michele Shaw has recently signed with agent Karen Grencik of the Karen Grencik Literary Agency! So happy for Michele. The day she called to tell me she'd gotten her first offer, I ran around my house, jumping like a loon. She's worked so hard for this, and it heartens me to see something so great happen to someone so amazing. It's exciting to see someone get to the next step, isn't it? If you get a chance, I'd love it if you stopped by to check out Michele's blog and congratulate her. <3

Michele and me!

Congratulations, Michele!!


  1. I'm reading Divergent right now and can't put it down. And I'm so anxious to get my hands on Possession! Congrats ladies, and congrats Michelle!

    PS - hope YOU'RE feeling better. being sick = no fun. :(

  2. I'm almost finished with Divergent. It's been a busy week so I haven't been able to read as fast as I like. I'm so excited for Elana! And of course Beth and Veronica.

    Hope you feel better soon. I think sickness has been moving around your family for awhile. Take care of yourself and get some rest.

  3. Thank you, Carol! Sharing this with you makes it 100 times better:) It's hard to explain what your support and friendship mean to me. You are awesome, and congratulations to Elena, Beth, and Veronica!

  4. I asked my blogger peeps to help me choose a beach read for my upcoming vacation, and almost all of them said Divergent. I'm super excited to read it!

  5. Oh, and if you find yourself without a review again, feel free to borrow one of my mine. I post them under "Amazing Book Alert" on my blog!

  6. Good news TOTALLY comes in clumps! So happy for Elana and Veronica, and for your friend Michele. Congrats congrats, all around!

  7. Where did you get that cape? It's so dope.

  8. Thanks for sharing all that super news and for the AWESOME video!

  9. So many congratulations to pass out, I love that! Happy news makes me so happy! And awesome video.

  10. This was a fun post, Carolina! I am IN LOVE with Divergent! It's one of my favorites so far this year. And Four? *sigh*

  11. omg ahahahah Elana's dauntless poultry cooking is AWESOME. Also, I love your cape :) :) :)

  12. haha I loved that post it was great! Thank you for sharing.

  13. That video was great. You're so brave!!

  14. You are adorable in the video! And that Kitty needed major saving.

  15. Congrats to Michele! And I LOVED the video! You crack me up.

  16. Yes nice vid... and congrats Michele!!

  17. It sounds like all sorts of congratulations are in order! I just finished Across the Universe today - those last few chapters were impossible to put down!

  18. So much awesomeness. And your part in the video is hilarious. Love it!

  19. I can't believe this is my first visit here, but better late than never, right? Thanks for sharing so much good news. I'm looking forward to tackling POSSESSION in the next week or so. Hope you are feeling better.

  20. You make the BEST videos. And I loved the super hero costume.

  21. Love all the good news.

    So many dauntless writers in that video. You should be renamed the Brave Bookanistas!

  22. Yay for everyone's successes! Always great to celebrate. :)

  23. I've heard of both these books. I love dystopian theme books. I should try out Possession. Wishing Elana and the rest much success!!!

  24. come nobody decided to be Abnegation? Is it because is hard to make a video of you not doing something? >.>

    Oh, and congrats to Veronica, also.


  25. I have had the pleasure of reading both Elana's and Beth's but have not been able to get my hands on Divergent by Veronica yet. I whisper to it *I will get you my pretty...soon*

    Congratulations to all!!
    Carol, don't forget to take care of is no fun being sick! *hugs*

  26. Congratulations! You all deserve it.
    I've read Divergent and Veronica really did amazing job. Such a lovely book. And I'm so anxious to get my hands on Possession! Can't wait to read it.

  27. I'm reading POSSESSION right now, but DIVERGENT and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE are both on my TBR pile. I think I have some great summer reading ahead!

    Congratulations to all!

    I hope you feel better.

  28. And another congratulations from me, plus a little present:

  29. You Bookanistas are ripping it up right now (not to mention making sweet videos!)

    Congrats to everyone.

    Can't wait for a great summer of reading....

  30. So many people to congratulat! Very awesome Veronica, and congrats Michelle!


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