2013

Book List 2013

Once again, I’ve kept a list of the books I’ve read this year, and I’m happy with my results!  Fifty books is better than I’ve done before, and I’d like to do it again for 2014!  Below my list, I’ve also got a list of all the books I’ve read with my son.  We’ve actually read way more books than the ones that are on this list, but I only add new ones each year.  Of course each year, we read plenty of old favorites over and over again.

Books I’ve Read 2013

  1. Lamb – Christopher Moore
  2. Blind Spot – Laura Ellen
  3. A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
  4. Personal Effects – E.M. Kokie
  5. Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story – Christopher Moore
  6. Transparent – Natalie Whipple
  7. Wanderlove – Kirsten Hubbard
  8. Getting Over Garrett Delaney – Abby McDonald
  9. Coyote Blue – Christopher Moore
  10. Another Little Piece – Kate Kayrus Quinn
  11. Island of the Sequined Love Nun – Christopher Moore
  12. The DUFF – Kody Keplinger
  13. Mila2.0 – Debra Driza
  14. Butter – Erin Jade Lange
  15. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove – Christopher Moore
  16. Fluke – Christopher Moore
  17. Crushed – Dawn Rae Miller
  18. The Stupidest Angel – Christopher Moore
  19. Bite Me:  A Love Story – Christopher Moore
  20. Inferno – Dan Brown
  21. Just One Day – Gayle Formann
  22. Fool – Christopher Moore
  23. Joyland – Stephen King
  24. 11/22/63 – Stephen King
  25. FML – Shaun David Hutchinson
  26. The Fifth Wave – Rick Yancey
  27. Code Name: Verity – Elizabeth Wein
  28. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  29. 45 Pounds (More or Less) – K.A. Barson
  30. Headhunters at My Door – J. Maarten Troost
  31. ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life – Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau Ph.D.
  32. The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharpe
  33. A Million Suns – Beth Revis
  34. The Wind Through the Keyhole – Stephen King
  35. Doctor Sleep – Stephen King
  36. I’m a Stranger Here Myself – Bill Bryson
  37. Roomies – Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
  38. The Wicked Girls – Alex Marwood
  39. World War Z – Max Brooks
  40. Perv – Jesse Bering
  41. Just One Year – Gayle Forman
  42. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
  43. Duma Key – Stephen King
  44. The Zombie Survival Guide – Max Brooks
  45. Skinny Dip – Carl Hiaasen
  46. Good Omens – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  47. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  48. Revelations – J.A. Souders
  49. Me, Him, Them, and It – Caela Carter
  50. The Disappeared – Kathryn Rusch

Books I’ve Read to/with My Son 2013

  1. Baghead – Jarrett Krosoczka
  2. Goodnight, Monkey Boy – Jarrett Krosoczka
  3. Chicken Dance – Tammi Sauer
  4. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? – Dr. Seuss
  5. Nate the Great and the Lost List – Marjorie Sharmat
  6. Nate the Great and the Missing Key – Marjorie Sharmat
  7. Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize – Marjorie Sharmat
  8. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff – Dr. Seuss
  9. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod – Eugene Field
  10. Oh the Thinks You Can Think – Dr. Seuss
  11. Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman
  12. Oh Say Can You Say? – Dr. Seuss
  13. Oh Say Can You Say Dinosaur? – Bonnie Worth
  14. The Little Witch and the Riddle – Bruce Degen
  15. This Moose Belongs to Me – Oliver Jeffers
  16. If I Ran the Circus – Dr. Seuss
  17. I Am Snow – Jean Marzollo
  18. I Spy Ultimate Challenger – Jean Marzollo
  19. Where Do Balloons Go? – Jamie Lee Curtis
  20. Max for President – Jarrett Krosoczka
  21. Giddy Up, Cowgirl! – Jarrett Krosoczka
  22. Walter the Farting Dog – William Kotzwinkle
  23. In the Night Garden – Barbara Joosse
  24. The Three Bears and 15 Other Stories – Anne Rockwell
  25. Puss in Boots and Other Stories – Anne Rockwell
  26. Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize – Marjorie Sharmat
  27. Nate the Great and the Missing Key – Marjorie Sharmat
  28. Nate the Great and the Lost List – Marjorie Sharmat
  29. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? – Dr. Seuss
  30. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff – Dr. Seuss
  31. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod – Eugene Field
  32. Baghead – Jarrett Krosoczka
  33. Goodnight, Monkey Boy – Jarrett Krosoczka
  34. Chicken Dance – Tammi Sauer
  35. Nate the Great and the Musical Note – Marjorie Sharmat
  36. Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail – Marjorie Sharmat
  37. Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Krause Rosenthal
  38. The Great Paper Caper – Oliver Jeffers
  39. I Spy Fantasy – Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  40. Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show – Michael Buckley
  41. The Insomniacs – Karina Wolf and the Brothers Hilts
  42. Little Blue and Little Yellow – Leo Lionni
  43. Little Red Monkey – Jonathan London
  44. Who Bop? – Jonathan London
  45. My Buddy, Slug – Jarrett Krosoczka
  46. Sunday Chutney – Aaron Blabey
  47. I’m Bored – Michael Ian Black
  48. Punk Farm on Tour – Jarrett Krosoczka
  49. Nate the Great and the Stolen Base – Marjorie Sharmat
  50. My Many Colored Days – Dr. Seuss
  51. Grandpa Green – Lane Smith
  52. That’s Not a Good Idea – Mo Willems
  53. I Spy School Days – Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  54. I Spy Ultimate Gold Challenger – Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  55. I Spy Ultimate Challenger – Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  56. I Spy Mystery – Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  57. The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton
  58. Pig Kahuna – Jennifer Gordon Sattler
  59. Oh Nuts! – Tammi Sauer
  60. Secret Agent Splat! – Rob Scotton
  61. Earth to Clunk – Pam Smallcomb
  62. Mario Makes a Move – Jill McElmurry
  63. Sky Color – Peter H. Reynolds
  64. Little Pea – Amy Krause Rosenthal
  65. Stop Thief! – Adam J.B. Lane
  66. Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct – Mo Willems
  67. Dinosaur vs. Library – Bob Shea
  68. The Butter Battle Book – Dr. Seuss
  69. Bartholomew and the Oobleck – Dr. Seuss
  70. Hunches in Bunches – Dr. Seuss
  71. Daisy-Head Mayzie – Dr. Seuss
  72. Sun Dance, Water Dance – Jonathan London
  73. A Big Guy Took My Ball – Mo Willems
  74. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt
  75. Miss Nelson Is Missing – Henry Allard
  76. New Socks – Bob Shea
  77. I’m Here – Peter Reynolds
  78. Stop Bugging Me:  But That’s What Friends Are For – Daniel Cleary
  79. I’m Not – Pam Smallcomb
  80. The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country! – Lane Smith
  81. Sydney’s Star – Peter Reynolds
  82. So Few of Me – Peter Reynolds
  83. Snowbots – Aaron Reynolds
  84. Gerald McBoingBoing – Dr. Seuss
  85. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew – Dr. Seuss
  86. Madam President – Lane Smith
  87. 13 Words – Lemony Snickett
  88. Al Pha’s Bet – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  89. Bedtime for Mommy – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  90. This Plus That:  Life’s Little Equations – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  91. Dawn – Uri Schulevitz
  92. Don’t Slam the Door! – Dori Chaconas
  93. Dream Weaver – Jonathan London
  94. The Boy Who Cried Alien! – Marilyn Singer
  95. Big Plans – Bob Shea
  96. Jumanji – Chris Van Allsburg
  97. Exclamation Mark! – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  98. Dinosaurs Before Dark – Mary Pope Osborne
  99. Knight at Dawn – Mary Pope Osborne
  100. Mummies in the Morning – Mary Pope Osborne
  101. Pirates Past Noon – Mary Pope Osborne
  102. Night of the Ninjas – Mary Pope Osborne
  103. Afternoon on the Amazon – Mary Pope Osborne
  104. Midnight on the Moon – Mary Pope Osborne
  105. Ghost Town at Sundown – Mary Pope Osborne
  106. Lions at Lunchtime – Mary Pope Osborne
  107. Vacation Under the Volcano – Mary Pope Osborne
  108. Dragons Love Tacos – Adam Rubin
  109. Chalk – Bill Thomson
  110. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce
  111. Bawk & Roll – Tami Sauer
  112. Tuesday – David Wiesner
  113. The Big Elephant in the Room – Lane Smith
  114. Golden Retrievers are the Best! – Elaine Landau
  115. Enemy Pie – Derek Munson
  116. The House Book – Keith DuQuette
  117. Sector 7- David Wiesner
  118. The Circus Ship – Chris VanDusen
  119. Big Chickens – Leslie Helakoski
  120. Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday – Judith Viorst
  121. Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move – Judith Viorst
  122. Wag! – Patrick McDonnell
  123. The Story of the Golden Retriever
  124. Russell the Sheep – Rob Scotton
  125. Can You See What I See? Toyland Express – Walter Wick
  126. I’m Not Going to Get Up Today – Dr. Suess
  127. Lulu Walks the Dogs – Judith Viorst
  128. Lulu and the Brontosaurus – Judith Viorst
  129. Day of the Dragon King – Mary Pope Osborne
  130. Viking Ships at Sunrise – Mary Pope Osborne
  131. Hour of the Olympics – Mary Pope Osborne
  132. The OK Book – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  133. Little Hoot – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  134. It’s Not Fair – Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  135. I’ll Fix Anthony – Judith Viorst
  136. Pizza Kittens – Charlotte Voake
  137. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney – Judith Viorst
  138. Just in Case – Judith Viorst
  139. Nobody Here But Me – Judith Viorst
  140. June 29, 1999 – David Wiesner
  141. Hurricane – David Wiesner
  142. Hug Time – Patrick McDonnell
  143. South – Patrick McDonnell
  144. Knock Your Socks Off: a book of knock-knock jokes – Michael Dahl
  145. If I Ran the Zoo – Dr. Seuss
  146. Lemons Are Not Red – Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  147. Green – Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  148. Splat the Cat – Rob Scotton
  149. Russell and the Lost Treasure – Rob Scotton
  150. Glasses: Who Needs ’em? – Lane Smith
  151. Dogs Don’t Have Pockets – Sean Raffaelli

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Taryn Fagerness is awesome!

Big thanks today to foreign rights agent extraordinaire, Taryn Fagerness of the Taryn Fagerness Agency, because…

*drumroll*  (hint:  look at the bottom of this picture)

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Hey, who’s Lisa? Ah, who cares? It’s a typo, people! That’s me.

I’m happy to announce that ASK AGAIN LATER will be available in Germany!  Thanks, Loewe, I wish I spoke German!

I don’t have any more details than that right now, but y’all will definitely know when I do!

THANK YOU, TARYN!!

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New Friends

I met some lovely new people on my recent vacation, but I’d have to say I’m most grateful for meeting the man who was shocked to learn I was NOT 25.

It’s the simple things.

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Sunscreen + Me. I Ship It.

Today, I am deeply grateful for sunscreen, because without it, I would probably be medium-well right now instead lightly seared.

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This was my office for the last four days. Do I miss it? Oh my yes.

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Confessional Gratitude

At the end of last year, I landed myself in the hospital.  Nothing life-threatening, but it wasn’t fun.  I won’t explain all the complications, but the start of it all was kidney stones.  And yes, they are everything you’ve ever heard about them, and more.

Me, with kidney stones.

Why am I telling you this?  Because that’s where the trouble started.  See, I had to be on pain medication for quite a while and it pretty much sapped my will to do anything but watch TV.  A lot of TV.  And that’s really saying something because I already watch kind of a lot of TV (Don’t judge me.)  The problem was I was watching TV instead of reading.  I just couldn’t concentrate enough to read a book.

I think I went a solid two months without reading a book.  Maybe a page or two of a puppy-training book (have I mentioned my puppy?) but that’s all I could muster.

My puppy, Alex

My puppy, Alex

Turns out, I need to read.  I think my writing brain might be fueled on the words of others.  Maybe my brain eats them, mulches them and rearranges them into my own books.  I’m not sure.  But with that lack of concentration and lack of reading, came a serious lack of writing.  I could tap out a few hundred words now and again, but nothing more than that.

Lucky for me, I was pretty much between things with my contract.  I did some line edits (thankfully not too straining on my addled brain) and some other non-writing jobs (like getting my author photo done.)

Then, finally, after the new year, when I realized I hadn’t even started a page for my 2013 Book List on ye olde blog, I decided to pick up one of the books on my to-read pile.  It was Laura Ellen‘s BLIND SPOT, and it was fantastic.  I loved it and I ate it up like candy.

Sooooo goooooood!

I started mainlining audiobooks again (Christopher Moore is my new back-up boyfriend) and now I’m deep into E.M. Kokie‘s PERSONAL EFFECTS.

Have you read this? Why not?

And guess what?  The rusting machinery of writing deep in my brain chugged to life.

So, thank you, Apocalypsies, for saving me from a life of television-induced ennui. (Note:  I will still be watching all of my favorite–you guys, Bunheads is on tonight!–but I will no longer be surfing for daytime nonsense.)

Are you watching this show? WHY NOT?

– Liz

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Dear Brain

Dear Brain,

Thank you for remembering to get a new toothbrush out of the cabinet tonight, even though I left the old one on the counter after I used it to brush the dog’s teeth earlier. That was solid of you.

– Liz

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2012, I’m talking to you

Dear 2012,

Thanks for not actually being the end of the world.  I’ve got a lot to look forward to, and I would have been really bummed to disappear in a fireball before I could see any of it come to fruition.

– Liz

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The Year of Gratitude

2012 was a very good year for me.  It was sometimes a very bad year for me, too, but in the end, the balance sheet was decidedly in the black.  And with my debut now just about a year away, it seems like 2013 has the potential to be a very good year as well.

Because of that, and inspired by ThxThxThx, I’ve decided to focus my blog on gratitude this year. Sometimes it will be simple–bordering on idiotic–and sometimes it will be big–can you say cover art?

So, come with me if you will, and revel is all there is to be thankful for.

– Liz

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