Posts Tagged ‘College’
I know it seems like lately all I’ve been doing is gushing about Rainbow Rowell, but trust me, she totally deserves it. After I read Eleanor and Park, I had to rush out and get her newest novel Fangirl pretty much immediately. The main character, Cath, is obsessed with the Simon Snow book series. For years she and her twin sister Wren have built a following online by writing fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz, Simon’s enemy (or something more, in Cath’s mind). But now that they’ve gone off to college, Wren is ready to build her own identity separate from Cath, which means ditching all that fanfic stuff. So now Cath is on her own and dealing with the challenges of college life: having a surly roommate, figuring out where to eat in the cafeteria, getting attention from a couple of charming boys, all while balancing classwork with writing Carry On, Simon.
I love this book not just because it’s well written with lots of witty dialogue and an understanding of what going away to college is really like, but also because I’m a BIG fan of Harry Potter, who has clearly heavily influenced Simon Snow. Rainbow Rowell really gets the fandom thing right. If you’re part of the HP fandom, or any fandom really, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.
Has anyone asked you lately “what are you going to DO with your life?” ACK, just typing that made me wanna throw up my hands and hide under the desk. Seriously, what would lead someone to ask such an insane question?! But no worries, there is a fool-proof answer:
“Dear Sir (or Madam), I am currently keeping my options open for future adventures.”
Sounds awesome, right? This answer covers everything from college, to travel, to becoming a ninja! And in case you want to learn more about those specific options and others, we’ve got BOOKS:
So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is comically twisted Chip Kidd! He is much more famous for being a Designer, and his books usually are not considered YA…but THE CHEESE MONKEYS IS A MUST-READ IF YOU PLAN ON GOING TO ART SCHOOL! or even just college in general! And one of my BFFs who is currently a Graphic Designer says that THE LEARNERS IS SPOT-ON IF YOU PLAN ON HAVING A CAREER IN DESIGN! Since you all are so crazy-creative, I figured at least some of you might be considering Art for school/career-y stuff and so that is why Chip Kidd is being YAuthor Stalked this week.
Author: Chip Kidd
Books: The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters, The Learners: A Novel, Chip Kidd: Book One, Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan
Amber’s Chip Kidd Adventure:
I had been a big fan of Chip Kidd, both his design work and novels, for several years when the UI Center for the Book announced he would be the Mitchell Lecture for 2008. He gave one of the most fascinating presentations ever about his design process and the authors he works with, including showing slides of rejected designs for bestselling books by John Updike and David Sedaris. It is very sort of eerie seeing the past life of a book…
Proof that Chip Kidd is Magnificent: