Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year's News

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."

The lovely Len Lambert at "Conversations with Self" posted an interview with ME! So please head on over. And if you don’t follow her, you must remedy that immediately!

In other news, I’ve signed up for the 2011 100+ Books Challenge. (I know, I'm crazy. And I'm #62.)

Books I’ve read as of 12/25/11:

1. Odd and the Frost Giants Neil Gaiman
2. Tiger Rising Kate Dicamillo
3. Matched Ally Condie
4. Across the Universe Beth Revis
5. The Tail of Emily Windsnap Liz Kessler
6. Uglies Scott Westerfeld
7. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Judy Blume
8. The Maze Runner James Dashner
9. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
10. Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh
11. Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl
12. Pretties Scott Westerfeld
13. Specials Scott Westerfeld
14. Whiter Shades of Pale Christian Lander
15. The Red Garden Alice Hoffman
16. Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine
17. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
18. The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks
19. Ida B. Katherine Hannigan
20. The Mermaid's Mirror L.K. Madigan
21. Possession Elana Johnson
22. Gossip From the Girls' Room Rose Cooper
23. Delirium Lauren Oliver
24. Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
25. The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson
26. XVI Julia Karr
27. The Healing Spell Kimberley Griffiths Little
28. Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery Book Peter Abrahams
29. The Time Travelers Linda Buckley-Archer
30. Hex Hall Rachel Hawkins
31. Dogsled Dreams Terry Lynn Johnson
32. From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E.L. Koningsburg
33. Hoot Carl Hiaasen
34. The Emerald Atlas John Stephens
35. Anna and the French Kiss Stephanie Perkins
36. Demonglass Rachel Hawkins
37. Fablehaven Brandon Mull
38. Not Just a Witch Eva Ibbotson
39. Prophecy of the Sisters Michelle Zink
40. Love, Stargirl Jerry Spinelli
41. The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1) Lloyd Alexander
42. A Crooked Kind of Perfect Linda Urban
43. White Cat Holly Black
44. Divergent Veronica Roth
45. Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning Danette Haworth
46. Guardian of the Gate Michelle Zink
47. The Birthday Ball Lois Lowry
48. Enchanted Glass Diana Wynne Jones
49. Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations
50. Unearthly Cynthia Hand
51. The Penderwicks (#1) Jeanne Birdsall
52. 100 Stories for Queensland Jodi Cleghorn (editor)
53. A Series of Unfortunate Events (#1) Lemony Snicket
54. Inside Out Maria V. Snyder
55. Far from You Lisa Schroeder
56. A Series of Unfortunate Events (#2) Lemony Snicket
57. Hourglass Myra McEntire
58. Chasing Brooklyn Lisa Schroeder
59. Leviathan Scott Westerfeld
60. Theodore Bone, Kid Lawyer John Grisham
61. I Can't Keep my Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs by Teens Famous + Obscure
62. Like Mandarin Kirsten Hubbard
63. The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
64. Outside In Maria V. Snyder
65. Dragon Tales Edited by Holly Stacey
66. Chime Franny Billingsley
67. I Heart You, You Haunt Me Lisa Schroeder
68. Book of Sketches Jack Kerouac
69. The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations
70. Supernaturally Kiersten White
71. My Beginning Melissa Kline
72. Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech
73. Touch Blue Cynthia Lord
74. Nightshade City Hilary Wagner
75. The 39 Clues Rick Riordan
76. Circle of Secrets Kimberley Griffiths Little
77. Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. Medeia Sharif
78. The Near Witch Victoria Schwab
79. Paradise 21 Aubrie Dionne
80. The Kneebone Boy Ellen Potter
81. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
82. Stuart Little EB White
83. Love that Dog Sharon Creech
84. Granny Torelli Makes Soup Sharon Creech
85. American Gods Neil Gaiman
86. Skullduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients Derek Landy
87. Classroom Management and Behavior Support J.F. Keefe
88. Wonderstruck Brian Selznick
89. Morpheus Road: The Light D.J. MacHale
90. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes
91. Every Thing On It Shel Silverstein
92. The Willoughbys Lois Lowry
93. The Magician's Elephant Kate DiCamillo
94. Howl's Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones
95. Fangtales Berni Stevens (Editor)
96. Hate that Cat Sharon Creech
97. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire Derek Landy
98. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones Derek Landy
99. A Summer to Die Lois Lowry
100. A Cook's Tour Anthony Bourdain (Finished 11/1/11 - I did it!)
101. Hound Dog True Linda Urban
102. If I Stay Gayle Forman
103. Before I Fall Lauren Oliver
104. Savvy Ingrid Law
105. The Witches Roald Dahl
106. The Folk Keeper Franny Billingsley
107. Coraline Neil Gaiman
108. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
109. The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau
110. Anya's Ghost Vera Brogsol
111. The Lipstick Laws Amy Holder
112. Project Mulberry Linda Sue Park
113. Medium Raw Anthony Bourdain
114. The Lemonade War Jacqueline Davies
115. Love, Ruby Lavender Deborah Wiles
116. School of Fear Gitty Daneshvari
117. Heartbeat Sharon Creech
125. The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler KL Koningsburg
126. The Call of the Wild Jack London
127. Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road #1) Kate Klise
128. The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick (Completed 12/31/11)

Want to join the 2011 100+ book challenge too? Sign up HERE .
Here are the RULES .

And in other news:

Beth Revis’s book Across the Universe is coming out on 1/11/11. (Cool release date.) I read the first chapter, and was hooked. You can read the first chapter HERE. And she’s got an epic contest going on right now. Link is on my sidebar.
Although I tried to win an ARC on every contest I could find, I failed so I’ll have to wait to buy it in a week with everyone else. On the upside, I did win a little swag from her last contest, including an autographed postcard and bookmark. Sweet!

Last but not least news, my blogging buddy The Words Crafter is giving away some of her favorite things. Stop by HERE.

Any new year’s news you want to share?


  1. Yay another contest!! How do I sign up?!? I'm all over it!! I'm on book four right now. Almost done with it!

    I'm stoked to check out your interview! Heading over there now!

  2. Whoa, thanks so much for the shout out!!!!

    I haven't heard of that Neil Gaiman book; I gotta go find me a copy. Love that dude and his New Year's Eve wish is just wonderful.

    I meant to order a copy of Across the Universe and forgot. Gotta remedy that, too!

    You're my hero, btw. I don't know how you can work, write, take care of two kids and a husband, and STILL manage to read 100 books. *bowing* Good luck!

    I'm working on a way to add about 5 hours to the day....when I get it all sorted out, I can retire and buy a publishing company. You'll be set for life :P

    Thanks again for the shout out and the reminders!!!!

  3. Read the interview....your new WIP sounds so intriguing!!!! Congrats on the interview!!!

  4. I only read 28 books this year so 100 is too big of a goal. But I commend all of you that do go for it!!!!!!!!!

  5. Last year I had NO time for reading and this year? Is it wrong to want to go back and read the classics you merely used the cliff notes on? My goal :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. Thanks for the visits in 2010, and have a great new year.

  7. That particular Neil Gaiman quote is one of my favorites! Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks for sharing the news! And good luck on the 100+ books challenge. :)

  9. Hi Theresa,

    Thanks for sharing the news. Good luck with the reading challenge.

    News about me...well I'm still doing author spotlights and this week its Rachel Bailey, a HM&B Desire author.

  10. Happy New Year to you and yours Theresa.
    Good luck with your reading challenge.
    My news is that the RTE radio competition I was shortlisted for last year are now broadcasting our stories on radio, I havent got a date for mine yet but will post it on my blog - sometime in the next five weeks.

  11. Oh my god. 100 books? *chokes on anxiety* Good luck! I couldn't do that ...

  12. Wow good luck on the 100! I can't do it, I was proud of the 50 I did for my first year back in the saddle!!! Maybe next year!

    Stopping by to check out the interview now!

  13. I've just come from your fab interview with Len!!! Yay!!! I loved it!!!! More please!!

    Ooooh you are on a roll already - yay for your 100 books reading challenge!!! And thanks for the links to these books and fab sites too!! Phew!!

    I have absolutely NO NEWS on my writing calendar but I've always been a late starter and this year is no exception! LOL!! Take care

  14. @ Katie, book 4?! You're scaring me. My first two books were short, but the one I'm reading now is longer.

    @ The Words Crafter, Gaiman's book is short. I read it in a couple of hours. Not as good as The Graveyard Book, but fun. I'm lending it to my Norwegian student since it's based on a Norwegian tale.

    @ Kelly, I'm sure I won't get even close. But I'm pretty competitive with myself so you never know!

    @ Jules, ha! I bet you'll get more out of the classics this time around.

    @ Nick, happy new year to you too.

    @ Kelly, I love that quote too. No wonder he keeps reusing it.

  15. @ Emy, thanks. I need all the luck I can get!

    @ Nas, I'll come on over and check out the new interview soon.

    @ Brigid, that's exciting! I'll keep my eye out for it.

    @ Jessica, I fear I can't do it either. A FB friend just posted that she read something like 173 books last year. She was unemployed, but still...

    @ Jen, there's also a 50 YA challenge. You can sign up for either or both.

    @ Old Kitty, awww, thanks. It's only 1/5 so don't feel too much pressure to have news yet!

  16. I've got my 100 Words for $100 blogfest going on all month!

    Entrants need to write a 100 word sentence. The more people enter, the higher the prize money. Link is on my blog or here:


  17. I have nothing. No exciting news. Nada. Okay, one thing. My DH and I are going on a vacation this year. A real one, not a work one. Can't even remember the last time this happened. Woot-woot.

  18. @ Elena, it sounds like a cool contest. I'll have to think of something to enter.

    @ Helen, a real vacation is pretty cool. Have fun! The year is young, so I'm sure you'll have more to share in the near future.

  19. Hope you have a great 2011! And not too much stress.

  20. What a lovely wish you have made in your first paragraph. An' may I pass such a beautiful wish right back to you? It's too nice to not share it with you.

    ~ Yaya

  21. All's quiet here, I'm going into 2011 querying and revising a manuscript. Wishing you a great New Year, Theresa, with much creativity throughout!

  22. Happy New Year Theresa!! I'm still on my revisions, its one of my goals to finish and start querying this year. ;) Good luck with the 100 book challenge!! ;)

  23. I love that quote, Theresa :) happy New Year! Congrats on your interview; sounds like there are a lot of exciting things going on in your life right now!! Good luck with the 100 :) You are quite an inspiration.

  24. What an awesome quote! Thanks for sharing it with us, Theresa! Congratulations on the interview! Very cool...

    I don't have anything personally new or exciting....


    Our blog buddy Lenny is in remission which is something to celebrate!

    Happy New Year!

  25. @ LR, thanks. You too!

    @ Yaya, thanks for sharing it back. I could use it!

    @ Joanne, good luck querying and revising. I wish you creativity too.

    @ Talei, I wish you the best revising and querying this year. 100 books? I'll try!

    @ Saumya, thanks! I can't wait to be interviewed when I actually have a book to promote someday. Maybe 2012?

    @ Sharon, I'm so excited for Lenny. I hope he has a great year.

  26. Hi Theresa,

    Happy New Year! Looks like you've got a busy year ahead of you! Sounds like fun, though!

    Thanks for the link love!

    If you have chance, please stop by my blog - there's a new anonymous critique waiting for feedback!

  27. That is an amazing quote and so encouraging! Thank you!

    You've got me all intrigued with signing up for the 100+Books Challenge... I'm going to check it out... but first I am off to read your interview :)

  28. @ Shannon, I'll stop by your blog.

    @ Writing Nut, I hope you sign up. We can keep one another going!

  29. Heading over, girlfriend. I've been MIA this week, so I missed it. Hope I can still read it. I do follow Len.

    Beth is my crit partner. I read Universe when it was just born. I'll be t the launch with her, that's for sure. Talk soon. :)

  30. Thank you for your nice comment today on Erica and Christy's blog post. Always nice to meet another fantasy author.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  31. 1/11/11 is my daughter's 11th birthday. Pretty cool, huh?

    Good luck with your 100 books!

  32. @ Robyn, I didn't know you and Beth were critique partners. Does that mean you got to critique Across the Universe? Too cool.

    I just won an ARC of the book on Shannon O'Donnell's blog. I'm so excited!

    @ Nancy (N.R. Williams), I wish you the best with the book. It sounds great. When it's released, I'll probably give it a shout out on FB.

    @ Susan, I hope you're making posters for 1/11/11 for your daughter's 11th. That's way too cool.

  33. Happy New Year! (belated) What an amazing post with so much "news". Thanks. I'm going to check out the first chapter, and well everything else you posted about. Best of luck with your contests and challenges! Christy

  34. Oooo! I'm off to read your interview!

    My big new year's news is that I've finally joined the 21st century and bought a laptop. And now the learning curve begins...

  35. My New Year's resolution last year was to read a mere ten Pulitzer Prize winning books. I think I only read three and then I got hooked on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and then I don't know what happened. So, I am not even going to kid myself with one hundred.

    I will, however, read your interview- one hundred times.

  36. @ Christy, thanks for checking out the links!

    @ Julie, I love my laptop. I can write anywhere, anytime. I'm sure you'll love yours too.

    @ Missed Periods, we always aim high and achieve less when it comes to reading. There are too many books.

    If you read my interview 100 times, it totally counts on your reading list as one book read.

  37. I wish I had enough time to read a 100+ books! I probably come close to buying that many, though. LOL

    May your New Year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness, just like Neil Gaiman said.

  38. @ Mary Anne, I hear you about buying them. I buy way more than I read!

    Thanks for tossing the Gaiman quote back at me.

  39. Congrats on all the books you read! I thought I read a lot but didn't come close to that number. :) Will hop over and check out your interview.

    Harpy New Year!

  40. Congrats on this accomplishment! We read many of the same books this year. Best of luck with your reading challenge 2012! Happy New Year!

  41. @ Karen, I don't think I've read that many books in a year since I was a kid.

    Happy New Year!

    @ Nicole, I wonder which books we read in common. Lots of YA, I bet. Happy 2012 to you!

  42. I love that quote by Neil Gaiman. Thanks for sharing, and for your inspiration, and motivating blog. May it be a wonderful, productive, writing, and healthy 2012.

  43. I love seeing your list, Theresa! I find it so interesting to see what my other writer friends are reading. A lot of oldies, but goodies as well as new books. I've read much of your list, too. Not this year, but in the past couple years. And it sure is fun to see both my books on there - thank you so much!

    Oh, what did you think of The Kneebone Boy? I just saw the other day that Ellen Potter has a new book coming out in February called THE HUMMING ROOM. I've already pre-ordered! ;-)

    And did you like CHIME? Haven't read that yet.

  44. Ooh, so many books! My list comes out tomorrow morning.
    What did you think of the Uglies series?
    Wasn't Dogsled Dreams fun?
    And yay for Hughes and Dahl and Lowry and Blume and Konigsburg and the Indian in the Cupboard!
    May I ask why you read Goblet of Fire? Was it a reread?

  45. @ Carol, thank you. I hope to see you at some New England writer-related gathering soon.

    @ Kimberley, I loved the voice of The Kneebone Boy. The end was a bit of a deflater for me, but I think I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

    I'll have to look up The Humming Room!

    Speaking of voice, Chime has it in spades. An unreliable narrator--it was done so well. Chime was one of my favorites for 2011.

    @ Deniz, I liked the Uglies series, but didn't love it. Definitely a unique idea. Dogsled Dreams was fun. Audiobooks counted for the goal, and we listened to it on one of our long drives. But I think I may reread the series sometime this year.