Books I Bought to Save Publishing

Yesterday, I posted about the “Buy the Book: 24 Hours to Save Publishing” experiment planned by author Sean Cummings as part of his online campaign called “Save Publishing–Read a Book at Bedtime.” The overall premise is simple: to save publishing, buy books and read daily. He encourages people to set aside 10 minutes for reading before bed. He established a Facebook page and website, and as of today, he has more than 1,000 fans.

On Monday, he encouraged people to buy a book and post what they bought to build some enthusiasm about books and reaidng. On the Facebook website, 282 people said they would “attend” the event. I was among them. I promised to stop myself at five because, well, things can get out of control when it comes to me and books, shoes, or chocolate. Here are the books I ordered today:

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson (one of my all-time favorite YA authors)
From Amazon: “Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her.”

IF I STAY and pre-ordered WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman. I listened to the IF I STAY audiobook. It was great. I think one of my students in particular would love it, so I bought it with her in mind. The sequel has already gotten great reviews.
From Amazon: “In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make.”

If I StayWhere She Went
THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker (debut authors)
From Amazon: “Secret societies dominate a posh co-educational private school in this suspenseful, possibly supernatural mystery.”
The Liar Society
XVI by Julia Karr (a debut author)
From Amazon: “In 2150 Chicago, girls are walking billboards. Upon turning 16, they receive government-issued tattoos on their wrists that read “XVI.” They’re supposed to keep the girls safe, but in reality, the tattoos broadcast their brand-new sexual availability.”
I can’t wait to get my new books! Did you participate? Don’t forget to post on the Facebook page. I’d also love to hear what you bought!

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