Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Burn, Baby, Burn

It's always a fun thing to research for a book I'm working on. For Beautiful/Wild, I've googled fairy tales online, especially "Beauty and the Beast," colorblindness, "Ring Around the Rosie," the Amish community, cows, the color red, names, etc. I've read The Meanings of "Beauty & the Beast": A Handbook by Jerry Griswold and also various YA dystopian novels by different authors.

Now this weekend, I'm venturing into a non-internet research! I'm going to burn some red rose petals over a candle! Why? Well, in my book, my character Arabella is burning those petals with her stepfather because red is a forbidden color in their society. Her stepfather found this rose growing in someone's garden and brought it into his family's home illegally. If they are caught with it, they would be punished.

So I need to know what the petals would look like burning away and what the smell would be like. Googling this topic didn't help me. That's why I'm excited to do this little experiment!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hello, My Name is Chen And I'm a Bookoholic

I love books. As if you can't tell already. But I love to own books, not just borrow. With Borders going out of business, I made a trip to the store, but I never thought I would make 3 separate trips (at 2 different stores)!

First time I went, the YA books were 40%.
Second time, 60%.
Third time, 70%.

And man, I bought a lot of books!

28 books!
About $155 total!
What a steal!

1st Trip - 40%

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Original Sin by Lisas Desrochers
Iron Daughter by Julia Kagawa
Iron Queen by Julia Kagawa
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

2nd Trip - 60%

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
Namoi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

3rd Trip - 70%

All Hardcovers:
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Vixen by Jillian Larkin
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
All You Desire by Kirsten Miller
Betrayal by Gillian Shields
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (80% off)

It's going to take forever to read all these books, but I don't mind!