It’s Grace and I’m writing to you from the beautiful shores and campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. I’m a Creative Writing major here for three weeks and it is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect to why I love writing in the first place. I haven’t gotten as much reading done as I hoped, but the books I’ve read have been amazing! If you haven’t seen this before, A Day in the Life is something I started to give y’all news on my reading, thinking, and what’s going on in the bookish world! I hope y’all enjoy.
All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
I’m loving it so far! I adore the mood – I haven’t felt this type of mood since I read Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater and it’s absolutely incredible. It’s historical and haunting and gorgeous. The writing is beautiful and the character is absolutely riveting. I’m completely in love with this book. It’s passionate and eerie, and gets better with every page.
Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Amy McNamara
A resonant debut novel about retreating from the world after losing everything—and the connections that force you to rejoin it.
Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.
Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her.
Usually in the summer, I prefer summer books. But because I’m at Interlochen for writing, I want to read really excellent writing. I really love Amy’s writing and this is a gorgeous book, so I want to reread it as a goal of some sorts. (If only my writing could stand up to Amy’s!) I love the mood of this book and the character is absolutely amazing. If you haven’t read it, you definitely need to! It was one of my favorites of 2012.
I haven’t been posting much recently because, before Interlochen, I was at my other camp! What I have posted recently is a compilation of mini reviews of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Every Day by David Levithan, and Five Summers by Una LaMarche.
I am completely loving Interlochen. I have fiction in the mornings and poetry in the afternoons, with General Dance squished in between them. I absolutely adore the people, hearing strains of violin and the orchestra in the background while I walk, and how much love everybody has for their major. The views are incredible; I’ve made some wonderful friends. The Writing House is so cozy – I want to curl up in there and write forever. It’s a fantastic atmosphere. I’m, of course, going to be reading PLENTY of books while I’m here. The library has Sloppy Firsts so I may just get the chance to read it while I’m here and cross it off my Top Ten Series I’d Like to Start but Haven’t list!
Love y’all! Enjoy your summer and I’ll blog when I can!