We’ve come to the last day of TLA. I’m actually here in the convention center at the Maximum Ride Internet Room. Yep, that’s right. Even something like the Texas Library Association manages to find corporate sponsorship for their stuff. No one is immune. I would like some corporate sponsorship for my corporation. It seems unlikely.

I was to tired to list the readers I was excited to get, but I’ve got a few moments until the exhibit hall opens, so I’ll do it now.

  • Skulduggery Pleasant 2: Playing with Fire — I’m not a big fan of sequels. I often love the first in a series only to be vaguely disappointed in the second book. Sometimes the third book redeems the series, sometimes it only makes it worse. However, in the case of Skulduggery 2, I liked it just as much as I liked the first book. The tone and voice are still just as witty and sarcastic. I actually found myself grinning on the train last night as I commuted back last night. I rarely make an expression while reading. And the story itself was still an exciting fun read. So, look for the book when it comes out. Atrocious new jacketing aside, it’s going to be a fun book.
  • Hunger Games — Collins Gregor the Underlander series (I forget the actual series title) would be an example of a series that fit the usual excellent first book/downhill from there series. Still, I know she can write a good first book, so I grabbed her new one, Hunger Games. Much to my glee, it’s a science fiction real game story – kind of a survivor TV show with more violent outcomes. I read 80 pages on the train this morning, and now I don’t want to man my booth but sit in a quiet little corner somewhere and finish the story.
  • Madapple — This reader has been floating around for a while. It’s apparently a brilliant but disturbing book that no one knows what to do with. I’m dying to read it.

Those are my top picks of readers, the ones I was most excited to find laying around for the taking.

But now it’s back to Blooming Tree and our own books. This last day is only a half day, thank goodness, traditionally with a lot of last minute sales and networking. I have to say that contact-wise, this has been my most productive TLA yet. I met an author who is now going to work up a chapter book series proposal for me, and even some poetry that might be coming my way. I’m so pleased, that chills are running down my back. Or it’s still just insanely cold in here.

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