Our Annual Holiday Book List Compiled... and Can You Believe James Dashner asked me to "Fetch"?

So, I put all of our suggested books and authors together in a nifty list. I was going to link to them and stuff, but just thinking about trying to accomplish such a task makes my lips itch, and I figured we live in a Google world.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Fairies of Dreamdark books by Laini Taylor's
Attolia series by Megan Whalen Turner
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Brigg
Alpha and Omega series
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
Edgar Eager books
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
Immortal: Love Stories with Bite by P.C. Cast
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Wake, and Fade by Lisa McMann
The Mortal Instruments Trilogy
Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Ida B. by Katherine Law
Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
Impossible and Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
The Princess Bride
My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter
Jungle Crossing by Sydney Salter
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind by Heidi Ashworth

Authors to Read:
Lisa Shearin
Tasha Alexander
Deanna Raybourn
Susan Wittig Albert/Robin Paige

Other shenanigans at the Author Palooza:

As my last post mentioned, I went to the Barnes and Noble Author Palooza a couple days ago and here's a rundown:

-My "Essence of Jacob" hand lotion was overpowering. I think it's to do with the musky, earthy, steel-abs scent.

-Bree Despain, not believing it was so strong, decided to snort some. Seriously, Valynne held out the tiny bottle of "Essence of Jacob" for all to smell, and Bree jerked her head forward and impaled her nose on the bottle.

-Bree learned the hard way that upon contact with nasal passages, "Essence of Jacob" burns. (As it should. You've seen those abs, right?)

-I like typing "Essence of Jacob" in every sentence.

-Moving on... Stevie Wonder took our picture:

-James Dashner asked me to "fetch" him some more copies of Maze Runner. Apparently he doesn't know me very well.

-Valynne told James to "Fetch Off."

(Me and Valynne. Valynne is Secretary of Defense - aka "Bouncer" - of our Writing Group)

-James offered me his Sharpie pen he'd used to sign all night to make up for the offense. I took it and used it to sign our peace treaty.

-One of Mette Ivie Harrison's books has the word "Princess" in the title, but no actual princess in the book. So she signs it with "There is no princess in this book. Mette Ivie Harrison." I bought one of them, and when she told me how she was going to sign it, I said she might as well include, "There is no Santa Claus either."

Apparently Mette can't tell when I'm being sarcastic:

Which would be fine if I hadn't told her I was giving the book away on my blog. So apparently, only those 12 years old and older will be eligble to win, because by the time you're 12, you should know the truth, right?

-James Dashner showed off the paperback version of The 13th Reality, featuring a new artistic rendering of the main character.

When I saw it, I meant to say, "I would totally root for that boy." But it came out as, "I could totally go for that boy."

Creepy. I guess the "Essence of Jacob" went all the way to my brain.

Blogging may be sporadic for the next week or two, but I'll try to be on time.  What's everyone doing for the Holidays?