In Which the Author Is So Grateful She Falls Over. Also, Here’s What to Do if You Have a Few Minutes

Today I’m starting with a thank you to my readers. THANK YOU for making Graceling a bestseller in Germany, and THANK YOU for putting the American paperback of Graceling on next week’s (Sep 27) New York Times bestseller list! I am overwhelmed. I am staring blankly like a slow loris. And giggling.


So, how much time do you have?

  • If you have an hour today, listen to last week’s This American Life, on the subject of frenemies. Here’s the description from the website: “This week we bring you stories about friends. Or wait, enemies? How about both? Tales of estranged sisters, BFFs breaking up and making up and breaking up, and how reality stars walk the fine line between making friends and making a name for themselves.” I LOVED this episode. Why do we continue relationships with frenemies? David Rakoff’s poem, just past the halfway point, pretty much summed it up for me.
  • If you have 20 seconds today, watch the beautiful and lovely Roger Federer make a SICK shot in the semi-finals of the US Open. If you have 2 minutes, watch it in replay a couple times. (h/t, colorwheel, for the link ^_^)
  • If you don’t have time (or the connectivity) for any of that, check this out: the cover for Volume 2 of the Danish Graceling. Click to make it bigger; I used the Volume 1 cover above in case you want to compare. (I also posted about the Volume 1 cover back in April.) My lovely editor at Tellerup says that “Bedrageren” means “the imposter.” Thanks to artist Bent Holm for another beautiful cover! What do you all think?

Thanks again, everyone. Happy Thursday :o)