Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bring Raw Blue to the States!

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Hello Everyone!

I know.  It's been a while, right?  I don't really blog anymore because frankly, I don't feel like I can keep up with a busy reading and reviewing schedule like I used to.  You, as readers, deserve the best.  I can't give my best right now, so here we are.

BUT. . . .  you know I can't pass up an opportunity to stump for my favorite book!

As most of you know, I am a die-hard fan of Kirsty Eagar's work, and of Raw Blue in particular (you might have seen my "Case for Carly" page), so I wanted to send all of you a little request.  Melissa from i swim for oceans and I were tweeting the other day about how we could help promote it better so maybe/hopefully someday it will catch the eye of a U.S. publisher (it's being published in the U.K. this August).  

National Public Radio (NPR) is compiling a list of the Top 100 Best YA Books ever, and to help them, they are asking listeners to send in their lists of their personal Top 5 YA books.

I encourage you to send in your list, regardless of whether Raw Blue is among your personal Top 5. If Raw Blue is among your top reads, I hope you'll consider putting it on there.  Imagine how awesome it would be if a group of book lovers and bloggers starting listing this book that not too many people in the U.S. have ever heard of  - in my world of hoped-for results, the peeps at NPR would be scratching their heads saying, "Whaaaa?"  


Again, I hope you'll consider submitting your list regardless of whether Raw Blue is on there, but I do hope you find room for it!  You can find the link for the article/comment list sections here.  

U.K. Cover
ALSO!  You might have read the sentence up there about Raw Blue being published in the U.K.?  The book is available for pre-order RIGHT NOW at The Book Depository for $8.18 and NO SHIPPING!  So, all you wonderful readers who have expressed an interest in reading this gem now have the opportunity to do so at very little cost!  Go, go!  What are you waiting for?

A special shout-out and thanks to Melissa for also posting about this - if it's a contemp that Melissa is advocating for, you know it's good!


  1. This is such a great idea, I voted for my top 5, 4/5 out of 5 were Aussie, of course! ;)

  2. I'm going to research NPR's book list. I didn't know about it. I'll have to check out Raw Blue as well. As far as blogging frequency, I think that it is *your* blog and you should post as much or as little as you see fit. : )

  3. Completely understandable - the stuff they are putting out is awesome - that's what happens, IMO, when you emphasize quality over quantity (my little side rant there being the lack of quality in some book series at present). I'd rather have one solid, excellent book, then a series of comfortable characters but too long blots that feel made up of writing that simply takes up space.

  4. I know, and you are right. I just don't like half-assing anything, so if I am going to blog, I want to do it with some regularity and make sure it's the best it can be, you know?

  5. I came across your post on Kirsty's blog and HELL YES! I totally support your cause!

  6. Love it and thanks for visiting! I would just like to point out that I don't think the NPR article asked for books that are only published in the US. Therefore, I am going assume they are asking about a global YA cannon ;)

  7. Raw blue looks like a good book.