Playing Ketchup

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There have been a few things I’ve been meaning to post about here at Planet Books but I hesitate because I don’t want to deter from the latest guest post.  I like to give that author a few days at the top!  So before my next guest post from author Jessica Blau this weekend I’m going to get some things taken care of here.

First:  Lisa at Books on the Brain tagged me on a Teaser Tuesday meme the other day and I promised to respond with my answer this weekend.  Well, I’m getting it done now. 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme that is just too much fun to pass up.  Here’s how it works:

● Grab your current read. 
● Let the book fall open to a random page. 
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. 
● You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! 
● Please avoid spoilers!
I am currently reading Stephanie Kuehnert’s debut novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone.  It is about a girl named Emily Black who is a teen during the decline of Punk and the rise of Grunge in small town Wisconsin.  She has been raised by her music loving, guitar playing father and they both suffer from the fact that Emily’s mother left them when Emily was just a baby.  Emily forms a punk band that seems to be gaining a little attention but I’m only half way through so we’ll have to wait and see.
The book opened to page 84 but I’m going to do two short paragraphs instead of sentences.  I just can’t break up the paragraphs!    
    “Oh my god,” Jackie cackled.  “You are a joke.  A band?  A show?  Where, in your basement with your two loser friends?  Oh wait, they’re probably in the band, right?” 
     The rest of the class chortled along wtih her.  I’d never hated Carlisle more.  “Shut up, bitch!  Ten years from now -”  
Second: btt button

You, um, may have noticed that the Olympics are going on right now, so that’s the genesis of this week’s question, in two parts:


  • Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general?
  • Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?

And, Second:

  • Do you consider yourself a sports fan?
  • Because, of course, if you’re a rabid fan and read about sports constantly, there’s a logic there; if you hate sports and never read anything sports-related, that, too … but you don’t have to love sports to enjoy a good sports story.
  • (Or a good sports movie, for that matter. Feel free to expand this into a discussion about “Friday Night Lights” or “The Natural” or whatever…)
I have never read any books on the Olympics or any sports in general that I can think of.  The hubby has read numerous books on football though.  What I can see on the book shelves right now are Wins, Losses, and Lessons by Lou Holtz, Johnny U ~ The Life & Times of John Unitas by Tom Callahan and Next Man Up by John Feinstein. 
I do LOVE NFL football though and am a born and bred Washington Redskins fan.  Living over here in Okinawa has made being a football fan a bit tricky.  AFN (Armed Forces Network) airs NFL games live and then plays Sunday and Monday night games again that evening for those poor fans who actually had to work in the morning when the live feed was airing.  My husband, bless his heart, is one of the many die-hard fans who gets up at 2 or 3 or 5 or 6 am throughout the season to watch his beloved Skins play.  The better the team plays during the season means the more of their games are aired on AFN because of the likeliness that they will be playoff contenders.  We have one more year of this exhausting schedule and then it’s back to the States and watching football when you are supposed to watch football. 
My favorite sports movie over the last few years is INVINCIBLE starring the yummy Mark (Marky Mark) Wahlberg.  Beginning to end this movie is amazing, backed by an equally amazing and moving soundtrack.  It’s the story of Vince Papale, a bartender in Philly who is the superstar player in his weekly football league of friends.  When new coach Dick Vermeil decides to shake things up in the Philadelphia Eagles (BOO, oh sorry, that’s the Redskins fan in me BOOING MY ASS OFF AT PHILLY) franchise by having open tryouts, Papale decides to try out at the insistence of his friends.  Well, he makes the team and what follows makes a great story for a movie. 

Mark Wahlberg in Invincible, opening Friday. 


Third:  I would like to bring your attention to a new feature on this blog.  To your right you will see an added links box with a list of Guest Post Authors.  Each name is a link to their website.  This list will continue to grow as authors continue to graciously accept my invitations to write guest posts for us to read here on Planet Books.  I have really enjoyed the correspondence I have shared with these authors and look forward to new relationships with future guest posters. 


Fourth:  Author of the upcoming novel Time of My Life, Allison Winn Scotch is asking book clubs to consider reading her book (release date October 7th, 2008) and she wants to call in and chat with your book club.  You can check out the details HERE


Well that about covers everything I’ve had on my plate.  I hope you are doing well and enjoying whatever you may be reading today.  See you soon & Happy Reading!!