So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight – Kristin’s “Au Revoir” Post

There’s a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall

And the bells in the steeple too

And up in the nursery an absurd little bird

Is popping out to say, “Cuckoo”

Regretfully they tell us but firmly they compel us

To say goodbye to you

I thought that the beautiful music from one of my favorite musicals, The Sound of Music, would convey my message pretty well. Yes it’s true, I will no longer be a regular blogger on Mackin Books in Bloom. I have found another position that is closer to home.

I have really enjoyed my time here at Mackin, and I hope that my posts have helped to expand your collections! I have really enjoyed writing about angels, dystopian fiction, picture books, and so much more. Thanks to my fellow bloggers for giving me the unique opportunity to blog about what I already love to read! *And who knows..you might still see me every once and awhile on here!*

In closing I would just like to highlight my top 6 (you didn’t think I could do just 5, did you?) favorite posts that I did over the past year. Feel free to check them out again if you would like:

Shatter Me

-This was probably my all-time favorite novel of the year. Tahereh Mafi is uber-talented, and I cannot believe we have to wait a whole year to read her 2nd installment. This one is a ‘do not miss’!

Angels in Teen Fiction

-When I started working at Mackin, I had no idea that ‘angels’ would be so popular! Titles are still coming out such as Rapture, the final book in the Hush, Hush trilogy, Heaven, and many more. Who knew that angels would have such staying power?

Animal Poetry

-Who knew that one could get so much joy by reading a line such as this: “Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?” Being the goofy animal-lover that I am, is probably why I enjoy these much more than the average person. But, you have to admit that kids will love them too!

The Pledge

-This book is another one of my favorites from this year. It had all of the elements that I love in a novel, paranormal, fantasy, royalty, suspense..I could go on! Kimberly Derting is so gifted, and I loved my author interview with her as well. Don’t forget to check out The Essence, which comes out in January 2013. Check out the cover (below)..can you say gorgeous? I am dying to read this one, since she left us with such a cliffhanger in The Pledge.

Unlikely Animal Friendships

-I know..here we go with the animal stuff again. It fascinates me how much the animal kingdom is able to accept other species as their own. It’s heartwarming, and a little heartbreaking because I wish people would be more that way.

Last but not least: The Space Between

-Amazing doesn’t even totally compliment Brenna Yovanoff’s new novel. When she writes, she is able to completely engulf you into a world that is so unknown to you, yet familiar. Daphne is now one of my best-loved heroines, even though she is half-angel/half-demon. On a side note, Brenna’s interview was a pleasure to do. She was easy to work with and so willing to answer all of the questions I had. I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us with Paper Valentine.

Signing off…

Kristin J.