My editor sent a care package of books to read before the conference since I'll have the opportunity to meet their authors. I just finished Avi's fourth book in the Crispin series, The End of Time. I loved it. I'm a fan of historical fiction to start with, but I especially like stories set in the middle ages, and Avi does an excellent job in this book of keeping the suspense high. I met some truly great characters in this book. I also finished book one in the series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. What a run mid-grade novel. I marveled at the narrator's voice (loving it's very 19th Century British tone) and appreciated the bizarre as I encountered it in this book. I'm working right now on Sarah Week's As Simple as it Seems (so far tremendous!) and still have in the TBR pile What Happened on Fox Street, The Poison Diaries and Black Hole Sun. All look terrific.
I can't wait for Friday's lift off. Even if it does mean doing my least favorite thing in the world--packing!