1. Not one, but two books that I can't wait to read are coming out in October: HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr and THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater.
My personal reading tastes lean more towards stuff with at least some element of fantasy. Nevertheless, I'm a huge fan of Sara Zarr's contemporary YA books. She doesn't shy away from subject matter that isn't exactly warm and fuzzy and her narrators are always so honest and spot-on. Plus all of her books have such pretty covers.
I've talked about my Maggie Stiefvater obsession before. Her stories always contain an element of fantasy, sprinkled with a healthy dose of teen angst, sarcasm, and romance. Honestly, she had me at SHIVER. Her books also have pretty covers. Maybe I'm just a sucker for pretty book covers.
2. Odd that I've never mentioned this on the blog before, but I love Sting. A lot. I grew up listening to his music. Long before Viggo, there was Sting. How considerate of him to release a Best of 25 Years album just in time for my birthday!
Don't stare too long. You could go blind.
3. Disneyland! My favorite vacation spot in the world (apart from Wales, of course). First stop: the re-vamped Star Tours ride. Then it'll be nice to visit some old favorites: Indiana Jones, Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, and I haven't been back since they came to their senses and restored Captain Eo. I mean, really? Honey I Shrunk the Audience? I'm sure glad that's over.
4. New Zealand! This could become my new favorite vacation spot. But I won't know unless I go there, right? So it's a good thing I'm going there. As soon as I finish up at Disneyland, I'm heading down to Middle Earth to tour with the North American Welsh Choir. Which reminds me, we haven't had a Welsh song in a little while.