Well, it turns out my fears were premature. Not only did Kristina have a book published in October last year, My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours (which doesn't quite seem like my cup of tea, but let me know if you think I should give it a shot) she also has another YA novel coming out this fall: Just Your Average Princess.
Now, I'd seen the cover for Just Your Average Princess on one of those "upcoming books" posts that have become so popular on YA blogs - but the lack of details meant I'd ignored it. Cute cover, but not for me. But when I found out Kristina had written it, I thought a second look was in order. At the time, there was no description of the book on Goodreads, so I searched online for an alternative source for a summary. I found one soon enough on Kristina's website. It sounds like it is going to be just as adorable as The Espressologist, and I absolutely cannot wait to read it.
Second? It made me realise how fleeting our love affairs are with authors. And, like any relationship, they require work. Even though I had loved Kristina's first book, I had rather abandoned her work. Or rather, without actively following her updates, or without her publisher staging an extreme PR campaign, I would never have remembered to keep up with Kristina.
Maybe it's just me - but it seems like we rely on people telling us what to read. Pushing and prodding - getting us excited about a new book/author/series. But, really, we should look at the authors we've already grown to love - and consider ordering their back-listed books asap.
What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....