The lovely folks at Penguin Teen have declared October to be “Re-Read Matched Month.” And I will say that it is a great idea to re-read MATCHED to be ready for CROSSED because the story picks right up again in Chapter 1 of CROSSED.
To celebrate Re-Read Matched Month, Penguin Teen has made an awesome tumblr of Matched Facts to help refresh your memory. They’ve posted a bunch already and will be adding a new fact each day up until the release of CROSSED. You can find the tumblr here, with the most current fact at the top. Scroll down to see more (the ones that are marked SPOILER are spoilers for those who haven’t yet read MATCHED, but won’t ruin anything for CROSSED). So, if you can’t re-read the book, this is a fast way to remind yourself of some key facts!
There are also Matched-related discussions taking place over in the Re-Read Matched in October forum on Goodreads.
In other MATCHED news, the MATCHED paperback made the New York Times Bestseller List (Children’s Chapter Books) for paperbacks, debuting at #5 its first week out and staying on at #7 this past week! Thank you all so much for your continued support of this book. I got to sign copies of the paperback for the first time last week on the Smart Chicks Tour and it was so much fun. That cover is gorgeous. I love the added green and shininess.
Speaking of the Smart Chicks Tour, it was a really lovely experience. Though I was only gone for about 24 hours and didn’t get to see/talk with the other authors nearly enough, it was so fun to hang out with them even for a bit. And MANY THANKS to all of you who came to the event. I loved meeting each of you. And Portland is GORGEOUS.
While at the Smart Chicks tour event, I got to meet the AWESOME Audra, who runs one of the fansites (the-society.net). She is giving away some great MATCHED swag over on the fansite right now, so head on over to enter! I have links to the fansites in the sidebar and they are amazing. Sometimes they know things before I do! So if you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to do so.
Also, I’ve chosen the winner of VARIANT (via the random number generator)! It is Jessie Humphries! Congratulations, Jessie!
I hope you are all having a wonderful October so far. This is the best month in a lot of ways–best month for running here in Utah, best month for being outside during the day and then curling up with a book at night, best month for apple cider and pumpkins on porches. Happy fall!