April 12, 2012

K is for...Kickass K Gals Rocking the Drop

Today the A to Z Challenge meets Rock the Drop 2012 (#rockthedrop) in the coolest mashup ever:

KICKASS 'K' Characters: KAROU, KATNISS, and KATSA

See what I did there? I refused to cave to the temptation to spell characters with a 'K'. Because it wouldn't make me seem klever clever, it would just look like I kan't can't spell. Kapiche Capiche?*

So as you may or may not know, today is Rock the Drop in support of Teen Lit Day 2012. It's hosted by readergirlz and figment and encourages participants to scatter awesome YA reads like shrapnel around their communities. And to take and post pics of their super stealthy book drops. This is the first time I've taken part, and let me tell you, it was tons of fun! Since today is 'K' day for the A to Z Challenge, and since three of my all-time favourite YA characters have names that start with 'K', I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share my YA book lve with my city.

First Stop:  Second Cup** (7:50 am MST)
KAROU decides to pop into our local Second Cup coffee shop, grab a cup of joe, and hang out.

Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone left at Second Cup.

Second Stop:  Bus bench (8:15 am MST)
KATNISS has had more than enough of the Capitol's trains and opts instead to wait for the bus.

Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games dropped on a bus bench.

Third Stop:  Red Deer College *** (8:45 am MST)
KATSA knows that a gal can't survive on Graces alone and signs up for some higher learning.

Kristin Cashore's Graceling left on wall sculptures at Red Deer College.

You guys, this was a blast! I'm really hoping that whoever picks up these books loves them as much as I do and/or passes them on to someone else. To express this hope, I wrote a note inside each book:


Karou, Katniss, and Katsa are some of the best examples of strong female heroines in YA. They're all well-written, compelling, and well worth taking the time to read their stories. If you haven't yet, I'd encourage you to grab a copy and spend some time with these kickass ladies. You won't regret it!

P.S. Check out #rockthedrop on Twitter for more YA book-dropping stories and pics like mine. ☺
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* No offense intended to anybody else who might have done this. Just a pet peeve of mine...
** Second Cup is like Starbucks' not quite as cool Canadian cousin (I worked at both joints).
*** I attended this college for two years almost a decade ago, but still managed to get lost. O_o

25 comments:

  1. I love this :) Katniss is my favorite!

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    1. I think Katniss would probably be my favourite too, but Karou and Katsa are also pretty great :)

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  2. Jaime, omg, this sounds so much fun! I didn't know about this #rockthedrop thing ... gotta learn about it right now! lol
    "Karou, Katniss, and Katsa are some of the best examples of strong female heroines in YA" << Agreed!

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    1. It was loads of fun :) I love these three characters, and what better way to share them with others than #rockthedrop, right?

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  3. You're hilarious. (Or I could have said "kute" or a "kut-up" but I digress.) I love your pictures and your choices. and what a nice note to include. You really went for it. I'm going to have to up my game when I actually leave the house today (working until 3) My plan is to leave "Enchanted Ivy" which takes place in Princeton NJ in the Small World Coffee in Princeton NJ. I know, I'm too klever for words :)

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    1. Haha! The misused 'k' thing on store signs and whatnot has always driven me bonkers :)

      I love your idea with ENCHANTED IVY. So cool! Since I couldn't go to District 12, Prague, or the Middluns, I had to settle on plain old Red Deer, Alberta lol :D

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  4. I kompletely understand about the k-thing, Jaime. I kan't stand when people substitute c for k because it's klever or kute, or because they seriously kan't spell... OK, sorry, I've annoyed you enough! :D

    Well done with spreading the lit love. Your note is cool--handwritten too! Legible handwriting no less! That's a skill I never quite mastered. I've often wondered if my handwriting could have got me into med school... ;)

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    1. It's always just been one of those pesky pet peeves of mine :)

      I felt like adding a note to each made it a little more personal and a little less random. I also added the #rockthedrop hashtag onto the bookplate because it was curiously missing. Not sure why they would have omitted that.

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  5. Wow! AMAZING! :D And I love the personalized note, so thoughtful! I didn´t do Rock The Drop :-( it sounds like lots of fun and a wonderful way to spread "book love" :D

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    1. Thanks, Elodie :) It was so much fun to take part in. I keep going to Twitter and checking out the #rockthedrop entries to see what others left behind. Too much fun :)

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  6. I dropped off my first book this morning - the other 2 will have to wait until after work. :) I love that you linked all your books to your K-post - not a planner at all! :)
    Fab post, Jaime!

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    1. I saw your #rockthedrop tweet and pic :) It prompted me to put up pics and tweets of mine too. Just think, you'll be itching all day to get out and drop those last two books. Now there's something to look forward to!

      Haha! Maybe not so much a planner as a touch OCD? Actually, it was just such a perfect coincidence because I had originally planned on blogging about Katniss and Katsa for the 'K' post. When I found out about Rock the Drop (and remembered that I love Karou too), it all just came together perfectly :)

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  7. Katniss and Katsa are among my favorites. I haven't read the third book yet but it's on the list.

    I did not know about Rock The Drop but it sounds awesome.

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    1. It was tons of fun to take part in, and what a happy coincidence that today was 'K' in the A to Z Challenge. There seems to be an abundance of 'K' heroines (or hard 'C' names) in YA, doesn't there? :)

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  8. You are krazy-klever, Jaime! This is the koolest. ;)

    I love how you themed the books you dropped, and especially that you're sharing such amazing heroines with the world. Great choices! I'm looking forward to dropping my books later this afternoon!

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    1. No, just easily peeved by silly things :)

      It's funny because I was originally planning to just write a post about Katniss and Katsa, and then heard about Rock the Drop. After I'd already decided to combine the A to Z thing and do Rock the Drop, I remembered Karou. Since she's one of my favourites, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity :)

      Have fun dropping your books, and make sure to tweet pics!

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  9. LOVE this. Wish I had thought to grab a copy and do this :) I did however get to eat lunch with a writer-friend who #rockedthedrop and left a copy of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE at the burger joint we lunched at...just as a high school marching band walked in :)

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    1. A high school marching band?! That's too perfect :)

      So I guess you can say that you colluded with someone to #rockthedrop, which is just as awesome :)

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  10. BTW - I just snagged your idea of the little hand-written note inside each book! I love that idea...so I added a note to the last 2 books I have - thanks for your brilliance!

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    1. My husband actually came up with the idea, so the credit is all his :)

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  11. I love this! I'm not participating this year, but maybe next year. Also, speaking of the K's, Avatar Legend of Korra! I hope she's as kick-ass as some of these lovely ladies :)

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  12. Ahh! Ok I was totally excited about doing this, and then I realized two things:

    1. Here in Australia, the day is already past!! I am following US blogs too much and getting confused!

    2. When I moved here I had to leave all my books at home! Now that I have a kindle I don't have any new hard copies. =(

    Next year!

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    1. Carissa - where are you in Australia? I lived there for almost half a year last year (Brisbane) studying abroad and looooved it. Too bad I had to come home!!

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  13. Fun! I haven't done my drop yet. I have plans for my book, though, tonight! Love the note you wrote in the books. I hope all three girls go to great homes!

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  14. A book drop...what a cool idea. Your pics and picks (both the books and places) are great!

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