What a happy day! I went to Barnes & Noble to see Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, the fabulous new young adult novel written by my sister and her writing partner.
There it was, in all its glory, sitting face out on the shelf. Of course I had to take several copies and drop them on various display tables, to catch the eyes of browsing shoppers.
Yes, I’m prejudiced, but what a good book! It shifts among the lives of four best friends, and is so engaging, with such sympathetic characters—and because I know how much work went into it, seeing it in final form is very exciting.
Schadenfreude is the enjoyment of other people’s misfortunes, but is there a special term for the happiness you feel for other people’s successes? There should be. It’s a much nicer emotion.