Thursday, December 31, 2009
Yes that is right Mary Anne, Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mallory, Jessica, and Dawn are going to be back. I personally will probably read it even if they are more for children. I loved them when I was little and would often get a book as my reward for doing chores or whatever it was that week. They really helped me to love reading. I hope it works with bringing kids a joy of reading again.
2.Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes-Maureen Johnson
3.Living Dead Girl-Elizabeth Scott
4.How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls-Zoey Dean
5.Once Was Lost-Sara Zarr
6.Gossip Girl-Cecily Von Ziegesar
7.I am the Messenger- Markus Zusak
8.Cracked up to Be-Courtney Summers
9.Fighting Ruben Wolfe-Markus Zusak
10.The Handmaid's Tale-Margaret Atwood
- Harry Potter Series-J.K. Rowling
- The Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd
- The Truth About Forever-Sarah Dessen
- Jessica Darling Series-Megan McCafferty
- Wintergirls-Laurie Halse Anderson
- Just Listen-Sarah Dessen
- Along For the Ride- Sarah Dessen
- Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher
- Lock and Key-Sarah Dessen
- The Luxe Series-Anna Godbersen
- Hunger Games/Catching Fire-Suzanne Collins
- The Last Song-Nicholas Sparks
- The Earth, My Butt, and other BIG Round Things-Carolyn Mackler
- Audrey Wait-Robin Benway
- Cracked Up to Be-Courtney Summers
There were so many more great ones, but these were my favorites.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers is a great Young Adult book. This is the book that would put everyone who thinks YA is not good written literature into a different mindset.
Parker was the perfect girl.....Cheerleader, honor student, popular, etc. until one day that changes, but why did it change. She starts to drink, skip school, and alienate her friends, family, and counselor. The book is told in present time with Parker flashing back to the night that changed everything. Oh and of course there is a great boy who helps her to find herself again.
I loved this book and want to thank Jessica over at Reading is Sexy for recommending it to me. Courtney wrote Parker real and with a real voice and I enjoyed watching her layers unfold and to find out what happened to her.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Cameron and Ruben are brothers. They have an older brother Steven and an older sister Sarah. Their father is out of work and their mother works to hard so they just kind of exist. That is until they are noticed by a man who hosts fights in warehouses. They decide to fight for money and we see the brothers learn about themselves through these fights.
This book is great to show pride, heart, love, etc. It has it all. Cameron is a lovable main character and I can't wait to read the sequel Getting the Girl to see where his life is at now.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Waiting on Wednesday was introduced to me by Jessica over at Reading is Sexy. It is a feature for bloggers to swoon over upcoming releases they can't wait to get their hands on.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I am really looking forward to doing this! My list of my tentative books is as follows:
1. The Secret Year- Jennifer Hubbard
2. The Body Finder-Kimberly Derting
3.Tell Me A Secret- Holly Cupala
4. Firespell- Chloe Neill
5. Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver
6. The Naughty List-Suzanne Young
7. Party-Tom Leeven
8. Match Made in High School-Kristin Walker
9. Whisper-Phoebe Kitanidis
10. A Blue So Dark- Holly Schindler
11. The Best and Hardest Thing-Pat Brisson
12. The Cinderella Society-Kay Cassidy
13. Forget-Her-Nots-Amy Brecount White
Around us, I can sniff out a savagery in the noisy southern air. It knifes its way into my nose, but I do not bleed blood. It's fear I bleed, and it gushes out over my lip.
Fighting Ruben Wolfe-Markus Zusak
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Summer I Turned Pretty: Jenny Han
The Adoration of Jenna Fox: Mary Pearson
Witch & Wizard-James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Hush Hush: Becca Fitzpatrick
The book starts out with Ed and his friends in a bank during a bank robbery. Hilarious as it is the worst bank robbery ever. Ed becomes a hero after he gets the robber, but to him he isn't because he is stuck in the small town he grew up in and is nothing more than an underage cab driver. Then he receives an Ace of diamonds in his mailbox with addresses listed. He knows that people need his help and he starts on his journey. The journey takes him to help people as well as learning about himself.
The characters in this book are great even the dog, Doorman. Markus Zusak really knows how to write rootable characters that you want to keep learning about. Can't wait to try more of his books.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
1. Read at least one book over 500 pages a month
2. A to Z Book titles
3. A to Z authors
4. A to Z new authors
I am thinking of doing one YA challenge too, but haven't picked one out yet. I want to keep updating my blog and hope to add new content.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: It was just an ok book. It follows Ginny through an adventure that her aunt set up for her through 13 letters. She travels around Europe and learns about her and her aunt. There wasn't a whole lot of character development though.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: GREAT BOOK. It is a quick read about Bruno who is a young boy during WWII. His father, who is an officer, moves Bruno and the rest of the family next to a concentration camp and we see the time through Bruno's eyes. John Boyne told this story fabously.
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer: A book as delicous as my peppermint mocha latte I was drinking while I read it. It is a quick Young Adult book about a girl who works for "starbucks" and does match making based on your favorite drink. There wasn't a lot of character development and yet I drank it up.
This book wraps up the lives of Elizabeth, Diana, Henry, Penelope, and Carolina. I don't want to spoil the series for those who have not read it, but the ending was not what I expected and in fact was disappointed at first. Now that it has been a little while I am happy with it.
Diana follows her heart, Carolina gets what is coming to her, Penelope is still the love to hate girl, Henry learns about himself, and Elizabeth finds information.
I am sad to see my friends go.
Friday, November 20, 2009
This is the Bride Quartet book 2. It is about Emma and her flowers and of course her love life. Emma and Jack to me came out of no where with the oh we have been hot for each other, but didn't act on it. I liked the book, but I am not sure why I didn't love it like I did Vision in White.
Emma to me didn't grow as a character she was just there. She didn't have to change a thing and I love books where characters grow and learn about themselves. It was nice to catch up with the other girls too.
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood-Ann Brashares- 4 stars
Audrey, Wait-Robin Benway 4 stars
Perfect You-Elizabeth Scott 3 stars
Vegan Virgin Valentine-Carolyn Mackler-4 stars
Guyaholic-Carolyn Mackler- 4 stars
Love Is the Higher Law-David Levithan 3 stars
Keeping Faith-Jodi Picoult 4 stars
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I am doing a Fall Book Challenge!!!!
5 Point Tasks
1. IHO Breast Cancer Awareness month read a book with a pink cover or tile or about a victim's story. Audrey Wait
2. IHO Friday the 13th(Nov. 13th) read the 13th book on your TBR shelf. If you do not have a goodreads shelf then either read the 13th book on your physical shelf or if that isn't possible pull a title out of 13 pieces of paper. Sisterhood of the traveling pants 2
3.IHO Black Friday/Cyber Monday, read a book that you bought on clearance (that day or before) or sale or Read a book about shopping/retail.: Perfect You
4. IHO Christmas gift giving read a book that you were given as a gift or bought with a gift card. (If you don't get books as a gift buy yourself a book as a gift to yourself for being great!) Marley and Me or The Guardian
5. IHO the darker nights curl up with a mystery. Murder on the orient express
6. IHO the cold nights read a book under a blanket or in front of a fire.
7. IHO Fall colors read a book with a brown, orange, red, yellow, or black cover.Fourth of July
8. IHO Sweetest Day read a book with a flower or type of Candy in the title. Bed of Roses
9. IHO Sadie Hawkins day read a book where the main character is a male. The Outsiders
10. IHO Statue of Liberty dedication read a book set in New York. Shopaholic takes Manhattan
10 Point Tasks
1.Read a book by an author that you have been meaning to read, but haven't gotten around to. Percy Jackson
2. IHO National Teen Read Week read a Young Adult book. Vegan Virgin Valentine
3. IHO Daylight Savings Time fall back, read a Historical Fiction book Splendor
4. IHO fall read a book about Fall'ing in love, off the wagon, etc. The History of Love
5. Read a book that comes out in October, November, December:The Gift
6. Read an NBC monthly book that you wanted to read but didn't get the chance too. If you have read them all then read and discuss Oct., Nov., or Dec. book.
The Bolyen Inheritance or The Little Lady Agency
7. IHO the holidays Read a book about a religion other than your own: Plain Truth
8. IHO Halloween read a horror/suspense book: Heart Shaped Box
9. IHO Thanksgiving read a book about Families: Over The Holidays
10. IHO Halloween read a book about ghosts, witches, vampires, goblins, etc. Her Fearful Symmetry
15 Point Task
1. Go to random word generator (http://watchout4snakes.com/CreativityTools/RandomWord/RandomWord.aspx) and read a book with that word in the title or a book about that word or related to the word. Screwing- This Charming Man
2. Choose an unfinished task from one of the last 3 challenges and finish it. If you finished all the challenges redo your hardest task. If you haven't done any other challenges then go back to the tasks in the bookchallenge blog and pick your favorite to do. The Host (Read a book you started and didn't finish- SBC)
3. Read a book and pick a playlist of at least 5 songs that you feel would fit the book. Post the list on NBC: The Last Song
4. IHO T.V. starting read a book that a T.V. Show or Made for T.V. Movie/big screen movie was based off of. If possible watch the show or movie and Post a comparison
The Vampire Diaries
5. Read a book from the 1001 books to read list Middlesex or The Handmaids Tale
6. IHO Pearl Harbor and Rememberance Day read a book about WWII or a book about/set in Hawaii: Honolulu
7. IHO National Family Literacy month read a book a family member recommended to you. Keeping Faith
8. IHO Columbus Day read a book where the main character travels or a travel memoir: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
9. IHO Edgar Allen Poe's death and National Poetry month read a book of short stories or poetry: A Touch of Dead
10. Go to thisonenext.com and put in your last book read. Read one of the suggestions given to you on what to read next.The Earth, My Butt, And other round things
25 Point Task
1. MrsGinTN- Read a book and cook a MEAL that was inspired by the book. Keeping The Moon
2. Mrsfu-Read a fairy tale; then write your own modern version and post for the NBC. (can be as short or as long as you like)
3. am+a-Read a novel (not a memoir) by John Irving: Widow for a year
4. MrsJuicy2Be-Read a book about your dream career (fiction or non-fiction). Create a list of steps you need to take in order to have your dream career and post it. If you already have your dream job, read and write about the next step you'll take in your career. Letters to a Young Teacher
5. Jackiback- read 7,500 pages over the course of the FBC.
I finally started this series. They have been on my to read list for months and I have seen the movies so I am not sure why it took so long.
The book was great. I really enjoy books on friendship and how to have a lasting friendship because I just don't see that to much anymore. I really liked hearing from each girl about their adventures. Carmen with her father, Bridgette at soccer camp, Lena with her Grandparents, and Tibby at home.
I laughed, teared up, and just all around enjoyed this book a lot. I will be getting the rest because I can't wait to see what the girls have been up to.
Virginia is a sophomore in high school. Her best friend has moved a way and she is forced to deal with High School by herself. Oh and did I mention she is a bigger girl? What is worse is her family is small and pretty and her brother was Mr. Popular at the school before her. Her mother is a teen counselor and is very well known, but can't listen to her own family. How is a girl to cope?
This book has 4 short stories. They were cute, but not in depth enough. I know they are short stories, but I guess I was expecting something different. There was one story with Claude and Claudine, One with Eric, One about Hadley, and one set during Christmas. It curbed my Sookie need, but I still can't wait for May.
This is a great series. It is a historical fiction that I have heard compared to Gossip Girl in the past. The books follow the Hollands (Elizabeth and Diana) and their friends, families, and enemies. The twists and turns of this book are great. There are things that happen that I never would have guessed were going to happen. Plus the covers are so breathtaking.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I am doing one post for both of these books. They are the first 2 books in a series. They are such great books.
Cathching Fire starts a few months after Hunger Games ends and just continues the wonderful story. Lots of twists and turns.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I will probably be adding them, but if not here is my list with a grade by it:
Someone Like You-Sarah Dessen (B)
Finger Lickin' Fifteen-Janet Evanovich (A)
The Luxe-Anna Godbersen (B)
Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married- Marian Keyes (B-)
L.A. Candy- Lauren Conrad (C although I will read the next one)
You Know Where To Find Me (C)
I only give The Luxe and Rumors b's because they start out slow for me, but once they start going the are addicting.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Oh Judy Blume how you fulfilled my love of reading in my youth. I remember hiding Forever from my parents afraid my mom would want to read it and get mad at me for reading it.
Summer Sisters is about Vix and Caitlin, friends from elementary school, and their summer trips to The Island to visit Caitlin's dad and step-mother. The friendship that these girls had was unusual, but at the same time long lasting despite their problems.
Vix is the shy girl who has had a hard family life. She is smart and likes to read. Caitlin's family take her in and help her to recognize her potential and help her to go to college and be the success that she wants to be.
Caitlin is the pretty, popular, rich, selfish, and carefree girl. She wants what she wants and will get it no matter what. She travels the world with no regards to her future.
I really enjoyed this book, but I am a sucker for a book about friendships. There were some things that made me blush, but I liked the characters, even the ones that I Loved to hate.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy read for the beach or just for a lazy day.
This was my first Nora Roberts book. Boy did I pick a good one. I have always thought about becoming a wedding planner so I thought this book would be just my style. I was right.
I really liked that Ms. Roberts had the business and the love story along with friendship all woven together. The story and the writing fit together beautifully.
I really enjoyed the characters and could see me working for Vows even if Parker is high strung (I think she just needs an assistant to help with her part). I do wish I could see Mac's pictures some how.
Now I have to wait till October for the next one Bed of Roses.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I truly enjoy Sarah Dessen's books. I was excited to read this book since a lot of people enjoyed it. It started a little slow for me, but there was history that was important to Ruby's character that needed to be introduced. The book really picked up though and I ended up loving it.
Ruby is a great character. She reminded me of myself there for a while. While I didn't have to live with my sister because I did have my father my mother left me also. I was very close to my older sister and often even to this day think of her as a substitute mom in my life.
Can I just say that Nate and Wes (The Truth About Forever) have to be the best males from her books. Nate was not the typical male character from Sarah's books as he was the popular kid instead of the outsider. I really enjoyed that and getting into his life with his father and such.
I actually ended the book wishing that Ms. Dessen would write a sequel to this book.
Number 14 was good. I think they have gotten better the higher the numbers. Stephanie is always getting herself in trouble and Grandma Mazur is just hilarious. I loved that Stephanie and Morelli were basically living together again and I wish she would realize she doesn't love 2 men she loves 1 and lusts after another.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I have read a lot of Jane Green's books and have enjoyed them. This is not your typical Jane Green book, but just as entertaining. I read it quickly and found it hard to put it down. The book follows 3 women friends and their relationship as well as their families. It also shows their struggles with love, divorce, kids, and the financial crisis.
Charlie is married with kids. She has the big house, the cars, and the money. But is her world really that great?
Kit is a divorced mom of 2. Her ex is very much in the picture. Kit also finds herself dealing with dating and family.
Tracy is the newest to the group and she owns her own business and is trying to find love after she started her life over after her 2nd divorce.
There are other characters in the book that give this book a well rounded story and the charm that is Jane Green.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
2. Take 10 books you want to read and put the titles in a hat, pick one at random and read that book. Plain Truth
3. Read a book with a Summer word in the title (sun, heat, sand, hot, etc). Firefly Lane
4. Read a book considered a beach read (Chick lit, etc.).
5. IHO Friendship day (August 2nd) read a book about friends or siblings. Best Friends Forever-Jennifer Weiner
6. Read a book with a food or drink in the title. Watermelon-Marian Keyes
10 POINT TASKS
2. IHO Fourth of July read a book about the revolutionary war or any other important time in your Country’s history.
3. IHO Women’s equality day (August 26th) read a book with a woman as the main character or about a woman you admire. Dune Road-Jane Green
4. Read a book set in a place you have, will, or would like to travel to. Lock and Key-Sarah Dessen (travel to N.C. to see my sister) own
5. Read a book about a Summer romance or a romance book. The Guardian own
6. Read a book about a library, librarian, book store, or anything else book related. Bookends-Jane Green or Thirteenth Tale
7. Read a book about getting married, weddings, being married. Vision in White-Nora Roberts
8. Read a book with a verb in the title (Walk, run, talk, etc). What was she Thinking: Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married.
9. Read a book you first heard about on NBC. Perfect Match-Jodi Picoult
10. Read a book with a teenager as the main character or set in a high school. The Tenth Circle Own
15 POINT TASKS
2. IHO back to school in August read a book off your high school’s summer reading list. A Great and Terrible Beauty
3. Read a book by an author born in July, August, September. Notes on a Scandal
4. Read a book about a disaster or tragedy (Tornado, hurricane, 9/11, plane crash, etc.) Columbine- Dave Cullen
5. Judge a book by its cover, read a book based solely on the cover or title. I Heart You,You Haunt Me or You Know Where to Find Me.
6. Read a book about Royalty (Tudors, Princess Diaries, etc): The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn- Robin Maxfield
7. Read July, August, or September’s NBC book and participate in the discussions. Summer Sisters- Judy Blume
8. Read the first and second (or 3rd and 4th) book in a series 4th of July and 5 Horseman- James Patterson
9. Read a book that is at least 500 pages. Vampire Diaries?
10. Second chances- Read a book by an author you didn’t enjoy the first time around. The Accidental Mother own
25 POINT TASKS
1. Mrs.GinTN- Read a book and cook a meal inspired by that book. Lean Mean Thirteen and I made homemade spaghetti sauce and garlic bread.
2. AdaraMarie-Read a book recommended by the staff at your local library or bookstore. Complete the task by posting a review of the book with no spoilers so we can all learn your opinion of the book. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons or the Luxe
3.Mac&Chip- Read a book and do an activity that the characters in the book did.
4.RoMoSquare- Read a book over 700 pages: I know this much is true-wally Lamb
5. Rebus82- Read a book that you've never read before because it has always intimidated you. Afterward, make a non-spoiler WIJFR post about how you feel about the book now that you've finally read it, and if you feel the original intimidation was justified.
6.danamh83- Read a book written by or about a famous person (living or dead) that you would like to meet. Post a list of questions you would like to ask them, based on what you read in the book. Moonwalk by Michael Jackson
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I went into this book with no expectations. I didn't really know what it was fully about, but it seemed like it could be interesting. I was right. This books was great. Alyson Noel had a good idea when she came up with this story. She made Ever a great rootable character.
Ever is 16 and the rest of her family died in a car accident. She is now living with her aunt who is a big time lawyer and is not used to having kids. She is visited everyday by her 12 year old sister Riley. She has 2 friends, Haven and Miles. She also sees people's auras and read their minds, until Damen.
The book follows Ever and Damen and their relationship. It also shows Ever and her grief and guilt over losing her family. She grew in this book although she never really took crap from people. Her relationship with Damen was refreshing in that respect.
All in all a good book that I would recommend to those who enjoy YA books or a love story.
1. Twelve Sharp-Janet Evanovich
2.Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
3. Grave Sight-Charlaine Harris
4.Such A Pretty Fat- Jen Lancaster
5.Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson
6.Another Mother's Life-Rowan Coleman
Monday, June 29, 2009
What is your indulgent book? You know the book that you just love... that you could read again and again.....
Mine now would have to be a tie between The Pact by Jodi Picoult and all the Harry Potter books (I can't pick just one).
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Dreamland was a sad book. It pulled me right in though. I loved Caitlin's character and felt for her. Rogerson is the first male Sarah Dessen character that I didn't like from the beginning. There was something about him that was just off.
Dreamland is about Caitlin's life after her sister Cass leaves in the middle of the night. She mets Rogerson and things go south after that. We get to see Caitlin at her worst and how she grows a little during a tough time.
Again I think every teen girl should read this book.