Monday, October 19, 2009

Keeping The Moon-Sarah Dessen

This was my last Sarah Dessen book left and her third book. I can tell that she had hit her stride with this one after reading the first 2 books. I really enjoyed this one like I did her later ones. The sidekicks were great, the main character lovable, and of course the boy.
Colie used to be overweight and is currently anything, but popular. Her mom is a famous weight loss guru. While her mom travels in London Colie must go stay in a small town in North Carolina with her eccentric aunt. There Colie meets friends, learns about herself, and gets a job. Wow what a busy summer.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall Book Challenge

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 ( 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 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.

Her Fearful Symmetry-Audrey Niffenegger

I fell in love with the Time Traveler's Wife so when I heard that Audrey had another book coming out I requested it before even reading the synopsis. While it wasn't Time Traveler's Wife good it was still a very enjoyable book.
Julia and Valentina are twins who have never met their Aunt Elspeth which is there mother's twin sister. Suddenly their Aunt dies and leaves them with her flat in London that is next to a Cemetery.
They move across the ocean and meet their neighbors and try to learn about why their mom and aunt never talked. They also learned about their own relationship with each other. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book and the story is written well. The last 100 pages will fly by.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-Ann Brashares

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.

My Earth, My Butt, and Other BIG Round Things-Carolyn Mackler

This is my first Carolyn Mackler book and she did not let me down. Virginia is the perfect character. She has flaws, but she is rootable. I sat down and read this book in one sitting last Sunday and I want more. To see Virginia grow and learn about herself was so satisfying.

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 tackles a subject that just about every High School girl has dealt with. Carolyn deals with it in a good and funny way that gets her point across in a way that teens will get it and still have fun reading about it.

A Touch of Dead-Charlaine Harris

It has been 5 months since the last Sookie book came out and I still have to wait 7 months until the next one comes out. That is to big of a gap of time to go without Sookie and Eric. I knew that Ms. Harris had written some Sookie short stories and I was thrilled to find out that she was releasing them all in one book.

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.

The Last Song-Nicholas Sparks

This is Nicholas Sparks' latest book. I really enjoy Nicholas Sparks books. He can really write characters that I can connect with and want to root for. The Last Song was not a disappointment.
The Last Song is about Ronnie, her brother, her father, and their summer together. Ronnie's father left them and she didn't talk to him for 3 years when she is sent to his house for the summer. She is ready to hate the summer and go home the minute she gets there. In true Nicholas Sparks fashion we get to watch Ronnie meet new friends, learn about herself, and learn about her family.
All I have to say is have tissues ready. I cried in a few different places. This book hit home for me in a way and I am so glad that I read it!

The Luxe Series- Anna Godbersen

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.
My favorite character of this series is Diana, but I feel connected with all of them. Anna writes with just enough detail for you to get a picture, but still be able to use your imagination also. The last in the series comes out November 1st.