Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I go this book at a bookstore that I have been volunteering at, and boy am I glad I got this. This story was filled with love, thought, and you could really tell what the characters were feeling at times. Here is a summary of the book (taken from Sarah Dessen's website):
Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes. People know Scarlett as the popular, flamboyant one; Halley's just her quiet sidekick. Then, at the beginning of their junior year, the balance shifts. First, Scarlett's boyfriend Michael is killed in a freak accident; soon afterward, she learns that she is carrying his baby. For the first time, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it'll never break--because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.
Like all of the books I have read by Sarah Dessen, I loved this. Of course, the young-teenage pregnancy is used a lot in story lines, Sarah Dessen makes this story individual. I recommend this to more older readers, because of some of the things it deals with, but if you are young, and are a "mature" reader, or a Sarah Dessen fan, I heavily recommend it.
I know I have been saying this a lot, but I would again like to say sorry for not posting that often. I have no excuse because I am on break from school and I will try to post more often. I still have to post the review of Cross My Heart and Hope yo Spy, and a few other books I have finished since then.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I read this book at the beginning of the year, but I recently read the sequel so here is a review of the first book in the series!
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, Gallagher Academy might posit itself as a school for geniuses but what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name? Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever --she's falling in love.
So, like I said, I read this books earlier this year. I don't normally like books that are about this type of stuff, but I really enjoyed this book. Ally Carter had me wanting more, and I am almost positive I read this all in one sitting. And, if I remember correctly I was sitting on a freezing cold uncomfortable leather couch, the WHOLE time. So, if you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it, it will have you wanting more!
It is currently 10:00 pm and I am really tired because of Christmas, so there will probably be a review of the second book in this series tomorrow. I may also review Devilish by Maureen Johnson and The Melting of Maggie Bean by Tricia Rayburn (if I finish it).
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
RANT #1 - Book Banning
This is a topic I "love" to discuss, because I am very opinionated when it comes to book banning of any sorts. My first opinion is that anybody who tries to ban books are evil people who are against "freedom of speech" which is wrong. My second opinion is that parents who decide what their kids can or cannot read are not doing their children good, they are harming them. But on the other hand, I do believe that five year olds shouldn't read certain books. Like I personally don't think certain age groups shouldn't go around reading "risky" books. But, once you reach I certain age and maturity I believe that people have the right and the knowledge to choose which books they read or don't read. For example, almost all of the books I read are aimed for an older audience. One of my friends and I both have "mature" reading senses and are slightly more "mature" than other people we know and we can choose what books we can or cannot handle. Many people probably think we shouldn't be reading Looking for Alaska or many of the other YA Books out there. But, we both have, and we lived. We both worship John's books and many other authors books. It doesn't matter what age you are or what grade your in; it matters weather you can handle it.
Okay, finishing these rants when you wake up on the day before Christmas isn't working so...Happy Holidays! And, after I clean my room and be lazy for a bit I will probably post some reviews! BYE!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Monday, December 22, 2008
So, I recently "interviewed" the author of A Novel Idea, Aimee Friedman. You can see my review of A Novel Idea here.
Here is the "interview", and I would like to say Thank You to Aimee Friedman for agreeing to do this.
1. What gave you the idea to do a novel that involves book so much?
I am, and always have been, completely passionate about books. I was born into a home filled floor to ceiling with books--both my parents value literature highly, so it was no surprise that I became a writer and editor. I would have loved to have started a book club in high school, but book clubs have only become wildly popular in more recent years. With A NOVEL IDEA, I wanted to show how books and a book club could be fun and exciting--a way to cause trouble and mischief or even fall in love!
2. Do you plan on writing more Romantic Comedies for Simon Pulse?
I would love to! I think it's a great line with fantastic writers and smart, sassy storylines. Many of my other novels--such as SOUTH BEACH, FRENCH KISS, and HOLLYWOOD HILLS--read as if they could be a part of the Romantic Comedy line, even though they are separate. I am swamped with other projects now, but I often daydream about writing a sequel to A NOVEL IDEA.
3. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read, read, read. Read whatever inspires you, what excites you, what hooks you--it doesn't have to be the classics, or even what's hot right now. It can be Shakespeare or it can be a graphic novel. Read what gets your heart pumping. I don't think I could have become a writer if I didn't first have a true appreciation for books, and other novelists. If there is a writer you admire, think about what they do on the page that works. Then, through that, you will find your own voice.
4. Do you have a special place where you do your writing? If so, where?
I love to write in a coffee shop across the street from my apartment. It's a cozy place that smells like pastries and has outlets for laptops and great music playing at all times--not unlike The Book Nook in A NOVEL IDEA (only it's not a bookstore, and there's no Griffin working there!) I'll come in and order a tall iced vanilla latte and muffin, sit down in one of the comfy booths, plug in my laptop, and get to work. If the coffee shop is sometimes too noisy or crowded, I'll go to the main branch of the New York City Public Library--a beautiful building with a hushed, reverential feel--it's almost like a temple to books.
5. When did you first know you wanted to become an author?
I honestly can't remember a time when I didn't want to write. I am ultimately a big daydreamer, and writing is a form of dreaming--it's putting your dream thoughts down on paper. As soon as I could really write--I must have been around five or six-- I wrote my first story, and I've been off and running from there. I wrote all through my childhood and teen years and college, and I have been very, very fortunate to turn what I love into a career.
6. When did you first decide to write for Young Adults?
When I was right out of college, I began working at a children's publishing house. It was around the time that teen fiction was exploding--Meg Cabot, Gossip Girl, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants were hitting the shelves and getting people excited about young adult fiction. The energy of YA fiction spoke to me, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it, which is how my first novel, SOUTH BEACH, came to be!
7. Which character in "A Novel Idea" can you most relate to?Why?
Definitely Norah. Like Norah, I grew up in New York City, and I am a real city girl at heart. Plus I was--as I've already mentioned!--a voracious reader, devouring everything from Jane Austen to paperback romances. And, also like Norah, I was a bit shy and tongue-tied around boys that I liked... especially smart, bookish boys like James!
8. Did you or do you spend as much time hanging out in bookstore/cafe's as Norah does?
Definitely. In fact, I wish there were more bookstore/cafes in New York City. Though I love Barnes & Noble and Borders, there is something very special about hanging out in a local independent bookstore.
9. Who are some of your favorite authors?
This is a tough question! It changes very often, but right now I'd have to say, in no particular order: Charlotte Bronte, Sophie Kinsella, Kate Brian (I am addicted to the PRIVATE series), Emily Giffin, Michael Chabon, Ian McEwan, Hailey Abbott, Meg Cabot...the list goes on and on!
10. Is there anything that you would like to add/say?
Please check out my website: www.aimeefriedmanbooks.com for a comprehensive list of all my books! And feel free to drop me a line to let me know which of my books you have read, and what sorts of feedback you have.
And finally--happy holidays, and have a wonderful 2009!
So, Thank You to Aimee Friedman for answering my questions!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
So, I recently did a Q&A with Lisa McMann author of WAKE and soon-to-be-out novel FADE. To see the review I did of WAKE click here. So, here is the "interview"
1. How did you get the idea for WAKE?
I had a dream that I was in my husband's dream, watching what he was dreaming. So I wrote down the idea on my bedside notepad and in the morning the idea still sounded cool -- I couldn't stop thinking about it.
2. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes -- focus on being a better writer, not on getting published. It takes a lot of practice to become a good writer, just like it takes a lot of practice to become a good athlete or painter or actor. Try writing short stories or flash fiction, which is very short, and submitting to online literary magazines like Flashquake, Smokelong Quarterly, or Vestal Review (be sure to read a bunch of the stories first so you know what they like to publish).
3. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love reading Chris Crutcher, Sara Zarr, Melissa Walker, Robin Brande, Ally Carter...and my high school buddy H. M. Bouwman whose new middle grade historical fantasy, The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap, made me laugh and cry. Also, watch for A.S. King's debut YA novel in February, The Dust of 100 Dogs. It's excellent.
4. When did you first know you wanted to become a writer?
In fourth grade. I wrote a picture book called Baby May's Birthday for an assignment and my teacher picked me and my book to go to a Young Authors' Conference at a local college. I remember thinking then that someday I would be a writer.
5. Why did you choose to write YA Fiction?
I don't know. I just started writing and my characters all happened to be teens. I think YA has the most interesting audience and it's fun to cut through the crap and get to the juicy stuff that teen life is made of. There is so much that happens to teens -- all the joy and angst and embarrassment that teens go through daily. Dorks, nerds, geeks, unite.
6. What was it like finding out your first book was going to be published?
It was the second best thing that has ever happened to me. It was scary and exciting and overwhelming. I couldn't believe it.
7. Do you have a special place where you do all of your writing?
I write on a laptop from a green chair with ottoman in my living room. I hope to have an office one day (I keep threatening my 15-year-old son that I'm sending him to college early so I can have his room) but for the moment this is my office.
8. Which character in WAKE can you most relate to? Why?
I relate to both Janie and Cabel a lot. Just trying to get by as a fairly poor kid in a fairly ritzy high school was a daily struggle. I was ridiculed for the hand-me-downs I wore. I had times where I had no friends. But everybody can relate to feeling ostracized at least once or twice in high school, right?
9. What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
I told you question 6 was my second best thing. The very best thing was when WAKE hit the New York Times bestseller list. It was totally unexpected and so incredible. Euphoric -- there's a word.
10. Is there anything you would like to say/add?
Yes -- I'd love to invite all your readers and fellow nerdfighters to check out an essay contest that my publisher and I are putting on. It starts December 23 and on that day, all the details and the rules will be on my website, http://lisamcmann.com . It is for U.S. teens ages 14-18, and there is a pretty amazing prize for the winner.
WAKE is out in paperback now! And don't miss FADE, coming this February 10, and the third book in the trilogy, GONE, coming spring 2010. Find me on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc.
Thank you for a great interview, Zoe!
I would like to say Thank You to Lisa McMann for answering my questions. And, thank you to everyone who convinced me to read this book.
I normally don't really like the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies, but I enjoyed this book very much. When I went to Borders yesterday I kept changing the book I wanted to buy, it was either between I Am The Messenger (which I have read), a book about nerds (which of course, I found interesting), and this. I originally skipped over it, because it was a RoCom and that didn't really suit my mood. But after reading the back, I though it was worth the money. Here is what it is about (taken from the back of the book):
Once upon a time there was a Brooklyn hipster named Norah. Unlucky in love, and short on extracurriculars for her college apps, Norah decided to start a book group. She knew the perfect locale -- a local indie bookstore with a crush-worthy cutie manning the soy latte counter.
When the first meeting arrives, Norah gets a page-turning surprise. The attendees may be bookish, but there are also a few hotties! Most noteworthy: sweet, literary James. He's like a modern Jane Austen hero.... Only, how to snag him?
Ever the romantic heroine, Norah devises a secret plan. And if it works, Norah may just find her "Happily Ever After" love story.
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover and the title. And after reading the back, I enjoyed the fact that it had to do with books. Though I get car-sick while reading, I started reading this anyways. I read it straight through, only pausing when my mom called me. I enjoyed the surprise twist during the end, and all of the sweet little notions throughout the book. I recommend this to people who like Romantic Comedies, sweet stories, or books.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
1. I love to read.
2. Up until I got "into" reading books as much as I do now, I wanted to be a fashion designer.
3. Though it doesn't seem like it, I enjoy school.
4. I think Wizard Rock is possibly one of the best genera of music.
5. I can't keep my room clean for a month, or a week.
6. I develop crushes on guys in books, fairly fast. What can I say? A lot of fictitious guys are pretty frickin' hot.
7. I am obsessed with Harry Potter, but alas, I am missing two of the books.
8. My great-grandma was a fashion designer in LA and met a few of the "old" stars.
9. I have tried and failed countless amounts of times to start a blog, and failed. This is the longest I have ever had one.
10. I am also obsessed with the Vlogbrothers, both John and Hank.
11. I once cried when I received tickets to a Hilary Duff concert for my birthday.
12. I would like to become a YA Author.
13. The desk that I spend half or more of my life sitting at, is infront of a window, and is covered in notebooks, and school work.
14. I have an older brother.
15. I have had the entire Golden Compass trilogy sitting on my bookshelf for a year and I haven't read it.
16. When John Green (who I fangirl) came to sign books an hour away from where I live, I couldn't go...and I cried about it, because him and his brother have impacted my life that much.
17. I am afraid of heights, needles, and a bunch of other things.
18. I am currently working on about six novels.
19. I have two poetry books that were published in the 1880's and 1890's. And I got them both for one dollar.
20. I just recently lost my title as the youngest in my extended family! ( I am now a second cousin)
21. I have been to Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Canada. (I was in Canada for about 2 and a half hours)
22. I also missed the chance to see Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalastier when they were about 30 minutes away from me (I had an over night field trip the next day)
23. I am half-jewish.
24. I have red hair and freckles.
25. I procrastinate!
Thank you Linda, for tagging me. And I will tag whoever hasn't been tagged! Because I can't think of anybody right now...
First of all, sorry for not reviewing books a lot recently. Second of all, most of the books I will be reviewing are books I have read a few months ago and loved them so much I wanted them to be reviewed. So, lets get this show on the road, shall we. Okay.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....
I originally was going to return this book to the library before reading it, because I wasn't really interested in reading this "type" of YA book at the time. But some very wonderful reviewers convinced me otherwise. And boy am I glad they did. Lisa McMann wrote a wonderful book. After reading it, I actually didn't want to put it in my "To be Reviewed" pile, because I was afraid I might want to re-read it in the middle of the night. But, here I am reviewing this book, for the sake of my book blog. So...yea... back to reviewing. I loved this book and most of its characters, and let me just say, what you find out towards the end is truly "golden". Like many others, I recommend this book heavily and I am looking forward to the release of FADE.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I just wanted to take the time to say...Happy Birthday Jane Austen! I am still in the middle of reading Pride and Prejudice which is going to be the first book of hers that I've read. Even though I haven't "officially" read any of her books, her life fascinates me. I have seen numerous movie's having to do with either her or her books, and they have all ended up being in my top 10 movie choices. SO, here's to Jane Austen, one of the best writers of her time! Happy Birthday!
Monday, December 15, 2008
able to go the library or bookstore until the next report card comes home. The next report card is coming home January 31, I believe. I decided to go through my books to see what books still have to be read and reviewed. I have one pile of books that still have to be reviewed, and two piles of books that still have to be read. Here
are the book that need to be reviewed.
The book that need to be both, read and reviewed are here:
I will post a list of the books a little later.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Books that I got from the library:
On Writing by Stephen King
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
Northanger Abby by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A Book that I got from my Math/Science teacher:
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean
The Books I bought someone in my family for Christmas/Hanukkah
Blaze by Stephen King (who wrote the book under the pen name Richard Bachman)
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
So, Sarah from Sarah's Random Musings gave me the I Love Your Blog Award. Thanks Sarah, this makes me very happy! If you get this award you are supposed to:
1) Add the logo of your award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.
It was really hard for me to choose people to nominate but here it goes:
1. Becky's Book Reviews
2. Alea at Pop Culture Junkie
3. Em's Bookshelf
4. Steph at Reviewer X
5. Kristi at The Story Siren
6. Valentina's Room
7. Hope's Bookshelf
I chose the people, not only because I love their blogs, but also because they were some of the first blogs I have read. And they are some of the blogs that inspired me to start book blogging.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I decided, spur of the moment, to review a children's book. I don't know why I am reviewing a children's book, and it probably won't be very review-esque, and I beg you to forgive me.
So, this is one of my favorite children's books, and I got it from when my older brother was younger. Lets just start off by saying, yes, Dr.Suess wasn't the best and most thoughtful poet ever, but he was a good poet. And you have to admit that getting children to like poetry is really hard for most people, but Dr.Suess did that. By rhyming bike and like (for example), he makes it so the child or whoever is reading the book doesn't have to think about the amazing depths of the poem. The just have to remember the objective; getting Marvin K. Mooney to go NOW! This, along with other Dr. Suess books changed my life as a little kid. They were probably some of the first books I liked.
So, sorry if this wasn't a "worth-while" review,and it was horrible, but I just wanted to get this out there. Thanks for reading.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Echo by Kate Mordenroth ( I am returning this, because its too depressing to read during Christmas and when you are stressed about school)
See You Down the Road by Kim Ablon Whitney (Again, I don't feel like reading it)
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince by Melissa Kantor
The books that I am going to (or at least try) to read are:
Wake by Lisa McMann
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I have started it, and it is AWESOME!)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (I am reading it in English class, it is okay)
The Tales of the Beetle the Bard by JK Rowling ( I don't own it, but I borrowed it from a friend)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Book Release Date: April 2, 2009
It’s not often you see an elf in the middle of Brooklyn, let alone a tall, blonde, gorgeous elf in the middle of one of the most prestigious performing arts high schools in the country. And yet, that’s just where Zephyr Addler finds herself: smack dab in the middle of bustling New York City, worlds away from the woodland community she knows so well. But Zephyr knows that if she’s going to make the most of her talent, she has to figure out how to live in the world. And dress in the world. Thanks to a little friendly fashion advice from her new friend Mercedes, Zephyr starts to get the hang of Brooklyn. That is, until Zephyr raises the ire of the most popular girl in school, Bella Dartagnan. Now with Bella and her friends out to get her, can Zephyr out-maneuver the mean girls (and catch the eye of a certain cute boy) without losing herself?
This was an amazing book, I loved it. Here is a summary :
Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
I loved this book so much. All of Markus Zusak's books are very well written. When I finished reading this, I didn't want the book to end. The way Markus portrays a message of getting to know and love people is very moving. Like I have already said twice, I loved this book. Next time I can get money this will be the first book I will buy. I recommend this book to anyone who likes or loves to read. I learned some really awesome things from this book and I hope other readers will notice some special things about this book too.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thanks and Best Wishes!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
SO, I have finally decided to host a challenge. It is the Cornelia Funke Challenge. It starts on December 1 , 2008 and ends March 1, 2009. Cornelia Funke has written numerious books, one of which is currently becoming a movie.Here are the rules:
1. You must read at least three books that are written by Cornelia Funke (i.e. Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, etc.)
2. When you join, please leave a comment on this post, with a link to where you posted which Cornelia Funke books you are going to read.
3. You can join at any time between today and March 1, 2009.
Once again, David Levithan amazes me. Here is the summary (taken off of David Levithan's website):
In the not-too-impossible-to-imagine future, a gay Jewish man has been elected president of the United States. Until the governor of one state decides that some election results in his state are invalid, awarding crucial votes to the other candidate, and his fellow party member. Thus is the inspiration for couple Jimmy and Duncan to lend their support to their candidate by deciding to take part in the rallies and protests. Along the way comes an exploration of their relationship, their politics, and their country, and sometimes, as they learn, it's more about the journey than it is about reaching the destination.Only David Levithan could so masterfully and creatively weave together a plot that's both parts political action and reaction, as well as a touching and insightfully-drawn teen love story.
Every book I read of David's gets better and better. They are all surprising and cute and totally worth reading. One part, I admit isn't really suitable for "younger" readers, but the overall message of this book is something all readers no matter what age should be taught. It teaches us to accept others, no matter their religion, skin color, or which gender they find attractive. We are all humans, who live on this earth, and we need to learn to accept people for who they are. I think this message is heavily discussed in this book. You should read it at one point in time, if you haven't already.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Friday, November 28, 2008
I would just like to tell you that I am going to post a review of Wide Awake by David Levithan tomorrow, it was a really good book and like I have said many times, he is a really good author. Tonight I will be writing some more on my novel and possibly reading more books, I will be doing this from 3pm to 9am, though. I most likely will only be able to go on the internet until 6pm. If I am pleased by what I managed to write on my novel, I might post the first part of it (the first few chapters), because I am still in the beginning stages of writing it. I will miss the blogging world tonight, and I will hopefully be getting reading for a loaf more posts. "See" you all later!
Wow, I am speechless. This book was so amazing. Here is a summary of it ( taken off the authors website) :
This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.
When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he's found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul's not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.
This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.
I loved this book so much. I found myself slowly melting into the story, wishing it wouldn't stop. This was David Levithan's first novel ( at the time) and it was magnificent. When/If you read it, you might feel that one of the characters (Noah), is very uneasy and not so willing to be in a relationship with Paul, I realized that. And, I loved the kind-of-tension that that brought. After reading this, I seriously was speechless, it was such a great novel that I was blown away and just wouldn't speak to anybody for a few hours ( which is very unusual for me). I strongly recommend this book, it is one of my favorite books that I have read this year.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Hey everyone! I would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks you to everyone who reads this blog, you don't know how much it means to me that you read and comments my reviews on books.
I know have to get back to cooking, cleaning, reading, and procrastinating! So I will "see" you all soon! I am also going to post a book review of Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan soon (it was the most awesome book I have read in a while).
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I've been looking around blogs lately, and again, I discovered this challenge. I did something similar to this, this year, but my goal was 50 books. I have gone way past 50 books this year, so I'm going to try for 100 books. If you would like to joint his challenge please go here.
Here are the guidelines:
1) You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading your books prior to 2009.
2) This challenge is for 2009 only. The last day to have all your books read is December 31, 2009.
3) You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.
4) All books count: children’s, YA, adults, fiction, non-fiction, how-tos, etc.
If you join, you don't have to decide your books ahead of time.
1. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
2. E.E. Cummings: Selected Poems
3. Frenemies by Alexa Young
4. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
1. Hoy to be Bad by Lauren Myracle, E. Lockhart, and Sarah Mlynowski
2. King Dork by Frank Portman
3. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
4. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
There is more books to be added to the list, which I shall add at a later date.
So, I found this challenge recently and I was like "Hmm, it sounds pretty cool, lets try it" So, here are the rules:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 Young Adult novels. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.
4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.
If you want to join, please go here
I will post a list of the books I am planning on reading, really soon.
Release Date: April 2, 2009
Lozzie Cracknell is a girl on the edge. Her parents have recently separated; she forgot to mail the invitations to her mum’s super-important client party; the school bully is out to get her following an unfortunate e-mail incident involving Photoshop and a picture of a horse’s behind; and now it looks like Mum might be dating her English teacher, the utterly loathsome Mr. Hilary Barnett.
Just when she’s got about as much stress as she can handle, Lozzie and her best mate Dex stumble upon a tantalizing mystery—it seems Mr. Barnett is being blackmailed. But who on earth would blackmail a bore like him, and why? As they delve deeper into the mystery, questions pile on top of questions, and the one thing that does become clear is that danger can lurk in totally unexpected places . . .
I just recently found out about his book, and the first thing I thought was "Ooooh...pretty cover". I mean, I LOVE that cover, it is beautiful. Then I read the summary, and thought it seamed interesting. The next thing I noticed was that one of the characters was named Dex, I really don't know why I like that name so much, but any character with the name Dexter or Dex I love.
I don't really like mystery books, but I thought I would try to read this... what harm could it do?
You can find the creator of Waiting on Wednesday, Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.
But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.
I admit, though I thought this book was a little child-ish, it scared me a little. I had to stop about fifty pages in and take a break from reading because it started getting creepy and I don't normally read creepy books. I thought Neil Gaiman did a good job writing this and it made me want to read more of his books. It was a fast-read because it was only 162 pages, but it felt longer because of the strange content. Overall, I recommend this if you haven't read it, but if you really don't want to read it, you don't have to.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Monday, November 24, 2008
So, we all know about the release of this certain movie...that involves a guy named Edward and a girl named Bella. I saw it last night, and I thought, since I haven't had that much time to read and haven't made a blog post in a while... so what the heck! I will make a blog post about a movie based on a book.
I went to go see this movie with someone who HAS read the book and someone who HASN"T read it. So my experience was interesting, the thing that I didn't like was there was a lot of inside jokes that viewers only would have gotten if they read the book.
Personally I didn't like the actor who played Bella and thought that Edward was more appealing in the movie than in the book. I went to school today, and of course almost all of the girl in my class had gone and seen it, some people I noticed had started reading the first book, which makes me happy because those people normally don't read. I think that movie had that effect, because the person that I went with who hadn't read it, started reading it the after we got back from the movie theater.
I admit though, I think this movie could have been way better, today for about 40 minutes during lunch, girls in my class and I fangirled the movie and the book series. If you haven't read the book series than you should read it, and then, after you read the first book, go see the movie.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
YOU can buy a book, by doing this YOU are making a diffrence in the publishing world. Even if it costs a little amount of money, it still helps. So go buy that nook you've been wanting, or that book you were going to get from the library. Heck, its almost Christmas/Hanukkah! Buy books for your family members or friends.
I bought Maximum Ride a few days ago, and will most likely buy more books within the next week. What books have you gotten,or will you get?
This is a really nice book, though some parts are kind of confusing I recommend it to a lot of you. I don't recommend it to young children, some of the content is a little edgy, but if you enjoy poetry, love, and David Levithan books this is the book for you! Here is a summary taken off of the jacket flap:
Here's what I know about the realm of possibility- it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world's devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us.
Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can't have.
It took me a long time to read this book, but I'm glad I did. David Levithan is a brilliant author and he really understands some teenagers lives. In this book, almost all of the poems are written by different people, so to me, I didn't really get to know the characters well, but through their poetry you get to know the part of them that they might not want other people to know. I fell in love with this story when I started reading it, and I hope you do to.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Friday, November 14, 2008
I also got a book from my teacher that has some Jack London stories in it.
Next is the vast amount of books I got from the library.
Be expecting a review of Realm of Possibility very soon!
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Friday, November 7, 2008
So here's the deal: bold what you've read, italicize what you own, star books on your TBR list!
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
2 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution - Robert C. Atkins
3 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre
10 Who Moved My Cheese? - Spencer Johnson
11 The South Beach Diet - Arthur Agatston
12 Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom
13 Angels & Demons - Dan Brown
14 What to Expect When You're Expecting - Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway
15 The Purpose-Driven Life - Rick Warren
16 The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
17 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
18 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
19 Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - John Gray
20 The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
21 Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter
22 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
23 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... And It's All Small Stuff - Richard Carlson
24 The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
25 Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
26 Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
27 The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
28 The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
29 The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
30 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
31 A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
32 Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss
33 The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
34 Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
35 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
36 Body-for-Life - Bill Phillips, Michael D’Orso
37 New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
38 Night - Elie Wiesel, translations by Marion Wiesel and Stella Rodway
39 Chicken Soup for the Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
40 The Greatest Generation - Tom Brokaw
41 Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
42 The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
43 Wicked - Gregory Maguire
44 Good to Great - Jim Collins
45 Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
46 Eragon - Christopher Paolini
47 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
48 Your Best Life Now - Joel Osteen
49 In the Kitchen With Rosie - Rosie Daley
50 Simple Abundance - Sarah Ban Breathnach
51 A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer
52 A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
53 The Testament - John Grisham
54 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger
55 Deception Point - Dan Brown
56 The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
57 Marley & Me - John Grogan
58 Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter - Robert C. Atkins
59 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
60 The Brethren - John Grisham
61 The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide - Arthur Agatston
62 The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town - John Grisham
63 For One More Day - Mitch Albom
64 The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
65 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
66 The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
67 What to Expect the First Year - Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway
68 Love You Forever - Robert Munsch, art by Sheila McGraw
69 Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
70 A Painted House - John Grisham
71 The Rainmaker - John Grisham
72 Skipping Christmas - John Grisham
73 Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
74 The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
75 Life Strategies - Phillip C. McGraw
76 Seabiscuit: An American Legend - Laura Hillenbrand
77 The Summons - John Grisham
78 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
79 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
80 The Runaway Jury - John Grisham
81 Goodnight Moon Board Book - Margaret Wise Brown, art by Clement Hurd
82 The Perfect Storm - Sebastian Junger
83 Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
84 The Giver - Lois Lowry
85 Embraced by the Light - Betty J. Eadie
86 The Chamber - John Grisham
87 You: On A Diet - Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
88 The Prayer of Jabez - Bruce Wilkinson
89 Holes - Louis Sachar
90 Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
91 The Shack - William P. Young
92 The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
93 Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
94 A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
95 The Seat of the Soul - Gary Zukav
96 Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff
97 The Partner - John Grisham
98 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
99 Eldest: Inheritance, Book II - Christopher Paolini
100 The Broker - John Grisham
101 The Street Lawyer - John Grisham
102 A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 1: The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket
103 The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
104 Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
105 The King of Torts - John Grisham
106 The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
107 The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans
108 Hannibal - Thomas Harris
109 The Audacity of Hope - Barack Obama
110 Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
111 The Glass Castle: A Memoir - Jeannette Walls
112 My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
113 The Last Juror - John Grisham
114 The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
115 Left Behind - Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
116 America (The Book) - Jon Stewart and The Writers of The Daily Show
117 The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
118 John Adams - David McCullough
119 The Christmas Box - Richard Paul Evans
120 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares
121 Sugar Busters! - H. Leighton Steward, Sam S. Andrews, Morrison C. Bethea, Luis A. Balart
122 Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
123 The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
124 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life - Don Piper, Cecil Murphey
125 The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
126 1776 - David McCullough
127 The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
128 Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts
129 The Ultimate Weight Solution - Phillip C. McGraw
130 Protein Power - Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades
131 Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff
132 Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
133 Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
134 Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
135 You: The Owner's Manual - Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
136 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List - Patricia Schultz
137 Self Matters - Phillip C. McGraw
138 She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
139 1984 - George Orwell
140 The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
141 The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
142 The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
143 The Zone - Barry Sears, Bill Lawren
144 The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve
145 The Lost World Michael Crichton
146 Atonement - Ian McEwan
147 He's Just Not That Into You - Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
148 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
149 The World Is Flat - Thomas L. Friedman
150 Cross - James Patterson
My Total: 27
My Total Read:21
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
If you haven't heard it already, I will now tell you that the new president of the United States of America is... Barack Obama!!! Though I am happy about this, some of you may not be, so please don't judge me for my opinion in the next few paragraphs.
I am beyond excited about this. I believe that Barack Obama can help get the United States out of the problems its facing. Though, I am disappointed that he won't officially be president until the middle of January.
Change...thats what Barack says he will do. Though some people may not think it, change is a powerful word, it can bring happiness, fear, disappointment, or joy. I think he did a brave thing using that as a slogan.
My best wishes go out to Barack Obama, in hope that he will be a wonderful president. I would also like to send my condolences to the Obama family, and say that I am sad that Barack's grandmother isn't here to witness her grandson make history.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Johnny Silver is the world’s soon-to-be biggest rock star, but on the eve of his debut concert in Los Angeles, he mysteriously disappears, causing global pandemonium. His friend Taj tries to discover the truth about his disappearance, which leads her to TAP.com and its shadowy founder, Sutton Werner, who throws the wildest parties in Bel-Air.
TAP started out innocently enough, as a website that dishes the dirt on the kids of Sunset Boulevard and beyond. But it has become something more. Membership is a privilege with responsibilities and consequences.
At Sutton’s parties, anything goes, especially in the legendary backroom rituals nicknamed The Angels Practice. Rumors abound of a special drink handed out at the parties that tap into otherworldly sensations.
One night Taj meets Nick, a Westside preppie who doesn’t buy into the TAP mayhem, especially since his kid sister never came home from attending one of its blow-out bashes. Slowly the two of them are drawn to TAP and to each other. But Taj just might know more than she’s letting on....
Are you ready for the darker side of Tinsel-town’s brightest lights?
I really liked this book, I found it interesting and I wanted to keep reading. I loved the way Melissa de la Cruz brought out the message that the world doesn't except people. Which brings the people who feel alone to the point of paying for friendship. And paying for friendship is wrong, people should like you for who you are and not for the gifts or money you give them. I am really looking forward to reading more of Melissa's books, ans I hope when I'm older I stumble upon this book again, because it reminds you to stay grounded.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
Saturday, November 1, 2008
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, the people who choose to participate, challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. If you would like to sign up to participate in NaNoWriMo, please visit nanowrimo.org you won't regret it.
It starts today so start as soon as you can.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I recently "interviewed" the author of Evolution. Me & Other Freaks of Nature, here is what she had to say:
1. How did you come up with the idea for Evolution. Me & Other ?
In high school I was a girl like Mena, so I thought it would be interesting to write about someone caught up in the controversy. I can tell you she did a lot better sorting the whole thing out than I would have!
2. Do you plan on writing ore books?
I’m working on the final edits to my next book right now (as in RIGHT NOW, as in due tomorrow—yikes!).
3. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
1. Read A LOT. Read what you’re interested in. It might be comic books, hand in hand., romances, science fiction, comedies, tragedies—whatever. The more you read, the better you get at recognizing how to put a story together. Plus you build your vocabulary, you learn about different times and cultures and worlds—there’s so much treasure to be found in the pages of a book. And if you don’t like reading, you’re never going to enjoy a long career as a writer. The two just go
2. Write every day, if you can. Write something. I start off every morning writing in a journal, and that’s been the best thing for me in teaching me to write like myself. When you write every day you take the pressure off yourself to be perfect, to sound “literary,” to only write when you think you have something profound to say. Instead you can just practice your skills, like a musician playing scales or an athlete keeping in shape. If writing is the skill you want to improve, there’s no substitute for practicing every day. (And practice might include writing a blog post—that certainly counts!)
3. Lead an interesting life. You don’t have to do wild, exciting things like climb Everest or jump out of planes, but you do have to pay attention to what’s going on around you in the life you’re already leading. I get so many ideas from talking to my friends, seeing something on TV, reading the newspaper, watching how people interact in the world—there’s material all around us, big and little dramas every day, and our job as writers is to take what we observe and turn it into stories for each other.
4. Who is your favorite author?
I have two: Charles Dickens and . I think they’re both masters at plot, character development, dialogue, comedy, drama—they have the whole package going in every one of their books.
5. If you could change anything about Evolution. Me& Other Freaks of Nature, what would it be?
Boy, that’s a hard question! I never think my work is perfect, which is why it’s hard to finally stop tweaking and revising. That’s why deadlines are good—you have to just stop and turn over the book as some point, even if you think you could still tweak it a little more and still make it better. Sigh. So don’t get me started on what I could do differently—I’ll drive myself crazy!
6. When did you first know you wanted to become an author?
When I was in 5th grade. I had a teacher who let us write short stories for class, and I just loved it so much I never wanted to stop. But it took many years for me to build up the courage to make it my career. It just seemed too wonderful that I might actually grow up to be a writer one day. And now that I’m here, I can say it’s even better than I imagined!
7. Why did you choose to write Young Adult Fiction?
The books I read in junior high and high school had such a long-lasting influence on me, and I still love reading young adult books today. It just felt natural to write books in that genre. Plus I still have a lot of leftover emotions from when I was in high school, so it’s fun to be able to work those out with characters who are smarter, funnier, and braver than I was!
8. What was it like finding out you first book got published?
Oh, my gosh, that was one of the happiest days of my life. It still makes me giddy. But what I love even more is knowing that my next book will be published, and then the one after that, and the one after that . . . . I have a lot of ideas, and it’s such a pleasure to know that it’s my job now to write stories all day—truly a dream come true.
9. Do you have a special place where you do all your writing?
I have an office that looks out over a garden, and while I type all day my big black Lab sleeps on the couch nearby or on the rug next to my desk. Bliss!
10. Is there anything you would like to let the viewers of the blog know?
As thrilling as it is to be able to spend my days making up stories, it’s even more satisfying to hear from readers who have read them. I hope any time you read a book that touches you or entertains you in some way, you’ll take the time to send that author an e-mail and say so. You have no idea how much that means to us!
Thanks, Zoe, for your review of my book, and for taking the time to put together these questions. It was fun!
Now back to work on those edits . . .
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This is Robin Brande's first book, and it is really awesome. So, here is summary (type thing) taken from the back of the book:
I knew today would be ugly. When you're single-handedly responsible for getting your church, your pastor, and every one of your former friends and their parents sued for millions of dollars, you expect to make some enemies. Fine. It's just that I oped my first day of school-high school, thank you, which I've been looking forward to my entire life- might turn out to be at least slightly better than eating live bugs. But I guess I was wrong.
I started reading this book this morning (at around 8:00a.m.) and couldn't stop reading. As I was making and eating my breakfast- still reading-I finished it about 3 hours later (about 11:00 a.m) and still, at midnight after finishing it, I am still amazed at the wonderful thought that was put into this book. I immediately fell in love with the characters. And I discovered I have a soft spot for nerdy boys. Robin did a wonderful job writing this book. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who reads YA, loves evolution, loves nerdy people, or just loves reading.
Silence is silver, but Books are golden...
When I bought this book, for some reason I was bouncing off the wall with excitement. Now I know why, here is the summary of this wonderful book (taken off the back):
Beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic heaven, the kind you only see in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss with a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.
Wow, just Wow. Though it isn't December yet, this book made me want it to be winter. John, Maureen, and Lauren did wonderful jobs writing their stories, and they should pare up again. I lost many hours of sleep trying to finish reading this book, it dragged me in and I love it. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves YA Fiction. And, its in Paperback so it doesn't cost a lot of money!
Silence is silver, but Books are golden.
This is the cover of Sarah Dessen's upcoming book, which is set to release in June 09' . I like this cover way more than Lock and Keys'. It is more like her previous book covers, all whimsical and sweet. It also kind of makes me interested to read the book, because the bike and dress are kind of vintage, but the outfit that the boy is wearing is modern looking. I can't wait for this book!