Monday, January 31, 2011

Guest blogger at Mystifying Paranormal


I'm so freaking excited this will be my first guest blog. *Does a happy dance*. I'll be over at Mystifying Paranormal Reviews for her Blogger Secrets Post. Stop by and leave her and me a shout-out.

Blogger Secrets: The Bookaholic Anonymous Way :)

FYI- I'm a little obsessive over Vampire Academy. (I probably always will be) My answers lean toward that series a bit. *grins* What can I say?

It was late also when I wrote the answers so sorry if they are nutty, or don't make sense.

What're you still doing reading this go on over and check it out!

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(I went to the Zoo today with my brother, sis in law, and nieces. I had a blast I took almost 100 pictures. I'll try and post maybe a few of the ones I liked. I'm biased when it comes to the animals so I have tons of tiger, and big kitty pictures)

Ashley

Sunday, January 30, 2011

In my mailbox 13

In my mailbox is a feature hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren

Crap my videos are dark sorry you can't see the stuff very well.
I'll post pictures of them.
Sorry about the phone going off too. It was a twitter message. LOL


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(From Kristi at The Story Siren)
The Ivy (book)
(I had no idea I was getting the stuff below I was happy as you could tell)
Rae (BM)
Losing Faith (BM signed 2)
Opposites (BM)
Prophecy of days (BM signed)
Claire De Lune (BM)
Claire De Lune (Sticker)
Freefall (BM)
Clarity (signed BM)
Vespertine (BM)
Momento Nora (BM)
Sing me to sleep (BM signed)
bad taste in boys (signed)
Lipstick laws (BM)
Like mandarian (signed)
Forget her not postcard
Personal Demons (BM signed)

HPB Books
Once dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison
Bloody Valentine by Melissa De La Cruz
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Cross my heart and hope to spy by Ally Carter
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Crank by Ellen Hopkins (ha I meant to say I heart you, you haunt me for the book I was saying it was written like)
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carmen

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(Side note: Kristi my thoughts and prayers are with your and your family, and your cousin. I don't know what I would do in that situation. I would come apart if my nieces were to have something happen to them. She's an adorable little girl and to be smiling like that is amazing despite everything. No one should have to deal with that stuff young or old. To learn more or help click A little Angel Named Kaylea)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekend Lovelies (Yes this is my daily what the haps)





Alright, it is time again for another one of my ramblings. I know you all probably get sick of them, but I like to update even if there's no need to. I feel like I should have something on here to keep all of...whoever reads these in the know. I always have a way of tying it in with books...usually!

OH THE THINGS YOU BUY
 I did go to my wonderful, favorite store EVER, and bought some stuff. I bought quite a few movies this time though because who can beat 3 dollars. Some movies I've seen like The House Bunny, Jeff Dunham: Arguing with myself (hilarious comedian BTW!), and Fired Up. Then I got Catch that Kid (curious to see Kristen Stewart in it), and Step up 2 (I have the first so it's only fitting right?), and then Heroes Season 2 (3 bucks man! Although I might already own it I can't remember. If I do I'll either sell it or give it away to someone) and last Friends Season 4 (I'm slowly but surely getting my friends season. There's what like 10 I think so 6 more to go). Oh I did get a few books too. :) Those will be up in a future IMM like always. I love going to HPB to because the workers there are always friendly, and they'll talk to you about whatever it is you're buying that day. Like the movies and stuff I bought my cashier was going on about the house bunny saying how he didn't think he'd enjoy, but after watching it he did. LOL.

OFF TO SEE THE LIBRARY!
Sorry. It's sideways. Stupid Camera!
Today is the day I finally got a library card. I know right! You would have thought that being obsessive and all with books now I would have done it awhile back. I guess I was being lazy, and not wanting to drive to where it was which is stupid because I drive near when I see my brother. I also owe it to my brother because he took his kids back a week or so ago to get them one, and told me about it. (I was thrilled I want my nieces to love books like I do) I finally told him today to come with me, and a library monster was born. :) I went into the library, and I swear when I went to the YA section I just about fainted. There were all these books I have on my list for free. (I'm sure I'll end up buying them sometime because that's just me) Still I wanted like a bunch, but seeing how I just got the card I could only pick 2 books. Boy, was that a hard decision. I wanted the Wonderous strange books, the sky is everywhere, the fat vampire, Prom, Wintergirls, and so many more. I finally had to settle on two which I've been wanting Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, and North of Beautiful by Justina Headley. I think I'm liking this idea because it gives me a time frame which to read the books so maybe I'll get more reading done this way. If I just go, and buy the book I kind of set it aside and wait. No more of that...nope..nope! After I picked my books out we (my brother and two nieces Hayley 7 and Karlie 4) stayed there a bit and let the girls look around, and enjoy the computer, and other things they had, and I of course read Nevermore since it's a big book I figured I'd start.

My brother and middle niece Karlie(4) enjoying the company of those stuffed animals.
My oldest niece Hayley who is 7. I promise she wasn't as miserable as she looked in the picture. She was ready to go to the park. We had already been at the library an hour. :)

Just another snapshot I decided to take of another part of the library. :)


 The YA section of the library. Are those not awesome looking chairs!
 This is one of the walls in the childrens section. It's cute.

 My very first library books and card. :)

I actually started reading Nevermore in the library because I've wanted to read it since it came out last year. I'll probably end up buying it, but for now I'm content.
Then I got North of Beautiful because I've heard some really good things out it as well, and of course I think cover is pretty.




When we were through at the library we went to the my old Elementary school's playground to let the kids play (and me read some). I learned that I'm out of shape I raced with the girls, and it was not pretty (I guess it doesn't help if you have been coughing) The oldest one beat me, but I stayed a little behind with the younger one because she kept saying ashley wait for me. How could I just leave her? I waited and ran beside her. These children are very full of energy. Even the youngest who is almost 2 was running around non-stop. She was all her daddy's responsibility though. Haha. I mean you see the picture on the side right? Well she ran all the way to the back. Nothing but little kid energy. Oh to be young like that again. :)




A FRIENDS GIVEAWAY
Giveaway at Lady Readers Stuff!

Do you like Pride and Prejudice? Do like Zombies? Okay, I admit Zombies little creepy. Still quite intriguing though. I wonder if there is such thing as a normal, friendly, not-eating-your-brain kind of Zombie. I wonder what kind of book that would make? Off topic right! What about all rolled together? Did you answer yes to any of the above? If so this is a giveaway for you. Alright so a friend of mine is having a giveaway for an awesome Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2011 Calendar over at her blog Lady Readers Stuff check it out and enter dudes! What could it hurt. She's a sweetheart, and would love for everyone to enter. Who wouldn't want this creeptastic looking calendar? It's a must for lovers of all scarey things. You can totally use it for writing the dates your favorite books come out, or for when your favorite authors might be visiting your surrounding area. It has many purposes. So go on and enter..now...now. Here's the link just in case you missed it. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Calendar 2011.


Now that I have completely bored you with my Saturday off and all of my picture taking abilities. How was your Saturday? Did you have an eventful one? I know I'll have an eventful Sunday as well. I'm suppose to go to the Zoo with the nieces and brother and sis in law.

Happy Reading and Blogging
Ashley

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Follow Friday (15) Blog Hop (14)

MY NEW BANNER *points up* Thanks and credit to Small Review.

What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011?  Why are you anticipating that book?Really I can only choose one? I actually read the first chapters of Wildefire by Karsten Knight,(I think I'm gonna like Ash and Her older sister Eve). Find the chp at Simon and Schuster, and Original Sin by Lisa D. and totally fell in love all over again with Luc, Gabe, and Frannie. Oh and Matt too. Sign up at Tors to read that chapter. Then as I've posted in a few other things this week. I read the first two chapters in Vegas Dazzle and was wanting to read more. :) Sorry I couldn't choose between these. I mean you get to read a few parts, and BAM! You're hooked. 


What is/was your favorite subject in school?

 When I was in school I would have probably answered this a completely different way then how I would now. I wasn't fond of any subject really. Math, science, and Social Studies were never for me. I liked art in elementary. Middle school I had a few computer classes that I enjoyed. In high school I still liked Art. The one of my years I had a teaching class where half the class we learned about teaching and the second half we actually were assigned an elementary school and a classroom to go to and act as a teacher for that hour or so. I loved that class. I had first graders, and they were the cutest kids ever. I still remember things I was able to teach them. I sat in reading groups with them, and listened. I had them write little stories. One story I had them write was if you were in the 3 little pigs story what would you make your house out of? They wrote and drew pcitures of their choices. I probably still have that stuff somehwere. Then come the end of the year they made little goodbye and thank you cards for me. I loved it. I remember one card imparticular that I swear it look like the child had written S-E-X on it.I wish I could find it and post the pic. Anyway off topic. I think now with all this stuff I've done. I would say english probably would have been a fun class. :)



THE PAST WEEK HERE AT BOOKAHOLICS ANONYMOUS:
Reviews:

Reading:
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Delirium
The Duff

Extras:

A BANNER now and changes to come (more rambling)


OMG! Seriously. *squeals* I got a banner look...look. *points up to it* I AB-SO-LUTE-LY adore it. Many, many, MANY thanks to Small Review you are awesome without a doubt. This is very much what I was looking for, or shall I say what my brain had pictured. You've been very helpful. You can bet that if I have a question about how to do something on here, I'll probably come to you. :) or read one of your how-to posts.

I even put it as my laptop background. Heheh
<---This is how much I liked it. *points to the left* I see changes to the blog in the very near future now that I have a pre-tay banner. It's time for background changing and the pages above to be messed around with. By which I mean I'm now thinking drop downs. Is that possible on here? That way I can remove some of the tabs and have them as sub tabs. Does that make sense? Time to get me a lil button to match the banner so I'm not just a link, but a graphic. I know I'm very question-ey tonight.

So on to other things I actually did a waiting on wed thing if you haven't checked it out, you should. Oh I also did a Vlog on my bookshelves, but I'm not sure it turned out so good cause my electricity is still off at my apt, and the lighting in there sucks. I might still post the video later, and then just re-do it sometime because I'm sure I'll have added to it, and I kind of need to re-arrange it better. What else to say.....




My goodies!

Look at my goodies I won from The Story Siren. I actually just thought I was going to get the book, but in my package was all the coolio bookmarks, some signed others not. Then a post card for the book forget me nots by Amy White, and a sticker of the claire de lune book (which I want to read). I always get things at the right time because yesterday was a crappy day for me, and opening this package was fun. The excitiement that I had is in my upcoming IMM for Sunday which has me opening the package and discovering the stuff, and then me showing each one. A first win is always the coolest.






Well I broke-down when I went to Walmart tonight to get milk because that's all I needed, but that's not all I got. It wasn't books either. Hehehe. I bought Season 1 of the Vampire Diaries. I started to watch the season when it first came on, but I never could watch them all so I gave up and waited for it to come out. Plus I can't stand watching tv because the signals or what not are crappy, and mess up then I want to throw stuff at the tv. (Tv remotes don't work when you bang them on the tv) It was actually a toss-up between this or True Blood Season 2 (I have true blood s1) I'll probably wind up getting that one later.


I Know I'm very talkative this week huh? I'm also on a picture spree.
I'm about to pass out again getting up at at 8am and going to bed at 4am is not smart, I know but I continue to do it to myself. Hope you had fun reading all of this post if you did. :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Waiting on Wed: Vegas Dazzle

Hosted by Breaking the Spine
Well I figure I'd actually do this one this week. :) I actually just found this book because the author had followed me on Twitter. When I went to check it out, and took a sneak peak with chpts 1 and 2 it immediately drew me into the story. First it's set in Las Vegas granted I've never been there it sounds like an incredible place to visit. This has what every good book has some possible romance between Dario (who happens to be prince to the Mob throne, mysterious, alluring, and maybe a little bit of a softy?) and Taylor is moving From England to L.V because her dad has a new job, and despite everything she has these odd dreams of someone who she has never met. Hum? Does that catch your attention.
This book is Vegas Dazzle by Pam Langsam.

Want to learn more. Of course you do! What blogger doesn't? That you can do below.

Is this not a beautiful cover?
Synopsis from the book site:
Envision your world being turned upside down in a place that changes your life forever. A place where anything is possible… Where you find a love for only your heart’s desire, your perfect other half your soul’s mate. Together you are wisped away on an adventure of immaculate love, danger, and intrisity that alters your world forever.

Taylor has been forced to leave behind her life in England when her father takes a job as an executive pilot for one of the largest Hotels & Casinos in fabulous Las Vegas, leaving all that she knows behind. She must start over in a city full of lights that sits in the middle of the desert. There everything is beautiful, exhilarating and very lucrative.

People say Las Vegas is absolutely positively the most exciting place on earth! Being corrupt, getting away with murder and having tons of money seems to be a way of life, and oddly enough accepted.

At first Taylor is devastated leaving England, but she is pleasantly surprised when she finds that Las Vegas offers her new dreams that she never knew could exist or even possibly come true.

Meeting the mysterious, attractive Dario Mancini aka prince of the mob, forces her life to take a dangerous, exotic, thrilling turn. Their souls bound together gives them powers beyond the forces of nature altering them forevermore

But keep in mind everything has its price…

This is do out April, 2011

It's my birthday month people so remember this date April 4th okay? Heheh.

Stalk the Sites:
Book Site
Author Site

Book to Movie News: The Hunger Games




Wow it's a never-ending week with all these awesome post about our YA books to movies. SOOOO with that being said. The Hunger Games finally has a release date MARCH 23, 2012 
I know, I know I should be the last person to be excited for this because of my thoughts toward the 1st book. ( I have yet to read the second and third which I have both now. So I will get to them!) Still I think it would make an awesome movie just like a lot of the other books I think would too. I'm not against the book at all. I did grow to like the last half of it. Being able to see Katniss, Gale, Peeta, and all the other Tributes in movie form.

Never heard of The Hunger Games, or are a little late in the game (like me :) ) Here's a little bit about the trilogy.
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Here's what EW had to say:
Game on! Lionsgate has announced to EW that The Hunger Games, the highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ futuristic YA thriller about scrapper Katniss Everdeen and her fight to survive a brutal reality TV contest, will be released on March 23, 2012. Director Gary Ross recently revealed to EW that he aims to go into production of the first installment of Collins’ trilogy later this spring.

Some other related articles:
1. What the movie will be rated, and how it feels to be called the next Twilight? Here
(I don't think I'm to happy with this comparison. I've said it before, and I'll say it again every book is different in it's own way. Yes, the premiss or whatnot might be similar however, not the same. I think this really, REALLY holds true with these two books. They are complete opposites. Except for maybe a weird love triangle. I don't know. One is based on the supernatural beings we all have grown to love, and a world we live in well besides the above mentioned S.B. The other  is on a completely different level. It's a new world we've never seen. Be it the futuristic America, and it has tons more action, and dare I say killing. Please tell me where it has room to be compared? As for the rating system I couldn't careless. I'm sure it will be good whether be "R" rated or "PG-13" rated. After all young teens have read the book they should be allowed to see the film. :) Just an opinion.

2. Why Gary Ross got the coveted job, and who suggested Megan Fox for the lead role! Here.
(OMG! I'm sorry I saw Megan Fox's name and had to click on. I was going to be pissed if that was a thought for the casting. I'm sorry but I'm not a fan of hers. She was okay in Transformers, but that's about it. I think what either him or the lady (can't remeber) says is true it would be nice to see an unknown play the parts just for the simple fact that we  already have in our minds what  huge stars like M.F should play. They already have connections with so many other characters that it wouldn't feel right if she or any others were to take on the katniss role. We want to be able to relate with Katniss' character, and see a fresh face with it.)

3. Director Gary ross talks about casting Katniss. Here
(I think this goes along with my top answer. Still it's a good article go on and read it)

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Those my fellow readers and bloggers are my thoughts, and tributes to this news.
Thank you and do come again.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The usual randomness that is me (books, friends, authors, work)


(Always fun when you're celebrating with Ashley or just me!)




Adorable!!

Hello my darlings!

This might be a rather long post because I'm hyped up (on what I couldn't tell you maybe it's the stereoid shot from my doctor. It's totally legal I promise. I'm guessing prednisone of a sort.) I wonder if those can do that? (I should know this, but that is why I'm just a tech.), and I have stuff to say. Just a warning to you. Not all is book related. Some is friend related, some is work related, and some blog-related. Alright good now that you know...you may preceed.


Is it worth it to read on. I think it is! Then again I'm biased. :)


WORK AND DOCTORS (you can skip this if you want. I promise it's not life altering)

Hehe, or in my case doctors horrible prescription writing.

I'm in a good mood tonight despite the fact that I had to go to the doctor, and got a shot in the butt. That was not fun. Shots always tend to leave me bruised, and hurting for the next few days. (On the upside I got to read some of my book while sitting in the room waiting for the doctor)Oh, and also despite having to go back to work when I clearly felt craptastic. Why did I have to go back? Let's just say someone else (who calls in lot) called in. I honestly don't understand it. I know this junk is going around. (Bronchitis, flu, pneumonia-sp) Trust me I know I live with two people who have both of those, and my darling family members that have it. It just irritates me (I guess because I'm to damn stubborn to call in, and say hey I'm feeling bad I'm not coming today.) that it's constant. Then last week, our pharmacist tells a co-worker. "You sound bad just don't come in tomorrow, and we will find somebody." Like we have extras to work! WTH? I know I'm tripping right? Why can't I ever get special treatment like that sheesh. I guess it's the 15 years vs my 5 years.

                                                                             
CHATS ARE MADE OF THAT STUFF CALLED AWESOME. (I love that word)
Okay, I'm off topic. I really had a good day and night. I don't think I've ever talked. I say talked I mean texted about so much book (and some non-related book) stuff ever, EVER! I quite enjoyed it. It's fun to learn new things about books you didn't know. Thanks for sharing with me. I tell ya it's amazing what you learn. :) To YOU..you know who you are. Awesome with the ness. A much needed talk. Sometimes talks can put things in perspective for you when you're not even looking for it to. Hope you feel better too. I need to find some friends around me (my little spot here in TX) who read, and enjoy what I do. It would be fun to get together at signings, or any book event. I notice most are in Austin though. Four hours or around that is a long drive by yourself. (Don't have to worry about that now that I'm freaking carless, it sucks, I'm just saying.) Oh and I loved twittering a bit tonight with Lisa D. (I'm still excited about O.S. third..Excited is a charm.)

Then chatting a bit with a new author (Well new to me anyway) who for some reason decided to follow me on twitter. (Glad you did. The books sound awesome. I can't wait now.  April is a few months away, and totally my birthday 4-4. People..Remember that date! ;) j/k ) Las Vegas Dazzle by Pam Langsam. The first two chapters are on her FB page here. Then her book website is here. Her website is here. Another Native Dallas Texan.

I'm telling you Dario sounds freaking cute not to mention he has that mysterious, bad boy feel to him, but then again he's part of a mob. I love the dangerous boys! Then Taylor who has mysterious dreams about a boy she doesn't know. Sound interesting. Go take a look.







BLOG/BANNER CHANGE..THOUGHT PROCESS: (it's all the same in the end)
I've been thinking I want to change my look. (the banner and everything) Only problem is I can't find, or make a banner that I think would fit with my theme. I have this image (well partial image) in my head of what kind of banner and button I want, but I'm so graphically stupid (I don't even know if that is right) when it comes to putting things together or making one that I haven't. :( I see all these awesome looking banners with the people reading books or book related, and I envy them. (Seriously I do!) kay, so here goes my description of the image in my brain. I want a banner with a few people sitting around a table (or circle for the matter) with books maybe kinda to the side of this room that they would be in with maybe some thought bubbles as to what the people are thinking and a door over to the side that reads Bookaholics Anonymous. I told you I've thought this through all except for what they might be thinking. I'm sure I could figure something out. What would you put as a thought bubble? I know one of mine is Books come first, and our lives come second. Or maybe that'll be the groups slogan.

Some random icons. Just because I can.
I feel like this sometimes after I come out of Half Price Books with bags. :)

:)

Oh this looks kinda like my closet here at my moms house is going to start looking soon.

Looks like me after HPB.

That is very,very true.
I hope you enjoyed this very long, graphicized post. I'm officially going to sleep as it's 4am, and I have to be at work at 8am.

Much love...
Happy Reading and Blogging
PEACE!

(Oh you can leave me message. I always comment back sometimes long comments.)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Book to Movie News: Firelight

(Is this not a cool picture or what? It has a dragon in it yet a girl and an animal. I found it on the net, and just added my wording. :) easily amused I tell ya! )


I'm sure by now most of you have seen the news that Sophie Jordan put on her FB and twitter, but if not I will gladly show you. I always love book to movie news. It's almost as exciting as reading the books, and I know if it's exciting for the readers it's probably like that to the Nth times (Yeah I just said to the Nth times!) exciting for the author. Although I had mixed feelings about the book. I can't wait for the second, and a movie would be awesome to be able to see the characters brought to life. It would give more people a chance to learn about the book then just those of us bloggers here in the community. That's a plus right?

Yes, I'm in a babbling kind of mood. :) (I should really just go and finish reading my book. I'm such a procrastinator sometimes.) Anyways, the link is here.
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Also here's a bit of what it says if you don't want to click my link.

Nick Pustay has been tapped to adapt Firelight, Mandalay’s adaptation of the Sophie Jordan young-adult fantasy novel.
The book was published by Harper Teen in September, with Mandalay picking up the rights pre-emptively just weeks after.
The “Twilight with dragons” story centers on Jacinda, a young girl who is a “draki,” a descendant of dragons who can morph into human form, and who is ordained to marry another of her kind. When the girl’s mother moves the family to live among humans for safety reasons, Jacinda puts her family at risk when she falls for a member of a secret dragon-hunting society.
Cathy Schulman is producing. Mandalay’s Adam Stone is overseeing.
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I'm telling you with all these books we love so much coming out, or getting movies deals. I'm going to go into excitement overload.

Now when Vampire Academy announces its hitting theatre. (I know things are in the works) I will be on excitement over, OVERload and probably be bouncing off the walls. (No seriously I'm for real!) You will hear me from far, FAR AWAY! I had to throw this in here. heheh

What'd you all think of this awesome news?

In My Mailbox (12)


Yes, that is Kesha playing in the background. :)
Then it changes.
I never can talk.
I'm very, VERY easily amused as you'll see at the end.

Sorry it's late coming.

Half Price Books

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Lost One (DOTM 6) by Lynne Ewing
Possesion (DOTM 8) by Lynne Ewing
The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod: 11th Grade Burns by Heather Brewer
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Certain Slant of light by Laura whitcomb
A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Revealers by Amanda Marrone (It doesn't say the cat is bothering me.. :))
Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Won on Goodreads
Ursulas Quest by Tracey Allen

DVDs
Dead like me Season 2

Another book weekend

Well you should know by now that my weekends consist of Half Price Books. I actually went by myself Saturday. I spent quite a bit of money there, but in my defense I decided I would get some books that I have (and already read) and use them for giveaways. I mean seriously they had some awesome books this week. If I could I would have gotten tons more to use as giveaways. Maybe next week if I go and they still have them I will. The only problem is I don't know how people feel about getting one book in the series but not the other. Like they had a few Torment books by Lauren Kate but since that's the sequel. How good is that unless you have the first or want to buy it yourself. They also had some Hush, Hush books that I wanted to get so hopefully they will still be there. Like i said thoough I did get two books that are the begining of a series. (I've read the first book, and loved it. It has all sorts of supernautral being in it.) I have the second book, but haven't read it yet. The third I don't have at all, and I think a 4th is coming out April 2011. Anyways, I'm babbling I also went to the other one today (well Sunday) and found some freaking awesome books. I was excited to see they had these. (They'll be in an upcoming IMM though)

Here are my two bags worth of things I bought this weekend
Of course you can see one book. It complete my series though. So now I can try finishing THG and see if I can get into it. :)

Harry Potter. Actually pretty neat looking

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A little bookish!

I found this little bookish thing on someones blog. (Sorry I forgot who) I thought I might do it since I'm between reviews at the moment.

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
I'd have to say trade paperback. They're just lighter and easier to carry places.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Hnestly I don't go to either of them unless I really want a book I can't find elsewhere. My choice is Half Price Books
Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark, but mine aren't actually bookmarks )even though I have plenty of them) I use paper so I can scribble notes.
Amazon or brick-and-mortar?
Amazon. I'm not sure what brick and Mortar is I'll have to look it up.
Alphabetize by author, or alphabetize by title, or random?
I'm more of a random person. If it's a series I'll put those together. If I have lots of books by one author those go together. Random works for me.

Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep them I would never throw them away if I didn't want them anymore I would see if someone else did or taken them to HPB.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Why on earth would you throw away any part of a book?

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Remove it usually.

Short story or novel?
Novels, usually. Unless the anthology sounds good then I'll try it.


Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter, because who doesn't want to be a wizard?


Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I usually try to stop at chapter breaks, but sometimes it doesn't work. Getting interrupted when reading sucks.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
How about "Once upon a time, on a dark and stormy night..." That sounds much better.
(The above was the other persons answer. Totally love it)

Buy or borrow?
Buy, and boy does my wallet feel it everytime. :)

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations, or browse?
I usually browse I could spend hours looking through the bookshelves at HPB. Although I do like to read the reviews to see what other people think.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
I think it depends on how much of a cliffhanger it is. I mean if it wraps it up but still leaves a little that's cool.


Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
Nighttime reading just because I'm more of a nighttime person.


Stand-alone or series?
Both. Series are fun because you can hang on to those characters lives a little longer. Stand alones are good if the plot and everything else is well written.


Favorite books read last year?
LAST SACRIFICE!


Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
I think most book I have people have heard of.


Favorite YA book?
Last Sacrifice, I was very pleased with it.



Favorite children’s book?
Do the American Girls count?


Favorite series?
Hands down Vampire Academy. Anyone who knows me could answer this one.

Favorite books of all time?
Really?


What are you reading right now?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and The Duff


What are you reading next?
I couldn't say I change my mind at the last minute.


Do you ever smell books?
Occasionally


Do you ever read primary source documents like letters or diaries?
Do my own diaries count?



Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
None, I try to give all books an equal chance.

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?
Rose from VA, Calla from Nightshade, Frannie from Personal Demons and then it could be a girls night out


(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
Star wars or the lord of the rings. (i'm not big on the sci-fi thing)


 Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
None that I can think of


As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realise when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?
No because I like to write down what books I read


You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalize the VIP.)
I think it would depend on what kind of person they are, but see what kind of movies they like and go from there.


 A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?
Spanish because I would love to be able to speak and read it regaurdless.


A mischievious fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
Vampire academy



That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leatherbound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead—let your imagination run free.
Oh my you know in my head I can totally see it, but describing is not one of my strong points. It would have to have tons of bookshelves maybe built into the walls. Then some random ones throughout the room that aren't regular bookshelf looking. Nice comfy chairs, Maybe a bay window where you could sit out and look at a nice view. Book that all matched each other whether the series be hardback or paperback. (just all the same). I could probably go on and on.

Favorite book to re-read?

I feel like I'm on repeat. VA series.
Favorite book to recommend to an 11-year-old?
American Girls

Fixing Delilah review

AUTHOR: Sarah Ockler
PUBLISHER: Little Brown Books
PAGES: 320
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand alone

OUTLINE: Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.
She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?



STARTED: 1-10-11
FINISHED: 1-18-11

CHALLENGES: Contempt and A-Z Challenges

MY THOUGHTS:
Can Delilah spend her whole summer in Red Ferns with a mom, who doesn't want to acknowledge their families past, with a boy who is much more then just some night in a car (like her "non-boyfriend" back home, and in a house where secrets remain just that?
This book is one of those, in my opinion, that really makes you think. It starts out with Delilah and her mom getting a call about Delilah's Grandmother passing away. After that things just sort of escalate from there.

I had a lot of favorite parts in the book. I think Delilah reading her Aunt Stephanie's Diary entries was cool because then you could see what kind of person Stephanie was without her actually being in the book. (It says why but I'll leave that to the imagination) They felt like those moments when you wish you could have met her. Then the moments between Delilah and Patrick loved them. Everytime something happened I was wanting to say "Delilah, he's perfect for you."  I wasn't sure about the relationship between Delilah and her mom at times I wanted to tell both of them to just get over things, but realized that there are somethings in life you can't just get over. (at least not over a course of a summer) I was glad that Delilah was able to make friends over the summer too that seemed to genuinely care for her. I think she managed to grow from who she was in the begining of the story to the end which is alwas a plus.

There was a little annoyance I had with the book though, if you've read my stuff then you know the pace of a story is something that I either like or don't like. Well I wasn't happy with how slow it started. I was eager to know what was going on in Delilah's life that need to be "fixed" and you didn't find that out til closer to the end. I'm not even sure there were hints. Maybe so I just didn't pick up on them. That was really the only problem I had, and then again that's just my personal preference.

To know a little more you can watch my video review. I think I might have added a few other parts I liked in it. :)

QUOTES:

-How easily somethings can be broken for good and for bad, and how somethings, no matter how shattered, can still go back together. (Delilah's toughts on a glass cow that she broke)

-True friendship is never perfect, but it is important.

MY VIDEO REVIEW:



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Some Signs of Book Addiction


Some signs of Book Addiction

I definitely have a problem.... do you? If you find yourself nodding your head to any of these statements, you might suffer from Book Addiction. Don't worry you are not alone.

I got the first ten of these from Kristi @ The Story Siren, and thought they were cute.(Also the adorable picture on the  right side) So I went searching for more, and here is what I came up with.

You know you a book addict when..
  1. You buy your purses based on how many books you can fit inside. 
  2. The Fed Ex and UPS carriers, know you by name. 
  3. Your family refuses to buy you books because they don't want to support your habit. 
  4. You own multiple versions of the same book. 
  5. You dream about books. (Getting them... meeting the authors that write them.) 
  6. You always have at least one book on you at all times. Even if it's just a quick trip to the dollar store
  7. You usually help shoppers at the bookstore, because you are more knowledgeable than the staff. 
  8. You've been known to skip family functions or outings with friends because you can't stop reading.
  9. There are books in every room of your house. 
  10. If you are within five miles of a bookstore, you find yourself drawn to it like a homing device from the mothership. 
  11. You trip over books walking into the living room because books are piled into every available corner!
  12. You have to clear space off of the couch just to have a place to sit down and read.
  13. You carry a book with you where ever you go and sometimes forget it can look strange.
  14. You own over 1500 books, have 800 in your TBR pile and STILL keep checking out books from the library!
  15. You resort to "storing" books everywhere: kitchen cabinets, in the freezer (it doesn't work anyway,) under the bed, etc.
  16. You hide your new purchases from your spouse/family, so you don't have to hear the words, "You bought another book?!"
  17. You buy so many books that you mistakenly buy the same book twice and have no idea until you put it in your bookshelf, right beside its duplicate lol.
  18. Your husband encourages you to do more giveaways on your blog after he trips over one of the many random piles of books around the house.
  19. You rather buy books instead of underwear, and the present underwear you are wearing has all holes in them.
  20. The following quote isn't so much a joke as a way of life: "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes" - Erasmus
  21. You sign up for double day books in your name and it feels so good when your books come in you sign up in your husbands name and then yet again in your mothers name.
  22. You have book lines on your face morning after morning instead of sheet marks!
  23. You get a job at Barnes and Noble just so you can get the employee discount.
  24. The number of books you own is greater than the mileage on your car.
  25. You name your children and or pets, after characters in your favorite books (I didn't do this, but I know people who have)
  26. The first place you go to in the store is the book section just to see if something new has come out in the 48 hours since you were last there.
  27. You delay going to the bathroom to finish "one more page!"
  28. You forget about the bathroom completely. :P
  29. Part of your monthly budget is allocated for books.
  30. You successfully get your daily reading in while waiting for the Internet pages to download.
  31. You can't weed out any books from your huge collection because you "just might" want to read them one day.
  32. You keep a spreadsheet listing the books you've read, the books you want to read, the stats on books read each month and each year.
  33. Anytime someone asks you what you want for your birthday, christmas, groundhog day, etc they MUST specify "besides a book"
  34. You own the hardcover, you've read it, but you buy the paperback anyway because, "the cover is really pretty!"
  35. You already have the book, but it has different covers so you buy the book if  you see a cover you don't have.
  36. You read when stopped at a red light. (Sometimes not a smart idea)
  37. You call work and tell them your running late, but will be there soon...When in reality your almost done with your book and can't leave the house until you finish it
  38. You walk out of a bookshop with bagfuls of books, but still feel guilty about all the poor books you left behind on the shelves (lonely, ignored and only wanting a loving home).
  39. Out of nowhere, you become a blogger of book reviews and become completely addicted to it. (don't you think it's a healthy addiction? reading, writing... that's a good thing... right?)
  40. People who "dog ear" pages instead of using bookmarks are your mortal enemy.
Can I make it to 100?
The italicized ones are true to me. :)
Have you seen any you'd like to add, or perhaps have some of your own? Let me hear them.


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