Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (11)




Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week I am anxiously awaiting:




Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date: December 1st 2011
Genre: YA Contemporary





Summary

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though - she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team.

They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.


I like the concept, something different then what I normally read which is a good thing once in a while. Plus, it comes out on my Birthday.....(:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More 2012 Challenges

Yes, more. I just can't seem to help myself, they just seem so much fun. Though I am doing quite a few need no, none....and I promise....none will get in the way of others. Instand some may help others.

So, the new Challenges you ask?

Well,



2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
hosted by The Book Vixen



Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012 (books read prior to 1/1/12 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2012 than you did in 2011. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you could track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.



Levels:
Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books



My Level will be I'm on Fire!- 16+
And thanks to the other Challenges I will no doubt but surpass that goal in no time :)...
So I am very excited to begin.
Well, of course, when the right time comes around.






2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge


Run's January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012.

The Rules:
  • Anyone can join.
  • You don't need a blog to participate.
  • Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post on Jamie's blog.
  • Audio, eBooks, paper, re-reads all count.
  • 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.
There are four levels:
  1. The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.
  2. The "Fun Size" YA Reading Challenge – Read 20 Young Adult novels.
  3. The Jumbo Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 40 Young Adult novels.
  4. The Mega size YA Reading Challenge – Read 50+ Young Adult novels.


My Level will be "Fun Size"- read 20.
I'll probably pass it but I doubt I could reach 40 with my life and all.
So, once again, I'm excited because I pretty much just read YA. I probably bleed it.

There's a couple I would like to join but with what I have on my plate already I don't want to get out of hand. Sadly, life gets in the way of reading 24/7. But I'm (kinda) okay with that.

Here are the other ones I was thinking about,


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I just found the last one which is hosted by Reading Angel & Katie from Katie's Book Blog, and I haven't completely decided on that one yet. So, will see.

Oh, and Village of the Damned review will be posted tomorrow.

Teaser Tuesday (4)





Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.--BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS. Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title & author, so others can add to their TBR list if they like your teasers.


My Teaser This Week. . .


"Oh, Katniss, don't tease him," she says, folding him back in her arms. "He's already so upset."
-from page 144, Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Susanne Collins





I'm sorry it's another Mockingjay teaser (making the start of the third week of reading) it's just taking me forever and I wish it would move faster.


Hope you enjoy!



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Songs (4)

Bitches, JoJo is Back.
I loved her when I was younger and still do today. So glad this just came out and when I heard it on the radio Wednesday on my way to school.....that's when I knew it, she's really back.
So enjoy her latest song Disaster.
I can't get enough of it and yes, that is Bug from Life Unexpected



Saturday, November 26, 2011

On My Wishlist (7)




On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where we list all the books we desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. Want to know more? Click here.



The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1) by James Dashner
Publication Date: October 6th 2009
Genre: YA Dystopia






Summary


When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.



Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Publication Date: May 15th 2007
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Summary


Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.     

Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college.

And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward? This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.


Actually, these two are really on my wishlist. For my birthday, which is December 1st, and Christmas wishlist along with Thirteen Reason Why. That, too, was on one of my wishlists Memes.
          

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Family Thanksgiving




A lawyer trying to make partner is shown the joys of living a more balanced life.



Hallmark Channel, how I love thee!

Okay, sorry, just had to get that out of my system. So just like any Hallmark movie there's this certain charm which creates this spark inside you that just grows, creeping it's way  up to your heart and you, you just know it's going to be amazing.....or at least, fun. Which this was, very fun.

Claudia, the main character played by Daphne Zuniga, is a lawyer working her way up the ladder and is so close to making partner her dream. But sadly for her someone caught an interest in her and not in her favor (at least in her mind). Enter Gina, someone who wants to fix Claudia, but of course she doesn't feel like she needs fixing because she's got everything she wants. 

"My friends are my family, that firm is my spouse, my life is perfect." 

Right, if it was so perfect then Gina wouldn't be in the picture. You could tell in the beginning that Gina wasn't just a human, she has a slight touch of magic. But for my disliking she doesn't show much of it and isn't in a lot of the film, though when she is you just can't help but smile at her crazy ways. She starts off softly, coaxing her way up to Claudia but all she does is shoe her off, which of course isn't a good thing. You never ignore a magical being.

After a few tries Claudia finally said yes to Gina that she'll listen to whatever she has to say. So while in the car, Claudia is on the phone texting, Gina starts to get impatient with her and decides to do it the hard way. Making the car stop, braking so fast that Claudia hits her head and that's when the fun begins. 

Just because you want a career doesn't mean you can't have anything else.

Gina's here to teach her to have balance in her life because all work and no play can't be healthy for someone. 

In a different world than her own, she's a house wife with two younglings. And she learns quickly there's a reason why we don't give that much sugar to young kids. Yes, it helps quite them up but do you really want to deal with the aftermath. The little kids were so cute and adorable, I just loved the little girl she was so sweet. They helped make this movie even more enjoyable. 

At first, she dragged the kids around trying to figure out what happen but in the end she sees that no one can help her but the crazy lady, which she can't find when she needs her. Slowly dealing life as a mother she waits for morning to come and hopes that it will all be fixed. But of course it's not. She isn't ready to go back to her world. 

You start to see she enjoys being a mother before she realizes it herself. Her subconscious knows the truth. Though being a wife, well, that's another story

Funny, quirky moments will have you smiling. I loved everything, mostly in the beginning of her learning how to be a mom and that door to the mini van. If you're a mom I think you could relate more than anyone but it's still a great family film with the Thanksgiving spirit. Yes, a movie around Thanksgiving actually about Thanksgiving. 

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2012 Challenges



CHALLENGE OBJECTIVE
To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013.
For more info, go to The Story Siren!



My List:

1.Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic 1/16/12
2.The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin 2/28/12
3.Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist 3/20/12
4.Storybound by Marissa Burt 4/3/12
5.Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell 5/1/12
6.Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire 7/10/12
7.Wake by Amanda Hocking 8/21/12
8.Mystique by Shari Arnold- Spring 2012
9.Queen of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- Fall 2012
10.Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt- Fall 2012
11.Cinder by Marissa Meyer 1/3/12
12.The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers 2/14/12

More

14. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows 1/31/12
15.Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay 1/1/12
16.Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby 2/28/12
17.Article 5 by Kristen Simmons 2/14/12
18.Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood 2/7/12
19.After the Snow by Sophie Crockett 3/27/12
20.Slide by Jill Hathaway 3/27/12
21.Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin 3/1/12
22.The Selection by Kiera Cass 4/24/12
24.The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash 4/24/12
25.Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard 7/24/12
26.Survive by Alex Morel 8/2/12



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Hafsah from IceyBooks and Britta from I Like These Books are hosting a fun challenge starting in 2012. It's called the Standalone Reading Challenge.

The Challenge,
To read 15 standalone YA books in 2012!

Any Young Adult standalone book that is released between December 27, 2011 and December 31, 2012. Any format (paperback, hardcover, e-book, ARC) counts, but they must be read during the time period mentioned above.

IceyBooks have started a list for you HERE. Please note, this list is public and won't be 100% accurate. We will try to keep it updated as best as we can. If you know of any standalones we may have missed, please feel free to add to this list.



My List:

1.The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams 1/3/12
3.Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom 1/10/12
4.Fracture by Megan Miranda 1/3/12
5.Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale 2/14/12
6.Katana by Cole Gibsen 3/8/12 
7.Where It Began by Ann Redisch 3/6/12
8.Above by Leah Bobet 4/1/12
9.The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats 4/17/12
10.The Vicious Deep by Zoraida C√≥rdova 4/15/12
11.Struck by Jennifer Bosworth 5/3/12
12.The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker 5/1/12
13.If I Lie by Corrine Jackson 9/4/12
14.Silver by Talia Vance- Fall 2012
15.Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman 12/27/11

More 

16.Cracked by K.M Walton 1/3/12
17.The List by Siobhan Vivian 4/1/12
18.Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John 4/12/12
19.Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy 5/1/12
20.The Raft by S.A Bodeen 8/21/12
21.Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan 2/8/12
22.Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr 2/21/12
23.Auracle by Gina Rosati 8/7/12
24.Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn 6/14/12 
25.The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long 8/16/12
26.The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen- March 2012
                


Wow, so many great books I just couldn't help myself. I'd like to thank Kristi from The Story Siren and Hafsah from IceyBooks & Britta from I Like These Books for hosting these challenges and making the goals small so I could join because, let's face, I can hardly read a book in a week lately (thanks to school.....but, that's okay). I can't wait to dive into the fun, so cheers, to a good reading year.  

Also, I'd like to thank them for showing me these books, because truthfully I probably wouldn't have looked twice at some of them. So thank you again, Kristi & Hafsah & Britta.