Sunday, January 31, 2010

In My Mailbox *25*

Created by The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea.
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So my Waldens officially closed this week. Their last day was Tuesday and we went by there. It was so sad! I've come to know the workers and adore a few of them and it was pretty sad to see them packing up the store and everything, but there's a bright side (sorta). They're putting in another bookstore! Yay! BUT! On the downside, I am moving sometime next month and it will put me 20 minutes from any bookstore that's not going to try and sell me Jesus. (I mean no offense to anyone by that comment, it's just around here when you go into a Christian bookstore, they shove religion down your throat). 

 Anyways, two of these I got this week and two last week, I just forgot them in the hugeness that was last weeks IMM. (if you need a refresher, click here).

Review:
None!

Bought:
Candor by Pam Bachorz (read my review here)
Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles
Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
Immortal by Various Authors, Edited by P.C. Cast
That's what was in my mailbox this week, what did you get in yours?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Catcher in the Rye movie? Please, no...

While browsing Entertainment Weekly’s website, I ran across an article talking about how now that J.D. Salinger has passed, Hollywood is buzzing about obtaining the rights to Catcher in the Rye. Yes, the man isn’t even buried yet, and they want to get their grubby, literature destroying paws onto this literary masterpiece.

Now thankfully for Mr. Salinger, if the bloodsuckers in Hollywood DO manage to get a hold of Catcher in the Rye and they maim it (as they probably will), he will not be around to see it. But on the other side, if they get their hands on it and manage to make a beautiful, well cast, well written adaptation (I am laughing hysterically at the thought of them pulling that off), then he won’t be around to see its beauty.

But either end of the spectrum you look at, Salinger did not want Catcher to be made into a movie and for almost 60 years he outright refused to allow them to touch his work. There is a reason for that. This is why I have a short letter to Hollywood…

Dear Hollywood,
There is a reason J.D. Salinger spent the last 59 years of his life refusing to give you the rights to Catcher in the Rye. That reason is because you have the ability to take amazing works of literature and turn them into two hours of complete and utter crap.

Once you get your money-hungry, masterpiece-ruining paws on a single word of a classic like Catcher in the Rye and you would update the setting and whatnot and then cast the likes of *Justin Timberlake, Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, or Taylor Lautner** as Holden and that would already be a travesty. We won’t even begin to go into the directors they could potentially employ.

So Hollywood, I beg of you, step away from Catcher in the Rye and go find something that’s not a classic, and not so beloved to ruin for the millions of people that pay a small fortune to sit in a theater with 200 strangers to see. Just don’t ruin this.

Sincerely,
Samantha LeAnne

*These are the names I saw mentioned in the comments of the EW.com article…no, I am not making this up.
**His absolute gorgeousness does not excuse the fact that I would never ever want to see him portray Holden…ever.

How do you guys feel about the idea of Cather in the Rye becoming the next casualty in Hollywood's string of book-to-movie adaptations?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

In My Mailbox *24*

Created by The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea.
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As you guys may have noticed, I've not done an In My Mailbox in about a month, so this one is a big one! There's all kinds of awesome stuff! So let's get started!





For Review:
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Never After by Dan Elconin
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Hold Still by Nina Lacour
What I Wore to Save The World by Maryrose Wood
I Am An Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (not pictured) Read my review here
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (not pictured)
The Naughty List by Suzanne Young (not pictured)

Bought:
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
The Heavenstone Secrets by V.C. Andrews
Firespell by Chloe Neill

Won:
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble (from Layers of Thought)
Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (from The Neverending Shelf)
Black is for Beginnings by Laurie Faria Stolarz (from The Neverending Shelf)
How to Catch and Keep A Vampire by Diana Laurence (from The Neverending Shelf)
Candle Man by Glenn Dakin (from The Neverending Shelf)
Spellbinder by Helen Stringer (from The Neverending Shelf) (not pictured)

Received as gifts:
Envy by Anna Godbersen
Splendor by Anna Godbersen

Swag:
-An awesome bookplate from Jaclyn Dolamore to put in my own copy of Magic Under Glass (which I just read for ATWT and it is fantabulous!)
-The most adorable Christmas card from Laina that came equipped with some really awesome, shiny stickers! (there are mouses (I know it's mice, but they're just so cute that they're mouses!), cows, sunflowers, various other flowers, and KITTIES!!!)
-My sister was sweet enough to request a bookplate and whatnot from the wonderful Lisa Schroeder, so I can put it in my own copy of Chasing Brooklyn (which I am buying after the move! :) Yay!) and she included some bookmarks and postcards, which she also signed!

So that's what was in my mailbox for the last...month...so what did you get in yours?

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Hollywood Sisters: Truth or Dare by Mary Wilcox


The Hollywood Sisters: Truth or Dare by Mary Wilcox
Release Date: March 10, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Overall: 4


Jessica Ortiz is probably the most normal person in Hollywood. Or at least in Mary Wilcox’s version of Hollywood in The Hollywood Sisters: Truth or Dare.

Jessica is sweet, shy (like “Urkele” shy), down to earth, and has had to draft personal apologies to numerous celebrities. Jessica seems to have the worst luck with celebrities, in a town that just so happens to be full of them.

To “help” matters, Jessica’s sister, Eva, is the star of a hit teen TV show, her best friend, Rebecca, is the child of two of the more famous movie producers in town, and to top it off, Rebecca managed to score them both parts in her mother’s newest movie. But can things go off without a hitch or will everything go terribly wrong?

This was probably the more adorable story I’ve read in a long time. There was fun, mystery (Nancy Drew’s got some competition!), a little romance, and ghosts! There’s also some named that most of us will recognize, which is totally refreshing to see and I think makes a bit more enjoyable to see something that’s familiar.

If you’ve got a couple hours to kill or are looking for a quick dose of comic relief, then pick this up. With adorable characters, wonderful dialogue, fast paced setting, and a delightful plot, it was a pleasant surprise to read something light and fun like The Hollywood Sisters: Truth or Dare.

Younger readers will thoroughly enjoy the story, and I think that’s the target age, but older readers will also enjoy the lightness and even the cute little mystery that is contained within these pages. And no worries if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series, this can totally stand alone.


Plot: 4
Writing: 3
Characters: 3
Ending: 4
Cover: 4

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I received this book for review for Teens Read Too.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thank you everyone

Hey guys,

As many of you know from my brief updates of Twitter, last week one of
my rottweilers, Tori, got sick. Tori is my baby, she's our "momma" dog,
and she is the sweetest thing in the world. She suddenly became
paralyzed in her hind legs and can no longer walk.

The Vet has said that one of her hips has disintegrating and that there
are some neurological issues, and that she will not recover. We were
able to bring her home to spend a few days with her and say our
goodbyes.

We were supposed to take her back to the Vet today and they were going
to put her to sleep. But we decided to wait until Monday. She is not in
any pain and it gives us more time to spend with her and love on her,
and prepare ourselves a little more.

The reason I am telling you guys this is because this is why I've been
pretty absent this past week, and why I am taking a few more days to
spend with my baby. I'm sure many of you can understand that pets aren't
just a pet, they're family.

I wanted to say thank you for everyone's well wishes over this past week
and thank you all for understanding during this rather difficult time
for me and for my family.

I will return to the blog next week. If you would like to find me or
anything, you can always email me or catch me on Twitter, I will be
popping in and out on there throughout the weekend.

Thank you everyone.

XOXO,
Samantha

Friday, January 15, 2010

Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma


Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Release Date: November 3, 2009
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Age Group: Young Adult
Overall: 4


Have you ever had a story touch your heart in a way that it actually made you rethink your own perspective on things? Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma is a story that will do just that, or at least that’s what it did for me.

Ellie Summerfield is Little Miss Perfect; at least that’s how she appears to everyone else. Ellie has a 4.0 GPA, a list of extracurricular activities that would make any college beg for her, she’s beautiful and has a gorgeous boyfriend that seems to actually love her, and everyone in school adores her. But that doesn’t mean she’s happy behind the almost permanent smile she has pasted onto her face.

But as always, there has to be a twist that knocks the seemingly perfect character off their feet and forces them to show their true selves to the world, right? Right. There is a twist in Beautiful, but I can guarantee you that you won’t see it coming, and neither did Ellie; and it changes the course of Ellie’s life and everyone else’s.

It’s been a long while since a book and a story has made me audibly gasp. I didn’t realize when I started reading Beautiful that it’s classified not just as YA, but as “Religious Fiction”; But don’t let that shy you away from this story, it’s one that needs to be heard, and I never would have realized it was classified as “religious fiction” if it hadn’t been printed on the back. There is some mention of God and Ellie’s faith and whatnot, but it’s not really all that noticeable or excessive.

Mrs. Martinusen-Coloma has given us characters that are so realistic and relatable that you’ve got to remind yourself that they’re characters on a page and not people you’ve already met (Megan is the most amusing thing, and so easy to relate to and adore). The writing itself is fantastic and I can’t wait to read more from Mrs. Martinusen-Coloma, there’s something to be said about an author that can make their characters and story jump off the page like Beautiful does.

It’s not a story that you’ll immediately forget or get out of your head. As someone who’s generally opposed to all the happy endings that YA fiction tends to have, this is a story that begs for one and while it wasn’t the ending I was hoping for, it was one that was satisfying enough that it made me smile.

I’ve not been affected by any story like this in a long time, but Beautiful touched me in a way that I don’t think I will soon forget. It’s happy, it’s sad, it’s…Beautiful.


Plot: 4
Writing: 4
Characters: 4
Ending: 3
Cover: 3
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I received this book for review from Book Divas.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde trailer contest!

So Beth Fantaskey and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are searching for the Official trailer for Jekel Loves Hyde, which comes out May 3, 2010 and in that search they are coming to you, me, and all readers that are up to the challenge.

The contest is to create a trailer for Jekel Loves Hyde! The catch is, you must use copyright free music and copyright free images. (That's not as easy as it sounds). There are super awesome prizes too!

First prize:
  • A visit to your local library, school, or bookstore to sign books and of course meet the winner from Beth Fantaskey herself!
  • Signed copies of both Jekel Loves Hyde AND Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side!
  • The winning video becomes the "official" trailer on Beth's website! And the possibility of being used by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!
  • And some extra other fun stuff that Beth will bring with her on her visit!
Two Runners-up:
  • Signed copies of both Jekel Loves Hyde and Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side!
There's more! The first 10 entrants will automatically be guaranteed signed copies of Jekel Loves Hyde!

And so far there have only been 5 entries so there's still time for you to win!

I attempted this, and let me tell you, it's not easy! Here's my entry:


Just know that I've never even attempted to do this before and I was using Windows Movie Maker, so it's not like I have great software either.

I would love to hear your thoughts, and if you like it then let Beth know on her blog!

To see all the entries so far click here!

And finally to enter yourself and get more information about the contest go here!

Love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Candor by Pam Bachorz


Candor by Pam Bachoz
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: Egmont USA
Age Group: Young Adult
Overall: 5

Candor, Florida is where wealthy families take their children that make trouble. Candor transforms those children into perfect, Yale bound students, and these children always respect their parents, always do their chores, and never get into trouble…Ever.

Campbell Banks built Candor into what it is; he created the technology that makes not just these kids, but also these parents, into what they are. It only takes a week, sometimes two if their strong, to fully make the change from a troubled teen to a Candor kid. That is unless Oscar Banks steps in, if the bank accounts big enough and the kids want out bad enough, he can make it happen.

On the outside, Oscar is the perfect Candor kid, he’s his father’s clone, but on the inside and to those select few, there’s the truth: Oscar knows how to block his father’s Messages, he knows how to keep them from turning, how to keep them normal. Then Nia shows up. Nia is different for Oscar, there’s something about her that attracts him, that makes him want to forget everything and stop being careful, something about her that makes him want to leave Candor.

There were parts of Candor that I didn’t really understand, like how Nia and Oscar could talk to each other briefly, a few times and then be in love with one another. Or like how Oscar’s father could never suspect a thing. But despite not buying how quickly their relationship came about, I found that I absolutely adored them! The moments they had were so sweet (like the “museum”, read it and you’ll understand) and they actually seemed so genuine with one another, like they saw the true parts of each other.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised this year by how well the writing has been in debut authors, and Candor was no different. It was very well written, and the characters were developed so well, especially for a short novel. The last few chapters were so exciting and engrossing, that even when my body was saying “go to bed,” I couldn’t put it down.

This was also the first book in a long while to bring a tear to my eye (nothing since The Siren by Kiera Cass has managed to do that). During those last few chapters, I had my ideas on what was going to happen, but when they were proven wrong and it was over, I found a tear in my eye and frantically flipping the acknowledgment pages and the back pages for something else, anything else.

I don’t know for sure if there’s going to be a sequel, but apparently there are Messages hidden in Candor, because I am hoping to revisit Oscar, Nia, and the town of Candor again.


Plot: 5
Writing: 5
Characters: 5
Ending: 5
Cover: 5
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I received this book as part of 1 ARC Tours.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Books I Crave *8*

This is a weekly meme, hosted here, that was inspired by Kristi over at The Story Siren and Jill over at Breaking the Spine, with help from Laina over at Laina Has Too Much Spare Time.
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*All summaries are from Amazon, unless noted otherwise*


Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Release: Out Now!

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.

One can raise the dead.

One can tell the future.

And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he'll change the future. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she's going to die.

He's so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he's near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He's a loner; she has friends. He doesn't care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it's too late....

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own, and a vampire princess Aden can't resist.

Two romances, both forbidden. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger but not everyone will come out alive....

Black is for Beginnings by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Release: Out Now!

It's happening again...
The BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series that put a spell on more than half a million readers continues – in graphic novel format!

Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends.

Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Stacey's nightmares are back. And all she wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob, who hasn't been able to remember her since he lost his memory in his brush with death. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory—and what lies ahead—for the young, spellcasting lovers.


Gateway by Sharon Shinn
Release: Out Now!

As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring—and tells her that “black jade” translates to “Daiyu”—she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it’s more than that; it’s magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand. It also means stealing time to be with handsome Kalen, who is in on the plan. There’s only one problem. Once her task is done, she must go back to St. Louis and leave him behind forever. . . .

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
Release: Out Now!

When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero.

There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together.

Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squad—Justin, Wolf, and Charlene—the soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.


A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson
Release: Out Now!

A room is not much . . .
It is not arms holding you. Not a kiss on the forehead. Not a packed lunch or a remembered birthday. Just a room. But for seventeen-year-old Zoe, struggling to shed the suffocating responsibility of her alcoholic mother and the controlling guilt of her grandmother, a rented room on Lorelei Street is a fierce grab for control of her own future.

But with all odds against her, can a seventeen-year-old who only slings hash to make ends meet make it on her own? Zoe struggles with this worry and the guilt of abandoning her mother as she goes to lengths that even she never dreamed she would in order to keep the room on Lorelei Street.


Now, what books do you crave?If you would like to participate in this meme, just link back to me and leave the link to your post in the comments! You can find the specifics here!

Around the Blogosphere

This is a post that I am going to probably edit randomly and repost, adding different things, mostly contests, that I've found around the blogosphere. (And once the contests have ended, I will remove them when I update the post).So keep an eye on it and see what else comes up!

Caster Girls is holding an awesome giveway and there's still time (not much) to enter the Ridley Kicks Ass giveaway! It ends tonight so hurry (January 13, 2010)! But there's some really awesome looking prizes up for grabs! Hurry and head on over!


Books at Midnight is holding a rather awesome 200 followers contest! There are two parts of the contest and in part one there will be THREE winners, and in part two there will be one winner! So go sign up! Ends January 15, 2010!

Sophistikatied Reviews is also holding an awesome 200 followers contest, where you can win either a signed ARC of The Dark Divine or a signed ARC of Brightly Woven! Ends January 11, 2010!

The Neverending Shelf
is having a two part Thank You contest! Part one is like a normal contest, and part two requires more thought! It includes a cover collage :) Open Internationally! Ends December 31, 2009!



The Hiding Spot is giving away her ARC copy of The Dark Divine! Talk about awesome, right? Right! Ends January 30, 2010!



The Bookologist is holding a super awesome contest with your choice of a box of 2010 ARCs! Each box contains three awesome books! (It's killing me trying to pick my box!) Open International! Ends January 31, 2010!


Books At Midnight is having a contest to win a signed copy of ANY of Mari Mancusi's Blood Coven novels! Ends January 20, 2010! Go enter!


Only Sexy Books Allowed is giving away an ARC of Something Like Fate!!! Talk about exciting! Ends January 27, 2010!



Stay tuned for more things I find! :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain


The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Publisher: Egmont USA
Age Group: Young Adult
Overall: 5

Three years ago Grace Divine saw her brother, Jude, standing on their front porch covered in blood. Three years ago, Daniel disappeared. Three years later, Grace still doesn’t know what happened or why Daniel left.

Now Daniel is back and those feelings that were buried just under the surface have come rushing back for Grace. Although, not everyone is happy to see Daniel return, namely Jude, who has yet to forgive Daniel for whatever it was that happened three years ago. Now Grace must decide between being loyal to herself, or being loyal to her brother, and at the consequences that both choices hold.

Lying within all the threats and warnings surrounding Daniel, and Grace being involved with him, is still a secret that she needs an answer to. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more Grace starts to miss the innocence her life held before Daniel came back and before she found out a truth that affects her and everyone she holds dear. Can she save the ones she loves without losing herself, and her soul, in the process?

This is one of those stories that is almost impossible not to fall into. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down, not even for a minute. Daniel starts as your typical (ish) bad boy (I love when he’s first introduced into the story!), and continues to push and pull you into this “is he or isn’t he?” type of wonder throughout most of the story.

Grace isn’t this typical “dumb girl falls for bad boy” character either, she’s not as simple as we’ve come to know lately and but she’s not so complex that she’s unrelatable. I actually enjoyed Grace, she’s very real. She gets flustered and annoyed as anyone else would, she has conflict, and she doesn’t just make her decisions and say to hell with everyone and everything else. Of course she has her impulse, “don’t think, just do” moments, but everyone has those, but she takes the time to think about how her choices are going to affect the people around her.

And like most of your bad boy types, Daniel is funny. He has these lines that just literally made me laugh (and get funny looks from the people/animals in the room), like this little passage between Daniel and Grace:
Daniel looked up at the sky and scratched behind his ear. “You really are one of a kind. I mean, it’s not every day my girlfriend offers to kill me.”
“Girlfriend?”
That wry grin slid across his face. “That’s the part you question? Man, I should leave town before I really screw you up.”

How can you not find that amusing? Seriously. There are so many other moments like that in The Dark Divine that will make you laugh, and even more that will make you simply think. One of Grace’s biggest struggles comes from her religious background and beliefs (and being the daughter of the local pastor doesn’t really help her cause much), and that’s something else that makes her as a character easy to relate to.

There was something so right, so beautiful about this story, these characters, and their moments. Moments that at times I felt like an intruder into something that wasn’t meant for me, like I shouldn’t be seeing them or listening, but I was so involved in their story that I couldn’t help it. There was this perfect balance of mystery, romance, thrill, and a twist that made my jaw drop. If there’s one book you must pick up, The Dark Divine is it.

It has caused me to add another slot on many of my lists, including (but not limited to): “Fictional Characters I Wish Were Real”, “Books I Will Reread”, “Favorite Books EVER” and of course the “Must Recommend to Everyone” list. There’s definitely something for everyone in this book. An amazing debut from an author I look forward to seeing more from, and revisiting this story!


Plot: 5

Writing: 5

Characters: 5

Ending: 5

Cover: 5

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I received this book as part of Around the World Tours.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge!


The next and currently final challenge I am joining in the 10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge which is being hosted by Kay Cassidy over at her blog and Jessica at Chick Lit Teens!

Basically this is a challenge to read 10 chick lit books in 2010. Now I don't read much chick lit and this year I would like to change that. So this is going to be the motivation behind that!

To find out more about the challenge and to sign up yourself, check out this post!

My list:

I am only going to add a few for now, and will add more later as I go.

  1. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  2. Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  3. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
  4. Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
  5. Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
  6. The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus




The books in bold are titles that I already own or I already have made arrangements to receive them (blog tours and the like).
That is all I'm adding for now, I will leave the rest open and fill in as I go.

2010 100+ Reading Challenge!

The next challenge I'm joining is the 2010 100+ Reading Challenge hosted by J. Kaye over at J. Kaye's Book Blog!

This challenge is exactly how it sounds: Read 100 books in 2010. In 2009, I didn't even come close to this number, so I am aiming high to say the least. Either way, I think I can do it!

Find out more and sign up for the challenge here.

Books I've Read:
  1. Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
  2. Candor by Pam Bachorz
  3. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  4. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
  5. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  6. Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
  7. The Complete History of Why I Hate Her by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  8. Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel
  9. Windwhyst by Christine O'Neill
  10. Dear Big V by Ellen W. Leroe
  11. Falling for Romeo by Jennifer Laurens
  12. Nailed by Jennifer Laurens
  13. Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly



The 2010 Debut Author Challenge!



The first challenge I'm joining is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, which is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren!


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?
  • The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
  • Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate.  If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.  
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime! 
* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

You’ll have to do all the research to make sure a novel meets the criteria for the challenge. I do have a few sites that can help with your search; 2010: A Book Odyssey/The Tenners, AuthorsNow & The Class of 2k10.

Find more information about the challenge here and sign up for the challenge on this post!


I am hoping to read at least 15 debut titles this year. Hopefully, there will be more than that, but 15 is the number I'm committing to!

My list:

Titles in bold are the ones that I either own, or already have arrangements to receive (blog tours and stuff like that)
  • Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
  • Restoring Harmony by JoĆ«lle Anthony
  • Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken   
  • Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
  • Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  • The Line by Teri Hall
  • Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  • The Naughty List by Suzanne Young 
  • Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
  • Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
  • The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
  • The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  • Sea by Heidi R. Kling
  • Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Now this is just a potential list, although unless something happens the ones in bold will for sure be read this year, the ones not in bold are more up in the air. There are MANY MANY more that i want to read desperately, so this is just to get the post started. This list will probably be added to, subtracted from, etc. So I will keep it updated when there's something new to report.

Challenges!

Okay, so this year I didn't exactly join challenges, I just started blogging and so I spent this year learning the ropes and that kind of thing.

But towards the end of the year, I did join one challenge. I figured, it will be easy, it's two weeks long and you set your own goal and it's self paced; it sounded perfect. But then my family got in the way of what would be my first challenge, and sadly I didn't make my goal. My sister got very sick about three days into the challenge and me and my mother have exhausted ourselves in taking care of her. I didn't get to read a word for almost two weeks.



Holiday Break Reading Challenge



I had joined The Holiday Break Reading Challenge, My goal was five books, and since I wasn't able to read anything until January 1, 2010 (yes, I know) But since then, I've finished two. Not terrible, since my goal was five, but still. And the challenge doesn't end until midnight tonight, but I don't see me finishing another today, since I haven't actually been to sleep yet. Anyways, if I had been able to read more, this could have been a very successful challenge, but alas there was complications.

So to rectify this challenge experience I have decided to join a few for this year that I think I can accomplish! Three to be exact! Each will get there own post, but I will list them here anyways:

 The Debut Author Challenge hosted at The Story Siren
100+ Reading Challenge hosted at J. Kaye's Book Blog
10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge hosted by Kay Cassidy and Jessica at Chick Lit Teens

All the links and information to these challenges will be posted over the next three posts, so keep an eye out for them!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Contest Winner!

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Sorry it's taken so long to get to it, but things have been super crazy around my house! But I have finally chosen the winner for The Real Real! And the winner is:


I have already contacted her, and she has already returned my email and her book will be in the mail next week!

Thank everyone for entering and following!