Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In the Past 2 Weeks...

Website: whatvanessareads.wordpress.com

In the past two weeks I tried to finish The Mrs Marridge Project by Pauline Fisk with no success. I ditched it because it sucked and picked up Girl vs. Bear: Stories from the 80s by Lisa Kerr (click title to read review). I also read Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman which was scary. Then I read In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg which wasn't as good as I expected. Now I'm reading Shelter Me by Alex McAulay. I like it so far. Also, I reviewed Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart. I interviewed Susane Colasanti (When It Happens, Take Me There), click here to see the interview.

My past week has been especially productive.

Lastly, I wrote about an idea to a book blogger chat. Here's what the post said:

I got the following idea because of The Page Flipper’s Author Chats (which are awesome and you should check out). I have been thinking about holding a book blogger chat. It would involve basically any book blogger (or author, if they’d like to join us) in the YA world who would like to chat about whatever they’d like: books, music, TV, movies. It could be a cool way for us to ditch the robotized reviews to have a real-time talk and make friends with each other (or rather, make better friends).

It would be held on a chat site like chatzy or chatmaker at 8 pm eastern time one day between Jan. 5 and 11.

What I would like is if you could give me feedback on this, commenting which day from January 5 to the 11 is the best day for you to chat. 

I really hope you guys like this idea. Leave all your thoughts in the comments!

To comment the entry, saying if you'd like to be a part of this and which day is best click here.

Hope you guys are reading as much as me!

Dear Teen Tuesday,

I am a terrible person.

Not only did I not post anything last week... but I also haven't read anything in the past two weeks.

Except for Pride and Prejudice.

Which I'm not even halfway through with.

My only excuse: Christmas. Which is a sucky excuse, because vacation should be making me read more.

Either way, that is my only update. This is probably even more pitiful than last week's lack of posting. =(

<3 Chelsie

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Roll the Credits

Hi Teen Tuesday-ers. 

I feel as though I've come back into my book blogging. I wasn't very active for about three weeks and now I have a bunch of posts scheduled for this week including reviews, memes, and a very special contest (read the end of this entry!). Stay tuned on my blog for all of this! 

Basically all I have this week is Harry. I finished Harry Potter on Friday and liked it very much. I wonder how my review is going to go. I want the rest of the series now!

I'm currently reading and will soon finish Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom which is very good. I feel like I'm learning a lot. The story is so great and yet so sad at the same time. [Edit: I finished Tuesdays with Morrie and wow.... I bawled like a baby. How can I possibly write a review for this?] 

Next up on the line will be The Mrs Marriage Project by Pauline Fisk or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (it all depends on my friend giving me Harry Potter books or not).

I recently put up two new reviews: An Abundance of Katherines and That Was Then, This Is Now

Also, click here to read about Lisa Schroeder's release party contest for her new book Far From You which she asked me to take part in. I think that basically explains everything.

Yay. That's it. 

See you next Tuesday,
whatvanessareads (at) gmail.com

Monday, December 15, 2008

Consistency [Chelsie]

So, this week I finished Jars of Glass. I also read and finished Ever by Gail Carson Levine, and started Pride and Prejudice for my school's book club.

Jars of Glass was good. I had a problem with one of the characters (ugh, following the trend again). But then again, this character was someone that the readers is supposed to have a problem with.

Ever was just... okay. I love Gail Carson Levine, but this book just didn't do it for me. And this is why: usually, Levine writes books that are fantasy, but have some sort of realistic element to them. Ever didn't feel that way to me. It just seemed like a book made of coincidences and people/things/events that were there just to be there. It didn't have a purpose... except a possible religious purpose, which was the book's main redeeming quality. Overall it wasn't bad, but I wouldn't recommend this book over Fairest or The Two Princesses of Bamarre.

And Pride and Prejudice... I am only 27 pages into it. But so far, it's not bad. At all. I was thinking there'd be a huge language barrier, but there really isn't... it's not something that I am having too hard of a time trying to understand. I actually like it. =D (By the way, that cover is the actual cover of the copy I bought last week... and it's pink and green and I love it... it's so cute!)

So that's my update. Anyone else have a good reading week?

Also, an interesting tidbit: I did some calculations, and I read one book every 2.7 days. Which is actually not as bad as I thought it would be.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

ARC's Galore!

Hi. This will be quick.

This week I've read:

Finished Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag
2/3 of Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Willow by Julia Hoban
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
1/3 Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

So, yeah, EXCELLENT reading week for me. and 4/5 of those are ARC's which is just CRAZY. I've never been surrounded by so many ARC's in my life. I've been by so many ARC's that I've had a few questions:

How many ARC's do you usually get in the mail in a week, month, whatever? Also, how do you pronounce ARC? I've heard it pronounced like Arc/Ark and A.R.C/A-R-C. How do you pronounce it?Myself? I pronounce it A.R.C./A-R-C.

Okay, enough about that. This week I hope to get to:

Finish Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Finish Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin
Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson
Pretty Face by Mary Hogan
Take Me There by Susane Colasanti

So, yeah. Arrivederci (That's Italian)


Long Time No See, Teen Tuesday

Hi there. Yeah, I'm still alive. 

Lately I've been reading a consistent amount of books. However, I kind of have a problem. I'm reading too many books at once.
I started reading The Mrs Marridge Project by Pauline Fisk and got like 30 pages through when I was assigned Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers for my English class. I thought it went kind of slow at times but was still good in the end. It took me a 
while to finish it because it wasn't that spectacular until like 200 pages in.
While in between those two books I got sidetracked (I just wanted something that wasn't about the Vietnam war and killing--which is what Fallen Angels is about) so I started The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty. I really like it and how it's presented. I got 30 pages into that one too. 
I exchanged books with my friend Danny and guess what I got? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Is it weird that I've never actually read the books? When they first came out I was like six. When the first movie came out I was ten and I went to the theatre to watch it and didn't really like it. When the book really got hyped and the fandom was starting to peek, I wasn't much of a reader. Recall that I don't like fantasy much also, in books and movies. 
But since I watch the fiveawesomegirls so much and they blab about Harry so much, I gave in and started reading it. I'm about halfway done with it and I really like it. I see how things are shaping, I know there's lots of space for a lot of things to happen. I'm glad I don't remember any spoilers from anything. It's so weird how Harry is 11 years old right now that I'm reading him, but when I think of Harry I think of Daniel Radcliffe and he's so much older now. (Remember when Hermione/Emma Watson's hair was a frizz-ball?)
After I'm done with that book I will read The Year of Secret Assignments and then The Mrs Marridge Project
By the way, I finally have made a new review. I did it differently this time... I made a video review. 
The review is for Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Just click here to watch it. I'm posting it on my wordpress site also. Leave comments on youtube or wordpress, I don't mind where... Hope you like it!

Lastly, I would like for you guys to know that on Dec. 15th I will post some information regarding a contest of Lisa Schroeder's for her new book which is titled Far From You
Check it out then. :)

Till next time, 
whatvanessareads (at) gmail.com

Book Chic (Dec. 9)

Hey everyone! This is my first Teen Tuesday post, and I'm so excited for it!! :)

This has been a hectic week, so I haven't read a whole lot, though I think I did pretty well considering.

Beginning from last Tuesday, I've read Bewitching Season, which I reviewed here,
and Prom Nights From Hell by Rosemary Clements-Moore,
which I hope to put up a review for shortly (though I'm feeling very lazy so who knows when it'll happen). And right now I'm finishing up Princess Diaries 3: Princess in Love and I started Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston last night during my break at work. It's really good so far.

I'm also really enjoying re-reading the PD books. It's great fun and it's good so I can be prepared when I read the 10th book since it's been so long since I've read a PD book and I've kinda lost track of what went on. Reading them all in order as close together as possible helps a LOT. I'm so excited to read the 10th book! I'm actually planning on getting the audio CDs for PD5-9 from my library because at the job I have now, I can listen to stuff while I work, so perfect opportunity for me to continue the PD series while saving time to read stuff for my site when I'm not on work. :)

Coming up soon in my reading are these books:

Princess Diaries 4: Princess in Waiting- continuing the re-reading process

Hell Week by Rosemary Clements-Moore- reading the sequel to Prom Dates from Hell. I can't wait to see what Maggie gets involved in this time!

I So Don't Do Mysteries by Barrie Summy- I'm excited for this book and have been for a while. I love the title and the summary sounds great. Barrie is also my December Fresh New Voice of YA, along with Lesley Livingston. Look out for the FNV posts coming up next week!

--cross-posted at bookchicclub.blogspot.com--

Monday, December 8, 2008

2... 3... 4 books!

So it's late on a Monday night, I had to work today so I'm really tired... and right now the only thing I want to do is curl up into a ball and fall asleep... But for the sake of Teen Tuesday, I must post!

Plus, I read a lot this week.

I finished Untamed. I have very strong feelings on Zoey, the MC, which barely ever happens to me (as far as being picky about the characters). She was just... ugh, so annoying. Here is a link to my review, in case you're interested.

I also finished Legacy by Kate Brian, which is the sixth book in the Private series, which I absolutely adore. I had forgotten how much I love this series... I read the first five a year ago and then when Legacy came out I didn't have the energy to get into it again; but I decided to come back to it again and I am so. glad. I. did. Legacy was soo good... I don't have a formal review for my blog (I don't like to review books in series, because I've come to find that for most books in a longer series, there is consistency and reviews get to be boring... except in the case of Untamed, which the review was anything but boring to write) but if you're interested in a review, just mention it and I will link you to my Amazon page and you can read it on there. Or something.

After that, I read House of Dance by Beth Kephart. I read it so quickly on Sunday night, and I was just... awed. The book was so good; I am still thinking about it, so I don't have a review written just yet. But I know I will soon, because I have a lot of thoughts about it. Either way, a general summary: this book is ah-mazing, and highly recommended. Especially if you're looking for a quick, but very heart-lifting, book.

And now it's Monday night, and I am reading Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler. I'm a big fan of these author's books, and so I'm hoping Jars of Glass turns out well. I'm not extremely far into it, though, so I can't say too much yet. But if you wanna know more... come back next week :)

Now, I'm off to bed... and I'll be hoping for a snow day tomorrow... *looks at huge piles of snow and flying snowflakes* It's highly possible.

<3 Chelsie

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How long has it been?

Over a month. The last time I posted was October 28th!!! So, since then, I'll post all the books I read every week since.


The Bermudez Triangle
Paper Towns


Sisters of Misery
The Blonde of the Joke


You Had Me At Halo
Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year


Invisible Touch


Secrets of My Suburban Life
3/4 Beautiful Americans

So, in total, I've read 8 books in November, averaging 2 books a week. Not bad I guess. In total, Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra was by FAR the best. Excellent. Paper Towns and Sisters of Misery were pretty great. You Had Me At Halo, The Blonde of the Joke, and The Bermudez Triangle were good but kind of boring. Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year was strange and good enough, and Secrets of My Suburban Life was REALLY predictable and shallow.

I'm reading Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag and it's pretty good. It will be released in January. I also started BookSwim and just got my first batch of books from them, Pretty Face by Mary Hogan, Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, and Take Me There by Susane Colasanti. I also should by getting Willow by Julia Hoban soon and You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay, and maybe a few other exciting ARC's!

Glad to be back!


Hope (Dec. 2)

I'm actually remembering to cross-post this time! Yay!

Last weekend was Thanksgiving Break, so I didn't have school for five days! (Including weekend, of course. :D) I took advantage of this time and was a bookaholic. Well, more than usual. :)

I read:
1. Fahrenheit 451 (for school)
2. Cycler
3. Bite Me
4. The Second Virginity of Suzy Green
5. Revelations (Blue Bloods 3)

I enjoyed most of them. Cycler was a bit... interesting. But I'll save the rest of that one for the review. :p Fahrenheit 451 was okay. I was expecting it to be a bit better, but I just found it really s l o w a lot of the time.

Right now, I'm reading Moonstone by Marilee Brothers. And I'll probably pick up another one here soon because I can't read just one book at a time.

Reviews are coming up soon! I'm scheduling everything right now to make sure that they all get written while I'm thinking about it. :)


-cross posted at princess2293.blogspot.com-

I miss reading a book every other day


I am going to make a list... it will keep this post from getting too long.

1. Sovay by Celia Rees
2. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
3. Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo
4. 1/3 of Untamed by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Those are the 3.3333333 books I've read this past week, and I am very happy because that's practically more than I read the entire month of September.

Sovay was good; not amazing, but not bad at all.

Tantalize was definitely interesting; I am glad I read it, because it was a different take on the whole vampire/werewolf thing. It was good; not great, but good.

Twenty Fragments... was a short book that I've had since summer that I hadn't gotten to yet, until this past week. And it was actually good. Everyone once in awhile I need something different than my usual, and this was definitely a good kind of different. For one thing, it was set in Beijing, and for another there were actual pictures in this book... not an abundance of them, but every so often there would be a picture thrown in among the text.

My favorite picture was the picture of the Chinese McDonald's. I work at McDonald's, and I also happened to be in McDonald's when I read that part... so I was mildly amused =D

Anyways, that was my reading week. I hope I'm not the only person who posts this week =(

<3 Chelsie

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Me and My Twilight Obsessed Friends...

So, as this is the week that Twilight finally comes out (EEKKKKK!) I think I should talk about that...

A bunch of my friends have read Twilight, and when we're around all our guy friends who haven't read it and we're swooning over Edward or saying that we want to throw Jacob off a cliff, they all look at us like we're crazy and say, "What's the big deal, anyway?"

.... {open, gaping mouths}


This is only one of the most addicting series' EVER, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

So, yes, we now ignore them and talk on. :p

Who's going to see the movie? Any thoughts on it?

I'm going on Friday, and I think it's going to be really good. :)

At least, I hope. :p



Two Tuesdays in a row! Woohoo, I rock!

My reading week has actually been uneventful.

I started reading Sovay by Celia Rees, and I finally realized why I love her books so much: they always feature a strong leading female character. I love the Sovay, she is such an interesting and strong narrator. It seems like women are stereotypically weak, or dependent, and in her books that just isn't the case. Sovay is definitely not an exception.

I am about halfway through, but I put a pause on that to start reading Hairstyles of the Damned, which was recommended to me by the fabulous Stephanie Kuehnert. I got about twenty pages in that before I realized that there is less than a week before Twilight comes out (eeek!) and so I am now reading Twilight for the third time so it's fresh in my mind.

And can I just say how much I love it? I am 200 pages in and I just don't want to stop reading; I'll take breaks occasionally, just to stretch and get drinks. But then I'm back at it; I haven't read Twilight since New Moon came out, and I am really glad I'm reading it again. It's just as entertaining the third time 'round! =D

Of course, I'm dying for the movie. My school's book club is going to go see it as a group, so we've already pre-bought our tickets and everything. So on Friday at four we'll all be in the theater and getting ready to watch it. We all made Twilight T-shirts last week, and just today (which happens to be Monday, since I'm writing this ahead of time) my friend Sam and I decorated ours with beads and glitter paint and whatnot... it was great fun, and I'll definitely have pictures next week!

Anyways, that's my reading and whatnot... I hope someone else posts this week... I was lonely last week ='(

But I understand anyways!

<3 Chelsie

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Better Late Than Never

It's late, but I feel the need to post. I am one of the creators of this blog, and I haven't even posted in forever. I am ashamed =(

Anyways, this is what I've been reading.

City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Can I say one of my new favorite series? Talk about an awesome story and some pretty awesome fantasy creatures. Shadowhunters... how fascinating. I think they are completely awesome (both the Shadowhunters and the books) and now I am dying to get my hands on City of Glass.

The Hunger Games by oh gosh who's the author... *brain fart* Anyways.... OMFG this book was amazing. By the first chapter I was hooked. There is something so interesting about futuristic worlds and strange scenarios... and just the images in this book were so vivid and scary... I couldn't put it down. My school librarian said that it would make a good movie... and I wholeheartedly agree. I'd go see it on opening night.

In related news... does anyone know anything about the second book? Anything at all?

Skinned by Robin Wasserman. Another futuristic world, extremely similar to the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, which I absolutely adored. This book is another one that I have a hard time putting down, and I am about fifty pages or so to the end... I plan on finishing tomorrow. Anyone read it? If you have, I would LOVE to talk about it... it's just one of those books that I need to talk about. So if you've read it please send an email (bookluverreviews@hotmail.com) or something, I'm desperate!

So that is my book-related news. My next book on the list is Twilight, which I'm going to reread for the third time before the movie comes out. After that, Sovay by Celia Rees (I adored her book Pirates, and also Witch Child and Sorceress)

Now that I am done sharing my thoughts (and seriously, please take me up on the email offer if you've read Skinned... or just go out and read it-- believe me, it's worth it-- and then email me. Either way works =P) I'm going to go get ready for bed, it's gonna be a long day tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes, It's Wednesday. But Let's Pretend It's Tuesday.

So. I've been forgetting about this. :/ But I always remember the day afterwards, so I'm actually going to post today! Woot-Woot!

I'm somewhat getting back into my reading schedule and everything. . . I still haven't finished any books, but I've been getting further and further into Skinned, and I haven't gotten sick and tired of it yet. Yay!

So, that's pretty much it. haha. Why does nobody post here anymore? I love hearing about everyone's weeks! :)


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I've Had A. . .

Reading lull.

Haven't read anything in the past few weeks. :(

Can't get into anything either. Nothing seems to grab my attention.

I'm slowly but surely making my way through Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina, though.

This sucksss guyssss!

I want to finish a book so bad, yet I can't.



(Hopefully I'll see y'all on a better note next week. :p)

Hello? Anybody there?

I feel lonelllllly. I want to know what everybody else is reading....but nobody is herrrrrrre. Laaaa laaa laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.............................

Anyhow, I've read few books this past week:
  1. I Know It's Over by C. K. Kelly Martin
  2. Skin Deep by E. M. Crane
  3. 1/2 of Paper Towns by John Green
So, yeah. Not much else though. Those books were all really good, different books that I both feel in love with. Both are very highly recommended. I Know It's Over is a very hard, emotional, and deep book with a light, airy feeling to it. The characters were amazing.

Skin Deep was a soft novel with a warm, comfy feeling to it that makes you feel all bubbly inside. It wasn't on a very big topic so the feeling and the writing of the novel and the characters were amazing. Think Joan Bauer except better.

This week I plan to finish Paper Towns (!!!), Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall, and maybe start The blonde of The Joke by Bennett Madison.

So, what's up with everyone else?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Quick Update

Hello! This will be quick because I need to go take a shower before I hit the sack and I want to go to bed earlier tonight since I didn't sleep last night, so the books I've read this week are:

  • I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert
  • Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Can you believe I read four books this week? I can't, well, I guess I can since I had a four-day-weekend. They were all really good and the reviews for the last three should all be up before this weekends over. I was actualyl surprised when I got Living Dead Girl in the mail today, and finished it in three hours, because I had no idea I signed up for it or anything..but BookDivas had sent it to me, so I was all for it. I was REALLY excited and read it straight away.

So, this week I hope to get to....Hmm....I Know It's Over by CK Kelly Martin, Skin Deep by EM Crane, and maybe The Blonde of The Joke by Bennett Madison. But that's about it.

Also, don't forget to check out my Halloween/Birthday contest on my blog, click here to direct you to the info about it.

Until next week....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jeez, How Long Has It Been?

I don't think I posted these last two weeks. That sucks, I'm sorry! But I've read books. A Lot of books in the last three weeks. So I'll put them all the last Teen Tuesday that I've missed into this post. In the last three weeks, I've read:

  1. Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler
  2. Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
  3. How To Build A House by Dana Reinhardt
  4. Fabulous Terrible (Adventures of You) by Sophie Talbot
  5. Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  6. Model: A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond.
Wow, remember those days when I read 6 books a week? It feels like it won't ever happen. So I'll put all these together in the Little Bestie Awards:
  • Best Character: Tie=Cheryl Diamond in Model/Kate Brown in Perfect You
  • Best Plot: Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  • Best Setting: Tie=Project 17/Model
  • Best Writing: Elizabeth Scott-Perfect You
Winning Book(s): Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott/Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz/Model: A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond.

Well, what can I say? All the books above are fabulous, but those top three were terrific. All of the three were 5/5 stars. Very recommended.

Right now I'm reading I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert, I'm less then a 100 pages and find it addicting so far. I love Emily, she's a great character. So I should finish it this week. I have a lot of books I need to read....Hmmm....let's see, the books I plan to read in the next week are: Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler and Skin Deep by EM Crane and if I'm lucky, Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata. Check out my blog today for an interview with Jennifer Ziegler and also, you might want to check out my blog on Friday. . .

But in other news, is anybody doing the 24 Hr. Read-A-Thon this Saturday? I might. Though it might be hard. Also, tomorrow is my Friday! Yay! I get a four day weekend this week! Aren't I lucky?!?! but guess WHY we get the two days off? Hunting! Though, I'm not apart of it. But I live in Minnesota and EVERYBODY hunts, which is kind of cool becasue you get two days off. So yay me! More reading time!

What are you doing this weekend?

Oh Dear, I Forgot Last Week. :/

I'm sorry! I forgot last week!

Oh, well. I finally finished Living Dead Girl last Saturday. Since then, I haven't really read much. I've read Fireworks. And A Raisin in the Sun for my history class.

I have, however, found love in scheduled posting. Here's what's been up since I've been gone:

Guest Blog with Beth Fehlbaum.

Review | Death by Bikini - Linda Gerber
Review | Living Dead Girl - Elizabeth Scott
Review | Larry and the Meaning of Life - Janet Tashjian
Review | Crush du Jour - Micol Oscow

And coming up this week is:

The review for Fireworks.
An interview with April Lurie.
And I might actually review A Raisin in the Sun, too.
The review for The Midnight Twins will also be up this week.

I also posted about my new idea that I've been toying around with since about May. It's the First Annual Young Adult Book Awards. The nominations run until the end of November, so make sure you check them out! I think it's a pretty cool idea, and if it goes over well this year, I'll do it again next year. Please let me know what you think about this idea. :D

Right now, I'm reading North of Beautiful and Savvy Girl. I haven't gotten too far in either, so I can't really tell you how they are yet. :(


Monday, October 13, 2008

Good-bye, Required Reading [[Chelsie]]

Done with everything required. 7 Habits is now a thing of the past.

So, what am I reading now? Undone by Brooke Taylor. Which is a good book. When I can find time to read it. I'm reading much faster now than I was, say, two weeks ago. But I'm still not back to my book-a-day self.

But it's better. Less busy. Or more balanced; one of the two. I'm less overwhelmed with everything than I was. Which is such a good thing, because before I was so busy and so confused about what to do and when to do it. Now I can sort of go with the flow and still get things done.

So, I'm reading Undone. That's about it right now; but hopefully next week I'll have tons of exciting news =D

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mrs. Magoo's Blogging Announcements


First off, here's a contest to win a personalized, signed copy of Amor and Summer Secrets.

Readers also have a chance to send in their questions to author Jennifer Allison!

I also started a new feature on my blog: Mrs. Magoo's Forum. So far, topics have been the 2008 election and banned books.

Not Much of an Update... (Meaghan)

I'm reading The Graceling and The Host, and they both are quite interesting, but other then that I don't have much to say. My posts have not been very good. :( Sorry! Hey, is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? I'm in the Young Writers program, and I am soooo exited in November!

I've Finally Remember!

Holy crap... How long has it been since I posted here?!? Must be over a month. I honestly don't remember posting since school started.

See, I'm WAY over my head right now. I'm behind on reviews, am having a yard sale this weekend, have to practice for band, am making care packages for the soldiers, AND I'm doing a HUGE project to raise money for the ASPCA's Equine Fund. So you could say I'm a little busy. And next month is only getting worse, as NaNoWriMo is next month and I'm participating. Oh boy...

Anyway, right now I'm reading Secrets of my Hollywood Life: Family Affairs. It's cute and I like it. I actually think it's my favorite out of the whole series. My reviews for the second one will be up soon, hopefully.

After that, I have a series called The Hollywood Sisters I need to read. Has anyone read it? What do you think?

I also read Anatomy of a BF a while back. LOVED it. Definitely this generation's Forever...

Also... this has nothing to do with books but if you guys get bored will you check out myspace.com/charityautographs? It's my myspace for the project. All the info is on there but if guys could spread the word I'd love you forever!


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hey! (Vanessa)

Check my book blog out at whatvanessareads.wordpress.com

Hi guys,
It sucks that I keep forgetting to post and also that I'm busy these days. But today there's no school so I remembered to post!

In the past two weeks I posted a review for Elsewhere and Sisters of Misery. Elsewhere earned a 3 1/2 rating and Sisters of Misery a 5. So click on those links to check out my reviews.

Right now I'm reading Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn. It's a cute book, just nothing to do jumping jacks over. I really like Cyd Charisse and her spontenuity. She's really cool. Also, I wonder what's up with Shrimp (I'm around that part where he's being called Blank). But still, it's something I'm enjoying and hope to finish reading soon.

Coming up on my blog are going to be reviews for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury which I finished recently for school and a review for Gingerbread when I'm done with it. Another thing coming up is an interview with Megan Kelley Hall.

And about the newsletter that Meaghan was talking about... the next issue will surely be up tomorrow (Oct 1) so I'll probably remind you guys. I think it looks so much better than the last issue. I hope you guys like it! Be in tune for e-mails and/or MySpace comments about the issue! I want to hear what you guys think about it.

Anyway, I'm off.

Have a great reading week guys,

Hope Hasn't Read Much. :(

I haven't had too much time to read because I've been insanely busy.

I think the only books I've read in the last two weeks are Living Dead Girl and Death by Bikini.

Both are amazing, and I recommend you read them both. If you want summer back, Death by Bikini is a quick, fun read. I can't wait until I can get Death by Latte, the second book.

Living Dead Girl was also really good. It was a bit more serious and intense, but it was still amazing. If you read it, it will have a lasting impact on your life.

Well... that's all for now. I hope everybody has had better reading weeks than me. :p


small bit of news [[Chelsie]]


So, it's ten in the morning, and... nobody has any TT posts yet?

This makes me wonder whether it is in fact Tuesday, because normally there's a small handful of people who have their posts written and scheduled on Monday night.

I suppose this means everyone is busy... still. =D

I would have forgone this post this week, since once again there isn't (much) going on. However, I have exciting news...

I finished Anne Frank! And I'm done with my book report! Just in the nick of time, too, because it's due seventh hour today.

So, that ends my bookish news. Although I'm hoping this brings more opportunity for me to read something more exciting and enjoyable.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mrs. Magoo's Edition

I recently started a new feature on my blog, called Mrs. Magoo's Forum. You can read about it here. I'd love it if you guys would check back for topics and offer your opinions! :)

In terms of books, I'm currently reading Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker. I also was sent a copy of Brisingr, but I'm not sure if I'm going to read it. I forget what Eragon was about and I never read Eldest, so I'm afraid Brisingr might be majorly confusing.

Also, a local bookstore has asked me to teach a class in January on how to start and run a teen blog!!! How cool is that???

Tuesday again.....

I was a reading freaggin fool last week! I'm so proud of myself. I haven't read that much in a long time. I mean a long long long time. It was refreshing to see that it's still in me.

Here's the list, Shift by Charlotte Agell, Nailed by Jennifer Laurens, Severed Ties by Keven Krohn, How I Found the Perfrect Dress by Maryrose Wood and Faefever by Karen Marie Moning.

I felt really bad about reading Faefever, since it isn't one of my review books, but I absolutely love the series and I just couldn't wait to read it. So I just had to do it. Plain and simple.

I've been nursing a cold for two weeks now, it sucks immensely. I am one of those people that HAS to breathe through my nose. I don't know why, I just have to. Needless to say I am having a very hard time breathing through my nose at the moment. I've been able to maintain the clearness of one nostril overall. My nose is either running like fountain or so clogged I can't even blow it, which drives me freaggin crazy! I've been drugging myself as to sleep and my appetite has been slim to none.

Don't you feel so much closer to me know that you know my nose in and outs.... sorry it was totally kind of gross....

Totally unrelated to reading.... not that my nose was related to reading, but anyway... Has anyone heard that new Taylor Swift song. "Love Song" I'm not usually a Taylor fan, she does have some songs I like, but I have listened to this song over and over about ten times now, I love it!!

In other book relatedness I did get my copy of Brisinger and Untamed today, which I'm seriously debating reading like now, instead of the review books I should be. Happy Tuesday all, hope you are breathing well!

YAY!!! Tuesday!!! (Meaghan)

Aside from my mom accidentaly returing one of my books from my teacher's library to the public library, this week has been very, very boring. So, you can say that I've gotten a lot of reading done. I was actualy really exited to come home from school and type this!

So, books I've finished so far: Suite Scarlett, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Someone Like You and I think that's it.

Book's I've started but haven't finished: Cruise Contol, Memoirs of a Geisha

Book's I'm Going to Read: The Cheat

Now, I have something I would like to tell you. It's exiting news, my friend! Some of you may already know what the news I have to share is. On the last day of September (which is creeping up on me very fast...I'll write tonight, Vanessa!) a newsletter will be made avalible. It is called Like Omg Teens Read Newslette , and so far there's one issue out. In the September issue, you will find an article about Teen Tuesday as a main story!!! So, check it out.

It will be written by me, and I would like a couple of you to comment and tell us why you like writing for Teen Tuesday, if you want to be included. I may have to cut your comments a little to fit the length requirements and some may not appear. Comment if you would like to help me out and be included. Vanessa is writing the Book of the Month and the Author of the Month stories and blurbs, pages 2 and 5. Check it out! So, I guess that's it.

My posts will get better and more fun, I promise!

So Many Books...

There comes a time, about once a month, where I have a ton of books I have to read and review. It's mostly from review sites that only send books out on a monthly basis, which is even more annoying because I have a deadline for these books. I'm currently reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, which is a library book and therefore means I don't have to review it for any specific site. So I probably shouldn't be reading it right now, but I just finished City of Bones and loved it, and couldn't wait to read City of Ashes. Though, it feels like it's taking forever to finish City of Ashes, because I only have a little bit of time each day to read it.

Anyway, I recently reviewed City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Death By Latte by Linda Gerber and Eva Underground by Dandi Daley Mackall. I recommend reading City of Bones because it was an amazing book!

I also posted Simply Books's first author interview a few days ago! I interviewed SarahBeth Carter, author of Meeting Lizzy, which was released this past Friday.

Now the list of books I need to read for review purposes include Tithe by Holly Black, Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser, and Trouble In My Way by Michelle Stimpson.

Simply Books


So...I haven't posted in quite a while. Well, three weeks. But seriously you guys, I don't think that much has changed since my last post. I think I've read like, 2 books. Okay, more like 8, but still. That's it. It takes quite a bit of time to keep calculus from kicking my butt, let me tell you.

Anyways, the awesomeness award is getting pulled in three different directions this week, and goes to John Green (yeah, he seems to be bathing in awesomeness lately, huh? Have you seen this? ISN'T IT AWESOME?), Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle for their colloboration that is LET IT SNOW. Those three take a holiday romance, turn it up on its head, spin it about, infuse it with humor and craziness and cleverness to make an AWESOME read. The only bad thing about this book is that it will make you yearn for Christmas a little early.

Also, a certain song MIGHT get stuck in your head.

But it's totally worth it.

Anyways, I also read Blue Bloods, Masquerade, the first four chapters of Revelations, and despite their slow beginnings, I now have newfound respect for Melissa de la Cruz. I wasn't a big fan of the Ashleys or the Au Pairs, but Mel knows how to (ahem, pun alert) totally suck you into a paranormal book.

Also on the Halloween/paranormal subject, I finished Witch High, a new anthology about teens who attend Salem Public High School #4, aka WITCH HIGH. On another note, I have found a new appreciation for anthologies/tag teams. A favorite is HarperTeen's Prom Dates From Hell. And unless you live under a rock, you also know that HarperTeen is coming out with another anthology, Love is Hell, with stories from Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier (ooh, I also read her Magic or Madness sometime in the past three weeks), Melissa Marr, etc., ect...

Also, I just finished Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and I LOVED it. It's one of those reads I've had my eye on for ages, and it was well worth the very long wait. It was just the right mix of love, angst, humor, conflict, and insight. I would most DEFNITELY reccomend it.

Now I am on Tithe by Holly Black. I bought it cause it seems every which way I turn, people are raving about Holly Black's work, but I'm gonna admit, I'm not hooked yet. Maybe I just need to read a bit more? I'm on page 50, but things better bet interesting quick, or I might be tempted to abandon it in lieu of devoting my time to tracking down a copy of UNTAMED, which comes out TODAY! I've a bit of a head cold, which caused me to forget about this detail, but now that know it's out...

Wish me luck in the pursuit of a copy of Untamed, fellow readers, or things might get ugly....


Repeat [Chelsie]

So, you might as well slap a different date on last week's post and put it here. I haven't started anything new, nor have I made any significant dent in either The Diary of Anne Frank or 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Teenager. The former is still slightly boring, the latter is helpful but obviously not enough, because I feel like the least effective teenager ever.

*sigh* I just don't have the time or energy to read. I haven't finished a book since I finished Ivy two weeks ago. I wish something could just pull me in, and keep me entertained, but nothing interests me enough. It's depressing, but I guess that's life.

Any suggestions?

Lot's Read!


Well, in total, I have read one book this week. It was a mighty excellent book though. It was All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Someone on Teen Tuesday recommended this, and whoever it was, (I don't remember, sorry!) THANK YOU! It was such an amazing book. It was incredible. It's now one of my top books. So thank YOU! Again! And to everybody else, READ IT NOW! You won't regret it. This book is amazing, even if you've read her other books, still read this.

Skipping the Little Bestie Awards this week, again. Sorry!

I reading three books right now, kind of. Pretty Things by Sarra Manning, Prom Nights From Hell by Various Authors, and The Debs by Susan McBride. I'm not very far in either right now, so I'm not sure which will be the next review. Pretty Things, I've heard is good, but it hasn't caught my attention yet. Prom Night From Hell I started with Stephenie Meyer's story and haven't finished it yet because honestly? It is so confusing, and I just am not following it. The Debs is so far not that great, but I have to read it for BookDivas.

So yeah, no more new stuff. Besides the fact that I won Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina, so that's added to my pile and so is Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott and I got I Was A Teenage Popsicle and Beyond Cool by Bev Kats Rosenbaum, so those are officially added also.

But, until next week.

Name: Samantha
Blog: Words Speak Volumes
Blog URL: writeinpen.blogspot.com
MySpace: myspace.com/wordsspeakvolumes

Me Info: Happy Tuesday to everyone! My name is Samantha and I write for Words Speak Volumes, Wired Wednesday, and Booking Through Thursday. My favorite color is purple, I have tons of cousins, and I love to drink coffee. I'm semi-addicted to MySpace, and I enjoy taking pictures of people. I guess that's a little background information for you.

Blog Info: I was so busy last week that I didn't post anything and I'm sorry. I didn't even post for Teen Tuesday, Booking Through Thursday, or Wired Wednesday. I apologize to all of my regular readers and I am prepared to give an excuse. High School is really time-consuming. I have all of my classwork/homework, plus volleyball, student council, and class meetings. I have practice and I need to save some time for reading. I apologize again and I will do better this week. I promise.

Contest Info: I have the last couple days of my THE ELITE contest open. The last day to sign up is Friday. Do whatever you can to earn points and e-mail me. I have about twenty people entered now and I'd love some more so stop by the blog.

Book Info: I have read the books:

She's So Money
Fringe Benefits
Top Ten Uses For An Unworn Prom Dress
Prom Queen Geeks

*Please Note*
My first ever high school Homecoming Week is next week and I'm trying to keep up with my blog as I spend this enjoyable week. However, I may be to busy and I apologize ahead of time for any posts I am too busy to post.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nonfiction Madness! [[Don't I Wish Nonfiction Started With an M?!]] -Chelsie-

So, I decided to post even later than Vanessa.

I hear everyone talk about how busy they are... and it's quite obvious we are all busy, because Teen Tuesday is lagging (ugh, why must tons of young adult readers be, well, young adults? why must school exist?)... and I am tempted to say to ya'll: Hey! I'm busier! But that's probably not the case, and even if it was that'd be kind of rude. The point is... I think that if it doesn't get easier for me, I'm going to be exhausted by Christmas.

Either way, I forgive everyone who hasn't been posting regularly.

So, my week has been filled with reading. Lots and lots of reading. I read equations in Algebra II, lab directions in Anatomy and Physiology, literary terms in English... and so on. And the only recreational reading I got done is hardly even that.

I'm reading The Diary of Anne Frank. It's for English class because we are required to read a nonfiction book. And I have to be done in oh, two weeks. Which, at the rate I'm going, is going to be impossible.

Especially because I am also reading a nonfiction book for health class: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers. It's good and all (especially for me, because I'm in like a life transition stage blah blah blah), but it seems like the pages are huge. It takes me forever to get through it, and when I've been reading for an entire class period I feel like I haven't even made a dent in the book.

However, I think it's extremely sad that the 7 Habits book is more entertaining to me than Anne Frank. I have always been fascinated by Anne Frank, and I've started reading the book countless times. I should be glad that I'm finally getting to it, but I'm not. I'm only sad that inbetween reading nonfiction (which is not my fave, by the way) and doing homework, I have not been reading anything. Uck.


Yeah, I just remembered it's Tuesday. It's 9:40 pm. Well... let's get to it.

Since last week I read only one book, Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall. It is AMAZING. Probably one of the best books I've ever read. So if you're reading this, please go out and buy Sisters of Misery right now. It's a mystery intertwined with spooky elements, relationships and drama. I just had so many emotions as I was reading it. I could not put it down even though it was 2am! I'll be posting the review for Sisters of Misery around the 25th-ish. 
I don't have much else to say. I need to go read a story by Ray Bradbury for English class.
Until next week!


Oh, Dear Tuesday (Meaghan)

Books I Will Definatley Mention in my Next Post:

New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Someone Like You
Suite Scarlett

I've been busy today. I have a rough draft of a myth and math homework due tomorrow, and a project due on Thursday. So after school I read a little of Breaking Dawn, worked on my myth, went to CVS to get posterboard for the project and ended up taking longer than expected, worked on my project, did the rest of my homework, and got a shower.

So sorry there are no book reviews in this post. Next week's entry will be extra cool.

Oh, Dear: Tuesday Already?

Wow. It seems like just yesterday that it was Tuesday and I was posting a Teen Tuesday post! :D How do the days just slip by so quickly sometimes?

I have finished one book since I last posted. With my schedule, I am really proud of myself. :D The book I finished was Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber. It was amazing. I was hooked quickly and now I cannot wait to read Death by Latte.

You know what I said last week about checking books out from the library is a disease? Yeah, it sooo is. I volunteer at my library on Tuesday's and Thursday's, and when I was there today, I checked out three more books! I have plenty to read here (I just got two books in the mail yesterday) and it's like I know I shouldn't check all these books out, but I do anyway. Gahhh. lol.

The two books I got in the mail yesterday I'm really excited about. One is All About Vee by C. Leigh Purtell and the other is Fabulous Terrible by Sophie Talbot. On Friday, I received Boyfriends, Brothers, and Other Criminal Minds by April Lurie. I'm really excited to read this book, because I read The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine and I loved it. :D

That's all I have for today. See you all next Tuesday!


The Story Siren......

Wow! Is it Tuesday again already! Totally just snuck right up on me! Jeepers! Well not too much has happened since last week. I did get some books read though. Which is always a good thing. I was able to read Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location and Family Affair. Very cute, fun, clean reads! I’m really looking forward to having Jen Calonita stop by on author tales.

I finished War of the Witches by Maire Carrnaza. It was a good book, didn’t really WOW me, by any means, but it was well written and interesting. I think the story could have been so much more though.

I was able to start Shift by Charolette Agell. Good so far. It’s kind of scaring the shit out of me though, seriously. I’m hoping it continues to be a good read and end well. But so far, so good.

I got a ton of books I the mail today, so I’m super excited about that! Well I got four books, which is a ton for me!

Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland. Not even really sure why I was sent this one? But hey I’m not one to complain. It looks like a paranormal book, so I should love it.

Poseur by Rachel Maude. Yay! I thought the first book was good, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

The Devouring by Simon Holt. I’ve heard a few things about this book through the grapevine. Sounds kinda scary!!

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning. I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to read this book!!!

That’s about all that is going on at the casa de SS. Well I have to go make dinner now, I’m thinking lasagna and some cheesy garlic bread! Yummmy! Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday.

I can't believe its Tuesday again. Seriously. School makes the days go by, doesn't it? Well, I've read two in a half books this week. I think. School's been kind of busy. We're finally getting in the real routine of things, knowing which stairs to go down to get the the next class faster. What to bring, the locker combination, etc. It's all becoming routine, even waking up early. I shocked myself when I woke up at 7:30 in the morning this weekend on Saturday and Sunday! It was strange. So far I haven't gotten much homework, but still, some. We even started a project in Civics where we have to make a collage with a partner! Imagine that? a project on the third week of school? Well, I guess, it's not that hard to imagine, especially since we've already had tests and stuff, but yeah, busy, busy.

Well, anyhow, the books I've read this week are:
  1. Sleepless by Terri Clark
  2. Where People Like Us Live by Patricia Cumbie
I'm not going to even have the Little Bestie Awards this week, because I know hand-down that Sleepless will win. I totally enjoyed Sleepless, big time. It was an Ah-MAZING book. And I just absolutely loved it.

Now with Where People Like Us Live, hmm. Well, I was highly disappointed and bored. I thought it was pretty much a waste of time to read it. The only good thing about this book was the writing. The plot and the characters were totally under-done. The protagonists was supposed to be a high school freshmen, but she acted like she was in the 5th or 6th grade. It was just a real disappointment on me.

I'm more then half way done with All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard. I am absolutely in love with this book. It sad and heartbreaking, but totally plausible and just amazing. I can't wait to finish it, hopefully tomorrow. But I'm just hoping that the ending doesn't disappoint me.

For the books I hope to read this week, hmm. I hope to finish All We Know of Heaven, then read Prom Nights From Hell and Pretty Things and then hopefully either Fabulous Terrible or The Debs.

Well, we'll see about this, huh?

I think that's about it, until next week,

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mrs. Magoo's Edition (not sure which one... third? fourth?)


Well, I can safely say that I am VERY behind on my reviews. Here's a list:

Poison Ink
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
The Squad: Perfect Cover
Drama! The Four Dorothys
Drama! Everyone's a Critic
The Outsiders
Dream Girl
Kiss Me Kill Me
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty
White Sands Red Menace
Stealing Heaven

So I'll have to get on those. I'm also looking for Saturday's Scribes, so if any authors are out there that are interested, please let me know. Stephanie Kuehnert will be featured this Saturday, and I am currently planning something with Ellen Hopkins!

If you haven't heard about the awesome thing that Chelsea and Lauren are doing, you should definitely check it out.

Meanwhile, I'm brainstorming for a super secret something, and I'm wondering: are authors allowed to help aspiring writers improve drafts of their work? I don't see why not, but somebody told me otherwise. Thanks!

~Mrs. Magoo

The Oh-My-Gosh-School's-Already-Getting-To-Me Post.

As you can probably tell from the title, school's already getting busy. I have a really hectic schedule and just got home about 23 minutes ago at 8 PM, and I left the house at 7:20 this morning. I almost forgot it was Tuesday and almost forgot that I had to post here... but I didn't. :D (I really need to learn to schedule my posts, lol.)

I've finished one book since last week and that is Crush du Jour by Mical Oscow, and it is a Simon Romantic Comedy. I love Simon Romantic Comedies. They make me laugh and have a good time. :D

I'm also finishing up Anatomy of a Boyfriend right now. I'm in the last fifty pages of it and I'm hoping to finish it tonight.

I also started Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde, though I'm only on the first chapter still... I haven't gotten too far.

Yesterday, I went to the library for a bit and got eight books. Yes, eight. I still have a bunch here I need to read, but I think I just compulsively check books out from the library and put books on hold from the library... it's a really bad cycle.

The one book that I got that I am really excited to read is Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. I read a few of the poems last night, and they were really good. I hope to read more of that this week, also.

The other books I got from the library yesterday were Death by Bikini, Generation Dead, City of Ashes (!!!), Artichoke's Heart, Austenland, The Fold, and On Beale Street. They all look really good and I can't wait to read them all!

That's all the time I have for today, sorry this is so short. See you all next week. :D


Harmony - The Uh-Oh Edition

Welll... It's been a while since I've posted. Like, three weeks. *blushes* Just don't hate me, okay? I'm a procrastinator so whenever I remembered "Oh! Teen Tuesday is in a couple days. Maybe I should write the post now!" I'd tell myself no to and then when Tuesday rolled around, I'd forget. So that's my excuse.

Well, that and the fact that school has started with with Algebra 2 and Spanish 1, both tenth grade classes I'm taking as an eighth grader (yes, that's me bragging :P), I'm working my butt off to stay ahead so I never fall behind.

I've also been reading like crazy too.

Anyway, here are the books that I've read since I've last posted (I think), that I've yet to post reviews for.

1.) Anatomy of a Boyfriend (LOVED it)
2.) Song of the Sparrow (Best historical fiction I've read)
3.) Pact of the Wolves (Pretty good but darker than what I normally read)
4.) Writing Magic (my new writing Bible)
5.) The Funeral Director's Son (cute)
6.) Hummingbird (Okay. Not as good as I was expecting)
7.) Sleepless (I.Could.Not.Put.It.Down.!!!!)
8.) Amor and Summer Secrets (Pretty awesome!)
9.) Peaches (Enjoyable)
10.) I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (Stephanie is a genius!)
11.) Secrets of my Hollywood Life: On Location (Not as good as the first)

So there you have it. ELEVEN books. Actually, there's probably more than that. But still. Whoa. I'm a bit behind on reviews, as you can see, but I'm working on it!

Right now, I'm reading Zoey Dean's Talent. It's okay. I keep forgetting that the girls are only in middle school. It'd make SO much more sense if it was set in high school. *grr!*

Ooh, so everyone heard about the Midnight Sun leak, right? I'm pretty disapointed. Not at Stephenie, but at whoever did it. My friend says it was Robert Pattison but I'm not. I'm hoping it's not because I <3 him...

Any thoughts on that?

Well, that's all for now. I WILL post next week. Promise!


It's Finally Tuesday? Really? (Kelsey)

My Blog: http://readingkeepsyousane.blogspot.com/

Wow, this last week was like never ending. First I had my first week of school. It went really well, I like my classes and I think I'll be getting more chances to read because I have B lunch and there is only one class in my grade that goes to that lunch and I don't really have any friends in it, so I read upstairs in the library until the bell rings and I go back to English to finish 4th hour because the weird thing is, we go to 4th hour for 30 minutes, then at 12:15, we go to lunch, 30 minutes later, we go back to 4ht period and finish that class up. It's kinda nice because you don't have to put your books in your locker first and all, so yeah, more reading time, yay! Then on Saturday morning, I wake up with the feeling that I'm going to vomit. And what do I do? Vomit. Yeah, you probably don't want the details, the main thing is that I threw up all day Saturday, only eating a slice of toast all weekend and missed school on Monday because of it. But Between that mess of a week, I did get a few books read, yeah! The books I read are:

  1. Harmless by Dana Reinhardt
  2. In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg
The Little Bestie Awards:

  • Best Character: Molly in In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg
  • Best Plot: Tie
  • Best Setting: In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg
  • Best Writing: Harmless by Dana Reinhardt
Winning Book: In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg.

In Your Room is a really neat book. It's REALLY short, like 200 pages max. But I loved the whole plot and Molly was a pretty good character and, it was basically an awesome love story, and I love myself an awesome love story. Harmless was a good book, kind of slow and not as fun. The plot is really good and all, but the whole story and the characters were kind of boring. But I really recommend In Your Room when it comes on sale in October.

I don't know if you've seen it or not, but for some very odd reason, but awesome!, I won a load of contests last week. I won one of the packages Liv was offering for her HUGE contest and I won another contest where I created a banner and she liked that so I won another book, then I won Bookluver-Carol's monthly contest and won two books there. Then I had two books come in last week also, so yeah, I should be getting a TON of books soon.

I'm reading Where People Like Us Live by Patricia Cumbie right now, then I plan on reading Pretty Things by Sarra Manning, then if I get to the library I should get All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard, that somebody mentioned last week, can't rememeber who, but it sounded good so I requested it at the library and it's there, so I just need to get to the library now.

Then I got Sleepless by Terri Clark and Fabulous Terrible by Sophie Talbot in the mail on Friday and Saturday and I should get Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard(?) and I Was a Teenage Popsicle and Beyond Cool by Bev Kats Rosenbaum and Model by Cheryl Diamond and The Blonde of the Joke by Bennett Madison in the mail this week or next week, so yeah, those are my upcoming books to be read. Oh and Freaksville by Kitty Keswick, I might be reading soon also.

Well, I think that's all.

P.S. My 100th Post Contest was a BLAST and SO many people joined it, and I just wanted to warn you that I will be having another HUGE contest for Halloween and my birthday coming up soon, sometime is October, and will last a month, so look out for that!

Happy Because I'm Going to Barnes & Noble's Today! (Vanessa)

Name: Vanessa
Blog Name: What Vanessa Reads
Blog URL: whatvanessareads.wordpress.com
MySpace URL: myspace.com/whatvanessareads
Forum/Message Board: likeomgteensread.com (click here where it says "Are you looking for the message board? Click here".

Hi! I totally forgot to post last week and then I was going to post but it was Wednesday and told myself "your punishment for not remembering is not posting". Of course, that's how I remembered this week (woo, go discipline). Anyway let's get started.
First and foremost, head on over to my blog to enter a contest for a copy of I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder if you haven't already. The contest ends September 30th.
Second, I read two books this week. Which is actually pretty good. I read a short book for English class, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, which I loved. And I also read Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Both great books, but I still have some things to point out.

For one, I thought I got an overwhelmingly recommended to read Elsewhere. So I did. It was good. I liked it a lot. However, I did expect a five-star book but still settled for a four-star (what I'm giving it). I really liked the plot, its something I've never heard of before. I also liked the characters. You'll see more of this over at my blog in about a week (I'm starting a review schedule so my readers always get a consistent amount of material). So wait around for the post.
Next, I read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This book is GREAT. It was a little plotless in the beginning but it still was an amazing read. I guess you should trust the books you are made to read for English class. The story is about two guys who travel together: Lennie and George. Lennie is always getting into trouble although he never means to do any harm. George takes care of Lennie. They work at a ranch where they farm. George and Lennie's life dream is to own their own "promised land" where they can farm and do whatever they please. However, it's hard to come about that when Lennie is making trouble and they live in a hand-to-mouth existence. If you're looking for a "classic" you should definitely try this book out. The southern language may be hard to get into, but the book is worth it. Wait around for this review also, which will be posted before Elsewhere.
Today I'm going to Barnes & Noble's when my dad comes home from work. I'm going to TRY to keep it at a 3-book minimum (even though that's so hard). I know one book I'm certainly getting is Like OMG Teens Read's September Book of the Month... Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall. I think I'm also going to get Madapple by Christina Meldrum and Amazing Grace by Megan Shull. I'm not completely sure. So that will add to my TBR pile. 
Thanks for tuning in! Til next week,

I Have Jumped on the Bandwagon...and I'm Loving it! (Meaghan)

So, Inisde the Mind of a Book Geek is my book blog. It's located at http://insidethemindofabookgeek.blogspot.com/. If you go and check it out, you'll find that I am running a Best Review of the Week award.

How to Enter:

1. On the post announcing the winner of the last contest and the start of the current contest, leave me a comment.

2. In the comment, leave me a direct link tp the review you want to enter. If you are nominating a review, leave me a link and the e-mail adress of the person. You can enter a review and nominate a review every week.

3. Winners and start of the current contest will be announced every Monday.

4. You can start sending in nominations on Mondays after the contest is announced, and stop on Saturday night at 10 PM Eastern.

5. The first contest started yesterday, so head on over and leave me your entries and nominations! If I get enough nominations/entries, I'll also give out second and third prizes. prizes are actually just little award things.

Now onto my reading week...

I have to say that the highlight of my reading week has been reading New Moon, by Stephanie Meyer. It's book two of the Twilight saga, and yes, I have already read Twilight.

I don't understand why I ever doubted Stephanie Meyer's writing abilities. New Moon is an absolutley amazing book. I haven't finsished it yet, but I plan to very, very soon. And I will read the rest of the series.

"For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning...

Legions of readers entranced by the New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for the continuing story of star-crossed lovers, Bella and Edward. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality."
~from http://www.stephaniemeyer.com/

This book so far is...wow. It had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to get out of school so I could read more. I can't really review it because i haven't finished it, but keep a look out for a New Moon review over at my book blog! Suite Scarlett and all other books mentioned in my previous post have been put on hold for now, so no news about them.

Team Jacob all the way!

A book I finished this week was a short read. It's called Inside Out by Terry Trueman. I read it in about a day. I liked it all the same.

"A busy coffee shop-
a robbery gone wrong.
Two gunmaen,
nine hostages,
flasing lights.
And Zach is caught in the mayhem.

But nobody realizes that Zach- who has no gun and no knife- has a mind more dangerout than any weapon."

Zach is a 16-year-old schizophrenic, and the story is told from his POV. This is the kind of book that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire thing. And I loved it. The ending, especially the last two pages is...wow. An ending I never expected. I suggest you check this book out. A full review will be posted soon at my book blog.

Until next Tuesday,

I'm BACK!!! (Kristi)

I am the worst blogger ever. No, really I am. I have seriously been lacking on my responsibilities as a Teen Tuesday blogger. I mean when is the last time I even made an appearance. I can’t even remember, just pathetic. Well, I’m am so going to remedy that starting right now. I will be posting next week and the week after that and the week after that, I think you’ve gotten the picture.

So what’s been going on with me... as you might have thought, I’ve been busy reading. I’ve read all the Queen Geek series. I was, well I’ll just say disappointed. But they might appeal to some people, but I guess they just weren’t for me. If your still interested in reading them after I just said how much I didn’t like them, well you are in luck because I’m giving away the whole series here.

I also finished a kick a** faerie book. Loved it. Not as dark as Marr and Black, but awesome all the same. If you are a faerie fan or even if your not you should check out Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater. She’s a debut novelist! All I’m saying is if this is her first book, I can’t wait to read what she has in store next (which would be the sequel to Lament, entitled Ballad!)

Something very cool happened to me this past weekend too. I was nominated the "Best YA Book Blog” compliments of Amy from My Friend Amy and her BBAW. (Book Blogger Appreciation Week) I seriously didn’t even consider myself to be in the running. When I saw the finalists.... I was like where is Teen Book Review, where is Reviewer X, where is Em, where is -fill in a very cool blog here-. I kept looking at my name thinking... it had to be an error. I’m freaggin thrilled about it though!

I’ve teamed up with Steph from Reviewer X. And we are doing the YA Connection. I think it’s going to be posted every Saturday, alternating between blogs. I’m pretty excited to be doing it. And if you want to be mentioned please email me or Steph!

There is an interview with me today over on Innovative: A Word for the Wri-Teen. Head over there and leave some love!

I’m currently reading War of the Witches by Maite Carranze, I’ll have to let you know how it goes next week. I’m glad to be back, hopefully you missed me!