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, 
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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