Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Books = Moves again

Since I do not have any books to review at this moment, I am now into seeing which movies are based on books! Other than the great Harry Potter or Narnia. Now I have mentioned Tangled and Ramona and Beezus. Now the one I want to talk about is Charlie St. Cloud. I haven't seen it but I hear it's based on the book: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. It was published 6 years ago!
Has anyone read the book or seen the movie? Is the book better? The trailor almost made me tear up. As I mentioned before there is also coming to the theaters another Narnia (along with Harry Potter), I'm not sure if I want to see it. I was a big fan of the books for sure. I liked them. Anyways, I hope to have some books to review soon! Sorry, we haven't got in to town yet so I haven't been to the library. :( Well, thanks for reading, I really appreciate it!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Contest At Amanda's Writings!

Yes, another contest but this one is quite unique! It's over at my Amanda's Writings, here's the link:
http://manda-b.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaway.html Why is it unique? Because she lets you pick from two books, which one you want! Either, Sea Change or Sisters Red! So go go go!

Also the video clip for Ramona and Beezus that I didn't know how to display but Bea told me how..Thanks Bea...is posted below! Thanks for reading everyone!

Ramona And Beezus Trailer - Official (HD)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Books = Movies!

Hey, so there have been many books that get turned in to movies. Now here is one that I personally want to see (besides Tangled) it was released in July...it's called Ramona and Beezus. Ever heard of it? It's based on the books from the Beverly Cleary's series...now I have never read them but this movie appealed to me. It seems to have adventure and a fairy tale sort of look... l am mostly interested because it has Selena Gomez in it! :) Lots of my friends don't like her but I do! She is a great actor and singer...anyways I hope, soon, like maybe by the end of this week, I'll get my hands on this movie. And just maybe Tangled as well! Did any of you see either of these movies? Are they any good? Thanks for reading!

P.S. Can anyone tell me how to show a youtube video in a post? So that the viewer can click play and see it, not just a link...I did it once but I forgot! Thanks so much!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Review for 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

"13 Little Blue Envelopes"

Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collens
Source: Public Library
320 pages

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel. -Summary from Goodreads

   I enjoyed reading this book. But I did have a few problems with it. First off, Ginny's character needed more thoughts. The books contains her actions mostly. Also there was barely any background information about her. But I did appeal to her character even if it wasn't much to work with. Second, the plot is brilliant but I wish it had been executed a bit better. Maybe more exciting instructions? I was expecting more wild and crazy dares so to speak. These were just two things I picked out, but don't shove this book away! It may have some flaws but by the end I was a little touched. There was a bit of humor and a few twists inside there. It was a nice read and I do recommend you look into it! I gave this book 3 stars!


Dear Ginger,

I have never been a great follower of rules. You know that. So it's going to seem a little odd that this letter is full of rules I've written and that I need you to follow.
"Rules to what?" you have to be asking yourself. You always did ask good questions.
  Remember how we used to play the "today I live in" game when you were little and used to come visit me in New York? (I think I liked "I live in Russia" best. We always played that one in winter. We'd go to see the Russian art collection at the Met, stomp through the snow in Central Park, then go to that little Russian restaurant in the Village that had those really good pickles and that weird hairless poodle who sat in the window and barked at cabs.)
   I'd like to play that game one more time—except now we're going to be a little more literal. Today's game is "I live in London." Notice that I have included $1,000 in cash in this envelope. This is for a passport, a one-way ticket from New York to London, and a backpack. (Keep a few bucks for a cab to the airport.)
   Upon booking the ticket, packing the backpack, and hugging everyone good-bye, I want you to go to New York City. Specifically, I want you to go to 4th Noodle, the Chinese restaurant under my old apartment. Something is waiting there for you. Go to the airport right from there.
   You will be gone for several weeks, and you will be traveling in foreign lands. These are the aforementioned rules that will guide your travels:
Rule #1: You may bring only what fits in your backpack. Don't try to fake it out with a purse or a carry-on. Rule #2: You may not bring guidebooks, phrase books, or any kind of foreign language aid. And no journals.
Rule #3: You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, traveler's checks, etc. I'll take care of all that.
Rule #4: No electronic crutches. This means no laptop, no cell phone, no music, and no camera. You can't call home or communicate with people in the U.S. by Internet or telephone. Postcards and letters are acceptable and encouraged.

That's all you need to know for now. See you at 4th Noodle.
Your Runaway Aunt

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday!

So this weeks Book Blogger Hop question:
....comes from Sarah who blogs at Writer, Reader, Dreamer:
 "What is your favorite book cover?"
My answer: I can think of numerous book covers that I love but the one that is most prominent is for Matched. Isn't it beautiful?

Happy Follow Friday! There is no question this week :( But next week I hope to answer my first one!
Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Interview with Amanda!

Hi everyone! Here is my interview with a fellow blogger, Amanda at Amanda's Writings. Why am I interviewing someone other than an author (though she might be the next great author in short time!)? Well, I wanted to get to know a little about her, you know, get to know some of my fellow book bloggers!....So here is how it went down :)

Me: When did you start reading?

Amanda: I actually started reading in Kindergarten. Junie B. Jones and stuff like that. The first real book I read, though, was in first grade. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Me: What made you decide to come to this wonderful world of blogging?
Amanda: When I started blogging, my blog was actually a writing blog, hence the name "Amanda's Writings.' I posted my stories and writing advice. I still do sometimes. But anyway, I wanted people (other than family) to read my stories and tell me how to fix them. I was surfing the blog world when I came across some book blogs and I decided I wanted to do that too.

Me: How long have you been blogging?

Amanda: I've been blogging since July this year.

Me: If you were only allowed one book to keep, which one would it be?
Amanda: If I could only keep one book it would be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In my opinion it is one of the best books ever written.

Me: Who's your favourite author?
Amanda: My favorite author? Obviously J.K. Rowling.

Me: What are you reading right....now?
Amanda: Right now I am reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. I have maybe four chapters left. When I finish, I'm going to read Clockwork Angel by the same author ;)

Me: In the future do you want a career involving books, if not what do you want to be?
Amanda: Yes of course I want to be something to do with books. I think I could be an author (I'm definitely trying to be one), or maybe a literary agent.

Thank you Amanda for bearing through my first interview ever! It was great to get to know a little about you! So, if you haven't checked out her site yet, go, now! :D Have a great day everyone! Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book report! Interviews in the future!

I have not made too much progress on "13 Little Blue Envelopes" due to school work. But don't dispair I will finish! I also wanted to mention that I will be posting an interview soon. I decided to interview a good blogger friend, maybe you know her? Amanda at Amanda's Writings! I thought it would be interesting to get to know a little bit about a fellow blogger! I am hoping to do more interviews in the future...So stay tuned. This is an awfully short post but don't worry I'll have more up. As you can also see I have changed the look of my blog...I'm experimenting. And I thought this look was nice. What do you guys think? I would love to know! Thanks for reading......


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Review for The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

"The Year Of Secret Assignments"
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Source: Public Library
340 pages
Three female students from Ashbury High write to three male students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between the schools. -Summary from Goodreads

  The summary doesn't due justice for this book in my opinion. This book was witty, funny, charming and expertly written. The genre of this book along with the plot line appeals to me and that's why I picked it. The characters were very well constructed and their personalities very distict. I found it so interactive, due to it being written through diarys, journals, emails, letter and post notes. I never read a book written like this but it sure gave me a excellent first impression. Jaclyn made the whole story flow, I never had to guess what was going on. Though it is a few years old, I believe this is a great book. It was a touching, hilarious, light hearted read that I would recommend to everyone! I LOVED this book so much I'm going to buy it soon! I give this book FIVE STARS!!


Dear Emily,

I'm on the oval right now, and I can hardly see this paper through the tears of life-giving joy.

See those girls sitting cross-legged and singing the theme song from Friends? They wouldn't be doing that right now if it wasn't for me. See that guy over there taking the shoelace out of one of his sneakers? Same thing. That girl picking her nose? SHE WOULD BE DEAD AND HER NOSE WOULD BE FULLY UNPICKED IF IT WAS NOT FOR ME.

That guy with the sneakers is now using the lace to strangle someone, which is beautiful thing to see, Emily, and I made it possible, and that's why you are blurry through my tears.

Okay, check it out, I'll tell you what happened.

I was in the admin block, outside the principal's office. I won't go into the reason why I was there, because that would destroy the flow of the story.

The fact is, I was there, and on my own because the secretary just went out for a moment, and the telephone rang...............


Monday, November 22, 2010

On My Bookshelf! Update!

Hey, sorry I didn't post yesterday. We have high speed internet but it is not at all reliable so yah lets just say I could not get a connection to the web world. Anyways, on I think it was Saturday, I finished "Year of Secret Assignments". Like I mentioned before IT WAS AMAZING. Really great read. I will post a review maybe tomorrow or the next day. I'm too tired right now. And when I went in the other day my book came in. I know your probably thinking, what book? But think way way way back like three or so weeks ago when I mentioned "13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson" yah I mean that one. I have finished about half of it, really good story so far. Lots of adventure.....I am so happy it finally came in! Well, have an awesome day or night! Happy blogging and thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Blog Hopper and Constuction

Drum roll.........(P.S. if you don't know what the Blog Hop is about please refer to my previous post thanks or go to this link: http://www.crazy-for-books.com/) ........Question for this week is:

"Since Thanksgiving is coming up next week, let's use this week's Hop to share what we are most thankful for and what our holiday traditions are!"

My answer:
     No holiday traditions on my end but I am thankful for my family and friends and all the little things that people can take for granted. Like a bed to sleep in, proper food, and my lovely books! Great question!

  So, I don't know if you have noticed (well actually its not hard to overlook) but my blog is changing slowly. Hafsah at Icey Books has been helping me out. So what do you think abou the new look? Oh and now my button is up for grabs! There's a code there, grab it and spread around my blog! Thanks! So I am gliding through The Year of Secret Assignments and loving it even more! Wow, it may be a few years old but its very well written! Looking at the time, where I am, its very late so I must be getting to bed. Tell me what you think about the new look... Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 19, 2010

On My Bookshelf !

I went to the library today and returned the books, all three. I am not going to do a review of His Sweet Favour, all I'm going to say is it is raw and shows no mercy. It is not the happiest book but is very well written.
  So today I got one book (I was really short on time). I have started it and its AMAZING! Like, I think I NEED to buy it! Serious. I am not done but loving every minute of it. Here it is:
The Year Of Secret Assignments (Ashbury/Brookfield, #2)
Click here for the awesome storyline: Doesn't it just scream: READ ME! I know right? Well, at least for me it does. Its all written through diarys, letters, emails, posts and journals etc.---all very well written so far! Wow. Well, thats all for now! Thanks for reading bye!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Books = Movies :D

So I think everyone is familiar with Repunzel right? Well, has anyone seen the trailor for Tangled? It looks hilarious! Can't wait to see it....I usually like books that turn into movies AS LONG AS THEY DON"T WRECK THE STORY! I hate when that happens but since Tangled is supposed to be twisted (get it?) compared to the original story it'll be interesting to see what they come up with! Does anyone know of any other books that either have been turned into movies or will be? Besides the obvious Harry Potter, Narnia or Travelling pants? I would love to know what you have seen, do you think books are better off left alone? Or do you like when they cast it to the theaters? Thanks for reading! Cheers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyOyBVXDJ9Q Heres the link for the trailor, I'm trying to remember how to attach a video hmmm.......:S

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What-not and Book Blogger Hop Q!

  So, I have finished two out of the three books I picked up at the library. I was hoping they would last me a couple of weeks but unfortunetly not. (I think I read to fast)! I'm one quarter done His Sweet Favour, not loving it yet but we'll see. I don't think I will do a review on it but maybe....depending on how my scheduele is. (School work overload coming).
  If you are interested in giving your opinion on a revise in the Book Blogger Hop go to http://www.crazy-for-books.com/. Jen is asking us for our imput on an adjustment! You can take the survey she put there it's really quick ! :D The change could be good or bad for some people...What do you think? I have yet to ponder on it. Thanks for reading! Take care!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Review for Paper Towns by John Green

"Paper Towns"
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Public Library
305 pages

 When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q. - Summary from Goodreads

   Ok, I think I want to get this out right away. I had only one problem with this book. The language used and some situations (I felt awkward with). I know this is how people talk in general (foul language and stuff) but I'm one who doesn't so it kinda bothered me. I normally wouldn't continue reading the book (because it does occur through the entire book) but man, the stoyline was so good I had to keep reading to find out what happened! So yah, that was that and I tried to skip over some words in there. Besides that I enjoyed this book entirely. It has lots of buildup and by the end I was ready to scream 'GET TO THE EXPLANATION!!' It had just the right amount of humor also. The roadtrip they took I found was laugh out loud...seriously lol. Like I said before the storyline is amazing and John Green did an amazing job conveying how Q felt throughout this (mostly) emotional journey. It is truly "Profoundly moving" as SLJ said. The ending was touching and suprised me. It did the job! Great book.....I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind the language! I gave it four stars!

      It was May fifth, but it didn’t have to be. My days had a pleas­ant identicalness about them. I had always liked that: I liked routine. I liked being bored. I didn’t want to, but I did. And so May fifth could have been any day—until just before midnight, when Margo Roth Spiegelman slid open my screenless bedroom window for the first time since telling me to close it nine years before.........(adventure starts :D :D)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Review for Better Off Famous by Jane Mendle

Better Off Famous? 
"Better Off Famous"                                                                                 
Author: Jane Mendle
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Source: Public Library
231 pages
Fame is awesome, right? Partying every night at the hottest clubs. Hanging with the coolest stars. Having your picture in every magazine. Yeah, that's what Annie Hoffman thought too. Until she became a celebrity.

All Annie ever wanted for her sixteenth birthday was a driver’s license and a spot at Julliard’s prestigious high school violin program. Well, she got neither. But as luck would have it, a casting director for fall’s hottest new television show happens to be at the Julliard auditions, and Annie wows him. He thinks her look is exactly what his show, a teen soap set at a posh New York school, has been missing. And just like that, Annie gets cast as the naive “new girl,” and her life is turned upside down.

Sure, the perks are great, the wardrobe is awesome, and her tutor is a super hot genius… but being stalked day and night by paparazzi out to catch her in her worst light---not so fun! Can Annie learn to balance her life-- and her partying-- before the press, and the public, write her off for good?

  The first chapter of this book was outright hilarious! I couldn't help but laugh! I think that was the funniest part of the whole book for me but the funniness does continue throughout the book for sure. Jane Mendle did an excellent job of conveying what stardom is really like, especially for a sixteen year old girl who just ended up there by fluke. I liked her writing in My Ultimate Sister disaster so I couldn't help myself to pick up this one too! And I am very glad I did! It doesn't take too long until the ball starts rolling and at some points I am like, Annie don't do it!!!! There are a few twists in the story that I wasn't expecting, none that I will note (for spoiling reasons). Plus there is an underlying message and Annie (the main character) does grow immensly (and I'm not talking height). Overall, I do recommend this book to anyone who likes teen conveyed books and fame! Plus the cover I thought was very cute! She looks so sleek and glamorous! I LOVED this book and gave it four stars! Way to go Jane Mendle!


  "The sweat began, as always, in my palms. It was 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, and my drippy hands had now existed, ex utero, for precisely sixteen years and five hours. I wiped my palms on my tank top and smiled weakly at the driving evaluator. 
  Honestly? I wanted a driver’s license about as much as I wanted to join an ashram in Tibet and be forced to greet the dawn every morning in a state of spiritual enlightenment. That is to say, not at all. It’s not that I didn’t understand the need to drive. I had waited for enough rides and walked home from enough bus stops to understand the allure of climate-controlled motion. And I certainly didn’t mind being in a car with someone else driving. It’s really what happened when I held the steering wheel that was a problem. At this exact moment, I could feel the points of my fingers burning against the wheel, an epicenter for all the queasiness and sweat flooding my body.

Deep breaths were proving radically unhelpful.

The examiner’s squeaky voice interrupted my daymare."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

On My Bookshelf !

Hey everyone... so I am calling it "On My Bookshelf" instead of In My Mailbox but its exactly the same thing. Anyways, as you know from my previous post that I went to the library yesterday and got a grand total of three books. Here they are:

Better Off Famous by Jane Mendle (I have finished this one and will post the review tomorrow)...
 Click here for the storyline :)
Paper Towns by John Green (This I have almost completed reading...my review will be either tomorrow or the next day)....
 Click here for the storyline.

And His Sweet Favour by Diane Tucker (Obviously I have not read this one yet :D Not that fast!)....

His Sweet Favour  Click here for the storyline.
 So what are your thoughts? Have you ever seen these before? I picked them mostly because of there covers and the last two in the list were marked as new. They were about the only ones that interested me as well... and they have not disappointed me yet! Have a good weekend everyone! Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Blog Hoppers!

So, here is the question for this lovely weekend:
This week's question comes from Christina who blogs at The Paperback Princesses:
"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"
My answer? Yes, I always start with the first in the series otherwise it feels like I am missing a big chunk of the storyline. It just wont feel right to skip.....Great question!
P.S. Tomorrow I'll do a sort of 'In my malibox' deal but different since I got a few books today from the library! :D Cheers and thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Blog construction...Adding new page!

Hey bloggers, so tomorrow I am crossing my fingers that we go to the library. I am dying to read a good book....its been almost a week without reading! Ahhh... I think when I'm there I will pick up a few so it'll last me to next week! We'll see what they have :D Maybe they'll finally have 13 Little Blue Envelopes in for me. Never know. So I have also added a new page! It is called "My Wish List", it will list all the books I want to read. And hopefully in the future those 'wishes' will come true! Also, the contest winner for Dash and Lily's Book of Dares was announced today at this link: http://addicted2novels.blogspot.com/ Drum roll.....it was Andrea! Congratulations Andrea! This is one of the books, as you will see on my new page, that I am absolutely craving! Well, thats all for now! Cheers and thanks for reading!

Contest and Question!

Emy shin had held a contest for the book Matched and the winner was announced! Yup, Rachel Harris! I am depressed I didn't win that amazing book but I hope that Rachel will post somewhere how she liked it! I really wish I could have gotten it but hey I can't get everything! I am so happy for her :D So here is my question. As you may have noticed in previous blog posts from me that I am really handicapped in regards to the books I can read. Since I am poor (yes, not too much money on the side), I can't buy all the books I want so I rely on the library. Which in my case, the library sucks for YA book selection. All the blogs I've visited have their reviews of NEW books that sometimes aren't even released. Besides buying them how do they get their hands on the books? For example the above mentioned Matched, it hasn't been published yet but I see so many blogs that have a review for it...HELP! I would be so honored to recieve a newer book that I can give my opinion on! Thanks so much...that's all for now. Blogger out!