Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 3/29/2009

About the Book: Hannah's parents are embarassing. Hannah's mom, Candy Madison, is a former "celebrity" who's known for a certain revealing pizza commercial, a short lived TV show, and being the girlfriend of famous playboy and Hannah's father, Jackson James. She doesn't talk to her dad and her mom spends most of her time in online fan chats.

Hannah wishes she was a normal girl with a normal life who could attract the attention of her co-worker Josh, who is obviously her soul mate (he just doesn't realize it). But the annoying Finn keeps getting in the way, and for some reason Hannah can't stop thinking about him.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I had been in a reading slump before I started the 48 Hour Book Challenge so even though I was looking forward to reading, I wasn't sure if I'd find books I'd want to read straight through. Lucky for me Something, Maybe was near the top of my pile, because without it (and Melissa Walker's wonderful Lovestruck Summer), I don't think I could have made it.

I don't know how Elizabeth Scott does it, but she continues to amaze me with every book. Can I just bottle some of her talent please? Something, Maybe is the perfect love story, but it's not just a romance. It's a story about loss, family, acceptance and forgiveness. It goes beyond what a light romance typically does without feeling like a heavy issue book. How Elizabeth Scott pulls all this off is what makes reading this book so much fun.

The most amazing thing to me that Elizabeth Scott pulls off in this book is that I was totally drawn in to Hannah's world. When Hannah feels frustrated with her father, I felt frustrated. When she was upset, I was upset and when she was happy I cheered with her. I really emotionally connected with the story and the characters, which made this one such a rewarding read.

And Finn....sigh....I love Finn.

If you haven't picked this one up yet, put it to the top of your reading pile now! Something, Maybe is my new must have book for Summer Reading.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Birthday Contest Ends Soon!

Don't forget my Birthday Contest ends July 1st at midnight (central time) so be sure to enter!

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Enter to win one of five Suite Scarlett Paperbacks!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: (Paperback) May 1, 2009

About the Book: Scarlett Martin and her family live in and run the Hopewell Hotel, a New York hotel that has vintage charm but not much else. It's tradition in the Martin family that on your fifteenth birthday, you inherit a room to be in charge of. Scarlett inherits the Empire Suite and it's new permanent guest, the eccentric Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett is in for a summer of surprises, theater, and romance and Scarlett's life is about to get very interesting.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The few things I've read by Maureen Johnson have been hit or miss for me. I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and while I liked it, I didn't love it. Maureen's short story in Let It Snow, on the other hand was my favorite out of the collection and I wanted to read a book based on that story. So when I first saw Suite Scarlett, I liked the idea, but I was nervous about if I would like it or not.

I shouldn't have worried because Suite Scarlett was a delight. I love the Martin family (in some ways they reminded me of a non-magical, New York version of the Weasleys), and I found all of them endearing, even the sometimes annoying Marlene. I really loved how these siblings relied on each other and shared with each other-they new what it meant to be a family, which is a cool thing to see in YA books.

I first thought that Mrs. Amberson would be like the evil bosses in Devil Wears Prada or Nanny Diaries, but I actually enjoyed her and wouldn't mind spending the afternoon talking with her. She's eccentric, but I don't think she's a terrible boss and she has a good heart (most of the time). I'm looking forward to more of her schemes and ideas.

The greatest thing that Suite Scarlett pulls off is making a crush-worthy boy out of Spencer, Scarlett's brother, instead of Eric, Scarlett's crush. I've heard other bloggers gush about Spencer and I'm there with him-he's definitely a lit-crush! Scarlett still remains the main character, which is fine because I enjoyed Scarlett too and found her to be a fun character, but Spencer stole the show for me and I'm hoping to see more of him in the sequels as well.

I would recommened Suite Scarlett to readers who enjoy books about theater, memorable families, and madcap adventures. Suite Scarlett would make a great summer read and it's the start to a new series. Scarlett Fever comes out in January 2010 with a third book being released later in the year.

No Internet & Billy Mays

So the internet has gone kaput in our apartment and it's driving me crazy. We're not sure when it will be back on either, so I'm feeling very disconnected from the world. The last time it went out, it turned out someone was trying to illegally download Paul Blart: Mall Cop so I'm really hoping those people learned their lesson and the nice apartment people turn the internet back on for those of who actually pay money to see movies in theaters.

I've tried scheduling posts too, but somehow that got broken on my blog and it's not working either, so my reviews will be up later in the day until I'm connected to the world again.

And what's the deal with Billy Mays dying? I don't know if I can ever watch a sales pitch for OxyClean or Mighty Putty again.

Friday, June 26, 2009

More Contests!!

The fabulous Julie Halpern, who is not only an author but a very cool librarian, is hosting a contest for the audiobook of Get Well Soon. And she's got THREE copies up for grabs! Plus, it's narrated by Mandy Siegfried who did the audiobooks for The Boyfriend List, Speak, and Wings! Check out this sample of the audiobook.

Here's what the book's about:

Anna Bloom is depressed—so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.

But wait! Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a crush, is it?

All you have to do is comment on Julie's blog post for the contest. Pretty easy and Julie totally deserves all the awesome comments because she rocks! And be sure to look for her book, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, in stores in September!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

YA Movie (and TV) News

First up, anyone else freaked out by the Alice in Wonderland photos? This story is already freaky enough, but add Tim Burton and Johnny Depp and I'm even more freaked out. (I'll probably still see it, but I'm most likely going to have nightmares afterwords!)

I have been a fan of Joanna Garcia since I saw her on Reba. Since her latest show, Privileged (which was based on a Zoey Dean novel) was canceled, Joanna's booked a four episode deal with Gossip Girl, playing a love interest for Nate.

The New Moon movie-tie-in cover was released this week, and I'm sure everyone's seen it. Really, Edward in the moon just ups his creep/stalker factor for me. Bella looks annoying as usual, but I might become a Team Jacob fan for this one.

And last, I don't know how I missed the first episode of Merlin on NBC last Sunday, but I did. Thankfully, NBC has the episodes up so I can watch what I missed. It's a BBC import about Merlin and Arthur before they were legends. It also starts Anthony Head aka Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Be sure to check out the 20 Things in 20 Days Scavenger Hunt
Clue #15 is right here on this blog!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 6/1/09

About the Book: Frankie, Anna and Matt have always been inseparable. Then one summer changed everything-Matt and Anna become something more. They spend a month sneaking out and sharing a summer romance-until the tragic accident that Matt dies in.

Now, a year later, Anna is joining Frankie and family on their first summer vacation without Matt. Frankie is convinced if they find a boy every day, Anna will have a summer romance. Anna still keeps her and Matt a secret and she's not sure she's ready to let Matt go.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: A perfect book for readers wanting summer romance with something deeper. The story deals with loss, grief, and letting go without being bogged down in those issues. Sarah Ockler does something amazing-she manages to tie together something tragic with the sweetness and happiness of first love. I don't know how she pulls it off, but it all comes together in a great story that has many layers and readers are in for a treat.

The memories of Matt made him feel like a real character, although I would have liked a few more Matt moments, because he seemed so sweet. But I also liked Sam and enjoyed Anna's burgeoning relationship with him. One of my favorite quotes of the book, “What is the statute of limitations on feeling guilty for cheating on a ghost?” really sums up Anna for me. She's unsure of how and when to let go of Matt, but she's also opens herself up to falling for someone else. I think that makes her a great character.

Frankie could be annoying and I wish we could have seen more of her pre-Matt self. One of things I liked is that everything doesn't tie up in a neat little bow in the end-the characters still have some growing to do, which I think makes the book more satisfying and realistic.

A great read-I read this one in one sitting. It has a light breezy feel to it at times, but it also has depth. I would recommend to fans of Sarah Dessen, Nicholas Sparks, and Ann Brashares.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

20 Things in 20 Days: Clue #15

To celebrate the launch of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, I’m blogging clue #15 for the 20 Things in 20 Days Scavenger Hunt. Answer clues and challenges to earn points toward the 20 Things grand prize, including 6 signed books from 2009 debut authors! Get a clue... June 11th-30th at 20 Things in 20 Days!

Today’s clue:

LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL and JUMPING OFF SWINGS author Jo Knowles said that Twenty Boy Summer “...breaks your heart and puts it back together again.” For 20 Things clue #15, if you’ve read either of Jo’s books, share your thoughts by posting a review online, like on your blog, Goodreads, amazon.com, Shelfari, or any bookstore or library site that hosts reviews. Link to your review in the comments. 4 points per book (not site!) reviewed.

Want It Wednesday

A weekly posting of things I'm wishing for.

Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Release Date: 9/15/09

About the Book: Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts to “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable. They know the dirt on everybody . . . and Cass loves dirt.

She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of all of the poseurs in her school. But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Timwants her help to contact his recently deceased mother, but Cass is less than enthusiastic.

Kicking and screaming, Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life. And she’s more surprised than anyone when she realizes that maybe some living people aren’t so bad if she’d only give them a chance.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I LOVE this cover! I love how the ghost appears behind the girl and how you don't really notice it at first. Not only that, but the book sounds amazing, so I can't wait to read it!

Dust Bookshelves

My husband and I are in need of new bookshelves, so when I saw these on Korianne Speak's blog, I was in love. But for some reason my husband doesn't want to spend $2,000 on a cartoon bookshelf-I don't know why! :) They are super cute, but I'm wondering just how many books they'd actually hold.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary/Chick-Lit

Release Date: March 2005

About the Book: Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since childhood. Darcy gets everything she wants and is always the center of attention. Rachel is the good girl who lets her friend get whatever she wants. Until the night of her 30th birthday when Rachel finds herself in bed with Darcy's fiance.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: No, it's not a YA book, but I read it for the 48 Hour Reading Challenge and sometimes I need an adult book. (And yes, my adult books are usually chick lit!)

The thing Emily Giffin does so well is that she takes "the other woman" story and flips it around-you are more sympathetic towards Rachel than Darcy. Darcy comes off as a manipulative friend who only cares about herself. Maybe I could relate to Rachel because I've had a friend like Darcy!

But I cared about Rachel, and even though her relationship with Dex was taboo, I wanted it to work out. I read some reviews that were complaining how they didn't like how the book was about Rachel's affair, which yes, I agree it was annoying that's how the relationship started. But really, you knew that going in to the story, so it's not a big surprise. Plus it helped that I found Darcy so annoying!

I listened to part of this on audiobook and read the other half and it worked as both for me. The narrator of the audiobook captured Rachel's voice perfectly and Emily Giffin's writing was perfect that moving from listening to the book to actually reading it was no problem.

I bought the sequel, Something Blue, right after I finished this one and I've been told by many readers they enjoyed that one even better, so I'm looking forward to reading it. Overall Something Borrowed would make a great vacation/summer read and I'll be checking out Emily Giffin's other titles.

Monday, June 22, 2009

First Look at Beastly the Movie

A first look at Beastly by Alex Flinn the movie! Thank you to Carol for letting me know it was up online!

(I actually heard from Ms. Flinn that she's read the script and thinks "it will be a surprisingly good adaptation." Yay!)

Beastly Movie Update!!!

I just found out that tonight's (Monday's) episode of Entertainment Tonight will feature a behind the scenes preview of the movie for Alex Flinn's Beastly.

I've been blogging about this movie for awhile, and I'm really excited to see it!

Suite Scarlett Giveaway!!!

How would you like to win a paperback copy of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson? I have FIVE copies up for grabs!!
When Scarlett Martin turns fifteen she is put in charge of the Empire Suite, one of the rooms in her family’s hotel. Enter Mrs. Amberson, an aging C-list starlet who decides to employ Scarlett. Soon, she is taking dictation, running around New York City, and getting caught up in Mrs. Amberson’s crazy adventures. In the midst of it all, Scarlett falls in love–or so she thinks–and it takes Mrs. Amberson to help her see the light. Now in paperback from top-selling author Maureen Johnson!
Here's the deal:
-Contest ends July 20, 2009
-For U.S. Addresses only, sorry!
-Comment on this post to enter.
-Come back and comment again on this post for another entry-you may enter as many times as you want!!
-Blog/Twitter/Facebook/E-mail this contest to others for +1 extra entries

-Link me to your review of Suite Scarlett (or any other Maureen Johnson book) in the comments for +2 extra entries-I'll add a list of reviews on this contest page!
Check out this video featuring Maureen Johnson!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Weekly Roundup

I've been meaning to participate in this for a few week and I'm finally getting around to it! Retrospective was started by Reviewer X! I blogged a lot this week!

Monday: I posted my review of Blue Moon by Alyson Noel.

Tuesday: I posted my review of Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Serena Robar is giving away a book a day!
I blogged about my thoughts on young readers who are wanting to read ahead.

Wednesday: My Want It Wednesday Post
I won some blog awards!

Thursday: My review of Forget Me Not by Colleen Murtagh Paratore
I posted the link to read the first chapter The Hollow by Jessica Verday
Check out Melissa's Sookie Stackhouse Giveaway
Join the Georgia Nicolson Reading Challenge hosted by me!

Friday: Audibook Friday review: On the Bright Side, I'm now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
YA Movie News

Saturday: My Bloggiesta updates!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


So I wasn't originally planning on participating in the Bloggiesta hosted by Maw Books but since I've spent the day working on my blog, I figured I might as well join up! I'm not planning to do the full challenge, just work on blog stuff today, but I thought it'd be fun to see what other people were doing.

So far I've made header tabs for my blog, which I've been wanting to do for awhile and I've organized the posts which link to those tabs.

Now I'm working on putting on all my reviews on Goodreads and I changed my To Be Read widget to Goodreads since I've found most bloggers are on there and I actually like it better than the other book sites. (Bad me for not joining sooner!)

I'm also planning on writing up the rest of my reviews from the 48 Hour Reading Challenge and hopefully schedule some meme posts for Want it Wednesday.

It's a lot of work but it's fun!

Friday, June 19, 2009

YA Movie News

A movie version of the series Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden has a director. Stuart Beattie, who co-wrote the film Australia, will be directing and the film starts shooting in Australia in September. This news is particually interesting to me since I just came across this series for the first time this week! Yep, the series is older but I'd just never really noticed them before. I had a set on my shelves at work this week and picked them up. I'll be reading them before the movie!

Last week I mentioned the movie version of Wendelin Van Draanen's novel Flipped. Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll will play the leads. Callan is a relative newcomer, but you may recognize Madeline from Swing Vote.
Not much I know, but that's about all I could find for this week-anyone else have great YA movie news?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Audiobook Review: On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God

Be sure to check out the Georgia Nicolson Reading Challenge!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 4/10/2001

About the Book: Georgia and the Sex God (aka Robbie) are finally dating, although Georgia fears that joining her Vati (father) in Kiwi-a-go-go land (New Zealand) will make her loose Robbie. But when Robbie decides Georgia is too young, Georgia determines to use Dave the Laugh to make Robbie jealous. Will Georgia end up winning the SG back or will she fall for Dave the Laugh?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Georgia is back and she's as fabulous as ever. I can't read (0r listen) to one of these books without cracking up. Georgia and her friends are so goofy and self-centered (without realizing they're self-centered and without being annoying) that it makes me laugh.

I adored Dave the Laugh-I think he's a great addition and as great as the SG is I think I like Dave the Laugh better. Even though this one centers around Georgia and trying to win Robbie back, the parts I found the most hilarious were the situations with her parents-her father is away and her mother is flirting with the cute doctor.

I really like listening to these books on audio because I enjoy hearing the British narrator-Stina Neilson narrates the first four audiobooks and I think she has the perfect Georgia voice. Plus, it's fun to hear all the British slang. There is a glossary in the back of the books, but I'm able to understand the books without using the glosssary which you don't get until the end of the CDs, so it's not necessary to have while reading.

I really wish the Georgia movie would get released in the U.S. And even though it's not Dave the Laugh that comes up with the nunga-nunga thing, I still the movie does a good job portraying him.

Georgia Nicolson Reading Challenge

I first started reading the Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison two years ago when I took over the young adult department at my library. I immediately fell in love with Georgia and the Ace Gang and found myself laughing out loud at all their antics.

With the tenth (and final) Georgia Nicolson book being released in October, I thought more people might want to join in on my own personal reading challenge of reading the entire series.

So I'm starting a Georgia Nicolson Reading Challenge.

Here's the rules:

1. Between now and June 18, 2010 read all ten of the Georgia Nicolson books. They can be any format (I prefer them in audio so I can listen to the British accents!)

2. There's a Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post-sign up there. I'll post another Mr. Linky to post reviews of the books in another post.

3. Post reviews on all the Georgia books you read and share the Ace Gang fun!

4. If you don't have a blog, no worries-join however you want! Post reviews on GoodReads, Amazon, LibraryThing, or Shelfari (or wherever!) or just talk to your friends about the books you read or just leave comments on the challenge posts telling us what you thought.

5. Anyone can join at anytime! So join in and have fun and laugh out loud with my favorite British teen!

Sookie Stackhouse Giveaway

Melissa at Melissa's Bookshelf is giving away a set of all seven Sookie Stackhouse books in paperback. This is a great chance to catch up on the series and join the Sookie Stackhouse reading challenge. There's lots of ways to win, so be sure to enter!

The Hollow by Jessica Verday First Chapter

I am eagerly awaiting the release of Jessica Verday's The Hollow which comes out September 1, 2009. That's still a long way away, so if you're like me and can't wait to read it check out Jessica's blog. Jessica has put up the first chapter of the book!
And if you haven't already, check out Jessica's website and get some awesome swag!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Forget Me Not (From the Life of Willa Havisham) by Colleen Murtagh Paratore

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Release Date: 5/1/09

Genre: Contemporary

Also Reviewed for TeensReadToo.com!

About the Book: It’s another summer on Cape Cod and Willa’s summer is full of adventures. Her Aunt Ruthie is coming to the inn and Willa gets to plan the entire wedding. Ruthie can be a little headstrong though, and her all green wedding turns into quite an affair for Willa the wedding planner.
Willa also feels like she might be drifting apart from her best friend Tina and JFK is heading off to spend the summer at a sports internship. There’s also a mysterious dog who shows up on the beach and Willa is trying to convince her mom she’s ready for a pet. One things for sure, Willa’s summer is going to be full of surprises!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Oh Willa, you always make me smile. No matter what her adventures or schemes, Willa is always up to something and it’s a trip you want to take with her. This was another read for the 48 Hour Book Challenge, and although it was a short light read, it was lots of fun!

With Forget Me Not as the fourth book in this series, Willa is growing up and author Colleen Murtagh Paratore takes us through Willa’s maturity with a graceful ease. Willa is still relatable to tween readers, but I think the series could appeal to teen readers as Willa herself grows older. Compare this cover to the previous three and you can see the push towards appealing older readers. Lucky for us long time fans, Willa does not lose any of her charm with this makeover.

There’s a lot packed into this short book, but I think that’s one of Ms. Paratore’s strengths-her characters are well developed and the story is well told that she can make a short story so filling to the reader. The only thing I didn't like was that this one felt a little like a placeholder in the series instead of moving the series ahead-and the ending totally left me hanging-so not fair!!!

I’m eager to see where Willa’s story takes her next and where the author is leading us. The ending will leave you wanting more and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next Willa book. I’ll always be happy for a trip to Cape Cod with my favorite wedding planner and book lover!

*Funny side note: Last summer as part of my library's summer reading program I organized book chats with authors via our library's conference phone. One of those authors was the delightful Colleen Murtagh Paratore-(if you ever get a chance to talk to her/go to a book signing I highly recommend it-she truly is a kindred spirit.) As we were chatting, she mentioned they recently did a photo shoot for the new Willa books and the new covers which would feature actual models posing as Willa and JFK. At the idea of a real live boy being JFK the girls mouth's dropped open and maybe even started to slightly drool. Sadly, JFK was in the background on the cover of this one, so hopefully we'll get to see him more close up-I know my girls would be thrilled!

Blog Awards

So I have been awarded some blog awards and I keep forgetting to put them up.
First off, I was given the Sisterhood Award from Genevieve at Genevieve's Blog. She was interviewed by Elizabeth Scott and now Elizabeth Scott is holding a giveaway of Genevieve's favorite books, so be sure to check her out!

Then I got the Lemonade Award from Breanna at B is for Books. I'm not really sure what the Lemonade Award is for, but it's cute! And Breanna is a fellow TeensReadToo.com Reviewer which is awesome!
For my nominees I nominate: (and you can have both awards, because you deserve them!)
Royal Reviews-I recently found this blog and it's awesome. Romance reviews and it's really fun-there's even posts about awesome hunky heroes-it's a romance lovers heaven.
Flip the Page! Book Reviews-I just found this blog today and I'm loving it-especially since today's featured author is Gabrielle Zevin, who I love. This is a new blog to watch for!
Get Lit-Another new to me blog. This one has a librarian blogger and you know I love librarian's!
Korianne Speaks-Korianne is super sweet and she makes awesome bookmarks. I really like reading her blog (and her twitter)

Want It Wednesday

A list of the things (books and non-books) that I am wanting this week.

Release Date 10/13/09

About the Book: (from Amazon) For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: The cover is amazing, the plot sounds incredible, and Becca is super nice. I can't wait to read this one!

EmiJay hair ties. (sorry for lack of pics) Curse you I Heart Daily! Every day I find something else I love and must have. But seriously, how cool are these? Two teen girls designed cute affordable hair ties in adorable colors. I wish I would have been that inventive as a teen.

About the Book: (from Audible) For 17-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.

This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening... something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.

Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery, and her growing feelings for Sonny, in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love audiobooks and I think this one would be great on audio (for some reason I really enjoy fantasy books on audio). Plus, it's read by the author which I think is cool. Check it out on Audible!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Problem with Tiny Twilighters or What to do When Readers Read Ahead

There have been some interesting discussions lately in the bookseller/library world about young reader's wanting to read ahead of grade level. Bookseller Julie Leavitt posted on Publisher's Weekly about nine-year-olds wanting to read Twilight (which makes me cringe-yep I think they're a little too young to read it). Jen Robinson from Jen Robinson's Book Page chimed in with some author reactions and Carlie at Librarilly Blonde posted her thoughts today.

Really, I don't have anything new to add to the discussion. Honestly I hate it when parents come into the library and brag about how their 3rd or 4th grader is reading at a higher reading level, and they want to read YA and adult books (because they can read them, that's what their Lexile is-I hate Lexile too, but that's another post for another day!), but not with any YA or adult themes. My biggest problem with this is that if you're reading in the YA section, you're going to be reading books written for teens and about teens, and they're going to be dealing with teen issues. Yes, there are some "clean" YA books, but what's clean to me might not be clean to you. (Especially since I work in a conservative area)

That's great that your child is reading ahead, but don't force a book upon your child that they might not be ready for (or might not enjoy). This could backfire and your child could end up finding reading boring, not fun and a chore-which as a librarian is the last thing I want them to feel when it comes to reading. No matter your age, you should enjoy reading a book-no matter it's reading level. They could also come across something that maybe they're not quite ready for on an emotional or mature level. Yes, there are things that will go over their heads, but there are things that won't. (My husband was forced to read Are You There God, It's Me Margaret when he was in elementary school for battle of the books and he still complains about it and calls the experience "scarring." Yes he could read it and it was at his reading level, but it wasn't what he was looking for or enjoyed. What pre-teen boy is going to love reading about a pre-teen girl and her "girl issues?")

I'll echo everyone else's thoughts that when you start to read ahead (and only read ahead) you're missing out on some gems from children's lit. I think everyone needs to meet Anne Shirley, have an annoying brother named Fudge, have fun with Allie Finkle, and find out about the babies on a plane that were The Missing. Plus, there are some tweens that want to grow up so fast, that if they start reading teen books, they're going to miss out on some great tween years and experiences only tweens can have.

Even though I'm a teen librarian, I also focus on tween programming and tween lit at my library. I've done school projects on tweens in the library and presented staff training on tweens. I'm the unofficial tween go-to person at my library. I would love to see an area dedicated to tweens in the library, even if it's a small display of great middle grade books. Tweens aren't teens and they need their own programs and space. We can't forget tweens (they're not the storytime crowd and they're not the teen night crowd). Publishers are recognizing the tween set, but I think libraries are still a little slow on the uptake. I really hope libraries start to pull out tween books and booklists so that when a tiny Twilight fan comes to the desk wanting vampire books, you can give them a list of great tween vampire reads. I think libraries need to be more aware of the tween set and be ready with book suggestions for these tween readers. Wouldn't it be great if we not only had a children's area and a teen area but also an area for tweens? (I know, in my dream library...but someday!) I understand there's a desire for tweens to break away from childish things, but maybe if there was a special display or shelf for those tweens (think a Guy's Read shelf) they would have a place that wasn't childish. Or what about a tween book club where they could talk to other readers?

I don't want anyone to think that only teens should read teen books, (or tweens only read books for tweens) because I think tweens can find some great YA, and teens can find awesome tween books to read. I just think that parents need to continue to be parents even if their child is reading ahead and reading alone and be aware of what their children are reading. Maybe if we had more responsible parents who sought help in a library instead of randomly picking out books, we could avoid book challenges like this one.

So, with all that said, should tweens be reading Twilight? What is your favorite tween book that you think all tweens should read? What do you think about tweens reading ahead and reading older?

Giving It Away For Free (the only time Momma would approve)

I know this has been posted on other blogs, but I wanted to remind everyone again of Serena Robar's contest.
Giving It Away For Free (the only time Momma would approve) Serena Robar is giving it away for free the entire month of June. That’s right. A book a day, every day in honor of her latest book release Giving Up the V. All you have to do to is sign up for her newsletter and you are entered to win. Enter once and you are in the running to win a book every day the entire month of June.
Join Serena's newsletter and check out all the awesome books she has up for grabs this month!

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy/Contemporary

Release Date: 5/5/2009

About the Book: Laurel has always been homeschooled and sheltered, but now her family has moved and she's the new girl at school. She befriends David and Laurel starts adjusting to her new life until the day she finds a flower blooming on her back. Laurel is about to discover that she has more of a connection to the fairy world than she ever thought and those fantasy creatures she's never believed in may just be part of her world.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Another teen fantasy love triangle-haven't we had enough already? But yet Aprilynne Pike makes me care even though I hate love triangle's (someone is always going to get hurt...well, unless you have a creepy baby to grow up and become your best friends soul mate.)

Yes, this is like Twilight in a lot of ways and I hate when books are compared to Twilight. But I couldn't help it with this one, especially with the Stephenie Meyer blurb on the front and the nod to Stephenie on the acknowledgements page. Laurel is the new girl in town, a boy immediately likes her (David kind of reminded me of Mike Newton at times), they meet in biology class, Laurel is shy but drawn to the boy, one of them is not normal and there's going to be another guy added to the mix. This one will for sure appeal to Twilight fans. That's not a bad thing though, and I think Wings could easily become the next must have fantasy series.

Aprilynne Pike creates a faery world that's all her own-it's unique, it's engaging and I liked the mythology she came up with. Tamani (love interest number two) grew on me throughout, but I still find it annoying how one guy is a sensible (maybe boring?) guy, and another is dark and mysterious. (and possibly brooding?) Sigh...all this love triangle stuff wears me out-and for the record, I am totally on Team David from the start!

The biggest problem I had with Wings was that I thought it read sort of like a middle grade fantasy when I was expecting more. Maybe this is my fault for not really knowing what to expect, but I did think that some of the action sequences were a little cartoon-ish. Plus, it did take awhile for action to happen, so if you have a reader that doesn't care too much on background story, they might not stick with it. I also thought Laurel was a little dumb-I had things figured out a lot sooner than she did-sometimes she didn't make me believe she was really fifteen. That being said, I would have no problem giving this one to middle school readers (or maybe younger), so it's a good Twilight read-alike for some of the younger Twilight fans.

I'm interested to see where the story goes, and I like the world that's been created, I just hate having to wait for sequels and getting pulled through the "who will she choose" thing for the rest of the series. Despite my complaints, I really enjoyed Wings and even though it was a fast, simplistic read, it was lots of fun. I would suggest it as a great light fantasy read for all ages.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Release Date: 7/7/09

Also Reviewed for TeensReadToo.com!

About the Book: Ever is now an immortal, and she’s eager to learn everything - from manifesting objects to visiting the paradise Summerland.

Things are looking up for Ever and Damen, who can finally be together. But just as Ever finds her power’s growing, Damen’s starts to fade. He’s becoming weak and he’s even starting to forget Ever.

Ever travels to Summerland to save Damen, but while there she discovers she might be able to save her family. Ever must choose which path she’ll take and who she’ll end up saving.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: There is so much going on in this book that I don't want to say in the summary because I don't want to ruin it for you. All I can say is read this book!

I really enjoy sequels, but they also make me nervous, especially when I loved the first book as much as I did Evermore. But Alyson Noel surpassed all my expectations, and not only is Blue Moon an amazing sequel - it sets the bar for the rest of this series very, very high! Even if you didn't love Evermore, I really suggest you pick this one up. I think that Blue Moon is better than Evermore - which is saying A LOT since I loved the first one. When I reached the last page of this one, all I could say was “wow!” This is one series that I can't get enough of. (I don't know if I can wait until February to read book #3!)

There were numerous twists that kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had things figured out, I would get pulled in a new direction, which kept the book fast-paced and full of suspense - I had to keep turning the pages. There is a lot more focus on Ever and her growing powers and we also get to find more about Damen's past, which I enjoyed. I really liked the addition of Roman and the twins Romy and Rayne that Ever meets in Summerland. They added to the story but still have a lot of mystery surrounding them, so I’m eager to see how the many stories that were weaved together in Blue Moon will play out.

Another highly recommended book from Alyson Noel, I can’t wait to read more about Ever and Damen. The Immortals series is one you’ll want to get your hands on! You can read the first three chapters on Alyson's site here. (And yes, I know it starts out about Ever and Damen's love life and all that, but the book doesn't focus on that-you really need to read the whole thing-it gets amazing!)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Time Traveler's Wife Trailer-FINALLY!

Thank you Dissecting Perfection for letting me know about The Time Traveler's Wife Trailer that finally came out. I've been waiting for this movie forever and I'm so excited it's finally coming. I didn't love the book, but I enjoyed it and I think it will make a great film.

Friday, June 12, 2009

What Do You Wish Librarians Knew?

Many of you know, I work as a teen librarian (I also am the unofficial tween librarian at my branch and run programs for tweens as well as teens). Awhile back the fabulous Abby (the) Librarian ran a series of posts about Help Me Help You, what librarians wish patrons knew. I loved these posts and enjoyed reading the suggestions (if you haven't checked them out, go read them!)

But now I'm wondering what it is the patrons wish us librarians knew. How can librarians help you? What do you want us to know? Do you want a librarian to approach you while you're browsing books or do you prefer we sit at the desk and you come to us? Should library's let up on cell phone policies? Do you wish you could IM/text message a question? Better booklists? Teens or adults, what do you want the library to know about you? (And yes, I had to pick Giles because I think he's one of the coolest librarians!)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

YA Movie News

So, cool news on the Beastly movie. Mary-Kate Olsen has been cast as Kendra, the witch character and Neil Patrick Harris has been cast as Kyle's (the beast) blind tutor. I'm loving this cast and can't wait for this one to be released!!!

There's a graphic novel series coming out this summer about a lunch lady who is also a little bit of a superhero. I first heard about the series over at Welcome to my Tweendom. The first book isn't even out until July, but a movie is in the works with none other than Amy Poehler set to star. This is awesome news and my hopes are high for this one to be hysterical.

Wendelin Van Draanen's novel Flipped is headed to the big screen. This book has been on my TBR list for awhile, so now I need to read it before the movie! Adult stars that in talks to be part of the film include Penelope Ann Miller, Aiden Quinn and Rebecca De Morney. With Rob Reiner set to direct, I'm looking forward to this one.

So, this isn't YA, but it has a YA connection. The Elizabeth Gilbert (sister to Dairy Queen's Catherine Gilbert Murdock) memoir Eat Pray Love is hitting the big screen with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. It's not out until 2011, which gives me plenty of time to catch up on my reading!

Ok, and how did I not see this until today? I admit, I don't know much about Astro Boy, but I know that this movie will most likely have the graphic novels flying off the shelves at my library. The animation looks awesome. Plus, Kristin Bell aka Veronica Mars is the voice of Cora, and I think she rocks!

Take the Dare

Author Cynthea Liu is celebrating her new release, Paris Pan Takes the Dare, with a cyber release party and lots of fun. Check out Cynthea's site for giveaways and an auction to support a Title One school in Oklahoma (Cynthea's home state).
Cynthea's cyber release parties are a blast and super creative (I also attended the release for her debut novel, The Great Call of China.) So check out her site and enjoy the party!

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little LIfe by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary/Graphic Novels
Release Date: 8/18/2004
About the Book: Scott Pilgrim is 23, unemployed, living with a roommate, and playing in a band (which isn't all that good). He's dating Knives Chau (who's 17 and Scott's friends can't help but tease him over the fact that she's still in high school). When Scott meets Ramona Flowers, a hipster rollerblading delivery girl for Amazon.com, Scott is smitten. Only catch is, if he wants to date Ramona, he's going to have to fight off her seven evil ex-boyfriends...
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Sounds weird, I know, but it's tons of fun! I first heard about this through Unshelved and one of their special book club Sunday strips. I was intriged, so I did some research and found out there's a movie based on the books being filmed starring Michael Cera as Scott and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona (who I know as Gwen Grayson in Sky High) So of course after all that info, I had to check this series out.
It's quirky, it's fun, and I love that the author puts in little jokes (at the party where Scott and Ramona meet, someone mentions that she shares the name of Ramona Quimby). As to why Scott has to fight off the evil ex-boyfriends, not much known after the first volume (there will be six in all). But that doesn't stop me from pushing aside any logic and enjoying the fun ride. All the side characters are fun and I think as the series progresses, everyone will be fleshed out more. It may be a story about Scott and Ramona, but everyone seems to shine.
The only thing that sort of bugged me was the relationship between Scott and Knives. It didn't bother me so much that she was 17 to his 23 (they haven't even held hands in the beginning and I think Scott is dating her because he's lonely) but I didn't know why we had to have two relationships start at the beginning. I would have preferred it to be a story just about Scott and Ramona and not have the girlfriend factor in there. Ah well, adds to some of the drama I guess.
If you're going to be checking out Scott Pilgrim, I suggest trying to get your hands on the five released volumes. When I was finished I wanted to pick up number two and keep reading, but now I'm on the hold list at my library, so now I must wait.
Also, fun trivia fact-Bryan Lee O'Malley is married to Hope Larson, who is the author of tween graphic novel Chiggers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

20 Things in 20 Days Scavenger Hunt

Every day for 20 days, we’ll post a clue or bonus activity somewhere in the TBS Word Ninja blogosphere giving you a chance to answer questions or do activities for points. The more clues you complete, the more points you earn!

At the end of the hunt, the participant with the most points wins the grand prize, featuring… you guessed it… 20 THINGS including 14 summer surprises and signed editions of these 2009 debuts: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog, Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman, Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne, and The Great Call of China by Cynthea Liu!
Look for the 20 Things in 20 Days icon on various ninja blogs (I'll give you a hint-mine is one of them!) Sarah Ockler is awesome, super sweet and wrote her first book about E.T. Everyone should participate to make Sarah smile! The 20 days starts tomorrow (June 11) so be on the lookout for clues!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Want It Wednesday

When I first started my Want It Wednesday posts I was still very new to blogging and didn't know about the "Waiting on" meme. My original idea was to post of a list of things I wanted, but I've gotten away from that. I'm going to try and start that up again and post not only books but other fun things I'm wanting.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

Check out Julie's contest and you could win a copy!

About the Book: It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed "mathlete," she isn't sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved off his mohawk and started dating...the prom Princess!)...

Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way--the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?

If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I was a nerd...ok, I still am a nerd. I wasn't super smart, but smart enough and I was friends with all the super smart people. I was in Science Club (not so much because I liked Science, but because my friends were in it and we were planning a trip to Science City), I was in Chorale, Thespians, Rep. Theater, and my friends and I watched X-Files, Star Trek, and wrote fan fiction. So how could this high school nerd not want to read this book?!?

I went to the Readergirlz chat last night with Melissa Walker and she gave this lip gloss a shout out and said it was amazing. I'm always looking for a good lip gloss, so I must go buy this one! Thanks Melissa!
I also really want to see this movie and hope it gets shown at our cool indie theater.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder Contest

The fabulous Julie Halpern is having a contest to win a galley of her new book Into the Wild Nerd Yonder! Here's what it's about:

It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed "mathlete," she isn't sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved off his mohawk and started dating...the prom Princess!)...

Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way--the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?

If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?

Julie is super sweet and I'm excited to meet her at ALA in July. I almost didn't want to tell you all about this contest so that I could be greedy and win!:) I was a nerd in high school-and proud to admit it-and I still love my nerdy self, so I can't wait to read this one. (Also, check out the D&D dice on the cover!)

Scaredy Kat (Suddenly Supernatural) by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Also Reviewed for TeensReadToo.com
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: 2/1/09
About the Book:
Middle School medium Kat is back, and this time there are even more ghosts following her around.
Kat and her friend, Jac, decide to explore the house next door as part of their spring break school project. But an abandoned house means ghosts, and when Kat meets the spirit of a young boy, she and Jac have another mystery to solve - and another spirit to help.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Suddenly Supernatural is the perfect paranormal series for tweens. When I was finished reading, I passed these along to my favorite tween reader and future librarian Emily. (I used to babysit Emily and we've bonded over our love of books. I'm constantly supplying her with a new stack every time I see her, much to her parents chagrin!)
Kat and Jac are great characters, and I think readers can relate to their middle school struggles. Jac is clashing over the future of her cello career with her mom and Kat herself is finding herself in that transition into teen-hood.
I read the first one and listened to the second one on audio. (You can find books one and two combined as one audiobook-love this idea!) These books translate well to the audio format and listening to teh story adds to the suspense and mystery. The narrator, Alyson Ryan, does a great job finding voices for Kat and Jac. Some narrators of tween books don't sound tween, and although Allyson Ryan sounded too adult for me at first, she grew on me and I ended up really enjoying it. I'll be looking for other audiobooks she's narrated.
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel’s tween voice is perfect and the mystery is enough to keep even older readers engaged. A fun, quick read for fans of ghost stories, I’m looking forward to the next installment in Kat’s story.

Monday, June 8, 2009

How Many Books is Too Many-or Lessons in a Married Bookshelf

I am a big bookworm and have grown up surrounded by books. My house growing up had bookshelves everywhere and even though their collection has gotten smaller (I took a ton of books with me when I moved out after college) my parent's house still has bookshelves filled to the top. My family loves to read.

My husband also loves to read, but he's not as much of a book collector and tends to be picky in the books he owns. (He prefers only Hardback, where I will take Hardback or Paperbook-a book is a book!)

I buy lots of books and also have books sent to me for review. Plus, I have a large collection of books from my childhood that I loved and want to keep.

We have three bookshelves in our apartment (which isn't all that huge) plus I have a bookshelf at work that I keep books for my Teen Library Council to borrow.

I just counted and I currently have 300 books to his 100! When we first got married my husband made me go through my book collection and try and weed out the ones I could sell (he sold some of his books too) I'd rather swap them, but he thinks that's too much work. I know 300 isn't all that huge compared to other bloggers collections, and he's promised me that when we get a bigger place I can have more shelves and more books-really I want that library from Beauty and the Beast.
So many question is, how many books is too many? Personally, I don't think one can ever have too many!!:)

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker

Win a copy in my Birthday Contest!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Release Date: 5/5/09

About the Book: Quinn is an indie music girl who is spending her summer in Austin, TX interning at her favorite indie music label and searching for her perfect summer fling. In her mind her perfect fling is a music guy, he's hip, cute, and fits Quinn's cool indie lifestyle. So why can't she stop thinking about the cowboy frat boy next door?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I read this one as part of the 48 Hour Book Challenge. I thought it would be a quick read, which it was, but I found myself taking it slower because I didn't want it to end. I LOVED it! I've been in a reading slump the last week or so and Melissa Walker helped me get out of it and find a book where I was totally drawn in.

Quinn is great-she's this cool indie music girl, and I could totally relate to her. I wanted to be the indie music girl in college (my undergrad degree is actually in Communications/Radio) and I spent a semester studying music biz on Martha's Vineyard. I was pulled back to my college years of concerts, music conversations and crushes on indie music band boys. The thing I loved about Quinn is that she is kind of girlie-even if she doesn't want to admit it. :)

And then there's Russ-sigh. So cute, so funny, and totally crush worthy! All the supporting characters had depth and were interesting and I felt like I really got to know everyone, which I really enjoyed.

The cover may look like a typical chick lit romance, but this has so much more. Yes, it's a romance, but even if you usually snub romance, I would suggest picking this one up. It's more a story of Quinn, her crazy summer, what she learns about people and there just happens to be some very hot boys! It's the perfect book to kick off your summer. I will definitely be re-reading this one.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

48HBC: Finish Line!

So I've finished my 48 Hour Book Challenge. It was a fun weekend and I can't believe I worked 8 hours during it and still managed to read as much as I did. (I was an excellent multi-tasker, I had an audiobook at work!:)

Here's my totals:

Hours Read: 30 hrs. 6 min.
Social Time: 3 hrs. 35 min.
Pages Read: 1573
Books Finished: 6- Lovestruck Summer, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Forget Me Not, Something, Maybe, Something Borrowed (part on audio, rest read), Wings
Books Halfway through: 1-Lament
I also started three books, but they weren't what I was in the mood for, so I will come back and finish these: 3-Being Nikki, Twenty Boy Summer, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

I really enjoyed the challenge and I needed a weekend to just sit and do nothing but read. It really got me motivated! Plus, I've been in such a reading slump for the past few weeks that reading non-stop really helped me find some great reads!

I think my favorite book out of the ones I read is Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott followed closely by Lovestruck Summer. They are perfect summer reads! I'm also really glad I finally read Something Borrowed and am planning to pick up the rest of Emily Giffin's books.

Thank you to my husband and my dog who let me read all weekend! We're going to a bring yoru dog day to the baseball park this evening so I'm looking forward to that.

Good luck to everyone else doing the challenge-you can do it!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

48HBC: Something Borrowed

I've finished by sixth book and have hit the 25 hour mark!

I started Something, Borrowed on audiobook, but got so pulled in to the story that when I got back from work, I grabbed my book copy and kept reading. This is adult chick lit, but I love how Emily Giffin turns the story upside down. Rachel is a good girl who always follows rules, but on the eve of her 30th birthday, she wakes up in bed with her best friend's fiance. Usually Rachel's character is someone you would cheer against, but you cheer for her in this one. And Darcy, the best friend, is pretty awful! I really enjoyed it, both on CD and reading it, and am looking forward to picking up Something Blue, which tells the story of Darcy.

I'm going to make the blog rounds and then try and figure out what to read next.

48HBC: Wings

I read this morning, audiobooked it while at work (I'm so great at multitasking, I know!) and read once I got back home.

I'm now at 21 hours 7 minutes for my total. I've finished five books and gotten through four out of nine discs on my audiobook. I've also spent 2 hours and 25 min. social networking/blogging.

I just finished Wings and while I enjoyed it, I found it more simplistic than I had hoped. Plus it started off feeling very similar to Twilight. I hate when books are compared to Twilight but with the Stephenie Meyer blurb and thank you in the book, I couldn't overlook the similarities. I really liked the faerie stuff and I thought the author did a great job and it was very creative. The love triangle was ok, but I really dislike love triangles! And the big mystery or adventure or whatever felt a little childish. Really, the whole book felt like a great middle school read instead of the high school read I was expecting-if that makes sense.

I'll write a bigger review later. I'm off to start something new!

48HBC: 16 hour mark

I've hit 16 hrs. 8min. I've got work this afternoon since today is our first day of summer reading. When I get home I'll finish Wings, but while at work I'm listening to Something Borrowed.

I'm learning I really need to learn to read faster!:)

48HBC Day Two Starts Now!

First off, thanks to everyone who has left comments-it's great to read that people are cheering me on!:) Good luck to everyone else doing the challenge.

It's Saturday, my second day, and even though I'm getting started later than I wanted (it's that pesky sleep thing, I just like it too much!) I'm here now. Here's my totals so far:

Total Time on Challenge: 12 hrs. 58 min.
Total Books Read: Four (plus audiobook)
Total Time Spent Networking/Blogging: 1hr. 15 min.
Total pages read: 792 (plus 1 3/4 discs on audiobook-I'll figure out exact pages later)
Food Consumed: 2 Frappacino's, 3 Bowls of Oh's Cereal, Stuffed Chicken Breast, Carrots, Cheese & Crackers, 2 glasses of red Kool-Aid, 1 glass of milk, 2 chocolate covered pretzels

Now I'm off to finish Wings!

48HBC: Book Four Something, Maybe

I just finished Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott and it's another one that I LOVED! So amazing, as Elizabeth Scott's novels always are, and a perfect romance-I was melting. And even though it's a short book I loved the way it all fit together and it all worked and I wasn't left hanging.

I'm almost at the twelve hour mark and I'm going to try and keep going. We'll see how much longer I can stay up and read. I just need to pick a great book next...

Friday, June 5, 2009

48HBC Update Number Two

So I audiobooked it with Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin for two hours tonight and then headed outside for Teen Night on the Patio at my library. It was a crazy night full of marshmallow dodge ball, catapults, sidewalk chalk, and relay races. But now I'm back and hoping to read before I go to bed-we'll see how long I can make it.

I've got a snack of cheese and crackers and Kool-Aid to help get me through (and yes I have to go back to work tomorrow afternoon for the start of summer reading!) I'm trying to finish Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott before I head to bed.

48HBC Update

So as of right now I have been reading 7 hours 53 min., completed three books, am halfway through Something, Maybe and started on the Something Borrowed audiobook.

This is where my reading challenge gets interesting-I have a Teen Night program tonight at work (the library), which means I won't be able to read during that. But I have a plan to listen to my Something Borrowed audiobook while in the car driving to work, and while prepping for Teen Night in my office, so I can still get some reading done. This is my plan for work tomorrow too, so hopefully I can get through Something Borrowed (it's a long audiobook!)

I'll try and update throughout the evening, but I'm not sure how much time I'll get, since I'll be getting our Game Night On the Patio ready. Wish me luck-both for reading and for Teen Night!:)

48HBC: Book 3: Forget Me Not

I decided to take a short lunch break with my husband so I just made the five hour mark. I finished Forget Me Not by Colleen Murtagh Paratore. It's book four in The Wedding Planner's Daughter series. This one was charming like the previous books, but not my favorite. Willa is getting older and even though the books are still sweaky clean, you can tell the target audience is trying to widen into the teen market.

This one felt like a middle book-not much happened, it was sort of a placeholder, and it ended with a cliffhanger that is so not fair! But Willa still takes me away to Cape Cod every time, so I can't complain too much!

I'm going to cheer on some fellow challenge readers and then back to reading some more!

48HBC: Second Book-Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

I first heard about this graphic novel series thanks to the library comic strip Unshelved. They featured it in their Sunday Book Club. I was interested in checking it out, but then I found out it's going to be a movie starring Michael Cera, so I knew I had to start reading it!

The basic premise is that Scott Pilgrim meets Romana Flowers (he first sees her in the library, so I immediately fell in love!) and in order to date her he has to fight off her seven evil ex-boyfriends. It's fun, fast paced, witty, weird and quirky and I can't wait to read more. I wish I had gotten the other books in the series-I'm putting them on hold now!

The only thing is there's only five volumes out now, so the movie will have a different ending than the books, but maybe that's a good thing because then I could really take them as two different things and not be disappointed by comparisons.

Ok, I've made it to three hours! I'm off to read a new one!

48 Hour Book Challenge-Lovestruck Summer

Alright, like I said before, I'm planning on doing short reviews for all the books I finish in this challenge and I'll write longer ones later.

I've been reading for two hours and just finished Lovestruck Summer. It's a short read and I thought it'd be fast, but I found myself reading it slowly because I didn't want it to end! Loved it! Quinn is a great main character and kind of reminds me of my college self-I even went to a school on Martha's Vineyard for music biz my junior year-I totally wanted to be that indie girl but never quite was. I think this is one of my new favorite reads. It's romance, but it's more than that and it was perfect!:)

Now, on to book number two!

48 Hour Book Challenge=Starting Now!

Ok, so I didn't get up as early as I had wanted-I do have to work tonight and needed to get some sleep! (Plus, who can resist a family cuddle with the husband and the dog?)

But I'm here now and I'm getting started! First book up:

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker

I actually started reading this one last night, so I'm planning on finishing it today.

Start time: 9:00AM

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Ready...Set...Read!!! 48 Hour Book Challenge

Tomorrow morning I will be getting up early (which let me tell you, is not easy for me!) and starting the 48 Hour Book Challenge sponsored by MotherReader.

If you haven't signed up, you should think about it. And if I can work all weekend and do the challenge then you can too! Right now my pile has twenty books and one audiobook in it. I don't know if I'll get to all of them, but I'm going to try and read as many as I can.

I'll be posting updates throughout the challenge when I finish a book and about my progress, but I think I'm going to post short reviews during the challenge and write longer reviews after-that way I have a fun list of reviews to look forward to!!

If you're participating in the challenge, comment on this post and I'll be sure to cheer you on!:)

So what's in my pile?

-Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
-Forget Me Not by Colleen Murtagh Paratore (The Wedding Planner's Daughter Series)
-Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
-Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
-Wings by Aprilynne Pike
-Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
-Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
-Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (join her Twitter party Friday night!!!)
-The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
-The Season by Sarah MacLean
-Fat Cat by Robin Brande
-Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
-The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
-Going Bovine by Libba Bray
-Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers
-Dogs and Goddess by Jennifer Cruise (my book club reading for the month!)
-Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber
-Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter
-The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
-A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
-Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (audiobook)
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