Friday, 28 January 2011
2) GOING HOME – In six weeks we are returning to England for good. It has been nearly eight years since we’ve lived in the UK, so it’s going to feel quite strange. I shall try not to talk of sidewalks, grocery stores and diapers, and return to pavements, supermarkets and nappies! Excited as I am to return, I shall miss America so much!
3) SNOW! – I am so over snow. Well kind of, I do love watching it fall and it makes everything look so pretty. But if you haven’t stocked up, especially on things like full fat milk AND you have a hyper active toddler it can be quite a pain. At least we kept our power though, unlike half od DC it seems, so I’m feeling grateful.
4) THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES by Richelle Mead. After Nic at Irresistible Reads reviewed the last book I thought I’d check them out. I’ve been motoring through them. They are just SO much fun and I love Rose and I love the world Richelle Mead has created, it’s amazing. Strangely for me I am smitten with the, smoking, drinking, bad boy in this series. Not that Adrian is really bad but, you know, he’s not that good either.
5) KINDLES – How happy was I to have a Kindle when I finished SHADOW KISS and couldn’t get to the library for the next book? VERY! I couldn’t wait to see what happens next.
Have a great weekend everyone, what books have you staying up past bedtime lately?
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
The other day they featured a rather fabulous post by Lauren Gardner, all about fictional crushes. A favourite topic of mine. I left a very long comment, very long. I have many crushes. Awesome Kim also left a comment, including Ginny from the Harry Potter series.
Which got me thinking about girls I’m crushing on. While I tend to crush on the boys in books who I’d love in real life (no bad boys here thank you!), with girls it’s a case of opposites attracts.
So here are my current girl crushes:
of The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
I’m currently tearing my way through this series. While I like the guys, I’m not swooning over any of them, but I have a serious crush on Rose.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Team Gale, Team Peeta? No, no, no TEAM KATNISS all the way. (well maybe a little Team Peeta too!)
Harry Potter by J. K Rowling
How can you not love Hermione? She’s the cleverest witch of her generation, plus defender of House Elf rights and brilliant friend to Harry. And Emma Watson does such a brilliant job in the movies she’s made me love her more.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
If Mr Darcy is the ultimate boy crush, then Lizzie is height of my girl crushes. Wouldn’t you love her as a best friend? She’d always have your back with a witty comeback or put down for the mean girls.
So there you go, my girl crushes, they’re all girls who can kick ass, either literally, with magic or with words.
So which girls do you love and why?
Monday, 24 January 2011
And the Winner is. . .
Monday, 17 January 2011
Maggie Stiefvater Book Signing and SHIVER Giveaway
This being the case, I’ve been trying to go to a Maggie Stiefvater signing for ages. It shouldn’t have proved that hard since she does a lot of events in Virginia, but the timing was always wrong. It seemed like I was jinxed and would have to live vicariously through James of Book Chic’s posts.
Then on Friday, as I was killing some time of Facebook, I happened to see (fate!) she had a Saturday signing in Frederickburg. So I left the baby with his Daddy, jumped in the car, and headed off.
It was so worth the trip. Maggie was interesting, funny, and just plain nice. If you read her blog, listening to her talk is exactly like reading it. She tells stories, goes off on tangents, and makes you laugh.
A few of the stories I knew from her blog, but I didn’t know that the British version of LAMENT has had the words bloody and frigid removed. Which strikes me as very funny, seeing as we do use them to mean covered in blood and cold too!
Anyway, I had a great time and I even asked a question, two questions in fact! Which, if you know me, you’ll know is huge. I am, not shy exactly, but I don’t like talking in big groups. But I asked and no one shouted what a stupid question, so it was all okay.
And in case you’re wondering I asked Maggie if she’s a plotter or a panster. She answered that she writes her novels the way she plans her road trips. She has a starting point, a destination, and a few highlights along the way, but plenty of room for detours too.
Afterward Maggie signed books, handed out samples of the English version of LAMENT (bloody and frigid free – phew!), and posed for photos.
I got a photo, in which I don’t look completely insane, and Maggie has her eyes open, so I can post it here (although my hair needs a cut!)
Of course I got a signed SHIVER to share with one of you. Maggie even drew a cute wolf in it, look
So if you live in the USA, UK or CANADA (sorry international readers I’m poor this month) and would like a signed copy of SHIVER. Leave a comment by midnight on the 21st January 2011 and I’ll randomly pick one of you.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Aussie YA Book Challenge
As I am currently obsessed with Aussie books, I had to sign up. All you have to do is read 6 Aussie YA books between 1st January, 2011 to 31st December, 2011.
Easy, when there are so many fabulous Aussie YA’s hitting the shelves this year.
My six are;
1) THE PIPER’S SON by Melina Marchetta ( I have read it but I want to re-read it and I want the US version too)
2) FURY by Shirley Marr
3) GRAFFITI MOON by Cath Crowley
4) GOOD OIL by Laura Buzo
5) SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS by Fiona Wood
6) KINGDOM OF CELLO by Jaclyn Moriarty
The only problem will be getting my hands on them, but I’m hoping The Book Depository will come up trumps.
If you think this sounds like a great challenge, you can sign up HERE
I’m not signing up for any other challenges, as I have a horrible record with them, but I have made my own personal challenges which are
Every month read:
One YA (at least it’ll probably be more)
I’m trying to mix things up a bit, 2010 having been the Year of YA.
What about you guys any challenges/reading resolution to welcome in 2011?
Friday, 7 January 2011
Four Things on Friday
2) I have a busy few month ahead and I’ve been thinking about taking the blog in a new direction too. So I’m going to be doing less reviews, but the reviews I do post will be books I really love. I do keep a list of all the books I read on Goodreads though, so if we’re not friends on there please send me a request, because I love talking about books. I’m also being a lot meaner with my five stars this year, so you know if I give something five stars I REALLY loved it.
3) Talking of books I just finished Jane Eyre. I can’t say I loved it, a certain coincidence really annoyed me, but I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Plus I found a certain famous line comes from it – I had no idea! Also I can’t wait for the film, which looks super.
4) Don’t you love it when you recommend a book and that person loves it. It’s so satisfying. My friend Kim just finished Grace by Elizabeth Scott and thought it was fabulous (which it is) you can read her review here.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Monday, 3 January 2011
11 Books for 2011
Because I loved Harmonic Feedback and this sounds like it will be just as amazing.
When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their industrial rock band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright, and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it.(from Goodreads)
The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan (June 14th 2011)
Because it’s the final book in the trilogy AND it has Alan on the cover!!! I can’t wait!
Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she’s a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Because it not only sounds amazing, Courtney Summers says it is amazing. I think this is my most anticipated book of the eleven. Also I think I’d buy it for the cover alone.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns home two years later, a precarious and deadly balance waits. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
Imaginary Girls is a masterfully distorted vision of family reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, laced with twists that beg for their secrets to be kept.
Like Mandarin by Kristen Hubbard
Because it’s been blurbed by Melina Marchetta – “A beautifully crafted, bittersweet story about an unlikely friendship that sets two very different people free.”. Plus it’s about friendship and some of the best books I read in 2010 were about friends.
It’s hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it’s not her mother’s pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.
When they’re united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town’s animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.
Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin’s unique beauty hides a girl who’s troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal. (from Goodreads)
Untitled ( Kingdom of Cello #1) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Because her books are now on my pre-order list, and because this sounds so intriguing and quite Philip Pullman like – “A series set partly in a Kingdom, and partly in the real world. I want a character to walk out free and clear, I want him to be tossing a ball, a red ball, and his hat is woollen and dark grey, and he’s walking across snowy fields. Across white, white, white, white fields.” (From Goodreads). I’m really hoping they don’t mean a 2011 release just in Australia though!
Lola and the boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
because it’s a companion novel to my beloved Anna and the French Kiss and it has FOUR hot boys in it, and the main character is called Lola, and I love that name.