Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bloggiesta is Coming Up!

Hello My Amaztastic Followers!

Have you ever heard of a Bloggiesta? It is quite awesome.


Some of you may be asking what is Bloggiesta? In short, it’s a blogging marathon. A opportunity to cross those nagging items off of your to-do list and improve your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two!

What to do during the Bloggiesta?

  • Write reviews.
  • Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • Work on series posts.
  • Write guest posts.
  • Put out invitations for guest posts.
  • Conduct and edit author interviews.
  • Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities
  • Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.
  • Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc)
  • Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Add or edit your about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.
  • Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.
  • Clean up and update your challenge lists. Link up your posts with hosts.
  • Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date. Brand yourself through those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.
  • Go get a gravatar.
  • Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.
  • Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.
  • Clean out and organize your feed reader and blog subscriptions.
  • Create an elevator pitch.
  • Make business cards.
  • Find a blogging buddy.
  • The sky’s the limit!

How to play:

  1. The date is Friday, January 8th, Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th. You can really start whenever you want within that time but official hours are 8am to 8am (wherever you are). That is a total of 76 hours, of which you should aim high for a total of 18-24 hours spent on the challenge. (I chose both a weekday and a weekend to hopefully accommodate different needs. The hours spent on the challenge do NOT need to be in a row. Use the entire 76 hour time frame and see what you can do with it. (I say aim for 24 hours but really if you can only do six, twelve or eighteen that’s fine too. I just like to have something to aim for.)
  2. It’s your call as to how much you want to put into it. But you have to put something into it or it’s not a challenge. So stay up all night or sleep and take care of kids when you need to.
  3. When you start the challenge, come to this blog and to the “starting line” post and link to your specific post about beginning the challenge which is posted on your blog. That way I’ll be able to track participants and know who’s really at the party.
  4. How many updates (if any) you want to do is up to you. Make it work for you. Personally, I plan on making a to do list and then crossing off items as I accomplish them. There will be bloggers hosting mini-challenges as well. These are great to learn new information. To get an idea of the mini-challenges last time, check out the list.
  5. If you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #bloggiesta to join the chatter.
  6. Your final summary post needs to be posted no later than Monday, January 11th. Come back to the finish line and link to your specific summary post. Your summary should include the number of hours spent on the challenge, what you accomplished, links to mini-challenge hosts if you completed them and any other experiences you’d like to add.
  7. Sign the Mr. Linky now if you intend to join the challenge. I’d like to get an idea of how many people will be participating. If you blog about the challenge, point them to this post. I’ll have a starting line post on Friday to sign in when you begin the challenge. Don’t forget to subscribe, so you’ll be notified of future bloggiesta posts.
I'm going to try and spend eighteen hours on this project.

My bloggiesta goals are:

1. Write all reviews that I haven't gotten to.
2. Write all Friday Finds and Waiting on Wednesday posts for January.
3. Offer invitations for guest posts.
4. Gather courage and tips for emailing authors for interviews. Maybe even email one or two!
5. Ask friends if they'd like to do guest posts sometime from January-March.
6. Create a review policy.
7. Try to figure out an idea for a meme or feature for my blog!
8. Comment on 50 posts. We'll see if I get to a hundred.
9. Add and clean up tags.

Emma Out!

Waiting on Wednesday December 30, 09

Hello!

This meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine.







The Mark
by Jen Nadol

Goodreads Description:

"Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today. Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?"

Release Date
: January 19, 2010

This book looks fantastic! I'm going to grab it at the library.

Emma Out!

Young Adult Reading Challenge Post

Hiya!


1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

--Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. There are four levels:

--The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.

--Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.

--Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.

--Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

3. Audio, eBooks, re-reads all count.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your Young Adult novels will be listed. Include the URL so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

I'm going to read 75 YA books! Shouldn't be hard.

Emma Out!

100+ Reading Challenge Post

Hello!


1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

--Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

I'm going to try to read 150 books in 2010! Or three books a week. That's not a lot! Right?

Emma Out!

The 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

Hello! I am a BIG BIG fan of my library. It has been the center of my involvement in my community for years. So I've decided this challenge fit me perfectly!


1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

--Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. There are four levels:

--The Mini – Check out and read 25 library books.

--Just My Size – Check out and read 50 library books.

--Stepping It Up – Check out and read 75 library books.

--Super Size Me – Check out and read 100 library books.

(Aim high. As long as you read 25 by the end of 2010, you are a winner.)

3. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Young Reader – any book as long as it is checked out from the library count. Checked out like with a library card, not purchased at a library sale.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

6. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

7. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your library books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

I'll be doing Stepping It Up aka reading 75 library books! I'm so excited!

Emma Out!

My Top Fifteen Books of 2009

Hiya!

Since my laptop was malfunctioning I couldn't put up my top fifteen books of 2009! So here they are:

15. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner. Such a beautiful, well written novel.
14. The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Full of memorable characters and I really felt like the author got inside a teenage boy's head.
13. Wide Awake by David Levithan. A fantastic political novel with excellent romance.
12. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Gripping and haunting. The PERFECT zombie novel.
11. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Funny and true. Also one of the best couples I've seen in realistic YA literature...ever.
10. The Season by Sarah MacLean. Clever with a feisty protagonist. One of my favorite debuts of the year.
9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. While it had unnecessary confusion at the beginning, it had my heart by the end.
8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. A delightfully equal relationship, perfect pacing and AMAZING characters.
7. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. A creative idea executed beautifully. I wait eagerly for the sequel.
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Although I haven't finished it, I love it! Original with a great narrator. My favorite debut of the year.
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Fast paced and politically thrilling.
4. Paper Towns by John Green. Intricately woven and come on, it's JOHN EFFING GREEN.
3. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Great perspective on eating disorders.
2. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. This book has been my second love. The characters were so fresh and complex. Gorgeous.
1. Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Mind boggling, funny and just undeniably Libba. She taps into the male narrator like NO OTHER. This is LIBBA THE GODDESS we're talking about.

I cannot wait to find out what my favorites of '10 will be!

Emma Out!

The 10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge Post

Hiya!

I'm not a big fan of the term chick lit, but whenever I need a break from heavy YA I escape in some romance and light plot that is usually in this genre, so I'm going to be doing this challenge!


Co-hosted by YA author Kay Cassidy (that’s me!) and teen book blogger Jessica (www.chicklitteens.com), the 10 in ‘10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge is your chance to read some fabulous teen chick lit books with other chick lit fans. The challenge runs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Here’s how to play:

1) Grab the official 10 in ‘10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge logo above and put it on your site with a link back to this page to let people know you’re playing.

2) Choose 10 teen chick lit books to read in 2010. Or select the ones you know you want to read and leave the rest of your list open to see what comes your way in 2010. (We’ll be talking about the great teen chick lit books we’ve read each month, so you may find some new ones that catch your eye!)

3) Click on the Mr. Linky button below to share your list if you’ve posted it on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, simply comment below with your choice of books and let us know you’re in like Flynn.

4) Each month, Jessica and Kay will alternate hosting the official check-in post where you can share the books you’ve read for the challenge. And be sure to let us know what you thought of them!

1. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

2. Jinx by Meg Cabot

3. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

4. Wild Roses by Deb Caletti

5. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty

6. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

7. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

8. Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski

9. Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty

10. Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

Those are my picks! Lotsa Megan McCafferty. Have you noticed? What are YOUR choices?

Emma Out!

2010 Debut Author Challenge Post

Hello! I've decided to take part in the 2010 debut author challenge, hosted by The Story Siren! I'm going to try to read fifteen.


What is the 2010 Debut Author Challenge?

  • The objective is to read a set number of YA (Young Adult) or MG (Middle Grade) novels from debut authors published this year.* I'm going to challenge everyone to read at least 12 debut novels! I’m hoping to read at least 30! You don’t have to list your choices right away, but if you do feel free to change them throughout the year. I will also be focusing on mostly Young Adult novels.
  • Anyone can join, you don’t need a blog to participate. If you don’t have a blog you can always share your views by posting a review on Amazon.com/BarnesandNoble.com/GoodReads/Shelfari, or any other bookish site.
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. You can join at anytime!
* I would like to limit the novels to those released in 2010.

1. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
2. The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
3. The Mark by Jen Nadol
4. The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
5. Forget Her Nots by Amy Brecount White
6. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
7. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

That's all I have planned at the moment. The rest will be picked later on!

Emma Out!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TBR/Teaser Tuesday December 29, 09

Hey!

To Be Read Tuesday was created by my lovely friend Korianne.

Bliss by Lauren Myracle

Goodreads Description:

"When Bliss’s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it’s like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naive Bliss has to her new environment is what she’s seen on The Andy Griffith Show. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted Bliss desperately wants new friends, making her the perfect prey of a troubled girl whose obsession with a long-ago death puts Bliss, and anyone she’s kind to, in mortal danger."

This book looks really good and completely different to Myracle's other novels. I want to give it a chance!







Beastly
by Alex Flinn

Goodreads Description:

"I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly."


I've heard so much about this book. I love retellings and I'd love to read this.

Teaser time!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"No matter how hard I scrubbed, I couldn't get my heart to stop pounding. And over the smell of the Ivory soap and the Stop and Shop shampoo, I could still smell it. Just barely, but I knew it was there.

Lemons and rosemary."

-Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Emma Out!

Monday, December 28, 2009

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? December 28, 09

Hey Followers!

I've gotten a LOT of reading done, surprise surprise! Got some great books and good bookstore giftcards, too! What did you get? This meme is hosted by J. Kaye.

Read This Week:

The Chosen One
by Carol Lynch Williams
After by Amy Efaw
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle

Currently Reading:

Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

To Read This Week:

Fire by Kristin Cashore
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe

Emma Out!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Why I Love the Holidays

Hello My Lovely Amaztastic Sweet Followers!

I am extra happy today due to the fact that it is CHRISTMAS EVE! I hope all of you have great holidays (whatever they may be) and enjoy winter time!

I just wanted to tell you what I love about the holidays. I celebrate Christmas, specifically. I have created a list of five reasons why the holidays rock!

5. Presents. I love shopping for them and getting them in return! I got my eye on a few YA books I think I'll be getting. The joy of knowing that I'm getting something someone will love makes me happy and bouncy inside.

4. Food. Oh the food. Christmas Eve dinner consists of shrimp and fondue and goat cheese with baguette. It is my favorite dinner of the entire year. And then BREAKFAST! Lox with cream cheese on a bagel, scones with cream, fruit, eggs. It's amazingly yummy. And my inner teenage boy couldn't resist putting this on the list.

3. Decorations. Now, none of you know my mother, so you are not aware of how much she loves Christmas. We have eight Christmas trees here. Six minis, two big ones. The house is sprinkled with faerie lights, and it's just the prettiest time of year!

2. My mommy. She is absolutely adorable at this time of year. She gets giddy with it all. Especially the Christmas trees.

1. The possibilities. While they're around us all year, they seem more potent in the winter time. I love imagining what could happen Christmas morning. When I wake up, Libba Bray could be standing in my living room! Now, that's not very realistic, but the possibility is still there. I love the euphoria that comes with them. It's definitely my favorite part of Christmas.

So, that's my list! What's yours?

Emma Out!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday December 23, 09

Hey!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by
Breaking the Spine. The novel I'm going to show you is the sequel to a book I've read recently and LOVED!









Perchance to Dream
by Lisa Mantchev

(No Cover)

Goodreads Description:

The stuff that dreams are made on.

"Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.

Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY

But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?"

Release Date: May 25 2010

Eyes Like Stars, the first in this series, was absolutely AMAZING, and I cannot wait for the next book. I bet the cover will be gorgeous.

Emma Out!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Why I Love The Holidays

TBR Tuesday December 22, 09

Hiya!

TBR Tuesday was created by my lovely friend Korianne.

I, Coriander
by Sally Gardner

Goodreads Description:

"In this exceptionally well-crafted tale, Coriander tells the story of her childhood in seventeenth-century London, and of her discovery that she has inherited magical powers from her mother, who was a fairy princess. But her mother's sudden death brings on a dark time for Coriander. And after mourning her beloved mother and dealing with the disappearance of her father and the wrath of her evil stepmother, Coriander finds herself locked in a chest with no hope of escape and no will to survive. But when a bright light beckons to her, it is then that Coriander's journey truly begins. Beautifully written, this magical and luminous story is destined to become a children's classic."

I've heard so much about this novel.






How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

Goodreads Description:

"Welcome to New Avalon, where everyone has a personal fairy. Though invisible to the naked eye, a personal fairy, like a specialized good luck charm, is vital to success. And in the case of the students at New Avalon Sports High, it might just determine whether you make the team, pass a class, or find that perfect outfit. But for 14-year-old Charlie, having a Parking Fairy is worse than having nothing at all—especially when the school bully carts her around like his own personal parking pass. Enter: The Plan. At first, teaming up with arch-enemy Fiorenza (who has an All-The-Boys-Like-You Fairy) seems like a great idea. But when Charlie unexpectedly gets her heart’s desire, it isn’t at all what she thought it would be like, and she’ll have resort to extraordinary measures to ditch her fairy. The question is: will Charlie herself survive the fairy ditching experiment? "

Justine Larbalestier is so funny in her blog and I can't wait to finally read her novels!


I'm listening to an audiobook right now, so no teaser!

Emma Out!

Holiday Break Reading Challenge

Hello Everyone! I'm going to be joining this reading challenge. It looks great, doesn't it?


My goal is to read six books by January 3. Wish me luck! Please join this challenge!

Emma Out!

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? December 21, 09

Hello Everyone! This meme is hosted by J. Kaye.

Read This Past Week:

Eyes Like Stars
by Lisa Mantchev

Currently Reading:

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

To Read This Week:

After by Amy Efaw
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Meridian by Amber Kizer

Emma Out!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday December 16, 09

Hello!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.








The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Description:

"The nail-biting climax to Kelley Armstrong's bestselling YA series. Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen. First of all, she happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are on the run from the evil corporation who created them. To top it all, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf. Definitely not normal..."

Release Date: May 1, 2010

I loved The Summoning and The Awakening was thrilling. I cannot wait for this one!





Emma Out!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TBR/Teaser Tuesday December 15, 09

Hey!

To Be Read Tuesday was started by my lovely friend Korianne.

Wings
by Aprilynne Pike

Goodreads Description:

"Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever."

This one looks interesting. I have to wait for it from the library, though.








Fire by Kristin Cashore

Goodreads Description:

"Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells.

Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story."

After reading Graceling I cannot WAIT to devour this novel! It looks great!


Now, teaserness!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"And then there was The Book.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THE STAGE.

Sitting atop a pedestal in the far corner of Stage Left and just in front of proscenium arch, it was the only thing that remained constantly onstage. Resting there, it emitted a soft, golden radiance usually lost under the thousands of watts of power that poured from the floodlights."

-Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Emma Out!

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's Monday, What Are You Reading December 14, 09

Hello!

I know, I know I have stopped blogging. I will GET BACK INTO IT! I SWEAR TO YOU! This meme is hosted by J. Kaye.


Read This Past Week:

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

Currently Reading:

Everything Sucks by Hannah Friedman
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

To Read This Week:

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Yeah I know I'm lucky. Got it from library committee!)
Meridian by Amber Kizer

Updates:

-I know you've been waiting for my Scott Westerfeld, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare post. I know I know. IT WILL GET DONE THIS WEEK. If not...well...you can tell me how awful I am in comments. Seriously. I'm sure Kristen will do so.

-I'm going to make a list of Why Christmas is Awesome for my blog!

Emma Out!

Monday, December 7, 2009

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? December

Hello Blog Followers!

This meme is hosted by J. Kaye.

Read This Past Week:

Wide Awake by David Levithan
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Currently Reading:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

To Read This Week:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Emma Out!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

July 26, 09 Wide Awake by David Levithan

Hello!

About four days ago, I finished Wide Awake by David Levithan. His book Boy Meets Boy was amazingly well written and his collaboration with Rachel Cohn called Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is my all time favorite YA romance novel.

In the near future, a gay Jewish man named Abe Stein will become president.

Or will he?

Duncan is a passionate supporter of his candidate who shares his religious beliefs and sexual orientation. When major votes in Kansas are declared invalid by the opposing party, Duncan, his boyfriend, Jimmy and their close friends rally together to go to Kansas to support Stein. But soon, relationships come into question, and things turn to disaster.


This was a beautiful book. Levithan's writing style is gorgeous, so I knew I was going to love this novel. While reading I got all nostalgic over YA for Obama and just the entire Obama campaign. I loved the feeling of being a part of something bigger than myself. Levithan weaved Duncan and his friends' relationships and politics perfectly. My favorite part of this novel was definitely the relationship between Duncan and Jimmy. While I'm a massive cynic their relationship was so sweet I couldn't help but smile multiple times throughout the novel. Fantastic book and by far my favorite David Levithan novel.

Emma Out!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday December 2, 09

Hiya!


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.








Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton

Goodreads Description:

"Felicity's no ordinary teen matchmaker...she's a cupid!

Felicity Walker believes in true love. That's why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid's Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn't just a matchmaker...she's a cupid! (There's more than one of them, you know.)

Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired?and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three."

This book looks like a lot of fun! I love the cover.

Release Date: December 22, 09

Well, I believe that is it!

Emma Out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Award Post!

My awesome blogging buddy Kristen has given me another award! Thank you Kristen! *hugs*

How it works is you have to list ten things about yourself then pass it on to ten other blogs.

1. I love Libba Bray more than anyone could reasonably love an author.
2. I despise Twilight. Like I want to strangle it. But it's taught me a lot about writing and made a much better reviewer!
3. Not including my blog icon, my icon for all things in the internet (eg. twitter, goodreads, facebook) is an emu.
4. I am fiercely loyal. Just ask any of my friends.
5. My friend Korianne did my banner! Isn't it pretty?
6. My favorite aspect of good books are the writing and the characters. Plot is important but secondary to me.
7. I'm secretly addicted to marriage and fitness shows.
8. I love writing more then anything. I'm writing a really interesting novel that is going slow but steadily.
9. I love reading about the Victorian era.
10. I'm constantly amazed by the blogosphere.

Now for my nominations!

B. A. M. Book Reviews

Bloody Bookaholic
CornucopiaofReviews
Good Books & Good Wine
Genevieve's Blog
Tales of Whimsy
Today's Adventure
The Book Pixie
Hope's Bookshelf
Stop, Drop and Read!


Thanks so much for the award!

Emma Out!

TBR/Teaser Tuesday December 1, 09

Hello!

I am so excited that December is here! Christmas is coming. *singsongs* Anyways, To Be Read Tuesday was created by my lovely friend Korianne.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads Description:

"For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever."

I've heard so much about this one before it even came out, but I haven't gotten it from the library yet. I can't wait to read it!



Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Goodreads Description:

"There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything."

I have heard nothing but good things about this novel! I'm eager to grab it from the library and read read read!

Now, for the teasers!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"With one last heave, her remaining insides dropped out of her. She knelt over their warmth, folded herself down, and waited to die."

-Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Emma Out!