Monday, April 19, 2010

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? April 19, '10


This meme is hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Read This Past Week:

The Apprentice's Masterpiece by Melanie Little
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Currently Reading:

Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

To Read This Week:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Emma Out!

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Dark Divine Nail Polish Winners Are...

And the winners are...

6. Ang!
9. Tawnya!
10. Anne!

Ang, Tawnya and Anne, please give me an email and give me your address!

Sorry this took me so long.

Emma Out!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Calling All YA or Children Librarians!


I'm working at my teen advisory committee and my library to improve the Teen Annex there. I'm going to be running a new YA book club this summer. It is a program that has failed before at my library, so I'm somewhat nervous. I was wondering if any of you lovely YA/Children librarians have suggestions for keeping a book club fun and unlike homework, which my librarians said was the biggest concern for teens. Any ideas or stories from personal experiences would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thank you so much,


PS: I think you all are really amazing. In fact, it is the sheer awesomeness of your jobs that makes me want to become a YA/Children librarian myself!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading April 12, '10

Hi Followers!

This lovely meme is now hosted by One Person's Journey Through A World of Books.

Read This Past Week:

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Welcome to Camden Falls by Ann M. Martin
A Rose for Melinda by Lurlene McDaniel
Incantation by Alice Hoffman
Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak
The Vanishing Point by Louise Hawkes

Currently Reading:

Jinx by Meg Cabot
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

To Read This Week:

The Apprentice's Masterpiece by Melanie Little
Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S King
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

What are you reading?


Readathon Last Update

So. On Saturday night, due to my mother's pleas that I didn't ruin my Sunday by not sleeping, I went to bed at one.

I finished four and a half books in one day. Which I think is a pretty good first readathon.

Completed Books: Welcome to Camden Falls, A Rose for Melinda, Incantation, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, half of The Vanishing Point.

Well, I pleased! I got 4 out of 6 books done.

Emma Out!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Readathon Hours 11-14 Update

Hey Followers!

Let's start off with the half way survey and then I'll get to my stats.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? I'm in between books, but I'm going to start The Vanishing Point by Louise Hawkes. It looks like a great YA historical fiction novel!
2. How many books have you read so far? I've finished four and I'm really pleased.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I only have two books left. I am most looking forward to A Wrinkle In Time. Everyone raves about it and I thought it was about time to delve into it.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I had to let my mom know that she wasn't allowed to annoy me, but besides that, nope!
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I went to a garage sale and got ice cream, but those were welcome breaks! I've had brief ones as well, but they were manageable to make up for them I just read faster.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How easy it's been! I thought this would be more difficult. I'm sure the night will be harder, though.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Oh I can't think of anything! Everyone has been so active and refreshing. I'd provide mini challenges with themes. I'd love to be able to scan through mini challenges and be able to pick which one I was in the mood for easily.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I think I'd try to have more breaks and get involved a bit more. I also might try some more fun YA chick lit novels.
9. Are you getting tired yet? A little, but I'll be able to brave the night with my friends and two engaging novels!
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? I'd say the key is picking short and sweet novels. It's especially good if they're from an author you know you already enjoy. Also eat lots of healthy food and take breaks when you feel burnt out.

Currently Reading: The Vanishing Point by Louise Hawkes
I've Read: Welcome to Camden Falls, A Rose for Melinda, Incantation, Fighting Ruben Wolfe
Pages: 749
Hours: 9 and a half hours

Have fun reading!

Emma Out!

Readathon Romancing Your Friendship Mini Challenge

This mini challenge is hosted by Star Shadow Creative Mishaps.

Basically, we're supposed to reveal the reasons why we think one particular relationship that progresses from a friendship to a romantic relationship is the best.

Now, it's no secret that I adore Kartik and Gemma from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. And why do I love them? If you ask me, I'll tell you because of their unique progression through out the three novels. In the first novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Gemma sees Kartik as a gorgeous, unattainable thing and nothing more. He is someone to lust after, but their relationships lacks real depth or mutual feeling. In Rebel Angels, they become close friends who argue and fight about important things like destiny and choice. And in The Sweet Far Thing, the transition to lovers is almost flawless. Their relationship moves slowly and realistically. They are tender to one another but they have an equal relationship. They know each others' faults and weaknesses and love them all the same. They are what I define as soul mates. They are the part of each other that is unknown and undiscovered, until they meet one another and they grow to find it. They are by far my favourite couple in all literature I've read.

Have I convinced you? I hope so! If you haven't, read A Great and Terrible Beauty THIS INSTANT.

Emma Out!

Readathon Hours 5-10 Update


I've pretty just been non stop reading since I did my last update.

Currently Reading: Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak
I've Read: Welcome to Camden Falls, A Rose for Melinda, Incantation
Pages: 542
Hours: 7 and a half hours

Emma Out!

Readathon Hours 1-4 Update


Yeah I am aware it's two now, but since this my first online break! So here is how my morning went:

After my mother dragging zombified Emma out of bed I showered and got ready for the day. Then I began to tackle the quick and easy Welcome to Camden Falls Main Street novel by Ann M. Martin that my cousin Amy gave me years ago when it almost would've been age appropriate to read. I was half way in when my mother made me go to a garage sale with her, which we found out was advertised incorrectly and is on next weekend! Just my luck. I finished Main Street at eleven and it was a really cute read. My review should be up tomorrow.

Currently Reading: Incantation by Alice Hoffman
Read: Approx 6 hours.
Mini Challenges Completed: 0 so far.

I've been eating pretty healthily in preparation for tonight. I can't wait!

See you at five!


Readathon Intro!


Since eight o clock this morning I've been taking a part in Dewey's Read A-Thon. I'm taking my first online break to give you guys an update!

Where are you reading from today? My house. The couch, the chair, my bed, on my cat, basically everywhere possible.

3 facts about me …

1. I am writing a fantasy/sci fi/gothic YA novel right now and am planning to start up a blog to write about my process!

2. I hadn't read the Harry Potter series until last year and I still haven't read Deathly Hallows.

3. I am going to Book Expo America this year. Will I get to see you there?

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 6 books. Two are historical fiction, three are children novels and one is Marcus Zusak.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? I'm going to try and stay up all night. I have been taking a few breaks already, though!

My next post will be about the morning of the readathon.

Emma Out!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday April 7 '10


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Goodreads Description:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

Release Date: October 26th 2010

After reading Beautiful Creatures, I'm expecting a better plot with the sequel. This looks really promising.

Emma Out!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

TBR/Teaser Tuesday April 6, '10

Hiya Followers!

TBR Tuesday was started by my friend Korianne.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Goodreads Description:

Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her older sister, Cass. But now she is drowning in the vacuum Cass left behind when she turned her back on her family's expectations by running off with a boyfriend. Caitlin wanders in a dream land of drugs and a nightmare of Rogerson's sudden fists, lost in her search for herself.

Why do so many girls allow themselves to get into abusive relationships--and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers. Caught in a trap that is baited with love and need, Caitlin must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that once seemed so gentle. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way.

I really like Sarah Dessen and this seems different from her usual novels. I'd love to see how she wrote 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!
"'You're lucky you're cute,' she said eventually. 'Because you're kind of creepy.'
Nick grinned at her. 'It's a vibe that works for me.'"

-The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Emma Out!