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My First Author Event

Guess what!  I met Sherman Alexie. Sort of.
He was giving a speech at my college, so naturally I had to go listen.

We went early and saw all the cool spots on campus and everything that changed, so we left at 2pm. I didn't get home until 10:30.

Maybe that's why I am exhausted.

The doors opened at 6:00 and we got there at about 6:20 -- Just in time. Everyone else came about ten minutes later. We got a great spot, and let me tell you something: Sherman Alexie is a great public speaker. He was always moving (all my pictures were blurry) and seriously FUNNY! I laughed so hard that my face hurt.

He wasn't afraid to talk about race like so many in the world are, and he did it in a funny way, but not in a rude-funny way. In my opinion. He made a serious situation ok to laugh at while he talked about his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is a fabulous book.

Afterward, I got my book autographed and was so happy. I didn't actually talk to him, I just s…

Waiting on Stealing Parker

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Stealing Parker By Miranda Kenneally
Expected Publication: October 1
From Goodreads: Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?
I really liked Miranda Kenneally's first book, so I'm looking forward to this one. Even though they are about sports.

Top Ten Unfinished Series

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Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished
I haven't finished this series because I read the summary for Breaking Dawn in a magazine. That was enough for me.

I am one step closer to reading the Mortal Instruments series. I am on book two! This one sounds better than the first one, which took me forever to read.

The Anne of Green Gables series -- I kind of lost track of where I was and they were so different. They were different from my life and they were different from the movies. I can tell exactly which book I left off with, because the spines are broken. I remember very little about them. I'm looking forward to rereading them and actually finishing the series someday.

Percy Jackson = Amazing. I was so upset about the series being done that I couldn't bring myself to read the last book. Now, of course, there are spin-off books, so I really should read the last book and move on to Rick Riordan's other series.

I read the Little …


By Ingrid Law
Dial, 2000
Audience: Tweens

From Goodreads:

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day. As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up-and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin. This book was really cool. I'm excited to read the companion novel, Scumble.  I kn…

New Books = Happy Girl 11

New Books, Happy Girl
Stacking the Shelves
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By Carol Lynch Williams
Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?

Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.

Man, almost every tough issue that exists is in this book. It was horribly tragic. Normally, I don't read tragic books, so this one wasn't my favorite. It was very well done, but not my style.

At first, you don't know what tragedy happened to this family. That's when I read the fastest. I had ideas about …


I have a confession...
I have been "reading" two books for a year.
It's bothering me, but I can't bring myself to finish them!

The first one is Let the Right One In. I heard it was an awesome vampire story. Every one who reviewed it said it was dark and creepy, in a serious way, but incredibly good and scary.

No one told me about the pedophile.
I got disgusted and upset, not scared.

I bought it, so I feel like I should give it another chance. I feel like taking it off of my currently-reading list is giving up.

The second is Sense and Sensibility.
It's the only Jane Austen novel that I haven't read. I was reading it for book club, but then I found out that I couldn't make it to the meeting time, so I just... quit. I am determined to finish this one. I just need to pick it up again.

Let the Right One In -- not so determined.

Has anyone else been in this situation?
Did you give up and move on?

Waiting On Alice in Zombieland

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Alice in Zombieland By Gena Showalter
Expected Publication: September 25
From Goodreads: She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
According to Goodreads, when I typed in the title, there is another Alice in Zombieland. I have never heard of that one. It's not even that old. I wonder if her publisher knew…

Top Ten Bookish People

Top Ten Bookish People You Want to Meet
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Meg Cabot is my absolute favorite!
David Levithan - I loved Every Day. And Nick and Norah. And The Lover's Dictionary.
John Green - I haven't read his books yet, but he's such a cool person!
Michele Jaffe is Meg Cabot's super-cool friend. Ghost Flower was very good.
Sarah Dessen - Duh.
Maggie Stiefvater - Such a wonderful writing voice.
A.S. King's stories are SO POWERFUL.
Sarah Ockler is so interesting!
Annareads writes great reviews, and seems like a very nice person. You should follow her!
Stephanie Perkins - Duh again.

Every Day

Every Day
By David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Oh man.

This book.

This book!

It was so amazing. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be "Sweeping." Yes, there's romance, and that was what propelled the story along. However, that's not what sucked me in to the story (usually, r…


By Raina Telgemeier
Audience: Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap.

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

Oh, man. This book is SO ACCURATE! 

Let's talk about going to the orthodontist.

I totally identified with it. I never had problems because of fall (knock on wood) but I did have my own orthodonture extravaganza. I thought it would never end. Anytime I went to the dentist, something was wrong. I was so happy when I finally heard, "You ha…

City of Bones

City of Bones
By Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes li…

Waiting on Burn for Burn

Sept 18th is a BIG day for new releases. I've already featured other titles coming out on that day, and here is another:

Burn for Burn By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
From Goodreads: BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY...

Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

Top Ten Books That Make You Think

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Top Ten Books that Make You Think
So, my rules for this post were no dystopian novels and no WWII-era novels. Why? Because I've read so many and they are so obvious. I tried to push myself to find something different this week.
Click on the picture to go to Goodreads!
In PostSecret, people send in their secrets. It makes you think about how many people there are in the world. They all live differently, and everyone has some sort of pain. And everyone has a secret. It should make us think about how WE live each day and how we treat one another.

The Guardian made me think about the different types of families that are out there. Sometimes I take my wonderful family for granted. I was so worried about Hunter in this book! 

This world was so different than my own now. We live in an improved world, but it still needs to get better. Racism still exists, just in a different way. Thank God we don't have to worry about getting killed for te…

Falling in Love with English Boys

Falling in Love with English Boys
By Melissa Jensen
Speak, 2010
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Catherine Vernon has been stranded in London for the summer-no friends, no ex-boyfriend Adam the Scum (good riddance!), and absolutely nothing to do but blog about her misery to her friends back home. Desperate for something-anything-to do in London while her (s)mother's off researching boring historical things, Cat starts reading the 1815 diary of Katherine Percival her mom gives her-and finds the similarities between their lives to be oddly close. But where Katherine has the whirls of the society, the parties and the gossip over who is engaged to who, Cat's only got some really excellent English chocolate. Then she meets William Percival-the uber-hot descendant of Katherine-and things start looking up . . .

So, this book was part blog part Jane Austen.
About that - the transitions weren't very good from one time to another, and each part went way too long. Ther…

Waiting on Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day By Julie Halpern Expected Publication: October 16
From Goodreads: Anna Bloom has spent the last three weeks in a mental hospital dealing with her depression, conspiring with her fellow inmates, and tripping through first love. But now she's out, where does she stand? Is she too crazy to fit in with her normal friends? Is she too normal to fit in with her mental hospital friends? The sequel to GET WELL SOON answers the questions readers want to know: How do you go back to normal after you just got out of a mental hospital?

Top Ten Fall 2012 Releases

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