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Patiently Alice

Patiently Alice
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon Pulse, 2003
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My TBR bookshelf

From Goodreads:
It's the summer after Alice's freshman year, she's survived her breakup with Patrick, and she and her friends are looking forwards to their jobs as assistant camp counselors. Alice feels as if she's finally gotten a handle on life. But Alice soon learns that the only thing she can count on is change. Pamela's mother is contemplating coming home, Lester is contemplating leaving home, and even Alice's father's romance with Miss Summers hits and unexpected snag. But most surprising of all are the shocking revelations about some of Alice's closet friends. Can Alice keep up with all the changes around her?

Hooray! I finished another Alice book. This one was a nice change of pace. Not a ton happened in it. It seemed like a bridge from one book to the next, which was cool. I liked seeing one of Alice's summers.

On the other hand, WHEN W…

New Books, Happy Girl 22

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Gifts: Check out the cool edition of James and the Giant Peach!


For Review: I am SUPER excited to read this one!

Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip

Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip
By Linda Oatman High
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2006
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
I was smitten,
bitten
by a love bug
or something.
I didn't
even care
that I'd
just been hit.
I was in deep
smit.
Laura Crapper, a seventeen-year-old combat-boot-wearing poet with spiked red hair, renames herself Sister Slam and hits the road with her best friend, Twig. On the way to a slam poetry contest in New Jersey, they hit a pig, get pulled over by the cops, fight with one of the judges, lose the contest, get into two more fender benders, fight with each other, and finally land on the front page of a New York City newspaper for their amazing impromptu performance at the famous Tavern on the Green. The girls and their fresh style of poetry take the city by storm, but when Laura's father back in Pennsylvania has a heart attack, she must face her fears about home and the still-raw loss of her mother. This inspiring romp of a coming-of-age story, …

Drama

Drama
By Raina Telgemeier
GRAPHIX, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production ofMoon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

Ok, so I wondered why Smile is in the Children's Graphic Novel section, but Drama is in the Teen Graphic Novel section. The only thing I can figure is that sexual orientation comes up, which makes me sad. 

That being said, this book was a lot of fun. My Drama experience was limited to going to plays…

Waiting on Mind Games

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Waiting on Mind Games

From Goodreads: Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

Why I am Waiting Key Words: visions, future, powers, espionage, twisted Key Phrases:"girls with extraordinary powers," "refusing to obey"

Snowed Over

Snowed Over
By Angie Stanton
Vanguard Management, Inc, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?

Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.

A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.
Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she …

New Books, Happy Girl 21

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So, I've fallen off of the "Don't by too many books" wagon. But seriously - how can I just ignore a 30% off coupon?
I can't. And holds have been coming in for me from the library like crazy. So I'm surrounded by books. Pretty much heaven.
I'm ignoring the fact that I'm still behind. I'm not as behind as I was two weeks ago, though! Happy reading everyone!




P.S. Please tell me what you think of my new blog design. I think I'll keep this one. Maybe I'll even figure out a blog button!

The Hobbit

The Hobbit
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1937
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

I first read this book in grade school. I desperately needed something to read, and I had gone through everything I was interested in that was in the children's section. Also, I wanted something that was challenging to read and took me longer than an hour to get through. My dad gave me this book. Naturally, I loved it!

Now, in honor of the movie, I decided to re-read it. Ooo, it was fun. I distinctly remember the part with Gollum and the ring. I fuzzily remembered the part with the spiders (EW!) and I remembered NOTHING about the treasure or the dragon -- you know, the biggest part of the plot. I still am a big fan of Bilbo and now I want to rer…

Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits
By Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen, 2012
Audience: Older Teens
Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty muchimpossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


You see that cover up there and to the left?

It&#…

Waiting on The Archived

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Waiting on The Archived

Why I am Waiting I loved The Near Witch. Key Words: Librarians, dead, ruthless
From Goodreads: Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary …

Top Ten Books of 2012

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Top Ten Books I read in 2012 Click on the picture to read my review!

Also take a look at my Best in Books post.
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New Books, Happy Girl 20

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In spite of the fact that I am still seriously behind in the reading world, I WENT SHOPPING yesterday! Hooray!
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This is what I picked up:

From Goodreads: A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers. Um, yes please!

From Goodreads: A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel. What more could you ask for?

Top Ten New to Me Authors

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Nicholas St. North and Battle of the Nightmare King

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
By William Joyce, Laura Geringer
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: Children, Tweens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune…or save the village.

This book was an incredibly fast read. It looks thick, but there are so many pictures it goes by fast (and the pictures were fantastic.) I picked this one up because I heard about the movie and liked the idea. It's kind of like fairy tales retold, and there is a wizard and a co…

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Splintered

Splintered
By A.G. Howard
Expected Publication: January 1, 2013
Amulet Books
Source: NetGalley ARC
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Oh boy! Where do I start?

I know. Let's make a list.


This book SHOULD BE A MOVIE! It had such amazing descriptions. I could see EVERYTHING so clearly in my mind. It was fantastic. I loved how the author made the Real World very much like…

Love on the Lifts

Love on the Lifts
By Rachel Hawthorne
HarperTeen, 2005
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe: 8 oz steamed whole milk
(no skim! doesn't work!) 2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops) 1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet) 4 dried, crushed mint leaves
(or 1 tbsp. mint syrup) Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute...Enjoy. I am running out of Rachel Hawthorne books! I think I only have two or three romances left. This makes me sad, because I like each one I read better than the previous one, it seems. I don't think the description of this is very good. Kate likes her brother's roommate Brad - and she is very surprised when he shows up on her skiing vacation with Kate's brother, Sam. Sam and Brad also bring along their friend Joe. Kate thinks this is the perfect opportunity to get together with Brad, but he gets a bit distra…

Snowed In

Snowed In
By Rachel Hawthorne
HarperTeen, 2007
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Well, apparently I live here now--my mom just bought the place. And named it after me, Ashleigh, which was nice. But did she know how cold it is here

Um, it's a tiny island with not much to do, unless you really like sleigh rides. But I gotta say there are quite a few hot guys on this cold island...


This is my new favorite Rachel Hawthorne book! It was different from her others, and I really liked the change. Ashleigh's hot guy (they totally had great chemistry) was, unfortunately, taken. I loved how his girlfriend never called him by his name - that was a nice touch. It was hilarious. Even when he was sitting right next to her, she still said, "My boyfriend" for everything. If she were real, I would worry about her.

And just to warn everyone, there is a bat scene. I have a bat that lives outside my patio. I want him to go away, but don't have the heart to put a net up so he can't …

Top Ten Books I'd Like from Santa

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