Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

It is a bit less then an hour. So Happy New Year!
I am going to post a few goals that are blog related or reading related.
1. Read 150 books
2. Review at least 2 books a week.
3. Meet more authors... and stay in touch. I should be meeting four or five in January... on one day. Hopefully more in the year.
4. Write 5,000 words a week.
5. Keep a journal.
6. Comment on more blogs and talk to more reviewers.

That is about it. I set goals, not resoultions. It seems like a better word.
So, What are your goals?
Happy New Year!
-Sarah

Books of 2008

This year, I challenged myself to read 365 books. In other words to read a book every days, I didn't read a book everyday, but I did finish 365 books. Some, I have read before... others for the first time. I did enjoy most of them and quite a bit became one of my favorite.. I also read 103909 pages, which I think is quite an accomplishment. So, here is my list, if you have a question about a book, ask in the comments:
1. Before I Die by Jenny Downham – 336 pages
2. Faded Demin by Melody Carlson –215 pages
3. Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles by Cathy Hopkin – 208 pages
4. Haunted by Meg Cabot – 288 pages
5. Twilight by Meg Cabot – 336 pages
6. Safe House by Meg Cabot – 272 Pages
7. Sanctuary by Meg Cabot – 240 Pages
8. The Sweet Far Things by Libba Bray – 832 Pages
9. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson – 304 Pages
10. The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz –320 Pages
11. A Corner of the Universe by Ann Martin –208 Pages
12. Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters –272 Pages
13. Inner Circle by Kate Brian - 224 Pages
14. Because I’m Worth it by Cecily von Ziegesar –208 Pages
15. Jailbait by Leslea Newman-252 Pages
16. What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles –240 Pages
17. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr –224 pages
18. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess – 224 Pages
19. Angel’s Choice by Lauren Baratz-Logsted – 256 Pages
20. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – 332 Pages
21. Bright Purple by Melody Carlson –213 Pages
22. Mates, Dates, and Tempting Trouble by Cathy Hopkins –256 pages
23. All American Girl by Meg Cabot –416 Pages
24. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty –352 Pages
25. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld –425 Pages
26. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld –384 Pages
27. Specials by Scott Westerfeld –400 Pages
28. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak –576 Pages
29. In the forests of the night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes –176 Pages
30. Love and other four-letter words by Carolyn Mackler –256 Pages
31. Smart boys & fast girls by Stephie Davis –178 Pages
32. Messenger by Lois Lowry –176 Pages
33. The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti –352 Pages
34. Missing You by Meg Cabot –288 Pages
35. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – 304 Pages
36. Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter –240 Pages
37. I Like It Like That by Cecily von Ziegesar – 208 Pages
38. Moon White by Melody Carlson – 215 pages
39. Red is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz –336 Pages
40. Before, After, and Somebody in Between by Jeannine Garsee –368 Pages
41. Ready or not by Meg Cabot – 336 Pages
42. Vampireville by Ellen Schreiber- 256 pages
43. Time To let Go by Lurlene McDaniel –176 Pages
44. Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott –224 Pages
45. Mother, Help Me Live by Lurlene McDaniel –176 pages
46. Let Him Live by Lurlene McDaniel- 176 Pages
47. Sixteen and Dying by Lurlene McDaniel –176 pages
48. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin –288 Pages
49. Leap Day by Wendy Mass –224 pages
50. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale –320 pages
51. The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff –448 Pages
52. Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart –192 pages
53. Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb – 224 pages
54. Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles –128 pages
55. Killing Brittney by Sean Olin – 240 pages
56. Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini –304 pages
57. Lucky T by Kate Brian –304 pages
58. Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
59. Angels Watching Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel-192 pages
60. My secret by Frank Warren –144 Pages
61. Waiting for June by Joyce Sweeney –145 pages
62. The Boy Book by E. Lockhart –224 pages
63. Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler –224 pages
64. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – 499 Pages
65. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer – 569 Page
66. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer - 629 pages
67. The Secret Life of Men and Women by Frank Warren –144 pages
68. Atonement by Ian McEwan – 384 Pages
69. The Coven by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
70. Lifted by Angels by Lurlene McDaniel –240 pages
71. Girl, Nearly 16 Absolute Torture by Sue Limb –224 pages
72. Girl, Going on 17 Pants on Fire by Sue Limb –256 pages
73. Until Angels Close My Eyes by Lurlene McDaniel –256 pages
74. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly –408 Pages
75. Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber –272 Pages
76. Tithe by Holly Black –336 pages
77. City of Bones by Cassandra Clarke –512 pages
78. You’re the one that I want by Cecily von Ziegesar –224 pages
79. Post Secret by Frank Warren –144 pages
80. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen –400 pages
81. Blood Witch by Cate Tiernan –208 pages
82. Dark Magik by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
83. Valiant by Holly Black –320 pages
84. Leslie’s Journal by Allan Stratton –200 pages
85. Dramarama by E. Lockhart –320 Pages
86. When It Happens by Susane Colasanti –336 pages
87. Legacy by Kate Brian –256 pages
88. Tantilize by Cynthia Leitich Smith 336 pages
89. Awakening by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
90. Spellbound by Cate Tiernan –192 page
91. I heart you, you haunt me by Lisa Schroeder –240 pages
92. Faerie War by Herbie Brennan –368 pages
93. Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate –160 pages
94. Leftovers by Laura Wiess –256 pages
95. The Calling by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
96. Changeling by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
97. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut –288 pages
98. Ironside by Holly Black –336 pages
99. 10 things to do before I Die by Daniel Ehrenhaft –224 pages
100. Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel –240 pages
101. Strife by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
102. Seeker by Cate Tiernan –192 Pages
103. Origins by Cate Tiernan –192 pages
104. Swollen by Melissa Lion –192 pages
105. Looking for Alaska by John Green –256 pages
106. What’s in a Name by Ellen Wittlinger – 192 pages
107. Devilish by Maureen Johnson – 272 pages
108. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti – 336 pages
109. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini –448 pages
110. Eclipse by Cate Tiernan –187 pages
111. Reckoning by Cate Tiernan – 192 Pages
112. Full Circle by Cate Tiernan –190 pages
113. Night’s Child by Cate Tiernan –320 Pages
114. A Lifetime of Secerts by Frank Warren –144 pages
115. You Know Where To Find Me by Rachel Cohn –208 pages
116. City of Mask by Mary Hoffman –352 pages
117. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare –446 pages
118. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher –304 pages
119. Lucky by Cecily von Ziegesar –256 pages
120. Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham –288 pages
121. Nobody does it better by Cecily von Ziegesar –240 pages
122. Feed by M.T. Anderson – 320 pages
123. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath –288 pages
124. Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson –336 pages
125. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan – 224 pages
126. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger –240 pages
127. I am America (and so can you!) by Stephen Colbert –240 pages
128. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen –432 pages
129. The Luxe By Anna Godbersen –448 pages
130. Wild Roses by Deb Caletti –320 pages
131. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov –336 pages
132. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger –288 pages
133. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff –224 pages
134. Can’t Get There From Here by Todd Strasser –208 pages
135. Jinx by Meg Cabot –262 pages
136. Sweetheart by Sara Zarr –224 pages
137. 21 Proms edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft –304 pages
138. City of Stars by Mary Hoffman – 464 pages
139. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer –360 pages
140. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson- 384 pages
141. Beastly by Alex Flinn –336 pages
142. Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot –272 pages
143. Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde –224 pages
144. Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm –288 pages
145. The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make by Sean Covey –336 pages
146. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis –272 pages
147. The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson –304 pages
148. Forever... by Judy Blume –208 pages
149. King Dork by Frank Portman –368 pages
150. The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean –384 pages
151. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls –288 pages
152. Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume –160 page
153. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock –288 pages
154. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta –256 pages
155. The Field Guide by Holly Black –128 pages
156. Sold By Patricia McCormick –272 pages
157. Everything I needed to know about being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume Edited by Jennifer O’Connell –288 pages
158. How to be Popular by Meg Cabot –320 pages
159. If I have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? By Melissa Kantor -320
160. Teen Idol by Meg Cabot – 320 pages
161. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor –304 pages
162. The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock –288 pages
163. Cathy's book : if found call (650) 266-8233 by Sean Stewart –144 pages
164. White Oleander by Janet Finch –480 pages
165. The Host by Stephenie Meyer –624 pages
166. Golden by Cameron Dokey –192 pages
167. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss –272 pages
168. Chill by Deborah Reber –208 pages
169. Lush by Nathasha Friend –192 pages
170. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald –192 pages
171. One whole and perfect day by Judith Clarke –248 pages
172. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell –416 pages
173. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards –432 pages
174. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart –352 page
175. The Carlyles by Cecily Von Zeigesar –256 pages
176. Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes –192 pages
177. The Sliver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause –224 pages
178. To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker –320 pages
179. Size 14 is not Fat Either by Meg Cabot –368 pages
180. The Seeing Stone by Holly Black –128 pages
181. City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman –496 pages
182. Wake by Lisa McMann –224 pages
183. Airhead by Meg Cabot –352 pages
184. Frostbite by Richelle Mead –336 pages
185. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause –288 pages
186. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine –352 pages
187. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky –272 pages
188. I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Joanna Greenberg –288 pages
189. Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing –294 pages
190. Lost It by Kristen Tracy –288 pages
191. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson –368 pages
192. Ambition by Kate Brian –288 pages
193. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti –304 pages
194. The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau –288 pages
195. Teach Me by R.A. Nelson –272 pages
196. Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson –144 pages
197. Ever by Gail Carson Levine –256 pages
198. Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friener –336 pages
199. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer –192 pages
200. Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer –288 pages
201. Tempted by Cecily von Ziegesar –304 pages
202. People of Sparks by Jeanne Duprau –352 pages
203. Pretty Face by Mary Hogan –244 pages
204. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly –480 pages
205. The Arrival by Shaun Tan –128 pages
206. Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes –192 pages
207. Inexcusable by Chris Lynch –176 pages
208. Read My Lips by Teri Brown –256 pages
209. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie –240 pages
210. Aurelia by Anne Osterlund –256 pages
211. Rumors by Anna Godbersen –448 pages
212. How to be bad by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, and E. Lockhart –336 pages
213. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott –320 pages
214. A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian – 256 pages
215. Evolution, Me, & Other Facts of Nature by Robin Brande –272 pages
216. Audrey, Wait! By Robin Benway –320 pages
217. Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott –304 pages
218. The Awakening by L.J. Smith –247 pages
219. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit –144 pages
220. The Struggle by L.J. Smith –265 pages
221. Lucinda's secret by Holly Black –128 pages
222. Saving Charlie by Aury Wallington –288 pages
223. Kiki Strike by Kristen Miller –400 pages
224. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson –272 pages
225. Unbelievable by Sara Shepard –368 pages
226. Stardust by Neil Gaiman –288 pages
227. Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes –256 pages
228. Not Like You by Deborah Davis –272 pages
229. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger –560 pages
230. Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson –320 pages
231. Wicked by Gregory Maguire –560 pages
232. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling –309 pages
233. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secerts by J.K. Rowling –352 pages
234. The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber -192 pages
235. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling –448 pages
236. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling –734 pages
237. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling –896 pages
238. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer –768 pages
239. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling –672 pages
240. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling –784 pages
241. As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway –320 pages
242. Stop in The Name of Pants by Louise Rennison –320 pages
243. The Fury by L.J. Smith –281 pages
244. Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith 247 pages
245. Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker – 240 pages
246. Burned by Ellen Hopkin –544 pages
247. The Ironwood Tree by Holly Black –128 pages
248. Life is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield –240 pages
249. The Looking Glass War by Frank Beddor –400 pages
250. Violet by Design by Melissa Walker – 224 pages
251. The dead and the gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer –336 pages
252. Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata –272 pages
253. Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss –144 pages
254. The Wrath of Mulgarath by Holly Black –128 pages
255. Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita –352 pages
256. Nation by Terry Pratchett –384 pages
257. Blind Faith by Ellen Wittlinger –304 pages
258. Dead Connection by Charlie Price –240 pages
259. Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro –304 pages
260. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr –336 pages
261. Got Fangs? By Katie Maxwell –193 pages
262. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta –320 pages
263. The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman –384 pages
264. Hello Life by Andrea Koenig –286 pages
265. On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover –320 pages
266. Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge –180 pages
267. The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne Duprau –304 pages
268. Repossed by A.M. Jenkins – 240 pages
269. How to Bulid a House by Dana Reinhardt –240 pages
270. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci –208 pages
271. Saving Juilet by Suzanne Selfors –256 pages
272. Ophelia by Lisa Klein –352 pages
273. What I believe by Norma Fox Mazer –176 pages
274. Dangerous girls by R.L. Stien –320 pages
275. Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready –208 pages
276. The Cry of Icemark by Staurt Hill –512 pages
277. Circus of the Darned by Katie Maxwell –182 pages
278. Identical by Ellen Hopkins –576 pages
279. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan –208 pages
280. Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos –176 pages
281. Loving Will Shakepeare by Carolyn Meyer –272 pages
282. Sabriel by Garth Nix –336 pages
283. Lucky by Rachel Vail –240 pages
284. Evernight by Claudia Grey –352 pages
285. Madapple by Christina Meldrum –416 pages
286. Me, The Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine –208 pages
287. Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez –208 pages
288. The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne Duprau –304 pages
289. I am Rembrant’s Daughter by Lynn Cullen – 320 pages
290. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta –432 pages
291. Blood Relatives by Ellen Schrieber –98 pages
292. Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg –288 pages
293. Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan – 176 pages
294. Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location be Jen Calonita –256 pages
295. Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle –400 pages
296. Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz –256 pages
297. Rapunzal’s Revenge by Shannon Hale –144 pages
298. No Plot? No Probelm! By Chris Baty –176 pages
299. Graceling by Kristin Cashore –480 pages
300. Paper Towns by John Green –352 pages
301. Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld –224 pages
302. Boys that Bite by Mari Mancusi –272 pages
303. Biege by Cecil Casellucci –320 pages
304. The Geography of Girlhood by Kirstin Smith –192 pages
305. First Test by Tamora Pierce –224 pages
306. Impossible by Nancy Werlin –384 pages
307. Gone by Michael Grant –576 pages
308. Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley –368 pages
309. Bliss by Lauren Myracle –464 pages
310. Last Christmas by Kate Brian – 272 pages
311. Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz –272 pages
312. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott –240 pages
313. The Plain Janes by Cecil Casellucci –176 pages
314. Braced 2 Bite by Serena Robar –224 pages
315. The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas –280 pages
316. Unwind by Neal Shusterman –352 pages
317. Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos –448 pages
318. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott –176 pages
319. The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher –160 pages
320. Glass House by Rachel Caine –256 pages
321. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas : A Fable by John Boyne –240 pages
322. A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce –400 pages
323. Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones –288 pages
324. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins –384 pages
325. Revelation by Kate Brian –288 pages
326. How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan –256 pages
327. Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles –224 pages
328. Secret Vampire by L.J. Smith –240 pages
329. Daughters of Darkness by L.J. Smith –240 pages
330. Spellbinder by L.J. Smith –240 pages
331. Looks by Madeleine George –240 pages
332. Poison Ink by Christopher Golden –288 pages
333. Skinned by Robin Wasserman –368 pages
334. Soulless by Christopher Golden –320 pages
335. Sleepless by Terri Clark –288 pages
336. The Devouring by Simon Holt –240 pages
337. Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan – 256 pages
338. Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber –240 pages
339. Uninvited by Amanda Marrone –224 pages
340. The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson – 464 pages
341. I know it’s over by C.K. Kelly Martin –256 pages
342. The Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling –109 pages
343. Shadow Kissing by Richelle Mead –444 page
344. I Wanna be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert –342 pages
345. All We Know of Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin- 201 pages
346. The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecila Galante –292 pages
347. Revealers by Amanda Marrone –264 pages
348. What I saw and How I lied by Judy Blundell-284 pages
349. Forever Changes by Brendan Halpin –181 pages
350. Generation Dead by Daniel Walter –391 pages
351. Kin by Holly Black –118 pages
352. Love (and Other Uses of Duct Tape) by Carrie Jones –284 pages
353. Junk by Melvin Burgess –288 pages
354. Wicked by Sara Shepard –320 pages
355. Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers –214 pages
356. Need by Carrie Jones –306 pages
357. Undone by Brooke Taylor -308 pages
358. T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte –108 pages
359. No Laughter Here by Rita Willams-Garcia –133 pages
360. The Good Girl by Kerry Cohen Hoffman –165 pages
361. Girl Coming in for Landing by April Halprin Wayland –134 pages
362. Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Joe’s Birthday by Barbara Park –85 Pages
363. Junie B., First Garde: Toothless Wonder by Barbara Park –80 pages
364. Junie B., First Garde: Shipwreaked by Barbara Park –88 pages
365. Blackbox by Julie Schumacher –168 pages
Total Pages: 103909 pages

Monday, December 29, 2008

Another Apology...

I have posted two review this month. EPIC FAILURE!
Sorry. I had Surgery at the beginning of the month, I had so many doctor's appointments that I should have lived there, My Older Sister opened a Barista Stand, We had a huge snow storm, Project for Awesome, Christmas Shopping and Celebration, My one of my younger sister's 15th Birthday and the anniversary of her death day, and then my uncle got really sick to top it off. So, this December wasn't the best month for me.
I also have 2 days to read seven books, to have 365 book in a year. Would you want me to post this massive list?
Contest Questions: I am having an upcoming series of contest. I have a few questions. Should they be spaced out or all in one week? Do you mind if they are ARC of released books? What should I do as extra entries... Quotes, Trivia, or a Mix of things?
All feedback would be amazing. I am going to read.
Reviews soon. =D

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Cover Art Saturday: Envy by Anna Godbersen


If you haven't read the Luxe series, then you are missing out. These books are like a mix of Gossip Girls and historical novels. The covers are also astounding. Each one has a lovely dress on it, with the character that rises to power in the book.
I love the dress and the pose in this book. The red on the dress could have the meaning of what happened in the last book.
I hope you check out this series. Envy comes out on January 27th. Yay!
Peace out, Sarah.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Just Stopping by to say...


Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

and Most of all Happy Holidays!

I hope you all have fun with your families and remember what the holidays are about.

I'll post a review of a few books later this week and Cover Art Saturday. My internet keeps coming and going. I can't wait for next year and a few things that I have planned. =D

Love, Sarah.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cover Art Saturday: Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers


Summary(from Barnes and Noble):
Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody--be totally alone--then everything will be okay...The problem is, nobody will let her.
This book sounds like my cup of tea and something that I would really enjoy. Every review that I read praises how amazing this is, and I just really want to read it. I also follow Courtney on Her Twitter and she is hilarious. I hope her humor is present in the book, though it has serious tones. Seriously, make a twitter account just to follow her. Anyways, the cover is amazing and gorgeous. The colors are so pretty. I can't wait to read Cracked up to be. It comes out on Tuesday, so go buy it then.
Also check out Courtney's Blog, where she talks about her reading the Twilight series and many other funny entries.
Love Sarah.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Booking through Thursday(2)


1.Do you give books as gifts?
2.To everyone? Or only to select people?
3.How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
4.What is the best book you ever bought for yourself?
5.And, why? What made it the best? What made it so special?
1. I just wrapped about 20 books for people. So yes.
2. To people that like to read. I try to give them gifts that they will like.
3. I love it.
4. Looking For Alaska
5. It is my favorite book, so I am not sure what type of person that I would be without reading it.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lalala,

It has snowed here and my house is freezing. I haven't been reading a lot lately, because I haven't ate for six of the past eight day. I am so hungry that all I can think about is food.
I had to repeat my surgery that was done on Monday. Hopefully, I won't have to do it with this one. Surgery is in less then 12 hours. I really should be in bed, but I can't sleep. So, just explaining why the post lack-age and all. I'll be back with more reviews and such, soon. I hope all is well with everyone.
Peace out, Sarah.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cover Art Saturday: Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Sumanary: 16-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate. There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

My Thoughts: I just started reading Aimee Friedman, when I read The Year My Sister Got Lucky, earlier this year. Miranda sounds a lot like me and this book sounds cute. I really liked this book and I love the cover. The intensity is like dripping off the cover. Goodness, I love it. June 1st seems to love to wait to read this book.
Peace out, Sarah.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Rating:5/5
Summary: Evie Spooner is fifteen years old, and her stepfather is back from WWII. When she suddenly is taken by her mother and stepfather to Palms Beach, Florida. Evie and her family meet Peter Coleridge, he is an ex-GI that served with her father. She finds herself falling for him. Evie soon learns some secrets about her family from Peter. Then one day, tragedy strikes and Evie must find where her loyalty lies and herself.
My Review: What I Saw and How I lied is an amazing novel of coming to age. It brings in such difficult topics like anti-Semitism, Greed, Blackmail, Adultery, and Dishonesty. It is told with Vivid imagery, that you could picture everything. The characters are honest and like able. You will love Evie and her mom. The book is also addicting and a suspenseful ride. The setting is amazing, I felt like I was in 1948. The way that it ends allows room for a sequel and I can't wait for Judy Blundell's next books. This book won the National Book Award for Young Adult, so anothor reason to check it out.
Peace out Sarah.

While cleaning my room...


So, My sister and I found her Team Switzerland shirt that I made for her. She is now Team Jacob, but the coolest part is the sleeves. It all started one day, when my best friend came over and my gift to her was some Scott Westerfeld Books(Peeps and Midnighters). My sister decided that she wanted to do it.
We had varily any letters, so she got the short end of the stick. After, Sierra left she found the sleeves boring. So, she hand me a sharpie and Ta Da. I actually like the Jacob one more, thought I am totally Team Jasper. *Swoons*

The Edward & Bella one wasn't quite as cute, but I still liked it.



So yeah, this is fun times. Her shirt says Team Switzerland(on the front and I am aware of the missing d) and Vampwolf Fangirl, the pictures are blurry. Mine had Team Edward and The Lion and The Lamb on the Lower half. The coolest thing is that we wore these to meet Stephenie Meyer in August and she commented my sister on her shirt. =D
So yeah this is all good times. Reviews and other post coming up as I get done. Also, my friend Vanessa gets to meet Holly Black, today at a signing. Have fun!
Peace Out, Sarah

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Booking through Thursday(1)

1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read?
2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?

1. No, I am always busy, though I am not doing anything that I like. If that make sense, I have school, doctors, friends, and church. My doctors are about a three hour drive and I can't read in the car anymore.
2. I tend to randomly choose books (by their covers or recommendations). Right now, I have about 50+ books in my to-read pile. So, I would read those. They are YA, a few adult novels, and classics.

Peace out, Sarah.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

16 things...

Once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a note with 16 random things, shortcomings, facts, habits or goals about you. At the end choose 16 people to be tagged. Don't forget to tag the person who tagged you!
1. When I was six years old, I was diagnosed as dyslexic. It took three years and my parents getting rid of our TV, for me to be no longer labeled as that.
2. I have 4 siblings. Nicole, David, Jessica, and Elizabeth.
3. I didn't stop believing Santa until I was eleven.
4. I am horribly messy and forgetful.
5. Sometimes, I feel like my mom and I, will never get along.
6. I fear getting to know people, because I feel that they will leave me like so many of my friends have.
7. I am worried that I will never fall in love.
8. I have Common Variable Immunodeficiency and Pseudotumor Cerbi. Both are genetic diseases and I will have them for life. I am currently taking fourteen medicines to dull the effects.
9. I didn't start talking, till I was three. I already knew how to write my name by then.
10. My first concert was Ozzfest, when I was twelve.
11. I want to go in to Book Publishing or be a Librarian, when I grow up.
12. I used to do yearbook, I miss it dearly.
13. Je peux parler un petit fran├žais.
14. I love Musical Theatre.
15. I love movies, any type of them.
16. I never like my hair. Something about it always annoys me.

Thanks, Sarah for tagging me. I am not going to tag anyone. Just do it, if you want to.
-Sarah.

New Blog Layout... and other news.

I really love it. The three column layout is very nice. It was made by Siren Design Studio. So, thank you, Kristi!
Also, Thank you to everyone that visits my blog.
The next two weeks are going to be lacking on post. One of my surgeries, has been moved from Tuesday to next Monday. I am also helping my older sister, with what I can do. She just bought a coffee stand in this economy and is actually doing quite well for starting out. She is also doing online college to get an Accounting degree. I hope everyone is doing a great and having fun.
Peace out, Sarah.

Cover Art Saturday: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


Laurie Halse Anderson wrote one of my favorite books, Speak. Since then she has written many other wonderful books. Wintergirls is about a girl named Lia. She finds out that her former best friend Cassie is dead. Lia and Cassie always had a contest going to see who could be the skinniest. Lia is haunted by Cassie and tries to keep the weight on. The reviews that I have read, make it sound so amazing and a must read.
The cover is also astounding. The blue looks like ice and the glowing green eyes are just amazing. The look of unsureness is perfect and I love the cover.
Wintergirls will be releases on March 19th. I hope you check it out or Laurie's many other books. They are well written and very enjoyable. Her books are very true to any one's feelings in their situation.

Sorry for the lateness of the post. I have been watching Harry Potter Movies all day and playing on neopets.
Peace out, Sarah.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Love Your Blog Award!

I got the I Love Your Blog award by Allie from Just Listen Thanks Allie! That made my day. I found out about some very bad blood work and a few other things. =)

Next order of business on this blog post...
After receiving the award you are supposed to pay it forward:
1) Add the logo of your award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

So I nominate:
1. Zoe from Zoe's Book Reviews... She is a total sweetheart and is so nice. She is also a nerdfighter.
2. Alea from Pop Culture Junkie... Her blog is amazing and she is so nice on Twitter. Yay for 25 year olds reading YA. I can't wait to hear her opinion of Looking For Alaska.
3. Carol from Booklover-Carol's Reviews... She does amazing reviews and runs great contest. I though she already had this award. She is also so helpful and nice.
4. Readergirlz... Do I even have to explain this? It is ran by the amazing divas and postergirlz.
5. Mrs. Magoo... Once again amazing reviews. I love her Movie Monday Feature. =)
6. Erin from Miss Erin andBackstage Musings ... Erin is so amazing and talented. I am glad to count her as a friend. She also has been reviewer for so long. She is a legend in the book blogging world. You should tell her to break a Leg in I remember Mama.
7. Holly from Brimstone Soup... Holly is so awesome and so is her blog. I can not wait to read her debut YA novel, A Light That Never Goes Out and her second novel that she is currently working on.

I follow 40+ blogs and you all deserve it. These are just seven blogs that I don't think have been nominated and really deserve it.
Peace out, Sarah.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Devouring by Simon Holt


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Summary: Reggie finds a mysterious journal at her job at a local book store. She reads it compulsivly and learns about "Vour". She finds it to be an interesting, imaginative story or the diary of a lunatic. She decides to read it to her little brother Henry, who she basically takes care of. Her mom ran out on them and her dad is also busy. Her brother finds the "Vour" to be scary and the fact that Sorry Night is the next day makes him fear it more. Reggie and her best friend, Aaron laugh at the book and on Sorry Night, try to find the "Vour".
After Sorry Night, Henry acts strange and he just keeps on getting stranger. Reggie thinks that he might have become a "Vour". She must go past her deepest fears and bring back her brother.
Notes: This book was very creepy, yet addicting. The writing was alright, but it could have been better. I liked the characters for the most part. Thought their fears seemed very cliche. I did like this part of the book:
"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."

The creation of the "Vours" was convincing and well developed. The ending wasn't that great. It was too abrupt. I had a lot of questions, left unanswered. In all, If you are looking for a bone chilling read, I would recommend it.
As always, Happy Reading!
Peace out, Sarah.

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