Saturday, January 31, 2009
If my blog isn't updated that much in February, it is because it is a hard month for me. In ten days, I reach my two years of being sick. I am not sure how to feel about this, because it was completely unexpected. I went to bed and couldn't get up the next. My doctors at that point though it was something simple, but it turned out to be complex. So complex that I don't really understand it yet. I only know that it is forever something that I will have to deal with. My family, friends, and books are what has made it bearable and I am thankful for all those things.
Lately, it has also been harder, because in November my doctors found that my first infection is still there. Meaning that I will be on antibiotics for at least six months and they might have to do surgery in order to see what is wrong with the muscle and joint in my hip area, and why it hasn't healed yet.
Honestly, dealing with this... it is like a part of myself has died. The child-like shy girl of ages ago. So here is some random stuff.
Photo to the Right: taken March of 2007, right after I got my drain off. I couldn't shower for 15 days. I learned to love Baby wipes in that time. My hair is also really thin, compared to my normal hair.
Last book read before Sick: Lets Get Lost by Sarra Manning, I try to read it every year though it hurts in a way.
I think that is enough of memory lane for me, before I cry too much. This will also be an explanation of bitchiness, sadness, and other emotions in coming weeks.
Take Care, Sarah.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Meg has always wanted to get away. To push the limits and just lives When she is dared to go on a railroad bridge, that supposedly a couple died on year away. She thinks nothing of it. When the police come, Meg and her friend are arrested and saved by a matter of minutes. As punishment, they aren't allowed to go to Miami Beach for spring break. Instead, they must work with the Police Force, Firefighters, and Paramedics. When she is matched with Office John After, she isn't happy. He was the officer that brought her in. He is also only a couple years older and she was in Spanish with him. Soon, she finds her self falling for him.
When secrets and misunderstanding come along, will she be able to handle it. I loved this book. It was so amazing. All the characters seemed so real and I also really liked Meg. She was very awesome. John was also very amazing and easy to fall for. This book also had an amazing plot and lots of twist and turns. I will definitely have to check out some more books by Jennifer Echols, since this was my first. It comes out March 17th. I hope you buy it and enjoy this amazing read.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Monday, January 26, 2009
Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
Asha is the second daughter in a very traditional in a Bengali family in the 1970's. There are riot and jobs are hard to find. Asha's father is forced to go to America in order to find a job. Her sister Reet, her mother, and herself are going to Calcutta; They are going to live with her father's family. In Calcutta, Asia is trapped in her Grandmother's house. She is unable to go to school, because of lack of money. Her mother finds it disrespectful for her to go outside of the house, on her own. So her freedom is limited.
Asha finds relief in writing in her diary or as she calls it, her Secret Keeper. She tends to write on the roof, until she find out that her neighbor, Jay has been spying on her. He wants to paint her. Asha's sister, Reet has caught the attention of the young men in town. Many are their cousin's Raj's friends. Asha and her family are left with difficult decisions that would alter their life's.
I found this book to be well descriptive. The characters drew a hole in my heart from how life like they were and how the ending wasn't exactly what I wants. It was still amazing. If you want to discover a book, that will pull your heart strings and makes you wonder... How much would you sacrifice to save someone that you loved? It also was great at making Asha and It seem like real sisters. I really hope that you check this book out.
Also check out, Mitali's Blog.
Here is the trailer...
Happy Reading, Sarah.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Anyways, there were 48 entries, with 71 extra entries.
Now for the winners and a quick Drum Roll...
Nation by Terry Prachett goes to...
A Signed copy of Aurelia by Anne Osterlund goes to...
and Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos goes to...
Paradox. Paradox has passed. So, it goes to Katie of KD's Library.
So, Thanks for participating and making my first contest very amazing. I am going to e-mail the winners, now. Hope everyone has an amazing week. Also, Happy Reading.
Peace out, Sarah
P.S.Winners... if for some reason you don't get an e-mail. Email me at Sarahbear119 (at) hotmail.com
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I got tagged...
I got Tagged by the amazing Sharon Loves Books and Cats
Cover Art Saturday: The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong
Friday, January 23, 2009
I got it finally. Megan convince me to get it. Anyways... I need your user names if you want to talk. So just Add me and we can talk about Books, Movies, Music, and anything else.
My user name is Sarahbear9789.
So, YAY for AIM and now I am going back to reading.
Peace out, Sarah.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Saturday, January 17, 2009
In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg
Cover Art Saturday: Simply Irresistible by Jennifer Banash
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wow... my first contest...
Nation by Terry Pratchett
It was very fantastic and just an incredible book. It is about a boy that loses his family and everything by a giant wave. A English girl lands on the island and they have to work through language and cultural difference to build a Nation.
It is an ARC that I got from HarperAurelia by Anne Osterlund
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I have a mailbox?
These books, I got from Amazon from family members that just give me a gift card, because they have no clue what to get me. I had already read Story of a Girl and Life as We Knew it. I just read Far From You and Unraveling, both were amazing books. The rest are books that I heard were good and wanted to read them. I also got the movies, Atonement and Juno.
I won Lord of Misrule from Chelsie
Adios to All The Drama, I won from Diana
I was sent Going too Far for review.
So, this doesn't count the 10+ library books, I checked out.
I rarely get books in the mail,so it is kind of overwhelming in I-Have-No-Clue-What-To-Read-Next feeling. So What did you guys get in your mailbox or buy this week?
Peace Out, Sarah.
Cover Art Saturday: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn’t make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over...
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
The Explosionist is set in a parallel world. Napoleon defeated Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This caused many other event to conspire and create a very interesting world that you want to learn about.
Sophie Hunter lives in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1938. She goes to an all-girls school and hopes to be a scientist. Currently, bombs are going off all around the city and all young women might be forced to be drafted in to some sort of public service. Will this stop her dreams? After receiving a message from a medium, and soon after the mediums murder, Sophie finds that she might be in more danger. With the help of her friend Mikael, she uncovers the truth and it effects not only her, but all of Europe.
This book was amazingly well written and very interesting. The characters are amazingly real and loving. Once you start this book, you will be glued to the story. The story starts off slowly, but then you are put into this pit of amazing mystery and intrigue. There are some complicated plot twist, but it keeps you mind full of thoughts. This dystopia of a parallel world will keep you until the last word and then it will stay you for long after. The ending will make you want more, because it is such a wonderful book.
Check out, Jenny's blog here
Peace out, Sarah.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Operation Teen Book Drop 2009
I will bring you news as it comes. The date is April 16th. So, I hope you will donate books. If you have any extra. It is a wonderful cause and so easy to do. =D
Also, check out Little Willow's post on it.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The VC Andrews Movement...
I joined this yesterday and I am excited. I have only read the 1-3 of the Dollaganger Series. So, I am going to read that whole series. I also think I am going to read the Casteel Series and My Sweet Audrina.
So you should totally join this movement/ challenge and read some good trash. Yay, for books that my mom read when she was my age. Now I am going to half price books for the ones, I don't own. I hope to get a cut out cover. =D
Check out the challenge at Taren's or Steph's blog
Saturday, January 3, 2009
1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!2. Leave a comment at the original Post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.
3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.
4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…
1. the book that’s been on your shelves the longest:
Charlotte's Web or Bride to Terabithia. I don't really have any picture books on my shelf, because those have given away. I love those two books.
2. A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time, etc.):
My bible, I got it when I turned 10 and I was so happy to get it. Looking for Alaska, it was one of the books that got me back in to reading when I was really sick. The 1st time, it took me three days, but I was on codeine and I sleep a lot on that medicine.
3. a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.):
Every time, I have surgery. My mom give me a book or two. I got City of Ashes, Thriteen Reason Why, Let's get Lost, The Host, Bloom, Revelations, and a few other books.
I also found a copy of Octavian The Nothing Vol. II in like May of the last year. I still have yet to read it.
4. the most recent addition to your shelves:
I just bought The Elite on firday, because I got In Too Deep in the mail. They are on my to read next list.
5. a book that’s been with you to the most places:
Harry Potter, I have read these books so many times. I can't explain how amazing they are. Just read them and trust me.
6. a bonus book that you want to talk about but doesn’t fit into the other questions:
Twilight, does anyone else love yet hate this book? Discuss in the comments.
The Story Siren
Cover Art Saturday: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Machetta
Friday, January 2, 2009
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Courtney's Very Awesome Blog
Peace out, Sarah.