Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Gothic Reading Challenge

Hey everyone! Here is an awesome new reading challenge for the New Year. A Gothic Reading Challenge! To sign up, just click on the link above and sign up your blog on the linky list. Make a comment and think about how many books you think you could read in a year that were moody enough to be considered Gothic. For tips, visit the home page of the Gothic Reading Challenge for some ideas on what to read to make your challenge truly creepy.

I am going to read at least 10 sufficiently creepy books. How many will you try for?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Finished Friday!

I finally got some days off from the store and was able to finish reading Wither by Lauren DeStefano. To sum it up. Wow.

What I Liked:
The plot was amazing. You have a world where people have been genetically engineered to be perfect, but it backfires and kids start dying early. Boys at age 25 and girls at 20. The world becomes a largely polygamous society, trying to have children to carry on the human race. Girls are rounded up like stray cattle and herded off to serve as sister wives for rich House Governors. The race to save humanity is on.

What was interesting about this is the point of view of the main character, Rhine. She very much detests where she is and the role that is expected of her. Watching her rebuff the advances of her "husband" and make her way through the landmines of this futuristic society was very well done and kept me guessing. There is also a budding romance with her attendant, Gabriel that could cost them both their lives.

The order of events was believable and I am very much looking forward to the next book. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What I Didn't Like:

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended. Bring on the next one please!


The theme of a polygamous society with the goal of having kids to save the human race could have been handled in a number of ways. The author does an exceptional job of making this YA friendly and leaving out what could have been very steamy. The plot kept me reading into the night. When it was over, I just sort of sat there wishing for a good hundred or so more pages. You know a book is good when you just sigh and hug it for a minute before reaching for the next one. (Tell me I am not the only one who does this please.)

Wither will be out in March 2011.

The Hob Blog: Fanmade Friday- A Hunger Games Movie Trailer

The Hob Blog: Fanmade Friday- A Hunger Games Movie Trailer: "Happy Thanksgiving to all! We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday with family and friends. One thing we are most thankful for are all y..."

Follow Friday and Blogger Hop

Hello everyone and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please join us in the Blog Hop and Follow Friday. are the links. Click to visit the host sites, add your blog to the link and pick a blog or two to follow. Share the love and leave a comment.

My question of the week...

Did you cook for Thanksgiving and did you have any kitchen disasters?

Check out my sister blog at Bookgirl in the kitchen ( for my own interesting contribution.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 22, 2010

In my mailbox

Lots of great titles in my mailbox this week. No time to read with the holiday craziness, but I am trying to finish Wither. Wow. What an awesome book. What are you guys reading?

Also, did you know it is totally possible to blog and blow dry your hair at the same time? Just think of all the time I'll save.

Have a great night wonderful followers.

Signing off to go get some sleep.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's Blog Hop time again!

Good morning readers! It's blog hop time again. If you want to join, just click the link above and leave your blog on the linky. Follow someone and if someone follows you, make sure you return the favor. If you don't have a blog, that's totally cool. Just follow and leave some comment love. (Bloggers, hope you do YA Bookpile following and comment love too!)

The question of the week is:

What are you thankful for on this week of Thanksgiving?

Happy Turkey Day everyone!

Monday, November 15, 2010

What I'm listening to....

I love audio books. They keep me reading even when I have to be doing other things. Housework, driving to work, chasing my rescue puppies around the know what I mean. This week, I will be checking out The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. This is part two to The Maze Runner. I have been on the list at the e-branch of my local library since it came out and I am so excited to be finally getting a listen. If any of you haven't read the first one, it is a must read. Fan of The Hunger Games? You will totally love it. Even better, see if your local library has an e-branch. You can listen on your Ipod or if you have a Nook, you can check out the books and read them on there. So portable and fun. The Nook will even play MP3 audios too!

Friday, November 12, 2010

What are you reading today?

It's a beautiful autumn day and there are books everywhere! What could be better? What are you reading today? Leave a comment and let me know.

Crazy for Books Blog Hop #1

Hello everyone. Join me in our first Crazy for Books Blog Hop.
 Click on the link to go back to Crazy for Books and let me know what blog you are following and the answer to this week's question. Leave your blog and get some new followers. Just make sure you follow back! Have fun and Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New zombie blog!

Hey there supernatural book lovers! I have a new zombie blog!

Check it out at:

Jay Asher and me.

I went to the off site event, supporting reading and hoping the kids were going to have a great time and find some new authors and books to love. What I didn't expect was to run into Jay Asher, author of one of my favorite books-13 Reasons Why.

Recently, I reviewed Jay's book on my sidebar because it really pertains to the current problem of bullying in schools.

Listening to Jay talk was very illuminating. Turns out he started out wanting to write humorous books and finally hit with this book, which is anything but funny. It just goes to show you that sometimes you never know what life has in store. As Jay spoke, he talked about reaching out to people in his life, and asking them about what things in their youth still haunted them today. What would make you want to kill yourself? They are some interesting questions.

For any of you who haven't read or listened to 13 Reasons Why on audio (I totally recommend that by the way), it is about a girl who kills herself and the tapes she makes just before she dies. If you are on the tapes, you contributed to her decision to end her life. The boy who gets the tapes doesn't understand why he is the one to receive them, and as he listens, we travel with him as he begins to see. It is a journey of loneliness and hard decisions. It is the choice between facing the things that hurt you with courage, or defeat.

This book will make you think. It will keep you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Introducing Follow Friday. Happy Friday all. Today we are introducing Follow Friday, a great way to find new websites we like, and to support our fellow bloggers. Please follow the selected blog of the week and maybe even more. Click on the link to take you to our hostess with the mostest,

This week's blog pick is:

Leave me a comment about who you followed this week. Maybe even leave your blog too.