2,000 Tweets! Prize Worthy!

I have tweeted almost 2,000 times! Wow…That is pretty prize worthy! When I hit 2,000, I will randomly select one awesome winner (from the last 100 that @ me using a random # generator) for a prize that is going to be amazing!

Talk to me, Twitter!
@ohmandee

Dear Bully-Can’t Wait to Read This!

I have been waiting for this book! I am so excited to read it and share it with others!

Bravo to these authors who share their stories of bullies and how they survived!

I know these stories will help so many people!

Dear Bully Bling!

Look What I Made!

Found out about this cool app Wordfoto while playing on Twitter! So fun!

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5 Blings for Nerd Girls by Alan Lawrence Sitomer!

5 Blings for Nerd Girls!

Alan Lawrence Sitomer really gets it!  I’ve love all of his books. THE SECRET STORY OF SONIA RODRIGUEZ is a favorite, but I really do like them all.

NERD GIRLS: THE RISE OF THE DORKASAURUS is a different kind of Sitomer book. There are so many things I like about this book! It is really funny, without trying too hard or feeling fake. It is empowering without being super preachy or judgemental. And, maybe most of all, it is filled with characters that are real–the kind you really love or hate once you get to know them.

First of all, we have our Nerd Girls. Big-boned and food obsessed Maureen (Mo), our narrator, is the overweight middle child of her family. Her brother, Marty, is a prankster and her younger sister, Ashley, is a totally popular gymnast. There’s Allergy Alice Applebee (nicknamed Q for questions mark because she always makes you wonder). She is allergic to everything. Really. Everything! She is constantly puffing on her inhaler with a hysterical “Wheeesh-Whooosh!” Finally there is Beanpole Barbara, the clumsiest girl in the history of the world. She constantly trips, falls, and crashes into everything and anything around her. After the “Ouch!” you hear an immediate, “I’m okay, I’m okay!” She is a mess! All the Nerd Girls are a mess, really.

Of course, we meet the ThreePees: aka Brattany (Brittany), Sophie (Sophes), and Kiki. They are the  horrid, typical middle school Mean Girls. The P’s are for Pretty, Popular, and Perfect. They make boys swoon, treat girls like trash, and make the lives of nerd unbearable.

And of course, there is that boy: Logan Meyers. Maureen totally crushes on him and he is always around when she is doing something super dorky and embarrassing!

So, what’s so great about this book? Well, as I pointed out earlier, it is funny. Poor Big-Boned-Maureen tries to do the right thing, makes a fool of herself, and it gets plastered on YouTube. It is that kind of horrible, Oh-My-Gosh-I’m-So-Glad-That-Didn’t-Happen-To-Me kind of thing that keeps you up at night. It is also hysterical because it wasn’t me! Also, it is the kind of story that you can put yourself right in the middle of. Especially in our horrid middle school days. These three nerdy girls are brought together through necessity and the need for the kind of revenge that also screams for justice (another cool theme that runs through the book). A great friendship forms. You root for them. You want them to win. You feel their pain.

I don’t want to give away too much. There’s a terrible act of mean, a revenge plan involving a talent show, and a ton of laughs, Wheeesh-Whooosh-es, I’m Okay-s, and sneaky junk food from Paradise Palace. There’s even a robotic dog that pees. What’s not to like?

I will promise you that if you don’t like Nerd Girls, you are probably more of a ThreePees kinda girl. And, even if you were, you would be lying if you said you were never the victim of some kind mean girl type antics. Even ThreePees get treated poorly be other ThreePees.

In the end, what needs to happen happens. It isn’t one of those super cheesy happily ever after deals, either. It is what should happen and what really could happen. And, best of all, I’m totally rooting for a “Return of the Nerd Girls” type sequel to be in the works!

Read it, you’ll love it, all 5 Blings of it!

NERD GIRLS: THE RISE OF THE DORKASAURUS

Source: NetGalley

Release Date: July 5, 2011

Reading level: Young Adult

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

ISBN-10: 1423139968  ISBN-13: 978-1423139966

Even the CDC is ready for the Zombie Apocalypse!

Surviving the Zombies! from CDC, see link to article

I read this last night on a super cool iPad app called Zite. It builds a personal magazine for you based on what you like and what you don’t. My love for all things supernatural and strange was quickly picked up by this super cool and freaky big brother type app. If you’ve got an iPad, you need Zite!

Now, on to the Zombies…

I’m sure that the CDC posted this as a humorous way to get people prepared for any kind of disaster, but with all the zombie, post-apocalyptic, and dystopia I’ve been reading lately, it didn’t seem that way at first. And  with the supposed end of the world thing hitting on Saturday, May 21, I have to wonder how many people saw this and really freaked out. BTW, if you’d like to leave  me your cash, your car, or anything valuable before the end hits, just give me a call!

I thought this was both awesome and hysterical. So, I wanted you to read it, too!

http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp#

Sookie & Eric, Claire & Shane!

So in love with these sexy vampires (Eric!) & humans (Shane!) that I just can’t stop reading.
And I just can’t wait for Merit & Ethan!
Yup, I have vampire issues.
Don’t like it?
Bite me! (sorry…had to!)
btobratings2paranormal

iPad Weekend & The Dark Side!

Schmoopy got me an iPad for our anniversary & it finally arrived on Thursday night. I have spent most of the weekend playing with it. I’m writing this post on it now!

I totally love it! Love, love, love it!

There is, however, a dark side to this awesome iPad! Yep, really, there is. I haven’t read as much as I usually do & I’ve had to tear myself away from it several times to get things done. I hated to leave it when we went out & I’m already worried about missing it when I go to work tomorrow (kidding-kinda!). But really, I might need an iPad intervention soon. Uh-oh!

I’d love to hear from you about the best apps and how you use your iPad & maybe a tip or two about how to return from The Dark Side!

Sent from Mandee’s iPad!

iPad Bling!

Ooops, I did it again…

I have a small book problem. Ok, I lied. It is a HUGE book problem.  It has many facets, too.  So many, in fact, that they need a list:

  • I want to read just about everything!
  • I have serious vampire and zombie issues. I have to read them all!
  • I check out WAY too many books at the library. It is like how people must feel when they walk past a pet store. I just can’t leave them there, they need a good home!
  • I keep buying more books. I can’t help it. Sometimes the wait lists at the library are so long and I want it now (Veruca Salt, anyone!?).
  • I say I’m going to read this or than next, but then something just jumps out at me and I pick it up. Then that’s it…I’m reading it.
  • Being ADHD (really, like clinically, not like in the kidding kind of way) does not help this issue. I am currently listening to something in the car, have a book on my desk at work, have a book upstairs, and a book downstairs. I’m getting an iPad this weekend (YAY!) and I just know I’ll put a few books on that!

So, what’s the bottom line here? Why the rant?

I need to fess up:

I went to order one book today and got three (Oops, sorry Schmoopy! Didn’t mean to!). It is just so easy to click, add to cart, and check out! Darn internet!

I am trying to return some library books, but they look at me all cute and book-like, with their shiny covers and cute spines…I just can’t decide which ones to return without reading first. I know that I can check them out again, put them on a special list, whatever, but (go ahead and laugh) I don’t want them to feel bad. UGH!

Whew, I feel better now. I probably won’t change, but isn’t the first step in solving a problem admitting you have one?!

Did I mention that I love books? Well, I do!

Today I am thankful

Today I am thankful that my parents let me read banned books, old books, over my age limit books, books that I should have outgrown, books that nobody else let their kids read, silly books, awful and trashy and horrible books, really just any books.

I am so thankful for their reading! My mom reads anything she can her hands on (and I was proud to be able to put a Kindle in her hands this year). My dad read magazines and trade publications and loved audio books on long car trips (he usually got the gist of it, but he never really paid much attention to the details).

They were readers. Now I am a reader. I get to inspire others to read.

THAT TOTALLY ROCKS!

Today I am thankful for my awesome parents and their love of reading. That is a feeling that is better than all the Bling in the World!

Monday Prize Bling

I had crazy Monday & really needed a cool prize. Since there aren’t many things cooler than a new book, I stopped at the book store on the way home!

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I also stopped by the library and grabbed a bag full of awesome books and audio books!

The only tough part will be deciding what to read first! What a beautiful dilemma for a Monday that started out a bit rocky!