Swamplandia! by Karen Russell totally ROCKS!

Swamplandia!

I am LOVING this strange & beautiful story from Karen Russell. I can’t really describe it yet, other than to tell you that there is a sister who loves dead people, a brother who runs away to join the World of Darkness, and a girl who wants to become a champion alligator wrestler just like her dearly departed mom. Dad and Grandpa are a total mess, too.

I’m am totally 100% sure that my love for this unusually odd book grows with every unusual page I turn.

 

Awesome Contest from A. S. King or True Confessions of a Typo-Queen!

I really should know better, but I really should a lot of things…

Yesterday, I got super excited about the upcoming release of the new A. S. King book EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, which comes out on October 3.              A. S. King really is my favorite YA author. I wanted her to know how excited I was! She wrote the amazing THE DUST OF 100 DOGS and PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ. Both are totally worthy of all 5 Blings! If you haven’t read either, go do it right now! I’ll wait…

So, she’s totally amazing, right! See why I was so excited for another A. S. King book?! Well, I maybe got a little too excited. I  wrote this on her Facebook page:

“I can’t wait to read EVERYBODY SEE THE AUNTS!”

Yup! I did it. AUNTS not ANTS.

I.  So. Totally. Could. Have. Died!

I’m a teacher, spell-checker, proofreader, and super re-checker! I want someone to make me an app that lets you correct people on the internet with a red pen.  I secretly judge people who mix up there/their & your/you’re. I mean, what happened? Well, I happened. I oops-ed my way right into being a typo-queen!

A. S. King is my favorite author for a reason. She was so awesome about it. She laughed and teased me with a possible typo-sequel called EVERYBODY SEES THE UNCLES. Even better, she started a contest to give away an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS on her blog. It was inspired by the well meaning typos we all make and she even gave me a shout-out. (FIST PUMP!)

Check out the EVERYBODY SEES THE PANTS contest here:

http://www.as-king.info/2011/05/everybody-sees-pants-contest.html

Think up a funny typo-ish A. S. King book title and enter!

If you win, will you loan me your copy?! 

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!)
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Reading Right Now

I had to make some tough vampire choices this week. I decided on DEAD RECKONING by Charlaine Harris, mainly because I had it on my iPad. I preordered BITE CLUB by Rachel Caine and HARD BITTEN by Chloe Neill before I knew about the awesome iPad anniversary gift that Schmoopy gave me! Truth be told, they’ve been preordered for months. I really super totally love this iPad, so it made the choice really easy! Yup, this post is From my iPad, too! (so be extra understanding about spelling oops, ok.)!

But here’s the kicker…I have a major rule about no technology in bed (mainly because I have zero self control with my iPhone and laptop), so I am still trying to decide where the iPad falls under this rule. If I just read, I would be ok, but again the lack of self control thing comes into play! So, I came up with a great solution: I’m reading Sookie on the iPad downstairs and Morganville upstairs. If only I could fit Chicagoland in there without totally mixing up my vampires!

Oh well, you can’t have everything!

Update: I totally stalked Cadogan House when I visited Chicago in 2012. Schmoopy knew he was powerless to resist my need to find Merit and Eric. It was pretty dang epic! Sadly, it was during the day and they weren’t available. Maybe next time!

Cadogan House!

Cadogan House!

The MIS-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn

The MIS-Adventures of Phillip Isaac PennThe MIS-Adventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L. Peterson

Loving this adorable story of Pip!

Fun Friday Find & My #fridayreads

Today while I was reading James Dashner’s The Scorch Trials I found a playing card. It was the 8 of clubs. I love finding things (that aren’t gross) in books. I find so many things in library books: bookmarks, shopping lists, receipts, and now a playing card. It makes me think about the person who read the book before me and what could have been going on in their life at the time. Today, the playing card made me think of the poor deck of cards that is missing an 8 of clubs. It also reminded me of beach houses that we used to rent in the summer. There were always games with random pieces all thrown together. We played them with the Frankenstein parts and usually ended up making up a few games of our own.

I also thought about a really sad time in my life. While I was reading a miscarriage book, I found a note tucked inside that said, “I am so sorry you are reading this.” Wow! That was so powerful at the time and I still remember how it made me feel connected to the other women who had the awful misfortune of losing a child. I was sure to gently place that note back into the book before I returned it. I prayed that it would find some else and help them heal, even if just a little bit.

I love the way reading helps me make connections to really important and powerful things in my life! That totally ROCKS!

But, I didn’t think about these things for long, because I am so into The Scorch Trials! I can’t wait to see what will happen next. On the back cover it says (in all caps) THE MAZE WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING. I’ve been sneaking up on Schmoopy for a few days now and saying that in a creepy voice. He doesn’t think it is as hysterical as I do, even though he started it. I totally crack myself up every time I do it.

I’m so funny to me!

What are your Friday Reads?

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

4 Bling Book!

This book wasn’t on my list to read next, but after I flipped through a few pages of 13 Little Blue Envelopes I had to find out what happened!

I love the idea of this story. Ginny gets a package from her long-lost (and now deceased) favorite & eccentric Aunt Peg and she is instructed to follow the directions in each little blue envelope exactly as stated. She has to follow rules like no maps, guide books, or cell phones. She has to go by herself with only a backpack. She has to open the envelopes in order and only after she has completed the task in the opened envelope. She basically has to completely abandone her safe little world and just dive into the world of the envelopes. Wow, I don’t know if I could have that much self control or trust in anyone or anything!

I really liked this story and Ginny’s adventures. I loved the way her aunt slowly revealed herself with the pictures and information that accompanied each envelope. So, why only 4 Blings? I couldn’t get past the part of her parents letting her take off to Europe on her own at 17. I didn’t totally buy the love(ish) story between Ginny and Keith. It was too fast and too sketchy at times. Other times, I totally believed it and couldn’t wait for them to see each other again. I also felt like I needed to know more about a few things in the plot. I wanted to know more about Richard, more about the paintings, and I just hated that the envelopes were gone. I get why they had to be, but I just didn’t like it.

I will read the second story The Last Little Blue Envelope and that may make me feel better about what I felt was missing. I do love the concept and Maureen Johnson’s writing style.

Book Basics
Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperTempest
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Pages: 317
BLING Rating: 4 Blings!

Friday Reads

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My #fridayreads book is Carrie Ryan’s third book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series: The Dark and Hollow Places.

I am loving it! The second book, The Dead-Tossed Waves, is my favorite so far. I swear I read somewhere that there was going to be a book about the Sisterhood, but I think I made that up. Even so, I’m loving The Dark and Hollow Places just as it is.  I was twelfth in line for the book at the library and I just couldn’t wait that long, so I bought it on Monday. I thought I’d finish it by now, but I had a crazy week. I’ve been looking forward to the weekend so that I could become totally immersed in the book.

Yay for a reading weekend! Oh wait, I have tons of other stuff to do, too. But, I will totally stake out some sacred time for reading!