Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012 @BaffledBooks – Count me in!

Lisa at Baffled Books is hosting the Speculative Fiction Challenge for 2012.

Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012

I read a lot of Dystopian, Sci-Fi, & Fantasy. So, I figured I’d just go for it!

This year I decided to set a yearly goal to read 100 books + the year.

So, in 2011 I read 111 books.

In 2012, my goal will be 112 books.

With this in mind, I am going to pledge to read at the Nirvana Level of the Speculative Fiction Challenge. This is 24 novels. I have a feeling that I will probably end up in the Obsessed range (48 Speculative Fiction novels).

Why don’t you join me?!

Check out the Speculative Fiction Challenge at Baffled Books!

Clockwork Prince Bling! Also, a WITHER movie…yup! Totally happening! @cassieclare & @LaurenDeStefano ROCK!

Wow! I have been glued to Clockwork Prince & loving it! It is so awesome! Cassandra Clare totally rocks!

Clockwork Prince 5 Bling Book!

Also, Lauren DeStefano announced that Wither is going to be a movie. FOR REAL LIFE! A movie!

And, I just know it in my heart, that she will make sure it is a super awesome totallly Wither-worthy one, too!

Check out the announcement in Variety here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118047405

Here’s some Wither Bling to get you excited!  Really, if you haven’t read Wither yet…well, get up and do it now! Right now!

Wither

Wither Bling...too bad there is a 5 Bling limit!

YAY! I won awesome books from @YABookshelf

I went a little contest crazy the other night. I wan to have a contest here, so I wanted to see what the other awesome bloggers were doing. While I was there, I figure, HEY! I like to win stuff! So I entered away.

And I got some awesome news from YA Bookshelf: I WON, I WON, I WON! 

I can’t wait to read these awesome books by some amazing authors.

Check them out:

YA Bookshelf Books I Won

Thanks again to YA Bookshelf for the fun contest, great books, and super fabulous blog!

I can’t wait to host a cool giveaway soon!

 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is ROCKING MY FACE OFF!

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I have been waiting for this book forever. FOREVER! I’m so excited to finally have be able to have Shatter Me Bling!
I really considered taking a day off from work to stay in bed and read.  I didn’t…but I really wanted to!!
I was hooked from the first words. I have to drag myself away from it in the mornings to get to work. Schmoopy has pulled it off of my sleeping face several times when I’ve been up too late reading it!

Love, love, love Shatter Me! Tahereh Mafi totally rocks for creating this terrifying amazing word of Juliette & The Reestablishment.

Shatter Me is such a 5 Bling Book!

New AS King and Heather Brewer Bling!

Oh my AWESOME!

Everybody Sees the Ants

The Slayer Chronicles

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!

What I’ve Been Reading & Loving or The End of My Reading Slump!

I was in a reading slump this summer. I don’t know why–I usually read like crazy all summer.  It was hard to book blog when I wasn’t reading (duh!).

Thankfully, that is behind me now! I’ve been reading some amazing books (and a few that were just ok). Here’s a quick pic post of what I’ve been reading and loving lately! Check them out, they are all 5 Bling Books (well, not the WordPress Books).

Quite possibly the reason why I quit reading good books! Not too many Blings here!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Book!

More Blings Than Possible to Measure!

5 Bling Series! LOVE!!

5 Bling Stack!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Book!

5 Bling Books!

Reviewed! Madly in Love with Michelle Leighton’s Series!

4 Bling Book!

Madly & Wolfhardt

I really am in love with Madly! (I’m not going to say I’m Mad about Madly…but I really want to!)

Michelle Leighton really got it right with her awesome mermaids. Yup, that’s right…mermaids! How awesome is that?!

I have to admit, I’ve been in quite the reading slump lately. I haven’t been crazy about much that I’ve read this summer. I think I was reading too much of the same thing. I was totally over reading the same stuff with different characters. Then, like in answer to a readers prayer, Madly came along. I totally got pulled into Madly and her world as soon as I started reading. That hasn’t been happening lately! I believe Madly’s world, her best friend Jersey, and the trouble with being a teenage mermaid who is also the future queen of the Mer.

I also loved the super hot Jackson/Madly/Aidan love story action. Madly is tied to Aiden. Jackson isn’t allowed. You can tell as soon as Jackson steps into the story that this forbidden super crush is going to be awesome & it doesn’t disappoint!

There are good guys, bad guys, mermaids, werewolves, and classic story telling-all of it is set to awesome.

I hope you check out the first two books of the Madly Series & visit Michelle’s blog to find out more about this great author! (She’s super fun, too, BTW!)

Mermaids. That is new & super exciting! Here’s the book info:

**INCLUDES BOOK 1 & 2 OF THE MADLY SERIES**

Madly is your average nearly eighteen year old girl—for a mermaid princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, Madly’s home beneath the sea.   A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants.

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods.  After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death.  And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth.  But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart.  Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt?  Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

Michelle Leighton’s Blog: http://mleightonbooks.blogspot.com/p/madly.html

FIND AT Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Madly-Wolfhardt-Book-ebook/dp/B005CKHYDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1310992867&sr=1-1

FIND AT Barnes & Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/madly-and-wolfhardt-m-leighton/1104277798?ean=2940012836878&itm=1&usri=madly%2band%2bwolfhardt

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?!