Cannot wait for Insurgent by the AMAZINGLY AWESOME @VeronicaRoth

May can’t come soon enough!

I just can’t wait to get my Bling on Insurgent!

I love, love, loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent. It was one of my favorite reads last year. Now the countdown is on for Insurgent. Some bloggers even have ARCs already. I’m a little jealous, I must admit. But, I do love that it isn’t that far away now!

Are there books that you just can’t wait to read? What are they?

Veronica Roth has a super cool countdown clock on her site: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
If I could figure out how to get it to show up here, I totally would do that! So, be a dear and click over there, then come back here and imagine that super cool countdown widget surrounded by Bling. Thanks!

Oh wait, I think I did it! OMG! Go me!! WOOT!


More Mandee Monday #2: The Story of two girls!

Happy Monday!

Today for MMM! I’m going to tell you two quick stories.

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

The first is about my awesome friend. She put this book in my hands this morning at 6:45 (early book bliss!) as soon as I walked into school. She knew I wanted to read it, so she’s letting me read it before she does. That ROCKS!

The second is about the book Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr. I’ve been dying to read this story of a girl who gets branded as “the school slut” and her journey to escape that awful title. As a middle school teacher, I see these things happen all the time. And my heart breaks for those kids who get slammed with labels that are so cruel and so hard to shake. I cannot wait to dive into this story, even though I know my heart will hurt while I’m reading.

What are you reading this week? 

Challenge Time: Chick Loves Lit’s Completely Contemp Challenge 2012 #CCC

I’m totally into Reading Challenges this year! I think you should be, too!

I’ve signed up for the AWESOME Chick Loves Lit’s Completely Contemp Challenge 2012.

The challenge is to read books from 2010, 2011, & 2012.  It will help cut down my TBR piles from past years a bit & still read all of the exciting books being released in 2012!

I’m planning to read 25 books towards this challenge, but I bet I will end up reading more.

My personal goal for 2012 is to read 112 books! (1oo+the current year=math even I can handle!).

This is a total Book-Win-Win Situation!

Here is the beautiful challenge Banner! I hope you join me in this super cool Contemp Challenge!!

Completely Contemp Challenge 2012

Ordered Cinder by Marissa Meyer! Thank you @Parajunkee!

Today I am IMPATIENT!

I can’t wait to read Melissa Meyer’s Cinder.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’ve been on the waiting list at the public library for a while. I’m trying to be patient!

Alas, Patience and Mandee just don’t mix!

Today I read the super awesome review by  Parajunkee’s (read it here) and decided that I just cannot wait another second (well, maybe a day or two until the box arrives!).

Also, if you aren’t reading Parajunkee’s blog…well, start right now-I’ll wait!

You can read the first 5 chapters here free  (but don’t do it if you have no patience!)

So excited for some awesome Cinder Bling!

Maybe we will just file this under Don’t Tell Schmoopy! 

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I finished listening to Lucy Christopher’s Stolen today on my way into work.

5 Blings for Stolen!

It was a bittersweet ending for me. Actually, the whole book felt that way.

A young girl is, as the title eerily states, stolen from her family and taken far away. Really far…we’re talking  to Australia far.

The whole idea terrified me. Thinking of being in an airport (I travel quite a bit) with family one minute and drugged and stolen the next…OMG! That totally freaks me out. The simplicity of the act really scared me.

I talked about this for days and had to stop reading before bed one night. Schmoopy was not happy that I got myself into such a tizzy right before bed. I switched to the audio book so I could keep reading!

How AWESOME is it when a book can do this?!?!?!?

Pretty freaking awesome-that’s how awesome! 

Stolen really grabbed me (dare I say my thoughts were stolen by this book…maybe my sense of security was stolen…ok, I’ll quit!) right from the start. It was so REAL! It could happen, just like that. You, me, anyone. So easily and seemingly effortlessly (even though it was planned out quite carefully by Ty). Gemma was with her family in an airport, in a coffee shop,drugged, then just taken. UGH!

The story is told by Gemma as a letter to her kidnapper, Ty. We get that firsthand knowledge of Gemma’s thoughts of her capture. All of Gemma’s fears so vivid & realistic! It is really creepy. But, at the same time, you feel compassion for Ty. I think that was part of what raised the creepy factor of this book for me. I kept thinking: OMG, OMG, OMG!

I don’t want to give the story away. Plus, I would not be able to do Lucy Christopher’s writing justice! It is just a must read book!

Have you read Stolen? If so, I’d love to know your thoughts!

If not, go for it-but only during the day in a super safe place if the thought of being stolen really freaks you out!

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!

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

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?!