Awesome Contest by Awesome WITHER author Lauren DeStefano

Wither

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

 

I totally love WITHER book & cannot wait until the second in the trilogy, FEVER!

Lauren DeStefano has an awesome contest to win an ARC of WITHER & FEVER! I totally need that! =D

Check it out! If I win, I’ll share. If you win, you’ll share! We will all play nice!

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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

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?

New Books! YAY!

New Books! Yay! She screams as she quickly carries in the goods to hide before Schmoopy gets home!

Technically I fessed up the other day when I admitted to buying 3 books when I said I’d only buy 1. Really, I could blame it on Twitter. I keep reading about so many awesome books and I just have to have them. For the record, I have no willpower when it comes to books. I’m in love, I can’t say no, they call to me and I always answer. So really, it isn’t my fault. Anyone buying any of this? No? Just me buying books, huh?!

So, short story long…here’s what was waiting on my doorstep when I got home this evening. Now I’ll have to decide which one to read first!

bumped by Megan McCafferty


XVI by Julie Karr

where she went by Gayle Forman

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!

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!

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!

Today I am Tired!

This week has been awesome, for real life, but today I am tired.

I found myself wishing I was snuggled in my bed with my meows READING. I found myself wishing that, like, all the time!
Doesn’t that sound amazing?! Alas, it was not to be.

I really wanted to finish my awesome Monday book. That hasn’t happened, either! I stayed up reading way too late several nights this week. Another reason I’m tired, but always so worth it.

I got to see one of my BF’s from middle school & high school last night. Her awesome parents and amazing kids joined us, too. That was super fun! Totally worth it, but did add to my sleepiness!

My other *wishful* thought this week that just may be keeping me up at night…I just cannot wait until my iPad arrives so that I can bring tons of books with me wherever I go. Schmoopy really outdid himself with that anniversary gift (even though it wasn’t Bling and it didn’t follow the traditional anniversary gift rule!).

Today I am tired, but I’m happy. And I’m surrounded by the people and books (and the Bling & meows) that I love.

So, that totally rocks!

Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Since it is National Poetry Month, I think Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas deserves a Shout-Out!

I ran across this book at the library a few months ago, read it in one evening (devoured it, really) and it has been on my mind ever since. Written in verse, it tells the story of a girl named Anke who isn’t being abused by dad, even though everyone else is. She grows stronger and stronger, both physically and emotionally, after making the volleyball team. All of the yelling of “Mine!” in the sport lead Anke to finally defend herself and her family from her abusive dad.

This book is amazing and totally earns all 5 of its Blings!

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!