Friday, April 30, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(7)

It's Friday again and that means it time for another Book Blogger Hop. So go to  Crazy-for-Books and follow the instructions and enter your link, then start looking around at the other blogs that have their links on there. I now have 34 followers and I owe most of them to the Book Blogger Hop. Thank you. So if you haven't done this before, go ahead, it's a great meme.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

King of the Screwups

My sister is part of the Reading Bowl Team at her school, and they get a list of books that are nominees for the Georgia Peach Award. So whenever she gets this list I find myself checking off the books I've read, and it usually is a good amount. All the books on the list have to of been written in the year 2000 and on. So for the books I haven't read, I usually go and find them and try to read them. This book is on the list for next year, and so was Hold Still,  and North of Beautiful. The books have to be good to get on the list, and so far they have been. So this one one is called King of the Screwups by K.L. Going

About and Thoughts on Book:

Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. He excels at sports; he knows exactly what clothes to wear; he always ends up with the most beautiful girls in school. But he's got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most.
When Liam is finally kicked out of the house, his father's brother takes him in. What could a teenage chick magnet possibly have in common with his gay, glam rocker, DJ uncle who lives in a trailer in upstate New York? A lot more than you'd think. And when Liam attempts to make himself over as a nerd in a desperate attempt to impress his father, it's his "aunt" Pete and the guys in his band who convince Liam there's much more to him than his father will ever see.
From B&N

So Liam doesn't really believe that he can do anything and not screw it up. He tries to be a nerd, dress like one, be smart like, but it doesn't really work out for him. The popular people still like him and think that he's really cool. So in Liam's opinion he once again screwed up. He wants to be a nerd because his father is a genius and has been named Business Man of the Year many times. He puts Liam down for everything he does. He doesn't care that he made the varsity basketball team when he was in the ninth grade. He only sees what he's messed up, like getting drunk, hooking up with girls, getting a DWI and getting his license taken away, and failing classes. He does everything to show Liam that he's not going to amount to anything. It's not true, Liam is awesome at modeling, his mother use to be the top supermodel, and she taught him everything about fashion. He helps his uncle's friend set up a shop window to get more customers, and it works. But Liam's father thinks modeling is a waste of time, and that Liam can never go into his mother's old career, so Liam thinks that he's even screwed that up. I really could not stand Liam's dad. He's probably one of the worse father's in a book I've read. This book has flashbacks thrown in at the beginning of some chapters. It shows that Liam father's has been treating Liam the way he does since he was a little kid, telling him a B was not good enough and that he shouldn't be going to fashion shows. Liam's Uncle Pete or Aunt Pete as Liam calls him and his friends are some unique characters. I liked Eddie the best, he could be really funny and so was Pete. Darleen, Eddie's cousin, was someone who saw what you were on the surface and labeled you off from that. She hated Liam in the beginning because she saw him as Mr. Popularity a name his father gave him and not meaning it nicely. Liam tried through out the book to show her that he's not Mr. Popularity, but maybe he was really trying to for once impress his father and show him he didn't really screw up everything. The only opinion Liam needs to care about is his own, and how he sees himself. I thought this book was well written. It was funny in parts and touching in others, some parts I wanted to yell(mostly the parts that included the father), and at the end I was happy with how it turned out for Liam. I still think the end needs something more. I felt like it just ended, like she rushed to get to the end. Overall, a really good read.

Alisha

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

So the book I finished yesterday is Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants by Louise Rennison. It's the fourth one in the series Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Georgia thought she had put her "red-bottomosity" to rest when she finally chose Robbie the Sex God over Dave the Laugh. Anyway, Dave the Laugh is now dating her friend Ellen (which didn't stop Georgia from snogging him at a party...)
But when Dave breaks up with Ellen and the Sex God is never around, Georgia doesn't know what to do! As always, in Georgia's life, nothing ever turns out as planned!
From B&N

So I have been reading this series for a couple of years now. I would be farther through it if I could of gotten the next books when I wanted them. My library only has the first one, and every time I go to buy it, the bookstore doesn't have the one I need. It took what seemed like forever to get this one.

Louise Rennison knows how to make you laugh. If you're ever in the need of a good laugh, pick up this book or the others. I have a hard time keeping myself from laughing out loud. Sometimes I do, and that causes me to get weird looks. If they were to read this book, they'd understand why I was laughing. This series is about Georgia Nicolson and told in a diary format. She's British, so some of the terminalogy she uses I didn't always understand, but there is a dictionary included in the back, and it comes in handy. She's someone who is never afraid to do what she wants, even with the consequences that come with it. She'd convinced her friends, the Ace gang, to wear the required berets at her school as sausges on their heads, and then as gloved animals. During the winter she convinced them to wear the gloved animals with sunglasses, so to prevent snow blindness. Like I said this book is hilarious. Robbie is the guy Georgia starts to like in the first book, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, but he's three years older, so he said that they couldn't be together. Later on he changes his mind, after Georgia dated Dave the Laugh, who understands her humor more, and they start dating. Now Ellen, a member of the Ace gang is dating Dave the Laugh, and Georgia finds herself thinking about Dave. She also tells Jas, Georgia's best friend, that she snogged Dave the Laugh at a party when he first started dating Ellen, and she was going out with Robbie. Of course Jas gets mad, and it takes Georgia a while to convince her to be her friend again. So in this book Georgia has a dilema, she keeps questioning whether or not she likes Dave the Laugh, and what's going to happen when Robbie goes on tour with his band The Stiff Dylans. It's not a book that is going to make you cry and you may think of it as childish, but I still like these books. I'll keep reading them because they make me laugh.

Alisha

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hold Still

This is #25 on my list and I have reached the second level on the YA Reading Challenge.It's called the Just My Size YA Reading Challenge. I'm trying to get to level 4 called Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge. I am working my way to that level, slower than usual, but I'm still reading a lot. I'll have more time during the summer.
So this one is called Hold Still by Nina Lacour

About and Thoughts on Book:
dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can't.
Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend's suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn't die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid's descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself
From B&N

I realize that lately I have been reading books very similar to this one. This book drew me in with the beginning. Caitlin can't see living her life without Ingrid. It was always them two together since the ninth grade. In the beginning Caitlin has a hard time coping and even talking to anyone. She starts a friendship with the new girl in school, Dylan, but is afraid that she can't handle another friendship and that she's not worthy of one. She decides to blow Dylan off one day, she thinks this is the best solution. She thinks Dylan deserves a better friend than her. She's wrong, she needs Dylan as a friend, and not as a replacement for Ingrid. She can't go through the rest of her life with no one. When she finds Ingrid's journal, she discovers things that Ingrid never told her. She thought they were just alike, but that was not always true. Ingrid meant for Caitlin to find the journal. She wanted her to know why and what was going on with her that she didn't tell her. Ingrid was an amazing artist, she was so good at photography. She left behind that for Caitlin. Most of the photos were of Caitlin. It showed how important Caitlin was to Ingrid, but Ingrid just couldn't deal with life. That didn't mean that she wanted Caitlin not to live her life, she wanted her to. This is an amazing book, a first novel for author Nina Lacour, and she wrote a powerful book.

Alisha

Book Blogger Hop(6)

It's that wonderful time again. It's Friday, and you know what that means. It's time for another Book Blogger Hop. Thanks to the Hop, I now have 24 followers. Hoping to get more and to find some other blogs that I will love reading. So once again all you have to do is go to Crazy-for-Books blog, follow the rules she has listed there, enter your link, and then start Hopping around other blogs.
Some blogs that I have found through the Hop are:
Obsessed!
The Book Blog
and
Pages
Just a few of the many blogs I have started following and reading.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beastly

So the book that had yet to arrive, finally came in the other day. So I am no longer frustrated, but I am still very disappointed that it took this long to get a book from Tennessee when I only live in GA. Anyways, this one is called Beastly by Alex Flinn

About and Thoughts on Book:
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
From B&N

I have always wondered what it was like for the Beast in Beauty and The Beast. I have seen the Disney version, and it does give some back story but not enough. Beastly gives you that insight into the beast and how he feels. It is set in the 21st century in NYC, so it's more relatable to a kid from this time. Kyle Kingsbury is completely shallow and a total jerk to begin with in this book. Another character I wish I could smack. He does deserve what he gets. Being changed into a beast changes his whole perspective. It does take him time to get over his shallow ways, but he does get there. He realizes people were only his friend because he was rich and good looking. If he wasn't people would of just thought he was a complete jerk. Even being set in the 21st century, this book kept close to the Beauty and the Beast I know. There was of course the witch, but there was also the magic mirror that shows you anyone that you want to see. Lindy ended up coming to live with Kyle, later on called Adrian, because her father trades her for not being put in jail. Not a great father, if you ask me. They become friends, and he learns that someone can get to know him and get past his looks. This book teaches you about the importance of looking past appearances and seeing someone for who they really are. Let's face it, though, people do judge others on how they look, but hopefully there are people out there who don't.

Alisha

Saturday, April 17, 2010

YA Reading Challenge

So I just found out about this today. I had no idea it was going on. It started in January and will go till December. There are four different levels going from just reading 12 books to reading 75. I plan to read 75, but would like to go over that. I'm counting the ones I have already read so far this year. I am almost to the second level which is to read 25 books. I have a link on the side if you want to go to the site, which is Home Girl's Book Blog, and join in on the challenge.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(5)

It's that time again. It's Friday! Which means it's time for another Book Blogger Hop. I join it again as well. It's this awesome meme started over on Crazy-for-Books. You can add your link and start finding some other book blogs that you might of not known if you didn't join this Hop. It's a wonderful way to connect with other bloggers who like the same kind of books as you do. So I love this thing and think it was wonderful thing to come up with and do. So join!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Frustrated

This is not a book or a post about a book I've just read, but I will be done with another book soon. No this a rant, because as the title says I'm frustrated. I'm am feeling this way because I ordered a book online in March, close to the end. Okay, it said that the books I ordered should be here no later than April 8th, and what date is it, the 15th. Wonderful! Yea, well I ordered 8 books. 7 of them have arrived, all at different times because they came from different sellers. I ordered used books. I prefer new books, but not when I'm going to have to pay $18 dollars for just one. So I saved money, around $60. Most of the books cost $2 with some change. I got 2 hard back books that would of cost $17 or $18 each, but got one for $10 and the other for $7. I now understand why I should buy used books more often. All of them are in good condition, some even looking like new. Back to the point, the book that has yet to arrive is Beastly. A book I've been wanting to read for a while. If my library had it, I would of not bought the book, but as I have said many times, my library sucks. Well at least to me. Every day I go to my mail box expecting a package that looks to contain a book. I am very disappointed every day. I am hoping the book arrives soon. I need to get in contact with the seller and ask where my book is. So this was my rant. I felt I needed to get this out. You can disagree with me about used books versus new books if you want, I like both.

Alisha

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wintergirls

Just finished reading this one yesterday. I could not get on my computer for a few days because it had to be worked on. Which sucked because I have to use my computer a lot, and the one my mom uses at her office blocks like everything, including my email. Also for some reason my c key keeps sticking, so I have to press it a bunch of times to get it to work. That's just wonderful, isn't it? lol. Well this one is called Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all-hope.
From B&N

So Laurie Halse Anderson is one my favorite authors. Every book I read of hers is amazing and so much to it that makes you not want to put it down. The books I have read of hers so far is Speak, Twisted, and Catalyst.  All of them truely amazing. Wintergirls did not let me down. It lived up to the others. I have been waiting to read this book since it came out a couple months ago. Amazingly my library got it faster than I thought they would. It takes you to the world of an anorexic girl, and tells you why she does it. It tells you why she wants to be so skinny, why she doesn't want to get better, because to her being 85 lbs is better. I've seen Lifetime movies on this subject before, but none of them are as good as this book. In fact, they'll probably make a movie about this book like they did with Speak. That's just my opinion, who knows if they'll actually do it. I got so frustrated with Lia throughout the book, because I wanted her to see that she was killing herself. Even after her friend died, she couldn't see what this was doing to her. I just wanted to scream sometimes. There is hope at the end that she will get better, which made me want to scream with joy, that finally she got it. This book is a must read. It's another great book I've read so far this year.

Alisha

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Awesome Contest!!!

Okay so over on Black and Blue Ink, she is having one awesome contest. She is giving away a choice of 20 books. It's for turning 16 and having 120+  followers, which is awesome. So go check it out, and see what kind of books you could possibly win.

Book Blogger Hop (4)

Once again I join the Hop. I was out of town yesterday, so I could not post this on Friday exactly.
So what you do is go to Crazy-for-Books and add your link to the post. Then you start checking out other awesome blogs, and may even get a few more followers yourself. I am now at 20 followers and I owe most of that to the Hop. I also have found even more blogs that are quite awesome. So check it out if you haven't already.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

North of Beautiful

This book was not on my long list, but I thought I would read it anyway. It's North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley.

About and Thoughts on Book:
As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?
From B&N


So choosing to read this book was a smart idea. It was a book I didn't want to put down, but was forced to by my mother. Terra explains a lot of this book through things that have to do with maps and cartography. It went well with the story, and now I know a lot more about cartography. lol. Her dad is someone you just want to smack. Through out the book, all I wanted to do was scream at him. He's a cartographer who is infamous for believing China actually discovered America. Which they didn't, so he doesn't want anything that reminds him of the mistake he made. He belittles everyone in his family, including Terra's port wine stain and the art she makes. She makes collages that tell more about the people they're about than the person might actually tell you. He says they're not art. Again, I wish he could be smacked. The guy in this, because of course there is a guy, Jacob, is someone who's not afraid to tell you what you're afraid to here. I find that he seems pretty amazing in my opinion. Overall, this is a wonderful book that I think anyone will like and probably read over and over again. I may even do that and that is so not like me.

Alisha

Friday, April 2, 2010

Book Blogger Hop(3)

Once again I have joined the Book Blogger Hop hosted on Crazy-for-Books .
It's a great place to find new, awesome blogs. This is my third time joining in. I have found some awesome blogs and have obtained some more followers. If you have yet to do this before, all you have to do is go to Crazy-for-Books blog and add your link, and then start looking at some other blogs added there.

This is What I Want to Tell You

So I did just post about another book I finished today, but I actually finished two books today. I didn't want to combine like I did on another post because I thought my title would be too long. lol. So I actually started reading this one the other day, but then Hush, Hush finally came in the mail, so I put this book down to read it. This one is called This is What I Want to Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone.

About and Thoughts on Book:

Friendship, love,
and unexpected secrets

Nadio and his twin sister, Noelle, always had a unique bond. And somehow, Keeley Shipley fit perfectly into their world. But when Keeley spends the summer in England, she comes home changed, haunted by a dark memory. As she and Nadio fall in love, they try to hide it from Noelle, who's jealously guarding a secret of her own. Slowly, a life-long friendship begins to crack under the crushing weight of past trauma, guarded secrets, jealousy, obsession . . . and an unexpected love that could destroy them.
From B&N


This is once again a book I read a preview of and had to wait forever to finally get it. I related to the bond between Nadio and Noelle, since I have a twin. I find myself trying to relate to at least some part of a character in each book. This book is well written with chapters switching between Noelle and Nadio. They told it like it was their journal that was being told to the world. I found myself not liking Keeley that much to begin with, I sided with Noelle, but I did like her better toward the end. This book tells you how you end up growing apart and that no one is perfect. 

Alisha

If I Stay

So I have finished another book this week, and I just got it yesterday from my local library. They finally got some new books in. This one is If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

About and Thoughts on Book:

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen­-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterward, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make.
 From B&N

I have been wanting to read this book since I read the synopsis while at Barnes and Noble. I didn't get it then. It had just came out, and I didn't want to spend all that money on a hardcover book when I'll only read it once. I didn't think I'd have to wait months to finally get to read it. It was worth the wait. I liked how cool Mia's parents are and that they love rock music. I liked how the author would add flash backs all through out the book. I understood Mia's sense of humor because I tend to be the same way. This is a sad book, and why else wouldn't it be. She did lose her parents and brother. But there are moments thrown in that are funny and help with the flow of the book. Once again this was a book I couldn't put down. I wanted to know what choice she would make, if she would actually choose to stay. It's one the best books I've read this year. It's a story that will stay with you.

Alisha

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cut

So the past couple of days I have been reading like crazy, finishing 3 books in 3 days, and I'm about to finish another. So the book I just finished earlier today is Cut by Patricia McCormick.

About and Thoughts on Book:
Fifteen-year-old Callie isn't speaking to anybody, not even to her therapist at Sea Pines, the "residential treatment facility" where her parents and doctor sent her after discovering that she cuts herself. As her story unfolds, Callie reluctantly becomes involved with the other "guests" at Sea Pines -- finding her voice and confronting the trauma that triggered her behavior.
From B&N

So you can basically tell what this book is about from the title. I think it gets straight to the point. I personally can relate to how the character feels that she can't speak that the words just can't even come out of her mouth. She has so much to ask that she wants to say, but she just can't get it out. This book isn't that long, only a 150 pages at most, but a good 150 pages. I was drawn in like with so many other books, but this isn't fantasy or paranormal. The fact that the character let you in on how much she was feeling, was what got me to read it. It's worth reading.

Alisha