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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Teaser Tuesday


Hosted by Should Be Reading

Anyone can play along!
Just do the following :

1. Grab your current read.
2. Open to a random page.
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from anywhere on that page.
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (be sure that what you share doesn't give to much away, you don't want to ruin the book for others.)
5. Share the title & author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR.

My tease L

"She frowned. 'What are you talking about?' 'Maybe we can melt into the swarm and slip out of the other side' (pg 109) The 39 Clues: Book 2 One False Note

Loveless Vol. 1

Ok. I will try to be as objective as I can be, removing all my biased opinions from this book. I apologize if the review will seem dull or short.

In my first manga review I was completely shocked at what I saw, but Darla D. helped me to ease back on the "Oh my goodness what on earth is going on?!?!??!!?" reaction - allowing me to see another culture's view.


Ritsuka's older brother Seimei was killed, and the murder or murders is/are still out on the streets. Ritsuka begins a new school year at a new school, and some of the teachers are concerned about his past (Ritsuka doesn't remember - and throughout the book is at war with his mother who is mad at him because he's not the 'true' Ritsuka.) All the girls instantly think he's cute and want to be his friend, but he's more of a loner and ignores them all. Actually he comes off as quite arrogant. One girl won't be put off by his lack of charm and her name is Yuiko.

While Ritsuka is in school, an older man (college kid) asks when the kids will be let out - and is told since it's Saturday they'll be let out at 12:30. His name is Soubi - who was a friend of Semei. The appearance of Soubi unlocks a world that Ritsuka was unaware of. Ritsuka is now finding himself in a world of danger and spells. He needs Soubi's help to survive and find Semei's killer.

Ok. That wasn't so bad. Now for me to unleash my confusion/and 'eww factor'.

(This book was marked for 16+)

I don't want to make remarks on a culture I'm not very sure of. That would be wrong of me, and I think that is hindering me as I read these books. In the other manga book I was shocked at the skimpy outfits of young girls while a drooling man, and her shocked brother watched from the tree lines (it was the pinup in the book - and in the very front!!) I do not know how they view young kids - both male and female - but it's shocking (to me) and I instantly want to tell them (the kids in the book) to throw on some clothes and for the grown man to leave.

I know it's the American cultural background that makes me think this. With that being said - in this book I was grossed out and shocked when the college kid (Soubi) kissed Ritsuka (the 6th grader boy) and continued to make advances on him. If Ritsuka was a college kid himself I wouldn't be freaked out, they would both be consenting. But then again, it's a kiss on the mouth and nothing else - right? That alone isn't that bad right? Like the French culture when they kiss both the cheeks, but it feels like it has more meaning to it. Over and over again Soubi tells Ritsuka "I love you". However, Soubi was told to take care of Ritsuka (by Seimei) - so maybe he's a robot or something. I have to read more into the series to find out.

I guess I am still shocked by the cultural difference and once I immerse myself more (either by research or more reading of manga) I'll loosen up.

Books in this series:

After looking around on the web it seems that this series doesn't have a new title for each new book in the series - rather is has the corresponding number. So Vol. 2 will be the next book I read.

Vol. 1
Vol. 2
Vol. 3
Vol. 4
Vol. 5
Vol. 6
Vol. 7
Vol. 8 (September 2008)
Vol. 9 (I'm having conflicting results on when #9 will be published in the US. Some sources report that it should be out now, while others say it hasn't come yet)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Babymouse: Our Hero

Babymouse is back! And this time she's better than ever!

Babymouse (like all kids) doesn't want to get up for school, instead she wants to sleep in (I mean in all honesty - can you blame her?) Her mother warns her to get up or she'll be late for the bus, and she reminds Babymouse to remember her sneakers (she keeps forgetting them.) But she misses the bus again and has to walk to school.

Babymouse though thinks the walk is further than the 2 blocks it really is, so she imagines she's in a desert walking in the hot scorching heat with 2,000 more miles to go. In gym class the teacher tells the class that they will be playing dodgeball next week and attendance is a must!!! Babymouse instantly begins thinking of ways to get out of the class.

When the day arrives for the dodgeball game Babymouse must face her fears! As she walks on to the gym floor she realizes she's forgot her sneakers! Will this help or hinder her in the dodgeball game?

I love the funny and cute comics that Matt and Jennifer Holm have created. Babymouse faces her daily dilemmas (school, chores, homework, etc) with a wild imagination but then faces them with strong determination. I always have a wonderful time reading these and often laugh :)

Books in this series:

  1. Babymouse: Queen of the World
  2. Babymouse: Our Hero
  3. Babymouse: Beach Babe
  4. Babymouse: Rock Star
  5. Babymouse: Heart Breaker
  6. Babymouse: Camp Babymouse
  7. Babymouse: Skater Girl
  8. Babymouse: Puppy Love
  9. Babymouse: Monster Mash
  10. Babymouse: The Musical
  11. Babymouse: Dragonslayer
  12. Babymouse: Burns Rubber (January 12, 2010)
Babymouse: Our Hero by Jennifer and Matt Holm. New York (c) 2005

Thursday, September 24, 2009

.hack // Legend of the Twilight

This manga series deals with two 14 year olds as they travel The World, which is an online gaming system that takes the player on crazy adventures.

Shugo and Rena are your typical teenagers. They love video games and hate school. One day Rena gets a message that she's won the sought after .hackers limited edition avatars. Rena gets Shugo to join in and then they begin the game.

However, Shugo and Rena replaying the legendary .hackers Black Rose and Kite, who were in the 1st edition. But this game is not all fun and games. The World once malfunctioned, and the company is not looking forward to it happening again. When a woman reappears named Aura, the administrators start to get nervous. Aura "is the head of the dot hackers' adventure" and she also has a mysterious Twilight Bracelet. Aura was once an important player in the original .hackers game - but disappeared. Every time she appears, trouble follows.

As Shugo and Rena continue to play the game, they meet some friends along the way. When they catch the eye of Balmung (who was once a legendary player turned administrator for "the world") their game play begins to become more adventurous, especially since Balmung seems to have his eye for Rena.

I must say, this is my first manga book ever. I found it very hard to read at first (after the first 20 pages I found the directions on how to read them :/ ) but then I got into the hang of it. I was very shocked to find that the main character is a 14 year old wearing a skimpy outfit! And when I looked to see what age group this book is geared for it is for 13+! NO WAY! Especially in one picture there is a grown woman is clothes fit for a stripper. I'm shocked!

Is it just me though? Am I the only one offended and shocked? I find that young girls are already having a hard time not hating their body if they're not stick thing. Do we really need to subjugate young boys to pictures of scantly clad YOUNG girls (and some inserts of women) and change the way they see women too? I don't know, maybe it was just me - but I still can't believe that they would dress a 14 year old girl in such a way. I already feel like the kids are dressed FAR to old for their age. And then when I was looking through the book again, they had a .hackers pinup with Rena naked with water falling off her body while her brother and Balmung look from behind a tree (at least her brother looks shocked and horrified.)

Other than that it wasn't bad. I loved their adventure and I couldn't help but laugh at every little picture (if I could figure it out - some pictures I couldn't.) It will be very interesting to see what adventures Rena and Shugo will be on.

Volumes:

Vol. 1
Vol. 2
Vol. 3

.hack//Legend of the Twilight by Tatsuya Hamazaki. Japan (c) 2002 - English (c) 2003

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup and his fellow peers are at that tender age where you have to prove you have the guts to stay in the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. In order to stay in the tribe Hiccup and his peers must each catch a dragon and then train it to sit, stay, and catch fish. For any Viking worth his salt will have a lean mean killing machine - or dragon.

On the day that all the boys are to catch their dragon's Gobber the Belch (the Viking in charge of initiation) tells the kids what's on the line if they should fail. He tells the boys

"I need not tell you . . . that if your return to this spot without a dragon, it is hardly worth coming back at all." (p9)

Each child is given a dragon basket and they all begin the climb up the dangerous wall. The majority of the boys of The Hairy Hooligan Tribe don't like Hiccup - in fact they call him Hiccup the Useless. When everyone comes back from catching their dragons they can't help but show them off. Everyone is in awe of Snoutlout and his Nightmare Dragon (only the Chief's son of the Chief can have a Nightmare Dragon). Fishlegs gets Hiccup into trouble when he says that only Hiccup can have Snoutlout's dragon, since after all he is the Chief's son. It doesn't help that Hiccup's dragon is the tiniest dragon around and he's tootless. The boys decide to give Hiccup a new name : Hiccup the Useless and his dragon Toothless.

Things don't get better. After his dragon Toothless wakes up from his dragon slumber, he begins to train him. The normal Viking way is to yell at a dragon as loud as you can - however Hiccup doesn't think that will work, so he speaks to Toothless in dragonese.

When the big day comes, all the boys assemble to show the tribe how they've trained their dragon. Any boy whose dragon is not trained will be BANISHED! The problem for Hiccup is that Toothless is a rather disobedient little thing. When Toothless gets all the dragons to fight - and disobey their masters - the tribe has no choice but to banish the boys. That is until the Sea Dragon Maximum decides to awaken from its slumber and begin to terrorize the village. The only hope for the Hairy Hooligan Tribe is Hiccup.

Ok. This is for all you Liberians out there and I know you'll love this. The book that the kids could read, if they wanted to know more about training their dragon was called "How to Train your Dragon", and inside the book was a little blurb about the library. It went as follows :

"Meathead Public Library. A note from the Hairy Scary Librarian: Please Return this book on or before the last date stamped or I will be VERY ANNOYED. I think you know what I mean". At the bottom of the page it says "DO NOT REMOVE THIS BOOK OR WE WILL BASH YOU!!" (p55) and get this the price of the book is 1 small chicken and 20 oysters!

This book was so funny and I could not stop laughing. I love how the names were always alliterated and how goofy the whole story was :) I was glad that both Hiccup and Toothless grew in stature and that they both learned their true potential.

I would recommend this book to any young boy. I think he'd get a kick out of it!

And know if I ever come across a dragon, I will know how to train it :)

How to Train your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. (Translated by Cressida Cowell) New York. (c) 2003

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ghostgirl: Homecoming

After the climatic 'crossing over' Charlotte feels less than noticed (after all she was the one.) When her classmates and her crossover they are suspired that they are in a dull holding room. Is this Heaven?! A door opens and all of the students are meet with one of their family or former friends from their past lives, everyone but Charlotte. She is left alone. As the former classmates leave, with their friends/family - Charlotte is the only one left behind with no one.

Mean while back in the 'living world' the relationship between Scarlet and Damen seems to be fizzling out. After all Damen now goes to college while Scarlet still goes to Hawthorne High. Scarlet's doubts are fed by her sister Petula - who only wants cold, sweet revenge. Petula decides to go get her nails done instead of finishing the school day. Petula has a hot date that night with the rival school's quarter back - Josh and doesn't want to waste precious primping time. Petula (eager to get all of her primping time in) rushes the woman at the spa, and Petula's toe gets nicked.

That night Petula joins Josh at a local party - but she's not feeling well. She begins to get very, very sick and Josh decides to take her home. On the way home Petula throws up everywhere in his car and as Josh arrives at Petula's house - deicides to dump her body on the driveway and continue on his merry way. When Scarlet arrives home she sees her sister laying face down and unconscious. So she puts their differences aside and calls 911. When they arrive at the hospital Petula is in a coma - she got a staph infection while getting the rush pedicure.

Scarlet is worried sick over her sister and she's tired of waiting - so she decides that the only person that can help is Charlotte. Charlotte however has not been in contact with Scarlet since she crossed over - so how will Scarlet find her? She doesn't have much time, and knows it's now or ever - so she crosses into the "dead world" but discovers more problems there than she thought. She now has to save her body too - while trying to find Charlotte in hopes of rescuing Petula.

Tonya Harley's view of the afterlife is refreshing - because it's not the 'typical' afterlife description. It's a nice break :) Even after you die (if your young) apparently you still have to work! I found this book more tolerable then the first book. In my opinion it helped that Charlotte wasn't as selfish and didn't whine as much. She seemed to focus on herself and how 'alone' she was - and that was a constant theme played upon. Also 1 of the antagonist in the book played upon that as well constantly reminding Charlotte how alone she was and how no one liked her. I did like that we go to see Petula grow in maturity. It was a nice glimpse into Petula - if only for awhile. I was not exactly thrilled with the 1st book, but this book has renewed my like in this series. I will say though, I can tell this book is written for the younger audience :P

Ghostgirl: Homecoming by Tonya Hurley. New York. (c) 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

THANK GOD IT'S THURSDAY! (PR#5)

Yup! It's that time again!! PROJECT RUNWAY!!!! :)

The contestants are brought to The Los Angels Times. . . were they meet with the fashion editor. They have to make an outfit out of NEWSPAPER! OMG how hard would that be? They only have 3 minutes to get as much newspaper as they can!

Ok, building an outfit out of paper has to be hard!! How do you thread the needle so it won't rip the paper?

Who I think will win: Christopher


Who won: Irina


So I am now 2-2

It was really cool to see those designs. I never though you could've made an outfit out of paper :) Till next time guys!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I WANT IT NOW WEDNESDAY!

Welcome back to another episode of "I WANT IT NOW!!! Wednesday". The book I will be so happy to pluck out of unsuspecting hands is : SEX AND THE CITY.

But wait you say - isn't that a TV show on HBO? Why, yes - yes it is but it was based off of this very book. I'd like to read the book that inspired it all! So without further adieu . . .

(I've copied the description from Amazon.com)

"The "Sex and the City" columnist for the New York Observer documents the social scene of modern-day Manhattan. The reader gets an introduction to "Modelizers," the men who only have eyes for models, as well as a more common species, the "Toxic Bachelor." Reading like a society novel gone downtown and askew, Sex and the City is a comically sordid look at status and ambition and the many characters consumed by the sexual politics of the '90s. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. "

I realized that I've never said why I've wanted my "WANT IT NOW" books. So I'll start now.

WHY I want this book : I loved the HBO series and I really want to read the book that started it all :)


SO!! On a side note I'd like to say that 1 of my other favorite shows is back on :) and it's called AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL! I LOVE THAT SHOW!! YEAH!!! Well I can't wait to read other "Wishing on Wednesday" or "Waiting on Wednesday" or whatever Wednesday idea there is!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A question or 2

Hey guys!! I may or may not be interviewing Melissa De La Cruz!! Are there any questions you would like me to ask her for you?

Don't forget the Van Alen Legacy comes out October 6!!! OMG!


I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!!!

345 Reading Challenge (I think I'll cut myself off with challenges for now . . .)


Ok. THIS will be my last challenge for awhile (until like a Christmas one comes along or something)

I found this challenge on Jenni's blog and had to do it! She found it on a site called Froggaritaville's Bookcase (sounds cool) and then went to the original site which is Chick Loves Lit! I will now copy the rules from her website because I've become to lazy to type them . . .

Here are the rules!

1. It will run from August 1, 2009 to August 1, 2010

2. You may sign up at any point in this time period

3. To complete the challenge, you must read THREE books from one series, FOUR books from another series, and FIVE books from another series(For example: Song of Fire and Ice trilogy by George RR Martin, the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, and five of the Chronicles of Narnia books)

4. You do not have to choose your books ahead of time (but are more than welcome to)

5. You do not have to 'complete' a series (i.e. you don't have to read a trilogy for your three book requirement - just 3 books from the same series)

6. Only books that you read between August 1, 2009 and August 1, 2010 count

7. The books you read may count for other challenges



Now for my list of books!! :)

Teaser Tuesday!!!



Anyone can play along!
Just do the following :

1. Grab your current read.
2. Open to a random page.
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from anywhere on that page.
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (be sure that what you share doesn't give to much away, you don't want to ruin the book for others.)
5. Share the title & author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR.


And without further ado here is my teaselingly good tease :)

"Phones were ringing off the hook at the call center and everyone was pretty distracted by the fact the Charlotte hadn't shown up. They tried to keep it down so that Mr. Markov wouldn't hear." (pg 173)

Ghostgirl: Homecoming by Tonya Hurley

Witchcatcher

Jan and her father have just moved into Great-Uncle Thaddeus' old castle-like mansion. The mansion is isolated by woods and the nearest town of Mingo, is at least 25 miles away. Jen has left her friends and suburbs to now reside in a creepy, cold, old, stuffy castle. But Great-Uncle Thaddeus had a reputation throughout the town as being an eccentric collector - collection items from antique rugs to witch catchers. Ah, witch catchers - those beautiful glass blown orbs that twinkle in the sun and moon light. So beautiful - it's like they have a power of their own to draw you into them. . .

The new mansion where Jen and her father will be residing has a huge tower (I'd say bell tower, but it's not) that has captured her attention. The tower is calling to her - when she asks her dad to explore the tower he forbids it, citing that it's unstable and dangerous. Jen knows something is up there, and the runes on the door help prove her point.

When she sneaks up there she finds old musty books, drawings of a lost hopeless girl behind glass, and up at the top window a shiny glass sphere that calls to here. It's too pretty to leave up there and she'll keep it for her own. No one will have to know that she came up here against her dad's wishes. . .

When her father brings over a woman named Moura, Jen can't help but immediately hate the woman. There is something wrong with the woman, it's like she's bewitching her father. Her father introduces Moura to Jen and says that Moura is an antique collector looking for 1 thing in particular - a glass globe called a witch catcher. Instinctively Jen knows not to tell tell them about the globe she has. When her cat Tink runs down the stairs after a loud crash everyone runs up to Jen's room and sees the broken witch catcher. Moura pulls Jen aside and tells her she's been a foolish girl, that she's just unleashed a horrible demon and that now Jen is in terrible danger.

Well the horrible 'demon' turns out to be a faery about Jen's age who's been trapped by an evil witch, along with the rest of her family. Kieryn asks Jen to help her rescue her other family members and defeat the evil witch once and for all. You see Kieryn and her family were chased out of their home buy the evil witch and her warlock friend. But with the evil witch driving a wall between her and her father, Jen has more to fight for.

I really liked this book! After page 1 I was totally hooked and I knew it wouldn't be a let down. The book flowed so smoothly. It was like drinking your favorite beverage - went down smooth and made you happy :) I like how the author depicted the 3 aunties, they all dressed in rather odd clothing choices (stripped socks, red converse shoes, wild crazy dresses) and their hair was wild and had neon colors! Not your typical faery!

You're taken on an adventure with Jen as she learns to be more brave and fight for her family. When the old witch drove a wedge between Jen and her father I got so mad! I felt like jumping into the book and slapping the father and telling him to smarten up and not let some woman jump between him and his daughter. I've been in that experience twice - were my "step-dads" literally shoved themselves between me and my mother (while she did nothing) and I hated it. I'm still very bitter and mad about it - and I'm sorry if it feels like I'm venting. After reading that passage I made Vince swear that if we ever have kids, and I die to NOT let some old mean hag tell him how to treat our future kids/drive a wedge between them. I also told him, that he has to listen to them, and if they say "I don't like her" then it's off to the curb with her. He looked at me rather oddly and said I needn't worry about it. But you never know.

This was a wonderfully written adventure book - with just the right amount of magic to spice things up :)

Witch Catcher by Mary Downing Hahn. New York. (c) 2006

Another One Bites the Dust

(Hosted by Caribousmom)

All SHALL BOW BEFORE ME IN MY AWESOMENESS!!

(or not :P)


For the challenge I chose Lvl 2 - which meant I had to randomly read 9 books. The 9 books are as follows . . .
1ST BOOK - QUEEN OF BABBLE
2ND BOOK - REMEMBER WHEN
7TH BOOK - CERTAIN GIRLS
9TH BOOK - GHOSTGIRL

This was such a fun challenge!! :) It's never too late to sign up!! But remember, IT ENDS JULY 3!, 2010

Monday, September 14, 2009

Please forgive me.

Hi guys. I know in the past I was hell bent on trashing twitter. But Please let me again state the reason:


I hated twitter because the news agencies had taken to broadcasting it as if it were VERY important news updates.

But I have decided to join twitter to join the hordes of book bloggers out there. So I apologize if I seem two faced. My twitter name is: mellerita. I look forward to meetin' y'all on twitter :)

Podcast crazy

I know this has nothing to do with books - and in fact I haven't posted anything relating to book in 100 years (fear not that will change soon) but I've just been going podcast crazy!!! For those of you who might have a Zune or other MP3 iTunes has this wonderful feature called a Podcast in which shows or cartoons are hosted. I always listen to my podcasts when I go to the gym because music does not distract my thinking brain.

I've just updated my
  • NPR 'Wait Wait' Don't tell me
And I've just added
  • Learn French Daily
  • Just Vocabulary
And I need to start listening to
  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tricks
Now I'm going to go back to reading this REALLY REALLY good book :)

which you will read about soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I think I'll win, I think I'll win

DON'T HATE ME!! But it's another one of those posts, the ones where I talk about myself and how all the boys love me, and how cool my clothes are, and ummmm. . .

OR IT COULD BE ANOTHER BOOK GIVEAWAY!! AND YOUR RIGHT! IT IS!!


Hosted by the loverly ladies @ B.A.M! And I'm sure you guys have seen it. It's . . . .

So, if you like me, would love to win this book then please by all means ENTER!! Good Luck!!

DEADLINE: 9.27.09

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I'd like to thank the academy . . .

Lil' ol' me just received an award from Pizza!!! I KNOW!! ME! AND AWARD!
First off I'd like to thank the power company for supplying me my power which I need in order to work my fab computer . . .

It's called the HUMANE AWARD. It says that you put melting ice cream out of it's misery by eating is ice cream goodness. Just Kidding. The award is given to the people that always leave nice comments. Well, that's everyone! Except for Mrs. Crabby down the hall - she never does.

So I will Nominate . . .

Friday, September 11, 2009

HELP I NEED SOMEBODY! HELP NOT JUST ANYBODY!

HEY GUYS! I need help!!! I seemed to have deleted the "ABOUT ME" on this blog and I need to put it back up and I don't know how! If you could give me the HTML code or something I'd love your forever! Or even a website that will tell me how to!! PLEASE HELP LITTLE OL' ME!! :P

ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN A BOOK! COME ON Y'ALL!!

Ann-Kat @ Today I read . . . is hosting a book giveaway!! :)
I've copied the description of the book right off her page! Here it is!

"When Rebecca Brown goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca is also startled to discover a haunting of a different kind: near a graveyard one night, amid the Spanish moss and beneath the moonlight, she meets a ghost girl named Lisette, who has been dead for 150 years. Lisette helps Rebecca unearth an ancient mystery in her aunt’s house, along with some troubling historical truths. Meanwhile, Rebecca must juggle adjusting to her snooty new prep school, developing a serious crush on a handsome boy, and dealing with an elite group of popular girls who may be linked to the ghostly mystery themselves."

Its sounds like an awesome book!! So if you'd like to enter please sign up HERE. Or you can let me win :P

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!

DEADLINE: 9.25.09

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thank God It's Thursday!! (PR #4)

This challenge they have 13 women in which they have to make the women happy!! And it turns out the women are their models. I wish though It would have been Sweet 16-ers (more drama!!)

The models will be attending an event that will "make or brake" their career. The models have to stand out.

Who I think will win: Epperson

Who won: Althea.

So that means I'm 2 - 1!

The premiere of Vampire Diaries on the CW

So I know the Vampire Diaries are based on the book series and I'd rather have read them before the TV show. At first the likeness to Twilight hit me. EYE ROLL PLASE. But so far I like it a bit more than Twilight! I think I'll continue to watch the show and crack open the books :)

Fun looking challenge :)

So I just found this challenge on Jenni's blog Falling Off The Shelf , who found it on Emeraldfire's Bookmark (I'll have to check it out - sorry I can't link to it). Anywho here are the rules that I've copied straight of Falling :)

1. The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000's----10 books from 2010, 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 55.

2. This challenge lasts from 09/09/2009 through 10/10/2010.

3. Crossovers from other challenges are allowed, and your lists may change at any time.

4. Sign up Here, using the Mr. Linky form. Link to your Challenge post.

5. Have fun reading!


2010

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2009

6. Need

2008

2007

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2006

2005

5.

2004

3.
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2003

2002

2.

2001

1.


Babymouse: Queen of the World!!

I love this book!! It was so funny! The writing style was quick and witty - even if it is for little kids. I must say I tend to stay away from comic-like books because I don't know how to read the speech bubbles in a box! How silly is that? But it's true.

Babymouse is tired of her lame, no-fun, no-thrills life. She wants to be Queen (and what little girl doesn't?) but the reigning Queen Felicia Furrypaws wasn't gonna make it easy. When Felicia is handing out invites to her party Babymouse knows she has to get one in order to become cool! But she might lose her friend Wilson the Weasel. So which will she choose? Fame or friends?

Like I said earlier this is a REALLY good book :) I did not stop laughing! I love how every little scenario she went through had an adventure. Like when she was over at Felicia's slumber party and she was looking for a board game she became Wild "Baby" Mouse!!

Books in this series:
  1. Babymouse: Queen of the World
  2. Babymouse: Our Hero
  3. Babymouse: Beach Babe
  4. Babymouse: Rock Star
  5. Babymouse: Heart Breaker
  6. Babymouse: Camp Babymouse
  7. Babymouse: Skater Girl
  8. Babymouse: Puppy Love
  9. Babymouse: Monster Mash
  10. Babymouse: The Musical
  11. Babymouse: Dragonslayer
  12. Babymouse: Burns Rubber (January 12, 2010)
Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. New York (c) 2005

Ghostgirl

Charlotte Usher is invisible to everyone, even her parents don't notice her. She decides that that will change and over the course of the summer begins to changer herself into what she thinks the popular kids will like. On her first day of school she begins her plan. Almost everything is going according to plan - she even gets to be Damen's lab partner! He's like the hottest dude in school!!

Just as she is about to agree to help Damen with physics she chokes to death on a gummy bear. Sad. Especially since no one is there to help. When she becomes a ghost she has to go to DeadEd and learn all the ropes of being a ghost. Ha! School when your alive - and school when your dead. Sucks.

The teacher puts it nicely why teen ghosts have to go to school - when your an adult and have lived a life you learn from your mistakes. When your a toddler you don't yet have a moral compass and there fore pass school. When your a teen your vapid and selfish and therefore have to go to DeadEd and learn how to come to terms with your death and learn how to become self-less.

But giving up a life Charlotte so desperately wanted is not on her agenda. She down right refuses to follow the Dead rules. This lands her in a tight spot when she keeps interfering with the living kids (which is against the rules!!) - especially Scarlet who lets Charlotte take control of her body. But in order to save the Dead Mansion and allow the Dead Kids to graduate Charlotte has to learn to let go. Something we all have had trouble with.

ps I'd totally hate to die by gummy bear. I hate those things!

After reading this book I don't know how I feel on it. It was funny yes, but . . . . . but to me, it wasn't hands down -the-best-book-ever. I did enjoy the emotional growth of both Scarlet and Charlotte and it was fun to see another interpretation to life after death. I'm definitely reading the second book. All in all the was a good book :)

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley. New York (c) 2008

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I WANT IT NOW!!! Wednesday

OK ladies and gents it's that time of the week again!! :) TIME FOR ANOTHER:

I WANT IT NOW!!
So the book that is tantrum worthy is : The hunger games BY SUZANNE COLLINS!!

I've heard so many good things about this book (and even though my caps key is off it's still typing caps)

I've copied the description from "Good Reads" but I'm sure many of you know of it already :)

"Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Teaser Tuesday!!


O.M.G.!!! I totally forgot today is Tuesday - I've been such a scatter brain lately!! So without further ado . . .


Teaser Tuesdays

Hosted by Should Be Reading

Anyone can play along!
Just do the following :

1. Grab your current read.
2. Open to a random page.
3. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from anywhere on that page.
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (be sure that what you share doesn't give to much away, you don't want to ruin the book for others.)
5. Share the title & author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR.


"The truth rang loudly in Charlotte's ears. Prue was really good at being dead and was in full control of her abilities. She had none of the internal conflicts that held Charlotte back." (p 236)
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley