Archive for September, 2008


Teen Tuesday (9.9.08): Happy Because I’m Going to Barnes & Noble’s Today! (Vanessa)

September 9, 2008

Name: Vanessa

Blog Name: What Vanessa Reads

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Hi! I totally forgot to post last week and then I was going to post but it was Wednesday and told myself “your punishment for not remembering is not posting”. Of course, that’s how I remembered this week (woo, go discipline). Anyway let’s get started.

First and foremost, head on over to my blog to enter a contest for a copy of I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder if you haven’t already. The contest ends September 30th.

Second, I read two books this week. Which is actually pretty good. I read a short book for English class, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, which I loved. And I also read Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Both great books, but I still have some things to point out.

For one, I thought I got an overwhelmingly recommended to read Elsewhere. So I did. It was good. I liked it a lot. However, I did expect a five-star book but still settled for a four-star (what I’m giving it). I really liked the plot, its something I’ve never heard of before. I also liked the characters. You’ll see more of this over at my blog in about a week (I’m starting a review schedule so my readers always get a consistent amount of material). So wait around for the post.

Next, I read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This book is GREAT. It was a little plotless in the beginning but it still was an amazing read. I guess you should trust the books you are made to read for English class. The story is about two guys who travel together: Lennie and George. Lennie is always getting into trouble although he never means to do any harm. George takes care of Lennie. They work at a ranch where they farm. George and Lennie’s life dream is to own their own “promised land” where they can farm and do whatever they please. However, it’s hard to come about that when Lennie is making trouble and they live in a hand-to-mouth existence. If you’re looking for a “classic” you should definitely try this book out. The southern language may be hard to get into, but the book is worth it. Wait around for this review also, which will be posted before Elsewhere.


Today I’m going to Barnes & Noble’s when my dad comes home from work. I’m going to TRY to keep it at a 3-book minimum (even though that’s so hard). I know one book I’m certainly getting is Like OMG Teens Read‘s September Book of the Month… Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall. I think I’m also going to get Madapple by Christina Meldrum and Amazing Grace by Megan Shull. I’m not completely sure. So that will add to my TBR pile.

Thanks for tuning in! Til next week,



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What have you read this past week? Was it good? Which book did you like the best out of them all?


Young Adult Book Bloggers (9.6.08): What Vanessa Reads (Third Edition)

September 6, 2008


Young Adult Book Bloggers is a place for young adult book bloggers to give each other blogging tips and recommend great books to read.


Name: Vanessa

Website Name: What Vanessa Reads

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Hey there!

Here’s what’s going on with me.

Contest News: First and foremost, go join my contest for a copy of I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder! 🙂 Click here for rules and comment to enter.

Reading News: In the past week I read The Luxe. Yes, I finally finished it. I’m so proud of myself. Would you like to read the review? Click here. It was so… exceptional and just made me want to get in a car and buy Rumors ASAP. (Which I will buy… eventually.) Right now I’m reading Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. I think for the amount of pages I’ve read… well I don’t know what to think. You’ll see when my review comes around.

Blogging News: I totally keep forgetting to post on Teen Tuesday, Teaser Tuesday, and Booking Through Thursday. I think I don’t forget YABB because I post on the weekend and when I’m bored on the weekend I remember that today’s the day. I haven’t reviewed a book in a couple of days (like a week) because of school… you already know how that is. I barely have time now, and if I do have time I think I waste it on the computer or watching TV. Maybe I need an amazing book to pick me up off my feet.

Suggested Topic: How do you write your reviews? Well, I started up a new way to write my reviews and people have commented saying they like it. It normally goes like this now: Contains (I write what it deals on… romance, relationships, drama, mystery, fantasy, etc.), Analysis of Book (on each aspect: Characters, Plot, Writing, and Wow Factor) I rate the book from 1-10. So if the characters were amazing they get a 9 or 10, but if the wow factor just wasn’t there then they get a 3 or whatever I feel they deserve. Then goes the Summary (most of the time I write them but for the past 2 reviews I’ve taken Amazon’s). Afterward goes my review which contains no spoilers. This is what you read if you’re thinking about reading the book. Then comes My Thoughts which do contains spoilers and its where I rant, be mad, or glorify a book saying specific events and actions and my thoughts with them. You should read the My Thoughts section if you’ve read the book… if not, its just a way for me to reflect on the material.

Personal News: Well, I’ve been in school since the 20th, so its kind of routine already… wake up, go to school, learn, come home, do homework, go to sleep, wake up, go to school, learn, come home………. Of course, where reading is in all of this routine, well I don’t know. I have to become more organized with my schedule and be like okay from 3pm to 3:20 you shower, from 3:20 to 5 you do homework, from 5 to 7 you read, from 7 to 8 you eat and watch TV… etc. I just don’t have that because I don’t discipline myself if I don’t follow it. I’m really going to try it now. Beginning on Monday. Wait, nevermind. There might NOT be school Monday due to Hurricane Ike. Even though the hurricane seems to want to hit Cuba instead of us, you just never know. So that’s it for me… have a good week!


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Booking Through Thursday (9.4.08): Peer Pressure

September 4, 2008




Topic: I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.

Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.

Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?

Answer: Yes that has happened to me. When the whole Twilight craziness began I gave up and bought the book. Mind you, I am not a person who enjoys fantasy tales, I’m more of a realistic fiction person. I bought it because I though “If everyone likes it then I have to like it too”. I bought Twilight last December. I began to read it and I just didn’t connect very much with the story. The romance was too corny, the whole vampire thing is not that interesting to me. I just didn’t like it very much. As of now, it’s still on my shelf half read. I’m thinking of selling it. I felt pressured to read this book because everyone just kept talking about it saying it was the best thing ever. So that’s one book I gave in and read. I don’t think I’ve given into anything else. As a reviewer, I don’t feel as though I have to keep up with current trends in books because I have my review site #1 for me. I want people to benefit from it but I won’t read something that doesn’t call out to me. Now I know not to think about getting a book just because its popular… it just disappoints me.

Have you ever read a book just because its popular? Which? Did the hype match the book? Or was it not that good? Let me know in the comments. 🙂


Teaser Tuesday (9.2.08): Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

September 2, 2008




Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

My current read: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Note: From page 43.

First teaser: All the newspapers will cover it: LOCAL GIRL BACK FROM DEAD; CLAIMS DEATH IS CRUISE, NOT WHITE LIGHT, TUNNEL.

Second teaser: Liz will get a book deal (Dead Girl by Liz Hall) and a TV movie (Determined to Live: the Elizabeth M. Hall Story) and an appearance on Oprah to promote both.


Like OMG Teens Read Announcement

September 1, 2008

Hi there guys. Thanks for stopping by on my blog. 

I don’t know if you know so I’m going to make sure you know… I have a message board/forum over at (just click HERE where it says “Looking for the Message Board? Click here!” or go to it right from here by clicking on this link. On the message board you can talk anything about YA Literature… you can talk about every genre, chill in the general talk section, learn about new contests and events, post up your own stories, and do lots of other cool stuff. If you want to learn more about what we have to offer just go to the main website at and snoop around. As of now we have over 130 members and 4,000+ posts (as I said on the YABB cross post). Join in our fun and register today!

Our August 2008 issue of our LOTR Newsletter is written by five of our members (including Brenna, Chelsie, Hope, Meaghan, and me) and has been posted. You can download it as a Word document… I’m still trying to figure out iPaper from So please please please check it out and tell me what you think in the comments. The newsletter features many things having to do with YA: new releases, author of the month, author interviews, book reviews, book news, books turned into movies updates, and lots more.


Other than that, our September Book of the Month has been voted on by our members and it is…

Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall! Here’s a little summary:


Maddie Crane has always lived in Hawthorne, where a family name means everything and membership in a cruel, all-girl secret society, the Sisters of Misery, is required for social success. When Cordelia and Rebecca LeClaire, Maddie’s cousin and newly widowed aunt, move back to Hawthorne, Cordelia’s beauty, bohemian style and interest in fortune-telling draw negative attention from the preppy Sisters of Misery, especially their leader. On Halloween Night they subject Cordelia to a brutal hazing on Misery Island (from which the society gets their name)-and by the next morning she has vanished. Wracked with guilt about throwing her cousin to the Sisters, Maddie becomes obsessed with finding Cordelia. While the viciousness of the Sisters of Misery can, at points, seem extreme, the mystery of Cordelia’s disappearance is compelling. Hall maintains suspense until the very end. This story’s dark, sinister edge, coupled with the clever use of runes to frame each chapter, will satisfy those fascinated by witchcraft and premonitions. Setting up a sequel, Hall will leave readers eager to know what happens next in her standout addition to a popular YA genre. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)


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Sounds good right? I can’t wait to go out and buy it! I’ll be reviewing it for the September 2008 Newsletter. 

So go… comment me your thoughts! Happy Labor Day, by the way. And you still have time to enter my contest!