Archive for December, 2008

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Teen Tuesday (12.16.08): Roll The Credits

December 16, 2008

 

Teen Tuesday is a place for readers of Young Adult literature to interact with other YA readers. Here at Teen Tuesday, we post blogs, host live chats, and hopefully have a good time!

 

Hi Teen Tuesday-ers.

Site: whatvanessareads.wordpress.com
I feel as though I’ve come back into my book blogging. I wasn’t very active for about three weeks and now I have a bunch of posts scheduled for this week including reviews, memes, and a very special contest (read the end of this entry!). Stay tuned on my blog for all of this!

Basically all I have this week is Harry. I finished Harry Potter on Friday and liked it very much. I wonder how my review is going to go. I want the rest of the series now!
I’m currently reading and will soon finish Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom which is very good. I feel like I’m learning a lot. The story is so great and yet so sad at the same time. [Edit: I finished Tuesdays with Morrie and wow…. I bawled like a baby. How can I possibly write a review for this?]
Next up on the line will be The Mrs Marriage Project by Pauline Fisk or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (it all depends on my friend giving me Harry Potter books or not).
I recently put up two new reviews: An Abundance of Katherines and That Was Then, This Is Now.
Also, click here to read about Lisa Schroeder’s release party contest for her new book Far From You which she asked me to take part in. I think that basically explains everything.
Yay. That’s it.
See you next Tuesday,
Vanessa
whatvanessareads.wordpress.com
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This is crossposted at teentuesday.blogspot.com and my blog.

What have you read since last Tuesday? Did you enjoy it?
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That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E Hinton

December 16, 2008

Title: That Was Then, This is Now

Author: S.E Hinton

Edition: Paperback

Number of Pages: 160

Grade: B+

Contains: Relationships, Drama, Coming-of-age, Romance.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 9

Writing: 8

Wow Factor: 9

Summary: This book was set in the Hippie-era of the 60’s when people were getting drafted for the Vietnam War. The narrator is Bryon Douglas, a 16 year old who’s smart and smart-aleck. He lives in a low-income white neighborhood. Here tensions between blacks and whites are still high during the Civil Rights Movement. Bryon’s best friend and basically brother is Mark. Bryon and Mark have always been like brothers after Bryon’s mom took Mark under her wing. Bryon and Mark hustle to get by and they do other illegal things. Mark is very sneaky and likes fighting, and Bryon had always liked it until…

He meets this girl named Cathy. She changes him completely. Cathy makes Bryon think a lot. Cathy doesn’t really like Mark and Mark doesn’t really like Cathy. Bryon starts to drift from Mark because he is starting to grow up as a result of his first love, Cathy. M&M is Cathy’s brother and Mark and Bryon’s friend. He gets in trouble with a powerful drug after running away and Mark has to do partly with some of that. Will Bryon and Mark stay brothers? Will Cathy and Bryon last?

Review: This novel is burning a hole inside of me. I am really the type of person who likes happy endings. Part of me is content on how it ended but part of me isn’t. It is real life, but why can’t real life have a happy ending? I loved the characters, the action, everything. I enjoyed this book so much more than The Outsiders. I felt that it was more organized and in total a better story to tell. I think I may have liked this one more because of the romance added to the brothership involved. The point of view it is given in, a low-income society is something very rarely found in YA books. Overall, this is a straight forward, easy read that will get you thinking.

 

Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you want to read this book?

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CONTEST: Lisa Schroeder’s Far From You Release Party

December 15, 2008

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone!

Finally I can punch you in the face with a contest! And it’s not ordinary contest, you know…. it’s Lisa Schroeder’s release party for FAR FROM YOU (which drops Dec. 23).  Read on…

 

 

 

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FAR FROM YOU RELEASE CELEBRATION AND CONTEST!!!

Lisa Schroeder, author of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, is celebrating the release of her upcoming YA novel, FAR FROM YOU, and hosting a contest with LOTS of great prizes!

For three days leading up to the book’s release date of December 23rd, you can watch VLOGs and hear some excerpts read from the book. The VLOG schedule is as follows:

Sunday, December 21st – Liv’s Book Reviews – http://livsbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Monday, December 22nd – What Vanessa Reads – https://whatvanessareads.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, December 23rd – Lisa Schroeder, author – http://lisa-schroeder.livejournal.com/ AND http://myspace.com/writerlisa

Help spread the word, and you might win a fabulous prize!

Copy and paste THIS entire blog entry into your blog between now and December 21st, then come back to Lisa’s blog at either Livejournal OR Myspace and leave a comment with the link to your blog and you will get TWO entries to win a number of prizes.

Wondering what you might win? Here is the list (there will be multiple winners):

~ An Advanced Review Copy of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, by Carrie Ryan

~ An Advanced Review Copy of SOMETHING, MAYBE, by Elizabeth Scott

~ Young adult novel GIRL, HERO by Carrie Jones

~ Young adult novel, THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD by Donna Freitas

~ Young adult novel, UGLIES by Scott Westerfield

~ Pair of YA fairy tale retellings by Cameron Dokey (BELLE and BEFORE MIDNIGHT)

~ TWILIGHT movie soundtrack

~ $15.00 Barnes and Noble gift card along with some Harry & David’s chocolate moose munch

~  And of course, a signed copy of FAR FROM YOU

For more chances to win, watch one or all of the VLOGs and leave a comment on that vlogger’s page, and you get another entry. That means if you post the schedule on your blog AND comment on all three VLOGs, you can have FIVE entries for the contest!

A live drawing with winners announced will be done by Lisa Thursday morning, December 24th, in a special holiday VLOG.

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So what are you waiting for? Place the blog between the dashes (—-) or what’s in black on your blog and received extras entries (go to Lisa’s blog to show her). Watch all the VLOGs and leave comments in each and receive extra entries. It’s really easy and look at what you can win!

My VLOG will be posted Dec. 22, so make sure you tune into my blog that day to watch it!

See you guys,

V

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

December 14, 2008

Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Edition: Paperback

Number of Pages: 256

Year: 2006

Grade: B-

 

Contains: Drama, Humor, Coming-of-Age, Relationships, Romance.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 9

Plot: 7

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 8

 

 

 

Summary 

(from Amazon): Colin Singleton believes he is a washed-up child prodigy. A graduating valedictorian with a talent for creating anagrams, he fears he’ll never do anything to classify him as a genius. To make matters worse, he has just been dumped by his most recent girlfriend (all of them have been named Katherine), and he’s inconsolable. What better time for a road trip! He and his buddy Hassan load up the gray Olds (Satan’s Hearse) and leave Chicago. They make it as far as Gutshot, Tennessee, where they stop to tour the gravesite of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and meet a girl who isn’t named Katherine. It’s this girl, Lindsey, who helps Colin work on a mathematical theorem to predict the duration of romantic relationships. The laugh-out-loud humor ranges from delightfully sophomoric to subtly intellectual, and the boys’ sarcastic repartee will help readers navigate the slower parts of the story, which involve local history interviews. The idea behind the book is that everyone’s story counts, and what Colin’s contributes to the world, no matter how small it may seem to him, will, indeed, matter. 

 

Review

: Coming into this book I had a lot of expectations. I have heard so many great things about John Green, I have seen so many Brotherhood 2.0 videos and made an account on nerdfighters. I was both happy and disappointed. Truthfully, I just liked the book. I expected it to be this story that just stayed with me forever….

I loved the characters: Colin, Hassan, Hollis. Lindsey got a little annoying for me, what with her boyfriend and how she was different with different people. I really enjoyed the whole “let’s get into Satan’s Hearse and drive the country” kind of plot. I thought that the footnotes were amazing. It just made it that much better with the history, the foreign words, the pop culture references. John did put a lot of work into it and I can see that. I think Hassan and Colin’s relationship was the most interesting. To reiterate, I thought it was a very good book. It just didn’t blow me away like I thought it would. I think this is because it’s a summer book more than a thinking book like Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska seem to be. Don’t be discouraged from reading the book by my review. And BTW- the book is going to be a movie!

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I Heart Your Blog Awards

December 14, 2008

 

Rules:
1. Put the logo *look up!* and rules on your blog. 
2. Link the person who nominated you. 
3. List your seven favourite blogs. 
4. Tell them they’ve been nominated!

 

I was nominated by Hope from Hope’s Bookshelf.

 

 

 

My nominations:

1. Liv’s Book Reviews

2. Book-Nymph

3. All Five Stars

4. Harmony Book Reviews

5. Imperial Beach Teen Blog

6. Plenty of Paper

7. …Another Page is Used

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Books I Read in Nov. 2008

December 12, 2008

This past month (you know, the one that ended 12 days ago) has been probably the least inspiring month and the most hectic at school. 

My hiatus didn’t allow me to do my monthly “Books I Read This Month”, so I will do it now. 🙂

Books I Read in Nov 2008

1. Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Truly amazing, couldn’t keep it down. How I love this series. I can’t wait for Envy (Jan. 2009). 

 

 

2. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

I liked this book quite a lot. It was cute and funny. 

 

 

 

 

3. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

 

I loved Lisa’s new book. She’s awesome. There’s a surprise surrounding this book coming up soon….. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews on these coming up soon! Questions: videos or written reviews? Which one would you liked to see reviewed first? What did you read this past month?

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Booking Through Thursday (12.11.08): Time is of the Essence

December 11, 2008

 

 

Meme: btt2.wordpress.com

1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read?

Sadly, I don’t. I would read so much more if I didn’t have schoolwork. There’s just not enough time to read all the books I want to read. 😦

(I’m guessing #1 is an easy question for everyone?)

2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?

I would definitely finish my TBR pile. It keeps stacking up… I have maybe 30 books waiting to be read. I would read more impacting YA books, all cozy in bed.

What are your answers to those two questions? Comment away 🙂