22 March, 2012

The Hunger Games is finally here!

After months and months of waiting, it's finally here. Yes, friends. Today is the release day for The Hunger Games film. Many of you are outside, right now, waiting for a midnight screening to start. In know Alethea has tickets to the midnight show and I am totally jealous. I thought about going at midnight but, in the end, I decided to save my sanity and go on the weekend and really enjoy myself. A group of friends and I will be heading to the Hollywood Arclight Dome (see below) where we will be watching Katniss in all her glory on a giant screen.

One of the really awesome things about the Arclight is that it has assigned seating. So no waiting in lines to try to get a good seat. Just show up a little early and slide right into your assigned seating. It's awesome and so worth the couple of extra bucks you pay. They have great caramel corn, too. Kimberly and I will be going to the Sunday night show and I can't wait. 

So how many of you are going at midnight and who's planning on going more than once this weekend? Come on...I know you're out there. Well I am going to leave you with some of my favorite trailers and clips for the movie. I hope you all have fun and that the movie is awesome. 

And remember, you still have one more day to enter our giveaway for The Hunger Games Capital Colors nail polish collection. Original post here. Now off to decide which color to paint my fingers for the movie on Sunday. Happy Hunger Games weekend, everyone! 

Theatrical trailer

TV spot

TV spot

Peeta clip

May the odds be ever in your favor. :)

20 March, 2012

As Agatha Swanburne Once Said... - The Unseen Guest Blog Tour / Guest Post from Maryrose Wood / Handmade Giveaway! (US/Can)

About the Incorrigible Blog Tour: Each stop features an exclusive excerpt and guest post from Maryrose Wood, offering a special look at the wise words of her heroine’s mentor, Agatha Swanburne.

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves."

The Incorrigible children actually were.

Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. When Lord Fredrick's long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral's prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles' skills to find her. But once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways?

Learn more about the series at http://booksandgames.com/incorrigible

Thanks so much to Maryrose Wood for being our guest blogger today!

Take it away, Maryrose!

“A busy mind is a cheerful mind.”
— The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 3: The Unseen Guest

Now, I am often a busy person. As are you, no doubt. And much as I hate to contradict Agatha Swanburne, I have to point out that a busy mind is not invariably a cheerful mind. Sometimes our minds are busy because we are engaged in solving a Rubik’s cube, or three moves away from winning a chess tournament, or in the final stages of memorizing the title role of Hamlet just prior to making our West End debut. Worthy occupations all!

Yet there are other times that our minds are busy the way a hamster in a wheel is busy: running, running, running, yet not getting very much done in the way of productivity. Is the hamster cheerful? Perhaps, but a hamster is a tiny-brained rodent, and may have a different idea of cheerfulness than you or I do.

Anxious worry about the future, the ceaseless bell-toll of regret about the past, itchy dissatisfaction with the present: each of these attitudes can keep a mind whirling like a prima ballerina of the Russian National Ballet practicing her pirouettes. Yet none of these states could truly be called cheerful. Does that mean Agatha Swanburne was wrong? And if so, what accounts for the popularity of this particular saying? For, as is noted in The Unseen Guest (the third book in the Incorrigible Children series, out March 27th), “A busy mind is a cheerful mind” had been stitched onto more pillows than any other saying of Agatha Swanburne.

I would not go so far as to say the old gal was wrong. Keeping busy is an excellent cure for the doldrums. But the reason for this saying’s popularity among Swanburne girls may be simply this: it was one it was one of the wise lady’s shorter sayings, and let’s face it: when stitching words onto a pillow, less is definitely more.

Do you have a favorite saying that you’d like to see stitched on a pillow? If so, what is it?

See you on March 23, when the Incorrigible blog tour makes a stop at www.kidlitfrenzy.com. Please drop by and leave a comment!

Find the author at maryrosewood.com and follow her on Twitter @Maryrose_Wood. Mark your calendars for March 27 and make sure you catch up with The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place!

A note from Alethea:

I just *adore* The Incorrigible Children. Hanging out with them and their indefatigable Miss Lumley is always a howling good time, though even more enjoyable when tucked up on the sofa under some warm blankets with Maryrose's books, a cup of cocoa, and some biscuits within arm's reach. The ambiance could be further enhanced by having a few throw pillows embroidered with Agatha Swanburne's sayings to recline upon while you lie reading and comfortably ensconced on this heavenly sofa.

You could have all of this*!

*sofa, blankets, books, cocoa, and biscuits not included

If you comment below with your favorite Agatha Swanburne saying, I will embroider it on a pillow and mail it to you. YES! I so totally will.

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1. You must be 13 or older, or have the permission of a parent or guardian as you have to share some personal info with Rafflecopter.

2a. Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter, but ALSO leave a comment with your chosen Agatha Swanburne saying. You may take some time to research--flip open your book, or run down to your nearest library or bookstore. This contest is open until Monday, April 9, 2012, so you have lots of time.

2b. If you enter on the Rafflecopter but don't leave a comment, I will pick another winner. If the reverse is true, I won't be able to pick you anyway, as Rafflecopter won't know you entered.

3. US/Canada only. Sorry, I can't afford to mail pillows all over the world. I wish I could.

4. It will take me a week or two to finish your pillow, so if you win, don't expect it right away.

19 March, 2012

Event Recap: Dark Days with Lauren Oliver, Claudia Gray & Dan Wells

Last week I was lucky enough to make it the the Dark Days Event at Vroman's Bookstore. I got there about 15 minutes early and there was already a small crowd. I bought my books and waited for the fun to start. Lauren Oliver (Delirium, Pandemonium), Claudia Gray (Evernight series, Fateful) and Dan Wells (Partials) all came to talk about their new releases and answer questions from the crowd. I thought this was a really great event. The authors were well spoken, smart, and very funny. I may have bought too many books. :)

I am terrible at taking notes but here are some topics that were touched upon and what the authors had to say about them. (and this is all from memory so please don't quote me on this)

l to r: lauren oliver, claudia gray, dan wells
Cliffangers (This question was directed to all the authors with a special nod to Lauren)

Lauren Oliver (LO): Lauren said that she doesn't plan for her books to be cliffhangers but that sometimes it's just the way the story needs to be told. She also said that a writer's job was to pose a question to the reader that only the writer could answer. Maybe that question would be answered in the next chapter and another question raised, and so on, so that the reader wants to keep reading
Claudia Gray (CG): Claudia talked about an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation she watched when she was younger before cliffhangers were popular in television. She talked about how she and all her friends gathered to watch it and were shocked by the cliffhanger ending. She said that it was hard waiting for the next season's episode but that the experience is one that she would not trade for anything.
Dan Wells (DW): Why is every episode of a television show now a cliffhanger? Because it works! Cliffhangers get readers to come back for more:

How do you write a good romance?

LO: Writing a good romance isn't just about writing the perfect guy or girl. It was creating characters whose cracks and fissures matched up with another person's. Your crazy works with their crazy. 
CG: A good romance should have two strong individual characters. They have to be strong characters in their own right in order to make the reader want to read about them.
DW: To have a good romance, you have to make the reader fall in love with both characters. If the reader doesn't love them, they won't understand why the other person falls in love with them. But if the reader loves the character, then it'll make sense and be believable that the other person would fall in love with them. (I totally agree with this one.)

Advice to teen writers & favorite books

LO: Advice is to read and write as much as possible. Write every day if you can. Learn when to take and when to ignore criticism.
Favorite books - Jeffrey Eugenides (The Marriage Plot, Middlesex), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)
CG: Advice to teen readers is to read as much as possible. You don't have to take notes or break down what you read, but just read. Anything you can get your hands on. As you read more, you'll start to notice what things you like and draw you into a story that will improve your own writing.
Favorite books - Gone With The Wind, Roald Dahl, A Little Princess
DW: Dan urged writers to check out his podcast, Writing Excuses, in which he and three other authors, give out writing advice on a regular basis.
Favorite books - Perfume by Peter Suskind, Dune by Frank Herbert

What's next?

LO: Finishing up book 3 of the Delirium series (titled Requiem). Also working on an adult novel that's being shopped and then back to more YA books.
CG: Claudia is working on her new Spellcaster series about witches.
DW: Dan is halfway done with another book right now that he paused to write Partials. After that he will be working on the sequel to Partials

I am so glad I was able to attend this event. I also talked with lots of fun bloggers, including Nicole from Reader's Antidote who has a really nice event recap here. Blogger About To Read also did a livestream of the event. Head on over to her blog and check out her recap and the livestream video here for the entire panel. Thanks to Vroman's for hosting another awesome event!

Find Lauren Oliver at http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com
Find Claudia Gray at http://claudiagray.com
Find Dan Wells at http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net

16 March, 2012

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop (US)

for hosting the 2nd Annual Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
March 17th to 22nd

Today we're giving away some great book-geek stuff!

If you like buttons, you can choose Prize Pack 1:
20 book geek buttons from Read Now Sleep Later

Eeek! Aren't they cute?
You will actually get to pick 10 from the designs above,
and you'll also get 5 each of RNSL and Nite Lite buttons to share with your other book-loving friends!
If buttons are not your thing, you can choose prize pack #2:

*I forgot to ask Nan for permission to post her image in advance, so while I'm waiting to hear from her, you can just follow the link to her Etsy shop and see what I'm talking about. In addition to bookish designs like this and this she has super-geeky illustrations from Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and Harry Potter. The winner can pick any 1 of the $10 prints instead of the 20 button set.

Sound good? Good luck and have fun entering all the other great giveaways on the Lucky Leprechaun giveaway hop! Click below to read the rest of the post and enter the giveaway!

The Hunger Games China Glaze Giveaway

I hope you all enjoyed our foray into the world of beauty and nail polish this week with our posts on the China Glaze Hunger Games collection. If you haven't yet, you can check out the posts here and here. We love the collection and want to share the love by giving our readers a chance to win some of our favorite colors from the collection.

There will be 2 winners. The prizes will be:

prize #1
prize #2
  • Prize 1: China Glaze Hunger Games polish in Electrify, Dress Me Up, Agro
  • Prize 2: China Glaze Hunger Games polish in Smoke And Ashes, Harvest Moon

1. This giveaway is open for U.S. residents only. Sorry but international shipping is pricey and nail polish is usually a no-no for overseas shipping.

2. You must be at least 13 years of age or have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter since you will be sharing personal info with us.

3. Please DO NOT leave your email or personal info in your comment; it will be deleted. 

Thanks and good luck!

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15 March, 2012

China Glaze Hunger Games Swatches Pt. 2

Hi and welcome back for Part 2 of our Hunger Games nail polish swatches. We hope you aren't too bored of these yet. Jump below to see the final 6 colors in the collection.

Harvest Moon (District 9 - Grain) is a really beautiful orange gold foil. It's kind of hard to see in this picture but the color really glows and reminds me of sun soaked what. This is definitely one of my favorites of the collection. This is 2 coats.

Fast Track (District 6 - Transportation) is a cool toned beige with gold flecks. The gold is really pretty in this one and it's a good twist on a neutral color. I don't really see what this color has to do with transportation except that it's called Fast Track. This one is somewhat sheer and I think I used 3 coats though you could probably get away with 2.

Mahogany Magic (District 7 - Lumber) - When I opened this one, my friend said, "Looks like poo." Unfortunately I have to kind of agree. Mahogany Magic a yellow based brown creme that kind of looks like runny poo in the bottle (sorry - gross, I know). The formula was very thin but did even out more in the second coat. It also dries a little darker than it looks in the bottle so it ends up looking more like melted milk chocolate. While I can see darker or warmer skin tones rocking this, it does not look good on me.

Stone Cold (District 2 - Masonry) is a matte gray polish that looks exactly like what I expected something called Stone Cold would and I think it personifies District 2's trade perfectly. Like I said, this is a matte polish, meaning it dries with no shine. If you can see it, the colors is mix of black and gray and looks a lot like asphalt. It also looks really pretty with a shiny top coat (second pic). Either way I don't think you can go wrong with this one. Oh and it's super opaque and you can probably get away with 1 coat.

with top coat
Electrify (District 5 - Power) is the polish that just screams Hunger Games to me. Densely packed red and gold glitter make this polish pure awesome. This is the color I imagine Katniss to be, fire and power. There is a lot of glitter in this and two good coats are more than enough to give you glitter bomb nails. One of my faves.

Smoke And Ashes (District 12 - Mining) is a deep black with glass fleck glitter in blue and green. It was super hard for me to get a good picture of this. It's got much more depth in person and I think it's a pretty unique color.

Final thoughts: I am a nail polish junkie so combining two things I love equals a win for me. Do I love all of the colors? No. But I like most of them and found most of them to be pretty unique. I think my faves would have to be Stone Cold, Electrify, Harvest Moon, Smoke and Ashes, and Agro.

China Glaze Capital Colors should be available at most beauty supply stores such as Sally Beauty and Ulta now. You can also find the collection online as well.

What do you think? Will you be picking up any of these colors? Come back tomorrow where we will be giving away polishes from this collection. :)

14 March, 2012

China Glaze Hunger Games Swatches Pt. 1

why hello there, beautiful

"With THE HUNGER GAMES about to begin, Capitol citizens can show their support for their chosen district through China Glaze®’s exclusive Capitol Colours nail polish collection. The collection combines rich crèmes, soft shimmers and bold glitters to create the limited edition 12 shade nail polish collection inspired by the most anticipated movie release of the year."
Those of you who know me in real life know that I have a few loves in my life. They are reading, knitting, cake/pie, pugs and nail polish. A few months ago when I heard that China Glaze would be releasing a collection of nail polish inspired by The Hunger Games, to be released with the upcoming film, I was ecstatic. Not one for moderation, I ordered the whole collection a week ago and got them the following Friday. 

I had a little swatching party this weekend so that you could all see what these colors look like. Not everyone reads nail polish blogs like me (yes, they exist!) so we hope that our swatches help you in deciding what colors to pick up. Some of these photos might be a bit blurry, but bear with us. Also, please excuse me if I go into some nail polish lingo while describing these colors to you. I can't help it. I am a polish geek.

We're breaking up the swatches into a few posts and then, at the end, we'll be holding a giveaway where you can win some for yourself. Thanks and enjoy!

Agro (District 11 - Agriculture) is a warm, medium metallic green with gold undertones. I am a sucker for greens and this is no exception. It took 2 coats to become opaque and was a bit brush strokey, but it evened itself out. 

Dress Me Up (District 8 - Textiles) is a really pretty, dusty mauve creme. When you first look at it, it may look sort of grandma-y but it's surprisingly flattering and pretty. It took 2 coats to reach opacity. 

Foie Gras (District 10 - Livestock) is a dusty medium purple creme with brown undertones. Given its name, I actually expected this to be darker and more brown than it is. Then again, it's been awhile since I've had foie gras so maybe it really is this color. This one was a little runny but I was able to get by with 2 coats. 

Hook And Line (District 4 - Fishing) is a frosty medium gray metallic polish. This was one of my least favorite of the bunch, which is sad because District 4 is my district. This one is just super frosty and had some serious brush stroke issues. It was also a bit runny though I did only use 2 coats here.

Riveting (District 3 - Technology) is a really beautiful warm glass fleck orange. I am not sure what this color has to do with technology but it's gorgeous and bright. 2 thin coats used here.

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Luxe And Luxury (District 1 - Luxury) is an iridescent shard polish that is best used as a top coat. It takes a little practice putting it on without getting random globs of glitter but it's not hard. It reminds me of the many facets of a diamond or other glittering jewel. Here you can see it layered over several other colors from the collection.

on top of hook and line

on top of foie gras

on top of agro

on top of mohoganie
That's all we have for today. What do you think? Have you picked up any colors from the collection yet? Check back tomorrow for swatches from the rest of the collection! 

see more of thuy's adult book reviews at nite lite

13 March, 2012

Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris

My Super Sweet 16th Century, by Rachel Harris is available for pre-order on: 
Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads 

From Goodreads:

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever? 

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for sending us an excerpt from the novel.

Alessandra jerks back like I just suggested she prance around the square naked or something. “No! I believe I understand your meaning, and Lorenzo is certainly not my suitor. He is like a brother to me—the three of us grew up together.” 
She resumes walking and I fall in step beside her, understanding there has to be more to the story. And as we near the end of the row, I finally ask, “If you’re not into the guy, then what’s the problem?” 
At that same moment, a rich, deep chuckle hits my ears. My stomach involuntarily clenches and my gaze sharpens on the back of this mysterious Lorenzo. 
Alessandra sighs. “That is the problem.” She places her hand on my arm and solemnly looks me in the eyes. “You must be careful. Lorenzo is beautiful, and it is not uncommon for a girl to walk away from meeting him with a piece of her heart left behind. But he is just eighteen, and not yet ready for marriage.” 
I roll my eyes and laugh, then realize she’s serious. “Yeah, I assure you, there’s no danger on my end. I’m not exactly looking for marriage myself.” Because that would be crazy-town. 
Alessandra wrinkles her nose as if she doesn’t believe me, but she removes her hand. We close the distance and Cipriano flashes me an open, honest to goodness, lighthearted smile. 
“Lorenzo, this is the cousin I was telling you about.” Slowly the guy turns and I fall head first into the richest chocolate-brown eyes I’ve ever seen. He blinks and long, luscious lashes feather across his bronzed cheeks. 
I can feel myself gawking, but I physically can’t drag my eyes away. Lorenzo doesn’t smirk or act all conceited, either. He simply stares back, his eyes casually skimming over me, causing my skin to warm and break out in a whole body tingle. 
Time seems to stop, and the sounds of the market mute. Alessandra was right. This boy is beautiful. And he’s looking at me.

I'll tell you the honest truth--as a designer I think the cover is pretty heinous. But reading the description and the excerpt, this definitely sounds like something I would read. It sounds like it's going to be funny, light-hearted and romantic. What do you think? Leave a comment or tweet @frootjoos.
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11 March, 2012

Ripper - Giveaway (INTL) Ends 3/25/2012

Wowie! It's time for yet another giveaway. This time we are highlighting one of our most anticipated books this year--Ripper by Stefan Petrucha.

From Goodreads:

You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.  
Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it’s worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies. 
Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commisioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world’s most famous serial killer.

We also want to highlight the debut of our friend Kate's new blog, Now That's Filmworthy (www.thatsfilmworthy.com)! Kate has been guest-blogging at Kid Lit Frenzy for the past couple of months and is now ready to strike out on her own. This gives you even more chances to enter to win a copy of Ripper!


1. You must be 13 years or older, or have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter the contest since it involves sharing personal information. This contest is open internationally.

2. Use the Rafflecopter widget below--commenting is appreciated but unless you have clicked the Rafflecopter, your entries won't be counted! Sorry!

3. Please don't leave any personal info, like your email address, in the comments section. It will be deleted.

4. The contest runs until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, March 25, 2012. Winner will be chosen randomly by the Rafflecopter widget.

First entry: Click here to follow Now That's Filmworthy with Google Friend Connect -- If you go to the blog to read the review, the widget will also be there, so you don't have to come back here unless you really miss us :)

Want even more chances to win? Stefan is running a giveaway on Goodreads.com until March 21. You need to log in to enter!

Good luck, everyone!

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10 March, 2012

Weekend Events - March 11 2012

There are a couple of events going on this weekend that we wanted to let everyone know about. Alethea will definitely be at the Ann Stampler event and Thuy might be able to go to Dark Days. If you see us, please say hi!
Where It Began Book Launch Party
Sun, 03/11/2012 - 3:00pm 
Join us in celebrating the debut of Where It Began by Ann Stampler (out March 6 from Simon Pulse) to be held at Diesel - BrentwoodRSVP on Facebook.
Diesel Bookstore
225 26th Street, Suite 33
Brentwood Country Mart
Los Angeles CA 90049
Dark Days Tour
with Claudia Gray, Lauren Oliver & Dan Wells 
Sun, 3/11/2012 - 4:00 pm

Vromans Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd 
Pasadena, California 91101
event page

Don't forget the Picture Book Schmooze on Wed. March 14 at 6:30 pm - Kidspace Museum in Pasadena!

If you see us, come and say hi! Thuy will have bookmarks and Alethea will have some pinback buttons :D

Tag, I'm It!

Ack! I usually just ignore these things but my good friend KimberlyBuggie was the tagger, so I can hardly say no, can I? She's just too cute! And she's surrounded by bunnies... Irresistible.

So, here goes:

1. How did you get into blogging?
I taught myself HTML... it must have been 1997? I was heavily into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ended up creating my own website where I reviewed episodes and quoted the show (but only food-related quotes!) Eventually I moved on to reviewing books, music, movies, and just blogging about everyday life. I found that I liked focusing on a single aspect as it was too much work to keep up with everything else and still hold down a job, so I picked my favorite topic--books!

2. What fictional character would you most want to be best friends with?
Alexia Tarabotti from Gail Carriger's Soulless series. But I look awful in hats, so Ivy can continue to hold that post.

3. What fictional world would you like to visit for one day? As character or as yourself?
Ixia/Sitia from Maria V. Snyder's Study and Glass books! In fact, if you read Sea Glass (Glass, Book 2) I'm already there. (Thanks, Maria :) Best bookseller credit ever! I am an ACTUAL fictional character, not just by name--that's really ME! haha!)

4. How do you buy the majority of your books? Indie book store? Larger chain or Internet retailers?
I used to work for Borders, so I don't buy from Barnes & Noble unless I have a good reason, like attending a signing. I try to balance buying from Amazon (for my Kindle, and for great savings) as well as Book Depository (for foreign books and giveaways) with buying from my local indies: Vroman's, Once Upon a Time, and Mrs. Nelson's. I also really super-love The Last Bookstore in L.A. I know I probably shouldn't support big bad Amazon, but let's face it--I'm not made of money, and buying full-price is expensive! I try to spend at least $20 at each of my indies per month. 

5. Do you buy a book based on its cover?
Heck yes. I've been suckered once or twice, but most of the time the inside is as good as out. Like Entwined by Heather Dixon, gorgeous!

6. What does your TBR pile look like? (Picture?)
Ohmyword. Let's see if I can get them all in.

In my defense, some of these are sewing books.
But the Kindle adds about 10 feet.

7. eReader vs. Physical book. What do you own and Which do you prefer?
I prefer the physical books, but I also own a Kindle. Kindle's great for when I'm indecisive and in a hurry, such as about to hit the commute--and it's certainly a space-saver. I don't live in a big house.

Someday my abode will collapse and it will be the weight of all the books that tore it down. I would say I have between 2,000-3,000 books, not counting what I would have if I didn't have the Kindle D:

8. Coffee or tea?
Coffee! Unless it's an Apricot Ceylon Tea Latte from CBTL, or the Lavender Tea Latte from the same.

9. What was the last book you bought?
The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket. I've been pining for it for a year. Of course, now I don't have time to read it! :(

10. Most of the time, do you read the book first, or watch the movie/tv show first?

Book first if I can help it. If I sufficiently liked the book I try not to watch the movie at all unless it looks like it might really work for me, like The Hunger Games.

Phew! I made it.

Here are my questions for whoever would like to be next. Put your direct link to your Book tagged! Post into the Linky (non-direct links will be removed).

  1. How did you get into blogging?
  2. What's the last book you finished and loved?
  3. Have you ever bought--then returned--a book because you didn't like it? What was the book and why?
  4. After you read them, are your books in mint or messed condition?
  5. What's the first book you remember reading as a child?
  6. Where do you read most often? Couch? Outdoors? Audiobook in the car?
  7. If you could pick a place anywhere on Earth to read all day, where would you go?
  8. Do you have a particular book genre you avoid like the plague--what is it and why?
  9. Do you eat and/or drink when you read, and if so, what?
  10. When you're not reading, what are you doing?
Your turn!

Shooting Stars - Review

Publication date: 28 February 2012 by Walker Books for Young Readers

ISBN 10/13: 0802722989 | 9780802722980

Category: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Keywords: Undercover, Photography, Romance
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Netgalley

Kimberly's review:

Jo is the best in the biz. Smaller for her size, she is the only photographer able to get into all the hard to get places! She loves photography and while being a paparazzi isn't her dream job, it pays the bills. All that changes when she's offered a spot to go undercover to shoot Ned Hartnett, a teen superstar who is in a rehab center in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for real photography classes! But she doesn't expect what going undercover at a rehab center could mean to her, or how her target may steal her heart.

I really enjoyed this book. Jo may be young for her age, sixteen, but her narrative voice isn't. She's been through a lot. Her absentee paparazzi father jetsets between NY and Japan. Her mother is no longer in the picture. And Jo is basically on her own. Jo's journey through the book was natural and genuine. As she struggles with her conscience, Jo has to decide whether the job and money is worth the ultimate price- selling her morals to the highest bidder. I liked reading about her inner struggles to do the right thing and her thoughts on her fellow rehab friends.

The story was sweet, light and fun. Well written, Rushby allows Jo's real personality to burst through. She's a little grumpy, observant, smart and edgy. I liked how she wasn't perfect and didn't try to be. There was a twist or two I didn't see coming which made the story for me fresh and interesting. I wanted to know what she was going to decide!

Overall, Shooting Stars is a wonderful debut by Rushby. It's what you want to sit in read, in the sun, on a Saturday afternoon.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

Find more of Kimberly's reviews at TheWindyPages

You can find the author online at www.allisonrushby.com and on Twitter @allison_rushby.

07 March, 2012

Lunar Love Giveaway Hop (INTL)

This hop begins on the day of a full moon and features books with paranormal, supernatural, science fiction or space travel element or books that have something to do with the moon or have a moon on their cover.

We will have one winner who gets to choose 1 prize from these items:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (YA)
or one of the books from The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood (MG)
  • hardcover
  • paperback
  • preorder of Book 3: The Unseen Guest (any format)
  • Kindle edition
  • Audible.com download read by Katherine Kellgren
You can also check out Thuy's review for Cinder here


1. This giveaway is open internationally for items which are available to you. (For example, I might be able to send you a hardcover or paperback through bookdepository.com but if you don't have a Kindle or iTunes account, you won't be able to choose a Kindle edition or Audible download.)

2. You must be at least 13 years of age or have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter since you will be sharing personal info with us.

3. You don't get an entry for leaving a comment, but it would be much appreciated! Please DO NOT leave your email or personal info in your comment; it will be deleted. 

Can you tell me:

a) What do any of these books have to do with the moon?
b) What's your favorite book that has a moon element to it?

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Good luck, and have fun visiting all the other blogs on this hop!