Sunday, February 27, 2011

On My Shelf (5) It's a Vlog! + Giveaway

On MySHELF highlights books I've acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I'm writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it's pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It's Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. ;)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Blogger Identification Thing

The final stop on the Breathless Reads Tour is tomorrow! I'm so excited! Now onto the point of this post, the BBIT poll is closed (though you can still RSVP), and the results are in.

If you're going to be at the signing tomorrow and want to meet other bloggers, be sure to wear a colored ribbon on your wrist!
Well, I guess that's it. If you're going to the signing, I'll see you tomorrow. =)

Cover For Me 5

Cover For Me is all about book covers and what I think of them. Sometimes it will just be one cover, sometimes it will be different covers for the same book.

This week's cover is...

Heist Society by Ally Carter

US cover
The font is good, and I like the minimal color scheme. I think the model fits Kat really well. I like the reflection in the sunglasses, the one missing painting is perfect for the book. While it's not my favorite cover ever, it doesn't turn me off the book, though the title and author are much bigger factors for picking it up.
This cover is... for me.

Australian cover
I don't remember exactly what Kat's cousin Gabrielle looked like, but I feel like they picked a model more for her than the main character. While the model comes across as a bit awkward and not at all thief-like (black jacket and hat do not equal thief), I like the positioning in front of the painting and the black background. I do not like the laser line things. They look kind of cheesy, and make me think of the movie Entrapment, which I really don't like. I do however like the title font. With a different title and author, I would probably pass this book up.
This cover is... not for me.

Really, though, I think I'd like the cover a lot more if it was the model from the US cover in the setting of the Australian cover without the lazer lines and bad thief clothes. Thoughts?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CSN Giveaway

Thanks to the lovely people at CSN Stores, I have a $35 gift code to give away to one lucky reader! How do you enter? Simple, just...
  • Have a US or CA mailing address
  • Be 13 years or older
  • Fill out the form
  • Do as many or few extra entries as you want
  • Before 11: 59 pm March 15
Easy, right? Thanks in advance to anyone that enters, and special thanks to those that help spread the word.



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 8

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser is from The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller.

"This is Constance. Constance, I'd like you to meet Dr. August Strickland, the founder of the Ouroboros Society, the club so exclusive that no one can pronounce its name."
Page 95


Saturday, February 19, 2011

On My Shelf (4)

On My Shelf highlights books I've acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I'm writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it's pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It's Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. ;)

Friday, February 18, 2011

CSN Giveaway coming soon!

The other day I was contacted by the made of awesome people at CSN Stores, where you can find just about everything, including swingsets, cookware, and fitness equipment. They offered me a chance to do a review or a giveaway, and because I love my followers so much, I decided to host a giveaway. So, watch this space over the next few days for your chance to win a gift code to use in CSN's 200+ stores!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cover For Me 4

Cover For Me is all about book covers and what I think of them. Sometimes it will just be one cover, sometimes it will be different covers for the same book.

This week's cover is...

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

US cover
I'm not really a fan of the colors, red and black are used way too much on paranormal books. But other than that, it's a decent cover. I really like the swirly, multi-lined font. The model seems a little awkward to me... Though I think they picked a good person for Kaylee. I really can't decide if I like it or not. I like the font, and the bit of text winding around the girl's arm, but the colors and the model's pose kind if ruin it for me.
This cover is... (sort of) for me.

UK cover
This is another cover I can't really decide on. I like the colors; the white, to me, fits the book better than the black and red (***SPOILER***looks like the Netherworld fog thing that appears when Kaylee screams/sings***SPOILER OVER***). While having the model appear to be screaming fits the book, I can't help but think she's making a weird face, and looks a bit like she's yawning. I like the two-tone title, and the font is nice. I kind of like how it's plain, except for the one word.
This cover is... undecided. There are a few elements I like, but they're so minor, and I don't like the bigger elements.

French cover
I was getting the link to the Goodreads page when I stumbled across this. Yay, another cover to pass judgement on! Now, onto my thoughts.
Meh. It looks more contemporary coming-of-age than a paranormal. I'm not quite sure what's going on with the color swoopy thing on the eye, I don't remember anything like that in the book (actually, color swoopy thing in mind, it looks like it's about witches). Wow, I can't think of anything else to say, except...
This cover is... not for me.

Tell me what ye be thinkin' o' these covers, me hearties!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

BBIT Poll

Here's the poll I promised when I asked who was going to be at the Breathless Reads Tour in Raleigh on the 25. The suggestions have been closed, but you can still RSVP on this post if you're going to be there. You don't have to RSVP, but if you're going to be there, please vote on what you'd like to do! I'd love to meet all the bloggers that are going, and that will be a lot easier (and more fun) if everyone participates in BBIT (Book Blogger Identification Thing).

So, without further ado, here are the options for BBIT. Please vote if you're going to be there. Hey, vote if you're not going to be there!

What should book bloggers do to easily identify each other at the Breathless Reads Tour stop in Raleigh, NC?
Thanks for voting!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

On My Shelf (3)

On My Shelf highlights books I've acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I'm writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it's pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It's Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. ;)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cover For Me 3

Cover For Me is all about book covers and what I think of them. Sometimes it will just be one cover, sometimes it will be different covers for the same book.

This week's cover is...

Candor by Pam Bachorz

(hardback)
I like the simple color scheme. The orange and white/grey is a nice contrast. The images are really good too, the little houses are cute, yet kind of creepy with how plain and identical they are. The one orange house is a nice touch. The cropping is really good, I especially like how the model's mouth isn't showing. I don't know why, but I really like when the lower half of faces are cropped off. I like the graffiti style font on the title, which really fits the book (if I remember correctly), and that the title is much bigger than the author's name. There's nothing I hate more than when the author's name takes up half the cover and the title is all teeny tiny.
This cover is... for me.

(paperback)
What happened here? How do you go from the awesome cover of the hardback to... this? First, bad cropping. I liked it so much more when only part of the model's face showed. The font on this one is so plain, and just kind of slapped on where it didn't cover anything. While the picket fence works, I think it's a little boring. And what's with the orange eye?! It makes it seem like some kind of supernatural thing, maybe about werewolves or demons, which is most definitely not what it's about.
This cover is... not for me.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Have a Question for Ramona Wray?

Next month I'll be interviewing Ramona Wray, author of Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale, and you have a chance to ask her a question!

From now until February  15 you can submit a question in the form below, and after the deadline I'll randomly draw 1-3 questions to be added to the interview. But that's not all! Anyone that submits a question will get an extra entry into my upcoming giveaway.

So, ask away! ^_^



A to Z Reading Challenge 2011

Last year I aimed for 100 books, and met my goal. This year I decided to do an equally difficult challenge, but with far fewer books: the A to Z Reading Challenge, hosted by Steph at Thoughts of a Book Junky!
I've been wanting to do this challenge for a while, I just kept forgetting to sign up (that's happened with a few challenges). But no more! I will do this challenge, this post proves it!

Anyway, I'm not quite sure what I'll read yet. I've already picked some of them just because I couldn't find any other books for that letter, but others have too many options. So, I'll just post them as I read them.

A - Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
B - Beauty Pop vol. 1 by Kiyoko Arai
C - The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
D - The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman
E - Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
F - Fall in Love Like a Comic vol. 1 by Chitose Yagami
G - Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz
H - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I - Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts vol. 1 by Haruka Fukushima
J - The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
K -
L - Leviathan (audio book) by Scott Westerfeld
M -
N - Nightschool: The Weirn Books vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
O - Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye
P -
Q -
R - Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau
S - The Seeing Stone by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
T - Tsubasa vol. 1 by CLAMP
U -
V -
W -
X - xxxHOLIC vol. 1 by CLAMP
Y -
Z -

Last updated 12/31.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

On My Shelf (2)

On My Shelf highlights books I've acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I'm writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it's pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It's Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. ;)

Breathless Reads Tour: Will You Be There???

Short Version
Starting February 9, 5 authors* will be touring together for the Breathless Reads Tour.
On February 25, they will be in Raleigh, NC.
I will be there.
Will you?

Long Version
Zombie Girrrl, Orchid, and I are all going to be attending the Feb. 25 Breathless Reads event at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, and we thought it would be fun to organize some kind of Book Blogger Identification Thing (BBIT). But before we decide anything (or show up at the signing with Heidi braids** or all wearing the same color shirt), we wanted to see if any other bloggers would be there and if they were interested in participating in the BBIT.

So, will you be there, and are you interested in meeting other bloggers in person? And do you like the idea/have any suggestions for the Book Blogger Identification Thing? You can reply in the comments or (preferably) fill out THIS FORM. If enough people RSVP, we'll post a poll to decide on the BBIT, probably in about a week. Spread the word!



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*Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike & The Eternal Ones)
Beth Revis (Across the Universe)
Ally Condie (Matched)
Andrea Cremer (Nightshade)
Brenna Yovanoff (The Replacement)

**Zombie Girrrl's idea, not mine. ;P