Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ten Books I Recently Added to My To-Be-Read List Are...

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Ten Books I Recently Added to My To-Be-Read List!

I think this week's topic is so much fun!

I've discovered a lot of new authors recently that I'll now share with you.

WARNING: Some of these books won't be out for A WHILE.
Sorry about that!

But...others are already out? ^^;;;

[You can see a full list of all --eep-- 954 books on my TBR here!
I have titles listed through 2019 atm!]

Also, there are a few sequels to well-hyped titles that I just added to my TBR, but I won't promote them now. I want to promote some stuff you've probably never heard of!


In order of most recent...

1) A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston

Out October 6, 2015
From Disney-Hyperion!
The other day, somebody on Facebook or Twitter said something about how this book's summary is very reminiscent of  THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh, which is a highly-buzzed about book coming out in May. Both books are inspired by  A Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights), so I want to read them both!
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24337.Ella_Enchanted

2) Four Books by Shereen Vedam: DEVILISH SLUMBER, A SCORCHING DILEMMA, A PERFECT CURSE, A BEASTLY SCANDAL
A DEVILISH SLUMBER and A BEASTLY SCANDAL out now
A PERFECT CURSE out April 2015
and
A SCORCHING DILEMMA out June 2015
From  Imajinn Books/Belle Books

Shereen Vedam posted about her new release, A DEVILISH SLUMBER. It's the first in a new trilogy about historial novels inspired by fairy tales. She also wrote another fairy tale historical called A BEASTLY SCANDAL. I'm intrigued!!! I want to do something with this author for Fairy Tale Fortnight...um, which starts THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. Eeep!!! It's my favorite event of the year! ❤ ❤ ❤
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14358.A_Ring_of_Endless_Light

3) THE UGLY STEPSISTER by Aya Ling

Out June 12, 2015

I didn't know about THE UGLY STEPSISTER by Aya Ling until we started putting together this year's Fairy Tale Fortnight event. (Look for more on this title/author in  April!) But now that I know about it? I REALLY WANT TO READ IT!!!
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/703292.The_Witch_of_Blackbird_Pond

4) WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Aisha Saeed
Out Now
From Nancy Paulsen Books

This one was all over social media last week when the book came out. The cover caught my eye first. It looked like it was yet another Arabian Nights retelling, for one thing. For another, "Written in the Stars" is a song I love from a Broadway musical called Aida about star-crossed lovers in Egypt. Sooo I looked up some info and the book sounds pretty interesting. I'd like to read this!

https://www.goodreads.com/series/43814-the-chronicles-of-narnia-chronological-order

5) STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige

Out 2016 TBA
From Bloomsbury Children's

I enjoyed Danielle Paige's debut novel DOROTHY MUST DIE last year, and think she's fun to talk to on Twitter. I think she's too talented to have gotten involved with Full Fathom Five, though, and hope this isn't another collaboration! I want Danielle to get more money for her ideas and words, and I'm hoping she does with STEALING SNOW. This one won't be out until sometime in 2016, buuuut it's based on The Snow Queen, so I automatically want it!
https://www.goodreads.com/series/44427-his-dark-materials

6) LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman


Out August 25, 2015
From Harlequin Teen

Another blogger had read and enjoyed this one, so I was like, "What book is this!? Jaime, you know you're supposed to tell me whenever you discover a new great fantasy, right!?" *ahem*
This is the first in Blood of Gods and Royals, a new YA series that covers the historical details of Alexander the Great in a fantasy setting. Yes, please!!!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver

7) THE SHATTERED COURT by M.J. Scott

Out April 28, 2015
From Roc // Penguin-Random House
I don't remember exactly how I heard about this one. I may have seen it in a catalog or a Goodreads ad? What matters is that I heard about it, right? ^.~ This sounds like an awesome new fantasy series. It's about Lady Sophia Kendall, and whether she'll be blessed (or cursed!) with the gift of magic. She's 32nd in line to the Crown, and when she is forced to flee the Court, she's protected by a swoonworthy member of the royal guard. So many things sound good about this one!!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princess

8) INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani


Out June 1, 2015
From Tu Books // Lee and Low

I can't even guess at how I heard about this one! ^^;;; Buuuut I did. Having lived in Japan for two years, I love books that incorporate the country. This one is about a girl named Claire Takata who finds out that the father she's never known was a member of the Yakuza (The Japanese mafia). I'm intrigued!!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver

9) I AM PRINCESS X by Cherie Priest

Out May 26, 2015
From Arthur A. Levine Books

I'm sort of cheating right now. I'm going down the list on Goodreads with the newest Marked-TBR title and backwards. Soooo this should be #1. I discovered it WHILE WRITING THIS POST. But....um....I discovered it while writing this post. Which means that I'm too lazy to go back and change all my HTML and re-color-coordinate and all that lovely stuff.

When I pulled up information about #8, INK AND ASHES, on Goodreads, the little recommendation box on the right featured this book. I was like, "What is this?? CLICK."

And...this book sounds AMAZING.

It's about a two best friends who created a comic about a princess. One of the girls died in a horrible car accident, and the other friend never picked up the story again. But NOW, years later, the living friend starts seeing Princess X stickers all over the place, and there's even an online comic. Could her friend be alive, or is something else going on? 

SOUNDS GOOD, RIGHT!?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princess

10) THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley Doyle

Out August 18, 2015
From Kathy Dawson Books // Penguin-Random House

I discovered this one when the cover was revealed online through social media and it sounds really disturbing and awesome. For one thing, look at the blurb: 

Accidents Happen. 
Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. 
We burn, we drown, we stay alive. 

It's about a girl whose family becomes accident-prone every October. Some years are worse than others...and this year may be worse than most. This book is also being blurbed for fans of WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, one of 2014's literary darlings. I want to know what has cursed this poor family and if it can be undone!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princess 

What books have you recently marked TBR?
...Hopefully some of these!!!
 ^_^
 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How I Got Through the Doldrums of March and Made My Way into the Excitement of April! (AKA My Month in Review)


I know it isn't technically April yet. I don't like posting before the end of the month because, what if I'm not done posting for the month?? (And in this case, I'm not).

BUT Fairy Tale Fortnight begins on WEDNESDAY, and will run for two weeks. I'm not going to stop to do a wrap-up during the event, so.... here it is, two days early. Forgive me? ❤

* During a recent Twitter chat, some people mentioned that they liked monthly wrap-ups so much more when they included a little more about personal lives, and not JUST about blogging stuff. I think I do a little bit of that anyway, but I'll try a little harder, okay? Let me know if it's working! (But fair warning: I'm not an interesting person, so...!) 

* First off, you may notice that there's been a change to the commenting system! Last year, I tried to install Disqus for commenting and I didn't do it properly. Then I never really tried again. This month, I've been plagued with spammers, so I tried again...AND IT WORKED. I'm so sad when you guys leave comments and I know the reply won't go out to you. Now it will. I know not everyone loves Disqus, but the other big one out there is for Wordpress, so...here we are! I hope you guys like it better. And I CAN still see all of your Blogger comments...I just have no clue how to port them to Disqus since the merge didn't work properly when I tried!

* This month, I am SO EXCITED for Fairy Tale Fortnight. I hope y'all are excited, too! Please feel free to share the event on social media next month and help promote it! ^.~ We have so many authors and guest posters and publishers helping out. It's going to be CRAZY!!!

http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com/2015/02/5th-annual-fairy-tale-fortnight.html

* I'm also excited for April because WARMTH. When winter's cold procrastinated for so long, I worried that we'd have a longer winter that lasted into spring. So far, that's completely true. It almost snowed this past weekend. I'm sorry, WHAT!?

And it DID snow on the First Day of Spring, so I stayed indoors...away from my free Rita's Water Ice! ;_;

Yeaaaaah.....AND we got another 3 inches by the end of the day.
This was only the beginning!
 
This past week was so bleak and cold and dreary. I see the sun poking its head out today, though. Stay for a while, sun! I have some new flipflops to break in! ^.~

Is it time to wear polka dots and cherries and bunnies on my feet yet??

*  I'm also excited for April because there are some AMAZING book signings coming up this month. I get to meet a childhood favorite author, Gail Carson Levine, who wrote a little book you may have heard of called ELLA ENCHANTED that has meant so much to me over the years. Neal Shusterman and Maria Snyder will both be in town, too, and then Sarah J. Maas will be here the first week of May to launch her new book!  

This past month, Kat and I were lucky enough to go to an epic signing in NYC for the launch of Jodi Meadows' new novel THE ORPHAN QUEEN (Which is amazeballs), along with CJ Redwine, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Joy Hensley. I still haven't done my wrap-up of that event like I wanted to. ^^;;; I'll try to make time to put it together today for you and hopefully you can see that tomorrow!

But here's a preview!
* I guess that's it for now. I'm entering my last month of active reading until I attempt to go on a book reading ban in May in order to write, but more on that in next month's wrap-up!

HAPPY SPRING!!! 
 

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS:

*None right now BUT check back in April for SO MANY GIVEAWAYS.
So, so many giveaways are coming your way!!!

Check out the April Blog Tour Schedule for more upcoming giveaways!
APRIL BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
(Most blog tour stops feature giveaways as well!)


***Not a Blog Tour, but from April 1-14, ABS will be taken over by Fairy Tale Fortnight!
Look out for A LOT of guest posts, interviews, excerpts, giveaways, and more!***

*AIMEE AND THE HEARTTHROB by Ophelia London {4/16 Review}
*BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE by Miranda Kenneally  {4/20 Interview}
*THE TRUTH ABOUT US by Janet Gurtler {4/22 Guest Post}

*THE MAGICIAN'S LIE by by Greer Macallister {TBA}
*SUSPICION by Alexandra Monir {TBA}
*CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst {TBA}
*RUMBLE by Ellen Hopkins {TBA}
READING NOW:
{All links to Goodreads!}

*WITCHES ABROAD by Terry Pratchett {Adult}
(I started this the day before he passed away and had to put it down, but I just picked it up again! I want to include it EVEN MORE now for FTF!)

PLANNING TO READ IN APRIL:


Lots and Lots of Fairy Tale Retellings to get ready for

In addition, I'd LIKE to get to...


*AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir {YA}

Series I'd LIKE to get to...

*THE OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW by Amy McCulloch
*THE SHADOW'S CURSE by Amy McCulloch
*SABRIEL by Garth Nix {YA/Adult Crossover}
*LIRAEL by Garth Nix {YA/Adult Crossover}
*ABHORSEN by Garth Nix {YA/Adult Crossover}
*CLARIEL by Garth Nix {YA}
 
 
[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]
READ IN MARCH:
{All links to Goodreads!}

TOTAL: 15 Books

*MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE by MArcia Lynn McClure {Adult} [Re-Read]
*DIVINE DECEPTION by Marcia Lynn McClure {Adult}
*MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson {New Adult}
*CINDER AND ELLA by Kelly Oram {Upper YA}
*THE CURSE GIRL by Kate Avery Ellison {YA}
*THE WHISPERED KISS by Marcia Lynn McClure {YA}
*UPROOTED by Naomi Novik {Adult}
*FLUNKED: FAIRY TALE REFORM SCHOOL by Jen Calonita {MG}
*JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally {Upper YA}
*THE TRUTH ABOUT US by Janet Gurtler {YA}
*NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry {Upper YA}
*GIRL WITH GUITAR by Caisey Quinn {New Adult}
*GIRL ON TOUR by Caisey Quinn {New Adult}   
*GIRL IN LOVE by Caisey Quinn {New Adult}
*LEAVING AMARILLO by Caisey Quinn {New Adult}
REVIEWED IN MARCH:
{All links to my review!}

*ADAPTED FOR FILM by Stacey Rourke {Adult}
*LOSING THE ICE by Jennifer Comeaux {New Adult}
*FLUNKED: FAIRY TALE REFORM SCHOOL by Jen Calonita {MG}
*THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows {YA}
FEATURES IN MARCH:

*February Month in Review // March Monthly Preview
*Top 6 Books Read + Top 4 Authors Met in the 5 Years My Blog Has Existed!
*Revealing the Stunning Covers for 10 Upcoming Hot New Releases!
*A Twist in the Tail: Talking About Apollycon 2015!
*Alternative Free Fridays + Weekly E-Book Deals
*Kat+Bunny Present: Top 10 Books For DIVERSITY IN FANTASY & Top 10 For Best *NON* High Fantasy Titles!
{Excerpt} LOVE STRUNG by Jamie W. Matlock
*{Mad About Nails} Celebrate THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows with Fun Nail Art Ideas!
*{Bookworm Problems} Leaving home with 5 books and returning with...16!?
*{Spotlight} PRETTY WANTED by Elisa Ludwig
*Top 10 Spring 2015 Titles TBR!
*Rounding Up the Stunning Covers for 16 MORE Upcoming Hot New Releases!
*Top 10 Books From My Childhood!
* Exclusive EARLY EXCERPT + A Gift for YOU when you Pre-Order JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally!
*Want More Female Superheroes? Help Support New TV Series JUST SUPER!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Want More Female Superheroes? Help Support New TV Series JUST SUPER!

Hey Bookworms! So, today's post isn't book-related. Sorry about that! It's related to superheroes, though, and who doesn't like superheroes?

Not just superheroes, but female superheroes. Who doesn't like seeing a girl kick butt? Boys shouldn't get to have all the fun, after all!

My friend Rebecca Kopec is an actress, and together with fellow Executive Producers Adam Carpenter andJesi Mullins, she's putting together a new TV series for the web revolving around superheroes called Just Super. A web series is something that airs online rather than on one of the premium/cable/network channels on your TV.

Think Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible (Also about super heroes...and villains!) or Felicia Day's The Guild or The Lizzie Bennett Diaries or The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy or Video Game High School or... Well, you get the picture! Some of them are more well-known than others, and a lot of them have niche followings with rabid fans.

Just Super has the potential to be the next beloved hit web series to come to the internet!

Here's the first look at the series:



YouTube Link


   Emer had it all. Except for fame, money, recognition, and a sense of direction in life. 

But now she's got super-powers and a dangerous destiny ahead of her. Still needs a sense of direction though... 

Her friends Stacy and Danny, along with a mysterious mentor in a trench coat, are eager to help...if only they could stop arguing.

One reason that everyone wants Just Super to succeed stems from something that the legendary Joss Whedon (You know, he made Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly and The Avengers and lots of other cool things!) said last year that went viral around the internet:


   Our good friend Joss Whedon recently spoke out about sexism in the comic book movie industry. 

Just Super wants to be a defining voice in that conversation

We want to inspire anyone who feels powerless in their day to day life. We want to bust stereotypes

We want to encourage any small team of artists to make their dreams a reality. We want to shake up nerd culture. 

We want to put women front and center in the storytelling and production of these stories. 

We want to make you laugh.

The Just Super team is on IndieGoGo trying to raise enough money for the production costs of a full season of Just Super to make it look more sparkly and awesome. (SFX are a lot all by themselves!)

There are only 5 days left in their campaign, and they're halfway to their goal. They only need to raise another $5,000 to bring this series to your computer, and you can help make it a reality for as little as a $10 donation that is fully tax-deductible! You can even support FOR FREE just by sharing the campaign and talking it up on social media. Sharing is caring, and helps spread the word!

You can share in many ways:


Sometimes a supervillain (read: the IRS) steals all your money, but that shouldn't stop a superhero like YOU! 

  • Sharing is caring! Share this page! Share our trailer! Share our website! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Tindr (swipe right!) 
  • Can you (or better yet, your company!) sponsor our project? We would love to partner with corporate sponsors! We will proudly display any logo. The bat-signal is logo. Your company could BE our bat-signal! 
  • Can you donate any equipment/transportation/food? We love fancy cameras, BOOMS! (we love boom mics), pizza, Zipcar memberships. There are lots of factors that go into the producing of an online sitcom, and those factors can ALSO BE DONATED!

If you like superheroes and/or empowered females, or heck, just like binge-watching a TV series

(I see you sitting on your couch watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black on Netflix!),

then take a look at Just Super and help us bring the show to your computer, even if you can only help by spreading the word!!!

Here's the official press release if you'd like a little more info, and information on the actors, writers, and producers can all be found on the IndieGoGo page!

NEW FEMALE-LED ONLINE SITCOM TO FILM in NY THIS SPRING

Making the “every-woman” a super-woman

New York, NY, March 8, 2015– Production is beginning on a new online sitcom that promises to bust stereotypes of female superheroes and redefine what it means to be “super”.  Just Super is the passion project of Cupcakes & Wine Productions. What’s being described as a “superhero buddy-comedy… with wine” will begin shooting this April in New York City, a familiar background for many a hero. Cupcakes & Wine Productions seeks to honor nerd culture and the ever-popular superhero trend, but also aims to showcase women of all types in every leading role.

As women in the industry, we call for quality representation in all roles. We sometimes forget that we can also be our own champions. This is us being the change, not just waiting around for it. 
– Executive Producer Rebecca Kopec

All too often, female superheroes (even when played by Scarlett Johansson) are pushed to the sidelines in the final product as well as promotional materials. Just Super will place women front and center in the storytelling and production. Cupcakes & Wine hopes that Just Super will reach a new online audience and inspire anyone who doesn’t feel super in their day to day life.

I grew up a loud and proud she-nerd. My heroes were scientists, warriors, world leaders, mages - and all of them female. I love and believe in this genre because of the empowerment it gave me as a woman. 
– Executive Producer Jesi Mullins

Cupcakes & Wine Productions is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to help raise funds for their first season. If interested in supporting the project, please visit http://igg.me/at/justsuperseries or facebook.com/JustSuperSeries
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If you would like more information about this project, please contact Cupcakes & Wine Productions by email at cupcakesandwineproductions@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Exclusive EARLY EXCERPT + A Gift for YOU when you Pre-Order JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally!


I am SO EXCITED to tell you guys about JESSE'S GIRL. I just finished reading it this past weekend and can I just say...

It is my favorite of all of Miranda Kenneally's books to date.  
And yes, I've read them ALL.

I've previously reviewed CATCHING JORDAN, STEALING PARKER, and THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, RACING SAVANNAH, and BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE, as well as interviewed Miranda when she debuted. 
I'll be interviewing her again NEXT MONTH and then again in JULY!!!  
You bookworms are lucky I love you -- and Miranda -- so much!

Granted, if you stuck with me last fall during my A Week of Shooting Stars event, you'll know that I already have a soft spot for books featuring musicials or actors. I also love what a personal book this is for Miranda, and can't wait for you to read it in July! I'm seriously holding my tongue right now, bookworms. I want to give you all the details NOW and I CAN'T! But it is SO GOOD and you are going to want this book!

Need more than my word? How about this excerpt to tide you over?
As much as I love music, I am generally not a fan of country. I don’t like banjos. I don’t like sappy lyrics about trucks and hauling hay. Dolly Parton is my mortal enemy—my mom plays “Jolene” over and over and over and over, and it makes me want to chop my ears off like van Gogh. Yeah, yeah, I’m from Tennessee, where it’s a crime if you don’t love country, but I like deep, rumbling beats and singing loud and fast and hard. I do not like closing my eyes and crooning to a cow in the pasture. Yet here I am at a Jesse Scott concert, getting ready to meet him and to see if he’ll let me shadow him next Friday.

My school requires every senior to “shadow” a professional for a day. It’s their way of helping us figure out what kind of career we want. Like, if you want to be president when you grow up, you might get to shadow the mayor. Want to be a chef? Have fun kneading dough at the Donut Palace. When I said “I want to be a musician,” I figured they’d send me to work in the electronics section at Walmart.

I certainly never expected to shadow the king of country music.

It turns out that Jesse Scott is my principal’s nephew. Jesse won TV’s Wannabe Rocker when he was ten and has gone on to become very successful. In sixth grade, every girl in class—myself included—took the Teen Beat quiz: “Would Jesse Scott Like Your Kissing Style?” (Obviously the answer was yes.) In middle school, I had a Jesse Scott poster on my ceiling. It’s hard to believe he’s only eighteen, because he’s already won three Grammys. When he was younger, his songs were about family, fishing, and playing baseball, but lately they’re about love and making love and all things sexy.

I wouldn’t say I’m a fan anymore, but I would never give up an opportunity to learn from a professional with such a gorgeous, pure voice. I want to learn what it’s like to perform day in and day out. Despite what everyone and their mom says—that I’ll struggle as a musician—all I want is to play guitar in front of a crowd and hear people cheer for me.

I can’t believe I’m backstage at the Grand Ole Opry! I bounce on my toes. Jesus, is that an archtop Super 4, the model Elvis played? I’ve never seen one in real life. It probably cost more than my house. I’m ogling the guitar when Jesse Scott comes out of the bathroom, drying his hair with a towel. He pads across the room to the couch, wearing nothing but a pair of rugged jeans with more holes than Swiss cheese. The lighting is dim, and he doesn’t seem to notice I’m here, which is good, because I’ve moved from ogling the guitar to ogling him.

Who wouldn’t? He was one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and it is a truth universally acknowledged that you should stare at people who’ve made that list. The guy’s gorgeous. Like in the boy-next-door way. His wet, wavy, brown hair curls around his ears and nearly hits his shoulders, and while he doesn’t have a six-pack or anything, his body is fit. I wish he’d look my way so I can see his famous brown eyes. They always remind me of those caramel chews Poppy gives me when I visit. Jesse has some sort of Gaelic symbol tattooed on his left shoulder blade. I want to reach out and trace the design.

God, get ahold of yourself, Maya. Don’t be a horndog. Besides, he’s so not my type. I don’t do pretty boys.


 And since I already know that you're going to want it, you might as well pre-order and get some cool goodies, right!?


The following information is from Sourcebooks!

In celebration of Miranda’s new book, Sourcebooks Fire is offering some really cool stuff for readers, fans, etc.

Everyone who emails teenfire@sourcebooks.com will automatically receive an email of the EXCLUSIVE Jesse’s Girl Playlist, and will be invited to attend a LIVE online author event on July 6, the day before Jesse’s Girl goes on-sale!

In addition, if you pre-order the book and send your proof of purchase (and mailing address) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com, you’ll not only get the exclusive playlist and event invite, but you’ll also receive a signed/personalized bookplate, a super-cute custom guitar pick, and entered to win a $300 gift card to TicketMaster so you can go to a concert or musical or some other fun event.


So hurry up and send your information to teenfire@sourcebooks.com 
(Subject: Jesse’s Girl)
including your mailing address if you’re sending in proof of pre-order, 
and how you would like your bookplate signed.

Here are links to order
a copy of Jesse’s Girl:

   

O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title:  JESSE'S GIRL
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
SUMMARY:

Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. 

Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top 10 Books From My Childhood!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top 10 Books From My Childhood

TECHNICALLY the topic is
"Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I'd Like to Revisit"
buuuuut I wanted to do all-time favorites!



In no particular order...

1) ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

This was my favorite book EVER. I'm afraid to ever read it again because nostalgia makes me love it so much, you know? I'd "outgrown" fairy tales by the time I read this. But this and the movie Ever After made me like fairy tales again. Cinderella knows the prince ahead of time AND she gets to save HIS butt. Love!!! I've read all of the author's books and am so excited that she's going to be signing locally in April so I can tell her just how much her book has meant to me all these years.
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24337.Ella_Enchanted

2) A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT by Madeleine L'Engle

Most people discovered Madeleine L'Engle through A WRINKLE IN TIME. I read those books--later on--but I didn't love them the same way I did A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT. I LOVED Vicky. And I loved dolphins, my favorite animal! And I loved her romance with Adam. It made me want to read another book with them, TROUBLING A STAR, then read other books in the lives of both Vicky and Adam before they knew one another. From there, I dived into everything else L'Engle wrote. For a long time, she was my favorite author! I even have obscure books by her that you have to special order because stores just don't sell them.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14358.A_Ring_of_Endless_Light

3) THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare


I don't even know why I loved this book quite so much. I think romance played a part and I was young and obsessed, lol. There was even a song we learned in choir that I would sing and make up stories about the characters in my head as I did so (This was long before I'd ever heard of fanfiction, lol). We had to read this in school and my copy is so shredded that it's barely hanging together even with tape!
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/703292.The_Witch_of_Blackbird_Pond

4) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I could read these books again and again and never get sick of them. Every few years, I like to read them again. There's something so magical and wonderful about this series and it's a lifelong favorite of mine. There aren't even words! But if you've read this series, you know! I seriously would love for them to continue making them into movies even though they aren't huge blockbusters to see the world come to life and live in it a few more times.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/43814-the-chronicles-of-narnia-chronological-order


5) His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Another series I've read multiple times. I think this and Narnia really helped cement my love of fantasy and believing in the impossible. The world is so vast, and not everything is happy and perfect. It taught me so much about growing up and making hard decisions. I even went on to read other books by him, though they weren't loved quite so fiercely!
https://www.goodreads.com/series/44427-his-dark-materials

6) THE GIVER by Lois Lowry


I had to read this in school, and it was one of my favorite school assignments. I even sought out other books set in this world. I still have to read the newest book, SON, but I've been wanting to re-read all the older books in the set, so it's a great time to finally do that. I just have to, you know, make time to do it!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver

7 & 8) A LITTLE PRINCESS and THE SECRET GARDEN by  Frances Hodgson Burnett

I loved both these books so much when I was younger and read them multiple times. I loved the movies, too, and watched them again and again. I can't remember what appealed to me so much about them, but the whimsy and magic kept me entertained. These are beloved classics for a reason, and I love that kids continue to read and love them today, and will continue to do so long after we've all passed on.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princesshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2998.The_Secret_Garden



9, 10, and BEYOND!) SERIES!


I was a big fan of series growing up! Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley, Saddle Club, Thoroughbred, Silver Blades, Boxcar Children etc. You name it, I probably was spending my allowance to buy the latest book in the series! I dont' really own most of these anymore like I do with the earlier books, though. (Why did I let my mom give them away!?) But they're still special in their own ways!

What books were your favorites growing up? ^_^