Wednesday, November 28, 2012

REVIEW: Stanley's Christmas Adventure

Stanley's Christmas Adventure (Flat Stanley, #5) Title: Stanley's Christmas Adventure
(Flat Stanley Series #5)
Author: Jeff Brown
Illustrator(s): Scott Nash & Macky Pamintuan
1st Published: 2003
Genre: Children's Fiction
Page Count: Paperback, 96 pages
Finish Reading: November 28, 2012
First Sentence: (Prologue) She was the sort of little girl who liked to be sure of things, so she went all over Snow City, checking up.
(Excerpt with illustrations.)

Synopsis: Who will save Christmas?

Santa Claus is not his usual, jolly self. In fact, he's in a terrible mood. He doesn't believe that children appreciate Christmas anymore. This year, he has decided that he is not going to deliver any Christmas presents!

Luckily, his daughter, Sarah Claus, knows who to call for help. The Lambchop family! But can they convince Santa that there are still good children in the world? Just leave it up to Stanley.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

REVIEW: Babymouse: Queen of the World!

Queen of the World! (Babymouse, #1) Title: Queen of the World! (Babymouse #1)
Author(s): by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
1st Published: 2005
Genre: Children's Fiction, Graphic Novel, Comedy,
Page Count: Paperback, 95 pages
Finish Reading: November, 2012
First Page(s): Click to See



Synopsis: Babymouse is a sassy young mouse with an attitude problem. She dreams of being queen of the world, but would settle for an invite to Felicia Furrypaws' slumber party. Will Babymouse be invited? Will her best friend forgive her if she misses their monster-movie marathon? Read Babymouse Queen of the World to find out!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloweek 2012 || III - #FridayReads: Misery?! :D

In where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (October 19, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/rbBhCnRsnQ0). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

Monday, October 22, 2012

REVIEW: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones

The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem Title: The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem
Author: Sonya Sones
1st Published: March 17th 2011
Genre: Fiction
Page Count: Paperback, 416 pages
Finish Reading: September 2012
Sonya Sones' Blog.

Synopsis: My name is Holly.
This story is about me--
a writer who's way behind
on her deadline.

But, honestly,
how can I concentrate on my work
when my fiftieth birthday's
rushing at me like a freight train,

Book Haul(s) || Purchased & Library Books + Update?!

In where I talk about the books I recently 
received, purchased, and got from the library.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

REVIEW: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

Bridge to Terabithia Movie Tie-in Edition Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Paterson
Illustrator: Donna Diamond
1st Published: 1977
Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy
Finish Reading: October, 2012
First Sentence: Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity—Good. His dad had the pickup going. He could get up now. (excerpt) 

Goodreads Synopsis: Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

Now a major motion picture, discover the beloved Newbery Medal-winning story of Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. Join Jess and Leslie as they form an unlikely friendship and create the imaginary land of Terabithia.

Friday, October 19, 2012

#FridayReads || Phantom Ghost &nd Zombies?!(:

In where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (October 19, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/rbBhCnRsnQ0). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

REVIEW: The Shape of Snakes by Minette Walters

The Shape of Snakes Title: The Shape of Snakes
Author: Minette Walters
1st Published: 2001
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Finish Reading: October, 2012
First Sentence: I could never decide whether "Mad Annie" was murdered because she was mad or because she was black.

Synopsis: November 1978. The winter of discontent. Britain is on strike. The dead lie unburied, garbage piles in the streets - and somewhere in West London a black woman dies in a rain-filled gutter. Known as "Mad Annie", she was despised by her neighbours. Her passing would have gone unmourned and unnoticed but for the young woman who finds her and believes - apparently against reason - that Annie was murdered. Yet whatever the truth about Annie - whether she was as mad as her neighbours claimed, whether she lived in squalor as the police said, whether she cruelly mistreated the cats found starving in her house - something passed between her and Mrs. Ranelagh in the moment of death that binds this one woman to her cause for the next 20 years.

But why is Mrs. Ranelagh so convinced it was murder, when, by her own account, Annie died without speaking? Why does the subject make her husband so angry that he refuses to talk about what happened that night? And why would any woman spend 20 painstaking years uncovering the truth - unless her reasons are personal? (source: http://bit.ly/Rc5zXb)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

TAG || Booksbits Tag.

In where I answer the questions to the book bits tag, and actually tag people. :O!

Friday, October 12, 2012

#FridayReads || Another Crappy Webcam Video.

n where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (October 12, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/rTxYaYd_D8o). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rant || Reading Slumps.

In where I rant about about reading slumps... instead of doing the actual tag... xD

Friday, October 5, 2012

#FridayReads || A Murder Mystery & Mental Patients... What?!

n where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (October 5, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/i7XgojAup28). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 2012 || TBR - Halloween Reads.


In where I talk about the books I am planning on reading this October and unlike any other month this month has a theme! Since Halloween is around the corner I decided to choose books that are considered to be "Halloween Reads". Click continue find out what books I choose or this month theme via YouTube, video or just click the video below. Hopefully you like what I show you, and don't be afraid to leave comments telling me what you are planning to read this month. :P

Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 2012 || Eight Book Wrap Up.


In where I talk about the books I read in the month of September '12. I read eight book as you can see by the title. Click continue to find out my thoughts on each book via YouTube, video or you look at the list provided under the video. I hope one of these books catch your interest because I enjoyed all of these books.






Friday, September 28, 2012

#FridayReads || four books?! + excuses, excuses, excuses.


In where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (September 28, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/wdOpVxfsvtA). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

Friday, September 21, 2012

#FridayReads || Four Books + Another Book?! :D


In where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (September 21, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/hDGfZF8sgqY). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

REVIEW: The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

The 101 Dalmatians Title: The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Author: Dodie Smith
1st Published: 1956
Genre: Children's Classic
Finish Reading: April, 2012
First Sentence: Not long ago, there lived in London a young married couple of Dalmatian dogs named Pongo and Missis Pongo. (Missis had added Pongo's name to her own on their marriage, but was still called Missis by most people.)

Goodreads Synopsis: The Hundred and One Dalmatians, or the Great Dog Robbery is a 1956 children's novel by Dodie Smith about the robbery of the titular family of 101 Dalmatian dogs. A sequel entitled The Starlight Barking continues from the end of the first novel.

At a dinner party attended by the Dearly couple, Cruella de Vil expresses her dislike for animals; subsequently, the couple's new Dalmatian puppies disappear. The Dearly dogs are now among 97 puppies who were kidnapped or legally purchased from various owners, with the intention of skinning them for their fur. Through the co-operation of animals and the "Twilight Bark", the dogs are found in Suffolk, England, and a rescue ensues.

Friday, September 14, 2012

#FridayReads || Four books + 100 subscribers?!


In where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (September 14, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/gnHrat5H4CM). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

TAG || What's in your bookish "purse"?


In where I show you what I carry around in my purse. Warning: It's more of an office in there then it is a purse (in "normal" girl standards.) I hope you you think about doing your own "What's in your bookish 'purse'" if you have you a YouTube channel because doing this tag was kind of fun! Click continue to watch the video.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 || Booktubia Collab Audition.

In where I do an audition for a book collab channel on Youtube. Hopefully I get chosen. Until then you'll probably learn a couple of things about me… like who is my favorite author, and some of my favorite books. Click continue to watch the video. :D 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 2012 || TBR - 10 Books plus 2 more?!

In where I talk about the books I am planning on reading this month (september). Click continue to find out the reasons in why I am planning on reading each book via YouTube video. Note: I may not finish all of the books, but if you want to me to review one make sure you let me know which one. Whether on the blog or my YouTube channel. :P

Friday, September 7, 2012

#FridayReads || Two Books.


In where I talk about the books I plan to read this weekend (September 7, 2012). Hash-Tag Friday reads is a trend on Twitter in where everyone talks about what they plan to read this weekend. #FridayReads was brought to the Book Community by BunnyCates (http://youtu.be/AJ3Pbyg8e2s). It sounded like fun so here it is!! :P Click continue to find out books I plan to read this weekend via YouTube video.

Manga Recommendations || Two Manga.


In where I recommend some pretty popular manga. The two manga I am recommending I read a while back or am currently reading. Click continue to find out the reasons in why I am recommending the manga via YouTube video. I hope you check out these titles. If you haven't already. (Again they are pretty popular.)


Saturday, September 1, 2012

August 2012 || Six Book Wrap Up.


In where I talk about the books I read in the month of August '12. I read six book as you can see by the title. Click continue to find out my thoughts on each book via YouTube video or you look at the list provided under the video. I hope one of these books catch your interest because I enjoyed all of these books.





Monday, August 27, 2012

REVIEW: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Title: Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
1st Published: 1817 (Written: 1798)
Genre: Classic Fiction, Parody of Gothic Novels,
Language: English (British, late 1700s/early 1800s)
Narrator: Third person omniscient
Tense: Immediate past
Setting (time): January–April 1798.
Finish Reading: April, 2012
First Sentence: No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.

Goodreads Synopsis: The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

REVIEW: The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison

The Ghoul Next Door (Monster High Series #2) Title: Monster High: The Ghoul Next Door (Monster High #2)
Author: Lisi Harrison
1st Published: 2011
Genre: Chick-Lit, Fiction
Page Count: Hardcover, 241 pages
Finish Reading: August, 2012
First Sentence: TThe amber-infused air snapped with anxiety. (excerpt)

Synopsis: Fitting in is out.

Cleopatra de Nile: Cleo was the queen bee of the RADs, the normies, and everyone in between at Merston High. But now it's "Frankie this" and "Melody that" . . . these new girls sure know how to get her lashes in a tangle. When Cleo lands a golden Teen Vogue photo op for her friends, everything seems to be back on track . . . until they bail to be in some film . . . Frankie and Melody's film! Can't a royal get some loyal?

Frankie Stein: Frankie lost her head over Brett once and vows never to do it again. Not that she has a choice: Bekka is clinging to her guy like plastic wrap. But when Brett comes up with a plan that could help the RADs live free, sparks fly, and Bekka will stop at nothing to put out the flames . . . even if it means destroying the entire monster community.

Melody Carver: The clock is tick-tick-ticking. Melody has a serious deadline to save her boyfriend, Jackson, from being exposed by the vengeance-seeking Bekka. But Cleo is making it royally difficult for the normie while threatening her acceptance into the RADs' exclusive group . . . a group that Melody suspects she has more in common with than she ever thought.

Monday, August 20, 2012

REVIEW: Monster High by Lisi Harrison

Monster High (Monster High #1) Title: Monster High (Monster High #1)
Author: Lisi Harrison
1st Published: 2005
Genre: Fiction
Page Count: Hardcover, 255 pages
Finish Reading: August, 2012
First Sentence: The fourteen-hour drive from Beverly Hills, California, to Salem, Oregon, had been total Gitmo. (excerpt)

Synopsis: From Lisi Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Clique and Alphas, comes a new series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the horrors of trying to fit in.

They prefer to call themselves RAD (Regular Attribute Dodgers), but some call them monsters. So far, the "monster" community has kept a low profile in Salem, but this year two new girls enroll at Master High School, and the town will never be the same.

Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and cheerleading. But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters who might be stalking the halls, Frankie finds that life in the "normi" world can be rough for a chic freak like her.

She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver--but can a normi be trusted with her big secret?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

REVIEW: Bookends by Jane Green

Title: Bookends
Author: Jane Green
1st Published: 2000
Genre: Fiction
Page Count: Paperback, 368 pages
Read: July, 2012
First Sentence: The first time I met Josh, I thought he was a nice guy but a transient friend. The first time I met Si I fell hopelessly in love and prayed I'd somehow be able to convert him.

Goodreads Synopsis: Catherine Warner and Simon Nelson are best friends: total opposites, always together, and both unlucky in love. Cath is scatterbrained, messy, and–since she had her heart broken a few years back–emotionally closed off. Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy, and desperate for a man of his own. They live in London’s West Hampstead along with their lifelong friends, Josh and Lucy, who are happily married with a devil-spawn child and a terrifying Swedish nanny, Ingrid.

All’s well (sort of) until the sudden arrival of a college friend–the stunningly beautiful Portia, who’s known for breaking hearts. Though they’ve grown up and grown apart from Portia, the four friends welcome her back into the fold. But does Portia have a hidden agenda or is she merely looking to reconnect with old friends? Her reappearance soon unleashes a rollicking series of events that tests the foursome’s friendships to the limit and leaves them wondering if a happy ending is in store.

Fortunately, Cath has plenty to take her mind off Portia’s schemes–like her gutsy decision to leave her job in advertising to fulfill her dream of opening a bookstore. And then there’s James, the sexy real-estate agent who keeps dropping by even after the bookstore deal is done. With his irresistible smile and boyish charm could he be the one to melt Cath’s heart?

Friday, July 13, 2012

REVIEW: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Author: Jeff Kinney
1st Published: February 1st 2008
Genre: Children's Book
Page Count: Paperback, 217 pages
RE-Read: July, 2012
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2
First Line: SEMPTEMBER/ Monday / I guess mom was pretty proud of herself for making me write in that journal last year, because now she went and bought me another one.
#Comical xD

Goodreads Synopsis: Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it.

As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular.

Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

REVIEW: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
1st Published: 2007
Genre: Children's Book
Page Count: Paperback, 217 pages
RE-Read: July, 2012
Series Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1
First Line: SEMPTEMBER/ Tuesday / First of all, let me get something straight: Thisis a JOURNAL, not a diary.
#Enjoyable :)

Goodreads Synopsis: Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

REVIEW: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Title: Charlotte's Web
Author: E.B. White
1st Published: 1952
Genre: Children's Book
Page Count: Paperback, 184 pages
Finish Reading: June, 2012
First Sentence: "Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

Synopsis: An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, White reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and miracle found in the simplest of things.
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