Monthly Archives:: July 2012

Jul 31

July in Review

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Every month I‘m going to do a little round up of the not so bookish things in my life.

Car Shopping – ugh!

I spent a lot of time in the beginning of July car shopping as my previous car met an untimely and unfortunate end. Car shopping is the worst kind of shopping. I know that car salesmen are trying to make a profit and everything but when I tell you that I’m not interested in the loaded special edition model than you probably shouldn’t tell me to “just drive it and see”.   Why would I want to test drive a car that I know I can’t afford?  Idiot!

Needless to say, I bought my car at a different dealership where – gasp – the salesman actually listened to what I had to say.

Warning – Ick Factor

I just cannot get over this. It is just plain wrong.

I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things for work. I got in line behind this woman who had a fair amount of stuff. She puts a $20 bill on the counter, which clearly will not cover her amount of stuff, so I prepared myself for some kind of argument.

But there was no argument, instead she took off her shoe and took a stack of bills OUT OF HER SHOE! That she was wearing WITHOUT SOCKS! So Gross!

Wearing shoes without socks is gross. Keeping money in your shoe is gross. Combining them is super extra gross. And she put her barefoot down on the floor to take her money out of her shoe, which I would never do. Barefoot + Public Places = Gross.

Money is dirty people. Remember that.

Dollar Store Rant

I’m not going to discuss my big issue with the Family Dollar.  Instead I’m going to rant about dollar stores.  Now, I absolutely love the Dollar Tree.  You can find awesome stuff there and everything is $1 which is sweet.  But then you have other stores Like Family Dollar and Dollar General and you walk into those stores and… everything is NOT a $1.  Both of these stores are basically discount stores or a small version of Wal-Mart. 

Personally, I think if you are going to have DOLLAR in your name, everything in the store should be a $1.  Just Sayin’.


Jul 31

Top Ten Tuesday: Switching Places

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours


1. Tris Prior
Four.  Need I say more?
2. Tina Fey
I know she’s not a character, but who wouldn’t want to be her for a day?
3. Aria
I want to play around with the Realms.  It’s sounds so cool.
4. Poppy Wyatt
She had an insane amount of fun, even through all her troubles.
5. Anna Oliphant
Paris. Etienne. Paris.


6. Samantha Reed
I just want to be a part of the Garrett family, cause they are incredibly awesome.
7. Heather Wells
Who wouldn’t want to be a former rock star that now solves crimes?
8. Echo Emerson
Even though her life is clearly not ideal, I’d like to spend some time with Noah.
9. Lily Garcia
The time travel thing is pretty cool.  You could spend the 24 hours going to any time.   Plus there is Kaleb.
10 Hermione Granger
Who wouldn’t want to spend 24 hours at Hogwarts?


Jul 30

Review * Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Reviews 12 ★★★★

Review * Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg CabotSize 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot by Meg Cabot
Series: Heather Wells #1
Published by William Morrow on December 27, 2005
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Pages: 345
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Big Boned
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Heather Wells Rocks!

Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two — and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather's perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York's top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather's residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen — not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives — even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!

But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong . . .

What I Thought…

  • I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book!
  • Size 12 is Not Fat reminds me a lot of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series or the Deadly Cool series because it’s just a lot of fun.  Though Heather, Becky and Hartley are so totally different.
  • I want to be BFF’s with Heather.  She has her faults but she is fun and caring and fairly grounded for being a former pop star.  She did crazy things, all because she cared and was always willing to go that extra step.  I also really enjoyed how she worked out what happened (“girls just don’t elevator surf”) it sounds completely illogical, but right at the same time.  She is one of my new favorite characters.
  • Meg Cabot really made me feel like I was Heather.  I was fully engaged and I loved Heather’s thoughts regarding pretty much everything.  She was just a real pleasure.
  • Heather ex-boyfriend, Jordan, is still a pop star (of a boy band of course), and pretty much just how you would picture a pop star.  He’s arrogant and believes the world revolves around him.  And of course, everyone should just fall in line with what he wants.
  • Heather is living in the apartment above Jordan’s brother Cooper.  Whom of course she is attracted too, but he doesn’t notice her that way.  I adored Cooper.  He’s pretty well put together but has a little mystery to him too.  Plus he pretty much gave the finger to his family (Jordan, and their father, who runs the record company) because he didn’t want to be in the boy band (which was a wise choice).
  • I also really liked Heather’s friends, Magda and Patty, who are so completely different.  Magda is… unique and Patty, while normal, leads an extravagant lifestyle because of her husband.
  • While I do like romance in books, its always nice to read one that doesn’t have a romance (though Heather is totally crushing on Cooper).
  • I really enjoyed the mystery.  I figured it out about 2 pages before it was made known in the book so I was kept on my toes throughout most of the book.
  • I know that this is going to sound strange but I really liked that Heather doesn’t have gobs of money.  All too often the main characters always seem to have an unlimited supply of funds either because they are rich or because it’s just not ever really brought up.  I get why authors do that but it’s nice that you don’t see Heather doing anything and everything.

Overall if you are looking for a quick fun read, this book is for you!


Jul 29

Sunday’s in Bed with… The Wishing Spell

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PhotobucketSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

I wrote this post and then forgot to schedule it so it’s going up when the morning is all but over.  Sadly it looks like I won’t have much reading time today since real life keeps intruding on my plans.

Chris Colfer The Wishing Spell

Today I’m hope to read The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.  I received a copy of this at BEA during the Children’s Author Breakfast and originally I was going to give my copy away because I don’t really read middle grade a lot of middle grade.  But after listening to Chris Colfer talk (he was surprisingly funny), I decided I wanted to read it after all.

I’ll be reading it with Courtney from Abducted by Books.  :)

I forgot to announce my Insurgent Giveaway Winner last week (oops!)

The winner is… Christina!

Congratulations Christina.  She has already been emailed :)

What are you reading today?


Jul 27

Random Olympic Post

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The Olympics are finally here!!!  I really enjoy the Olympics and I’m really excited that it’s in London because that was the most I’ve enjoyed an opening ceremony since… ever.  Musical montage – awesome (like really, seriously awesome).  Special effects – great.  British accent – excellent, as always.  Story line – good (I loved all the classic bad guys from British literature).  Voldemort vs. Mary Poppins – seriously awesome.  Commentary – not so much awesome there (it was just too much).  

The only thing that upsets me about the Olympics being in London is the time difference.  Everything I want to watch is on at like 2am.  Not cool.  Good thing I have a DVR, now if only I could stay off the internet…

Update @ 10:00 pm EST: Even though the parade of nations is fairly boring, I’m digging the music, and I love seeing what all the different countries are wearing (though I’m sure, as always, the US will disappoint in their choice of outfit).

Update @ 11:00 pm EST: Called it!  Another disappointing outfit.  And it’s by Ralph Lauren!  With Ralph Lauren designing you’d think they would look good.

Update @ 11:45 pm EST: Coolest.  Olympic.  Cauldron.  Ever.


Jul 27

TGIF: Christmas in July & Blog Hop: Question

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PhotobucketTGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads.

Christmas in July: If Santa were to come down your chimney in the middle of summer, which books would you want him to leave for you under the tree?

I don’t have too many books that I desperately want right now.  But if there was anyway I could get my hands on Requiem by Lauren Oliver.  I am eagerly anticipating the release of Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake and Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, but I’ve read both of those already.  

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy-For-Books.

Blogging Question: What is one thing that your blog readers probably do not know about you?

I have a crazy obsession with football.  It’s the one thing other than books that takes up a large portion of my free time.  September-January my Sundays and Mondays are filled with football.  And I take football VERY SERIOUSLY.  Quite often my mood on Monday is defined by what happens on Sunday.


Jul 26

Review * Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Reviews 8 ★★★★★

Review * Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Stealing Parker, Things I Can't Forget, Breathe, Annie, Breathe, Jesse's Girl
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What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

What I Thought…

  • I do not know what took me so long to read this book!  I picked it up several months ago because it sounded like the perfect book for me.  Romance + Football = yes, please!  Only, I put it on my shelf and didn’t glance at it again.  Then Jen Ryland/YA Romantics did a post “Why I didn’t read this sooner?” and Catching Jordan was one of the featured books so I took it off the shelf and devoured it in two sittings.
  • I love football, but you don’t have to like football to like Catching Jordan.  It’s not overloaded with football terms and it’s really more about Jordan finding herself than anything else.
  • I was pleasantly surprised to find that Catching Jordan is more than just a cute and fun read.
  • Jordan is fantastic!  She was so much fun.  Even though she was this great high school QB she was struggling with getting in to the college she wanted, the fact that her very important father didn’t have any faith in her, and of course, the new guy.  Jordan learns quite a few lessons her senior year in high school.
  • I didn’t like Ty at all.  I know that he had some issues and that’s why he moved but I didn’t like the way he treated Jordan.  He was also needy and controlling and just an unlikeable kind of guy.
  • I loved Jordan’s BFF Henry.  Henry spent a lot of time at Jordan’s house and was basically a member of her family.  It broke my heart when they were fighting.
  • I liked Jordan’s other friends as well, even if some of them were total players (and not in the football sense).  They were fun and they all took care of each other.
  • Catching Jordan also deals with the situation of girls in male sports.  This can be a difficult and touchy subject and I loved the way Kenneally dealt with it.  Jordan’s strength and determination really came through, but so did the realities of what a girl playing football would have to go through to get into a Division 1A college and what they are up against (which is obviously a lot).

Overall I really, really enjoyed Catching Jordan.


Jul 24

Top Ten Tuesday: Vivid Settings

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books
This is going to be a short list.  I don’t read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi books and it seems not much else has stuck with me.
JK Rowling HP 7 and the Deathly Hallows1.  Harry Potter by JK Rowling.  If this isn’t number one on everyone’s list, I’ll be really sad because if I could picture myself anywhere, it’s in Potterland.  Seriously people, I just don’t see how Harry Potter could not be #1 on every list.

I serious considered listing all the Harry Potter books for #1-7, but I will refrain from doing that (but if you were interested in knowing, I think the best setting is a toss up between books 4 and 7).

Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus2.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  The descriptions in The Night Circus were absolutely amazing! 

Markus Zusak The Book Thief3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
  World War II Germany like it’s never been done before.
Michael Crichton Jurassic Park4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  I wanted to go to Isla Nubar so bad, dinosaurs excluded.
F Scott Fitzgerald Gatsby6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The 1920’s.  Need I say more?
Veronica Ross Under the Never Sky7. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  I loved both the Reverie (though we didn’t spend a lot of time there) and the outside. 


Jul 23

Review * Circle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman

Reviews 14 ★★★

Review * Circle of Silence by Carol M TanzmanCircle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman
Series: WiHi #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 24, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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The biggest story of my life could be how it ends

It’s my turn to run a Campus News crew, and I’ve put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets—until a student lands in the hospital under strange circumstances.

I will blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt... …or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don’t trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is not important to this story.)

But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast…be sure to watch Campus News at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

What I Thought…

  • Circle of Silence is not your typical YA mystery, it’s a little on the darker side.  The MP begins by doing a harmless prank and it spirals downhill from there to people getting hurt.  Val and her fellow news team are determined to find out whose behind it and why.
  • The best part of the book for me was the mystery.  Every few chapters there is a section from the leader of MP and you can see the crazy get exponentially more crazy each time you read from their perspective.
  • The Characters were ok.  None of them were spectacular, but they weren’t awful either.  I did enjoy Val and her overachieving, do-all attitude.
  • There was very little romance and honestly it was such an aside that it hardly seemed necessary.
  • The other secondary characters were not as well developed and at times I would get a couple the other two boys mixed up.
  • Not really important to the story, but I don’t really care for the cover.
  • When the head of MP, and the other members, were revealed I was a little disappointed.  To say why would be a spoiler, it’s just one of my pet peeves.
  • I really don’t have much to say about the book.  It was just ok, but gets a little boost up to 3 stars because I like secret clubs and I enjoyed the mystery of the group (even if I didn’t like who they turned out to be).

Overall it was a fairly good mystery and an enjoyable read.

*I received a copy of Circle of Silence from Harlequin Teen via Net Galley in exchanged for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Jul 22

Sundays in Bed with… Unraveling

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Kate at Midnight Book Girl has started a new feature on Sunday mornings to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Unraveling jkt des5.inddI’ve wanted to read Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris for a while now, but I just haven’t gotten to it and I decided to make time for it this week.  Sadly I won’t be reading in bed today.  I’m dog sitting for my cousin so I’ll be heading over to their house after church to give the dogs some quality people time, or if it’s not raining letting them run around outside so I can read in peace.

** Complaint of the week: I wrote a whole post about my displeasure but ultimately decided not to post it because my blog is a happy place, but I will say this – It will be a cold day in hell before I step into another Family Dollar store.

** I’ve totally fallen in love with Downton Abbey.

** I don’t like the new format of So You Think You Can Dance.  After I don’t even know how many seasons to change the format now is silly.