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Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #2- Wordle

I don't have activity #1 because I just found out about the challenge in my news feed and thought it looked really fun! So for activity #2 we had to pick out one of our reviews or the synopsis and put it into wordle to make a picture.
The review I scrambled was Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison. Yes, I know this is my only posted review, but I still have my to do list that I posted earlier this week that I need to keep which means two more reviews will be coming very soon!
To make your own Wordle Creation for Activity #2 click here.

Katie

Waiting On Wednesday (5)


You Are Not Here by Samantha Shutz
Publisher: Push October 1, 2010

"Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other. And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have?" -from Amazon


This book sounds really interesting. I've read books about loosing someone close to you and of course I've read teenage love stories, but never one that incorporates it in such a way as You Are Not Here. I'm curious how Annaleah is going to cope with loosing Brian without anyone knowing it and how she'll grow as a person because of this unfortunate experience. I'm also kind of wondering if there will be anyone that did in fact know about their relationship and is waiting in the wings to comfort Annaleah when the time is right. I have a lot of "what ifs" about this book, which makes it that much harder for me to wait all the way until October to read it! While hearing about this book I also found out that Samantha Schutz wrote I Don't Want to be Crazy which is a true story of Schutz coming to terms with her anxiety disorder. (Feel free to click the title link above for the summary at amazon.) I'm definitely going to grab that the next time I'm out and about. I think it was really brave of Schutz to let us all have a glimpse into the life of someone struggling with an anxiety disorder. It will be interesting to step into her shoes while reading the book.


Katie

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Hosted By Should Be Reading

Here's the rules...
"Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also
need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! Just don't ruin the plot of the book!"

The Unwritten Rule
By Elizabeth Scott


"It hurts becausee Brianna will wonder what's wrong with me. I don't not talk to her, not ever. "

Katie

Dark Flame Today!!

I was so excited when I walked into Borders and Dark Flame by Alyson Noel was literally the first book I saw! It was stacked nicely on a snazzy display that I admired for about a second before I snatched it right up. I can't wait to start reading it! This definitely will be moved to the top of the TBR pile :)

Okay, so I've been telling myself all this stuff I need to get done on my blog, but never get around to doing it. So I'm posting my To Do List on my blog so I'll stick to it.

My Blog To Do List for This Week...
1) Write my review for Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti
2) Write my review for The Mall Looks A Lot Like Heaven by Wendy Mass
3) Work on my blog button link
4) Possibly create header, finally.

I'll write back later today with the Teaser Tuesday Meme.

Katie

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

Hosted By Book Journey

I didn't get a lot of reading time in this week, but I am definitely clearing my schedule this week to catch up on my TBR pile, which just keeps getting bigger and bigger! I know my old Monday meme was Daily Dose, which I probably will do once a month now and this all the other Mondays. The reviews for Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti & Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall by Wendy Mass will be up shortly. And don't forget the fourth book in the Immortals Series by Alyson Noel, Dark Flame, comes out tomorrow!!

Read This Past Week:

  • Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
  • Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall by Wendy Mass

Reading This Week:

  • The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
  • My Most Excellent Year by Steven Kluger
  • Breathless by Jessica Warman

Upcoming:

  • The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  • Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel
  • The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
  • Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
  • Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
  • Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Have a great week everyone!!

Katie

Holy Cow is that Edward Cullen?!

If you haven't already guessed I am a huge, let me repeat HUGE, fan of the Twilight Saga, both books and movies. Well anyway since that has been said, my friends and I were at our town's annual fair today and was presently surprised when I turned around and saw Edward Cullen! Okay so the thought of Edward being a fictional character and that Rob Pattinson coming to my small town is close to impossible didn't cross my mind at that moment, I was just looking for the shiny silver Volvo Edward brought to sweep me away in, but they were just impersonators.. duh, my mind quickly grasped that. Especially when I got closer and they didn't really look like the real Edward, Bella and Alice but they were so sweet! They were local actors that had a booth there to raise money for childhood cancer. I entered the raffle (unfortunately lost, but that's okay it was a good cause) and talked to "Bella" for a while, she was incredibly nice! Anyway onto the performance part... before they started their skit they had a trivia contest "Edward" chose five people to come on stage and whoever answered five questions correctly first won a prize basket of Eclipse stuff. Well, me being incredibly shy didn't want to go up on stage. Geez though, once those girls got up there I was squirmy in my seat! I was restraining myself from standing up and yelling, "COME ON! How do you not know this!?" Seriously some of the questions that were asked were what kind of car Bella drives, who told Edward Bella was dead, name all the Cullens; just easy stuff like that. The girls were so bad a TwiMom was in the audience and she was raising her hand like crazy when "Bella" would go to the audience when the girls on stage didn't know. So since the TwiMom got three in a row right they had her come up and she kicked the other girl's behinds. It was really funny, she sure showed them! I really regret now not going up!!

So the actors did a really short version of New Moon the Movie. It was about ten minutes and it started with Bella and Edward outside her house after the birthday disaster, then where Edward leaves, Alice coming back to Forks and then Italy. It was SUPER quick, but fun to watch.
Bella even did a "Oh who should I choose?! Jacob or Edward?" And of course everyone yelled out who she should choose, it was cute. At the end of the performance "Alice" said they didn't have a Jacob in their group, but that they literally just found him in a neighboring booth, and he REALLY looked like Taylor! She introduced him by pointing him out in the audience "Our Jacob, wearing the green shirt in the back!" My friends and I all turned frantically around looking for him behind us. Then we looked to our left and he was sitting right next to my friend. She flipped out! The entire night she was kept repeating he was sitting right next to me, ha! Of course she didn't know this until he got up and walked up on stage. It was really funny. "Alice" also informed us that the fair had forgotten their performance (how could they?! Really??) So they didn't have music and the sound was bad, but it was still really good.

It was a really fun experience and probably the closest I'll ever get to the actual Twilight Cast. Okay, so I put up some pictures from the performance and I apologize for the bad quality, they were taken with my phone.... no zoom. So the first picture is of Edward and Bella on her birthday when she asks for her kiss. The next is when Alice comes back to see if Bella is still alive. And the final one is when Edward and Bella reunite in Italy. Enjoy!

Katie

Review- Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Beth has always been known as the "Beast" to her classmates and is tormented on a daily basis by Colby and his friends. She is crazy tall with wild hair and pimples all over her face. The only two allies she has are her mom, who loves her with all her heart, and Simon her best friend. But suddenly everything changes when her choir is sent off to compete in Switzerland over the summer and Beth isn't the Beast anymore due to a new transformation. While overseas she meets Derek, who's in an all boys' choir from Canada, that is adored by all the competitors, and they are both drawn to each other immediately. But what about Simon back home? And what is Derek always trying to keep Beth in the dark about?

The book was pretty much impossible to put down, I finished it within a day. The plot was just so intriguing, I mean who wouldn't want to go away to a foreign country and meet an extremely charming boy with a cute accent? What kept me reading was what Derek was trying to hide from Beth and if their summertime fling could survive once they got back home. But Derek wasn't the only boy in the picture. Her best friend since preschool, Simon, has been there through all the bullying back when she used to be the "Beast" and he has a confession of his own. It was really hard to decide what guy you wanted her to stay loyal to throughout the book... Derek the dark and mysterious artist or Simon the safe and geeky friend.

My favorite character was definitely the main character, Beth, who was very easy to relate to that you felt like you were in her shoes. Morrison did an amazing job giving Beth a unique out look that it was impossible not to like her. When she goes off on her endless worrying thoughts it's pretty funny, I even caught myself saying, "Wow, I do that all the time. Do I really sound like that?" She grows tremendously throughout the book. I adored her.

Characters: 5/5
Originality: 3/5
Voice: 5/5
Ending: 4.5/5
Overall: 5/5
Cover: 5/5 The hands hanging on to each other lightly is very sweet and fits the story well.



Okay this was my first review I've ever published/ written so please leave me your comments on how I can make them better, or what I can add or take out. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You!