Friday, December 31, 2010

A Shore Thing by Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi

Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: Gallery

Release Date: January 4, 2011

Source: From Publisher

My Rating
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It’s a summer to remember . . . at the Jersey Shore.


Giovanna “Gia” Spumanti and her cousin Isabella “Bella” Rizzoli are going to have the sexiest summer ever. While they couldn’t be more different—pint-size Gia is a carefree, outspoken party girl and Bella is a tall, slender athlete who always holds her tongue—for the next month they’re ready to pouf up their hair, put on their stilettos, and soak up all that Seaside Heights, New Jersey, has to offer: hot guidos, cool clubs, fried Oreos, and lots of tequila.


The cousins soon realize that for every friend they make on the boardwalk, there are also rivals, slummers, and frenemies who will do anything to ruin their summer—and try their relationship. Before July ends, the bonds of family and friendship will be stretched to the breaking point. Will the haters prevail, or will Gia and Bella find love at the Shore?


With Season 3 of Jersey Shore kicking off January 6th, why not kick it off with a review of Snooki's debut book 'A Shore Thing'.

I have to admit that Jersey Shore is a guilty pleasure of mine, and when I heard that Snooki was coming out with a book I thought "Really?". But then my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to step out of my little reading bubble and give it a try, and I'm happy I did. This book definitely surprised me. I was expecting 290 pages of a Jersey Shore episode but it offered so much more. I read this book right after reading a heavy book so the light read was very refreshing. It is packed with humour, hilarious scenarios and great one-liners. There was a specific scene at a house party that involved Snooki and a "Juice head Gorilla" that had me laughing so hard I was choking.

The Book is fictional but you can't help but connect the main character Gia to Snooki. They both share the same corky, free spirited personality all in a pint sized body. A Shore Thing was a great light and breezy read that I would definitely re-read on a beach or patio again some day. There was the obvious partying scenes and wild escapades that you would expect from a Summer in The Jersey Shore but the book was also packed with a loyal and unbreakable friendship between Gia and her cousin Bella. There were heartfelt moments, scary moments and hilliarious moments. This book definitely took me by surprise. Even if your not a fan of the Jersey Shore, I would still recommend this book. It's light, fun and perfect to read under the sun.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Follow Friday


Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parjunkee's View

Question of the Week: What are your new years book blogging resolutions?


I just did a post about this today but here they are:

1. REVIEWS: I receive quite a few review copies from publishers and authors but I have absolutely no organization with them. No order. I would like to create some sort of system that keeps me up to date and on time with all my review copies. The review pile isn't getting any smaller, if I don't figure out some sort of order now, I am going to be a frazzled mess!




2. INTERVIEWS: I love doing author interviews and having them for guest posts but there is a new thing that I am currently working on where The Crazy Bookworm will start interviewing other Book Bloggers, too! I am wanting to offer something new and fresh on my blog for the New Year and I am hoping that this appeals to all my readers.



3. COMMENTS: During Blog Hop and Follow Friday I do a lot of hopping and commenting but other than that I don't comment that often. I read tons of blogs and posts throughout the week but I don't always comment and I want to start getting in the habit of being more 'blog social'.



4. RELAX: Blogging can be a time consuming hobby but sometimes I allow myself to get to stressed over my blog. I just need to relax *Inhale, Exhale*. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and most the time it is, but sometimes it feels like...dare I say it?...A job! I'll stress about the littlest things, reviews, interviews, you name it! Or sometimes I'll be in a reading funk and I'll stress about not having anything to post for a while. I am hoping that in the New Year when I start stressing I'll take a deep breath, put my laptop away for a bit and relax.



5. READ MORE: It's a book blog right? I started this blog to record and share my thoughts on books. But it seems I am blogging more than I am reading. I am hoping to read and review at least 4 books a month...Doesn't sound to bad does it? *Fingers Crossed*

What are yours?


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!


The Lake Of Dreams-Kim Edwards

Hardcover: 400 pages

Publisher: Viking Adult

Release Date: January 4, 2011

Source: From Publisher

My Rating
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When Lucy Jarrett returns to her childhood home in Lake of Dreams, N.Y., she learns that her brother, Blake, who's gone into the family business, and his girlfriend hope to drain a controversial marsh to construct a high-end property. Meanwhile, Lucy, who remains haunted by her father's death in a fishing accident years earlier, reconnects with her first boyfriend, Keegan Fall, now a successful glass artist. But when she sees something familiar in the pattern of one of his pieces, and discovers a hidden note in her childhood home, Lucy finally digs into her family's mysterious past. Unfortunately, the lazy expository handling of information mutes the intrigue, and readers will see the reignited spark between Keegan and Lucy coming for miles. All loose ends eventually come together with formulaic ease to rock the family boat.(Goodreads)


"Could the past ever be just the past?"

Wow! This book is intense but in a fantastic way. Kim Edwards pulls you in and doesn't let you go. I immediately fell in love with her writing style. She was descriptive and detailed but it wasn't over done, it flowed nicely. This is my first book by Kim Edwards, but it won't be my last!

The characters were perfect, it was small cast which made it easy to build a connection with each character. The author created such riveting and interesting characters they made it much harder to put the book down. The storyline was great, it was loaded with so much, but for me it was the characters that kept me flipping through the pages. I can't forget to mention the cover art, it's gorgeous. I love the dark blues, the black forest and the faint sight of pink peeking behind the trees. It adds to the mystery that is inside the book.

The Lake of Dreams was such a gripping and unique book. It was a great reading experience. One of those fly through the pages-can't put down-kind of reads. The book is packed with greatness: Unique characters, a page turning storyline and the flow of writing that makes the words jump off the pages...What's not to love? A definite must read!


Lake of Dreams: on sale January 4, 2011, http://www.penguin.ca/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780670022175,00.html?THE_LAKE_OF_DREAMS_Kim_Edwards

New Years Goals(Blog Edition)

We're getting very close to ringing in the New Year and I already have a list of things I hope to accomplish during 2011 BUT I also have a list of things I want to accomplish on my blog during 2011.

1. REVIEWS: I receive quite a few review copies from publishers and authors but I have absolutely no organization with them. No order. I would like to create some sort of system that keeps me up to date and on time with all my review copies. The review pile isn't getting any smaller, if I don't figure out some sort of order now, I am going to be a frazzled mess!

2. INTERVIEWS: I love doing author interviews and having them for guest posts but there is a new thing that I am currently working on where The Crazy Bookworm will start interviewing other Book Bloggers, too! I am wanting to offer something new and fresh on my blog for the New Year and I am hoping that this appeals to all my readers.

3. COMMENTS: During Blog Hop and Follow Friday I do a lot of hopping and commenting but other than that I don't comment that often. I read tons of blogs and posts throughout the week but I don't always comment and I want to start getting in the habit of being more 'blog social'.

4. RELAX: Blogging can be a time consuming hobby but sometimes I allow myself to get to stressed over my blog. I just need to relax *Inhale, Exhale*. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and most the time it is, but sometimes it feels like...dare I say it?...A job! I'll stress about the littlest things, reviews, interviews, you name it! Or sometimes I'll be in a reading funk and I'll stress about not having anything to post for a while. I am hoping that in the New Year when I start stressing I'll take a deep breath, put my laptop away for a bit and relax.

5. READ MORE: It's a book blog right? I started this blog to record and share my thoughts on books. But it seems I am blogging more than I am reading. I am hoping to read and review at least 4 books a month...Doesn't sound to bad does it? *Fingers Crossed*

So with a little organization and some breathing techniques I think it shouldn't be too difficult to stick with my blogging goals. What are your goals for the New Year?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine


Where she Went(Book#2 of If I Stay)


It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future and each other.



Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Reading level: Young Adult

Published: December 21, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Source: From Publisher

My Rating 
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When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?


This is my first book by Courtney Summers. I have heard nothing but good things about her so I was very eager to start reading FALL FOR ANYTHING, and boy was I not disappointed! I could not believe how incredible this book was. The book deals with death, suicide and the after math that is left behind, it is an intense and raw story. Eddie doesn't sugarcoat one moment of how she is feeling. She is angry, sad and alone. And can't stop asking herself the same question over and over again...Why? Why did her father leave her and her mother behind.

Courtney Summers created such a powerful cast of characters, Each character had to deal with the loss of Eddie's dad is some shape or form. Milo, Eddies best friend was one of my favourite characters, he tried to keep Eddie grounded but it seemed the harder he tried the more she would push away. The love he had for his best friend was obvious, and jumped off the pages. What I loved most about this book was how real it was. I know that if I were in Eddie's shoes I would have gone to the great lengths she did to find out the answers. It is heartbreaking but beautiful. Full of personality and sadness. Reading this book was an emotional roller coaster, one moment I would be laughing and then the next I would be running for the Kleenex.

FALL FOR ANYTHING went beyond all my expectations. This will not be my last book by Courtney Summers. She has me hooked! Her writing style is one of a kind and honest. I look forward to reading her other books!

Get your copy today!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to All..And To All A Good Night!/Follow Friday

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my Crazy Followers, to the fantastic blogging community and to all the wonderful readers. I wish all of you a happy and safe Holiday! The Crazy Bookworm will be introducing some great new changes and I look forward to sharing them with you.

Happy Holidays!








Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View

Question of the Week: What are you plans for this fabulous day?



A whole lot of eating! I am looking forward to my moms Christmas dinner which is always amazing and usually a whole day ordeal. We will gather around the Christmas tree, the crackling fire and watch some of our favourite christmas movies which include Christmas Vacation and A Muppets Christmas Carol. We usually wear our jammies or lounge clothes so we can all be comfortable and relaxed. I am very much looking forward to it! Tomorow I will not be leaving my pajamas, I plan on staying in them all day and finish up wrapping my Christmas gifts.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday

WOW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine






 Northern Exposure


Even in Grundy, Alaska, it's unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo's ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.



For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it's love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he's worried that he might be the violent canine in question.


If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he's not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .

Release Date: February 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading

•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 I am going to post 2 teaser sentences from both books I'm reading*
 
"This letter was not signed but ended with a penciled drawing of a rose."
 
"I ran my fingertips along its upper edge. This is how it began, then, a year before the comet."
 
 
Pg.204





"Learning to sing, Luce thought, meant learning to tame the voice that was living in her"
 
"She would begin with a single note and hold it, doing her best to keep it low and soft as it struggled against her, full of yearnings to rip and sure"
 
Pg. 95

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Amazon's Best of 2010 Reading Challenge


Reading with Martinis is hosting a great challenge! Amazon has released it's list of best books published in 2010. You chose 10 books from 2 categories. First category is Editors Picks and second is Customers Favourites. Click HERE to see full details on how to enter and the full lists.

My Editors Picks:
The girl who kicked the hornets nest- Stieg Larsson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson- John Green
The Hand That First Held Mine- Maggie O'Farrell
Full Dark, No Stars- Stephen King
Room-Emma Donoghue
Maybe This Time-Jennifer Cruise
Life-Keith Richards
Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver
The Night Fairy- Laura Amy Schlitz
Unbroken-Laura Hillenbrand

My Customer Favourites
Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang-Chelsea Handler
The Passage-Justin Cronin
Hungry Girl 1-2-3...-Lisa Lillien
Heart of the Matter- Emily Griffin
The Search-Nora Roberts

*I still have 4 more to chose for my customer favourites but I have read quite a few of the picks and a few are self help books so I'm going to browse a bit more before I decide on the final 4*

I love challenges! I don't know how well I'll do on this one because my 'review' pile is starting to topple over but I'm staying optimistic. You can watch my progress through now and November 31,2010 on my 'Challenges' page.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bloggiesta!!

This is my first time participating in Bloggiesta, but it is coming at a perfect time! I have a huge to-do list made up for my blog and Bloggiesta is the perfect time to get it done!!

If your a blogger then this is a perfect time to get caught up on everything you've been wanting to do to that blog of yours. Re-vamping, re-doing, un-doing..Whatever the case!



Hosted by Maw Books

What to do during Bloggiesta:

•Write reviews.


•Write backup posts for a rainy day.

•Write that great post idea from three months back.

•Work on series posts.

•Write guest posts.

•Put out invitations for guest posts.

•Conduct and edit author interviews.

•Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities

•Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.

•Create a text file (or Google Doc) of cheat sheets (html codes, post url’s, etc)

•Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.

•Add or edit your about me page, review policy, disclosure policy, privacy policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.

•Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.

•Clean up and update your challenge lists. Link up your posts with hosts.

•Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date. Be consistent in those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.

•Go get a gravatar.

•Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.

•Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.

•Clean out and organize your feed reader and blog subscriptions.

•Create an elevator pitch.

•Make business cards.

•Find a blogging buddy.

•Analyze and re-evaulate your blog.

•Back up your blog.

•Learn more about blogging, read great articles, get inspired.

•Make sure you have properly copyrighted your blog and know what to do when somebody reposts your material.

•Brainstorm blogging topics.

•Manage your feedreader.

•Help other bloggers, answer questions, share your expertise (let’s face it – this is the best part of Bloggiesta!)

•The sky’s the limit!


How to play:


1.The date is Friday, January 21st Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd. You can really start whenever you want within that time but official hours are 8am to 8am (wherever you are). That is a total of 76 hours, the hours spent on the challenge do NOT need to be in a row. Use the entire 76 hour time frame and see what you can do with it.

2.It’s your call as to how much you want to put into it. But you have to put something into it or it’s not a challenge. So stay up all night or sleep and take care of kids when you need to.

3.When you start the challenge, come to this blog and to the “starting line” post and link to your specific post about beginning the challenge which is posted on your blog. That way I’ll be able to track participants and know who’s really at the party.

4.How many updates (if any) you want to do is up to you. Make it work for you. Personally, I like making a to do list and then crossing off items as I accomplish them. There will be bloggers hosting mini-challenges as well. These are great to learn new information. To get an idea of the mini-challenges last time, check out the list.

5.If you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #bloggiesta to join the chatter.

6.Your final summary post needs to be posted no later than end of the day Monday, January 24th. Come back to the finish line and link to your specific summary post (again- can be that same post you’ve been updating). Your summary should include the number of hours spent on the challenge, what you accomplished, links to mini-challenge hosts if you completed them and any other experiences you’d like to add.

7.Sign the Mr. Linky now if you intend to join the fiest so I have an idea of how many people are participating. Subscribe to this blog, so you’ll be notified of future bloggiesta posts.

Have fun!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hoppin' away/Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books.

Question of the Week: "What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"



My answer is very close to Jennifers. Like her, it's the premise that makes me pick up the book. But once reading it if the characters are boring or lacking personality then I tend to lose interest very quickly.






Question of the Week: What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?

Great question! After high school I took some time off because I didn't know what I wanted to do, then I decided to become a vet assistant...Halfway through that I dropped out, I own 3 dogs and I knew after starting that I wouldn't be able to handle seeing animals in any kind of pain or discomfort. So I got a job at a Dog grooming shop and ended up loving it! I went to school for dog grooming and I now run my very own Pet Spa out of my home.


You know I love those comments so keep em' coming! And leave your link so I can follow back :-)

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inconvenient by Margie Gelbwasser

Reading level: Young Adult


Published: November 8,2010

Publisher: Flux

ISBN-13: 978-0738721484

My Rating
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In fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bondar's Russian-Jewish culture, having a few drinks is as traditional as blinchiki and piroshki. So when her mom's midday cocktails turn into an all-day happy hour, it seems like Alyssa's the only one who notices—or cares. Her dad is steeped in the nightly news—and denial—and her best friend Lana is too busy trashing their shared Russian heritage so she can be popular.




Alyssa would rather focus on cross-country meets and her first kiss with her running partner, Keith, but someone has to clean up her mom's mess. But who will be there to catch Alyssa when her mom's next fall off the wagon threatens to drag her down, too?(Goodreads)


When I first read the premise for Inconvenient I couldn't wait to read it, but what I didn't know was how much I was going to love it! I am still left in awe by this book. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The author immediately pulls you into Alyssa's world. Once an easy and care-free world slowly turns into a dark and lonely one. The author created such a incredible character cast, each character was so well written and so real. It's very easy to relate to the characters whether it's Alyssa, a young girl that just wants her life to be like it use to be. Or Lana, a teenager with the desire to fit in.

The transformations throughout the book are pretty dramatic, every character has one. But the one most obvious and dramatic is Alyssa's. She was taken from her teenage life and was forced to walk down a road that no 15 year should have had to deal with. She reacted with how any real teenager would react...angry. She never sugarcoated a moment when telling us how painful it was to see her mother battle with her addiction and how angry she was at her mother for allowing it to happen.

Inconvenient is a beautifully written book, that will have you hooked from the very first page. It is gripping and brutally honest. It is not only a book about a teenager dealing with an alcoholic mother. It is a book about best friends, first loves and self-growth. This is a brilliant book that needs to be added to your 'To be read' piles!


Get your copy today!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren


I didn't buy any books this week but here is what I got for review:

Book 3 in The Tracer's Series
At first, Mia Voss thinks it’s just bad luck when her already lousy day ends with a carjacking. But what seems like a random incident is followed by another sinister episode. A DNA expert, Mia has made it her mission to put away vicious criminals. Suddenly, she’s become the target of one. And the only way to protect the people she loves most is to deliberately destroy her reputation and risk letting a killer walk free.


Once, Mia trusted Detective Ric Santos. That was before Ric let his turbulent past ruin his chances with Mia, the sexiest, most intriguing woman he’s ever met. But he can tell when she’s lying—and when she’s scared. The key to catching a sadistic madman lies within a long-buried cold case that has haunted Mia for years. Only she can uncover the truth, but first, Ric will have to get her to entrust him with her secrets . . . and her life.






Welcome to Penance, Ohio - hell on earth! Peter's a vampire, and he loves it. He's free to indulge his every dark, dangerous and debauched whim. Until a road trip takes him somewhere he never expected. Now he's trapped in Penance, a town that no-one has been able to leave for five years. And he's stuck protecting Jessa who's beautiful, tempting...and very, very human! The townsfolk know she's tied to their troubles and don't look kindly on strangers, meaning Peter and Jessa have only each other to rely on. Which is making it harder for Peter to control his desire to devour her...But if he can keep his bloodlust in check, their bond could be the key to uncovering the secrets that lurk within Penance and delivering the town from it's curse.




I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.

Let the lying game begin.







Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.


But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.







Heroine, Bridget Duke, rules her high school, but when she crashes her car and ends up in limbo, she must confront the people she has wronged, all of whom want her to go to hell. The outcome of these meetings will decide her final destination.









Claire James, age twenty-three, is ready to make it on her own. When she is fired from her job as a waitress and subsequently kicked out of her sister’s home, she sees it as opportunity to start over. An old love letter found in the glove compartment of her inherited ’72 Volkswagen propels her to leave life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.


That's it for me! What's in your mailbox?

Teaser Tuesday

 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading
Rules are simple:

•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!

"'Was that your runner boy?" my mother askes. She smells like vodka


""Yes, that was him" I don't want to say his name because then she might use it. I don't want to hear how it sounds on her lips right now"

INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser
Pg. 162

Monday, December 13, 2010

What's Your Holiday Tradition?

Christmas funny Pictures, Images and PhotosChristmas is right around the corner. One of my favourite times of year but one of the busiest, I'm sure you all can relate. One of my favourite down times during this holiday is my family's Christmas tradition. We get together and gather around with lots of food, hot chocolate and a fire crackling in the background while watching 'National Lampoons Christmas Vacation'. We have been watching this movie every single year for as long as I can remember. As soon as the snow starts falling and the buzz of Christmas music starts playing I can't wait to sit down with the fam for our  movie tradition.


My Favourite Holiday Treat: Hot Chocolate
I love, Love, LOVE hot chocolate. If I have time I'll make it from scratch but if not I use instant. What I do:
*2 Tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix into Blender(I use Magic Bullet)
* Add Boiling water and 1/2 cup of milk(or a touch of cream)
*Blend until desired texture. I like mine with a thick froth
*Add marshmallows and chunks of candy cane if desired
*Shave some semi-sweet chocolate and Voila! A tasty and fast treat!




       



What is your holiday tradition?


Happy Holidays!

  




Friday, December 10, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway! And the Winner is...

Scoot from See Scoot Read(Confirmed)

Congrats!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hoppin' Away

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy For Books

Question of the Week: "What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?"


  All those and more! I love reading other peoples blogs, I love reading their enthusiasm and seeing their personalities in their blog posts!





Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee

Question of the Week: Do you have an under-noticed author that you think we should all know about?Not necessarily an under-noticed author but definitely an author that I think people should know about. Sandra Edwards. She is one of my favourite authors and I LOVE all of her books. She is wonderful at creating amazing, and memerable characters and her books are very unique. The books that I've read from her are:


Incredible Dreams
Crazy For You(sequel coming soon)
Broken Wings(Sequel coming soon)

To find out more about Sandra Edwards check out her official page at: http://www.sandrawrites.com/



Happy Hoping friends! Be sure to leave your link in the comments so I can follow back:)

Happy Holidays,



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine


Tonight was so much worse than anything before it. Tonight he didn't stop after the first slap.
At the beginning of senior year, Ann was a smiling, straight-A student and track star with friends and a future. Then she met a haunted young man named Connor. Only she can heal his emotional scars; only he could make her feel so loved — and needed. Ann can't recall the pivotal moment it all changed, when she surrendered everything to be with him, but by graduation, her life has become a dangerous high wire act. Just one mistake could trigger Connor's rage, a senseless storm of cruel words and violence damaging everything — and everyone — in its path.



This evocative slideshow of flashbacks reveals a heartbreaking story of love gone terribly wrong.

Release Date: May 2011
 
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Guest Blogger: Vanessa Morgan

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome author Vanessa Morgan. She stopped by to tell us her favourite places to read that I'm sure we will all be able to relate too. Enjoy!


Reading a good book is always a blast, but I have a few reading places where it really becomes intoxicating. They’re warm and cozy and there’s always a hot drink and some food around.


Warm bed


There’s hardly anything better on a cold winter night than going to bed really early with a good book, keeping the chill at bay with a warm cat, a giant cup of hot tea, extra blankets, and a radiator on maximum heat.
Sun


Once the cold has shifted into shimmering hot days, I exchange my bed for an outdoor spot. As long as it’s comfortable, almost anything will do - a friend’s garden, a terrace, the park, ... I usually read in the company of friends when I’m outside and the day almost always ends with a barbecue or a dinner in a favorite restaurant.


Hotel lobby or bar


There’s something about hotel lobbies and bars that’s just irresistible. Maybe it’s the din from the other hotel guests, maybe it’s the jazzy sounds in the background, or maybe it’s just the feeling that I’m on holiday that makes this such a perfect reading spot.


Nighttime terrace


The still late-evening air lends itself perfectly for reading outside. One of the best places to do so is on the terrace of a favorite bar. A glass of wine and a portion of marinated olives next to me, the smell of fresh herbs and garlic coming from a nearby kitchen, … I can sit and read for hours in a place like this.


Bath


Rainy evenings can be enticingly mild with a book and a hot bath. I don’t put on the lights, but I illuminate the room with just enough candles to see the letters on the page.


Near the fireplace in my grandparents’ living room


My grandparents have a huge, ancient fireplace in their living room. You can’t imagine how hot it can be near such a thing and that’s exactly why I like it. There’s always a glass of red wine around and a home-cooked meal for when I stop reading.



Vanessa Morgan is known as the female version of Stephen King. Her two books, Drowned Sorrow and The Strangers Outside, are currently turned into movies. Visit her blog http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/ for more information.








Drowned Sorrow is the story of a remote New England village where water has become a supernatural element that can think… and kill. Drowned Sorrow has been called ‘the scariest story of the year’, so be careful what you are getting yourself into. Find the book on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Drowned-Sorrow-Vanessa-Morgan/dp/160594162X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1288287700&sr=1-2




In The Strangers Outside, two sisters return to their remote holiday cottage after a day at the seaside. But little do they know they’re being surrounded. Soon after their arrival, the girls will come face to face with THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE. When the assailants make their intensions known, things take a shockingly terrible turn and an intense battle for survival will begin. Find The Strangers Outside on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00427ZJ1C/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1YYDN5WHBMFKHY2XD6HX&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846
 
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