Friday, March 30, 2012

Follow Friday/TGIF



Q: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?

A: It depends for me. Although I usually only like to read 1 book at a time. If I simply can't wait to read a book, I'll read 2(at the most) at a time!



Q: Book Blogger Retreat: If you could gather up a handful of book blogger friends to spend a weekend away talking books, where would you go? Tell us about it

A: Ginger's sounds soo nice!! Since she is taking us to the cozy mountains, then after that we'll head to the sandy beach, with the bright blue ocean infront of us! We'll laze in our hammocks and devour our books. We'll then chat about all the books we've read around a bonfire drinking sweet tea.

When can we go?!

Don't forget to end my THREE Hunger Games Giveaways(Linked about this post). They all end March 31st! Open internationally.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top Ten: Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With



All these lovely books are patiently waiting on my bookshelves to be read...A good day off would do them justice!


Monday, March 26, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Young Adult: 374 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: October 31st, 2008
Challenge: Read it before you see it
Series: The Hunger Games Book #1
Source: Personal library
Buy the Book:
Find the Author:
First impression: What is all this hype about? I have to read it!

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

 “They're already taking my future! They can't have the things that mattered to me in the past!”-Katniss Everdeen 

Okay, I can already hear the gasps and jaw drops...I don't know what took me so long to read this. I have no answer! Am I beating myself up over it now? Yes!

I have heard about The Hunger Games since it's release, but the premise never really intrigued me. I just didn't think it would be my cup of tea. Then of course, as the movie news started circulating, I got an idea of how many people adored this book and series. Finally, the trailers were released and the whole Internet world was buzzing about The Hunger Games. I must admit, that I was just as antsy to see the movie. The trailer sold me. I must read the book before I see it right? So, I finally did. Boy, am I annoyed at myself for not picking it up sooner!

The character that is Katniss Everdeen is truly a one of a kind person. Dealt a very hard hand in life, she is strong and independent. She is a provider for her sister and mother and she is a survivor. At times, I envied her courage and strength. Suzanne Collins did a tremendous job at penning Katniss and I hope she knows that. In fact, she did a tremendous job at creating all the characters. Peeta, the boy with the bread...He is strong on the outside and vulnerable on the inside. He wears his heart on his sleeve. What you see is what you get with Peeta.

The heart-pounding suspense was almost too much to take a first. I just wanted to skip to the end of the chapters to learn the outcome. I love that Suzanne Collins didn't sugar coat one moment in this book. She depicted the ugliness and absolute horror of The Hunger Games in a stunning way. What a vivid picture she painted! At times, yes, it was a little gut-wrenching, but that made it all that more suspenseful and raw.

I am happy to say that I FINALLY read The Hunger Games. I look forward to devouring books 2 and 3 in the series now and learning more about these fantastic characters. Next on the agenda, the movie!

Final impression: *Slaps hand to forehead* Why did you wait so long? Loved it!



The Crazy Bookworm wants to know: Have you seen The Hunger Games movie yet?

 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Follow Friday/TGIF






Q: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

A: War and Peace was the longest book I've ever read. I think my fave long page reads would have to be The Host by Stephanie Meyer and the Twlight Saga...It turns out I don't read many long books!






Q: Bookish Trends: What are some bookish trends you are noticing in the literature world today? Is there a particular trend you'd like to see more of?
 
A: I'm a manager of an independent bookstore in my city and like Ginger said, I am noticing a HUGE trend in Young Adult. And not just for young adults. People of all ages are coming in and checking out the old and new YA titles. Being a big fan of the YA genre, it's great to see!




*Check out my THREE Hunger Games Prize Giveaways. Open internationally!*
(Linked above this post)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's here....The Hunger Games grand Prize giveaway!

Over the past 2 weeks I have been doing a giveaway leading up to the premiere of The Hunger Games...Well, The Hunger Games hits the big screen this Friday! So, as promised, here is The Grand Prize.

The Hunger Games Box Set(Hard cover) by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Soundtrack by Various Artists
The Hunger Games Illusrated Companion

To Enter
Must be 13 years of age or older to enter
Contest open internationally
Contest ends March 31st at 11:59pm
Fill out THIS FORM to Enter

*There are not extra entries for this giveaway. Just fill out the form, it's that simple! And while your at it, enter the previous 2 giveaways as well!
(Linked above this post)

Good Luck!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Perception by Kim Harrington


Perception (Clarity, #2)
Young Adult: 288 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: March 1st, 2012.
Series: Clarity(Book #2)
Challenge: None
Source: From publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website
First impression: Loved the first! Can't wait for this one!

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.

"I thought I heard someone say my name, in almost a whisper. Just one little innocent word, but it was said with almost a teasing venom. My nerves prickled as I felt the now familiar sensation of being watched"- Clare Fern

I absolutely adored Clairty. Kim Harrington debuted her YA novel with a bang. I fell in love with Clare instantly. The wait for book two was a grueling one, but it was soo worth the wait!

I anxiously awaited Clare Fern's return! When I finally had the book in my hands, I immediately got sucked back into her mystical world. I have come across some books where the sequels don't live up to their predecessors but this was not the case for Perception. Kim Harrington packed so much punch into this novel. I found myself running late for almost everything because I just wanted to read one more chapter. The author ended each chapter with such a luring cliffhanger that is was darn near impossible to put the book down. 288 pages seems like a quick read, but for 280 pages your heart will be pounding. Your eyes flying through the pages, racing to the end so you can finally find out the last piece of the puzzle.

I didn't doubt for one minute that I wouldn't like Perception, in fact I knew I would love it. The characters Kim Harrington created are so lovely that you can't help but love them. You want to revisit them, learn more about them. I love the relationship between Clare and her family, their hilarious banter. It reminds me a lot of my family...Although we don't have any awesome powers.

Perception was a lovely addition to the series. A heart-pounding novel involving supernatural gifts, romance and suspense...A recipe for success.!

The only thing I'm not looking forward to is the long wait for Book #3!

Last impression: A book for all bookworms. Perception has something for everyone!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox


 

For Review

(I wasn't expecting this one from Simon and Shuster, but it sounds fantastic!)

Bought
(As part of my 'Read more Classics' reading goal this year. Plus, I had total cover envy for it!)

That's it for me!

What's in your Mailbox?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Follow Friday/TGIF


Q: What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?
A: I just finished Perception by Kim Harrington...LOVED! My review will be coming next week!
I haven't read any 'not so good' books lately, so I can't answer that question...



Q: Social Networking: Do you use Twitter or Facebook to promote your blog? How has it benefited your book blogging experience? If not, how do you promote your blog? Share your twitter handle and/or Facebook link!

A: I had twitter before my blog but NEVER used it. Once I started The Crazy Bookworm, I saw how many blogs actually use Twitter to promote, so I did the same. I can't image not using twitter now. The amazing people, bloggers and authors I have met just through Twitter alone is astounding!

I created a Facebook page for The Crazy Bookworm just recently, so I could connect even more with other readers and people. It has been a fantastic experience intergrating my social networking with my blogging!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hungry for The Hunger Games Giveaway Part 2!

It's almost here! Only 10 more days left! How excited are you for The Hunger Games? Well, here is something for you to do in the mean time. Enter my Hungry for The Hunger Games Giveaway...Part 2! and don't forget to enter Giveaway Part 1.


Hunger Games Giveaway Part 2


Paperback Copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games Pin Set
2 Bottlesof Hunger Games Nail Polish
District 12 Rubber Band

How to Enter

Contest ends March 31st at 11:59PM
Must be 13 years or older to enter
Contest open internationally
Fill out THIS FORM to enter

Extra Entries:

Tweet about the Contest
(Provide link in form)
Facebook about the Contest
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Come back Wednesday March 21st for The Hunger Games Giveaway Grand Prize Pack!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Your pick: What should I read next?

Happy Monday fellow bookworms!


From time to time, I like to ask my friends/readers what book I should read next. It makes the decision a lot easier on me. Sometimes, I just can't decide!

Where It Began

The One That I Want

Okay Bookworms, comment below with your picks!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Hunger Games Countdown-Giveaway #1


As promised in my Hungry for The Hunger Games post, here is Prize Pack #1


1 Copy of The Hunger Games in Paperback
1 Gale Bookmark
1 Package of Hunger Games Trading Cards
(Photos are from Hottopic.com where prizes were purchased)

How to Enter

Contest ends March 31st at 11:59PM
Must be 13 years or older to enter
Contest open internationally
Fill out THIS FORM to enter

Extra Entries:
Tweet about the Contest
(Provide link in form)
Facebook about the Contest
(Provide link in form)

Come back Wednesday March 14th to enter for Prize Pack #2!

Good Luck!


**Prizes were purchased from www.hottopic.com. To score more awesome Hunger Games Swag, check out their shop!**


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth


The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Young Adult: 480 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 7th, 2012
Challenge: None
Source: From publisher for review
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website | Twitter
Learn More: Harper Collins
My first impression: Sounds like a fantastic, intense read!

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief she’ll never have to tell them that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief soon turns to heartbreak, as Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and not making waves, and Cam becomes an expert at this—especially at avoiding any questions about her sexuality.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. To Cam’s surprise, she and Coley become best friends—while Cam secretly dreams of something more. Just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, her secret is exposed. Ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules

I love a YA book that tackles a strong subject. When I heard about The Miseducation of Cameron Post I wanted it right away. I felt a connection with Cameron before I even had the book in my hands. That is a rare thing!

I devoured the book. It was exactly what I thought it was going to be; Strong and intense! The Miseducation of Cameron Post is NOT a light read. Not only does it bear a hefty 480 pages, the books packs a lot of heart. You will fall for these characters in a way you didn't think you could.

Although I enjoyed the first 200 pages or so, I didn't think it was all necessary. The author put a lot into character development, so the storyline didn't go exactly how I thought it would. After finishing the novel, I realize every word in that book was needed. The Miseducation of Cameron Post would not have been the same if even one page was missing. Those first few chapters of introducing Cameron were necessary to get to know Cameron, to learn about her...to understand her.  Cameron was a profound character. She was pure and honest but most importantly she was realistic.

The Miseducation of Cameron is a very character driven novel, and I don't think I would have enjoyed it any other way. Please don't misunderstand me, the book packs a beautiful storyline; Raw and honest, but that storyline wouldn't have had the same effect if the author didn't put so much delicate care into her characters. Emily M. Danforth crafted something beautiful. A book about a small town, tragedy and self discovery.

Last impression: An awe-inspiring novel. This book should be in the hands of all boys and girls who are still discovering themselves.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hungry for The Hungry Games?

Are you hungry for The Hunger Games?


The Hunger Games is hitting theatres March 23rd, and I know many of us are eargerly awaiting it's arrival!

Let's celebrate it's release with a giveaway...or two...or three! That's right, The Crazy Bookworm is hosting a 3 prize pack givaway.

Details

It will go over 3 weeks. Week #1 will be a giveaway. Week #2 you can enter for another giveaway and then Week #3 you can enter for the grand prize! 3 different giveaways, 3 chances to win!

All 3 giveaways will run until the end of the month, so you will have more than enough time to enter each one.

Isn't that fun? I know, I know. Your wondering what the giveaways will consits of...well you will have to wait and see! What I can tell you is that everything will consist of Hunger Games awesomeness!

Week #1 will kick off Wednesday, March 7th!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

In My Mailbox


I can't believe it's Sunday already! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here is what I got in my mailbox this week!

For Review



(Signed!)
Big thanks to Jennifer Echols for sending me this!

Bought

(I was such a big fan of the show as a kid, I couldn't resist!)


(I had to feed my zombie appetite, and this books features zombie stories by authors like Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe...Yes please!)

Gifted

(A HUGE thanks to Doodle from Doodle's Book Blog for sending me this RAK!)

Special thanks to Jennifer Echols, Scholastic Canada and Doodle for feeding my bookshelves this week!

What's in your Mailbox?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Follow Friday


Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

A: Great question this week! I am a big history buff so my two choices are historical YA novels.


Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

I would love to see someone like Emma Stone in this movie adaptation

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

When I was reading this one, I always pictured Saoirse Ronan as the part of Lina..What do you think?

Saoirse Ronan Picture
(Pic from IMDB.com)

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