Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Looking for JJ and goodies!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
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!

From page 41 of Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy:
"As soon as she'd seen the photograph in the newsagent's shop window she'd known that there would be others....Someone, the detective in the greasy leather jacket perhaps, was hanging round the corners of her life, waiting to walk up behind her one day and lay an accusing hand on her shoulder."

These two lines aren't technically next to each other, but I thought they made a better teaser together.

As for goodies, I meant to post about this last week when I received them: I got books in the mail! I finally understand online book-buying. I always preferred going to the store and looking thorugh the shelves, but now? I totally get the hype of buying online. I was so excited when I got home to find a big box of books just waiting for me! I finally spent my Barnes and Noble gift cards from Christmas (I know, new personally record for how long I kept book gift cards in my possession). I received (last week):

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Avalon High Coronation #3: Hunter's Moon by Meg Cabot
Mystery book that cannot be revealed, for it is a follower of this blog's birthday present!

I've already finished Dear John, and I am so excited to read Heist Society! I love Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, so I'm pretty pumped for this new book!

I'm so sorry for my recent silence. School is getting more and more hectic, so I am just trying to manage that and basketball. It should get better soon, I promise!

What are your teasers this Tuesday?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sorry & Reward

So sorry for my absence the past couple days! School is a little controlling right now, so I haven't had much time to read, much less blog!

So, in return, here is a great contest being held by Storywings! She's giving away a ton of books and there will be more winners the more followers she gets! Check it out here! Ends March 19.

I just read Dear John (*cough* amazing! *cough*), so I will have a review of that up after I see the movie so I can give you a comparison!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Along for the Ride

Title: Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Pages: 383

Rating: *****

Summary (from Goodreads): When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.

Review: I am a huge, huge, huge Sarah Dessen fan. I love all of her books, and Along for the Ride is no different. I can relate somewhat to Auden's focus on school, but I know nothing of her social awkwardness. However, Sarah Dessen makes it relatable and believable. I enjoyed Auden's narration and I loved Heidi, Maggie, and Eli. Maggie was the perfect girlfriend. Colby is the perfect vacation town.

This is Auden's summer away. I wish every summer that I could go somewhere and have everything change, which is exactly what happens for Auden. She decides at the last minute to go stay with her father and stepmother for the summer, and her whole life turns upside down. She makes friends, and she has to finally step away from her mother's expectations of her. The one thing that doesn't change is her insomnia. It was very interesting to hear about the "night life"--I myself have only pulled four all-nighters. I really enjoyed how Sarah ended the book, but I won't go into detail for obvious reasons.

Sarah's writing was superb, the characters were people I wish I had in my life, and the plot was interesting and never dulled. My favorite thing about Sarah Dessen's books is how she makes it more than a love story--it isn't run of the mill chick lit. She makes it about something bigger, something deeper. She makes it seem as if this is just a normal girl's life--she's simply documenting it. Sarah Dessen=my idol.

I read this book when it first came out last June, but I just finished the audiobook. The quality of the audiobook is probably a 3.5. There were some gaps that didn't belong, but I liked the reader.

Recommended for: anyone who dreams for a summer that changes everyone; anyone who was robbed of a childhood; anyone! middle/high school age+
Now I must get back to the Olympics! Who else is addicted to them?

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Hey guys,

As you probably know, I have twitter. I had a personal twitter and a twitter for this blog, and I've now decided to combine them. My new username is qt_bookworm, and you can follow me by clicking on my twitter sidebar.

I deleted my blog twitter and kept my personal twitter, so if you were following me there, please now follow my other account. The personal twitter will now be for both personal stuff and book blog stuff.

Sorry if this is confusing in any way. Please follow me! Thanks :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hunger Games 3! and The Reckoning Correction (again)


Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: August 24. 2010

Ok, who LOVES the cover and title? I am so excited for this book!

Scholastic has decided not to release advanced reader copies, which is unfortunate but also kind of nice. You won't have to worry about spoilers!

So what do you think? Any theories?

In other news, I was wrong AGAIN on the release date for The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong. It coems out April 6, 2010 according to Amazon. So sorry about that!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Hate List

Finally reading this book! It's gotten so many good reviews, and I'm really enjoying it so far. Alright:

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

Anyone can play along. Here are the rules:
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!

Title: Hate List

Author: Jennifer Brown

From page 104:

"He got this curious look on his face. The smile stayed put, but he looked like he didn't understand why I was running toward him."

What are your teasers?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

CUWAC (early)

Hey guys, I'm heading out of town tomorrow and I'll be without computer, so I thought I'd do CUWAC a day early! [And I sincerely apologize for my silence the past few days--I'll try to do better!!! School is really swamping me right now. I'll start back up again with Teaser Tuesday and WoW next week hopefully!!]

Title: The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Pages: 288

Rating: ***1/2

Summary: [I couldn't find a good summary for this book, so here goes] Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful woman, has commited adultery. In her Puritan society, this is one of the greatest sins one can commit. As punishment, she is forced to wear a large A on her chest. She is alienated from society and is forced to live in a cottage on the edge of town. The novel follows her life here with her new child, the baby's father, and the return of her husband.

Review: I read this book for school, and I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it a lot more if my teacher didn't tell us every day how bad it was. He didn't even make us finish reading it; he just told us how it ended (I still read the ending, though, because I actually liked the book). I liked the plot line and I find older writing beautiful, if challenging to comprehend sometimes. Though her daughter freaked me out a little bit, I found Hester to be a basically good woman who had made a bad choice. I don't really blame her, though--wait until you meet her husband. Overall, this one wasn't a favorite, but I did enjoy it.

Recommended for: Teenagers, romantics

Question: would you guys mind me reviewing classics I didn't enjoy? Or would you prefer a recommendation?
Also, sorry for the short review!