Monday Reading Madness

Hey everyone just a quick Monday update, reminder and sharing.

Update:  I’m almost finished with The Owl Keeper (really liking it!), and I just recently finished The Replacement (liked it but also found it odd).  I’ll be writing reviews for those as well as several other books.  Next book up?  HMMMMMMMM, I don’t know.  Maybe Soulstice, The Dead Tossed Waves, or Heist Society???? Thoughts????

Reminder:  Share your middle grade reviews if you are part of the In the Middle Reading Challenge.  Ever review you link enters you in the giveaway.  I’ve extended the end date to August 23.  Check out the update post here!

Don’t forget to enter for the Dork Diaries giveaway! Enter HERE!!

Sharing:  My dear daughter started her own book review blog called The Turtle.  If you want some cute reviews from a tween about tween books, you should check it out 🙂  Just click The Turtle to see it. 

And last – I haven’t had an Owl of the Week in a while, so here’s this week’s:
Super cool! You might have seen it on the news.  A female and male barn owl with hatching babies.  You gotta check it out! Just click above.  Be sure to have your volume on too.

Monday Readng Merriment

This is a weekly meme inspired by one ran by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it by also looking at various other reading events.

This Week I Read:
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I’ll be reviewing this later this week.  In short – I really enjoyed it!

I Plan to Read:
It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder.  This book just looks plain cute!
Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzia.  This book is about a topic not written about too often.  I’m hoping it’s done well. 

Books Coming Out This Week: BOTH look awesome

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Released: March 16

From Goodreads:
When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you’d like to become a substitute princess, do you

A) run
B) faint
C) say yes?

For Desi Bascomb, who’s been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of “Royal Rouge,” she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras…. In this winning debut, one girl’s dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Split by Stefan Petrucha
Released March 16

From Goodreads:
Wade Jackson has always felt split, his love for playing and writingmusic competing with his ambition to do well in school. But when his mother dies, this need for order competes with his desire to leave it all behind. What follows is a split in his consciousness that takes him to two very different worlds.
Told in alternating chapters that together form one cohesive story, Split follows both Wades as they pursue what they think is the correct path. One Wade continues working hard in school, pulling all-nighters towrite a computer code he believes will save the world. The other Wade pursues the dreamof being a dive-bar singer, pulling all-nighters to party, gamble, and live on the edge. But when these two worlds begin to collide, each Wade will need to find a balance between control and abandon, order and chaos, lifemissed and life lost, in order to save himself.

Monday Reading Merriment March 8

This is a weekly meme inspired by one ran by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it by also looking at various other reading events.

This week I read:

     I’ll be doing a review on it for Tween Tuesday

I’m currently reading
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
     I’m reading this for the Flashback Reading Challenge.  The last time I read it my son was just over a month old, so I was reading while he napped and only half awake myself!

Contests to enter:
MINE! to celebrate 200 Followers.  Here’s THE LINK to the post about it.

The Book Resort is having a contest for a Sony PRS600 Ereader! She’s celebrating her one year blogoversary!  If you haven’t been to her site yet this is a great time to check it out! Here’s THE LINK for her contest.

Carol at Book-lover Carol is having an awesome give-away that will have FOUR winners. Some books given away are:  The Iron King, Hush Hush, and Will Grayson Will Grayson.  Go HERE to check it out.

Sarah at The Babbling Flow of a Fledgling Scribbler is having a great March Madness giveway with FIVE different and fun prize packages.  Some books include:  The Awakening and The Summoning, The Everafter and Fragile Eternity.  You must check it out.  CLICK HERE! Let her know I sent you. 

New Release:
I’m super excited because The Dead Tossed Waves is be released TOMORROW! This is the “sequel” to The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  I say “sequel” because it’s not a tradiation sequel.  I loved TFOHT – so I can’t wait to read this one.  And this is horrible because I just realized I didn’t review it! I read it over Chirstmas so some got away from me! I’ll review it this week :p

Monday Reading Merriment – March 1

This is a weekly meme inspired by one ran by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it to also look at various other reading events happening.

This post will be brief as it’s late, and I’m tired.

This past week I finished:
Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (released this week!)
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer

Look for reviews of all three sometime this week!
This week I plan to read:
Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I’ll be rereading this one for the rereaching challenge I’m in
A book coming out this week I’m longing for:
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – release date March 2nd.  This was a book I wasn’t super interested in until I read a few reviews.  Now I’m really curious about it and want to read it!

Contest to Enter!

Taschima over at Bloody Bookahalic is having a Ridiculously Awesome Contest to celebrate having 700 followers.  You must check it out! There will be 7 – yes I said 7!- winners and tons of great books up for grabs.  To be exact there will be up to 28 books won.  Some titles are:
Bleading Violet
Giving Up the Ghost
Hush Hush
The Returners
If you want to enter this contest CLICK HERE!!!!

Monday Reading Merriment – Books I Found and WANT!

Usually on Monday I talk about what book I’ve finished and what books I plan on reading next.  But I was looking at books on Barnes and Noble online and found a bunch of books I want.  So I thought I’d share them!

Epitaph Road
2097 is a transformed world. Thirty years earlier, a mysterious plague wiped out 97 percent of the male population, devastating every world system from governments to sports teams, and causing both universal and unimaginable grief. In the face of such massive despair, women were forced to take over control of the planet–and in doing so they eliminated all of Earth’s most pressing issues. Poverty, crime, warfare, hunger . . . all gone.

But there’s a price to pay for this new “utopia,” which fourteen-year-old Kellen is all too familiar with. Every day, he deals with life as part of a tiny minority that is purposefully kept subservient and small in numbers. His career choices and relationship options are severely limited and controlled. He also lives under the threat of scattered recurrences of the plague, which seem to pop up wherever small pockets of men begin to regroup and grow in numbers.

And then one day, his mother’s boss, an iconic political figure, shows up at his home. Kellen overhears something he shouldn’t–another outbreak seems to be headed for Afterlight, the rural community where his father and a small group of men live separately from the female-dominated society. Along with a few other suspicious events, like the mysterious disappearances of Kellen’s progressive teacher and his Aunt Paige, Kellen is starting to wonder whether the plague recurrences are even accidental. No matter what the truth is, Kellen cares only about one thing–he has to save his father.

We Were Here
 When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.

But Miguel didn’t bet on meeting Rondell or Mong or on any of what happened after they broke out. He only thought about Mexico and getting to the border to where he could start over. Forget his mom. Forget his brother. Forget himself.

Life usually doesn’t work out how you think it will, though. And most of the time, running away is the quickest path right back to what you’re running from.

Eli the Good
Bicentennial fireworks burn the sky. Bob Seger growls from a transistor radio. And down by the river, girls line up on lawn chairs in pursuit of the perfect tan. Yet for ten-year-old Eli Book, the summer of 1976 is the one that threatened to tear his family apart. There is his distant mother; his traumatized Vietnam vet dad; his wild sister; his former warprotester aunt; and his tough yet troubled best friend, Edie, the only person with whom he can be himself. As tempers flare and his father’s nightmares rage, Eli watches from the sidelines, but soon even he cannot escape the current of conflict. From Silas House comes a tender look at the complexities of childhood and the realities of war — a quintessentially Southern novel filled with music, nostalgic detail, a deep respect for nature, and a powerful sense of place

Me, The Missing and the Dead
Me: Lucas Swain—I’m nearly sixteen years old and live in London. I was fairly normal until the night I found Violet. Then everything changed.

The Missing: Dad. He disappeared five years ago. Nobody knows what happened to him, and nobody cares except me. It’s enough to drive you crazy.

The Dead: That’s Violet . . . in the urn. Speaking of crazy—I know she’s trying to tell me something, and I think it’s about my father. . . .

A dead lady may not be much to go on, but my dad’s out there somewhere, and it’s up to me to find out where.

Because I Am the Furnature
Anke’s father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but she’s just an invisible witness in a house of horrors, on the brink of disappearing altogether. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. At first just being exhausted after practice feels good, but as Anke becomes part of the team, her confidence builds. When she learns to yell “Mine!” to call a ball, she finds a voice she didn’t know existed. For the first time, Anke is seen and heard. Soon, she’s imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at home—including herself.

Boy Crazy
How to Date Like a Guy:

1. Flirt constantly.
2. Keep your options open.
3. Don’t get attached.

Cassie and her two best friends, Greta and Keagan, are so over boyfriends. But just because the girls are anti-boyfriend doesn’t mean they’re anti-boy. So they make a pact for the summer: They’ll each kiss ten different guys before school starts—no commitments, no drama, just fun. Sounds easy enough. Then Cassie meets the perfect guy (nine boys too soon), and the pact starts to seem like a terrible idea. Not to mention Boy Number One turns out to be her best friend’s ex. Ugh—Cassie’s summer just went from carefree to complicated faster than she can say .”

Monday Reading Merriment Feb 15

This is a weekly meme inspired by one started by J. Kaye’s Book Blog. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it to also look at various other reading events happening. EDITED TO ADD! This meme has been passed on to Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books!

First I’d like to give a shout out to my big sis Penni! It is her birthday today! Happy Happy Happy Birthday Sis!!!!!
If you’d like, leave a reading suggestion for my sister.  She is my greatest success in turning a “non”reader into a reader.  She’s read the entire Mortal Instruments series, the entire Wake series, Generation Dead, Fallen Angel (which FYI – she didn’t like!), Need and Captivate.  Let’s keep her reading 😉  I’m also trying real hard to get her to guest post with her review of the Mortal Instruments series.  Hopefully I’ll talk her into it soon!

Ok on to my reading: Well this week I was kinda a slacker.  I was a slacker in reading.  In blogging.  In general! I did start Untamed, and I’ll finish it (my worst guilty pleasure!), but that’s it.  I’ll plead sickness.  I was sick Friday/Saturday – thus my no IMM or Sunday Shelves.

This week I plan to finished Untamed and Before I Fall.  I’m hesitating on Before I Fall just because I know it’s gonna be a powerful one and sometimes I need to get myself ready for those books.

I’ll be announcing the winner of the Vlad Tod book this week AND I’ll be announcing my 175 follower (ok now like 183) this week as well.

Reggie as The Undercover Book Lover (not really) is having a huge HUGE HUGE birthday giveway.  This girl is crazy generous.  You must go over there and check it out.  I’ve listed below, ok cut and pasted from her site, the list of books she’s giving away. And get this ONE winner gets them ALL!!!!!

1 Finished copy of The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
1 Finished copy of The Sight by Judy Blundell
1 Finished copy of Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
1 Finished copy of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
1 Finished copy of The Line by Teri Hall
1 Finished copy of The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
1 Finished copy of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
1 Finished copy of Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
1 Finished copy of Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
1 Finished copy of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Monday Reading Merriment Feb 8

This is a weekly meme inspired by one started by J. Kaye’s Book Blog. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it to also look at various other reading events happening.

What I Read:
Paper Towns by John Green

I’ll be reviewing this book later this week.  In short: it was AMAZING!

What I’ll Be Reading:
I got Before I Fall for the Barnes and Noble First Look Teen Club, so I’ll be starting on that one.  It sounds like it should be a good read.


Don’t forget my Chronicles of Vladimir Tod contest.  It’s open until the 13th.  Fill out the form to enter

Want to Win a KINDLE?? Head over to Tartitude to see how.  I mean really how could you NOT check it out 🙂

ALSO!!! I’ve hit 175 followers, so I’ll be doing a contest for that REAL SOON!!!

Books Coming Out This Week (actually all on the 9th):
Eleventh Grade Burns: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer!!!!!! Mine copy has been preordered 🙂
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berks – I so want to read this book!

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor

Monday Reading Merriement with a CONTEST!

I’m going to deviate from the normal Monday post to welcome everyone to February!
I’m very excited it’s February because I book I’ve been waiting for will be out on Feb. 9th! That book would be:
Heather Brewer
I LOVE this series.  You can read my Friday’s for the Guys feature on the series here. Be warned – I gush!
In brief why do I love this series:
1.  I love Vlad – he’s real
2. Each book takes it up a notch
3.  I’ve enjoyed watching him grow up
4. He doesn’t sparkle (hey I like Twilight to but come on!)
5.  The boys I teach like them!
For these reasons and many more I am declaring February Vlad Month and the 14th will be Vladentines Day.
I don’t take credit for making up that term.  I saw it on Heather Brewer’s website.  Which is fab by the way – check it out!
Throughout the month I’ll be featuring more new about the Chronicles Series, a new book Heather Brewer is working on and other various other vampire related topics.
I’m also doing this to also have more of an anti-Valentine’s Day theme in honor of my friend Beth.  She hates v-day, so in her honor I won’t be focusing on any lovey dovey type stuff.
I’m holding a contest to win ONE book in the Chronicle of Vladimir Tod Series – which ever one you want.
Extra entries earned by:
+1 Tweeting (@justkeepreading)
+1 putting on sidebar
+1 for tell me what book you want
That’s it!
Ends 11:59 EST on Feb 13th
I’ll ship from The Book Depository so if they ship to you free you can enter!

Monday Reading Merriment

This is a weekly meme inspired by one started by J. Kaye’s Book Blog. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it to also look at various other reading events happening this week.
First – Yesterday I was creeping up on 175 followers!!!! When I hit 175 I believe a contest will be in order, so keep posted 🙂

What I Read Last Week:  I finished Looking for Alaska by John Green.  Look for a review this week.  In brief – loved it!
What I’m Reading Now: Wereling by Steve Feasey I got this one for review, and I think it looks pretty good.

Up After That: Candor by Pam Bachorz Yes it’s high time I read that one!!!!

Books coming out this week:  Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Released January 26

From Goodreads:
Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born …

Teens Read and Write is having an awesome giveaway for reaching 500 followers.  Here’s the list of books the winner has to choose from:

1) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

2) The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
3) Fallen by Lauren Kate
4) Darklight by Lesley Livingston
5) Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
6) City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
7) Wish by Alexandra Bullen
8) Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
9) Sceptor of the Ancients by Derek Landy
10) Candor by Pam Bachorz
11) Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley
12) The EverAfter by Amy Huntley
13) Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
14) Invisible Lines by Mary Amato

AND they’ll add books and winners for every 25 more followers there get.  Head on over there to check it out!

Monday Reading Merriment Jan 18

This is a weekly meme inspired by one started by J. Kaye’s Book Blog. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it to also look at various other reading events happening this week.

Last week I finished The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  Look for my review on Tween Tuesday. (a hint: I’m looking for book 2)

Reading this week:

After hearing from tons of great things about it I’ll be starting Lookin for Alaska by John Green.  Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter’s adolescence has been one long nonevent – no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps,” he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school’s rich preppies. Chip’s best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks. Alaska’s story unfolds in all-night bull sessions, and the depth of her unhappiness becomes obvious.

Hopefully I’ll like it as much as everyone else!

Coming out this week:

Since I’m loving zombie books more and more I have to feature Undead Much by Stacey Jay being released on the 21st.  It is a sequel to You’re so Undead to Me

I’ve been looking at and reading zombie books so much that I actually had a very “Forest of Hands and Teeth” dream! Kinda freaky!!!!!!

Contest to enter:

I Want to Read That reached 100+ followers and is having a great contest.  The winner gets:
The winner of the contest will have £30 to spend on a shopping spree
Isn’t that great?!?  Go here to get all the details and to enter.