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More Giveaways…

Traveling to Teens

Traveling to Teens is holding a giveaway of Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters, a book I simply can’t wait to read. The giveaway ends today though, so I suggest hurrying up to get over there to enter before it’s too late!

Also, be sure to check out that link for another giveaway going on–Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri. I love the cover (yes, I can be a bit of a cover snob). This one started a little later, so you still have time to enter until September 10!

Want even MORE books? Go to Bloody Bookaholic’s contest going on right now until September 27. You have to see how many books are available. It is MIND-BLOWING, seriously. If you decide to sign up, be sure to say that I was your referrer (please?)! You get an extra entry for saying who your referrer was.

Yes, even more contests…

I’m proud to admit it: I am a Bloomsbury geek. So when I saw that Presenting Lenore was holding a contest of ALL Bloomsbury books (yes, including some Shannon Hale books thrown into the bunch), my jaw dropped. Really. My mouth was hanging open. Go take a look at it. Go. NOW.

I know some of you guys really liked Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which is coming out in paperback in a few days! I can’t wait to get my hands on that one), so I bet you’re getting hyped up for The Miles Between. Mrs. Magoo Reads is giving away three copies of the latter novel–just check out the trailer for the book at Mrs. Magoo’s blog and enter!

I think you guys like historical fiction…well, I do anyway. The Story Siren is giving away two of Michelle Moran’s books…and these look really interesting. Probably really good reads if you’re taking AP World History (I dropped last year…this year I’m taking APUSH…but still, these look GOOD. I love historical fiction). Check it out!

I believe that’s all…I’ll let you guys know of any more that pop up! πŸ˜€

edit: Yes, there are more! If you’d like to win Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev, your chance awaits you here!

August 28, 2009 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Another Giveaway!

Coming 12/22/09 from Bloomsbury…

Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry’s world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it’s not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that’s at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.

Want to win an ARC with original sketches from the author inside? See http://fabulousfrock.livejournal.com for details!

(I WANT this book. Badly. The cover is really pretty, and the premise sounds neat! And yay for authors with a similar name to mine!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ )

August 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

More Tidying Up…

So, readers, as you may well know, I’ve been saying over and over again that I would do blog maintenance. And I have been doing it, but just not recently.

If you want major blog maintenance, HERE YA GO. You’re welcome to it.

And yes, I am speaking of major blog maintenace. Major as in “I’m changing my blog title.”

If you object, by all means, do so. Look at the poll below, and vote! Easy, right? If you’re curious as to my takes on the titles below, read below the poll.

Butterfly Forest. I love the current title. I do. I just think that this would be better to label my whole “favorites” system rather than name the whole blog after it.

Read. Write. Watch. Listen. One of my favorites, from the list. But I think there are many similar blog titles out there, and I don’t want it to get all mixed up, plus I don’t want to seem like I’m stealing other people’s ideas. 😦

Clean for Teens. Another favorite. This sounds fresh and new, perfect for a blog that I’m trying to make exactly that (when it’s actually stale and old πŸ˜› ). In addition, it sums up my blog: everything I review is clean for teens.

Books, Movies, and Music: A Nerdette’s Outlook/A Nerdette’s Outlook on Books, Movies, and Music. I’m a little more partial to the first; the second is a little too lengthy and wordy, even though it just has the word “on” added to it. I also love how fresh the basic premise of the title is. I am a nerdette, after all. πŸ™‚

Notes from the Nerdette. Cute! But this sounds better for a personal blog, not a review blog.

The Blog Around the Corner. I. LOVE. THIS. ONE. Sadly, this one has been taken by another blog (google it), but I really would love to owe a nod to one of my favorite, most bookish movies ever, You’ve Got Mail. So cute.

Quality: A Review Blog. This one is quite cute, really. It’s a nod to Funny Face, another of my favorite movies. But people, with this in mind, might think this is a fashion blog in which I review new trends or certain kinds of clothing or whatever. Which I don’t.

The Entertainment Database/Entertainment Express. Meh. I don’t care for either one all that much. Although books are considered a branch of “entertainment”, people seldom think of it that way–“entertainment” usually signifies movies and music, and though I review both, I’m going to review more books than films or albums.

Persuasion. As much as I love the book, and this wouldn’t make all that bad a blog title, it sounds too forceful for a review blog. In some ways, I do persuade people to read or watch or listen to whatever I’m reviewing, but that’s not all I’m going to do. Plus, this also sounds more like a Jane Austen blog title. I love Austen blogs, but I just don’t think it’s going to work for my blog.

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Don’t let my comments constrain you from your decision on the poll! Just choose what you like after reading my comments on each of my possible titles, and vote. If you don’t think your vote counts, trust me, it DOES. I will choose whichever gets the most votes.

Also, stay tuned next week! I’m off from class, and I will be doing more writing and blogging–yes, folks, that includes writing REVIEWS!! And, I’ll be introducing a new game next week. It is FUN. The prizes will be virtual lollipops of whatever shape, size, color, and flavor you wish. πŸ™‚

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August 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm 1 comment

TFPWU 7.19.09 to 8.8.09

This week stunk. And so did like…the past weeks that I didn’t do this. So, here is a quick retrospective of my stinky weeks in which I did nothing. Thank goodness for Netflix.

What I Finished This Week

  • None. Fail already.

What I’m Reading Now

  • Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
  • River Secrets (The Books of Bayern #3) by Shannon Hale
  • Boston Jane: An Adventure (Boston Jane #1) by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Sorcery and Cecilia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

What I’m Reviewing Now

  • See last time’s TFPWU…fail again.

What I’ve Watched

  • Ballet Shoes (2007)
  • WALL-E (2008)
  • Chocolat (2000)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  • I Dream of Jeannie: Season Four (Discs One, Two, and Three) (1968)
  • Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
  • Mary Tyler Moore: Season One (Disc One) (1970)
  • Victoria and Albert (2001)

What I’m Watching Now

  • Not quite sure what I’ll be watching next…probably the fourth disc of IDoJ Season Four, and another watch of North and South.

Who and What I’m Listening To Now

  • Not much…although my mom has been playing an awful lot of ABBA ever since we saw Mamma Mia!, and that’s all that’s been ringing in my head as of late. πŸ˜› (same from last time)
  • “Unglamorous” by Lori McKenna–amazing, cute song! I have no idea why I didn’t buy this earlier!
  • I’ve been playing a lot of Anna Nalick, as well. I guess I’ve sort of “rediscovered” her music…especially “Paper Bag”, “Forever Love (Digame)”, “In the Rough”, and “Citadel”.

Again, if you guys think I should write a review on any of the stuff that I do a weekly update on, let me know and LEAVE A COMMENT!!!!!!!! I can’t read your mind, so tell me! πŸ˜€

August 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment


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