Monday, February 21, 2011

In My Mailbox ( 6 )

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
Before I start my IMM, I just want to say how sorry I am for being slow with everything.  I have a couple of reviews written down that need to be posted and I haven't done Waiting on Wednesday in a few weeks.  I've been slacking.  But I'm going to try to change that.  This is my first blog ever, so if you be patient with me, I'll hopefully make this a really great blog to come and visit!
Okay, on to my books!
Everything I got this week was from the library.  I have no idea how to receive books for review, so that's why I haven't had any yet.
 I'm sorry if any of these books are hard to see, but for some reason, I couldn't figure out how to take a good picture today.  Anyway, this is my haul!
Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane.  I can never remember which blogs I find good books on, because I read so many, but I saw another blogger praising this author, so I ordered in her first book.  It sounds cute and is an adult novel.  Definitely excited to read it.
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann.  I got this book out for a book club I have on Goodreads which you can find here.  I haven't actually participated in any of the reads yet, but I thought that this one looked good.  Of course, I will probably actually have to read it before the club's start date so I can return it to the library.
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowlery.  This is another book I found on a blog, but it's not a reading blog.  It's called Portrait Magazine and it has a lot of celebrity and tv show, music kind of things on it.  Anyway, they have book lists and this month featured a list of books featuring music.  Originally published in Australia, A Little Wanting Song intrigued me.  After I saw we had it in the library's system, I had to order it!
Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria StolarzAhh I love this series!  I've already finished this book and loved it, just like I loved the first two.  Now I just need to get my hands on the next one that's not out yet... If you haven't read the Touch series, you need to.  It's so good.
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern.  Love Cecilia, as you know.  I didn't order this book, it was just there at my library and I couldn't pass it up.  It sounds really good.  It's about a book that tells you what's going to happen tomorrow.  This is also an adult book and I'm looking forward to reading it.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.  I have heard nothing but good things about this book, so when I saw it in our young adult section, I had to pick it up.  Another book I cannot wait to read.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.  This is another book for my Goodreads book club.  I'll actually be able to read it with them on time, I believe, since they're starting March 1.  I haven't read any of this author's books and I hear good and bad about them.  The only thing I want to know is if I can read this one without reading the others first, since it's a prequel?  Anyone who lets me know, I will be eternally grateful to.

Well, those are all the books I got this past week.  Sorry for being late with this, too, but I was out all day yesterday.  We went to see the musical Camelot, which was incredible.  Plus we were so close we could see how much the actors really spit.  Haha, it was great.  Makes me want to read Avalon High by Meg Cabot again.

Oh, and one last thing:

Another signed book!  I love it.
What did you get in your mailbox?
Until next week, happy reading!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Random Tunes Tuesday! ( 5 )

Hi everyone and welcome to Random Tunes Tuesday!
This week's song is Take Me or Leave Me from the Broadway show Rent!

Take me for what I am
Who I was meant to be
And if you give a damn
Take me, baby
Or leave me 
So if you couldn't tell by the picture of my bookcase all set up, I love Rent.  Yes, I bought the huge as heck, forty dollar Rent "bible".  Basically, what I'm trying to say is that I love Rent a great deal.  So, in honor of Glee finally doing a Rent song, I figured it was the perfect time to express how much I love the original before you all hear the Glee version tonight!

Thank you, Jonathan Larson, for amazing music and an amazing show.  May you rest in peace forever.

Monday, February 14, 2011

In My Mailbox ( 5 )

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Didn't get too much this week, just bought two books.  So, let's see what I got.

Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen.  I just finished reading The Running Dream ( look for a review soon ) and I loved it.  This book was at Big Lots on Friday when we went for three dollars.  I couldn't pass it up.
Where I Belong by Gwedolyn Heasly.  Yes, I got it!  I'm so excited to read this book.  Basically, I can't wait to read it, but it will probably sit on my bookcase for a few months because A. I get too many library books out and B. I want to read it so bad that I'm not going to want to read it because once I'm done reading it, I won't be excited to read it.  Get it?

So, I was a little bit late with this week's IMM.  Why, you ask?  Because I spent my weekend, or Saturday anyway, putting this together.

My brand new bookcase, also bought at Big Lots.  It was my Valentine's Day present from my parents and it's AMAZING!  I've been wanting a new bookcase for a while because I hardly had any room left for any books.  This one is a good amount bigger, so I have more room.  It was also only thirty dollars, so my mom didn't argue too much when my dad found it for me.
And this is Love Bug, Bug for short, being bad and kinda laying in the bookcase while I was in the middle of getting all my books into it.
Tada!  I love it so, so much!  No, not all of my books fit this one, either, but they fit much better than before.  I'm still super excited about it.  And my IMM is late because yesterday I just kind of died from putting this together ( it was harder than it looks! ) and today I finished cleaning up my room. 

So that's all I got this week, but I think it was a pretty good haul.  What did you get?


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Random Tunes Tuesday! ( 4 )

This week's song is Better Life by Keith Urban.

Someday baby
You and I are gonna be the ones
Good luck's gonna shine
Someday baby
You and I are gonna be the ones
So hold on
We're headed for a better life

So I know I mostly use country songs, but it can't really be helped when it's my favorite genre.  Anyway, I chose Keith Urban's Better Life because it's a really catchy love song.  It's something you can dance to.  I also chose it because I'm pretty sure it's my absolute favorite music video.  The music video depicts the relationship of a young couple and it's just perfect.  It's the kind of couple I want to read about, write about.  It's the kind of relationship I want to have, simply because it's so beautiful.  I just love it.  Always have.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Review: The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart

I don't have synopsis for all four books rolled into one, so you're just going to have to trust me, or this post would be very, very long.
I cannot even begin to say how much I absolutely adore this series.  Everything about it was perfect- The titles ( The Boyfriend List * 15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs, and me, Ruby Oliver; The Boy Book ( a study of habits and behaviors, plus techniques for taming them); The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon-and me, Ruby Oliver; Real Live Boyfriends * yes, boyfriends, plural. if my life weren't complicated-I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver. ), the terms ( Ag, roly-poly, Reginald, Mocha Latte ), the boys ( Finn, Hutch, Noel, Gideon, and Jackson ), the best friends and terrible wenches, Dr. Z, her parents, and of course, Ruby Oliver herself.
I started reading this series on Wednesday and I just finished the fourth, and hopefully not final but newest, five minutes ago.  It's 1 am on Sunday morning.  They're not long books, but it was still faster than normal reading.
That's because I love, love, loved these books!  They were so real, with so much feeling that you almost believe you're actually sitting in the room with Roo while she's telling you all about her high school debacles.
Through the whole series, I laughed and cringed and gagged and groaned and sympathized and even cried a little, which really isn't a normal occurrence for me.
What I'm trying to say is that it doesn't matter who you are, you won't regret it if you pick up this whole series RIGHT NOW. ( and this isn't being posted at 1 am, but even if it was 1 am, I still mean RIGHT NOW! ) Just be sure you don't download this book for free because that really sucks.  If people illegally download it, there won't be anymore books and I really want another book.  You wouldn't download a pizza, would you?  Okay, anyway, don't download it.
These books are perfect.  Read them.  Seriously.  NOW.
( Sorry about being a bully about this, but they are really that good. )
Favorite Line: ( One of, because out of four amazing books, I just can't put them all.  So this one is from Real Live Boyfriends. ) " "Ah, just you wait.  I'll have like Great Danes and pygmy goats and maybe even a baby panda living with me.  That's just what panic does to people if the attacks get bad enough." "

In My Mailbox ( 4 )

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren
Hello everyone, I hope you've had an awesome week!  I don't have any great excuse for not blogging this week, aside from reading.  So there it is.  I'm a slacker and I apologize.  Now onto all my new books!  I got quite a few this week!

I went a little bit crazy on Friday with buying books.  I'm also feeling pretty guilty about it because I have to send a $300 deposit to school to hold my place and my room for September by May 1, aka my twenty-second birthday.  I've got one hundred saved and I was planning on saving another fifty this month, but I kind of spent it on books.  Like the Borders clerk said, "at least you're not buying three rows of coke" and I was like okay, that's true.  Because I spent fifty bucks on three books.  I just about passed out.
Anyway, onward!
I Remember You by Harriet Evans.  I've read one of Harriet's books before and I bought it because the cover had glitter on it.  It was gorgeous.  It wasn't the best book ever, but I did enjoy it, so a few months ago, I got her other two books.  This is her newest book and I think it came out in August or September?  I'm not sure.  It was two dollars at Half Price Books, so I'm feeling pretty awesome about this one.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver.  I wasn't going to buy this book.  I was actually looking for another book because I had a gift card for Barnes and Noble for Christmas and I was totally saving it for Where I Belong by Gwedolyn Heasly.  Well, I've been saving that gift card for forever and I couldn't.  Delirium wasn't with the YA books like I thought it would be, which was so weird.  I thought they hadn't gotten it and at that point, I was thinking our Barnes and Noble sucked.  Anyway, I loved Before I Fall and when I did see it, I had to get it.  Oh and the reason I wasn't going to?  I'd ordered it from the library already.  But I figured, there's a bunch of other people wanting it and I won't get it for months.  I came home to cancel it and it was in transit to my library for me.  Just my luck.
Love, Inc by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout.  I couldn't resist this book.  I've been waiting for the library to get it in since I heard about it and we just haven't.  I had to get it.  It just looks absolutely adorable.  Right now, it's on my bookshelf, right next to Anna and the French Kiss.  I figured they belonged together with how cute they both look.
Trapped by Michael Northrop.  I felt like I had to get this book because of the Contemps Challenge.  The only book from that challenge that's out that I don't own is The Duff, which is incredible, by the way, because I read it before I even heard of the challenge.  So I got it because of that.  I kind of resent how short it is for eighteen dollars, but I really hope it's worth it.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis.  This book is literally everywhere.  I see it everywhere in the bookstores.  This is the one I bought completely impulsively.  This one, I really don't think I'd ever get from the library.  But, really, I hear it's supposed to be awesome, so hopefully I like it.


Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors.  When I was able to actually contain myself from buying every book I saw a few weeks ago, I came home and ordered this book from the library.  They only have one copy in the system and it was checked out, but I was the only person to hold it, so I waited it out.  I just started reading it this morning and, so far, it's really good.  It's got Cupid in it, so that's a little different, but interesting anyway.
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John.  I never really knew anything about this book before I saw we had it at my library.  It sounds super interesting.  It's about this girl who has to try and get this band a gig at her school, but it's hard for anyone to trust that they're good because she is deaf.  I've never read a book where the main character was deaf, so I'm really looking forward to this one.

That's all the books I got this week.  Okay, I got a bunch but I am still feeling slightly guilty.  I'll live, especially when I'm reading them.
Last week, I posted a video of my cat, Lorelai, and I realized that it's actually very hard to see her, do to the fact that she's under my sheet for all but a second of the video, so I decided to post a picture of her for you guys to get a better look at her.

I accidentally cut off her ears in the picture.  She was being hard to photograph, though, so this was the best I could get.  So yeah, that's my pookie bear!
Have a great Sunday, root for the Steelers tonight, and happy reading!
What did you guys get this week?