The Here. The Now. And the Books!: May 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

And I’m Off!

It’s time!
I’m heading to New York tomorrow at 5am. I’ll be tweeting my adventures, so if you’re not following me on Twitter, follow me!
I’ll be posting interviews with authors and bloggers. Some vlogs of my experiences at BEA/NY/TAC. Pictures!

Wish me luck!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reading Rocks My World

If you’re here, I assume you enjoy reading. But when’s the first time you fell in love? Month 8 in the womb? Age 3? Age 10? 20?

I actually didn’t really consider myself a person who likes reading until 4th grade.

*cue Remembering A Time In Past Music*

It all started with…The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I read every one of those books and fell more and more in love with reading. At that age, though, I didn’t really think: I love reading. It was more of a: Lemony.

Give me mooorrrreee!

But after finishing all 13 to The End, I was…lonely.

So I started reading the Artemis Fowl Series. I loved those so much. They were my first encounter with the fey. And bad-ass geniuses. Ahh, those were the days.

I gobbled those up and was left waiting for the upcoming sequel (Which, for some reason, I have yet to get to!). What did I do after that, you ask?

Harry Potter, of course! I tried reading the Order of the Pheonix, but I only got halfway through that. I’m not good with watching movies then reading the book.

But I read Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. I think that’s when my craving for romance happened. Ginny and Harry: awesome!

I wanted more.

And that one night, that one glorious night, I found Twilight.

Don’t cringe away, haters! I love Twilight. It started my whole life.

Am I obsessed? I was. I had the shirts, posters, bags, everything. I had friends sleep over, and Twilight was the only thing we talked about. It opened me up to this dramatic, romantic, gothy world. No, Twilight is not the best thing I have ever read. But it gave me enough longing to want more. And that’s what I did. I bought more books. I wanted more romance. I wanted action. I wanted vampires, werewolfs, eventually faeries (after reading Wicked Lovely by Marr), zombies, etc.

I will always love The Twilight Saga for opening me up to the young adult world.

I could have picked up any book at Target that night, and I would have probably fallen in love. But it was Twilight.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this.

That, my readers, goes back to the title. Reading Rocks My World. Reading, in a sense, is my world. All these series carry a moment in time for me.

I remember finishing Artemis Fowl in the very spot I am sitting in now. I remember dragging my parents to the nearest bookstore during our summer vacation.

I remember going through my Twilight phase. It was fun.

I’m glad to have read so many books, each one carrying a memory.

So, that’s some of my story.

What’s yours? When did you start to like reading? What was your first series?

Email ( or post in comments! Might post them later. 😉

Thank you for reading

Friday, May 7, 2010

OFFICIAL Linger Trailer!

So, as many of you probably know, the official Linger Trailer came out today!
It was created by the one, the only, Maggie Stiefvater!
She did a marvelous job!

Here it is:

Do you love it? Love it better than Shiver one?!
Tell me!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Me talking and If I Stay

Yes, I am back in action. I’ve got a new Mac (first time user!) and I am not afraid to use it!

Expect many reviews for the upcoming days and maybe a guest blogger! 🙂

I am going to New York for BookExpo America and the Teen Author Carnival. I plan to update the blog every day with photos, videos, etc. Are you going? If so, say hi! I’ll be the one with blue tips in my hair. 😉

Ok, now onto the review!

Mia has a pretty good life.

A punk rock boyfriend whose band, Shooting Star, is getting pretty famous. Cool, loving parents, her little brother, and her marvelous talent as a cellist.

But in a blink of an eye, everything changes when she gets into a brutal wreck.

Her parents: gone.

Her brother: gone.

But Mia?

Somewhere in between.

Should she stay?

I had refrained from getting If I Stay for some reason. I guess I wasn’t interested. But I went ahead and picked it up since it was in paperback format, and Gayle Forman would be at the Teen Author Carnival.

With reviews from Publisher Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and everyone else in the world, I kind of set my expectations high. And at first, I was a little disappointed.

Her family and her life was just too happy and perfect for my liking.

But I trudged through, and I am very happy I did so.

I learned so much about the characters. At times I was thinking: surely I’ll get tired of learning about these characters, but I never did. They were all so unique. And no, they weren’t perfect as I had thought from the beginning.

I absolutely loved the whole “my parents are rockers” concept. It was so much fun to read about. These people, her parents and friends were ironically so alive. I couldn’t bring myself to think that they were dead. They can’t be.

Which brought on the tears.

I could understand why Mia wanted to go. She had nothing left, right?

So wrong. She has lost so much, but she still has so much. Will she choose to continue living without her parents? Without her brother?

I sobbed in the ending. It was portrayed well.

I suggest for anyone! 🙂

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