17 January 2011

Meet Me on Monday (014)

Meet Me on Monday is hosted by Never Growing Old and it's a meme for bloggers to get to know each other one Monday at a time.

1. Do you like your ice cream in a dish, waffle cone, pretzel cone, sugar cone or cake cone?
I rarely eat ice cream, and when I do it's usually Ben & Jerry's. . . so I just eat it out of the carton. But there are those times I want a simple vanilla or a cookies-n-cream. . .and my the best way (which I rarely get to do) is eating them in a waffle cone. Waffle. . . enough said!!
2. Do you read the newspaper daily?
No. I can't rememeber the last time I really read a newspaper. On Sunday's I do glance through the sports section before grabbing the ads. I should probably read it more, at least the local sections!
3. Marinara or meat sauce?
Marinara! With lots of Parmesan cheese! I love pasta. and I love marinara. But it has to be the right brand if I myself am not making it from scratch!
4. Last time you cried?
Yesterday, Sunday. I had a panic attack and let me tell you. . . They're not fun! When I get overwhelmed with things I tend to get them. Ugh!!!
5. What word/phrase do you find really annoying?
"Retard(ed)" I shudder just typing the word. People who use it in a derogatory, negative way sound so unbelievably ignorant!! I wish everyone would stop using it. (That and "gay" "homo". .etc. as a way to describe something negatively.)

**I didn't add any pictures today. . . not feeling up to much! I don't know how I managed to even type this up. So I'm sure there are lots of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. Eh. . .

10 January 2011

Meet Me on Monday (013)

Meet Me on Monday is hosted by Never Growing Old and it's a meme for bloggers to get to know each other one Monday at a time.

1. Have you (only you..not a group) ever won first place in anything?
Uhm . . . I really don't remember. I believe there was a writing contest for my class and I won. No, I did not read it aloud, but the teacher just read everyone's. But I wouldn't really consider it a contest. But, you know. . . I'll take what I can get.

2. Are your toes always painted (sorry guys...this question for girls only)?
Yes, they are always painted. Lately I've been doing a nude-ish, natural color. . . but a few days ago decided to paint them a deep red. Already ready to change that! I like the natural look!

3. What color eyes do you have?
Hazel; and I love them. When I was a kid, everywhere we went, people would say "aww, you're eyes are so pretty." Now it's more like, "Are you wearing contacts?" (It gets annoying, but oh well!) ^_^" [P.S. That pic -right - is a few years old. . . but it is me & my eyes.]

4. Look to your left....what do you see?
A wall . . . But there is a shelf with a lot of votives & pictures of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn & Elvis Presley. Did I mention a LOT of votives (for candles)!!

5. Soft cookies or crunchy cookies?
It depends on the cookie & brand. I love cookies. . . like. . . a lot. Thank you. . . now I want some cookies. Shortbread, chocolate chip (Famous Amos), sugar, peanut butter, white chocolate macadamian nut (from Subway). . . okay. . . I'm done!! :)

Do you have any answers to these? Or did you do your own Meet Me on Monday post?!? Leave a comment!! ^^"

09 January 2011

In My Mailbox (017)

In My Mailbox is a feature started Kristi over at The Story Siren and it explores the contents of my mailbox or shopping bag on a weekly basis. [More about IMM here.]
I haven't done an "IMM" post since October 2nd, 2010 and I really don't have many books to fill a post, but I figured I'd go ahead and share with you anyways! ^.^"
Here's what I've acquired since my last update:

The Final Eclipse ( #13) by Lynne Ewing
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
One in a Million by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek and Other Adventures in TV Writing by Jeffrey Stepakoff

From the Library:
Torment by Lauren Kate

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

For Review:
Logic of Demons by H.A. Goodman
Dorris Bridge by Clive Riddle

**I've already read Twenty Boy Summer and gave it a 4/5 stars. I will not be reviewing this book because I feel that I won't be able to give it a proper review. It took me over a month to finish this book because I was in a "I-don't-want-to-read" kind of mode.
But the books I read from now on will get a review!!

So, those are the books I acquired since my last post in October. Not much. . . but definitely worth mentioning! I believe the first review book I will be. . . reviewing. . . is Dorris Bridge. I will let you know now that it is an adult book!

Hopefully I can keep up with the books I've received from now on! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! >_<

01 January 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge!

If you participated in the DAC last year, than I'm sure you're well aware what's going on!!
Kristi at The Story Siren is doing it again with the 2011 Debut Author Challenge! I didn't meet my goal last year, and unsure whether I will this year, but the fun is in trying. And the best part -- learning of new authors!! I have a couple favorite books from last year's debuts and can't wait to see what the these authors are going to throw at us!
Some of them sounds absolutely amazing!!!
I have a list of forty (40) and would hope to read most or all of them!!

Here's my list*:

  1. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
  2. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  4. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
  5. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  6. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
  7. Clarity by Kim Harrington
  8. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
  9. XVI by Julie Karr
  10. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  11. Possession by Elana Johnson
  12. Entangled by Cat Clarke
  13. Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
  14. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
  15. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  16. The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
  17. So Shelly by Ty Roth
  18. Vesper by Jeff Sampson
  19. Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
  20. Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
  21. Haven by Kristi Cook
  22. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
  23. Flawless by Lara Chapman
  24. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davis
  25. Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
  26. Dead Rules Randy Russell
  27. Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
  28. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  29. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  30. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
  31. Die For Me by Amy Plum
  32. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
  33. OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy
  34. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
  35. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
  36. Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
  37. 10 Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  38. Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
  39. The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante
  40. Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
*This list may increase &/or decrease as I read reviews of these and other books. As well as learning of other Debut Author books!!

Leave a link to your list if you'd like!! ^_^

Welcome 2011!!

With this year, I want to be dedicated to this blog, not only in the posting but in the interactions with any readers I may have, keeping everything up to-date, and always keeping an attractive layout.
I hope to bring in more memes, giveaways, and features. . . and whatever else that may keep me occupied and you entertained!
I've decided that instead of having two blogs -- one dedicated to reading & one to music and movies -- they'll all be here, in one place.
So this blog won't just be about books, because it's not my only love in life. There are many others!
But books. . . are still number one!

I think I'll also do a random "personal" blog at least once a month.

Aigoo. . . Too much I want to say. But I'll just tell you that the first week of January 2011 will be without many or any posts - aside from this one - but I'm going to try to post at least once a day.

And don't be afraid to tell me about your blog. I need to read and comment more on others as well.
This is an amazing community!!

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