Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (82)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Top Ten Words That Draw Me In
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1.) High Fantasy
Fantasy is my favorite genre. Every time a high fantasy book comes out, I have to read it.

2.) Europe (especially France)
I love reading about Europe, but books set in any foreign land will pique my interest.

3.) Music
Music and books? My two favorite things.

4.) 1920s
Who doesn't love the age of the flappers and the Fitzgeralds?

5.) Author Promotions
You know those blurbs from authors on book covers? I always read them, and if an author like John Green or Libba Bray says they love it, I read it.

6.) Murder Mystery
Has anyone else noticed the serious lack of YA crime novels? (I guess you can't exactly have a teen police officer, but still.) I love a good mystery!

7.) Serial Killer
In a weird way, I can't get enough of serial killer novels. They make for awesome stories and scare the bejeebers out of me.

8.) Shakespeare
I'm not crazy about Shakespeare retellings, but conspiracy theories and historical fiction are AWESOME.

9.) Gothic
There's just something so darkly romantic about gothic novels, isn't there?

10.) Zombies
Zombie novels are either really good or really bad, but I keep reading them in the hopes of finding the gems!

What words will get you to read a book?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Vintage Reads: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Monday, April 29, 2013
Persuasion
Well, this is a feature I haven't done in a while. It was previously known as Book Thoughts, but I thought that was pretty boring. Now it's Vintage Reads! (Thoughts?)

For those of you who don't know, Book Thoughts/Vintage Reads is an extremely irregular feature that I do whenever I read a classic book that I just have to talk about. These posts are part discussion-part reviews.

Feel free to check out the previous posts!


Genre: Classic
Publisher: Barnes and Noble Classics
Series: Standalone
Source: Bought
In her final novel, as in her earlier ones, Jane Austen uses a love story to explore and gently satirize social pretensions and emotional confusion. Persuasion follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne’s friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy.” Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne’s family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Austen may seem to paint on a small canvas, but her characters contain the full range of human passion and moral complexity, and the author’s generous spirit renders them all with understanding, compassion, and humor.
Summary from Goodreads. 
I'm currently reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. It's an Austen novel, so of course I'm loving it. (I mean, come on, the romantic tension between Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot is perfect.) It's got me thinking about why Jane Austen is still so popular today. 

Let's explore, shall we?

It doesn't FEEL like a classic
Yes, Austen's books have beautiful prose that reads in a way books today just don't. But they also feature universal themes of love, growing up, and family. Who hasn't had the "Does he like me? How do I look? Do I have anything in my teeth?" worries like Anne does? How many people have felt overshadowed by an older sibling like Elizabeth? Austen's stories may feature the etiquette and scenery of the time, but her novels' hearts span the centuries.

Who doesn't like a little snark?
One of my favorite things about Austen's books is the way she criticizes the society around her. She's clever and shows it through her quips. 

She's a damn good writer
Yes, this one should be obvious, but it's worth saying. Jane Austen is an absolutely amazing writer. Here are a few quotes that I love from what I've read of Persuasion so far.

"'There is hardly any personal defect,' replied Anne, 'which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to.'"

"Now they were as strangers; nay, worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted. It was a perpetual estrangement." (p. 61)

"Her spirits wanted the solitude and silence which only numbers could give." (p. 85)

Why do you think Jane Austen is still so popular today? Do you have a favorite Austen novel?

In My Mailbox (82)

      
In My mailbox
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought, borrowed, or received in the past week. 

As always, my apologies for the poor picture quality. And picture formatting. No matter what I do, Blogger doesn't like to put pictures where I want them to go. 



Austenland by Shannon Hale (From the Library)
Ghosting of Gods by Cricket Baker (For Review)

Bookmark (Made out of recycled paper in honor of Earth Day- token from a friend)
Reading is Sexy Button (Bought)

                Weekly recap
Monday

Tuesday
Top Ten Books That Fell Short

Thursday
Goodreads Gone Bad

Friday
Bookish Buys: Bookmarks Galore!

What did you get in your mailbox this week?
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Bookish Buys: Bookmarks Galore!

Friday, April 26, 2013
Each Friday I'll post a different collection of book nerd swag, from jewelry to action figures, that I find on the Internets. Please know that I am not getting reimbursed in any way, shape, or form if you choose to buy these items.

teachingliteracy:

bookmarks on etsy.
Text Bookmarks
I especially love the "Just one more chapter..." one. :)

Bookmark Doctor Who David Tennant Tenth Doctor Bookmark that Hangs over your page
Doctor Who Bookmark
This. Is. Flawless.

Clef Bookmark
Musical Bookmarks
For all of the bookish musicians out there!

Felt bookmark with a cupcake
Cupcake Bookmark
Deliciously cute!

Bookmark Set: Merlin, Arthur & Gwen
Merlin Bookmarks
Is anyone else fangirling?

Would you use any of these bookmarks?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Goodreads Gone Bad

Thursday, April 25, 2013
This post is a few weeks late, so you've probably all heard the news by now: Amazon has bought Goodreads, and I can't say I'm too happy about that. Why? Well, there's Amazon's dealings with publishers. There's also all the reasons this acquisition is bad for the book industry.

The gist of it is this: Amazon has oodles of reader data. They know what book buyers want in a way that other booksellers can't. This is worrisome for Barnes and Noble (and if it goes the same way as Borders, I WILL cry) as well as indie bookstores. It's already hard for them to compete- we don't need Goodreads to make it worse. And that's not even factoring e-book sales.

But what other bookish social media sites are there? (Specifically, bookish social media sites that aren't owned- even in part- by Amazon, like Library Thing and Shelfari.) I compiled a list of sites that may interest you (with Pros and Cons), which will hopefully help!

Bookish
Pros: This site is a collaboration of the Big Six publishers, and it's similar to Goodreads in that you can sort your books in Currently Reading, To Read, and Read shelves. It also gives book recs based on your favorite reads.
Cons: It seems to lack the social aspect, at least if you register by email and not Facebook. There's no real profile page or anywhere to add friends. It's a relatively new site, so I hope they're working on adding this.

Riffle
Pros: The Lists! You can make bookish lists about all kinds of topics, which is by far the most social aspect of the site. There are also shelf equivalents of books you've read, books you'd recommend, books you're interested in, and what you're currently reading. You can also follow other bookish people.
Cons: You have to log in through Twitter or Facebook; there's no email sign in yet. However, the Twitter sign in wasn't an option until a short time ago, and this site is still new, so they could add it in the near future. Another con is that you can only list 1 currently reading book at a time. And while you can follow friends, you can't truly interact with them.

BookLikes
Pros: It's essentially Tumblr, just with books. It has shelves, though, which is nice.
Cons: I don't think too many people are on it, yet. You can't create shelves, either. Also, it's SO similar to Tumblr and there's already a huge bookish population on there.

Will you switch to one of these sites? What other bookish social media sites do you use?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (81)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Top Ten Books That Fell Short
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Zombies. Need I say more? However, this just ended up being a mopey sob story.
2. Fallen by Lauren Kate
In hindsight, I should have known I wouldn't like this one, but this series was so popular. My mistake.
3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Another series that is so popular, but I just found it completely unoriginal and boring.
4. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Music, New York City, David Levithan! But I couldn't even get through this book. Ugh.
5. Piratica III: The Family Sea by Tanith Lee
I love, love, love the Piratica series and waited years for this one. But the ending made me so depressed that I still get sad every time I think of this book.
6. The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
After the Gemma Doyle trilogy, I fell in love with historical fiction fantasy. This was just another vampire romance novel.
7. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
This was supposed to be an adorable love story taking place in London, but I couldn't stand the characters.
8. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jerks do not make good love interests.
9. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
I hate the character of Tom Sawyer with a burning passion.
10.This Side of a Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
It's F. Scott Fitzgerald! Paradise, however, is no Gatsby.

What books didn't live up to your expectations?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hysteria

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Walker Books
Series: Standalone
Website
Source: Won from author
"Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others." 
Summary from Goodreads. 
Hysteria has a very eerie atmosphere, exemplified by the setting, a foggy boarding school set in the middle of the woods. Even the high school drama that takes place at this school has a sharper edge than in most contemporary novels. Add to this Mallory's mental deterioration- is she hallucinating, or is she truly imagining the ghosts that haunt her- and the plethora of flashbacks. These flashbacks are to the night of the murder, and serve as puzzle pieces. This is what had me a bit wary, as flashbacks tend to be tricky to do well, and in the beginning I wasn't crazy about them. As the story progressed, however, I became more and more interested in Mallory's memories and impressed by the dreamy, dark style in which Miranda wrote them.

Miranda's writing style drew me in more than any aspect of the story. Of course I was intrigued by the mystery, but there's just something about the way she writes that made me want to keep reading. The chapters are fairly short, as well, so Hysteria was a quick read.

Another aspect of this novel that added to the story was the characters. I wouldn't say that these characters feature any amazing development, but they're just interesting. You have your usual characters, the mean girls, the mean girls' lackey, the cute boy, the obnoxious athlete. But Miranda adds something to each character to make them new and fresh, especially the mean girls. Mallory herself is going through a lot of emotional trauma, but the reader can still get an idea of what she was like before she killed her boyfriend. She's still sarcastic and pretty cool, even as she struggles to reconcile her actions with everyday life.

In conclusion: Hysteria is a good read. The writing is addictive, the plot keeps you interested, and there's plenty of suspense. I can't say I have any real criticisms!
*3 stars*
Other books by Megan Miranda: Fracture
Do you ever have a book that you like, but just don't love, even though there's nothing wrong with it?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

In My Mailbox (81)

Sunday, April 21, 2013
      In My mailbox
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought, borrowed, or received in the past week. 

As always, my apologies for the poor picture quality.



I Am the Messenger

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (I've already read this one, but it's for my book club. Such a fantastic book!)

                Weekly recap
Monday

Tuesday
Top Ten Favorite Books... Before I Started Blogging

Thursday
The Sage Ceremony: The Results

Friday
Bookish Buys: Tea Cups and T-Shirts

What did you get in your mailbox this week?
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Bookish Buys: Tea Cup and T-Shirts

Friday, April 19, 2013
Each Friday I'll post a different collection of book nerd swag, from jewelry to action figures, that I find on the Internets. Please know that I am not getting reimbursed in any way, shape, or form if you choose to buy these items.
Altered Alice in Wonderland on Vintage Tea or Coffee Cup with Saucer Porcelain Tea Party White Brown Romantic
Alice in Wonderland Tea Cup
Perfect for use at any unbirthday tea parties! 

Vintage style  french inspired PARIS shabby chic BOOK MARKS or large tags
French Style Bookmarks
Chic and beautiful.

Comma Sutra Tee
For all you grammar lovers out there.

Mellark Bakery Organic Men's T-Shirt
Hunger Games Tee
Because Peeta.
Buy it here.

I'm digging those t-shirts. Would you wear a bookish tee?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Sage Ceremony: The Results

Thursday, April 18, 2013
First off, I'd like to thank all of you that voted! All of the authors and characters in the Ceremony are amazing, but so are you guys! 

Before I get to the awards, just a quick reminder that all authors are authors who published books in 2012 and all characters are from books published in 2012.

And now.  The award for Favorite Male YA Author goes to...

*drumroll please*

John Green (The Fault in our Stars!)

The award for Favorite Female YA Author goes to...

Michelle Hodkin (The Evolution of Mara Dyer)

The award for Favorite Female YA Character goes to...

Hazel Grace Lancaster (The Fault in our Stars)

The award for Favorite Male YA Character goes to...

Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers)

Congratulations to the winners! That's all for this year's Sage Ceremony. Hope you all have a great YA Lit Day and don't forget to Rock the Drop!

Did any of these winners surprise you?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (80)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Top Ten Favorite Books...Before I Started Blogging
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Kristin Cashore
Author of the Graceling books.

2. John Green
Author of Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, The Fault in our Stars, and Will Grayson Will Grayson.


3. Jane Austen (If only, right?)
Author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, etc.


4. Robin Benway
Author of Audrey, Wait!, Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June, and Also Known As

5. Libba Bray
Author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Beauty Queens, Going Bovine, and The Diviners

6. Stephanie Perkins
Author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After

7. Markus Zusak
Author of The Book Thief and I am the Messenger

8. F. Scott Fitzgerald (Again, if only!)
Author of The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, etc.

9. Michelle Hodkin 
Author of the Mara Dyer series

10. David Levithan
Author of Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, Will Grayson Will Grayson etc.

What authors are you dying to meet?        

Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Monday, April 15, 2013
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BYR
Series: Unwind #1
Source: Library
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
Summary from Goodreads. 
It's challenging to write an original dystopian, but Shusterman has done it by making Unwind feel much more like a thriller/action novel. The suspense doesn't stop. There's action, a bit of mystery, and a hell of a lot at stake. The Unwinds are trying to survive against the odds, and they have to hide, lie, run, and essentially do whatever it takes. They're pushed to their limits, and then pushed some more. Basically, if you're looking for something to keep your pulse racing, then Unwind is the book for you.

If you want something that focuses more on character conflict, though, you'll still love this book. As the Unwinds group together, the novel gains a kind of Lord of the Flies feel. But it's more than that. The three main characters, Connor, Risa, and Lev, all show amazing character development. All of these Unwinds grow and change, discovering the amazing feats that they're capable of. Lev in particular changes in so many ways throughout the book; in some aspects, I was shocked by his advancements, even though it still feels completely natural. My favorite character is not actually one of the main three, however. He's more of a supporting character, one who raises questions about life, death, and morality, in a way that starts out as funny but soon becomes heartbreaking.

And that brings me to the third great part of Unwind: If you want a book that makes you think, you'll find plenty of controversy in Unwind. Whether you're pro-choice or pro-life, both arguments are presented within the novel. Shusterman tackles everything from abortion to the foster system, adoption, organ donations, and more. And the most brilliant thing is, none of these topics are thrown in the reader's face. And yet, there is so much to talk about when it comes to this book. Shusterman includes actual news articles and advertisements throughout the novel which really add to the story, as well. They show how eerily true to life fiction can be, and give the reader even more to think about.

Anyone who says that YA is kid's stuff obviously hasn't read Unwind. This book works for teen readers and adults, for someone who wants an action read or a thought-provoking novel. It was even my book club's pick last month. So what are you waiting for? Unwind is definitely worth a read.

A Quote from the Book: "You see, a conflict always begins with an issue - a difference of opinion, an argument. But by the time it turns into a war, the issue doesn't matter anymore, because now it's about one thing and one thing only: how much each side hates the other."
Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Why?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

In My Mailbox (80)

Sunday, April 14, 2013
In My mailbox
IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought, borrowed, or received in the past week. 

As always, my apologies for the poor picture quality.




The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (Isn't it pretty? Can't wait to read this!)
Doctor Who River Song's Journal (A belated birthday present made by my *very* talented friend.)

Weekly recap
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Saturday

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bookish Buys: Billy Shakes Part II

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Each Friday I'll post a different collection of book nerd swag, from jewelry to action figures, that I find on the Internets. Please know that I am not getting reimbursed in any way, shape, or form if you choose to buy these items.
Hamlet book cover fleece
Shakespeare Sweatshirt
Ham it up in a Hamlet sweatshirt.

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Quote Tote Bag
A bag featuring a quote from my favorite Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night.

Shakespearean <br>Love Mug
Shakespeare Mug
There's also one with insult mug.

Globe Theater Model Kit
Globe Theater Model
Have you own miniature Globe Theatre!

What's your favorite Shakespeare play?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Poison 
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion
Series: Standalone
Website
Source: Bought
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
Summary from Goodreads.
Poison reminded me why I love the fantasy genre so much. It's a book that's light and fun, but mostly, it's enchanting. Everything about it just feels colorful, and if you want to know what I mean, just look at the cover. It just captures the entire, wonderful mood of the book perfectly.

The cast is especially colorful. You have Kyra, the potion master extraordinaire, with a good heart but questionable intentions. She makes for an amazing narrator because she's guarded; she doesn't give everything away all at once, so the reader is constantly guessing at what happened that made her want to kill the princess. Zinn does a fantastic job of building the suspense and intrigue in this manner. Then there's Fred, the happy-go-lucky vagabond Kyra can't seem to shake. He's charming and lively, with plenty of spark. One of my favorite characters, though, is Rosie the pig. You don't see animals this adorable in fiction every day. (Again, I refer you to the cover. How cute is that piglet?)

Other than the characters, one of the best aspects of the book is the potions themselves. The types of potions are so inventive, and even though it's magic, it's a type of a science and an art. Potioneering adds to the already excellent world-building. The potions contribute to Poison's whimsy, as do the workings of the castle and the various inhabitants of Kyra's kingdom, including witches, goblins, and princesses.

My favorite part of this novel, though- and I touched on this earlier- is the foreshadowing. It's flawless, and it made me yearn to know Kyra's backstory as well as what would come next. There are also plenty of twists and turns, one of which really caught me by surprise. There's nothing better than that, right?

Overall, Poison is a great, fun, old-fashioned fantasy novel. It's enchanting and refreshing, and while it's a light read, it's certainly not fluff. Anyone can read this, from upper elementary school kids to adults, so go pick up a copy!
*4.5 stars*
A Quote from the Book: "It was the most ridiculous thing in the entire world: Kyra, would-be assassin and master potioner, had resorted to hunting down her prey- her best friend the princess- with a piglet."
What is your favorite genre?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Shadow Girl (Blog Tour and Giveaway)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Violin Music in The Shadow Girl
Jennifer Archer 

In The Shadow Girl, violin music plays a major role in the development of Lily’s character, as well as in solving the mystery surrounding the “shadow girl,” Iris, and the way in which the two girls are connected. I don’t want to say too much and ruin the mystery if you haven’t read the book, so here’s just a small excerpt of a scene involving Lily, Iris, and violin music. The scene is told from Lily’s point of view:

The way Ty is watching me, like he’s sort of impressed but also a little freaked out, makes me feel self-conscious. Exposed.
                I cross my arms. “Why are you looking at me like that?”
                “I’m trying to understand how you can have such an amazing ability and not even know it.” He holds the violin out to me. “Once more, okay? Pay attention this time.”
                My first instinct is to refuse. But then Iris’s heat permeates my skin and her breath tickles my eardrum as she whispers, “Please try. I need to feel the music again.”
                I look down at the violin, and I understand her request. I need to feel the music flow through me, too.
                This time, I don’t drift away on the notes that bleed from my fingers, I weep along with them. Without even trying I’m playing the music box song, the lullaby that Iris hummed on nights during my childhood when I couldn’t sleep.
                As the last note drifts into silence, Iris breathes, “I remembered something. Help me . . . what did they do?”
                Panic as cold as windblown snow flutters through me. I open my eyes. Who is Iris talking about? What does she mean? She can’t have memories separate from mine.

I discovered some wonderful violinists while writing The Shadow Girl. Listening to their amazing music helped me lose myself in the story while I worked. I was especially inspired by the music of Lindsey Stirling. Here she is playing “River Flows In You,” the same song I imagined Lily playing in the scene above, and the same song that plays on the music box she finds hidden in her father’s workshop and that Iris always hums. (Be patient through the VERY short advertisement. You will LOVE this awesome music video!)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrF814OnFQ4
Leila Josefowicz is another phenomenal violinist I discovered while searching for music to add to the personal soundtrack that I listened to while writing the book. Ms. Josefowicz is now a grown woman but was once considered to be a child prodigy violinist. Search for her early performances on YouTube and you’ll be amazed at the talent she possessed at a very young age. Here she is more recently playing an excerpt from Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Lachen Verlernt" at a cafĂ© concert. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s4K_nVhYYk

At the age of ten, Jennifer Archer made up her mind to become a writer. Then she grew up, became “sensible,” and earned a business degree with a minor in accounting instead. After years of trying to find her way through a confusing maze of debits and credits she realized that, for her, accounting was no more sensible than becoming a World Federation wrestler. So in 1993, she enrolled in a creative writing class, and five years later, sold her first novel. The mother of two grown sons, Jennifer lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, Marge and Harry.

*********Giveaway*********
 The prize pack includes:
1.) Kindle Paperwhite with cover
2.) Silver violin/heart pendant w/silver necklace chain and round case
3.) Autographed copy of The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer
4.) Autographed copy of Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer
Just enter through the link below! 
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See the previous tour stop: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Thank you to Gabrielle from Mod Podge Blog Tours (#ModPodgeBlogTours) for letting me be apart of this tour! I hope you're all as excited or Shadow Girl as I am! :) 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (79)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Top Ten Favorite Books...Before I Started Blogging
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This was actually pretty tricky for me- before I started blogging I had only 3 books that I considered my "favorites." (Now, of course, that number is MUCH bigger.)

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
2. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
3. The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Audrey, Wait!The Great Good Thing (The Sylvie Cycle, #1)
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
6. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, #1)Pride and PrejudiceEragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
7. Good Girls by Laura Ruby
8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
9. Piratica by Tanith Lee
Good GirlsThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Piratica (Piratica, #1)
What were your favorite books before you started blogging? If you're not a blogger, what are you favorite books in general?