Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed ather eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend in the woods – thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to prom – Astrid learns that unicorns are real and dangerous, and she has a family legacy to uphold. Her mother packs her off to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Generation Dead- Daniel Waters--FrugalReader
Many Bloody Returns- Charlaine Harris--Paperback Swap
Addition- Toni Jordan--FrugalReader Book Ring
Demons are a Ghoul’s Best Friend (#2)- Victoria Laurie--FrugalReader Book Ring
The Big Leaf Pile- Josephine Page--Frugal Reader (for my kindergarten classroom)
Zen and the Art of Vampires (Dark Ones #6)- Katie MacAlister--Paperback Swap
I’m With Stupid- Elaine Szewczyk--FrugalReader Book Ring
From the inside cover:
On a summer day in 1946, Sally Werner, the precocious daughter of hardscrabble Pennsylvania farmers, accepts her cousin Daniel's invitation to ride his new motorcycle. Like so much of what follows in Sally's life, it's a decision driven by impulse and a thirst for adventure, a decision with dramatic and far-reaching consequences.
Soon Sally abandons her newborn baby, the result of her impetuous joyride. Shamed, confused, and filled with a yearning to have a bigger life than the one ahead of her, she finds work, she finds love, she finds people of great kindness and others whose cruelty would crush a weaker woman. Fueled in equal measure by her eternal optimism and her mercurial moods, she embarks on an odyssey of self-creation that spans six decades, the story of which she entrusts to only one person: her granddaughter and namesake. It's an uncommon legacy that young Sally believes until her father-- a man she has never known-- enters her life and offers another story altogether, forcing her to uncover the truth of her grandmother's secret history.
Boldly rendered and beautifully told, Follow Me is a paean to the American tradition of reinvention, a sweeping saga of timeless and tender storytelling, proving why Joanna Scott's "voice is one of contemporary fiction's most eloquent and essential" (Kirkus Reviews)
It took me a while to read this book. It is not one that you can sit down and speed through. You need to take your time to read all the details and get all the information about Sally's life. Sally has her ups and downs and this story takes you along for the ride. There are a wide variety of characters, and while I had a hard time feeling the warmth from them, they each tell their own part of the story. I found this book to be well-written and I couldn't wait to see how things tied together at the end.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
This book fullfills items in the following challenges:
A to Z Reading Challenge: F
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanna Scott is the author of nine books, including The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes and Arrogance, which were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the critically acclaimed Make Believe, Tourmaline, and Liberation. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Award, she lives with her family in upstate New York.
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I have an extra copy of this book to giveaway:
~~The contest will end on Monday May4th at 11:59pm
~~This contest is open to US only.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
A copy of Lament by Maggie Stiefvater and an iron key. Enter here
A copy of How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro. Enter here
A signed copy of Faery Rebels by R.J. Anderson. Enter here
A copy of Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Enter here
A signed copy, along with a tote bag with the I Know It's Over logo on it,and winner's choice of a mousepad with either the paperback image of I Know It's Over or the One Lonely Degree cover on it. Enter here
Books By Their Cover is giving away a copy of Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender if you post a picture of your scariest doll. Katie is also giving away a "oodles of fun random stuff". Enter here by June 15.
Insert Book Title Here is giving away 2 ARCs: Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley and Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. The contest ends on May 2.
Juiciliciousss Reviews is having a contest with 3 winners! The grand prize winner gets: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman, and the Ally Carter Series [all three!], and 2 First Place Winners gets: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, Game by Walter Dean Myers, Miss Match by Wendy Toliver OR Map of A Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell, Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers, Evermore by Alyson Noel. Enter by April 25.
Reviewer X is giving away the whole Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund. The contest ends next Wednesday.
Reader Rabbit is giving away a copy of The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty. The contest ends in 2 weeks.
Reverie Book Reviews is giving away a copy of Evermore by Alyson Noel and The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong. The contest ends on April 30.
Putting Pen to Paper is giving away a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The contest ends May 1.
Tales of a Ravenous Reader is giving away a copy of Wings by Aprilynne Pike. The contest ends on May 3
Fantastic Book Review is giving away copies of the following books: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, Pride by Rachel Vincent and Stargazer by Claudia Gray. The contest ends on May 9.
She is also giving away a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Enter here by May 12.
I finished and reviewed the following book this week:
I fullfilled items for the following challenges:
I am currently reading One Deadly Sin by Annie Solomon for a blog tour and up next is Airhead by Meg Cabot.
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Friday, April 24, 2009
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like).
5. Post a link along with your post back to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
"Then she'd stop staring and wait for another time, when she thought he was too deeply involved in his work to notice her."
When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it? I just signed up for Twitter for the first time...I guess its time to join the craze!
Dinner What was the first car you drove? A 1996 purple Mustang...man I loved that car..it was my baby!
Midnight Snack What is the strangest/weirdest gift you have ever received? Hmm..probably some little trinket from teaching...Its the though that counts though..or a television from my boyfriend for our first Christmas...I already had a tv and made no mention of needing nor wanting a new one
Recipe of the Week (instead of your recipe for life what is it just for the week?) This whole volunteering to test the kids thing works out well with off-campus lunches!