Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"How in the world am I going to pick out one or two books?"
So, I found my way to the section of the store that had Young Adult Fiction and Middle Grade Fiction. I didn't even know where to start. I walked up and down the aisles, acting like a 4 year old on Christmas morning.
"I've read that!"
"OH MY GOSH, it's THAT book!"
"Lisa Yee's American Girl Book? No way!"
"Oh, I had a great talk with that author a couple of days ago"
"Oh, isn't that that book that Erin said was really good?"
Get the picture? I had to give myself some rules to make the process a little simpler. I will not purchase a book I have read. I will not purchase a book I already own. (Yeah, I like multiple copies) So, I looked and I looked and I finally settled on Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson. I've heard loads and loads of stuff about this one. Ok, so after finally finding a book, I had to make another really hard decision. Paperback or Hardcover? *screams* I tend to go towards hardcover books, but for some reason it didn't have the really cool silver Newbery Award sticker that the paperback one did. I chose the paperback.
Wahoo! I finally found one! Yeah me! I was very happy with my prize and went to go brag about it my younger sisters who were in the children's section. Of course, knowing me, I couldn't NOT browse this section. *walking down the row, sees a book, gasp for breath* Its, Its, Its, Sienna Mercer's new third book in her MY TWIN THE VAMPIRE series. I adore this series. It's so cute and just it really really (as vampires say) sucks! I grabbed it off the shelf and claimed it as mine.
Now, I had two beautiful treasures to take home with me and read (after I finished my homework of course......NOT)
Love to you all!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz.
Um, never heard of this one. BUT, it is going on my to-read list of 2008!
NEWBERY HONOR BOOKS:
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ok, so I've heard of this one..that should count for something. ;)
Sadly, never heard of it.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
*faints* I absolutely love this book! It rocks!
Michael L. Printz Award
Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins
This my friends is also one of the nominee's for Cybils Science Fiction/Fantasy Award for 2007. Very exciting!
2. The Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday. Last year I had watched a lot of the nominee's but this year, I think I saw one. (heh) Anyways, there were two awards I was really excited about. One of my really good friends saw this movie and absolutely LOVED it. The funny thing is, it is NOT my type of movie. So, when I saw the winners of these awards I thought of her. Go Sweeney Todd!
Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Best Animated Film
3. I would LOVE to tell you all something and I'm just going to come out and just say it. I GOT THE LEAD ROLE IN A PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!! *ahem* This morning at exactly 7: 47ish I found out that I recieved Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. :) *smiles*
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Today I thought I would like to die,
so I went into the cellar and smacked
a few rats with the broom. It helped some.”
Dashti and her Lady Saren are locked up in a tower for seven years. Why? Lady Saren refused to marry a man her father chose for her. Why? She is in love with someone else. Saren’s faithful maid Dashti chronicles almost everyday of their imprisonment with her personal thoughts and troubles. She thinks that once they get out of this tower all their problems will be over, but she is sadly mistaken.
This was one of my ultimate favorite books of 2007. The emotions were overwhelming and vivid and the characters were utterly amazing. I really can’t say much more than that.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Q.What is the most rewarding thing that ice skating has given you?
A. Skating has made me create a good work ethic for anything I do in life. Especially due to the International Judging System, skating allows me to put all of my effort into working on everything I set out do.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
James DeVita (taken from the back of his book): is a professional actor and the resident playwright for the First Stage Children's Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been awarded the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance of Theater and Education for his work in theater for youth, and he is a recent recipient of the Literature Fellowship for Fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two children.
Marena is haunted by memories of her mother and her old life. Every time she remembers something she tries to write it down, she can’t forget. The only thing left of hers, truly hers is her memory. Now, she is living with her father (who is under house arrest) and her younger brother Daniel in a camp run by the ‘Zero Tolerance Party’. This party is literally taking over their world, forcing them to drop all individualism, and become one, all believing and fighting for the same thing: this horrible government. Marena starts to resist with her friends Dex and Eric. They form a resistance called ‘the White Rose’ based off her mother’s beliefs. Slowly but surely their efforts start to show but will it come crashing to the ground?
The resistance, ‘the White Rose’ is loosely based off a similar resistance around 1942 when the Nazi’s were at large. The story of Marena and her memories is very inspiring. Her courage, strength, and weaknesses are examples of hundreds of people who fought and are fighting now in resistance groups.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
InkHeart (no movie poster)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Thursday, January 3, 2008
December 23, 2007
Score: East Carolina 41
I have to say that it was hard to watch my team get slaughtered. At one point right before half time we were down 23 points. Then our awesome coach decided to call a no huddle. This usually is only called in the last seconds of the game to complete a last effort drive to try and score. Our game was only in the 2nd quarter. Coach Pete needed to do something and that something worked. We scored and from that moment on the game changed. We squashed everything they had and started coming back. Ok, so then (with just minutes left) we were in position to tie up the game, when one of our freshman receivers fumbled the ball. His second time that night. He single handily had ruined the game. I felt so so bad for this guy. It was 2 days till Christmas.....what a burden for him. So anyways I felt absolutely horrible for him and I didn't want the game to end like this. Then out of nowhere Marty Tadman (the biggest Christian in Idaho) jumped up and intercepted the ball and ran it back in one of the most amazing moments of the game and made a touchdown. He then proceeded to go directly to the miserable freshman. It was all good now. Nothing had been lost. We were tied and that was all that mattered.
Sadly, East Carolina kicked a field goal and won the game. I really would have preferred to have us win, but God is in ultimate control and I think it's almost a win-win situation. All the bronco fans were happy that we came back as much as we did and I think that the East Carolina coach knew that if we had gone into overtime with them, the better team would have won. (But of course that is just my personal opinion)
*lifts cup* TO A GREAT BRONCO SEASON!
I would also like to make special note of Georgia whooping Hawaii in their bowl game. That was very well done! (Wouldn’t you say Hannah?)
*photos from Idahostatesman.com*
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Middle Grade Fiction
AND NOW for Fantasy and Science Fiction. We decided to split this up into two categories. Young Adult and Middle Grade. I am very happy with our list and pray that the judges who now have to choose 1 out of all these fabulous books will have time, strength, and wisdom.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
(review HERE and personal thoughts HERE)
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Northlander (Tales of the Borderlands) by Meg Burden
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
(book trailer HERE)
Babymouse Series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb
Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
( interview with author HERE)
(review HERE and interview with author HERE)
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lytnne Jonell
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
P.S. Stay tuned for my take on the newly announced Cybil Short Lists.
P.S.S. Scroll below to see my Top Movies.