Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Day Eleven

Challenges, Food For Thought, Random

16DaysofBloggingHello Readers! And Happy New Years Eve!

For today’s challenge I will be discussing which book character would I like to spend New Years Eve with. I’m going to be honest, I turn in fairly early. Most of the times I’m not even awake to see the ball drop at the stroke of midnight. So I don’t think I’d be much fun to spend New Years Eve with.

But I do think it would be fun to spend New Years Eve hanging out with Cath from Fangirl. I connected with Cath upon immediate reading of Fangirl on a personal level. I identified with her easily. I think if Cath were a real life girl, we’d most likely be friends. If she were real, and I was celebrating the new year with her (cause you know, we’re buds and all) I’d imagine we’d talk about our favorite books (me) and her favorite fan fictions (her).



End of Year (Book) Survey

Food For Thought, Random


Hello Readers!

Not only am I a blogger, but I’m also a blog reader! And from reading blogs I discovered this End of Year Survey hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner. After reading Jamie’s end of year survey, and several other blogs (like Alexa Loves Books, Book.Blog.Bake, etc) I decided to jump on the bandwagon and take part in this survey as well.

I also want to make a note of this before jumping straight into the survey. I read plenty of books this year, but some of them – most of them – were not new releases. So my answers will reflect that.


1. Best book read in 2013 (if you have to cheat you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more, but didn’t?

It’s a toss-up between A Corner of  White by Jaclyn Moriarty, A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson, & My Beautiful Hippie by Janet Nichols Lynch

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2013?

Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm. For whatever reason, going into this book I (very wrongly) assumed that this wasn’t my kind of book. But surprise, surprise … I couldn’t put the book down!

4. Book you’ve read in 2013 that you recommend to people most in 2013?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve told anyone who would listen about Rowell and her awesome books! And as of more recently, I’ve been recommending Ruta Sepetys’ Out of Easy.

5. Best series you’ve discovered in 2013?

The Splintered series by A.G. Howard

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

A.G Howard, Amy Spalding, and Laura Lam

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or a new genre for you?

8. Most unputdownable book of 2013?

9. Book you’ve read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read?

10. Favorite cover a book you read in 2013?

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. I absolutely love the colors of the cover! So, so beautiful.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Rebecca “Rebel” Blue from Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell, Mackenzie “Mac” Bishop from The Archived by Victoria Schwab, Chubs from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

12. Most beautifully written book you read in 2013?

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

14. Bool you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Paper Towns by John Green. Really, I don’t know what took me so long!

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?

“I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight […]” – Fangirl

16. Shortest & Longest book you read in 2013?

Shortest, probably MyBeautiful Hippie by Janet Nichols Lynch. Longest, probably The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

17. Book that has a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about?

Definitely The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Poor Miss Print had to deal with text after text of nonstop questioning (since she read it before I did).

18. Favorite relationship from a book you’ve read in 2013?

Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

19. Favorite book you’ve in 2013 from an author you’ve read already?

Hysteria by Megan Miranda

20. Best book you’ve read in 2013 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?

People have a tendency to recommend books to me, and I do take those recommendations seriously. However, I have a tendency not to listen. Or do the exact opposite. But one book a friend of mine told me I really needed to get around to was Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I did get around to it (she forced me to listen to the audio of it on a very long car journey down South) and I absolutely adored it! So, thank you Dee for making me listen to it!

21. Genre that you’ve read the most from in 2013?

Probably realistic/comtemporary. It’s what I tend to read pretty much all of the time.

22. New fictional crush from a book you’ve read in 2013?

Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

23. Best 2013 debut read?

Splintered by A.G. Howard

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you’ve read in 2013?

Pantomime by Laura Lam

25. Book that was most fun to read in 2013?

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

27. Book you’ve read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?

The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab


1. Favorite book blog you’ve discovered in 2013?

Hmmm … I started following several blogs this year. I started following Andi’s ABCs , Book.Blog.Bake. , and The Broke and The Bookish

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

I really enjoyed, not only reading, but also reviewing Aprilynne Pikes Life After Theft.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Sadly, no real discussions took place on The BookBandit Blog 😦

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on someone else’s blog?

I’m not really sure about this one. There were so many great reviews and/or discussions!

5. Best even that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc)?

I go to a lot of book signing and book festivals. This past year I went to two that really stood out to me. In the summer I attended a Books of Wonder event where I had the chance to meet one of my all time favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Not only did I meet him but I got a few items signed by him as well (but because it was so super crazy and busy, I couldn’t snap a picture with him)


The other event that really stands out to me was Y’all Fest this past November. I met a ton of authors there, and had my book signed. Well, except for Ransom Riggs who was sick and vomiting everywhere so he couldn’t actually sign my book – but I did get a signed bookplate!


Not only did I get to meet some of my fave authors and get them to sign my books, I also had the chance to sit in on a lovely conversation between Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins, two authors I truly am inspired by. After it was all said and done, at the end of the night I went to the YA Smack Down where Tiger Beat performed! It was an all around great day.


6. Best moment of your book blogging/your book life in 2013?

I love picture books. Anyone who knows me, and who has read this blog knows my love for them. With that, they also know my love for Oliver Jeffers. I’m such a huge fan of his work – he’s a super talented illustrator and an equally talented writer. At this years Book Expo America (BEA) I had the chance to meet Oliver Jeffers. And I kid you not, I was in complete fangirl mode! Not only did he sign my book, but he was also so kind to take a picture with me!


7. Post you wished got a little more love?

There are two posts that I wished got a bit more blog lovin’ this year than what they actually did. One post was my A to Z: YA Edition. I had a really great time putting this alphabetical list together, and I honestly thought that my readers would like it as well. Another post I wish that got more blog lovin’ was my Synchronized Reading: Fangirl Post #: Fan Fiction and Fandoms. I worked really had on that post, and it was a post I’m really proud of because it was so personal. I’m not much for blogging about my personal life, but I honestly felt that this was a step – yes, a rather small one – to opening up and letting my readers get to know a different side of me.

8. Best bookish discovery?

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t really make any bookish discoveries this year. But Miss Print, told me all about this website a while back. I researched it, I signed myself up, and this year I released my first book into the wild! It was all so exciting. I can’t wait to release another book!

9. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?

In fact, I did complete a reading challenge. For the past several years, at the start of the year I think up a number, normally above 100 and I set a reading goal. This year my goal was to read a total of 125 books. I met my goal, and surprisingly I surpassed it. This year I read 126 books! This is the first year where I actually hit my goal and than surpassed it. And you know what, I’m proud!


1. One book that you didn’t get to in 2013 but will be a priority in 2014?

Just one?! I have a whole laundry list of books that are top priorities. Instead of posting that list (it’s overwhelming) I’ll just list two books that I am going to make priorities: Because It Is My Blood and In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin.

2. Book you are most anticipating in 2014?

Unhinged by A.G. Howard, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, The Unbound by Victoria Schwab, Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg,

3. 2014 Debut you are most looking forward to?

Defy by Sara B. Larson

4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?

I really don’t have an answer to this. I’m terrible with series. I have a really bad habit of starting a series, falling in love with it, but never picking up the remaining titles in said series. It’s quite annoying, and I’m trying to get better.

5. One thing you how to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?

As of January 1st I’m starting a new challenge. I hope to read 150 books during the course of 2014, that’s 25 more books that my original goal set in 2013. Blogging wise, the one think I hope to accomplish is being more organized, in terms of having a review buffer instead of writing a review the day it’s scheduled to post. I hope to do more synchronized readings with my buddy Miss Print.

Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Day Ten

Challenges, Food For Thought, Random



Hello Readers!

I was going to post about this at the very end of the year, but since it’s today’s book blogger challenge, I figured why not!

Day Ten: A Look Back – Did you meet any goals you set for yourself?

Why yes, I did meet some goals. Specifically, reading goals.

At the beginning of every year I set up a reading goal for myself. That goal means reading a certain amount of books. This year’s goal was to read one hundred and twenty-five books. That number doesn’t include re-reads, but it includes children, young adult, and even a few adult titles in print, audio, and electronic formats.

When 2013 first started I didn’t think I was going succeed. I’m not a fast reader, and there was a lot of things going on personally this year. But now, as the year is about to come to a close, I’ve made my goal. In fact, I surpassed it, reading one hundred and fifty-five books.

So, in order of reading here are the one hundred and fifty-five books I read (so far) in 2013:

1. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

2. A Home For Bird by Philip C. Stead

3. This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

4. Whatever Happened to Janie by Caroline B. Cooney

5. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

6. I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

7. Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio Illustrated by Heather Ross

8. Being Wendy by Fran Drescher Illustrated by Amy Blay

9. Forsythia & Me by Vincent X. Kirsch

10. Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Adam Rex

11. Splintered by A.G. Howard

12. Swamplandia by Karen Russell

13. Hysteria by Megan Miranda

14. Kiss by Book by Jamie Michaels

15. Cats Night Out by Caroline Stutson Illustrated by J. Klassen

16. One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo Illustrated by David Small

17. This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

18. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

19. The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney

20. The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis Grab

21. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

22. Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

23. Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

24. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

25. Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman

26. Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeire Illustrated by Suzy Lee

27. Madam President by Lane Smith

28. Story of a Gril by Sara Zarr

29. Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

30. Wilfred by Ryan Higgins

31. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

32. The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

33. Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm

34.Sleuth or Dare: Partners in Crime by Kim Harrington

35. Croak by Gina Damico

36. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

37. My Beautiful Hippie by Janet Nichols Lynch

38.The Dark by Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Jon Klassen

39. Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

40. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

41. Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

42. The French Fry King by Roge

43. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

44. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

45. The Great Lollipop Caper by Dan Krall

46. Paper Towns by John Green

47. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

48. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

49. Betsy Red Hoodie by Gail Carson Levine Illustrated by Scott Nash

50. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

51. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

52. The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner Illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

53. This is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker

54. Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

55. Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom by John Rocco

56. Doll Bones by Holly Black

57. Unicorn Things He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

58. Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan

59. Tea Rex by Molly Idle

60. A Wounded Name by Dot Huntchinson

61. Bad Astrid by Eileen Brennan Illustrated by Regan Dunnick

62. Sing Lyrics and Music by Joe Raposo Story in Pictures by Tom Lichtenheld

63. The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce

64. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

65. The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

66. All I Need by Susane Colasanti

67. Creature Carnival by Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Gris Grimly

68. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

69. Falling In Love With English Boys by Melissa Jensen

70. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint – Exupery

71. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

72. If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

73. Pantomime by Laura Lam

74. Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka

75. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

76. Bugs in My Hair by David Shannon

77. Life After Theft  by Aprilynne Pike

78. Misadventures of Salem Hyde

79. Tiger in my Soup by Kashmira Sheth Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

80. Wooby & Peep by Cynthea Liu Illustrated by Mary Peterson

81. Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long

82. Doggy Slippers by Jorge Lujan

83. Where’s Your Nose

84. My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

85. Little Mouse by Alison Murray

86. Stick! by Andy Pritchett

87. Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr.

88. A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

89. The Littlest Dinosaur’s Big Adventure by Michael Foreman

90. Horns to Toes by Sandra Boynton

91. If I Were A Jungle Animal by Amanda Ellery

92. Who Am I? by Gervase Phinn

93. Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin

94. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

95.  Someone’s Sleepy by Deborah Lee Rose

96. Kiss Kiss Good Night by Kenn Nesbitt

97. Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee

98. The Wee Hours by Stephanie Watson

99. I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene Boudreau

100. A Long Way Away by Frank Viva

101. Toys in Space by Mimi Grey

102. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

103. Julius’s Candy Corn by Kevin Henkes

104. Corduroy’s Halloween by Don Freeman

105. Halloween Hats by  Elizabeth Winthrop

106. Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

107. Golden by Jessi Kirby

108. Haunted House, Haunted Mouse by Judy Cox

109. Bat Child’s Haunted House by Mercer Mayer

110. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

111. Good Night, Chickie by Emile Jadoul

112. Happy Hippo, Angry Duck by Sandra Boynton

113. The Pigeon Has Feelings Too by Mo Willems

114. Ruby In Her Own Time by Jonathan Emmett

115. Duck & Goose How Are You Feeling by Tad Hills

116. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

117. Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan

118. Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman

119. Hiding Phil by Eric Barclay

120. Too Many Frogs by Ann Hassett

121. Fang & Nugget by Tammi Sauer

122. Wild by Emily Hughes

123. Splish Splash Splosh by David Melling

124. 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

125. Uh Oh Dodo by Jennifer Sattler

126. Chick’n’Pug Meet the Dude by Jennifer Sattler

127. Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin

128. Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard

129. Dig Those Dinosaurs by Lori Haskins

130. Moo Hoo by Candace Ryan

131. I’m Not Reading by Jonathan Allen

132. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

133. Dig In! by April Jones Prince

134. Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys

135. Again by Emily Gravett

136. Who Wants a Dragon by Jame Mayhew

137. Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen

138. Oh No, Little Dragon by Jim Averbeck

139. One Drowsy Dragon by Ethan Long

140. Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

141. Bunny Eats Lunch by Michael Dahl

142. Brownie & Pearl Grab a Bite by Cynthia Rylant

143. Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

144. Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

145. Somewhere to Sleep  by Daniel Howarth

146. Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

147. Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

148. Sleep Black Bear Sleep by Jane Yolen

149. Bedtime for Little Bears! by David Bedford

150.It’s Winter by Jimmy Pickering

151. If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws by Kim Norman

152. Red Sled by Patricia Thomas

153. Chaucer’s First Winter by Stephen Krensky

154. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

155. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

BookBandit Beauty Basics: Christmas Haul

Beauty Basics, Beauty Hauls


It’s  been pretty quiet at the Beauty Basics corner of The BookBandit Blog, hasn’t it?! I do apologize for my lack of posting. No excuse, I simply forgot to post. So, sorry guys!

But we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Christmas was this past Wednesday. As any aspiring beauty expert knows, it’s the best time to ask for some makeup and beauty related products. Now, I wouldn’t say my Christmas list was chock full of beauty/makeup related items, but there were a few here and there that I hope Santa would bring.

Well, Wednesday came, and as I tore open what was left under the Christmas tree (and in the stocking, can’t forget about the stocking now can we?!?) I found many delightful surprises.

So, what did Santa leave under the tree for me?

Two bottles of Butter nail polish is the shades of Poole and Snog


Kat Von D’s Spellbinding (Mini) Lipstick set.



Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip gloss in Hot Shot


Bare Minerals Stop, Look, & Glisten set which contains 2 shades of  eyeshadow – one is in the shade Embrace which appears to be a pearl/champagne color and the other is called Flicker which seems to be a purple-ish/plum, and another Marvelous Moxie lip gloss is Style Setter


Ariel Mermaid’s Song 4 Piece Lip Gloss Set by Disney Collection (Sephora) containing:

Dream Girl (Pearly Pink), Sea Witch (Deep Berry), Red Head (Bold Read, for very obvious reasons), and Mermaid (Coral)


And a (professional looking) Caboodles Make Up Trunk



Of course it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t buy a few things here and there for myself. So, what did I buy myself? Well…

The Bare Minerals Show Me The Shimmer 5 Piece Lip Gloss set in:

(from left to right) Crowd Pleaser, Superstar, Icon, Scene Stealer, Head Turner, and Femme Fatale


And two Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia and Lovecraft


Santa was very good to me this year! Readers, I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and have a very Happy and Healthy New Year as well!

What (makeup/beauty products) did Santa bring you?!

Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Day Nine

Booklists, Challenges, Food For Thought, Random

16DaysofBloggingHello Readers!

For todays Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Sixteen Days of Blogging challenge I’m going to be taking a look back at this past blogging year.

Day Nine: Look Back: Favorite Reads/Reviews/Posts

(Some of My) Fave Reads of 2013(Some of which may or may not be on my top ten list of 2013 – which will be published next week):

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

Pantomime by Laura Lam

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Favorite Reviews (featured on this blog) of 2013:

Review of Golden by Jessi Kirby (Reviewed on November 7th)

Review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Reviewed on September 12th)

This Is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker (Reviewed on July 4th)

Splintered by A.G. Howard (Reviewed on March 28th)

Favorite 2013 Blog Posts:

A to Z: YA Edition

Synchronized Reading Fangirl: Fan Fiction and Fandoms

Shootin’ the Breeze With Molly Idle

Shootin’ the Breeze With Amy Spalding

Winter Break Book Bloggers Challenge: Day Eight

Challenges, Food For Thought, Random

16DaysofBloggingHello Readers!

How are you on this Saturday? I hope you are well, and I hope that you are enjoying these posts! Today is Day eight of the Winter Break Book Bloggers Challenge: Sixteen Days of Blogging, and that means we are at the halfway point.

Day Eight: Picture of things that represent books – bread for Peeta, an owl for Harry Potter, etc..


The Book: Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Object: A necklace of (beheaded) Marie Antoinette

If any of you, dear readers, have read Stephanie Perkins second book Lola & The Boy Next Door than you already know the relation between the book and, not specifically the necklace, but Marie Antoinette. But in case you don’t, I’ll explain.

In Lola & The Boy Next Door, main character Lola is a budding designer who has a flair for dramatics. So it’s really no surprise when she sets out to create a Marie Antoinette inspired dress for the upcoming Winter Ball. Even though the dress and the inspiration behind the dress isn’t the main plot, it’s a big part of it.

So, can you tell me a better way to represent Lola & The Boy Next Door other than by a Marie Antoinette pendant?! I bet if Lola owned this necklace, she would totally rock it!


Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Day Seven

Challenges, Food For Thought, Random

16DaysofBloggingHello Readers!

It’s Day Seven of Andi and Amanda’s Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge. Admittedly, today’s challenge was a tough one for me – it really made me think about the books I’ve read and the characters in those books. So, without further adieu, here’s:

Day Seven: Favorite Book Family/Friendship


I recently read Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I loved it … a lot.  Besides the writing and the storyline, what I loved most about this book were the relationships that were present within this book.

I loved main character Josie’s relationship with Willie, a tough as nails madame of a brothel. Willie doesn’t overtly show her love and affection for Josie, instead she teaches her life lessons that will help her grow into a person she could be proud of, one that’s going to make something out of nothing.  Josie doesn’t have a lot – a mother who is useless, little to no friends, and a lacking wardrobe – but she has Willie, and that’s all she needs to be a family.

Besides Willie, Josie has a particularly special relationship with Cokey, Willie’s driver. It’s apparent that Cokey has filled a small portion of the void of an absentee father made in Josie’s life. He loves her unconditionally as if she were one of his now. He supports and encourages her dreams no matter how far fetched they seem to everyone else. He’d do just about anything for her.  And Josie, well, she’d do anything for dear ol’ Cokey.

Wrapped Reads Giveaway # 4

Contests, Food For Thought, Random

Hello Readers!

Today is Friday December 27th, and today marks the last week of my Wrapped Reads giveaway. Here are this weeks clues:

With The Band:

Book 1:

photo 2-11

How do you play this thing?!

Pop-music club: every high school should have one.

J-Pop Rocks!

Book 2:

photo 1-13

According to Goodreads this book is: “Almost Famous Meets This Is Spinal Tap.”

You’re out of the band, dude!

When the tought gets goin’ the tough go on tour.

The fine print:

Giveaway is open from today December 27th, 2013 and will run until Friday January 3rd, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.. Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents ages 13 years and up.

To enter simply comment on THIS post telling me what you hope 2014 will bring. When commenting please make sure to tell me which book (one or two) you are interested in winning, and please make sure to leave a valid e-mail address. Also, if you by chance guess what the wrapped reads are, please do not spoil it for everyone else. Please do not mention the title or author anywhere in your comment.

Winner will be selected on January 3rd, and will have until January 5th to respond to e-mail with shipping information. If no response is received by the following Sunday a new winner will be selected and notified.

Good Luck readers!

Tales From My Closet

Tales From My Closet by Jennifer Anne Moses (ARC received from publisher)
Justine isn’t exactly happy when her parents inform her that they’ll be trading in their San Francisco digs to move clear across the United States to Westfield, New Jersey. Westfield wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t seem to be smack in the middle of nowhere. There are no thrift stores. there are no scenic views. There’s only Becka, the next door neighbor who seems to hate her upon sight, and a fabulous paper dress, the she hopes will attract more than just stares.
After traveling abroad to Paris, the city of love and lights, life in Westfield New Jersey is downright dull.  There are no fancy restaurants. There are no fashionista’s walking the street. There is no Arnaud, Becka’s older, French beau. All Westfield New Jersey offers is a dull life with a new neighbor. Becka’s mother seems to be forcing upon her. She already has a best friend, and really doesn’t want one who’s fashion sense includes wearing a paper dress.
Westfield, New Jersey isn’t the place to live if you’re a budding fashionista. No one gets Polly nor her budding fashion sense, even her supposed best friend Becka. What Polly sees as chic and imaginative, most people – including friends and family – would consider night wear. But enter Justine, the new girl sporting a paper dress. Now, this girl may actually get Polly. That is, if Becka doesn’t stand in her way.
Unlike her friend, Bianca is quite content to live in the suburbs of New Jersey. Admittedly, Westfield isn’t much but it’s a place where Bianca and her supposed whale shaped figure could blend in. She’s never considered herself a fashionista, not like Polly who could rock everything and anything, including pajamas, but what she wouldn’t do for a pair of white jeans that flatter her swimmer’s figure. When those white jean dreams become a reality, Bianca starts to realize that just like Polly, she can rock almost anything, even that new girl’s awesome paper dress!
Anne isn’t sick of Westfield, New Jersey. What she’s really sick of is living in the shadow of her old, more perfect sister Martha. Martha gets good grades. She goes to a top-notch ivy league school. She’s on her way to becoming something big. Anne could never live up to that, or could she? With a little help from her grandmother and some retro chic threads Anne is determined to make her way into the fashion world. With a little help from her new-found friend Justine, Anne is out to take the fashion world by storm – one blog post at a time.
Tales From My Closet, written by author Jennifer Anne Moses, is novel filled with fashion that, for myself as a reader, seemed to fizzle out before it really got started.
Author Moses’ writing is solid. She weaves the lives of five vastly different girls with five vastly different fashion senses seamlessly into one storyline with real ease. Because of this Moses’ debut Tales From My Closet is a truly inviting and engaging novel.  I’m going to be honest here, real honest. I didn’t love the overall plot line in general. I didn’t love all of the characters. But for whatever reason I could NOT put this book down. There was a strange allure of finding out what would happen, and what these girls would be wearing while it happened.
Besides the fashion, Tale From My Closet, there is a lot going on. I wouldn’t necessarily call this novel an “issues” novel, but in fact it deals with quite of number of real life issues: family problems, financial instabilities, and both mental and physical abuse situations. All of these issues are portrayed honestly, accurately, and above all things realistically. Beyond that, they are all handled well – with grace and care.
Moses’ debut was the kind of book I really wanted to lose myself in. I wanted to wrap myself in it like Becka and that beat up raincoat that was such a hot topic in this book. But reality was, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Even though all the issues were honest and real, I felt that some of them were thrown in to give this book some depth.
Besides this, I didn’t necessarily love the characters either. Well, let me rephrase that: I didn’t love all of the characters, but there were some I really did like even if I didn’t or couldn’t relate to any.For me, because this book was told from five different perspectives I felt like I really couldn’t get to know all of the characters. I felt that some characters were more developed than others. For instance, I would have loved to know more about Polly and where/when her love of fashion started.
Unfortunately, Tales From My Closet wasn’t my cup of tea. Maybe it’s because I’m no fashionista, maybe it’s because I couldn’t relate and connect on a more personal level with the plot and it’s characters. Even though the writing was solid and engaging, those things weren’t enough to save the book for me.
But just because this wasn’t the read for me, doesn’t mean it’s not a read for you. Check it out, and let’s discuss!

Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Day Six

Challenges, Food For Thought, Random

16DaysofBloggingHello Readers!

And welcome to Day Six of the Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Sixteen Days of Blogging! I hope you’ve been following along, and if you blog I hope that you join in on Andi and Amanda’s challenge!

Day Six: Favorite Bookish Quotes


“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” – Lisa Klaypasquote2

“Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.” – Lola & The Boy Next Door


“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” – The Fault in Our Stars

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony SnicketQuote6

“Until I feared I would lost it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee