Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read  This weeks featured blog is Books are Vital and the weekly question is:
Q: When you’ve read a book, what do you do with it? (Keep it, give it away, donate it, sell it, swap it..?)

Like cookie monster, only with books. Nom Nom Nom Nom!

tgif is a weekly meme hosted by GReads!  This week's question is:
Most Popular: What blog post has gotten the most 
comments/activity on your blog this year?
The one were I photoshopped myself reading Hunger Games got quite a few comments. So did the Adele Music Post.
But mostly the weekly memes get the most hits. That is why I always try to participate!


Teaser Tuesday (18) and Tune In Tuesday (20) and Top Ten Tuesday (11)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page, and BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
"Anger flashed through me, hot and wild. I gasped in surprise at the unexpected reaction. I'd heard of the emotional instability of these human bodies, but this was beyond my ability to anticipate. In eight full lives, I'd never had an emotion touch me with such force." (page 21)
Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger at GReads. Hop on over there and join in the fun!

I haven't been to many concerts. In fact, the last concert I'd ever been to was Boyz II Men and Mary J. Blige and Montel Jordan. Yeah, it's been a loooooong time.

However, as soon as the recent winners of The Sing-Off, Pentatonix (YAY PENTATONIX) go on tour, I have got to see them live.

Pentatonix feat. Nick Lachey - Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) by 98
I had such a big crush on Nich Lachey back in the day. He still got it!

Pentatonix - Dog Days Are Over by Florence & the Machine
This is my absolute favorite performance of theirs. I could watch it over and over and I have.

Pentatonix - Piece of my Heart by Janis Joplin
I love Janis J so when I heard they were doing this song I got a little nervous but they did it justice.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic: Top Ten Childhood Favorites
The Get Along Gang Books
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
I just found out this book was banned. Why exactly? I guess I will have to go back and read it as an adult to see what the big deal is.
Charlotte's Web
I read this book over and over.
Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic
I still have these books.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
I still remember some of the stories from this book. I would read this then try to go to bed. Not too bright.
The Berenstain Bear Books
I pretty much had all of these also. Man, why didn't I keep my collection?
Value Believing In Yourself Story Louis Pasteur
The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur
I believe my mom still has this book somewhere.
The Babysitter's Club Series
I think I had most of these as well. I still have some.
Sweet Valley High Series
Same with these.
I read ALOT as a kid. Growing up like an only child in the 80's before cartoon network, you had to know how to entertain yourself.


Follow Friday & TGIF

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read  This weeks featured blog is Lauren Gets Literal and the weekly question is:
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don’t like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!
My biggest pet peeves would be too many details. Sure, I'd like to know that Suzy is sitting under a tree. I might even like to know that it is fall and the leaves are gently falling from the oak or whatever type tree. I don't need to know the species of the tree, the bugs that inhabit it or tons of flowery detail about the direction of the wind bending the branches making blah blah blah. Some writer get so caught up in ornate details that is stalls the story. I want to know details but not too many minute little detail because then I'm thinking about the tree not the main character.

tgif is a weekly meme hosted by GReads!  This week's question is:

Writing Reviews 101: What's your process for writing book reviews? 
Any tips or suggestions you would recommend to other bloggers?
I have absolutely no process. I read the book and as I'm reading sometimes I make notes but most of the time I don't. When I'm finished I try to write the review as soon as possible but sometimes I don't quite get to it. Then I have to go back and look over the book again to remember what I thought about it while I was reading. My suggestions to other bloggers: don't be like me. Everytime I start a book I say I'm going to look more at the writing structure and grammar and really critique the writing style not just the subject and content but then I start writing from the heart and say plainly what I felt about the book. I don't think my reviews would be considered formal book reviews. I really should get better at it and I will : D
OAN: I'm glad Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo are over. Things will pick up around here next week. I'm so looking forward to my two week vacay coming at the end of December. I plan to read and read and read. Can't wait!


Tune in Tuesday (19) & Top Ten Tuesday (10)

I've been writing, writing, writing for NaNoWriMo so again there isn't a teaser this week. Aww, I'm going to have to read like 5 books in December to make up for this month. Anywhoo, moving along to Tune In.

Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger at GReads. Hop on over there and join in the fun!
I've been on a Bruno Mars kick this week. I just love his voice and he is just so cute! I just want to put him in my pocket, carry him around all day and let him sing me songs. Ha Ha. Here are a few of my faves from him.
Travie McCoy: Billionaire ft. Bruno Mars (LIVE ACOUSTIC)
I love the acoustic version of this song.
Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars
I just love this upbeat song. Has that old school feel.
Voices in my Head - Bruno Mars
The Other Side - Bruno Mars feat. Cee Lo Green & B.O.B
And of course
Talking to the Moon - Bruno Mars
Love this song!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic: Top Ten Author I want at Thanksgiving Dinner
So exciting! Ok, so I have to have my late greats table.
Shakespeare, Faulkner, Hughes, Hurston & Tolkien
Then my para-bunch
stephanie meyer
Meyer, Rowling, Harris & Ward
Lastly, a couple contemporary & YA
Sparks & Collins
Oops, I went over by one person. Anyways, I think this would be a great dinner.


Tune in Tuesday (18) & Top Ten Tuesday (9)

Well, I haven't been doing much reading so I don't have my book with me to do Teaser Tuesday but I can do Tune In and Top Ten.

Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger at GReads. Hop on over there and join in the fun!
So I created a writing soundtrack when I began writing my novel for NaNoWriMo (BTW I changed from the paranormal to the edgy YA. I swear the story wants to get out of me, its just not coming out right) and I've decided to post two songs which remind me of the protag and her bestie. I have to say my book starts off pretty dark so these are not the happy bubblegum teenage girl songs you would expect.
Scar - Fefe Dobson
This song reminds me of the protag and her issues in the beginning of the novel.

Innocence - Halestorm
This is for the protags best friend. She is hardcore. That's all I can say.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic: Top Ten Unread Books on my shelf
Wow. Yeah I have tons of books waiting to be read on my book case. Here are a few:

Write Thoughts (3): Writing Contest

I know everyone is deeply immersed in the NaNoWriMo challenge (I'm failing miserably at it BTW but that a whole 'nother blog topic) however, there is another writing challenge in association with National Writing Project being judged by Junot Díaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao and Drown. Mr. Diaz has a great way of creating a strong voice with his characters. This contest is called:

Creating the Voice: Narrative Voice Contest with Junot Díaz
choose a topic below, narrative should be no more than 1,000 words in length

First Person:Without naming or describing your narrator, write a story in which you make the narrator’s age, personality, and philosophy/outlook on life evident through his or her voice.

Second Person:Write a story about an ordinary day in the life of an extraordinary person, such as the president, supermodel, or a homeless boy. Narrate the story entirely in the second person.

Third Person:
Write a story in which you describe a person using only attributes generally considered negative (for example a character who is usually late, sloppy, and mean), but through the voice of your narrator, make that character likable.

Entry details here. Contest ends November 30th. Finalists will receive signed copies of Díaz’s books and the winner will receive a special Oscar Wao prize pack. So for those who aren't participating in NaNoWriMo this month or those banging their head against the wall (like me) and just needing a break, check out this contest. Happy Writing!


Book Review: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Leading up to the premiere of Breaking Dawn: part 1 I wanted to review the books of the Twilight Saga since I read them before I started my book blog. Countdown to Breaking Dawn: Part 1! Four days remaining! I probably won't go see it this weekend. I think I will save it for Thanksgiving Weekend. Anywhoo, on to my review of New Moon.

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
"New Moon (Twilight, #2)Shoot, I muttered when the paper sliced my finger; I pulled it out to examine the damage. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then Edward threw himself at me, flinging me back across the table...I tumbled down to the floor by the piano, with my arms thrown out instinctively to catch my fall, into the jagged shards of glass. I felt the searing, stinging pain that ran from my wrist to the crease inside my elbow. Dazed and disoriented, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm-into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires." Legions of readers entranced by Twilight are hungry for more and they won't be disappointed. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. The "star-crossed" lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy's reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

Ok, this is the book were all us Jacob lovers fell in love! I know Bella loves Edward and blah blah blah however, she painted an amazing picture of Jacob in this book. She might be in love with Edward but she was subconsciously infatuated with Jacob. She played it off by wishing he was her brother, saying that he was her best friend, yeah yeah, I think that was the only way she could deal with the mental guilt of being in love with two people. Or could just be wishful thinking, I'm so not a fan of Edward. He's kind of a creep if you think about it. Sure, he looks 18 but mentally he's in his 100s. 100? Why are you falling in love with high school girls? Shouldn't your mental capacity outextend the giggly confused high school girl wants? See, pervy, totally not a responsible adult.

Anywhoo, back to the book, personally I was glad that Edward disappeared for the majority of the book and we got to see the relationship between Bella and Jacob grow. They are fun to read about, their relationship is easy and I had way more aww moments. Plus, we got witness his transformation as well. I enjoyed that we learned about the Quiliete legend along with Jacob. There were a lot of meaty details in this book that weren't in the movie. This book was so much better than the movie to me. And, say what you want, but the four blank pages counting the months was genius to me. Bella was out of it, depressed, I think it was a great way to move the story along without boring us with whiny details of self-pity.

I enjoyed this book. I was glued to it for hours and I finished it in one day and moved right onto Eclipse. I do have one thought though, part of me felt like Bella was begging to become a vampire more for vanity and the idea of how cool it would be to be a vampire as opposed to this insane love she has for Edward. I don't know why I just saw him changing her and her going, 'awesome, ok I'm out, peace.' I don't know, I think she fell for Edward because he was a vampire and if he was normal she wouldn't be that into him.

Just thought I would share this:

Love love Taylor Lautner but Jacob in the book was much much bigger. I would love to see the actor who could play the Jacob that is in the book. Eventhough I know how the story ends I'm still Team Jacob. He was a much better choice for her but as teenagers were never chose what is best for us.


Follow Friday

BuBussy Busy today so I only have time to do one post.

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read  This weeks featured blog is MotherLode and the weekly question is:
Q: In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran’s Day tell us about your favorite soldier and how he or she is saving the world. Fictional or real life.
My Daddy!! He is retired now but is definately my favorite soldier.
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