Music Monday: Nightshade + Animal

31st Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Nightshade + Animal

Music Monday: Nightshade + AnimalNightshade by Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
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Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

 

If you’ve read Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, you know about the Shay-Calla-Ren triangle. Everytime I hear the song Animal by Neon Trees I can think of only that!

The first half of the song is very Shay & Calla and the second half is SO Ren & Calla.

 

 

About Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history.

When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

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Saturday Snapshot

29th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Saturday Snapshot

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Saturday Snapshot is a weekly event previously hosted by Alyce @ At Home With Books, and currently hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads. Photos can be old or new, taken by you, or family/friends. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

 

 

This summer my daughter will be going back to dance. This was her very first recital, and even though recitals are such a hassle, the end results are priceless.

 

 

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Welcome to Gone with the Words! PLUS…Giveaway!! – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

29th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Giveaways

Welcome to Gone with the Words! PLUS…Giveaway!! – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

The winner is:
Aurora M.!!!

Aurora has chosen to go with a Borders eGiftCard! Nice choice!
Thanks again to everyone who entered and help spread the word. I hope you guys stick around!!

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January has been a crazy month! I’m busiest at work during January. I started school and also began this lovely blog this month. While I’m still trying to manage my time so nothing is left out, it’s been awesome so far! All of last year I wished I could tell someone about all the great books I read, all 202 of them! So I decided to begin writing about them.

Once that was going, I had Sheila from Blog Designs by Sheila create me this very simple but beautiful template. Isn’t it amazing?! Thanks Sheila!!

So to celebrate all these things, I am doing my first giveaway to help spread the word! Here are the details:

Prize:

$20 eGiftCard to either Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Borders, your choice!!

Rules:

  • Name and email must be provided and counts as 1 entry.
  • You don’t have to be a follower but it would be nice. :D
  • Extra entries are possible and links must be provided.
  • Contest is US Only and ends February 5th, 2011 at 1:00pm CST.
  • Once contacted the winner will have 48 hours to respond.
  • The form must be filled out to enter.
  • Winner will be picked with Random.org

Giveaway is now closed! Thank you for entering!

 

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Gone with the Words

26th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Newsletter

Gone with the Words

 

We did it!! Thank you everyone for helping me name my blog!! I’m so happy with the winning name!

“Gone with the Words” was probably the title with the most meanings…

  • The obvious: It reminds me Gone with the Wind, which was the first adult movie I watched as a child. I fell in love. Even now, it’s one of my all time most favorite movies ever.
  • It says, “I’ve gone off to read! Be back later!
  • It also says that my mind has skipped reality and it has taken up residence in whatever book I’m reading.

Now that we have a name, the blog will go Under Construction to make it look better for you guys. I’m planning to do a giveaway to celebrate the unveiling once it’s finished! I have to think of something good for you guys!

So, thanks again to everyone who voted and especially to those who contributed suggestions. Some of those were so good that they were already taken!

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Review: Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

26th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin CastAwakened by Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Series: House of Night #8
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: January 4th 2011
Pages: 290
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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3 Stars

Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…

And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?

In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?

First of all…I love this cover! Kalona is one hot evil, immortal ex-warrior!! And the inside of it is even better!

Awakened had a lot of the two things I love about this series, Stark and Rephaim. This made up for the things that annoyed me, Kramisha’s way of speaking, the True Blood & Glee mentions, and if Aphrodite said “For shit’s sake!” one more time…

But anyway, Stark and Zoe are finally in a place where they can enjoy each other without distractions, and they do exactly that. The moments between them were sweet and sexy. By the end of the book though, they have a whole new set of problems, and they have no idea what’s coming. Rephaim and Stevie Ray’s relationship is full of longing and I love it. They love each other but they feel there isn’t a way for them to be together. I always feel so bad for Rephaim. I want him to be happy!! Looks like they might finally get to have a chance at it though, and the new circumstances will definitely make it interesting. There are some sad moments in this book involving Zoe’s circle, and Erik seems to be coming back from douche-landia, that was a plus because I had written him off a couple of books ago. Neferet and Kalona…I can’t stand them! How dumb must the High Council be to keep buying her lies?! There is a new, twisty development at the end of the book that I did not expect, so I’m definitely looking forward to Destined.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: What Happened to Goodbye

26th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: What Happened to Goodbye

Waiting on Wednesday: What Happened to GoodbyeWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Juvenile
Pub Date: May 10th 2011
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Who is the real McLean?

Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

Combining Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

I looooove Sarah Dessen and I CANNOT wait for What Happened to Goodbye to be in my hands!! She was my first venture into Contemporary YA with The Truth About Forever and quickly became a favorite of mine. I immediately had to get my hands on all Sarah Dessen books! This Lullaby, Just Listen, Lock and Key, and Along for the Ride have also become some of my favorite books. If you have not discovered her for yourself or if you haven’t read the ones I just named, go out and pick one up!

 

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Teaser Tuesday: Outside In

25th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Outside In

Teaser Tuesday: Outside InOutside In by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Insiders #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 328
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
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Me?

A leader?

Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew.

That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside.

And something from Outside wants In.

 

 

“Because you loosened the vent’s screws.”

“Best. Decision. Ever.” He combed his fingers through my hair and laced them behind my neck, pulling me in for a kiss.

 

 

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Ink Exchange, Revisited

24th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Ink Exchange, RevisitedInk Exchange by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: April 24th 2008
Pages: 325
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Court has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils...

To me, Ink Exchange is a story about 3 people trying to find themselves and happiness in the situations they are in. Leslie is dealing with a broken home and a family who doesn’t keep her safe. In fact, her own brother puts her in the most vile situation, all for drugs. Niall has been trying to find redemption ever since leaving the Dark Court for things that were happening to mortals that he didn’t know about. He thinks himself dangerous and not good enough for Leslie. Irial is trying to find a way to maintain his court’s strength. He thinks he finds the perfect solution with Leslie, but he doesn’t anticipate what she’ll do to him. These three are in a complicated “relationship” because they all care for each other and this book’s ending doesn’t resolve it. It does leave all them in a new place in their lives though. Some happier than others.

I love Melissa Marr’s writing. It’s so poetic! This is probably my favorite book in the series so far. I really can’t wait for Darkest Mercy.

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Saturday Snapshot

22nd Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is a weekly event previously hosted by Alyce @ At Home With Books, and currently hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads. Photos can be old or new, taken by you, or family/friends. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

 

 

Here’s is my lovely daughter, Abigail, who would rather use an Elephant as a pillow. Who wouldn’t though? That Elephant is huge and soft!! I bet it’s warmer than an actual pillow, too.

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Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

21st Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Water for Elephants by Sara GruenWater for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Published by Algonquin Books
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
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5 Stars

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.

 

It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

The book begins with ninety year old Jacob remembering a very intense and disturbing event from his time with the circus that will leave you wanting to find out how it got to that point. The chapters then alternate between old Jacob and his very depressed state at the Assisted Living Facility and him remembering his journey with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

The circumstances on how he came to join the circus as the show Veterinarian were very sad. He went from being a young man about to graduate from Cornell, his whole future ahead of him and the possibility of FINALLY losing his virginity, to having no one and nowhere to go. Once on the show, he meets August, the show’s equestrian director and superintendent of animals. August is one very questionable character. He can be the most charming man around and moments later he can turn into the most terrifying creature you’ve ever encountered.

He also meets Marlena, August’s wife, and falls in love with her on the spot. At a later point, the show acquires an elephant named Rosie who is thought to be stupid because she won’t learn to do anything the trainers try to make her do. Rosie plays a huge part in this story, and she gave me the biggest surprise in this book. This story also takes you on an eye opening journey through the sad conditions circus employees and animals were under in 1931.

Water for Elephants was a completely different read for me. It was Adult, and it was realistic, and I loved it. I was a little skeptical about the circus theme. Can’t say I’ve ever been curious enough about its workings to read a book revolving around one, but I am so glad I did because it was sooo much more than that! It made me laugh, cry and gasp in astonishment sometimes. It was a huge plus knowing this will be a movie (coming out in April) starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon as the main characters. I just pictured both of them the whole time! :D

 

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What’s Your Favorite??

16th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Newsletter

What’s Your Favorite??

Here it is!!

Help me choose the name for this Blog!

Thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions. I did Google the names and some were unfortunately already taken. These caught my eye and were thankfully not taken yet, so please help me by voting below!

Name this Blog!!

Poll is now closed! Thank you for your votes!

 

 

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Wicked Lovely, Revisited

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Wicked Lovely, RevisitedWicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan, Nick Landrum
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 12th 2007
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

I read Wicked Lovely last year and thought it was so different from everything else out there. I really like the tone of this series…dark, mysterious and seductive..I just love it. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Darkest Mercy, the last book in the Wicked Lovely series.

While I wait, I’m going to listen to the audiobook versions of the books. The the audio version of books I’ve read sometimes end up giving me a different perspective and a new appreciation for the details in the story. A good narrator will sometimes also make you feel more deeply for the characters. They give them life in a way. That is what’s happening while listening to this series right now. It may also be that it’s been a year since I’ve read them and experiencing them from the beginning again is making me nostalgic.

Wicked Lovely‘s world is rich and absorbing. It makes me want to be IN the book right along with these amazing characters. The characters..le sigh. Aislinn is the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength. Seth is perfect for Ash..I don’t think he would be that perfect with just any other girl, but interestingly enough, he wouldn’t treat these other girls bad either, even if they were just one night stands. Keenan..you want to dislike him, but he’s so honest that it is very difficult to do so. You feel for him and the centuries old quest he’s been on. I actually found myself rooting for him and wanting to comfort him when he was down. Keenan and Donia’s relationship is so heartbreaking. We meet Donia in the very beginning of the book, where Keenan is wishing and hoping beyond hope that she is the one. She is the Winter Girl…the one who chose Keenan hoping she would be it but wasn’t and is now paying for it. Her job is to warn and dissuade any of Keenan’s latest prospects from taking the risk she took and becoming what she became, even though them choosing this risk would free her. I felt sad for Donia, well, until the end, that is. We also met Irial, King of the Dark Court, and Niall, adviser to Keenan. These two are in a league of their own…but more on them when I tell you about my feelings on Ink Exchange, which I’m almost done listening to.

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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Dark Days of Supernatural Tour – Texas wants you!!

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Dark Days

Dark Days of Supernatural Tour – Texas wants you!!

The Dark Days of Supernatural Tour begins today with stops in California, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois and Florida…but unfortunately not Texas. The tour will feature authors Ellen Schreiber (Once in a Full Moon), Cynthia Hand (Unearthly), Courtney Allison Moulton (Angelfire), Kimberly Derting (Desires of the Dead), and Claudia Gray (Afterlife).

We know we shouldn’t beg, but this author line-up is too great not to! Texas is a huge state and we love our YA book events. A few of my fellow TX book bloggers have even heard that the lovely ladies of Blue Willow Book Shop here in Houston are willing to host the event.

Last year, I got to attend the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour in Houston hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop and LOVED it!! As a book lover and new book blogger, I’m hoping to attend more events such as those whenever possible.

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A Year Ago Today, I Read: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

A Year Ago Today, I Read: Lament by Maggie StiefvaterLament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Books of Faerie #1
Published by Flux
Pub Date: October 8th 2008
Pages: 325
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

This was my first time reading a book about fairies and I really liked it!

I loved Maggie’s style of writing, it flows so smoothly. I thought Deirdre handled herself remarkably well after discovering she can see faeries and that they’re after her. She did seem a little naive about James though, but don’t they always. Helllllo! Of course your best friend is in love with you! Luke was very intriguing and at times scary. I never knew what he was going to do or what his intentions were, but I guess that was part of his mysterious persona. Whatever the reason, I liked Luke in a I-know-he’s-bad-for-me-but-I-just-can’t-help-myself kind of way.

Now…James…James, James, lovely, lovely James…I LOVED James!! His sarcastic personality had me eating out of the palm of his hand. Gimme more James! Oh, and I liked that Dee and James were musical prodigies of unconventional instruments. No guitar or piano for these two, oh no, harp and pipes. :D

Overall the story is romantic and suspenseful and the ending is bittersweet.

 

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night, Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the Books of Faerie (Lament and Ballad); the bestselling Shiver trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever), as well as The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys. Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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Help Me Name My Blog!

12th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Newsletter

Help Me Name My Blog!

Hi everyone!! Welcome to my Blog!

I’ve gotten a few posts/reviews posted and am loving it so far! Definitely still getting the hang of it, though. One thing I know for sure is…I want a better name for my Blog.

When the new year started, I was very eager to begin blogging about my current reads and what I thought of them, so I gave the Blog the first (or second, or third) name that popped in my head. Something that said, “Hey! I read books! See??” :)

This is where you come in. I want something permanent, unique, catchy…a play on words maybe, short and sweet and memorable. And of course relevant to reading and reviewing books. So, I need your help coming up with this oh-so-special name. Think up as many as you want and leave the suggestions in the comments. Only serious suggestions please, as I am serious about this Blog. :) Once I have enough suggestions, I’ll do another post where everyone can vote on their favorite!!

Thanks for your help!!

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