December 16th, 2011
On Paper Hangover today, the topic is holiday wishes. I’m gonna give you fair warning — I’m a holiday sap.
1. For Super Spawn to have a magical experience — When I was a kid my parents and grandparents went to HUGE lengths to make us believe in Santa and the giving spirit. Even once we outgrew Santa we still had the most magical Christmases full of love and giving, and that’s something I want for my kiddo.
2. I want to help someone — Every Christmas for as long as I can remember we’ve helped a less fortunate family out. Even if we weren’t in the best position ourselves, we always share what we have. And an opportunity to help *always* presents itself. In fact, I was given one this morning, and my heart is just glowing.
3. For everyone to remain safe — Everyone travels a lot around the holidays. Family, friends, even Super Spawn and I will hit the roads this year. I wish that everyone would make it wherever they’re going safely. Last year we witnessed a horrific crash (but were able to help, thank goodness) that resulted in life-flight and three ambulances blaring away. I don’t want to relive that.
4. For Super Spawn to feel loved – This is really kinda personal, but it is a true wish, and I’m happy to report it came true. I wished for kiddo’s dad to make an effort this Christmas, and two presents for Super Spawn arrived this week from him. (His dad lives overseas) I’m so glad. So, so glad.
5. Happiness and Peace — For everyone. For each of you, for my family. This is the time of year where we’re all missing our lost loved ones, and looking forward to the possibilities of next year. I just hope that each of you finds peace and happiness in those dreams and memories.
See?! Total holiday sap. What about you guys? What’s on your wish list?
November 4th, 2011
So…the new site is here! And pretty! AND IT REDIRECTS!!
I’ve spent far too many hours trying to figure out how to import/redirect all my feeds and posts and everything. I’m a liiiittle excited to finally have gotten it right.
Anyway, on with the Friday Fives!
1. J. K. Rowling was the author who inspired me to write and to believe in myself.
3. Sarah Dessen – She’s not one of those authors with “phenomenal cosmic powers” (you know, the Rowlings and the Meyers), but she has tons of books on the shelves — books that teens LOVE and can’t wait for more of.
4. Kiersten White – Again, no phenomenal cosmic powers, but an author with a great attitude, and a willingness to share the truth about how hard publishing can be, even once you have the book deal.
5. John Green – I mean, have you read his books?
What about you guys? Which authors inspire you?
October 28th, 2011
1. Of course this would have to be Harry Potter, because — it’s Harry Potter. I mean, you guys know me well enough to know OF COURSE I want to live in the magical world.
2. Perhaps the world of Once Upon A Marigold would be fun — I mean, as long as I wasn’t the one on the evil witch’s bad side.
3. For the most part, I would not want to live in the worlds Juliette Marillier creates (even though they rank among my all-time favorites). Let’s face it, they’re kinda evil. Except maybe Wildwood Dancing…which that’s really all about the choices you make. Sorta. No? Well…still…I can’t have a list without one of her books at least.
4. I’m realizing most of the books I read are either set in the real world or in REALLY SCARY other worlds. Hmm…
5. Dr. Seuss. Maybe I could live in Oh the Places You’ll Go…
Can you guys name five book worlds you’d like to live in?
October 25th, 2011
So, obviously I fail today. Because it’s 1pm and I’m just now realizing I was in charge of the Teen Scene post today. Sorry, guys! I’ll blame it on the sick kid I’m home with.
In spite of my obvious lack of teen topic, I thought I’d share a book I read with you guys. It’s an ARC from Simon Pulse, the novel will be released January 3, 2012.
By Lucas Klauss
October 14th, 2011
Admittedly, I had wide-ranging (and somewhat strange) reading tastes as a kid. (We’re gonna go with stuff I read in elementary school here.) Want proof? Here you go:
1. One Last Wish (series) by Lurlene McDaniel — I read every one of these books, plus anything else she published. I think I was eight when her first book landed in my hands (about a year after we lost my sister) and seeing as her books are about dealing with death, I was hooked. For total honesty — I still have them all tucked neatly in a trunk in storage.
2. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner — This is another one of those I loved so much I still have the book at home.
3. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell — How many times did I read this book? I could never count them all.
4. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens — My mom bought me all the illustrated classics by the time I was in 3rd grade. I loved them all.
5. Rudolph and Me (I don’t know who wrote the story though) — This was a book my grandmother had made for my cousin and me (one each, of course), where we were the main characters in this tale of us setting off with Rudolph to save Santa and Christmas. I thought it was THE most awesome thing on the planet to have my name in a book.
What about you guys? What were your favorite childhood books?
October 11th, 2011
My post on The Teen Brain is over on Paper Hangover today! Go check it out!
On another note, I did a blog update this morning and redirected everything to my domain name — if you find something isn’t working, please let me know!
September 30th, 2011
As it turns out, I love quite a few banned books. (And guys, my High School obviously didn’t have a copy of this list, because every book we read in four years worth of Lit Honors is on it. lol) Do any of mine make your top five list?
1. Harry Potter — all of them. Of course. You didn’t expect anything else in this spot did you?
2. 1984 by George Orwell — one of those books I was forced to read in High School and wound up LOVING. Who knew that was possible?
3. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
4. Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury — Another school book I *gasp* enjoyed.
5. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine — I can’t believe this series makes the list. My sister and I used to devour these books like nobody’s business!
There you have it, my list of astonishment as I realized pretty much all of my favorite books growing up were on the banned list.
August 30th, 2011
So, I know Pam and I usually feature teens who are in high school, but today I’ve got a new sort of teen for you: The College Student.
The College Student works at my day job part time — she sits in my office when she’s there. *evil grin* So, naturally I’ve pinned her down to talk about books. Because that’s what I do. To everyone.
August 16th, 2011
Teen Scene Back to School
I don’t know about the rest of the country, but here in Florida we’re gearing up to head back to school next week. There’s a buzz in the air, an anticipation to return to those gossip-filled halls so thick you can almost taste it. While parents run frenzied through the big box stores with mile-long supply lists to fill, the teens are hitting the malls in search of that perfect back to school wardrobe. Continue reading…