Sunday, March 31, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I'm not crazy. I don't see what the big deal is about what happened. But apparently someone does think it's a big deal because here I am. I bet it was my mother. She always overreacts.Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year's Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff's perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they've got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on—the crazies start to seem less crazy.Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real, Suicide Notes is a darkly humorous novel from award-winning author Michael Thomas Ford that examines that fuzzy line between "normal" and the rest of us.
Totally funny. I loved the main character, Jeff. I loved his sarcasm, his denial, his guts to try to kill himself, his hidden courage. You can tell that Jeff is a smart person, although he made not-so-smart decisions in the past. He's funny and witty and sarcastic. He's struggling and going through a lot but he still manages to be sassy. It was hilarious every time he talks to his doctor, it makes me crack up. You would expect him to be depressed and down, considering he just woke up from a failed suicide attempt. But no. He manages to get up on his feet and deal with everything in his own ridiculous way. But despite all this humor, Jeff also has a deep side. I enjoyed reading his thoughts and arguments with himself. It was fun reading the book in Jeff's perspective.
I thought at first that it would be a light read and yes, in the beginning, it was. But then when the story develops, it sort of sneaks up on you, showing you the ugly sides of everyone. And I loved it for that. The story was serious but the way it's written was quirky and funny. It came out as a light read, wherein you don't have to feel bad and sorry about everyone and everything because there's always a funny side to it.
My favorite character was Amanda though she wasn't really thoroughly introduced, at least not as much as I would have liked. But still. She matches her brother's wit and humor. And I love that they get along well because sibling rivalry is almost common in YA fiction. I'm glad they're different.
Would I recommend it? DEFINITELY. I think what it taught me was that we often underestimate teenage problems. People don't usually realize that these problems are serious. Teenagers go through a lot and sometimes everything just piles up and boom! Before we know it, they just explode. Believe me, I know.
"...sometimes forgetting how much things hurt makes you do them again."
"What's love anyway? I think it's just something greeting-card makers made up and try to get us to believe in. Between you and me, I'd rather have an Xbox."
"No one ever tells you that when your heart breaks, you can feel it. But you can. It feels like something has crumbled inside you and the pieces are falling into your stomach. It hurts more than any punch ever could. You stop breathing, and for a while you can't remember how. When you finally do, it feels like your throat has closed up, like you're trying to suck air through a straw."
"I read once that a third of gay kids try to kill themselves. They say it's because being gay is so hard in this world. They say that we won't stop trying to kill ourselves until we live in a world where it's okay for a guy to love another guy. That's probably true. But there will never be a world where it's okay to fall in love with your bestfriend's boyfriend."
"...when people hurt us, the best thing to do isn't to ask why they did it but to remind ourselves that it wasn't our fault."
"Isn't falling in love a lot like losing your head?"
“That sounds so weird: “kill yourself.” It makes it sound like you tried to murder someone, only that someone is you. But killing someone is wrong, and I don’t think suicide is. It’s my life, right? I should be able to end it if I want to. I don’t think it’s a sin.”
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
It's Tuesday, bookies! You know what that means! It's time for our weekly top ten! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Here we list our top ten picks for a certain topic. This week's topic is:
TOP TEN BOOKS I RECOMMEND THE MOST
If you are like me, you probably don't have a favorite book. You have DOZENS! (Did I get close enough? Or HUNDREDS is more appropriate?) You have those books you always want to talk about because they are oh so awesome. You want your friends and every single member of your family to read these books. And when someone asks for book recommendations, these are your champions. Wanna know mine? Here they are:
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Cover Characteristic is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week we will post 5 of our favorite covers with the featured characteristic. Today's cover characteristic is:
And my favorite:
Saturday, March 23, 2013
There's evil-a coming from up on the hill
If the Mist doesn't get you, the Agromonds will.
—From an old Anglavian rhyme
Thunder roared, and lightning speared down. In its brief flashes, Jemma could see more shadows gathering. They looked like pale Mordsprites, small, bedraggled, skeletal. She lengthened her stride, but the ground was slick and she slipped, slamming face down in black mud. Hauling herself to her feet yet again, she came face to face with one of the shadows.It was not a Mordsprite at all, but the gray silhouette of a child, a sunken-cheeked, hollow-eyed boy of no more than five, his ragged arms reaching out to her through the Mist.Jemma stood petrified, her heart pounding as he swayed closer, oblivious to the chaos raining down around him. Others closed in behind him, a straggling band of waifs, all moving in the same direction.Toward her.
PRAISE:"Fast, creepy fun. A bit of The Addams Family, a bit of dark fantasy, and a boatload of monsters and magic make this read a ghoulish delight."
- Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar
The sun never shines in the land of Anglavia. Its people live within a sinister mist created by their rulers, the cruel Agromond family. The Agromonds' control is absolute; no one dares defy them. But things are about to change, for the youngest of them is not like the others...Fiery-headed Jemma has always felt like the family misfit, and is increasingly disturbed by the dark goings-on at Agromond Castle. The night before her thirteenth birthday, Jemma discovers the terrifying reason why: She is not who she thinks she is, and the Agromonds have a dreadful ritual planned for her birthday—a ritual that could kill her.But saving her skin is just the first of Jemma's ordeals. Ghosts and outcasts, a pair of crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient Prophecy—all these gradually reveal the truth about her past, and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than any she could imagine.With her trusted friend, Digby, and her two telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, Jemma faces enemies both human and supernatural. But in the end, she and her untapped powers might be the only hope for a kingdom in peril.
Kit Grindstaff was born near London, and grew up in the rolling countryside of England. After a brush with pop stardom (under her maiden name, Hain), she moved to New York and embarked on her successful career as a pop song writer. Kit now lives with her husband in the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania, where she still writes songs as well as children's books. The Flame In The Mist is her first novel.Find Kit:
Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Barnes & Noble
Kit is offering a $30 Amazon or Book Depository giftcard to one winner! The giveaway is international and ends on the 6th of April.
TOUR STOPS:April 1st- Promo @ Me Myshelf & I
2nd- Promo @ Katie’s Book Blog
3rd- Character Interview @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
4th- Interview @ Icey Books
5th- Guest Blog @ Evie Bookish
8th- Character Interview @ A Backward’s Story
9th- Guest Blog @ Supernatural Snark
10th- Promo Post @ Hobbitsies
11th- Promo Post @ Kelsey Sutton
12th- Interview @ Steph Su
15th- Character Interview @ YA BookHounds
16th- Guest Blog @ Water Color Moods
17th- Interview @ Rebecca’s Book Blog
18th- Promo @ Amie Corner
19th- Character Interview @ The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Labels: 2013 Reading Challenge
The purpose of the A to Z challenge is to read through the alphabet by Title or by Author, or both if you’re really ambitious!
* Author must be by last name
* You may exclude a, an and the from the title
* Books can be in any format
* Books can be any genre
* Books can be used in other challenges
* Books must be read from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 (books may be started in December 2012, as long as it’s finished in January 2013)
* Review the book that you’ve read. It does not have to be a full review, a sentence or two on Goodreads is more than sufficient.
At the end of the year, Kimberly will select two winners.
Prize #1 – One book up to $10 from Amazon or The Book Depository
Winner will be selected at random from list of all participants
Prize #2 – One book up to $15 from Amazon or The Book Depository
Winner will be selected at random from list of participants who completed the challenge (if you complete both the author and title challenge you will receive two entries)
I'm going to be ambitious and try to do both by title and by author. This is going to be sooo exciting! Wish me luck, lovelies! ^_^
Happy reading to us all!
**Check out my progress here.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on:
Author: J.R. Johansson
Series: Book 1, The Night Walkers
Release Date: June 8, 2013
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy, Paranormal
It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?
Ooh, I love the thriller genre! And the cover's kinda creepy! Really interesting. But it was the title that actually caught my attention. You see, I have trouble sleeping at night (hence the title of this blog) so I'm really curious about this book.
I wonder what books are YOU waiting on. Leave some comments and links to your WoW and we'll gush together! ^_^ Happy Wednesday!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Here we list our top ten picks for a certain topic. This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread
Ugh! Yes, I'm a book hoarder. And there's a lot of books on my shelf that are collecting dust. Not literally, though. I want my books dust-free. ^_^ But you get my point. I buy them, then I forget about them. Mostly because I get sidetracked by other books. I feel so guilty sometimes but what can I do? I have the attention span of a five-year-old, goodness!
BUT! Yes, there's a but. This year I promise to myself that I'm going to read them. Probably not all of them, but hopefully these ten books will be read soon: