Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Meme

Steff had this great idea of posting about favourite quotes from the books she's read. So I asked her if she wanted to make it into a meme and here we are, actually making it into a meme!

Hooray! A Bookful of Thoughts's very first meme!

It's called...Friday Favourites. (Gotta think of another name!)

The rules are pretty simple and are similar to Should Be Reading's Teaser Tuesday.
  • Post a quote that really stuck to you after reading it in a book.
  • Make sure it isn't a spoiler!
  • If you'd like, expand on what you think it means and why you chose it.
So, who's excited for tomorrow's post? I sure am!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A new clean layout

The old one:

I didn't like it very much and I got sick of it too soon. I felt it was also too messy so I thought I should change the layout.

It's the New Year! Why should I not change it? Anyway, hope you like it :)

The Last Minute To-Do List of 2009

... because everyone has one ;)

So the new year is fast approaching and I've found myself thinking of how much I still want to get accomplished before the end of 2009. I'm sure all of you are the same so after reading this post, I'd love it if you guys left a comment about what your last minute to-do list is or even how you're planning to celebrate the coming of 2010! So without further ado, here is my last minute to-do list (hoping to be) achieved by the end of 2009!:

  • Go to Chapters and use up my gift cards and money on new books!
  • Start on that holiday homework -.- (yeah, like that's gonna happen)
  • Get started on writing once again (I've been putting it off too much)
  • FINALLY watch 500 Days of Summer
  • Spend some more of that Christmas money ;)
  • Try to stop being so controlling all the time! (as a sort of preparation for my new years resolution)
  • Have a jam session with my fellow singers :)
  • Put some more effort into my physio!
  • See some friends I haven't seen all Christmas break
  • Take a bunch of pictures with said friends ;)
  • End the year with a bang with parties! :D

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

For Keeps
by Natasha Friend

Release Date:
April 6th, 2010


Josie’s never met her dad, and that’s fine with her. To Josie, Paul Tucci is just a guy who got her mom pregnant and then moved away. It all happened sixteen years ago, when Josie’s mom was still a teenager herself. But now Paul Tucci is back in town, and Josie has to deal with not one but two men in her life—her father and her first boyfriend, who Josie fears will hurt her just like Paul hurt her mother.


Owl Keeper
by Christine Brodien-Jones

Release Date:
April 13th, 2010


Maxwell Unger has always loved the night. He used to do brave things like go tramping through the forest with his gran after dark. He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction—about nature, and books, and the silver owls. His favorite story, though, was about the Owl Keeper.

According to Max’s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. Gran is gone now, and so are her stories of how the world used to be. Max is no longer brave. The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct. At least that’s what the High Echelon says. But Max knows better.

Maxwell Unger has a secret. And when a mysterious girl comes to town, he might just have to start being brave again.

The time of the Owl Keeper, Gran would say, is coming soon.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Steff's Blurbs: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

"Reeling me closer, he didn't stop until I was directly in front of him. Suddenly he lifted me onto the counter. My face was level with his. He fixed me with a dark, inviting smile. And that's when I realized this moment had been dancing around the edge of my fantasies for several days now." pg 126

Babbling Blurb:
A few days ago, my dearest friend Justine sent me a text saying how I must read this new book that she is completely hooked on. She was very insistant and even offered to lend me her copy so how could I refuse? Some of her praises included things like, "You will not be able to put it down!" and "It is SO MUCH better than Twilight!" and after reading it (in less than a day), my verdict is: she's right.

Hush, Hush combines romance and fantasy into one addicting novel. There were parts where I was kept on the edge of my seat while other parts got me squealing like a fangirl. Patch, the hero, (who I admit can be described as a stalker) can probably get any of you girls to swoon over him. After all, what girl can resist the bad boy charm? You can check off mysterious, dark, and handsome down your list of fantasy dreamboat qualities. Throw in a likeable heroine, a great setting, and a dark plot to keep the story going and you've got yourself a page turner.

~A note from Steff: This is my first official post! Woohooo! I am incredibly excited to be a part of this blog! :D Wish me luck? ^.^ And I hope you all like my new "section". Feels like I'm getting my own column on a newspaper. Teehee.

A New Member!

I am glad to introduce my partner-in-crime to this whole book blogging shebang....

She's had a history with books and is willing to share her thoughts on some. She loves fantasy, romance and a little bit of historical fiction.

I hope you guys fill her with welcoming hugs! They're always so nice.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: Airhead & Being Nikki by Meg Cabot

Airhead & Being Nikki
By Meg Cabot


337 (Airhead)
336 (Being Nikki)

Book Description:

Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there - along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.

How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her - and life as she’d known it - forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.

Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she’s actually a girl is the least of Em’s problems.

But what Em’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that’s going to make her dream come true...


A quote:

Family was people who needed you. Family was people who had nothing when you had everything.
You had to do what was right by them. You had to, even if doing so broke your heart.

- (Being Nikki)

Any thoughts:

A few minutes ago, I just finished reading the second book out of the series. I didn’t get to review the first one so what I’ll do is the same thing I did with The Vampire Diaries series. I’ll talk about them in general.

When I first read the summary, my first thought was, “Whaa..?” I was so confused! (Later I realized how dumb I was, haha.) But I knew I had to read it. I mean, it’s by Meg Cabot! She’s awesome! And the minute I finished Airhead, I knew I made the right choice because not only does it leave you questions that are just desperate to find its answers, but it makes you really think. There’s a deep message beneath the whole plot of the series. If you put science or technology and beauty or fame together, you’ll figure it out. That’s what makes it so special.

I love Em Watts as the heroine. She’s laugh-out-loud funny, intelligent and unselfish. And it’s pretty amusing how she adjusts herself with the new lifestyle. The other characters are really fun, as well. I often find that Meg Cabot’s characters are relatable and enjoyable so it’s easy to love them.

I’m guessing it’s mostly aimed at teens, though they do say quite a few swear words. So if you’re interested in reading something light and entertaining, then this is the book for you.

Daily Dose (7)

This new meme is hosted by Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Daily Dose (6)

This new meme is hosted by Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly. I personally think it's a great idea. For one, it spreads the idea of photography, which inspires others to do the same. And the goal of this meme is to get you through the week by posting inspirational images. I've collected tons of these so it's only right if I share the ones I saved with you. :)

Here are some Christmas-themed cartoons!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Almost Christmas

It's almost Christmas! 2 Days more to go, but before I move on to the 12 Blogs of Christmas...contests around the blogosphere!!!

  • Parajunkee's View is hosting a 200 follower giveaway. She's achieved double that amount and now there will be 5 winners! Well, right now it's 4 winners, but really, it's 5. I think. Anyway, you can enter by clicking here. There are a bunch of prizes to be won, I can't even list them all. All you have to know is that there are two categories each with a list of the most awesome books that you could win! Sounds good right? Oh but I haven't mentioned the books yet. A few of them are: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Blue Moon by Alyson Noel, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. Well there you have it. Go ahead and enter, international people!
  • Tynga's Urban Fantasy Reviews is hosting another giveaway in which you could win the new 2-in-1 edition of Morganville Vampires #1 and #2. I personally haven't read this series yet and am willing to try it. So, you can enter here because it's international!
  • The Hiding Spot is celebrating on reaching 300 followers by hosting a contest here. You can win a bunch of cool stuff such as: ARC of Snap by Carol Snow, a swag pack (including a signed Everafter bookmark, a signed Rampant bookmark, Cinderella Society bookmark, & a Candor bookmark) and many more! It is only open to the US and Canada, but international people can enter to win the swag packs. Goodluck, everyone!
Now, moving on to the 12 Blogs of Christmas!!! Woo!

  • Day 10: vvb32 reads. Enter here. Prize is a Holiday Box o'Goodies. 2 winners. Each gets 5 book or book-ish items in a box. Open to all. Ends Dec 31st. Hooray!
  • Day 11: The Shady Glade. Enter here. 11 Prizes for 11 Winners. *faints*. Go on there and check it all out. Open internationally. Ends Dec 31st. Woot!

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

Yes!!! We're onto the double digits! ;)

My Invisible Boyfriend
by Susie Day

Release Date:
April 1st, 2010


Heidi has the perfect solution to her popularity problems - a fake boyfriend. She's even made him an Internet profile that makes him look like a motorcycle-riding, poetry reading bad boy. *swoon* Heidi's friends are so impressed they start emailing Heidi's fake boyfriend with their problems . . . including their problems with Heidi.

As if that weren't bad enough, a delicious and possibly single person called "A Real Boy" emails Heidi to say he knows the truth. Can Heidi escape from her world wide web of lies? Or will her chance at romance disappear faster than you can type gtg?


Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan

Release Date:
April 6th, 2010


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Teaser Tuesday (8)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
My teaser:

His black eyes sliced into me, and the corners of his mouth tilted up. My heart fumbled a beat and in that pause, a feeling of gloomy darkness seemed to slide like a shadow over me.

~pg. 11 "Hush, Hush"
by Becca Fitzpatrick

All I've gotta say is: OMG! HUSH, HUSH! HOORAY!
And also sorry for posting the teaser late D:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Daily Dose (5)

This new meme is hosted by Holly from Good Golly Miss Holly. I personally think it's a great idea. For one, it spreads the idea of photography, which inspires others to do the same. And the goal of this meme is to get you through the week by posting inspirational images. I've collected tons of these so it's only right if I share the ones I saved with you. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Justine's Thoughts: Identical by Ellen Hopkins


By Ellen Hopkins



Book Description:

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that’s where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she’s the misplaced focus of Daddy’s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favourites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harbouring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it’s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?

A quote:

I stay, and for one I stay
long enough for the ice dam
to melt, warm into an easy
flow, burgeoning into
a river
of need. My pulse picks up
speed and I lift my eyes to his,
have to look away or I might
go blind at the blaze

Any thoughts:

When I first saw this book waiting for me at the library, I thought, “Whoa, it’s so thick! This will take me a while to read.” And when I opened it, all I saw were verses. You see, I’ve never read a book that contained poems throughout the whole thing so I was a bit uneasy. But that feeling quickly went away as soon as I became hooked!

Expect the unexpected for this one. The twist ending caught me by surprise and I had to flip a few pages back. I definitely didn’t see it coming, but it had me intrigued because I wanted answers to my curious questions.

From the beginning, I’ve always thought that the plot is sad and heavy with all the issues a teenager could possibly go through: drugs, alcohol, sex, abuse, eating disorders, metal illness, promiscuity, and so on. There were a lot of these and at certain times, it was difficult to continue reading. Sometimes it even disturbed me. But Ellen Hopkins’s writing kept me engaged in the story that it was so tough to stop. And since it’s written in verse, I didn’t know where to place the bookmark! So I ended up continuing, which is why it seemed like a quick read to me.

All I would have to say is that this book is real heavy. Be mindful of the issues that this book is based on because it surely made me cringe at least once. But I absolutely love Ellen Hopkins’s style, and I really look forward to read her other works.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Two awards!

I received this award a few weeks earlier from The Sweet Bonjour and My Tea Time is Book Time. Thank you both so much!

The rules are: Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

And now I shall spread the goodness and happiness...

Congratulations to:

  1. The Book Resort
  2. Cleverly Inked
  3. The Bookette
  4. The Book Lush
  5. The O.W.L.
  6. Rebecca's Book Blog
  7. My Fluttering Heart
  8. The Book on the Hill
  9. Books At Midnight
  10. Frenetic Reader
  11. Carrie's YA Bookshelf
  12. Bookworm Nation
  13. Sparrow Review
  14. Crackin' Spines & Takin' Names
  15. The Sweet Bookshelf
Congrats, once again! :)

12 Blogs of Christmas (Day 7 & 8)

We have less than a week till Christmas!!! Who's excited? I AM!

Day 7 is hosted at Luxury Reading. You can enter by clicking here. You can win an invisible bookshelf as well as other things such as: A hardcover copy of Secret Society by Tom Dolby, a paperback copy of Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (movie tie-in edition) and an audio book of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Open only to the US and Canada.

Day 8 is hosted at Princess Bookie. You can enter by clicking here. The first winner will win:

The second winner will win:

And the third winner will win a mystery ARC! :D
Each will also receive along some swag. It is open internationally, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and enter! :)

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is held weekly by Kristi at The Story Siren. Click here for details on how to participate.


Another one from my mailbox which I won from a contest!
I'm so glad I received it a couple of days ago. I've always wanted this :)
Thanks to Victoria Schwab!

Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Friday, December 18, 2009

12 Blogs of Christmas (Day 5 & 6)

How joyous it is this time of the year! Everyone and everything is so bright. I love it :)

Day 5 of The 12 Blogs of Christmas is hosted at Ellz Readz. You can enter by clicking here. There are 5 prize packs that will be awarded to 5 lucky winners!

Day 6 (it was actually supposed to be Day 10...but there have been some adjustments) is hosted at Book Rat. You can enter by clicking here. There are 50 books to choose from (that is a huuuge number!) and 5 winners will get the chance to pick anything out of all that!
Upcoming blogs are:

Tomorrow- Luxury Reading
Day 9- Shooting Stars Mag
Day 10-The Page Flipper
Day 11-The Shady Glade
Day 12-vvb32reads

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

by Cyn Balog

Release Date:
July 13th, 2010


Eron De Marchelle isn't supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to--after all, getting too involved in one human's life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.

But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't seem to reach her . . .

Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?


The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

by Robin Benway

Release Date:
August 3rd, 2010


Three sisters, three extraordinary, life-changing powers!

I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.