Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #1

Every Wednesday, Dani from Pentopaper hosts a weekly blog hop, Wishlist Wednesday, in which you can list a book that you really want to read or that you have really been wanting to get.

How to join:

  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves 
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist. 
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post.
  • Visit other blogs and enjoy!

My book for this week:

Sisterhood Everlasting- By Ann Brashares 

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.


I only just heard about this book a few weeks ago, but I've read the entire Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, and now I've got to get this one. I really enjoyed the series and I'm really now wanting to know how everything will end for the girls and how everything will just come together. I'm definitely looking forward to getting this book! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Life As We Know It-Review

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publisher: Graphia (2006)
Pages: 337

Synopsis: Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.


 Review: I originally picked this book up because of the cover, it just caught my eye! My sister had read it,a and she suggested that I read this book, and I ended up loving it! The book is told by Miranda through her diary entries.

The book begins with Miranda explaining certain details about her life, family and school. She is, in most aspects a typical teenage who is growing up in Pennsylvania. It doesn't take too long for chaos to ensure when the asteroid hits the moon.  I think the thing that I most enjoyed about this book was how detailed everything is. Miranda is a wonderful and reliable narrator, whose diary entries are so well explained.

When I finished reading this book I found myself not being about to think about much else. I also really enjoyed this book because it felt so real! It makes you think about things that you may normally not think about, and it makes you realize just how many things you take for granted. It also does a really great job in making you think about what would you do if something like this ever happened. There were several times I caught myself looking up at the moon.

I absolutely adored this book and I would recommend this to anyone!

Rating: 5 Stars. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Dead Tossed Waves-Review

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Synopsis: Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast--home is all she's ever known and all she needs for happiness. 
But life after the Return is never safe.
Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling. 
In one reckless moment, half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. 
Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

Review: I had first read The Forest of Hands and Teeth about two summers ago and I actually had really enjoyed it. It wasn't something that I would normally pick up, the only reason I had decided to read it, is that my sister had told me to give it a chance, and I'm really glad that I did. 
After reading this first novel, I decided to give The Dead Tossed Waves ago. The first time that I started it, I had a really hard time trying to get into it and I ended up just pushing it to the side. I picked it up again a few days ago and I decided that I was going to give it another shot. 

When we first meet Gabry, she is a bit hesitant to breaking rules, and she does appear to be this way for most of the book. In many ways she's quite an innocent character who has no problems at all following the rules. With everything that ensues, Gabry finds herself having to push herself out of her comfort zone and to do things that she normally wouldn't do. 

Overall, I really didn't mind the book. I found that it moved at a really quick pace, and it was able to hold my attention really well. There were a couple of points throughout the book, where Ryan does a good job at creating fear and panic. For the most part though I did enjoy the plot, despite it being, in someways really similar to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. 

My one huge complaint though would be Gabry herself. While in some ways it is great to see her challenge herself, at the same time, her whining and her redundancy starts to get a little irritating. She keeps repeating phrases such as "I wish I could go back..." Unfortunately, that isn't going to be a possibility. For me, I think that Gabry needs to spend a bit more time worrying about the present and the future and to try a bit harder not to live too much in the past. 

Rating: I give this book 3 Stars. It really wasn't a horrible book. I would also recommend this if you had read The Forest of Hands and Teeth and want to find out how the story continues. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

An Introduction of Sorts

I've really been interested in blogging for sometime, and even more than that (I think it might be an excuse to talk about books)

My love of reading came at a very young age. I can remember coming home from my first day of Junior Kindergarten crying because I didn't learn how to read. Growing up, I was always the shy and quiet kid who had her nose pressed in some book. It really didn't matter where I was, I was always reading and that hasn't changed.

For me, this blog will be a way for me to get to express how I feel about particular books, and have a chance to get to talk about books, especially with people who feel the same way.

With that being said, I'm really looking forward to joining the book-blogging world.