Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday (38)

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
June 1, 2011/Sourcebooks/Young Adult

I, Felton Reinstein, am Stupid Fast. Seriously. The upper classmen used to call me Squirrel Nut, because I was little and jumpy. Then, during sophomore year, I got tall and huge and so fast the gym teachers in their tight shorts fell all over themselves. During summer, three things happened all at once. First, the pee-smelling jocks in my grade got me to work out for football, even though I had no intention of playing. Second, on my paper route the most beautiful girl I have ever seen moved in and played piano at 6 a.m. Third, my mom, who never drinks, had some wine, slept in her car, stopped weeding the garden, then took my TV and put it in her room and decided she wouldn’t get out of bed.

Listen, I have not had much success in my life. But suddenly I’m riding around in a jock’s pick-up truck? Suddenly I’m invited to go on walks with beautiful girls? So, it’s understandable that when my little brother stopped playing piano and began to dress like a pirate I didn’t pay much attention. That I didn’t want to deal with my mom coming apart.

While I was on goodreads looking for books to put on my '2011 Debut Authors' challenge, I came across this book and immediately LOVED the sound of it. I don't know, I love sports and the main character sounds awesome. 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CSN Preffered Blogger

Awesome news! CSN has made me one of their preferred bloggers and I have the opportunity to review another one of their awesome products.

CSN has 50+ stores including anything from pens to a stool.

Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Kristi over at The Story Siren is once again hosting the fabulous Debut Author Challenge for 2011! Now, I am unbelievably terrible at these (don't even ask me how 2010 challenges are going...) but I'm going to stick to 12 for now and I WILL read/review them...

1. XVI/Julia Karr/Speak
2. Other Words for Love/Lorraine Zago Rosenthal/Delacorte
3. Where I Belong/Gwendolyn Heasley/HarperTeen
4. Ten Miles Past Normal/Frances O'Roark Dowell/Atheneum
5. I Am J/Cris Beam/Little, Brown
6. Saving June/Hannah Harrington/Harlequin Teen
7. Stupid Fast/Geoff Herbach/Sourcebooks Fire
8. The Pull of Gravity/Gae Polisner/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9. Bumped/Megan McCafferty/HarperCollins
10. But I Love Him/Amanda Grace/Flux
11. The Liar Society/Lisa and Laura Roecker/Sourcebooks Fire
12. Bad Taste in Boys/Carrie Harris/Delacorte Press

Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This post is late but Happy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 release!!

(I wrote this on Thursday night, the night of the midnight premiere for Deathly Hallows but I guess I forgot to post it, so please excuse the confusing comments about "tonight"...) In honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 movie I decided to write a little blog post, and yes, I most definitely have a ticket and will be seeing it with some friends even though I know that tomorrow I have to go to school because I have to go to swim practice and lemme tell you something, swimming in the pool when you've only got 3 hours of sleep is never good. But since I have seasonal insomnia and its pretty much the usual for me, I guess it won't be too bad.

The Harry Potter series is incredibly hard to put into words.  I can not even express how excited I am for tonight's midnight premiere!!! All week has been Harry Potter week for me. I've worn the T-shirts, wrote several status' on facebook about how I can't wait for Deathly Hallows part 1, bursted out into "I love Harry Potter" in my terrible singing voice many times, etc. 

I'm a little uncertain on where I rank Deathly Hallows. It's definitely at least my 2nd favorite Harry Potter book but I think it may be tied with Half-Blood Prince for 1st. Although, I didn't get to finish rereading Deathly Hallows before I see the movie, I've been thinking back to the summer of 2007. The summer the final book was release.

Summer 2007 was the summer after 7th grade (and what a terrible year that was) and before 8th grade. I was 13 years old and it was when I really became addicted to the internet and I joined a bunch of forums that year. I became quite obsessed with Harry Potter fanfiction and and I just breathed Harry Potter. I remember checking, not once, but 2, 3, 10 times a day. I mean, I was OBSESSED. It would drive my mother crazy how I would stay up on the computer until 5 or 6 in the morning just reading all I could about Harry Potter after I had reread books 1-6 and was anxiously anticipating the release of Deathly Hallows. 

I can still remember how one morning in July, I'm thinking it was between 10-15th, it had been one of those nights where I stayed up until 6 am. My mom had gone to McDonalds to get me a sausage mcgriddle (first time I'd ever had one of those) and I remember this morning because my mom had to go to the hospital for something and I offered to go with her. When we got back home, the computer had caught a virus or something due to my older sister and it just completely shut down. I was devastated. I mean how else was I supposed to keep up with my daily news feeds for Deathly Hallow things. But as the days passed, I figured it was for the best because I didn't want to read any spoilers or anything but I actually ended up reading the first page of Deathly Hallows before it was release but we all thought it was just some person doing it. DOES ANYONE ELSE REMEMBER THAT HAPPENING?

Anyway, July 21, 2007 is still one of my favorite days ever. Although, my parents do not understand my love for books or anything they took me to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was so freakin' amazing! I got a keychain, some fake glasses, and a lot of other HP things. I met some fellow HP lovers and so many other things. I got my book at 12:16 am and quickly put a Harry Potter bookplate in the front as well as things like, "I TRUST SNAPE," because I just knew he was good. And of course, I cried.

Since, I posted this late and saw the movie on midnight I will tell you guys what I thought about it. If you haven't seen the movie don't read. 

- RON IS SUPER ADORABLE. Holy cow. I'm not exactly a R/Hr shipper but, man, every time Ron looked at Hermione that face he made was just pure awesome.

- The animation scene!!! I already love The Tale of Three Brothers but that scene just made it 10x more awesome. I told my artistic friends that even if they aren't into HP that much they should go see it because of this scene and that they would love it.

- Bathilda Bagshot. o.0 OMG. Can you say creepy? I'm not even going to lie, I jumped out of my seat more than once and screamed. 

- Hermione in Malfoy Manor. Oh goodness. SOOOOO FREAKIN' INTENSE. Teary eyes.

- DOBBY. Gahhhh. :(

- Fred and George! God, I love them. 

- The short scene with Neville was great! Of course, I wished we got to see more of him and the others.

- The scenes with the Malfoy's and other death eaters were fantastic. I wished more emphasis had been placed on Draco, espically when Hermione was being tortured. 

- The ending with Voldemort getting the Elder Wand out of Dumbledore's tomb. WOW. WOW.  SO crazily intense.

I don't know how I'm going to get through these next couple of months until part 2!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Blog Readers? Are you still there??

Hello everyone who (still) reads this blog. I would like to take a moment and apologize for the fact that I have not been posting in a few months. And not only that, I haven't even been apart of the blogging atmosphere in quite a while either.

I don't know what has been happening with me. My life is chaotic. My seasonal insomnia is in full swing. Junior year is kinda difficult to explain. Although, I am in all honor/AP classes, they aren't that hard but I am such a procrastinator and lazy bum. And I start swim season next week after 2 weeks off after cross country season ended.

AHH. I don't know what else to say.

Will starting posting again. Really, really soon. You all have no idea how much I've missed the book blogging world.