Friday, December 31, 2010

Best Books That I Read in 2010

I didn't read a lot of books by any means, and hardly any debut novels, which is lame. But anyway, here are my favorites..

by Jerry Spinelli - Wonderful book about being true to one self. Stargirl is a character that I aspire to be. 

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (review to come) - Told from the view of a girl that is dead is always interesting. Definitely a book that makes you think about the afterlife, I know I did! 

Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick - I read this in one setting. Short but very amazing. I'm sad that I didn't get my hands on Strasnick 2010 book! 

Viola In Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani - Boarding school at its best. Lots of film and theatre aspects! I can't wait to read the sequel!! 

The Summer series by Jenny Han  (reviews to come) - Great characters and even though it's a summer read it still has lots of depth. I can't wait to get my hands on the final book!          
Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attractions by Simone Elkeles - HOT!! I can not wait for the third book! 

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
- GLBT, BOSTON RED SOX, BROADWAY. Could this book get any better?!

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (reviews to come) - You've seen all the wonderful reviews of this book; they are absolutely right! Because of this series (which I just ate up and even got to go to Chicago and see Collins) I now have a craving for dystopian novels! Thankfully, there will be a few of these coming out this year! 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - E. Lockhart is fabulous! This book features FEMINISM (I'm a feminist, obviously) and BOARDING SCHOOLs AND SERCET SOCIETY. I am in love. One of my favorite books ever. 

Au Revoir, 2010! Bonjour, 2011! Goals for the New Year!

I, for one, am just in awe at how fast 2010 has gone by, especially the last half of it! I can't believe that in just a year in a half, I'll have graduated high school and be getting ready to start college (hopefully in Boston). 

Now, I know that I have neglected Wicked Good Books (as well as my other blogs and many other things) this year due to junior year and my procrastination. I am making it a New Years Resolution to not procrastinate. I must stay focus!


2011 Reading/Wicked Good Book Goals:
* Read 100 books. Actually, scratch that, read 75 books. 2011 is going to be a chaotic year with college applications, etc..
* Have at least 12 author interviews! I need more!
* Review within 3 days of reading a book. 
* More giveaways!
* Post EVERY DAY. Must schedule lots of posts!
* This is exactly a goal or anything...but I hope I can fix my blog up a lot and gain at least 100 more followers. So, 379 followers by 2012. 
* Have more post about thoughts on books and authors and things related. More book talk! 
* FINISH ALL BOOK CHALLENGES! I am horrible at doing these.
* Do not do so many readathons. Especially, since I am horrible at them, too. This should actually be: If doing a readathon, actually read! 
* Keep Wicked Good Books organized.
*Have themed months or a something of the sort. I'm already planning some kind of event from late January - Mid February
*Read one book at a time! I have this major problem where I'll read one book and 50 pages in, I'll start another book and yeah, that is just horrible. So, I plan on finishing the books that I already started in 2010 and then still with one book at a time (excluding if I'm reading a book for school). 

Okay, can't think of anymore.

School/Personal Goals:
* EXERCISE every single day (I already do sports but I'm talking about something I'll do at home..still need to create a schedule)
* For Cross Country/Running: 
  • Run in at least 2 local running events. I know I'll do the Race for the Cure, like I do every year..
  • Run a 5k in 23 minutes.  
  • Run 2 miles in under 15 minutes. 
  • Run 1 mile in under 7 minutes. 
  • Since it will be my senior year coming up, it will also be my last year of high school XC and my last chance to qualify for state. I want to qualify for State in cross country more than any other sport I am in because it is the sport I'm most passionate about. God, I need to be out there running and training yesterday. I need to get better to be able to run at least that 21 something to make it to state. But this goal is going to be extremely hard to accomplish. 

*For Swimming:
  • Swim the 500 freestyle 
  • Swim the 50 free in 35 seconds or less
  • Swim the 100 free in 1:25 or less
  • Swim the IM 
  • Swim the 100 back 1:25 or less
  • Swim the 200 free
  • Get a medal in swimming 

*For soccer: get a least 2 goals in a more than midfield, ask to play forward at least once?
*Practice piano. Try to find a piano teacher. 
* Get down to 115 pounds and I want abs!!! 
* Get my drivers license!! 
* Get all A's for one semester. Hmm, So, I have this semester to choose from or first semester of senior year. Hopefully, I get both! Well, I think I should exclude math. That will always be my downfall.
* If I can't an A in math, I want to at least get an A on a test. That is, if I'm even still in a math class! 
* Hold an office position for my theatre club. I would love to be President and I have a good shot at it but if I can't I would love to be vice president. Have a good senior directed one act! 
* Go to camp. I've always wanted to go to camp but haven't due to financial reason. I'm looking at this creative writing/arts camps
* Get some kind of job!!! I need money for senior year and college. Lots of dues and stuff. 
* Get healthier! Drink lots of more milk, take vitamins, etc
* ACT w/ writing goal: 33/SAT goal: at least 2,100/take SAT IIs/get at least 3 on AP tests. Preferably 4 or 5. 
* Apply Early Decision to Boston University. It is my absolute dream school. But of course, I need pretty much a full ride or A LOT of financial aid. 

* One of my main goals is to get most, if not all of my novel written now. I'm going to hopefully outline everything before March. I need to talk with rape survivors and counselors as this book deals with the sensitive subject of rape and I want everything to be right. I hope I can do that by May. I want to write at least 500 words a day. 

Yeah, this is a hell of a lot of things to do and lots of hard goals to keep. I am determine. I think I'll print it off and cross them off as the year goes by! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Out With A Bang Readathon

I definitely need to catch up on reading some books before the end of the year. And although I am terrible at these things, I am doing the Out With A Bang Read-A-Thon! It will run from now until the end of December, which goodness, I can't believe that the year is almost over!!!! 

This list is not 100% definite or anything but here are some of the books that are on my list to read: 

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (to finish)
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (to finish)
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Rae by Chelsea Swiggett
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Looks by Madeline George
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Of course, I have swimming practice tomorrow, Thursday, and maybe Friday and if I don't clean my room my mom will kill me. I also have some other things that I must do before I go back to school on the 5th (why so short of a break!!!) but I am going to try to make it a goal to read at 7-10 hours each day during this readathon...

Good luck to all those doing it!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Just A Little Note

First off, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I hope everyone has had a great one so far! :) 

Due to Winter Break, I have some extra time and will be getting my blog back running for the new year. 

I have several book reviews I still need to do and I might decide to do some mini reviews since I actually can't remember a whole lot from some of the books I read but still want to review them. 

I will be creating a few posts for challenges. But mostly there will be only one or two post(s) for 2011 challenges. 

I will be putting up a list of goals for 2011. 

Two contests will be going up. One for The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney and one for Rae by fellow blogger, Chelsea Swiggett. I'm planning on reading & reviewing these books before break is up and I will post the giveaway up sometime after I post the reviews. 

Sorry in advance for all the blog entries that will be flooding my blog in the new few weeks or days....depending on how fast I work. :D

Books Read In 2011

Bianca is ashamed at how many books she read for 2010. With winter break she believes she'll be able to read at least 10 more books (hopefully) but that's still only, like, 50 books all together. However, Bianca is going to get her life together and will stay on top of things because she has learned that, "Procrastination is the thief of time. " (Edward Young) 

She will do all the things that she needs to do: homework, keeping room clean once she cleans it in the next couple of days, sports practices, preparing for SATs/ACTs/AP Tests, etc. Bianca is not sure why the hell she is typing in 3rd person or why she just wrote all of this but she is stopping now.
Books Read in 2010

GOAL: Read 75 books.

Books Started in 2010 but finished in 2011 (not officially counting toward 2011 challenge):
1. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wicked Cool Giveaway from Chronicle Books

The wonderful people at Chronicle Books are hosting this beyond fantastic giveaway. They are two very lucky winners (one person who makes a blog with the list of the books they would like to win and one person who comments on said blog entry). The best part is that its up to $500!

If I were to win I would love to get these books:

Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You $19.95
Colorstrology™: What Your Birthday Color Says About YouQuirk Books

Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable $15.95
Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable Quirk Books

Field Guide to Luck: How to Use and Interpret Charms, Signs, and Superstitions $15.95
Field Guide to Luck: How to Use and Interpret Charms, Signs, and Superstitions Quirk Books

Fuck You and Your Blog Journal $9.95

I have to say: Chronicle Books has the cutest books ever! Seriously. I LOVE books like they have.  If I got to spend $500 on their books, I might just die of happiness!