Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Just because I'll use any reason to post a Blue October video...Here's a video of them performing Kangaroo Cry and Picking Up the Pieces at Webster Hall in NYC this past May. (Sadness by me since I was supposed to see them two days before the NY show, but the show was cancelled)
Monday, November 30, 2009
It makes me happy when celebrities use their names, faces and voices for GOOD, to help make people's lives better. Today Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen in the Twilight Saga) and ONE introduced the following video featuring many of Hollywood's brightest young stars.
Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, please share this message with as many people as you can!
Monday, November 23, 2009
video from YouTube user angeleinaustin from 11/21/09 concert at Stubbs, Austin TX
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Note: While that video was funny it's not the one I meant. This is the one I intended to post.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I continue to be blown away by his honesty and willingness to share this with others. And one last thing, here's a really recent video of Justin (& Matt) talking about the Pick Up The Phone Tour.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I have read Shiver and love it! I should mention that I am a huge fan of Twilight, and in fact this entire genre. Yes, they are both Young Adult Urban Fantasy books, and both authors have taken artistic liberties with their 'supernatural' characters BUT I don't really think they should be compared beyond that. I am pleased that SHIVER is moving to the big screen, I hope that it will be blessed with a great screen writer and director who will bring the book to life, not re-invent it.
btw 'latching onto Twilight's success' sounds kind of negative... I think bringing the world of Young Adult books to the bigscreen is great and the fact that Twilight lead the way should be celebrated. Others are smart to follow in it's footsteps instead of being left behind :-)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Borders Ink is having a YA promotion...check it out
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I also haven't picked up a book in a while and let me tell you Catching Fire is calling my name! Hopefully I will get to read that soon. My sisters and I are planning to read it together, leach of us will take a turn reading it out loud to the others. Could be lots of fun (or not lol), but it's a little bit hard to sync up all of our schedules.
Here's some randomness from today....
- I Love Farmers' Markets, spent the morning at a local one.
- Discovered, quite possibly, the BEST chocolate chip cookies in the world at aforementioned Farmer's Market.
- Ate the worst piece of celery EVER while trying to snack 'healthy' this afternoon. See what happens when you try to be good.
He was allowed to do whatever he wanted with his hair for Summer Vacation, however this only lasted one week before I took him back to get it cut in half. I think this still qualifies me for The Coolest Mom contest.
Friends raising $$ for Alex's Lemonade Stand
NEPA TwilightMoms - This picture was taken the day we met for lunch (and drinks, of course), had some discussion of The Time Traveler's Wife book & then went to see the movie.
Steamtown train museum & train ride. My Aunt, my sisters, the kids & I spent the day having local fun....train museum, train ride, lunch at Moe's, ice cream, Riverside Park & stops at a few produce stands.
Of course there was a heck of a lot more that went on, but I won't bore you with any more. Back to school brings about a complete change, a return to routine, a tighter schedule.....sigh. But on the bright side Fall is my favorite season and changing leaves are just around the corner!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
1. pre-order of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (not new but you MUST read it plus #3 wouldn't make much sense without it) 3. pre-order of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan 6. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev 7. Wings by Aprilynne Pike 8. pre-order of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 9. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (sort of a pre-order since it comes out next week) 10. pre-order of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (oh wait, did I say that twice. totally unintentional, honestly)
Check it out here.
But hurry she is picking a winner tomorrow!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tomorrow a group of about 11 of us will be getting together for a book discussion (with dinner & drinks of course) and then to see the movie.
I am hoping that the movie will be able to live up to the book, they so rarely do....
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The real thing that grated my cheese was this idea that a blogger ought to step down from YA lit because she's no longer a teen. Um, no.
Actually, allow me to clarify: HELL NO.
The average YA author is older than I am and all of us are older than our intended teen readership. Does that mean we ought to be writing adult fiction instead? That would be a lot of unhappy Twihards if Stephanie Meyer decided to write Twilight as an adult series. The thing about YA is that the kernel of it, the point of it, the entire theme of the genre is coming of age. Coming of age is something that we can understand at any age. It's being on the cusp of something new. It's making that leap, deciding what to do with yourself. It's doing anything for the first time. That's the point of YA fiction, and it's something that anybody can enjoy. Look at the success of TWILIGHT. Harry Potter. (and yikes, SHIVER).
To say that adults can't read YA because they aren't the same age as the protagonists is as ludicrous as saying that teens can't read adult books because they aren't yet adults. It's ultimately condescending, either way. Adult saying to teen: "you won't enjoy this movie/ book because as a teen, you haven't experienced loss/ cheating/ tax evasion/ other adult theme." Teen saying to adult: "you won't enjoy this teen movie/ book because it's been too long since you were cool." No. You cannot say that......I identify more with the character issues in a lot of YA -- the growing up, the jumping off cliffs, the newness -- than I do a lot of adult fiction, which deals with fatigue, mid-life crisis, marriage issues. Am I the only twenty something who feels this way? Nope. There's also thirty somethings, forty something, fifty somethings who prefer the genre . . . age is irrelevant when coming to reading. There's no "this is right for this age." "this is wrong for this age."There's this: "This book is right for me." "This book isn't my thing."That's the only truth there is in reading. As a reader and as a writer, never forget that YA is a marketing distinction. It's books placed in a certain section of the bookstore because they will probably appeal to teens. It doesn't mean they won't appeal to anybody else. And it doesn't mean that that's the only place in the store they could go. We write the best books we can about the characters we care about, no matter how old they happen to be. And I don't care who's reading my books. I don't care if it's grandmas with fake teeth or teens with ipods or toddlers drooling sippy cups on the pretty blue ink. I just care that they're being read.
Love the tagline.... "This is not a love story. This is a story about love." It hits the nail on the head.
I had a few 'issues' with things near the end, but would totally recommend it. If you have the chance to see this movie, by all means..do!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I bought the Breaking Dawn Special Edition today, mostly because I wanted to watch the DVD that was included. To my surprise at the back of the book I found the lyrics to all the songs that Justin performed. I think I already knew them by heart, but love reading them. Happy Day!
Now that I have this edition I am thinking of donating my other copy of Breaking Dawn to the local library. I have heard that the waiting list for the Twilight Series is very long. I just don't know if they will take used books (it looks almost brand new). Hate to think that there are people, especially teens, who don't get to read some books because they can't afford them and their library doesn't have them. Our local library doesn't have a very good Young Adult section, but that's a conversation for another day.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I just turned on E!News and there was Justin serenading me. Love it!!!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Kissed by an Angel (Power of Love/Soulmates) by Elizabeth Chandler
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Maximum Ride (series) by James Patterson
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
The Uglies, The Pretties, The Specials by Scott Westerfeld
The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Friday, July 24, 2009
I will be seeing them in NJ in August, can't wait!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
|From New Moon Site Pics|
This Special Edition of the #1New York Times bestseller includes: An exclusive Breaking Dawn Concert Series DVD featuring a performance by Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld and a conversation with Stephenie Meyer and Justin Furstenfeld. A reproduction of the personal, handwritten lyrics for My Never from Justin Furstenfeld. A limited-edition, full-color Bella & Edward poster (on reverse side of book jacket). And more! The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.