I don't have anything exciting to write about today. I figure I'd share a great Calvin & Hobbes moment with you. I figure it's a good filler. I can't wait to move so I can unpack everything and hopefully find my two Calvin & Hobbes books. Pure brilliance.
I read another book. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. I also got asked to review two books. I'm moving up into the big time. Haha.
Current Book Count: 37
Today is "I'm in Control Day." Your Inner Bad Girl realizes that you are always in control, but it's kind of nice to have an official holiday dedicated to concept.
Random Blog of the Day: Mark's Mews... A blog written in the POV of some cats. A little strange, but if you like cats it's cute.
I met my monthly goal today! I read two books and reached twelve for the month! YAY go me! I'm taking a book break till the first. My eyes are burning from all the reading I've done in the last couple of days.
I read Avalon High by Meg Cabot and Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Both were good for fluff-ish YA. Blue is for Nightmares is a bit dark, but a decent read.
I made some more graphics stuff today. I'm really getting good at photoshop.
Nothing else to really report for the day. I mostly played neopets and drank lots of coffee. :)
We're going to clean the carpets at the new house tomorrow when Mikey gets of work. I'm excited to move!
Alright I'm going to bed.
See ya tomorrow.
Current Book Count: 36...Reached my 12 for the month! *pats self on back*
An Inner Bad Girl Relationship Tip: It's important to be in touch with your Inner Bad Girl before falling in love-or into bed-with anyone.
Random Blog of the Day: Cold Lemonade... Some funny posts. Good for a laugh.
Alright so to start this post out I'm going to re-cap on yesterday. As you probably saw I cashed in my Get Out Of Jail Free Card. My day got very busy and I ended up out really late last night. Forgive me?
I ended up not going to Scottsdale yesterday morning, but it turned out for the best because my Bestie ended up coming down from Flagstaff. We had a blast hanging out and playing hide and go seek in Wal-Mart. We have so much fun together, I really miss her when she's not around. :( We also went to Bent Cover Books and she bought a ton of books. I'm rubbing off on people...I love it. Haha. I got a couple more romance novels, so I can fit in with my book club pals. I was supposed to go to dinner with her and to a club, but it didn't work out. I ended up going to two bars/clubs with my mom and her friends. Surprisingly her friends are a lot of fun.
Funny Things From Last Night:
We started out in this place called Sangria. Everyone was in cocktail dresses and suits. It was a really strange atmosphere. Part of the group we were with ended up getting table service and paid $225 for Grey Goose. We decided this wasn't the place for us and high tailed it out of there.
We ended up at Hurricane Bay. I've been here before with them and it's a pretty fun place. Of course the bouncer checked my ID and gave me trouble about it. He didn't believe I was 25. This happened last time I was here. The only thing I can decide is that they'll get a lot of underage kids trying to sneak in.
I got a couple free shots and danced a ton. I had a great time.
There was this girl/boy there that was cracking me up. She was trying really hard to be manly and was succeeding to a point. Kelly and I may have been the only ones to realize she was a woman. I really hope this isn't the case.
Ok now moving on to today.
Alli came over again in the afternoon time and we went to Subway. It was yummy. We chatted and bonded. Like I said before I love her and miss her dearly. :(
I finished reading Last Night In Montreal. It was SO good. Check out my review in the post prior to this one. :) (I'm getting carried away with those smilies again. haha)
That was about all for today. I know, it wasn't as exciting as yesterday. I was a nice relaxing day though. I still need to read 2 more books before the end of the month. I shouldn't have a problem with that. I may even exceed 12, but we'll see.
Alright I'm off to read a little more and then off to bed. Hi to my new subscribers!
Current Book Count: 34
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." -Amelia Earhart
Random Blog of the Day: Fairing's Parish...Lots of youtube videos and some interesting stuff. Check it out. :)
When Lilia says she is stepping out for coffee and never returns, Eli does not imagine the past he will uncover when he searches for her. A mysterious postcard from Montreal sends Eli on a wild goose chase that introduces him to a strange girl named Michaela and a few stories neither of them are ready to hear. Filled with a broken past, lost loves, and crazy moments at every turn, Last Night In Montreal is a wild ride with an amazing twist.
I absolutely adored this book. This is Emily St. John Mandel's first novel and it was stellar. The writing was intelligent and masterful. The plot was new and exciting. I loved the structure of the story and how Mandel presented both the present and the past. I was drawn into this story almost immediately and could not tear myself away from it. I love that the pain and the hurt are so real in this book, but they are not overwhelming to the point of disbelief. Though you do not get a lot about herself from Lilia's point of view, I felt that I learned so much about her from the other characters. Eli was an amazing character and I really loved everything about him. He is incredibly brilliant and some of the discussions he has about the artistic world are just amazing. The references to linguistics and dialects have me wanting to research these topics after reading about them. Mandel did an amazing job with this novel and I can not wait to read more of what she writes in the future.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Unbridled Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I went out tonight with my mom. I realize I didn't post on time for March 27th. I 'm using this one time only Get Out Of Jail Free Card. This is my one time chance to miss a post. I'll post a re-cap of Saturday and do my dailies when I wake up.
If you deem it necessary you may come up with a punishment, but I'm almost sure you'll find it in your hearts to give me one free pass.
I finished reading This Side of Heaven. It was really great. If you like historical romance, this is the book for you. It's amazing.
I participated in Book Blogger Hop. I'm going to start doing this every Friday. It's actually is quite entertaining. I found some new blogs to follow and I gained some new followers....HI GUYS!
I voted for Mike Lombardo in the Masters of Song Fu Finals. You should go vote for him. He's amazing, like whoa. My favorite is Sit and Watch The Rain.
I got another book in the mail. It's called Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. I've only just started it, but I really like her writing so far. Good stuff.
I went and babysat my brother's kids tonight. We watched the newest Disney Channel Movie (I'm a sucker for these) and then I watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. I'm in love with this show.
I'm also going to start participating in First Rate Fridays. (A weekly meme to share favorite posts you've come across recently. Although it's impossible to follow every book blogger, this is a great opportunity to highlight exceptional posts you find. Hopefully along the way you'll find some great new-to-you blogs as well. Let's spread the love and support those awesome posts out there!) So as you can see I posted lots of linkies up there ^. Some are blogs, some are books, and one is a show. These are the things I found interesting today. In the coming weeks, I'll focus on sharing great blog posts I've read over the week. Since this is my first week doing this, you get what I have. :)
Alrighty, that's all for today. I'm off to bed since it is super late now and I have to be up early tomorrow. I'm excited for my Friday activities! I feel like my blog is finally getting some interesting stuff. Haha.
See ya tomorrow!
Current Book Count: 33..I plan on reading a bunch tomorrow! 3 more to finish this month! Ah!
A Niceness Detox Tip: If you find yourself heading for the candy bowl or the kitchen when you want to give someone a piece of your mind, it's time to get back in touch with your Inner Bad Girl.
Random Blog of the Day: Eating A Dandelion...A very funny, cute blog of little antidotes from the life of Stacy, an overworked, overfed grad student/lab rat currently laughing it up in Baltimore, Maryland.
Have you ever wondered where a certain phrase came from? Or why some people say the crazy things they do? In Webb Garrison's new book, Why You Say It, readers will find the stories behind over six hundred everyday words and phrases. With statements like, "Hook, Line and Sinker", and words like, "Tomboy", Garrison gives readers the history and reasoning behind so many overused and frequently spoken phrases and words in the world of speech.
I am one of the biggest word nerds ever, so this book was very enticing to me. A lot of the histories of the phrases and words were very interesting, but some of them just felt like they were filling space. I was impressed for the most part by this book, I just wish a little more time was taken on research and development. I also felt that some of the definitions/histories were very obvious and not much thought was put into them. As a whole though, I really loved this book. It was a very interesting read and it was fun to learn some things that I did not know already. If you are an avid grammarian, or just some with an interest in why we say what we say, you will love this book and have a fun time reading through it. Webb Garrison did a pretty decent job with this book, and I am curious to see others he has composed.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I did LOTS of reading today. I finished Girl At Sea this morning at like 2am. Haha. It was amazing. I love Maureen Johnson. I know I've said this before, but seriously she has mad skills. Why did I feel like I needed to end that sentence with the word yo. Oh man. I also started reading This Side of Heaven for book club. I'm on page 190. I realized partway in that I've read this book before. It's all good though I don't mind a refresher.
I'm getting much better at CSS/Html and Photoshop. I made a layout for my neopets lookup. It looks amazing. Haha. If you want to see my mad skills check it out here. Ok so I know doing stuff on neopets isn't that exciting, but it's a start. I'm new at this. :)
It was super nice out today. I sat outside reading for quite a while. I'm going to have an awesome tan this summer!
Tonight was a new Vampire Diaries. It was amazing. The storyline is getting so amazing. I'm completely addicted. My love for Damon is growing every episode. I know he's kind of awful, but I think he's great. Haha.
Ok I'm off to read a bit more and watch tv with the hubby. See ya all tomorrow! :)
I've used smilies way too much this post. Erg.
Current Book Count: 32
An Inner Bad Girl History Lesson: On this date in 1911, the Triangle Shirt Factory fire killed 146 women workers0many as young as 15.
Random Blog of the Day: Knots of Thoughts...this is a pretty interesting blog. Lots of photography, some fashion, some recipes....lots of fun.
I finished reading Citizen Dick today. Review is in the post before this one. Go check it out if you feel like it. I also started reading Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson. It's so good so far. I love Maureen Johnson. She's an amazing author and a hilarious person. I follow her on twitter and I follow her blog. I have to read 5 more books in the next 7 days to reach 12 books for this month. Oh man. I plan on reading all day tomorrow and Friday too. We're hopefully moving next week, so I want to try to read as much as I can in the next couple of days. I have some review copies that I'm saving the reviews for until closer to their release dates. I'm going to save reading those books for a while. I bought a bunch of romance stuff that I'm going to read. Try to knock my stack down a bit. :)
Tomorrow is Vampire Diaries! YAY! It's been too long since a new episode! Haha.
Ok I'm off to watch our night time shows and maybe read more.
See you tomorrow! :)
Current Book Count: 31
"Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie." -Gloria Steinem
Random Blog of the Day: Salad Days....Reviews of obscure punk music. :)
It's 1989 and twenty-five-year-old, Dick Citizen has just found himself as top player in the company CommGlobalTeleVista. CommGlobalTeleVista is run by an eccentric group of mostly men, who are out for the big bucks and do not care what it takes to get them. In the time before cell phones and the world wide web really make in impact, CommGlobalTeleVista is looking for that money making win that Dick Citizen might have found. In Richard Arneson's Citizen Dick, We meet Dick Citizen and all the essential people in both his personal and professional lives. Dick finds himself in a bit over his head, and enjoying the ride.
This book was very different from my normal reads. I have to admit it was hard for me to get through, but it was not necessarily a bad ride. The beginning of the book was a bit slow and jumped around between characters so much, that I sometimes found myself feeling lost. Richard Arneson introduced us to many different characters right away and I felt that, in the beginning, Dick was left out. As I continued through the story and tried to ignore the lack of plot and over used references to bowel movements, I actually began to enjoy what I was reading. This really is not the book for everyone. I enjoyed the main character Dick and I loved the qualities he had, but I felt that a lot of things were hit and miss. There was too much over the top humor for my liking. Now, I am not saying this book is no good, I'm just saying it is not for everyone. Richard Arneson definitely has a talent for writing and I enjoyed reading this book, but I feel that the lack of plot and some of the crude humor was not for me. The picture that Arneson painted of Corporate America was very solid and he wrote a decent book, I would have just liked to see a bit more done with the plot and a bit more focus on Dick Citizen. All in all, check this one out if you are looking for something different and new.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Cadence Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Just got home from my book club. These women are intense. They're knowledge of romance novels is insane. I've read a lot of books, but my memory isn't as eleborate as theirs is. They know everything they've ever read. I didn't read last weeks book and now I have a new one. Oh man. I really need to finish reading Citizen Dick, so I can shorten my to read list a bit before I get more review copies. I love books! YAY!
Oh man I'm so hungry and there is a Panda Express commercial on tv right now. Oh man, Oh man, Oh man.
I was pretty productive today! I did 2 loads of laundry and put everything away. I also put away everything I've been piling up for weeks. That's pretty awesome for me. Haha. I am definitely not a domestic goddess.
Ok I'm off to find something to eat. It's almost 10pm and I'm starving. Geesh.
A Niceness Detox Tip: Next time someone asks you to do something that doesn't suit you, why not say, "You know I would, bu I don't want to."
I spent all day today making graphics and such for Tea Infusion. I'm getting really good at it! There is still some things I don't know how to do, but I'm having fun learning. I downloaded a ton of brushes for it. Good times.
I really didn't do anything else today. All the stuff I made took me all day. I read a bit more of Citizen Dick. It's still not anymore exciting. It's not awful though. I'm just a bit lost is all.
I can't think of anything to write. Boo to boring posts!
See ya tomorrow!
Taking Care of Business, Inner Bad Girl Style: Money is good, power is good, but they are not the only measure of success.
I have the worst migrane right now. I haven't had one this bad in a long time. My head feels like it's going to explode. This is going to be a very short post since I can't even think straight.
We went to Denny's for breakfast. It was really good. I forgot how much I used to be addicted to that place.
We rented 2 movies from Redbox. I feel asleep toward the end of both of them. The first was Public Enemies. The part I saw was really boring. The other one was The Time Travelers Wife. It wa actually pretty good, but I fell asleep before the end. Stupid Migrane.
Ok that's all I've got for today. I'm reading a book called Citizen Dick. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I'm not really liking it so far. I'll putt up a review when I finish it.
Random Blog of the Day: Inspired by Light... Very political blog. Weekly Vlogs and some photography.
We went to the zoo today! It was so much fun. We were there for like three hours, so I got lots of sun and super exhausted. It was worth it though. Here's a couple of my favorite pics we took today.
Giraffes! I got a bunch of pics of all these guys, but this is my favorite.
We also got a ton of pics of this guy. He was being such a ham.
This is my favorite pic from today. It's just so perfect. :)
You can check out the rest of my pics on my flickr account. Enjoy! We really had a great time. I really want to go to The San Diego Zoo and see some animals that aren't desert animals. I really want to see the Pandas!
They have this old rundown campsite there that's supposed to be like a scientist/explorers area at the zoo. We were looking at it and this boy that was about ten years old walked up behind us and said, "This reminds me of Vietnam". We busted up laughing because he said it so serious like he was there during the war. Kids are awesome.
Ok that's all for today. I may or may not read some of my book club book before bed. I haven't been in the mood for a romance novel lately, so I haven't read any of it yet.
"An optimist is the human personification of spring."- Susan J. Bissonette
Random Blog of the Day: Mass Appeal... The blog of DJ Impulse. Check out his stuff.
I used to be obsessed with Calvin & Hobbes. I can't wait to move so I can dig out my old books and read them again. Calvin & Hobbes have the best quotes EVER.
We went out to dinner tonight. Our waitress was awesome. She was one of those ladies that you can tell always says what's on her mind. She's real with people and never holds back what she is thinking. This is how I think I am. I'm too old for drama and lies. I tell you how it is. A lot of people don't like that, but I'm coming to realize that I don't care. You'll either love me or you'll hate me. It's your loss if you hate me.
My hand has been hurting a lot today. Too much typing and clicking I think. That isn't a good thing since I live for the computer.
We're for sure going to the zoo tomorrow! I'm so excited! I'm going to talk lots of sweet animal pictures and I'll share some of the best ones with you in tomorrow's post! I'm such a little kid when it comes to the zoo. We went for zoo lights the year before last and I had a blast making noises at the monkeys. It was dark though, it's been quite a while since I've been to the zoo in the daytime. AH! I'm so excited!!!
I finished Brightly Woven last night. The review is in the post prior to this one. It was AMAZING. I definitely recommend it. This morning I read Looking for Alaska by John Green. It was also amazing. I love John Green so much. His writing skills are phenomenal. Go read it if you haven't already.
Ok I'm off to watch as much as the Die Hard Trilogy as I can before I fall asleep. See ya guys tomorrow. Hi to all my new followers!
Current Book Count: 30....only 6 more to go this month...oh man.
Today is "Call Your Best Friend and Make Dinner Plans Day."
Random Blog of the Day: Literal Reality...She describes her blog as "Like a musical on crack". Haha I think that I'll leave that as explanation.
When rain finally falls, in Alexandra Bracken's debut novel, Brightly Woven, sixteen year old Sydelle Mirabel finds herself sent away with the mysterious wizard, Wayland North. Thus begins a long and tiring journey both physically and mentally exhausting for Sydelle. They travel from city to city and meet person after person on their trip to save the kingdom. Sydelle soon learns that finding comfort in her weaving may mean something more to her as she realizes things are not what they seem with her traveling companion. What is Wayland North hiding and can Sydelle find it within herself to not only save him, but also the kingdom and people she loves? You definitely want to find out for yourself in Alexandra Bracken's new novel, Brightly Woven.
Honestly I can say, that this is one of the best novels I have read so far this year. Alexandra Bracken has created an amazing and fascinating world in Brightly Woven. I love that she starts her readers out in a very small world and as Sydelle and North continue on their travels, their world grows and grows. Bracken skillfully introduces us to this world she's created and masterfully adds in characters and experiences along the way. She's taken a common concept of wizardry and fantasy and made it something completely new and exciting. Her ideas and concepts are refreshing and a nice break from the fluffy and predictable that I've been finding recently in this genre. I was fascinated by the depth and length that her setting possessed. She didn't just place her characters in one place and leave them there. They travel far and wide and ever place they go is new and exciting. She used the ideas of knights, villages, and kingdoms, but she made them something different and exhilarating. I completely without a doubt loved this novel and I sincerely hope that the story of Sydelle and North continues in the future. Alexandra Bracken has written a masterpiece that I expected from a writer on her fourth or fifth novel, not her first. She has amazing talent and is someone to I'll follow for years to come.
I submitted this review over at Cym Lowell's Book Review Party Wednesday!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Egmont USA. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I went for a walk to the store today and sat in this little cafe place there. It was so quiet and peaceful. I sat for about an hour and read. I miss having my quiet place. When I was in Master's, I'd go to the laundry mat and while my clothes washed I'd sit on the table and study. It was so relaxing and nobody bothered me. When I was in college I'd go to the counseling center because no one ever went there and I could use the computers in peace. I used to go to the library and hide in the corner of the Arizona history section. I like having my quiet places. I sort of miss that. I like to go somewhere no one really goes and be alone. Is that weird?
I helped some with the Blogger and Publishers' Conference today. It's going to be pretty awesome. My hand hurts from being on the computer too much today. It really worries me a bit when it hurts this bad. :(
Ok I'm off to finish Brightly Woven. I HAVE TO FINISH IT! Review tomorrow...I promise!
I added some pictures to yesterday's post. Aw cute! Ok see ya tomorrow.
"What toy need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority." -Molly Ivins Inner Bad Girl seconds that.
Random Blog of the Day: Idiosycratic Life... A really great personal blog. This girl is quite funny.
I babysat Mason today and we played outside for quite a while. I made sandballs and he mashed them. It was good times. We also played with his monster trucks. He is so funny. He's getting so big and says the funniest stuff. We didn't go to the zoo, but Mikey and I are going to go on Saturday. It was super warm outside today and I got the start of a tan. Yay! I'm so tired though. We played hard.
I didn't finish the book I'm currently reading. I didn't have any time to read today. I'm going to try to finish it tomorrow while I help out with the online Book Bloggers convention. I really need to get some reading done. I've barely read anything this month. Oy.
Today was St. Patty's Day. I helped Mason make a leprachaun hat. I took a really cute picture. I don't have the energy to put it up now. I'll maybe edit in tomorrow. We all know how bad I am at uploading pictures. Haha.
Playing with his trucks on the slide...his favorite activity.
Happy St. Patty's Day!!!
Ok I must go to sleep. I'm exhausted.
Your Inner Bad Girl thinks that wearing green is fine if that's a flattering color for you.
Random Blog of the Day: The Barnecks....another cute blog. This one of a stay at home mom that posts little antidotes of funny things her kiddo does. Cute stuff.
My mom took me and the kids to Bookman's today. I got Looking For Alaska by John Green andGirl At Sea by Maureen Johnson. Both are books I've been looking for for a really long time now! YAY! I can't wait to read them. I have to finish reading some of my review books first. I'm currently reading Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. It's really good so far. I probably won't get the review up till Thursday because I'm watching Mason tomorrow. I get to go to the ZOO!!!! I'm so excited. My mom let me borrow her camera, so I'm going to try to take some awesome pictures to share with you guys. Tomorrow's post should be zoo pictures and funny Mason stories.
My oldest niece has grown up so much. She's almost eleven and is my little clone. She is super cute. She cracked me up today wearing her skinny jeans, converse and trendy t-shirt. She's getting too cool for me. Haha.
I didn't do much else today. There is an online book bloggers convention this weekend that I got invited to. If I help out with prep stuff this week I get free access! I don't know how much time I'll have to be involved, but it should be pretty awesome. There will be lots of networking opportunities. :)
Ok I'm off to read a little and go to bed. I have to be up by 6am tomorrow! AH! So early! See ya tomorrow!
Today's Daily Bad Girl wasn't young reader friendly, so I'm going to skip it. Just remember to think positive and don't let anyone keep you from accomplishing your dreams. :)
Random Blog of the Day: The VanValkenburg Family... Another family blog. This is a super cute family of 3 with a new little one on the way!
Hi, My name is Manda and I'm addicted to books.
Haha I think I need to go to rehab for my book and internet addiction. My stack of books to read is getting out of control again. I finished reading Very LeFreak today. The review is in the post prior to this one. :) My synopsis is a little jagged, sorry I wasn't feeling it when I was writing it. I got another book for review today in the mail! So now I have four left to review. I'm expecting more in the mail too. Man I'm going book crazy. I also joined two book tours. YAY BOOKS! Did I mention I love books?
I've been playing on my mom's laptop all day. I definitely need to get one asap. It's so much better than a desktop computer. I love being able to take it with me all over the house. Haha notice I didn't say take it with me anywhere. I never leave the house. I'm such a loser. :) I'm ok with this fact though. Haha.
Ok that's enough crazy talk for today I think. See ya all tomorrow.
Current Book Count: 28...Only 8 more to make it to twelve this month...oh man.
An Inner Bad Girl Diet Tip: Some days our mind says, "grains, veggies, fruit." Other days it says, "melted cheese, melted cheese, chocolate. Consider striking a balance.
Random Blog of the Day: Jennifer's Photo Blog... It's exactly what it says. Photos by Jennifer. Lot's of pictures of her kids and of their pets. Cute stuff.
In Rachel Cohn's newest book, Very Lefreak, we meet a girl named Veronica who calls herself Very. She is a party girl with an addiction to all things technological. Very is the girl everyone wants to know, wants to see and even wants to be. There is more to Very than her online and her party life college girl personas show, but will she ever learn to be just Veronica? Things in her real life get out of hand and Very is sent off to techno-rehab at a place called ESCAPE. The story then follows her steps to "recovery" and who she meets along the way. Very Lefreak is a joyride through Very's social life, personal life, and eventually her struggle to make it through. Will she make it out alive? Or will her past come back to haunt her? It is up to you to find out.
This is the second book I've read from Rachel Cohn and I was not disappointed. Though this book, was a bit more sexual then I would have preferred in a young adult novel, it was still a great story. Cohn has an amazing talent at writing characters that are believable and real. She uses languages that is true to the age groups she portrays, and her scenarios are realistic and current. This book is filled with internet jargon, places, and things that today's teenagers experience on a daily basis. I loved the references to Iphones, social networks, and play lists. Cohn definitely created a world where her readers can relate. The best part was that I never got the feeling that anything was lacking research or was not lived by Very. I also loved the depth of Very that you do not get in books like this. Though she is very superficial and bland on the surface, she also has this deep past and has emotions that she has tried to cover up. This is a great book for a generation living in this century. I would recommend this book for an older teen crowd because of all the grown up language and sexual content, but it still a great read. Rachel Cohn never disappoints and with Very LeFreak she has won me again.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Knopf Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
We went to church this morning and the guest preacher talked about dancing in the rain. I really liked what she said. She also talked about not giving up on your dreams and your visions. Again my calling has been brought up. I like Cathedral. I'm happy to keep going there if Mikey is.
The inspection on the house yesterday found a lot of problems, but Turtle has decided to get it still. He's finishing the closing tomorrow. I think it'll be alright.
I'm watching Rent right now. I forgot how much I LOVE it. It's taking a lot out of me not to sing and quote the whole thing. Everything from the original musical, I know by heart. I used to be obessed with listening to the original Broadway recording. :)
I forgot to talk about comics yesterday. My husband and his brother are really into collecting silver age comics lately. I'm not a huge fan of them, unless they're Superman ones. We went to a shop yesterday and I was browsing the newer stuff and found this series called Grimm's Fairy Tales. They're a bit risque, but I want them all REALLY bad. I'll have to start collecting them! :)
Ok I'm out of here for today. I MUST MUST MUST finish Very Lefreak tomorrow before I do ANYTHING else! Expect that review.
Random Blog of the Day: Chris&Jessica...Super cute blog of a super cute couple. They haven't blogged recently. They're getting ready to have their first baby, so they're probably busy.
I saw Alice In Wonderland today. It was pretty good. I really couldn't stand Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. He really got on my nerves. I love Johnny Depp, so this fact made me really sad. :( I loved the girl who played Alice though and her costumes were stellar. I especially loved her red dress and must find a knockoff to wear for Halloween. Here's a picture of her wearing it. It is extremely more epic in the movie.
We hung out with Erin today too and saw Stacie, Andy and Mason for a bit. Mason is getting so cute! I got lucky with my in-laws. The kids are all so cute! That gives me hope for our future kiddos. LOL!
Still reading Very Lefreak. I love it! I'm going to read some more before bed. I have to sleep soon though because we have church in the morning.
See ya tomorrow!
Have you noticed that the word "b****ing" is synonymous with complaining about petty stuff like the fact that women still get paid less than men for doing the same job?
Random Blog of the Day: Lazerus Pit... Very artsy...lots of cool!
I finished reading Cupcake today. It was really super cute. I definitely recommend it. Rachel Cohn is an amazing author. She writes very humorously and her characters are great. I started Very Lefreak, which is her newest book. I can already tell it's going to be just as good, if not better.
I finally fixed my photoshop and I learned some more cool stuff I can do. It's really addicting to play with and I barely know how to do anything yet.
It's Friday! Which means I get my hubby for the next two days! I love the weekends! We finished watching Season 3 of Bones. We need to go buy Season 4 ASAP! Even though Zack is gone, I still love this show!
Well, it's been another boring day in my world. I tried to get a bunch of reading done. I'm going to read more of Very Lefreak before bed. I still have three more ARCs to read after that. I have to crack down, I'm way behind on reading this month.
See ya tomorrow! :)
Current Book Count: 27
An Inner Bad Girl Reminder: When we give in to Toxic Niceness, everyone else gets more out of our efforts than we do.
Random Blog of the Day: Say The Heart of Life...I can't think of anything to say about this one. There are some pretty cool videos up. :)
I watched Haydon and Destiny today. They are super cute. Haydon is getting so big. He's walking completely and talking a bunch. He kept yelling my name whenever I left the room he was in.
Great Stuff from today:
We ate lots of suckers, I felt like a kid again!
Destiny got very protective of her cheetos. Funny thing was she never noticed the bag was ripped and everytime she turned she dumped some on the floor, which her Haydon was picking up and eating.
Haydon has this awesome rocking horse and every time he got on it he'd put this lid from one of his toys on his head. He looked like he was wearing a helmet. It was adorable.
I was downstairs and heard Paige yelling for me. Everytime she yelled Manda a little voice yelled Danda! after her. Haydon is so cute!
Oh for my readers who don't know, Destiny is four and Haydon is eighteen months.
Ok that's enough kid chat. :)
I got another book today! It's Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn. It's by the same author who wrote the book Cupcake that I'm currently reading! I plan on finishing that one tonight or in the morning. I need to read all the ARCs I've been sent!
Ok that's all for tonight. See ya tomorrow.
Today is "Make Peace with Your Body Day." No matter what shape it's in.
Random Blog of the Day: Zeman's Musings...Writings with a passion, purpose and principle. Dave Zeman is a singer songwriter. He writes song lyrics on his blog and puts up videos of him performing some of them.
I got Photoshop Cs4 Extended today! I played with it a little bit, but I have no clue what I'm doing. I can't wait to mess with it tomorrow and figure out how to do awesome stuff. I'm going to be all over tutorials all day tomorrow. Hopefully I can make something exciting to show you guys. I already found an awesome background to use either on the banner or as the page background! YAY! I'm stoked!
I'm reading this super cute book called Cupcake by Rachel Cohn. It's really cute so far. I want to read her other stuff. If you like cute girl lit, you'll love this!
I finished Dark Prince. It was ok. It got a lot better at the end. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to read more of the series.
Ok I'm off to bed. I'm a sleepy girl and I've been taking care of a sick hubby all day. :(
Current Book Count: 26
A Niceness Detox Tip: If you're ever tempted to eat a chocolate cake instead of giving someone a piece of your mind, ask yourself if it's really worth it. The answer will probably be, "I don't think so!"
Random Blog of the Day: Parties, Sarees and Melodies ... This blog is dedicated to the lovely world of Bollywood. If you love Indian Musicals you'll love this blog. It's interesting to say the least!
I had book club tonight. One of the ladies grabbed her phone out of her bag and said how great her blueberry is. We all stopped talking and stared at her. "Did you just say Blueberry," I asked giggling, "don't you mean Blackberry?" She laughed and went on to call it strawberry, wildberry, and we decided on mixed berry. I don't know why this cracked me up so much, but I thought it was awesome. I'm easily amused, what can I say. :)
We also got into some interesting discussions tonight. One was about racism and racist language. Personally, I do not use racist statements or words in my everyday language, but I am not highly offended by it. The part of the conversation that stuck out the most to me was about gender slurs against women. I wish people wouldn't use undesirable terms, but I figure if you are secure enough with who you are, they should not bother you. Most people say stupid things for attention and by getting upset all you do is fuel the fire. Ignore them, its more effective, trust me.
I didn't finish the book yet that we were supposed to read for tonight's book club. It's just super slow and boring to me. I'm going to give the series another chance and read the next one. Check them out if you want to. A lot of people love them. They're the Dark Series by Christine Feehan.
Alrighty, that's all for today! I plan on knocking out another book tomorrow. We'll see how that goes. Haha. :)
Your Inner Bad Girl wants you to be willing to speak your mind. You don't have to make sure that you're right first.
Random Blog of the Day: Lifesong... This is the personal blog of Andrea. She writes funny little antidotes from her life. Cute stuff!
What would you do if years ago a virus killed nearly the whole male population of the world? What if you were one of the few men left in a world of mostly women? What would you do if it was happening again? In Epitaph Road by David Patneaude, it is the year 2067. Woman outnumber men 19 to 1. Kellan Dent is one of the few men left, at only fourteen, he is not ready to take on his education, let alone a gender killing virus. When word gets out that there may be another outbreak of this virus, Kellan, along with two of his friends, decide to bring a stop to it first hand. What secrets will Kellan stumble upon? What will he do when he realizes he might be in over his head? Read the newest novel by David Patneaude, Epitaph Road, and find out for yourself.
Epitaph Road was an amazing post-apocalyptic novel that I could not get enough of. It's hard to imagine a world where women rule and men are scarce, but Patneaude painted a perfect picture. This story was something new and exciting and a refreshing addition to the Science Fiction Young Adult Genre. Patneaude used strong characters, both leading and supporting. For example, in the beginning he wrote about a blind coffee girl. This character was well thought out and well explained, even though she did not have an important role in the rest of the story. The characters of Kellan, Tia and Sunday were so well adapted and structured, that they were these very individual, deep people with very different and interesting views of the world. Never did I think any of the characters were flat or lifeless. The plot was also very different and interesting than anything I've read in a while. The settings were planned out and the experiences were very real and intense. I give this book a hefty five stars and I will definitely recommend it when it is released this month.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from EgmontUSA Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
An Inner Bad Girl Relationship Tip: There are men you should dance with and men you should marry. Know the difference. Random Blog of the Day: Enjoye... this blog is a place to share happenings, images, and thoughts for those who are interested. so read and reply if you wish, but by all means, enjoye! (Some great photography!!!)
I'm babysitting my favorite kiddos right now. I sent the oldest next door to spend the night with his friend and the youngest is in bed. Man this is an easy job. Haha. I love these two kids so much. I only get to see them every so often because they live so far away, but I love when I do get to see them.
I got four books from Egmont today. Since I'm not at home, I can't tell you titles. I'll post them up tomorrow. Be looking for reviews for all four in the next couple of days! Yay free books!!! I'm in nerdy Manda heaven. Haha.
We went to Tempe Marketplace today and I went to visit my friend who owns a teashop there. It's the cutest little place and I love going there. Again, I wish I lived closer so I can go there more often. We went to Barnes and Noble too. Even though I refuse to buy books from big chains like that, I still like to look around. I moved some Maureen Johnson and John Green books into more viewable areas. Haha. I'm awesome! Nerdfighters!!!
That's about it for today. I can't post Daily Bad Girl since my calendar is at home. I'll post it tomorrow since the page for Saturday and Sunday are the same. Loopholes rock!
See ya tomorrow!
Random Blog of the Day: A Beginning of Life ...Erm it's not in English, so I have no idea what to say about it. However, to keep in the spirit of the game I have to post it. Maybe you'll understand what it's about. :)
We watched Zombieland and Orphan tonight. They were both really good.
Zombieland was HILARIOUS! I love Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. We definitely have to own this movie. I think the gore was a little too much, but otherwise it was a great movie.
I've seen Orphan before, but only on the computer. It was much better seeing it on DVD. The suspense moments are a bit overdone, but the storyline and acting is great. Aryana Engineer who plays Max is awesome. I hope that she gets cast in more stuff in the future. Isabelle Fuhrman who plays Esther is also amazing of course. She played such a complex character and pulled it off perfectly. All in all awesome movie. One of the best of 2009.
We went to Chipotle for dinner. Mmm yummy. There was a group of teenagers hanging outside and they were obnoxious. I guess I'm getting old if I get irrated by teenagers. Haha. Parents, teach your kids some manners. I don't remember being so rude and vulgar when I was younger.
Well, that's it for now. It's the weekend! We have to babysit Charlie and Alex tomorrow. That's always fun. I miss seeing them more often. :(
I really need to get to reading this month. I haven't read a single book yet. Yikes!
See ya tomorrow.
What is the Inner Bad Girl? She's that part of us that knows for certain that if we don't ask for what we want we'll never get it.
Random Blog of the Day: Black Tango ...the personal blog of a guy named Conrad..it's where his "thoughts inside run wild and free, appeasing the soul".
I'm so sleepy. I've been up since 7am and I stayed up ALL day. I also went for a walk to the store. Man, I'm a beast. Haha. However, now I'm super sleepy.
I made this little graphic today for neopets.
I like it. It's cute.
I also wrote this little blurb about myself. I think it sums me up perfectly.
Hi there. I'm Manda. You can call me Manda, Manderz, Mander, Mandi or any other variation you can think of. I will answer to any. I'm one of the old geezers of this here group. I'm 25 and happily married. My hubby and I have only been married since November '08, but we've been together since April '02. That's almost 8 years! Wowzers!! I love to read, write and do nerdy things at nerdy places. I write in a daily blog and also review books from publishers and authors. (Neomail me if you want the 411). I also love taking pictures and making cheesy videos for the you tubes. If there is anything else you'd like to know about me, feel free to ask away. My life is an open book. I'm Manda and I'm awesome...yup yup.
As you can tell I didn't edit that at all for this. I left it just how I wrote it. Anywho, it's almost the weekend, which means HOPEFULLY I'll have something more exciting to write about.
I'm off to bed. Night Night all my lovely readers.
When was the last time you asked yourself, "What am I thinking?" Your Inner Bad Girl hopes it was recently.
Random Blog of the Day: Rocket Remnants ...if you like obscure music from the past, then this is a blog you'll want to check out.
We're watching Eurotrip and I relate so much to Jenny in this movie. I have always been one of the guys and true to this movie my guy friends would always say, "that's gay" about something I liked. I had to always tell them, "It's not gay, I'm a girl!". Haha.
Anyways, I've been in bed with a migraine ALL DAY. It's been so boring. Sigh...so I have nothing exciting to write about.
I don't even have any funny antidotes from my neofriends to tell you about. I'm lame. I'm sorry.
I promise to think of something exciting to write about tomorrow. See ya then!
An Inner Bad Girl History Lesson: On this date in 1913, 5,000 women marched in Washington, DC, to demand the right to vote and were beset by an angry mob. Police officers did nothing to stop the violence.
Random Blog of the Day: Unwilted ...I'm not sure how to describe this one. It's a little off the wall, very left wing. You might like it just for those two facts. :)
I spent all day today on neopets. I know I know. What else is new? We wrote a story together as a guild. It's pretty funny. Every body contributed a paragraph. I'll try to separate it that way and I'll bold my contribution. If you don't want to read it, skip down till the font reaches normal size again.
It Started With A Sneeze
Once upon a time there was a farmer, lets call her Farmer Sneezy. Farmer Sneezy was a good farmer when it came to animals. However her sneezing problem caused her to get rid of the seeds. She decided to call her brother, Farmer Grumpy, to ask for his advice. Farmer Grumpy lived on the other side of Neopia and did not like phone calls. She sat around for a while and debated to call her brother. Farmer Sneezy picked up her phone and dialed her brothers number.........
'Farmer Grumpy picked up the phone. "What do YOU want?" he demanded. "Well," Sneezy started. "I have a problem. I can't quit sneezing... and I think it's something in my crops. I really need your help!" "You're an IDIOT!" Farmer grumpy exclaimed. "You are probably just allergic to the dust in your keyboard. GET OFF FARMVILLE!"
Farmer Sneezy's feelings were hurt by the mean things her brother had said After being disappointed by her brother Farmer Grumpy, Farmer Sneezy called yet another brother Farmer Dopey, when Farmer Dopey answer the phone he was quite confused as of who was on the other end of the phone. After trying to explain for 30 mins who she was Farmer Sneezy gave up and called the local Doctor whos name happened to be Doc.
When Doc finally answered the phone, Farmer Sneezy sneezed into the phone before she could talk. "Ahhh, the common sneeze. Just roll up some tissue, drop a few drops of vinegar, and stick it in your nose. That should do the trick." Farmer sneezy thought this was odd but she just said "thank you" and hung up.
Shortly after her conversation with Doc, Farmer Sneezy went off to the nearest store to grab some vinegar. After buying the vinegar she ran home, sneezing the whole way there. She hurried into the kitchen, grabbed the vinegar and put a good amount onto the tissue. "Hey, that actually worked! I should call Doc and thank him after I put this vinegar up!" she said excitedly. So, she goes to open the cabinet to place the vinegar into, but she was in such a hurry that she knocked something out of the cabinet...BAKING SODA!
"Oh dear", she cried, while watching the baking soda create it's own little mushroom cloud. Suddenly, the vinegar in her nose started to tingle. She'd inhaled some of the baking soda. In an instant, her noise started fizzing and an elementary school volcano made its way out of her nasal cavity. After riding out the strange burning sensation happening in her head, Farmer Sneezy realized she had created the neatest party trick ever.
Farmer Sneezy was so impressed with the small volcano party trick she felt the need to share it with her neighbors. She raced out the door, forgetting the vinegar and baking soda in close proximity to each other, sitting on the rickety shelf above the sink. "I bet Mr.Cabbage would get a kick out of this" she exclaimed as she raced through the nearby woods. Suddenly a rather worried looking cybunny burst from the brush. A small golden watch in its right paw. "OH" she exclaimed falling backwards. before she knew what was happening, the ground fell beneath her and she fell into a large black cavernous hole. She felt as is she were falling for eternity. Finally she landed with a soft thud on an astro turf like surface. Opening her eyes, She was confronted by a strange sight. A field of Pink lenny, playing Polo with a youyoo.
Running up to the one of the pink lennys she asked, "What is this place, and where am I?"Looking at her in amazement the pink lenny said."Well my strange looking friend you are in Funland. Where pray tell are you from? Ignoring the question Farmer Sneezy looked around not only on complete confusement but also in amazement she had never seen a place as wondrous as this suddenly she spots the little cybunny with the gold watch. "Tell bunny how do I get back to my home I must show my friends my new party trick that I can do with my nose,vinegar and baking soda?"The cybunny looked at her then looked at his watch "Oh dear Oh dear Im late Im late Im late!" Exclaimed the cybunny and scambered off. "WAIT!!" Farmer Sneezy replied. Farmer Sneezy was getting edgy, she wanted to return home.
This "funland" seemed strange and creeped her out a lot. She continued walking and saw a huge mushroom, next to it was a sign that said "the sneezing shroom". "I wonder why its called the sneezing shroom?" Farmer Sneezy thought to herself. Farmer sneezy wandered down the path following the signs for the sneezing shroom. She looked around she thought to herself. 'I'm certainly not in Kansas anymore' she clicked her ruby red slippers 3 times and ended up back on her far. She looked around very confused, her house was filled with the suds from the vinegar and baking soda. "I think i need to call Farmer Cleany to help with this
And suddenly... everything grew very hazy. Farmer Sneezy let out one big sneeze that blew so much air out of her nose, it lifted her off the ground, and she soared through the sky, laughing the whole way. She landed with a thud, inside of a gate in a city somewhere. There was a large building to her left so she wandered inside. In the door, there were many tiny men singing about chocolate. They all matched with orange skin and green hair Running up to the funny little guys she asked, "Where am I now?" The strange little man said, "You're on Cloud Cocofantic!" Farmer Sneezy was kinda excited about all the chocolate but kinda worried about her mess back home. "Funny little man." She said "Can you take me to your leader? I really need to clean up the mess that is in my house." "Sure!" the little man said, "Follow me!" Farmer sneeze followed the sad, strange, little man to a row boat.
When all was settled, the boat began to move. It got dark. Then the boat would move up, and down, and back and forth. Then, all of a sudden a blinding light appeared from no where She walked into the light, and heard her name being called. She opened her eyes "That was quite a fall" said a woman in red. She smiled, and realized the ending didn't matter, it was all a dream....
Haha that was great. Sorry that was so long, but I wanted to post it here. That's about it for today. I'm off to bed.
An Inner Bad Girl Diet Tip: "Nobody's last words have been, 'I wish I'd eaten more rice cakes.'"
Random Blog of the Day: Highway Five ...a great UK Music blog!
We're watching Resident Evil right now. I've never seen any of the movies. This is way too freaky. I don't like it!!! *tear*
I made bbq chicken today in the crockpot, it was yummy. That's about all I accomplished.
I won't tell you I played neopets and I won't talk about Facebook. Teehee.
I really have nothing to write about. I still feel kind of sick and right now I'm super tired.
I'm still reading Dark Prince. It's pretty good, so far. Ok I'm out of here. Hasta Manana.
Your Inner Bad Girl wonders which month is going to be designated "National White Men's History Month?" Oh, wait, they already have the rest of the year. (Erm...if this comes off racist, it's from the calendar. I'm not racist!)
Random Blog of the Day: Jeremy's African Adventure ...this guy is in Africa right now setting up a rescue center for children at risk.
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