Nov 30, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday



Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperTeen


From the Publisher:
Corrinne Corcoran’s upscale Manhattan life is perfectly on track—until her father announces he’s been laid off and she’s shipped off to Broken Spoke, Texas, to live with her grandparents. All alone in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the glamorous life she’s supposed to be living. But as she grudgingly adjusts—making new friends and finding romance along the way—this city girl begins to realize that life without credit cards and shopping sprees may not be as bad as it seems....

In this sparkling debut that flawlessly balances romance and humor, readers will grow to love sharp and sassy Corrinne as she goes on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery.


I am really looking forward to reading this book! I was lucky enough to get an ARC and it should be here any day. When I read the synopsis I literally laughed out loud. I live in Austin, Texas and the Broken Spoke is one of the oldest honky tonks in Texas. (it's a lot of fun!) In Where I Belong, Corrinne moved to a town called Broken Spoke. I had to write the publisher and beg for a book. I think the cover is sweet and I can't wait to dive in! 

Goodreads is giving away a few copies HERE


Bus outside the Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas


Permanent customer in the Broken Spoke


Reminders:
Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop starts tomorrow! 

Happy Reading!

Amazon's Top Teen Books for 2010

Amazon announced it's Top 10 Books for Teens and of course, I had to share. Here is the list and a little blurb from Amazon.



"Welcome to our Best of 2010 top 10 lists for Teens. We've put our editors' picks and our 2010 bestsellers for each category on the same page together, so you can easily compare. Click on "Editors' Picks" (or "Editors' Picks: Kindle eBooks") to see our choices for the best books for teens of 2010, including our top pick, John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson."


1.Will Grayson, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green

In Stock
Dutton Juvenile
April 6, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$17.99
Price:$12.23
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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010: What's in a name? A pretty fantastic book idea, for starters. At heart, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about a couple of kids figuring out how to be themselves. Two of those kids happen to have the same name, and not ... Read more

2.RevolutionRevolution
by Jennifer Donnelly

In Stock
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
October 12, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$18.99
Price:$11.10
You Save:$7.89 (42%)
Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly's remarkable new novel, weaves together the lives of Andi Alpers, a depressed modern-day teenager, and Alexandrine Paradis, a brave young woman caught up in the French Revolution. While in Paris with her estranged father, a Nobel ... Read more

3.Before I Fall Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

In Stock
HarperCollins
March 2, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$17.99
Price:$10.52
You Save:$7.47 (42%)
Amazon.com Review
In this Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls teen hybrid, Sam Kingston is pretty, popular, and has a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a late-night party everything goes terribly wrong, and the life that she lived is gone forever. Or is it? At the start of Before I Fall, Sam ... Read more

4.Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1) Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)
by Catherine Fisher

In Stock
Dial
January 26, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$17.99
Price:$10.52
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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2010: The shifting landscapes, unexpected plot punches, and bold, brave characters found in Catherine Fisher's Incarceron are nothing short of thrilling: fans of Garth Nix and Suzanne Collins will take to this epic, twisty fantasy instantly, but it's also the kind of ... Read more

5.Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age StoryFat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
by Adam Rex

In Stock
Balzer + Bray
July 27, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$16.99
Price:$11.55
You Save:$5.44 (32%)
Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2010: Both fans and foes of the ever-expanding genre of vampire novels will get sucked into this hysterical send-up of those angst-filled, vampire-meets-girl high school dramas. Doug "Meatball" Lee is no Edward, he's just a 15-year-old dork trying to land ... Read more

6.I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
by Pittacus Lore

In Stock
Harper
August 3, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$17.99
Price:$10.52
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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010: John Smith has just arrived in Paradise, Ohio, just another stop in a string of small towns where the 15-year-old has been hiding out from the Mogadorians. Those terrifying aliens are hellbent on destroying him and the other nine Loric ... Read more

7.Extraordinary Extraordinary
by Nancy Werlin

In Stock
Dial
September 7, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$17.99
Price:$12.23
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Amazon.com Review
Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: A faerie world is about to die--and one ordinary girl can change its fate. When Phoebe meets Mallory Tolliver, she is irresistibly drawn to her, despite Mallory’s odd ways. The two form a sister-like bond until Mallory’s handsome brother, ... Read more

8.Fever CrumbFever Crumb
by Philip Reeve

In Stock
Scholastic Press
April 1, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$17.99
Price:$12.23
You Save:$5.76 (32%)
From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 5–7—Reeve's "Hungry City Quartet" (HarperCollins) remains a landmark of visionary steampunk imagination, with a future where traction cities roll about chasing down smaller cities, which they devour for parts in an exercise called Municipal Darwinism. Returning to this future, Reeve gives readers a story that takes ... Read more

9.The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
by Josh Berk

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Knopf Books for Young Readers
February 9, 2010
Hardcover
List Price:$16.99
Price:$11.55
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—Will Halpin has ditched his former "deaf school" and is now trying to merge into the auditory-able mainstream at Carbon High in eastern Pennsylvania. As the new, overweight kid who has to sit off to the side during classes so he can try to read ... Read more

10.Ship Breaker Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
May 1, 2010
Hardcover
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Price:$12.23
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—A fast-paced postapocalyptic adventure set on the American Gulf Coast. Nailer works light crew; his dirty, dangerous job is to crawl deep into the wrecks of the ancient oil tankers that line the beach, scavenging copper wire and turning it over to his crew boss. After a ... Read more

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So, what do you guys think? My daughter could NOT finish Before I Fall. I was sad that Matched by Ally Condie wasn't included. Also, I wasn't thrilled about I Am Number Four making the list considering the ugliness that transpired from James Frey's Fiction Factory (basically made the book). 

Let me know your thoughts! 

Happy Reading!

Nov 29, 2010

Twitter Love Link


When I was preparing for the Gratitude Giveaway I had this itchy curiosity about who was blogging from Texas. As you may know, I blog from Austin and we have a fantastic book community. I always wonder if I am in the presence of great bloggers at some of these events. So, the form for the Gratitude Giveaway included a question about blogging from Texas. I was able to meet four new book bloggers from this giant state. This lead to an idea about how I would find people who tweet about books. Rephrase - how I would easily find people who tweet about books. There are a zillion people on Twitter, but it can be a little overwhelming to browse through people's lengthy lists. So, I give you the Twitter Love Link. If you would like, leave your link so others can find you. 

*This will not automatically get you new followers with one click, but it will allow you to see who tweets about the things you may be interested in. 

Directions:
Please leave your BLOG name and in parentheses, what you tweet. 
Your LINK should be your Twitter account.

Example:
I Read Banned Books (YA, MG books, music, movies)
http://twitter.com/jenbigheart

If you see something interesting, click the link and choose to follow or not. I'll go first....