six months in Wyoming, I've lived my entire
life in California.
It was during those six months in Sheridan,
Wyoming that I came up with
the idea for Thirteen Reasons Why. I've worked at an independent
bookstore, a chain bookstore, an outlet bookstore, and two public libraries.
Before those jobs, I worked at a shoe store, a trophy shop, and an airline. My
very first writing award earned me a free fruit smoothie every day for a year.
I've won a lot of awards since then, but that one tasted the best!
she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?”
returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on
his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah
Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On
tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end
her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the
It took me
quite a while to buy and read this book. I am not a huge fan of books dealing
with those massive problems. It’s not that I would like to pretend everything
is always fine but when I was in school we read a lot of those books and I
think they scared me off that genre.
I heard so
many good things about Thirteen Reasons Why from Blogger friends and when one
of my students read this book and liked it I was convinced that I need to read
it too. After buying it, it still took me weeks to pick it up and finally start
reading it but after the first few pages I was hooked. I couldn’t believe it.
tells a story that deals with a difficult subject – (teenage) suicide and he
does that in such an incredible way. I cannot really say what he does but the
way Hannah’s story is told and interwoven with Clay’s converts this book into
Reasons Why is told from Hannah’s point of view as well as from Clay’s. One day
when Clay arrives home from school he finds a box full of tapes, tapes recorded
by Hannah. We as readers accompany Clay as he listens to all the tapes during
one night and discovers that he is on the tapes too – he is one reason why
Hannah killed herself. Through the audio tapes we also see Hannah’s side of the
story and this is one element that makes this book so special.
It took me
by surprise that I “enjoyed” reading this book because I was reluctant to
trying it. Don’t be fooled it is not a light and quick read. It plays – really
well might I add – with your emotions and takes you on a roller coaster ride.
Hannah’s story is emotional, sad and unfortunately something that is part of
our lives. I still cannot decide if what she did – recording those tapes and
therefore, in a way, ruining 13 people’s lives – is justifiable but it
certainly is a strong medium to show people how their actions affect others.
book left me thinking!
There is a
whole Blog dedicated to Hannah’s story and her tapes. Check it out!
I wasn't quite as sucessful in posting pictures over the last weeks, so here is a longer post to make it up to you.
Forum Romanum, Rome
I don't have a cat and I am not a cat person but I figured out a way to post a cat picture anyways. Some weeks ago I went to the zoo with my mum to take some pictures. I love doing that and it sometimes is a real challenge to get good photos of moving animals but for this topic I got two really awesome ones.
The topic for this week's Photochallenge is:
If you want to participate, take a picture, post it on your blog and link it with my blog here.
McNamara attributes her over active imagination to one thing - being born an
only child. Time spent when she was young dreaming up adventures has left her
with a head constantly bursting with stories waiting to be told.
As a child Ali suffered badly from Rheumatoid Arthritis, and as a result was
unable to participate in sport at school. But more than made up for that later
in life when she qualified as a Personal trainer and Fitness Instructor, with a
special interest in exercise as an aid to healing medical conditions.
When stories she wrote for fun on singer Ronan’ Keating's website became so
popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness
charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing,
but something others enjoyed reading too.Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children, and when she
isn’t writing, she enjoys watching too much reality TV, eating too much chocolate,
and counter-acting the results of the previous activities with plenty of
can you get me another glass of juice, please?”
O’Brien, utterly addicted to romantic films, has found her leading man. She’s
convinced Sean is Mr Right, but the day-to-day reality of a relationship isn’t
quite like the movies. With Sean constantly away on business, Scarlett and her
new best friend Oscar decide to head to New
York for the holiday of a lifetime. From one famous
landmark to the next, Scarlett and Oscar make many new friends during their
adventure - including sailors in town for Fleet Week, a famous film star, and
Jamie & Max, a TV reporter and cameraman. Scarlett finds herself strangely
drawn to Jamie, they appear to have much in common: a love of films and Jamie’s
search for a parent he never knew. But Scarlett has to ask herself why she is
reacting like this to another man when she’s so in love with Sean …
I love Ali
McNamara’s style of writing! She is the author of From Notting Hill with
Love…Actually (read my review here)
and of Breakfast at Darcy’s (read my review here) and with From Notting Hill to New York…Actually she
wrote her third masterpiece.
revisiting Scarlett, Oscar, Sean and all the other characters that I so liked
reading about in the first book and for me it felt like being at a family
reunion. The book takes us the New
York with Scarlett and Oscar and as always with
Scarlett life isn’t boring.
looking forward to this book from the moment Ali announced that she will write
a new book and I was psyched to hear that she would write a sequel to her first
novel. The publication date
was in my planner for many months now and I was counting down the days until
its release and then, on Tuesday I went into my favorite bookstore and found
this book on display. Yes, I did a happy dance and I think I smiled for two
days straight. I started reading it right away, finished it in two days and was sucked into the story from the
very beginning. Scarlett’s trip to the Big Apple is fast paced and highly
entertaining – I started giggling more than once while on public transport and
earned many weird looks. As always she attracts chaos, awesome people and
unusual problems and I’m sure being friends with Scarlett would be super funny
and never boring.
characters from the first novel are part of this one plus many more – all
awesome, nice, lovely, loyal and fun to be with. Scarlett’s movie addiction and
her rarely intended movie moments play a big part in this story too.
ramble on and on about how much I loved this novel but I think it would be best
if you go check it out yourself. If you are looking for an entertaining book
with lovely characters and a wonderful story than this is it!
Notting Hill to New York…Actually
is the sequel to From Notting Hill with Love…Actually (read my reviewhere) and will be published
on November 22nd 2012.
In September I revealed the cover of Jennifer L. Armentrout's new book "Opal"
the third book in the Lux series which will be out on December 18th, 2012.
Today is the day of the official trailer reveal.
No one is like
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around.
Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through
the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from
the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not
sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the
truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing
and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of.
The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely
source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn
back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
USA TODAY Bestselling
author, Jennifer L. Armentrout,
lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her
state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time
reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write,
and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of
becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time
writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer
writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary
romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
haven’t read Remembrance and Vengeance by Michelle Madow
might include spoilers!!
Madow was inspired to write Remembrance after seeing Taylor Swift's "Love
Story" music video while a junior at Rollins
College in Winter Park, FL.
The song and video gave her the story idea about a high school girl
reincarnated from Regency Era, England.
She handed in the first chapter as a homework assignment for class, and when
her teacher and fellow classmates wanted her to continue writing, she decided
to go for it. By the end of the school year, her first novel was completed! Michelle
lives in Florida,
where she is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.
Along with the Transcend Time Saga, Michelle Madow has written two other young
adult novels, both which will be developed into series’.
believe you’ve never mad s’more’s before,” Drew said, jabbing a marshmallow
with an iron s’more stick and handing it to me.
It’s a race
In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they
could be together.
In Vengeance, Chelsea
set fate back on its original, deadly path.
Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness
to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her
past life. To make things worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse,
it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's
crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and
Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began …
Transcend Time Saga Michelle Madow took the lives of ordinary high-school
teenagers and turned them upside down, mixing it with magic and twists and
created something wonderful.
the final book in the saga. I personally find it hard to finish a beloved
series and say goodbye to characters I grew fond of but this novel was just the
perfect ending to a wonderful series. Maybe I will finish some of my other
beloved series now too.
we join Lizzie and Drew who just recently started a relationship after many ups
and downs both humanly and magically induced. Unfortunately, as we as readers
know after reading Vengeance, Chelsea
cursed Lizzie, her ex-best friend. So now the three of them need to find a way
to safe Lizzie from death once again.
tells a unique story and features lovely characters that for me came to live
right away. Lizzie’s pending death and how to prevent it is the main storyline
but the former friendship between Lizzie and Chelsea plays a huge role too. This part of
the novel feels so real and is something that most certainly happened to many
of us – being “at war” with a best friend over a boy but it hopefully didn’t
take turns like the one in the book.
Michelle’s way of writing is perfect – after some pages I forget that I am
reading a book and a film starts playing in my mind instead. This is what makes
a book incredible.
Timeless Michelle wrote yet another awesome story with a gripping plot and
lovely characters that I can highly recommend!
...(almost) everytime she posts a review, I add the book to my mile long list of books I need to check out. This week's review was no exception but instead of adding it to a list I added it to my Kindle.
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
So if you go and check out Jamie's blogs - which you should - than be prepared to add quite a few to your TBR list.
Kelk is a British writer and children’s book editor. When she isn’t writing,
reading, listening to music or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes
to wear shoes, shop for shoes and judge the shoes of others. She loves living
in New York but misses Sherbert Fountains, London and drinking Gin
& Elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that
running away from a broken heart, there's only one place to go...Adjusting
tiaras at the foot of the aisle, Angela and her best friend prepare for the
wedding of the year. But events don't go as planned. And when a girl is in
possession of a crumpled bridesmaid dress - and can't go home - New York (for the very
first time) seems like an excellent idea. Angela's new friend Jenny Lopez gives
Angela a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps, and a makeover. Who
hasn't dreamed of starting afresh with a sassy New York wardrobe, a new haircut and a trip
to the make-up counter? Before she knows it, the new Angela is getting over her
broken heart by having dinner with two different boys. And, best of all, she
gets to write about it in her fabulous new blog. But it's one thing telling
readers all about your romantic dilemmas. It's another trying to figure them
out for yourself!
I was in
desperate need of a light and fluffy fun book to read and I found it in I heart
Last year while being on a road-trip through Western Australia I read Lindsey
Kelk’s The Single Girl’s To-Do List on my Kindle and loved this book so much
that I bought it afterwards so that I can have it on my bookshelf (yes, nerdy –
I know). I wanted to read her I heart series for such a long time and I cannot
believe I did it sooner.
I heart New York tells the story of Angela who ran away from London after she found
her fiancé cheating on her. A one-way ticket to New York might be the solution. We as
readers experience Angela’s heartbreak and decision to go to New York firsthand and I felt so sorry for
her. I know first hand how it feels to be cheated on (well kind of cheated on
but that didn’t made this icky feeling go away) and I know how important it is
to have friends surrounding you. So how do you manage not to wallow in
self-pity when you just fled from your friends and family and are living in a
hotel in a foreign city? Right, you befriend or in Angela’s case get forced
into a friendship with a member of hotel staff.
Lindsey’s style of writing and flew through this book in less than a day and
went out to buy the second and third book in the series as soon as I finished
the first. I haven’t started the second book yet because I love to savor books
in series but I will read them pretty soon.
is hilarious and I had to laugh out loud more than once which entitled me as
the weirdo in public transport but whatever!
If you are
looking for a quick, entertaining read than you should definitely check out
Lindsey Kelk’s I heart New York.
The books in the I heart ... series are:
I heart New York
I heart Hollywood
I heart Paris
I heart Vegas
I heart London
information about Lindsey visit her Homepage and her Twitter page.
This week the girls at The Broke and Bookish want to know my:
Books I'd Want on a Desert
I did this particular TTT post during a freebie week in May 2012. I will do this again this week and we can all compare if my Desert Island books have changed in the last six months.You can read the TTT I did in May here.
Here are my currentTop Ten
Books I'd Want on a Desert
Cassandra Clare's City of Bones
Sophie Kinsella's Twenties Girl
Sophie Kinsella's The Undomestic Goddess
Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters
Donna Leon's Acqua Alta
Jill Shalvis' Christmas in Lucky Harbour
(which is cheating because it is a two books in on edition)
Gail Carriger's Soulless
Cornelia Funke's Inkheart
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
A little girl learned to amuse herself by making up stories in her head.
She turned everyday activities into exciting adventures, and she made up new
adventures for characters from her favorite movies, TV shows and books. Then
one day she realized that if she wrote down those stories, she'd have a book!
But that was crazy, she thought. Real people don't become novelists. That was
like deciding you were going to be a movie star. You couldn't just go and do
it. But, it turns out, you can, and she did. She realized her dream of becoming
a novelist and seeing her stories in bookstores. And then she started to wig
herself out by writing about herself in the third-person. This is her story.
For more information about Shanna Swendson check out her Bio on her
heels three times and say, “There’s no place like Bloomies!”
Katie Chandler’s life is pure magic–literally. As an executive assistant at
Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she’s seen more than her share of fantastical
occurrences. A mere Manhattan
mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she’s a wiz at exposing “hokum” pocus, cloaked
lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she’s fallen under the all-too-human
spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and co-worker. Owen, however, is
preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files,
and it reeks of an inside job. CEO Merlin (yes, the Merlin) and taps Katie and
her special ability to uncover the magical mole.
Keeping her feelings in check while sleuthing alongside Owen, Katie is shocked
to discover that her immunity to magic is waning, putting her in grave danger.
Soon she’s surrendering to the charms and enchantments of everyone and
everything around her, including a killer pair of red stilettos. Katie must now
conjure up her natural instincts to get to the bottom of the break-in, regain
her power, and win the wizard of her dreams.
Stilettos is the second book in the Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson.
Chandler still works for Magic, Spells and Illusions, Inc., loves her job and
finally managed not to freak out every time something magical happens around
her. But then her parents call and want to join her and her friends for
Thanksgiving and Katie begins to panic. Can she keep her abilities from her
of the second novel is as entertaining and funny as the first book. The
interactions between magical and non-magical folks are hilarious and the whole
story runs smoothly. If there is a company as MSI, Inc., and I really hope
there is, than I would love to work there. The story is convincing-as
convincing as any paranormal book can be and still highly entertaining. The
main plot line was a bit obvious to me but that may be because I read many
mysteries, watch many crime series on TV and always try to solve the mysteries
quicker than the main person in those books or series. So it might be that I am
a bit trained to solving mysterious plotlines or it might be rather clear.
characters are all wonderful, entertaining and life-like. The CEO of Magic,
Spells and Illusions, Inc. discovers team-building seminars and the chief of
personal tries to convert the abstract terms into a successful team-building
activity which once turns out rather weird even for magical folks. The whole
team of MSI, Inc. and all of Katie’s friends and family are a lovely and
entertaining bunch and really well portrayed.
highly recommend this book to all fans of magical, fantasy and light paranormal
books. If you look for an entertaining read, pick up this series.
Stilettos is available at Amazon in paperback and for your Kindle too. You can
also buy it at Book Depo.
This week is a freebie week which means we can make up our own TTT topic. I thought about it for quite a while now and the idea hit me this morning. I am one of those readers who automatically buys books that have specific words in the blurb or address specific topics. Those words appeal to me and instantly makes me want to read or at least buy it.
So my Top Ten list will be:
My Top Ten words/topics that instantly make me buy a book
Shakespeare- for some reasons I am obsessed with the bard. Not that I have read every play or sonnett he wrote, neither have I visited Stratford upon Avon or went to every of his plays. I just love having books dealing with Shakespeare, his life, the Elizabethan area and I don't care if the are fiction or non-fiction. So I own biographies (three, I think), retellings of his works, a paranormal novel dealing with him as a vampire hunter (I think) - I don't care what this book is about as long as it deals with Shakespeare.
Italy or to be more specificTuscany - as I am living in Europe I spent many holidays as a kid and teenager in Tuscany, a beautiful part of Italy, walking the streets of Florence, eating ice cream in Siena, sitting at the beach in Viareggio, ... Tuscany always felt like a magical place. The landscape, the people, the architecture, the language, etc. So when a book is set in Tuscany I have to have it!
London - I am in love with this city! I would move there instantly if someone would garantie that I would have all the money I need to rent a good place to live because London is so terribly expensive. This city feels like home! When a book is settled there I buy it - doesn't matter what it is about. I usually read blurbs and when I only spot "London" I don't bother reading on I just buy it. This way many books found their way into my house that I love like crazy and I discovered authors I might not have found otherwise.
I will buy a book when it deals with teachers, teaching, school. I always wanted to become a teacher and I am studying to become one soon. This love for books dealing with teachers and schools developed more recently (over the last 4 years) and I discovered some great books through it.
Cooking - I own quite a collection of cookbooks and books about cooking but I am a sucker for books telling the story of someone who wants to cook, learns to cook, owns a restaurant, bar, coffeeshop, etc.
Books - do I need to say more? Books about books - amazing!
Bookstores - yes, I consider this topic different from the books about books-topic. I love reading about people owning bookstores, working in them, etc. I think that this is my own little dream; owing a small bookstore with a café attached. :)
Terry Pratchett's Discworld - I love his style of writing and I am building my Discworld novel collection one book at the time. This series contain books dealing with the witches, the Night Watch in Ankh-Morpork, the wizards at Unseen University, DEATH (capital letters are a must here). I like them all but my favorites are those books dealing with the witches because nobody is as entertaining as Nanny Ogg singing the Hedgehog song and Granny Weatherwax complaining about it.
Road trips - reading about road trips is almost as good as being on them yourself. I love learing about new places through books and reading about places you know and visited through a character's eye is something really special.
Characters with special "powers" - paranormal books are so "in" right now and I love reading them but I gravitate towards books dealing with witches. I don't know why but the concept of witchcraft and magic is something that really fascinates me.
So those were my top ten things I love to read about in a book.
I would love to know yours, so leave them in the comments.
and here is my picture that inspired this week's topic too:
I opened my planner yesterday evening and this was what I saw. It was still on the 26th of October even though we had the 1st of November already. The first thing that popped into my mind was the white rabbit from Disney's Alice in Wonderland. "I'm late, I'm late for a really important date..."