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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

4.27.2011

Down the Rabbit Hole 1000 Followers Giveaway!

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole reached 1000 followers and to celebrate she is hosting a fantastically awesome giveaway where you could win 1 of 14 amazing pre-orders! How awesome is that? I know right. It is very generous and I hope I'm one of the winners (it is open internationally too!)
Make sure to go check it out here! Below are the titles available.
Crossed by Ally Condie
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Dead Rules by Randy Russell
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Eve by Anna Carey
Abandon by Meg Cabot
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Goddess Test by Amiée Carter
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
All awesome book choices!!!!! 

WINNER OF 100 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!! (UPDATED)

I realize it has been almost two months since I started my giveaway and closed the entries.  I apologize for the long wait; real life has, unfortunately, been a big hassle.

BUT,  without further ado, I'd like to announce the winner of my 100 Follower Giveaway!


Congratulations to Debora!
I've picked a new winner as Debora didn't get back to me in time!

So CONGRATULATIONS ABBY!

I've sent out an email and as soon as you reply I'll get your prize to you!

Thank you to everyone who participated.  Keep checking back for upcoming giveaways!

Waiting on Wednesday (10)



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we seriously can’t wait for.

 Here's my pick for the week, that I seriously can't wait for:



From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, come the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.  
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

I think this book sounds awesome!  Libba Bray is a hilarious writer.  If you've read Going Bovine, you know that.  Beauty Queens looks like it's going to have the mix of supernatural and reality just as Going Bovine.  I also zeroed in on the "Lost"-like island immediately.  I love "Lost", so extra points for that.  All in all this sounds like a funny and dangerous adventure filled with the most unlikely participants: beauty queens!

4.24.2011

Poetry Sunday (07)


This is a fabulous new blog feature here at Eli to the nth!  Thanks to Genna from Reading, Writing, and the World of Words, who created this awesome feature and gave me the permission to host it here, as well as, use her cute graphic!  Poetry is one of my passions, but I have yet to share it here.  So this feature gives me the perfect opportunity to do so!
 I don't know about you guys, but I have those artists who speak to me through their music.  The lyrics move my soul in a way that poetry does and, therefore, I label the songs poetry (with a chorus).  Ani DiFranco is one such artist.  Any of her songs I love and she also has a book of poems out titled Verses, which is where I got the following lines from.  I hope you enjoy, and check Ani out!  Her music is amazing!


"Bodily"

You broke me bodily
The heart ain't the half of it
And I'll never learn to laugh at it
In my good natured way
In fact I'm laughing less in general
But I learned a lot at my own funeral
And I knew you'd be the death of me
So I guess that's the price I pay

I'm trying to make new memories
In cities where we fell in love
My head just barely above
The darkest water I've ever known
You had me in that cage
You had me jumpin through those hoops for you
Still, I think I'd stoop for you
Stoop for your eyes alone

From that bomb shell moon in yet another lovely dress
To the deep mahogany sheen of a roach
I am trying to take an appreciative approach
To life in your wake
I focus on the quiet now
And occasionally I'll fall asleep somehow
And emptiness has its solace
In that there's nothing left to take

-Ani DiFranco

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by one of her friends, Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests won, and libraries.
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To all my awesome followers!  I hope you have a nice relaxing day wherever and whatever you're doing!

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4.19.2011

Teaser Tuesday (10)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following!
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share a few teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • MAKE SURE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (you don't want to give too much away and ruin the book for other readers)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other readers can add your book to their TBR list if they like your teaser!
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Occasionally I read a book that ISN'T a YA book.  I know, weird right?  But it is true.  The book for this week's Teaser Tuesday is one such book.  In fact it was recommended and bought for me by my best friend.  Pretty awesome best friend!
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Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
    
“I wake up to my ringing phone, and for a second I am disorientated in my own apartment.  Then I hear Darcy's high-pitched voice on my machine, urging me to pick up, pick up, please pick up.  My crime snaps into focus.  I sit up too quickly, and y apartment spins.  Dexter's back is to me, sculpted and sparsly freckled.  I jab hard at it with one finger.”
(page 12)
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I'm only on chapter three, but I'm loving it already!  Read the synopsis here! I really want to finish the book before the movie starring Kate Hudson (Darcy) and Ginnifer Goodwin (Rachel) comes out on May 6.  Watch the trailer here!
 

4.18.2011

Top 10 Favorite YA Books!

The other day I was thinking to myself: "What are my favorite books?"  I scoured my shelves for the answers and I came up with a pretty solid list of awesome.  Check out the video below to find out my favorites, and don't forget to leave your favorites in the comments!


4.17.2011

Poetry Sunday (07)


This is a fabulous new blog feature here at Eli to the nth!  Thanks to Genna from Reading, Writing, and the World of Words, who created this awesome feature and gave me the permission to host it here, as well as, use her cute graphic!  Poetry is one of my passions, but I have yet to share it here.  So this feature gives me the perfect opportunity to do so!

This week I'm concentrating on the future.  I will be graduating from university in 18 days, and I now have to go be an adult (which blows by the way).  Since April is National Poetry Month, I figured it would be a good time to gather some inspiration from some great poets.

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Today We Make the Poet's Words Our Own  
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To-day we make the poet's words our own, 
And utter them in plaintive undertone; 
Nor to the living only be they said, 
But to the other living called the dead, 
Whose dear, paternal images appear 
Not wrapped in gloom, but robed in sunshine here; 
Whose simple lives, complete and without flaw, 
Were part and parcel of great Nature's law; 
Who said not to their Lord, as if afraid, 
"Here is thy talent in a napkin laid," 
But labored in their sphere, as men who live 
In the delight that work alone can give. 
Peace be to them; eternal peace and rest, 
And the fulfillment of the great behest: 
"Ye have been faithful over a few things, 
Over ten cities shall ye reign as kings."

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by one of her friends, Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests won, and libraries.


Let me know if you've read any of the books in the comments and DFTBA!!!

4.13.2011

Waiting On Wednesday (09)


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we seriously can’t wait for.
 Here's my pick for the week, that I seriously can't wait for:

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. On board their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

Glow is the most riveting series debut since The Hunger Games, and promises to thrill and challenge readers of all ages

I heard about this book yesterday while surfing through my book blogs!  It sounds so awesome.  I love the mix of dystopia and space, and the commentary on the human condition when faced with destruction.  I'm feeling like this is going to be another hit like Across the Universe has been.  Can I also say I love the name Waverly and Kieran.  I'm sure this is going to be a situation where I'm torn between the two love interests just like in the Need series by Carrie Ryan.  Can't wait!

4.12.2011

Awesome Contest!

So you know that awesome series by Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments?  Yeah, awesome right?

Well over at Wicked Awesome Books, Nikki is hosting an amazing giveaway! 

All FOUR of The Mortal Instruments books: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, AND City of Fallen Angels.  On top of that they're all going to be SIGNED by Ms. Clare herself!


AMAZING RIGHT?

Enter here: Win 4 Signed Book by Cassandra Clare!  And good luck!

Teaser Tuesday (09)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingAnyone can play along! Just do the following!
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share a few teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • MAKE SURE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (you don't want to give too much away and ruin the book for other readers)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other readers can add your book to their TBR list if they like your teaser!  
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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

    
“Wait—did you—You just yawned!” The vampire’s arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides. He pulled his exaggerated white fangs back behind his lips. “What, imminent death isn’t exciting enough for you?”

“Oh, stop pouting. But, really, the widow’s peak? The pale skin? The black cape? Where did you even get that thing, a costume store?”
(page 1)
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I heard so much good stuff about this book that I had to pick it up.  After reading the above lines I was hooked.  The writing is super funny and pulls you.  White does an amazing job creating new mythology and transforming old supernatural cliches.  I couldn't get enough of Evie, who while very innocent is such a teenager!  If you haven't read it yet, go get a copy!  Also, look out for the next book following Evie, Supernaturally, coming out July 2011

4.11.2011

Poetry Sunday (06) ON MONDAY EDITION!!!


This is a fabulous new blog feature here at Eli to the nth!  Thanks to Genna from Reading, Writing, and the World of Words, who created this awesome feature and gave me the permission to host it here, as well as, use her cute graphic!  Poetry is one of my passions, but I have yet to share it here.  So this feature gives me the perfect opportunity to do so!
Due to real life happening (why do we need anything but the internet and books?) I haven't been around much.  Which is a shame since April is freaking National Poetry Month!  So even though I'm late I'd thought I'd share some cool things I found on Poets.org.

For NPM, there are 30 different ways to celebrate, suggested by the site.  Some of the ideas I want to do are: put poetry in an unexpected place, put a poem on the pavement,  play Exquisite Corpse, and start a commonplace book.  I've already started my commonplace book.



Most of it is just snippets of poems and dialogue right now.  Slowly filling it up, especially soince I've recently gotten a couple of cool poertry books.
Let me know what you guys are doing for NPM! 

4.10.2011

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by one of her friends, Alea of Pop Culture Junkie where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests won, and libraries.
 This IMM come to in TWO parts because I went a little crazy at the library.

Part Un: What I got in the mail/bought for myself!




Part Deux: What I got at the library!



Let me know if you've read any of the books I mentioned!  And I'll try to keep up with some new content in the coming week!

4.02.2011

Name That Book Contest!

Over at Stephanie Reads, there is an awesome game being hosted. You just have to guess what book titles are being shown in pictures and you gain entries. For the prize you win a $15 gift card to the Book Depository!

Awesome right? Go check it out at the link below!

Stephanie Reads: Name That Book CONTEST!

My Bookish Ways 1000 Followers Giveaway!

AWESOME giveaway! My bookish Ways has 4 prize packs to choose from.  Giveaway ends April 8th!

Check out the link below for more information!

My Bookish Ways: 1000 Follower Giveaway!!:

The Bibliophilic Book Blog Giveaway

 This is an amazing!!! amazing!!! giveaway!!!  The Bibliophilic Book Blog is being so gnerous with the prizes. You get to choose either an E-Reader of your choice or a $200 Giftcard from the Bookstore of your choice! You choose!  


(You see which place I'll be picking from)
Can you just believe it?  $200!!!  Holy crapole!!!  I can't imagine what I'd buy if I won!!!

 
 
 
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