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Saturday, May 22, 2010

June Book Poll

As mentioned in the Book Nomination post's update, we will now have 5 books up for nomination at a time. These books will be chosen at random using RANDOM.ORG. Possibly if somewhere down the line there is a memoir book month, etc., we may choose to pick books of a certain genre or celebrating something else.

This month, books 5, 16, 4, 18 and 8 were chosen in that order on RANDOM.ORG. Below is a description of each book and concluding the post will be the book poll.

All descriptions from Booklist on Amazon.

5. Lament - Maggie Stiefvater

*Starred Review* Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan, a gifted harpist who regularly plays for weddings and other events, has the kind of stage fright that makes her physically ill before a performance, which is an inauspicious way to start a romance; but while vomiting before a competition she meets a gorgeous boy who comes into the restroom to hold her hair. He is Luke Dillon, a flautist who proceeds to accompany her in a truly stellar performance. As four-leaf clovers start appearing everywhere, Deirdre develops telekinetic powers and encounters strange, unworldly people who seem to bear her ill will. Her best friend, James, also a talented musician; her beloved grandmother; and her mother all are in danger, as Deirdre is targeted by the queen of Faerie. Deirdre eventually discovers that she is a cloverhand, a person who can see the denizens of faerie, and Luke, not the only immortal who has her in his sights, is a gallowglass, an assassin assigned by the queen of Faerie to kill Deirdre but who falls in love with her instead. This beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary debut novel, with its authentic depiction of Celtic Faerie lore and dangerous forbidden love in a contemporary American setting, will appeal to readers of Nancy Werlin’s Impossible (2008) and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Illustrations by Jeffrey are fitting. Grades 9-12. --Diana Tixier Herald

16. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) - J.R. Ward
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

4. Thirst - Christopher Pike
As to blood -- ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me. I do like that as well, warm and dripping, when I am thirsty. And I am often thirsty....

Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.

Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life....

18. The Shack - William P. Young
Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives as the shack on a wintry afternoon and walk back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book.

8. Apologize, Apologize - Elizabeth Kelly
From Publishers Weekly
Collie Flanagan's life is part Grey Gardens and part The Royal Tenenbaums in this beautifully written if unwieldy dramedy debut. Raised on Martha's Vineyard, Collie is the dull link in his flamboyant family: his adulterous, alcoholic father and cruelly pugnacious mother maintain a miserable relationship that overshadows even the overblown personalities of his pigeon-racing uncle and his prep-school failure brother. As storms of irresponsibility rage, Collie lives in quiet, stable success until a one-two punch of family tragedy leaves him reeling. Collie's relationship with his media magnate grandfather becomes contentious as Collie spins out of control and tries wildly different ways to make restitution and become a man. Kelly is a gifted writer (Collie's mother attacks with a verbal pitchfork. Before the night was over, just about everyone in the place had sprung leaks, blood and champagne spurting from all those glamorous human fountains), but her chops as a novelist aren't as refined: Collie is as pallid as the other characters are unbelievable, and though the crazed drama keeps the story moving, it's often incredible. Though hampered by these weaknesses, Collie's quest is worth reading for the elegant prose alone. (Mar.)
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This month, I am trying a different polling site
to vote please click the link below!

Voting will begin Saturday, May 22 and conclude, Saturday, May 29

June Book Poll

Let us know what you think!

*Aukele* (kelegirl6)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Host: DQ #3

Use Chapters 6-15 to answer the following questions!

Wanderer viewed the mass suicide of the Sea Weeds as a tragedy and Melanie viewed it as admirable. What does this say about each of their characters?

We are never given the Seeker's name. Why do you think Meyer chooses to leave this character unnamed? Do you think it is effective?

Melanie says, "No one’s young anymore. Anyone who’s survived this long is ancient.” Why does she claim this?

Melanie shows Wanderer memories of Jared to distract her. Does it seem like Wanderer is developing her own feelings for Jared or are these emotions she is feeling towards him all from Melanie?

What would you bring as your last sort of food for a trip into the desert? (ie. Wanderer wanted doughnuts and chips)

While struggling through the desert, Wanderer allows Melanie to take over more and more. Why do you think she does this?

Wanderer doesn't refer to her body, thoughts, or memories as hers or mine any longer. She uses we and ours. What does this say about Wanderer's relationship with Melanie as the story progresses?

Why do you think Uncle Jeb tells Wanderer that Jared and Jamie never made it to the caves?

What do you think of Jared hitting Melanie/Wanderer?

Melanie realizes that Wanderer has true feelings for Jared. Feelings that were not fostered by Melanie. This upsets both of them. Do you think Melanie needs to be jealous over an alien that looks like a silver worm in it's human form?

Thoughts on the book up to now...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Host: DQ #2

After reading the first five chapters of The Host, answer the following questions...

Melanie was on the verge of being caught by the alien race, so she attempted suicide. Do you think you would do the same in her scenario? Die free or live a slave?

If the Souls are suppose to be so peaceful and non-fighting, why do you think the Healer and the Seeker where arguing?

Do you think the souls are more human in their characteristics than they think they are? Why or why not?

Do you like the name the soul goes by and do you think souls should take new names on new planets?

What is so important about the soul Racing Song who changed his name to Kevin?

Why is the mental fight between Melanie and Wanderer so important when Wanderer almost emails the Seeker to say the email she sent was about a dream?

Why do you think Wanderer has a harder time controlling Melanie when she is overcome with emotions?

What job would you take if you were a soul? Comforter, Healer, or a Seeker?

Most important question: WHAT DO YOU THINK SO FAR? Easy to read or hard??

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Page Turner Profile: brittny

1. Why did you nominate The Host?

I nominated The Host because Stephenie Meyer is the author of the Twilight Saga and all four of those books were amazing, so I thought it would be interesting to see if her other book was just as good or better.

2. What is your favorite thing about reading?

My favorite thing about reading is when I picture the characters' actions in my mind. I like how its better then a movie, at least to me. You get to picture the characters in a different way then others and your interpretation of the whole book is never exactly the same as someone else

3. What is your favorite genre of books and why?

I do not have a specific genre of books that I favor. I read anything from nonfiction, fact based things (such as How-To's and Education books) to fictional romance stories, to science-fiction. I do not like to pin-point a certain genre because I like to keep an open mind.

4. What is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book would have to be Brave New World. The book is a science-fiction book. The book is about the future. The book is full of controversy. I had to read it for summer reading for 12th grade English. The beginning is a little slow and confusing, but once you get past all that, the book keeps you on the edge of your seat.

5. Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is Nicholas Sparks. Why? Because every single one of his books have captivated me. They all draw me in and I end up staying up till 3 a.m. reading till my eyes just wont stay open anymore. His books are heartfelt and inspiring.

6. What is the most inspiring book you've read and why?

The most inspiring book I've read would have to be A Walk to Remember. (It’s my second favorite book) This book shows you that even though you may not have forever, make the best of the time you have. And this book also shows you that when you love someone, you never give up on them.

7. What draws you to purchase a book (i.e: summaries, reviews, suggestions)?

When I’m in Walmart or Books-a-Million, I search and search till I find something that draws me in. It isn't the cover of the book, It isn’t the summary either. It’s the first chapter of the book. I give myself enough time, when I go book shopping, to read at least half of the first chapter. If it draws me in, then I usually get it.

8. Where is your favorite place to read and why?

My favorite place to read is outside, on a breezy day. I like being outside when I read because, usually, no one bothers me. Outside, I can hear birds and wind rustling leaves. Inside I always hear people talking or a TV. I'd much rather read outside, where it’s bright and stress-free.

9. What is your favorite food to eat?

My favorite food is Mexican: tacos, quesadillas, nachos, etc. I love making it at home and I love going to Mexican restaurants.

10. Fun fact about brittny?

I am writing my own novel. Progress updates and such will be posted on my blog.

The Host: DQ #1

After reading the Prologue what do you think? 

What did you think by this introductory chapter?

What is your initial impression of the Healers, Seekers, and soul's in general?

What do you this is going to happen to the soul?

Why do you think they put this soul in this host's body?

In this introductory chapter were you hooked? Confused?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May: Get Caught Reading Month

In celebration of Get Caught Reading Month, please send in pictures of yourself reading this month's book club read, The Host (if possible)!! This picture must be taken at a place where you can be "caught" reading.

Get that book out of the bedroom!!!

A few examples of places would be on the beach, in a bus or at the doctor's office. The purpose of this exercise is to bring awareness to reading / literacy in hopes of encouraging others to read!

Pictures will be put together for a slide show that will be on the blog!! Please send your pictures to

Help others get caught reading by donating a book or giving a monetary donation to a local or national literacy program or your local library!

Get Caught Reading!
*Aukele* (kelegirl6)