Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kickstarter: The funding platform for creative projects

In case you haven't heard, KIckstarter is here. And it's amazing.

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. So book collections, music albums, art projects, it does it all. The section I'm going to talk about is books. Of course, since this is a book blog, it might not come at a surprise.

But the particular book that I'm about to bring up isn't a Young Adult novel, even though there have been successful Young Adult novels that have been funded.

No. The purpose of this blog post is to learn how to .... wait for it ...

How to Pack like a Rock Star. 

I know, right? Genius.

I'm horrible at packing. I always procrastinate  until the last minute (sometimes even the morning of!) and then I end up forgetting something useful, like an umbrella.

If only the packing gods had been nice to me. See above? I can't do that. Even in my twentysomething years, I still can't back.

It really makes me wish I came up with the idea first. Alas, the inspiration should've came when I watched Almost Famous years ago. Anyway.

I love this idea, and I'm about to back it, even though it's already funded. Overall, you should check out Kickstarter, and who knows, maybe you'll find your next favorite book on there, or maybe you'll attempt to KIckstart your own project. 

In the meantime, here's the about video that they have on the site:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Goodreads Review: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

My Review: Looking for  Alaska brilliantly encompasses  teenage hormones and the definition of friendship. It was a heart-wrenching story that should be read more than once. The voice was so clear, it was as if Miles' thoughts were my own thoughts, swirling in my head and leaving through my mouth, as if I were speaking the words. Everything clicked. There were no loose threads. 

I think my heart stopped at the end of the novel. It still amazes me how much power a few words on a page has over human emotions. The characters seemed to come alive from the pages, the "jokes" were clever and well thought-out and the imagery worked as well. There was much between the sentences and I appreciated that. 

I'm glad I finally read this book. If you haven't already, you should read it, too. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine where bloggers post spotlights on upcoming releases that they're eagerly anticipating.

This week, my pick is Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio. Publication Date: March 2012. I know it has already been published and it's not exactly a Young Adult novel, but it caught my attention and here it is.

Goodreads summary: Would you leave everything behind to know who you are?

Sara Beth Riley never dreamt she'd walk straight out of her life. Actually she'd never dreamt a lot of things that had happened this year ... From being kidnapped by her own best friend, to throwing her wedding rings into the Hudson River, to calling an old love in France, to getting inked with said best friend, painting the passionate constellation of these choices into permanence. But mostly, she could never have dreamt what started it all. How could it be that her mother's unexpected death, and the grief which lingered painfully long, turned her into the woman she was finally meant to become?

Sara Beth's escape begins a summer of change - of herself, of marriage, of the lives of those around her. In a story that moves from Manhattan to the sea to a quaint New England town, Whole Latte Life looks at friends we never forget, at decisions we linger with, at our attempts to live the lives we love.

What's your Waiting on Wednesday pick?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Top 10 Hunger Game Gifs

After reading The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and then watching the movie, I still want more! So after looking through the internet I collected my top 10 Hunger Games gifs.

The last one isn't technically a Hunger Games gif, but it's so adorable I had to include it.

Which one's your favorite?












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