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I'm very excited about launching this! I've been working on the icons for it for ages, to be honest, because it takes such a long time to read a book/reread to make notes/design 25 icons per book, but I think it's finally ready! I don't know exactly how often I'll post, but probably a few times a week? :)

Today's launch posts:

Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw EVERYTHING, e.lockhart

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25 Teasers:

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1-800-WHERE-R-You [Vanished] #001: When Lightning Strikes, Meg Cabot (Jenny Carroll)

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25 Teasers:

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General Stock: Books/Reading

Total Icon Count: 25


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What is Bookcrush-A-Thon?

Bookcrush-A-Thon is a fangirly celebration for the best part of every YA book... the totally dreamy fictional guy who could never exist in real life!

There's been a lot of hoopla lately about Team Edward and Team Jacob, Team Peeta and Team Gale, Team Stefan and Team Damon, Team Vampire, Team Werewolf, Team Mortals, Team Immortals, Team Team Team Team Team team team team...

...and I thought, "I wonder whose Team really has the most might."

So now Bookcrush-A-Thon is borne! It's a friendly competition ONLY. NO BASHING IS ALLOWED!

Each round of bookcrushathon will last approximately six months. Twenty-four dreamy bookcrushes. One ultimately dreamy winner per Round! Each week, one more bookcrush will be eliminated until only one is left! It's like Survivor, only not stupid.

Nominate and support YOUR Favorite Literary Crush @ bookcrushathon!
Total Icon Count: 46

19 Beautiful Creatures
8 ANTM 2x05 (Underwater)
19 Adriana Lima


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This is taken from Shurtugal.com about how to win a signed copy of Brisinr.

"**Take just a few minutes to vote and let us know in the comments once you've done so. We'll be choosing one lucky commenter who voted for the Harry Potter Alliance to each win a copy of Brisingr signed by Christopher Paolini!**

Our good friends and neighboring Harry Potter fandom champions have emailed us to ask for our help in winning a $250,000 charity grant from Chase for the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit group dedicated to literacy, advocacy, and human rights work. This group, inspired by Dumbledore's Alliance in the Harry Potter series, recently sent over $123,000 in aid to those affected by the recent tragedy in Haiti and have won the open respect and support of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. While this is not a Harry Potter fan site, we know that Inheritance fans feel just as passionately when it comes to charities and the less fortunate.

So what are we asking for you to help the Harry Potter Alliance win first place and $250,000 for their charity?

You can make a big difference with only a few seconds of your time. The HP Alliance is in 1st place to win $250,000 which will help us all do more to get books to children in need, and save lives through raising money for charities.

To vote, CLICK HERE, press the green “Get started to vote” button, hit “Like” (if you haven’t already), and then press “Vote now.” Encourage your friends and other fans to vote too! (Voting for the HP Alliance happens through Facebook.)"

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CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers

After finishing the three books of The Mortal Instruments Series, I guess I took a break from reading. I studied for exams and managed to survive the last few weeks of Semester I.The next three books I read focused on trauma, grief, and guilt. Certainly not a pick-me-up and I didn't mean to read depressing books but it sort of happened. Luckily, they all ended hopeful (for the most part).

The first one I read while studying for my Science exam. It was a very quick read and, though a lot of people seemed to have loved it - I gave it a 3 (liked) out of 5 on goodreads, while the average rating is 4.13 - I didn't feel the same way. That said, I didn't not like it; I just didn't have strong feelings either way.

--- by Courtney Summers

{The Premise}

The protagonist of Cracked Up To Be is a high school senior, Parker Fadley, former head cheerleader, former future valedictorian, and former girlfriend of the most popular guy in school. Key word: former. How did Parker Fadley fall so far? Regular sessions with the resident guidance counselor, alcoholic tendencies, failing grades, and friendless to boot?

Rather than her current state being a result of ostracism, Parker is found alone because she made it that way. She constantly pushes others away and stops trying at school. Her parents, the school administration, her ex-boyfriend, and the new guy in school try to reach out to her but to no avail. Well, that is until she finds her resolve to become a social pariah slip when around this new guy who she just might be attracted to.

But that can't be. Not when she's determined to live with her guilt alone. The question - answered through snippets of one long, troubling flashback - is where is this guilt coming from? More importantly, can she find a way to overcome this?


NEXT UP: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
LONG OVERDUE: The Mortal Instruments Series
by Cassandra Clare

Just Listen. Gone With The Wind. The Private Series. The It Girl Series. Wuthering Heights.


If icons are not okay please let me know and I will delete!
12 America's Next Top Model - Cycle 2, episode 1
8 Katy Perry
5 Joe Jonas

15 Peter Borley from Tribocharge by Hayley Anne Perkins.  Thanks to metempsyche for suggestions on an actor! I used Logan Lerman and George Craig

Please give some feedback if they are good or bad!

Favorite books of 2009

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Part I by Lisa Mantchev
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins... See More
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon
The Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Daughter of the Flames by Zoë Marriott
Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black
The Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
A Map Of The Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco Stork
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
Pop by Gordon Korman

What are yours?

YA Dystopias

Hi everyone! *waves*

Just FYI, in case anyone's interested, I've updated my list of young adult dystopias over the last fifty years (with links). The updated version is here. Thanks and happy holidays!

Last Day of Giveaway


Today is the LAST DAY to enter the Hush Hush Giveaway!

Winners announced on Halloween!