Monday, August 27, 2012

top ten Confessions

My Top Ten Bookish Confessions

This week, The Broke and the Bookish want us to reveal our bookish habits and things we probably don't let the general public know about ourselves!  I am only limited to ten?!?

1.  I am probably wanted by a certain Public Library system, as we had moved and took a book with us and I never had a chance to pay the fine.  Do they forgive fines after three years?!? (and the book wasn't that great to begin with!)

2.  I have too many galleys to read, and I want to read the books I have on my new bookcases, and I have no time to read as it is! :(

3.  I have never read any of the Harry Potter series

(but have a very nice collection from ENGLAND - 
The Philosopher's Stone and all that, as well as a few First Editions)

4.  I have dedicated book shelves for my Austen-esque books.  I am very funny about my one is allowed to mess with them!

5.  I despise when people dog-ear a book!  So what do I do?  I leave it open, face down to ruin the binding...

some good advice from the University of Oxford
6.  I like to collect ribbons and bookmarks to use.  My favorite bookmark has this on it!

7.  I cringe every time my husband takes a new paperback and breaks the binding before he starts to read it!

8.  I admit it, I judge books by their covers!  (and am most put out when the book does not live up to its cover!)

9.  I do love my kindle because I can highlight favorite sayings so I can find them again.

10.  When I read a Georgette Heyer book, I use a pencil for a bookmark, because I will write the words I don't know in the back of the book to look up later.  Most of her books will have me looking up at least 20 words I don't know!

How about you?  What are some of your bookish confessions? 
 I guess mine aren't as bad as I thought they would be 
once I put it down on paper... 
but looking forward to hearing about yours!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

review: Smart Girls Get What They Want

 First, I want to apologize for taking so long to get this out!  What a fabulous book!! Thanks again to the author for asking my opinion!

Title by Author: Smart Girls Get WhatThey Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Series (if applicable): none
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: June 26th 2012
Page Count:  352
Source: the author, Sarah Strohmeyer – Thanks Sarah!
Blurb: Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their "real" lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents) But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge--and they will totally "rock" it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she'll have to get over her fear of public speaking--and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes--until now.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want--but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . . .

My Interest in this book is:  I love Sarah Strohmeyer.  I read the Bubbles books, but I loved The Cinderella Pact and The Sleeping Beauty Proposal even more!  I was very excited to get my hands on this one, as I happen to have Three Smart Girls as daughters!

My Review:
I love Sarah Strohmeyer and how she can make me laugh!  When I saw that this book was coming out, I really wanted to read it, as I wanted to see how Smart Girls got what they wanted.  The story is of three best girl friends, who all happen to be smart and at the top of their class academically.  It is told from Gigi’s point of view, and a very humourous point of view it is.  “My parents broke up before I was born, though since they’re both scientists, I’ve long held suspicions that I’m indeed an alien.”  One night, the three girls were at Neerja’s house and were checking out her older sister’s room, where they found Parad’s year book (which she claimed she never received) and after reading what other people wrote in her year book (“You seemed really nice,” or, “Who are you?”) these three girls decided to make something of themselves at school, besides being the super smart ones that nobody knew.

Events unfolded, and Neerja tried out for the school play, Bea joined the school’s ski team, and Gigi ran for Student Rep of the school board.  This book is about facing your fears and getting what you want.  These three sophomore students set out to make a name for themselves.  While Gigi was the only one who was recognized by the majority of the student population because she ran for a school office, all three girls found what they wanted.  Each girl was quirky in her own right and it was a pleasure to read.

I appreciated how each character was different from one another.  Each person had his or her own voice, mannerisms and misconceptions about other people.  It was nice to see Gigi learn, even though she’s a pretty smart cookie.  This is a story about smart girls wanting to have more in their lives than just studying, and actually doing something about it – taking chances, and not necessarily getting exactly what they thought they wanted, but liking what they ended up with instead.

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