Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog 117 - Final Exams

It is that time again. That part of the semester that part of the semester that every college student dreads.


Every college student goes through it at the end of the semester before either taking a semester off or moving onto the next semester of classes. The week is filled with stress-induced anxiety as the professors’ pile on the last minute assignments, quizzes, and tests, before the big Final Exam.

For once I do not feel stressed out like normal when final exam week comes around. It probably helps me immensely that this semester was filled with only one class, and that means I only have one final exam. My final exam is for a class titled AML4300 – Selected American Authors – Updike/Vonnegut/Oates. This was a very interesting class. I will say this: I’m very nervous about this final exam since it short answer all the way through. I didn’t do too badly on the midterm exam which was in a similar format. I think I will be okay.

I would just like to spread Good Luck to any and everyone who has final exams this week or in the coming weeks. May you pass your exams and all of your courses.

On a similar note, I would like to say that once my final grades are posted and provided I pass this course, then graduation will shortly follow.

What does this mean for the blog?
It means that there will be more posts coming to the blog with book hauls, book reviews, and some new type of blog posts with book related and writing related material. I’m so excited for gaining more time to post on the blog.

That is all for me right now, I have to get ready to go take that final exam. Wish me luck!
Until next time, Good Luck on your finals and Happy Reading!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Blog 116 - April Book Haul

Hey Everyone,

Today's post will be another book haul post. This book haul is for the month of April. I'm trying a different format to the haul this time around... let me know what you think. Let's get started.

ARCs and Contests
Maid of Secrets - Jennifer McGowan (from Simon & Schuster)
All I Need - Susane Colasanti (Won from Librarything giveaway)
Witch Born - Amber Argyle (Won from YA Scavenger Hunt)

Maid of Secrets All I Need Witch Born

Books I Bought
17 & Gone - Nova Ren Suma
The Secret of the old Clock - Carolyn Keene
It's kind of a Funny Thing - Ned Vizzini
Apollyon - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Halfling - Heather Burch (Signed)
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
Feral Nights - Cynthia Leitch Smith
Death, Doom, & Detention - Darynda Jones
Moonset - Scott Tracey
Witch Song - Amber Argyle

 17 & Gone The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Series #1) It's Kind of a Funny Story Apollyon (Covenant Series #4) Halflings (Halflings Series #1) A Monster Calls Feral Nights Death, Doom, and Detention Moonset (Legacy of Moonset Series #1) Witch Song

The Next four books I actually got from the bargain bin at Walmart, they were only $3.48 each (before tax):

First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones
Invincible - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey
Roemo and Juliet & Vampires - Claudia Gabel

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Series #1) Invincible (Chronicles of Nick Series #2) Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Romeo and Juliet and Vampires

That is all for me right now, until next time, Happy Reading!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Blog 115 - World Book Night 2013 & GIVEAWAY!!

It's Here! It's finally here!

What is World Book Night? 
(You may be asking yourself this question)

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2013, World Book Night will be celebrated in the U.S., the UK, and Ireland.

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities, and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways – through the sharing of stories.

World Book Night is a nonprofit organization. We exist because of the support of thousands of books givers, booksellers, librarians, and financial supporters who believe in our mission. Set for April 23 each year to honor Shakespeare’s birthday, World Book Night was successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, and World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012. Thank you to our U.K. friends for such a wonderful idea!

Why is World Book Night Important?

Why does World Book Night exist? Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers of all ages are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.

Or more simply put, books are fun – and they can be life-changing.
(Information courtesy of www.worldbooknight.org)

I am proud and excited to say that this year I will be participating in World Book Night as a Book Giver. I have been putting together bags of goodies all day (since I got off from work). I have been waiting to share this information since last week. I finally have time to announce the book that I will be giving out this year:

**Drum Roll Please**

  The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I really loved reading this book and I hope that each and every person I hand it out to will love it just as much as I did (Review coming soon). Here’s a little synopsis of the book:

About the Book
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy and his friends have just 10 days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property  and bring peace to a warning Mount Olympus.

But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: He must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
(Information courtesy of www.worldbooknight.org)

Now onto the fun part

Here on my blog I will be giving away 3 copies of the book to 3 lucky winners. All you have to do is answer this question:

If you could be a God or demi-god, who would be you and why? (Please limit your answers to 1-2 sentences).

Limit: One comment per person.

1.) Must be 13 years of age or older.
2.) Must live in the U.S. (No international, sorry)
3.) Contest ends May 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Good Luck to everyone who enters. Until next time, Happy Reading!