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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Wanna be on My Team?

Calling all Wordsmiths, Party Animals, Bloggers, Readers, Droids, Orcs, Pirates, etc.

I’m looking for members to join an Unconventional Alliance for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

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Why an Unconventional Alliance? I love The Hunger Games and think its very important to have a team of trained assassins friends to accomplish a task.
This task? Surviving the 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge!

Just like Katniss couldn’t survive the Quarter Quell without her team, each co host needs a team to help get the job done. Being part of the Co Host Team is fun but there is work involved.  This position is for you if:

  • You’re organized
  • You’ve always wanted to help with the A to Z Challenge
  • You have the time to commit to being busy in March and very busy in April
  • You live for the inside scoop
  • You’re reliable
  • You answer emails/tweets quickly
  • You like to have fun (sense of humor is KEY)
  • You’re a team player
  • You can take initiative
  • You’re reliable (did I mention that already?)
  • You don’t mind a bit of hard work (no breaking bricks or anything but there will be much typing)

If you can answer yes to most of these qualifications, then we want you on our team! The only weapons required are your device, or your laptop or your computer or wherever you access the internet. Cool bow and arrow not necessary, although will be highly praised.

If you’ve got what it takes to be part of my Unconventional Alliance, tweet  me: @pamlovesbooks or email me: [email protected]

Thank you for considering joining my team!

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April Blogging A to Z – Q Quasimodo

And here we are at letter Q. I know you’ve got to be thinking: What in the world are you gonna show us for Q? Well, if you look at the title, you’ll see Q is for Quasimodo!

Quasimodo the Brave by Disney


Excuse the quality of the photo; I’m thrilled that I found this book at Goodwill for like $.49! Anyway, Here is why I”m chosing Quasimodo for today’s letter:

  • Disney version is for kids
  • Quasimodo was born with a hunchback and a wart over his eye (check original version)
  • Quasimodo was born to a Romani family  (often called Gypsy)

So if those last two facts don’t convince you that Quasimodo belongs in our multicultural a to z challenge, then nothing will.  Granted, the Disney version is much sappier and cleaner and less horrifying but it still shows that Quasimodo had a kind heart.

Have you read The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

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Remembering Tina: Keep your Face to the Sunshine

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Tina left behind two sons and you can help contribute to the

Downey Education Fund:



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R #atozchallenge

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Today is R day!  Once’t again I’m rushing because I have a busy day at the bookstore.  The books I have for you are:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Returning by Christine Hinwood, Rift by Andrea Cremer, and Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

They all look good, no?  I think, however, my vote goes to The Returning, which sounds like it might be a quiet sleeper:

An intense story of love, loss and turmoil in the aftermath of war. A first novel by a uniquely talented author.

Vivid, compassionate and totally absorbing, Bloodflower follows the fortunes of young Cam Attling and all those whose fates entwine with his.

Cam has a hunger, an always-hunger; it drives him from home, to war, from north to south. When he returns from war alone – all his fellow soldiers slain – suspicion swirls around him. He’s damaged in body and soul, yet he rides a fine horse and speaks well of his foes. What has he witnessed? Where does his true allegiance lie? How will life unfold for his little sister, his closest friend, his betrothed, his community, and even the enemy Lord who maimed him?

Thanks to Goodreads for that synopsis.  What do you think?

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D #atozchallenge


Today’s letter D in the A to Z Challenge!

Here’s a book for the fellas. It’s called Daniel X and it’s written by James Patterson (yep, the same one) and it’s for YA; boys specifically.

Daniel X

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Daniel X is a series about a boy, Daniel, who has lost his parents and also has superpowers. He fights different bad guys in each series.  I like this series  because there aren’t enough titles for boys plus not every boy likes vampires and witches and whatnot and this might be a good fit for these readers.

The next title is The Diviners by Libba Bray!

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Here’s a bit from Goodreads:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first

I love the idea of the setting being in New York City circa prohibition era!

And last, Dreamless by Josephine Angelini…

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While I’m not much of a romance fan, I know many are.  I like the premise of the story: Underworlds, Hades, Greek gods, and love triangles.  What’s not to love?

My head is spinning there are so many books out there!!

What have you read that starts with the letter D?

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C #Atozchallenge

It’s day C of the A to Z Challenge and it’s so difficult to choose one book!


Because I can’t choose just one, here are 3 books that caught my eye. Let me know what you think:

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Chains by the great Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson’s books are always thought provoking and in my area, almost always on the required reading list.  Here’s what Goodreads says:

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

And you know anything multicultural is number one in my book, right?

Next is the delightful Conjure by Lea Nolan.

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Conjure is a story from South Carolina low country and a young girl who falls in love and learns how to conjure spells.  It’s spooky, thrilling, and empowering all at the same time.  I feel like Lea Nolan is my bestie and she’s so easy to talk to on Facebook.  Check her out at   Did I mention there is great slave history built into the story? yep.  She’s awesome like that.

And finally, the very popular Crossed from Ally Condie, part of the Matched trilogy.

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This series has been on my TBR list for sooooo long. I hope to get to it soon! Here’s what they’re saying on Goodreads about it:

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

As if there’s anyone on the planet who doesn’t know about Matched, right?

So tell me, have you read any of these?



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#AtoZChallenge Let the Wild Rumpus Start! Letter A






It’s here! it’s here! The blogging  from A to Z April Challenge is HERE!!! As with most challenges, we’ll begin at the beginning:

My theme for the Challenge is to young adult books (YA).  There may be some you know and some you don’t know; hopefully, we’ll both find new books to add to our To Be Read piles!

Today is the first day of the challenge so of course the letter is A!  Today’s book is Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

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How cute is that cover?  Here’s what goodreads says about it:

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She’s been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon’s dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler’s lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn’t made even half the money she’d hoped.

When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn’t react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.

Soon Shannon’s caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money’s this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?

Sounds cute, right?  I love the idea of a teenage girl playing poker!

Have you read it?  What did you think?

Special thanks to Arlee Bird for getting the party started!

Stay tuned for letter B; any ideas what the book might be?



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#AprilA2Z Challenge is almost here!

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