Blogging from A to Z Challenge

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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#AtoZchallenge Reflection: I’m Sad it’s Over!

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Well here we are, the calm after the storm.  To be sure, April’s blogging challenge is a whirlwind of activity and I hafta admit, I LOVED every moment of it!  It’s like being invited to a party and everyone’s excited to see you.  Parties are hard work and require lots of preparation and checking and double checking to make sure everything is just so. But all the hard work is worth it in the end of everyone has a good time, right?


I’m no stranger to the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge; I’ve been participating for a few years now. But the best thing for me was being a co host. It was a dream come true! I was so excited and honestly a little overwhelmed at time but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I learned alot about my time management skills during this time and that there is always room for improvement.

I love being able to meet new people, share books with them and get to know them better.  The Thursday afternoon Twitter chats were my absolute favorite day of the week.

So, very quickly, here’s what I’d like to stress:

  • Start planning early, like January
  • Join Triberr to get the most out of your Twitter account
  • Comment EVERYWHERE
  • Meet as many new people as you can
  • Laugh often and loud
  • Make mistakes and learn from them

Those last two especially apply to me. I made many mistakes but hopefully next year I wont make those same mistakes; I’ll prolly make new ones, but hey, that’s all part of learning, right? My biggest mistake: Not commenting enough. I wished I’d commented more.  I wished I’d eaten more cake too.

Did you write a reflections post? Leave your link below and I’ll visit you. Cake optional, I’m on a diet. hahahaha

See you next year!

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Z End #AtoZ Challenge


If you don’t have a tween or teen at home, you might not understand the importance of the word Zits. I swear as a parent my conversations have either revolved around poop or zits, both bodily functions. Never in a million years…

zitsand finally:


Zero Tolerance. Something of which I have little tolerance of when it comes to being mean to kids.




Let’s celebrate!!!

tomorrow. after we rest.


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W is for Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies #AtoZ Challenge



W is for Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies!

Love is fickle friends. And because it is, I decided to change up my W post at the last minute; cuz right now I’m loving the Weenies series by David Lubar. Here’s a video of my thoughts.

What do you think? Pretty silly huh?

That’s why I love it!

Can you name a W book?






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Q is for…Football? #AtoZ Challenge



It’s Q day! It’s Q day!

I bet you think you’ve got me stumped?

But you DON’T.

I have a book for Q!!


QB1 by Mike Lupica


I love author Mike Lupica because for sporty guys who want something to read, they are never without a title. Lupica covers most of the sports and once the tweens are too old for middle grade reads, Lupica offers them something more with his YA titles.  Here’s a bit about QB1:

Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season–not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who’s merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He’s just like every other boy–awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

The story is loosely based on the Manning brothers and the wildly famous Friday Night Lights family drama. Having lived in Texas for 10 years, I can remember how obsessively people cared about football.  Me? I was at the snack bar. But whatever.

Grab this book for your fave tween guy!

Have you ever read anything by Lupica? Do you have a Q book?

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P is for…#AtoZ Challenge



It’s P day! It’s the best letter day cuz its MY letter day! Let’s get right to it.



This is the Pandora of Greek mythology and the series is about her.  Great for girls who don’t like Percy Jackson series.




It’s summertime, and Julie and Lydia are going on a road trip! After all the ups and downs of their first year in junior high, they’re looking forward to seeing the sights and getting some new perspective on their quest for popularity. Papa Dad and Daddy will provide the transportation, and they’ll provide the entertainment.

At first Julie and Lydia use their Powers of Observation to catalog the traditions and oddities of each new location they visit, but soon their attention turns to parents and family and negotiating sensitive family dynamics. By the time the duo hits familiar streets again, they may have to accept some uncomfortable truths, but their journey is infused with the humor, heart, and truthfulness that Amy Ignatow is known for.

Yay for P! and guess what? You might find me on the challenge website…take a peek!

Now you know what question I have for you: what’s your fave P book?


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O is for Odd #AtoZ Challenge



Welcome to O, which is for Odd. Have you ever felt odd? Yeah me too.  Here’s a book for you.



When the new kid joins his class, Woodrow agrees with his schoolmates–Toulouse is really weird. He’s short – kindergarten short – dresses in a suit like a grandpa, has huge eyes, and barely says a word. But Woodrow isn’t exactly Mr. Popularity. The frequent target of the class bully himself, he figures that maybe all Toulouse needs is a chance.

And when the two are put together in gym to play volleyball, they make quite the team. Toulouse can serve, set, and spike like a pro. He really knows how to fly around the court. But when the attention and teasing switch back to Woodrow, he learns that the new kid is great at something else: being a friend.

D’awwww doesn’t that sound cute? Who doesn’t love the name Toulouse?

So I’ll admit that finding a title with the letter O was tough.  Got one for me?


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M is for The Missing #AtoZ Challenge




Today we’re highlighting The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I love her Shadow Children series, which I am discussing with my tweenies at book club this week!



Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who’s also adoped, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere — and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.

Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?

With Found, Margaret Peterson Haddix begins a new series that promises to be every bit as suspenseful as her Shadow Children series — which has sold more than 41/2 million copies — and proves her, once again, to be a master of the page-turner.

Doesn’t that sound great?  Anyway that’s the information behind the series.  Here’s what’s up in The Missing: Torn.

Still reeling from their experiences in Roanoke in 1600, Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 only moments before a mutiny on Henry Hudson’s ship in the icy waters of James Bay. But things are messed up: they’ve lost the real John Hudson, and they find what seems to be the fabled Northwest Passage;even though they are pretty sure that that route doesn’t actually exist. Will this new version of history replace the real past? Is this the end of time as we know it? With more at stake than ever before, Jonah and Katherine struggle to unravel the mysteries of 1611 and the Hudson Passage…before everything they know is lost.

Even more great, right?  I love the idea of the alternate history!

Have you read anything by Margaret Peterson Haddix? Let me know!

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I Heart Band #AtoZ Challenge



Hey there all you alphabet lovers! Today is dedicated to the letter I. The book I’d like to share with you is I <3 Band. That sideways stuff is supposed to be a heart, y’all! Anyway, there is a series for all of us former and forever band geeks!



FINALLY a series for us! Here’s what the series is about:

Holly Mead’s first day of seventh grade isn’t going as planned. Her brother ruins her carefully chosen outfit, she’s almost late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. Worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replaced her with Natasha, the pretty, smart, new French horn player! Holly is determined to get first chair, but Natasha is turning out to be some pretty stiff competition—and not just in band. Band might be a competition, but friendship isn’t—and Holly needs to figure it out before she loses Julia for good.

Sounds just like middle school, doesn’t it?  So, if you have a little bandie at home, get this series for them, surely there is something they can relate to!

I bet you’re wondering if I’m going to share a pic of me as a former band geek, aren’t you?


I’m not.

Just kidding.

Here I am

Pam Band Geek

circa 1980 something. After a parade.  Can you tell I’m saying “Hurry up and take the picture already!”?

Confession time: where you a bandie? What did you play?

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The end of the world is coming! Sign up for the #atozchallenge and save the world!



It’s the end of the world! RUN RUN RUN!! Run right to your computer and point your browser to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge website! You can save the world! World domination is in order!

Whatever your reasoning, you really should sign up for the Blogging from A to Z challenge.  Here’s why:

  • Want more followers? We have them.
  • Wanna meet more people? Easy peasy.
  • Need inspiration? We got it.
  • Like to write? So do we.
  • Like to read blogs? We got plenty.
  • Wanna take over the world? One blog at a time.

What more reasons do you need to sign up for the blogging challenge?

None, now git over there and sign up! I’ll come to your house every morning and make a special brekkies for you, will that do it?

I hope you love PBJ cause that’s what I’m serving.

But seriously, the challenge is the most fun I’ve had since the last time I had this much fun! I’ve made lots of new enemies friends from all around the world and have learned more about other people in the process. The world becomes so much smaller when you read a blog post from India.  You realize we are all in this together. We’re different but we’re the same.


There’s still time to sign up.  Here.


You won’t regret signing up. There is much fun to be had.

and also?

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