Are You on Me too!

I love! It’s where I connect with my friends and catalog all of my books.


Are you on Friend me!

P.S. You must know the secret word to friend me. There’s a hint in the video.

See you over there…





Adult Fiction Books

BOOK REVIEW: 1001 People That Suck by Kerri Kochanski



If you hate things or people that suck, this is the book for you. Everything that could possibly suck is listed in this fun book. Read it in one sitting, or pick it up periodically but either way you’ll laugh, groan, and agree that many things suck. When you’re done reading, go to her website and chat with others about what sucks.

And honestly, I thought I was the only one who noticed that many things suck.

Did I mention the book rhymes?

Who doesn’t love that??

Young Adult

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

Here’s a meme that has us written all over it, doesn’t it?  I love Sheila’s It’s Monday! What are you Reading? But this one features kids lit and is a little bit more streamlined for us, yay!


Here I go!

This Monday I am reading: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy.  I’m sure you’ve seen my pic with him; I’ve sent it to anyone who has eyeballs.

photo court.
photo court.

I won’t bore you with the pic of Rick and me.  Anyway…What happens if the aliens invade and you’re one of the only survivors?

I mean, really?

I guess I better stock up on



Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Young Adult

V #atozchallenge

Here we are at V day! It’s hard to believe we made it most of the way through the alphabet, but yep, we did! Don’t give up on us just yet, cuz I still have more to share!


Can you take a guess at what book(s) that start with the letter V?

books that start with V

The two I have for you are Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova.  Here’s the scoop from Goodreads:

For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.
He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.
His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.
Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back.

Sounds interesting, right? Kinda like a Greek God thing gone wrong! So he’s like King Triton? I’m intrigued.  Book two, The Savage Blue  comes out in a couple of weeks, gonna check that out for sure…

Next up we have Viola in the Spotlight.  This is the second in the Viola series, the first title is Viola in Reel Life.  Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads.

I am in the midst of a conundrum.

Viola is finally where she belongs–back home in Brooklyn, where there are no khakis or sherbet-colored sweaters and people actually think her yellow flats are cool. With two whole months of nothing to do but hang with her two best friends, Andrew and Caitlin, this is going to be the best break ever!

But her BFFAA, Andrew, has started acting weird around her, and a new boyfriend has her friend Caitlin ditching her every chance she gets. When Viola’s roommates from Prefect Academy show up for a visit, she starts to wonder–is Brooklyn where she wants to stay? When a tragic event shakes everyone’s world, Viola realizes it’s not where she belongs that matters–it’s who she’s with that really counts.

In this heartwarming follow-up to bestselling author Adriana Trigiani’s teen debut, Viola in Reel Life, Viola just may be ready to get out from behind her trusty video camera and take the starring role in her own life.

So, I almost glossed over this title because it seemed like another dull YA book that doesn’t deliver.  But after reading the reviews, I’m intrigued.  I loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and someone suggested that this series makes you feel good just like that.  And who doesn’t want to feel loved by a group of best friends?

I’m going to keep my eye on this one!

Do you have a V book for me? Have you read these?




Adult Fiction Books

Torn Together by Emlyn Chand Giveaway (for you) and Eye Candy (for me)

So Wow. My bud Emlyn Chand (she let’s me call her Em), wrote a book called Torn Together.  It’s a love story, of sorts that will make you laugh, cry, and smash up things.

Torn Tour Badge

What’s that? What’s all the smashing things up bit? Well, I’d tell you, but then I’d be a SPOILER and I hate that, so I won’t tell you that bit.  What I will tell you, however, is that our heroine, Daly (pronounced tally) is a young woman struggling to figure out her life: her boyfriend dumps her, she’s struggling to get a portfolio together for an art school application, and her mom is as distant as a stranger.

Lucky for us Daly meets a young Indian fellow named Kashi Malhotra.  Chand describes Kashi as a man with buttery, sandy skin. Kashi has a sense of humor and a positive outlook on life that benefits Daly.  Here’s how I pictured Kashi in my mind’s eye:


This is Ravi Patel.  Thanks to IMDB for introducing me to him.  Our Kashi would have longer hair which would bring out his curls, but I imagine his face to be friendly like this guy.

I had to chose this guy here:

Sunil Malhotrra

Simply because his last name is Malhotra.  He ain’t to hard on the eyes, either.  You’re welcome for the eye candy.

While we’re on the subject of India, lets talk about its food, huh? Much Indian food is consumed in Torn Together and my mouth watered the whole time.  One of the yummy meals featured is palak paneer.

palak paneer

Palak Paneer contains dairy, so it’s not something I can eat, but although I consider myself a gourmand, I’ve not tasted it, but anything that has curry in it is OK with me! I especially love my naan; which I eat with honey in the morning with my coffee.

So now I’ve filled your eyes and your belly, let’s fill your wallet, eh? Read below for how that’s gonna happen:



About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

About the book: Life, love, and an unforgettable trip to India–readers call “Torn Together” an emotional roller coaster ride. What’s all the fuss about? Grab your mother, daughter, sister, or closest friend, and get reading. Make sure to keep a box of Kleenex handy! Get Torn Together through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo Books.

About the author: Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky! Connect with Emlyn on her website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Torn Together! Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Torn Together tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!


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Books. Cats. Cat Thursday.


Just for Fun Challenge 2012 – Update

My first challenge to attempt this year might be an easy one.

I say might because, well it might prove difficult.

I’m joining Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book for the Just for fun Challenge!

The challenge? It’s to read one book a month that is completely and totally for fun. For Fun? For reals!

As book bloggers it is easy to get bogged down and forget to read something fun, what I like to call pleasure reading.

So. I’ve decided to try this!

Hopefully this will help clear out my TBR list, right?

I am committing to read just one book for fun each month!
JANUARY: A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor

Interested? Go on over and sign up. Follow along on Goodreads too!

Let me know how you’re doing, mkay?