Challenges Young Adult

Wake by Amanda Hocking Super Quick GIVEAWAY

Amanda Hocking, author of




OMG you guys I am so excited about this next bit of news I can hardly keep it to myself.

I have a signed copy of  Amanda Hocking’s new book


to giveaway.



How do I know Amanda Hocking??

None of your business MandMand (my nickname for her) and I are besties and she’s coming to the Philadelphia area to visit me Towne Book Center & Cafe, Monday August 13th 2012 at 7 pm, which just happens to be where I’ll be. at. Neat, huh?

Here’s all ya gotta do:

Tweet this phrase: [email protected] I gotta get my hands on Amanda Hocking’s Wake @Townebookcenter


Can’t wait to read Amanda Hocking’s latest book Wake @Townebookcenter @Pamlovesbooks

As many times as you can without getting put (or putting someone)  in Twitter jail.

The person with the most entries WINS!

GIVEAWAY STARTS MIDNIGHT 8/9/2012 and is open to US and Canada only (apologies to any followers in Andorra or Iceland) and ENDS SUNDAY 8/12/2012 AT MIDNIGHT.

That’s a super fast turnaround folks so get going!!

Good luck and I hope you win!!

Books information

#AtoZChallenge: T is for Team World Book Night

T is for Team World Book Night

and I’m on the team to pass out books tonight


I’m giving out

Because of Winn Dixie

Unconventional Librarian Because of Winn Dixie

which was also featured on B day!

Books Reviews

The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez

The Pregnancy Project


Publication Date: January 17, 2012

It started as a school project…but turned into so much more.

Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others expectations? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Gaby’s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines in the process.

In The Pregnancy Project, Gaby details how she was able to fake her own pregnancy—hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriend’s parents—and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gaby’s story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.


One cold night in January 2012 I sat in on an event at my local bookstore, Towne Book Center.  That night, a young woman, Gaby Rodriguez, talked about her book The Pregnancy Project.  Following are my thoughts after meeting this extraordinary young woman.

It is not uncommon these days for high school seniors to work on some sort of senior project; a project meant to be a culmination n of their final year of school and express the child’s personality, skills, dreams, and organizational tools.

Gaby Rodriguez’s senior project changed her life, and hopefully those of other teens.  Gaby, a confident and self-assured young Latina woman, believed she was destined for greater things than those of her peers.  Rodriguez also believed that she had a voice and a choice in every decision she made.  Her voice has come from the controversy surrounding The Pregnancy Project.  Gaby’s voice says you have choices: don’t let any one choice you make define or limit you.

Gaby’s choice to fake a pregnancy intended to show young Latina women in her community that pregnancy isn’t your only option in life.  She believed that if you become pregnant, that pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from moving forward.  Rodriguez encouraged her friends to “go past” the circumstances they were in.

A year later, due to her compelling message, Rodriguez’s voice has been heard and hopefully will continue to be heard.  The Pregnancy Project has been picked up by The Lifetime channel and turned into a movie starring Alexa Vega from Spy Kids.

Here’s to fighting stereotypes and Latina women.

Gaby and I even had time for a photo!

PammyPam and Gaby Rodriguez

Books Reviews

A Christmas Screwup

I recently attended one of the most interesting book club meetings ever.  To be sure, the opinions are usually quite mixed but generally friendly.  Last night’s discussion, however, was completely different.

I was about the only person in the group who enjoyed the book.  I thought it a fun, light, silly poke at Christmas movies and mankind.

I was in the minority (not a new feeling, for sure).  As the discussions heated up we noticed a few disturbing points and it seemed as if everyone had read a different book. We noticed discrepancies in:

  • the main character’s hometown (Chicago or Minneapolis)
  • the wealth of the main character (wealthy or not)
  • an epilogue (have or have not)
  • method of transport (commercial or private airline)
  • own or not own a condo
  • owner or employee of a power drink company

Are you starting to understand?  Our discussion of the book turned from “I love how crazy gun toting Liz got her comeuppance” (me) to “wait a minute, Sparrow lives in Chicago not Minneapolis!!!” (everyone)

It turns out that the version I read, the first image, is the latest out in time for Christmas 2011. An original version published in 2009 the image in red, offers a slightly different story.

All of this leads me to wonder: What the heck was Keillor thinking?

To be sure, Keillor’s found great success with A Prairie Home Companion and many Lake Wobegon tales.

So, if a writer is so successful, how did  this book become such a hack?  Did he slack off on purpose? Was it put together hastily? Did he have interns or assistants write it?

Or was it a prank, a very bad publicity stunt?

I don’t know the answer but as our book club wrangler said: you will probably never run into this kind of situation again.

I hope not.

What do you think?

I’m linking up to  Serenity Now’s bloggy reading party.





A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Kellor

Are you a Scrooge? Do you say bah humbug?

Do you hate Christmas?

Do you hate cold weather?

Then you’ll like A Christmas Blizzard.

I just finished reading The Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor.  If you don’t know the name, Keillor is the genius behind A Prairie Home Companion.

He tells a story and it’s funny.

Funny in and it’s so obvious that he’s trying to be funny that you have to laugh. You have to. Ok not tears rolling down your cheeks funny but funny in a chuckle to yourself out loud while reading in public kinda funny.

If you need a quick happy story to read, pick this up.  Blizzard is an easy read and as long as you are open to the fantastic, then you’ll enjoy the story.

It’s my book club read for tonight. I’m sure the conversation will be interesting…


Blogging Books

My New Satellite Office

I guess I’m like most bloggers: I blog from my home office. To be sure, I have a dedicated space, but since mine is in the basement, I get lonely(and cold) and often move around the house with my lappytop. I’m sure many bloggers blog from satellite offices, locations outside their home; most likely coffee shops or something? I dream of doing that at Starbucks but I tend to get distracted by all the comings and goings there, so I haven’t yet.

Anyway, my fave bookstore moved this weekend and I had the opportunity to help! I love the idea of being able to blog in my fave bookstore, which will even serve coffee! I’ve even demanded that they provide me with my own dedicated table and chair, so we’ll see how that works out.  I visited my new future satellite office this morning in hopes of being their FIRST OFFICIAL CUSTOMER. And I was!!!! Today, at least. Whatever.

They didn’t have the WIFI set up so I couldn’t blog, but I did manage to sneak a few pics in of the shelves that I helped unpack.

Here’s the cooking section that I singlehandedly alphabetized.

I did all the work. They just prettied it up.

Who knew there were that many cookbooks in the world?

Next, I did the Young Adult Section as seen here

and here

see all those Matt Christopher books?

I also unpacked all the Child Development books

it was difficult not to stop and read all the child rearing books…

Do you wanna know what the best part of helping the book store move is? Each day I got to spend some time with a child. Today I was fortunate to get to read 3 or 4 books to a little girl who belonged to one of the employees. We read Handy Manny, Go Diego Go, and a bunch of other books. I miss those days of reading to my little ones, so I’ll take what I can get! YAY ME!!

Did you do anything book related fun this weekend?

Tell me?


Book Lover’s Paradise

This weekend I had the pleasure of helping my favorite book store, Trappe Book Center, pack up and move to their new location!  As a book club member, we were allowed to volunteer to help, which I think is pretty neat.

I was especially thrilled to find out that I was needed in the NEW location to help unpack and alphabetize.  I found this to be a good use of my time, I got to nose around the new digs, AND (bonus) I got to spend some time with a club member’s little boy as he helped me unpack and put things in ABC order! YAY me!

So starting tomorrow I will be found at the new If you get a chance stop by and see me them.

They are located at

Providence Town Center
220 Plaza Drive
suite B-3
Collegeville, PA 19426

First cuppa joe is on ME

Independent booksellers are THE BEST!!!