Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Having time to read.

I honestly have the hardest time trying to find time to read. I have school, play rehearsal, work and life. How can I possible have time to read? Take this weekend for example when I was trying to read Albatross by Josie Bloss (great book by the way). I started Saturday morning and I got really into it. Unfortunately I had to do chores. Then the power went out before I started. So I read more. Afterwards I had to go to work. By the time I got home the power was still out and it was too dark to read. Sunday I read some more, I was so close to being finished I had to lock myself in my room before work. I finished.


This morning I recorded the book on my list of books read in 2010. It was book #16!!! Really? By this time last year I was on book #30!!! The thing is I have not had much time to read this year. Why you may ask? I HAVE NO IDEA!!! It’s not work because I don’t work much and it’s not play rehearsal or school because I had that last year and that didn’t stop me from reading 100 books!!!

The point it I have to make time to read. I guess it’s the Senioritis. So what did the doctor prescribe? A good book and a chocolate bar. I hope that will cure me.


Happy Reading!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Leslie's Choice: Chocolate Ice Creams

I LOVE ICE CREAM!!!
I have three favorite flavors.

3. Cookies and Cream: I love the little cookie peices  they are soft and it's like they are pre-dunked in milk. But it's ice cream.


2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: It gives me a chance to eat cookie dough. Come on who doesn't love love to eat cookie dough?


1. Mint Chip: I use to hate it because it was green, but now I love it. It's all I ask for whenever we buy ice cream.


So those are my ice cream choices. What is your favorite ice cream?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Book Recommendations

So I skipped yesterday and decided to make it officially book recommendation Friday. Since I’m still new at this my first book recommendation via blog will be kind of rough. I don’t want to write a long summary so I'll just give you the links to the author’s website. I will get better at this. One day.


Today I’ve recommend to you Heist Society by Ally Carter.


For more information go here! http://www.allycarter.com/books/heist-society/synopsis

Next one is Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors.


Go here for info! http://www.suzanneselfors.com/CoffeehouseAngel.html

Last but not least Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe.


Click the link!!! http://www.megancrewe.com/gutg/index.html

And yeah about the Script Frenzy ideas. I’m extending the deadline until Wednesday’s writing blog. I realized that I need to get more people actually read the blog to comment on the posts. So you can go back to my old post here to give me ideas on how to stay on task for Script Frenzy.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blogging and Ranting and Script Frenzy. OH MY!

Happy Wednesday fellow readers, writers and chocolate lovers. I know I haven’t blogged much since Author Appreciation Week, but that is going to change very shortly. I have mapped out a blogging so I can make sure I keep you in the loop. So here it is.
Mondays is reading day. (Where I rant on about reading and what not.)

Wednesday is writing day (Where I rant about writing and what not.)

Thursday is book recommendation day (do I really have to explain?)

And Saturday is CHOCOLATE!!!!! (Don’t worry I will mention chocolate in other post too)

The rest of the week I will probably won’t blog or just talk about stuff.

So it is Wednesday and I have a big announcement. This year I am going to participate in Script Frenzy!!! For those of you who don’t know, head over to this site for information http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/

Script Frenzy is NaNoWriMo’s sister. This time however, we have thirty days to write a one hundred paged script instead of a 50,000 word novel. I’ve dabbled in script writing a few times, but I never wrote  more than twenty pages. This will be a challenge. But you know I’m just always up for a new challenge.

Unfortunately last year’s NaNoWriMo was an EPIC FAIL!!! I could not stay focused to even get 10,000 words out. So in the comments please give me ideas on how to stay on task and get my creative juices flowing. (Chocolate is always a good idea) The best three will be posted in Friday’s blog.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Author Appreciation Week: Make Up Days

I apologize a thousand times for not blogging for TWO DAYS. Anyway to make up for the day days lost I will have my last two authors in the same post.

Day Four Make Up

Lauren Myracle has been a big inspiration and I appreciate her so much. She has had to deal will a lot of censorship and challenging a few years now. What really makes me appreciate her is her attitude towards every issue she faces. I love how she takes the high road and keeps moving on.

That’s why I have to say “Lauren Myracle I appreciate you and good luck.”

Day Five Make Up
I would have to say that Meg Cabot is my biggest influence. I have been reading her books since I was twelve and she is one of the reasons I want to be an author. I literally counted all of the books she has written from the inside of Being Nikki a while back. I was really impressed. Now it seems like she’s releasing about four books a year.

With that I say “Hey Meg Cabot, I appreciate you and keep up the good work.”

That concludes my authors for Author Appreciation Week. I'll be back to my regular routine next week.
 
Happy Reading
 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Author Appreciation Week: Day Three

Today I’m going skip all of the fancy introduction stuff and get right into appreciating Maureen Johnson.
Maureen Johnson writes books. Good books. Good books for teens. She has written many, many good books for teens. I’m stalling, I know, but what can I say? I like to read.

Back in the day when I was a young and na├»ve, little girl (with was not that long ago) I read Girl at Sea with no idea of who Maureen Johnson was. Then the Battle of the Books competition I talked about during my last blog came and read Devilish and Bermudez Triangle. The next thing I knew I was preordering Suite Scarlett and anxiously awaiting the sequel (which I’m still waiting for my copy to come in from the library.)

So I say to you Maureen Johnson: Thank you for writing books. Good books. Good books for teens. Many, many good books for teens.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Author Appreciation Week: Day Two

Day two of Author Appreciation Week was a tough one. There is only one word to describe this author.


AWESOME!

John Green is the author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherine, Paper Towns and co-wrote the upcoming novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson with David Levithan.

The first thing I ever read from John Green was the anthology Let it Snow. He was the only author of the three who I had not heard of. (I know I lived in a box!!!) Afterwards I read Looking for Alaska for a battle of books contest at my school. (Only 4 kids showed up so we all won) I laughed, I cried and I realized I should not read books in public. I was hooked.

So here’s to you John Green for being awesome and making me look like a fool in class!!!

Happy Reading!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Author Appreciation Week: Day 1

Today is the first day of  Author Appreciation Week. I’ve thought long and hard over the weekend and I have five authors I appreciate. Today I will talk about an author who has to put up with a bunch of crap, Stephenie Meyer.


Back in the day I had phases. I had a Mary-Kate and Ashley phase. I had a Britney Spears phase and I had a Twilight phase.

I was obsessed, and recommended it to all my friends. Well that phase is over. However, I hear so many negative things from people about the books it makes me sick. That’s when I’ve come to realize that whenever something or someone is really popular, people always try to bring it down. My opinion is that people should keep their opinion to their selves.

So I say to Stephanie Meyer (though she will never read this blog post) I appreciate you and how you don’t let all of the crap people give you get to you.

(PS If you are interseted in Author Appreciation week visit Heidi R. Kling's blog at  http://seaheidi.livejournal.com/173993.html)

Happy Reading!

Friday, March 12, 2010

In Review: Troy High

Here's the stroy. The seniors at my school were supposed to read the Homer's The Iliad during the first semester. I could honestly tell you that I did not read it. I did, however, listen to my teacher summerize  it and we also watched Troy, so I pretty much got the basis of the story. Flash forward to Christmas, I got this wonderful book called Troy High by Shana Norris.


Troy High is a modern retelling of The Iliad. I loved the book so much, I wrote a review for my school newspaper. So for my first offical blog post here is my reveiw of Troy High.

In Review: Troy High

This is a story for all the seniors who loved Homer’s classic tale, The Iliad, and for the ones who didn’t bother reading it. Substitute warring kingdoms for rivaling high schools, an out of control warrior with a football player with anger issues, and a wooden horse with a homecoming float, and you get Troy High.

The story follows Cassie, an outsider in her own high school despite brothers being football royalty. She finds solace in her best friend from band camp, Greg. There is only one problem. She attends Troy High and Greg goes to Lacede, their rival school. Greg’s brother is Lucas, star quarterback for the Spartans and is dating the most beautiful girl in school Elena.

Before the school year begins, the school board expands the school districts lines to prevent overcrowding in Lacede. Many unwilling Spartans, including the beautiful Elena, are forced to attend Troy High. Elena quickly attaches herself to the only person she knows, Cassie. There she falls hard for Cassie’s brother Perry, dumps Lucas, causing him to declare war on Troy.

As Elena’s popularity grows at Troy, so does Cassie’s. Hunter, her other brother and Perry warn her about hanging out with the Spartan, Greg, worried that she will betray them. Cassie’s loyalties are tested as each school pulls one elaborate prank after another. In the end she must decide between her brothers or her best friend.

Troy High by Shana Norris spins The Iliad into a modern day tale. The character traits as well as the names are parallel to the classic. Hector and Paris are football stars Hunter and Perry. Helen of Troy is Elena, the head cheerleader. Brothers Lucas and Greg Mennon are the Spartan leaders Menelaus and Agamemnon. The wild Achilles is Ackley, a defensive lineman with a grudge against Hunter for breaking his ankle in a game.

Cassie is Cassandra the Seer, the Trojan princess who was cursed with premonitions, but no one would believe her. Cassie, like Cassandra, had dreams of nothing but bad things for Troy. Since the story is in Cassie’s point of view, the novel sways away from the “glitz and glamour” of the popular crowd at Troy High and focuses on the outsider watching the chaos unfold.

Troy High is a wonderful novel filled with romance, rivalry and an explosive ending…literally.

You can check out the author Shana Norris at http://www.shananorris.com/

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Intro!!!

Hello world. This is a new blog about my life called Reading, Writing and Chocolate. Those three things are basically my life. I had this idea for a column for my schools newspaper and I decided to spread the love to the world.
So here is the low down.
I will try to blog at least once or twice a week about reading or writing and how chocolate helps you through it. This collection will include book reviews, information on my writing, pointless rants and of course chocolate.

Happy reading!