Monday, December 8, 2008

Bestsellers for the Week of November 30 - December 6 2008

It's nearly 10 o'clock and I almost forgot to blog. I even got home from school early today (Yay for finals!) *sigh* I'm so easily distracted anymore. Alrighty, without further delay....

(and Stephenie Meyer is once again being left off the list because hey, we know she's selling off the charts)

1. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

2. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (woohoo, go Maggie!)
The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

3. Night World #2 by LJ Smith

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Infamous by Cecily von Ziegesar

Be sure to check back tomorrow for this week's eyecatchers. :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

You'll be Up All Night

Hey all! I've found a great new book that I gotta tell you about. If you're in the mood for a great, quick, fun read (and you know you are) then this is the book to pick up. :)


by Terri Clark


Trinity's dreams are not her own. People come to Trinity while she sleeps and they tell her things she'd rather not know. Lucid dreaming they call it, but as far as Trinity's concerned it's a nightmare. She's tried to keep her so-called “ability” to herself. Her mother's known about it since Trinity was a child, but not even her best-friend knows the truth.

Trinity has always tried to hide from the knowledge she gets in her dreams, but when a murdered girl comes to her for help, Trinity can't back down. That was a year ago. Thanks to her, the police caught the man responsible, but thanks to his lawyer Rafe Stevens won't go to jail, but instead to a mental hospital. Now Trinity's dreams have taken a turn down a very frightening road. She's seeing images of torture, pain and pleasure. Trinity knows it's Rafe and she learns something else: he's coming for her.

SLEEPLESS is the perfect title for this debut from Terri Clark. You won't want to sleep, you'll be too busy reading. I was so desperate to see what would happen next that I tuned out the world. Trinity is a great character and I would love to see her and her friends again. I also love the whole dream aspect of the story. Dreams bring out some of our biggest fears and vulnerabilities and it's interesting to see this kind of take on them. It's also a different kind of paranormal which is always good to see. All I know is that from now on I'm keeping my eye out for more from Terri Clark and you should too.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Need Some Recommendations

It's Wednesday which means it's time for you to recommend something to me. And why don't we broaden the topic a bit? You don't necessarily have to recommend a new YA title (though keep 'em coming I'm finding some great stuff). Tell what else you're reading, tell me what you're watching on TV and on DVD. Tell me what you're listening to. It's your day, so tell me about it all. :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What Caught My Eye This Week

Hey all!

It's Tuesday again (well for another hour anyway) which means it's time for this week's Eyecatchers. :) So in no particular order here's the five titles that caught my eye this week.

Paper Towns by John Green

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Switch by Carol Snow

Not much happens in Claire's sleepy beach town, but that's okay. All she wants is to hang out with her best friend, make the high school swim team, and convince Nate, the guy of her dreams, to stop calling her "Dude." And, oh—she'd really, really like to stay in her own skin.
Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck as another girl. And not just any girl, but the icy beauty who has caught Nate's eye.

Suddenly Claire goes from being Miss Average to Miss Gorgeous—the model-thin blonde that every girl wants to look like and every guy wants to date. Will she ever figure out how to get back to her old life? More importantly, will she want to?

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Dear Anthony:

I appreciate your recent interest, but I’m not accepting applications at this time. Your letter will be kept in our files and someone will get back to you if there is an opening. Thank you for thinking of me.

Alejandra PerezP.S. It’s not “Allie.” It’s “Ale.”

Meet T.C., who is valiantly attempting to get Alejandra to fall in love with him; Alejandra, who is playing hard to get and is busy trying to sashay out from under the responsibilities of being a diplomat’s daughter; and T.C.’s brother Augie, who is gay and in love and everyone knows it but him.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background—average student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn’t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father’s boss’s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy—and Tyler’s secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family, and in the world.

In Twisted, the acclaimed Laurie Halse Anderson tackles a very controversial subject: what it means to be a man today. Fans and new readers alike will be captured by Tyler’s pitchperfect, funny voice, the surprising narrative arc, and the thoughtful moral dilemmas that are at the heart of all of the author’s award-winning, widely read work.

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it's a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn't have a code name?

Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she's doing something riskier than ever—she's falling in love.

Well that's all for this week. Next week, I may try something new and post one each day for a few days. lol It's getting to be a lot of work getting all of these up at once. :)

Have a great night/day all and get those recommendations ready for tomorrow.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bestselling Titles for the Week of November 23-29 2008

It's a new week and I'm back on track. :) For this week's bestseller list I'm leaving Stephenie Meyer out of it. We all know the entire Twilight saga is selling like hotcakes, so there's no need for me to list it here. :)


1. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

2. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

4. Vampire Diaries: Awakening & Night World #2 both by L.J. Smith
Chosen by P.C. and Kristin Cast

5. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Night World by L.J. Smith
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Final Warning by James Patterson

So that's what sold best in my neck of the woods. Tomorrow I'll be popping back in to tell you about what new titles have caught my eye. :)