2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (46)

Hello there my lovely people! Today some books have been released into the world. But one of these books has managed to be the sneakiest of sneaks and released itself yesterday, setting itself apart from all that is normal and right. I am, in fact, talking about...

Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer!

Oh how much I want this book!

Carson Phillips is at the bottom of the food chain in a high school filled with people he hates, stuck living with his depressed single mother in a small-minded town at the corner of nothing and nowhere. He has just one goal: escape to Northwestern University and a career as a hard-hitting journalist.

He can practically smell the ink on the admissions letter when disaster strikes: his guidance counselor tells him that he needs to bolster his application by creating a literary magazine. Which means he needs submissions. From other students.

With seventeen years of animosity standing between him and his dreams, Carson resorts to the only thing he can think of: blackmail. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures, and everyone has a secret they'd do anything to hide.

Now the movie trailer has been out for a while and it's filled with some very interesting cast members. I would do the whole Story/Cover/Verdict thing but I already know that I'll be getting the book and soon enough watching the movie! 

This movie... I love it already. xD 

But what do you guys think? Leave your comments down below! 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

To Be Read Pile (November 2012)

I was supposed to put this up on the first of November, but Sandy attacked and since then things haven't been going as planned. But, better late than never. So, I present to you my To Be Read Pile for November!

To Be Read Pile (November)
I'm finally able to tell a difference again and it's making me feel so good! Makes me feel good so that when 2013 hits, my TBR pile will be ready for a new batch of books >.> Aside from reading a couple of books, I've also got rid of a few for various reasons. In the month of October I received 18 books in total from HarperCollins Publishers and from buying. It brought my total of 47 from last month up to 65 books. BUT! I took out 11 books because they were either sequels and they didn't catch my interest like the Justin Bieber and One Direction books. So from 65 it went down to 54. Let's look at last months TBR pile.

To Be Read Pile (October)
This month I'll be planning to read a couple of books that are mixed in the bunch that I've had for the longest.  But at the rate this is going, I have no idea how far I'll get.

Last month I had 54 books. I read 10 books and started the 11th (which I have finished). I now have 43 books which is getting better and I plan to bring that down to around 36/37 next month. We'll see how it goes!

Do you have a picture of your TBR Pile? Leave a link to it down below!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hurricane Sandy - I'm Back

Hey guys just want to say I'm here and alive. Sandy hit pretty hard and we took a lot of damage but hopefully it wasn't deadly, at least not for everyone. I do know that the jersey shore is basically destroyed and my heart goes out to the ones who lost their homes and family members all, not only in Jersey, but everywhere that got hit.

I just got my power last night but was a couple of days without it I know some places won't be getting power until the end of the month. Also gas lines are crazy! waiting in gas lines would go from 1-2 hours but I've seen people on there for 5+ hours now! It got to the point where they had to create a schedule because we're running out of gas. The license plates that their last number is an odd number can only get gas on odd numbered days. Even numbers at the end of the license plates can only go on even numbered days.

The lines go out for so long that people are forced to wait to get only 10 dollars worth at times. Not to mention those people who are waiting outside to fill up for their generators. 

Aside from that a lot of places are closed like clothing stores, fast food chains and everything else. Supermarkets have no produce, dairy, not meat and fish for us so we're forced eating canned and boxed foods. 

A lot of food has been thrown out because of having no power which is beyond horrible. The streets at night are pitch black which unfortunately is the perfect place for assaults. The weather is dropping down and we're expecting snow next week. With no power we have no heater and being forced to wear layers and layers of clothes to keep warm. Not that much but it'll only get worse.

Some places have been so destroyed that the people who worked there are no jobless for a few months, if not forever. Because they might not ever open again. Port authority of Newark for example. 

If you look on the streets people look completely lost and as if they don't know what they're doing and then there's the asshole drives that take advantage of no lights to drive like dumb asses. 

Schools have been closed and will continue being closed until the end of next week. Many high school students have missed their SATs because of this and even colleges missed their midterms.

I hope everyone who was hit the best and that we all get back up on our feet with a speedy recovery. But it seriously feels like the world has changed for us all.

And now we find out that next we're getting hit with a snow storm, and last year that this happened in October it knocked our power out for a couple of days. Seriously Jersey is getting hit by everything this year. 

I do wish everyone is getting everything back on track and I'll always be there to help out as much as I can.
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