Friday, September 18, 2009

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

What I'm doing: thinking about what I shall watch on the good ol' drv when I'm done here
What still need to do tonight: laundry, bath, and clean up the kitchen (oh joy)
What I'm reading: the 2nd book in the Generation Dead series (I can't remember the title and I'm too lazy to go look)

Since I just recently complained about sometimes being let down by highly anticipated novels, I thought I'd pop in and say that I just finished one fabulous book.  The Adoration of Jenna Fox has been out for a while, and for some reason, I just finally got around to reading it.  I should have read it a long time ago.  It was wonderful.  I literally laughed out loud and then shed a few tears at the end.  That's when you know it's a good book.  If an author can make you laugh and cry, he or she is going something right. 

And again, I am listing another sci-fi book amongst my favs.  I keep claiming that I don't like it, but I'm up to 5 sci-fi books that I love.  Maybe I do like it.  Within reason of course.

Funniest moment in the book:  Jenna wakes up from a coma and can't remember much of anything and though she can still speak, she has forgotten the meaning of many words.  She overhears a guy call another guy a dickhead and decides that dickhead must mean annoying.  Later that evening, when her grandmother is getting on her nerves, Jenna tells her to stop being such a dickhead.  And of course, from the look on her grandmother's face, Jenna quickly realizes that there must be more to that word than she thought.  Too funny. 

I highly recommend it to anyone who reads.  It's a good one!



FALLEN Book Trailer

We did it!  Our first book trailer is complete and on youtube.  We are so excited!

Here's the web address -

I'm going to try to embed it.  Let's see.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Trouble with Highly Anticipated Novels . . .

What I'm doing: thinking about watching Gossip Girl
What I didn't do tonight: excercise
What I just finished reading: Catching Fire

So, I just finished reading Catching Fire, the highly antcipated 2nd novel in The Hunger Games series.  Here's my problem with getting really, really excited about reading a novel that I've been waiting and waiting for.  I always seem a little let down.  It's like I get all geared up thinking it's going to be the greatest book of all time, and then . . . well, it's not.  Total bummer. 

This has happened to me a lot, and I guess maybe it sucks even more this time because before Catching Fire, I read Shiver, another book I was really excited to read.  And not only did I read them back to back, I bought them back to back (in hardback!).  I can't honestly say that either one would in my top 10 YA favs.  But maybe it was just because I expected so much.  Were they both great books?  Yep.  Were they both page turners?  Yep.  Did they both have great story lines?  Yep again.

I think it's just because I was so fired up to read them that I expected them to blow me away.  This has happened with a few movies for me.  One I can remember is Jerry McGuire.  Everyone raved and raved about it, and when I watched it, all I remember thinking is, "Really?"  But then I saw it a few years later and loved it.  It's probably one of my favorite movies. 

The trouble with highly anticpated novels is that I'm never going to read them again.  Books for me aren't like movies.  I read them once and that's it.  So, in my humble opinion, I am totally ruining books for myself.  Had I not been overly excited to read Shiver and Catching Fire, would I have loved them?  Who knows.  Probably.

All I know, is the very best books have been those rare surprises.  I'm not expecting them, and WHAM!  they are the best books I've ever read.  I need some more books like that.

I just started The Adoration of Jenna Fox.  Wish me luck.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Look what I made!

So much to do, so little time . . .

What I'm doing right now: thinking about vegging out on the couch and watching Heroes Season 3
What I'm listening to: the washing machine go round and round
What I'm reading: Shiver (still!)

So, Staci and I are learning that there is not enough time for all the stuff we need to do.  Here's our little to-do list (and I'm sure I'll forget some stuff because if there is a "real" to-do list some where, I'm not sure where it is):

1.  Website - this has been quite the learning experience; it's a damn shame that one of us isn't a tech-nerd!
2.  Get posters made - we're waiting to receive a high resolution photo of the cover so we get more made
3.  Get bookmarks made - no idea where or how to do this
4.  Find all of our teacher friends and ask them to help us get the word out - in return they will get our undying love, a poster, and some bookmarks

Hmmmm . . . I know there's more.

5.  Oh yeah, make a book trailer - this too should be a learning experience but when I'm done here, I'm headed over to to check out their site
6.  Make friends with every librarian in the greater Houston area :)

Oh, I'm sure there is more.  And this is just the stuff that needs to be done, like, yesterday.  It would be so nice if Staci and I were married to some really rich men, and we didn't have to work.  Hmmmmm . . .

Wish us luck, friends!  Oh yeah, any advice on where and how to get this list accomplished, send our way!!!