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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Humpday Reads and Blogger Mamma Award!

Good evening, everyone! Just a quick FYI before I mention books or kids were super great today, my house is clean, and somehow I managed to jot down three-hundred words for WIP. So, in other words, there's no sugar coated version of Mommy Dearest post for you tonight. Awe, shucks! Nope, not even a single timeout, although kiddo #4 (a.k.a. "Little Boss") treaded on thin ice for a solid hour. She's adorable all right, but sneakier than a fox.

Now, moving right along to this week's recommended book for Humpday Reads, I suggest the following:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - "You'll have no choice but to tear through this book!"—Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.(Publishers Weekly)

And thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Julie Musil, I was given this lovely award on Mother's Day and want to pass it along to the following women:
Charmaine Clancy @
Kelly Polark @
Nicole Ducleroir @
Roxy Hanie @

On a final note, our family is going out of town for a wedding this weekend, so it may be Sunday before I post again on Head in the Clouds. I hope you all have a fantabulous weekend! Tory


  1. Jess Ross @ WCPLMay 13, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Tory! I am SOOO Glad you guys came to storytime yesterday! Of course, next time Jenny our super summer Children's Coordinator will probably be doing the story (SO much better than me!) but I love to fill-in in a pinch! Your kiddos are so precious! :)

    Well, the following are the most circulated YA fiction books at the WCPL for the last few weeks. Since I missed last week, I am combining them :)

    1. The entire Twilight series is still top of the list!
    2. Harry Potter is a close second, still popular long after the last book was released
    3. Tied are
    -Eldest, by Christopher Paolini, (the 2nd book in the Eragon series)
    -Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, (1st book in the Inkheart trilogy)
    -The Bad Beginning, (Book 1 in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events)
    4. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier.
    This book is the only break in the list from popular fantasy. It was originally published in 1974, was highly sucessful, was re-released a few years ago in 2004, and young people STILL read it today. It was checked out 6 times in the last 2 weeks here and it was written for YA in 1974! A book with that kind of longevity deserves a spot on the "To Read" list!
    Online Review:
    Does Jerry Renault dare to disturb the universe? You wouldn't think that his refusal to sell chocolates during his school's fundraiser would create such a stir, but it does; it's as if the whole school comes apart at the seams. To some, Jerry is a hero, but to others, he becomes a scapegoat--a target for their pent-up hatred. And Jerry? He's just trying to stand up for what he believes, but perhaps there is no way for him to escape becoming a pawn in this game of control; students are pitted against other students, fighting for honor--or are they fighting for their lives? In 1974, author Robert Cormier dared to disturb our universe when this book was first published. And now, with a new introduction by the celebrated author, The Chocolate War stands ready to shock a new group of teen readers.
    As you can see, Fantasy still rules supreme in YA fiction reading right now. However, there are those "true-to-life" fiction stories that come along and captivate the minds of teens and YA's generation after generation! See, Tory? That will be YOUR book that we are talking about 35 years from now, Still reeling in the circulation numbers at public libraries for decades!:)
    Have a great weekend everyone!
    (I am leaving tonight to go to Gulf Shores for the Hangout Music Festival! YEA!!!)

  2. Thanks Tory for the beautiful award. Loved your last post, it's good to be reminded I'm not the only mum that has 'those' days (today seems to be going well, fingers crossed).
    I have 'Before I Fall' on my book shelf and must get to it soon.
    Have a good trip. :-)

  3. Hey there! I'm glad to hear the good news about well-behaved kiddos and progress on your WIP! The book "Before I Fall" looks interesting too -- I might have to check it out. Hope you have a fun weekend!

  4. Hi Tory! Thanks for the gorgeous award!! You have no idea how much I appreciate it -- it's been a crazy week and I needed some cheering up. You rock!!!

    ((hugs)) Nicole

  5. Thanks so much for the award, Tory! That is one accomplished day to have the house clean and some words written! I hate to say I am not the best housekeeper...
    Your family picture at the top of your blog makes me smile every time. What a great photo!

  6. Jess - Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to run the stats for us bloggers! We love your input and look forward to seeing what trend YA readers are following.

    Charmaine, Shelley, Nicole, and Kelly - I'm thrilled to have you gals as followers. At times, writing is one tough hobby/job! I'm still not sure if this passion in life is a talent, gift, or curse? But at the end of the day, it's reassuring to see your encouraging comments under my post. I hope you all have a wonderful week! Tory