Sunday, November 15, 2009

In My Mailbox ( 11/9 to 11/14)

I am "stealing" this from The Story Siren. If you want to find out more about it click here. Anyway, these are books I got this week at the bookstore, library, and in the mail, of course.

For Review:

Nanny Returns by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus ( Looking forward reading to this!)

Ten years after her original misadventures in babysitting, Nan returns to NYC in this saucy sequel to the phenomenal bestseller The Nanny Diaries. Now married and pondering motherhood herself, the recovering caregiver is about to get a whole new perspective on childrearing. Her trouble former charge bursts back into her life and her new consulting business introduces her to nannying's sophisticated older sister: private school. With the same biting wit and tender heart that marked the original, this long-awaited follow-up skewers the elite culture of "outsourced parenting" on the razor-sharp tip of a 21st-century Mary Poppins umbrella. It's as funny as it is affecting: call it chicklit with a conscience.

The Bought:

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert ( I've heard SO MANY great things about this one!)

Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliched ones where a diva hits her highest note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner telling the story of their life in three minutes, the chorus reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the "Stories of Suburbia" notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre and often tragic events from suburbs all over and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed "ballads" written by her friends in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Those "ballads" were heartbreakingly honest tales of the moments when life changes and a kid is forced to grow up too soon. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she was leaving town after a series of disastrous events at the end of her junior year. Four years later, Kara returns to face the music, and tells the tale of her first three years of high school with her friends' "ballads" interspersed throughout.

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph ( Took me forever to finally get my hands on this. Ugh, bad Barnes and Noble. lol )

High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class.
But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out - doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T - and to everyone's shock, she's a hit!

Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ's awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest -- and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize - Sweet T's dream could turn into Tere's worst nightmare...
And this isn't book related, but I'm still supper excited about it!!

Glee: The Music, Volume 1 
This is defnitly one of the best shows of the Fall '09 season which I personally think everyone should watch! :) My favorite songs from the soundtrack would probably be: Defying Gravity, Sweet Carolina, Alone, Maybe This Time..... well basically they all are my favorites. lol. So, are there any other Glee fans out there that read this blog?!?
The Borrowed:

  Charmed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Pretty Committee by Lisi Harrison ( Yes, I do read this series, don't laugh. lol. Though, I do seriously give props to Lisi for writing each and everyone of these herself and not handing it off to a ghost writer.)
Happy New Clique!

Once upon a time, in Westchester and Orlando, there were four betas just waiting for their alpha. It took a miracle to bring the Pretty Committee together--or rather, a New Year's Yves party. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it just cliques.

Massie Block: Is destined to lead, but trapped as a beta in the Ahnabees, the top clique at PMS (Presbyterian Middle School). She has ah-mazing ideas--Friday night sleepovers, Gossip Points, and atching charm bracelets. When will it be her time to rule.

Alicia Rivera: Is dying to lead the Body Alive Dance Studio Squad. With the captain on vaca­tion, BADSS's live performance on Merri Lee Marvil's New Year's Yves show is her chance to shine. Will she prove herself alpha-worthy--or will she need to find a whole new clique?

Dylan Marvil: Is done, done, and done with people kissing her teeny-tiny butt just because her mom is famous. But who would be brave enough to stand up to someone so Marvilous.

Kristen Gregory: Has made a New Year's reso­lution to make friends and get a life. Escape from Planet Loser starts . . . now!

Claire Lyons: Is psyched times ten to win a last-minute invitation to the New Year's Yves satellite party in Orlando. But first she needs to sneak out of the house. And the countdown to midnight begins in ten . . . nine . . . eight . . .

The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.


  1. I haven't read any of the books in your mailbox so I'll be interested to read your reviews as always. Enjoy!

  2. Ooh, great books! Can't believe you got The Nanny Returns, so lucky! And I've heard great things about Ballads of Suburbia and Shrinking Violent - I hope you enjoy them too! Happy reading!

  3. Nanny Returns sounds great! I've never read the books (although I should), but I LOVED the movie! Also, I just finished Charmed & Dangerous and it was very cute. Enjoy! :D

  4. great books you've got, enjoy reading!

  5. great books this week! and yay for Glee!! hope you enjoy them all! happy reading... and listening!

  6. Glee! Love that show! Awesome books this week! Still haven't read Ballads Of Suburbia, but I plan on getting to it soon. Happy reading!

  7. Nanny Returns sounds fun, and OMG the Glee soundtrack! I have to get that!

  8. Hope you enjoy Shrinking Violet--I sure did. And the GLEE soundtrack? Major envy!!!

  9. Very excited to hear that there's a Nanny Diaries sequel. I always wondered what happened to her and to the X family.

    GLEE! I love this soundtrack. It has not left my iPod/computer since I got it.

    Happy reading!

  10. great books! I really want to read Ballads of Suburbia! Enjoy and Happy reading!

  11. I really like Defying Gravity on the Glee soundtrack, Thanks for sharing. I found your blog while searching for something.

    Since its relevant here and you might find it fun/useful. I also wanted to give a plug for a site Ive been working on that helps people share songs with their friends. Its free, easy and there's no account signup. Login with Facebook. Hope you like it. Thanks!

  12. Great books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  13. I love Glee! I was thinking about buying the soundtrack...are you liking it?

  14. Ditto to Glee. It's absolutely the best new show this season!


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