Summer Lovin’: We Go Together

Todays Participation topic is…
Graduation Day!

List your accomplishments, big and small.
Did you make some new friends? Call them out.
Then hop around and congratulate the other participants on their successes.

This has been the most fun I’ve had on the internet. Everyone and everything was just so lovely and wonderful. All the book bloggers were friendly and amazing. You guys surpassed my page views twice over! Thank you. I love you guys. This last day is simply bittersweet. I had so much fun and it’s so sad that it has to end. But I hope to see you all on the next one~

So my accomplishments: I was able to read only 3 books even though I aimed for 4. I finished and reviewed Star Crossed by Alisha Watts, Unpredictable by Eileen Cook, and Poison by Bridget Zinn. It was just too fun to stay in front of the laptop! I was able to start 2 books though – Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which are both wonderful books! I just need to find the time to finish them. 🙂

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My Participation Posts: Class Orientation (featuring Me and My Goals), You’re the One That I Want (featuring 4 recommended books), Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Featuring Kyra from Poison by Bridget Zinn), Tears on My Pillow (featuring Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan) , Whole Lotta Shakin Going On (featuring some midweek updates), Hound Dog (featuring Morpheus, Ariel, and Warner), We Go Together (this post!)

My Challenge Posts: Teaser Tidbits (featuring Splintered by A.G. Howard), Cover Re-do (featuring Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins), Page 99 Test (featuring Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella), Book Spine Poetry (featuring my 2 own poems~), Cover Title Scramble (featuring a little guessing game), Summer Flings (featuring Etienne and Alex), and Book Cover Guessing Game (FINISHED! Thanks to Nara!)

My Bingo Card~

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I also won Clicks by Amy Evans during the first round of the Greased Lightnin’ Twitter Party, and I am so excited to read it~

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Enough about me, let’s go to all the other wonderful bloggers out there~ I didn’t really have enough time to read everyone’s posts even though I tried! I just didn’t have enough time, but it was fun seeing other people’s posts. Anyway, this part is for some special mentions. People or Posts I really loved. 🙂

Best Tour Host Ever: Reviewing Wonderland! A special shout out to the rest of the hosts too: Read.Sleep.Repeat., Love.Lofe.Read, Oh,Chrys, Shelf Addiction, Tumbling Books, and Effortlessly Reading.

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The Author Features were wonderful. I got to know more about them, and I was able to add more books to my TBR list! There were good interviews and reviews~ 😀

MY FAVORITE BOOK COVER RE-DOS:

MY FAVORITE BOOK SPINE POEMS are by:

MY FAVORITE HOUND DOG/SUMMER FLING CHOICE:

Oh, and of course all the lovely people who followed, liked and commented. I do not even know how to start listing all of you! But I shall try (if i forget anyone, please let me know! I’m also keeping this list in case I forgot to follow some of you. I’m such a scatterbrain and tend to forget to click the Bloglovin’ buttons or email subscriptions. I did follow the WP users though. :D)

And now is the time we all hold hands while the drum rolls to announce the winners. Good luck everyone! Win or lose, this was an AWESOME Read-a-thon! 😀

Sit back, relax, read a book~

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Summer Lovin’: Whole Lotta Shakin Going On

Share your progress – How many books have you read so far? Have you gotten off track? What are your plans for the rest of the read-a-thon?

Let’s take a minute to support each other! Jump through the linky list and show fellow readers some comment love.

It’s Day 5, and I have had so much fun! This was a really great read-a-thon, and a really great week for me. So far, I have finished Star Crossed by Alisha Watts and Unpredictable by Eileen Cook. I also squeezed in Poison by Bridget Zinn in between. I am currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and I am on Chapter 7. I plan to read more of it later and hopefully finish it today. My last book for the read-a-thon would be Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me? and I am so excited to read it. I’m also looking forward to the rest of the activities for the weekend~

And now, I shall go blog hopping~ Please forgive my awkward when I pass by and leave you my sincerest love.

Shimmies away~

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Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon: Cover Title Scramble

Guidelines

  • Pick 5 from each month and unscramble them. Each grouping of letters is one word (and I have kept the words in order)
  • Put the answers in your blog post
  • Submit your answers below using the linky form

Are you brave enough to crack the codes? Without further ado, here at the titles:

May Titles:

1) hte   h5t   vewa – THE 5TH WAVE
2) eht   scetrsahnen – THE ENCHANTRESS(?)
3) ginwre – WINGER
4) sujt   neo   skis – JUST ONE KISS
5) yan   shduesc  lwil   od – ANY DUCHESS WILL DO
6) ti   dha   ot   eb    ]uyo – IT HAD TO BE YOU
7) tols  dan   dfnuo – LOST AND FOUND
8) het   yelbon  gnki – THE BOLEYN KING
9) neoc  noup   a   niprec – ONCE UPON A PRINCE

June Titles:
1) het   nomo   dan  remo  – THE MOON AND MORE
2) ormts  dna  egies – STORM AND SIEGE
3) rtas    dsceur  – STAR CURSED
4) teswe  lsat   ira  – SWEET LAST AIR
5) het   crenwmeo – THE ________
6) veorfre   oto   rfa – FOREVER TOO FAR
7) het  miatng   fo  deyrr  uanacvhga  – THE TAMING OF RYDER CAVANAUGH
8) wot  fo  a  dnki  – TWO OF A KIND
9)  neo   etswe  deri – ONE SWEET RIDE
10) hwta  hte   kedu   sesdeir – WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES
11) kifagn   ti – FAKING IT
July Titles:

1) fi   het  ohes   tisf   – IF THE SHOE FITS
2) eth   eegd   fo  vnere – THE EDGE OF NEVER
3) rfits  gisht   a   veonl  – FIRST SIGHT A NOVEL
4) utre   lvoe  – TRUE LOVE
5) ehtre   tletil   rdswo – THREE LITTLE WORDS
6) eht   gniht  si  velia – THE NIGHT IS ALIVE
7) feprcte  gifln  – PERFECT FLING
8) scoseh  hte   gronw   ugy   veag   imh  het  gwonr  gefrni – CHOSE THE WRONG GUY GAVE HIM THE WRONG FINGER
9) meoh  ot   kewihsy   kecre – HOME TO WHISKEY CREEK

August Titles:
1) lafl   fo   veif – FALL OF FIVE
2) wrnco    fo    gdminhit – CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
3) hte   desah  fo  het   onom – THE SHADE OF THE MOON
4) sero  bahrro   ni  mlobo – ROSE HARBOR IN BLOOM
5) eht   rohe – THE HERO
6) gib   ysk diwengd  – BIG SKY WEDDING
7) yatacasw  veoc  a  ltehrse  yab   venlo – CASTAWAY COVE A SHELTER BAY NOVEL
8)  siht   rilg   a   veonl  – THIS GIRL A NOVEL
9) mtetapinto – TEMPTATION

Most of these are just guesses. That was really fun though. I love word games (nerd. haha!). I wonder how I did…

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Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon: Tears on my Pillow

Tears on my pillow: Share a quote from your current read or tell us about a book that really pulled on your heart strings. What was it about that book/quote that made you cry?

Okay, I don’t really like crying because I end up looking like a tomato. Seriously. So I barely let my tears fall. Whenever there are some really dramatic things happening in a book, my chest hurts and I feel for them, but I try to avoid crying. Although, I really like books that give me tears of joy – when characters do something so sweet or so touching. So I chose Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, which is one of my favorites because it’s really good. I was so touched by the ending, and I couldn’t help the tears. I had to hide myself from my brothers because they might have teased me. Haha!

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Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Authors: John Green and David Levithan
Published: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Children’s
ISBN13: 9780525421580

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*SPOILERS*

Why I cried: So this is about Tiny, Will1’s gay best friend. I love him so much because he’s just a huge bundle of joy. He’s not your typical gay guy. He’s really huge and he plays football, and he’s very flamboyant so he attracts a lot of attention. He just seems so awesome. But deep down inside, he feels so alone and unappreciated, yet he cares so much for other people. Other people take him for granted because he shows of this exuberant self and they forget that he’s a person too that needs others to care for him. He does everything for all these people who don’t even give anything back. But in the end, Will2 (ex-boyfriend) plots something for him. After Tiny’s self-written musical about himself, Will2 shouts from the audience, “I’m Will Grayson, and I appreciate you Tiny Cooper.” Not only that, Will2 called Will Graysons from all over the area beforehand to ask them to do the same thing, even if they didn’t know him. A couple of them actually did, and then everyone else (the non-Will Graysons) join in, and tell Tiny how much they appreciate him. It was just so sweet and so heart-warming. I love this book. Sometimes we forget about these people who care for us and just take them for granted. It’s nice to let them know that we appreciate them. I surely want to feel that.

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Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon: Book Spine Poetry

This is my first time doing this so I doubt my skills a little. This challenge left my book closet (and my mind) a little disheveled in my search for books to use. Anyway, I made two. Always good to have a back up. 😛 The first one was the one I thought a lot about. The second one was a random discovery while staring at the spines. It just so happens they were sticking close together. Haha. Anyway, here ya go~

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The Fault in Our Stars

Reckless through the ever night
Pandemonium Across the Universe
So Silver Bright
Banished under the never sky
Let the sky fall

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Wicked delirium
The madness underneath
Poison
Unforsaken requiem

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Summer Lovin’: Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee

Featuring: Favorite Fictional Females

This one was difficult for me because I don’t really have favorites. There are those that I tend to really like, but as far as favorites go, it’s always a tough choice. So I took the easy way out and just chose a book on my re-read list (because I love the book and must read it again). I chose Poison by Bridget Zinn, which is a really GOOD book. And for my creative output, I thought of just doing a short bio for her. I cannot really give an actress for her because I’m not that updated with film or television. I don’t know a lot of celebrities. The cover makes a good picture anyway. Although she reminds me of Liv Tyler – a younger version maybe. A lot of details were omitted to avoid spoilers~ Anyway, here goes…

1Name: Kyra, aka “Kitty”
Age: 16
Occupation: Master Potioner
Residence: Somewhere in the Kingdom of Mohr
Affiliation: Master Trio of Potioners
Goal: to save the kingdom, whatever it takes

Skills & Interests
– potions, combat, weaponry, efficiency, intelligence, etc.
– humor and food

Description
Hair Length: Long
Hair Color: Black
Hair Type: Wavy
Eye Color: Olive
Skin: Pale

Relationships
Best Friend: Princess Ariana
Sidekick: Rosie, the Katzenheim pig
Crush: Fred
Combat Trainer: Dartagn
Co-potioners: Hal and Ned

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Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon: Page 99 Test

This is the Page 99 Test

  • If you have never done this before, the object of the game is to pick a book you have not yet read, turn to page 99 and read that page. Then you give a synopsis of that page and tell us if, based only on that page, would you want to read this book?
  • Please remember to give a synopsis ONLY, no spoilers and no plagarism.
  • So get to it! Read that page and let us know what you think? Did it contain any really good teasers? Want to finish the book to find out what was going on?

I chose Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me? as it is one of reading goals for this read-a-thon. This will be my last book for the week because I want to end in a good note, and I just love Sophie Kinsella. So anyway, on to page 99~

In this page, Lexi seems to have found out that she lives in a really, really nice home, and that she is married to someone named Eric Gardiner. She is ecstatic about the place that she twirled around in glee, which caused her to break some expensive-looking ornament. She gets worried over this, but her thoughts are interrupted by an alert message on a giant screen.

That’s where the page ends! So I don’t know what the message is either. I am very much intrigued. I can already see Sophie Kinsella’s entertaining writing in this page, and I am really excited to read the whole book!

About the book:

Click on the image to open the book's Goodreads page.

Click on the image to open the book’s Goodreads page.

Title: Remember Me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
ISBN13: 9780440242406
Published: February 26, 2008
Publisher: Dell

Synopsis: When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

I am EXCITED~

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Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon: Cover Re-do

So for today’s challenge post, we need to do a cover re-do of any book that we choose. Now, this is definitely a challenge! I lack art skills, I think. But I shall try anyway. No harm in trying. So I chose Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. The current cover is nice, but I hate that they changed it for the last book! I already have Anna and the French Kiss as well as Lola and the Boy Next Door with the old cover, and then they changed it. So I shall attempt to change it back, which might be a little difficult without reading the book. I shall just assume details through the Goodreads page.

So here are the old covers for reference:

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And here is the new cover along with my re-do:

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From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

I used Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone because they fit the couple description. Tall and lanky guy and a little redhead. Emma Stone isn’t that little, but I think it works? They’re a cute couple. It was hard looking for pictures though, becuase Emma Stone is mostly blonde. I had to make do. The first picture looks like a movie poster. I like the second picture because the colors are close to the original covers. I didn’t really edit it much because I don’t know how. I also didn’t know what colors or type to use for the font. I only achieved the author font, I think. Any suggestions to make it better?

What do you think? x_x

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