Monday, May 10, 2010

An Important Announcement

Melanie's Musings has moved to Wordpress and a new server!

The fab new layout and latest posts can be found at

The only glitch is that my followers (you!) haven't followed me over, so if you'd like to continue reading my latest posts, you'll have to re-add me. I'd love it if you did so. I don't want to lose you!

And if you'd help me spread the word about my move, I'd really appreciate it!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Books To Trade

Hey guys! My bookshelf is in major need of being cleared out, so here's a list of books I have to trade. I have a wishlist on amazon, it's not complete though, so if you see something you want feel free to simply email me with a list of what you have. My email is:

Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
The Tear Collector by Patrich Jones
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Today I Will by Eileen and Jerry Spinelli
Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber
Role of a Lifetime by James Brown
Days of Little Texas by R.A. Nelson
Dog Spelled Backwards by Mordecai Siegal
Jessica's Guide to Dating on The Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Ana's Story by Jenna Bush
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Pathway by Laurel Mellin

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan
Loving Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan
The Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street
Edmund Bertram's Diary by Amanda Grange
Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife by Linda Berdoll
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Keeping In Line by Courtney Brandt
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Border Crossing by Jessica Lee Anderson
Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris
Wretched (this is my sorry) by Katherine Marple
The Gand Hotel by Mary Davis
Sweet Violet by Catherine Palmer
Hear No Evil by Matthew Paul Turner
Wild Heather by Catherine Palmer
Fighting For Tony by Mary Callahan
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Beneath A Southern Sky by Deborah Raney
Home Another Way by Christa Parrish
Isolation by Travis Thrasher
Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson
The Gathering Dawn by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford
Girl In The Mirror by Denise Crittendon
Me & Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
Post Grad by Emily Cassel
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
The Fields of Glory by Gilbert Morris
A Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick

Once again, my email is Looking forward to hearing from you! :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I did it. Again.

I don't know about you, but I have some pretty bad habits. Lately, one particular habit's been getting worse. This one:

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Leaving the keys in the door. On the outside. I'm not sure when this started, or why, but I obviously need to stop.

What about you? Any odd habits that you can't seem to kick?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I think the summary from Goodreads does a great job summing up this novel:

The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves--Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

There's something about Stephenie Meyer's writing that makes her books incredibly hard to put down. The world she's built is this novel is fascinating, and I'd walk away from the book only to find myself walking back a few minutes later for "just another chapter." Yeah, right. I finished this book within a couple days.

Wanderer's thoughts on the human race were probably more accurate than I'd like to admit, and I really enjoyed reading them.

My favorite aspect of The Host was the romance. It was confusing and wonderful. Mostly confusing. For those of you who have read the book, who's your favorite, Ian or Jared? Ian for me, I think.

I would have loved to have a map of the cave in the book, but I was able to make due without one.

The ending of this book wasn't the best, in my opinion. Although I liked the way it ended, the last couple pages just didn't sit right. I've heard rumors of a sequel, and if so, that would make the ending make more sense.

As someone who hasn't read much science fiction, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Host. It kept me entertained and was well worth the time spent.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Lani and Erin are complete opposites, yet they're also best friends. Lately, Lani hasn't been hanging out with the same group so much, and she feels as if they're sort growing apart. Little does she know when Erin starts to date Jason that something will happen that could tear them apart forever.

As someone who's been brought up to think that horoscopes, tarot cards, and palm readings are nothing but bunches of hog wash, it was really interesting to read about Lani's exploits in that area. After all, who's to say it's completely impossible?

Lani's voice is an accurate portrayal of many teen girls I know, and the dialogue in this book is something I can imagine actually taking place. She even has an irritating way of saying "like" too much. That's a habit I'm trying to break myself of right now!

I didn't really like Erin that much. She's very melodramatic and sometimes just plain mean. Jason was nice enough, although I wasn't completely smitten with him. Sometimes I felt he was a bit cowardly about some things. I think I would have liked him a bit more if he'd been a little braver. Conner was the boy that I ended up really liking. He was sweet and funny and did whatever he could to help Lani. Blake, Lani's friend who's gay, has a lot of strength. I would love to have a friend like him.

In the end, this book addresses the issue of just how far loyalty should go between friends. Do you keep the boy and lose the friend, or lose the boy and hope you keep the friend? Or maybe just do what you can then leave it up to fate.

Something Like Fate* releases tomorrow on May 4th, so you can find out then!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

One Year Ago Today

I've always liked the Blogoversary buttons, but a few days ago I looked at it and realized it had malfunctioned. I'm not sure what happened, but I know thiss blog's anniversary is today, not a few months from now, so the friendly widget had to go bye-bye.

Alas, lamenting the loss of the widget is not the purpose of this post!
365 days ago, I started this blog. And I'm still here! Thanks to everyone who's stopped by, and here's to another successful and, most importantly, fun year.
Lots of love,


Friday, April 30, 2010

Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

Kaitlin Malone hates the Crutchfields. For all her life, she's been told that the Crutchfields are at fault for all the Malone's problems.

She and her sister are forced to attend a public school since the Malones can no longer afford the tuition to the private school they normally attend. There Kait meets a boy. During lunch, Bram draws while she writes. She finds herself falling for him. Then she realizes that he's a Crutchfield.

The title was the first thing that attracted me to this book. I wanted to know more about Scribbler of Dreams immediately. As well as attracting me to the book, it also turned out to be a perfect fit.

The hate between the two families is very similar to the play Romeo and Juliet. I learned this by reading the summary on Amazon, and I was anxious to see whether or not Kait and Bram would meet the same fate.

Scribbler of Dreams was a book I couldn't put down. I found myself trying to focus on something (namely, schoolwork), only to end up being distracted by my thoughts on the book, giving in to read just one more chapter. Of course, things didn't turn out that way, and I finished this book within a few hours. It was certainly worth the time spent.

For more info, check out Mary E. Pearson's website!

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