"You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real"

I love when I can quote Van Halen while still hearing the fabulous Glee version in my head as I quote it. Perhaps this is due to driving around with Glee sound track at full blast?!

I just thought I would do a bit of bookish/bloggish updates to those who are curious.

First of all, I have finished student teaching (yes you can take a shot in your respective homes in honor of me not failing out, I give you full permission :-P). What does this mean for you? Why more book reviews, hopefully more interviews, and more guest posts. Oh, and with my upcoming employment in the wonderful field of substitute teaching, I am hoping to host more contests with some tenner books, hopefully one a month beginning in February.

Second, I have obtained 271 followers which means I am putting another winner into my Tis the Season Contest, that winner will be able to choose one book from the prize pile, to which I have added Pride And Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen. Also, I know when I fill out those forms sometimes I never put in links because I haven’t posted, blogged or linked the contest yet, so I know that can be discouraging to some, so here’s my compromise, if you make a post about my contest, but didn’t put it in the form, just post the link in the comments here and I will give you the extra entries.
Here’s some enticing books I’m offering up:
Looking For Alaska by John Green – 2 copies
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Peeps by Scott Westerfield – 2 copies
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Waiting For You & Take Me There by Susan Colasanti
Just Listen, This Lullaby (2 copies), Dreamland, How To Deal, Someone Like You, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Firebringer by David Clement-Davies
Vampire Academy and Frostbite by Richelle Mead
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Willow by Julie Hoban
anddd there’s more but I don’t want to put you to sleep with the details. In fact, you can just copy paste those titles when you blog about my contest ๐Ÿ˜€

Third, I have a lovely list of books I’ve read recently, yet have not reviewed, so expect a review for these books to crop up soon: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Accidental Lessons by Dave Bernier, Looking For Alaska by John Green, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Love Is The Higher Law by Dave Leviathan, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules by Jeff Kinney, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Fourth there are some really cool challenges I am entering for 2010:
J. Kaye’s YA Challenge – Super Size Me – I will be reading at least 75 YA books in 2010
J. Kaye’s 100+ Challenge
The Story Siren’s 10ers Challenge – I plan on buying one tenner book per month and reading it.
Here are some potentials:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Shadow Hills by Anastacia Hopcus
The Mark by Jen Nadol
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
The Line by Terri Hall
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

The Chunkster Challenge – Chubby Chunkster level
The Graphic Novel Challenge – Beginner

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Anastasia Hopcus says

    I'm so glad Shadow Hills is one of your potential reads!

  2. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says

    Congrats on hitting 275!

  3. Star Shadow says

    You have an award waiting for you over at Star Shadow http://star-shadowcreativeconcepts.blogspot.com/2009/12/award.html

  4. Congratulations! That is fantastic news! ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet it feels good to have that part of your life behind you.


  5. Star Shadow says

    glad I made your day, Great Blog… happy holidays

    be sure to enter the Ring In the new year giveaway if you have not yet

    You can Enter Here… http://star-shadowcreativeconcepts.blogspot.com/2009/12/ring-in-new-year-giveaway-4-winners.html

  6. I see you're now at 289 followers. I hope it keeps growing.

  7. Interesting list of books. The challenges are just that, a challenge. I've been so busy lately, I'm not getting to read anywhere as much as I did before.
    I look forward to your reviews.

  8. Forgot. Congratulations on finishing your student teaching. It is always such a relief to be over major hurdles like that. I loved my student teaching and didn't want to finish.

  9. Congrats on finishing your student teaching. Good luck with all your soon to come subbing!!!Oh and also congrats on the amount of followers you now have!!!

    HAPPY New Year!!!

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