Jul 30, 2009

I'm home! (and got me some new books! wii!!!)

After more than a week away from home, I'm finally back!
I've missed my house, my room, my bed, my TV, and most importantly, my dog Peyton. Here she is:
Isn't she cute? I think so.

So, I've got a few things to share with you:

I found
Graceling! In Spanish! A year after its release in the US, just a year! Now that is important. And of course, I bought it.Notice the sentence below Graceling? It means The Seven Kingdoms I
What I liked about it was that it's the same cover than the US one. It was the 1st thing I saw when entering the store, and I grabbed it and didn't let go.

I am officially opening a rehab centre for Bookaholics; it'll be called
BBA (Bookaholics Blogging Anonymously). No joke.
I have a problem. I buy too many books, when I should be saving for college, and for my end of HS trip to Bariloche (google it. Beautiful city, right in my province).

I must have spent like 200-250 pesos in books this month! That is
a lot.
Most of them were new, just one was used.

I got:
Graceling; VD: The Awakening, and The Struggle (just finished it); Nights in Rodanthe (lovely book, review is coming); Los Días Del Venado (can you believe I forgot it at my grandma's? noooo!!!); The Dog Walker (looks good, I read a similar book and loved it, so...); and a bunch more. (all of them in Spanish, it's hard to get your hands on books in English around here).

So, I thought "
Maybe when I get back home I'll find something nice for me!".
Boy, was I dreaming!
I'm still (
still!) waiting for my books and mail. My 1st win was Twenty Boy Summer, more than a month ago! This is certainly testing my patience. I thank my personal god for having other books to read while waiting.

Last Monday 20th was
Friend's Day here in Argentina :o)
Sadly, I was out of town, and most of my friends were too, so we're getting together this Saturday!
Do you have a Friend's Day in your Country? Or sth similar?
It's a great day, really. We share meals, mates, cakes, presents..
And we get to spend the day with our lovely group of friends,
my beautiful people, as I call them.

I just learned that the actress that played Victoria in Twilight won't be back for Eclipse (that character doesn't show up in New Moon)!
(old Victoria-new Victoria)

Rachelle's being replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, Lady in the Water). I think they actually look alike, do you?
Anyway, I hate it when they do stuff like this! Changing actors is the worst move they can do. Remember when the wanted to change Taylor Lautner (Jacob) because Jacob's character's supposed to be bigger than he was in Twilight? Look at Taylor now, that's all I have to say (I still think he has a baby face, but that body...).

Ok, my BP (beautiful people), I'm going...
to bed!


Jul 28, 2009

I'm almost home... (and a question to you all)

...not yet though.
I'm getting home and still waiting for my books and mail to get to me!
I've been waiting for some stuff for more than a month!
I asked my mum if there was anything for me at home, and she said no... So, I wonder, why haven't I recieved my books yet?

I won 3 -maybe 4- in giveaways, and most were being sent by the publishers. So, I have a question:
How long does it take before publishers sent the books to their winners?
It must take longer to people outside the US, so that's why I have been waiting patiently until now... I thought that was the reason. I'm starting to think there could be something else behind it.
And I'm also starting to think the PO has something to do with it. Argentinian PO, that is.

So, I'm going to keep on waiting, I'm bound to get something eventually.

A question to you:
How long does it take
you to receive something you've won in a giveaway -book or not? Does it take longer if it comes from a publisher rather than a blogger?

I'm going home tomorrow so I'll be back with full energy to monkey around with you all!
Have a good Tuesday,

Jul 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe!

Happy 23rd B-Day to you!


Awards, awards

#1 Blogger Award & Let's Be Friends Award from Wdebo @ The Electrical Book Café and More
Thanks Wdebo!

Blogs that received the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers.
(same goes to #1 Blogger Award)

Lazy me... (I'll post the 8 bloggers when I go back home).


Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf awarded me with the
Kreativ Blogger Award!
Once you receive this award, you need to list seven of your favorite things. As I happily accept this Kreativ Blogger Award, here’s the list of seven things that I love ; then nominate 7 other blogs to receive it.

7 Things I Love (atm):

1. Reading
2. Sleeping
3. Watching films
4. Listening to the radio -old school-
5. Peyton -my dog-
6. My friends
7. My mp4

7 Bloggers I Nominate:

1. Wdebo @ The Electrical Book Café and More
2. Senfaye @ A Maze Of Books
3. Kristi @ The Story Siren
4. Kim @ The Book Butterfly
5. Ladybug @ Escape in a Book
6. Diane @ The Book Resort
7. Sarah @ Sarah's Random Musings

Suzanne @ Chick with Books awarded me with
Heartfelt Blogger Award!
Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when you’re relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family & friends? You know that feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea ~ or a hot toddy? That is what the Heartfelt award is all about feeling warm inside! Diane @ The Book Resort, created this award to express that toasty feeling.

The Rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.


1. Diane @ The Book Resort
2. Shesten @ IHM.com
3. Nadine @ First Draft

And I'm giving away my very own Monkey Award: the Funny Blog Award!

Award's Description:
The Funny Blog Award is to be given to a Blog
whose Posts and/or Features make you smile :o)
Do you have a Blog whose
funny posts make you laugh out loud?
Then spread the monkey-love
and give this Award to up to 5 Funny Bloggers!

Funny Bloggers who receive this award:

1. Lauren @ Lauren's Bite
(Lauren's Twilight blog)
-and 2. for her Busy Bee Lauren
(Lauren's personal blog)
3. Khy @ Frenetic Reader
4. Diane @ The Book Resort
5. Lenore @ Presenting Lenore
(love her kitties)

Their posts make me smile, even laugh sometimes, and if you haven't visited their blogs yet,
shame on you!


ps: I'm still on vaca, so I'll let these beautiful people know they've won when:
a) I go to a cyber cafe
or b) when I go back home (in like, a week)

Jul 21, 2009

Today's Book: Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

Summary (from Amazon):
A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror...  
Elena Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan. Stefan Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion. Damon Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him. The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.
My Opinion:

The first thing I thought about this was "How similar to Twilight this is". There's a girl, and a guy who does everything he can to stay away from her, but eventually falls for her. And there's no Jacob, but Damon. He's evil, though.
So I can't help but wonder: Did SM get her inspiration from TVD? Looked like it.
Overall, I liked how the story wasn't told from just one of character's POV, 3rd person worked really well in this book. Cause I got to see what Elena, Stefan, and sometimes their friends thought when dealing the same situations. So that was a plus.
But it was way too short for me, and I felt like I knew how it was going to end, when I was half way through.
One of the things I didn't like was how Elena let Damon manipulate her. Sometimes you could tell he was "dazzling" her, and she did what he wanted, but then there were times were this wasn't so implicit, and I got mad at her. But I guess that was the whole point of the scene.
I really liked it, and I'll be searching the sequel soon.

Monkey Rating: 4 Monkeys!

*How long did it take Ella to read the book?
- 4 days

*Did she like or relate to any of the characters?
- No, I felt like I was watching them from afar.

*What was her favourite line/part of the book?
- When Stefan told Elena about Katherine, I fell in love with him <3>

*Was this a good read for Ella? Did she get stuck at some point?
-It was a very good read :o)

*Author's Website: http://www.ljanesmith.net/

Get It!
-From Amazon

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (February 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061020001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061020001
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

ps: Kudos to Stephanie Kuehnert
on her book release!Ballads of Suburbia in stores TODAY!

Jul 18, 2009

I'm going on Vaca

<--- That's where I'm going, Lincoln.

And won't be around for at least 10 days.
My grandma doesn't have a computer, and I'll have to go to a cyber cafe to open my e-mail.
I'll post a few entries I have saved if I get the chance. If not, comment on how you like the blog's new look!

Have fun,
Be safe,
Read books.

New Blog Look

I've been wanting to change my blog's template for a while, but I couldn't find one that made me say "OK, I'll change my current template". But I found this one, and loved how it looked, so I'm keeping it.
The bad thing about this template is that I can't change the fonts' size/colour, so my links are hidden in between the rest of the post. From now on, I'll colour them so they stand out. But I won't do it in the previous posts, that would take me forever to finish. Another thing is that the font size is too little, so I'm writing this post in Large size so you can read it. I can't change the font size of the columns. So, those will stay as you see them now.
But I'm happy with how it looks now, so cute!

Do you like the change?

Jul 17, 2009

Monkey Buys Books

This week I bought:

Crónicas Vampíricas: Despertar, by L. J. Smith
Vampire Diaries: The Awakening)
Published in Spain last year, and here in Arg, this year!
See what I mean when I say it takes a
while for some books to get here?
It took this book more than a decade to be released in Arg!
Now that is unfair!
I just finished this book, so the review'll be up in a week, when I come back from my vaca!

Los Días Del Venado - La Saga De Los Confines I, by Liliana Bodoc
(in English it's something like
The Days of the Deer- The Confines Saga I)
I've been told that this trilogy is beautiful, magical and mysterious, and I had to read it.
This is the First in the Saga, and I'm reading it for the
First in a Series Challenge.
I know this book is published in several languages, maybe you could find it in a book store near you.
It's about the Discovery of America, and how the natives of the South faced the Conquerors with their magic.
(YA Book)
Can't wait to read it!

Noches de Tormenta, by Nicholas Sparks
Nights in Rodanthe)
I think the cover is so cute, don't you?


The World's Gone Tupsy-Turvy

I just read that Miley Cyrus is going to be starring the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Last Song.
Really? I mean, no offence Miley, but I think I like you better when you're singing, off the screen (
off of any kind of screen). Well maybe not...
She's also going to be starring Aprilynne Pike's
Wings' film adaptation.

I bet she's a sweet girl, but I sincerely do not like her acting.
Sorry Miley, this is just a thought.

begging that these films turn out to be ok,

Jul 16, 2009

Willow Giveaway @ IHM.com

My friend Shesten @ IHeartMonster.com is holding a very cool giveaway for Julia Hoban's Willow.
Go to IHM.com and enter NOW.

Happy Birthday Diane!

I wish you the best, and hope you have a fantastic time today!
May you get the presents *ehem, books* you wished for!
And may you spend this day with your loved ones!

Love you!

1st in Series Challenge

Guidelines for 1st in Series Challenge 2009

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 books that are the first in any series. You may read & list your chosen books any time during the year.
3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.
4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009

I'll be updating my list of books for this challenge as I read them:

1. Marked, by PC and Kristin Cast
2. The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong
Vampire Diaries: The Awakening, by L. J. Smith
Los Días Del Venado, by Liliana Bodoc

Want to join? Go over to J. Kaye's blog and join now!

Jul 15, 2009

What's on your Desk? Wednesday

William from Pick of the Literate tagged me to do this meme.

1. Grab a camera and take a photo of your desk, or anywhere you stack your books/TBR pile. And no tidying! Add this photo to your blog. Tag at least 5 people, and then return to Sassy Brit’s blog and leave a link back to your photo in the Mr. Linky.

2. List at least 5 BOOKISH things on your desk. List at least 5 NON BOOK things. Tag at least 5 people to do the same. Return to Sassy Brit’s blog and leave your link, so everybody can come and visit your blog.

Here's my desk:
5 Non Bookish Things:

1. A cup of mint tea (delicious!)
2. Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" (great album)
3. My mobile (I'm not one of those people that can't live without it)
4. My mp4 (this I can't live without)
5. A speaker (malfunctioning)

Just one Bookish thing:

HP and The Half Blood Prince. I'm reading it again for when the film comes, I remember what's supposed to happen. Cause when I saw a trailer, I was like "where in the book was that?" I've got until the 23rd to read it, it was going to be premiered here on the 15th, but all this swine flu thing...

5 Bloggers I'm Tagging:

1. Diane @ The Book Resort
2. Margaret Stohl @ Beautiful Creatures
3. Angie @ Angieville
4. Wdebo @ The Electrical Book Cafe and More
5. Jo @ Ink And Paper

So, what's on your desk?


Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.

#1 bestselling author Nicholas Sparks's new novel is at once a compelling family drama and a heartrending tale of young love. Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

I want this book because:
1. I loved
Message in a Bottle. LOVED it.
2. I really like this author's stories (
The Notebook and A Walk To Remember are great films, I really want to read the books!)
3. I love sad stories. I do. That's who I am. I love crying when reading and watching films.

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A. S. King.
Watch that trailer, please.

This book is out now. But since I can't buy it here in Arg, and I have to wait till it gets here, it's a WoW for me.

Buy it.

And my last WoW is
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert!

Pre-order it from Amazon, B&N. (man, I wish I lived in the States to buy this!)

Jul 14, 2009

Nooo! Damn you Swine Flu! You cancelled my Book Fair, YOU!

Because of the Swine Flu (Arg is the 3rd country with the most amount of infected people) they've cancelled the 20th Children and YA's Book Fair! That's not fair! (pun intended).
It was supposed to start yesterday (I just found out about it being cancelled) , and I was hoping to go since I'm going to visit my grandma soon, and I could've gone (Bs As is close to Lincoln) with my Mum or my cousins.
These fairs are beautiful, they always have shows, and stands where you can play -games for the little ones and not so little ones too- and all sorts of fun things!
Last year's theme was Pirates, and it looks like this year's was going to be about Frogs (or sth related). Now we'll never now.

And it's not like they're moving it, changing the dates, they are simply cancelling it, until next year!
We don't have so many book fairs like in the US (the ALA right now, the BEA...) this is IT. This one -for YA and kids-, an International one -just finished, and I didn't know about it-, and a 'grown-ups' one -long finished (May). And it's not like you can just go to Buenos Aires, it costs money. A book here is
expensive; for you it may be us$10, but multiply that by 4. That's how much a book costs here, and arg$40 is cheap actually. Breaking Dawn, for instance, costed me arg$ 72. So it's not like I can go with, say, $100 like you do (assumption), I have to have money to spend.

I was reading Kristi's blog and Kristen's Blog (LOL) about ALA, and they were saying that they got
free books (!) and really cheap books (again !!!), and I can tell you that does not happen so often down here.

fear not! I will go up there and attend one (or a few, if the budget lets me) of this awesomes (not sure if that word exists, but...) Book Events! When I have $$$, that is...

Maybe visit some of my blogging friends. :o)


Jul 13, 2009

Funny Twilight Related Site

I just found TwilightGuy.com, and it's making me write things like LOL, ROTFLMAO, and ZOMG (no idea what the Z in ZOMG means).

It's about this guy (Kaleb Nation) and his journey reading the Twilight Saga.

Check this buttons out:

So funny!

He posts about his thoughts on every chapter (he's currently reading chapter 21 of Breaking Dawn) and he also vlogs about stuff related to Twilight. You definitely need to visit his site, it is hilarious!

Kaleb is also a writer. His book comes out 9/9/9 (lol).

So, visit TwilightGuy.com!


500 Words A Day Challenge

Debbie Ridpath Ohi @ Inkygirl.com is hosting a year-long writing Challenge, and I'm joining!

The Rules:

Try to write 500 words a day, at least six days a week.

As long as you are sincerely and consistently TRYING to write 1000 words a day, then you can post the badge on your blog or website. If life occasionally gets in the way, that’s ok — as long as you promise yourself to get back on the wagon as soon as you can. If you sometimes don’t reach 500 words, that’s also ok — but try again the next day.

The goal of the 500 Words A Day Challenge is simple: to inspire writers to write.

(Just what I need!) Wanna join? Visit Inkygirl.com!

Debbie's also hosting a 1000 Words A Day Challenge. Join now!


I started a new story yesterday, and this Challenge might push me into finishing it, correcting it, and making it perfect. I'll share some of it with you later... If you promise not to laugh :o)



13/07/09: 1354 words!
14/07/09: fail :( 213 words
15/07/09: 512 words and counting!
16/07/09: 932 words!

Jul 12, 2009

Today's Book: Fairy Hunters, Ink.

Summary (from lulu.com):
Have you ever wondered why your child's clothes, or even your own, always end up on the closet floor? Or why your socks go missing from your laundry? Or why ants inevitably show up at your picnics? If you want the answer to these and many other vexing questions, then "Fairy Hunters, Ink." is the book for you. All this and more await you as you follow the adventures of the intrepid band of Fairy Hunters made up of a little girl named Ashley, her friend Big Rabbit, and their fellow companion, Turtle. You will discover which fairy hates to fly, what Teacup Fairies eat, and the favorite games of the Mud Puddle Fairy. And you’ll delight to the the dry, amusing voice of Laura, the narrator whose age is uncertain, but whose gentle management of occasional conflict amoung the band’s members teaches wisdom and tolerance in a way that children can fully understand.

My Opinion:
I love magic. I do. I love Harry Potter, and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. I love fairies, and have a fairy friend, Blossie. I had never asker her what kind of fairy she was, I was just happy she’d agreed to be my friend. But after reading
Fairy Hunters, Ink., I started wondering about this.
So, I went to Blossie’s room the other day (her room is the little theatre I built for her, which I placed in my room), and asked her what kind of fairy she was. She laughed and said “Well, I’m a Theatre Fairy. Isn’t it obvious?”. I had to admit that it was.

But it was great learning about different kinds of fairies.
There’s the Teacup Fairy, which lives in your teacup, except when you’re using it, of course. There are Sock Fairies, which live in your socks; so when you’re wondering what could have happened to your socks, you know a Sock Fairy took it to turn it into its home.
But my favourite kind of fairy is the Book Fairy. They love to read and have Book Club meetings, just like me. Now I know that when I find a book out of place, it means that a Book Fairy must have been reading it.

Fairy Hunters, Ink. is really a journal, where Sheila, Ashley, Big Rabbit and Turtle share with us their Discoveries.
If you like fairies like I do, and you’d like to learn more about them (things like what they eat, where they live, what is their favourite form of Mischief), then this is the book for you!

Monkey Rating: 3 Monkeys

*How long did it take Ella to read the book?
- She read it in the course of three days.

*Did she like or relate to any of the characters?
- I loved Ashley! She reminded me of myself when I was her age (she’s 5) and I wanted to know everything.

*What was her favourite line/part of the book?
- The part about Turtle finding the Blue Bottle Fairies was my favourite! Turtle is a lovely Hunter.

*Was this a good read for Ella? Did she get stuck at some point?
-It was a great read! She enjoyed the book from beginning to end.


Get It!
-From Fairy Hunters, Ink.

Be on the lookout for a special Interview with author
Sheila A. Dane and her friend Big Rabbit!


August Reading Challenge

Pizza's Book Discussion will be hosting the August Reading Challenge to see which blogger can read the most books in August. I know I won't but I'd like to participate to see how many books I can read. It'll be a cool challenge for me, and since I have time, I was thinking about getting some cool books to read.

I'll be posting this challenge's books here.

If you'd like to join, head over to Pizza's blog by following the August Challenge link above.

Jul 11, 2009

I created a LJ account...

...and I'm still learning how to use it. Here's my Journal, Ella's Random Thoughts, I couldn't come up with a better title.
But it's cool, I guess. Certainly different than Blogger. It's got more features, which makes it even cooler, you just have to learn how to use them.
I'm already "friends" with Lisa Mantchev and Maggie Stiefvater!
Nah, lol. to be a "friend" in LJ is like Following in Blogger. But I'm their mutual friend, which means they're following me too :P

Do you have a LJ account?
Give it a try! It's fun trying to figure out the many functions it has.
But until I learn how to use it properly, I'm stuck here.
I gave up on Wordpress, too hard.

I'm posting my new Fan Fiction there, Vampire Academy. It's got nothing to do with the book series. It's based on a Role Play I was a part of a few months back.

Take a look!

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