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   So I've decided to leave LiveJournal and switch to Blogger. This was just more of a starter journal and I decided I didn't really like LiveJournal as much as I thought. But who knows, maybe I'll go back to this one someday. So this has been fun, and thank you to everyone who read this one! Here is the new one! Enjoy! Be sure to leave your opinions. Thanks!

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   This week is being really rough on me so far. Have you ever had one of those teachers who will just not stop picking on you? My advanced orchestra teacher will not leave me alone this week. She likes to call on me every day, more than anyone else in the class. I'm a naturally quiet person. It's just my personality. And for some reason she will not stop asking me questions she knows I don't know the answers to. I've only been playing for sixteen months, so this class is already a little hard on me. But she still refuses to call on anyone else in my section, and would rather torture me instead. It's really hard for me to get answers wrong in front of the class. This is my hardest subject. That's why I usually don't participate. Because I don't know the answers. You'd think that she'd get the hint. See what I mean? Okay, mini-rant over...
   Yeah, I've had a lot of work this week. That's basically all I've been doing. So I'm a little crazy right now. But at least I have some time to go online and take a break for a while. But anyway, I'm really looking forward to second semester. I'm dropping one of the classes I really don't like that causing me some of this stress, so I'm excited. But unfortunately, the class isn't orchestra.
   Have a better week than me...



7 Questions

Tagged by Anidori-Isilee 

1. When/how did you become an avid reader?
Probably when I was twelve years old. That was after a long couple years when I didn't read much, because I was tired of children's books but hadn't yet discovered young adult books. After the first YA book my mom bought me ( which was Princess Academy by Shannon Hale) I read a whole book almost every week. That's how I began to read as much as I do now.
2.What is your favorite genre of adult/young adult books?
Fantasy is definitely my favorite. Even though I like some books from all genres. It mostly depends on the book and author.
3.What was the most recent book purchased/given to you?
It was The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray ( which I loved) and Princess Diaries 9 by Meg Cabot.
4. Which book would you like to have that you don't own?
That would be Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. I'm still looking forward to reading it, just haven't gotten the chance to get it yet.
5. What book did you think you would never read,but found yourself reading it afterall?
I didn't think that I would ever read Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby. When I read the description, it definitely didn't seem like the book for me. But since I got it for free from FirstLook, I ended up reading it anyway. It turned out that I liked it better than I thought I would.
6. Which do you prefer: libraries or bookstores?
Bookstores, because I like my books to be new and nice. Plus if I liked the book, I couldn't bear to give it back to the library. 
7. What's the longest you've never picked up a book?
Probably a day. Maybe two. I can't not read for too long.

I tag whoever hasn't been tagged yet, and would like to do it.

Happy New Year!

   I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year! I hope 2008 is a great year for everyone, and that everyone had a great New Year's Eve.
   I never made any new year resolutions, but there's still time I guess. Now I'm depressed that I only have a day left until I have to go back to school. :(
   Have a great new year! 

Best Movies of 2007

   Similar to Best Books of 2007, except these are the best movies that I saw in 2007. I have to admit, I go to the movies a lot. That's one of my favorite ways to spend my time ( besides reading, writing, going on the computer and other time wasters). So I tried to refresh my memory from the beginning of the year as best as I could.
  1. Bridge to Terebithia. I loved this book and I thought the movie was really good. From what I remember, I was really excited when it first came out.
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It wasn't the best out of the Harry Potter movies, but I still liked it a lot. 
  3. Hairspray. I usually don't like many movie musicals, but I thought this one was fun to watch.
  4. Enchanted. Again, it was really funny. 
  5. The Golden Compass. I had never read the books, but I liked the movie. It made me want to go buy all the books as soon as I watched it.
  6. National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Just as good, if not better than the first one.
  7. August Rush.  I really liked this one. The music was really pretty.
  So there it is. Maybe I'll think of some others later. Right now I'm really dreading going back to school, so I made this list instead of studying. ;)
  Enjoy the rest of winter break!

Best Books of 2007

   So here is the list of the best books that I read in 2007 ( books that I read, not that came out in 2007). Sadly I forgot some of the books I read in the earlier part of the year, but  I'm going to try my best to remember. So here's my list in no particular order.
  1. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse. I couldn't help but be drawn into it. So good.
  2. Book of a Thousand Days. By the amazing Shannon Hale. :)
  3. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing. By the way, I finished TSFT last night. I won't post anything yet to give everyone a chance to read the book. But all I can say is, wow!
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It's Harry Potter, enough said.
  5. The Faerie Path, The Lost Queen, The Sorcerer King. Really great fantasy novels.
  6. 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I liked this mainly for all the different countries she visited. Probably because I don't travel much.
  7. Dairy Queen, The Off Season. Really good summer reads.
  8. The Lightning Thief.
  9. Before Midnight, and any of the Once Upon a Time books. They're really good fairy tales.
 10. Kira-Kira. I loved this book, it was really sad.
 11. Nicola and the Viscount, Victoria and the Rogue. Some of the better books by Meg Cabot. They were historical fiction so how could I resist. :)
12. Good Night, Mr. Tom. I read this for school, but I thought that it was really sweet. 
13. The Land. This is the prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry,  and I read it for school also. Really good. A little boring at some parts, but a really great book overall.
   I really hope that I remembered all of them, because I really didn't want to forget anything. Hopefully, tons of cool new ones will be out in 2008!
 

My Christmas Wish List

  Happy Christmas Eve! I noticed today that it doesn't really feel like Christmas at all, and I didn't even realize it was getting so close to Christmas until I looked at the calendar and it was December 24. This year December went by so fast. But since tomorrow is the big gift day, I put together a list of the books I hope I get tomorrow.
               Top five books I hope I get for Christmas...
   1. The Sweet Far Thing. Actually, I got this yesterday. Thank goodness they put it out early. I really didn't want to run to the bookstore on December 26.
   2. Princess Diaries 9. Unfortunely, they didn't put this one out early. But I suppose getting it after Christmas with the money you got for Christmas, still counts as a Christmas gift, doesn't it?
   3. Sea of Monsters. I loved the first one in the series, and I really wanted to read the second one. I think I dropped some hints to my family but like I said, after Christmas counts too.
   4. Flawless. Really this books series is about nothing and has no plot, but I am really bad when it comes to cliffhangers. I must admit, I want to find out what happens. 
   5. World Almanac for Kids 2008. If you have never read or gotten one of these, you really should. They are simply amazing! I try to get the new one every year.
   Hmm, I also noticed that I haven't gotten my ARC from Harperteen yet either. Seeing as it's Dec. 24,  I really have not hope of getting it before Christmas. They are always behind. I don't even recall getting an email from them this month. When I get it ( if I get it at all), it will probably some time in January. Very sad, indeed. ;)
   Happy Christmas Eve!

Officially one of my New Favorite Books...

                     *Spoilers for the AGTB series are in this post!*
   I finished Rebel Angels tonight, and all I can say is wow, wow, wow. I was determined to finish it by December 26, so last night I started reading non-stop until about 12:30, and then read non-stop today until I was done. This book had a lot of stuff I didn't expect and some pretty cool things that were added to the story. I totally didn't expect Miss Moore to be Circe. That completely threw me off on Sarah Rees Tome's character. I'm anxious to find out what happens to her at the end. Anyway, I am completely in love with this book series. I can't wait until The Sweet Far Thing. So that means I only have to wait for eleven more days. 
   I really hope that the story has a somewhat happy ending for everyone. Especially for Ann ( I really developed sympathy for her in this book. I really hope things work out for her). I also really want Gemma and Kartik to get together ( everyone keeps saying that he's going to die. Why, why, why?). If they do get together, I hope Simon accepts this gracefully and won't put up a huge fight and add complications to the story. There is already going to be enough.
   So anyway, now that I have this finished, I can finally start doing the things I'm supposed to be doing. Like my homework ( seriously, when is winter break going to finally come?).
                  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Some More Randomness

   I can't wait until Christmas! I asked my dad if I could get a laptop, and the last I heard he said yes! So I might be getting one on Christmas! I'm so excited. I'm really looking forward to having a computer of my own to go on and write my stories and stuff.
   I also got my fairy tale back today. I got 100%. Yay! Really happy about that. Now I can start writing another one.
   I also can't wait until Christmas break! School has been really long and boring. I've been checking the mail everyday to see if I got my ARC from Harperteen yet, but it hasn't come. In fact I haven't even gotten an email from them yet. But anyway, I got Worldweavers. I never read the first one, so I hope I'll be able to keep up with the plot. And on Saturday I sent in my review for Uglies. I got that one from PulseIt, and once they finally get your registration form registered, they actually sent your books to you pretty fast. Can't wait until I get the next one.
   Have a great rest of the week!

The Lightning Thief

   I just barely finished reading this book today, and I absolutely loved it! The reason I read it was to get extra credit at school, but it was really a good read. It is more of a book for younger kids, but it is still really good.
   It has a lot to do with Greek mythology, and it's about a demi-god named Percy who goes to Camp Half Blood, and then goes on a quest to retrieve Zeus's master lightning bolt when it is stolen. The author is hilarious and it's really fast paced and a quick read. I loved it. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
   Also this week I finished my fairy tale for school, and had to type the whole thing this weekend. I typed for exactly two and a half hours, and at the end it was fifteen pages with a 12 font, and 3,801 words. And I'm still not really happy with it. When your teacher expects you to write a whole fairy tale in one week, you have to move pretty quickly. Since I had to write it so fast, I really didn't get to spend a lot of time on it, or put in all the stuff I wanted. I think I'll really go back and rewrite it someday.
   Still surviving with my braces at least. Now I can chew soft foods, instead of nothing at all. ;)
                 Have a great rest of the weekend!