Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Precious Things by Stephanie Parent

Precious Things
Release Date: May 2013
Cover Deisgned by: Allie Brennan of B Design 
Cover reveal organized by: YA Bound

Summary from Goodreads:
Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’t supposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed to be living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitely isn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class that will get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Ph.D. by age twenty-five. But when her dad’s latest business fiasco eats up her college fund, Hartford Community College is exactly where Isabelle finds herself—and thanks to her late enrollment, she doesn’t even get to choose her classes. Stuck with Electronic Music and way-too-easy English courses, Isabelle is determined to wallow in all the misery she feels entitled to.

But community college brings some unexpected benefits…like the fact that a certain overworked, over-scheduled Electronic Music professor hands over most of his duties to his teaching assistant. His tall, green-eyed, absolutely gorgeous teaching assistant. When TA Evan Strauss discovers Isabelle’s apathy toward electronic music—and, well, all music—he makes it his mission to convert her. The music Evan composes stirs something inside Isabelle, but she can’t get involved—after all, she’ll be transferring out as soon as possible. 

Still, no matter how tightly Isabelle holds on to her misery, she finds it slipping away in the wake of all Hartford Community offers: new friendships, a surprisingly cool poetry professor, and most of all, Evan. But Evan’s dream of owning his own music studio is as impractical as Isabelle’s dad’s bakery, and when Evan makes a terrible decision, everything Isabelle has gained threatens to unravel. Soon Isabelle discovers that some of the most important lessons take place outside the classroom…and that in life, as in Evan’s favorite Depeche Mode song, the most precious things can be the hardest to hold on to.

About the Author
Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.
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Special Small Book Haul: One Book: One Month Anniversary Gift!

About a month ago I started dating the most wonderful man in the world! His name is Matt and I love him so much!

Tuesday March 19th was our one month anniversary. A few days before he asked me what I wanted for our anniversary. I told him just to get me a book. :) He said he would pick out the book. :) 

So, this is the book My Matt got me:


The picture is a bit blurry. It is The Neverending Story by Michael Ende!! We had talked about it and I mentioned I wanted to read the book but didn't have it yet! And he got it for our one month anniversary!

If you're reading this, thank you again! And I love you sweetie! Mwah! <3

<3 Amanda Leigh

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Johnny Cade!!!!

The Outsders is one of my two favorite books. And Johnny Cade is one of my two favorite characters from this book. Today is Johnny Cade's birthday, A while ago I found a list on The Outsiders' website with most of the character's birthdays. So today I am doing sort of a tribute to him. 

Reasons To Love Johnny Cade:

# 1: He is SOOO sweet!

#2: He cares so much about his friends! 

#3: He saved those children from that burning building!

#4: He's open to poetry (Robert Frost - "Nothing Gold Can Stay") and literature (Margaret Mitchell - Gone With the Wind)!

#5: He will always stay gold!!