Tuesday, July 31, 2012

List of Book Reviews to Come

Hello again! I haven't posted a review in a while, so the month of August is going to consist of a lot of them. So I'm listing them all here to give you all a little preview! (The list isn't in any particular order though.) :)

List of Reviews to Come:
1. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10128428-wonderstruck
2. Poem by Emily Bronte http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12447727-poem-by-emily-bronte
3. Witches 101: A Witches of East End Primer by Melissa de la Cruz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11610097-witches-101
4. Jane Austen on Love and Romance edited by Constance Moore http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10261745-jane-austen-on-love-and-romance
5. Charmed: Season 9 Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) by Paul Ruditis, David Hoover http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8380624-charmed
6. territories of folding by TC Tolbert http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10996406-territories-of-folding
7. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7107665-the-hunger-games
8. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6556855-chasing-brooklyn
9. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8376549-catching-fire
10. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8663600-mockingjay

They're coming soon! I hope you check them out! :)

<3 Amanda Leigh

Friday, July 27, 2012

Quick Updates

Just checking in with some quick updates. My book is doing pretty well. I'm happy I even have a book out. :) If you're just stopping in and didn't hear about it yet, my first book came out on June 17th of this year, 2012. It's a collection of poetry and photography by me. It's called Thousands of MorningsYou can check it out here: https://www.createspace.com/3886720

Also, my Goodreads profile has been updated to an Author Profile. You can find me on Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6426366.Amanda_Leigh

I'm currently working on a novel. :) Word Count so far: 15, 662

My friend Fatuma and I are starting work on Vox (the literary and arts magazine on the Pace Pleasantville campus) for the Fall Semester. Talking about ideas, starting to work out the editing/printing schedule and events schedule etc. SO EXCITED ABOUT IT!! Check out Vox's website here: http://vox.pace.edu/

Also, my mom surprised me and ordered me business cards and return address labels!! :) Here is a picture of the business cards! :)

That's it for now! I'll post more soon! Hope everyone is having an incredible summer!! :)

<3 Amanda Leigh

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Book, Thousands of Mornings, is Now Available!

Hi! Just wanted to let you know, my book Thousands of Mornings is now available! I'm so excited! 


There they are! Some of them anyway lol. 

Thousands of Mornings is a collection of my original photography and poetry. The poetry ranges from when I was 12 to almost 21. The photography from when I was 17 to almost 21. It's about life, everything that happens in it. And keeping hope and living each day to the fullest. I hope you enjoy it.

I'm tagging a bunch of people once again because I'm so excited! lol :)

You can purchase Thousands of Mornings athttps://www.createspace.com/3886720 

I now have a GoodReads Author profile also. Become a Fan, Friend me, I love to talk books. :)

Add Thousands of Mornings to your To Read shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15713496-thousands-of-mornings

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APenAndADream

I would be so appreciative! Thank you all so much! :)

<3 Amanda Leigh

Liebster Blog Award

I've been presented with my first blog award! From Sharon at Fictionally Inclined: http://fictionally-inclined.blogspot.com/  

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. 

The Rules:
1. Each person must post 10 facts about themselves
2. Answer 10 questions the tagger has given you and give 10 questions for the people you’ve tagged.
3. Choose 10 people and link them in your post.
4. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
5. Remember, no tag backs

10 Facts About Me:
1. The Outsiders and Wuthering Heights are my favorite books.
2. Harry Potter is my favorite book series. 
3. I think Lost is the most brilliantly amazing genius television series EVER.
4. I picked the pen name Amanda Leigh because I really like my middle name Leigh. 
5. Emily Dickinson is my favorite poet.
6. I've read The Outsiders five times.
7. My favorite colors are blue and turquoise. I also really like black.
8. I LOVE to cook and make-up recipes and experiment with food.
9. I'm an avid "journaler". (Yes, I know that's not a word, but it fit. I write in my journal A LOT.)
10. My first book, Thousands of Mornings, a collection of original poetry and photography just came out in June. You can go to my Works page to find out more. :)

Questions from Sharon:
1. How long have you been blogging about books?
I have been blogging about books since November 27, 2011. :) 
2. How did you get into book blogging?
I've wanted to be an author since I was 8 and I found out having an internet presence is an important step. So, of course, a lot of what I blog about is books.
3. What are some of your favorite books/series?
Guess I spoiled this one lol. My ultimate favorite books are The Outsiders and Wuthering Heights. My favorite series is the Harry Potter series. I'm reading the 2nd book in the Hunger Games series now and am pretty sure it will make it into my favorite series. Another amazing book is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Also, I don't want to be crazy by Samantha Schutz. I do love the Vampire Diaries series, as well as the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Really, I could go on forever...
4. What about authors?
Again, I could go on forever. J. K. Rowling, S. E. Hinton. I love Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare. I think Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing writer. Of course there's Emily Bronte. And L. J. Smith. And of course Suzanne Collins is pretty freaken amazing...
5. Genres?
Young Adult, Poetry, Classics, Memoirs. 
6. If you could recommend one book to get a non-reader into your favorite genre (or one of your favorite genres), what book would you choose?
This is a tough one. My first instinct is telling me to go with either the Harry Potter series, The Outsiders or the Hunger Games series. Maybe Speak
7. What is one pet peeve you have that grates your nerves when it appears in books?
If a character speaks too stereotypically, I guess that's the word for it. Teenage characters saying "like" too much, or teenage girl characters acting like ditsy fangirls, stuff like that. Also, when a character has too many love interests. At some point it just gets out of control for me.
8. What is one plot device/trope/factor that pretty much guarantees you'll read a book if it's included?
I've never thought about this before to be honest. I really don't know. But something I've always in books is an unexpected twist or twists.
9. How do you keep track of the books you want to read? Online? Computer file? Physical list?
A combination really. Online on the Goodreads website somewhat. Physical lists somewhat. And then I also sort of just remember.
10. If you could choose any book character to be your significant other, who would you choose?
Wow! This is a hard question! There are several candidates of course, but I think I've narrowed it down. It comes down to Dallas Winston from The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Johnny Cade also from The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith, and Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. For a second I thought maybe Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte but then I thought....no. I do like him even though I probably shouldn't and am rather fascinated by him, but in the end no, probably not. So that leaves Dally, Johnny, Damon or Peeta. Hmmm.....that's a really hard decision. Peeta is pretty amazing and I loved Damon from the second I first read about him in the first Vampire Diaries book, but it really comes down to Dally or Johnny. I never could decide who I liked best lol. They're both incredible! But, I think it would be Johnny. Yes. I tw ould be Johnny Cade. <3 

People I'm Tagging:
1. http://thedaydreamer3.blogspot.com/
2. http://authorskydiamond.blogspot.com/
3. http://chocolatecoffeebooks.blogspot.com/
4. http://cystinosis-thestorysofar.blogspot.com/
5. http://fiteveryday.blogspot.com/
6. http://girlzandtheirbooks.blogspot.com/
7. http://lifeisfunnyexceptwhenitsnot.blogspot.com/
8. http://somanybookssolittletimebookgroup.wordpress.com/
9. http://storyxray.blogspot.com/
10. http://thatmoviekindasucked.blogspot.com/

Questions For My Tag-ees:
1. When did you start blogging?
2. What made you decide to start a blog?
3. Why did you pick the topic that you did for your blog?
4. How often do you blog?
5. Do you ever get into a rut with your blog?
6. How do you get yourself out of it?
7. What is your favorite part of blogging?
8. Your least favorite part?
9. Do you plan to blog "long-term"?
10. What is your favorite blog post you've written so far?

<3 Amanda Leigh

Monday, July 9, 2012